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Agile Leadership Summit

Thursday, June 6 • 5:30pm–6:30pm and Friday, June 7 • 8:30am–4:30pm

Agile Leadership Summit

Agile transformation requires more than a change in process; it needs a change in mindset. In order to fully embrace agile and create a productive environment, team members must change how they think. The leaders in an organization play a key role in making the team's agile change journey sustainable.

Join in the conversation with your peers as experienced business leaders share their lessons learned while leading agile transformations. Learn about best practices and pitfalls from those who have done it successfully before.

At the 2019 Agile Leadership Summit, program chair Jeffery Payne brings together senior industry leaders Stan Guzik and Michelle DiCarlo for an interactive exchange of ideas and experiences. Each of them brings a unique perspective on leadership to the table and will provide practical techniques for leading teams, addressing management challenges, and gaining senior management buy-in.

Bring your biggest issues and challenges so you can draw on the knowledge and successes from these leaders, as well as from your peers who may have already faced and solved some of your issues. You’ll hear what’s working—and not working—and have the opportunity to share your experiences.

The Agile Leadership Summit is a perfect opportunity for you to: 

  • Participate in insightful and informative sessions focusing on leadership issues
  • Meet and network with your peers in the industry
  • Join the “think tank” discussion with industry veterans
  • Develop new ideas and action plans for innovation within your organization

Thursday, June 6

Jeff Payne
Coveros

Reception: Summit Kickoff: As a Leader, What Is Keeping You Up at Night? (Summit Registration Required)

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Thursday, June 6, 2019 - 5:30pm to 6:30pm

Kickoff the Agile Leadership Summit with a reception and some networking.

Friday, June 7

Stan Guzik
(S&P) Global Platts

How to Crush Your Agile Transformation Timelines

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Friday, June 7, 2019 - 8:45am to 9:45am

Search the internet for agile transformation roadmaps and you’ll find multiple articles, blogs and experts talk about major agile transformations taking between 3-5 years. Three to five years is too long to transform anything in our rapidly changing world. Once a transformation effort runs over 12 months, it’s in the danger zone. You’ll start hearing the cynics come out of the wood work saying, “We already tried this before and failed.” or “I told you so.” Next your CTO’s position is in danger and the revolving door keeps going around and around. Join Stan Guzik to learn how he transformed...

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Michell DeCarlo
Lincoln Financial

Turning Execs Into Champions for Driving Tech Change

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Friday, June 7, 2019 - 10:00am to 11:00am

Whether you are responsible for driving transformation in the DevOps, Data, Cloud or Agile spaces, success hinges in large part on your ability to effectively message and engage executive leaders. Knowing how to strategically manage the executive landscape by educating leaders on benefits, earning their trust, gaining sponsorship and motivating them to action is an art, and something that doesn’t just happen – it takes a focused and purposeful approach, hard work, creativity and a lot of patience. Michelle DeCarlo will share proven executive engagement strategies she has successfully...

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Jeff Payne
Coveros

Think Tank Discussion Part I: Problem Definitions

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Friday, June 7, 2019 - 11:15am to 12:15pm

Join with your peers in an engaging and highly interactive session to discuss the issues that affect you most. Using answers to the question “As a Leader, What is Keeping You Up at Night?” posed at Thursday’s evening reception, participants will form small groups to work on finding solutions to pressing test management issues. Discussions will review identified issues, barriers to change, and focus on innovative strategies and practical next steps. At the end of the think tank, all feedback will be collected and posted online to encourage further collaboration.

Jeff Payne
Coveros

Think Tank Discussion Part II: Leadership Solutions

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Friday, June 7, 2019 - 1:00pm to 2:00pm

Based upon the problem definitions developed during Part I of the Think Tank, small groups will brainstorm on how to best solve these challenges, leveraging the collective wisdom of peers and Summit speakers. Each group will designate a representative to present its results and practice delivery.

Jeff Payne
Coveros

Think Tank Discussion Part III: Presentation of Results

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Friday, June 7, 2019 - 2:00pm to 3:30pm

Small group representatives will each be given five minutes to present their leadership solutions. Summit participants will vote on which group produced the best solutions.