Agile + DevOps West 2020 Concurrent Session : Leading Lean: The 21st Century Modern lean Leadership Paradigm


Wednesday, June 10, 2020 - 3:00pm to 4:00pm

Leading Lean: The 21st Century Modern lean Leadership Paradigm

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Are you struggling to understand, that despite all of your planning and effort, why your transformation efforts just don't seem to be producing the expected results? In reality, enterprise transformation is much more than the mechanics of teaching your Scrum teams to sprint and building a magnificent DevOps pipeline. Somehow on our journey to agility, Lean leadership aspects were left behind to the point that Lean and Agile have become disconnected and disparate schools of thought. Agile was born out of Lean, so how did this happen? In this session we will entertain a lively discussion on how to reconnect the dots so that today's 21st century transformational leaders truly understand what is required to achieve enterprise-wide success. Together, we will explore why this connection was broken, what changes are needed to fuse the two back together again, and how both can be incorporated into your transformation efforts to ensure you are on a journey of continuous improvement and learning that systematically equips yourself, others, and the enterprise for long-term success. The time has come to offer those who really want to lead transformational change a complete perspective on the mindset and tools required to truly succeed at it!

Jean Dahl

Jean Dahl is a collaborative, outcomes-driven senior executive, author, recognized thought leader, speaker, and serial entrepreneur who is passionate about building adaptive and responsive Modern Lean leaders and enterprises that harness change to achieve greater and greater levels of agility. She regularly consults and advises with her clients, ranging from Lean Startups to corporate giants, to first and foremost, focus on stakeholder value to identify and respond to disruption in innovative new ways through continuous improvement, learning, and evolution to thrive in our 21st century global economy. Ms. Dahl is also the author of two books on leadership: Leading Lean: Ensuring Success and Developing a Framework for Leadership (O’Reilly Media, 2019) and The Making of an Agile Leader (O’Reilly Media, 2018), as well as the founder and executive director of the Modern Lean Institute (, a nonprofit organization devoted to helping the world develop and support Modern Lean leaders. She can be reached directly at [email protected]" or through Linkedin.