Agile + DevOps West 2020 Concurrent Session : Make *New* Mistakes: Leadership Lessons from an Agile Success


Thursday, June 11, 2020 - 3:30pm to 4:30pm

Make *New* Mistakes: Leadership Lessons from an Agile Success

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Ever feel like the market moves faster than your marketing team? Or could you imagine what’s possible if you’d be forgiven for making an honest mistake? Organizations introduce Agile believing it will lead to greater responsiveness, resiliency and resourcefulness. Yet, Agile is more than a process. Achieving Agile’s full benefits comes from shifting the culture and mindset of a *whole* organization, sometimes as radically as Leadership allowing teams to “Make New Mistakes.” This philosophy was a driver in the fastest division in HP’s history to reach $1B, a hardware division focused on manufacturing operations with razor thin margins and markets that changed 3x faster than the development lead time. Through a series of short stories and exercises, attendees explore 5 practices from that business which led to roaring success. Explore their parallels in Lean / Agile practice, and then briefly self-inspect the state of their own organization. Participants create a backlog they can use to lead in their “real world” beyond the conference, helping their organization shift from processes to “do” Agile, and into one where not just development but a whole organization’s mindset shifts into a flow of “being” Agile.

Bernie Maloney
Persistent Systems

Bernie Maloney’s career started with a flash and a bang. Literally. His first position was designing devices that protect telephone networks from lightning strikes. A few career pivots later, he had a flash of insight: it was possible to tap into latent potential in every person, every team, and every organization. The teams he’s worked with have grown businesses to beyond $100 million, delivering products from consumer electronics to network infrastructure to services & payments at firms including TiVo, Cisco, Wells Fargo and more. He’s also a Certified Scrum Trainer® teaching private and public workshops, including Agile Product Development at Stanford Continuing Studies. As an Agile Leadership Coach, Bernie helps his clients achieve performance breakthroughs with their teams, organizations and themselves. More, he believes that Accelerating Genius is possible in every person and business, and leads both to outrageous effectiveness, and a whole lot more fun.