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Thursday, August 16 • 11:00am - 12:00pm
Traversing the Canyon of Anarchy: From Agile Adoption to Agile Transformation: Tamara Sulaiman Runyon

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Have you ever begun an Agile adoption, only to watch in dismay and puzzlement as the change fizzles out like a wet firecracker? Have you generated excitement for these new ideas, seen them seem to take root and grow, only to find a year later that people have fallen back into their old ways of doing things? Or, are they now cherry picking Agile practices, perhaps using Agile terms, but ignoring the Agile values? If so, you are not alone. In this talk, Tamara Sulaiman Runyon discusses some reasons why simple practice adoption is not enough; and why transformation is so difficult to make stick in many organizations. Topics include: the nature of change and complex systems models – where do we fit? The key role that vision and leadership play in instigating and supporting transformation; the potential iceberg of organizational culture as a change blocker, as well as people aspects – the levels of discomfort caused by any change; and measuring the growth of competence as Agile practices and values are assimilated.

Thursday August 16, 2012 11:00am - 12:00pm CDT
Austin 1-3