Enterprise Agility Is Not an Oxymoron Jump Start

What defines an agile enterprise? Teaching team managers to be scrum masters? Agile dev? Agile engineering? An agile enterprise must be agile from top to bottom, which means it's rather difficult to force from the bottom. Having your CTO on board is helpful, but even that isn't enough.

Enterprise agility can and should be driven and defined by your business. Agility allows you to be more responsive and more innovative, which makes you more competitive. If you have trouble getting buy-in from your non-technical leadership, they might not know that the "agile" you talk about and the business benefits they wish for are the same thing.

If you don't have your business on board, the best you can ever be is water-scrum-fall. You can be awesomely water-scrum-fall, but you'll be frustrated by its limitations and your business won't get the benefits of agile—so it will be frustrated by your limitations, too.

In this session, the fourth in our "ALM Wednesdays" series, join experts Steven Borg and Cheryl Hammond, of Northwest Cadence, as they show you how to scale up proven practices for team agility into a vision that makes sense at the C-level—not just CTO but also CIO, CEO, and beyond. They discuss the specific business advantages of agility and the mental shifts needed to make it work, how to overcome a traditional project management structure to enable innovation and speed delivery, and how to put your HR department on the scent of the right mindsets and skill sets to bring agility together.

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Course Outline:

  • History, Foundations, and Challenges of Agile and Lean
  • Business Agility and Competitiveness with Agile Practices
  • Project Managers as Empowered Agile Leaders
  • Skill Sets and Mindsets for Agile Continuous Delivery
Instructor Team
Steven Borg | Northwest Cadence Co-Founder and Strategist | @stevenborg
Steven Borg has 20 years of experience in the software development space and has been a Microsoft ALM MVP since product inception in 2005. Steven is the Co-Founder of Northwest Cadence, a company specializing in software development processes that provides training and consulting services to companies worldwide. He speaks regularly at software development and Visual Studio conferences and has authored courseware and white papers on Team Foundation Server, regulatory compliance in software development, Scrum, and Lean. Steven has helped hundreds of organizations, both large and small, improve their software development process, reduce costs, increase quality, and speed delivery. His expertise lies in bringing successful lean and agile adoption to companies currently using traditional project management techniques to manage software development projects.

Steve is a dynamic and professional presenter and has delivered multiple sessions at Microsoft TechEd, the ALM Summit, Mitchell International DevCon, TechFuse, VSLive, and many more. He was awarded speaking slots at the 2013 TechEd N America and Europe Pre-Conference Days on Enterprise Agility and was one of the top-ranked presenters.
Cheryl M. Hammond | Northwest Cadence ALM Consultant and Practices Team Lead | @bsktcase
Cheryl Hammond has more than 14 years of experience as a software developer in the private and public sectors. She led her team's successful adoption of Scrum for a mission-critical regulatory compliance project under multi-agency state and federal government oversight, all of which lead her to believe that anything is possible.

She is not sorry for her many biases, including strong preferences for servant-style leadership and team-based, holistic problem-solving, along with a strong aversion to agile zealotry.

Cheryl leads the Northwest Cadence Practices Team, focusing on the ways in which agility, architecture, and test practices improve the lives of developers, strengthen teams, and deliver better software.
Live Event Details
March 26, 2014
9:00am-5:00pm PDT
What: Fast-paced live virtual session
Cost: Free
Audience: Lead Developers and Team Managers

This presentation is designed to help those in leadership roles —one team or multiple teams—within medium to large organizations, who want to understand the benefits of agility in the enterprise and who are looking for practical ideas that they can use right away to begin the transition.