Agile + DevOps East 2018 Tutorial: Essential Patterns of Successful Agile Transformations

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Monday, November 5, 2018 - 1:00pm to 4:30pm

Essential Patterns of Successful Agile Transformations

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The very title of this workshop is meant to challenge you. Many don’t like to use the term transformation, instead, preferring adoption, migration, transition, business agility shift or some other phrase. However, successful implementations of agile require a transformation to occur at multiple levels (teams, leaders, managers, culture, and organization), and goes beyond mere implementation of time-boxed sprints, daily standups, and the use of a product backlog. This workshop was created because so many organizations struggle with how to move towards more agile approaches to product development. Join Shaun Bradshaw as he explores critical patterns for transformations including finding the right agile champion, setting up an Agile Transformation Team, why it’s critical for leadership to be agile first, and how to find and communicate the WHY behind your transformation. We’ll also explore some of the organizational (structure, roles, alignment) challenges that you’ll have to break down to then build back up. Finally, we’ll review the role that leadership plays in safety, culture, modeling, and generally guiding the transformation change journey. You’ll leave this workshop with an abundance of ideas around how to create an effective and balanced transformation backlog that you can immediately start executing for your own agile transformations.


Shaun Bradshaw
Zenergy Technologies, Inc

Shaun Bradshaw is a cofounder and principal of Zenergy Technologies, a software delivery solutions firm with multiple industry experts under one roof and a large testing facility in North Carolina. With more than twenty years in the IT industry, Shaun is a recognized expert, coach, and thought leader in QA and test process improvement, agile testing, test management, and metrics. Shaun has architected the test strategy and managed large teams of testers for numerous projects, including a multi-year ERP implementation that went into production with no major issues. More recently, Shaun has spent a majority of his consulting time assisting organizations through their agile transformations, coaching leaders, managers, and teams to ensure they make the shift not just into agile practices, but agile thinking and behaviors.