Agile + DevOps East 2020 Concurrent Session : Let it Flow: From Frozen Middle to Agile Ninja

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Thursday, November 12, 2020 - 11:45am to 12:45pm

Let it Flow: From Frozen Middle to Agile Ninja

Stuck in bureaucratic systems, middle managers have been unfairly dismissed as recalcitrant towards change in many quarters. On the contrary, research shows that 80% of change efforts initiated by middle managers succeed. As organizations scale up full bore to agile, where can middle managers – project managers and other leaders – best add value in a fast-moving, agile and entrepreneurial world? Leading companies have shifted from a project to a product operating model. Moving from agile teams to end-to-end value stream teams, they have achieved time-to-market accelerations and created product innovations that delight their customers. In this new and exciting world, industry leaders have adopted an Agile Value Management Office (Agile VMO) approach to propel their teams towards end-to-end business agility. Learn how to: create a tight, collaborative management team that leads the delivery of value with an integrated agile process; define processes and controls, set strategy, funding and governance and adeptly facilitate organizational change; and plan adaptively to bring lean discipline to product portfolio selection and prioritization. We’ll explore how managers become agile ninjas to enable the rapid delivery of value and successful business outcomes, even as they support their agile teams in the quest for continuous improvement.


Sanjiv Augustine is an entrepreneur, industry-leading agile and lean expert, author, speaker, management consultant and trainer. With 25 years in the industry, Sanjiv has served as a trusted advisor over the past 15 years to executives and management at leading firms including: Capital One, The Capital Group, CNBC, Comcast, Freddie Mac, Fannie Mae, General Dynamics, HCA Healthcare, The Motley Fool, National Geographic, Nationwide Insurance, Walmart and Samsung. He is the author of the book Managing Agile Projects (Prentice Hall 2005), Scaling Agile: A Lean JumpStart (2015). He is the Chair of the Agile Alliance’s Agile Executive Forum and the founder and moderator of the Lean Startup in the Enterprise Meetup. Sanjiv is the founder and CEO of LitheSpeed, LLC, and founder of the Agile Leadership Academy® executive program.