Agile + DevOps East 2021 Concurrent Session : Create an Intentional Culture Architecture to Support Your Agile Transformation

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Thursday, November 18, 2021 - 3:00pm to 4:00pm

Create an Intentional Culture Architecture to Support Your Agile Transformation

Moving towards Business Agility in large organizations is a major undertaking. Such an initiative builds on the foundational practices of Agile teams while encouraging the organization to take a deeper look into underlying principles, behaviors, and beliefs as part of its culture. While traditional management have largely focused on top-down controls we understand that organizations need to behave differently about the organizational structure and to align to deliver value to our customers. We must look at actionable steps that enable responsiveness of an end-to-end value stream. This presentation covers several mindset changes and how to build an intentional cultural roadmap from leadership to product teams. For some people these practices may already be part of your environment and you will resonant with the potential these principles offer; for others, these practices may be a paradigm shift in how to create organizations that leverage everyone’s talents for increased productivity and innovation.


Dr. Suzette Johnson works for Northrop Grumman Corporation near Baltimore, Maryland. As an NG Fellow, she leads Northrop Grumman’s Lean-Agile Transformation and Center of Excellence. Her initial experience with Agile-related practices began nearly 20 years ago with product development for a commercial company focused on financial and enterprise management systems. Over the past fifteen years she has supported over 100 NG internal, Federal, and DoD programs supporting their transition and maturation of Agile principles and development practices. She has trained/coached over 4,000 individuals on agile practices. Recent published papers include co-authoring: Industrial DevOps Defined (2018), Applied Industrial DevOps (2019) and Industrial DevOps 2.0 (2020). She received a Doctorate of Management at the University of Maryland with a dissertation focused on investigating the impact of leadership styles on software project outcomes in traditional and agile engineering environments.

Catalyst Campus for Technology & Innovation

Robin Yeman is the CTO of Catalyst Campus for Technology & Innovation. She collaborates closely with the Catalyst Campus ecosystem to match the latest technologies and processes to mission needs. Her expertise spans over twenty-five years of experience in systems engineering, software development, and IT with the focus on Agile software development across multiple domains.  She is a DevOps ambassador at the DevOps Institute  and has been actively leading Agile programs execution at scale both domestically and internationally for the last eighteen years with multiple certifications, including Scaled Agile Framework Fellow, Certified Scrum Practitioner, CSM, CSPO, PSM, PMP, PMI-ACP, INCOSE Certified Systems Engineer, and Kanban Masterclass.

Robin is currently is pursuing a Ph.D. in Systems Engineering at Colorado State University with a dissertation focus on best practices for delivering complex safety critical system of systems utilizing Agile and DevSecOps.