Agile + DevOps West 2020 Keynote : The Grit behind Successful Agile Transformations

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Thursday, June 11, 2020 - 8:30am to 9:45am

The Grit behind Successful Agile Transformations

Mary Thorn has seen several successful and unsuccessful agile transformations over the past decade. The one commonality she has observed across the successful transformations is that the organizations are “gritty”: They are extremely passionate about their outcomes and will do whatever changes necessary to ensure their long-term goals are met. Mary will share stories of these “gritty” organizations and how organizational alignment, culture, and driven leadership can change a company. Agile transformations are like marathons, and it takes stamina and perseverance for these organizations to continue as they encounter great resistance and failures along the way. Mary will show you how to begin, sustain, and—most importantly—finish your transformation races.

Mary Thorn
S&P Global Market Intelligence

During her more than 20 years of experience with financial, health care, and SaaS-based products, Mary Thorn has held VP, director, and manager-level positions in various software development organizations. A seasoned leader and coach in agile and testing methodologies, Mary has direct experience building and leading teams through large-scale agile transformations. Mary's expertise is a combination of agile scaling, agile testing, and DevOps, which her clients find incredibly valuable. Mary is also the chief storyteller of the book The Three Pillars of Agile Testing and Quality and an avid keynote and conference speaker on all things agile and agile testing.