Agile + DevOps West 2023 Concurrent Session : Regulated Industries—Is Agility Even Possible?

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Thursday, June 8, 2023 - 1:30pm to 2:30pm

Regulated Industries—Is Agility Even Possible?

Agile ways of working are thought by many to be incompatible with the realities of highly regulated industries. Financial services, insurance, healthcare and governmental organizations often are those which could see the most benefits from greater efficiency, transparency, and customer-value focus. However, due to real and perceived constraints of compliance, auditing, validation and related issues, traditional waterfall approaches are the de-facto default for these industries' product development and project management, with the traditional challenges with these traditional methods. Is there a way for agile ways of working to coexist effectively within highly regulated industries? John Halberstadt not only believes that agility is possible, but he's assisted a variety of organizations to introduce agility into their regulated environments, and is pleased to have an opportunity to share some of those learnings with the broader community.


John Halberstadt is Lithespeed’s Director of Agile Consulting, as well as an Enterprise Agile Consultant, Coach and Instructor, leveraging more than two decades of executive leadership experience as a CIO, CTO and Vice President of Technology, transforming enterprises’ ability to deliver value through agile and lean approaches. Halberstadt has led successful agile transformation efforts extensively in the Finance and Insurance domains since the mid-2000s. He additionally has helped guide organizations in additional industries as diverse as Healthcare, Retail, Utilities and Artificial Intelligence on their path to greater agility and value realization from their technology investments. He has been a leader of Agile development teams since 2006, and has led software development program teams since 1997. He holds multiple Agile and Lean certifications, and is the founder/co-founder and leader of multiple Agile and Lean practitioners groups throughout the West Coast.