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Adam Alker

Manager IT
mBANK S.A.
I'm a philosopher and a project manager. Over the years I have had a pleasure to cooperate and support business partners from around the world. During this time, I observed and learned how various organisations work. Then I met with agile practices that allowed me to look at business value and relationship with customer from yet another perspective. Combining this experience, I took a great opportunity to lead a successful agile transformation. Currently I work as IT Manager at mBank (one of the top banks in Poland) where I support agile transformation and large scaled agile projects.

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Adina Tarry

AI Strategist & Coach and Business Psychologist
Adina Tarry embraced science and technology in childhood and was raised with short science fiction stories -instead of fairy tales - as part of her early reading.

In her first career, she worked internationally with blue chip corporations (IBM, Alcatel Johnson&Johnson, Bristol-Myers Squibb) in manufacturing, supply chain and quality management, enjoying the dynamic, innovative, and science and research driven environments of information technology, communications, pharmaceutical and fashion industries.

She refocused her second career on the development of “people in business” working as an organisation consultant, business psychologist, professional coach and Visiting Lecturer.

Adina’s recently published book “Coaching with careers and AI in mind: Grounding a Hopeful and Resourceful Self Fit for a Digital World” Routledge ISBN 978-1-78220-583-8; is a synthesis of her expertise and experience in business, coaching and psychology. She informs and reflects on the individual challenges that face us in a constantly changing and technology driven world and the strong personal core that is required to empower individuals to face the future with a sense of agency and purpose. True to her authentic self, Adina positions an optimistic call to action for all to prepare, be hopeful and engage with the opportunities that the future may bring.

Adina is currently working on another book dedicated this time to the wider scope of effective and sustainable organisations.

She also dedicates some of her time to pro bono work, including with professional associations, actively supporting high professional standards in communities of practice.

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Aga Gajownik

Founder of Innovation & Integration Ltd, Hackathon Designer & Public Speaker
Aga is a Scrum Master and Agile Coach specialising in creating development frameworks for digital leadership and entrepreneurship education. After completing her BA degree in Management with French she began coaching in 2010, with a key focus on working with women entrepreneurs internationally. In 2014, she moved to Belo Horizonte, where she set up an acceleration programme for StartupBrasil and worked with SEBRAE (National Agency for Entrepreneurship Development). While working, she completed a Management in a Virtual Environment Master’s degree in 2015. Aga created BASICS, I&I and SEE models designed to develop social entrepreneurs. Back in London, she is recognised as an industry expert with real business acumen and a strong commercial mind. She runs educational hackathons, coaches women and consults startup founders and established businesses.

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Amanda Colpoys

Head Agile Coach
Moonpig
Amanda began her career in TV production with the BBC, later moving in to technology. Having worked for an independent agency, she joined Moonpig four years ago.

Amanda focused initially on introducing agile and lean within product and engineering, fostering mature, cross-functional teams and leading them to continuous deployment. She is now focused on an Agile transformation across the wider organisation, extending a lean approach to the commercial, marketing, creative and design teams.

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Andy Barton

Assistant Director
Aylesbury Vale District Council
Andy has responsibility for Strategic Finance, Business Strategy, Change, Legal, Culture Commercialism and Corporate Governance at Aylesbury Vale DC. He is part of the leadership team driving business change across the council and leads on commercialisation and productisation of services within and outside those normally found in local government.He is part of the leadership team, and also leads on service improvement, including externalised services/functions creating efficiency and customer centric service delivery.

Andy has led on the delivery of £17m of efficiencies over 7 years, commercialising and remodelling services. Aylesbury Vale was awarded Council of the Year 2015, with Andy leading a programme of commercialisation of council business model and also lead on launching the first Council lottery, fundraising £200k+ pa for good causes in his council and is now running in over 50 across the country.

He is one of one of only a handful of people to have the public sector MBA. Andy’s previous roles have been across all levels of government including national, regional county and unitary levels. Andy is also a mentor for the Chartered Management Institute, an opportunity for more experienced managers and leaders share their skills and experiences to help others further develop their management skills, as well as being an LGA Peer.

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Ann Kempster

Digital Transformation Consultant
Ann specialises in the people focused aspects of digital transformation. She works mainly with central government and charities to help turn around failing projects and teams by giving them a more human focus. Technology isn't easy but people are hard.

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Barbara Roberts

Director
Agile Business Consortium
Barbara has been working in Agile from the beginning – the early days of RAD. She has been actively engaged with the Agile Business Consortium (formerly the DSDM Consortium) since day one, and ran one of the early adopter projects in 1994/5 which helped form the first version of DSDM. Since then Barbara has been actively involved all things Agile.

Barbara has led many successful Agile transformations in a variety of sectors. This has meant addressing many of the issues typical of any organisational change and providing coaching and mentoring at all levels within the organisation.

Barbara has been the Agile Business Consortium Director for Professional Development for many years, and is still passionate about developing effective, experienced Agile professionals. She led the Consortium’s Agile Strategy and Portfolio workgroup, which launched a midi book in December 2017. This product was developed by a group with significant experience of both Agile, strategy and portfolio in the complex corporate space. She has also co-authored several other Agile Business Consortium products, including the AgilePM® Handbook and the Estimating for Agile pocketbook.

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Bill Mills

Chief Executive & Founder
Explore Learning
Bill Mills is the Chief Executive and Founder of Explore Learning, a leading provider of English and Maths tuition for children aged four to fourteen. Bill started up the company in 2000, opening his first centre in Chelmsford, Essex in 2001.

Education is at the heart of Bill’s life after he was born and brought up at Highfield School in Hampshire, which was founded by his grandfather in 1907 and where his father worked as Headmaster.

Bill graduated from St John’s College, Cambridge in 1988. He joined the American consulting firm, Bain and Company and after two years he went part-time in order to establish a pre-prep school linked to Highfield called Brookham.

In 1991, Bill joined Warrior International, a corporate finance boutique focused on the natural resources sector worldwide where he spent time in Chicago, establishing Warrior’s North American office.
When his father died, Bill became responsible for Highfield – a school of 150 children.After leaving Warrior (which had been acquired by Standard Bank), Bill focused all his time on the development of Highfield and Brookham schools.

It was during this time that he decided to combine his business acumen with his love for education to create an organisation that provides inspiring tuition in Maths and English tuition.

There are now 137 Explore Learning centres across the UK, with approximately 36,000 members, and 5 centres in suburbs of Dallas Fort Worth, Texas. Bill and the Explore team have plans for continued growth, with a further 10 centre launches planned for 2018.

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Catherine Harrisson

Principal
North Highland
Catherine leads the Professionalising Organisations practice at North Highland. She is passionate about creating and embedding effective Organisation Designs, Operating Frameworks, Competencies and Career Paths, that work in today’s digital world.Catherine supports clients in achieving meaningful Agile transformations driven by strategy and taking a people-centred approach.She has significant experience across industries, extensively within retail and financial services.

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Cheryl Razzell

Global Head of Digital Platform Operations
HSBC
Cheryl began her career in technology in 2000 working for Apple starting as a receptionist within their call centre. She used her curiosity into how the Mac OS worked to learn and grow her skills to enable her to progress into a 3rd line support role for Apple customers.


She has worked her way up the ladder within many large organisations like the BBC, Apple, News international, Microsoft, HSBC. Over her career she has undertaken many roles from Desktop support to project management and Global IT Director.

Cheryl has more recently shifted her focus within her career in technology to move away from traditional IT and into the world of engineering where she has in her past 2 roles lead Devops teams to support the CI/CD journeys for both Yammer and more recently for the past 2 years HSBC. In her current role at HSBC Cheryl has built a team and function globally from scratch to support the new Digital Platform for HSBC retail and wealth and banking consumer products. As an advocate for agile devolvement she is working within the business to move away from monolithic development practices and to adopt a mircoservice and API environment.

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cK Edwards-Levene

Founder & Director
TruckStopToday.com

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Daniel Thornton

Former Programme Director
The Institute for Government
Daniel began his career in the Foreign Office, and subsequently worked in Parliament, HM Treasury, the Cabinet Office, 10 Downing Street and as a Director in the Department for Communities and Local Government. From 2009 until 2015, he worked in Switzerland for Gavi, a public-private partnership that funds immunisation in developing countries. After three years at the Institute for Government, a charity that works to make government more effective, he joined Ark in August 2018 as Director of External Relations. Daniel is interested in how agile approaches can make organisations more effective.

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Dan North

Principal
Dan North & Associates
Dan uses his deep technical and organisational knowledge to help CIOs, business and software teams to deliver quickly and successfully. He puts people first and finds simple, pragmatic solutions to business and technical problems, often using lean and Agile techniques. With over 20 years’ experience in IT, Dan is a frequent speaker at technology conferences worldwide. The originator of Behaviour-Driven Development (BDD) and Deliberate Discovery, he has published feature articles in numerous software and business publications, and contributed to The RSpec Book: Behaviour Driven Development with RSpec, Cucumber, and Friends and 97 Things Every Programmer Should Know: Collective Wisdom from the Experts. He occasionally blogs at https://dannorth.net/blog

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Dave Rogers

Chief Technology Officer
Ministry of Justice
Dave Rogers is Chief Technology Officer at the Ministry of Justice. Formerly of guardian.com, BBC, and Government Digital Service, and a software developer and technical architect by background. Dave writes and talks about leadership and strategy in technology, particularly within a central government context. Dave is currently interested in the impact of agile and lean thinking to established ways of working in technology organisational design, cyber security, data science and cloud technology.

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David Kershaw

Freelance Agile Procurement
David is one of only a handful of agile procurement professionals working in UK government. Having learnt ‘bits of Agile’ since 2013 he is a prolific supporter of all things Agile. He has used agile in many complex programmes and always keep things simple. He has one rule: frequent open conversations.

David has used Agile within Government Digital Service (GDS), Crown Commercial Service (CCS), NHS Digital, Government Communication Service (GCS), Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC), Cabinet Office and most recently on Brexit.

David promotes the following procurement principles and has developed Agile training courses for procurement, commercial, legal and finance professionals:
-be open
-get involved
-know the need
-communicate
-simplicity
-change
-market

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Diana Barea

Managing Director & Leader of Talent & Organisation Practice
Accenture Strategy
Diana Barea is a Managing Director and leads Accenture Strategy’s Talent & Organisation Practice in the UK and Ireland.

She partners with her clients to rapidly reskill their workforces; disrupt their operating models to become more agile, innovative, productive and engaging for their people; and gear up for the workplace of the future with humans amplified and supercharged by machines. Her team’s work was a finalist in the CIPD’s best digital initiative in HR / L&D; and her thought leadership can be found on Accenture.com

She has over 20 years’ experience, a psychology degree from Bristol University, an MBA from London Business School, and a patent pending for a digital behavioural change initiative – the 30 Day Challenge app – that has driven unprecedented behaviour change at clients. She is a Professional Certified Coach, an NLP Master Practitioner, and is passionate about developing the coaching skills of her colleagues and clients - to help leaders and their followers live better lives.

Diana also leads Accenture’s diversity initiative that supports employees in the context of their broader circle of family (children, parents, partners), friends and hobbies, so they can bring their whole selves to work. She has published in the Huffington Post on the importance of workplace equality for men as well as women.

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Dot Tudor

Technical Director
TCC

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Dr. Sue Black OBE

Technology Evangelist & UK Government Advisor
Recently named in the list of top 50 women in tech in Europe, Sue is one of the leading tech personalities in the UK today. An award-winning computer scientist, radical thinker, and social entrepreneur Sue is well known for founding the high profile campaign to save Bletchley Park, capitalising upon social media as a fitting continuation of Bletchley’s technological legacy.

Sue is a passionate advocate for women in tech, and has spent the last 20 years campaigning for more recognition and support for women in computing. This led to her founding #techmums, a social enterprise which empowers mums and their families through technology.

Sue is also an academic with 20+ years’ experience with over 40 publications and a PhD in software engineering to her name.

In 2017 she received the Social Impact ABIE Award at the Grace Hopper Celebration, was made an OBE in the New Year Honours list 2016 and sits on the Government’s new advisory board for improving digital services.

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Dr Nicola Millard

Head of Customer Insight & Futures
BT
Dr Nicola Millard heads up Customer Insight & Futures in BT's Innovation Team. Despite working for a technology company, Nicola isn't a technologist and combines psychology with futurology to try & anticipate what might be lying around the corner for both customers and organisations (sadly, her crystal ball is broken).

Nicola recently celebrated her 27th year in BT (she was six when she joined!). She has done a number of jobs around the BT business, including research, user interface design, customer service & business consulting. She was involved with a number of BT "firsts", including the first application of AI into BT's call centres, BT's initial experiments with home working and developing new ways to measure customer experience.

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Emily Jenkins

Clarasys
Emily has been passionate about Agile delivery and culture since joining Clarasys in 2012. She has supported and advised multiple clients in their Agile and scrum delivery for global CRM, digital and change programmes. Within Clarasys, Emily has been dedicated to maintaining the Agile culture and mindset encouraging collaboration and continuous development.

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Fin Goulding

International CIO
Aviva
Fin Goulding is International CIO at the insurer Aviva, where his remit is to create a more innovative organisation based on Flow Agile. He has also performed CIO and CTO roles at Paddy Power, Visa, and Lastminute.com. Over the past decade, he has pioneered a more value centric workplace that employees find engaging and creative. He is the co-author of Flow: A Handbook for Change-Makers and 12 Steps to Flow: A New Framework for Business Agility.

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Genevieve Wastie

Head of Talent
Backed VC

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Geof Ellingham

Chair
Agile Business Consortium

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Giles Lindsay

Director of Software Engineering
dnata

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Haydn Shaughnessy

Chief Content & Design Officer
Flow Academy Company
Haydn Shaughnessy is an author, advisor and analyst who has written extensively on economic change and disruption before. Working with Fin on defining a framework for customer centric agility. He is the co-author of Flow: A Handbook for Change-Makers and 12 Steps to Flow: A New Framework for Business Agility.

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Helen Hunter

Group Chief Data Officer
Sainsbury's
As Group Chief Data Officer at Sainsbury’s plc, Helen’s remit is to maximise the value of the Group’s data asset: democratising access and finding creative ways to unlock its insight potential in support of Sainsbury’s strategy to ‘know our customers better than anyone else’

Over the last 8 years at Sainsbury’s in roles including Director of Innovation, and Director of Data and Relationship Marketing, Helen has brought to bear her experience of navigating large organisations to develop products and propositions at the intersection of data, digital, technology, performance marketing and loyalty. These have included Sainsbury’s Band Match and Sainsbury’s new Nectar.

Helen thrives on solving problems and delivering innovation by building both products and people. She relishes a blank sheet of paper against a clear strategic outcome and happily rolls her sleeves up to do the unglamorous housework of implementation. And supports people to be their best and realise their ambitions.

Before joining Sainsbury’s, Helen held roles at emnos, Home Retail Group, Woolworths Group, and Kingfisher, having read modern history at Oxford. She lives in central London with two young children (6 and 2) and is a fan of skiing, sci-fi and European crime drama.

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Helen Routledge

CEO
Totem Learning Limited
Helen is known as one of the most sought after serious games designers globally. Known for creating award winning, effective and engaging gamified solutions with proven ROI that will improve your organisation's learning and development.

At her heart Helen is an Instructional Games Designer and specialises in the design and development of engaging Gamification and Serious Games. With over 15 years experience of applying behavioural and cognitive theories to highly-interactive serious games. Helen has been involved in shaping the Game Based Learning/Serious Games market with particular focus integrating learning content with the motivation aspects of good game design.

Helen shared her knowledge in the hugely popular ‘Why Games Are Good For Business’. A down to earth practical guide for organisations on how to maximise the use of gameful thinking for learning and development.

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Hilary Scarlett

Founder & Director
Scarlett & Grey
Hilary’s work has spanned Europe, the US and Asia and concentrates on the development of people-focused change programmes. Hilary regularly works with leadership teams in the private and public sectors to help them build resilience and introduce change efficiently and effectively. She has won various global awards for her work in employee engagement and change management.

Hilary holds an MA from Cambridge University, she has a post-graduate Certificate in the Psychology of Organisation Development and Change and is an accredited executive coach with the Institute of Leadership and Management. Hilary has been working with neuroscientists at University College London to apply cognitive neuroscience to practical management tools. Her book, Neuroscience for Organizational Change – an evidence-based practical guide to managing change – was published in 2016 and has been widely praised.

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Iwona Winiarska

Agile Delivery Manager
Government Digital Service

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Jason Gaulden

Vice President of Partnerships
America Succeeds
Jason Gaulden is the Vice President of Partnerships for America Succeeds, a nonprofit, nonpartisan coalition of business organizations focused on improving the nation’s education system. He co-authored "The Age of Agility: Education Pathways for the Future of Work," a report which examines how advanced technologies are fundamentally changing the education-to-workforce pipeline. Prior to America Succeeds, Jason served as an Education Program Officer for Daniels Fund, a major philanthropy supporting education reform. Before that, he was a Senior Fellow at El Pomar Foundation, where he studied leadership, nonprofit service, and the philanthropic sector. He is a graduate of the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs where he earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology.

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Jeremy Renwick

CxO
Agilesphere

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Joel Robinson

Head of Strategy & Planning, Digital & Technology
Sainsbury's
Joel is the Head of Strategy & Planning for Sainsbury’s Digital & Technology function. He is responsible for the development of the division’s strategy, vision, goals and objectives, as well as facilitating continuous transformation of the division and ways of working, to enable Agile delivery at increasing pace. Joel is currently leading the transformation of the Digital & Technology function ways of working. Prior to this role, Joel was a Lead Product Owner and Online Development Manager at Sainsbury’s.

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John McIntyre

Head of PMO/Projects
Ticketmaster

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Jon Sleeper

Executive Coach and Agile Practitioner
Jon is an EMCC Executive Coach and Agile Practitioner helping leaders, teams and organisations to achieve effective change.Jon specialises in engaging with leaders and individuals working with organisational change to help them to lead the way and achieve successful outcomes for themselves, their teams and the overall environment.Challenges addressed typically include fear of change, programme delivery, work overload, delegation, organisational skills, handling conflict, team development, confidence and decision making, to name just a few.Jon has worked with leaders from a wide range of organisations, including BP, HSBC, BNP Paribas, Credit Suisse, UBS TUI, Jet2, VocaLink, WEX, University of Sheffield and Maersk.Jon facilitates Coaching for agile coaches and Agile leadership workshops’ as well as Agile classroom-based learning (including Scrum, SAFe and simulated learning using Lego).

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Jon Ward

Agile Programme Coach Consultant
Beneficial Consulting

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Jurgen Appelo

Founder/CEO
Agility Scales
With his company Agility Scales, Jurgen is inventing the future of organizational agility. Why are we wasting our time learning how to manage companies, when very soon computers will navigate us through our work-lives and help us to lead and manage our teams?
As a serial founder, successful entrepreneur, author and speaker, Jurgen is pioneering management to help creative organizations survive and thrive in the 21st century. He offers concrete games, tools, and practices, so you can introduce better management, with fewer managers. He also offers a platform for you to share your practices and stories with the rest of the world.
Jurgen calls himself a creative networker. But sometimes he’s a writer, speaker, trainer, entrepreneur, illustrator, manager, blogger, reader, dreamer, leader, freethinker, or… Dutch guy. Inc.com has called him a Top 50 Leadership Expert and a Top 100 Leadership Speaker. Since 2008, Jurgen writes a popular blog at NOOP.NL, offering ideas on the creative economy, agile management, organizational change, and personal development. He is the author of the book Management 3.0, which describes the role of the manager in agile organizations. And he wrote the little book How to Change the World, which describes a supermodel for change management. His most recent book is called Managing for Happiness, which offers you practical ideas to engage workers, improve work, and delight clients.
Jurgen can help you upgrade your enterprise with more engagement and faster results; He can show you how to become an agile business with better software; He shows you how to creatively manage your company; And he can inspire professionals with a purpose, advocating work-life integration for creative people. Jurgen is CEO of the business network Happy Melly and co-founder of the Agile Lean Europe network. He is also a speaker who is regularly invited to talk at business seminars and conferences around the world.

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Kathy Berkidge

Agile Trainer & Coach/Mindfulness Teacher
Mind at Work Consulting

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Katie Taylor

Director
Agile Business Consortium

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Laura-May Coope

Co-Founder
Social Life
I’m the Founder of Social Life - a leading social media agency based in London and LA working with some of the world’s biggest brands and broadcasters. We connect clients like Netflix, Apple Music, Red Bull and the BBC with their social audiences in creative and rewarding ways. Our Netflix work was nominated for a Shorty Award this year.

Social Life is an extensively LGBTQ+ company - from our work with shows including Orange is the New Black, Kimmy Schmidt and Queer Eye to our founding and supporting team members and queer-positive working environments.

I previously led social media at BBC Radio 1 and 1Xtra for over 4 years, taking the stations from thousands of followers to over 5 million, winning a 30 under 30 title and a Sony Award for the digital re-launch of the Radio 1 Breakfast Show. I introduced YouTubers to Radio 1, launching Dan and Phil as presenters. I was then placed 7th in The Drum’s Social Buzz Top 50 – a list of the 50 most influential people in social media marketing in the UK.

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Laura M Powers

CEO
Radtac U.S.
Laura is an active Agile trainer, coach, speaker and LEGO® Serious Play® facilitator with over twenty-five years of product development, marketing and sales experience at Hewlett Packard, Sales.com, eBay and Intuit as well as several ill-fated start-ups you’ve never heard of. She holds a BS and an MS in mechanical engineering from Virginia Tech and is a SAFe® SPC4, Certified Scrum Professional, Certified ScrumMaster, Certified Scrum Product Owner, Certified Trainer of Training from the Back of the Room, Certified Trainer and Master Practitioner of Neuro Linguistic Programming and Hypnosis.

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Laurence Wood

Agile Transformation Lead
IndigoBlue Consulting
Laurence inspires teams and leaders to deliver more value, more often using Agile and Lean in India and the UK. His Lean and Agile experience spans 25 years from Jaguar apprentice to Agile Programme Manager at Callcredit Information Group via City of London Head of IT.

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Lee Sankey

Founder
Door
Lee is a recognised Design and Innovation Leader and has worked with global brands such as Volvo, Virgin, Skype, Vodafone, Yamaha and Puma on projects spanning strategy, brand, technology, product, experience and service design. In 2014 he was included in The Drum’s list of the world’s 100 most influential designers. Prior to founding Door and Phlynt, Lee was Group Design Director at Barclays PLC where he was responsible for building and leading interdisciplinary teams to create and deliver the next era of financial services.

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Leila Rao

Enterprise Lean Agile Consultant
AgileXtended
Leila Rao is an enterprise Lean-Agile consultant optimizing the ability of organizations to discover, deliver and realize value iteratively. She integrates Lean values and practices, gained from years of Lean experience in the healthcare industry, with Agile principles drawn from years of working within the information technology realm to facilitate sustainable organizational change efforts.

She is the creator of the Compass for Agility framework, which will be published in a book of the same title this fall. The framework integrates principles design thinking, lean, facilitation and agile so that organizations can shape their own compass to adapt to the twin challenges of the increasing rate of change and increasing complexity of challenges.

She has previously consulted with complex organizations including Blackboard by AIG, UnitedHealthcare, IHG as well as several United States government agencies including the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, the Federal Aviation Administration, the United States Department of Homeland Security, and the U.S. Courts.

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Leonor Barroca

Senior Lecturer
The Open University

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Liam Russell

Staffing Business Partner
Google
Liam is a Staffing Business Partner at Google. In his role, he constructs teams based on hiring traits and serves as a teaming and culture specialist. Prior to this role, Liam was a Resource Manager at Estafet, where he enabled resource forecasting, workforce planning and improvement of internal processes. Liam is passionate about company culture and strategic organizational advancement through a resource-based view (RBV), and has advanced knowledge of resource management, recruitment, retention, engagement and development. Liam earned a degree in Law and Japanese from Keele University.

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Lindsay Scott

Director
PMO Learning

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Lisa Barnwell

Founder - Bumps and the Boardroom | Gender Diversity & Inclusion Strategist

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Liz Barron

ICF Associate Certified Coach & Owner
Realize Coaching & Consulting
Liz works as a Leadership and Team Coach, with a background of twenty-something (!) years in IT, Software Development, Business Analysis, Facilitation and Agile methods, and ten years of coaching experience.

She also works with a Coach Training organisation in Ireland helping managers to develop their skills in professional coaching.
Over years of working in and with teams, she's found that youthful, dynamic, technical professionals coming into leadership roles may not yet have had the opportunity to learn the skills, tools and techniques that help them to lead with impact, build a cohesive team, and ensure accountability and delivery of results; so she works with those leaders and their teams to help them build thriving, productive and profitable teams.

There’s also a growing global movement in the leadership and coaching space as progressive organisations start to move towards a coaching culture - building people’s empathy, resilience, focus and creating an empowered and enlightened workforce, who can collaborate across boundaries and geographies with strong working relationships.

She believes that the two worlds of Agile and Coaching together can become the fundamental cornerstone to supporting “individuals and interactions” and Creating Generation Agile.

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Manal Koujan

Product Manager
Manal Koujan has more than 15 years of experience providing guidance and direction to globally distributed teams delivering critical software within the Investment and Banking industry. Manal currently works as an independent consultant at a German bank and is presently the Product Manager for the banks’s strategic Profit and Loss Platform. She is a certified Scaled Agile Program Consultant.

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Mark Newman

CEO & Founder
The Morphix Company
Mark Newman is a strategist and consultant. Starting his career as an electronics systems engineer he has since established a new international R&D facility for Nokia, created global marketing strategies, and advised multinationals such as BP. Mark has remained at the forefront of our new digital world as it has evolved.

He is now CEO & Founder of The Morphix Company, which is committed to providing large organisations with the framework they need to support both the behavioural and technological sides of enterprise-wide agility.

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Martin Kalungu-Banda

Faculty Member
Presencing Institute
Martin serves as Core-Faculty Member and UK Representative of the Presencing Institute. He co-facilitates leadership development programs for the Global Alliance for Banking on Values and the Rand Merchant Bank. He is Guest Facilitator of the HRH Duke of Edinburgh’s Commonwealth Study Conference Leaders Programme. Previously, he served Special Adviser to the third President of Zambia and faculty for the HSBC Next Generation Leadership Development Programme and the University of Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership. Martin regularly runs sessions on leadership and innovation for Airbus, multilateral organisations and senior government officials globally. He is the author of the bestseller "Leading Like Madiba: Leadership Lessons from Nelson Mandela" and two other books.

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Máté Palicz

Business Development Lead
StatusApp
Gained experience and developed a broad skill set in different managerial and operational roles, especially in the field of Sales, Procurement and Marketing. Track record of driving change, developing clear strategies and translating them into successful execution. I strive to meet high standards of performance and achieve organisational excellence while creating lasting change in people and organisations.

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Matt Austin

Managing Consultant & Coach
Clarasys
Matt has been living and breathing Agile over the last several years as an analyst, consultant and Agile champion. He has witnessed both success and failure at different businesses in using agile principles to solve their biggest business challenges, from digital transformation through to application of analytics. He applies the principle of ‘inspect and adapt’ to just about everything in his working life.

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Matt Cheung

CEO
Clarasys
Matt Cheung is CEO and Co-Founder of Clarasys. He is an expert in Agile programme delivery having spent more than 20 years delivering large, complex business change programmes and projects using Agile. He worked for PwC Consulting, before moving to the Berkeley Partnership, and worked as an independent consultant before founding Clarasys in 2010. Since then, Clarasys has grown to a team of over 90 consultants working across a range of industries including financial services, events, healthcare, utilities and information services.

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Mirko Kleiner

Co-Founder & Agile Coach
Flowdays - The Agile Cooperative
Mirko Kleiner is the creator of Lean-Agile Procurement and founding member of the Flowdays Cooperative.

Mirko works as an independent Agile Coach and Ad Interim Manager. He’s long been an avowed Agilist, but understands the necessity to adapt to the given surrounding conditions. After over 17 years of professional experience in various positions in distributed organisations, large-scaled projects and different cultures, he’s a known expert in setting up and managing distributed Agile organisations, and helping them to solve their problems.

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Nick Brown

Agile Lead
PwC
As Agile Lead at PwC, Nick works with a range of teams across the UK (as well as supporting client-facing teams) in helping them find a pragmatic approach to apply Agile principles to their work.

He has played the role of Coach, Scrum Master and Lean-Agile Portfolio Manager, therefore he is experienced and familiar with the challenges that one can face in undergoing a transformation initiative.

Framework agnostic, Nick encourages borrowing the right practices where it is relevant to the context he is in, whilst remaining true to the principles. As a big advocate of the empirical roots of Agile, he uses data visualisation as a basis to help teams learn, in particular from a systems thinking perspective.

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Olivia Köhler

Strategy Consultant
LHBS

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Pam Ashby

Communications Specialist
Pam Ashby believes her digital marketing and project management qualifications frame what she knows, but her thirty years’ corporate marketing experience is the lens through which she judges what’s worked – and considers why.

She is ‘a getter of things done’ – a descriptor given to her at the global electronics group where she trained. She’s led international marketing departments, worked with leading London advertising and design agencies, and written for a wide range of business publications. She is currently an independent consultant and writer, and Marketing Lead for a TEDx conference team.

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Patrick Hoverstadt

Director
Fractal Consulting
Patrick has worked as a consultant since 1995 with organisations of all sizes and internationally in both the private and public sector. He specialises in using systemic approaches, working mainly on strategy, organisational design and organisational change.

Patrick is the author of “Fractal Organisation” a book on organisation design using the Viable System Model published by Wiley in 2008 which has been used used on seven masters programmes around the world, and he is co-author of “Patterns of Strategy” a book on a systemic approach to strategy published by Gower in 2017. He chairs SCiO a group of systems practitioners and is a Visiting Research Fellow at Cranfield School of Management.

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Peter Cheese

Chief Executive
The Chartered Institute of Personnel & Development (CIPD)
Peter is recognised as a consultant, speaker and writer in the field of human capital and organisation, and has worked with many organisations, practitioners and thought leaders in this field. He was voted as the UKs most influential thinker in HR for 2013 by HR Magazine. He is also a non-exec director at BPP University, and sits on the Advisory Board of the Open University Business School.

From 2010 to 2012 he was Chairman of the Institute of Leadership and Management and remained as a member of the Board until July 2013.
Prior to that, Peter was Global Managing Director of Accenture’s Talent and Organisation Performance consulting practice. He has extensive international experience gained from many years of working with leading businesses around the world on human capital and organisational strategy, talent management and HR transformation, and the management of change. He has written numerous articles for leading publications worldwide and was the lead author on a book, The Talent-Powered Organisation, published in October 2007 by Kogan Page. In 2008 he was named by Consulting Magazine as one of the top 25 consultants worldwide.

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Philip Alexander

CEO
People Platform

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Philippe Guenet

Founder & Principal Consultant
Henko
Philippe has worked with Digital change from the early days of the Internet (nearly 25 years). Philippe worked on major change initiatives for corporate clients such as L&G, Vodafone, O2, Ladbrokes, M&S, Barclays, Lloyds, etc. Philippe progressed from technology architecture and programme delivery to improving the ways of working between Business and IT. Now working as an independent, Philippe focuses on assisting leaders to evolve management styles and organisations, with a view to exploit digital technologies towards business outcomes. Philippe believes that the existing consulting industry is not well aligned to providing the right service to help leaders with digital. Philippe is developing a fresh approach called Coachulting™.

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Professor Eddie Obeng

Spatial Collaboration Revolution Evangelist
QUBE at Pentacle The Virtual Business School
Eddie is the brains behind the innovation bursts at Danone and Cadbury, the delivery of successful innovation projects at IDEO, inspiring change and leadership in HSBC, the turnaround of Rolls Royce and much more.

As well as having written 10 books on innovation, change and leadership, Eddie also invented QUBE - known as an "innovative virtual world" - the term 'virtual teams', the four types of change and many more formidable tools, frameworks and concepts.

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Rebecca Kemp

Director of Customer Journey
Citizens Advice
Rebecca is a Digital Transformation Expert and Associate Partner at Door and Phlynt. She leads user-centered, agile, service transformation programmes, and specialises in working with organisations who are new to these approaches. Rebecca is an experienced trainer, working with companies, governments and charities to develop their capabilities in digital delivery, agile and leadership. Rebecca has been Interim Digital Director at Public Health England, Head of Policy at the Government Digital Service, and worked with clients including Hewlett-Packard, EY and Sopra Steria.

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Rebecca Ulyatt

Partnership Director
Blue Sky Performance Improvement
Rebecca is a passionate L&D expert with a diverse and rich breadth of knowledge and 18 years’ experience in learning consultancy and sales and service environments. Her strength is in stakeholder engagement and management, and blended learning design and delivery. Prior to joining Blue Sky, she successfully managed the cultural and physical implementation of an L&D entity within a large multi-national corporate environment. Her focus is to drive a solution that creates behavioural change in delegates, while delivering ROI and performance improvement against an organisation’s KPIs.

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Simon Reindl

Director
Advanced Product Delivery
An experienced coach, trainer and technologist, with over 18 years helping people adopt new technology and realising business value, Simon has experience in a wide range of business domains, in both the public and private sector around the world.

His professional experiences combine to enable him to deliver the full range of Professional Scrum Training courses (PSF, PSD .NET, PSM, PSPO) as a Professional Scrum Trainer, as well as coach organisations at all levels - from the technical to the managerial. Simon is one of the Stewards maintaining the Professional Scrum Master course with Scrum.Org.

His passion is helping teams and organisations deliver better value by writing software that delights the customer. He does this by engaging with the people, facilitating their understanding and helping improve their performance.

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Stefan Erschwendner

Managing Partner
LHBS

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Steve Morlidge

Director
Satori Partners
Steve has 30 years’ practical experience in designing and running performance management systems in Unilever. A former chairman of the European Beyond Budgeting Round Table, he now works as a management thinker, writer and speaker.

He published Future Ready: How to Master Business Forecasting in 2010, and The Little Book of Beyond Budgeting in 2017. He is on the editorial board of Foresight and is also a cofounder of CatchBull, a supplier of cutting-edge forecasting performance management software.

Steve is a visiting fellow at Cranfield University, and has a PhD from Hull Business School. He completed his BA with honors, and he is a qualified management accountant (CIMA).

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Stuart Young

Design & Innovation Practice Lead
Radtac
Stuart leads Radtac’s Design and Innovation Practice where his passion for business visualisation, Agile and human-centred design is brought to life. He has provided business visualisation at multiple global events (including the 2017 Agile Business Conference!) which have brought him international notoriety. By creating a visual information radiator, he translates concepts and processes into engaging visuals, simplifying complexity and accelerating learning. Stuart contributes to team and organisational visioning and planning events by offering captivating visuals that crystallise ideas, cultivate learning and drive innovation.

Stuart facilitates a suite of Design and Innovation courses that foster customer-centric creativity and innovation, harbouring Design Thinking and Agile practices, and supporting individuals in gaining the confidence to visualise and innovate effectively. The newly gained skills assist teams to solve problems and map ideas with the use of Design Thinking tools and visualisation techniques.

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Symon Cusack

Agile Technical Director
Atkins
Symon Cusack has been Atkins' Agile Technical Director for a number of years now and has worked with many of their clients across a number of sectors to help them understand and embrace Agile ways of working. He was first involved in Agile some 15 years’ ago working for a large global organisation and, having a background in more established project and programme delivery approaches, and appreciate first-hand the culture challenges associated with adoption, especially in medium and large organisations including government. He believes he has the best job at Atkins, especially when attendees of the workshops and coaching sessions he runs suddenly switch on to the potential Agile has for making things so much better.

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Tamsin Anastasi-Pace

Senior Vice President, Global Head of Operational Change
The Economist
Tamsin Anastasi-Pace is a business leader operating at the intersection of strategy, people and technology. Having spent the early part of her career working in events for the University of London, she moved to China and then Malta to teach English. She subsequently moved into publishing and then digital advertising, honing her craft at AOL before joining The Economist Group to support the launch of their first apps. For the last 8 years Tamsin has developed her career creating and running global teams while based in London, New York and Dubai. She is now Global Head of Operational Change with responsibility for running a multi-year Transformation Programme within The Economist Group Media Businesses. Tamsin is a charity trustee and offers coaching and mentoring through CMI, Aspire Woman and privately, where she focuses on the psychology of change.

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Vikram Jain

Founder
JCURV
Vikram is the founder of JCURV, a consultancy with the sole focus of increasing the agility of the UK. Vikram and the JCURV team work with the Boards of FTSE 100 organisations, public bodies and charities to help transform the way their enterprises work in order to respond faster and more efficiently to the market. JCURV has recently supported the launch delivery of a $1bn programme for a FTSE 100 organisation using Agile ways of working. Previously, Vikram worked at Oliver Wyman, Lloyds Banking Group and Gemini consulting.

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Vlad Nanu

Co-CEO
Amdaris
Proudly sharing the role of Amdaris CEO with Andy Rogers, Vlad directs daily operations and oversees short-term and long-term business strategies of a multinational software company specialising in project management for software development and integration.

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Alan Furlong

Founder
Sherpa People Systems
Alan is the co-founder of Sherpa People Systems, a company that is focused on executing ‘people science’ interventions to improve all human aspects of Agile Leadership, Agile Teams and Agile culture. He has been a HR, Training, Sales and Marketing professional, Entrepreneur and Training Company founder. He has worked in Europe, Asia and Australia.

• With his previous business partner, he has built two successful seven figure start up companies. One focused primarily on on-line learning and the second, focused on developing
cloud-based small business performance dashboards.
• In his previous corporate role he was responsible for the people aspects of over 1,800 staff in a large financial institution and was a key senior leader, helping to transform under-performing business units,
supporting large acquisitions and coaching senior banking executives.
• Alan is accredited in Positive Psychology studying with Tal Ben Shahar from Harvard University, world leading Positive Psychologist.
• He has helped businesses grow up to 300% in less than twelve months and has personally coached/mentored hundreds of successful entrepreneurs as well as some of the most powerful names in financial services.

Alan does not describe himself as a ’subject matter expert’, instead he is a person who coaches from the perspective of a someone who has walked in your shoes, either as a successful leader in a corporate setting or as a successful leader of his own businesses. Alan has coached in-house, in financial services and has also coached independently including coaching and mentoring entrepreneurs, tech start up business owners and social entrepreneurs. If you face challenges with any of the following, he can help:

Human-centred Agile leadership
Building your high-performance team
Building a culture of happiness and high quality productivity
The science and psychology of sustainable high performance without burn out
Stress and stress mastery
Creating better work life balance
Handling conflict in a positive way
Strategies to get the best out of teams
Increasing your emotional intelligence
And more…

If your Agile challenges are people related, come and say hello.
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David Roberts

Founder & CEO
CUPE Projects
I help companies migrate towards an Agile Business vision: Can we build a new operating model? Will it enable us to move at pace in a competitive market? Will it test positive for delivering new Product/Service standards? And finally will staff and partners love to be part of it? If you are asking these questions, benefit from our consulting and coaching experience; practical advice for your challenges!

I work with change programmes and project offices, and management teams in many industries; I have professional experience in pharma/healthcare, government/defence, education/ training and consulting experience in banking/finance, IT/logistics and many more. To turn your challenges into positive energy; connect at the Coaching Corner; build an agile mind-set, and transition from traditional to Agile Business.
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Dieter Strasser

Based on a broad range of PPM-frameworks since 35 years and guided through 5 psychological theories I worked as multiple accredited coach with a comprehensive approach for all aspects around complex intents at all levels and their impact into organisations.

My clients are team-members, leaders, managers, analysts, executives, coaches, trainers and other stakeholders – alone or in groups. Hard or soft facts – all are welcome. Symptoms, fog or concrete situations too. My strengths are intensive listening, observing your expressions and behaviour, wide knowledge and great patience. Usually my clients come mostly from the German-speaking region of Europe.
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Dot Tudor

Director
TCC Ltd
Dot's specialties include: Agile training, coaching, mentoring; Business Analysis, Facilitation; Agile leadership.

Dot can help with your questions related to Agile Business Analysis, Agile Project Management, the Scrum Master role, the Scrum Product Owner role.She can also discuss certifications in any of these areas.

Dot is an experienced and passionate Agile coach and trainer, winner of 'Best Agile Coach / Mentor' at the UK Agile Awards, a finalist in the 'Most Valuable Agile Player UK' five years running and winner of the Award for Outstanding Contribution to a DSDM Team. She is a recognised conference speaker nationally and internationally and a published Author. She is a Fellow of the British Computer Society and a Certified IT Professional and has been involved with business change projects for over thirty years.

Dot is a certified agile professional, with extensive experience in all flavours of agile, business analysis, project/programme management and service management, working across all industry sectors with customers from SMEs and computer games companies to large banks, insurance companies and government organisations, plus organisations in the third sector.

Dot is a co-author of the Agile Project Framework and AgilePM. She is the Lead Author of AgileBA, accredited by APMG International and Chief Examiner for this.

Dot worked with the Agile Project Leadership Network and Agile Alliance to develop the world’s first Agile Leadership qualifications and worked with the BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT, to develop their International Business Analysis Diploma and Solution Development Diploma.


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Dragan Jojic

Founding Partner
BeLiminal
Dragan is a change agent, trainer and coach with over 30 years of experience in and around IT. Over the last 13 years, he has been focusing on Agile and business change consulting and coaching and has worked with a multitude of clients in insurance, retail banking, online gaming and other industries. His specialist area of interest is organisational agility and the structure, culture and leadership required to make it happen.

Dragan is a founding partner of BeLiminal (www.beliminal.com), an interdependent ecosystem of experts in Lean, Agile and Systems coaching.

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Drake Gearheart

Business Agility Coach
Accelerate Agility
Drake Gearheart is a Business Agility Coach and Founder of Accelerate Agility

He partners with his clients to help shape their transformational journeys towards high levels of adaptivity and innovation in order to respond successfully in the marketplace and workplace of the future.

He advises C-level leaders to reshape the “what” and “how” they incentivize in the practices and behaviors that influence mindsets, capabilities and culture of the organization.

Drake has 12 years’ experience introducing, scaling and sustaining new ways of working to achieve strategic business outcomes with Fortune 500 and private enterprises across North America, Asia and Europe.

He has over 20 years’ experience in Change and Transformation including post-M&A in Banking and other Highly Regulated sectors, in parallel with a 21 year U.S. military career.

In recent month he has been mentoring scaling startups and market disruptors to strengthen the strategic alignment of work across rapidly growing numbers of teams without comprising agility.
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Eben Halford

Founding Partner
BeLiminal
As an agile and organisational coach and certified trainer, Eben helps business leaders, managers and teams deliver sustainable solutions faster.

A regular keynote speaker and presenter Eben’s background in product delivery, agile methods, coaching and organisational change places him at the intersection of these and enables him to harness change as a driver for growth and competitive advantage.

With board-level experience and a focus on applying systems thinking to solve complex business problems, Eben has worked with companies from startup to FTSE100 corporations to create and facilitate change for executives, leadership teams, senior managers and delivery teams.
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James Dwan

Senior Partner
Catalyst Consulting
James is a consultant, trainer and coach for Catalyst Consulting specialising in Agile and Lean Six Sigma. James first became an Agile practitioner in the early noughties at Experian. In 2004, he joined Markem-Imaje to help to transform their software development activities. In parallel, he cemented himself as one of the top facilitators within the European Continuous Improvement I team and has evangelised Agile and Lean thinking ever since in several senior roles including Global Manager of Software Development, Programme Manager, Strategy Deployment manager and PMO Manager. Over the past year, Catalyst have been working with clients to experiment using Agile techniques and mindset to accelerate traditional process improvement. Across the board, we have seen faster projects and improved results using Agile thinking fused with Lean Six Sigma, bringing about rapid business transformation, along with a holistic approach to transformation whether the solution is automation, process improvement or digital.
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Jeremy Renwick

CxO
Agilesphere
Jeremy has been part of and led teams that deliver technology-enabled business change for over 30 years; from the world’s first electronic banking system to the digital transformation of criminal justice in England and Wales.

He has been coaching “Agile-at-scale” for the last 10 years; particularly large programmes in Financial Services (HSBC, Daiwa) and Central Government (GDS, DWP and MoJ). His particular speciality is coaching senior leaders on how to evolve governance, structure and culture to ensure that their organisations genuinely transform.
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John Dunnet

Coach & Mentor
Digithull
John Dunnet has over 25 years experience of utilising Information Technology and Services for business benefit. He is nowhere near as dull as this first sentence sounds.

Over the last 8 years he has coached agile in both the private sector and most recently for several government departments, putting the citizen at the centre of service design as a partner of Agilesphere.

He is also a coach at Hull University's Digital Delivery Academy, and founder of evoco.co.uk Ltd. Previously, he was Vice President IS and Real Estate for Gartner. Prior to that, John ran IS International for Gartner. Previously, John ran a series of projects across the private banking sector and ran a print & design business. John is also a Fellow of the BCS.
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Jude Paterson

Director & Agile Trainer
IT-Howzat
Jude Paterson, of IT-Howzat, has a wealth of experience across a range of agile approaches and can support you via our 1:1 coaching corner sessions. She founded her own business, focussing on agile consultancy and training 4 years ago to enable her to share her experiences with a wide range of clients. Her experience covers a range of sectors but includes Intelligent Transport Systems, Healthcare, Finance and public sector as well as SMEs. During this period, she has also supported the Agile Business Consortium, and is currently one of the International Ambassadors, focussing on Scotland and the UK.
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Kathy Berkidge

Agile Trainer & Coach/Mindfulness Teacher
Mind at Work Consulting
With a background in software development, Kathy has over 25 years of experience in I.T. working, with teams to deliver software and process improvements for organisations both large and small. As a mindfulness practitioner, Kathy is passionate about seeing people, teams and organisations succeed and thrive within an environment of collaboration and harmony. Kathy works with organisations to implement mindfulness practices that provide benefits to individuals, as well as teams, that result in innovative solutions and increased customer value. In addition, Kathy has worked with many agile teams, delivering agile training courses, coaching and consulting.

Kathy is a seasoned Agile professional with many years’ experience working as an Agile BA and PM in numerous teams. With extensive Agile coaching experience, she has provided consulting, training and coaching services to multiple government departments in Australia, as well as many businesses both large and small. Working with key leaders in each organisation, Kathy has helped establish Agile project delivery frameworks and implement training programmes. She is passionate about helping teams improve their agile skills and better adopt agile practices and principles to deliver real business value. Kathy is dedicated to enabling people and teams thrive within an environment of mindfulness, collaboration, trust and harmony embodying the Agile mindset.
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Parag Gogate

Change Innovator
Parag is currently supporting the Consortium to support the design, development and delivery of its transformation programme. He is also part of the Consortium’s Agile Culture & Leadership working group with particular focus on the Culture aspects. He is the founder of Change Innovation Lab, a boutique consultancy specialising in building change capability and agility for organisations, teams and individuals. Parag’s work and research in the field of organisational change is transdisciplinary, integrative and collaborative. It draws on ideas, theories, practice and research from a range of disciplines such as systems thinking, complexity science, psychology, innovation theory, design thinking, neuroscience, serious games and behavioural economics.
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Peter Measey

Founder & Chairman
RADTAC
Peter Measey has been involved in the Agile world since 1994, before Agile was called Agile! He is the Founder (in 1998) and Chairman of Radtac ltd, one of the worlds leading specialist Agile transformation companies. He has been a Director of the DSDM Consortium and is a Fellow of the Agile Business Consortium. He has many Agile certifications that include being a Certified Scrum Trainer and certified in Agile Project Management, SAFe, Lean, Kanban etc etc.

Peter has been coaching and facilitating Agile people for over 25 years, he has coached Scrum Masters and Product Owners since the beginning of Scrum and coached organisations on scaling Agile for the last 15 years. He now specialises in coaching business people at the ‘C-level’ in organisations to understand what Agile is and what it means for their organisations; he runs the 'Business Agility’ practice within Radtac
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Sheila Roberts

Director & Founder
CUPE International
Businesses need to be constantly changing today. I focus on how to implement the Business Strategy using the most appropriate methods, tools and techniques. I have a practical and pragmatic attitude, drawn from many years of finding answers to project challenges. I enjoy tailoring Agile to your environment or even coming up with a bespoke solution combining best practice with your organisational, or project, environment.

My experience is in health and government / defence, with consulting experience in a range of additional industries including, banking, third sector, leisure, on line retail, construction, IT, logistics and manufacturing. I would love to work with you to identify how to take your project to the next level.
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Tim Robinson

Director
Agilist
I’m an experienced Agile coach, I work with individuals, teams, and organisations to help them to improve their ability to deliver outcomes that matter.

  • I believe that great products are built by great teams, not great plans
  • When a team has a clear common purpose, the autonomy to deliver and an intrinsic motivation to attain mastery, success is guaranteed
  • I get up every day to try to make this the norm, not the exception

I have seen the power of true high performing teams and their ability to improve lives through military service and truly high performing product delivery teams.
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Vikram Jain

Founder
JCURV
Vikram is the founder of JCURV, a consultancy with the sole focus of increasing the agility of the UK. Vikram and the JCURV team work with the Boards of FTSE 100 organisations, public bodies and charities to help transform the way their enterprises work in order to respond faster and more efficiently to the market. JCURV has recently supported the launch delivery of a $1bn programme for a FTSE 100 organisation using Agile ways of working. Previously, Vikram worked at Oliver Wyman, Lloyds Banking Group and Gemini consulting.
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Vince Grant

Director
Catalyst Consulting
Vince is an expert in Process Excellence, Continuous and Transformational Improvement. He held international senior executive positions at Hewlett Packard, Cable & Wireless, and in the Financial Services sector before forming Catalyst in 1995. Vince is a graduate from Cambridge University, and obtained his PhD in Physics from Manchester University. He is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants and is co-author of ‘Lean Six Sigma Business Transformation for Dummies’ published by John Wiley and Son.

Vince has been championing the application of Agile and Business Agility in collaborative developments with Catalyst’s clients working with James. In particular we have been integrating Agile approaches to managing strategy development and deployment, and to support Continuous Improvement and Transformation programmes – particularly those where project resources are not full-time dedicated but have to split their time with other operational activities.
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APMG International

Gold
www.apmg-international.com

APMG International is a global accreditation and examination institute. We administer a range of professional management qualifications and accreditation schemes that support individuals and organizations in key areas including Project, Programme & Change Management, Service Management & IT Governance and Cyber Security.
Our qualifications are designed to equip individuals with the knowledge, tools and techniques to successfully address business change challenges.

To ensure our offerings reflect industry best practice, we work with industry leaders and experts including the Agile Business Consortium, Change Management Institute, DevOps Agile Skills Association and Lean IT Association.

In the Agile space, we work in partnership with the Agile Business Consortium to offer AgilePM, AgileBA and AgilePgM training and certification.

APMG accredits a global network of accredited training organizations (ATOs) that provide approved training services to end users in support of our qualifications.
AgileBA Certification Overview.pdf Download Link
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Agile Centre

Silver
www.agilecentre.com

Agile Centre - Certified Scrum, Agile Leadership, Capability Training, Scaled Agile Training and Consultancy

Our mission is to help you develop your own Agile capability.

Agile Centre have in-depth experience helping organisations transition to Agile and have taken a leading role in some of the largest and most successful Agile adoptions across Europe.

We understand that people are at different stages of their Agile journey and our trainers and coaches use a tailored combination of education, consulting and coaching to develop your business Agile capability.

Our Agile Capability Framework provides a powerful, actionable backlog of change that provides sustainable value to your business and customers.

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Get involved - Let’s talk Agile at stand 7 with Agile Centre

We are making a film about the valuable and diverse opinions of people at this year’s conference, so please take a seat and share your insights with our very nice cameraman. He might even share some of his sweets with you. Maybe.

If the spotlight is not your thing, you can also pick up a 15% discount voucher and enter our prize draw to win a free course at our stand.

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Ascentae

Silver
www.ascentae.com
What makes Ascentae different from other technology distributors? The simple answer is key three things - our insight, our products and our knowledge. When it comes to agile work practices, we understand that collaboration is central to the process, creating empowerment and trust within the team. Ascentae partners with Nureva to provide tools for the agile community that free groups from the typical limitations of collaboration - taking the paper tools people are used to such as sticky notes, pencil sketches, flip charts, and transforming them into flexible, digital versions to enhance the creative process. The expansive virtual canvas is used to share ideas, with no barriers or distractions to hold back progress. Everyone can create, edit and organise their contributions in real or any time – regardless of their proximity to the system or their geographical location. 

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Radtac

Silver
www.radtac.com
We are an international consulting group with offices in Europe, North America and Asia, with a strong British heritage of over 20 years and a global future in front of us.

Our favourite thing to do is helping brilliant people do brilliant things using frameworks like Design Thinking, Agile and Lean.
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Strategy Execution

Silver
Strategy Execution is a global project-focused training company, helping professionals around the world to execute their project-based work more efficiently, and to improve the alignment between project execution and strategy.

Our core expertise covers:
•Core Project Management
•Advanced Project Management & Programme Management
•Agile Project Management
•Business Analysis
•Procurement and Contract Management
•PMP® Certification Preparation
•Business Skills, Leadership and Communication
•Adaptive Strategic Execution Programme (ASEP)

For more information or to discuss your requirements please visit www.strategyex.co.uk, email info@strategyex.co.uk or call +44(0)20 3743 2910.
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Value Glide

Silver
We help you accelerate turning your ideas to the outcomes.

We are a group of agility transformation experts with the skills and passion to accelerate your business agility. We help you build capabilities that enable you to embrace market and operational change.
How We Help.pdf Download Link
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Disciplined Agile Consortium

Silver
Accelerate Your Business with Disciplined Agile

Disciplined Agile is the process framework which has helped organizations become agile within the specific context of their business. It’s the industry’s fastest growing approach to help enterprises streamline agile and lean strategies. Our experts deliver solutions for each client’s specific needs and pain points. Certified Disciplined Agile Coaches provide clients a customized and unparalleled experience in delivering agile adoption, transformation, coaching services, staff augmentation and Training. Companies increasingly find practitioners certified in Disciplined Agile to be more valuable.
What is Disciplined Agile.pdf Download Link
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KeyedIn Solutions

Silver
KeyedIn Projects enables your PMO to be more strategic, more efficient, and deliver greater business impact by allowing you to easily forecast and allocate resources, create and analyse portfolios, gain visibility to all your projects, and discover new insights through dynamic PPM analytics.
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Atkins

Silver
SNC-Lavalin’s Atkins business is one of the world’s most respected design, engineering and project management consultancies.
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Agilesphere

Silver
Agilesphere is a collective made up of talented experts who specialise in digital transformation. We’re dedicated to improving businesses and organisations through strategy, coaching and delivery services.

Every place of work has its own unique challenges, so we don’t follow a single route or a tired manual. Instead, we embrace the fluidity of agile methodologies to create a tailored programme. True success is when we’re no longer needed.
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QA

Silver
QA is one of the largest learning services organisations in the UK, developing skills and capabilities for everyone from apprentices to business leaders. With a flagship learning facility in London and a nationwide network of state-of-the-art training centres, QA Group is comprised of four fast-growing divisions - Learning, Apprenticeships, Consulting and Higher Education - all of which deliver innovative and cutting edge skills solutions to UK organisations.

QA offer a large suite of Agile training courses suitable for businesses and individuals at every level. Whether you simply wish to improve your understanding of Agile methodologies, look to adopt an Agile mind-set within your organisation or accelerate your existing Agile capabilities, QA is here to help.
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Amdaris

Bronze
Choosing the right software development partner is never easy, so whether you are considering starting a new project, moving your software development from an existing provider or looking for a nearshore extended team to support your existing software developers, Amdaris can help.

Amdaris currently have three delivery centres with software developers with a wide range of skill sets including .NET, PHP, Java, Mobile, Java Script frameworks, and are very proud of their experience working across the Education sector.

A Microsoft Gold Partner and ISO 27001 Certified, Amdaris was founded in response to a growing need for organisations to extend their software development capabilities. Amdaris delivers best-in class nearshore extended teams that help enterprises scale and deliver software to the very highest standards.
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Catalyst Consulting

Bronze
Catalyst is an Agile, Lean and Lean Six Sigma consulting and training company, enabling results for our clients by helping to improve efficiency, service and overall performance through Lean and Agile thinking.

Recently we have been working to uncover new ways to execute Continuous Improvement projects using Agile as an accelerator.
Please see: https://lean-six-sigma.training/agile-for-lean-si... and https://lean-six-sigma.training/agile-for-lean-si...

Benefits evidenced include:
- Reduced time to benefits and project cycle time
- More predictable schedule
- Improved team motivation
- Focus on the critical few

͞"These improvements would have taken at least 6 months to get approved and implemented previously. I've never got this done this quickly before"
Lucy Ginger Essex County Council
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We are Lean and Agile

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We offer software and training to help our customers improve their processes. The software is widely used in Holland by over 100 Public Sector bodies and private sector companies such as Schiphol Airport and Bavaria Beer. In our first year in the UK we are already working with 15+ Local Authorities/public sector bodies to improve their processes.

The software helps you by creating fully costed process models live in a workshop, engaging stakeholders and giving them a sense of ownership over the improvements, thereby gaining buy in and easing implementation of changes. The cost is negligible compared to the many benefits. Every company will see benefits from using this tool.

If you need to improve your processes making cost savings, improving compliance or speed of delivery (and even all three) contact us for a demo, free trial or to buy www.weareleanandagile.com
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CITI Limited

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CITI’s mission is to truly make a difference to an organisation’s ability to deliver and embed change. We are a renowned centre of expertise and a single destination for organisations wanting to develop and enhance their project, programme and portfolio management capability to deliver change more effectively.

CITI transfers skills, knowledge and expertise in ways that are effective in, and align with, their culture, their practices and their business.
We believe there is no one way; no ‘right’ way to create capability – to us each client is different. And so to deliver what clients need – sustainable and beneficial change – over the past 26 years we have developed specialised approaches and techniques that facilitate personal capability development; support the implementation of organisational practices; and focus on the delivery of value from investments made in change initiatives.
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ILX Group

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ILX delivers project, programme and portfolio management learning solutions via a blend of multimedia e-learning, games and simulations, mobile learning, traditional classroom training, practical workshops and coaching. A market leader in PRINCE2® training, ILX has provided best practice learning to more than 250,000 people across 5,000 organisations in over 100 countries. Our courses are developed in-house with a dedicated team of experts to produce quality learning that is engaging and flexible according to the needs of the client. The company and its multi-lingual trainers can support customers around the world.
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APM

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The Association for Project Management (APM) is the chartered body for the project profession. We have over 26,000 individual members and 500 organisations participating in our Corporate Partnership Programme, making APM the largest professional body of its kind in Europe. We are committed to developing and promoting project and programme management through our FIVE Dimensions of Professionalism. There are a number of ways in which you can benefit from what we do, including: membership, qualifications, publications and events. Find out more about APM by visiting apm.org.uk
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Management Today

Media Partner
Management Today is the most comprehensive, stimulating and engaging source of no-nonsense management, business insight and advice available anywhere. With the widest reach and network among Britain’s top executives and decision-makers, MT is a practical guide to business success and keeps a beady eye on the ups and downs in the FTSE and big business, while focusing also on the issues that most challenge and inspire Britain’s leaders.
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StatusApp

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StatusApp is an inner startup of ShiwaForce.com, working on an agile HR-tool with the same name following a Lean Startup approach.
StatusApp is an agile feedback tool based on 3 well-established questions. It helps to discover blockers, internal issues and communication gaps immediately. The application supports agility, management decisions and facilitates more effective teamwork with 30 seconds of feedback a day.

How does StatusApp work?

StatusApp is a web application based on 3 questions that every decision maker has to know the answer at the end of each day:
- Do your team members know what needs to be done?
- Can they make progress, or is there something hindering them to do their job?
- How do they feel on the given day?

StatusApp has additional functions supporting the decision making and internal communication and can be used for giving daily feedback within project groups, teams, departments and of course the whole company.

In the digital age everybody wants to be seen and heard and a good agile leader knows it. StatusApp is the perfect easy-to-use application to get all the information you need to know about your agile team and company.
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Agile Stationery

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Agile people love paper. As a collaboration tool it is difficult to beat, it is immediate, tactile, and flexible. Well-used paper changes the dynamics of a meeting. Our passion is producing the best possible stationery range for agile people.

We know how paper is put to work in sprint rituals, retrospectives and stand-ups and we have designed our stationery to be durable, bright and expressive. Our game cards are cost effective, meaningful, and durable so that everyone can keep playing together.

We'll be running a mini-shop for games near to the bookshop. Be sure to stop by and get your games!
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Yack.net

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Make your conference calls more effective with automatic minute generation.

Call members of your team straight from your web browser or using our mobile app. Yack.net automatically records the call and uses speech to text transcription to make a readable copy of what was said. You can replay the call from any point in the transcript or use the built in search to find topics that you have discussed and replay the relevant part of the call direct from search results.

Yack.net enables everyone to concentrate on the call while it is in progress. When the call is complete, everyone will be able to find and review commitments made during the call.
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Cybermaniacs

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Cybermaniacs helps companies large and small develop serious cyber security awareness through laughter. The cyber threat is growing every year, and studies show that human error is often the cause of major and costly breaches and data loss incidents. Our unique and cloud-based solution is based on human behavioural change theory and the latest in L&D. Our fuzzy bunch brings a 100% not boring and interactive experience to your employees in order to build a security-minded culture - your human firewall.
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Agility Scales

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Agility Scales is a platform to help people innovate at scale. We are creating a platform for crowd-sourced business workflows with peer-to-peer actionable ideas and activities to make work better, faster, and easier. The result is true business agility: more innovation, higher productivity, and bottom-up experiments rather than top-down change. We offer no diagrams on PowerPoint slides, but step-by-step guides on smartphones and tablets. We offer no top-down transformation programs, but bottom-up exploration and gamification with a platform. We offer not courses and conferences but machine learning and personal recommendations. We turn everyone into guides and explorers of their work-lives!
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Chorus

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Chorus are an IT services and software development company based in Bristol. We believe that technology enables organisations to do great things and we help our clients achieve this by combining our technical expertise with our agile approach. We provide a range of services across cyber security, IT support, cloud migration, website development and CRM implementations; specialising in Microsoft and .NET technologies including Azure, Microsoft 365, Dynamics 365, SharePoint and Umbraco CMS.
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Leadership Eye

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Leadership needs fixing.

Performance and Productivity: On the average 10-person workplace bike, only 3 engaged people are cycling heartily, 5 unengaged people are freewheeling and 2 disengaged people are applying the brakes and trying to nudge the bike off course!

Employee engagement coupled with a systemic approach to improvement is key to empowering your workforce in driving leadership and action. An empowered and aligned workforce drives high performance and increased productivity.

Raising our ‘management performance by 0.1% can increase productivity by 10%’ (Andrew Hill, FT). Our business is to raise your leadership performance and get everyone cycling…together and heartily!

The solution: the Leadership Eye© with The 7 Lenses of Authentic Leadership©. No more, no less.

Come see (!!) for yourself with our edutaining and interactive toolkit.
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Provek

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At Provek we offer unique project management assessment, training and consultancy to ensure organisations maximise potential.

We believe in a consultative and partnership approach with our clients, provided by our training consultants who are highly experienced programme and project managers. We are experts at targeting and tailoring training content, style, format and duration to meet a client’s specific needs.We deliver in many formats from two hours to two weeks and deliver as single events or modular programmes to suit each client’s needs.
We also provide bespoke assessment solutions, targeted effective best-practice based training and development, and consultancy support to improve the capabilities of staff and organisations to deliver successful projects and to help clients to get the right learning in the right format and style for the right people. This ensures effective targeted training and budget utilisation. Our leading online tools also provide benchmarking and qualification readiness assessment too.
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Agile Business Consortium

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The Agile Business Consortium is the leading not-for-profit professional body for promoting and enabling business agility worldwide. We work with partners and alliances to promote Agile practices, and to develop, curate and share Agile resources with the wider world. The direct descendent of the DSDM Consortium, we encourage an agnostic and client-centred approach to the use of Agile methods and frameworks.

We are the brains behind AgilePM®, AgileBA® and AgilePgM® and organise the longest running Agile Business Conference in the world. With the support of APMG International we have accredited over 300 training organisations worldwide and certified over 100,000 Agile Project Managers, Business Analysts and Programme Managers; and we’re still growing.

Join the Agile Business Consortium as you embark on your journey to business agility. For the latest updates subscribe to our newsletter.
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Guide Dogs UK

In Support Of
The Agile Business Consortium is proud to announce that we will be supporting the charity Guide Dogs at the 2018 Conference. There are over 4,950 active guide dogs working in the UK supporting people with sight loss to live the life they choose.

Dogs are naturally Agile; sensing, reflecting and responding to activity and emotion in their immediate environment. Guide dogs are trained to help support people with sight loss to move around safely and confidently. Each partnership is based on a relationship of respect, trust and care.

While dogs are at the heart of the charity, Guide Dogs also provides other services to make sure that people with sight loss are never left out of life and where being blind or partially sighted is not what defines you.

Guide Dogs will be at their stand in the main conference hall across both days of the event. Feel free to pay them a visit to learn more about the work they do for people with sight loss, their Inclusivity at Work programme and to donate to this great cause.

£5 from every conference ticket sold will be donated, but if you would like to contribute anything extra to this amazing cause, feel free to do so via our JustGiving page.

At the conference, one lucky winner will also have £100 donated to the Guide Dogs in their name, and they’ll take home a stuffed guide dog and a bag of goodies. All you have to do is get posting in the event app for your chance to be named our first Agile Animal
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08:15 AM 09:00 AM Lobby

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Welcome

09:00 AM 09:15 AM Broadgate 2

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KEYNOTE | An Agile life: If I can do it, so can you - Dr Sue Black OBE

09:15 AM 10:30 AM Broadgate 2

Dr Sue Black first got excited about agile back in 2001 when she read Kent Beck’s ‘Extreme Programming’ as she was finishing her PhD in software engineering. It brought a whole new mindset to developing software systems that was so needed in a world where the traditional waterfall model seemed to be failing everywhere. Starting small, iterating and collaborating, plus listening to and responding to feedback have become part of Sue’s modus operandi. She has has taken the agile mindset and applied it to many of her projects over the last few years from the successful campaign to save Bletchley Park, to setting up #techmums her social enterprise which teaches tech skills to disadvantaged mums. Sue has also taken an agile approach to her own life and career, having left school at 16, ended up a single parent with 3 small children living a refuge at age 25, Sue was awarded an OBE for ‘services to technology’ in 2016 and is now one of the UK’s most prominent computer scientists. Sue shares stories from her life and career focusing on how an agile mindset has made all the difference.

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Introducing tracks

10:30 AM 10:35 AM Broadgate 2

An introduction to our three tracks: Delivery, People and Strategy.

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Creating an Agile organisation: Insights from neuroscience

10:35 AM 11:15 AM Broadgate 2

Although neuroscience is still in its infancy, it is already providing significant insights into people, teams and organisations. It brings to light what enables us to be focused, to learn and to perform at our best, especially during times of change and uncertainty. Part of its appeal is that it resonates with people’s experience: it explains why our brains find constant uncertainty difficult and distracting. It enables us to work effectively: by understanding our brains, we can work with the physiology, not fight it. In this session we will explore:

- A few facts about our brains we all need to know
- Why our brains find organisational change so hard
- What can we do to help create an agile mindset and help people perform at their best?

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Patterns of strategy: Agility in business strategy

10:35 AM 11:15 AM Bishopsgate

This talk introduces “Patterns of Strategy” - a radically different approach to understanding and formulating business strategy which is built on a different paradigm to conventional strategic approaches. We’ll take you through some of the theory, the practice and illustrate it with some examples.

Patterns is “agile strategy” in two ways - first it is a dramatically faster way of developing strategy which means that you can speed up the cadence of formulation and execution. Second, it describes a strategy as sets of manoeuvres and gives a totally different way to deal with the dynamics of strategic situations allowing the business to become more agile in its strategic environment.

The statistics on the failure of conventional strategy are shocking at 70%-98% failure rate,. We’ll look at why this is and at some of the ways in which conventional strategy is fundamentally flawed and show how Patterns provides a proven alternative.

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SWARMing: Scaling Without A Religious Methodology

10:35 AM 11:15 AM Broadgate 1

Dan North has spent the last few years showing all kinds of organisations how they can deliver faster, achieve better results with less effort, and have fun doing it. He has a wealth of experience and stories of alignment at scale, and not a formal scaling methodology in sight. This is not a coincidence. He has realised, and can demonstrate, why structured scaling methods simply can’t work for very long. Context is king: It constantly changes and we must continually adapt to it.

Come and learn how to sort the wheat from the chaff, the effective from the dogmatic, of scaling delivery, and find out why Dan is Scaling Without A Religious Methodology.

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11:15 AM 11:30 AM Lobby

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Sainsbury's: An Agile case study

11:30 AM 12:15 PM Broadgate 1

Overall, this session will cover how Sainsbury’s have introduced and embedded Agile ways of working across their enterprise (not just IT) and the key learnings and challenges of scaling this approach.

We will therefore cover:
  • The case for change at Sainsburys and context
  • The approach to introducing and embeding agile ways of working
  • Examples of the breadth of where Agile has been used across the business and the value delivered to-date
  • Key success factors and learnings around sustaining and scaling Agile
  • Q&A

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Retrain your brain; how games can help you become more Agile

11:30 AM 12:15 PM Broadgate 2

Serious Games are designed to hook us in and appeal to our brain; the designs are mapped to how we intrinsically learn. Learning through game play is radically different to traditional specialist led training methodologies. In games you no longer have the sage on the stage. You, the player becomes the central focus and it is up to you to use your own abilities to progress. There’s a lot of talk across so many industries about being agile and developing the agile mindset, but how do you do that? How can you retrain your brain to use the critical thinking skills that agile really needs? In this session we’ll explore some of the reasons why games are great tools to help develop an agile approach for individuals and teams.

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Developing organisations to be fit for the digital world

11:30 AM 12:15 PM Bishopsgate

The economy is increasingly complex, globalised and unpredictable. Supply and demand are no longer adequate and linear causality no longer explains reality. Economy now deals with virtual worlds and values that no longer map back to tangible assets. The stock exchange is run by AI and individuals accumulated wealth at the tune of billions. Gold and oil are losing rank in the face of Data, the new source of future wealth. People’s lives and emotions are new coveted sources of wealth for the owners of technology who mine people’s minds. Robots and AI fundamentally disrupt the labour market and re-define the value of work.The questions arising are imperative and fundamental. And this is a time to explore possible answers and potential solutions.

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Break - Lunch

12:15 PM 01:00 PM Lobby

Lunch Break. A great time for networking and to get to know your fellow participants.
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KEYNOTE | Nurturing the next generation of fearless learners - Bill Mills

01:00 PM 01:45 PM Broadgate 2

Creating the next generation of Fearless Learners is core to Explore Learning's mission. Founder and CEO, Bill Mills, outlines his approach to building a successful business that has always put people and delivery central to the company strategy. He will share his thoughts on nurturing talent and how a growing organisation must put their people first.

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Case studies from Moonpig, PwC and Government Digital Services

01:55 PM 02:55 PM Broadgate 1

Amanda Colpoys, Moonpig
An overview of Moonpig’s Agile journey, beginning with improved delivery in product engineering, through to the extension of lean and agile working across the wider organisation.

Nicolas Brown, PwC
In a world which is becoming increasingly data-driven, it is still surprising how few teams use data. 39% of executives say their companies are already highly data-driven, yet mention data to many practitioners having conversations with the same executives and they shudder at the thought. Why is this? Is it the toxic nature that 'metrics' have become synonymous with or is it because we view using data as a dangerous flirtation with placing more value in tools and processes? This session will challenge the taboo that data has in our industry. Through case study examples of using a data-based coaching approach with our teams at PwC, Nicolas will aim to debunk the myths around metrics and highlight how effective data-based coaching still has its foundations in agile, whether it be through Scrum’s 'three pillars of empiricism' or Kanban’s 'scientific method'.

David Kershaw
Having been part of various multidisciplinary teams David has developed an understanding of and has practiced various Agile related skills and methods. He has always focused on delivery. Unfortunately, public procurement is overshadowed by both legislation and its own risk appetite.In 2016 David was approached by officials from No.10 to use his agile delivery experience to transform the commercial frameworks used within the marketing, advertising and PR space. Prior to him starting the programme was at risk and delivery was extremely slow. The team were not tech or digital and had never heard of Agile. David did basic Agile things, but they worked. David would love to tell the Agile world about this and the others areas he has applied Agile, and to thank them for letting procurement in (he is only one of a few MCIPS procurement people pushing Agile).

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Roundtable and game sessions

01:55 PM 02:45 PM Bishopsgate

People Power
Rebecca Ulyatt, Partnership Director at Blue Sky
In today’s world, we continually hear about getting technology to do the work. Digitalisation is brilliant and will future proof channel shift and personalisation. However, we need to be wary of leaving behind the human element. We’ll discuss and share with the group examples of companies who are getting it right. This interactive, fun and high energy session will enable you to:
  • Understand the science that backs up the thinking
  • Share stories that have shaped thinking
  • Understand the mindsets and skills required to create more human conversations.

How to Build a Minimum Viable Business - One Slice at a Time
Matt Cheung, CEO & Co-Founder at Clarasys
Building a new business or developing a new concept is a truly exciting time. But how do you make it nimble, value-driven and able to respond to changing external factors? Slicing your business endeavour enables you to test what’s important to your customers, which approaches work and which don’t, and avoid going too far down the wrong path. Through discussion and debate, we’ll use an interactive game featuring different business elements to build the initial slices of a business.

The Customer in the Agile Business
Haydn Shaughnessy, Author, Advisor & Analyst at FLOW
Fin Goulding, Co-Author at FLOW

Customer success factors will play an increasingly important role in corporate and governmental strategies. However, Agile does not yet offer guidance on how to create customer value other than proposing lean iteration cycles. Arguably these cycles just take too long to be called agile. Agile at its core emphasises getting work done more nimbly rather than providing a framework for ensuring we do the right work. Flow Agile is a framework designed with an end-to-end customer focus in mind. It uses data analytics and social media to identify emerging customer needs and segments. And it uses a 4 phase model to translate these into flexible business goals that help agile teams to define work breakdown and workflow with clear pivot points. The benefit of the model we will discuss is that it ensures, as far as possible, that only work of value enters the flow.

Get Agile with LEGO
Olivia Kohler, Strategy Consultant at LHBS
Stefan Erschwendner, Managing Partner at LHBS

We are using LEGO to let the participants experience an agile process – a combination of Design Sprints and Scrum– hands-on. Elements of the LEGO Agile Simulation include working within self-organising teams and following Agile principles and methodology, while facilitators guide the groups through the process. An open backlog triggers teams to ideate and demonstrates the new nature of the relationship between customers and teams. It invites inter-team collaboration and mindful development of products, with the focus always on the customers’ needs. The simulation provides a first proof of concept of the Agile way of working. It teaches participants the benefits of team-collaboration towards a common goal, continuous improvements, time-boxed activities and the value of experimentation and failure. It outlines the main differences of agility versus classic ways of working and provides action points that participants can immediately transfer to real-life work.

Exploring Agile Marketing
Pam Ashby, Agile Marketing Activist at Agile Business Consortium
Marketing isn’t about features and benefits anymore, it’s about organisations sharing beliefs to create trust. Anyone with internet can identify a myriad of solutions to their needs. Control has shifted from marketers to the public, and marketers need to work harder for that critical visibility. Pam Ashby will facilitate an exploration of what Agile Marketing could mean for organisations. Benefiting from 30 years in corporate marketing, she invites discussion on:
  • Staying aligned to strategy
  • Promoting collaboration between marketing and sales
  • What is a successful campaign?
  • Avoiding opinion-based marketing
  • Crystal-ballitis – why don’t the experts know the answers?
  • Surviving departmental overwhelm
  • Staying on track – and remembering where you were going

10 tips for Agile Delivery Managers

Iwona Winiarska, Agile Delivery Manager at Government Digital Service
In a world of complexity, uncertainty and shifting priorities, it’s important to be nimble and adapt to the rapidly changing environment.
This requires changing ways the organisations operate, think and collaborate but change is not easy. The Delivery Managers play an important role in a multidisciplinary team but what do they actually do? Are they Scrum Masters or Agile Project Managers?

The job title 'Delivery Manager' is used across the UK government as well as other organisations but when you google it, you won't find many results. And yet Delivery Managers have become one of the key roles in an agile team.

In this roundtable session I want to give you 10 tips for Agile Delivery Managers who work alongside the multidisciplinary teams on digital services, products or non-IT projects . These 10 actionable tips will help you become better Delivery Managers and avoid common mistakes on the Delivery Manager's path.

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Case studies from Sainsbury's and North Highland, Agilesphere and dnata

01:55 PM 02:55 PM Broadgate 2

Catherine Harrisson, North Highland & Joel Robinson, Sainsbury's
Digital & Technology (D&T) within Sainsbury's was facing challenges with the speed and value of its delivery and needed to evolve to offer its people a better experience and be a true partner to the business. 18 months ago, a new organisation structure designed around product families was introduced and since then a small collaborative team of Sainsbury’s and North Highland colleagues have been working on developing a sustainable transformation in ways of working across D&T at Sainsbury’s. Their presentation will cover how to build stable, integrated teams, Agile ways of working, the implications of pushing decision-making to the lowest point in the organisation, and prioritising by value and measuring value delivered.

Jeremy Renwick, Agilesphere
In Jeremy's session about the Minimum Viable Organisation, he will cover things like what Agile leadership means in practice, what putting the customer value first really means (particularly the impact on "support" functions such as finance, operations and HR), money in an Agile organisation and day-to-day management of an Agile business - how do you integrate delivering strategic initiatives with business as usual? How does Agilesphere manage work in progress when there are incoming, unanticipated issues?

Giles Lindsay, dnata
Director of Software Engineering Giles' case study revolves around the recent Agile transformation of a Fintech company in the heart of The City using Disciplined Agile and what the business has gone on to achieve over the last 12 months.

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02:55 PM 03:15 PM Lobby

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Panel discussion: Agile PMO - Fact or fiction?

03:15 PM 03:45 PM Broadgate 1

As Agile becomes more mainstream, this can lead to tension between existing governance approaches and the lighter touch that Agile expects. In extreme cases, where both sides take a dogmatic approach, this can appear more like war than collaboration. The reality is that agile governance is both a reasonable expectation and indeed, a necessity, in a complex corporate organisation. A key factor for effective Agile governance is to build a collaborative partnership between the PMO and the Agile teams.

Following on from the pre-conference session positioning 3 differing viewpoints on PMO engagement, this conference session will present a fuller discussion on “Agile PMO – Fact or fiction?”. It will also respond to questions and comments raised at the pre-conference event.

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Panel discussion: New careers

03:15 PM 03:45 PM Broadgate 2

65% of today’s schoolchildren will eventually be employed in jobs that haven’t even been invented yet, however this is already a reality for many people. The panel, all of whom are in jobs or industries that did not exist a decade ago, will discuss the challenges and opportunities that they face, particularly in light of technologies like automation, robotics and AI. We'll speak about how we shaped our careers, from what we do, to where and how, sharing how Agility has been key for ensuring our success. We'll then dig into how we prepare the next generation, what skills they will need and the trends we're seeing in the current workplace.

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Panel discussion: How Agile is the Government?

03:15 PM 03:45 PM Bishopsgate

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Visualisation is the superpower you didn't know you had

03:45 PM 05:00 PM Broadgate 1

A simple picture is worth a thousand meetings. Eliminate the talk, talk , talk with powerful communication.

Unlock your organisation’s potential to communicate effectively with employees, stakeholders and customers.

Join this fast-paced, hands-on workshop focused on the value of visualisation and value delivery in the world of Business Agility.
Research shows that 65% of people process information visually - Tap into the superpower you never knew you had to accelerate learning, problems solving, decision making and idea generation for your organisation.

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How to lead from the emerging future

03:45 PM 05:00 PM Broadgate 2

  • Are you a leader who is looking for ways of how to bring about profound change in your organisation or society?
  • Do you want to learn how to facilitate change at a personal, organisations and societal levels?
  • Would you like to enhance your ability to lead innovation and creative processes?

Martin Kalungu-Banda offers a workshop on Theory U, a methodology that brings together a framework and real life examples in order to provide practical answers to the questions above.

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Orientating teams using the Real Roles Agile Team Game

03:45 PM 05:00 PM Bishopsgate

Confusion or uncertainty around roles is a common cry for help from Agile teams. What do we really need the Product Owner to do? As a developer am I expected to help with the testing? Help your teams to understand their roles better and decide how best to support each other, whilst at the same time driving productivity by exploring overlaps, commitments and expectations.

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Drinks

05:00 PM 06:00 PM Lobby

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Dinner on the River Thames (additional cost applies)

07:00 PM 09:00 PM TBC

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Partners' breakfast

07:30 AM 08:30 AM TBC

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08:15 AM 09:00 AM Lobby

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Welcome

09:00 AM 09:15 AM Broadgate 2

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KEYNOTE | The 'D's shaping the future of work - Dr Nicola Millard

09:15 AM 10:00 AM Broadgate 2

Digital working implies a lot of changes in the ways that organisations define, manage and execute work. This session examines the 'D's shaping the future of work - from increasingly diverse employees and the death of the 9 to 5, to struggles with our inner caveman and the rise of the robots.

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Introducing tracks

10:00 AM 10:10 AM Broadgate 2

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Startup, scaleup, screwup

10:10 AM 10:50 AM Broadgate 1

Starting new product teams and scaling up services is more important than ever. In this talk, we will nosedive into the major topics that business leaders and product teams are confronted with from the moment they have an innovative idea to the day they will scale it up (or screw it up).

Topics will include:
  • How do you build the right thing?
  • How do you get the best people?
  • How can you work with a remote team?
  • How do you get to product/market fit?
  • When do you start with growth marketing?
  • How can you structure the business for rapid scaling?
  • How to stay agile when you're growing fast?
  • How to avoid the common pitfalls?

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The Age of Agility: Education pathways for the future of work

10:10 AM 10:50 AM Broadgate 2

To thrive in the future workforce, both employers and employees need to get comfortable with uncertainty. Rapidly changing technology is changing the way we work and the skills required to succeed. As a result, we must embrace flexibility, commit to a lifetime of learning, and creatively approach problem-solving. How do we prepare for a future we cannot predict? Agility is the answer.

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Design driven change

10:10 AM 10:50 AM Bishopsgate

Being agile has become increasingly vital, but success in the contemporary business environment obviously requires more than this alone. Understanding people, making technology easy to use and meaningful are also critical. In this context, design has become integral to success as organisations seek to deliver better experiences and new types of utility unlocked by technology.

Like agile, design’s application and influence has extended beyond its original borders. Design Thinking has become a strategic tool where non-designers apply a design mindset, methodologies and tools to business challenges. Design is also an approach, a way of accomplishing things. Design can be applied to change and transformation programmes and projects to align them better with contemporary business.

In this session Rebecca and Lee will discuss the concept of design driven change and how design and agile can compliment and augment each other to create more even impactful approaches.

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10:50 AM 11:10 AM Lobby

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What makes an effective team? Findings from Google's Project Aristotle

11:10 AM 12:00 PM Broadgate 2

In this session, Liam will share findings from Google’s Project Aristotle research, including what makes an effective team, how to identify dynamics of a high-performing team, and how managers can help teams take action.

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Procurement on disruption: Learnings from the field applying lean-Agile procurement

11:10 AM 12:00 PM Bishopsgate

The lean procurement canvas and Lean-Agile procurement offers a similar disruptive approach for procurement and partner management as the business model canvas and lean startup offered for business development. It’s now possible to source even complex cases in days instead of months. Mirko will be sharing his learnings from the field and the outcomes for customers, employees and stakeholders.

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Roundtable and game sessions

11:10 AM 12:00 PM Broadgate 1

Agile Coaches Competancy Compass
Jon Sleeper, EMCC Executive Coach & Agile Practitioner
This exercise is designed to enable people to explore the ICAgile competency framework to better understand the attributes of an agile coach.The exercise will connect you to this way of working, your team and yourself by spending some time reflecting on the different skills and competencies in the agile working space. The exercise enables you to reflect on what you do and how you do it.You will have the opportunity to work with others in the group.This may help you to reframe your thinking, to move to different areas of the working space to get different perspectives on your thinking about what you do.It can also enable you to consider your career goals and to use the exercise to create a strategy to take on some new behaviours in pursuit of that goal. Learn how to:
- become more aware of the capabilities of an agile coach
- become more aware about yourself as an agile practitioner
- develop your awareness on what next steps you wish to take to pursue your development

Empowering Generation Agile Through Coaching Skills
Liz Barron, Associate Certified Coach at Realize Coaching & Consulting
We hear a lot about Agile Coaching, but what is really meant by “coaching” in this context? Aren’t they just telling the team what to do and how to do it?! Is that really Empowerment? To create a truly agile team or organisation, people must be empowered - to be able to think for themselves, collaborate to solve problems and create innovative outcomes. But as managers and leaders of teams, if we become “helicopter parents” solving every problem, answering every question and wanting to retain control, we DISempower our colleagues.
The solution to this lies in developing your ability to have a coaching conversation with your colleagues and team members … ask questions, challenge, reframe, tap into the team's creativity and ability to become more than the sum of its parts. Get some insights and let’s try out some coaching skills to enable you to truly empower your team and create true business agility.

The Art of Asking
Tamsin Anastasi-Pace, Business Coach & Mentor at The Economist Group
Wouldn't it be great if anyone you asked for a favour agreed instantly? Or if all the stakeholders you work with agree to your suggested compromises without a second thought? We all need to negotiate but we rarely consider how best to prepare for and approach those we’re dealing with. Whilst we can't make you a master negotiator in 40 minutes, during this workshop we will discuss how personality types can influence outcomes; how to prepare for a negotiation; why zero-sum games are never a long term solution and what answers you should be listening for. We will end with a checklist of questions to ask yourself before starting any negotiation.

People, Strategy and Delivery
Catherine Harrisson, Principal at North Highland
Joel Robinson, Head of Strategy & Planning, Sainsbury's

Our roundtable discussion will follow the theme of our presentation across people, strategy and delivery. North Highland and Sainsburys have faced into a challenge of excessive business cases that encourage inflated CapEx requests and have misaligned stakeholder expectations through inaccurate success criteria. Our new model focuses on a slimmed down lean canvas investment paper that outlines Experiment, MVP build and Feature Build stages with flexibility within these stages. The paper is further enabled through a Product Council model that features better collaboration between the business, finance and digital & technology and communicates to stakeholders through a visible portfolio Kanban featuring the lean canvas’.

Vision, Product, Focus, Canvas - an Experiential introduction for Product Owners
Dot Tudor, Technical Director at TCC
Be an amazing Product Owner! Try your hand at innovating, creating and defining your product idea.Bring together your team.Discover your product. Be its Product Owner from birth to its unveiling. In this fun and fast-paced session, you will find tools to clarify vision, formally critique viability and to unleash the creative juices to present the idea to an unsuspecting world. After this session you will be able to:
- Define a vision for a product in an analytical way
- Critically appraise the viability of a product: Who is it for? What problems will it solve? What key features will it provide? Why are we the best people to do this?
- Share your product idea with potential customers in a way which will excite them

What is the foundation of Agile transformation?
Adam Alker, IT Manager, mBank S.A.
If you find yourself in a role of Agile Transformation Leader, the one who is just launching this complex project within organisation, then probably you've already started thinking about key elements that will constitute this change. Are these elements universal and work in every case or rather each time they need to be tailored to the particular situation? Agile transformation is a specific type of change, and taking under consideration that every change make us to cross the line of comfort zone and adjust to brand new set of rules, values, people, the Leader need to find an answer what will be a stable element, a foundation upon which he can base a transformation? Will it be a Change Sponsor, Leader, processes, Board, Teams, quick-wins or something else? During the discussion I would like to talk this topic over with you. What is your experience, which element as foundation is most important for you and why. The outcome of the discussion will be proposal - based on experience - what actually is, or might be a foundation of Agile transformation.

Build Effective Agile teams with Regular Feedback
Máté Palicz, Business Development Lead at StatusApp
Regular feedback is at the heart of Agile. It gives the opportunity to discover blockers, internal issues and communication gaps fast, and in a straightforward way. But it can be time-consuming and sometimes the problems surfaced in retrospectives should be escalated to the managers immediately. In other cases one’s feedback can be useful for the colleagues in different teams, chapters or guilds.

At our roundtable we’ll search (and hopefully find) answers to the following questions: how do you support your team members to give regular feedback? What are the criteria of meaningful feedback? As an agile manager what is the most meaningful support your colleagues need?

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Break - Lunch

12:00 PM 01:00 PM Lobby

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Members' only lunch

12:00 PM 12:30 PM Bishopsgate

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KEYNOTE | Agile within HR - Peter Cheese

01:00 PM 01:45 PM Broadgate 2

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Case studies from German banking, Aylesbury Vale District Council and Henko

01:55 PM 02:55 PM Broadgate 2

Andy Barton, Aylesbury Vale District Council
By recognising the need to change a district council in the South East has undergone a transformation process that began with breaking out of the old council mould and introducing a commercial culture which cuts across everything they do. For the last two years, a commercial behaviours approach has been a catalyst for internal cultural transformation. This transformation emerged top-down to create a business focussed workforce with the ability to adapt easily to change. The test now is to sustain this behaviour-led programme and embed it within all employees. Interesting points from this case study include the challenge of managing service and operational knowledge, the removing silos and old behaviours and strategic flexibility, which emerged as a prominent positive feature.

Manal Koujan
Manal currently works as an independent consultant at a German bank and is presently the Product Manager for the banks’s strategic Profit and Loss Platform, and she'll be sharing details of their Agile experiences.

Philippe Guenet, Henko
“Next year, we’ll all be 80% agile”, promised the CIO. For which outcomes? Reducing costs? Becoming digitally competitive? What does 80% Agile mean anyway? Many digital transformations and Agile adoption programmes start on this wrong foot. This leads to huge efforts and expenses for very little tangible returns in terms of business outcomes. Eventually the development teams are doing Scrum, but the delivery is still challenged, waste is high, and innovation is not getting any faster. What have those efforts missed? The overwhelming answer is people & leadership! In this talk, Philippe will explore developing the three levels of Digital Intelligence with teams & leadership and give practical examples of how to move from resistance to active facilitation of digital performance.

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01:55 PM 02:45 PM Bishopsgate

Agile Projects without Budgets
Steve Morlidge, Director at Satori Partners
There is an obvious conflict between the philosophy underpinning Agile - small time boxes, iterations and constant reprioritisation based on learning - and traditional budgeting, where financial resources are locked down for a year in advance. And experience has taught us that if any conflict arises it is budgeting that tends to win out, driven by misplaced fears of a loss of control. But there is another way. Learn how to align agile project management with financial resource allocation by applying the principles of ‘Beyond Budgeting’, and so remove the unnecessary constraints to doing the right thing.’

The Agile Mindset: The Heart of an Agile Culture
Kathy Berkidge, Agile Coach & Trainer at Mind at Work Consulting
Today, Agile seems to be everywhere. Many organisations are doing something “Agile” or implementing some sort of “Business Agility”. There are many methods and frameworks that are being used or tried. But there is a great difference between doing Agile and being Agile. It takes more than simply adopting Agile practices and processes to build a real Agile culture of collaboration, adaptation and transparency. It’s the Agile Mindset that enables leaders, teams, and whole organisations to truly adopt the Agile values and principles and reap real business benefits. This round table session will discuss the real heart of Agile, the Agile Mindset, and how the Agile Mindset is the essential element to create an Agile culture.

Transforming Big Business: What place has software in creating an empowered and collaborative business?
Mark Newman, CEO at The Morphix Company
As the need to adapt and pivot to meet the constant flow of change and challenge increases, it’s harder to make the split between projects, programmes and portfolios and operations. Business change is becoming business-as-usual, meaning that discrete initiatives and operational activities somehow have to morph into one. Can we offer re-use not re-work, control not command, and the cultural shift that’s needed to effect sustainable transformation? Does the organisational structure guide empowered teams to evolve solutions through collaboration, knowledge-sharing and an Agile workflow?

Generation Agile – A Survival Guide
Symon Cusack, Agile Technical Director at Atkins
‘Gen A’ is experiencing a revolution in our working environment, just as robotics has automated manual tasks, AI is beginning to automate human cognitive processes and infiltrate the traditional domain of the knowledge worker. Technology and culture are enabling more flexible approaches to our ways of working and the zeitgeist promotes dislocation from our colleagues in both time and space. How will we live the values of the Agile Manifesto, in particular encourage collaboration and team working, along with providing the environment for ‘autonomy, master and purpose’ to motivate and develop our human capital in this new world? Backed up with insights and commentary from Atkins/EY and other leading commentators, this interactive ‘lean coffee’ session will explore the issues and opportunities that the Digital Age and ‘Industry 4.0’ world will bring, and help inform what it is that we need to survive and flourish as human beings.

Understanding Generation Z
Aga Gajownik, Founder of Innovation & Integration Ltd, Hackathon Designer & Public Speaker
Passionate about human development and creating value propositions, Aga will tap into her experience working with schools and entrepreneurs internationally. She will use her academic and industrial research to discuss the top challenges to attract and develop young people. It is a practical session covering case studies from schools and universities using hackathons as tools to develop and source quality talent. Join us for this highly energetic, fully hands-on SCRUM Educational Experience brainstorming hack designed to create and understand the profiles of your Generation Z stakeholders. We focus on how to understand and attract the next wave of agile professionals, sharing best practices, and creating a foundation for future learning and engagement strategies.

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Agile Business Consortium's family of products

01:55 PM 02:55 PM Broadgate 1

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Pulse and Matrix – What does an Agile Culture look like?

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Agile Leadership Coaching Toolkit – How to use self-coaching to deliver meaningful change

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AgilePX – What are your challenges recruiting and keeping good Agile people?

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Agile Strategy – Is traditional strategy appropriate in an Agile world?

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Break - Afternoon

02:55 PM 03:05 PM Lobby

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Scrum: The base for your Agile pizza

03:05 PM 03:50 PM Broadgate 1

Scrum has been around for over 21 years, and there is a lot of myths and misunderstanding. We will explore what it is, what has changed and where it is going. The simplicity of the framework confuses many people, so we will use a few different models to discuss it.

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Panel discussion: Agile within HR

03:05 PM 03:50 PM Broadgate 2

As the world of work continues to evolve, the HR function is faced with a number of challenges and opportunities in helping an organisation adapt. We have put together an incredible panel of leaders in the field representing some of the most forward looking organisations in the world. In this session we will hear their perspectives on the shifts happening in HR, and how Agile principles and techniques are being applied to the function in practice.

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Blockchain: Short-term fad or technology of the future?

03:05 PM 03:50 PM Bishopsgate

Blockchain… Short term fad or technology of the future? To find out the answer to this question and to delve into real world applications of Blockchain don't miss Vlad Nanu, Amdaris Co-CEO giving his presentation using live case studies.

What is Blockchain and why is it important to talk about it?
Why is Blockchain mostly used in cryptocurrency?
How can blockchain be used in other industries?
Why Blockchain may not have a future and may be a thing of the past in a few years?
How could Blockchain become the main stream technology for the future?

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KEYNOTE | Agility in an ambiguous & complex digitally transforming world - Professor Eddie Obeng

04:00 PM 04:40 PM Broadgate 2

5 keynotes, 27 seminars, 4 panel sessions and a selection of games and roundtables, hosted by over 40 inspiring speakers. It’ll be a busy two days, packed with insights and learning.

Who better to draw it all together than the provoking and energetic Prof Eddie Obeng? Described as 'Human RedBull' by RedBull, Eddie is well known for his ground breaking insights and tools summarised in his extremely popular TED Talk. He's behind many high profile transformations: like the innovation burst at Danone, the delivery of successful, inspiring change and leadership in HSBC and the 90% innovation-cost reduction, using QUBE spatial-collaboration at JDE Coffee.

His framework on innovation powers all UK Government’s strategic investment in innovation. Eddie understands what’s needed to keep businesses successful.

Eddie has written 10 books on innovation, change and leadership including the Financial Times best seller All Change! He understands business agility and will draw from his deep wealth of experience to add a unique perspective to the insights from the conference. He holds a lifetime achievement award for his contribution to knowledge on how to make change happen, and will pull together the three themes of people, strategy and delivery to ensure delegates have a chance to reflect on their learning and consider what will change for them when they leave the conference and return to the workplace. Eddie’s closing keynote will offer rare and powerful insights, frameworks and tools allowing you to put your vision from this conference to work.

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