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Tuesday, August 7 • 14:00 - 15:15
Agile FTW: Competitive Advantage and Happiness Through Business Agility (John Hughes) POPULAR

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We all know the story of how the Agile ‘Software Development’ Manifesto emerged out of Snowbird in February of 2001. And we all know that Agile is still the current best practice for software development. What remains to be fully realized is that Agile has evolved to a best practice for business in general; a way of life for that matter.
I had the privilege of bringing Agile into business over the last couple years. In that time, I introduced my executive leadership team to Business Agility. After getting executive participation in the inaugural Business Agility conference in Feb 2017, we partnered together to seek the benefits of a comprehensive Business Agility adoption.
Using our corporation’s strategic planning and execution effort to exemplify, I will share with you how the Agile mindset and practices apply to business and drive the highest impact possible towards the most valuable goals and initiatives. Modern leadership and business practices such as those under the Business Agility umbrella bring a value-driven, data-driven, efficient focus on impactful delivery.
  • Revenue and growth accelerate as we focus the company’s resources on delivering in the most valuable way
  • Corporate processes lean out as we remove wasteful bottlenecks, saving money, time, and providing competitive advantage
  • Employees are more capable as corporate practices are more meaningful and less taxing
  • Back-office tools and data are integrated into a unified experience allowing real-time awareness and predictive analytics, increasing effective decision-making and enabling empowerment at lower levels
  • Employees are happier. Customers are happier. The corporate bottom-line reflects this happiness.
I am enthusiastic about the spread of Agile beyond IT. And as such, I am excited to illustrate the brilliance of Business Agility to session participants, adding examples from my most recent corporate transformation effort to exemplify the mindset and practices presented. It is my interest that participants come away with an understanding of how Agile mindset and practices benefit the corporate back office as much as they do software delivery, and how their companies can begin to benefit too by applying what they learn from this presentation.

Learning Outcomes:
  • How Agile mindset and practices benefit the corporate back office as much as they do software delivery
  • Specific practices, tools, and integrations that can be used to enable Business Agility
  • How your company can begin to benefit too by applying what you learn from this presentation.


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John Hughes

Senior Director, Corporate Agility, Sevatec
John Hughes is the Senior Director of Sevatec’s Corporate Agility practice. He is an organizational transformation coach, highly motivated by experiencing positive change and continuous growth in people, systems, and himself.A 20-year veteran of software development and delivery... Read More →

Tuesday August 7, 2018 14:00 - 15:15 PDT
Balboa/Mission Hills