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Agile2021: 20 Sessions for Scaling Agile

Headed to Agile2021? Looking for sessions on scaling Agile? We've got you covered!

Published By Liz Llewellyn-Maxwell
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No matter where you are along your Agile journey, you’ll want to block off some time on July 19-22, 2021, to (virtually, of course) attend Agile2021! 

This four-day event is truly a global celebration of Agile: The program schedule is using a follow-the-sun format, with 200 sessions taking place in three regions around the globe (Americas, EMEA, and APAC), highlighting speakers from each region. We look forward to attending and sponsoring this fully remote event.

If (like us!) you’re interested in deepening your understanding of scaling Agile, check out these 20 sessions.

And as you’re planning out your conference experience for Agile2021, be sure to include a stop by the Planview booth! We’re looking forward to connecting with old and new Agile friends and contributing to the global conversation around Agile. 

20 Sessions for Scaling Agile at Agile2021

Since this year is the 20th anniversary of the Agile Manifesto and the 20th year of Agile Alliance, we wanted to share 20 sessions for scaling Agile success that we’re looking forward to attending. It was difficult to narrow it down to just 20! We decided to focus on 20 sessions geared to help leaders get as much value as possible out of their Agile transformation and scaling Agile efforts. 

Agile2021 Agile Exchange Sessions

Taming the Agile Chaos: Real Stories from the Trenches

Brook Appelbaum, Norman Garrett, Ben Hood, Ronnie Pinkerton, AJ Shavell

Hear from four Agile experts at Planview as they talk through their time in the scaling Agile trenches, plus the ways in which Agile Program Management can help you tame the Agile chaos and provide a foundation for scaling Agile success.

*Read Next: What is Agile Program Management?

What Got You Here Won’t Get You There: Beyond Agile Frameworks

Scott Ambler, Mark Lines, Al Shalloway

Join the discussion about applying Agile frameworks in practice and discover how you can move beyond framework adoption to become a true learning organization.

Agile2021 Sessions from the Process Track

Agile Transformation: Wisdom from Complexity Science

Marcelle Bastianello

Learn practical insights to help you lead transformation in a way that minimizes common pitfalls, plus how to build optimal decision-making criteria that’s critical to your Agile transformation success.

Visual Mapping: How to See Where You’re Going by Seeing Where You Are

Steve Pereira

This talk is for anyone tasked with or striving for measurable improvement in your teams and organizations. Learn how the Value Stream Mapping process can help you confidently identify (often surprising) risks and opportunities.

Quantifying the Value of Ways of Working

Saahil Panikar, Cindy VanEpps

One of the most powerful tools in helping people understand the value of changing their ways of working is to quantify the benefit. Learn how with the example value calculator and parameters presented in this workshop.

The Art of UnLearning: A Conscious Choice for Successful Agile Transformation

Savita Pahuja

Many people are familiar with Agile frameworks, but they are often all too familiar with Agile myths, too. The key is to support them in their unlearning, as well as in their relearning, of Agile. In this session, you will learn one particular method, called FEED (Focus, Efforts, Effortlessness, Determination), that helps rewire the brain and create space to learn new things.

Peaks or Valleys? Three Factors to Finding Agile Scaling Success

Nicole Spence-Goon

Learn the anti-patterns (i.e., lack of focus on goals, too much command and control) that hinder Agile scaling and the strategies that can influence scaling agility effectiveness. 

From Values to Action: Using Principles to Transform Organizations

Gail Ferreira

In this workshop, you will explore the guiding principles needed to lead transformation, and identify resonant principles that will be relevant for organizational transformation. 

Winds of Change: Approaching an Organization-Wide Transformation

Sankar Govindan

Learn from the lean transformation journey at the Siemens Healthineers Development Center in India as they address topics such as initial steps, management buy-in, and more.

Self-Organization Eats Agile at Scale for Breakfast

Ron Quartel

Find out what happens when you throw work on a wall and ask a tribe of 50-ish people to self-organize into teams.

Continuous Agile Chartering: An Agile Practice for EVERY Day

Steve Holyer

Explore the practice of continuous Agile chartering to promote self-organization, and ultimately supercharge your enterprise’s Agile journey.

Your Stories are Too Big

Chris Sims

Breaking work down is important at any stage of Agile maturity. This experiential session will give you hands-on experience with four, simple-yet-powerful techniques to break big stories into smaller stories that are meaningful to stakeholders and deliver business value.

Agile2021 Sessions from the People Track

Thawing the Frozen Middle to Create a Self-Organizing Transformation

Jeremy Braden

Hear first-hand how this Agile coach at Wells Fargo is working with managers in the “frozen middle” to create the environment needed for long-term and sustainable team success.

Change Agents and the Four Tendencies

Leah Burman

Using concepts from Gretchen Rubin’s book The Four Tendencies, learn how knowing each agile team member’s individual tendency helps to enable change.

Fortress Agile: Nurturing and Growing Healthy Practices in a Hostile Environment

Cheryl Hammond

When the broader organization just isn’t Agile, teams can get stuck. Learn practical tips to care for the humans in your realm, provide them with a safe, comfortable, and defensible space in which to work, and make it inviting enough to win over (some of) the forces outside.

Don’t Curse the River. Build a Bridge.

Tom Nedwek

Your team is Agile, but you work with many teams that aren’t. Come learn the techniques that you can use to help all your organization’s teams work together more effectively.

Your Agile Blind Spot: What’s Limiting Your Agility?

Gil Broza

Too many Agile implementations look fine, but they’ve plateaued well short of their potential. Learn the seven greatest and often invisible weaknesses of Agile implementations and what you can do to fix things.

Stop Assessing People!!

Peter Oliver-Krueger

We’ve all heard how important data is to Agile — but data can be counterproductive when it pits teams against each other and creates unhealthy working environments. Learn how to design a transformational journey for your teams by reintroducing respect for people, creating zones for psychological safety, and unlocking intrinsic motivation. 

The Secret to Leading Change

Emilia Breton

Learn strategies to build your empathy for teams that are resistant to change, and in turn, learn how to connect with your own change journey so you can support your teams in theirs.

Stuck in the Middle With You: Coaching New Agile Leaders

Betsy Layman

Learn about the unique position that “middle leaders” find themselves in when faced with an Agile transformation and why they are a key element in the success or failure of the transformation.

See you there

Members of the Planview team around the globe plan to attend these 20 sessions and more, including the keynote speeches. We hope to see you there!

Be sure to connect with us! Swing by our virtual booth in the Marketplace, attend our “Taming the Agile Chaos” session, and get your signature Planview Agile2021 T-shirt promoting the “Tame the Agile Chaos Tour,” with artists such as Agile in Chains, Flock of SMEgulls, Can He Loggin?, Notorious C.O.E., and more.

Plus, if you attend or schedule a live demo at Agile2021, you’ll be entered to win a giveaway for a new standing desk or fun Yeti bundle. Register for the conference today!

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Liz Llewellyn-Maxwell Written by Liz Llewellyn-Maxwell Sr. Content Strategist

Liz is a content strategist at Planview. She worked at LeanKit prior to the company being acquired by Planview. With more than 7 years’ of Agile experience, Liz passionately believes in the transformative power that practicing Lean-Kanban principles can have on teams and organizations.