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Agile20Reflect Mini Festival #1 with Russ Lewis, Nigel Thurlow & Mark Buchan

February 4 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm GMT

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Agile Xpertise are pleased to present to you our 1st Mini Festival event of February, dedicated to celebrating Agile and 20 Years of the Manifesto.

This is the first time we are doing 4 back to back events, and the themes we will be covering are:

1. The history of Agile
2. The current state of Agile
3. The Future of Agile


Agenda for Mini Festival #1:
6:00pm – ⌚ Arrivals and pre-networking

6:05pm – 🎤 “Changing Management’s Behaviour” panel discussion with Russ Lewis & Nigel Thurlow

7:45pm – Q&A

7:00pm – 🎤 “The future of Agile: Quantum Agile.” talk by: Mark Buchan

7:40pm – Q&A

7:55pm – Wrap-up

8:00 – End 🛏️


About the discussion with Russ Lewis & Nigel Thurlow
In this panel discussion, enterprise executive coach Russ Lewis and flow systems expert Nigel Thurlow discuss the need to transform management.
Agile has revolutionised the ways teams do their work, but transformation initiatives fizzle-out when they meet the “Guardians of the Organisation” because only management can improve management. Executive coaching is too expensive given the number of managers, so the job is picked-up by agile coaches as they see the opportunity. But is it their job? Is it what management and sponsors expect?

We invite managers, sponsors, and agile coaches to participate in our research survey. The “impact of agile coaching on management” survey is running throughout the festival, here: http://agilecoachingmanagers.com/

About the Speakers:
Russ Lewis is a Digital Transformation Lead and Enterprise Agile Coach for large companies such as banking, online gaming, travel, and hotel booking sectors. You won’t find these on his resume, but he’s performed IT turnarounds and transformation rescues as Interim CTO and management consultant.
As technical instructor and course author, he travelled the world and was regularly hired to consult for the organizations he taught.

Nigel Thurlow is the creator of the award-winning Scrum the Toyota Way
training course, and the co-creator of The Flow System.
He previously served as the first ever Chief of Agile at a global Toyota
company, leading Lean and Agile practices at Toyota Connected. He also led many digital and organizational transformation initiatives while at Toyota and is a recognized expert in the Toyota Production System, the Toyota Way, and various Agile approaches.


About the talk by Mark Buchan
Since the founding of the Agile Manifesto 20 years ago much focus has been given to the first of the 4 values espoused in the manifesto: Individuals and interactions over processes and tools. However what had emerged and evolved over the last 20 years in many quarters has been a complete contradiction to this principle with an over-emphasis on processes and tools. In this talk Mark will be discussing his vision for the future of agile and where it needs to go in order to reclaim its visionary birthright and to be more successful in its application in organisations. Leaning on the principle of quantum physics and using scientific developments over the last 20 years, Mark describes how practitioners of agile at all levels of the organisation, especially management, can evolve their practice and thinking for the greater beneficence of their organisations.

About the Speaker:
Mark Buchan was one of the first Agile coaches in the UK and has worked with public and private sector organisations of all sizes since 2003. He has been called into organisations to troubleshoot Transformations that have gone off the rails. He is author of “Leaders, it’s not how you finish … it’s how you start! A radical, new strategy for leading successful Agile Transformations revealed”. He is currently writing his next book which is an expose of the agile “industry” and what organisations need to do in order to be truly agile and to thrive in the 21st century without hiring expensive consulting houses to do so!


February 4
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm GMT
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