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Thursday, May 23 • 3:30pm - 4:00pm
Transforming Mindsets to Accelerate an Agile Transformation (Randolph Wilk, John Margetis)

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Agile transformations are difficult. People must learn a lot of new things. They need to conform to new frameworks, new processes, new ceremonies, new artifacts and new approaches to their work. And while most of these make up the mechanics of Agile, implementing them may not make that big a difference in how a team delivers. To make a real difference, and to get to true Agility, we need to transform team members away from legacy cultural thinking to new Agile mindsets. We classified the most prevalent legacy mindsets to come up with a plan to change them. We made the decision to make the annual performance goals the new ‘Agile Mindset’ goals. We also came up with related goals for the people leaders such that we could reinforce the new mindsets from both bottom-up and top-down. Each of these goals tied directly into the corporate strategic themes, and is tied to merit increases. We believe by institutionalizing these behaviors in the annual goals, we aim to minimize the potential of introducing conflicting priorities between our new direction and legacy momentum of the past.

Lessons Learned from Your Experience:
  • Cultural issues and legacy behaviors can be more ingrained, pervasive and detrimental to Agile transformations than imagined. Organizations transforming to Agile need to be prepared to consistently and effectively deal with transforming from legacy to Agile mindsets and behaviors. Using annual performance goals to reinforce Agile mindsets and behaviors can be a valuable tool to prevent backsliding.

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John Margetis

Agile Coach, CPrime
I have spent almost a quarter century in various professional roles, but one common denominator that has remained consistent over time has been a focus on looking for "another way" to do things. I am passionate about solving real world problems that translate to measurable results... Read More →
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Randolph Wilk

SVP, Chief IS Development Officer, MetaBank
I am an avid Agilist and am fascinated with making better software by making software better, always open to talk about and learn better ways of developing software by doing it and helping others do it.

Thursday May 23, 2019 3:30pm - 4:00pm EDT
E-2023 (2nd Floor)