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Thursday, May 23 • 4:00pm - 4:30pm
Lemonade and Poutine: The foundation of our agile organizational transformations! (Amir Pourteymour, Philippe Sauve)

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Have you heard about When life gives you lemons, make some lemonade? Call it transformational challenges, difficulties, or even adversities; we encountered many types of lemons as part of our organizational transformation from when we were a small company to when we were part of one of the largest enterprises in the World! Trust me, each time, we sliced those tough lemons and made them the sweetest, and of course, the most memorable lemonade or rather, the most exciting professional journey of my life.

Interested to hear more?

As a person who went through at least a handful of mergers and acquisitions and organizational transformation in our company, I gained firsthand experience and insight into some of the difficulties that companies face as part of their transformation.
As part of this talk, I would like to humbly share our unpublished detailed experience representing our novel leadership stance with examples of our challenges, observations, and reflections. Our goal is to share, exchange and inspire you by inviting you to take on this exciting roller-coaster journey of enabling operational excellence and improving employee development, satisfaction and retention over the last seven years.

Growing Pains! Sorting our ducks in the row!

During this talk, you will learn about our foundation chapter. The most important chapter of our transformation, which started with empathy. As a small company, we got acquired by one of the biggest software companies in the World. I will share with you the transformation in our roles and responsibilities, as well as development processes and practices.
As part of this talk, I will share that when you believe in the Agile values, how that toolboxes can help you in any transformation.

Lessons Learned from Your Experience:
We present our topic in a way that you will leave the sessions with the following inspirational takeaways:
  • What was the most critical learning of these seven years? How did we leverage our Agile mindset and toolbox to help us navigate, embrace and succeed in our transformational challenges?
  • How did we deliver value incrementally and experimentally throughout the organizational transformation?
  •  What was the role of diversity and inclusivity in our team? How did our DNA enable each person to bring a different and valuable perspective to the table? How did we embrace different working cultures and locations? How did we innovate?
  •  How did we stay focused and prevented endless philosophical discussions?
  •  How did we intentionally and carefully create and define our own culture in our team? How did we remain open, transparent with a high level of energy? What was the value and impact of such culture as part of this transformation? How did we embrace our differences and conflicts?
  •  What was the value of having a big picture throughout this journey?

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Amir Pourteymour

Head of Operations - SAP Commerce Cloud, SAP
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Philippe Sauve

Operations, Agile Coach/Trainer, SAP Labs Canada

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