This year’s conference main theme is Sustainability.
Sustainability is built into the Agile way of working and living. First of all, it’s explicitly mentioned as the eight principle of the Agile Manifesto:“Agile processes promote sustainable development.
The sponsors, developers, and users should be able to maintain a constant pace indefinitely.”
But if you read between the lines of all the other principles and values, you’ll notice that sustainability is implicit and does not apply to development only.
The way the processes have a natural cadence, the constant attention to improvement, to quality and to learning, all point in the direction that a sustainable pace is critical if the organization wants to thrive in the mid- and long-term.
Also, now that Agile (after almost 20 years) has reached way beyond the realms of the IT departments, the question of sustainability is much more pervasive and profound.
How can our organizational and business models be sustainable for the organization and for all the stakeholders? How can the people in the organization develop in a sustainable way? How can an organization’s influence make its entire ecosystem healthy and sustainable? How can innovation be sustainable?
These are just some of the implications, but they are good enough a reason for extending the conference theme to both the first day (focused on Agile People) and to the second one (focused on Business Agility).
If you have any thoughts about this — and more — that you’d like to share, we’d love to hear from you. Go ahead and send us your proposal!
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PERSONS! The Companies breakthrough
Human essence is innovate and renew himself.
Many of the companies that have been able to implement significant improvement have found an important competitive lever in people’s ingenuity and skills.
The Agile approach puts the focus on the human intellect, the element that is able to create the necessary value for the success of a product or a service.
Even the goals of Agile Business Day has been achievable thanks to people. Over time the path has been enriched with new stages and has grown the awareness that people are the central aspect for success in the business.
It is also for this reason that in addition to the traditional conference on Saturday in September, focused on Business Agility, this year we want to propose the whole day of Friday dedicated to the “human factor” of Agile, with its own dedicated space and name.
So here we will have:
- September Friday 13th: Agile People Day
- September Saturday 14th: Agile Business Day
To get to this milestone we have organized some events on the theme of HR.
We offer them below
ABD on TOUR #05
Understand how the theme of career development and success is evolving – Identify the organizational possibilities of improving career paths – Identify options and possible steps to evolve one’s career effectively.
ABD on TOUR #06
Imagine being in front of people: weak, hesitant, fragile. What effect and sensations do you think you arouse? Today we live in a society where more and more weaknesses are marginalized, and we are asked to be resistant and effective. Well, we think that from these potential weaknesses the culture of emotional intelligence arises, and that how much tends to be marginalized by modern frenzy is solid rock where to build the basis for effective relationships, be flexible and adaptable to situations, change these weaknesses into elements solid and anti-brittle: they improve from their weaknesses. And what applies to people, also applies to companies. How to transform, then?
Masterclass on Tour #3
Whether you are an Agile coach, a line manager or an HR professional, you need to understand how people’s strategies and operations change when you work in a company that embraces the Agile value structure.
How do performance management, recruitment, training and growth, compensation and benefits change, and how do we measure employee performance? What are the specific skills that we need to use to perform an Agile transformation from a personnel perspective? And do we still need succession plans for the future?
A 2 days trip to the boundaries of marketing: MBSummit 2018. A journey walked with a lot of curiosity by Deborah Ghisolfi and Silvia Mantovani, an instant by instant storytelling in this very interesting articles narrowed into the secrets of marketing.
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Two important Agile success stories: Pirelli and Cerved. Additionally, an unprecedented bonus-track.
The evolution of smart manufactoring thanks to the creation of a digital product team, and the agile transformation of a team of 250 people then expanded from the development to the entire company structure.
What challenges have these companies faced? What were the motivations that allowed success? What remains to do, and how?
This and much more are told to us by Gabriele Pece and Antonio Mantuano here:
(with the bonus track video!)
On one hand, agile methodologies aim to reduce the distance between business and product development and, on the other, allow teams to become more effective in generating value, leveraging collaboration and allowing creativity to free themselves and prosper.
This is the case of XXXX where people that one time worked separately, now work together with process technologists, who represent the needs of the end user. The Product Owner becomes unique (HW + SW) and must be responsible for defining the hardware, software and process requirements.
In fact, Agile is applicable proportionally to how much the company fits the people around it, and to the teams these people are part of.
In doing so, ideas are never a problem and proliferate. Every team knows how easy it is to fill a backlog with tons of new things to do. The hard part comes when decisions need to be made about what to include or not. How is it possible to synchronize teamwork with business strategies and, at the same time, leave space for exploration?
All of this is told to us by Claudio Saurin, Emiliano Soldi, Mike Carew and Matteo Cavucci in the videos published here:
How can be the Agile transformation of a company organized in matrix; the real experience of a transformation on the edge of CHAOS. A “big” like Vodafone and its digital transformation project revolutionizing the way of working within. The partnership of Portfolio Management and Project-Program Management in the adoption of Agile strategies.
All of this in the video talks of Andrea Regoli, Fabio Armani, Donatella Isaia and Christian Cantù.
Watch them here:
Today one of the biggest challenges for companies is to build consistent value for people, starting from the study of the experience that these live on current products and services.
Even Ogilvy, more than seventy years after its foundation, with more than 16,000 employees in the world, changes and re-organizes, defining a new space and role for Design in its business and that of its customers.
But what does it really matter? How to change according to what really matters?
Sometimes, you also need a little imagination, get on the moped, and start a two-stroke adventure to discover 5 terrible monsters to defeat.
All of this is told to us by Luca Mascaro, Mirco Pasqualini, Peter Stevens and Alessia Musi, in the new videos of the talks for #ABD18
See them here:
Companies growing fast, Companies turning to agility to solve some problems, Companies that want to find a more effective way to manage their Customers. Often, they can’t transform themselves and raise the doubt: failure.
Once “management” was the coordination system, but today organic, flexible, liquid models seem to be much more effective. So why “management” does resists to this transformation? How do you succeed, moving from a few people to quadrupling your staff? How do you understand if you have a level of maturity suitable for moving to agility?
Marco Calzolari, Ilaria Mauric, Pino Decandia and Roberto Giari tell us on these talks, which are available to you.
Take the inspiration you need to act the most useful transformations, click and look here:
Maximizing the work completed is one of the main agile principles. But how is it maximized, actually?
It is necessary to get agile and often companies do not know where to start, so we are here to tell you: from Change Management!
That is a process and an approach to avoid underestimation of the necessary changes in the agile transaction and indeed, maximize the transition effort.
And to do this, you need to be agile even in the marketing to announce the change management, thus allowing a company to scale and replicate teams maintaining a simple and effective management of multiple teams.
How to cross this change then?
Paolo Sammicheli, Lorenzo Massacci, Deborah Ghisolfi and Alessio Del Toro told us about it at #abdtraining ABD18: listen to their talk here
… and let us know your opinion!
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