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Agile From The Top Down

  • Sep 13, 2011 · 6:00 PM
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  6:00 - 6:15pm -  Announcements  
6:15 - 7:45pm -  Agile From The Top Down By Jon Stahl 
  7:45 - 8:00pm -  Q&A  8:00 - 9:00pm - Open Space Networking with Snacks from Cantina South at  Rally Software Offices - 3rd Floor

There is a parking garage at 510 Glenwood Ave and parking after 4PM is a flat $3.00, additionally street parking as well and it is free after 5PM.

Agile From The Top Down

Organizations will have trouble sustaining a true Agile culture if the Executives & Sr. Management team does not live the same way.   IT Executives must practice what they preach and help create the CULTURE, NOT PROCESS.  If they want teams to be transparent and agile, they need to practice themselves and lead by example. This talk will share some Agile & Lean techniques, applied in a new way, to help organizations understand their constraints so they can transparently carry forward their journey to becoming Agile.  “Seeing the Whole” includes customers, strategy, projects, applications, people, leadership, financials and Standard Work.  I will propose creating a BVR (Big (I mean big) Visual Room), refactoring the PMO and suggest some practices to help support this journey.  During this talk, I unveil 25+ physical boards and build a big visual room with open discussion. 


Jon Stahl co-founded LeanDog Software Studio in 2008 after 18 years of experience providing IT leadership in both Fortune 500 and start up organizations. His passion is eliminating waste, optimizing the performance of IT teams and helping organizations become lean and agile. Jon provides extensive hands on experience in organizational transformations to Agile and Lean software methods. He is an active thought leader in the Agile, Tech and Entrepreneurial Community. He openly shares his studies & learnings at conferences and meet ups.

His company office is on a boat floating next to a WW2 Submarine in downtown Cleveland. In addition to providing a home for over a dozen monthly user group meetings at the LeanDog Studio in Cleveland, he has co-organized events such as Ignite Cleveland, Cleveland Startup Weekend and Code Retreat. He received his degrees from Ohio State University. He is married with two lovely children and two ugly bull dogs.

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  • Jeff B.

    Folks, here is the information to download the slides and more information from Jon Stahl:

    September 15, 2011

  • Lisa J.

    I thought the presentation was very informative. The location was great as well as the food at the QA and afterwards. I am looking forward to receiving the slides for this. I would love to share the video with my Agile team.

    September 14, 2011

  • Alex M.

    Learned quite a bit - great overview of LeanDog's process.

    September 14, 2011

  • DM W.

    There was a great turn out, with a great group of people. Presentation was interesting and highlighted some interesting things. I would have liked to hear more about distributed teams, but perhaps that is for another day as it could take up 1.5 hours by itself. I see more and more distributed teams that need better ideas for pairing, collaboration, and knowledge sharing.

    September 14, 2011

  • Jared

    It was a great event. I really enjoyed seeing that many of the members together to hear a great talk.

    September 14, 2011

  • David S.

    Great speaker, great talk! I think we all left wanting to do agile better than we do now.

    September 14, 2011

  • A former member
    A former member

    Great meetup - tons of valuable knowledge!

    September 14, 2011

  • Rhonda H.

    Very good talk - made me realize how far we have to go to get the upper management on board with agile.

    September 14, 2011

  • Carl R.

    Jon did an excellent job packing a large quantity of valuable experience and counsel into a short period of time. High energy level, and real-world applicability. Gave me plenty to think about for my own action plans.

    September 14, 2011

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