Formula X: How to become as fast and agile as a Formula 1 team


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Remote presentation with Jurriaan Kamer, author of Formula X

While for some organizations it can take months to deliver new innovations to the market, Formula 1 teams have minimized their build-measure-learn cycle time to mere days. A F1 team's ability to innovate, learn and adapt quickly in fast-changing conditions are key to outpace the competition and achieve performance. F1 teams simply can’t afford to waste time on slow decision making, ineffective meetings or other forms of bureaucracy.

Formula 1 teams have innate agility, but don’t use any specific agile frameworks. In fact, Jurriaan believes we need to look beyond agile to get to the future of work.

Event timeline:

12:00 - 1:00 pm Welcome and Opening Remarks, Presentations

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About CAOS:
Chicago Agile Open Space is a practitioner-driven agile community, arranged around these Special Interest Groups (SIGs):

• Beyond agile
With the signing of the Agile Manifesto approaching its 20 year anniversary, the Chicago Agile Open Space (CAOS) looks forward to hearing from engaging speakers in 2020 who are looking beyond Agile. What does going beyond look like when today’s agile is simply practiced intrinsically or perhaps altogether obsolete? If you are one of those free spirited folks who think that agile is dead and should be replaced with something better, we would love to hear from you.

• Product Thinking
Product Thinking suggests focusing on outcomes which maximize success for our customers. Realizing that the things that make a product good are the result of customers seeing, trying and using the product. Since all of these things occur after the product ships, one should think in terms of Product Use and not Product Delivery. The Product Thinking SIG will focus on insights for knowing your customers and knowing their experiences with your products.

• Software Crafting
Practices like test-driven development and pair programming have gained much wider acceptance in recent years. Engineering leaders are understanding the economics of software development in a different way, and these once controversial practices are increasingly sought after. We will present topics and discussions exploring the growing valuation of craft in software development.

• Culture and Environment
When the culture and environment of an organization is conducive to the agile precepts of self-organization, learning experiments, and objective accountability, value flows easily to customers. Agile companies achieve accelerated, nearly effortless delivery of useful products and continual improvement in workflow, enhancing the bottom line.

How can these precepts be created and sustained within modern corporations? This SIG proposes to explore the elements which help organically cultivate sustainable, adaptable, profitable businesses, and how to encourage those elements to enable organizations to benefit.

• Diversity and Inclusion
"Regarding the topic of Inclusion & Diversity, we are trying to show the connection between Inclusion & Diversity initiatives that are sprouting in the technology field and team-building practices and mindsets. When we say diversity, we need to broaden the term “diversity” to include ethnicity, age, gender, educational background, and professional experience.

• Women in Agile
Jointly sponsored by Women In Agile ( and Chicago Agile Open Space, each year we invite Five Women to deliver “TED-like” talks on their journey into technology.