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Two different ways of being Agile

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GOTO Copenhagen and Nordea welcome you to this last GOTO Night of the year. Come and join us for a night with no less than two agile talks. One given by Rodica Pirau from Nordea and one given by Tomas Eilsø, former fighter pilot.

• 17:00 Doors open
• 17:20 Welcome by Nordea and GOTO CPH
• 17:30 Confessions of an agile coach and F-16 fighter pilot by Tomas Eilsø + Q&A
• 18:30 Food & drinks
• 19:00 #ChangeLab: Fast and Curious by Rodica Pirau + Q&A
• 20.00 Networking


ABSTRACT - Confessions of an agile coach and F-16 fighter pilot.

The dirty military secrets for fostering agile culture, trust and effective collaboration.

In 2002 I joined a crisis meeting with 30 other fighter pilots. It was the second week after I arrived at the rapidly build Army tent camp just north of Afghanistan. I was still trying to get used to the fact that I was now in a war zone. It all seemed unreal. The commander explained that the meeting was called for, because we had experienced another serious accident. The cause of the accident was categorized as "pilot mistake" - Again. A Danish F-16 aircraft had crashed in Afghanistan. It was the third severe incident just that week. Fortunately, the pilot survived, despite first having to eject and then landing in an active minefield.

What happened next was very natural to me at the time, but something I later found out is actually quite rare in organisations. Something very powerful. Something many organisation say they do, but something I've only experienced a few organizations actually capable of really doing....

Now, you might be thinking; This is a nice war story and all, but my business problems are very different then what's going on in a military tent camp in war. The most dangerous thing I do, is to carry a cup of "not so dangerously" hot coffee to my desk.

I will give you that, our problems in business are different for sure, but personally I've arrived at the conclusion, that the underlying principles of what drive humans to perform and collaborate in situations with complexity and uncertainty are exactly the same. Exactly !

I've spent half my carrier as a fighter pilot, the other half dealing with agile and helping companies create products customers love. I've experimented with transferring some of the lessons from my past to the business world and I will share some of the stories and perspectives with you. I hope the brave ones of you might be inspired to try them out.



Rodica has worked as a Business Analyst for 5 years within the shipping and financial industries. Her current role is Strategic Change Lead where she is responsible to build and continuously improve a change initiative named #ChangeLab. At the same time, she is designing and developing the framework on which the lab will operate.

Rodica is from Moldova, and has been living in Denmark for the past 8 years. She holds a BSc in Economic IT from the Bucharest University of Economic Studies and an MSc in Economics from the University of Copenhagen.

During her studies and work experience, Rodica developed a set of pivotal skills for her desired career path such as critical thinking, analytical reasoning and problem-solving capabilities.

#ChangeLab: Fast and Curious
How do we enable Nordea’s transformation?
In this fast-changing environment Nordea is commited to embrace novelty and rethink tomorrow, all in the name of the greater good. #ChangeLab is one of the initiatives that contributes directly to Nordea’s transformation journey.
This presentation will give you:
1) an introduction to #ChangeLab,
2) how we employ Agile Ways of Working every day to create value, have happier employees and customers,
3) which are the biggest challenges we faced so far and what have we learned from them.