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Lessons of Scaling Agility from the Military - Paolo Monachello

Turn the Ship Around

Several great books have been published out that have very relevant to Scaling Agile. 

It is "Your Ship", "Team of Teams" "The Art of Action" and "Turn the Ship around".

Who better to discuss the lessons of these books and why Command and Control in the Military has more Agility than you think than an Agile Project Manager and Member of Scaling Agile Scotland - Paolo Monachello

Paolo is a passionate convert to Agile, having first experienced the potential of using Scaled Agile Framework in the oil & gas industry.  He commenced his military career in 1997 in the Royal Navy and was a senior manager within the executive team onboard nuclear submarines.  As a qualified Dived Submarine Navigator and Officer of the Watch, he was empowered and responsible for the submarine safety whilst on patrol.

Leaving the military he embarked on a second career within the Aberdeen oil & gas industry in 2006 and gained his MBA in Oil & Gas Management in 2013 from Robert Gordon University.  He is passionate about the sustainability of future operations and uses his holistic approach gained from the submarine service to see the cross functional interdependencies within organisations and how the impact of change can have unintended consequences.

He is a certified Practitioner in AgilePM and PRINCE2 and is currently writing a book on Leadership, Management and Disruptive Influences.

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  • Sergio S.

    Thanks to all that made the event possible, Thanks to Paolo for sharing his experience, great evening

    I'll see you at the next event :)

    1 · April 22

  • Scott S.

    Very interesting to see Good Leadership skills across the Military, Oil and Gas and Agile.

    April 21

  • Senthilkumar K


    April 21

  • Paolo M.

    Ready and waiting!

    1 · April 20

  • Gregor N.

    Hi guys, doors will open at 18:30 tonight.
    Please use the double door on the edge of the building. (
    Official address of the event space is 17 Kittle Yards, EH9 1PJ
    There is free on-street parking after 18:30 or majority of our car spaces should be free after that time as well. Looking forward to see you all tonight.

    1 · April 20

    • Scott S.

      Thanks Gregory on my way!!

      April 20

    • Martin B.

      Me too! (And will be in the advance party)

      April 20

  • Sergio S.

    I'm finishing my dissertation, I hope to be able to attend, but I don't want to be selfish and take the place of someone willing to attend and finally don't be able, so I'm changing the RVSP, and if I can attend I will try it later :)

    1 · April 20

  • Greg U.

    I'm disappointed to not be able to attend but recommend reading Team of Teams by Gen. Stanley McCrystal and Turn the Ship Around by Capt. David Marquet, as well as the excellent Art of Action mentioned below.

    1 · April 19

    • Scott S.

      It will be a fun night! Must catch up sometime soon.

      April 19

  • Scott S.

    I was just speaking to paolo he is looking forward on coming down to see us.

    April 13

  • Scott S.

    Big thanks NCR!

    1 · April 13

  • Jemima T.

    NCR Edinburgh would be happy to offer its event space for this event. PM me to arrange.

    1 · April 8

  • Namrata P.

    My intention to get in touch with yourself is to gather some info and advice on training available on SAFe Agilist in Glasgow.
    I look forward for your response and appreciate your guidance on the same.

    1 · March 27

    • Martin B.

      Namrata - if there's enough demand (by which I mean: more than about a dozen people), I'd be very happy to organise a SAFe Agilist certifying class (Leading SAFe) in Glasgow.

      2 · March 30

    • Scott S.

      Thats a good idea!

      March 30

  • Martin B.

    Adding to this list: Stephen Bungay's The Art of Action

    1 · March 30

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