What we're about

Succeeding with agile has expanded from mastering the brilliant basics and scaling agile software, to enhancing overall organisational agility. Leadership plays a critical role to drive the success of any agile transformation. Agile leaders must encourage and empower cross-functional teams, providing an environment where they are aligned, engaged, accountable, responsible, and delivering on requirements.

The Agility Leadership Network connects all Agile enthusiasts, practitioners and experts to share ideas, learn from one another, and collaborate through a global community that aspires to make a difference.

This group will provide you with an opportunity to learn from people who have had agile successes and failures, to learn about tools and practices that work, and connect with a community of peers. We’ll be hosting meetups, webinars and panel events on the most relevant agile topics, and connecting with other leading agile channels and groups.

We hope you participate actively in this community, ask questions, post insights, and join conversations. We’re here to build an inter-connected agile community across the wide range of agile topics, for and by agile leaders and practitioners, and we can only do that with your help. So please join in on the fun, and together we can help to improve outcomes across our membership base.

Upcoming events (4)

Continuous Improvement, Agile and Business Agility– Bringing the Tribes Together

Join us online on Tuesday 18th May from 18:30 – 19:45 BST (GMT+1) for a panel event titled: Continuous Improvement, Agile and Business Agility– Bringing the Tribes Together.

Agenda:
6:30pm - ⌚ Arrivals and pre-networking

6:35/40pm - 🎤 Session by James Dwan

7:15pm - Q&A

7:45pm - End 🛏️

Please feel free to join the Agility Leadership LinkedIn group to keep up to date with future events and discussions: https://www.linkedin.com/groups/8990635/

About the Talk:
During James’ unorthodox career spanning over 20 years, James has seen Systems Thinkers operating tribally and sometimes in exclusive cliques (Lean, Scrum, Quality, Business Agility, etc.).

In this talk he brings his unique lens to the topic of Business Agility and the great opportunity which exists in many organisations to bring Systems Thinking tribes together or as James describes it to “form Marvel's Avengers”; embracing challenges and opportunities together as a purpose-driven network, able to situationally apply the right techniques and thinking, underpinned by common values.

Are you ready to become an Avenger?

About the speaker:
James is a Business Agility, Strategy Development, and Lean Six Sigma specialist with over 20 years of experience. As an Agilist in the early noughties, James began exploring Lean alongside his day job as a Software Developer across multiple business settings including Manufacturing, Sales, Technical Service, and Finance culminating in him heading up Strategy Deployment for a global business.

Today he works as a valued consultant and mentor for several high profile organisations across multiple sectors including financial services, central government, medical supplies, retail, and local government. His innovative work using Agile techniques to accelerate process improvement initiatives is receiving rave reviews.

GDPR NOTE: For the benefit of members who cannot attend, we will be recording our talks and we kindly request that only those who consent to being recorded, accept an RSVP to recorded events.

Visualise your agile strategy & see your roadmaps in context with Craig Cockburn

Join us online on Tuesday 1st June 2021 from 18:30 – 19:45 BST (GMT+1) for a talk titled "Visualise your agile strategy and see your roadmaps in context", with Craig Cockburn.

Agenda:
6:30pm - ⌚ Arrivals and pre-networking

6:35/40pm - 🎤 Session by Craig

7:15pm - Q&A

7:45pm - End 🛏️

Please feel free to join the Agility Leadership Network LinkedIn group to keep up to date with future events and discussions: https://www.linkedin.com/groups/8990635/

About the Talk:
Most strategy dialogues end up with executives talking at cross-purposes because…nobody knows exactly what is meant by vision and strategy, and no two people ever quite agree on which topics belong where” (Geoffrey Moore, Escape Velocity). In addition, all too often strategy is a static PowerPoint that goes out of date and gives little indication of the “why of movement”.

Join Craig and find out how to form an agile strategy and visualise it in a complex landscape and connect it to roadmaps, backlogs, Wardley mapping and the Strategy Cycle. This talk connects to different aspects of agile theory and practices including work by Simon Wardley, Roman Pichler and Dave Snowden. Craig will also address the question – does culture eat strategy for breakfast?

About the speaker:
Craig Cockburn (“coburn”) has been working with agile practices for over 10 years. Originally a software engineer, he holds software degrees from Edinburgh University and Napier University, the latter an M.Sc with class medal and distinction. Craig is based in Edinburgh where he works as a freelance agile coach. He is an active member of the agile community and is a founding committee member of the BCS Agile Specialist group and also helps to support agile community events in Scotland. He has worked as a scrum master, development lead and agile coach across many sectors particularly public sector and banking. He wrote the UK’s first guide to getting online, invented an early browser, is credited on the acknowledgements for HTML5 and in the book Agendashift by Mike Burrows. Recently Craig has been one of the advisors and early supporters of the Agile20Reflect festival.

GDPR NOTE: For the benefit of members who cannot attend, we will be recording our talks and we kindly request that only those who consent to being recorded, accept an RSVP to recorded events.

Looking forward to VIRTUALLY seeing you there!

Open Mic Event - 'Ask us Anything' with the Agility Leadership Community

Join us online on Tuesday 15th June 2021 from 18:30 – 19:45 BST (GMT +1) for an Ask us Anything session.

Agenda:
6:30pm - ⌚ Arrivals and pre-networking

6:35pm - 🎤 Open Mic Event hosted by Giles & Ashleigh

7:45pm - 🛏️ End

[Please feel free to join the Agility Leadership Network LinkedIn group to keep up to date with future events and discussions: https://www.linkedin.com/groups/8990635/ ]

About the talk:
Join us for an interactive "Ask Us Anything" open mic meetup with the Agility Leadership Network, where we are opening the entire event up to the audience, to provide the questions and answers for those from the community attending. 😊

This session will focus on agile leadership and what good looks like inside and outside of technology. We will dive into questions we are often asked, and more:
- What could agile mean for my organisation? In what ways does it impact us?
- How can I support my teams and organisation to be more agile?
- How do I navigate the political arena to define and adopt the best ways of working for my organisation and people?

We will go through these questions with you, and more. Please post any specific queries you have to our 'Ask an Agile Leader' discussion area, or message Giles and/or Ashleigh directly in advance of the session. During the session we'll be working together on an interactive Jam board. This session is all about you and our wider Agility Leadership Network, acting as a safe space for all agile enthusiasts to ask questions, share insights, and network.

About the hosts:
Giles Lindsay is a technology and agile leader with over 25 years’ industry experience. He is a former CTO and is now the CEO of Agile Delta Consulting. He is also a Fellow with the Chartered Institute for IT and a Fellow with the Institute of Analysts and Programmers. Giles is a UK leading practitioner in Disciplined Agile, as well as a Certified Enterprise Agile Coach. He is currently President of the Business Agility Institute UK Chapter and is also a member of the Advisory Council of the PMI Disciplined Agile Consortium.
Learn more at https://www.agiledeltaconsulting.com

Ashleigh Dueker is the agile transformation lead at Grant Thornton, helping organisations identify and build their case for change and increase their ability to respond effectively and quickly to disruption. As a management consultant, she has worked across industries, mid-market and large corporate landscapes to define transformation business cases for existing organisations using lean and agile principles, optimise business performance and reduce operational costs.

GDPR NOTE: For the benefit of members who cannot attend, we will be recording our talks and we kindly request that only those who consent to being recorded, accept an RSVP to recorded events.

Leading and Transforming with Outcomes with Mike Burrows

Online event

Join us online on Tuesday 20th July from 18:30 – 19:45 BST (GMT+1) for a talk titled "Leading and Transforming with Outcomes".

Agenda:
6:30pm - ⌚ Arrivals and pre-networking

6:35/40pm - 🎤 Talk by Mike Burrows

7:15pm - Q&A

7:45pm - End 🛏️

Please feel free to join the Agility Leadership LinkedIn group to keep up to date with future events and discussions: https://www.linkedin.com/groups/8990635/

About the Talk:
What if we put outcomes before solutions?

Imagine you decided that you would be serious and deliberate about that, determined to keep authentic agreement on meaningful outcomes ahead of all the rest. The right people in the room agreeing to pursue outcomes that matter – needs met, happy endings, the world changed. Great decision, but now what? How do you make that work? What does it imply for your organisation and its leadership?

For the past 6 or so years, the Agendashift community has been exploring questions like these. With the 2nd edition of the book just out, Mike will talk about how the thinking and the practice has developed since the 2018 first edition.

About the speaker:
Agendashift founder Mike Burrows is the author of *Agendashift: Outcome-oriented change and continuous transformation* (2nd edition March 2021), *Right to Left: The digital leader's guide to Lean and Agile* (2019, audiobook 2020), and the Lean-Agile classic *Kanban from the Inside* (2104). Mike is recognised for his pioneering work in Lean, Agile, and Kanban and for his advocacy for participatory and outcome-oriented approaches to change, transformation, and strategy. Past leadership roles include global development manager and Executive Director at a top tier investment bank, CTO for an energy risk management startup, and interim delivery manager on two of the UK Government Digital Services ‘exemplar’ projects.

GDPR NOTE: For the benefit of members who cannot attend, we will be recording our talks and we kindly request that only those who consent to being recorded, accept an RSVP to recorded events.

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