• Agile transformations fail because organisations don't do this!

    Randstad Recruitment Agency Melbourne

    Rob Roe (Managing Director, OneTrust) recently co-authored a book, Giving Hope, in which he explored and explained the reasons why organisational change and transformation programs run into trouble when they expand Agile beyond the IT Shop. This is because they don’t understand how Agile actually works and therefore don’t know how to apply it across their enterprise. Rob will present his findings with examples from the case studies. With this understanding of the underlying principles of Agile, Lean, Teal and more, we can successfully make our organisation wide transformation work!

  • ANZ New Ways of Working: The transformation journey so far

    Robert Walters Recruitment Agency Melbourne

    All, I am glad to inform you that one of the senior executives at ANZ bank, Rasha Abbas, who is the CoE Lead - Simplification, will be sharing the insights and stories from the Agile transformation journey so far at this meetup. It is one of those great opportunities where we get to hear the stories of implementations, what it meant for the way they worked, the approach they took to transformation and how it actually looked like. Seats are limited. Please make sure that you update your RSVP if you are not attending.

  • The One Thing You Would Change in Scrum


    Scrum is undisputedly the most popular framework for Agile teams. Even those teams that don't work in Agile fashion have adopted elements from Scrum. And then there are also those who have adopted Scrum, but..! (Read more about ScrumButs here: https://www.scrum.org/resources/what-scrumbut) Imagine for a second that you are given an opportunity to change one thing in Scrum. What would that be? Would you make it: easier, simpler, more complex, fancier, darker, hierarchical or anything else? Come over to this interesting and interactive meetup to discuss and debate your views and opinions with fellow Agilists. Who knows you might be able to change the world! I would like to thank Dan Prager who came up with this idea during one of our lunchtime intellectual discussions. The image is from Scrum.org and you can download the poster at: https://www.scrum.org/resources/scrum-framework-poster Cheers Raj

  • Forecasting using Monte Carlo simulations

    700 Bourke St

    Uncertainties exist, and so does data. Monte Carlo simulation assists in dealing with uncertainties to some degree if objective data is available. It is a tool/technique in the quantitative risk analysis process which helps you make decisions. We are collaborating with Limited WIP Society (https://www.meetup.com/Limited-WIP-Society/) to bring this useful talk to you. If you are a member of both groups, please only RSVP to one so that we can get a good idea of numbers In this talk you will learn how to use flow metrics to shape decisions based on likely results. But remember, all tool or techniques are heuristics. That is, they are fallible. Our biases or presence of subjectivity in data can affect the results. Still, Monte Carlo simulation can be a very good guideline for project forecasting.

  • Design Thinking for Leaders: wicked problems, innovative solutions

    Suncorp Bank Business Centre

    PIZZA ORDERS: Skillfire (a Melbourne based strategic agility & innovation consultancy) will be sponsoring Pizza and soft drinks, but we need to know if you want in! Gauging numbers has gotten a little difficult, so to make sure we order the right amount, please fill out this form with your pizza preference before 2:00PM today: https://goo.gl/forms/B83XvFeVEGebBsix1 EVENT DETAILS: Started your year dealing with wicked problems and seeking innovative solutions? Join us at this interactive session on design thinking where you will be participating in not only solving problems but also delving deep into the territory of exploring, investigating and finally offering solutions that are driven by the context and are innovative for people who matter. Working with a real problem we will explore how to generate and validate an opportunity that is desirable, viable and feasible. To achieve this outcome you will be required to: · Understand your customer’s needs and pitch back to them potential opportunities · Build out a prototype and showcase back to the customer / entrepreneur · Be prepared to learn and pivot on your initial solution based on customer feedback · Pitch your end concept to win funding and a development contract Support and various templates will be available to the teams to guide them through to approach. To be successful teams must demonstration the following capabilities: · Leadership under pressure and through uncertainty · Defining the real problem · Creativity · The art of asking questions · Listening and observing · Time management · Prototyping · Succinct presentation skills (strict 30 second pitch). You will be required to generate creative solutions based on conversations with your customer. You will likely pivot on your solutions more than once based on what your competitors have developed and what you learn from the customer ABOUT THE SPEAKER Will Davis is an advanced leader in the Melbourne Innovation and Design Thinking space who'll be sharing is experience from a variety of organisations and industries to not only facilitate and run innovation practices, but embed them as a core way of working for the organisation. You can find our more about Will here: https://www.linkedin.com/in/william-davis-1280738/?originalSubdomain=au

  • Social meetup & stories from 2018

    Beer DeLuxe Fed Square

    Dear All, Welcome to 2019! We hope everyone had a relaxing holiday season and have come back energised and refreshed. We are kicking off the year with a social meetup where you will get an opportunity to meet other delivery leads & Agilists, discuss the challenges you faced last year, what you would like to see from this meetup this year and how we can strengthen the community. We have booked a table at Beer DeLuxe at Federation square under the name "Rajesh Mathur". The booking is from 5:45pm. Come along and see some of the familiar faces from the group and meet new people. The meetup is pay your own way, so please buy at least one (non-alcoholic or the other) drink to help support the venue. Can't make it but still want to contribute? Start a discussion by adding a comment here. We hope to see you there! Cheers!

  • What your transformation needs to get right - more than casual dress & post-its

    For our final meetup for the year, we're excited to be hosting Simon Minness to share his real-world observations on what it takes to create a successful agile change movement. Consumers, like never before, have real choice about where they purchase products and services. Organisations large and small need to adapt quickly, or die. Leading to a number of Australia's largest organisations deciding to 'go agile', in an attempt to tackle this VUCA world head on. But is putting a nice, customer-centric, wrapper around a whole organisation transformation what agile is actually about? - During the 30 minute discussion Simon will discuss and provide a perspective on: - Some of the key design principles that need to be considered when undergoing an agile transformation - Balancing empowerment and control in search of alignment - Where change like this works; and where and why it doesn't! About the speaker: Simon Minness, Manager Deloitte Simon specialises in enabling organisations to deliver new technology and customer experiences and change internal practices across a range of business functions with agility. Simon has been involved in driving transformational change through defining new enterprise and technology operating models, developing data and information management strategies and managing the delivery of technical solutions; predominantly across telecommunications and financial services clients.

  • How to Scale Improvement: Beyond Bottlenecks and Boiling the Ocean

    The Theory of Constraints teaches us that at any given time there is one system bottleneck in a value stream and that improvement efforts away from the bottleneck will not improve overall system performance, and may make it worse. In almost complete contrast, the various approaches to scaling Agile typically mandate all Agile teams to reflect and improve on their practice, not just those situated at the system bottleneck. This advice seems superficially in contradiction to a key lesson of The Theory of Constraints — don’t boil the ocean, focus your improvement efforts. In this talk Dan will resolve this apparent paradox, showing how both sides have part of the truth, and explain how by going a little deeper we can give better advice on improvement for both people working on the overarching system of work and to those working on front line teams.

  • Brainstorming techniques - Mapping your thinking

    Hi all, I delivered a workshop+talk session at the recent LAST conference in Melbourne. I received few requests afterwards to run the session again, so here it is. I have made modifications from the conference talk based on the feedback, so it's all new and improved. :) Abstract: Diagramming and mapping our thoughts changes the way we think. It makes our thoughts and ideas broader and helps us to see patterns. These approaches are great for both individual problem-solving and team collaboration and co-creation. By learning and applying these visual techniques we follow in the foot-steps of great thinkers such as Leonardo, Edison, and Feynman who used visualisation as a major guide, more so than language and equations, which came later. Many of us have tried our hand at mind-mapping, which is an excellent tool for expanding our ideas and solving problems by breaking away from linear thinking. In this talk, I will demonstrate other powerful ways we can map our ideas and thoughts to solve problems, both as individuals and as teams. The ideas presented in that talk can also be used for brainstorming, idea generation, bringing clarity to existing problems and much more. You will learn techniques that are different than simple mind mapping. These techniques, like Lotus Blossom, will help you in generating ideas and expanding them. These techniques can be used in personal life as well as at work.

  • Unshackling culture change, starting with the exec team

    MLC Life was spun out of NAB in 2016 and purchased by a Japanese insurance business with a dream to create the best standalone digital life insurance business in Australia. One year in the CEO realised Agile approaches could help the business deliver on its purpose, however he recognised a fundamental culture change was needed to make it happen. How would we enable the culture change? Why by changing the system of course! A quarterly based operating rhythm won't change the culture itself, but it creates regular reflection and improvement cycle that drives change in itself. In this talk, we'll cover two key elements: How Lani and Tim worked with the CEO to initiate the journey to agility, and how the new rhythm sparked change across the organisation. Initiating the change Building a relationship with the CEO and his executive leadership team, Lani & Tim portrayed the art of the possible – sharing what a healthy, aligned adaptive and agile organisation looks and feels like as well as expressing the risks if they continued with the current operating methods and practices. We reflected on past and present to understand constraints and pain points, co-designed a new operating rhythm to enable the leadership team to think and work differently and executed a safe experiment to test and learn from. How a healthy rhythm sparks change The change began at the top with a new operating rhythm that established quarterly goals which cascaded though the organisation. This new operating rhythm was not imposed, however high performing teams quickly identified the new pattern and adapted their operating cadence to match. This created a different way of thinking across the business, where people focused on the vision, purpose and strategy, but optimised for adaptability and value creation.