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Thursday, July 31 • 14:00 - 15:15
Dancing with Dinosaurs: Lessons for agile change artists in very large organizations (Ken Power, michael bays) LIMITED

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Large companies get large for a reason. It is generally a measure of great success. However, with the average lifespan of Fortune 500 companies dropping dramatically, even large successful companies are at risk of extinction. It can be hard for everyone to see the need for change when you're the big T-Rex on the block. We use the metaphor of "Dancing with Dinosaurs" affectionately to describe the experience of engaging with very large organisations that have been around for a while. The other end of the spectrum would be dancing with much smaller nimbler beasts, where the degree of risk and the difficulty of change is dramatically different. Some dinosaurs survived the extinction, and there are lessons that large organisations can learn from their adaptability.

This session will present some lessons learned from Cisco's agile journey over the past 6+ years. The three presenters are leaders in Cisco's agile community, and have been driving forces behind the company's agile adoption. In this workshop, we will share experiences with participants from other organisations. We will focus the session on two perspectives: the dancers (i.e., the change artists, change agents, etc.), and the dance (interacting with the organisation).


michael bays

Engineer, cisco
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Ken Power

Software Engineering Leader, https://kenpower.dev/
Ken Power has held multiple positions in large technology organizations. His current responsibilities include leading global, large-scale engineering organization transformations. He has been working with agile and lean methods since 1999. He holds patents in virtualization and network... Read More →

Thursday July 31, 2014 14:00 - 15:15 EDT
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