The Business Case for Agility
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Many times, We have had great sweeping conversations about the future of a process or product. Unfortunately, those conversations are often behind closed doors, and are had multiple times with different groups of stakeholders attending. What if we opened the doors and brought all the stakeholders together and left an open microphone in the room? That question led to this conversation and having both a business and technical/process perspective as we deconstruct some of the most difficult decisions for product teams. Whether you’re a technologist, product owner, agilest, or executive this discussion will be informative and transformative to your own future conversations.
In this session we will be diving into the business case for agility. The industry opinion on agility ranges from it being a panacea for all organizational problems, to being about happy teams, to being a rigorous process of waste elimination. In this session, Don McGreal ( world renown Agilist ) and I are going to explore the nuances of agility, and why it will matter to your business. If you have ever tried to convince your business why agility is more than a stand-up meeting, then this session is for you.
Devlin Liles, President of Improving - Houston is a business leader with a deep technical background. His passion and expertise are around leveraging technology to solve the problems facing business. Devlin has an entrepreneurial mindset and has been a core contributor to growth and success of Improving for the past 12 years.
Since 2007, he has been presenting and teaching classes on business practices, building company culture, software development, and deep technical topics for large and small audiences around the world, including user groups, conferences, and community events.
Devlin’s technical career gained him recognition from some of the top technology companies in the world and was awarded the prestigious Microsoft MVP Award for 6 consecutive years. The MVP award is only awarded to 3,000 technologists’ annually. In addition, he is the co-author, along with his good friend and fellow Improver Tim Rayburn of Entity Framework 4.1 Experts Cookbook.
After shifting to a business centric focus, Devlin has been awarded multiple awards, including the Vistage Leadership Award, finalist for the CEO Impact award, and one of the Most Admired CEOs in Houston in 2019. His organization has won over 100 best places to work awards across North America and been #1 in Houston 4 years consecutively.
When he is not in front of a crowd, at his company, or behind a computer Devlin is an avid soccer player and hobbyist gamer.
Don McGreal is VP of Learning Solutions at Improving, a hands-on agile consultant and instructor, and:
- Co-author of the best-selling book: 'The Professional Product Owner: Leveraging Scrum as a Competitive Advantage',
- Scrum.org Professional Scrum Trainer who has authored and taught classes for thousands of software professionals around the globe,
- Co-founder of TastyCupcakes.org (along with fellow Improver Michael McCullough), a comprehensive collection of games and exercises for accelerating the adoption of agile principles.
Don has been with Improving since 2007.