Championing Agile Leadership

A One-Day Executive Event

Are you ready and equipped to make the fundamental changes that will be necessary to achieve the agility your business strives to reach? Isolated pockets of change will drive some results, however significant fundamental shifts may have to occur to achieve significant returns.

Join this all star panel of keynote presentations and workshops for a one-day event that will be sure to enlighten and inspire.

THE SPEAKERS


Ian Spence
SAFe Fellow
Chief Scientist

IJI

Chris Bezuidenhout
CIO
Markets Finance

Deutsche Bank

Marc Ellis
VP
Strategic Program Management

Mastercard

Britta Wohlenberg
Partner Development & Enablement, EMEA

Scaled Agile

Nick Rees
Head
Computing & Software

SKA Organisation

Brian Tucker
SPCT

 
IJI

Nicola Newman
Business Delivery Manager

Gibraltar Financial Services Commission

Manal Koujan
Product Manager
 

Large German Bank


The Agenda

8:30 - 9:00 REGISTRATION & WELCOME

9:00 am

MORNING KEYNOTE

Blazing the Trail – Successfully Scaling Agile in a Traditional Environment
How the Deutsche Bank Profit & Loss Platform Team Succeeded with SAFe®
Chris Bezuidenhout, Director Strategic P&L, Deutsche Bank
Ian Spence, Chief Scientist, SAFe Fellow & SPCT, Ivar Jacobson International
Learn more
10:15 am Scaling Agile & Big Data at SKA
Nick Rees
Head of Computing and Software
SKA Organisation
Ian Spence, SAFe Fellow, Chief Scientist, IJI
Learn more
11:30 am Scaling Agile within Financial & Professional Services Regulation
Nicola Newman
Business Delivery Manager
Gibraltar Financial Services Commission
Learn more
12:30 pm Lunch
1:15 pm AFTERNOON KEYNOTE
Driving Cross-Functional Collaboration & Transparency with SAFe® at Mastercard
Marc Ellis, Mastercard
Brian Tucker, Ivar Jacobson International
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2:15 pm Engage! The Surprisingly Long Journey to Uncover True Value with Customers and Stakeholders
Manal Koujan
Product Development
Large German Bank
Learn more
3:30 pm What’s Up & Coming with SAFe
Britta Wohlenberg, Business Development Scaled Agile, Inc.
Learn more
4:00 pm PANEL DISCUSSION




THE SESSION DETAILS

MORNING KEYNOTE

Blazing the Trail – Successfully Scaling Agile in a Traditional Environment

How the Deutsche Bank Profit & Loss Platform Team Succeeded with SAFe®


Chris Bezuidenhout
CIO
Markets Finance
Ian Spence
Chief Scientist and SAFe Fellow
Ivar Jacobson International

Now moving into its third year since introducing the Scaled Agile Framework, it’s ‘safe’ to say that the dbPalace team is well beyond the roll-out and introduction phase. Results have been significant – from a 35% increase in product delivery to a 50% reduction in defect leakage to faster on-boarding of new businesses, the team has achieved significant results winning multiple industry awards:

  • Financial Innovation Awards 2017
  • Best partnership FINTECH 2017
  • Banking Technology Awards 2017 - Best use of IT in Capital Markets and Treasury

Chris and Ian will discuss how the dbPalace team kick-started their own path to success – without additional funding or external sponsorship – to create remarkable results with SAFe. They will share the journey of the globally dispersed self-managing/self-improving teams as they introduced significant, notable change - programme increment by programme increment.

Scaling Agile & Big Data at SKA


Nick Rees
Head
Computing & Software
SKA Organisation

The SKA Organisation is responsible for coordinating the global activities of the Square Kilometre Array project, an ambitious international science project to build two radio telescopes, one in South Africa and one in Australia. Construction is scheduled to start in the early 2020’s and run for about five years and, when completed, both telescopes will be larger than any existing radio telescope facility. A feature of the telescopes is that they are huge IT machines, with the total digitised data rates approaching 2 Pbits/sec and curated science data products an order of magnitude larger than CERN’s Large Hadron Collider.

The SKA Organisation is thinking ahead and made the decision to adopt SAFe® to ensure the organisation is prepared to maximise the value of the software delivered, whilst distributing the development across more than 10 SKA partner countries. Join Nick Rees as he shares the unique features of the project, and the factors that lead SKA to adopting SAFe® as its software development framework.

AFTERNOON KEYNOTE

Driving Cross-Functional Collaboration & Transparency with SAFe® at Mastercard


Marc Ellis
VP
Strategic Program Management
Mastercard
Brian Tucker
Principal Consultant & SPCT
Ivar Jacobson International

Transparency and collaboration are key tenets of any agile change programme. When these characteristics are fostered and encouraged, they can drive open and honest communication in as close to real-time as possible. Previously disengaged and disconnected stakeholders become committed and accountable to delivery success.

In January 2016, Mastercard’s Prepaid Management Services made the decision to adopt the Scaled Agile Framework with the goal of aligning and unifying plans and improving collaboration across lines of business.

Marc Ellis, VP of Strategic Program Management at Mastercard and Brian Tucker, Principal Consultant at Ivar Jacobson International will share details on Mastercard’s agile journey as they introduced and adopted SAFe. Marc and Brian will discuss how it was rolled out, the challenges and the opportunities and benefits to date. In particular, they will highlight how Mastercard has:

  • Communicated a clear view of the big picture and driven strategic alignment across business lines
  • Reduced risks and surprises
  • Driven accountability and commitment to delivery to the teams
  • Encouraged mentorship
  • Fostered the appropriate leadership behaviours and cultural change

Scaling Agile within Financial & Professional Services Regulation


Nicola Newman
Business Delivery Manager
Gibraltar Financial Services Commission
Ian Spence
Chief Scientist and SAFe Fellow
Ivar Jacobson International

The Gibraltar Financial Services Commission regulates a broad range of firms operating within the financial and professional services sector. Alongside this, the Commission leads the way in the swift delivery of the world’s first bespoke regulatory framework for firms that utilise Distributed Ledger Technology and is also undertaking a consolidation of all financial services legislation.

In January 2017, Nicola Newman, Business Delivery Manager, introduced SAFe practices with the aim of eliminating some of the pain points previously experienced in delivering change. Much of the GFSCs delivery efforts are not software based however benefits are still realised in the form of greater transparency, team alignment, ownership and regular delivery of value. On jurisdiction wide efforts, other government agencies are now interested in how they can take an agile approach to large programmes of work having seen how the GFSC continues to deliver value in an iterative and pragmatic way.

The GFSC is now a year into its agile journey and is about to embark on the implementation of its next strategic plan, taking into consideration the uncertainty of providing fit for purpose regulation post-Brexit. Nicola will discuss how the whole organization is now embracing agile values and principles by:

  • Realising Agile success in a non-software environment
  • Creation of the GFSC’s Agile Manifesto enabling an understanding of what it means to be Agile
  • Innovative ways to seek full organizational buy-in
  • The power of cross-functional planning
  • SAFe practices generating a sustainable work pace at all levels

Engage! The Surprisingly Long Journey to Uncover True Value with Customers and Stakeholders


Manal Koujan
Product Manager

When an organisation adopts agile practices, it offers the business a more adaptive and more responsive way to deliver value more quickly to its customers. But what does this agile adoption journey look like when your customer is your own organisation, and where the value you are delivering are changes to your internal IT products and services? Manal Koujan, Product Manager at Deutsche Bank, will describe the profound changes which have occurred in the relationships between the IT organisation and their stakeholders and customers during this agile journey. She will describe how the organisation has evolved the way it describes the value of each change made to the IT systems. And she will explain why she spent a week writing postcards in Manilla and Mumbai…

What’s Up & Coming with SAFe®


Britta Wohlenberg
VP
Partner Development & Enablement, EMEA
Scaled Agile Inc.

How do you succeed against digital disruption? To succeed in a disruptive marketplace, enterprises need to be able to rapidly change the way they create and deliver value. Britta will discuss why a growing number of the Global 2000 have chosen SAFe to continuously deliver value on a regular and predictable schedule, making them more Agile in the marketplace and more competitive in their industry. Implementing SAFe calls for alignment across teams and the enterprise. SAFe training and certification provides that through a comprehensive role-based curriculum. Britta will cover how the curriculum is growing and what is planned for this year from the recently released DevOps to more specialized role basd training.


About the Speakers

Chris Bez

Chris Bezuidenhout

CIO, Markets Finance
Deutsche Bank
We are thrilled to have Chris join Ian Spence to share the story of DB’s programme success which has resulted not only in significant operational efficiency but has also enabled the bank to create competitive advantage, by unlocking innovation, empowering its people and ensuring that the company is able to adapt quickly to ever-changing market trends and challenges.

Keith de Mendonca

Keith de Mendonca

Principal Consultant
Ivar Jacobson International
Keith is a proven leader and software architect with eighteen years of industry experience working in technical roles and holding positions as a software engineer, line manager, chief architect, coach, and VP. He has a proven track record of designing software, recruiting and managing technical staff, building technical competencies, coaching agile practices, and embracing cultural diversity in onshore & offshore software development centers. Keith has extensive experience with the Scaled Agile Framework working on a global adoption at Nokia with 2000 staff spread across the globe.

Marc Ellis

Marc Ellis

VP of Strategic Program Management
Prepaid Management Service
Mastercard

Marc has 15 years of experience in program delivery and portfolio management in the finance industry. He began his career with the London Stock Exchange. From there, he moved to a role in the Currency Exchange and Travel industry with Travelex before moving to his current position at Mastercard. At Mastercard, he is responsible for the company’s Prepaid Management Services division’s early adoption of SAFe within the wider organisation. He has served as the Release Train Engineer, ensuring that Mastercard and the team continues to build on the early success of its implementation.

Manal Koujan

Manal Koujan

Product Manager
Global German Bank

Manal Koujan has more than 15 years of experience providing guidance and direction to globally distributed teams delivering critical software within the Investment and Banking industry. Manal currently works as an independent consultant at a German bank and is presently the Product Manager for the banks’s strategic Profit and Loss Platform. She is a certified Scaled Agile Program Consultant.

Nicola Newman

NICOLA NEWMAN

Business Delivery Manager
Gibraltar Financial Services Commission

Nicola has over 10 years of experience in program delivery, mainly in online gambling product development. More recently she made a transition into financial services regulation, traditionally a non-software based environment Having played the role of Release Train Engineer during the implementation of SAFe in GalaCoral Interactive, Nicola recognised great potential in adopting agile practices within the regulatory environment. Nicola has experience in taking an agile approach at team, program and portfolio level and is now leading the adoption of the agile mind-set and scaling practices at the Gibraltar Financial Services Commission.

Nick Rees

Nick Rees

Head Computing & Software
SKA Organisation

Nick Rees has been leading software and computing development in large scale science facilities for over 25 years, firstly with the UK telescopes in Hawaii, then at the Diamond Light Source in Oxfordshire and most recently as Head of Computing and Software at the SKA Organisation. His background is in science, with a PhD in Radio Astronomy from the University of Cambridge and his interests is developing better ways to develop software that meets the real needs of scientists who would otherwise be inundated by the data generated by the next generation of scientific systems.

Ian Spence

Ian Spence

SAFe Fellow & IJI Chief Scientist
Ivar Jacobson International

Ian was one of the first European SAFe Program Consultant Trainer’s; a reflection of not just his knowledge of SAFe but also his long experience working with Dean Leffingwell over the last 15 years, and his vast experience of successfully leading large-scale agile transformations. He has coached and consulted a number of companies through their agile transformations including Schneider Electric (over 18 teams across three continents), Nordea (over 100 people in one room), MunichRe and Ericsson Modems. Ian regularly appears at conferences, publishes books and articles, and conducts webinars and seminars.

Brian Tucker

Brian Tucker

Principal Consultant, SPCT
Brian was one of the first trainers outside of the Scaled Agile Academy to qualify as a SAFe Program Consultant Trainer (SPCT) having worked with the framework since its initial inception five years ago. Brian regularly delivers the SAFe Program Consultant training, co-teaching with Ian Spence and occasionally collaborating with Dean Leffingwell. Brian has been involved in SAFe implementations at numerous companies across Europe including hybris, PZU, Ford and Nordea. Brian is a highly proficient Agile and Scrum coach and trainer with extensive management experience in both corporate and small company situations, backed up with 11 years of software development experience.

Britta Wohlenberg

Britta Wohlenberg

Partner Development & Enablement Manager, EMEA at Scaled Agile, Inc.
Britta has over 25 years of cross-industry work experience in direct and indirect sales positions. She has a successful track record of working with global cross-functional teams, diverse group of partners and in positioning complex business solutions across various verticals. She has proven her ability to build teams, networks, and communities in an international environment. Currently, Britta supports and develops the partner ecosystem in EMEA. She runs partner enablement sessions, supports partner events and develops new markets in her region.




When: Wednesday, 23 May 2018
Where: The Royal Horseguards
Time: 8:30 am – 5:00 pm

Day at a Glance

8:30 Registration & Welcome
9:00 Keynote: Deutsche Bank Profit & Loss Platform Team Succeeds with SAFe®
10:15 SKA Organisation
11:30 Gibraltar Financial Services Commission
12:30 Lunch
1:15 Driving Cross-Functional Collaboration & Transparency with SAFe® at Mastercard
2:15 Large German Bank
3:30 What’s Up & Coming with SAFe?
4:00 Panel Discussion
5:00 Closing Remarks

Register Your Interest to Attend

*Please note that seating is limited and we reserve the right to decline any bookings for this event. We thank you in advance for expressing interest in this one-day event and we will contact all registrants by end of April 2018 with event confirmation details.