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Sustainable Agile Change

The Critical Roles Executives, Product Managers and Release Train Engineers play in Enterprise scale agile software development.

In May 2017, agile leaders from the banking, insurance, telecom, technology and publishing sectors gathered with Ivar Jacobson International (IJI) at the Tower of London to discuss the important role executives, product managers and release trains engineers play in a successful agile transformation programme. With clients from Deutsche Bank, SimCorp and Mastercard participating in the panel discussions, guests heard first-hand what it really means to adopt, resource and carry out these roles in large, often quite traditional, internal software development organisations.

Essence is a Key Enabler to Manufacturer’s Agile Transformation

  • An agile way of working spread to 5,000 practitioners within two years by using an Essence-based Practice Architecture
  • A sustainable path to agility was created - teams could incrementally improve their way of working and growing
  • Practices provided standardization which helped practitioners share and learn best practices
5 Tenets of Fostering Sustainable Change

All Organizations Evolve - Will Your Change Initiative Be Sustainable?

Change. This simple word has been used to create communities, build businesses, and promote adoption within a myriad of other actionable objectives. It is as common as the air we breathe and as revolutionary as any invention. Yet in all of its grandeur, it has incessantly stumped many businesses and individuals along the way.

Software has taken a front seat in several organizations. It has become the core to any business, and change initiatives have sprouted and evolved to provide better solutions, be they faster, smarter or more affordable. Furthermore, for those organizations that adapt to change well and continue to sustain said changes and evolve over time, the rewards are exponential and in many cases, lasting.

As new companies emerge in markets offering innovative solutions that can ultimately disrupt the market, those organization that cannot and or will not adapt and change, and perhaps more importantly, sustain change will lose. As a result, software development teams are adopting agile development techniques to shorten development times, decrease risk, all whilst developing solutions to become more responsive to the needs of the business.

Your Pathway to Project Success

Project sponsors are like powerful tools - when engaged effectively they can clear seemingly insurmountable barriers and pave the way to success. When engaged ineffectively they can make any project a living nightmare. In this webinar we will discuss strategies for involving project sponsors at the appropriate times, for the appropriate reasons, so that the project sponsor works for you, rather than the other way around.

Part 2 in our 3 Part Agile Quick Talks Webinar Series

A truly agile organization is a learning organization continually refining and improving all its practices. It is not an organization that flits from one fad to another or continuously replaces one flawed process with another, more fashionable one. Change is constant and a sustainable agile transformation harnesses practices to embed and sustain an agile program.

How to Remain Competitive by Becoming a Learning Organization

It's been said that the only real sustainable competitive advantage is an organization's ability to learn faster than the competition. Learn how in this webinar presented on June 18th by Brian Kerr of Ivar Jacobson International.

Part 3 in our 3 Part Agile Quick Talks Webinar Series

A mistake that many organizations make is to think that agility is an end in itself rather than an enabler for better business performance. It's critical for organizations to always remember why they are implementing an agile approach. In this webinar, Ian will share with participants how IJI has helped its clients to quantify the results they were looking for and how they measured the effect of their transformation on their business.

A 5-Part ePub Series: Guidance to Scale & Sustain Agile

In this fast-paced, responsive world, software development teams are adopting agile techniques to speed up development times and reduce risks, while simultaneously becoming more responsive to the needs of their customers. Many organisations have kick-started their agile journey and many have successfully introduced agile on a team basis; however, the real challenge is ensuring that agile can scale and is sustainable as corporate plans and personnel evolve over time. Helping organizations embed, sustain and scale agile ways of working is at the heart of Ivar Jacobson International’s (IJI) expertise, skillset and intellectual property.

IJI's Proven Approach to Sustainable Change

This paper discusses IJI’s proven approach to sustainable change, and how under proper guidance from a well-formed Change Initiative, Practice Hubs, Coaching Hubs, and Communities of Practice can help make change “stick”.


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