Move faster with Agile and Lean principles for business

Business, Editor's Choice | Tue 24 Sep | Author – Business & Finance

Agile Lean Ireland expands internationally with a new conference in Frankfurt this November.

Success in business today centres upon a company’s ability to create value, for its customers and to increase productivity and competitiveness. Companies large and small and across all sectors of endeavour need to find ways to deliver faster products and services to customers, with greater quality and predictability, while providing the structure to actively encourage a positive organisational culture.

This is a big task, and it cannot be achieved through using traditional complex corporate product and project management structures. Hence, companies around the world are implementing the more efficient lightweight processes used by fast-responding, fast-moving and high-growth companies, commonly known as Agile and Lean principles. These principles that are being utilised successfully by companies to move faster and create better quality products and services. 

In Ireland, Agile-Lean Ireland (ALI) and has been at the forefront of spreading Agile and Lean learnings and experience over the past four years. It has experienced unprecedented success since its inception in 2015 with just 30 delegates attending the first Agile Lean Ireland event to welcoming 1,500+ delegates in April 2019. ALI is the fastest growing event in the Agile-Lean space in Europe and was recommended as one of the best Agile-Lean conferences globally by Tech Beacon in 2018 and 2019.

The rapid growth and expansion Agile-Lean Ireland parallels the acceptance and growth of Agile and Lean in Europe. With the continued success of Agile-Lean Ireland’s annual community-led conference, ALI recognised the need to expand the conference to an international stage this November is now hosting its first international event at Le Méridien Frankfurt, Germany on 27th November. The Agile-Lean International Conference 2019 will welcome 150 delegates working in Executive Leadership, Project and Program Managers, Scrum Masters, Agile Coaches, Business Analysts, Consultants, Developers, HR Leadership, Marketers, Product Managers, Software Testers and Recruiters. The Agile-Lean International Conference will feature the best local community speakers in addition to some of the very best speakers on Agile and Lean in the world.

Joanna Koprowicz, agile and lean consultant at Allianz Technology and organiser for Agile-Lean International, said of the growth of Agile-Lean Ireland to form Agile-Lean International, “Our goal as a community is to help grow knowledge…We believe in the power of connecting communities from around the world, many of whom are facing similar challenges on their path to agility. Those who attend can use this as an opportunity to network with Agile & Lean practitioners, speakers and leaders from around the world to share learnings and create new connections.”

The keynote speaker is Jonathan Smart, Business Agility Lead at Deloitte, who was a lead in one of the largest banking Agile transformations in the world at Barclays, and is a world renowned speaker.

Currently leading Deloitte’s Enterprise Agility practice in the UK, helping organisations to deliver Better Value Sooner Safer Happier, through the application of agile & lean principles and practices, organisation-wide.

Previously, Jon was leading on Ways of Working globally across Barclays Bank, which is 328 years old, with 80,000 colleagues in 40 countries. After three years, teams are on average delivering three times as much in a third of the time with 23x fewer production incidents and the highest ever employee engagement scores.

He is also the founder of the Enterprise Agility Leaders Network, is a member of the Disciplined Agile advisory council, a member of the Business Agility Institute advisory council, a member of the Programming Committee for the DevOps Enterprise Summit, a guest speaker at London Business School and speaks at six or seven conferences each year.

ALI Frankfurt will be organised by the community for the community, just like the previous events in Ireland. The conference will feature the cream of International and Irish speakers, with a mix of talks, workshops, coaches clinic and lightning talks. Delegates will hear stories – from the numerous fantastic speakers in the community – of how to achieve success and rise to the top through learning from adversity, and can attend talks and workshops on;

·      Agile in banking and insurance

·      Agile leadership

·      Scaling agile

·      Scrum

·      Kanban

·      Agile product management

·      Agile development and testing

·      Agile in HR and many more

For a current list of speakers and/or to book tickets please click here.  Early Bird tickets are selling at €99 including taxes.

All sketch notes by Andy de Vale of Workvisible from Agile Lean 2018.