Agile Week 2022

Agile Week 30 May - 3 June 2022

Recordings available here.

Are you interested in Disciplined Agile, Scrum or other agile frameworks and methodologies? Is your company considering an agile transformation? Would you like to learn more about agile principles, but you are not sure where to start? Are you an experienced agilist thinking about certification?

We have brought together agile experts and experienced agilists to help you on your journey. Join us to find out more.

 

Program for the individual days:

Monday 30th of May

12:00 - 13:00 CET

Speaker & topic: Antje Lehmann-Benz: Use the DA Browser to address agile team coaching needs

Event Description: We’ll look at the Disciplined Agile toolkit and the process goals in the DA browser specifically, and we'll try to apply it using a practical example.

About the Speaker: Antje Lehmann-Benz LinkedIn
Antje Lehmann-Benz a trainer and consultant for project management and agile methods. She is PMP and PMI-ACP-certified and a Scrum expert – actively working on “bridging the gap” between classical and agile approaches. Antje is part of the largest PMI DA-ATP Instructor and Expert Team outside from North America. ALVISSION Training is the prefered PMI-ATP training partner from PMI Luxembourg Chapter and first PMI DA Premier ATP in Europe located at Saarbruecken.

For over a decade, Antje has supported the Project Management Institute and its Germany Chapter with her know-how and engagement. She regularly publishes articles in project management blogs.

 

18:00 - 19:00 CET

Speaker & topic: Natalie Boudou: Building an Agile Learning Culture

Event Description: Central to developing agile teams is the development of a learning culture that empowers people to learn and pursue knowledge. This is important for the adaptability and the growth of an organisation. In the workshop I will cover 3 main areas that are fundamental to a agile learning:

  • Psychological safety
  • Agile Mindset
  • Continuous Feedback

About the Speaker: Natalie Boudou LinkedIn
Natalie has over 30 years' experience in the corporate world working in senior management roles in the private sector and the UN. She started her career as a commercial lawyer. After several years working in private practice and as in-house counsel for Hitachi, she relocated from London to Geneva and moved into the field of communications, working in managerial positions for the World Health Organization and a number of international NGO’s. In 2012 Natalie made a seamless transition into the world of executive coaching and consulting, and today she is the CEO and Founder of HumanForce an international consultancy working with organisations to build caring and resilient cultures. She is a highly experienced, commercial & versatile professional with a consistent track record of successful delivery of tangible results. As a coach and consultant Natalie works closely with leaders and teams to unleash the potential and strength of their human capital. Her work is focused on building cultures of engagement, innovation and connection. She has worked closely with multinationals from a variety of sectors including Pharma, FMCG, sports and luxury and also various UN organisations, to develop agile and people-centric cultures. Natalie is also an engaging Tedx speaker and has also delivered key-note speeches for a number of corporates and leadership programmes worldwide.

 


Tuesday 31st of May

12:00 - 13:30 CET

Speaker & topic: Almudena Rodriguez Pardo: Agility at scale: How to expand agile methodologies to the entire enterprise - not to die trying!

Event Description: As an agile specialist with a great and long-lasting affection for and knowledge about Kanban, it is next to impossible to work in SAFe (and Scrum) environments without attempting to sneak in a few Kanban practices. Experience shows that it will almost automatically lead to improvements, and isn’t that what most people are looking for?

The answer should of course be a big “yes”, but it is not that simple. Many organizations have invested heavily in SAFe implementations and in creating a new SAFe identity. They are not necessarily tempted to say openly that they did not get the improvements that they were expecting, and therefore need to look in a different direction. They will not necessarily be positive to the simplicity of Kanban when they have bought into the high complexity of SAFe.

This presents you (the consultant or coach) with a few dilemmas. E.g., you know that introducing a bit of good Kanban practice will improve things, but is it acceptable when your client has chosen a different path?

In my presentation I will discuss some of the dilemmas you face as an agile consultant, how pragmatism can help overcome them, and how quite significant improvements have been made. I will also share my thoughts about why people stubbornly cling too long to poor choices, and how you can avoid it, as well as some of the agile biases I often meet. In fact, the very same biases that often makes it necessary to work with Kanban in stealth mode.

About the Speaker: Almudena Rodriguez Pardo  LinkedIn
Almudena Rodriguez Pardo, born in Bilbao (Spain), studied computer science at RWTH University Aachen (Germany) and started working for Ericsson in 1995. In the 22 years involved in the telecommunication sector, she achieved a strong technical background as a developer, quality coordinator and technical market support engineer in different organizations within Ericsson. Moreover, Almudena was strongly involved in the Agile transformation and DevOps deployment at Ericsson, and worked as an Agile and DevOps consultant for Ericsson customers.

She is a well-known public speaker with international reputation at Agile and DevOps conferences, where she has been invited to Agile Tour London, Scan Agile Helsinki, Agile Practitioners Tel Aviv, Agile Conference Austria, Agile Serbia Conference, etc. As an acknowledged expert, Almudena participates at the Hustef Budapest, UCAAT Paris and ExoQA Madrid as invited Keynote. Furthermore, she contributes to the Agile community with publications like InfoQ.

Almudena is currently a partner at the international company Rodriguez Pardo & Assocs, working as Business Agility Consultant and Agile expert supporting organizations worldwide in their way to Agility and DevOps deployment.

 

18:00 - 19:00 CET

Speaker & topic: Lorenzo Vetrano: Disciplined agile and basketball. How DA toolkit can make your sport teams and club more efficient

Event Description: Disciplined Agile can be used in different areas and domains. To make things more interesting, I would like to tell your my story about how I applied the Disciplined Agile Mindset to the basketball team that I trained this year. You don't have to be a basketball expert to benefit from this presentation. This will only give you a practical insight of how to lead using a DA mindset, to develop talents and to lead your project to success.

Are you interested to hear more about DA and how this methodology helped me to lead and grow this team to tackle several lack of skills and gain on experience?

About the Speaker: Lorenzo Vetrano LinkedIn
I grew up mixing a passion for technology and teams. After a degree in Computer Science from the University of Catania and a career as a semi-professional basketball player, I focused on team management in order to achieve complex and challenging goals. I have spent more than seventeen years in several domains (banking, renewable energy, gambling, healthcare, telecommunication, education, marketing, advertising) and companies, including international ones. Thanks to my technical background and developed soft skills, I had the opportunity to cover various roles (developer, team leader, account manager, scrum master, agile coach, trainer) before finding my place in project management and becoming one of the main actors in the transition of teams, departments and companies towards efficiency, business agility and continuous improvement.

 


Wednesday 1st of June

12:00 - 13:30 CET

Speaker & topic: Annette Vendelbo: Kanban in stealth mode. How to improve results with Kanban practices in hard-core SAFe organizations

Event Description: As an agile specialist with a great and long-lasting affection for and knowledge about Kanban, it is next to impossible to work in SAFe (and Scrum) environments without attempting to sneak in a few Kanban practices. Experience shows that it will almost automatically lead to improvements, and isn’t that what most people are looking for?

The answer should of course be a big “yes”, but it is not that simple. Many organizations have invested heavily in SAFe implementations and in creating a new SAFe identity. They are not necessarily tempted to say openly that they did not get the improvements that they were expecting, and therefore need to look in a different direction. They will not necessarily be positive to the simplicity of Kanban when they have bought into the high complexity of SAFe.

This presents you (the consultant or coach) with a few dilemmas. E.g., you know that introducing a bit of good Kanban practice will improve things, but is it acceptable when your client has chosen a different path?

In my presentation I will discuss some of the dilemmas you face as an agile consultant, how pragmatism can help overcome them, and how quite significant improvements have been made. I will also share my thoughts about why people stubbornly cling too long to poor choices, and how you can avoid it, as well as some of the agile biases I often meet. In fact, the very same biases that often makes it necessary to work with Kanban in stealth mode.

About the Speaker: Annette Vendelbo LinkedIn
Annette Vendelbo has +30 years’ experience with IT project management/line management. In 2008 she founded her own company, Agil Agenda. Prior to that she worked in large global companies such as Digital, HP, and Avanade. From the day she started Agil Agenda, her focus has been solely on agile methods and frameworks. Annette and is an extremely experienced Kanban and Scrum consultant, coach and trainer that works with agile teams to increase their agile maturity and efficiency. She works both at the team-level as well as in scaled scenarios. She helps organizations with planning and executing agile transformations with respect for their specific culture, context, and agile readiness. In other words, she helps them plan for agile success.

She has been volunteering for PMI Global in connection with their agile initiatives since 2014, e.g., as a part of their global agile task force and reviewer of the “PMI Agile Practice Guide”. She also volunteers for Kanban University and has translated the Official Guide to the Kanban Method into Danish. Her theoretical foundation and knowledge of Scrum and Kanban is widely acknowledged, but she firmly believes that theory cannot stand alone. Real value is created only when you succeed in relating the theory to the practical reality of the organizations that want to transform and make it operational and actionable.

What makes her different and continuously relevant is the combination of her strong theoretical knowledge about agile methods combined with practical experience from real transformation projects. While she is a convinced agilist, she still applies good project management practice when appropriate. She has never forgotten her roots. 

When she is not busy with client work, she is blogging, writing books, podcasting, or giving public speeches and interviews—always about agile systems and how to make them work in real life. Her mantra is: “Reality always wins!”

 

18:00 - 19:00 CET

Speaker & topic: Anton Boone: When & how is agile suitable for your company?

Event Description: You have yet to strike a balance between the work packages of your teams and the organization's next best priority. To put it another way, there is simply too much to do in so little time. What are your options for dealing with this?

About the Speaker:  Anton Boone LinkedIn
Anton Boone is threon partner and senior agile transformation coach and advisor. He has many years of experience in supporting organizations with their (hybrid) agile challenges.

 


Thursday 2nd of June

12:00 - 13:00 CET

Speaker & topic: Nassos Karageorgiadis & Francesco Bruscella: European Agile study conducted by PMI Luxembourg Chapter

Event Description: For the third time now, PMI Luxembourg Chapter performed the Agile Survey that is focusing on analyzing how agile companies are in Europe. The survey has been extended to 15 European countries. Nassos and Francesco will talk about the study and present the results. Join us to learn what they found out!

About the Speaker: Nassos Karageorgiadis LinkedIn
Nassos KARAGEORGIADIS lives and works in Luxembourg serving as Head of PMs / Account Groups for SCOPE. SCOPE as a division of Netcompany-Intrasoft, is a multidisciplinary team of creative professionals and consultants, providing 360 degrees institutional communication and consultancy services. With more than 20 years of campaigning SCOPE innovates, stands at the digital frontline, creates, strategizes and gets client messages across both on the traditional and digital contexts.

His over two decades of work experience in top-tier corporations is diverse; from managerial positions in the telecommunications, logistics, shipping, and tourism industries to consulting in IT and European Institutions. His areas of specialization include Process and Project Management, Business Analysis, Business Excellence, Corporate Strategy, Change Management & Business Process Reengineering (BPR), maintaining an excellent track record of successful endeavours.

Nassos holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration from the American College of Greece – Deree College, an Integrated Master’s in Production Engineering and Management from the Technical University of Crete along with a Master of Science in Marketing and Communications using New Technologies from the Athens University of Economics and Business (AUEB). He was an Associate Professor of Project Management, Total Quality Management, Internal Auditing and Marketing at the Greek National Centre for Public Administration & Local Government and a Visiting Lecturer of Strategy and Change Management at the Postgraduate programs of the University of Wales, the Paris School of Management, and the Institute Universitaire Kurt Bosch.

He has been volunteering for PMI for more than a decade in various roles and projects both in Luxembourg and Greece. Nassos served as Director of Marketing & Communications of the PMI Luxembourg Chapter between 2017 & 2021 while today he serves as the Chapter’s representative in the European Chapters Collaboration (ECC) initiative. Furthermore, he is the Product Owner / Project Leader of the European Agile Survey since January 2019.

Certifications: DASSM, PMI-PBA®, CBAP®, PRINCE2, PRINCE2-Agile, EFQM Assessor

About the Speaker: Francesco Bruscella LinkedIn
Francesco is passionate about Project Management and has more than 20 years of experience in different sectors and countries. He worked in consultancy firms in Italy, before moving to Luxembourg where he worked in the life insurance and investment funds sectors. Since one year he is Senior Project Portfolio Manager at Banque Internationale à Luxembourg.

In his experience he has covered different roles, setting up and leading Project Management teams and participating in transformation programmes as well. He is curious and interested in Agility and Agile leadership.

 

18:00 - 19:00 CET

Speaker & topic: Cyril Awere: What does it take to become an agile leader in this new digital age?

Event Description: In our new world of exponential change, the need for leaders who think and lead in a way that would lead to positive business outcomes is ever more important. The traditional models of managing business operations during the 20th century no longer work in our new world of digital disruptions and continuous change in consumer needs.

About the Speaker: Cyril Awere LinkedIn
Cyril is an agile strategist with over 25 years of Agile project delivery and training experience in information technology spanning retail, management consulting, finance, and telecommunications industries across EMEA.

Cyril began his career as a Systems Analyst with Department for Constitutional Affairs in London in 1989. In 1996, he embarked on a 14-year journey consulting in various project and program delivery roles across the UK and Europe working in various industry sectors including the public/government sector. In 2010, Cyril was posted from the UK to Ghana by Nokia (formally Alcatel-Lucent) and appointed as a Senior Project Manager.

In 2015, Cyril returned to London and joined Costco Wholesale Corporation providing program management leadership on several key global strategic initiatives. Cyril currently works with Trusted Advisors Group as an Executive Director EMEA providing program and change management expertise in an advisory capacity and is a Consultant Trainer/Agile Coach at Liryc Consulting.

Cyril holds a joint BSc honours in Information Technology and Business Information Systems along with professional accreditations as follows; Prosci Certified Change Practitioner, ICAgile Certified Professional – Agile Coaching Certified, SAFe Certified Program Consultant, Project Management Professional, Professional Scrum Master and Prince2 Practitioner.


Friday 3rd of June

12:00 - 13:30 CET

Speaker & topic: Frederic Lieser: Stop starting, start finishing! How to use the power of Kanban to improve your value delivery

Event Description: We’ll look at the foundations of Kanban to understand the benefits of working with an Disciplined Agile lean lifecycle. 

About the Speaker: Frederic Lieser LinkedIn
Frederic Lieser is a trainer and consultant for project management and agile methods. He is an Disciplined Agile Instructor, and a certified Scrum Master. He is part of the largest PMI DA-ATP Instructor and Expert Team outside from North America. ALVISSION Training is the prefered PMI-ATP training partner from PMI Luxembourg Chapter and first PMI DA Premier ATP in Europe located at Saarbruecken. Since 2018, Frederic has been an active member of the PMI. His main focus as a trainer is on sharpening the understanding of agile in general and Disciplined Agile in particular.

 

18:00 - 19:00 CET

Speaker & topic: Closing Event – Panel discussion with Agile Week speakers

Event Details

Date & Time

2 June 2022

12:00 PM - 7:00 PM (CET+01:00)

Location

Virtual

PDUs

PDUs are offered to PMI members.