PMIWDC - Chapter Meeting: Agile Transformation Leadership: 9 Antipatterns + 6 Imperatives

The Agile transformation journey is arduous and full of obstacles. Despite the best strategic intentions, many changes fail. This is due to a host of reasons (some more impactful than others), but the most common and most impactful is lack of leadership involvement. McKinsey & Company’s research states that 70 percent of change programs fail to achieve their goals, mainly due to lack of management support. The trends related to these issues appear in The 14th and 15th Agile State of Agile Survey reports as well. Why do executives and managers represent the biggest impediment to successful change and transformation? Because many are not proficient at leading transformation, lack experience in doing so, and don't invest time working on it. At the heart of any successful agile transformation is a strong leader who's willing to experiment, make mistakes along the way, and develop new skills/paradigms/attitudes/capabilities to lead the change. In this Keynote presentation, Toby V. Rao, Agile leadership expert, Enterprise Coach, and change consultant will discuss how you can learn to transform your business with agility and deliver on project goals while responding to industry changes quickly. He will share great insights, distilled knowledge, and personal anecdotes from the trenches in the realm of Agile Transformation Leadership. The talk will highlight how leaders can lead the change in in today's rapidly changing marketplace, the 9 antipatterns that leaders must avoid and 6 things Leaders must do to deliver results on the strategic change initiatives. You will learn actionable approaches that can help you to become a better leader in your business If you're a senior manager, coach, or leader who wants to succeed with transformation in your company, you don't want to miss this PMI Dinner!

For those who choose to come in person, the chapter is providing dinner with your registration.
Register now as seating is limited due to social distancing. Please join us at the Hamilton (600 14th St NW, Washington, DC 20005) from 5:30pm-8:30pm.

For those who choose to attend virtually, please register here .
This session will be from 7:15pm-8:30pm.

About the Speaker

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Toby Rao

Toby Rao is an agile leader, transformation specialist, change consultant speaker, and community builder. He is the founder and principal consultant of TORA Solutions, a boutique Agile company. Toby draws on his 25+ years of experience in IT, organization development, and operations management to better understand his clients' needs, mentor them efficiently, and help them reach their full potential and achieve their objectives. Toby has served several US Federal Government agencies and Commercial organizations as an Agile SME and consultant and helped them become more effective and efficient by utilizing digital, agile, and modern software. He is passionate about helping people, teams, and organizations improve their capabilities through coaching, advising, training, and mentoring. He is the co-founder and organizer of 2 Agile Meetups – Loudoun Agile Network (LAN and Enterprise Agility Champs (EAC).

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Event Details

Date & Time

21 June 2022

5:30 PM - 8:30 PM (EST-05:00)


In-Person and Virtual


Members: $65 USD (In-Person) ; Free (Virtual)

Non-Members: $80 USD (In-Person) ; $10 USD (Virtual)


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