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Wednesday, August 9 • 3:45pm - 5:00pm
Excel at Change: The Hidden Differentiator (Jeff Nielsen)

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Abstract:
In his original Extreme Programming book, Kent Beck said that we should “embrace change.” A few years later, the agile manifesto told us to “value responding to change over following a plan” and to “harness change for the customer's competitive advantage.” But what does this really mean? What does it look like in practice?
In my work with agile teams over the last 15 years, I've found that few of them are truly skilled at handling change. While they may give lip service to the idea, change more often than not brings frustration, delays, and quality problems. But excelling at change is a skill that can be learned. And the mastery of this skill is what differentiates teams that fully realize the benefits of an agile approach from those who don't.
In this talk, I’ll explore what it means to “excel at change”—both technically and culturally—and discuss some specific ways that individuals, teams, and organizations can get better at it.

Learning Outcomes:
  • Understand why a "change focus" is a key part of the agile mindset
  • See how getting better at change helps us think differently about the future
  • Recognize the differences between teams/cultures that excel at change and those that don't
  • Feel inspired to work on those skills that will help you be better at change


Speakers
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Jeff Nielsen

SVP of Engineering, 3Pillar Global
Jeff Nielsen is SVP of Engineering at 3Pillar Global. In this role, he oversees the delivery of technology services to all 3Pillar clients. Jeff is responsible for all development processes in the company and manages numerous global client-based engineering teams. Prior to 3Pillar, Jeff was the CTO and SVP of Delivery at the Santeon Group, where he ran their global software development initiatives and their agile coaching practice. At Santeon he... Read More →


Wednesday August 9, 2017 3:45pm - 5:00pm
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