As a keen skater Louise understands the need for speed, agility and adapting to changing requirements. When she isn’t skating she applies the same passion to achieving agility within the software world. She has successfully introduced agile and lean to many companies and is a great believer in the benefits of self organising teams. She constantly looks for improvements to existing processes and believes in building quality in from the start.
Talk: 90 Day Challenge – Agile on a Corporate Scale
During April 2015 a top level management conference in a financial organisation identified the main problem which was facing them as a business. Even though they were relatively new to the world of Agile they decided to kick off a time limited piece of work to see what experts drawn from across the business could achieve within short timescales, when they had appropriate focus. So was born the 90 day challenge. The challenge was large, not only because the organisation was new to Agile and tended to work in silos but also because the area to be addressed was very highly regulated. The problem was not directly software related and had deep involvement from the operational business area affected, marketing, products, compliance and legal departments.
This talk looks at how the programme was run along with the difficulties it faced and the successes it achieved. The talk is aimed at all people who are interested in the power of using Agile and Lean principles to address the primary issue facing an organisation. Attendees will leave with an understanding of the case study and its positive and negative results, which could help in their future use of such techniques.