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Full name

Tiago Garcez

Job Agile Coach
email tiago [dot] garcez [at] agilar [dot] org
Company Agilar
City (Country) Bruxelles (Belgium)
Time 1h
Type of Conference Conference-Workshop < 100 attendees
Level Sensitized

Bridging the Management Gap


I am an Agile Coach, passionate about helping organizations in implementing change strategies focused on Agile / Lean and a culture of continuous improvement. With a background in project management and business analysis, I became actively involved with Agile / Scrum over 5 years ago and have since worked within large Agile change initiatives. Acting as either a Product Owner or a Scrum Master, I helped software development teams improve their relationship with customers, as well as their ability to deliver value every Sprint. In the last 2 years I have been working as an Agile Coach, helping small and large organizations in their Agile change initiatives. I'm currently working as an Agile Coach at Belgacom, where I am helping to lead the Enterprise Scrum initiative. I'm actively involved with the Agile community in Europe and am interested in helping to explore Agile theories and practices, and how they can address the challenges faced by organizations today.


While Agile implementations have been experiencing considerable successes in many cases, there seems to be an inverse relationship between the size of the company adopting Agile and the level of success experienced in the adoption. Large organizations still do, in general, treat Agile as an "IT initiative", while smaller organizations (who are more used to being flexible and responsive) typically have an easier time treating Agile as a company-wide philosophy. Why does this happen? Why do we keep hearing the same question in Agile conferences - "where are the managers?" Why does Enterprise Agile seem like an unachievable goal? And most importantly, what can we do about this gap that often manifests itself between organizational management and Agile teams? This session will address this topic by going through 4 distinct parts: 1. Are companies starting off their Agile change initiatives with the correct mindset (and goals)? 2. Experience in implementing Enterprise Scrum in large Belgian organizations (bpost and Belgacom) 3. Retrospecting on successes and exploring the root causes for problems and difficulties experienced in these cases 4. Proposing actions, behaviors and community activities to effectively close the gap The session will be a mix of presentation and interactivity as we explore the root causes and implications behind this challenging issue.


Basic knowledge of Agile and/or Lean and an interest in organizational change initiatives

Benefits for the attendees

Attendees will gain insight into actual Agile change initiatives in large companies, as well as the common pitfalls that typically block them from being successful. In addition, the attendee will also leave with some actionable ideas to avoid these pitfalls, plus an understanding of some areas where we, as members of the Agile community, can improve in order to effectively bridge the gap that still exists (in most cases) between upper management and Agile teams (in large organizations).

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