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Photos from Agile Saturday XVI

You can now recollect some moments and the atmosphere of Agile Saturday Tallinn XVI looking at photos here:

A lot of thanks to our photographer Rait Tuulas for these fabulous photos!

Agile Saturday XVI Presentations Slides

Here you will find some of the Agile Saturday XVI presentation slides. More to come!

Your feedback for Agile Saturday

A lot of thanks to all the participants who made Agile Saturday XVI such a great event! 👏 We would really appreciate your feedback to get know what do you think was valuable and what we need to keep, and what might be improved to make the next event even better.

Your feedback for Agile Saturday XVI in Mentimeter

Agile Saturday XVI Agenda

Agenda in PDF format (with links to talks)

The event takes place 15th of April 2023, 9:45-18:30 at Hestia Hotel Europa, Paadi 5, Tallinn.

This year we will have 5 main themes at Agile Saturday Tallinn – we will look at Agility through 5 different lenses:

You can reserve your spot by registering to Agile Saturday Tallinn XVI through Eventbrite ticketing system.

See you very soon!

Meet The Speakers – Julia Västrik

Meet an Agile Saturday Tallinn XVI speaker Julia Västrik (Estonia), with a talk “The Whole Team Approach to Innovation.“

About the talk:

Who is responsible for innovation? People with a word “Innovation” in their job title, like Innovation managers in Corporate Innovation Hubs? Well, definitely they might be great catalysts of innovation.

At the same time, the vast potential of very intelligent, creative, and educated people, who could contribute to the company’s innovations on an everyday basis, stays mostly unused. Usually, these people have a Software Engineer job title.

Over the last two decades agile way of working became prevailing within many cross-functional teams in the software development industry. Still, most of those teams can be called cross-functional just so far, as what they are mostly doing is just transforming a set of requirements, received from outside, usually from stakeholders, into working software.

In more progressive product companies decision-making regarding product has moved from stakeholders to product managers and eventually it is moving to the whole cross-functional teams, still this mindset shift is not that common.

During this session we will explore what are the benefits of placing product discovery inside the cross-functional team using the great potential of all its members, including Software Engineers, and how to start in practice with embracing the whole team innovation mindset. 

Presentation slides are available here

About Julia:

Agile Saturday Tallinn XVI will take place 15th of April 2023 and you can register through Eventbrite.
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Meet The Speakers – Daryl Seager

Meet an Agile Saturday Tallinn XVI speaker Daryl Seager (Estonia), Rush Street Interactive, with a talk “Giving and receiving effective feedback.“

Topic: Giving and receiving effective feedback.

About the talk:
Why are we so bad at feedback? Feedback is an important part of what we do and how we do it, yet most people struggle to give and receive feedback effectively. During this session we will look at ways we develop our skills in this area, which will enable us to have more productive conversations and improve our results.

About Daryl:
Daryl is a certified ICF Leadership and Communication Coach, Strengthscope practitioner, and Scrum Master. He is especially passionate about supporting new leaders in tech and empowering them with the tools to lead and grow their teams sustainably. He has over 10 years of international experience coaching and consulting a wide range of clients both in the public and private sectors. Industries he has worked with include: Pharma, Banking, Finance, Education, Government, Retail, Manufacturing, Media and Tech.

Agile Saturday Tallinn XVI will take place 15th of April 2023 and you can register through Eventbrite.
More information about 
Agile Saturday Tallinn XVI.

Meet The Speakers – Ilmar Käär and Andri Vanem

Meet Agile Saturday Tallinn XVI speakers Ilmar Käär and Andri Vanem (Eesti Energia), with a talk “Breaking Barriers at Eesti Energia: The Power of Organizational Agility“

Topic: Breaking Barriers at Eesti Energia: The Power of Organizational Agility

About the talk:
Eesti Energia, with around 5400 employees, is one of the biggest and oldest companies in Estonia. It began an agile transformation in its IT division over three years ago. Our IT community has over 300 members.

Our aim was not just to adopt a new approach, culture, and ways of working, but also to make the organization nimbler, reduce layers of management and make it flatter.

Come find out how this change has impacted our company, our aspirations, and where we stand on this ongoing journey.

About Ilmar:

  • Over the past 25 years, I’ve had the opportunity to work in various organizations across the Baltic and Nordic regions, including Eesti Energia where I’ve been employed for just over 5 years, currently as a Head of Business Technology and IT.
  • I’m inspired to work with my colleagues in fostering an agile mindset. It’s all about understanding, collaborating, learning, and being flexible to achieve results and provide value.
  • I like simple things, but achieving simplicity in concepts, ways of working and organizations is challenging, as it requires navigating underlying complexities and prioritizing what is truly essential.

About Andri:

  • Software products development has been my passion for quite a long time. Doing it with agile mindset is just a cherry on top of the cake.
  • Passion to do things differently to show there is a different way to do things and hate the sentence “we have always done it this way.”
  • I do not believe in hierarchy – we are all humans and best processes are always made by the experts in the field.

Meet The Speakers – Tommy Ågren

Meet an Agile Saturday Tallinn XVI speaker Tommy Ågren (Sweden), with a talk “Organizational design and complexity“

Topic: Organizational design and complexity

About the talk:

Today there are various frameworks and methods for scaling agile, which many organizations adopt as means to become an agile organization.

Many frameworks and methods are based on structures, design elements, and practices that we more or less take for granted as the recipe for organizational design and success. Structures and design elements can indeed serve as enablers for agility. However, in some cases they can also be misleading, especially if applied in the wrong context.

So how can we know if our design elements are providing a viable foundation for an organization to become more agile? What could be indicators for a good fit, and what could be indicators to be cautious and rethink?

To address this question, we need to become more aware of context and degree of complexity, and bear in mind what we are trying to accomplish by “being agile”.

About Tommy:

Tommy lives in Stockholm, Sweden and works as Senior Agile Coach or Change lead.
He has been working within the IT business for about 30 years in different types of roles (Developer, Architect, Scrum Master, Agile Coach, Change lead).
Over the last 20 years Tommy has been involved in and gained experience from different Agile change initiatives from types of organizations, such as Banking and Finance, Retail, Telecom, Industry, Aeronautical and Defense industry, MedTech, the Public Sector and more.
Tommy is passionate about organizational development and scaling agility. In his work he uses a broad spectrum of different frameworks, methods, and practices. However, he prefers to use these pragmatically as “tools” to solve real problems – not as own ends.

Agile Saturday Tallinn XVI will take place 15th of April 2023 and you can register through Eventbrite.
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Meet The Speakers – Lasse Ziegler

Meet an Agile Saturday Tallinn XVI speaker Lasse Ziegler (Finland), with a talk “The culture to survive time of crisis“

Topic: The culture to survive time of crisis

About the talk:
In times of crisis and a rapidly changing environment companies struggle to cope. The one to adapt more quickly is more likely to survive. What kind of organizational culture makes your company more likely to live? How do you know what culture you have, and most importantly, how do you know it is changing for the better?

About Lasse:

As an experienced Enterprise Agile Coach, Certified Scrum Trainer, and Managing Director at agile42 Finland, I am passionate about helping organizations embrace agile methodologies and achieve their goals. With a focus on creating a collaborative and innovative work environment, I have helped numerous clients to improve their processes, increase efficiency, and deliver exceptional value to their customers.

I am committed to driving growth and success for my clients through innovative and effective solutions. Whether coaching leadership teams, mentoring individual team members, or collaborating with clients to develop customized solutions, I am dedicated to delivering exceptional value and driving results.

If you’re interested in learning more about my experience as an Enterprise Agile Coach and Certified Scrum Trainer at agile42 Finland, I would be happy to connect and share my insights.

Agile Saturday Tallinn XVI will take place 15th of April 2023 and you can register through Eventbrite.
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Meet The Speakers – Hanno Jarvet

Meet an Agile Saturday Tallinn XVI speaker Hanno Jarvet (Estonia), with a talk “Going Beyond Agile: Influencing Business and Driving Change“

Topic: Going Beyond Agile: Influencing Business and Driving Change

About the talk:
You have experience in Agile methodologies and corporate change initiatives and find yourself in a position where you have more responsibility. You could expand Agile further and involve more of the business. Perhaps even make the whole organization Agile. How should you go about it in a non-naive way? How can you find some contextually appropriate ways to move your organization forward? Depending on your context and environment, different parts of the Agile methodology are appropriate (but insufficient).

This talk will help you choose a contextually appropriate approach to drive change. We will look at Wardley Mapping, Strategic Sales and Business Model Canvases to understand how to look at systems and environments and act contextually appropriately to avoid running fool’s errands and pick the battles that can be won with the right tools.

About Hanno:
I have helped organizations improve performance with Agile and other methods since 2009. 

Agile Saturday Tallinn XVI will take place 15th of April 2023 and you can register through Eventbrite.
More information about
Agile Saturday Tallinn XVI