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.
Meet an Agile Saturday Tallinn XVI speaker Julia Västrik (Estonia), with a talk “The Whole Team Approach to Innovation.“
About the talk:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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”.
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.
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?
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.
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.
Meet Agile Saturday Tallinn XVI speakers Eric Reppo and Vadym Davydov (Swedbank), with a talk “Benefits of SAFe implementation in Finance sector – Swedbank user story“
Topic: Benefits of SAFe implementation in Finance sector – Swedbank user story
About the talk:
The financial sector is extremely competitive as well as highly regulated.
Banks and others in the financial sector have to change their priorities and processes very quickly.
This story takes you on an agile journey of engraining a new culture in Swedbank, including harmonization of our way of working to allow us to be even more nimble and customer-centric by adopting SAFe.
We will SAFely take you through this journey and show you all the benefits we get from the perspective of Release Train Engineer (RTE) and Product Manager (PM) roles.
I am a certified Product Manager (SAFe) at Swedbank. I have been working at Swedbank for 15+ years and have been involved with Baltic/Group level projects/programs since day one.
I have worked in several countries and enjoy working with people from diverse backgrounds.
I believe in creating positive feedback cycles with every program. Happy stakeholders lead to happy development teams, which then lead to motivated productive teams and finally to happier stakeholders.
I am a Certified Release Train Engineer (SAFe) at Swedbank and a Certified Professional Scrum Master (PSM I, SAFe).
I am extremely passionate about Agile and start-ups – validating hypotheses, working with uncertainties, building high-performance teams.
I was one of the co-founders of an Agile community – AgileTalks in Kyiv – a Ukrainian AgileTalks community with a vision to support Scrum Masters and Product Owners in their journey of learning and implementing great practices and approaches.
I am a decisive and committed individual who knows how to create an environment in which great ideas can happen!