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February 10, 2021 (Virtual): Why Agile Transformation Fails (with Mike Cottmeyer)

  • 10 Feb 2021
  • 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
  • Virtual (Link will be sent)
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Leading change in large organizations is more than just teaching Scrum to developers or SAFe to a broader product organization.  The scale and complexity are huge. The number of stakeholders is mind-numbing. And aligning interests across the organization is almost impossible. For Agile to work, it's going to require a different approach to how we think about process and methodology, how we think about transitioning to this new way of working, and how we make sure the changes are effective now and in the future.

To unpack this, we must explore the differences between what we call a System of Delivery (SOD), a System of Transformation (SOT), and a System of Continuous Improvement (SOCI):

  • When we talk about Scrum, SAFe, LeSS, and Waterfall governance models, we're talking about a SOD. Any talk about technical practices, running effective retrospectives, or better daily standups are all about the systems we're using to deliver on the organization's business outcomes.
  • How we install those methodologies is what we call a SOT. How we train Scrum Masters, remove systematic dependencies, influence corporate governance, or align with strategic objectives are all part of the SOT. This system is all about planning, executing, and measuring the efficacy of the change.
  • As markets evolve and drive new product demand, the organization will have to systematically adapt and respond to the emerging market need. This requires a high level of intentionality and a SOCI to ensure the organizational structure, governance model, and key performance indicators can adapt to meet the emerging needs of an ever-changing marketplace.

This talk will explore each system's key attributes: the critical success factors, why the systems are necessary, and how they individually and collectively work together to help an organization build momentum, become a more effective delivery organization, and sustain momentum going forward.

Learning Outcomes

  • Why Agile Transformations are failing in large organizations.
  • The differences between the System of Delivery, the System of Transformation, and the System of Continuous Improvement
  • Why these systems are necessary and how they contribute to large-scale Agile Transformation efforts.


Mike is a thought leader and industry disruptor in the field of enterprise-focused Agile Transformation. He has over 25 years of experience in the IT industry working for companies like IBM, EDS, John H. Harland, and Fiserv. Mike launched his consulting career while working for VersionOne before starting his own company, LeadingAgile, in 2010. Since then, as the CEO of LeadingAgile, Mike has been speaking around the globe. He’s done keynote presentations for the Federal Reserve, Agile Indy and has been an invited speaker—on Agile Transformation—at the annual Agile conference, hosted by the Agile Alliance, on several occasions.


  • 6:00pm: Welcome
  • 6:15-7:15pm: Featured Speaker
  • 7:15 -7:30 pm: Questions & Wrap-up

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