The Study of Enterprise Agility Community: Global Enterprise Agility Month — Teams Week

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Tuesday, 13th - Thursday, 15th July, Online Conference

9 experts spoke.

Throughout July, Skills Matter and SEACOM will be hosting a month-long conference exploring Enterprise Agility.

Each week will focus on a different topic designed to allow the community to share experiences with fellow practitioners and SMEs that are leading the way.

This ticket entitles you to attend the Teams Week (July 13-15) of Global Enterprise Agility Month

We will explore the power of teams and communities in the context of large scale global enterprises. Other topics could include a culture of continual improvement and how to become a learning organisation.

Learn more at the conference's official site.

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Team Topologies in Action

In 2019, Matthew Skelton and Manuel Pais published their book Team Topologies which has since gone to to receive much critical acclaim. The book covers practises, patterns and anti-patterns which help enterprises organise business and technology teams for fast flow.

In this session, Matthew discusses the principles behind Team Topologies before Paul Ingles (CTO, uSwitch.com), John Kilmister (Software Architect, PureGym), Richard Allen (Team Topologies Advocate) and Ivan Krnic (Directior of Engineering, CROZ) describe how they applied insights from the book to help them achieve their goals.

Ivan Krnic

Ivan is Director of Engineering at CROZ. His main focus is creating the best possible conditions for teams to move forward. Passionate about tech novelties, he is always in close contact with the trenches. His special areas of interest cover DevOps culture, sociotechnical nature of software delivery and cloud native architectures.

John Kilmister

Software Architect, PureGym

Matthew Skelton

Matthew Skelton has been building, deploying, and operating commercial software systems since 1998. He specialises in Continuous Delivery, operability, and organisation design for software in manufacturing, ecommerce, and online services, including cloud, IoT, and embedded software. Matthew is co-author of Continuous Delivery with WIndows & .NET (O'Reilly, 2016) cdwithwindows.net and Team Guide to Software Operability (Skelton Thatcher Publications, 2016) operabilitybook.com

Paul Ingles

Chief Technology Officer at RVU

Richard Allen

Richard Allen, Head of Consulting at Conjurer Solutions, has been developing software and helping organisations implement lean and agile ways of working for over two decades.

The Value of Communities of Practice

If unchecked, agile working and multidisciplinary teams can silo organisations by teams, programmes and functions. These silos lead to duplication of work, pockets of knowledge, unrealised capability potential; even worse, it cuts people off from their support network. Our organisations are scaling, structures are flattening, workforces are increasingly fluid, and the future or where we work isn’t set. Connecting people and breaking down silos is more critical now than ever - this is where communities of practice come in.

Communities of practice bring people together who share common challenges and interests, connecting them to create something more significant than the people within it.

In this session, Emily Webber will draw from her experiences and research to share the benefits of communities of practice, the pitfalls and advice.

In part two of this session (43:20), Emily is joined by Amanda Light for a conversation about an organisation they both worked with, where communities of practice were employed.

Finally, in part three (1:10:10) Emily is joined by SEACOM's Barry Chandler for a Q&A.

Amanda Light

Amanda Light is a Senior Digital Data and Technology (DDaT) Capability Lead for HM Land Registry (HMLR). Initially working closely with Emily she has continued to grow and embed communities of practice at HMLR. She leads HMLR’s Growing DDaT Capability workstream, responsible for the introduction of professional practices aligned to the government’s DDaT Profession Capability Framework; skills mapping and other people-focused capability initiatives

Emily Webber

Emily Webber is a London-based independent Agile consultant, coach, trainer and speaker. Her focus is on creating the right environments for people and teams to succeed. She does this by enabling effective collaboration, agile ways of working, embedding communities of practice and leading initiatives for growing skills and capabilities. All of which help create sustainable change.

She was previously the head of agile delivery at the Government Digital Service, where she built, developed and led a team of about 40 agile delivery professionals. At GDS, she created the widely-followed approach and maturity model for communities of practice and subsequently authored Building Successful Communities of Practice.

Dynamic Reteaming

In this session,we will be joined by author of Dynamic Reteaming, Heidi Helfand, to discuss the varies ways reteaming happens and if managed correctly, how it can improve an enterprises ability to adapt and help people enjoy what they do.

After that we will hear from Chris Smith, Head of Product Delivery at Redgate Software.

For the past three years, Redgate has run a self-selection reteaming process to reconfigure how their teams are assigned to reflect the company’s strategy and plans for the year ahead. The approach has been to allow people to strongly influence where in the new team structure they will work, encouraging them to move towards the work they find most engaging. They’ve come to re-evaluate the traditional wisdom of aiming for very stable teams and recognise the virtues of deliberately and thoughtfully changing-up teams. This approach has helped us create a development culture of engagement, resilience and opportunity. And our team-game is still as strong as ever.

Chris will share how Redgate came to try it’s own style of self-selection team reorganisation. He’ll talk about how this has become an established annual event, the challenges and benefits of the approach and now we adapted the process to reteam a fully-remote workforce in January 2021.

Chris Smith

Chris is Head of Product Delivery at Redgate. His job is to lead the software development teams that work on Redgate's ingeniously simple database software, building teams with clarity of purpose, freedom to act and a drive to learn. For the last three years Chris has lead Redgate's annual reteaming process which gives people a strong influence over which team they are part of, encouraging them to move towards the work they find most engaging

Heidi Helfand

Director of Engineering Excellence
Procore Technologies