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Dear follower of the Agile Consortium Belgium events,

Thank you to all participants who joined us in Brussels early February for our latest conference ‘Organizational Design & Enablers for Impactful Agility’.

Once again, we can look back on a perfect day with inspiring keynotes, enlightening workshops and an engaging audience.

A selection of presentations on the day can be downloaded here.

We hope you enjoyed the day as much as we did and we are looking forward to welcoming you again next year.

Warm regards,
Agile Consortium Belgium



  • Plenary Program
    08.30 - 09.00
    Registration & Coffee
    09.00 - 09.15
    Welcome by Agile Consortium Belgium
    09.15 - 10.00
    Stelio Verzera: The unbearable lightness of Listening
    Details coming up soon.
    10.05 - 10.50
    Jason Little: Rethinking Transformation
    It seems that everywhere you look experts are telling you how you can ensure the success of your digital transformation by following their step-by-step guide. Most of what we know about organizational change is based on ideas that predate the internet. Today’s rules are different, and change doesn’t follow logical steps, or best practices. While that’s not the message people like hearing, history has shown that the most resilient organizations are the ones that know how to play the game while the rules are changing. Yesterdays plan-driven, linear and project management based approaches simply can’t handle the complexity of today’s world where anyone can start a company and disrupt an established industry. In this talk, we’ll explore how to tailor your approach to change based on how change actually happens, instead of following a prescribed set of rules and methods that were invented in the same time period that the Iomega Zip drive was invented. That’s right, we’re entrusting the success of our transformations to methods that predate the internet. It’s time to upgrade our thinking about deep, meaningful transformation that braces us for the sometimes treacherous world of uncertainty we face daily in our organizations.
    10.55 - 11.15
    Coffee Break
    11.20 - 12.05
    Jurgen Appelo: Shifting up the Innovation Funnel
    Starting new teams and scaling up innovation is more important than ever. The key to success is applying different practices in different stages of the innovation lifecycle. What works for a new business does not work for a mature one, and vice versa. In this talk, we will nosedive into the major good practices for business leaders and product teams, from the moment they have an innovative idea to the day they will scale it up (or screw it up). Everything depends on the lifecycle stage of the new product or service.
    12.05 - 13.15
    13.20 - 14.05
    Jef Cumps: Sociocracy 3.0
    What does agility at scale really mean? Should you focus more on people or on results? And what happens to the traditional hierarchy if we want to foster self-organisation across the organisation? If these questions resonate, you will find both inspiration and guidance in Sociocracy 3.0, also known as S3. And you should join this session to get introduced in its key principles and patterns. S3 is a practical guide for people wishing to collaborate more effectively and grow humane organisations that are truly agile and resilient. It builds on sociocratic practices, integrating principles from Agile and Lean and it provides a rich collection of practical patterns to choose and adapt according to your unique context and needs.
    14.10 - 14.55
    Jutta Eckstein: BOSSA nova: Beyond Agile - Preparing for Digitalization
    Digitalization calls for rapid organizational flexibility and adaptability. This has an impact on all dimensions of a company: its strategy, structure, and the processes. Agile will help implementing some of this flexibility and adaptability yet mainly in terms of processes. But true organizational agility doesn’t result from simply “trying harder” by e.g. substituting management meetings with daily Scrums or using a backlog for the board of directors. Thus, the digital transformation needs companies to look beyond Agile and look for principles that guide us in developing: - Continuous improvement strategies necessary to enable self-sufficiency and adaptation in every department - not just the software department. - The executive and board roles in driving organizational agility. - Processes, strategies, and structures that enable the current culture to self-organize for company-wide agility. Company-wide agility requires a holistic approach, a combination of different principles: First and foremost the principles of Beyond Budgeting, Open Space, and Sociocracy provide the missing links for a company to fully embrace digitalization. The combination of these concepts enables a company not only to survive but also to thrive (digital) disruptions. For this reason, necessary key components for a successful enterprise agile transformation must be found outside of agile in other streams of development. These other streams can more readily guide us in developing: We suggest “BOSSA nova” as a composite of four streams of development that, together, can lead us toward a broad enterprise agile transformation. The acronym stands for: B = Beyond Budgeting, OS = Open Space, S = Sociocracy, and A = Agile. Bossa nova, the style of music, is a synthesis of samba and jazz. Similarly BOSSA nova, the enterprise strategy, is a synthesis of different streams of development. Bossa nova is also an intricate dance, where dancers adapt their steps to the music, and their movements and their spirit in turn influences the musicians. In the same way, BOSSA nova helps your company adapt to its complex context and also influence that context. And finally, Bossa nova in Portuguese means new trend, new wave - which is how we envision a true business agility transformation. For more information: www.jeckstein.com.
    15.00 - 15.15
    15.20 - 16.05
    Jorgen Hesselberg: Unlocking Agility in the Enterprise
    Business agility is no longer optional - executives recognize that without adapting to change in a world characterized by rapid disruption, their companies' very survival is at stake. Yet true agility remains elusive - stories of successful agile transformations are far and few between. So what does it take to unlock enterprise agility? What are concrete actions and behaviors that separate successful transformations from the rest? In this engaging talk, Jorgen Hesselberg distills a decade of experience transforming organizations and identifies the key elements successful transformations have in common. Packed with real-life examples, anecdotes and concrete recommendations you can apply immediately in your own organization, this is one talk you don't want to miss!
    16.10 - 16.55
    Frederik Vannieuwenhuyse - panel debate: Liberating the Fish
    Panel Debate
    16.55 - 17.00
    17.00 - 18.00
    Networking & Drinks
  • Workshop Track
    08.30 - 11.15
    Plenary Program
    11.20 - 12.05
    Jeroen Venneman & Marjolijn Feringa: FOCUS in the Boardroom
    This conference is combined with the book launch of the Pocketguide for executives in transformation: “Agile focus in besturing” (dutch). The workshop FOCUS in the boardroom is based on the content of this book. “Organizational design and enablers for impactful agility” is the theme of this year's conference. An interesting theme because starting with an agile way of working, even in only a small part in the organization, will trigger a redesign of the organization. It is just like throwing a stone in the water, the waves go in all directions, having impact on the whole context. Usually an agile way of working is not started at one spot in the organization at a time. There is interference between all initiatives with all their different flavours. The question is how to orchestrate all these initiatives to an organization benefit, to bring the right kind of impact. This orchestration needs bottom up together with top down initiatives, aligning these two movements lead to the necessary connection. Practical tips from experience, explanation of a helpful tool: a FOCUS board and a case study from the Rabobank. This is what you can expect in the Pocketguide for executives in transformation: “Agile focus in besturing”. If you want the FOCUS experience, join the workshop: FOCUS in the Boardroom.
    12.30 - 13.15
    Crash course with Tim Vanmarcke: Provocative Coaching
    As an Agile Coach you undoubtedly have a bunch of different interventions in your toolbox to engage difficult teams. Maybe you stimulate and motivate people by giving more explanation, visualizing the end-result, swearing, convincing, trying to influence the most important decision-maker in the team…? If for some reason all these interventions failed, try this crash course provocative coaching where we explore new possibilities to move the elephant!
    13.20 - 14.05
    Frederik Vannieuwenhuyse: Rejuvinate your meetings with Liberating Structures
    How are your meetings? Are you attending either presentation-style meetings or free-format brainstorms? In this fully interactive session you’ll experience new ‘micro-structures’ to facilitate interactions, conversations, create shared understanding, … in small and large groups, in any kind of meeting, workshop or gathering.
    14.10 - 14.55
    Jan de Baere: The infrastructure department going agile?
    IFLOW is a case study of a 70 people infrastructure department that is going agile. Among other things it includes the reorganization of a department. The new organization was a co-creation between the technical people, management and the clients. The reorganization is also a switch towards a dynamic organization rather than a static one. Aim is that no - major - reorganization is needed anymore as constant adaptation is included in the system.
    15.20 - 16.05
    Jutta Eckstein - Creating Organizational Change Using Retrospectives and other Tools
    The necessity of rapid change is the topic number one nowadays. We need to create and promote organizational change in order to stay in business, to respond to market pressures, and to be innovative. During this workshop I want to provide answers –using both theory and practice– to the following questions: • What is fundamental to every change? • What needs to be considered for implementing change successfully? • How can retrospectives and other tools help creating change? In order to answer these questions we will make use from the insights from different change models and will use Retrospectives for Organizational Change and other tools and methods.


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  • KBC Bank, Havenlaan 2, 1080 Brussels
  • Phone
  • Goede Organisatie +31 342 47 52 55