I am delighted to confirm that i will be speaking on Agile Innovation at Agile on the Beach 2015 in the Business track www.agileonthebeach.com 3-4 September 2015
Belinda Waldock, being agile, Agile on the Beach, Software Cornwall
“There is a mindset and cultural shift needed for businesses to become Agile. It’s much more than a collection of processes and tools.”
In this session Belinda will share her reflections on introducing agile to businesses within and beyond the software sector. The session will explore what ‘Being agile in Business’ really means, how it changes the people and the culture of a business, why it works and dealing with resistance.
In order to become a truly agile organisation its people must embrace and apply agile thinking at every level of the business. The primary driver for successful agile adoption within a business is the level of buy in achieved amongst its people. It is not enough to implement agile structures and tools into day to day practices, the organisation (and its stakeholders) must learn to listen to what agile is telling them and act upon it in order to sustain buy in to both to the method and their commitment to the ambitions of the business and the creation of great products.
Belinda shares her experience of introducing agile to an array of businesses for project management through to improving the strategic agility of their business models to evoke growth. The session will report on their journeys of adoption and the impact upon people and interactions within those businesses. She will explore what worked well, what could work better, what barriers they faced and the outcomes achieved.
Belinda Waldock is an Agile Business Coach, professionally qualified ILM Coach and Mentor in Business Management and a Computer Science graduate. Over the past 15 years Belinda has worked with small to medium sized businesses in the South West of the UK supporting ICT adoption and more recently agile adoption.
As Programme Manager and Business Coach for Agile Innovation, an ERDF funded project in Cornwall, Belinda worked with a broad range of high growth businesses across most business sectors to adopt agile practices to leverage their growth aspirations. She now works with individuals and teams to explore what ‘Being Agile in Business’ takes and has developed the Business Agility model to support her work.
Belinda is publishing a simple and comprehensive introduction to agile for any business professional this June, Being Agile in Business : faster, leaner and smarter ways to work.
As well as delivering Agile Business Coaching and Training, Belinda heads up Marketing for Agile on the Beach and over the past 4 years has used agile to help develop the conferences visibility. Belinda also leads Software Cornwall, a high growth cluster network of software development companies in Cornwall and works with Young Enterprise and the Santander Womens Mentoring programme.
Agile world blog Being Agile in Business – Belinda Waldock
The session which struck me the most and I’ve taken the most away from was Belinda Waldock (@belindawaldock)’s ‘Being Agile in Business’. Inspirational, motivating and applicable to real life. Belinda used the real life example of how she went against the traditional method of writing a book. Instead she applied an Agile approach to the whole process, breaking the process down into small bite-sized chunks and iterating.