Jumping on the Transformation Roller Coaster

2017-09-19
Organizer: Agile Leadership Network - Raleigh/Durham Area Chapter
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Jumping on the Transformation Roller Coaster… Lessons learned from a seat in the first car

Have you been contemplating an Lean Agile@Scale transformation within your organization? I equate the experience of running a large-scale Agile transformation to riding a roller coaster, and being brave enough to sit front and center in the first car. After all, it is a thrill ride where there are many exciting moments, followed by other moments when you want to say to yourself, “Wholly cow, what did I get myself into?” Then, hopefully followed by the moment when you achieve success and come to the end of the ride leaving you exhilarated and saying to yourself… “Wow that was awesome! Let’s do it again!”

As a self-proclaimed adrenaline junkie, I can vouch for the fact that once you do one, you’ll want to jump right back on the roller coaster, and do it all over again. Just like the ride at the amusement park!  In this casual talk, I’ll share my experiences of over 15 years in riding the Lean Agile transformation roller coaster and hopefully, in the end, your transformation ride will leave you feeling excited and exhilarated, instead of nauseous and weak in the knees!

Specially, we will cover:1.  Understanding why you want to jump on the roller coaster in the first place

2.  Once the cars pull away from the station, you are “all in!” at that point

3.  Getting your Leadership team to sit in the Second Car

4.  Bringing friends along for the ride… creating an effective coaching staff

5.  Gauging how steep that first major climb will be… or in other words, your greatest challenges

6.  Going into the first curve… your change curve that is!

7.  Spiralling through the corkscrews… be prepared to feel like you’re flying through space sideways

8.  Coming to the end of your ride… maintaining stable velocity

9.  And lastly, inviting Middle management along for the ride: Yes or No?

About Jean

Jean Dahl – Specialist Leader
Deloitte Consulting LLP


An innovative enterprise Lean Agile leader and transformational change agent, Jean has over two decades of diverse experience transforming organizations at all levels. She possesses extensive experience in building and managing multi-million-dollar global portfolios for Fortune 100 companies, as well as leading multiple 200+-team Lean Agile@Scale transformations. Currently, she holds the position of Specialist Leader for Deloitte Consulting LLP Lean Agile Advisory practice where she provides thought and engagement leadership to assist her Fortune 500 clients in achieving Enterprise Agility.

A thought leader, writer, and speaker in Lean, Agile, Scaled Agile Framework (SAFe), and Lean Startup methods; she designs, develops, and implements custom Agile@Scale operating models. She is very active in the Lean Agile Community and has chaired various forums and conference tracks for the Agile Alliance, including co-chairing the Agile Alliance Executive forum in 2014. In 2016, she was honored to join the Lean Startup Program Advisory board and is looking forward to bringing new and innovative ideas to LeanStartup@Scale. And, she is also working on a book entitled, Enterprise Agility: Building the Lean Agile Enterprise at Scale, to be published by O’Reily Publishing and scheduled for release in late Spring of 2018.

Jean holds an MBA from the University of Texas and a BS in Finance from the University of Wisconsin. She has earned the SPC, PSM, PMI PMP, PMI ACP, and Lean Six Sigma Black Belt (LSSBB) certifications, as well as being a founding member/adjunct professor for Southern Methodist University-School of Engineering Project Management Certification Program. She is passionate about leadership, diversity, innovation, transformation, proactive change, collaboration, and design thinking. In her spare time, Jean enjoys running, cycling, reading, traveling, gourmet foods, and fine wines.

Please Note Location:

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