location_city Bengaluru schedule Mar 17th 06:45 - 07:45 PM place Grand Ballroom 1

Most transition or transformation involving a large scale has been lead by initiatives supported by change groups. Agile has been no different as most large organisations has invested into Agile CoEs to enable the change. The question however remains are the Agile CoEs effective in brining about the desired change. The panel discussion will attempt in understanding the challenges and various ways in which organisations are dealing with them to overcome them.



  1. Arvind Rathore: Head of Agile Transformation -  Societe Generale
  2. Rani Malli: Senior Director, Business Transformation  - Philips Software
  3. Nagendra Kumar: Agile Change Agent -  McAfee


Moderator & Devil’s Advocate: Ravi Kumar


Outline/Structure of the Panel

Session Details:


  • Quick intro - 5 min
  • Group discussion - Participants in the session will work in groups  - 15 min
    • Highlight top 3 challenges
    • Highlight top 3 real benefits contributed in the change
    • Are Agile COEs necessary - Yes/No
    • Affinity map
  • Lightening Talk: Panelist introduce their context and challenges - 3 min each (10 min)
  • Solutions to challenges surfaced: Fish Bowl format - 25 min
    • Panelist answer how they are dealing with those challenges.
    • Audience to challenge the solutions.
  • Windup - 5 min

Learning Outcome

  1. Understand overcoming real world challenges of running a Agile CoE successfully
  2. Relate to industry challenges with agile transitions and how organisations are learning to overcome them.
  3. Question the necessity for creating a Agile CoE

Target Audience

Senior Executives, Agile Change Agents, Program Managers, Project Mangers, Scrum Masters, Product Owners, Architects, Pre-Sales



schedule Submitted 5 years ago

  • Naresh Jain
    Naresh Jain
    schedule 5 years ago
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    45 Mins

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