From Lean Startup to Agile Enterprise (beyond IT)

Traditional models of management and corporate governance are failing to keep up with the needs of the modern economy. Change, both technological and cultural, is occurring at faster rates than ever before. In this climate, modern enterprises will live or die on their ability to adapt. This is where Agile, and Agile Business Management, come in. Agile is change; changing how you think, changing how you work and changing the way you interact. This is important whether you are a software developer or a CEO.

Regardless of whether you come from IT, HR, Finance or Sales, this presentation will provide engaging and enlightening case studies of Agile beyond IT; from lean startups to large enterprises. These will be reinforced with practical approaches for the leadership of teams, divisions and businesses.

Taking the successful concepts and methods from the Agile movement and Evan's new book, Agile Business Management is a framework for the day-to-day management of organisations regardless of industry, size or location. We will discuss processes, techniques, and case studies for the 4 key domains from Agile Business Management;

  1. You, the Agile Manager - What makes a good business manager and how do their responsibilities change?
  2. Integrated Customer Engagement - Collaboration and communication techniques to build trust and deliver Customer needs efficiently, with minimal waste, and to everyone's satisfaction.
  3. The Structure of an Agile Organisation - Efficient, transparent and collaborative techniques to manage empowered staff.
  4. Work, the Agile Way - Managing all types of business functions, from software, HR, finance to legal, by using Just-In-Time planning and Incremental or Continuous Delivery processes.

Ultimately, the goal of this presentation is to make you think about your role as a leader.


From Lean Startup to Agile Enterprise from Evan Leybourn

Learning Outcomes

Regardless of whether you come from IT, HR, Finance or Sales, the goals of this presentation are to;

  • make you think about your role as a manager or leader
  • raise questions about your Customers; who are they, what are their needs, what are their goals, and how can you work together
  • introduce new possibilities and ways of doing business

You will come away from this presentation with practical understanding of Agile Business Management as well as techniques, based on the 4 domains, that you can apply within your own organisation. You will;

  • Learn how to develop your facilitation skills as negotiation and persuasion strategy
  • Learn how to build partnerships with your customers as well as understanding the difference between a customer & a consumer
  • Define the requirements and KPI’s of a good agile manager and the cognitive distortions that impact on good leadership
  • Get guidance on how to tailor Agile to different business functions (HR, ICT, Sales, Finance, Media, Legal, Production & Operations)
  • Understand how to adapt XP, Scrum and Kanban to manage workflow and requirements across the organisation in non-IT and non-project environments
  • Customise TDD to manage outcomes and quality control across an Agile organisation
  • Learn how to lead an adaptable business with empowered & cross-functional teams, agile budgets & funding models, and transparency with your customers.


A brief (5 min) introduction will familiarise the audience with the topic of Agile Business Management and the differences between Agile ICT management and Agile Business Management. The bulk of the presentation will be split into discussing the 4 domains (The Agile Manager, Integrated Customer Engagement, The Structure of an Agile Organisation, Work, the Agile Way) with at least 2 real-life case studies. During each domain, we will cover processes and techniques applicable to most industries and business functions, with some specific examples to demonstrate how to tailor the framework.

Depending on the size of the audience, I generally welcome questions throughout the presentation but will allocate approximately 5 minutes at the end for complex and additional questions.