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Day 1

Agile Leadership

(The Boardroom)

AGILE LEADERSHIP (TRANSITION YOUR ORGANISATION TO AGILE )

Over the last 20 years Agile has moved from the Shop floor to the Boardroom. It is no longer seen to be an IT Solution but now considered to be an essential business strategy in the Information Age. However many Leaders still struggle with keeping the lights on, dealing with daily operational issues and transforming their business. The Boston Consulting Group says “Transformation isn’t an option – it’s a business imperative”. Richard Young says “Agile Leadership allows you to anticipate and adapt to unpredictable circumstances or environments in ways that will benefit yourself and others. While not everyone can exhibit the same levels of leadership agility, agile leaders are undoubtedly more effective leaders. Agile people excel at absorbing information from their experience and using it to navigate an unfamiliar situation. Agility is considered to help counteract Ambiguity. Being Agile you will: ‘Be prepared to adapt and shift course rapidly’ and ‘Reverse potential threats into opportunities’.
Day 1 is all about leadership and what leaders can do to transform their organisations. Our speakers will inspire, provoke your thinking and give you insights on how you can start or optimise your approach to transformation.

 
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Day 2

Technology & Innovation

(DevOps)

SOFTWARE ENGINEERING (FOCUS ON TECHNICAL EXCELLENCE)

Technology, Innovation and adoption of new practices and mindsets such as DevOps is driving massive changes across many industries and markets. We will also cover many topics from Artificial Intelligence, Nanotechnology, Drones, Machine learning, Cyber Security, Robotics, Fibre Optics, Chat bots, Blockchain and a range of exponential technologies used by Uber, Google, AirBnB, Netflix, Waze and more more innovative organisations. The Big question for many leaders and managers is how can you leverage these exponential technologies for your business? Where can it be applied? What Products or Services will benefit most from adopting these new technological innovations? What we have discovered across many innovative organisations is the open source mindset and adoption of DevOps practises which is driving successful transformation initiatives.
According to DevOps.com “DevOps isn’t just about working faster, more effectively, and at a lower cost. A big part DevOps is also about driving business innovation. DevOps correctly applied is known to cut costs and reduce downtime, but as this Rackspace 2014 survey found, DevOps is also, across many organizations, increasing sales as well as employee and customer engagement. DevOps is also enabling organizations to deploy more capabilities more quickly. As the most recent Puppet Labs DevOps report contends, DevOps organizations are deploying updates 30 times more rapidity and with fewer failures. And they’re recovering 168 times faster from failures and have 60 times fewer failures due to code changes. “What we are seeing is the quality and speed has definitely increased. So people are producing changes that are of higher quality and changes that require fewer rollbacks,” said Nigel Kersten, CIO at Puppet Labs. in this interview with Ericka Chickowski.
If DevOps is going to positively drive business transformation, all of the associated efforts – collaboration, communication, automation, continuous delivery –  have to be orchestrated toward the right goals, in the right ways, with the right people and processes in place. It’s about helping business and technology leaders to manage their enterprises through times of change in technologies and markets. (Credit: DevOps.com)
The 2018 Agile in Africa Conference wants to focus Day 2 on Technology and how organisations can become exponential, become better, faster and create more value.

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Day 3

Back to Basics of Agile

(Get Started with Agile)

GET STARTED TOMORROW WITH THE AKADITI TOOLKIT and FRAMEWORK

You have now heard about various Agile practices such as Scrum, Lean, Kanban, XP and perhaps you are now thinking….how do I get started? Where do I start? Can we apply to this to Sales & Marketing, Operations, Finance, HR, IT and other business Departments? What can we start implementing from tomorrow? Who do we need to help us start our transition from a traditional business model to a more Agile business model? Are there Agile coaches in Ghana or West Africa who can help us?
Many people have found that a successful Agile development process has the potential to transform a traditional project management organization from slow, mammoth releases which take months or sometimes years to quick iterative release cycle from four weeks or less. Once an organization has a firm grip on Agile basics, moving from a yearly release cycle to a weekly build – release cycle is not unusual. It is possible to deliver value more rapidly to your employees and customers.
Making 50 quick releases instead of one big one has several advantages. The development team is able to release value faster by getting important features and services in early releases. They’re also able to change directions quickly when the requirements turn out to be wrong or misunderstood, rather than working for a year toward the wrong goals. While these advantages are important, they’re not easy to realize.
Many leaders and project managers struggle with the basics of the Agile as they move from an established traditional development and management process such as waterfall, PMP, PMI, Prince 2, MSP, TQM toward using more Agile methods. If you have questions, you’re not alone. Day 3 will address your questions and help you get started. You will leave with the Akaditi Agile Tool kit.

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DEPUTY CHAIRMAN

Nana

Product Owner and Deputy Chairman of Agile in Africa

KEYNOTE SPEAKERS

Dr. Thomas Mensah

Industry leader, Inventor, Speaker, Enterprenuer Industry leader

Speakers

Peter Owans

President & CEO of Phoenix Consulting Inc.

Kurt Bittner

VP Enterprise Solutions, Scrum.org

Joseph Djokey

Digital Transformation Consultant

Dave West

CEO and Product Owner Scrum.org

Michaelene Holder March

Health Executive and Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Management

Liesbeth Oudkerk

KLM Product Owner & VP Digital Transformation Programme

MC / HOST

Kwaku Sikahene Ampomah

Agile Coach and Consultant

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AGILE IN AFRICA 2017

Our Vision is to “Accelerate the Transformation of Africa and make Life better for all by 2030″ by Investing in Agile ways of working for students, start ups, SME’s, large corporations, non-profit and public sector organisations.

 

We are also passionate about Improving the Profession of Software Delivery and Organisation Transformation.

Software has changed everything in the 21st Century, impacting our personal and professional lives in incredible ways. Furthermore, we believe that by helping to improve software delivery as a profession in Africa. We will create new opportunities for socio-economic advancement. Embracing the Agile mind-set becomes the engine that powers this accelerated development and exponential growth.

Agile in Africa is a Business and Technology Platform.
We bring people and organisations together in Africa and from around the World. It is created in Ghana for Africans by African’s and friends of Africa. A home grown platform, we are building an Agile community in Africa. Also focused on exploring ideas, sharing experiences and finding solutions to problems, challenges and new opportunities in Africa. Helping to make life better for everyone both on the Continent and Globally. So for us, we see the Agile in Africa Conference as a valuable experience that will stay with you forever. Also, all the speakers and participants at the Agile in Africa Conference 2015 have said it was one of the best experiences of their lives.

Our objectives and key results (outcomes);

1. Raise awareness – Show the value and benefits of becoming Agile. Showcase Agile adoption from Shop floor to the Board room across public and private sectors globally. Learn from some of the excellent examples in organisations such as Microsoft, Google, Spotify, Capital One Bank, KLM, Barclays, McKinsey, British Government GDS Program, Rwandan Government, Facebook, FBI to name a few.

2. Connect people  – In Africa to new ideas on how to address old and emerging problems and opportunities in the Business and Technology domains. As stated by Albert Einstein “We cannot solve our problems with the same thinking we used when we created them”.

3. Accelerate the pace of development in Africa by forming meaningful partnerships with organisations in Africa and globally. Also encourage people to get Agile training, coaching and Scrum certifications which are recognized globally.

Partnership with Scrum.Org
We are working very closely with www.scrum.org  as one of our key partners and sponsors to help us promote Scrum, Technical Excellence (XP), Scaling Scrum and organisation transition to Agile across Africa their various PSF, PSM I, II & III, PSPO I & II, PSD, SPS, EBMgt Certification Series will form the basis of the Agile University (Agility –  Scrum Studio) which Is currently being set up. So we look forward to welcoming new partners on board to help us improve the profession of software delivery in Africa.

 

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