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Universal Agile Thinking – Supporting the Organization

Agile is not new. US rocket scientists applied incremental design and development methods in the 1950’s and IBM taught incremental practices in Los Angeles in the early 1960’s. Despite its extensive history, many people think Agile started with the Agile Manifesto in 2001. The Manifesto’s emphasis on software development also created the misconception that Agile is limited to the software development lifecycle. While some practitioners focus solely on Agile methods, others perceive that Agile’s real value is in the ability of its principles to change our thinking and behaviors. For a growing number of people and the organizations to which they belong, Agile is a strategy that can be successfully applied to any context or industry in any part of any organization.

In this webinar, we will review the broad origins of Agile, examine how Agile is permeating all facets of the organization, and consider the far-reaching implications of Agile within ITSM in particular. We will also explore the characteristics of an Agile organization, with an eye towards what needs to change in Agile IT organizations (both in Dev and Ops) by way of focusing on such technical aspects as how to capitalize software product development and how we can make Supplier Management more Agile.

Learning Outcomes - attendees will be able to:
- Identify the broad origins of Agile in order to place its development within a larger historical context
- Identify how Agile is beginning to permeate all facets of organizations so they can begin planning interactions that take into account Agile’s broader, interconnected reach within their own organizations
- Analyze the implications of Agile within IT and IT Service Management so they can adjust their methodologies to take advantage of its impacts
- Assess what Agile means to software product development and Supplier Management in particular in order to begin to design successful approaches to their technical needs
Recorded Oct 9 2013 49 mins
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Larry Cooper, Senior Partner, BSSNexus Global Inc & Jen Stone, formerly Managing Director, International Consortium for Agile
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    Larry Cooper, Senior Partner, BSSNexus Global Inc & Jen Stone, formerly Managing Director, International Consortium for Agile
    Agile is not new. US rocket scientists applied incremental design and development methods in the 1950’s and IBM taught incremental practices in Los Angeles in the early 1960’s. Despite its extensive history, many people think Agile started with the Agile Manifesto in 2001. The Manifesto’s emphasis on software development also created the misconception that Agile is limited to the software development lifecycle. While some practitioners focus solely on Agile methods, others perceive that Agile’s real value is in the ability of its principles to change our thinking and behaviors. For a growing number of people and the organizations to which they belong, Agile is a strategy that can be successfully applied to any context or industry in any part of any organization.

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    Learning Outcomes - attendees will be able to:
    - Identify the broad origins of Agile in order to place its development within a larger historical context
    - Identify how Agile is beginning to permeate all facets of organizations so they can begin planning interactions that take into account Agile’s broader, interconnected reach within their own organizations
    - Analyze the implications of Agile within IT and IT Service Management so they can adjust their methodologies to take advantage of its impacts
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The Agility Series Channel is hosted by Larry Cooper. Larry was the Mentor for the PRINCE2 Agile book, is an author, content creator, and agile educator, and consultant with over 35 years in the industry.

The Agility Series channel brings you the latest ideas and research into agility across the organization not just in software and product development. We will have our own speakers as well as special invited guests who will present on topics that will enhance the discussion and our understandings on agility.

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