About Steve Denning
Steve Denning is the author of the book, The Age of Agile: How Smart Companies Are Transforming the Way Work Gets Done (Amacom, 2018). Steve is the former Program Director, Knowledge Management at the World Bank. He now works with organizations in the U.S., Europe, Asia and Australia on leadership, innovation, Agile management and organizational storytelling. Steve’s innovative work has been recognized world-wide. His clients have included many Fortune 500 companies. He also leads the SD Learning Consortium, a group of major private sector firms that are sharing knowledge about the Agile transformation journey. You can follow Steve on Twitter at @stevedenning.
About his keynote – From Operational to Strategic Agility
Agile management has become necessary to survive, but is it enough to thrive? Many organizations have embraced Agile management on the assumption that if they upgrade existing products and services through cost reductions, time savings or quality enhancements for existing customers (i.e. operational Agility), they will realize financial gains. Owing to increased competitive pressures, this assumption often proves incorrect and consequently top management support for Agile often flags. It turns out that major financial gains are more likely to come from Strategic Agility, i.e. generating innovations that create entirely new products and markets, and that turn non-customers into customers. Strategic Agility is the next frontier of Agile management. The profit margins are bigger, and the value to society is often larger. Steve will show what’s involved in achieving Strategic Agility, including a playbook for systematically generating market-creating innovations and the necessary shift in culture that is required.