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Approach and Dimensions to Accelerate Business Agility

Venkateswaran Ns

February 23, 2017


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Watch the video here: https://www.infoq.com/presentations/accelerate-business-agility


This presentation will share my learnings with you in the form of approaches and dimensions to accelerate business agility. We will examine a number of pitfalls that large organisations face, including;

  • Established enterprises who are not challenged enough in the market place (e.g.: customers are OK with current product offerings, quality, No impact/threat on revenue streams for next few years, No disruptive competitors etc.) may not see an immediate need for business agility leading to long-term disadvantages.
  • Sometimes enterprises embark in an agile journey with an "adopt" mindset without considered the context of their business. In the process the agile implementation may suffer and result in a less than suitable option for their enterprise.
  • Start-ups or innovation groups within enterprises are starting to experiment with business agility but executives and senior management still restrict their focus more towards delivery agility (scrum teams, scrum of scrums).

To conclude, for the overall success of the enterprise it is of utmost importance to strike the right balance between business, organization and delivery agility. And though, in many enterprises, business agility is still a niche area, I believe that it’s going to be "The Next Big Wave"


About Venkat

Venkateswaran NS

My name is Venkateswaran NS; People do refer me as “Venkat”.

Venkateswaran NS is a Program Manager leading the EDGE Portfolio and Agile Change Program at Cisco Systems which is a global leader in enterprise network solutions for cloud-based and on-prem software for the enterprise network industry. Venkat works in engineering operations with several engineers, product managers and executives to effectively scale and transform Unified Communications Technology Group (UCTG) within Cisco to Agile development practices.

Venkat is a versatile, multi-talented, caring, fun & nature loving individual, who has solid global experience (both Agile & Waterfall) in defining and rolling out/delivering complex software projects/products, in the Digital Television - STB, Telecom - Enterprise Networking, Mobile Multimedia & consumer electronics domains in the IT Industry.

Previously, Venkat drove the transition from waterfall to agile development at Cisco Video Technologies, NXP Software, Philips and has been leading Agile teams in a variety of industries for nearly 7 years. He began his career as a Software Staff Engineer at Sony Corporation and is passionate about embedded technologies and tailoring agile solutions to improve software quality and time to market. He is a Certified SAFe Agilist, Certified Scrum Professional (CSP), Certified Scrum Master (CSM), Certified Scrum Product Owner (CSPO) and active member in several regional and international agile community gatherings.

Venkat has spoken at Agile India (2015, 2016), Discuss Agile (2015), and many Conferences within Cisco on a wide range of topics including organization transformation, agile development framework, lean release planning, self-formation models, agile project management etc...

An avid believer of agile, I trust agility is part of nature and that's why I am very much excited to practice agile and i believe that the agile attitude can change the world (to start with I, your team, workplace, organization, families, communities, the WORLD ....)

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