Enterprise Agile Transformation


Strategies for designing and managing the agile enterprise.


April 4, 2019




7 CPE / 0.7 CEU / CISSP / 7 PDU Credits Awarded


Conference location: Donald E. Stephens Convention Center Rosemont (O’Hare) Illinois





Agile methodologies help create and respond to change to help succeed in dynamic and challenging environments.

In this one day conference, attendees will learn value and principles of Agile.

What You Will Learn


In this one day conference attendees will learn:

  • The Gotchas of Agile Transformation
  • Starting from the Top: How Agile Leadership Sets the Tone and Determines Success
  • Agile Architecture – The Key to Continuous Improvement
  • Agile and Lean Road-mapping: Incorporating Feedback and Change at Every Level
  • Metrics for Agile Success and What Makes Them Powerful
  • Agile Value to the Extended Enterprise – Panel Discussion


Conference Price: $289.00 per person


Each attendee will receive a certificate awarding 7 CPE credits for CISSP continuing education, in addition to 0.7 CEUs and 7 PDUs. CISSP is a registered certification mark of (ISC)², Inc.


Conference Program

8:00am – 9:00am: Registration and Continental Breakfast

9:00am-9:50am: The Gotchas of Agile Transformation


Alyce Reopelle, SVP, North America IT PMO Leader, Citi


In this thought-provoking session, Alyce will discuss the most common things that are forgotten about when going through an agile transformation…and some can come with a huge price tag.



9:50am -10:20am: Refreshment Break

10:20am-11:10am: Leading from the Top: The Importance of Executive Sponsorship in an Agile Transformation


Marcy Elhamidi, Enterprise Agile Coach, Crowe, LLC


Agile transformations require executive buy-in to be successful. The State of Agile Survey (conducted by VersionOne), year after year suggests that lack of cultural change, lack of executive sponsorship, and general organizational resistance to change are consistently just a few of the top impediments to enterprise agile transformations. Not only do leaders need to be bought in, they also need to lead from the top, as the culture of any organization is always defined by the leaders first. Are you a manager, director or executive leader who isn’t sure what your role is in an agile transformation? Are you somewhere in the middle of your organization trying to drive change from the inside and struggling to get executive management engaged? In this presentation, you will learn about the role of leadership in enterprise agile transformations as well as tips and tricks to get your leadership engaged and encourage them to drive your agile transformation from the top in order to ensure success.



11:10am-12:00pm: Key Lessons Learned Implementing Agile at a Large Industrial Distribution Company


Robyn Sabsevitz, Director-EPMO; Change Management Office, ANIXTER, Inc.
Ram Narain, SVP, Business Transformation, Enterprise PMO and M&A, ANIXTER, Inc.


In this session, Robyn and Ram will explain their journey and what they achieve through their Agile implementation.


Agile Architecture is a set of values and practices that support the evolution of the design and architecture of a system while designing and adding new capabilities. This enables architecture of a system (even a large solution) to evolve over time, while at the same time supporting the needs of active users. It eliminates the overhead and delays associated with the stop and go nature and redesign inherent in phase-gate methods. With this architecture, the system always runs, supporting more continuous improvements.


Sabsevitz     Narain

12:00pm – 1:00pm Luncheon

1:00pm-1:50pm: The Human Side of Agile at Scale – Practical Considerations For Transforming Your Organization 


Rebecca Porterfield, Agile Coach, Donnelley Financial Solutions


Backlogs, sprints and velocity – check. Automated testing and CI/CD – check. Product Increments and Release Trains – check. But what else is missing? Learn about “behind the scenes” people considerations that can make or break an agile transformation:

  • Co-located teams! – What if our organization is highly geographically distributed?
  • Self-organizing teams! – What happens to the managers?
  • …of craftsmen!? – How do we even hire for this?
  • Can we really get rid of timesheets?


Also, learn the one word that has the power to transform a corporate culture.



1:50pm-2:40pm:  Metrics for Agile Success and What Makes Them Powerful


Ramon Tramontini, VP of Operations – Acting COO, Objective Solutions


Agile environments require metrics that are well understood by teams and can help improve processes and the end state.


In this session attendees will learn:

  • the most common metrics used for flow and impediments in software development
  • qualities that make a metric powerful- help drive positive improvement in an agile team
  • how to get started in capturing and using these for improving Agile adoption, improvement, and management


2:40pm – 3:10pm: Refreshment Break

3:10pm-4:00pm: The Myths and Realities of Agile Business Requirements


Toni-Marie Wahlberg, Senior Project Manager with Global Services, Liferay


Key takeaways:


In this session attendees will learn:

  • Dispelling untruths about agile development
    • lack of project plan, lack of documentation
  • Walkthrough best approach for teams new to Agile
    • Change of mindset
    • Change of practice
  • Ceremonies – processes around requirements gathering
    • Backlog Prioritization
    • Sprint Planning
    • Story Writing sessions
    • Scope Documentation (Epics/User stories/Tasks)
      • Visualization of scope
        • Product Roadmap
        • User Journeys
        • Epics
          • Stories
          • Tasks



4:00pm-5:00pm: Agile Value to the Extended Enterprise – Panel Discussion


Panelists will feature executives from IT departments


Many IT Executives are stuck in cost-cutting cycles tied only to expense-line trimming rather than business investments and outcomes. This approach limits the business growth since organizations do not fully exploit the use of IT. In this session, attendees will learn strategies for finding the right balance to move the organization forward.



Conference Price: $289.00 per person


Each attendee will receive a certificate awarding 7 CPE credits for CISSP continuing education, in addition to 0.7 CEUs and 7 PDUs. CISSP is a registered certification mark of (ISC)², Inc.



As is always the case at CAMP IT Conferences events, the talks will not include product presentations.  During the continental breakfast, coffee breaks, and the luncheon break you will have the opportunity to informally meet representatives from the following sponsoring companies, who have solutions in the area of the conference.