AgileAus March Workshops

Tuesday 20 March 2018 // Melbourne

Agile Australia is bringing three international thought-leaders to Melbourne in March 2018 for a full day of exciting, challenging workshops.


Go 'beyond budgeting' with Bjarte Bogsnes, discover strategic agility with Steve Denning, or dive into a bootcamp on product management with Melissa Perri.

Join all three leaders at The Deep Dive - 22-23 March, 2018, Sydney.

Event Details

Tuesday 20 March 2018

Cliftons MelbourneLevel 1, 440 Collins St, Melbourne

Earlybird: $700 (ends 31 Dec 2017)Standard: $850

Discounts available for groups of 5 or more.

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Beyond Budgeting

with Bjarte Bogsnes - Chairman, Beyond Budgeting Institute Senior Advisor Performance Framework, Statoil

Tuesday 20 March 2018 // Cliftons Melbourne // Earlybird: $700; Standard: $850


Confront the problems with traditional management – including budgeting, and learn more about the adaptive management model, Beyond Budgeting.

Get a crash course in Beyond Budgeting, from background to philosophy to its 12 principles. You will also hear about companies all over the world who have embarked on this journey, and learn from examples of how they operate. Case studies will include the Borealis story – going ‘Beyond Budgeting’ before Beyond Budgeting; and the Statoil story – the ‘Ambition to Action’ model.

Learn how to redefine performance – with dynamic and relative targets and a holistic performance evaluation. The workshop will cover dynamic forecasting, resource allocation and moving away from traditional budgets. You will also discover examples of self-regulating management mechanisms.

Bjarte will also share insights into KPI pitfalls, the bonus ‘problem’, and the relationship between Beyond Budgeting and Agile. Benefit from his experience and advice on implementation.

Bjarte Bogsnes has a long international career, both in finance and HR. He is currently heading up the implementation of Beyond Budgeting at Statoil, Scandinavia’s largest company. Bjarte is Chairman of the Beyond Budgeting Roundtable (BBRT). He is a popular international business speaker and is the winner of a Harvard Business Review/McKinsey Management Innovation award. Bjarte is also author of Implementing Beyond Budgeting – Unlocking the Performance Potential, where he writes about his implementation experiences. The book is just out in a significantly revised second edition. Bjarte has also recently begun to undertake select external consulting work.

Strategic agility

with Steve Denning - Author

Tuesday 20 March 2018 // Cliftons Melbourne // Earlybird: $700; Standard: $850


Learn how to create new markets and dominate them with the next frontier of Agile management.

Explore the concept of strategic agility: the next frontier of Agile management. In this full-day workshop, Steve Denning will help you to understand how to prepare your organisation to not just be ‘slightly better’ than everyone else in a crowded and established field, but instead to create new markets and dominate them. The profit margins are bigger, and the value to society is often larger. He will also share a playbook for generating market-creating innovations – and the necessary shift in culture that is required.

Discover a playbook for systematically generating market-creating innovations and the shift in culture that is required. Steve will also share a case study on a Silicon Valley icon on the verge of bankruptcy, that turned its toxic culture into a dynamic innovative culture, and is now reaping the rewards through market-creating innovations.

Continue to deep dive into the realm of strategic agility with the aim of answering three simple questions: how do organisations flourish in a VUCA world (volatile, uncertain, complex and ambiguous), where the customer is in charge of the marketplace? Why has embracing this new way of running organisations become a necessity? What can leaders at all levels of the society do to create more energising, prosperous and meaningful mode of working and living?

Australian-born Steve Denning is the author of the forthcoming book, The Age of Agile: How Smart Companies Are Transforming the Way Work Gets Done. He obtained his law degree from the University of Sydney and practised as a lawyer before heading to Oxford. Steve is the former Program Director, Knowledge Management at the World Bank. He now works with organisations in the U.S., Europe, Asia and Australia on leadership, innovation, Agile management and organisational storytelling. Steve’s innovative work has been recognised worldwide and his clients have included many Fortune 500 companies. Steve leads the SD Learning Consortium, a group of major private sector organisations that are sharing knowledge about the Agile transformation journey.

Steve currently writes a popular column for Forbes.com on Agile management, leadership, innovation and leadership storytelling. His book, The Leader’s Guide to Radical Management, sets out the basic principles of Agile management and his forthcoming book shows how Agile has become a necessity in all organisations to survive – and thrive – in the modern workplace. In 2010, 2011, 2014 and 2016, Steve’s articles on Agile management were selected by the journal, Strategy & Leadership, for outstanding contributions to management.

Product management bootcamp for Agile teams

with Melissa Perri - CEO, ProdUX Labs

Tuesday 20 March 2018 // Cliftons Melbourne // Earlybird: $700; Standard: $850


This workshop will look at how Product Managers in an Agile team can manage continuous discovery and delivery. We’ll dive into the most important areas of Product Management: strategy, identifying goals and measuring success, focusing on the user, experimenting to learn, and leading teams around a goal.

Product Management is the art of balancing the business and customer’s needs. While many Agile teams are excellent at maintaining a consistent pace of delivery, they struggle with meeting user’s needs and determining if their products are successful. Most Product Owner courses only teach the delivery part of the process: creating and grooming the backlog, planning sprints, and prioritising stories. They rarely look at ensuring that teams are building the right features. Without this piece, we’re creating a lot of risk for our businesses.

You will learn:

  • What is good product management? Product owner vs product manager, product strategy, great product management essentials
  • Identifying common goals and measuring success: Common problems with user stories, introduction to the ‘Jobs to be done’ framework, how to write ‘job stories’ to put you in she shoes of the customer
  • Understanding users: How to build empathy for your users in teams, identifying user problems
  • Experimenting to learn vs Experimenting to deliver value: Finding problem-solution fit and product-market fit, minimum viable products vs minimum feature sets, experimenting to learn more about your customers and the right solutions, mitigating risk through experimentation frameworks
  • Leading product teams to success: The product manager as the facilitator of teams, how to structure teams for success, dealing with constraints, creating effective product roadmaps

Discover how to:

  • Limit the risk for your companies by ensuring they are building the right features early.
  • Kill bad feature ideas early and often.
  • Balance user and business needs in effective Product Management.
  • Build empathy for your users with lightweight and effective research.
  • How to identify user problems that will produce business value.
  • How to create a dynamic Product Strategy that will further the business and align teams.
  • How to do lightweight experimentation to learn more about your users and effective solutions.
  • How to rally a team and stakeholders around creating great products for your users.
  • How Agile teams can structure their processes to do continuous discovery and delivery.

Who should attend? This course will be great for Product Owners and Product Directors, as well as other members of Agile teams who would like to learn more about the role.

Melissa Perri is the CEO of Produx Labs, a consulting and coaching firm that helps organisations become product-led. Melissa specialises in adding the missing pieces to many Agile transformations: training the product teams and consulting on strategy, structure, and process. She coaches them to answer two important questions – “Should we build this?” and “Why?” Her clients include AthenaHealth, Capital One, Lloyds Bank, Spotify and Plated.

In 2016 she created Product Institute, an online school focused solely on Product Management education and learning, to help enterprise and individual students level up their skills. A frequent speaker, Melissa has had the pleasure of addressing audiences in over 20 different countries. Before becoming a consultant, she worked as a Product Manager and UX Designer at Barclays Capital, OpenSky, Capital IQ, and Conductor. Melissa has a degree in Operations Research and Information Engineering from Cornell University.

Melissa is currently writing about her experiences for O’Reilly in the book, Escaping the Build Trap, due out early 2018.

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