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ITx 2016 Conference Programme

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Effective decision making and Agile

Wednesday 10:40am - 11:10am, Agile Day (Agile Room)

This session will demonstrate how Scrum and its supporting principles accelerate decision-making in projects and portfolios.

Why is this important? Because effective and timely decision-making is essential for reducing lead times, and decreasing time-to-market is one of Agile’s founding tenets.

Many organisations using traditional project/program delivery (i.e non-Scrum/Agile/Lean) have long decision-making cycles (e.g. monthly status reports, quarterly reviews and annual planning). These impose a huge, often invisible cost in terms of both responding to change and delivering quickly.

This session will cover a mix of theory and practice regarding decision-making, including how one organisation used agile practices to make over 20,000 decisions in two days on its flagship product.

Attendees will leave with an understanding of how to harness Scrum for better decision-making.


Suzanne Nottage

Agile Transformation Consultant, Rally Software

Suzanne has worked in IT since 2006, both in Waterfall and agile environments.

Suzanne led the transformation from Waterfall to Agile within Bupa UK (the UK’s largest private health insurer), which involved co-locating and distributing teams, both onshore and offshore, plus introducing Agile at program and portfolio levels.

Suzanne currently works as a Transformation Consultant within a range of organisations.

Her primary roles are to introduce and embed Lean and agile principles and practices, that lead to a step-change in performance: becoming quicker to market, delivering value to customers and improving quality.