Don't Panic. Stories of Cultural Change

With Dave Sharrock & Melissa Boggs

"Don't underestimate the power of your vision to change the world. Whether that world is your office, your community, an industry or a global movement, you need to have a core belief that what you contribute can fundamentally change the paradigm or way of thinking about problems." -- Leroy Hood

You can’t attend an agile conference these days without hearing about organizational culture. Cultural change is not optional for most organizations that want to become more agile. Agility requires a mindset that means many will have to change their traditions, habits, and behaviors.

But culture is difficult to work with. It’s intimidating; We begin to panic, asking ourselves: “Why do I feel powerless to affect change in my organization? What does it say about me or my org? What does it say about the likelihood of me being able to make these positive shifts outside my team?” and ultimately we may talk ourselves out of any change at all.

However, we can inspire others to see the value in the change. Creating sustainable cultural change means creating a movement within your organization, and this is done one story, one experience at a time. Learn how to recognize your existing culture, identify the areas that require evolution, and create a movement that inspires change.

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   Dave Sharrock CST, CEC, CAL Educator
Dave Sharrock
Dave Sharrock has nearly 20 years experience working with product delivery organizations, from Fortune100 companies to startups, telecommunications to branded consumer goods. Dave helps companies and organizations understand and realize the benefits of applying an agile/lean mindset to product development. A sought-after speaker and consultant, Dave is an expert on organizational change and agile business processes and the only Certified Enterprise Coach (CEC) and Certified Scrum Trainer (CST) in Canada. Dave moved to Vancouver in 2010 from Europe and leads agile42 consulting in North America.




   Melissa Boggs, MBA
Melissa Boggs
Melissa Boggs is a Culture, Agility, and Leadership Coach with ten years of investment in the agile movement. A Certified Enterprise Coach with an MBA, she blends education, experience, and enthusiasm to work closely with leaders on their most challenging business problems. Through training and coaching, Melissa encourages executive leadership to expose and understand the hidden strengths and weaknesses that exist within their culture, and how they can amplify what is best about the traditions, habits, and behaviors in their organization. Most of all, she helps leaders and employees alike to introduce joy and inspiration into the workplace.