Seven secrets of scaling

A 45 minute Case Study by:

Naveed Khawaja


About this Case Study

Scaling agile demands contextual awareness and a bucket load of resilience driven by wisdom.

In AstraZeneca's journey of a $200M transformation, we came across a variety of people from opposite ends of the spectrum.

There were idealists who had tried scrum and made agile a success in small teams; cynics who challenged us with real scaling issues and believed scrum is more trouble than it’s worth; and ultimately, pragmatists (future change agents) who helped transform scaled agility into reality.

It has been an amazing journey, with trials and tribulations as we applied agility at scale, rolled out the new normal of the operating model and transformed the leadership and culture as a whole.

The roller coaster transformative experience has helped us unleash the seven secrets of scaling agility.

Join Naveed Khawaja (AstraZeneca) on this exhilarating journey of learning…

  • Secret #1 One size does not fit all
  • Secret #2 Leaders need convincing
  • Secret #3 Embrace constraints (but not too many)
  • Secret #4 Agile is caught, not taught
  • Secret #5 Prescribe Sprint planning on steroids
  • Secret #6 Change the operating model
  • Secret #7 Don’t let culture eat scaling for breakfast

In this session, we will look at how a large global organisation got started with enterprise agile. Which techniques have worked for us to increase agile adoption at scale? While there was a focus on introducing the technical aspects of agile to the organisation, the first challenge was in moving the culture. The second challenge was the ability to adopt enterprise agility in a practical and useful way, for an organisation of over 65,000 full-time employees spread across the globe.

About the Speaker

Naveed Khawaja lives and breathes agility and leanness in his personal, social and professional life. Even his four young children use kanbans for managing their lives. Naveed is known to solve complex challenges innovatively based on the contextual needs while keeping the vision, values and principles in check.

For the past 16+ years, he has been an instrumental global agile and lean transformer with integrated change leadership. He helps your teams in finding the real motivation and valuable productivity while developing future leaders and change catalysts in your organisation.

Naveed has a wealth of diverse experience in fortune 500 IT, telecom, energy, pharmaceutical, utilities, transportation, publishing, finance, manufacturing, and civil service verticals. He has helped transform some of the biggest global corporations including AstraZeneca, eBay, GE, Xerox, Standard Life, Pearson and UK Govt (Department of Work & Pensions, Department for Education).

Naveed's passion is to help you develop your organisation into a stronger global competitor with next generation leaders, through coaching and tailored training for a continuous improvement mindset.



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