How Agile is misunderstood and applied incorrectly - and what can you do about it.


Even though Agile is a relatively young approach, there are already numerous misunderstandings, false assumptions, and myths surrounding it:

  • Some claim that it's all about IT, and that only product development should be impacted.
  • Others say it's a new, better, smarter way of managing projects, somehow opposing the established methodologies.
  • Yet others univocally reduce Agile to single, most popular framework, which is then turned into process, then often carved in stone forever.

Each of them can jeopardize transformations, cast shadows over results, and - the worse - cause false expectations. Agile is not the silver bullet to solve all problems. It's not yet another methodology. And, while there are several approaches that support it, it's not directly correlated with use of specific framework.

In his speech, Lukasz will take a step back, to see the bigger picture of Agile as a practical philosophy, art, and practice to be universally applied.

Learning Objectives

Ability to use approaches commonly known as Agile across the organization - specifically, outside the well researched and proven field of product delivery.

Format: Talk (60 minutes)

Speaker Biography

Lukasz Olczyk - Strategic consultant, coach, and trainer, with over a decade of experience in IT management. Worked with teams and individuals across several organizations, industries, and cultures, helping them take advantage of latest developments in approaches and methodologies. Then, following in-depth exposure with marketing and sales teams, he learned to find the way to deliver value on every step along the pipeline.

He favors application of lean principles to blind following of common sense approaches. Regularly shares his knowledge on his blog,

As a passionate petrol-head, he believes jogging to be reserved for lunatics only – which explains why you can see him jogging several early mornings each week.