June 25th, 2019

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Welcome at the Agile Austria Conference 2019


Klaus Leopold

Klaus Leopold


Kanban pioneer, Lean, Agile and Kanban consultant and coach

Why Agile Teams Have Nothing to Do With Business Agility

25 June, 09:00 - 10:30, Europasaal A

Abstract: In this talk, I discuss an agile transition where approximately 600 people were involved. The goal was to shorten the time-to-market for initiatives to be able to respond to customer needs more quickly and, as such, improve business agility. In order to achieve this, a reorganization was carried out. Cross-functional teams were constructed so knowledge needed for development is fully available within the team. In addition, the teams were categorized according to product in order to remove any dependencies. Visualization of the work, Standup meetings and Retrospectives made the agile transition complete—except for the expected improvements. In this session, I share what we did to improve the situation and reach the goal of "more business agility". I also show how you can approach an agile transition of this size, so you can avoid the issue of no improvements being seen. This much I can tell you in advance: do not start at the team level—it will save not only your nerves, but also a lot of money!


Dr. Klaus Leopold is computer scientist and Kanban pioneer with many years of experience in helping organizations from different industries on their improvement journey with Agile and Kanban. He is author of the bestselling book on organizational management “Rethinking Agile” (www.rethinkingagile.com) as well as “Practical Kanban” (www.practicalkanban.com) and co-author of the book “Kanban Change Leadership”.

Klaus is one of the first Kanban trainers and coaches worldwide. He was awarded with the Brickell Key Award for “outstanding achievement and leadership” within the Kanban community in San Francisco, 2014. His main interest is establishing lean business agility by improving organizations beyond the team level, especially in large environments from 50 to 5000 people. Klaus speaks regularly at renowned conferences worldwide. He publishes his current thoughts on his blog www.LEANability.com and you can follow him on Twitter at @klausleopold.

Why Agile

Agile has arrived. But while many nowadays agree that being agile is favorable, being agile for agility’s sake is not the goal. In this track, we want to have a look at the reasons for being agile and if they have remained the same over the years since the Agile Manifesto was created.

Erzherzog Johann Saal 7th floor

How to: Agile

A track for those who are on their way to agility. Leading practices and instructions on how to get there. Taking a look into the agilist’s toolbox and showing how certain challenges in today’s workplaces can be tackled. This track also looks at how to implement agile outside of software development.

Europasaal B Ground floor

Case Studies

Theory is fine – and many presentations will contain an abundance of real-life examples. In this track we focus on practical examples. Approaches, results and stories from case studies will be shared to give you the possibility to learn from firsthand experience.

Europasaal A Ground floor


Making work more fun is a great way to motivate people. Games and gamification are being used in agile to achieve even better results. In this track, the audience will be inspired with new and old ideas on how to get work done playfully, change mindsets, and retrospect on existing situations.

Zukunftszimmer 3rd floor

Coaches Clinic

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A platform to match experienced Agile Coaches with interested newbies and anyone using Agile methods or working in a - more or less - Agile environment.

Come and ask your questions! Get answers, get ideas, get guidance in a free 15-minute coaching session!

Want some help with specific challenges you have encountered on your way to a more agile way of working? Come to the Coaches Clinic! Based on individual needs, participants are matched with volunteer Agile Coaches. Here you can talk one-on-one with an experienced Agile Coach, who can help you finding answers to technical practices, role and organizational changes, motivational and personal consequences, Scrum, Kanban, Scaling Agile, SAFe, LeSS, Agile Coaching as a career path, getting satisfaction in your professional aspiration and many other topics.

The Coaches Clinic will be open on both conference days from 10:30 to 16:00. You can make an appointment or just walk in.
Look for the schedule board in the Coaches Clinic area!

Location: Business Lounge, Ground Floor
Organization: The Coaches Clinic is organized by Dietmar Stockinger.

If you want to participate as a volunteer Agile Coach, providing knowledge, skills, and experience that support Agile transformations
for both individuals and organizations, please contact directly: dietmar.stockinger@wirecard.com oder mail@dietmar-stockinger.com


Tuesday Mingle

Cafe Promenade, Erzherzog-Johann-Allee 1, Graz



From 6:30 pm onwards, we celebrate the first successful conference day in the relaxing atmosphere of the Cafe Promenade.

At 6:00 pm you have the opportunity to choose your free transfer to the Cafe Promenade.

You can choose from a convertible bus (careful limited seats) or a closed coach. Enjoy a short sight-seeing tour through Graz.

Social networking with the agile experts and recalling the day, with the best food - that's how a successful conference day can end.