ABD Talk Episode 2: Demystify Agile with Tom Sommerville

Tom spends most of his evening and weekends in building a stronger Agile community in Toronto.

Tom spends most of his evening and weekends in building a stronger Agile community in Toronto.

September for ABD is about getting down to the practical discussions on what really happens in the industry and what we can do to accelerate analytics adoption. It is undeniable that many organizations have been using agile to drive organizational changes, improve project effectiveness, and respond to ever-changing customer requirements. 

In today’s episode, we invited Tom Somerville, the co-founder of AgileTo, one of the largest meet-up groups in Toronto, to join us to demystify agile. 

We talk about the tools and principles of this new way of working, as well as new roles and the organizational challenges that many enterprises encounter as they embark on an Agile transformation. While our focus is on the positive aspects of this kind of change, we also delve into common pitfalls that teams and companies come up against on this journey.

In a nutshell, we cover the following topics:

Tom is an art enthusiast. Right after this episode, Tom brought our President Michelle to see Yayoi Kusama’s infinite Mirror Room: LET'S SURVIVE FOREVER.

Tom is an art enthusiast. Right after this episode, Tom brought our President Michelle to see Yayoi Kusama’s infinite Mirror Room: LET'S SURVIVE FOREVER.

  • What is agile ?

  • What are the differences between agile and scrum ? 

  • What projects are most suitable to be executed in an agile manner? 

  • What is the secret recipe of driving organizational agile adoption

We hope this podcast as well as the followed- up scale analytics panel on Oct 03, provide you with some insights into how Agile works – and how it can benefit you and your organization.

 

ABD Presents: Scale Analytics Project Management Panel

Ever wonder how to scale analytics through effective project management?

We invites project management and analytics leaders to share their thoughts on how the two disciplines intersect and synergize from each other. The panel aims to explore best project management practices that can make AI-related projects more successful and organizational analytics initiative more scalable.

Learning more on how to weave-in AI and similar functions in project management is just the start for the event. You’ll have opportunities to connect with both project managers and analytics leaders. Whether you are the traditional project manager interested in leveraging analytics or if you’re simply looking to better manage analytics projects within your organization, this event would be a good opportunity to provide you with more insights.

We look forward to seeing you there!

Featuring:

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Tom Sommerville— Agile Coach, TD

Anne-Flore Elard— Director of Analytics, Rubikloud

Michelle Liu— Director of New Market Initiatives, Zafin

Sarah Liu— Data Science Lead, Shopify

Cody McGee— Product Manager, BMO

Steve Holder – Head of Strategy and Innovation, SAS

Agile Event
 

About Collaborator(s)

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Tom Sommerville is an experienced, executive-level Agile leader with deep knowledge of enterprise systems and culture change, as well as enterprise-level, program level, and team level dynamics. He has applied tools such as Scrum and Kanban to build and scale Agile implementations from pilot to widespread adoption in both public and private sector organizations. Co-founder of the AgileTO community meetup group, Tom is an Agile thought-leader with a proven ability to bridge the gap between technical solutions and business goals at all organizational levels.

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