Scaling Agile Across Organizations

Agile Across Organizations  Track

Agile Across Organizations track of the World Agility Forum - Reimagining Agile - day 3! 

I want to be part of this!​

 As Ugur Sahin, CEO of BioNtech, said recently: "When the need is urgent, like when the world needs a new vaccine, there's no time for contracts." The alliance between BioNtech, Pfizer and Fosun Pharma is a great example of cross-company collaboration based on 'trust' - a strong focus on shared leadership and open, honest communication. Experience in this stream the next stage of business Agility - Scaling Agile Across Companies!"

Our Guests for the Agile Across Organizations track

Mirko Kleiner

Founder, President at Lean-Agile Procurement Alliance, Trainer and Coach

Sophie Durand

Agile Management Coach, Consultant and Workshop Design and Facilitation

Paolo Sammicheli  

Entrepreneur, Author, Speaker, Registered Scrum Trainer and Coach 

Colm Diamond

Productivity & Organisational Lead within Global Procurement at Roche


Philipp Engstler

Agile Coach & Trainer. Co-founder of Flowdays 

Tim Cummins 

President at World Commerce & Contracting, Professor at Leeds University School of Law

Jérémy Begot

Contract & Procurement Director at Enerkem

Pete Behrens

Trainer, Founder and Leadership Coach at Agile Leadership Journey

What topics are going to be covered?

Speed-Dating for Businesses - Feel the power of Collaboration

With Mirko Kleiner 

Recent supply chain disruptions such as the chip crisis have shown that Business Agility doesn't stop at the company door. Over the last 7 years, Lean-Agile Procurement has become the leading approach to finding / selecting new partner(s). Experience in an interactive workshop the power of collaboration / co-opetition and how it's possible to procure e.g. a new ERP System in just 2 days having 3 competitors in the same room simultanously. Learn the pitfalls, fuckups and success criteria's from real stories from around the world. Believe it or not this even works in the public sector!

This workshop simulates the most important cornerstones of a Big Room Workshop allowing the participants to:

  • Be inspired by stories from around the world (private & public sector) 
  • Learn what a Big Room is at all and how to create an environment ready for co-opetition
  • Experience how negotiations & contracts change when agile values & principles are applied 
  • Accept that to solve complex problems with partners, the people and the human & cultural fit are as important as the business fit

Join this group of experts and practitioners, and boost your and your partners agility skills

Agility in Crisis Management

With Tim Cummins 

For years, health authorities had warned of a pandemic. Yet when COVID-19 hit us, the world was largely unprepared. In these challenging conditions, ‘agility’ took many forms, but perhaps the most interesting was the critical search for a vaccine that would allow a return to ‘normal’ economic and social activity.

This presentation is the story that lies behind the Pfizer vaccine and, specifically, the co-creation that occurred between BioNTech, Pfizer and Fosun. It provides a lesson in trust, but more importantly a trust that was embedded in a formal structure. Incorporating a short video featuring Ugur Sahin, CEO of BioNTech, we will explore what this case study tells us about the commercial frameworks for truly agile development involving supply networks or ecosystems.

Attendees will learn about how to evaluate and plan commercial frameworks for agile development, considering the appropriate timing and mix of contracts, governance and relationships. We will also explore how an agile approach alters when it involves a supply network or ecosystem, as opposed to a more traditional supply chain.

Scaling Scrum for Hardware across Organizations

With Paolo Sammicheli

Although Scrum is becoming more widely used in the hardware development industry, scaling it across numerous teams and organizations is still difficult. In this talk, we'll look at the challenges of scaling Scrum for Hardware and discuss how to deal with them using Scrum@Scale patterns. We will also review the best approaches for scaling up with partners, vendors, and remote teams. Finally, we'll give a real-world example of how the Scrum@Scale patterns were used with an IoT development. Participants will learn how to use Scrum@Scale patterns to succeed in challenging, multi-team contexts and how to scale Scrum effectively with hardware development. 

Attendees will learn about: 

  • Challenges in scaling Scrum for Hardware
  • Scrum@Scale patterns for scaling Hardware
  • Scaling up with remote teams, partners, and vendors
  • A real case study from an IoT development with pictures and company data.

 Collaborative Partnerships in the Biofuel Industry: the Enerkem Story

With Jérémy Bégot & Sophie Durand 

You would think that the petrochemical industry, circular economy and renewable energy sources are a huge paradox?

Well, meet Enerkem. They are currently revolutionizing the industry by "turning trash into green gold". Enerkem is the first company in the world to produce renewable methanol and ethanol from non-recyclable, non-compostable municipal solid waste at full commercial scale. Their agile and innovative mindset extends to their ways of working. In late 2022, they decided to experiment with Lean Agile Procurement to choose the engineering partner that will help them design their first European plant in Tarragona.

Beyond the aggressive Time To Market, their innovative processes and ways of working led them to reconsider entirely the cooperation model with their partners, based on close collaboration & mutual growth.

Learn how Enerkem was able to select their partner in less than 3 months.

Join this group of experts and practitioners, and boost your agility skills

Scaling an Agile Mindset

With Pete Behrens 

Leadership mindset shapes policy, policy drives behavior. Business agility will not develop until leadership agility is developed because organizations mirror their leadership. 

Pete Behrens, Founder of the Agile Leadership Journey, shares a story illustrating the business agility potential in every organization when the leadership team has the courage and commitment to change their collective mindset.

Roche Global Procurement 

- Our Agile Organisational Journey


With Colm Diamond

Speak through how Roche changed our structures to be more customer centric, more agile and drive decision making through to the right levels of the organisation that breaks traditional line management structures.

Unlocking Procurement Excellence: The Lean Agile Procurement Canvas

With Philipp Engstler 

Discover the transformative potential of Lean and Agile methodologies in procurement during this enlightening conference talk.

Lean and Agile Principles in Procurement:

Traditional procurement approaches often fall short in dynamic markets. Explore how Lean and Agile methodologies can revolutionize procurement, fostering adaptability and value creation.

The Lean Agile Procurement Canvas:

Unveil the power of the Lean Agile Procurement Canvas, regardless on what side of the procurement process you sta, buyer or partner. This strategic tool redefines procurement planning by seamlessly integrating Lean and Agile principles. Explore its sections and learn how to drive agility across the procurement process.

Canvas Components and Integration:

Dive into the canvas details and discover how each section infuses Lean and Agile principles. Witness the synergy between customer-centricity, collaboration, and continuous improvement.

Real-World Impact:

Real case studies illuminate successful Lean Agile Procurement Canvas implementation. Experience tangible outcomes including improved supplier relationships, waste reduction, and enhanced value delivery.

Hands-On Application:

Engage in interactive workshops designed for practical learning. Apply the canvas firsthand and cultivate essential skills, ensuring you're ready to drive procurement innovation in your organization.

Join us in this transformative conference to embrace the future of procurement. Revolutionize your approach with Lean and Agile methodologies, guided by the potent Lean Agile Procurement Canvas. Your journey to procurement excellence starts here.

Do you still have doubts? Check out related talks from previous years!


World Record: Sourcing a new ERP System in 2 DAYS! | Mirko Kleiner | 20:02 


Future of Work at World Agility Forum 2020 | Mirko Kleiner, Joseph Pelrine, Diana Larsen, Fabiola Eyholzer & John Rudd | 53:20


What it does need to become a Progressive Organization | Jochen Goeser | 12:34