Hacking the Human System: Organizational Change for Beginners

About the Presenter

Bob Gower

Bob Gower

Bob Gower is an Agile Coach with Rally Software. He is passionate about helping teams move faster, build better products and get happier along the way. He is also the recent author of Agile Business – A Leader’s Guide to Harnessing Complexity.

With more than 15 years in management Bob first entered the software world in 1998 directing design and UI on projects for companies like 3 Com and Elance. In 2005 he discovered Agile principles and has been focused on helping build collaborative systems ever since.

Bob holds an MBA in Sustainable Management and believes that building collaborative, self-organizing teams is not only essential to success in business, but also an important component of a sustainable future.  Bob lives in NYC and can frequently be spotted in the amazing restaurants the city has to offer.

Hacking the Human System: Organizational Change for Beginners

What It’s About

Change—real change—is hard. Often we begin an Agile Transformation with clear and tidy plans only to find ourselves making frustratingly slow, or no, progress. Anyone who’s tried to change their diet or quit smoking knows how hard it is to change just ourselves. And when we attempt to change an organization the complexities that thwart individual change are amplified exponentially. If we’re going to be successful changing our organizations it’s essential that we have an understanding of the social and psychological processes at work.

This talk presents a set of clear foundational principles that support the best of the dominant change paradigms in practice today like Kotter, Senge and Collins, and successful personal change models like Neuro Linguistic Programming and 12-Step programs. We’ll then use these principles to create a deeper understanding of how Agile transformations work and what can be done to avoid common pitfalls and ensure success. The talk concludes with clear next steps leaders can take in their own change efforts.