Peter Stevens: Speaker, Author, Executive Coach and Certified Scrum Trainer (CST)

Peter started his career as a software developer at Microsoft in Redmond, Washington (USA). He is co-founder of the Personal Agility Institute and the World Agility Forum.

He recently completed his first book, Ten Agile Contracts: Getting Beyond Fixed-Price, Fixed-Scope (based on his frequently cited article published on AgileSoftwareDevelopment.com in 2009). Together with CST Maria Matarelli, he is writing his second book Personal Agility: Hope for the Overworked.

Peter has been active in the Swiss IT community for over 20 years. He was a board member of the Swiss Open System User Group, co-founder of the SwissICT Lean Agile Scrum (“LAS”) Group, initiated the Agile Breakfast format and organized the first LAS conferences in Zurich.

“Agility starts in the head. That applies to individuals as well as to the largest organizations. Change is easy if you want to do it. Once people realize what Agility is really about, they always want to go there!”

Peter’s friendly and pragmatic approach has enabled large and small organizations to achieve successful Agile transitions.

Peter lives with his family in Zurich, Switzerland and supports corporate clients and partners all over the world.

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Keynote adresses

Extended Title
Three Secrets of Agile Leaders: How to unleash the potential of managers and executives.

Audience
Executives and Managers at all levels and in all functions

Abstract
Agility as a movement started with software developers uncovering better ways of doing what they do. Today that movement is driving even business leaders to rethink how they lead their organizations. What does it mean to "be" agile? How can agility be applied to leading organizations? Where do successful agile leaders start? Three stories, three secrets and three tips to apply agility for more impact in your life and work.

Impact
This talk strives to create A-Ha moments around:

  • How agility supports the needs of the business
  • How What Really Matters can guide investment choices (time, money, people) and behavior
  • How much more effective leadership could be if they applied agility to their work
  • How agility can help organizations achieve alignment through clarity of purpose
  • How agility has helped organizations achieve their goals faster

Duration
35 Minutes, 45 with Q&A

Links

Full Title
Six Questions to Change Your Life: The Power of Personal Agility

Audience
Anybody. While everyone will get something out of this talk, it is especially geared to agile and traditional leaders with some actual experience with the challenges of leadership.

Abstract
What really matters? How can you lead your life, your project or your company according to a clear purpose? How can you get your stakeholders at work to agree on what to do and why? Personal Agility is a simple, easy-to-use approach to coaching that helps you and those you work with figure out and do more of what really matters. Personal Agility has helped transform lives and businesses – what if you could transform yours?

Impact
This talk strives to create A-Ha moments around:

  • Not having enough time vs. having too much to do
  • The challenge of being busy or having impact
  • Simple tools and models to understand your issues and invest your time wisely
  • Five approaches to figure out what really matters to you, your stakeholders or your organization

Duration
35 Minutes, 45 with Q&A

Links

Full Title
Ten Risks That Can Kill Your Digitalization Project (and how Scrum can help you master them)

Audience
Executives, Stakeholders and Managers in Product Development, Sourcing, Service Providers (In-house, On-shore, Near-Shore or Off-Shore).

Abstract
Murphy was an optimist. Everything that can happen will happen, including the risks that can bring your project to a standstill - unless you take action to ensure that they don’t occur. A digitization project is ultimately a software project. How do the risks of a software project differ from those of, say, a construction project? Scrum and other agile frameworks have been developed to reduce risks and increase the likelihood of success for software development projects. How should Scrum work? What are the most common risks that should be avoided in a digitization project? We'll examine delivery risk, time and budget risk, scope risk, and seven other risks, and how Scrum and other agile frameworks are designed to prevent and mitigate those risks.

Impact

  • Create a shared vocabulary for business and technical leaders to discuss project risks effectively
  • Understand why fixing the scope in product development is not in the interest of the client.
  • Understand the control that agile frameworks give to business leaders to manage and reduce risks

Duration
35 Minutes, 45 with Q&A

Links
Ten Agile Contracts