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GTIS Branch - Top 10 Dos and Dont's of Cracking the Code to a Successful Agile Transformation

When: Thursday, March 9, 2017
Registration starts at 5:30 PM
Where: Procom - 7th Floor
2200 Yonge Street
Toronto, Ontario  M4S 2C6
Presenter: Julianne Jones and Olga Alvir

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Event Type: GTIS Branch Event

Speaker: Julianne Jones; Olga Alvir

Title: Top 10 Dos and Dont's of Cracking the Code to a Successful Agile Transformation


IT and business leaders are increasingly fixated on Agile. Cracking the code to a self - sustaining Agile transformation appears to be the dividing line between realizing the full potential of Agile and mediocrity, between not only doing Agile but being Agile. Yet, while some organizations are able to achieve a self-sustaining transition, others sink into mediocrity. Why is this? And how can you make sure you are among the successful? 

In this talk, Julianne Jones (Founder of Evolve Consulting and Agile Consultant) and Olga Alvir (IT Executive at TELUS - one of Canada’s largest telecommunications companies) will share how TELUS cracked the code to being Agile. They will share the top ten lessons on the journey from waterfall to Agile, learned through both stark failures and astounding successes. In sharing this journey, they hope to equip their audience with practical tools and techniques that anyone could implement tomorrow to increase the effectiveness of any Agile Transformation. 

Key Takeaways 

- Understand how TELUS, who boasts the highest customer satisfaction among Canadian telecommunication companies and highest levels of employee engagement in the world, transformed from Waterfall to Agile. 
- Practical techniques for moving to Agile that are applicable to any sized organization. 
- Tips on how to co-create the Agile Transformation with teams, managers and executive stakeholders.


Julianne Jones is an organizational strategist, facilitator and speaker with over 15 years in the project/program management field. She is based in Toronto and is the founder of Evolve Consulting Inc.—an Organizational Change Management company that supports business implementation of change with a focus on the Waterfall-to-Agile transformation. Prior to founding Evolve Consulting in 2007, Julianne developed her expertise as a consultant, program management coach, and in-the-trenches program and project leader.

Julianne holds an Honours Bachelor of Arts from the University of Toronto. She is also a certified Project Management Professional (PMP), Project Management Institute Certified Agile Practitioner (PMI-ACP), a Certified Scrum Master (CSM), Certified Scrum Product Owner (CSPO), Scaled Agile Framework Program Consultant (SPC) and is currently a candidate for the Certified Scrum Professional (CSP).

A dynamic Agile and Organizational Change Consultant, facilitator, and speaking, for seven years now, Julianne has drawn on her extensive professional experience to deliver engaging sessions at international conferences and industry events for groups of up to 400 people. Julianne also lectures at Canada’s McMaster University and is an instructor with Global Knowledge, the world’s leading provider of IT and business training.


Olga Alvir has been instrumental in bringing Agile to one of Canada’s largest corporations, TELUS. An experienced IT project management professional, she spearheaded the Agile Transformation within the company's sales and marketing division. Olga graduated from the University of Toronto Scarborough.


5:30 PM - Registration & Networking with Light Snacks & Refreshments
6:20 PM - Announcements & Introductions
6:30 PM - Presentation Starts
7:55 PM - Thank You Note
8:00 PM - Event Closes

Fees: (subject to HST)
PMI-SOC Members (login prior to registering) - $17.70
Non-Members and Guests - $22.30

PDUs: 1.5 (Strategic and Business Management)



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