Bontle Senne is the Director of Agile Transformation at Virgin Media UK. Prior to this, she lead Deutsche Bank’s global Agile transformation in Corporate and Investment Banking. This transformation covered 10,000 staff in technology, operations, change, and business across 4 continents. Prior to joining DB, she spent 5 years at McKinsey and Company Johannesburg where she became the co-lead of McKinsey Africa’s Agile practice and worked on several Agile and digital transformations in banking and telecoms. Prior to McKinsey, she was the MD for a small edtech NGO focussing on using technology to advance distribution of indigenous language children’s books. Bontle is also a published author and non-executive director on three boards including St Mungo’s Homeless Charity.
Beyond squads and cost cutting: Things your Agile consultants won’t tell you
The PowerPoint proposal made it seem simple: Hire the consultants, set up the digital factory, spin up the sqauds, get hundreds of people trained and certified, and wait for the savings to pour in. But how do you shift CXO mindsets when the Board demands they command and control the organization? How do you nurture Agility in complex, large organizations unlikely to change the fundamentals that built their business? Drawing from my experiences of leading Agile transformation across hundreds of teams and leaders on four continents, this is a talk about pragmatic Agile for traditional organisations and how to scale change – not just frameworks.