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HR Goes Agile Conference 2019

Improving Business Performance with Agile


Pre-conference workshops - 19 and 20 August 2019
Two-day Conference - 21 and 22 August 2019
Radisson Blu Gautrain Hotel, Sandton | Johannesburg

Organisations that embrace Agile practices and values, from its people and culture, to its structure and technology, are able to respond quickly to changes in the marketplace or environment and. They can react successfully to the emergence of new competitors, rapid advancements in technology and sudden shifts in overall market conditions.

In essence, Agile organisations are able to adapt quicker, deliver faster, test the environment more frequently and consistently stay focused on the customer.

The 12th State of Agile survey (COLLAB.NET VERSIONONE.COM 2018) found that organisations are realising the benefits they set out to achieve, by adopting Agile. Four of the top five reasons for adopting agile are also the five areas most-impacted as a result of adopting Agile.

Survey respondents also report that their organisations are recognising agile success at the project level. Of those with knowledge of success at that level, 61% reported that “most” or “all” of their Agile projects have been successful.

However, in terms of organisational agile maturity, there continues to be ample room for improvement. Only 12% responded that their organisations have a high-level of competency with Agile practices across the organisation, and only 4% report that Agile practices are enabling greater adaptability to market conditions. The encouraging news is that 59% recognise that they’re still maturing, and do not intend to plateau where they are.

The survey results highlighted three themes:

  • Organisational culture matters,
  • Agile is expanding within the enterprise, and
  • Customer satisfaction is of utmost importance.

The two-day HR Goes Agile Conference and workshops will unpack the theories and practical applications behind the agile movement and show HR professionals and managers:

  • Standard Bank’s journey to Agile at Scale
  • How to apply core business agility practices.
  • What the new role of leadership is in Agile learning.
  • How to scale Agile beyond the team to a larger organisation.
  • he critical role of talent management in an Agile organisation.
  • The importance of psychological safety and the Agile leader.
  • The challenges implementing Agile in an organisation
  • Agile HR in practice CASE STUDIES: Buurtzorg, Zappos, Pivotal Labs, Spotify, Sky Betting & Gaming and Google
  • Microsoft’s agile transformation journey
  • And more…
Register now for the HR Goes Agile Conference 2019 on 4 and 5 June at the Radisson Blu Gautrain Hotel in Sandton.

Who should attend this event?

  • Chief HR Officer (CHRO)/HR Director/HR Executive
  • CEO / MD / CIO / Senior Managers
  • Agile Coach / Scrum Master
  • Head of Talent Management
  • Senior HR Academic
  • Organisational Development Manager / OD specialist / OD practitioner Change and Transformation Executive
  • Learning and Development Executives
  • Head of Strategy
  • Industrial Psychologist

For more information about the Seminar, please contact Katie van der Schyff on or +27 11 706 6009.


DAY ONE • 21 AUGUST 2019

07:30–08:18 Registration | Meet and greet conference attendees, presenters and Knowledge Resources Registration Staff


Welcome & introduction by chairperson


Microsoft’s Agile Transformation Journey

Jasmin Pillay, HR Director SA, Microsoft

Standard Bank’s journey to Agile at Scale

Daniel Maree
, Change Manager, Standard Bank

10:30–11:00 Morning Break | Enjoy coffee/tea and snacks and connect with leaders from across the industry


Talent management goes Agile

Gail Sturgess
Agile People Coach and Human Capital Strategist at Talent Align


Business Agility – How to apply core business agility practices

Angie Doyle is an Agile Coach, Trainer and Facilitator in Johannesburg

13:00–14:00 Lunch | Engage in meaningful, learning conversations while enjoying a delicious meal


Catalysts for curiosity - The new role of leadership in Agile learning

Stephen de Villiers Graaff,
Enterprise Agile Coach, Trainer, Writer and Speaker, Gravity Works

15:00–15:15 Afternoon break | Enjoy coffee/tea and snacks and connect with leaders from across the industry

15:15–16:15 Agile HR in Practice – CASE STUDIES 

Myles Hopkins, Enterprise Business Agility Strategist, Be Agile

16:15 Wrap up and close of day one

DAY TWO  • 22 AUGUST 2019

07:30–08:18 Registration | Meet and greet conference attendees, presenters and Knowledge Resources Registration Staff


Welcome & introduction by chairperson

Be Agile – Taking the Agile Transformation Journey

Niranjani Poonasamy, Strategy Manager Talent and Organisation, Accenture


Psychological Safety and the Agile Leader - A Natural Servant Leader unlocks the power of employees

Anja ban Beek, Agile Talent Strategist, Leadership Consultant and Coach

10:30–11:00 Morning Break | Enjoy coffee/tea and snacks and connect with leaders from across the industry


Agile at ABSA - Everyone’s talking Agile but still shuffling their feet to the same old dance

James Erasmus, Co-Head of The Agile Transformation Team, Absa Group


Jemstep by Invesco CASE STUDY

Kalai Chetty, HR Manager to Invesco and People Operations to Jemstep by Invesco

13:00–14:00 Lunch | Engage in meaningful, learning conversations while enjoying a delicious meal


Rewarding Teams in an Agile Organisation

Dr Mark Bussin, Chairman, 21st Century

15:00 Wrap up and close of conference



Angie Doyle is an Agile Coach, Trainer and Facilitator in Johannesburg

Angie’s experience includes:
  • Working face-to-face with customers (Business Operations, Customer Experience management).
  • Articulating what customers need (Business Analysis and Process Engineering).
  • Finding a problem solution fit (Product Development and Product Ownership).
  • Evolving ways to deliver the solution (Agile solution development).
  • Improving collaboration to deliver customer value (Business Agility, Enterprise Agility).

Angie specialises in high-performance team coaching and is an interactive facilitator who helps stimulate creative thinking by using practical hands-on techniques and visual thinking elements.

Anja van Beek, Agile Talent Strategist, Leadership Consultant & Coach
Anja is a leadership consultant, talent strategist, mentor and coach with more than 25 years of executive experience in the Africa, Middle East, Asia and Australia region. She has led multinational teams through transition and change management. Anja consults to executives and leaders from small businesses through to large organisations on all people-related aspects with a specific focus on integrating the talent of the business into the overall strategy. She successfully completed the Agile HR Professional Certification course and is one of the first HR Professionals in Africa to complete this certification.
James Erasmus, Agile Coach
James has been driving Agile at Absa for 4 years. His focus is on assisting the group in realising their strategic intent through facilitation, coaching and mentoring teams and individuals at all levels. His inspiring outlook on life is contagious and he has a passion for people, tangible product delivery and having fun. James is always looking for new challenges and how they can be addressed differently, but always with the end user in mind. Think BIG PICTURE… if you can’t visualize it, he will start drawing it for you!
Myles Hopkins, Enterprise Business Agility Strategist, Be Agile
Myles is an experienced enterprise business agility strategist with over 30 years’ experience in driving the realisation of strategic initiatives through strategic business agility initiatives. Whilst operating at a strategic level in the overall business consulting arena, he has become a well-renowned expert in enterprise business agility strategies, digital workforce models, workforce planning, human resources strategy, organisation design, talent management, employee engagement, human resources information systems and the Balanced Scorecard. He has well-balanced experience in the corporate environment as well as in the consulting field and have successfully executed projects for blue-chip public and private sector clients in South Africa, the rest of Africa, Middle East, North America, Europe and Asia-Pacific.
Niranjani Poonasamy, Strategy Manager Talent and Organisation, Accenture
During the course of my career I have gained experience, but not limited to, in the following areas, Industrial Relations, Negotiations, Restructuring, Business Partnering, Performance Capability Building, Reward, Training and Change Management, Organisation Design, Organisation Development and HR Operating Models.
Stephen de Villiers Graaff, Enterprise Agile Coach, Trainer, Writer and Speaker, Gravity Works
Stephen is a coach and trainer. He is passionate about helping to create environments where people can excel. Over the last 20+ years he has worked in many different industries from the collar and tie of large corporates to the hard-hats and steel-caps of manufacturing. In these industries, he has been responsible for building and leading teams in the delivery and support of customer value. He has discovered through this journey that true organisational agility has very little to do with frameworks and processes. True agility is about people how they interact with other people. We need to focus on creating cultures that self-assess and adjust over time. This is the only way we can ensure that the accumulated learning and behaviours we pass on are those that we truly value.
Gail Sturgess Agile People Coach and Human Capital Strategist at Talent Align
After 20 years in the IT industry as a Programmer, Business Analyst, and Business Intelligence Consultant, specialising in financial systems, Gail moved to the “people side” of IT when she conducted training needs analysis and established training centres for a number of leading organisations in South Africa. She is a leading advocate and champion in the field of IT Human Capital Management. Gail has created and developed a number of tools and services to help both IT managers and HR consultants in the IT field better manage, develop and retain top IT talent. Gail holds a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Cape Town among numerous other qualifications. She is a professional member and fellow of IITPSA (Institute of IT Professionals SA), a member of the International Coach Federation (ICF) as well as a member of PSASA (Professional Speakers Association of South Africa).
Jasmin Pillay, HR Director SA, Microsoft
Experienced Human Resources Professional - across multiple international territories and business industries and within multi-nationals. Strategic and operational HR experience, team and people management and within a global matrixed reporting environment.
Kalai Chetty, HR Manager to Invesco and People Operations to Jemstep By Invesco
Kalai started her traditional HR journey back in 2003 with various organisations evolving into Agile HR since 2016. Partnering with the business and people trying to maximize employee value through talent acquisition, the employee experience and culture. “Quietly powerfully” collaborating with teams helping to co-create their careers on this Agile HR journey.
Dr Mark Bussin, Chairman, 21st Century
Dr Mark Bussin who has written 10 textbooks on Reward, Talent, OD and Performance Management, is Chairman of 21st Century, Professor at University of Johannesburg, UCT, GIBS and Professor Extraordinaire at North West University. He has held senior executive positions in 3 multinational companies. He sits on and chairs numerous Boards, Audit and Remuneration committees in government, state owned companies and private companies – an excellent working knowledge of all industries.

Workshops | Sponsors and Exhibitors



Zia Attlee
19 and 20 August  2019


Anja Van Beek
19 and 20 August 2019

In the fast paced ever changing VUCA (Volatile, Uncertain, Complex and Ambiguous) world, we explore the implications of the future of work on HR. In this highly interactive workshop, we introduce the mindset of Agile and show how HR professionals can make a meaningful impact by adopting an Agile mindset and approach.

Regardless if you are an agile coach, a line manager or an HR professional, you need to understand how the People strategy and operations need to change when working in a company embracing the agile value structure. How do performance management, recruitment, learning and development, compensation and benefits and the way we perform employee engagement surveys change? What are the specific skills that we need to use to run an agile transformation from a people perspective?

Become one of the first people in the world to hold the ICAgile Certified Professional – Agile Talent (I
CP-TAL) Certification

The workshop places great emphasis on practical examples and we will present a series of tools that you will be able to use when getting started on your own agile HR initiative. We take you through an agile HR project from setting goals and developing user stories for HR, to implementing sprint planning and monitoring the sprint using Kanban. Activities are designed to make the learning practical and real.

During day one we dive into Agile frameworks, discover how Agile teams and organisations work, and get comfortable with words like Scrum, Kanban and incremental development. On day two, we translate Agile into HR and people practices, and gain practical tools to start applying the basics of Agile HR back in your own organisation.

Benefits of Agile HR workshop

  • Confidently discuss Agile concepts and frameworks with leaders and teams
  • Understand why organisations are ‘going Agile’ and the implications for HR
  • Gain practical tools and methods to start applying Agile HR to your own work
  • Discover how to build a great employee experience using Agile HR techniques
  • Move beyond the Agile jargon and experience Agile first hand
  • Build a great employee experience using Agile HR techniques
  • Boost your own and team’s productivity and effectiveness with Agile HR
  • Lead successful change projects
  • Be a trusted business partner able to consult on Agile organisational transformation

Learning Outcomes

  • How HR can support an agile organisational transformation: Assess the current organisational structure and design a new structure that enables business agility, maximises communication and collaboration within and among teams and enables the flow of value.
  • Goal setting and performance management in a new way: Appraise current performance management practices and identify ways of bringing Agile thinking to enhance performance, accountability and growth.
  • Salaries and benefits for an agile organisation: Describe and contrast traditional incentive structures with Agile-friendly structures, discuss the pros and cons of each approach and explain how they could apply them to their own environment.
  • Job Roles – are they needed in the future? Develop an organisational action plan for role modelling an agile mindset and to build new skills that will enable cross-functional teams.
  • Employee engagement in an agile manner: Recommend different motivational tools to be applied in a context and describe how the traditional employee engagement survey is changing.
  • Talent acquisition and the candidate experience: Design a sourcing strategy that can be used to find and acquire the “right” people to support the strategic growth of the organisation taking values, culture, diversity and collaboration into the hiring decision.
  • Agile learning: Suggest ways to enable and support a learning mindset in a team, supporting the shift from a focus on deficiencies to a focus on development of new skills and capabilities.
  • Onboarding practices for agile companies: Design an onboarding experience that enables new employees to become a part of the organisation rapidly and smoothly.
  • Why the agile mindset is HRs responsibility: Design the talent/people elements needed to help support an Agile transition in an organisation and explain how different contexts can influence the approach to be taken.
  • The needed changes in the HR core function: Relate how the need for business agility affects the HR function and organisation and how it impacts HR team members’ roles and behaviours.
  • Practical tools, templates and exercises for HR and managers: How an HR department can work with agile tools and methods, for example with Kanban, Sprints, Scrum and Retrospectives.

Target audience

  • Agile coaches
  • Consultants
  • HR managers
  • HR business partners
  • HR professionals
  • Line managers
  • Operational and business managers
  • Consulting managers

During the training we cover

  • Introduction to the agile approach and how it is related to Lean and systems thinking. Why work with agility?
  • What characterises the agile mindset and how to change the traditional HR processes when we are working with agile values?
  • How should HR adapt work to create maximum value in an agile organisation? How should recruitment, performance evaluations and salary discussions look like?
  • What concrete examples are there? How have others done? What works?
  • How can you use agile techniques like Scrum and Kanban for HR?

The course will also run in

New York


Option A:  19-22 August 2019 | Two-day Conference and HR Goes Agile Workshop  
R19 000.00 Excl.VAT
Option B:  19-22 August 2019 | Two-day Conference and and Management 3.0 Workshop  
R15 400.00 Excl.VAT
Option C:  21-22 August 2019 | Two-day HR Goes Agile Conference only  
R9 900.00 Excl.VAT
Option D:  21-22 August 2019 | Two-day HR Goes Agile Workshop only  
R12 000.00 Excl.VAT
Option E:  19-20 August 2019 | Management 3.0 Workshop  
R7 000.00 Excl.VAT

Please note:

  • Payment must be received prior to attendance
  • Registration fees exclude VAT. INCLUDES speaker slides, parking, refreshments, snacks, lunch, workshop and conference material.
SETA grants and accreditation requirements
Many of our delegates enquire about the accreditation of our events. There is a misconception that organisations qualify for SETA grants only for accredited programmes. This is not correct. The payment of SETA grants is regulated by the Government Gazette, no. 9867, Vol. 570, 3 December 2012, no. 35940. These Regulations clearly state that the SETAs “must allocate a mandatory grant to a levy paying employer” that has submitted a WSP and ATR by the regulated date, has provided all the information required in the regulated template, and is up to date with skills levy payments. Furthermore, the template in the Regulations (Section C: Skills Development) allows employers to include ALL planned training in the report; not only accredited programmes.
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