Fostering Agile Working and Experimentation

Friday 15 December 2023 │ 08:45-10:00 GMT │ Chief Disruptor Breakfast Club (Virtual)

Speed and agility is vital to competitive advantage in this fast moving, uncertain and volatile operating environment. The unpredictability of the future, or even the here and now, requires a versatile approach that enables businesses to adjust the plan quickly as the environment changes or as capabilities and decisions become clearer.

Agile working embodies both a framework and a mindset that focuses on embracing change and completing tasks iteratively. It has many organisational benefits including breaking down organisational silos, which improves collaboration, encouraging diverse thinkers to come together and brainstorm solutions to problems creatively. And decision making is sped up as traditional, hierarchical reporting structures are replaced. In an agile business, innovation and experimentation is encouraged and failure is accepted, or even welcomed. This agile mindset embraces rather than resists change and these behaviours are reinforced by visionary leaders with effective coaching and change management skills. 

So how do you go about fostering agile working and experimentation in your organisation? Whether agile is a new approach for your business or you’re keen to revitalise an existing agile initiative, you’ll need to focus on the value proposition for your agile transformation. And a successful roadmap will need to consider everything from organisational design to culture, from leadership to technology. Join us at our Chief Disruptor Breakfast Club meeting on Friday 15 December 2023 to brainstorm how to foster agile working and experimentation in your organisation.


08:45 Welcome and introduction

08:50 Fireside chat with Ian Skelly, Head of Engineering at Tesco Bank  

  • Understanding the value proposition of agile
  • Exploring how effective organisational design can reduce silos and improve creativity and experimentation
  • What are the latest technologies that can enable agile working?
  • What are the governance considerations for this new operating model?
  • What are the common pitfalls to avoid in the agile transformation journey?

09:05 Virtual roundtable discussion:

  • How do you launch and deliver a ‘successful’ pilot?
  • What are the characteristics of effective agile leadership?
  • How do you build a culture of innovation and experimentation?
  • How do you encourage an agile mindset?

09:45 Next steps and key takeaways

10:00 Close


This is a private event for Full Members of our community. Membership is free and is open to all those who have a professional or academic interest in business leadership and disruption, or the capability to support our Full Members through their business transformation.