Agile and Business Change

Thursday 28 January 2016

6.00pm - 8.30pm

BCS, 1st Floor, The Davidson Building, 5 Southampton Street, London, WC2E 7HA | Maps


Joint BCS Business Change Specialist Group & BCS Agile Methods Specialist Group event.


This continues in our series of meetings on Agile and Business Change. It is 15 years since the Agile manifesto was introduced. Where are we now and what is the future. We have four experienced panelists in a session moderated by Jose Casal, Chair of the BCS Agile SG. The session is open for questions and discussion.

Panel Biographies

Andy de Vale

After working for a decade in UK Government IT, disillusioned by the amount of waste in the historic approach to policy delivery Andy spent years lobbying, advocating and finally managing adoption of Agile and Lean ways of working in the public sector.

Andy now helps organisations apply agile, lean and related thinking across the enterprise to improve people’s working lives and deliver more value. Andy works for his own company, WorkVisible, and as a leading consultant with Emergn.

Melanie Franklin

Melanie has been responsible for the successful delivery of effective change and for creating environments that support transformational change for over twenty years. She has an impressive pedigree formed through academic research and practical consulting and is acknowledged as a thought leader in Change Management. She was awarded Accredited Change Manager status by the Change Management Institute in 2013 and her 8th book called Agile Change Management was published by Kogan Page in 2014. She is currently overseeing two major transformations, one impacting 34,000 staff and another that has impacted 5,000 staff across 29 countries.

Melanie is a talented communicator and has a reputation for delivering complex information with humour and passion. She draws on her wealth of practical experience to illustrate concepts and to engage her audience in lively debates on advantages and disadvantages of each approach that she outlines.

Eben Halford - Agile Coach, Trainer and Facilitator, EPT at Credit Suisse

Eben Halford is an Executive and Organisational Change Coach with over 20 years experience in the IT Industry. After leaving University Eben found himself working in Europe's first Internet Cafe and hasn't looked back since.  

Working with companies from startup to FTSE100 global corporations in a diverse range of industries from Finance to Advertising and many more in between. During this period Eben has held a range of positions from programmer to CTO.   

Eben now coaches change at the portfolio, program and team level with a focus on leadership and effective teamwork.

Steve Messenger

Steve is the current Chairman of the DSDM Consortium, a role which entails setting the strategy for DSDM and leading the DSDM Board of Directors. He has been involved in Agile since its inception, DSDM being one of the signatories of the Agile Manifesto, and was also pioneering iterative approaches to software development from the mid-1990s. As well as managing many Agile projects, Steve has implemented DSDM into the highly regulated pharmaceutical industry, particularly during his leadership role in Mundipharma IT Services.