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Do you want your employee to learn new skills quickly, unlearn skills and respond to change easily? You need to attend this event!


One-Day Seminar: 14 November 2018
Protea Hotel (By Marriott), Stellenbosch
Techno Avenue, Techno Park, Stellenbosch


Agile methodologies are taking the world of work by storm, transforming management and organisations. Having Agile people is the concept of an agile mindset, agile values, principles and tools/processes to improve work in a world where everything changes exponentially. It is a radical alternative to command-and-control style management. When working in a company embracing the agile value structure you need to understand how people strategy, people operations & management need to change − regardless if you are a Manager, L&D professional, HR professional or CEO. These two perspectives are just two sides of the same coin. For organisations learning agility is critical to deliver newer skills faster!

Creating an Agile culture does not happen overnight. Everybody in the company has to embrace the new mindset and be on board - this starts with top management. In the long run, an Agile culture will help your company do more, faster…and not just software development. These practices and the mindset that go with them have a way of percolating throughout a company and make things better. It means that training is going to have to be just as agile as the workforce — where speed, flexibility, and innovation are key. It means that more learning will happen in teams and on platforms where training can be delivered any time, any place, at the user’s convenience.

The reality is that organisations are struggling with getting, keeping and developing the right skills for their organisations to be sustainable for the future. Having agile individuals and teams in your organisation enables the organisation to learn from experiences quickly and move from one idea to the next - It is about the flexibility and speed to approach situations from multiple perspectives and the speed of learning new things. This is essential for companies to grow, innovate and more forward. Agile people have the ability to incorporate new skills into their current skill set quickly and effectively, while at the same time unlearning outdated skills with the same efficiency and speed.

Quick background: WHAT IS AGILE?

Originating in the software development world, Agile is now spreading across a broad range of industries, functions and disciplines. Global Companies such as GE, Johnson and Johnson, John Deere, Gap, P&G and even the big accounting firms are working hard to become Agile organisations. By definition the term “agility” refers to “the power of moving quickly and easily’’ and ‘‘the ability to think and draw conclusions quickly.” Our agility to adapt, adjust, learn new information quickly, unlearn old behaviour fast, and be flexible in moving across ideas in a way that allows us to maximise the potential learning value of a given experience will be crucial to our survival. It’s also said to be a mentality that allows people and groups to meet challenges, learn quickly, and respond to change. It’s a different and new way of managing teams, individuals, projects, and development. Work is completed in small batches, and then evaluated and tested. The method is collaborative and allows mistakes to be fixed or feedback to be taken into consideration as you move forward quickly.

Who you should attend?

  • Head of Learning and Development /Training and L &D Leaders
  • Team Leaders
  • Scrum Masters
  • Head of Talent/Talent Managers
  • Head of HR/ Senior HR Managers
  • Head of Recruitment and Selection/Talent Acquisition
  • OD Practitioners
  • Training Facilitators

Why Attend?

  • When the world around you is changing at a rapid pace – can you really afford to sit by and do the same things the same old way? No. Agility is key to survival in business today. We need to do more than before but with fewer resources. In order to move more quickly and adapt faster, organisations need to shift towards high performing, agile teams.
  • Discover the specific skills that L &D will need for agile transformation
  • Find out how organisations need to rethink how they approach training for the full workforce.
  • Hear the radical changes which will be necessary for companies to become agile learning organisations that will be able to continuously learn and adjust to disruptions more swiftly.
  • Engage and network - have meaningful interactions with like-minded people

For more information about the seminar, please contact Debbie Atwell on or + 27 83 651 1664.


14 November 2018
07:30–08:30 Registration and arrival refreshments and snacks


Welcome and introduction by Chairperson

Antoinette Coetzee, Team, Leadership and Agile Coach,  Just Plain Agile and Chief Pragmatist, Agile Leadership Institute


The what, the why and the how of Agile: principles and practices and what this means for learning and development/learning organisations

Sonja Blignaut, Founder, More Beyond


The importance of psychological safety for a learning organisation

Pia-Maria Theron
, Founder and Board Member + Author of Agile People (International Speaker: Sweden)

10:30–11:00 Morning break


Case study: Learning Agility in management development (Pep Stores)
Pat Smith
, Talent Management Manager, Pep Stores

Benjamin Buckingham, Co-owner and MD, HFM South Africa

The new role of the L &D function

Stephen De Villiers Graaff
, Enterprise Agile Coach – Business Transformation, Capitec Bank

12:30–13:15 Networking lunch


Shallow agile – adopting practices without adopting the underlying thinking

Karl Fuchs, Lean - Agile Transformation, Practice Lead and Coach, Standard Bank Group


Management 3.0  - preparing managers and team leaders for the new world of work

Zia Attlee,
Head: Research, KR

14:45–15:00 Afternoon Break


The shift in culture triggered by Agile calls for a deeper focus on learning.

Theo van der Westhuizen, Culture Transformation Coach, Standard Bank

An innovative approach to training makes for an agile organisation/ Training for agile: Rethinking  how to approach training for the full workforce - your training will need to be just as agile as your workforce

Peter Hundermark, Agile Coach, Agile 42 and Mike Freislich, Agile Coach, Agile 42

16:30 Close of event – Network - grab a coffee and snack before departing.


Pia-Maria Thorén, Founder GreenBullet (Author of Agile People)
Pia-Maria Thorén has 25 years of consultant experience from large Swedish and international companies for HR leadership and organisation. She is the founder of the company GreenBullet and the global network Agile People. She is also the author of the book Agile People – A Radical Approach for HR and Managers (That Leads to Motivated Employees). As a consultant she has worked with many of Sweden's largest companies and is a frequent lecturer at conferences and different types of networks.
Pat Smith, Talent Management Manager, Pep Stores
Pat is an experienced Talent Management professional with a demonstrated history of working in the retail industry. Her expertise is in Talent Management, OD, Transformation, Human Resources, Leadership and Coaching. Pat holds a Master of Science (M.Sc.) degree focused in Counseling Psychology from University of KwaZulu-Natal.
Benjamin Buckingham, Managing Director, HFM Talent Index
Benjamin Buckingham is an entrepreneur with experience in the online technology and talent management fields. As Managing Director, he has set-up the South African arm of HFMtalentindex, an online talent management and analytics solution with a global footprint.Locally, HFMtalentindex has partnered with private and public corporations of various sizes, to provide assistance with their end-to-end talent management strategy and assessment needs. Benjamin hold an Honours degree from the University of Cape Town.
Zia Attlee, Head of Research, KR
Zia currently head up the Research division at KR and manages all the HR Think Tank projects. Zia is a registered Psychometrist and holds a Master of Management specialising in Business and Executive Coaching from Wits Business School. She is a certified Management 3.0 facilitator and received her training in the Netherlands. Prior to heading up KR Research, Zia was the Head of the Centre for Career Advancement at KR and Manager: Psychometric Advisory Services at JvR Africa Group.
Sonja Blignaut Founder, More Beyond
Sonja has been working in the fields of narrative and complexity since 2002. Before founding More Beyond, she worked as a consultant for PWC and IBM. She left the formal consulting world in 2004 to focus on doing more of what she loved. Since then, she has consulted locally and internationally with clients that include the Sasol Group, Sasol Inzalo Foundation, Barclays, MMI, Anglo American, Harmony Gold, Nedbank, Standard Bank, Liberty, FNB, Gautrain Management Agency, PWC, IBM North America, DSTV, Eskom, SANParks, the Water Research Commission and many others. Sonja trains locally and internationally in complexity and related topics at various academic institutions including the University of Pretoria and GIBS Business School. She is a sought-after speaker in a wide variety of industries and conferences including Agile Summits, OD conferences and TedX Pretoria. Sonja has been the sole South African partner for Prof Dave Snowden’s company Cognitive Edge, the creator of Sensemaker® since 2007. In addition, she is a certified Scrum Master (Agile project manager) and is also qualified in various individual and team coaching modalities including Narrative coaching, Strengths Coaching and Organisation Systems Relationship Coaching.
Karl Fuchs, Lean - Agile Transformation, Practice Lead and Coach, Standard Bank
Karl has extensive experience in Business Agility, Management of technology initiatives, Lean, Agile, Kanban, Scrum, Agile at scale, Lean-Agile at executive level, as well as Lean-Agile coaching and consulting. As a Lean - Agile Transformation, Practice Lead and Coach his role is to mentor and coach executives, senior management and teams on how to improve business agility through the application of Lean & Agile principles. He is responsible for: Advise and coach key executive stakeholders, Agile training and coaching , Scaling Agile - application of Scaled Agile Framework (SAFE) model and Building Lean-Agile awareness and capability. Prior to Standard Bank, Karl worked at CSIR, Parsec and Nanoteq. He as an Engineering degree from the University of Pretoria
Peter Hundermark, Agile Coach, Agile 42
Peter studied engineering and commerce. He has worked in IT for a very long time and in many roles including software development, sales, marketing, product management, general management and, of course, project management. He has led numerous projects for high-profile organisations in South Africa and North America. He has worked with iterative and incremental software development processes since 1999, focusing on Scrum and Agile practices since 2006. He started Scrum Sense in 2007. He founded the Scrum User Group of South Africa in 2008. He has introduced Scrum into scores of development teams locally and in Brazil. He leads certified Scrum training classes in South Africa and elsewhere. He is a Certified Scrum Coach and Certified Scrum Trainer.
Stephen de Villiers Graaff, Enterprise Agile Coach - Business Transformation, Capitec Bank
Stephen is a professional trainer and coach specialising in Agile practices. 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 primarily using Agile frameworks. He has discovered through this journey that true agility has nothing to with frameworks and processes. True agility is about people, and more importantly, about how people interact with each other. Stephen has a love for helping people to discover new ways of thinking, learning and relearning.
Mike Freislich, Agile Coach, Agile 42
Mike has worked as an IT professional since 1994 and has been involved in managing teams and developing software products since 1998. Since discovering Agile in 2005, Mike has been passionate about helping teams and organisations achieve their potential through the use of Lean and Agile methods. Centring the human connections within organisations around purpose while fostering a culture that supports the ideas of collaborative problem solving, and evolutionary improvement makes for sustainable business, happier people and better outcomes. Mike loves the Kanban approach to creating inclusive, collaborative, focused, measurable, improvements within teams and organisations. After having been inspired by Dr. Klaus Leopold in 2015, Mike has worked hard to achieve his Kanban Trainer accreditation (AKT) in 2017, and is now spreading his understanding of evolutionary process and organisational improvement in public and private certified trainings. In addition, Mike works as an organisational coach, to compliment the course theory in practical examples within organisations.
Antoinette Coetzee, Team, Leadership and Agile Coach, Just Plain Agile and Chief Pragmatist, Agile Leadership Institute
Everything Antoinette has done in her career comes together in her current role as transformation coach. At the heart of what she does is the desire to develop people, be that as individuals, as members of teams, or as leaders. Agile and Lean bring about major shifts in the way people view work. Antoinette loves supporting teams and organisations through that difficult change to watch them flourish on the other side. Her background is technical – she came to Agile through Martin Fowler and XP in 1996, so for many years she worked as a team member in Agile vendor teams internationally. A lot of the work she has done as a coach was with software teams, breaking down barriers between traditional roles and finding better ways for teams to grow together and develop quality software. Antoinette extensive corporate experience having worked for companies such as Virgin Active, Woolworths, Media24, Sanlam, Visa, Clicks and many more. She has an honours degree in IT from the University of Cape town
Theo van der Westhuizen, Culture Transformation Coach, Standard Bank Group
Theo is an accomplished business transformation and organisational development thought leader who specialises in the management of global projects and change initiatives designed to drive improvements in organisational performance. Leverages strong internal and external partnerships up to CEO level to devise and implement innovative, people-focused solutions to a range of complex business issues. A motivational and inspirational leader of large, cross-functional teams capable of coaching and empowering individuals to enable them to fulfil their potential whilst ensuring that they make a positive contribution to the business.

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One-day seminar | 14 November 2018
Early bird special till 28 September: R3485 (save 15%)
R4 100.00  excl. VAT

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  • Payment must be received prior to attendance
  • Registration fees include refreshments, lunch, parking and seminar material
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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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