Interview with Erhan Koseoglu – Agile Transformation: Enjoy your journey

Interview with Erhan Koseoglu – Agile Transformation: Enjoy your journey

Erhan Koseoglu will give a talk at Agile Greece Summit 2015 about “Agile transformation inside Vodafone Turkey“.
In big organizations like Vodafone Turkey, it is always a challenge to start a change initiative. That is why we are happy to have him with us in the summit and he was very kind to provide this small interview.

Q: Could you briefly introduce yourself?

Hi, I am Erhan. I am an Information Technology Executive, with ~ 15 years of continuous advancement and expertise in Demand Management, Business Relationship Management, Service Assurance, Performance Management, Agile Software Delivery, Application Operations and Information Technology Management.

Q: What will your talk be about, exactly? Why this topic?

This session talks about the real case study of how Agile transformation has started as a pilot inside the Vodafone IT and how in just a few months that pilot turned into an organizational change initiative via the establishment of Agile Solutions unit leading to innovation culture and a superior customer experience as a result.

Q: What do you think could be the main gain for participants in your session?

The starting motivation of the agile transformation is, the achievements via Scrum, the motivation achieved via empowered Scrum teams, the improved transparency via evidence-based management, the KAIZEN culture that is triggered with the transformation, the more effective collaboration between the parties and the significant positive reflections of all these on the customer side as results will be explored in details through the session. This session is for everyone who is interested in starting an Agile transformation inside a big company and growing that initiative through the whole organization via creating customer delight.

Q: Can you give some advice to teams/organizations that are transitioning to agile?

In big organizations like Vodafone Turkey, it is always a challenge to start a change initiative. Especially in a bureaucratic and awkward environment, there is a huge risk of resistance to change and, therefore a huge risk of failure for an Agile transformation initiative. My main advice for those who would like to initiate a company-wide agile transformation are;

  • Think big, start small. You need success stories for victories
  • All you need: Servant leaders who serve your teams and your dreams
  • Don’t look for the perfection, just begin, try and learn from your experience
  • Enjoy your journey, fun @ work is must on this transition
  • Learn a lot from others but don’t copy another journey, write and experience your own journey.

Q: How do you see the evolution of Agile in the future?

Agile is not only a software development approach but also a way of thinking and creating value in any kind of processes. So I believe with the increase of Y generation expectations and the transformation of leadership approaches; an organization will need to create a highly motivated, highly productive and easy to innovate environments by itself. Agile will be the only approach to achieve these requirements by transforming their own mindset through effective collaboration, teamwork, kaizen and innovation…

Q: You have given many interviews/presentations about agile. Is there a question you wish to have been asked but no one ever asked you?

What’s the true meaning of kaizen in agile transformation?

Q: What you like to say something in advance to the Greek Agile community?

I believe Agile Greece will be a great event for those who look for the opportunity of cross-learning and sharing a lot about Agile mindset.


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