IT Leader Growth Summit 2018

For IT Managers, Heads of IT and CIOs of Mid-Sized Businesses

20-24 May

The Summit may have passed, but it is not too late for breakthrough leadership insights and support for challenges you are grappling with today.


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Too Busy? Feel Stuck? Then this Summit Is for You

Isn't it funny? We hear about conferences and summits for absolutely every interest and need these days, but when it comes to helping IT leader of mid-sized businesses there is very, very little that is happening.

Let's face it, if you are lucky there may be a few focused break-out sessions at some IT conferences.

And yet, there is no denying that IT leaders in mid-sized business face many unique challenges and needs where the solutions found by larger businesses simply do not apply!

The IT Leader Growth Summit stepped into this void by pulling together more than 50 speakers and experts from all over the world to share their hard-won lessons-learned, best practices and tools for getting on top of each of the following major challenges (at what stage are you?):

Getting Things Done

Stage 1: Tactical

When in this mode you have one priority only and that is to deliver on all your project deadlines, support your users, prepare the budgets and do everything else that people expect of you. The problem is that the workload only seems to increase and you urgently require additional staff.  New solutions are needed urgently ... before you break!

Systems & Processes

Stage 2: Operational

The IT function is one of the most complex functions in the business. Period! Technology changes rapidly, everything moves faster, people require leadership and all other business functions need to be considered. And let's not start with regulatory and governance requirements. If you could just stop re-inventing the wheel and get some tips and tricks from others that have been there?!

Digital Transformation

Stage 3: Strategic

Now that the IT function is a well-oiled machine you realise the massive opportunity for applying your insights in Agile and Lean to help the rest of the business catch up. Unfortunately you also soon realise that the "old way" is so well entrenched and your problem becomes how do I change people and affect culture. If you don't drive this, who else will?

Our Main Theme Hit a Real Nerve: How Do I Execute Faster?

A Kanban board from our Sponsor Kanbanize

With all of IT's complexity there is one theme that comes up regardless of who we speak to:

How can IT move faster and deliver more business value?

Fortunately a new miracle solution called "Kanban" has exploded onto the scene to help IT and other knowledge-intensive business functions apply Lean and Agile principles to all their work.

The results are absolutely astounding and we regularly hear that "everything changed" or "performance doubled" in just a few days from starting with Kanban!

The good news is that we focus a significant portion of our sessions on this revolutionary new approach and help beginners as well as more advanced practitioners turn IT into a true execution engine for the business.

56 Sessions with Breakthrough Insights on Fast Execution and 9 More Themes

2. Digital Transformation (DX)

3. Governance, Risk and Compliance

4. Information Management and Analytics

5. Career and Personal Growth

6. Data and Network Security

7. IT Leadership and Management Skills

8. IT Staff Management

9. Emerging Technologies

10. Day to Day IT Management

Take Your Pick: Our Speakers Have You Covered


(For Session Details and Abstracts Click Here) ​

We are very grateful to our many speakers who agreed so easily to participate and add their considerable insights to helping us examine the majority of challenges and concerns we hear so often from IT leaders in mid-sized businesses.


All sessions were  remotely facilitated and recorded by Mathias Tölken and subsequently 'polished' for upload to the Summit Portal. Since the editing focused on the recording quality only,  what you will get is an essentially unchanged, one hour long deep-dive on each of the 56 topics.


Depending on the topic and the level of detail desired we chose to work with 4 different session formats:

  • 1-1 deep dive interviews where the speaker would usually start with a short introduction to set the scene which was then followed by a lively conversation to put things in perspective and answer possible questions.
  • Case studies where the speaker (usually an IT leader) had achieved outcomes worth sharing. Again the initial introduction is followed by a conversation to extract the lessons learned and make it easy for others to learn from and replicate.
  • Focused panel discussions where a group of experts and/or IT leaders had put their heads together to tackle a particular challenge.
  • Masterminds where a domain expert was available to answer questions about a broad topic area from anybody that joined the session at the Live Summit.

Even though we covered so many topics (see also the full list of session recordings with abstracts), care was taken to always bring the discussions back to the reality of IT leaders in mid-sized businesses. 


Have a look for yourself 🙂

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Extreme Contracts.

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Jacopo Romei

Strategic Independent Consultant

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The Service-Delivery Review: The Missing Agile Feedback Loop.

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Matt Philip

Director of Global Talent and Capability

ThoughtWorks

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The New Human Age - Why Embracing Your Humanness Is the Key...

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Charles Araujo

Industry Analyst, Author & Professional Speaker

Institute for Digital Transformation

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More than Just a Visual Board! - Intro to Kanban.

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Monica Georgieff

Freelance Lean/Agile Coach & Marketer

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TechnoLeaders: Steps to Enhance Your Technical Leadership.

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Tom Henricksen

Speaker, Coach & Author

MyITCareerCoach

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The So-Called 4th Industrial Revolution is Not About Industry.

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Martijn Aslander

Technology Philosopher

Permanent Beta

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The Need for Speed. Using Kanban to 2x IT Team Throughput within 3 Days.

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Johan Pretorius

ICT Manager

Aerosud

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PANEL: GDPR, POPI and the Increasing Requirement for Data Privacy. 

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Jochen Köcher

Senior Manager: Forensics

Deloitte

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Fast Facts – Bringing Information Closer for an Accelerated Business.

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Craig Armour

Principal

K C Armour & Co

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Attack the Triple Threat to IT Success™ to Achieve More.

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Mike Sisco

Founder & CEO

MDE Enterprises

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PANEL: How Best to Engage With Consultants?

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Susanne Hellweg

Agile Coach & Remove Work Consultant

Susanne Hellweg Consulting

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PANEL: Women in IT Leadership.

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Bettina Horvath

Trainer/Consultant

Protea Training

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Strategy Deployment with the X-Matrix.

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Karl Scotland

Director & Lean Agile Consultant

Karl Scotland

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PANEL: Women in IT Leadership.

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Rika Myburgh

Head of IT

GWK

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How to Deal with Underperforming IT Staff?

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Jason Sichkaryk

IT Director

Rosenau Transport

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Portfolio Kanban - The Common Sense Approach to Scaling Lean.

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Dimitar Karaivanov

CEO

Kanbanize

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The Power of Mastermind Groups: Speed Up Professional and Personal Growth.

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Karyn Greenstreet

Founder

Success Alliance

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Busting the Agile Jargon – Common Sense Approach to Digital Change.

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Philippe Guenet

Principal Consultant & Founder

Henko

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Be FASTER - Case Study and Lessons Learned.

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Philipp Kellner

Account Executive

Endava

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Replacing ‘Business Intelligence' with 'Intelligent Business’.

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Paul Galland

Director & Value Creator

Flipside

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How to Ask the Right Questions.

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Judy Rees

Team Development Consultant

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We Just Lost a Key Staff Member, What Now?

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Branden Patience

Senior IT Manager

Mazars South Africa

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Popcornflow: If Change Is Hard, Make It Continuous.

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Claudio Perrone

Founder

Agile Sensei Consulting

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Diversity Is Good for Business - Why Women Should Stretch For Leadership in Tech.

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Gaby Schwarz

Lecturer

University of Applied Sciences, Wiener Neustadt for Business Consulting

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Cyber Threats - Is Your Organisation as Secure as You Think It Is?

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Andrew Smith

Director

ApplxBridge

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Instructions for Being Unreasonable / Embracing an Innovative Mindset.

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Stephan Meyer

Owner

Denkstelle Consulting

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Increasing IT Team Performance.

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Hendre Claassen

IS Manager

Fruitways

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Developing the Leader in IT-leader.

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Caroline Mouton

Information and IT Governance Consultant

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My DX Journey – What I Would Do Again and What Not If I Could Start Over.

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Armin Wieland

Founder

V5 Digital

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We Just Lost a Key Staff Member, What Now?

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Ingo Hallbauer

IT Manager

IMQS Software

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Perception is Reality - Why it is Imperative for IT Teams to Communicate Better.

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Riaan Strydom

IT Manager

Mint Management Technologies

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Increasing IT Team Performance.

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Emile v.d. Berg

Specialist Manager: IT Infrastructure

GWK

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Eat Your Own Dogfood – How Microsoft Deploys And Uses Their Own Technologies.

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Doug Batchelor

Head of IT - Middle East and Africa

Microsoft

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PANEL: GDPR, POPI and the Increasing Requirement for Data Privacy.

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Jacques Human

ICT Manager

MTU Africa

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3 CASE STUDIES: Driving Culture Change to Support Digitization Strategies.

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Tim Dixon

Chief Vision Officer

AQnx Inc.

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PANEL: GDPR, POPI and the Increasing Requirement for Data Privacy. 

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Mark Calvert

Head of IT Development and IT Infrastructure

Data Orbis

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Why Should I Automate Our Business Processes, and Where Do I Start?

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Adam Shapiro

Director

Autopilot Workflow Solutions

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How to Deal with Underperforming IT Staff?

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Richard Doucet

IT Manager

Armour Transportation Systems

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We Just Lost a Key Staff Member, What Now? 

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Ralph Hendricks

IT Manager

World Wide Fund for Nature South Africa

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Increasing IT Team Performance.

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Arno Middelberg

Chief Technology Officer

Energy Partners

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Help I Am Too Busy!

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Robert Verhagen

Business Technology Manager

Logo Print

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Design Thinking.

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Moerieda MacKay

Founder and CEO

Stride Consultancy Services

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So When Will the Machines Take Over?

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Peter Reid

Head

Mint Intelligent Insights

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Managing Change in the 21st Century.

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Mike Burrows

Founder

Agendashift

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Jason Spasov

Customer Success Lead

Kanbanize

Wow! So How Do I Access the Content?

With your purchase of an All-Access Pass you will receive login details for a private, members only Summit Portal where you can access all the recordings and other benefits speakers have made available.

If you think about it, there are really manage advantages to having an All-Access Pass as compared to only attending the free Live Summit in May. 

Tune in on your own schedule and watch only the sessions that make sense for you at that moment.

Re-watch whenever it's convenient for you and however many times you need to fully absorb the insights.

Download all presentations and additional links as a baseline for your own next steps.

Download convenient MP3 audio files to listen to the sessions when you are driving.

Overcome Your IT Management & Leadership Challenges with Appropriate Insights ... Right When You Need them Most! 

… FOR ONLY $497

Get a full refund within 30 days if not completely happy!*

Dig Deeper With Exclusive Speaker Bonuses (Valued at >$2,300)

To better help you while you are blazing your own trail, many of our 50+ amazing speakers have come to the party with exclusive add-on bonuses such as these:

  • Charles Araujo, Principal Analyst at Intellyx, offers a FREE download of his upcoming book "The New Human Age"
  • Tom Henricksen, prolific author on IT leadership, offers a FREE download of his book "Technoleaders - Steps to Enhance Your Technical Leadership"
  • Mike Sisco, from the IT Manager Institute, offers free access to a training video on how to "Calculate the Cost of Downtime"
  • Get started with Portfolio Kanban by scheduling a private, 1-1 consulting session with Summit Sponsor Kanbanize (who also offer an exclusive 3-month trial for their brilliant Kanban software)
  • Judy Rees, best known for implementing the Clean Language methodology, offers an online lunch and learn session valued at $950 for up to 5 individuals in need of handling a dispersed team
  • Adam Shapiro, from AutoPilot, offers 5 proof of concept implementations of their workflow software, usually charged at $1,200
  • And many other session-specific speaker bonuses such as these

Continue the Momentum with a 12 Month IT Leader Growth Group Subscription (Valued at $588)

Ever wondered why it is so difficult to find somebody else who has solved a particular IT management challenge?

Well, wonder no more.

The newly formed IT Leader Growth Groups (hosted on LinkedIn and Facebook) will solve this challenge and provide a powerful peer-learning, peer-support and insights platform for IT leaders to keep growing well after the Summit has long been forgotten.

Part of our Growth Group commitment is to add between 2 and 6 sessions every month to the already extensive Summit content library.

Membership fees are set at $49/month and All-Access Pass subscribers get the first 12 months included at no extra charge.


Accelerate Professional Growth with a 50% Discount on Your First Three Months Of Your IT Leader Mastermind (Valued at $525)

If you are really serious about progress, joining an IT Leader Mastermind could be your most effective option.

This private, online peer-group with no more than 20, well-matched individuals from all over the world, creates a fabulous platform for holding yourself accountable and focused on growth.

Even though some IT leaders struggle to find the time to get started, after just three months, almost no-one quits!

A regular 3-month membership costs $1050, but for qualifying All-Access Pass holders we managed to reduce this fee by 50% to $525.


Understand Digital Transformation Readiness Through a Complimentary DX360 Analysis (Valued at $1800)

At Xuviate we believe that you, the IT leader, are most likely to successfully kick-start and drive a digital transformation initiative within your mid-sized business (read more in 'How to Kick-Start DX Without CEO Support').

Since digital transformation (DX), however, is much more about cultural and structural changes, the first step is to understand overall DX readiness so that change initiatives can be properly prioritised.

The proprietary Xuviate DX360 assessment, analysis and reporting service facilitates this information gathering and extraction process and all All-Access Pass members qualify for a free assessment for one qualifying company (valued at $1,800).

Invest in (Your) Growth

Purchasing the All-Access Pass gets you:

  • Unlimited access to 56 online recordings, speaker notes and related downloads


You also get more than $5,233 in additional speaker and sponsor bonuses such as:

  • 1 year FREE membership for the online Growth Group (which continues where the Summit leaves off)
  • 50% off from the first three months of Mastermind
  • Multiple FREE book downloads
  • Limited edition consulting and service offers
  • FREE DX360 Analysis

Our No-Nonsense Guarantee*

We are so confident that you will get enormous benefit from the sessions and included bonuses that we offer a no-nonsense, money back guarantee within the first 30 days of purchase. Please refer to our Terms and Conditions for more details.

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