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56. The Power of Community - Q&A Session with & Closing Remarks by Mark Geschke & Mathias Tölken

Topic Type: Career & Personal Growth
Session Type: Panel

Abstract:
In this session Mark & Mathias gave an overview of their vision for the community of IT Leaders.
They will also provided more information on the bonus offers available to Summit Attendees and All-Access Pass Subscribers and outlined the next steps you can look forward to.
What ensued was a lively discussion about the needs of IT Leaders and people in general for supporting communities and what the attendees see as potential next steps for this community of IT Leaders.

Paul Galland
Director and Value Creator, Flipside Enterprise Services

55. Let's Chat About the Evolution of Information Management - with Paul Galland

Topic Type: Process Automation & Analytics
Session Type: Mastermind
IT Leadership Focus: Operational

Abstract:
Have a look what other IT leaders asked Paul about this topic. Do these insights also apply to you? Is here maybe an answer to a question you always wanted to ask, but did not yet have the chance to?
- Should we keep all data and for how long?
- Does the cloud vs on-site discussion influence your data strategy?
- How does compliance, legal and security play into these decisions?
- How should you approach Master Data Management?
- Is data analysis in all its forms really the panacea it is touted to be?
- Are AI and machine learning going to materially change the playing field?
- And why is the human component still so important?
This session gave a glimpse of the power of a Mastermind Group by not only "Asking The Expert", but also engaging with other IT Leaders during this multi-party video session.

Jochen Köcher
Senior Manager: Forensics, Deloitte

54. Let's Chat About GDPR - with Jochen Köcher

Topic Type: ​​Governance, Risk & Compliance
Session Type: Mastermind
IT Leadership Focus: Operational

Abstract:
Have a look what other IT leaders asked Jochen about this topic. Do these insights also apply to you? Is here maybe an answer to a question you always wanted to ask, but did not yet have the chance to?
The discussion focused more on the basics of GDPR and what IT's role in the entire discussion/implementation is.
This session gave a glimpse of the power of a Mastermind Group by not only "Asking The Expert", but also engaging with other IT Leaders during this multi-party video session.

Mike Sisco
Founder & CEO,
MDE Enterprises, Inc.

53. Let's Chat About The Modern IT Organisation - with Mike Sisco

Topic Type: ​IT Leadership & Management Skills
Session Type: ​Mastermind
IT Leadership Focus: ​Operational

Abstract:
Have a look what other IT leaders asked Mike about this topic. Do these insights also apply to you? Is here maybe an answer to a question you always wanted to ask, but did not yet have the chance to?
- How can IT break out of the purely technical narrative?
- What is the role of the IT Leader in strategic business discussions?
- Who are the people in the C-Suite that the IT Leader should partner with and whom should IT report to?
- Is communication really that important? And if yes, what type of communication?
This session gave a glimpse of the power of a Mastermind Group by not only "Asking The Expert", but also engaging with other IT Leaders during this multi-party video session.

Bettina Horvath
Trainer/Consultant,
Protea Training

52. Let's Chat About Personal Development - with Bettina Horvath

Topic Type: Career & Personal Growth
Session Type: Mastermind
IT Leadership Focus: Tactical

Abstract:
Have a look what other IT leaders asked Bettina about this topic. Do these insights also apply to you? Is here maybe an answer to a question you always wanted to ask, but did not yet have the chance to?
- Why is personal development important?
- What makes you tick? Who do you want to be in future? What kind of person is this? And what do you need to do to become this person?
- How can we "future proof" ourselves and our career in the light of the looming technological upheaval?
- How do you approach this and what are the options?
- What is "applied improv" and how can it help with personal and team development?
This session gave a great glimpse of the power of a Mastermind Group by not only "Asking The Expert", but also engaging with other IT Leaders during this multi-party video session.

Tom Hendricksen
Speaker, Coach, and Author, 
myitcareercoach.com

51. Let's Chat About Your IT Career - with Tom Henricksen

Topic Type: Career & Personal Development
Session Type: Mastermind
IT Leadership Focus: Tactical


Abstract:
Have a look what other IT leaders asked Tom about this topic. Do these insights also apply to you? Is here maybe an answer to a question you always wanted to ask, but did not yet have the chance to?
-Which courses and education options are "in" and what applies to me?
- What is a "T-shaped" individual and why should you be one?
- What is the effect of technology on the future labour market and what does that mean for my career?
- Is networking important and if yes, then with whom?
This session gave a glimpse of the power of a Mastermind Group by not only "Asking The Expert", but also engaging with other IT Leaders during this multi-party video session.

50. Lean IT Operations with Kanbanize - Q&A with Yasen (Jason) Spasov

Topic Type: Fast Execution
Session Type: Sponsor / Expert
IT Leadership Focus: Tactical

Abstract:
Kanbanize is a Kanban Software for Lean Management that helps you visualize your work and instantly see project status.
Boosted with an arsenal of Business Rules and Premium Analytics, teams can track dependencies, make their workflow more predictable and deliver much faster.
Kanbanize gives the toolkit to manage the constant flow of planned and unplanned requests so teams can communicate conflicts and manage throughput more effectively.

Johan Pretorius
ICT Manager,
Aerosud

49. Let's Chat About Digital Transformation - with Johan Pretorius

Topic Type: IT Leadership and Management Skills
Session Type: Mastermind
IT Leadership Focus: Strategic

Abstract:
Have a look what other IT leaders asked Johan about this topic. Do these insights also apply to you? Is here maybe an answer to a question you always wanted to ask, but did not yet have the chance to?
- Is IT-led Digital Transformation possible and/or desirable?
- How would one approach it and what are the prerequisites?
- Who else in the business needs to be involved?
- Are there any tips, tricks and tools that help along the journey?
- What worked for you?
This session gave a glimpse of the power of a Mastermind Group by not only "Asking The Expert", but also engaging with other IT Leaders during this multi-party video session.

48. Let's Chat About (Advanced) Lean / Kanban - with Dimitar Karaivanov

Topic Type: Fast Execution
Session Type: Mastermind
IT Leadership Focus: Operational

Abstract:
What is a Lean Transformation Roadmap?
- How do you start?
- How do you advance and sustain the results?
- Which are the most common mistakes and are there established good practices?
- Would you like more information about the Lean Transformation Roadmap? (See also the following article. There's a great infographic that you can refer to as well.)

Have a look what other IT leaders asked Dimitar about this topic. Do these insights also apply to you? Is here maybe an answer to a question you always wanted to ask, but did not yet have the chance to?

This session gave a great glimpse of the power of a Mastermind Group by not only "Asking The Expert", but also engaging with other IT Leaders during this multi-party video session.

Craig Armour
Principal,
K C Armour & Co

47. Let's Chat About Agile - with Craig Armour

Topic Type: Fast Execution
Session Type: 
Mastermind
IT Leadership Focus: 
Operational

Abstract:
Have a look what other IT leaders asked Craig about this topic. Do these insights also apply to you? Is here maybe an answer to a question you always wanted to ask, but did not yet have the chance to?
Do you need explanation of some Agile concepts?
Is Agile only feasible for software development or also in IT operations?
Not sure if / how Agile applies for your mid-market IT team?
Where and how should you start?
Is it okay to fail?
This session gave a glimpse of the power of a Mastermind Group by not only "Asking The Expert", but also engaging with other IT Leaders during this multi-party video session.

Mark Geschke
CEO and
Co-Founder,
Xuviate

46. Opening Keynote - The 8 Limiting Beliefs We All Need To Leave Behind

Topic Type: ​​​​Career & Personal Growth
Session Type: ​Expert

Abstract:
Each of the 55 sessions of the IT Leader Growth Summit contains great insights and solutions to overcome particular challenges and help you grow.
Unfortunately, however, there is a good chance that you will only hear and see what agrees with your own beliefs of IT leadership in mid-sized businesses.
In many instances these beliefs help you to filter important information from not so important information, but occasionally they also limit your opportunity to open ourselves up for new ideas that could unlock huge growth.
In this presentation Mark highlights the 10 most limiting beliefs he has observed while working with IT leaders from mid-sized businesses.
Doesn’t matter if you are in a tactical, operational or strategic IT leadership role, even if there is one limiting belief you will challenge as a result of this, the time spent watching this 30 minute presentation will have been worth your while.
Warning: It is not easy to identify and change a limiting belief!

Brian Pinnock
Sales Engineering Manager,
Mimecast Middle East and Africa

45. Cyber Resilience for Email: Why a Defense-Only Strategy is Not Enough to Stay Ahead of Today’s Cyber Threats

Topic Type: ​​​Data and Network Security
Session Type: ​Expert
IT Leadership Focus: Operational

Abstract:
Email is the number-one business application used by companies. It’s also the number-one vector used to execute cyber attacks.
A defense-only security strategy alone is not designed to protect against the level and volume of advanced attacks.
In this session, Brian will discuss how continuing to invest in disparate technologies and focus on a defense-only security strategy will lead to consequences like intellectual property loss, unplanned downtime, decreased productivity and increased vulnerabilities.
The only way for organisations to get ahead of cyber criminals and holistically protect their business is to adopt a new approach to email security. Organisations need to embrace Cyber Resilience for Email by ensuring they have security before, continuity during and are able to recover after an attack.

44. Simplified Approach Towards Getting You to Digitally Transform

Topic Type: Digital Transformation (DX)
Session Type: Expert
IT Leadership Focus: Operational

Abstract:
Digital transformation is probably the number one topic in business at the moment.
The customer is a the center of it all. They are informed, enabled and empowered. And since we live in a globally connected economy they and come with demands and expectations fueled by your global competitors.
An analogy can be drawn between a Rubik's cube, your organization, its products and service offerings and digital transformation itself.
The key points of this analogy are:
- Consists of connected elements.
- Elements are connected in a value chain.
- The value chain can be viewed from different perspectives.
- Elements are continuously shuffled with in the value chain towards completion.
In this session Jean-Pierre will cover:
- Why it is all about the customer.
- How to initiate our digital transformation journey.
- Why a business model is important.
- Why it is important to take an MVP approach.

Jacopo Romei
Strategic Independent Consultant

43. Extreme Contracts

Topic Type: ​​​​​Governance, Risk and Compliance
Session Type: Expert
IT Leadership Focus: Operational

Abstract:
We are used to relying on contracts as recovery devices, made up to protect us when things go wrong: “read, this is what we said”, or “read, this is what we expect from you!”.
This is definitely not enough. Knowledge work needs a way deeper level of collaboration which happens *despite* usual contracts rather than thanks to those.
We don’t know anything better than a positional negotiation style: they say 1000, we say 500 and we hope to meet somewhere around 750, losing energy, time, money(!) and, ultimately, the will to do our best.
If there are healthy negotiation principles, what happens if we take them to the extreme, by learning the purest lesson from every past project? Is there any chance to put better contracts in place, meant to help us develop and deliver more value together?
I call that chance “Extreme Contracts” and I am not afraid to tell what happened when we tried them out.

Ray Leslie
Group IT Manager, Weylandts

42. Taking IT from a Mere Support Function to a Critical Business Capability

Topic Type: ​​​​IT Leadership & Management Skills
Session Type: Case Study
IT Leadership Focus: Tactical

Abstract:
When Ray started his current position, IT was seen as a necessary evil. In the past months there has been a dramatic shift.
In this session Ray will take us along on his journey from being a tactical to an operational IT Leader and beyond.

Nico Fourie
National Director of ICT
BDO

41. Our Journey: Building a Progressive IT Function in a Growing Auditing Organisation

Topic Type: ​​IT Leadership & Management Skills
Session Type: Case Study
IT Leadership Focus: Operational

Abstract:
In this session Nico shares with us his personal journey at BDO South Africa over the past decade and how the business slowly changed from a relatively small regional auditor to a nationwide auditing firm with international ties. He relates what that meant to the IT Department and the steps it took to get IT into the position of trusted partner to the business. 

Moerieda Mackay
Founder and CEO, Stride Consultancy Services

40. Design Thinking

Topic Type: ​​​​Digital Transformation
Session Type: Expert
IT Leadership Focus: Strategic

In this session we will exploring Design Thinking as a process for complex problem solving and innovation.  We will define what design and design thinking is, how it brings value and how to get going with it in organisation in a very simplistic manner.

Charles Araujo Industry Analyst, Author & Professional Speaker
Institute for Digital Transformation

39. The New Human Age - Why Embracing Your Humanness Is the Key to Transforming Your Life, Reshaping Your Organization and Thriving in a Technology-Driven World

Topic Type: ​​Emerging Technologies
Session Type: Expert
IT Leadership Focus: Strategic

Abstract:
How do you have an impact in your career, within your organization — in your life — at a time in which machines are seemingly running everything?
The post-industrial ‘Digital Era’ is fundamentally changing everything we know about how the world works. A new generation of smart machines, powered by artificial intelligence and algorithms are changing how we work and live. The simple, pre-ordained pathways of the Industrial Age are no longer available to us. We must chart a new course for ourselves and our organizations to find purpose and profit in a very different world.
But the answer is not as simple as just becoming more technology savvy or merely changing the way we work. In a future in which we will automate anything we can reduce to an algorithm, you must embrace the very qualities that make us human and rediscover three surprising skills that will unleash the creativity, imagination and empathy that machines do not possess. In fact, the secret to your success and fulfillment — and the success of any team or organization you lead — will not be in merely becoming more ‘digital,’ but in embracing your humanness to find your digital purpose in the new human age.

Doug Batchelor
Head of IT – Middle East and Africa, Microsoft

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

Topic Type: ​​​​Digital Transformation (DX)
Session Type: Expert
IT Leadership Focus: Operational

Abstract:
“In Microsoft we are our own biggest customer.
This is extremely important as we deploy all our new innovations and technologies to our own 220 000 users worldwide before taking it to the market.
The digital transformation of Microsoft is taking place while we continue to deliver significant value to our shareholders.
This experience puts us in a unique position to guide and advise our customers as they embark on their digital transformation journeys.”
In this session Doug shares some of his experiences from a technology and a IT Leadership perspective.

Peter Reid
Head,
 Mint Intelligent Insights

37. So When Will the Machines Take Over?

Topic Type: ​​Emerging Technologies
Session Type: Expert
IT Leadership Focus: Strategic

Abstract:
The most common question an AI expert can get today is “will the machines take over?”
While this is usually a bit tongue-in-cheek, the fact remains that AI is having an immediate and pervasive impact on everyone’s lives, from simplifying our image searches to dramatically changing the jobs landscape in certain industries.
In this session we explore the impact of AI on our future, from the next six months to when the machines do actually take over

Jason Sichkaryk
IT Manager,
Rosenau Transport

36. DX from the bottom up – How to Start a Digital Transformation Without Support of the Executives

Topic Type: ​Digital Transformation (DX)
Session Type: Case Study
IT Leadership Focus: Tactical

Abstract:
Jason Sichkaryk shares his journey over the past years and how he managed to get all the more buy-in from the business for his vision for the organisation.
It was definitely not all plain-sailing and the transformation is ongoing, but Jason learned many important lessons along the way and shares them in this session to give others a head-start and some encouragement.

Gaby Schwarz
Lecturer,
University of Applied Sciences, Wiener Neustadt for Business Consulting International

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

Topic Type: ​​IT Staff Management
Session Type: Panel
IT Leadership Focus: Operational

Abstract:
Why is it, that still only one third of IT employees are women? Why do we still think, that women can not pursue jobs in technology, specifically when it comes to management positions? And why should we seek for more female technologists at all.
The way into the digital business transformations more than ever forces us to create a resilient workforce, populated with people with different perspectives. IT leaders need to ensure to create their teams with more diversity in order to make them sustainable.
Gaby is looking forward to sharing with you her insights into diversity in IT, based on her experiences as an employee at HPE, as well as a consultant for several customers in IT industries.

34. Cybersecurity - The Best Defense is a Good Offense

Topic Type: ​Data and Network Security
Session Type: Panel
IT Leadership Focus: Tactical

Abstract: 
With the rise of cybercrime at the moment, we cannot sit back and fall victims to these criminals any longer.
In this talk we will discuss cybersecurity and a set of techniques we can employ to protect our systems availability,
integrity and data secrecy against the wide range of threats inherited when connecting to the internet.

Susanne Hellweg
Agile Coach & Remote Work Consultant,
Susanne Hellweg Consulting

33. Remote Teams - Practical Advice on setting up and developing Remote Agile Teams

Topic Type: ​IT Staff Management
Session Type: Expert
IT Leadership Focus: ​​Operational

Abstract:
Agile work, especially SCRUM emphasizes building co-located teams. But the reality of a lot of companies is different. Remote Teamwork has become more of the norm and a lot of teams work in some form distributed.
In this session we will look at some practical steps you can undertake and tips you can use to set up or develop your remote teams. Distribution can work very well, but different factors have to be taken into consideration when working remote.

Bettina Horvath
Trainer/Consultant,
Protea Training

32. Developing the Leader in IT-leader

Topic Type: ​Career & Personal Growth
Session Type: Expert
IT Leadership Focus: Tactical

Abstract:
IT development is fast moving away from being in a facilitator role that simply supports an organisation to achieve their goals.
Today IT has to drive change and growth in companies. IT-leaders are more and more asked to sit at the strategic table and help move the company forward. Thus they need to move out of a managerial role and into a leadership role.
They are tasked with finding high quality people and keeping them and help develop the company’s vision. In this session we discuss how to go about developing their own leadership skills.

Mike Burrows
Founder,
Agendashift

31. Managing Change in the 21st Century

Topic Type: Fast Execution
Session Type: Expert
IT Leadership Focus: Strategic

Abstract:
Nearly two decades into the 21st century and with nearly as much time passed since the Agile manifesto was written, what have we learned about change? Which is better: “top down”, with the challenge of overcoming resistance to change, or “bottom up”, perhaps never gathering momentum?
Is it indeed a dichotomy, or can we find a third way for organizational transformation that is simultaneously respectful, ambitious, and sustainable? We’ll explore a synthesis of ideas and techniques old and new, identifying along the way some widely-held beliefs that are now well past their sell-by date.

Matt Philip
Director of Global Talent and Capability,
ThoughtWorks

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

Topic Type: Fast Execution
Session Type: Expert
IT Leadership Focus: Operational

Abstract:
In today’s digital-service economy, IT organizations need not only the ability to change but to change in the right direction.
That is, they need to be able to sense and respond to feedback in order to continuously recognize and measure gaps in their understanding of the customer’s view of their fitness for purpose.
Though the standard agile feedback loops -- product demo, team retrospective and automated tests — provide valuable awareness of health and fitness, many teams and their stakeholders struggle to find a reliable way to understand an important area of feedback, including their level of agility: the fitness of their service delivery.
This session introduces the service-delivery review as the forum for this feedback.
The context will be for software-delivery teams but the lessons will be applicable for any team, group or department that provides a service. .

29. How Do I Get to the Next Level in My Career? - IT Leaders Discuss Several Options Open to Them

Topic Type: ​Career & Personal Growth
Session Type: Panel
IT Leadership Focus: Tactical

Abstract:
It is relatively easy to map out a career progression for a technical resource. It is a different kettle of fish to do the same for an IT Leader in a mid-sized organisation.
Is an MBA the only option to make the jump into the management suite?
What about formal short-courses, online learning or just-in-time internet research?
Should you get yourself a mentor or coach?
Does peer-coaching provide lasting value?
Or is maybe job-hopping to break through a glass ceiling a viable alternative?
How should I plan and map out my next steps?

Armin Wieland Founder, 
V5 Digital

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

Topic Type: ​​Digital Transformation (DX)
Session Type: Expert
IT Leadership Focus: Strategic

Abstract:
Digital Transformation has been a trending topic over the last few years.
Many organizations have jumped to take advantage of the opportunity, but many have failed to make a real impact and have subsequently de-tuned or even totally abandoned their Digital Transformations efforts.
But quite a few have shown tremendous success that make news headlines, make great case studies and will make shareholders smile.
Armin has lead the Digital Transformation Program at a mid-sized Group of Companies and will share insights on what went well, roadblocks on the way and will give advice to Digital change Leaders in organizations if he could start all over again.

Karl Scotland
Head of IT, Griqualand West Cooperation

27. Strategy Deployment with the X-Matrix

Topic Type: Digital Transformation (DX)
Session Type: Expert
IT Leadership Focus: Strategic
Status:
Available in the Summit Portal from 10 May 2018

Abstract:  Strategy deployment is a style of organisational improvement that engages the entire workforce in figuring out how the business can survive and thrive.
This session will introduce strategy deployment using a framework called the X-Matrix - an A3 format that concisely visualises the alignment of aspirations, strategies, tactics and evidence on a single sheet of paper.
With this approach a transformation can be viewed as a form of catchball, a lean process where ideas are passed around an organisation as teams collaborate to experiment and discover solutions.
In this way, solutions emerge from the people closest to the problem, rather than being defined and imposed by management.

Rika Myburg
Head of IT, Griqualand West Cooperation

26. IT Leadership in a Mid-Market Organisation - and How It Differs from Enterprise

Topic Type: IT Leadership & Management Skills
Session Type: Expert
IT Leadership Focus: Operational
Status:
Available in the Summit Portal from 10 May 2018

Abstract:  Rika started her IT career in 1995 at one of South Africa's major banks.
There she spent 15+ years in various IT leadership positions and in 2014 took up her current position as Head of IT at GWK, a mid-market Agricultural business.
In this session she will share her experience of the difference between enterprise and mid-market and what unique challenges await IT Leaders in the latter sector.

Topic Type: ​ IT Staff Management
Session Type: Panel
IT Leadership Focus: Tactical
Status:
Available in the Summit Portal from 10 May 2018

Abstract: How do we handle a team member who does not pull their weight?
Is it all about training, developing and accommodating the person?
Or is there a time when it would be better to part ways?
And how would we go about it either way?

24. We Just Lost a Key Staff Member, What Now? - IT Leaders Discuss Their Short and Long-Term Coping Strategies

Topic Type: ​​IT Leadership & Management Skills
Session Type: Panel
IT Leadership Focus: Tactical
Status:
Available in the Summit Portal from 10 May 2018

Abstract: Sometimes a key member of the team leaves, sometimes they are "just" off sick for an extended period.
How do you deal with this situation?
The short and long-term strategies will usually be different. How?
And what if the business decides not to replace this member of staff? What does this mean for you and the team?

23. Increasing IT Team Performance - IT Leader Mastermind Group Participants Share Their Top Tips, Tricks and Tools That Made a Difference for Them and Their Teams.

Topic Type: ​IT Staff Management
Session Type: Panel
IT Leadership Focus: Tactical
Status:
Available in the Summit Portal from 10 May 2018

Abstract: A subset of the IT Leaders representing one of the Xuviate IT Leader Mastermind Groups, who meet every 2 weeks for 2h in a Mastermind session, weigh in with their experiences.
All members of this group are IT Leaders in mid-market companies.
For this recording we deviated a bit from our usual session program and picked their brain to get some tips and tricks on the topic.
This is a topic that every IT Leader would know and we have regularly got hotseats that discuss it or a derivative.

Adam Shapiro
Director, Autopilot Workflow Solutions

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

Topic Type: Fast Execution
Session Type: Expert
IT Leadership Focus: Operational
Status:
Available in the Summit Portal from 10 May 2018

Abstract:  Adam discusses the need and benefits of process automation.
- Do I need a system?
- What are the benefits?
- Where do I start?
This session will give some insight into our experience in the field of process automation.

21. Help I Am Too Busy! IT Leader Mastermind Group Participants Share Their Top Tips, Tricks and Coping Strategies That Made a Difference for Them and Their Teams.

Topic Type: Career & Personal Growth
Session Type: Panel
IT Leadership Focus: Tactical
Status:
Available in the Summit Portal from 10 May 2018

Abstract: A subset of the IT Leaders representing one of the Xuviate IT Leader Mastermind Groups, who meet every 2 weeks for 2h in a Mastermind session, weigh in with their experiences.
All members of this group are IT Leaders in mid-market companies.
For this recording we deviated a bit from our usual session program and picked their brain to get some tips and tricks on the topic.
This is a topic that every IT Leader would know and we have regularly got hotseats that discuss it or a derivative.

20. How Best to Engage With Consultants? - Tips & Tricks From a Group of Practitioners

Topic Type: IT Leadership & Management Skills
Session Type: Panel
IT Leadership Focus: Operational
Status:
Available in the Summit Portal from 3 May 2018

Abstract: To be exact, this is the Xuviate DXP Mastermind Group, where DXP stands for Digital Transformation Practitioner.
They are a global group of just under 20 Practitioners from 9 countries, 4 continents and 15 time zones who meet every 2 weeks for 2h in a Mastermind session.
All members of this group do have 15+ years experience.
Some of them have been consultants for most of their career, but the majority have previously worked "on the other side of the fence" - mainly in IT departments in corporates and mid-sized organisations.
For this session we did deviate a bit from the usual session program and Mathias picked their brain to get some tips and tricks on how to best engage with consultants. 

Mike Sisco
Founder & CEO,
MDE Enterprises, Inc.

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

Topic Type: ​IT Leadership & Management Skills
Session Type: Expert
IT Leadership Focus: Operational
Status:
Available in the Summit Portal from 3 May 2018

Abstract:  There are three main reasons why an IT organization fails, and each of these issues can do major damage to your career.
Learn what the three threats to IT success are and put in simple preventive measures to improve the success of any IT organization.
BONUS materials that complement the information provided will be made available to download.

Judy Rees
Team Development Consultant

18. How to Ask the Right Questions

Topic Type: ​IT Leadership & Management Skills
Session Type: Expert
IT Leadership Focus: ​​​Tactical
Status:
Available in the Summit Portal from 3 May 2018

Abstract:  IT leaders need to deliver the right solutions, quickly, in order to be seen as credible partners within their organisations. And to do that, they need to ask the right questions, in the right way.
With the right questions, you gain greater clarity, reducing misunderstandings and conflicts. You become more proficient at managing and influencing relationships with key stakeholders.
This leads to higher quality projects, faster development cycles and more satisfied customers, employees and partners.
But how, specifically, do you ask the *right* questions? That's what you'll learn in this session.

Karyn Greenstreet President,
The Success Alliance

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

Topic Type: ​Career & Personal Growth
Session Type: Expert
IT Leadership Focus: ​​Operational
Status:
Available in the Summit Portal from 3 May 2018

Abstract: The latest must-have key to success: Mastermind Groups.
The popularity of mastermind groups and peer coaching is growing as people just like you are finding the success they want through sharing best practices with your peers.
Whatever your concern – leadership, managing a team, career development, strategic decision-making, or mindset – a mastermind group can support your growth in your personal and professional life.
Why go alone when you can have your peers support you?

16. Women in IT Leadership

Topic Type: IT Leadership & Management Skills
Session Type: Panel
IT Leadership Focus: Operational
Status:
Available in the Summit Portal from 3 May 2018

Abstract: Four Panelists, all women who have worked in or with IT for 15+ years, share their experiences of often being the only female team members and how the situation changed over time, by company size and as they climbed the ranks.
Is it really just about equality or can we embrace our differences? And what are these female traits?
And lastly we discussed how women can support other women throughout their career.

Martijn Aslander Technology Philosopher & International Speaker,
Permanent Beta

15. The So-Called 4th Industrial Revolution Has Nothing To Do With Industries

Topic Type: Digital Transformation (DX)
Session Type: Expert
IT Leadership Focus: Strategic
Status:
Available in the Summit Portal from 3 May 2018

Abstract:
In this session Martijn will talk about his passion: the impact of the Network- and Information Age on the nearby future of work and organisations.
A lot of people talk about the 4th Industrial Revolution, but to him, this so called revolution has NOTHING to do with industries.
The rapid evolvement of interconnected people, ideas and information leads to a fundamentally different way of approaching and solving problems worldwide.
A lot of businesses (and governments) exist, because of friction in markets that can be capitalised.

Tim Dixon
Chief Vision Officer, AQnx Inc.

14. Driving Culture Change to Support Execution of Digitization Strategy

Topic Type: Digital Transformation (DX)
Session Type: Expert​
IT Leadership Focus: Strategic
Status:
Available in the Summit Portal from 18 April 2018

Abstract:
Tim Dixon having served as learning and innovation consultant for 25+yrs, shares three case studies grounded in theories of organizational transformation to outline IT Leaders’ role as culture change-agent to support a SME’s execution of digitization strategy for business growth.
Data illustrates the impact of initiatives involving diverse stakeholders beyond the IT leader, ensuring change-leadership learning programs supported technology-based transformation.

Philipp Kellner
Account Executive,
Endava

13. Be FASTER - Case Study and Lessons Learned

Topic Type: IT Leadership & Management Skills
Session Type: Case Study
IT Leadership Focus: ​Operational
Status:
Available in the Summit Portal from 18 April 2018

Abstract:
Real life lessons learned from an experienced change manager and notorious “everything should be faster” thinker.
In this session we have a short look at the easy part of a fast IT production setup and more importantly on “everything but IT” - like finance, procurement, nearshoring, outsourcing, HR, resource management, security, hierarchies, politics, managing management, communication and most importantly empowering employees.

Tom Henricksen
Speaker, Coach, and Author,
myitcareercoach.com

12. TechnoLeaders: Steps to Enhance Your Technical Leadership

Topic Type: IT Leadership & Management Skills
Session Type: Expert
IT Leadership Focus: ​Operational
Status:
Available in the Summit Portal from 18 April 2018

Abstract:
Leading teams of technology professionals takes a mix of leadership and technical understanding.
In this session we will step you through the process of how you can take your technology position and become a leader in your field.

Riaan Strydom
IT Manager,
Mint Management Technologies

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

Topic Type: ​Career & Personal Growth
Session Type: Case Study
IT Leadership Focus: ​Tactical
Status:
Available in the Summit Portal from 18 April 2018

Abstract:
People judge you on what they know about you.
This is a threat, but can also be used as a great opportunity to remodel the image of you, the IT Leader, as well as your team.
In this Case Study, Riaan tells us why the phrase "Perception is Reality" did profoundly change his outlook on life and what it prompted him to do.
He further delves into the power of formal and informal communication and the importance of sticking to your commitments.
Along the way he shares his learning points and gives tips to anybody who would want to copy some of his successes.

Monica Georgieff
Freelance Lean / Agile Coach & Marketer

10. More Than Just a Visual Board! - Intro to Kanban

Topic Type: Fast Execution
Session Type: Expert
IT Leadership Focus: Operational
Status:
Available in the Summit Portal from 18 April 2018

Abstract:
If you are an IT manager or CIO that has heard the word 'Kanban' thrown around your professional circuit and want to learn more - this is for you!
The common misconception is that Kanban is merely a task board that helps you visualize your work.
Kanban happens to be much more than that and the way to exploit its potential is to apply it in full!
The Kanban method encompasses the principles of the Lean methodology, aspects of Agile and six core practices that help teams achieve their efficiency goals.
We will go over the history of the method, the first steps to applying it as well as the benefits and challenges you can expect as a new Kanban practitioner.

Paul Galland
Director and Value Creator, Flipside Enterprise Services

9. Replacing ‘Business Intelligence' with 'Intelligent Business’ - How IT departments can help change mindsets in mid-sized businesses

Topic Type: ​Process Automation and Analytics
Session Type: Expert
IT Leadership Focus: ​​Strategic
Status:
Available in the Summit Portal from 12 April 2018

Abstract:
Forget the hype about big data, business intelligence, data lakes and predicative analytics.
Building a successful business is more about being smart about one's business rather than searching for answers in the data.
This is more true for middle-sized businesses than those at the larger end of town. Learn why its important to refocus your efforts from business intelligence solutions to a set of intelligent business solutions.

Philippe Guenet
Principal Consultant/ Founder, Henko

8. Busting the Agile Jargon - A Common Sense Approach to Digital Change

Topic Type: Fast Execution
Session Type: Expert
IT Leadership Focus: Strategic
Status:
Available in the Summit Portal from 12 April 2018

Abstract:
If you are an IT leader in a mid-sized business, chances are good that you are scratching your head about all the Lean/Agile jargon that is floating around, yet you want to make progress on the Digital agenda. You know there is a huge opportunity for improving efficiencies in your IT department and organising for digital innovation, but where do you start?
A must-see session for IT leaders who are just starting with their digital change project and implement a Lean-Agile operating model as well as for more advanced IT leaders who want to brush up on generic concepts.

Craig Armour
Principal,
K C Armour & Co

7. Fast Facts - Bringing Information Closer for an Accelerated Business.

Topic Type: ​​​​Process Automation and Analytics
Session Type: Expert​
IT Leadership Focus: ​​Operational
Status:
Available in the Summit Portal from 12 April 2018

Abstract:
What is the one thing that’s holding your business back?  It’s probably not what you think it is…
There is one simple metric which defines the speed at which your organisation can move – The speed at which you can make a decision.
And behind each decision lies the information you need to support it.
Bringing information closer to the people who need it will help them to make faster decisions, and accelerate the speed of your business.
Even small improvements to the way information flows through your organisation can bring significant improvements in productivity.
We look at the principles and tools you need to kick start that journey.

Stephan Meyer
Owner,
Denkstelle Consulting

6. Instructions for Being Unreasonable - How to Embrace an Innovative Mindset and, Incidentally, Change the World.

Topic Type: ​​Digital Transformation
Session Type: Expert​
IT Leadership Focus: ​​Strategic
Status:
Available in the Summit Portal from 12 April 2018

Abstract:
The reasonable man adapts himself to the world; the unreasonable one persists in trying to adapt the world to himself. Therefore all progress depends on the unreasonable man.“ George Bernard Shaw
You want to create an innovation?
Then you must be unreasonable!
But how can you do that?
Or in academic terms: What mindset is needed for generating innovations?
It seems as though we are usually too reasonable to be innovative.
How can you cure that?
Let Stephan Meyer present to you five mindsets of successful "unreasonable" people.

Claudio Perrone
Founder,
Agile Sensei Consulting

5. Popcornflow: If Change Is Hard, Make It Continuous.

Topic Type: Fast Execution
Session Type: Expert
IT Leadership Focus: Operational
Status:
Available in the Summit Portal from 12 April 2018

Abstract:
Improvement without change is impossible. Yet, most people think about change as big, slow and scary.
But what if you could make it infinitely small and learn to evolve fast, almost as fast as some of the most adaptive microorganisms on earth?
Enter PopcornFlow – an anti-fragile philosophy, principles and actionable techniques to help you fight personal and organizational inertia, introduce fast change and make better decisions under uncertainty through the design and execution of a continuous stream of small, traceable and safe-to-fail experiments.
Don’t get too comfortable with your own cozy routines and mental cages. For a new revolution is now on your doorstep.

Johan Pretorius
ICT Manager,
Aerosud

4. The Need for Speed. How We Doubled IT Team Throughput Within 3 Days by Implementing Kanban.

Topic Type: Fast Execution
Session Type: Case Study
IT Leadership Focus: Operational
Status:
Available in the Summit Portal from 12 April 2018

Abstract:
Johan recounts how they literally overnight transformed an IT team with low morale into an impressive service delivery unit!
The title sounds like magic, but Johan explains exactly how anyone can achieve such outcomes by using decidedly low-tech tools and some easy concepts.

3. Portfolio Kanban – The Common Sense Approach to Scaling Lean

Topic Type: ​Faster Execution
Session Type: Expert
IT Leadership Focus: Operational
Status:
Available in the Summit Portal from 12 April 2018

Abstract:
Is Portfolio Kanban applicable at team level and what are the KPIs and measurements one can and should apply? During the session, Dimitar answers the following important questions:
- How does Portfolio Kanban differ from personal or team Kanban?
- How is Portfolio Kanban applicable on the team level?
- What metrics or KPIs are important?
- How do we bridge the gap between strategy and execution?

Andrew Smith
Director, ApplxBridge

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

Topic Type: Data and Network Security
Session Type: Expert
IT Leadership Focus: Tactical
Status:
Available in the Summit Portal from 12 April 2018

Abstract:
In this session Andrew explains how there are 7 layers to data security ... and that knowing how to approach each of them is critical to ensuring the security of any organisation!
Are some less important than others?
Which ones should one focus on first?

1. GDPR, POPI and the Increasing Requirement for Data Privacy. Where Do I Start?

Topic Type: Governance, Risk and Compliance
Session Type: ​Panel
IT Leadership Focus: Operational
Status:
Available in the Summit Portal from 12 April 2018

Abstract:
Data privacy is not (only) a technology problem.
In this panel discussion, comprised of three Subject Matter Experts and three IT Managers, we get an introduction to the topic from several very different angles (think people/culture, process/policies and technology).
In the subsequent discussion we consider what it takes to start off on a journey towards compliance and how to get your company into a "defensible position".

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