Nikola Bogdanov

Nikola Bogdanov is an Agile enthusiast with deep interests in people, team and organizational facilitation and coaching. He works as an Agile Coach in REWE Digital GmbH, which is a part of the REWE Group.

Nikola has worked as an Agile Coach, Scrum Master and Agile Leader in the last several years. He has more than 10 years of experience in IT industry, taking part in big and small companies, having many different roles from Software Engineer to Organizational Agile Coach.

You can often see him presenting different aspects of Agile and Lean approaches at conferences, trainings and public lectures. He transforms his appetite for Agile into lifestyle. He is also a university teacher, lecturing Agile and Lean in the past 4 years at the University of Sofia, where he is working on his PhD focused on Agile.

In the best way, Nikola combines strong technical background, an academic knowledge and rich expertise. He shares his knowledge and experience through helping, coaching and lecturing modern methodologies, implementing and examining Agile and Lean in dynamic environments.

Agile Outside IT: Now is the time for it, but how can we actually do it?

“We are uncovering better ways of developing software by doing it and helping others do it.” Yes, this is the Main Header in the famous Agile Мanifesto, and it really looks so, we really have won! We have really found better ways to develop software. Everybody around Software engineering is doing or (trying to do) Agile now. IT companies are doing Scrum, Kanban or some sort of Agile practices and everything looks so promising! But is that all? Agile is highly focused on Software and Software industry, even Lean is mainly associated with IT, Engineering and high-tech production areas.

What about the rest of the world? Can we build an ecosystem, with a surrounding that is genuinely Agile?

Very often we feel like no one actually understands us from outside Software and we feel constrained and not able to develop our full potential because “the other part of the Business” is not Agile. So, let’s make it!

In this session we will talk about how and where it is appropriate to adopt Agile, how to build an Agile ecosystem where we can achieve greatness across the whole society. Since software can’t live alone, it needs business, marketing, law services and everything else working in sync with the Agile principles to be fully productive. So, we will discuss what we can do about it. We will see some case studies and real life examples of Agile usage outside IT and we will brainstorm the pros and cons.

Agile is proven to be successful and is adopted in some level by almost all IT companies as they see the benefits of adding early business value, receiving quick and valuable feedback, improving all the time, and so on. All these benefits are something all others would value, too. So, let’s talk about how to move Agile outside IT and to give it to the whole world!