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2021 Military Agility Forum



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The place where top leaders in the defense sector  

dominate new territory using agile implementation.


This was a dynamic dual in-person and virtual experience featuring a mix of lectures and working sessions designed to generate new understanding and thought leadership targeted towards advancing the agile implementation skill set. We would’ve loved to have seen you there but if you could not attend, please enjoy Brigadier Dan Cheesman’s session discussing Agility as an advantage.

 Industrial-age strategies now must contend with information-age threats that can and do emerge suddenly, without warning. Agile defense is the way forward.

military agility forumThe 2021 Military Agility Forum

Held on September 23-24, 2021

Location: Washington, D.C.

Event Type: In-person & Virtual

Featured Topics:

✓ Scaled and hybrid implementation

✓ Sustaining Scrum in the military

✓ Gaining approval and buy-in from senior leadership

✓ Case studies of successful implementation

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Why Now?

Operationalizing Agile is key to success for the modern warfighter. National security now requires innovation and adaptation at speed to deter potential adversaries and their quickly evolving capabilities.

“If we are to deal with the challenges of a rapidly changing world, we must learn to apply better organizational methods and increase our agility in all areas of our business.”
Admiral Sir Tony Radakin, Royal Navy

First Sea Lord and Chief of Naval Staff

“A competitor starts to get really concerned when they see you adapting faster than they are, when you’re challenging in multiple domains, when you’re putting things together that don’t normally go together, when you’re creating effects in ways that they haven’t considered yet. And then they start chasing you, versus us chasing [the] competitor. That’s my challenge for all of us in the Department of the Navy. Again, we’re moving out in some pieces of that. We’ve got to do it now at scale and speed. I think if we can do that, then we’ll continue to be the dominant naval force. If we don’t, we’re fighting a losing game, and I don’t like losing.”
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James F. Geurts

Under Secretary of the Navy (Performing the Duties of)

Our Featured Panelists:

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Dr. Jeff Sutherland

Dr. Jeff Sutherland (“Dr. Sutherland”) is the co-creator of Scrum and the world’s leading authority on the framework. A graduate of West Point who served as a fighter pilot in the Vietnam War, Dr. Sutherland holds bachelors’ degrees in engineering, mathematics, and economics, as well as a Ph.D. in biometrics, radiology, and preventive medicine. From his experience in senior engineering roles at various computer and software companies through the 1980s and 1990s, Dr. Sutherland saw firsthand the limitations of traditional methods of software development, particularly the so-called “waterfall” method. Over the course of ten years, he began to develop and prototype an alternative framework, now known as Scrum, that was flexible, empirical, and iterative.

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Brigadier Dan Cheesman, MBE Royal Marines

Brigadier Cheesman is the Royal Navy's inaugural Chief Technology Officer. He is charged with accelerating all forms of tech into the Royal Navy through Futures, Disruption, and Change with a particular focus on Digital, Autonomy, Lethality and Agility at Scale.

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JJ Sutherland

JJ is the CEO of Scrum Inc. working with organizations worldwide on the strategy and implementation of their Agile Transformations. In the corporate world he has worked with Fortune 500 companies in industries as varied as Space Launch, Research and Development, Manufacturing, Global IT, Operations, Finance, Defense, and Media. He has also worked extensively with the Royal Navy and with units of the US Navy, providing training and coaching to US Navy Explosive Ordnance Disposal Units and Naval Special Warfare Groups. He is the co-author of the bestselling book Scrum: The Art of Doing Twice the Work in Half the Time and the author of The Scrum Fieldbook: A Master Class on Accelerating Performance, Getting Results, and Defining the Future. Prior to Scrum Inc. JJ was an award winning journalist with National Public Radio. He was Baghdad Bureau Chief 2004-2011 and also covered the Pentagon.

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CDR Jon Haase

Commander Jon Haase is a United States Navy Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) Officer and Scrum Inc. Trainer. Throughout his career he has served at EOD Mobile Unit Five, Expeditionary Strike Group Seven, Joint Special Operations Command, Mobile Diving and Salvage Unit One, Special Operations Command Pacific, and a command tour at EOD Mobile Unit Two. Jon coaches and launches high-performing teams that deliver “Twice the work in half of the time,” possessing years of experience with both government and industry clients. He understands the unique challenges that accompany introducing Agile thinking and Scrum practice within government processes and has built skills and tools to work within that process to implement Scrum successfully.

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Mike Lavery

Mike is currently the director of the Centers for Adaptive Warfighting (CAW) and is a leader in enabling agility throughout the Department of Defense.


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