Project Leadership

You will find people who still believe that agile can easily be implemented into the entire organization. They tend to forget that agile started as a need to ensure parity with external suppliers. Making agile business as usual can result in difficulties - because it's not business as usual for the organization as a whole. Sustainably embedding agile in a traditional context, and especially where budgets and funding are concerned, holds back wider adoption. The project leadership conference track brings practitioners of agile approaches together to share their experiences of making the methodologies work beyond small teams or isolated units.

Track hosted by
Lars Bøgner (DK)
SOS Børnebyerne

Wednesday, Nov 7

8.00 – 9.00

Breakfast & Registration

The conversation starts at breakfast. Have one or several cups of coffee and get a great start to the rest of the day.


9.00 – 9.15

Thoughts on Creating Together

By Line Morkbak & Mads Troelsgaard


Welcome to Aarhus, Scandic and our 2018 conference

By Janus Boye


9.15 – 10.00

Open Innovation – less magic, more results!  “If you can't measure it, you can't improve it"

Identifying the potential for growth in our company or organization, and measuring our Return On Innovation, enables us to achieve results faster. This keynote shares strategic and hands-on advice for:  

  • Faster results and more frequent launches of innovative products and services

  • A higher success rate due to goals, process and KPI’s being aligned

  • Reducing the risk of new innovation projects due to a sound structure and the right tools

  • Engaging people to foster innovation throughout the organization

The speed of innovation is constantly accelerating, but the challenge is that the largest benefits of innovation are still not being measured. In this keynote, Truls Berg, head of Norway's open innovation lab, shares tools, methods and frameworks for measuring, and thereby improving your innovation efforts.

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10.00 – 10.30

Coffee, tea & networking



10.30 – 12.00

Modern agile - Ingredients of successful project leadership

Modern agile is a new way of thinking agile, focusing on created value and the 4 core principles of agile leadership. But what are the practical tools for ensuring that added value appears in the development work of an organization? In this presentation we will walk you through a 12-piece toolset and an overall plan for your organization transformation.

Project leadership

12.00 – 13.00




13.00 – 13.45

Project manager - Securing the time and resources we need

As a project manager, one of the biggest challenges is securing sufficient resources as well as time for managing our projects effectively. How to implement the right routines and tools all the while executing on several projects.

In this session, I share my experience with trying to place the need for well-planned project management on the executive agenda. The goal is for us to share our experiences, outlining strategies and tactics for securing the resources and time we need to effectively manage our projects.

13.45 – 14.00

Coffee, tea & networking


14.00 – 15.00


Come join 2 x 25 minutes of informal roundtable discussions to get answers on your specific questions or help others by sharing your expert knowledge.

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15.00 – 15.30

Coffee, tea & networking



15.30 – 16.30

How I learned to lead the Hyperagile Scrumfall beast

Great project outcomes are never defined by just one factor such as leadership, management, governance, resources or the other 500+ larger and smaller things that will pave the way for great digital products and experiences. Everyone who has worked with digital projects for more than 15 years knows this, and yet, even their projects fail from time to time. The reason is that most of us aren’t persistent enough when it comes to spotting the bad excuses or hot air delivered by various stakeholders in a project. 

This talk will discuss the pitfalls and dilemmas of leadership in a world where we are all constantly re-interpreting and often trying to re-invent “digital”. Sara will share her latest observations on digital project success and failure - hopefully sparking a conversation that will continue beyond the 4 days of the conference.


Project Leadership

16.30 – 16.45

Coffee, tea & networking


16.45 – 17.30

The Creative Curve: How to Develop the Right Idea, at the Right Time

“One of the things that people make a mistake of when it comes to creativity is they over focus on the novelty part. Scientists have found that creatives find the most success when they create ideas that are a blend of the familiar and the novel. Those are the ideas that we tend to be most attracted to.”

In this keynote Allen demystifies the concept of creativity into a practice that anyone can fuse into their current work and processes for better results.

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17.45 – 18.15

Let’s Start Something

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18.30 – is Aarhus the city that never sleeps?

18.30: Cosy dinner at Slagterbørsen
21.30: Beer, drinks … and maybe karaoke at Fatter Eskil

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