Anna Radzikowska

Kanban Dragons | Poland

BIO: I have over 13 years of experience in finance, training, and project management: working in the public sector, big companies and running my own business.

I always combine project work with its practical application in daily activities, which results in continuous support, training, and improvements also after the project ends. I am kaizen culture and Kanban method passionate. Being an ACCA member helps me to better understand the business which I am working with but also gives me another angle view on different (including financial) aspects of software development and product support.

Currently I work as Product Manager of a Kanban Maturity Model, which supports modern businesses in growing into fit for purpose organization.

For 16 years already I have been playing classical, paper-based RPG (Role Playing Games), which is not only a passion but also a way to develop myself as a trainer and smuggle new techniques to the training I deliver.

TALK: How to eat an elephant? Few words about evolutionary change

Change is a process which doesn’t happen overnight on manager’s request. To go through change project management books are not enough – you have to understand what sits in people’s brains.

It is often said that change management is a very difficult process. The whole Change Management departments are established, and managers are hired just to ‘take us through this process’. And yes, change is difficult as hell. But instead of trying to force it in your company, all you need to do is to understand how people react to change and why it happens the way it does. In my talk I will explain, how change can be embraced if we only remember about few basic things, out of which the most important says ‘Start with what you do now.’

Based on real life examples and case studies I will show, what does ‘evolutionary change’ mean and how it can be applied in different groups of people, no matter if they work in IT, Business or HR. We will look together on how values of Collaboration, Agreement and Respect may help people in your organization to go through the change process, which happens not only, when managers say so; the change happens every day, even if we don’t see it.

So, how to eat an elephant? One piece at a time.
Let’s do the same with the change. Let’s see together, how to do it.