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Insight to Action Podcast

February 12, 2018

Steps That CEOs & the C-Suite Can Take to Boost Agility with Dave West

“Agile” has become a buzzword in the software development industry as well as the wider business landscape. And for good reason – several organizations have cited Agile principles as the influence behind results such as better financial performance, project success, customer satisfaction and employee engagement. In fact, 92 percent of executives said they believe organizational agility is critical to business success (Forbes/PMI). However, a deep understanding of Agile frameworks at the board-level is necessary in order for implementation to be effective. If this deep understanding is coupled with enthusiasm, CEOs and the C-Suite can initiate an overall digital transformation that directly impacts the bottom line and boosts the potential of every employee – and nobody knows this better than Dave West.

Dave West is the CEO and Product Owner at and former VP and Research Director at Forrester Research for software development.  Through his analyst work with several different organizations, Dave has experienced first-hand the barriers to agility and knows the steps that leaders need to take to become more agile.

Based on the principles of Scrum and the Agile Manifesto, provides comprehensive training, assessments and certifications to improve the profession of software delivery. In his position at, Dave works to carry out the organization’s goal of enabling teams to deliver software in a more effective way, raise the skill level of the software development industry, and in turn, influence the production of great software with the power to change the world.

Prior to his work at, Dave led the development of the Rational Unified Process (RUP) for IBM/Rational. He also was Chief Product Officer for Tasktop Technologies and Managing Director of the Americas at Ivar Jacobson Consulting. 

Host – Dawna Jones

Dawna Jones, host of the Insight to Action podcast, is an author and transformational leadership consultant who works with progressive thinkers and bold leaders to elevate value at a human, organizational to global level. She has been a monthly blogger for the Huffington Post Great Workplace Cultures, wrote Decision Making for Dummies, and has contributed a chapter on the new purpose of business to Ervin Laszlo’s The Intelligence of the Cosmos. Business Expert Press just published Successfully Moving to an Executive Role. Dawna is also exploring VR and XR to augment human decisions and restore health to people and workplaces simultaneously. You can find Dawna on Twitter EPDawna_Jones and on LinkedIn.

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This webinar was originally broadcast here.   

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