18 - 20 March, 2020 | Melbourne

Interactive Workshop Day

Workshop A: 17th September 2019

7:15 am - 8:15 am Enabling The Capacity To Change Inside Agile Frameworks By Transforming The Architectural Operating Model
Bernard Seeto - Head of Digital Strategy, Southern Cross Health Society
In the current digital environment, there isn’t enough time for an Architect to become expert at the top of every incoming field, but they are still expected to be at the forefront of guiding functions to cope with such rapid change. How can Architects work to provide foresight and commit to actions requiring thorough and faster analysis and reconcile long-term architecture with agile delivery?

Bernard has a diverse experience with agile from his work at Suncorp, IAG, and now Southern Cross, seeing it at scale, at early stages, and even in its application on architecture and delivery teams. Leading the transformation journey at IAG saw stakeholder satisfaction from 59% to 79% within the technology delivery division and now at Southern Cross he has reinvigorated the Architecture function, increasing team engagement scores by 24% (67% to 83%) through aligning team members to Business Unit Executives (as trusted advisors).

What the workshop will cover:
  • Understanding the utility and benefits of Agile principles vs Waterfall architecture
  • Assessing the limitations of an agile environment for enterprise architecture
  • Providing teams with accountability for their stake in enabling strategy and how this benefits initiatives
  • The importance of structuring cross-functional teams
  • Developing the staff skillsets necessary to support agile methodology

Bernard Seeto

Head of Digital Strategy
Southern Cross Health Society

Workshop B: 18th September 2019

7:15 am - 8:15 am Employing EA vs Decentralised Architecture & Decision Guiderails For Empowerment Further Down the Organisation’s Structure
Managing the levels of control, governance and guidance of EA within the business is a fine line and key to the efficiency of how stakeholders are supported by EA services. With the growth of shadow IT, how can decentralised opportunities be properly embraced rather than viewed as a threat?

This workshop will cover how the EA discipline can work to improve the culture and connection of stakeholders to the environment in order to provide more visibility around decision making processes. Especially when considering smaller teams, this forward understanding of the risks and results of investment may need to be achieved without imposing explicit approval or extensive control mechanisms.

  • Introspective cultural change alongside organisational change management aspects of EA
  • Build high-performing teams regardless of team size by connecting end-users to a refreshed environment and strengthen the integration EA within the business
  • Align business corporate strategy through defined governance and policies to better extract value from technology investment in line with corresponding business outcomes

Facilitator TBC