7 Essential Elements to Lead With Speed

April, 2020

The April 2020 tech talk was presented by Alan Willett

Abstract:

One of the most important questions a leader can ask themselves is: “How do I get my teams, my organization to move faster?”

That is the challenge that all leaders face. This challenge grows more intense every day.  This problem of speed is often disguised by other symptoms, such as “my projects cannot make an accurate prediction of when they will be done” or the stated need of “my teams need to take more risks.” The real need is not reckless risk-taking that will lead to even more problems and finishing even later. The real need is for speed. 

Speed to value.

An organization can only move as quickly as its leaders. 

Alan will provide insights from his new book Lead With Speed along with lessons he has learned since publication.

Innovation, or genius, is 1 percent inspiration and 99 percent perspiration. 

This presentation will show you how to get from idea to glorious delivery faster. In other words, how to sweat faster.

About the Presenter 

Alan Willett is a globe-trotting solo consultant helping organizations improve the speed and power of their engines of development. Alan is the award-winning author of Lead with Speed and Leading the Unleadable.

Alan Willett was the youngest of six kids on a dairy farm in Hunt, NY, which was (and still is) about a 30-minute drive to any stoplight. In Alan’s opinion, a stop sign would be okay in that town. The stoplight is a bit of high-tech overkill. The dairy farm has been in the family for almost 200 years. In Alan’s teenage years, the farm won Dairy Farm of the Year multiple times, while other farms failed. Alan learned how to be lucky by using data, technology, hard work, and logical decision-making.

After the farm, Alan went to Rochester Institute of Technology. There, he ran track and cross-country. He actually did run across the country with his team. The team was in the Guinness Book of World Records for running a relay from ocean to ocean in record time. While at college, as a side hobby to his athletics, he received a degree in computer science, which later became a Master’s degree.

When Alan started working in the high-tech world of high-pressure product development, he found that most of the projects used data much less than they did on the farm. On his projects, he put into place the use of data and logical decision-making.His travels eventually took him to work at the world-renowned Software Engineering Institute, the think tank of the world on high-tech development work. There, he was able to work with many of the geniuses that have pushed the state of the art. He worked with and was good friends with the late Watts Humphrey.

Alan Willett Consulting

Past Presentations

Failure. Pragmatic Lessons Learned the Hard Way

The December 2023 Tech Talk was presented by Rick KellyAbstractRick Kelly will talk about lessons learned in systems engineering in weapons development. His lesson were informed by his life on the farm. "I grew up on a small farm. On that farm, our deadlines were very...

Quality in Front – From a Mainframe Mentality to Agile

The November 2023 tech talk was presented by Dave McKennaAbstractWhat do you think of when I say "mainframe"? Most think of a giant, lumbering dinosaur. If I ask you what animal you think of when I say "agile," most folks respond with "cheetah." My challenge at CA...

From Sprints to Marathons – Sustaining Speed to Value

The October 2023 tech talk was presented by David VanEppsAbstractTechnology leaders know the pressure to deliver high-value projects with speed. When projects turn to portfolios, the game changes. The rules of speed-to-value still apply, but now there are different...

SEA 2023 Summit

Our Passion for Excellence - Keeping the Torch AliveThe SEA 2023 Summit was held September 21st in Pittsburgh PA.Summit OverviewThe Software Excellence Alliance is an international network of professionals who share a passion for software development. The pandemic...

The Real Cost of Bad Software Quality in the U.S. in 2022

The July 2023 tech talk was presented by Herb KrasnerAbstractThis presentation will introduce The Cost of Poor Software Quality in the US: A 2022 Report, published in December 2022 by CISQ. We highlight the rapidly growing costs of cybersecurity failures and software...

10 Key Things to be a Rocking Product Manager in an Agile World

The June 2023 tech talk was presented by César DuarteAbstractAre you ready to know more about the challenge of being a product manager? This talk will cover challenges you will need to master to excel and become a product management superstar in an Agile world. From...

Personal Reviews: How Fencing Helped Me Write Better Software

The May 2023 tech talk was presented by Dr. Bradley HodginsAbstractNAVAIR has hundreds of engineers/professionals using Team Software Process (TSP) and Team Process Integration (TPI) methodologies to plan and track their projects. One especially valuable activity in...

Implementing a Strategy for Excellence

The January 2023 tech talk was presented by Seemin SuleriAbstractIn our pursuit of excellence, we built a strategy that matched the ambition of a competitive e-commerce business. The problem was, where do we start the work: A struggling software department with high...

NAVAIR Process Dashboard Introduction Workshop

Abstract: NAVAIR has hundreds of engineers/professionals using Team Software Process (TSP) or Team Integration Process (TPI) methodologies to plan and track their projects. NAVAIR teams following TSP/TPI use the Process Dashboard tool to implement the methodologies....

Why Can’t Johnny Program Securely?

The October 2022 tech talk was presented by Robert SeacordAbstractSecure coding (unsurprisingly) is hard. Our educational systems have failed to properly prepare students, and our assessments have overestimated their abilities. Analysis and testing is useful but...

Team Process Integration: Half-Day Course

Abstract: This half-day course covers all aspects of the Team Process Integration (TPI) framework. The TPI methodology integrates disciplined project practices that can be applied by many product teams (e.g., software, systems, and test). It is a framework that...

How to Increase Team Performance : A Tale of Two Teams

The June 2022 tech talk was presented by Seemin SuleriAbstract:This is a story of two software teams: one in a large blue-chip corporate environment and another in a small company. This is a tale of how people came together to face challenges and show incredible...

Rules and Submissions for the Watts Humphrey Process Achievement Award

The August 2022 tech talk was presented by Isabel Margarido.AbstractWatts Humphrey was a practitioner and advocate of Software Engineering good practices, also known as the “Father of Software Quality”. His work “laid ground for” CMM, CMMI and he proved the entire...

Share This