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Friday, August 7 • 09:00 - 10:15
Achieving transformational agility through enterprise architecture - a Cisco case study (Gustav Toppenberg)

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Most industries in today’s competitive environment are undergoing some level of business transformation to evolve its value and impact. As organizational leaders look to continue to differentiate their companies from those in the marketplace they plan transformational efforts to build or maintain competitive advantages.
Change initiatives are time consuming and costly, significantly impacting an organization’s drive toward success and nearly half of them fail. In the face of mounting pressures to continue to deliver value fast, organizations are looking to agile practices and principles to generate the needed speed to deliver solutions to the marketplace faster than their competitors.
Agile practitioners will not be surprised to learn that while 82% of Fortune 500 CEO's feel their organization did an effective job of strategic planning. Only 14% of the same CEO's indicated that their organization did an effective job of implementing the strategy.
Change and transformation is unavoidable, organizations need to resolve how to successfully adapt and sustain change, bridging the gap between strategic intent and execution to deliver the intended value.
In this session, Gustav Toppenberg will share how Cisco Systems is implementing ‘delivery transformation’, a combination of Agile Development and Continuous Delivery practices and principles to ensure the speed of value delivery is faster than the pace of its competitors. As the head of enterprise architecture operations in Cisco IT, Gustav will share how in the face of the need to change the pace Cisco has changed the role of enterprise architecture and portfolio management, capabilities that spans beyond IT & technology to business and operating models, to enable a succinct and coordinated approach to enable the execution teams to ensure their work is tied directly to strategic intent.

Learning Outcomes:
  • The presenter will share the Cisco ‘Architecture-led Investment Planning’ process utilized at Cisco pausing to show specific examples of how the EA and the Portfolio Mgmt. capabilities have changed to be useful and enabling for agile delivery teams. The examples will include the connection of architectural roadmaps, investment planning and the transfer of architectural decision to agile teams.
  • Participants will have real-life examples of the challenges and benefits Cisco is seeing from this transformation. They will also see first-hand the roles and responsibilities architects, agile team members and others in Cisco IT have that make the transformation possible.


Gustav Toppenberg

Head of Enterprise Architecture Operations, Cisco Systems, Inc.
A goal-oriented, insightful and seasoned strategic leader & transformation agent, with 14+ years of experience in start-up, high-growth and fortune 100 companies. Extensive experience building & leading transformational efforts for both small & global operations. A strong track record... Read More →

Friday August 7, 2015 09:00 - 10:15 EDT
National Harbor 12