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Lessons from The Phoenix Project you can use today

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Webinar Series: Lessons from The Phoenix Project you can use today

Join Kevin Behr, the co-author of the best selling book, The Phoenix Project, in an exciting three-part webinar series where he will share simple and powerful interventions you can use to make a dramatic impact in your organization. Kevin will talk about stories from the field, concepts, and practical tools played out in The Phoenix Project, which have been proven to work in organizations around the world.


WEBINAR 1 - How to scale our most constrained resources: The Brent problem

Nearly every organization has limitations when it comes to adding additional budget and staff. There seem to be a few people who have so much knowledge that we find them tied up in nearly every project and incident. In The Phoenix Project, these concepts are embedded in the character Brent. Brent is the person that knows how to do everything, is responsive to everyone, and generally the most helpful individual in the room. As a result, Brent becomes a bottleneck for all work endeavors.

How do we begin to more effectively scale these resources and free up our fellow team members? Kevin Behr, co-author of the best selling book, The Phoenix Project, will discuss key elements of the Theory of Constraints and basic steps of constraint management. Learn how to free up those "impossible to get" minds by recognizing the sounds and using key intervention questions to bring clarity and get things moving.

Live-event date: Thursday, July 9, 2020 | 2 p.m. ET


WEBINAR 2 - When change management stops change: How to increase velocity and reduce risk

We did not invent brakes merely to stop cars. Change management is a process that is designed to increase change velocity and reduce risk. In this session, Kevin Behr, co-author of the best selling book, The Phoenix Project, will show that this key process area and associated rationale are a major determinant of organizational throughput and operational excellence. More people are frustrated with managing changes to their infrastructure and applications and often see the activity as annoying, or even worse, impeding progress.

All of our collective work results in change, so let’s get the most out of it by understanding that we designed brakes to allow us to go faster. Stop driving with your foot on the brake, and rather use those brakes to achieve a higher velocity of successful changes. You’ll walk away with key metrics that will illuminate the process, and the opportunity to self-reflect on how you are measuring change and progress.

Live-event date: Tuesday, August 4, 2020 | 2 p.m. ET


WEBINAR 3 - Improve continuously or lose to shadow IT: How to steadily transform an organization over time

In many IT organizations the notion of improvement is often tied to a capital project. High- performing organizations create consistent learning and challenge at the edge, with no additional budget or staff. The secret? The power of the improvement kata pioneered at Toyota, which is a proven methodology for continuous improvement that can be used by organizations.

Learn how it is possible to improve nearly every process and outcome everyday. We will discuss a very simple set of tools designed to increase our decision-making capabilities, navigate uncertainty with a scientific approach, and reignite purpose and passion in idle management with a new focus on developing thinking and judgment versus telling people what to do.

Live-event date: Tuesday, August 18, 2020 | 2 p.m. ET 


On-demand event: Available on-demand for one year from the live-event date.

Each webinar will have a homework assignment. For those that complete all three homework assignments, will get a certification of completion from Red Hat and co-author Kevin Behr. Homework assignments can be submitted to sgianaku@redhat.com

Kevin Behr

Global Senior Director, Global Transformation Office, Red Hat; co-author, The Phoenix Project

Kevin is a true luminary in IT management who is a noted speaker, author and one of the key minds behind the DevOps movement. He possesses a rare combination of practical experience as a hands on CIO/CTO, broad industry knowledge having met with hundreds of IT organizations and in the forefront of cutting edge research.

Kevin has authored/co-authored seven IT management books, including the groundbreaking The Phoenix Project, the global, best-selling novel which spearheaded the DevOps movement and is widely considered required reading for IT leaders. He also authored The Visible Ops Handbook, which provides a methodology designed to jumpstart implementation of controls and process improvement in IT organizations needing to increase service levels, security, and auditability while managing costs.

As a trusted mentor and advisor to chief executive officers and chief information officers around the world, Kevin Behr blends his 30 plus years of IT management experience with his skills as a communicator, collaborator, and synthesist to deliver powerful solutions to everyday business problems. Kevin joined Redhat in October of 2019, along with Andrew Clay Shafer, Jabe Bloom, and John Willis to form the Global Transformation Office, a team dedicated to support CXOs and senior technology executives through their enterprise transformation efforts.

Yasir Syeed

North American Public Sector Transformation Office, Red Hat

Yasir Syeed is a Red Hat Transformation Solution Specialist supporting government agencies in their effort to better meet mission through adoption of modern technology solutions and developing transformation strategies. His focus at Red Hat is understanding challenges and strategic goals agencies have identified, and determining solutions that can enable tremendous business value while minimizing business risk.