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Tuesday, August 6 • 10:45 - 12:00
The Business Agility behind Riot’s K/DA; the Fictional Band that Topped Real World Charts (Ahmed Sidky, Michael Robillard) popular

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How did a virtual band top the Billboard chart for World Digital Songs? Was it a coincidence? Was it a one-time wonder? Hopefully not! It was an unexpected yet desired result of building the foundation of business agility, not to avoid disruption or adapt to external forces, but to operate in a universe where we place our players firmly in the center of our universe. In this session, we will discuss the Copernican Revolution that informs our mindset for business agility and how we balance the interplay between top-down strategy and bottom-up ideas to delight our players. We will also describe the implementation of key components of business agility, including Leadership, Individuals, Operations and the core Relationships that enable or hinder business agility. We will also explain why business agility is a journey that relies on what we call “the grind” and learning through experimentation rather than a framework, model, or methodology. We hope to illustrate the power of a new mindset for business agility by sharing the outputs, the outcomes, and the journey we’ve experienced at Riot Games.

Learning Outcomes:
  • Ability to identify key elements for business agility
  • Ability to inspire and engage your top talent
  • Ability to support both top-down strategy and bottom-up ideation and creativity
  • Ability for leaders to create mission-obsession and engagement
  • Ability for backoffice functions to enable, not stifle or govern, innovation and agility


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Ahmed Sidky

Head of Business Agility, Riot Games
Ahmed Sidky, Ph.D. known as Doctor Agile, is a well-known thought-leader in the Agile community. He is currently the Director of Development Management for Riot Games and before that he was a transformation consultant for Fortune 100 companies. He is the co-author of Becoming Agile... Read More →

Tuesday August 6, 2019 10:45 - 12:00 EDT
Maryland Ballroom D