Stephen de Villiers Graaff

Gravity Works Consulting

Agile Business (L) 2020
Agile Business (L)
Thursday 11.30 - 12.15

Session type: Lecture

Acts of Heresy (and other amazing things to do with your organisation)

We’re floundering in a mess of certifications, frameworks, scaling options and common-or-garden snake-oil. This is commoditized agility at its worst. We spend millions on training, tooling, and consultants, and when we step back and watch the dust settle we find themselves wondering what the hell has actually changed.

Why aren’t we “going faster”, why aren’t our “resources” collaborating? Why isn’t everyone “on-board”?

Afterall we’re “Agile” aren’t we?

This talk examines how we tend to get lost on our agile journey and how we can find our way back again. Agility isn’t something you can install. It’s not a framework. It’s definitely not a religion. It’s realizing that sometimes it isn’t obstacles that keep us from our goals, but rather a clear path to a lesser goal.

Learning Outcomes

(1) Agile vs Agility – The difference between what you can buy and what you need to earn.

(2) Hierarchy vs Networks – The true structure of your organization whether you like it or not.

(3) Authority vs Autonomy – The fine line between enablement and anarchy

(4) Facts vs Fables – Destinations, journeys and the fuzzy bits in-between

(5) We can’t stop here! This is Bat Country! – A lesson from Hunter S. Thompson


Stephen is a methodologist, coach, and trainer. He is passionately curious about how value, information, and knowledge flows through the complex networks that make up organisations and teams.

He has spent over 20 years working in different environments from factories to corporates and has come to realise that transformation has nothing to do with frameworks, methodologies, and processes; it’s all about how people interact with other people. If decisions make life, work, communication, and collaboration easier and simpler, it’s the right direction.

He believes we’re not here to rewire the world… we’re here to create a world with fewer wires.