Toby Rao
(Online Presentation)

Speakers Profile

Toby Rao is an agile leader, speaker, and community builder based in the Washington DC Metro. He specializes in the areas of Strategic Agile Transformation, Change management, Program management, and organizational development.

Toby is the founder and principal of TORA Solutions, an agile consultancy that helps organizations fully harness the power of agile software development. He helps organizations achieve their strategic goals by utilizing modern approaches to drive business agility and deliver tangible business value.

Toby’s professional experience includes over 20 years of experience in IT, e-commerce, banking, mortgage, government, hospitality, healthcare, and consulting organizations. He is passionate about developing people’s capabilities through coaching, consulting, training, and mentoring. He has served as a consultant, coach, trainer, and advisor to organizations including Deloitte, JP Morgan Chase, CGI, ICF, and several US Federal agencies.

Toby strongly believes in volunteering and serving the Agile community. He co-founded and serves 2 Agile meetups in Virginia with around 1300 members. He is a frequent speaker at agile conferences and industry events across the globe.

Session Details

Agile Transformations: People + Culture over everything else

π€π›π¬π­π«πšπœπ­: Agile Transformation is an extremely complex journey. Despite the best strategic plans, a very high number of transformations fail. Inadequate attention to culture and the human side of change can be detrimental to transformation success. My analysis proves that many organizations place too much impetus on Processes and Tools. My hypothesis is that Agile transformations need to focus on β€˜People and culture over everything else. This is the crux of my presentation!

As a certified β€˜Coaching Agile Transitions’ practitioner/instructor, and a highly experienced agile transformation coach, I will facilitate a rich learning experience using TBR techniques, motivational quotes, personal stories, simple ideas, and professional insights. I will start with a brief conversation on the what and why of transformation, followed by an in-depth analysis of data from the 14th State of Agile report highlighting cultural impact. I will then dive into understanding culture (Interactive), and make the case for effective Organizational Change management (OCM). I will then present 3 OCM models that can help. I will then highlight actions that can help a transformation succeed (Interactive), and close with a call to action.

𝑾𝒉𝒂𝒕 π’˜π’Šπ’π’ 𝒂𝒕𝒕𝒆𝒏𝒅𝒆𝒆𝒔 𝒍𝒆𝒂𝒓𝒏? My engaging and interactive presentation will provide pragmatic guidance to navigate through typical challenges to improve the transformation journey. Attendees will learn facts, guardrails, and tips to lead the people side of transformation. They will walk away with pragmatic tools and techniques that can bring the best ROI and impact on the transformation efforts.


  • 3 metrics from the 2021 State of Agile report
  • Top 5 OCM Challenges
  • 9 critical factors jeopardizing transformation success
  • 4 drivers of Organizational culture
  • 3 OCM models