Sonali Anand & Sudipta Lahiri

Sonali Anand
  • Director - Global Consulting Services
  • Company - Software AG


Leader and passionate technologist with in-depth experience in Service Delivery and Consulting. Led complex projects and large scale programs for global customers across industry verticals and software products over past 18 years. Proven track record of building high quality solutions and applications to deliver value for our customer businesses.

A strong believer in Lean and Agile processes, with constant drive to bring incremental improvements in solutions and delivery processes. Successfully spearheaded a large program through the lean transformation journey.

Passionate about innovation and efficiency, led organization wide multi-geography and cross culture initiative for innovation at work, successfully hosted hackathons together with a team of innovation leaders. Computer Engineering graduate from Mumbai University, have done Advanced Management Program from Indian Institute of Management, Bangalore and a program focused on Managing in Global Context from ESADE Business and Law School, Spain.

Sudipta Lahiri
  • Head of Products and Engineering
  • Company - Digite Inc.


Sudipta (Sudi) is a 20 year IT industry veteran, and throughout his career, has been working with leading services providers like Wipro, HCL Technologies and i2 and is responsible for Digité’s product development. Prior to joining Digité, Sudi was handling the offshore services organization for i2. At i2, he was responsible for its Americas delivery organization. He was also responsible for Retail, Logistics and Technology Infrastructure practices. Sudi also led the QMG initiative for the i2 India services organization. Before i2, Sudi spent 10 years with HCL Technologies. At HCLT, he played multiple roles – from services delivery to leading sales teams. Sudi was responsible for HCLT America’s Insurance vertical.

Sudi began his career as a Wipro professional ,where he worked for 5 years in different roles across geographies. Sudi holds a Master’s degree from Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Madras.

Session Title

A Design Thinking Approach towards Business Agility with The Kanban Method

Session Overview

In this talk, we go through the journey of an organization towards Business Agility. Wikipedia defines Business Agility as the distinct qualities that allow organisations to respond rapidly to changes in the internal and external environment without losing momentum or vision. Adaptability, flexibility and balance are three qualities essential to long-term business agility.

This talk is not about a specific Agile method. We will explain how we took a Design Thinking approach to create a Transformation roadmap that will help the organization move towards Business Agility. We will share a measurement framework that we put in place to help teams continuously evolve.

We will end this session with a quick comparison of this approach versus the STATIK approach and how they complement each other.

Learning objectives

  • Understand the approach on how to create a Transformation roadmap - what "key" elements to follow
  • How to continuously Inspect and Adapt?
  • Define a simple/easy measurement framework to assist in this journey.


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