A Content Champion is our “sensei” in a specific field. He/she distills and disseminates the essential practices that you need to master in this area.
Our Content Champions are also reviewing and approving training materials in their respective field. Finally, since knowledge never stands still, our Content Champions are of course actively engaged in broadening the understanding and building up the knowledge base in their field.
Eik Thyrsted Brandsgård, LEGO
Eik is Agile Coach Director for Business Agility at LEGO.
He has a background in Humanistic Informatics (Digital Humanities) at Aalborg University in Denmark and has since been involved in developing digital experiences in larger organizations, the past 14 years at LEGO.
He has taken on many roles during the journey; Producer, Product owner, Scrum master, People manager and Leader.
But above all - he is deeply passionate about energizing and engaging his surrounding.
He teaches on executive programmes at several business schools, including Ashridge and the ESMT Berlin, and is a regular guest speaker at the Royal College of Defence Studies in London. He also works as an independent consultant and conference speaker.
His first book on military history, The Most Dangerous Enemy – A History of the Battle of Britain, published in 2000, has now become the standard work on the subject. A second work, Alamein, appeared in 2002. Since 2004, he has been making regular appearances on television history documentaries.
His book about strategy execution, The Art of Action – How Leaders Close the Gaps between Plans, Actions and Results appeared in 2011. Some of its key concepts are being applied in companies ranging from Shell to the Mercedes Formula 1 team and have featured in international conferences.
His current work is focussed on the most effective ways of developing an Agile strategy in an environment of high uncertainty (https://www.agilestrategy.co.uk)
Mark’s experience combines around 20 years of operational leadership and strategy development roles as a British Army logistics officer with a 19-year consulting career. In this role, he has designed and implemented high impact change programmes for many leading companies such as Pfizer, Diageo, AstraZeneca, Autotrader, BMS/Celgene, Compass Group and Mercedes F1, all intended to build organisational capability and improve business results.
His interest in Agile strategy started when he attended the British Army’s Command and Staff College in 1992, around the time Mission Command doctrine was adopted by NATO and within the British Army. After leaving the Army in 2001, he joined a small team exploring the practical application of military planning techniques in a commercial environment. His first week in that new role was spent in New York in early September 2001. In the aftermath of 9/11, it was immediately clear that the world had changed forever, and more Agile approaches to strategy execution would be required.
He now specializes in implementing Leading Through Intent, which is how his company, Leading Change, embeds the principles of Mission Command to help companies develop, deploy and deliver strategies in the dynamic and uncertain environment of the 21st century.
Whilst he genuinely loves his work, relishing the challenges of helping companies improve the way people are led, his true passions are downhill skiing, marathon canoeing and cycling. Mark lives in Devizes, Wiltshire in the UK. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society for the Arts and the Institute of Leadership and Management and Chair of Trustees of a local canoe club, which is also a registered charity.
Jimmy Janlén is an Agile coach and a Teacher, with Stockholm as his home base. In addition to coaching, I teach courses, facilitate workshops, run seminars, write books, blogs and create videos on all things agile and lean such as agile leadership, agile adaptations, large scale agile, team dynamics, facilitation and visualization.
"I’ve seen deeply dysfunctional organizations, as well as truly agile, lean, big, organic and team-oriented organizations. Based on these experiences I understand that agile is a big experiment and in some people’s minds still is an unproven hypothesis. But as long as there are people who believe in top-down management, long-term planning, that there is a 'best' way of doing things and that continuous learning costs too much – I believe there is still room for improvement in the world."
Also: Bureaucracy therapist. Cultural acupuncture. Cross company pollinator. Visualization Magician. Teacher. Speaker.
Troy Magennis is an IT professional and executive, having helped deliver valuable software to customers at scale since 1994. In 2011, he founded Focused Objective, which has become the leader and trusted brand for Agile metrics and probabilistic forecasting. He regularly keynotes at Agile conferences eager to share his passion for using data in better ways to improve business outcomes. Previous clients include Walmart, Microsoft, Skype, Sabre Airline Solutions, Siemens Healthcare. In 2020, he launched BlockedApp, a real-time web app for capturing, managing, and analyzing blockers and dependencies at the team and organizational level. Troy currently consults and trains organizations wanting to improve decision making for IT through Agile and Lean thinking and tools, applying Scrum and Lean techniques appropriately and where they are going to make this most significant benefit through quantitative rigor.