Michael Nir

As an Agile Leadership Expert and Executive Coach, Michael’s initiatives with one Fortune 100 company are saving over $12 million in program costs, with completion dates more than a year ahead of schedule.


Michael Nir

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Boston, MA
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  • Agile PMO
  • Consumer Experience
  • Leadership
  • Persuasion / Influence
  • Project Management

My Agile DevOps journey - The Good the Bad and the Ugly

It has taken me over a decade, to make the transition from improving manufacturing environments with Lean, to conceptualizing agility within software and hardware organizations. Asking the hard questions required to create quality software, faster, often rubs people the wrong way…. but without those questions you’ll keep hiring scrum masters who end up being JIRA admins and going through agile motions without winning the true benefits of lean agile and DevOps.

In an age of disruption - the right mix of agile, lean, design thinking, lean start up and DevOps injected to high performing teams is crucial in getting your digital transformation right – Michael shares a journey of 20 years – crystalizing hard gained lessons learned from numerous engagements and global clients.

  • Digital transformation - Team agility without technical practices and continuous integration is wasted effort;
  • Scaling agility is counterproductive when culture of team empowerment is not retained and focus on fast iterative feedback is missing;
  • Value stream mapping of your deployment pipeline without a plan for Toyota Kata of continuous improvement is just another one-off workshop;
  • DevOps might be the new agile, and maybe just once, we’re getting it right – focusing on results rather than creating scrum certification programs – or maybe not...

The Agile PMO – Practical Value Driven Change Leadership in Projects and Portfolios

Approximately 50 percent of Project Management Offices (PMO) are terminated in 2 years. Yet, the same mistakes are repeated in the implementations! We use generic, project control processes to stifle project and product delivery; focusing on cost time and scope, rather than leading our projects to deliver value.

In this presentation the audience will learn an alternative model for a value driven PMO as an integrator, enabler, differentiator, and change agent in business, development and the organization.

Persuading the Bear: How to Influence Without Authority

When an employee is asked to take the lead on a project without the personal authority that comes from being part of the senior executive team, it can feel like they are trying to persuade a Grizzly Bear! Being able to effectively build enthusiasm, delegate tasks and deal with conflicting agendas – often with little or no reward for themselves – requires the skills to influence rather than the power of command.

In this practical and insightful presentation, the audience will learn best practices for leading and influencing without authority, giving them the skills they need to effectively persuade others, lead diverse teams, and get projects done on time.



Michael Nir is a Keynote Speaker, Best Selling Author and Lean Agile Inspiration Expert; known for his passion, creativity and innovation. His Masters in Engineering and, training in Gestalt balance his technical know-how with emotional intelligence. Michael inspires people and teams to change, experientially and emotionally, while climbing the hill AND reaching the summit.

The author of nine books on influence, consumer experience, and Agile project management, Michael delivers practical skills gained from eighteen years of experience leading change at global organizations in diverse industries.



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