11 - 13 May 2016

thestudio, Manchester, UK

Seven Secrets of Scaling

Marie Cooke AstraZeneca
Naveed Khawaja AstraZeneca

Session type: Experience Report
Session duration: 45 minutes

About this Experience Report

Within an environment of looming patent cliffs & the need to boost scientific productivity, this organization was looking to make a step change in delivery performance.

Where would you start a global $200m IT change portfolio?

Utilizing scaled yet tailored enterprise agile framework, AstraZeneca successfully moved from a cold start to the new normal.

The bumpy journey has been a transformative experience and helped us unleash the seven secrets of scaling agility.

We will share the story…

About the Speakers

Marie Cooke

Marie Cooke is Head of Methodologies for AstraZeneca. She has been in IT change delivery since 2001, leading the delivery of digital innovation platforms using agile methodologies.

Recently, she led the delivery of a multi award-winning, industry leading in-vivo data platform that has enabled shorter cycle times in drug delivery and supported the fastest drug to market in pharma industry history. Now heading up an agile transformation reaching 65,000 employees, she specialises in solving enterprise blockers to agility.

She lives in Cheshire with her 2 children and 3 dogs.

Naveed Khawaja

For the past 16+ years, Naveed has been an instrumental global agile and lean transformer with integrated change leadership. He helps teams find real motivation and valuable productivity while developing future leaders and change catalysts in organisations.

With a wealth of diverse experience in Fortune 500 IT, telecoms, energy, pharmaceutical, utilities, transportation, publishing, finance, manufacturing and civil service verticals, he has helped transform some of the biggest global corporations. These include AstraZeneca, eBay, GE, Xerox, Standard Life, Pearson and the UK government (Department for Work and Pensions, Department for Education).

Naveed's passion is to help organisations develop into stronger global competitors with next generation leaders through coaching and tailored training.


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Case Study/Experience Report

A presentation and discussion of real-life (not theoretical) experiences of the application (or mis-application) of Agile and Lean practices. Case studies and experience reports include some discussion of lessons learned and an indication of how novel the work is.


Participants learn a new approach, tool or technology through using it to solve one or more practical exercises. Any software/hardware requirements are disclosed in the session description.


A session focused around some specific tool, technique or issue. Primarily led by the speaker, tutorials usually include some elements of interactivity or individual / group exercise.


An in-depth working session on a specific topic. May include paper presentations.