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Agile work processes often depend on extreme physical co-location – side by side, just-in-time collaboration, shared visual access to information. But tight team co-location presents some significant and sometimes paradoxical challenges: how does one account for people’s need for deep concentration while also supporting high-bandwidth (out loud) communication? How can you create powerful team identity while preserving individuals' sense of their own space? How to integrate off-site team members in a physical workspace? How to balance real-estate cost-savings with the need for advanced tools and team support? How to engage tool-building team members in the design of a space that is a tool for their work? Jorgen Hesselberg, Senior Manager for Agile Enterprise Adoption at Nokia and Tom Mulhern, Principal at the international architectural firm Gensler, discuss how Nokia successfully transformed from a traditional cube-land to a more tailored co-located setting. Heavy on visual illustrations, concrete examples and meaningful lessons learned, this talk is relevant for any organization considering a move to a high-performing, collaborative workspace

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Jorgen Hesselberg is the author of Unlocking Agility and cofounder of Comparative Agility, a leading agile assessment and continuous improvement platform. A proven thought leader of numerous successful enterprise transformation efforts since 2009, Jorgen provides strategic guidance, executive counsel, and coaching to some of the world’s most respected companies both as an internal change agent and an external consultant. He has trained thousands of people on agile and Scrum, disruptive innovation, and enterprise transformation strategy. Passionate about making the world a better place to work, Jorgen is the former director and an active member of Supporting Agile Adoption, an Agile Alliance program dedicated to supporting those who apply agile principles and practices for agile transformation. Jorgen is a frequent speaker at international industry conferences. He earned his bachelor degree in journalism at the University of Missouri, his MBA at Iowa State University, and an MS in information technology at Northwestern University. He completed postgraduate coursework in finance and disruptive innovation at Harvard Business School.