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Adaptive Festival 2021

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Adaptive Festival is a three-day series of virtual events, including interactive workshops, roundtables and panel sessions from speakers across public sector and defence.

The UK Integrated Review of Security, Defence, Development and Foreign Policy marks a realisation that an adaptive approach – where organisations rely on the stability of a strong strategic centre while enabling small, experimental teams to innovate – is central to achieving the UK’s new and demanding national security and international policy ambitions.

These sessions will provide practical insights from our experts across the defence, law enforcement and national security industry, along with guest speakers to be announced. You’ll also have the opportunity to discuss the challenges facing your organisation today, and look at how an adaptive approach is the key to building successful organisations for the future.

To register your interest, enter your details and select the workshops you wish to join. We are confirming more sessions on the agenda, so do keep an eye out for updates.

1. Plenary: Gain an Adaptive Edge
Tue 8 June | 08:30 - 10:00 BST
This session will be an introduction to Adaptive Fest. Our guest speaker will discuss the strategic context, challenges faced by government, key points of the Integrated Review and how Adaptive is key towards a successful future. The session will conclude with an interactive Q&A session.
2. Adaptive Future of Work
Tue 8 June | 10:30 - 11:30 BST
Join this session to learn more about what the Future of Work really means - it's not just about tech! It requires an adaptive mindset and curiosity. You'll hear more about the key drivers of change and have the opportunity to explore different scenarios of hybrid working in an interactive breakout room format faciliated by experts who will summarise key themes from the discussion and open the virtual floor to a Q&A to conclude.
3. Adaptive Organisation (Operating Model)
Tue 8 June | 12:00 - 13.00 BST
This session will enable participants to understand the background context of the Adaptive Operating Model. There will be two interactive discussion sessions focusing on Managing Polarities and Developing a Sensing Mechanism, concluding with a group discussion and next steps.
4. Adaptive Analytics
Tue 8 June | 13:30 - 14:30 BST
This session will show why data is such an important asset and should be treated as such. Analytics experts will demonstrate the real world power of an Adaptive approach and inspire as to what is possible in the real world. The session will conclude with an interactive session where participants can share their experiences and perspectives.
5. Adaptive Cyber Transformation
Tue 8 June | 15:00 - 16:00 BST
This session will provide an understanding into Adaptive Cyber Transformation and its role in unlocking growth in a digital world. Our experts will outline three key steps in building resilience: adopting a cyber savvy mindset, building systems that are secure by design, and embedding processes that encourage compliance.
6. Adaptive Change Management
Wed 9 June | 10:30 - 11:30 BST
This session will look at why Adaptive Change follows the same principle as any other change journey and how to make Adaptive essential, ready, widespread and how to make it stick. The session will include a group session discussing the main change considerations when becoming adaptive and finish up with a wash up and Q&A.
7. Adaptive Defence
Wed 9 June | 12:00 - 13:30 BST
This session will unpack what it means and what it takes for Defence organisations to become Adaptive. The session will include introductions to the Adaptive concept and break out rooms where we will invite you to join the discussion around the challenges and opportunities for Defence. The workshop will focus on three key areas that are fundamental to Defence organisations adapting to the challenges of the uncertain and rapidly changing defence landscape.
8. Adaptive Public Sector Strategy
Wed 9 June | 15:00 - 16:00 BST
This session will look at the importance of setting the strategy prior to implementation, and how strategic centres enable Adaptability. We'll provide real examples of this in practice, and will run breakout sessions to provide the opportunity to discuss challenges and experiences across the main themes amongst peers and experts.
9. Adaptive Sustainability & Circular Economy
Wed 9 June | 16:30 - 17:30 BST
This session will provide an overview of Adaptive Sustainability, with insights into the fundamentals and tools required for successful sustainability-led portfolio management. A real world example will demonstrate how to 'sew the green thread' through the business case model, and the session will conclude with a Q&A.
10. Adaptive Policing & Justice
Thu 10 June | 08:30 - 09:30 BST
During this event our special guest speaker, Sir Craig Mackey QPM, former Deputy Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police Service, will share his insights on the future challenges and opportunities facing law enforcement agencies, informed by his recent work conducting the Independent Review of Serious and Organised Crime. The session will conclude with a Q&A.
11. Adaptive Procurement
Thu 10 June | 10:30 - 11:30 BST
This session will demonstrate why applying Adaptive thinking to Procurement is beneficial to any organisation. The session will include two breakout sessions on 'Why defining value is important?' and 'Where do you see your Future Procurement Function?', and will conclude with a summary of the discussions, with time for questions.
12. Adaptive Delivery
Thu 10 June | 12:00 - 13:00 BST
This session will dive into Adaptive Delivery and Fast Track Mobilisation. You'll gain an understanding of approaching Adaptive Delivery in a holistic way, brought to life by real examples, providing practical insights and implementable advice. There will be time at the end for Q&A.
13. Adaptive Leadership
Thu 10 June | 13:30 - 14:30 BST
This session will focus on Adaptive Leadership in the context of Adaptive Agency and provide an overview of how to address and solve common challenges. The session will include interactive breakout sessions to discuss each scenario. The hour will conclude with a next steps session and an open mic to share thoughts and ask questions.
14. Closing: Adaptive Complex Systems & Business Wargaming
Thu 10 June | 15:00 - 16:00 BST
To conclude the event, PA's Adaptive lead, Alex Richards will be joined by our complex system experts to discuss how to implement Adaptive by realising the benefits of business wargaming and how it can help organisations face challenges and enhance collaboration. The session will include a Q&A and a closing discussion to give participants the opportunity to discuss their experiences.

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