PMI Southwest Ohio Chapter

Audrey Boydston

Speaker Profile


Audrey Boydston

Founder and President of Thoughtful Agile and an Enterprise Transformation Leader, SPCT at Scaled Agile, Inc.

Learning how to lead differently wasn’t so scary…it just took a little courage

Imagine you are part of a large enterprise that has made the decision to ‘Go Agile’.  You may or may not know the reasons why, but you’re not worried about it since the ‘word on the street’ is that it will be years before your department will be impacted at all.   So, you keep leading as you always have been.  After all, you are still achieving business results, right? 

Then at the next company-wide meeting you cringe as an announcement is made that your group is next on deck for the Agile transformation.  As you silently leave the meeting, you realize that you have a decision to make... 

In this presentation, I will share my own personal journey to become a change leader and offer the top 3 areas that I focused on throughout this transition.   We will explore ways to take that first ‘not-so-scary’ step into becoming a change leader that is engaged and prepared to support their enterprise’s Lean-Agile transformation. 

Leadership PDU: 1

Learning Outcomes:

By attending this session, participants will be able to:

  • Explore ways to learn how to become a change leader
  • Identify ways leadership behaviors impact the change
  • Connect learning as the first step to becoming a change leader

About Audrey Boydston

Audrey Boydston is the Founder and President of Thoughtful Agile and an Enterprise Transformation Leader, SPCT at Scaled Agile, Inc. She is a Lean-Agile coach, trainer, and facilitator, with a focus on continuous learning, building fundamentals, re-orienting around principles, and helping clients build networks and communities that support their transformations.

Audrey spent her early career working in operational and management roles at financial institutions, including Citi, Discover, and Capital One. While at Capital One she transitioned from strategy and product management into Agile coaching, where she successfully rebooted her business unit’s Agile transformation through coaching, re-training, and establishing a community of practice. At Scaled Agile she has worked with Dr. Steve Mayner to develop a program to help leaders understand their critical role in leading enterprise Lean-Agile transformations. She also co-created a virtual edition of the Training from the BACK of the Room! course with Sharon Bowman and 10 other Certified Trainers around the world.

She is a frequent speaker and presenter at Agile conferences and meetups globally. She holds a number of certifications, including Training from the BACK of the Room! (TBR-VE-CT); LEGO Strategic Play facilitator, Certified Scrum Professional (CSP-SM and CSP-PO), SAFe RTE (RTE), ICAgile Certified Professional in Team Facilitation (ICP-ATF), and Agile Coaching (ICP-ACC). She has a BA in English Literature from Wittenberg University and a Master’s Certificate in Program Management (GWCPgM) and Project Management (GWCPM) from George Washington University.