Karel Hrubý

Programme manager I RTE


Karel is an experienced project and program manager who has been working in the banking sector for more than 13 years. Since last year he has also performed the Release Train Engineer (RTE) role and is an integral part of the agile transformation in ČSOB.

Karel, can you describe yourself in terms of your professional role?

Although the job titles gradually changed on my business cards over time, I have always been a project manager, body and soul. This is true in my personal life as well. I like things to be planned out, I can react flexibly and remove impediments that go against the plan. For me, my life goal is an intimate matter of long-term values and attitudes. My professional goal is to be good at what I do.

The theme of the 13th year of the Conference is “Tips & Tricks”. What are the main ideas you will want to talk about?

Agility is not chaos – there is a plan and order, which suits me. I would like to share with you my tricks and tips on how we handle agility at ČSOB.

How would you describe a person marked as Experienced Professional or working with know-how and skill?

For me, they are a person who understands the topic. They are a natural authority for their colleagues and can laugh at themselves. They don’t speak just to be heard at any cost. On the contrary, they are good at listening to others and considering their opinions.


WaTerFall 2 Agile or nothing is black-and-white

Do you want to know where Agile has moved after a year and a half in a company where it is not “ordered” from above? Where Agile is introduced in teams where it makes a difference? Where is the unexplored territory of the combined cooperation of agile, project and line teams still being encountered? Where are we unafraid to continue to use the word project and project manager? Do you want to learn what Agile has done with our organization over a year and a half of implementation? At ČSOB, we see the Agile approach as a path to business results. It is a path that we have followed for over a year, and we are not afraid to discuss our approach. Expect a candid confession about the joys and sorrows of implementing the Agile approach at one of the largest Czech banks. Our journey from the perspectives of vision, transformation and execution will be presented to you by:

Josef Šedivý – Agile Transformation Leader, Karel Hrubý – Release Train Engineer of Identity Trains and Beyond Banking, and Roman Mašek – IT Manager Digital Services and System Engineer of Identity Trains, Beyond Banking

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