• Liked Victoria Schiffer
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    Agile Coaching? Sure thing! What about Life Coaching in Agile Thinking?

    Victoria Schiffer
    Victoria Schiffer
    schedule 3 years ago
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    45 mins
    Talk
    Beginner

    I love being around awesome people, who build great products customers desire. 
    I love learning from and together with these amazing minds. 
    I love creating the right environment for teams to flourish. 
    I love change, and learning from new experiences. 
    I love working in Agile environments.

    How about you? 
    I bet there are some elements of this list why you're in Agile, too. And you can probably add even more elements to it.

    The Agile Manifesto states amongst others individuals and interactions, customer collaboration and responding to change.

    In our everyday life doing Agile we already respect these aspects in many ways. 
    But do we practice what we preach as best we can?

    I'd like to challenge your current way of thinking about people and processes. 
    I'd like to challenge you to focus on you, before you focus on others. 
    I'd like to challenge your current way of reflecting. 
    I'd like to inspire you to go different ways. 
    I'd like to inspire you to inspire others.

    In Agile we're already good in improving our processes and creating well performing teams and hence building the right things in the right way. And in the Agile Manifesto's communication and collaboration piece we can even get better.
    "You have not yet reached the limit of what you're capable of!" means we can always further improve. And we do follow this idea in our Agile processes, too, through continuous feedback (Retrospectives) and improvement.

    And why not take it even further? Why not go "Beyond Agile"?!

    Here's where aspects of Life Coaching come in handy: through also understanding and improving ourselves (how do we interact with people due to how we perceive our environment) we will even further improve communication and collaboration.

    Life Coaches believe our clients know the answer. And even if Agile Coaching is slightly different than Life Coaching, I see it as very relevant in Agile Coaching, too. If we apply this in Agile, instead of giving our clients (team, colleagues) the answers, asking them powerful questions to help them be more aware of what's happening at the moment, they will find their answer for it and will have a much better commitment to making the change for themselves, their teams and the company. It's not for us to TELL them what to do, but to ASK them what's going on for themselves. Here's where I see a huge chance for improvement.

    In my session I give lots of examples on how to link Life Coaching ideas to our Agile work environments. I've given the session at LAST Conference Melbourne and at the Agile Coaching Circles Meetup Melbourne. The audience was engaged and the attendees were very happy about having some new ideas on how to improve their daily work life.

    Come along to be inspired by Life Coaching and thus to benefit our Agile Thinking!

  • Liked Nikhil Joshi
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    Build - Measure - Learn : Without spending a fortune

    Nikhil Joshi
    Nikhil Joshi
    schedule 3 years ago
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    20 mins
    Experience Report
    Beginner

    At times we have great product ideas but the biggest barrier to entry lies in answering few questions such as:

    - How do I define and validate Problem hypothesis, Solution hypothesis and Underlying assumptions?

    - How do I quickly setup a platform for people to register their interest?

    - What will keep the potential customers engaged, excited until the first release (or beta) is out?

    - How do I get feedback from the early adopters?

    - And eventually when I have answers to some of these questions, how do I make a decision to persevere or pivot?

    If you've faced a challenge while answering any of these questions while building/validating your product idea, this session is for you. We'll look at tools and techniques to validate the product hypothesis early-on without spending months or fortunes. We'll also look at a case study to highlight how some of these tools, techniques helped us validate our product idea.

  • Liked Prasanna Vaste
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    Should we stop using Story Points and Velocity?

    Prasanna Vaste
    Prasanna Vaste
    schedule 3 years ago
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    20 mins
    Experience Report
    Beginner

    On Agile projects we estimate user stories in order to allow team to

    1. 1. Track velocity
    2. 2. Decide scope for the Iteration
    3. 3. Help Prioritize stories
    4. 4. Help Release planning

    But most of the time we faced issues with estimation. It takes lot of time in estimating user stories, managers tend to relate estimate to number of days it will take to complete the story, in some teams estimate is equal to deadline. Most of the teams which use story points to estimate the work face these issues. This results in lack of confidence on development team when stories are taking more time to complete.

    Here I am going to talk about better alternative for both the suppliers of software products (financially and ethically) and their customers (internal and external). This alternative is being used in real companies delivering to real customers with great effect where team uses count of stories completed in an Iteration as measure of progress. Will talk about how this alternative can be used to track velocity, prioritize stories, planning Iteration and for release planning.

    I will share some exmples from my past projects where team did not use story points/velocty but used count of stories completed in Iteration to measure progress and also as best indicator of future performance.

  • Liked Venkat Kandaswamy
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    Applying Agile to a Bootstrapped Startup

    Venkat Kandaswamy
    Venkat Kandaswamy
    schedule 3 years ago
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    45 mins
    Talk
    Beginner

    The default state of a Start up is Failure - Chris Dixon. On 18-Sep-2008, on the day Lehman Brothers collapsed, I started developing a prototype ( which later became ApartmentADDA.com ), with an unclear picture of the problem definition, not much access to the target Users and zero funding.

    Having experienced Agile as a Developer at ThoughtWorks, I tried applying some of the agile concepts. Found it a fabulous fit - true to its promise of light in the darkness of uncertainty and imprecise problem statements.

    In this talk I will take you through my Start up Journey - the first 5 years when we were Bootstrapped - how we were able to nail the Problem Definition and find the Product Market fit and how we overcame severe resource constraints - not only in Product Development, but in other functions like Sales, Marketing and Support.

    I will make a case on how applying Agile prudently to a Bootstrapped Start up can change the Default State of a Startup - which is Failure - to that of a Success.

  • Liked Victoria Schiffer
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    Agile Coaching? Sure thing! What about Life Coaching in Agile Thinking?

    Victoria Schiffer
    Victoria Schiffer
    schedule 3 years ago
    Sold Out!
    45 mins
    Talk
    Beginner

    I love being around awesome people, who build great products customers desire. 
    I love learning from and together with these amazing minds. 
    I love creating the right environment for teams to flourish. 
    I love change, and learning from new experiences. 
    I love working in Agile environments.

    How about you? 
    I bet there are some elements of this list why you're in Agile, too. And you can probably add even more elements to it.

    The Agile Manifesto states amongst others individuals and interactions, customer collaboration and responding to change.

    In our everyday life doing Agile we already respect these aspects in many ways. 
    But do we practice what we preach as best we can?

    I'd like to challenge your current way of thinking about people and processes. 
    I'd like to challenge you to focus on you, before you focus on others. 
    I'd like to challenge your current way of reflecting. 
    I'd like to inspire you to go different ways. 
    I'd like to inspire you to inspire others.

    In Agile we're already good in improving our processes and creating well performing teams and hence building the right things in the right way. And in the Agile Manifesto's communication and collaboration piece we can even get better.
    "You have not yet reached the limit of what you're capable of!" means we can always further improve. And we do follow this idea in our Agile processes, too, through continuous feedback (Retrospectives) and improvement.

    And why not take it even further? Why not go "Beyond Agile"?!

    Here's where aspects of Life Coaching come in handy: through also understanding and improving ourselves (how do we interact with people due to how we perceive our environment) we will even further improve communication and collaboration.

    Life Coaches believe our clients know the answer. And even if Agile Coaching is slightly different than Life Coaching, I see it as very relevant in Agile Coaching, too. If we apply this in Agile, instead of giving our clients (team, colleagues) the answers, asking them powerful questions to help them be more aware of what's happening at the moment, they will find their answer for it and will have a much better commitment to making the change for themselves, their teams and the company. It's not for us to TELL them what to do, but to ASK them what's going on for themselves. Here's where I see a huge chance for improvement.

    In my session I give lots of examples on how to link Life Coaching ideas to our Agile work environments. I've given the session at LAST Conference Melbourne and at the Agile Coaching Circles Meetup Melbourne. The audience was engaged and the attendees were very happy about having some new ideas on how to improve their daily work life.

    Come along to be inspired by Life Coaching and thus to benefit our Agile Thinking!

  • Liked Venkat Kandaswamy
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    Applying Agile to a Bootstrapped Startup

    Venkat Kandaswamy
    Venkat Kandaswamy
    schedule 3 years ago
    Sold Out!
    45 mins
    Talk
    Beginner

    The default state of a Start up is Failure - Chris Dixon. On 18-Sep-2008, on the day Lehman Brothers collapsed, I started developing a prototype ( which later became ApartmentADDA.com ), with an unclear picture of the problem definition, not much access to the target Users and zero funding.

    Having experienced Agile as a Developer at ThoughtWorks, I tried applying some of the agile concepts. Found it a fabulous fit - true to its promise of light in the darkness of uncertainty and imprecise problem statements.

    In this talk I will take you through my Start up Journey - the first 5 years when we were Bootstrapped - how we were able to nail the Problem Definition and find the Product Market fit and how we overcame severe resource constraints - not only in Product Development, but in other functions like Sales, Marketing and Support.

    I will make a case on how applying Agile prudently to a Bootstrapped Start up can change the Default State of a Startup - which is Failure - to that of a Success.

  • Liked Khaarthigha S
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    Product Visioning during Inception

    Khaarthigha S
    Khaarthigha S
    schedule 3 years ago
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    45 mins
    Demonstration
    Beginner

    One struggle that we face in service sector in kickstarting new projects is understanding the vision of the product that business envisions or problems that business face. Especially when consulting in a wider vertical ( Retail, Medical, Data Analytics, etc...) , we constantly see a gap initially as to what the business vision for in a product that they would like to build and that is exactly what we want in helping Clients with our solution. As this understanding gets us to think innvoatively to solve the problem statement and ultimately this gets pictured in proposals and then projects. This consists of many subsets which is where we would like to see the features of the product that we build. This session focuses on how to use Product Box/ Press Note exercises to clearly get the vision in Product Owner/Program Mangager or whomsoever from Business (Client) to get the clear understanding of their vision in the product that they wish to see. This helps us to get into the insight of all the features and this excercise gets out everything in everybody's mind at ease. Also it is a good team exercise, builds good relation ship with the Client team too. 

  • Liked Anushya Prasad
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    Lean Kitchen

    Anushya Prasad
    Anushya Prasad
    schedule 3 years ago
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    20 mins
    Case Study
    Beginner

    Ever watched a pair of cooks on Master Chef working in teams, an open kitchen in a restaurant or Gordon Ramsay yelling across the kitchen at his team of chefs?

    Ring a bell? Doesn't it remind you of your project team? Or if you're a foodie like me, of the similarities between a software project, your team and a Gourmet kitchen? Is there something we can learn from them?

    This talk is an attempt to draw such a comparison highlighting how our teams and a bunch of chefs in a restaurant kitchen function to whip up something so delectable that our customers want to come back for seconds. 

  • Liked Suchit Puri
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    Beyond Story Points and Velocity Graphs

    Suchit Puri
    Suchit Puri
    schedule 3 years ago
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    20 mins
    Case Study
    Beginner

    Coming from a services company, for last couple of years we all have been fighting with clients over points , velocity and scope. This talk is about how to think beyond points and still create visibility to the clients and how we did this in our project ( which was a distributed agile project beased out of India and Australia )

     

     

  • Liked Nikhil Joshi
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    Build - Measure - Learn : Without spending a fortune

    Nikhil Joshi
    Nikhil Joshi
    schedule 3 years ago
    Sold Out!
    20 mins
    Experience Report
    Beginner

    At times we have great product ideas but the biggest barrier to entry lies in answering few questions such as:

    - How do I define and validate Problem hypothesis, Solution hypothesis and Underlying assumptions?

    - How do I quickly setup a platform for people to register their interest?

    - What will keep the potential customers engaged, excited until the first release (or beta) is out?

    - How do I get feedback from the early adopters?

    - And eventually when I have answers to some of these questions, how do I make a decision to persevere or pivot?

    If you've faced a challenge while answering any of these questions while building/validating your product idea, this session is for you. We'll look at tools and techniques to validate the product hypothesis early-on without spending months or fortunes. We'll also look at a case study to highlight how some of these tools, techniques helped us validate our product idea.

  • Liked Prasanna Vaste
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    Should we stop using Story Points and Velocity?

    Prasanna Vaste
    Prasanna Vaste
    schedule 3 years ago
    Sold Out!
    20 mins
    Experience Report
    Beginner

    On Agile projects we estimate user stories in order to allow team to

    1. 1. Track velocity
    2. 2. Decide scope for the Iteration
    3. 3. Help Prioritize stories
    4. 4. Help Release planning

    But most of the time we faced issues with estimation. It takes lot of time in estimating user stories, managers tend to relate estimate to number of days it will take to complete the story, in some teams estimate is equal to deadline. Most of the teams which use story points to estimate the work face these issues. This results in lack of confidence on development team when stories are taking more time to complete.

    Here I am going to talk about better alternative for both the suppliers of software products (financially and ethically) and their customers (internal and external). This alternative is being used in real companies delivering to real customers with great effect where team uses count of stories completed in an Iteration as measure of progress. Will talk about how this alternative can be used to track velocity, prioritize stories, planning Iteration and for release planning.

    I will share some exmples from my past projects where team did not use story points/velocty but used count of stories completed in Iteration to measure progress and also as best indicator of future performance.

  • Liked Ted Tencza
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    Creating a Great Engineering Culture in an Agile workplace.

    Ted Tencza
    Ted Tencza
    schedule 3 years ago
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    45 mins
    Talk
    Beginner

    Company culture, or its DNA, is one of the most important factors to determing if a company succeeds.  Many companies claim to have great company culture.  But what does this mean, how can you know if your company has a great culture, and how can you go about improving the culture?  This talk will explore what great companies have in common, and share experiences I have had in helping to develop engineering culture during my career.    

    Will also explore how Agile principles help to foster creating the best possible culture for your organization.

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    Working at a lean startup

    Vibhu Srinivasan
    Vibhu Srinivasan
    schedule 3 years ago
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    20 mins
    Experience Report
    Beginner

    I have had the oppurtunity to build and be part of a few successful and failed startups. One such succesful startup was my association with a startup called Evri.com. I have also consulted as a developer and coach for a gaming company called BigFishGames which went to become a largely succesful gaming company making one game a day today. 

    In this session I would like to tell the story of what happened at Evri and Big Fishgames that made them succesful. 

    This is a lessons learned, observatiosn shared being part of this startup as a developer. This session also looks at what makes a good product. Is product creation a pure idea of a bunch of geeks working together or something more than that. 

     

    Come see and learn

  • Liked Richard Kasperowski
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    Agile for Massive Scale Art and a World Record Attempt

    Richard Kasperowski
    Richard Kasperowski
    schedule 3 years ago
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    45 mins
    Experience Report
    Beginner

    Imagine quickly organizing 1500 people to work on a massive project together. Imagine creating an art piece that's 100,000 square feet. Imagine doing it in three days and attempting to set a world record.

    Chalkville was a massive scale art piece and world record attempt. This is the story of how we used Agile principles and practices to organize and execute our project over six months. Agile helped us form a team of inspired loving volunteers who would do anything for each other in pursuit of our goal. Does your team have that kind of vision and drive? Find out how we did it and what we learned.

  • Liked Niraj Bhandari
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    Adopting Agile - Will you end up missing the soul of your product

    Niraj Bhandari
    Niraj Bhandari
    schedule 3 years ago
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    45 mins
    Talk
    Beginner

    The aim of this session is to sensitize the audience about the need to have a holistic approach to Agile product development than a blind faith approach.

    Let us take this through an example. Can you name some of the success stories of agile. I did a google search and the list comprised mainly of startups who are anyway doing quick fire work. Try searching for established players and the name which crops up is Salesforce. Facebook is another example which people are quick to point, but facebook doesn’t acknowledge using the Agile as such.

    Let us try and drill down further using these two examples. Salesforce acknowledges that it has tremendously improved the delivery of its features using agile methodologies over time. Great, but wait a point, is the promise of agile to speed execution. No, the premise of agile is to improve the quality of your deliverables and by quality I mean the value derived by a user/consumer. It helps you build the right product. Unfortunately there is no easy way to measure the value delivered by saleforce to its user through these new features.

    Let us now shift gears and look a bit more closely at facebook. Facebook releases features very frequently, almost on daily basis, sometimes even on hourly basis. They are betting big on test automation and continuation integration to ensure that new features don’t cause a breakage. They also seem to be following the agile’s premise of “fail early” by quickly pulling out features which don’t get desired traction from users. So far, it looks a great story and if you are a technical person, you are etching to work for such a company which allows you to experiment with your ideas and put them in production to get instant feedback. Now let us through an alternate perspective – what if some of the features need gestation period before people start liking them. Not every features becomes an instant hit. Remember the classical “Crossing the Chasm” technology adoption lifecycle (couldn't add the image because of editor limitations)

    Some features would need a push to cross the chasm and become successful, but if they are pulled down based on initial traction, you may be losing some of the valuable features. Another twist in tale in this case is what the user research/product management do in this scenario. Aren’t they supposed to do some upfront work to figure out which features have better chances of being accepted and focus energy on helping them cross the chasm. That leads us back to the question we started out with – In our drive to do frequent releases, putting the features out for customers to experience and try, are we missing big picture and just building the product rather than creating a product with a soul. Or is it like we should spend some time upfront to create a “soulful” product and then go full steam in building incremental features. At this point of time it may also  be useful to look at the stories coming out regarding the potential failure of Universal Credit program in UK, which supposedly used Agile but has all but abandoned it. Here are the links, which we would use to structure a discussion around exercising caution while practicing Agile as compared to just rushing into it because everybody else is doing it.

    Resources for structuring discussion around Universal Credit Discussion-

    https://www.techwell.com/2013/07/worlds-biggest-agile-development-project-collapses

    http://www.computerweekly.com/blogs/public-sector/2013/05/dwp-drops-agile-from-flagship.html

  • Liked Kalyanasis Banerjee
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    Large agile transformation applying Kotter's change leadership strategy

    Kalyanasis Banerjee
    Kalyanasis Banerjee
    schedule 3 years ago
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    45 mins
    Experience Report
    Beginner

    Link: http://wikireedia.net/wikireedia/index.php?title=Kotters_8_steps_for_implementing_strategy

    Kotter's change leadership framework was established almost 2 decades back. This paper highlights how the same steps helped a structured, waterfall company to start adopting agility to improve time to market. 

    That there is a need for a change was understood when we started. We formed a team that created the sense of urgency.

    We established a common vision ... a simple & easily understandable one.

    We created a framework which can help people understand what does agility means. The framework was created keeping the existing constraints & process (CMMi-5) in mind.

    We worked with an existing team to pilot, proved it works, made a case study and then showcased it to other teams to give an example. This answered the FAQ … does it work for me ? This helped other teams to overcome the fear of uncertainty.

    This created the bottom-up curiosity acres the organisation, in almost every team. They all had a different question now … how can I apply this ? This started the actual transformation.

  • Liked Neeraj Bachani
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    Influence of Japanese Samurai on Agile

    Neeraj Bachani
    Neeraj Bachani
    schedule 3 years ago
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    20 mins
    Talk
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    How japanese culture has influenced Agile and list of Japanese terms used in Agile.