• Naresh Jain
    Naresh Jain
    schedule 3 years ago
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    45 mins
    Workshop
    Advanced

    As the popularity of Agile methods have grown, so have the misconceptions or myths associated with Agile also grown. These myths get even more glorified when we talk about them in the offshore or distributed context. And to make matters worse, you can throw in a fixed-price contract spanner into the engine.

    Worry not! In this fun-filled activity, we'll collect facts from the participants that they believe are true and then we'll declare them as confirmed or busted after an interactive (heated) discussion.

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    Mythbusting Software Estimation

    Todd Little
    Todd Little
    schedule 3 years ago
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    45 mins
    Talk
    Intermediate

    Estimating software projects has proven to be particularly challenging. Over-running schedules happens frequently in our industry. Todd will look into some of the reasons for these challenges by exploring a number of myths of software estimation and then setting out to validate or bust these myths.

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    Risky Business: Real Options for Software Development

    Todd Little
    Todd Little
    schedule 3 years ago
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    45 mins
    Talk
    Intermediate

    Software projects are known to have challenges with estimation, uncertainty, risk, and commitment - and the most valuable projects often carry the most risk. Other industries also encounter risk and generate value by understanding and managing that risk effectively. Todd Little explores techniques used in a number of risky businesses - product development, oil and gas exploration, investment banking, medicine, weather forecasting, and gambling - and shares what those industries have done to manage uncertainty.

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    Secrets of Growing an Innovation Culture

    Jez Humble
    Jez Humble
    schedule 3 years ago
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    45 mins
    Talk
    Intermediate

    The fundamental problem with software methodologies is that none of them work. What's decisive is not which one you adopt, but what you do to continue to innovate around your processes. In this wide-ranging talk, I'll discuss why command-and-control leads to risk management theatre, and why this makes things riskier and more painful. I'll present the essence of innovation culture, how it works at scale, and present some tools (including the Improvement Kata) to help you think differently about how to grow great software.

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    Why The Project Paradigm Kills Innovation, and What To Do Instead

    Jez Humble
    Jez Humble
    schedule 3 years ago
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    45 mins
    Talk
    Intermediate

    Projects were invented as a vehicle for managing civil engineering projects. But software has completely different characteristics from, say, a bridge. In this talk I'll explain why the use of projects causes significant dysfunction, and how to build innovative products and services at scale based on lean principles.

  • Corey Haines
    Corey Haines
    schedule 3 years ago
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    45 mins
    Tutorial
    Beginner

    Everyone has acronyms, mnemonics, and a list of rules to guide their everyday software design. In order to get the most out of these age-old gems, one needs to deliberately practices them. Rules are a good way to remind ourselves of these gems.

    Corey Haines emphasies his design guidelines in form of the "4 Rules of Simple Design." Attend this talk to understand the four rules and their importance in everyday programming.

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    Stories from 10 Years of Extreme Programming

    Corey Haines
    Corey Haines
    schedule 3 years ago
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    45 mins
    Talk
    Intermediate

    10 years ago I was introduced to Extreme Programming. Since then, I've been an avid practitioner, applying the techniques and values to my life as a software developer. Over that time, I've bounced between many extremes, learning and reflecting on the value that I get when building systems both for myself and for others.

    In this talk, I'll share some of those learnings and how my life as a software developer has changed with the times.

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    Hiring (or Growing) the Right Agile Coach

    Lyssa Adkins
    Lyssa Adkins
    Michael Spayd
    Michael Spayd
    schedule 3 years ago
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    45 mins
    Talk
    Intermediate

    There are as many types of agile coaches out there as there are flavors of ice cream.  And, their levels of leadership maturity and skill can vary just as widely.  It can leave one fretting, "What am I really getting when I bring in an agile coach?  And, how do I 'grow' my own?"  In fact, what are the "must have" skills of an agile coach and how can you tell if your coach has them?  The Agile Coach Competency Framework is one big clue to answering these questions. Over the past two years, this framework has guided the development of hundreds of agile coaches. Agile managers and champions also use it to obtain "truth in advertising" to hire the right coach at the right time.  We will explore this framework and provide lightening-talk-style case studies that showcase how it has been used in the real world.  You'll leave with ideas and actions to help you become a more savvy purveyor (and/or developer) of agile coaches.

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    Creating a Global Engineering Culture

    Doc Norton
    Doc Norton
    schedule 3 years ago
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    45 mins
    Talk
    Beginner

    Creating a Global Engineering Culture

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    Be Agile. Scale Up. Stay Lean. And Have More Fun

    Dean Leffingwell
    Dean Leffingwell
    schedule 3 years ago
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    60 mins
    Talk
    Beginner

    Scrum, XP, and Kanban have been proven to provide step changes in productivity and quality for software teams. However, these methods do not have the native constructs necessary to scale to challenges of building enterprise class software systems. What the industry desperately needs is a solution that moves from a set of simplistic, disparate, development-centric methods, to a scalable, unified approach that addresses the complex constructs and additional stakeholders in the organization- and enables realization of enterprise-class product or service initiatives via aligned and cooperative solution development.

    In this talk, Dean Leffingwell describes how to accomplish this with the Scaled Agile Framework, a publicly - accessible knowledge base of proven Lean and Agile practices for enterprise-class software development. He approaches the problem from the perspectives of Lean thinking and principles of product development flow, illustrating how these core principles help deliver business results at scale, while keeping the development system - and the enterprise - lean and responsive to rapidly changing market needs. And since winning is more fun, he’ll also describe some of the personal benefits that come when teams master the art of delivering better enterprise-class software, at an ever faster pace.

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    Windows on Transformation: Four Pathways to Grow a more Agile Enterprise

    Lyssa Adkins
    Lyssa Adkins
    Michael Spayd
    Michael Spayd
    schedule 3 years ago
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    45 mins
    Talk
    Intermediate

    It is easy to envision a more Agile enterprise, yet we have found as a community it is quite difficult to accomplish. The transformation process goes on in many dimensions and unless we have a framework that helps us see from each of those perspectives, our efforts are much more likely to fall short. Based on Michael Spayd's upcoming book, Coaching the Agile Enterprise, this session will (literally) walk you through each of the four fundamental perspectives and the power and limitation of each. We will explore together approaches that are suitable to each perspective and how to activate them in your team, division or organization.

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    The Broken State of Process Improvement in Software Development

    Chad Wathington
    Chad Wathington
    schedule 3 years ago
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    45 mins
    Talk
    Intermediate

    Experimentation and the scientific method are very valuable for validating business opportunities. The Lean Startup and Lean UX are driving new thought patterns in the software development world. However, despite all the new thinking on product, rarely do organizations apply these techniques to their processes, opting for inefficiently adding more steps ad nauseum until productivity has ground to a halt. We’ll cover the following topics:

    • What are processes, and why do we need them
    • How processes affect delivery and productivity
    • Scale and process inefficiency
    • Process experimentation techniques
    • Designing productive processes
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    Adopting Agile via Continuous Improvement - Your First 5 Days and Your Next 2 Years

    Arlo Belshee
    Arlo Belshee
    schedule 3 years ago
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    45 mins
    Talk
    Beginner

    Do you adopt Agile all at once or one step at a time? What do you do after your adoption finishes (does that question even make sense)? What result should you expect at 30, 90, and 120 days? How do you get that? Is TDD the same on 20 days as at 360 days? Does it differ only in skill, or is it a completely different practice? We answer all these and a lot more. We show what you should expect for the first 2 years.

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    Agility: Step 1: Discipline; Step 2: Make Awesome

    Arlo Belshee
    Arlo Belshee
    schedule 3 years ago
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    45 mins
    Talk
    Beginner

    What comes after Agile? That depends on what you did for Agile. We will start by talking about the practices - and results - that only the top 2% of agile teams do. For most teams, this is what is beyond their Agile. Then we'll talk about patterns in the things that these top 2% are trying. Everything comes from the insane disciple Agile teams possess; let's look at how they capitalize on it.

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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.

  • Harish Krishnaswamy
    Harish Krishnaswamy
    schedule 3 years ago
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    20 mins
    Experience Report
    Intermediate

    The webMethods R&D division of Software AG (wM) produces industry-leading enterprise products focused on application integration, business process integration and B2B partner integration. This division with more than 450 engineers across 7 locations in the world embarked on the journey of adopting Agile and Lean Software Development practices in 2010.

    The Pain

    The wM business line consists of about 40 Scrum teams delivering more than 30 enterprise products that constitute the webMethods suite across 7 locations in the world. Circa 2007, the suite was a loose collection of multiple products individually developed by teams, many of which were brought together by M&As. It was a hard, painful challenge to integrate and test these products as a single suite and synchronizing major releases. The teams embraced Scrum as the development model - a useful first step but still far from guaranteeing predictability, high standards of quality and productivity at the suite level.

    The Challenge

    • Align multiple, small scrum teams distributed over many locations to one Suite Backlog. Focus them on delivering an integrated Suite by modeling an assembly line from a Lean Manufacturing system. The teams develop and contribute to a single value stream with continuous flow and deliver potentially shippable Suite Build Sets in predictable intervals (4-6weeks).

    • Retain the simplicity of the ‘Agile model’. Allow teams to grow at their pace. The teams work off their individual team backlogs, the suite complexities and priority conflicts largely hidden from them. They experiment with their processes, drive their own local changes and share the learning with the other teams.

     Success:

    Since embracing Lean and Agile practices, we have delivered three successful major Suite releases on time with measured quality. The customer situation has dramatically improved with steadily decreasing customer incidents, response times and hot escalations. More than a 100,000 automated regression tests  verify the suite and we have a potentially shippable Suite build set every 4-6 weeks guaranteeing the highest standards of quality. For faster value delivery, we are now transitioning to 6-monthly releases – the first of which is due to roll out in Q4 2013.

    In this Experience report, I focus on how we aligned scrum teams operating from Germany, U.S, Bulgaria and India to a single backlog, a continuously integrated Suite and a potentially shippable single build set delivered every 4-6 weeks. We will look at the challenges we faced, custom solutions and processes that we designed to realize the Single Suite Vision.

  • Johannes Brodwall
    Johannes Brodwall
    Niruka Ruhunage
    Niruka Ruhunage
    schedule 3 years ago
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    45 mins
    Demonstration
    Beginner

    Can you maintain agile engineering practices with a distributed team?

    Johannes is the Oslo based Chief Scientist for the Sri Lanka based company Exilesoft. In order to promote agile engineering practices, he uses remote pair programming to connect with teams halfway across the world.

    In this talk, we will go through a practical approach for remote pair programming adopted for high-latency situations. We will demonstrate remote pair programming with a live example and we will discuss the advantages and usages of the approach. We will also cover the practical parts of remote pair programming, such as tools and setup.

    After seeing this talk, the audience should be able to remotely pair with members of their distributed team. They will also get a lot of tips on how to use pair programming effectively in both local and remote settings.

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    Methodology Patterns: a Different Approach to Create a Methodology for Your Project

    Giovanni Asproni
    Giovanni Asproni
    schedule 3 years ago
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    90 mins
    Tutorial
    Advanced

    In the software world we have been looking for “The Methodology” to solve our software development sorrows for quite a while. We started with Waterfall, then Spiral, Evo, RUP and, more recently with XP, Scrum, Kanban, DAD, SAFe (there are many others, but, their impact, so far, has been limited).

    In this tutorial, I'll show why this search for the holy grail is bound to fail--each methodology has strenghts and weaknesses that make it suitable only in some contexts--and I'll describe a different approach based on patterns and pattern languages, that teams can use to create their own methodologies to suit their specific needs, which, in my experience, has a higher chance of success. 

    The approach is based on the observation that all the practices used in all modern methodologies--e.g., user stories, use cases, team self organization, TDD, unit testing, acceptance testing, continuous integration, iterative and incremental development, etc.--come from the same set. Different methodologies just mix and match them differently. All those practices can (and many have already been) described as patterns whose relationships with each other form a set of pattern languages.

  • Naresh Jain
    Naresh Jain
    schedule 3 years ago
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    45 mins
    Demonstration
    Intermediate

    "Release Early, Release Often" is a proven mantra and many companies have taken this one step further by releasing products to real users with every commit a.k.a Continuous Deployment (CD).

    Over the years, I've built many web/infrastructure products, where we've effectively practiced CD. However at Edventure Labs, when we started building iPad games, we realized there was no easy was to practice CD, esp. given the fact that Apple review takes a few days.

    Our main question was: As mobile app developers, how should we architect/design our apps for CD?

    We were a young startup, learning new behavior about our users (kids aged 5-8) everyday. We could not afford any delay in releasing latest, greatest features to our users. To solve this problem, I believe we've built an innovative solution to enable any mobile app developer to achieve CD.

    If you are building real products, which have platform/3rd-party dependencies and you want to practice CD, this session is for you.

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    Scaling XP Practices inside your organization using Train-the-Trainer Model

    Naresh Jain
    Naresh Jain
    schedule 3 years ago
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    90 mins
    Workshop
    Advanced

    How do you effectively scale skill-based, quality training across your organization?

    Over the years, I've experimented with different ideas/models to scaling skill-based training across an organization. In the last 4 years, I've pretty much settled down on the following model. Its very useful when mentoring teams on skills like Test-Drive-Development (TDD), Behavior-Driven Development (BDD), Product Discovery, Writing User Stories, Evolutionary Design, Design Patterns, Problem Solving, etc. I've successfully implemented this model at some very prominent fortune 500 enterprises.

    The goal of this workshop is to explore what other successful models organized have used to scale skill-based training in their organization.