• Liked Naresh Jain
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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.

  • Liked Evan Leybourn
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    From Lean Startup to Agile Enterprise (beyond IT)

    Evan Leybourn
    Evan Leybourn
    schedule 3 years ago
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    45 mins
    Talk
    Beginner

    Traditional models of management and corporate governance are failing to keep up with the needs of the modern economy. Change, both technological and cultural, is occurring at faster rates than ever before. In this climate, modern enterprises will live or die on their ability to adapt. This is where Agile, and Agile Business Management, come in. Agile is change; changing how you think, changing how you work and changing the way you interact. This is important whether you are a software developer or a CEO.

    In this presentation, Evan will provide engaging and enlightening case studies of Agile beyond IT; from lean startups to large enterprises. These will be reinforced with practical approaches for the leadership of teams, divisions and businesses. 

    Taking the successful concepts and methods from the Agile movement and Evan's new book, Agile Business Management is a framework for the day-to-day management of organisations regardless of industry, size or location. We will discuss processes, techniques, and case studies for the 4 key domains from Agile Business Management;

    1. You, the Agile Manager - What makes a good manager and how do their responsibilities change?
    2. Integrated Customer Engagement - Collaboration and communication techniques to build trust and deliver Customer needs efficiently, with minimal waste, and to everyone's satisfaction.
    3. The Structure of an Agile Organisation - Efficient, transparent and collaborative techniques to manage empowered staff.
    4. Work, the Agile Way - Managing all types of business functions, from software, HR, finance to legal, by using Just-In-Time planning and Incremental or Continuous Delivery processes.

    Ultimately, the goal of this presentation is to make you think about your role as a leader. 

  • Aman King
    Aman King
    schedule 3 years ago
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    20 mins
    Experience Report
    Beginner

    Are you an Agile Practitioner? Or are you responsible for Agile transformation?

    Organizations that have begun their Agile journey welcome the guidance of an experienced Agile Coach. But external guidance cannot continue indefinitely as the only way to scale Agile.

    If you are in an Agile team, are you prepared to take on the coaching role for other teams once your Agile Coach moves on?

    If you are a manager, are you looking at grooming in-house coaches to scale and self-sustain transformation?

    The transitioning of practitioners into coaches can be key to your Agile journey. Individuals get to build on their potential, while the organization becomes more self-reliant.

    This session explores my personal journey from practitioner to coach. It should help you too in taking that first jump into the role of a coach. I will share real-world examples of dealing with on-the-fly situations, and of preparing upfront where possible. I will recommend resources, and mention handy techniques that should be in a coach's toolkit. The session essentially provides a kick-start for first-time coaches.

  • Liked Jason Yip
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    Think Like an Agilist: Deliberate practice for Agile culture

    Jason Yip
    Jason Yip
    schedule 3 years ago
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    90 mins
    Workshop
    Intermediate

    If I say, culture is important to adopting Agile, most people will just agree without even thinking too much about it.  But what is meant by "culture"?  Why is it important?

    Culture is not typical behaviour; it is not what we say we value (but don't actually do).  Culture is our basic assumptions of how things work.  Culture is the logic we use to think through and respond to any particular situation.

    If you imagine a pyramid, Agile practice and any other visible behaviour is on the top, stated or written Agile values and principles are in the middle, fundamental assumptions (aka culture) is at the base.

    My session is intended to expose people to the base of that pyramid.

    If culture is assumptions, then to understand Agile culture, we need to understand the basic assumptions of Agile.  To do this, I have created an approach called "Think Like an Agilist" that both exposes how we think through an "Agile situation" and allows us to deliberately practice "Agile culture".

    The general idea is that I won't just talk about Agile culture and values, what I'll call "culture theatre", but rather expose people, who nominally consider themselves part of the Agile culture, to their underlying thought processes and assumptions, given a relatively difficult scenario.  Those thought processes and assumptions are the essence of culture (reference Edgar H. Schein).  What is interesting is noting when the thought processes and assumptions are different which indicates that there is a different culture at play.  What I've noticed is that this difference is common between novice vs expert Agilists.

    Note that it isn't even about analyzing vs doing it mechanically but more about exposing what assumptions are being used to respond.

    NOTE: I will be updating the attached slides as when I created them, I was framing it more as "doctrine" rather than "culture", defined as fundamental assumptions"

  • Bhavin Kamani
    Bhavin Kamani
    Abinav Munshi
    Abinav Munshi
    schedule 3 years ago
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    45 mins
    Experience Report
    Intermediate

    Agile processes are the new order of IT implementations. These talk will elaborate on our experience and learnings during agile process implementation at Walmart. 

    We will touchupon following 3 key areas and our learnings that helped us scale agile in large enterprises.

    • Process Visualization - Our learnings related to visualization of existing processes and practices and how it helped us identify signals from noise

    • Product Backlog Elaboration - In a complex and large programs product backlog management and role of product owner needs to be revisited.

    • Team Working Agreement - This is particulary crucial for scaling agile as dependency management is one of the key aspects of enterpsie agile implementation.

    We will conclude with our key learning of how processes needs to be continuously evolved in large scale implementation.

  • Liked Mike Burrows
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    Kanban through its Values: An Agenda for Scale

    Mike Burrows
    Mike Burrows
    schedule 3 years ago
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    45 mins
    Talk
    Intermediate

    Introducing the Kanban method through a 3-layered value system - a familiar core that stimulates and drives change, a middle layer that is about direction and alignment, and a protective outer layer of discipline and working agreements.

    This humane, values-centric model aligns Kanban with the concept of the Learning Organisation and suggests ways to seek resonances with other methods. It has some practical benefits too: it can help us engage more effectively with the organisation as it currently is; it encourages us to self-reflect on our effectiveness as agents of change; it provides a convenient framework for the capture of stories.

  • Martin Fowler
    Martin Fowler
    schedule 3 years ago
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    60 mins
    Keynote
    Intermediate

    In the last decade or so we've seen a number of new ideas added to the mix to help us effectively design our software. Patterns help us capture the solutions and rationale for using them. Refactoring allows us to alter the design of a system after the code is written. Agile methods, in particular Extreme Programming, give us a highly iterative and evolutionary approach which is particularly well suited to changing requirements and environments. Martin Fowler has been a leading voice in these techniques and will give a suite of short talks featuring various aspects about his recent thinking about how these and other developments affect our software development.

  • Liked Rae Abileah
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    Engendering Justice: Women, War and Peace

    Rae Abileah
    Rae Abileah
    schedule 3 years ago
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    45 mins
    Keynote
    Beginner

    One in three women will be raped or beaten in her lifetime. Half of the seven billion global population are women so that means one billion women alive now will, or have been, beaten or raped or beaten. Women and children are disproportionately affected by war and occupation as well. And yet numerous studies illustrate how uplifting women's work and leadership can strengthen the whole society and economy. Women are at the forefront of global campaigns challenging militarism and violence, and working to redirect resources into health care, education, green jobs and other life-affirming activities. What can we learn from these women and their successes thus far? How can the technology sector support this crucial work? How do these social movements stay agile to rapidly respond to breaking news while building a long-term progressive movements for deeper social, economic and environmental justice? As Arundhati Roy said, "Another world is not only possible, she is on her way. On a quiet day, I can hear her breathing." In this talk, Rae Abileah will share visionary examples of women-led work for peace and justice and explore the paradigm shift needed for equality, human rights, and justice for all.

  • Liked Venkatraman L
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    Scaling from Project > Program > Portfolio - The Agile Transformation and Journey

    Venkatraman L
    Venkatraman L
    schedule 3 years ago
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    45 mins
    Case Study
    Intermediate

    The case in point is a journey of Agile transformation when the organization was looking to manage releases through shorter iteration cycles. As the journey began, the organization had to leapfrog into 3x growth in terms of both people and business needs due to a round of substantial investor funding.

    The agile transformation started with just 6 teams in the organization and due to the nature of the team structure, the 3-member PMO team did not have the luxury for pilot projects and had to simultaniously roll out at one go across the 6+ component teams.

    In a span of 6 months, the number of teams grew to 12+ and the number of releases more than doubled. Also, 80% of the releases cut across more than 3 teams and the challenge was to keep the process pretty lean. PMO team worked closely with key stakeholders from Product, Engineering, Architecture and Operations to forumate and roll-out a simple 3 step process that aided the teams to deliver releases better than before. Here is when the organization leaped from project to portfolio of releases cutting across 10+ themes.

    Similar to what is quoted in the "Scaled Agile Framework" which the PMO tripped on much later in the process, there were organization wide prioritization done based on the product strategy, infrastructure and technology needs which eventually got translated into multiple programs within the organization, cutting across various teams. A concept of 3-in-a-box (PM, Architect and Engineering Owner) was formulated to bring in the required vigor in to the planning and execution process.The 3 in the box was further extended to Dev +QA + Ops who worked as a team to deliver the various stories across the contributing stacks.

    The challenges across value-driven prioritization from 100+ releases across the portfolio, release planning with engineering and product, the execution framework and scalability in engineering infrastructure commensurate with the agile processes, working with operations teams and all the way till adoption was seamlessly scaled using the initial framework that was set for just 15 releases.

    The presentation details how agile helped and is helping the product and technology teams in delivering better results than before. This would also detail the necessary Agile and operational metrics across the project teams, the program and the portfolio levels that aid the mid and senior management to take informed decisions. As always, this would not cover the IP and actual data of the organization but provide a clear framework to substantiate the process.

  • Liked Simon Reason
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    The Enterprise Experiment!

    Simon Reason
    Simon Reason
    Michael Pollard
    Michael Pollard
    schedule 3 years ago
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    45 mins
    Talk
    Intermediate

    Ever wondered what it's like to experiment in Agile? Ever thought when you started to scale Agile, you would get it right first time? Ever thought Agile adoption is full of experiments? We did! This session explores real world learning and observations when attempting to mature organisations from single team project based Agile to a Scaled Agile framework.

    This will be a fun and interactive session where will be using live experiments that highlight the purpose, result and our observations. Each experiment, as any Agilist would attest to, creates more unanswered questions, additional problems to solve and more opportunities to try out new hypotheses.

  • Liked Allen Rutzen
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    Nokia Maps Agile Journey.....(Agile Transformation, Scaling and Overcoming Challenges)

    Allen Rutzen
    Allen Rutzen
    Sunil Roy
    Sunil Roy
    schedule 3 years ago
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    45 mins
    Talk
    Intermediate

    We (at Nokia Maps Division) began our Agile Journey in 2009, with a Top Down approach for Agile Transformation. The formation of an Agile Working Group (with members having Agile experience behind them) at two major sites was instrumental in shaping the transformation and scaling and also overcoming the challenges from time to time.

    The challenges were huge, but our spirit was bigger, and the high level strategy was decided. Interestingly, the Agile Working Group itself ran the whole Transformation and Scaling program using Agile values and Scrum frame work. Scrum was also used as the preferred framework for the agile projects (after success in our pilots), except where Scrum would not work. Kanban or hybrid methods were used in those few teams.

    What were the challenges faced, and how did we overcome them? What values helped us in our transformation journey?

    How did we migrate to the Scaling phase? What helped us in scaling and stabilizing?

    Can we rest easy now? Of course not!

    What are the next steps? And of course, the challenges ahead?

    Let us share our Nokia Agile journey with you, and help you all be successful too, in your Agile journey!

  • Liked Fiona Mullen
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    Agile - An Australian Journey of Cultural Change

    Fiona Mullen
    Fiona Mullen
    schedule 3 years ago
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    45 mins
    Talk
    Beginner

    How did one of Australia's leading financial services organisation become the biggest Agile transformation story in the Southern hemisphere and what did we learn?

    The Suncorp Group leads in general insurance, banking, life insurance, superannuation and investment brands within Australia and New Zealand. The Group has 16,000 employees and relationships with nine million customers. It is a Top 20 ASX listed company with over $93 billion in assets.

    In 2007, we embarked on our Agile journey of cultural change. In this talk we will cover the strategy taken, the roadblocks we came across, the mistakes we made and the achievements along the way.

    You will learn how to tackle an Agile transformation, what to do and what NOT to do, where to start and what to expect and most of all what impact it will have, both negative and positive.

    Today Suncorp are seen as market leaders in Agile and are known globally for the Agile Academy http://www.agileacademy.com.au/agile/ which was designed for both staff and also the external market.

    The role of the Agile PMO, how to get infrastructure to work Agile, what about all those legal challenges, the cultural differences and the resistance to change? These are some of the learning we will share.

    There were challenges and successes and in this honest Aussie presentation will share with you both the highs and the lows.

  • Liked Colin O'Neill
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    Achieving Enterprise Agility with the Scaled Agile Framework...and Have Fun Doing It!

    Colin O'Neill
    Colin O'Neill
    schedule 3 years ago
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    90 mins
    Tutorial
    Intermediate

    Scrum, XP, Kanban and related methods 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 the enterprise. 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.

  • Herry Wiputra
    Herry Wiputra
    schedule 3 years ago
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    20 mins
    Experience Report
    Intermediate

    The term "cross functional team" has been made popular by the Agile movement. In cross functional team, we put people with different roles to work together for a common goal/purpose.

    I have seen this worked really well in many agile teams. People are no longer on silo and everyone have better understanding what each other's role is and consequently, what each other do. This leads to better self organising within the team.

    However, I strongly believe we can take this concept to the new level. The concept of cross functional team should be extended to not just the team but also to the individuals within the team. Scott Ambler wrote an essay on "Generalising Specialist". The term T-shaped developer was introduced by Mary and Tom Poppendieck in her famous book "Lean Software Development". By nature, people don't like to get out of their comfort zone, hence the tendency to keep working in area that they are familiar with. When leaders can create an environment where everyone is encouraged to learn, grow and make mistakes, amazing things can happen.

    In my experience leading teams, I have witnessed many transformations that enabled individuals to go beyond their traditional role, such as a manual QA assuming Scrum Master role, a BA doing deployment, a developer doing QA for a story, etc. Not only this enablement help develop the individuals to widen their horizon and skillset, it also helped the productivity of the team through better collaboration. When a team reach this stage, we no longer have problems such as "The QA has nothing to do because there are no stories to test", "The developers have nothing to do because the cannot keep up", "The deployment took longer than expected because the Ops person was not aware of the special configuration".

  • Liked Corey Haines
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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.

  • Liked Doc Norton
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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

  • Liked Dean Leffingwell
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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.

  • Liked Lyssa Adkins
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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.

  • Phil Abernathy
    Phil Abernathy
    schedule 3 years ago
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    45 mins
    Talk
    Intermediate

    ‘One bad apple soils the barrel’ is a very true saying even in an Agile environment. Not identifying and managing poor behavior and performance can completely undermine any Agile transformation effort.

    How can Leaders, both within and external to Agile teams, set higher standards of accountability and hold people to it? Is self organization, peer pressure and the wisdom of the crowd enough to handle the wiles of organisational psychopaths?

    The fact remains that most teams will have a few difficult personalities and underperforming members.

    Agile is seen in many senior management circles as a softer, less accountable, way of working. Is that true?

    This talk will delve into how the human psyche works, drawing on latest studies in neuro and psycho analysis, combined with Harvard studies, to outline the best ways to define, identify and deal with ‘bad apples’ in an Agile environment while honouring the values and principles of Agile

  • Martin Fowler
    Martin Fowler
    schedule 3 years ago
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    60 mins
    Keynote
    Intermediate

    In the last decade or so we've seen a number of new ideas added to the mix to help us effectively design our software. Patterns help us capture the solutions and rationale for using them. Refactoring allows us to alter the design of a system after the code is written. Agile methods, in particular Extreme Programming, give us a highly iterative and evolutionary approach which is particularly well suited to changing requirements and environments. Martin Fowler has been a leading voice in these techniques and will give a suite of short talks featuring various aspects about his recent thinking about how these and other developments affect our software development.

  • Liked Rae Abileah
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    Engendering Justice: Women, War and Peace

    Rae Abileah
    Rae Abileah
    schedule 3 years ago
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    45 mins
    Keynote
    Beginner

    One in three women will be raped or beaten in her lifetime. Half of the seven billion global population are women so that means one billion women alive now will, or have been, beaten or raped or beaten. Women and children are disproportionately affected by war and occupation as well. And yet numerous studies illustrate how uplifting women's work and leadership can strengthen the whole society and economy. Women are at the forefront of global campaigns challenging militarism and violence, and working to redirect resources into health care, education, green jobs and other life-affirming activities. What can we learn from these women and their successes thus far? How can the technology sector support this crucial work? How do these social movements stay agile to rapidly respond to breaking news while building a long-term progressive movements for deeper social, economic and environmental justice? As Arundhati Roy said, "Another world is not only possible, she is on her way. On a quiet day, I can hear her breathing." In this talk, Rae Abileah will share visionary examples of women-led work for peace and justice and explore the paradigm shift needed for equality, human rights, and justice for all.

  • Liked Doc Norton
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    Creating a Global Engineering Culture

    Doc Norton
    Doc Norton
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    Talk
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    Creating a Global Engineering Culture

  • Liked Corey Haines
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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.

  • Liked Dean Leffingwell
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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.

  • Liked Lyssa Adkins
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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
    Sold Out!
    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.

  • Liked Archana Joshi
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    How do I know if Agile is working for me or not? – An Executive’s Dilemma

    Archana Joshi
    Archana Joshi
    Sheshadri Shekhar
    Sheshadri Shekhar
    schedule 3 years ago
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    20 mins
    Experience Report
    Intermediate

    As Agile coaches, several times when we talk to the Sr. Management in a company to taking agile to a bigger level and adopt it across their business units a common response we get is "I have seen agile working for our project teams. I am also in midst of an agile transformation where we are applying it in large programs. But how do I know the transformation is helping me achieve my goals at an organizational level. Our organization typically tracks executives on finance, people & delivery parameters. In an agile context, how do I ensure that I am on track with the executive-level dashboard (finance, people and delivery)?" As part of this session, we plan to share our experience of how "Balance Score Card" technique was implemented at one of the financial services company following agile. By using concept of balance score card we were able to map the agile goals with the IT organization goals and ensure that the agile methods were giving the desired results.

  • Liked Colin O'Neill
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    Achieving Enterprise Agility with the Scaled Agile Framework...and Have Fun Doing It!

    Colin O'Neill
    Colin O'Neill
    schedule 3 years ago
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    90 mins
    Tutorial
    Intermediate

    Scrum, XP, Kanban and related methods 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 the enterprise. 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.

  • Liked Ravichandran Jv
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    Agile certified success

    Ravichandran Jv
    Ravichandran Jv
    schedule 3 years ago
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    90 mins
    Case Study
    Advanced

    Software Development techniques cannot be enforced so how can an organization benefit from a decision to go Agile?

    Will simply advertising a company as an Agile company do?

    What are the internal policies, structural changes that an organization needs to fully realize the benefits of Agile?

    My session will cover the various organizational policy implementations required to fully realize the benefits of Agile through policy guidelines.

    To demonstrate this will be a case study of an implemented project that had a development lifecycle without the necessary process checkpoints in the organizational polcies due to which attrition, lack of quality controls and subjective, "Faith-based bias in selecting and using methods... and ignoring "Generally-accepted practice ..." resulted in a "maintenance-nightmare" software.

    Policies are not implemented unless a good audit plan is in place and without good policies, adopting practices is usually only at a superficial level that is likely to crumble at the slightest challenge that may hinder a project's success.

  • Ravi Krishnan
    Ravi Krishnan
    schedule 3 years ago
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    45 mins
    Experience Report
    Advanced

    Organizations which have diverse functional units and technology portfolios (BI, Mobile, Web Application development, Web Design etc) following different methods cannot make an overnight or a sudden transformation to following a mature model of Agile method.

    These teams need to come up with a structured approach towards Agile adoption and transformation enabling the different teams to make a gradual progression towards the adoption of Agile in their projects and teams.

    We at Aditi Technologies realized this and came up with a Aditi Agile Transformation Maturity Model which provides guidance to the different project teams and functional groups on the transformation journey within their engagement. The salient points of the Maturity model include:

    * Agile Project Planning and Management Maturity Model - Traditional teams are used to tradition planning methods plan around the typical 3 constraints of Scope, Cost and Time. A transformation to a model where emphasis is on delivering the highest priority items is arguably one of the more difficult lifecycle areas of the transformation. The Agile Project Planning and Management maturity model provides guidance to such teams on moving from a managed team services model to a self directed and self managing teams services model.

    * Collaboration Maturity Model - Moving from a SLA driven environment to a collaborative environment is again a massive cultural mindset change for the different teams. The collaboration maturity model at Aditi for Agile engagements provides a framework for teams to start collaborating better in a gradual manner. Starting with a well defined collaboration model within the Agile sprints between the QA and Development teams leading to an end to end collaborative lifecycle involving the different stakeholders is the overall approach we have adopted at Aditi to improve the Collaboration within the lifecycle in a phase wise manner.

    * Agile Requirements Engineering Maturity Model - The Aditi AREMM provides the business and product ownership teams with a gradual migration approach from the traditional Business Requirements Document based Requirements Management approach to an Agile approach towards the same incorporating basic principles like story card based requirements engineering to a more collaborative and leaner approach incorporating starting principles such as Product Backlog and Story Cards and moving to more advanced models such as executable specification models prescribed by BDD.

    * Engineering Maturity Model - While there are well prescribed best practices and models within the Engineering phase for Agile teams, adopting an all at once approach can be fraught with danger for the teams especially given the constraints of a global delivery model such as staffing pyramid (practitioners at different levels of capability including graduate hire resources), the Engineering maturity model provides teams with a prescriptive model around adoption starting with relatively basic principles like refactoring to adoption of more advanced practices like TDD, BDD etc.  

    * Metrics - Based on the level of the maturity of the Agile adoption, Aditi has come up with prescription around metrics the teams could adopt. These are classified into different buckets using the MoSCoW prioritization principles.

    * Tooling - Aditi has come up with a well prescribed guideline for Agile teams in the adoption of tools across the lifecycle (Ex: for Collaborative lifecycle management, Continuous Integration, Build management, Code quality management etc) and has come up with bootstrap assets which teams can leverage to run with when they start the transformation.

    * Organization readiness - For an organization to embrace Agile, many of the current internal practices (Recruitment, Sales etc) and current infrastructure (Ex: Collaboration platforms, infrastructure) needs to scale up as well. A well defined maturity model towards transformation allows organizations to adopt a more phase wise approach towards these areas of transformation and helps the different business units to also scale up at a sustainable pace.

  • Liked Hemant Gokhale
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    Scaling Agile at Organization level : Lean and Agile Love story

    Hemant Gokhale
    Hemant Gokhale
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    Typical Agile journey of big organizations starts with experimenting with Agile with some initial agile readiness assessment and piloting with one or very small number and simple projects. And based on pilot project experience slowly taking it to other larger projects or across organization over a period of time. This initial pilot projects are typically small enough and get more than enough and ideal support as part of experimentation. E.g. dedicated team, different environment availability etc. But when organization starts scaling Agile all issues related to organization structure, portfolio management, Infrastructure availability etc. become major impediments since all these other areas or processes or not aligned to Agile way of thinking. Due to this many organizations limit their scope of agile adoption to simple projects with not much dependencies. In such cases organization really miss the benefit of true agile adoption by taking it to strategic level.

    One way of avoiding this problem is assessing the not just the software projects delivery for agile readiness but also look at all supporting processes/departments like Infrastructure, release management, Portfolio management, vendor management etc. during initial assessment for their agile readiness. We have used unique approach of combining Agile & Lean together for assessing entire Software Development lifecycle. Agile readiness was used for project execution lifecycle and Lean assessment for all supporting processes including portfolio management. This combined assessment clearly helped identifying not just the project specific risks for agile adoption at project level but more significantly also all other potential risks for scaling Agile. This combined approach then helped to define clear actionable items at project level and also at the organization level and provide roadmap which can help organization to implement agile at strategic level.

    In this presentation we will discuss this combined approach and how we can help organization to scaling agile right from beginning and significantly increasing chances of organization wide Agile adoption in short time.

  • Liked Ram Srinivasan
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    The Shared Mind: Essence of Interpersonal Neuroscience

    Ram Srinivasan
    Ram Srinivasan
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    Why are some leaders socially adept while others show lack of maturity? Why some teams are high performing teams and others just are not? Ever wonder why people behave the way they behave? I did too.  As a coach, my quest to help teams collaborate better (and organizations create great culture) took me through an extraordinary journey through the maze of gamification, motivation, psychology, coaching, system thinking, organizational development and group process, and interpersonal neurobiology. Through this journey, I discovered why Lean/Agile principles are brain-friendly and how they help teams and organizations. In this session I share some of the insights that I have gained applying some of these principles coaching teams and organizations. You will also learn how you can share these concepts with other and gave teams and organizations a “language” to have crucial conversations, thereby increasing the system’s (team/organization) self-awareness.

  • Liked Prathitha Gangadharan
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    Cycles of Development Applied to Teams

    Prathitha Gangadharan
    Prathitha Gangadharan
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    In her theory of cycles of development, Pam Levin talks about 7 stages a human being goes through from birth to becoming an adult. Each of these stages have unique requrements for any individual. The way the environment responds to the individual in each of these stages will determine how the individual will make sense of themselves with respect to their environment.

    Interestingly an individual goes through these stages when they enter a new situation. This could be as simple as walking into a roomful of new people or when they join a new team, or an organisation. Each one has their own own pace. While this is very logical for an individual how is this related to Agile?

    I have seen that teams also go through stages in their development. This is not just the forming, norming, storming and performing stages which is the internal process of a team. This is about the team being identified as an entity and being supported in their journey of becoming a high performing team. In understanding the cycles of development, we get some clues of what needs a team may have at different points in their journey to becoming self-organised.

    I would like to discuss Dr.Pam Levin's model in the context of a team and propose do's and don'ts that can support the journey of a team

    The seven stages:

     

  • Liked Ahmed Sidky
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    ICAgile's Education Roadmap - An Essential Ingredient to Sustainable Agile Transformation

    Ahmed Sidky
    Ahmed Sidky
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    Education is a critical component in a sustainable agile transformation. Sustainable agile is realized when people have truly change the way they think – that needs education. If we truly understand that we need to change the mindset of everyone in the organization, including its leaders, then we need a combination of education and coaching and mentoring to successfully equip people with the knowledge and skills they need to develop and execute the agile habits we talked about earlier. If we think of agile as a process, not a mindset, then we default to training instead of education.

    Training is about the mechanics of how practices are done, such as a template for writing a user story, education will focus on changing the thought process to focus on value and enable the educated to think and decide what works for them and for their team. That is true agility.

    While we acknowledge our bias towards the learning roadmap published by the International Consortium of Agile (ICAgile.com), we truly believe that it is the most comprehensive roadmap in the agile community that focuses on a common education roadmap for agile and agility and not training on a particular agile methodology. ICAgile has gathered experts from around the world and they have collaborated to define an education roadmap for every discipline needed to change how the organization as a whole works, and provides education as a foundation for sustainable organizational agility. (Focus on people not process, education not training)

    Certifications are a way to give people confidence in the learning and competency of others. Agile certifications should be no different.

     

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  • Phil Abernathy
    Phil Abernathy
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    ‘One bad apple soils the barrel’ is a very true saying even in an Agile environment. Not identifying and managing poor behavior and performance can completely undermine any Agile transformation effort.

    How can Leaders, both within and external to Agile teams, set higher standards of accountability and hold people to it? Is self organization, peer pressure and the wisdom of the crowd enough to handle the wiles of organisational psychopaths?

    The fact remains that most teams will have a few difficult personalities and underperforming members.

    Agile is seen in many senior management circles as a softer, less accountable, way of working. Is that true?

    This talk will delve into how the human psyche works, drawing on latest studies in neuro and psycho analysis, combined with Harvard studies, to outline the best ways to define, identify and deal with ‘bad apples’ in an Agile environment while honouring the values and principles of Agile

  • Liked Chandan
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    Agile adoption and impact on organizational behavior and structure

    Chandan
    Chandan
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    Large organizations over a period of time usually become a fat because of complex process and slow in decision making process and so lost agility. Agile adoption brings many transformation processes into any organization. The way team response to the changes from recruitment to delivery, all team members has to pass through the transformation process to get the output. Every individual involve in the execution process has to transform for the agility process. Especially in distributed agile team impact is more towards the organizational structure and behavior.Geo political influences and resistance for effective agile deployment and impact on execution speed is very high in distributed team. Sales, marketing, executive strategist all are part of transformation process. Traditional model of business execution is not effective any more.

    All these demands organizational DNA changes for survivable.

    Traditional thinking cuase of lot disruption in agile deployment process.

    In this case study I will share real life story of an Agile project in Engineering organization like ABB which we have started working as a tranformation project for operational excellence from 2009 and how transformation process helped project and connected system in the organization to improve the situation.

  • Liked Chandan
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    Impact of People issue in agile process

    Chandan
    Chandan
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    Agile manifesto for software development put lot of stress on Individuals and interactions.

    Important of customer collaboration for solution development.

    Responding to change where the process challenges to all members to come out from their comfort zone.

    If team has rotten apple in the basket! How can teams identify the issue and change the DNA of the rotten apple. 

    What are the various symptoms which indicate team to take special care to stop team members becoming rot?

    Team does not have generalist; most of them are specialist then how to create a best agile team?

    We cannot hire, we cannot fire but we have to maintain the execution speed, than how should we perform and transform? Do team have cow boy performer? if yes what is the impact of outcome for agile team building?

    Distributed agile with different geographical location with cultural resistance and work assignment issues.

    How can Organization improve the situation? We always never get world class team, so how to transform?

    Challenges comes when convincing customer to participate in agile process is an expensive process.Feedback loop is disconnected.

    Tradional models are process centric and Agile is more people centric, Leadership style was more command and control and in Agile it is more on collaboration, in traditional model it was more specialist and Agile we have more generelist , self driven , self organized team. People factor is more critical in agile process.

    In this talk I will share my experience with people factor and how various steps improved the situation.

  • Liked Nagendra Kumar Elluru
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    A Drive through SAFe Boulevard

    Nagendra Kumar Elluru
    Nagendra Kumar Elluru
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    An introductory session on SAFe's way of building agility at an enterprise scale. It is very hard to find an organization with teams who aren't practicing agile, but knitting them together into a program with appropriate cohesion, visibility and governance continued to be traumatic. Join me in understanding how SAFe can help us come out of this trauma.

     

  • Liked Ahmed Sidky
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    How Sustainable is your “Agile?” Transforming to Sustainable Organizational Agility

    Ahmed Sidky
    Ahmed Sidky
    schedule 3 years ago
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    As many organizations are adopting more and more agile, a key question is emerging … how sustainable is agile in our organization? When the embedded agile coaches or consultants leave, will things go back to the way they were? How long will it take before agile becomes just empty rituals and checklists, like the other processes did? Will things go back to the way they were after our sponsor moves on? It is our experience that the sustainability of agile is deeply linked to how the organization “transforms” to agile. We know that transforming an organization to become more agile requires more than just process change. Rather, it requires a complete culture shift. Sustainable, effective agile transformations affect all the elements of culture such as, leadership style, leadership values, work structures, reward systems, processes, and of course the work habits of people. How to affect that culture shift is the key question we will discuss in the session. We will present two different common transformation approaches (organizational-led and process-led) and then describe a hybrid version called culture-led transformation that is designed to change critical organizational and personal habits to improve and sustain organizational agility.

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  • Liked Avinash Rao
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    Planning For and Delivering Quality in Large Scale Enterprise Agile Development

    Avinash Rao
    Avinash Rao
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    Success in large enterprise software development depends on delivering capability and Qualities as much as functionality. In larger programs, given that Agile makes it easy to develop functionality quickly, building Qualities like performance and resilience in enterprise Agile needs deliberate and focused effort and planning. 

    Traditionally, Agile development tended to be smaller, contained (geographically as well as in size), allowing for Quality to be in built and monitored every iteration in the delivery of Agile projects. As Agile goes mainstream and more enterprise programs and IT development is Agile, more attention needs to be paid to the –ilities that will determine success or failure in the Enterprise. 

    Based on experiences from a geographically distributed, multi-year, multi-vendor 30+ million USD Agile product development that the author program manages, this session highlights the vulnerable areas that impact Agile Quality in large enterprise programs:

    -          'We'll figure it out as we go along' Architecture;

    -          Evolution in corporate security and IT governance guidelines;

    -          The Agency problem between the needs of the business and the representatives of the business;

    -          The temptation to build functionality quickly to demonstrate progress.

    For each area of vulnerability, the session will provide guidance and ways and means to manage the risk of lowered Quality.

  • Liked Naresh Jain
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    Scaling XP Practices inside your organization using Train-the-Trainer Model

    Naresh Jain
    Naresh Jain
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    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.

  • Liked Venkatraman L
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    Scaling from Project > Program > Portfolio - The Agile Transformation and Journey

    Venkatraman L
    Venkatraman L
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    The case in point is a journey of Agile transformation when the organization was looking to manage releases through shorter iteration cycles. As the journey began, the organization had to leapfrog into 3x growth in terms of both people and business needs due to a round of substantial investor funding.

    The agile transformation started with just 6 teams in the organization and due to the nature of the team structure, the 3-member PMO team did not have the luxury for pilot projects and had to simultaniously roll out at one go across the 6+ component teams.

    In a span of 6 months, the number of teams grew to 12+ and the number of releases more than doubled. Also, 80% of the releases cut across more than 3 teams and the challenge was to keep the process pretty lean. PMO team worked closely with key stakeholders from Product, Engineering, Architecture and Operations to forumate and roll-out a simple 3 step process that aided the teams to deliver releases better than before. Here is when the organization leaped from project to portfolio of releases cutting across 10+ themes.

    Similar to what is quoted in the "Scaled Agile Framework" which the PMO tripped on much later in the process, there were organization wide prioritization done based on the product strategy, infrastructure and technology needs which eventually got translated into multiple programs within the organization, cutting across various teams. A concept of 3-in-a-box (PM, Architect and Engineering Owner) was formulated to bring in the required vigor in to the planning and execution process.The 3 in the box was further extended to Dev +QA + Ops who worked as a team to deliver the various stories across the contributing stacks.

    The challenges across value-driven prioritization from 100+ releases across the portfolio, release planning with engineering and product, the execution framework and scalability in engineering infrastructure commensurate with the agile processes, working with operations teams and all the way till adoption was seamlessly scaled using the initial framework that was set for just 15 releases.

    The presentation details how agile helped and is helping the product and technology teams in delivering better results than before. This would also detail the necessary Agile and operational metrics across the project teams, the program and the portfolio levels that aid the mid and senior management to take informed decisions. As always, this would not cover the IP and actual data of the organization but provide a clear framework to substantiate the process.

  • Bhavin Kamani
    Bhavin Kamani
    Abinav Munshi
    Abinav Munshi
    schedule 3 years ago
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    Agile processes are the new order of IT implementations. These talk will elaborate on our experience and learnings during agile process implementation at Walmart. 

    We will touchupon following 3 key areas and our learnings that helped us scale agile in large enterprises.

    • Process Visualization - Our learnings related to visualization of existing processes and practices and how it helped us identify signals from noise

    • Product Backlog Elaboration - In a complex and large programs product backlog management and role of product owner needs to be revisited.

    • Team Working Agreement - This is particulary crucial for scaling agile as dependency management is one of the key aspects of enterpsie agile implementation.

    We will conclude with our key learning of how processes needs to be continuously evolved in large scale implementation.

  • Liked Mike Burrows
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    Kanban through its Values: An Agenda for Scale

    Mike Burrows
    Mike Burrows
    schedule 3 years ago
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    Introducing the Kanban method through a 3-layered value system - a familiar core that stimulates and drives change, a middle layer that is about direction and alignment, and a protective outer layer of discipline and working agreements.

    This humane, values-centric model aligns Kanban with the concept of the Learning Organisation and suggests ways to seek resonances with other methods. It has some practical benefits too: it can help us engage more effectively with the organisation as it currently is; it encourages us to self-reflect on our effectiveness as agents of change; it provides a convenient framework for the capture of stories.

  • Liked Anna Obukhova
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    The SCRUM and the willpower: how neuroscience can boost your productivity

    Anna Obukhova
    Anna Obukhova
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    Willpower is the force that is between the brain activity (I want to do this or I need to do this) and the action itself (start coding). If there is not enough willpower, people find it difficult to start any activity (especially that involves
    decision making).


    What is the standard approach when you feel tired and find it difficult to concentrate? Take some coffee (but latest research shows that coffee depletes the brain activity, even when body has more energy), take some sweets (but sugar ends quickly and gives even more exhaustion to the body)? These widely used strategies generally do not work, and in long-term even add harm to the body and brain.


    The willpower is not endless (so-called muscle theory of willpower), it can be saved, it can be trained, there are approaches how to keep the willpower level high. To keep the willpower (and thus, productivity) on the high level, people should know and use different approaches that lay in the field on the social and cognitive science.


    There are a lot of evidences that SCRUM improves the developer’s productivity in terms of speed of development, code quality, and accuracy of design. Unfortunately mainly all recommendations from SCRUM coaches look like “believe me, if you do this, you will have better velocity”. Yes, it works. But why does it work?


    Sometimes SCRUM does not give such great results even when main elements are in place. The question “Why” and “What makes the difference” is here again.


    I will describe the model of relationship between the willpower related brain metabolism on very low level (specific amino acid cycle) and the SCRUM practices. I can prove that SCRUM addresses the productivity of the people’s brain using 3 different flows simultaneously. There are several tips that make these productivity flows working or not. You can make Agile productive, you can have non-productive Agile. I will show you where the difference is.


    Overall there are 10 productivity tips that can be put into 3 flows.


    As the outcome of this session, Agile coaches, and all people who can change the process (in fact that is any team member) will review their SCRUM: does the way they have it improve the productivity or they are losing all the power? The changes are cheap, the outcome can be huge.

  • Liked Simon Reason
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    The Enterprise Experiment!

    Simon Reason
    Simon Reason
    Michael Pollard
    Michael Pollard
    schedule 3 years ago
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    Ever wondered what it's like to experiment in Agile? Ever thought when you started to scale Agile, you would get it right first time? Ever thought Agile adoption is full of experiments? We did! This session explores real world learning and observations when attempting to mature organisations from single team project based Agile to a Scaled Agile framework.

    This will be a fun and interactive session where will be using live experiments that highlight the purpose, result and our observations. Each experiment, as any Agilist would attest to, creates more unanswered questions, additional problems to solve and more opportunities to try out new hypotheses.

  • Liked Evan Leybourn
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    From Lean Startup to Agile Enterprise (beyond IT)

    Evan Leybourn
    Evan Leybourn
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    Traditional models of management and corporate governance are failing to keep up with the needs of the modern economy. Change, both technological and cultural, is occurring at faster rates than ever before. In this climate, modern enterprises will live or die on their ability to adapt. This is where Agile, and Agile Business Management, come in. Agile is change; changing how you think, changing how you work and changing the way you interact. This is important whether you are a software developer or a CEO.

    In this presentation, Evan will provide engaging and enlightening case studies of Agile beyond IT; from lean startups to large enterprises. These will be reinforced with practical approaches for the leadership of teams, divisions and businesses. 

    Taking the successful concepts and methods from the Agile movement and Evan's new book, Agile Business Management is a framework for the day-to-day management of organisations regardless of industry, size or location. We will discuss processes, techniques, and case studies for the 4 key domains from Agile Business Management;

    1. You, the Agile Manager - What makes a good manager and how do their responsibilities change?
    2. Integrated Customer Engagement - Collaboration and communication techniques to build trust and deliver Customer needs efficiently, with minimal waste, and to everyone's satisfaction.
    3. The Structure of an Agile Organisation - Efficient, transparent and collaborative techniques to manage empowered staff.
    4. Work, the Agile Way - Managing all types of business functions, from software, HR, finance to legal, by using Just-In-Time planning and Incremental or Continuous Delivery processes.

    Ultimately, the goal of this presentation is to make you think about your role as a leader. 

  • Liked Jason Yip
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    Think Like an Agilist: Deliberate practice for Agile culture

    Jason Yip
    Jason Yip
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    If I say, culture is important to adopting Agile, most people will just agree without even thinking too much about it.  But what is meant by "culture"?  Why is it important?

    Culture is not typical behaviour; it is not what we say we value (but don't actually do).  Culture is our basic assumptions of how things work.  Culture is the logic we use to think through and respond to any particular situation.

    If you imagine a pyramid, Agile practice and any other visible behaviour is on the top, stated or written Agile values and principles are in the middle, fundamental assumptions (aka culture) is at the base.

    My session is intended to expose people to the base of that pyramid.

    If culture is assumptions, then to understand Agile culture, we need to understand the basic assumptions of Agile.  To do this, I have created an approach called "Think Like an Agilist" that both exposes how we think through an "Agile situation" and allows us to deliberately practice "Agile culture".

    The general idea is that I won't just talk about Agile culture and values, what I'll call "culture theatre", but rather expose people, who nominally consider themselves part of the Agile culture, to their underlying thought processes and assumptions, given a relatively difficult scenario.  Those thought processes and assumptions are the essence of culture (reference Edgar H. Schein).  What is interesting is noting when the thought processes and assumptions are different which indicates that there is a different culture at play.  What I've noticed is that this difference is common between novice vs expert Agilists.

    Note that it isn't even about analyzing vs doing it mechanically but more about exposing what assumptions are being used to respond.

    NOTE: I will be updating the attached slides as when I created them, I was framing it more as "doctrine" rather than "culture", defined as fundamental assumptions"

  • Liked Tathagat Varma
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    Agility @ The Scale of Busine$$

    Tathagat Varma
    Tathagat Varma
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    [24]7 Customer, Inc started out in customer service space from Bangalore in 2000. Today, it is a sucessful mid-size company in voice-based customer support that also creates IP and products in big data and predictive analytics for some of the biggest names in business, and is a a high-growth company headquartered out of US. The growth in product R&D happened both organically as well as from acquisitions across multiple geos. While the initial / startup stage processes had been extremely successful in building the company's strong foundation, it was felt that the next stage of growth might not be a linear extrapolation of the past successes. Recognizing this futuristic need, it initially embraced agile software development methods in Q1 of 2013 to improve responsiveness, predictability and time to market in the product development organization. In Q2 of 2013, it embarked upon an ambitious company-wide program. The charter was to establish an end-to-end execution framework to make the entire operations efficient and effective - right from marketing and pre-sales to delivery, deployment, operations and ongoing optimization. 

    In this session,

    • We will analyze challanges involved in scaling-up agile adoption outside the software team across the entire organization.
    • Specifically, we will also discuss how we addressed some of those unique challanges that are associated with growth and scale, and
    • What does it take to achieve true end-to-end agility. 
  • Aman King
    Aman King
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    Are you an Agile Practitioner? Or are you responsible for Agile transformation?

    Organizations that have begun their Agile journey welcome the guidance of an experienced Agile Coach. But external guidance cannot continue indefinitely as the only way to scale Agile.

    If you are in an Agile team, are you prepared to take on the coaching role for other teams once your Agile Coach moves on?

    If you are a manager, are you looking at grooming in-house coaches to scale and self-sustain transformation?

    The transitioning of practitioners into coaches can be key to your Agile journey. Individuals get to build on their potential, while the organization becomes more self-reliant.

    This session explores my personal journey from practitioner to coach. It should help you too in taking that first jump into the role of a coach. I will share real-world examples of dealing with on-the-fly situations, and of preparing upfront where possible. I will recommend resources, and mention handy techniques that should be in a coach's toolkit. The session essentially provides a kick-start for first-time coaches.

  • Liked Amoli Upadhye
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    Scale up Agile - Cheers to complex, systems integration mega - projects!

    Amoli Upadhye
    Amoli Upadhye
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    Large systems integration projects form a large majority in typical corporate IT departments. With growing agile methodology adoption and its proven success rate in small / mid – sized projects there is a strong interest in case studies where teams have scaled Agile for XL size project execution

    Such large integration projects warrant natural complexities and teams rely on scaling existing agile practices to be able to up their game. As these projects are high risk / high value candidates, it is critical that project teams deliver them smoothly while rallying various stakeholders involved.

    This session would describe how agile principles can be elastic enough to help teams achieve just that!

    It describes exactly which agile principles have helped me (more than others) to influence my Product Owner-ship on my big, fat COTS application product tied to many upstream / downstream systems and even more stakeholders

  • Michael O'Reilly
    Michael O'Reilly
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    Test Requirement Driven Development(TREDD) places a renewed emphasis on quality and accountability, and provides the insight to allow your product development and management teams to make the necessary changes in order to produce outstanding quality products on schedule, in a cost-efficient and highly collaborative manner.

    What separates TREDD from other development methodologies like TDD (test driven development), ATDD (acceptance test drive development), or BDD (behavior driven development), is the status of the test requirement when the product development lifecycle concludes.

    Test Requirement status is the breakthrough element that allows test requirement to provide an objective measurement to the quality of the product development team, so that adjustments can be made for subsequent product development iterations that will ensure quality improves, as well as increase the effectiveness of the product development team.

    Come and learn how your TREDD will catalyze your SCRUM team toward greater capabilities, quality, accountability, and satisfaction!

  • Liked Natalie Warnert
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    Confessions of a New ScrumMaster

    Natalie Warnert
    Natalie Warnert
    schedule 3 years ago
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    45 mins
    Workshop
    Beginner

    So, you just got out of your CSM class, overflowing with your newfound Scrum knowledge and renewed faith in software development practices. You're ecstatic to share your new view of the world and show how Agile can benefit your organization, and you can't wait to get started. But, in your first Agile project, you meet resistance, opposition, and worst of all, modified Scrum practices. What's a ScrumMaster to do?

    Don't lose hope! You're definitely not the first ScrumMaster to meet these barriers, and you're not alone. I've encountered these situations in projects and have some tips to make the transition to Scrum easier on the team, the leadership, and you. Learn to overcome these problems in this interactive workshop and you become a better ScrumMaster and will help lead the team to the high performance you know they're capable of!

  • Liked Fiona Mullen
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    Agile - An Australian Journey of Cultural Change

    Fiona Mullen
    Fiona Mullen
    schedule 3 years ago
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    45 mins
    Talk
    Beginner

    How did one of Australia's leading financial services organisation become the biggest Agile transformation story in the Southern hemisphere and what did we learn?

    The Suncorp Group leads in general insurance, banking, life insurance, superannuation and investment brands within Australia and New Zealand. The Group has 16,000 employees and relationships with nine million customers. It is a Top 20 ASX listed company with over $93 billion in assets.

    In 2007, we embarked on our Agile journey of cultural change. In this talk we will cover the strategy taken, the roadblocks we came across, the mistakes we made and the achievements along the way.

    You will learn how to tackle an Agile transformation, what to do and what NOT to do, where to start and what to expect and most of all what impact it will have, both negative and positive.

    Today Suncorp are seen as market leaders in Agile and are known globally for the Agile Academy http://www.agileacademy.com.au/agile/ which was designed for both staff and also the external market.

    The role of the Agile PMO, how to get infrastructure to work Agile, what about all those legal challenges, the cultural differences and the resistance to change? These are some of the learning we will share.

    There were challenges and successes and in this honest Aussie presentation will share with you both the highs and the lows.

  • Herry Wiputra
    Herry Wiputra
    schedule 3 years ago
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    20 mins
    Experience Report
    Intermediate

    The term "cross functional team" has been made popular by the Agile movement. In cross functional team, we put people with different roles to work together for a common goal/purpose.

    I have seen this worked really well in many agile teams. People are no longer on silo and everyone have better understanding what each other's role is and consequently, what each other do. This leads to better self organising within the team.

    However, I strongly believe we can take this concept to the new level. The concept of cross functional team should be extended to not just the team but also to the individuals within the team. Scott Ambler wrote an essay on "Generalising Specialist". The term T-shaped developer was introduced by Mary and Tom Poppendieck in her famous book "Lean Software Development". By nature, people don't like to get out of their comfort zone, hence the tendency to keep working in area that they are familiar with. When leaders can create an environment where everyone is encouraged to learn, grow and make mistakes, amazing things can happen.

    In my experience leading teams, I have witnessed many transformations that enabled individuals to go beyond their traditional role, such as a manual QA assuming Scrum Master role, a BA doing deployment, a developer doing QA for a story, etc. Not only this enablement help develop the individuals to widen their horizon and skillset, it also helped the productivity of the team through better collaboration. When a team reach this stage, we no longer have problems such as "The QA has nothing to do because there are no stories to test", "The developers have nothing to do because the cannot keep up", "The deployment took longer than expected because the Ops person was not aware of the special configuration".

  • Liked Allen Rutzen
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    Nokia Maps Agile Journey.....(Agile Transformation, Scaling and Overcoming Challenges)

    Allen Rutzen
    Allen Rutzen
    Sunil Roy
    Sunil Roy
    schedule 3 years ago
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    45 mins
    Talk
    Intermediate

    We (at Nokia Maps Division) began our Agile Journey in 2009, with a Top Down approach for Agile Transformation. The formation of an Agile Working Group (with members having Agile experience behind them) at two major sites was instrumental in shaping the transformation and scaling and also overcoming the challenges from time to time.

    The challenges were huge, but our spirit was bigger, and the high level strategy was decided. Interestingly, the Agile Working Group itself ran the whole Transformation and Scaling program using Agile values and Scrum frame work. Scrum was also used as the preferred framework for the agile projects (after success in our pilots), except where Scrum would not work. Kanban or hybrid methods were used in those few teams.

    What were the challenges faced, and how did we overcome them? What values helped us in our transformation journey?

    How did we migrate to the Scaling phase? What helped us in scaling and stabilizing?

    Can we rest easy now? Of course not!

    What are the next steps? And of course, the challenges ahead?

    Let us share our Nokia Agile journey with you, and help you all be successful too, in your Agile journey!

  • Aruni Siriwardene
    Aruni Siriwardene
    schedule 3 years ago
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    45 mins
    Talk
    Intermediate

    A traditional software development project entails specifics around elements in or out of scope, tied up to deliverables, all ensconced within specified estimates and timelines, subjected to legal clauses for everything from acceptance to indemnities. For Agile contracts, the boundaries of legal intervention must stand; merely due to the marriage of parties when a project is executed; the definitions of boundaries must be established be it scope, budget or timeline and all standard deliverables from a traditional project stands; yet, the execution is as diverse as chalk and cheese.

    What are the key criteria to be aware of when we define Agile contracts; as in typical agile projects, should the client be involved in mutually drafting the contract? How much legal intervention can we allow? What happens to deliverables and expenses when delays occur and scope boundaries are reduced? Can blame be apportioned to an extent that each party will have to indemnify themselves?

    An Agile contract needs to reflect the nature of the engagement; no template contract with standard clauses can be coaxed upon a true agile project. In line with the Agile principles and values and targeted to the agile manifesto; Agile contracts should be just that – Agile!

  • Liked Richard Kasperowski
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    Enduring Transformation is Hard

    Richard Kasperowski
    Richard Kasperowski
    schedule 3 years ago
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    90 mins
    Workshop
    Intermediate

    Agile mechanics are easy, but enduring transformation is hard. Learn the tools and process of Agile and applied cultural anthropology for a successful long-lived transformation that changes your group's microculture.

  • Liked Ashish Mahajan
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    Water the root , Enjoy the fruit

    Ashish Mahajan
    Ashish Mahajan
    schedule 3 years ago
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    20 mins
    Talk
    Intermediate

    Yellow or dry leaves of a tree have more to do with its root, rather than its color, which is just an indication of need to water the roots. For a tree to flourish, to bear green leaves, with fruits, it’s the root that needs to be watered

    This is to say, put focus and care into your core every day and then the rest of the things will simply flourish and express itself.

    At times, we are too busy in discussing and analyzing things at a very high level, trying to improve the color of the yellow leaves of the trees, by applying patches, thereby ignoring watering its root.

    We are so obsessed with achieving better results every time, that ,metrics, processes and numbers become the focus of discussion in the organization. We keep on doing the same thing again and again, and expect different results, every time.

    Measure more, measure accurately, implement jazzy-flashy processes with new fashioned terminologies of promises of skyrocketing results, make everyone occupied, and reduce cost at any cost!

    And most of the times, you get the same results, or even worse.

     

    Here are some of the things,I believe, are watering the tree of Product Development that bear the fruits of success.

    • Focus on automated unit tests and refactoring the code every time you see an improvement opportunity, quality will take care of itself.
    • Focus on having open, honest and professional discussions with customers; trusted partnership will take care of itself.
    • Promote culture of failing fast and encourage making mistakes, time to market and innovation will take care of itself.
    • Implement the DNA of Value Flow into the organization, and cost will take care of itself.
    • Focus on respecting and improving skills of the people in your organization, the results will take care of itself
    • Destroy the cubicles , both physically and mentally,  and the waste will have a tough time to find a place.
    • Focus on building great teams; and great products will take care of itself.
  • Liked Jayaprakash Puttaswamy
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    Agile Transformation Strategies - Insight from software & non-software world

    Jayaprakash Puttaswamy
    Jayaprakash Puttaswamy
    schedule 3 years ago
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    90 mins
    Workshop
    Intermediate

    Large-scale agile transformation across organization is not only challenging to implement, but also relies heavily on strategic leadership skills of the organization leaders who drive it. In this workshop, apart from me sharing my experience of driving large-scale agile transformations from an agile coach and strategist’s point of view, participants would be encouraged to share their valueable insight as well through agile innovation games. The workshop attempts to unwind some of the intricacies of challenges involved in enterprise agile transformation and it would be presented at a big-picture level, connecting the deeper insights to agile transformation strategies. The workshop would be organized around "Agile transformation challenges" and "Strategies for effective agile transformation". Strategies described focus around Adoption, Delivery and Scaling aspects of the transformation.