• 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. 

  • 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.

  • 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 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
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    45 mins
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    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

  • 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
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    Beginner

    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
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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.

  • Liked Prathitha Gangadharan
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    Cycles of Development Applied to Teams

    Prathitha Gangadharan
    Prathitha Gangadharan
    schedule 3 years ago
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    45 mins
    Talk
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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
    schedule 3 years ago
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    90 mins
    Talk
    Beginner

    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
    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

  • Liked Chandan
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    Impact of People issue in agile process

    Chandan
    Chandan
    schedule 3 years ago
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    45 mins
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    Advanced

    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
    schedule 3 years ago
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    45 mins
    Talk
    Beginner

    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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    90 mins
    Talk
    Advanced

    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 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.

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

    Anna Obukhova
    Anna Obukhova
    schedule 3 years ago
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    45 mins
    Talk
    Intermediate

    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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    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 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. 

  • 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 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
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    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 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
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    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.
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    Agile - The next logical step in the evolution of Project Management and Organizational Transformation

    Monica Gupta
    Monica Gupta
    schedule 3 years ago
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    Project management as we know is a science that is evolving and maturing. Agile provides the next step of advancement in this arena. The topic will discuss how Agile practices have now reached a level of maturity and can be an agent of organizational transformation. These practices can now be applied to other fields and the same benefits can be reaped as we experienced in Software Development.

  • Ebin John
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    schedule 3 years ago
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    This talk is all about how to make the organizational culture work in favour of you. Agile adoption/transformation face lot of resistence because the the change agents work against the organization culture.

    In this talk we talk about how to understand the organizational culture and how to work with the culture to reach agility. We learn the details of organization culture with the help of Schneider model.

    We also discuss about what is the best model for different types of organizational culture. How to move from one model to another without disturbing or fighting against the organization culture.

    The talk is all about "Making your culture work".

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    Agile Retrospectives based on Continuous Process Improvement

    Karthik Vijayakumar
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    Agile Retrospectives are talked about and practiced my many teams, at varying levels across the globe. But more often than not, while these retrospectives are carried out with great fervor, teams often struggle on following up. This struggle is greater when teams begin to follow Agile.

    Effective Retrospectives create learning teams and helps aid continuous process improvement.

    In this talk, we'll walk you though a technique that applies continuous process improvement practices to help you many your retrospectives effective, easy to follow-up and measure your progress over the course of time.

    In the 45 minutes of this interactive Talk, you will learn a very useful technique to interacting with teams and effectively communicating with "management" and other key internal stakeholders on the roadmap to continuous improvement.

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    Contracts in the Age of Agility

    Howard Deiner
    Howard Deiner
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    “Fixed price, fixed deliverables, and fixed schedule” contracts are just about the worst way to write contracts involving software, yet they are the most popular – so what are some techniques to use to fix that?

    Organizations that perform professional services for software development or develop software on a work for hire basis are usually engaged bound by extensive contracts.  These contracts are typically characterized as “fixed price, fixed deliverables, and fixed schedule.”  These, of course, are the vertices of the “Iron Triangle of Software Development” and foreshadow a poor outcome due to issues that make the requirements gathering and project estimation phases that precede contract negotiation so prone to error.

    Given this, the question becomes one of “how can I engage clients in a way that allows us each to achieve our goals?”  If Agile and Lean methods are the status quo for good development practices, how can I write contracts for development services that embrace this mindset and let each side achieve it’s goals better?  This lecture and roundtable explores the many facets of this question and provides the attendee answers that they can use going forward.

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    The Agile PMO - Creating A Lean Organization from the Inside-Out

    Howard Deiner
    Howard Deiner
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    For many, the idea that you can transform an organization from the PMO outwards seems odd, if not impossible.  But my experience says that this is becoming a trend that more and more clients are asking advice for. 

    We know that for an Agile transformation to work, we need to engage not just the Delivery Teams to approach work differently, but we need a change agent high in the organization to support that change in mindset.  I’ve always found it difficult to find that right person in an executive leadership role who is willing to have the courage to “bet the company” on a new and unproven approach such as Agile and Scrum.  As coaches, we tend to start “pilot” projects, and hope that traction will occur “once everyone sees the great results that we get.”  But I think that this approach is fraught with peril of not getting the right project to start with, not getting the right results immediately, and not motivating people by seeing results from a process that they are not comfortable with.

    I think I’ve come upon a new approach that works better.  Instead of trying to “sell” Agile at an Enterprise level, embrace pure Lean principles high in the organization and work with the PMO leader at the organization.  Once they are comfortable with ideas such as “more leadership and less management”, “shorter concept to cash cycles”, “enabling Lean Startup mentality for disruptive product development”, “always looking for the elimination of waste”, “exploiting variability through appropriate cadence control and appropriate utilization rates”, “delegated authority”, “continuous improvement”, and “rolling planning”, the PMO becomes a terrific agent for instituting change, because they are usually already endowed with the right responsibilities and accountabilities that can push the organization forward.

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    Pushing a Rope: Lessons learned from implementing innovation programs at Bigcommerce and Atlassian

    Ted Tencza
    Ted Tencza
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    You cannot effectively push a rope, similarly you cannot force innovation to happen. You can only set up an environment where it is fostered and allowed to thrive. This is even more relevant in an Agile environment, where there is freedom to explore innovation. This talk will be a review of the lessons learned while implementing innovation programs in Agile environments at Atlassian and Bigcommerce. This session covers programs that worked (like FedEx/ShipIt/Hackathons, 20% time) and programs that failed (dedicated Innovation Team). Most importantly it will explore why certain types of programs are more successful that others.

    It will also explore how Agile methodolgies and practices can help to improve the results of innovation programs. The talk will also detail some strategies for setting up a culture of innovation, and discuss the pre-requistes to creating and fostering an environment where innovation is celebrated.

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    A Conceptual Model to Adopt Agile at the Organizational Level

    Teresa Maciel
    Teresa Maciel
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    The section will present a conceptual model to help software organizations to adopt agile at the enterprise context. Firstly the model is driven by a set of organizational agility attributes. To develop these attributes, enablers will be presented, organized into four perspectives: management and environment people, product development strategy, and external relatonship (customers, partners, community). So, attributes, enablers (suppported by methods) will be suggested in order to meet agility at the organizational level. The model was based on a review from both software and manufacturing literature.

     

     

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    Agile in Marketing, sales and pre-sales of Service Company

    Prasad
    Prasad
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    Owing to internal and external demands and market place pressure, Services Companies have learned the hard way of executing the projects in agile like way. Irony is that, most of the contracts / Master Service agreements / Statements of work remained traditional ‘legal’ intensified subject matter. This is one of the top most impediment to realize benefits of agile like flexibility, collaboration and win-win strategy etc..

    Agile is still a taboo in Marketing, sales, pre-sales, legal and finance functions of service companies. Each of these teams work in independently, and create suboptimal silos. There is a need of a framework which align these support function to enable an agile eco system.

    This discussion is to bring perspectives and thought process related to the support / enabling functions of IT services and ponder on creating flow based approach, with each functions working to create a great agile experience to customer