• Liked Rajeev Banduni
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    Protect your company from failed product launch using Lean Methods

    45 mins
    Talk
    Intermediate

    With the start-up scenario growing and becoming pervasive in India, entrepreneurs are bubbling with new ideas, believing their idea to be the next billion-dollar one. Today, it feels as though everyone wants to be an entrepreneur. This is very heartening for a young country like India where, by 2020, 64% of our population will be of working age, highlighting the urgency for future employment creation.

    The biggest challenge facing global start-ups is the high rate of failure. According to Harvard Business Review, over 80% of global start-ups fail in the first 18 months, and in India this figure is close to an alarming 90%. It appears that when signs of trouble arise, many founders struggle to "save" the business, largely due to poor decision-making by the leader, and a lack of guidance from a skilled expert. The same is also the case with new product launches in bigger corporates, though its gets buried into their giant service revenue wins.

    How can such mistakes be avoided? Can there be any method to this prevent this madness? Are there any ways to make the business "failure proof", if such a thing exists at all? 

    In this talk, Rajeev will be talking about typical mistakes that most of the startups commit and how it can be avoided by using Lean Startup concepts and tools. Such mistakes range from the flaws in Assumptions, Execution methodology to premature scaling and will propose ways to avoid these mistakes. 

  • Liked Richard Sheridan
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    Build a Workplace People Love – Just add Joy

    Richard Sheridan
    Richard Sheridan
    CEO
    Menlo Innovations
    schedule 1 year ago
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    45 mins
    Keynote
    Executive

    The CIO invited me into his office and closed the door. Before he took me for a tour of his operation, he had a few stories to share. Important stories. Last year’s project was a disaster. Late, lots of quality issues, in short, a failure in every dimension. His boss, the CEO, had just presented him with a very personal ultimatum: deliver the next project by April 4th, "or else". 

    "Or else what," I asked?

    His team was burned out and scared. They were a hard-working and dedicated group, but fear and demoralization had set in and he didn't know what to do next. That’s why he wanted to talk to me, he had heard things about my company, things that seemed too good to be true, but he had to hear them firsthand. He wanted hope, inspiration, and a practical way to get there.

    I told him about my own journey from joy to fear to disillusionment back to joy. It was simple, but, of course, simple isn’t easy. I wasn’t sure he and his organization were ready; "manufactured fear" is a powerful drug.

    In this talk, I will share with you what I shared with him. I will explore what an intentionally joyful culture must choose as its focus. I will discuss what joy looks like, feels like, how it is organized. Along the way, you will be confronted by paradoxical approaches of how workplace noise increases productivity, how two people at one computer outperforms hero-based organizations 10-to-1, how rigor and discipline emanate from a shared-belief system, how transparency conquers fear, how all of the disciplines you study including agile, lean, and six sigma when done well are really about building human relationships at the intersections of business and technology, between project management and software development, between development and design and how quality can be a natural result of a team built on trust. This is not a theoretical talk, but rather a talk built from well over a decade of experience of leading a team focused on “the business value of joy”. There will be lots of room for discussion with the audience. The audience will begin to understand why thousands of people make the journey to Ann Arbor, Michigan every year to see The Menlo Software Factory firsthand, and why so many more are reading about it in Joy, Inc. – How We Built A Workplace People Love.

  • Liked Nitin Ramrakhyani
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    In God we trust; All others must bring Data: Lean Analytics 101

    Nitin Ramrakhyani
    Nitin Ramrakhyani
    Head of Products
    Tesco
    schedule 1 year ago
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    45 mins
    Tutorial
    Beginner

    You can't manage what you can't measure. - W. Edwards Deming

    Most startups or organizations live by the above quote and start measuring loads of metrics and digging through pile of data to get meaningful insights. So much so that you waste the most precious resource i.e. "time" in implementing tons of tracking and data analysis and all it gives is a false feeling that things are in control and you know what you are building. More than tracking metrics or measuring output, the more important part is "What to measure" and "When to measure".

    While Lean Startup concepts help you structure your progress & identify the riskiest parts of your business and then learn/ adapt to it,  Lean Analytics is used to measure that progress, helping you to ask the most important questions and get clear answers quickly.

    In this presentation, we would look at a few ways to figure out what "must" be measured and "how", depending upon your business model and stage of growth.

  • Vishal Khandelwal
    Vishal Khandelwal
    Founder
    Safal Niveshak
    schedule 1 year ago
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    45 mins
    Experience Report
    Beginner
    Seth Godin describes a tribe as – "…group of people connected to one another, connected to a leader, and connected to an idea." For millions of years, human beings have been part of one tribe or another. A group needs only two things to be a tribe: a shared interest and a way to communicate. And this is what a modern day business needs to survive and prosper in the long run – a growing tribe around a shared interest.
     
    In his session, Vishal Khandelwal, the founder and chief tribesman of SafalNiveshak.com, will share his experience in building his tribe of 20,000+ readers across 135 countries in a span of just four years, even while he maintained a lean, clean, structure-less, and profitable model.
     
    SafalNiveshak.com is a website dedicated to helping small investors become smart, independent, and successful in their stock market investing. Vishal has 13+ years of experience as a stock market analyst and investor, and 4+ years as an investing coach. Safal Niveshak, which Vishal started in 2011, is now a community of 20,000+ dedicated readers, and was recently ranked among the best value investing blogs worldwide. Over the past four years, Vishal has trained over 2,000 individual investors in the art of investing sensibly, through his Workshops and online courses.
  • Liked Dr. Vishal Rao
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    Intentions in Innovations

    45 mins
    Experience Report
    Intermediate

    Science would be incomplete if it were to only remain a hope for future; but unable to serve the present & remain inaccessible to the needy. Thus intentions in inventions is the key driving force that forms the basis and foundation of scientific breakthroughs.

    In this talk I'll share my journey and insights of how we've designed a Rs. 50 device to give cancer patients their lost voice.

  • Liked Kavin Bharti Mittal
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    100M Users. Moving to Agile at Hike

    45 mins
    Keynote
    Executive

    Hike is a new kind of a messaging app that is changing the way people connect with one another and simplifying the way they interact with content and services on mobile. At 100 million users exchanging 40 billion messages/month (Jan’16), and growing each day, Hike is working at a scale that no other Indian internet company today is. The key to Hike’s hyper growth has been its ability to continuously re-organize itself and build a self-learning culture, something they continue to evolve and better everyday. Driving autonomy, alignment to Hike’s mission, imbibing the internal culture and values, were all fundamental to this continuous change. Hear Kavin Bharti Mittal, Founder and CEO, Hike Messenger share his story on how he is building a self-learning organization and the role Agile plays in it.

  • Liked Manoj Gupta
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    Applying Theory of Constraints to find your Growth Model

    Manoj Gupta
    Manoj Gupta
    Founder
    Craftsvilla
    schedule 1 year ago
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    45 mins
    Experience Report
    Intermediate

    While we often keep hearing about startups that lap up glorious rounds of funding and then resort to massive discounting to show hockey-stick growth for their VCs, rarely do we hear about startup founders who not just believe in their idea, but never give up even when the going gets tougher, keep their heads down in building a profitable business from day one without luring customers with offers and create a niche market for their products globally, sitting out of India.


    Craftsvilla.com, an online marketplace for Indian ehnic wear and goods, is one such startup that has created a name from itself in a very niche, ethnic goods market, competing against the best of the e-commerce players in the segment. Craftsvilla is known for it’s frugal but creative marketing campaigns to drive traffic and scaling rapidly at growth rate of 6x YoY, becoming the 6th largest ecommerce player in India and plan to reach a GMV of $500 Million in next 12 months. They recently acquired a shipping service provider, Sendd, for $4.5 Million.
  • Liked Amy Jo Kim
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    Getting2Alpha: Turbo-charge your product with Game Thinking

    45 mins
    Keynote
    Intermediate

    Do you want to harness the deeper power of games – the power to drive long-term engagement? Are you ready to look beyond the silver bullets & Skinner boxes – and learn to think like a game designer? In this talk, you’ll learn the foundations of Game Thinking - brought to life with front-line stories from eBay, Ultima Online, The Sims, Rock Band, Covet Fashion, Happify, Lumosity and Slack. You’ll come away with a smarter approach to innovative product design - and practical, actionable design tips you can use right away to turbo-charge your path towards product/market fit. 

  • Liked Mayur Chaudhary
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    Lean UX - Anticipations vs Reality

    45 mins
    Experience Report
    Intermediate

    Thinking about creating the best experience for your customers without analyzing business repercussions due to timelines and quality results, never goes hands in hand. In these rapidly changing environments, it's high time for every business, be it a start-up or an established one to understand the significance of introducing Lean techniques in their processes. This presentation will explore how working on a Lean model could help different teams clearing the air of unknowns and to set a cadence to meet business expectations on time and with unmatched quality. This talk will also focus on the importance of user research and product validation in lean product delivery and to unravel the challenges faced by design teams to adopt a quick and early validations and feedback patterns. Baked into the presentation will be case studies, challenges and lessons learned in past and recent lean/agile projects.

  • Naresh Jain
    Naresh Jain
    Founder
    ConfEngine.com
    schedule 1 year ago
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    45 mins
    Keynote
    Advanced

    On Agile teams, collaboration is the way of life. Our leaders want their team members to work closely with each other, have shared goals and even think as one entity. Why? Because we believe that collaboration leads to happier, more productive teams that can build innovative products/services.

    It's strange that companies use the word collaboration very tightly with innovation. Collaboration is based on consensus building, which rarely leads to visionary or revolutionary products/services. Innovative/disruptive concepts require people to independently test out divergent ideas without getting caught up in collaborative boardroom meetings.

    In this presentation, Naresh Jain explores the scary, unspoken side of collaboration and explains in what context, collaboration can be extremely important; and when it can get in the way or be a total waste of time.

  • Siraj Sirajuddin
    Siraj Sirajuddin
    Co-Founder
    Temenos+Agility
    schedule 1 year ago
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    45 mins
    Workshop
    Advanced

    Enterprise Agile Transformation initiatives are BIG. Change at this scale of thousands is tough. 

    The Leaders and Executives involved in these initiatives are going through their own personal transformation. Change at this scale of one is equally tough. 

    Siraj Sirajuddin (SPCT) has worked with hundreds of executives leading enterprise agile transformation initiatives. These are their stories of personal growth and individuation. We will hear how transformation at a personal level is the leverage for transformation at a collective level. We will also learn of unique methods that activate personal transformation for leaders who are ready to step into their leader persona but are unable to get that from traditional leadership training and coaching methods.

  • Susan Gibson
    Susan Gibson
    Co-Founder
    Temenos+Agility
    schedule 1 year ago
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    45 mins
    Workshop
    Intermediate
    Surprisingly, not all enterprises have a vision. And, when you're talking about delivering products & services at scale, not having a vision, or, worse yet, having one that no one knows or believes in, results in chaos, which leads to confusion in the market and ultimately losing customers.
     
    Susan Gibson (SPCT) has worked with 1000's of change agents to create personal visions, that are then turned into compelling shared visions for their teams, divisions, and institutions. When individuals see themselves in the vision, that's when the enterprise hums. Susan will share stories of how these compelling shared visions gave the enterprises she's worked with the focus they needed to truly delight their customers.
  • Vishal Prasad
    Vishal Prasad
    Project Manager
    Springer Nature
    schedule 1 year ago
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    20 mins
    Experience Report
    Intermediate

    Consider an agile utopia executing a lean build-measure-feedback loop for software development. How would you feel if your biggest strength of receiving early feedback from your end-users turns out to be your Achilles heel? Recently I faced this dilemma where my end-users unfortunately were a group of introvert individuals. This led to Monger project’s MVP almost declared as a failure since it did not fulfill the end-user’s requirements. 

    Many a times, projects transform their delivery mechanism from traditional models to agile with a myth that agile is a recipe for success. In reality many projects fail since agile is not well understood by the teams. A few times (like in this case) the agile process falters not due to incorrect implementation but due to incorrect participants responsible to execute a part of the process.

    Experience with me what happens when your end-users falter your feedback loop just because of the nature of individuals. If you’ve ever been a part of a group (or may be in the future) where your end-users are introverts, learn from this experience report how we overcame this problem on the Monger project by strengthening our anemic reviews. At the same time, if you as a participant have been there and done that, I would love to hear about it.

  • Liked Anuradha Gajanayaka
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    How to explore the Learning Organization within the Agile Organization

    20 mins
    Experience Report
    Advanced

    We have been discussing a lot regarding Agile transformations and how such transformations can help organizations. The key is to base such a transformation on the concepts of agility such as self-organization, intrinsic motivation, collaboration, etc. But still the puzzle of how those can be used in practice is less discussed. This is where the emerging concept of "Learning Organization" from Peter Senge can help a lot.

    The five disciplines of a Learning Organization lies in the heart of an agile organization. Therefore, exploring the learning organization within agile organization aids us find the "truly" agile organization.

    This is an experience report of a journey where a mid-size offshore software development organization moving towards to become a learning organization.  

  • Liked Anand Murthy Raj
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    Philips - Enterprise SAFe Transformation Journey

    20 mins
    Case Study
    Advanced

    About the company

    Philips is a healthcare multinational company that focuses on building complete health care products and solutions for emerging markets, in addition to developing solutions and products for global markets, across the three sectors Healthcare, Lighting and Lifestyle. Using the expertise of its nearly 2000 engineers in Bangalore and aligning the marketing and sales teams the campus is responsible for creating and rolling out a complete set of products that include a whole host of solutions for global customers. It also contributes to global solutions in critical health care component development for connected consumer devices and renewable energy.

    Executive Summary

    Beginning of 2014, an external survey brought out the issues wrt time to market and code quality. Taking the survey results positively, the Leadership embarked on an Agile/SAFe journey with pilot projects. The results were amazing and with the currently learning from the pilots, the organization is running 25+ deployments within. The journey has started and Agile release trains are delivering periodic value to our customers at defined frequencies.

    Background Objective/Challenge

    Product quality, consistent & predictive delivery and quicker time to market are the key challenges the organization is trying to address today. Continuous Innovation is constrained due to the above issues and hence there is need to find a new way of product development which can meet the dynamic business needs, foster people engagement and deliver meaningful products to the world.

    Target

    ScaledAgile has been used as a framework for product development across the organization global. The whole organization is undergoing a transformation from waterfall way of working to the SAFe agile way of working and roadmap is till 2019.

    Agile Initiative

    The Framework used for the transformation can be summarized into 4 major steps

    1. Develop products in the Agile way with focus on Basic Agile practices (Scrum)
    2. Establish Product Ownership with focus on Enabling Scaling aspects (SAFe practices)
    3. Establish a release pipeline with continuous integration (supported by Automation)
    4. Adopt a DevOps Culture with focus on Continuous delivery (to production environment)


    This includes a comprehensive diagnosis of the various business processes, agile practices and behavior, engineering practices, delivery maturity and recommendations for the transition. A coaching and tooling plan is also an outcome of the diagnostics.

     Measurable Impact

    • Predictable Releases to customers (hitting the market with features every three months with features and business criticial bugs with less than 2 weeks with all the regulatory compliance)
    • Capitalization
    • Feature planned vs Feature delivered per program increment > 80%lose
    • Defect reduction co t 45%
    • Team velocity – Baseline vs actual.
    • Very high sense of ownership and high levels of engagement

    Transformation team Profile

    Global team

    • Agile Capability program manager -1 FTE
    • Agile Deployment Program Management – 1 FTE
    • Communication expert – 1 FTE (Today we are 0/1)
    • Coordination - 1 FTE
    • Enterprise Agile Coaches – 16 (Today we are 9 /16)

     

  • Liked Evan Leybourn
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    If you need to start a project, you’ve already failed #noprojects

    45 mins
    Talk
    Beginner

    I want to be controversial for a moment and propose an end to IT projects, project management & project managers. I propose that the entire project process is flawed from the start for one simple reason. If you need to run a project, you've already failed.

    By definition, an IT project is a temporary structure to govern and deliver a complex change (such as a new product or platform) into an organisation. However, to be truly competitive, an organisation needs to be able to deliver a continuous stream of change. Managed properly, this negates the need for a project and the associated cost overheads.

    This is fundamentally what #noprojects is. The approach, structure, tactics and techniques available to successfully deliver continuous change. At its core, #noprojects is predicated on the alignment of activities to outcomes, measured by value, constrained by guiding principles and supported by continuous delivery technologies.

    This presentation will introduce you to #noprojects. You will learn how to define an outcome and create an Outcome Profile. You will also learn how to manage change within the context of an outcome through the Activity Canvas.

  • Liked Pavel Dabrytski
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    Agile Economics: Contracts, Budgets, Capitalization

    Pavel Dabrytski
    Pavel Dabrytski
    Agile Coach
    Think Agile
    schedule 1 year ago
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    45 mins
    Talk
    Advanced

    How much does one story point cost? Is Sprint 0 an expense or an asset? Can you run Scrum with a fixed-cost contract? Agile challenges the existing approach to financial aspects of running projects: i.e. budgeting, forecasting, financial planning and vendor contracts.

    Applying new financial models becomes increasingly important for larger organisations adopting Agile. While they are going through an Agile transformation, they also need to maintain transparent financial governance and reporting. Shareholders would not be too excited about messy Annual Financial Statements.

    Join me if you would like to know more about Agile Economics. No financial degree is required and all the content explained in plain English with plenty of pictures!

  • Liked Ellen Grove
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    Everything Is Better When We Stick Together: Building Team Working Agreements

    90 mins
    Workshop
    Beginner

    Whether a team is brand-new or seasoned veterans at working together, explicitly defining and/or refining a team working agreement will help the team to align on how they will work together effectively to meet their common goal. In this fast-paced hands-on session, participants will go through the process of building a team working agreement using LEGO Serious Play (LSP).

    Creating a team working agreement helps team members set the stage for effective communication and high performance by making assumptions about ‘what really matters to us’ and ‘how we will work together?’ explicit and negotiable.  Great working agreements address some difficult topics - what values do we share? how do we want to deal with conflict when it comes up? how will we handle problems within the team? - which are often challenging to discuss openly and honestly, especially when a team is first assembled.  

    This session will show you how to use LEGO Serious Play to encourage a frank and fearless discussion in order to kickstart these discussions so that a team can quickly create a powerful set of simple guiding principles for working together.  Participants will learn about the importance of team working agreements in creating team cohesion and common understanding of shared values and operational guidelines, and experience hands-on how to use the LEGO Serious Play cycle of build-share-reflect to have a participatory discussion to identify shared values, explore reactions to conflict, and build a set of simple guiding principles.

     

  • 45 mins
    Experience Report
    Intermediate

    As the industry is shifting towards an Agile (Continuous Delivery) style for developing products and services, (whether startups or large established organisation), everyone today has to thrive by innovating and adapting to the latest trends in technology. They have to keep themselves ahead in the race to delight customers. Full stack developers are key players in experimenting and delivering value consistently using varied tools and technologies throughout the stack.

    In this session I'll be share my journey of how I became a full-stack developer. Hopefully this will help others understand how they can target and plan to gradually become a full stack developer in their respective teams.

    Also I'll highlight the following topics:

    • What is the importance of a full stack dev?
    • What tools/resources/languages in my experience work best for full stack developers?
    • Downsides of being a full stack developer!
  • Liked Amy Jo Kim
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    Getting2Alpha: Build your MVP faster and smarter with Game Thinking

    Amy Jo Kim
    Amy Jo Kim
    Game Designer, Entrepreneur, Startup Coach
    ShuffleBrain
    schedule 1 year ago
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    480 mins
    Workshop
    Intermediate

    Do you have a hot idea and a burning desire to build it? Do you want to unlock the secrets of Game Thinking, and turn your product vision into a simple, engaging, high-learning MVP (minimum viable product)? 

    In this fast-paced design workshop, you will learn how to use Game Thinking to build a product that people love - and come back to, again and again. Get ready to:

    • Find out who your Early Customers REALLY are --> and work with them to set yourself up for mass-market success
    • Apply insights, techniques and advice from breakthrough games to create a deeply-engaging product experience
    • Turbo-charge your product design and development with expert instruction and time-saving tools
    • Make real progress on your product design and strategy during this lively day-long session

    If you're a product owner, leader, manager, designer, researcher, or builder, this workshop is for you. You'll learn actionable techniques that you can use right away to accelerate your progress -- and you'll discover why simple gamification usually fails, and what to use INSTEAD for creating a truly engaging experience.