• Liked Woody Zuill
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    Mob Programming: A Whole Team Approach

    Woody Zuill
    Woody Zuill
    schedule 5 months ago
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    45 mins
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    Intermediate

    Mob Programming is a development practice where the whole team works on the same thing, at the same time, in the same space, and on the same computer. It is a whole-team approach to doing all the work the team does including designing, coding, testing, and working with the customers, users and other stakeholders. This is an evolutionary step beyond pair programming and accentuates face-to-face communication, team alignment, collaboration, and self-organizing team concepts of the Agile approach to software development.

    Mob Programming can be a highly effective approach to software development. There are numerous teams doing Mob Programming all over the world, including distributed teams, and there has been a great deal of positive reports of success. Please join me as I share how the concept got started, the benefits, techniques we use, and some of the problems we've faced.

  • Liked Dipesh Pala
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    How I Learnt to Stop Worrying and Love my Agile Team

    Dipesh Pala
    Dipesh Pala
    schedule 4 months ago
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    45 mins
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    Intermediate

    As we reflect back on our numerous struggles with making Agile Teams more efficient and operate like well-oiled machines, we are often overwhelmed with wondering how we didn’t learn the lessons faster or earlier.  Life is too short to learn from just our own mistakes – we have to learn from others’ mistakes as well.

    In this session, Dipesh will be drawing upon more than a decade of Agile experiences in multiple organizations across nine countries to share stories and challenges of transitioning into an Agile Leader, while also focusing on what we in the Agile community are struggling with most.

    There has been a lot written about techniques for creating great Agile teams.  Dipesh will take these theories a bit further, and look into how Leaders can build great teams, not by using a new method or management style, but rather by understanding their own Agile team dynamics and behaviour.  

    You will learn about the assumptions and challenges surrounding self-organizing Agile teams and how to build a stronger team of Servant Leaders.

    If you are a leader or an aspiring leader of an Agile team, this session will provide clear implications for where to focus your efforts so that you do not worry about the wrong things. You will be inspired by knowing how to establish trust within the teams that is required to embrace uncertainty and ambiguity while confidently making better decisions.

  • Liked Heidi Helfand
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    Dynamic Reteaming: The Art and Wisdom of Changing Teams

    Heidi Helfand
    Heidi Helfand
    schedule 5 months ago
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    45 mins
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    Intermediate

    Who says you need "stable" teams in order to build a successful software company? While the addition or removal of one person from a team means you have a "new team", there is a myth out there about "stable" teams. When your team compositions change it doesn't mean you're doing it wrong - it could be the secret to your success. Different companies have thrived through reteaming - the act of moving people around teams in different ways. In this talk I'll go over the what, why and how of reteaming and will share stories from different companies who are living this reality.

  • Craig Brown
    Craig Brown
    schedule 2 months ago
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    Workshop
    Intermediate

    How does your team improve? What are the limits to what you can do? Have you set your sights high enough?

    We are in this together in everything. We need to improve as a team, as well as deliver work products together. 

    Furthermore, best practices lead to dead ends and bad practices. Don’t seek a standard pattern that will drag your team and work towards mediocre. Seek to do better than what you do today. Never stop seeking. Think mindfully about your situation and work to improve from there.

    A key thing about this talk is that I won't be telling you how to do your job better. I'll be helping you do that more effectively.

  • Liked Joshua Kerievsky
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    Modern Agile

    Joshua Kerievsky
    Joshua Kerievsky
    schedule 4 months ago
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    45 mins
    Keynote
    Executive

    Genuine agility is enormously effective in helping us achieve our dreams. The trouble is, Agile has grown into a complex tangle of roles and rituals, frameworks and tools, processes and certifications. We need a return to simplicity. Modern Agile is here to help.

    Designed for people in many domains (not just IT), Modern Agile is defined by four guiding principles:

    • Make People Awesome,
    • Make Safety a Prerequisite,
    • Experiment & Learn Rapidly and
    • Deliver Value Continuously.

    Understanding and deeply practicing these four principles will help you get better results faster.

    In this talk I’ll share how these four principles power world-famous companies and how they can help you work with greater speed, simplicity, safety and success.

  • Liked Sean Dunn
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    Practicing What I Preached: Confessions of a Reformed Enterprise Agile Coach

    Sean Dunn
    Sean Dunn
    schedule 4 months ago
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    45 mins
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    Beginner

    Agile coaching is a booming industry -- but what do companies hope to get out of coaching, and what tangible impact does coaching actually have on a team? What happens when you take an agile coach and force them to "eat their own dog food"? This is what happened to me. Join me in my personal journey of transitioning from an enterprise agile coach to a programmer on a team, and what I learned about agile, coaching, and myself in the process. 

  • Liked Kent McDonald
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    'Tis Better to Be Effective Than Efficient

    Kent McDonald
    Kent McDonald
    schedule 4 months ago
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    Intermediate

    Better. Faster. Cheaper. Many IT organizations are constantly seeking the "best" practices that will deliver those characteristics, and the fact that they continue to search indicates they haven’t found them yet.

    It could be they are looking in the wrong place. Most efforts around achieving better, faster, cheaper center around becoming ultra efficient.

    Effectiveness may just be the better target.

    Join Kent McDonald to explore the difference between efficiency and effectiveness and learn three simple, yet powerful, techniques that he has found can help teams be more effective. You’ll learn how to:

    • Build a shared understanding of the problem you are trying to solve
    • Establish clear guard rails for distributed decision making
    • Measure progress based on outcome, not output

    Along the way he’ll share stories about how he has used these techniques and help you figure out when these techniques may work in your situation.

    You may be able to get faster and cheaper with efficiency, but in order to get better outcomes, you need to be effective. Come to this session to learn how.

  • Liked Evan Leybourn
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    The structure of an agile organisation - a business agility primer

    Evan Leybourn
    Evan Leybourn
    schedule 4 months ago
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    45 mins
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    Beginner

    Traditional business models are failing to keep up with the needs of the modern economy. While business has never been predictable, technological and cultural change is occurring at faster rates than ever before. In this climate, modern enterprises live or die on their ability to adapt – which is where Business Agility comes in. Business Agility provides a context for organisations to embrace change; changing how to think, changing how to work and changing how to interact.

    Whether you've heard of Holocracy or Teal Organisations; it seems that lean and agile business models are gaining interest across different business sectors. This is relevant to you whether you are a software developer or a CEO.

    This presentation will provide engaging and enlightening stories of Agile beyond IT; from lean startups to large enterprises. These will be reinforced with practical approaches for the design and leadership of teams, divisions and businesses across 4 key domains;

    1. The Structure of an Agile Organisation - Efficient, transparent and collaborative techniques to manage cross-functional, self-organising and potentially self-managing teams.
    2. You, the Agile Manager - What makes a good agile manager and how do their responsibilities change?
    3. Integrated Customer Engagement - Collaboration and communication techniques to build trust and deliver Customer needs efficiently, with minimal waste, and to everyone's satisfaction.
    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.
  • Liked Isabel Evans
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    Leading, Following or Managing? Help your Group Thrive

    Isabel Evans
    Isabel Evans
    schedule 1 month ago
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    45 mins
    Keynote
    Executive

    We work in teams. Teams that have goals, that work together to solve problems, that sometimes squabble and make up. How people in the group behave depends on the styles of leadership, management and followership adopted in the group, and on each of our individual behaviours.

    Do we have a mentoring, coaching, managing or leadership role towards others? Are we following or learning from others? Do we influence our colleagues and organisations in public or behind the scenes? Are these interactions built into a formal hierarchy in our group? Have we informally adopted an interaction role? Or have we even been forced into a particular interaction role?

    In order that we work together as efficiently and effectively as possible, we need to understand the range of approaches or styles for leadership and management, what styles we feel most comfortable with, and how we react to both being leaders and being led.

    It’s not just humans who work in groups. Other animals can tell us about how we interact with individuals, teams, and groups both as leaders and followers. Isabel discusses animal behaviour, predators, animal groups, parasites and epiphytes, and the richness of symbiotic partnership.

    Regardless of the project model/software life cycle model you use, you’ll need to understand these interactions, and when to adopt a leadership, mentoring, coaching, following or learning attitude in order to help your group thrive.

  • Liked Sandy Mamoli
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    Creating Great Teams - How Self-Selection Lets People Excel

    Sandy Mamoli
    Sandy Mamoli
    schedule 3 months ago
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    Advanced
    Here’s a radical idea: Trust people to know best and let them decide which team they should work in. Let them Self-Select!
     
    Self-selection is the simplest, fastest and most efficient way to form stable teams, based on the belief that people are at their happiest and most productive if they can choose what they work on and who they work with.
     
    In October 2013, New Zealand’s largest eCommerce provider ran the biggest Self-Selection event in the world since WWII, using a process which has since been repeated many times in multiple locations across the world.
     
    In this presentation I will share my learnings and experiences from more than three years of running Self-Selection processes in large organisations. I will show you a repeatable process for how to establish efficient teams in growing organisations and we will answer questions such as “Why would I do that”? and “How can I convince management?”.
     
    If you work in an industry or company that involves teams then this talk is for you!
  • Liked Aino Corry
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    A Comment on How We Learn

    Aino Corry
    Aino Corry
    schedule 3 months ago
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    45 mins
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    Beginner

    As an expert you will be asked to facilitate the learning of others, not to mention your personal eternal learning in your field. Join an interactive session about how our brains accept new knowledge and store it for later use. Your take-away will be three-fold; how to chunk information you give to others, how to improve your own learning AND something to entertain with at dull parties.

  • Liked Zeger Van Hese
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    The Power of Doubt - Becoming a Software Skeptic

    Zeger Van Hese
    Zeger Van Hese
    schedule 4 months ago
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    45 mins
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    Beginner
    "I don’t know".
     
    These might just be the hardest words to say in any language. We avoid saying them, scared of coming across as doubtful and uncertain. This fear is understandable; we admire those who are knowledgeable and oozing with confidence - even more so in a professional context.
    As testers, our team members and managers expect us to be firm and certain, providing clear answers. They want us to hand them that comforting blanket of certainty. Over the past years, I grew increasingly uncomfortable with that. I ended up having a hard time being sure of anything, to the extent that my confidence as a tester started suffering.
     
    "You're rejecting certainty, just like Socrates", someone said. "That's skepticism. You're a tester, embrace it!". That sounded like a good way to get out of my little Socratic crisis, but it left me with a new challenge: how does one embrace skepticism, and how can this help me improve my testing? I wanted to get to the bottom of this and, for a year, decided to submerge myself in all things skeptic in hope of finding clues to help me with my testing and my struggles with doubt. It was a fascinating journey that brought me to both sides of the spectrum, ranging from hilosophy, religion, critical thinking to science and even pseudo-science. The latter proved to be a portal into the world of the odd, the awkward and the downright bizarre.
     
    Now that I surfaced safely, it is time to reflect and make sense of what happened. I will tell the story of how I embraced skepticism and be came a proud and reasonable doubter. I will share how this influenced my testing and how I harnessed the power of doubt: by creating a portfolio of critical thinking heuristics that can be valuable addition to any human's toolbox.
  • Liked Chris Edwards
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    Agile Introverts, an Oxymoron?

    Chris Edwards
    Chris Edwards
    schedule 5 months ago
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    Collaboration, collaboration, collaboration. This is probably the most used word you'll hear from agilists. It sits right at the core of agile principles. How do we reconcile this with the fact that 30% of the population is introverted?

    There has been extensive research around introversion that can help us understand this apparent contradiction better. This talk will explore the complexities of introversion, from the distinction between shyness and introversion to the complexities of pseudo-extroverts and "high active" babies. 

    Finally, what can we learn from companies like Menlo Innovations and Hunter Industries, where they have high collaborative environments with introverts that say they would not work any other way.

  • Liked Andrew Kaufteil
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    Work Culture Masala: 9 keys to innovation

    Andrew Kaufteil
    Andrew Kaufteil
    schedule 3 months ago
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    45 mins
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    Designing a highly creative and productive work culture looks easy, but is actually hard work. In this talk, I will explain my transition from more traditional workplaces, like law firms and universities, to an innovative one. Using Cooper as a case study, I will explore nine steps you can take to create a culture of innovation at your organization.

  • Liked Ashwin Apte
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    Without a Data Culture, Agile is Just a Process

    Ashwin Apte
    Ashwin Apte
    schedule 3 months ago
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    45 mins
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    Beginner

    “We have tons of data, we don’t do enough with it”. Sound familiar? This is a familiar refrain from CxOs and Product leaders.

    Entire business models today hinge on the ability to extract value out of data. At the same time, Data orgs within companies have fallen behind on being able to extract maximum value from the data. As the quantum of data available explodes, and there is tremendous appetite to derive insight from the data, it is vital to ensure that the entire company has the right mindset and the right tooling for dealing with data.

    This session focusses on the key elements of building a data culture: How do we transform the organisation’s cultural fabric to make data a central part of the ethos.

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