• Liked Vishweshwar Hegde
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    Mindfulness: Cultivating Agile Minds

    Vishweshwar Hegde
    Vishweshwar Hegde
    schedule 6 months ago
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    20 mins
    Talk
    Intermediate

    Agility starts with Mind. It’s about open, curious, energetic mind constantly looking for doing better things and in better ways. Such Agile Minds manifest in proactively sensing market/customer opportunities/needs early, quickly adopting to changes  to create new value in the changing contexts, continuously learning, exploring & experimenting new things. It requires courage, self-drive and taking people along. If we notice, all these characteristics are distilled in Agile Values & Principles.

    But how to develop Agile Minds? Typically our education system and corporate trainings  are predominantly IQ oriented; whereas Agile Mind is about Emotional Intelligence (EQ) – self awareness, self regulation, self motivation and empathy. EQ is an essential ingredient for a culture of self-organizing, collaboration and servant leadership – which are the tenets of good Agile culture. Mindfulness is a practical & effective toolset to cultivate EQ and create Agile Minds. 

    Being a Mindfulness practitioner, this talk will cover my experiences of consulting & coaching on Mindfulness in organizations driving Enterprise Agility.

  • Liked Woody Zuill
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    Mob Programming: A Whole Team Approach

    Woody Zuill
    Woody Zuill
    schedule 6 months ago
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    45 mins
    Talk
    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 5 months ago
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    45 mins
    Talk
    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 6 months ago
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    45 mins
    Talk
    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.

  • Liked Joshua Kerievsky
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    Modern Agile Workshop

    Joshua Kerievsky
    Joshua Kerievsky
    schedule 3 months ago
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    480 mins
    Workshop
    Intermediate

    Much has changed since the publishing of the Agile Manifesto in 2001.

    Pioneers and practitioners of lean and agile methods have examined weaknesses and friction points, experimented with simpler approaches, and produced agile processes that are safer, simpler and far more capital efficient. The result is modern agile. It’s values-driven, non-prescriptive and an easier starting point than antiquated agile processes. Modern agile amplifies the values and practices of organizations that have discovered better ways to get awesome results. Are you still cramming low-quality work in the end of each sprint, struggling with growing technical debt, arguing about “definition of done” or frustrated that “management/product never gives us time to do it right?”

    In this 1-day workshop, you will learn to deliver awesome results by

    • experiencing how the four principles of modern agile guide decisions,
    • increasing safety in your culture, code and products,
    • identifying friction points and simplify your process,
    • engage the entire team to continually uncover better ways of working.
  • Craig Brown
    Craig Brown
    schedule 3 months ago
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    45 mins
    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 Kent McDonald
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    'Tis Better to Be Effective Than Efficient

    Kent McDonald
    Kent McDonald
    schedule 5 months ago
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    45 mins
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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 Chris Edwards
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    Agile Introverts, an Oxymoron?

    Chris Edwards
    Chris Edwards
    schedule 6 months ago
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    45 mins
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    Intermediate

    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 4 months ago
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    45 mins
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    Intermediate

    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.

  • Diane Zajac-Woodie
    Diane Zajac-Woodie
    Doc Norton
    Doc Norton
    schedule 4 months ago
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    90 mins
    Workshop
    Intermediate

    The world as we know it is growing more complex. As we automate away those things that can be easily repeated, we leave ourselves with ever more challenging work. The way we’ve worked in the past won’t necessarily work for today’s problems… or will it? Join Diane and Doc as they explore dimensions of complexity in software development and look at how teams and leaders might adjust their behaviors (and the software they create) based on the complexity of the problem at hand.

    This hands-on, interactive workshop will provide a practical introduction to Cynefin (a sense-making framework for complexity) and show how it applies to the work we do every day as creators of software. You’ll map your own work to Cynefin and learn about applicable management styles and optimal team interactions for each of the Cynefin contexts.

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