• Liked Sundaresan Jagadeesan
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    Leadership Engagement - Philips Scaled Agile Transformation Journey

    Sundaresan Jagadeesan
    Sundaresan Jagadeesan
    schedule 6 months ago
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    20 mins
    Talk
    Advanced

    Philips - SW transformation program is involved in the deployment of (Scaled) Agile framework to enable TTM and Quality in Business from the year 2014. We started with Pilots and then followed with Mass deployments. We have:

    1. 44 Agile Release Trains launched since Aug 2014 and 220 + PI planning sessions completed.
    2. Currently, focusing on System Business with multiple ART’s launched in Systems Business, including 1st ART launch in Philips –China.
    3. 3700+ people engaged in (Scaled) Agile way of working globally and part of ART's and 1300+ are formally certified in Agile and SAFe

    We have learned that when engaging, deploying, an important and not-to-be-forgotten first step is to brief Executives and leadership about the approach, changes .This typically takes 4-8 hours, which sounds like a huge investment, but almost always is seen as paying off. Involving Leadership along has been a key element of our Success in our deployment

  • Liked Jutta Eckstein
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    With Sociocracy, Hierarchy Becomes Agile

    Jutta Eckstein
    Jutta Eckstein
    John Buck
    John Buck
    schedule 5 months ago
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    90 mins
    Workshop
    Beginner

    Many agile teams suffer from the mismatch of agile and organizational leadership, with the latter being reflected by the organizational hierarchy. Based on self-organization and iterative processes, the agile teams run into trouble with the top-down steering of their environment. Consequently, agile proponents very often believe that a supportive agile organization should be structured without hierarchies, the so called “no managers” approach of “reinvented organizations.” Several companies in the agile field are experimenting with different organizational approaches that don’t use hierarchies. Yet, “no hierarchy” or “no managers” is not an option for many organizations.

    In this session we suggest using sociocracy as a solution that leaves the hierarchies in place in an agile way - an option the organization is free to choose. Sociocracy shows how hierarchies can actually be agile and can strongly support (rather than opposing) agile philosophy. It enables managers to become agile leaders. As a participant you will learn how the principles of shared decision making and double-linking are key to enabling self-organization. These principles convert hierarchies from linear to circular so that they support an agile mindset.

    Sociocracy is a way for groups and organizations to self-organize. Based on four principles (self-organizing teams, shared decision making based on consent, double-linking, and electing people by consent to functions and tasks), sociocracy provides a path for existing organizations to have empowerment and self-responsibility on all levels. Different than comparable methods, sociocracy allows companies to start where they are – with their existing organizational structures and the like. It seems to be a perfect fit for organizations that need to be truly agile (due to market pressure) beyond their IT departments and software teams.

  • Liked Nilesh Kulkarni
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    Why one size doesnt fit all? - Selecting scaling framework.

    Nilesh Kulkarni
    Nilesh Kulkarni
    schedule 5 months ago
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    45 mins
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    Beginner

    Why one size doesnt fit all?  - Selecting scaling framework.

    This session will focus on what are the aspects organizations should consider when they want to scale agile implementation in organization.  There are several frameworks out there like SAFe, LeSS, Spotify, and so on. what is it that organization is trying to achieve and how a systematic approach of scaled agile implementation can help the organization.

    Attendees will be able to understand what aspects should be considered before organization decides to scale agile.  How to scale agile and when to do it largely depends on what organization is trying to achieve. Each organization is operating it in different way so there is no defined formula or framework that will work for all. But guidelines from this session will help the members to identify their needs and then take further action.  These guidelines can help the organization to successfully scale agile irrespective of which framework is selected.

  • Liked Todd Little
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    7 Sins of Scaling and other Agile Antipatterns

    Todd Little
    Todd Little
    schedule 5 months ago
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    45 mins
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    Beginner

     This is about agile “anti-patterns”: “something that looks like a good idea, but which backfires badly when applied” (Coplien). Todd has been around agile development from before it was called agile.  In that time, he’s seen teams fall into the trap of many of these anti-patterns, becoming stuck without ever realizing it. Frequently, this is due to a dogmatic understanding of what is right and wrong about scaling and agile development. The first step to getting unstuck is to be able to detect these “sins.” The presentation aims to expose teams to these common pitfalls and then also provide a vision for a virtuous path to take them to the Promised Land.

  • Liked Scott Ambler
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    Beyond “Easy Agile”: How to Overcome the Challenges of Adopting Agile in Established Enterprises

    Scott Ambler
    Scott Ambler
    schedule 4 months ago
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    45 mins
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    Intermediate

    Many agile methods and strategies are geared towards small teams working in reasonably straightforward situations. That’s great work if you can get it. Most organizations that are adopting agile today have been in operations for decades and sometimes centuries. They are typically dealing with significant investments in legacy systems and processes that won’t go away any time soon. They have an existing culture that is usually not-as-agile as it could be and an organization structure that puts up many roadblocks to collaboration. Their staff members are often overly specialized and many people do not have skills in agile software development techniques, and there are many thoughts as to what needs to be done to improve things, the adoption of agile being one of many. This is certainly not the startup company environment that we keep hearing about.

     

    In this keynote presentation Scott Ambler reviews the challenges faced by established enterprises when transforming to agile and what enterprise agile means in practice. He then overviews the Disciplined Agile (DA) framework, a pragmatic and context-sensitive approach to enterprise agile, working through how it addresses the realities faced by modern organizations. Scott then works through advice for transforming your enterprise to become more agile, including the people-process-tools triad and the skills and experience required of enterprise agile team coaches and executive agile coaches. He ends with an overview of proven strategies for adopting agile in less-than-ideal environments

     

     

  • Jutta Eckstein
    Jutta Eckstein
    John Buck
    John Buck
    schedule 4 months ago
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    480 mins
    Workshop
    Intermediate

    Today companies are expected to be flexible and both rapidly responsive and resilient to change, which basically asks them to be Agile. Yet, doing Agile (the mechanics) is different from being Agile (the mindset). The mindset lets you apply flexible Agile patterns not only for software development teams but for whole company. In this workshop, we will examine what being Agile really means and how it can be implemented by combining principles from the Agile Manifesto, Sociocracy, Beyond Budgeting, and Open Space. We’ll draw on everyone’s experiences to show the path to transforming our companies into agile enterprises - from Board to janitor, offering concrete tools and methods that participants can apply right away.

     

  • Liked Hugo Messer
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    The top 5 problems with distributed agile and how to solve them

    Hugo Messer
    Hugo Messer
    schedule 5 months ago
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    20 mins
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    Based on 10 years distributed agile experience, I've distilled 5 core problems in distributed teams. To find solutions, I've gathered data from hundreds of practitioners and wrote 6 books about remote teams. In this talk, I will share how an agile mindset helps leadership to make distributed teams work. And I'll give practical solutions for teams to collaborate better across culture and timezones.    

  • Liked Kurt Bittner
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    Two Dimensions Of Agile At Scale: How To Make The Most Of Your Agile Transformation

    Kurt Bittner
    Kurt Bittner
    schedule 6 months ago
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    45 mins
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    Advanced

    Many organizations have achieved sufficient success at the single team level with Agile approaches like Scrum that they want to bring Agile to their entire enterprise. They want to reap the benefits of Agile across their whole organization, but they struggle with where to start and how to sustain the change. Scaling Agility has two dimensions: scaling horizontally, across large numbers of teams, and scaling vertically, integrating the work of multiple teams into a single product. Focusing on both dimensions enables organizations to achieve sustainable change by solving 3 main challenges: achieving consistency and the right Agile culture across teams without dictating behaviors, fostering the right interactions between Agile and non-Agile teams when there are dependencies between them, and adapting Agile approaches to deliver products that require a team-of-teams approach. 

  • Liked Bas Vodde
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    The Story of LeSS

    Bas Vodde
    Bas Vodde
    schedule 3 months ago
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    45 mins
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    Intermediate

    This talk is based on story-telling, where Bas will share the creation of LeSS and within that side-track on explaining better how LeSS works.

    LeSS is a lightweight (agile) framework for scaling Scrum to more than one team. It was extracted out of the experiences of Bas Vodde and Craig Larman while Scaling Agile development in many different types of companies, products and industries over the last ten years. There are several case studies available and an upcoming book describing LeSS in detail.

    LeSS consists of the LeSS Principles, the Framework, the Guides and a set of experiments. The LeSS framework is divided into two frameworks: basic LeSS for 2-8 teams and LeSS Huge for 8+ teams. All of these are also available on the less.works website.

    LeSS is different with other scaling frameworks in the sense that it provides a very minimalistic framework that enables empiricism on a large-scale which enables the teams and organization to inspect-adapt their implementation based on their experiences and context. LeSS is based on the idea that providing too much rules, roles, artifacts and asking the organization to tailor it down is a fundamentally flawed approach and instead scaling frameworks should be minimalistic and allowing organizations to fill them in.

  • Liked Dave Thomas
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    Value Driven Development - Maximum Impact, Maximum Speed

    Dave Thomas
    Dave Thomas
    schedule 3 months ago
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    45 mins
    Keynote
    Executive

    Agile, OOP... are like good hygiene in the kitchen, it results in meals with consistent quality and predictable prep and service times. It doesn't result in great meals nor substantially impact the ROI! Lean Thinking clearly shows that the only way to make a significant impact is to improve the value chain by improving flow. If everyone is following best practices no one has competitive advantage. Major improvements in the value chain depend on continued disruptive innovations. Innovations leverage people and their ideas. We use case studies to illustrate the different business and technical innovations and their impact. We conclude with a discussion of how to build and leverage an innovation culture versus a sprint death march when dealing with high value time to market projects.

  • Liked Jez Humble
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    Why Scaling Agile Doesn't Work

    Jez Humble
    Jez Humble
    schedule 4 months ago
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    45 mins
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    Executive

    There are now several frameworks designed to address the demand for “big agile.”

    In this talk Jez will explain the flaws in such frameworks, why they so often fail to produce the desired effects, and what we should do instead. He will also address some common organizational obstacles to moving fast at scale: governance, budgeting, and the project paradigm - and discuss how to address them. Warning: this talk will include liberal use of real, statistically sound data.

  • Oana Juncu
    Oana Juncu
    schedule 4 months ago
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    45 mins
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    Throw a purpose in a middle of a crowd, it will start to self-organize. Many self-organised entities like ... villages or cities have an "embedded purpose", not voluntarily shared out-loud or displayed in common places. Villages and cities have growth aligned to their embedded purpose. Acting in a purpose driven way is less obvious for organisations. More a company grows, more dissolved into the Process the original business purpose becomes. This talk presents the 3 stages of Agile Experience Awareness I've seen unfolded and reveals how aligning to a clear shared purpose triggers growth, Agile culture propagation, and scaling becomes a side effect. 

  • Liked David Hussman
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    Scaling Product Agility: More Product, Not More Process

    David Hussman
    David Hussman
    schedule 2 months ago
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    20 mins
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    Intermediate

    Many companies working hard to be more agile have a strong focus on process but failing to focus on product. This session's focus is on product over process or project. Differing from sessions about scaling process, we will talk transitioning to product learning by building product teams and product communities. As a vehicle, we will discuss scaling product agility in context of three models: one team, one product, many teams and one product, and many teams and a large system (where product varies based on configuration.) For each model, we will talk about embracing uncertainty, focusing on measurable impact and accelerating product learning with agile practices and DevOps techniques. The session is for people looking to transition to a product focus and will be helpful individuals, team leads, product managers and anyone looking to evolve from more process to more product and eventually to more impact and more product learning possibly without adding process and by possibly building less of the wrong thing.

  • Liked Chris James
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    Scaleable DevOps with SAFe

    Chris James
    Chris James
    schedule 3 months ago
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    45 mins
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    Beginner

    Real, tangible development value occurs only when the end users are successfully operating the Solution in their environment. This demands that the complex routine of deploying to operations, or moving to production, receives early and meaningful attention during development. 

    To ensure the faster flow of value to the end user, this presentation will suggest the mechanisms for tighter integration of development and deployment operations using SAFe.  

     

     

  • Liked Parikshit Basrur
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    A playbook to guide and support you on Leading Enterprise Agile Transformation

    Parikshit Basrur
    Parikshit Basrur
    schedule 3 months ago
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    45 mins
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    Executive

    Enterprise Agile Transformations are tough. Leading them is even tougher.

    This workshop caters to all levels of maturity - beginner, intermediate, advanced and executive because everyone is in this journey together.

    In this session, I share a practitioner's perspective, without the academic jargon and the deep philosophical underpinnings, to design a transformation playbook that is built on learnings in our Agile transformation journey. 

    The transformation playbook has a set of practices, key learnings and templates that we will use in the 45-minute workshop to work through your journey in your organisation. You will walk out of this session with a better understanding of how to apply some new tools, frameworks and practices to guide and support your transformation. 

    The conversation is by a change agent to change agents who are at different stages in their Agile adoption journey, some starting, some restarting and others, in the thick of it.

  • Liked Aino Corry
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    How to Facilitate Distributed Retrospectives

    Aino Corry
    Aino Corry
    schedule 5 months ago
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    45 mins
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    Beginner

    Aino will share her experiences with distributed retrospectives; those that went well as well as those which did not go well. She will describe what worked in those that worked and what did not work in those that did not. You will come away with things to be aware of when preparing a distributed retrospective, how to organise it, how to prepare it and how to facilitate it during the retrospective in a virtual setting. There will be links to different technologies also, but also an opportunity to ask questions and share your own experiences.

  • Liked Evan Leybourn
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    Designing Business Outcomes (#noprojects)

    Evan Leybourn
    Evan Leybourn
    schedule 5 months ago
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    45 mins
    Workshop
    Advanced

    In most agile teams, the focus on delivering projects has continued to distance them from what's important - delivering value to their customers. All too often we’ve been measuring activity and cost, not outcomes and value. And it's important to understand that an organisation that plans for growth outcomes (without binding a team to a specific output) can fundamentally adapt to a changing market. By creating clearly defined, non-conflicting, outcomes and common working principles senior management can delegate the ‘how’ to their teams, while retaining ownership of the ‘what’ and ‘why’.

    This interactive presentation will help participants define the real outcomes and associated measures for their work and teams. Participants will come to understand that outcomes can be complex, interdependent and occasionally conflicting. Therefore we will create 3 elements; 

    1. the profile of the outcome,
    2. the relationship between outcomes, and
    3. the principles that align work across all outcomes

     

  • Liked Fennande van der Meulen
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    The Power of Purpose - workshop on How purpose drives employee happiness and company results

    Fennande van der Meulen
    Fennande van der Meulen
    Maartje Wolff
    Maartje Wolff
    schedule 6 months ago
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    90 mins
    Workshop
    Beginner

    Having a clear purpose in both life and work is essential to happiness. And, science and business support this view. Companies with a clear purpose perform better than companies without. Purpose is increasingly seen as the key to navigate the volatile and complex world we live in. And, people with a purpose in their live longer and are healthier. However, finding your purpose, your personal and companies purpose, is not an easy task. In this workshop we discuss what purpose means and key elements of a sustainable and meaningful purpose. We elaborate the four steps to identify the company purpose and how to build your business around it.

  • Liked Erwin van der Koogh
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    The 'Only' Two Things You Need to do to Scale Agile

    Erwin van der Koogh
    Erwin van der Koogh
    schedule 6 months ago
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    45 mins
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    Intermediate

    The magic behind the Agile manifesto is in the question they asked. The 17 people assembling in Snowbird spend their time figuring out how they were similar, not what way of working was best. And in the course of those two days, they discovered the deeper truths in what worked.

    So what happens when we look what the different Agile Scaling frameworks have in common? A move away from projects towards product development and teams as the fundamental building blocks?

    In this talk, we will be exploring how these two shifts impact the way we scale Agile. Looking back on all the Agile Transformations I have done all of them have succeeded (or failed) when we have (not) focussed on these two things.

  • Liked Dave Thomas
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    Scaling Agile - Your Challenges => Potential Solutions

    Dave Thomas
    Dave Thomas
    schedule 1 month ago
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    90 mins
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    Intermediate

    This is a workshop where we will seek to respond to challenges of attendees with respect to Scaling Agile development.  We begin with a quick discussion of transitioning to Lean and Agile in the Large to provide a common context. We then open the discussion for participants to bring forward their challenges. We vote on the challenges and then discuss them starting with the ones with the highest votes.  We time box the discussion of each challenge so we can deal with as many as possible.  Examples which may be discussed.

    Transition Planning; Agile Maturity; Agile in a Legacy; Agile with Enterprise Vendors; Estimation in the Larger; Envisioning; Architecture and Design; Testing; Nonfunctional Requirements; Feature Teams versus Component Teams; Agile Database/BI; Portfolio Planning; Management and Technical Ladders; Metrics; Automation of Testing and Deployment....

    Bring your challenges.

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