• Liked Linda Rising
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    Linda Rising - Experiments, the Good, the Bad, and the Beautiful

    45 Mins
    Keynote
    Beginner

    I have given several presentations about the use of stories instead of science in our industry, so I thought I should try to be more helpful and give a session on experiments. No, this is not too rigorous! I am not going to talk about statistics! I am going to talk about cheap, easy experiments, what to do, what to be aware of, including our cognitive biases. I share some of my experiences with teams who are really doing it. My goal is to encourage everyone to be a bit more methodical in decision-making and to replace "that won't work" with "how can we test it." I hope that participants will walk out the door with a plan in hand for one or more experiments to run in their workplace. I also hope to improve the scientific vocabulary a bit and describe some cognitive biases that get in the way of decision-making.

  • Liked James Stewart
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    James Stewart - Revolution NOT Evolution: UK Government's Digital Transformation Journey

    James Stewart
    James Stewart
    Principal Consultant
    jystewart.net
    schedule 2 months ago
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    45 Mins
    Keynote
    Intermediate

    Governments the world over are beginning to recognise the need to embrace digital change and transform how they provide services. A pioneer of that was the UK which in 2011 began an ambitious programme of digital change, led by a new unit called the Government Digital Service. Over five years they transformed users' experience of dozens of government services, saved billions of pounds in the process, and embedded significant new capabilities across government. James Stewart was one of the founders of that unit and led much of its work on technology and security. He'll share some lessons from that journey and how they can be used for others on a similar journey in any complex organisation (not just governments).

  • Liked Alan Cooper
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    Alan Cooper - Working Backwards

    Alan Cooper
    Alan Cooper
    Founder
    Cooper
    schedule 4 months ago
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    45 Mins
    Keynote
    Intermediate

    Using examples from his award-winning design consultancy, Alan Cooper shares the secret to his success: working backwards. Working backwards means taking the time to ask the hard questions before wading into unfamiliar territory. It can be scary (and for some, frustrating), but it's the only way to innovate.

  • Liked Bjarte Bogsnes
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    Bjarte Bogsnes - Beyond Budgeting – Business Agility for New Business and People Realities

    45 Mins
    Keynote
    Executive

    - The Statoil implementation journey

    - The problems with traditional management, including budgeting

    - The Beyond Budgeting principles and companies on the journey

    - Statoil's "Ambition to Action" model;

    - redefining performance - dynamic and relative with a holistic performance evaluation

    - dynamic forecasting and resource allocation and no traditional budgets

    - from calendar-driven to event-driven; a more self-regulating management model

    - Implementation experiences and advice

  • Liked Jeff Patton
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    Jeff Patton - How Agile Screwed Up Product Ownership, and 5 Things You Can Do to Fix It

    45 Mins
    Keynote
    Advanced

    Agile development has fixed lots of problems in software development, Companies using it consistently deliver working software more predictably than ever before. But, the software they make isn't necessarily better, or more successful in the market. Because the things we need to do to make a product successful aren't baked into agile development. And, in fact, strict adherence to common agile practice can result in even worse products.

    This talk explains why and gives you 5 concrete changes to Agile development you can make to improve things. These aren't things your product owner or product manager must do. They're the things the whole team need to do. And, they're not easy things. But, they're necessary if you want to more consistently make products people love.

  • Liked Denis Bauer
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    Denis Bauer - How Novel Compute Technology Transforms Life Science Research

    45 Mins
    Keynote
    Advanced

    Dr.Bauer and her team have been working to build genome-scale data pipelines that address the computational challenges and limits present in today’s cancer genomic (bioinformatics) data workflows.

    Dr. Bauer and her team have built solutions which use modern architectures, such as serverless (AWS Lambda) and also customised machine learning on Apache Spark. AWS Community Hero. The CSIRO team is pushing solutions at the cutting edge of bioinformatics research which best utilizes advances in cloud technologies.

    In this demo-filled session, Dr.Denis will discuss and demonstrate some of the work they’ve done in the bioinformatics research.

  • Josh Long
    Josh Long
    Spring Developer Advocate
    Pivotal
    schedule 2 months ago
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    45 Mins
    Demonstration
    Beginner

    "It is not necessary to change. Survival is not mandatory." - W. Edwards Deming

    Work takes time to flow through an organization and ultimately be deployed to production where it captures value. It’s critical to reduce time-to-production. Software - for many organizations and industries - is a competitive advantage.

    Organizations break their larger software ambitions into smaller, independently deployable, feature -centric batches of work - microservices. In order to reduce the round-trip between stations of work, organizations collapse or consolidate as much of them as possible and automate the rest; developers and operations beget "devops," cloud-based services and platforms (like Cloud Foundry) automate operations work and break down the need for ITIL tickets and change management boards.

    But velocity, for velocity's sake, is dangerous. Microservices invite architectural complexity that few are prepared to address. In this talk, we'll look at how high-performance organizations like Ticketmaster, Alibaba, and Netflix make short work of that complexity with Spring Boot and Spring Cloud.

  • Liked Linda Rising
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    Linda Rising - Myths and Patterns of Organisational Change

    45 Mins
    Talk
    Beginner

    You have great ideas. You're smart. The people in your organization are smart. Post Hoc, Ergo Propter Hoc -- the rest is easy -- simply make a transition plan and transparently explain the benefits. These and other organizational change myths will be tackled by Linda's talk about patterns for introducing new ideas. She will provide some useful tips for helping you start on Monday morning to grow, step by step, any innovation.

  • Linda Rising
    Linda Rising
    Independent consultant
    Linda Rising LLC
    schedule 2 months ago
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    480 Mins
    Workshop
    Intermediate

    You’ve tried and tried to convince people of your position. You’ve laid out your logical arguments on impressive PowerPoint slides—but you are still not able to sway them. Cognitive scientists understand that the approach you are taking is rarely successful. Often you must speak to others’ subconscious motivators rather than their rational, analytic side. Linda Rising shares influence strategies that you can use to more effectively convince others to see things your way. These strategies take advantage of hardwired traits: “liking”—we like people who are like us; “reciprocity”—we repay in kind; “social proof”—we follow the lead of others similar to us; “consistency”—we align ourselves with our previous commitments; “authority”—we defer to authority figures; and “scarcity”—we want more of something when there is less to be had. Learn how to build on these traits as a way of bringing others to your side. Use this valuable toolkit in addition to the logical left-brain techniques on which we depend.

  • Liked Kurt Bittner
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    Kurt Bittner / Steve Porter - Scaled Professional Scrum with Nexus

    Kurt Bittner
    Kurt Bittner
    VPEnterprise Solutions
    Scrum.org
    Steve Porter
    Steve Porter
    Professional Scrum Trainer and Professional Series Manager
    Scrum.org
    schedule 2 months ago
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    960 Mins
    Workshop
    Beginner

    Learn To Scale Scrum Beyond A Single Team

    Scaled Professional Scrum™ (SPS) with Nexus™ is a 2-day course that is designed as an experiential workshop where students learn how to scale Scrum using the Nexus Framework. Throughout, you are introduced to the artifacts and events within the framework, the new Nexus Integration Team role, along with more than 50 associated practices. The course also includes a free attempt at the globally recognized Scaled Professional Scrum certification exam.

    Over the 2 days, students will simulate a large software development project using the Nexus Framework. The workshop is delivered using an end-to-end case study where students work together to organize and simulate a scaled software development project. Throughout the workshop, students will be introduced to more than 50 practices that can be used to help reduce complexity and dependencies at scale.

    The workshop will provide students with an understanding of how to launch, structure, staff, and manage a large Agile project using Scrum. Throughout the workshop, students will learn the infrastructure, tools and practices needed to successfully scale Scrum to maximize the value of their software development initiative.

    By taking a hands-on approach, students are fully engaged in the learning process where they see first-hand the challenges in large-scale development initiatives and solutions for getting the work back on track. They will leave the workshop with techniques to detect irregularities and how to address them appropriately.

  • Liked Teresa Brazen
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    Teresa Brazen / Andrew Kaufteil - Intro to Design Thinking

    Teresa Brazen
    Teresa Brazen
    Senior Director, Professional Education
    Cooper
    Andrew Kaufteil
    Andrew Kaufteil
    Senior Director, Growth & Partnerships
    Cooper
    schedule 2 months ago
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    480 Mins
    Workshop
    Intermediate

    Have you heard the terms “Design Thinking” or “Human-Centered Design” and thought, “That sounds cool, but what exactly is it?” In this full-day, hands-on workshop, the Cooper Team will introduce you to the power of Design Thinking. You’ll learn the process of this strategic problem-solving approach, and how it can help you and your organization rethink the products, services, and experiences you offer to both internal and external audiences. The workshop will allow you to learn and practice a few Design Thinking tools and empower you to make your work more collaborative, innovative, and effective.

  • Liked Deepa Bachu
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    Deepa Bachu - Research Methods: Receive Inspiration and ​D​esign D​elightful S​olutions for your Customers

    Deepa Bachu
    Deepa Bachu
    Co-Founder and CEO
    Pensaar
    schedule 2 months ago
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    45 Mins
    Talk
    Intermediate

    Have you ever wondered why customers who say they will use your solutions, don't? There is a big gap between customer intention and real behavior. As human beings, we often speak in the form of our intention rather than describing our behavior, which makes it hard to build deep empathy with the customer. Deepa Bachu will share techniques on how to really understand your customers even better than they know themselves. She will teach you to go deeper than interviewing and observing your customers, giving you methods by which to discover what drives them and to grasp their needs and challenges.

    Most, if not all disruptive innovations have started with a deep insight, one that inspires innovation. There is an art to deeply understanding customers and connecting the dots in ways that provide these customer insights. It is in the observations, in understanding their coping mechanisms and their ecosystem that you can truly design solutions that are delightful, and design for disruption and change.

  • Liked Bjarte Bogsnes
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    Bjarte Bogsnes - Beyond Budgeting - Business Agility In Practice

    Bjarte Bogsnes
    Bjarte Bogsnes
    Senior Advisor Performance Framework
    Statoil
    schedule 2 months ago
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    480 Mins
    Workshop
    Executive

    Get an in-depth understanding of the agile management model Beyond Budgeting, from background to philosophy to its 12 principles covering both leadership and management. Benefit from Bjarte’s long Beyond Budgeting implementation experience in two large organisations, starting in the mid-nineties, before Beyond Budgeting was born.

    Understand how to trust and empower without losing control. Learn how to redefine performance – with dynamic and relative targets (or no targets at all) and a holistic performance evaluation. The workshop will also cover dynamic forecasting and resource allocation without budgets. Discover other examples of self-regulating management mechanisms, including transparency. Bjarte will also share insights into KPI pitfalls, the bonus ‘problem’, and the relationship between Beyond Budgeting and Agile.

    You will also hear about companies all over the world who have embarked on this journey, including the Statoil story, Scandinavia's largest company which kicked out the budget (and much more) in 2005.

  • Liked Ray Arell
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    Ray Arell - Leading Your Agile Transformation

    Ray Arell
    Ray Arell
    Corporate Outreach & Business Development
    Agile Alliance
    schedule 2 months ago
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    480 Mins
    Workshop
    Intermediate

    In the past decade, Agile development has become mainstream in software development and now is spreading beyond software to other domains. It is crucial for leaders and managers to understand how to build, develop, and lead Agile teams - not just for the organization but their careers. Ray Arell introduces a cohesive set of methods, practices, and principles to maximize business results from Agile and lean development, while also cultivating a workplace where people thrive. The workshop topics are highly dynamic and customizable, and more than 80 percent of the discussion will be based on participants’ interests. Possible topics include Agile mindset, shared leadership models, building great teams, work environment, resources, transformation vision, creating common goals, experiments, value delivery, dealing with global culture, common Agile methods, lean - and much more. Join Ray in a workshop that has been taught to more than 2000 change agents, executives, and managers worldwide. Expand your abilities and tools in leading Agile transformations in your organization.

  • Liked Ray Arell
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    Ray Arell - Change Your Focus: From Speed and Efficiency to High Customer Value

    45 Mins
    Talk
    Intermediate

    For decades, product development has been focused mostly on the speed and efficiency of delivery. So now we are stuck in the quagmire of talking about the methods and activities of delivery rather than focusing on the actual goal - delivering high value to the customer. Ray Arell shares an evolutionary process to refocus both traditional and agile lifecycles. He describes a more dynamic way of defining value and addressing the needs of the customer, the business, and the developers. Ray provides practical examples of how to identify opportunities, expand concepts, and deliver high-value solutions. He includes an overview of heuristics and models that are critical to solutions - safe-to-fail probes, sensemaking for product requirements capture, the Kano model, the Cynefin framework, the Three-Circle model, Beer’s viable system, and other proven industry models that enable a coherent approach to solutions development. Join Ray as he resets the epidemic of activity-based thinking. Agile - or any other method/activity - is not the destination. It is time to move to a mindset of high-value delivery.

  • Liked Fred George
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    Fred George - IoT and MicroServices

    Fred George
    Fred George
    Consultant
    Fred George Consulting
    schedule 2 months ago
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    45 Mins
    Talk
    Intermediate

    IoT, the prevalence of specialized interconnected devices, has invaded business and home. The myriad of devices, hubs, and APIs has created a Tower of Babel that makes the Android phone scene seem mild. Such devices are inherently less network ­reliable than previous products, primarily due to the casual attachment (convenient outlets). Add to this heterogeneous soup the security exposure that has already been exploited in DDoS attacks, and you have an environment begging for technical solutions.

    We propose Asynchronous MicroServices as a solution. Borrowing a page from historical J2ME thinking and more recent implementations using IFTTT, we introduce small bridging MicroServices for the various devices. Further, also consistent with MicroServices, we keep these services very simple: They broadcast device status to an event bus, or listen for action commands to relay to the devices from the same bus. Interaction among the various IoT devices is delegated to yet another set of MicroServices.

    One exemplary composite application would accept signals from motion detectors to turn on appropriate lights, or alternatively alerting the owner of unauthorized intrusion. Using the same motion detectors, lights can be dimmed and eventually turned off. Room temperatures and even audio/video gear could be adjusted as well. Using Asynchronous MicroServices, we can also set up controlled access from the outside world, rather than exposing each device with its own vulnerabilities.

    Finally, we wrap up talking about the challenges of implementing this in my own flat using Hue lights, Amazon Alexa, and 4th generation Apple TV. We run these MicroServices in local containers attached to the same home network. Docker support of ARM devices enables low-cost redundancy as well.

  • Liked Naresh Jain
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    Naresh Jain - Infrastructure as Text: Setting Up AWS Lambda, API Gateway, SNS, and DynamoDB using arc.codes

    Naresh Jain
    Naresh Jain
    Founder
    ConfEngine.com
    schedule 2 months ago
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    45 Mins
    Demonstration
    Advanced

    With Functions as a Service (FaaS), the smallest billable unit of computation is a single function execution. It's a beautifully simple idea, rejecting the metaphor of a server, and freeing developers to design smaller and simpler services. We can iterate on our code with a high degree of isolation, without fear of affecting other parts of the system; deploy systems in seconds with zero downtime, and always be available regardless of load.

    However, building serverless apps is relatively new and filled with complexity:

    • Configuration tooling was designed for the last generation of computing metaphors (and often lags behind the releases of new functionality)
    • AWS is massive and overwhelming with many similar, but not the same, products
    • The web console is confusing, with divergent interfaces between interlocking services
    • Deep proprietary knowledge is required to configure and maintain common infrastructure primitives

    In this talk, Naresh will walk you through a new approach to architecting applications with plain text using arc.codes to create apps in minutes and subsequently deploy in seconds with zero downtime and unprecedented availability.

    This talk is an inspiration from Brian LeRoux's presentation Architecture as Text: Setup AWS Lambda, API Gateway, SNS, and DynamoDB on Easy Mode at YOW! 2017 Conference.

  • Liked Gerard Meszaros
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    Gerard Meszaros - Test Refactoring Workshop - Improve Your Unit & Component Tests!

    Gerard Meszaros
    Gerard Meszaros
    CTO
    FeedXL Horse Nutrition
    schedule 2 months ago
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    480 Mins
    Workshop
    Beginner

    High-quality automated unit tests are one of the key development practices that enable incremental development and delivery of software. xUnit is the generic name given to the family of tools/frameworks used by developers when developing automated unit tests. JUnit, NUnit, MsTest and CppUnit are some of the better-known members of the family.

    This 1-day workshop provides the participants with a vocabulary of test smells and patterns with which to elevate their craft when writing or refactoring test code. These smells give them a way to reason about the quality of their test code. The reusable test code design patterns can be used to eliminate the smells. The emphasis will be on refactoring tests to make them easier to understand and maintain.

    The workshop introduces a systematic way to identify the test conditions the software needs to handle and how to prepare tests that clearly describe those test conditions in a human-readable way so that the tests can act as effective documentation of what the software should do and what it’s design should be.

  • 90 Mins
    Workshop
    Intermediate

    A deliverable is only as good as the idea that inspired it.

    Fortunately, there is a method for anyone to generate inspired ideas.

    In this workshop, you will learn and practice three skills that empower individuals and teams to generate (and actualize) compelling ideas. You’ll get hands-on practice with the latest ideating techniques, learn ways to generate detailed ideas so you can get meaningful feedback, and tricks for iterating your way forward so that your ideas become the inspiration behind user-centered deliverables.

  • Liked Ameen Haque
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    Ameen Haque - The Art Of Business Storytelling

    Ameen Haque
    Ameen Haque
    Founder
    Storywallahs
    schedule 4 months ago
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    90 Mins
    Workshop
    Intermediate

    "Great stories happen to those who can tell them" - Ira Glass

    ‘The Art of Business Storytelling’ a bite-sized workshop packed with frameworks and techniques that product developers and business leaders can use to tell the story of their product. If you have struggled with compressing your story into an elevator pitch or wondered how to weave numbers and data into narrative, then this workshop is for you. Ameen will share how to convey complex ideas in the form of simple, yet inspiring narrative, leaving every participant with not just techniques and frameworks but also a ‘bank of stories’ that they can start using immediately.