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  • Liked Brian Robertson
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    Brian Robertson - Holacracy: Unleash Entrepreneurship in your Team

    Brian Robertson
    Brian Robertson
    Pioneer
    Holacracy
    schedule 1 week ago
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    45 Mins
    Keynote
    Intermediate

    How can the entrepreneurial spirit and culture scale beyond start-up size? Holacracy® offers a radical new answer to this question, in the form of a set of tested and customizable self-management practices. With Holacracy in place, every team member gains the ability to make meaningful decisions and drive change in service of the organization’s purpose. In addition to clarifying agreements and expectations, and increasing transparency, the Holacracy approach promises to fundamentally rewire your organization’s approach to power.

  • Liked Anita Sengupta
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    Anita Sengupta - The Future of High Speed Transportation

    45 Mins
    Keynote
    Intermediate

    In the global marketplace that transfers knowledge at the speed of light, we have a massive time delay and that is modern transportation methods. The hyperloop is the first new mode of transport to be created in over 100 years. The motivation is to connect people, reduce congestion, and protect our planet by eliminating CO2 emissions from terrestrial transport. The hyperloop can best be described as space travel on the ground - a magnetically levitating, electromagnetically propelled, passenger vehicle in a vacuum tube. With the elimination of aerodynamic drag and surface friction, power consumption plummets, speeds can reach 700 mph, and waste and cost are minimized. With the use of autonomy the service is on demand and delays become a thing of the past. Dr. Sengupta will discuss how space-age tech coupled to the VC funded innovation environment are enabling the revolution in green transportation from suborbital rocket flights, to electric airplanes, to space travel on the ground with the hyperloop.

  • Liked Doug Kirkpatrick
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    Doug Kirkpatrick - Futurework: Managing Complexity With Simplicity

    45 Mins
    Keynote
    Executive

    The keynote will explore the lessons learned from the journey of vanguard companies as they unleash the power of organizational self-management. Is it possible to adopt an organizational model linking mission-critical processes to individual stewardship without the need for traditional management and formal hierarchy? Is it possible to slash the direct and indirect costs of bureaucracy to achieve strategic competitive advantage? Is it possible to manage great complexity with simple principles? The answer to all of these questions appears to be yes.

    What you'll take away:

    • Learn How to Create a Highly Scalable Enterprise Without Bosses and Titles
    • Learn How to Drive Organizational Agility, Innovation and Resilience through Organizational Self-Management
    • Learn How Organizational Self-Management Can Create Strategic Business Advantage
    • Learn How to Slash the Costs of Management, the Least Efficient Activity of Any Enterprise
    • Learn How to Manage Great Complexity with Great Simplicity
  • Liked Dave Farley
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    Dave Farley - Taking Back "Software Engineering": Craftsmanship is not Enough

    45 Mins
    Keynote
    Advanced

    Would you fly in a plane designed by a craftsman or would you prefer your aircraft to be designed by engineers? Engineering is the application of iterative, empirical, practical science to real-world problems. Craftsmanship is a wonderful thing, and as a reaction to the terrible abuses of the term Engineering in software development Software Craftsmanship has helped in our learning of what really works.

    The term "Software Engineering" has gained a bad reputation. It implies "Big up-front design" and "Mathematically provable models" in place of working code. However, that is down to our interpretation, not a problem with "Engineering" as a discipline.

    In recent years we have discovered what really works in software development. Not everyone practices approaches like Continuous Delivery, but it is widely seen as representing the current state-of-the-art in software development. This is because at its root CD is about the application of an iterative, practical, empirical, maybe even science based approach to solving problems in software development. Is this a form of software engineering?

    Software isn't bridge-building, it is not car or aircraft development either, but then neither is Chemical Engineering, neither is Electrical Engineering. Engineering is different in different disciplines. Maybe it is time for us to begin thinking about retrieving the term "Software Engineering" maybe it is time to define what our "Engineering" discipline should entail.

  • Liked Jez Humble
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    Jez Humble - Building and Scaling High Performing Technology Organizations

    Jez Humble
    Jez Humble
    Owner
    Jez Humble & Associates LLC
    schedule 3 weeks ago
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    45 Mins
    Keynote
    Intermediate

    High performing organizations don't trade off quality, throughput, and reliability: they work to improve all of these and use their software delivery capability to drive organizational performance. In this talk, Jez presents the results from DevOps Research and Assessment's five-year research program, including how continuous delivery and good architecture produce higher software delivery performance, and how to measure culture and its impact on IT and organizational culture. They explain the importance of knowing how (and what) to measure so you focus on what’s important and communicate progress to peers, leaders, and stakeholders. Great outcomes don’t realize themselves, after all, and having the right metrics gives us the data we need to keep getting better at building, delivering, and operating software systems.

  • Liked Chad Fowler
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    Chad Fowler - The Future of Software Development

    Chad Fowler
    Chad Fowler
    CTO
    Microsoft
    schedule 2 weeks ago
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    45 Mins
    Keynote
    Intermediate

    From autonomous vehicles, 3D printed rocket engines, and “affordable” consumer-owned satellites to rapid advances in AI and secure, decentralized electronic currencies, the past several years have shown us that the only prediction we can confidently make about the future is that it will arrive more quickly than any of us imagined. Yet with all of these major technological advances, the way we develop, test, deploy, and manage software has been incrementally changing over the years. Many of the most forward-thinking paradigms, practices, and technologies are based on concepts and even implementations created decades ago.

    How can software development itself benefit from the disruptive changes in technology in recent years? This talk will explore influences, tech trends and coming innovations which will change how we as an industry approach to software creation, maintenance, management, and even employment.

  • Liked Alex Sloley
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    Alex Sloley - The End is Nigh! Signs of Transformation Apocalypse

    45 Mins
    Talk
    Advanced

    How can an Agile Coach figure out when an Agile “Transformation” is going wrong? Are there signs that they might see, heed, and take action upon? Of course, there are!

    Hindsight is 20/20, but in the moment, these warning signs can be hard to see. Let’s explore some of the more common, and frightening, warning signs that your Agile “Transformation” might be exhibiting. We will discuss transformation provider types, frameworks, keywords, and other anti-patterns that might be signs that THE END IS NIGH.

    This session will review common themes and help familiarize you with the warning signs. Armed with this new knowledge, you will be able to plan as appropriate, to help navigate your organization through potential impending doom.

  • Liked Jutta Eckstein
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    Jutta Eckstein - CD – Continuous Delivery and Cultural Difference

    20 Mins
    Talk
    Intermediate

    DevOps and continuous delivery is typically elaborated technically - what kind of tools, technologies, or skills are necessary for being able to deliver continuously. Often it is forgotten that continuous delivery requires also a culture change - in development, operations, marketing, sales, and not least for the customer.

    This can be recognized for example, that although it is technically possible for a team to deliver continuously, but it seems that this delivery isn't welcomed. This means the actual system will not be directly used.

    Therefore, in this session by taking into account the necessary cultural change, I want to answer the question how to implement continuous delivery successfully and what kind of pitfalls you need to be aware of when doing so.

  • Liked Scott Ambler
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    Scott Ambler - Choose Your WoW! How Agile Software Teams Can Optimize Their Way of Working (WoW)

    45 Mins
    Talk
    Advanced

    We like to say that agile teams own their own process by choosing their way of working, their “WoW.” This of course is easier said than done because there are several aspects to WoW. First, our team needs to know how to choose the appropriate lifecycle for the situation that we face. Should we take a Scrum-based approach, a lean/Kanban-based approach, a continuous delivery approach, or an exploratory/lean startup approach? Second, what practices should the team adopt? How do they fit together? When should we apply them? Third, what artifacts should the team create? When should they be created? To what level of detail? Finally, how do we evolve our WoW as we experiment and learn?

    There are several strategies that we could choose to follow when we tailor and evolve our WoW. One approach is to bootstrap our WoW, to figure it out on our own. This works, but it is a very slow and expensive strategy in practice. Another approach is to hire an agile coach, but sadly in practice the majority of coaches seem to be like professors who are only a chapter or two ahead of their students. Or we could take a more disciplined, streamlined approach and leverage the experiences of the thousands of teams who have already struggled through the very issues that our team currently faces. In this talk you’ll discover how to develop your WoW without starting from scratch and without having to rely on the limited experience and knowledge of “agile coaches.”

  • Liked Vishal Prasad
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    Vishal Prasad - SLICE - The Experimentation Mindset

    20 Mins
    Talk
    Intermediate

    Agile Principle # 12 defines that at regular intervals, the team reflects on how to become more effective, then tunes and adjusts its behaviour accordingly. From Scrum to Kanban and other agile frameworks, this is accomplished through retrospectives and continuous improvement processes. The key to being a successful agile practitioner is to identify areas of improvement and then experiment ways of improving it. But it doesn't stop there; positive improvements ultimately become success stories for other teams and motivates them to experiment with newer ideas which eventually leads to innovation. A negative outcome isn't bad either since it adds to the experience of situations where ideas may not apply. Thus the key to this process lies in being a child, an explorer, and inculcate an experimentation mindset. The SLICE framework addresses this in the following way:

    • S hare: Share an area of improvement
    • L earn: Explore the area for ways of improvement
    • I mplement: Search & apply the learning to identify the success factors
    • C ollateral: Publish blogs, white papers, presentations, etc. as observations of the implementation
    • E xpansion: Grow, Seed, and Split in order to explore new venues for success

    In this talk, I create an environment that inculcates an experimentation mindset and utilise the SLICE framework to drive the exploration.

  • Liked Anand Murthy Raj
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    Anand Murthy Raj - Building the true Agile Mindset – Learning from the most disciplined organization of India

    45 Mins
    Case Study
    Beginner

    The Indian Armed forces is regarded as the highly and most disciplined organization in India. The Indian Army lives agility by the second. Unexpected attacks, encounters and sudden change in the operating environments are the norm of the day. In spite of such anxious moments, they give us the maximum business value. The motivations are always high and they are already to deliver in the most perilous environments.

    If you look a little deep into the working challenges, I see no difference between complex systems development and the Army operations. Dealing with uncertainty, complexity, preparing for failures, rehearsing of failures, testing in Prod systems are some concepts in IT world, while the same challenges are relevant in the Army world.

    My talk would be around some principles and learning in the army that can be used in the IT corporate world in building organizations to deal with dynamic market changes in short doing and living agile. Some interesting aspects that I would like to have share are dealing with motivation and dealing with constant changes. I will also share real time examples how Leaders exhibit the Decentralize decision making that has led to remarkable success and also some aspects of how soldiers take risks and try out new things that lead to remarkable success.

  • Liked Ant Boobier
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    Ant Boobier - All track development - (or how we dropped the collective ego and created a product playbook!)

    45 Mins
    Talk
    Intermediate

    When we moved to a dual-track delivery approach for our Bank of New Zealand Digital product teams, it felt more like Dueling tracks. People knew why we were doing it but were confused about how to link discovery and delivery. Who should do what, when and how? It became a clash of collective egos, stepping on each other’s areas of expertise. This is about how we brought clarity, alignment and direction to those teams by creating a Product Management playbook and how it had a profound effect on how we work and communicate with one other.

  • Liked Angie Doyle
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    Angie Doyle / Talia Lancaster - Sketching outside the box - Visual thinking for teams

    90 Mins
    Workshop
    Beginner

    People are unique in their ability to use symbols and images to communicate. After all, that is where the saying “a picture is worth a thousand words” comes from. So, it shouldn’t come as a surprise that enhancing your spoken words with pictures improves the chance that others will understand what you are trying to say.

    A picture has a way of showing ideas and solutions that would have remained hidden if you hadn’t picked up a pen. But a good picture doesn’t remove the need for words. It reduces the number of words we use so that the ones left behind are the most important…

    So why is visual thinking so important?

    Recent studies show that 65% of people learn and retain more information by seeing words - as well as images! In contrast, only 30% of people learn through verbal communication alone. So if you aren’t one of the 65% of visual learners, someone in your team is!

    Incorporating visual thinking into your day to day work can:

    • Reduce the length of meetings by 24%, by providing a shared record of the discussion
    • Capture emotions, making conversations easier to remember
    • Help others see the "big picture", by creating powerful visual metaphors
    • Serve as a reminder of actions agreed by the team

    Luckily, you don’t need to be an artist to think in pictures! Join us as we co-create a visual vocabulary you can apply to work or during studying and learning. We will take you through the essential elements needed to create powerful visual concepts.

    No more PowerPoint slides needed!

  • Nick Tune
    Nick Tune
    Tech Lead
    Navico
    schedule 1 month ago
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    45 Mins
    Talk
    Advanced

    If you’re a software developer or architect who wants to play a more influential role in ensuring your software systems are optimised to support business goals, then you need to learn about the benefits and techniques of modern strategic domain-driven design.

    Many people think that DDD is about software design patterns, but that’s only a small part, and the least important part of DDD. In fact, Eric Evans wishes he’d focused more on the strategic aspects of DDD in his famous book (Domain-Driven Design: Tackling Complexity in the Heart of Software) and pushed the tactical coding patterns to the back!

    Strategic domain-driven design is about truly understanding the business domain. It involves collaboratively modelling business processes using advanced modelling techniques, like Event Storming and Domain Storytelling, with domain experts on an ongoing basis.

    One of the core outcomes of strategic DDD is identifying cohesive modules, known as bounded context. Bounded contexts help you to create a maintainable, comprehensible codebase by isolating dependencies and delineating concepts that reference different classes of business value.

    In this talk, you’ll see many of the most effective bounded context design heuristics, recurring patterns in the wild, and you’ll learn how to facilitate those vital modelling sessions so you can lead the adoption of strategic DDD in your organisation.

  • Liked Alex Sloley
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    Alex Sloley - Liberating Structures... 36 tried and true facilitation techniques to amp up your org's collaboration

    45 Mins
    Workshop
    Beginner

    The communication tools of Liberating Structures will teach you how to facilitate the discussions your org needs. I am going to demonstrate how to use these techniques in the workshop. And all the attendees are going to be fully immersed and ready to wield their new knowledge the very next day at work.

    Come learn how to help your team(s), org(s), and company(ies)!!!

    For more information, watch my video at http://youtu.be/UNOjqMUv8h0

    A version of this workshop that was presented at Agile Tour Sydney 2016 is at http://bit.ly/2f4Bie8

  • Liked Rashina Hoda
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    Rashina Hoda - Becoming Agile vs Doing Agile (Research Talk)

    45 Mins
    Talk
    Beginner

    After 20 years since the manifesto, the latest state of agile reports more than 80% of organizations as "still maturing" in their agile practice. As agile methods expand beyond small teams and software itself, we are still struggling to answer these questions:

    • Why is it that some teams are more 'agile' than others even though they all claim to be practicing agile methods?
    • What all dimensions need to change as teams, managers, and entire organizations attempt to become agile?
    • How do these dimensions interact with each other?
    • Overall, what does it take to become agile and how does that differ from doing agile?

    This talk is based on my original theory of becoming agile developed from 10+ years of industrial research of agile practice in New Zealand and India, which received the distinguished paper award at the IEEE/ACM international conference on software engineering (ICSE), in 2017.

    In this session, I will explain the key dimensions that need to transition during agile transformations, using industrial examples, and highlight what you can do to progress beyond simply doing agile, to harness the most from your agile transformations.

    This keynote will add a unique research perspective to the conference program, sharing agile research in an industry-friendly format and delivery style.

  • Liked Sneha Prabhu
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    Sneha Prabhu / Saptorsi Hore - The Future of Digital is Messy

    45 Mins
    Talk
    Advanced

    The most radical period of change in industrial history is nearly upon us. The Fourth Industrial Revolution, where billions of people have access to vast knowledge and unlimited processing power, brings with it great complexity. Traditional engineering frameworks will no longer be enough to navigate the messiness that lies ahead. Technology will lie at the heart of every industry, and organizations will have to undergo a paradigm shift to harness it and develop innovative business models. This calls for the role of orchestrators who can navigate organizations through all the messiness.

    This session will be delivered by Saptorsi Hore -COO of ThoughtWorks and Sneha Prabhu - Product Manager, ThoughtWorks Products.

  • Liked Jutta Eckstein
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    Jutta Eckstein / John Buck - Using Beyond Budgeting and Sociocracy for agile-friendly performance appraisals

    90 Mins
    Workshop
    Intermediate

    There are many suggestions dealing with Agile-friendly performance appraisals, which promise to rely on trust, honesty, respect, safety, and servant leadership. The Agile Manifesto does not address performance appraisal although it does generally mention regular and frequent feedback, which can also be applied to performance evaluation. Two related methods that share the same values as Agile, Beyond Budgeting, and Sociocracy, have worked out interesting approaches to agile performance review. In this session we want to present these two different performance appraisal approaches and want to invite the participants of this workshop to discuss the strengths and drawback of both and the possible synthesis of the two approaches.

    Similar to the Agile Manifesto, Beyond Budgeting is founded on values and principles. Two of its twelve general principles focus on the topic of performance appraisals. Where the first principle asks to “engage and inspire people around bold and noble causes; not around short-term financial targets,” the eleventh principle advocates: “Evaluate performance holistically and with peer feedback for learning and development; not based on measurement only and not for rewards only.” Thus, the main strategy of Beyond Budgeting is to separate (financial) bonuses from performance evaluation and to use relative and not fixed targets as a foundation for the evaluation.

    Sociocracy suggests holding 360 degree in-person meetings. The person being reviewed should request it when needed, not just on a rigid annual basis, and perhaps not just once in the year. In the 360 degree meeting, the organization itself can be critiqued in the review - “the way we are organize is causing performance problems.” Similar to Beyond Budgeting there is a focus on the vision and mission of the specific department as well as the overall company as a source of inspiration and motivation. The output of the performance review meeting should be a development plan that the immediate group of supervision, peers, and subordinates consent to.

    The type of measure is important - should we look at feedforward (leading indicators) as well as at feedback (lagging indicators). Financial bonuses can be set up - a lagging indicator. Sociocracy says consider the group performance when giving bonuses but you can also consider individual performance within that context.


    In this session we will summarize Beyond Budgeting and Sociocracy for the participants and then invite them to explore with us different strategies for synthesizing. Participants will take away insights that they can use in their organizations.

  • Liked Sunit Parekh
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    Sunit Parekh / Girish Verma - Weaving the Service Mesh with Istio (Observability for the microservice architecture)

    45 Mins
    Demonstration
    Advanced

    Brings observability to the microservice architecture on Kubernetes

    Microservices and containers have changed application design and deployment patterns. They’ve also brought with them some new challenges, such as service discovery, routing, failure handling, distributed tracing, circuit breaker, retry logic and visibility (monitoring) to microservices.

    Kubernetes can handle multiple container-based workloads, including microservices, but when it comes to more sophisticated features like traffic management, failure handling, and resiliency, it leaves a lot to be desired. Most importantly, we want to do all this without changing the application code.

    Service mesh architecture was created to handle these requirements. Istio is a service mesh created through a collaboration between IBM, Google and Lyft.

    In this talk we will talk about the need of a service mesh, and what Istio brings to the table. We will also give a short demonstration of Istio in Kubernetes.

  • Liked Sophie Freiermuth
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    Sophie Freiermuth - Key agile user research skills and tips for non-designers

    480 Mins
    Workshop
    Beginner

    Researching users and testing with them is both simple in principle and hard in practice. With the best intentions and little training, anyone can get started, however bringing in robust and valid insights requires a little bit more skills.

    After having worked with entrepreneurs and agile teams where testing and researching fell onto the Product Owner or Business Analyst, I've identified key user research skills that help non-designers strengthen their research, make it easier, and result in greater trust in the findings.

    In this workshop, focused on both exploratory research, where you learn about users and the problem, and explanatory research which is focused on observing reactions and interactions from being shown something, I'll share basic techniques and recommend tried-and-tested tools to help improve both the quality of the research and its findings, and the ease and confidence in conducting the research.

    I'm a ux designer and researcher with over 10 years experience researching users all over the world. I've developed agile research practices that allow for good research within agile cadences, ensuring the team is always supported by genuine, robust insights.

    This workshop has been given previously at deliver:agile 2018 and at Product Development Days 2017.