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  • Liked Dave Snowden
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    Dave Snowden - Is Mindset yet another agile buzzword?

    45 Mins
    Keynote
    Executive

    While it is true to say that people’s attitudes and beliefs are key to implementing an agile project, or Agile in itself, much of the use of the term ‘mindset’ implies a mental model that can be defined and engineered. In this presentation, we will look at how we can measure attitudes within an organization and use multiple small actions to trigger the rapid evolution of organizational culture, so that it can sustain agile developments. Mindset and the alignment-based ideas of some on the Agile movement too often imply creating homogeneous beliefs and values that will lead to full alignment. In practice, this damages resilience and can be dangerous. This presentation will introduce the idea of coherence instead of alignment - the celebration of cognitive and behavioral differences that can align if needed to support the delivery of sustainable solutions.

  • 45 Mins
    Keynote
    Beginner

    Elevator Pitch

    Extreme programming can transform even the most bureaucratic organizations. Matt Kleiman has spent 2 years enabling the US Military to build lean products. Matt thrives on these agile teams despite having ADHD. In fact, his neurodiversity is an asset in these collaborative, high-stakes environments.

    Summary

    For years Matt Kleiman’s Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD) and other learning disabilities deterred his success on traditional software development teams. Working alone, on globally distributed teams, and on amorphous tasks, Matt found himself struggling to meet the expectations of a software engineer. In an endless showdown against distractions, Matt almost gave up on his career.

    This is the story of how Pivotal Labs’ Extreme Programming practices not only have the ability to transform bloated, slow-moving enterprise software development teams but also have the power to promote inclusive and neurodiverse groups of software engineers. Matt’s journey to find a workplace that nourishes his strengths has taught him the value of bringing neuroatypical individuals together to form teams that benefit from broad and divergent thinking.

  • Liked Dan Roman
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    Dan Roman - Memories of an Agile pioneer

    45 Mins
    Keynote
    Executive

    I started my Agile journey in 1985 when after graduating I had the chance to work in research. We had no idea that what we do is Agile, we just did it. Later I moved from Aided Design and Manufacturing to coding, completing the journey from developer to Development Manager and CTO. Along the way I evolved from "cowboy" developer to more structured and disciplined approaches. My first 'encounter' with formal Agile was in 2001 when I discovered XP. As a Software Development Manager and Later Project and Program Manager I used Agile practices in over 50 projects. I learned that Agile is not a silver bullet and is not easy but is not only an option but an option to survive in a continuous changing world.

  • Liked Aaron Rinehart
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    Aaron Rinehart - Security & Chaos Engineering: A Novel Approach to Crafting Secure and Resilient Distributed Systems

    Aaron Rinehart
    Aaron Rinehart
    CTO Founder
    Verica
    schedule 20 hours ago
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    45 Mins
    Keynote
    Intermediate

    Modern systems pose a number of thorny challenges and securing the transformation from legacy monolithic systems to distributed systems demands a change in mindset and engineering toolkit. The security engineering toolkit is unfortunately out-of-style and outdated with today's approach to building, security and operating distributed systems. The speed, scale, and complex operations within microservice architectures make them tremendously difficult for humans to mentally model their behavior. If the latter is even remotely true how is it possible to adequately secure services that are not even fully comprehended by the engineering teams that built them. Security Chaos Engineering helps teams realign the actual state of operational security as well as build confidence that their security actually works the way the think it does. Chaos Engineering allows for security teams to proactively experiment on recurring incident patterns to derive new information about underlying factors that were previously unknown by reversing the postmortem and preparation phases. This is done by developing live fire exercises that can be measured, managed, and automated. It develops teams by building a learning culture around system failure to challenge engineering teams to proactively, safely discover system weakness before they disrupt business outcomes. In this session we will introduce a new concept known as Security Chaos Engineering and how it can be applied to create highly secure, performant, and resilient distributed systems.

  • Liked Anton Zotin
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    Anton Zotin - Why You Should not Start an Agile Transformation

    45 Mins
    Keynote
    Intermediate

    Agile is a buzzword these days. Everyone wants to become Agile. And vou la your company is already in the middle of an Agile transformation. Why? Well. All articles/talks/rumors say how awesome it will be there.

    But I would like to share another story. One that is hard to hear. The dark and the sad one. What downsides you will experience on that journey. How it will negatively affect your business. What losses to expect. And how not to make this situation even worse.

    I do not want to blame Agile here, but I want honestly to take a look at the dark side of the Moon. Forewarned is forearmed.

  • Liked Fabrice Bloch
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    Fabrice Bloch - Make agility great again !

    45 Mins
    Keynote
    Beginner

    You think you have the idea of ​​the century? You have found the method that will revolutionize everything? Agility will be grat again ? Good for you.

    On the other hand, if you think that the idea will impose itself or that the intelligence always wins, you will be disapointed soon.

    Winning with your ideas is a war and it must be done as such. We will discuss the theme of the curve of adoption of ideas, the strategy of conquest and relays on which to rely.

  • 480 Mins
    Workshop
    Advanced

    n this one-day Workshop, Dave Snowden, the creator of the Cynefin framework and famous in the agile community as an inspiring and sometimes controversial speaker, will address agility from the point of view of complexity. Participants will be exposed to a realistic approach that puts context before dogma and shows a future for Agile that goes beyond fighting over methods and towards a sophisticated application of agility in organizations.

    This class will offer an introduction to the Cynefin framework by its creator: the Cynefin framework is a transformational idea that uses a situation-specific approach to making sense of the world in order to act in it, and ensures effective work, decision making, and management even in complex and uncertain environments. For Agile practitioners, this framework supports effectively tailoring methods and practices to different situations. Cynefin-informed methods and practices help Agile organizations harness change and turn complex situations into a competitive advantage for customers and the business.

  • Liked Renesh Moodley
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    Renesh Moodley - Devops = Culture + Ownership + Empowerment

    Renesh Moodley
    Renesh Moodley
    Agile Consultant
    IQ Business
    schedule 3 weeks ago
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    90 Mins
    Workshop
    Beginner

    The three spheres of a DevOps adoption being Culture, Processes and Tools are fundamental to any organisation. The focus on tools often supersedes any work being done at the process levels and almost always, the culture aspect is 'ignored'. Through my years of helping teams adopt agile and eventually pursue DevOps, I've identified certain patterns that address the varying levels of change that are needed by a team pursuing Agile Ways of Work.

    In this talk, I'll highlight the most important patterns that are needed along with suggestions to help embed these patterns. We'll utilise Value Stream Mapping, A4 Problem Solving and Team Skill Coaching as patterns for helping a team adopt DevOps thinking. I will be using the DevOps radar (from SAFe) as a guidepost for patterns to get an organisation moving towards the promised land.

    Whilst there isn't an 'endpoint' for a DevOps adoption, these patterns reflect milestones on a DevOps transformation roadmap and serve as a possible ‘quick start’.

    NOTE: This is not. A SAFe pitch or SAFe sales workshop. The DevOps radar can be used, regardless of the presence of SAFe.

  • Liked Mihail Sestakov
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    Mihail Sestakov / Teri Christian - Launching Teams: A Workshop

    45 Mins
    Workshop
    Beginner

    Forming, or Launching, a new Agile Team is a critical step that is very often skipped due to lack of knowledge, time pressure or just eagerness to get on with work as soon as possible. This workshop discusses and demonstrates the importance of taking the time to launch teams and provides hand-on knowledge on how to Form a Team. This technique has been used by several organizations in the US and Australia. The last being the 2nd largest bank in Australia launching teams in an organization of 4500 people.

  • Liked Dana Pylayeva
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    Dana Pylayeva - Journey without fear. Leading your teams to high-performance.

    90 Mins
    Workshop
    Executive
    Psychological Safety has been identified as a #1 condition for creating high-performing teams by Google’s Project Aristotle. Yet, many organizations today find themselves being affected by fear in the workplace. It manifests itself in employee's disengagement, lack of innovation, toxic working environment with gossip, rumour and massive resignations (‘’best people are leaving”).
    How can we start taking the first steps away from the culture of fear and towards a culture of psychological safety?
    Join this interactive session to experiment with a new "Fear in the Workplace" and "Safety in the Workplace" games (designed by the speaker) and start these difficult conversations in a fun way. Experience a number of safety enhancers that can help you, your teams and your organization on this journey.
    Highly experiential, this session is designed with elements of Training from the Back of the Room and includes a number of Liberating Structures. It brings together “tried and true” practices from the years of coaching teams in US, Canada, Ireland and Japan.
    Join in to learn by doing and bring back a set of practices designed to significantly improve psychological safety in teams and organizations.

  • Liked Jean-Pierre Lambert
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    Jean-Pierre Lambert - One week in my agile tester's shoes

    Jean-Pierre Lambert
    Jean-Pierre Lambert
    Agile Coach
    Consultant
    schedule 1 month ago
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    45 Mins
    Talk
    Intermediate

    We all know what is the job of a tester or QA people: she tests... Specifically, she validates changes, she checks non-regression, plus some other things on the side.

    But what's her job now that the company is all agile and stuff? It seems no one knows, not to mention that she has been integrated into an agile team. How is it possible to do the same stuff than before but now under the tight deadline of a Sprint? Besides everyone is talking about test automation, so do we really still need a tester?

    Why not answer to all these questions by tagging along with an agile tester during a week? During one week, you'll get to see what is the everyday life of an agile tester, what her days are made of, and all the value she's bringing to the team without setting herself as the production environment warden.

    In this session you'll see no dogmatism. You'll witness lifelike situations, shared in a humorous tone.

    You'll see that the agile tester role is very subtle. Unlike what most people might think, the agile tester has a lot of work to do and most teams would gain a lot to have one!

  • Liked Vishal Prasad
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    Vishal Prasad / Rucha Ramchandra Kapare - S.L.I.C.E. in Action - Liberated with Structures

    90 Mins
    Workshop
    Beginner

    During Agile India 2019, I presented SLICE as a way of conducting experiments to embrace and improve agility. Here's the sequel to the original experience report.

    This workshop aims at assisting the audience to experience the SLICE way of experimenting in a Liberating Structures based setup. The workshop starts with

    1. S election of Hypothesis using "25/10 Crowd Sourcing" Liberating Structure.
    2. L earn more about the hypothesis using "1-2-4-All" Liberating Structure. Create groups.
    3. I mplement the hypothesis with the most apt Liberating Structure as taught by the facilitators (4 facilitators).
    4. C reate collaterals after the timebox expires.
    5. E xpand collaterals to other teams and repeat (thrice)

    The purpose of this workshop is to provide the audience with an experience of SLICE and Liberating Structures in a pragmatic manner.

  • Liked William Kammersell
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    William Kammersell / Lieschen Gargano Quilling - Thing Three - The Power of Peer Coaching

    90 Mins
    Workshop
    Beginner

    Peer coaching can make a huge difference in reaching your work and personal goals, but how do you get started and and make it stick? We’d love to share our informal peer coaching method that combines personal responsibility, agile, and goal setting in a way that is guaranteed to be successful. We call it “Thing Three.” In this interactive session, we will teach you the basic format we follow, along with the research to back up why it works. We will also demonstrate how it has helped even the busiest colleagues stay accountable consistently, over years, and continue to reach every goal they set. You’ll get to exercise these skills too and immediately see the value of peer coaching!

  • Liked Raquel Silva
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    Raquel Silva - The 4 Horseman of Toxic Behaviour

    Raquel Silva
    Raquel Silva
    Agile Coach
    JP Morgan Chase
    schedule 1 week ago
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    90 Mins
    Workshop
    Intermediate

    Toxic behaviours in a Team cause damage to the Team. Affecting their performance, causing high levels of stress and demotivation. Conflict Navigation is one of the biggest challenges within the Teams. Can you help them to overcome this challenge? Are there any antidotes?

    When a Team member shows a toxic behaviour, how the Team reacts to it? Can we educate the team and help them as a System to overcome these challenges? As a Scrum Master or a Coach, our main mission is to help out teams to be their better selves. By the end of this workshop, you should be able to help your team to be better prepared to deal with conflict.

  • 45 Mins
    Talk
    Intermediate

    What is Mindful Agile Leadership?

    It’s the perfect balance of 3 essential elements:

    • The agile mindset : the heart of agile - our attitude and approach to work that is collaborative, adaptable, open to change, value focused with continuous learning and growth.
    • Mindfulness : the quality of awareness - non-judgmental, objective, deliberate observation and openness to whatever unfolds in the present.
    • Servant leadership : being of service to others - focused on the growth and development of others, empowering teams to be high performing.

    These 3 pillars of mindful agile leadership are equally important. Just like the legs of a stool, they provide a stable base encompassing the beneficial qualities of all 3 elements. This enables leaders to build a truly agile culture and positive team environment, and be a more effective and authentic agile leader. Mindfulness isn't just an optional extra; it is a necessary component without which the whole structure collapses. If you lose touch with what's happening in the moment, your emotions and habitual patterns of mind take over, and your ability to be open and authentic is diminished.

    In this session, you will hear why mindfulness is the secret ingredient to develop effective agile leadership. Beyond simple awareness, you will learn how mindfulness help leaders to show up as the very best versions of themselves. Mindfulness helps you improve your focus, think more clearly and make better decisions that lead to more successful outcomes. Mindfulness gives you the ability to stay present and connected despite the stresses and challenges that leadership brings. You will learn techniques to apply mindfulness in everyday activities that enable you to become a more inspirational agile leader.

  • Liked Anand Bagmar
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    Anand Bagmar - Visual Validation - The Missing Tip of the Automation Pyramid

    20 Mins
    Experience Report
    Intermediate

    The Test Automation Pyramid is not a new concept.

    Test Automation Pyramid

    The top of the pyramid is our UI / end-2-end functional tests - which simulate end-user behavior and interactions with the product-under test.

    While Automation helps validate functionality of your product, aspects of UX validations can only be seen and captured by the human eye and is hence mostly a manual activity. This is an area where AI & ML can truly help.

    With everyone wanting to be Agile, make quick releases, the look & feel / UX validation, which is a slow, and error-prone activity, quickly becomes a huge bottleneck. In addition, with any UX related issues propping up cause huge brand-value and revenue loss, may lead to social-trolling and worse - dilute your user-base.

    In this session, using numerous examples, we will explore:

    • Why Automated Visual Validation is essential to be part of your Test Strategy
    • Potential solutions / options for Automated Visual Testing, with pros & cons of each
    • How an AI-powered tool, Applitools Eyes, can solve this problem.
  • Liked Angie Doyle
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    Angie Doyle / Talia Lancaster - "Boredroom" games and how to play them SMARTER

    90 Mins
    Workshop
    Beginner
    • Are your strategy workshops held in a boredroom, instead of a boardroom?
    • Does your workshop format inject new techniques to keep things interesting?
    • Have you considered that you might be introducing too many new concepts? Rather than meeting your attendees where they are?

    We see something interesting happening in the world of Agile facilitation. Techniques created many years ago are deemed to be “old-fashioned” or "traditional”! And unfortunately, this way of thinking could be alienating people that have relied on these techniques for many years. The same people who we so badly need to adopt a different way of thinking - Executives!

    It’s time to re-think the way we look at “old-fashioned” techniques – and find a way to reconnect with why they were created in the first place.

    In this session, we take you through how we help Executives make SMART goals smart, by playing a board game. The outcome of the game is a clearly stated goal that can be converted into metrics against which a team can track their success. We also provide you with all the resource to run your own SMARTER boardgame back at the office.

    Join us as we create SMARTER team metrics, by asking the rights questions – and having some fun along the way.

  • Liked Angie Doyle
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    Angie Doyle / Talia Lancaster - 3... 2... 1... We have Sprint-Off

    90 Mins
    Workshop
    Beginner

    Getting new teams to work together is hard. Really. Hard.

    Is it because there is so much hype around new Agile teams? Or is it because there is such a focus on “doing things right” (or “doing” Agile right), that we forget about the people actually doing the work? Regardless of the reason, before we can change the way people work... we need to focus on the things that are important for teamwork to work!

    We believe that the key to high-performance teams is creating an intentional culture that respects and embraces diversity - whether it be race, gender, class, culture, age, beliefs, language, skills or background. So join us as we explore the Team Canvas – sort of like a Business Model Canvas for teamwork - covering nine essential teamwork elements:

    • Purpose - Why we are doing what we are doing?
    • People & Roles - What are our names, roles, and responsibilities?
    • Common goals - What do we as a group want to achieve together?
    • Personal goals - What do I as an individual want to achieve?
    • Team values - What do we really stand for and believe in?
    • Needs and expectations - What do each of us need to be successful in a diverse team?
    • Rules & Activities - How do we communicate and keep everyone up to date?
    • Strengths & Assets - What skills do we have in the team?
    • Weaknesses & Risks - What are the weaknesses we have, as an individual and as a team?

    During this session, we walk through our agenda for team lift-offs, facilitation posters and preparation work required, materials needed, and facilitation tips and tricks. All packaged in a handy pocket guide, that you can use to explore tried and tested techniques for each essential element. You also have an opportunity to practice some of these techniques during the session.

    Get ready to lift-off your team in T-minus 3... 2... 1...

  • Liked sathya balakrishnan
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    sathya balakrishnan / sanal balakrishnan / SATYAJIT MOHANTY - Trust metric , the secret sauce for agile transformation !

    20 Mins
    Experience Report
    Intermediate

    Agile in Enterprise Resource Planning software development is more challenging when compared to full stack development. It is really challenging when the team has 80% detractors and 20% aggressive folks (transactional analysis nomenclature). As an agile transformation coach how would we bring in either the agile mindset or the trust over the process for teams who have worked on waterfall for ages? How would we break the cocoon or push them to come out of the easy zone by not preaching theories? we are inspired from Project Aristotle conducted at Google which speaks about the parameters of winning team which made us to introduce trust metric, the average time the team takes to trust the agile principles in practice. This trust metric directly correlates with the time it takes for the agile transformation in a project. From Modern Agile perspective, Trust metric /transformation time is influenced by major 5 parameters 1. Psychological safety 2. Dependability 3. Structure and Role 4. Meaning 5. Impact.

    All these five dimensions are influenced by multiple input parameters ranging from scrum Master's fluency in international languages, regional language, teams transparency with the scrum master, project complexity, team distribution, team unification through tools,openness to fail and innovate, cultural quotient, emotional intelligence of scrum master, team diversity and so on.

    The trust metric is computed by rating on all the five dimensions. Those five dimensions are measured by derived parameters which the agile coach perceives in the team. The agile coach would work on the sub layer level to convert the detractors to pacifiers and further to be Agile ambassadors by working closely on the lagging parameters by bringing in kaizens around those parameters.

    For example: the waterfall projects that I worked on got transformed to agile methodology were in detractor state at the beginning. Later on they were moved to pacifier state, then on to neutral and now they are Promoters/ambassadors of the agile methodology which got propagated to the complete service line. Thus the transformation coach can make various projects running in the service industry to get their projects transformed to agile methodology which brings in great impact for clients

  • Liked Anjali D leon
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    Anjali D leon - Group Flow: Unlock the Secret to Your Team's Creativity, Peak Performance and Happiness

    45 Mins
    Talk
    Intermediate

    In our hyper-connected, meeting heavy and fast-paced world of work, crowded calendars and competing demands leave many feeling like they are spending a lot of energy and not getting much done. Individual team members often crave the opportunity to get into an individual state of distraction-free hyper focus and creativity.

    But the nature of our world today tends to involve highly collaborative endeavors. The complex problems we are called on to solve frequently require working with others and engaging in frequent and intense creative collaboration. Stealing away time for distraction-free focus to enter the individual flow state isn’t always easy.

    This raises the question: Can a team or a group collaborate and still achieve flow collectively?

    Join me for this interactive session, where we take a closer look at Flow, understand its benefits and learn how to tap into this optimal state of being to unlock the secret to your team's creativity, peak performance and happiness.