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  • 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 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.

  • 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 2 weeks 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 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.

  • 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 Gopinath Langote
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    Gopinath Langote - Consumer Driven Contract Testing - TTDing microservices

    Gopinath Langote
    Gopinath Langote
    Software Engineer
    N26 GmbH
    schedule 5 days ago
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    240 Mins
    Workshop
    Intermediate

    Many teams working with microservices need confidence they don't break functionality when making changes. System integration tests, functional tests, and sometimes manual tests are older ways to obtain that confidence. These processes may take more than 1 day or even more if different teams or a different company own the services.

    To ensure the same level of confidence and speed up delivery, we can create Contracts for integrations between consumers and providers. Contracts created by consumer services need to pass with every build going in production to guarantee the integrations between systems/services work fine. Checking these contracts in a CI/CD pipeline makes feedback loops even faster.

    A Contract is a collection of agreements between a Consumer and a Provider that describes the interactions that can take place between them. Consumer Driven Contracts (CDCs) is a pattern that drives the development of the Providers from its Consumer's point of view. It is TDD for microservices.

    This workshop covers an end to end demo of contract testing between two microservices to show how to release microservices with confidence, get early feedback, speed up delivery, and comparison with other testing strategies.

    I am going to use the PACT (https://docs.pact.io/) tool for implementing Consumer-Driven Contract Tests. The workshop will include an exercise from participants to implement the CDC.

    Happy CDC!

  • Liked Aprajita Mathur
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    Aprajita Mathur - Compliance and Agility - How it can be done !

    45 Mins
    Case Study
    Intermediate

    Delivering a compliant product is a resource intensive and challenging activity for most teams. Whether a team is trying to adhere to company, industry, or international standards, it needs to produce deliverables under tight deadlines with the right level of quality.

    When you work with Forensic teams the stakes are high! Next Generation Sequencing (NGS) is a new forensic DNA sequencing technology which can result in increased detection ability for degraded and complex mixture samples. It can also provide ancestry and physical trait information which help's narrow down suspects.

    Join Aprajita Mathur as she shares how her team successfully built the first Forensics, NGS “sample-to-answer” platform, working in a cross-functional team, using a scrum-based methodology, yet in a compliant environment. For her team, the stakes were high, timelines tight, and quality was of upmost importance to ensure the truth is always found: An integrated “sample to answer” solution to aid forensic investigation teams must be accurate, precise, reliable, and provide information in the timescales of investigation. Aprajita discusses myths about software development in regulatory space. Take away agile practices that deliver compliant products, using agile artifacts to meet specifications with minimum effort, release after release.

  • 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 Yury Lytvynenko
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    Yury Lytvynenko - (Don't) Use the Force, Luke

    Yury Lytvynenko
    Yury Lytvynenko
    Agile Coach
    Agile Drive
    schedule 1 week ago
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    20 Mins
    Talk
    Intermediate

    Agile and Scrum teach us that self-organizing teams are key to success. But what to do with the power, ranks, and authority? Shall we give up them completely? I don't think so. Shall we rely on them exclusively? It kills self-organization. This talk is about why managers (well, everyone to be fair) strive to use their power, what to do if the system provokes you to do this, and how to find a balance between power and self-organization.

  • Liked Gopinath Langote
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    Gopinath Langote - Confidently Releasing Microservices With Consumer-Driven Contract Testing

    Gopinath Langote
    Gopinath Langote
    Software Engineer
    N26 GmbH
    schedule 5 days ago
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    45 Mins
    Talk
    Beginner

    Many teams working with microservices need confidence they don't break functionality when making changes. System integration tests, functional tests, and sometimes manual tests are older ways to obtain that confidence. These processes may take more than 1 day or even more if different teams or a different company own the services.

    To ensure the same level of confidence and speed up delivery, we can create Contracts for integrations between consumers and providers. Contracts created by consumer services need to pass with every build going in production to guarantee the integrations between systems/services work fine. Checking these contracts in a CI/CD pipeline makes feedback loops even faster.

    A Contract is a collection of agreements between a Consumer and a Provider that describes the interactions that can take place between them. Consumer-Driven Contracts (CDCs) is a pattern that drives the development of the Providers from its Consumer's point of view. It is TDD for microservices.

    This talk covers an end to end demo of contract testing between two microservices to show how to release microservices with confidence, get early feedback, speed up delivery, and comparison with other testing strategies.

    Happy CDC!

  • Liked Teri Christian
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    Teri Christian - Case Study: Transform 4500 people with 8 coaches - impossible?

    20 Mins
    Experience Report
    Intermediate

    This is a case study discussion to share how we are transforming the 2nd largest bank in Australia with a core enterprise team of 3 people and an extended coaching team of 8 professional coaches. We not only transitioned ways of working but also helped with organizational design, transitioned job titles (from over 150 to 7) and workflow management. We are using a model that helps teams change incrementally with weekly measures and understood results. We have been able to have remarkable success using a distributed coaching model, introducing new ways of learning and developing a learning organization.

  • Liked Teri Christian
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    Teri Christian - Plan to Win! Game

    90 Mins
    Workshop
    Intermediate

    The move away from traditional ways of working and thinking to a digital mindset lead to change in many roles and sometimes it is not clear where everyone fits in. It is important to understand how the digital economy has shifted our ways of working and the skills needed from strategy to execution to meet demanding needs.

    Join us in a workshop where we will explore the 5 Levels of Agile Planning and the Critical Success Factors, Events and Skills needed to create a value stream. We will look at the skills needed for a company to move from being descriptive to one that can respond to emergent needs. Applying this knowledge will help Product Managers and entire organisations have a competitive edge in their market.

  • 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 Kathy G. Berkidge
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    Kathy G. Berkidge - #MindfulAgile - Applying Mindfulness in Agile Teams

    480 Mins
    Workshop
    Beginner

    Collaboration is at the heart of healthy agile teams. Teams that collaborate well are better enabled to deliver innovative solutions that not only meet customer and business expectations, but exceed them. However, collaboration is much more than just communication and coordination. Highly collaborative teams are inclusive and open to new concepts, where individuals feel valued not only for the contributions they make, but also for bringing their different ideas and perspectives to the table.

    Mindful agile is the perfect combination of the agile mindset with mindfulness that enables teams and organisations to build an agile culture that truly embodies the agile values and principles. It allows teams to work together with greater cooperation to truly collaborate, overcome difficulties, share ideas, and challenge each other without falling into chaos and conflict.

    This workshop will help you deeply understand the agile mindset and how mindfulness enables you to truly embody the agile principles. Mindfulness enhances interactive communications to allow you collaborate more effectively. Through mindfulness, you will better understand your customers’ needs to produce solutions that they love. Mindfulness enables you to think more clearly resulting in better decision making and creativity that drive innovation. You will gain a practical understanding of why mindfulness is the essential ingredient for creating an effective agile culture.

  • 45 Mins
    Case Study
    Advanced

    Testing games as native apps on phones / mobile devices / tablets makes testing of regular apps, or websites appear like a piece of cake. Testing games becomes even more challenging when you think about automating the same.

    I got an opportunity to build Functional Test Automation for a suite of games – and what an exciting time it turned out to be!

    These games are built either using Cocos2d-x, or Unity (cross platform game engines for mobile games, apps and other cross platform interactive GUI and are known for their speed, stability, and easy of use).

    The key challenges I encountered were:

    • Millions on users, playing the games on a huge variety of devices
    • Limited unit testing
    • API testing & Functional Testing done in isolation (mini-waterfall approach)
    • Usage of Cocos2d-x & Unity for game rendering – which cannot be automated via Appium
    • Limited Functional Automation (for native apps)

    Come to this session to understand how I overcame the challenges and helped build:

    • A better way of working (you can call it ‘Agile’)
    • Break down the walls by fostering a mindset of “build quality-in, as opposed to test for quality”
    • Setup vision of CI-CD – and how to setup CI pipelines to enable end-2-end visibility
    • Build a new functional automation framework using java/testing/appium-test-distribution/reportportal/jenkins with focus on – specify test intent once and run on all supported channels (ex: Andriod, iOS, …)
    • Build a solution for Cocos2d-x layer automation
    • Ability to use same framework for multiple games
  • Liked Yury Lytvynenko
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    Yury Lytvynenko - Challengers' Guide

    Yury Lytvynenko
    Yury Lytvynenko
    Agile Coach
    Agile Drive
    schedule 1 week ago
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    45 Mins
    Talk
    Intermediate

    How to change organizations and stay sane.

    Challengers are a special kind of people in an organization who are on a constant journey of improving and changing themselves, others and the organization. Change agents are an alternative name for such kind of people.

    Often they get a hard time. Sometimes they feel very lonely.

    In my talk, I explain why it happens and how to address it and avoid burning out.

  • Liked Abhigya Pokharel
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    Abhigya Pokharel - Personal Agility - A framework beyond frameworks

    Abhigya Pokharel
    Abhigya Pokharel
    Sr. Project Manager
    Ncell
    schedule 2 weeks ago
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    45 Mins
    Talk
    Intermediate

    In today's busy world, you have more things to do, than time to get them done. Deciding upon the priorities is a big question. 'What is important to you?' This talk will provide you an insight to do the right things first, and discard the things that are less important, or adds no value in life.

    Success today requires the agility to constantly rethink, reinvigorate, react and reinvent. To be able to reflect upon what is important to you and discard the things that are of least value to you is an important aspect of being happy and efficient, be it at work or in your personal life. The talk, ‘Personal Agility and Me’ will provide you an insight to ensure that you do the right things at the time. It will help you to focus and rethink on the values to be adapted in everyday life.

    The talk will guide you through the ways to cultivate personal agility from my own experience, where I discovered my own personal agility when I got lost in a jungle in South Australia, few years back. What would you have done then, when you knew that you could not have failed in such an appalling situation?

    No technical requirements for this talk. I will be talking about personal agility with reference to my own experiences, about how I discovered personal agility when me, myself was lost in a jungle. I will be mapping these experiences and stories into an Agile Model, with a tint of Tuckman's stages of group development.

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    Abhigya Pokharel - Agile for All - Transformation from a Telco's lens

    Abhigya Pokharel
    Abhigya Pokharel
    Sr. Project Manager
    Ncell
    schedule 2 weeks ago
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    45 Mins
    Case Study
    Intermediate

    The talk, ‘Agile for All – Transformation Journey of a Telco', shall cover the Agile Transformation journey in a Telecommunication Operator with 500+ employees. It shall explain why transformation was important in achieving the best ROI, identifying the 'Fit for Purpose', and achieving Happy Customers and Happy Employees. The talk focuses on the real time experiences, stating what challenges were faced during the transformation, how they were mitigated, how the transformation was structured and what worked and what not.

    The talk is designed with real time experiences in the telecom industry, and co- relates the practices into an Agile framework.

  • Raji Sivaraman
    Raji Sivaraman
    Principal
    ASBA LLC
    schedule 2 weeks ago
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    480 Mins
    Workshop
    Intermediate

    A workshop about Personal Agility (PA) jointly delivered by Raji Sivaraman (Singapore/USA) and Michal Raczka (Poland). PA and its importance to Organizational Agility (OA) which is the core principle of the Personal Agility Lighthouse™ (PALHTM) Model, built on seven flavors. AgilityDiscoveries explores the subtleties of getting the organizational outcome through these skill sets. It comprises of Learning, Cerebral, Emotional, Education, Change, Political, and Outcomes Agility. There is a certification at the end of the workshop for those who wish to take it.