• Dhaval Dalal
    Dhaval Dalal
    Naresh Jain
    Naresh Jain
    schedule 2 years ago
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    90 mins
    Workshop
    Beginner

    "To know, is good. To live, is better. To be, that is perfect." - The Mother

    During the Agile adoption, its a common complain that many team in many organizations get caught up in the ceremonies or mechanics of Agile and fail to understand/appreciate the true value and spirit of Agile. And because of this, the original intent of the Agile movement itself is lost. This is a serious issue!

    This workshop will highlight, a well-proven approach to transformation (not adoption) and show the distinct steps in this journey that an individual or a collective goes through when learning anything new. Activities, serving as examples, in the workshop, will focus to show the journey - that is, how to begin with rituals, then gradually move to practices, arriving at principles and eventually internalizing the values. Witnessing this gradual process of transformation will help participants discover for themselves their current progression. We hope this will serve as a guiding light during their Agile journey.

    Finally, we will leave the participants to ponder upon and discover for themselves their ideals in life and work as this is not only applicable to software development, but also to any discipline where humans are involved, including life itself.

  • Liked Zaheerabbas Contractor
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    Enterprise Agile Adoption: An Organizational Change Management Journey.

    Zaheerabbas Contractor
    Zaheerabbas Contractor
    schedule 2 years ago
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    45 mins
    Experience Report
    Advanced

    We represent the Agile Center of Excellence at our Organization and are chartered to drive the change management initiative to imbibe Agile adoption across the enterprise.

    We plan to share our experience on the Organization Change Management initiative that we took up to drive Agility across the organization.  Our journey towards the derived vision and strategy to increase Agility in the system to thereby achieve:

    • Nimble simplified processes.
    • Ability to respond faster to change.
    • And most critical: delivering increased customer value.

    This is a continuous improvement journey and we initiated:

    • Structured multilevel communications of CHANGE to the teams.
    • Learning + Unlearning:  Structured Training and Development plans (Behavioral and Technical).
    • Bringing in Gamification as a tool to get millennial team members to learn quicker.
    • Approach to move from “Pyramid” to “Hour Glass” structure to align with the flat team structure.
    • Pilot: Career Development Framework Aligned to Agile structure and roles.
      • Bringing in change of G&O to align with Agile delivery
      • Enabling Talent Fulfilment to align to the Agile roles and structure
    • Pilot: Performance change management- Holistic approach to drive appropriate behavior
    • Brining in systemic changes to ease Agile adoption
  • Howard Deiner
    Howard Deiner
    schedule 2 years ago
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    45 mins
    Talk
    Intermediate

    A common failure mode for organizations attempting to adopt an Agile style of software development occurs when an attempt is made to “Scale Agile”. Suddenly, the organization finds that there are scheduling problems between teams. Delivery team members suddenly find that they are required to serve on several teams at once. Dependencies surface, and teams find it difficult to come together in a common cadence to produce working software in a continuously delivered fashion. Many times, these issues become so grave that the organization reverts back to the Waterfall model that they came to hate, but at least understood.

    This session explores Agile scaling concerns, and places particular emphasis on an architecturally significant distinction in the software to be created, and the components produced to allow the software to be created. That distinction revolves around cross cutting platform concerns versus product feature creation concerns. We will examine the distinctions and explore solutions that should help your organization get past these issues when it comes to portfolio management, by paying attention to extrinsic versus intrinsic value metrics.

  • Prafulla Girgaonkar
    Prafulla Girgaonkar
    Naresh Jain
    Naresh Jain
    schedule 2 years ago
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    45 mins
    Experience Report
    Intermediate

    Over the last decade, eXtreme Programming practices like User Stories, Evolutionary Design, Test-Driven Development (TDD), Behavior Driven Developer (BDD), Refactoring, Continuous Integration and Automation have fundamentally changed software development processes and inherently how engineers work.

    Having experienced various benefits from XP practices on our J2EE stack, our team started to apply these practices to extract, transform, and load (ETL) and Data Analytics side of our product. Unfortunately, there is very little guidance available in this context, esp. for the SAS Platform. Right from finding the unit testing framework to structuring the code to designing our modules and setting up a Continuous Integration builds, our team had to figure out everything, the hard way.

    Join us to understand the challenges we faced during this process and how we resolved these challenges.

  • Liked vinaya muralidharan
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    ScrumBan Recipe – A pinch of this, a handful of that

    vinaya muralidharan
    vinaya muralidharan
    Sutap
    Sutap
    schedule 2 years ago
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    20 mins
    Experience Report
    Intermediate

    Our talk will focus on the evolution of the Agile implementation in Amdocs.

    While Kanban is widely implemented in the Amdocs Delivery unit, recently we have started experimenting with Scrum in pockets.

    Taking it a step further, not wanting to lose out on our learning from Kanban, we are trying ScrumBan in a large scale project.

    We will share the approach, the challenges and what we have adopted from Scrum and Kanban in this implementation.

    A brief introduction to Amdocs - Amdocs is a leading provider of Customer Experience systems and services in the telecommunications domain, typically doing large scale transformation projects.

  • Liked Alexey Ilyichev
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    Skype goes agile: don't repeat our mistakes

    Alexey Ilyichev
    Alexey Ilyichev
    schedule 2 years ago
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    45 mins
    Case Study
    Intermediate

    In 2011, I worked for Qik, a startup that got aqcuired by Skype. At that time Skype was in the middle of an agile transition. Аfter aquisition, Qik team was told to adopt the Agile process used by Skype. I worked with the team as an agile coach. After adopting Skype's "agile" process, our ability to deliver was brought down to almost zero. In this talk, I'll tell you the story as it happened, analyze the key problems that we faced and describe how we finally solved them. Come to this talk, if you want to avoid similar mistakes. If you are already through with your transition, I would be interested to know if you see any patterns. 

  • Liked Linda Rising
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    The Power of Retrospection

    Linda Rising
    Linda Rising
    schedule 2 years ago
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    180 mins
    Tutorial
    Advanced

    Project Retrospectives are an important part of any software development process. The Principles Behind the Agile Manifesto state that, "At regular intervals, the team reflects on how to become more effective, then tunes and adjusts its behavior accordingly." How can this be done? By taking the time to reflect and learn and proactively determine what should be done differently in the next iteration, release, or project. Linda's presentation will introduce techniques for project retrospectives, whether they are agile or not. The techniques help teams discover what they’re doing well so that successful practices can continue and identify what should be done differently to improve performance. Retrospectives are not finger pointing or blaming sessions, but rather a highly effective process in which teams reflect on the past to become more productive in the future. Linda will share her experiences with leading retrospectives of several kinds for dozens of projects—successful and unsuccessful, small and large, in academia and industry. Her lessons learned can be applied to any project to enable teams and organizations to become learning organizations.

  • Liked Archana Joshi
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    Applying Gamification Techniques in Agile

    Archana Joshi
    Archana Joshi
    Senthilkumar Rajamarthandan
    Senthilkumar Rajamarthandan
    schedule 2 years ago
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    45 mins
    Case Study
    Intermediate

    Background: 

    • One of the world’s largest legal product & services provider.
    • Development and global rollout of online legal research product for law firms to efficiently provide online research and analytical capabilities.
    • Several hundred million dollar product revenue
    • 400 Team size.
    • Product Development and subsequent enhancement and support.
    • Stringent Timelines
    • Most of the team new to agile
    • 4 Timezones

    Key Challenges on "people" front:

    1. Scale up the team to use agile in short time frame
    2. Engage and motivate the team 
    3. Be a true vendor partner with the customer

    Industry analysts predict rapid adoption of gamification. By 2014, more than 70% of Global 2000 organizations will have at least one gamified application, according to Gartner, Inc. In this presentation, we would be focusing on how gamification helped us adddress the above challenges.  Concept of “gamification” was used to drive the team to embrace agile and improve employee engagement and motivation. This helped further boost the quality and increase the overall customer satisfaction across sprints and releases.

  • Liked Shane Hastie
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    Product Ownership is a Team Sport

    Shane Hastie
    Shane Hastie
    schedule 2 years ago
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    90 mins
    Workshop
    Intermediate

    A number of agile brands downplay the need for business analysis and requirements management on agile projects, putting large store in the role of the Product Owner.

    This workshop tackles some of the problems this misconception can result in and shows how effective product ownership almost always requires a team with a variety of skills and backgrounds to be effective.

    Product Ownership requires clarity of vision, alignment with organisational strategy, understanding of the development process and the ability to communicate with a wide variety of stakeholders across all levels both inside and outside the organization. The complexity of the role is most often more than a single person can (or should) cope with – effective product ownership requires a teamwork approach covering a variety of skills and knowledge.

    Product ownership encompasses areas covering:

    • Product Management
    • Marketing
    • Business Advocacy
    • Customer Advocacy
    • End User Advocacy
    • Domain Subject Matter Knowledge
    • Analysis
    • User Experience and Graphic Design
    • Innovation
    • Communications
    • Decision Making
    • Legal and Compliance
  • Liked Sunil Mundra
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    Getting A Partner To Adopt Agile

    Sunil Mundra
    Sunil Mundra
    schedule 2 years ago
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    20 mins
    Case Study
    Intermediate

    Due to the business benefits which accrue from Agile, clients are demanding their IT Departments/Partners to adopt Agile. It is quite common to find a situation where the client has adopted Agile, but its Partner/Vendor has not.


    This talk is based on my consulting engagement with a client who had adopted Agile and their partner had not, and the client wanted the partner to Adopt Agile.


    The talk will cover the critical challenges encountered in getting the partner to adopt Agile, especially given the wide difference in cultures of both organizations and also the organizations being located in different continents. The talk will also cover the key learnings from this journey.