• Liked Manjit Singh
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    Agile Business Development? Yes, For Real...

    Manjit Singh
    Manjit Singh
    schedule 1 year ago
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    45 mins
    Talk
    Advanced

    The presentation is a case study of how Agile (Scrum/Kanban) can be applied to business development (BD).

    Business Development is about managing increasing amounts of investment or determining where to invest. Agile business development is about learning, failing and succeeding quickly in this process. This talk presents a case study from the presenter's personal experience in coaching, training and mentoring 6 BD teams how to apply Agile to their work. 

    The case study will cover how the following challenges of applying Agile to BD activities were addressed:

    • How do you define a Release?
    • How to do release planning?
    • How to define Sprint goals?
    • Do we write User Stories? 
    • Do we size the stories?
    • Do we calculate velocity?
    • How do you do Sprint planning?
    • Do we need a Scrum Master? Who should play this role?
    • What is the right duration of a Sprint?
  • Diane Zajac-Woodie
    Diane Zajac-Woodie
    schedule 1 year ago
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    120 mins
    Workshop
    Beginner

    As a business analyst on an agile team, do you spend your time gathering decisions from product owners and passing them on to development teams? Are you tired of simply being a “proxy without power?” As a product manager, do you feel like you are just collecting stakeholder opinions and filtering them for the team? What can you do to boost your impact to your team?

    Be more than a proxy.

    By definition, a proxy means doing a thing “by the authority to represent someone else.” That job can be important, especially when stakeholders and customers have limited available. But teams need more.

    In this workshop, Diane Zajac-Woodie demonstrates how you can be more than a proxy. Through some experiential exercises, you will learn what impact collaboration has on results and why requirements are just as important as ever. Diane also teaches you how to document requirements so people will actually read them. Using acceptance tests, you will practice writing requirements that describe the exact behaviors that you expect in a format that everyone understands.

    Be inspired to embrace your role in an agile environment and leave with new techniques that ensure that you will be more than a proxy when you head back to work.

  • Liked Beth Miller
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    Build Measure Learn - Designing your MVP

    Beth Miller
    Beth Miller
    Jennifer Hinton
    Jennifer Hinton
    schedule 1 year ago
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    45 mins
    Workshop
    Beginner

    We all know that a Minimum Viable Product is a lean startup technique designed to test and validate if a solution actually solves a customer problem. It is an endeavor to go forth and learn  to then, iterate or pivot as you better understand the problem and solution.  To be successful, it is not only  about learning what the people want but also being able understand the most painful aspects of that problem to then define what is the minimum amount of work you can do to generate early value to them.  But how do we figure that out?  In this 45-minute workshop, you will learn what is an MVP;  why it matters; what makes a good MVP experiment; and how to get started on designing your own. By the end of this 45-minute workshop, you will have:

    1. Created a problem statement, or hypothesis for an MVP
    2. Turned your hypothesis into a list of possible experiments
    3. Collaborated with agilists who will help you formulate your MVP concept and experimentation ideas

     

     

     

     

     

     

  • Jason Tice
    Jason Tice
    schedule 1 year ago
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    45 mins
    Talk
    Intermediate

    Are you overwhelmed and/or confused as to which metrics can reveal insights to make fact-based decisions to properly manage your agile software development portfolio.  Join us for a the story of a journey, where we will use the metaphor of “going on a road trip” to explain and demonstrate simple yet effective metrics for agile portfolio management.  As we go on our road trip, we’ll highlight the importance of defining and then using quantitative “roll-up” metrics to enable leadership to make informed strategic decisions without slowing delivery team activities while at the same time providing a foundation for team self-management and autonomy.  We’ll use the road-trip metaphor to depict the challenges that teams and organizations encounter attempting to manage their portfolio without effective portfolio metrics defined.  Think about what driving on a road trip would be like if your car didn’t have a check-engine light or a gas gauge, sound risky???  The good news is: it doesn’t have to be that way, and believe it or not, if you have measurements at the team level creating actionable portfolio-metrics is easier than you think.  As we recommend simple portfolio-level metrics to guide our road trip, we’ll define them, share how to interpret them, discuss the insights they provide, and offer guidance on how to gather or aggregate them from team execution data.  We will also touch on why and how the use of an easy to understand metaphor has aided significantly in creating and sustaining engagement amongst stakeholders for portfolio inception and governance activities.  Participants will leave having learned how to successfully navigate their next enterprise-wide initiative using quantitative data to promote alignment, maximize return on investment, foster engagement and reduce risk - everyone attending will receive a printed guide (worksheet) summarizing recommended metrics for agile portfolio management discussed.

  • Liked Thad Scheer
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    Un-beach the whale and turbocharge productivity in your post-Agile organization

    Thad Scheer
    Thad Scheer
    schedule 1 year ago
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    45 mins
    Talk
    Intermediate

    When you transitioned to Agile you solicited the best advice, updated your development tools, hired coaches, installed furniture, and embraced painful cultural changes. Now, a few years later, you wonder whether Agile is working. Are you realizing the productivity you are paying for, or did Agile flop? With so many people developing software every day you expect more to get done. Your advisors tell you not to worry about productivity, this is how it’s supposed to be. Questioning themselves, many executives are awakening to these gut feelings of disillusionment in their post-transition organizations. How much productivity should they expect from Agile teams? How do you know if Agile is working? Can Agile organizations be slow and unwieldy despite their Agileness? This session offers a strategic business management perspective about the honest reality of Agile in a post-transition organization. Attendees will learn to recognize the signals of poor Agile productivity and how to fix development so it stays fixed.

  • Laura M. Powers
    Laura M. Powers
    schedule 1 year ago
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    45 mins
    Workshop
    Intermediate

    Most scrum teams create effort estimates, often using story points. As a product owner, you also want to have an estimate of the business value of each user story. Business value estimates help you create a more rational backlog and maximize the value the team delivers.

    This workshop explores the art and science of estimating the business value of user stories. Participants will gain an understanding of the essence of business value,
and why it is more complex than just revenue or profit. Then we will then learn a surprisingly simple technique to estimate and quantify business value.

     

  • Liked Chris Li
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    The Tadpole Technique - Breaking things down in a new, interactive way

    Chris Li
    Chris Li
    schedule 1 year ago
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    45 mins
    Workshop
    Beginner

    The Tadpole Technique is an approach that teams can use to break a larger idea into smaller pieces in an interactive and visual way.  This facilitated session is a way to get team members to participate in some chatter as well as as generate a few takeaways from the session.  This technique is useful in meetings where a group of approximately ten individuals and a facilitator go through a series of discussions following a brief writing activity.  The result is a visual representation of the teams thoughts and discussion, and can be used to further expand later talks or to create some takeaways.

    This talk will explain the mechanics of this technique, what teams will need, and explain how to facilitate the session.  Participants will then engage in an exercise where they get to experience the technique as a group, enhancing their ability to facilitate future sessions of their own. 

  • Liked Anu Smalley
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    Product Owner Must Be’s

    Anu Smalley
    Anu Smalley
    schedule 1 year ago
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    45 mins
    Talk
    Beginner

    We often talk about what the Product Owner Must "Do" - they must own the Product Backlog, they must manage the product backlog and the priorities, they must refine the backlog, they must answer the team's questions.

    We very rarely talk about what the Product Owner must "Be".

    During this session I will highlight what I have learned from my experience as a Product Owner and a Product Owner coach, what I believe are the main Must "Be's" for a Product Owner.

  • Liked Sanjiv Augustine
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    The Joy of Work - People, Performance and Innovation in Agile

    Sanjiv Augustine
    Sanjiv Augustine
    schedule 1 year ago
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    45 mins
    Workshop
    Intermediate

    Do you find your work exciting and fulfilling? Is your team rewarded for finding better ways to work? While many organizations have adopted Agile approaches at a project level, few have effectively aligned their HR processes with Agile values, or made finding better ways of working a truly rewarding and exciting proposition for their teams. With a new generation of employees who are interested equally in purpose as in profit, it is imperative that we revisit schemes like the 3600 annual review, and recognize not only their limitations, but also the damage they cause to individual morale and team productivity.

    Join Sanjiv to explore the subject of creating a holistic performance management system that not only adheres to Agile principles, but actively promotes individual drive and team innovation. Learn how delink merit pay from feedback, the difference between intrinsic and extrinsic motivation; and how to create a “flow state” on your agile teams to enhance performance and spark innovation.

  • Liked Kate Seavey
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    The Dark Side: Using Dark Stories to Help Product Owners Prioritize Mundane Maintenance

    Kate Seavey
    Kate Seavey
    Sheya Meierdierks-Lehman
    Sheya Meierdierks-Lehman
    schedule 1 year ago
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    45 mins
    Workshop
    Intermediate

    Delivery teams know from experience the importance of maintenance such as applying patches, upgrading, and conforming to the latest security and accessibility regulations. Product Owners, other value team members, and system stakeholders are focused on functionality and end user satisfaction. Maintenance isn’t sexy and can sink in priority until it fails to be included in releases.

     

    The Security community has been using Dark/Abuser/Evil Stories using the persona of a Black Hat Hacker to uncover vulnerabilities. In this workshop participants will assume the role of Delivery Team members and use the power of personas to write “Dark Stories” that bring to life the full impact of failing to perform necessary maintenance.  The intent is to give Product Owners a complete understanding of the importance of maintenance so they can appropriately prioritize maintenance and keep their systems strong.

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