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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 Amber King
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    Amber King - Make The Right Changes & Make Changes Right Through Process Co-creation

    45 Mins
    Talk
    Beginner

    In the agile community, we celebrate failure as well as success. On our journey to plan @ scale, the Agile Program Management team at Opower had a lot of early failures, but then we started succeeding. How? By not only listening to our stakeholders, but co-creating solutions with them. In this talk, I focus on how process co-creation is helping Opower scale. I’ll describe a specific case study, then we’ll try co-creation together. By the end of this talk, you’ll have specific tips and techniques on how to successfully co-create solutions with your teams that you can take back and use with them tomorrow.

  • Liked Jason Tice
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    Jason Tice - Agile Portfolio Management Metrics to Guide your next Enterprise-wide Road Trip

    Jason Tice
    Jason Tice
    Vice President
    World Wide Technology
    schedule 2 years 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 David Bulkin
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    David Bulkin / Verlisa Taylor - Surviving a Series of Unfortunate Events Building Trust and Making Agile Work in the DoD

    45 Mins
    Workshop
    Intermediate

    Our project was suffering from a series of unfortunate events; it was behind schedule, over budget, re-baselined twice and nearly cancelled. The PM and one third of the staff was gone. Needless to say **we did not have a trusting relationship with our client or their other contractors.** We knew for sure we could no longer conduct business as usual.

    We had to convince our government partners that they did not make a mistake in trusting us. Agile had to rebuild relationships, knock down barriers, and produce quick results.

    In our case we are government contractors to the United States DoD, working with other contractors (competitors), in an environment that was heavyweight and plan driven. We used agile to drive trust and transparency, which led to collaboration and real results.

    If we made agile work you can too!

    This exciting workshop includes case study interspersed with frequent exercises and discussion so that you can take what we learned and apply it in your context.

  • Liked Brandon Raines
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    Brandon Raines - Agile Planning and Estimating Techniques in a Federal World

    Brandon Raines
    Brandon Raines
    Agile Coach
    Shokunin LLC
    schedule 2 years ago
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    45 Mins
    Talk
    Beginner

    The government is seeing the merit of using agile practices to develop software.  However, the fallacy that you can’t estimate projects using agile in the government still exist.  The result is that many projects that want to use Agile begin in a very waterfall way developing the initial plan and are forced to stick to that plan throughout the project despite using sprints throughout the ‘development phase’.  Many falsely believe they are stuck in the tradition of estimating everything in the beginning.  During this presentation, through lecture and based upon real experiences, we will demonstrate techniques for developing a project plan and estimating techniques to satisfy the typical government compliance requirements using Agile practices and principles.  In essence, we will together learn how to build the bridge from the traditional government practices to a brave new world where we can plan, estimate and still inject agility.

  • Liked Ken Furlong
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    Ken Furlong - How to Organize Multi-Team Programs

    45 Mins
    Talk
    Intermediate

    Why does the Agile community encourage cross-functional teams?  So many large organizations have naturally organized into system-specific teams.  This is a very common and logical approach.  At scale, though, it creates serious impediments to organizational agility and getting things done.  We'll discuss the roots of that phenomenon, one of our key interests in cross-functional teams, patterns for enabling such a team structure, some failure modes, and how to prevent them.  Please join us!

  • Liked Salah Elleithy
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    Salah Elleithy / Dante Vilardi - The Data Greenhouse: DevOps Measurement at Scale

    45 Mins
    Talk
    Intermediate

    Most agile teams focus on following a delivery process and overlook finding ways to improve the process. The essence of agile is focused around the idea of continuous improvement via inspect and adapt. In this session, we will be providing insights around evolving your measurements using data in order to embrace a different mindset. A mindset that encourages more facts and less judgment. A mindset that encourages organizations to move from “performance” to decisions, behaviors, outcomes, external evaluation to “Let’s figure this out together”, proof to evidence, answers to questions, precision to speed and from objective to subjective (but with lots of facts!)

     

  • Liked Yuval Yeret
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    Yuval Yeret - Boosting agile in the trenches

    90 Mins
    Workshop
    Intermediate

    More and more organizations have already reached some level of Agility. Some of them reached what we call Stable/Recharge which means they stabilized some structure/process that works for them. They had a couple of months or even years to “digest”/”recharge” and are now waking up hungry for the next level. Others got stuck along the way with some process that frustrates them but they didn’t really know what to do with it and just continued to suffer. These ones typically have a grudge towards agile when we meet them. People in these two groups have some common ground - they have a lot to benefit if they get exposed to some practical tips and tricks from the trenches that can help connect “by the book” agile to the day to day reality in the typical organization.

    In this "Agile Boost Camp" session we will give participants ideas/tips for working through typical boost/reset challenges. These tips/ideas are inspired by working in the trenches with real world organizations.

    Each time this session/workshop runs is different because the workshop runs in an agile form where the participants act as the “Product Owners” choosing and customizing the agenda. The trainer brings in the experience and best practices as well as orchestrates the workshop experience.

    Ready for your Boost?

     

  • Liked Brian Sjoberg
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    Brian Sjoberg - Moving at the Speed of Molasses ... This Might Have Something to do with It!

    Brian Sjoberg
    Brian Sjoberg
    Agile Coach
    Excella Consulting
    schedule 2 years ago
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    45 Mins
    Demonstration
    Beginner

    Are you struggling with delivering a potentially releasable working product every iteration? Ever wonder what one of biggest reasons we have difficulty getting things done at the individual, team and organizational level are? Do you keep doing something even though you know it reduces your productivity and lowers quality? We are going to run an exercise that highlights one of the major culprits that you have all experienced and continue to experience. The exercise will likely ignite a fire that will help you, your team and your organization to become more productive and improve product quality. We will discuss ways to improve this at the individual, team and organization levels.

    Knowing this will help anyone to understand the consequences of not prioritizing and increase their desire to. This will lead to producing faster, higher quality products that should lead to delighted customers.

  • Liked Mathias Eifert
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    Mathias Eifert - Using Lean Thinking to Increase the Value of Agile

    45 Mins
    Talk
    Beginner

    “Agile doesn’t have a brain.” This quote from Bill Scott, ‎VP, Business Engineering and Product Development at PayPal, is provocative for sure, but it highlights the perception that in most organizations Agile is primarily applied as a downstream engineering approach. As such, it isn’t inherently concerned with optimizing product design and user experience, the biggest drivers of customer satisfaction. The feedback cycles that form the basis of Scrum provide verification and validation of stakeholder needs only as they are expressed in the backlog’s user stories. Even if a sufficiently empowered and accessible Product Owner is available, agile methods offer little guidance on how to translate organizational goals and customer needs into the backlog’s content and relative priorities in the first place. As a result, the danger persists that agile teams end up very efficiently building products that implement an incomplete and subjective perception of the wants and needs of both the organization and its customers.

    In this session, we will explore how Lean thinking expands the “inspect and adapt” loops of agile development and helps systematically determine which features and design choices really provide the greatest organizational value. After a brief introduction to Lean concepts, we will discuss how Lean approaches product development as a series of hypotheses about customers’ behavior and value perception and builds on Agile’s rapid iterative delivery of working software to test these assumptions. Finally, we will examine ways to derive testable assumptions from organizational goals, such as the Lean UX Hypothesis Statement template and Gojko Adzic’s Impact Mapping.

  • 45 Mins
    Workshop
    Advanced

    The retrospective is one of the most powerful Agile ceremonies. They require you to learn from your experiences and challenge you to continuously improve.

    In this interactive session, you’ll explore retrospectives in depth, including activities to bring out different personality types and patterns for different levels of team maturity.

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    Context:

    Scrum has gifted a few Scrum Ceremonies to the world: Sprint Planning, Daily Standups, Backlog Grooming and the Sprint Retrospective. The Retrospective is one of the most important and the most powerful Ceremony.

    Retrospectives are required to learn from the experience and improve upon. To he ever-growing competition, the Organizations need to learn a lot from their experience and change accordingly (Charles Darwin: Survival of the fittest).

    If it is performed well, it can yield wonderful outcomes to improve anything/everything.

    Over a period of time, the teams start feeling bored about the same Old Retrospective (Glad, Sad or Mad, etc) so a lot of Fun/engagement part needs to be added to the same.

    In the current times, Retrospectives need a rebirth otherwise Retrospectives will die and the Learning curve will die as well!

  • Liked Paul Boos
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    Paul Boos / Laura M. Powers - Understanding How Collaboration Improves Productivity

    90 Mins
    Workshop
    Intermediate

    We've all heard how we need to collaborate better, but what does this really mean?  What results can I expect to see with better collaboration?  

    This workshop will demonstrate how productivity increases with greater collaboration and how to create better a more collaborative environment.  In the session you will not only have an opportunity to experience this relationship with a relatively simple learning game, but we'll look behind the curtain at the science and how some various behavioral models explain why this relationship exists.  We'll then explore some tactics you can use to help teams collaborate better and close with an exploration of what either helps or hinders collaboration and how you can use this information as well as the game with your teams.

    If you have an interest in improving productivity of your team or the teams you serve, then this is the session for you.

  • 45 Mins
    Talk
    Intermediate

    Are you ready to take control of your career in Agile space? Then this session is for you! Learn to build your personal brand, establish your career goals and reach them using an Agile mindset. The session is equally relevant for beginning and experienced Agilists, for people in the midst of an active job hunt and these who have already secured their dream position but are not sure how to take their career to the next level.

    Learn how to job hunt like a pro and how to attract recruiters and hiring managers instead of relying on job applications; how to seek and secure a promotion; how to insure your Agile career; and how to network in a powerful and focused way.

    Find out how to leverage the power of social media in your brand building efforts, including the ultimate brand building and career management tool, LinkedIn: develop and maintain a strong LinkedIn profile that includes an Agile work portfolio, a powerful Summary, and a results oriented Experience section; develop an ongoing engagement with Agile LinkedIn community using status updates, LinkedIn publishing platform and Agile groups and grow and nurture your network. Bonus: you will learn about making the first steps towards thought leadership.

  • Paul Boos
    Paul Boos
    IT Executive Coach
    Excella
    schedule 2 years ago
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    45 Mins
    Talk
    Advanced

    Many Agile adoptions stall because they fail to align with what the business needs. It's not about just delivering work more quickly, but also ensuring that it is what the business needs; for the Government, this is mission needs alignment. Getting a fully automated DevOps pipeline does nothing if you don't have any idea what type of impact you plan to make on the business.  

    However, once you have that delivery aligned with your business or mission, you can begin to perform experiments safely and more importantly measure the impact they make.  This session will discuss the types of measurements one can make and explore a few techniques you can use at both the macro and micro level to understand impact. We'll cite real-world examples set to help you understand how to apply each of the following techniques:

    • Business Canvas
    • Value Streams
    • Personas and Customer Experience Journeys
    • Impact Maps
    • Experiments & Hypotheses via Validation Boards

    This tour of techniques will give you ways to better craft your agility to your business needs.

  • 45 Mins
    Talk
    Intermediate

    In 2014, US Citizenship and Immigration Services Digital Innovation and Development Group, USCIS DID(it), implemented a portfolio level Kanban process to improve efficiency and delivery of operations, maintenance, and enhancements of existing mission critical software applications. This change in the process and culture of the organization resulted in a year over year (FY13 - FY14) 163% increase in deployments, a 145% increase in the number of user stories deployed, and an increase in end-user and developer satisfaction. These annual metrics were all surpassed within the first five months of FY15. This talk will discuss how we were able to accomplish this by adjusting our process, culture, documentation, and organization; and how it led to increasing our effectiveness and processes with proprietary software development.

  • Liked Paul Boos
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    Paul Boos - Agile Transformation: Using the Krismap and Appreciative Inquiry

    Paul Boos
    Paul Boos
    IT Executive Coach
    Excella
    schedule 2 years ago
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    45 Mins
    Workshop
    Intermediate

    So you want to transform your organization? How should you get started? Am I throwing everything away?

    Understanding how to co-create your organization's aspirational characteristics creates a great start to your Agile journey.  This allows the people to internalize what agile means to them in their context; doing this will allow greater alignment and commitment during the transformation. We'll explore a technique that allows you to do this invented by some coaching colleagues (Michael Sahota and Olaf Lewitz) and that I've utilized in Federal and commercial clients.  

    After performing this short exercise, we'll discuss next steps of selecting strategies using Appreciative Inquiry to help find and build upon your organization's strengths. Along the way, we'll learn a bit about what Appreciative Inquiry is and how it complements other change management approaches one can take. Don't throw out everything, build on your strengths!

  • Liked Dave Nicolette
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    Dave Nicolette - The value of diversity in an agile environment

    Dave Nicolette
    Dave Nicolette
    Consultant
    Neo Pragma LLC
    schedule 2 years ago
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    45 Mins
    Talk
    Intermediate

    There is much talk about diversity in the software development field and in the tech industry in general, and yet most teams and organizations comprise mostly a single cultural group. The dominant group may be 20- and 30-something white males, as is common in Silicon Valley, or some other culturally homogenous group, such as H1B holders from the same country, as is common in large corporations. 

    When nearly everyone in an organization has the same general worldview, problem-solving approach, educational background, life experience, and so forth, the organization tends to suffer from groupthink - they can only conceive of a single approach to achieving a goal or solving a problem. When faced with a unique challenge or an unexpected change in circumstances, such an organization often has great difficulty.

    In contrast, a diverse organization can bring to bear a variety of perspectives, experiences, collaboration styles, and problem-solving approaches. The rich blend of differences enables the organization to adapt to change and to overcome unexpected challenges creatively and flexibly. How can we build a more diverse workforce in the software development field?

  • Paul Boos
    Paul Boos
    IT Executive Coach
    Excella
    schedule 2 years ago
    Sold Out!
    45 Mins
    Talk
    Intermediate

    In the Agile community, we often talk of Servant Leadership, but this notion often doesn't resonate with leaders that have a history for more command and control based approaches. While Servant Leaders exhibit behaviors preferred for leading and supporting teams, the transition can be difficult to grasp. In order to help leaders understand and take action, I have merged the concepts of Servant Leader with a participatory style to become Facilitative Leadership.  This provides a means for better helping people understand more of what they can take action on.

    This talk will help people understand how anyone can become a facilitative leader with a specific focus on people who need help in transitioning their thinking from typical command and control approaches to those that are more facilitative. So if you have been struggling how to serve your teams better, let's reframe how we think of approaching the actions we can take.

  • Liked Dave Rooney
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    Dave Rooney - Emergent Design with Test-Driven Development

    90 Mins
    Workshop
    Beginner

    This workshop shows how Test-Driven Development (TDD) is used to enable emergent design. Using a simple but representative example in Java, the presenter will demonstrate how a low-level design naturally emerges when using the TDD cycle of test/code/refactor. The audience will be involved by suggesting the next steps and also by pairing with the presenter.

    Note that the goal of the session isn't necessarily to have a complete working example at the end, but to illustrate the process of low-level design through TDD.

  • Liked Dave Rooney
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    Dave Rooney - Digging to the Roots

    45 Mins
    Workshop
    Beginner

    Whether it's a minor typo on a page, a major failure causing a severe outage of a system or anything in between, the software industry is fertile ground for examining problems and their causes. From the problems that plagued HealthCare.gov to defects that allowed some lucky people to purchase airline tickets for almost nothing from United airlines, we hear a constant stream of issues with software systems.

    With our society becoming increasingly dependent on software, we need to "up our game" with respect to tracking down problems with they happen, ensuring that defects are caught before entering the wild, and are prevented from occurring in the first place.

    Root Cause Analysis is a process that enables this form of continuous improvement and uses techniques borrowed from other engineering disciplines. The aviation industry, for example, constantly seeks to improve due to the dire consequences of any failures in that domain.

    This interactive workshop will explain when and how to use Root Cause Analysis (RCA) to investigate problems and determine actions that will ensure that those problems can never happen again. Using real world examples the attendees will explore simple, lightweight RCA practices as well as a more involved example using fault tree analysis.