• Kosala Nuwan Perera
    Kosala Nuwan Perera
    schedule 10 months ago
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    45 mins
    Experience Report
    Intermediate

    Typical mistake many startups do is engineering idea before validating to learn whether it'd solve the problem. Obvious approach, also another mistake, is to run in a shorter sprints, demo, & get feedback till team realizes that features doesn’t seems delightful or satisfactory. Consequently, the app isn't often used by many as predicted once shipped. Speaking of learning, experimenting with a fake app to validate the idea is a cheaper, faster, a smarter strategy that's worth investing therefore.

    What's there to validate about your ideas? What are the cheaper, smarter, and faster ways to engage with users to decide what a good idea is and what a stupid idea is? Let's meet to learn some of the pragmatic ways to validate your ideas before putting everything to leap-of-faith.

    I had been introducing some of these tactics to many product teams, forums such as IIBA, Google Business Group events during last few years and now that entrepreneurship and startups has become one of the buzzwords, I am pleased to learn new methods that audience has to share.

  • Liked Mathias Eifert
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    Don’t assume you’re creating value – prove it!

    Mathias Eifert
    Mathias Eifert
    schedule 9 months ago
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    45 mins
    Talk
    Beginner

    Does your organization find it hard to determine “the right thing” to build? You are not alone – studies show that even in very high performing organizations only 10-35% of initial ideas actually generate business value. Agile development should make it easier to obtain early customer feedback, but in most organizations Agile approaches are limited to software development teams with little connection to the rest of the business. In addition, Agile methods by themselves offer few guidelines on how to translate organizational goals and customer needs into the backlog’s content and relative priorities in the first place. As a result, there is a significant, but often underappreciated risk that Agile teams end up very efficiently building “the wrong thing right.”

    In this session, we explore how Lean Discovery and experimentation can expand the scope of Agile’s “inspect and adapt” feedback loops to systematically identify and validate critical assumptions about our product’s value proposition. Based on the Lean Startup and Lean UX approach to product development as a series of hypotheses about customers’ behaviors and value perceptions, we discuss ways to derive testable assumptions from organizational goals to enable validated learning. Finally, we explore the implications of this approach on project planning and budgeting to support increased business agility.

  • Liked Jim Damato
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    Business Agility - Being the Bigger Dog in a Dog Eat Dog World (Even for a Chihuahua!)

    Jim Damato
    Jim Damato
    schedule 9 months ago
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    45 mins
    Talk
    Advanced

    Business is tough. If your market is any good, other companies want your revenue and market share. A lot comes your way that's beyond your control, so how do you stay competitive in a dog eat dog world? You strive for Business Agility.

    Business Agility is about being able to sense, create and respond to change, quickly and confidently. Every organization has the bravado to think they do, but few actually can. Think about these local companies who are:

    • At the top end of the market being threatened by a newer, faster rival.
    • Experiencing a market shift threatening half their revenue.
    • Subject to whims of powerful regulation. 
    • New in an emerging market and need to stay ahead of the major players. 

    Major change can come from all angles, whether from competitors, regulators or market shifts. Companies need to be able to execute not just at the execution level, not just as the portfolio level, but at the business level, so they can handle the change or better yet, BE the change.

    Business Agility isn't about how big you are, it's about survival of the fittest. Whether you are a small business or a publicly traded company, be the bigger dog.

  • Liked Craeg K Strong
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    Behavior Driven Development Workshop

    Craeg K Strong
    Craeg K Strong
    schedule 8 months ago
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    45 mins
    Workshop
    Beginner

    Behavior Driven Development / Acceptance Test Driven Development (BDD/ATDD) is a new, exciting approach to developing software that has been shown to reduce rework and increase customer satisfaction. While other testing tools focus primarily on “are we building the thing right?”, BDD tools such as Cucumber and SpecFlow attack the problem of software directly at its source: “are we building the right thing?” By retaining all the benefits of automated unit testing, while extending them upstream to cover requirements, we cut the Gordian knot of risk and complexity to unleash hyper-productivity. 

    Why is BDD so effective?

    • As a form of Test driven design, BDD helps produce frugal, effective and testable software.
    • As a development tool, BDD frameworks like SpecFlow provide many convenience functions and are pre-integrated with powerful libraries like Nunit and selenium to make writing tests a snap.
    • As a collaboration tool, BDD helps ensure the “three amigos” (tester, analyst and developer) sync up – ahead of time.
    • As a facilitation technique, BDD enables product owners to efficiently provide the team with concrete examples that clarify the true intent of a user story and define the boundaries.
    • As a reporting tool, BDD captures functional coverage, mapping features to their acceptance criteria to their test results, in an attractive hierarchical presentation.

    Want functional documentation? How about documentation that is guaranteed to be correct, because every feature maps to its test results? Witness the holy grail of traceability – executable specifications.

    We will spend a few minutes talking about the context and pre-requisites, so attendees have an idea of where BDD fits in, and what type of investment they are signing their teams up for. We will see that in return for a modest amount of investment in tools and training, very significant benefits can be realized, and the benefits compound over time.

    This workshop then dives right in to Gherkin, the structured English language technique used to capture BDD specifications. We will spend the better part of the session learning the tricks and techniques that make for robust and maintainable gherkin specifications. We will review and critique lots of examples, both good and bad.

    We will review several examples of reports generated from BDD tools, to provide context and to immediately highlight the bottom line business value that makes an investment in BDD so worthwhile.

     

     

    Come and learn why Behavior driven design is taking the software world by storm!

  • Liked Andrea Goulet
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    Vulnerability: The Key To Successful Agile Adoption

    Andrea Goulet
    Andrea Goulet
    schedule 10 months ago
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    45 mins
    Talk
    Beginner

    Software development culture has been dominated by the hero. Rock stars, ninjas, and 10Xers have been the center of attention, giving the skewed perception that great software is the result of a single amazing developer. But this couldn't be further from the truth.

    In this talk, Andrea Goulet, the CEO of Corgibytes, will share her experiences using vulnerability and empathy as drivers for Agile adoption and culture building. 

  • Liked John Hughes
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    Impact Mapping Workshop - Learn to deliver business impact, not just ship software

    John Hughes
    John Hughes
    schedule 9 months ago
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    45 mins
    Workshop
    Beginner

    Impact mapping is a powerful practice that ensures we are delivering work that directly impacts our business goals and mission objectives.  Our roadmaps and backlogs are usually littered with pet projects, squeaky wheels, and recent ad hoc items that gain priority just because they are the latest shot across our bow.  With a tool such as impact mapping, we can stand firm knowing our real priorities, and fend off these common challengers.

    Impact maps visualize quantifiable benefit that deliverables should produce towards our business objectives.  They allow us to focus our work on those deliverables that move the needle the most, not just deliver features.  The practice is a great way to communicate assumptions, create plans, and align stakeholders as well as aid in strategic planning, roadmap management, and defining quality.  Happily, it is also significantly less bureaucratic and much easier to apply than many alternatives.

    This workshop will provide an appreciation for the power of Impact Mapping and walk you through building your own Impact Maps.  You will learn techniques for creating Impact Maps as well as facilitating an Impact Mapping session.  You will leave the workshop with a usable Impact Map of your current project, or other of your liking, that can bring immediate value to your road-mapping, backlog grooming, and software delivery.

  • Liked Mike Cottmeyer
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    The Executive's Guide to Leading Large-Scale Agile Transformation

    Mike Cottmeyer
    Mike Cottmeyer
    schedule 8 months ago
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    45 mins
    Talk
    Intermediate

    A few years ago everyone wanted to know how to convince their executives to go agile. Today's executives are asking their teams how they'll get them there. While we have made significant progress changing the hearts and minds of senior leadership, executives have a fiduciary responsibility to the performance of their organizations. They demand a greater level of assurance that what you plan to do is actually going to work. Executives are sick and tired of being told to trust the team and that everything will be okay. Better than anyone, executives see the dysfunction in their organizations. They want line of sight to how agile is going to help them make things better. 

    This talk is going to explore a safe, pragmatic, and repeatable formula for leading change in large organizations. The Holy Grail for an executive is to tie dollars spent and activities performed, to internal improvement metrics and ultimately improved business performance.

  • Liked Tony Timbol
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    Agile Governance for Agile Adults – Grow up and give the Enterprise Real not Relative Data

    Tony Timbol
    Tony Timbol
    schedule 9 months ago
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    45 mins
    Talk
    Intermediate

    Agile cost money just like waterfall does. Your software labor costs will be all internal (no vendors), all external (only vendors) or a mix. Paying for software labor by the billable hour means no connection to delivered business value and if vendors are using fixed pricing methods, hidden premiums may unnecessarily inflate your costs.

     This 45 minute interactive discussion includes how two organizations focus on quantitative sizing analytics and estimation best practices and how their Enterprise Managers today manage & reduce costs, improve predictable delivery and quantify business value. These Enterprises are investing tens of millions of dollars in Agile implementations at scale and need non-relative (normalized) data that is meaningful instead of relative aggregation of team level measures. Learn how they are adopting program and portfolio level measures and metrics to have real conversation about business value delivered.

     

  • Liked Katy Saulpaugh
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    The Agile Reorg: A Survival Guide

    Katy Saulpaugh
    Katy Saulpaugh
    schedule 9 months ago
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    45 mins
    Talk
    Intermediate

    Reorganizations are notorious for being "a wonderful method for creating the illusion of progress while producing confusion, inefficiency, and demoralization" (credit to Charlton Ogburn). Yet in many cases they are necessary to create the cross-functional, self-organizing teams that succeed the most with the agile mindset. Because reorgs are so painful, many teams and organizations are reluctant to look at team structure at all, and the agile journey is over before it even begins. The result? Organizations and teams are siloed, hierarchical, and process-heavy. If an organization is structured right, it can create fertile ground for a truly agile enterprise. This talk will outline how to approach reorgs for agile teams and minimize the pain using change management techniques.

     

  • Liked Jason Tice
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    “Let’s Be Awesome”: Practices, Frameworks and Games to Improve Customer Collaboration

    Jason Tice
    Jason Tice
    schedule 8 months ago
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    45 mins
    Workshop
    Intermediate

    The agile manifesto challenges us to favor customer collaboration more than contract negotiation, but what does that really mean and how do you actually do that?  Join us to experience a “fun” ideation framework that teams can use to engage in dialogue with their customers to determine what needs of the team / customer relationship are most important at the present time and then as a group decide on practices to support the highest priority needs.  As the ideation framework is completed, teams and their customers will be challenged to work together and achieve consensus on a limited number of priorities since we all know what happens when we try to make EVERYTHING a priority.  “Let’s Be Awesome” concludes with teams establishing and agreeing upon working agreements to build an “awesome” relationship between customer and team.  In this hands-on and highly interactive workshop, participants will have a chance to learn how to use the “Let’s Be Awesome” framework and cards to facilitate a team / customer ideation session focused on establishing the foundation for a strong relationship; an opportunity to learn, review and discuss many agile practices supportive of effective team / customer collaboration; and a chance to experience a “MarketPlace of Ideas” where they can exchange recommended patterns and practices for customer collaboration from others also attending the workshop.

  • Liked Arlen Bankston
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    Building an Agile Organization: Bringing Agility into Business Operations

    Arlen Bankston
    Arlen Bankston
    schedule 8 months ago
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    45 mins
    Talk
    Advanced

    As the reach of Agile methods grows, organizations are finding that they have to adapt beyond technology groups in order to achieve the pinnacle of their benefits.  This session will provide both historical context and practical tips for introducing these ideas from a business leader that has experienced them directly.  Enjoy:

    • A brief history of the trends that have led to this more holistic application of lean and agile ideas
    • Specific examples of how aspects of agility are being applied in domains like HR, Marketing, Finance, Sales & Operations
    • How to introduce and support such tectonic shifts without destructively disrupting the business
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