• Lisa Schlecht
    Lisa Schlecht
    schedule 8 months ago
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    45 mins
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    Intermediate

    Does any of this sound like you?

    • You’re a changemaker working on a complex problem either as an entrepreneur or intrapreneur. You have some resources for making change but will need to work with partners, policymakers, or others to scale your impact.
    • You’re a product manager, business analyst, designer, architect, or systems engineer in a large organization.
    • You’re working on a difficult problem which will need to be solved in phases over months or years.
    • You’re managing a portfolio of work that spans multiple time phases or teams.

    Are you running into any of these problems?

    • The product design cycle is taking too long.
    • You’re delivering value but getting a lackluster response from customers and stakeholders.
    • You have great ideas and the customer likes them, but there's no roadmap to get them into production.
    • You have multiple stakeholders, none of whom are on the same page.
    • You don’t have one single, completely informed decision maker who can make the final call.
    • You’re having difficulties reconciling modern experiences with legacy systems and business processes.
    • You have “wicked problems” to tackle but your organization is ignoring them in favor of low-hanging fruit. And you’re starting to run out of low-hanging fruit.
    • You’re having difficulty helping other people focus on anything beyond the latest fire.

    If any of that resonated with you, an Enterprise Design Sprint might be exactly what you’re looking for. Combining elements from agile, design thinking, enterprise architecture, and systems engineering, Enterprise Design Sprints will help you make sure that you're delivering value over the long term. This talk will cover the theory and mechanics behind planning and running your own sprint, with examples from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. 

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    "Hitting the Target" - Business Value in Mission-Focused Organizations

    David Kane
    David Kane
    Deepak Srinivasan
    Deepak Srinivasan
    schedule 7 months ago
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    45 mins
    Workshop
    Beginner

    In the simplest of terms, software development decisions for commercial organizations can be reduced to a calculation of whether the cost of developing the software will be outweighed by the estimated revenue generated or costs saved by the software.  However, as Mark Schwartz points out in his book, “The Art of Business Value Paperback” this simple explanation is insufficient for commercial organizations, and not applicable for government and other non-commercial organizations for whom the impact of software isn’t primarily measured in terms of revenue.  

    In this session participants will experience a simulation that has been created to explore these question of how to make decisions about investments to deliver mission and business value by examining the impact of these decisions on the performance of organizations in changing environments.

  • Michael Peter
    Michael Peter
    schedule 8 months ago
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    45 mins
    Talk
    Intermediate

    Agile methods help to build a repeatable and reliable pipeline of working code to production. Unfortunately, complex enterprises, including the US government, consider agile the solution to finding and solving all their copious and complex problem. In this space, agile alone is not enough. Reliable enterprise problem-finding and solution-creation techniques aren't yet embedded in the agile toolkit, but nonetheless that's the toolkit brought to bear on critical, complex organization-spanning issues. Typical problem/solution methods can create a local optimization (look at this great thing the team delivered!) but create a global failure (the team didn't consider the other systems and teams involved in the process, and broke them). This is the norm, not the exception, and why large project solutions are typically "meh", not "wow". Given agile is now the de facto approach, now is the time to focus on being exceptional.

    In this talk, we'll cover three years of the fight to achieve agile success on a critical project at the Department of Veterans Affairs: the struggle to enable an agile environment and the realization of what agile at scale REALLY means; the tactical and strategic efforts to identify the fundamental, success-blocking problems of the enterprise, and how to solve them; and what it takes, from discovery, analysis/design, code/test, and release to production, to deliver actual value, and not just "working code."

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    Federal Agile Transitions: Lessons in Endurance from the Front Line

    45 mins
    Talk
    Intermediate
    Achieving greater agility is a goal among many federal agencies. While many federal CIOs may institute agile practices from the top down, others may promote self-organizing teams that bring about change from the bottom up. These approaches represent ends of a spectrum, any point on which agile transformation require focus on enabling team empowerment.
     
    In the federal workspace, governance and oversight vary greatly from one agency or office to another. As such, federal leaders should seek to implement strategies that will navigate typical organizational roadblocks to agile adoption, such as a forced separation of duties, vertical authority structures, and misaligned incentives. Macro Solutions uses a tailored approach to identify organizational impediments, develop successful agile implementation strategies, and enable project teams in each unique organization.
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    “One mission One Team” – Fostering Collaboration in Complex Federal Environments

    Beth Hatter
    Beth Hatter
    schedule 8 months ago
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    45 mins
    Talk
    Beginner

    In the Federal space, it is often a mix of government staff, multiple contractors and subcontractors making up an Agile projects and teams. While collaboration is a key pillar of an Agile mindset, it can be a challenge to build a collaborative environment in such a multi-entity environment. This talk will cover several case studies and will present:

    • How we successfully trained many teams of blended entities through a robust learning roadmap that covered everyone regardless of employer
    • How we worked to establish a ‘one team’ mindset through team building workshops and collaboration exercises
    • How we worked to establish cross functional collaborative teams, team norms, etc in a multi-contractor environment.
    • Successes, failures and lessons learned
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    Panel: Agile Transformation at Scale... Fannie Mae's Executive Perspective

    Dave McMunn
    Dave McMunn
    schedule 7 months ago
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    45 mins
    Experience Report
    Intermediate

    Abstract: Fannie Mae, a leading source of residential mortgage credit in the U.S. secondary market, provides reliable, large-­scale access to affordable mortgage credit across the country to help individuals buy, refinance, or rent homes.

    Coming out of the housing crisis in 2013, Fannie Mae recognized that the lending environment it was moving into required it to be even more responsive to meet rapidly changing customer needs.  Further, Fannie Mae recognized that agility was critical, not just in technology, but across the enterprise to achieving this objective.  

    Over the last 2 years, Fannie Mae has undergone a concerted effort to adopt the agile values and practices and has begun to recognize the benefits promised. Today, there are more than 170 agile teams across Enterprise IT, and both functional and business portfolio's are adopting lightweight agile values and practices as part of their day-to-day activities. 

    As a result of transforming from Waterfall to Agile, Fannie Mae experienced a significant boost in productivity as well as a reduction in delivery risks through the relentless focus on innovation and automation to ship "production ready" code with high and higher frequency. The transformation to Agile has revolutionized how the firm plans for the delivery of large scale ($100 million plus investment/year) programs, has significantly mitigated risk inherent in complex in integration between legacy and new architectures/applications, as well as between internal and external systems.

    Within the larger context of the transformation to Enterprise Agility, this Executive Panel Discussion will provide unique Executive insight with respect to the organization's journey to date and goals for the future.

    Fannie Mae Executive Panelists:

    • Bruce Lee, SVP & Head of Operations and Technology, O&T Executive Office
    • Stephen Pawlowski, SVP for Business Solutions Initiatives, SF Mortgage Business 
    • Frederic Veron, SVP & Head of Business Technology and Delivery Services, Enterprise IT
    • Mike Garcia, VP for Development Services, Enterprise IT
    • Scott Richardson, VP for Enterprise Data Strategy Execution, Enterprise IT

    Moderator:

    • David McMunn, Director, Agile Center for Excellence, Fannie Mae
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    Agile Acquisition, not Acquisition for Agile

    Joshua Seckel
    Joshua Seckel
    schedule 8 months ago
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    45 mins
    Talk
    Advanced

    Often, we will use the phrase agile acquisition when we really mean acquisition for agile. Both agile acquisition and acquisition for agile are necessary to deliver efficiently across government organizations. The processes within the federal government for doing acquisition means that we may spend a year or more to award a contract for work to begin. This creates a significant delay is beginning projects or programs that impedes the speed of delivery. Instead, we need to move toward a true agile acquisition process where we change how we execute acquisition so that we can begin delivery in much faster fashion.

    This workshop will examine how to change our acquisition processes to become more agile and able to support the delivery of IT services in a much faster manner. We will look at both successes and failures in acquisition and determine what changes need to be made in order to meet the quickly changing needs of government. Both contractor and employee viewpoints will be considered and discussed. We will look specifically at ways that government is trying to make these changes in the DHS Procurement Innovation Lab, the Office of Federal Procurement Agile training, as well as others and how those activities may play into your organization and procurement activities.

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