• Liked David Horowitz
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    The 7 Secrets of Highly Effective Retrospectives

    David Horowitz
    David Horowitz
    schedule 8 months ago
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    45 mins
    Talk
    Intermediate

    Retrospectives are the core of agility. And yet they are the scrum ceremony that is most frequently skipped. Many teams like the idea of the retrospective but find them boring, or worse ineffective.

    This talk aims to re-energize retrospective facilitators and participants. Starting with the basics: "what's a retrospective and how do you run one?", this talk reveals 7 secrets that lead to more engaging, more effective retrospectives.

    You'll learn:

    * The best way to ensure your retrospectives lead to real change

    * The "pledge" everyone on your team should take before participating

    * How to know who to include in each retrospective

    * The single most important thing you can do to keep your team engaged during the retro

    * And much, much more!

  • Liked Manjit Singh
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    The Power of Mindsets and Questions in Agile Coaching

    Manjit Singh
    Manjit Singh
    schedule 8 months ago
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    45 mins
    Talk
    Intermediate

    “The important thing is not to stop questioning.” –Albert Einstein, because “every question missed is a crisis waiting to happen.” Discover the technique to ask the questions to make breakthrough differences in decision- making, problem-solving, innovation & culture. Typically, questions open thinking, while answers often close down thinking. Question Thinking is a tool for moving beyond limitations in perception and thinking and advancing to novel and extraordinary solutions and answers.

  • Liked Dan Neumann
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    Improve Your Team: Explore Cognitive Bias

    Dan Neumann
    Dan Neumann
    schedule 7 months ago
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    45 mins
    Talk
    Intermediate

    Many team challenges can be tracked back to cognitive biases: our judgement gets anchored, we think we're better than we are, and we are our own favorite reference point. And even though we're encouraged to "think outside the box," there are conditions where we have a bias against creativity. If that's not a recipe for a tough team environment, I don't know what is.

    Improve your game by learning about bias! You'll leave this session with strategies for identifying and mitigating bias on your team. 

  • Liked Thomas Cagley
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    Storytelling: Developing the Big Picture for Agile Efforts

    Thomas Cagley
    Thomas Cagley
    schedule 8 months ago
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    45 mins
    Tutorial
    Intermediate

    Agile reminds us that the focus of any set of requirements needs to be on an outcome rather than a collection of whats and whos.  Storytelling is a powerful tool to elevate even the most diehard requirements analyst from a discussion of individual requirements to a discussion of outcomes. Outcomes are the big picture that acts as an anchor for whole efforts and which is continuously broken down into more and more detailed backlogs. The onion metaphor that is popularly used in agile planning (Cohn’s Planning Onion) can be used to describe the evolution of backlogs. Building an initial backlog is much like peeling through the layers of an onion to get to the core. There are many mechanisms for developing and maintaining the detailed backlogs, including asking, observing, showing and all sorts of hybrids. Using the onion metaphor, techniques for developing and splitting user stories are the second layer of the onion. However, before getting to the center of the backlog evolution onion, composed of features, epics, and user stories, we need to understand the big picture. 

     Presentation:

    Provide an overview of storytelling in a business context and a lean change canvas framework.

    Exercise

    The room will be broken into teams (aisles will be used if auditorium seating).  Each team will be seeded with a common product change scenario. Based on the scenario the teams will be asked to tell the story of the change and capture the story on a small change canvas.  The exercise and session will culminate in by sharing ideas and lessons learned.

    (Note the longer workshop would break the changing canvas into epics and stories)

     

  • Andy Bacon
    Andy Bacon
    schedule 8 months ago
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    45 mins
    Experience Report
    Intermediate

     

    Are you a Scrum Master that has a strong affinity to sticky notes, dry erase markers, and other tools of Agile facilitation? Are you tired of seeing the same old blue painters tape on every kanban board? Want to learn some new facilitation techniques that you can use in retrospectives or to build awesome information radiators with your team?

    If so, join me for my session on the Super Agile Satchel.

    During the session, I’ll briefly talk about how the satchel came to be and its awesome contents.  Then we’ll jump right in to actual examples of information radiators that I created with the tools the satchel contains.  I'll discuss why choosing the right materials, colors, and sizes are critical to facilitation and creating information radiators that draw attention, are maintainable, and focus the team on what's truly important.

  • Liked Brian Sjoberg
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    Let's Sharpen Your Agile Ax, It's Story Splitting Time

    Brian Sjoberg
    Brian Sjoberg
    schedule 7 months ago
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    45 mins
    Workshop
    Beginner

    Do you want to write great User Stories that provide the vehicle for conversation and confirmation that we build the right thing? Do you struggle with splitting stories so that they still provide business value but can be accomplished within a fraction of your iteration and be potentially shippable to production? We will do a quick refresher on User Story formatting to include Acceptance Criteria. Then we will dive into learning techniques for splitting stories in this interactive workshop. 

  • Liked Amber King
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    Forming Self-Selected Teams: How to Create Happy, Empowered, and Effective Teams

    Amber King
    Amber King
    Jesse Huth
    Jesse Huth
    schedule 8 months ago
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    45 mins
    Talk
    Intermediate

    How do you create excited, engaged, happy, and effective teams? Start them off right by letting your engineers choose their own teams and projects! Through a proven technique called self-selection, Opower was able to turn a tribe of 40 engineers, many of whom were unexcited about continuing to work on the same old products, into six high-performing teams with engineers who were excited to embark on a new adventure, acquire new skills, and ship awesome code.

    In this session we will cover the self-selection process: what it is, generating buy-in & excitement, preparing your teams, running a self-selection event, dealing with concerns throughout the process, and measuring the success of your process. This talk is for anyone who wants to create better teams including Agile Coaches, Release Train Engineers, Program Managers, individual contributors, and other organizational change leaders.

  • Liked Marie Dingess
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    Using Visuals to Master the ART of SAFe/Release Planning

    Marie Dingess
    Marie Dingess
    schedule 8 months ago
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    45 mins
    Talk
    Intermediate

    A well-facilitated large-scale Planning event (such as a SAFe PI Planning) can leave you feeling energized and more confident in your team and your direction. Poorly facilitated events have the adverse effect and can leave you feeling like you’ve just been run over by a Mack Truck.

    There is not a lot of guidance from SAFe on how to facilitate this critical event from their website, other than an example agenda and program board. This session will focus on how information radiators and other visual tools can make a tremendous difference in increasing engagement and collaboration amongst teams in order to orchestrate a thoughtful plan with high confidence.

    We will show battle-tested ways on how visuals are critical to...

    • increase collaboration across teams
    • reinforce development practices & standards
    • track team progress through the day
    • highlight dependencies
    • increase the confidence vote
    • motivate teams to strive for success

    Participants will leave this session with some visual tools and tips they can immediately put to use in their designing their next PI Planning or ANY large-scale planning event.
    “There is no magic in SAFe… except for maybe PI Planning” - SAFe authors

  • Camille Bell
    Camille Bell
    schedule 7 months ago
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    45 mins
    Talk
    Intermediate

    You're a Certified Scrum Master. Perhaps you are an Agile Manger, Agile Coach or Facilitator.

    Maybe you are newly minted or maybe you've been doing it a while, but either way you've noticed that not everything seems to work according the way the training or certification class implied it should.

    In this session, Camille Bell will explore what you weren't told in training, but need to know. Such as:

    • What assumptions Scrum makes that may not apply to your company or organization
    • Why some types of teams should not use Scrum and what they should use instead
    • How soon Scrum of Scrum stops scaling and what to use when it doesn't scale
    • Why some teams don't improve despite holding retrospectives
    • How to recognize the hockey stick burn down and what to do about it
    • What's a WIP limit and when it can be helpful
    • When estimation most helpful, when it's a complete waste and what to do instead
    • Why simple prioritization of a Product Backlog won't generate a Minimal Viable Product
    • Why the As a.., I want.. So that.. user story isn't enough and what you need to add
    • What are the critical missing practices your development team needs

     

  • Liked Matthieu Cornillon
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    OKRs and Agile: Achieving Harmony

    Matthieu Cornillon
    Matthieu Cornillon
    schedule 7 months ago
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    45 mins
    Talk
    Intermediate

    In October, 2015, my company was sold by their parent and taken on by a new investor.  We lost somewhere around half of our staff, but we still had 15 years of legacy tech to maintain while simultaneously finding a new path to profitability.  Morale was extremely low across the engineering organization.  Leaders from engineering gathered in a board room with executive management to figure out next steps.

    What started in that board room evolved into our current use of Objectives and Key Results (OKRs) to provide a middle tier of guidance between company vision and sprint planning.  We have also adopted a new tool to clarify the mission of particular teams within the organization.  In this talk, I'll go over what we did and what we've learned.  Most importantly, I'll go over the critical approaches necessary to ensure that you continue to follow Agile values and principles while looking at longer-term horizons like quarters and years.

    While much of this was accelerated by our company's sale, it is not just about turning around a company.  The thinking, which continues from what I shared in my Agile DC 2015 talk, "The Myth of Fixed Scope: Why Goals Matter", is for anyone who is looking to deepen their adoption of Agile and Scrum.

  • Liked Bob Payne
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    Disrupting Ourselves: Moving to a Teal Organizational Model

    Bob Payne
    Bob Payne
    schedule 8 months ago
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    45 mins
    Talk
    Intermediate

    In his book Reinventing Organizations, Frederic Laloux describes the “Teal Organization” model. Teal organizations have an evolutionary purpose, self-managing teams with little or no organizational hierarchy, and individuals who bring their whole person to work rather than putting on a work face when leaving the house. Zappos is the most talked about organization attempting a transition to Teal.

    Bob describes how his organization is becoming a Teal Organization. Since the concept of Teal is not a specific recipe, they are basing their transition on practices gleaned from other organizations and their history of helping truly agile organizations. LitheSpeed is starting the path of delegating most authority to team members including profit sharing and hiring decisions, using a Spotify Tribe model and extreme transparency, implementing a simple set of peer-based operating procedures, and deemphasizing titles.

    Bob shares lessons on building the organization, culture, and systems to support the transition. Although it’s early in the journey and the road is sometimes rough, Bob is excited about the prospect of a Teal future.

    Come hear the good, the bad and the ugly side of this long days journey into teal.

     

  • Liked Fadi Stephan
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    Fostering Self-organizing Teams

    Fadi Stephan
    Fadi Stephan
    schedule 8 months ago
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    45 mins
    Workshop
    Intermediate

    One of the 12 principles of the Agile manifesto states that “The best architecture, requirements, and designs emerge from self-organizing teams.” Why is that? and what exactly are self-organizing teams? How does a team become self-organizing? Teams that have always been used to command and control cannot suddenly become self-organizing overnight. Come to this session to learn what self-organizing really means. Understand the attributes of a self-organizing team and some of the challenges you face in getting your team there. Understand how to find the right balance between team learning and team empowerment vs. control? Leave with techniques to help you build and foster high performing self-organizing teams.

  • Liked Matt Badgley
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    Purpose Driven Teams - Learning to Fly

    Matt Badgley
    Matt Badgley
    schedule 7 months ago
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    45 mins
    Talk
    Intermediate
    • Is your team performing, but not succeeding?
    • As a leader, do you ever ask yourself, "why don't they seem to care?"

    If you answered yes or even, "yeah, maybe" -- then you may have a challenge with engagement. It may not be a problem of a team working hard or even working well together, but it may simply be a problem of finding challenge in their work or a lack of clear vision around what they are trying to accomplish -- all of which are driven by a lack of Purpose. Purpose provides the connective tissue between the organizational strategy, product goals, and team motivations. Ultimately, an organization's Purpose sets the tone for their culture. As leaders, and sometimes as change agents, it is our responsibility to help teams learn and establish the Purpose of their work.

    It is important that we create an environment where our teams grasp why. In this session, we'll explore why Purpose is important and how it drives vision from the organization to the team to the team members. We will look at the science of Purpose, and the power of it -- how it enables engagement, improves team morale, and can improve performance. During the session we'll leverage some simple facilitation techniques that you as a leader or team member can help clarify your Purpose.

  • Liked Robin Yeman
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    Horses with dreams of becoming shiny fluffy unicorns

    Robin Yeman
    Robin Yeman
    suzette Johnson
    suzette Johnson
    schedule 8 months ago
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    45 mins
    Talk
    Intermediate

    As the adoption of Agile DevOps has been steadily growing over the years, many organizations have been taking a proactive approach to prepare for the changes needed for success.  This means building our people and organizations with the skills and resources they need to be successful and working with our customers and users for improved collaboration to enable transparency. We have worked to provide our teams with the tools and infrastructure to enable continuous flow of value.

    What do legacy organizations need to transform from Horses into Unicorns? Are there constraints in government programs not regularly seen in commercial industry? Are there commonalities across these organizations that others can learn from to support this journey? 

    Suzette Johnson and Robin Yeman are both leading large Agile transformations at different companies with growing implementations of DevOps on large and small scaled programs. While there is not a single pattern to move large legacy organizations to DevOps, it’s amazing the similarities found across two different companies. Through multiple collaboration opportunities they have found similar effective practices and lessons learned.  Join Robin and Suzette as they provide an interactive discussion around the proven practices for large scale transformation, the challenges they have experienced, and the amazing similarities of two Agile DevOps journeys. Their discussion focuses on activities that have been implemented to cultivate teams and build the necessary skills for this transition, to build the infrastructure that enables a DevOps environment, to improve the value stream and extend the mindset of change across the organization, and ways to measure success.

     Specific techniques: Cultivating teams, Building the infrastructure, Change in practices across the value stream/organization, Measures of Success

     Metrics: Reduced Cycle time for Feature delivery; Reduced Mean Time to Repair; Increase in test automation with improved quality; increased delivery of value, Increased transparency for stakeholders

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