"A brittle Culture can doom even a great organization." - Joe Tye

"How do things get done around here?" It seems like such a simple question to answer, but pause, and try to answer that for yourself. And not from a process perspective. Do you truly understand the purpose (the why) behind the work being conducted? Does the working environment support that purpose and would you consider it a thriving or surviving environment?

Defining what an organization wants to achieve and how it will go about achieving it is a critical step that many organizations completely overlook. We are quick to jump to process conclusions yet if an organization is going to experience a thriving Agile journey, they should first understand: how things get done around here. 

Start with Culture - the foundation that leads to thriving Agile journeys.

 
9 favorite thumb_down thumb_up 0 comments visibility_off  Remove from Watchlist visibility  Add to Watchlist
 

Outline/structure of the Session

  • Lean In - Set Intent
    • Why is Culture the foundation for a thriving Agile journey?
  • Let Culture be the Trail Blazer
    • What is an Agile Culture?
      • Audience Participation: talk through current work place Culture
    • Why do we care about the People?
      • Audience Participation: talk through current talent and teams
    • When should we talk Process?
      • Audience Participation: talk through current process structures
    • What does Tooling look like?
      • Audience Participation: talk through current tool implementations
  • Take Action
    • How will you lean in and set intent?
      • Audience to create one action item for focusing on Culture at their work place

Learning Outcome

This session will provide the audience with a foundational understanding of Culture, People, Processes, and Tooling within an Agile environment. The audience will gain a greater understanding of why Culture is so important to any Agile journey and why it should never be overlooked, but rather be the trail blazer for setting the organization up for success.

Examples of thriving Agile Cultures as well as links to the content of the session will be provided.

Target Audience

Leadership, Managers, Decision Makers, Agile Coaches, ScrumMasters, Executives

schedule Submitted 2 months ago

Comments Subscribe to Comments

comment Comment on this Proposal

  • 45 mins
    Workshop
    Intermediate

    Imagine you were hired to provide consulting assistance for a new team just starting out with Kanban. The team has been struggling with their implementation and is looking forward to your expert guidance, support, and advice. It’s your first day and you just walked into the team room to look at their board. You want to make smart observations and thoughtful interpretations so you can have meaningful conversations with the team members. The team starts assembling in the team room for the daily standup and you plan on making some comments afterwards.

    What comments would you make? What thoughtful questions would you ask?

    This interactive presentation provides a detailed look at how to interpret and thoughtfully observe Kanban Boards to better understand the work of your teams. We will start with an overview of the Lean Kanban Method and then proceed through a series of interactive exercises that give you an opportunity to review and interpret various Kanban boards. The exercises will increase your understanding of Kanban systems and provide opportunities to practice interpreting various board setups so you can have thoughtful and meaningful conversations with your teams.

  • Liked Daniel Davis
    keyboard_arrow_down

    Daniel Davis - So You Want To Go Faster?

    45 mins
    Talk
    Beginner

    How frequently does a good agile team deploy to production? Not every team is capable of deploying "on every commit". What does it take for a team to even start deploying at the end of each sprint, or each week, or each day?

    Most companies don't realize that deploying more frequently often requires both significant technical change as well as cultural change. In this talk, I'll guide you through what it takes to deploy more frequently, both from the technical side of setting up pipelines as well as the organizational side of removing red tape. I'll draw on the unique challenges that teams must overcome at each step of the way, from deploying once a month all the way down to full continuous delivery. If your team has been struggling to go faster, come see how you can change to get there. And if you already are at full continuous delivery, come see how to go even faster than that!

  • Liked Colleen Johnson
    keyboard_arrow_down

    Colleen Johnson - End to End Kanban for the Whole Organization

    45 mins
    Talk
    Intermediate
    We often look to our engineering teams first to drive efficiency and speed to deliver but as we optimize the flow of our development processes we quickly create pressure in the organizational workflow with the activities that feed into and out of product delivery.  Product definition struggles to keep pace and establish a queue of viable options to pull from.  Marketing efforts begin to pile up as features release faster than we can share the news.  All of this stems from optimizing only one part of the overall system.  In this talk we will look at how to scale Kanban practices to the entire organization to provide the visibility, flexibility and predictability to make every part of the business truly agile.  
  • Liked Mathias Eifert
    keyboard_arrow_down

    Mathias Eifert - Agile Essentialism – Getting past rule-based Agile

    45 mins
    Workshop
    Intermediate

    Are you sometimes overwhelmed by the never-ending stream of Agile teachings you’re supposed to know and have at your fingertips to address every possible situation in the proper Agile way?

    Sure, Agile is a “mindset” and you’re supposed to “own your process” but the reality is, that’s not how we teach or learn or usually even talk about Agile. Instead, we are bombarded with ever more retro formats, technical practices, prioritization techniques, facilitation tips, and other snippets of wisdom that we should all know before we can be considered good Agilists. And if your job title is Scrum Master or Agile Coach, the range of things you’re expected to master only expands.

    In this session, Mathias Eifert will share how he found his footing in a vast sea of loosely connected Agile rules, processes, techniques and tools by recognizing that a small number of fundamental concepts can help with finding answers that are “good enough” as a starting point to tackle most new contexts or problems. Together, we will examine how many established Agile approaches can be traced back to these essential concepts and hopefully help each attendee a little further along on their journey from rules-based Agile to fundamental understanding.

  • Liked Mike Cottmeyer
    keyboard_arrow_down

    Mike Cottmeyer - Agile Transformations Explained

    Mike Cottmeyer
    Mike Cottmeyer
    CEO & President
    LeadingAgile
    schedule 1 week ago
    Sold Out!
    45 mins
    Talk
    Intermediate

    Leading a large-scale agile transformation isn’t about adopting a new set of attitudes, processes, and behaviors at the team level… it’s about helping your company deliver faster to market, and developing the ability to respond to a rapidly-changing competitive landscape. First and foremost, it’s about achieving business agility. Business agility comes from people having clarity of purpose, a willingness to be held accountable, and the ability to achieve measurable outcomes. Unfortunately, almost everything in modern organizations gets in the way of teams acting with any sort of autonomy. In most companies, achieving business agility requires significant organizational change.
    Agile transformation necessitates a fundamental rethinking of how your company organizes for delivery, how it delivers value to its customers, and how it plans and measures outcomes. Agile transformation is about building enabling structures, aligning the flow of work, and measuring for outcomes based progress. It's about breaking dependencies. The reality is that this kind of change can only be led from the top. This talk will explore how executives can define an idealized end-state for the transformation, build a fiscally responsible iterative and incremental plan to realize that end-state, as well as techniques for tracking progress and managing change.

  • Liked Richard Cheng
    keyboard_arrow_down

    Richard Cheng - How do I know if I have the right Product Owner?

    Richard Cheng
    Richard Cheng
    Principal
    Excella Consulting
    schedule 1 week ago
    Sold Out!
    45 mins
    Talk
    Intermediate

    Is your Product Owner available to the team, empowered to make decisions, knowledgeable in their business domain, engaged in the product and leading the way for delivery of value? This session does a deep dive in the these ideas.
The session starts with a brief Seinfeld video to demonstrate the importance of Product Ownership. The session then discusses 5 key attributes to look for in a Product Owner:

    1. Bandwidth
    2. Power

    3. Knowledge
    4. Interest
    5. Vision

    After that discussion, we will have an interactive exercise to identify what a Product Owner does day to day. The debrief will identify the balance a Product Owner must have between working with stakeholders, end users, customers AND working with the Scrum team AND product backlog refinement.

    The session concludes with the presenter sharing a Product Owner persona sheet. This persona sheet measures product owners across the 5 attributes mentioned above and presents a narrative on their core strengths and risks.

  • Liked Richard Cheng
    keyboard_arrow_down

    Richard Cheng - Group Hug: Implementing Agile Across Multiple Teams

    Richard Cheng
    Richard Cheng
    Principal
    Excella Consulting
    schedule 1 week ago
    Sold Out!
    45 mins
    Talk
    Intermediate

    The patterns for implementing Scrum at the team levels have largely been set, but what about dealing with Agile and Scrum across multiple teams. Is the answer just magical words like scaling, or SAFe, or LeSS? What are the core concepts and successful patterns? Is it just one big group hug?

    In this session, we will explore core concepts around implementing Agile concepts across multiple teams. The session starts with a simulation that explores distributing people across teams (which will actually NOT involve any hugging). From there, this session dives into:

    • Prioritization across multiple teams
    • Product Ownership across multiple teams
    • Dependencies and team alignment
    • Communities of Practice
    • Communication and collaboration across teams
    • The role of managers
    • A quick look at scaling methods

    Coming out of this session, attendees will have an understanding of core concepts and fundamental helpful practices in implementing Agile concepts across multiple teams.

  • Liked Brian Sjoberg
    keyboard_arrow_down

    Brian Sjoberg - Let's Sharpen Your Agile Ax ... It's Story Splitting Time

    Brian Sjoberg
    Brian Sjoberg
    Agile Coach
    Excella Consulting
    schedule 1 week ago
    Sold Out!
    45 mins
    Talk
    Beginner

    Do you want to write great User Stories (a.k.a. small features that are part of a product) that provide the vehicle for conversation and confirmation that we build the right thing? Do you struggle with completing stories (of business value) that are potentially shippable within a fraction of an iteration/sprint? During this session we will do a quick refresher on User Story formatting to include Acceptance Criteria. The reason for the refresher is that over the last few years, despite people using User Stories, I have experienced their usage far from the intended purpose.

    After the refresher, we will learn at least 2 techniques for splitting stories in this interactive workshop.

  • Liked Julie Wyman
    keyboard_arrow_down

    Julie Wyman - Multitasking is Evil

    Julie Wyman
    Julie Wyman
    Agile Coach
    Excella Consulting
    schedule 1 week ago
    Sold Out!
    10 mins
    Workshop
    Beginner

    For a long time multitasking has been considered a must-have skill when, in fact, it makes us less productive and more prone to error. But even with plenty of studies and papers supporting that idea, it can be hard to convince managers and stakeholders that we should be taking on less at a time. In this lightning talk, we'll run through one very quick, lightweight simulation (Multitasking is Evil) you can use to help make that case and show that lowering work in progress is the way to go!

  • Liked Jaap Dekkinga,
    keyboard_arrow_down

    Jaap Dekkinga, - Stakeholder involvement (sub title: How do I involve my stakeholders best in an Agile environment?)

    Jaap Dekkinga,
    Jaap Dekkinga,
    Agile coach
    Excella
    schedule 1 week ago
    Sold Out!
    45 mins
    Tutorial
    Beginner

    One of the struggles I have seen when organizations transition to Agile in relation to the Agile principle "Customer Collaboration Over Contract Negotiation" is: When and how do I involve the right customer.

    Goal of this presentation:

    • Provide tools on how to involve different types of stakeholders
    • Tool to identify different types of stakeholders

    In the presentation I will explain the 2 step process of:

    • Step 1: map out the players for a value stream, product, or feature(set) in a simple 2x2 Stakeholders Matrix (influence/power and interest)
    • Step 2: Learn about the tools and techniques to involve players in each quadrant based on their specific strength or opportunity

  • Liked Julie Wyman
    keyboard_arrow_down

    Julie Wyman - Managing Resistance: How the Kanban Method Supports Lasting Change

    45 mins
    Talk
    Beginner

    “Going Agile” is a big cultural change for most organizations and it’s significance, impact, and the effort required for successful implementation can often be underestimated. There are many benefits to be gained by adopting a more Agile approach, including quicker feedback loops, more focus on value, and higher levels of collaboration. However, for Agile to succeed in the long-term it’s essential to set expectations up front and to balance the amount of change with the amount of disruption it will cause. In this session, we will look at how David Anderson intentionally built change management principles into his Kanban Methodology and explore other change management techniques the Agile community can leverage when helping organizations transition to Agile.

  • Liked Brian Sjoberg
    keyboard_arrow_down

    Brian Sjoberg - Understanding the Whole System, Not Just a Part

    45 mins
    Tutorial
    Beginner

    Are your solutions to recurring issues having only minor improvements? Are some of these solutions actually making things worse in the long run? When answering yes to these, typically, we are trying to solve the issues with too narrow a view. Oddly we think we are addressing it at sufficient level but usually not. In order to see the entire picture we need a common language that will enable us to understand an entire complex adaptive system (e.g. organizations, teams, individuals). Join us as we learn a language called System Modeling (aka. Causal Loop Diagrams).

    With this language we will be able to have rich dialogue to gain a full understanding of the entire complex adaptive system so that we can create solutions at the fundamental level and not the symptomatic level. Addressing system issues at the fundamental level will significantly improve the system. Symptomatic solutions may give the appearance of improvement in the short term but typically make things worse in the long run. Unfortunately we usually pick the symptomatic solutions because they seem obvious and we don't realize the long term impacts because of feedback delays that could take weeks, months or even years to realize.

  • Liked Brian Sjoberg
    keyboard_arrow_down

    Brian Sjoberg - Why Are We Going So Slow? ... Time to Get Your Productivity Game On!

    45 mins
    Workshop
    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 probably continue to experience. The exercise will likely ignite a little (or big) fire in your belly that will help you become more productive and improve the quality of your work. From this, we will discuss ways to improve this at the individual, team and organization levels.

  • Paul Boos
    Paul Boos
    IT Executive Coach
    Excella
    schedule 2 months ago
    Sold Out!
    45 mins
    Talk
    Advanced

    So you are considering getting a coach to help you in your transition to Agile. Or perhaps you are an Agile practitioner considering becoming an Agile coach. What do these Agile coaches do? What makes them different?

    This session will enter the foyer of the house that describes what coaches do and considerations one can have when they think about coaching (including hiring one). Prepare to be challenged and to learn a bit of what it takes to be or work with a coach; it has little to do with courses or certifications, though they may help. In covering what coaches do, one can now begin to think along the lines of what the skills one may need to improve.

  • Paul Boos
    Paul Boos
    IT Executive Coach
    Excella
    schedule 2 months ago
    Sold Out!
    45 mins
    Workshop
    Intermediate

    Losing good people during your transformation? Getting more resistance than you expected? You may be producing unwanted reactions in the way you are leading your people through change. If you want your Agile transformation firing on all cylinders without the harmful side-effects, people at all levels need to become Catalysts.

    Catalytic leaders help lead continual improvement - change. How can we do that? How can anyone be a leader? This workshop will mix presentation with exercises to help you understand practical things you can do to lead change effectively.

  • Liked Leland Newsom
    keyboard_arrow_down

    Leland Newsom - Comparing Scaling Frameworks - LeSS and SAFe

    Leland Newsom
    Leland Newsom
    Agile Coach
    CapTech Ventures
    schedule 2 months ago
    Sold Out!
    45 mins
    Talk
    Beginner

    Scaling Agile is easily misunderstood. Scaling is the term we often hear used to describe using Agile methods with large enterprises.  Larger enterprises often deal with bigger and more complex problems than small ones. They have more employees, subcontracting companies, different business units, more processes and a strong culture that defines how things are done. At the same time, they need to be able to deliver results in an ever-changing business environment. They need to be Agile but the bigger the company, the bigger the challenges are for scaling Agile. 

     

    Scaling frameworks available in the market today are maturing quickly and provide a variety of choices. Like the Agile Manifesto, these frameworks are based on principles, and they vary widely in the specificity of the recommended approach.

     

    In this session, we will compare how two scaling frameworks, LeSS and SAFe, address the challenges of agility at scale.  We will talk about how these two frameworks align, coordinate, and manage dependencies across multiple teams to maintain consistency and agility at scale. 

     

  • Liked Richard Cheng
    keyboard_arrow_down

    Richard Cheng - Story Time - 5 Top Attributes of a Product Owner

    Richard Cheng
    Richard Cheng
    Principal
    Excella Consulting
    schedule 1 week ago
    Sold Out!
    10 mins
    Experience Report
    Intermediate

    In this lightning talk, Richard Cheng will share a story from his Motley Fool days in regards to the 5 things to look for in a Product Owner:

    • Bandwidth
    • Power
    • Knowledge
    • Interest
    • Vision

  • Liked Mindy Bohannon
    keyboard_arrow_down

    Mindy Bohannon - Effective Meetings Sins and Tips

    Mindy Bohannon
    Mindy Bohannon
    Business Analyst
    Excella
    schedule 1 week ago
    Sold Out!
    10 mins
    Talk
    Beginner

    Everyone asks us to setup a meeting but we are never taught how to do arrange a good meeting. What are the steps needed before a meeting takes place, what takes place during the meeting, and follow-ups afterwards to ensure its not a waste of time for yourself and others.

  • Liked Mindy Bohannon
    keyboard_arrow_down

    Mindy Bohannon - Case Study: Agile & Scrum during GiveCamp

    Mindy Bohannon
    Mindy Bohannon
    Business Analyst
    Excella
    schedule 1 week ago
    Sold Out!
    10 mins
    Case Study
    Beginner

    GiveCamp is the most magical, tiring, and worthwhile 48 hours of my year. In 2015, 200 techies volunteered their talents and passion to help 19 non-profits with projects including data collection, websites, GPS-enabled mobile app, an educational online game, and database applications. How does so much work get done in such little amount of time? Agile at the speed of light– standups every 4 hours, adhoc swarming with heavy hitter devs roaming the projects, and lots of free food and drinks to keep everyone fortified.

    This case study reviews how so much work gets done in such a short amount of time using agile principles and scrum ceremonies.

  • 45 mins
    Talk
    Intermediate

    As we have seen from recent reports in the news and elsewhere, cyberattacks come many sources. How can we use Agile practices to improve organization's information security posture?

    In this session, Dan and Paul will discuss techniques that can help make information security an important part of software development and speed your response to threats. The use of hardening pipelines, dark stories, and user stories/acceptance criteria that map to policy guidance based on NIST 800-53 controls will be discussed and how each approaches improving your security posture from a different angle.