• Liked Chris Murman
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    Chris Murman - Brainwriting: The Team Hack To Generating Better Ideas

    Chris Murman
    Chris Murman
    Sr. Agile Consultant
    Solutions IQ
    schedule 1 month ago
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    45 mins
    Workshop
    Beginner
    Brainstorming has long been held as the best way to get ideas from teams for decades, but what if we are wrong? Can we take the successful aspects of collaboration and create a better environment for quality concepts? Come learn about brainwriting and get more from your team today!
     
    Description:
    If you work in an office, your boss has probably forced you into a brainstorming session or two (or 12). Invented in the 1940s by an advertising executive, the purpose was to solicit a large amount of ideas in a short period of time. By putting a collective of creative people in the same room, better concepts should come. Sounds very agile. 
     
    However, science has shown several times that brainstorming is a terrible technique. It’s cumbersome due to all of the interdependent activities happening at once. When spending time generating ideas as a group, you often spend more time thinking of others ideas than your own. 
     
    Fortunately, a relatively unknown technique is starting to gain popularity called brainwriting. Incorporating it into your team events can produce more diverse ideas and provide a friendlier environment for collaboration. In this session, we will workshop them and leave the audience with all of the tools to bring the technique back to their offices.
     
    What Makes It Compelling:
    I was skeptical when I first read an article on the technique, mainly because I had always believed brainstorming produced quality ideas. As a “stickies and sharpies” type of coach, I’d seen so many teams collectively throw out ideas during planning and retrospective sessions. But in the ensuing weeks, I started seeing where the article was on point in terms of producing quality ideas.
     
    After contrasting the ideas generated after using brainwriting for a few weeks, my mind was changed forever. Even better was the events themselves didn’t seem that different to teams. 
  • Liked Rob Myers
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    Rob Myers - How Agile Technical Practices Facilitate Disruptive Innovation

    45 mins
    Talk
    Advanced

    Leaders of development teams want to be able to adapt their existing product to innovative ideas and shifting market conditions. This is often the reason organizations "go Agile," yet this flexible ability to deliver rich business value is often frustratingly out of reach.

    Agile teams and their management are also familiar with the value of individual development practices. For example, Test-Driven Development's ability to catch defects early, and to provide the team with the ability to confidently extend the product. What Rob has found by working with a number of teams, each for six months or more, is another much greater--and more rare--source of business value resulting from diligent attention to software craftsmanship and the resulting two-way trust that forms between Development and Product.

    You will hear a handful of surprising (but real) first-person tales, each detailing a time when changing market forces, dramatic pivots, disruptive technological changes, or insightful requests were managed by the delivery team within a single two-week sprint. Each of these "Black Swan User Stories" (Rob's term for powerful, risky, and unforeseen user-stories) resulted in multiplying user productivity, opening whole new markets, or delighting and retaining critical customers.

    What we found in each case was that rapid completion of our Black Swan User Stories was the result of diligent, disciplined application of a few Agile technical practices; and that this resulted in the concrete realization of organizations' long-held expectations for Agile software development.

  • Liked James Gifford
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    James Gifford - 5 Metrics to Create Safety and High Performing Teams

    45 mins
    Tutorial
    Intermediate

    Description:

    I see that a lot of organizations use metrics in inappropriate ways to measure teams. At the heart of these metrics, nine times out of ten, are velocity and story points. These metrics lead to a lot of mistrust, fear, and bad technical practices. This talk will focus on shifting the focus to diagnostic metrics.

     Before shifting focus to diagnostic metrics, we need to understand what inappropriate metrics are. When questioning teams about why their velocity was lower from one sprint to another, teams are more likely to inflate their estimates to avoid questions in the future. This is one of my scenarios. We will explore this case and my other top-ten based on the 165 teams I have interacted with. Focusing on one metric does not provide a balanced view of the team.

    For balance, I promote five metrics. The combination of metrics balances each other. These five metrics are lead time, quality, happiness, agile maturity, and business value. Focusing on these five metric areas can be used as a diagnostic tool to help teams grow and support coaching. During the session, we will use my Excel-based tool and visual model to simulate this balance.

    When you push shorter lead times (how fast) on a team with a lower agile maturity, the first thing to change is quality, followed by happiness and then the delivery of value. Conversely, if a team focuses on TDD, the first thing to change is quality, followed by agile maturity, reduction in lead time, and increased delivery of value.  

    Teaching teams to harness data in a positive way will help them to flourish.

  • Liked John Le Drew
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    John Le Drew - Swearing, Nudity and Other Vulnerable Positions

    John Le Drew
    John Le Drew
    Owner
    Wise Noodles
    schedule 1 month ago
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    45 mins
    Talk
    Beginner

    Over 3 months John recorded over 75 hours of interviews and spoke to some of the most respected people in the industry to produce an audio documentary that attempts to answer the question “What is safety? And why is it important anyway?”

    This highly interactive talk will present the findings and guide and challenge you through a journey to understanding safety. Including short interactive sessions and role play exercises to cover the following topics:

    • What is safety?
    • What are the elements that make a team effective?
    • Is psychological safety the foundation to team performance?
    • What can we all do to help foster psychological safety in our teams?
    • What is the relationship between safety, stress and engagement?
    • What is the profound impact of a lack of safety and engagement on society?

    This talk has grown as John created the new podcast The Agile Path. The first season on this podcast is about safety in teams. John has interviewed world renowned specialists in the field; Christopher Avery, David Marquet, Jerry Weinberg, Esther Derby, Johanna Rothman, Woody Zuill and many more in over 75 hours of audio. This has been a fascinating deep dive learning experience for John and he hopes to explore these insights with the audience.

  • 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 Melinda Solomon
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    Melinda Solomon - From Pandemonium to Predictable: Managing the Chaos of Success

    45 mins
    Case Study
    Beginner

    We often aim for success and welcome it with open arms.  But, sometimes success comes more quickly than you anticipate, and demand for services exceeds your capacity to deliver.  The result can be missed commitments, high stress, and inability to forecast with clarity.  As quickly as your brand shines, it can tarnish with your inability to keep up.  Basically your dreams become your nightmare.

     This is the story of a small little training program for a transforming enterprise that consisted of a single class and an instructor.  Within 3 years it had grown to 12 courses and 6 instructors with a waiting list for seats.  People wanted more courses and more offerings of the existing courses.  People were asking for us to attend events and summits and briefings. As demand surged we began to fall into a pattern of unreliable service and delivery with a completely unsustainable work/life balance. 

     In the midst of the chaos we became inspired by the IT software development model of Kanban.  While we're engaged in non-IT knowledge work, we became convinced an implementation of a proto-kanban management system could save our reputation.  The Kanban management method saved our business when the chaos of success was drowning us.  And it can help you too!

  • Liked Max Saperstone
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    Max Saperstone - Exploring Automation Strategies and Frameworks What Should Your Team Be Using?

    45 mins
    Talk
    Beginner

    Agile practices have done a magnificent job of speeding up the software development process. Unfortunately, simply applying agile practices to testing isn't enough to keep testers at the same pace. Test automation is necessary to support agile delivery. Max Saperstone explores popular test automation frameworks and shares the benefits of applying these frameworks, their implementation strategies, and best usage practices. Focusing on the pros and cons of each type of framework, Max discusses data-driven, keyword-driven, and action-driven approaches. Find out which framework and automation strategy are most beneficial for specific situations.

    Other than using specific frameworks as examples, the presentation is framework agnostic, really focusing on capabilities of different types of framework, and how those might or might-not fit your company's/software's needs. In the talk, 5 different types of frameworks will be discussed: Record/Playback (Linear), Modular/Structured, Data Driven, Keyword Driven, Action Based, and of course the combination of these as Hybrids.

    At the end of the talk, depending on questions, and how much time we have left, a slide with a long list of specific testing frameworks is displayed, and an open discussion of who has used what, and what has/hasn't worked for them is had.

    If you are new to test automation or trying to optimize your current automation strategy, this session is for you.

     

  • Liked Dan Neumann
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    Dan Neumann - Experience a Red/Green/Refactor Coding Kata

    Dan Neumann
    Dan Neumann
    Agile Coach
    AgileThought
    schedule 1 month ago
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    45 mins
    Workshop
    Beginner

    Have you heard people talking about Test Driven Development (TDD) but never tried it? Now is the time to try! This session will lead its participants through a programming challenge. Don't worry, it's safe. We're going to do a technical version of "follow the leader," where you will do the programming by following along with the session's facilitator. We'll debrief the exercise at the end. Please do bring a laptop or be willing to pair up with someone who does.

    We will use the Python programming language, and PythonAnywhere web-based environment to avoid setup and configuration activities. You do NOT need to know Python (or any programming) to participate.

  • Liked Julie Bright
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    Julie Bright - Powerful Tools for Affecting Change: Personal and Social Identity

    Julie Bright
    Julie Bright
    Agile Coach
    Capital One
    schedule 2 months ago
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    45 mins
    Talk
    Intermediate

    Scrum Masters and Agile Coaches wear many hats, but one of the most important is that of the Change Artist.  Understanding what people need in order to move through a change curve is critical to success, but often overlooked in the toolkit is the role of Identity.  Our self-perception, both as individuals and within the context of a group, is foundational to our psychology, and can be leveraged to affect and nurture powerful, long-lasting change.   

  • Liked Roland Cuellar
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    Roland Cuellar - Accelerating Business Side Agility - An Enterprise Experience Report from Nationwide Insurance

    45 mins
    Talk
    Advanced

    While the IT side of this F500 financial services client has been practicing agile development for years, the business side is still, in some cases, more waterfall and traditional in its approach to requirements and releases.  In this experience report, we will hear from Associate Vice President Charlie Kennedy of Nationwide Insurance on how we have accelerated business-side agility by:

    • Re-organizing from functional silos to Product-Based Value-Stream Teams
    • Redesigning the business requirements process to achieve a continuous flow of MMPs into the teams
    • Utilization of Big-Room-Planning techniques to create alignment across a wide set of stakeholders and dependencies
    • Design of a Product-Manager-to-Product-Owner fan-out concept to achieve omni-channel digital delivery
    • Design of a portfolio-level visitation system to track the flow of MMPs across multiple investments simultaneously

     

  • Liked Sanjiv Augustine
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    Sanjiv Augustine - 5 Steps to Disruptive Innovation with Hyper-Performing Teams

    Sanjiv Augustine
    Sanjiv Augustine
    President
    LitheSpeed LLC
    schedule 1 month ago
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    45 mins
    Talk
    Intermediate

    For too many organizations, Agile is primarily seen as merely an IT delivery system. Within this archaic and limited mindset, New Product Development is so manageable with Scrum. We amble along with 30-day Sprints, a single product owner, a neat product backlog, and a collocated Scrum team. But, today’s business environment is a tsunami of global hyper competition, with companies entering and being forced off the S&P 500 every 15 years. The classic Innovator's Dilemma is now even more pressing, and quite candidly, archaic Agile is of limited use.

     To be competitive now, organizations need to look at the gestalt ... the entire value-stream of activities that are required to bring solutions to market. In this session, we will show concrete examples of how major organizations have innovated along the full path from product ideation to requirements to budgeting to delivery and to operations. Each part of a typical value-stream will be explored to show how agility has impacted these traditionally silo'ed functions and how forward-thinking organizations have reached the next level of performance through tight integration and agile thinking.

    Learn the essential steps to conquer the entire value-stream from the “fuzzy front end” of innovation, product discovery, lean experimentation, and modern requirements discovery, to pipeline management, to agile budgeting and incremental funding, to high-performance product-centric teams, and enabling agile engineering techniques.

    The result is the architecture of an entire organizational system that is designed to rapidly and effectively discover what customers want and delivery with utmost efficiency.

  • Jim Damato
    Jim Damato
    Transformation Manager
    Scrum Inc
    schedule 1 month ago
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    45 mins
    Talk
    Intermediate

    Change is hard (duh!) but the book Switch changed my life. While there are lots of change management models out there, Directing the Rider, Motivating the Elephant and Shaping the Path is the one I follow.
     
    Scaling is hard too. But if we think about Change and Scaling together in the right way, maybe they don’t have to be quite so hard.
     
    Recent polling of thousands of Scrum practitioners in the U.S. and Europe indicate that 66% of organizations are at the beginning stage of scaling Scrum. The State of Scrum report says 52% say their "organizational design and culture made it difficult to adopt and further scale Scrum". The State of Agile report says 63% say their "Company philosophy or culture [are] at odds with core agile values"
     
    Think about your organization. Are executives disengaged? Are the agile teams executing independently like feral cats?
     
    Come and learn three actionable things to make your scaling more successful, three things you can implement tomorrow to Direct the Rider, Motivate the Elephant and Shape the Path.

  • Liked Brandon Carlson
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    Brandon Carlson - From Continuous Delivery To Continuous Compliance

    Brandon Carlson
    Brandon Carlson
    IT Nerd
    Lean TECHniques
    schedule 1 month ago
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    45 mins
    Talk
    Beginner

    Continuous Delivery (CD) and regulatory compliance are two critically important ingredients in today’s connected organizations. CD enables you to move quickly and respond to change in an era where change is increasing at an exponential rate with no sign of slowing down. Regulatory compliance ensures that your organization takes the appropriate steps to follow applicable laws and appear to require adding burdensome processes and controls to your software development lifecycle. While they appear to be at odds with one another at first, they actually complement each other well. While maintaining, analyzing, confirming, and reporting on the status of required information security, compliance, and privacy controls can be difficult, integrating these tasks within your CD pipeline is easier than you think. Using examples from real-world projects in organizations just like yours, Brandon explains how to integrate compliance and reporting into your CD pipeline using tools you already know such as pair programming, Jenkins, Chef, Metasploit, and others, leading you to the regulatory promised land known as “Continuous Compliance”.

  • Liked Daniel Davis
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    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 Jolly Rajan
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    Jolly Rajan - WIP it! How slowing it down makes you go faster

    10 mins
    Lightning Talk
    Intermediate

    Traditional management techniques have emphasized Utilization as a key metric to increasing team productivity. Agile and Lean management techniques, instead, focus on reducing Work In Process (WIP) and building in Slack as the key to decreasing cycle time and increasing team efficiency. In this session, we will take a look at the correlations between these seemingly unrelated data points and how teams can leverage it to deliver value faster.

  • Liked Raj Indugula
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    Raj Indugula - Teams that Plan Together, Plan Better: Big Room Planning in the Enterprise

    Raj Indugula
    Raj Indugula
    VP, Technology
    LitheSpeed
    schedule 1 month ago
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    45 mins
    Talk
    Beginner

    Any kind of planning is an exercise in uncertainty.  Especially so in large enterprises where delivering value to the customer involves multiple teams within and across organizational silos. Although made popular by SAFe’s PI planning event, Big Room Planning has been used successfully by many organizations to connect the work of their agile teams to the overarching business strategy and to what they can deliver.  

    In this session, we will share our recent story on how Big Room Planning ideas were used in a large Fortune 100 company to align teams, stakeholders, leadership on desired business capabilities, surface uncertainties, dependencies, and reach shared understanding and consensus on achievable outcomes in the near-term.

    It is our hope that some of the ideas discussed and resources shared in this session will help you and your teams with your near-term planning horizons, especially those attempting to drive agility in large, complex organizations.

  • Liked Joshua Seckel
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    Joshua Seckel - Lean Large and Small

    Joshua Seckel
    Joshua Seckel
    Chief Engineer
    WhiteHawk CEC
    schedule 1 month ago
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    45 mins
    Talk
    Intermediate

    Most organizations are embracing the desire to be lean, at least espousing the desire.  But what does lean mean in different contexts? Is embracing lean as a startup different than lean delivery as a midsize company or a large organization or a government agency? 

    This talk will explore what it means to be lean in various sized organizations, what is the same and what is different about lean implementations based on the size of the organization.

  • Liked PHILLIP MANKETO
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    PHILLIP MANKETO - Building Strong Foundations…. Underwriting Fannie Mae’s Agile Transformation

    45 mins
    Experience Report
    Advanced

    Over the course of the last two and one-half years, Fannie Mae has worked aggressively to transform itself from a heavily silo’d and firmly entrenched command and control culture, following a gated workflow, with long release cycles, to an Agile organization.  Today, Fannie Mae is a more dynamic value oriented organization that is responsive to stakeholders, focused on achieving greater efficiency by enabling fast-feedback loops, as well as using empirical data to optimize mature and persistent agile values and practices.  

     

    Within the larger context of the transformation to enterprise agility, this Experience Report will focus on the case for change, Fannie Mae’s journey and the corresponding challenges, benefits and key learnings realized.  Our conclusion, while it is important to build bridges with business stakeholders, mature agile teams, leverage automation and embrace the values and principles of the agile manifesto… a successful and longstanding transformation is dependent upon the unrelenting focus on changing the ecosystem supporting the organization’s change at the outset.

  • Liked Colleen Johnson
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    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 Dan Neumann
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    Dan Neumann - Agile is the new Black

    Dan Neumann
    Dan Neumann
    Agile Coach
    AgileThought
    schedule 1 month ago
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    45 mins
    Talk
    Beginner

    It seems like "Agile" goes with everything these days; government projects, not-for-profit initiatives, scaled agile, startups, etc., etc.. This session will explore agility, management, and product lessons using excerpts from the hit Netflix series Orange is the New Black to illustrate these concepts. This light-hearted, yet valuable, session will take you inside the confines of Litchfield Penitentiary and expose you to the lives of the women who are incarcerated there. We'll use a series of vignettes from the show to highlight lessons in agility. No prior knowledge of the series Orange is the New Black is required for you to enjoy and benefit from this session.

    Participants will leave with a handout that contains reminders and tips based on the scenarios we cover in the session.