schedule Oct 15th 02:00 PM - 02:45 PM place Executive Boardroom people 8 Interested

By day I'm an Agile Coaching and trainer, but in my volunteer time I'm an EMT and run a Search and Rescue Squad. Very differnt worlds, but they both involve getting large numbers of people to work together in teams in rapidly changing situations, with limited information, in a high stakes environment.

This talk shows how I used my knowledge as an Agile Coach and ScrumMaster in a situation well beyond IT. We will talk about how Agile/Scrum concepts like breaking work down into smaller increments, using self-organizing team, frequent planning, and retrospectives all are being used in the emergency services field. We also explore how agile principles are incorporated into the cultural aspects of volunteer emergency services -- often thought of as hierarchical and command-and-control, there is actually a culture of of self-organization, decentralized decision making, outcome-based focus, andholding each other accountable -- and it illustrates the underlying cultural principles that are the heart of agile which holds teams together and form high-performing teams that apply in product and software development teams as well.

This fun and fast paced talk walks the participants how a high-urgency search for a missing child is run using agile principles and relates each practice back to a similar approach in Agile/Scrum in the product development world.

 
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Outline/structure of the Session

This is primarily a case study in managing a lost person search with an agile approach. In a fun and dynamic graphic presentation, we go through the major steps of the search for a lost child and show how each area implements one or more agile principles and how this relates back to agile in the business world.

All aspects of an agile process are represented in this case study with particular focus on decentralized decision making/autonomous teams and risk management the emergency services way and how we can use the same principles in agile business risk management.

There is a group activity around using a centralized/decentralized decision making matrix. Apply a decision making matrix to determine what kinds of decisions need to be centralized and what need to be delegated.

Learning Outcome

The main learning outcome is a concrete example of using Agile principles outside of IT and how the more urgent, critical and time critical the work you are doing is, the more important it is to embrace Agile and decentralize decision making.

Target Audience

Everyone, Government/Non-profit, non-IT

Prerequisite

None

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  • Phillip Manketo
    By Phillip Manketo  ~  4 months ago
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    Hi Chris,  the Speaker's committee reviewed this abstract and felt there was insufficient information to make a decision affirmatively.   Specifically, while the "made for TV" plot line might draw interest, what tools / techniques / learning attendees would take with them coming out of the session are subtle at best.  We wanted to give you a chance to consider revising the abstract to be concrete in learning / outcomes before making a final decision. Thanks for your on-going interest in participating in the conference.


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