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    Linda Rising - Incentives: Why or Why Not?

    45 Mins
    Keynote
    Beginner

    It’s surprising how little of the research around incentives has made it into practice. There’s widespread belief that the debate is about carrots vs. sticks or if it’s carrots or sticks, what kind of carrots or sticks. It’s also surprising how the understanding of this fundamental topic eludes many well-respected, experienced practitioners and coaches. There’s considerable research that suggests what incentives work (and don't work) for individuals and teams. Linda will bring in the latest from cognitive neuroscience and help those of us who care about development teams to learn what works best.

  • Liked damian synadinos
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    damian synadinos - More Than That

    damian synadinos
    damian synadinos
    owner
    ineffable solutions
    schedule 1 week ago
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    45 Mins
    Keynote
    Beginner

    “What do you do?”

    It’s a frequent first question asked at parties, networking events, and bad dates. And sadly, the answer often includes the word “just”.

    Perhaps a more interesting question is, “Who are you?”. But, how do you answer? Often, our identity is dominated by our professional image. However, even those that “live to work” have other facets which may contain hidden value.

    In this session, Damian uses humor, improv, personal stories, and more to examine our identities, explore our interests, and find inspiration from unexpected sources. Join him to laugh, learn, and “unjust yourself” as you rediscover Who You Are!

  • Liked Chris Ruch
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    Chris Ruch - Putting the Customer First

    45 Mins
    Keynote
    Intermediate

    Where has the customer gone in large scale enterprise agile frameworks? Customer Collaboration is one of the main tenants of the Agile Manifesto, but it seems that have we lost touch with this concept as we have scaled agile into large organizations. If we look at the SAFe Big Picture, the customer is represented, but only at the end of the process consuming the solution. This talk explores how and why it is important to pull the customer to the beginning and middle of the process and not just the end. This isn't to pick on SAFe -- the customer doesn't appear at all on the graphics for Disciplined Agile, LeSS, and Nexus at all! The concepts and principles explored in this presentation are universal in any large enterprise and can, and should, be applied to to any framework.
    Each of the main enterprise agile frameworks today (Disciplined Agile, SAFe, LeSS, Nexus, etc) have a graphic representation of their model, which present an inside-out view of how an enterprise is organized to delivery in an agile fashion. But what do our agile enterprises look like from the outside, from our customers' view point? As agile becomes widely adopted as the way of developing products, there is a growing gap with where new product development ideas are generated and how customer input is integrated into the agile process. Increasingly we are seeing organizations struggling because of a lack of an effective and experienced product management group and even experienced agile coaches not knowing how to effectively engage customers in their process.

  • Liked Gene Gotimer
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    Gene Gotimer - Building the Pipeline of My Dreams

    Gene Gotimer
    Gene Gotimer
    Technical Manager
    Coveros, Inc.
    schedule 1 month ago
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    45 Mins
    Case Study
    Beginner

    I often suggest to teams that they should be using all sorts of tools in their pipelines- from simple static analysis checks and automated builds to security scans and performance testing. I've done presentations and talks at conferences. I've lobbied to clients. I've commiserated with my colleagues. But I've never put together my dream pipeline in one of my own projects.

    There are always reasons that some tests and tools get left out- our policies won't allow them, they will take too long to get approved, we don't have time, we have bigger problems to deal with, it just isn't what the client is looking for right now. And I usually think, if only I were in charge, I'd make sure we were using those...

    In late 2017 I took over maintenance on an open-source project. Now I have no restrictions. The sky's the limit. No one is around to tell me what I can't do. So why don't I have my dream pipeline in place yet?

    I'll talk about the trade-offs and compromises I made when building out the pipeline. Why I decided to focus on some tools and tests but skipped others, and what I need to do or change to make this delivery process the pipeline I've always dreamed about, now that I have no one else to blame.

  • Liked Cherie Silas
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    Cherie Silas - Power Coaching – Pushing the Boundaries to build better teams

    45 Mins
    Talk
    Intermediate

    Elevator Pitch

    Sometimes teams need more than just questions. They need scrum masters and coaches who are courageous enough to have the hard conversations, challenge their decisions, push them to the next level. During this session we will introduce participants to some anti-patterns that have arisen in the scrum master and agile coaching communities and discuss ways to break free!

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    Coaching Agile Teams is all about asking questions and allowing them to self organize, right? Well, that's just part of the mission. During this session we will introduce participants to some anti-patterns that have arisen in the scrum master and agile coaching communities and discuss ways to break free!

    Sometimes teams need more than just questions. They need scrum masters and coaches who are courageous enough to have the hard conversations, challenge their decisions, push them to the next level. However, sometimes we push our teams a bit too hard and create negative conflict. It's times like this when we need to demonstrate how to reach out and make the first move to repair the relationship. We will introduce the concept of repair bids to help in this area.

    Lastly, we learn a model to put into practice to create a coaching alliance with teams so you can be in agreement on how you will work together for their best interest and improvement over a period of time.

    The reason we chose to create this session is that over the past few years we have noticed that as people are learning more about coaching they are getting out of balance and believing that the only thing that coaches are allowed to do is ask questions. We've noticed that scrum masters lean so far in the direction of self organization that they no longer believe they can challenge teams to grow or to move beyond where the team decides to be. We believe that the root of the problem rests in the fact that people are learning a bit about coaching but not actually learning how to be a coach. We would like to introduce to the attendees the more direct coaching methods that are available for use such as 1) direct communication, 2) challenging, 3) courageous questions that push the edge of the comfort zone, etc.

    Session is collaborative and includes interaction with the participants throughout. Also has collaborative exercises.

  • Liked John Hughes
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    John Hughes - Agile FTW: Competitive Advantage and Happiness Through Business Agility

    John Hughes
    John Hughes
    Director, Agile Practice
    Sevatec
    schedule 1 month ago
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    45 Mins
    Talk
    Intermediate

    We all know the story of how the Agile ‘Software Development’ Manifesto emerged out of Snowbird in February of 2001. And we all know that Agile is still the current best practice for software development. What remains to be fully realized is that Agile has evolved to a best practice for business in general; a way of life for that matter.

    I had the privilege of bringing Agile into business over the last couple years. In that time, I introduced my executive leadership team to Business Agility. After getting executive participation in the inaugural Business Agility conference in Feb 2017, we partnered together to seek the benefits of a comprehensive Business Agility adoption.

    Using our corporation’s strategic planning and execution effort to exemplify, I will share with you how the Agile mindset and practices apply to business and drive the highest impact possible towards the most valuable goals and initiatives. Modern leadership and business practices such as those under the Business Agility umbrella bring a value-driven, data-driven, efficient focus on impactful delivery.

    • Revenue and growth accelerate as we focus the company’s resources on delivering in the most valuable way
    • Corporate processes lean out as we remove wasteful bottlenecks, saving money, time, and providing competitive advantage
    • Employees are more capable as corporate practices are more meaningful and less taxing
    • Back-office tools and data are integrated into a unified experience allowing real-time awareness and predictive analytics, increasing effective decision-making and enabling empowerment at lower levels
    • Employees are happier. Customers are happier. The corporate bottom-line reflects this happiness.

    I am enthusiastic about the spread of Agile beyond IT. And as such, I am excited to illustrate the brilliance of Business Agility to session participants, adding examples from my most recent corporate transformation effort to exemplify the mindset and practices presented. It is my interest that participants come away with an understanding of how Agile mindset and practices benefit the corporate back office as much as they do software delivery, and how their companies can begin to benefit too by applying what they learn from this presentation.

  • 45 Mins
    Workshop
    Beginner

    “The single biggest failure of leadership is to treat adaptive challenges like technical problems.” -Ron Heifetz

    We live and work in an increasingly interconnected and rapidly changing world. New business models are shifting duties to teams instead of individuals, which means people are now working more closely together. It also means leaders at all levels have to begin to adapt their leadership style to guide the intricacies of human dynamics and channel the collective knowledge of the groups they interact with.

    In this workshop we will explore how leaders create environments that navigate the complexity of interpersonal relationships, overcome the human element of barriers to change, and support the growth and engagement of their employees. Attendees will walk out of the room with a clearer idea of their own leadership style and a list of action items they can use (tomorrow!) to move their teams one step closer to higher performance.

  • Liked Matthieu Cornillon
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    Matthieu Cornillon - Matthieu's Playbook: Tried and True Patterns for Kickstarting Scrum Teams New and Old

    45 Mins
    Tutorial
    Beginner

    You recently completed a two-day training, and you are now a Certified ScrumMaster. There's only one problem: what do you actually do next?

    Part of the genius of the Agile Manifesto is that it doesn't tell you exactly what to do. It gives you a resilient foundation of values and principles that is grounded in discovered truths, and then lets you figure out how to apply it. Scrum describes process a bit more, but still leaves a lot of open questions. Again, this room to adapt is incredibly powerful. However, at the outset it can be quite daunting. Even after going through Certified ScrumMaster training, new practitioners may be a little lost as to what exactly to do next.

    Over the years, I've built up a set of simple, concrete practices that I use both to get teams started and to help existing teams that are having trouble. Recently, I helped three teams get up to speed in quick succession. I wrote down these practices as a playbook. While I look forward to the day when these teams grow beyond my playbook and throw it in the trash, I have seen great results from starting with a small set of concrete practices. Come to this session and walk out with simple, specific things you can do to get your team flying.

  • Liked Roland Cuellar
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    Roland Cuellar - Experience Report: Agile and Lean UX Techniques for Hardware Development

    45 Mins
    Case Study
    Advanced

    Experience Report: Applying Lean UX to New Hardware Development

    We often hear how Agile and Lean UX techniques are applied to software development, but there is much less information available on how to use these same ideas to develop new hardware solutions.

    In this experience report, Matthew Maddox, VP of Digital Strategy at Mirion Technologies and Roland Cuellar of Lithespeed will show how Lean UX techniques were successfully applied to the design of new and highly complex integrated hardware and software products.

    Mirion makes complex, highly regulated equipment that is focused on radiological safety for national security, first responders, and nuclear power. Mirion’s radiation detection equipment is used to protect people from radiation exposure, secure major events, and track down illicit radiological sources. Over the past year, Mirion has been experimenting with agile and lean UX techniques to design it's next generation radiation detection hardware and software.

    In this experience report, we will hear how Matthew utilized rapid, lightweight, lean UX techniques to quickly develop hardware prototypes, gather feedback from past and potential new customers, and quickly pivot initial designs based upon feedback from customers.

    As a result of this important process innovation, Mirion is now embracing more modern digital and agile techniques to more quickly bring innovations to market that are more closely aligned with customer desires.

    Matthew Madox is the VP of Marketing & Digital Strategy, and lead the field research, primary design and customer validation phases of the next generation Personal Radiation Detector (PRD).

    Topics Include: Agile Hardware Design, Lean UX, Hardware and Software Design Integration, New Product Development, Engineering Culture Change

  • Liked Fadi Stephan
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    Fadi Stephan - Managing Technical Debt

    45 Mins
    Talk
    Intermediate

    Is your team constantly missing delivery dates? Is the velocity decreasing from sprint to sprint while the development costs are rising? Are customers complaining about the increasing number of bugs and the long time it takes to add new features? These are all signs that you are mired in technical debt and probably on your way to bankruptcy or a complete system rewrite. Technical debt is inevitable, whether intentional or unintentional. However, not managing technical debt can paralyze your organization. Fadi Stephan expands on the technical debt metaphor and introduces a technical debt management plan that enables executives and teams to make prudent decisions on code quality and technical debt. Come learn how to measure the quality of your code base and determine the amount of your debt.

  • Liked Arlen Bankston
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    Arlen Bankston - Performance Management in the Age of Agility

    Arlen Bankston
    Arlen Bankston
    Founder
    LitheSpeed
    schedule 2 months ago
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    45 Mins
    Workshop
    Intermediate

    Agility is about adaptation, challenging the status quo, experimentation and learning. HR has historically hewed closer to compliance, but that has been changing rapidly.

    Today's nimble teams and workers will no longer tolerate stifling, staid environments and management practices. The newly popular label "people operations" implies an emphasis on human engagement over bureaucracy and regulation, and indeed many organizations have been moving this way.

    Be inspired by some of the most daring advances in human resources while also learning some practical approaches and techniques that can be applied to start leading your business down this path. We'll discuss new approaches in hiring, performance management, learning and development, and even the structure of HR groups and roles. Participants will also enjoy a few exercises that will illustrate some interesting techniques.

    Prepare yourself for HR in the next generation.

  • Liked Dave Nicolette
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    Dave Nicolette - Developer superpowers to effect positive change

    Dave Nicolette
    Dave Nicolette
    Consultant
    Neo Pragma LLC
    schedule 1 month ago
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    45 Mins
    Talk
    Intermediate

    Many software developers (especially in larger organizations) are unhappy in their jobs. They are in a never-ending spiral of increasing code cruft, and their management does not allow them time to remediate technical debt or keep the code base clean. They feel helpless, beaten-down, defeated. They can't imagine that improvement is even possible. They respond to any suggestion to improve the status quo with comments like, "In an ideal world, maybe," "That will never work here," "You don't live in the Real World®," etc. They don't know their own power. This session is meant to show them that power.

  • Liked Adrienne Rinaldi
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    Adrienne Rinaldi - Coach the Coach | The Coaching Backlog

    Adrienne Rinaldi
    Adrienne Rinaldi
    Agile Coach
    CapTech Consulting
    schedule 2 months ago
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    45 Mins
    Talk
    Beginner

    You’re a new coach. Now what? This session will help you get started on an agile transformation assignment with a coaching backlog. This session will inform new coaches on “where to start” as an Agile Coach. The session will begin agile transformation challenges followed by common agile impediments, conditions for success, an agile readiness checklist and a coaching backlog including Epics, Features and Stories.

  • Trent Hone
    Trent Hone
    Managing Consultant
    Excella Consulting
    schedule 2 months ago
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    45 Mins
    Talk
    Intermediate

    Agile at the team level fosters self-organization by leveraging constraints. Timeboxes, Work in Progress (WIP) Limits, and clear operational definitions are excellent examples of the kinds of constraints teams regularly employ to deliver reliably. Are you familiar and comfortable with these ideas, but uncertain how to apply them at larger scales? Are you looking for techniques that will allow you to harness the creativity of your teams to enable self-organization at scale? If so, this session is for you.

    I’m passionate about applying concepts from Complex Systems Theory (as developed by Dave Snowden, Alicia Juarrero, Bob Artigiani, etc.) to the work of software teams. My colleagues and I at Excella have been exploiting these ideas by using a variety of patterns borrowed from different theories and frameworks to allow our teams to grow like healthy plants in a garden. From Large-Scale Scrum (LeSS) we leverage the concepts of a single product backlog and a shared cadence. Kanban principles of visualizing the work and limiting WIP help align the teams and foster greater collaboration. Dave Snowden’s emphasis on Homo Narrans—the human as storyteller—has provided a framework for clarifying and promulgating common values, which are essential for decentralized decision-making. Collectively, these mental models created an environment that helped us scale one of our engagements from three teams to eight over the course of a single year.

  • Liked Gene Gotimer
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    Gene Gotimer - Build a Better, Faster Pipeline for Software Delivery

    Gene Gotimer
    Gene Gotimer
    Technical Manager
    Coveros, Inc.
    schedule 1 month ago
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    45 Mins
    Workshop
    Beginner

    The software delivery pipeline is the process of taking features from developers and getting them delivered to customers. The earliest tests should be the quickest and easiest to run, giving developers the fastest feedback. Successive rounds of testing should increase confidence that the code is a viable candidate for production and that more expensive tests—be it time, effort, cost—are justified. Manual testing should be performed toward the end of the pipeline, leaving computers to do as much work as possible before people get involved. Although it is tempting to arrange the delivery pipeline in phases (e.g., functional tests, then acceptance tests, then load and performance tests, then security tests), this can lead to problems progressing down the pipeline.

    In this interactive workshop, we will discuss how to arrange your pipeline, automated or not, and so each round of tests provides just enough testing to give you confidence that the next set of tests is worth the investment. We'll explore how to get the right types of testing into your pipeline at the right points so that you can determine which builds are viable candidates for production.

  • Liked Gene Gotimer
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    Gene Gotimer - A Definition of Done for DevSecOps

    Gene Gotimer
    Gene Gotimer
    Technical Manager
    Coveros, Inc.
    schedule 1 month ago
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    45 Mins
    Talk
    Intermediate

    DevOps needs to consider many different aspects of software quality, including security. The term DevSecOps was developed to highlight that security is a focus of the pipeline, not a second-class citizen.

    Fortunately, we can define done for our pipeline so that it includes security. Continuous integration can invoke static analysis tools to test for security errors and check if we are using components with known vulnerabilities. Automated deployments and virtualization make dynamic environments available for testing in a production-like setting. Regression tests can drive traffic through proxies for security analysis. From the code to the systems where we deploy the software, the process can be designed to make sure that we follow security best practices, and not produce insecure software.

    Participants will learn how to construct a definition of done that focuses on security in a DevOps pipeline. They will see how to define security practices that build confidence that they are doing DevSecOps, and how those practices and criteria might mature over time.

  • Liked Glenn Buckholz
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    Glenn Buckholz - Failing Faster with Kubernetes and then Recovering

    Glenn Buckholz
    Glenn Buckholz
    Technical Manager
    Coveros
    schedule 1 month ago
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    45 Mins
    Case Study
    Intermediate

    Kubernetes is quickly gaining popularity, but does the technology deserve so many accolades. In this talk we learn what exactly kubernetes has to offer in the DevOps world. We see that as a service it can provide resources for your DevOps pipeline, automated tests, and the application you are trying to build. We visit an example implementation of such a pipeline and discuss some lessons learned about how to balance these three needs. Additionally, we look at what design considerations your application needs to make, you should consider for your automated testing infrastructure, and how all of this can be leveraged to keep consistent CM while deploying rapidly. Lastly, we explore how threading it all together can help you fail fast and recover quickly as well.

  • 45 Mins
    Talk
    Intermediate

    Despite thinking that organizations are slow to innovate, innovation actually abounds at many companies. Kodak, DEC, and Xerox did not fail due to lack of new, cutting-edge innovation; they failed because their organizations were tuned to their traditional markets, and a failure to change their business models and organizations led to their eventual disruption.

    The key to achieving business agility lies in leadership that transforms organizations. Transformational leaders succeed by changing the system, leading with purpose, and steering from the edges. They own their responsibility and boldly lead their organizations into the future. As leaders, we can accelerate this evolution by enabling true self-management and team-based governance.

    Join Bob and Sanjiv to learn how leaders can transform organizations with a flatter organization structure, work anywhere flexibility, participatory profit sharing, and delegated hiring and firing. Explore the agile leadership journey needed for true business agility.

  • Liked Doguhan Uluca
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    Doguhan Uluca - Ship It or It Never Happened: The Power of Docker, Heroku & CircleCI

    45 Mins
    Talk
    Intermediate

    Shipping code is hard and it is rough! It doesn't have to be. Using Docker, Heroku and CircleCI you can set up a world-class Continuous Integration and Continuous Deployment pipeline in an hour with advanced functionality like Heroku preview apps, provisioning servers on-demand for to scale and containers that leverage layering to enforce Enterprise requirements, while giving developers access, flexibility and speed to get their work done. With duluca/minimal-node-web-server docker image and how you can tailor it to build your micro-services or web servers in a matter of minutes using Docker and deploy your web app on the cloud.

  • Liked Matthew Kleiman
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    Matthew Kleiman - Pair Programming: Better Than Adderall

    45 Mins
    Talk
    Beginner

    Not all programmers are comfortable with coding alone for 10 hours a day. Matt Kleiman spent years programming inefficiently in a cubicle. His Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD) and other learning disabilities deterred his success on traditional development teams. Seeking out an environment that would nourish his strengths, he found Pivotal Labs. Pivotal's Extreme Programming practices empowered Matt. Attend his talk to learn how pair programming and test-driven development transforms ADD into an asset in the workplace.