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  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 45 Mins
    Case Study
    Beginner

    Customers weren’t satisfied! The process took too long! The end product didn’t perform to specifications! Does this sound familiar?

    A century ago, the U.S. Navy’s ship design process had serious problems, ones we would recognize and understand today. Come learn how these problems were solved in a large, real-world, organization through minor changes in structure and process. These changes illustrate the importance of:

    • Gathering early feedback
    • Rapidly iterating to expose unknowns
    • Using multi-disciplinary problem-solving
    • Employing Agile techniques outside of IT
  • 45 Mins
    Talk
    Beginner

    Are you excited by the idea of Business Agility, but unsure how to create it? Learn new techniques by looking back. In the early 20th century, the U.S. Navy successfully leveraged Agile approaches to harness new technologies, encourage organizational learning, and develop a sustained pace of innovation, all key aspects of Business Agility. Find out how!

    I’ll describe what the Navy achieved, explain why it worked, and illustrate how similar approaches can be used today to create greater Agility in our businesses and organizations. Some specifics include:

    • Fostering innovation by the use of regular feedback.
    • Employing safe-to-fail experimentation.
    • Promoting evolvability through loose coupling and bounded autonomy.
    • Balancing exploration and exploitation to identify and harness new ideas.
  • 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 Adrienne Rinaldi
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    Adrienne Rinaldi - Coach the Coach | The Coaching Backlog

    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.

  • 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!

    Description:

    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 Rick Austin
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    Rick Austin - Portfolio Management In An Agile World

    Rick Austin
    Rick Austin
    Senior Consultant
    LeadingAgile
    schedule 5 days ago
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    45 Mins
    Talk
    Intermediate

    When organizations move to agile for software delivery, there is often tension with traditional portfolio management. This talk will illustrate how an organization can move from traditional portfolio management approaches to one that embraces agile software delivery. Doing so enables organizations to become predictable, improve the flow of value delivered, and pivot more quickly if necessary.

    We will demonstrate the use of governance that allows a more adaptive portfolio management approach. We will cover topics that enable agile portfolio management including:

    • Lean techniques for managing flow
    • Effective prioritization techniques
    • Long range road-mapping
    • Demand management and planning
    • Progressively elaborated business cases
    • Validation of outcomes
    • Support for audit and compliance needs

    These topics will be illustrated by real-world examples of portfolio management that have been proven over the last five years with a wide range of clients.

  • Liked John Tanner
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    John Tanner - Agile Metrics - The GQM Approach

    45 Mins
    Talk
    Beginner

    There is a need to collect data which demonstrates progress and measures improvement within an Agile Enterprise, but where does one even start? Common Agile metrics approaches do well at measuring team velocity and throughput, but can sometimes overlook the requirements of executive sponsors, product management, and other key stakeholders. This problem is often rooted in a lack of understanding about what business goals are driving decision-making throughout the organization and what questions we should be answering with the metrics we collect.

    During this session, we will explore the Goal Question Metrics (GQM) approach and show its effectiveness in identifying the key information your enterprise needs to know at the Executive, Portfolio, Program, and Delivery tiers. We will discuss case studies where GQM was implemented at scale and the lessons learned along the way. We will also explore sample metric sets for each tier and explain the goals and questions that drove us to them. At the end of this talk, the audience will understand not only how to ask the right questions for their context within the Enterprise, but specifically what metrics can be used to answer them.

  • Liked Adrienne Rinaldi
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    Adrienne Rinaldi - True Colors: Lead with your strengths

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

    Colors Personalities: Lead with Your Strengths

    Personality, Interaction and Collaboration

    In the workplace there are so many different personalities. By understanding your color personality signature you will get to know your strengths, pre-conceived “weaknesses,” and how understanding your personality may impact you as a team member and as a leader. By knowing these personality types you can identify other personalities within your organization and then more effectively communicate or interact with others as a team member or as a leader.

    This session will be interactive. It will begin with a Color Personality assessment to learn your Color Personality Signature. It will go through each colors’ strengths, how others view your personality as potential weaknesses (and how they are not), how your personality makes you a good team member or a good leader. Finally, by learning about these four personalities and their traits, can you identify how to interact and communicate differently with team members? Your boss? Your direct reports?

  • Liked Mathias Eifert
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    Mathias Eifert - Iterative vs. Incremental – What’s the Difference and Why Should You Care?

    45 Mins
    Talk
    Beginner

    Agile is an incremental and iterative approach to delivering value to our customers. But too often we assume it’s really all about ways to slice work into smaller batch sizes and that both approaches are fundamentally equivalent. However, there is a crucial difference and this lack of awareness is a major contributor to projects and teams that are AINO (Agile In Name Only)!

    In this session, we will discuss how to differentiate between incremental and iterative approaches, their strengths and weaknesses, and why you really need both. We will explore the many ways in which iteration shapes the core of Agile practices, how it supports and enables the benefits of agility, and how understanding its awesome power is a key step in moving from “doing” Agile to truly being agile. In addition, we will take a close look at the practical implications of when to use each approach by discussing real world scenarios, highlighting common Agile anti-patterns and (re)examining familiar story slicing patterns.

    You will walk away with both a better understanding of one of the most important underlying principles of agility and immediately applicable insights for your daily work!

  • Liked Julie Wyman
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    Julie Wyman / Wm. Hunter Tammaro - Measuring Flow: Metrics That Matter

    45 Mins
    Talk
    Intermediate

    Does your Scrum team start all its stories on Day 1 of the Sprint? Do stories sometime carry over into the next Sprint? Or perhaps testing always gets crammed in on the last day of the Sprint? If any of these sound familiar, your team may benefit from improving its flow.

    Flow metrics are common with Kanban, but can provide tremendous value to any team, including those using Scrum. In this session, we’ll start by exploring the value of achieving a smooth flow of work (versus simply achieving maximum utilization) and give simple ways for your team to measure its flow. We’ll look at examples of metrics including lead and cycle time, throughput, and the cumulative flow diagram (CFD), reviewing what each represents, easy ways to collect them, and how they can be used in both a Kanban and Scrum context. You’ll leave the session knowing how to interpret and capture all these valuable metrics, so your agile team can measure and improve its flow.

  • Liked Mark Grove
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    Mark Grove / Trent Hone - Kanban in Action: Thoughtfully Creating and Discussing Flow

    45 Mins
    Workshop
    Intermediate

    In our follow-up session to last year’s Kanban in Action: Thoughtfully Observing Flow, we are excited to bring our newest installment of the series: Kanban in Action: Thoughtfully Creating and Discussing Flow.

    This session puts the attendee in the driver’s seat to create their own Kanban board configurations. We provide seven business scenario exercises and ask the attendees how they would go about configuring their Kanban board given the unique constraints of each scenario. Each team/table in the room will spend a few minutes discussing how they would configure their board using the provided flip charts, markers, and stickies. A debrief with the entire room follows as each team shares its concepts. The instructors will also share their own board configurations and ideas.

    These exercises will increase your understanding of Kanban systems, give you practice interpreting and creating board configurations, present multiple implementable ideas for any given scenario, and provide you with approaches for meaningful engagement. They are great for aspiring coaches, managers, and leaders who want to have more valuable conversations with their teams and improve Kanban implementations.

  • Liked Jaap Dekkinga,
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    Jaap Dekkinga, - Story point cost. How to calculate it and how to use it.

    Jaap Dekkinga,
    Jaap Dekkinga,
    Agile coach
    Excella
    schedule 2 weeks ago
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    45 Mins
    Talk
    Intermediate

    Story point is an arbitrary relative measure used by Scrum/agile teams to define the effort required to implement a story or feature. This is a metric to measure the cost related to the implementation of story points. This metric is called Story Point Cost. It should allow to track development costs and also make the Scrum team aware about the budget issues of their project and for product owners to easier compare cost to gained value.

  • Paul Boos
    Paul Boos
    IT Executive Coach
    Excella
    schedule 5 days ago
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    45 Mins
    Tutorial
    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, managers at all levels should focus on becoming Catalysts. Much like a chemical catalyst, your job is to help boost organizational performance by creating a healthy environment and providing the needed support.

    In this interactive presentation-tutorial, we’ll explore how you can do that through some simple techniques that anyone can do; extracted from Fearless Change and Liberating Structures. We'll relate these techniques to how trust works and give you some powerful ways to improve your organizational trust.

  • Liked Sharyn Horowitz
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    Sharyn Horowitz - Unraveling Red Tape – Being Agile in a Bureaucracy

    10 Mins
    Lightning Talk
    Intermediate

    Sure, we would like everyone to have an agile mindset and focus on continuous improvement, but sometimes as Agilists we need to work with stakeholders who don’t agree with our priorities or our methods. When you need to get something done in a bureaucracy, how do you adapt?

  • Liked Jonathan Kauffman
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    Jonathan Kauffman - Accept Kanban, or Keep Living a Scrum Lie?

    Jonathan Kauffman
    Jonathan Kauffman
    Consultant
    Coveros, Inc.
    schedule 5 days ago
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    45 Mins
    Talk
    Intermediate

    Are you lying to yourself? Do you keep using Scrum even though you should have switched to Kanban months ago? Scrum is a popular Agile development methodology, but if it doesn’t make sense for your team, then you might be better off switching to Kanban. I will describe my experience working with a team transitioning to Agile and attempting to use Scrum. We initially did a good job at planning, but external dependencies and unplanned work disrupted our commitments. We stopped planning and fell into the pattern of moving most of the stories to the next sprint at the end of every sprint. I will discuss some telltale signs to help you identify when you shouldn’t be using Scrum and might benefit from a Lean methodology like Kanban. I will also provide you with some practical suggestions that you can use to help your team make the transition from Scrum to Kanban.

  • Liked Sean Killeen
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    Sean Killeen - Level Up Your Team's Agility with Better Technical Interviews

    45 Mins
    Talk
    Intermediate

    Have you ever been in a technical interview, stuck at a whiteboard or solving a brainteaser, and thought “there must be a better way”? Good news: there very much is.

    Agility and adaptability are crucial for a development team's success, but how often do we target for agility when considering who to bring into our team? And how do we set expectations for agility from the first time this potential new hire begins evaluating our team?

    In this talk, I walk through my philosophy & provide practical tips for running technical interviews that are primed for success.

  • Liked Sean Killeen
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    Sean Killeen - How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Feedback Loops

    45 Mins
    Talk
    Beginner

    Several topics dominate the landscape of modern software delivery -- agile principles & practices, DevOps, Continuous Integration & Deployment, automated testing & test-driven development. Central to all of these is the idea of feedback loops.

    In this talk, I will work through the essence of feedback loops, and the myriad ways that seeking & targeting smaller feedback loops can benefit your team & your organization in its pursuit of agility and excellence.

  • Liked Sean Killeen
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    Sean Killeen - (fr)Agile: How Agile Falls Apart, and What you can do to Hold it all Together

    45 Mins
    Talk
    Intermediate

    Attempting to deliver a project and maintain an agile mindset at the same time can feel fraught with peril. Unforeseen circumstances, the challenges of working in team of actual human beings, and organizational inertia act like riptide currents, pulling you away from your delivery, your team's commitment to agile principles, or both.

    All is not lost! In this talk, I'll describe some symptoms of agile dysfunction and their antidotes. We'll explore some lessons I've learned as a technical lead working with agile and "agile" teams, holding it together with duct tape and a little help from my friends.