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  • Liked Max Saperstone
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    Max Saperstone - Building Confidence In Your Automated Tests

    45 Mins
    Keynote
    Beginner

    The growth of automation testing in today’s software development organizations is changing the the way we test applications. Software development practices have matured over the last 30 years, to include all forms of testing to verify software quality. In the last ten years, there has been a huge spike in the adoption of automated tests, effectively replacing some of these manual testing practices, and supplementing many traditional testing activities. Many parts of the software development industry, however, are wary of replacing manual testing with automated testing. Not only is there often a lack of confidence in the automation tests, many see automated testing as fragile, unmaintainable, and ultimately, something delivering a low return on investment. Max believes that by employing mature software development techniques, we can achieve robust, maintainable, tests, that deliver confidence of the application under test. In addition to discussing how to structure automated tests that are cleaner, more maintainable and efficient, developer testing, and deployment techniques can be used to programmatically verify test correctness. Drawing on his experiences building test automation, test frameworks and advising organizations to adopt test automation, Max will walk us through how to mature your test automation practices.

  • Liked Jeff Dalton
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    Jeff Dalton - Big Agile is Coming: Will Technology Leaders Blow it?

    Jeff Dalton
    Jeff Dalton
    Chief Evangelist
    Agile CxO
    schedule 1 month ago
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    45 Mins
    Keynote
    Executive

    2019 will be the year of Big Agile, where large adopters like General Motors, the Department of Defense, the State of Michigan, Lockheed Martin, and others, who have combined IT budgets exceeding 100 Billion dollars, have all announced their desire to “go agile” at a scale not yet seen in our community. Are technology leaders who cut their teeth in a low-trust, command-and-control, high-documentation environment prepared to make a successful transformation? What will Big Agile look like, and how will it affect the rest of the community?

    This will be our industry’s biggest challenge, and I've been studying it for years. As the large adopters in the federal government and corporate sector begin to adopt agile, they’ll bring their habits, culture, and bureaucracies with them, and they need to get in front of the wave.

  • Liked Mathias Eifert
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    Mathias Eifert - Complexity is the Enemy! How Agile Practices Allow Us to Operate in a VUCA World

    45 Mins
    Talk
    Intermediate

    One of the key advantages of Agile over plan-driven approaches is that an Agile mindset acknowledges our ever-diminishing ability to usefully predict the future and focuses our efforts on managing change instead of trying to suppress it. This “new reality” has become pervasive enough to drive its own buzz word – VUCA, which stands for Volatility, Uncertainty, Complexity, Ambiguity. But beyond the hype lies a truth that Agile leaders need to understand and embrace – that certain problems really do respond differently to our attempts to manage and solve them. Why does this matter? Because problem contexts that defy straightforward cause-and-effect expectations significantly impact productivity while simultaneously presenting much higher risks to success. Even worse, applying leadership approaches that aren’t matched to the problem context dramatically increases the danger of catastrophic failure.

    In this session, we’ll examine how the Cynefin framework helps us make sense of what kinds of problems we’re dealing with and how we should approach them. We will then look at ten ways in which Agile frameworks, approaches and technical practices help us manage or even reduce complexity and one where they fall short. You will walk away with a deeper understanding of how - and why - the things we do as agilists increase stability and reduce risks for our teams.

  • 45 Mins
    Workshop/Game
    Beginner

    How do you get people to agree on priorities when they may have different objectives? You may be facing an issue now where stakeholders are pushing against each other in order to get their work done first. What would happen if we could create an open dialog among stakeholders and have them understand different perspectives and focus on the goals of the greater good instead of just their own? Let’s face it, proper prioritization is the difference between writing code and developing valuable solutions.

    In this simulation style workshop, you’ll learn practical methods for bringing stakeholders together and openly discuss their different priorities to agree on what’s most important overall. You will see first hand how a combining group discussion with proven prioritization methods such as Weighted-Shortest Job First and (WSJF) and Must Have, Should Have, Could Have and Won’t Have (MoSCoW) work.

  • 45 Mins
    Talk
    Beginner

    Have you tidied up your personal life with Marie Kondo and are now wondering how to achieve the same effect in your work life? Do you have the feeling that the most valuable product backlog items (PBIs) are getting lost under a mountain of old stories, bugs, and tasks? Maybe you know a change is needed, but feel completely overwhelmed about where to start? If so, join us to learn how to make your product better through the life changing magic of tidying up your backlog.

    We’ll start by exploring the costs of a large, cluttered product backlog and share a short quiz you can use to gauge the current state of your own backlog. Next, we’ll cover how we’ve adapted the KonMari method and introduce five easy steps you can take to get started in your tidying process. We'll share real-life examples along the way, calling out potential pitfalls to avoid (don’t become a storage expert!), and illustrating how story mapping may be the magical backlog equivalent to Kondo’s “vertical folding” technique. By the end of the session, you’ll know the specific next steps to take so that you too can realize the many benefits of a tidied-up product backlog: improved visibility, increased self-organization, and easier decision-making.

  • Liked Cherie Silas
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    Cherie Silas / Chester Jackson - Coaching Change with Moving Motivators

    45 Mins
    Workshop/Game
    Beginner

    Presentation Overview: (What is the “message”? What key points will you make?)

    Change is hard – Staying motivated during change is even harder! But you can help your teams identify what things about the change are working for them and what they need to do to make small shifts that can keep them motivated.

    Facing a big change decision? Moving Motivators can help you identify the best choice by looking at how the factors in the change impact your long term motivation.

    Learn to discover and prioritize your motivators so you will understand how change today might impact you in the long run. See which choice is better when there are multiple options. Make conscious trade off decisions in a logical way with long term thinking in mind.

  • Liked Dave Rooney
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    Dave Rooney - How Thin is Thin? A Practical User Story Workshop

    45 Mins
    Workshop/Game
    Beginner

    Most of us have heard the mantra, "Slice your User Stories as thin as possible!" In my travels as a coach since the early 2000's, however, I've rarely seen stories that truly are thin. What are these rare creatures? Why don't I see more of them? Having good User Stories is crucial to the success of teams using them as the means for determining what needs to be built to fulfill a customer's need. Having thinly sliced stories is even more important!

    This workshop provides a level set on what stories are and explores why slicing stories very thin is important, what benefits thin slicing provides, and how to do it. Through a combination of examples and practical application in the workshop, you'll leave with slicing techniques that you can apply at your next planning session.

  • Liked Colleen Esposito
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    Colleen Esposito - Beyond Prioritization: How to Make an Impact for your Customers

    Colleen Esposito
    Colleen Esposito
    Agile Coach
    Assurant
    schedule 1 month ago
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    45 Mins
    Workshop/Game
    Beginner

    If you’ve been exploring agile methods, you probably want to deliver the most value in the least amount of time possible. But what if the best prioritization and planning just isn’t enough to keep your organization at the top of your market?

    Enter Impact Mapping, an approach that reveals the hidden assumptions that keep you from reaching your goal. This technique helps when you're looking for innovative solutions to tough business problems because you'll bring in strategic thinking skills as you identify the ones most likely to reach your goal. Even better, you'll know upfront how to measure the impact of those solutions, so you won't invest more than you need.

    This workshop is hands-on, so get ready to learn while you’re working!

  • Liked Max Saperstone
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    Max Saperstone - Getting to Continuous Testing

    45 Mins
    Case Study
    Beginner

    Max will tell the story of how a healthcare company striving to get to continuous releases built up their automation to secure confidence in regular releases. Initially, as no test automation existed, Max was able to take a greenfield test automation opportunity, and in the span of 12 months, develop over 2000 test cases. A testing pipeline was created to verify the integrity of the automated test cases, and to build docker containers for simple execution of the tests. These containers could then be simply re-used by developers and the DevOps team to verify the application. Max will walk through the feedback loop created, which allowed verification of the application go from hours to minutes.

    Max will discuss what processes and paths were taken to achieve continuous testing on this project. While he will cover the tools used and why they were chosen, the main focus will be on the HOW and WHY certain patterns and activities were performed. These choices were critical to achieving continuous testing, rather than just good testing coverage in CI or CD, even allowing a push left for performance and security. Additionally, some time will be spent on the organizational and culture changes that occured, and how he was able to accomplish this push for adoption in an organization that resisted automation, and had major quality problems.

  • Liked Anita Sagar
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    Anita Sagar - Prioritizing Business Value through the Bockman Technique (Agile Release Planning Prioritization)

    45 Mins
    Talk
    Intermediate

    Agile release planning provides a high-level summary timeline of the release schedule based on the product roadmap and the product vision for the product’s evolution. It allows the a product team to decide how much needs to be developed and how long it will take to have a releasable product based on business goals. Since features represent value to the customer, it is crucial that we prioritize a release in order of highest to lowest business value. Often times, this poses a challenge as various roles prioritize differently. In this session, individuals will work in teams to prioritize hypothetical user stories according to the business value of the given scenario. Individuals will leave this session with a game/technique to efficiently prioritize his or her backlog according to value with input from the entire team.

  • Liked Zack Ayers
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    Zack Ayers / Matt Acors - Andon Cords in Development Teams: Our Experience of Driving Continuous Learning through a Culture of Experimentation

    45 Mins
    Talk
    Beginner

    Summary

    In this session, you’ll learn about one team’s struggle to improve collaboration and how they sought to shorten cycle time by carefully crafting an experiment with an Andon Cord. The Andon Cord is a Toyota innovation designed to empower front-line employees to recognize issues, initiate a stoppage of work, and work together as a team to quickly identify a path forward. The emergency cable strung above assembly lines became a symbol of the Toyota Way, and has widely been copied throughout the auto industry and beyond.

    You’ll be introduced to metrics that show a surprising correlation between collaboration through Andon Cord pulls and Cycle Time!

  • Liked David Fogel
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    David Fogel / David Bujard - Nine levels of Agile Hell... and how to get out!

    45 Mins
    Talk
    Beginner

    Government Agile transformations can feel like overwhelming efforts – but do not abandon hope! This interactive, audience-driven presentation reviews how government and large organizations ESCAPE common Agile adoption challenges.
    You - the audience - will prioritize your pain points; we’ll focus on the five Agile hells most highly prioritized. We will discuss real examples of “escaping” out of each Agile hell, with pro tips and success patterns you can apply.
    The Agile hells we've escaped include:

    • No Transformation hell - A federal program or department wants to change but can’t start or can’t finish
    • Too Fast hell - Newly Agile federal programs sometimes respond TOO rapidly, too often changing priorities.
    • Technical hell - Programs can become bogged down in technical debt and manual processes.
    • No Trust hell - Government delivery can be slowed by lack of trust between contractors and feds, between business and IT, or between compliance and delivery groups.
    • Product Owners hell - Government Product Owners can be unavailable, think they are managers, aren’t empowered to provide vision, or struggle with prioritization
    • Too Big hell- A frequent pattern in federal Agile! Large batches produce slow progress, low visibility and high complexity, seen in big programs, big deployments, and big contracts.
    • Collaboration hell - Government teams can struggle with collaboration within the same organization across roles and across the fed-contractor divide.
    • Stove-piped hell - Government organizations can struggle to collaborate across contractual or organizational boundaries within the same enterprise
    • Leadership hell - An organization can only be as agile as its leadership. In the government, how can you work with leaders who aren't ready to be agile?

    For each Agile hell, we focus on successful techniques to escape from these common dynamics. Unlike other presentations, we won't be doing a deep dive, but we will cover the most important challenges our audience face.

  • 45 Mins
    Talk
    Beginner

    On average Agile transformations get into trouble at about 14 months from the time they start. Have you ever wondered why?

    Is it because you started from 'the bottom up?" Or is it because you spend time, money, resources and people creating great teams and didn't pay attention to having a professional, empowered Product Owner organization?

    Agile transformations that target department level and not the organization have a very low success rate and you end up with an agile department enveloped by a traditional organization. That leads to dark work, decision delay and dysfunction.

    So, what can you do?

    Come and learn some of what I learned the "hard way" over 7 transformations.

  • Liked Glenn Buckholz
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    Glenn Buckholz - Moving Your Pipeline to Kubernetes, Things I Wish People Had Told Me

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

    Kubernetes married with a cloud provider elastic, highly available infrastructure. Many CI engines today (Jenkins, Bamboo, Gitlab, CircleCI), provide native integration with kubernetes so that your build and deploy workload can be elastically executed. This allows your pipeline to meet the needs of your schedule, be it the 4pm pile on to commit code before going home, the mad rush to get a hot fix to production, or the surge of an unexpected customer ask. Gone are the days of the build queue growing and you CI engine collapsing under the weight of a hundred build requests. In order for a pipeline to leverage this capacity changes must be made to the pipeline architecture. Tools must be dockerized, the ephemeral nature of running docker must be considered, kubernetes specifications or helm charts must be generated for the application, automated testing must be adapted to work in the new architecture, and then there is the database. Each one of these issues, plus many others I’ve missed contained unfortunate, unforeseen pitfalls that translated in schedule delays. Join Glenn as he helps you short circuit the pitfalls of migrating to kubernetes off of your static in-elastic virtual infrastructure.

  • Liked Thomas Stiehm
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    Thomas Stiehm - Shifting Security Left - The Innovation of DevSecOps

    Thomas Stiehm
    Thomas Stiehm
    CTO
    Coveros, Inc.
    schedule 1 month ago
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    45 Mins
    Talk
    Beginner

    DevSecOps uses application security practices that have been around for a while. The innovation of DevSecOps is incorporating security into the daily workflow of the team rather than leaving them to the end of a release like many legacy processes do. Shifting security left is made possible by the ability to automate many aspects of security testing and verification. DevSecOps leverages DevOps practices to make application security a first-class citizen in the practices of modern software product development. DevSecOps starts with a culture change mindset of cross-functional teams creating software through collaboration and fast feedback cycles.

    The security in DevSecOps starts before the code is written by using techniques like threat modeling and risk analysis to help figure out who might want to attack you and how they might do that. This often ignored security practice can be enabled by following the DevSecOps practices of having a cross-functional team involved in the process from the beginning, including security professionals.

    Next, DevSecOps maps application security practices into the build pipeline for a project in order to provide quick feedback about the security posture for any change made to the software. By using automation to allow the team to move quickly while maintaining confidence in the health of the code base, DevSecOps extends that health check to include application security checks. While automation can be used to make security data collection easier it is important to understand what security practices still require a human being.

    This talk focuses on how, when, and where practices should be incorporated into a build pipeline to get the most value out of your security practices through automation. It explores what manual security work still needs to be done by a person and how to maximize value while minimizing the effort of human beings.

  • Liked Thomas Stiehm
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    Thomas Stiehm - Continuous Build and other DevOps anti-patterns, and how to overcome them

    Thomas Stiehm
    Thomas Stiehm
    CTO
    Coveros, Inc.
    schedule 1 month ago
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    45 Mins
    Talk
    Beginner

    Continuous Build is an anti-pattern that I have often seen where a team will have what they call Continuous Integration (CI) in place but it only builds the code, there are no tests or static analysis run. Certainly, this is better not building but it leaves a lot of health check information on the table that is considered part of CI. Without this information, you can never really gain the confidence that your build is healthy. The whole goal of CI is to feel that your build is healthy so not tests and analysis means you aren’t going CI.

    Just like CI, other DevOps practices can be hard to understand, implement, and get right. Even with the best of intentions, we make mistakes or misinterpret the implementation of a technique. Learn how to spot common DevOps anti-patterns and how to correct them. These patterns include

    1. Continuous Build - CI without tests isn’t CI
    2. Turn the unit tests off to build the release
    3. Don’t automate that, it is my job
    4. Different build process for developers and high environments
    5. Different deployment process for developers, test environments and/or production
    6. Not having a production-like environment to test in before production
    7. Saving performance testing for the end of the release
    8. Saving security testing for the end of the release
    9. Never asking the users about the software
    10. Only automating build and deployment, not testing
    11. Not having retrospective
    12. Restricting retrospectives to only the development part of the process
    13. Running analysis and never looking at or acting on the findings
    14. Reduce coverage or static analysis gates to get a build to pass

    We have all experienced a time where we wanted to believe we could make an anti-pattern work but it never does. It is better to learn how to spot these and how to correct them than it is to try to keep tweaking a broken process hoping this time it will be better.

  • Liked Thomas Stiehm
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    Thomas Stiehm - Nobody Cares about Security and What DevSecOps is doing about it

    Thomas Stiehm
    Thomas Stiehm
    CTO
    Coveros, Inc.
    schedule 1 month ago
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    45 Mins
    Talk
    Beginner

    Application security is the poster child for third-class citizens in the software development world (behind Quality Assurance). DevSecOps is trying to turn that around and get more people, teams, and companies to care about security as our online and real-world lives become more intertwined.

    Application security has a bad reputation with many people. It comes into the development process late and demands a lot. Who wants to deal with that? We have actual business value to get out the door. “Those things” won’t happen anyway. And when “those things” do happen, it will just become an exercise in finger-pointing and blame. Security is an ugly affair that no one wants a part of.

    DevSecOps is a movement within the DevOps and Security worlds to reverse this decades-long drama by getting the people creating and updating software to build security practices into their process from the beginning, even before the code is written. This allows security professionals to become the evangelist of security practices where they can help the teams adopt practices and teach them how to use the tools to resolve issues themselves. No longer dependent on the specialists the teams can address security findings as they are found and make the workload manageable by spreading it across their implementation cycles-- proactively, not reactively.

    Attendees will leave with an understanding of how to map security concepts onto a delivery pipeline, how to “sell” security concepts to stakeholders, and how automation makes it easier to gather security data and act upon it. Learn what is needed to get started with DevSecOps so that you can start creating secure software today.

  • Liked Dave Witkin
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    Dave Witkin - Go Big Without Blowing It: How Does Scrum@Scale Help?

    Dave Witkin
    Dave Witkin
    Principal
    Packaged Agile
    schedule 4 days ago
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    45 Mins
    Talk
    Beginner

    Do you work on programs requiring collaboration of 30 people or more? Have you heard of Scrum@Scale? While many people have heard of SAFe, far fewer are familiar with Scrum@Scale. Did you know Scrum@Scale was built by Jeff Sutherland, the co-creator of Scrum? And that the very first scaled Scrum project began in 1983?

    Come learn about Scrum@Scale, where it is being used, and why it may be a better fit for your organization than other scaling methodologies. I am both a SAFe and Scrum@Scale practitioner and trainer, and will provide a balanced comparison with pros / cons.

  • Liked David W Kane
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    David W Kane - Amend the Agile Manifesto!

    10 Mins
    Lightning Talk
    Intermediate

    We all do it. In fact, I've done it already in this talk description. I've amended to title of the "Manifesto for Agile Software Development" to just "Agile Manifesto," and I suspect most of the you attending AgileDC 2019 have done this as well. In this talk I will argue that this truncation of the title of the Manifesto is more than an abbreviation of convenience, it is a sign that how we use the Manifesto in practice has moved beyond what was stated in the foundational document. For many folks Agile has significant importance and impact beyond software development. Just as our nation's Constitution has been amended over the years, I will propose amendments to the Manifesto in this talk.

  • Liked Mark Grove
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    Mark Grove / Julie Wyman - What’s REALLY Going On? An Observational Skills Workshop

    Mark Grove
    Mark Grove
    Excella Consulting
    Julie Wyman
    Julie Wyman
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    schedule 1 month ago
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    45 Mins
    Workshop/Game
    Beginner

    Imagine you are asked to sit in on a team’s sprint review and retrospective. The team has been having difficulty forming and the Scrum Master has asked you to observe the team dynamics during these two sessions. Are you simply going to watch what’s going on or is there more you can do? Perhaps you are seeing interactions and team dynamics at play without truly realizing what you are observing. And when you do observe, are you injecting your own biases into those observations? Observation is a powerful tool, but one which we may not take advantage of to its true potential. After all, what exactly should we be observing, anyway?

    By learning how to expand our observational skills in a non-biased and non-judgmental manner, we can gain a deeper understanding of team dynamics and interactions allowing us to offer more meaningful and impactful support, coaching, and empathy. Because there are many observational aspects that pass us by, the best way to become more observant is through deliberate practice. So, let’s practice together with a group exercise in a fun and safe setting!

    In this highly interactive workshop, we’ll start by sharing tools and tips to make you a better observer. Then we’ll ask for a small group of volunteers (“builders”) to be observed performing a brief task. The remaining attendees will practice applying the observation techniques, and, after the builders finish, will share their observations in small groups. We’ll conclude with a full-group debrief and discussion of the key takeaways and opportunities to improve our effectiveness and observations.

    If you’re looking for new ways to connect with your team, to enhance your agilist toolkit, or simply participate in an informative and interactive workshop, this session is for you!