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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 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 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.

  • 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!

  • Liked Gene Gotimer
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    Gene Gotimer - Get to Green: How to safely refactor legacy code

    45 Mins
    Talk
    Intermediate

    For many of us, legacy code is a fact of life. Code without tests -- no safe way to make changes, no safety net, no hope of untangling the web of accumulated ugliness, an incomplete understanding (or less) of how it really behaves. And your next set of changes is just going to add to the garbage pile and make it worse. You need tests so you can safely make changes, but you can't add tests without changing the code. It is a chicken-and-egg problem.

    So how do you turn legacy code into code you can change confidently? Slowly, one step at a time. Join Gene as he shares his experiences working with a monolithic codebase that was so bad it made national news. He'll go over the steps he and his team used to refactor the code safely by using mocking frameworks, mutation testing, and patience to build an understanding of how the code worked so that they could change it confidently.

    This talk is for anyone that has inherited legacy code that they aren't confident in and wants to make it something they can work on and improve. You'll leave with some tools and techniques that will help you change your legacy code into something maintainable.

  • Liked Craeg K Strong
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    Craeg K Strong - Kanban Antipatterns: What You Don’t Know Can Hurt You

    45 Mins
    Workshop/Game
    Beginner

    In this interactive workshop we will examine multiple examples of Antipatterns observed in real-world Kanban boards. In each case we will identify the issues and discuss ways to improve the situation. We will review a number of better alternatives and see how the improvements map to the core principles of Kanban such as visualization, managing flow, and making policies explicit. Brand new to Kanban? Learning by example is a great way to get started! A long-time Kanban veteran? Come to see how many antipatterns you recognize and help firm up our Kanban Antipattern taxonomy and nomenclature!

    Kanban is an extremely versatile and effective Agile method that has seen significant growth in popularity over recent years. Kanban’s flexibility has led to widespread adoption to manage business processes in disparate contexts such as HR, loan processing, drug discovery, and insurance underwriting, in addition to Information Technology. Like snowflakes, no two Kanban boards are alike. The downside to this flexibility is there is no well-known and easily accessible library of patterns for designing effective Kanban boards. Like Apollo engineers, teams are expected to design their board starting from first principles. Unfortunately, sometimes teams get stuck with board designs that may not provide the visibility and insight into their workflow they hope to see. Worse, some designs actually may serve only to obscure the situation. Working within the limitations of an electronic board can exacerbate the problem even further. Is all hope lost? Certainly not!

    Let’s learn more about effective Kanban system design by examining what to avoid and why. Learning by example is effective and fun!

  • Liked Richard Cheng
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    Richard Cheng - How to REALLY use the Agile values and principles!!

    Richard Cheng
    Richard Cheng
    Principal
    Excella Consulting
    schedule 6 days ago
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    45 Mins
    Workshop/Game
    Beginner
    Your organization is doing Agile, which great, but what does that really mean? Perhaps they are implementing Scrum, or Kanban, or one of the other Agile methods, but are they really being Agile? Does it feel like you are you are doing Scrum, but you’re team isn’t really Agile? There's difference between doing Agile and being Agile and this session explores that concept.

    In this session, we’ll understand what Agile really means and how that relates to the way we implement our Agile methods within our organizations. We'll identify how we effectively use the Manifesto value points so that we can maximize the value of our products while still ensuring that we have quality and governance built into our process. This session will also explore the use of Agile principles to guide our strategic and day to day decisions.

    This sessions is great not only for beginners, but for anyone who wants to get past simply implementing Scrum or Kanban by the book, but really understand how to use Agile values and principles to build better products and organizations.
  • Liked Scott Schnier
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    Scott Schnier - The Seven Date Driven Sins

    Scott Schnier
    Scott Schnier
    Agile Coach
    CGI
    schedule 2 weeks ago
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    45 Mins
    Talk
    Executive

    Date driven behaviors are common in many pre-agile organizations. They are as bad as sin and produce bad outcomes when considered through a long range lens. This presentation targeted to managers and leaders in organizations in the early stages of agile transformation. Scott will lead an entertaining and provocative look at how classical date driven behaviors often produce outcomes that are the opposite of what those leaders ultimately desire. Scott will suggest an experiment to focus on the virtue of frequently delivering incremental value as an alternative to those date driven sins.

  • 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 David W Kane
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    David W Kane - Hang Out with the DevOps Folks!

    10 Mins
    Lightning Talk
    Intermediate

    One of the things I like about AgileDC is that I see a lot of familiar faces. Not just familiar from previous AgileDC events, but from other Agile events in town, other conferences, Meetups and such. I also go to local DevOps events, and I see familiar faces there too, but I don't observe much overlap between the two. In this talk I will discuss whether this division is real, or perhaps just a figment of my imagination, whether we as an Agile community should care, and what we should do about it.

  • Liked Pete Oliver-Krueger
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    Pete Oliver-Krueger - MVPs Suck! Why this latest buzzword is such a pain in our *££€$$!

    45 Mins
    Workshop/Game
    Intermediate

    It’s the latest and greatest business bingo term, the Minimum Viable Product, or MVP! It even has its own children now, like Minimum Loveable Products (M♥️Ps), Minimum Marketable Products (MMPs), and Minimum Marketable Features (MMFs). It’s made it up to the executive level, and almost every organization I work with these days has at least heard of the MVP.

    But almost no one actually does it right. Most just map the name onto old Project Management concepts of “this is what I want in my first release”. Like Agile itself, MVP is a mindset shift. It’s not like anything most of us have ever done before.

    • Do your “MVPs” take less than a month to build? If not, you’re doing them wrong.
    • Do your customers pay you to build your “MVPs”? If not, you’re doing them wrong.
    • Do your “MVPs” make your users light up with joy? If not, you’re doing them wrong.

    I'll show you a build and release prioritization technique, based off of Lean Startup workshops I’ve been running since 2010, that can be done in hours - not days - and which will produce a true Agile Design that your teams can implement, in true iterative fashion.

  • Liked Lisa Cooney
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    Lisa Cooney - The Art of Developmental Feedback

    Lisa Cooney
    Lisa Cooney
    Agile Coach
    Axios
    schedule 1 month ago
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    45 Mins
    Talk
    Beginner

    People don't like being told what to do, especially knowledge workers. Yet in many work settings we give feedback that is directive in nature. What would it be like to receive feedback that, instead of making us ashamed of our failures, helped us to learn and grow? What would it be like to give feedback that enabled deep and sustained learning and growth in another person, while still being perfectly honest?

    During this talk you will learn about Developmental Feedback, which enables the giver of the feedback to be clear and speak truth, and enables the receiver of the feedback to absorb it without defensiveness, and with a sense of invitation to learn and grow. You will learn about a variety of feedback types, how to have a "shared sensemaking conversation," what Impact Feedback and "The Story I Tell Myself" feedback actually are, and review sample dialogues. We will explore the conditions necessary for effective developmental feedback conversations, such as psychological safety and timeliness. You will emerge with a practical tool you can use with anyone (not just at work) to speak your truth while respecting the other person’s humanity, leading to lasting change and deeper relationships.

  • Liked Dane Weber
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    Dane Weber - Continuous Modernization

    Dane Weber
    Dane Weber
    Sr. Consultant
    Excella
    schedule 1 week ago
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    45 Mins
    Talk
    Intermediate

    Rather than engaging in an intense modernization effort followed by years of minimal maintenance, a better alternative often is modernizing a system continuously, balancing operations, maintenance, and renovation. Ideally you can improve, update, and upgrade the software system one piece at a time while it continues to operate, avoiding feature freezes and scary cut-overs.

    There are always trade-offs to be made, but some approaches better fit IT systems with long-lived missions. At a certain point, a whole-sale rewrite is the best option for replacing stale, decaying software before it leads to major headaches and eventual catastrophe. Big rewrites have big risks and big failures, however. Because of the stability and enduring mandates of some software systems, long-term investments in IT systems pay off and give room for smart maintenance strategies.

  • Liked Sanjiv Augustine
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    Sanjiv Augustine / Roland Cuellar - Driving Flow, Value, and Innovation with the Agile VMO™

    45 Mins
    Tutorial
    Intermediate

    Historically, Project Managers (PMs) and other middle managers have hustled in a bureaucratic system to drive teams to deliver value. As organizations transition from a project to product model, where can these leaders best add value in a fast-moving, Agile and entrepreneurial world? In this new and exciting world, middle managers are enabling rapid delivery of value and successful business outcomes via the creation of the Agile Value Management Office™. Learn how an Agile VMO™ drives business agility through small batches, frequent releases, and continuous adaptation. We'll explore how to:

    • Create a collaborative management team-of-teams
    • Bring Lean discipline to product portfolio prioritization
    • Establish an End-to-End team model of resource management
    • Track in-flight product work using a Visual Management System


    We'll explore the transition for PMs and other leaders into this exciting role: facilitating the delivery of flow, value, and innovation end-to-end on the Agile VMO™, even as they support their Agile teams in the quest for business agility.

  • Liked Valerio Zanini
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    Valerio Zanini - Deliver great products and the art of measuring outcomes

    Valerio Zanini
    Valerio Zanini
    Founder, CEO
    5D Vision
    schedule 1 month ago
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    45 Mins
    Talk
    Intermediate

    Creating a new product is an exciting and demanding job. What if you go through all of that work, get your product out the door, and your customers don't like it? This is the curse of the "Delivery Gap", that is having a product in-market but failing to meet customer needs. The 5 Dimensions of Great Products (Discover, Design, Develop, Deploy, and Deliver) is a framework that helps us plan and build a product while delivering value to customers as quickly as possible.

    By having a focus on the outcomes we want to deliver to customers, we can ensure to build the right thing. We'll discuss how to three main types of metrics - business, customers, and telemetry - support the delivery of great products and the right outcomes for your customers.

    This workshop is based on the recently published book "Deliver Great Products That Customers Love" by the author.

  • 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.

    Is your team or team member 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 Donald Patti
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    Donald Patti / David Bulkin - Scaling: Getting Big is NOT the Answer!

    45 Mins
    Talk
    Beginner

    Ask someone why they want to scale and their response is often, "So we can continue practicing agile as we grow bigger." While the pursuit of agility is a noble one, most often the pursuit of "bigness" is not. But what is?

    In this talk, David Bulkin and Donald Patti will introduce attendees to three of the most popular scaling frameworks -- Scrum@Scale, LeSS and SAFe -- comparing the qualities of each. In addition, they'll explain what organizations looking to scale SHOULD pursue as they scale.

  • Liked Raj Indugula
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    Raj Indugula / George Lively - Being Test-driven: It's Not Really About Testing

    45 Mins
    Talk
    Beginner

    Good news: Test-driven practices have jumped the chasm to general acceptance! The bad news, though, is that while TDD, BDD, and ATDD are prominent buzzwords in the industry today, they are rife with misconceptions, with many people incorrectly assuming that being test-driven is all about testing.

    In this talk, learners will leave with a clearer understanding of Test-Driven Development (TDD), Behavior Driven-Development (BDD), and Acceptance Test-Driven Development (ATDD), and gain practical insights into how these practices can help teams develop better software. We will gain an appreciation for TDD as being primarily a specification and design technique, and how to get the whole team involved earlier in the delivery cycle using a BDD approach.