• Richard Knaster
    Richard Knaster
    schedule 2 years ago
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    60 mins
    Talk
    Beginner

    In this introductory talk, Richard Knaster (Principal Contributor to the Scaled Agile Framework) discusses how to “Be Agile”, “Scale Up”, “Stay Lean” and “Have more Fun” with the Scaled Agile Framework (SAFe).   SAFe is a publicly–accessible knowledge base of proven Lean and Agile practices for enterprise-class software development. Richard approaches the problem from the perspectives of Lean thinking and principles of product development flow, illustrating how these core principles help deliver business results at scale, while keeping the development system—and the enterprise—lean and able to responsive rapidly to changing market needs. In addition, enterprises applying the framework have been getting better results, and since winning is more fun, Richard will also describe some of the positive changes to corporate culture that occur when an enterprise is experiencing success with Scaled Lean- Agile methods.

    Scrum, XP, Kanban and related methods have been proven to provide step changes in productivity and quality for software teams. However, these methods do not have the native constructs necessary to scale to the enterprise. What the Industry needs is a solution that moves from a set of simplistic, disparate, development-centric methods, to a scalable, unified approach that addresses the complex constructs and additional stakeholders in the organization—and enables realization of enterprise-class product or service initiatives via aligned and cooperative solution development.

     

  • Liked Dan Neumann
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    Principle-Centered Agility: Your Path to Better Options

    Dan Neumann
    Dan Neumann
    schedule 2 years ago
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    60 mins
    Workshop
    Beginner

    Do you want to have a high functioning Agile team? If so, this session is for you! We're going beyond the rules of agile frameworks and learning to apply those principles to improve our teams and companies! The 12 principles of the Agile Manifesto capture the reasons we are able to deliver better software. This is the "why" for some of the rules behind Scrum and Kanban. The principles ought guide our decisions about practices, scaling, and solving tricky problems!

    In this session, we will use the 12 Principles of the Agile Manifesto as our foundation. Then, we will  apply techniques such as Force Field Analysis to apply the principles to your challenges at work. Lastly, we will use principles of change management to make the change more likely to stick.

    The outline for the session is:

    1. Explore the principles; which ones are present or absent in your environment?
    2. Introduce Force Field Analysis
    3. Use Force Field Analysis to explore what drives a specific behavior
    4. Use the Agile Principles to generate new options for tackling your team's challenges
    5. Explore effective change management techniques

    With these five activities, you will leave with a framework for change to apply when you return to work and continue on your agile journey.

  • Liked Dan LeFebvre
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    Great Teams Deliver! How to Get Them Started on the Right Foot.

    Dan LeFebvre
    Dan LeFebvre
    schedule 2 years ago
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    60 mins
    Workshop
    Beginner

    Have you ever been on a great team? I hope so. If not, have you ever witnessed a great team? How did it feel? Did you ever wonder if great teams can be encouraged? Are there methods for helping teams gel more quickly? Why should you care? Well it turns out the "secret sauce" of delivering great products is a great team. There is nothing like the productivity, energy, and innovation of such a team. Many studies show that a great team will deliver even in the most challenging circumstances.

    For teams to truly form from a group of individuals, they need to establish trust, learn how to work together, and share a common goal. This session will show you how to help teams form through a collection of of activities and games that enable team members to learn about themselves, to learn about the work, and to learn about the process framework being adopted. Your teams will gel more quickly, produce value faster, and energize the team members.

    In this session you will participate in various games and activities that help teams form. This will give you a feel for how the games are played and how to facilitate them. Give your teams the best chance to move from forming through performing as quickly as possible.

  • Liked Valerie B Santillo
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    The Role of a Leader in an Agile Organization

    Valerie B Santillo
    Valerie B Santillo
    schedule 2 years ago
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    60 mins
    Talk
    Beginner

    We hear a lot about leaders who don't "get" Agile and the impact they have on Agile adoption but, what is the role of a leader in an Agile Organization? Agile requires a great deal of change in the way we approach, manage and execute delivery. And, while a great deal has been put in place to educate and support team members, Scrum Masters and Product Owners, there isn’t a great deal available to those outside of teams – especially leaders.  This discussion will present a description of an Agile leader for consideration and the results from two organizations:  One who applied the learning, and one who did not.

  • Sara Handel
    Sara Handel
    schedule 2 years ago
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    30 mins
    Talk
    Beginner

    Agile methodologies originated with and gained recognition from software development projects. With an enviable track record of success, more and more organizations are adopting Agile as the standard approach to managing all types of projects.

    You rarely hear about the enviable track record of success managing Business Intelligence projects so you may find yourself thinking about using Agile on your next BI project. Once you decide to try Agile, it can be tough to know where to start. In this presentation, we will focus on the first major step in getting started: Assess the Current State.

    Before you embark on implementing Agile, a crucial path to success starts with knowing where you are today and where you want Agile to take you. The group will identify what we think are the biggest BI challenges. We will go through a provisional maturity model to determine what questions to ask and will discuss how those challenges may or may not be addressed by taking steps to increase your organization's Agile BI maturity.

  • Liked Katy Saulpaugh
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    Agile Pushback: Change is hard. Changing to Agile is Harder.

    Katy Saulpaugh
    Katy Saulpaugh
    schedule 2 years ago
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    30 mins
    Talk
    Beginner

    Adopting Agile enables an organization or team to fundamentally change their operating ethos, empower team members and improve project outcomes - and yet those advocating that organization change to Agile are repeatedly confronted with “Agile pushback,” because it “will be too hard,” or say, because “it has always been done this way.”

    How can you use Change Management to help organizations embrace change and make successful Agile adoption?  The key to overcoming the Agile pushback and successfully adopting Agile is the intentional engagement of the 4Cs of Change management – Coaching, Commitment Culture and Communication.

    • COACHING: Using change management as a tool to deepen relationships that help you and the organization leads understand the steeped organizational concerns. This will simultaneously address the core concerns and pushback and while formulating Agile champions.
    • COMMITMENT: Engaging the team will increase commitment to the shift to Agile through a clearly defined mutual understanding of the opportunity of Agile.
    • CULTURE: Aversion to organization change of any size is often rooted in individual concern -- using change management to provide the organization that the change will not be easy but the outcomes will benefit reduce the self-concern and helping the culture understand the4 Agile will empower the culture
    • COMMUNICATION: Agile implementation, like Change Management, is based on intentional communication that clearly articulates roles and expectations – eliminating waste and inefficiency.

     

    Katy Saulpaugh shares her experience, successes and challenges when helping government and nongovernment organizations eliminate Agile pushback and increase Agile adoption. Katy will share case studies from both the public and private sector providing attendees with concepts, methods and change management tools that defeat Agile pushback and easily transfer to a current project or a future Agile adoption.

  • Liked David Kane
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    Making Movies and Software at the Speed of Thought!

    David Kane
    David Kane
    schedule 2 years ago
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    60 mins
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    Beginner

    Director Robert Rodriguez (Spy Kids, El Mariachi, Sin City) is an Agile Director. He enjoys making highly creative movies quickly and cheaply. His ambition is to make movies at the speed of thought. To achieve this goal, he works in small teams to develop the ideas, visualize them quickly, shoot the movie fast, and build the movie in layers. This workshop will introduce Rodriguez's approach to film making by screening several of his 10 minute flick school featurettes and we will explore how these techniques translate to Agile software development in a lively group discussion.

  • Liked PHILLIP MANKETO
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    Unlock the Power of Agile in Your Organization

    PHILLIP MANKETO
    PHILLIP MANKETO
    schedule 2 years ago
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    60 mins
    Talk
    Beginner

    “More and more organizations are realizing the benefits of running projects using Scrum, XP, and/or Kanban at the individual team level. Unfortunately, the typically means that in a 12-24 business idea to production timeframe, the “Agile” part may only be a 1-3 month “construction” phase with rigid controls in place that all but eliminate most of the benefit of Agile.

     

    The root cause of this issue is that the whole organization is purpose-built to support and reinforce traditional methodologies while unintentionally impeding and discouraging the use of Agile methodologies. This is reflected in the organizational structure, physical location of people, the physical workplace, policies, procedures, governance, SDLC, contracts, vendors, belief systems, compensation, software tools, funding model, metrics, and more. A common belief is that all of these are set in stone and that Agile will need to fit in to this existing framework. As a result, many Agile adoptions eventually regress as the effort of working around the existing framework overwhelms the enthusiasm of the Agile evangelists.

     

    Unlocking the full power of Agile requires an understanding that changing the status quo is a long-term, organization-wide, major initiative that will take significant resources to accomplish. Such an initiative will only be undertaken if the rewards are significantly greater than the cost. In this session, you will learn about the true barriers to Agile adoption; the surprising and significant financial benefits of organization-wide Agile transformation; and the Kotter Change Model, an approach for implementing major change management efforts.”

  • Liked Darren Hoevel
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    Kicking off an Agile Product, Team and Culture

    Darren Hoevel
    Darren Hoevel
    schedule 2 years ago
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    60 mins
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    Intermediate

    As Agile sweeps through the industry at amazing speed, organization struggle how to “transform” their culture and adapt their project execution in their new enterprise. Meanwhile, the business and IT struggle to understand what is expected from them as they enter new projects under the “Agile template”... In this session we will discuss how “setting the stage” for an Agile product, team and organization will help to level set expectations and increase the probability of business value delivery by everyone involved. We will leverage standard project documentation, Agile best practices and facilitation games to emulate a Agile product kick off. Our goal for this session will be to provide the group with an Agile kick off “template” that will increase team buy in and minimize team hurdles along your journey to happy customers. DISCLAIMER: No magic fairy dust will be provided... just a compilation of tools for you to utilize as you feel fit.

  • Liked Scott Richardson
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    Achieving Enduring Agile Success in Large Organizations

    Scott Richardson
    Scott Richardson
    schedule 2 years ago
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    60 mins
    Talk
    Advanced

    Achieving lasting success with Agile in a large organization, division, or enterprise can be a challenge given many competing demands on priorities, budget, and mind-share.  Corporate culture and interests at different levels in the organization can also make it difficult to retain the early advantages that Agile brings.  How can leaders throughout an organization ensure that Agile is adopted organization-wide and that these benefits will endure?

    In this talk we will share the experiences of a large and rapid adoption of Agile at the enterprise scale in corporate America.  With focus primarily on executive and senior leadership levels, we will identify specific Agile transformation methods that worked successfully in bringing about stunningly rapid Agile adoption across a large enterprise-wide IT organization, and we will contrast these with less successful management techniques that did not achieve the same results.  You will leave with a clear understanding of the critical elements that senior leaders and Agile sponsors can employ to achieve breakthrough Agile adoption and enduring value in your organization.

  • Liked Michael Harris
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    Introducing Agile to a PRINCE2 Environment in UK City Government

    Michael Harris
    Michael Harris
    schedule 2 years ago
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    30 mins
    Case Study
    Beginner

    In early 2014, Mike Harris took on an agile training and coaching engagement for a small team with a big project - building a new website for the mayor and Assembly of major city in the UK.  This short case study will describe the oontext, the challenges, the successes and the failures of the engaagement. Mike will explain the easy and difficult aspects of working within a traditional project management framework, PRINCE2.

    Attendees should leave with an appreciation of how pragmatism and the goodwill of the participants can start to overcome the barriers to entry that apply in the government situation where rigid traditonal project management is in place and actual development is assumed to be outsourced.

  • Liked Damon Poole
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    Riding the Agile Culture Shockwave

    Damon Poole
    Damon Poole
    schedule 2 years ago
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    60 mins
    Workshop
    Beginner

    If you are one of the people in your organization that is helping to increase the Agility of people, teams, or the organization overall, then you are a cultural change agent. According to Merriam-Webster’s, culture is “the set of shared attitudes, values, goals, and practices that characterizes an institution or organization” and “a way of thinking behaving, or working that exists in a place or organization.” Agile brings a new set of attitudes, values, goals, beliefs, and practices; and a new way of thinking, behaving, and working.

    In this highly interactive session, we will examine the kinds of cultural and behavioral changes that Agile can bring, the benefits of those changes, and the practices and techniques that can ease the inevitable culture clash. Participants will split up into small cross-functional groups which will go through a series of exercises to discover their current level of "Agile culture", the many sub-cultures in an organization and their unique challenges, behavioral changes that lead to cultural change, and the opportunities that we all have to personally affect our organization's culture.

    One of the highlights of the workshop is a thought experiment called "the locked room" which gives participants an opportunity to see their organization's culture in a new light, imagine a more Agile culture, and consider the changes required to move to that more Agile culture.

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