• 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.

     

  • Paul Boos
    Paul Boos
    schedule 2 years ago
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    60 mins
    Workshop
    Beginner

    So what does Collaboration really mean?  It's just ensuring people understand what each other is doing right?

    The Power of 13 Collaboration Game illustrates what true collaboration means.  We'll do work by rolling dice over a 3 week Sprint. We'll then explore the results and start our next Sprint. In each Sprint, we're going to increase the participation across players and see what the effect is on productivity.  Prepare to be surprised!

    Should there be enough time remaining in the hour; we'll then specifically apply true collaboration to better understand the effects of pair programming by playing Pair Poetry.  This simulates the power of pair programming and demonstrates why the one screen, one keyboard concept works.

  • Andrea
    Andrea
    schedule 2 years ago
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    60 mins
    Workshop
    Beginner

    Project success =  f (listening, feedback, intentionality, practices) 

    To make your agile practices and processes come to fruition, you need to cultivate an environment that promotes listening, learning, inquisitiveness, intentionality and top notch feedback that everyone is comfortable with. 

    Agile projects succeed when there are frequent high-quality reinforcing feedback loops. I will share communication models based on Clean Language questions of David Grove and the Systemic Modelling techniques of Caitlin Walker that can greatly increase clarity, sense of purpose and listening skills within your team and collaborative endeavors.  These include: Clean Questions, Clean Feedback, and Clean Setup.

    This is a hands-on, try it out, concrete practice session.

  • John Sextro
    John Sextro
    schedule 2 years ago
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    60 mins
    Demonstration
    Intermediate

    Spend Less Time on Your Estimates

    Most teams would rather work to deliver value to customers than spend time estimating stories.  In order to spend less time estimating and more time delivering value to the customer, many teams have adopted “Affinity Estimation”.  Using “Affinity Estimation” many teams have significantly reduced the time required to estimate and I have personally been involved in sessions that used to take 60 minutes and are now taking 15 minutes.  By using “Affinity Estimation” to compare new stories to real stories that were recently completed, teams are able to quickly and confidently provide an estimate without lengthy discussions and worries of the unknown. 

    What to Expect

    The session will begin with a brief presentation highlighting everyday problems that coaches deal with when estimating stories.  Then, using volunteers from the audience, we will work through a series of exercises/games demonstrating the value of "Affinity Estimation" while teaching the audience and the volunteers how to coach these exercises for their own teams.

    All Teams are Not Created Equally

    This session will provide you with exercises that you can use for existing teams, as well as, new teams. 

  • Liked Philip Rogers
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    Lean Coffee: Creative Uses of this Technique to Rapidly Surface Ideas and Encourage Team Collaboration

    Philip Rogers
    Philip Rogers
    schedule 2 years ago
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    30 mins
    Workshop
    Intermediate

    Lean Coffee is frequently used in meetup and conference settings. The beauty of Lean Coffee is its simplicity, and it is this very simplicity which makes it an appealing choice in various Agile team contexts. Specifically, Lean Coffee is particularly good for ad hoc training sessions and for retrospectives. The focus of this workshop will be on the use of Lean Coffee in these two types of settings, where we will split up into small groups and practice using Lean Coffee to cover ad hoc training topics and to do a mini-retrospective.

     

  • Jason Tice
    Jason Tice
    schedule 2 years ago
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    60 mins
    Workshop
    Beginner

    Agile and Lean principles call for teams to delay decisions and activities until the “last responsible moment” so as to minimize rework and waste.  While this sounds good in concept, sometimes teams fall victim to waiting until it is “too late” to make a decision or get started on a needed activity resulting in missed opportunities and/or down-to-the-wire heroic efforts to meet a deadline.  This workshop entails a competitive LEGO simulation where participants will divide into small teams, each team will be given the same simple LEGO build challenge, and then each team will be able to conduct their own experiments as to when the “last responsible moment” really is.  Following the LEGO build challenge, participants will engage in a debrief to discuss the outcome of the challenge, identify factors that helped to successfully identify the last responsible moment, establish linkages between the LEGO simulation and agile software development activities, and of course congratulate the winners of the challenge.  During the debrief, participants will complete a debrief worksheet to reinforce key learnings and takeaways from the simulation that they will be able to take with them from the session.  Best of all, this is a LEGO session, so you will get to play with LEGO and fun will be had by all!

  • Liked Brad Powell
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    It's a Bit Like Dating

    Brad Powell
    Brad Powell
    schedule 2 years ago
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    60 mins
    Talk
    Beginner

    When there is an existing relationship between an Agile service provider and their customer, a level of trust exists. The customer trusts that the provider will deliver. The provider trusts that the customer will be a good product owner. There is an openness that can only come with working together. It’s sort of like being married.

    But what about providers and their customers/prospects that have no established relationship? Will the customer trust the provider to deliver on time and on budget? And what if the customer is not accustomed to using Agile? Will they trust you if you don’t have a detailed project plan extending for 12 months with an accompanying Gantt chart? Beginning any new customer/vendor relationship can be daunting. Add unfamiliarity with Agile into the mix and it may seem like a giant leap of faith.

    So the big question is, how do you get to a state of trust and openness? How do you get to that married-like state?

    The answer: you date first.

    This session will cover concepts and teach you how to 'date' in your new Agile relationship. Specific topics covered in this session are:

    • Taking the Long Term View
    • Establishing Initial Match
    • Start Small
    • Educating and Communicating
    • Putting Your Best Foot Forward
    • Sometimes It Helps to Have a Chaperone
    • Set and Ask for Expectations
    • Own Your Mistakes
    • Get to Know Them

    As we cover each topic, we will integrate the real life stories and examples. We will focus especially on insights and recommendations from our experience of establishing an initial trust and working relationship. The lessons of this session are applicable to customer/external supplier relationships, and are equally applicable to customer/internal supplier relationships that exist in larger organizations.

    This session was presented at Agile 2014 with the presenters Brad Powell and Nathaniel Cadwell.

  • Liked Shannon Ewan
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    The Art of Facilitating Agility

    Shannon Ewan
    Shannon Ewan
    schedule 2 years ago
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    60 mins
    Workshop
    Intermediate

    From an agile implementation perspective, emphasizing the art of facilitation is an incredibly powerful tool for creating a culture of collaboration, and then leveraging that culture as a springboard to organizational transformation.  With strong facilitators at the gateway between business and IT, within IT delivery teams, and at key intersection points within an organization, the challenges to achieving organizational agility diminish. Strong facilitators bring forth the wisdom of teams and provide a container for self-organization. Facilitation is the cornerstone of servant leadership. 

  • George Paci
    George Paci
    schedule 2 years ago
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    30 mins
    Talk
    Intermediate

    Agile planning tools started simple: index cards, markers, and a table or wall. On many projects, for many reasons, these old stalwarts have been supplemented (or even replaced) by software solutions: Rally, VersionOne, Jira Agile, Trello, Trac, Scrumy, and literally dozens more, even BaseCamp. These tools have undeniable advantages over cardboard and ink in some aspects, but they're not superior in every situation.

    This session will highlight the pitfalls of centering planning meetings around software tools—even the best ones, like [your ad here]—and make a badly-needed sales pitch for index cards on a wall (compensating for Oxford's oddly anemic marketing effort). You'll see how cards can make better use of your team's time and brainpower, promote parallelism in meetings, and increase engagement by all participants.

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    Lead Time: What We Know About It and How It Can Help Forecast Your Projects

    Alexei Zheglov
    Alexei Zheglov
    schedule 2 years ago
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    60 mins
    Tutorial
    Intermediate

    The session is about just one metric, but a very important one - lead time.  Simply put, lead time is the time between the start of work and delivery.  And there is a catch: if the work has to wait in a queue or if we switch from it to work on something else, the clock keeps ticking until we deliver.  Lead time has proven to be a difficult metric to game.  Even when people try, they often end up delivering faster, with less delay - win-win.

    We will look at examples of real-world lead time data for several different types of work from different companies.  We will discuss the very recent new insights into lead time distirbutions.  Those will then lead us to building useful probabilistic delivery forecast models for your process.  Building such models is surprisingly easy and takes surprisingly few data points.  The models, in turn, enable better decisions.

    Are your ready to embrace the probabilistic approach?

  • Liked Jim Damato
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    Agile Execution Health Check Workshop - How to leverage Agile metrics to understand your teams

    Jim Damato
    Jim Damato
    schedule 2 years ago
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    60 mins
    Talk
    Intermediate

    Learn how to judge the health of your Agile teams by doing a health check with real customer case study data. We'll look at data on team performance based on various Agile metrics such as Burnups/Burndowns, Cumulative Flow Diagrams, Velocity Chart, SDPI charts, and more. This will help to interpret possible challenges the team is facing and determine prescriptive action items that will influence improvement.  Well examine how to mine for internal performance data, evaluate what we can deduce from actions happening outside the boundaries of agile practices and pinpoint areas that will have the most impact on future projects and get them back on track. The goal is to turn work into data, data into insights and insight into action.

  • Liked Doug Depew
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    Coaching Clinic – Ask the Coach

    Doug Depew
    Doug Depew
    schedule 2 years ago
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    60 mins
    Workshop
    Intermediate

    Do you have a pressing issue that you would like to run by a seasoned Agile Coach?  Or just interested in hearing what others issues are and how an experienced coach would address it?  Then this session is for you.  As you come into the room, write your question or situation on a sticky and post it on the board.  A coach from SolutionsIQ will timebox and address as many of these as possible with the larger audience.

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