• 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.

  • 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!

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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.

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