Tue, Oct 21
Welcome Address - 15 mins
KEYNOTE - 60 mins
Kicking off an Agile Product, Team and Culture
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.
BREAK - 30 mins
How much testing is enough for software that can condemn a man to death? Traceability in an Agile Federal Government Agency Context
Using tools like TDD and ATDD, Agile provides the means to be confident that your brand new software is well tested-- even for life critical situations such as criminal justice software. But hold on a minute! It is a rare mission critical system that is built completely from scratch. There are always legacy components your team didn't build or doesn't control. Maybe the previous contractor built it-- but now they are gone and it is your problem. How can you be certain that everything functions properly in such a situation? How much testing is enough? How can you know whether a system has been tested? These are the questions that standards such as CMMI and PMBOK seek to answer with traceability.
The debate about traceability has been raging for a long time, with passionate advocates on both sides of the argument. Projects following traditional waterfall methods, and projects that conform to PMBOK or CMMI standards often create and maintain a requirements traceability matrix, or RTM, a document that traces “shall” requirements to functional capabilities and testcases. Some Agilists argue that the RTM is rarely consulted in practice, so the significant efforts required to maintain such a document are “waste.” Others point out that agile practices such as TDD provide all the traceability that may be needed. This talk will explore the underlying reasons why traceability may be important and worthwhile in many Federal government contexts, and review exciting new technologies that may provide an “agile answer” to this conundrum.
LUNCH & NETWORKING - 60 mins
Why ask why? Try Agile BI
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.
BREAK - 15 mins
Great Teams Deliver! How to Get Them Started on the Right Foot.
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.
BREAK - 30 mins
Achieving Enduring Agile Success in Large Organizations
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.