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    Aakash Srinivasan - PLANNING AGILE RELEASES: BUILDING A PATH TO CERTAINITY IN AN UNCERTAIN WORLD

    60 Mins
    Talk
    Intermediate

    Come and learn how to balance flexibility and stability as reflections of each other through the art of Agile release planning; This session will provide attendees with a new perspective on planning releases along with a few techniques and best practices that can be introduced to project teams immediately to encourage rational planning and logical thinking. The session begins with an emphasis on the importance of release planning in Agile and highlights the benefits of doing it right. The presentation also covers an activity for attendees to discuss and share individual experiences on planning releases and recommends a few guard rails derived from several industry best practices and pitfalls many teams have experienced in the past. The core of this presentation consists of a walkthrough of a few tried and tested release planning techniques that will empower the audience to broaden their approach to release planning. The session will conclude with guidance to the attendees on steps to apply these techniques in the work environment.

    This topic has been presented on multiple occasions to large audiences (avg. size 100 - 150) at several Fortune 100 organizations including Lowe's, CapitalOne, Time Warner Cable, Berkshire Hathaway and has been selected for IIBA DC BA Development Day 2015.

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    Aakash Srinivasan - How To Design Your Own Retrospective

    45 Mins
    Talk
    Intermediate

    “At regular intervals, the team reflects on how to become more effective, then tunes and adjusts its behavior accordingly.” -Agile Principle 12

    The era of the dot com brought with it torrential swirl in the business and technology world and influenced how organizations perceived ‘Time to Market’ for delivering products. Since then, every organization’s need to inspect and adapt regularly in short intervals has become imperative more than ever in order to stay competitive in the market. The empirical nature of Agile features frequent inspection to help individuals and teams adapt to constant change and establish a sustainable pace of delivering complex products. Attend this session to realize the impact of ‘Retrospectives’ through real world examples and discover innovative ways to design your own retrospective along with a few techniques formulated to foster critical thinking and innovation for continuous improvement.

    This topic has been presented on multiple occasions to large audiences (avg. size 100 - 150) at several Fortune 500 organizations including State Street, Freddie Mac, AIG, Capital One , Lowe’s and Agile user groups including Agile Professionals, Sterling, VA.

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    Matthieu Cornillon - The Myth of Fixed Scope: Why Goals Matter

    Matthieu Cornillon
    Matthieu Cornillon
    Agile Coach
    Amplify
    schedule 2 years ago
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    45 Mins
    Talk
    Intermediate

    How many times have you heard someone say that scope is fixed and then throw a tantrum when they hear how long it will take to build?  How many times have you seen the spirited creativity of development teams evaporate when a stakeholder tells them the deliverable cannot be changed at all?  And how many times have you discussed agility with naysayers who say, "That's all fine in an ideal world when you are building some hip little application, but we're in the real world with real projects with fixed scope."

    This presentation explores the myth of fixed scope, how damaging the notion is, and the tool we all have at our disposal for escaping the trap.  Come explore how natural it is to use it, and yet how vigilant we need to be to keep ourselves from casting it aside.

     

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    Aakash Srinivasan - Empowering Product Owners Through the Art of Story Writing

    60 Mins
    Talk
    Beginner

    Upholding the value of Working Software over Comprehensive Documentation can be challenging and seem unsustainable in the current day and age. The present day rapidly changing businesses and evolving technologies of the dot com era have created a need for iterative and incremental delivery of value to customers and those who refuse to adapt to these growing winds of change struggle to stay relevant in competitive market conditions.

    Developing products by valuing a customer's perspective and regularly interacting with them can ensure a balance of focus between a minimum viable product and customer delight. Attend this session to discover the critical building blocks of good User Stories and walk away with an understanding of the importance of a user's perspective to formulate effective and accurate requirements in order to deliver quality products. This session will also engage the audience with a few interactive quizzes and provide them with mantras for sizing and estimating user stories along with handful examples of horror Stories that have led to disastrous results and recommendations on how to avoid such bad practices.

                    This topic has been presented on multiple occasions to large audiences (avg. size 100 – 150) at several Fortune 100 organizations including Capital One, Lowe’s, Freddie Mac and Berkshire Hathaway.

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    Doug Leard - The Agile Triathlon

    Doug Leard
    Doug Leard
    Senior Director
    Oracle
    schedule 2 years ago
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    60 Mins
    Talk
    Beginner

    In this session, we will use preparing for and completing a triathlon as an analogy to help attendees better understand agile principles and concepts, as well as how to use these principles and concepts to reach your business objectives.  We’ll explore your “agile why”; the key principles of working software, collaboration, embracing change and simplicity; and review / provide suggestions for the agile practices of planning, dailies, reviews and retrospectives.  Doug will also share stories and lessons learned from his organization’s agile journey over the past several years.

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