• Liked Heather Fleming
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    Stop “Going Agile”! The three conversations you need to have before you start.

    Heather Fleming
    Heather Fleming
    Justin Riservato
    Justin Riservato
    schedule 2 years ago
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    60 mins
    Talk
    Beginner

    All too often, companies set out with the mission to “go agile” before truly understanding what that means. Business managers are quick to jump on the agile bandwagon, believing that “going agile” will magically make projects happen faster. Teams are getting certified in Scrum as if it’s a silver bullet that will suddenly make everyone more productive. Inevitably, cracks begin to show, and expectations are missed--leaving everyone involved questioning the value of “going agile” altogether.

    There is a better way! The truth is that going agile will result in more productive teams and faster delivery of projects--but only if everyone can agree on the rules of the game.

    Come hear Heather Fleming and Justin Riservato from Gilt discuss why gaining consensus on the principles of Agile is more important than implementing a process, and learn how having these three conversations can save you from an agile disaster:

    • “But when will you be done?”  Why getting rid of the concept of deadlines is the most important (and most difficult) conversation when going agile.
    • “This is my top priority, but I can’t meet with you until next week.”  What to do when your business partner can’t (or won’t) be a full member of the team.
    • “I just want to code. Why do I have to be in all these meetings?”  Why implementing Scrum is not the first step to going agile.
  • Liked Jeffrey Davidson
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    Project Cage Match: Multitasking vs. Critical Chain

    Jeffrey Davidson
    Jeffrey Davidson
    schedule 2 years ago
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    90 mins
    Workshop
    Intermediate

    Executives believe starting their project NOW means it will end sooner. Unfortunately, starting one more project costs dramatically more than waiting. Sharing limited resources causes all the projects to sub-optimize. Multitasking is costing your organization a fortune!

    Are you tired of being time-sliced across too many projects? Learn how value decreases when you work on many projects at the same time and increases (!) when you focus and deliver on a single project.

    Come, play a game based upon ideas from Critical Chain Project Management, Lean, and Agile. Take part and help us illustrate the power of focus on your project portfolio management.

  • Liked Mariya Breyter
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    Agile coaching is dead. Long live Agile practicing!

    Mariya Breyter
    Mariya Breyter
    schedule 2 years ago
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    60 mins
    Talk
    Advanced

    For years, Scrum/Agile coaching has been an attractive career for many. It is frequently viewed as a continuation of a career for an experienced Scrum Master who understands the intricacies of the cultural change that makes Scrum teams successful, knows nuts and bolts of a Scrum engine, and has natural aptitude for knowledge sharing and growing others. A leader who is unselfish and acutely self-aware, who has experience, and ability to influence others.  Many Scrum practitioners saw this role as their next step in professional development. The 2010 book, Coaching Agile Teams by Lyssa Adkins’ and her Agile Coaching Institute made Agile Coaching a discipline rather than a buzzword. Now, five years later, Agile Coaching is rapidly losing its attractiveness as a professional career. In her open-space style talk based on a retrospective with the session participants, Mariya Breyter will explore why this is happening and what a natural career progression for an Agile coach is. Agile Coaches and Scrum practitioners will exchange their experience and discuss their paths for professional development.

  • Liked Jonathan Hansen
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    Evolutionary Agility with Kanban: Introduction to Kanban for Scrum Practitioners

    Jonathan Hansen
    Jonathan Hansen
    schedule 2 years ago
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    60 mins
    Talk
    Intermediate

    Scrum is by far the dominant Agile methodology and has been put to good use to positively change many software development groups. Some have found that even when they follow all the Scrum practices, they are still having some challenges, and they have turned to Kanban for help. Kanban is often framed as an alternative to Scrum, but it need not be so. Organizations using Scrum can augment their process with the Kanban Method to become more agile and delivery-oriented.

    Jonathan Hansen will use real-world examples, both from product and consulting companies, to show you some of the ways Kanban can work together with Scrum to help you manage the work inside Sprints, manage work that doesn’t fit in Sprints well, and provide a means to continuously improve your work.

  • Liked Jim Tremlett
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    All In with Scaled Scrum

    Jim Tremlett
    Jim Tremlett
    schedule 1 year ago
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    60 mins
    Talk
    Intermediate

    There was a time when scaling Scrum was daunting to organizations.  Not anymore.  Organizations are going all in on the scaled agile approach; whether it be SAFe, LeSS, or DAD.  There are some pitfalls but none that outweigh the benefits when scaling is appropriate.

    In this talk, we will discuss the different approaches to scaling Scrum and what can be borrowed from each.  In addition, we will discuss the business case for scaling.  Finally, Jim will present some of the approaches that Rally's coaches and transformation consultants have employed to successfully launch organizations on their scaled Scrum adoption.

    Is scaling Scrum inevitable?  No, you still need to match your capacity to the demand.  But, when the demand is there, the approaches are there to meet the demand.

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