• Zuzi
    Zuzi
    Agile Coach and Trainer
    sochova.cz
    schedule 1 week ago
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    20 mins
    Keynote
    Executive

    In the majority of organizations on their Agile journey, a gap grows between the self-organized teams and their Leadership. Leaders feel ineffective, lost and frustrated. They see the climate around them is changing, but they can’t follow the dynamics of the system. They have in their hands all the traditional tools which until recently had been working well, motivating people, directing them and giving teams guidance. Now those same tools are failing and getting only a fraction of their previous results. Join Zuzi as she takes you with her on a journey to become an effective Agile Leader. Form the right mix of Agile Leadership competencies, and gain confidence in your ability to drive Agile Organizations.

  • Liked Pete Behrens
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    Pete Behrens - 3 Mistakes You Are Making as a Leader

    20 mins
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    Executive

    80% of managers believe they support their employees – 25% of employees agree!

    Houston, we have a problem – what you don’t know can hurt you! Most leaders are unaware of how their own thoughts and actions work against their leadership objectives. Ineffective leadership fuels the top three impediments limiting your organization’s agility and growth – the fear of losing control, resistance to change and contrasting values.

    Leadership Agility improves self-awareness, amplifies decision-making, improves outcomes and grows organizational resilience and capacity in highly complex and fast-paced environments. Through the art of story telling from his own personal experience, as well as the experiences of other senior leaders, Pete highlights six mistakes you may be unaware of in your own leadership practice, how they may be working against your intent, and how to reorient yourself to improve your leadership outcomes.

  • Liked Trent Hone
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    Trent Hone - Systems for Learning - Lessons from the Trimble Software Framework

    20 mins
    Keynote
    Executive

    Organizational agility requires more than “scaling.” It requires deliberately finding the balance between exploring new, innovative ideas and exploiting proven ones. Agile software techniques can enable individual teams to find this balance, but few established patterns exist for harnessing it at an organizational level.

    One successful model is the Trimble Software Framework (TSF), introduced by Trimble Navigation in the early 2010s. Borrowing from Agile, Lean, the Capability Maturity Model Integration (CMMI), and other proven methods, the TSF provided effective feedback to Trimble’s diverse collection of software teams on the effectiveness of their approaches. Where the TSF differed from other models was in its respect for variability.

    The other authors of the TSF and I recognized that by promoting continuous improvement without dictating the path it should take, software teams would be free to experiment with new methods and explore new patterns. This increased overall organizational agility as teams tailored known good practices to their specific contexts and developed new ones. The TSF became a feedback loop that enabled software teams throughout the organization to learn from one another and constantly improve. Come hear how this was done, what we learned along the way, and how we used variability to permit a more effective balance of exploration and exploitation.

  • Liked Pete Behrens
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    Pete Behrens - Beyond Adoption: Sustaining Business Agility is Key

    20 mins
    Keynote
    Executive

    Most organizations today are on a journey to adopt an agile approach. And while that journey is difficult, it is not where the majority fall down. The true challenge lies in the years ahead - in sustaining and growing your agility to truly impact your business in a meaningful way. There are a myriad of troubles ahead for agile initiatives to stall out and fail.

    Discover the keys to sustaining agility from companies who have not only retained their agility for over 10 years, but have deepened and expanded agility to grow their businesses and surpass their competition. Salesforce.com is outpacing the market 800 to 1 since 2006, McKinsey & Company is rapidly growing a digital transformation profit center from an agile IT cost center since 2007. GE continues to expand their agility across all businesses since 2008.

    Pete shares a key story behind the Salesforce.com agile transformation which underlines and illustrates the keys to sustaining and growing organizational and business agility.

  • Liked Yuval Yeret
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    Yuval Yeret - Business Agility isn't about Increments (It IS all about High Tempo Testing/Experimentation)

    20 mins
    Keynote
    Executive

    There's a real danger that as people go into Business Agility what they'll take as inspiration from the Agile Development world is the iterations but not iterating. Real agility comes from iterating and experimenting. In this talk we will issue grave warnings as well as point towards concrete tools and practices that can support the real agility mindset of learning as fast as possible what works.

    Using marketing as an example, we will see how to apply approaches and tools such as Lean Startup, Minimum-Viable-Play, Validation Boards, Learning as part of the flow, Popcorn Flow, not just when developing products but also when developing experiences/journeys/processes.

  • Liked Scott Ambler
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    Scott Ambler - The Executive’s Guide to Disciplined Agile: Business Agility for Established Enterprises

    20 mins
    Keynote
    Executive

    An agile enterprise increases value through effective execution and delivery in a timely and reactive manner. Such organizations do this by streamlining the flow of information, ideas, decision making, and work throughout the overall business process all the while improving the quality of the process and business outcomes. This talk describes, step-by-step, how to evolve from today’s vision of agile software development to a truly disciplined agile enterprise. It briefly examines the state of mainstream agile software development and argues for the need for a more disciplined approach to agile delivery that provides a solid foundation from which to scale. We then explore what it means to scale disciplined agile strategies tactically at the project/product level. We then work through what it means to strategically scale across your IT organization as a whole and discover what a Disciplined DevOps strategy looks like in practice. Your Disciplined Agile IT strategy, along with a lean business strategy, are key enablers of a full-fledged disciplined agile enterprise. The talk ends with advice for how to make this challenging organizational transition.

  • Liked Nitish Gulati
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    Nitish Gulati - The Coffee Mug Paradigm - An Agile / Lean Product Marketing Case Study

    20 mins
    Keynote
    Executive

    Have you ever wondered as to why a MVP is important? Or, how an MVP can help in scaling the marketing strategies faster?

    You must have heard the saying - "fail fast", but what does it actually mean?

    The talk covers three Indian start up players who scaled quickly within the Indian food tech industry in the year 2015. It draws out a common factor between the marketing strategies of the three companies. This common factor is boiled down to a KPI, used to analyze and measure the strategies based on data.

    The entire process draws it’s inspiration from Agile methodologies and the respective ceremonies held as part of Agile. These include ceremonies like retrospects and just in time reviews.

    The talk focuses on how a product owner/manager can contribute to the marketing/sales department of a huge enterprise/product.

  • Liked Felipe Castro
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    Felipe Castro - Life is Too Short for Waterfall Goals

    20 mins
    Keynote
    Executive

    Agile adoption in most companies focuses on software delivery. Very few achieve business agility.

    When it comes to setting goals, the waterfall mindset is still the norm. Most organizations use an annual, top-down process to create a set of static goals that is in direct conflict with Agile.

    Waterfall goals and metrics turn teams into "feature factories" with no focus on delivering value. At the same time, they make companies slow to change while increasing risk and waste.

    This talk will show how one tech company used OKR (Objectives and Key Results), the Agile goal setting framework adopted by Google and others, to move from Delivery Agile to Full-Stack Agile, embracing the mindset in all layers of the organizational stack (Culture, Strategy, Tactics, and Goals).

  • Liked John Buck
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    John Buck / Jutta Eckstein - Company-wide Agility with Beyond Budgeting, Open Space, and Sociocracy

    20 mins
    Keynote
    Executive

    The challenges companies face today in the VUCA (volatile, uncertain, complex, and ambiguous) world call for Agile throughout the company. There are two challenges: companies in general are trying to survive intense disruption and companies with successful software departments are trying to expand Agile methods to the whole company, including the board and the legal structure of the enterprise. Both the VUCA challenge and the pressure to implement Agile beyond IT, demand guidelines for implementing company-wide Agility.

    We discovered these needed guidelines in Beyond Budgeting, Open Space, Sociocracy, and Agile. Design Thinking, Lean Startup, Human Systems Dynamics, and Cynefin provide additional insights.

    However, in talking with various experts about how to address the challenges companies face , we got answers from within that expert’s framework. For example,

    • A Beyond Budgeting expert said, “Stop fixing the budget annually, because otherwise you won't have the flexibility to react to frequent market changes.”
    • An Open Space expert said, “You need to make space for what you don’t know and can’t control, for totally new things to emerge. If people can follow their passion, you will be able to implement company-wide Agility, otherwise people will just do what they are asked.”
    • A Sociocracy expert said, “You first need to resolve the power structure, because as long as you have a hierarchy defined as top-down you will not become agile.”
    • An Agile expert said, “You need to start inspecting and adapting by using regular retrospectives in order to react flexibly, otherwise you will neither be able to learn from the market nor from within your company.”

    All of these perspectives are true, but each perspective was always from within the discipline. We synthesized the approach into a wider perspective dubbed BOSSA nova: B = Beyond Budgeting, OS = Open Space, S = Sociocracy, A = Agile.

    The synthesis leads to a new organigram that reflects all the sources of guidance to a value center. The new organigram focuses board/CEO, inspiration, and resource and legal considerations on the value center. The value center is thereby free to focus on the customer.

    We discuss how to use Cynefin-type probes that enable everyone to apply this new strategy for implementing company-wide Agility in their own organization.

  • Liked Padma Satyamurthy
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    Padma Satyamurthy - To build a world class product development team, you need to understand them first!

    20 mins
    Keynote
    Executive

    To build a world class product development team, you need to understand them first!

    Teams are becoming more and more complex in today’s product development world. This is due to a lot of influences like distributed teams, different capability levels, past work experiences of the team members, leaders who provide direction to the teams, complex client requirements that change very often and many more

    Hence it becomes very important to understand what type of teams we are working with so that we can provide the right leadership for the teams to work at their optimum levels and at the same time enjoy their work.

    I will be sharing my experience how we successfully applied Cynefin framework to understand the complexity of the organization and specifically the teams to make the agile transformation journey reach its goal.

    When I started with this client, the teams were spread across 3 continents with multi layer hierarchical strcutre making it complex to create agile teams and product development organization. The Cynefin framework provided a new dimension to the current contexts in explaining what type of team we are working with and / or solutions that we can apply to help the teams to build better products. It draws on research into complex adaptive systems theory, cognitive science, anthropology, and narrative patterns, as well as evolutionary psychology, to describe problems, situations, and systems. It not only explores the relationship between people, experience, and context but also proposes new approaches to communication, decision-making, policy-making, and knowledge management in complex social environments.

    Each leader was expected to draw out the Cynefin framework for each of the product development teams that they are working / managing. This helped to identify the low hanging fruits where we can bring improvement almost immediately and where we need long term solutions to build a better collaborative team.

    In this session, I will walk through the approach and the results we achieved in building a world class product development team spread across the globe.

  • Liked Bernhard Sterchi
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    Bernhard Sterchi - How to Rise to the Challenge of Complexity

    20 mins
    Keynote
    Executive

    Business Agility is not just the new thing, or a way to increase efficiency. It is a very good response to the challenge of complexity and dynamics (or VUCA, if you like). But while Agile is mostly about transforming the operating system of an organisation, there is little about the changes of individual understanding and competence, apart from "learning how to operate the operating system". No wonder is there an ongoing complaint about people doing Agile, not being Agile, or about the lack of the Agile mindset.

    In this talk, Bernhard presents the Complexity Compass, an effective starting point for anyone who wants to navigate complexity. This brand new approach includes a mental framework, a set of principles, activities and tools that encompass the essential basics that help you rise up competently to the challenge of complexity, both within an Agile operating system, and without.

  • Liked Chris Murman
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    Chris Murman - Brainwriting: The Team Hack To Generating Better Ideas

    Chris Murman
    Chris Murman
    Sr. Agile Consultant
    Solutions IQ
    schedule 2 months ago
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    Executive
    Brainstorming has long been held as the best way to get ideas from teams for decades, but what if we are wrong? Can we take the successful aspects of collaboration and create a better environment for quality concepts? Come learn about brainwriting and get more from your team today!
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    If you work in an office, you have probably participated in a brainstorming session or two (or 12). Invented in the 1940s by an advertising executive, the purpose was to solicit a large amount of ideas in a short period of time. By putting a collective of creative people in the same room, better concepts should come. Sounds very agile.
    However, science has shown several times that brainstorming not the best way to generate ideas. It’s cumbersome due to all of the interdependent activities happening at once. When spending time generating ideas as a group, you often spend more time thinking of others ideas than your own.
    Fortunately, a relatively unknown technique is starting to gain popularity called brainwriting. Incorporating it into your team events can produce more diverse ideas and provide a friendlier environment for collaboration. In this session, we will workshop them and leave the audience with all of the tools to bring the technique back to their offices.
  • Liked Padma Satyamurthy
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    Padma Satyamurthy - Agile beyond IT - Yes it works!

    20 mins
    Keynote
    Executive

    As part of the agile transformation journey, the client organizations that I was coaching decided not to limit the journey to the IT but take it beyond IT for a more rewarding experience and results. This needed mentoring and coaching to convince how agile can work beyond IT in the organization and why true enterprise agility is all about Business Agility and not just Product Development. The business groups that were taken up as part of this were - HR, Sales and Marketing, Finance and R&D that focused on new product development. Unless each of the enabling functional units also become agile, enterprise agility will remain a myth.

    And most times, when we have an already existing organization, and we recommend functional units also to be agile in their areas, we get two answers – “agile is only for IT / product development” or “we are too busy now, we will take this up later time (which never comes)”.

    Each of these business units needed to be treated differently as one-size-fit-all won’t work here. So we took each business group and worked with them to get the full picture of their work, what happens in a day to what happens in a quarter and in one year. These inputs were considered to break the work into smaller pieces so that we could bring best practices of scrum. Backlogs were created with the inputs and visual boards were set up to complete the agile experience.

    I used a combination of scrum and Kanban for these business units and at the same time keeping it light weight so that the biz units do not find the transformation journey heavy and time consuming. The whole transformation was to “begin from where you are” rather than, let’s start from scratch. This was a key element in buy in and also the end successful results.

  • Liked Joey Spooner
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    Joey Spooner - Using the Kanban Method to "grow up" our business

    Joey Spooner
    Joey Spooner
    Team Lead
    TriTech Enterprise Systems
    schedule 2 months ago
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    20 mins
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    Executive

    Running a small business is no small task. Financial management, sales, hiring, managing people, and supporting existing clients are just a handful of activities a small business might address in a single day. So what happens when you use the Kanban Method to manage your business?

    I’ll share my experiences while training, coaching, and evolving a small business using the Kanban Method. You’ll see how the Method quickly surfaced issues, revealed hidden opportunities for innovation, and how the business is using the Method to mature the services they offer.

  • Liked Yuval Yeret
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    Yuval Yeret - Want Business Agility? Don't mandate - invite!

    20 mins
    Keynote
    Executive

    In the rush towards business agility, let's make sure we don't create unsustainable change via Prescriptive Mandates. What's the problem with Prescriptive Mandates? People tend to ignore them or do the minimum required to wait until the storm passes. And the prescription might not work in the specific context we're applying it to. This is especially dangerous when leaving the relative comfort zone of Agile Development into new Business Agility areas.

    So what's the alternative? Invitation and pull-based change. Manage change as an internal market - Don't force people to buy into it but sell it to them and help them consume it at their pace. In other words - Figure out and optimize the "customer journey" for your internal change.

    Also make sure that you don't apply a "one size fits all" and you aren't religious about methodology and practices. Emphasize values and principles and experiment with what practices work in each context and allow some variability at least initially.

  • Liked Yuval Yeret
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    Yuval Yeret - Agile Marketing in the Real World - The CA Technologies story

    20 mins
    Keynote
    Executive

    How can large, traditional marketing organizations - those that rely on functional departments, and annual marketing plans / budgets hope to keep up? We believe the answers lie in an Agile approach, and we are working hard to transform our marketing department from a plan / interrupt driven culture to one that can quickly sense and respond to customer needs and market changes.
    This is easier said than done in a 350 person organization, but we are finding the solutions are familiar, and are rooted in a scaled agile approach.

    Our journey isn’t complete yet, but we are seeing real results. Hear the highlights of CA’s journey to marketing agility - The achievements, challenges, learnings that you can apply as you set about implementing Agile Marketing or Business Agility at large in your organization

  • Liked Mariya Breyter
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    Mariya Breyter - Agile Enterprise in a Lean Startup Way

    Mariya Breyter
    Mariya Breyter
    Agile Coach
    Consultant
    schedule 2 weeks ago
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    20 mins
    Keynote
    Executive

    Did you recently try to buy a paper atlas in a bookstore? A few years ago you would prefer a GPS to a paper map. Today, smartphones replaced GPSs with their navigation functionality providing more convenience at a fraction of the cost. Does it mean that the business is disrupting itself over and over again? What does it mean for large well-established enterprises? What is the right way for established businesses to use technological advancements to their advantage, and how to integrate innovation in business success?

    Lean Startup is a popular concept because it provides a way for large established enterprises to survive disruption in a modern fast pacing world. Lean Enterprise is a popular topic that needs to be demystified and translated into action. In the talk, we will uncover how agile, lean, lean startup, and design thinking create a new framework for large enterprises to avoid disruption and delight their customers.

    The talk aims at demystifying the way of market disruption to large businesses to allow for their survival in a modern economy. This practical advice comes from years of experience, containing both success and major failures.

  • Liked Jaap Dekkinga,
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    Jaap Dekkinga, - Stakeholder involvement (sub title: How do I involve my stakeholders best in an Agile environment?)

    Jaap Dekkinga,
    Jaap Dekkinga,
    Agile coach
    Excella
    schedule 1 month ago
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    20 mins
    Keynote
    Executive

    One of the struggles I have seen when organizations transition to Agile in relation to the Agile principle "Customer Collaboration Over Contract Negotiation" is: When and how do I involve the right customer.

    Goal of this presentation:

    • Provide tools on how to involve different types of stakeholders
    • Tool to identify different types of stakeholders

    In the presentation I will explain the 2 step process of:

    • Step 1: map out the players for a value stream, product, or feature(set) in a simple 2x2 Stakeholders Matrix (influence/power and interest)
    • Step 2: Learn about the tools and techniques to involve players in each quadrant based on their specific strength or opportunity

  • Liked Shelley Kirkpatrick
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    Shelley Kirkpatrick / Sarah Miller - Agile Government: Helping Agencies Sense and Respond in a VUCA Environment

    20 mins
    Keynote
    Executive

    Even government organizations must quickly and effectively sense and respond to changes in their environment. Government agencies are updating their mission statements to include organizational agility.

    To help government organizations understand organizational agility and identify tangible actions that they can take, we developed the Government Organizational Agility Assessment (GOAA).

    We will describe the GOAA framework and assessment, including how we apply agility principles in delivering the results. We will share several stories that illustrate how the assessment participants interpreted their results and developed their own action items. We will summarize the impact that the GOAA has helped government organizations begin to change the way they carry out their work.

  • Liked Roland Smart
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    Roland Smart / Frank Days - Scaling Agile Marketing @Enterprises

    20 mins
    Keynote
    Executive

    Agile is optimized for small teams, and The Agile Manifesto doesn't say anything about scaling Agile, so can it scale to support enterprise marketing organizations? In this session the co-hosts of The Marketing Agility Podcast will share insights that you can bring back to your organization to help scale your Agile implementation. They'll share how to approach scaling frameworks, where the biggest pitfalls lie, and examples from companies that are getting it right.