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  • Tina Vinod
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    Tina Vinod - Embracing Agility with Inclusion and Equity

    45 Mins
    Talk
    Intermediate

    In the wake of the pandemic and the challenges we have seen around us, organisations have realised how inequities can trickle down to many aspects within the sphere on workplaces, teams and practices we follow. It’s time to revisit old practices in more ways than one. 

    Aspects like lack of work-life balance, mental well being, asynchronous communication, extended virtual meetings, prolonged virtual pairing etc. impact us all. 

    To address this ThoughtWorks introduced the 'Inclusive Teams - Social Contract' an exercise for teams to re-look at their old ways, to arrive at an aspirational set of behaviours and social norms for inclusive ways of working at both the team and individual level. 

     

    It focuses on 4 key aspects -

    1. Building a culture of trust and inclusion - Supporting each other, feedback, empathy and cultivation.
    2. Schedules and Meetings - Best practices, setting personal boundaries and context.
    3. Communication practices - Tools, patterns and inclusive practices.
    4. Norms of engagement - Connecting as team, fun that is inclusive, welcoming & respectful.

    The inclusive team social contract helps teams understand and empathise with each other, acknowledge differences and personal context thus increasing team connect, productivity and shared accountability. It’s recommended that teams run this irrespective of whether they are working virtual/F2F/distributed/remote etc. 

  • Ashutosh Bhatawadekar
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    Ashutosh Bhatawadekar - The Lion King - How a Disney movie changed my approach towards Servant Leadership

    20 Mins
    Talk
    Beginner

    During the current lockdown, I happened to watch the 2019 movie "The Lion King" . This movie was an eye opener to me and what I learnt in those 120 minutes truly amazed me. The movie has all the learnings & Trappings of What  Servant Leadership is all about.

    In the proposed talk, I try to bring this learning to all of you. This talk delves into the reason why Servant Leadership is the need of the hour in this crisis time. I draw inferences & inspiration from the movie "The Lion King" to drive home the relevance of Servant Leadership in our work life.

  • Angie Doyle
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    Angie Doyle / Talia Lancaster - Discuss-Define-Do: Playing your way to amazing goals

    90 Mins
    Workshop
    Beginner

    Is your team battling to focus on what matters? Are team members pulling in different directions because they are not aligned on what they need to do? Do you want to adopt a technique that can help your team achieve focus, results, alignment, and transparency?

    Teams often battle to make the switch from top-down driven goals to a collaborative process. As a result, outcomes land up being too broad, can’t be measured, or are too abstract for the team to know where to start. Let’s take the guesswork out of goals!

    In this session, we will talk about how to help teams focus on what really matters. By asking the right questions and encouraging collaboration, teams can clarify their intended outcome, and identify ways to measure their success. You will have an opportunity to play a board game that helps teams refine their goals by covering three themes:

    • “Discuss” the impact a specific measurement will have on the team, organization, and customers
    • “Define” the best way to track progress towards the goal
    • “Do” or take ownership of the actions needed to achieve the goal

    Join us as we play our way to amazing goals!

  • Jorge Luis Castro Toribio
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    Jorge Luis Castro Toribio - Continuous Fun: Game Driven Development : A game design framework to drive, build and mature software engineering practices

    45 Mins
    Talk
    Intermediate

    This paper shares our experience to build DevOps and engineering practices at large scale as part of digital transformation looking for improve our flow efficiency, lead time and products quality and how we made designing and implemeting gamification shifts left through. This papers shares you the framework ( step by step) that we did to make game drive development and engage developers to adopt DevOps and technical agility practices

  • Kiran Kashyap
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    Kiran Kashyap / SRIHARI GURU PRASAD - One Day CTO - A Role-Play Focused on Metrics for Product Teams

    45 Mins
    Workshop
    Intermediate

    Fancy playing the CTO of a product startup? Join us in this role-play-based workshop where you can learn how you can lead your product team towards excellence by focusing on what you measure.

    What can you expect to experience in this workshop?

    • An executive report presented by the team, which touches all areas of product development including engineering, quality, etc.
    • Group activity to critique the report
    • Presentation of 'good' alternative reports by facilitator based on their experience
    • Design of the new metrics strategy for the startup

    If this interests you, join this workshop and walk away with actionable knowledge about metrics for product teams.

  • Jaspreet Singh
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    Jaspreet Singh - How the Support + Kanban structure works unitedly?

    Jaspreet Singh
    Jaspreet Singh
    Project Manager
    Axelerant
    schedule 2 weeks ago
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    45 Mins
    Demonstration
    Advanced

    Session details

    Nowadays, the Support model is in the most advanced demand, and the Clients prefer to sign the Support and Maintenance contract after site development. In the Support contract, We like to manage the Drupal Security updates, Downtime/Uptime monitoring, Monthly consumption reports, AM support for escalations, etc. 

    In this session, I will explain how the support & Maintenance model works with the Kanban model. How is it beneficial for the clients?

     

    Learning Objectives

    1. What is the Support & Maintenance model?
    2. Support Primary survey
    3. How is the Support model beneficial to the clients?
    4. How does estimation work in Support projects?
    5. How to manage Uptime/Downtime issues under the Support Model?
    6. How to manage Drupal Security updates for Multiple Projects under the Support Model?
    7. How Kanban plays a Vital role to manage Support projects?
    8. How to manage the Support Bandwidth?

    Target Audience

    • Project / Product / Scrum Master / Account Managers
    • Executive Sponsors / Executive Leadership
    • Interested Contributors (developers, designers, etc.)
  • Kathy G. Berkidge
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    Kathy G. Berkidge - Welcoming Uncertainty – Responding Mindfully

    45 Mins
    Talk
    Intermediate

    Change is the new normal.

    If nothing else, 2020 was a great reminder that change can happen on a micro or macro scale. The agile manifesto even talks about expecting change in the values and principles. So, we all know change happens - we just don’t know when, where, how, who or what will change.

    However, change can be stressful. Things happen that we don’t want. Or things don’t happen that we really want. Often, things change that are beyond our control. It can make us anxious, feel disappointed and undermine our state of well-being. It doesn’t even have to be big, huge, drastic change. Even small, trivial change can be stressful.

    Resisting, ruminating or wishing things were different doesn’t help. We may not realise that these unconscious thoughts are happening, which only holds us back and adds to our stress.

    It is important to understand how we react to change and recognise when we’ve been triggered so we can respond more appropriately. Especially in agile settings where we should expect and welcome change. We must continue to work effectively with our teams and stakeholders without reacting inaptly.

    In this session, you will learn how to use mindfulness to maintain a mindset that truly welcomes change. Mindfulness enables us to accept what’s happening, respond consciously, remain open, adapt and move on. Through practical exercises, you will learn mindfulness techniques and how to apply them to respond to change more effectively. You will learn why mindfulness is an essential skill for managing uncertainty.

  • 45 Mins
    Case Study
    Intermediate

    Very often we work on a code-base that has been written by others, and some time ago. This code-base could be for the product code, or Test Automation code. 

    As the product life increases, evolution of the code-base is a natural process. However, there are various catalysts to speed up this evolution process:

    • More features / tests to be added, including increased complexity
    • People writing the code evolve - their learning, skillset
    • Delivery pressure means it is quite possible that correct decisions for implementation may not be taken. In other words, it is possible that short-cuts were taken in the implementation leading to spaghetti code / architecture

    People move on to different roles, new people join the team. Each has different opinions, perspectives and experiences.

    Am sure there are more reasons you can think of.

    Regardless, the challenge for a new person who starts working on such a complex code-base is enormous - as the person needs to start delivering "value".

    In this session, I will share various examples and experiences and as a result of being in such situations, the factors I looked at when enhancing the code-base to decide - should I refactor or rewrite the code-under-consideration to be able to move forward faster, while moving towards the long-term vision.

    Though I will focus on various examples of Test Automation, this session is applicable for any role that writes / maintains code of any nature.

  • Kiran Kashyap
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    Kiran Kashyap - Is your code coverage fooling you?

    Kiran Kashyap
    Kiran Kashyap
    Agile Change Agent
    Lowe's
    schedule 2 weeks ago
    Sold Out!
    20 Mins
    Experience Report
    Beginner
    • "My product has a 80% code coverage but there are many defects that escape to production"
    • "Our developers do not push code without writing tests but still our quality is bad."
    • "How can we be sure that we are writing good tests?"

    If you see yourself in the above scenarios and are looking for a way to improve your product's quality, this experience report is for you.

    In this session, I will share how we stumbled upon mutation testing as a way to check the quality of our test cases.  This quick report will start with the problem statement, i.e., how to test our tests.  Then, I will explain our experience with implementing mutation testing and the results it gave us.

  • Andreas Bode
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    Andreas Bode - The Psychology Behind Successful Teams

    Andreas Bode
    Andreas Bode
    Diretor Sales
    Echometer GmbH
    schedule 1 day ago
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    20 Mins
    Talk
    Beginner

    What makes a great team?
    Using psychological safety as an example, I explain what basic conditions must be met in a team to dramatically strengthen it.
    Thereby I give tips, which methods and formats are available to achieve this goal.

  • Jorge Luis Castro Toribio
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    Jorge Luis Castro Toribio - Agile Architectures makers: Enabling an agile and lean approach to the modeling, development, and evolution of an architecture at scale

    45 Mins
    Talk
    Intermediate

    This paper aims to share some practices and experiences to build an agile architecture at large enterprise working with development teams, software architects and technical leads and how this agile approach at architecture and system design ends helped us to scale agile and meet the real-world needs of modern organizations. WARNING: This papers summarized the experiences from agile coaching participation and we hope that hardcore developers appreciates it : )

  • Jorge Luis Castro Toribio
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    Jorge Luis Castro Toribio - Optimizing team organization for increased flow through DevOps, SRE & Team Topologies and Technical Agility

    45 Mins
    Talk
    Intermediate

    This paper shares our experiences to build IT and Agile large enterprise's cross functional capabilities through designing and implementating an strategy to develop cross functional teams using agile, team first and share knowledge mindset gamification, technical agility framework, lean agile team onboarding process; all of this innitiatives running while we had to deal with enterprise's contraints like silos team organization, over team member speacilization, lack of technical agility strategy, lack of sharing knowledge and customer centric business mindset.

    https://www.beautiful.ai/player/-Ma2DCGmmFmxVlLna0Vd

     

  • Raghavendra Meharwade
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    Raghavendra Meharwade / Anubhav Gupta - Distributed Agile Teams now closer with Virtual Reality

    45 Mins
    Talk
    Intermediate

    Face-to-face discussion around a sketching space has been considered as most effective communication strategy. This kind of set up requires members to be in the same room together. Co-located Agile teams rely on intensive member to member communication, both within the team and with the customer. This allows them to deviate from deliverable driven process—like writing detailed requirement document—usually associated with plan driven approach. Informal discussions within the room, in breakout areas, and other shared physical spaces radiate the information thus contributing towards teams collective understanding without having the need formal communications. While every organization will have its own business reasons for setting distributed Agile teams, distribution demand formal ways of conducting the communication lacking which contribute to knowledge gaps among members. Advancements in communication strategies has helped distributed teams to maintain the communication but it has still left a gap in the form of "Presence disparity".

    Face-to-face discussion around a sketching space has been considered as most effective communication strategy. This kind of set up requires members to be in the same room together. Co-located Agile teams rely on intensive member to member communication, both within the team and with the customer. This allows them to deviate from deliverable driven process—like writing detailed requirement document—usually associated with plan driven approach. Informal discussions within the room, in breakout areas, and other shared physical spaces radiate the information thus contributing towards teams collective understanding without having the need formal communications. While every organization will have its own business reasons for setting distributed Agile teams, distribution demand formal ways of conducting the communication lacking which contribute to knowledge gaps among members. Advancements in communication strategies has helped distributed teams to maintain the communication but it has still left a gap in the form of "Presence disparity".

    In this suggested talk, we share our experience around exploration of Extended Reality (XR) as new communication strategy and its deployment within distributed Agile teams to reduce presence disparity gap.

  • 45 Mins
    Demonstration
    Intermediate

    Have you heard of “flaky tests”?

    There are a lot of articles, blog posts, podcasts, conference talks about what are “Flaky tests” and how to avoid them.

    Some of the ideas proposed are:

    • Automatically rerun failed tests a couple of times, and hope they pass
    • Automatically retry certain operations in the test (ex: retry click / checking for visibility of elements, etc.) and hope the test can proceed

    Unfortunately, I do not agree with the above ideas, and I would term these as anti-patterns for fixing flaky / intermittent tests.

    We need to understand the reasons for flaky / intermittent tests. Some of these reasons could be because of issues like: 

    • timing issues (i.e. page loading taking time)
    • network issues
    • browser-timing issues (different for different browsers / devices)
    • data related (dynamic, changing, validity, etc.)
    • poor locator strategy (ex: weird & hard-wired xpaths / locators)
    • environment issue
    • actual issue in the product-under-test

    In this session, with the help of demos, we will look at the following techniques you can use to reduce / eliminate the flakiness of your test execution:

    • Reduce number of UI tests
    • Use Visual Assertions instead of Functional Assertions
    • Remove external dependencies via Intelligent Virtualization
  • Priya Jayachandran
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    Priya Jayachandran - ”How Psychological safe working environment can help your organization to see more innovation and growth ?”.

    45 Mins
    Workshop
    Intermediate

    Do you want to know what, why and how an OKR – Objectives and Key results was achieved on a Psychological Safety check for Agile teams which had in turn helped them to have more innovation and growth ?

    Do you want to know what are the different stages of Psychological Safety that you need to cultivate in your Agile organization?

    Do you want to know some of the best practices that can be adopted to create a better Agile culture and mindset for you Agile teams?

    If your answer is ‘Yes’ for any of my questions above, then you can hear out from me on this interesting topic  ”How Psychological safe working environment can help your organization to see more innovation and growth ?”.

  • Ravi Kumar
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    Ravi Kumar / Carol Mathrani - Case study: “One fit is not always the right fit” Building and using Technology (Agnostic) Adoption Framework using the Agile Principles

    45 Mins
    Case Study
    Beginner

    This case study proposes an Agile framework for adoption of new technologies in an existing team. Considering the present scenario, everyday new technologies are being introduced in the market to increase quality, efficiency, and speed. If the organization does not adopt new technologies, it will become obsolete in the market in comparison to its competitors and will soon run out of business. However, the challenge is to upskill the existing team or replace the entire team and to do all of this in very short durations. Replacing a team is not always feasible due to investment, moral ethics as well as due to the existing domain knowledge possessed by them. So how do we help a current team upskill as well as continue to deliver their current commitments, along with implementing their new skills in new requirements.  Failing in the adoption could be a huge impact on investment infrastructure as well as team morale, not to mention sprint failure towards customer delivery. Thus, failing was not an option for us. In this case study, we will come to know how we were not able to use agile practices in the current form. We will learn how we found out a way to hit the balance between learning and day to day work but also to identify the best way forward with high success rate.  As you participate in this case study discussion, you will come to know how we handled the challenges, what worked for us in terms of agility, team moral and at the same time meet business commitments.

    In our situation, we had to adopt block chain technologies to start delivering new solutions as per client expectations in decentralized finance. The current team had knowledge in programming as well as possessed profound domain insight. The main challenge in the adoption was the vastness of the blockchain technology as well as the complex intricacies of creating an application using it. And to compound to the difficulty, we had to create a learning path from scratch for the team. All this was supposed to be achieved without effecting the current deliverables which were already in the pipeline.

    We turned towards Agile methodology and ended up creating a technology adoption framework using Scrum and Kanban principles. You will come to know that it is technology agnostic and can be used for adopting any of the technologies. We started with a minimum version of the framework aimed towards ramping up the team with the new technology. As we started our journey, we kept on enhancing the framework using the experiences accumulated in implementing the previous draft version. We made sure that the team is motivated enough with the help of awards, incentives, learning opportunities and senior management appreciations. During the presentation, you will come to know that we were not only able to ramp up the team as well as we create a deliverable product, all within the stipulated time frame. We further got brownie point by promoting design thinking as well as intrapreneurship principles within our team. We will talk about this entire case study, the framework we developed, the success criteria and the sense of accomplishment which the entire team felt.

  • Teri Christian
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    Teri Christian - Digtial Operations - How to compete in the Industry 4.0 Jungle

    45 Mins
    Talk
    Beginner

    Regardless of the type of business, it is essential to understand the current economy. We began shifting from a traditional manufacturing economy to a digital economy in 2015, although many organizations do not know what this means to the basics of business operations. In this presentation, people will understand the step-by-step approach to not only survive but thrive in the Industry 4.0 digital jungle.

    The main areas covered are:

    1. Strategic Positioning and Digital Workflow - many organizations, including start-ups, use a manufacturing mindset in developing strategic activities. The strategic activities needed to position companies in a digital era are very different from previous eras. Once a fit strategic set of activities are identified, organizations need to determine how to create a value flow of products and services to customers. The workflow involves creating an internal environment of safety and morale that provides motivation and innovation to deliver quality products to customers using the most efficient workflow.
    2. The Key Six Industry 4.0 Disciplines: We will discuss the disciplines necessary to support the digital operations workflow, why they are essential, and how to build these skills.
    3. The importance and ability to create a diverse, inclusive working environment that leverages employees' skills and represents the customer base. Thirty percent of the organization should represent the customer base to build effective connections and relationships. We will discuss how to create an inclusive operating model to be competitive.
  • Sivakanth
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    Sivakanth - Transforming our remote teams from Good to Great!!

    45 Mins
    Talk
    Advanced

    Although Remote work (or) Telecommuting (as coined by Jack Nilles, the Father of Remote work) has been in existence as early as 1970s, the emergence of revolutionary changes ranging from wi-fi in early 90s to the proliferation of state-of-the-art mobile devices and ultra-fast internet connections (Remember Moore’s Law?), ubiquity of cloud-based storage, SaaS solutions and drastically optimized costs in the last decade have expanded the landscape of work much beyond the confines of office spaces, creeping into our drawing rooms. Of course, Covid pandemic has certainly created an unprecedented surge in the long-term remote work with millions of people experiencing the flavors of it. 

    Numerous Research studies across the globe carried out by McKinsey, Gartner, Buffer etc., in the last few years throw some interesting insights on the increasing footprint of remote working, the challenges that it triggers, and the implications thereof, especially in the wake of the current pandemic. These studies reveal some of the emerging trends in organizations across the globe, such as reduction in stigma towards remote working, inclination towards 100% remote working, setting up remote-friendly policies, stepping up remote security, altering work cultures and practices, promoting coworking spaces, synchronizing communication and collaboration, and finding new ways to boost productivity by adopting digitization and automation technologies, AI etc., to name a few. 

    In this session, , let’s explore a few thoughts on how our remote working environments can be swiftly transformed into a more collaborative and productive workspaces, especially in these pandemic times by striving towards optimizing and streamlining the collaboration and communication channels, synergizing best practices, coaching and empowering the teams to solve the problems on their own, and make them self-organized, which is critical in maximizing the productivity of the teams.

  • Matthew Hodgson
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    Matthew Hodgson / Mia Horrigan - Measuring agility: Data analytics from psychology to grow your teams agility at scale

    20 Mins
    Talk
    Beginner

    How do you know if you’re really agile? Like predicting the weather, complex human systems need data analytics and statistical models over simple reporting, to understand what creates business agility from human behaviour. This is the world of psychology, statistics, human behaviour models. It’s how medicine predicts if you have factors that predict heart attacks or if children are likely to have developmental delay. It’s time to apply this to agile teams to growing a true agile mindset.

    This talk looks at the psychology of human behaviour and data analytics to provide a playbook for measuring and improve an agile mindset in teams to underpin true business agility. It looks at 10 years of longitudinal data, both from software and non-software agile teams, and large scale agile transformation initiatives, and the model that’s now been produced to help coaches and the enterprise become more agile.

  • Andreas Bode
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    Andreas Bode - How To Empower Agile Teams and How to Measure Team Development

    Andreas Bode
    Andreas Bode
    Diretor Sales
    Echometer GmbH
    schedule 2 days ago
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    45 Mins
    Demonstration
    Beginner

    Echometer is a software tool that uses psychological know-how to help unleash the potential of employees & teams in organizations through team retrospectives – measurable and independent of location.

     

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