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  • Jeff Gothelf
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    Jeff Gothelf - Outcome-based Product Planning

    45 Mins
    Keynote
    Beginner

    Roadmapping is a flawed concept in the age of Agile. Maps, by their definition, are linear and we don't build linear products and services any more. We build continuous systems. Nevertheless, we have to be able to create and provide some plans for our teams, leaders and customers to set expectations about the ongoing improvements and future of the services we build. How do we communicate that effectively in a continuous world? How do we ensure the voice of the customer is included in these plans?

    In this talk, Jeff Gothelf will discuss the concept of outcome-based product planning. Using specific examples and detailed tools, Jeff will show how taking a customer-centric look at product strategy and creating continuously improving plans ensures the teams maintain their agility, customer-focus and ultimately, the success of their product.

  • Bart den Haak
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    Bart den Haak - How to make OKRs Lean again

    45 Mins
    Talk
    Intermediate

    OKRs are a goal-setting, strategy execution tool that involves setting ambitious goals that lead to measurable results. The thing is, over the years, OKRs have gotten too complicated - they need to be put on a diet - and that’s where Lean OKRs step in. They are hyper-focused on one single OKR to rule all others. Often, OKRs are not set up for success and thus tossed aside. I can name four (and a half) common reasons why your OKRs aren’t working. Among them, the importance of finding a rhythm for making OKRs part of your way of working, leading teams with trust, and getting the foundation in place so teams aren’t running before they learn how to walk.

  • Steve Adolph
    Steve Adolph
    Senior Consultant
    cPrime, Inc.
    schedule 1 month ago
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    45 Mins
    Talk
    Intermediate

    Large-scale agile transformations do not have a good track record with reportedly up to 70% falling far short of their goals.  From a biological perspective,  many agile transformations are like taking a bulldozer to a wild, diverse eco-system.  While we may create a consistent Way of Working, the transformation bulldozer often results in a monoculture,  a weakened ecosystem that cannot adapt and innovate. Of course, to work together, especially at scale, we cannot just let our enterprise eco-system grow wild because we need consistency to collaborate and coordinate. We can resolve this dilemma by taking a page from Socio-Technical systems for a more sustainable transformation.  We introduce five principles for the "Greening" of the Agile Transformation that sustains and grows our capability to innovate while creating needed alignment and consistency.

  • Steve Smith
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    Steve Smith - You Build It You Run It sounds great... but it won’t work here!

    Steve Smith
    Steve Smith
    Principal Consultant
    Equal Experts
    schedule 3 months ago
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    45 Mins
    Talk
    Advanced

    You work in an enterprise organisation. You’ve got lots of delivery teams, and a central operations team that does deployments and production support. You need daily or weekly deployments. You need 99.9% reliability, and less than 1 hour to restore. You need a growth mindset, and learning culture.

    The good news is you can have it all with You Build It You Run It. It’s an operating model in which on-call product teams build, deploy, operate, and support their own digital services.The bad news is... well, for some, it’s a bit controversial. It’s a 15 year old idea that flies in the face of traditional IT, and still isn’t well understood in enterprise organisations.

    You’ll hear:

    • How You Build It You Run It can be proven to protect more revenue than it costs
    • How developers can be encouraged to try, and even enjoy, being on-call
    • How to clearly establish who to hold to account for reliability
    • How to build an effective, repeatable incident management process
    • How developers can spend most of their time on product features, not fires
    • How to balance demand and availability of specialist skills

    This talk demystifies You Build It You Run It fears, drawing on experiences from multiple enterprise organisations who’ve successfully implemented on-call product teams. It explains how to simultaneously achieve frequent deployments, high availability, and a high rate of learning across many teams and digital services.

  • Simon Copsey
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    Simon Copsey - Systems Thinking for Happy Staff and Elated Customers

    45 Mins
    Talk
    Intermediate

    Every organisation has problems to overcome. At first glance they seem daunting: software bugs, financial issues, staff troubles, operational woes.

    However: what if all these problems weren’t disconnected, but actually stemmed from the same underlying cause? What if - by tackling that underlying cause - we could make all those obstacles disappear in one go? And, what if it was surprisingly simple to find that underlying cause?

    This talk draws on the Theory of Constraints and aims to provide you with the tools you need to understand and uproot the cause of complex, cross-functional problems that cause widespread pain and all too often go unaddressed.

  • Sharon M Robson
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    Sharon M Robson - How to stop the weaponizing of Agility practices in the workplace

    45 Mins
    Talk
    Intermediate

    This is a topic that I have been exploring with coaches for a while now. It’s basically recognising that sometimes the agility practices, tools and techniques are used against others in the work place to support poor behaviour, low maturity or personal agendas.

    The main phrase I hear used is “that’s not agile” and I find this one used generally against stakeholders outside of the agility delivery teams to push back on any information or engagement request that stakeholders have. This is very concerning since the fundamental values of agility talk about interaction, engagement, collaboration and putting the customer first. In my experience, everything is agile if we are working together to create the solution for our clients, customers and teams.

    Another one I hear is “there’s no planning in agile” or “we are agile, we don’t document things”. Both of which are not true, nor do they convey the fundamental propositions in agility that are around crafting your own practices and approaches to add maximum value to the organisation. This means that if your organisation needs a plan for funding, resourcing or capability management – then create one! Same if information needs to retained for legal, regulatory or audit purposes – then create them!

    At team level, the use of planning poker and story points by different team members to “estimate” the dev component and the testing components of a story separately are also used to create internal team silos – rather than working together this is used to further separate the skills and reduce the advantages of cross functional teams.

    Structuring agility ceremonies with a bias towards extravert behaviours, being focused on creating podiums from which on certain people can speak are also another way I see this happen. This directly challenges the fundamental premise of collaborative working practices and psychological safety in the teams.

    Metrics (and velocity in particular) being used to “whip” teams to working harder and faster are quite common.

  • Craig Smith
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    Craig Smith - 40 Agile Methods in 40 Minutes: 2022 Edition

    Craig Smith
    Craig Smith
    Global Agility Lead
    SoftEd
    schedule 1 week ago
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    45 Mins
    Talk
    Intermediate

    With 66% of the world using Scrum as their predominant Agile method, this session will open up your eyes to the many other Agile methods and frameworks in the world today. For many, Agile is a toolbox of potential methods, practices and techniques, and like any good toolbox it is often more about using the right tool for the problem that will result in meaningful results. So join us on this rapid journey to look at the universe of Agile approaches and adding some extra tools into your toolkit

  • Matt Turner
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    Matt Turner - Cloud-Native Progressive Delivery

    Matt Turner
    Matt Turner
    Software Engineer
    Tetrate
    schedule 1 month ago
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    45 Mins
    Talk
    Intermediate

    Do you want to make your releases safer, faster, and less effort? Lots of us now have microservices, kubernetes, maybe even a service mesh. So why are released still banned on fridays? Why is it so hard even know what version is running in production?

    In this practical talk, Matt will talk through progressive delivery. This is an approach, and a set of tools, which give us automated, safe, observable deployments and releases.

    There’ll be a lot of demos, during which we’ll see:

    • Canary deployments and automated rollbacks
    • The separation of Deployment and Release
    • Traffic mirroring, comparison of results between versions, and other neat network tricks in Kubernetes

    And lots more!

  • Ramkumar Venkatesan
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    Ramkumar Venkatesan - Spurring growth with an Agile culture

    45 Mins
    Talk
    Beginner

    Startups have been and will be a big factor in powering India to be a $5 trillion economy. Startups have a need to grow the customer base, product offerings, scale their technology and grow the teams.  Succeeding in all of these parameters in a rapidly evolving environment is what makes startups successful. Agility enables startups to conquer these challenges. An agile culture is very important for successful Agility. The 3 pillars of building such a culture are alignment of goals, decentralised decisioning to attain those goals and a continuous feedback loop on decisions’ outcomes. 

  • John Le Drew
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    John Le Drew - Once Upon a Time in Agile

    John Le Drew
    John Le Drew
    Owner
    Rainbow Laces
    schedule 1 month ago
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    45 Mins
    Talk
    Beginner

    John will show you how changing a team is exactly what gets in the way of a team changing.

    He's focused on helping organizations create an environment that fosters safety facilitating creative collaboration.

    Stories are the foundation of the human experience. They are what define us, individually and collectively. They engage us, entertain us, bring us together and drive us apart. What stories do you tell about you? Who knows your stories? Everyone? Perhaps just a select few? Maybe, just you.

    In this session, we explore how our individual journeys to self-acceptance and alignment are also the heart of how we can work with and support teams. We will learn about how to truly help teams move towards agility, by helping them find and own their process and tell their own story. So they stay aligned and can continually realign when their context changes.

  • Abhishek Gupta
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    Abhishek Gupta - Are you ready to delete some YAML?

    20 Mins
    Talk
    Beginner

    The combination of Containers and Kubernetes has emerged as a de-facto standard for packaging, deploying and orchestrating applications. However, developers don't want the world to remember them as YAML engineers! Jokes apart, the (harsh?) reality is that Kubernetes app development workflows and specifications are dominated by YAML config which become harder to manage and maintain over time. Solutions such as Helm, Kustomize etc. help relieve some of the pain, but at the end of the day, they too are YAML-centric.

    What if you could replace YAML with good old code - the same way you write your applications? Well, cdk8s (short form for Cloud Development Kit for Kubernetes) is an open-source CNCF project, that you can use to define "Kubernetes applications and reusable abstractions using familiar programming languages and rich object-oriented APIs"

    Get an overview of cdk8s and it's workflow, how to define your first cdk8s application and building reusable components called "constructs". You will also see "cdk8s in action" with some live-coding and demos!

  • Nadezhda Belousova
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    Nadezhda Belousova / Anjali D leon - Six Stances of Product Leadership

    90 Mins
    Workshop
    Intermediate

    Product Leadership is an organizational capability that inhabitsmany facets and dimensions of work. At times one can get overwhelmed by the dynamic complexity of the associated roles’ expectations. No wonder that those who are simultaneously able to…

    - maximize business value

    - effectively and creatively navigate the ever-changing landscape of product insights

    - cultivate generative customer-centric relationships

    - strategically mobilize teams towards an inspiring vision

    - stay grounded in data-driven decisions to support systemic change

     

    …can truly be seen as the unicorns of the modern product/service world! 

     

    How can we bring more clarity into the variety of perspectives pulling product leaders in multiple directions? How can we be more deliberate in developing the required skills and competencies to ensure product leadership success?

    In their workshop Anjali and Nadezhda will uncover and explore 6 Stances of Product Leadership to help make sense of the inherent complexity in product management. Join us to take a close up look at the characteristics and focus areas of product leadership through the distinct set of lenses, appreciate the natural synergies and tensions between them, and reflect on how you may use the stances’ vantage points to guide your professional growth.

  • Steve Tendon
    Steve Tendon
    MD
    TameFlow Consulting Lmited
    schedule 2 months ago
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    45 Mins
    Talk
    Executive

    This talk will describe how we can enable the businesses to manage software engineering efforts at scale in a financially sound way, all the while dealing with multiple projects/products or value streams, multiple events or deadlines, multiple stakeholders and multiple teams.

    It will show how to resolve the conundrum of dependency management at scale by collapsing the combinatorial explosion of dependency networks into a simple linear queue.

    It will describe how to instrument the organization in order to raise leading signals of oncoming trouble in order to trigger intense, frequent and engaging collaboration between all players (business and engineering), leading to an environment that unleashes the organization's collective intelligence via co-creation and social learning.

    The talk will highlight techniques employed to foster intense collaboration between engineering and business, at scale.

    It has been employed, among others, in a case in the automotive industry involving an organization with 8.000 people, half of which in 120 engineering teams distributed globally across the world, dealing with on average 400 projects in process at any time, and 70,000 change requests per month. The focused approached allowed the organization to improve it's operational throughput by 40% in a matter of months after inception.

    The approach is data driven, and takes into account: Flow metrics, Buffer Burn Rate, Virtual Queue Sizes, Operational Throughput, Financial Throughput, Financial Throughput Rate.

    The techniques used are a re-elaboration of the Theory of Constraints, taking elements of Drum-Buffer-Rope scheduling and Critical-Chain Project Management, and combining them with queuing theory and Little's Law.

    The metrics and signals produced are also used to trigger collective psychological flow states leading to sustainable and optimal human experience at work.

  • Jutta Eckstein
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    Jutta Eckstein - The Planet sends an S.O.S. – Taking Responsibility for our Carbon Footprint

    45 Mins
    Talk
    Beginner

    The world is on fire! None of our improvements in software development will matter at all if we can’t change the course of the climate crisis. The software lifecycle creates direct and indirect carbon emissions: it has a footprint, worsening environmental problems. However, the environmental aspect is not the only one we need to focus on. If we take our task seriously, we have to take a holistic view of software development in the sense of the so-called triple bottom line from all three sustainability perspectives: social, economic, and ecological.
    In this session, I want to broaden our horizon on having this holistic perspective on our responsibility for sustainability that comes with software development. I will share both ideas about possibilities and examples from companies who make already an effort in implementing this holistic perspective because sustainability becomes more and more a success factor for every company: For finding and keeping both clients as well as talent. Thus, this session is about raising awareness of our contribution to sustainability and understanding the (first) steps we can take to make a difference.

  • 45 Mins
    Talk
    Executive

    Where will organisations be in 20 years from now? Actions we take today shape the future of organisations. What if, organisations become platforms for positive change, business and personal growth, and good in the world. 

    I think organisations today are having to make a bold change. We have seen it in the past.

    Throughout history, humanity has faced periods of chronic change. To meet these challenges, we worked together in an organised way. As a result, organisations have evolved into different shapes.

    Today we are facing another period of great challenge, what shape will organisations take next? I want to propose a shift in the paradigm, a real pragmatic change to the way we see organisations.

    Imagine an organisation shaped in a way where every person can truly be who they are and lead from a place of personal power and purpose. Imagine an organisation where employees and customers align around the needs of the world. 

    Is this too much to ask? And if not, how can it be done? 

    With people at the centre, the shape of organisations has the potential to evolve into platforms: platforms for positive change, for growth, for good in the world. And managers and leaders have a pivotal role to play in this new future. 

    In this session, Anna will present a new way of looking at the evolving role organisations play in our world. She will share a vision of the future of organisations as platforms, evidence where this change is already happening, and present an actionable take away for leaders and managers to start shaping a better future of work. 

    Let’s start a conversation on how we can move away from change as just a one-and-done tick-box exercise and instead focus on impact and implementing changes in a more meaningful way so that this next stage of evolution is a win-win-win for us all!

  • Craig Cockburn
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    Craig Cockburn - Strategy maps - a visualisation practice to connect your roadmaps to the bigger picture

    Craig Cockburn
    Craig Cockburn
    Agile Coach
    Siliconglen Ltd
    schedule 2 months ago
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    45 Mins
    Talk
    Advanced

     “Most strategy dialogues end up with executives talking at cross-purposes because…nobody knows exactly what is meant by vision and strategy, and no two people ever quite agree on which topics belong where” (Geoffrey Moore -  Escape Velocity). In addition, all too often strategy is a static powerpoint that goes out of date and gives little indication of the “why of movement”. Join Craig and find out how to form an agile strategy and visualise it in a complex landscape and connect it to roadmaps, backlogs, Wardley mapping and the Strategy Cycle. This talk connects to different aspects of agile theory and practices including work by Simon Wardley, Roman Pichler and Dave Snowden. It also uses a novel visualisation technique to help you visualise the talk itself.

  • Jessica Cavallaro
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    Jessica Cavallaro - How Can Agility Transform Education to Prepare Students for the Future?

    Jessica Cavallaro
    Jessica Cavallaro
    Co-Founder
    The Agile Mind
    schedule 3 months ago
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    45 Mins
    Case Study
    Beginner

    In this presentation Jessica and Roslynn will present how agility can transform the modern education system to purposefully teach students the skills that they will need to find success in the ever changing economy. 

       Jessica and Roslynn have brought Agile into their middle school classrooms and found incredible results. Students were able to cultivate their own agile mindset, build their own kanban boards and employ project management skills to design and process their own projects. Along the way students also built time management, leadership, organizational and communication skills, which are all highly necessary to navigate an ever evolving economy. 

  • Jakub Jurkiewicz
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    Jakub Jurkiewicz - Agile recruitment - the missing step in your agile transformation

    Jakub Jurkiewicz
    Jakub Jurkiewicz
    Founder
    Agile Coaching Lab
    schedule 2 months ago
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    45 Mins
    Talk
    Beginner

    If we want to build agile organisations we need to recruit with agility in mind! If we care about people and interactions, we should create space for people to shine and where people can collaborate.

    What if the candidate does not fit any of our boxes? How could we respond to that and embrace this opportunity? What about hiring for culture-fit? Or is culture-add is even more important? What could happen if we redesign our recruitment processes looking through the lenses agile values and principles?

    In this talk we will explore how agility could help us shift the conversations in the recruitment processes, and how we could start recruiting for culture-add and hire people that will accelerate our agile transformations.

  • Ahmed Avais
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    Ahmed Avais - Self-governing teams through SoFA (Sociocracy for All)

    90 Mins
    Workshop
    Beginner

    Are you interested in learning more about self-management and how to share authority within an organization? Then this talk is for you! We will discuss the basic patterns and processes of sociocracy, a system of self-governance that can be used in combination with agile practices to scale self-organization across all decisions made in an organization. This interactive class will cover topics such as patterns of organizing and consent decision-making. So come prepared to learn and participate in the discussion!

  • Neelu Tripathy
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    Neelu Tripathy - Championing Security for your Agile Development

    45 Mins
    Talk
    Executive

    The world is shifting from waterfall to Agile ways of development and technology is changing fast.  Amidst all this, security teams are not able to keep up with this pace. This has led to increase in the number, size and frequency of breaches &  supply chain attacks.

    In this talk, we discuss how to hack the developer mindset to Build Security into the product/application; also, the methods and means to make it effective at scale.

    Here, I discuss the actual outcomes of this approach and share learnings from successful execution of the ‘Security Champion Program’ that I designed & drove at scale. This program proved to be effective and was run for ~ 200 teams comprising of ~3000 developers and continues to grow.

    During this process, we captured hundreds of threats, taking them through a structured approach to track, manage and mitigate these issues on their project/devOps dashboard. In this talk, we also share what good looks like when Security is everyone's responsibility.

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