location_city Washington DC schedule Oct 24th 02:00 - 02:45 PM EDT place Tiered Classroom

Does any of this sound like you?

  • You’re a changemaker working on a complex problem either as an entrepreneur or intrapreneur. You have some resources for making change but will need to work with partners, policymakers, or others to scale your impact.
  • You’re a product manager, business analyst, designer, architect, or systems engineer in a large organization.
  • You’re working on a difficult problem which will need to be solved in phases over months or years.
  • You’re managing a portfolio of work that spans multiple time phases or teams.

Are you running into any of these problems?

  • The product design cycle is taking too long.
  • You’re delivering value but getting a lackluster response from customers and stakeholders.
  • You have great ideas and the customer likes them, but there's no roadmap to get them into production.
  • You have multiple stakeholders, none of whom are on the same page.
  • You don’t have one single, completely informed decision maker who can make the final call.
  • You’re having difficulties reconciling modern experiences with legacy systems and business processes.
  • You have “wicked problems” to tackle but your organization is ignoring them in favor of low-hanging fruit. And you’re starting to run out of low-hanging fruit.
  • You’re having difficulty helping other people focus on anything beyond the latest fire.

If any of that resonated with you, an Enterprise Design Sprint might be exactly what you’re looking for. Combining elements from agile, design thinking, enterprise architecture, and systems engineering, Enterprise Design Sprints will help you make sure that you're delivering value over the long term. This talk will cover the theory and mechanics behind planning and running your own sprint, with examples from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. 


Outline/Structure of the Talk

Key points:

  1. The problem
  2. What solutions exist and why they're not enough
  3. What an Enterprise Design Sprint is
  4. Benefits of trying one
  5. Picking a great Enterprise Design Sprint topic
  6. Planning your sprint
  7. As-is phase
  8. High-level to-be phase
  9. Detailed to-be phase
  10. Prototyping
  11. Reviews
  12. Follow-up
  13. Troubleshooting
  14. Incorporating Enterprise Design Sprints into the Scaled Agile Framework

Learning Outcome

  1. Learn about when and why the Enterprise Design Sprint structure can be helpful
  2. A blueprint for planning and running an Enterprise Design Sprint
  3. Tips for starting and scaling Enterprise Design Sprints in your own organization

Target Audience

Practitioners working in complex enterprises. Especially useful for product managers/owners working in the government space.


schedule Submitted 6 years ago

  • David W Kane

    David W Kane / Deepak Srinivasan - "Hitting the Target" - Business Value in Mission-Focused Organizations

    45 Mins

    In the simplest of terms, software development decisions for commercial organizations can be reduced to a calculation of whether the cost of developing the software will be outweighed by the estimated revenue generated or costs saved by the software.  However, as Mark Schwartz points out in his book, “The Art of Business Value Paperback” this simple explanation is insufficient for commercial organizations, and not applicable for government and other non-commercial organizations for whom the impact of software isn’t primarily measured in terms of revenue.  

    In this session participants will experience a simulation that has been created to explore these question of how to make decisions about investments to deliver mission and business value by examining the impact of these decisions on the performance of organizations in changing environments.

  • Michael Peter
    Michael Peter
    Liquid Genius
    schedule 6 years ago
    Sold Out!
    45 Mins

    Agile methods help to build a repeatable and reliable pipeline of working code to production. Unfortunately, complex enterprises, including the US government, consider agile the solution to finding and solving all their copious and complex problem. In this space, agile alone is not enough. Reliable enterprise problem-finding and solution-creation techniques aren't yet embedded in the agile toolkit, but nonetheless that's the toolkit brought to bear on critical, complex organization-spanning issues. Typical problem/solution methods can create a local optimization (look at this great thing the team delivered!) but create a global failure (the team didn't consider the other systems and teams involved in the process, and broke them). This is the norm, not the exception, and why large project solutions are typically "meh", not "wow". Given agile is now the de facto approach, now is the time to focus on being exceptional.

    In this talk, we'll cover three years of the fight to achieve agile success on a critical project at the Department of Veterans Affairs: the struggle to enable an agile environment and the realization of what agile at scale REALLY means; the tactical and strategic efforts to identify the fundamental, success-blocking problems of the enterprise, and how to solve them; and what it takes, from discovery, analysis/design, code/test, and release to production, to deliver actual value, and not just "working code."

  • kelly snavely

    kelly snavely - Women in Agile and the Confidence Code

    45 Mins

    This talk is inspired by the book ‘The Confidence Code’ by Katty Kay and Claire Shipman.

    What is confidence and how do you know you have it?   While confidence is partly influenced by genetics, it is not a fixed psychological state.  However, you won’t discover it thinking positive thoughts or by simply squaring your shoulders and faking it.  It requires work and choices: less focus on people pleasing and perfectionism and more action, risk taking and fast failures.  This is why it can seem harder for women because these behaviors aren’t typically the ‘norm’ for women but generally come naturally for men.

    In this talk we will explore the roots of confidence and the gender gap between men and women.  To ground the learnings, we will also hear interview summaries from four great and diverse women in agile: 

     Lyssa Adkins, Esther Derby, Ellen Grove, and Kat Conner

  • Awais Sheikh
    Awais Sheikh
    Business Proces Engineer
    schedule 6 years ago
    Sold Out!
    45 Mins

    Empowerment. All of the agile literature focuses on it being a key characteristic of a successful Product Owner. Necessary to ensure decisions can be made quickly and representative of business value. Yet in most environments, particularly in the public sector, the notion of a single Product Owner empowered to represent the multitude of stakeholders isn't feasible. In this session, if you have a situation where you are a Product Owner, or know a Product Owner, who is not in that ideal textbook situation (and even those who are), learn how we can harness the power of classic and emerging innovation methods to put you in a position of success.