location_city Washington schedule Oct 3rd 10:00 - 10:45 AM EST place Auditorium people 11 Interested

Today, top performing agile teams exist in organizations worldwide. However, they are hamstrung by legacy bureaucratic management - the remnants of a waterfall phase gate governance approach.  True end-to-end, business agility requires a bimodal approach: continued care and feeding of agile teams done in parallel with a systematic middle-management transformation.

Join Sanjiv Augustine to explore 3 steps that enable rapid value delivery, increase decision velocity, enable portfolio prioritization, link strategy to execution and delink funding from projects:

  1. Set up end to end Value Stream Teams
  2. Set up an Agile Value Management Office (VMO)
  3. Move from Yearly Budgeting to Fixed Funding   

We’ll cover case studies of how this approach has unshackled agile teams and liberated managers to deliver positive customer outcomes.

 
 

Outline/Structure of the Talk

I'll be delivering this session using a combination of slides, a short video and a Mentimeter quiz. 

To ensure audience engagement, I’ll include regular questions for the audience, and fold their answers and input into the overall flow of the session.

Learning Outcome

- Organize agile teams by customer journey to create stream-aligned teams with seamless communication and end-to-end flow of value

- Set up a VMO team of teams that facilitates lean portfolio management and enables adaptive governance with compliance to value and strategic outcomes

- Delink funding from projects to accelerate a project to product operating model transition

Target Audience

All (Individual contributors, team leads, managers and executives)

Prerequisites for Attendees

Basic knowledge of agile methods - Scrum and/or Kanban

Video


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  • Charlotte Chang
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    Charlotte Chang - Creating Systems of Compassion

    45 Mins
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    Today’s leadership and organizational norms limit peoples’ ability to make valuable contributions.  We are at an inflection point where we each have a choice.  The future holds promise! The path forward? Together, we can nudge towards a System of Compassion.

  • Alan Zucker
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    Alan Zucker - Agile is Everywhere

    45 Mins
    Case Study
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    Technologists created Agile to deliver software more quickly, predictably, and successfully.   Traditionalists argue that agile is for tech-only. 

    In this presentation, Alan Zucker argues that Agile is everywhere.  The values and principles are organic and align with natural ways of working.  Its practices are broadly applicable across professions, industries, and business domains.  All organizations, from non-profits to high-tech, can benefit. 

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    Agile practices and tools enable and empower all.  Examples demonstrate how practices can be applied to traditional industries such as the military, construction, education, and non-profits.  Agile provides a framework for solving complex problems with creativity and innovative thoughts.  They allow us to harness our energies, improve our focus, and achieve greatness.

  • James Porter
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    James Porter - Agile Testing Starts When the Lightbulb Goes On

    James Porter
    James Porter
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    IBM
    schedule 3 months ago
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    Great testing starts as soon as your client comes to you with an idea.

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  • Matt Barcomb
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    Matt Barcomb - What no one says out loud about transformations.

    Matt Barcomb
    Matt Barcomb
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    schedule 3 months ago
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    Talk
    Beginner

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    This session will briefly cover what a transformation is and why they are generally needed. Then we’ll discuss the five main reasons most large-scale change efforts typically fail to meet expectations. Finally, we’ll provide a few tips for surviving a “transformation” and a couple of practical tools that might even allow you to make some use of them!

  • Steve Moubray
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    Steve Moubray - To Change a Mindset, First Change your Language

    Steve Moubray
    Steve Moubray
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    schedule 2 months ago
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    Talk
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    Language is powerful and can paint a picture, lift people to happiness or dive us into despair.  Transforming our language can be an amazing way to shift our own mindset and that of others. What can you do to change your own internal dialog to embrace a new mindset? Why not extend the same language to help teams and others transform?

     

    In this talk, we’ll cover a variety of language topics that can be incorporated immediately, including:

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    • David Marquet’s (author of Turn the Ship Around) focus on Leadership Language to help management transform into leaders
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  • John Halberstadt
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    John Halberstadt - Implementing Commercial, Off-the-Shelf Systems - Is Agility Possible?

    45 Mins
    Talk
    Intermediate

    Many individuals who have worked as part of an initiative to implement off-the-shelf systems have heard that agile approaches can’t work - that agile only works when building solutions from scratch or adding functionality to these systems. We believe, and have seen, that agile approaches are actually preferable to traditional waterfall in these instances, and the differences between proprietary and customization of commercially available system development have more in common than not.

  • Sally Elatta
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    Sally Elatta - Top Predictors of Team Performance

    Sally Elatta
    Sally Elatta
    CEO
    AgilityHealth
    schedule 3 months ago
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    45 Mins
    Talk
    Executive

    Maturity is a leading indicator for Performance which leads to Outcome delivery. We crunched the numbers and analyzed the data across 46,000 team members in our enterprise customers (4,616 Agile teams) and found some fascinating insights on what specific competencies drive high performance. Our team has always believed there’s a correlation between qualitative metrics (defined by maturity) and quantitative metrics (defined by performance or flow). A few years ago, we moved to gather both qualitative and quantitative data. Once we felt we had a sufficient amount to explore, we partnered with the University of Nebraska’s Center for Applied Psychological Services to review the data through our AgilityHealth platform. The main question we wanted to answer was: What are the top competencies driving teams to higher performance?

    We analyzed both quantitative and qualitative data from teams surveyed between November 2018 and April 2021. There were 146 companies representing a total of 4,616 teams (some who took the assessment more than once) which equates to more than 46,000 individual survey responses.

    The results of our analysis identified the top five input drivers for each of the performance metrics in the TeamHealth assessment, along with the corresponding “weight” of each driver. These drivers are the best predictors for the corresponding metrics. 

    By focusing on increasing these top five predictors, teams should see the highest gain on their performance metrics. 

  • Mark Grove
    Mark Grove
    Excella Consulting
    schedule 3 months ago
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    45 Mins
    Talk
    Intermediate

    Is your team losing its way during backlog refinement? Does refinement contain “hidden” work difficult to account for? Is a Definition of Ready weakly applied? Do you even have one?

    Borrowing lessons from the Kanban method, we look at how to visualize a team’s backlog refinement process using a backlog refinement board – ultimately allowing a team to make work more visible to better meet its Definition of Ready. Benefits include improved understanding of work items, an “unhiding” of work, an appreciation for “where” refinement work resides – leading to greater confidence the work item has truly met the DoR prior to sprint planning.

    We’ll examine how to identify the team’s refinement steps, how to turn those steps into a visual board, discuss whether a refinement board should follow the same cadence as the sprint board, and team interaction with the board. We’ll conclude with some real-world examples.

  • Jesse Fewell
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    Jesse Fewell - The Four Agile Coach Blind Spots - How you are holding yourself back without realizing it

    45 Mins
    Talk
    Intermediate

    Agile coaching is a noble calling, but also very challenging. We face demands for instant results, being stretched too thin, and even unfair criticism... all so that we achieve a better place for everyone. Why is it so hard?

    Surprisingly, recent coaching industry reports reveal much of our struggle is actually self- inflicted. From training gaps, to misdirected growth goals, to mislabeling the job of coaching itself,  Come to this tough-love workshop, where you will learn what the latest research says about effective agile coaching, and why we make it so much harder than it needs to be.

  • Richard Cheng
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    Richard Cheng - Agile Estimation – What it really means…

    45 Mins
    Talk
    Intermediate

    In this session, we will look at estimation techniques that many Agile teams use.

    This session starts off by exploring the concept of estimation via time based estimates (such as hours and days) compared to relative sizing (like story points, Fibonacci, t-shirt sizes).  We will explain what relative sizing means and the advantages and disadvantages of relative sizing and time based estimates.

    From there, we dive deeper into story points and will conduct an estimation simulation with story points using the planning poker estimation technique.

    The session then delves into how to calculate and properly use velocity and how velocity is often misused.

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    Coming out of this session, attendees will:

    1. Understand when to use time and when to use relative sizing for estimation
    2. Know how to perform estimation as a team
    3. Identify velocity and how to stabilize it
    4. Know how to get started with relative sizing
  • Ross Libby
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    Ross Libby - People helping People - It's Agile!

    Ross Libby
    Ross Libby
    Agile Coach
    Target Corporation
    schedule 3 months ago
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    45 Mins
    Talk
    Beginner

    Digital revolution, artificial intelligence, virtual work...change is accelerating. Technology is seen as the key to success. Every company is now a software company. NO! Every company is STILL a people company!

    This talk is perfect for team members and leaders alike as it highlights the real differentiator in Agile ways of working, PEOPLE. Through 3 human-centered, transformational stories (Product Team Mobbing, Customer Success Leader Learning Journey, & Marketing Evolution) along with a few interactive exercises attendees will hear how Agile principles and practices are broadly applicable to everything from team building to culture change.

    Agile was brought into existence by people that cared, and Agile has continued and evolved because people still care. Agile transcends industry and functional area. It could care less about title or tenure. It does not differentiate between a business that has been around for 10 decades or 10 days. Agile is about connection and community, so let's talk about people helping people.

  • Jesse Fewell
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    Jesse Fewell - Untapped Agility - 7 leadership moves to transform your transformation

    45 Mins
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    Intermediate

    Agile transformations are supposed to make organizations modern, competitive, and relevant. But in the well-intentioned effort to move into the future, change leaders find themselves frustrated by pushback, limited impact, poor practices, and unfair criticism. What is going on?

    In this special hands-on workshop, we will cut through the conventional approaches to building agile organizations,  and instead explore a recurring pattern that disrupts what holds organizations back:

    • The BOOST is the initial gains from logical first steps for change
    • The BARRIER is the unavoidable roadblock that must come next
    • The ReBOUND is the way forward to further gains by leaning against the concept of the original boost. These counter-intuitive rebounds can unblock stalled agile transformations.

    No, your transformation is not a failure. It turns out the buy-in, the talent, the alignment, and the growth you need to break through are already in front of you; it’s all simply hidden under the surface. Undiscovered. Unutiliized. Untapped.

  • Kevin Sivic
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    Kevin Sivic - Flow Metrics for Predictability and Forecasting

    Kevin Sivic
    Kevin Sivic
    Agile Coache
    Industrial Logic
    schedule 4 months ago
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    45 Mins
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    Intermediate

    How might you answer the question “when will it be done?” What about “how long will this take?”

    These can be critical questions in helping decide if we should do something, along with starting a conversation with customers and stakeholders.

    Since we don’t have a crystal ball, we don’t know exactly what the future holds. But all hope is not lost. There is an option.

    Kevin will share an introduction to how flow metrics can be collected and then used to improve predictability and allow for effective forecasting. He’ll share some real-world examples of how powerful this data can be, how it can be introduced within an organization, and how it can be used to help teams improve discussions with their stakeholders and customers.

  • Jon Fazzaro
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    Jon Fazzaro - How to go fast in software without really trying (and other stories from the backlog)

    Jon Fazzaro
    Jon Fazzaro
    Senior Consultant
    Industrial Logic
    schedule 3 months ago
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    45 Mins
    Talk
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    “I just don’t know what else I can do, man. I’ve tried everything.”

    Roger had my attention. The only emotion he'd shown me before now was *I’ve got this, I don’t need your help*. The development team he led just would not deliver fast enough. And, at first glance, it did look like he had tried everything in his power as their manager.

    But before long, Roger's team became known for their quickness, all but erasing their old reputation.

    Wait, what happened? Come hang with me for an hour, I'll tell you all about it.

    Software is a game of insight. And stories are the best way we have to share our insights with each other. By sharing them, we elevate our work, our industry, and our lives as software professionals.

    I've got stories to tell you about the teams I've worked with. You'll see yourself and your team in theirs. You'll ride the ups and downs with them from the safety of your chair. You'll walk away with the lessons they lived. And you'll probably realize how many stories you have to tell, too.

  • Paige Watson
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    Paige Watson - Fluid Scaling Technology: When you want to go FAST!

    Paige Watson
    Paige Watson
    Sr. Technical Coach
    Industrial Logic
    schedule 3 months ago
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    45 Mins
    Case Study
    Beginner

    In 2014, Ron Quartel had a vision of teams using processes based on Open Space Technology to self-organize around work.  Starting in 2016, I was part of an amazing experiment of 40+ people who self-organized and dynamically reteamed around our work, using two-day iterations to produce amazing high-quality applications for a large healthcare insurance company.  Our process became what is now called Fluid Scaling Agile (FAST).

    In his book, The Art of Agile Development, James Shore called it: "One of the most promising approaches to scaling I've seen".

    Let me share why it was the most amazing, highly productive, cohesive team that I've ever been on, and the lessons that I carry to every team since.

  • Charlotte Chang
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    Charlotte Chang - Rethinking Product Strategy

    45 Mins
    Talk
    Beginner

    In many organizations product ideas often lack customer or business validation. Products or features tend to be a manifestation of a HiPPO (highest paid person’s opinion) or blind feature matching of a competitor. Likewise, product strategies are often pithy phrases, uninspiring targets, or contain too many goals to be actionable. Neither of these needs to be true! Using lightweight, evidence-based approaches that guide product discovery with demonstrable outcomes is key to finding customers and generating business value. Once a product idea has been refined, a well-designed and deployed strategy will provide focus, alignment, and purpose for an entire organization. Attendees will be introduced to key concepts and provided with practical tools that allow product leaders to guide product discovery and create meaningful product strategies. Participants will be introduced to a Product Strategy canvas that focuses on the deployment of a successful strategy.

  • Salah Elleithy
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    Salah Elleithy / Ganesh Murugan - Mobbing for learning!

    45 Mins
    Talk
    Intermediate

    “We don’t have time for learning but we want to deliver value fast. And by the way, we need to develop new skills and attract talent but we have limited to no budget!” Huh!

     
    Does that sound familiar? If it does, you are not alone! This is one of the most prevalent patterns we have seen in organizations. We see this almost everywhere. Leaders and Managers demand that teams deliver value fast with no time to learn new skills. It's an oxymoron or may be a paradox!
     
    It's difficult (dare I say impossible) to attract talent if your organization keeps doing what it has always done. And if your organization needs to develop new skills internally, how will it be able to do that without dedicating time for deliberate learning?! A vicious cycle to say the least not to mention the impact on morale.
     
    I am not a mind reader but I could imagine you looking at us with a puzzled look and a thought that goes like, "Ya think!" It would be a valid response, I say, as I am sure you have seen or experienced this vicious cycle in many places. You may be even experiencing it right now!
     
    In this session, Salah and Ganesh can help you explore concrete ideas for experimentation on balancing speed and learning using concepts from Mob Programming. We can't promise any silver bullets however we do believe in experimenting and learning fast!
     
    Questions to explore:
    1. What is Mob Programming (or Mobbing)?
    2. Where to find talent/skills currently in your organization?
    3. How to introduce Mobbing to accelerate the learning?
    4. What does it take to amplify the good? (or as Woody Zuill puts it "turn up the good!")
    5. What is mobbing for learning and how does it help solve this problem?
     
    At the end of this session, you will be able to introduce Mobbing to your organization (perhaps even with a demo), attract developers who really want to shake things up and start finding places to "turn up the good!".
     
  • Tyler Grant
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    Tyler Grant - Words Matter: Dropping Jargon and Beating Buzzwords

    45 Mins
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    Intermediate

    The culture of the Agile community is based in part on an ethos of responding to change and growing to meet new challenges with innovative ideas and structures.  However, this fast paced environment can lend itself to a proliferation of jargon and buzzwords, unfamiliar and meaningless to those who aren't in the know.  In fact , it's this use of language that tends to create such strong divisions between people in corporate settings, creating stumbling blocks for those trying to move quickly.

    By identifying the difference between language that doesn't drive value and the words that do, understanding that people can become divided through this type of speech, and ultimately settling on a more simple, direct, and honest conversational style, you can turn a confusing conundrum into an opportunity for cohesion and community.

  • Matt Barcomb
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    Matt Barcomb - WTF is a PDO (aka Becoming a Product-Driven Organization)

    Matt Barcomb
    Matt Barcomb
    Principal Consultant
    Tackboom Shift
    schedule 3 months ago
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    45 Mins
    Talk
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    There are a lot of companies talking about or working on becoming a “Product Organization” - but what does that really mean? How do structures, roles, responsibilities, and key business processes change? What are the impacts on a company’s operating model or overall organization design? If you have similar questions, you’ll probably enjoy this session!

    This session will provide a practical definition of a product organization and contrast it against other common organizational modes. Next, we’ll explore the many terms and concepts used by proponents of product organizations. Then we’ll go a little deeper into some major changes to the organization design, specifically how strategy, structures, roles, portfolio, and key processes. Finally, we’ll wrap up with some of the typical pitfalls that can have a negative effect on becoming a product-driven organization.

  • Snehal Talati
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    Snehal Talati - Generational Agility and Leadership: From Textbooks to TikTok

    45 Mins
    Talk
    Intermediate

    The world is changing at an incredible pace. The way we learn, the way we work, and the way we communicate are all changing. The way we learn is changing from books to video and from audio to text. The way we work is changing from traditional offices to flex offices and from being on-site to remote.

     
    Generational leadership has become an important topic of discussion. Leaders can now come from any generation, however the way we communicate, understanding the motivations of each generation, the style in which each generation adapts too has become very important. This is especially true for the younger generations who are growing up in a world where technology is always available, where everyone has a voice, and where the newest technology is used to the fullest extent. This has influenced the way young people learn today. They are much more comfortable with learning in multiple mediums rather than just having to learn in one way. This has made education much more adaptable to the needs of the students and the industry. They have more choices than ever before and are much more comfortable with the idea of being able to adapt to change than we think they are.
     
    In this talk we will discuss how agility of an organization will become dependent on how we understand the generational landscape. We already are seeing some of the impacts as many of us have switched in the way we are working today. So let us come together to learn from each other and talk about ways that you can bring meaningful impact to your organization by preparing for the future. 
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