As Agile sweeps through the industry at amazing speed, organization struggle how to “transform” their culture and adapt their project execution in their new enterprise. Meanwhile, the business and IT struggle to understand what is expected from them as they enter new projects under the “Agile template”... In this session we will discuss how “setting the stage” for an Agile product, team and organization will help to level set expectations and increase the probability of business value delivery by everyone involved. We will leverage standard project documentation, Agile best practices and facilitation games to emulate a Agile product kick off. Our goal for this session will be to provide the group with an Agile kick off “template” that will increase team buy in and minimize team hurdles along your journey to happy customers. DISCLAIMER: No magic fairy dust will be provided... just a compilation of tools for you to utilize as you feel fit.


Outline/Structure of the Talk

Intro Purpose Start of the Start - Kicking off a project - Agile Ecosystem - "Remember the Future" - "Speed boat" - What's In / What's Out - "As is / To Be" Maturity Model - Roles and Goals - Personas - Story Mapping - Prioritization - Forecasting - Elevator Pitch - Showcase Scalable Agile Kickoff "dataflow"

Learning Outcome

Provide a proven, scalable framework for Organizations and Agilist to "Kickoff" their Agile projects and teams. Driving executive engagement, Team buy in, clear customer expectations, and product vision. Participants will receive a template they can scale up or down in their organization for their next Agile kickoff!

Target Audience

Executives, Managers, Business Owners, Agile Coaches, Product Owners, ScrumMasters, and Team Members

schedule Submitted 6 years ago

  • 60 Mins

    Testing sprints? Hardening sprints? Why do so many of us have these and other ways to get around completing all our required testing inside our defined timeboxes? Isn’t our goal to produce deployable features at the end of every Sprint?

    During our session, we will examine why it’s so hard to accomplish all necessary testing inside the iteration and show how to complete these tests within your timebox. Through interactive discussion and real world examples, we will provide insights on foreseeing, overcoming, and avoiding your hurdles and send you home with both long term methods and short term actions that will yield tangible results in achieving your goal.

    Our session will:
    • Illustrate the value of completing all of your testing inside your timebox
    • Identify the challenges in completing all these tests in such as seemingly short period of time
    • Discuss ideas and options to successfully overcome these challenges
    • Explore how to enable your organization and environment for efficient, rapid testing
    • Discuss real world examples of enablement and how we navigated the pain points of enabling testing processes that allow complete testing within an iteration
    • Explore DevOpsSec and how achieving testing within your timebox is a precursor to DevOpsSec
    • Provide short term tactics and actions to immediately improve your ability to complete your testing
    • Allow you to voice your concerns and challenges and discuss potential solutions to these impediments

    Most of us implement agile to reduce the time to deliver valuable working software and to increase the frequency of delivery with high quality through increased and earlier collaboration, shorter feedback loops, and reduced risk. While you can show improvement over Waterfall by performing typical agile methods, you cannot really live the dream without optimizing your agile execution.

    You will leave this session armed with the right knowledge to improve delivery on your current project or start your new projects properly so that you or your clients can reap the benefits of efficient process and high-quality software capable of achieving continuous deployment of fully-tested code at the end of each iteration.

  • Valerie B Santillo

    Valerie B Santillo - The Role of a Leader in an Agile Organization

    Valerie B Santillo
    Valerie B Santillo
    Agile Coach
    Blue Agility
    schedule 6 years ago
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    60 Mins

    We hear a lot about leaders who don't "get" Agile and the impact they have on Agile adoption but, what is the role of a leader in an Agile Organization? Agile requires a great deal of change in the way we approach, manage and execute delivery. And, while a great deal has been put in place to educate and support team members, Scrum Masters and Product Owners, there isn’t a great deal available to those outside of teams – especially leaders.  This discussion will present a description of an Agile leader for consideration and the results from two organizations:  One who applied the learning, and one who did not.

  • Steve Elliott
    Steve Elliott
    schedule 6 years ago
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    60 Mins

    We would all agree that Agile is mainstream, agile is the future and that Agile DOES work.  So why then do we see so many failed or moderately successful large scale transformations?  The answer is complex but there are many things that can be done to improve your odds of success.

    In this talk we will explore 7 proven methods to help you see bottlenecks, clear land mines and drive better results.  The seven points we will explore include:

    1. Methods to scale up collaboration (above the team level) using agile principals
    2. New methods to scale up estimation by combining standard methods like WSJF, Points, T-Shirts, Team Weeks with Monte Carlo what-if simulations.
    3. Objectives as work packages
    4. Value streams in a three tier model with a RACI twist
    5. Agile Ghantt-ification and other scaled-up visualizations
    6. The effects of WIP discipline at the portfolio level
    7. How calculate capitalization regardless of team methods (cycle time, points, hours)