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LAST Conference Adelaide 2019

Thu, May 30
Timezone: Australia/Adelaide (ACST)

    Registrations - 15 mins


    Welcome - 20 mins

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    David Alia

    David Alia - "I'll start my transformation next Monday" - Overcoming the fear of pain to successfully transform corporates' mass

    schedule  10:15 - 10:45 AM ACST place G1,2,3 max150 people 15 Interested star_halfRate
    "Like for diets, if methods exist to lose weight significantly and sustainably, they require discipline and courage, which often lack in big organisations that worship silver-bullet cargo-cult frameworks and rituals.

    I will use my own experience in dieting (+20kg in 4 years, -25kg in 6 months) and IT (+20 years of experience) to describe the parallel between the two, and how it is a powerful metaphor to understand why transformations tend to drag on and on in big corporate companies.

    Participants will (re-)discover this evidence written in golden letters at gym clubs: ""no pain, no gain"", and how the diet metaphor suits particularly well for a digital/agile/culture transformation. Ramping up from individual motivation and discipline to tribal execution and ownership, find what are the key levers for managers to step up to become their company's Personal Trainers, with often the most underrated ingredient: courage"
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    Renae Craven

    Renae Craven - 10 Ways to End Up in the Agile Transformation Doghouse

    schedule  10:15 - 10:45 AM ACST place G4 max25 people 22 Interested star_halfRate

    Agile transformations are not easy. And if you’ve ever been involved in one, or two (or more!) you’ve hopefully figured out that they’re not all the same.

    In my experience, there are some common patterns that are a hindrance to agile transformations. This topic will explore 10 of these patterns which either impede organisations or delay their move to an agile organisation.

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    Michael Fagan

    Michael Fagan - Using Cost of Delay to de-scale your organisation through decentralised decision making

    schedule  10:15 - 10:45 AM ACST place G5 max25 people 14 Interested star_halfRate

    It isn’t enough to break down our portfolio into small pieces and execute them in isolation from one another. We must acknowledge that variance in knowledge work is a fact of life, specialists are scarce, people find new jobs, life happens. Rather than think of an organisation as individual parts to be managed, think of it as a living organism which adapts and responds as a whole.

    By empowering people to take decisions based on objective data linked to a shared vision people are not simply playing a game according to a set of rules, they are responsible for the game.

    Don Reinertsen in his seminal book "The Principles of Product Development Flow" states:

    "If you only quantify one thing, quantify the Cost of Delay. "

    In this talk I will present how the Cost of Delay can be derived from data your organisation has lying around how you can super charge decision making speed and consequently the flow of value.


    Morning Tea - 20 mins


    Lunch - 45 mins

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    Nick Hadjinicolaou

    Nick Hadjinicolaou - Organisational agility and its perceived benefits from Australian perspectives

    schedule  02:05 - 02:50 PM ACST place G6 max25 people 8 Interested star_halfRate

    Organisational agility helps businesses to sustain their competitive advantage and contributes to business success. It accelerates shared knowledge and learning processes that meet the pace of rapid environmental change. Despite the awareness of agile application, perceived benefits about significant characteristics of organisational agility have not been fully investigated. This research aims to explore and report relationships between 20 agile characteristics and 15 perceived benefits from the perspectives of Australian industry sectors. Descriptive and correlation statistics were employed to establish the background of 36 research respondents and to indicate relationships of the studied variables. Degrees of correlation were closely examined. The research results showed that only some benefits of organisational agility were perceived and linked to the essential characteristics of agility. The research also found different combinations of organisational agility that constructed individual perceived benefits.


    Break - 20 mins

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    Session 4

    schedule  03:15 - 04:45 PM ACST place Time Block people 1 Interested star_halfRate
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    Martin Kearns

    Martin Kearns - Agile contracts - Starting on the right foot

    schedule  03:15 - 04:00 PM ACST place G1,2,3 max150 people 21 Interested star_halfRate

    We will explore how Agile can be used to embed a learning cycle that supports a project/engagement lifecycle.

    We will then explore different techniques and models to assist in governing and maintaining control over an investment, without destroying the essence of self-organisation and transparency of the outcome.

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    Andrew Murphy

    Andrew Murphy - How to communicate anything to anyone and see a real impact - communicating effectively and efficiently

    schedule  03:15 - 04:45 PM ACST place G4 max25 people 17 Interested star_halfRate

    Everyone thinks they are a good at communication, but... how many times have you been at an event talking to someone you really didn’t want to talk to? Been sold to by someone who didn’t get that you weren’t interested?

    These are examples of bad communication and they all have a few things in common, they weren’t efficient and they weren’t effective

    .They didn’t go into the communication with the right mindset and the right preparation

    Also, sorry to say it, but your own communications probably suck too. But after this talk you’ll have a leg up on your competition: you’ll know your communication sucks... and you know how to fix it.

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    David Alia

    David Alia - The Dome: A powerful experiment for change when change is hard

    schedule  03:15 - 04:00 PM ACST place G5 max25 people 7 Interested star_halfRate
    "In ""Under the Dome"", the novel by Stephen King, the inhabitants of Chester's Mill wake up to a strange barrier, which is similar to a dome, covering the whole city, completely isolating it from the surrounding world.
    The dome is impenetrable, only a small amount of air and water can pass through.
    Following this puzzling event, the community under the dome has to change, for the best or the worst.

    Most successful transformations at scale have a lot in common with this novel, metaphorically speaking of course.
    Based on this story, we designed a brand new culture hacking experiment that proved to be successful in many environments.

    Change automatically generates resistance from the team to change AND from the ecosystem around (the ""antibodies"").
    What if, in order to change the culture of a whole ecosystem, a team was isolated from the outside world, protected by an unbreakable and transparent dome?

    This story can be used as a referential, as this is a metaphor helping communicate and relate to the challenges faced in situations of change.
    Using it as an alignment between fiction and reality, this story will open the discussion to easily relatable transformation and business agility topics."
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    Ally Duncan

    Ally Duncan - Scaling Agile - lessons from the trenches - Ally Ramm

    schedule  03:15 - 04:00 PM ACST place G6 max25 people 16 Interested star_halfRate

    "Agility isn't an option, or a thing just for teams, it is a business imperative." - Dean Leffingwell, Creator of SAFe

    Scaled Agile is not just about rolling out more agile teams or launching release trains, it's a full cultural shift and organisational journey that is, quite simply, hard!

    If your teams are starting to see the benefits of Agile ways of working, this session will introduce the Scaled Agile Framework and guide you through ways you can start to permeate agility through to other areas of your organisation.

    In this tell all session, Ally will share her journey on how implementing the Scaled Agile Framework helped to achieve key benefits that SAFe offers; increased staff engagement, faster time-to-market, increased productivity and improvements in quality, all in an effort to reach the holy grail of "Enterprise Agility".

    Speaker Bio:

    Specialises in: Agile, Scaled Agile, Growth Mindset, Organisational Change, Project Delivery, Culture, Coaching, Business Analysis

    Current Role: EPMO Capability & Engagement Manager - People's Choice Credit Union

    Certifications: SAFe Program Consultant, Scrum Master, Product Owner

    Ally ventured into the corporate life with one simple mission: “to change the world with technology.” Since the evolution of this mission she has worked with a number of organisations to help build capability, culture, ecosystems and teams to be able adapt and pivot rapidly to achieve ultimate success in our fast-paced digital economy.

    With her out of the box and unique engagement style, Ally helps organisations navigate their way through an ocean of buzz words to implement the most relevant ways of working to build and maintain a competitive edge.

    Armed with experience in a number of complex environments and credentials in a number of different practices, Ally is obsessed with innovating new ways to achieve quality outcomes and will stop at nothing to help organisations transform to achieve them.

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    Pete Holliday

    Pete Holliday - The Six Traits of Progressive Organisations

    schedule  04:10 - 04:40 PM ACST place G1,2,3 max150 people 28 Interested star_halfRate

    The 6 Trends of Progressive Organisations

    Less than 15% of the companies listed in the fortune 500 in 1955 still exist today!

    Past success is no longer a guarantee of future success. Despite an environment of constant change driven by global connectively and rapidly evolving technology, some companies are thriving in today’s uncertain and complex environment. Why?

    These companies operate with a completely different operating system to traditional organisations. They dare to be different by leveraging technology, capturing unique talent and embracing new ways of working that allow them to outpace the competition.

    In this innovative and informative presentation, Pete will focus on the approaches that leading global organisations like Netflix, Buurtzorg, Amazon, Spotify, Google and Morning Star are deploying to remain relevant in a world of constant change.

    Pete will share how you can deploy these six key principles to transform your workplace, resulting in greater collaboration, transparency, and high performance.


    Closing Talk - 15 mins