location_city Melbourne schedule Jul 30th 02:00 - 02:30 PM AEDT place EN313 L100 people 26 Interested

As agile coaches we are often asked by companies to give them what they believe are shortcuts to success. They are scared or unwilling to put in the hard work and want a playbook from someone who was successful to be laid out for them to follow in their footsteps. Explaining why this is not something that will work is often seen as a reason to mistrust coaches. They think we aren’t giving them the quick path because we are just in it for the money. I found a way to help me describe this in a way that makes my clients feel more at ease. Everyone can relate to cooking shows about starting off as a home cook (non-agile organization) and what it involves to become a master chef (an agile organization).


Outline/Structure of the Talk

Introduction, 3’

Trendy vs. Work, 2’

Rock Star vs. Teamwork , 2’

Failure vs. safety, 2’

Marathon vs. playbook, 2’

Established vs. startup, 2’

Giving up vs. trying again, 2’

Mise en place vs. making due, 2’

Ri vs. change to suit old ways, 2’

Mentor vs. going it alone, 2

Change vs. status quo, 2’

Conclusion, 3

Remainder of total timebox – Q&A

Learning Outcome

  • Understand why you can’t become an agile organization overnight.
  • Understand that it takes hard work at every level of your organization.
  • Understand that just because something is popular it doesn’t make it right for your organization.
  • Learn to let go of micro-management techniques and trust your co-workers.

Target Audience


Prerequisites for Attendees


schedule Submitted 3 years ago

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  • Daniel Prager

    Daniel Prager / Andi Herman - When at first they don't want to change: Shared lessons from Addiction Therapy and Agile Coaching

    45 Mins

    The easy case for coaching looks something like this: a prospective coachee wants to change, can articulate their goals, and is matched up with a suitably experienced and competent coach, the two are a good fit, and they quickly get down to the challenging yet rewarding business of growth and change.

    But what if a person (or team) doesn't want to change and would rather not be coached? And despite this an external power deems that change is needed and that coaching will bring this change about. What's a coach to do? What about the coachee(s)? What about the role of the client who's engaged the coach?

    This situation is not uncommon, and bears more that a passing resemblance to what often goes on in addiction treatment. A person with a drug addiction (and often other problems) doesn't necessarily welcome therapeutic intervention at the outset. But an external authority has ordered it.

    In this session we will explore the parallels between the two modalities of addiction therapy and coaching, including the applicability of the Transtheoretical Model of Change and the related technique of Motivational Interviewing.

    These approaches offer insights into how to flex and adapt your coaching approach in the face of some of the most common human impediments to change.

  • Mia Horrigan

    Mia Horrigan - How to survive the Zombie Scrum Apocalypse

    45 Mins

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    Well, at first sight Zombie Scrum seems to be normal Scrum. But it lacks a beating heart. The Scrum teams do all the Scrum events but a potential releasable increment is rarely the result of a Sprint. Zombie Scrum teams have a very unambitious definition of what ‘done’ means, and no drive to extend it. They see themselves as a cog in the wheel, unable and unwilling to change anything and have a real impact: I’m only here to code! Zombie Scrum teams show no response to a failed or successful Sprint and also don’t have any intention to improve their situation. Actually nobody cares about this team. The stakeholders have forgotten the existence of this team long time ago.

    Zombie Scrum is Scrum, but without the beating heart of working software and its on the rise. This workshop will help you understand how to recognise the symptoms and cuases of Zombie Scrum and what you can do to get started to combat and treat Zombie-Scrum. Knowing what causes Zombie Scrum might help prevent a further outbreak and prevent the apocalypse

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    Murray Robinson / Helen Snitkovsky - Agile Coaching Clinic - 15 min sessions throughout the conference

    90 Mins

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    60 Mins

    Story (or, more accurately, capability) slicing is such a core and necessary practice for creating agility at team, portfolio and even organisational level. Yet it is not explicitly included in any of the popular methods and frameworks teams use such as XP, Scrum and Kanban.

    Slicing heuristics are collaborative, contextual, evolving techniques for creating focus on value-generating activities, leading to delivering value sooner and with more predictability. They incorporate all of the 4 core agile values from the manifesto, and many of the 12 principles, particularly:

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    • maximising the amount of work not done (simplicity and focus)
    • face-to-face conversations
    • continuous delivery of value

    Best results are obtained if heuristics are applied for all types of work, by all of the folks collaboratively across the value chain, but they can be used as safe-to-fail experiments by individuals and groups wherever they sit in the product delivery pipeline.

    From a practical perspective, they involve:

    • slicing deliverables at all levels, not only "story"
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    • specific inspect and adapt / continuous improvement activities to improve speed-to-market and predictability
    • big visible boards (ideally)

    Come and learn about this powerful, practical approach to improving agility in your team or organisation from wherever you sit right now.

  • Tony Nguyen

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    Tony Nguyen
    Tony Nguyen
    Engagement Manager
    Equal Experts
    schedule 3 years ago
    Sold Out!
    45 Mins

    Scaling agile frameworks from the bottom up to work at an organisational level has been popular over the last few years. But what if we approached it in another way?

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    In this session, Tony shares stories and tips from years of agile transformations at multiple organisations.

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    Sally Sloley
    Sally Sloley
    Agile Coach
    Sally Sloley
    schedule 3 years ago
    Sold Out!
    0 Mins

    We all have way too much to do. Personal Kanban helps you visualize and prioritize your work, and keeps you from taking on more than you can handle.