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LAST Conference Melbourne 2023 Day 1

Fri, Dec 1
Timezone: Australia/Melbourne (AEST)
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    Tyson Yunkaporta

    Tyson Yunkaporta - Ko-design: an alternative to ‘collaboration’, ‘co-facilitation’, ‘co-management’, and ‘co-design’

    schedule  09:05 - 09:45 AM AEST place North Laundry

    In an interview with the New York Times in 2019, Tyson said, “Indigenous knowledge it’s always a dialogue. The knowledge changes depending on the relationship of the people who are sharing it.” This was in relation to his book Sand Talk: How Indigenous Thinking Can Save the World and it continues with his latest book, Right Story, Wrong Story: Adventures in Indigenous Thinking.

    It is also applicable to the work of the people who are part of the LAST community. At LAST Conference Melbourne, Tyson will share with us his even more recent thinking about how people come together to to create…anything. He calls this Ko-design,

    Tyson will walk us through the concepts of Ko-design, how you can apply it during your time  at LAST Conference, and beyond.

    About Tyson

    Tyson is an author, academic, educator, Indigenous thinker, maker (traditional wood carving), arts critic, researcher, poet and the founder of the Indigenous System Thinking Lab at Deakin University,

    He belongs to the Apalech clan of west Cape York. His born-country is Melbourne and has adoptive and community/cultural ties from Western NSW to Perth.

    He looks at global systems from an Indigenous perspective, asking how contemporary life diverges from the pattern of creation. How does this affect us? How can we do things differently? Tyson also carves traditional tools and weapons.

    His 2019 book Sand Talk: How Indigenous Thinking Can Save the World, was acclaimed internationally. His latest book is called Right Story, Wrong Story: Adventures in Indigenous Thinking. Both available via Text Publishing.


    Discussion groups - 30 mins


    Morning Break - 30 mins

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    Andrew Murphy

    Andrew Murphy - Athens to Algorithms : Zeno as a Tech Leader

    schedule  11:00 - 11:40 AM AEST place North Laundry

    In the lightning-fast world of technology, leadership calls for more than just technical prowess. It requires a balance of mind, a mastery of self, and a distinctive approach that can navigate the rollercoaster of innovation and disruption. So, where might we find this kind of wisdom? Would you believe it if we told you that the secret lies in the ancient philosophy of Stoicism, born in the heart of Athens over two thousand years ago?

    I invite you to join me on a fascinating journey from the cradle of Stoicism in ancient Greece to the buzzing industry of technology. This isn't your average talk on leadership; it's an exploration of the hidden power that fuels resilience, emotional intelligence, and strategic thinking in our tech leaders today. We're about to unlock an age-old secret and unveil the unseen force that has been driving successful tech leaders around the globe.

    Ready to decode the mysterious formula for impactful leadership? Come, and be part of this enlightening journey. The secrets from ancient wisdom await you.

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    Dannielle Pearson

    Dannielle Pearson - The art of critical thinking & the steps you can take to think critically

    schedule  11:00 - 11:40 AM AEST place strategy

    A discussion on what Critical Thinking is, and why it stands apart from other types of thinking.

    A breakdown of methods that can be used to enhance critical thinking

    This blog post

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    Martin Chesbrough

    Martin Chesbrough - Searching for the REAL Scaled Agile Framework? Here's a version you can understand while standing on one leg ...

    schedule  11:00 - 11:40 AM AEST place agile

    Want to scale agile? I'd like to suggest that you consider OST as a way to empower your whole organisation to be more productive and better engaged with your strategy.

    What's OST? Well it stands for Open Systems Thinking and it is a discipline that has a long pedigree in delivering massive productivity improvements WITH increased employee engagement. Think happy coal miners in 1960s Britain that never wanted to go on strike ... ok maybe not ... just read the next bit.
    My aim with this presentation is to present a workshop called "the Search Conference", which is one aspect of OST that might help you to develop a more empowered and agile organisation. In order to learn how this workshop delivers a different organisational outcome I will need to cover off an Organisational Design Principle that looks a lot like agile teams but actually works across the whole organisation.
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    Adam Murray

    Adam Murray / Jordan Bailey - Who's afraid of the big bad (AI) Wolf?

    schedule  11:00 - 11:40 AM AEST place tech

    The rapid advancement of AI technologies has ushered in a new era of possibilities, transforming the way we live, work, and interact. However, as AI becomes more integrated into our daily lives, it is essential that we understand its potential and embrace its responsible use, else we risk the possibility of becoming redundant. Let's tackle the Wolf head on and not stay under the covers.

    In this fun and thought-provoking workshop, we will co-create and explore practical applications of Artificial Intelligence (AI) and how it may be harnessed for good. By leaning into the power of AI, we have the opportunity to not only uplift ourselves but also elevate our teams and communities. Throughout the session, we will share practical insights and practices for successfully incorporating AI into our work and personal lives. We will also engage in interactive discussions, allowing participants to share their experiences, challenges, and success stories, fostering a collaborative learning environment.


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    Supriya Joshi

    Supriya Joshi - Leading Mindfully - Doing less and being more

    schedule  11:00 - 11:40 AM AEST place culture people 1 Interested

    In this interactive session, I will help the audience discover what it means to lead mindfully. During the 45 mins the attendees will work together to get a perspective on what leadership means and how it transcends authority. It will also open the mind of the attendees to question the commonly perceived ideologies of leadership such as authenticity, being yourself, being action-oriented and striving for future goals. Ultimately, the session will leave the participants in a quest to seek happiness and a true purpose in life with leadership by engaging with various states of mind.

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    Pete Omotosho

    Pete Omotosho - Which wastes afflict your organization?

    schedule  11:00 - 11:40 AM AEST place systems people 1 Interested

    Lean has proven to be effective in streamlining processes, reducing costs, enhancing quality, and increasing customer satisfaction. Lean improves efficiency and eliminates defects across different sectors leading to operational excellence. It is important for teams to build quality into their deliverables. This implies that teams need to continuously test and check quality because delays in doing so will cost more in the short and long run. Lean is no more only about building cars but also about systemically building great organisations through continuous learning.

    In this session, I will introduce some sources of waste in the knowledge work environment to the attendees and invite them to share their stories, actions taken to curb waste, outcomes realised, and the overall experience. This session will trigger the thinking of the attendees about the principles of Lean, the session is intended to be collaborative in nature so that attendees can deep dive into their wealth of experience to bring out instances where their action or inaction has resulted in both positive and negative outcomes. After all, as agile practitioners, we are expected to partner with organisations and teams to efficiently and responsibly reduce or better eliminate waste where possible, to improve efficiency and deliver more value to customers.

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    Daniel Hill

    Daniel Hill / Niall McShane - Workplace Climate Change – How great organisations enable workers to feel appreciated and trusted to go above and beyond

    schedule  11:00 - 11:40 AM AEST place coaching

    The “climate” (atmosphere) in your organisation can be described as how it “feels” to be ‘on the team’ and in workplaces in your organisations. What are the values you hold and how is your culture embodied by your employees?

    In this presentation & discussion we:

    • share the conditions you need to create to enable people to want to contribute more – to give their ‘discretionary effort’; in mind, heart and will.
    • make the case for creating ‘awesome’ jobs & teams – choosing to design a “great place to work” that will deliver lower costs, higher profits and greater customer satisfaction.

    Key choices we will explore:-

    1. Less – the art of taking away distractions
    2. Standardising – the science of rhythm and cadence
    3. Empowering – autonomy for all
    4. Focus & Simplification – understanding the big picture, meaning & purpose
    5. Cross-skilling – developing mastery
    6. Operating with Slack – getting the flow flowing
    7. Belonging – what it means to matter

    Join us to learn how organisations can create a sustainable competitive strategy in which everyone – employees, customers, shareholders and society - wins.

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    Josh Centner

    Josh Centner - Scaling product and the 4 key platforms

    schedule  11:00 - 11:40 AM AEST place product

    In product and technology our ultimate goal is to achieve our team and business objectives - it's not simply about delivering good product we need all teams in the organisation across strategy, marketing, sales and operations to successfully deliver on their objectives in order for the product to be a success.

    The problem is that unlike the product team with a coherent product vision and associated team objectives the rest of the departments across the organisation tend to run as independent silos. It is not uncommon for each department to have completely different approaches to workflow, knowledge management, customer relationship management and reporting (the 4 key platforms). This leads to a huge amount of waste in the form of miscommunication, misalignment, duplication of effort and ultimately the inability to scale our product delivery process.

    We are all familiar with the trope that it is impossible to get things done in a large org - I believe it is the above waste that leads to this perception. If organisations adopted an operational vision and aligned strategy around the 4 key platforms they could help to significantly reduce this waste.

    In this talk I'll discuss what is an operational vision, what are the 4 key platforms that you need across your entire organisation and how you can get started now to help improve how you, your teams and the entire organisation operates in order to scale effectively.

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    Ross MacIntyre

    Ross MacIntyre - OST’s 6 Criteria for Productive Groups

    schedule  11:00 AM - 12:20 PM AEST place 9

    Come and learn about the 6 intrinsic motivators are fundamental for the sustained success and productivity of any group.   Taken from Open Systems Theory (OST) the 6 criteria can help individuals and teams bring greater joy to their work.

    The 6 criteria have been shown over decades of study and application to enable groups to flourish, not just to respond but to actively adapt in the complex environments. The 6 criteria are based on both academic research and practical application by amongst others academic Dr Merrelyn Emery and practitioner Peter Aughton.  They are used as part of OST's Participative Design Workshop.  Understanding and designing for the criteria can be instrumental in setting teams up for success, identifying improvement opportunities and tracking progress towards truly motivated and engaged people at work.

    OST is a cohesive set of principles and practices, steeped in over 50 years of application, experimentation and revision.  It has the potential to rescue us from cookie cutter agility, get us back on the path to the agile founders aspirations, and strengthen our hopes of changing our organisations into the types of places that we would want to work, equipping organisations to be adaptive and have long lasting impactful and meaningful change, for our people, our customers, and our community or business outcomes.

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    Alexandra Stokes

    Alexandra Stokes - Alex has been using the techniques of OST with clients and wants to talk you through them

    schedule  11:45 AM - 12:25 PM AEST place North Laundry

    Join with Alex for a showcase of what you can use from OST techniques and apply to your own facilitation and workshops, with a brief history of OST and what an Australian OST. community are doing at the moment (with a bunch of familiar agile 'faces' as part of the group) 

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    Jamie Mackintosh

    Jamie Mackintosh - Conquering the IAM Frontier: Triumphs and Trials in Crafting a Winning Strategy

    schedule  11:45 AM - 12:25 PM AEST place strategy

    Gain practical insights into the IAM space through the lense of a Product Manager with a focus on enhancing the customer experience.

    We'll dive into what is IAM, the ever-changing threat landscape, what is at stake and exploring how customer friendly IAM solutions are essential for your organisation and safeguarding against security risks

    We'll discuss the impact of geographical differences on IAM strategies, highlighting the importance of tailoring solutions to meet unique customer requirements.

    Through lessons learned, you'll discover both the wins and challenges of IAM.

    This is your opportunity to learn more about customer-centric IAM practices that can make a real difference.

    Don't miss out!

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    Paul Beaumont

    Paul Beaumont - Gilligans Island - A Prioritisation Framework

    schedule  11:45 AM - 12:25 PM AEST place agile

    This session will involve people prioritising all the cookie things the peeps on Gilligans island did rather than fixing the boat.

    The items include: 

    • Lie Detector...
    • Geiger counter. ...
    • Electric generator. ...
    • Sewing machine. ...
    • Washing machine. ...
    • Telegraph. ...
    • Hot air balloon. ...
    • Jetpack fuel.

    The peeps will work on How Long , What Value.   -  the group will decide:

    Then we discuss the value Themes  - what are the themes - limmited to about 5. We write a positive statement about a small, medium and large value for each theme

    Then we give Scores to the themes. Small, medium and large

    (Time permitting we can then re-score the work.)

    The emphasis at the end is that now we have:

    A working scorecard for value

    You can change the scores as your strategy changes (but not the positive statements)

    It is WSJF - but with an organisational memory.  This is where WSJF fails - lack of memory (in my humble opinion)

    I have run this session a couple of times internally at E8, but importantly, with clients of E8... 

    It has super cool outcomes... it is an Obeya board(s) - where strategy meets work!

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    Kelly Broekstra

    Kelly Broekstra - Building a great integrated data model the agile way

    schedule  11:45 AM - 12:25 PM AEST place tech

    I bet your organisation has heaps of data in different applications. Your CRM, Google Analytics, SharePoint, Forms or surveys, Jira and project management software alone have masses of information about your business just waiting to be explored.

    Learn how to integrate this data into consolidated solutions to help you fully understand your business or client and gain insights. We will discuss why this is important, how different data relates and the limitations and benefits of built-in application reports.

    We will demo some tools and techniques to combine data from multiple common applications. We'll explore lessons learned and gotchas so that you can get understand the big picture of your organisation's data.

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    Calum Dabb

    Calum Dabb - Change Quest: A Choose-Your-Own-Adventure Session on Change Management

    schedule  11:45 AM - 12:25 PM AEST place culture

    "Change Quest: A Choose-Your-Own-Adventure Session on Change Management" invites participants on an interactive and dynamic journey through the realm of change. This innovative talk is not just a presentation, but a personalized experience where attendees become the heroes of their own change story. Throughout the session, attendees make critical decisions at key crossroads, influencing the direction of their adventure. They navigate through scenarios inspired by real organizational changes, each decision leading to different outcomes and learning opportunities. As participants encounter obstacles, uncertainties, and triumphs, they gain insights into change management strategies, techniques, and best practices.

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    David Colls

    David Colls - When Pipelines Become Waste - 7 Wastes of Data Engineering

    schedule  11:45 AM - 12:25 PM AEST place systems

    Even with the most modern tooling, it’s likely that you’re generating waste in the production of data in your organisation. Waste manifests as business misalignment, slow response to opportunities, poor quality of outputs, and employee disengagement. Waste can be any activity that doesn’t deliver value, but where the cause may be hidden.

    We’ll review the manufacturing roots of the 7 forms of waste known as Muda in Lean, and how they have been reinterpreted for knowledge work like software engineering. Identifying and managing these wastes is core to modern software delivery and all spheres of business operations. We’ll then consider the data organisation as a factory that produces data, a factory that is constantly reconfigured by engineering as business needs change. This will allow us to identify and characterise the impact of the wastes of data production that emerge in building and running a data organisation and data platform.

    Initiatives like the DataOps Manifesto and Cookbook also embed this Lean philosophy. With wastes understood, we’ll identify potential interventions to improve alignment, responsiveness, quality and engagement in data engineering. We will also introduce the Improvement Kata approach that provides a framework that any team can use for continuous improvement. You’ll leave with a good understanding how to reduce waste in data production, in order to restore pristine pipelines.

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    Kirsty McDonald

    Kirsty McDonald - Dungeons and…tech teams? The latest tabletop game to teach you all about building high performing tech teams

    schedule  11:45 AM - 12:25 PM AEST place coaching
    How do we go about building high performing tech teams that deliver great outcomes together? My experience playing tabletop roleplaying games (namely Dungeons and Dragons), has taught me a lot of this lies in truly understanding your teammates strengths, weaknesses and goals. This helps teams shift from the mindset of individuals focussed on individual outcomes, to being able to take on large goals (like killing dragons) that you can only do together.
    In this interactive session, we will use a development team as the backdrop for building a deeper understanding of team dynamics through a tabletop roleplaying game! Our game will have 6-8 team members who all have different roles, skillsets, moods and goals. The game master will have a problem that needs resolving, that only your team can fix! As you try to collaborate and work together to find a fix, you will roll dice to see how successful you are.
    You do not need any tabletop experience, just an open mind to try something new.
    After this session both the audience and participating players will gain an appreciation for the significance of understanding each other’s roles and strengths in a team, and the impact this can have on team outcomes. Furthermore, the potential of tabletop games as a powerful tool for fostering teamwork and building this understanding will be demonstrated.

    Lunch Break - 50 mins

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    Penelope Barr

    Penelope Barr - Product You. How managing your Job search is like creating a Product. A 12-point plan to help you find your next role

    schedule  01:20 - 02:10 PM AEST place North Laundry

    If you've been searching for a fab new role like me, you too may have experienced all of the emotions that come along with you on this journey.  Searching for a new role can be exciting, scary and overwhelming, sometimes all at the same time. And it can be lonely and frustrating, leaving you feeling lost and confused. Am I the only one not getting interviews or not hearing back from anyone? What are all of these other people I see getting jobs each day doing that I'm not doing? What else should I be doing?

    Over the past 11 months, I've been running a weekly Job Accountability Group, coaching and supporting senior and executive-level people to run their job search like creating a product.  In this workshop, I'll share this process as a 12-point plan to 'Finding your next role'. 

    Key success measures for this approach have been:

    • adopting a product approach to understand each job seeker's needs and problems; defining values and vision; research and generate opportunities; planning and synthesizing insights and metrics; validating what's working; and continuously iterating this strategy 
    • drawing on the power of a supportive community to hold you to account
    • and my own mantras: You only need one job, 'No, no, no eventually leads to Yes and There's always more Money

    It’s important is to remember we’re talented, experienced people, with a huge amount of value to offer the world. It’s hard to see why we wouldn’t be able to find new roles. This session will outline the approach I've been coaching and using and which you might like to use too. 

  • schedule  01:20 - 02:00 PM AEST place strategy

    In a fast-changing world, adapting our ways of working, systems and tools for environment sustainability is a complex challenge and many organisations, and people within them, are struggling to achieve better outcomes.

    Attendees will hear how a research program run by an international group of coaches was empirically validated and demonstrably helped individuals and teams grow their capability in sustainability action, while also delivering other benefits such as:

    • employee growth
    • increased teamwork and collaboration
    • reduced time and cost overcoming challenges
    • satisfaction and a sense of belonging

    Agile features strongly in modern sustainability approaches, such as Giles Hutchins’ and Laura Storm’s Regenerative Leadership. Therefore, in line with the continuous improvement mantra, lessons can be learned from both tech and sustainability sides complementing one another.

    Ultimately, this presentation aims to inspire and empower attendees to embrace the interconnectedness between agile thinking, environmental sustainability, and inner development. By recognising the mutual benefits and synergies between these elements, we can foster a collective sense of agency and catalyse a transformative shift towards a sustainable future.

    Attendees will leave with the ability to consider alternative forms of employee training and growth programs, which enhance:

    • employee engagement and resilience
    • enable behaviour change
    • improve cognitive ability across the board
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    Stephen Callaghan

    Stephen Callaghan / Christiane Anderson - AI Over Agile: Is This the End of Agile as We Know It?

    schedule  01:20 - 02:40 PM AEST place agile

    "Agile" has triumphantly surfed the previous waves of technological revolution, securing its position in the mainstream over the last two decades. Yet, in the aftermath of the black swan event of the pandemic, the consequent emergence of hybrid working, and rapid advancements in Artificial Intelligence, one can't help but ponder if the next wave — driven by AI — will reshape "Agile" as we've come to know it.

    Team Culture, a cornerstone of Agile, is deeply entwined with the modality of collaboration. So, what if half of the "individuals and interactions" are virtual AI bots? Could an AI Scrum Master, potentially more efficient and economically sensible, challenge the relevance of its human counterpart? GitHub's Co-Pilot is already empowering a single developer to achieve the work of many — what happens when that becomes the norm, the unchallenged standard? With the majority of project management tasks readily automatable — from planning to tracking and reporting — we are witnessing the birth of holistic tech stacks that streamline everything from design to deployment.

    AI's trajectory might be leading us towards a future of augmentation, catalyzing an unprecedented surge in productivity and paving the way for more intriguing and fulfilling roles. Alternatively, we might see agile teams and their modus operandi replaced by a compact cluster of business and technology subject matter experts directing, or possibly just orchestrating, the work. The certainty here is the industry, as we know it, is on the brink of a radical transformation.

    What remains an undeniable fact is that a monumental shift is on the horizon, and its magnitude is likely underestimated by many. This interactive workshop will delve into these fascinating topics and more. To ensure a diverse and enriching discussion, we will employ ORSC facilitation techniques and vow to refrain from using any technology (just in case our AI overlords are indeed listening in!). Join us as we voyage into the future of Agile and AI.

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    Chris Lucian

    Chris Lucian - Improving technical quality with Mob Programming and collective habits

    schedule  01:20 - 02:00 PM AEST place tech

    Do you believe you and your team could release new features to production 2 times a day with no bugs discovered in production over a year and a half?

    In this talk I will tell you my team and I formed the important habits that took us from hundreds of bugs in production, to zero known bugs and highly effective habits for creating products in an agile way.

    The greatest change and consistency in technical habits I have seen has been during mobbing.

    4 Minutes: Intro, Habits, and their importance
    This will tie technical excellence to habits detailed in extreme programming skills as well as relevant organizational habits. The importance of habits will be detailed by covering good habits vs bad habits in our personal lives.

    4 Minutes: Topics from Power of Habit/Atomic Habits books including the Habit Loop.
    This section will cover the habit loop and tools for changing habits. This will lead to habit change for technical excellence later in the talk.

    4 Minutes: Good technical Habits
    This will cover the habits we know are good for us but have trouble committing to.

    4 Minutes: Concrete technical examples of good habits
    This will provide examples to show technical habits are not scary.

    4 Minutes: Intro to Mob Programming
    This is a brief into the Mob Programming, my history, and anecdotal experiences.

    4 Minutes: Mob Programming’s effect on technical habits + Historic Metrics for our teams
    Finally, we tie the habit loop and mob programming’s ability to effect habits in a stronger way through collaboration, peer accountability, and strong feedback loops.

    16 Minutes Q&A

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    Rick Giner

    Rick Giner - Pairing Beyond Programming: Translating Tech Tactics to Leadership

    schedule  01:20 - 02:00 PM AEST place culture people 1 Interested

    Engineers love pairing. It's a great way to improve the quality of work, to train people, and to build in redundancy. So why not use what we know about this way of working throughout an organisation?

    Everest Engineering is one of the fastest growing digital agencies in Australia. With that growth has come an opportunity to tailor the way our teams operate to the stage our customers' businesses are in. We have become specialists in lean product thinking for startups, continual validation and iteration with scale-ups, entrenching world-class digital practices in mature digital first companies, and experts in scalability, infrastructure, and standards compliance for our enterprise customers.

    With this organisational structure comes a need to lead large crews of specialists - and that leadership needs to be both inward and outward facing. We need our leaders to be geographically close to our customers so they can absorb the culture of an organisation and move quickly to meet customer expectations. Our leaders need to be excellent coaches of skills relevant to the business they work for and which will help them grow appropriately. Our leaders need to be close to the staff they work with to give support, celebrate victories and foster long-lived relationships.

    The challenge we found is that one person rarely excels in all these areas, and with that revelation came the idea to apply the pairing principle to all our leadership roles. By pairing up our leaders, they can work to their strengths whilst developing their 'backhand' skills with a complimentary partner. It builds in redundancy, allows emerging leaders to be closely mentored as they develop their skills, and helps form meaningful relationships even at the executive level.

    People often say ‘It's lonely at the top.’  - but it doesn't have to be.

  • schedule  01:20 - 02:10 PM AEST place systems

    A Workshop about Workshops: Learn Building Blocks to create great interactive sessions

    Facilitation is among the most important skills for building Working Intelligence. This highly interactive 50-minute workshop intend to provide any individual with an understanding and a toolset to create and structure their own interactive meetings and workshops.

    In this high energy deep dive into a topic close to his heart, Aurelien inspires you to reflect on the crucial roles of the facilitator in meetings, and shares pragmatic ways to become meeting leaders and enable the collaboration of any team (“Agile” or “Traditional”), by resetting the focus on doing what matters if you want to make a real difference when getting together.

    Come and attend this session and talk about workshops, in a workshop! In a style that Aurelien likes to call "workshop-ception."

  • schedule  01:20 - 02:00 PM AEST place coaching people 1 Interested

    An elite F1 racing team is designed to deliver optimum performance up to and including the driver. The F1 Team has a responsibility to optimise these critical components (tyres, aerodynamics, fuel efficiency, analysis of track conditions etc.) that drive performance of the system including starting at the top with the driver's performance.

    Similarly, as agile, system and lean practitioner practitioners of high performing teams, we have a holistic responsibility and commitment to all of the components of a system including the 'driver' of that system, be it a GM, head of business, Tribe/Platform lead, or Scrum Master/Product Owner.

    Performance coaching is based on the science of optimising human motivation and behaviour for any given endeavour. The self-coaching Leadership canvas is a lightweight coaching framework designed to improve a Leaders personal performance.

    The canvas brings together over 20 years of performance coaching experience of business leaders designed to improve self-awareness, understanding, motivations & targeted actions.

    In this workshop simulation participants will test drive the self-coaching leadership canvas working in groups of 3. The canvas will provide guidance on how to use highly effective and less well-known leadership coaching tools for the purpose of self-coaching performance. 

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    Cat Argyle

    Cat Argyle - Moving from Triad to Quartet - why Digital Analytics should be elevated as partners not servants

    schedule  01:20 - 02:20 PM AEST place product

    Anyone who has read Marty Cagan or Teresa Torres knows all about the product "Triad" or "Trio" - the sacred partnership between Product, Design and Engineering leads who work together to discover and deliver amazing products that solve problems for customers and get outcomes for the business. However, this is missing a critical and valuable discipline - Digital Analytics. Too often this discipline is separate from cross-functional teams (shared service model), or even if embedded within a cross-functional team they can be utilised more like servants rather than partners - operating as request-takers, question-answerers and dashboard-builders rather than acting as contributors and leaders when it comes to product vision, discovery and decision-making. In a world where data informed decision making is more important than ever, Digital Analytics need to be elevated to become true partners. We need to move from "Triad" to "Quartet". 

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    Ferzeen Anis

    Ferzeen Anis - Confessions of a Professional Scrum Trainer: Scrum doesn't work

    schedule  01:20 - 02:40 PM AEST place 9

    Here’s a question I’ve started asking every now and then to attendees of my Professional Scrum courses: What made you want to learn about Scrum?

    And while I’m thrilled to hear the occasional “oh it makes complete sense to work in this way” or “oh I experienced it in my previous team and want to bring this into my current environment”, the most common response is a shrug or a guilty smile and something along the lines of “oh, it’s the best agile method”, and “everyone in our organisation/around me is doing it” and my most dreaded response of them all “because my company sent me here to learn about it”.

    Cue Zombie Scrum.

    As a Professional Scrum Trainer™, while I’m proud when I hear statistics like 87% of Agile practitioners are leveraging Scrum (in the 16th State of Agile report) - I can’t help but shudder at how many of these are mechanical applications of the framework: slap on one of 3 new job titles, call your specifications document a backlog, your (pre-planned) list of features your sprint goals, provide a daily status update to the powers that be’re scrumming!

    There are no cultural or procedural changes to the ways of working, let alone the incredible mindset shift that is required for a barely-not-shaky adoption of scrum, and the disengaged, exhausted people in the weeds of “the scrums” have only one question when they rock up to a course to learn more about the framework - does Scrum actually work?

    Here’s my confession - no, it doesn’t.

    Not always, and in my experience, not in most environments it’s currently being applied in.


    Afternoon Break - 30 mins

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    Dylan Verheijden

    Dylan Verheijden - Saving the World in Corporate Australia

    schedule  03:30 - 04:10 PM AEST place North Laundry

    The world is complex and the challenges abundant, but between all the details and troubles we navigate at work, we are chasing a dream of a better world. At AGL we are not only driving towards better customer outcomes, we are actively trying to save the world. Come learn about the challenges of leading in complex, mission driven companies.

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    Tracy Powell

    Tracy Powell - Why your team needs juniors

    schedule  03:30 - 04:10 PM AEST place strategy

    When you look at your engineering teams, how many juniors do you see? Have you heard "we're too busy to hire junior engineers" or "hiring juniors is too risky"?

    In this talk Tracy will share why at Mentorloop they believe it’s not just important but imperative to hire juniors, graduates, and interns - how it helps you build an amazing engineering culture and how the shape of your engineering team directly contributes to a healthy, thriving, high performing team.

    Successfully hiring and growing junior engineers doesn’t happen by accident, so Tracy will also cover how to get buy-in from senior leadership, practical tips for the hiring process, and how to create great onboarding and development plans that will get your junior developers up and running in no time. From this session, you will come away with the confidence not just to hire juniors, but the knowledge and plans to ensure that you are growing your engineering teams.

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    Martin Foster

    Martin Foster / Mel Kendell - Practices on an Agility Journey x 2023 Business Agility Report

    schedule  03:30 - 04:30 PM AEST place agile

    Ever wonder which practices people in other orgs are using to improve their organisational agility?   Come learn and discuss what your local and global peers are doing, through the lens of the time and "maturity" insights that flow from the 2023 Business Agility Report - which I'm a co-author of. 

    This session is a combination of quick presentation - longer discussion group - quick presentation.  We'll talk to the insights of the 2023 Business Agility Report, run a quick survey and discussions on practices attendees are using, and close with learning what the global survey said in this space.  If there's audience time and appetite, we can run a short Q&A on the report itself. 

    note: I'm proposing this as a discussion, with a presentation component to frame it. It could be flipped the other way around as a 40min presentation (with much less discussion time).   



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    Dave Timm

    Dave Timm / Andrew Ong / James Pau - AI - How to train models and what to do with them

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    Noah Cantor

    Noah Cantor - Creating Unity Through Systems Thinking

    schedule  03:30 - 04:10 PM AEST place culture

    Effective change is often hampered by lack of agreement as to what the ‘real’ problem is and what solutions are likely to lead to success. Systems Thinking is a validated way to approach our problems and come to understand what the underlying problems are. It allows us to understand, collectively, what is happening, and move from conflict over different solutions to working together to solve the problem.

    I see this session as having 2 possible forms:

    1. Simple talk: I've given this talk before at Agile On The Beach NZ 2023. It was well-received, with feedback stating that people wished it could have been longer. It was a 15 minute session, and probably could have easily gone for either 30 or 45.

    2. Case study: I have used these techniques with clients. I can take one of my latest ones, and work through it with the audience. Perhaps share the problem statement that lead to my engagement and ask how the audience would approach it. Let them work on identifying a solution, and then walk the audience through what I did, and what the results were.

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    Eugene Chung

    Eugene Chung - Accelerating time to team: rapidly forming connected and effective teams

    schedule  03:30 - 04:20 PM AEST place systems

    As the adage goes, the only constant in most organisations is change. Whether it's changing missions, adding new team members, or changes in leadership, most teams will experience a significant change in the next six months. 

    To help navigate this change, this session will introduce attendees to the Team Formation Canvas, a practical tool and workshop that helps build the minimum viable shared understanding of the essential topics that all teams need to accelerate their time to "team".

    Drawing heavily on the Drexler and Sibbet Team Performance Model, this tool provides leaders and teams a repeatable and structured way to build the necessary shared understanding to self-organise around how they work together to achieve their objective. 

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    Jochy Reyes

    Jochy Reyes - Leave No MIND Behind:  The importance of mental and team health metrics in the workplace. (Presentation, Use Case)

    schedule  03:30 - 04:10 PM AEST place coaching

    Leave No MIND Behind:  The importance of mental and team health metrics in the workplace. 

    Mental health facts:

    • According to a recent Australian Bureau of Statistics study, over two in five Australians aged 16-85 years (43.7% or 8.6 million people) had experienced a mental disorder at some time. This statistic means that almost a third of people in Australia will experience an anxiety condition in their lifetime.
    • The State of Workplace Mental Health in Australia report surveyed 1,041 employees (a mix of lower management and other employees) and found that 91% of employees believe mental health in the workplace is essential; however, only 52% of employees believe their workplace is mentally healthy.

    Are we missing out on opportunities to provide a mentally healthier environment for our organisations, our teams and ourselves by not having mental health metrics in place? Isn't mental health too intangible to measure? 

    This talk aims to provide a scaffolding for you to build and utilise mental health metrics to help your organisation, team and yourselves. 

    The presentation will be based on an internal use-case conducted with the teams from DigIO/Mantel Group.

    You'll learn:

    • How to define the context of your metric?  We'll borrow the concept of the Clarification Chain from Douglas Hubbard (How to Measure Anything) to help us contextualise our mental health metrics. 
    • What example metrics can you use?
    • How to bring your metrics to life with actions and decisions? 
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    Asha Ioculari

    Asha Ioculari - Good enough: How to unpack overloaded MVPs and accelerate optimisation

    schedule  03:30 - 04:10 PM AEST place product

    Striking a balance between a 'good enough' Minimum Viable Product (MVP), versus achieving business and customer value, can be a challenge.

    MVPs often get overloaded with features and functionality to mitigate risk and fast-track value, which ironically slows down any ability to optimise to achieve real growth.

    Now you've got a vicious cycle of MVPs that are really 'phase 1' releases, and there's never time for a 'phase 2'.

    Learn how to unpack overloaded MVPs and get better at 'good enough' at every stage of optimisation. 

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    Robert Postill

    Robert Postill - Privacy in Products - Privacy Impact Assessments For The Curious

    schedule  03:30 - 04:50 PM AEST place 9

    So we won, right? Software products have upended our lives and disrupted countless industries.  We're collectively pretty good at producing products.   

    Yet we keep losing data.  Boards and executive teams keep going on about privacy and security, yet you're not sure where to start improving product privacy.  Your legal team hasn't got time to help you and the security folks are busy fending off the internet criminals.  Looks like you're going to need to sort this out yourself.

    One of the best tools for improving privacy is Privacy Impact Assessments (PIA)  They're easy to complete and help you get clear on what looks good in your product and what's risky.  This becomes important so you don't end up on the news for all the wrong reasons.  But most folks don't have experience making PIAs or talking about them.  So let's make three quick PIAs together.  You'll get some experience, without having to go full confession mode on your own products.