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LAST Conference Sydney 2019 Day

Thu, Aug 29
Timezone: Australia/Sydney (AEST)

    Opening - 10 mins


    Morning Tea - 15 mins

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    Arash  Arabi

    Arash Arabi - Systems thinking to the rescue: the magic of value stream mapping in DevOps transformation

    schedule  10:10 - 10:50 AM AEST place Central people 19 Interested star_halfRate

    "Everyone is already doing their best; the problems are with the system … only management can change the system." —W. Edwards Deming

    Everybody is talking about Systems thinking these days. But what is "systems thinking" really? And how can we practically use it to get tangible benefits in solving complex organisational problems? Value stream mapping is a very powerful systems thinking tool used to give us a bird's eye view and help us identify key components of the system/organisation that need to be changed in order to optimise the whole.

    In this session, we will run a simulation of an actual value stream mapping workshop to solving complex organisational problems such as DevOps transformation. After a short presentation, the facilitator will help each table to identify a value stream, then the teams will work together and map their value streams on wall pads.

    You will take away practical tools that you can use the next day in your organisation that will impress everyone and provide tangible benefits for your team/company.

    In this session we will explore the following concepts:

    - Lead time

    - Process time

    - Percent complete and accurate

    - Activity ratio

    - DevOps

    - Systems Thinking

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    Anthony Murphy

    Anthony Murphy - Agile Architecture — the rise of messy, inconsistent and emergent architecture

    schedule  10:10 - 10:50 AM AEST place Town Hall people 16 Interested star_halfRate

    Architecture is a topic which I think doesn’t get the attention, especially not in the agile space, as it really should.

    As the world demands us to be more adaptable and responsive the need for reinventing how we think and approach IT architecture is becoming ever prevalent.

    The ship is sinking for many companies — the agile ship that is — as many companies continuing to approach architecture as they did 10+ years ago with the goal of enterprise architecture to maximise reuse, consistency and ultimately reduce operating costs. Over the decades this has left many companies with massive monolithic architectures, large “enterprise solutions” which are wide spread and shared by many teams across the organisation. Great from a $$ point of view but for speed to market and agility it does nothing but leave teams with their hands tied, bound by a proliferation of inter-dependencies.

    Like a kid trying to jam a square peg into a round hole, organisations are "going agile" trying to make make feature teams work on top of a traditional architecture - have we neglected what's under the hood? Architecture and agility are not mutually exclusive things.

    So what does an agile architecture look like? I will share with you things that I've found has both worked and not worked so well. As well as some guiding principles and patterns that I've found useful for creating an agile architecture of your own.

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    Doris Tse

    Doris Tse - How to help leaders find their edge through vulnerability

    schedule  10:10 - 10:50 AM AEST place Wynyard/St James people 13 Interested star_halfRate

    We often expect our leaders to be imbued with superpowers, effortlessly balancing the needs of the many against their own convictions and values. A leader's ability to navigate these scenarios can lead to their success or downfall. As such we don't often provide the space for leaders to admit failure or uncertainty.

    "Contrary to equating vulnerability to weakness, exhibiting vulnerability offers the possibility of inspiring people and connecting on a deeper level" - Hanson

    Join us in this session as we explore the concept of vulnerability in leaders and its impact on the ecosystem. We will share real life stories and tips we've learnt along the way in coaching leaders on transparency and vulnerability.

  • schedule  10:10 - 11:35 AM AEST place Museum people 12 Interested star_halfRate

    Do packaged frameworks for organising the system of work help or limit performance, outcome and relationships at work? Do frameworks give you an edge or take it away?

    Where is the balance between mandating a framework to get started as compared to allowing for a model of work to emerge within the local context of a social system?

    We define serious realism as being a cynical optimist with a dash of science and open mind, compassion and open heart, activism and open will and a sense of fun and play.

    We take a "relatively" scientific approach to create "almost" comparable outcomes in order to find "less" biased questions to help you find your edge. The participants will also sharpen their tools and techniques that help them on their real life problems at work. This will give confidence to find and apply their edge.

    In this immersive social experiment, participants will experience different approaches to social systems change and their effect on the outcome, performance and people in teams or organisations. Participant will also experience different possibilities to organise the work, build relationships and achieve outcomes.

    Together, we will find our edge by asking better questions that open new possibilities for work, community and our relationship to those.

    Come and experience sciencing, arting and funning in a bundle

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    Alex Sloley

    Alex Sloley - Insight Coaching – Nonverbal Communication in Coaching

    schedule  10:10 - 11:35 AM AEST place Martin Place people 22 Interested star_halfRate

    The craft of Agile Coaching fundamentally requires deep, insightful, meaningful communication. In everyday execution, this typically involves a coach and the coachees having a conversation, or dialog. However, there are other ways that an Agile Coach and their coachees can connect – nonverbal communication.

    Explore the different aspects of nonverbal communication in the domain of the Agile Coach! This workshop overviews nonverbal communication in Agile Coaching and provides a starting point for developing this critical skill.

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    Chryselle Meneses

    Chryselle Meneses - To Boldly Go Where No Software Engineer Has Gone Before: A Mindset shift to Servant-Leadership

    schedule  10:55 - 11:35 AM AEST place Central people 10 Interested star_halfRate

    "Leadership is not an affair of the head. Leadership is an affair of the heart."

    Has it ever crossed your mind to become a SCRUM Master?

    Are you SCRUM Master starting your servant-leader journey?

    Do you like stories?

    Then this talk is for you! Step into the confessions of a Software Engineer turned SCRUM Master.

    I was a Software Engineer for 7 years before I fell in love with Servant Leadership. My journey began with a great servant-leader & our Daily Stand up.

    In this talk, I will share the story of my ongoing journey into servant leadership, the hurdles I encountered and the lessons & essential skills I have acquired along the way.

    Let's explore the woes of being part of a team that strongly believed that they didn't need a SCRUM Master, the perils of becoming a servant-leader with a Software Engineer problem-solving mindset, and the joys of getting the team's buy-in on an idea.

    Let's venture into the wonderful world of influencing people, knowing your team as individuals, and embracing what it means to be a servant-leader.

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    Sol Pandiella-McLeod

    Sol Pandiella-McLeod - You can’t solve problems with the same thinking that got you there

    schedule  10:55 - 11:35 AM AEST place Town Hall people 30 Interested star_halfRate

    As the world in which we live in becomes more and more reliant on technology, the challenges we face at work become increasingly complex. This workshop aims to introduce you to a way of thinking that makes solving complex problems more manageable.

    It begins with taking you through the basic framework of Systems Thinking and provide you with a set of tools and methods that will help you shift mindsets and unravel the root cause of problems.

    During this workshop you will:

    Gain an understanding of what systems thinking is and how it can be applied to your work.

    Shift your mindset from a linear one to a systems thinking mindset.

    Learn hands on practical tools that you can use to solve problems of all shapes and sizes.

    Be Inspired to delve deeper into the world of systems thinking to create change.

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    Jeremie Benazra

    Jeremie Benazra / Romain Vailleux - How the "Agile labels" called the Schrödinger's cat on our doorstep

    schedule  10:55 - 11:35 AM AEST place Wynyard/St James people 8 Interested star_halfRate

    Think about your last BBQ when your brother in law told you he was dealing at work with an "agile change manager".

    What was your first reaction?

    How your brother in law told you he understood now what your job is about?

    Schrödinger faced the same challenges when quantic physic suffered from its own labelling between scepticism and dogmatism.

    Drawing from both history lessons and thought experiments we will observe together with the effect of the challenges we face when assisting people finding their approach in context to develop agility.

    Either we can let the box with the cat closed with no way to predict if the cat dead or alive, or open it to trigger the state.

    In the same way, we can prevent yourself from using "Agile labels" to keep the box closed or start using them to trigger reactions and dealing with.

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    Marc Florit

    Marc Florit - SHOW ME THE MONEY! Contracts before Collaboration

    schedule  12:25 - 01:05 PM AEST place Central people 7 Interested star_halfRate

    Collaboration over Contracts we say. But... how many times our contracts weren't designed to promote true collaboration? and, how many times our contracts are not linked to any specific constrain or achievement so we cannot confirm if we are succeeding by any tangible means? In my years of experience, most of them.

    So Yes, Collaboration over Contracts. But... Contracts before Collaboration!

    Normally we use to work on a fixed salary or daily rate basis but, is this the way to leverage best possible collaboration? In my context the answer is a clear NO. That's why I've been experimenting with different approaches since I became an Agile Lean coach back in 2010.

    Applying to myself what I advice to my clients is one of my key principles so here I came up with different new formats of Win-Win-Lose-Lose contracts, designed to make sure I’m always putting the collaboration with my clients before the contract itself. Those are normally pretty simple 1-page contracts based on the principles of Full transparency, Short cycles, Results driven approach, Autonomy and Freedom.

    In this session I will share these models with the audience, together with their key mechanisms to succeed and the constrains that we have to consider before taking these leap of faith and trust in ourselves.

    I wish you enjoy this session and get some good take-aways from it. Meanwhile, I´ll appreciate your comments to my proposal to be able to tweak and improve it if required. Thanks

  • schedule  12:25 - 01:05 PM AEST place Town Hall people 16 Interested star_halfRate

    AI as a technology is being adopted by more and more organisations to solve interesting and challenging problems recently thought unfathomable. However, our experiences are that while the principles we have used over the last 20 years in Agile and Lean still apply, the practices might not. While sharing some of the opportunities AI provides, I will share some of those experiences and learnings with you.

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    Suzanne Nottage

    Suzanne Nottage - GO WITH THE FLOW: your Scrum teams are interrupted 2,000 times per sprint. Let's talk about flow

    schedule  12:25 - 01:05 PM AEST place Wynyard/St James people 20 Interested star_halfRate

    Scrum is a great framework but there are many ways to do it poorly. For example, the average IT worker is interrupted every 15 minutes, which equates to 2000+ interruptions for a Scrum team every sprint. This severely impacts 'flow', team productivity and often reduces happiness and increases stress. It's unthinkable on a production line, yet too often the norm in offices.

    I conducted original research with Scrum teams in Australia as part of my Master of Management thesis (and achieved an A), to understand the causes, patterns and impacts of these interruptions on the team's effectiveness and their happiness. And, how mature teams control interruptions rather than let themselves be controlled by interruptions.

    Attendees will play a short game to demonstrate how destructive the context switching from handling frequent interruptions is.

    My talks are always highly practical and I provide 3 takeaway actions for teams to improve their 'flow' and reduce interruptions.

    I delivered this talk at LAST Melbourne in 2018 and based on strong attendance, would like to deliver it in Sydney this year.


    Lunch - 45 mins

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    Bryce Williams

    Bryce Williams - Earth girls don’t code – do they?

    schedule  02:10 - 02:30 PM AEST place Martin Place people 11 Interested star_halfRate

    If you had grown up on another planet, had stalks for ears and didn’t understand the concepts of male & female, how would you make sense of the gender imbalance in technology?

    Seen through the eyes of a Martian anthopologist, this talk explores the curious lack of human females in full-time programming roles. In 2019, despite generations of campaigning, why are so few women writing code?

    In a good-natured look at a serious topic, we ask what drives the odd Earthling behaviour. Why do they exclude half their talent from key roles in the modern economy? Is there some basis to the disparity and is there anything the strange bipeds can do to bring their technology sector into balance?


    Afternoon Tea - 15 mins


    Lighting Talks - 30 mins


    Networking Event & Drinks - 60 mins