• Liked Richard Cheng
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    A Journey through Agile in the Federal Government

    Richard Cheng
    Richard Cheng
    schedule 2 years ago
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    60 mins
    Keynote
    Beginner

    Agile based methods have been proven successful in commercial companies.  From small startups to large companies, the patterns for Agile methods have been established.  However, can these concepts work in the Federal government?  In a world that revolves around oversight, governance, hierarchy, traditional management, and risk aversion, can Agile work? Should the government try and would it make a difference.

     

    In this talk, we explore Agile efforts in the Federal government.  From the Office of Personnel Management to Department of Defense, new Agencies like Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and established Agencies like Census, we’ll explore:

     

    • Why are Federal agencies trying Agile?
    • What are the benefits realized?
    • What are the biggest issues and pitfalls?
    • How do Federal agencies manage and govern these programs?
    • What does the future hold?

     

    At the end of this session, attendees will have a sense of how Agile is changing and could change the way our governments delivers on their missions.

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    The Leadership Gift

    Christopher Avery
    Christopher Avery
    schedule 2 years ago
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    60 mins
    Keynote
    Beginner

    You were born with The Leadership Gift. Everyone is. Every act of real leadership taps into it. But few people ever discover this gift by themselves. Now any individual, team, or business culture can master it.

    Christopher’s field research on the front lines of corporate leadership over the last twenty years provides the first how-to approach for taking, teaching, and inspiring personal responsibility – the first principle of success in any endeavor. Many leaders consider it the essence of learning, growth, success, agility, and change.

    You can apply this research to expand your leadership power and ability everyday, build unstoppable teams, and develop a culture of amazing engagement and agility. 

  • Liked Sue Johnston
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    Get the Story Before you Write the 'Story' - Journalistic Skills for Agile Professionals

    Sue Johnston
    Sue Johnston
    Andrew Annett
    Andrew Annett
    schedule 2 years ago
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    60 mins
    Workshop
    Intermediate

    "Who are you?" "What do you want?" and "What are you going to do about it?" Those are the essential questions reporters use for practically any daily news story.

    Do they sound familiar? "As a [Who are you?] I want [What do you want?] so that I can [What are you going to do about it?]."

    Building software may seem light years away from journalism, yet there are techniques to be shared. How does a reporter blend natural curiosity, information from multiple sources and some basic writing skills to create a meaningful, well-crafted, unbiased story - and deliver it for daily release?

    In this interactive session, Sue and Andrew will examine the parallels between interviewing people for news gathering and interviewing users and customers to discover what they need and want from your products. You'll discover how to:

    • Identify the best people to talk with - they may not be the usual suspects
    • Explore ways make users and subject matter experts excited about talking with you
    • Practise techniques for questioning that build trust and elicit information
    • Navigate via curiosity - this is not the time to be an expert
    • Create a story in which you make meaning from relevant voices and perspectives

    You'll leave with tools reporters use to develop their products and be able to apply them to create and use effective user stories that lead to useful and usable products. 

     

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    Changing the Language of Change

    Andrew Annett
    Andrew Annett
    schedule 2 years ago
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    45 mins
    Workshop
    Intermediate

    We swim in a sea of language but seem to be drowning in misunderstanding. Nowhere is this more apparent than in the efforts we make to change ways of organizing work in organizations.

    Making common meaning of the language we use when working together takes conscious effort but we typically go about it unconsciously. In this session we'll examine common patterns of unintended consequences that stem simply from the language we use to describe changes to the way we work.

    You'll leave with a new model for thinking about language and using it to better effect. We'll discuss and practice the use of metaphor, mindset and specific practices to create shared understand in and between teams. 

  • Liked Olivier Gourment
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    Become a Champion Developer by Reprogramming Yourself

    Olivier Gourment
    Olivier Gourment
    schedule 2 years ago
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    60 mins
    Talk
    Intermediate

    The Heartbleed bug clearly demonstrated that one mistake is enough to destroy a reputation built over more than a decade of careful programming. OpenSSL is, after all, the most widely used cryptography project!

    How did this happen? Was it really inevitable? What were we told about the cause?

    How would Agile technical practices have helped and why are they not more widely adopted?

    We will deconstruct this example to illustrate what's going wrong in our field and what can and must be improved. This session will focus on YOU.

    We will review what we've learned over months of introspection, backed by recent science and link it to YOUR personal experience.

    You will learn and practice the 4 steps of Self Reprogramming, which are both easy to follow, and fantastically powerful if used consistently.

    Come to become a Champion!

     

  • Phil Green
    Phil Green
    schedule 2 years ago
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    60 mins
    Workshop
    Beginner

    Maintaining a backlog of user focussed stories, breaking large stories down into smaller ones and turning small batches of the highest priority ones into working software on a regular basis is a cornerstone of a solid approach to agile software development. 

    However, a flat backlog and a near term viewpoint can result in losing the context of the small sprint level user stories in the larger product picture. A user story map arranges users stories from the linear/flat backlog model into a two dimensional model keeping everyone focussed on users and their experience - it tells the story of the product.  

    Many other benefits follow related to product discovery and planning to facilitating day to day conversations and shared understanding, ultimately leading to a better product.  

    In this hands on exercise facilitated by Phil Green, we'll learn about the model and technique by creating a simple user story map. 

  • Liked Mike Edwards
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    Dr. Deming's Famous Red Bead Experiment

    Mike Edwards
    Mike Edwards
    Chris Chapman
    Chris Chapman
    schedule 2 years ago
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    90 mins
    Talk
    Beginner

    IMMEDIATE OPENINGS FOR SIX WILLING WORKERS, QA SPECIALISTS, AND DATA ANALYSTS
    The White Bead Corporation, Gatineau-Ottawa

    The White Bead Corporation is a leading provider of quality white beads to consumers in high-tech and energy industry verticals with over thirty years' experience. We have recently been contracted by the Provincial Ministry of Energy and Infrastructure to provide our products on an increased production scale and require new workers and specialists to join our dynamic team to meet this demand.

    We will be conducting our first round of hiring for above-average employees at the upcoming Agile Tour Montreal 2014 Conference with successful applicants immediately joining us in production.

    We offer competitive salaries, employee recognition programs, a pay-for-performance program and industry-leading career development opportunities. We thank all applicants for their interest in applying to The White Bead Corporation, however we will only be able to hire above-average, willing workers at this time.