Gatineau Ottawa Agile Tour 2014 Day 1

Mon, Nov 24

    Registration - 60 mins

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    Richard Cheng

    Richard Cheng - A Journey through Agile in the Federal Government

    schedule  08:20 - 09:20 AM place Room - Salle Jean-Despréz

    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.


    Break - 15 mins

  • schedule  09:45 - 11:15 AM place Room - Mont-Bleu

    Ever find yourself coaching a team to be more agile and catch yourself ignoring the testers? Why do you do that? Because you don't know the lingo? Unsure of what advice to offer? Don't know any good Testing or QA models or approaches that specifically speak to that development role?

    You're in luck! Paul is here to give you a crash course in models, methods, jargon and techniques specific to Software Testing and QA to help you enrich your Agile Coaching practice. Come prepared to interact and learn as you build a cheat sheet that will help guide you when working with Testers who don't know where to start with the transition to Agile.


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    Mike Edwards

    Mike Edwards / Chris Chapman - Dr. Deming's Famous Red Bead Experiment

    schedule  09:45 - 11:15 AM place Room - Jean-Despréz

    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.

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    Mark Levison

    Mark Levison - High Performance Teams Game

    schedule  09:45 - 11:15 AM place Room - Gatineau

    As a Coach and a Team Member, I sometimes come across teams that don't seem to be able to achieve high performance, and the reasons why aren't apparent. This can be frustrating for everyone when this happens, so I wanted to explore this deeper and understand the science of what happens inside Agile/Scrum Teams.

    Some of the leading research[1] suggests that a key requirement for high performance teams is Cohesion. Cohesion is a measure of the strengths of the relationships between individual team members.

    In this session we will use this research to discover:

    • Simple communication patterns we can monitor to spot the health of the team.
    • Simple tools we can use to measure and track those patterns.
    • What effect the location of the Watercooler has? What effect Lunch Tables play?
    • Can Cohesive Teams get you into trouble? .....
    • The importance of Dissent and Diversity within teams.
    • Bonuses - The negative effects of individual bonuses are well understood by the Agile Community. However we’re left with the question - are there good bonuses?

    [1] Sandy Pentland - The New Science of Building Great Teams - Ben Waber - People Analytics:

    The core of the session will a be a game that we play successive round of. After each round I will reveal the factors that affected play in that round. Perhaps making easier to decide what to do in the next round.

    In addition to the game the details of the research will be part of the session handout so attendees can focus on the play and not the details.

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    Caroline Sauve

    Caroline Sauve / Bill Bourne - Agile Project Inception - Getting Aligned and Making Commitments

    schedule  09:45 - 11:15 AM place Room - Salle des Fêtes

    Sponsors of development projects generally want to know what they are going to get, when they are going to get it, and how much it will cost *before* they make the commitment to "purchase". In many businesses, while the software development process may be Agile, the reality is that other functions in the business - Documentation, Training, Marketing, Sales, Finance, Business Planning - need to know what's coming well in advance. When starting an Agile project these stakeholder needs must be met if the team is to get off on the right track, and be allowed to proceed without undue outside interference.

    Centred on the use of the "Inception Deck", participants will learn techniques to kick off an Agile project that will help them to:

    1. Create a shared understanding around the project’s goals.

    2. Identify and understand risk on the project.

    3. Build a high level plan for the project and setting the ground rules for change on the project.

    4. Get agreement on a set of “project bounds” for scope/content, schedule/delivery, and resources/cost, to allow the project team to proceed independently and make their own decisions as the project progresses.

    This session co-presented and pair-facilitated by Bill Bourne and Caroline Sauve


    Break - 15 mins


    Break - 15 mins

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    Annette Lee

    Annette Lee - A Case Study: From Waterfall to Scaled Agile

    schedule  02:45 - 03:45 PM place Room - Mont-Bleu

    At the end of 2012 engineering at Wind River began its agile journey. We started with a consultant and 2 pilot projects. By March 2013, we began to move all of our projects to Agile. That's 100s of people and many sites around the world all trying to implement agile and scrum simultaneously! Mayhem ensued. This is a story of how engineering at Wind River survived the chaos and where we are today. Drawing from this experience, there are lessons learned and learning to share.

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    Jeff "Cheezy" Morgan

    Jeff "Cheezy" Morgan - Patterns of Automation

    schedule  02:45 - 03:45 PM place Room - Jean-Despréz

    Many organizations are introducing test automation only to find out it is more difficult than they thought it would be. Good test automation requires good coding practices. Good test automation requires good design. To do anything else will lead to spaghetti code that is hard to maintain or update. If you’re new to coding or new to automation it is difficult to know where to start. Join Cheezy as he talks about and demonstrates lessons he has learned while helping numerous organization adopt test automation. He will show you the patterns he uses to keep automation code simple and clean. He will also demonstrate techniques that you can use to make your automation code more maintainable. Finally, he will write code to implement these patterns taking them from theory to implementation.

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    Sue Johnston

    Sue Johnston / Andrew Annett - Get the Story Before you Write the 'Story' - Journalistic Skills for Agile Professionals

    schedule  02:45 - 03:45 PM place Room - Gatineau

    "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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    Ellen Grove

    Ellen Grove - Everything Is Better When We Stick Together: Building Team Working Agreements

    schedule  02:45 - 03:45 PM place Room - Salle des Fêtes

    Whether a team is brand-new or seasoned veterans at working together, explicitly defining and/or refining a team working agreement will help the team to align on how they will work together effectively to meet their common goal. In this fast-paced hands-on session, participants will go through the process of building a team working agreement using LEGO Serious Play (LSP).

    Creating a team working agreement helps team members set the stage for effective communication and high performance by making assumptions about ‘what really matters to us’ and ‘how we will work together?’ explicit and negotiable.  Great working agreements address some difficult topics - what values do we share? how do we want to deal with conflict when it comes up? how will we handle problems within the team? - which are often challenging to discuss openly and honestly, especially when a team is first assembled.  This session will show you how to use LEGO Serious Play to encourage a frank and fearless discussion in order to kickstart these discussions so that a team can quickly create a powerful set of simple guiding principles for working together.  Participants will learn about the importance of team working agreements in creating team cohesion and common understanding of shared values and operational guidelines, and experience hands-on how to use the LEGO Serious Play cycle of build-share-reflect to have a participatory discussion to identify shared values and build a set of simple guiding principles.



    Break - 15 mins


    Lightning Talks & Close - 30 mins