Gatineau Ottawa Agile Tour 2015 Day 1

Mon, Nov 23

    Registration - 60 mins


    Keynote #1 - Richard Sheridan - 60 mins


    Break - 15 mins

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    Steve Purkis

    Steve Purkis - Kanban in the Kitchen

    schedule  10:15 - 11:15 AM place Room - Mont-Bleu

    In this workshop, Steve will introduce Kanban and explain its place in the Agile toolbox.  To do so, he'll guide participants through a hands-on session using Kanban to visualise & improve life in the kitchen!

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    Steffan Surdek

    Steffan Surdek / Alain Fortier - Learning by doing at Bell Mobility OSS

    schedule  10:15 - 11:15 AM place Room - Jean-Despréz

    In the fall of 2014, the OSS group in Bell Mobility began a transformation towards using more Agile and Lean software development practices in order to optimize the delivery of value to their business partners and better serve Bell clients.

    In this presentation, Alain Fortier, the General Manager of the OSS group and Steffan Surdek, agile coach at Pyxis Technologies will talk about the first year of this journey. They will explore how putting the focus on learning by doing helped the management team as well as the development find better ways of working together.

    Participants will hear many stories about the lessons we learned on this journey and how the pieces are starting to come together after a year. We will share stories around various experiments we tried and how we were able to build on these experiments to foster and enable a culture of learning by doing. 

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    Mike Bowler

    Mike Bowler - Moving Towards Continuous Delivery: Getting there from here

    schedule  10:15 - 11:15 AM place Room - Gatineau

    Continuous delivery is the capability to release new features or changes at any time, dictated only by the needs of the business and not restricted by technical limitations. Some companies use this to deploy dozens of times a day, others release less often.

    The benefits of continuous delivery are fairly obvious today. Companies that have the ability to release on demand have a distinct advantage over their competitors who can’t.

    The challenge is planning the journey. Given where we are today, what steps should we be taking? What measurements should we be tracking now to know if we’re moving in the right direction? What do we need to change in our process to make this happen?

    In this workshop, we will explore several milestones and measurements for continuous delivery to allow participants to create a roadmap for their specific environments.

    Mike has been helping a variety of companies move towards continuous delivery, from startups to the Fortune 500 and brings that experience to the discussion.

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    Mike Lowery

    Mike Lowery - Coaching flow - Moving past resistance

    schedule  10:15 - 11:15 AM place Room - Salle des Fêtes

    “They are resisting the changes I am trying to implement!” It’s a common refrain when people don’t embrace a change with the speed or enthusiasm desired. Do you keep pushing, give up or call in the big guns? How you respond to resistance can doom the change to failure, or boost the chance of success.
    As coaches, we introduce new ideas in many different contexts. Relying on positional authority (our role as coach), or calling on outside authority (the managers who hired us) isn't likely to get those ideas a fair hearing.
    In this talk, Mike will help you see resistance from a new perspective. By understanding how much influence you have, what forces are interacting around you and seeing different ways to re-frame your issues you can still get your message across without “inflicting help” on others.


    Break - 15 mins

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    Dave Rooney

    Dave Rooney - Continuous Improvement with Root Cause Analysis

    schedule  11:30 AM - 12:30 PM place Room - Mont-Bleu

    Whether it's a minor typo on a page, a major failure causing a severe outage of a system or anything in between, the software industry is fertile ground for examining problems and their causes. From the problems that plagued to defects that allowed some lucky people to purchase airline tickets for almost nothing from United airlines, we hear a constant stream of issues with software systems.

    With our society becoming increasingly dependent on software, we need to "up our game" with respect to tracking down problems with they happen, ensuring that defects are caught before entering the wild, and are prevented from occurring in the first place.

    Root Cause Analysis is a process that enables this form of continuous improvement and uses techniques borrowed from other engineering disciplines. The aviation industry, for example, constantly seeks to improve due to the dire consequences of any failures in that domain.

    This interactive workshop will explain when and how to use Root Cause Analysis (RCA) to investigate problems and determine actions that will ensure that those problems can never happen again. Using real world examples the attendees will explore simple, lightweight RCA practices as well as a more involved example using fault tree analysis.

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    Mike Edwards

    Mike Edwards - Leading for Change

    schedule  11:30 AM - 12:15 PM place Room - Jean-Despréz

    As a leader are you struggling to find a way for your team to improve and have that change stick? Here’s a thought: What if the point isn’t to have change stick?

    Successful organizations look at change as the way we work. This is where Leading for Change comes in. Leading for Change requires all of us, regardless of our title, to take a different approach in leading ourself, the people around us and the system.

    Drawing from my upcoming book of the same title, I will help you start thinking of leadership in a different light. We will start by looking at how you lead yourself, then expand into leading those around you. Finally we will examine what it means to lead a system so you, the people and the system will never stop improving.

    Leading for Change is about providing the leadership in support

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    Annette Lee

    Annette Lee - Agile Metrics - The Good, The Bad and The Ugly

    schedule  11:30 AM - 12:30 PM place Room - Gatineau

    Metrics are a difficult topic, and the topics gets more complex when coupled with practices of Agile and Scrum. In this session, I'll review how we at Wind River struggled with metrics. A look at scrum team metrics like sprint burndown and burnup charts, cumulative flow diagrams and scrum hygiene (e.g. US without estimates in a current sprint). Also a look at other metrics that may be useful at a program level like Release Burnups. A discussion of some of the bad metrics like number of User Stories or comparing velocity across teams.

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    Ayesha Khan

    Ayesha Khan / Jennifer Fraser / Lina Bonapace - One story in three voices: research, design and development

    schedule  11:30 AM - 12:30 PM place Room - Salle des Fêtes

    Take a recently acquired high-profile client with global stakeholders, insert a very aggressive timeline for a complex problem, throw a global team of researchers, designers and developers at it, and see what happens!

    Wonderful things can happen when multi-disciplinary teams are engaged on intense, complex projects using Agile methods. But, tight timeframes magnify problems that otherwise would have been easily worked through, including: internal and external team dynamics; communication challenges; and time zone differences. We will share with you the good, the bad and the ugly of what happened, and what we learned from our experience.


    Lunch - 45 mins


    Keynote 2 - Gil Broza - 60 mins


    Break - 15 mins

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    Ellen Grove

    Ellen Grove / Mike Bowler - Digging in the dirt: unearthing assumptions about organizational & team culture

    schedule  02:30 - 04:00 PM place Room - Mont-Bleu

    Organizational and team culture is rooted in implicit assumptions about how individuals relate to one another in getting work done.  To foster alignment or change, it’s critical to have open and frank discussions about what we assume and what we value: this workshop will demonstrate how to have that conversation using LEGO Serious Play

  • schedule  02:30 - 04:00 PM place Room - Jean-Despréz

    How do you effectively do Scrum when you need multiple teams to work on the same product? What kind of patterns and structures should we create to support empiricism and self-organization at scale? And how do you get started? 

    This session explores these questions by uncovering the rules, principles and guidelines behind LeSS. Ram Srinivasan also discusses the two LeSS frameworks and provides guidelines on which one may be more appropriate for you.  You will learn how the role of management changes in a LeSS organization.  Ram also will share his success and failure stories and will provide guidances on what will make your LeSS adoption more successful

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    Dave Rooney

    Dave Rooney - Emergent Design with Test-Driven Development

    schedule  02:30 - 04:00 PM place Room - Gatineau

    This workshop shows how Test-Driven Development (TDD) is used to enable emergent design. Using a simple but representative example in Java, the presenter will demonstrate how a low-level design naturally emerges when using the TDD cycle of test/code/refactor. The audience will be involved by suggesting the next steps and also by pairing with the presenter.

    Note that the goal of the session isn't necessarily to have a complete working example at the end, but to illustrate the process of low-level design through TDD.

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    Mark Levison

    Mark Levison - Beyond Scrum: Building High-Performing Organizations – a game for Managers, ScrumMasters and Product Owners

    schedule  02:30 - 04:00 PM place Room - Salle des Fêtes

    Congratulations. Last year you played the High-Performance Team Game and helped create a high-performing Team in your Organization. You were so successful that the Organization has grown around you and your peers. Unfortunately, while growing, some of the magic that you had created before as a single Team has gotten lost.

    Last year’s game focused on building high-performance Teams and the tradeoffs between delivering value and improving productivity. This year’s game will focus on building high-performance Organizations. Experience and knowledge of last year’s game is not necessary. 

    The game will explore options for an Organization to understand itself and the current state of the work, and then bring about real, ongoing change.

     Style: Board Game with a simple Portfolio Kanban board as our playing surface. The playing cards will be Kanban cards that represent our Product Backlog.


    Kanban for portfolio management





    Break - 15 mins

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    Marie-Christine Legault

    Marie-Christine Legault - Agile marketing: a new reality!

    schedule  04:15 - 05:00 PM place Room - Mont-Bleu

    After working for 25 years in advertising agencies and major networks - I believe that the software industry and the Agile community ...have something to teach / share with the advertising world.

    • Agile marketing promotes experimentation and continuous improvement.
    • Its actions are based on trends and in reaction to surrounding changes.
    • Agile campaigns allow improved collaboration between clients and agencies.
    • Discover why traditional marketing is out-of-date and how Agility will help you rapidly adapt to the market.
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    Jesus Mendez

    Jesus Mendez / Robert Pragai - Pivotal team "break/make" moment's - How to recognize them to influence teams journey

    schedule  04:15 - 05:15 PM place Room - Jean-Despréz

    In this experience report, Jesus Mendez and Robert Pragai will navigate the audience through some of their inspiring experiences with teams that have had those moments that have marked their evolution towards the high-performance sustainability nirvana. By sharing their reflections about what the've called "Pivotal team "break/make" moments", Jesus and Robert will show you how to spot and process those special moments to empower and influence the team's journey to thrive.

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    Glenn Waters

    Glenn Waters - 8 (Agile) Testing Success Factors

    schedule  04:15 - 05:15 PM place Room - Gatineau

    In many Agile environments testing is either pushed to the end of a Sprint or is handled in a separate Sprint. This “mini-waterfall” approach to testing can be the root cause for a number of problems, including stress for the testers, delays in getting to Potentially Shippable Product Increment, missed testing, and team interruptions.

    During this session we will look at 8 practical techniques that teams can try to help them deliver higher quality products. We will be using Jenga blocks as a tool to explore the techniques that can be used to improve quality.

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    Sue Johnston

    Sue Johnston - Appreciative Agile: Overturning Our Problem Bias

    schedule  04:15 - 05:15 PM place Room - Salle des Fêtes

    Appreciative Inquiry (AI) is a tool for change that’s aligned with the values, beliefs and challenges we find in business today. It can engage and inspire a work team – even an entire work force. It flips our perspective from looking at problems to be solved and invites us to examine what’s working. A focus on strengths helps us do more than perform – we transform. In this lively session, we’ll head in a new direction – away from the deficit-based approach to change where we identify problems and shortfalls. Instead, we’ll approach things from the other side.

    In this session, you will:

    • Learn how and why AI works
    • Discover the 5D model (definition, discovery, dream, design, and delivery)
    • Explore some questions that make positive change possible
    • Discuss ways to incorporate AI in our daily work

    Appreciative Inquiry isn’t just “happy talk.” it’s grounded in science and proven effective in large organizations and small teams around the world. It’s a way to open communication, unleash potential and create a true learning organization. AI offers a positive, strengths-based approach to organizational development and change management.

    Join us and learn about the subtle shift you can choose to make – and to introduce to others – for everyone’s benefit.


    Lightning talks and close - 30 mins