• Liked Ayesha Khan
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    Ayesha Khan / Mark Walker / Oleg Perejogin - Agile with remote-teams

    45 Mins
    Experience Report
    Beginner

    Many of us work in geographically dispersed teams and struggle with the inherent challenges of such teams. In software development these challenges also impact the agile development methodology we want to use. Over time at Macadamian we have established strategies that have helped our teams get better at being both agile and dispersed. In this session we will share these practical strategies with participants followed by some of our current difficulties and what we propose so far to resolve these.

  • Liked Ranjith Tharayil
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    Ranjith Tharayil - Change Vector Tracking in emergent design

    45 Mins
    Talk
    Intermediate

    A reflective design approach to achieve software design agility by modelling change as a vector and tracking it to aid refactoring decisions.

     

    Preface about the talk

    Software design is a field that has always fascinated me and I have tried to be an obedient student trying to learn this art. Like any other design problem, software design is also a wicked problem. Horst Rittel and Melvin Webber defined a “wicked” problem as one that could be clearly defined only by solving it, or by solving part of it .This paradox implies, essentially, that you have to “solve” the problem once in order to clearly define it and then solve it again to create a solution that works.

    Hence you need an architect with magical powers to get your design correct in the first go .This is the core philosophy behind emergent design in which we do not think too much about future . As Uncle Bob sarcastically points out, your customers somehow knows your design and they will come up with a requirement that will break your assumptions and thus your design. In emergent design you embrace aggressive refactoring religiously and few teams rebelliously for the good. It has also been observed that during emergent design refactoring step more focus is towards class design than higher abstract architecture elements. This creates technical debt which can go unnoticed for a long time.

    In this talk I will be introducing a novel technique called change vector tracking that will address the above described problem. Change Vector Tracking is a reflective design approach to achieve software design agility by modelling change as a vector and tracking it through ceremonies like Change Vector Tracking meetings.

    Change vector tracking doesn’t prevent customers from coming up with requirements that would invalidate previous design assumptions, it helps us in monitoring these changes and aids in making informed decisions of where and when to redesign. It helps us keep a check on design debt which otherwise would be overseen and not addressed at the right time .Design debt is invisible to tools initially, only when it grows beyond a scale tools can catch it. Change vector tracking is a technique to capture this design debt in a very early stage. “A stitch in time saves nine”.

  • Marie-Andrée Roger
    Marie-Andrée Roger
    Co-fondatrice
    Fabrique A
    schedule 3 months ago
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    60 Mins
    Workshop
    Beginner

    The Lean Digital Marketing workshop, inspired by the principles of Lean Startup, Effectuation, Agile Project Management and user-centered value-driven philosophy, lets you discover the fundamentals of digital marketing through experimentation and collaborative work.

    In this playful experience, participants alternately plan and execute specific actions to reach their goal in a real case study where they must test their assumptions. The Lean Digital Marketing game is an innovative and interactive experience that will give you the tools to better adapt to the continuous changes of today's marketing.

    The Lean Digital Marketing Game participated in WAQ17, the largest French-language digital event in North America, as one of the masterclasses, and at HEC innovation workshops.

  • 45 Mins
    Talk
    Executive

    In the federal public service there is an air gap between the performance evaluation criteria applied to business leaders and the criteria applied to service providers.

    As a consequence, even in situations where both the business and the service provider enjoy optimal relationships, the goals are not the same and may even be contradictory.

    In a climate centered on Results and Delivery, leaders cannot expect results if they do not tackle this conflict.

    The approaches proposed in this discussion align the service organization to the business. They promote mutual accountability by insisting on mutual performance alignment between the business and its services provider.

  • Liked Dave Dame
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    Dave Dame / Aaron Sampson, PMI-ACP, ITILv3, SMC - Design thinking and Agile: Infinitely more powerful together

    45 Mins
    Talk
    Intermediate

    When Agile first came on the scene it was premised around putting the customer first. But, over the years its focus has evolved and the general perception of Agile today is that it’s mostly a tool for delivering software. Agile’s original focus was mainly on developers and testers, but it never really contemplated design thinking as a discipline. Design thinking, which has been around for decades but is only recently having its ‘moment in the sun’, compliments agile beautifully in that it focuses on trying to solve the right problems for the right people. Design thinking allows us to iterate and test assumptions before too much coding and production-readiness is done, which helps ensure the team is investing in the right things at every stage. It really provides a focus on innovating rather than simply burning down a backlog. In this talk we will discuss different ways to incorporate design thinking into the agile process. You will learn how to yield benefits from bringing these two practices together – most importantly how to best serve the users of the product or service you are delivering. At Scotiabank, we’ve been using these fantastic tools in combination for over a year. It is a journey, and although we haven’t completely solved everything yet, there are a lot of lessons we have learned that can be applied elsewhere.

  • Liked Jim Reed
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    Jim Reed - Agile, Continuous Delivery and DevOps on Qlik Sense Cloud

    Jim Reed
    Jim Reed
    Software Development Manager
    Qlik
    schedule 2 months ago
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    45 Mins
    Experience Report
    Beginner

    Qlik is on a journey evolving from a monolithic enterprise product released three times per year, to a cloud first microservices based product deployed multiple times per day.

    This presentation describes our approach to Agile, Continuous Delivery and DevOps on Qlik Sense Cloud. It discusses some of the impacts Continuous Delivery and DevOps have had on our Agile processes and shares some of what we’ve learned over the past two years developing Qlik Sense Cloud.

  • Liked Shahin Sheidaei
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    Shahin Sheidaei - Facilitation ≅ Coaching @ Scale

    Shahin Sheidaei
    Shahin Sheidaei
    Agile Coach
    Scotiabank
    schedule 2 months ago
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    45 Mins
    Talk
    Intermediate

    Everyone is doing it! Not very good at it though. If you ask them, every single one of them tells you they are great at it. I am talking about Facilitation!

    Everyone is thinking they are doing it. Many of them have an idea about it, maybe through word of mouth. The funny thing is that everyone is claiming to be great at it. This time, I am talking about Coaching!

    Facilitation is what we do on a daily basis, no matter what our roles are. If we are talking to more than one person, we are probably using some facilitation techniques. People that are working with teams use that more often. Facilitation is a human centric activity. It gets more complicated and more complex by the number of people involved, and that's not the only factor. There are many factors involved in that.

    Coaching is not something we necessarily do on a daily basis unless you are a coach; and a coach by heart. It is very easy to call yourself one and not be one. It is hard to be a coach. Coaching is a deliberate stance we take. In coaching, depending on your client's situation, you use different tools and techniques.

    In their core, Coaching and Facilitation are not very different. One is mostly focused at a person's personal level, and one at a group's personal level. When you look at the group as one entity, you can apply techniques and tools for both. Similar to the scaling challenges you might have encountered, you can not necessarily apply the exact same techniques and tools to the bigger picture. However, you can rely back on the pillars of Coaching, Facilitation and vice versa.

    Shahin is a passionate Coach and an enthusiast Facilitator. Please join him for a session to talk about Coaching and Facilitation; the techniques that we can use and apply no matter who and how many people are we interacting with. Let him share with you his personal coaching & facilitation experiences, and through that to help you identify your own unique charismatic stance of Coaching and Facilitation.

  • Liked Nancy Wu
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    Nancy Wu / Sriram Natesan - How I changed a team by doing "nothing"

    45 Mins
    Experience Report
    Intermediate

    Are you struggling to implement change in your organization? Is your team resisting your influence? Does your team believe they are a high-performing, mature team, therefore do not need to change? Are you actively trying to bring about improvements without results?

    If this is you, then you need to stop what you're doing. Yes, stop everything and do 'nothing'. This means stop pushing against the resistance, stop driving people onto the Agile bandwagon. Instead, influence your environment by telling stories, model the behaviours that you would like to see, and most importantly be real.

    This talk illustrates a different approach to initiate change. Attendees will walk away with a list of pragmatic techniques to influence teams.

  • Liked Lee Elliott
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    Lee Elliott / Chris Kaknevicius - Case study: The magic of measuring agile adoption in a large organization

    60 Mins
    Experience Report
    Beginner

    “Are we agile yet?”, “Can you get me some metrics on our agile adoption?”, “I want to measure the effectiveness of our agile teams, get me some metrics to do that.”!!!

    These are scary questions that can get asked of you from your executives. We’ve all been there. What are you supposed to do? How do you (politely) tell them no, yet still provide your teams with information that will help them? Most importantly, how can we actually help a large set of teams understand their own journey towards adopting agile practices?

    Chris and Lee have worked with over 70 agile teams and created an approach that allowed the individual teams to understand where they were on their agile journey while maneuvering through the minefield of executives that wanted performance metrics to hold teams accountable.

    This session will be a review of what the challenges were during this process, how they were accepted and mitigated and how the teams were able to get good insight into their agile adoption and performance.

  • Liked Andrea Kvasnica
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    Andrea Kvasnica - Congratulations! You are now a Product Owner

    45 Mins
    Talk
    Beginner

    How big is the difference between waterfall, agile, or a hybrid project management framework? It's BIG!

    Our company went through an agile transformation at about this time last year, and we quickly realized that we had our work cut out for us.

    The change affected the whole company, whether it was the development team, clients, finance, etc. It affected our internal processes, project work, even the tools we used to run our projects.

    We had a lot to figure out, and at the top of the list was our new roles.

    I want to share the process and challenges our company had gone through, in selecting who will play what role. We started as Project Managers and Technical leads, and transformed to Product Owners, and Scrum Masters.

    This talk will break down our starting point and transformation, as well as our challenges, experiments, and lots and lots of fumbles. But all to end at great lessons learned, and solid teams.

  • Liked Maurizio Mancini
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    Maurizio Mancini - Scaling Quality by Building it in

    45 Mins
    Talk
    Intermediate

    According to the 11th annual State of Agile report by VersionOne, one of the top five reasons for adopting Agile is to “enhance software quality”. In spite of this aspiration, a common pattern in Agile roll outs is the failure to set quality goal improvements from the outset. It is often assumed that if you implement Agile/Scrum then quality will just take care of itself. As many organizations quickly discover, you cannot just “deploy Agile” and expect it to be the silver bullet for a software organizations’ quality issues. Why is this happening so frequently? Is it due to methodical deficiencies, unrealistic expectations, fundamental misunderstanding of Agile, lack of executive support, too much existing technical debt or all of the above?

    If you are questioning whether your Agile roll out is really helping you deliver higher quality software, faster, then this talk is a must to attend. I will discuss the approach I have successfully used in a number of organizations which involves; identifying the necessary building blocks to establish a quality mindset in an organization, moving the organization to a test first mindset, helping the Product Management organization become more Agile, and finally setting the right level of test automation so that you can deliver quality software faster.

    If you are serious about doing Agility at scale, you cannot realistically achieve that goal without ensuring that each team individually delivers quality, and in-turn whole projects/programs that incorporate outputs from the individual teams are delivering quality software. To successfully scale quality, you will need to follow the ‘blueprint’ provided in this presentation.

  • 45 Mins
    Talk
    Intermediate

    Although self-organizing teams are crucial to carrying out a successful Agile transformation, organizations that implement Agile at scale invariably realize that the introduction of such teams forces the organization to re-engineer numerous aspects of its operating philosophy. In particular, various management layers are often removed. The individuals in these layers are routinely re-purposed or laid off.

    This talk highlights the approaches I used as an Agilist in various organizations to help people in different roles on their journey of transitioning into the world of Agile. Specifically, the talk will focus on 5 key roles: Project Managers, Product Managers, BA Managers, Development Managers, and QA Managers. It will provide insight into how managers can effectively transition to some of the new Agile roles, or redefine their existing role to effectively fit in an Agile world.

    The emphasis in this talk is on pragmatic strategies for managers that are struggling to find their place in this new Agile world. Armed with these strategies, participants will be able to effectively adapt to the Agile transformation, as well as discover potential new career paths for themselves and for the individuals reporting to them.

  • Liked Gillian Lee
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    Gillian Lee - Teams Want a Quick Game to Learn How to Deliver Value Faster

    60 Mins
    Workshop
    Beginner

    Agile helps you deliver value to customers faster. Good user stories allow you to capture, prioritize, communicate, and deliver on that value. In my experience, a major impediment to writing good user stories in the real world is a lack of example stories. Here is a set of games that incorporate 80 examples of good and bad user stories. The games are easy to learn, play, and teach and take just a few minutes. Come play and enjoy sharing them with your friends and co-workers!

  • 45 Mins
    Demonstration
    Intermediate

    Refactoring is at the heart of the way we improve code. We make changes to the code for the purpose of making it easier to understand and easier to modify while maintaining the same behaviour.
    In spending time refactoring code, I have noticed that there are three steps that we do:
    1. Prepare
    2. Improve
    3. Clean
    We are going to look at several refactorings to understand how these steps help us make changes to our code in a controlled way.

  • Liked Sue Johnston
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    Sue Johnston / Marilyn Powers - Do Your Product Owners Speak A Foreign Language? Techniques for creating shared understanding

    60 Mins
    Talk
    Intermediate

    Effective interactions, between product owners and designers and team members who develop and make those products real, are key to team, product and organizational success. It's reflected in the first value of the Agile Manifesto.

    Still, one of the chief complaints, from both the product side and the dev side, is poor communication. The list of irritants includes: lack of clarity, lack of understanding, lack of time, lack of access, too many meetings, too much jargon, too many badly written user stories and too many people involved.

    Communication isn''t the only obstacle, but it’s a big one - and it can be overcome with no cost or organizational disruption.

    Regardless of the role we play on the team, part of everyone’s job is to create shared understanding. In this session, Marilyn, an experienced product owner and product manager, and Sue, a communication specialist and coach, will share their research about communication gaps in the product-development relationship and approaches that can close the gap.
    Join them to explore tips and ideas to improve communication flow and help teams move from concept to cash.

  • Liked Sue Johnston
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    Sue Johnston - It's Not About The Tools: Facilitating Effective Meetings Across Distance

    60 Mins
    Workshop
    Intermediate

    A face-to-face conversation is the most efficient and effective method of conveying information to and within a development team. So states the sixth principle of the Agile Manifesto.

    Reality comes with a big "however." Work-at-home, outsourcing and inter-company partnerships mean that, more and more, we find ourselves n meetings where other participants are not in the same room. They may be around the corner or around the world. Some organizations invest in powerful tools to make this arrangement work well - or, sometimes, not so well. Others make do with audio only. Are we fooling ourselves when we call these events "meetings?" Maybe. Yet they're part of our world, so why not make the most of them?

    In this lively session, you'll examine a proven pattern for facilitation, discover ways to overcome the challenges of virtual meetings and learn techniques that encourage meaningful participation. Most of these require more focus and ingenuity than expense.

    Sue will share some of the techniques she learned as a teleworking pioneer in the '90s and a trainer of coaches, via distance, since 2003. Join us to explore ways you can bring your meetings with remote participants to life and respect everyone's time - including your own.

  • Liked Robert McCabe
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    Robert McCabe - Getting Physical with Jira. Using a physical Kaban and Scrum boards with Jira.

    30 Mins
    Experience Report
    Intermediate

    This session I will review how we used a physical Kaban board and post-it notes with Jira and the Agile Cards plugin to sort through a sea over 500 of Jira issues in various states of progress. The process was complicated by a large number of projects with inconsistent workflows and confusing states ("In Review" could mean in code review or in QA review). I will review how the team members worked to examine and group issues, place them into the right state, abandoning some, moving others to the back log and prioritizing the rest. I will also show how having a physical board change the nature of our stand-ups and how we updated Jira to match the board.

    (at the current time this is still a work in progress, but I will add to the presentation as we work towards a mature system. Update: I am no longer with the company I started this at and I did not get to complete migrating to a mature system, but I did learn some valuable lessons on the way.).

  • Liked Daniel Doiron
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    Daniel Doiron - OKALOA FLOW LAB

    Daniel Doiron
    Daniel Doiron
    President
    Agile Agonist
    schedule 5 months ago
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    75 Mins
    Workshop
    Executive

    This workshop can be given in either French or English ....

    Enterprise agility come in numerous flavors. Participants will be confronted with the false choices presented to them (Flow vs Iteration, feature teams or competence based) by different approaches and be better able to build bridges between islands of agility (Scrum, LeSS, SAFe, Kanban)

    The OKALOA FLOW LAB is a new simulation created by Patrick Steyaert, conceptor of Upstream Kanban, Discovery Kanban, Portfolio Kanban, Customer Kanban. He is a world leader in all matters related to agility.

    The simulation is fantastic.

  • Liked Chris Murman
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    Chris Murman - Brainwriting: The Team Hack To Generating Better Ideas

    Chris Murman
    Chris Murman
    Sr. Agile Consultant
    Solutions IQ
    schedule 3 months ago
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    75 Mins
    Workshop
    Beginner
    Brainstorming has long been held as the best way to get ideas from teams for decades, but what if we are wrong? Can we take the successful aspects of collaboration and create a better environment for quality concepts? Come learn about brainwriting and get more from your team today!
    Description:
    If you work in an office, you have probably participated in a brainstorming session or two (or 12). Invented in the 1940s by an advertising executive, the purpose was to solicit a large amount of ideas in a short period of time. By putting a collective of creative people in the same room, better concepts should come. Sounds very agile.
    However, science has shown several times that brainstorming not the best way to generate ideas. It’s cumbersome due to all of the interdependent activities happening at once. When spending time generating ideas as a group, you often spend more time thinking of others ideas than your own.
    Fortunately, a relatively unknown technique is starting to gain popularity called brainwriting. Incorporating it into your team events can produce more diverse ideas and provide a friendlier environment for collaboration. In this session, we will workshop them and leave the audience with all of the tools to bring the technique back to their offices.
  • Liked Valery Germain
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    Valery Germain - Fatigué(e)s de mijoter les mêmes recettes ? Portez l’esprit d’innovation à ébullition !

    Valery Germain
    Valery Germain
    Agile coach
    Facilité
    schedule 3 months ago
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    45 Mins
    Talk
    Intermediate

    Fatigué(e)s de mijoter les mêmes recettes ? Portez l’esprit d’innovation à ébullition !

    A toute époque, des défis impossibles (Toyota Prius, Star Wars) aux yeux de tous ont été relevés par des équipes emmenées par des individus « ordinaires » considérés depuis comme des visionnaires.

    Comment chacun de nous peut partager sa vision d'un meilleur à venir, d'un improbable possible?

    Comment amener nos collaborateurs à sortir des sentiers battus et réveiller en eux la flamme de l’innovation?

    Tired of simmering the same recipes? Bring the spirit of innovation to a boil!

    At any time, impossible challenges (Toyota Prius, Star Wars) for all to have been raised by teams taken by "ordinary" individuals considered since as visionaries.

    How can each of us share his vision of a better future, of a possible unlikely?

    How to bring our employees to think outside the box and awaken in them the flame of innovation?