• Liked Mike Burns
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    Mike Burns - Feature Funny Business

    Mike Burns
    Mike Burns
    Agile Coach
    Tatts Group
    schedule 2 months ago
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    30 mins
    Talk
    Intermediate

    Writing a well-define well-written feature is often overlooked and ends up as a phrase (or worse a single word) that hopefully means something to someone in the team. This leads to the team not really caring about features and looking at them as just a grouping of stories rather than something of importance to getting the solution done. 

    In this session, Mike Burns will present a structured thinking approach to creating features that can help you quickly create features that are meaningful, understandable, and useful.

  • Liked Phillip Crockford
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    Phillip Crockford - Empower Your "No": how to refine the art of decline

    Phillip Crockford
    Phillip Crockford
    CEO
    v-teamwork
    schedule 1 month ago
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    30 mins
    Lightning Talk
    Beginner

    In both Lean and Agile approaches, the ability to say "no" is essential to short and long term success. There are hundreds of books on articles on the power and value of saying "no", yet for many of us it continues to be problematic in practice. Others dismissively say: "I have no problem saying no", yet they are oblivious to the damage they do to the morale and the mood of the team. Tips and hints won't do much. The answer lies in deep, system-level understanding and actual practice.

    Don't miss this talk if:

    a. You want to really understand at a deeper level why "no" is so necessary and so challenging in complex knowledge work.

    b. You want practical improvement in your on-the-ground, real world ability to contribute value by saying "no" and listening to the "no" of others more effectively.

  • Liked Tiago Griffo
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    Tiago Griffo - Hypothesis Driven Software Selection

    Tiago Griffo
    Tiago Griffo
    Principal Technologist
    ThoughtWorks
    schedule 2 months ago
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    30 mins
    Experience Report
    Intermediate

    Commercial Off The Shelf (COTS) applications are a part of most (perhaps every) medium to large enterprises. A lot of money is spent every year in selection and implementation projects of such applications - think millions to billions of dollars if you consider lost opportunity costs which are hard to measure.

    Unfortunately, buying instead of building is no guarantee of success. Tales of monumental package implementation overruns and disappointing functionality - not to mention outright failures - abound.  These failures occur despite elaborate, detailed evaluation processes meant to select just the right package and reduce the risk of implementation. It is clear that businesses have to get better at researching, evaluating, and selecting software products.

    In this talk we'll describe an approach to selecting and implementing package software that focuses on engineering quality and business agility.  We prefer an approach that involves hands-on, experiential hypothesis testing and evidence gathering over endless feature checklists and vendor demonstrations.

  • Liked Will McNelis
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    Will McNelis - Iterative Ethics: Can our moral compass be agile?

    Will McNelis
    Will McNelis
    Agility Coach
    Tatts Group
    schedule 2 months ago
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    30 mins
    Talk
    Intermediate

    Our moral and ethical landscape has changed greatly over the last 100 years. We used to be able to view the world very much in terms of right and wrong, black and white, but today we are constantly operating in shades of grey.

    We have a recipe for disaster when this is coupled with the fact that everything in our life is now run by software. We must have a way to iterate on our values, morals, and ethics to ensure we are aware of the dilemmas we face daily and the impacts of our choices.

    In this session, we will cover codifying a team's ethics to be in line with their companies’ values, and include this in their definition of done (project, feature, story). We will then discuss techniques to review and iterate on ethics in line with the usual feedback cycles.

    Basically, let's make sure our work is something we would want to bring home to our mum.

    Coming from experience in his current coaching role in the Australian Gambling industry coupled with a background of delivering agile marketing strategies and technology across the Asia Pacific region, Will is uniquely positioned to highlight ethical and moral success stories as well as failures.

  • Liked James McMenamin
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    James McMenamin - How the hell do you get people to talk to each other?

    James McMenamin
    James McMenamin
    Senior Consultant
    Elabor8
    schedule 1 month ago
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    60 mins
    Case Study
    Beginner

    This is a workshop style presentation where we will introduce a number of collaboration techniques, then break into groups who will use the different techniques to examine the idea of collaboration. Finally, the groups will report back to the larger group about what they learned about collaboration techniques from each other and from the actual experience of employing the technique.

  • Liked Jacinta Streat
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    Jacinta Streat - Sticky notes to improve your life

    Jacinta Streat
    Jacinta Streat
    Agility Coach
    Tatts Group
    schedule 1 month ago
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    30 mins
    Talk
    Beginner

    This talk is all about Jacinta’s agility journey and how it’s impacted every aspect of her life. Jacinta will explore the traits, characteristics and values that make up an agility mindset.

    There’s been set backs, inspirations and life milestones that have triggered Jacinta to grow her agility mindset. By reflecting on this growth and being prepared to share her journey with the teams she coaches allows her to build trusted relationships and demonstrates her passion for agility. She hopes you will be inspired to grow yours or support others to grow their agility mindset and consider how it can impact your life.

  • Liked Jochy
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    Jochy - Cognitive biases in agile teams

    Jochy
    Jochy
    Senior Consultant
    Elabor8
    schedule 2 months ago
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    30 mins
    Talk
    Beginner
    Cognitive biases often results to poor decisions that could affect your teams. This talk provides an introduction to cognitive biases and how they impact team performance and effectivity.
    I'll cover 3 aspects of teams that could be impacted by these cognitive biases - team dynamics, communication and productivity.
    I'll discuss the symptoms of these biases and show you how to proactively control and reduce its effects for more effective teams. 

     

     

     

     

  • Liked Rebecca Harris
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    Rebecca Harris / Paul O'Keeffe - A Testing Safety Net for the Traditional Enterprise High Wire Act

    30 mins
    Case Study
    Beginner

    The classic enterprise software Catch-22: We need tests before we can risk changing our software applications, but those applications are not designed for testability, so we first need to redesign them.

    There is nothing to do but bite the bullet and build a testing safety net around the outside.

    This session will describe our experiences while building the net and show you the ropes so you too can reduce risk while speeding up delivery cycle times in the traditional enterprise circus.

  • Liked Peter Lam
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    Peter Lam - Building Organisational agility using Jurgen Appelo's Management 3.0

    Peter Lam
    Peter Lam
    Principal
    Claritas Consulting
    schedule 2 months ago
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    60 mins
    Workshop
    Intermediate

    World of work has broken. According to Gallup in a study conducted worldwide between 2011-2012 - only 13% of employees working for an organisation are involved in, enthusiastic about and committed to their work and workplace.

    I'll explain why our current standard patterns in management are no longer good enough, and what we can do differently and better. I will showcase a number of modern modern management techniques - popularised by Jurgen Appelo and Management 3.0 - that are fundamentally aligned with lean and agile principles. These will help you get better engagement, better teamwork and make management an easier job.

    You will walk away with a number of simple techniques you can use to help initiate teams or projects; change the level of conversation that you will with your peers and team members; and give you a way to build happier teams.

  • Liked Phillip Crockford
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    Phillip Crockford - Level Up Your Team! ...building customer collaboration skills using WoW

    Phillip Crockford
    Phillip Crockford
    CEO
    v-teamwork
    schedule 2 months ago
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    60 mins
    Original Research
    Intermediate

    Agile, lean, devops etc are powerful process-driven collaboration frameworks that do not always realise their potential in practice. Our qualitative research has shown great promise: using coaching and reflective practice inside immersive MMPORG environments. The aim: to develop the skills and sensibilities we need for effective collaboration in complex knowledge work.

    Building on the work of Chilean philosopher and technology pioneer Dr. Fernando Flores, we started our research with the premise that every human action generates value when it is performed to take care of what someone cares about. The person taking the action is the Performer and the person with the concern to be taken care of is the Customer. Inside this definition then, customers are everywhere, including within the team.

    In this talk we outline our Why? What? and How? We also overview our results to date and future directions. From our experimental research, we believe that this highly innovative approach has the potential to disrupt the traditional coaching and workshop-style delivery methods that are the staple of communication, collaboration, and leadership skills development.

    You will walk away with actionable insights about the human elements of customer collaboration that you can put into practice immediately.

  • Liked Alhad Akole
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    Alhad Akole - Trust the Stranger!

    Alhad Akole
    Alhad Akole
    Agile Coach
    Zensar Technologies
    schedule 2 months ago
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    60 mins
    Talk
    Intermediate

    In Distributed Agile many times, people don't trust members on other shore. My topic will cover few of the aspects which has helped our teams to gain that trust of customer and give co-located results.

    In Session I will speak about case study covering below points which helped our customer who is a “first time offshore” to “Trust the Stranger”!

    1) Building the Trust

    2) Creating Continuous Visibility

    3)Rotation of resources between shores

    4)XP practices

    1)Code Ownership

    2)Use of technology to share code/ builds

    5) CI CD – tools enhance visibility

    6) Test Automation to look at Tested Running Features

    7) Speak about my code! - Technical presentations within teams

    8) Explore Business Flows!- Business Understanding among Business Owners, Product Owners, Proxy PO, team.

    9) Innovations in business areas

    10) Distributed Agile – tools techniques

    11) Measuring the business Value (using custom Framework)

    12) Saying No!

    13) Re-Enforcing agile Practices!

  • Liked Alistair Sloley
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    Alistair Sloley - Liberating Structures... 36 tried and true facilitation techniques to amp up your org's collaboration

    60 mins
    Workshop
    Beginner

    The communication tools of Liberating Structures will teach you how to facilitate the discussions your org needs. I am going to demonstrate how to use these techniques in the workshop. And all the attendees are going to be fully immersed and ready to wield their new knowledge the very next day at work.

    Come learn how to help your team(s), org(s), and company(ies)!!!

    For more information, watch my video at http://youtu.be/UNOjqMUv8h0

    A version of this workshop that was presented at Agile Tour Sydney 2016 is at http://bit.ly/2f4Bie8

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    Alistair Sloley - The Value Story - do your stories have value?

    60 mins
    Talk
    Intermediate

    What's in a story? Perhaps more applicable to agilists today, what's in a user story?

    Let's get real about user stories and what they are trying to achieve. Perhaps the user story is not the story format we should be using!

    Let's examine the user story format that we all know and love today. We will dive a little deeper into how a story and personas can create synergy. We will discuss how a user story can be presented on a ticket and how stories can be supplemented with information like acceptance criteria.

    Of course something so widely used will have anti-patterns. Let's look at a few and have a few laughs as well.

    Let's go even further and talk about user story alternatives, I will propose two. But wait! Are there even other user story alternatives? I will introduce two more.

    Finally, let's sum up the purpose of the user story and conclude with the central idea that's really important - your story can be anything you want it to be!

  • Liked Utpal Chakraborty
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    Utpal Chakraborty - ÔÇťAgile & Lean Movie Making - An Out-Of-The-Box Implementation of Agile & Lean"

    30 mins
    Talk
    Intermediate

    "Agile & Lean Movie Making -  An Out-Of-The-Box Implementation of Agile & Lean" is a fresh and innovative topic, an experience of a team of movie makers on Agile and Lean methodologies. Importantly it has got a completely new dimension of imparting Agile, Lean type best practices from Movie Industry to the IT or other world like we did the same a decade back from Automobile Industry (Toyota).
    It also tells about the Opportunities and the Challenges involved in tailoring Agile & Lean Practices while implementing those in a completely different industry where parameters are completely different.
    This also open a different spectrum of how Agile practices with required tailoring can be implemented in any industry or any work.
    The session also reiterates the fact that Agile & Lean principles are not specific and limited for to any specific industry but the same can be applied to any industry and even in our day today work and get benefited.
    1. Do NOT associate or trademark or limit Agile & Lean with any specific industry.
    2. It’s Versatile. It’s a Methodology of Working which can be applied in any industry, any business and in any work.
    3. More you practice Agile & Lean more you mature and invent. There is No End to it.
    4. Many a times we do many things unknowingly in Agile & Lean way and we get fantastic results.

  • Liked Craig Brown
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    Craig Brown - Improve together

    Craig Brown
    Craig Brown
    VP Collaboration
    Aconex
    schedule 5 months ago
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    30 mins
    Workshop
    Intermediate

    How does your team improve? What are the limits to what you can do? Have you set your sights high enough?

    We are in this together in everything. We need to improve as a team, as well as deliver work products together. 

    Furthermore, best practices lead to dead ends and bad practices. Don’t seek a standard pattern that will drag your team and work towards mediocre. Seek to do better than what you do today. Never stop seeking. Think mindfully about your situation and work to improve from there.

    A key thing about this talk is that I won't be telling you how to do your job better. I'll be helping you do that more effectively.

  • Liked Howard Deiner
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    Howard Deiner - How We Get Agile Transformations Wrong By Trying to Do It All So Right

    60 mins
    Talk
    Intermediate

    Sorry to say it guys, but Agile has gone limp over the last few years.  As we get more and more coaches into the mix, both external as well as internal, organizations somehow have forgotten that it’s software that we’re trying to produce.  Not great stand-ups.

    Technical practices matter.  In fact, if we could dispense with ALL process and still create the valuable quality software that is needed, we should do that.  From a Lean perspective, process adds no customer facing value.  But getting rid of all process is crazy talk.  Even Fred George, who promoted “Programmer Anarchy” several years ago never got away from all process.  In reality, his movement was premised on driving business decision making directly into technical decision making, and completely empowering teams to “be” the company.  He premised the concept of “Programmer Anarchy” on using the best and brightest developers out there, and trusting that if they could do something as difficult as create great code that they could do the business decision making as well.

    But perhaps we don’t have the absolute best talent out there.  Perhaps it’s hard to lure people away from Google and Facebook because of the money and the chance to get great work environment and unbelievable work challenges (change the world, anyone?)  Does that mean that we have to go back into the Fredrick Winslow Taylor world view of “The One Best Way”?  With that way becoming making a choice between Scrum, SAFe, Lean/Kanban, and other development processes?

    I’d like to convince you that what’s going to work for your organization and your employees is something in the middle.  I, of course, lean into the “better technical practices will yield better outcomes” frame of mind.  You may as well.  But when Garrison Keillor said, on “A Prairie Home Companion” (a long running radio show on National Public Radio in the States), “Well, that's the news from Lake Wobegon, where all the women are strong, all the men are good looking, and all the children are above average”, that was satire!  And the same is true of your organization.  It can logically be true that all organizations’ developers are all above average.  But we can hold people to an acceptable level of technical practices that will yield in writing better code than merely having a process that talks about writing better code. 

    This session will speak to the specifics of the whats and whys.

  • Liked Alistair Sloley
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    Alistair Sloley - Extraordinary Retrospectives

    60 mins
    Case Study
    Intermediate

    Are your retros boring, non-productive, and a waste of time? Come learn about 2 case studies of extraordinary retrospectives.

    Retrospectives are the heart of the feedback loop that exists within an agile framework that fosters self-improvement.

    Retrospectives lose value due to 2 reasons - they get boring or they have no value in terms of actionable items.

    The first case will describe a team's experience organized at the Australian War Memorial in Canberra, Australia. A custom tour was developed that focused on "mateship".

    The second case will describe a team's experience at the National Portrait Gallery in Canberra, Australia. A prototype team training based on Visual Thinking Strategies, VTS, usually reserved for 11-12 year old school children.

    I will describe how you can partner with a variety of resources, including government programs, that will enable you to do the same thing.

  • Liked Melvin Ovinis
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    Melvin Ovinis - Agile@Home

    Melvin Ovinis
    Melvin Ovinis
    Senior Business Analyst
    Sunsuper
    schedule 1 month ago
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    30 mins
    Case Study
    Beginner

    Current discussions about implementing Agile at home tend to focus on the physical attributes. We all know, at least we SHOULD know, that Agile is so much more than walls and ceremonies.

    My talk will demonstrate concrete examples of how my family, and very likely yours, are applying the Agile mindset in our everyday lives. The intent is to help you recognise that ideas and solutions can come from a variety of sources. This understanding will allow us all to think outside the box and incorporate options from outside our workplace. Hopefully it will also bring us to an understanding that Agile is not just a methodology, but a way of thinking that celebrates success and failures.

    This talk will be humorous (hopefully), with lots of family photos and anecdotes of daily life, at home and at work.

  • Liked Mike Burns
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    Mike Burns - Kaizen Experiments

    Mike Burns
    Mike Burns
    Agile Coach
    Tatts Group
    schedule 1 month ago
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    60 mins
    Talk
    Intermediate

    A “Kaizen” (literally "change good" or more simply “change for the better”) is a small improvement synonymous with the phrase “continuous improvement.”

    Running an experiment is a simple way of small, low-risk improvements.

    This talk will discuss what is an experiment and how to design and run effective experiments that give teams meaningful information.

  • Liked Prashant Agarwal
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    Prashant Agarwal - From Agile to Agility

    30 mins
    Lightning Talk
    Intermediate

    This session would cover in detail the broader transformation that is currently happening in organizations which are moving beyond Agile and DevOps and are becoming truly adaptive and self-managed organizations just like living organisms.