• 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 1 week 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 Peter Lam
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    Peter Lam - Using Jurgen Appelo's Management 3.0 to build better teams

    30 mins
    Talk
    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 Alhad Akole
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    Alhad Akole - Trust the Stranger!

    Alhad Akole
    Alhad Akole
    Agile Coach
    Zensar Technologies
    schedule 3 weeks 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

  • Liked Alistair Sloley
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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 Mike Burns
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    Mike Burns - Feature Funny Business

    Mike Burns
    Mike Burns
    Agile Coach
    Tatts Group
    schedule 1 week 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 Craig Brown
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    Craig Brown - Improve together

    Craig Brown
    Craig Brown
    VP Collaboration
    Aconex
    schedule 3 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 Tiago Griffo
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    Tiago Griffo - Hypothesis Driven Software Selection

    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 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 Daniel Ginn
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    Daniel Ginn - Decoration Kanban

    Daniel Ginn
    Daniel Ginn
    Agility Coach
    TattsGroup
    schedule 1 week ago
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    60 mins
    Workshop
    Beginner

    Decoration Kanban is a game that is played with a team to demonstrate key principles and practices of Lean. It is another variant on Jeff Patton’s Paper Aeroplane game, but with a greater focus timing metrics to seek out areas of improvement. The participants play the role of a manufacturing worker and be immersed in the design and setup of a decoration manufacturing line.

  • 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 1 week 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 Bejoy Jaison
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    Bejoy Jaison - Unlocking business agility through agile leadership

    30 mins
    Talk
    Intermediate

    Agile technology teams sometimes tend to interpret "leadership" as a threat to self-organisation, underestimating the benefits good leadership could bring. Skilled leadership not only enables systems thinking across the delivery value chain, but also bridges business strategy to technology enablers to business benefits.

    This talk looks at agility at the micro (team) and macro (business) levels bringing in perspectives of how agile leadership roles facilitate focus, feedback and capability at the macro level across the value chain.

  • Liked Helen Snitkovsky
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    Helen Snitkovsky - 5 reasons why Agile mindset will never be a mainstream

    30 mins
    Lightning Talk
    Advanced

    This is a lightning talk. Agile have been around since early 2000...why is it still not a mainstream way of working? This talk will expose 5 main cultural reasons and policy barriers that prevent mass agile adoptions.


     

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    Helen Snitkovsky - Introduction to Business Agility

    30 mins
    Talk
    Advanced

    Business agility is the ability of a business system to rapidly respond to change by adapting its initial stable configuration. Business agility can be maintained by maintaining and adapting goods and services to meet customer demands, adjusting to the changes in a business environment and taking advantage of human resources.

    This talk provides an introduction to business agility, including business drivers, getting started, and current trends.

     

     

  • Liked Helen Snitkovsky
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    Helen Snitkovsky - Agile for traditional networking and infrastructure teams

    30 mins
    Talk
    Advanced

    Nowadays networking and infrastructure is servicing more and more Agile teams who wanted infrastructure to get faster and more adaptive. We at government agency hit a tipping point where internal Agile teams started to go outside for infrastructure needs, and decided to embrace Agile to help our friends in development. What makes infrastructure, networking, and operations different?

    Through a combination of restructuring, coaching and lots of trial and error we made a range of changes to the way we worked and to our environment. Proudly, we were able to significantly improve our metrics and relationships with development teams.
     After hearing this talk, you will not only be able to understand what we did and why but you will also take away techniques and ideas for experiments that you can try for yourself.

    Please note this is not a DevOps/going to Cloud talk, the focus here is more on culture and process change.

  • Liked Tony O'Halloran
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    Tony O'Halloran - The HiPPO ate my Scrum Guide

    Tony O'Halloran
    Tony O'Halloran
    Agile Coach
    Nomad8
    schedule 1 month ago
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    60 mins
    Talk
    Intermediate

    We can no longer simply apply the Agile of 15 years ago to the problems of today. Scrum, or any other framework we utilise is useless in isolation. We know more now and it's lazy to not to put that learning and tools to use.

    Along my journey, I've encountered several common failure patterns that a Scrum Guide or Certification can't address. This is some of what I've learned through the failure of trying naively to do so.

    This will be an exploration of those failures and what I used to (occasionally successfully) address them; largely based on storytelling, and accompanied by terrible illustrations and bad jokes.

  • Liked Shane Leigh Swansborough-Bowman
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    Shane Leigh Swansborough-Bowman - The Democratisation of Value Delivery in the age of Agile.

    30 mins
    Experience Report
    Intermediate

    Traditional Project Management Methodology and Project Delivery was inherently hierarchical. A polite command and control approach that often sidelined the most creative and critical thinkers by enforcing rigid methodology. If not managed with superior levels of diplomacy and tact, often projects would wander sidewards as it alienated what it needed most, fully engaged team members invested in the project's delivery. The very nature of hierarchy is that it can impose an artificial power structure where the Project Manager was seen to be "command" and team members "controlled".

    Agile, with specific observations of Lean at Toyota, has taken a fundamentally different approach. It has allowed the "levelling of the playing field" where every team member is critical as they form and function an autonomous, self-motivating and directed SCRUM Team (where using SCRUM). Everyone on the project works together to complete the set of work they have collectively committed to complete within a sprint.

    This paradigm shift has seen value delivery decentralised from the Project Manager to Teams. In doing so, we appeal to the individuals need for responsibility, self-direction, creativity and engagement. This, in turn, invests people with purpose within delivery.

    The next phase of Team is Tribe. Agile + Tribe = Sucess. This is critical and will be covered in the presentation.

    In summary, when Agile is implemented, a robust change program must be observed to ensure the evolution to Tribe, a move away from hierarchical structures (I.e from Manager to Coach) and the promotion of value delivery being the purpose of all.

    [Tribual Unity - Em Campbell-Pretty, is a significant text in this area and will be referred to in the presentation]

  • Liked Jochy
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    Jochy - Cognitive biases in agile teams

    Jochy
    Jochy
    Senior Consultant
    Elabor8
    schedule 3 weeks 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.