LAST Conference Brisbane

Fri, Sep 29

    Registration - 30 mins

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    Conference Opening

    schedule  08:30 - 08:45 AM place Z406 (All day - Keynotes and Invited speakers) people 35 Interested
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    Keynote - Sharon Robson - Head of Enterprise Agility - Tatts Group

    schedule  08:45 - 09:15 AM place Z406 (All day - Keynotes and Invited speakers) people 46 Interested
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    Norman Bodek

    Norman Bodek / Norman Bodek - Norman Bodek - The Godfather of Lean and The Harada Method

    schedule  09:15 - 10:00 AM place Z406 (All day - Keynotes and Invited speakers)

    Norman Bodek joins by video link from Vancouver Washington, to share his wisdom gained from publishing 100+ Japanese management books in English, and over 85 visits to Japan, including over 50 study missions, visiting hundreds of lean manufacturing plants. He is credited with bringing the writings of Taiichi Ohno and Shigeo Shingo (closely associated with the Toyota Production System), to the Western world.


    Break - 30 mins

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    Shay McAulay

    Shay McAulay - Using Metrics to build better behaviour (Invited Speaker)

    schedule  10:30 - 11:00 AM place Z406 (All day - Keynotes and Invited speakers) people 34 Interested

    "Tell me how you will measure me and I will tell you how I will perform." Using the wrong metric will encourage business behaviours that will have a negative impact on your business. In this session we will look at some rules and good practice to show you how to take the behaviour we want and then build a metric to support it.

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    Christian van Stom

    Christian van Stom - Creating Agile Teams

    schedule  10:30 - 11:00 AM place Z303 people 10 Interested

    An agile coaching journey through creating agile teams at Global Payments AU/NZ

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    Rupender Grewal

    Rupender Grewal - Social Robots and Us

    schedule  10:30 - 11:00 AM place Z304 people 4 Interested

    How I ended up working in Social Robotics!!

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    Jochy Reyes

    Jochy Reyes - Cognitive biases in agile teams

    schedule  10:30 - 11:00 AM place Z308 people 17 Interested
    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. 





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    Will McNelis

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

    schedule  10:30 - 11:00 AM place Z309 people 4 Interested

    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.

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    Michi Tyson

    Michi Tyson - One step forwards, two steps back - influencing change (Invited Speaker)

    schedule  11:00 AM - 12:00 PM place Z406 (All day - Keynotes and Invited speakers) people 31 Interested

    With the rate of change increasing constantly, it is now more important than ever to maintain adaptable processes and practices and create a "learning organisation" that constantly improves and changes to maintain its competitive edge. There's just that pesky problem of - you guessed it - people!

    Change is not a "one-off" thing anymore - change has become a constant in our professional (and personal!) environment and the best teams and organisations not only keep up with change, they CREATE change! This talk looks at change resistance, why it exists and how you can work with people and teams to overcome the resistance that holds you back from constantly improving your products, services and practices.

    Using real life examples and experiences, you will learn about the "rules of change", why change resistance exists and how to address it. I will introduce you to individual and organisational change models and you will leave the talk with a toolbag full of tips & tricks to influence change and help people become more awesome!

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    Christopher Biggs

    Christopher Biggs - DevOps for Dishwashers - Continuous Delivery for the Internet of Things (Invited Speaker)

    schedule  11:00 - 11:30 AM place Z303 people 11 Interested

    The Internet of Things is undeniably here. In the last year we have heard tell of of security cameras, dishwashers and even ovens roaming the internet unsupervised. As a consultant and writer about the Internet of Things, I have worked to bring my experience from 20 years in manufacturing and internet security to the IoT world. This presentation will cover the tools and techniques I use to build secure, reliable and rapidly updatable IoT devices. The techniques covered are applicable to both the simplest embedded devices with no general-purpose OS, and more powerful devices running Linux or Windows.

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    Robert Bratusa Brant

    Robert Bratusa Brant / Mervin Chiang - Tackling Enterprise Agile using De Bono's Six Thinking Hats

    schedule  11:00 AM - 12:00 PM place Z304 people 5 Interested

    Introducing agile into business is a challenge for an agile evangelist and executive team in each organisation which would like to increase the level of agile practice in business.

    Digital transformation has a strong influence on the majority of other industries, and agile process management became feasible as industry agnostic approach. Companies started to introduce pieces agile principles across all business functions.

    This workshop with range of parallel (lateral) thinking and initial ideas about using agile initiatives to develop Enterprise agile into the day to day business. The patricians will be split into several working groups, use pre-defined business case about enterprise agile challenges and learn from each other’s using De Bono’s Six Thinking methodology. The participants at the workshop will generate initial ideas about enterprise agile.

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    Melvin Ovinis

    Melvin Ovinis - Agile@Home

    schedule  11:00 - 11:30 AM place Z308 people 6 Interested

    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.

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    Peter Lam

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

    schedule  11:00 AM - 12:00 PM place Z309 people 15 Interested

    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.

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    Andrew Rusling

    Andrew Rusling - Joyous Retrospectives (Invited Speaker)

    schedule  11:30 AM - 12:00 PM place Z303 people 19 Interested

    Mixing my own experiences with a tongue in cheek look at the UN Climate Control council; this session will cover the key impediments to joyous retrospectives. Crucially this session will teach you specific techniques that have been proven to remove those key impediments. More than just the Five Whys, these techniques are broadly applicable and straight forward to get started with.

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    Rebecca Harris

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

    schedule  11:30 AM - 12:00 PM place Z308 people 15 Interested

    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.


    Lunch Break - 60 mins

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    Eduardo Nofuentes

    Eduardo Nofuentes - 7 steps to coaching agile non-software development teams (Invited Speaker)

    schedule  01:00 - 01:30 PM place Z406 (All day - Keynotes and Invited speakers) people 21 Interested

    You are a scrum master or an agile coach that has been working with software development teams for some time; suddenly someone else from a different department (marketing, HR, sales...) asks you if you can help them also to "do" this agile thing...

    In this talk, you will learn our successful approach to coaching non-software development agile teams; the tools we use, our approach and a step-by-step guide you can follow when you go back to work the next day.

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    James Hayes

    James Hayes - Game of Scrums (Invited Speaker)

    schedule  01:00 - 01:30 PM place Z303 people 17 Interested

    Based on experiences with many different large organisations and teams, this talk tackles the realities of large multi team delivery and explores practical techniques for encouraging true collaboration and avoiding the Game of Scrums.

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    Phillip Crockford

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

    schedule  01:00 - 01:30 PM place Z304 people 15 Interested

    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.

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    Bejoy Jaison

    Bejoy Jaison - Unlocking business agility through agile leadership

    schedule  01:00 - 01:30 PM place Z308 people 8 Interested

    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.

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    Daniel Ginn

    Daniel Ginn - Decoration Kanban

    schedule  01:00 - 02:00 PM place Z309 people 7 Interested

    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 on 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.

  • schedule  01:30 - 02:00 PM place Z406 (All day - Keynotes and Invited speakers) people 20 Interested

    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.

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    Josh Wulf

    Josh Wulf - Making Magik

    schedule  01:30 - 02:00 PM place Z303 people 20 Interested

    Consistently rated by audiences as "Literally the best tech-entertainment talk of all time".

    "Magic is a power that allows people to do impossible things by saying special words."

    How we discovered and developed Magikcraft, from hacking in a public library to meeting a global CEO in a Danish castle. From running on a computer found in a garbage bin to burning $187,000 of cloud credits. From a good idea to a worldwide phenomenon. Along the way we've succeeded, failed, pivoted, won competitions and funding, changed focus completely, and WE STILL DON'T KNOW WHAT WE'RE DOING.

    If you want to create something from nothing and navigate uncertainty to arrive at awesome, then you don't want to miss this talk! Wherever you are in your journey, you will leave this talk inspired and with renewed vision. This is the last time this talk will be delivered in Australia before Magikcraft lifts off for Denmark. In the future people will ask you: "Where were you when the Magik™ Happened?®" This is your chance to be able to give the correct answer.

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    James McMenamin

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

    schedule  01:30 - 02:30 PM place Z304 people 14 Interested

    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.

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    Invited Speaker - David Beal - General Manager - Digital Transformation & Analytics - Energy Super

    schedule  01:30 - 02:00 PM place Z308 people 7 Interested
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    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.

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    Jessica Reddrop

    Jessica Reddrop / Joe Stepowski - Thin Vertical Slices: When cake gets complicated (Invited Speaker)

    schedule  02:00 - 02:30 PM place Z303 people 29 Interested

    In a team aligned by layer rather than product, thin vertical slicing was a foreign concept that “wouldn't work” in our context. With a new project came a new opportunity to work across components in a cross-functional team. Although the UI layer was small, we were able to introduce thin vertical slices in a way that made sense for the project and for the team. In this talk we cover two distinct perspectives on introducing thin vertical slices to a team that traditionally broke up the backlog by component, i.e. ‘horizontal layers’. This is not a technical deep dive on how to create thin vertical slices. Rather, this is the story of introducing a new concept to the team, making it work in our context, the challenges we faced, and how we overcame them. The cake analogy is often used when talking about thin vertical slices, but in our experience it’s more complicated than that.

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    Jacinta Streat

    Jacinta Streat - Sticky notes to improve your life

    schedule  02:00 - 02:30 PM place Z309 people 17 Interested

    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.


    Break - 30 mins

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    Thinking like a startup and creating an innovation culture - Keynote Panel including Christy McLeod (Sunsuper), Peter Laurie (River City Labs), and Tim Anderson (Suncorp),

    schedule  03:00 - 03:30 PM place Z406 (All day - Keynotes and Invited speakers) people 43 Interested
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    Keynote - Craig Smith - Agile Coach and Founder - Unbound DNA

    schedule  03:30 - 04:00 PM place Z406 (All day - Keynotes and Invited speakers) people 42 Interested
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    Conference Close

    schedule  04:00 - 04:30 PM place Z406 (All day - Keynotes and Invited speakers) people 26 Interested

    Drinks at the Botanic Bar - 60 mins