LAST Conference Canberra 2018

Fri, Sep 21
08:15

    Registration Open - 30 mins

08:45
08:55
09:45
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    Kim Ballestrin

    Kim Ballestrin - Why Complexity Needs the Opposite of Normal

    schedule  09:45 - 10:10 AM people 10 Interested

    ‘Normality’ and complexity are so un-alike that we need to use opposite approaches to navigate them effectively. When we enthusiastically explain the latest way to improve our ways of working, we can avoid getting our colleagues offside by bearing in mind that what we are explaining is counter-intuitive.

    This session will use examples to demonstrate the subtle differences between our traditional ways of working and lean/agile approaches and how to present them in ways that make it easier for others to accept those ways can work.

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    Stephen Morgan

    Stephen Morgan - Agilelistics – A Metric Driven Approach

    schedule  09:45 - 10:10 AM people 16 Interested

    What if everything we thought we knew about agile was wrong?

    The nature of agile continually changes, which means its analysis must also keep pace. Agilelistics is for practitioners, thinkers, and theorists of agile.

    The data analytics revolution and agile metrics gather around agile teams, has become agile's new language and currency.

    What is Agilelistics? Agilelistics is the practice where metrics is used to drive the entire product development cycle. The use of just-in-time metrics to drive rapid, precise and granular product iterations. In an organisation who uses metrics, where everything from performance to usage patterns is measured. Every single decision is used by the development team is based on metrics.

    Steve Morgan helps you to decipher the statistical data, and to use it to uncovering agile's hidden truths.

    • How do I know my team is improving?
    • How many story points should my team tackle per sprint?
    • How can I fix my team’s estimations which are currently not accurate?
    • Is velocity a true measure of an agile team’s performance?

    Through a blend of entertaining storytelling, agile metrics and analysis, This Agilelistics session will answer common questions about measuring agile team performance.

10:10

    Morning Tea - 30 mins

10:45
11:30
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    Mia Horrigan

    Mia Horrigan - Accelerate through Retrospectives

    schedule  11:30 AM - 12:10 PM people 13 Interested

    I had been sitting in a few team retrospectives and hearing the same old tired pattern of "what went well, what didn't, what can we improve". The teams were bored, I was bored, they were just doing mechanical Scrum. Retrospectives are such a powerful tool to drive continuous improvement, but what i was seeing was a stagnation and the true value of this event was being lost.

    End of the Sprint was coming up so as the enterprise agile coach, I thought I'd provide some of my favourite patterns and ended up providing my 20 Scrum Masters with a playbook to accelerate and reinvigorate learning and improvement and provided a years worth of retrospectives and ideas as well as links to where to find more.

    Would love to share these patterns with you, but also hear your favourite patterns so we can share them with the group in this workshop and help inspire our teams to strive for activating real improvements.

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    Tony O

    Tony O'Halloran - “I know better”, “that’s not Agile” and other signs you may be wasting your time...

    schedule  11:30 AM - 12:10 PM people 8 Interested

    Being an Agile change agent can often feel like you’re fightin an uphill battle. Have you ever felt like you’re pushing, instead of having knowledge and support pulled from you? Have you ever felt that the ‘Agile’ you’re championing is completely different from the ‘Agile’ your organisation is pushing for? My answer is certainly YES to all of those things, and it sucks.
    This will be an exploration the struggles I’ve encountered, the failures I’ve had and what I have used to solve them.

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    Sean Gould

    Sean Gould - Agile and DevOps - Working together with technology

    schedule  11:30 AM - 12:10 PM people 13 Interested

    The rate of change in ICT and demand for services delivered through new modern interfaces by organisations has presented a real and immediate need to address the challenge of how to implement and deliver appropriate solutions to meet these changes. This is not limited to technology, it is as much about technology as it is about the need to address how these changes effect people, process, information and data.

    The combined disruptive trends of Cloud, Big Data and the IoT are each disrupting traditional business models in ways never seen before, and when combined, they are impacting organisations at such a rapid pace unprecedented in both business and technology realms, that organisations are having to completely reimagine and rethink how they go about delivering systems, software, services, information and data management across every single part of their operation.

    With this change in customer expectations and responsiveness, how do our Agile teams deliver value and outcomes? How do we maintain stability, reliability and security in a rapidly changing environment? How do we deal with old tech and legacy? How do we set Digital strategy? Maybe our Operations people have some of the answers...

12:15

    Lunch Break - 45 mins

01:05
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    Matthew Hodgson

    Matthew Hodgson / Brendon White - Lean Kanban Pizza

    schedule  01:05 - 02:30 PM people 3 Interested

    Isn't Kanban just post-it notes on walls? Maybe they're powerful ways of working that can be applied to any process.

    Come and learn the power of Kanban and Lean through a fun, interactive simulation involving pizza and teams.

    In this workshop, we'll be making (paper) pizza in teams, defining the workflow you create, and learning how to use WIP limits, and other key metrics, to see which pizza team can deliver the most pizza!

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    Pete Cohen

    Pete Cohen / Cass Spong - Embracing multiple perspectives to achieve meaningful organisational change

    schedule  01:05 - 02:30 PM people 18 Interested

    Creating meaningful and lasting change in organisations is hard. It requires aligning many different people, from different walks of life, and with different perspectives. But how do we enable a shared understanding of these multiple perspectives?

    This challenge is especially real when seeking to introduce agile ways of working. For experienced agile practitioners the rituals, goals and mindset can feel obvious. However, for many people these things can be difficult to grasp, and are sometimes at odds with their perspective and goals.

    Through this workshop we will introduce some Systems Thinking frameworks as tools to explore different perspectives and “see” the system and the relationships between the different parts. These systems thinking approaches support us to develop a closer view of reality and take more sensible, purposeful action. Supporting Practitioners to build capability to seek, listen, and co-ordinate different stakeholder perspectives, this workshop will create space for inquiry, exploration and sense-making.

    Pete Cohen is a Principal Consultant at DiUS Computing and has extensive experience leading agile projects in diverse organisations ranging from large banks and telcos to startups..

    Cass Spong is the founder of Entheos Consulting where she uses systems thinking based approaches to cultivate more effective, sustainable and inspiring organisations. She is also and Honorary Fellow at the University of Melbourne’s Centre for Positive Psychology.

    Pete and Cass will draw from their personal experiences and case studies to highlight the differences in perspectives from either side of the agile fence, and will demonstrate how they have gone about establishing alignment in organisations.

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    Nafees Butt

    Nafees Butt - Let the Customer Promise be your Guiding Light

    schedule  01:05 - 01:45 PM people 6 Interested

    tldr; Organisations exist to fulfil the promise that they made to their customers. This talk describes an approach that uses customer promise, existing culture and the gap between the two as a guiding light for defining goals of an agile transformation.

    Longer version: Leading an Agile transformation is a major undertaking. It is easy to invest all your energies and time at finding the tactical solutions and making strategical changes and not emphasise enough on culture. To ensure that your transformation is more than just a face-lift, it is important to dig deeper into nuances of culture. Attend this talk to walk away with a tool that leaders and change agents can use to understand and evaluate the depth and breadth of their cultural initiative, identify gaps and create action items to address the gaps.
    The tool is based on an upgrade of well-known Schneider's cultural model. It provides an approach for leaders of an organisation to centre their transformation efforts around culture, leadership and customer promise. We will start with the Schneider model to assess the existing culture and the leadership style prevalent in the organisation and will then link it to the customer promise. The model will cover the impact of an evolving customer promise and the complexities of managing it when the enterprise has multiple and often competing sub-cultures.

01:50
02:35

    Afternoon Tea - 30 mins

03:10
03:40
04:10
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    Irene Zhen

    Irene Zhen / Kerrie Campbell / Kristy Dam / Matthew Hodgson - Panel Discussion - What's next for Agile in Canberra?

    schedule  04:10 - 04:50 PM people 21 Interested

    This panel will examine how Agile is making a difference to how agencies and organisations in Canberra, approach for digital transformation, organisational change, improvements in productivity and quality as well as organisational agility. The panel will discuss their experiences leading these changes in our industry and look at the innovation that Agile is bringing to the Canberra Community. They will also share their trails and tribulations along the way.

    Finally, this panel will give you their predictions for where Agile might be happening with innovative applications of tech and application of agile principles to business organisations as well as Government. Join us as we travel forward in time – to 2020 and beyond - to have a look at the future of innovative applications of agile in Canberra and our industry.

    Facilitator - Irene Zhen

    Kerrie Campbell – CIO, Finders Uni

    Kerrie is a Chief Information Officer with a rich experience in the higher education industry. She is passionate about introducing new continuous improvement cultures and changing the way IT works with organisations. She has experience in the university sector and also with Government, notably with the Department of Human Services. At the DHA, she managed a large team of developers, programmers and systems analysts to develop,design and maintain programs of work.

    Petr Adamek - CEO Canberra Innovation Network

    Petr is the CEO of the Canberra Innovation Network, a collaboration between the tertiary and research institutions in Canberra with support of the ACT Government. He is passionate about innovation ecosystems with experience in Europe and New Zealand.

    Matthew Hodgson - CEO, Zen Ex Machina

    Matthew Hodgson is an executive and portfolio-level agile coach. He's an ICT strategist with two decades of experience focussing on coaching executives from strategy through to execution by leveraging organisational psychology, organisational change and modern Agile, Lean, UCD and Lean UX methods.

    Kristy Dam - Assistant Commissioner EST Strategy, Innovation and Information Technology Australian Taxation Office.

    Other panelists - TBA

04:50
05:00

    Drinks! - Join us for drinks at "The Well" UC Campus Bar @ Ground Floor, Cooper Lodge, Telita St, Bruce - 90 mins