LAST Conference - Canberra

Thu, Sep 14

    Registration Open - 30 mins

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    schedule 08:45 AM - 09:00 AM place Room 1 people 6 Interested
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    Norman Bodek

    Norman Bodek - Keynote - Norman Bodek - The "Godfather" of Lean

    schedule 09:00 AM - 10:00 AM place Room 1 people 14 Interested

    Morning Tea - 30 mins

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    Matthew Hodgson

    Matthew Hodgson - Scaling Agile in Government: The good, the bad and the ugly

    schedule 10:30 AM - 11:10 AM place Room 1 people 10 Interested

    Big programs? Lots of teams? What works and what doesn't when it comes to delivering and aligning agile team delivery with program/portfolio outcomes with the good and avoid the ugly and bad of risks and the pain of change?

    Out of experiences with agencies like the ATO, DHS, ABS, AUSTRAC, Health, AIS and more, you'll hear the lessons learned from using SAFe, LeSS and NEXUS, including:

    • Engaging SES and ELs to prepare them to lead agile teams
    • How to scale with agile
    • What's needed to make scaling agile work, including the role of the PMO
    • They key to transitioning old roles to new agile roles
    • What managers do in scaled agile
    • Looking beyond software development to agile in the business
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    Alex Sloley

    Alex Sloley - Coaching Up to the C-Suite

    schedule 10:30 AM - 11:10 AM place Room 2 people 7 Interested

    According to the 2016 State of Agile Survey the #3 cause of agile project failure is “Lack of management support” at 38%. To compound the matter, the #5 cause of prevention of further agile adoption is “Management support” at 29%. In contrast, the #2 reason for success in scaling agile is “Executive sponsorship” at 40%.

    Clearly the executives and C-suite are a key part of a successful agile transformation. As an agile coach or transformation agent it is imperative that you work with the C-suite so that your org can successfully adopt agile.

    Learn about the different types of C-suite executives through the use of personas. We will cover 6 persona types in detail.

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    Alan Taylor

    Alan Taylor - Learn to Play; Play to Learn!

    schedule 11:15 AM - 11:55 AM place Room 1 people 6 Interested

    Games are fun! We use them from childhood through to corporate events; and we often don’t realise that we’re learning at the time. We cover how games continue in that vein; in helping individuals and teams in so many ways. Games can help solve team problems, re-engage teams, build trust and understanding, and much more.

    I will work through scenarios where games have been employed to achieve varying outcomes; including why games make sense (at the right time); and how games help people get the point, while laughing!

    In short, playing games costs little, adds significant value and can have amazing results!

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    Mia Horrigan


    schedule 11:15 AM - 11:55 AM place Room 2 people 9 Interested

    Two Teams. Same product. Same Environment. But oh so different! What makes one team Scrumdiddlyumptious whilst another the Killjoys?

    Come and hear the lessons learnt on change, agile mindset and implementation on large scale enterprise project. The Patterns and Anti-Patterns that had one agile team stagnating whilst the other team became awesome in a large scale agile enterprise transformation that included 18 teams.

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    William Lester

    William Lester - Experience Design within Scrum - Sharing my experience as a designer working within the Scrum process

    schedule 12:00 PM - 12:25 PM place Room 1 people 6 Interested

    Experience Design within Scrum - Sharing my experience as a designer working within the Scrum process

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    Rajaraman Kannan

    Rajaraman Kannan / Irene Zhen - Building, Supporting and Sustaining High -Performance Teams

    schedule 12:00 PM - 12:25 PM place Room 2 people 11 Interested

    Agile visionaries firmly believe that high-performance teams are the essential part of delivering the highest value to the customer, by building amazing products. But, there is no ready-made formula for building a high-performance team. From my experience, even though Organisations always put together a bunch of highly skilled specialists to achieve an outcome, most of the time they fail as they don't even start functioning as a team. How do we build a high-performance team? What do we need as leaders, coaches, or managers to enable, create, and sustain highly successful and intelligent teams?

    This talk provides a recipe for building, supporting and sustaining high-performance teams. The key takeaways for the participants will be valuable tools and practices that can be used with any teams to make them function as a high-performance team. The workshop provides a model to understand and assess the journey of the team towards high performance and use the relevant tools to incubate and accelerate the journey. The toolkit applies to both new teams as well as existing teams. In addition, the participants will learn to work with conflicts, and how to use conflict as a true opportunity for growth and learning.


    Lunch - 60 mins

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    Shane Wheller

    Shane Wheller - Introducing Public Service Agile: Bringing Agile to the Australian Public Service

    schedule 01:30 PM - 02:10 PM place Room 1 people 10 Interested

    The Prime Minister wants the Australian Public Service to be more agile, the Digital Transformation Agency has mandated it in the Digital Service Standards and it seems like there is increasing demand for Agile services across the Australian Public Service (APS), but do they really know what they are getting themselves in to?

    In this talk Shane will explore the practical application of the Agile Principles in the context of non-software development programs. He will draw from his experience in roles such as Program Management Office lead, Program Manager, Scrum Master and Agile Coach in software development and business programs in government and the private sector.

    Using Scrum at scale using LESS, SAFe and Nexus, how does the APS top down organisational structure fit in to existing scaled frameworks, can they co-exist, or do we need to fundamentally change the structure of the APS, the products being demanded by Government decision-making functions, or both?

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    Ed O

    Ed O'Shaughnessy - Go Forth and Self-Organise! Strategies & Tactics for Building Great Teams

    schedule 01:30 PM - 03:00 PM place Room 2 people 8 Interested

    An Agile approach encourages organisations to form self-organising teams that are empowered to figure out how to work together and deliver value. But it's one thing to tell a team they are responsible for themselves and quite another to understand what this even means and to put it into practice in a healthy, sustainable and rewarding way.

    This workshop will explore what it means to self-organise through an understanding of the fundamentals, the relaying of experiences helping teams in the field develop their self-organising capabilities, and some fun role playing exercises to illustrate and convey techniques that anyone can easily adopt to help improve their team effectiveness.

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    Martine Sholl

    Martine Sholl - 7 steps to coaching agile non-software development teams

    schedule 02:15 PM - 02:55 PM place Room 1 people 16 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.


    Afternoon Tea - 30 mins

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    Peter Lam

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

    schedule 03:30 PM - 04:10 PM place Room 1 people 8 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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    Fabiano Morais

    Fabiano Morais - Global Nomads and Remote Wrok

    schedule 03:30 PM - 04:10 PM place Room 2 people 5 Interested

    In a historical moment where everything is political, and we keep hearing references to "walls", "bans" and all sorts of restrictions that try to inhibit a person's mobility around the world, it has never been so important to discuss global mobility in relation to the future of work. The future of work is, undoubtedly, deeply connected to remote work and global mobility. Forrester Research’s (US) estimates that the number of mobile workers will reach 63 million (43 percent of the U.S. workforce) sometime in 2016. (REF)

    While “work from home” has been a common model, the pervasiveness of digital nomadism has changed the face of global work patterns. Remote and mobile work is here to stay.

    This exciting trend brings about new work configurations and possibilities, but also new challenges. Tension and contradiction can sometimes exist between our basic social needs and physical disconnection, and between flexibility for the individual and the collective needs of collaboration. If agile is still cutting edge, shouldn’t agile organisations be leading the way in pursuit of answers to these things? Agile organisations can lead the way and provide solutions that enable a team to make the best out of blended work practices while avoiding the pitfalls of remote work.

    Agile frameworks that are effective arrive at seamlessly blended workflows. During this talk, I will present the cutting-edge agile practices used at [Company Name] to embrace digital nomadism and shape the future of work. I will share with the attendees the challenges, triumphs, tools, and characteristics that make up an organization that is successfully embracing digital nomadism. Envato's Work From Anywhere policy is more than just an effective policy. In today's global society, it is also a symbol of another kind of world, of another way to live and work together. It is an example of what is possible when we have trust in each other and in our communities.

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    Melinda Harrington

    Melinda Harrington - Why you weren’t Agile before you were Agile

    schedule 04:15 PM - 04:40 PM place Room 1 people 8 Interested

    When I finally heard about Agile, I thought: “Hand me the document. I’m probably already doing this.”

    I wasn’t.

    Agile is not just another spiral bound notebook. This is not a different set of documents to fill in. Mapping our existing understanding to our new understanding often works for us. It won’t work for us now.

    Working towards being Agile is fundamentally different from traditional ways of working. To do it, you have to change.

    We will explore some of those areas where Agile differs dramatically. For example:

    • Agile is not a methodology.
    • An individual may be less effective when we switch to an Agile approach.
    • A new way of working with teams.
    • Our focus shifts from outcomes to outputs.
    • Our leadership needs to change. In fact, our entire organisation needs to change.
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    Tim Berman

    Tim Berman - Agile - choose your own adventure

    schedule 04:15 PM - 04:40 PM place Room 2 people 8 Interested

    There is no doubt that following an Agile process increases the chances of success for any project. However what is ultimately a much more important factor in the success or failure of a project is the initiative and drive of the people within the team. The Agile team has control over it's own destiny with the choices made on a daily basis.

    Through a fictional Agile project run as a "choose your own adventure" game this session takes a light-hearted approach at demonstrating the power of a self-motivated team in any project.

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    Sandra Davey

    Sandra Davey - Thinking is Good Feeling is Better

    schedule 04:45 PM - 05:10 PM place Room 1 people 12 Interested
    You can learn product management, you can learn the full-stack environment your dev works in, and you can learn how to prototype; these are all professional skills we learn in our jobs. But the rest, the big stuff, the important stuff, you gotta feel it.
    In product management, we make a truckload of logical, rational decisions and choices. using logic, reason and method we immerse ourselves in the data so can make "data driven decisions". And they're good decisions right, cause it's data. And to get there, we revere rationality, logic, structure, but often to the exclusion of emotion, feeling, gut, instinct and knowledge.
    So I wanna talk about this 'soft' stuff. Of giving voice, of feeling and expressing vulnerability, of the power of listening, of using empathy and emotion ... the stuff of creativity to help make choices and decisions. And you learn this by feeling it, experiencing and doing it, by being it. Not by reading about it.
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    Kim Ballestrin

    Kim Ballestrin - Using Cynefin to Navigate Uncertainty

    schedule 04:45 PM - 05:10 PM place Room 2 people 2 Interested

    The Cynefin Framework by Dave Snowden is a very useful Sensemaking tool - it helps us to understand the most effective approaches to solving problems and managing change as the levels of certainty decrease and complexity increases. Whether you've come across this framework before or not, this session will cover both the basic explanation of the framework and the practical application of it to support and inform decision-making.

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    Melinda Harrington

    Melinda Harrington - 15 Words to Impress People at Cocktail Parties

    schedule 05:15 PM - 05:20 PM place Room 1 people 10 Interested

    You hear lots of big words at conferences but can you use them in a sentence?

    "Are you taking Holacracy and the Dark Arts this term, Hermione?

    "We need to talk about CYNEFIN"

    "Does your partner like the Monte Carlo method?"

    This light-hearted talk includes actual definitions of tricky vocabulary words and concepts.

    This brief overview is designed to help you take stock of what you know and inspire you to learn something new. What’s next for you and your organisation?

    Learn these words quickly. Once politicians start using them it's too late to impress anybody.

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    Conference Close

    schedule 05:20 PM - 05:25 PM place Room 1 people 6 Interested

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