Day 1

Thu, Jun 29
08:00
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    Ed Wong

    Ed Wong / Craig Brown - Registration/Sign in

    schedule 08:00 AM - 08:45 AM place ATC 101 people 107 Attending

    Sign in to the conference in the foyer of the ATC building

08:45
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    Ed Wong

    Ed Wong / Craig Brown / Steven Mitchell - Conference opening

    schedule 08:45 AM - 08:50 AM place ATC 101 people 121 Attending

    We will open the day in the ATC 101 lecture theatre. The morning session will see us all together, with a new for 2017, experiment. We haven't tried anything like this before, so we hope it all goes to plan! No more details for now, we'll let you know more when we see you at Swinburne.

09:00
10:00
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    Morning Break

    schedule 10:00 AM - 10:30 AM people 52 Attending
10:30
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    Martin Kearns

    Martin Kearns - Coaching with Story Cubes

    schedule 10:30 AM - 11:15 AM place EN 101 (L100) people 38 Attending

    TBA

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    Mirco Hering

    Mirco Hering - Not A Factory Anymore - What got us here won’t get us there

    schedule 10:30 AM - 11:15 AM place EN 103 (L100) people 49 Attending

    As they say, nothing is more dangerous than using yesterday’s logic for today’s problems, yet we are still working in our organisations with mental models that were inspired by manufacturing. You can see artefacts of it even in the language we use: people are resources and they work in development factories. If we are surprised why our transformations are not progressing as fast as we hoped when Agile took the stage, then looking to these old mental models provides part of the answer.

     

    In this talk I will explain from practical experience in my work, how the old models still influence us every day and how we can break away from them and learn new models. I will give positive and negative examples from real projects to show that it is normal to experience failures and how to course correct from the lessons such failures teach us.

     

    I will also provide pragmatic steps that everyone can take in their own organisations that don’t rely on buying new tools or following specific methods. Charting your own course starts with understanding where the problem is and understanding where our mental models let us down is part of that journey.

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    Yuko Ikeda

    Yuko Ikeda - The History, Philosophy and Implementation of Suzuki Method

    schedule 10:30 AM - 11:15 AM place EN 203 (L80) people 16 Attending

    Suzuki Method is an internationally renowned music learning method and teaching philosophy created in the 1950s by Japanese violinist and pedagogue Shinichi Suzuki (1898–1998). The method aims to create an environment for learning music which parallels the linguistic environment of acquiring a native language. Suzuki believed that this environment would also help to foster good moral character.

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    Data driven decision making culture. It sounds great in theory, but how do you really get there in practice?

    In this talk I will share insights, stories and examples of data visualisations from my quest to create a data driven decision making culture. I'll show you where to start in building a data driven culture, how to overcome common data resistance patterns and how to create an environment where people use data by default as an input to making decisions around product delivery.

    But data is confronting and it often doesn’t support decisions that have already been made or visions that have already been imagined so a big part of this story is about how we conquer issues around data resistance, sharing data with others and how to build robustness needed to stand up to data undermining attempts.

    And why is data so essential to me? As Lean, Agile and Systems Thinking become more mainstream, it appears the amount of misinformation and misuse is growing and the lack of tangible business outcomes is putting our industry at risk.  We have an obligation to protect the integrity of these practices by showing the relationship between cause and effect. Showing how we have affected business performance, aiming to understand when we have improved it and when we have gone backwards. Having the evidence as well as the great stories about our transformations.

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    Ed O

    Ed O'Shaughnessy / Brad Bennett / Chris Chan / Eduardo Nofuentes / Niall McShane / Peter Lam / Stephen Callaghan - Enterprise Agility Panel Discussion

    schedule 10:30 AM - 11:15 AM place EN 205 (C40) people 50 Attending

    A diverse set of luminaries to discuss how to enhance agility in the enterprise. Covering all the big scale challenges that large organisations face, such as multiple business lines, disparate technology stacks, geographically dispersed teams, 10s to 100s of products, etc.

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    Colin Cherry

    Colin Cherry - We Need a Model Office Jim, Didn't You Know That?

    schedule 10:30 AM - 11:15 AM place EN 303 (C40) people 22 Attending

    It would have been so cool to test the myriad of features on the Starship Enterprise, not least the Transporter Room. I would have loved to be the first Tester to say "Beam me up Scotty". Unfortunately, I never got that gig, but I did do plenty of other exciting things that often involved taking risks. When your life revolves around risk you quickly learn to develop tools to help you identify, manage and mitigate those risks and my favourite tool for doing this is the Model Office.

    An agile organisation requires a current state (baseline) upon which to anchor its future. It also requires an environment within which to reflect this current state. Fundamentally, this environment has the ability to design, model and test each and every future state, not just from a technology perspective but from a whole of business viewpoint. A Model Office provides such an environment and perspective.

    Put simply, a Model Office is a physical manifestation and working model of a business (or some designated part thereof). I have been designing and building Model Offices for almost 20 years and I will privide a snapshot of my story during this presentation.

    We build and maintain Model Offices to support Change initiatives so that both the business (and technology) can have a shared vision of how a business looks and functions today and how it will look and function once change has been implemented. We built one for a (startup) online supermarket in the U.K. and used it to show everyone from the Board of Directors down to the cleaning staff what their new business would look like and how that would fit into it. It allowed them to "feel" how their business would function and operate before it was created. The Board of this business were so excited about this concept that they held several shareholder events in the room where we built the Model Office. It later became the hub for all their onsite training program.

    I will present a Case Study in order to highlight the benefits of a Model Office approach across all phases of the Change Lifecycle.

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    The world is changing and the for-cause and non-profit sector are striving to learn from the massive growth and innovation that has been seen in the startup, corporate and enterprise world.

    We show how Lean, Agile and Systems Thinking can be adopted by those who dedicate their lives to helping others and making the world a better place.

    Come and learn how technology, data and AI can enable the non-profit & social sector to engage ALL stakeholders, consistently deliver greater impact and achieve LASTing positive social change.

     

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    Ranjeet Pethe

    Ranjeet Pethe - Addressing the elephant in the room - through persistence and perseverance

    schedule 10:30 AM - 11:15 AM place EN 307 (C40) people 19 Attending

    I am a big advocate of using technology to solve critical , difficult and heavyweight business problems.I also believe that technology solutions are only as good as the people who implement it and the processes used. This creates a very fine balance between what technology can do and what we can do using technology.

    In this talk I want to share my experiences in  trying to bring goodness of speed, reliability and agility  of  - "App dev" practices to the hitherto unknown/complex/complicated world of traditional Data Warehouse .I will reflect upon how I approached and implemented some of the 'normal" functions such as automated testing, continuous integration ,vertical slicing of user stories, sprint planning on a data warehouse project.At the same time I will also agonize over  how I was a complete misfit in data warehouse teams due to my background, recommendations, approaches and insistence on doing things in a vastly different way from what had been practiced so far.

     

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    Preeti Mishra

    Preeti Mishra - Effective strategies of distributed teams

    schedule 10:30 AM - 11:15 AM place EN 308 (C40) people 38 Attending

    There are various reasons why we work with people across the globe and we know it can be very beneficial or very painful. We haven't yet invented Teleportation. Atleast not for the population that isn't working for CIA or NSA. So, we need ways to perform distributed work, where systems either appear "teleported" or they don't require teleportation. In this talk I will explain what tools and possible processes, tips, can teams follow for high quality distributed working. 

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    Kelsey van Haaster

    Kelsey van Haaster - Synchronous Communication is overrated! : How to thrive in an uber distributed team

    schedule 10:30 AM - 11:15 AM place EN 313 (L100) people 50 Attending

    The ThoughtWorks Identity team is a globally distributed remote team of 5 people. We deliver IDAAS (Identity as a service) to more than 5000 ThoughtWorkers in 14 different countries and we do it 24 hours a day 7 days a week. 

    We don't have an always-on video link.  There is no time of day of when we can all get on a call together, yet we succeed in providing end to end product development and support to our customers. Including delivering new product to production on a daily basis. 

    We achieve this through choosing not to fight against our distributed nature, but by embracing it and by leveraging the advice contained in the principles and values of the Agile Manifesto 

    This presentation will share our journey and some of the things we have learned along the way and we will challenge the existing thinking behind what is required to thrive as a member of a distributed team.  

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    Vicki Young

    Vicki Young - Brain Power- how to get the most out of your brain for optimal performance.

    schedule 10:30 AM - 11:15 AM place  EN 405 (C40) people 60 Attending

    With a foundation in research from neuroscience field this session will explore how to get the most out of your brain, maximise the value from each day and enhance your cognitive abilities. We live busy lives, are bombarded by information and always connected in this digital world. Bringing to life the old adage ‘work smarter not harder’ this talk will provide practical strategies you can put to use right away to enhance your Brain Power both in your professional and personal life. In particular this will grow your ability to innovate and creatively solve problems, and to deliver maximum value in your work.

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    Marcia Ryan

    Marcia Ryan - Rapidly cultivating team collaboration – connect well to perform well in micro moments of your day

    schedule 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM place  EN 406 (C30) people 51 Attending

    This will also be run on Friday.

    Want to build highly collaborative and cohesive teams? Looking to be energise your team and bring out the best in people?

    Drawing on positive leadership research and how best to apply it, you’ll discover:

    • The value of connecting well with colleagues, clients, and stakeholders to be more engaged, energised and perform better as a team.
    • The four pathways Professor Jane Dutton has found you can take to rapidly build high-quality connections during micro moments of your busy day.
    • How to deal with jerks at work who corrode your energy, effort and crush your soul.
    • Ways to help others connect well and build positive relationships at work.

     

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    LJ Kenward

    LJ Kenward - Junior Developers - The Next Generation

    schedule 10:30 AM - 11:15 AM place EN 413 (L80+) people 25 Attending

    Demand for technologists is fast becoming unfulfillable. The pool of talent is drying up, with the oldies heading into retirement, management or just straight up senility, it is never a more important time than now to grow the next generation of technologists!

    I'll take you on the Junior Developer journey with me, from justifying why Juniors are good for business, how to help them jump In and level up when they first join a team, and then how to continue developing their skills and career throughout their journey. 

    I'll talk problems, benefits, hints, how to use agile to help make the process painless and prosperous, based on a combination of personal experience, local research, and industry practises, plus some ideas a little left of centre.

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    Sharon M Robson

    Sharon M Robson - Make it Real to Make it Right

    schedule 10:30 AM - 11:15 AM place EN 515 (L80) people 27 Attending

    10 key areas of consideration for creating a transformed team. The focus is on building teams of high performing teams and how, at Enterprise level, we can deliver a transformation that not only results in greater productivity, but also empowered and engaged teams.

    1. Clarity of Vision or Outcomes

    2. Principles Defined and Adhered to

    3. Belief that change is possible

    4. People changes

    5. Process changes

    6. Technology changes (4,5, & 6) all designed to support each other

    7. Learning to Fail fast and well

    8. Experimenting and learning and adapting as we go

    9. Transforming "with" teams, not "to" teams

    10. Going agile agilely

11:30
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    Peter Merel

    Peter Merel - How To De-Scale Your Organisation

    schedule 11:30 AM - 12:15 PM place EN 101 (L100) people 28 Attending

    Scaling is an anti-pattern. Big meetings, long loops, slow cadence, tight coupling, and deep hierarchies represent bottlenecks no matter how Agile your individual teams may be. But de-scaling refactors an organisation into self-directing streams of self-organizing teams working together like pods of dolphins.

    How do human organizations de-scale? How can we balance autonomy of teams against alignment to business realities? This session presents principles, metrics and practice patterns for de-scaling based on a long running historical precedent, the Iroquois Confederacy, which sustained a de-scaled society of hundreds of thousands for over five centuries. And the Spotify tribal model. And Steve Jobs' NeXT/Apple culture.

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    Benji Portwin

    Benji Portwin - How identity defines Spotify’s culture

    schedule 11:30 AM - 12:15 PM place EN 103 (L100) people 121 Attending

    From the outside Spotify is a company who has solved the riddle of scaling agile, but the insiders perspective might surprise you, with our structure more closely resembling a collection of startups sharing a wifi connection.

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    Helen Snitkovsky

    Helen Snitkovsky - Introduction to Business Agility

    schedule 11:30 AM - 12:15 PM place EN 203 (L80) people 36 Attending

    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.

     

     

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    John Contad

    John Contad - The Importance of Teaching in Organizations

    schedule 11:30 AM - 12:15 PM place EN 204 (C40) people 29 Attending

    Mentorship matters. A lot.

    The future is going to be weird: technologies are growing faster than we can teach them, and we need more experts quick. In this talk, we'll discuss the many ways we teach DevOps practices in an organization as analogues of how systems transmit data. We'll talk about the advantages and pitfalls of:

     - Broadcast systems (e.g., Universities)
     - 1:1 Discovery (e.g., Mentorships)
     - Gossip protocols (e.g., Communities and guilds)

    We'll unpack each methodology, discuss the information dispersal mechanisms and attributes of each system, and see where they fit. Because really: DevOps isn't about technology choice, or language, or infrastructure. First and foremost, it's about people.

     

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    Ben Birch

    Ben Birch / Tim Churchward - Styleguides: So Hot Right Now

    schedule 11:30 AM - 12:15 PM place EN 205 (C40) people 11 Attending

    Every company with a brand identity either needs a styleguide or could do better.

    A live styleguide forms the lingua-franca between your engineers and designers. We'll show you why you need one, tell you our own journey, then give you the right tools to build a styleguide that is right for your company.

     

     

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    Pamela Rucinque

    Pamela Rucinque - Lessons Learned from building a serverless API

    schedule 11:30 AM - 12:15 PM place EN 303 (C40) people 31 Attending
    We had to build a fast and reliable API for a public-facing phone application. Why use a shiny new technology to build this API when there are already proven ways to do it?
    In this talk I will explore why we decided to use AWS Lambdas and how it was different from developing and deploying a “conventional" API. Hear about lessons learned throughout the journey, from just playing with Lambdas at home through to successfully shipping a functional product.
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    Fabiano Morais

    Fabiano Morais - Global Nomads

    schedule 11:30 AM - 12:15 PM place EN 304 (C40) people 20 Attending

    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 seamless 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 organisation that is successfully embracing digital nomadism. [Company Name]'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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    Robert Lamb

    Robert Lamb - The Viable Systems Model: a framework for organisational design

    schedule 11:30 AM - 12:15 PM place EN 307 (C40) people 22 Attending

    The Viable Systems Model (VSM) offers a systematic approach to diagnosing organisational issues and designing organisational structures in consideration of how the organisation adapts to its environment. This session will provide an overview of the VSM's insights and modes of use. 

    We propose that enterprises can be considered to have three aspects: setting the strategy (direction), getting the work done (realisation), and structuring for sustainable effectiveness (organisation).

    Popular contemporary frameworks for Strategy development include the Business Model Canvas and systems thinking approaches such as causal loop diagrams and system dynamics models.

    Realisation methodologies include Lean and Six Sigma techniques for process improvement and BPM for process management, as well as specialist IT practices such as Agile and Enterprise Architecture. 

    There appears to be a gap when it comes to methodologies for organisational design.

    The Viable Systems Model (VSM), developed by Stafford Beer on cybernetics principles in the 1960s, offers a complementary, systems oriented, approach to the Organisation dimension. 

    Stafford Beer's books are not widely available, and much of the discussion on the internet is highly technical and specialised. However, the basic concepts of the VSM can be very useful in analysing and designing organisational structures and interactions.

    This talk will provide a non-technical introductory overview to the elements, objectives and application of the VSM, and will invite participants to consider its applicability to their own needs.

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    Almost everyone seems to be busy. Yet we lack clarity when we’re overwhelmed by too many tasks. Learn how to get greater clarity and be more effective by reducing the number of tasks on your task list.

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    Natalie Nelson

    Natalie Nelson - Designing Learning Environments for Thinking

    schedule 11:30 AM - 12:15 PM place EN 313 (L100) people 9 Attending

    It doesn’t matter where and how you work. Right? Wrong!

    Colour, texture, light, ambience, layout and furniture choice can help or hinder your innovative and agile thinking.  These symbolically represent the traditions, tales and values of your business.  If you were a visitor to your business what would it tell you about who you are?

    In this session you will understand that colour, furniture and symbols not only help critical and creative thinking, but also help you to tell the story of your organisation.

    Examples will be used from the educational setting where critical ad creative thinking matters.

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    Brett Lindstrom

    Brett Lindstrom - Agile Options - Finding the Right Role

    schedule 11:30 AM - 12:15 PM place  EN 405 (C40) people 19 Attending

    Learn more about the current industry trends for Agile professionals:

    • What are the employment options in the Agile world?
    • What's hot?
    • Who should I work for? Where will I learn more, improve my CV, and have fun?
    • Where should I look for a role?
    • Why would they pick me?
    • How can I improve my CV?

    About the speaker: Brett Lindstrom is Talent Lead for CMC-Group (Charter Mason & Certatech Consulting).

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    Pete Cohen

    Pete Cohen / Matt Fellows - “GameDay” - Achieving resilience through Chaos Engineering

    schedule 11:30 AM - 12:15 PM place EN 413 (L80+) people 35 Attending
    Agility has brought us iterative software development, independent feature teams, nimble architectures and distributed, scalable infrastructure. But how do you have confidence that your production environment keeps working in the face of this emergent complexity and fast paced change?
     
    The answer is to anticipate failure, and to build resilience into every layer. This requires your whole system - not just the software and infrastructure, but also people and processes - to be able to respond quickly and appropriately to unexpected events. And the way to simulate the truly unexpected is to do experiments through the introduction of some chaos.
     
    GameDays bring together people from across an organisation to collaboratively break, observe and recover a system - with the impact on the holistic customer experience at front of mind. Apart from learning how the technical system responds under stress, some of the main benefits come from the shared understandings and process improvements which are generated. GameDays should be more than just an event or a one off exercise - they embody an enduring mindset and a culture.
     
    This session will examine, from a first hand perspective, several case studies of where GameDays have been successfully executed in organisations ranging from startup to enterprise scale. The theoretical underpinnings to chaos engineering will be explored, and a range of practical tips and reference material will be shared.
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    Unless you've been living off the grid in darkest Peru, you'll have been experiencing growing disruption from multiple vectors in your work as well as your personal life. By any reasonable analysis, we're now in an age of Systemic disruption: not the short-sighted "it's all about Digital" messaging in the popular media - it's a growing, expanding force, and it's something we need to understand and develop ways to work with.

    If you haven't already thought about the topic, ask yourself:

    • what does systemic disruption mean for product and service development?
    • what do we need to do differently to work with disruption?  

    This talk will explore some of the context, issues and considerations that should be front of mind for leaders of teams and organisations alike.

12:30
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    Lunch Break

    schedule 12:30 PM - 01:30 PM people 56 Attending
01:30
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    Craig Drayton

    Craig Drayton - The Trend is your Friend - meaningful forecasting for agile teams

    schedule 01:30 PM - 02:15 PM place EN 101 (L100) people 90 Attending

    In this talk I will speak about the reasons why traditional project estimation and planning is misaligned with some of the problems that we are trying to solve in technology.  I'll talk about where we've gone wrong with agile estimation and forecasting, and introduce some basic forecasting techniques that are used to give predictability to complex problems in other domains.

    Come along to learn about:

    • How to measure and improve the predictability of your delivery (without losing agility)
    • How you can use historic data to generate powerful forecasts of your future progress.
    • Practical tools and techniques to get you started.
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    Andrea Blundell

    Andrea Blundell / Pru Gell - Leading through disruption with Deep Democracy

    schedule 01:30 PM - 02:15 PM place EN 103 (L100) people 47 Attending

    In a time when it is the in thing to support and be onboard with workplace disruption genuinely discussing the challenges it evokes can be career limiting. We hear a lot of talk about having the courageous conversations, are we really having them? And do we know how? And if we don’t what is the impact for the organisation and humans within. And aren't we all at least a little worried about what it means for us?  

    Making space for and hearing people's concerns and making it safe for people to share them could make a positive difference on the effectiveness of any evolving organisation.

    This isn't a program of work, this is the future of work and our new life.  Is it really adapt or die, or could it be adapt together?

    What if you had a simple but powerful roadmap, just 3 steps to take your groups through, so that you can have effective discussions safely. We'd like to share one with you.

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    James Halprin

    James Halprin - SAFe from the trenches - Insights and Anti-Patterns

    schedule 01:30 PM - 02:15 PM place EN 203 (L80) people 47 Attending

    If you're working in a larger enterprise that is doing at least some form of Agile then the chances are that you've heard of the Scaled Agile Framework (SAFe). SAFe was recently voted #1 in 'Scaling Methods and Approaches' in VersionOne's 11th Annual State of Agile Report.

    SAFe offers a lot of guidance around Agile @ scale but no matter what framework you ultimately decide to implement, it's important to understand the core elements of the framework to ensure they aren't being missed in the overall implementation.  Without an appreciation of the essentials, it's all too easy to inadvertently fall into anti-patterns that will ultimately detract from the benefits that could otherwise be realised.

    In this session we'll talk about the 10 key elements of Essential SAFe and see how these are broadly applicable to all scaled frameworks.  We'll then do a self-assessment and reflect on our findings with the broader group.

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    Rob Manger

    Rob Manger / Many Joy - "How do I test this?" - Exploring test plan design

    schedule 01:30 PM - 02:15 PM place EN 204 (C40) people 29 Attending

    In this interactive session, Rob and Many from REA Group will go through an exercise designed to explore the agile testing mindset.  Together with the rest of the room we will build up a mindmap of a test plan for a simple application.  

    Testing is an often mis-understood, under-estimated role.  We hope to challenge people into thinking outside the box and give people a better understanding of what a "QA" role brings to a high performing agile team.

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    Adel Smee

    Adel Smee - Vulnerability & Management

    schedule 01:30 PM - 02:15 PM place EN 205 (C40) people 52 Attending

    There's a lot of subtle and not-so-subtle pressure on managers to have the answers and always be confident, capable and upbeat. But as we are actual human beings the only way to do that 100% of the time is to fake it. The old command and control management systems are giving way to collaboration, cultivation of psychological safety and delegation of responsibility. Managers are no longer required to tell workers what to do, but to support and inspire them to do it. The best managers I've known don't create an artificial aura of omniscience, they can be confused, inquisitive, engaged, vulnerable and above all authentic. Cultivating authenticity at work is easy on a good day but can be terrifying on a bad one. So let's talk about what that looks and feels like, and discuss techniques to help strip away the veneer and get real.

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    Dragan Rajak

    Dragan Rajak / Ananth Prakash Jayakumar - Have you thought about the edge cases in your time series/IoT data?

    schedule 01:30 PM - 02:15 PM place EN 304 (C40) people 1 Attending

    Time series data and IoT are the hip new thing these days, however you shouldn’t treat the incoming data as reliable. With a background in network performance monitoring, we will try and present to you some interesting cases to think about when you deal with time series data as well as some techniques on how you may deal with it.

     

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    Mark Grebler

    Mark Grebler - Big Data in a production environment: Lessons Learnt

    schedule 01:30 PM - 02:15 PM place EN 307 (C40) people 34 Attending

    Big Data. It's complicated, right?

    For the past 18 months or so, we've been developing a Big Data system that is used in production as part of our user facing application. I assumed this was the standard thing to do with Big Data and that there wouldn't really be much of a difference between using Big Data in user-facing production compared to using it for Data Science and Machine Learning.

    As time passed I interviewed people for roles in our team, and talked to other teams, I found that the types of things that we were doing seemed to be different from what most other people were doing.

    It may sound obvious, but it took me a while to work out that Big Data for Data Science requires different techniques to Big Data for user-facing products.

    In this talk, I'll walk through what we're currently doing to solve our transformation problems, and explore some of the differences between user-facing and Data Science. I'll present some of the lessons we've learnt, the tech we've played with and invite you to help with some of the problems we continue to face.

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    James Irving

    James Irving / Rajesh Mathur - Games to improv(e) your game

    schedule 01:30 PM - 03:00 PM place EN 308 (C40) people 58 Attending

    In this workshop we will use improv and communication games developed by Damian Synadinos (http://www.ineffable-solutions.com/) to demonstrate and practice principles useful in software development, working in teams, and communication.

  • schedule 01:30 PM - 02:15 PM place EN 313 (L100) people 66 Attending

    Context is everything. Organisations can be extremely complex environments and quality software can be a critical enabler to cutting through the complexity. The question is, how do organisations understand, unpack and document that complexity in such a way that they know what software they need and how to build it? This is where business architecture and business process management can play a major role. This session will talk about using quality process models to document and understand organisational context and how value is delivered.

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    Tim Myerscough

    Tim Myerscough / Hamish Tedeschi - Infrastructure Mapping Workshop

    schedule 01:30 PM - 03:00 PM place  EN 406 (C30) people 17 Attending

    Infrastructure Mapping is a technique for having a structured conversation around the development of your DevOps infrastructure.

    In this workshop, you shall learn how to conduct an infrastructure mapping session to capture incremental specifications for the infrastructure of an application and turn them into executable specifications to enable a test first approach to configuration as code.

     

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    Belynda Oliver

    Belynda Oliver - Agile WOW - A Marketing Transformation

    schedule 01:30 PM - 02:15 PM place EN 413 (L80+) people 27 Attending

    Marketing, Finance & Agile ways of working (WOW)......... Walking through the Agile adoption and transformation of the NAB Marketing team, re-defining our ways of working, creating efficiencies, greater team engagement, speed to market and cross functional collaboration.  During this session we'll examine the application of Agile to a non-technical, complex, heavily regulated  business and how we had to learn to be ‘Agile’ in our approach and thinking and also influence others across the enterprise.

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    Mark Barber

    Mark Barber / Simon Bristow - Lean Change at MYOB

    schedule 01:30 PM - 03:00 PM place EN 515 (L80) people 115 Attending

    Lean change management is an approach to organisational improvement and transformation that uses lean startup principles to drive change. Collaboration, feedback and experimentation allow us to make small and incremental changes that we can measure and learn from and counters the big bang approach that so often makes change painful.  Embarking on a journey of discovery and change, we have adopted lean change management and applied it in ways that have created real change at MYOB. We will share our experiences to give you the tools to both assess if lean change is suitable for your organisations, and how to get started if it is.

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    Stephen Callaghan

    Stephen Callaghan / Michelle Prosser-Roberts - There and back again: A Journey through Agile Metrics at Scale.

    schedule 02:15 PM - 03:00 PM place EN 101 (L100) people 52 Attending

    Any journey is a combination of planning, expectation, experiences, conversations, and knowledge gained.  The metrics journey that this Enterprise Agile Coach and experienced Release Train Engineer have travelled has all of this and more!  And many travelers like to have a copy of their Travel Guide to hand to not only plan their experiences but to help them manage some of the intricacies of their journey.  Consider this talk your opportunity to dip into an expedition through the wilds of agile metrics – with a cheat sheet.

    This presentation will cover:

    • Where am I?  Context is king.  Knowing your starting point is key.  Baseline metrics.
    • Who’s on the journey?  Knowing your audience, who else is on the journey with you and what are their expectations. Agile vs Waterfall PMO. Internal vs External metrics
    • What could go wrong?  Being clear about the challenges for metrics at scale
    • Metrics as your compass.  Using metrics to help identify changes in direction

    We started our metrics journey with different goals in mind and have uncovered some surprising aspects in what works and in particular what doesnt!  In this presentation they weave their expectations, experience and knowledge to show how these perspectives can meet.

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    Ed O

    Ed O'Shaughnessy - Go forth and self organise! Easier said than done

    schedule 02:15 PM - 03:00 PM place EN 204 (C40) people 61 Attending

    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, relaying of experiences helping teams in the field develop their self-organising capability, with some simple role playing to illustrate and convey techniques that anyone can easily adopt to help improve their team effectiveness. 

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    Tom Partington

    Tom Partington - An introduction to Web Performance Optimisation - practical steps for reducing costs and improving the user experience

    schedule 02:15 PM - 03:00 PM place EN 205 (C40) people 35 Attending

    The web is increasingly becoming the standard way in which we conduct our business, but despite the use of ever improving technologies many websites are frustratingly slow and getting slower. It is becoming more difficult to compete for and retain users attention, and If you operate in the online space you can no longer afford to ignore the performance of your website or platform.

    This talk will provide an introduction to and the benefits of web-performance optimisation, explain why it matters now more than ever and why it's so commonly overlooked during the development process. It will also show how you can identify and fix the most common performance pitfalls, resulting in reduced costs, and increased user engagement and satisfaction.

    During this talk there will be an opportunity to follow along on your own laptop and learn how to use some of the tools firsthand.

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    Brian Rankin

    Brian Rankin - Building quality products as a team

    schedule 02:15 PM - 03:00 PM place EN 303 (C40) people 33 Attending
    Our organization is on the journey of transitioning from "you build: I test" to "we build quality by learning together" we've borrowed heavily on the philosophies from various organisations in the industry as well as these two principles
    • a humble questions can be powerful
    • the best way to learn is to teach someone else.
    We started this journey because we know that a waterfall project with all the testing at the end is painful and full of risk.  Smaller units of work like a 'story' reduce the scale of the problem but do not solve it.  We believe the benefits of building quality in from the start can be achieved by shifting the mindset of teams and individuals as to how quality is achieved and who's responsibility it is?  
    This session will describe the problems we are looking to solve, the benefits we are chasing, the challenges we've faced and the techniques we've taken to achieve adoption.  
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    Tim Lewis

    Tim Lewis - Fast, Easy & Safe - 5 years at a FinTech

    schedule 02:15 PM - 03:00 PM place EN 304 (C40) people 16 Attending

    Navigating the growth phase of a financial technology startup has been an exciting and rewarding experience.  However, delivering software in a competitive marketplace whilst maintaining a stable and reliable platform can be very challenging when the cost of mistakes are high.

    In this session you'll hear about the importance of creating a resilient, collaborative, flexible, adaptable and trusting workplace to ensure a stable and highly available platform.  We'll discuss organisational design, Agile processes and the lessons learned through success and failure that have enabled a Melbourne startup to grow to a global payments leader.

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    Michael Augello

    Michael Augello - Unlock Your Potential

    schedule 02:15 PM - 03:00 PM place EN 307 (C40) people 50 Attending

    We are often reminded to take ownership of our own career development. We are often told “your career is your responsibility”.

    Sound familiar?

    Unfortunately…aside from maybe a 30min Careers talk from the school Careers Counsellor at high school, we have not been schooled, coached or mentored in personal and career development. Most of us follow our intuition and if we are lucky we find ourselves in the roles we enjoy. Sometimes we do not even realise it when we are in that role !

    What if we approached it a little more structured and planned our development and our careers?

    What is the role of our managers and leaders?

    What does the literature say? What is your experience?

    Take control and Unlock your Potential. Join Michael as he shares his international case study experiences.

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    Miles Jordan

    Miles Jordan - The hallmarks of successful teams

    schedule 02:15 PM - 03:00 PM place EN 313 (L100) people 94 Attending

    What makes a team successful? What makes the work that they do so valuable, useful and delightful?

    In this talk, we'll look at some of the research that's analysed successful projects and teams, as well as draw on some of my own experiences in running delivery teams. While targeted towards product delivery teams, most of the concepts can be applied to just about any team.

    When we're done, your team will be happier, healthier, more efficient, and your customers will love you for it.

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    Libby Dale

    Libby Dale - Innovating Online Customer Experience

    schedule 02:15 PM - 03:00 PM place EN 413 (L80+) people 22 Attending

    This presentation will deal with transforming online customer engagement, drawing on customer engagement success stories. Customer retention and 'health scoring' will be introduced, this includes addressing problems & how to resist doing ‘more of the same’. A Case Study will be explored of the digital journey of a large print & online advertising company.

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    schedule 03:00 PM - 03:30 PM people 53 Attending
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    Tim Pittman

    Tim Pittman / Shannon Rowe - From Consultant to Client

    schedule 03:30 PM - 03:50 PM place EN 101 (L100) people 30 Attending

    Join Shannon and Tim for a fast paced account of their move from being high-flying consultants to down-to-earth product people.

    Where do they now add value? How has their relationship with their team changed? How many timesheets are they doing?

    All will be revealed!

     

     

  • schedule 03:30 PM - 03:50 PM place EN 103 (L100) people 26 Attending

    Business users want more powerful access to their companies data to support business agility.

    This session will demonstrate the power of building an experimental analytics capability, and show you how it can be implemented.

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    Helen Snitkovsky

    Helen Snitkovsky / Daniel Prager / Steven Mitchell - Office drama theatre - bring tough conversations to life

    schedule 03:30 PM - 05:00 PM place EN 204 (C40) people 26 Attending

    This workshop is inspired by drama therapy.  This approach can provide the context for participants to tell their stories, set goals and solve problems, express feelings, or achieve catharsis. Bring in your challenges in adopting Lean, Agile or System thinking. We will stage the story and help you find the solution through interactive play.


     

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    Jon Gedge

    Jon Gedge - It's not agile coaching if you don't coach!

    schedule 03:30 PM - 05:00 PM place EN 205 (C40) people 96 Attending

    Why do we talk about agile coaches rather than agile mentors or agile teachers?

    In this workshop we will explore what coaching is, why I believe it is an essential skill if you want to help people develop an agile mindset, and how coaching can enable people to change their thinking patterns and behaviour.

    Participants will then practice the core coaching skills of active listening and powerful questioning in genuine coaching conversations with each other, before reflecting on how they can apply these skills in their own lives.

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    Edwina Harvison

    Edwina Harvison - Change (verb) To make or become different

    schedule 03:30 PM - 03:50 PM place EN 304 (C40) people 26 Attending

    So we had this project……

    It was big, expensive, 18 months in and was heading for disaster.  It wasn’t the first time this had happened.  Usually we would have just continued to deliver it and taken a good, hard look at ourselves afterwards to see what went wrong. 

    But this time was different.  This time we stopped.  This time we got it right and started a revolution.

    Monash University is in the midst of an Agile transformation across the IT division and the wider business areas.  When you consider the diversity of the organisation and the scale of change, you can understand the enormity of the task.

    We are nearly 2 years into the journey and I am going to share some of things that have served us well in our complex environment.

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    Bruce Taylor

    Bruce Taylor - Continuous Learning on Distributed Teams

    schedule 03:30 PM - 04:15 PM place EN 308 (C40) people 57 Attending

    Sharing and learning is easy for co-located teams.

    But what about when you work on distributed or remote teams? How do you collaborate and learn together over distance?

    Come here for stories about what has been tried, what has worked and at least one damn stupid idea. 

    Please add your stories and your ideas here

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    Wai Ling Ko

    Wai Ling Ko - Five things I learned about Scrum while becoming a trainer

    schedule 03:30 PM - 03:50 PM place EN 313 (L100) people 42 Attending

    In 2008, I became a Scrum Master at a large Dutch Bank. I was sent to Scrum training and I learned how to 'read' and adopt the  Scrum Guide. During my journey as a Scrum Master, I worked with different teams (distributed and local) in organizations big & small. Last year, I decided to become a Professional Scrum Trainer and it was during that grueling track that I again learned more about Scrum, and myths got busted and misconceptions were unraveled.

    In this talk I will reflect back on my experiences and share five things I have learned about Daily Scrums, Done, Sprint Goal(s), Sprint Reviews and myths.

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    Lena Ross

    Lena Ross - Defining Agile as an Organisational Capability

    schedule 03:30 PM - 03:50 PM place  EN 405 (C40) people 63 Attending

    In workshops I’ve run over the last year, I’ve learned that agile, as a word, can mean different things to project and change people, at times also confusing them.

    Defining agile as a capability demystifies the word and helps us understand what it actually means for organisations, teams and individuals. Agility, or agile, is not a methodology; it’s a mindset, along with set of behaviours and practices.

    To be agile is a mindset and a skill set.

    For an organisation to become agile, it needs people who are agile in their thinking, their actions and in their practices.  

    It’s time to make sense of what agile/Agile really means, and identify what change leaders and practitioners can do to create and support an agile environment. This talk will provide a snapshot of what this means.

     

     

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    Phil  Gadzinski

    Phil Gadzinski - All your Projects are Red until you deliver something working

    schedule 03:30 PM - 05:00 PM place  EN 406 (C30) people 51 Attending

    When we decide to move from big batch, plan driven long dated constructs of change, so projects and programs in the traditional sense, to more agile methods, we need to rethink a whole raft of stuff. Assume for a second, if you will, we are using the historical program and project construct to identify and deliver change. Initiatives are bundled into a sequential approach and governed through stages of largely documentation production accordingly. As long as you are on track to the stages, your documents are reviewed and signed off, you are Green.

    Then we disrupt this. We want more agility on how we identify, plan, deploy and release change. We want to deliver outputs to our customers and ultimately value or outcomes earlier and more regularly, which is one of the significant advantages of an agile delivery model. So we get an ROI uplift. Projects can be self funded.

    So lets start a new theory and trial it. EVERY project is red until your first release to a real customer. No more debate, hand wringing, angst or arguments. Recognise and accept that until you have delivered something that tests your theories, is validated and works, and your customers are using it, you have done nothing. Use the RED as it is meant to be - a call to action to pay attention, provide support , facilitate and break through barriers, provide resources and time. Help the team get to done.

    My goal is for the attendees to use this session to actually crowd source and  develop a model that people can take back to their business and propose, from scratch using design thinking and agile techniques. 

     

     

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    Nathan Land

    Nathan Land - Next-generation BI: DataVault @ Azure

    schedule 03:30 PM - 03:50 PM place EN 413 (L80+) people 30 Attending

    Learn how Data Vault modelling techniques for data warehousing combined with cloud computing helps deliver scalable and agile business intelligence solutions to be able to rapidly change with your customers.

    See how these techniques deliver the agility and scalability required of the modern data warehouse platform. Including tackling issues such as 'Real Time', 'Big Data' and delivering lower time to market and lower cost of ownership.

  • schedule 03:30 PM - 03:50 PM place EN 515 (L80) people 42 Attending

    Everyone has faced this issue before when working in an agency, you got a customer which desperately needs a fixed budget and time to deliver an urgent project. Two corners of the iron triangle are fixed but you still have to deliver on your high-quality standards. You are left behind with the question how will I deliver this project in an agile way? 

    Many customers of digital agencies have not heard or adapted their processes, their organisation or management for this kind of delivery.

    Recent experience with a delivery model that seems to be waterfall to the customer but is still agile following a scrum approach shows the benefits of a hybrid model for both clients and agency.

    I will walk through the process of adapting an agile approach for a digital agency that transitions from a waterfall environment into the agile world.

     

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    Gabor Devenyi

    Gabor Devenyi - People Power - Build on strengths of the individuals

    schedule 04:00 PM - 04:20 PM place EN 101 (L100) people 51 Attending

    One of the principles of the Agile manifesto is build projects around motivated individuals. “Give them the environment and support they need, and trust them to get the job done.”.

    However, individuals have different strengths and weaknesses. Our focus shifts quite often on how to improve their performance and how we can “develop” their weaknesses. Science and my personal experience shows that building on the strengths rather than improving our weaknesses will get better results, and not only when we want to build projects around motivated individuals.

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    Vicki Young

    Vicki Young - Design Session: Integrating Lean Change Management into Project Delivery

    schedule 04:00 PM - 04:20 PM place EN 103 (L100) people 36 Attending

    Using design thinking and drawing on the stories and case studies, this talk will cover the innovation of integrating Lean Change Management into Program and Project delivery. The Lean Change Cycle is a non-linear, feedback driven model for managing change. With a natural affinity to enhancing customer experience, whether internal or external, this presentation will give insight into taking an iterative change approach, whatever the project delivery methodology. Attendees will take away knowledge of Lean Change Management, how it applies to managing the human side of change in project and program delivery and how it may differ in a waterfall versus continuous delivery environment. Taking an integrated approach to delivery of change enhances ability to inform the dev and project team, influence stakeholders and end users as well as to effectively implement project outcomes and realise benefits.

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    Katrina Kolt

    Katrina Kolt - 10 reasonable reasons people resist change… and how Agile overcomes these

    schedule 04:00 PM - 04:20 PM place EN 304 (C40) people 65 Attending

    As Agile Practitioners we use experiments and retrospectives to gain insight into new and better ways of doing things. Change is at the heart of how we work, but how equipped are we to implement change?

    The Change Management world is just beginning to recognise how useful Agile can be in supporting change. It’s time we in the Agile world looked to how Change Management can support us embed new ways of working.

    Change resistance is one of the most difficult things we encounter. Rossabeth Moss Kantor, a change guru and Professor at Harvard Business School explains that “resistance to change manifests itself in many ways, from foot-dragging and inertia to petty sabotage to outright rebellions”.

    In a world where the change that accompanies innovation is inevitable, overcoming resistance to change becomes imperative. Agile provides us with an approach to change that supports the way we need to work in the future.

    Come along to this talk to:

    • Understand why people resist change
    • Learn how to use Agile techniques to overcome change resistance
    • Increase your confidence in managing change associated with Agile ways of working
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    Harini Rao

    Harini Rao - Game of thrones Vs Game of quality

    schedule 04:00 PM - 04:20 PM place EN 313 (L100) people 30 Attending

    Game of thrones depicts how four kingdoms try to reclaim the entire landmass of Westeros by fighting each other. Applying the similar concepts in quality assurance by comparing four kingdoms to four technology functions such as Dev, QA, BA and product management, everyone thrives to release the quality product. In contrast to GoT kingdoms fighting each other, how we can make technology functions work together to get better results even during tight deadlines, similar to winter in GoT. 

    There are some take aways from GoT such as planning the war, training their people, better team work etc to win the war. We can apply these methods to our software engineering to get better results.

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    Andrew Elms

    Andrew Elms - The Zen of Agile

    schedule 04:00 PM - 04:20 PM place  EN 405 (C40) people 37 Attending

    I used to get told to be more flexible implementing Scrum. How can I be flexible when there are all these rules and principals to be followed. It seemed like the more flexible I was the more I watered it down till nothing left. Then I gained agile-enlightenment* when I was de-programmed from the cult of buzzwords and hard rules.

    This is what I learnt…

    * Disclaimer: There is no such thing as agile-enlightenment as you will soon see…

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    Nicki Curtis

    Nicki Curtis - Bugger, I stuffed that up..

    schedule 04:00 PM - 04:20 PM place EN 413 (L80+) people 26 Attending

    Based on a recent Blog post I wrote - I cover what I have learnt from allowing myself to look back on my mistakes.

    Bugger, I stuffed that up

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    Prashant Sagar

    Prashant Sagar - Why you should all kill your agile ceremonies?

    schedule 04:30 PM - 04:50 PM place EN 101 (L100) people 50 Attending

    We all started our agile journey with some recommended template practices years ago. Over many many retros some of the practices persevered, pivoted or perished. In this talk I would like to share a team's experiment on why and what happens when you hit the hard reset button.

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    Jerome Wong

    Jerome Wong - Cross-Pollination of skills within Agile teams

    schedule 04:30 PM - 04:50 PM place EN 304 (C40) people 34 Attending
    We often talk about different ways of working in agile and wonder what is the best way of working? 
     
    Let me tell you about my journey towards finding the answer during a cross-pollinating experiment I ran with one of my teams last year.
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    Venky Krishnamurthy

    Venky Krishnamurthy - 5 Relationships of a Product Owner

    schedule 04:30 PM - 04:50 PM place EN 308 (C40) people 25 Attending

    The talk would start with a quick introduction to Large-Scale Scrum(LeSS) leading into the role of Product Owner and the 5 relationships that needs to be focussed for effective LeSS implementation.

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    Anna Fiofilova

    Anna Fiofilova - Survival guide for women in IT

    schedule 04:30 PM - 04:50 PM place EN 313 (L100) people 37 Attending
    Working in the IT industry today is hard, but it is even harder if you are a woman. There is still lots of “old school thinking" that women face daily. This talk is a survival guide based on real-life stories and different challenges from women of different ages, cultural backgrounds and roles in the Australian IT industry.
     
    Like any survival guide, this one provides you with the essential information to help you identify and overcome the most frequently encountered hazards. Each chapter contains useful tips, instructions and practical advice on a particular issue so you can implement the skills and techniques even under the most stressful circumstances. From the hiring process to promotions and corporate events, you'll have the tools to survive.
     
    You will learn these skills and more:
    • Assess your situation and prioritize your needs;
    • Surviving techniques for the hiring process;
    • Assemble your own custom emergency kit with essentials tools;
    • Manage extreme work conditions and overtime;
    • Survive corporate parties and drinks;
    • Build trust network and create allies; 
    • Identify your enemies and their habits.
    Preparation is the key. If you are starting your career in IT or navigating through it - this guide is for you.
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    Miki Patel

    Miki Patel - Demystifying Risk Management & Internal Audit in the world of Agile

    schedule 04:30 PM - 04:50 PM place  EN 405 (C40) people 15 Attending

    I am a rookie to the agile ways of working... After many years of working in Assurance (Risk Management & Audit) type roles, I wanted to do something different... I got a six month opportunity of working on a large demerger outside of my world- it opened my eyes to the VUCA world and large scale problem solving. Got me thinking- how do audit and risk functions add value to this world? How does Agile ways of working align with the Assurance world? How do Assurance functions work closely with stakeholders to enable effective risk management?

    I would like to use this talk to share some of my thoughts and insights on the questions above and get your thoughts and insights into working better together.

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    Charith Haputhanthree

    Charith Haputhanthree - Beautiful Business

    schedule 04:30 PM - 04:50 PM place EN 413 (L80+) people 25 Attending

    Look at any successful organization you will find a great team . Is that all ? How a team become a successful team ?

    Learning Culture ? Out of the box thinking ? Adapting to change ? Great leadership ?

    To answer we need to know what is a team in the first place.You cannot find it in the definitions or in text books. It can only be found by studying the patterns that emerges within the teams. Those patterns are unique to each teams.


    Leaders who can understand these patterns are the leaders who can help teams to do their best.If we find the patterns and link those patterns it's just beautiful business.

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    Jochy

    Jochy - Cognitive biases in agile teams

    schedule 04:30 PM - 04:50 PM place EN 515 (L80) people 67 Attending
    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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Fri, Jun 30
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    Ed Wong

    Ed Wong / Craig Brown - Registration/Sign in

    schedule 08:00 AM - 08:45 AM place ATC 101 people 95 Attending

    Sign in to the conference in the foyer of the ATC building

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    Ed Wong

    Ed Wong / Craig Brown / Steven Mitchell - Conference opening

    schedule 08:45 AM - 08:50 AM place ATC 101 people 111 Attending

    We will open the day in the ATC 101 lecture theatre. The morning session will see us all together, with a new for 2017, experiment. We haven't tried anything like this before, so we hope it all goes to plan! No more details for now, we'll let you know more when we see you at Swinburne.

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    Craig Brown

    Craig Brown / Ed Wong / Steven Mitchell - Keynote by special guest

    schedule 09:00 AM - 10:00 AM place ATC 101 people 131 Attending

    Norman Bodek's mission is to teach managers how to teach their employees how to be successful in life and also to teach teachers how to teach their students how to be successful in life. 

    Takashi Harada, a track and field coach, in Osaka, Japan developed a new methodology to lead underachievers to become winners. His students won 13 gold medals, best in all of Japan, and the school went from the worst to the best out of 380 schools. HIs methodology has been taught to over 60,000 people. Shohei Otani a student at high school and also followed the Harada Method, setting a goal to pitch in the Japanese baseball major leagues. He also set a goal to pitch at 99 miles an hour. He attained his goals and was selected into the majors. After just three years, he was Japan's best pitcher, throwing at 103 miles per hour, selected as most valuable player and rumored that the New York Yankees were willing to pay 20 million dollars to get him. The Harada Method might not get you into the major leagues but it will surely help you rise to your maximum capabilities. You can be a hero of your own life when you can learn how to set goals and how to attain them.

    Norman Bodek has co-authored a book with Mr. Harada titled The Harada Method - the Spirit of Self-reliance. Self-reliance allows people to operate at their highest level of skill.

    Norman played a prime role in introducing Lean to the West. He started with Vern Buehler the Shingo Prize and is a Shingo Prize winner. He was a frequent keynote speaker on Quick and Kaizen, Lean manufacturing and the Harada Method. He has written hundreds of articles; and when he owned Productivity Press he published a 100 Japanese management books in English, over 250 published books on productivity and quality, and has written seven books including his How to Do Kaizen and the Harada Method.

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    schedule 10:00 AM - 10:30 AM people 45 Attending
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    Aurelien Beraud

    Aurelien Beraud - Fight Your Brain: Innovate!

    schedule 10:30 AM - 11:15 AM place EN 101 (L100) people 70 Attending
    The brain is a wonderful and complex piece of machinery. This is the place where we create new ideas or transform and adapt old ones. Technically, one could say that this is the place where innovation really starts. However, quite often this is also the place where innovation ends. Having an idea is only the beginning of the journey and probably the easiest part. The real challenge is going forward with that idea. 
     
    And even if facts and reason back up the ideas we have, more often that we would like to admit, our brain (and the brains of others) dictates an illogical response from us in the form of cognitive biases, which stop innovation in its tracks. In this talk, I want to dive into our brains, look at how these cognitive biases impede innovation and explore the idea of creating a culture where everyone and every idea has it's place.
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    Larene Le Gassick

    Larene Le Gassick - Accessibility in React native

    schedule 10:30 AM - 11:15 AM place EN 103 (L100) people 23 Attending

    Mobile accessibility guidelines are still immature, but I've always hated checklist-driven-development anyway! Let me demonstrate how easy it is to create apps for everyone in React Native, a native mobile app framework create by Facebook. Each member of a software delivery team plays a vital role when it comes to creating inclusive mobile products. I'll be demonstrating what it looks like to plan, design, develop, and test an accessible native mobile app for iOS and Android, and I'll be asking you to test your own apps using your built-in screen reader!

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    Richard Parton

    Richard Parton - Create agility with applied 'happiness' science

    schedule 10:30 AM - 11:15 AM place EN 203 (L80) people 48 Attending

    The past decade has seen an explosion of scientific research into happiness what helps humans truly thrive.

    This talk will look at:

    • Why happiness at work is so important
    • What wellbeing science is telling us about agility
    • Practical ways to apply the science to create awesome thriving, high-performing, resilient teams
    • What the science is telling us about the future of work

    I LOVE the research, so we will talk science, but never fear it will all be super-accessible, usable and relevant - and I hope to leave you feeling as energised and enthusiastic about all the cool stuff we're learning as I do!

  • schedule 10:30 AM - 11:15 AM place EN 204 (C40) people 56 Attending

    How do we approach leadership, change and engagement in an era of disruption, complex social networks, and increasingly chaotic environments? On top of that, how do we adapt to the fast emerging new world of work?

    Increasingly, those given accountability to realise benefits from change initiatives must learn new approaches and become skilled at delivering results more quickly. At its core, learning to adopt an agile mindset and business agility muscles are new imperatives.

    Connect - Simplify – Change: Jude’s approach focuses on connecting people, simplifying the work at hand, and working together at all  levels to change how work is done. 

    This session will explore:


    • The ‘why’ of the changing business and social landscape - and how to make sense of it
    • The 'what' of the new leadership skills required - and that it starts with you
    • The 'how' of a three step business agility coaching approach
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    Josh Centner

    Josh Centner / Darren Duarte - Iterative Business Modelling: How to turn your app into an enterprise

    schedule 10:30 AM - 11:15 AM place EN 205 (C40) people 19 Attending

    Customers might tell us what to build and we may do just that to satisfy their every need, but when it comes to effectively achieving our goals there is more than just what the customer wants. We need to get what we want. That raises some important questions.

    How do I turn my product into something valuable to me? How can I communicate my product outline to potential investors? My product is perfect but people aren't using it? How do I get in front of the right customers?

    Valuable questions often left unanswered until its too late - code has been written, supplies ordered and money spent.

    Some people may point to their Business Model to answer these questions and say look, it's glorious, every section shines brightly...I think

    Enter the Lean Canvas and Actionable Hypothesis

    Using the Lean Canvas learn how to create effective business models in an hour and then how to turn that model into actionable hypothesis that you can test and iterate on to turn your bright shining Business Model into a well oiled machine!

     

     

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    Supriya Joshi

    Supriya Joshi / Ilya Paripsa / Tomasz Janowski - Coderetreat

    schedule 10:30 AM - 06:30 PM place EN 209 (Code Retreat) people 17 Attending

    Special registration for Coderetreat here

    If you are at Coderetreat, you don't need a regular LAST Conference Day 2 registration. However, if you wish to come to LAST on Thursday 29, please register for Day 1.

    Coderetreat is a day-long, intensive practice event, focusing on the fundamentals of software development and design. By providing developers the opportunity to take part in focused practice, away from the pressures of 'getting things done', the coderetreat format has proven itself to be a highly effective means of skill improvement. Practicing the basic principles of modular and object-oriented design, developers can improve their ability to write code that minimizes the cost of change over time.

    For an in-depth understanding of the philosophy behind a day of coderetreat, please watch this introduction video.

    https://vimeo.com/18955165

    Also every year global day of codretreat is organised towards the end of the year. Global Day of Coderetreat is a world-wide event celebrating passion and software craftsmanship. Last year, over 2000 passionate software developers in 150 cities around the world spent the day practicing the craft of software development using the coderetreat format.

    Arrive at 8.30 for registration and briefing for a 9am start.

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    Marcia Ryan

    Marcia Ryan - Rapidly cultivating team collaboration – connect well to perform well in micro moments of your day

    schedule 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM place EN 210 (W20) people 83 Attending

    Want to build highly collaborative and cohesive teams? Looking to be energise your team and bring out the best in people?

    Drawing on positive leadership research and how best to apply it, you’ll discover:

    • The value of connecting well with colleagues, clients, and stakeholders to be more engaged, energised and perform better as a team.
    • The four pathways Professor Jane Dutton has found you can take to rapidly build high-quality connections during micro moments of your busy day.
    • How to deal with jerks at work who corrode your energy, effort and crush your soul.
    • Ways to help others connect well and build positive relationships at work.

     

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    Ross MacIntyre

    Ross MacIntyre / Niall McShane / Sri Paladugu - Turning the Tanker – Learning from Scaled Agile Adoption in a Traditional Organisation

    schedule 10:30 AM - 11:15 AM place EN 303 (C40) people 27 Attending

    In this talk we will share our insights from a year implementing Agile on a programme that already described itself as Agile.  Laugh as we recount our 23 team SAFe PI planning event, cry when you feel the pain of the over-worked build teams.  Puke when you learn of the atrocious Jira hygiene.

     

    Bringing ‘genuine’ Agile to a large organisation is not easy.  There are many challenges to face, mindsets to change, battles to be fought and walls to be built.  However given time, it is often the small moments that generate the largest changes.  We hope to share those key moments with you.

     

    We will cover insights from the Agile Coach, Release Train Engineer and a Domain Iteration Manager.  There will be a focus on Agile and Lean principles and how they were applied in key moments that changed the direction of the programme.  We hope these insights and experiences will help others who face similar challenges in bringing Agile to large traditional organisations.

  • schedule 10:30 AM - 11:15 AM place EN 304 (C40) people 78 Attending

    Water-scrum-fall just wasn't working for me. Something was fundamentally wrong. I couldn't quite figure out what - or how to fix it - until I found Value Stream Mapping. This was only the beginning.

    Explore the seven wastes of software development and how to apply Value Stream Mapping to software development. Learn where I went wrong, and tips for running your own mapping workshops.

    If you are a people manager, project manager, scrum master or product owner this session will help you see where the bottlenecks REALLY are. 

     

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    olga Cuesta

    olga Cuesta - Practical Strategies to apply Customer Centricity in organisations

    schedule 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM place EN 307(C40) people 18 Attending

    Practical Strategies to apply Customer Centricity in organisations

    Session overview:

    This session will provide with practical tools and templates to 

    • Understanding customers
    • Developing insights that shape decisions making and product/service offering
    • Turning insights into innovative products and services
    • Empower staff to both identify and respond to these opportunities

     

    Objectives:

    • Identify a few practical connections and applications of elements at play: Business Stakeholders, Ecosystems, HCDDesign, Behaviour, elements of design like journeys, agile, implementation…….
    • Develop a broad capability in customer centric thinking
    • Sustain a culture focused on service design and HCD Thinking
    • Integration of elements at play, DT, HCD, Agile, etc

    Value:

    • Transition to design led, customer centered products and services
    • Increased engagement with high value

    Methodology for a practical hands on 90 minutes session:

    • what are some of the best practices.
    • We will design a practical high level strategy for rapidly developing customer centric practice.
    • We will create and test a series of learning exercises that can be easily applied to any industry, particularly focused on increasing stickiness of CX knowledge and transfer across domains.
    • We will explore a systemic integration of CX with a broad leadership framework.
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    David Williams

    David Williams - Scaling scrum in a different dimension

    schedule 10:30 AM - 11:15 AM place EN 308 (C40) people 19 Attending

    This session is a case study of how to apply Scrum and Systems thinking to a small development and support group working on multiple products at the same time. Scrum explains how to organise a single team working on a single product. Scaling frameworks such as Safe, LeSS, Nexus & DAD provide ways for multiple teams to work on a single product, but what do you do when you have multiple products and one siloed team?

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    Imre Hegedus

    Imre Hegedus - Systems, Archetypes, Metaphors: Application for Successful Change and Improvement

    schedule 10:30 AM - 11:15 AM place EN 313 (L100) people 9 Attending

    Improvement projects seek to improve tangible aspects of organisations. The ability to be successful in doing this is largely based on the intangible perspectives of various stakeholders – what is important to them, how they see their organisation, and how they respond to change.

     This session introduces three frames of understanding and how they may be used as lenses of analysis by project leaders or change managers in managing their projects.

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    Gretchen Pitt

    Gretchen Pitt - When is a Retro not a Retro?

    schedule 10:30 AM - 11:15 AM place EN 405 (C40) people 37 Attending

    Ever come out of a Retro and thought 'what was the point of that?' Or have gone into a Retro and someone has asked 'What actions did we do from the last one?' only to realise there were no actions.

    Retrospectives are so important as we learn and grow, but if there is no definable outcomes then why should we do them?

    I'll explore how we can make a retro better, offer some different styles and hopefully make people think why retros are so important.

  • schedule 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM place EN 406 (C30) people 27 Attending

    Who procrastinates on a regular basis? Who occasionally self sabotages? Are you sure what you really want from life? Do the experiences you are having right now fulfill you?  Do you think you could be more fulfilled and if you had that, is that a goal worth obtaining? Is happiness the same as fulfillment and where does being passionate come into it? How can understanding fulfillment help us be more connected to what we do and who we work with? 

    If there was a structured approach, a formula, to guide you towards fulfillment and help you identify your gaps, would that be worth exploring? 

    Join Christiane in an interactive session to collaboratively explore what fulfillment means to you. We will break down the elements of the fulfillment formula and understand how each element plays a vital part in bringing deep, meaningful experiences to our lives. Through self reflection exercises and shared group insights participants will walk out with a clearer understanding on what fulfillment means to them. 

     

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    Roddy McNeill

    Roddy McNeill - Moving into Management - Leaving the Keyboard

    schedule 10:30 AM - 11:15 AM place EN 413 (L80) people 27 Attending

    Moving from a technical role to a management role can be a difficult transition requiring a completely different approach and a new set of skills. This will cover my own experience and what I learned to assist others who are thinking of making the change to a leadership role or, as happens surprisingly often, they end up in one.

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    Brad Bennett

    Brad Bennett - How a Large Business Sprints Like an Agile Startup

    schedule 11:30 AM - 12:15 PM place EN 101 (L100) people 44 Attending
    How a Large Business Sprints Like an Agile Startup
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    Bernd Schiffer

    Bernd Schiffer / Lailani Burra - Agile@.id: Demographers with an Agile Mindset

    schedule 11:30 AM - 12:15 PM place EN 103 (L100) people 20 Attending

    A mid-sized company tried Scrum once, failed, still thought it was a good idea, hired an Agile coach, and tried again. This is the story of .id’s (called “id”, without pronouncing the dot) 2nd Agile journey (ups and downs) and their experience with

    • team structure for the whole organisation
    • experiments to drive change
    • enhanced communication
    • relationship between business and teams

    “Actually, we don’t think of ourselves as an IT company…” At .id, demographic data is transformed into knowledge to enable customers to make smart decisions. Where to open the next store. Where to build the next school. These things.

    Not being a technology company by nature (most of their 45 employees are demographic data experts), this is a case study of Agile beyond IT.

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    Sue Hogg

    Sue Hogg - Wheel of fortune, governing self organising teams at scale

    schedule 11:30 AM - 12:15 PM place EN 203 (L80) people 53 Attending

    Autonomy for delivery/service teams to make local decisions and trade offs is hugely valuable. But what happens at scale? How do we check alignment across teams? 

    Enter the Wheel of Fortune at Australia Post! Come & listen to how one simple prop has generated systemic change. It's a wheely good story!

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    Bob Martin

    Bob Martin - How To Make Retrospectives Not Suck (and be effective at the same time!)

    schedule 11:30 AM - 12:15 PM place EN 204 (C40) people 72 Attending

    Many teams suffer through retrospectives that have lost their spark, if there ever was one. Droning through the same process, iteration after iteration, the magic is gone. Or they may have given up on retrospectives all together. It doesn't need to be this way!

    I've facilitated over 200 retrospectives with a variety of team types, maturities, and process philosophies. I've experimented with different techniques to derive value, from uber complicated to mind-numbingly simplistic. All this experimentation and practice has helped me better understand the real value of a good retrospective and how to have a better chance of getting it.

    Using a basic Retrospective flow/structure, I will walk through my thoughts on planning and executing retrospectives, and share techniques and examples for different team types and maturity levels along the way. Warning: some minimal audience participation may be required!

    My hope is that the audience will walk away with some immediately executable experiments, and new thought patterns for facilitating fun and effective retrospectives.

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    Peter Lam

    Peter Lam / Craig Brown - Using Jurgen Appelo's Management 3.0 to build better teams

    schedule 11:30 AM - 12:15 PM place EN 205 (C40) people 55 Attending

    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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    Alistair Sloley

    Alistair Sloley - Extraordinary Retrospectives

    schedule 11:30 AM - 12:15 PM place EN 303 (C40) people 42 Attending

    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.

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    Mike Jones

    Mike Jones - Branching Strategies for Continuous Integration - Jack and the Beanstalk

    schedule 11:30 AM - 12:15 PM place EN 304 (C40) people 13 Attending

    Continuous Integration has been a buzz word among development teams for several years. What is your branching strategy for Continuous Integration, and can it be improved?

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    Ant Marsh

    Ant Marsh - Structuring an agile embedded software development project - life amongst the engineers

    schedule 11:30 AM - 12:15 PM place EN 308 (C40) people 18 Attending

    The author worked on a medical technology product development project at an R&D house, working as a team lead for software in multi-disciplinary project, for an overseas corporate client.  The usual mundane challenges of a highly technical software project ensued - aggressive timelines, fixed price contract, a remote and demanding client, no dedicated business analyst, no dedicated software QA, 400 or so abstract software requirements written in a long software specification spreadsheet.

    On top of this, as a non-technical agile practitioner your author struggled coming to terms with a highly technical project involving electronic engineers, industrial designers, medical scientists, and a new technical approach to emulating proprietary algorithms to conduct diagnoses on patient samples using a combination of fluid dynamics, surface chemistry, and the emulation of proprietary algorithms designed for use in a previous generation product using a completely different technological approach .  Yeah, I didn't know what all that meant either.

    But that's just the context... what I really want to talk about is the challenges and lessons learned from applying Agile in a volatile organisational, compliance and contractually driven context, with the particular challenges of agile for embedded software (firmware).  This poses significant challenges in terms of writing meaningful stories, producing meaningful estimations, what happens when your hardware drivers don't work, rewriting software when the hardware changes, testing device software when you don't actually have a device.   In other words, all you people working in pure software/web have it easy.  

    This experience reinforced my faith in agile principles and values, although I did have moments of doubt!   This talk will look at those principles and suggest ways that they can be better applied even in non-embedded software development projects.

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    Agile Project Management is completely misled by some of those who practice the so called Agile. It is sometime assumed by them, Agile is the solution for all projects issues without making prior assessment into the project they handle.

    The presenter will focus on 2 risk management tools for Agile project implantation which targets Agile suitability and Agile readiness.  Under the Agile suitability, the presenter will focus on the ESI Model which talks deeper into factors mentioned below in each area that forms the model

    1. Organisations - Innovative, Independent, Risk Tolerance, Resource Allocation, Flexibility and Customer Focus
    2. Team – Autonomy, Cohesiveness, Co-location, Customer Participation, Creativity and Skill Level
    3. Leader - Customer Focus, Flexibility, Tolerance for Ambiguity, Communication, Commitment and Leadership (motivate the team, delegate, and resolve impediments)
    4. Stakeholder – Flexibility, Availability, Risk Tolerance, Collaboration, Involvement and Knowledgeable

     

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    Lee Hawkins

    Lee Hawkins / Paul Seaman - A spectrum of difference - creating EPIC software testers

    schedule 11:30 AM - 12:15 PM place EN 405 (C40) people 10 Attending

    We have been lucky enough to work with a not-for-profit organization called EPIC Recruit Assist to offer software testing training to a group of young adults on the autism spectrum, through a new initiative known as the “EPIC TestAbility Academy”.

    In this talk, we will describe:

    • What is the autism spectrum and why it aligns with software testing
    • How this relationship came about
    • Why it is important to seek opportunities that drive diversity
    • Key relationships, shared goals and building the vision
    • The importance of communication
    • Building a balanced programme
    • Preparation that was required to get the programme off the ground
    • Lessons learned in finding participants
    • Lessons learned delivering the training
    • The outcomes for the candidates on completion of the programme.
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    Daniel Prager

    Daniel Prager - Agile in Everyday Life

    schedule 11:30 AM - 12:15 PM place EN 413 (L80) people 48 Attending

    Please don't assume that Agile is only good for Software Development, Startups, DevOps, Change Management, Personal Productivity, Product Development, Marketing, Sales, Time Management, Organisational Change, Educating Children, Operations, Infrastructure, Design, Teamwork and Saving your Organisation just because they are the only things that happened to be on the list.

    Applying Agile principles in everyday life is a great way to not only improve your quality of life, but to experiment with Agile approaches and find out what you've really internalised.

    For coaches and leaders practicing Agile in Everyday Life presents a rich opportunity to not just talk the talk, but also walk the walk.

    In this talk I'll give a couple of examples of how I've drawn on Agile approaches to help address personal challenges, plus discuss with the audience what areas folks are "doin' it for themselves".

    This will be an interactive session, somewhere between a talk and a short workshop.

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    schedule 12:30 PM - 01:30 PM people 42 Attending
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    Eduardo Nofuentes

    Eduardo Nofuentes - How to coach non-software development agile teams

    schedule 01:30 PM - 02:15 PM place EN 101 (L100) people 56 Attending

    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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    Vikas Joshi

    Vikas Joshi - Cross-Browser, Cross-Device Test Automation using Selenium & BrowserStack

    schedule 01:30 PM - 02:15 PM place EN 103 (L100) people 10 Attending

    In this session, Vikas Joshi will speak about a Test Automation framework created using Selenium integrated with BrowserStack for performing Cross-Browser, Cross-device & Cross-OS Test automation - touching few more topics like Jenkins , headless, Allure reports & more , on Java Stack.