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  • Liked Rajesh Mathur
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    Rajesh Mathur / Alexandra Stokes / Dr Amy Silver / Jon Gedge / Sue Hogg - Are Agile coaches crossing the line? A panel discussion about Coaching & Counselling.

    45 Mins
    Panel
    Intermediate

    Agile coaches are mostly not qualified in counselling and therapy.

    Knowingly, mistakenly or ignorantly, some coaches divert their coaching instances to personal conversations as if they were therapists. Counselling is a skill which requires practice, experience and certification.

    It also has regulatory boundaries. While coaching and counselling are different, there is an overlap. Several coaching approaches had their roots in therapy: e.g. Solutions Focus Coaching came from Brief Therapy, Non-Violent Communication from Marshall Rosenberg (via Carl Rogers).

    As coaches, it is imperative to have self-awareness that we do not cross the line in explore in unchartered territories of counselling. Join this panel to learn more about counselling and coaching.

  • Liked Emily Jaksch
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    Emily Jaksch - Rise the New Millennial

    45 Mins
    Talk
    Advanced

    The current Millennial narrative is getting pretty old and whilst some are still complaining that Millennials are lazy, selfish and entitled most people have started to realise they are shaping the world around us. It’s time to reframe the dialogue and meet the new Millennial and based on a recent study Millennials are not who we think they are. The new Millennial characteristics according to research include Disruptors, Changemakers, Demanding, Ethically and Socially Minded, Progressive thinkers & Entrepreneurial just to name a few. Furthermore, there are plenty of Millennial Rainmakers shining a light on how they are disrupting industries and changing the business world as we know it. Think Ruslan Kogan, 36-year-old Founder of Kogan.com, Nicholas Molner 28-year-old Founder of Afterpay & Kayla Instines 28-year-old Fitness Mogul who is reportedly worth a cool $486M just to name just a few Aussies. It’s time to move over and get out of the way, the new wave of Millennial Entrepreneurs has arrived.

  • Liked Alex Sloley
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    Alex Sloley - The End is Nigh! Signs of Transformation Apocalypse

    Alex Sloley
    Alex Sloley
    Alex Sloley
    schedule 2 months ago
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    45 Mins
    Talk
    Advanced

    How can an Agile Coach figure out when an Agile “Transformation” is going wrong? Are there signs that they might see, heed, and take action upon? Of course, there are!

    Hindsight is 20/20, but in the moment, these warning signs can be hard to see. Let’s explore some of the more common, and frightening, warning signs that your Agile “Transformation” might be exhibiting. We will discuss transformation provider types, frameworks, keywords, and other anti-patterns that might be signs that THE END IS NIGH.

    This session will review common themes and help familiarize you with the warning signs. Armed with this new knowledge, you will be able to plan as appropriate, to help navigate your organization through potential impending doom.

  • Chris Drylie
    Chris Drylie
    Sr. Product Owner
    StarRez
    schedule 3 months ago
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    30 Mins
    Talk
    Beginner

    The importance of having direction and the right focus is not as clear cut as most companies think. Most of the time we try to fit ourselves into principles that make sense on paper but do not make sense in real life. I learned this lesson from trying to teach my 7-year-old daughter to play basketball (Trying to live my dreams through my child) and she constantly asked me why we did things a certain way when we can do it this way and this got me thinking.

    This presentation is about ignoring the buzz words, lean, agile and waterfall, and understanding that these are frameworks that we should not be cramming ourselves into. But using them in a way that suits you as a team/ business. To truly realize that our way of thinking needs to be flexible and adjust outside these methodologies, so we can grow to work to our best potential.

    We will talk about things we have done wrong, things we have done right and understood your teams and how they look at things, share in our experiences. Do we follow things to religiously and do we really do it right!


    In essence, this presentation is about thinking like a 7-year-old and continues discovery vs What We know. It takes a look at how the team is the core of the platform and not something that fits into the latest phase we are going through.

  • Liked Jordana Patterson
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    Jordana Patterson - Who says we can't change change the world?

    30 Mins
    Talk
    Beginner

    Jordana will share her experience over the last two years of introducing and embedding Agile in the Marketing Department at World Vision, Australia’s largest international aid organisation. She’ll provide insights into how her team has broken new ground in adapting Agile principles and tools for a not-for-profit environment, where the business goal is transformation in the lives of the world’s most vulnerable children. She’ll also delve into the unique challenges of applying Agile in the Marketing space and across a department comprising a broad sweep of functional disciplines, from Product, Brand, Creative and Social through to Campaign Management, Marketing Automation and Data & Analytics. You’ll hear what Jordana has learned along the way – evolving from the chaos of competing priorities, resource bottlenecks, and everyone starting everything but completing very little, to a place where continual improvements to shared working rhythms and rituals are starting to deliver real results.

  • Liked Neil Killick
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    Neil Killick - Slicing heuristics - Techniques for improving value generation, speed to market and delivery predictability

    60 Mins
    Interactive
    Advanced

    Story (or, more accurately, capability) slicing is such a core and necessary practice for creating agility at team, portfolio and even organisational level. Yet it is not explicitly included in any of the popular methods and frameworks teams use such as XP, Scrum and Kanban.

    Slicing heuristics are collaborative, contextual, evolving techniques for creating focus on value-generating activities, leading to delivering value sooner and with more predictability. They incorporate all of the 4 core agile values from the manifesto, and many of the 12 principles, particularly:

    • continuous improvement (inspect and adapt),
    • maximising the amount of work not done (simplicity and focus)
    • face-to-face conversations
    • continuous delivery of value

    Best results are obtained if heuristics are applied for all types of work, by all of the folks collaboratively across the value chain, but they can be used as safe-to-fail experiments by individuals and groups wherever they sit in the product delivery pipeline.

    From a practical perspective, they involve:

    • slicing deliverables at all levels, not only "story"
    • flow metrics (cycle times and variation)
    • specific inspect and adapt / continuous improvement activities to improve speed-to-market and predictability
    • big visible boards (ideally)

    Come and learn about this powerful, practical approach to improving agility in your team or organisation from wherever you sit right now.

  • Liked Kelsey van Haaster
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    Kelsey van Haaster / Peter Lam - Remote First - A Behavioural Pattern for Product Team Design

    45 Mins
    Talk
    Advanced

    This session proposes a behavioural pattern for building a successful remote first Product Team, as described by Martin Fowler in his article, Remote versus Co-Located Work, it is inspired by several classic GoF Design Patterns The Mediator, The Decorator, The Observer, The Strategy Pattern and the Adaptor Pattern.

    The goal of this pattern is to provide a set of repeatable techniques which can be used to build a high performing, cross-functional remote-first product team. The pattern can used by product teams to take advantage of the many benefits arising from remote work, whilst attempting to correct for some of the possible disadvantages. This pattern introduces some restrictions on hiring, but independence of location is a key benefit.

    The Remote First pattern has been developed over almost four years by a long-lived product team whose members are distributed across 17 time zones. The techniques, and approach to tooling and ways of working, described in the pattern have been identified and tested as a result of a great deal of trial and error, but have contributed to the growth and ongoing success of the team.

    These patterns have been further implemented into parts of a multinational program with over 1500 team members to pressure test how they work 'at scale'. Key lessons from implementing this are shared to highlight key opportunities to build great teams independent of location.

  • Liked Rick Giner
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    Rick Giner - Increase your userbase by a factor of four: the compelling business case for Inclusive Design

    30 Mins
    Talk
    Beginner

    We've all heard that digital Accessibility is the right thing to do. We probably all know it's a legal requirement. But does it really make business sense to put in the effort to become compliant? In this presentation Rick will explore and challenge some of the common justifications for avoiding the requirement - and look at how we can in fact make a very compelling case for building products with Inclusive Design and Accessibility in mind.

  • Liked Raymond Dellar
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    Raymond Dellar - Habitual Dependence and Gamification in Products

    45 Mins
    Workshop
    Intermediate

    This presentation will come with the goal of teaching attendees;

    - How to look out for gamification and habitual depedance in the real world and digital products

    - How these features will try to use your own brain chemistry to their advantage

    - How to use these features in your own products and assit your customers into building good habits

    After walking away from this presentation the attendees should feel they have a much better understanding of habitual loops companies will put in their products to try and get you onboard, the ways in which they will try to manipulate you, and how you can use these powers for good.

  • Liked Stephen Dowling
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    Stephen Dowling - The Importance of Finance in an 'Agile Transformation'

    Stephen Dowling
    Stephen Dowling
    Founder
    ETM
    schedule 1 month ago
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    90 Mins
    Workshop
    Intermediate

    Do you want to fast track the adoption of Agile & Lean ways of working (& thinking) within your organisation?

    If so, I believe a huge help will be to make friends with Finance right from the very beginning! How good would it be, if we could get the Finance function to become one of our strongest allies? In organisations, the reality is, nothing much can happen without funding. This enables absolutely everything. If we cannot establish and evolve suitable ‘fit for purpose’ funding & resource allocation models, right from the start, enabling agility is a wishful dream!

    Finance drive this process, and, if we’re serious about creating more Agile organisations at speed which are ongoing and sustainable, then, getting the finance function onboard from the very beginning, will act like a massive steroids injection, and not doing it I believe will sow the seeds for ultimate failure!

    In my experience, not enough time is spent engaging with & educating the Finance function. Finance has a very critical role to play in the evolution of more Agile & Lean organisations and the sooner their leadership can understand and embrace these Agile & Lean ways of working (& thinking), the better for everybody in the organisation. We want (& need) them to take an active, & leadership role in this evolution.

    Once Finance fully grasp & understand these new ways of working (& thinking) and how they fit with what they do, they will quickly realise, that, these new ways are essential, to help them to cope better with a very fast changing world, but they can also help them, to do critical elements of their own job better (e.g. control, compliance and risk management), and do it more effectively. By embracing these new ways, Finance will become a critical partner, to not only fulfill their existing role, but to play an even more important, ongoing business critical role, to support and & enable organisational performance.

    As Agile practitioners, what we’ve got to realise is that, by doing this we will need to get them to unlearn much of what they have been formally trained to do. This covers fundamental areas such as their core beliefs (mindset), how to lead and the management processes to be used. This will not be like asking them to swap out or change a favored briefcase, it’s more like, are you willing to undergo open heart surgery for the organisation? To do this we’ll need them to be extremely brave and courageous, as they will going against the mainstream, leaving what they believe is the safe calm harbor of what has worked in the past! To do this, they will need much help, support, understanding and patience, as this will not be an easy & painless journey!!!

    In this workshop Stephen will share his proven strategy and approach, to engage with Finance, to help get them onboard as quickly as possible.

  • Liked Nish Mahanty
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    Nish Mahanty - Moving from a monolith to a distributed monolith - a cautionary tale on adopting microservices

    Nish Mahanty
    Nish Mahanty
    Head of Development
    irexchange
    schedule 1 month ago
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    30 Mins
    Talk
    Intermediate

    This talk is a case study of our architectural evolution over the last 2 years.

    Our start-up had licensed a customised warehouse management system in order to demonstrate our innovative new business model. The WMS had a traditional 3-tier architecture based on Java and SQL server, and was lightning fast with most of the business logic encapuslated in stored procedures.

    Out our start-up we needed to be able to "test and learn" - ie rapidly develop and deploy new features and test them in the market with our customers. Based on the feedback we would identify tweaks to the business model, and fine-tune the functionality that our customers wanted.

    We had a launch date 5 months in future, a need to scale rapidly, growing the team from 2 devs to 20 within 8 weeks. And we needed to be able to work in parallel on multiple features. Whilst ensuring that the application was secure, performant, and reliable.

    The answer, according to a bunch of experts, was to adopt microservices.

    Three years later, we have a suite of secure, scalable, and resilient applications running in AWS. We deploy to Production multiple times a day, and our MTTR is less than 30 minutes.

    And we have Services. Some of them are "micro".

    But reflecting on what we learned in that period, there are a lot of things that we wished we had done differently.

    In this talk I'll walk you through the evolution of our architecture, explain some of the choices, and highlight what we learned, and discuss what we would do differently if faced with the same decisions today.

    This case study talks about the last 9 months of our start-up where we went from “no team, and limited functionality” – to launching a successful and thriving business backed by completely custom trading platform and fulfilment engine.

  • Liked Teri Christian
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    Teri Christian / April Direito - Business Agility Edge - Enterprise Strategy to Execution Planning

    45 Mins
    Case Study
    Beginner

    The move away from traditional ways of working and thinking to a digital mindset lead to change in many roles and sometimes it is not clear where everyone fits in. It is important to understand how the digital economy has shifted our ways of working and the skills needed from strategy to execution to meet demanding needs.

    Join us in a workshop where we will explore the 5 Levels of Agile Planning and the Critical Success Factors, Events and Skills needed to create a value stream. We will look at the skills needed for a company to move from being descriptive to one that can respond to emergent needs. Applying this knowledge will help Product Managers and entire organisations have a competitive edge in their market.

  • Liked Janet Sernack
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    Janet Sernack - Creative conversations

    Janet Sernack
    Janet Sernack
    Founder CEO
    ImagineNation
    schedule 1 month ago
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    45 Mins
    Case Study
    Beginner

    A creative conversation transfers ideas from one mind to another, it also allows you to reveal and remove all obstacles in the way of making ideas and inventions happen. It even allows you to see opportunities, realise possibilities and easily solve real life, personal and business problems.

    Such a conversation feels as relaxing as a Sunday afternoon in your pyjamas.

    But today, holding creative conversations, sometimes appears daunting. In the search engine and instant messaging dominated era of immediate answers, we have no time (read patience) to pay attention, listen, inquire, or differ in ways that let conversations unfold slowly, never mind creatively.

    It’s not that we’ve forgotten how to hold genuine conversations. The problem is much deeper. We’ve stopped learning how to hold a genuine conversation.

    Educator Paul Barnwell, in his post for The Atlantic, wrote,

    “[C]onversational competence is the single most overlooked skill we fail to teach. Kids spend hours each day engaging with ideas and each other through screens, but rarely do they have an opportunity to hone their interpersonal communications skills…… Is there any 21st-century skill more important than being able to sustain coherent, confident conversation”?

    The good news is we can all learn it. All this ability demands is the ability to be observant, having a core skill-set and following the four key steps in the generative discovery cycle.

    In our interactive and practical one-hour workshop, I will share our approach to generating safe, collaborative and constructive creative conversations that emerge opportunities, realise possibilities, and solve real life, personal and complex problems.

    Bring along your own unique set of complex business, team or even personal problems to playfully practice simple techniques & learn how to;

    • Experiment with authentic, candid & safe ways to empathize, engage, inquire & question, and really listen to one another.
    • Differ, deviate & provocate to maximize diversity, and flow through bold dialogue & debate confidently.
    • Collectively generate creative ideas & innovative solutions to real complex business, team and personal problems.

    Knowing how to be contrary, provocative & safely disruptive is key to building collaboration & innovation across locations, geographies, internet devices & demographics.

    It’s about allowing people to work together anywhere, and to communicate and learn, creating a good time to explore the possibilities that arise from this.

  • Liked Daniel Ploeg
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    Daniel Ploeg - An introduction to STATIK - getting starting with Kanban

    Daniel Ploeg
    Daniel Ploeg
    Kanban Coach
    Evogility
    schedule 2 months ago
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    45 Mins
    Talk
    Beginner

    Given that Kanban is more than just "Post-its on wall", getting started is often misunderstood and leads to shallow implementations that don't give you much bang for your buck. In this talk, I will give you a brief introduction of how to get a Kanban implementation underway effectively using a technique that has been tried and tested worldwide. We will look at STATIK - the "Systems Thinking Approach to Introducing Kanban". As we unpack it, you'll see that it can be very helpful in getting your Kanban system started in the right way and will help guide the conversations that you need to have to get started.

  • Liked David Williams
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    David Williams - Deep dive into Value: What is it? Are you sure?

    David Williams
    David Williams
    Agile Coach
    ANZ Bank
    schedule 1 month ago
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    45 Mins
    Interactive
    Beginner

    Value is often used when designing and deciding on what work to do next. It’s central to both Agile and Lean principles. Together we will explore the question of value and challenge each other on what it is and how we use it?

    After defining some language around value and looking at some possible models on how it can be used, we will jump into a group exercise to dig deeper to uncover gaps in our mental models and gain new insights into what this value thing is and how we can use it more effectively.

  • Liked Justin Holland
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    Justin Holland - Cultivating quiet: The death of the need to always DO (Working Title)

    Justin Holland
    Justin Holland
    Business Analyst
    MYOB
    schedule 1 month ago
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    30 Mins
    Interactive
    Beginner

    I wrote this blog a short while ago: https://medium.com/@justin.holland/cultivating-quiet-38cec9466feb

    I feel like there are other continuous improvement addicts, or perennial impostor syndrome sufferers that feel the compulsive need to be more than they are, and do more in order to reach that unattainable perfect state of being...

    And I know that a bunch of us find ourselves in a state of constant information processing & overload... thanks to the infinite information we are exposed to every day.

    I have also come to believe this can be super unhealthy, and that there is something fundamental that we are losing, thanks to our perpetual busyness.

    Some come and have a little chat, and reflect, about the role of not doing... and instead... being... (quietly)

  • Liked Mia Horrigan
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    Mia Horrigan - How to survive the Zombie Scrum Apocalypse

    45 Mins
    Workshop
    Intermediate

    A couple of years ago Christiaan Verwijs and Johannes Schartau coined the term ‘Zombie-Scrum’. What's it all about?

    Well, at first sight Zombie Scrum seems to be normal Scrum. But it lacks a beating heart. The Scrum teams do all the Scrum events but a potential releasable increment is rarely the result of a Sprint. Zombie Scrum teams have a very unambitious definition of what ‘done’ means, and no drive to extend it. They see themselves as a cog in the wheel, unable and unwilling to change anything and have a real impact: I’m only here to code! Zombie Scrum teams show no response to a failed or successful Sprint and also don’t have any intention to improve their situation. Actually nobody cares about this team. The stakeholders have forgotten the existence of this team long time ago.

    Zombie Scrum is Scrum, but without the beating heart of working software and its on the rise. This workshop will help you understand how to recognise the symptoms and cuases of Zombie Scrum and what you can do to get started to combat and treat Zombie-Scrum. Knowing what causes Zombie Scrum might help prevent a further outbreak and prevent the apocalypse

  • Liked Timothy Newbold
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    Timothy Newbold - Why Objectives and Key Results (OKRs) is one of the worst kept secrets to organisational success

    90 Mins
    Workshop
    Intermediate

    Hearing a lot about Objectives & Key Results (OKRs), but still a little unclear what they're about? Maybe you're hearing all the chatter and it's tweaking your interest! Well, join me for a farside chat and all will be revealed.

    In this session we'll get under the hood of OKRs to understand the history, the core concepts and cut our teeth in a manner which allows us to take them back to our teams for further exploration.

    At minimum, you'll walk out of the session with some clear goals for the coming quarter!

  • Liked James Holmes
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    James Holmes - "Agile Software Development actually involves writing software," and other shocking facts.

    James Holmes
    James Holmes
    Principal Engineer
    ReBoot Co.
    schedule 3 months ago
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    30 Mins
    Interactive
    Beginner
    This presentation will focus on the some principles that have been largely ignored in the way we teach agility to people:
    • "Working software is the primary measure of progress."
    • "Continuous attention to technical excellence and good design enhances agility."
    • "Simplicity--the art of maximizing the amount of work not done--is essential."
    We'll cover these by bringing Extreme Programming (XP) up-to-date. We'll also go over software design principles and practices that help, including:
    • loose coupling and tight cohesion
    • declarative programming
    Expect to see actual code running on an actual computer at some point.
  • Liked Daniel Prager
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    Daniel Prager / Andi Herman - When at first they don't want to change: Shared lessons from Addiction Therapy and Agile Coaching

    45 Mins
    Talk
    Intermediate

    The easy case for coaching looks something like this: a prospective coachee wants to change, can articulate their goals, and is matched up with a suitably experienced and competent coach, the two are a good fit, and they quickly get down to the challenging yet rewarding business of growth and change.

    But what if a person (or team) doesn't want to change and would rather not be coached? And despite this an external power deems that change is needed and that coaching will bring this change about. What's a coach to do? What about the coachee(s)? What about the role of the client who's engaged the coach?

    This situation is not uncommon, and bears more that a passing resemblance to what often goes on in addiction treatment. A person with a drug addiction (and often other problems) doesn't necessarily welcome therapeutic intervention at the outset. But an external authority has ordered it.

    In this session we will explore the parallels between the two modalities of addiction therapy and coaching, including the applicability of the Transtheoretical Model of Change and the related technique of Motivational Interviewing.

    These approaches offer insights into how to flex and adapt your coaching approach in the face of some of the most common human impediments to change.