LAST Conference Melbourne 2019

Tue, Jul 30

    Sign In - 45 mins


    Welcome - 15 mins


    Opening session - 120 mins


    Morning Break - 30 mins

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    Steve Mactaggart

    Steve Mactaggart - Designing an effective CI/CD workflow

    schedule  11:30 AM - 12:15 PM place EN101 L100 people 35 Interested

    In this session we will take an introduction look to Continuous Integration and Continuous Delivery workflow.

    This session is an introduction session to CI/CD and is best for people new to the CI/CD concepts, or looking to brush up on benefits of using these approaches.

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    Sue Hogg

    Sue Hogg - Context is king! A systems thinking approach to further understand your company context...

    schedule  11:30 AM - 12:15 PM place EN102 L100 people 122 Interested

    Ever wondered what on earth is going in your company? Your team? The system of work? Are people acting crae-crae? Is there conflict? Are there pockets of super awesomeness & pockets of unhappiness? Are people pulling in different directions?

    In this talk, I will run through my systems thinking approach and experiences to unpacking and diagnosing a company, it’s context, it’s practices and it’s people.

    If nothing else, this talk may help you with making the invisible more visible and may lead you to be even more situationally aware of the context you have found yourself in!

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    David Chong

    David Chong - How to be lean - What is it and where do I start

    schedule  11:30 AM - 12:00 PM place EN103 L100 people 37 Interested

    What is lean?
    We've all heard about it - is it about decreasing wastes... improving the efficiency... Increasing flow...

    How does one implement lean, where/how do I start...

    This session is to introduce you to the Lean fundamentals, followed by the efficiency paradox, the efficiency matrix and some techniques to improve flow.

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    Gabor Devenyi

    Gabor Devenyi / Jayavalli Vadrevu - Agile in Action - Build a Paper City

    schedule  11:30 AM - 01:00 PM place EN202 C40 people 22 Interested

    This is a practical workshop where the participants will work in two sprints to build a city using the material given to them.

    The intention of this workshop is for people to understand all the ceremonies better and it also helps teams understand that collaboration and working together as a team is the best way to achieve the results.

    This is going to be a very interactive workshop while teams get to learn Agile while having fun.

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    Inder Singh

    Inder Singh - Sales 101 for LASTers - Everything you wanted to know about Sales, but were afraid to ask!

    schedule  11:30 AM - 12:15 PM place EN203 L80 people 23 Interested

    Ever wanted to really know what goes on in the sales world? Will share and discuss sone of the following, and also have time to answer your burning questions.

    Why should Software Engineers, Product Managers, UX Designers, Agile experts even care about Sales and those that sell?

    Have you ever wondered what sales and business development is all about? What do sales people really do and how do they do it? How are they paid and motivated and what is the best way to keep them motivated? What's the difference between a "farmer" and a "hunter" - and why does it matter?

    What is a funnel, pipeline and sales process, and are there resources that can help me sell, and sell better?

    How and When should I hire my first sales person? If I do hire, does that mean I'm now a sales manager, and what do Sales Manager's do that's different from sales people?

    I'm thinking of a career in sales or moving into a sales job temporary to pick up some more skills, is it a good move to move from technical to sales?

    Is the traditional B2B Field Sales Person dead--- how is sales changing?

    What are the latest trends in sales - and where is it heading?

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    Soumendu Ghara

    Soumendu Ghara / Bhumika S - User Story Mapping - WHY and HOW, a handson workshop

    schedule  11:30 AM - 12:15 PM place EN204 C40 people 67 Interested

    What is our Motivation:

    • Share our experience and how we could do things better
    • Every time we share, run such a workshop we learn as much as the attendees
    • Interest in giving back to the community and sharing

    Why this topic is important:

    • We believe, ability to effectively story map is a crucial capability for an agile team
    • Helps teams learn collaboration, share and prioritise quickly and efficiently

    Who are our audience:

    • Team members who want to story map, non programmers, any one who wants to build or improve a skill, want to learn about agile

    What is the main lesson/knowledge we want to share:

    • What is the philosophy behind story mapping, why we do it
    • How we can do it effectively

    Best Medium to deliver:

    • Partly PPT - 15 mins
    • Partly workshop - 30 mins


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    Jainita Shah

    Jainita Shah / Ben Van Wees - Innovation, Experimentation and Validated Learning - achieving improvement and success through a hypothesis-driven mindset

    schedule  11:30 AM - 12:15 PM place EN205 C40 people 53 Interested

    In a highly competitive world, where start-up disruptors can spring up overnight and quickly dominate markets previously held by conventional operators, more than ever it is becoming necessary for all players to embrace innovation and experimentation in order to survive. In this topic we will explore some of the key factors to consider when innovating and embracing experimentation. In addition, we will do a practical walk through of some useful models that support these concepts.

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    Alexis Stuart

    Alexis Stuart / Bob Martin - What Aren't You Seeing in Your Product Organisation? Lesson's Learned on Myer's Digital Journey

    schedule  11:30 AM - 12:15 PM place EN303 C40 people 76 Interested

    At Myer, we’re well into our digital product journey. Although we still have plenty of work to do, we would like to start sharing our experiences in taking a Product centric approach to ensure we are delighting our customers and leveraging L.A.S.T practices to change behaviour and enable a positive outcome.

    In this discussion, we will look at where we started, where we are now, and what our future path might look like. Our hope is that we can help others avoid (or at least identify) some of the more common pitfalls, and to help others develop a proactive approach to navigating their digital product journey.

    Some topics for discussion may include:
    - How we are working on creating a Product-centric organisation, and why this is so important.
    - How focusing on the work that feeds the backlog(s) is just as important as the backlog(s) them self.
    - Experimenting with the Google '20% time' practice, and how this helps create a trusting and inclusive environment.
    - Constantly questioning the value of ideas, and initiatives. Like many organisations, there is no shortage of great ideas, but how do we make sure we are working on the most valuable ​at any given time?
    - What happens without a strong product organisation? For example, what happens when there is no product guidance for UX. Now that we are working on building out our Product practices - how can we ​start to develop a healthy tension between UX and Product?

    Experiences shared by Alexis Stuart, Digital Product Owner and Bob Martin, Agile Practice Lead.

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    Emily Jaksch

    Emily Jaksch - Rise the New Millennial

    schedule  11:30 AM - 12:15 PM place EN307 C40 people 23 Interested

    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, 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.

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    Chris Chan

    Chris Chan - 3 Ways to Become More Self-Aware

    schedule  11:30 AM - 12:00 PM place EN308 C40 people 79 Interested
    Self-awareness is about learning to observe yourself not only through your own eyes but through others people’s eyes too. When you are self-aware, you know your strengths and weaknesses and how to manage them in the workplace.
    I will introduce a model for developing self-awareness using the Johari Window that will help you better understand your relationship with others and yourself. I will share how you can design a feedback session to builder greater self-awareness, lift your performance and unlock the key to personal growth.
    Working in an agile environment where individuals and interactions is important, greater understanding of yourself and how you interact with others will lead to greater team and organisational success.
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    James Holmes

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

    schedule  11:30 AM - 12:00 PM place EN313 L100 people 22 Interested
    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.
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    Pete Cohen

    Pete Cohen - Agile and Emerging Technologies - Things ain't what they used to be

    schedule  11:30 AM - 12:15 PM place EN413 L80 people 46 Interested

    ‘Industrial Revolution 4.0’ and ‘exponential change’ are two concepts that are creating a lot of buzz lately, and for good reason. Emerging technologies such as artificial intelligence and Internet of Things are being adopted at a staggering pace. Platforms companies such AWS have lowered the barrier to entry, and are enthusiastically supporting organisations to experiment and propel forwards into a new way of doing business.

    At DiUS we are fortunate to have a front row seat as this wave of change arrives. With our in-house specialists in areas such as AI and IoT, we have formed broad cross functional teams - including engineers, experience designers and agile delivery leads - to help our customers solve their business problems using emerging technologies.

    Through this talk I will provide insights based on case studies of DiUS's recent project experiences. We'll contrast the dynamics with the digital software world that many of us are accustomed to working within, and highlight the constraints introduced by factors such as hardware manufacturing, acquiring training sets for machine learning, and navigating the complex systemic challenges associated with entering immature markets. Finally, we will discuss what we as a community need consider as to how we apply the agile practices and mindset in this new context going forward.

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    Timothy Newbold

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

    schedule  11:30 AM - 01:00 PM place ATC420 C40 people 83 Interested

    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!

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    Elijah Eilert

    Elijah Eilert - Innovation Accounting

    schedule  11:30 AM - 01:00 PM place ATC421 C40 people 36 Interested

    Traditional accounting and funding processes are no longer sufficient in dealing with today's fast changing environment. Innovation Accounting fundamentally ties learning and money together. It is a framework designed to generate and capture information about new ways to create, deliver and capture value in the most cost-effective and quickest way. It holds entrepreneurs and managers accountable against relevant metrics.

    Statistics is the ‘science’ of extracting the most information from the least data. Innovation Accounting puts these principals at the heart of innovation management. Innovation Accounting uses the right information at the right time to make better decisions about product, investment/resource allocation, people and strategy.

    This session will touch on some of the core challenges of innovation management and provides a high-level introduction to the subject of innovation accounting.

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    Mark Grebler

    Mark Grebler - Designing a DevOps Dependency Diagram to Decide Development Direction

    schedule  12:15 - 01:00 PM place EN101 L100 people 28 Interested

    So you walk into a new company, get the lay of the land and then realise, crap! Their development processes are like they were design by a bunch of first-year uni students doing a group project.

    There is no DevOps to speak of. There are snowflake servers everywhere. Their git branching strategy is unmanageable. They run tests only every 3 or 4 releases. Their deployment is manual and different for each release. The have no real alerting.

    Ok. Take a deep breath! Calm down.

    So much to do, but where to start? The business has produced a list of improvement actions, but those actions are focussed around fixing the symptoms of the problems, not solving the root cause. The business does not understand that the path to DevOps improvement is complex and each task has many inter-relations and dependencies.

    This is the problem that I faced about a year ago. To overcome this, we went through a process of defining all of the DevOps tasks we could think of and mapped them into a dependency diagram. This diagram was useful to communicate both internal and external to the team.

    In this case study, I’ll go through the process to design the dependency diagram, but also our progress through the diagram one year later.

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    Daniel Ploeg

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

    schedule  12:15 - 01:00 PM place EN102 L100 people 45 Interested

    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.

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    Janet Sernack

    Janet Sernack - Creative conversations

    schedule  12:15 - 01:00 PM place EN203 L80 people 57 Interested

    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.

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    Frances - Your Guide to the world of Sales ~ Welcome to the Conversation Age

    schedule  12:15 - 01:00 PM place EN204 C40 people 10 Interested

    The age of information is over ... not because it's not important but because everyone now has an overload of information. When information is merely the table stakes ... then what's next?

    We are now in the Conversation Age where the real difference is and will be your ability to apply your data and ideas to your customer's needs and desires.

    This comes from firstly deeply understanding your customers and what makes them tick (logically AND emotionally) and then walking with them during their experience of you, your product or service and your company.

    Let's have a conversation about this ... challenge each other and learn.

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    Jochy Reyes

    Jochy Reyes - Meet your monsters. Tame your monsters: Role anti-patterns we need to watch out for

    schedule  12:15 - 01:00 PM place EN205 C40 people 71 Interested

    "Before you can kill the monster you have to say its name"

    As coaches and practitioners of Agile we see role anti-patterns everywhere lurking, sometimes quietly sleeping and waiting to kill (the momentum!) of our teams.

    Have you met the Mr.Frost a.ka. the Frozen Middle Manager? The "Busy Bee-ast" so deep in her hero culture she has become a bottleneck and a crutch for the team. What about Hydra, the 9-headed PO, who can't make up his mind on his 10000 requirements. He comes with an extra technical head that takes joy on the fact he still has code access. The head occasionally makes code changes to "help" the team with the backlog without their permission.

    This talk is about these monsters. The monsters around us and potentially within us.

    We will know them, discuss them and identify how we can equip ourselves and the teams we work with to battle their evil rather questionable forces. More importantly in this talk, whether living around us or living within us, we will uncover how we can help guide the monsters to the right path.

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    Charlotte McKinnon

    Charlotte McKinnon / Dirk Driessen - Agile Product Road Mapping - combining strategy, vision, passion and direction

    schedule  12:15 - 01:00 PM place EN303 C40 people 95 Interested

    Product Road Mapping can be a challenge for those that are new to this and also for those that are experienced. Conventional product road mapping models have several limitations. We will explore how various Agile Product Road Mapping approaches and models can provide relevant information and direction to different stakeholder groups that are responsible for product development.

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    Alan Taylor

    Alan Taylor / Jeremy Abernathy - Reflex and Reason – are they Conflicting or Collaborating?

    schedule  12:15 - 01:00 PM place EN307 C40 people 31 Interested

    We often come into (or observe) situations where the idea is clear, the benefits irrefutable … and yet there is so much push-back.

    The reasons for clearly disregarding the suggestion before seriously considering it can be multitudinal and they are very likely to also include biases which can be formed from almost anything – even unrelated events commuting to the office.

    In this workshop we will explore why our experiences limit our ability to approach topics differently, and we will explore ways they can be overcome.

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    Raymond Dellar

    Raymond Dellar - Habitual Dependence and Gamification in Products

    schedule  12:15 - 01:00 PM place EN413 L80 people 26 Interested

    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.


    Lunch Break - 60 mins

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    Murray Robinson

    Murray Robinson / Helen Snitkovsky - Agile Coaching Clinic - 15 min sessions throughout the conference

    schedule  02:00 - 03:30 PM place Main Theatre - ATC 101 people 27 Interested

    Coaches Clinics are a unique and free service designed to help you with specific challenges you've encountered on your way to a more Agile way of working. Organized by the training and coaching community, these 15-minute coaching sessions are available throughout the conference. Based on their individual needs, participants are matched with experienced volunteer coaches, to discuss business agility, organization structure and change, Scrum, Kanban, User Stories, XP, DevOps, Technical Practices and topics such as breaking down development silos to coordinating multiple teams and educating upper management for enhanced agility.

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    Igor Goulko

    Igor Goulko - DevOps is not an option anymore, it's a door for your IT success

    schedule  02:00 - 02:45 PM place EN101 L100 people 38 Interested

    Today, almost everyone talks about DevOps but not too many understand what's it and why all companies need it. I will provide real examples of what's not DevOps and what it is.

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    Nish Mahanty

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

    schedule  02:00 - 02:30 PM place EN102 L100 people 45 Interested

    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.

  • schedule  02:00 - 02:45 PM place EN202 C40 people 29 Interested

    Using Origami, attendees will see how flow can work in a "pull system" and compare that to the way it responds to a "push system". From this simple simulation, attendees will experience how increased WiP actually slows down our ability to deliver something to a customer.

    Come along and experience flow and how you can start to improve your customer outcomes, not by doing more but by doing less!

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    Rajesh Mathur

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

    schedule  02:00 - 02:45 PM place EN203 L80 people 43 Interested

    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.

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    Manthan Gogari

    Manthan Gogari - Start RADIATING not REFRIGERATING Information

    schedule  02:00 - 02:45 PM place EN204 C40 people 33 Interested

    You have embarked on the Agility journey at your workplace. You did the mandatory training, formed a squad and started sprinting. So far so good. Everyone in the team is excited and is talking the Agile Jargon of Sprints, Story Points, Product Backlog, Retrospective etc.. etc.. You wanted to achieve a lot as a team but constantly face the same challenges sprint after sprint. You are seeing the team getting a bit annoyed. Team members are not engaged in the ceremonies and you are not having fun.

    So it is too late to fix the issues as a Scrum Master not really this is exactly what is expected of the squad starting out fresh with little experience. Come join me in discovering some handy tips of how to become an efficient team and understand the value of information.

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    Stephen Dowling

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

    schedule  02:00 - 03:30 PM place EN205 C40 people 32 Interested

    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.

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    Daniel Prager

    Daniel Prager / Andi Herman - When at first they don't want to change: Shared lessons from Addiction Therapy and Agile Coaching

    schedule  02:00 - 02:45 PM place EN303 C40 people 82 Interested

    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.

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    Kelsey van Haaster

    Kelsey van Haaster / Robin Doherty - How not to make the news - Build security into your Agile project from the ground up.

    schedule  02:00 - 03:30 PM place EN304 C40 people 48 Interested

    When a group of stakeholders and team members come together to plan a new product or feature, they often focus on identifying stories that deliver end user value through solving a business problem, delighting the customer or disrupting a competitor. While these are critical stories, they are not the whole picture. Every product has non-functional or cross-functional stories which must be played.

    Security stories are an important part of these but are often not considered at all. When they are considered, they are often an afterthought or are assumed to be part of the project infrastructure. Trying to bolt on security as an afterthought in this way is a mistake that can lead to disaster at one extreme, and compromises to reduce product usability or don't support good end-user security practices at the other.

    The challenge, of course, is that from the stakeholder perspective, security is not seen as a priority. This workshop is for software delivery teams who want to learn how to change this perspective and work with their stakeholders to help them to understand more about the importance of security. The goal is to help technical and non-technical stakeholders understand security and why it should be given priority and built into their product from the ground up. We show participants how to facilitate a structured meeting or workshop with their stakeholders where they use a simplified threat modelling technique to identify risks. The outcome is the identification of user stories (or evil user stories) which when played will mitigate identified risks.

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    Beatriz Guevara

    Beatriz Guevara - Hacking HR: Co-creating Agile Workplaces

    schedule  02:00 - 02:30 PM place EN307 C40 people 9 Interested

    Humanising workplaces in this digital era is only possible if HR and technology leverage from each others' skills and expertise. Let's re-define work together!

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    Justin Holland

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

    schedule  02:00 - 02:30 PM place EN308 C40 people 37 Interested

    I wrote this blog a short while ago:

    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)

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    Sally Sloley

    Sally Sloley - MasterChef Agile

    schedule  02:00 - 02:30 PM place EN313 L100 people 26 Interested

    As agile coaches we are often asked by companies to give them what they believe are shortcuts to success. They are scared or unwilling to put in the hard work and want a playbook from someone who was successful to be laid out for them to follow in their footsteps. Explaining why this is not something that will work is often seen as a reason to mistrust coaches. They think we aren’t giving them the quick path because we are just in it for the money. I found a way to help me describe this in a way that makes my clients feel more at ease. Everyone can relate to cooking shows about starting off as a home cook (non-agile organization) and what it involves to become a master chef (an agile organization).

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    Simon Bristow

    Simon Bristow - A framework for strategic agility

    schedule  02:00 - 02:45 PM place EN413 L80 people 103 Interested

    In today's world, if businesses aren’t more agile in the way they execute on their strategies, they risk over investing on initiatives that won’t result in the future growth they seek.

    In this talk, we will discuss and share stories from organisations driving towards holistic business agility, and present a simple framework that can help organisations better check the performance of future growth strategies, and act earlier when it looks like those strategies are not going to turn up.

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    Helen Palmer

    Helen Palmer - Navigating complexity in organisational change

    schedule  02:00 - 03:30 PM place ATC420 C40 people 47 Interested

    One size doesn't fit all. If the only tool you have is a hammer, you'll tend to see problems as nails (paraphrasing Maslow). So what can help you make better decisions about tailoring your approach to suit the nature of the circumstances you are working with - particularly when those circumstances have a large dose of complexity in the mix?


    Yep - not an easy word to pronounce (Ku-nev-in) - but a framework with the potency to make you a more effective practitioner.

    One of my professional practices is organisational change - so I'll use that as a context to share how I apply the thinking/sense-making tool of Cynefin in my work and some of the challenges that it resolves and creates. I'll dare you to think and work differently as a result.

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    Teri Christian

    Teri Christian / April Direito - Digital Product Mastery - Optimize Your System

    schedule  02:00 - 02:45 PM place ATC421 C40 people 22 Interested

    The move away from traditional ways of working and thinking to digitization leads to change in the way we work, learn and measure. It is important to understand how the digital economy has shifted our ways of working in a digital organization from strategy to execution.

    Join us in game play where we will explore Digital Product Management and the Critical Success Factors, Events and Skills needed to create value flow to customers. 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 organisations transform their operating model have a competitive edge in a VUCA economy. Plan to Win!

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    Cathy Jamshidi

    Cathy Jamshidi - User adoption: selling the story to developers

    schedule  02:30 - 03:00 PM place EN102 L100 people 48 Interested

    User adoption is one of the most challenging things about projects. When they are consumer facing applications, you can measure your success through the number of click throughs, time spent by users reading pages or product purchases, money they spend. Consumers want to use your product because it fulfils a need or a want. Conversely, when a product or service is required out of obligation, regulation or to maintain a standard, and it doesn’t necessarily fit a need or a problem they’re trying to solve, then consumers don’t want to use the goods or services.

    Welcome to the world of application security. Application security is sexy in theory, hacking at systems, breaking in, being a rebel without a cause, but what happens when you try and roll application security tooling out to hundreds of developers where many of them have less than no interest in embedding another tool into their software delivery lifecycle? How do you keep it sexy, interesting, engaging and make them want to use it?

    This is the story of how we rolled out appsec tooling to developers, our wins, our failures, and the rollercoaster journey we went through. The aim is to provide some insight into how different behaviours influence user adoption and hopefully some takeaways you can use when you're involved in such projects, either as part of a delivery team or conversely as an end user

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    Renee Troughton

    Renee Troughton - Agile Consulting with the big end of town

    schedule  02:30 - 03:00 PM place EN307 C40 people 38 Interested

    Prepare for a contentious and deeply personal story.

    I was an Enterprise Agile Coach. I am now a Consultant. But can I be both?

    Discover why I made the leap to "the other side", what I have learnt in the process and why, if we don't do something soon, Agile in Australia risks imploding.

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    Sarah Pan

    Sarah Pan - Why Can’t We All Just Get Along?

    schedule  02:30 - 03:00 PM place EN308 C40 people 58 Interested

    You’re having a work conversation and suddenly the realisation begins to dawn on you. This co-worker really doesn’t see things the way you do! Your puzzlement gives way to frustration. Things begin to escalate, you’re both frowning and suddenly it's become too hot in this room.

    Conflict and competition can often be misconstrued as the cause of toxic working environments in organisations. As we find our feet encouraging diverse perspectives within cross-functional teams, we need to acknowledge conflict and competition exists. They become powerful forces that either make or break teams.

    Not just for managers or team leads, we'll look at practical tips on how you can set your team up for success. By creating the foundation of collaboration and a little practice, we can harness the power of conflict and competition for good (not evil).

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    Ben Ross

    Ben Ross - How to ride a whale - lessons from partnering with corporates

    schedule  02:30 - 03:00 PM place EN313 L100 people 25 Interested
    Propel Ventures scaled from 6 staff to 46 staff in the last 12 months.
    In this session Ben will explain how he developed a model of partnering with large software application businesses by taking on the most innovative pieces of their roadmap and delivering them ahead of time, effectively attaching Propel to large corporates to accelerate their roadmaps, in a way that works for both parties, like a barnacle living and cleaning a whale.
    The three key elements Ben will focus on are
    1. The Propel Ventures partnership approach ie. the role that Propel takes with respect to delivering innovations and and how they commercially set up a partnership for success;
    2. The cultural infrastructure Propel has developed to enable the business to scale sustainably and maintain a great engineering environment; and
    3. The lessons learned along the way which destroyed value and slowed the team down.
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    Ben Dechrai

    Ben Dechrai - Why You Shouldn't Care About Security

    schedule  02:45 - 03:30 PM place EN101 L100 people 31 Interested

    API development is fun! Everyone is doing it, from large organisations wanting to provide developer access to their systems, to small websites wanting to push web application business logic to the browser.

    Password security is boring. It's also harder than you'd think. The number of reported system breaches is on the increase, with big names being hit by hackers.

    And when it comes to a service-oriented architecture, you have to secure multiple services. That's just tedious.

    There are a number of solutions, but few that let you pretty much forget about security and access control.

    In this talk and demo, Ben will show how using a third-party identity management system will allow you to ramp up your prototypes and MVPs with more ease, and to concentrate on the core purpose of the APIs, rather than the layers of security that are a must in today's digital world.

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    David Alia

    David Alia - The Dome: A powerful experiment for change when change is hard

    schedule  02:45 - 03:30 PM place EN202 C40 people 26 Interested
    "In ""Under the Dome"", the novel by Stephen King, the inhabitants of Chester's Mill wake up to a strange barrier, which is similar to a dome, covering the whole city, completely isolating it from the surrounding world.
    The dome is impenetrable, only a small amount of air and water can pass through.
    Following this puzzling event, the community under the dome has to change, for the best or the worst.

    Most successful transformations at scale have a lot in common with this novel, metaphorically speaking of course.
    Based on this story, we designed a brand new culture hacking experiment that proved to be successful in many environments.

    Change automatically generates resistance from the team to change AND from the ecosystem around (the ""antibodies"").
    What if, in order to change the culture of a whole ecosystem, a team was isolated from the outside world, protected by an unbreakable and transparent dome?

    This story can be used as a referential, as this is a metaphor helping communicate and relate to the challenges faced in situations of change.
    Using it as an alignment between fiction and reality, this story will open the discussion to easily relatable transformation and business agility topics."
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    Naomi Pollock

    Naomi Pollock - Communicate for Outcomes (starting with the humble email)

    schedule  02:45 - 03:30 PM place EN203 L80 people 71 Interested
    • Ever go to the trouble of explaining something in writing, only to have it misunderstood?
    • Ever struggle to get the responses you want via email?
    • Ever had a challenging colleague or client that required 'handle with care' emails?

    Although us Agilists value face-to-face communication, we acknowledge that email and documentation are still necessary parts of our work. If you answered yes to any of the above, please accept this invitation to join me for a session on delivering clear written comms that generate respect and action from your audience.

    Learn how to:

    • Amp up the power of your written message using a few simple techniques;
    • Write to persuade, influence and generate results;
    • Hose down (and don’t accidentally start) emotive exchanges; and
    • Build your personal brand with clear cut through and just enough grammar and punctuation.

    Bonus Netiquette Essentials segment (because we know you want more).

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    Karel Malbroukou Moendzenahou

    Karel Malbroukou Moendzenahou - The (re)discovery of a lost skill

    schedule  02:45 - 03:30 PM place EN204 C40 people 24 Interested

    We've now all been accustomed to the agile and devops mindsets as they figure today.

    There's still some kind of barrier between roles in a team, and maybe even between peers.

    Through this session, we'll experience what would it look like to build human connections in our workplace to empower people and understand what drives them.

    You will discover how you can make a difference in your organisation and teams, and how you can start practicing this new skill without classroom training!

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    David Williams

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

    schedule  02:45 - 03:30 PM place EN303 C40 people 78 Interested

    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.

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    John Cooksey

    John Cooksey - Beyond Start-up Miracles

    schedule  02:45 - 03:30 PM place EN413 L80 people 20 Interested

    The success of technology unicorns are a result of a clear plan and not 'start-up' miracles.

    Their investment in people ensures each team member has a significant impact on the success of an organisation and guarantees their business future.

    Let us show you how!

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    Neil Kingston

    Neil Kingston - Do project managers still matter? | A Case Study

    schedule  02:45 - 03:30 PM place ATC421 C40 people 52 Interested

    For many Agilist the idea of having a project manager attracts scorn and derision. The idea of having one at is laden with bad memories, mental baggage and principled objections.

    So, is there a role for a project manager in an Agile organisation? There is, but it requires a different style of project manager and a project manager that thinks differently.

    My company’s ongoing transition from project-based delivery to product-led Agile delivery runs in parallels to my own personal transition leading a team of project managers into this world.

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    Rick Giner

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

    schedule  03:00 - 03:30 PM place EN102 L100 people 24 Interested

    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.

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    Grant Sutton

    Grant Sutton - Live by your Principals - a team charter anti-pattern

    schedule  03:00 - 03:30 PM place EN307 C40 people 44 Interested

    Team Charters are well meaning, but don't really change the way in which we build software. In this presentation I will talk about how we need instead to live by principals that drive how we design and build software rather than how we interact within a team.

    Many agile teams begin their project creating a team charter that describes the behavioural expectations for the team. In my experience nearly all of my teams charters have been quite similar to each other. If an organisation places an emphasis on cultural fit during hiring, and continues to reinforce behaviours, this is even more likely to occur.

    A team charter that states that people should collaborate, be respectful, raise concerns promptly and make time to play is repeating standards that are really part of an organization's culture, and often set the behavioural bar way too low.

    Instead a A team charter should be a set of guiding principals similar to the Agile Manifesto that helps teams make decisions on how they are going to build software, and the sacrifices that they are willing to make to get the right outcome for the business.

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    Chris Lewis

    Chris Lewis - The Human Side of a Security Incident

    schedule  03:00 - 03:30 PM place EN308 C40 people 20 Interested

    What could it be like to work through a real-life security incident at your company? As awareness about security in our industry improves, we hear much about how to keep our applications secure, but rarely do we consider what happens with your employees when something goes wrong. Allow me to share my story about the emotional highs and lows of working through a security incident, as we look past its technical surface and into the human experience behind it instead.

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    Simon Wade

    Simon Wade - What can dead philosophers teach us about software development?

    schedule  03:00 - 03:30 PM place EN313 L100 people 76 Interested

    Modern software development is a process of learning and problem solving in an enormously complex problem space. We navigate this space of possible solutions using our understanding and through a process of validated learning.

    Philosophy can help us with this challenge because it helps us to understand this process of learning and knowledge creation. Having an understanding of the philosophy of knowledge helps us to support a culture of learning and navigate towards our goals.


    Coffee Break - 30 mins


    Post-event mixer - 60 mins