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  • Liked Peter Merel
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    Peter Merel - A $9B agile program: Kaching and the CBA journey 2011-14

    60 Mins
    Keynote
    Beginner

    In 2011 Commbank committed to pilot agile on an experimental payments program that would fail fast. Its first release delivered neither advertised customer experience nor internal business commitments. Business and tech execs were ropeable and disagreed hard on what to do about it.

    We'd promoted this program called "Kaching" as the flagship of Agile in the bank. If we did as the business wanted and returned it to Waterfall, the agile transformation would be set back years. And as CBA's first Enterprise-Agile Coach I'd trained Kaching's delivery team myself. If this ball was dropped, I'd wear it, and deservedly so.

    So I wound up seconded to the program for the next year and a half. I assembled case-study data on every release and until now I've sat on that data. With most of the Aussie banks wandering in the agile wilderness however, this stuff is all too timely. It's a classic study of how agile goes wrong in an Aussie bank, and how to set it right again.

    Most of the challenges we faced on Kaching had less to do with Agile delivery than Agile Product Management. The contract with external Design consultancies left no room for collaboration with the bank's internal delivery streams. The product management hierarchy saw no reason the program should deviate from specs. A dozen layers of legacy made an immovable tech bottleneck. And everyone was blaming everyone else. CBA's Program Steering Group had Kaching marked dripping-red.

    Yet within three months this same program went green across the board in PSG - the first in the bank to ever do so. It stayed that way for the next year too. After twelve months it won a dozen external product awards and the CBA Group CIO award for best program in the bank. The next year the AFR reported Kaching as a digital channel worth $9 Billion.

    In 2013 this commercial success influenced Group CIO Michael Harte to declare, "Agile has become one of the five pillars of this bank's future". And a few months later Kaching was renamed "The CBA Mobile App" and remains the bank's principal digital channel today.

    Meanwhile Agile Product Management has become a burning platform around the world. The breadth-first product management pattern language we pioneered on Kaching has found its way into Deutsche, RBS, ING, ESI, Bank of America, and large and small agile programs around the world.

    Pirate Canvas, Behavior Mapping, Business Bingo, Release Refactoring, Leadership as a Service, 3D Kanban and Product Squads aren't agile mainstream yet. But they're well on the way because they're easy, effective and really reliable. So this session isn't just war stories, but a how-to you can apply in any agile value stream.

    Kaching AIMIA Awards for best app in Innovation, Effectiveness and Financial Industry

    CBA Group CIO award to Kaching for best program in the bank

  • Liked Peter Lee
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    Peter Lee / Henry Soesanto - Using lean tools to create product team balance

    90 Mins
    Workshop
    Beginner

    Product teams often have a huge challenge in balancing the effort towards building for the future and supporting their product today.

    In this workshop you will learn how to use common lean tools like Pareto analysis and PICK matrixes, alongside the cost of delay to ensure that your product teams have a continuing focus of maintaining a health balance between the two.

    At Boral and Campaign Monitor we use this light set of lean tools to help teams maximise the impact they have on the supportability of their systems ensuring they have a healthy balance between building for the future and supporting their product today.

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

    Tony O'Halloran
    Tony O'Halloran
    Agile Coach
    Nomad8
    schedule 1 month ago
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    45 Mins
    Talk
    Intermediate

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

  • Liked Jochy Reyes
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    Jochy Reyes - IDEO Mashup method: Creative ideation process & the Medici Effect

    Jochy Reyes
    Jochy Reyes
    Agile Coach
    MYOB
    schedule 2 months ago
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    45 Mins
    Workshop
    Beginner

    The Medici Effect was a coined term by Frans Johansson to describe innovation that happens when disciplines and ideas intersect. Take for example the idea of using something very technically challenging such as blockchain, and an internet favourite such as cats and you have the CryptoCats and the Crypto Kitties! Indeed the most interesting ideas are borne out of collaboration & diverse thinking.

    This hands-on workshop will provide an introduction to the Medici effect using the Mashup ideation method by IDEO.

    The workshop aims to guide the participants on the steps detailed on the Mashup ideation method of IDEO.

    Participants will work in groups and will be guided on IDEO's 4 step Mashup process and will end with a Cereal Box design activity and sharing of the created ideas.

    If there is an option to do a 60 minute workshop, I would prefer to this as a 60 minute workshop.

  • Liked James Brett
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    James Brett - Evolving Digital Leadership

    James Brett
    James Brett
    Founder
    Curiously Pty Ltd
    schedule 1 month ago
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    45 Mins
    Presentation
    Intermediate

    To succeed and indeed survive in today’s world of accelerating change and disruption leaders need to constantly evolve themselves, their teams and their organizations. This session will outline the need for this type of leadership, present the Evolutionary Helix, a 4-step framework for evolving faster than the pace of change and tools to develop their awareness, teams and stakeholder relationships.

  • Gio
    Gio
    iOS Lead
    iflix
    schedule 1 month ago
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    45 Mins
    Talk
    Beginner

    This talk helps teams of software developers getting more quality work done by improving their code review process.

    Writing software is a collaborative effort. Long are the days of developers hacking alone in their bedrooms. The majority of successful apps and tools are built by a team.

    This communal effort makes the act of reading and reviewing code written by other people as important as writing the code in the first place. Even more so in a workplace that is becoming more and more remote and distributed.

    Yet this is a topic that doesn't get much coverage in blogs and conferences.

    This talks shares techniques to improve the code review process developed over the years and through much experimentation.

    A good code review starts from the code author. Spending time to review the code before submitting it, and adding details in the pull request description goes a long way.

    As reviewers is important to use the right language and to practice empathy. The review should focus on what the code dose, not how the code looks. Discussion about style and patterns should be left for another forum.

    There is a lot that can be automated in code reviews to remove noise and ensure that important things are not missed.

    Time spent improving a team's code review process will pay dividends in better code output and smoother reviews.

  • Liked Ted Tencza
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    Ted Tencza - The Art and Science of On Boarding

    Ted Tencza
    Ted Tencza
    Head of Engineering
    Prospa
    schedule 2 months ago
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    45 Mins
    Talk
    Intermediate

    Successfully onboarding new developers is vital to the overall success of a development team. This talk provides a framework for evaluating your specific onboarding program. It doesn't pretend to provide a one-size-fits-all program, but rather gives leaders the insights they need to build a world class onboarding program specific to their own circumstances and company values.

  • Liked Gabor Devenyi
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    Gabor Devenyi / Alex Sloley - The magic number is 10

    45 Mins
    Talk
    Intermediate

    Why are Agile teams supposed to be small? How big are they supposed to be? Most agilists tend to agree that a team of ten people works well.

    But what is it about the number 10 that makes it the “magic” number?

    Since the start of human evolution, people formed groups to be more effective. Whether it was the hunt for a mammoth or going to war, working in teams ensured a greater chance of success.

    There have been various researches from Dunbar’s paper through the Scrum Guide to military formations about the ideal number of people in a team.

    We’ll discuss the historical, scientific and cultural reasons why 10 seems to be the magic number of forming effective teams.

    Does the number of team members really matter? Is 10 really the magic number. You will get an answer that will help you to create effective teams with the right amount of people.

  • Liked Sally Sloley
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    Sally Sloley - Personal Kanban: Making your life better, one sticky note at a time.

    Sally Sloley
    Sally Sloley
    Scrum Master
    Isobar
    schedule 3 weeks ago
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    45 Mins
    Hands on Session
    Beginner

    Kanban isn’t just for work. How I reluctantly learned to use Kanban to get my personal life in order and why I’ve never been happier.

  • Liked Craig Brown
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    Craig Brown - Better Collaboration

    Craig Brown
    Craig Brown
    VP Collaboration
    Aconex
    schedule 4 weeks ago
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    45 Mins
    Workshop
    Intermediate

    This session is a guided walk through collaboration; what it is, why it is valuable and what areas you should focus on to improve your collaboration capabilities.

    The purpose of the session is to help participants put some structure around the thinking and to help develop a roadmap for maturing collaboration at their workplace.

  • Liked Dipa Rao
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    Dipa Rao / Alina Spektor - Introverts & Extroverts: Unleash the power of quiet!

    45 Mins
    Talk
    Intermediate

    This talk is given by an introvert and extrovert; we have discovered that we experience our working lives very differently.

    The world we live and work in is biased towards extroverts. We work in open space offices, with Agile ceremonies where people need to assert themselves publicly, vocally, and repeatedly. How does this impact people who don’t display extroverted behaviour? Equally important, how does this impact our ability to harness everyone’s potential?

    What can we do to make our workplaces more comfortable for introverted behaviour? How can we give people the chance to contribute and be recognised equally? Explore options to take back to your workplace and level up!

  • Liked David Martin
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    David Martin - The importance of long form learning - the the most ironic lightning talk ever.

    David Martin
    David Martin
    Lean/Agile Coach
    Don't Panic
    schedule 1 month ago
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    5 Mins
    Lightning Talk
    Beginner

    A lightning talk on the importance of taking the time to stop, and think and learn? How ironic.

    We tend to consume information now almost like we consume our green smoothies - whack our 5 a day in a blender and mush it down into something pre-digested so we can chug it down over breakfast or on the train without having to chew. We are so busy we need information provided pre-digested so we don't need to think.

    This talk is a call to arms. A call to ditch our information smoothies. To take the time to stop and think.

    Because if we don't think, how can we change? And if we can't change, how can we change others?

  • Liked Madisen Harper
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    Madisen Harper - CEO of Me – Fuel Lifestyle and Professional Success, Passion and Productivity

    90 Mins
    Workshop
    Beginner

    The work landscape is constantly evolving, especially in IT, providing exciting opportunities for those keen to optimise and manage their careers. With almost 50% of the Australian workforce being contractors, temps and / or casual contributors, it’s important to develop and market a skill set that is not only sought after, but more importantly fuels your feelings of success and professional passion.

    This interactive session applies Agile practices to create incremental changes fueling monumental lifestyle and career success.

  • Liked Doris Tse
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    Doris Tse - Liminal Thinking - Reconstructing our reality Matrix style

    Doris Tse
    Doris Tse
    Scrum Master
    Westpac
    schedule 2 months ago
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    45 Mins
    Workshop
    Beginner

    "This is your last chance. After this, there is no turning back. You take the blue pill - the story ends, you wake up in your bed and believe whatever you want to believe. You take the red pill - you stay in Wonderland and I show you how deep the rabbit hole goes" - Matrix

    Are you prepared to question your own perception of reality?

    If so, join us as we learn how our understanding of reality is shaped by our own beliefs and assumptions and how these can create blind spots.

    How does this relate to Agile transformation? As a Scrum Master, we often face resistance to Agile or learning concepts that would seem blindingly obvious to us. We sometimes walk away from these conversations feeling exasperated and frustrated that other's can find it so difficult to understand and adopt.

    However, often the problem with others failing to see what you see, isn't purely about them. We often forget that as change agents, we bring to the mix a set of our own assumptions and self fulfilling beliefs that also need to be challenged.

    The purpose of this session is to draw on some of the core principles of Liminal Thinking and how they can be applied to Agile transformations.

  • Liked Amber Gokcen
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    Amber Gokcen - Workplace Well-being and Resilience

    Amber Gokcen
    Amber Gokcen
    COO
    Acquate
    schedule 1 month ago
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    45 Mins
    Presentation
    Beginner

    Workplace wellbeing is the new workplace safety, and a holistic outlook to managing wellness will not only improve engagement, it will drive productivity and create a winning environment.

    Today's ever-changing work environment puts a lot of strain on individuals. Whether it is coping with long commutes, managing stress in the workplace, or disrupted sleep from constantly being 'switched on', work has an impact on both the physical and psychological well-being of every individual.

    While the existence of workplace stress is acknowledged in most organisations, current efforts often place the burden of responsibility with the individual; overlooking the actual cause. Health and well-being are largely seen as a private matter of individual choice.

    In this presentation, you will discover how to improve your well-being and resilience, and at the same time, improve your performance and productivity.

  • Liked Alidad Hamidi
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    Alidad Hamidi / Dave Bales / David Witney - A personal voyage into opening bigger space of possibilities and more effective leadership

    90 Mins
    Workshop
    Advanced

    Greg, Will and Jane each lead in significantly different ways, they had different paths to how they found themselves in leadership and are equipped in different ways to interoperate situations and deal with getting things delivered, building teams, and providing direction. Leaders who do undertake a voyage of personal understanding and development can transform not only their own capabilities but also those of their companies.

    Join us in an experiential learning activity, examining what sort of leadership we have, what you are using, and how you might want to grow and change to be the leader you need to be, in a world that is transforming around us, leaders need to not only to transform the way we work and the teams but also themselves.

  • Liked Jason MacAulay
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    Jason MacAulay - Diversity and Change within Agile delivery

    Jason MacAulay
    Jason MacAulay
    Sr. Change Manager
    Telstra
    schedule 3 weeks ago
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    45 Mins
    Talk
    Intermediate

    Life is an iterative process, so why are there so many barriers to Agile adoption? Is our approach wrong? How do we leverage knowledge and experience from broader groups not from a DevOps background to increase performance and customer centric outcomes? What can we learn and therefore improve our Agile maturity.

    Let's discuss an unconsidered subset of our community that may well be our next generation of 'Agile' champions, that already understand how to achieve successful outcomes.

  • Liked Hanna Karlsson
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    Hanna Karlsson - Play on - it's good for your brain

    5 Mins
    Lightning Talk
    Beginner

    There is often resistance to game playing. From the muttering of cynical comments about games being for kids to loud proclamations that it is wasting valuable time that could be spent in front of a computer. But it turns out play is good for the brain!

    Not only can it be a more entertaining way of learning new concepts. But it also fires up larger parts of the brain than traditional learning/meetings. Moreover, it produces chemicals that can aid psychological safety in the team.. and simply make you feel good!

  • Liked Nafees Butt
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    Nafees Butt - Let the Customer Promise be your Guiding Light

    Nafees Butt
    Nafees Butt
    Lead Consultant
    Elabor8
    schedule 1 month ago
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    45 Mins
    Presentation
    Intermediate

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

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

  • Liked Caoilte Dunne
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    Caoilte Dunne - The model agile coach

    Caoilte Dunne
    Caoilte Dunne
    Agile Coach /IM
    Dius
    schedule 1 month ago
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    5 Mins
    Lightning Talk
    Beginner

    This is a lighting talk - It is quick and easy.

    It discusses a normally forgotten very early model of an agile coach.

    This model still has things to teach us about the role of agile coaches, and should be an amusing 5 min shallow dive into their way of working and why we should aspire to be like them.