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  • Liked Sam Bowtell
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    Sam Bowtell - Creating a truly Inclusive Culture for high performance

    45 Mins
    Keynote
    Intermediate

    Culture has a huge part to play in moving a team to high performance and the leader of the team plays a critical role in creating that culture. Sam uses the voices of the diverse scaled agile team he led for 2 years from their entries in his leaving card, and shared how the key themes of their feedback, energy, caring and fun came together to create a culture where team members feel valued, trusted and able to do their best every day regardless of their cultural background or which team or company they work for.

  • Liked Ted Tencza
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    Ted Tencza - Remote Teams: 5 Things I am Doing Wrong and Maybe You Should Too.

    Ted Tencza
    Ted Tencza
    Head of Engineering
    Prospa
    schedule 1 day ago
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    45 Mins
    Keynote
    Beginner

    Its increasingly common that teams are distributed across multiple offices, in different countries, all working on the same product or project. But how do you make this work well? There seem to be a number of readily accepted tenants of conventional wisdom to help deal with leading distributed teams, from seeming good ideas “teams must be co-located” to ones that are purely economic “offshore teams can be run at a far lower cost”.

    This talk will challenge the conventional wisdom around leading distributed teams. I will explore how I have structured distributed teams at finder.com, and explain where and why I deviate from conventional practices (teams are not co-located or bounded by geography for instance). I will show how ignoring or modifying these can produce much better outcomes, happier, more productive teams, and a great culture of distributed work.

    I have over 10 years experience leading geographically dispersed teams (in the US, Australia, Manila, and Europe) and growing successful high performing tech teams. I recently set up teams in the Philippines and Poland and will be drawing on that experience for this talk.

  • Liked Keith Dodds
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    Keith Dodds - Have the Corporate Elite Co-opted Agile?

    45 Mins
    Keynote
    Beginner

    Agile has become all the rage with corporate leaders. Agile transitioned in the last two decades from something mainly of interest to software developers (and, initially, only a small number of those) to a major concern for CEOs and senior executive teams. Who these days doesn't want their business to be agile?

    The Agile mindset is now seen as important for almost every aspect of modern-day business "best practices". Management gurus, strategy journals and every big transformation program all extol user-centric design, rapid iterations for great product management, the importance of omnichannel customer experience and the ability to easily pivot versus multi-year plans and 500-page business cases. Not least, everyone proclaims the virtues of less "top down" hierarchy in structure, diversity and behaviour.

    But in that process, have the goals of the Agile movement been co-opted by corporate leaders to align with their traditional agendas? These include maximising shareholder returns, increasing profit margins, reducing headcounts and relentless cost-cutting.

    Is any of that a problem for Agile practitioners?

    And, if so, what to do about it? What is your "One Metric That Matters"?

  • Liked Alex Sloley
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    Alex Sloley - The Product Owner and Scrum Master Brain Transplant! Mwuhahahaha!!!

    Alex Sloley
    Alex Sloley
    Alex Sloley
    schedule 1 month ago
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    40 Mins
    Talk
    Beginner

    Imagine you are a Mad Agile Scientist and have a diabolical experiment to conduct - what would happen if you exchanged the brains of a Product Owner and Scrum Master? Mwuhahahaha!!! How would the body of a Product Owner with the brain of a Scrum Master act? And vice versa?

    Perhaps the Scrum Master would now treat the team like a backlog? This Scrum Master would be focused on value and maintaining a coaching backlog of team and person improvements. This Scrum Master is refining the team, crafting a group that delivers value.

    And perhaps the Product Owner might treat the backlog like a team? Rather than backlog refining, they coach the backlog. They would be focused on nurturing, protecting, and empowering the backlog. The backlog might transform from an irritation into a labor of love.

    Although this experiment sounds terrible, this change of perspective might be what you need to reanimate your dead team or backlog.

    Join the fun and come learn what horrifying results await!

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

    Alex Sloley
    Alex Sloley
    Alex Sloley
    schedule 1 month ago
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    40 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.

  • Liked Mihail Sestakov
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    Mihail Sestakov / Teri Christian - Forming a New Agile Team: a Workshop

    40 Mins
    Hands on Session
    Beginner

    Forming, or Launching, a new Agile Team is a critical step that is very often skipped due to lack of knowledge, time pressure or just eagerness to get on with work as soon as possible. This workshop discusses and demonstrates the importance of taking the time to launch teams and provides hand-on knowledge on how to Form a Team.

  • Liked Alex Sloley
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    Alex Sloley - Insight Coaching – Nonverbal Communication in Coaching

    Alex Sloley
    Alex Sloley
    Alex Sloley
    schedule 3 weeks ago
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    90 Mins
    Workshop
    Intermediate

    The craft of Agile Coaching fundamentally requires deep, insightful, meaningful communication. In everyday execution, this typically involves a coach and the coachees having a conversation, or dialog. However, there are other ways that an Agile Coach and their coachees can connect – nonverbal communication.

    Explore the different aspects of nonverbal communication in the domain of the Agile Coach! This workshop overviews nonverbal communication in Agile Coaching and provides a starting point for developing this critical skill.

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

    David Alia
    David Alia
    CEO
    OCTO Technology
    schedule 1 month ago
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    40 Mins
    Talk
    Intermediate
    "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."
  • Liked Matthew Moore
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    Matthew Moore - The Agile Movement - Exploring Iterative & Customer-driven Approaches through Interpretive Dance

    Matthew Moore
    Matthew Moore
    TBC
    UTS
    schedule 3 weeks ago
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    40 Mins
    Workshop
    Beginner

    We will be using all four dimensions of space and time and all four of our limbs to explore concepts such as:

    - Product backlog

    - Work in progress

    - Sprints

    - Team communication

    If this actually gets legs, I will probably work on this with a choreographer.

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

    40 Mins
    Hands on Session
    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 Romain Vailleux
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    Romain Vailleux - Liberating Structures - Learn how to leverage the collective intelligence by empowering the people who participate in your workshops

    90 Mins
    Workshop
    Intermediate

    Less time waste, more USEFUL meetings!

    The Liberating microstructures (K. McCandless & H. Lipmanowicz) are a repertory of workshop formats that enable collective intelligence and enhance trust among the participants.

    Inclusivity, collective intelligence, collaboration, innovation; these words resonate a lot in today's business world where companies struggle to keep up with growing complexity.
    And that's why every change agent, leader or facilitator needs to know about Liberating structures.

    This 90-minute workshop will be an interactive overview of the liberating microstructures, making every participant aware of the diversity of Liberating formats available.
    After a quick introduction to the subject, the participants will investigate the framework to finish with the key principles behind the liberating structures.

    Successfully tested in the past (ROTI of 4)

  • Liked Jessica
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    Jessica - Why things fail

    Jessica
    Jessica
    Product Manager
    Equal Experts
    schedule 2 weeks ago
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    40 Mins
    Hands on Session
    Beginner

    Why did the iPad make it but Google Glass cost google $900million?

    In this new world of unicorns, upstarts and silicon roundabouts, it's easy to get caught up it making it, but how do we effectively and responsibly innovate?

    In this interactive session, we will look at case studies over the last 80 years of some of the biggest product flops; what went wrong and which companies went on to recover. The intention is to explore what not to do; the untold stories of success and leave with a refreshed understanding of why failure is critical in the pursuit of innovation.

    Join me to create you own innovation equation to take into your work, own ideas and everyday life.

  • Liked Tony Nguyen
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    Tony Nguyen - Want to really make a difference? Improve your influencing skills.

    Tony Nguyen
    Tony Nguyen
    Engagement Manager
    Equal Experts
    schedule 2 weeks ago
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    90 Mins
    Workshop
    Intermediate

    "The secret of my influence has always been that it remained secret." Salvador Dali

    How do you go about creating change and influencing behaviours without formal authority? In this session, we cover 2 simple frameworks that you can apply to any area of your work or personal life. This is a hands-on session - so come along with an example of something you are struggling to influence.

  • Liked Leigh Jenkinson
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    Leigh Jenkinson - How to become a ‘Champagne’ team!

    Leigh Jenkinson
    Leigh Jenkinson
    Senior Agile Coach
    Optus
    schedule 1 day ago
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    40 Mins
    Workshop
    Beginner

    What is that magic that makes some teams bubble and fizz whilst others just fizzle out?

    Why do some truly soar when others stumble and fail?

    In Agile, we talk about nurturing high performing teams, but what is the formula for high performance?

    In this session we’ll explore the traits of success and learn some inspiring lessons from a real life Champagne team to help you and your teams find their winning edge!

  • Liked Leigh Jenkinson
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    Leigh Jenkinson - Being more human in a machine-led world

    Leigh Jenkinson
    Leigh Jenkinson
    Senior Agile Coach
    Optus
    schedule 1 day ago
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    40 Mins
    Workshop
    Beginner

    The future has already arrived and in this digital world where machines and AI will increasingly dominate, what will be ‘the edge’ we must leverage within our teams and society? What will be the differentiator?

    We need to focus on human connection and the richness of how we interact; creating and nurturing these connections for success.

    In this workshop, we’ll explore how to live a life led by purpose, practice raising self and group awareness and leverage the power of story telling to foster greater human connection.

  • Liked Bethan Timmins
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    Bethan Timmins - Using the Ball Point Game to demonstrate problems in your teams

    Bethan Timmins
    Bethan Timmins
    Partner
    Equal Experts
    schedule 1 week ago
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    40 Mins
    Hands on Session
    Beginner

    Equal Experts works with failing projects and more often than not, it is agile that is blamed as the reason for failure rather than the execution. Although many teams understand the principles of agile, some struggle to see "what good looks like" when they haven't experienced it before.

    The Ball Point Game by Boris Gloger is an excellent game to demonstrate the basics of scrum; this session is a twisted version of that game that allows you to show problems that you are facing and the impact on the team and delivering value.

    An interactive session which will get you all moving about but will hopefully leave you feeling energised and ready to solve those issues

  • Liked Tony Nguyen
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    Tony Nguyen - The simple secrets to an agile organisation

    Tony Nguyen
    Tony Nguyen
    Engagement Manager
    Equal Experts
    schedule 2 weeks ago
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    40 Mins
    Talk
    Intermediate

    Scaling agile frameworks from the bottom up to work at an organisational level has been popular over the last few years. But what if we approached it in another way?

    Instead of looking at agile practices and scaling those - how do we take the characteristics and intent of those agile practices and apply them throughout the whole system? More importantly - how do you as a technology leader role model it?

    In this session, Tony shares stories and tips from years of agile transformations at multiple organisations.

  • Liked Tony Nguyen
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    Tony Nguyen / Sandra Nguyen - Are you burning out being "the boss"?

    40 Mins
    Talk
    Intermediate

    In an increasingly fast paced, complex and stressful world, we are being asked as leaders to be more “authentic", “vulnerable” and “empathetic”.

    But at what cost?

    There’s a well known area of psychological research known as compassion fatigue traditionally associated with the medical industry. In this session, we’ll discuss those principles in the context of your leadership role and how to bring your best self to work while practising self care.

  • Liked Kynan Stewart Hughes
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    Kynan Stewart Hughes - Who's Afraid of a Cumulative Flow Diagram?

    40 Mins
    Hands on Session
    Beginner

    Cumulative flow diagrams (CFDs) can seem complicated and theoretical - something we should put off until our teams are more mature. There's a lot of mythology around them too, like how they're all about heuristics and terrifying maths (Queuing Theory anyone?). To top it off, tools like Jira, that have CFDs as part of automated reporting, actually obscure the real benefits.

    Over 9 months I kept CFDs for a couple of new teams. I learned a huge amount about the teams and quite a bit about CFDs. In this session, we'll make a CFD with Post-It notes for one imaginary sprint by an imaginary team. As we make it, and when we inspect the result, we'll see that:

    • Cumulative flow is just your Kanban board plus time
    • Starting and maintaining a CFD is simple
    • A CFD can spark conversations (AKA "coaching opportunities") within the team and with other teams

    Credits: This workshop has been evolving out of some of comics I drew earlier this year that led to discussions at Agile Coach Camp, and the Lean Coffee meet-up. Thanks to Nina for your support and ideas, and to Alex for tolerating my "obsession" with CFDs.

  • Liked Tyler Gale
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    Tyler Gale - How my five year old son taught me what it means to be a good leader through mowing the lawn

    40 Mins
    Talk
    Beginner

    We hear that a successful agile transformation is highly dependant on the buy-in from management and their transition to becoming good leaders, but what exactly are the qualities of a good leader? In this story, learn how a five year old with an obsession of mowing lawns taught a weathered Agile coach the qualities needed to be a good leader, and the benefits of servant leadership.