• Liked Keith Dodds
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    Keith Dodds - The New Strategy

    Keith Dodds
    Keith Dodds
    Director
    ThoughtWorks
    schedule 3 months ago
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    30 mins
    Talk
    Intermediate

    What does an agile 21st Century strategy look like? How do you pull it together and make it work?

  • Liked Nick Coster
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    Nick Coster - 4 Steps to Creating a Product Roadmap

    30 mins
    Talk
    Intermediate

    The idea of a Product Roadmap is a simple one.

    Provide a prioritised list of the New Products or Product Enhancements that the business will deliver to the market and show roughly when to expect them to be release/launched. Easy!

    On the surface the process is a simple one too.

    1. List all products and enhancements.
    2. Prioritise products and enhancements.
    3. Schedule products and enhancements.
    4. Share the roadmap with others.

    But here are some of the problems that we commonly hear that make the roadmapping process hard:

    • Problem #1 – Not all of the items have been planned.
    • Problem #2 – It is hard to see a roadmap at multiple time scales.
    • Problem #3 – I need different versions of a roadmap for different stakeholders.
    • Problem #4 – A lot of detail is required for a roadmap that is hard to show at a high level.
    • Problem #5 – as soon as I am finished, the roadmap is out of date.

    To address this we first need to think of the roadmap as two very separate processes:

    • PLANNING and
    • COMMUNICATION.
      They are both valuable on their own but unless they are both given proper consideration the results will not be effective.

    In this post we will discuss the Roadmap PLANNING process and in a follow up post we will look at the Roadmap COMMUNICATION.

  • Liked Karen Presland
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    Karen Presland - Learning faster

    30 mins
    Talk
    Intermediate

    Learn patterns and practices for accelerating your learning in new domains and ideas.

    Karen shares her lessons from experimenting on hundreds of team members for over two decades.

  • Liked Peter Merel
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    Peter Merel - How To De-Scale Your Organisation

    Peter Merel
    Peter Merel
    CTO
    XSCALE Alliance
    schedule 3 months ago
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    60 mins
    Talk
    Beginner

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

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

  • Liked Alistair Sloley
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    Alistair Sloley - Liberating Structures... 36 tried and true facilitation techniques to amp up your org's collaboration

    60 mins
    Workshop
    Beginner

    The communication tools of Liberating Structures will teach you how to facilitate the discussions your org needs. I am going to demonstrate how to use these techniques in the workshop. And all the attendees are going to be fully immersed and ready to wield their new knowledge the very next day at work.

    Come learn how to help your team(s), org(s), and company(ies)!!!

    For more information, watch my video at http://youtu.be/UNOjqMUv8h0

    A version of this workshop that was presented at Agile Tour Sydney 2016 is at http://bit.ly/2f4Bie8

  • Liked David Bolton
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    David Bolton - Practical Lean Product Development

    30 mins
    Talk
    Intermediate

    Engineering practices, Agile, devops ... they're all important. But they're not nearly as important if you're not building the right things to start with. Don Reinertsen is a lean product development genius (see his book, The Principles of Product Development Flow), but his work is intimidating in it's depth. This presentation will distill some of the most useful concepts that Reinertsen has outlined (his book has 175 principles!) in a practical way that will allow attendees to implement simply and quickly.

  • Liked David Martin
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    David Martin - Reorganising The Organisation

    David Martin
    David Martin
    Lean/Agile Coach
    Don't Panic
    schedule 4 months ago
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    60 mins
    Workshop
    Advanced

    We often talk about the need for new organisational structures to enable agility - 

    • Teams not individuals
    • Value streams not silos
    • supportive leaders not reporting lines

    We do this at the team and team of teams level well now, but what does an lean/agile enabling structure look like at the enterprise level? What structures are needed? How does enterprise level strategy get translated into meaningful work? Are there any fundamental principles that underpin good agile organisational structures? 

    In this workshop I want a number of groups to take a traditional organisation and re-imagine it through a lean/agile lens. 

  • Liked Mohammad Nafees Butt
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    Mohammad Nafees Butt - Structure & Culture; Two ignored aspects of Agile Transitions

    Mohammad Nafees Butt
    Mohammad Nafees Butt
    Lead Consultant
    Elabor8
    schedule 3 months ago
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    60 mins
    Talk
    Intermediate

    Many adopting organisations treat Agile like a shiny new project management overlay for development teams and invest their entire energies to extract every ounce of productivity without any significant structural or cultural changes to support it. This talk discusses the symptoms commonly found in such large scale product development agile adoptions. With structural and cultural changes being the focal point, the session then describes the principles of Lean Thinking & Agile and how these can be used as growth tools for organisations in such a context. The principles are followed by set of experiments/practices and how each one of these relates to the laws of organisational behaviour and how it influences both culture & strategy. The talk is supplemented with anecdotal observations, experiments that failed and learning from these experiments. Though mostly framework agnostic, the attendees will get some flavor of commonalities between scaling frameworks like LeSS/SAFe/Nexus and would be able to take home some improvements that they can readily apply to set on an inspect/adapt journey of their own.

  • Liked Katja Forbes
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    Katja Forbes - Keep it human, keep it lean: How to stay real when designing for emerging tech

    30 mins
    Talk
    Beginner

    Seeing Ikea launching it's unintuitive and irritating VR store experience made me think "there has to be more to emerging technology than this". So much of the use of Augmented Reality, Virtual Reality, Conversational UI, Artificial intelligence is a pure novelty value play to generate a buzz, generally because they're created without thinking properly about the human user and their actual needs. This talk looks at how to keep it human and stay lean in the excitement of all this fabulous new technology.

  • Liked Khali Young
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    Khali Young - A Developmental Psychology Lens on Agile Adoption

    Khali Young
    Khali Young
    Agile Coach
    Optus
    schedule 3 months ago
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    60 mins
    Talk
    Intermediate

    In the last few years I have studied a lot of constructivist developmental psychology, particularly in the traditions of Robert Kegan and Susan Cook-Greuter. These theories map the growth of the human psyche over time, particularly calling out that adults continue to grow and develop under the right conditions. These maps describe different complexities of ego and mind, with associated new capacities. Generally later stages of development are more adaptive to contexts of complexity. Having studied these theories and been an Agile practitioner for an extended period, I believe that for people to enact Agile culture and mindset requires developmental attributes. For example, awareness of context and the ability to make assumptions explicit (from which to experiment with) are capacities associated with particular stages of development. This insight adds a very different lens to Agile adoption, calling out that it is unrealistic for people, teams and organisations to effectively adopt the core mindset and culture of Agile without going on a developmental journey, or having the right scaffolding to boost people into more advanced perspectives and ways of operating. Developmental theory provides a lot of insight into the journey people must go on and what kind of support is required for this journey.

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

    30 mins
    Talk
    Intermediate

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

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

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

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

  • Liked Justin Urbanski
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    Justin Urbanski - Coaching Clinic

    Justin Urbanski
    Justin Urbanski
    Agile Coach
    MURPL
    schedule 2 months ago
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    60 mins
    Talk
    Intermediate

    To be decided

  • Liked Jennie Naylor
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    Jennie Naylor - Focus on Quality, not Testing.

    30 mins
    Talk
    Beginner

    As specialists working in Testing and Quality Assurance roles, we are usually told that our job is to execute test cases to find defects. This talk explores other ways to understand problems and provide insights into quality and threats to quality. It looks at a set of approaches that are more effective and efficient than simply executing functional test cases to identify quality threats, and provides practical examples for Developers and Testers/QA Engineers to implement some of these approaches.

  • Liked Michael Hamilton
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    Michael Hamilton - Is IT Killing Innovation

    60 mins
    Talk
    Beginner

    The role that the IT Industry as a whole plays in the wider innovation sphere in Australia

  • Liked Lenka Bednarikova
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    Lenka Bednarikova - Distributed agile works, right? Or does it..?

    Lenka Bednarikova
    Lenka Bednarikova
    Chief Agilist
    N/A
    schedule 3 months ago
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    30 mins
    Experience Report
    Advanced

    One of the agile values is Individual interactions over processes and tools which often gets translated into face to face conversations. These are then greatly enhanced by co-location of teams. We all know and have experienced the magic of collocated collaboration.

    Now, the bum here is that increasingly more and more organisations have a desire to adopt a dispersed and/or distributed agile ways of working for a variety of reasons, such as scaling agile across larger scopes / geographical locations; expanding business to new markets; access to talent pools, and the economic benefits of relocating work to low labour cost countries.

    As agile teams move from being co-located to being geographically separated it increases complexity and decreases productivity. Many teams battle to understand this phenomenon and tame it. Sometimes even turn it to their advantage.

    This session aims to spin off an 'experience sharing' discussion among those of us who have or are working with distributed and/or dispersed teams. And who knows, I might even bring along a slide or two on 'suitability assessment for dispersed ways of working'. Boom!

  • Liked Dipa
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    Dipa - Complexity, cane toads and how you can generate great ideas and experiment to solve complex problems at work

    Dipa
    Dipa
    Snr Consultant - Product Owner
    Elabor
    schedule 3 months ago
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    60 mins
    Workshop
    Beginner

    Most of us deal with a great about of complexity everyday. What is complexity? One popular way to identify and understand complexity is via the Cynefin model. According to this, complexity is where cause and effect are difficult to establish, and even when established, are difficult to replicate. The model helps us understand how to identify complexity, and how to deal with it. 

    What do cane toads have anything to do with any of this, I hear you say? This talk illustrates complexity via a real life problem with regards to the introduction of cane toads to Australia and takes you through the impact of not adequately identifying and dealing with a complex situation. 

    So, how DOES one deal with a complex situations? The Cynefin framework says safe to fail experiments are the way, where you devise small experiments that have little adverse impact if they fail. And while you're doing this, you can generate new and seemingly impossible ideas to experiment with.

     

    So come along and explore how you can generate ideas (other than just sitting down to think of new stuff), and run safe to fail experiments at work. They are a great tool to deal with situations where many variables are at play, and where the outcome is uncertain. Also, it is a great way to engage your team to come together to find a productive and effective way forward. 

  • Liked John Sullivan
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    John Sullivan - A presentation to myself on Organisational Agile Transformation

    John Sullivan
    John Sullivan
    CTO
    Vicinity Centres
    schedule 3 months ago
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    60 mins
    Talk
    Intermediate

    Dear Self, in your career you’re going to lead large scale transformation projects all aimed at developing companies into killer Agile delivery environments. Now I have access to a time machine I’m able to teleport myself back to a time just before I embark on those journeys and I can give myself the value of hindsight! If I let myself go ahead without advising me, then I'll think an Agile transformation is about the adoption of a process and over time I'll learn it's not! I'll think that architecture and architects are irrelevant and they aren't! For too long I'll ignore the significance of diverse teams and culture! I’ll start the transformation process in the technical teams and build out to the wider organisation which is just flawed! I'll try to eradicate project management, plans, managers, architects, and standards..... Oh, there is just so much to tell me!
    This presentation talks about approaches for building new delivery teams, advice on how to make existing teams more effective and insights on approaches which have been used to transform organisations.

  • Liked Peter Lam
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    Peter Lam / Craig Brown - Building Organisational agility using Jurgen Appelo's Management 3.0

    30 mins
    Talk
    Intermediate

    World of work has broken.  According to Gallup in a study conducted worldwide between 2011-2012 - only 13% of employees working for an organisation are involved in, enthusiastic about and committed to their work and workplace. 

    I'll explain why our current standard patterns in management are no longer good enough, and what we can do differently and better.  I will showcase a number of modern modern management techniques - popularised by Jurgen Appelo and Management 3.0 - that are fundamentally aligned with lean and agile principles.  These will help you get better engagement, better teamwork and make management an easier job.

    You will walk away with a number of simple techniques you can use to help initiate teams or projects; change the level of conversation that you will with your peers and team members; and give you a way to build happier teams.

  • Peter Merel
    Peter Merel
    CTO
    XSCALE Alliance
    schedule 3 months ago
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    90 mins
    Event
    Beginner

    A complete working simulation of an Agile Organization - in clay. No pre-made backlogs, no command and control, pure self-organization across multiple teams and streams driven directly by business constraints and numeric metrics.

    Teal? Business Agility? Holarchy? Iroquois Treaties? Spotify Chapters? Sure, we got 'em all. Also dragons, walkers, a working small council and the greatest castle in Westeros - built entirely by Wildlings! 

    Check out a detailed description here and the slides here. Also there's a description of learnings from the Game we ran at the 2016 CukeUp conference here.

  • Liked Alistair Sloley
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    Alistair Sloley - The Value Story - do your stories have value?

    60 mins
    Talk
    Intermediate

    What's in a story? Perhaps more applicable to agilists today, what's in a user story?

    Let's get real about user stories and what they are trying to achieve. Perhaps the user story is not the story format we should be using!

    Let's examine the user story format that we all know and love today. We will dive a little deeper into how a story and personas can create synergy. We will discuss how a user story can be presented on a ticket and how stories can be supplemented with information like acceptance criteria.

    Of course something so widely used will have anti-patterns. Let's look at a few and have a few laughs as well.

    Let's go even further and talk about user story alternatives, I will propose two. But wait! Are there even other user story alternatives? I will introduce two more.

    Finally, let's sum up the purpose of the user story and conclude with the central idea that's really important - your story can be anything you want it to be!