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  • Liked Elisabeth White
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    Elisabeth White - How to Coach Sr Leaders (and live to tell about it!)

    60 Mins
    Talk
    Intermediate

    It's inevitable, and almost unavoidable, that Professionals of all skill-sets and experience will encounter "coaching up" situations. In this session, I will review three coaching techniques that can be used in Sr Leader and "coaching up" scenarios. These techniques will provide participants with new/alternative ways to prepare for, engage, follow up, and reflect with Sr Leaders. These techniques are heavily based in the core values of openness, courage, and respect and rooted in the fundamentals of cultural and human interaction.

  • Liked Jesse Fife
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    Jesse Fife / Adrienne Rinaldi - Herding Virtual Cats – Facilitating Effective Remote Meetings

    60 Mins
    Talk
    Beginner

    Agile expects strong facilitation skills particularly from certain roles, but training on Agile basics, roles, and responsibilities often skims over facilitation skills. Facilitating remote meetings is even more overlooked. Yet, most modern companies operate at least in some way with remote or dispersed team members or meetings. While all facilitation is difficult, facilitating remotely amplifies the challenges and can really feel like herding cats who are hiding behind the phone or computer. Learn how to wrangle those felines!

    This session will give an overview of the different challenges and needs for facilitation in remote settings, foundational principals of remote facilitation, and specific techniques and activities to use when facilitating remote meetings.

  • Liked Adrienne Rinaldi
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    Adrienne Rinaldi - Colorado 14ers & Story Sizing Workshop

    60 Mins
    Talk
    Beginner

    If you live in Colorado you have heard the term “14er” or have even hiked Bierstadt or Quandary, maybe climbed the tallest mountain in Colorado, Mt. Elbert and have probably heard of my unfortunate mishaps on Capitol Peak. That being said, how can you compare story sizing to Colorado 14ers? Just like stories, no two mountains are created equal. A lot goes into considering hiking a Colorado 14er, class rating, which includes exposure, distance, elevation game, skills or equipment needed and even drive time from the Front Range!

    Similar to a 14er, a story point is an abstract measure of effort. In simple terms, it is a number that tells an agile team about the difficulty level of a story. Difficulty could be related to complexities, risks and efforts involved. As mentioned above, Colorado 14ers have the same difficulties related to complexities (skill needed), risks (exposure/class of mountain) and effort involved (elevation gain or distance).

    Let’s bring story sizing and mountains together in a fun workshop session!

  • Liked Will Fehringer
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    Will Fehringer - What Can Agilists Learn From Super Hero Movies?

    Will Fehringer
    Will Fehringer
    Manager
    CapTech
    schedule 1 week ago
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    60 Mins
    Talk
    Beginner

    Is your Agile team struggling to vanquish the nemeses that are holding them back? Come take a page out of some of your favorite DC and Marvel super hero movies for tips on how to move your team forward.

    In this session, we’ll examine a range of beginner topics applicable to Scrum Masters, Product Owners, Coaches, management, or anyone who interacts with a team. Among other topics, we’ll examine how various comic book heroes have dealt with difficult prioritization choices that villains have presented them with, and give models that your team can use for effective prioritization. We’ll talk about The Fool’s Choice and how a hero was able to improve his communication skills. We’ll watch a scene from the new Wonder Woman movie and learn important lessons for Agile teams as we witness her dealing with a German invasion. And most importantly, we’ll examine when we shouldn’t try to emulate our favorite comic book heroes.

  • Liked David Filer
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    David Filer / Robert Pierce - Agile - Why Failure Is Evident

    60 Mins
    Talk
    Beginner

    The majority of Agile and Dev Ops deployments FAIL and yet we continuously do not stop to understand Why. We consistently fall into the trap of looking at the Golden Circle (outside to inside) of What, How, Why vs, looking at the Why to lead us to the How, and What. We are very good at the What, and How which is exactly WHY agile and DevOps will FAIL in your organization. It's time to have a real chat about the WHY.

    We are also here to challenge that most organizations that claim they are good at Agile and DevOps are too naïve to understand that they are HORRIBLE at it.

    In our 60 minute divergent talk about AGILE (We are warning you, we are divergent agile leaders so don't expect us to support agile like a coffee addiction). We are going to cover off on the FIVE reasons you and your org is FAILING. We are also going to ask you to read the following 30 page booklet ('Preventing Derailment: What to do before it's too late' - Technical Report Series: No 138G). Why do you need to read this? We are being sold an agile bill of goods of that is FLAWED. Agile will always fail and nobody wants to acknowledge it.

    Bobby and I run HIGH Performing Agile teams, yet we aren't that Agile as leaders. In fact, we are so NOT agile that we are PROUD of it. We will shout it from the rooftops till people start listening to us. Why you might ask? Failure is not a good thing if you keep failing. Stop embracing Agile; and start embracing Success. In our brief 60 minute divergent chat (bc yes you won't like what we have to say) we will cover off on the following:

    FIVE REASONS YOU ARE AN AGILE FAILURE

    • Agile is geared for millennials. 1/3 of the workforce is not millennial.
    • People need to be parented.
    • Agile is a mindset not a toolset.
    • Fail Fast - Are you serious? Stop Failing.
    • Politeness is weakness. We are at war. Start acting like it.

    Join us for 60 minutes. You never know. We might change your life. We are certainly going to challenge what you believe about agile and why you believe it.

    Check us out.

    Bobby & David (The not so Agile Leaders)

  • Liked Colleen Johnson
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    Colleen Johnson - Embracing Endless Change

    60 Mins
    Talk
    Intermediate

    Change is inevitable. In this talk we will discuss the four facets of change that are constantly affecting us: changing products, changing priorities, changing people and changing process. We will look at where these changes comes from, the impacts they have on us and explore concrete tools we can use to get better at responding to them. Attendees of this session will leave with a new attitude on the churn that takes place around us everyday. They will learn to acknowledge the benefits that changes have so they can truly welcome it into their team, their practices, and their life.

  • Liked MATTHEW PHILIP
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    MATTHEW PHILIP - NoEstimates Workshop: Forecasting with Less Effort and More Accuracy

    MATTHEW PHILIP
    MATTHEW PHILIP
    Director of Delivery
    1904labs
    schedule 1 week ago
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    120 Mins
    Workshop
    Beginner
    “When will it be done?” It’s a question we all have to answer. How do we forecast completion dates with less effort and more accuracy? If you’re keen to know how you can spend less time estimating and more time delivering working software—all while providing your customers with some understanding of predictability — this group boardgame-based workshop will help you understand what and to what degree different factors influence delivery time. Join this session to learn how to move from upfront intuition-based estimates to create a data-based probabilistic forecast that provides a more reliable way to talk about when stuff will be done—and expend less effort to do so. Learn to forecast when things will be done -- with less effort and more accuracy!
  • Liked Erin Randall
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    Erin Randall / Yogita dhond - Can Selflessness Lead to Collaboration?

    60 Mins
    Talk
    Intermediate

    Does your team have a "me first" mentality? Are people so focused on getting their own work done, their tickets closed and moved to the right, that they seldom look up to see what is happening with others? What about your division--do teams appear to be siloed, concerned about only themselves, not looking around to see how their work affects others? Let's change this!

    Collaboration is not just working together. We can achieve real collaboration, the type where we inspire one another, challenge the way we work through problems and tackle work, do the things that scare us by making selflessness a daily practice. By making questions of "What did you do to help another person or team?" or "What did someone do to that really made a difference in how you worked?" into our retrospectives and mindset, we can build selflessness into the very fabric of the team. By bringing selflessness to the forefront and making it a talked-about, key ingredient to how our teams function, we can go from wishing for more opportunities to work together to achieving true collaboration.

  • Liked Erin Randall
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    Erin Randall / Kari McLeod - Charting Your Course: Creating a Deep, Values-Based Coaching Stance

    120 Mins
    Workshop
    Intermediate

    Coaching stances are a self-charter, a guide for agile coaches and practitioners as they work with individuals and teams. They serve as a way for agile coaches to keep themselves on course and to navigate the choppy waters they undoubtedly encounter. So, how do you go about building that charter, that stance, so that you can show up authentically and as your best self? And, how do you best convey your stance to your team and in your organization?

    In this workshop, Kari and Erin will lead activities designed to help you identify the values and behaviors that define your coaching stance. Through facilitated peak experience and mundane experience exercises, you will uncover and explore your values in ways that are personal and meaningful. In small groups, you will share what is important about these values in the work they do as agile coaches and how you can demonstrate these values in their work within the organization, whether that’s with teams, management, senior leadership, or other agile coaches. You will also choose an image that resonates with the way you would like to illustrate your coaching stance--or design one of your own. Erin and Kari will leave you with inquiries to further develop your charter once you return home from the conference.

    With the tools and exploration in this workshop, you can return to your teams and organizations, better prepared to serve as agile champions and thoughtful agile-coaching practitioners. It is our hope that you will be inspired to help other agilists in your organizations to create their own values-driven coaching stances.

  • Liked Kevin Sheen
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    Kevin Sheen - How to avoid 'Hitting the Wall' in your Agile Transformation (or how to get 'unstuck')

    60 Mins
    Talk
    Intermediate

    Over the years as an Agile practitioner, I've seen mindsets change on Agile and what it should and shouldn't be used for. The good news is that the 'shouldn't be used for' list continues to go down. In fact - I'm encouraged by the trend from 'should not' to 'could' to 'absolutely should' - when it comes to applying Lean and Agile.

    But over that same time period, I've watched a number of organizations, populated with very smart, creative and passionate people, struggle with their own Agile journeys. Subsequently, I've spent a lot of time working with those organizations and introspecting on my own and with my team.

    "How do we make the Agile transformational journey more efficient, fruitful and more enjoyable for everyone?

    Ironically, the way most organizations look to start or advance a stuck Agile journey is to seek out a formula or 'best practices' to road-map their enterprise plan. Potentially you cringed as much as I did as I wrote the last sentence. Specifically, taking a plan-based approach to move away from a plan-based approach is an anti-pattern and somewhat the antithesis of the Agile mindset.

    So what should we do?

    The best way to speed up your Agile journey is not by reading articles, books, blog postings, attending conference sessions ;-) or to seek some kind of formula to put together a plan. While those things can educate and even inspire, they maintain the slower path - albeit one that generally 'feels safer' for some.

    A far better prescription is to follow an approach to the Agile journey that is in itself - Agile.

    While that may seem intuitive, there are also implications to 'how' you approach the challenge from an organizational perspective. The classic approach to 'train the development team' and everything else follows is prone to stalling for a variety of reasons.

    This session will explore both an Agile / Lean approach to 'Enterprise Agile Transformation' but also take a look at where to best start and how to progress more effectively in that transformation. Notice that I quoted 'Enterprise Agile Transformation' because there are some clues in the name that help us truly map out a far more effective and enjoyable approach to moving along your Agile journey.

    I promise you that this session will provide some concrete 'ah-hah' moments that in retrospect will not only make lot's of sense, but also be very pragmatic and do-able.

  • Liked Zach Bonaker
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    Zach Bonaker - Making a Positive First Impression with Agile Hiring and On-Boarding

    Zach Bonaker
    Zach Bonaker
    Agile Coach
    Teradata
    schedule 2 weeks ago
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    60 Mins
    Talk
    Beginner

    Have you found new team members take months getting up to speed with the rest of the team? Do you wonder about their engagement and happiness in a new place of work? Do newly hired people lack interest in the organization’s mission?

    Many agile organizations struggle with these questions. Perhaps we’re still getting people off on the wrong foot with some details of our hiring and onboarding practices. These often overlooked, easily forgotten practices have a big impact on engagement and culture. Your hiring process can catalyze excitement for the company mission. Agile-appropriate onboarding quickly harmonizes the team and quickly returns them to productivity.

    This talk for team members, managers, and change agents examines the positive impact hiring and onboarding practices can have on agile transformation. Using real world examples from successful agile companies, the session shares a mixture of new principles and practices audience members can experiment with. Additionally, the content is wrapped in systems thinking to increase knowledge for organizational change.

  • Liked Colleen Johnson
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    Colleen Johnson - Why WIP Matters.

    60 Mins
    Talk
    Intermediate

    We prize our ability to multitask yet we rarely acknowledge the impact this has on our ability to get work done. As a team we look to process to create efficiencies but ignore one simple tool that has the ability to transform the amount, the speed, and the quality of their work: Limiting the amount of Work In Progress. In this talk I will share my stories and experiences of the power that limiting WIP has to bring a team focus, flexibility and follow through. Learn where to start, what to look for over time and how to optimize the amount of things you are working on so that you can get more done!

  • Liked Erin Randall
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    Erin Randall / Trey Henderson - Crowd Control: Agile Facilitation Techniques to Bring about Deep Democracy

    60 Mins
    Talk
    Intermediate

    Effective facilitation is the WD-40 of the agile practitioner’s toolbox. Without effective facilitation, meetings squeak along, skip a gear, or worst of all, grind to a complete halt. But with good facilitation, teams find deep democracy, working collaboratively towards team-defined goals.

    In this talk, Erin, Yogita, and Trey will discuss and model effective facilitation techniques that facilitators can use to ensure that all voices are heard. We will lead everyone through a point-by-point understanding of what a good facilitator is, the role the facilitator plays within a group, and why teams need to hear all voices. We talk about building and supporting psychological safety, facilitation methods to acknowledge dominant participants while encouraging quieter voices, and how to deliver impact feedback in a way that supports deep democracy. Lastly, we talk about what to do with teams that have achieved a deeper democracy and how to follow up with participants once they have left the room. This is a learning session, but we also leave room to practice new skills so that everyone leaves with something new for their toolbox.

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

    60 Mins
    Talk
    Intermediate

    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 Bryan Beecham
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    Bryan Beecham - Learning TDD and Refactoring with LEGO

    120 Mins
    Workshop
    Beginner

    In knowledge work, learning is the bottleneck. What if there was a way to increase shared knowledge, that creates better designed solutions, easier to maintain and more rewarding to build?

    In this fun and energetic session, we will learn the basics of Test Driven Design/Development (TDD) through the use of Lego. We will create failing tests, make them pass and then refactor. We won't be writing software, we will be using LEGO bricks. By working with our hands these technical concepts that can be tricky to wrap your head around will be simplified. Designed for non-technical people but loved by developers everywhere.

  • Liked Joe Ziadeh
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    Joe Ziadeh / Jolene Jangles - How to Win Friends and Influence Leaders - An Experiential Leadership Workshop

    120 Mins
    Workshop
    Beginner

    How do you gather leadership support for your Agile Transformation? In this workshop we'll explore the easiest way to get leadership support for your transformation: By Building More Leaders!

    In this session we will briefly describe our experience building an agile leadership program in a Fortune 25 healthcare company. Then we will spend the rest of the time going through fun activities to help leaders develop their emotional intelligence, increase their comfort with vulnerability, and walk away tools they can immediately apply to their teams.

    If you want to move around, have a blast, and learn what a chihuahua and a banana can teach people about leadership then please stop by.

  • Liked Anjali Leon
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    Anjali Leon - Flow into Creativity, Peak Performance and Happiness

    60 Mins
    Talk
    Intermediate
    Recall a time when you were so focused in an activity that you lost all sense of time? Were you surprised by how much you could get done in just a couple of hours? Did you find yourself more creative? Did it leave you feeling more energized? Some people call this magical state as being “in the zone.” Psychologist Mihály Csíkszentmihályi coined the term Flow.
    We now live in a hyper-connected, highly collaborative, fast-paced world. Crowded calendars and competing demands steal away opportunities for individual Flow. Could this be limiting our creativity, performance and happiness? What if teams could achieve Flow collectively? What if we became more intentional about creating the conditions for Flow?
    In this interactive talk, we take a closer look at Flow. As we unravel the ingredients for Flow State, we learn to cook up the ideal conditions to hack into Flow state. Leave with a renewed appreciation for Agile practices that are designed for Flow, and learn to harness its power for yourself and your team.
  • 120 Mins
    Workshop
    Intermediate

    Using the game "Keep Talking and Nobody Explodes", we'll explore and highlight teamwork, communication, developing shared language, creating a shared understanding, and so much more. This session will be an interactive session for a small group, with other observing; with multiple rounds, pretty much anyone and everyone who wants to participate will be able to, but no one will be forced to participate! This is a very practical team activity, which easily scales beyond the team, and works well in-person, but even better with distributed teams as we explore the ways we need to interact when not co-located.

  • Liked Bernie Maloney
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    Bernie Maloney - Harness the Hive! Bottom Line Impacts of Team Collaboration

    Bernie Maloney
    Bernie Maloney
    Agile Coach
    Persistent Systems
    schedule 1 month ago
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    60 Mins
    Talk
    Intermediate

    Do your coders shy away from testing? Are your leaders or teams struggling to embrace the concept of “T-shaped” individuals? Would you like to demonstrate the impact of collaboration with evidence, and have fun along the way?

    What many teams initially think collaboration is, really amounts to cooperation. - doing a little more if there’s time left in an iteration. This hands on workshop will demonstrate the outcomes possible when teams shift fully into collaboration. Through 3 sprints of a simulated product development, participants will get a tangible feel for the differences between coordination, cooperation and deeper cross functional collaboration. They’ll see where bottlenecks really exist when team members stick to their competency AND the impact when they focus instead on the shared goal or outcome. We’ll explore what’s holding back collaboration in our own work teams, and what changes teams can make to foster greater collaboration and higher performance.

    This workshop is aimed at Change Agents, Coaches, Scrum Masters and Managers who want to engage their teams to realize the benefits of true collaboration. Additionally, Product Owners and Executives will find the data generated through the exercises beneficial and compelling when faced with stakeholders or teams skeptical of or resistant to collaborate fully and embrace cross functional team work.

    Want to help your organization shift from "busy bees" and into a resilient "hive mind" of shared progress and achievement? Come see first hand the impact of collaboration towards a shared goal, and get a sense of how you can Harness your Hive towards higher performance, interactivity and fun.

  • David Bernstein
    David Bernstein
    Owner
    To Be Agile
    schedule 1 month ago
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    60 Mins
    Talk
    Intermediate

    This session focuses on the five development practices that are often overlooked but are essential to iterative software development. These five practices include automating the build for continuously integrating software as it is written, collaborating with team members through pair programming, practicing agile design skills that enable testability, using test-first development to drive design, and refactoring code to reduce technical debt. Together, these five technical areas are proving to be essential for sustained success with Scrum development. But many teams have not been exposed to the benefits of these practices or how to use them effectively.

    In this session, we explore why these engineering practices are essential for Scrum software development and how to use them to reduce risk and build in quality at every level of the development process. We make the business case for these technical practices by showing how they address the inherent risks and challenges in building software. We then look at how these practices help mitigate the core issues of software development and help us drop the cost of maintaining and extending software in the future.