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  • Liked Michael Sahota
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    Michael Sahota - Ten Surprising Secrets for Delivering a High-Performance Agile Organization

    60 Mins
    Keynote
    Intermediate

    Many of us dream of creating Agile Organizations. Where Agile practices and Agile mindset are reflected in the results across the whole organization. Yet the approaches that are currently used are not yielding the results we hope for. Instead there are culture challenges, resistance, leadership misalignment and mixed levels of engagement. A new approach is needed.

    Learn a proven path to high-performance organizations that places culture and leadership at the centre stage. You will see how to look beyond process and scaling to understand a reliable way to introduce the Agile Mindset. Discover the common traps and blocks that prevent success and how to avoid them. Learn the “Consciously Approaching Agile” approach so that you are equipped to get deep and lasting results with Agile. Discover the new behaviours that you can demonstrate to foster organizational coherence and engagement that result in high performance.

  • Liked Ellen Grove
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    Ellen Grove - Making our Mark: Drawing Together to Enhance Collaboration

    90 Mins
    Workshop
    Beginner

    Co-creating drawings helps teams enhance their systems thinking abilities by really seeing the big picture. A group of people talking around a whiteboard is an effective way to share ideas across a team. Imagine how much richer the conversation is when everyone on the team has a marker in their hand and is actively contributing! Graphic visualization is an important tool for talking about new ideas, generating insights and developing shared understanding. In a team context, drawing is a thinking tool rather than an artistic endeavour. When everyone participates in creating drawings, all team members can see how things fit together and what mental models are at play in defining the situation. And, by drawing together, the team is collaboratively creating meaningful records that are being validated and updated.

    Come along on a visual adventure into how teams can collaboratively visualize ideas and make sure that everyone at the table has a voice. In this workshop, we will warm up with some basic doodling skills practice. No drawing experience is required to take part in this session: if you can hold a marker, we can teach you the skills needed to put your ideas on paper. Together we'll consider the ways that collaborative drawing can be used to enhance group work, and we will share practical activities that you can take back to use with your team for setting the stage, gathering information, and sharing stories.

  • Naresh Jain
    Naresh Jain
    Founder
    ConfEngine.com
    schedule 2 days ago
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    40 Mins
    Talk
    Advanced

    On Agile teams, collaboration is the way of life. Our leaders want their team members to work closely with each other, have shared goals and even think as one entity. Why? Because we believe that collaboration leads to happier, more productive teams that can build innovative products/services.

    It's strange that companies use the word collaboration very tightly with innovation. Collaboration is based on consensus building, which rarely leads to visionary or revolutionary products/services. Innovative/disruptive concepts require people to independently test out divergent ideas without getting caught up in collaborative boardroom meetings.

    In this presentation, Naresh Jain explores the scary, unspoken side of collaboration and explains in what context, collaboration can be extremely important; and when it can get in the way or be a total waste of time.

  • Liked Melissa Boggs
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    Melissa Boggs - Exhaustion is Not a Status Symbol

    Melissa Boggs
    Melissa Boggs
    Enteprise Agile Coach
    agile42
    schedule 1 month ago
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    60 Mins
    Talk
    Beginner

    In her book, The Gifts of Imperfection: Let Go of Who You Think You're Supposed to Be and Embrace Who You Are, Brene Brown shares her 10 Guideposts of Wholehearted Living. Number 7 on that list is “Cultivating Play and Rest: Letting Go of Exhaustion as a Status Symbol and Productivity as Self-Worth”. This resonates strongly with the 8th agile principle about sustainable pace.

    In the world of Scrum software development, it is all too easy to get caught up in pumping out user stories and increasing velocity sprint after sprint, but what does that type of hamster wheel mentality do to us physically, mentally, and spiritually? For that matter, what impact does it have on our products? Are we building fast things, or the right things? Are we making time to dream up big, new ideas and/or to build a cohesive team around our mission?

    Work-life balance is a buzzword that we throw around, but how often does the culture of an organization support exactly the opposite? Hero culture is rewarded, and our output viewed as a measure of our worth on performance reviews. We set out to transform the world of work with agile and with Scrum, yet I’ve heard the Scrum sprint cycle described as a “hamster wheel”, an endless conveyor belt of backlog and sprint reviews that the developers cannot escape. This is not congruent with what we read in the agile values and principles.

    I’m interested in inspiring a discussion about the pitfalls of a competitive exhausted culture, and how we in the Scrum community, even with the best of intentions, could be “accidentally responsible” for continuing to spin the hamster wheel. Hero culture has been discussed before, but have we addressed our own potential culpability in creating it? We need to make sure that the principles and practices of Scrum are being used for good, not for evil. It all starts with a conversation.

    In this discussion, we will explore the dangers of exhaustion as a status symbol -- for our organizational culture, our teams, and ourselves. We will discuss the specific risks of inadvertently creating a competitive exhausted culture within an agile transformation, and the ways in which we can leverage the agile values and principles in order to mitigate those risks. Lastly, we will take a look inward to assess our own attitudes and views about work life balance.





  • 90 Mins
    Workshop
    Advanced

    Abstract (280 chars)

    What if you could organize and motivate people to double their highest-expected productivity goals? Lessons from a large, distributed, volunteer group of online video gamers offer practical 21st-century guidance for your workplace. Even if you aren't a gamer. Or a space pirate.

    Abstract (full)

    What if you could gather and motivate people to double even their highest-expected productivity goal? What if you had no authority over those people -- if they were all volunteers?

    The future of leadership is emerging to guide 21st-century organizations beyond the small, cross-functional, green-field software development teams of the 1990s. Agile enterprises must respond to emerging markets, provide unity of purpose to workers with conflicting motivations, and foster order when change is the only constant. Agile leadership must cope with distributed teams, "gig economy," diverse skill-sets, and the impact to morale of unexpected changes. But the measure of success is still delivery to the market: volume, quality, reliability.

    Early in 2017, a group of several hundred independent players of the online futuristic video game Elite:Dangerous faced all the above organizational challenges yet still managed unprecedented delivery to their market. And they did it despite the "me first" culture of online games.We'll explore the structural, social, and cognitive factors which enabled this large distributed team of casual volunteers to deliver twice as much as their nearest competition. And we'll uncover how to amplify those factors in your own workplace.

    You'll learn the powerful effects of making individual contributions visible, expanding the scope of your regular team synchronizations, having a loose leadership hierarchy, and encouraging diffusion of innovation. And you'll see how community engagement is an essential quality of a servant leadership culture. This is a compelling story about leadership that's relatable to anyone regardless of their interest in or experience with Agile, online gaming, or space pirates.

  • Liked Scott Ambler
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    Scott Ambler - Choose Your WoW! A Disciplined Agile Delivery Handbook for Optimizing Your Way of Working (WoW)

    60 Mins
    Talk
    Intermediate

    We like to say that agile teams own their own process by choosing their way of working, their “WoW.” This of course is easier said than done because there are several aspects to WoW. First, our team needs to know how to choose the appropriate lifecycle for the situation that we face. Should we take a Scrum-based approach, a lean/Kanban-based approach, a continuous delivery approach, or an exploratory/lean startup approach? Second, what practices should the team adopt? How do they fit together? When should we apply them? Third, what artifacts should the team create? When should they be created? To what level of detail? Finally, how do we evolve our WoW as we experiment and learn?

    There are several strategies that we could choose to follow when we tailor and evolve our WoW. One approach is to bootstrap our WoW, to figure it out on our own. This works, but it is a very slow and expensive strategy in practice. Another approach is to hire an agile coach, but sadly in practice the majority of coaches seem to be like professors who are only a chapter or two ahead of their students. Or we could take a more disciplined, streamlined approach and leverage the experiences of the thousands of teams who have already struggled through the very issues that our team currently faces. In this talk you’ll discover how to develop your WoW without starting from scratch and without having to rely on the limited experience and knowledge of “agile coaches.”

  • Liked Martin Aziz
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    Martin Aziz - "When do you need it by?" Business-Agility Metrics in an Agile World

    60 Mins
    Talk
    Intermediate

    “When will it be done?” is a question asked in just about every business I’ve encountered, Agile or otherwise. In this metrics-focused session we will explore why that question is so hard to answer and whether it is even the right question to ask.

    We will explore current thinking about measurement in knowledge work fields. How every business needs to identify their own appropriate metrics to measure for their own business challenges and goals. While metrics are always unique for each individual business context, we will identify 4 metric categories identified from the Fit for Purpose framework.

    To connect these concepts to your Agile organization we explore going past looking at measurement as a team phenomena and connect this to the level of services or value streams.

    Digging further we continue to examine questions around measuring and predicting delivery times. We contrast prediction approaches using deterministic methods vs probabilistic methods. And consider multiple sources of variability that make predictions challenging and often impossible.

    We conclude by considering more appropriate questions to replace “When will it be done?” Rather asking “When do we need it” followed by “and so, when should start?”

  • Liked toddcharron
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    toddcharron - Change My View: Moral Foundations Theory and You

    60 Mins
    Talk
    Beginner

    Anyone who doesn't agree with me is wrong and not just wrong, but morally repugnant and evil.

    What do you think? Is it really likely that everyone that disagrees with you is somehow a monster? Or perhaps it's something else...

    Over the last few years we've seen a lot of viewpoint polarization. But why does this happen? And what does this tell us about our approaches to Agile?

    In this session we'll look at Moral Foundations Theory and how what we value and hold dear can influence our views on an issue.

    We'll also play a game developed at the Agile Games conference based on this framework that will challenge you to take yourself out of your normal comfort zone and see the world from another perspective.

  • Liked thomasjeffrey
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    thomasjeffrey / Adeeb Dhanani - Creating Shared Understanding At High Complexity through Story Mapping, Spec By Example and Domain Driven Design

    90 Mins
    Workshop
    Advanced

    Shared understanding is a pre-requisite to success for any agile teams. Many Agile teams rely on User Stories to help them get consensus on what to deliver, and what done looks like. Stories are a great practice for agile teams, but as the complexity of the problem or solution they are building increases, they often need more. Agile teams can face serious churn in the story writing process as complexity increase. Different team members can have completely different understandings of the meaning of key business and solution concepts. Often the same concepts end up being discussed over and over again, significantly slowing down story exploration. Even worse, different stakeholders end up having ambiguous and even conflicting understanding of the solution.

    During this session, we will discuss how we have integrated story exploration practices such as Story Mapping, Story Grooming, and Spec by Example, with the Domain Driven Design method, with the goal to promote the creation of a ubiquitous language and share understanding of both the solution and business domain. We will show how various teams have leveraged light weight, informal tools to enable both technical and non technical stakeholders to execute in a highly aligned way, and dramatically decrease churn and rework as a result.

    A key part of this session will be taking the audience through an integrated example that show cases how one can elaborate on an idea through progressive refinement of Stories and CRC Card based domain driven models in parallel. We will showcase how Story Maps can be refined through creation of an initial Domain Driven Model expressed through Class Responsibility Cards. We will illustrate how to connect story grooming and refinement of domain models in order to create a precise business and solution language. We will illustrate how domain model walkthroughs can be used to battle test your stories against your domain model, validating key assumptions before coding starts. We will also showcase how both story grooming and domain driven design can be done directly in code, and how this approach dovetails perfectly into test driven development.

  • Liked Dave Sharrock
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    Dave Sharrock / Melissa Boggs - Don’t Panic: Stories of Cultural Change

    60 Mins
    Talk
    Intermediate
    Don't underestimate the power of your vision to change the world. Whether that world is your office, your community, an industry or a global movement, you need to have a core belief that what you contribute can fundamentally change the paradigm or way of thinking about problems.
    -- Leroy Hood
    You can’t attend an agile conference these days without hearing about organizational culture. Cultural change is not optional for most organizations that want to become more agile. Agility requires a mindset that means many will have to change their traditions, habits, and behaviors.
    But culture is difficult to work with. It’s intimidating; We begin to panic, asking ourselves: “Why do I feel powerless to affect change in my organization? What does it say about me or my org? What does it say about the likelihood of me being able to make these positive shifts outside my team?” and ultimately we may talk ourselves out of any change at all.
    However, wecaninspire others to see the value in the change. Creating sustainable cultural change means creating a movement within your organization, and this is done one story, one experience at a time. Learn how to recognize your existing culture, identify the areas that require evolution, and create a movement that inspires change.
  • Liked Lee Elliott
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    Lee Elliott - How to #FAIL at Agile

    Lee Elliott
    Lee Elliott
    Director of Agile
    Prodigy Game
    schedule 2 months ago
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    40 Mins
    Talk
    Beginner

    “Are we Agile yet?”, “Of course we are agile, we stand up every day”, “We have a hybrid Waterfall/Agile technique”. Do any of these sound familiar to you?

    After several years at multiple organizations it is interesting to find the same mistakes being made over and over again. This talk will discuss the various ways that your company can fail at agile and what you can do about it.

  • Liked Pawel Mysliwiec
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    Pawel Mysliwiec - Lead with CARE - simple framework to create, foster and enable meaningful connections

    Pawel Mysliwiec
    Pawel Mysliwiec
    Enabler
    Pyxis Technologies
    schedule 1 month ago
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    40 Mins
    Talk
    Beginner

    Pressured by results, overwhelmed by schedules to meet and expectations to live up to we so often lack to recognize the power of meaningful human connections around us. Still, when we recall some of the leaders that created the most lasting change in our professional and personal lives, there are a few common traits that seem to be part of their behavior.

    I have lived and practiced various roles in my life and career, and derived a simple way of reminding myself on how to create more meaningful connections for more powerful impact on the human level. In this talk I will present for the first time what has driven my teaching, coaching and leading along these years.

    CARE stands for curiosity, authenticity, respect and empathy. And it represents care, genuine and uninterested, for people around us- colleagues, relatives, managers and reports. In an illustrated way I will tell stories about how this simple framework can change the impact of your leadership and foster a stronger engagement for anything you stand for.

  • 60 Mins
    Talk
    Beginner

    For anyone willing to take some risk and create a success on your own terms.

    -This Agile Business presentation best represents: Experience, Exploration and Adaptation.

    "This talk is centered Agile being all about People and Business - on what’s in it for you and what’s in it for your clients.

    I initiated the McCafé concept at McDonald's and will share both the development stages and collaborative drivers. It’s about understanding where the real levers of power lie – with YOU.

    I will step beyond Agile for IT – and show how Agile Values bring the Business and People together – I open the Kimono with the client, build the relationship and I will share with the audience:

    How and What real life experiences were discovered with the McCafé launch. The presentation has useful lessons about Agile Business techniques to help participants gain insight and develop important skills with Executives and Clients. It’s a fundamental shift in mindset.

    Instead of focusing on what you can sell, the focus is shifted to what your unique talents are. Discover more fulfillment in the process of uniting and practicing with your client.

    Can't wait to share!!

  • 60 Mins
    Talk
    Intermediate

    Are you - or worse, your bosses - starting to doubt this Agile thing? Are your software teams proficiently delivering every two weeks and yet it just doesn't seem to make much of a difference to the bottom line?

    Most organizations begin their foray into Agile with software development and that makes sense - after all, the Agile Manifesto focuses on “working software.” Unfortunately, though, this is often also where the Agile journey comes to a grinding halt. Management confines Agile to a small box labeled “Delivery,” puts a lid on it, and everything else continues as usual. Development teams in such an environment may produce more software, faster and with better quality, but the expected impact on the organization often fails to materialize because the business value of the produced software doesn’t increase correspondingly.

    In this session, we’ll take a closer look at why Agile shouldn’t end with “working software.” The most commonly used Agile frameworks don’t provide much guidance on how to manage risk and ensure the creation of organizational value, so we will draw on insights, tools and techniques from other domains to identify crucial high risk assumptions, test our hypotheses, and measure outcomes. We’ll explore how we can get past the “feature factory” focus and apply the Agile mindset beyond delivery to produce better business outcomes and organizational impact.

  • Liked Gaël Rebmann
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    Gaël Rebmann / Barbara Schultz - Gam'Inception: learn how to build serious games by playing serious games

    60 Mins
    Workshop
    Beginner

    Gam'Inception is a game made of games to learn how to create games... Sounds funnier than dreams in dreams in dreams, don't you think Mr. Nolan?

    By playing three serious games, attendees will learn why serious games are a very efficient way to discover new concepts, mechanisms or tools and that everyone is able to build her/his own ones:

    • Attendees will have to face me in a drawing duel. Be prepared, I'm almost as good with pens than with ASCII art:
      _██_
      ( • ̮ •)
      ( . • . )
      (... • .. )
    • Then, they will travel in time, to Venice, the city of Doges, for a mix of Game of the Goose, a game book and an escape game
    • Finally, they will participate to Top Chef (at least my version of the show...) and will find their own recipes to cook their own games

    The workshop is almost entirely interactive and requires no prior knowledge about serious games (you don't even need to know what a serious game is). At the end of the session, attendees will have learned:

    • how a serious game is structured
    • which steps are essential to building a serious game
    • which steps are 'nice to have' when they build a serious game
    • that they are way more qualified to build their own serious games than they thought
    • how efficient a serious game is to learn new things
    • how highly corruptible I am


    Note that I always try to co-present with Leonardo DiCaprio but, sometimes, he is too busy to come ;-)
    I hosted it successfully several times in Europe (Agile France, Agile Tour Paris, Xebicon and smaller events) last year so the structure is solid.

    Slides, in French, are available here. The workshop (and its slides) will, of course, be in English with the possibility for attendees to ask me anything in French if they are more comfortable with this language

  • Liked Brian Sjoberg
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    Brian Sjoberg - Let's Sharpen Your Agile Ax ... It's Story Splitting Time

    Brian Sjoberg
    Brian Sjoberg
    Agile Coach
    Excella Consulting
    schedule 1 month ago
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    40 Mins
    Talk
    Beginner

    Do you want to write great User Stories (a.k.a. small features that are part of a product) that provide the vehicle for conversation and confirmation that we build the right thing? Do you struggle with completing stories (of business value) that are potentially shippable within a fraction of an iteration/sprint? During this session we will do a quick refresher on User Story formatting to include Acceptance Criteria. The reason for the refresher is that over the last few years, despite people using User Stories, I have experienced their usage far from the intended purpose.

    After the refresher, we will learn at least 3 techniques for splitting stories in this interactive workshop.

  • Liked Majdi Haroun
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    Majdi Haroun - Architecture Blueprints are Dead, Long live the Architecture Blueprints!

    Majdi Haroun
    Majdi Haroun
    Technical Principal
    ThoughtWorks
    schedule 1 month ago
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    60 Mins
    Talk
    Advanced

    Lessons, insights, and patterns from the field. How EAs, SAs need to “Evolve” towards “Evolutionary Architecture" to drive innovation in the modern Digital Enterprise.? 5 Case studies with 5 lessons to learn.

    - As the Enterprises (Small, Medium, Large, and XX Large move to being Digital, what does Enterprise Architecture look like?

    - How EAs are redefining Architecture Blueprint, Roadmaps, and Reference Architecture?

    - Why is Architecture more relevant and essential now than ever?

    - What do EAs need to change about their: mindset, approaches, tools, models to become D-EA (not the Drugs Enforcement Agency)

    - Gradual implementation does not mean gradual value realization

    - Progressive Elaboration

    - Practical Patterns & Lessons from the field.

    - The pitfalls of doing the new things the old way.

    - How to tackle learning while doing & leading.

    - Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed, Something Blue

  • Liked Peter Altosaar
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    Peter Altosaar - Changing the Definition of Done: The DevOps Evolution of Agile

    60 Mins
    Talk
    Intermediate

    Traditionally on agile teams, the "Definition of Done" has centred around the completion of feature development: coding it up and maybe adding some unit tests to prove it works. What happens to our code after that is often a mystery as we rely on Operations teams to work their magic. The advent of DevOps has seriously challenged this traditional view. Teams that embrace DevOps tools and methodologies now consider a feature Done when it is in production, serving its customers - and developers, QA, and other non-Operations people now have starring roles in getting it there. Come find out what DevOps is from both a technological and a cultural perspective, how it allows companies to deliver value even faster to their customers, and how it is the logical evolution and extension of Agile.

  • Liked Sriram Natesan
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    Sriram Natesan - How adopting an agile approach helped Finance & Risk group deliver a regulatory initiative

    40 Mins
    Experience Report
    Intermediate

    CFOs in today's digital economy are looking to invest significant capital on data driven initiatives to deliver strategic analysis to business partners. However this is often reprioritized due to regulatory requirements.

    This session is about how a large European Bank successfully delivered a large regulatory transformation program in 2017 using an agile approach. Driven by Finance & Risk groups and enabled by technology, incremental business value was delivered to Finance and Risk stakeholders.

    The key challenges faced required an approach to handle evolving regulatory requirements, lack of trust and collaboration between Business and Technology, lack of knowledge and experience in the solution domain, integration of new technology assets to automate business requirements and an aggressive timeline enforced by the regulator.

    As an Agile Coach on the project, my role was to help the Finance & Risk groups with the value stream mapping, formation of cross functional teams, developing an agile delivery approach, and provide training and coaching for the teams and leadership on adoption of agile principles and practices.

    The successful delivery was largely due to business foresight to maneuver around typical IT challenges and instead adopt an approach using agile principles that put delivering business value over fixed scope. Through this approach, the clients were able to deliver the solution that addressed the immediate needs but this also position them to leverage for future regulations.

    This talk will elucidate the backdrop, challenges that posed the business, the agile approach, culture and mindset that was adopted, and the resulting outcomes.

    If you have thought of or thinking of adopting Agile mindset in a non-IT environment, this is the session for you. In this session we will share some techniques we developed and hiccups that we managed along the way.

    By the end of this session, you will likely have gained some valuable insights that you can take back to your Organization and adopt agile principles and practices in areas outside of IT.

  • Liked Julianne Jones
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    Julianne Jones - Product-Driven Organizations: Unleashing true agility

    Julianne Jones
    Julianne Jones
    Principal
    LeadingAgile
    schedule 1 month ago
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    60 Mins
    Talk
    Advanced

    Are you investing in Agile coaching and not seeing an improvement in your organization? Do you consider your Agile teams high-performing but not seeing measurable business outcomes? Are your Agile teams impeded by dependencies?

    Building high-performing Agile teams without re-structuring the organization for effective teaming is like building a Ferrari engine and placing it inside a tractor!

    Organizations today are investing heavily in Agile Transformation in pursuit of accelerating software delivery, managing changing priorities, improving product quality and realizing early return on investment. Sadly, few are realizing the benefits promised by Agile adoption.

    This talk will discuss how moving from a process-driven project-based organizational design to a product-driven organizational structure will unleash the value of Agile practices and produce measurable business results. We’ll explore what a product-driven organization is and how it works to realize the value and potential promised by Agile. Further, we’ll examine the criticality of managing organizational, technical and architectural dependencies to achieving true business agility.


    Want to help your organization realize the value of Agile practices and achieve true business agility? Come hear first hand how one of the world’s automotive manufacturers is transforming into a Product-Driven organization.