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  • Liked Rehana Rajwani
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    Rehana Rajwani - The Learning Mindset Phenomenon

    40 Mins
    Talk
    Intermediate

    Agile will fail without a Learning mindset. We all know that. However, what does it mean to have a learning or growth mindset? I will explore some learnings by Carol Dweck and David Colcleugh and some of my own personal experiences around how the growth mindset has impacted my life and the lives of people around me.

  • 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.

  • 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 Michael Sahota
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    Michael Sahota - Wave 2 of Agile: Living The Agile Mindset

    60 Mins
    Talk
    Intermediate

    Wave 2 of Agile is a way to understand the high-performance results that come from Being Agile. We know many in our industry have fallen into the trap or “Doing Agile” – where people lose sight of the objectives and lasting results.

    Wave 2 is about Living Agile. It is how we show up. It is how we work with people and organizations to shape the Culture. It is living Mahatma Gandhi's truth:

    “Be the change that you want to see in the world”.

    When we focus on our own behaviour, we model Being Agile. This is the only way to invite the Agile Mindset. This is Wave 2 Agile. We stop creating conflict and resistance. We become the effective leaders and influencers of lasting change in our organizations.

    “To be or not to be? That is the question.”

  • 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 Mathias Eifert
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    Mathias Eifert - Iterative vs. Incremental – What’s the Difference and Why Should You Care?

    60 Mins
    Talk
    Beginner

    Agile is an incremental and iterative approach to delivering value to our customers. But too often we assume it’s really all about ways to slice work into smaller batch sizes and that both approaches are fundamentally equivalent. However, there is a crucial difference and this lack of awareness is a major contributor to projects and teams that are AINO (Agile In Name Only)!

    In this session, we will discuss how to differentiate between incremental and iterative approaches, their strengths and weaknesses, and why you really need both. We will explore the many ways in which iteration shapes the core of Agile practices, how it supports and enables the benefits of agility, and how understanding its awesome power is a key step in moving from “doing” Agile to truly being agile. In addition, we will take a close look at the practical implications of when to use each approach by discussing real world scenarios, highlighting common Agile anti-patterns and (re)examining familiar story slicing patterns.

    You will walk away with both a better understanding of one of the most important underlying principles of agility and immediately applicable insights for your daily work!

  • Liked Cherie Silas
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    Cherie Silas - Power Coaching – Pushing the Boundaries to build better teams

    60 Mins
    Talk
    Intermediate

    Elevator Pitch

    Sometimes teams need more than just questions. They need scrum masters and coaches who are courageous enough to have the hard conversations, challenge their decisions, push them to the next level. During this session we will introduce participants to some anti-patterns that have arisen in the scrum master and agile coaching communities and discuss ways to break free!

    Description:

    Coaching Agile Teams is all about asking questions and allowing them to self organize, right? Well, that's just part of the mission. During this session we will introduce participants to some anti-patterns that have arisen in the scrum master and agile coaching communities and discuss ways to break free!

    Sometimes teams need more than just questions. They need scrum masters and coaches who are courageous enough to have the hard conversations, challenge their decisions, push them to the next level. However, sometimes we push our teams a bit too hard and create negative conflict. It's times like this when we need to demonstrate how to reach out and make the first move to repair the relationship. We will introduce the concept of repair bids to help in this area.

    Lastly, we learn a model to put into practice to create a coaching alliance with teams so you can be in agreement on how you will work together for their best interest and improvement over a period of time.

    The reason we chose to create this session is that over the past few years we have noticed that as people are learning more about coaching they are getting out of balance and believing that the only thing that coaches are allowed to do is ask questions. We've noticed that scrum masters lean so far in the direction of self organization that they no longer believe they can challenge teams to grow or to move beyond where the team decides to be. We believe that the root of the problem rests in the fact that people are learning a bit about coaching but not actually learning how to be a coach. We would like to introduce to the attendees the more direct coaching methods that are available for use such as 1) direct communication, 2) challenging, 3) courageous questions that push the edge of the comfort zone, etc.

    Session is collaborative and includes interaction with the participants throughout. Also has collaborative exercises.

  • Liked Savita Pahuja
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    Savita Pahuja / Mariete Sequera Hernandez - Empathy Driven Product Vision – the art of creating an impactful product vision using emotions and magic of visual effects

    40 Mins
    Talk
    Beginner

    "Customers don’t buy products, they hire products to do a job” – Clayton Christensen

    • Are your customers ready to buy your product even before you release it?
    • Are your customers inspired by your product?
    • Is your product vision aligned with your customers’ needs?
    • Does your product vision motivate your team?

    Join us to experience a new way of creating an empathy-driven product vision, a powerful tool to start your journey of creating the right products or services. Experience the power of Emotions inspired by Human-Centered Design concepts, iterative feedback loops, and Visual creativity.

    With this approach, customers and team are involved and convinced with your product or service right from the start.

    A few benefits of empathy-driven product vision are:

    1) Seeing Is Believing: visualization has a better impact on the mind

    2) Easy to understand and getting feedback from the customers

    3) Helpful for marketing and sales to think of their product strategy

    4) Empower team to be focused for the product goal in their whole development cycle

    5) Helpful for start-ups to pitch a new product idea or invention to a potential investor

    6) The team understands better, the vision of the new product initiatives by the company

  • Liked Daniel Doiron
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    Daniel Doiron - Tameflow : The Real Kanban - The Path to Hyper Performance

    Daniel Doiron
    Daniel Doiron
    President
    Agile Agonist
    schedule 1 month ago
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    40 Mins
    Talk
    Advanced

    In today's agile, scaling of any framework comes with its own ... framework! Not so with Real Kanban as the scaling approach is to simply do more of it.

    The Real Kanban approach from Steve Tendon supports all flows - Operational, Financial, Informational & Psychological - by proposing the exact same models at the team, project, portfolio and enterprise level. Talk about robustness !

    Operational Flow (How well are we delivering?) deals with reducing cycle time so that work in progress does not stall in the system accumulating costs. By reducing cycle time - the time an item spends in the system - Operational expenses are trimmed leading the way to more productivity.

    Financial Flow (How much wealth are we creating?) recognizes throughput - the number of unit coming out of the system per unit of time - as the ultimate economic indicator for sales. Having a healthy beat is key to financial health.

    Informational Flow (How well are we communicating?) uses visualization and metrics from the Theory of Constraints and Throughput Accounting to ensures system thinking behavior and alignment.

    Psychological Flow (How happy are out people?) - The Real Kanban approach also allows employees to increase their skills and capabilities with WIP control, so that they can tame by themselves the boundaries of boredom and anxiety to always find a way to better themselves at their pace with the ever present slack existing in a Kanban system. The benefits - psychological flow - resulting from this system thinking's approach is to leverage the consciousness level and lead to continuous improvement by supplying metrics that guide each decision.

    Teachings from Queuing Theory, Tameflow, Real Options and other fascinating Kanban and Lean tools will be presented.

  • 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 Marie-Andrée Roger
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    Marie-Andrée Roger / Sylvain Ethier - The Scaled Agile Product Development Conference

    60 Mins
    Talk
    Beginner

    The Scaled Agile Product Development is a conference about our years of experience creating digital products based on the scrum/agile framework, the lean startup methodology and the effectuation principles. Our history begins when we noticed that we, along with a lot of our clients, small and big, struggled with the unsuitable division of projects budgets and the managing of the value creation life cycle of their always evolving digital products. Feeling that Scrum had abandoned the Product Owners to their hard and complex tasks, we started to create a serious game to help facilitate our clients' teams, and the results we discovered in every interaction, experimentation, and increment. We jumped right away into action and we started to learn fast, to succeed, to fail and to pivot while understanding how to create amazing digital products based on the true pains and the real problems of the potential users, quickly generating value and how to adapt the solution according to our business constraints and market opportunities; and all this, without big risks or investments . This is the 2-year story of how we found the path to continuous innovation.

  • 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 Sam Tabbara
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    Sam Tabbara - End to End Enterprise Agile Program Delivery, yes even in large regulatory initatives

    Sam Tabbara
    Sam Tabbara
    Sr. Consultant
    Agile By Design
    schedule 1 week ago
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    40 Mins
    Experience Report
    Intermediate

    A walkthrough of my experience as a portfolio coach leading teams of agile coaches supporting large (60million+, 120person+) regulatory programs in the financial services industry.

    Comparing the similarities during my time leading a team of transformation coaches and scrum masters delivering customer-facing new technology at Bell, in the regulated telecom space.

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

    Gaël Rebmann
    Gaël Rebmann
    Agile Coach
    Pyxis Great Lakes
    schedule 3 days ago
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    90 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 Lee Elliott
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    Lee Elliott - How to #FAIL at Agile

    Lee Elliott
    Lee Elliott
    Agile Coach
    Agile Sherpas
    schedule 4 days 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 Dan Neumann
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    Dan Neumann - Agile Assessment: Helpful Remedy or Harmful Toxin?

    Dan Neumann
    Dan Neumann
    Sr. Agile Coach
    AgileThought
    schedule 2 weeks ago
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    40 Mins
    Talk
    Intermediate

    Agile is a set of values and a mindset. As such, it can be hard to answer questions that leadership often asks. These questions include: How agile are we? Are we getting more agile? What are the growth opportunities for our team? To address this customer desire, there are now many assessment frameworks available in the Agile space.

    Many organizations use assessments to determine their level of agility. This session will introduce several assessment approaches and tools. Like medicine, when used incorrectly, the results can be toxic. We will explore the merits, potential uses, and possible downsides of each approach.

    You will leave this session understanding more about your options, as well as insights for framing an assessment that fit your needs best when trying to measure your organization's culture and teams.

  • Liked Robert Pieper
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    Robert Pieper - Financing Agile Delivery with Forecasts

    Robert Pieper
    Robert Pieper
    CEO
    RESPONSIVE ADVISORS, INC
    schedule 1 week ago
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    60 Mins
    Talk
    Advanced

    Your team’s been trained to deliver new features in a short time frame. You’re estimating work using abstractions like “story points”. The predictability and quality of delivery has improved. However, every December you’re still asked to estimate large initiatives for annual budgeting. Something doesn’t make sense and you’re having a hard time explaining it to senior leadership.

    Those funding projects are trying to invest wisely and mitigate risk. They need to understand what to fund and what to avoid while looking at scary numbers. However, they’re still using conventional methods of mitigating risk with big plans and committed dates.

    How agile can your organization be when budgets are designed for large fixed cost, scope, and time projects? In this session we’ll talk about how to mitigate financial risk and improve return on investment by working in smaller batches. Join us and learn how you can start forecasting!

  • 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 Mathias Eifert
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    Mathias Eifert - The Real Value of Agile is Not in Delivery

    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 Leila Rao
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    Leila Rao - The Improv of Agile

    Leila Rao
    Leila Rao
    Enterprise Agile Coach
    AgileXtended
    schedule 1 week ago
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    90 Mins
    Workshop
    Intermediate

    The Four Rules of Improv that Tina Fey delivered in her best-selling book, Bossypants, serve as the inspiration for this workshop. We will explore these four rules and why they’re invaluable in cultivating and reinforcing Agile mindset and achieve sustainable agility. In this experiential workshop, we will pair each rule with an activity that illuminates the rule while connecting it to specific Agile principles and scenarios.

    Become an agile catalyst by understanding and applying the Four Rules of Improv to help create a fulfilling environment for yourself and your organization.