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    Chris Murman - Brainwriting: The Team Hack To Generating Better Ideas

    Chris Murman
    Chris Murman
    Sr. Agile Consultant
    Solutions IQ
    schedule 5 days ago
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    90 mins
    Workshop
    Beginner

    Brainstorming has long been held as the best way to get ideas from teams for decades, but what if we are wrong? Can we take the successful aspects of collaboration and create a better environment for quality concepts? Come learn about brainwriting and get more from your team today!

    If you work in an office, you have probably participated in a brainstorming session or two (or 12). Invented in the 1940s by an advertising executive, the purpose was to solicit many ideas in a short period of time. By putting a collective of creative people in the same room, better concepts should come. Sounds very agile. 

    However, science has shown several times that brainstorming not the best way to generate ideas. It’s cumbersome due to all of the interdependent activities happening at once. When spending time generating ideas as a group, you often spend more time thinking of others ideas than your own. 

    Fortunately, a relatively unknown technique is starting to gain popularity called brainwriting. Incorporating it into your team events can produce more diverse ideas and provide a friendlier environment for collaboration. In this session, we will workshop them and leave the audience with all of the tools to bring the technique back to their offices.

     

    What Makes It Compelling:

    I was skeptical when I first read an article on the technique, mainly because I had always believed brainstorming produced quality ideas. As a “stickies and sharpies” type of coach, I’d seen so many teams collectively throw out ideas during planning and retrospective sessions. But in the ensuing weeks, I started seeing where the article was on point in terms of producing quality ideas.

    After contrasting the ideas generated after using brainwriting for a few weeks, my mind was changed forever. Even better was the events themselves didn’t seem that different to teams. 

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    Chris Murman - Things Are Broken: A Case Study In Moving Tooooooooo Fast

    Chris Murman
    Chris Murman
    Sr. Agile Consultant
    Solutions IQ
    schedule 5 days ago
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    60 mins
    Talk
    Intermediate

    Speed.

    It's been a driver in our industry before it was even an industry. The more Agile becomes more mainstream, the more we think it's part of the package. Books are out promising that certain frameworks can deliver twice as much in half the time. And yet, teams still struggle delivering what's expected of them.

    Once I started asking people of all levels of leadership what they thought speed would give them, it allowed me to develop some experiments around those expectations.

    Please join me for a case study where we discuss the need for speed, the origins of that desire, and the ways it manifests itself into deliverables. My desire is for the audience to take away some powerful learning into their places of work. Only by understanding the expectations around speed can we reset them into an environment built around trust and support for motivated individuals.

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    Erich Buhler - Accelerate your business transformation 2x using Enterprise Social Systems

    Erich Buhler
    Erich Buhler
    Agile Coach
    Agilib.org
    schedule 2 weeks ago
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    90 mins
    Workshop
    Intermediate

    In today’s markets, companies are seeking solutions to quickly adjust to market disruptions while trying to deliver more value to their customers with greater speed, predictability, quality and accuracy in decision-making, without compromising the company’s stability. As many companies have become digital, i.e. their primary means of communication with markets, customers and business is exclusively done through the Web, this is especially challenging. Some organizations have turned to Scrum and Agile processes for help with solving this problem.

    Yet, the many senior leaders that have embraced Agile and Scrum have the feeling that something is not working as expected. Alternatively, many feel the desired benefits from adopting Scrum and Agile have not been fully achieved. While we have experienced the exponential grow of supercomputing power, we are still using old structures, paradigms and beliefs to structure our organizations.

    Enterprise Social Systems will give you a fresh insight into how a hyperproductive organization works and accelerate your business transformation 2x o more.

     

    This workshop is for Agile consultants, Leaders, Scrum Masters or everyone thinking of running an Agile transformation in their company.

    Be aware that this is a very dynamic session, you should be ready to talk, move and experience new ideas. You will learn how to solve your current problems using Enterprise Social Systems and get many new ideas to experiment with.

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    Maurizio Mancini - Scaling Quality by Building it in

    40 mins
    Talk
    Intermediate

    According to the 11th annual State of Agile report by VersionOne, one of the top five reasons for adopting Agile is to “enhance software quality”. In spite of this aspiration, a common pattern in Agile rollouts is the failure to set quality goal improvements from the outset. It is often assumed that if you implement Agile/Scrum then quality will just take care of itself. As many organizations quickly discover, you cannot just “deploy Agile” and expect it to be the silver bullet for a software organizations’ quality issues. Why is this happening so frequently? Is it due to methodical deficiencies, unrealistic expectations, fundamental misunderstanding of Agile, lack of executive support, too much existing technical debt or all of the above?

    If you are questioning whether your Agile rollout is really helping you deliver higher quality software, faster, then this talk is a must to attend. I will discuss the approach I have successfully used in a number of organizations which involves; identifying the necessary building blocks to establish a quality mindset in an organization, moving the organization to a test first mindset, helping the Product Management organization become more Agile, and finally setting the right level of test automation so that you can deliver quality software faster.

    If you are serious about doing Agility at scale, you cannot realistically achieve that goal without ensuring that each team individually delivers quality, and in-turn whole projects/programs that incorporate outputs from the individual teams are delivering quality software. To successfully scale quality, you will need to follow the ‘blueprint’ provided in this presentation.

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    Alhad Akole - Rubber Meets the Road!

    Alhad Akole
    Alhad Akole
    Agile Coach
    Zensar Technologies
    schedule 3 weeks ago
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    60 mins
    Talk
    Beginner

    Session is for Lean Agile Leaders which will help them manage portfolio Agile way.

    Lean Agile principles when applied to portfolio management, will help you keep pace with fast changing business by giving you a disciplined approach to implementing you strategic vision as realistic work plan.

    Keeping up with the new pace of change requires light weight processes and an adaptive mindset.

     It will cover the following main pillars of Agile Portfolio Management

    - Work Management

    - Capacity Management

    - Financial Management

    - Value Management

    - Continuous planning

    - Continuous Visibility

     

    APM session will help you look at the portfolio in different way; and help you outpace changing business.

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    danieldoiron - OKALOA FLOW LAB

    danieldoiron
    danieldoiron
    President
    Agile Agonist
    schedule 4 weeks ago
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    90 mins
    Workshop
    Intermediate

    Agility is a mindset. It is not a set of practices that can be installed. But how do you get out of the practices trap, especially when you have to mobilize not just software development and IT teams but the entire organization towards business agility where value is created through meaningful work? How do you engage business teams, users and customers? How do you enable higher levels of collaboration, not just within teams but also across teams? In other words, how do you get individuals, teams and even the entire organization into a flow state where everybody is doing the right thing at the right time by having the right conversation? Rational explanations and models of agility will only go so far. To be truly effective, the agile mindset needs to be experienced, which is exactly the purpose of Okaloa Flowlab.

    Through simulating a conventional work environment that reflects a mechanistic mindset characterized by a focus on resource efficiency, command and control and specialist workers, participants experience which roadblocks need to be overcome. As the team is taking its first baby steps into agile, they will experiment (in 2 or 3 rounds) with policies and practices (e.g. pull of work, cadences, limiting WIP) that enable collaboration, get the team into flow, and allow an agile mindset to emerge. Weaved into the simulations they will discover the fundamental difference between resource efficiency and flow efficiency.

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    Dan Neumann - Agile is the new Black

    Dan Neumann
    Dan Neumann
    Agile Coach
    AgileThought
    schedule 1 month ago
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    60 mins
    Talk
    Beginner

    It seems like "Agile" goes with everything these days; government projects, not-for-profit initiatives, scaled agile, startups, etc., etc.. This session will explore agility, management, and product lessons using excerpts from the hit Netflix series Orange is the New Black to illustrate these concepts. This light-hearted, yet valuable, session will take you inside the confines of Litchfield Penitentiary and expose you to the lives of the women who are incarcerated there. We'll use a series of vignettes from the show to highlight lessons in agility. No prior knowledge of the series Orange is the New Black is required for you to enjoy and benefit from this session.

    Participants will leave with a handout that contains reminders and tips based on the scenarios we cover in the session.

  • Liked Scott Ambler
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    Scott Ambler - The Executive’s Guide to Disciplined Agile: Business Agility for Established Enterprises

    60 mins
    Talk
    Intermediate

    An agile enterprise increases value through effective execution and delivery in a timely and reactive manner. Such organizations do this by streamlining the flow of information, ideas, decision making, and work throughout the overall business process all the while improving the quality of the process and business outcomes.   This talk describes, step-by-step, how to evolve from today’s vision of agile software development to a truly disciplined agile enterprise. It briefly examines the state of mainstream agile software development and argues for the need for a more disciplined approach to agile delivery that provides a solid foundation from which to scale. We then explore what it means to scale disciplined agile strategies tactically at the project/product level. We then work through what it means to strategically scale across your IT organization as a whole and discover what a Disciplined DevOps strategy looks like in practice. Your Disciplined Agile IT strategy, along with a lean business strategy, are key enablers of a full-fledged disciplined agile enterprise. The talk ends with advice for how to make this challenging organizational transition.

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    John Le Drew - Swearing, Nudity and Other Vulnerable Positions

    John Le Drew
    John Le Drew
    Owner
    Wise Noodles
    schedule 1 month ago
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    60 mins
    Talk
    Beginner

    Over 3 months John recorded over 75 hours of interviews and spoke to some of the most respected people in the industry to produce an audio documentary that attempts to answer the question “What is safety? And why is it important anyway?”

    This highly interactive talk will present the findings and guide and challenge you through a journey to understanding safety. Including short interactive sessions and role play exercises to cover the following topics:

    • What is safety?
    • What are the elements that make a team effective?
    • Is psychological safety the foundation to team performance?
    • What can we all do to help foster psychological safety in our teams?
    • What is the relationship between safety, stress and engagement?
    • What is the profound impact of a lack of safety and engagement on society?

    This talk has grown as John created the new podcast The Agile Path. The first season on this podcast is about safety in teams. John has interviewed world renowned specialists in the field; Christopher Avery, David Marquet, Jerry Weinberg, Esther Derby, Johanna Rothman, Woody Zuill and many more in over 75 hours of audio. This has been a fascinating deep dive learning experience for John and he hopes to explore these insights with the audience.

    Here is a short preview video I made for the session:

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    James Gifford - Descaling the Enterprise Instead of Scaling Agility

    90 mins
    Workshop
    Intermediate

    In spite of all of the nuanced discussions, debates and frequent diatribes, scaling agile is about one thing: getting large groups of teams to deliver value in an organized fashion while maintaining empathy, rapport, trust, safety, and ownership across the enterprise. During this session, we will explore the case study of the Value Steam Container, looking at organization design, challenges and success. Focusing in on topics ranging from

    • Organization designs used by WL Gore, The Dunbar number

    • Delivery Triads - Product, Delivery, Technical Excellence

    • Venture capital style funding

    • Focusing on business value

    The second half of the session is a workshop focused on creating a Value Stream Container and resource based on team funding 

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    James Gifford - 5 Metrics to Create Safety and High Performing Teams

    60 mins
    Talk
    Intermediate

    Description:

    I see that a lot of organizations use metrics in inappropriate ways to measure teams. At the heart of these metrics, nine times out of ten, are velocity and story points. These metrics lead to a lot of mistrust, fear, and bad technical practices. This talk will focus on shifting the focus to diagnostic metrics.

     Before shifting focus to diagnostic metrics, we need to understand what inappropriate metrics are. When questioning teams about why their velocity was lower from one sprint to another, teams are more likely to inflate their estimates to avoid questions in the future. This is one of my scenarios. We will explore this case and my other top-ten based on the 165 teams I have interacted with. Focusing on one metric does not provide a balanced view of the team.

    For balance, I promote five metrics. The combination of metrics balances each other. These five metrics are lead time, quality, happiness, agile maturity, and business value. Focusing on these five metric areas can be used as a diagnostic tool to help teams grow and support coaching. During the session, we will use my Excel-based tool and visual model to simulate this balance.

    When you push shorter lead times (how fast) on a team with a lower agile maturity, the first thing to change is quality, followed by happiness and then the delivery of value. Conversely, if a team focuses on TDD, the first thing to change is quality, followed by agile maturity, reduction in lead time, and increased delivery of value.  

    Teaching teams to harness data in a positive way will help them to flourish.

  • Liked Jess Long
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    Jess Long - Found In Translation - Building Alliances Through Analogies

    Jess Long
    Jess Long
    Agile Coach
    Barclaycard US
    schedule 1 month ago
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    40 mins
    Talk
    Intermediate

    This will be a live example of how to use life events and analogies that are relatable to the fundamentals of Scrum. I will walk through my own personal backlog of living on the water and tie the trials and tribulations of such back to a Scrum Model. The details I share will be described in parallel to concepts that resemble a host of Agile themes. The intent is to have the audience consider some of their own personal experiences and how they can use those in future conversations to overcome challenges or resistance around transforming their model.

    One short activity is facilitated during the presentation that engages the audience. This is intended to emphasize the importance of getting to know your audience and highlight the repercussions of relying on assumptions.

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    Scott Ambler - Database DevOps: Techniques for Safely Evolving Production Databases

    60 mins
    Talk
    Intermediate

    Data, the way that we process it and store it, is one of many important aspects of IT. Data is the lifeblood of our organizations, supporting real-time business processes and decision-making. For our DevOps strategy to be truly effective we must be able to safely and quickly evolve production databases, just as we safely and quickly evolve production code. Yet for many organizations their data sources prove to be less than trustworthy and their data-oriented development efforts little more than productivity sinkholes. We can, and must, do better.  

    If database evolution isn’t an explicit part of your DevOps strategy then you’re not really doing DevOps yet, are you?

     

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    Laurelle - Moving Forward In Circles: Lessons Learned In Agile Transformation

    Laurelle
    Laurelle
    Co-founder
    Vocalmeet
    schedule 3 days ago
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    40 mins
    Talk
    Intermediate

    Agile has gone mainstream and individuals everywhere are adopting Agile techniques and practices. In the process, they are interpreting what Agile means individually and what Agile means at an organizational level. 

    People are interpreting Agile techniques and practices in ways that at times create organizational chaos, conflict and lead to dramatic failure.

    Using humor, visual aids and a highly active approach, this session explores some real world case studies of how some organizations have interpreted and adopted agile. It explores pitfalls to avoid and best practices.

    The session provides a blueprint for success with Agile transformation.

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    Howard Deiner - How We Get Agile Transformations Wrong By Trying to Do It All So Right

    60 mins
    Talk
    Intermediate

    Sorry to say it guys, but Agile has gone limp over the last few years.  As we get more and more coaches into the mix, both external as well as internal, organizations somehow have forgotten that it’s software that we’re trying to produce.  Not great stand-ups.

    Technical practices matter.  In fact, if we could dispense with ALL process and still create the valuable quality software that is needed, we should do that.  From a Lean perspective, process adds no customer facing value.  But getting rid of all process is crazy talk.  Even Fred George, who promoted “Programmer Anarchy” several years ago never got away from all process.  In reality, his movement was premised on driving business decision making directly into technical decision making, and completely empowering teams to “be” the company.  He premised the concept of “Programmer Anarchy” on using the best and brightest developers out there, and trusting that if they could do something as difficult as create great code that they could do the business decision making as well.

    But perhaps we don’t have the absolute best talent out there.  Perhaps it’s hard to lure people away from Google and Facebook because of the money and the chance to get great work environment and unbelievable work challenges (change the world, anyone?)  Does that mean that we have to go back into the Fredrick Winslow Taylor world view of “The One Best Way”?  With that way becoming making a choice between Scrum, SAFe, Lean/Kanban, and other development processes?

    I’d like to convince you that what’s going to work for your organization and your employees is something in the middle.  I, of course, lean into the “better technical practices will yield better outcomes” frame of mind.  You may as well.  But when Garrison Keillor said, on “A Prairie Home Companion” (a long running radio show on National Public Radio in the States), “Well, that's the news from Lake Wobegon, where all the women are strong, all the men are good looking, and all the children are above average”, that was satire!  And the same is true of your organization.  It can logically be true that all organizations’ developers are all above average.  But we can hold people to an acceptable level of technical practices that will yield in writing better code than merely having a process that talks about writing better code. 

    This session will speak to the specifics of the whats and whys.

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    Dave Dame - Design Thinking for Organizational Change

    40 mins
    Talk
    Beginner

    We all know how people use design thinking to create better products and deliver delightful experiences to our users. However, design thinking can be an excellent tool to use for organizational change. In the case of organizational change, our product is the change that we are trying to drive, and our customers are those people who are impacted (internally and externally) and have to live with that change. In the same way that design thinking puts the user front-and-centre for products, it can be used to put people in the organization front-and-centre. In this talk we will discuss how design thinking works and, as a case study, how we have applied it at Scotiabank to help drive adoption of the Bank’s NPS customer insights into building solutions that serve our customers. In that program, previous internal processes were ineffective in pushing relevant data to delivery teams at the right time. Using a Lean or Agile approach would have provided some benefit, but taking a design thinking approach uncovered an array of useful insights to make the whole process more purposeful. Learn from this example to explore how you might incorporate design thinking to drive greater effectiveness and relevance for your team’s body of work.

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    Utpal Chakraborty - Agile & Lean Movie Making - An Out-Of-The-Box Implementation of Agile & Lean

    40 mins
    Talk
    Intermediate

    “An Out-Of-The-Box implementation of Agile & Lean : Agile & Lean Movie Making” is a fresh and innovative topic and most importantly it has got a completely new dimension of tailoring and adopting Agile & Lean like best practices from other industries like Movie Production Industry to the IT (Software) world and vice a versa like we did the same a decade back by adopting Six-Sigma & Lean practices from Toyota & Motorola. This framework also talks about the extent agile & lean techniques can be tailored to deal with very specific scenarios or in very specific industries. The topic and the framework has been discussed, debated and finally accepted by the Agile & Lean communities worldwide as it challenges some of the standard Agile, Lean and Kanban practices which cannot be implemented as its original form in many exceptional scenarios.”

    This also open a different spectrum of how Agile practices with required tailoring can be implemented in any industry or any work.
    The session also reiterates the fact that Agile & Lean principles are not specific and limited for to any specific industry but the same can be applied to any industry and even in our day today work and get benefited.
    1. Do NOT associate or trademark or limit Agile & Lean with any specific industry.
    2. It’s Versatile. It’s a Methodology of Working which can be applied in any industry, any business and in any work.
    3. More you practice Agile & Lean more you mature and invent. There is No End to it.
    4. Many a times we do many things unknowingly in Agile & Lean way and we get fantastic results.

  • Liked Dave Dame
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    Dave Dame - Design thinking and Agile: Infinitely more powerful together

    40 mins
    Talk
    Beginner

    When Agile first came on the scene it was premised around putting the customer first. But, over the years its focus has evolved and the general perception of Agile today is that it’s mostly a tool for delivering software. Agile’s original focus was mainly on developers and testers, but it never really contemplated design thinking as a discipline. Design thinking, which has been around for decades but is only recently having its ‘moment in the sun’, compliments agile beautifully in that it focuses on trying to solve the right problems for the right people. Design thinking allows us to iterate and test assumptions before too much coding and production-readiness is done, which helps ensure the team is investing in the right things at every stage. It really provides a focus on innovating rather than simply burning down a backlog. In this talk we will discuss different ways to incorporate design thinking into the agile process. You will learn how to yield benefits from bringing these two practices together – most importantly how to best serve the users of the product or service you are delivering. At Scotiabank, we’ve been using these fantastic tools in combination for over a year. It is a journey, and although we haven’t completely solved everything yet, there are a lot of lessons we have learned that can be applied elsewhere.

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    Jess Long - Kaizen Land - Gamifying Stand Up and Overcoming Anti Patterns

    Jess Long
    Jess Long
    Agile Coach
    Barclaycard US
    schedule 1 month ago
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    40 mins
    Experience Report
    Intermediate

    Learn how the gingerbread men are taking over the daily Stand Up and forever changing the mornings of teams everywhere.

    Have your Daily Stand-Ups become stale? We’ll talk through the evolution of an idea that ended up demolishing monotony, obliterating anti-patterns and spawning smiles… and to think, it all started when my daughter and I were playing Candy Land!

    We’ll talk through the implementation of a game board during one team’s stand up through the infectious adoption and evolution of its existence. You’ll hear how teams tackled some of their greatest impediments and helped build a zone of psychological safety all while having fun.

    By the end of this session, you’ll be prepared to bring this back to your team and create your own success stories.

  • 40 mins
    Talk
    Beginner

    Many organizations flatten management structure when they transform to agile. It soon becomes obvious that important activities done by managers are still needed.  A community can fill these gaps. They can provide morale, governance, learning, and mentorship, recruiting and hiring, mutual support, coordination, sharing, innovation and more!

    Unfortunately few companies manage to create a strong community. Even fewer empower that community to fill these gaps. This means they are missing the ultimate benefit of community: a strong, empowered community can transform the organization itself!

    Join Shahin and Shawn in this interactive session to explore communities in organizations. Examine the benefits of building great communities. Learn how to spark the community, and how to support it as it evolves. Hear stories of communities empowered to improve the organization. Learn how to make a community into a driver of positive change.