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  • Liked Jade Salazaar
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    Jade Salazaar - Future Cities & 5G: Design Thinking Workshop

    90 Mins
    Workshop
    Beginner

    What is design thinking? Is it only for designers? Can I benefit from it?

    Design Thinking in its simplest form, is an approach to solving problems. Once you understand the core principles and framework, you can apply it to just about anything. In the enterprise, it asks for cross-functional teams to come together to co-ideate and co-create products and experiences that are centred around the end-user.

    Join the Rogers digital team for an immersive workshop as we use design thinking, to explore and create the ideal smart city with 5G technology. By the end of the session, you will have observed, defined, created, and tested your new city. Then, we will reflect on how you can use the principles in your day-to day work supporting and advancing agile practices and adoption.

  • Liked David Sabine
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    David Sabine - The Agile Art of Documentation

    60 Mins
    Workshop
    Intermediate

    Myth: "Agile teams don't document."
    Truth: Some of the best documentation we've ever seen comes from Agile teams.

    Agile Engineering practices have revolutionized the ways in which documentation is treated and produced. In high-stakes environments with heavy compliance and audit requirements, a dangerous tendency toward exhaustive documentation is common. This workshop provides direct guidance and simple tools to help a document-heavy workplace think differently about documentation.

    I have developed this workshop to help an organization reframe their understanding of documentation with respect to knowledge work in complex environments so that they may eliminate unnecessary artifacts and simplify/automate others.

  • Liked Shahin Sheidaei
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    Shahin Sheidaei - It All Starts with a Question, a Powerful One!

    60 Mins
    Workshop
    Beginner

    We enjoy having conversations. Who doesn't? We are social animals after all. We like to know more about each other's stories. It is a feature built-in by default. As coaches, it is vital to use this basic instinct to our advantage. The easiest way to influence people is to have a conversation with them. You can use it coaching, mentoring, transformation, or just building a relationship with them. Can you imagine any of the above not to start with a conversation? I can't!

    Conversations are two-way streets. The easiest way to have a two-way communication is to ask questions. Questions can be dumb, unrelated, out of ordinary, crazy, or even beautiful. Can they be efficacious too? They can! An excellent communicator knows how and when to use Powerful Questions to make any conversation a mighty one.

    Powerful Questions generate curiosity in the listener and stimulate thoughtful conversation. They are usually thought-provoking and challenges the underlying assumptions. Powerful Questions, if asked in the right tone and body language, generates creativity and new possibilities.

    Is it hard to ask Powerful questions? It might be. It is not that easy, and indeed not natural for everyone. The good news is that it is something that can be learned, and relatively very easily.

    I invite you to join me for a workshop on Powerful Questions. In this workshop, I am going to help you build your muscle to ask more Powerful Questions. I will give you an easy tool to make your questions more powerful, and conversations more enriched. Asking powerful questions will help you build bridges with people, you would become more empathetic with them, and do not be surprised you are going to listen more. Some of the characteristics of a great coach, one might say! Don't you agree?

  • Liked Terri-Lynn Melnyk
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    Terri-Lynn Melnyk / Todd Hirsch - How ATB Financial is bolstering the Alberta economy through Agility

    40 Mins
    Talk
    Intermediate

    Challenge: how can we transform the economy of Alberta as an organization of just over 5,500 team members and 770,000 customers?

    Join Todd Hirsch, Vice President and Chief Economist of ATB Financial as we explore the ATB Story and how we believe 94 words are about more than Agile transformation. We believe we can and are changing the traditional assumption that Alberta’s economy is all about oil and gas.

  • Liked Jakub Jurkiewicz
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    Jakub Jurkiewicz - Agile Coaching Dōjō - space for deliberate practise

    Jakub Jurkiewicz
    Jakub Jurkiewicz
    Agile Coach
    Air New Zealand
    schedule 3 days ago
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    90 Mins
    Workshop
    Intermediate

    A dōjō (道場) is a hall or space for immersive learning or meditation. This is traditionally in the field of martial arts, but has been seen increasingly in other fields, such as meditation and software development (and now also Agile Coaching!).

    It will be a space for the immersive practice of coaching. Imagine a place where you can come and try out new coaching techniques, get feedback, give feedback and learn from your successes and failures? This is what coaching dōjō is about!

    Coaching is one of the four main skills of every Agile Coach (along mentoring, teaching and facilitating) and for many of us coaching is the hardest skill to master. Way too often we go back to the mentoring mode, giving pieces of advice and sharing our points of view. Guess what, asking questions and giving space to reflect and come up with actions is hard, it's extremely hard! That's why we want to create a space for deliberate practice of coaching.

    The coaching dōjō will be very to the Code Katas exercises knows from the software development world. We will come together, work in groups of 3s, one person will be a coach, one will be a coachee and one will be an observer. We will run 3 rounds of 10-15 minutes coaching so everyone will get a chance to be a coach. At the end of the round, the coach will hear feedback from the coachee and from the observer. In every session (this will be the 1st one) we will work with different challenges and/or different coaching techniques.

  • Steve Pereira
    Steve Pereira
    CEO
    Visible
    schedule 3 weeks ago
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    40 Mins
    Talk
    Beginner

    How can you make time for real innovation and improvement? How do you know what to automate or invest in? How do you escape process prison? How can you get everyone aligned to make a difference? How can you start to drive revenue from tech?

    This talk introduces the one technique I’ve always returned to when I need to answer those questions and drastically improve teams I’ve joined and led. You can use it right away to understand, communicate and improve your work, team or organization - whether you’re a leader or new recruit.

    Lean Value Stream Mapping (LVSM) is a software and tech focused version of a classic technique you can use right now, with materials you already have to discover opportunities, build and share your vision and save hours of toil every week so you can invest in what’s next.

    Sprinkle it on your:
    - Delivery/Data/Testing/Analytics/Logging Pipeline
    - Developer/Customer Onboarding
    - Environment Provisioning
    - Failure Recovery/Incident Management/Support Triage
    - SDLC
    - Toil/Process of choice, you get it :)
    …and start spending more time on what’s next

    I’ve come to love and use Value Stream Maps after years of struggling to find time for innovation, rally buy-in and communicate ideas, issues and risks. They’ve helped me many times go from tearing my hair out (and I have the baldness to prove it!) to knowing exactly how to level up.

  • Liked Teri Christian
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    Teri Christian - Case Study: Transform 4500 people with 8 coaches - impossible?

    40 Mins
    Experience Report
    Intermediate

    This is a case study discussion to share how we are transforming the 2nd largest bank in Australia with a core enterprise team of 3 people and an extended coaching team of 8 professional coaches. We not only transitioned ways of working but also helped with organizational design, transitioned job titles (from over 150 to 7) and workflow management. We are using a model that helps teams change incrementally with weekly measures and understood results. We have been able to have remarkable success using a distributed coaching model, introducing new ways of learning and developing a learning organization.

  • Liked Mihail Sestakov
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    Mihail Sestakov / Teri Christian - Launching Teams: A Workshop

    60 Mins
    Workshop
    Beginner

    Forming, or Launching, a new Agile Team is a critical step that is very often skipped due to lack of knowledge, time pressure or just eagerness to get on with work as soon as possible. This workshop discusses and demonstrates the importance of taking the time to launch teams and provides hand-on knowledge on how to Form a Team. This technique has been used by several organizations in the US and Australia. The last being the 2nd largest bank in Australia launching teams in an organization of 4500 people.

  • Liked Mishkin Berteig
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    Mishkin Berteig - Launching an Agile Team with the Skills Matrix

    90 Mins
    Workshop
    Intermediate

    Participants learn the “Skills Matrix” technique for getting a new Agile team started and for getting established teams to leap to the next level of capability. This technique has been used for decades at Toyota to create a team development plan in a collaborative, visual way.

  • Liked Scott Ambler
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    Scott Ambler - Mission Not Impossible: Transitioning Project Managers to Agile

    60 Mins
    Workshop
    Intermediate

    Every organization is struggling with the issue of how to reconcile project management and agility. This is a serious challenge for the project management community who often doesn't understand what agility is, particularly within the context of an established organization. This can also be a serious challenge for agile practitioners who may not appreciate the potential value of management. We need to work together.

    Project managers have a lot of important skills and knowledge to bring to an agile team if we help them to do so. At the same time they also have some mindset and cultural issues to overcome, something that they may also need help with. In this workshop we will identify the real value that an existing PM can bring to an agile team and explore how they can move into new agile roles to do so.

  • Liked Teri Christian
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    Teri Christian - Digital Product Mastery - Optimize Your System

    90 Mins
    Workshop
    Intermediate

    The move away from traditional ways of working and thinking to digitization leads to change in the way we work, learn and measure. It is important to understand how the digital economy has shifted our ways of working in a digital organization from strategy to execution.

    Join us in game play where we will explore Digital Product Management and the Critical Success Factors, Events and Skills needed to create value flow to customers. We will look at the skills needed for a company to move from being descriptive to one that can respond to emergent needs. Applying this knowledge will help organisations transform their operating model have a competitive edge in a VUCA economy. Plan to Win!

  • Liked Lakshmi Baskaran
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    Lakshmi Baskaran - How to Increase productivity of agile teams by implementing an often overlooked agile principle

    40 Mins
    Experience Report
    Beginner

    Alternate titles proposed:

    How mutual transformations can increase productivity of Agile teams?

    How can you increase productivity of Agile teams by generalizing your specialists?

    Abstract:

    At Leonardo Worldwide Corporation, we constantly aim to improve the efficiency of our teams in Engineering. This talk is an Experience report of how we increased the efficiency of Scrum teams by implementing one of the often overlooked agile principles.

    Experience Summary

    At Leonardo Worldwide Corporation, we noticed that there was an uneven distribution of work amongst our Scrum team members. During the initial days of a Sprint, people belonging to certain functions were extremely busy and the others were constantly looking for work. And this paradigm shifted the other way round during the latter half of the Sprint. Our extremely smart engineers felt underutilized in their Scrum teams. As a result, the Scrum teams were not performing at their best capacity.

    Cause or Symptom:

    Our Scrum teams were encompassed of engineers who were specialized in a specific function of Software Development - frontend development, backend development and Quality Assurance. During a two week Sprint cycle, the work was not uniformly distributed between the developers and QA specialists. There was also an uneven distribution of work between the frontend and backend developers during various phases of a product development. We identified high latency when tasks transitioned between development and testing.

    Solution

    We designed a two phase strategy to transform our team of Specialists into Generalists. By doing this we were cautious of also preserving the expertise that our specialists brought to their respective Scrum teams.

    Phase 1 - Create a mutual transformation between Developers and QA Specialists

    Phase 2 - Create a mutual transformation between Frontend Engineers and Backend Engineers

    We successfully executed Phase 1 of Mutual Transformation in Q4 2018. The results of the transformation were outstanding and exceeded our expectations. We are currently preparing for executing Phase 2 of mutual transformation in Q3 2019.

    In this talk, I will share our experiences in planning and executing mutual transformation programs to convert a team of generalists to specialists that enabled us to achieve the following

    1. Efficiency of our Scrum teams increased by 19%
    2. Our ex-QA Specialists, are now our most productive Developers and DevOps Engineers.
    3. Our ex-QA Specialists, who are our current developers are more committed and feel passionate about what they are building.
    4. There is a substantial increase in the code quality. Since there is no dedicated QA team, our developers are constantly aiming to deliver better code quality.
  • Liked Jakub Jurkiewicz
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    Jakub Jurkiewicz - Mindtraps - how agility can help with our bias

    Jakub Jurkiewicz
    Jakub Jurkiewicz
    Agile Coach
    Air New Zealand
    schedule 3 days ago
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    60 Mins
    Talk
    Beginner

    We like to believe that we make conscious and fair decisions, we trust our intuition, we follow logical thinking and common sense. But what if our choices could be easily influenced, what if our intuition was nothing more than an effect of laziness of our brain and what if logical thinking was harder than we expect? Our minds, which drive all of these processes, are complex and despite vast scientific research we still don't really understand how they work.

    Anchoring, halo effect, availability heuristic, attribute substitution, negativity bias, law of small numbers, Dunning–Kruger effect are just few of the phenomena that create traps for our minds. Are we defenceless when we face these traps? Fortunately not! It turns out that agility brings some tools and techniques to help us.

    In this talk we will explore various types of biases and heuristics that our minds use every day. We will perform experiments and learn from the research of the last 60 years. We will also look at some tools and techniques that agility brings and we will see how we can use to help ourselves, our teams and organisations.

  • Liked Joel Tosi
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    Joel Tosi - Metrics that Matter - Moving from Easy to Impactful

    Joel Tosi
    Joel Tosi
    Dojo & Co
    schedule 2 weeks ago
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    40 Mins
    Talk
    Intermediate

    Metrics are the bane of many organizations, getting fascinated on measurements that don’t matter or can drive improper behaviours. In this session, we walk through a simple grouping for metrics where the groupings not only call out the metrics, but their limits, and help guide to better metrics.

  • Liked Alex Karasyov
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    Alex Karasyov - Designing Agile Organizations of the Future with Scrum@Scale

    40 Mins
    Talk
    Intermediate

    Whether you are growing an organization or transforming an existing one, you must create a structure that will drive the culture of continuous learning, value creation, and performance to compete in the modern world. Scrum@Scale combines the experience of Jeff Sutherland (co-creator of Scrum) and many trainers and practitioners around the world. It's a Scale-Free architecture that allows you to apply Scrum to an entire organization without unnecessary overhead.

  • Liked Sunny Dhillon
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    Sunny Dhillon - Non-Techies Guide to Agile Engineering Practices - Learn the fun way!

    Sunny Dhillon
    Sunny Dhillon
    agile42
    schedule 1 month ago
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    90 Mins
    Workshop
    Beginner

    Building the right thing and building it quickly! How about building it the right way?

    "Sometimes it pays to stay in bed on Monday, rather than spending the rest of the week debugging Monday’s code.” – Dan Salomon

    Is your delivery team delivering Spaghetti code, all complex and tangled up? Want them out of bed on a Monday and working on Lasagna code, all structured, well defined and layered?

    Starting out introducing Agile engineering practices is difficult. What is it? Where do you go? How do you start?

    In this session Agile Engineering practices, concepts and philosophies will be introduced. Through structured exercises, attendees will demonstrate the following agile engineering practices:

    • Test Driven Development (TDD)
    • Pair Programming
    • Continuous Integration
    • Refactoring

    Through this highly interactive hand on workshop, you will learn the concepts and develop an understanding of Agile engineering practices in a playful way without touching a single piece of code.

    Target Audience: Scrum Masters, Agile Coaches, Executives, Managers, Agile Leaders and Scrum Teams.

  • Liked Sunny Dhillon
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    Sunny Dhillon - COACHING KATAS: PRACTICING SELF-AWARENESS THROUGH COACHING STANCES

    Sunny Dhillon
    Sunny Dhillon
    agile42
    schedule 1 month ago
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    60 Mins
    Workshop
    Beginner

    Your mind is like this water my friend, when it is agitated it becomes difficult to see. But if you allow it to settle, the answer becomes clear.

    Master Oogway (Kung-Fu Panda)

    When should you coach? When should you teach? And when should you mentor? It’s not always easy to recognize that you probably play different roles with your teams, let alone knowing when and how to switch between them purposefully.

    In this session, we will help you consciously recognize the various coaching stances and which stance is appropriate for a given situation. You will practice stepping into the stances and moving between them using coaching katas that model situations you probably see all the time in your companies.

    Attendees will leave this session with greater self-awareness of their coaching style, practice working within the various stances, and techniques they can practice to further enhance the agility of their coaching. This focus on understanding our internal thinking leads perfectly into the next session that focuses further outwards on making observations, separating out what we see versus how we interpret what we see.

  • Liked Mishkin Berteig
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    Mishkin Berteig - JIRA is the Worst Possible Choice

    Mishkin Berteig
    Mishkin Berteig
    President
    Berteig Consulting Inc.
    schedule 2 months ago
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    90 Mins
    Workshop
    Intermediate

    A rant, with evidence, on why electronic tools in general, and JIRA in particular, are anti-Agile. Participants will use the Agile Manifesto to evaluate the electronic tools they are currently familiar with. JIRA is used as a case study.

    NOTE: Scrum asks us to have courage. The Agile Manifesto asks us to value individuals and interactions over processes and tools. I hope the organizing committee will consider this proposal despite the risk that it might offend some tool vendors. If we can't speak freely about our experiences with tools, we will fail as a community.

  • Liked Eric C Richardson
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    Eric C Richardson - Stop hunting for Unicorns… mount a horn on a Thoroughbred | Building Engineering Culture through Immersive Learning

    40 Mins
    Experience Report
    Intermediate

    Description:

    As ATB continues its Digital transformation, the skills we need to achieve our goals become harder and harder to find. Instead of searching further and further away for scarcer and scarcer skills how can we build the skills and culture that we need?

    The Digital Strategy team at ATB focuses heavily on this question and our first major initiative related to this was hosting an internal Hackday that created an immersive learning experience for team members while contributing towards our engineering culture. Learn from our experience planning a Hackday from scratch and discover how impactful immersive learning can be.

  • Liked David Horowitz
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    David Horowitz - Stop complaining and start learning! Retrospectives that drive real change

    David Horowitz
    David Horowitz
    Cofounder and CEO
    Retrium
    schedule 1 week ago
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    60 Mins
    Talk
    Intermediate

    Good retrospectives (you know, the ones that actually lead to real change?) rest on three pillars:

    * people,
    * process, and
    * follow-through


    What makes retrospectives so difficult is that if any of these three pillars starts to crack, it's very difficult for the retrospective to be a success.

    Ultimately, getting the right people in the room, utilizing a good process to facilitate the conversation, and following-through on the learning outcomes depend on having an organizational culture that encourages learning, transparency, feedback loops, and continuous improvement.

    If this sounds like your company already, then great! This talk is not for you.

    For everyone else, join me to explore how effective retrospectives can break a downward cycle of disillusionment and malcontent and transform you and your team into engines of learning and growth.