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  • Naresh Jain
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    Naresh Jain - Contract Driven Development: The Death of Integration Hell

    Naresh Jain
    Naresh Jain
    Founder
    Xnsio
    schedule 1 week ago
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    60 Mins
    Talk
    Intermediate

    In a complex, interdependent eco-system, where each service is evolving rapidly, we typically end up with an Integration Hell .i.e. the myriad problems that occur when API integrations break down

    • Provider and consumer integrations break when their understanding of the API endpoints are out of sync
    • Working integrations break when the API developer makes a change without informing the consumer
    • Development and testing slow down when the consumer depends on the provider API running in a staging environment:
      • The network may be down
      • The environment hosting the API may be down
      • The staging API may crash, or may not even be started
      • Development can be delayed if the staging API is not kept up-to-date
      • API changes can come in at the last minute, resulting in breakage on the consumer side
      • The provider API may break backward compatibility, resulting in breakage on the consumer

    Instead, what if we could make the dependencies between the provider and consumers explicit in the form of executable contracts. These executable contracts provide a common, clear definition of their API endpoints. They give instantaneous feedback about accidental breakage to the teams so that they can work independently. These executable contracts are:

    1. Kept up-to-date and acts as a single source of truth
    2. Used for service virtualisation, keeping consumers in sync with the contract
    3. Run as tests against the provider API to validate it's request and response type definitions
    4. Tightly integrated with CI
    5. Capable of pinpointing any backwards-incompatible changes to the contract

    This is Contract Driven Development, and it heralds the Death of Integration Hell.

    Here's a sample contract:

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    This session will demonstrate all the key points of Contract Driven Development as implemented by the teams using an open-source tool called Qontract.

  • Rehana Rajwani
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    Rehana Rajwani - Organizational Physics - What can we learn from Newton?

    Rehana Rajwani
    Rehana Rajwani
    Director, Agile Catalyst
    BMO
    schedule 3 days ago
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    40 Mins
    Talk
    Intermediate

    Physics is everywhere - I'm sure you've heard that. If you're an engineer or simply an unexplainably logical person, this conversation is meant for you!

    Physics is one of the most fundamental scientific disciplines, and its main goal is to understand how the universe behaves. Physics is one of the oldest academic disciplines and, through its inclusion of astronomy, perhaps the oldest discipline overall.

    Given the above, it's amazing how physics has been minimally explored in its impact to organizational behaviour and structure. Being an engineer, I was curious and have been exploring how the laws of physics impact the maturity of agile and the organizational culture. I look forward to sharing this information with you in a fun and engaging way!

  • Daniel Doiron
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    Daniel Doiron / Mario Latreille - WORKSHOP - The Theory of Constraints and Throughput Accounting

    60 Mins
    Workshop
    Intermediate

    Inspired from the leading book Tame Your Work Flow that I co wrote with Steve Tendon, let's twist! Twist our brains that is. On the new counter intuitive models we need to build to understand the Five Focusing Steps of the Theory of Constraints and the Cost Accounting mirages we need to destroy with the understanding if Throughput Accounting. 

    The book has received the most cherished praised from the top experts in the world in Kanban, Theory of Constraints, Throughput Accounting, FLEX, DA, Lean etc. They are right here for you to grasp: 

    https://tameflow.com/tame-your-work-flow-testimonials/

     

    TameFlow is based on destroying old mental models - cognitive biases- that prevent us from reaching our goals: making money now and in the future so that we can finance our corporate aspirations. 

  • Daniel Doiron
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    Daniel Doiron - Throughput Accounting : The single, solitary system thinking approach to destroying Silo mentality

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

    Silo, as they say, must be eliminated. But how long does it take, What is the talk? What is the walk? All approaches fail. The remedy is at the system's logical level. Science is involved.

    At the logical level, there is only one solution: TameFlow with Throughput Accounting.

    Why ? It needs to go straight to the CxO level. 

    Culture is a reflection of a company's system, which are a reflection of top management's mental models. Accounting is the most pervasive system of any company. If a culture change is contemplated, the prevailing cost accounting systems have to go.

  • Peter Maddison
    Peter Maddison
    CTO
    Xodiac
    schedule 1 week ago
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    40 Mins
    Talk
    Intermediate

    TACO is an acronym I use with clients to help them map controls from their software delivery pipelines to the organizational controls.

    TACO stands for Traceability, Access, Compliance, and Operations.

    The approach consists of a base list of 25 automatable controls that are documented and the control activity, artifacts and SOR identified. After mapping how these controls are handed we map them to the organizational controls and identify any gaps.

    This model allows for the creation of opinionated pipelines and helps create a common understanding across teams as to what is required in order to be secure.

    Taking a TACO approach can be considered a part of implementing a DevSecOps program and I’ve used this approach at multiple banks. I’ve given the base talk at three conferences and multiple times to internal teams. It helps build organizational confidence in the automation of software delivery.

    During the talk, I’ll run through the different categories of controls, how they are implemented, what the purpose of them is, how to create robust feedback loops for controls such as SAST and how to handle long-running processes such as DAST.

    Content is fairly high level but I can dig into specifics of each given area as questions arise.

  • 60 Mins
    Talk
    Advanced

    The Agile Manifesto came out in 2001. It’s all about teams. And yet, HR processes still focus on individuals. A few years ago, companies in Europe started to ask questions on how Agile affects HR, specifically in performance management and reward & recognition. In the US, this exercise only started recently, even though there were a few voices raising and answering these questions early on. In this interactive talk, we dare you to open the HR pandora’s box and go on a tour with us as we share with you how we navigate the HR waters to increase your business agility. We hope you would be courageous enough to join us in driving this transition in your organisations.

  • Steve Pereira
    Steve Pereira
    Founder
    Visible
    schedule 1 day ago
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    40 Mins
    Experience Report
    Intermediate

    This experience report details my 2019 involvement with 3 organizations of 3 different sizes (small startup, small-to-medium enterprise, and giant enterprise) to illustrate how I've used a form of Value Stream Mapping to help them define their current state and leverage data collected in the process to confidently identify (often surprising) risks and opportunities.

  • Erin Randall
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    Erin Randall - Better Questions, Better Connections, Better Community

    60 Mins
    Workshop
    Intermediate

    If we were to ask most any person what they desire, I’m quite certain that community and connection would be among the most-answered responses. (That and winning the lottery.) But how do we get to genuine connection? One answer? Better questions.

    As a coach, powerful questions are a foundational skill, one that I use every day, in service of every relationship. If we consider what questions are, the flippant, easy answer is that questions are how we seek information, seek knowledge. Yes, questions are those things, but in truth, they are so much more than that. A good question shows that someone is paying attention, they’re thinking about you, that they’re honoring your space in their circle. A good question shows care, interest, our dedication to maintaining that relationship. Good questions are the care and feeding of human connection.

    This interactive talk (meaning that yes, you're going to practice what we talk about in this session) will help you to understand what a good question is, how they connect us to others, and how to use them. You'll leave knowing how to be a better servant-leader in your own relationships.

    The ability to ask questions and to listen for the response is to be in service of a relationship. I created this talk to share this skill, to help you create the kind of community and connections that you desire in life.

  • 60 Mins
    Workshop
    Beginner

    Stop driving on the sidewalk!

    In software development and delivery, it sometimes feels like we're perpetually stuck behind a slow-moving vehicle. Sometimes we can easily go around, and sometimes we can't see what's really holding us up. In our experience, many teams are barely peeking over the steering wheel! Our workshop is aimed at sharing a technique that will help you arrive at faster, safer, and happier - whether you're stuck in a ditch or cruising the highway.

    This workshop will introduce a simple method you can use to discover, define and communicate risks and opportunities affecting your teams. Even better, you can use it regardless of what team, department or silo you find yourself in. We'll examine visual representations of valuable data you can use to have productive conversations, make confident decisions, and align towards making real progress.

    Takeaways:
    - How to create a collaborative Value Stream Map  
    - How to use Value Stream Maps to find and diagnose workflow bottlenecks  
    - How to build actionable, data-driven maps that make the path clear to everyone  
    - How to use maps to target your improvement and automation efforts where you need them most  

    Tackle complexity, friction and waste in a few hours with a versatile and actionable mapping technique.

    Not only will you see dramatically improved alignment and collaboration, but you can do it all remotely with free tools.

    We'll show you how with the right map, you can be 20% better tomorrow.

  • Steve Pereira
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    Steve Pereira - Navigating Dev and Delivery Improvement with Maps and Compasses

    Steve Pereira
    Steve Pereira
    Founder
    Visible
    schedule 1 day ago
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    40 Mins
    Talk
    Intermediate

    How to Navigate Software Delivery With Confidence  

    Too many organizations rely solely on "Compasses" like specific metrics, principles and reference companies (being more like Spotify) instead of pairing that reference with "Maps" of where you are right now, and what surrounds you. I'll introduce some of my favourite maps: Value Stream, Dependency and Capability Maps, and how to use them to move with confidence towards your compass target.  

    Takeaways:
    - How Value Stream, Capability and Dependency Maps help visualize and share what's between you and where you want to go  
    - How to pair Compasses with Maps to drive progress in the right direction  
    - Clear examples of data-driven maps that make the path clear to everyone  

  • Shai Shandil
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    Shai Shandil - Colonoscopies and Agility

    Shai Shandil
    Shai Shandil
    Agile Coach
    softsolutions
    schedule 1 week ago
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    40 Mins
    Talk
    Intermediate

    Yup, you read that correctly - colonoscopies. A hallmark study by experts in the fields of psychology and economics has strangely strong links to the themes that underpin the Agile Manifesto. In this short talk, I present how basic human psychology - the tendency to obfuscate the initial and distill the terminal - aligns perfectly with a world of work that is based on iteration.

    The Agile Mindset is elusive - and gets a bad reputation for being so. Through evidence based research this talk will allow participants to grasp onto the concept of iteration in an innately 'human' way.

  • Jason Schreuder
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    Jason Schreuder - Earning Engagement in Virtual Meetings

    90 Mins
    Workshop
    Intermediate

    Do your clients struggle with meetings? Do you find that groups and teams within your organization lack focus, cannot arrive at action items, and fail to really get anything done in meetings? Now that many of us in many more remote meetings, that misery is only amplified. There is a better way - earn engagement with good meeting design and proper facilitation! We will explore my proven “5 Ways of Distributed Meeting Design” and discuss key principles of facilitation that will help you design and execute your next meeting in the virtual space with ease.  This conversation will equip you with ideas to tackle the way your organization meets, address the way it works, and start to change the culture toward one that is more collaborative and engaged.

  • Jorge Luis Castro Toribio
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    Jorge Luis Castro Toribio - Pokegoal Gol!: A gamification approach to build outcome-based planning business mindset at Enterprise

    40 Mins
    Talk
    Intermediate

    Pokegoal Gol!: A gamification approach to build outcome-based planning business mindset at Enterprise. The talk is about our experiences implementing gamification for Building ad outcome-based planning business mindset and ways of working at enterprise that can really be maintained in time at enterprise

  • Jorge Luis Castro Toribio
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    Jorge Luis Castro Toribio - DevOps and SRE culture and practices as Center of Excellence

    40 Mins
    Talk
    Intermediate

    The talk is about designing, setting up and implementing center of excellence  to build and mature DevOps and SRE engineering practices and foster its culture at large enterprise

  • Eduardo Martins
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    Eduardo Martins - A.L.M.A. The essence of your company - a framework to Agility

    Eduardo Martins
    Eduardo Martins
    Agile leader
    Agile
    schedule 4 weeks ago
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    60 Mins
    Workshop
    Advanced

    Are you using an established Agile framework in your company, but you feel things got stuck and you cannot improve your teams? Sprint by sprint you think things got mechanic, and no real WOW? — You need to ask the right questions to ask to diagnose where your company is in terms of Agility. In a framework based on key Agile values, I show you how to use Accountability, Learning, Motivation and Autonomy to unlock the power of your teams! I present you to A.L.M.A., the essence of your company! By the use of breakout rooms and live group exercises, you learn how to assess Agility within your teams using the framework, and leave with action items on the right areas to focus. Are you ready to take the next step into your Agile journey?

  • Daniel Doiron
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    Daniel Doiron - Tame Your Work Flow - The Kanban Book of the decade !

    Daniel Doiron
    Daniel Doiron
    President
    Agile Agonist
    schedule 1 month ago
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    60 Mins
    Talk
    Advanced
    • In early 2020, a new book entered the knowledge work management arena. It was written by Steve Tendon and myself, a Canadian visiting Toronto frequently. It marks history and propels agile into the 20s with content that is revolutionary and never heard of before. 

    Forewords and testimonials from undisputed world leaders in Kanban, Theory of Constraints, Throughput Accounting, FLEX, DA, Lean are available at https://tameflow.com/tame-your-work-flow-testimonials/

    The book covers new topics. New science. We will delve into the entire spectrum of the table of content of the book. New angles on Flow Efficiency, Identifying Constraints in the Work Flow, Work Process and Work Execution.

    Novelties in Agile to let people work and introduce exceptional management and management by exception. (New to the agile space)

    And more .......

     

  • Mariete Sequera Hernandez
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    Mariete Sequera Hernandez / Savita Pahuja - Coaching Agreement: A powerful artifact to set a clear start and a healthy relationship

    60 Mins
    Workshop
    Intermediate

    As a Scrum MasterCoach or Leader have you found yourself overwhelmed by how to secure a nice start and continuity of your engagements?

    And talking about engagements... What about situations where you get involved in critical and sometimes awkward conversations? You wondered what you thought or understood was required from an engagement apparently was not the same as people were expecting from you.

    In this session, learn from two experienced coaches how they used the power of Coaching Agreement with their clients, and how this living artifact can help you set the expectations upfront. Furthermore, you will discover that an up to date Coaching Agreement, can become your best friend by helping you to reduce the chance to be exposed to misunderstandings while going through the coaching process.

    This session will not be just theory, you will learn through a live demo and also get a chance to practice! Join us !!

     

  • Girish Khullar
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    Girish Khullar - UX Culture and Agile product innovation with Design Sprints

    40 Mins
    Talk
    Beginner

    We are in the Experience economy today. The key differentiator in business success is the user experience ‘Wow factor’. However, such innovations won’t succeed unless we get the people behind it. The surest route to win their people is to involve them in the process of generating ideas. The danger is that the involvement of many people with different perspectives will create chaos and incoherence.

    Organized innovative processes embrace focus and instill confidence. Most humans are driven by a fear of mistakes, so they focus more on preventing errors than on seizing opportunities. They opt for inaction rather than action when a choice risks failure. But there is no innovation without action—so psychological safety is essential. That’s what the application of “Design Sprints” does for us, each step of the Design sprint generates a clear output that the next activity converts to another output until the organization arrives at an implementable innovation. 

    Design Sprint creates an environment where an innovator lives the customer’s experience. This immersion in customer experience emerges thoughts for deeper insights. Design sprints connect immersion to the emergence in an amazing framework giving rise to an innovative solution build with employee engagement to meet customer expectations.

  • Nawaz Butt
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    Nawaz Butt - Cumulative flow diagrams (CFD) – Do’s and Don’ts

    40 Mins
    Talk
    Intermediate

    The CFD is growing in popularity in the agile community and has been called a successor to the Scrum burn-down chart. It’s a  very effective tool as it  provides a better visualization and typical information for critical decision making.  Furthermore, CFD can help you improve your process by providing insights into issues and by identifying potential bottlenecks.

    In this session, we’ll look at the different patterns, behaviors and examples of CFD, reviewing what each represents, and how can they be used in both a Kanban and Scrum context.

     

  • Christine Frayda
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    Christine Frayda - Backlog Priority Games: activities to facilitate discussions with your stakeholders, online edition

    60 Mins
    Workshop
    Beginner

    This workshop encourages the participants to take the role of a stakeholder in small group priority discussions. We will sample three online games to prioritize items and compare and contrast them.