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Monday, August 5
 

10:45 EDT

The Answer is the Question (Bernie Maloney)

Abstract:
As a Scrum Master, Coach or Trainer, do you ever wish you could practically snap your fingers & influence your colleagues or students to facilitate their own answers?
Most questions we receive are requests for something our listener is missing. But questions themselves can be repatterned and used for so much more than a direct answer. WIth a series of exercises, this session introduces facilitation skills & techniques that enable a teacher (be they a Scrum Master, Coach or Trainer) to use questions to restructure a listener’s thinking, and therefore their experience, opening a path for a listener (be they a colleague, coachee or student) to discover an answer for themselves.
Come learn how to influence your colleagues and students to think “outside the box” powerfully leading them beyond their conscious mind to tap into their unconscious & find an answer within their question.

Learning Outcomes:
  • Practice a state for increased situational awareness, to better grasp a student or colleague’s question
  • Outline a pattern of questions that can be used to loosen up a student or colleague’s perspective on a question or problem
  • Use the pattern of questions to coach a fellow workshop participant through thinking “outside the box” and find new answers to their question or problem
  • Summarize this coaching technique and choose a situation where you’ll apply it “in real life”

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Speakers
avatar for Bernie Maloney

Bernie Maloney

Agile Coach | Accelerating Genius, Persistent Systems
Bernie’s career started with a flash and a bang. Literally. His first position was designing devices that protect telephone networks from lightning strikes. A few career pivots later, he had a flash of insight: it was possible to tap into latent potential in every person, every... Read More →


Monday August 5, 2019 10:45 - 12:00 EDT
Maryland Ballroom A

10:45 EDT

The Emergence of Integral Leadership: Shifting the Structure of our Attention (Michele Madore, Michael Spayd)

Abstract:
Agile, or any kind of organizational transformation, requires a level of leadership equipped to skillfully navigate their organization through massive change, in both the external and internal dynamics that are present throughout the change. That level of leadership goes beyond just outcome-creating (Creative) leadership, and extends to the next stage, which is Integral Leadership. Integral Leadership is built on an integral mind, one that is able to hold polarities, unresolvedness, tension and contradictions. We've been using The Leadership Circle's developmental tool to talk about moving from the Reactive to the Creative. This development allows for a person to move from the Competent Manager, to the Visionary Leader, who operates from passion, rather than fear-based Reactivity. The developmental shift to Integral Leadership moves the focus on 'Results' & 'Relationships' to a focus on the 'Whole'. This developmental shift to Integral Leadership allows for Servant Leadership, with the whole system's welfare as their focus, and operates from a place of compassion. It is Integral Leadership that has the developed capacity to lead transformational change.
In this session, we will take a practical and fun approach to explore each person's own orienting quadrant and potentially inherent translations (perceptions) of other's orientations. Being able to skillfully see another person's way of seeing things requires us to first understand our own way of seeing. As transformation leaders and coaches, our ability to shift our structure of attention to focus on the whole, rather than coming from our own inherent bias', is the single most deciding factor as to how far we can take our organizations and our clients. This session will help you see why Integral Leadership is a developmental journey and an imperative for the next stage of leadership needed in our world.

Learning Outcomes:
  • - Understanding the context for Integral Leadership and Transformation
  • - Understanding the Universal Model of Leadership (The Leadership Circle), from Reactive to Creative to Integral
  • - Exploring Integral Leadership and the Integral Mindset
  • - Exploring the developmental path to Integral Leadership

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Speakers
avatar for Michele Madore

Michele Madore

Co-Founder, Managing Partner, Trans4mation
My passion is just to be an instrument of real change. My company is Trans4mation, and what I know is that transformational type change lives in our hearts, minds, and habits, individually and collectively. The future of our organizations and our world is really about learning how... Read More →
avatar for Michael Spayd

Michael Spayd

Co-Founder, Managing Partner, Trans4mation, LLC
My purpose is to help individuals, teams and organizations wake up to their inherent potential and highest purpose. Over my 18 years in the Agile community, I have brought in many tools and perspectives from the worlds of professional coaching, organization development, systems coaching... Read More →


Monday August 5, 2019 10:45 - 12:00 EDT
Maryland Ballroom D

10:45 EDT

The Inclusive Agile Accelerator: How to Improve Learning and Inclusion in the IT Industry (Alejandro Olchik, Rafael Prikladnicki)

Abstract:
For seven years, and running fifteen editions, in Brazil, we have been evolving a not-for-profit immersive and educational program through a university-corporate partnership, that has achieved consistent impact on job opportunities for its candidates, promoting the development of 21st-century skills, gender equality, increasing social inclusion and contributing to the local community.
As for today, the program helps 24 students each semester. We receive more than 17 candidates per opening. Our recruiting process is capable of selecting teams where the number of women is greater than the number of men. We are also managing to identify and increase the number of openings reserved to young people coming from socially unfavorable contexts. Each semester, we receive around ten project proposals from real customers, most of them with a firm purpose behind. The program escapes from a lecture-based and prescriptive approach to learning. Through the development of a safe space for making mistakes, participants learn through practice, not only about agile methods, business analysis, lean startup, programming, and testing, to a level that they are ready to pursue professional opportunities in the market, but also about each other, their differences and the importance of respecting those differences.
Interactively, this talk will bring awareness about the obstacles minorities face in the technology sector, and explain the evolution, current stage, and outcomes of the Inclusive Agile Accelerator. In the end, we expect to provide some useful recommendations for aspiring educators and change agents looking for practical advice on how to grow more inclusive environments.

Learning Outcomes:
  • Carry out recruiting ideas and practices to improve gender diversity and social inclusion in general.
  • Provide practical recommendations and guidelines when implementing similar educational programs.
  • Determine the relevance of the results obtained and the feasibility of the educational approach to different contexts.
  • Summarize the main challenges and obstacles faced to advance the program further.

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Speakers
avatar for Alejandro Olchik

Alejandro Olchik

Agile Coach, ionatec
Agile Coach and Trainer at ionatec. Senior Mentor at the Inclusive Agile Accelerator. MBA Professor at PUCRS. Órulo CTO, a B2B marketplace for the real estate industry.Themes I'm interested: education and learning, 21st-century management practices and startups.
avatar for Rafael Prikladnicki

Rafael Prikladnicki

Director of Tecnopuc, PUCRS


Monday August 5, 2019 10:45 - 12:00 EDT
Chesapeake G/H/I

14:00 EDT

Teal Enough: Tales from a small company trying to grow, retain culture and be Agile (Amanda Geary, Bob Payne)

Abstract:
The Lithespeed team first read Frederic Laloux's "Reinventing Organizations” in 2015. We immediately said ‘Hell yes, we are doing this - we should never work any other way!’ Fast forward 4 years, a couple conference presentations and a lot of trial and error.
On our journey to Teal, we have undergone many transitions. We will share some of our challenges moving towards a deeper teal culture and our goal of developing tools for creating a system of organizational development and self-management. We will share our real-world experience using distributed decision making and organizational structure, self-management for the whole organization, People Operations, peer to peer feedback/engagement/performance reviews, financial transparency, open salaries, managing the business, and giving voice to the organization.
We came to Agile2018 and spoke on this topic - suggesting that instead of listening to someone who has just read the book you should come listen to our 'No BS' account. We walked away from our session with your feedback and some new ideas and spent a year doubling down on our commitment to a ‘teal’ workplace. Some might say we aren’t there yet…our response? We are ‘teal enough’!
Attendees will leave with an understanding of People Operations and Teal Organizational Models, as well as specific tactics we used and what went well.

Learning Outcomes:
  • In this session, we will relate our experiences with self management, decision making from the bottom and separating HR from company culture and day to day business (Who does the hiring and firing? Who should give/receive feedback and how often?). These are not data points from articles and other presentations. These are real world successes and struggles that we are working through RIGHT NOW.
  • Hopefully you will walk away with some insight to use within your own organization. We also hope that in the Activity and Q&A portion we will get feedback and learn about your experiences as well. We are always pivoting and would love to have suggestions to try in the future at LitheSpeed!

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Speakers
avatar for Amanda Geary

Amanda Geary

Finance and People Operations, LitheSpeed
I started my career as a research analyst at 4th Wave, a technology consulting firm specializing in research on trends in the IT and communication industry. I then moved on to Freddie Mac and worked with development & testing to analyze market needs and implement product offerings... Read More →
avatar for Bob Payne

Bob Payne

SVP of Agile Transformation, LitheSpeed
An early adopter of Extreme Programming, Scrum, and SAFe, Bob Payne has worked exclusively as a Lean+Agile Transformation leader since 1999.Bob hosts the Agile Toolkit podcast and has produced over 170 podcasts, recording a variety of industry leaders and Agile practitioners. His... Read More →


Monday August 5, 2019 14:00 - 15:15 EDT
National Harbor 4/5

14:00 EDT

Starting with our Agile Successes (Antoinette Coetzee, Lyssa Adkins)
Limited Capacity full
Adding this to your schedule will put you on the waitlist.


Abstract:
This week will be filled with ideas for addressing your greatest Agile challenges, or for getting started on the right foot. There will be a lot of talk about impediments and solutions in the days ahead! There might even be some criticism of people, companies, frameworks, etc. Before all that begins, we invite you into a space of recognizing our Agile successes and appreciating the ways Agile has already created vitality, stability, possibility, etc, etc. This session is fueled by your real-life success stories. Come hear some, come tell yours, and infuse your heart and mind with positivity - an empowering place from which to receive the messages you will hear the rest of the week!

Learning Outcomes:
  • - Be inspired by individual Agile success stories told impromptu by the session participants
  • ~ Appreciate Agile for what it has already created in the world, and the effect it can have on individual's lives, teams and organizations
  • - Change the place from where you will be listening
  • ~ Make connections that set you up for success for the rest of the week


Speakers
avatar for Antoinette Coetzee

Antoinette Coetzee

Agile Coach and Trainer, Plain Agile
Antoinette has been in the Agile world since working with some of the original Manifesto signatories in 1996. She spent several years as Agile team member, developing software products. She has been an Agile mentor since 2005, then received coaching from Agile Coaching Institute in... Read More →
avatar for Lyssa Adkins

Lyssa Adkins

Agile Coach & Consultant, LyssaAdkins.com
I came to Agile as a project leader with over 15 years project management expertise. Even with all that experience, nothing prepared me for the power and simplicity of Agile done well.My Agile experience, along with my professional coaching and training abilities, gives me the perspective... Read More →


Monday August 5, 2019 14:00 - 15:15 EDT
National Harbor 8

14:00 EDT

The Road to Real Business Agility (Dean Leffingwell)

Abstract:
Business Agility represents the ability of an organization to rapidly respond to changing market conditions by continuously delivering products and services that meet evolving customer demands. In a world being ‘eaten by software’, business agility is completely dependent on an organizations ability to create and deploy innovative digital systems. That, in turn, requires the mastery of core technical competencies — including team and technical Agility, implementation of DevOps and a continuous delivery pipeline, and lean portfolio management. And yet Business Agility demands even more. All aspects of the enterprise — leadership, sales, marketing, operations, supply, manufacturing, finance, legal, HR and more— must become more agile and adaptive, and more fluid in its organization. These teams need to be more Agile in their approach, and must also understand how to work with an Agile technology organization.
In this tutorial, Dean Leffingwell will describe the competencies needed to achieve true business agility —agility based on confidence in the ability to deploy innovative technical solutions more quickly than ever before—coupled with the business skills necessary to more rapidly adapt to evolving customer demand.

Learning Outcomes:
  • An understanding of what Business Agility really is, and a description of the technical and business competencies needed to accomplish it.
  • An initial self assessment of where an attendees enterprise is on the road to Business Agility.

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Speakers
avatar for Dean Leffingwell

Dean Leffingwell

Chief Methodologist, Scaled Agile, Inc.


Monday August 5, 2019 14:00 - 15:15 EDT
Maryland Ballroom C

15:45 EDT

May I Help You Find Something? – A Journey of Enterprise Business Agility @ Target (Tom Diedrich, Chris Diller)

Abstract:
Are you ready for your Enterprise Agility journey? Let’s take a look! Becoming Agile and getting to Enterprise Agility is a journey of incremental progress where, as with other journeys, you’ll explore, discover, experiment, and learn - at your own pace and in a way that's right for your Enterprise. 
In this presentation, we’ll travel together through journeys taken by Target Marketing business teams that are becoming Agile. We’ll join them as they progress from Team and Product Agility into Strategic Agility and enter into Enterprise Agility as we envision it. We’ll see teams operating in various frameworks including Scrum, Kanban, Scrumban (hybrid), and experimental groups forming practice squads and guilds to deliver what’s new and next for Target Guests.
Anchoring to the Agile Values and Principles, these teams are developing empathetic, trusting, and collaborative relationships within their teams and across organizational pyramids. We'll see how delivering valuable outcomes early, often, and beyond expectations helps drive engagement with Executive Leadership. And we'll share some of the signals that indicate that your Enterprise is advancing toward Business Agility such as our Coach-in-Training experiment that enables teams to continue along their learning journey once they've skilled up in our internal immersive learning environment.
Being a leader in an industry means having trend-setting strategies, leadership and products that adapt to change, and making guest-centric decisions. Today’s industry leaders must be agile – ultimately across their Enterprise. Tom Diedrich and Chris Diller, Lead Agile Coaches at Target, will share stories of Marketing teams’ journeys and outline an ongoing approach in pursuit of Enterprise Business Agility at a large corporation.

Learning Outcomes:
  • The investments to consider making for Enterprise Agility now and in the future
  • How leveraging immersive learning increases speed of transformation and more sustainable positive outcomes
  • Parallels and distinctions of IT and business teams in an Agile environment
  • The importance of alignment on Product
  • What it means to commit to organizational change

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Speakers
avatar for Tom Diedrich

Tom Diedrich

Target Corporation
avatar for Chris Diller

Chris Diller

Lead Agile Coach, Target Corp
Chris is a Certified Scrum Professional and practicing Agile Coach at Target. He's been involved in developing software since 2006 as an embedded software developer, project leader, ScrumMaster, and Agile Coach, but has found a "home" with Scrum and Agile since 2013. Chris has a passion... Read More →


Monday August 5, 2019 15:45 - 17:00 EDT
National Harbor 4/5

15:45 EDT

Your Magic in the Mirror: Lessons in Witchcraft and Wizardry (Olaf Lewitz)
Limited Capacity seats available


Abstract:
Your self. An abundance of magical possibilities. How often do you dare let it out to enchant your world?
When your self-care is at its best, that's like... what?
and... your courage, that's like... what?
and... your confidence, that's like... what?
and... what's holding you back from unleashing your magic right now, that's like... what?
Reflection tools (aka mirrors) serve two important purposes in self-care and growth: they show us what is really holding us back, and they show us the only thing we can really change: ourselves.
In this session, we will practice simple, pragmatic tools - fit for everyday use with yourself and any human you work with - that will ground you, focus you on what you do best, and increase your courage and confidence to do it.

Learning Outcomes:
  • We practice simple, pragmatic tools for self-reflection to increase the awareness of our potential.
  • We discover and understand knacks and aptitudes we have to increase the likelihood of using them.
  • We refill our batteries with positive attention and encouragement during a busy and overwhelming conference.
  • We reflect on how attention to ourselves grows our magic and our potential.
  • We take away tools that we can use every day, with anyone, to achieve the same effects at home and at work.


Speakers
avatar for Olaf Lewitz

Olaf Lewitz

Trust Artist, TrustTemenos Academy
Olaf Lewitz loves his life and his work. He helps all with the art to love like that; an art that requires and fosters trust. He's the trust artist. Will stay when needed and leave when wanted.


Monday August 5, 2019 15:45 - 17:00 EDT
Maryland Ballroom B
 
Tuesday, August 6
 

09:00 EDT

How to Help Your Non-Software Colleagues Adopt Agile (Gil Broza)
Limited Capacity filling up


Abstract:
Exciting news! Colleagues from a non-software department, interested in adopting Agile, have turned to you for advice!
While you’d like to help them, you realize that copying your Agile practices for software/IT won’t cut it. Maybe even a popular process framework (name starts with “S”) wouldn’t be right for their work. They are already starting to use Agile bits – boards, stickies, sprints, and standups – but you’d like to help them go further and enjoy a context-specific Agile implementation that will transform their world.
What you need to do is help them design their implementation based on Agile values and principles. While you don’t have to be a process expert, you do need to have the right conversations. And, you need to discuss the Agile approach in a way that empowers your colleagues to make suitable choices, without being tied to any prescription, tool, or so-called best practices. Come to this session, led by the author of “The Agile Mindset,” to learn how to facilitate a rigorous, collaborative process for successfully customizing Agile to a given context.

Learning Outcomes:
  • Outline the first conversations you must have, and how to conduct them, for an Agile implementation that works
  • Empower your colleagues to make Agile-minded choices without being tied to any prescription, tool, or so-called best practices
  • Facilitate a rigorous, collaborative process for customizing Agile to a given context

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Speakers
avatar for Gil Broza

Gil Broza

Agile Mindset Coach and Trainer, 3P Vantage, Inc.
Gil Broza can help you increase organizational agility and team performance with minimal risk and thrashing. Dozens of companies seeking transformations, makeovers, or improvements have relied on his pragmatic, modern, and respectful support for customizing Agile in their contexts... Read More →


Tuesday August 6, 2019 09:00 - 10:15 EDT
Maryland Ballroom D

09:00 EDT

Part 1 of 2: The Oppression of Structure and the Tyranny of Structurelessness (Johannes Schartau)
Limited Capacity full
Adding this to your schedule will put you on the waitlist.


Abstract:
Structure is a concept that is mostly invisible yet shapes almost everything we do. The purpose of this session is to explore and make sense of structure and its use. When is there too much structure so that things become rigid? When is there too little so that things fall apart? At what point does structure turn into oppression? At what point does the lack of structure enable tyrannies?
Please note that there is no pre-defined learning outcome of this session. There is a structure held in place by facilitation that is supposed to let the participants shape and explore the content.
This session is for you if
  • you're not even sure what the preceding paragraphs are about
  • you're a big fan of defining things and making them explicit
  • you're a big fan of anarchy
  • you would like to explore your personal approach to structure
  • you like to discuss vague, slightly abstract ideas

Learning Outcomes:
  • Collect examples of what structure is and where we find it
  • Help participants gain clarity on their own relationship to structure
  • Identify how we individually cause joy and pain through the use or lack of structure
  • Explore how we as an Agile community relate to structure
  • Provide a way for participants to re-calibrate their use of structure in their work-life


Speakers

Tuesday August 6, 2019 09:00 - 10:15 EDT
National Harbor 8

09:00 EDT

Some Useful Neurophysiology of Collective Learning (MARSHA SHENK)
Limited Capacity seats available


Abstract:
Collective smarts may be the greatest challenge of enterprise agility. It happens in a special 'state': physiological and contextual. Learning - or considering anything new - also happens in a special state.. This talk will provide a taste of each, bits of science to understand them, plus tools to guide you in practice with others.
We will briefly explore what‘s happening in the brain when people ‘get to something’ they’ve never thought of before - collectively. Three experiential exercises, bits of PaleoAnthropology and NeuroPhysiology, plus a juicy Fortune 500 story will illuminate our narrative. New tools will 1) chart your own and others' immediate capacity for co-learning and design 2) measure and celebrate value-added: a leading indicator/early metric of learning and agility that can be tracked with lagging hard metrics.
Playfully shared by a Business Anthropologist, the session is both sobering and exhilarating. The good news is: the desired states are biological, feel good and spread organically. Our brains evolved to learn and act collectively. The bad news is: stress is also biological and spreads organically. NOT ENOUGH OF US KNOW HOW TO TAKE CARE OF THE BIOLOGICAL ASPECTS THAT ENABLE COLLABORATIVE LEARNING IN ADULTS.
More good news: it's immediately rewarding to do so (and well underway in schools and public health.) It could shortly be well underway in your workplace.

Learning Outcomes:
  • After participating you will be able to:
  • > Understand your own and others' capacity for 'new stuff', and how to optimize them.
  • > View 'resistance' and 'barriers' with new eyes and new skills.
  • > Apply two pleasurable tools that promote co-learning, including an infectious leading metric for collective value-add.

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Speakers
avatar for MARSHA SHENK

MARSHA SHENK

Business Anthropologist, The BestWork People
Collective learningHow the social brain controls when/what we can learnEcosystem Intelligence



Tuesday August 6, 2019 09:00 - 10:15 EDT
National Harbor 12/13

10:45 EDT

Part 2 of 2: The Oppression of Structure and the Tyranny of Structurelessness (Johannes Schartau)
Limited Capacity full
Adding this to your schedule will put you on the waitlist.


Abstract:
This is part 2 of a 2 part session. Participation on the first session is required to adequately engage in this session.
Structure is a concept that is mostly invisible yet shapes almost everything we do. The purpose of this session is to explore and make sense of structure and its use. When is there too much structure so that things become rigid? When is there too little so that things fall apart? At what point does structure turn into oppression? At what point does the lack of structure enable tyrannies?
Please note that there is no pre-defined learning outcome of this session. There is a structure held in place by facilitation that is supposed to let the participants shape and explore the content.
This session is for you if
you're not even sure what the preceding paragraphs are about
you're a big fan of defining things and making them explicit
you're a big fan of anarchy
you would like to explore your personal approach to structure
you like to discuss vague, slightly abstract ideas

Learning Outcomes:
  • Collect examples of what structure is and where we find it
  • Help participants gain clarity on their own relationship to structure
  • Identify how we individually cause joy and pain through the use or lack of structure
  • Explore how we as an Agile community relate to structure
  • Provide a way for participants to re-calibrate their use of structure in their work-life


Speakers

Tuesday August 6, 2019 10:45 - 12:00 EDT
National Harbor 8

10:45 EDT

Growing Your Personal Design Heuristics (Rebecca Wirfs-Brock)

Abstract:
How can we get better as software designers? By becoming more aware of our design heuristics and continuing to cultivate and refine them. Heuristics aid in design, guide our use of other heuristics, and even determine our attitude and behavior. For example, as agile software developers we value frequent feedback and decomposing larger design problems into smaller, more manageable chunks that we design and test as we go. We each have our own set of heuristics that we have acquired through reading, practice, and experience.
This session introduces simple ways to record design heuristics and how to share them with others. You can grow as a designer by examining and reflecting on the decisions you make and their impacts, becoming more aware of seemingly minor decisions that were more important than you thought, and putting your own spin on the advice of experts. While we may read others’ design advice—be it patterns or stack overflow replies, the heuristics we’ve personally discovered on our own design journey may be even more important.
Come to this hands-on session to try out practical techniques for distilling your design heuristics (so you can explore and explain them to others); learn ways to identify competing heuristics; evaluate shiny new heuristics you may read or hear about; and grow your ability to explain your heuristics to others.

Learning Outcomes:
  • Understand 3 different types of design heuristics: heuristics that aid in design, determine our attitude, and guide use of other heuristics
  • Learn simple techniques for recording heuristics on the fly (Question-Heuristic-Example Cards, Heuristic Gists)
  • Recognize competing heuristics and how to integrate new heuristics into your existing heuristic toolkit

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Speakers
avatar for Rebecca Wirfs-Brock

Rebecca Wirfs-Brock

Wirfs-Brock Associates
I'm best known as the "design geek" who invented Responsibility-Driven Design and the xDriven meme (think TDD, BDD, DDD..). I'm keen about team effectiveness, communicating complex requirements, software quality, agile QA, pragmatic TDD, and patterns and practices for architecting... Read More →


Tuesday August 6, 2019 10:45 - 12:00 EDT
Chesapeake G/H/I

14:00 EDT

Embracing Open Agility: Tales and Fails From Our Company-Wide Agile Journey (Jill Parsons, Jared Steinshouer)
Limited Capacity filling up


Abstract:
Does VeriShip use components from:
Scrum? Yes.
Kanban? Yes
Lean Startup? Yes.
DevOps? Yes.
Mob Programming? Yes.
Stuff we’ve completely made up? Yes.
People Operations? Yes. You might say this isn’t an Agile framework, but we disagree. Without a positive work culture and a strong sense of safety, nothing else is possible.
The truth is no two teams are alike, so why try to treat them the same? We have combined components from all the above, in addition to Red Hat’s Open Organization philosophy, Kerievsky’s Modern Agile concepts, Business Agility practices, and everything in between, into a rolled-up version of what we now refer to as “Open Agility" at VeriShip. Our ENTIRE organization works every day utilizing various methodologies and approaches to promote openness, visibility, safety, and continuous improvement in the workplace.
In this session, we will present a series of real world experiments we have tried during our company-wide Agile transformation that includes every department within our organization (Accounting, Sales, Product, Marketing, Operations, Customer Success, Software Engineering, etc.). We will share the experiments we’ve tried, successes we’ve had and, most importantly, our failures and what we’ve learned along the way. We believe that in order to excel in a company-wide Agile transformation, a company needs to feel safe working in a highly adaptable and experimentive environment. In order to accomplish this, we believe there needs to be high visibility, high safety, and intentional metrics, both traditional and non-traditional, (for example: happiness metrics) embedded into the culture of the organization. We'll talk through our experiences surrounding each of these.

Learning Outcomes:
  • - Becoming familiar with real world experiments that were tried during an actual company-wide Agile transformation that includes every department in the organization (Accounting, Sales, Product, Marketing, Operations, Software Engineering, etc.)
  • - Taking ideas based upon our experiences that could be used and/or modified for other organizations.
  • - Understanding what open agility means and what it takes to move away from a one size fits all approach into a more open, experimental model.

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Speakers
avatar for Jill Parsons

Jill Parsons

Agile & People Operations, VeriShip
avatar for Jared Steinshouer

Jared Steinshouer

CTO / COO, VeriShip


Tuesday August 6, 2019 14:00 - 15:15 EDT
National Harbor 4/5

14:00 EDT

Part 1 of 2: Anti-fragility, Collaboration and Agile (Caitlin Walker, Andrea Chiou)
Limited Capacity full
Adding this to your schedule will put you on the waitlist.


Abstract:
If you are in contempt of another human being you will be operating from an I’m OK you’re not OK position. Sometimes we do this consciously, sometimes unconsciously. Sometimes we use phrases or terms without thinking and someone else points out that this term makes them feel they’re being held in contempt. What to do when internal worlds and external behaviors collide?
Anti-fragility (Taleb 2012) would hold that from the disorder of diversity we can come to positions of strength. These differences and conflicts can become the stimulus for the group to learn, strengthen and grow BUT only if we have the skills of inquiry without turning the interaction into an act of contempt itself.
We will be uncovering anti-fragile ways of inquiring into conflict that don’t in themselves promote more conflict. We will also be uncovering more fragile ways of inquiring into conflict that put someone else down and require winners and losers.
This workshop is all about creating enough space for resilient inquiry and keeping 'What we'd like to have happen' in mind throughout our interactions.

Learning Outcomes:
  • Learning about others with divergent and even conflicting views - using unbiased 'clean' inquiry.
  • Becoming attuned to knowing the difference between what you said and the response others give.
  • Noticing the patterns of language and behavior that you and other people adopt when in conflict.
  • Developing strategies for moving from fragility to anti-fragility

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Speakers
avatar for Caitlin Walker

Caitlin Walker

Director, Training Attention
I support groups to develop strategies for shifting their attention away from Conflict, Contempt and #Drama. When they're in contempt, they can detect it, acknowledge it, get curious and shift themselves and others. They can move from the addictive #Drama towards action. From a position... Read More →
avatar for Andrea Chiou

Andrea Chiou

Enterprise Agile Coach, Tenable
I work remotely as an Enterprise Agile Coach at Tenable, Inc. a cyber-exposure and vulnerability detection company located in Columbia, Maryland. I care about 'vulnerability detection' in the teams I coach too. Just like with IT systems, we'll have to develop awareness of each others... Read More →


Tuesday August 6, 2019 14:00 - 15:15 EDT
National Harbor 8

14:00 EDT

What I’d loved to have known when I started coaching teams (Olaf Lewitz, Martin Alaimo)
Limited Capacity filling up


Abstract:
As agile coaches, we work with teams and organisations. Most coaching programs focus on individual coaching. That does not enable us to effectively coach teams and organisations.
Our own learning path included many errors and pitfalls. In hindsight, learning about systems coaching only late in the journey was not helpful. In this session, we will summarize what we’d have liked to have known when we started.
Our three main pitfalls are:
  • Coaching individuals and not systems
  • Coaching without agreed and measurable outcomes
  • Suggesting and/or Controlling how the team/organization “should” work
In our session, we will explore these and learn what to do instead.

Learning Outcomes:
  • understand common coaching pitfalls specific to the coaching of organisations and teams
  • reflect my own experience of such pitfalls and take away strategies to avoid and improve
  • new ideas and approaches to help me improve my agile coaching


Speakers
avatar for Olaf Lewitz

Olaf Lewitz

Trust Artist, TrustTemenos Academy
Olaf Lewitz loves his life and his work. He helps all with the art to love like that; an art that requires and fosters trust. He's the trust artist. Will stay when needed and leave when wanted.
avatar for Martin Alaimo

Martin Alaimo

Agile Coach & Trainer, Founder, Kleer
I work as Organizational Coach and professional trainer. As a Certified Scrum Coach (CSC) and Certified Scrum Trainer (CST), my main area of intervention is team work under a collaborative and relational environment within the scope of technological products development. My main concern... Read More →


Tuesday August 6, 2019 14:00 - 15:15 EDT
Maryland Ballroom A

14:45 EDT

The Future Looks Awesome, and Moving Beyond Agile (Mike Griffiths)
Limited Capacity full
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Abstract:
Agile approaches succeeded and changed the way we work. They brought the philosophy and tools previously used by only the high performing teams to the majority of organizations. Now it is time to move beyond them and embrace a new wave of emerging ideas and approaches.
It is short-sighted and self-absorbed to imagine agile approaches represent the best way to execute all work types. As new technology, products, and services emerge, we need new ways to deliver them. Likewise, as organizational structures evolve to use this technology and integrate the aspirations of next-generation workers - who grew up in a digital world, our approaches much evolve again.
Fortunately, patterns are emerging from new organizational structures and the lessons from failed agile transformations. Agile’s “Family” mindset of empowerment and values-driven culture is being overtaken by “Organism” and “Community” mindset organizations embracing Holacracy and Teal Organization ideas. People are also realizing not everyone wants to adopt an agile mindset and we need better ways of integrating with more traditional models that remain that way for their own advantages. The future involves further expansion and integration, not more fervent conceptual conversion.
Come and examine the future beyond agile and hybrid agile. Explore the trends in corporate structures, career aspirations, engagement models, and the technology that is making it all possible. The future is exciting, dynamic, and decidedly less agile – but in a good way.

Learning Outcomes:
  • Summarize the scope of agile approaches
  • Explore how the nature of work is changing
  • Investigate the changes in the emerging workforce
  • Understand new organizational structures
  • Recognize the impacts of emerging work, worker, and workplace

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Speakers
avatar for Mike Griffiths

Mike Griffiths

Leading Answers & RMCLS, Consultant
Mike is an agile author, speaker and trainer, who helped create the agile method DSDM in 1994. He served on the board of the Agile Alliance and the Steering Committee to create the PMI-ACP credential.


Tuesday August 6, 2019 14:45 - 15:15 EDT
Chesapeake 7/8/9

15:45 EDT

In Principle We Agree: From Development to Organizational Agility with Holacracy (Timo Punkka)
Limited Capacity seats available


Abstract:
While Agile methodologies have proven successful in product development, conventional departmental organization structures may pose challenges to scaling agility and achieving the desired efficiency at the organizational level.
Schneider Electric Fire & Security undertook a two-year experiment, inspired by Holacracy, to scale agility across the entire organization. The presentation explores the team-based organizational structure that emerged around the existing value streams, creating end to end transparency and organizational autonomy.
You will hear why the case organization wanted to go beyond development agility, and what eventually led to the chosen Holacracy inspired model. You will be introduced to the early victories en route, the organization’s current state and how to leverage dynamic governance for systematic improvement.
Are you concerned with moving agile practices to beyond development? Join us, and get inspired!

Learning Outcomes:
  • An understanding why Agile product development, while beneficial, is not the end of the story
  • A model for organization for reaching towards organization-wide Agility
  • Based on a case example, an emergent change approach for experimenting towards the future organization

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Speakers
avatar for Timo Punkka

Timo Punkka

Schneider Electric


Tuesday August 6, 2019 15:45 - 17:00 EDT
National Harbor 4/5

15:45 EDT

Part 2 of 2: Anti-fragility, Collaboration and Agile (Caitlin Walker, Andrea Chiou)
Limited Capacity full
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Abstract:
This is part 2 of a 2 part session. Participation on the first session is required to adequately engage in this session.
If you are in contempt of another human being you will be operating from an I’m OK you’re not OK position. Sometimes we do this consciously, sometimes unconsciously. Sometimes we use phrases or terms without thinking and someone else points out that this term makes them feel they’re being held in contempt. What to do when internal worlds and external behaviors collide?
Anti-fragility (Taleb 2012) would hold that from the disorder of diversity we can come to positions of strength. These differences and conflicts can become the stimulus for the group to learn, strengthen and grow BUT only if we have the skills of inquiry without turning the interaction into an act of contempt itself.
We will be uncovering ways of inquiring into conflict that don’t in themselves promote more conflict. We will also be uncovering ways of inquiring into conflict that are pretenses at inquiry and are actually passive aggressive ways of putting someone else down without standing up for what you believe.
This workshop is all about creating enough space for resilient inquiry and keeping 'What we'd like to have happen' in mind throughout our interactions.

Learning Outcomes:
  • Learning about others with divergent and even conflicting views - using unbiased 'clean' inquiry.
  • Becoming attuned to knowing the difference between what you said and the response others give.
  • Noticing the patterns of language and behavior that you and other people adopt when in conflict.
  • Developing strategies for moving from fragility to anti-fragility

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Speakers
avatar for Caitlin Walker

Caitlin Walker

Director, Training Attention
I support groups to develop strategies for shifting their attention away from Conflict, Contempt and #Drama. When they're in contempt, they can detect it, acknowledge it, get curious and shift themselves and others. They can move from the addictive #Drama towards action. From a position... Read More →
avatar for Andrea Chiou

Andrea Chiou

Enterprise Agile Coach, Tenable
I work remotely as an Enterprise Agile Coach at Tenable, Inc. a cyber-exposure and vulnerability detection company located in Columbia, Maryland. I care about 'vulnerability detection' in the teams I coach too. Just like with IT systems, we'll have to develop awareness of each others... Read More →


Tuesday August 6, 2019 15:45 - 17:00 EDT
National Harbor 8

15:45 EDT

Mapping Value to Benefits Realized with Leading (not bleeding) Indicators (Christine Babowicz, Natalie Warnert)
Limited Capacity full
Adding this to your schedule will put you on the waitlist.


Abstract:
Prioritization of work is hard across all levels of the organization. When we focus on feature value, often the first indicator of value we think of is dollars versus effort expended and ROI. But what about value that is not realized through dollars? What about the benefits that are harder to quantify? What about benefits we can see sooner?
By expanding the definition of what value can truly mean, we can normalize, rationalize, and quantify value in new and different ways that make sense to all of our customers and our leadership. With this workshop and mindset we can assess value across programs and portfolios as well as engage team members and stakeholders through interactive activities. In a way, it’s like relative sizing to drive value that appeals to many different consumers and stakeholders of your product and the associated benefits they seek.
Natalie & Christine first demonstrate traditional value estimation (dollars and lagging indicators) and the resulting feature map/prioritization. Then, we look at other types of value realization through a team or program level activity using customer common sense, leading indicators, and innovation accounting. The activity provides participants with hands-on experience estimating and mapping feature value, sans dollars, on a more level and relative playing field. This gives Product Owners, Product Managers, and teams a better baseline to align enterprise and program roadmaps with their own team or product priorities - and most importantly what the customer actually values - the benefits they (and the company) receive!

Learning Outcomes:
  • Understanding of customer value realization through more than just revenue and lagging indicators
  • Intro to leading indicators, innovation accounting, and normalization of benefits realization
  • Facilitating a successful session with a justifiable program roadmap outcome and an activity to bring home


Speakers
avatar for Christine Babowicz

Christine Babowicz

Manager, Enterprise Lean-Agile Coach, MetLife
Christine Babowicz is an Enterprise Lean-Agile Coach at MetLife based in Cary, NC and founding member of the MetLife Global Lean-Agile Center of Excellence. In her role as an Enterprise Lean-Agile Coach, Christine finds herself in the beginnings of a major, organization-wide transformation... Read More →
avatar for Natalie Warnert

Natalie Warnert

Sr Agile Consultant, Natalie Warnert LLC
Natalie Warnert is the primary founder of the Women in Agile initiative, which enables, empowers, and expands the distribution of new and diverse ideas in the agile and technology communities worldwide. She is a frequent speaker on business and agile topics including product strategy... Read More →


Tuesday August 6, 2019 15:45 - 17:00 EDT
Chesapeake 1/2/3

16:30 EDT

A Descriptivist Scaled Agile Framework Grounded in the History of Human Self-Organization (Anastas Stoyanovksy)
Limited Capacity filling up


Abstract:
There are numerous competing frameworks that exist in the space of "scaling Agile" - SAFe, DAD, RAD, and others. A common thread to most, if not all, of these is that they tend to take a top-down perspective by identifying particular business sub-units with their assigned goals, whether those be writing software or designing a product, and then prescribe how and when these subunits should communicate or coordinate. From a bottom-up perspective, instead, XP describes role archetypes that often naturally manifest on an individual level within software engineering teams. After observing that these competing top-down approaches to scaling agile development tend to either explicitly incorporate or implicitly assume XP practices at the individual level, we suggest that there may be some degree of design contradiction in combining a descriptivist, bottom-up perspective with a prescriptivist, top-down one. Furthermore, depending on one's perspective, one may want to emphasize the Agile value of "people over processes" to a higher degree - and throughout an entire organization, as opposed to only within engineering teams.
We suggest that the challenge of scaling Agile is not significantly determined by anything in the field of software engineering and that it is instead related to the general problem of effective self-organization of any group of people that is sufficiently large to have nontrivial internal structure and that must effectively respond to external stimuli. Further, we suggest to turn to the millennia of history of self-organization in human society for a fundamental perspective on this challenge. Robert's Rules of Order, Newly Revised (RONR), which was created by studying that same history, empirically describes principles for effective self-organization of a large group of people, suggesting time-tested principles and practices for the efficient and transparent operation of formal organizations. Perhaps not surprisingly, a number of Agile ceremonies and XP practices find direct analogy with those practices and structure; we begin by building on the basis of that observation. As a starting example: effective formal organizations generally have bylaws and periodic meetings at which those bylaws can be altered by some sort of majority vote, and so one could view an engineering team's development process as its bylaws and Agile retrospectives as periodic meetings to revise those bylaws.
We define an integrated framework that reimagines and redefines existing Agile and XP principles and practices with the benefit of RONR's perspective, replacing top-down prescriptivism with bottom-up descriptivist principles of self-organization derived from the history of human society, as described in RONR. We believe that this framework is able to provide a sort of barebones structure needed for an organization to both operate and effectively grow, while also encouraging enough autonomy to allow for organic, finer-grained self-organization; taken together, one result (among others) is efficient decision making that is concomitant with reduced communication overheads. Encouraged by both objective and subjective preliminary success smoothly increasing head count by 50%, we present our current framework and our implementation of it at IBM Watson. We discuss generalizations and possible implementations of this framework for different organizational scales and with a view of facilitating smooth organizational growth.

Learning Outcomes:
  • A framework from scaling Agile development that aims to balance minimal structure with organic autonomy
  • Principles for enabling self-organization while maintaining a high signal-to-noise ratio
  • Mechanisms for accelerating onboarding into an organization
  • A historical perspective on human self-organization

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Tuesday August 6, 2019 16:30 - 17:00 EDT
Chesapeake 7/8/9
 
Wednesday, August 7
 

11:30 EDT

How I tried Holacracy and Lived to Tell the Tale (Sandy Mamoli)
Limited Capacity full
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Abstract:
This is the story of introducing Holacracy at a New Zealand tech company, whose CTO gave me a one-line instruction: “I’d like you to make it happen.”
Come along and learn from our successes and failures from our quest to create a truly self-organising organisation, learn what worked for us and what didn't and find out how we resolved the question of whether we had joined a cult or actually improved our business.

Lessons Learned from Your Experience:
  • 1) Holacracy will amplify the culture that's already in place. It won’t change or improve it!
  • 2) Holacracy, Agile and common sense will make a big difference to companies in the future
  • 3) It’s not about doing Holacracy but about being holacratic!

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Speakers
avatar for Sandy Mamoli

Sandy Mamoli

Me, Nomad8
I'm a former Olympian, a geek, a gadget junkie, international speaker and author of "Creating Great Teams - How Self-Selection Lets People Excel". I have a masters degree in artificial intelligence and I know quite a lot about Agile.


Wednesday August 7, 2019 11:30 - 12:00 EDT
Chesapeake 7/8/9

14:00 EDT

Part 1 of 2: Upward Trend (Stuart McCalla)
Limited Capacity seats available


Abstract:
Imagine a chance to get to put your agile knowledge on a map, the knowledge you paid for, earned, cherish and defines you both professionally and personally. Now imagine other people around you doing the same building a map based on connections between what you know and what they know. This is the opportunity that we will have as we come together and map all the concepts, frameworks and lenses into an integral map. A map that can hold all of us with complexity and nuance.
“Most of us are only willing to call 5% of our present information into question any one point.”
― Ken Wilber
When we all get together and hold a simple enough meta-framework that can hold all of our combined knowledge and we will get to examine our ideas with the goal to create connections in the Agile community. Possibilities abound when new ideas get sparked and new endeavors get launched as this rich fertile exchange is allowed to happen.

Learning Outcomes:
  • This will evolve into a map of Agile practices that will spark discussion and allow people to see connections. It will be captured real time with either snapshots or time-lapse photography to see the wall being built.


Speakers
avatar for Stuart McCalla

Stuart McCalla

Executive and Leadership Coach, Innerstand


Wednesday August 7, 2019 14:00 - 15:15 EDT
National Harbor 8

14:00 EDT

Business Owner: The Most Critical Role for the Future of Agile (Luiz Claudio Parzianello)
Limited Capacity full
Adding this to your schedule will put you on the waitlist.


Abstract:
Business Agility is the new buzzword when we talk about agile transformation in terms of the whole organization. We've seen the growing of agile at scale in terms of processes and tools, but not in terms of business transformation. Scrum Master and Agile Coach have become important roles in agile initiatives not only for development teams but also for business squads. After this evolution, we faced the bottleneck moving from the delivery perspective to the discovery perspective, making Product Owners and Product Managers the new critical roles in agile transformations. Agile Coaches needed to expand their approaches from processes and tools to products and services, stimulating a user-centric perspective to the whole team. Now, that top management are noticing that bottlenecks are arriving at the business perspective (the need for making faster and smarter decisions; the need for supporting product and operations perspectives by short cycles of strategy analysis and execution), the Business Owner begins to emerge as the most critical role of any Agile Business transformation. This talk will present and discuss the responsibilities and authorities of a Business Owner in some successfull implementations of an agile governance model, as well as the competencies required to lead in a new economy based on Lean, Agile and Exponential mindset.

Learning Outcomes:
  • Understand the concepts of Business Agility and the Agile Business Analysis framework
  • Understand how business perspective is the real bottleneck of most agile transformations
  • Understand the relationships between Culture, Management and Leadership
  • Learn how Processes, Products and Businesses (perspectives) are related to Execution, Initiatives and Strategy (horizons)
  • Learn how the Business Owner role should be approached in any organization

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Speakers
avatar for Luiz Claudio Parzianello

Luiz Claudio Parzianello

Founder and CEO, Surya Digital
Surya Digital is a consulting and training company focused on accelerating business results based on Lean, Agile and Exponential approaches. I founded it in 2001 and adopted Agile as our mindset in 2002. I'm proud to be one the the first brazilian guys who spread the Agile values... Read More →


Wednesday August 7, 2019 14:00 - 15:15 EDT
National Harbor 2

15:45 EDT

Part 2 of 2: Upward Trend (Stuart McCalla)
Limited Capacity seats available


Abstract:
This is part 2 of a 2 part session. Participation on the first session is required to adequately engage in this session.
Imagine a chance to get to put your agile knowledge on a map, the knowledge you paid for, earned, cherish and defines you both professionally and personally. Now imagine other people around you doing the same building a map based on connections between what you know and what they know. This is the opportunity that we will have as we come together and map all the concepts, frameworks and lenses into an integral map. A map that can hold all of us with complexity and nuance.
“Most of us are only willing to call 5% of our present information into question any one point.”
― Ken Wilber
When we all get together and hold a simple enough meta-framework that can hold all of our combined knowledge and we will get to examine our ideas with the goal to create connections in the Agile community. Possibilities abound when new ideas get sparked and new endeavors get launched as this rich fertile exchange is allowed to happen.

Learning Outcomes:
  • This will evolve into a map of Agile practices. It will be captured real time with either snapshots or time-lapse photography to see the wall being built.


Speakers
avatar for Stuart McCalla

Stuart McCalla

Executive and Leadership Coach, Innerstand


Wednesday August 7, 2019 15:45 - 17:00 EDT
National Harbor 8

15:45 EDT

Software contracts or: how I learned to stop worrying and love releasing. (Seb Rose)
Limited Capacity seats available


Abstract:
The test automation pyramid suggests that we should favour unit and integration tests over end-to-end tests, which leads developers to use test doubles (fakes, stubs, mocks etc.). The risk is that the developer's test double does not behave in exactly the same way as the actual component that it is replacing. When this happens, the tests all pass in your build pipeline, but you get failures when it's released into an integration (or production) environment.
Contract testing is a technique that can give you confidence that your test doubles are accurately simulating the dependencies that they replace. This is not a new technique, but the extra investment in creating and maintaining (yet another) suite of tests has restricted its uptake. Instead, organizations mitigate the risks by investing in more and more integration environments and end-to-end tests. This was always expensive, but with the adoption of micro-service architectures across the industry, the cost and complexity has escalated to a point where this approach is no longer sustainable.
There is now an urgent need for organizations to revisit contract testing, with a specific focus on consumer driven contracts for micro-services. This need led to the creation of the Pact open source tool for HTTP based micro-services. The Pact project has created a multi-platform suite of tools that dramatically simplifies the adoption of contract testing.
In this session, you'll learn why contract testing is critically important, look at how you can incorporate contract testing in your development practices, and get an introduction to Pact.

Learning Outcomes:
  • Describe what contract testing is (using a high-level schematic of its operation) and how it enables teams to stick to the test automation pyramid
  • Implement contract testing from first principles without the use of frameworks (with an example in Java)
  • Demonstrate the challenges of continuous delivery for a family of integrated micro-services, and how consumer driven contracts can simplify matters
  • Show how PACT and PACT Broker can help teams adopt contract testing for HTTP-based micro-services, while acknowledging its limitations
  • Presentation History:

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Speakers
avatar for Seb Rose

Seb Rose

BDD Advocate, SmartBear
Consultant, coach, trainer, analyst, and developer for over 30 years.Seb has been involved in the full development lifecycle with experience that ranges from Architecture to Support, from BASIC to Ruby. He’s a BDD Advocate with SmartBear, helping people integrate all three practices... Read More →


Wednesday August 7, 2019 15:45 - 17:00 EDT
Chesapeake 4/5/6
 
Thursday, August 8
 

09:00 EDT

The TBM Movement in Government – Friend or Foe to Agile Adoption? (Steve Mayner)
Limited Capacity seats available


Abstract:
Governments have historically struggled to gain transparency and accountability for investments in Information Technology (IT). In the U.S., initiatives such as the IT Dashboard and FITARA have had mixed success, driving the present administration to turn to the Technology Business Management (TBM) framework as the latest move to “improve the consistency, granularity, and quality of Federal IT spending information.” The General Services Administration (GSA) and the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) are actively working with industry and agency early adopters of this model to develop a playbook of best practices as part of the goal of government-wide adoption of TBM in all U.S. federal agencies by 2022.
At the same time, government adoption of Agile and DevOps practices continues to accelerate. Interest in models like the Scaled Agile Framework (SAFe) has grown in part due to the guidance it provides for lean portfolio management practices essential for managing the development of technology-centric mission-critical capabilities. Concepts such as aligning IT spending to value streams, dedicated teams-of-teams, Lean Startup practices for rapid prototyping before committing to full development, and more are already changing how government enterprises think about how their technology dollars are spent.
This session will explore how the major movements of Lean-Agile, DevOps, and TBM investment management intersect. How do they synergize, and where are the potential friction points? How can agencies use SAFe to accelerate TBM adoption in a way that harmonizes the two? Examples from pioneering implementations of TBM in U.S. federal agencies will be used to illustrate early lessons learned.
Topics to be covered include:
Federal IT Spending and TBM
  • The problem to be solved
  • How TBM intersects with FITARA
  • Rollout strategy and timing
Overview of TBM
  • What is TBM?
  • The TBM taxonomy
  • TBM Council recommendations for Federal adoption
Overview of SAFe
  • Core competencies of the Lean Enterprise
  • SAFe adoption in government
Lean-Agile, DevOps and TBM
  • Synergies
  • Friction points and challenges
Leveraging SAFe for TBM in Government
  • Position for value
  • Core disciplines
  • Continuous improvement
  • SAFe and the Four TBM Value Conversations
  • Lessons learned from early adopters of TBM in government

Learning Outcomes:
  • Attendees will leave the session with:
  • - A basic understanding of the key elements of TBM and SAFe
  • - Insights into the trajectories of TBM and SAFe adoption in the U.S. government
  • - A summary of the synergies and friction points between TBM and Agile adoption
  • - Specific guidance for using SAFe to accelerate TBM adoption in a government agency

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Speakers
avatar for Steve Mayner

Steve Mayner

Scaled Agile, Inc., Scaled Agile, Inc.
Dr. Steve Mayner is an executive coach and Lean-Agile evangelist with a passion for cultivating transformational leaders and high performing teams. His 30-year career in business includes roles as Vice President in multiple Fortune 500 companies, as well as Chief Technology Officer... Read More →


Thursday August 8, 2019 09:00 - 10:15 EDT
Chesapeake D/E/F

09:00 EDT

Part 1 of 2: Find your Edges (Kat Conner, Allmond McDermott)
Limited Capacity full
Adding this to your schedule will put you on the waitlist.


Abstract:
Often real change is derailed when deep seated beliefs and experiences are inadequately explored. This workshop is designed as an experience to step into your own personal edges (the areas that cause you to back away from change).  We will take the exploration further by seeing how our own edges and the collective edges within a group/organization/culture can stall changes and how by addressing the underlying beliefs and stories, greater sustainable change can emerge. This is part 1 of a 2 part session. You will leave the experience with a deeper understanding of edge theory, how it applies to your lives personally and professionally with some experimental ideas to change the story.

Learning Outcomes:
  • Develop basic understanding of Edge Theory
  • Explore personal edges and how they may be affecting how you interact in the world
  • Brainstorm on practical ideas on how to change your personal story


Speakers
avatar for Kat Conner

Kat Conner

Business Agility Innovator, SolutionsIQ Accenture
Kat is an executive coach, business agility innovator and edge worker. She can support groups that wish to “go deep” and explore their inner landscape.Her current focus is improving performance of change initiatives and top leadership teams through thoughtfully designed experiences... Read More →
avatar for Allmond McDermott

Allmond McDermott

Allmond McDermott is a seasoned agile practitioner, with over 30 years of experience in the IT industry. Allmond has spent the last eight years working on agile initiatives and converting projects to agile methodologies. Having spent many years studying individual growth, group... Read More →


Thursday August 8, 2019 09:00 - 10:15 EDT
National Harbor 8

09:00 EDT

Get in Your Coaching Groove with Coaching Triggers (Damon Poole, Gillian Lee)
Limited Capacity seats available


Abstract:
What can we do as Coaches to resist the temptation to step in and offer advice? Coaching Triggers offer a new framework to help you stay in the coaching mode, work from the coachee’s agenda, and remain neutral. This framework was developed from years of coaching clients and training coaches.
As an Agile Coach we have four interaction modes: pure coaching (aka professional coaching), mentoring, teaching, and facilitating. When we are purely in the Coaching mindset, we are working to help the coachee come up with their own solutions. All of your mental energy should be focused on looking for opportunities to assist the coachee in moving forward in their own problem solving process.
Coaching triggers are pairs of circumstances and corresponding techniques that help to identify how we can best help the coachee move forward. For instance, if the coachee is potentially off-track from their stated purpose for the coaching session, that’s a trigger that indicates using a technique like focusing, interrupting, or orienting. On the other hand, if they seem distracted, consider using the technique of releasing. Each of these triggers utilizes "powerful questions" that are open-ended, non leading, and specific to the trigger being used.
In this session we will introduce the following coaching triggers:
  • Interrupting - skillfully pausing the coachee to check if they are exploring relevant territory
  • Orienting - keeping the coachee working towards their stated goal
  • Spectating - resisting the urge to interrupt for your own sake
  • Releasing - detecting distractions and allowing the coachee to release them
The majority of the workshop will be practicing the coaching triggers in pairs. For each trigger we will provide the circumstances, an example of how to use the trigger, and the powerful questions that go along with the trigger.

Learning Outcomes:
  • Better understanding of the differences between Agile Coach and Agile Expert
  • How coaching triggers can help to stay in the coaching mindset
  • Some new powerful questions
  • The coaching triggers of focusing, interrupting, orienting, spectating, and releasing

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Speakers
avatar for Damon Poole

Damon Poole

Founder, Nexxle
Damon is the founder of Nexxle, an Ad-hoc Priority Management System for Everyone. He is an entrepreneur and software industry veteran who deeply understands how to create an environment of technology and market innovation that leads to business success. Prior to Nexxle, he was Chief... Read More →
avatar for Gillian Lee

Gillian Lee

Agile Coach, Nulogy
Gillian helps teams and organizations deliver better business results by coaching and mentoring them on Agile. She helps engage and grow the people around her through playful facilitation and intentional peer-to-peer learning. Gillian is an ICAgile Certified Professional in Agile... Read More →


Thursday August 8, 2019 09:00 - 10:15 EDT
Maryland Ballroom C

09:00 EDT

Prioritizing Portfolio Investments: A Lean Approach (Dean Leffingwell)
Limited Capacity filling up


Abstract:
No matter how Agile your development teams are, it doesn't matter unless you're building the right things in the right order. And the bigger the initiative, the more critical this is. Indeed, a reliable and logical approach to 'prioritizing portfolio investments' is THE fundamental economic driver for a digital enterprise.
In this interactive workshop, Dean Leffingwell will lead attendees through a lean portfolio prioritization process. Topics include: insight and thinking tools for strategy formulation; synthesizing strategy into portfolio strategic themes; creating the portfolio vision; identifying, defining and prioritizing portfolio initiatives; establishing Lean budgets, defining MVPs; bringing visibility to work and matching demand to capacity with a portfolio Kanban system; and finally, sequencing approved work for maximum benefit by applying the lean mechanism of weighted-shortest-job-first (WSJF). The central interactive activity of the workshop will be to initiate development of an attendees 'portfolio vision'. This will be done using a variant of Osterwalder's business model canvas.
Attending this workshop will give you the experience of going through the lean portfolio prioritization process, starting the development of your own portfolio vision. You will leave the workshop with some work in process, along with guidance as to how to continue this work outside of the workshop setting."

Learning Outcomes:
  • Identify simple and effective thinking tools for logically sequencing a lean portfolio prioritization process.
  • Experience lightweight business modeling suitable for technical solution portfolios.
  • Identify mechanisms and thinking tools for prioritizing portfolio work

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Speakers
avatar for Dean Leffingwell

Dean Leffingwell

Chief Methodologist, Scaled Agile, Inc.


Thursday August 8, 2019 09:00 - 10:15 EDT
Maryland Ballroom B

09:00 EDT

Forget the QA! We’re a Cross-Functional Team!* *(But who has time to test anything?) (Marianne Erickson, Julie Clooney)
Limited Capacity filling up


Abstract:
In a perfect world, every Agile team has its own QA lead and a tester or two, with time to execute continuous testing and access to end users for extensive interviews. In this perfect world, teams practice cross-training so that during peak test times, additional team members can take on testing roles, thus adding new eyes to the process and augmenting test results.
In the real world, good testing practices often fall prey to decreasing budgets and to testing bottlenecks when multiple user stories enter the testing queue at the end of the sprint. In the budget-centric organization, often the testers are the first to go when finances demand a reduction in teams. Once the “just get anyone to do the testing” mentality creeps into an organization, quality becomes relegated to that proverbial back burner. Eventually, someone gets burned. When a team is fortunate enough to retain its testers, they find themselves overwhelmed with work at peak test times (usually near the ends of sprints or just before deployment) and attention to detail declines.
With nearly 30 years of combined experience between us, we (and we are Julie Clooney and Marianne Erickson) have compiled tools to help mitigate the effects of budgets and bottlenecks in the testing process. Our tools help build team enthusiasm for quality and a Whole-Team, Agile approach to testing. Learning outcomes in five areas will provide our session participants with a toolkit they can use to facilitate improved, continuous, and collaborative test strategies for their teams.

Learning Outcomes:
  • Participants in our session will learn how to implement a “Whole Team Approach” toward testing, and take away a toolkit of ideas to practice with their own Agile teams.
  • We will concentrate on five focal points of Agile Testing:
  • 1. Culture and Mindset: Creating a Whole Team Approach
  • 2. Categories of Testing: Who can, who can’t, and cross-training
  • 3. Roles and Responsibilities
  • 4. Test Strategy and Planning
  • 5. UX and UI: The user-centric tester

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Speakers
avatar for Marianne Erickson

Marianne Erickson

Sr, Consultant at Express Scripts, Daugherty Business Solutions


Thursday August 8, 2019 09:00 - 10:15 EDT
National Harbor 3

09:00 EDT

Augmented Agile Delivery - Agile Behaviour Meets Digital Engineering (David Norton)
Limited Capacity seats available


Abstract:
The human aspect that has been at the heart of agile success since its inception may well be its Achilles heel when it comes to scaling, and dealing with complex mission-critical environments; indeed, this sentiment has been used by many agile detractors. However, this does not have to be the case and could be the catalyst for an enhanced form of agile that combines the best of agile values and behaviour with modern systems engineering practices.
Next-generation agile will have to leverage unprecedented levels of automation from inception to implementation, and beyond. Techniques such as Model-Based Systems Engineering (MBSE), and Continuous Quality will enable digital twins augmented with AI and IoT sensor feedback, allowing developers to work with increasing levels of complexity in a safe and secure way - without sacrificing agile principles.
This interactive session will focus on a number of interrelated topics to help delegates formulate a strategy for next-generation agile engineering practices, including the following:
  • Tackling the problem of quality at speed, agile at scale with the correct application of relevant guidelines and standards to form a solid foundation to build on.
  • Re-evaluating MBSE in the context of agile and digital twins to support complex business ecosystems from strategy to implementation.
  • Dealing with human factors in the engineering process as we increase automation - when do we augment and when do we remove human actor.

Learning Outcomes:
  • How to maximise automation within agile and the DevOps toolchain with a strategy that takes advantage of emerging standards and best practices.
  • How to combine human-centric approaches such as design thinking and hypothesis- driven development with AI and IoT to improve the customer experience and innovation.
  • How to increase velocity and reduce lead time without sacrificing quality or generating high levels of technical debt.
  • How engineering methods such as Model-Based Systems Engineering and Systems of Systems Engineering combined with agile can tackle complex business ecosystems.


Speakers

Thursday August 8, 2019 09:00 - 10:15 EDT
National Harbor 2

10:45 EDT

Part 2 of 2: Find your Edges (Kat Conner, Allmond McDermott)
Limited Capacity full
Adding this to your schedule will put you on the waitlist.


Abstract:
This is part 2 of a 2 part session. Participation on the first session is required to adequately engage in this session.
Often real change is derailed when deep seated beliefs and experiences are inadequately explored. This workshop is designed as an experience to step into your own personal edges (the areas that cause you to back away from change).  We will take the exploration further by seeing how our own edges and the collective edges within a group/organization/culture can stall changes and how by addressing the underlying beliefs and stories, greater sustainable change can emerge. You will leave the experience with a deeper understanding of edge theory, how it applies to your lives personally and professionally with some experimental ideas to change the story.

Learning Outcomes:
  • Greater understanding of how edge theory fits into organizational transformation
  • Explore organizational edges and how they may be derailing desired change
  • Brainstorm on practical ideas on how to change the organizational story


Speakers
avatar for Kat Conner

Kat Conner

Business Agility Innovator, SolutionsIQ Accenture
Kat is an executive coach, business agility innovator and edge worker. She can support groups that wish to “go deep” and explore their inner landscape.Her current focus is improving performance of change initiatives and top leadership teams through thoughtfully designed experiences... Read More →
avatar for Allmond McDermott

Allmond McDermott

Allmond McDermott is a seasoned agile practitioner, with over 30 years of experience in the IT industry. Allmond has spent the last eight years working on agile initiatives and converting projects to agile methodologies. Having spent many years studying individual growth, group... Read More →


Thursday August 8, 2019 10:45 - 12:00 EDT
National Harbor 8

10:45 EDT

Business Thermodynamics: The Art and Science of Creating Flow in Living Systems (Thomas Perry)

Abstract:
The lean community has come a long way in understanding flow in manufacturing and design. Yet, despite understanding flow and how to address it, we still see organizations that are rife with dysfunction. The reason is that we aren't really looking at all of the things that flow in an organization. Beyond the flow of product there are flows of finance, people, ideas, and most importantly, emotion.
Using the Constructal Law as a starting point we will explore the thermodynamics of emotion within our own organizations. We will examine how People, Work, and perhaps most importantly, emotions ebb and flow. Come see how a deeper, more meaningful understanding of flow can help you achieve high performance within your own organization.

Learning Outcomes:
  • Learn about the dynamics of the following flows: Ideas, Requirements, Culture, Process, Hierarchy, People, Value, Product
  • Understand the fundamentals of flow and how to promote it
  • Examples of flow in large organizations

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Speakers
avatar for Thomas Perry

Thomas Perry

Founder, Thomas Perry LLC
Tom has been working as a transformation agent in software development for over 20 years. He has worked on teams at startup companies, large corporations in the Fortune 100 and the State and Federal Government. His background includes testing, development, project/program management... Read More →


Thursday August 8, 2019 10:45 - 12:00 EDT
Chesapeake 10/11/12

10:45 EDT

Extreme Self-Organization: A Pioneering Story of Agile Scaling with Open Space Technology (Ron Quartel, Kat Daugherty)
Limited Capacity full
Adding this to your schedule will put you on the waitlist.


Abstract:
Agile Scaling question - how do you divide work across multiple teams? We found ourselves asking ourselves this time old question at a Health Insurance company when our product lines required more than a two-pizza team. We could have started doing a lot of up-front planning (what most scaling methods do), or we had a hunch that there might be a simpler approach. This is a pioneering story of our experimentation with using Open Space Technology as a way of (self) organizing people around work. Every two days, teams would self-form around a marketplace of things that needed doing. This Open Space like event resulted in the right people working on the right things at the right time (one of the Open Space principals) and essentially created a complex adaptive human system. Not only did we manage to scale successfully, but it also unleashed creativity and - the human spirit.
People said things like:
  • I feel like I’m being treated like an adult at last
  • This is the only way I ever want to work again So what's in it for management? A lower cost of ownership (we had one agile coach for a tribe of 100 people with no scrum masters), higher morale (lower staff turnover), fewer meetings (more time for productive work) and it didn't require an army of agile coaches to come in and transform us.
If you like stories such as: Turn the Ship Around by David Marquet or Team of Teams by General Stanley McChrystal, you will love this session. If you are asking the question of how to scale for the first time, or have already started down the path and have hit challenges, there will be something here for you. Come with an open mind and spirit of curiosity to be inspired by a very different model of agile scaling.

Learning Outcomes:
  • Harnessing self-organization to scale agile via a complex adaptive system
  • Discover a highly effective, low cost to implement and run, method of scaling agile.

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Speakers
avatar for Ron Quartel

Ron Quartel

Resourceful Human, Ripl
Untethering the human spirit in the workplace.
avatar for Kat Daugherty

Kat Daugherty

Agile Enterprise Coach
currently on engagement in Manhattan in large financial services.


Thursday August 8, 2019 10:45 - 12:00 EDT
National Harbor 6/7

14:00 EDT

Part 1 of 2: Functioning without leaders (Audacious Salonniere)
Limited Capacity seats available


Abstract:
A circle of awesome people, some flipcharts, the statement below and an invitation to make our time together useful, relevant and meaningful.
"Now, the whole of society has been organized to believe that we can't function without leaders. But maybe we can."
David Bohm - On Dialogue (1996)

Learning Outcomes:
  • Discover from other participants alternate ways of conceiving of leadership, human organizing, etc.
  • Reflexivity in practice ; reflecting on ones own thinking and actions.
  • Potentially identify personal habitual patterns when participating in collective processes



Thursday August 8, 2019 14:00 - 15:15 EDT
National Harbor 8

14:00 EDT

A Coach’s Guide to Emotional Culture - An Interactive Workshop (Caroline Sauve)
Limited Capacity full
Adding this to your schedule will put you on the waitlist.


Abstract:
As coaches, we are able to understand the impact that emotions have on how our clients see the world and (in turn) how they choose to act. Indeed, when coaching one-on-one, a coach may well opt to develop the emotional line of a client in order to give them a broader set of lenses to tap into within their work and life.
How then, can we extend this same lens to organizational development?
This interactive workshop will set us forth on a path to exploring emotional culture. Using Integral Agile and Integral Coaching to support our understanding, participants will engage in activities and practices to help them coach emotional line development at an organizational level.

Learning Outcomes:
  • The interactive workshop will offer:
  • 1. Brief overview of Integral Agile with a focus on Organizational Culture and Relationships Quadrant (LL) & Levels (Conformist - Amber, Achievement - Orange, Pluralistic - Green, Evolutionary - Teal)
  • 2. Working interactively and in groups, participants will embody and better understand the emotional cultural baseline available at each Level.
  • 3. Digging deeper, we'll surface the "language" of specific emotions (e.g. Anger, Fear, Joy) and then translate this into the emotional culture of each Level.
  • 4. Lastly, we'll work collectively to surface approaches to developing the emotional culture for each Level.

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Speakers
avatar for Caroline Sauve

Caroline Sauve

Coach, InsideOutAgile
Thoughtful curiosity leads to insight. Caroline is a Professional Integral Coach at InsideOutAgile who is passionate about developing increasing levels of leadership capability and cultural maturity within Agile organizations. To learn more and get connected visit: https://inside... Read More →


Thursday August 8, 2019 14:00 - 15:15 EDT
National Harbor 6/7

14:00 EDT

Uncover and overcome immunity to change (Lucia Baldelli, Cherie Silas)
Limited Capacity seats available


Abstract:
Have you ever had clients that cannot change their habits, even if they are aware of the negative impact on their life or performance? Desire and motivation do not seem to be enough: even when it could actually mean keeping or losing their job, the ability to change remains elusive.
How can coaches support their clients to overcome their own immunity to change and succeed?
Participants in this workshop will learn a coaching framework that can support this change. It is a powerful tool that can be used with individuals, teams, organisations. Through interactive and engaging exercises, participants will amplify and practice their ability to influence change. They will learn to recognise the immune system that is holding them back from changing. They will give clients the keys to unlock their potential and finally move forward. All while having fun.
Come learn a simple, yet subtle technique to uncover and overcome immunity to change. You will boost your capability help your clients move forward.

Learning Outcomes:
  • By the end of this workshops participants will learn to:
  • - assess their clients' immunity to change
  • - own the immunity mapping technique through practice
  • - support a peer client to uncover immunity to change, identifying assumptions and limiting beliefs
  • - expand their own ability to help clients move forward.


Speakers
avatar for Lucia Baldelli

Lucia Baldelli

Enterprise Agile Coach, Certified Team Coach, Coaching Outside the Box
avatar for Cherie Silas

Cherie Silas

Enterprise Agile Coach, Tandem Coaching Academy
Certified Enterprise Coach and ICF Professional Certified Coach


Thursday August 8, 2019 14:00 - 15:15 EDT
Maryland Ballroom C

15:45 EDT

Part 2 of 2: Functioning without leaders (Audacious Salonniere)

Abstract:
This is part 2 of a 2 part session. Participation on the first session is required to adequately engage in this session.
A circle of awesome people, some flipcharts, the statement below and an invitation to make our time together useful, relevant and meaningful.
"Now, the whole of society has been organized to believe that we can't function without leaders. But maybe we can."
David Bohm - On Dialogue (1996)

Learning Outcomes:
  • Discover from other participants alternate ways of conceiving of leadership, human organizing, etc.
  • Reflexivity in practice ; reflecting on ones own thinking and actions.
  • Potentially identify personal habitual patterns when participating in collective processes



Thursday August 8, 2019 15:45 - 17:00 EDT
National Harbor 8

15:45 EDT

Deep Stack - Tracer Bullets and ZOMBIES in a Green Field IoT Product (James Grenning)

Abstract:
A blank page can be very intimidating, even for a Test-driven developer. Where do we start? Write a test, right? Not always.
I've heard TDD learners say: "I don't know what my code needs to do, how can I write a test? I need to write some code first." I used to make a flippant reply to that, like: "You don't know what your code needs to do! How could you possibly start with the code! Tests describe what the code must do. How can you write the code if you don't know what the code is supposed to do?"
Sometimes, it's simply a matter of software with interface, boundaries and constraints understood or under your control. When it's simply a matter of software, take some guidance from ZOMBIES! Start with the simplest cases (Zero an One) to get the Interface in place, generalize (to Many) and then make sure the anticipated Exceptional and Boundary cases are all covered with Simple test scenarios. ZOMBIES can really help, except when they can't.
With my most recent green-field side-project, interacting with Commercial Off The Shelf hardware and software (COTS),I found that unknowns prevented me from writing tests. I totally get that helpless feeling (again) of not knowing what test to write! In Hexagonal Architecture (a.k.a. Ports and Adapters), we strive to separate the land where ZOMBIES rule and where we need something else. In the core of the hexagonal architecture, ZOMBIES rule, in the Adapters we need to discover what works.
In this session we'll look at how ZOMBIES help sneak up on the solution. In the adapters we need a DIRECT approach to Determine, discover and Isolate Risk, and Encapsulate Current Technology. DIRECT helps isolate and understand things out of our control.
In this talk we'll explore the challenges and risks developing a real-time water pressure measuring system. We'll look at how to get to a walking skeleton of the product together by discovering what is needed to get this stack of technologies elements working together:
  • Analog to digital converter (ADC)
  • Serial peripheral interface (SPI)
  • Micro-controller
  • IoT radio
  • IoT mesh network
  • Little Linux box
  • Web-server
  • JSON and javascript driven browser.
In a multi-layered system like this there are unknowns hide at every boundary. We'll look at how we address the unknowns DIRECTly, striving to get to where ZOMBIES can guide. Integration is considered from the beginning because that is where the risk is.
There are more risks than strictly technical risks. Business risk assessment will impact technical choices. If we can build it, will it be affordable and profitable? How do we track progress in the face of significant risk. We'll look at both the technical approach and how to keep progress and risk mitigation visible.

Learning Outcomes:
  • Practice identifying risks and how to mitigate them
  • Practice identifying where TDD should be used
  • Understand how a walking skeleton helps reduce risk
  • Understand using tracer bullets to directly address risks
  • Understand the Using cause and effect


Speakers
avatar for James Grenning

James Grenning

President, Engineer, Coach, ..., Wingman Software Consulting
James Grenning’s trains, coaches and consults worldwide. With decades of software development experience, both technical and managerial, James brings knowledge, skill, and creativity to software development teams and their management.  As his professional roots are in embedded... Read More →


Thursday August 8, 2019 15:45 - 17:00 EDT
Chesapeake J/K/L

15:45 EDT

Mapping The Enterprise Agile Journey (Stephen Denning)

Abstract:
As Agile eats the world, most medium and large organizations are faced with the necessity of an Agile transformation. Surveys show that more than 90% of executives give high priority to becoming agile, yet less than 10% see their own firm as “highly agile.” Implementing Agile is a means, not the end. The goal is to enable the organization to generate instant, frictionless, intimate, incremental, risk-free value at scale, and the financial rewards that flow from that capability, as exemplified by the five largest and fastest-growing firms on the planet. For most, this is a major challenge—one that will involve deep change over many years. If the organization has been traditionally managed, the journey will include radical shifts in attitudes, values, mindsets, ways of thinking and ways of interacting with the world—in effect a change in organizational culture.
Some organizations’ Agile journeys have been spectacularly successful, whereas others have failed and many have stalled. What are the causes of success or failure or stalling? What are the common features of these different journeys? What patterns are emerging? How can failure or stalling be anticipated and prevented?
For those in the midst of an organization’s Agile journey, how do participants communicate simply and clearly where the organization is on its journey? What steps have been accomplished? What steps remain? How can an organization anticipate and avoid failure or stalling?
Many executives who would like to undertake an Agile transformation journey don’t know where to begin or what the journey will look like. Where does one start? What does the journey look like? How long does it take?
The session will show an approach to graphically mapping the Agile journey and provide answers to these questions, at both the organizational and individual level and the relation between the two. The examples of Microsoft and GE will be highlighted.
In the course of the session, participants will graphically represent both their own organization’s Agile journey and their own individual Agile journey and evaluate the relationship between the two.

Learning Outcomes:
  • - Enhanced understanding of the emerging patterns in Agile journeys of medium to large organizations.
  • - Capability to map the organization's Agile journey
  • - Capability to map individual Agile Journey
  • - Capability to relate individual Agile journeys to the organization's Agile journey

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Speakers
avatar for Steve Denning

Steve Denning

Founder, Steve Denning LLC
Steve Denning is the warren Buffett of business communication. He sees things others don’t and is able to explain them so the rest of us can understand. Chip Heath, author of Made to Stick. Steve Denning is a master storyteller, leadership expert and best... Read More →


Thursday August 8, 2019 15:45 - 17:00 EDT
National Harbor 3

15:45 EDT

Yin and Yang of the Self-Managing Organization: A New Role for Management and Leadership (Michael Hamman)

Abstract:
As organizations begin to truly embrace the principles of a self-managing organization, much of what traditionally constitutes “management” is carried out by people throughout the organization. What then becomes of the role of organizational management and leadership?
In this session, you will encounter a new way of thinking about the role of management and leadership: one that shifts from managing for the things people do (and need to do) in order to realize key organizational initiatives—to attending to the growth of inner capability in people so that they find themselves managing themselves to do the things that need to be done in order to realize key organizational initiatives.
Such inner capability makes possible conditions which support the emergence of a truly "Self-managing" organization--a notion of "self-managing" in which what people are able, ultimately, to self-manage is their own inner sensemaking complexity. Such an enhanced capacity for more complex sensemaking yields a greater range of competencies and skills, translating into action that is more adaptive, more congruent, and more effective.
This wide-spread sensemaking capacity--supported by very specific and deliberately adopted practices--and the range of effective action it yields, makes possible--and ultimately calls for--an entirely new kind of role for the organizational manager and leader who genuinely seeks to grow a deep and sustainable agile culture. What is the nature of this role, and what are the practices and activities by which it is defined? In this session we address this question head on.

Learning Outcomes:
  • Develop insights regarding the role of management and leadership in catalyzing the kinds of inner development needed for a thriving and sustaining organizational agility.
  • Learn about a practice framework which defines aspects of this new role.
  • Understand leadership as a deeply systemic organizational quality and what you can do to foster the emergence of such a leadership in your own organization.

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Speakers
avatar for Michael Hamman

Michael Hamman

Founder, Evolvagility


Thursday August 8, 2019 15:45 - 17:00 EDT
National Harbor 2

15:45 EDT

How The Olympics Can Make you a Better Person (Sandy Mamoli)
Limited Capacity seats available


Abstract:
In the world of professional sports innovation, resilience and rapid learning are everything! In this very personal talk I will share key learnings from my professional and Olympic team sports career. I will contrast the perspectives and attitudes of professional sports with modern work life and demonstrate guidelines and tools from the sports arena that we can apply to our professional lives.
Come and learn how to choose the best team for you, use failure as fuel for your success, give and receive timely feedback on and off "the field" and never stop learning.

Learning Outcomes:
  • Identify strategies for being resilient in the face of failure
  • Use specific guidelines to choose which team is best for you
  • Reflect on continous learning and being deliberate about your career
  • Use strategies to give and receive timely feedback

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Speakers
avatar for Sandy Mamoli

Sandy Mamoli

Me, Nomad8
I'm a former Olympian, a geek, a gadget junkie, international speaker and author of "Creating Great Teams - How Self-Selection Lets People Excel". I have a masters degree in artificial intelligence and I know quite a lot about Agile.


Thursday August 8, 2019 15:45 - 17:00 EDT
Maryland Ballroom B