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Monday, August 5
 

09:00 EDT

How to Manage Your Attention in a World of Distraction (Chris Bailey)

Abstract:
The research is clear — the state of our attention determines the state of our lives. Yet our attention has never been as overwhelmed or in-demand as it is today. We’ve never been so busy while accomplishing so little, and we’ve grown increasingly uncomfortable with a lack of stimulation and distraction.
Modeled after Chris Bailey’s bestselling new book, Hyperfocus, this talk reveals how effectively managing our attention hinges on working with greater intention, taming stimulating distractions in advance, and strategically unfocusing to take better mind wandering breaks.

Learning Outcomes:
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Monday August 5, 2019 09:00 - 10:15 EDT
Potomac Ballroom
  Keynotes, Talk

10:45 EDT

Stop Spinning your Team's Wheels, It's time to revisit your working agreements! (Alex Kanaan)

Abstract:
Are your Agile teams disengaged and failing to meet their commitments? Are you spending too much time in endless meetings? Has collaboration eroded between remote team members? Then STOP spinning your wheels, it’s time to revisit your working agreements! When effective, working agreements create a social contract that helps a group align on what matters most to them as a team.
As an internal Agile coach for a Financial Services company, I started to coach a globally distributed team. While they were dedicated individuals, they struggled to collaborate and failed to meet commitments. Upon attending several ceremonies, I observed only a few people speaking and many perspectives were not being heard. In particular, the offshore tech lead was speaking on behalf of that entire team! There had to be a better way to make everyone feel safe enough to engage and share their opinion. What the team needed were meaningful working agreements.
This was not as easy as you think. The struggle was creating an environment, where ALL team members would feel their opinions and contributions made a difference. Then a thought occurred to me, “One of the reasons the team has been failing was that they didn’t observe scrum values, so why not use those as the basis for rebuilding new agreements?” This aha-moment proved to be a turning point for the team to focus on addressing what matters the most to all. The exercise revealed many hidden barriers. As a result, the team established a new sense of trust that respected each other's culture, boundaries and abilities. This made them value each other’s contributions and as such their collaborated improved to the extent they were much better at delivering on their commitments.

Lessons Learned from Your Experience:
  • Working agreements can help align teams in terms of expectations
  • A team needs to derive their own “meaningful” working agreements, that everyone so can own and commit to them
  • Leverage the 5 scrum values to facilitate working agreements ideation by the team
  • A well-facilitated session helped my team come up with their meaningful agreements and uncovered hidden cultural blockers
  • Remote teams in particular benefit from working agreements
  • Working agreements may need to evolve over time

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avatar for Alex Kanaan

Alex Kanaan

Agile Coach, USAA
IT Leader, Portfolio Manager and Business Agility consultant with expertise in transforming organizations to Agile using Scrum, Kanban and SAFe. Over 15 years engaging IT and business leaders to deliver complex projects globally with fortune 100 companies including Accenture, Microsoft... Read More →


Monday August 5, 2019 10:45 - 11:15 EDT
Chesapeake 7/8/9

10:45 EDT

State of Business Agility (Evan Leybourn, Sally Elatta)
Limited Capacity full
Adding this to your schedule will put you on the waitlist.


Abstract:
In the modern economy, companies do not have the luxury of stability. The impact of change, both technological and cultural, is greater and faster than ever before. In this environment, it is only those companies that are agile, innovative and dynamic who thrive.
This interactive presentation will show you who these companies are, how they operate and (more importantly) how you can become one.
Sally Elatta and Evan Leybourn will present the latest findings from the 2019 State of Business Agility report as well as transformational case studies from the industry and our experience. Throughout all this, we’ll make it relevant and actionable for you through a series of hands-on activities designed to show you where to focus your organizational efforts.

Learning Outcomes:
  • You will come away with a deep understanding of business agility; both its context, definition, and execution in companies around the globe. You will also;
  • Understand what Business Agility really means and why it is an organizational imperative now
  • Meet new friends and learn from others in the business agility community
  • Gain new insights from the 2019 State of Business Agility report
  • Be able to apply actionable takeaways for their transformations
  • Evangelize and champion business agility within their organization
  • Engage community around the State of Business Agility

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avatar for Evan Leybourn

Evan Leybourn

Founder, Business Agility Institute
Evan is the Founder and CEO of the Business Agility Institute; an international membership body to both champion and support the next-generation of organisations. Companies that are agile, innovative and dynamic - perfectly designed to thrive in today’s unpredictable markets. His... Read More →


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

10:45 EDT

Agile Foundations Circuit Training (Michele Sliger)

Abstract:
Agile Roles Circuit Training. In this session attendees will move from one learning station to another every 10 minutes, to get a brief overview of some of the different roles and responsibilities in an agile team. Each station is hosted by a “trainer" who can help you understand the basics of the position, coach you through it, and answer your questions.
There will be five stations:
The Product Owner and Customers. Susan Almon
ScrumMaster vs. Agile Coach — What’s the Difference? Brock Argue
What Happened to the Project Manager? Richard Cheng
Development Team Member. Jim Newkirk
Agile Testers. Dan Ashby and Toby Sinclair
Feel free to repeat a station, skip stations, or gather in the middle where you can get a quick rest in before rejoining the circuit.

Learning Outcomes:
  • -Introduction to the roles in Agile


Speakers

Monday August 5, 2019 10:45 - 12:00 EDT
National Harbor 2/3

10:45 EDT

DevOps > Automation, DevOps = Culture + Ownership + Empowerment (& Good Patterns) (Reneshan Moodley)

Abstract:
The three spheres of a DevOps adoption being Culture, Processes and Tools are fundamental to any organisation. The focus on tools often supersedes any work being done at the process levels and almost always, the culture aspect is 'ignored'. Through my years of helping teams adopt agile and eventually pursue DevOps, I've identified certain patterns that address the varying levels of change that are needed by a team pursuing Agile Ways of Work.
In this talk, I'll highlight the most important patterns that are needed along with suggestions to help embed these patterns. I will be using the DevOps radar (from SAFe) as a guidepost for patterns to get an organisation moving towards the promised land.
Whilst there isn't an 'endpoint' for a DevOps adoption, these patterns reflect milestones on a DevOps transformation roadmap and serve as a possible ‘quick start’.
NOTE: This is not. A SAFe pitch or SAFe sales workshop. The DevOps radar can be used, regardless of the presence of SAFe.

Learning Outcomes:
  • 1. Identify the three spheres of DevOps and assess where the most difficult work is to be found.
  • 2. Understand the patterns that can help and their suggested application.
  • 3. Understand the core skills/capabilities of a DevOps team.

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Monday August 5, 2019 10:45 - 12:00 EDT
Chesapeake 10/11/12

10:45 EDT

Risk Resistors and Opportunity Obtainers: The Power of Agile Digital Policy (Kristina Podnar)

Abstract:
Faced with complex multi-site, multi-language, multi-channel digital presences, many organizations struggle to provide exceptional digital customer experiences, especially those on an enterprise, distributed digital team. With the growing number of compliance requirements and international regulations, can you successfully deliver a digital strategy with repeatability and integrity?
This talk defines policies that can be leveraged throughout the enterprise for digital success—whether that is a website redesign, technology re-platform or implementation of mobile applications and social software. In a universe where digital transformational efforts are prolonged, this workshop will familiarize attendees with the agile approach to defining digital policy and simultaneously driving change adoption throughout the organization for fast impact and change.
Participants will participate in hands-on exercises and step away from the session with a clear methodology to take back to the office. Tips and case studies of successful projects (and failures!) will also be shared.

Learning Outcomes:
  • 1. Understand how digital is disrupting enterprise work habits and customer experience delivery
  • 2. Articulate the value of digital policies in creating freedom within a framework to balance digital risk and opportunity, as well as unleash team creativity
  • 3. Learn the agile methodology for defining digital policy in 5 days with participation from across the enterprise (marketing, communications, legal, IT, human resources, procurement, finance, etc.)

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avatar for Kristina Podnar

Kristina Podnar

Digital Policy Consultant, NativeTrust Consulting, LLC
Kristina Podnar is a digital policy innovator. For over two decades, she has worked with some of the most high-profile companies in the world and has helped them see policies as opportunities to free the organization from uncertainty, risk, and internal chaos. Kristina’s approach... Read More →


Monday August 5, 2019 10:45 - 12:00 EDT
Chesapeake A/B/C

10:45 EDT

Scientific Method to Hire Great Scrum Masters (Pavel Dabrytski)

Abstract:
In 2018, I was looking for a better method to interview and hire people. I had been an independent Agile consultant for over three years by then, and I had simply run out of time I could give to my clients. Every single day was booked out with classes, coaching sessions, or meetings. If I wanted to grow my business further, there was no other choice. But the thought of hiring always scared me. What if I get the wrong person on board?
The science and statistics of hiring were not on my side either. Daniel Kahneman, in his book Thinking Fast and Show, claims that employers make hiring decisions based on pure intuition after a few short interviews, and such procedure is almost useless for predicting the future success of recruits. Multiple social science studies claim that managers hire people who look like them, talk like them, and think like them – not the best strategy to grow a successful business. Thankfully, Kahneman's book led me to Paul Meehl. Meehl's Clinical Versus Statistical Prediction work outlined a few simple steps that help rid of cognitive biases and hire the best person for the job using statistical data. It worked well for me too and, I want to share the technique with you. This workshop will teach a better, scientific method to hire winning candidates.

Learning Outcomes:
  • * Learn about the research behind interviewing and hiring
  • * Understand more about cognitive biases
  • * Determine key traits necessary for candidates to succeed in the new position in your company
  • * Create an interview pack for your company based on the scientific method

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Monday August 5, 2019 10:45 - 12:00 EDT
National Harbor 12/13

10:45 EDT

Calm The Storm In Your MInd (Heather Dunning)
Limited Capacity full
Adding this to your schedule will put you on the waitlist.


Abstract:
Have you ever had a moment where the thoughts in your head feel like a scene from Game of Thrones? Or the Civil War reenacted? Sometimes we can be our own worst enemy, fighting with the voices in our head between right or wrong, good or bad, worthy or unworthy. You may even be experiencing indecision, insecurity and mental exhaustion at this convention.
Could you imagine a world where all of those voices get along? Or at least they were willing to be kinder and more loving while still disagreeing? Come and spend some time inside your mind and your body. Learn how the two can walk peacefully and harmoniously hand in hand. Discover how physical pain can be created from negative thought patterns and unresourceful inner dialogue. Experience being grounded thru breathing and visualization exercises. Explore your inner workings thru an extremely simple and effective practice that assists in harmonizing opposing parts in your mind. All exercises can be done in your normal attire, no comfy clothes required. With this in mind, we will stimulate you and get your energy flowing by finishing the session with revitalizing Qi Gong movements. Allowing you to move through the rest of your conference journey in peaceful, patient and present style.
Upon exiting, you will have gained resourceful, easy to use tools and strategies honoring the wisdom of your body, calming the storm in your mind, and balancing your life from the inside out.

Learning Outcomes:
  • Thru grounding exercises the participants will be able to release the weight that the intensity of this week may put on them. It’s the first of many stepping stones to lead them on their path towards more body awareness, a connection to the earth and releasing heavy emotions, thoughts and EMF’s from their energy field. This can assist them in having more focus, energy and intention while juggling the many facets of the conference and their life. The benefits from this simple exercise is endless, everything from a great night's sleep, to better work performance, more present in relationships, and even better overall health.
  • Both the intro talk and the actual parts integration work informs each individual with a deeper knowing into their own minds and bodies. It also equips them with a life tool to assist in becoming more resourceful with self and others. Teaching how to be a better cheerleader to themselves, even in the most challenging times. This simple mental practice begins the development of self love from the inside out.
  • Qi Gong is an ancient form of movement that allows the participant to move blockages in the body and mind. It increases energy level within minutes. Increases brain focus and the ability to receive more information. The practice itself, if done daily, can improve overall health, wellness and vitality. Creating a strong foundation for a healthier mind body connection and commitment on every level.


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Monday August 5, 2019 10:45 - 12:00 EDT
Chesapeake 1/2/3

10:45 EDT

Testing Microservices - See It, Feel It, Touch It, Heal It, Explore It (Ken Pugh)
Limited Capacity full
Adding this to your schedule will put you on the waitlist.


Abstract:
Microservices are becoming more prevalent. External behavior of an application depends on multiple services working together. Each service needs to be checked that it both provides the desired behavior as well as handles exceptions and error conditions, such as the inability to communicate with a dependency. Interactions between these services needs to be checked and monitored. Checking behavior does not stop at deployment but needs to continue after release.
From a testing perspective, microservices can be viewed both as mini-applications with external behavior and as internal components. For applications, the externally facing triad (tester, developer, and customer) collaborates to create tests for behavior; for internal components, a different triad (tester, consumer, producer) generates these tests. To properly test microservices, we need to see, feel, touch, heal, and explore them.
See it: Tests need to be visible so that all members of the triad share the understanding of the behavior.

Feel It: Behavior for cross-functional (non-functional) aspects of microservices can be documented in tests.

Touch It: Testing for interactions of microservices can include injection or simulation of faults.

Heal It: Check that telemetry which records microservice interactions can be used to determine failure causes.

Explore It: Testing ought to go beyond just the behaviors described.
With so many aspects, testers need to work as collaborators in specification and tests, not just the test executors. The primary audience for this interactive workshop is for testers involved in microservices. However, it is also appropriate for any role which collaborates on the construction or delivery of these microservices. The session includes both lecture and a set of exercises on specifying and testing microservices.

Learning Outcomes:
  • Collaborate on creating microservice specifications with tests
  • Create appropriate cross-functional behavior tests for microservices
  • Determine a strategy to test microservice interactions
  • Explore ways to test telemetry

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Speakers
avatar for Ken Pugh

Ken Pugh

Chief Consultant, Ken Pugh, Inc.
Ken Pugh helps companies evolve into lean-agile organizations through training and coaching. His special interests are in collaborating on requirements, delivering business value, and using lean principles to deliver high quality quickly. Ken trains, mentors, and testifies on technology... Read More →


Monday August 5, 2019 10:45 - 12:00 EDT
National Harbor 8

11:30 EDT

Eureka – How agile helped me to sell crazy ideas to the business (Xavier Lucas)

Abstract:
Have you ever faced an issue as a customer of a company, and then got an opportunity to resolve the issue as an employee of that company?
11 years ago I was a frequent traveler with Alaska Airlines. I was happy to have earned my elite status with their loyalty program, and was looking forward to use the benefits immediately. However, I was left disappointed, as there was an issue with the Loyalty system, which meant I had to wait to use my elite member benefits. As a high value customer I was upset, and called Alaska Airlines customer care to let them know about my frustration.
Fast forward six years, I joined with Alaska Airline as an employee. Guess what? The team I joined and am currently working in is the “Loyalty team” which manages Alaska Airlines mileage plan program. And more? Things are the same, with how the loyalty system works. Could I act on the issue I faced as a customer? NO. Could I work on a crazy process improvement idea or customer experience improvement ideas I had? NO. As a member of the development team(last in the chain of command) I had no power to take my ideas or solutions forward. Work life with Alaska Airlines moved on in a normal pace, without my ability to address customer and business process issues I was passionate about.
Three years later, our eCommerce division chose Agile methodology as our software development process . To be honest, like many other people, I hated it in the beginning. People say agile is a mindset. As I was going through the agile mindset transformation I slowly realized the empowerment it brings to me and to my team. I became vocal in the agile sessions, I actually transformed from an introvert to an extrovert. Agile gave me a safe environment to share my ideas to my team and then as a team sell those ideas to business. Agile processes encouraged me to do small experiments with my ideas. It gave me and my team a seat at the table, we had a say in what we want to do and how we want to do it. With the Agile team structure and mobbing development process we adopted, suddenly the onus of success or failure fell on the entire team, this gave me enormous confidence and also a safety net. I witnessed a personal growth in me and in my teammates.
In this session I will take you into my agile journey. I will share my experience about how agile helped me to transform into a better employee, better teammate and better person.

Lessons Learned from Your Experience:
  • • Agile process actually empowers teams and gives people a seat at the table.
  • • Working as an unified Agile team provides a safety net for experiments.
  • • It is important to gain product owner/stakeholder confidence prior to making/proposing big changes.
  • • Iterative deliverables are less riskier and easier to get feedback on.
  • • Mobbing produces better and effective results.
  • • Self-organizing is the key to become a high performing Agile team.

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avatar for Xavier Lucas

Xavier Lucas

Staff Software Development Engineer, Alaska Airlines
I am a strong believer in starting with “Why”. I love solving customer problems with innovative solutions. Making process improvements and designing simple systems brings me joy. Agile mindset is the key to my success.


Monday August 5, 2019 11:30 - 12:00 EDT
Chesapeake 7/8/9

14:00 EDT

Introduction to Agile: Origins and Evolution (Diana Larsen)

Abstract:
What is this thing everyone calls Agile? If your process for software development is working for you, you may be wondering: Why should I change? What’s so different? In this introductory talk we’ll answer your questions. We will look at a brief history of Agile ideas. We’ll examine whether Agile has anything to offer you. Shifting to Agile software development may involve changing your work culture to improve your production, and that’s uncomfortable and challenging. So, why do others embark on this journey? What do they hope to get out of it?
To provide context we’ll:
  • Look at the primordial ooze from which Agile methods and practices emerged and evolved
  • Discuss the impact of the Agile Manifesto and 12 Principles on the way we do software development today and the movement to business agility
  • Describe working “Agile” - similarities, differences, and what might need to change
  • Describe what you can do next Monday to get started

Learning Outcomes:
  • Learn common myths and misconceptions about Agile
  • Understand the “why” behind what we do
  • Understand the importance of identifying your existing culture and how it impacts adopting agile
  • List ways you can get the best start on your Agile journey

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avatar for Diana Larsen

Diana Larsen

Co-founder & Chief Connector, Agile Fluency Project, LLC
Diana Larsen is a co-founder, chief connector, and principal mentor at the Agile Fluency® Project. Diana co-authored the books Agile Retrospectives: Making Good Teams Great; Liftoff: Start and Sustain Successful Agile Teams; Five Rules for Accelerated Learning. She co-originated... Read More →


Monday August 5, 2019 14:00 - 15:15 EDT
National Harbor 2/3

14:00 EDT

Improv Your Coaching! Using Comedy to Connect, Adapt, and Respond to Any Situation. (Mary Lemmer, Jason Hall)

Abstract:
How would Steve Carell or Tina Fey handle a coaching situation?! During this session, we’ll do improv games and exercises popularized by theatres and used by popular comedians like Tina Fey, Steve Carell, Stephen Colbert, and Amy Poehler to boost our coaching muscle memory. This interactive session will blend the funny with the serious and empower you to handle any coaching situation.
Great coaches are great improvisers. It’s the in the moment experiences that define and separate impactful coaching from the lackluster. Amazing coaches and improvisers both need to empathize with, actively listen to, connect and collaborate with the people to be successful. Improvisers and Coaches both operate within the context of uncertainty. During this session, we’ll discuss and use improv comedy exercises to practice handling coaching situations. It will be interactive, fun, funny, and a safe and creative space to practice some of the most challenging aspects of our jobs as coaches.
Session attendees can expect to leave this session with:
-Feeling empowered to handle any coaching situation
-Ideas for how to handle different coaching situations
-Less fear
-Having discovered how to empathize with others as part of coaching
-Greater emotional intelligence
-A methodology for learning and practicing failure, in a safe and fun environment
-A way to handle changing environments and the changing learning needs of others
-A strengthened ability to think quickly
-Exercises and games they can play with their teams to share their ways of strengthening connection with and understanding of others
-A huge smile on their face!

Learning Outcomes:
  • Ability to handle and feeling empowered to handle any coaching situation
  • Align on a path before fully engaging on a problem
  • Practice reading and interpreting body language and altering your in-the-moment approach
  • Become aware of how your status affects the outcomes you’re going after and know how to modulate your status accordingly
  • Ability to empathize with others as part of coaching
  • A way to handle changing environments and the changing learning needs of others
  • A strengthened ability to think quickly
  • Exercises and games they can play with their teams to share their ways of strengthening connection with and understanding of others


Speakers
avatar for Mary Lemmer

Mary Lemmer

Founder, Improv4
Mary Lemmer is an entrepreneur, improviser, comedian,and writer. Mary is the founder of Improv4, an improv training company specializing in cultivating leadership and team building skills for companies, teams and leaders. Mary has helped dozens of companies, including Plenty, Ozlo... Read More →
avatar for Jason Hall

Jason Hall

Independent Coach, Collaborative Structures LLC
I'm a team and organizational servant with coaching strengths in creating safe spaces for teams to thrive, experiment, learn, and have fun. I've helped organizations develop a more customer-centric approach to product delivery grounded in measurable success. Always learning, always... Read More →


Monday August 5, 2019 14:00 - 15:15 EDT
Chesapeake D/E/F

14:00 EDT

Part 1 of 2: Facilitate Cleaning Your Code Without (Necessarily) Being a Techncial Coach (Arlo Belshee)

Abstract:
Does your team struggle with technical debt that you feel powerless to change? Messy code is organizationally complicated to fix. It requires all the developers, managers, and product owners to work together. It requires a change in habits. The new habits are not too complicated, but everyone adopting them at once is.
In this workshop you will fix the powerlessness; as soon as you get back from the conference your team can start fixing the code.
As a leader - coach, mentor, product owner, manager, or lead dev - you are good at getting people to work together towards a common goal. Yet still technical debt remains. Part of the problem is cultural; we can give some tips but that part is actually fairly easy to solve.
But a big part is that technical debt doesn't behave like a lot of other work. Code cleanup projects or stories will not help. You need to change the moment-by-moment habits of all of your developers. Technical debt is created or repaired by choices made unconsciously every 15 seconds. We need to change those choices.
Code by Refactoring helps. It exposes and changes the coding micro-habits on your team. It is a journey. And the first step is Read by Refactoring mob sessions. We have been teaching technical people to run these sessions for years. With this workshop, for the first time, we have developed a way for anyone to run Read by Refactoring sessions - even if they are not technical. Turns out you don't need to code yourself in order to teach your team a better way to code.
Join us and experience the Read by refactoring workshop, with all the materials and guidance you will need to take it home and facilitate your team.

Learning Outcomes:
  • Facilitate a Read by Refactoring workshop for your own team or within your company.
  • Understand Disciplined Refactoring and how that changes the economics of software development (for the better).

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Speakers
avatar for Arlo Belshee

Arlo Belshee

Team Craftsman, Legacy Code Mender, and Rabblerouser, Tableau Software
Arlo helps you change cultures in large organizations. He transitions hundreds or thousands of people at a time to full technical and cultural prowess in a way that sticks. More importantly, Arlo gives your company the ability to change its own culture. He seeks to be the last consultant... Read More →


Monday August 5, 2019 14:00 - 15:15 EDT
National Harbor 10

14:00 EDT

Testing 1, 2, 3, ..., ...? (Wouter Lagerweij)

Abstract:
We talk about the Testing Pyramid, and it has helped move us away from the focus on end-to-end testing. But just ‘unit’, ‘component’, and ‘integration’ is not sufficient as a testing vocabulary.
In this talk I go through the different types of testing we need to apply to keep our increasingly extensive services landscape running smoothly. We’ll look at all the different parts of our code we need to test, what type of unit tests are applicable, how and where to test our APIs, and the APIs we depend upon, what exactly is an ‘acceptance test’, how to deal with multiple clients, multiple API versions and exactly when we have a need for a test environment. And how all these tests are parts of your continuous delivery pipeline.
All of this is shown as code written specifically for the purpose of the talk, so that we don’t get stuck in abstractions, but have concrete examples to show how it works.
The code will be available from github, including the pipeline and deployment setup, so you can take the learnings back to work and apply them immediately.

Learning Outcomes:
  • Realisation of how many different types and places thereare to do developer testing
  • Every Test Has A Specific Purpose
  • Test Where The Functionality Is

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Speakers
avatar for Wouter Lagerweij

Wouter Lagerweij

Agile Coach
I love spending time with teams and organizations to figure out how to improve the way they make software, and make it more fun.To make that happen I use the knowledge and skills gathered in over ten years of experience applying Agile processes and practices from XP, Scrum, Kanban... Read More →


Monday August 5, 2019 14:00 - 15:15 EDT
Chesapeake J/K/L

14:00 EDT

Breaking Down the Curriculum - Learning Games (Nate Haut)

Abstract:
Why don't we set people up for learning success? From corporate seminars to elementary school classes, learning is broken into waterfall like segments which students complete without an understanding of the big picture, or why it is important. Students may be tested multiple times during a course, but their success or failure is not a closed loop system to improve the curriculum. What if a failing student was a signal that they needed to learn a different way? This session will demonstrate that everyone learns differently, and it is important to break down the curriculum and adapt to make learning easy and fun for everyone!
This session will focus on two themes: Breaking the learning curriculum down into smaller sections to solicit honest feedback, and adapting the curriculum to embrace the fact the people learn differently. We will explore why learning is difficult for some people, and what can be done to help each person learn their best. We will experiment with creating learning games and how to modify them to make learning fun and easy for all types of students. After several examples, attendees will be challenged to consider real life examples of topics they hope to teach, and practice developing learning games to help their students learn more effectively. If you would like to find better ways than lecture and textbook learning, this is the session for you!

Learning Outcomes:
  • Understand that everyone learns differently, and that is good
  • Receive an introduction to the psychology of learning and how we can tap into people's different experiences to help them learn best for them
  • Understand that enabling people to learn best for them creates a community where people can ask questions and feel safe to admit when they need help or don't understand
  • Strategies for breaking learning down into smaller sections to assure the audience is learning successfully
  • Learn how to Agile can be used in a learning environment to constantly check with the team if the learning style is working for them and adapt and improve as needed
  • Games to change the structure of rigid lecture based learning

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Speakers
avatar for Nate Haut

Nate Haut

Agile Product Owner
Nate Haut is an Agile Product Owner supporting software solutions for manufacturing environments. He loves solving engineering problems and helping shape the digital work space with software tools for the modern work force. Nate enjoys outdoor adventures and rock climbing. He can... Read More →


Monday August 5, 2019 14:00 - 15:15 EDT
National Harbor 11

14:00 EDT

Mindful Writing for your Self-Care Tool Kit (Toby Sinclair)

Abstract:
“Write hard and clear about what hurts.” Ernest Hemingway
Our thoughts can often be all consuming. We can feel locked in by our internal dialogue, unable to escape.
Writing is a great way to process your thoughts, relax your mind and gain clarity. A 2011 study published in the journal of science found that students who wrote a journal were better able to ease their anxieties.
However as simple as it sounds, writing can be incredibly daunting. What should I write? How should I write it? And we often question, is it good enough?
In this workshop we will explore four different writing techniques you can add to your self-care toolkit. Through writing exercises you’ll have the opportunity to explore techniques such as journaling, poetry, cartoons and story writing.
You will leave this workshop to see the benefits of mindful writing such as:
  • Boosting self-esteem
  • Creating “Me” time
  • Relieves stress and anxiety
  • Increasing creativity
  • Letting go of thoughts
The practical techniques you learn in this workshop will help you get pen to paper straight away!

Learning Outcomes:
  • * Select the best writing technique for your self-care toolkit
  • * Compare different writing techniques to support your self-care
  • * Use these foundational techniques as a foundation to create your own writing exercises
  • * Build a writing schedule to Add to your daily routine

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Speakers
avatar for Toby Sinclair

Toby Sinclair

Personal and Team Coach, JP MORGAN CHASE
Toby is a Personal and Team Coach based in London. He is a practitioner with over 10 years experience in the technology industry including testing, development and in recent years Professional Coaching. He works in complex organisations helping them identify improvements.Toby is a... Read More →


Monday August 5, 2019 14:00 - 15:15 EDT
National Harbor 6/7

15:45 EDT

Organizational Transformation (Mike Cottmeyer)

Abstract:
Leading a large-scale agile transformation isn’t about adopting a new set of attitudes, processes, and behaviors at the team level… it’s about helping your company deliver faster to market, and developing the ability to respond to a rapidly-changing competitive landscape. First and foremost, it’s about achieving business agility. Business agility comes from people having clarity of purpose, a willingness to be held accountable, and the ability to achieve measurable outcomes. Unfortunately, almost everything in modern organizations gets in the way of teams acting with any sort of autonomy. In most companies, achieving business agility requires significant organizational change.
Agile transformation necessitates a fundamental rethinking of how your company organizes for delivery, how it delivers value to its customers, and how it plans and measures outcomes. Agile transformation is about building enabling structures, aligning the flow of work, and measuring for outcomes based progress. It's about breaking dependencies. The reality is that this kind of change can only be led from the top. This talk will explore how executives can define an idealized end-state for the transformation, build a fiscally responsible iterative and incremental plan to realize that end-state, as well as techniques for tracking progress and managing change.

Learning Outcomes:
  • Participants will leave the session with an understanding of how to build an organizational business case for agile, how to craft a transformation strategy and roadmap, how to build consensus internally for the transformation, and how to support the transformation with meaningful metrics that reinforce and support the changes.
  • Furthermore, we will go through how to structure the transformation, how to create an effective communication plan, and how to do all the necessary change management to make sure that everyone stays safe and supported through the transformation.


Speakers
avatar for Mike Cottmeyer

Mike Cottmeyer

CEO and Founder, LeadingAgile
Mike Cottmeyer, LeadingAgile founder and CEO, is passionate about solving the challenges associated with Agile in larger, more complex enterprises. To that end, his company is dedicated to providing large-scale Agile transformation services to help pragmatically, incrementally, and... Read More →


Monday August 5, 2019 15:45 - 17:00 EDT
National Harbor 2/3

15:45 EDT

Thing Three: The Power of Peer Coaching (William Kammersell, Lieschen Gargano)

Abstract:
Peer coaching can make a huge difference in reaching your work and personal goals, but how do you get started and and make it stick? We’d love to share our informal peer coaching method that combines personal responsibility, agile, and goal setting in a way that is guaranteed to be successful. We call it “Thing Three.” In this interactive session, we will teach you the basic format we follow, along with the research to back up why it works. We will also demonstrate how it has helped even the busiest colleagues stay accountable consistently, over years, and continue to reach every goal they set. You’ll get to exercise these skills too and immediately see the value of peer coaching!

Learning Outcomes:
  • Thing Three is an informal process we’ve created and have been using for years to facilitate peer coaching for both work and life. Participants will learn how to leverages agile techniques, like commitment/objective setting, limiting WIP, cyclical planning & reviews, and constant collaboration for their personal goals and challenges. They will leave with the tools to succeed in today’s VUCA world by providing vision, understanding, clarity, and agility.

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William Kammersell

Product Manager, Scaled Agile
William Kammersell is a Product Manager and SAFe Program Consultant (SPC) at Scaled Agile, provider of SAFe. With over a decade in agile software development, he loves researching customer problems to deliver valuable solutions. His journey as a developer, scrum master, agile coach... Read More →
avatar for Lieschen Gargano Quilling

Lieschen Gargano Quilling

Agile Coach, Scaled Agile
Lieschen Gargano Quilling is an agilest and facilitator extraordinaire. In her current role as Scrum Master for Scaled Agile Inc., she is focused on business agility and building powerful teams and leaders. She has a Master's degree in conflict resolution and a background in large-scale... Read More →


Monday August 5, 2019 15:45 - 17:00 EDT
National Harbor 12/13

15:45 EDT

Part 2 of 2: Facilitate Cleaning Your Code Without (Necessarily) Being a Techncial Coach (Arlo Belshee)

Abstract:
Does your team struggle with technical debt that you feel powerless to change? Messy code is organizationally complicated to fix. It requires all the developers, managers, and product owners to work together. It requires a change in habits. The new habits are not too complicated, but everyone adopting them at once is.
In this workshop you will fix the powerlessness; as soon as you get back from the conference your team can start fixing the code.
As a leader - coach, mentor, product owner, manager, or lead dev - you are good at getting people to work together towards a common goal. Yet still technical debt remains. Part of the problem is cultural; we can give some tips but that part is actually fairly easy to solve.
But a big part is that technical debt doesn't behave like a lot of other work. Code cleanup projects or stories will not help. You need to change the moment-by-moment habits of all of your developers. Technical debt is created or repaired by choices made unconsciously every 15 seconds. We need to change those choices.
Code by Refactoring helps. It exposes and changes the coding micro-habits on your team. It is a journey. And the first step is Read by Refactoring mob sessions. We have been teaching technical people to run these sessions for years. With this workshop, for the first time, we have developed a way for anyone to run Read by Refactoring sessions - even if they are not technical. Turns out you don't need to code yourself in order to teach your team a better way to code.
Join us and experience the Read by refactoring workshop, with all the materials and guidance you will need to take it home and facilitate your team.

Learning Outcomes:
  • Facilitate a Read by Refactoring workshop for your own team or within your company.
  • Understand Disciplined Refactoring and how that changes the economics of software development (for the better).

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Arlo Belshee

Team Craftsman, Legacy Code Mender, and Rabblerouser, Tableau Software
Arlo helps you change cultures in large organizations. He transitions hundreds or thousands of people at a time to full technical and cultural prowess in a way that sticks. More importantly, Arlo gives your company the ability to change its own culture. He seeks to be the last consultant... Read More →


Monday August 5, 2019 15:45 - 17:00 EDT
National Harbor 10

15:45 EDT

But Why is it Shipped So Late? (Dr. Sam Swapn)
Limited Capacity seats available


Abstract:
Why should I see & hear this talk:
In a lot of seemingly agile environments software still does not get shipped very often. Teams work hard and create an increment usually within two weeks, still it gets stuck and does not get shipped and deployed to production. This is a big problem in software development. Why does that happen? How do we fix this problem? Implementing DevOps can help you ship more often by closer communication and collaboration between Development Teams and Support Teams. Close coordination and experimentation between these teams helps in faster recovery and faster delivery. That is why it seems, Forrester Research states that the 2018 was the "Year of Enterprise DevOps" and now more than 50% companies globally are applying DevOps.
What to expect from this talk
DevOps can work even at Enterprise Level if practiced correctly. I will talk about this, in a highly interactive and engaging environment, on how we dealt with this situation in a Case study from Leading Insurance FORTUNE 30 company when we were stuck and not to release, by applying Devops concepts of automation, lean, communication, and exploration- CI (continuous Integration)& CD (Continuous Delivery) we were able to solve the problem. When introducing DevOps here is how you can face challenges. With one challenge being that DevOps is not only about tools such as Maven, Docker, Containers, Micro services but a lot about ‘ silo mindset’. It is about bringing culture change that can help. Applying DevOps technique will help release faster,have fewer defects and frequent releases. In this highly engaging and interactive Case Study we learn concepts of DevOps, followed by an Exercise in which we play a Game:The DevOps Game- The Phoenix Project from Sogeti- to demonstrate the success that DevOps can bring to collaborative teams, and finally a Debrief session to answer questions in a Q&A time box that audience might have- we will highlight the benefits of applying DevOps.

Learning Outcomes:
  • Participants will learn in a highly interactive and engaging environment and practice to work on 'key success factors' for faster delivery to production by applying DevOps.
  • By applying DevOps principles it will prepare Agilists to solve forward fixes problems and reduce failure rate for releases.
  • This session will also prepare participants to learn to resolve the culture related issues by applying DevOps and help create a shift in mindset required to be truly Agile teams.
  • With DevOps we collaborate and experiment between Development & Infrastructure teams and not just stop on creating the code but making sure it is delivered to production and released and business starts getting the benefits on their investments.

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avatar for Dr. Sam Swapn

Dr. Sam Swapn

Agile Coach, Agile Strategic Solution
I am an Agile Coach, a mentor, a friend, a philosopher, and a guide to many leading professionals in America and globally for last more than a decade. I have trained thousands, from C level executives to Team level, in Agility. I have more than three decades of corporate experience... Read More →


Monday August 5, 2019 15:45 - 17:00 EDT
National Harbor 6/7

15:45 EDT

Thrive, Survive, or Die: An Adventure into the Kanban Cadences (Joey Spooner, Trent Hone)
Limited Capacity full
Adding this to your schedule will put you on the waitlist.


Abstract:
Welcome to Ultimate Baskets! You’ll be taken on a highly interactive journey through the evolution of our company as we progress through a challenging time. In this workshop, you'll become familiar with the learning loops of the Kanban Cadences and use them to manage projects, address risks, and foster innovation. Are you good enough to thrive or will you just survive? Hopefully, you won’t drive us to extinction.
During this interactive workshop, you’ll be exposed to a rich narrative, important metrics, and valuable data points. You will use this information make a series of decisions in Operations Reviews and the Risk Reviews, two of the most powerful Kanban Cadences. Those decisions will—hopefully—foster the growth of Ultimate Baskets over four exciting months. Make investments, initiate new projects, address critical risks, and see if you can help our company achieve a dominant "thriving" position in the marketplace.

Learning Outcomes:
  • Our workshop has a series of Learning Outcomes. You will:
  • Become familiar with how to use various Agile metrics for important business decisions.
  • Learn how to use cadenced feedback loops to promote Business Agility.
  • Gain exposure to system thinking concepts and their importance to Business Agility.
  • Learn about different levels of decision-making (the enterprise, program, and project level) and the impact decisions at different levels have on an organization.
  • Discover how the Kanban Cadences can support a modern, networked, service-based organization.


Speakers
avatar for Joey Spooner

Joey Spooner

Kanban Coach and Trainer, TriTech Enterprise Systems
Joey Spooner is an Accredited Kanban Trainer and Kanban Coaching Professional at TriTech Enterprise Systems, Inc. In a 15 year career spanning the communications, insurance, higher education, non-profit, and government sectors, Joey has been a software developer, IT director, strategic... Read More →
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Trent Hone

Managing Consultant, Excella
Trent Hone is a Managing Consultant with Excella Consulting and an award-winning naval historian. He works with software and IT organizations to improve their art of practice, increase effectiveness, and accelerate learning. He has helped dozens of government and commercial teams... Read More →


Monday August 5, 2019 15:45 - 17:00 EDT
Chesapeake A/B/C

15:45 EDT

Learning from the books you said you read…. (Em Campbell-Pretty, Melissa Hay)
Limited Capacity seats available


Abstract:
Have you ever noticed how almost every speaker at every agile conference references a ton of books? Did you ever wonder if they even read those books? And if so, how did they remember what they read? And did they take action based on what they read?
What about the last book you read? What experiments did you run whilst reading the book or after finishing it? Or can you not remember the last time you read a non-fiction book?
We all know that trust, safety, flow and product orientation are keys to success with agile teams. We are all striving for high performing teams that deliver great products. Sometimes all the blogs, books and LinkedIn posts are just too much to consume. So how can we bring these ideas into our real world?
Here’s your opportunity to see how we go about learning from books. We will share examples of books we’ve digested and experiments we have run with real teams to see them thrive. This is the insiders’ guide to making a real difference with what you learnt from all the books you said you read.

Learning Outcomes:
  • Participants in this session will be able to:
  • -Use book clubs at work to enable learning with a bias to action in the workplace.
  • -Describe how other organisations have used the learning they have gained from reading.
  • -Apply a bias to action when reading to learn.

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Em Campbell-Pretty

Managing Director, Pretty Agile
avatar for Melissa Hay

Melissa Hay

Principal Consultant, Pretty Agile


Monday August 5, 2019 15:45 - 17:00 EDT
Maryland Ballroom A

15:45 EDT

Zen Den - Upskill while you Chill (Audree Tara Sahota)
Limited Capacity filling up


Abstract:
Zen is the new Black.
Did you know that top executives use meditation to get peak performance?
This experiential session gives you a chance to take a break from information overload and get into a more resourceful state. Along the way, you will discover three different kinds of Meditation that can help you function at your best: Centering, Emotional Clearing, and Problem-Solving.
We have cracked the code on meditation with quick ,easy techniques and found an

effective way to hack into your nervous system to slow down and destress. There is no way to “think” your way to a more resourced state of being; the only way is to connect with your mind-body and support it’s functioning. Anyone can meditate, you will experience how easy it is.

Learning Outcomes:
  • Destress from “Conferenceitis” - Get into a more resourceful state
  • Receive 3 Meditation Practices with MP3 Download
  • Understand the importance of meditation for high performance
  • Develop an easy meditation practice to get results

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Audree Tara Sahota

Chief Metaphysical Officer, Agilitrix/SHIFT314
My passion is to help people on their personal growth journey- shifting your mindset is a journey of awakening, that leads to an awareness of the ego and its destructive tendencies. Deepening into the core of your being, discovering your truth, dissolving old patterns. This journey... Read More →


Monday August 5, 2019 15:45 - 17:00 EDT
Chesapeake J/K/L

15:45 EDT

How agile is your testing mindset? (Karen Greaves, Kelley Cooper)
Limited Capacity full
Adding this to your schedule will put you on the waitlist.


Abstract:
Agile testing is about more than how to squeeze enough testing into the last few days of the sprint. However, many teams have adopted agile and not yet changed the way they think about testing.
Do any of these sound familiar:
Testers are usually extremely busy at the end of a sprint.
Teams have a hardening sprint before they ship where they do manual regression testing.
There is a growing backlog of bugs found internally that never get fixed.
You really want to do test automation but you struggle to fit it into the story.
Developers are usually working on different stories to the testers because they work ahead.
Task boards have a test column after the dev or in progress column.
If so, it's time to adopt an agile testing mindset. In this session, we will introduce you to 5 simple statements to help you practice this new mindset every day. We will also cover techniques you can start using immediately to help reinforce this mindset. These will be simple things anyone can do: from a minor tweak to your taskboard, to different questions to ask in planning.

Learning Outcomes:
  • Experience how testing early and often can actually save you time.
  • List five ways agile testing is different to traditional testing.
  • Learn which questions to ask to prevent bugs before any code is written.
  • Learn some simple techniques for your task board to help focus on doing testing activities before development (even if you don’t do TDD).

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Speakers
avatar for Karen Greaves

Karen Greaves

Agile Coach, Growing Agile
I love meeting new people so come introduce yourself. Check out www.growingagile.co.nz to see what I look like, or just listen for the loudest person in the room :)
avatar for Kelley Cooper

Kelley Cooper

Agile Coach
Professional herder of cats on PCP...Agile Coach and mother of 4!


Monday August 5, 2019 15:45 - 17:00 EDT
National Harbor 8
 
Tuesday, August 6
 

09:00 EDT

Product Innovation (Melissa Perri, Marissa Fong)
Limited Capacity seats available


Abstract:
Product Innovation - the competitive edge that every company wants but how do you get it? And, what is it, exactly? Creating innovative products means finding a gap in the market that can be readily filled with a new or expanded product in you company. To do that well, you have to not only be very aware of your market and customers, but set up as an organization to discover and pursue these ideas.
In this session we will cover how Agile teams are ripe with opportunity to create innovative products, with plenty of examples of how other companies have succeeded in this area. We'll go over why the role of the Product Owner/ Product Manager is critical for fostering it, and the tools of the trade needed to discover those winning market gaps. Finally, we'll discuss how organizations can optimize themselves to pursue these ideas and deliver extreme customer value.

Learning Outcomes:
  • What product innovation is and why it is critical for businesses
  • How agile teams can become more innovative
  • How experimentation and risk taking lead to great ideas
  • The critical role of the Product Manager and product organizations for creating great products
  • Where the pitfalls in innovation at companies stem from and how to address them


Speakers
avatar for Melissa Perri

Melissa Perri

CEO, Product Management Leader, Executive Product Coach, Author, and Speaker, Produx Labs
Melissa Perri is the CEO of Produx Labs, a Product Management consultancy, and the author of “Escaping the Build Trap”. She believes the key to creating great products is growing great product leaders.Committed to that mission, she created the online school Product Institute... Read More →


Tuesday August 6, 2019 09:00 - 10:15 EDT
National Harbor 2/3

09:00 EDT

Coaching with Presence using the Kominsky Method (Timothy Meyers)
Limited Capacity full
Adding this to your schedule will put you on the waitlist.


Abstract:
One of the foundational professional coaching skills described by ICAgile in their certification track for Agile Coaching is Presence.
Says ICAgile, "being fully present as a coach is key to successful coaching. Methods for presence include building rapport, awareness of the environment, self- management and consciously preparing for coaching."
While recently watching the Kominsky Method on Netflix, I saw Sandy Kominsky (an acting coach) describe Presence as "possibly feeling a little flakey, maybe a little uncomfortable" but "being the most important thing" he could teach. I immediately sat up in bed and said "he's right!" and my wife looked at me like a crazy person. Come join me to experience this flakey, uncomfortable, yet most important thing I can teach you: being "totally present."
In this talk hear Tim Meyers, an ICAgile certification track contributor, unpack the varying forms of Presence and offer a few ways to practice them.

Learning Outcomes:
  • Attendees will be exposed to four levels of presence (moment, self, another, environment)
  • Attendees will be given several short activities to help them practice presence

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Tuesday August 6, 2019 09:00 - 10:15 EDT
Chesapeake 10/11/12

09:00 EDT

Mission Not Impossible: Coaching Data Warehouse (DW)/Business Intelligence (BI) Teams (Scott Ambler)
Limited Capacity filling up


Abstract:
Coaching a data warehousing (DW)/business intelligence (BI) team in agile is very hard. Very hard, but not impossible. The cultural impedance mismatch between traditional data strategies and agile strategies is huge - most data professionals still believe in detailed up-front modeling, downplay the importance of user experience (UX), and rarely have testing skills. Data professionals often believe that data is special, that agile thinking and strategies cannot apply in their context. Nothing could be further from the truth.
To successfully coach an agile team an Agile DW coach must have a deep background in enterprise agile, in data, and in DW/BI. They must have the technical skills to perform agile database techniques - including agile data modeling, database refactoring, and automated database regression testing - and be able show how those skills are better suited than traditional strategies to address the complexities faced by data teams. A formidable challenge.
In this workshop we will explore the challenges faced when coaching agile DW/BI teams, the knowledge required to do so, and strategies for successfully engaging with such teams.

Learning Outcomes:
  • Understand the challenges faced when coach DW/BI teams in agile techniques
  • Discover how to take a disciplined agile approach to DW/BI development
  • Learn about proven agile development techniques for database evolution
  • Discover how to overcome the cultural, process, and tooling challenges surrounding agile DW/BI development

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Scott Ambler

Senior Consulting Partner, Disciplined Agile, Inc.
Scott is a Senior Consulting Partner of Scott Ambler + Associates, working with organizations around the world to help them to improve their software processes. He provides training, coaching, and mentoring in disciplined agile and lean strategies at both the project and organizational... Read More →


Tuesday August 6, 2019 09:00 - 10:15 EDT
Chesapeake 1/2/3

09:00 EDT

Part 1 of 2: How to Introduce Test-Driven Development (TDD) to Your Team (James Shore)
Limited Capacity full
Adding this to your schedule will put you on the waitlist.


Abstract:
Test-driven development (TDD) is an essential skill for agile teams. Without it, codebases quickly lose the flexibility needed to support agile development. Software accrues technical debt and becomes difficult to change. Rather than improving the code in-place, teams advocate for expensive and risky rewrites. TDD helps avoid these problems.
But for coaches, Scrummasters, and other leaders without a programming background, how can you introduce this foundational skill? In this two-part session, veteran TDD practitioner James Shore will teach you the coaching and facilitation skills you need to help your teams get started with TDD. No programming experience is required, and you won’t be doing any programming in this session. Instead, you’ll gain the resources and knowledge needed to help your teams help themselves. You’ll learn what TDD is, how to recognize when TDD is being done well, and how to facilitate TDD learning workshops without being a TDD expert yourself.

Learning Outcomes:
  • -Understanding of, and ability to explain, the core TDD loop
  • -Understanding of each component of the TDD loop (think, red, green, refactor, repeat)
  • -Ability to recognize when TDD is being done
  • -Thinking tools for evaluating the success of TDD at the team and organization level
  • -Ability to facilitate an introductory TDD workshop

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avatar for James Shore

James Shore

Consultant, Titanium I.T. LLC
James Shore teaches, writes, and consults on Agile development processes. He is a recipient of the Agile Alliance's Gordon Pask Award for Contributions to Agile Practice, co-author of /The Art of Agile Development/, and co-creator of the Agile Fluency™ Model. You can find his essays... Read More →


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

09:00 EDT

Corrosive expertise (Seb Rose)
Limited Capacity seats available


Abstract:
After we leave school, how do we learn? Books, blogs, videos, conferences, training courses. Who creates all this material? Experts, self-proclaimed or otherwise.
Despite occasional resistance to expertise in all its forms, the expert is still an important contributor to the growth of the team and the individual. However, expertise comes in many shapes and sizes. Some expert advice is related to context - it is relevant only in specific circumstances. Some expert advice is related to proficiency - it is relevant only once you have attained some level of skills. The expert offering advice via mass media knows neither your context nor your proficiency. How do you gain confidence that advice is appropriate for you and that you've understood it correctly?
We'll explore several classic embodiments of expert advice, to see how misunderstandings can cause problems, despite the best intentions. The examples we'll look at are:
  • an acronym: INVEST, created by Bill Wake
  • a metaphor: the Test Automation Pyramid, created by Mike Cohn
  • a template: Connextra (As-A/I-Want/So-That), created by Rachel Davies
Expert advice taken in good faith, that leads to bad outcomes, is corrosive. This sort of corrosive expertise teaches us to become distrustful. It's time to reiterate that there is no magic formula, no silver bullet. At best, expertise can lend you a framework within which to think, but it will never make thinking unnecessary. While experts have valuable things to say, we need to filter their insights through our own experience.

Learning Outcomes:
  • Explain that not all expert advice is appropriate in all contexts
  • Describe several examples of how widely accepted, well intentioned advice can lead to misunderstandings, confusion and bad outcomes
  • Demonstrate how to sift advice through the filter of your own experience

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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 →


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

09:00 EDT

Diversity without Disclosure: Norms to Broaden Inclusion and Intersectionality (Cheryl Hammond)
Limited Capacity seats available


Abstract:
Organizational diversity isn’t just about the attributes we can see. Every team is a near-infinite spectrum of its members’ needs, some of which we know about and a lot more we probably don’t (and might never). How do we create a safe, accommodating space for things we aren’t even aware of?
It’s possible. For our teams to reflect the diversity of our worlds, HR policies are necessary but not sufficient. Our teams can and should take concrete steps, large and small, to make ourselves more welcoming. You’re probably doing some of them already, so let’s talk about what works and how we can scale it out.
From stairs, ramps, and elevators to menu planning to planking and wall sits during meetings, we’ll discuss how to rethink our norms, retire our assumptions, ask the right questions without prying, and create space for our teammates to self-accommodate. You might never know the difference you’ve made, but your teams will be healthier and wiser for it.

Learning Outcomes:
  • Become constructively curious about the breadth of diversities that affect teams
  • Learn several specific techniques for creating a more accommodating team environment

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Cheryl Hammond

Delivery Lead, Agile Practice Leadership Enablement, Pivotal
Cheryl Hammond, a.k.a. bsktcase, has a couple decades' experience as a software developer in the private and public sectors. She led her team's successful adoption of Scrum-ban for a mission-critical regulatory compliance project under multi-agency state and federal government oversight... Read More →


Tuesday August 6, 2019 09:00 - 10:15 EDT
Chesapeake 4/5/6

09:00 EDT

Lead the Play: Leadership Lessons from Space Pirates (Derek W. Wade)
Limited Capacity seats available


Abstract:
What if you could organize and motivate people to double their highest-expected productivity goals?
The future of leadership is emerging to guide 21st-century organizations beyond the small, cross-functional, green-field software development teams of the 1990s. Agile enterprises must respond to emerging markets, provide unity of purpose to workers with conflicting motivations, and foster order when change is the only constant. Agile leadership must cope with distributed teams, "gig economy," diverse skill-sets, and the impact to morale of unexpected changes. But the measure of success is still delivery to the market: volume, quality, reliability.
Early in 2017, a group of several hundred independent players of the futuristic massively-multiplayer video game Elite:Dangerous faced all the above organizational challenges yet still managed unprecedented delivery to their market. And they did it despite the "me first" culture of online games. We'll explore the structural, social, and cognitive factors which enabled this large distributed team of casual volunteers to deliver twice as much as their nearest competition. And we'll uncover how to amplify those factors in your own workplace.
You'll learn the powerful effects of making individual contributions visible, expanding the scope of your regular team synchronizations, having a loose leadership hierarchy, and encouraging diffusion of innovation. And you'll see how community engagement is an essential quality of a servant leadership culture. This is a compelling story about leadership that's relatable to anyone regardless of their interest in or experience with Agile, online gaming, or space pirates.

Learning Outcomes:
  • At the end of this session attendees should be able to summarize, and identify application opportunities in their own organization, the lessons highlighted by the case study:
  • 1. Seeing complexity in the workplace -- The leadership challenges in the modern workplace result of interactions between internal/external forces, from systems and people. Knowing what components make your workplace more complex helps you target your interventions.
  • 2. Visibility is more than cards on walls -- Expose opportunities for individuals to contribute emergent best practices to the whole organization.
  • 3. Self-organization doesn't mean chaos -- Leadership networks must be allowed to form and be visible. Hierarchy isn't all bad. It takes "just enough."
  • 4. Learning is the new productivity -- To be a fast, resilient organization, encourage experimentation over compliance.
  • 5. Servant leadership is more than removing impediments -- It's actively working to create a culture of engagement

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avatar for Derek W. Wade

Derek W. Wade

President, Kumido Adaptive Strategies
Derek W. Wade is the founder of Kumido Adaptive Strategies, an organizational performance consultancy specializing in cognitive/learning science. His human-centered approach has improved hundreds of collaborative efforts across a broad range of industries from healthcare to finance... Read More →


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

09:00 EDT

Assumptions and Ambiguity be Damned. Develop a Strategy to Embrace Change. (Dennis Stevens)
Limited Capacity filling up


Abstract:
Markets are changing faster than typical strategic planning cycles can support. Additionally, digital strategies are increasing interdependencies and exacerbating the strain on execution. Strategic planning often falls short because it’s not as fluid as it needs to be.
One thing we must consider, is that there are—typically— a lot of assumptions being made about markets as well as the organization’s capacity to execute. Those assumptions often miss the mark when attempting to meet the ever-changing needs and expectations of shareholders and customers. Agile provides the opportunity to create the requisite adaptability to validate and adapt to as we understand our ability to deliver and the realizable value of our strategies.
This talk is targeted at senior managers seeking to understand how to leverage Agile to improve Strategic Execution. This talk will show how to build market sensing into strategic planning, how to design the execution model to provide valuable feedback, and how to prioritize learning to maximize return. The model has been developing over years and has successfully responded to the assumptions and ambiguity facing firms. The reality is that it’s not that simple, but we have a model that can help.

Learning Outcomes:
  • Understand how agile can enable strategy execution in rapidly evolving markets
  • Quanitify opportunities to accelerate learning to maximize business return
  • Determine when and how to prioritize for learning over earning

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avatar for Dennis Stevens

Dennis Stevens

Chief Methodologist, LeadingAgile
What does it take to create meaningful change in your organization.


Tuesday August 6, 2019 09:00 - 10:15 EDT
Chesapeake D/E/F

09:00 EDT

Test Everything - Quality ... It's not just for code anymore (Bob Payne)
Limited Capacity filling up


Abstract:
In this dynamic workshop we will explore the world of value delivery and quality. If done means potentially shippable, valuable, operable, usable and secure we need to do more than just test the code.
All too often I have seen systems developed with great automated testing on the widgets that make up our "Product". I use the quotes around product because I believe we need to look more holistically about how we deliver value in organizations. This is not a new idea, testers have striven to take this approach and when a holistic approach is taken to all aspects of quality our business outcomes are better.
We deliver what we thought was needed in the "Product" but...
  • It does not deliver the value we thought because we did not test the value proposition before building.
  • It is not optimally usable because we did not test the user experience.
  • It has operational issues because we did not test infrastructure, load, performance or other critical operational issues.
  • It has documentation but that documentation is not used because we did not test the, need, value, format or accuracy of it.
  • It gets delayed or is stopped from production because we did not test our assumptions about, security, governance and risk.
"Your system is perfectly designed to get the results you are getting."
-W Edwards Deming"
We must change the system of product delivery to get the results we want.
This world cafe style will start with an introduction to the topic of value, appropriate quality and testing both value and quality. I will discuss example methods for:
  • Testing Value
  • Testing Usability and User Experience
  • Testing Operations
  • Testing the Documentation
  • Testing Security, Risk, Audit and Governance
We will then break out into groups around the 5 topics and brainstorm how to ensure quality as early as possible and how we might test even before we build. Participants will rotate through the topics and add greater and greater detail to them as they drill down on the topics.
A readout will follow
For more information on the World Cafe workshop format you can check it out here (http://www.theworldcafe.com/key-concepts-resources/world-cafe-method/).

Learning Outcomes:
  • - Testing everything
  • - Testing early
  • - Testing more than just the code

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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 →


Tuesday August 6, 2019 09:00 - 10:15 EDT
Chesapeake G/H/I

10:45 EDT

Agile and Scrum in Government Agencies - How Do We Make It Work? (Richard Cheng)
Limited Capacity seats available


Abstract:
In 2019, the conversation is no longer about whether Agile is appropriate for government, but rather how do we it, how to we do it better, what do we need to change to make it work. In this foundations session, we start by exploring Agile values, principles, and the Agile mindset. We will identify how this aligns with the compliance and governance needs of our government and where this may cause issues with those needs. From there we will review the Scrum framework, in particular, the roles, meetings and artifacts. We will address how this is implemented in an environment of Federal staffers, contractors/vendor teams, and mixed teams. We conclude with aligning the culture, processes, and leadership in government to enable agility. This includes common pitfalls, obstacles and sharing of success stories. Coming out of this session, attendees will walk away with a great shared understanding of Agile and Scrum and an understanding on how to make it work in our government agencies.

Learning Outcomes:
  • Understanding of Agile values and principles
  • Understanding of Scrum framework
  • Understanding obstacles and pitfalls when trying to implement Agile in government
  • Effective practices in making Agile and Scrum work in government agencies

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Richard Cheng

Director of Training, Excella
Richard Cheng is a Principal consultant at Excella Consulting, providing consulting services to commercial and Federal clients in the Washington, DC area. Richard trains, coaches, and mentors clients in understanding and implementing Agile and Scrum. Richard also leads Excella's Training... Read More →


Tuesday August 6, 2019 10:45 - 12:00 EDT
National Harbor 2/3

10:45 EDT

Government Products Deserve Love Too (Jason Gudalis)
Limited Capacity seats available


Abstract:
Product management and the public sector seem to go together like oil and water. After all, when was the last time that you experienced a government product that you really enjoyed using? It might be rare, but user enthusiasm for products in the public sector isn’t fiction. Current Product Manager of FBI’s Sentinel and former Technical Director of Department of Defense product portfolios, Jason Gudalis will provide a deep dive into building products that elicit passion by:
  • Capitalizing on the strengths of the public sector to foster healthy product development
  • Mitigating the weaknesses of the public sector to protect healthy product development
From eliminating the barriers between users and product teams to managing an agile product roadmap, he’ll share the lessons and stories that fundamentally shaped his approach to agile development and product management -- and helped him create lovable product experiences in the unlikeliest of places: the federal government.

Learning Outcomes:
  • * Strengths in the public sector to capitalize on for agile development and product management
  • * Weaknesses in the public sector to mitigate for agile development and product management
  • * Effective and efficient team organization
  • * Agile and healthy execution of requirements
  • * Mechanisms to make organizations more customer focused

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avatar for Jason Gudalis

Jason Gudalis

Product Manager


Tuesday August 6, 2019 10:45 - 12:00 EDT
National Harbor 4/5

10:45 EDT

Part 2 of 2: How to Introduce Test-Driven Development (TDD) to Your Team. (James Shore)

Abstract:
Test-driven development (TDD) is an essential skill for agile teams. Without it, codebases quickly lose the flexibility needed to support agile development. Software accrues technical debt and becomes difficult to change. Rather than improving the code in-place, teams advocate for expensive and risky rewrites. TDD helps avoid these problems.
But for coaches, Scrummasters, and other leaders without a programming background, how can you introduce this foundational skill? In this two-part session, veteran TDD practitioner James Shore will teach you the coaching and facilitation skills you need to help your teams get started with TDD. No programming experience is required, and you won’t be doing any programming in this session. Instead, you’ll gain the resources and knowledge needed to help your teams help themselves. You’ll learn what TDD is, how to recognize when TDD is being done well, and how to facilitate TDD learning workshops without being a TDD expert yourself.

Learning Outcomes:
  • -Understanding of, and ability to explain, the core TDD loop
  • -Understanding of each component of the TDD loop (think, red, green, refactor, repeat)
  • -Ability to recognize when TDD is being done
  • -Thinking tools for evaluating the success of TDD at the team and organization level
  • -Ability to facilitate an introductory TDD workshop

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James Shore

Consultant, Titanium I.T. LLC
James Shore teaches, writes, and consults on Agile development processes. He is a recipient of the Agile Alliance's Gordon Pask Award for Contributions to Agile Practice, co-author of /The Art of Agile Development/, and co-creator of the Agile Fluency™ Model. You can find his essays... Read More →


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

10:45 EDT

Is There a Place for Individuals and Interactions in Enterprise Agility? (Em Campbell-Pretty, Adrienne Wilson)

Abstract:
Is Enterprise Agility an oxymoron? We say we value Individuals and interactions over processes and tools however, the enterprise agility space is drowning in processes and tools. There are countless frameworks and innumerable tools to measure every part of a teams performance to dizzying detail. But what about individuals and interactions? Does this get overlooked because it’s “too hard”? How does an enterprise scale an agile practice beyond a team, into a team of teams, or boldly into an entire enterprise but not lose sight of this principle?
In this session, Em & Adrienne will trade war stories with you about with Agile in the Enterprise and what role valuing Individuals and Interactions plays in successful transformations.

Learning Outcomes:
  • At the end of this session participants will be able to:
  • Identify Enterprise behaviours that are incongruent with valuing Individuals and Interactions, including leadership pitfalls.
  • Explain the economic benefit of valuing individuals and interactions
  • Describe the types of behaviours displayed by Enterprises that values Individuals and Interactions
  • Apply valuing Individuals and Interactions in an Enterprise context

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Em Campbell-Pretty

Managing Director, Pretty Agile
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Adrienne Wilson

VP Of Operations, Pretty Agile


Tuesday August 6, 2019 10:45 - 12:00 EDT
Maryland Ballroom A

10:45 EDT

Brain Agility: Overcoming Cognitive Bias (Lisa Cooney)

Abstract:
Did you know that your brain makes up stories all day long, and if they are good stories, you believe them? Come to this entertaining interactive session to experience some “cognitive illusions” for yourself, and learn what they demonstrate about how our brains’ work. During this session, open to all levels, you will watch videos to learn about specific cognitive biases, and then learn what to do about them. For example, confirmation bias leads us to perceive evidence that confirms our existing beliefs while disregarding evidence that contradicts them. Knowing this, we can begin to be more discerning when trying to answer the question, "What happened?"
Cognitive science and behavioral psychology offer important insights for agilists, insights that can help us work more effectively with our co-workers and clients. You will learn how awareness of our brains’ tendencies is a powerful tool to overcome our own innate cognitive bias, and the cognitive bias of others. This newfound awareness can open you to more varied perspectives in order to tell yourself a story that is both richer and more nuanced – and closer to being “a true story.” You will not only be more capable of sharing your perspectives, but also more open to the perspectives of others people, leading to more successful interactions and outcomes.

Learning Outcomes:
  • Describe how our brains are hardwired to “co-opt” our beliefs
  • Explain that awareness of this tendency can help us overcome our cognitive biases
  • Increase your ability to be open to all perspectives
  • Apply the agile value, “individuals and interactions over processes and tools” more deeply in your work and life

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avatar for Lisa Cooney

Lisa Cooney

Principle Agile Coach, Axios
I am an Agile coach with a master's degree in education - my passion is bringing Agile to the world. I am the editor of Michael Hammon's leadership book, Evolvagility; I help run the Women in Agile meetup in Washington, DC; I am on the program committee for the Business Agility Conference... Read More →


Tuesday August 6, 2019 10:45 - 12:00 EDT
National Harbor 12/13

10:45 EDT

From Projects to Products: Aligning Strategy and Execution (Richard Knaster)

Abstract:
Traditional approaches to project and portfolio management inhibit the flow of value and innovation in the enterprise. They were not designed for a global economy and the impact of digital disruption. This new reality puts pressure on enterprises to work with a higher degree of uncertainty yet deliver innovative solutions much faster and with higher quality. Despite this new reality, many legacy project and portfolio practices remain.
One of the main problems with projects is that they were designed to be temporary endeavors with temporary people to achieve a project’s requirements. As a result, the primary focus of projects is on completing tasks on time and on budget rather than achieving and measuring ongoing business outcomes.
Clearly, a different approach is needed. The system must change from planning the delivery of projects to collaborating on the development of products. The portfolio goes from managing projects to a managing a set of value streams that deliver products or solutions that help the enterprise meet its business strategy, either by providing value directly to the customer or in support of internal business processes. This workshop will provide useful concepts and practical guidance on how to implement this new and proven approach that delivers extraordinary business outcomes on a predictable cadence. It will also help create an environment where people can thrive and are truly empowered.

Learning Outcomes:
  • Understand why traditional portfolio management inhibits agility
  • Learn to better organize teams for value delivery
  • Apply Lean-Agile principles to empower the portfolio
  • Establish Lean budgeting and guardrails
  • Implement portfolio flow with a Kanban system
  • Measure Lean portfolio performance
  • How to implement the new approach

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avatar for Richard Knaster

Richard Knaster

Fellow, Principal Consultant, Author, Scaled Agile
Richard Knaster has more than 30 years’ experience in software and systems development, in roles ranging from developer to executive, and has been leading large - scale Agile transformations for well over 15 years. Richard actively works on advancing SAFe’s Lean-Agile methods... Read More →


Tuesday August 6, 2019 10:45 - 12:00 EDT
National Harbor 11

10:45 EDT

Mindfulness, it's a practice... NOT perfection. LEAD Imperfectly! (Darren Hoevel)

Abstract:
What does your mindfulness practice look like? Is it still a practice if you don't meditate or do yoga?
Human development is largely driven by changes that take place in the body and the brain. As we strive to create and be a part of high performing teams, having an awareness of the physiology, neuroscience, and the power of empathy will greatly increase our probably of success. Even more powerful, is having the capability of AWARENESS of ones self and our environment. How do we foster and create an environment where you and your colleagues can experience the feeling of being understood, lead with empathy, and create generative solutions through dialogue. Mindful Leadership provides clarity and enhances the journey through the important work we are doing.
Please join me on this exploration of the the physiology of the brain, patterns of the mind, how each of our individuals stories create our perspectives, and how our current agile and coaching models incorporate aspects of mindfulness.

Learning Outcomes:
  • Discover, what is mindfulness for you... it's a practice NOT perfection
  • Explore some concepts of mindfulness
  • Learn about the brain and the physical affect of your thoughts and actions
  • Are you mindful already? Bring your agile and coaching models into your practice
  • What is your Mindfulness roadmap?
  • What is your Mindful Leadership Model?

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avatar for Darren Hoevel

Darren Hoevel

President, Agilist, Pliant Solutions
Darren Hoevel is a passionate Agile realist, organizational change advocate, corporate cultural renovator, customer ambassador and founder of Pliant Solutions. He is driven by transforming organizations into self-managing, self-organizing teams with high morale. Darren prides himself... Read More →


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

10:45 EDT

Leveraging software development principles into automation framework (Aditi Mulay, Ricardo Mediavilla-Maldonado)

Abstract:
Automation framework development can be considered similar to application development. The framework would greatly improve if the the same design principles used to write application code are leveraged to build it. By leveraging the 4 pillars of Object Oriented Programming in writing your automation framework, we can achieve the same level of efficiency as your application. Here are some examples we will discuss during the presentation:
  • Abstraction
  • Encapsulation
  • Inheritance
  • Polymorphism
Software development is built on the foundation of reusability and reliability. By making the steps in scenarios reusable and scenarios or test cases independent, we can lower the test maintenance costs and improve stability.

Learning Outcomes:
  • We expect that attendees will have a better understanding of software development principles such as abstraction, encapsulation, inheritance and polymorphism and how to use these concepts in the development of automation frameworks

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Aditi Mulay

Automation Test Lead, Karsun Solutions LLC
Aditi Mulay is currently working as Automation Lead at Karsun Solutions LLC ensuring code quality, increasing test coverage for their web based application. Aditi has worked in diverse domains like education, advertisement and the government sector. Aditi has managed and lead automation... Read More →


Tuesday August 6, 2019 10:45 - 12:00 EDT
Chesapeake J/K/L

14:00 EDT

Collaboration & Cooperation in Agile Teams (Esther Derby)
Limited Capacity full
Adding this to your schedule will put you on the waitlist.


Abstract:
Why is it that some teams soar, and some wallow and slog towards uncertain results? It often comes down to how well the people on the team work together. Collaboration is at the heart of teamwork. But what does that really mean? How is collaboration different from cooperation? Why do we need both? What does stellar teamwork look like?
In this session, we’ll explore these questions. I’ll share how both managers and team members can influence the conditions for collaboration and cooperation. We'll look at common barriers to collaboration and cooperation, and do a mini-assessment that will reveal actions that you might take to boost collaboration and cooperation on your team(s).

Learning Outcomes:
  • recognize barriers to collaboration and cooperation
  • understand how to create the conditions for collaboration and cooperation
  • recognize stellar team work
  • how to observe and adjust the environment to enable teamwork

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avatar for Esther Derby

Esther Derby

Founder, esther derby associates, inc.
I draw on four decades of experience leading, observing, and living through organizational change. In 1997, I founded esther derby associates, inc. and work with a broad array of clients from Fortune 500 companies to start ups. My approach blends attention to humans and deep knowledge... Read More →


Tuesday August 6, 2019 14:00 - 15:15 EDT
National Harbor 2/3

14:00 EDT

Part 1 of 2: Code Reviews - How to facilitate code reviews as a less-technical coach (Kim Castillo)
Limited Capacity seats available


Abstract:
Abstract
Technical excellence is widely considered one of the ingredients of successful Agile teams and presumably, the session audience is interested in finding ways to support this quality.
In this session, we will address some of the conundrums of being a “less technical” coach to our teams and identify what strengths and tactics we can leverage to make the technical practice of code reviews a better experience.

Learning Outcomes:
  • What I hope from this session is that you walk away from here:
  • • Recognizing code reviews
  • • Find/create opportunities to facilitate high quality code reviews (and not feeling like a fraud while you’re at it)
  • • Understanding the value in engaging this practice and other areas that puts us in the “middle of all of it”


Speakers
avatar for Kim Castillo

Kim Castillo

Sr. Technical Program Manager (In reality, an embedded Agile coach and renegade), Pluto TV
I’m an Agile Coach. I’m bent on building a culture of engaged and innovative teams through thought leadership, human interactions, and coaching. Everything I do is in service to creating an environment that leads to psychological safety, experimentation, relentless learning, deep... Read More →


Tuesday August 6, 2019 14:00 - 15:15 EDT
National Harbor 10

14:00 EDT

What “Good” Looks Like: The 4-Quadrants of Product Ownership (Bob Galen)
Limited Capacity filling up


Abstract:
The product owner role was introduced in Scrum in 1993. So, the role has been around for ~25 years. Yet, still we struggle with the nature of it. Is it simple or complex? Is it inward or outwardly facing? It is about backlogs and stories or something more? And is ‘ownership’ the whole point?
In this talk, Bob Galen will be sharing his 4-Quadrants model for what effective (good) product ownership looks like in the real-world. It will start with balance, because the role is so broad and deep in its nuance. The essence of the 4-quadrants says that there are product, project, analyst, and leadership parts to the role. We’ll explore each in turn and talk about cross-connecting each area. We’ll also explore the partnerships that are key to success.
And finally, we’ll even explore product ownership at-scale, which is its own can of worms. So, we’ll help with that too. You’ll leave this session certainly understanding what Product Owner Excellence looks like and how crucial it is for team success.

Learning Outcomes:
  • Introduce the 4-Quadrants of Agile Product Ownership as a framework for skills, responsibilities, and expectation management.
  • Deep dive into each of the quadrants and explore that aspect of the role; wrapping up with quadrant interactions.
  • Finally, explore Product Ownership at-Scale and the challenges associated with it.

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avatar for Bob Galen

Bob Galen

Principal Agile Coach, Vaco
Bob Galen is an Agile Practitioner, Trainer & Coach based in Cary, NC. In this role he helps guide companies and teams in their pragmatic adoption and organizational shift towards Scrum and other agile methodologies and practices. He is a Principal Agile Coach at Vaco Agile, a leading... Read More →


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

14:00 EDT

The Learner's Brain - A User Manual to the Most Complex Thing in the Universe (Joe Ziadeh, Jolene Jangles)
Limited Capacity seats available


Abstract:
How do people learn in an Agile way? In this workshop we'll give you the user manual to the most complex object in the known universe - the human brain! Our brain drives how we learn, and this workshop will show you how to tailor instruction and activities to create safe and effective learning environments.
In this workshop we will briefly cover some core neuroscience and psychology topics anyone who teaches needs to know. Come play a series of games designed with specific techniques you can immediately use to improve your teaching. We'll briefly cover:
  • Neurophysiology - How the structure of our brain impacts how we learn and process information
  • Neuroplasticity - How the brain physically changes as we learn new things
  • Cognitive bias - How a learner's perception of an idea (and our environment) can fundamentally change how the way learners hear and understand what you're teaching.
We'll cover these concepts using games and activities specifically designed to help you learn and retain the information efficiently. We'll also discuss how to build the appropriate environment to make learning safe, and lightly touch on how to build courses with all of these things in mind using Training from the BACK of the Room.

Learning Outcomes:
  • Attendees can explain how neuroscience drives students' ability to learn.
  • Attendees can describe how this session used neuroscience to their advantage to teach the concepts.
  • Attendees can facilitate 3 techniques to teach concepts, and create a safe and effective environment for learning and experimentation.

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avatar for Joe Ziadeh

Joe Ziadeh

Director of Process Definition and Measurement, Express Scripts
I'm happy to talk about anything Agile. But I personally love neuroscience, Training from the Back of the Room, rap, public speaking, innovation games, change management, and team building.
avatar for Jolene Jangles

Jolene Jangles

Enterprise Coach, Balanced Agility
I strongly believe in people’s greatness and am passionate about moving people and systems forward. Some of my particular interests are transformation, coaching and the brain science. Tell me your story. Where do you want to go? How do we ignite your rebel within?


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

15:45 EDT

Make It Happen: The World's First Agile Restaurant (Riccardo Mariti, Jeff Sutherland)
Limited Capacity filling up


Abstract:
THE RESTAURANT MODEL is broken. As CEO of multiple restaurants, it has really felt that way for a few years and I’ve been searching for the reason and for a solution. By ‘broken’ I mean that in the industry, morale is at a serious low. The restaurant industry is one of the most abusive industries I have ever come across. Decent people promoted to management positions become megalomaniacs as a norm, it happens every time. It’s as though they think it is expected of them to rule with an iron glove, order team members around, and stop personally dealing with customer service, spending most of their time working on admin tasks rather than on the floor with customers. It’s the strangest phenomenon.
When I read Jeff and JJ Sutherland’s book, Scrum: The Art of Doing Twice the Work in Half the Time, everything changed and many of my early insights were confirmed with hard facts and documented evidence, and case studies. We decided to implement Scrum@Scale where every facet of the organization is run with Scrum.
We will present an overview of creation of the world's first Agile restaurant which today runs only with Scrum teams and has no managers. The goal was to improve shrinking margins due to competitive pricing and higher salaries. When teams starting doing shift planning we found that over 20% of shifts created by managers were totally unnecessary, planning time was significantly reduced, and morale substantially improved. The radical success of this implementation has spawned two new restaurants funded by investors within a year, so we will describe three restaurants run totally with Scrum.
The restaurant is run like a lean assembly line. The process efficiency of every component is constantly measured and improved. For example, time from order to the first course arriving and served – PE Benchmark 8m – Ave 12m – Bad – 15m. We will present production data and actual financial results for the restaurant. This will enable others to plan for implementation in any environment similar to a restaurant.

Learning Outcomes:
  • 1. Learn how to apply agile practices in the restaurant business.
  • 2. Understand that lean practice is fundamental to enabling agile practice in this environment
  • 3. Show how to implement Scrum@Scale in a small business
  • 4. Demonstrate how to collect performance and financial metrics in this environment.
  • 5. Show actual performance and financial results from the world's first Agile restaurant.

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Riccardo Mariti

CEO, Riccardo's
avatar for Jeff Sutherland

Jeff Sutherland

Founder and Chairman, Scrum, Inc.
CoCreator of Scrum


Tuesday August 6, 2019 15:45 - 17:00 EDT
Maryland Ballroom C

15:45 EDT

Agile Development Practices (James Newkirk)
Limited Capacity seats available


Abstract:
Successful execution on an agile project requires a focus on product ownership and associated set of engineering practices. You need these engineering practices to support the planning and to make it effective. These practices also serve to make the code ready for the next challenge. In this session I will describe a system of engineering practices that bring together lessons learned from Extreme Programming and Scrum with approaches adapted from Lean Thinking to benefit the team, customers, and users.
In order to ground the discussion, we will begin with a set of values and principles to describe the why behind the practices. We will then discuss each practice and how together they weave into a system that supports the planning process and software delivery.
The session is for all who take part in software delivery, business and technical people alike.

Learning Outcomes:
  • Understand why we use engineering practices, in terms that work not only for engineers or developers, but for anyone who might be the member of a team
  • Understand how the practices correlate to values
  • How these practices work together to define the system
  • Where to begin…

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Tuesday August 6, 2019 15:45 - 17:00 EDT
National Harbor 2/3

15:45 EDT

Part 2 of 2: How to facilitate code reviews as a less-technical coach (Kim Castillo)
Limited Capacity seats available


Abstract:
Technical excellence is widely considered one of the ingredients of successful Agile teams and presumably, the session audience is interested in finding ways to support this quality.
In this session, we will address some of the conundrums of being a “less technical” coach to our teams and identify what strengths and tactics we can leverage to make the technical practice of code reviews a better experience.

Learning Outcomes:
  • What I hope from this session is that you walk away from here:
  • • Recognizing code reviews
  • • Find/create opportunities to facilitate high quality code reviews (and not feeling like a fraud while you’re at it)
  • • Understanding the value in engaging this practice and other areas that puts us in the “middle of all of it”

Attachments:

Speakers
avatar for Kim Castillo

Kim Castillo

Sr. Technical Program Manager (In reality, an embedded Agile coach and renegade), Pluto TV
I’m an Agile Coach. I’m bent on building a culture of engaged and innovative teams through thought leadership, human interactions, and coaching. Everything I do is in service to creating an environment that leads to psychological safety, experimentation, relentless learning, deep... Read More →


Tuesday August 6, 2019 15:45 - 17:00 EDT
National Harbor 10

15:45 EDT

Automation as a Lofty Goal (Christopher Lucian)
Limited Capacity seats available


Abstract:
How many things in your work day can be automated that currently are not? 1%? 100%? Chances are that everything you do today can theoretically be automated. Of course this is an inflammatory argument. It is also likely that you have some low hanging fruit for automation that typically gets ignored. The funny thing about software development is that over time you automate all the stuff you did in the past. I don’t write HTML anymore, I write an HTML template, or generator. I don’t write generators anymore, I create a domain abstraction…. I don’t write domain abstractions anymore I write acceptance tests and an evolutionary algorithm writes the code for me. As I automate more and more of what I do, I get more and more time to automate more things. How do we gracefully transition into a future of automation? I believe we should be considering automation continuously, in this way we will be able to automate more and more things.
What about those of us who are content to repeat automatable tasks? It needs to be clear that the less we have to do day to day, the more effective we can be in the long run. In my career I have witnessed many developers who had thought their job was to do repetitive tasks to keep production up and running. We had automated everything they did and got back these developers.
I want to talk about today's options for automation in our craft and extrapolate to the future! Then I want to discuss automation as a lofty goal and how we can promote the need for automation of our automation on our teams with some practical technical examples.
As a developer you will learn new automation techniques as well as communication techniques for discussions around automation as a priority with management.
As a manager or director you will learn how automation as a team goal can increase your teams productivity continuously, and how to eliminate waste in your system to write software faster and with higher quality.

Learning Outcomes:
  • Practical implementations of Automation as a Habit
  • How to Implement a strict workflow that includes automation as a habit
  • How to Analyse the impact of a habit of automation on your process

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avatar for Christopher Lucian

Christopher Lucian

Director of Software Development, Hunter Industries
I'm Chris Lucian, the director of software development at hunter industries and a founder of mob programming. I am passionate about the advancement of machine learning and software craftsmanship. I seek the continuous improvement of myself, my family, my company, and my community... Read More →


Tuesday August 6, 2019 15:45 - 17:00 EDT
Chesapeake A/B/C

15:45 EDT

BDD, ATDD, TDD, DDD, DP, OOAD, ... If You’re D’d out, Try A Holistic Approach (Ken Pugh)
Limited Capacity filling up


Abstract:
Teams starting to become agile often get caught by the technical issues of software development. While stories may be completed initially, technical debt such as lack of cohesion, bad coupling, missing tests, and other issues slow things down. Test automation becomes harder and brittle for both internal units and external flows. Team members are not sure which of the techniques such as Behavior Driven Development, Acceptance Test Driven Development, Test Driven Development, Domain Driven Design, Design Patterns, Object Oriented Analysis/Design, or others will help them.
This session presents a holistic approach to discovering how these D’s relate to each other and how they can help you. We start by concentrating on the desired behavior and the context in which that behavior occurs. Next we explain how tests specify that the behavior is being implemented correctly and we recognize that all tests specify some behavior. We continue by illustrating how external behaviors that a user experiences are a combination of behaviors of the implementing components. We end up by showing how behavior of those components (microservices, classes, methods) can be specified in an implementation independent manner. Along the way, we’ll show how principles, such as separation of concerns and low coupling, apply in many aspects of development including defining behavior.
This interactive session is appropriate for anyone working on the creation of a software application – developers and testers. It’s aimed at newer agile teams, but any teams who are experiencing delivery issues may benefit.

Learning Outcomes:
  • Explain the different contexts of an application
  • Identify what are external and internal behaviors and how to specify them
  • Create a shared understanding of the behavior of business rules and domain terms
  • Minimize the amount of redundancy in tests and code

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avatar for Ken Pugh

Ken Pugh

Chief Consultant, Ken Pugh, Inc.
Ken Pugh helps companies evolve into lean-agile organizations through training and coaching. His special interests are in collaborating on requirements, delivering business value, and using lean principles to deliver high quality quickly. Ken trains, mentors, and testifies on technology... Read More →


Tuesday August 6, 2019 15:45 - 17:00 EDT
Chesapeake J/K/L

15:45 EDT

Six Steps Towards Self-Learning Teams and Deliberately Developmental Organizations (Andy Cleff)
Limited Capacity seats available


Abstract:
One of the 12 principles behind the Manifesto for Agile Software Develop is: At regular intervals, the team reflects on how to become more effective, then tunes and adjusts its behavior accordingly.
This adjustment of behavior can take many forms: from stopping a practice that is not fruitful to simply doing more or less of something already in the system. And sometimes it means starting something new, an experiment to test a falsifiable hypothesis, for example: if we always had a minimum of a dozen donuts in the team room….
Regardless of what changes, it is up to a team that embraces agility to figure things out themselves. No external “boss” is barking orders. So this 12th principle leads to the idea that a self-organizing team also needs to be a self-learning team, and ask the question: "When we're learning at our best, we're like what?"
Join Andy to learn about a six-step framework that will propel your teams and organization on the path of deliberate and continual learning with joy.

Learning Outcomes:
  • Take-aways from this presentation will propel your teams and organization on a path of self-learning and growth:
  • * Leveraging the power of metaphor to lay the groundwork
  • * Visualizing the current and future states of the team skill set
  • * Prioritizing "the learning backlog" and creating conditions conducive to self-learning
  • * Measuring and making visible the outcomes of team experiments in order to amplify a culture of organizational learning
  • * Building learning communities at scale

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Speakers
avatar for Andy Cleff

Andy Cleff

Sr Agile Coach, Agile Velocity
Andy Cleff is an experienced and pragmatic agile practitioner that takes teams beyond getting agile to embracing agile. His superpowers include holding multiple perspectives, enabling step changes that bridge current and future states, allowing space for both order and chaos simultaneously... Read More →


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

15:45 EDT

Sketchnoting Like a Pro (Raymond Zanden)
Limited Capacity filling up


Abstract:
Are you someone who frequently gives presentations, like an Agile Coach, Scrum Master, Manager or Trainer? Do you want your presentations to be remembered for a long time?
Then this is the workshop for you. In this workshop you will learn that everyone can create powerful Sketchnotes—a rapid form of visual note-taking— to boost the impact of presentations!
"A picture tells more than a thousand words"
When you need to present, you will get their attention immediately when you are using this Sketchnote technique. But this way of visualizing is also very useful in illustrating complex concepts or communicating your vision/ strategy.
In this workshop you will learn the basics of how and what to draw.

Learning Outcomes:
  • Introduction to Sketchnotes
  • Drawing basic shapes
  • Applying the basic shapes in a visual vocabulary
  • Drawing techniques for visual thinking
  • You will be able to make a presentation with markers on a flip-over

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avatar for Raymond Zanden

Raymond Zanden

Rabobank
I'm a Scrum Master at the Rabobank, this is one of the three larges banks in the Netherlands. I like to coach development teams to get them to the next level. I love to use sketchnoting as a tool to communicate, as it makes it so much easier to communicate and my colleagues like it... Read More →


Tuesday August 6, 2019 15:45 - 17:00 EDT
National Harbor 12/13

17:30 EDT

Agile Tonight!
Ready to talk about the big issues in Agile? Each year at the Agile20XX conference, our Agile Tonight! session brings attendees together to learn about and discuss important questions, issues, and trends impacting and influencing our industry.


At Agile2019, Agile Tonight! continues the conversations about diversity and inclusion in our world, expanding on the earlier conversations we began at our previous conferences. Through data, interactive table exercises, and practitioners’ stories, we will collectively raise awareness of the issues leading to feelings of being physically, mentally, or emotionally unsafe or of being excluded — at our conferences, at our workplaces, in our industry, and in our lives. We will create an inclusive environment in the room and share approaches and stories that will give everyone more confidence to help create safer environments in their daily work and lives.



Tuesday August 6, 2019 17:30 - 19:00 EDT
Maryland Ballroom C
 
Wednesday, August 7
 

09:00 EDT

ish: The Problem with our Pursuit for Perfection and the Life-Changing Practice of (Lynne Cazaly)

Abstract:
Excellence, quality and continuous improvement are important, but the pursuit of perfection …not so much. Our drive to make things look or seem perfect is dangerously on the rise and has dire consequences for how we feel about ourselves, how we live and work and how we collaborate with others. Lynne Cazaly shares the latest thinking on how being more ‘ish’ – which means somewhat, more or less, to some extent - is a more flexible, helpful and effective way to think and work. We can go for iteration over perfection more often.



Speakers
avatar for Lynne Cazaly

Lynne Cazaly

Owner, Lynne Cazaly
Lynne Cazaly helps individuals, teams and organisations transition to new ways of working. Lynne is an international keynote speaker, author and a master facilitator. She is the author of 6 books: ish: The Problem with our Pursuit for Perfection and the Life-Changing Practice of... Read More →


Wednesday August 7, 2019 09:00 - 10:15 EDT
Potomac Ballroom
  Keynotes, Talk

10:45 EDT

A Report on the State of Agile in India (Deepti Jain)
Limited Capacity seats available

Abstract:
The Indian subcontinent has not seen many successful Agile Transformations. In this report we share how a group of 30 Lean Agile Practitioners and thought leaders from industry came together to better understand why Agile Transformations have not achieved or sustained the results in India that we hoped for. This special report was shepherded by Agile Alliance (under Rebecca Wirfs-Brock), with the intention of bringing out key challenges and success factors for any attempted or possible Agile Transformation in Indian IT and Software Development Centers.

At gatherings all around India, the talk is about different tools, techniques and agile experiences. But many of the experiences are either not from India or only partially achieved here. Agile experiences in India invariably fall short of full-fledged organization-scale self-sustaining irreversible transformations. Most are about rather short-term limited-scale team-level externally-supported “agile adoptions” or about lower-order internal efficiency gains such as faster builds, or higher code coverage, lower tech debt, or quicker deployments. No doubt these accomplishments are important from a product development standpoint, i.e. “building the product right”, as well as a product management standpoint, i.e., “building the right product”.

However, in most cases, any objective assessment or quantitative demonstration of improved agility in terms of market-facing metrics (such as revenue impact, percentage of market share, number of paying customers, etc.) is conspicuously absent! Roles in functions such as product management or user-experience design have only begun to spring up in last few years. So the matter of fact is not many have seen real Agile Transformation in India, and those who have seen it, recognize that scaling it across the organization and sustaining it over a reasonable period of time is a wider and chronic problem.

On paper, it all looked familiar and appeared highly successful. However, given that most organizations were either IT outsourcing operations working per or alongside a client’s given process (often in a tight contract lest there be legal disputes around delivery not matching the specs or project plans), or the so-called GICs (the Global In-house Centers, i.e. the in-house delivery arm for MNCs typically headquartered overseas) working on derivative versions (as opposed to “1.0” problems) or smaller-scale problems (compared to their headquarters) or on “lights on” work, or the Startups that were predominantly in early phases of acquiring or post-product/market fit; it often stood out that the landscape looked very different from the US / West Europe (where the work flowed from, for the most part).

So, to bring out the real state of Agile in India in the open, we (Deepti Jain and Tathagat Varma) called for a Summit—a “Change Agents Summit,” to create an authentic account of the situation.

Lessons Learned from Your Experience:
1) Agile Transformation in India is a far fetched dream
2) Headquarters of these IDCs need to truly invest (and have intentions) to bring true agility
3) There is so much power in the people if they come forward authentically, and so it's important to create a social movement that bring out a real report on Agility and Agile Transformation in India.
4) One such gathering is not enough, but a recurring approach is needed. Hence we have set an yearly gathering called Change Agents Summit, which is also India's first Flip Conference that focuses on

Speakers
avatar for Deepti Jain

Deepti Jain

Agile Transformation Strategist, AgileVirgin
Deepti is an Agile practitioner, experienced in creating, leading, and managing an Agile team in a distributed setup. She is active in Agile community building in India via her initiatives and events. For the past 6 years, her primary focus is on Agile and its Scaling with Continuous... Read More →


Wednesday August 7, 2019 10:45 - 11:15 EDT
Chesapeake 7/8/9

10:45 EDT

Live from DC, It's Saturday Night: the agility of SNL (John Krewson)
Limited Capacity full
Adding this to your schedule will put you on the waitlist.


Abstract:
Saturday Night Live is one of the longest running Agile institutions in the world. For 44 years, they have developed and delivered small batches of comedy in weekly intervals. Talk about sustainable development. But how do they do it? Turns out, the practices and principles they employ are quite agile. From welcoming changing requirements to maintaining technical excellence, there's a lot we can learn from how they deliver. Join us for a back stage and on stage view into the process SNL has developed over decades to get from concept to cash in one week. Along the way we'll gain a new understanding of empirical process control, continuous delivery, the care and feeding of high performing teams, dependency and deadline management, what it means to deliver value continuously, and how to understand customers. We'll see how their use of Scrum ensures that they deliver on time, and how their use of Kanban keeps work visible for the entire organization. And we’ll probably laugh a lot too.

Learning Outcomes:
  • By the end of this session, attendees will understand:
  • - how the 4 agile values and 12 agile principles can be broadly applied to entire organizations
  • - how frameworks like Scrum and Kanban can operate within and outside of software development
  • - how empirical process control enables delivery in a complex, ambiguous environment
  • - how the relationship between failure and trust impacts the ability to deliver
  • - how more frequent interaction with users improves delivery
  • - the benefits of continuous delivery

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Speakers
avatar for John Krewson

John Krewson

President, Sketch Development
John Krewson is the founder and President of Sketch Development Services, a software development studio that provides Agile coaching, consulting and training. Sketch delivers software for its customers using Agile principles and practices, and helps other organizations with their... Read More →


Wednesday August 7, 2019 10:45 - 12:00 EDT
National Harbor 4/5

10:45 EDT

7 things we do for our agile transformation at scale (Cecile Auret)
Limited Capacity full
Adding this to your schedule will put you on the waitlist.


Abstract:
Your IT department is so big that you don’t even know the name of all the managers after 2 years! Your government agency has a reputation of bad service and old fashioned digital services! You know the organization must change but you don’t know where to start!
If you belong to a giant organization with silos and old school management practices in place, come to hear our open and honest story of how our agile transformation and learning journey is organized.
We are transforming our work methods since 2015. Through the new practices brought or encapsulated by SAFe®, we tear down historical silos and deeply transform the communication patterns. On the way, we even on-board non-agile teams as well as teams working on desktops and infrastructure.
With an IT department of 1600 people plus as many external contractors, this transformation is no small deal. It takes a good strategy, a small team of driven individuals and a culture open to change despite the unknown. Slowly but surely, culture evolves. The journey is long and full of surprises.
By the end of this session, you will understand how a French government organization is changing to build better solutions, better respect the tax payers’ money and attract new talents.

Learning Outcomes:
  • By the end of this session, you will be able to:
  • • Understand the transformation strategy and roadmap
  • • Discover how the transformation team works
  • • How communication influences the results
  • • How the SAFe framework is assisting the change
  • • How to leverage profession based communities within the enterprise to move to agile

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Speakers
avatar for Cecile Auret

Cecile Auret

Change agent, Pole-emploi
I help teams and programs move to agile with scrum, kanban and the Scaled Agile Framework®. I also construct training material and develop communities of practice. I’m happy to talk about agile methodologies, management and the ups and downs of a transformation.


Wednesday August 7, 2019 10:45 - 12:00 EDT
National Harbor 2

10:45 EDT

What’s REALLY Going On? An Observational Skills Workshop (Julie Wyman, Mark Grove)
Limited Capacity full
Adding this to your schedule will put you on the waitlist.


Abstract:
Imagine you are asked to sit in on a team’s Sprint Review and Retrospective. The team has been having difficulty forming and the Scrum Master has asked you to observe the team during these two sessions. Are you simply going to watch what’s going on or is there more you can do? Perhaps you are seeing interactions and team dynamics at play without truly realizing what you are observing. And when you do observe, are you injecting your own biases into those observations? Observation is a powerful tool for a coach, but one which we may not take advantage of to its true potential. After all, what exactly should we be observing, anyway?
By learning how to expand our observational skills in a non-biased and non-judgmental manner, we can gain a deeper understanding of team dynamics and interactions, allowing us to offer more meaningful and impactful support, coaching, and empathy. Because there are many observational aspects that pass us by, the best way to become more observant is through deliberate practice. So, let’s practice together through a series of group exercises in a fun and safe setting!
In this interactive workshop, we’ll first review some tools and tips to make you a better observer. Then we’ll divide into small groups of observers and builders. As the builders work to complete a fun task, observers will practice the observation techniques. When the builders’ challenge is complete, we’ll debrief and discuss, allowing plenty of time for observers to share their observations. We'll then switch roles, so each participant has the opportunity to practice observing. If you are looking for new ways to connect with your team, to build skills to enhance your agilist toolkit, or simply to participate in a fun and informative workshop, this session is for you!

Learning Outcomes:
  • Learn new tools and tips to enhance your observational skills
  • Practice observing different types of interactions
  • Build empathy for what it feels to be observed
  • Learn how to share observations in neutral, non-judgmental language

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Speakers
avatar for Julie Wyman

Julie Wyman

Agile Coach, Excella
Julie Wyman is an Agile Coach with Excella. She is a Certified Scrum Professional (CSP) and IC-Agile Certified Professional in Agile Coaching (ICP-ACC) with over nine years of experience in areas including Agile software delivery, traditional project management, and client training... Read More →
avatar for Mark Grove

Mark Grove

Managing Consultant and Agile Coach, Excella Consulting
Mark Grove is an agile coach and Management Consultant with Excella Consulting and an ICAgile Authorized Trainer and Lean Kanban University Accredited Kanban Trainer (AKT). He coaches individuals and teams to continuously deliver value to the customer by embracing an Agile mindset... Read More →


Wednesday August 7, 2019 10:45 - 12:00 EDT
Chesapeake 4/5/6

10:45 EDT

Visual Thinking for the Visually Reticent (Michael Keeling, Rebecca Wirfs-Brock)
Limited Capacity full
Adding this to your schedule will put you on the waitlist.


Abstract:
The best designers make complex ideas understandable. Whether you design algorithms or user experiences, architectures or team processes, understandable ideas are easier to share with teammates and to reason about. Visual thinking is one of the most powerful tools in our silver toolbox for helping us create understandable ideas. Drawing is a natural ability we all have. As kids we had little trouble expressing our ideas visually, but we’ve noticed that lots of adults have trouble putting pen to paper (or marker to whiteboard) to draw a picture of what’s on their mind. At some point along our journeys to earn diplomas and advanced certifications, many of us lost the ability to think visually. We became masters over textual information but drawing complex ideas became difficult. Luckily, visual thinking skills can be improved with practice. In this session we will reawaken our visual minds and learn how to put those skills to work to help us design software better. By the end of this session you will be well on your way to being able to select abstractions to visualize, draw different perspectives of a system, use your sketches to tell interesting stories, and sketch your ideas more confidently. This is a learning by doing session that you won't want to miss!

Learning Outcomes:
  • Use at least two visual thinking frameworks to help decide what to draw under varying circumstances.
  • Describe the benefits of visual thinking in the context of software design.
  • Explain tips and strategies to teammates for practicing visual thinking and sketching.


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 →
avatar for Michael Keeling

Michael Keeling

Staff Software Engineer, LendingHome
Michael Keeling is a software engineer at LendingHome and the author of Design It!: From Programmer to Software Architect. Prior to LendingHome, he worked at IBM on the Watson Discovery Service. Keeling has a Master of Science in Software Engineering from Carnegie Mellon University and a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science from the College of William and Mary... Read More →


Wednesday August 7, 2019 10:45 - 12:00 EDT
National Harbor 3

10:45 EDT

The Power of Design Sprints for Product Teams (Carlos Oliveira)
Limited Capacity filling up


Abstract:
Today, product teams are under pressure to be more creative, innovative and delight customers sooner, but lack the knowledge and skills to know where to start. Agile product teams have frameworks and methods for rapid feedback, but generally lack real data from real users to make good business decisions. As product release cycles run long, team members lose enthusiasm and their focus on the customer.
As a tool, design sprints offer Agile teams an effective and transformative formula for testing ideas with real people, whether you're on a small team at a startup, or inside a large portfolio of projects at an enterprise organization. Within five days, teams move from idea to prototyping to better business decisions, ultimately saving time, effort, and energy over the long-run. Join Carlos Oliveira as he introduces design sprints for product teams, a process for rapid experimentation and learning that helps teams solve big problems and test new ideas in less than five days.
Originally created by three partners at Google Ventures, the process has been proven at hundreds of companies. Carlos has run dozens of design sprints for the Fortune 500 and firmly believes that product teams can benefit and harness the power of design sprints to focus their efforts and deliver more appropriate solutions to market sooner.

Learning Outcomes:
  • Learn how design sprints can solve big challenges and help teams iterate on ideas
  • Understand the guiding principles behind design sprints
  • Learn ways to implement design sprints on Agile product teams
  • Understand how design sprints align teams with common goals and business objectives
  • Understand how design sprints help teams make better decisions with real data

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Speakers
avatar for Carlos Oliveira

Carlos Oliveira

CEO, adaptiveX
Talk to me about human-centered design, innovation and business agility.


Wednesday August 7, 2019 10:45 - 12:00 EDT
Chesapeake A/B/C

10:45 EDT

A Software Engineer's Guide to DevOps (Laurie Barth)
Limited Capacity full
Adding this to your schedule will put you on the waitlist.


Abstract:
Are you new to DevOps and trying to familiarise yourself with the terminology and concepts? Then this talk is for you. In the talk I will cover the 101 of DevOps including terms and technologies. Join me as I talk about why DevOps is necessary and the current ecosystem supporting it.

Learning Outcomes:
- What is DevOps really?
- What problems is DevOps aiming to solve?
- Current tools and technologies
- Terminology and vocabulary of DevOps

Speakers
avatar for Laurie Barth

Laurie Barth

Software Engineer, Ten Mile Square
Laurie is a software developer and consultant at Ten Mile Square Technologies. Depending on the day she can be found using any number of technologies from different languages to frameworks and other support tools. She loves meeting new people, so come up and say hi!



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

10:45 EDT

Laughing for Leadership - Strengthening Leadership Skills with Improv Comedy (Mary Lemmer)
Limited Capacity full
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Abstract:
Like an improv show, companies are unscripted and start with nothing. Everyone is figuring out as they go.
Whether they realize it or not, business leaders are improv comedians. Great business leaders and great improvisers adapt to change, build trust among teams, communicate clearly, and make decisions with limited information.
Considering the similarities, I and others have discovered some things improv comedy can teach leaders. During this interactive session, we’ll do improv games and exercised, popularized by theatres that have trained world-famous comedians like Tina Fey and Steven Colbert, to help leaders strengthen leadership skills.
This improv session replaces podiums, tables, and desks with group activities and exercises that get people to practice new skills as opposed to just listening to someone talk about them. In addition to developing important skills, improv is so much fun!

Learning Outcomes:
  • This session is targeted at managers and leaders inside the company who want to develop their own leadership skills, as well as walk away with the tools and methodologies to develop leaders in their teams and companies.
  • Attendees will leave this session with:
  • Improved leadership skills, including, but not limited to the ability to make decisions with limited information, communication skills, emotional intelligence and empathy
  • Knowledge about how to apply improvisational principles to their leadership practice
  • Ideas for how to develop and inspire leaders, with fun and laughter
  • Confidence in their leadership abilities
  • Less fear
  • A way to handle changing environments and the changing learning needs of others
  • A strengthened ability to think quickly
  • Exercises and games they can play with their teams to share their ways of practicing leadership
  • A huge smile on their face!

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Speakers
avatar for Mary Lemmer

Mary Lemmer

Founder, Improv4
Mary Lemmer is an entrepreneur, improviser, comedian,and writer. Mary is the founder of Improv4, an improv training company specializing in cultivating leadership and team building skills for companies, teams and leaders. Mary has helped dozens of companies, including Plenty, Ozlo... Read More →


Wednesday August 7, 2019 10:45 - 12:00 EDT
National Harbor 12/13

10:45 EDT

Explaining Agile to your 5-year old, your grandmother or your boss (Nate Adams)
Limited Capacity seats available


Abstract:
I remember my first real foray into the Agile mindset. I was a software developer for a mid-sized company and attended a three-day Scrum bootcamp; I left completely bought in. I came back to work ready to transform how we worked. My first stop was the project management group where I proceeded to explain to them why we needed to stop with the Waterfall mindset and start thinking in iterations and increments. I sat back, ready for the accolades I was sure were coming. They kicked me out of their office. The laughter still haunts my dreams.
You know what? Teaching is hard.
Cognitive biases are the result of shortcuts our brain takes to make quick decisions. One particularly insidious bias, confirmation bias, insulates us from ideas that challenge our strongly-held beliefs or views of what is true. When presented with evidence that challenges our views or ideals, we tend to feel a strong psychological discomfort called cognitive dissonance. When not recognized and managed, cognitive dissonance can be a powerful barrier to learning and growing. Because Agile mindset and practices often challenge the status quo in organizations, they can struggle to find traction thanks to the resulting cognitive dissonance. What's a poor agile transformation agent to do when confronted with this?
Join me to experience examples of some of the games, stories, analogies and activities I use to minimize the effects of cognitive dissonance when teaching Agile concepts. I hope you'll take these and use them wherever you feel they will provide value. More importantly, though, we'll discuss successful mindsets and strategies you can use to fill a mental toolbox of your own with stories, activities and examples specifically designed to have maximum impact at your organization.

Learning Outcomes:
  • Recognize why new concepts are sometimes strongly rejected
  • Understand context, and how important shared context is to transfer of ideas
  • Highlight the importance of anecdotes, examples, activities and modern business fables
  • Explore the value of analogies and the perils of allowing them to go too far


Speakers
avatar for Nate Adams

Nate Adams

Agile Coach/Software Architect, NewBoCo


Wednesday August 7, 2019 10:45 - 12:00 EDT
Maryland Ballroom A

14:00 EDT

Shorten that Feedback Cycle - Deliver Products that Customers Value (Ankur Saini)
Limited Capacity filling up


Abstract:
Is there a silver bullet for implementing agile to deliver products that are fit for purpose and fit for use? Shorten your feedback loops is what experts agree on. However, feedback loops in highly structured, siloed and regulated environments, such as the Government, have built-in challenges, ranging from regulation to competing stakeholder interests, which inhibit agility if left unaddressed. This session presents a backstage pass to the journey of a mission-critical system at General Services Administration (GSA) - from a well-intended failure to a hallowed agile success story - through the eyes of the GSA Program Manager. By examining the successes and failures along this journey through an interactive conversation, we will discuss how we have conjured up an agile methodology that works within our constraints at GSA, and has allowed us to enhance user experience for over 2000 users in a short amount of time. This methodology optimizes a series of interrelated feedback loops (from product conceptualization through production deployment) to deliver customer-centric products faster. Using workplace experiences, we will interactively examine how different organizations within GSA, including but not limited to Contracting Office, Program Office and IT, have collaborated to making agile a reality at GSA despite being geographically dispersed. Further, we will share our observations and techniques we’ve employed to minimize risk from cognitive biases and likely pitfalls that one may encounter when attempting to implement agile practices.

Learning Outcomes:
  • Understanding the agile methodology as a network of interrelated feedback loops.
  • Jump-starting implementation of agile practices in their organization to deliver customer-centric products through optimizing feedback loops.
  • Detecting anti-patterns in the agile practices and in their organization and collaboratively develop solutions to course-correct.
  • Defining success metrics for their process and products, and identifying indicators that impact those success metrics.

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Speakers
avatar for Ankur Saini

Ankur Saini

Program Manager, U.S. General Services Administration
Ankur Saini is a solutions architect who partners with CXOs, Product Owners and Developers to deliver business value through successful technology initiatives. Certified as a PMP, CSM and ITIL Expert, he has over 15 years of experience leading multi-million dollar software development... Read More →


Wednesday August 7, 2019 14:00 - 15:15 EDT
Chesapeake D/E/F

14:00 EDT

Part 1 of 2: How to coach Exploratory Testing sessions (Lanette Creamer)
Limited Capacity seats available


Abstract:
Exploratory testing is one of the fastest ways to discover unknown and potentially subjective quality issues that go beyond requirements, like usability and integration issues. If you aren't a tester or a deeply technical coach, how do you organize and run effective exploratory testing? Given any group of participants willing to perform testing, you will be able to confidently prepare, coach, and present the results of exploratory testing sessions as well as handle anything unexpected that may come up with confidence. In part one of the workshop, you will learn how to prepare, write and review charters, and some techniques for isolating and reporting issues. You will see examples of ways to present the results of the exploratory testing session, from the simplest low tech methods to a more complex visual diagramming presentation depending on what is important to convey for that project.
In part 2 of the workshop, we will use all of these techniques into practice together, performing and leading exploratory testing. Participants should bring a laptop (preferably), tablet or at a minimum a smart phone.

Learning Outcomes:
  • Attendees will be able to write and review exploratory testing charters
  • Techniques to prioritize areas of focus using metrics
  • Organize environments so that testers can start immediately
  • Run successful exploratory testing sessions
  • Assist testers in isolating and reporting useful information without interrupting flow
  • Debrief and report results of the testing

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Speakers

Wednesday August 7, 2019 14:00 - 15:15 EDT
National Harbor 10

14:00 EDT

EventStorming; Continuous discovery between multiple disciplines (Kenny Baas)
Limited Capacity seats available


Abstract:
To understand what our users need to build and test the right thing, we want to have a first-hand experience of ‘real-life stories’ before we can model, test and create our software. To quote Alberto Brandolini ‘it is not the domain expert’s knowledge that goes into production, it is the developer’s assumption of that knowledge that goes into production’. EventStorming is a technique that uses visualisation to minimises assumptions by doing continuous discovery between multiple disciplines.
While EventStorming was originally created for domain modelling, it goes beyond that scope. As long as there is a story to tell, with a timeline, EventStorming is our preferred tool to start our discovery with. Because of the adaptive nature of EventStorming, you can easily combine it with other tools like User Story Mapping, Impact Mapping and Example Mapping.
In this session, we will experience hands-on the basics of EventStorming. Incrementally showing you when and how you can use it, and how it can help you to upgrade your teams' discovery through refinements. Eventually, we can create specifications by example that can drive to deliver our tests and code. You will learn how EventStorming can help teams to improve collaboration, decrease assumptions and biases and creating better quality software by building the right thing.

Learning Outcomes:
  • How EventStorming can help to do continuous deliberate, collaborative learning between multiple disciplines


Speakers
avatar for Kenny Baas-Schwegler

Kenny Baas-Schwegler

Strategic software delivery consultant, Xebia
A lot of knowledge is lost when designing and building software — lost because of hand-overs in a telephone game, confusing communication by not having a shared language, discussing complexity without visualisation and by not leveraging the full potential and wisdom of the people... Read More →


Wednesday August 7, 2019 14:00 - 15:15 EDT
National Harbor 11

14:00 EDT

Understanding Customers using Jobs To Be Done (Kathryn Kuhn)
Limited Capacity full
Adding this to your schedule will put you on the waitlist.


Abstract:
"People don't want a ¼” drill bit. They want to make a ¼” hole" - Clayton Christensen. In his best selling book The Innovator's Dilemma Christensen advocates for a method called Jobs-To-Be-Done to learn how to better understand what goals your end user's are trying to achieve and how your end users relate to those goals emotionally. Come to this fast past and highly interactive workshop to learn how to use this framework to understand your users better BEFORE designing solutions for them.

Learning Outcomes:
  • * A basic understanding of Jobs to Be Done framework and the goals you can achieve using this framework
  • * Practice creating a Scenario Map for a specific problem space applying the principles of Jobs to Be Done
  • * Practice creating an Opportunity Map for a specific problem space applying the principles of Jobs to Be Done
  • * Learn of common applications of Jobs to Be Done and scenarios where it has been helpful in understanding customers
  • * Compare Jobs To Be Done with other common techniques for understanding what customers want to help determine when Jobs To Be Done might be a helpful addition.

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Kathryn Kuhn

Agile Expert, McKinsey & Co
Kathryn is an Agile Transformation Lead working at the intersection of her core expertise in Agile, Lean and Design Thinking and startling new technologies (e.g., Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning) to bring a human-centered approach to enable clients to be Value First in their... Read More →


Wednesday August 7, 2019 14:00 - 15:15 EDT
Chesapeake A/B/C

14:00 EDT

What I Learned About Software Development from Origami (Jonathan Turner)
Limited Capacity seats available


Abstract:
Origami is the art of paper folding. Software development is the process of putting together instructions for a computer in order to get the computer to perform some desired operation. At first glance origami and software development appear to have very little in common. One is very physical in nature. The other is almost completely digital. Is there anything that can be learned by comparing the two?
In this session we’ll talk about some of the parallels we can draw between origami and software development and some of the things about software development that can be learned from origami. This presentation is from a technical perspective, but anyone involved in the software development process can benefit. If you’re a fan of origami in the shape of unicorns, dragons, dinosaurs or popular Star Wars characters you should probably attend this session. Origami paper will be provided, and no previous origami experience is required.

Learning Outcomes:
  • Learn about the importance of good software development practices by comparing them to good origami practices.
  • Learn that good software development practices not only impact the quality of software, but also impact what software an individual or team is capable of creating.

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avatar for Jonathan Turner

Jonathan Turner

Software Craftsman, Pluralsight


Wednesday August 7, 2019 14:00 - 15:15 EDT
National Harbor 4/5

14:00 EDT

Making it Pop - Reflecting Practice in Experiential Learning (Jenny Tarwater)
Limited Capacity seats available


Abstract:
IMAGINE THIS: a room full of participants thinking deeply about new concepts and insights you just introduced, connecting that learning to their own life, and creating a plan to apply it in the very near future. Sounds great right?
An effective debrief takes work to design and execute.
Many popular theories of adult learning and instructional design emphasize the importance of a debrief but do not provide trainers with a deeper toolkit of how to accomplish it. Join this train-the-trainer session to understand and experience debriefing techniques from such training luminaries as Jerry Weinberg, Sivasailam "Thiagi" Thiagarajan and Sharon Bowman.
In this session you will experience and examine different types of experiential learning. You will learn several ways to facilitate a debrief. You will leave with a short effective debrief that can be used in almost any situation. You will also hear a few very entertaining and educational stories of debriefing failures!
Come learn more how to create debriefs training with these powerful techniques!

Learning Outcomes:
  • Explain what a debrief is and why it is so important to curriculum design
  • Recognize five different debriefing techniques to facilitate learning that sticks
  • Learn a sure-fire, simple to remember, 3 step debriefing technique
  • Integrate five tips/tricks to significantly improve experiential learning facilitation for all learners
  • Bonus: Participants will participate in three short exercises and debriefs that have deep learning implications!

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avatar for Jenny Tarwater

Jenny Tarwater

Collaboration Coach, Blueshift Innovation
Jenny Tarwater is an International Speaker, Collaboration Coach and Agile Trainer. She has 25 years of corporate experience bringing all parts of an organization together to reliably deliver large-scale software initiatives. Jenny has a passion for empowering the adoption and understanding... Read More →


Wednesday August 7, 2019 14:00 - 15:15 EDT
Maryland Ballroom A

14:00 EDT

Escaping the Tragedy of WIP (Eric Willeke)
Limited Capacity seats available


Abstract:
It is quite easy to say that we are drowning in work, and most business leaders accept the fact that they're trying to do too many things, too quickly, and not getting the impact they want. At the same time, they are confronted with coaches and advisers stating the obvious that they need to do less and focus more. Unfortunately, this is not useful, merely correct.
In this talk, we will explore the underlying reasons behind too much work in process, and use those common patterns as the basis to identify a set of directional approaches that will support every company, as well as a number of tactical solutions to the specific root causes that are most commonly identified. Through applying these techniques, leaders will see common patterns and be able to apply directional corrections and specific countermeasures. These techniques will both create immediate wins and sustainable paths to improving business impact.

Learning Outcomes:
  • Recognize the various sources of WIP (Work in process)
  • Articulate the impact of excess WIP in the enterprise
  • Apply simple tools to create focus at any level

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avatar for Eric Willeke

Eric Willeke

Founder and Principal, Elevate.to
Improving business outcomes through agility and helping everybody sleep better at night.


Wednesday August 7, 2019 14:00 - 15:15 EDT
Maryland Ballroom B

14:00 EDT

Stalwarts - Melissa Perri (Melissa Perri)
Limited Capacity seats available


Abstract:
Let's explore how Product Management is essential to an Agile organization in helping to escape the build trap. We'll talk about Melissa's core strategies in her new book, Escaping the Build Trap, that go over how to scale product teams, align strategies, and build an organization that repeatedly delivers value.

Learning Outcomes:
  • How to scale product teams, align strategies, and build an organization that repeatedly delivers value.


Speakers
avatar for Melissa Perri

Melissa Perri

CEO, Product Management Leader, Executive Product Coach, Author, and Speaker, Produx Labs
Melissa Perri is the CEO of Produx Labs, a Product Management consultancy, and the author of “Escaping the Build Trap”. She believes the key to creating great products is growing great product leaders.Committed to that mission, she created the online school Product Institute... Read More →


Wednesday August 7, 2019 14:00 - 15:15 EDT
Chesapeake G/H/I

14:45 EDT

Small Scale Scrum (Leigh Griffin, Arjay Hinek)
Limited Capacity full
Adding this to your schedule will put you on the waitlist.


Abstract:
What if you have less than 3 people available on a project? What if you want to or need to use Scrum? In Agile, Scale is a hot topic, but how does scaling work in the opposite direction? How do you scale down a process like Scrum for teams of 1-2 people and still make it deliver value?
This is a scenario facing a lot of people who want to follow Scrum but don't have a team around them. Take for example consultants working on per hour projects, where customer budget is finite and features over people are prioritised. College students working on final year projects or their thesis area which is a single person challenge. Open Source contributors building and maintaining projects that are powering the Fortune 500 are often 1-2 maintainers. These are some of the scenarios that we faced in Red Hat, all of which can follow an Agile way of work where Scrum’s principles and execution can be applied to small-scale teams; however, they’re often applied in a way that leads to something slipping. In our experience, that is quality. We set out to investigate whether we could maintain a high-level of quality and still have value driven output with a reduced team size. The result of this research is Small Scale Scrum, a long awaited and novel concept in Agile supporting planning, developing and delivering production quality software solutions for 1-2 person teams.
We will share the Small Scale Manifesto, the Small Scale Framework, results of our survey and share with you the successes of running this project in 10 real world projects and finally how we will crowdsource Version 2.0 of Small Scale Scrum by allowing you, the Agile community, to help us Inspect & Adapt the framework.

Lessons Learned from Your Experience:
  • * I realised that Scrum is becoming a de facto choice for running a project but small teams are not equipped to follow it. That this results in both a poor output and an unfair view of Scrum.
  • * Scrum was often used to try and 'get more work' out of a project that had finite budget and people. The biggest slippages were always Quality and Communication. Comms was to be expected but Quality was a surprise as developers are schooled on good practices such as TDD/BDD which were abandoned in small teams
  • * Having a daily standup as a single person brings much stronger reporting and risks or impediments were highlighted at stakeholder level much earlier than the usual approach of waiting several days to try fix it.
  • * Working in such small teams makes any team member much more mentally Agile
  • * I learned the power and value of having a framework to guide tough conversations about value in a time sensitive, resource limited environment.

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Leigh Griffin

Engineering Manager, Red Hat, Inc.
Engineering Manager and Agile Coach for Red Hat Mobile
avatar for Arjay Hinek

Arjay Hinek

Agile Continuous Improvement Coach, RedHat
Arjay Hinek has been in project management since the '90s, helping teams, companies, and even individuals apply Agile as a culture rather than a process. While coaching teams, product owners, and management within small startups as well as large enterprises, Arjay has delivered workshops... Read More →


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

15:45 EDT

Part 2 of 2: How to coach Exploratory Testing sessions. (Lanette Creamer)
Limited Capacity seats available


Abstract:
Exploratory testing is one of the fastest ways to discover unknown and potentially subjective quality issues that go beyond requirements, like usability and integration issues. If you aren't a tester or a deeply technical coach, how do you organize and run effective exploratory testing? Given any group of participants willing to perform testing, you will be able to confidently prepare, coach, and present the results of exploratory testing sessions as well as handle anything unexpected that may come up with confidence. In part one of the workshop, you will learn how to prepare, write and review charters, and some techniques for isolating and reporting issues. You will see examples of ways to present the results of the exploratory testing session, from the simplest low tech methods to a more complex visual diagramming presentation depending on what is important to convey for that project.
In part 2 of the workshop, we will use all of these techniques into practice together, performing and leading exploratory testing. Participants should bring a laptop (preferably), tablet or at a minimum a smart phone.

Learning Outcomes:
  • Attendees will be able to write and review exploratory testing charters
  • Techniques to prioritize areas of focus using metrics
  • Organize environments so that testers can start immediately
  • Run successful exploratory testing sessions
  • Assist testers in isolating and reporting useful information without interrupting flow
  • Debrief and report results of the testing

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Wednesday August 7, 2019 15:45 - 17:00 EDT
National Harbor 10

15:45 EDT

Playing With Personas for Better Products (Luke Hohmann)
Limited Capacity seats available


Abstract:
While Personas have become an accepted part of the user-centric development practices, all too frequently Personas are simply printed on posters, taped to the walls, and easily ignore in the day-to-day and Sprint-to-Sprint development processes that characterize Agile development. That's a shame, because Personas can breathe life into impersonal market segments and help all members of the organization make decisions aligned around a common purpose.
This presentation introduces Role-Playing with Personas as a technique that Agile teams can use to build the empathy and insight needed to build the products and services meet customer needs. We'll start by having teams quickly build Personas for a simple case case study. Next, we'll play a variety of Discovery, Planning and Prioritization games using these Personas to illustrate how Role-Playing with Personas can create empathy and insight. We'll conclude with a discussion of how Personas can improve many Agile artifacts, including Persona Stories and Persona Done!

Learning Outcomes:
  • What a Persona is and how to create one
  • How to integrate Persona role-playing into Agile Development
  • How to leverage Personas in other Artifacts

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LH

Luke Hohmann

CEO, Conteneo


Wednesday August 7, 2019 15:45 - 17:00 EDT
Maryland Ballroom D

15:45 EDT

Let’s Just Skip High-Performing and Go Straight to Badass! (Matt Badgley)
Limited Capacity filling up


Abstract:
Are you encountering learning fatigue? Are the teams you work with sick of hearing "get better"? Do you feel like your learning has stagnated? Is your team fed up with being in the shadow of "high-performance" team?
If you answered yes to any of these questions, you are not alone -- you have hit the continuous improvement wall. This wall is made up of many things -- a constant barrage of exponential change, your confirmation biases, succumbing to perfectionist tendencies, and unsafe learning environments.
The great news is that there has been a ton of research, learning, and ideation on all these things that may be holding us back from being badass. In this session, we'll explore together why we may hit the wall, look at the principles that will help us minimize the factors that cause the wall, and learn some techniques that you can apply to bust through the wall and cruise past high-performing and head to badass.
After attending this session, you’ll be able to talk about things that challenge our learning and several approaches to help motivate and drive our improvement — including the “Lonely Lean Coffee.”

Learning Outcomes:
  • After attending this session, the attendee will be able to describe Confirmation Bias and how it impacts having a growth mindset.
  • By the end of this session, an attendee will be able to evaluate the impact of perfectionism on their learning mindsets which might result in them not finishing their learning.
  • By the end of the session, the attendee will be able to recognize tribal behaviors and their impact on individual and team learning.
  • After attending the session, an attendee will be able to identify a strategy to reframe a particular learning barrier or identify ways to change their environment which might be preventing learning.
  • By the end of this session, the attendee will be able to enable continuous learning using Deliberate Practice, a Practice Canvas, a Learning "Badass" Board, and or Lonely Lean Coffee.
  • By the end of this session, the attendee will be able to leverage the tools as mentioned above and techniques to help teams continuously learn and improve.

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Matt Badgley

Coach, BluHound Solutions
Matt Badgley is an enterprise agile coach, part time software creator, and constant learner. Matt is some one that really enjoys helping others make great software, have fun, and discover new ways to innovate. Matt is a former engineer, dev director, professional services director... Read More →


Wednesday August 7, 2019 15:45 - 17:00 EDT
National Harbor 12/13

15:45 EDT

Creating a distributed agile program office - beyond frameworks (Hendrik Esser)
Limited Capacity full
Adding this to your schedule will put you on the waitlist.


Abstract:
We were lucky when we started our agile transformation in 2008: there were no scaling frameworks yet.

So we needed to find out ourselves how the question of scaling can be solved fitting exactly our company's culture and needs. We found, that scaling is very much about orchestrating operations. In the past we had a large, central project office. With the agile transformation we changed that. We created a small program & portfolio management function and distributed all operational management across the organization down into the cross-functional teams.
The results were exceeding or wildest hopes: one year into the journey our delivery delays were down to almost zero. Collaboration across the organization had significantly improved as we had started to truly co-own the promises we make to the customer. Planning has been a huge stress before. Now it is a constant flow of knowledge and decisions.
In this talk you will hear about what we did and why we did it. You will hear how we have structured and distributed our program and portfolio management across our very large (2000 people) organization. You will hear about the change in mindset we created. And you will hear about our journey through our lessons learned: how we gradually improved the new setup over 5 years - sorting out all the emerging phenomena we experienced - the good, the bad and the ugly.
To some extend we have found similar approaches as you can find in the scaling frameworks you hear about today. The big difference is, that this was our journey from the beginning. Starting from a mindset change and then inventing practices and structures following the mindset. In this talk you will also learn about how we successfully managed that aspect of the transformation.

Learning Outcomes:
  • Know an example how an agile program & portfolio management function can be distributed across a very large organization.
  • Understand and apply an approach how the needed mindset change can be driven across a large internationally distributed organization.
  • Understand and apply concrete structural and practical concepts and approaches to build a large distributed program & portfolio office.

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avatar for Hendrik Esser

Hendrik Esser

Growing up in the 1980s I was a passionate computer game developer during my school and study times. After getting my diploma in Electrical engineering I started at Ericsson in 1994 as aSW developer. From 1996 I worked in project management roles. Since 2000 I am working as a manager... Read More →


Wednesday August 7, 2019 15:45 - 17:00 EDT
National Harbor 11

15:45 EDT

Stalwarts - Linda Rising (Linda Rising)
Limited Capacity full
Adding this to your schedule will put you on the waitlist.


Abstract:
I am honored to again take a slot on the Stalwarts stage. It's always heart-warming and astounding to me to see this session unfold. I am so gratified when participants share their struggles and thoughts with me in such a public forum. I walk away inspired and younger :-)! I look forward to the experience.

Learning Outcomes:
  • I hope that everyone takes away at least one significant item for an experiment.


Speakers
avatar for Linda Rising

Linda Rising

Computer Software Consultant and Professional, Linda Rising LLC
Linda Rising is an independent consultant who lives in Nashville, Tennessee. She has written and contributed to many books and numerous articles, with her latest book published last year – More Fearless Change co-authored with Mary Lynn Manns.Linda is an internationally known presenter... Read More →


Wednesday August 7, 2019 15:45 - 17:00 EDT
Chesapeake G/H/I

17:30 EDT

 
Thursday, August 8
 

09:00 EDT

How To Design and Build Agile Team Rooms that Rock! (Kathryn Aragon, Alfred Lorber)
Limited Capacity full
Adding this to your schedule will put you on the waitlist.


Abstract:
You’ve heard that working in an Agile team room increases collaboration, fosters a shared culture and increases team productivity. So how do you design your own Agile team room to reap the benefits you want?
The challenges are many. To begin, your designer may not understand the difference between an open office, a collaboration space or an Agile team room. Then, how do you know what will work and what won’t, and what the team members will like? Finally, how do you design an Agile team room with the resources and the space you currently own?
In this presentation we address these challenges and jump-start the planning of your Agile team room construction or remodeling project. We will give you practical advice, examples and a checklist to get started based on our combined twenty-year history of creating and living in dozens of team rooms. Our design experience spans the range from occupying an empty two-man office stuffed with six people, renovating conference rooms, repurposing large cubical farms, to designing and overseeing construction of several million-dollar renovations of existing spaces.
You will come away with the following resources to help:
  • Team room design requirements from actual teams
  • Post construction survey results from teams
  • Getting-started checklist
  • Sample backlog for the design and implementation team

Learning Outcomes:
  • How to talk to your architect and/or designer, using industry vernacular and understanding industry trends
  • How to engage your Agile team in soliciting design requirements
  • How to recognize good and bad Agile team room design
  • How to form a design team and create an implementation backlog

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Speakers
avatar for Kathryn Aragon

Kathryn Aragon

Agile SME, Sandia National Laboratories
I am currently an Agile SME in the Corporate PMO (Project Management Office) at Sandia National Laboratories in Albuquerque, NM as well as the co-lead of the Agile Community of Practice and PMO Agile Working Group. In the PMO I conduct training, coach individuals and teams, sponsor... Read More →
avatar for Alfred Lorber

Alfred Lorber

Agile SME, Sandia National Laboratories
I am currently an Agile SME in the Corporate PMO (Project Management Office) at Sandia National Laboratories in Albuquerque, NM as well as the co-lead of the Agile Community of Practice and PMO Agile Working Group. In the PMO I conduct training, coach individuals and teams, sponsor... Read More →


Thursday August 8, 2019 09:00 - 10:15 EDT
Chesapeake 10/11/12

09:00 EDT

The Art of Agile Conflict (William Kammersell, Lieschen Gargano)
Limited Capacity full
Adding this to your schedule will put you on the waitlist.


Abstract:
Being agile means valuing individuals over process via fluid, spontaneous, and fierce conversations. This high collaboration naturally comes with conflict. We must learn to accept, manage, and welcome this conflict. Mastering the art of Agile Conflict elevates our team’s innovation, delivery, satisfaction, and ultimately results.
In this interactive workshop, you’ll learn to:
  • Identify your personal conflict style
  • Understand the styles of others
  • Assess the root causes of conflict
  • Determine why persistent conflict reemerges
  • Be courageous and welcome the conflict that will strengthen you and your Agile teams

Learning Outcomes:
  • Identifying your personal conflict style as one of the following:
  • * Competitive
  • * Collaborator
  • * Compromiser
  • * Accomodator
  • * Avoider
  • Understanding the styles of others
  • Assessing the root causes of conflict as one or more of the following:
  • * Structural
  • * Values
  • * Data
  • * Relationship
  • * Interest
  • Determining why persistent conflict reemerges
  • Being courageous and welcoming the conflict that will strengthen your Agile teams

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avatar for William Kammersell

William Kammersell

Product Manager, Scaled Agile
William Kammersell is a Product Manager and SAFe Program Consultant (SPC) at Scaled Agile, provider of SAFe. With over a decade in agile software development, he loves researching customer problems to deliver valuable solutions. His journey as a developer, scrum master, agile coach... Read More →
avatar for Lieschen Gargano Quilling

Lieschen Gargano Quilling

Agile Coach, Scaled Agile
Lieschen Gargano Quilling is an agilest and facilitator extraordinaire. In her current role as Scrum Master for Scaled Agile Inc., she is focused on business agility and building powerful teams and leaders. She has a Master's degree in conflict resolution and a background in large-scale... Read More →


Thursday August 8, 2019 09:00 - 10:15 EDT
National Harbor 11

09:00 EDT

Design Thinking Workshop: Pass on Perfection (April Jefferson, Paul Boos)
Limited Capacity seats available


Abstract:
When you have struggled to define a minimally viable result then you need a way to not only brainstorm ideas, but also a way to cut the unnecessary waste out. Pass on Perfection is an exercise for discovering and co-creating a solutions or products with what is minimally necessary. It mashes up Yes and… thinking for co-creation, and the essence of The Perfection Game (from the Core Protocols) for negotiation and prioritization in a collaborative round-robin game format.
This workshop will provide the opportunity to try out the exercise and give you the opportunity to co-create something you or another participant desires. We’ll share our perfection results, the learnings people had, and how we've used it to define products, teams, working agreements, Definitions of Done and Ready; including how psychological safety is created in its use.

Learning Outcomes:
  • Contribute without being emotionally held to ideas
  • Co-create solutions that give everyone a voice
  • Co-own removing waste in solutions
  • Build trust with positive collaboration

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avatar for April Jefferson

April Jefferson

President and Owner, April Jefferson Corp.
April Jefferson is an Agile transformation consultant and organizational change coach. She is passionate about empowering others to foster social change and uses Agile, Lean, UX, design thinking and open space to create awesome solutions and positive organizational cultures. She helps... Read More →
avatar for Paul Boos

Paul Boos

IT Executive Coach, Excella
Paul is an IT Executive Coach with Excella Consulting helping managers and teams improve their game. He focuses on pragmatic ways Agile, Lean, and leadership techniques can be applied to create more effective organizations. Paul has led small teams to large groups as a Federal, commercial... Read More →


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

09:00 EDT

Empathy: A Keystone Leadership Habit (Paul Tevis)
Limited Capacity filling up


Abstract:
“How information is communicated to employees during a change matters more than what information is communicated. A lack of audience empathy when conveying news about an organizational transformation can cause it to fail.” –Patty Sanchez
As a leader, do you struggle to build trust, influence others, give effective feedback, and enable collaboration? This session will explore how empathy – the ability to understand others' needs and ensure that they know that you understand them – is what Charles Duhigg calls a "keystone habit", a behavior change that unlocks other cascading behavior changes and why that habit is critical to leaders' success. Along the way, we will examine the particular challenges that leaders face and give you seven simple tools to enhance your practice of empathy.

Learning Outcomes:
  • Participants will describe what keystone habits are
  • Participants will identify what makes empathy a keystone habit for human relationships and its particular importance for leaders
  • Participants will discuss seven ways to improve their practice of empathy
  • Participants will choose one of the seven tools to try out in the next week

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avatar for Paul Tevis

Paul Tevis

Coach & Facilitator, Vigemus


Thursday August 8, 2019 09:00 - 10:15 EDT
National Harbor 4/5

09:00 EDT

Finding energy for yourself (Karen Greaves)
Limited Capacity seats available


Abstract:
I imagine, like me, you have goals and aspirations. Things you'd like to change or improve about yourself, your home, your job, your team, your career, your relationships, etc. If you are anything like me your list goes on and on. I want to be stronger, thinner, more patient, less judgemental, listen more, drink less. Let's face it, intentions are not the problem. The challenge is finding the energy to do these things. Often as agile coaches and change agents, so much of our jobs is helping people to improve, that we sometimes hold ourselves to higher standards regarding our own self improvement. Yet if we expend all our energy helping clients improve, how do we find the energy to improve ourselves?
In this workshop I want to explore things that give you energy and things that take your energy away. I will share my own personal learnings about how I have managed to create enough energy to tackle some of my goals, and I will share some of the things that have happened that have obilerated my energy and made it very difficult for me to do anything, and how I dealt with that.
In groups I will then invite you to explore this for yourselves. My hope is that you'll be able to identify some patterns that can create energy as well as find out things to try to avoid that drain your energy. By focusing on understanding your own energy levels first, what you can influence and what you can't , I hope you'll find some practical tips to balancing your own needs with those of your work. I'm not an expert in this and I am still learning to do this for myself. My hope is that we can inspire each other.

Learning Outcomes:
  • Identify things that give you energy
  • Identify things that take your energy
  • Be okay with not doing things you don't have the energy for
  • Have some simple things you can do to increase your energy

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avatar for Karen Greaves

Karen Greaves

Agile Coach, Growing Agile
I love meeting new people so come introduce yourself. Check out www.growingagile.co.nz to see what I look like, or just listen for the loudest person in the room :)


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

10:45 EDT

Sharing techniques to continuously improve the XP Laboratory (Alfredo Goldman, Viviane Almeida Santos)
Limited Capacity seats available


Abstract:
Since Agile Methods formalization, the software engineering education has also been impacted with universities adapting their courses as a way to suit this new software processes. At the University of São Paulo (USP), there is a discipline called XP Laboratory. Although the name refers to eXtreme Programming, the discipline aims at teaching agile methods in practice, considering several elements that are crucial for providing the student with real knowledge and experience with agile methods. This discipline has provided extensive studies involving students, instructors, mentors, customers, professionals, and companies. In this experience report we intend to share agile techniques that helped us to continuously improve this discipline.

Lessons Learned from Your Experience:
  • We observed that learning is maximized when it occurs in practice with real situations, such as involving customers and its problems.
  • Also, we noticed that it is important to afford the needed infrastructure and offer a learning environment where students can learn from experience in practice and share their past and present experiences to others. Experts are especially involved to support this broad dissemination of - mainly tacit - knowledge to the students. As we do not push to explicit knowledge, we believe that the knowledge flows around the environment. Knowledge is not treated as something that must be always written down, however there is some specific knowledge that we guide the students to state in repositories, such as project and discipline wikis, but most knowledge is shared, though.
  • So, we have adopted practices to share knowledge inside and across teams using organizational learning techniques, such as rotation of team members across teams, mini-lectures at lunch, coding dojos, brainwriting, lightning talks, whole-class retrospectives in fishbowl format, retrospective starfish, etc. These techniques became essential to the discipline success.

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avatar for Alfredo Goldman

Alfredo Goldman

Associate Professor, University of São Paulo
I started teaching agile methods in 2001. I am responsible for the course Agile Methods Lab at USP. Some of my former students help to promote several agile methods conferences in Brazil.
avatar for Viviane Almeida Santos

Viviane Almeida Santos

Academic Coordinator, Federal University of Pará
I am currently the Academic Coordinator of the Federal University of Pará (UFPA), Campus Tucuruí (Period: April/2019 to March/2022). From November/2016 to March/2019 I acted as coordinator of the Postgraduate Program in Applied Computing (PPCA), research line Computer Systems Development... Read More →


Thursday August 8, 2019 10:45 - 11:15 EDT
Chesapeake 7/8/9

10:45 EDT

You as the Facilitator, pair and prepare your way to successful outcomes (Ant Boobier)

Abstract:
Good meeting outcomes don't just happen by chance, someone needs to take the time to create the environment in which they can occur. That means preparation, which is one of the most important and overlooked jobs of the Facilitator. Jean Tabaka in 'Collaboration Explained' would use the rule of thumb of taking twice the length of the meeting to prepare for it. Time invested in preparing for a session, will help you as the facilitator guide an engaged group to effectively meet their meeting outcomes.
This workshop will present some useful tools and techniques, including the 'Facilitation Canvas', to help you effectively plan for your session; so come along and get set to 'Pair' and 'Prepare' your way to successful facilitation.

Learning Outcomes:
  • The importance of planning for productive facilitated sessions, to help you guide an engaged group to effectively meet their outcomes
  • Find out what the Facilitation canvas is and how to use it to prepare for a successful session
  • Tools to help you pair and collaborate when preparing to facilitate a session

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Speakers
avatar for Ant Boobier

Ant Boobier

Practices lead, BNZ (and Nomad8)
Ant Boobier is a 'people geek', lover of agile and lean UX, Practices lead for a team of coaches at BNZ (Bank of New Zealand ;-) ) agile coach and trainer with Nomad8, He has been doing agile for more years than he cares to remember; RAD in the 90s, XP in the 2000s and a magic mix... Read More →


Thursday August 8, 2019 10:45 - 12:00 EDT
Chesapeake 4/5/6

10:45 EDT

Part 2 of 2: How to facilitate a Mob Programming session as a coach? (Woody Zuill)

Abstract:
The Agile Manifesto Values and Principles have a strong focus on collaboration. Most of us who create software have spent much of our career working alone, and while we all want to think we can collaborate when needed we've been practicing working alone every day for most of our working life. Mob Programming emerged from the efforts of a team trying to learn to work well together, and this session will cover ways that a coach can help a team find their own style as they go from "solo contributors" to real teamwork. It's not a matter of teaching, but rather about creating a space where a team can flourish.

Learning Outcomes:
  • - How a coach can enhance the ability of a team to make improvements
  • - Ways to help the team find important things the team needs to improve
  • - Techniques for helping team members learn to collaborate
  • - Techniques for creating that space where people can flourish
  • - The importance of paying attention, and some important things to focus on
  • - The value of listening, and kindness, consideration, and respect
  • - How to proceed if I don't know how to code?

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Speakers
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Woody Zuill

Independent Agile Guide, Independent Agile Guide
I've been a software developer for 36+ years, and I'm an Agile enthusiast. I work as an Independent Agile Guide. I worked with the original "Mob Programming" team at Hunter Industries, and have been instrumental highlighting "No Estimates" concepts. I've enjoy sharing my Agile experiences... Read More →


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

10:45 EDT

Born To Learn (Aurelien Beraud)
Limited Capacity seats available


Abstract:
We naturally crave learning. It is an innate ability that has allowed us to survive, evolve and thrive. Science has also shown us that our brain is quite flexible and can allow us to continue to learn at any point in our lives. Moreover, the Agile community keeps spreading the mindset of continuous improvement and continuous learning. It should therefore be logical to see most organisations using this to their competitive advantage.
However, are we putting enough emphasis on growing people's ability to learn? Do we really understand how learning works and what the fundamental ingredients necessary to learning are? Do we really "learn by failing"? Are our organizations really tailored to foster learning?
To explore these questions, I want to look at what scientific research tells us about learning but also explore the concept of having a fixed / growth mindset and help you reflect on how you can use these concepts to accelerate your own learning and help create the learning organisations of tomorrow.

Learning Outcomes:
  • software development is all about learning however we know little about how learning actually happens
  • to learn faster you need three key ingredients: challenges, effort and feedback
  • the way you think about your abilities has a dramatic impact on the way you approach these key ingredients (fixed mindset versus growth mindset)
  • our organizations still tend to promote a fixed mindset and to hinder learning

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Aurelien Beraud

Agile Coach, Xero
After a career as a Software Developer in Norway, Aurelien Beraud swapped the fjords up north for the glittering city of Auckland down under to do what he knows best. He now spends his days as an Agile Coach, empowering teams to push their own limits and deliver products that change... Read More →


Thursday August 8, 2019 10:45 - 12:00 EDT
National Harbor 11

10:45 EDT

More about Thinking Fast and Slow (Linda Rising)
Limited Capacity filling up


Abstract:
When Daniel Kahneman won the Nobel Prize in 2002, and then published a book called "Thinking Fast and Slow" that presented his insights, most of us who "think for a living" were intrigued by his message. Unfortunately, most of us don't have time to read these days, especially books that are as dense and full of science as this one. In this talk, Linda will continue to help those who want to do a better job of thinking and problem-solving. This year, she will expand on Kahneman's work by including the current evidence on insight and innovation.

Learning Outcomes:
  • The talk will present techniques for thinking, problem-solving, and decision-making.
  • Attendees will see specific examples of algorithms, including Take the Best, Less is Better, and the Recency Effect.
  • We will also look at a better way of brainstorming.

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Linda Rising

Computer Software Consultant and Professional, Linda Rising LLC
Linda Rising is an independent consultant who lives in Nashville, Tennessee. She has written and contributed to many books and numerous articles, with her latest book published last year – More Fearless Change co-authored with Mary Lynn Manns.Linda is an internationally known presenter... Read More →


Thursday August 8, 2019 10:45 - 12:00 EDT
Maryland Ballroom B

11:30 EDT

Retrospectives: 548 Days To Fix 1 Line of Code (Ryan Latta)
Limited Capacity full
Adding this to your schedule will put you on the waitlist.


Abstract:
We kept having retrospectives, but nothing changed. A year-and-a-half of retrospectives gone by. Each one about the same problem that never gets fixed. Dates are missed, morale is low, and we’re ready to throw in the towel.
I was a software engineer fed up with all my hard work amounting to work that wasn’t shipping. I was at a conference when a lightbulb went off. The talk was about lean manufacturing and put me on a path of learning about work-in-progress limits and experimental learning. At the heart of this inspiration was a phrase I had read, “If you understand the problem well enough, the solution is obvious.”
I wanted to change our retrospectives. I wanted us to focus on only one problem until it was fixed. I wanted our retrospectives to focus on learning and experimentation instead of doing action items. I wanted us to focus on fixing our problem for real instead of guessing.
I brought these ideas to the scrum master. Eventually, the ideas took hold and our retrospectives changed. As they did we began to learn about the root of our problem.
After three months we found the source of our problem. We found the one line of code that had crippled the team’s ability to ship safely or on time.
Through this story, I’ll teach you how I influenced our team and scrum master to change how they used retrospectives. I’ll tell you about the retrospectives that we used to focus on one problem and how we came up with experiments instead of action items.

Lessons Learned from Your Experience:
  • - Mixing up retrospective activities shed light on different things
  • - Answering a question is sometimes better than an action item
  • - If the problem is understood well enough, the solution is obvious
  • - Focus on fixing one thing at a time

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Ryan Latta

Consultant/Agile Coach
My mission is to create teams that change the world.I began this mission as a software developer. I saw in myself and other teams a passion for creating products that people would use and love. I saw that same passion dashed over and over again when the products fell flat. I knew... Read More →


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

14:00 EDT

Sensemaking in organizations: How to create a practical Cynefin and sensemaking process (Ken Power, Tony Quinlan)
Limited Capacity full
Adding this to your schedule will put you on the waitlist.


Abstract:
How do we change organisations? How do we understand the culture of your organization? How do we understand what outcomes our transformation efforts are delivering? And once we know those things, what do we do?
Cynefin* has grown in popularity in the agile community in recent years. Used to their full potential, sensemaking and the Cynefin framework are powerful and effective approaches to informing action in complex, dynamic, and uncertain situations. To sustain the effectiveness, they need to be integrated with an organisations' processes and ways of working.
Ken and Tony will introduce a practical, effective approach based on their work applying complexity techniques in large global technology organisations. This workshop, based on years of experience with dozens of sensemaking projects, will teach you the fundamentals of using micronarrative-based sensemaking and the Cynefin framework to foster transformation, resilience and agility. We will explore the support structures we need to wrap around micro narratives, Cynefin, and sensemaking to make them effective.
This session will focus on use of sensemaking to support transformations. You will learn about sensemaking in organizations, the Cynefin framework, how to determine appropriate action in a given context, how to design experiments for navigating complex situations, how to tailor a sensemaking framework for a particular purpose, and how to integrate sensemaking into your organization.
The focus of this session is on the organization as a whole, and what it means and what it takes to be an agile organization. Our exercises and examples focus on this perspective. How do you understand the culture of your organization? How do we respond effectively to shape the continued evolution of an organisation's culture?
  • Footnote: The Cynefin framework is a sensemaking framework that helps people make sense of which context they are in so they can make better decisions and take action appropriate to that context. It has five domains, or contexts, including obvious, complicated, complex, chaos, and disorder. One way to use Cynefin is to start by exploring the narratives in an organisation.

Learning Outcomes:
  • An understanding of the Cynefin framework, or a refresher for those who have already come across it
  • Understanding of sensemaking and where it is useful and appropriate in organisations
  • How to integrate sensemaking into the cadence of the organization
  • Ensuring different parts of the organisation are represented in the sensemaking and experiment design
  • How to get people to pay attention to the results and take action informed by those results


Speakers
avatar for Tony Quinlan

Tony Quinlan

CEO & Chief Storyteller, Narrate
Complexity, Cynefin and sense-making. Understanding the cultural landscape and making enough sense to take action. Running workshops for organisations to co-create interventions and strategies for transformation. Using SenseMaker to measure the impact of change programmes.
avatar for Ken Power

Ken Power

Software Engineering Leader, https://kenpower.dev/
Ken Power has held multiple positions in large technology organizations. His current responsibilities include leading global, large-scale engineering organization transformations. He has been working with agile and lean methods since 1999. He holds patents in virtualization and network... Read More →


Thursday August 8, 2019 14:00 - 15:15 EDT
Chesapeake D/E/F

14:00 EDT

Nine levels of Agile Hell... and how to get out! (David Fogel, David Bujard)
Limited Capacity full
Adding this to your schedule will put you on the waitlist.


Abstract:
Government Agile transformations can feel like overwhelming efforts – but do not abandon hope! This interactive, audience-driven presentation reviews how government and large organizations escape common Agile adoption challenges.
You - the audience - will prioritize your pain points; we’ll focus on the six Agile hells most highly prioritized. We will discuss real examples of “escaping” out of each Agile hell, with pro tips and success patterns you can apply.
The Agile hells we have navigated include:
  • No Transformation hell - A federal program or department wants to change but can’t start or can’t finish
  • Too Fast hell - Newly Agile federal programs sometimes respond TOO rapidly, too often changing priorities.
  • Technical hell - Programs can become bogged down in technical debt and manual processes.
  • No Trust hell - Government delivery can be slowed by lack of trust between contractors and feds, between business and IT, or between compliance and delivery groups.
  • Product Owners hell - Government Product Owners can be unavailable, think they are managers, aren’t empowered to provide vision, or struggle with prioritization
  • Too Big hell- A frequent pattern in federal Agile! Large batches produce slow progress, low visibility and high complexity, seen in big programs, big deployments, and big contracts.
  • Collaboration hell - Government teams can struggle with collaboration within the same organization across roles and across the fed-contractor divide.
  • Stove-piped hell - Government organizations can struggle to collaborate across contractual or organizational boundaries within the same enterprise
  • Leadership hell - An organization can only be as agile as its leadership. In the government, how can you work with leaders who aren't ready to be agile?
For each Agile hell, we focus on successful techniques to escape from these common dynamics. Unlike other presentations, we won't be doing a deep dive, but we will cover the most important challenges our audience face.

Learning Outcomes:
  • Audience will get an appreciation of some aspects of Agile that are known to be difficult impediments.
  • More important: the audience will have specific actionable solutions to their concerns.


Speakers
avatar for David Fogel

David Fogel

Professor of Agile, Department of Defense
David Fogel has referred to himself as an Agile enthusiast since 2008. Threaded in Dave’s two decades in IT, he has been a Satellite Communications Operator/Maintainer, Technical Trainer, Criminal Investigator, Nuclear Biological Chemical Safety Officer, Scrum Master, Book Club... Read More →
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David Bujard

Blackstone Technology Group
David Bujard is an Agile coach at Blackstone Technology Group, with 16 years of experience with delivering software at USCIS. David has served as a development team lead, scrum master, and enterprise coach.Outside of work, David volunteered as a lay chaplain for 10 years at Georgetown... Read More →


Thursday August 8, 2019 14:00 - 15:15 EDT
Chesapeake 4/5/6

14:00 EDT

An Introduction to Technical Coaching for Less Technical Coaches (Andrea Goulet)
Limited Capacity full
Adding this to your schedule will put you on the waitlist.


Abstract:
The benefits of agile can’t exist without the technical practices, but acquiring those technical practices when you don’t come from a technical background can feel intimidating if not impossible. In this talk, Andrea Goulet, CEO of Corgibytes, will share the important mindsets and practices required to grow technical skills. As a self-taught developer with a background in marketing and communications, she understands the hurdles (both within yourself and the industry) and will share her tales from the trenches that will inspire you to invest in your own technical skills.

Learning Outcomes:
  • 1. Overcome impediments for growing technical skills
  • 2. Adopt attitudes and practices for improving technical skills
  • 3. Grow facilitation skills to use with technical teams
  • 4. Implement specific technical practices in your daily work

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avatar for Andrea Goulet

Andrea Goulet

CEO, Corgibytes, LLC
Andrea Goulet is the CEO of Corgibytes, a software development shop dedicated to maintaining and modernizing software applications and has been named by LinkedIn as one of the Top 10 Professionals in Software Under 35. She’s the founder of LegacyCode.Rocks and hosts a podcast dedicated... Read More →


Thursday August 8, 2019 14:00 - 15:15 EDT
National Harbor 10

14:00 EDT

Facing your Demons: Navigating Self-Talk (Feral Rizvi)

Abstract:
"My team's a hot mess and nothing I do seems to work", "I am just not cut out for this", "I'll never be good enough" ... sound familiar? We've all had times in our lives where our self-talk goes to some pretty dark places. This workshop focuses on co-creating a peer support environment where group participants are able to explore what negative self-talk can look like. By the end of the workshop, participants will walk away with an understanding of what negative self-talk looks like, sources of that negative self-talk, and building positive affirmations to counter that negative self-talk.

Learning Outcomes:
  • Participants will learn an effective facilitation technique to build respect, trust, and vulnerability in a peer support setting
  • Participants will walk away with an understanding of what negative self-talk looks like, sources of that negative self-talk, and building positive affirmations to counter that negative self-talk
  • Participants will be able to add their own personal positive affirmations to their self-care toolbox

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avatar for Feral Rizvi

Feral Rizvi

Scrum Master, Best Buy Canada
I am a Scrum Master at Best Buy Canada that coaches teams from design, cloud, and software development backgrounds to deliver maximum value within a given time frame. For the past 6 years, I’ve been creating workflows for 200+ project deliveries that generated $15.8M in annualized... Read More →


Thursday August 8, 2019 14:00 - 15:15 EDT
National Harbor 11

14:00 EDT

Being an Agile Leader is Challenging AND Completely Worth it – Let’s talk (Tricia Broderick)

Abstract:
Tricia Broderick is no stranger to sharing the good, bad and even the ugly when it comes to leading amazing teams. As a member of the Agile Alliance community since 2007, she has been able to apply many of the conference learnings – sometimes wildly successfully and sometimes, well let’s just say with train wreck results. This means this session is a judgement free zone of the highs and lows to leadership. No question is off limits – what skills you need, what habits you have to change, how to deal with existing expectations (status reports!) and processes, what the potential rewards are, biggest challenges, biggest wins…
You ask, we’ll talk.

Learning Outcomes:
  • Stalwarts session - Q/A of speaker


Speakers
avatar for Tricia Broderick

Tricia Broderick

Principle, Agile For All
Tricia has more than twenty years of experience in software development and is passionately focused on facilitating high-performance software development environments. Her leadership at all levels of an organization helped lay the groundwork to shift teams from one-year product cycles... Read More →


Thursday August 8, 2019 14:00 - 15:15 EDT
Chesapeake G/H/I

14:00 EDT

Help! I am Drowning in 2 Weeks Sprints...How do I determine what NOT to Test! (Mary Thorn)

Abstract:
Sometimes we allow ourselves to drown in work… We hear it all the time: we as testers complaining at retrospectives to our teams that we do not have enough time to test everything. We, as testers, often work overtime the last week of a sprint to ensure the definition of done is accomplished. Why do they do this? Why do we, as testers, enable the bad behaviors of “Scrummerfall” or a lack of whole-team ownership of quality? In this talk you will learn techniques that allow you to test smarter, not harder, and enable the team to have better conversations that make it clear what they are testing in the sprint. Most importantly, we want you to come out of this session being able to answer the question, “What are you not going to test this sprint?” As well as, how do you receive buy in from stakeholders on such "risk based" approaches. You will be able to take home 5 practical risk based approaches that allow you to swim, not sink, by focusing your own and your team’s efforts on testing the right thing.

Learning Outcomes:
  • The attendees will come away with five risk based testing techniques to take back to their scrum teams teach them in ways limit scrummerfall
  • - 3 amigos
  • - Test Ideas
  • - Test Case Gaps
  • - Pareto
  • - All Pairs
  • Team based conversation techniques
  • Stakeholder buy in on the risk based decisions

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avatar for Mary Thorn

Mary Thorn

Agile Practices Lead, Vaco
During her more than 20 years of experience with financial, healthcare, and SaaS-based products, Mary Thorn has held VP, Director, and Manager level positions in various software development organizations.A seasoned Leader and Coach in Agile and Testing Methodologies, Mary has direct... Read More →


Thursday August 8, 2019 14:00 - 15:15 EDT
National Harbor 4/5

14:00 EDT

Practical Personas Under Pressure (Melissa Eggleston)

Abstract:
Can we all agree that we make better products when we understand who we are creating them for? Making quality personas is an important step for positive outcomes, but sometimes you need to be speedy. If you work at a startup, are often rushed by stakeholders, or are just seeking an efficient way to develop personas, this practical session is for you!
In this workshop we will learn a clear process to create validated personas to align stakeholders and coworkers. You want personas to help make informed team decisions. You'll gain an understanding of the full persona-making method. We'll also go through the proto-persona iteration together in the workshop and learn by doing it ourselves. (If you don't know what a proto-persona is, then definitely join us)! We'll then discuss research methods to flesh out personas quickly. We'll also share important tips to avoid common pitfalls and problems when persona-making. Let's get clear on what NOT to do and when personas are the appropriate tool for your project.
You'll walk out of the workshop with a realistic and effective persona process that has been developed through working with all kinds of time-pressured organizations!

Learning Outcomes:
  • Introduction to personas and proto-personas
  • An efficient process to create personas
  • The easy method and simple tools to facilitate your own proto-persona workshop back at the office
  • Ways to evaluate and flesh out your proto-personas into high quality personas

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Melissa Eggleston

UX Director, Teamworks
All things UX research, strategy and design. Content strategy included. Also yoga!


Thursday August 8, 2019 14:00 - 15:15 EDT
Chesapeake 10/11/12

15:45 EDT

Merging onto the Agile Highway - Overcoming Speed Bumps to Become an Agile Enterprise (Julie VanWiel)

Abstract:
Is your company stuck on the "on-ramp" of the Agile highway? Maybe you are still parked in the garage because you don't have a driver. When everyone has too much work to do already, how do you ask your staff to do more and begin a major enterprise transformation? How do you overcome the roadblocks that you will inevitably encounter?
On the heels of a major merger and subsequent three-way separation, DuPont is learning how to use agile principles to drive our transformation through collaboration, transparency and continuous improvement. DuPont isn’t on the super highway yet, but we are definitely no longer in park. We will share the importance of having a pit-crew in addition to a driver in this team-centric approach. You can apply DuPont’s learnings in your organization to create a strategy that will win leadership approval and, ultimately, help you cross the finish line.

Learning Outcomes:
  • 1. Steps you can take to start your agile transformation, potholes to avoid and the matrix that can help drive your transformation forward.
  • 2. Three agile activities your colleagues will remember.
  • 3. Guidelines for selecting pilot projects and metrics that matter for measuring success.
  • 4. Real-life stories of non-software agile applications.

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Julie VanWiel

IT Agile Scrum Leader, DuPont
DuPont's Enterprise Agile Transformation


Thursday August 8, 2019 15:45 - 17:00 EDT
Chesapeake 10/11/12

15:45 EDT

Liberating Structures... 36 tried and true facilitation techniques to amp up collaboration (Alex Sloley)

Abstract:
You will learn how to facilitate the discussions your org needs and your org will learn how to have constructive dialogs. I am going to demonstrate how to use some of these techniques in the workshop. And all the attendees are going to be fully immersed and ready to wield their new knowledge the very next day at work.
Come learn how to help your team(s), org(s), and company(ies)!!!
For more information, watch my video at http://youtu.be/UNOjqMUv8h0
A version of this workshop that was presented at Agile Tour Sydney 2016 is at http://bit.ly/2f4Bie8
A version of this workshop that was presented at AgileNZ 2017 is at http://youtu.be/i4ewZ3xvhi8

Learning Outcomes:
  • Attendees will be introduced to Liberating Structures as a set of protocols for communication and collaboration. The purpose and intent of the protocols will be discussed and described. Attendees will actually participate in a variety of Liberating Structure exercises, enabling the techniques to be applied immediately. To summarize the session a set of online resources will be provided to the attendees so they can research further at their leisure.

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Alex Sloley

Agile Coach Facilitator Teacher Mentor, Macquarie Group
Alex Sloley is an Agile consultant, specializing in Agile training, Agile coaching, and software development best practices training. Alex is a fifteen-year veteran of Microsoft where he acted as a Program Manager, Software Test Engineer, and Software Design Engineer in Test. During... Read More →


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

15:45 EDT

Tech Lightning (Llewellyn Falco)

Abstract:
A curated lightning talk session of various tech topics.

Learning Outcomes:
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Speakers
avatar for Llewellyn Falco

Llewellyn Falco

Agile Coach, Spun Labs
Llewellyn Falco is an Agile Technical Coach specializing in Legacy Code and Test Driven Development. He is the creator of the open source testing tool ApprovalTests( www.approvaltests.com ), co-founder of TeachingKidsProgram ( www.teachingkidsprogramming.org ) and a PluralSight a... Read More →


Thursday August 8, 2019 15:45 - 17:00 EDT
National Harbor 10

15:45 EDT

3... 2... 1... We have Sprint-Off (Talia Lancaster, Angie Doyle)

Abstract:
Getting new teams to work together is hard. Really. Hard.
Is it because there is so much hype around new Agile teams? Or is it because there is such a focus on “doing things right” (or “doing” Agile right), that we forget about the people actually doing the work? Regardless of the reason, before we can change the way people work... we need to focus on the things that are important for teamwork to work!
We believe that the key to high-performance teams is creating an intentional culture that respects and embraces diversity - whether it be race, gender, class, culture, age, beliefs, language, skills or background. So join us as we explore the Team Canvas – sort of like a Business Model Canvas for teamwork - covering nine essential teamwork elements:
  • Purpose - Why we are doing what we are doing?
  • People & Roles - What are our names, roles and responsibilities?
  • Common goals - What do we as a group want to achieve together?
  • Personal goals - What do I as an individual want to achieve?
  • Team values - What do we really stand for and believe in?
  • Needs and expectations - What do each of us need to be successful in a diverse team?
  • Rules & Activities - How do we communicate and keep everyone up to date?
  • Strengths & Assets - What skills do we have in the team?
  • Weaknesses & Risks - What are the weaknesses we have, as an individual and as a team?
We will walk through our agenda for team lift-offs, facilitation posters and preparation work required, materials needed, and facilitation tips and tricks. All packaged in a handy pocket guide, that you can use to explore tried and tested techniques for each essential element. You will also have an opportunity to practice some of these techniques during the session.
Get ready to lift-off your team in T-minus 3... 2... 1...

Learning Outcomes:
  • Learn facilitation techniques that will instantly help you in your role as a facilitator or Scrum Master.
  • Stop unproductive team conflict before it starts, by discussing things that matter to the team BEFORE they start working together.
  • Get everyone on to the same page. Fast!
  • Understand the essential elements to make teamwork work.
  • How to use the Team Canvas to create an intentional team culture that respects and embraces diversity.

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Talia Lancaster

Agile Consultant, IQ Business
I have always been a “compulsive note-taker”. In meetings, training and conferences I have always used this as a way to concentrate and understand certain topics. Over the years this doodling has evolved into more of a visual note-taking technique, or sketchnoting.I love that... Read More →
avatar for Angie Doyle

Angie Doyle

Agile Coach, Think Agile
I don’t think I have ever minded change. Over the course of my career, I have shifted from working face-to-face with customers (Business Operations), to articulating what customers need (Business Analysis and Process Engineering), to finding a problem solution fit (Product Development... Read More →


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

15:45 EDT

Harness the Power of Mobbing to Lift Unheard Voices (Jeff Brinkerhoff)

Abstract:
Have you ever felt unheard? Are you aware of a group of people who could benefit from support to help their voices be heard?
In this hands-on workshop, we will be using the power of many to craft ideas for how to lift unheard voices. Enter Mobbing.
For years, software developers have experienced the power of Mobbing to build incredible software solutions at breakneck speed. We will use the power of Mobbing in a non-software context to help to change the world.
During the session, we will set the context by exploring the history of Mobbing and discussing what destroys productivity and how Mobbing can help. With context set, we'll jump into the best part--getting hands on! We'll break into teams and use Mobbing to craft ideas and form proposals for how to lift unheard voices. Following the experiment, we'll share what we learned about Mobbing and how we might apply it in our own circumstances. We'll come out of the session with solid proposals for how we can lift those whose voices are unheard.
Your voice is important. Join our session to combine your voice with others to lift the unheard voices using the power of Mobbing.

Learning Outcomes:
  • Learn about the history of Mobbing
  • Highlight how it works and why it works
  • Experience mobbing for yourself and learn how and when you can apply this powerful technique to your circumstances
  • Become more aware of unheard voices and learn how you can help lift those who feel unheard

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avatar for Jeff Brinkerhoff

Jeff Brinkerhoff

Agile Coach, Slalom
I am a Lean and Agile Coach passionate about helping people find joy! Feel free to ask me about my five children or my love for ping pong.


Thursday August 8, 2019 15:45 - 17:00 EDT
Chesapeake D/E/F

15:45 EDT

Using Metrics for Good not Evil: or How I learned to Stop Worrying and Love the KPIs (John Tanner)

Abstract:
Using metrics for punitive reasons is a problem as old as time. In software, this is further complicated by the fact that people rarely agree on why we are collecting metrics in the first place. In this session we will explore how we can use metrics for good instead of evil.
By focusing on the goal of system improvement, rather than individual performance, we can begin leveraging data to make a positive difference in how we work while also delving into why we work the way we do.
This session will include real-world examples of problems that organizations create for themselves by using metrics for the wrong intent. We will also discuss examples of good metrics and how they can be used to make our lives better.

Learning Outcomes:
  • Know why we need good metrics
  • Describe why organizations, often unintentionally, capture harmful metrics
  • Explain how good metrics can drive good behaviors and how bad metrics can drive bad behaviors
  • Understand how to identify good metrics at each tier of business
  • Able to analyze an organization’s current metrics and determine whether they are being used for good or for evil
  • Comprehend how to continuously improve the behaviors we see in our organization by continuously improving the metrics we use to measure success

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avatar for John Tanner

John Tanner

Lean & Agile Thought Leader, Freddie Mac
John Tanner is a Lean guy at heart, even though the rest of his body disagrees. Whether it’s LeSS or more, DAD or mom, SAFe or inherently unsafe, he’s pretty well got it covered. He’s been practicing in the software industry for almost a quarter of a century — which sounds... Read More →


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

15:45 EDT

Coaching deployment size down and frequency up (Alan Parkinson)
Limited Capacity seats available


Abstract:
Companies that release multiple times a day typically financially outperform companies that don’t. If you have a basic deployment pipeline in place, how do you go from weekly or daily deployments to multiple times a day? The counter-intuitive answer is to break work down into small frequent source code commits and deploy these as they are committed, but doing this has an impact on how developers and testers work.
In this interactive workshop, we will be using games to introduce the concepts of small frequent commits and deployments, learn why existing developer and tester practices may create a bottleneck in the deployment pipeline, and what changes you can make to avoid these bottlenecks. The exercises run within the sessions are designed to be taken back to the office to help with coaching your co-workers.

Learning Outcomes:
  • Exercises to help coach, teach, or influence colleagues to adopt small frequent commits and the required technical practice changes
  • The business case for adopting small frequent commits
  • What is a trunk-based branching strategy and why you need to move to it
  • Using Feature toggles to enable small commits and trunk-based branching strategy
  • What changes do feature toggles bring to Software Testing

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Alan Parkinson

CEO and Product Owner, Hindsight Software


Thursday August 8, 2019 15:45 - 17:00 EDT
Chesapeake 1/2/3

15:45 EDT

I’m Still Working on My Masterpiece (Megan Windle)
Limited Capacity seats available


Abstract:
How much time do you spend working on your masterpiece: Everything that is you, mind, body, and soul?
Over the past year, the need to work on our masterpieces, via self-care, has emerged. This is easier said than done. If you’re like me, it’s difficult to find the right balance between focusing on others and prioritizing yourself.
I’ve come to realize that self-care is a journey, not a destination! A grand gesture, like a long, relaxing vacation is nice, but the benefits are temporary. I’ve found that making small steps, regularly, towards self-care is an effective way for me to work on my masterpiece.
In this workshop, I’ll share with you a continuous improvement approach to self-care. You will not only learn the steps, but you’ll begin your self-care journey with hands-on practice, both individually and in groups.
Remember, all journeys are different, and bound to have peaks and valleys. In this workshop, you will learn and practice techniques to handle the ups and downs along the way.
If you are ready to work on your masterpiece, don’t miss this workshop. You’ll learn everything needed to proudly exclaim “I’m still working on my masterpiece!”

Learning Outcomes:
  • Recall the 4 steps of a continuous improvement approach to self-care
  • Apply this approach as a sustainable self-care solution
  • Conduct a self-retrospective to evaluate your current state and self-care needs
  • Celebrate success when self-care goals are achieved to stay motivated
  • Embrace failure and use it as a learning experience to continue improving

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Megan Windle

Agile Coach, Newport News Shipbuilding
I am an Agile Coach, specializing in the people side of change. I believe happy teams SPARKLE with creativity and productivity. With my help, teams learn to dazzle customers by delivering valuable solutions frequently and embracing change.


Thursday August 8, 2019 15:45 - 17:00 EDT
National Harbor 11
 
Friday, August 9
 

09:00 EDT

Agile2019 Retrospective (Dana Pylayeva)
Limited Capacity seats available


Abstract:
The week of extreme learning, inspiration and networking at Agile2019 is coming to an end.
Whether you are a first-timer or a regular at Agile20xx, your perspective and your feedback are hugely valuable! You are invited to reflect together and share your ideas on what can make for an even more mind-blowing experience next year.
Bonus feature: participate in a large-scale retrospective facilitated with Liberating Structures.

Learning Outcomes:
  • reflect on Agile2019 experience
  • contribute ideas to Agile2020

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Dana Pylayeva

Agile Coach and Founder at Agile Play Consulting, LLC, Agile Play Consulting
In her 16 years of industry experience Dana has been exposed to different areas of IT as a Java Developer, an Architect, a DBA Manager, a Scrum Master and an Agile Coach. Every role she has had in her career has given her an opportunity to apply her passion for agile principles and... Read More →


Friday August 9, 2019 09:00 - 10:15 EDT
Chesapeake 4/5/6

09:00 EDT

Presentation Karaoke (Tricia Broderick, Jake Calabrese)
Limited Capacity full
Adding this to your schedule will put you on the waitlist.


Abstract:
Come see what is likely to be the funniest session at all of Agile2019! Presentation Karaoke is very simple - as a presenter, you get a slide deck, and the audience gives you a topic (advanced) or pick your own topic (beginner). Your job is to come up with a presentation as you go, seeing the slides for the first time! As an attendee, you just have to sit back, learn a little and of course laugh!

Learning Outcomes:
  •  Gain an appreciation of the knowledge and skills you have to present on the fly
  • Build experience with adapting in the moment
  • Learn a little about a wide variety of topics depending on the speaker/topic


Speakers
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Tricia Broderick

Principle, Agile For All
Tricia has more than twenty years of experience in software development and is passionately focused on facilitating high-performance software development environments. Her leadership at all levels of an organization helped lay the groundwork to shift teams from one-year product cycles... Read More →


Friday August 9, 2019 09:00 - 10:15 EDT
Potomac 4/5/6

09:00 EDT

So…You Want To Submit To Be A Speaker (Chris Murman)
Limited Capacity full
Adding this to your schedule will put you on the waitlist.


Abstract:
If you’re like me, you’ve submitted lots of abstracts to conferences (including this one) and been disappointed to be on the list of those not selected. Your idea was solid. Colleagues supported you through the submission process. And it wasn’t enough to be on the short list of speakers.
I submitted for years before getting some quality mentoring on my submissions. Then, some knowledge from Sharon Bowman improved how I wrote learning objectives. A reminder from my journalism textbooks zipped up my headlines. Feedback from some experienced program chairs tightened up my abstracts. Finally, I started connecting more with program teams. Thankful for every opportunity I’ve had to present to our community.
I would like to share some of my learnings, as well as the advice of others on how you can do the same thing.
Coming to this session won’t guarantee your next idea is the one everyone else will. Program teams vary in their tastes from year to year. What this will do is give you some practical experience to make your next batch of submissions your best yet. Feel free to bring previous submissions as well. The better the content we present at conferences, the better our community becomes.

Learning Outcomes:
  • Understand what the submission process is like for a program team.
  • Demonstrate the mechanics of a great headline, abstract, and learning objectives.
  • Give the proper context to your topic to the program team.
  • Learn new avenues to discover new topics to submit abstracts about.
  • Take advantage of feedback from track chairs.

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Friday August 9, 2019 09:00 - 10:15 EDT
Chesapeake 7/8/9