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Monday, August 5
 

10:45

State of Business Agility (Evan Leybourn, Sally Elatta)
Limited Capacity full
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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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Speakers
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
Maryland Ballroom C

14:00

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

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

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

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Speakers
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Amanda Geary

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

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


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

15:45

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

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

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

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Tom Diedrich

Target Corporation
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Chris Diller

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


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

10:45

The Business Agility behind Riot’s K/DA; the Fictional Band that Topped Real World Charts (Ahmed Sidky, Michael Robillard)
Limited Capacity seats available


Abstract:
How did a virtual band top the Billboard chart for World Digital Songs? Was it a coincidence? Was it a one-time wonder? Hopefully not! It was an unexpected yet desired result of building the foundation of business agility, not to avoid disruption or adapt to external forces, but to operate in a universe where we place our players firmly in the center of our universe. In this session, we will discuss the Copernican Revolution that informs our mindset for business agility and how we balance the interplay between top-down strategy and bottom-up ideas to delight our players. We will also describe the implementation of key components of business agility, including Leadership, Individuals, Operations and the core Relationships that enable or hinder business agility. We will also explain why business agility is a journey that relies on what we call “the grind” and learning through experimentation rather than a framework, model, or methodology. We hope to illustrate the power of a new mindset for business agility by sharing the outputs, the outcomes, and the journey we’ve experienced at Riot Games.

Learning Outcomes:
  • Ability to identify key elements for business agility
  • Ability to inspire and engage your top talent
  • Ability to support both top-down strategy and bottom-up ideation and creativity
  • Ability for leaders to create mission-obsession and engagement
  • Ability for backoffice functions to enable, not stifle or govern, innovation and agility

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Speakers
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Ahmed Sidky

Head of Business Agility, Riot Games
Ahmed Sidky, Ph.D. known as Doctor Agile, is a well-known thought-leader in the Agile community. He is currently the Director of Development Management for Riot Games and before that he was a transformation consultant for Fortune 100 companies. He is the co-author of Becoming Agile... Read More →


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

14:00

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


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

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

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Speakers
avatar for Jill Parsons

Jill Parsons

Agile & People Operations, VeriShip
avatar for Jared Steinshouer

Jared Steinshouer

CTO / COO, VeriShip


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

15:45

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


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

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

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Speakers
avatar for Timo Punkka

Timo Punkka

Schneider Electric


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

15:45

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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Speakers
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Riccardo Mariti

CEO, Riccardo's
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Jeff Sutherland

Founder and Chairman, Scrum, Inc.
CoCreator of Scrum


Tuesday August 6, 2019 15:45 - 17:00
Maryland Ballroom C
 
Wednesday, August 7
 

10:45

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
National Harbor 4/5

15:45

#Winning: Why your strategy needs to reflect your path to victory (an ExxonMobil story) (Michael Adrian, Jeff Rosenbaugh)
Limited Capacity filling up


Abstract:
ExxonMobil has formally been on a journey in pursuit of agility since 2012. In that time, we've pivoted multiple times as we've understood the complexities of transforming a large enterprise with over 140 years of history. As we've worked the transformation, we've found that our large organizational size and global footprint brings specific challenges that have forced us to forge our own path.
As a part of this journey, we've heard all of the popular talks and read many books that claim to give us great advice on how to "win" in the marketplace, "win" to serve our customers, and "win" to continue playing the game. As our organizations have matured into agile organizations, we really wrestled with ensuring that our vision and strategy tie to the work that our people are doing every day. As a part of this, we built a framework that helps organizations explore the many ways in which they win, how this ties to organizational strategy, organizational design, and the trade-offs involved with implementing different approaches.

Learning Outcomes:
  • Understand the many different ways in which organizations can "win"
  • Explore how the way you win should impact your strategy
  • Explore how the way you win should impact your organizational design
  • Highlight key decisions we've made using this model, and the types of questions you should be asking

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Speakers
avatar for Michael Adrian

Michael Adrian

Head of Coaching, ExxonMobil IT
Mike has quite a few passions in his career, but most of them focus on one main goal: working with awesome people on challenging problems. His background is in slinging code for technical applications (which he still loves), but he now focuses on helping teams reach their ultimate... Read More →
avatar for Jeff Rosenbaugh

Jeff Rosenbaugh

Transformation Office Manager, ExxonMobil IT
Jeff is a force multiplier who has been accused of having a “larger than life personality” and being a bit of a trouble-maker (though hopefully in a positive context). He’s spent his career coaching on innovation, searching out bleeding edge technology, and evangelizing an Agile/DevOps... Read More →


Wednesday August 7, 2019 15:45 - 17:00
National Harbor 4/5
 
Thursday, August 8
 

15:45

Agile's Dirty Little Secret Is Out! (Robert Woods)

Abstract:
Agile has a dirty little secret and it's now out in the open. For years we've been told that a single business representative from somewhere within the organization would be enough for us to fully enjoy being an agile company. As more companies have sought out the level of adaptability, effectiveness and quality they had been yearning for, they discovered it takes far more than an "Agile" IT department to be "Agile". It takes the ability to quickly pivot as an entire organization.
Robert Woods, President and Lead Consultant at MindOverProcess, will help attendees identify some of the misconceptions in our agile transformation journeys, how to overcome them, ways in which other parts of our company might be Agile now and not recognize it. Additionally, you will walk away with techniques that help many of the core business groups within an organization to find their own unique ways to display the type of agility that truly begins to define an Agile Company.
Agile's dirty little secret is about to bust wide open and completely change how we look at organizational transformation.

Learning Outcomes:
  • Identify areas we are missing the boat in our current Agile Transformations
  • Uncover and create visibility to current agility outside of IT
  • Gain techniques for developing unique Business Agility opportunities
  • Learn what qualities make up a truly Agile Company

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Speakers
avatar for Robert Woods

Robert Woods

Founder and Lead Consultant, MindOverProcess


Thursday August 8, 2019 15:45 - 17:00
National Harbor 12/13

15:45

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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Speakers
avatar for Julie VanWiel

Julie VanWiel

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


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