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Monday, August 5

14:00 EDT

Introduction to Agile: Origins and Evolution (Diana Larsen)

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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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

15:45 EDT

Organizational Transformation (Mike Cottmeyer)

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.

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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
Tuesday, August 6

09:00 EDT

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

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

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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

10:45 EDT

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

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

14:00 EDT

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

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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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

15:45 EDT

Agile Development Practices (James Newkirk)
Limited Capacity seats available

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…



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

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