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Monday, August 5
 

14:00

Seven Principles for Any Effective Agile Team, Collocated or Distributed (Mark Kilby, Johanna Rothman)

Abstract:
As we wrote the distributed agile teams book, we realized that many of the agile problems we’ve seen are similar---regardless of whether the team is collocated or distributed. Even if the team “practices” a specific framework, the teams are not agile-in-culture, nor are they teams. They don’t have a project rhythm of delivery or reflection. They work as “silos of one” instead of collaborating together or being transparent in their work. Too often, the team members (and managers) share knowledge on a need to know basis and no one needs to know. People blame each other when things go wrong. Teams don’t have a culture of resilience and perseverance.
That’s a laundry list of “agile gone wrong.” Why? Too often, it’s because the teams don’t (or can’t yet) work according to seven principles that work for distributed and collocated teams. Instead of practices, people need principles that work so they can work. Here are the seven principles we describe in the book:
  • Create transparency at all levels.
  • Create a culture of continuous improvement with experiments.
  • Practice pervasive communication at all levels.
  • Create a project rhythm.
  • Assume good intention.
  • Create a culture of resilience.
  • Default to collaborative work, not solo work.
  • Establish Acceptable Hours of Overlap.
In this workshop, Mark Kilby and Johanna Rothman will walk you through seven principles that work for every agile team. You’ll see where to place your team on a continuum, and learn several approaches for managing each principle.

Learning Outcomes:
  • Learn 7 principles to help any team become more agile
  • How to think about agile principles, past the manifesto values, for your team
  • See common traps that teams and organizations fall into that stalls their agility
  • See how the recommended principles can help release the team from a trap

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Speakers
avatar for Mark Kilby

Mark Kilby

Agile Coach, Sonatype
I have cultivated more distributed, dispersed, and virtual teams than colocated teams for more than two decades. Since 2014, I serve as an agile coach with Sonatype, a 'remote first' software development company focusing on automation of software supply chains. Previously, I led agile... Read More →
avatar for Johanna Rothman

Johanna Rothman

President, Rothman Consulting
Johanna Rothman, known as the "Pragmatic Manager," provides frank advice for your tough problems. She helps leaders and teams see problems and resolve risks and manage their product development. Johanna was the Agile 2009 conference chair. Johanna is the author of several books... Read More →


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

14:00

That’s not what I meant! - How communication can make, or break, teams (Trisha Hall)

Abstract:
'Why don't you just understand???" How many times do you ask yourself this question? Your request, acceptance criteria, what you are asking for is clear in your mind, but your colleague doesn't ever seem to get it quite right. Why can't they just see things they way you do?
Maybe it's because they don't think the way you do, so it's a matter of understanding how they think and communicating in a way the receiver understands the information...
There are over 400 different combinations of thinking and behavior preferences, each one of them giving and receiving information in a different way. Learn more about how to decode your own combination, the combinations of your colleagues, and how to bridge the gap between.
This session is open for anyone that has to communicate their ideas, or for those that have to interpret someone else's ideas so they can get their work to 'Done'. We will have a conversation around techniques you can use to both enhance your own communication style as well as interpret the styles of those around you. During the incorporated table exercises you will get to share your ideas around communication and practice some of the concepts introduced in the session.

Learning Outcomes:
  • Learn techniques to understand the thinking and communication styles of both themselves and those around them.
  • Learn techniques to apply the knowledge of thinking styles to creating effective meetings
  • Gain an understanding of the Intent-Impact gap and how to mitigate its effects

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Trisha Hall

VP, Enterprise Solutions, Agile Transformaton Inc.
I grew up in the corporate world and am an Agilist at heart.  I spent the first 18 years of my career in project, process and vendor management as well as contract negotiation.  I found, and fell in love with, Agile when I was asked to learn Agile and develop an Enterprise metrics... Read More →


Monday August 5, 2019 14:00 - 15:15
Chesapeake 10/11/12

15:45

People Watching: Is Your Hiring Undermining Your Agile Culture? (Robert Woods)
Limited Capacity seats available


Abstract:
Wait! Stop! Don't hire that highly talented person with the great resume, numerous certifications and years of valuable experience! Believe it or not, that person could undermine your cultural agility.
One of the biggest mistakes companies make in trying to scale the mountain we call organizational cultural change is bringing in the wrong people to help support that change. Too often we remain stuck in old hiring practices based on keyword searches, years of experience or quantity of certificates. While valuable to know, this does not mean, though, that they will fit what you are trying to do within the organization. You may even be creating a cancerous situation that is causing leadership to question whether or not Agile methods were the right way to go at all!
Robert Woods, President and Lead Consultant at MindOverProcess, will be outlining the absolutely critical adjustments required to how we look for people, hire and why they are so impactful to the success of any cultural support. These adjustments impact areas ranging from Product Development to Change Management, Business and IT alignment, Team Building, Leadership and Facilitation on up to Executive buy-in. Learn how to watch, engage, hire and retain the people you need before its too late!

Learning Outcomes:
  • - Identify how a company's current hiring practices could be undermining its agile cultural changes
  • - Gain techniques a company can use to change those practices
  • - Learn how to measure the results of hiring into an agile environment

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Speakers
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Robert Woods

Founder and Lead Consultant, MindOverProcess


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

09:00

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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Speakers
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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
Maryland Ballroom C

09:00

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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Speakers
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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
Chesapeake 4/5/6

10:45

Stop complaining and start learning! Retrospectives that drive real change (David Horowitz)

Abstract:
Good retrospectives (you know, the ones that actually lead to real change?) rest on three pillars:
people,
process, and
follow-through
What makes retrospectives so difficult is that if any of these three pillars starts to crack, it's next to impossible for the retrospective to be a success.
Ultimately, getting the right people in the room, utilizing a good process to facilitate the conversation, and following-through on the learning outcomes depend on having an organizational culture that encourages learning, transparency, feedback loops, and continuous improvement.
If this sounds like your company already, then great! This talk is not for you.
For everyone else, join me to explore how effective retrospectives can break a downward cycle of disillusionment and malcontent and transform you and your team into engines of learning and growth.

Learning Outcomes:
  • Specific questions will be answered around:
  • * How to create a safe environment for brainstorming, collaboration, and retrospectives
  • * How to balance personalities within the group
  • * When anonymous feedback is necessary… and when it’s not
  • * The role of ongoing feedback in continuous improvement
  • * How breaking the mindset around retrospectives can positively impact the ongoing employee engagement crisis
  • You will also gain an understanding of the pitfalls of traditional employee engagement tactics and how to overcome challenges associated with these efforts by deploying agile retrospectives to create a safe, honest and productive environment for teams to deliver their best work.

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Speakers
avatar for David Horowitz

David Horowitz

CEO and Co-Founder, Retrium
David Horowitz is co-founder and CEO of Retrium. Retrium is the market leading platform for effective agile retrospectives. Prior to co-founding Retrium, David spent nearly a decade between The World Bank and International Finance Corporation as a software developer turned Agile coach... Read More →


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

14:00

Human Systems Dynamics: Adaptive Action Lab (Jeremy Lightsmith, Glenda Eoyang)
Limited Capacity seats available


Abstract:
What keeps you awake at night? What are the biggest and most difficult challenges you face? Bring your most wicked problems to this session, and learn new tools to tame them.
Software development is riddled with complexity. Agile methods address some of this complexity, but they aren’t enough. Human Systems Dynamics and Adaptive Action will help you and your teams work through sticky situations with a range of models and methods that are scalable, straightforward to use, and designed to work in complex adaptive systems like software.
Bring a challenge and we will use it to learn three of HSD’s methods for getting you unstuck, along with a brief overview of what Human Systems Dynamics and Adaptive Action are all about.

Learning Outcomes:
  • Participants will walk away with:
  • - high level knowledge of what Human Systems Dynamics
  • - 3 methods they can take back with them to their teams: Adaptive Action, Power of Inquiry, Four Truths
  • - they should be able to explain these methods, use them on their own problems, and use them with others in their team

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Jeremy Lightsmith

Agile Coach / Facilitator, Lightsmith Consulting LLC
avatar for Glenda Eoyang

Glenda Eoyang

Executive Director, Human Systems Dynamics Institute
Glenda H. Eoyang, PhD, is the founding executive director of the Human Systems Dynamics (HSD) Institute. Since 1986 she has pioneered applications of chaos and complexity to improve adaptive capacity of people as they work and play together.  She leads a network of 300 scholar practitioners... Read More →


Tuesday August 6, 2019 14:00 - 15:15
Chesapeake A/B/C

14:00

Save the World, Save Your Team - Shifting Mindsets through Cooperative Board Gaming (Chris Diller, Tom Diedrich)
Limited Capacity filling up


Abstract:
"Can you save humanity? You and your team are the only things standing in the way of deadly diseases that threaten the world. The fate of humanity is in your hands." - description of "Pandemic" from Z-Man Games
Game on! But can a game really teach me something about being Agile? How can a board game save my team?
In this interactive workshop, we'll explore how cooperative board gaming relates to the work of Agile teams. We'll dive head-first into the Agile nature of "Pandemic" through gameplay in small groups and then retrospect to identify similarities and differences between cooperative board gaming and Agile team behaviors. We'll discover how the patterns observed during gameplay can be used to help identify possible dysfunction within your team. You will leave this session with the ability to use cooperative board gaming with your own teams to inspire new ways of thinking, shift mindsets, and increase team engagement.

Learning Outcomes:
  • Explain how cooperative board gaming can be used as a retrospective technique so that I can improve my teams.
  • Describe how to relate cooperative board gaming to the cooperative nature of my team's work so that I can help them reflect on their own actions.
  • Facilitate a cooperative board gaming workshop of my own so that I can help shift the mindset of my team, company, or client.

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Speakers
avatar for Chris Diller

Chris Diller

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

Tom Diedrich

Target Corporation


Tuesday August 6, 2019 14:00 - 15:15
Chesapeake 4/5/6
 
Wednesday, August 7
 

10:45

Dynamic Reteaming From The Trenches, Doing a 180 on fixed team dogma (Laurens Bonnema, Laïla Nouijeh)
Limited Capacity full
Adding this to your schedule will put you on the waitlist.


Abstract:
If the solution to being bad at integrating software is continuous integration, and the way to stop sucking at delivering software is continuous delivery, isn't it only logical that the answer to taking a performance hit every time team composition changes is continuous reteaming?
In this presentation, we'll take you through our mind-shift about fixed teams, and the experiments we ran to figure out if we could become good at dynamic reteaming. After sharing what we've learned, we'll help you design your own experiments, and we'll share tips and tricks on how to get started.

Learning Outcomes:
  • Learn about Dynamic Reteaming, and design your own experiments to get started with it.

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Speakers
avatar for Laurens Bonnema

Laurens Bonnema

Agile Management Consultant, Xebia
Agile Management Consultant and Graphic Facilitator. Mentor to managers creating Agile organizations. I make boring business notes fun!
avatar for Laïla Nouijeh

Laïla Nouijeh

Scrum Master, PGGM
Scrum Master with PGGMMotivate people and teams to max out their awesomeNothing else. Focus is one of the scrum values ;)


Wednesday August 7, 2019 10:45 - 12:00
National Harbor 11

10:45

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
National Harbor 3

14:00

Agile Leadership in a Diverse Cultural Environment (ElMohanned Mohamed)
Limited Capacity seats available


Abstract:
Cultural diversity is an increasingly important reality for Agile teams. The way individual team members approach agile values and principles can vary based on their cultural background. Respecting the impact of various cultural backgrounds on how team members think, and act is essential for building a high performing agile team. On the other hand, lack of cultural awareness may lead – at the least - to failure of achieving the team potential.
In this highly interactive workshop, Hofstede’s cultural model is used to examine the impact of various cultural backgrounds on agile teams. Agile methodologies provide a set of values, principles and practices forming a system of thinking. Links between Hofstede’s cultural dimensions and the Agile system of thinking are explored. Participants are encouraged to use live voting and facilitated discussions to share their thoughts on the impacts. More importantly, understanding what interventions an agile lead can introduce to the system to make cultural diversity and advantage.

Learning Outcomes:
  • Develop cultural self-awareness
  • Understand how cultural dimensions can impact teams understanding and practice of agile
  • Avoid cultural stereotypes yet learn to appreciate cultural differences and turn them to an advantage
  • Emphasize respect and psychological safety as cornerstones for leading a diverse cultural team

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Speakers
avatar for ElMohanned Mohamed

ElMohanned Mohamed

Managing Consultant, IBM


Wednesday August 7, 2019 14:00 - 15:15
National Harbor 3

14:00

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
National Harbor 11

15:45

Out Beyond Estimates and No Estimates (George Dinwiddie)
Limited Capacity seats available


Abstract:
Both managers and programmers say estimation is a problem. Neither managers nor programmers are getting what they want. Estimation is not the problem. There is a problem, and there is something you can do about it--but not by estimating better.
“Out beyond estimates and no estimates there is a field. I will meet you there” – not actually Rumi
In this session we will explore the human problems that are often presented as estimation problems. And we’ll look at things you can do about these problems, whether manager or programmer, to make things better.

Learning Outcomes:
  • Understanding what people need when they ask for estimates
  • Understanding what people need when they resist giving estimates
  • Behaving congruently in emotionally charged situations
  • Communicating more intentionally
  • Changing the dynamics for better outcomes

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Speakers
avatar for George Dinwiddie

George Dinwiddie

Grand Poobah and Jack of All Trades, iDIA Computing, LLC
George Dinwiddie helps organizations develop software more effectively. He brings decades of development experience from electronic hardware and embedded firmware to business information technology. He helps organizations, managers, and teams solve the problems they face by providing... Read More →


Wednesday August 7, 2019 15:45 - 17:00
Maryland Ballroom B
 
Thursday, August 8
 

09:00

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
Chesapeake 10/11/12

09:00

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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Speakers
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
National Harbor 11

10:45

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

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

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

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Speakers
avatar for Thomas Perry

Thomas Perry

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


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

10:45

Testers & Developers: What Can You Teach Each Other? (Lisa Crispin, Bill Wake)

Abstract:
Have you ever said…?
“I wish those ____ understood __”
or
“I wish those __ would teach me about ___”
If so, this is the workshop for you.
The goal is to help testers and developers (and others) collaborate more effectively.
This will be a true workshop:
First we'll set the stage of what problems we are trying to solve. First, how can teams benefit from skills transfer across roles, why do we need to help make that happen? We'll talk about potential communication barriers due to experience, competencies, background, terminology among roles, and give a couple of our own examples of ways we have addressed that type of problem.
Then we’ll work in small groups, where each group has a mix of people from different roles. Each group will identify a topic, then prepare a poster, picture, or sketch note to help explain that topic to others. We’ll share, critique, and revise.
By the end of the workshop, you’ll have had a chance to work on a topic in a group, and been exposed to the topics from other groups.
We’ll post pictures afterwards so you and others can share.

Learning Outcomes:
  • * Identify good ways to transfer skills across roles
  • * Become familiar with the tools and terminology used by other roles so you can collaborate comfortably
  • * Promote the whole-team approach to building a quality culture

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Speakers
avatar for Lisa Crispin

Lisa Crispin

Co-founder, Agile Testing Fellowship
Lisa Crispin is the co-author, with Janet Gregory, of More Agile Testing: Learning Journeys for the Whole Team (2014), Agile Testing: A Practical Guide for Testers and Agile Teams (2009), the LiveLessons "Agile Testing Essentials" video course, and “The Whole Team Approach to... Read More →
avatar for Bill Wake

Bill Wake

Sr. Consultant, Industrial Logic, Inc.
Bill Wake (www.xp123.com) is a consultant with Industrial Logic, Inc. (http://industriallogic.com). Before that, he was an independent consultant from 2001 to 2007, then spent two years managing software development at Gene Codes Forensics. Bill has worked with teams in a variety... Read More →


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

14:00

Black Holes and Revelations (Sarah Harper)

Abstract:
Do you have a work stage in your process where things get "stuck"? While we typically look for a process problem, what if I told you it's likely that your team behavior is the real culprit?
All teams will eventually experience challenges with how work moves through their system. These problems can often manifest as a “blocked” column creeping into your flow, or even the well-meaning “Waiting for Reporter Input” limbo.
These problematic stages are sucking the work in but nothing comes out. They begin to look and feel like black holes. Agile Black Holes are detrimental to your process and your team's morale, but they are often hard to spot until they become supermassive giants. Unlike the celestial version, once you detect the Agile Black Hole in your process, you can understand the cause and escape.
Have you fallen into an Agile Black Hole? How can you prevent black holes from forming in your process? More often than not, the root cause of the black hole is not the process, but the culture of the team. You’ll need to dig to the root cause of the negative team behaviors to understand how to change the team culture and prevent the agile black hole. Join me and become equipped to avoid the madness of the Agile Black Hole. You'll also see what Cerner did to address one of our "black holes" and what we've learned as a result.
This presentation is for anyone wanting to improve the team culture by understanding the cognitive, psychological, and UI design concepts for why work slows.

Learning Outcomes:
  • Cognitive and behavioral psychology concepts that contribute to the formation of Agile Black Holes and how recognize these behaviors in a team.
  • How to apply informed UI design for Kanban and Scrum boards so that Agile Black Holes are easier to locate.
  • Application of "sling-shot" techniques to escape a potential Agile Black Hole by harnessing its energy.
  • Team-building exercises that teach teams to recognize negative behaviors that contribute to Agile Black Hole formation.

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Sarah Harper

Director of Engineering, RxSavingsSolutions
Psychology of Agile, Security, Coaching, DevOps, Twins, Quilting, Space, Pugs, Dog Agility


Thursday August 8, 2019 14:00 - 15:15
National Harbor 12/13

14:00

How to Make Real Collaboration Possible (Gil Broza)

Abstract:
Collaboration is generally considered a net positive, and it’s supposed to be a key principle and strength of Agile. Yet, most Agile teams – even those that seem to work well together – don’t collaborate nearly enough, and thus don’t reach their full potential. It takes intention and effort to make real collaboration possible, let alone appealing and practical! In this interactive talk, the author of “The Human Side of Agile” explains the not-so-short list of not-so-simple factors at play, and shares a process you can use for determining which actions would establish or increase collaboration in your team.

Learning Outcomes:
  • Identify the nine conditions that must be fulfilled for any two people to collaborate
  • Recognize subtle, yet common cues and pressures that discourage people from collaborating
  • Follow a simple process to determine actions that will establish or increase collaboration in your team

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Gil Broza

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


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

15:45

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 →
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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
Maryland Ballroom A

15:45

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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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
Chesapeake D/E/F