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Monday, August 5
 

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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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. Hes 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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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
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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
 
Wednesday, August 7
 

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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ElMohanned Mohamed

Managing Consultant, IBM


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

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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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

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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Speakers
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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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Speakers
avatar for Gil Broza

Gil Broza

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


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