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Monday, August 5

14:00 EDT

The Road to Real Business Agility (Dean Leffingwell)

Business Agility represents the ability of an organization to rapidly respond to changing market conditions by continuously delivering products and services that meet evolving customer demands. In a world being ‘eaten by software’, business agility is completely dependent on an organizations ability to create and deploy innovative digital systems. That, in turn, requires the mastery of core technical competencies — including team and technical Agility, implementation of DevOps and a continuous delivery pipeline, and lean portfolio management. And yet Business Agility demands even more. All aspects of the enterprise — leadership, sales, marketing, operations, supply, manufacturing, finance, legal, HR and more— must become more agile and adaptive, and more fluid in its organization. These teams need to be more Agile in their approach, and must also understand how to work with an Agile technology organization.
In this tutorial, Dean Leffingwell will describe the competencies needed to achieve true business agility —agility based on confidence in the ability to deploy innovative technical solutions more quickly than ever before—coupled with the business skills necessary to more rapidly adapt to evolving customer demand.

Learning Outcomes:
  • An understanding of what Business Agility really is, and a description of the technical and business competencies needed to accomplish it.
  • An initial self assessment of where an attendees enterprise is on the road to Business Agility.


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Dean Leffingwell

Chief Methodologist, Scaled Agile, Inc.

Monday August 5, 2019 14:00 - 15:15 EDT
Maryland Ballroom C
Tuesday, August 6

09:00 EDT

Living Off an Agile Landscape: Agile Farming vs Agile Gardening (Quincy Jordan)
Limited Capacity seats available

We have all heard of companies that have ‘gone agile’. ” We’re iterating and doing daily standups” they say, but are they really farming Agile or just maintaining a hobby garden. To truly have successful Enterprise Agile, you must make the shift from Agile Gardening to Agile Farming and learn to live off the Agile Landscape. Living off the Agile Landscape is about evolving from one small environment (ie. Garden) to scaling and system thinking (ie. Farming). To scale Agile, The Agile Landscape must be cultivated, tilled, irrigated, and fertilized. Meaning, it takes more than collaborative workspaces and morning standup meetings for an organization to live off an Agile way of being. It takes scaling agile. Scaling through establishing a Community of Practice, building a culture of validated learning across a portfolio of products, providing an atmosphere for safety, engaging areas beyond IT and include outside influencers to development team, and figuring out how to properly cultivate an organization that incentivizes people at an enterprise level to work collaboratively.

Learning Outcomes:
  • • How to cultivate an Agile environment at an enterprise level?
  • • Incentivizing individuals to work collaboratively
  • • Fertilizing the Agile Landscape into rich soil to grow agile thinking at scale


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Quincy Jordan

Principal Transformation Consultant, AgileThought

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

10:45 EDT

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

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

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


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Em Campbell-Pretty

Managing Director, Pretty Agile
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Adrienne Wilson

VP Of Operations, Pretty Agile

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

10:45 EDT

The inevitability of Enterprise Agile Transformation Fatigue & How do you Reset (Aruna Chandrasekharan)

Are you sick and tired of hearing the word "Transformation"? Do you feel that it is one of the most over-used and least understood nouns/adjectives/adverbs in the English language? Would you be okay with not talking about transformations for the next 10 years? The good news is that you are not alone. The bad news is that the process to stop feeling this way is long and slow and perhaps painful as well. But first things first, why do you feel this way and how did you get here?
Many large Enterprises are undergoing some version of an Agile Transformation and have been at it for a more than a couple of years. However, the promise of wonderful results never actually materialized. Why? Are Enterprises solving the wrong problems at the wrong time? Is it just easier to do that so that they can "get started"?
When an Enterprise doesn't solve the really hard problems, when they try to fix what's not broken, Enterprise Transformation Fatigue sets in . This Fatigue is a real thing and any Enterprise that has decided to "Do Agile" is suffering from it. They may not know it, acknowledge or agree with it, but it's real and it's here.
Are you a change champion? Are you in the midst of a transformation? Are you considering transitioning to the coaching role? Do you have basic knowledge of Agile frameworks, values and principles?
If you answered "YES", then wouldn't you like to have a set of tools in your tool belt to deal with this fatigue? Or better yet, wouldn't you like some tools to help you keep your sanity!
If you answered "YES" again, then you're just the person who needs this session!
Let's get together to give this fatigue a clear definition that resonates in simple language.
Let's learn to recognize symptoms of these different types of transformation fatigue and tips to combat them
and last but NOT least
Let's explore how we can pivot from where we are to where we want to be
Aruna Chandrasekharan is an Enterprise Change Agent@Cognizant Technology Solutions. She is interested in leadership engagement for "Sustainable Transformations" where leaders are truly "leading" the change. Over these last several years, she has arrived at this notion of Agile Transformation Fatigue across the entire organization and the unfortunate inevitability of it.

Learning Outcomes:
  • We will define Transformation Fatigue
  • We will discuss why it is inevitable and how we got here
  • We will discuss the various types of Transformation Fatigue
  • We will learn about how to recognize symptoms for each type of fatigue
  • We will learns tools and techniques to combat or work around that type of fatigue
  • We will explore how to pivot from where we are to where we want to be


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Aruna Chandrasekharan

Transformation Strategist
Music, Books and People and TransformationsI love a mix of different styles of music but Cuban Son, Colombian Cumbia, Indian, 80s, 90s music, Brazilian Jazz and Frank Sinatra are dear to me. Atlas Shrugged, Enders Game and Chlidhood's end are key books in my life.People are endlessly... Read More →

Tuesday August 6, 2019 10:45 - 12:00 EDT
Chesapeake D/E/F
Thursday, August 8

09:00 EDT

Successful Patterns for Transforming IT Infrastructure Service Delivery (Kelli Houston)
Limited Capacity full
Adding this to your schedule will put you on the waitlist.

Today’s rapidly changing, and intensely competitive, business environment demands new approaches to everything from product development to the provisioning of IT services. Can the impressive results achieved by applying agile to software development also be achieved by applying agile to service delivery, especially at scale? They most certainly can, but having the right mix of people, processes and tools is key.
IBM Global Technology Services (GTS) is the largest service provider in the world, with over 115,000 globally distributed staff supporting 85% of the world’s commerce. In this session, I will share our team’s experience transforming GTS to more agile ways of working, all while protecting client operations and IBM earnings (essentially changing the wheels on the bus while the bus is moving!). I will describe the key challenges we faced, the actions we took to overcome them, and the results we achieved. I will describe our innovative approach for integrating selected lean and agile practices into a framework of repeatable patterns, and how we incrementally deployed those patterns, resulting in measurable business outcomes.
This session is intended for agile transformation leaders at all levels, who are driving the adoption of lean and agile practices across large, geographically distributed organizations. As a result of attending this session, attendees will learn specific patterns and techniques that they can immediately put to use, whether that means starting a transformation discussion, or refining an ongoing transformation to leverage the provided recommendations.

Learning Outcomes:
  • The challenges encountered when transforming an IT service delivery organization to agile, and the recommended actions for addressing them.
  • A core set of patterns and overall approach for transforming an IT service delivery organization to agile, including what practices to apply and what metrics to use to measure progress and showcase results.


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Kelli Houston

Agile Transformation Lead, IBM
I am passionate about agile and helping organizations adopt agile principles to drive business results. I am a certified Scum Master and SAFe Program Consultant (SPC) and would welcome the opportunity to share best practices with anyone deploying these technologies.

Thursday August 8, 2019 09:00 - 10:15 EDT
Chesapeake A/B/C

10:45 EDT

Extreme Self-Organization: A Pioneering Story of Agile Scaling with Open Space Technology (Ron Quartel, Kat Daugherty)
Limited Capacity full
Adding this to your schedule will put you on the waitlist.

Agile Scaling question - how do you divide work across multiple teams? We found ourselves asking ourselves this time old question at a Health Insurance company when our product lines required more than a two-pizza team. We could have started doing a lot of up-front planning (what most scaling methods do), or we had a hunch that there might be a simpler approach. This is a pioneering story of our experimentation with using Open Space Technology as a way of (self) organizing people around work. Every two days, teams would self-form around a marketplace of things that needed doing. This Open Space like event resulted in the right people working on the right things at the right time (one of the Open Space principals) and essentially created a complex adaptive human system. Not only did we manage to scale successfully, but it also unleashed creativity and - the human spirit.
People said things like:
  • I feel like I’m being treated like an adult at last
  • This is the only way I ever want to work again So what's in it for management? A lower cost of ownership (we had one agile coach for a tribe of 100 people with no scrum masters), higher morale (lower staff turnover), fewer meetings (more time for productive work) and it didn't require an army of agile coaches to come in and transform us.
If you like stories such as: Turn the Ship Around by David Marquet or Team of Teams by General Stanley McChrystal, you will love this session. If you are asking the question of how to scale for the first time, or have already started down the path and have hit challenges, there will be something here for you. Come with an open mind and spirit of curiosity to be inspired by a very different model of agile scaling.

Learning Outcomes:
  • Harnessing self-organization to scale agile via a complex adaptive system
  • Discover a highly effective, low cost to implement and run, method of scaling agile.


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Ron Quartel

Resourceful Human, Ripl
Untethering the human spirit in the workplace.
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Kat Daugherty

Agile Enterprise Coach
currently on engagement in Manhattan in large financial services.

Thursday August 8, 2019 10:45 - 12:00 EDT
National Harbor 6/7

15:45 EDT

Inspect and adapt! Introducing Obeya as the next Agile practice (Nienke Alma)

An Agile transformation probably is never complete. Even when an Agile way of working is introduced company wide, there’s always more to wish for regarding your time to market, customer satisfaction or employee engagement. This certainly also applies to ING where a large scale Agile transformation was started in 2015. The Agile transformation already lead to many valuable results, but there is room for improvement. How do you keep the daily work of hundreds of squads aligned with the strategic goals of the organization? How can you help Agile leadership taking the right decisions, at the right time, based on the right information? It was necessary to explore what practices could be added to ING’s Agile Way of Working to help the organization to better deal with these challenges.
Inspired by a few local initiatives, ING chose to adopt Obeya as an add-on to the Agile Way of Working. An Obeya (“Big Room” in Japanese) is a place where top-down information about the strategic direction is connected with bottom up information about the actual results that we are achieving. This makes an Obeya a great enabler for effective Agile leadership. Based on the content presented in the room and a structure of rhythm and routine for meetings Agile leaders can apply validated learning in their day-to-day work.
The Agile Coaches initiated and supported the introduction of Obeyas in all Tribes of ING in the Netherlands and Belgium. Nienke Alma was one of them. In this presentation she will show the standardized approach the Agile Coaches used to set up the Obeyas from scratch and get them up and running. Based on her experience in multiple tribes, she’s able to compare the success of the introduction of Obeyas between these tribes. The significant differences in the success rate have provided valuable insights in the do’s and don’ts for the introduction of Obeya as a new Agile practice.
Do you want to know more about Obeya and how it fits in an Agile Way of Working? Are you looking for tips & tricks for how to set up an Obeya? Or learn how Obeya can help smoothen the flow of information about strategic direction and actual results in large organisations? Then this is a presentation you’d like to hear!

Learning Outcomes:
  • - Learn what an Obeya is and how it fits in an Agile way of working
  • - Learn how Obeya can help smoothen the flow of information about strategic direction and actual results in large organisations
  • - Get tips and tricks for how to set up an Obeya from scratch
  • - Get inspired by ING's Obeya Coaching successes and failures


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Nienke Alma

Agile Coach, ING
Nienke Alma is a people oriented Agile enthusiast with 12 years of experience as Agile coach, trainer, Scrum Master, tester and test manager. She currently works as an Agile Coach at ING in the Netherlands.She has special interest in team dynamics. Getting the best out of individuals... Read More →

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