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Monday, August 5
 

10:45

The Inclusive Agile Accelerator: How to Improve Learning and Inclusion in the IT Industry (Alejandro Olchik, Rafael Prikladnicki)

Abstract:
For seven years, and running fifteen editions, in Brazil, we have been evolving a not-for-profit immersive and educational program through a university-corporate partnership, that has achieved consistent impact on job opportunities for its candidates, promoting the development of 21st-century skills, gender equality, increasing social inclusion and contributing to the local community.
As for today, the program helps 24 students each semester. We receive more than 17 candidates per opening. Our recruiting process is capable of selecting teams where the number of women is greater than the number of men. We are also managing to identify and increase the number of openings reserved to young people coming from socially unfavorable contexts. Each semester, we receive around ten project proposals from real customers, most of them with a firm purpose behind. The program escapes from a lecture-based and prescriptive approach to learning. Through the development of a safe space for making mistakes, participants learn through practice, not only about agile methods, business analysis, lean startup, programming, and testing, to a level that they are ready to pursue professional opportunities in the market, but also about each other, their differences and the importance of respecting those differences.
Interactively, this talk will bring awareness about the obstacles minorities face in the technology sector, and explain the evolution, current stage, and outcomes of the Inclusive Agile Accelerator. In the end, we expect to provide some useful recommendations for aspiring educators and change agents looking for practical advice on how to grow more inclusive environments.

Learning Outcomes:
  • Carry out recruiting ideas and practices to improve gender diversity and social inclusion in general.
  • Provide practical recommendations and guidelines when implementing similar educational programs.
  • Determine the relevance of the results obtained and the feasibility of the educational approach to different contexts.
  • Summarize the main challenges and obstacles faced to advance the program further.

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Speakers
avatar for Alejandro Olchik

Alejandro Olchik

Agile Coach, ionatec
Agile Coach and Trainer at ionatec. Senior Mentor at the Inclusive Agile Accelerator. MBA Professor at PUCRS. Órulo CTO, a B2B marketplace for the real estate industry.Themes I'm interested: education and learning, 21st-century management practices and startups.
avatar for Rafael Prikladnicki

Rafael Prikladnicki

Director of Tecnopuc, PUCRS


Monday August 5, 2019 10:45 - 12:00
Chesapeake G/H/I

15:45

Learning from the books you said you read…. (Em Campbell-Pretty, Melissa Hay)
Limited Capacity seats available


Abstract:
Have you ever noticed how almost every speaker at every agile conference references a ton of books? Did you ever wonder if they even read those books? And if so, how did they remember what they read? And did they take action based on what they read?
What about the last book you read? What experiments did you run whilst reading the book or after finishing it? Or can you not remember the last time you read a non-fiction book?
We all know that trust, safety, flow and product orientation are keys to success with agile teams. We are all striving for high performing teams that deliver great products. Sometimes all the blogs, books and LinkedIn posts are just too much to consume. So how can we bring these ideas into our real world?
Here’s your opportunity to see how we go about learning from books. We will share examples of books we’ve digested and experiments we have run with real teams to see them thrive. This is the insiders’ guide to making a real difference with what you learnt from all the books you said you read.

Learning Outcomes:
  • Participants in this session will be able to:
  • -Use book clubs at work to enable learning with a bias to action in the workplace.
  • -Describe how other organisations have used the learning they have gained from reading.
  • -Apply a bias to action when reading to learn.

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Em Campbell-Pretty

Managing Director, Pretty Agile
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Melissa Hay

Principal Consultant, Pretty Agile


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

10:45

Brain Agility: Overcoming Cognitive Bias (Lisa Cooney)

Abstract:
Did you know that your brain makes up stories all day long, and if they are good stories, you believe them? Come to this entertaining interactive session to experience some “cognitive illusions” for yourself, and learn what they demonstrate about how our brains’ work. During this session, open to all levels, you will watch videos to learn about specific cognitive biases, and then learn what to do about them. For example, confirmation bias leads us to perceive evidence that confirms our existing beliefs while disregarding evidence that contradicts them. Knowing this, we can begin to be more discerning when trying to answer the question, "What happened?"
Cognitive science and behavioral psychology offer important insights for agilists, insights that can help us work more effectively with our co-workers and clients. You will learn how awareness of our brains’ tendencies is a powerful tool to overcome our own innate cognitive bias, and the cognitive bias of others. This newfound awareness can open you to more varied perspectives in order to tell yourself a story that is both richer and more nuanced – and closer to being “a true story.” You will not only be more capable of sharing your perspectives, but also more open to the perspectives of others people, leading to more successful interactions and outcomes.

Learning Outcomes:
  • Describe how our brains are hardwired to “co-opt” our beliefs
  • Explain that awareness of this tendency can help us overcome our cognitive biases
  • Increase your ability to be open to all perspectives
  • Apply the agile value, “individuals and interactions over processes and tools” more deeply in your work and life

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Speakers
avatar for Lisa Cooney

Lisa Cooney

Principle Agile Coach, Axios
I am an Agile coach with a master's degree in education - my passion is bringing Agile to the world. I am the editor of Michael Hammon's leadership book, Evolvagility; I help run the Women in Agile meetup in Washington, DC; I am on the program committee for the Business Agility Conference... Read More →


Tuesday August 6, 2019 10:45 - 12:00
National Harbor 12/13

15:45

Six Steps Towards Self-Learning Teams and Deliberately Developmental Organizations (Andy Cleff)
Limited Capacity seats available


Abstract:
One of the 12 principles behind the Manifesto for Agile Software Develop is: At regular intervals, the team reflects on how to become more effective, then tunes and adjusts its behavior accordingly.
This adjustment of behavior can take many forms: from stopping a practice that is not fruitful to simply doing more or less of something already in the system. And sometimes it means starting something new, an experiment to test a falsifiable hypothesis, for example: if we always had a minimum of a dozen donuts in the team room….
Regardless of what changes, it is up to a team that embraces agility to figure things out themselves. No external “boss” is barking orders. So this 12th principle leads to the idea that a self-organizing team also needs to be a self-learning team, and ask the question: "When we're learning at our best, we're like what?"
Join Andy to learn about a six-step framework that will propel your teams and organization on the path of deliberate and continual learning with joy.

Learning Outcomes:
  • Take-aways from this presentation will propel your teams and organization on a path of self-learning and growth:
  • * Leveraging the power of metaphor to lay the groundwork
  • * Visualizing the current and future states of the team skill set
  • * Prioritizing "the learning backlog" and creating conditions conducive to self-learning
  • * Measuring and making visible the outcomes of team experiments in order to amplify a culture of organizational learning
  • * Building learning communities at scale

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Andy Cleff

Sr Agile Coach, Agile Velocity
Andy Cleff is an experienced and pragmatic agile practitioner that takes teams beyond getting agile to embracing agile. His superpowers include holding multiple perspectives, enabling step changes that bridge current and future states, allowing space for both order and chaos simultaneously... Read More →


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

10:45

Explaining Agile to your 5-year old, your grandmother or your boss (Nate Adams)
Limited Capacity seats available


Abstract:
I remember my first real foray into the Agile mindset. I was a software developer for a mid-sized company and attended a three-day Scrum bootcamp; I left completely bought in. I came back to work ready to transform how we worked. My first stop was the project management group where I proceeded to explain to them why we needed to stop with the Waterfall mindset and start thinking in iterations and increments. I sat back, ready for the accolades I was sure were coming. They kicked me out of their office. The laughter still haunts my dreams.
You know what? Teaching is hard.
Cognitive biases are the result of shortcuts our brain takes to make quick decisions. One particularly insidious bias, confirmation bias, insulates us from ideas that challenge our strongly-held beliefs or views of what is true. When presented with evidence that challenges our views or ideals, we tend to feel a strong psychological discomfort called cognitive dissonance. When not recognized and managed, cognitive dissonance can be a powerful barrier to learning and growing. Because Agile mindset and practices often challenge the status quo in organizations, they can struggle to find traction thanks to the resulting cognitive dissonance. What's a poor agile transformation agent to do when confronted with this?
Join me to experience examples of some of the games, stories, analogies and activities I use to minimize the effects of cognitive dissonance when teaching Agile concepts. I hope you'll take these and use them wherever you feel they will provide value. More importantly, though, we'll discuss successful mindsets and strategies you can use to fill a mental toolbox of your own with stories, activities and examples specifically designed to have maximum impact at your organization.

Learning Outcomes:
  • Recognize why new concepts are sometimes strongly rejected
  • Understand context, and how important shared context is to transfer of ideas
  • Highlight the importance of anecdotes, examples, activities and modern business fables
  • Explore the value of analogies and the perils of allowing them to go too far


Speakers
avatar for Nate Adams

Nate Adams

Agile Coach/Software Architect, NewBoCo


Wednesday August 7, 2019 10:45 - 12:00
Maryland Ballroom A

15:45

Let’s Just Skip High-Performing and Go Straight to Badass! (Matt Badgley)
Limited Capacity filling up


Abstract:
Are you encountering learning fatigue? Are the teams you work with sick of hearing "get better"? Do you feel like your learning has stagnated? Is your team fed up with being in the shadow of "high-performance" team?
If you answered yes to any of these questions, you are not alone -- you have hit the continuous improvement wall. This wall is made up of many things -- a constant barrage of exponential change, your confirmation biases, succumbing to perfectionist tendencies, and unsafe learning environments.
The great news is that there has been a ton of research, learning, and ideation on all these things that may be holding us back from being badass. In this session, we'll explore together why we may hit the wall, look at the principles that will help us minimize the factors that cause the wall, and learn some techniques that you can apply to bust through the wall and cruise past high-performing and head to badass.
After attending this session, you’ll be able to talk about things that challenge our learning and several approaches to help motivate and drive our improvement — including the “Lonely Lean Coffee.”

Learning Outcomes:
  • After attending this session, the attendee will be able to describe Confirmation Bias and how it impacts having a growth mindset.
  • By the end of this session, an attendee will be able to evaluate the impact of perfectionism on their learning mindsets which might result in them not finishing their learning.
  • By the end of the session, the attendee will be able to recognize tribal behaviors and their impact on individual and team learning.
  • After attending the session, an attendee will be able to identify a strategy to reframe a particular learning barrier or identify ways to change their environment which might be preventing learning.
  • By the end of this session, the attendee will be able to enable continuous learning using Deliberate Practice, a Practice Canvas, a Learning "Badass" Board, and or Lonely Lean Coffee.
  • By the end of this session, the attendee will be able to leverage the tools as mentioned above and techniques to help teams continuously learn and improve.

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Speakers
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Matt Badgley

Coach, BluHound Solutions
Matt Badgley is an enterprise agile coach, part time software creator, and constant learner. Matt is some one that really enjoys helping others make great software, have fun, and discover new ways to innovate. Matt is a former engineer, dev director, professional services director... Read More →


Wednesday August 7, 2019 15:45 - 17:00
National Harbor 12/13
 
Thursday, August 8
 

10:45

Born To Learn (Aurelien Beraud)
Limited Capacity seats available


Abstract:
We naturally crave learning. It is an innate ability that has allowed us to survive, evolve and thrive. Science has also shown us that our brain is quite flexible and can allow us to continue to learn at any point in our lives. Moreover, the Agile community keeps spreading the mindset of continuous improvement and continuous learning. It should therefore be logical to see most organisations using this to their competitive advantage.
However, are we putting enough emphasis on growing people's ability to learn? Do we really understand how learning works and what the fundamental ingredients necessary to learning are? Do we really "learn by failing"? Are our organizations really tailored to foster learning?
To explore these questions, I want to look at what scientific research tells us about learning but also explore the concept of having a fixed / growth mindset and help you reflect on how you can use these concepts to accelerate your own learning and help create the learning organisations of tomorrow.

Learning Outcomes:
  • software development is all about learning however we know little about how learning actually happens
  • to learn faster you need three key ingredients: challenges, effort and feedback
  • the way you think about your abilities has a dramatic impact on the way you approach these key ingredients (fixed mindset versus growth mindset)
  • our organizations still tend to promote a fixed mindset and to hinder learning

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Speakers
avatar for Aurelien Beraud

Aurelien Beraud

Agile Coach, Xero
After a career as a Software Developer in Norway, Aurelien Beraud swapped the fjords up north for the glittering city of Auckland down under to do what he knows best. He now spends his days as an Agile Coach, empowering teams to push their own limits and deliver products that change... Read More →


Thursday August 8, 2019 10:45 - 12:00
National Harbor 11

10:45

More about Thinking Fast and Slow (Linda Rising)
Limited Capacity filling up


Abstract:
When Daniel Kahneman won the Nobel Prize in 2002, and then published a book called "Thinking Fast and Slow" that presented his insights, most of us who "think for a living" were intrigued by his message. Unfortunately, most of us don't have time to read these days, especially books that are as dense and full of science as this one. In this talk, Linda will continue to help those who want to do a better job of thinking and problem-solving. This year, she will expand on Kahneman's work by including the current evidence on insight and innovation.

Learning Outcomes:
  • The talk will present techniques for thinking, problem-solving, and decision-making.
  • Attendees will see specific examples of algorithms, including Take the Best, Less is Better, and the Recency Effect.
  • We will also look at a better way of brainstorming.

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Linda Rising

Computer Software Consultant and Professional, Linda Rising LLC
Linda Rising is an independent consultant who lives in Nashville, Tennessee. She has written and contributed to many books and numerous articles, with her latest book published last year – More Fearless Change co-authored with Mary Lynn Manns.Linda is an internationally known presenter... Read More →


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

15:45

How The Olympics Can Make you a Better Person (Sandy Mamoli)
Limited Capacity seats available


Abstract:
In the world of professional sports innovation, resilience and rapid learning are everything! In this very personal talk I will share key learnings from my professional and Olympic team sports career. I will contrast the perspectives and attitudes of professional sports with modern work life and demonstrate guidelines and tools from the sports arena that we can apply to our professional lives.
Come and learn how to choose the best team for you, use failure as fuel for your success, give and receive timely feedback on and off "the field" and never stop learning.

Learning Outcomes:
  • Identify strategies for being resilient in the face of failure
  • Use specific guidelines to choose which team is best for you
  • Reflect on continous learning and being deliberate about your career
  • Use strategies to give and receive timely feedback

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Speakers
avatar for Sandy Mamoli

Sandy Mamoli

Me, Nomad8
I'm a former Olympian, a geek, a gadget junkie, international speaker and author of "Creating Great Teams - How Self-Selection Lets People Excel". I have a masters degree in artificial intelligence and I know quite a lot about Agile.


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