Welcome to Keep Austin Agile 2017, an exciting conference packed with 35 sessions crafted by speakers from the Austin agile community and around the country. Whether you are a newbie or a experienced Agilist, we’ve got you covered. Join Agile Austin for our 5th Keep Austin Agile Conference. Register Today!
Thursday, May 25 • 1:20pm - 2:20pm
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Buy a Feature - Jeff Brantley

Which features will customers purchase?  Which projects should be funded? 

Unfortunately, this choice is often made after long debate without customer or stakeholder feedback. Or worse, all are selected!  The Buy a Feature game improves this process by asking your customers to help you make the decision in a life-like, yet fun collaborative market game. By engaging them and giving them limited resources, you let them prioritize their needs. The magic lies in that your customers are negotiating with each other for specific features. It is this negotiation that enhances your understanding of what they truly want or need.

Learning Objectives:

  • Understand how virtual market games work and why
  • Learn how to create scarcity and spur collaboration
  • Experience a “Buy a Feature” game with your peers



The Chip Flip Game - David Hawks

The Chip Flip Game illustrates the Theory of Constraints (ToC) by seeing how quickly chips are passed from the team to the customer in the acceptable form. Join David Hawks and Reese Schmit as they help participants explore ToC and other values of Lean such as local vs. global optimization, batch sizing vs. single piece flow, and lead time--all in a fun team environment.

Learning Objectives:

  • Batch size vs. Single Piece Flow
  • Local Optimization vs. Global Optimization
  • Theory of Constraints


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Jeff Brantley

Product Management, CCCIS
Jeff Brantley is an experienced product leader, manager, and marketer and enjoys hearing about all the experiences others have had (good and bad) in transforming teams and organizations to more open and transparent Agile/Lean processes. Jeff is an accomplished Agile product management... Read More →
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David Hawks

Founder, Agile Velocity
Founder and CEO of Agile Velocity, David Hawks is a Certified Enterprise Coach and Certified Scrum Trainer who is passionate about helping organizations achieve lasting organizational agility beyond the basic implementation of Agile practices. David’s primary focus is to guide leaders... Read More →

Thursday May 25, 2017 1:20pm - 2:20pm CDT
Room 402