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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!
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Thursday, May 25
 

7:30am

Breakfast
A Healthy Start Continental Breakfast
  • Sliced Seasonal Fruits and Berries
  • Fresh Berry and Yogurt Parfaits
  • Oatmeal with Dried Fruit, Nuts, and Brown Sugar
  • Homemade Granola
  • Assorted Cereals with Milk and Milk Alternatives
  • Assorted Muffins
  • English Muffins with Butter and Assorted Preserves

Also
  • Bacon, Egg & Cheese Breakfast Tacos
  • Potato, Egg & Cheese Breakfast Tacos
  • Buttermilk Biscuits w/ Country Sausage Gravy

Thursday May 25, 2017 7:30am - 8:30am
Room 5 & 6

8:30am

Keynote - Changing Minds: You Don’t Know the Half of It!
People have the impression that thinking and behavior follow a somewhat linear progression in which we perceive the world around us, gather information, decide, and act. From this perspective, it’s possible to believe that if we all had access to and understood the same information, we’d all reach the same conclusions. Human decision-making is complicated. however. by the fact that our minds are products of genetically-determined wiring and past experiences, which contribute to what we notice, what we think, and what we do. The human brain evolved in ways that advantaged survival and procreation at a time when the circumstances were unlike those of contemporary society. As brains developed, older structures were not replaced with newer ones; newer structures and enhanced capacities for cognition complemented what was already in place. This combining of old and new ways of thinking is at the heart of the complexity of how we think, decide, and act. This engaging presentation offers anyone engaged in creative work a fresh perspective on thinking, learning, and decision-making.

Speakers
avatar for Robert Duke

Robert Duke

Director, Center for Music Learning, University of Texas at Austin
Robert Duke is the Marlene and Morton Meyerson Centennial Professor and Head of Music and Human Learning at The University of Texas at Austin, where he is a University and University of Texas System Distinguished Teaching Professor, Elizabeth Shatto Massey Distinguished Fellow in Teacher Education, and Director of... Read More →


Thursday May 25, 2017 8:30am - 9:15am
Room 5 & 6

9:35am

Comparing Scaling Frameworks - LeSS and SAFe
Scaling Agile is easily misunderstood. Scaling is the term we often hear used to describe using Agile methods with large enterprises. Larger enterprises often deal with bigger and more complex problems than small ones. They have more employees, subcontracting companies, different business units, more processes, and a strong culture that defines how things are done. At the same time, they need to be able to deliver results in an ever-changing business environment. They need to be Agile, but the bigger the company, the bigger the challenges are for scaling Agile. 

Scaling frameworks available in the market today are maturing quickly and provide a variety of choices. Like the Agile Manifesto, these frameworks are based on principles, and they vary widely in the specificity of the recommended approach.

In this session, we will compare how two scaling frameworks, LeSS and SAFe, address the challenges of agility at scale. We will talk about how these two frameworks align, coordinate, and manage dependencies across multiple teams to maintain consistency and agility at scale.

 


Speakers
avatar for Leland Newsom

Leland Newsom

Manager - Agile Coach, CapTech Ventures
Leland is an Agile practitioner and coach. He has CSM, CSP, and SPC4 certifications. | | In his career, Leland has been a developer, Manager, Managing Director, and Technical Director. He is passionate about learning and sharing knowledge and experience with others and improving the lives of software developers. | | Leland is active in Agile Austin where he leads the Agile at Scale SIG. He has presented at Agile... Read More →


Thursday May 25, 2017 9:35am - 10:35am
Room 7

9:35am

The Ugly Truth About Scaling Agile
Congratulations. 100% of your developers are now practicing Agile. You have a stable, predictable velocity and even your CEO knows what a Scrum is. You’ve scaled, right? Wrong. The ugly truth about scaling Agile is that no matter how many individual teams practice Agile in their own unique ways, scaling “wide” without scaling “up” means that your organization as a whole still lacks the transparency, alignment, and collaboration necessary to gain the benefits of Agile at Scale.

Join this interactive session on the ugly truth about scaling Agile to the enterprise. Learn the five truths every executive should be aware of before embarking on their Agile transformation journey.

Speakers
avatar for Tina Behers

Tina Behers

AgileCraft
Tina has a unique background spanning over 25 years of successful experiences in Transformation & Organizational Development, Business Process Management, Program & Project Management, and Corporate Strategy. Tina’s track record of success has gained her the reputation of being a high-achieving, capable leader both domestically and... Read More →


Thursday May 25, 2017 9:35am - 10:35am
Room 6

9:35am

Power Coaching - Pushing the Boundaries to Build Better Teams
The first rule of coaching Agile teams is that the team knows best. Allow the team to solve its own problems. Let them learn through failure. But where is the line? Do we allow them to do anything? If that’s the case, then how do you challenge them to get better? It’s time to stop compromising our own values in the name of self-organization. In order to help teams improve, we have to be willing to give direct feedback and challenge decisions when appropriate. But sometimes in our zeal to push people to the next level, we cross the line and push too hard. That’s why it is important to be prepared with a strategy for repairing the relationship ahead of time.

This interactive learning session will give participants (1) insights on why it is important to understand that working from a coaching stance is not utilizing the full breath of the role as an Agile coach, (2) a pattern for designing an alliance with teams that creates the container for a strong partnership, and (3) strategies to repair the coaching relationship when a breach happens.

Speakers
avatar for Allison Pollard

Allison Pollard

Agile Coach, Improving
Allison Pollard helps people discover their agile instincts and develop their coaching abilities. As an agile coach with Improving in Dallas, Allison enjoys mentoring others to become great Scrum Masters, coaching managers to grow teams that deliver amazing results, and fostering... Read More →
avatar for Cherie Silas

Cherie Silas

Director, Enterprise Agile Coach, Cox Automotive
Cherie is a Certified Enterprise Coach who enjoys leading, training, and mentoring people to arrive at the place they define as success in both personal and professional life. Her goal is to invest the experience and talents she has gathered through years of learning, often times... Read More →


Thursday May 25, 2017 9:35am - 10:35am
Room 5

9:35am

Why the World Needs More Prescriptive Agile Coaches
Using games, consensus, hints, simulations, suggestions, gathering in circles, suggested readings, more hints, behavioral and organizational models, discussion, etc.; most Agile coaches approach the craft from the perspective of guiding teams towards self-direction. But I think they’re being too soft! I know, I know, but don’t shoot the messenger and please hear me out.

In this session, join seasoned leader, manager, Agile practitioner and coach Bob Galen as we explore the boundaries of effective Agile coaching. Mostly because of poor management practice, Bob’s assertion is that many Agile coaches approach their space too softly, with too much caution and concern surrounding “telling” teams what to do.

Bob’s assertion is that responsible coaching needs a balance from being prescriptive to guiding and that our lean-age is wrong—particularly with beginning teams. In this workshop, we’re going to explore the characteristics and skills of a prescriptive coach. Under what circumstance is it ok to tell? And how to approach it? Explore how to apply team performance and results to your coaching. I’m telling you—you’ll leave with a new drive for coaching.

Speakers
avatar for Bob Galen

Bob Galen

Director, Agile Practices, Zenergy Technologies
Bob Galen is an Agile Methodologist, Practitioner & Coach based in Cary, NC. In this role he helps guide companies and teams in their pragmatic adoption and organizational shift towards Scrum and other Agile methodologies and practices. He is a Director, Agile Practices at Zenergy Technologies, a leading Agile consulting and training partner. He is also President and Agile Trainer... Read More →


Thursday May 25, 2017 9:35am - 10:35am
Room 1

9:35am

ChatOps: It's Not Just for Your Operations Team
This session will provide information about ChatOps and what makes it important to use in an Agile environment. It will talk about how the technique can be used by everyone within an Agile organization, instead of just the operations staff, as it is widely used currently. We will discuss how it will shorten the feedback loop and improve empowerment - two things that many Agile teams strive to do in order to realize the Agile Manifesto.

Speakers
avatar for Lee Fox

Lee Fox

Cloud Architect, Infor
Lee Fox is currently the Cloud Architect at Infor in Austin, and is a technologist with a strong background in software development. He has served in the architecture roles for companies like AT&T Wi-Fi Services, Borland, and Pervasive. His software development history has always had a strong eye on maintaining quality. He is an Agile pragmatist as he strives to help organizations become more effective in their technical and software development implementations while maintaining a high-degree of quality. Lee received his Bachelor of Science in Computer Science from Southwest Texas State University. He is a Certified ScrumMaster and Trained Innovation Games Facilitator. When... Read More →


Thursday May 25, 2017 9:35am - 10:35am
Room 2

9:35am

The Adaptive Agile Business Analyst
How can you be an effective Business Analyst (BA) in any organization no matter its Agile maturity? Come and find out how to be an adaptive BA!

In many organizations, Business Analyst effectiveness is often limited by the maturity of the organization in which they work. In this session, Leon Sabarsky will leverage his years of Agile and Business Analysis education and experience to give attendees practical guidance on how to maximize their Business Analysis effectiveness no matter the maturity of the organization.

For example, a very experienced Business Analyst may not be able to implement all of their best practices that they have acquired in their tool box over the years in their organization, especially if they join a new organization. Similarly, a less experienced Business Analyst may find that, as they grow in education and experience in their craft,  their organization is not keeping "up with the times".

Speakers
avatar for Leon Sabarsky

Leon Sabarsky

President, Healthy Agile LLC
Leon is an Agile evangelist working in the Austin area, with his company, Healthy Agile, LLC.  He excels at building high-performing software delivery teams ‎for health care payers, governmental entities, and other organizations specializing in Pega/Java and Agile/Scrum/XP develo... Read More →


Thursday May 25, 2017 9:35am - 10:35am
Room 8

9:35am

Continuous Delivery for Agile Teams
Your business is moving fast and your team and your software need to keep up. As one of the principles behind the Agile Manifesto, Continuous Delivery has changed how teams develop, deploy and run software. Continuous Delivery is a critical automation practice under the DevOps umbrella. It allows a constant flow of code change through test and validation environments so that what is released to production meets the business needs without disruption. Find out how your team can be working toward a consistent and cohesive goal.

In this lecture, you will learn the principles of how to set up your own continuous delivery pipeline, very similar to how Microsoft's NuGet team manages NuGet.org. We will use the same chain of tools, and the same techniques. These principles apply beyond .NET.



Speakers
avatar for Jeffrey Palermo

Jeffrey Palermo

CEO, Clear Measure
Jrffery Palermo is a Managing Partner and CEO of Clear Measure, an expert software engineering firm based in Austin, TX with employees across North America. Jeffrey has been recognized as a Microsoft MVP for 10 consecutive years and has spoken at national conferences such as Tech ... Read More →


Thursday May 25, 2017 9:35am - 10:35am
Room 3 & 4

10:55am

Stop Scaling, Start Growing - Culture as a First-class Concern & Principles for Growing Agile
Change is hard; in their attempt to transform, organizations frequently ignore the impact of organizational culture. To evolve, we need to make our culture explicit and then design together in a shared direction. Organizational leaders need courage to accept the current state of their organizational culture, appreciate aspects that are in alignment with their strategy, and prepare to make cultural shift where needed. 

Leaders that ignore prevalent organizational culture and try to install popular frameworks run into pitfalls and are unable to create environment of continuous improvement, which is at the heart of being agile. Patience with organizational change cycle is a must and lacking any guiding principles organizations revert to form and get trapped in Wagile.

In this session participants will learn:
  • Why it is important to grow your own agility instead of taking shortcuts and adopting someone else’s model.
  • The role culture plays in an agile transition and effectiveness of organization change
  • How to make sure that you are agile at heart and move continuous improvement to an organization level.


Speakers
avatar for Dhaval Panchal

Dhaval Panchal

Agile Coach, agile42
Dhaval delivers world class Agile training that transforms my clients into rapid and highly efficient market leaders. He works with CTOs and heads of software development, engineering, DevOps, data & project management to: | Transform legacy waterfall approaches into efficient Agile processes Scale Agile efforts to full enterprise level Train key team members to maximize Agile adoption Adopt best practices to ensure sustainable momentum... Read More →


Thursday May 25, 2017 10:55am - 11:55am
Room 7

10:55am

Beginning with the End in Mind - Developing a Dynamic Team Charter
Aristotle once stated, “Well begun is half done.” However, many Agile initiatives suffer from a feeble launch. So how can we increase the likelihood of success for a team or organization? By developing a sound team charter. Beginning with the end in mind, we use retrospective techniques to develop consensus around objectives, vision, and mission.

Linda Cook and Chris Espy introduce the components of a good charter and explain how those components help focus the team toward a common goal. In addition, the development of the recommended charter components ensures that key questions are succinctly answered during the kickoff of a team’s efforts. Linda describes when to create or revise a charter and the associated artifacts and process that provide a framework for the team charter. Learn the various types of charters and their recommended content. During the workshop activity, teams will develop a complete charter for a team of their choice or for a provided case study.

This is a hands on workshop, following Sharon Bowman’s 4Cs format, in which the attendees will understand how to develop an Agile team charter for a defined team within Company X.

Speakers
avatar for Linda M Cook

Linda M Cook

Chief Learning Officer, Project Cooks, LLC
Linda is a recognized technology leader and Agile Transformation expert. She is committed to helping organizations achieve their strategic goals. With over 21 years of experience as an IT executive, Linda offers a unique blend of leadership, innovation, and vision which allows h... Read More →
avatar for Chris Espy

Chris Espy

SolutionsIQ, SolutionsIQ
Chris Espy is a Senior Agile Consultant at SolutionsIQ. He has 28 years in IT product development with 10 years in helping companies adopt better ways of working. Chris is passionate about helping organizations and teams build a continuous improvement culture to effectively and efficiently achieve their goals. His background covers domains including US Army defense systems, Air Force missile systems, various simulation systems, Telecommunications, Financial, Insurance, and Healthcare. Chris specialises in organizational transformation, management and leadership coaching, Agile team development and training, and active portfolio management. Chris develops and delivers numerous public and private classes, ranging from the broad... Read More →


Thursday May 25, 2017 10:55am - 11:55am
Room 1

10:55am

Bridging the Chasm Between Enterprise Execution Techniques and Agile Thinking
There is a yawning chasm between the way executives at large enterprises are used to operating and the principles that the Agile development teams are trying to install.

To bridge this chasm, you need to answer a few questions. What are the underlying mechanisms of human behavior that enterprise execution techniques assume are critical to their effectiveness and how have these mechanisms been disrupted by your Agile transformation? Why have traditional uses of metrics suddenly stopped being effective and how can you alter your approach to using metrics, restoring their effectiveness in your newly Agile environment? Most critically, how can you leverage the language and mindsets of your executives to reinforce your Agile initiatives rather than resist them?

This talk gives you the answers to these questions and a framework of execution that will be familiar to your executives but reinterpreted in the context of your Agile transformation.

Speakers
avatar for Larry Maccherone

Larry Maccherone

Larry Maccherone is an accomplished author and highly rated speaker who has regularly presented at major international conferences on Lean and Agile. He is very excited to work with AgileCraft where his passion for analytics and visualization is helping AgileCraft be the best way... Read More →


Thursday May 25, 2017 10:55am - 11:55am
Room 6

10:55am

The Secret to Scrum Success: Scrum Values
Through interactive exercises, participants will gain a deeper understanding of the Scrum values. Participants will walk away with increased awareness of their team's current aptitude for the Scrum values and techniques for coaching them.

Scrum is a framework to enable agility, not a set of steps that will guarantee success. People have to do the hard work of solving complex problems, of coming up with innovative solutions, of experimenting and adjusting to deliver amazing products. There is no silver bullet, but there is a secret to Scrum success -- Scrum values.

The Scrum values are the lifeblood of the Scrum framework. The creators of Scrum believe values are so important and so often misunderstood or neglected that they updated the Scrum Guide in July of 2016 to include values. The Scrum values are focus, openness, commitment, courage, and respect. The words are easy to remember, but it can be difficult to understand what they mean, how to apply them, and how to recognize them. Without the Scrum values, we are just going through the motions. Applying the Scrum values maximizes our efforts with Scrum.

Agile is a mindset, not a methodology.



Speakers
avatar for Stephanie Ockerman

Stephanie Ockerman

Professional Scrum Trainer, Coach, Agile Socks LLC
Stephanie is a Scrum.org certified Professional Scrum Trainer, Scrum Master, and Co-Active Coach. She is one of Scrum.org's Professional Scrum Master (PSM) Curriculum Stewards, working with the trainer community and Ken Schwaber to carry forward the course vision. She has ove... Read More →



Thursday May 25, 2017 10:55am - 11:55am
Room 8

10:55am

What It Takes to Build High Performing Teams
Every leader, whether in business, sports, or battle, aspires to assemble and guide a high performing team that will achieve outstanding results and surpass everyone's expectations. There have been many books, articles, and blogs written about assembling high-performing teams, and countless examples of highly successful teams in all walks of life. Why is it then that we struggle to accomplish this in our place of work?

In this session, we will go over key strategies that will help any Agile leader build their own high performing teams. These strategies are easy to understand but hard to implement. Having had first-hand experience building high performing teams, Yasser will speak to the nuances associated with implementing these strategies and what challenges leaders can expect to encounter when deploying them.

  • What makes a team high performing?
  • What should a leader look for in people they hire?
  • What role do environmental factors play and how to change them?
  • What kind of actions can transition a team from average to great?

Speakers
avatar for Yasser Farra

Yasser Farra

VP of Engineering, Alegion
Yasser Farra believes in collaborative product development that delivers superior customer value and creates raving fans. Yasser has 25+ years of experience leading technology teams from small organizations to Fortune 500 companies. In the last 10 years, Yasser has focused on pra... Read More →


Thursday May 25, 2017 10:55am - 11:55am
Room 5

10:55am

If You Build It, Will They Use It? Using Business Objectives to Build the Right Thing
Business Objectives are the measurable results a business desires to achieve when executing a project. They can be used to help prioritize the product backlog, and to ensure that everything developed in the project contributes to the desired measurable business value.

In this discussion, we will explore how to develop good business objectives. Once the business objectives have been defined, how to use them to define epics for the start of the product backlog. Finally, how you can use business objectives to help prioritize the epics and user stories in the product backlog.

Speakers
avatar for Betsy Stockdale

Betsy Stockdale

Business Architect, Seilevel
Betsy is a Business Architect at Seilevel. She is responsible for leading projects to develop user stories following Seilevel’s Requirements Modeling Language (RML) for a variety of systems and customers. She has trained product owners and has helped several organizations make t... Read More →


Thursday May 25, 2017 10:55am - 11:55am
Room 3 & 4

10:55am

DevOps Agility with Containers, Unikernels, and Serverless
In the last few years, we have made a number of advancements in the way we treat applications, their deployments and the corresponding infrastructure. With the rise of microservices, containers, unikernels and now, serverless applications, we have new ways of deploying applications to production, and more importantly, quicker and simpler ways to make our infrastructure more Agile.

This talk will cover the advancements in containers, unikernels and serverless computing and discuss their common use cases. We'll also cover how newer architectures and methodologies using containers and serverless can make application delivery more Agile than in the past, and drive business value at a faster rate.

Speakers
avatar for Karthik Gaekwad

Karthik Gaekwad

Software dude, Oracle
Karthik is a developer who lives in Austin, TX and who loves three things- BBQ, containers, and the Austin tech scene! | | While he's not working on the Container Cloud team at Oracle, he runs the local Devopsdays and Container Days conferences as well as the Docker meetup and... Read More →


Thursday May 25, 2017 10:55am - 11:55am
Room 2

11:55am

Lunch
A Healthier for You Lunch Buffet
  • White Bean Minestrone with Pesto
  • Hummus, Eggplant Dip and Tzatziki with Grilled Pita Bread
  • Faro and Kale Salad with Miso Dressing
  • Lemon Orzo and Pinenut Salad 
  • Rotisserie Herb and Garlic Chicken
  • Grilled Salmon, Yuzu Vinaigrette
  • Basmati Rice, Zucchini and Yellow Squash
  • Artisan rolls with Butter
  • Chocolate Angel Food Trifle and Guava Yogurt Parfait

Thursday May 25, 2017 11:55am - 1:20pm
Room 5 & 6

1:20pm

Game Space

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

 


Speakers
avatar for Jeff Brantley

Jeff Brantley

Product Management, CCC Information Services - Telematics Products
Jeff 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 speaker and trainer. In particular, he enjoys diving into the organizational design and motivation factors that create real engagement from teams and he shares often on innovation practices and facilitation techniques that create richer customer understanding, better teams, and more effective products... Read More →
avatar for David Hawks

David Hawks

CEO, Agile Velocity
David Hawks is a Certified Scrum Coach and Certified Scrum Trainer who has played almost every role in product development: developer, architect, ScrumMaster, manager, Product Owner, and executive. He has a background of building highly productive Agile teams and a passion for he... Read More →


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

1:20pm

FAST Agile - An Evolutionary Scaling Approach
FAST Agile is as much an Agile scaling model as it is a culture change tool.

FAST uses Open Space Technology as a mechanism for organizing heterogeneous teams around work - including both software and other teams. FAST Agile builds on: Scrum, Modern Agile, Responsive.org, natural leadership, mob programming, flex teams and story mapping to deliver a new and unique approach to Agile at Scale.

This is a new and unique approach to Agile at Scale. Beyond just theory, this presentation includes a case study from Premera Blue Cross in Seattle and includes an accompanying exercise for the audience to participate in, and witness first-hand, self-organization at scale.


Speakers
avatar for Ron Quartel

Ron Quartel

Technical Digital Product Manager, Premera Blue Cross of Washington
Ron loves software and creating harmony in the workplace. His Agile and Extreme Programming experience started in 2002 and over the years has built into strong technical skills and a deep understanding of Agile methods. In 2014 Ron had an epiphany moment at an Open Space confer... Read More →


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

1:20pm

"It's All About Me!" - Owning Your Behavior, Improving Your Team
Successful high-performing teams have many common attributes. One is their ability to function together collaboratively. In order to collaborate well, they must communicate effectively and get beyond some of the members' personal biases and quirks.

In this interactive workshop, Doc List shares common problems with behavior, motivation, emotions, and interpretation that frequently get in the way. Participate in exercises that lead you to understand ― and sometimes expose ― your own blind spots and limitations. Challenge your own assumptions, learn about taking ownership of your own feelings and behavior, and articulate the difference between behavior and interpretation.

Along the way, gain a new understanding of intuition and how you're using it in your interpersonal situations. Leave this workshop with a new and clearer understanding of how you've been interpreting others' behavior and acting on those interpretations.

Speakers
avatar for Doc List

Doc List

Agile Coach, Trainer, AnotherThought
Doc spends time on passion projects to expand his style, skills, and experience. The rest of the time he's photographing weddings, portraits, head shots - people. Doc loves people.


Thursday May 25, 2017 1:20pm - 2:20pm
Room 6

1:20pm

Piece-by-Piece and Practice Makes Perfect: Managing Iterative and Incremental Development
This workshop explores the importance and application of incremental and iterative approaches in software development. The distinction between iterative and incremental development is often overlooked, leading to confusion and inefficient or ineffective development. Often, teams are unsure as to which approach they are implementing leading to misaligned management. More importantly, because teams are unsure of the two approaches, they are ill-equipped to choose the one that’s best for the project and implications of their choice are poorly understood. Most development efforts need both. Success depends on finding the right combination and providing the right management support. This session will give you tools to find find and support the combination best suited to your development work.

Attendants will walk away with answers to the following questions:
  • What distinguishes iterative and incremental approaches?
  • How do the two approaches work together?
  • When does each apply?
  • What are the implications for product management?

Speakers
avatar for William Baxter

William Baxter

CTO & Co-Founder, SeriesX
William is CTO and Co-Founder of SeriesX, an Austin-based startup building the document management and community platform for Law firms, VCs and their portfolio companies. William's experience with Agile began in his days as a technology leader introducing Agile at companies in N... Read More →


Thursday May 25, 2017 1:20pm - 2:20pm
Room 8

1:20pm

5 Steps to Disruptive Innovation with Hyper-Performing Teams
In the good old days, new product development was so manageable with Scrum. We ambled along with 30-day sprints, a single product owner, a neat product backlog, and a collocated Scrum team. Today’s business environment is a tsunami of global hypercompetition. Companies enter and are forced off the S&P 500 every 15 years. The classic Innovators Dilemma has become more pressing.

Disruptive innovation requires us to gather and filter ideas, creatively experiment with them, sell them internally, and ultimately capture their economic value. In the 21st century, we need to surf business turbulence by creating innovative new products and services. Simultaneously, we need to operate existing products and services and trade out non-performing ones for sustained business value.

Learn the five essential steps to surf this “fuzzy front-end” of innovation, including innovation pipeline management, Agile budgeting and incremental funding, high-performance standing teams, product discovery and lean experimentation, and high-performance Agile engineering.

Speakers
avatar for Sanjiv Augustine

Sanjiv Augustine

President, LitheSpeed, LLC
Sanjiv Augustine is an entrepreneur, industry-leading Agile and Lean expert, author, speaker, management consultant, and trainer. He's the president of LitheSpeed, an Agile consulting, training, and product development company. For over 15 years, Sanjiv has served as a trusted advisor to executives and management at leading firms including: Capital One, The Capital Group, CNBC, Comcast, General Dynamics, HCA Healthcare, The Motley Fool, National Geographic and Nationwide Insurance. He is the author of the... Read More →


Thursday May 25, 2017 1:20pm - 2:20pm
Room 7

1:20pm

Agile Operations Teams - Kanban, Scrum, and WorkCenters
Operations teams typically struggle to make and keep commitments larger than a few days due to the myriad of break fix, operational change, and tuning work that happens on a daily basis. Larger projects, such as critical hardware replacement, core software upgrades, and other tasks that are often important for security reasons, performance reasons, etc. go undone or end up partially done with the difficult items lanquishing.

At Kasasa, the speakers have worked out a way to handle projects large and small while continuing to maintain the flow style work necessary to "run the business."  They combined the types of work and work center notions from Gene Kim's seminole DevOps book The Phoenix Project with the Scrum and Kanban Agile models in order to organize their teams to address technical debt and business projects.

This talk will not only explore what their company is doing today, but begin by taking a look at the larger situation along with failed attempts at team organization and the application of DevOps and Agile thinking. Attendees will walk away with more than a, "Wow, that is a neat way to organize," but also have a model to think about the application of Agile in a less traditional - and more volatile - situation.

Speakers
avatar for Boyd Hemphill

Boyd Hemphill

CTO, VictoryCTO
Boyd Hemphill is the CTO at VictoryCTO where he helps customers win in their respective markets by realizing the potential of their technology. | | Boyd is a DevOps raconteur and thought leader in the silicon hills of Austin Texas. Boyd founded Austin DevOps and plays a role... Read More →
avatar for Christa Meck

Christa Meck

Scrum Master, Kasasa
For over 20 years, Christa has been helping teams find sanity in the chaotic world of Information Technology. As a Scrum Master at Kasasa, Christa introduced Agile to non-development teams with heavy interrupt-driven work and showed them it's possible to complete projects too... Read More →


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

1:20pm

Not Your Mama's Acceptance Criteria: A Product Owner's Guide to Writing Excellent User Stories

High-quality Agile requirements are more than just user stories; they are visual models, testable acceptance criteria, and the result of collaborative facilitated sessions with your stakeholders and team. Given, When, Then (or Gherkin language) is an effective style for documenting acceptance criteria, particularly in support of teams engaged in behavior-driven development processes.

In this interactive discussion, we will talk about what it takes to get to a “good” user story. We start with visual models that help identify and prioritize the right user stories and use proven techniques to elaborate stories into solid acceptance criteria in the Gherkin format (that could be consumed by automation tools like Cucumber). We then take a real world example from idea to “ready” requirement, so you can walk away from this session with hands-on experience at crafting user stories that are ready for the team and testable.

Speakers
avatar for Megan Jackson Stowe

Megan Jackson Stowe

Senior Product Manager, Seilevel
Megan is a Senior Product Manager at Seilevel. As a Seilevel Certified Instructor and practitioner, she helps ensure clients’ teams are building the right thing (delivering the full business value intended), while also building it fast. With a heavy focus on the Agile methodology, Megan spends much of her time acting as a product owner while training and coaching other product owners on business analysis best practices within an Agile framework. She also contributes to the Seilevel methodology regularly through SeiLabs, the... Read More →


Thursday May 25, 2017 1:20pm - 2:20pm
Room 5

1:20pm

Agile Testing Principles and Praxis
Agile focuses on outcomes, not activities, with a goal of delivering value to our customers - both effectively (doing the right thing) and efficiently (doing it right). The lack of sufficient quality will hinder or hamstring our efforts, and may even doom our ability to deliver.

Quality is everyone’s responsibility. To help reveal the level of quality existent in the product at a given time, Agile teams need people with strong testing skills. On teams lacking sufficient pi-shaped people, this generally means people specialized in testing.

Testers don’t determine ‘quality’; the Product Owner (PO), business stakeholders, and customers do. Testers support the PO and stakeholders by helping everyone to understand and clarify acceptance criteria, and to understand and mitigate risk.

In this session we will discuss principles of Agile quality and testing, tools for gaining a shared understanding of the feature/story and for developing executable specifications that can be utilized for both development and testing, the test automation spectrum from unit tests through ATDD (Acceptance Test Driven Development), and exploratory testing.

Speakers
avatar for Earl Everett

Earl Everett

CEO, Advancing with Agile, LLC
Earl is the CEO of Advancing with Agile, LLC, providing Agile development consulting for teams, groups, and companies to begin or advance their Agile journeys. His first professional software experience was in 1971, and his first Agile experience was in 1974, when he began a 25... Read More →


Thursday May 25, 2017 1:20pm - 2:20pm
Room 3 & 4

2:40pm

Game Space

The Story of our Sprints - Lee Fox

From the TastyCupcakes website, The Story of our Sprints is a great and fun way to conduct a retrospective.  It's interactive and can be quite thought provoking as it leverages player creativity.  

The game will have a team of people describing their past sprint in the form of a story in a pass-the-narration fashion. The team will not only tell the story, but try to find the symbolism and lessons learned from the story as well.  Best of all, when the game is over, the team will have an artifact to share about the sprint that is entertaining and easy to distribute.

Learning Objectives:

  • Obtain consensus of successes and failures of a sprint.
  • Discover new ways to examine the events of a sprint.
  • Discover creative ways to communicate with your team.

 


Kanban Pizza Game - Dhaval Panchal and Dave Sharrock

Kanban practices may seem simple, yet many teams struggle to get the most out of Kanban in their work. The Kanban pizza game helps participants learn how to apply Kanban in any scenario. During the game, the teams will iteratively discover the approach that works best for them. The facilitators will guide them through the use of Kanban principles and practices to visualize and refine that system in order to improve their team’s performance and reduce waste in their process.

Learning Objectives:

  • Experience Kanban emerging from an existing process
  • Experience the system, not just the board and mechanics
  • Learn how Kanban boards are context-dependent.
  • Understand the effects of limiting Work in Progress
  • Experience self-organization and adaptation
  • Have fun!

Speakers
avatar for Lee Fox

Lee Fox

Cloud Architect, Infor
Lee Fox is currently the Cloud Architect at Infor in Austin, and is a technologist with a strong background in software development. He has served in the architecture roles for companies like AT&T Wi-Fi Services, Borland, and Pervasive. His software development history has always had a strong eye on maintaining quality. He is an Agile pragmatist as he strives to help organizations become more effective in their technical and software development implementations while maintaining a high-degree of quality. Lee received his Bachelor of Science in Computer Science from Southwest Texas State University. He is a Certified ScrumMaster and Trained Innovation Games Facilitator. When... Read More →
avatar for Dhaval Panchal

Dhaval Panchal

Agile Coach, agile42
Dhaval delivers world class Agile training that transforms my clients into rapid and highly efficient market leaders. He works with CTOs and heads of software development, engineering, DevOps, data & project management to: | Transform legacy waterfall approaches into efficient Agile processes Scale Agile efforts to full enterprise level Train key team members to maximize Agile adoption Adopt best practices to ensure sustainable momentum... Read More →
avatar for Dave Sharrock

Dave Sharrock

Agile Coach, agile42
Dad, internet veteran, husband, entrepreneur, occasional seismologist. British and almost Canadian. Agile coach and change agent. Only Certified Enterprise Coach (CEC), Certified Scrum Trainer (CST) and Certified Agile Leader (CAL) in Canada.


Thursday May 25, 2017 2:40pm - 3:40pm
Room 402

2:40pm

DrillingInfo: An Evolutionary Approach to Scaled Kanban
Many organizations are unaware of the benefits of Kanban. DrillingInfo was one of these companies. Using Lean Kanban University's techniques and approach to evolutionary change has created a revolution in the organization. Starting with one Kanban team, lead times, graphs, and slide decks has led to a viral adoption of Kanban that has reached the desk of the CTO, President, and COO. This session will share the case study of a Kanban transformation of a $100 million private technology energy company and what techniques were used to drive influence to change.

Speakers
avatar for Jay Paulson

Jay Paulson

Technical Program Manager, Care.com
Jay is a Technical Program Manager at Care.com. He has been in software development for over 17 years. Early, he realized that it was very difficult to create high-quality software quickly. Seven years ago he found Kanban and has been hooked ever since. He has implemented Kanban... Read More →


Thursday May 25, 2017 2:40pm - 3:40pm
Room 2

2:40pm

A Leader's Guide to the Care and Feeding of Agile Teams
Many software development managers find the transition to Agile very difficult. The Manifesto for Agile Software Development hardly speaks to the role leaders have to play in a team's success. Our industry has plenty of material on how to practice Scrum, but less so on how to be a leader in an Agile organization. This interactive presentation will provide concrete recommendations for the actions leaders need to take as their role evolves from that of being a manager to being a leader. It also contains material and a few exercises (games/survey) to illustrate how leaders can support their Agile teams. If you are one of these leaders, or someone who is coaching them, this session is for you.

Speakers
avatar for William

William "Red" Davidson

Agile Coach, RMS Computer Corp
William Davidson, known to many as Red, is an Agile Coach consulting at Citigroup in Irving, Texas. He’s been writing software for money since 1983 (whoa, that’s a long time). He’s held many positions (Development Manager, Project & Program Manager, PMO Lead, and Scrum Master), received awards (Business Development Quality Award for Excellence), written papers... Read More →


Thursday May 25, 2017 2:40pm - 3:40pm
Room 7

2:40pm

Cultivating Ownership Behavior in Yourself and Others
Ownership behavior -- personal and shared responsibility for actions and results -- is fundamental to life and to agility. Applied research over the last thirty years on teams and leaders uncovers how personal responsibility works in the mind -- how we take it and how we avoid it. This research uncovered a fascinating mental pattern called The Responsibility Process. In this session, you will experience The Responsibility Process in action as you work together to address problems. Participants often experience personal breakthroughs during these exercises.

The session will culminate with a set of principles for cultivating ownership behavior in yourself and others.

Speakers
avatar for Christopher Avery

Christopher Avery

CEO, Partnerwerks, Inc
Christopher Avery, "The Responsibility Process guy", is a reformed management consultant. After a decade helping corporations help smart, ambitious professionals find ways to cope with lives they don't want and think they can't change, Christopher realized coping skills are overr... Read More →


Thursday May 25, 2017 2:40pm - 3:40pm
Room 6

2:40pm

EZ Bake Oven for Agile Collaborative Games - Play. Do. Learn!
Everybody likes the idea of playing games with stakeholders to gain better insights and make it more fun, but few people ever put it into practice. It is a fact that designing and facilitating an Agile research game is MUCH more powerful than the typical powerpoint (crutch) conversations we can fall into. It is time to rise up and be prepared for those golden opportunities when we are asked, "Hey, I've got this group of people (customers, prospects, salespeople, partners, developers, etc.) in today. Do you want to spend an hour with them talking about the product?"

What we need is a quick and easy formula to help us be ready, and confident, the formula will work! An EZ-Bake Oven for games!

Practicing a skill in a supportive environment builds confidence.  We will play a simple, yet powerful, Agile research game, practice designing our own games, and then actually play a few games in smaller groups. At the end, we will discuss design tricks and tips.

Speakers
avatar for Jeff Brantley

Jeff Brantley

Product Management, CCC Information Services - Telematics Products
Jeff 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 speaker and trainer. In particular, he enjoys diving into the organizational design and motivation factors that create real engagement from teams and he shares often on innovation practices and facilitation techniques that create richer customer understanding, better teams, and more effective products... Read More →



Thursday May 25, 2017 2:40pm - 3:40pm
Room 8

2:40pm

Lessons Learned from 200 Iterations
In December 2008, a team adopted Agile development practices. They used Scrum as the basis for their process, did two-week iterations, and tried to get a little better with each one. In the process, the team created two product lines and learned a lot about how to best work together to get things done. The team just completed their 200th iteration. Team members came and went over the course of the 200 iterations. The state of the business changed dramatically over the time period. The biggest differentiator was the sheer number of iterations and around eight years of retrospectives and trying to get better. 

Walter will talk about the things they tried in several areas -- such as Backlog Management, Grooming/Planning, Quality, Communication and Politics ---  what worked and what didn't.  Some things worked well at a point in time because of the composition of the team then.  But as the team composition changed and the business changed, the way they needed to work together changed as well. Each iteration is an opportunity to become better, to evolve as a team in order to be able to better deal with the problems at hand. Come see what they learned along the way.

Speakers
avatar for Walter Bodwell

Walter Bodwell

CEO, Planigle
Walter is the founder of Planigle, a company that provides consulting, training, and tools to help teams get the most out of Agile development. Walter's first experience with Agile techniques was as the VP of Software Development for Evity (later BMC) in the late 1990s. As Senior... Read More →


Thursday May 25, 2017 2:40pm - 3:40pm
Room 3 & 4

2:40pm

Managing Product Backlogs at All Levels of the Enterprise
As companies roll out Agile to their entire enterprise, they often run into issues of scaling product ownership from the team level (with one team and one Product Owner) to the program or even portfolio level. Figuring out how to manage the product backlogs across the organization, especially in terms of dependencies, can be a monumental feat.

In this talk, we'll have a guided discussion about some of the more popular approaches on the market for scaling product ownership for program and portfolio analysis, and share how using visual models will help in understanding dependencies and value across all levels of the enterprise.

Speakers
avatar for Candase Hokanson

Candase Hokanson

Sr. Product Manager, Seilevel
Candase is a Senior Product Manager at Seilevel and a PMI-Agile Certified Practitioner who trains and coaches product owners, scrum masters and business analysts on Agile approaches as well as championing products in those roles for clients. She works with teams to unite every te... Read More →


Thursday May 25, 2017 2:40pm - 3:40pm
Room 5

2:40pm

Lessons from the Lovable Losers on Tuning Your Test Engine for Optimal Performance

Sabermetrics turned the baseball world upside down by challenging the decades-old measures of individual performance and their perceived linkage to team success. After 108 years cementing their legacy as the Lovable Losers, even the Chicago Cubs were able to leverage a data-driven approach to finally win a World Series in 2016. A high school football coach in Arkansas, with a devotion to statistical analysis, has won three state championships, by going against conventional wisdom and never punting. Formula 1 racing teams collect staggering amounts of telemetry data from their race cars, with each Constructor managing what amounts to a 'Data Center in a garage', for the purpose of eking out seconds of performance during the course of a two hour race.  

Geoff uses these concepts, along with others from the world of professional sports, to provide insights from the operations of the Dell EMC Server division as they adopt a data-driven, predictive analytics approach to its global test practices. Geoff shares how Dell leverages its structured and unstructured data from sources as varied as Engineering, Sales, Factory and Customer data to optimize test operations. From the identification of high-value test cases and test configurations to which automation test scripts should be retired and not re-factored, he demonstrates how these types of insights can be used to plan, forecast, and allocate resources to advance your organizational capabilities and maturity.



Speakers
avatar for Geoff Meyer

Geoff Meyer

Test Architect, Dell Technologies
­A Test Architect in the Dell EMC Infrastructure Solutions Group, Geoff Meyer has 30+ years of industry experience as a software developer, manager, business analyst and director. Geoff oversees the Test Strategy and Architecture for 400+ SW and HW Testers across India, Taiwan... Read More →


Thursday May 25, 2017 2:40pm - 3:40pm
Room 1

4:00pm

Projects are Evil: Make Way for the Product Revolution

How do you take Agile to the next level, where your organization moves beyond basic Agile delivery to fully acting with Agility in everything you do? How do you move past predictable and productive delivery to fast response to market needs?

Many organizations are barred from this level of success by a project-centric mindset, which impedes your ability to maximize value delivery. David Hawks pushes for an evolution of the Agile Manifesto into a set of values and principles for outcome-driven development.



Speakers
avatar for David Hawks

David Hawks

CEO, Agile Velocity
David Hawks is a Certified Scrum Coach and Certified Scrum Trainer who has played almost every role in product development: developer, architect, ScrumMaster, manager, Product Owner, and executive. He has a background of building highly productive Agile teams and a passion for he... Read More →


Thursday May 25, 2017 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Room 5

4:00pm

The Executive's Step-by-Step Guide to Leading a Large-Scale Agile Transformation
Because they have a fiduciary responsibility to the performance of their organizations, executives demand a greater level of assurance that what you plan to do is actually going to work and want a line of sight to how Agile is going to help them make things better.

This talk is going to explore a safe, pragmatic, and repeatable formula for leading change in large organizations. The Holy Grail for an executive is to tie dollars spent and activities performed to internal improvement metrics and ultimately improved business performance.

We'll start by discussing the elements of an Agile transformation business case and how to identify a meaningful value proposition for change. Throughout the presentation, we'll explore the change management and engagement techniques necessary to make sure you are building meaningful organizational support as you engage the enterprise. The goal of this talk is to show you how to systematically and planfully introduce agile into your organization.

Speakers
avatar for Mike Cottmeyer

Mike Cottmeyer

CEO and Founder, LeadingAgile
LeadingAgile co-founder and CEO, Mike Cottmeyer is passionate about solving the challenges associated with Agile in larger, more complex enterprises. To that end, his company is dedicated to providing large-scale Agile transformation services to help pragmatically, incrementally, and safely introduce Agile... Read More →


Thursday May 25, 2017 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Room 2

4:00pm

Avoiding the Dilbert Syndrome: What Does the Agile Manager Actually Do?
We answer the question “What does the manager do?” We will focus on enabling flow and value delivery, using visible progress to guide behaviour, holding teams accountable with iterative and incremental delivery and increasing throughput with catalytic leadership.

We focus on how traditional management responsibilities move from tactical to strategic.
  • Line management - push responsibilities into the team, with managers keeping an eye on decisions and looking for outliers
  • Functional management - facilitate functional leaderships through an advocacy role within communities of practice (instead of waiting and hoping good practices will emerge)
  • Project management - the product owner/scrum master handles much of the overall problem solving/identification, responsibility for progress, and team management
  • Catalytic Leadership - enable continual flow through the team for fastest possible delivery to the customer. Get things done without being the choke point

There are many dependencies across the organization to understand and smooth-out.  Catalytic leadership guides your teams to high-performance through the right guidelines, constraints, and safe-to-learn environment.

Speakers
avatar for Dave Sharrock

Dave Sharrock

Agile Coach, agile42
Dad, internet veteran, husband, entrepreneur, occasional seismologist. British and almost Canadian. Agile coach and change agent. Only Certified Enterprise Coach (CEC), Certified Scrum Trainer (CST) and Certified Agile Leader (CAL) in Canada.


Thursday May 25, 2017 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Room 6

4:00pm

Small Shop Agile Transition: Getting Buy-in with Low Tech and Starting Simple
This session is targeted at novices and provides a first-hand account of how to successfully implement Agile in a small to medium-sized team. Attendees will learn how to ease colleagues and management into Agile, by incrementally introducing low-tech tools like sticky-note-Kanban and paper-sharpie burndown charts. We’ll also cover how to establish rules for new processes like standups and retrospectives, and to maintain buy-in by keeping things simple early on.

Speakers
avatar for Alex Boase

Alex Boase

Senior Project Manager, Liaison Creative + Marketing
Originally hailing from California, Alex strayed from the Pacific Ocean to become a horned frog at Texas Christian University. Wielding a BS in Journalism, Alex has worked throughout the Lone Star State in many facets of the advertising industry including design, management, and new business. Fluent in the languages of both creatives and clients, Alex joined the Liaison Account Services team in May 2014, but not before the adrenaline junkie took a hiatus from the heat to teach skiing in the Colorado Rockies. When... Read More →



Thursday May 25, 2017 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Room 1

4:00pm

Trust Me! Building Trust in Development Teams
Trust is an integral component of high performing Agile software development teams. We know that.  This workshop explores trust within a team through exercises that underscore the importance of trust, help you understand trust relationships, then help you strengthen those relationships.

Your guided experience through the landscape of trust begins as you enter the workshop.  Bring a dollar bill to the session for a lesson about the importance of trust in ambiguous circumstances.

Next, we practice a retrospective technique that assesses the level of trust present in a team.  Think you have a high trust team?  You’ll know for sure after you run this exercise with your team.

A successive team retrospective exercise analyzes existing trust relationships in a very detailed way.  The "Trust Map" that results is a roadmap to guide trust development in low trust teams or to foster insightful dialog in high trust teams.

Finally, we offer a clear approach to building team trust.  One that empowers each person to be their best and to assume a team leadership role aligned with their abilities.

You will find no silver bullet in this workshop.  Instead, you will leave with tools that, when conscientiously applied, will help you assess, analyze, and improve the trust level of your team.

Speakers
avatar for Scott Killen

Scott Killen

Enterprise Agile Coach, PayPal
Scott Killen is a founder and previous President of Agile Austin as well as the Agile Practice Leader for PayPal. He is a Certified ScrumMaster and Certified Scrum Practitioner through the Scrum Alliance. He’s a Certified Project Management Professional (PMP) through the Project Management Institute and a Certified SAFe consultant... Read More →


Thursday May 25, 2017 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Room 8

4:00pm

Using Behavioral Design to Build Engaging Products
Decisions we make every day are driven by cognitive biases designed to save time and energy. These mental shortcuts serve us well. Marketers have used this knowledge to build successful marketing strategies for many years. Armed with the same knowledge, is it possible for us to build more engaging products?

Part of designing a great product is convincing users to behave in a way to reach a specific outcome. Behavioural design provides us a framework to think about how habits work and what makes them easier to form. It specifically shows how using motivation, ability, and triggers can shape a user's behavior.

In this talk, we'll look at using behavioural design to build an engagement loop. Chris will share how he integrates these ideas into their Agile development process. You'll leave with practicable steps for applying these ideas to your next product.

Speakers
avatar for Chris Shinkle

Chris Shinkle

Director of Innovation, SEP
Chris Shinkle is a thought leader and initiator of new ideas and continuous improvement at Software Engineering Professionals (SEP) since 1997. | | Chris introduced and led SEPʼs adoption of Agile software development practices in 2004 as well as the adoption of Lean and Ka... Read More →


Thursday May 25, 2017 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Room 7

4:00pm

Evolutionary Testing Practices to Succeed in an Agile World
With the rapid pace of getting new product features to market in a digital age, users want their software capabilities and data to follow them wherever they go. From laptops connecting on Wi-Fi to handheld devices connecting on cellular, users expect apps to work seamlessly as they roam from home to car to office. As a veteran QA/Testing consultant, Chris repeatedly sees the following three factors contribute to the inability to swiftly deliver high-quality software that users demand:

  1. Heavy reliance on labor-intensive manual testing
  2. Redundant testing practices
  3. Outdated processes and techniques 

With increased exposure to instant information, from social media to blogs, companies are more vulnerable than ever and simply can’t afford software mistakes. How do Agile teams strike the right balance with testing practices? This presentation will dive into each of the three contributing factors and discuss evolutionary QA and testing practices that can increase efficiencies without sacrificing quality.

Speakers
avatar for Chris Lawson

Chris Lawson

Director of Client Delivery, Zenergy Technologies
Chris Lawson has over sixteen years in the QA and testing industry where he has gained extensive experience designing, developing, and implementing advanced, high-value test automation frameworks and performance testing programs. He has worked with an extensive client base in num... Read More →


Thursday May 25, 2017 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Room 3 & 4

5:00pm

Happy Hour
Thursday May 25, 2017 5:00pm - 7:00pm
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