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Thursday, May 25

9:35am CDT

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.

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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 and fostering communities that provide sustainability for Agile transformations... Read More →
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Cherie Silas

Enterprise Agile Coach, Tandem Coaching Academy
Certified Enterprise Coach and ICF Professional Certified Coach

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

10:55am CDT

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.

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Dhaval Panchal

Founder / Agile Coach, Evolve Agility Inc.
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... Read More →

Thursday May 25, 2017 10:55am - 11:55am CDT
Room 7
  Agile at Scale

1:20pm CDT

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.

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Ron Quartel

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

Thursday May 25, 2017 1:20pm - 2:20pm CDT
Room 1
  Agile at Scale