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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
 

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

CEO, Healthy Agile
Leon Sabarsky excels at building high performing software development teams for all types of organizations. He has 20 years of IT experience and has been an Agilist in highly regulated environments for the past 10 years, primarily in the healthcare and government sectors. He initiated... 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
Jeffrey Palermo is the CEO of Clear Measure, the GO TO software engineering firm for mid-market B2B companies, and one of the fastest growing small businesses in central TX (ABJ/Inc. 5000). Jeffrey has been recognized as a Microsoft MVP since 2006 and has spoken at national conferences... Read More →


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

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 over... Read More →



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

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

Principal Member of Techincal Staff, Oracle
Karthik Gaekwad is a veteran engineer who enjoys building software products using cloud and container technologies. He has worked in both large enterprises and startups with his career spanning National Instruments, Mentor Graphics, Signal Sciences, and StackEngine (acquired by Oracle... Read More →


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

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

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

Director of Cloud Infrastructure, Contrast Security
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 in the... 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! With... Read More →


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

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 for... Read More →


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

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 Bodwell is the founder of Planigle, a company which provides consulting, training and tools to help teams get the most out of Agile development. While at Planigle, Walter has worked with companies from start ups to large enterprises to assist them in their software practices... Read More →


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

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 EMC
Geoff Meyer is a Test Architect in the Dell EMC Infrastructure Solutions Group and has 35 years of industry experience as a software developer, manager, program manager, and director. He drives the Test Strategy and Architecture for 400+ SW and HW Testers across India, Taiwan, and... 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

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 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Room 5

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... Read More →



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