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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 CDT

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

Scrum Master, Emerson Automation Solutions
Leland Newsom has 20+ years of industry experience as a software developer, manager, managing director, Scrum Master, and Agile Coach. He coaches in Agile, Scrum, Kanban, SAFe, and DevOps and leads teams and organizations in their Agile and DevOps journeys. He is currently employed... Read More →


Thursday May 25, 2017 9:35am - 10:35am CDT
Room 7
  Agile at Scale

9:35am CDT

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

Sr. Director Solution Architecture, 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... Read More →


Thursday May 25, 2017 9:35am - 10:35am CDT
Room 6
  Agile at Scale

9:35am CDT

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

Principal Agile Coach, Zenergy Technologies
Bob Galen is an Agile Practitioner, Trainer & Coach based in Cary, NC. In this role he helps guide companies and teams in their pragmatic adoption and organizational shift towards agile methods of working. Bob has been doing that since the late 1990s, so he’s deeply experienced... Read More →


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

9:35am CDT

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 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... Read More →


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

10:55am CDT

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 Cook

Linda 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 her... 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... Read More →


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

10:55am CDT

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

DevSecOps Transformation, Contrast
Larry Maccherone is an industry-recognized thought leader on DevSecOps, Lean/Agile, and Analytics. He currently leads the DevSecOps transformation at Comcast. Previously, Larry led the insights product line at Rally Software where he published the largest ever study correlating development... Read More →


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

10:55am CDT

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 practicing... Read More →


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

10:55am CDT

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 Stockdale is a Business Architect at Seilevel, a professional services company that works to deliver 10x value for their customers. Betsy works with companies to lead their projects or modify their approach to software requirements to be more effective so IT projects deliver... Read More →


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

1:20pm CDT

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, 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 →
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 1:20pm - 2:20pm CDT
Room 402

1:20pm CDT

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 NYC... Read More →


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

1:20pm CDT

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

Founder and CEO, LitheSpeed LLC
Sanjiv Augustine is the Founder and CEO of LitheSpeed, LLC and the Agile Leadership Academy. Sanjiv is an entrepreneur, industry-leading Agile and Lean expert, author, speaker, management consultant, and trainer. As a practicing executive, he has evolved LitheSpeed over the past 12... Read More →


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

1:20pm CDT

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... Read More →


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

1:20pm CDT

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

President / Principal Agile Coach, Advancing With Agile, LLC
Earl Everett is a hands-on Agile practitioner who coaches and guides teams and organizations on their journeys of agility. His first Agile experience was in 1974, when he began playing rugby, a game which provides an immersive experience of high-performing cross-functional teams utilizing... Read More →


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

2:40pm CDT

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 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... Read More →
avatar for Dhaval Panchal

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 →
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 CDT
Room 402

2:40pm CDT

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... Read More →


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

2:40pm CDT

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, The Responsibility Company
UNLOCKING YOUR NATURAL ABILITY TO LIVE AND LEAD WITH POWER. 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... Read More →


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

2:40pm CDT

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, 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 →



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

2:40pm CDT

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 Candace Hockason

Candace Hockason

SeminarsWorld Instructor
Candase is a Senior Product Manager at Seilevel and a PMI-Agile Certified Practitioner. Candase helps her clients to clearly understand the desired business value of the projects she works on so that the project team can focus on only the features/requirements that bring the most... Read More →


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

4:00pm CDT

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
Mike Cottmeyer, LeadingAgile founder and CEO, 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... Read More →


Thursday May 25, 2017 4:00pm - 5:00pm CDT
Room 2
  Agile at Scale

4:00pm CDT

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 CDT
Room 6
  Agile Leadership

4:00pm CDT

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 an Enterprise Agile Coach for PayPal. He tries to forget that at one time or another he’s held CSM, CSP, PMP, SPC and CSQE certifications. Of more note, he’s taught and mentored many, many hundreds of people fundamental and advanced agile skills in corporate... Read More →


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

4:00pm CDT

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 is a practitioner and maker. He is a thought leader and continually initiates new ideas and continuous improvement at SEP. His experience comes from building products with many large clients in a variety of industries: aerospace, medical, healthcare, finance, etc. He introduced... Read More →


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

4:00pm CDT

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 numerous... Read More →


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