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Friday, April 17
 

7:45am

Registration
Friday April 17, 2015 7:45am - 8:30am
NCAA Christine Grant Ballroom

8:30am

Conference Opening Remarks
Friday April 17, 2015 8:30am - 8:45am
NCAA Christine Grant Ballroom

8:45am

Changing Your Accountability Perspectives

When accountability is lacking, the unfortunate repercussion is that it drags down morale and hurts productivity. This may lead to members of your team finger pointing and blaming others, instead of spending time solving problems and finding solutions which boosts productivity. That’s when it’s time to step up and find ways to improve accountability. 

This session will help improve personal accountability (or help managers assist staff in doing so) to achieve the things that matter, get more done and realize the full potential of yourself or team. We will explore personal styles of communication, teamwork, accountability and responsibility in the workplace. Each participant will leave with knowledge of proven strategies that can be used immediately to begin improving accountability for better results. 


Speakers
avatar for Jason Dukes

Jason Dukes

Founder and Life/Business Coach, Captain's Chair Coaching
Jason Dukes is an innovator in personal transformation. Jason focuses his transformational leadership as an corporate leader, educational professional and a life coach. Through all facets of his professional career, he coaches individuals and teams toward distinguishing and reaching their destiny to reach their highest potential. He achieves this by helping them define and reach their goals, identify and breakthrough roadblocks, develop action... Read More →


Friday April 17, 2015 8:45am - 9:05am
Christine Grant Ballroom NCAA

9:05am

Successful Team Formation

Team members often come out of initial scrum training expecting to be a cohesive and productive team in their first sprint, only to find themselves struggling. It has become more and more clear over time that teams need a chance to digest the learnings from training, be purposeful about team forming, prepare their physical and technical environment, and figure out how they will work together on a daily basis. This practice has become known as Sprint-0.

Together we will collaborate on how to execute a successful Sprint-0 to prepare your next team for faster success. You will take away solid ideas and information on aspects of Sprint-0 as we discuss when and why Sprint-0 is applicable, create a backlog of Sprint-0 items, determine exit criteria, and learn how to facilitate the team efficiently through to the launch of their first sprint. Join us for a great collaborative session!


Speakers
avatar for Aaron Kopel

Aaron Kopel

Project Brilliant
Aaron Kopel is an experienced Management Consultant and Enterprise Agile Coach who has worked with companies ranging from early stage startups to Fortune 100s. He has led Agile transformations, formed more than 1,000 Agile teams, has advised and mentored all levels of management and leadership, and has trained and mentored more than 100 agile coaches. He well versed in Scrum, Kanban, Lean Startup, SAFe (Scaled Agile Framework), Agile... Read More →


Friday April 17, 2015 9:05am - 9:25am
Christine Grant Ballroom NCAA

9:25am

Ineffective Leadership
Learn 3 keys to being an ineffective leader in an Agile environment. With these techniques, you can be sure to bring out poor performance from those around you and de-motivate the people you lead. In this juxtaposed presentation, Maria Matarelli talks about what NOT to do as she contrasts an ineffective leadership approach with how to truly inspire people as she shares what to do instead. Discover why it is so important to not fall into the trap of ineffective leadership and learn how to be an inspirational leader for your Agile teams.

Speakers
avatar for Maria Matarelli

Maria Matarelli

Maria Matarelli is an Agile Coach and Certified Scrum Trainer (CST) and consults large enterprise environments in Agile adoption, working with management teams, executive teams and individual project teams. Maria is the Founder and President of the Illinois Regional Agile Users Group and is passionate about working with teams and organizations to inspire agility.


Friday April 17, 2015 9:25am - 9:45am
Christine Grant Ballroom NCAA

9:45am

My Agile is Better Than Your Agile

My presentation will be based on a blog post that I wrote recently, which was inspired by some of the rifts that I've been seeing in the agile community. I believe we need to focus on the values and principles of the agile manifesto and stop worry about being right. Ultimately, our collective goal should be the success of the teams and organizations we work for and with, and we should recognize that evolution and new ideas are part of achieving that success. I plan on presenting my personal perspective and what I've experienced around this issue, and then provide some thoughts on how we can get past the "My Agile is Better Than Your Agile" mentality.


Speakers
avatar for Hala Saleh

Hala Saleh

Hala Saleh, President of 27Sprints, is an enterprise agile and lean trainer, coach, and consultant who is driven by working with teams and individuals to achieve more than they thought they were capable of. She likes to say that she will "take the ideas you have in your head and help you turn them into reality."  Hala received her BS in Computer Science, then received certifications including Project Management Professional, Certified Scrum... Read More →


Friday April 17, 2015 9:45am - 10:05am
Christine Grant Ballroom NCAA

10:05am

You Can't Manage What You Can't See

You know the old saying, “A picture is worth a thousand words”. And you know what it means - pictures convey so much more about people or an idea you’re trying to describe than you could ever hope to with words. So why is it in knowledge work, that some of the most important information and conversations are captured and conveyed with words alone? Whether these words are text in a document or hidden in a tool, we’re settling for less. Our work pleads for visualizations. 

Chris will share how using visualization has changed his projects and his company. His experiences working with large and small teams in a variety of industries has shown that although people implement popular tools, they don’t know how to leverage them. 

Chris will share how visualization methods enable better decisions and help teams develop shared understanding. 

 


Speakers
avatar for Chris Shinkle

Chris Shinkle

Director of Innovation, SEP
Chris Shinkle is the Director of Innovation at Software Engineering Professionals (SEP). Since 1997, Chris has been a thought leader and initiator of new ideas and continuous improvement. | | He introduced and led SEP’s adoption of Agile software development practices in 2004 as well as the adoption of Lean and Kanban in 2007. He has used these methods to lead large, complex projects, including military aircraft engine monitoring and... Read More →


Friday April 17, 2015 10:05am - 10:25am
Christine Grant Ballroom NCAA

11:00am

Core Agility Workout
Are you ready to sweat? Okay, so we won't be physically sweating, but prepare to increase your agility through interactive exercises and simulations that help explore some of the key concepts behind agile and lean. You will leave with a better understanding of why agile and lean work so well and tools that can help you share this understanding with others on your teams back at the office.

Speakers
avatar for Matt Block

Matt Block

Matt Block is an Agile Evangelist, Practitioner, and Coach. He began his career as a developer in a manufacturing environment where he learned about lean and Six Sigma. He later joined a software company as a development manager where he introduced agile and scrum, building on his knowledge of lean. He then established the Product Management group there, getting valuable experience as a Scrum Product Owner. Since then he worked in various roles... Read More →


Friday April 17, 2015 11:00am - 11:45am
Palmer Pierce NCAA

11:00am

Old Code, New Tricks

Negativity surrounds the concept of existing code. This negativity is baked into the language we use. We work on 'legacy projects', 'dirt field projects', 'rescue projects', 'antiquated projects', 'ancient projects'. I'd like to use the construction metaphor to look at these projects in a different light. I've been inspired by the TV program, 'This Old House'. I think the care and attention that's given existing structures while making them do more for their inhabitants is a great model for how we can treat our software projects. This talk isn't language specific; it's themes and guidance will apply to anyone who's worked on a project that someone else left behind or anyone who is likely to do so in the future.


Speakers
avatar for Scott Ford

Scott Ford

Scott Ford is the Founder and Chief Code Whisperer at Corgibytes, a software consultancy whose mission is to maintain and improve the world's existing codebases. Scott specializes and thrives on breathing new life into existing projects. Scott is a polyglot developer who, at last count, is fluent in over twenty programming languages. Scott's love of software restoration and remodeling began in college where he and his team were responsible for... Read More →


Friday April 17, 2015 11:00am - 11:45am
Jesse Owens NCAA

11:00am

The Real Value of a Definition of Done
This presentation explains how the proper use of a definition of done can help a team to deliver software that really matches the customer needs in the fastest way possible. 
The essence of this is to make use of feedback given by the customer, tests and systems. 

Feedback will help you to improve, learn and reach your goal more effectively. 
Important is to receive feedback quick and many times, iterative development can facilitate this.  Where and what you actually get feedback on is defined in the Definition of Done. 
The Definition of Done defines all steps necessary to deliver an increment of done with the best quality possible at the end of a sprint.  The more you do in your sprint, you more you get feedback on, the more you can improve and learn. 

When demonstrating the software for example every week and implementation is done based on the product owners priority, there is a big change the product owner approves the application even before all requested features are implemented. 

This presentation explains the exact reasons why to use a definition of done and how to implement it in a software development team. It shows how the planning process will improve and how it will keep the product owner posted on what exactly is going on in the team (and not keeping it fuzzy). 

Speakers
avatar for Christian Vos

Christian Vos

After graduating from the Atheneum (Dutch highschool) in 1989, Christian Vos lived for a year and a half in the USA and studied at the USC in South Carolina where his interest in computers was raised by an old IT professor lecturing computer science and leading the basic programming class. Back in the Netherlands he studied higher computer science and started off as a embedded software developer at Philips research but after spending a couple... Read More →


Friday April 17, 2015 11:00am - 11:45am
Summitt/Wooden NCAA

11:00am

What Are They Really Saying: Reading Body Language
Wouldn't you like to know if the person you're interviewing about requirements is telling the truth, exaggerating, uncomfortable, or uncertain? Sending and receiving body language signals happens on conscious and unconscious levels all the time. You can tell when people are being honest, are uncomfortable, or have a good connection with you by reading their unconscious signals - the subtle body language and microexpressions. This presentation is about how to read what people are thinking. By the end of this presentation, you may not be a human lie detector - it takes a lot of practice - but you will understand the tools to read subtle body language, and you will know how to practice these techniques.

Speakers
avatar for Charles Suscheck

Charles Suscheck

Dr. Charles Suscheck specializes in agile software development methodologies, and project management. He is one the few people in the world certified to teach the entire scrum.org curriculum. He has over 25 years of professional experience in information technology, beginning his career as a software developer. Dr. Suscheck holds a Doctorate, Masters, and Bachelors in Computer Science and is a Professional Scrum Trainer (PST), Professional... Read More →


Friday April 17, 2015 11:00am - 11:45am
Theodore Roosevelt NCAA

12:00pm

Lunch
Friday April 17, 2015 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Christine Grant Ballroom NCAA

1:00pm

Keynote: Removing Impediments to Large Scale Agile Adoption

Agile works… we get it. You don’t have to sell people on the underlying principles anymore. Agile has gone mainstream. That said, many large scale agile transformations efforts are struggling. Many transformations have failed. Many organizations are on their second or third attempt and can’t figure out why things aren't working. It’s easy to blame the people. It’s easy to blame the process. It’s easy to blame the culture, and it’s especially easy to blame the management.

While all these factors may certainly come into play, the underlying problem is that most large organizations just weren’t built to be agile. Our challenge then is to figure out how to safely and pragmatically begin refactoring your company into the kind of organization that can adopt agile and sustain the transformation at scale. Refactoring an enterprise takes careful planning and commitment, and must be done in a way demonstrates value early and preserves your ability to make and meet near term commitments.

This talk will begin by introducing a framework for understanding the type of company you work in; it's delivery constraints, and the business drivers that are likely working against your agile transformation. We’ll follow by exploring a strategy for establishing an end state vision and operational model to guide your transformation. Finally, we’ll define an approach for incrementally introducing change, measuring outcomes, and sustaining the change once things really get going.


Speakers
avatar for Mike Cottmeyer

Mike Cottmeyer

Co-Founder and CEO, Leading Agile
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 methods. He spends most of his time leading and growing LeadingAgile, doing sales and business development, and providing strategic coaching... Read More →


Friday April 17, 2015 1:00pm - 1:45pm
Christine Grant Ballroom NCAA

2:00pm

Agile Shu Ha Ri: Examining the Path to Agile Mastery
Shu Ha Ri is a martial arts term used to describe beginner, intermediate and advanced levels and the progression of learning, understanding and capabilities that practitioners possess at each level. Conceptually these same levels are useful to frame expectations with agile adoptions, but it doesn’t take long for confusion to arise.

By applying Shu Ha Ri to an agile adoption using Scrum, for example, you would most likely expect that the Scrum framework will be practiced strictly by the book at first, since the Shu level advocates applying techniques without modification. Yet an oft-heard phrase from experienced agile practitioners is, “Agile is different for every organization.” In addition, it is common to hear agile coaches emphasize that agile practices should be applied in context with the values and principles of the agile manifesto, which blends the Shu and Ha levels together.

Speakers

Friday April 17, 2015 2:00pm - 2:45pm
Jesse Owens NCAA

2:00pm

Help! The Scrum Master IS the Impediment!
The change in mindset necessary to become a servant leader is incredibly hard for a scrum master who comes from command and control background. As a newly minted Professional Scrum Master (PSM I), I returned to my team excited and ready to get underway with a scrum adoption. Unfortunately, I had not fully grasped the concept of servant leadership. Instead of being a change agent, I was an impediment.

My own cautionary tale is unfortunately a common one. Well meaning people with 2 day certifications can do a lot of damage to a new scrum team. Attendees will learn about the difficulties of becoming a scrum master, how scrum team members need to embrace the scrum values to promote healthy team practices, and that even certified scrum masters can lose their way.

We will tackle questions such as:
•What makes the transition from project manager to scrum master so difficult?
•How should a scrum master approach a transition from project manager to scrum master?
•How can I help my scrum master embrace a servant leadership mindset?
•What are the scrum values and how do they guide resolving this type of impediment?
•What steps can a team take to resolve the scrum master impediment?

Attendees will walk away with practical ways they can inspect their own scrum practices to ensure they do not become impediments to their team's success.

Speakers
avatar for Ryan Ripley

Ryan Ripley

Ryan Ripley has worked on agile teams for the past 10 years in development, scrum master and management roles. He’s worked at various fortune 1000 companies in the medical device, whole sale, and financial services industries. Ryan is great at taking tests and holds the PMI-ACP, PSM I, PSM II, PSPO I, PSD I, and CSM agile certifications. Ryan lives in Indiana with his wife Kristin and two sons. He blogs at agileanswerman.com where you can... Read More →


Friday April 17, 2015 2:00pm - 2:45pm
Theodore Roosevelt NCAA

2:00pm

Stop Gambling with Quality (How to Create User Stories and Build Acceptance Tests)
Your team practices Agile, and has had success with it. But problems with commitments in the sprint, and story estimation still rear their ugly head. To tame these problems, your team is ready for more mature user story practices. You want to integrate quality and testing into writing User Stories. Eric introduces a technique that he has used to successfully solidify stories within and after the sprint. Using collaboration between team members, Eric shows how your team can interactively clarify committed stories, using testing cadence and introduce test automation early.

Speakers
avatar for Eric Landes

Eric Landes

Solutions Architect and ALM Consultant, AgileThought
Eric is a Solutions Architect and ALM Consultant at AgileThought. He is also a Microsoft ALM MVP and Professional Scrum Trainer. He has been involved with the IT industry for over 20 years. He helps coach and implement agile solutions and has presented on Kanban, automated acceptance tests, and other agile topics across the United States. He is the a board member of local variables (the South Bend developer User group).


Friday April 17, 2015 2:00pm - 2:45pm
Palmer Pierce NCAA

2:00pm

Transforming Leaders

Agile transformations tend to focus on the team and management level. A typical transformation is largely about creating teams, implementing team practices, and implementing management practices. We implement these practices and eliminate obsolete ones with the intent to maintain alignment with Agile values and principles, but also because we have the most access to these areas. It's easier to change something when we have the authority to change it. But what about transformation at the leadership and executive level? How do we transform leaders when our access is limited and there are few practices we can apply to guide their behavior? 

An Agile transformation cannot exclude leadership. Executives and leaders need to be included as a specific element of a transformation, but they cannot be transformed simply by implementing a set of practices. Mindsets must be transformed. In this talk, John Krewson, Agile Transformation Lead at MasterCard, will identify the required skills and characteristics of a successful change agent, then outline an approach for changing mindsets at the leadership level, drawing from personal experience and several change models.


Speakers
avatar for John Krewson

John Krewson

Mastercard Worldwide
John Krewson is the Agile Transformation Lead at MasterCard and a consultant whose expertise is based on real-world experience rather than regurgitated dogma. His communication skills, patience, and Agile experience blend into a unique style that is both approachable and entertaining. Since he still hasn't found a silver bullet to eliminate all the complexities of software development, John will continue to challenge organizations to improve... Read More →


Friday April 17, 2015 2:00pm - 2:45pm
Summitt/Wooden NCAA

3:00pm

Scaling and Free Love: Reviving the Joy of unSAFe Scaling Practices

In the good old days we used to experiment and do what felt good. One Scrum team, that's a good time but we eventually need a little more excitement. We add a couple more teams and it gets interesting enough to have an occasional Scrum-of-Scrums. When a few more teams come along, well... now you've got a party (aka joint Release Planning)! Then at some point, we jumped from there to a robust framework with lots of prescribed roles and rules that is unwieldy for most organizations outside the Fortune 500. The overhead of SAFe for a typical mid-size company is too much to bear, yet teams and management are at a loss for a lighter scaling method to coordinate their handfuls of teams. 

Together we will examine several alternative scaling methods and examples applicable to mid-size firms where SAFe is likely to be over burdensome. Participants will take away a set of usable methods, as well as ideas for further investigation and experimentation in scaling teams in an agile context. 

It’s gonna be a party, just like the good old days... before we had to be SAFe in order to scale.


Speakers
avatar for Aaron Kopel

Aaron Kopel

Project Brilliant
Aaron Kopel is an experienced Management Consultant and Enterprise Agile Coach who has worked with companies ranging from early stage startups to Fortune 100s. He has led Agile transformations, formed more than 1,000 Agile teams, has advised and mentored all levels of management and leadership, and has trained and mentored more than 100 agile coaches. He well versed in Scrum, Kanban, Lean Startup, SAFe (Scaled Agile Framework), Agile... Read More →


Friday April 17, 2015 3:00pm - 3:45pm
Christine Grant Ballroom NCAA

3:00pm

Cars, Trains and Kanban: How to Move
Agile practitioners adopt kanban with high expectations: decreased cycle time, increased throughput and a clearer look at where projects stand. But where do all these high hopes come from? And how do you make them come true? In this talk, we’ll explore the underlying principles behind kanban—from systems thinking to lean manufacturing—and draw some fun parallels to everything from car traffic to passenger trains. Understanding these core concepts is the real key to moving faster with kanban.

This talk is for agile beginners, teams who are considering or have recently adopted kanban, and teams who want to optimize their kanban process.
They’ll learn:

  • What kanban really means—a brief history and how it applies to agile software development 
  • Why limiting work in progress (WIP) is essential to speeding up your development efforts + tips for setting WIP limits 
  • The right way to pull cards from one state to the next (and why it’s a lot like trains) 
  • How to spot bottlenecks in your process, fix them and maximize output

Speakers
avatar for Peter Kananen

Peter Kananen

Gaslight
Peter Kananen is a Partner and Delivery Manager at Gaslight, an agile software development company that works with everyone from growing San Francisco startups and disruptive education companies to Fortune 500 giants like P&G and Omnicare. Peter spends his days tracking the happiness of teams and clients, always trying to provide just enough support and guidance to keep things headed in the right direction. Every project at Gaslight follows... Read More →


Friday April 17, 2015 3:00pm - 3:45pm
Palmer Pierce NCAA

3:00pm

Planning Agile Releases - Building a Path to Certainty in an Uncertain World
Come and learn how to balance flexibility and stability as reflections of each other through the art of Agile release planning; This session will provide attendees with a new perspective on planning releases along with a few techniques and best practices that can be introduced to project teams immediately to encourage rational planning and logical thinking. The session begins with an emphasis on the importance of release planning in Agile and highlights the benefits of doing it right. The presentation also covers an activity for attendees to discuss and share individual experiences on planning releases and recommends a few guard rails derived from several industry best practices and pitfalls many teams have experienced in the past. The core of this presentation consists of a walkthrough of a few tried and tested release planning techniques that will empower the audience to broaden their approach to release planning. The session will conclude with guidance to the attendees on steps to apply these techniques in the work environment.


Speakers
avatar for Aakash Srinivasan

Aakash Srinivasan

Agile Trainer and Coach, Independent Consultant
Aakash Srinivasan is an Agile Trainer, Coach and professional speaker who travels to consult Fortune 100 companies, working with enterprise management groups, executive teams and individual project teams on business efficiency, process improvements, organizational change and large scale Agile transformations in addition to providing leadership coaching and other Agile trainings.


Friday April 17, 2015 3:00pm - 3:45pm
Summitt/Wooden NCAA

3:00pm

The App Developer’s Guide to Success with DevOps Tooling
Many software teams—even those strong in agile engineering practices—run into trouble when adopting infrastructure automation, a.k.a. “DevOps tools.” In some cases I have even seen teams ask for someone else do that work, effectively requesting a new silo separate from themselves! Why is this? What can those teams (or their coaches and mentors) do to overcome their issues?

In this interactive talk, I will share my own experiences, observations, and insights as well as inviting audience members to share theirs. Attendees should walk away with a stronger understanding of some of the particular challenges of developing infrastructure, and with an assortment on tips for how to deal with those challenges—both in tooling and in technique.

Speakers

Friday April 17, 2015 3:00pm - 3:45pm
Theodore Roosevelt NCAA

3:00pm

Who Are We Building This For, Anyway?
How sure are you who you are building your applications for? How are you communicating about those users' needs and motivations to the entire development team? User personas can provide that insight into how all users engage with your systems. More deeply defined than actors, personas serve as user ‘stand-ins’ who can guide your decisions on functionality and design. In this session, we will discuss how to craft these useful tools for visualizing user need and impact.

Speakers
FT

Faye Thompson

Senior Agile Consultant
Faye Thompson, JD, PSMI is a Senior Agile Consultant with CareWorks Tech, with over 17 years of project delivery experience. With a focus on agile methodologies and continuous improvement, she has had a positive impact in the financial services, healthcare, advertising and automotive industries. She is passionate about using innovative solutions to drive business value, and has helped several workgroups transform into highly engaged and energized... Read More →


Friday April 17, 2015 3:00pm - 3:45pm
Jesse Owens NCAA

4:00pm

Six Keys to More Successful Projects Through Visualization
Speakers
avatar for Chris Shinkle

Chris Shinkle

Director of Innovation, SEP
Chris Shinkle is the Director of Innovation at Software Engineering Professionals (SEP). Since 1997, Chris has been a thought leader and initiator of new ideas and continuous improvement. | | He introduced and led SEP’s adoption of Agile software development practices in 2004 as well as the adoption of Lean and Kanban in 2007. He has used these methods to lead large, complex projects, including military aircraft engine monitoring and... Read More →


Friday April 17, 2015 4:00pm - 4:45pm
Christine Grant Ballroom NCAA

4:00pm

Building Coaching Through a Mentorship Program
Are you ready to begin your journey as an agile coach? Are you already a coach who is looking to grow your mindset and skillset? Are you in an organization and want to see its agility go to the next level? If so, join us in this session about growing coaching within an organization.

Building coaching skills isn't the exclusive domain of a multi-day training session. In fact, the best way to build a new skills is to gradually introduce them over time and use intentional practice to build those new skills into a habit. This session is based on running coach mentorship programs that spread the learning and practice over a period of months.

Questions we will answer in this session include:

  • Why is a coach mentorship program integral to growing an organziation's agility? 
  • What are some mistakes to avoid when creating a coach mentorship program? 
  • How can intentional practice be integrated into a coach mentorship program? 
  • What can be done to have an effective program where participants are in different time zones? 
  • How do you build support for investing time and money into a coach mentorship program? 
  • You will leave this session with a set of practical tips for setting up your own coach mentorship program.

Speakers
SD

Susan DiFabio

Susan is an independent Agile coach focused on helping teams and organizations find success applying Agile principles. I spent many years on project teams performing roles ranging from developer to designer to project manager to product manager. During that time I witnessed first-hand the success of iterative development as compared with waterfall processes and I experienced the importance of building relationships and valuing people. I am... Read More →
avatar for Dan Neumann

Dan Neumann

Dan Neumann is an Agile Coach and co-owner of The Branch coworking space. In his role as Agile Coach, Dan advises companies on ways to capture value by emphasizing people, interactions, customer collaboration, and responding to change. He has trained and consulted with both national and global companies. Dan also speaks and conducts workshops at regional and national conferences. With his wife Debi, Dan started The Branch, a co-working space in... Read More →


Friday April 17, 2015 4:00pm - 4:45pm
Theodore Roosevelt NCAA

4:00pm

Evolving Agile Shops to Learning
When you follow the Agile process, your team is likely to deliver value and produce good results. At the same time, getting great results consistently warrants deep involvement from all players – Senior Management, Teams, Product Owners and Scrum Masters.
The real breakthrough will occur when the organization becomes a true learning organization, where employees feel empowered to create shared visions and work toward that vision through personal mastery and team learning.

Over five years ago, the authors began their Agile journey by participating in a large scale transformation from waterfall to Agile. Their path has led them through the initial Agile rollout to a new plateau of sustaining Agile, where most people understand the mechanics and principles of Agile. The authors will share points to keep in mind during an Agile roll out, sustaining an Agile organization and their plans on how to evolve to a learning organization.

Take away from this session would be answers to the following questions:
• What does it mean to sustain Agile in large organization?
• How to design a culture that supports the sustainment of Agile?
• How can the organization support a move toward a learning organization?
• What is blocking the organization from moving forward?
• How do we encourage continuous improvement?
• How to support/encourage communication across teams?

Speakers
avatar for Prasanth Nair

Prasanth Nair

Prasanth Nair is a highly skilled software professional with over 17 | years of experience in the software industry. After being part of a transition from Waterfall to adopting Agile practices, he has become a strong advocate of Agile Methodologies. Prasanth has demonstrated abilities in building high performing teams by promoting Engineering Practices such as Test Driven Development (TDD), Pair Programming and efficient Code Reviews... Read More →
RV

Richard Valde

Rich Valde is a Lead Engineer at HERE, a Nokia business. He has served as a Scrum Master and developer, while working in the embedded computing, telematics, content management, location based services and indoor mapping spaces.


Friday April 17, 2015 4:00pm - 4:45pm
Palmer Pierce NCAA

4:00pm

I Forecasted All the Projects for the Year, How Can Agile Help Me Get Them Done?
Chances are, you’re either on the driving end of trying to get more done or the receiving end of unclear priorities and pressure to deliver more. You’re also trying to figure out how your agile teams are going to deal with the complexities of coordinating the backlog, managing risks and dependencies across teams, plus competing needs and scope management with various stakeholders across the organization.

This talk begins with an introduction to Portfolio and Program teams and how they help with these organizational challenges to provide Agile Teams with the support they need to get the job done. From there, you’ll learn how these teams ensure strategic alignment, balance capacity with demand, help manage risk and dependencies and effectively flow value through the system. Only then can Agile Teams maintain and coordinate a clear backlog in a complex environment.

Attendees of this session will be enlightened about some of the key reasons your transformation may be failing or how to avoid them if you’re just getting started. You will leave this session with a clear understanding of the teams needed to support agile in larger organizations, what these teams do, the value they bring to your enterprise agile process and how easy it is to establish them even if you’re already on your transformation journey. Meaningful emphasis will be placed on flowing value through the organization using a few simple artifacts so participants can get started quickly in their own organization. Most importantly, you’ll learn that you CAN”T get all those projects done but you can ensure your teams are effectively delivering more value!

Speakers
avatar for Sandi Keller

Sandi Keller

Agile Coach
Sandi Keller is an Agile Coach who is dedicated to solving problems, exploring new ideas, and navigating through change. With over 20 years of experience as a Project Management Professional, Coach, and Consultant she brings an abundance of experience and knowledge to the companies she works with. Sandi works with organizations and teams to discover the best practices that allow them to put the joy back into their work and deliver phenomenal... Read More →


Friday April 17, 2015 4:00pm - 4:45pm
Summitt/Wooden NCAA

4:00pm

Product Owner Must BE's
We often talk about what the Product Owner Must "DO" - they must own the Product Backlog, they must manage the product backlog and the priorities, they must refine the backlog, they must answer the team's questions.

We very rarely talk about what the Product Owner must "BE" - they must be available and engaged, they must be empowered and decisive, they must be knowledgeable and foresightful, they must be collaborative and part of the team.

During this session I will highlight what I have learned from my experience as a Product Owner and a Product Owner coach, what I believe are the main Must "BE's" for a Product Owner.

Speakers
avatar for Anu Smalley

Anu Smalley

SolutionsIQ


Friday April 17, 2015 4:00pm - 4:45pm
Jesse Owens NCAA

5:00pm

Closing
Friday April 17, 2015 5:00pm - 5:30pm
NCAA Christine Grant Ballroom

5:30pm

Reception
Friday April 17, 2015 5:30pm - 6:30pm
Hall of Champions NCAA