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Friday, April 17
 

11:00am EDT

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... Read More →


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

11:00am EDT

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... Read More →


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

11:00am EDT

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... Read More →


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

11:00am EDT

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... Read More →


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

2:00pm EDT

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 EDT
Jesse Owens NCAA

2:00pm EDT

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... Read More →


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

2:00pm EDT

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... Read More →


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

2:00pm EDT

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... Read More →


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

3:00pm EDT

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... Read More →


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

3:00pm EDT

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... Read More →


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

3:00pm EDT

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 EDT
Theodore Roosevelt NCAA

3:00pm EDT

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... Read More →


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

4:00pm EDT

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... 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... Read More →


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

4:00pm EDT

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... 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 EDT
Palmer Pierce NCAA

4:00pm EDT

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... Read More →


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

4:00pm EDT

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 EDT
Jesse Owens NCAA