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Friday, April 17

8:45am EDT

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. 

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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... Read More →

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

9:05am EDT

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!

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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... Read More →

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

9:25am EDT

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.

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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... Read More →

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

9:45am EDT

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.

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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... Read More →

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

10:05am EDT

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. 


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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... Read More →

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