Want to plan out what talks you attend at our conference? Whether you intend to join only one session or to stay the entire day, check out the schedule to see what we have to offer. Each time slot lists the speaker(s), the talk summary, and where the talk is located.
7:30-8:15 am: Registration and Breakfast
Join us for registration and breakfast on the second floor of the JW Marriot. You can find a map on the Venue page.
8:30-9:50 am: Opening Ceremonies and Morning Keynote
Old Robert Annis
Robert’s diverse background gives him a unique viewpoint as reflected in his talk “The Maturity of Agile,” where he seeks to enlighten, embolden and engage. Where are we in this Agile evolution? What are the problems and solutions and where is Agile going next? At the core of its nature, Agile refers to feedback loops: Inspect and Adapt and continuous improvement, and so on. As we analyze how we work and how successful we are, we must utilize this feedback. This talk not only discusses some of that feedback but acts as a lightning rod; we have aligned to Agile as our path and it is often explained as being Agile, rather than doing Agile. However, whilst that is a teachable moment, we need to talk about how we can be Agile more of the time.
10:00-10:50 am: Breakout Session 1
Effective coaches have more than a deep understanding of the values and principles of Agile. In this talk, you learn how to effectively listen and communicate with your teams.
Unconscious biases affect our perceptions, decisions, and interactions every day. How do you address biases if you don’t know about them? Let’s discuss!
This session provides an overview of DevOps components that an organization should inspect and adapt for successful vertical integration of its Agile initiative.
Forecasting with Agile models becomes essential for managing stakeholder expectations. Let’s walk through a primer for how to navigate when you “need a date!”
Learn speedy affinity facilitation techniques to eliminate waste and boost productivity in creating, prioritizing and estimating a backlog.
11:00-11:50 am: Breakout Session 2
Learn how teams can use #NoEstimates thinking to deliver high-quality products to their customers without the overhead that an estimation process can bring.
The complexity of team development can feel like “the fog of war.” You can apply Cognitive Science tips to help your teams cut through the fog, and enjoy doing it.
Testers are expected to come up with lot of artifacts during the testing process. The traditional test artifacts are time intensive and bulky; their structure does not support Agile approach of software development. Because Agile testers work in highly compressed test execution cycles, stakeholders always complain that testing is a bottleneck and ask to cut down the number of testing activities or the time allocated for testing. If you spend too much time in documentation, you may end up with less time to do actual testing. Documentation ! = testing.
Mindmapping is a cognitive activity that triggers creative ideas and reduces waste by avoiding extensive formats for test documentation. Testers can use this smart technique to create Lean test artifacts from test plan to test report. These Lean test artifacts convey information using fewer, less verbose, details. They save tremendous amounts of time usually involved in writing test documentation. Applying the Lean approach means a reduction in waste and an amplification or your learning.
Understand why your team behaves the way it does? Identify their favored communication styles using DISC to nurture trust and promote a more agile team.
What does coaching have to do with the brain? One word…EVERYTHING. Don’t be fooled by the optical illusion of the human body you are coaching and fail to coach the brain. Let’s start to understand and work with the benefits of coaching the brain and not against working it. Findings suggest that the different ways people communicate are the result of the different ways our brains are “wired” to think, speak, listen, and act. This interactive session allows you to discover ways to coach your trainee’s mind. It focuses on the brain and its influence on behavior: How we think, make decisions and relate to other people. Are you ready to rewire your brain? Launch into an open space scavenger hunt where you’ll discover breakthrough tools and techniques to make meaningful connections. Exercise your subconscious mind and remove the internal blocks from your parietal lobe that may be impeding you from achieving effective communication. Discover emergent behaviors and learn how to build trust and respect needed to create brain-friendly environments.
12:00 pm-12:50 pm: Lunch
Lunch will be served in the second floor conference center.
1:00-2:00 pm: Afternoon Keynote
Less process, more wisdom! Genuine agility is enormously effective in helping us achieve our dreams. The trouble is, Agile has grown into a complex tangle of roles and rituals, frameworks and tools, processes and certifications. We need a return to simplicity. Modern Agile is here to help.
Make People Awesome! Designed for people in many domains (not just IT), Modern Agile is defined by four guiding principles: Make People Awesome, Make Safety a Prerequisite, Experiment & Learn Rapidly and Deliver Value Continuously. Understanding and deeply practicing these four principles will help you get better results faster. In his talk, Joshua will share how these four principles help world-famous power companies and how they can help you work with greater speed, simplicity, safety, and success.
2:10-3:00 pm: Breakout Session 3
Every company has a culture and its culture either ends up helping or hindering your Agile transformation efforts. So as Agilists, why aren’t we talking more about it? Join us to learn how to leverage the power of culture when you sync it up with Agile. The speakers share their proven approach for moving the culture needle. They do this by pairing an Agile mindset with Agile methods, designing a continuous feedback loop for leaders, and following the tribal leadership approach to change.
Managers are responsible for the output of a team of people, people they can’t directly control. People are complex; a team of people is a complex system, not terribly different than the weather or stock market. To get a handle on the complexity of teams, managers need to act differently in how they lead others. Managers also need to think differently about their role if they wish to get engagement from their team members. And they need to be different if they’re to tap into their team’s intrinsic motivation and get their best performance.
Do you want to be that kind of manager? Do you want to be the kind of manager people remember as being one of their best? If you’re a manager, project manager, or want to be a great manager, join us and learn simple yet highly effective techniques that grow those around you to get better engagement, to cultivate intrinsic motivation, and to build amazing teams.
Having technical savvy Product Managers can lead to an improved product. This talk shows the small investments a Product Manager should take to improve a product.
Have you ever gotten to the end of the day and think “Gee, I’ve been busy all day but didn’t check anything off my list. Come to think of it, two more were added to my plate”? Or have you ever attended a remote meeting and tried to quickly reply to an email only to be caught off guard with a question? If you said “yes” to either question, you’re not alone. In the Agile world in which we exist–with its open space environments, working in teams with frequent collaboration and gadgets galore–you encounter tons of opportunities for distraction. In this session, attendees will learn ten different techniques that they can apply today to help them stay focused and, therefore, more productive. Don’t miss this fun discussion about common distractions and tips on how to handle them!
Jumping into the software development world as an Agile Coach can be intimidating, overwhelming, and exciting. With books, blogs, and the ability to “Google” anything, you have a wealth of information on coaching methods, practices, and approaches available at your fingertips for reading, learning, and experimentation. Imagine none of that was available to you. How would you even know where to begin? This session looks at non-traditional tools to help kick-start the brain into a coaching mindset. Can a dirty sock, a soccer ball, and other random items help you coach your team? I guess you’ll find out….
Regardless of the framework you practice, join me for Rita’s ‘MacGyver Style’ Coaching Toolkit:
• Build trust
• Ask powerful questions
• Discipline, failure, and Shu Ha Ri
• Define a coaching stance
3:10-4:00 pm: Breakout Session 4
We make decisions every day driven by cognitive biases designed to save time and energy. These mental shortcuts serve us well. Marketers use them to build successful marketing strategies. Armed with this knowledge, you can build more engaging products.
Today, the best designed solutions change human behavior yet despite decades of research, challenges remain. Behavior design aims to fix this because it not only gives you models to define and foster behavior change, it also provides methods for thinking about forming habits and motivating users. This design method helps identify often-missed and critical user stories using conventional methods and is what drives products such as Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. Identifying stories is a must for building lasting products because they link core user needs with business outcomes.
In this talk, we’ll explore how to use behavioral design to build a better backlog and design an engagement loop. The talk shares how to integrate these ideas into your Agile development process. You’ll leave with a framework and practicable steps you can apply to your projects.
Customers demand quality products. Automated regression testing is a method to deliver a quality product. However, you need to make several considerations before committing to implementing automated testing. For example, will automation introduce unnecessary work in the development process? Do you need to increase team headcount? How much will the tools cost? What additional value, if any, was gained in the end?
This presentation demonstrates how the test-first mindset of the Acceptance Test Driven Development (ATDD) process naturally opens the doors for automated testing. You’ll see how ATDD can actually simplify the development process, allowing teams to continuously improve and become truly Agile. A demonstration of an automated regression test suite in action illustrates just one of many added benefits to products implemented using ATDD.
Sixteen years after the Agile Manifesto brought Agile principles and practices to software development, it’s become apparent that these groundbreaking principles and practices can no longer be confined to the world of software development. Taking Agile principles and practices to the rest of the organization is truly the next frontier in Agile.
This session starts with the speaker telling the story of bringing Agile to a small team that supports an essential operation in his organization. He then delves into strategies and techniques that can help you take Agile principles and practices to the rest of your organization. The speaker focuses on the things he’s learned experimentally throughout.
Through this very interactive session, learn how Standup Poker revolutionized our team’s daily standups and took our team to next level of Awesome!
Congratulations! You’re so good at what you do, you’ve been asked to compile a workshop to show others. You respond with a resounding YES! until realize you haven’t the faintest idea of how to fill a 2-3 hour slot. Remember Gilligan’s Island? Nobody wants one mishap after another! So how to put your real-life experiences into a learning workshop? This interactive session covers a proven method to go from repeatable real-life success to wildly successful workshop. Your table will design a workshop around a topic (Executive Agile Leadership), and our group will debrief and review all the variants. You’ll leave with ideas, a link to download facilitation cards for later use, and the beginnings of a workshop that your audience will ask for over and over! The small-batch design approach includes:
• Asking upfront questions to understand what to design
• Creating a very small, clear goal (MVP)
• Assembling a prioritized backlog of topics to cover
• Visualizing the content with activities
• Understanding time-boxes for each section
• Using facilitation cards to understand your workshop flow
• Designing feed-back loops into your workshop
4:10-5:00 pm: Breakout Session 5
We all know the softer benefits of Agile, but how do you make the case with management and the C-level? Let’s discuss the strategic business case for Agility.
Pranay K. Chanda
This talk reveals how Lean practices, applied to Portfolio Management, can help bridge the gap between Agile teams and management and can create a winning digital enterprise. It highlights the drawbacks of traditional Portfolio Management and discusses how to apply Lean values and principles to design a LeAP program management framework for prioritizing organizational thinking. It also identifies practices that drive organizational Agility and value creation using portfolio, programs, and teams in a change-driven world.
Stop trying to perfect “Agile Process” and concentrate on creating awesome code to delight your customers. Here’s why, what, who, and how.
This workshop compares four different types of WiP limits, the benefits of using WiP limits, and how and where to apply them. At the conclusion of the workshop, you’ll understand Little’s Law, the history behind WiP, and the different types of limits.
Product development is all about knowing your audience. Every design decision or functional requirement should be made with the end user in mind. Who are they and how will they use your product? A key element to writing a great user story is to identify the end user, “As a __.” Creating personas to identify your audience is invaluable. The more you learn about your audience, the more empathy you have. Empathy allows you to better envision your users’ experience and therefore significantly improve that experience. During this session, you will learn more about personas and their importance as well as create a few sample personas.
5:10-5:40 pm: Closing Remarks and Sponsor Give-Aways
Join us for closing remarks and sponsor giveaways in the 1st floor main room (E/F).
6:00-7:30 pm: Cocktail Reception
Celebrate the end of the conference with us at a cocktail reception with hor d'oeuvres on the second floor next to the escalators.