2016 Conference Schedule

Keynote (12:45 - 1:45pm)

Uncle Bob

Robert C. (Uncle Bob) Martin 


"Software Professionalism and the Art of Saying No"

Professionals are partners, not laborers. They know how and when to say no. They understand that the business needs and wants strong technical leadership; and that sometimes means pushing back on unrealistic schedules and features. In this talk, Uncle Bob Martin will address what it means for software developers to become professional craftsmen, and the relationship that implies with their employers and the business.

Mainstage (8:30 - 10:30am)

schlairAmitai Schlair"Agile in 3 Minutes: The Simplest Podcast That Could Possibly Work"
A micropodcast about doing business effectively. Make risks visible early, make informed decisions often, deliver value early and often.

Presentations found out: www.schmonz.com
shinkleChris Shinkle"Using Game Thinking to Build Products that Delight Customers"
Building great products requires focusing on your users. I will share how we are using game theory to envision our product as a game, and apply gaming theories about the players' journey to our products. I will share why considering long term user engagement from discovery to mastery is critical to delighting the customer.
morseCindy Morse"Making Agile Matter"
At Salesforce Marketing Cloud we've developed market leading products for over 14 years but we didn't always have a rhyme to the reason. Agile is becoming our rhyme. The reason keeps growing. I'll spend a few minutes talking about the wins Agile has brought us and how we continue to transform.
silpalaMarkus Silpala"Smart People Aren't Enough: How Teams Do It Differently – and Better"
It helps to have great INDIVIDUALS on a team. Many orgs stop there and don’t make for the INTERACTIONS that lead to great results. Come hear about the difference.

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baxterWilliam Baxter"Managing a Global UX Vision in an Agile Environment"
How do you incorporate global UX in an Agile environment? This talk offers three alternative approaches.

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Breakout Sessions (10:45am - 5pm)

Breakout Session #1 (10:45 - 11:35am)

schlairAmitai SchlairShoestring Agility in a Velcro Organization
At a big bank, our tiny team’s disciplined creativity managed risk, delivered value, and earned precious trust. Hear how you can do it too.

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RiceDan RiceAgile Portfolio Management - Build the right things
Traditional portfolio management approaches produce risky plans that delay time to market. Agile portfolio management strategies are adaptive focusing on value, incremental funding, continuous planning and speed to market. Learn how to apply these strategies that will position you to be the disruptor.

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LinbackdailyTana Linback & Chris DailySelf-Organizing in a Command and Control World
Self-organization is a core concept in the agile principles but can be hard to embrace in traditional command and control environments. We will experience what self-organization is, how it can help your team, and how you can experiment with self-organization strategies in a safe place.

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horowitzDavid HorowitzThe 7 Secrets of Highly Effective Retrospectives
Are your retrospectives effective, every single time? If not, this session is for you! Learn the best ways to level-up your retros.
thompsonFaye ThompsonAgile BAs Think Like Freaks
Employers increasingly depend on Business Analysts to act as change agents. "Think Like a Freak", authors Levitt and Dubner provide a blueprint for critical thinking and a new approach to problem-solving. Fans of the "Freaknomics" series will enjoy learning how we can become more inquisitive, investigative and thorough.

Breakout Session #2 (2:00 - 2:50pm)

baxterWilliam BaxterAgile & Lean Principles at the Portfolio Level - Case Study & Workshop
This case study & workshop provides practical ideas and insights in using portfolio kanban to coordinate multiple product lines.

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ripleyRyan RipleyThe Business of Agile: Better, Faster, Cheaper
A discuss on how leaders can show the benefits gained from an agile transformation as their teams deliver “better, faster, and cheaper”.
PollardreiserAllison Pollard & Michael RieserTechnical Excellence Doesn't Just Happen - Igniting a Craftsmanship Culture
Technical excellence demands help from all. Hear how we partnered as coaches and learn how to turnaround your organization's tech practices.

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Version 2Diane Zajac-WoodieHow Agile Helped a Business Analyst Discover Her Real Value
By shifting their focus & identifying the real needs of their teams & projects, BAs can successfully transition to & redefine the value they provide to agile teams.

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silpalaMarkus SilpalaMaking Infra as Awesome as Agile Software
Awesome agile development teams have known for years what TDD and collaboration can do for their performance and their quality of life. The DevOps movement and its tooling can bring that to infra teams as well.

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Breakout Session #3 (3:00 - 3:50pm)

OttingerTim OttingerMind the Tricky 11/12ths
How to deal with the trickiest and most neglected part of development work... the thinking!
KrewsonJohn KrewsonWaterfall Comedy Hour: Understanding Emergence Through Performance
In this highly interactive workshop, we'll get a hands-on lesson on emergence and self-organization using an unlikely source of inspiration: The theater. Attendees will envision, write, rehearse, and perform one-minute episodes of "Waterfall Comedy Hour" to discover the power of a self-organized team with a shared goal.
neumannDan NeumannCognitive Bias - Exploring what goes on between your ears
Our brains will trick us. Illusory Superiority, Loss Aversion, Anchoring, and more. Explore cognitive bias and what you can do about them.

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greenleafDaniel GreenLeafHow to Make Work Suck Less with Agile
Fun & Interactive session to learn how to make Mondays worth celebrating.

Presentation: no visual aids, but would like to include a link to the research he cited: http://tinyurl.com/gmsqu3g
SaboeDave SaboeThe Five ScrumMasters You'll Meet in Hell
In this interactive session, meet 5 types of ScrumMasters that can bring down a team, understand the impacts, and what you can do about it.

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Breakout Session #4 (4:00 - 4:50pm)

kopelAaron KopelAgility: Being vs. Doing
So many companies adopt the ceremonies of Scrum and begin to think they are Agile. Just DOING Scrum is a positive, but extremely fragile, step toward Agility. Attendees of this session will discuss what Agility really is and how to start walking a long-term sustainable path to BEING Agile.

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bennettAllen BennettBecoming a Creative Product Owner
As the product owner you must unleash the creativity in your team to create truly extraordinary products in extraordinary ways. This presentation will examine the tools that will help the product owner to create like Leonardo Di Vinci, innovate like Thomas Edison and have the entrepreneurial vision of Steve Jobs.

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hajratwalaNayan HajratwalaRefactoring Legacy Code guided by Simple Design
Many "new to agile" developers don't attempt to apply tests or refactorings to legacy code, reserving these techniques for the ever elusive greenfield project. This session will walk through a real legacy Java code base and perform useful refactorings under the principles of Simple Design.