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Thursday, May 5
 

7:45am

Lean Coffee
Moderators
avatar for Matthew Heusser

Matthew Heusser

Principal Consultant, Excelon Development
Matt has deep experience in software testing, project management, development, writing, and systems improvement. His extensive network of contacts in these fields has enabled him to put together a diversified, high-level team of experts at Excelon. | | In 2006, Matt was lead organizer for the initial Great Lakes Software Excellence Conference, a regional event that continues today. He organized the Agile-Alliance Sponsored Workshop on the... Read More →

Thursday May 5, 2016 7:45am - 8:45am
Salon #5 Eagle Crest Conference Center & Resort

8:45am

From Lean to Leadership: The True Source of Sustainable Growth

Firms exist for different reasons, from short-term enrichment of owners and shareholders to fulfilling a long-term purpose.   According to Jim Collins “Great Companies” have a long-term purpose their leaders are passionate about.  For long-term sustainable growth to achieve a larger purpose then short-term profits it takes a certain type of leadership.  Great leaders build an agile business, but realize agility is not embedded in a business model, software, or clever manipulation of the global footprint.  Long-term sustainable growth comes from leaders who are committed to the vision and develop people who can innovate as a way to adapt to the rocky waters of the environment.  Leaders at all levels understand the environment and their business and become coaches of continuous improvement constantly developing people to identify the next goal needed to advance, innovate their way toward that goal, and learn, learn, learn.


Speakers
avatar for Jeffrey Liker

Jeffrey Liker

Professor of Industrial and Operations Engineering, University of Michigan
Dr. Jeffrey K. Liker is Professor of Industrial and Operations Engineering at the University of Michigan and president of Liker Lean Advisors—a network of top-notch practitioners who consult, coach and teach in The Toyota Way.​He is author of the international best-sellers;​ | The Toyota Way: 14 Management Principles, | The Toyota Way Fieldbook (with David Meier), | The Toyota Product Development System (with Jim... Read More →


Thursday May 5, 2016 8:45am - 9:45am
Ballroom Eagle Crest Conference Center & Resort

10:00am

Cultivating Emotional Safety for Creative Work

When we’re feeling stressed, threatened, or unsafe, our bodies help us do a lot of things better. We’re able to run faster, hit harder, yell louder. We are able to notice the slightest movement out of the corner of our eye.

Things we do not do better: think creatively, work collaboratively, solve problems. 

These are very human activities, and they work best in a very human environment. We know that emotional safety is vital to a team's productivity. Let’s talk about what it takes to have emotional safety, and how to get there.


Speakers
avatar for Alex Harms

Alex Harms

Maitria
A developer, coach, and guide for mindfulness and meditation students, Alex brings warmth & compassion to technology. By teaching and coaching from a place of mindfulness and empathy, Alex helps disempower fear, strengthen communication, and build connection, so that tech teams learn together and thrive. Author of The Little Guide to Empathetic Technical Leadership, host of The Geek Joy Podcast, and coach at Maitria.


Thursday May 5, 2016 10:00am - 10:45am
Conference Room E Eagle Crest Conference Center & Resort

10:00am

Git Gone Wild: How to recover from common git mistakes

"Oh no! I just typed something into git and now my work is gone! Ahh!"

Don't panic. Contrary to popular belief, git is one of the most non-destructive version control systems available. When used right, git never loses any data, and even when misused, chances are very high you can still recover.

This talk will present turn-by-turn directions on how to recover from a wide array of common git mistakes, and also provide some workflows to minimize them.

Examples include, but are not limited to:

  • Changing spelling errors in commit messages.
  • Split commits into multiple commits with logical separation.
  • Combining multiple commits into one.
  • Resetting the base commit when you accidentally branch off of the wrong branch.
  • Recovering from merge conflicts.

 As well as more advanced topics, such as:

  • Extracting parts (e.g. sub-directory) of a repository as a new repository.
  • Merging multiple repositories into one while retaining version history.
  • Removing confidential data accidentally committed.

Speakers
avatar for Magnus Stahre

Magnus Stahre

Software Craftsman, Pillar
He is currently an Agile craftsman at Pillar Technology where he solves difficult problems while coaching others on techniques and toolsthat help developers work better.He is also a dedicated Unix lover, having started his career as a sysadmin.


Thursday May 5, 2016 10:00am - 10:45am
Auditorium #1 Eagle Crest Conference Center & Resort

10:00am

Changing Things

You've grasped this goal, this ideal, this vision of how your world might be different. Now. How do you make that changed world happen?

GeePaw Hill, wildly inappropriate, deeply based not in theory but in actual practice, shares the insights that have made him, occasionally, succeed.


Speakers
avatar for GeePaw Hill

GeePaw Hill

GeePaw Hill, wildly inappropriate, deeply based not in theory but in actual practice, shares the insights that have made him, occasionally, succeed.


Thursday May 5, 2016 10:00am - 11:40am
Conference Room B Eagle Crest Conference Center & Resort

10:00am

Getting Value from Agile Feedback Systems: Every Day, Every Sprint and Every Release
Developing and using effective feedback systems is vital to the success of agile initiatives. In my agile training and coaching experience with 70 clients over six years at VersionOne and New Synergy Group, I have seen several agile teams suffer from dysfunctional agile feedback systems: no or delayed feedback, or ineffective learning from feedback. I will explain three agile feedback systems (Daily feedback, Sprint feedback and Release feedback) so you can clearly see how feedback loops may run dysfunctional, and how they can be repaired.

I will explain how to improve the Daily feedback system so it’s beneficial to each team member, how to improve the Sprint (Iteration) feedback system so it’s beneficial for each team, and how to improve the Release feedback system so it’s beneficial for each program or the whole organization. The key to improving these feedback systems is to understand and use visual boards and templates that capture and visualize if the double feedback loops (the basic feedback loop as well as the derivative feedback loop) are working properly, and to leverage connections among these agile feedback systems. These visual boards and templates have been refined with extensive use with my clients over the last six years. The derivative feedback loops (feedback on feedback) enable a learning and continuously improving organization.

Speakers
avatar for Satish Thatte

Satish Thatte

CEO and Agile/Lean Coach, New Synergy Group
Dr. Satish Thatte is an Agile/Lean Coach with over 30 years of industry experience, covering 15 years of software development and management at Texas Instruments, Bellcore and LG Electronics, 7 years as VP of Engineering at several companies practicing agile methods, and 7 years of agile coaching and consulting engagements with over 70 clients. He has worked as Agile/Lean Coach at VersionOne for 4 years and at New Synergy Group for 3 years. He... Read More →



Thursday May 5, 2016 10:00am - 11:40am
Conference Room A Eagle Crest Conference Center & Resort

10:00am

Understanding Refactoring
Refactoring is at the heart of the way we improve code. We make changes to the code for the purpose of making it easier to understand and easier to modify while maintaining the same behaviour. In this interactive session, we will take a closer look at the phases inside of refactoring. We will examine it in a way that people of all backgrounds can understand and gain a better appreciation for the importance of creating quality code.

Speakers
avatar for Bryan Beecham

Bryan Beecham

Anzeneer, Industrial Logic
Bryan Beecham is an international speaker, coach, trainer, and agile consultant. His passion is to help improve companies, teams and individuals through continuous improvement and increasing awareness. | Bryan lives in Ottawa, Canada, plays guitar, and enjoys chasing soccer balls around when he has the opportunity. He also volunteers as a minor hockey coach and loves to talk about healthy eating.​


Thursday May 5, 2016 10:00am - 11:40am
Salon #5 Eagle Crest Conference Center & Resort

10:00am

3 Minute Improv Games to Improve Your Teams
You will be surprised to learn that Improv Teams and Software Teams have many similarities; The same techniques Improv Teams use to turn a group of random individuals into Great Team Players can be used by Software Teams to improve Collaboration, Creativity, Communication & Trust. This unique workshop will have attendees out of their seats and on their feet actively practicing the concepts Improv Teams use to develop Great Team Players. Practicing the four essential qualities of a Great Team Player: Collaboration, Creativity, Communication and Trust, not only shows attendees how they can become a Great Team Player, but also how to train others within their organization. This hands on workshop provides actionable material for participants to use immediately upon returning to work. After attending this workshop you will be able to start your Team meetings with any of the 60 different 3 minute games at: http://www.teamfirstdevelopment.com/warm-ups/. These free games all work well over the phone and can be replayed.

Speakers
avatar for Wayde Stallmann

Wayde Stallmann

Agile Coach, Asynchrony Labs
Agile Coach at Asynchrony Labs. Passion for developing Great Team Players using the same techniques as Improv Theater Teams. Over 20 years as a software developer, concentrating on Java since 1999. An XP practitioner and former ScrumMaster of the 2nd team to achieve Gold level certification at AT&T in 2012. Master's degrees in both Computer Science and Engineering Management. Sun Certified Java Programmer (SCJP 1.1, 1.2, 6) and Certified Scrum... Read More →


Thursday May 5, 2016 10:00am - 11:40am
Auditorium #2 Eagle Crest Conference Center & Resort

10:00am

Bring down the wall of confusion with Lego and Chocolate Game
Practice your systems thinking, expand boundaries of a Scrum team, collaborate with Ops and learn to optimize the flow. Get your first taste of DevOps culture in the most unusual way - with Chocolate and LEGO game!

Speakers
avatar for Dana Pylayeva

Dana Pylayeva

Agile Coach, HBC Digital
In her 16 years of IT experience, Dana Pylayeva has never been confined by her current title. Java Developer, Architect, DBA Manager, Scrum Master, Agile adoption facilitator she brings enthusiasm and pursuit of continuous improvement into anything she does. Her recent focus is on DevOps as well as on inspiring and facilitating changes in organizational culture.


Thursday May 5, 2016 10:00am - 11:40am
Conference Room D Eagle Crest Conference Center & Resort

10:00am

Help Your Organization Outlearn the Competition with Quantitative Improvement

Which practice is this?

  • Periodically...
  • Hold a meeting…
  • Where people whine and moan…
  • Perhaps generate action items…
  • Then don’t do them.

In theory, retrospectives are the heart of agile methods, the reflect and adapt cycle that fuels continuous improvement. In practice, many leaders encounter passive resistance: the teams find them a painful waste of time. How can we get the real world benefit without the pain?

Patient, “It hurts when I do retrospectives. Retrospectives suck!”

Doctor, “Then stop doing that!”

Patient, “...OK, then what should I do instead?”

This session answers that question. Learn a simple system of practices that give retrospectives clear purpose and yield these additional benefits:

  • Rapidly align business and development on how much to invest in improvement.
  • Enable individuals to make local decisions that naturally implement the agreed investment.
  • Actually solve the problems you see.
  • Make improvement progress visible.
  • Get credit for solving those problems.
  • ...Without wasting time complaining in a meeting. 

Prerequisite knowledge:

Basic familiarity with iterative planning (Scrum's sprint planning, XP's planning game, etc.)
Optional: painful retrospectives or ineffective follow-through on retrospective action items.

 


Speakers
avatar for Ashley Johnson

Ashley Johnson

Senior Coach, Industrial Logic


Thursday May 5, 2016 10:00am - 11:40am
Conference Room C Eagle Crest Conference Center & Resort

10:00am

UX your process!
We understand by now that a great product requires great UX efforts in order to bring and keep customers. At the same time, we are still trying to force Agile processes on the teams that create these products. Very often we hear about organizations that take frameworks and turn them into processes; take scaling frameworks and install them in organizations with the hope that they will magically become Agile. And yet we have frequently seen the struggles and the little progress they make .. until they figure out how to create a process that works for them.

In this workshop Ardita will take you through the thinking behind UX and how one can use the same ideas to create their own process from the beginning. She will also discuss how to evolve this process using UX techniques to continuously improving it.

If you are part of PMO that needs to create an Agile process for your organization, or if you are tasked to find the right scaling framework, come to this session to get started!

Speakers
avatar for Ardita Karaj

Ardita Karaj

Ardita Karaj is a passionate Agile coach, trainer, change agent and consultant in the Toronto area. Working at EPAM Systems, she brings more than 15 years of software development experience from different commercial and public organizations. Over the past few years her focus has been on process improvement for organizations that are adopting Agile frameworks like Scrum and Kanban. Working with both management and development teams, she is well... Read More →


Thursday May 5, 2016 10:00am - 11:40am
Conference Room F Eagle Crest Conference Center & Resort

10:00am

Value-focused prioritization & decision making
Does prioritizing your development portfolio seem unclear or mired in politics? Ever feel like the decisions for what gets worked on when are somewhere between arbitrary and emotional? Ever get tired of providing cost estimates for work of uncertain value? If you answered yes to any of the above questions, this session is for you! Matt Barcomb will open with introductory concepts about shifting from a cost focus to a value focus for development work. Next, providing business value for user stories will be debunked. Then, a collaborative framework for prioritization, Benefit Mapping, will be discussed. Finally, Matt will end with ways to simplify the cost evaluation of work and risk.

Speakers
avatar for Matt Barcomb

Matt Barcomb

VP Org Design Services, LeanDog
Matt (@mattbarcomb) is a product development specialist with a penchant for organization design. He works with companies to turn software development into a core competency by integrating product development activities with business practices. Matt takes a pragmatic, systems approach to improvement, working with stakeholders throughout medium and large organizations. He has experience working with product management and software delivery teams as... Read More →


Thursday May 5, 2016 10:00am - 11:40am
Conference Room H Eagle Crest Conference Center & Resort

10:55am

ONE LOUDER: Taking git bisect to the next level

This talk starts with an overview of the fundamentals of git bisect – finding the commit that introduced a defect or some other issue, and how to automate that process.

Knowing the faulty commit is a good first step and sometimes sufficient in itself to solve the issue at hand. In practice however, the next steps can be more complicated. The rest of the talk will discuss techniques to go beyond the initial commit and take bisect to the next level, a "bisect within the bisect" if you will.


Speakers
avatar for Magnus Stahre

Magnus Stahre

Software Craftsman, Pillar
He is currently an Agile craftsman at Pillar Technology where he solves difficult problems while coaching others on techniques and toolsthat help developers work better.He is also a dedicated Unix lover, having started his career as a sysadmin.


Thursday May 5, 2016 10:55am - 11:40am
Auditorium #1 Eagle Crest Conference Center & Resort

10:55am

Making your Project Personal: A persona workshop

You've seen and used personas on projects before, but did they really add the value you desired? This session will be a hands-on workshop exploring how and why we use personas. We'll get practice creating personas for a fictitious project. At then end of the workshop you'll have experienced how to effectively bring a human element to your project through personas.


Speakers
avatar for Jonathon Baugh

Jonathon Baugh

Experience Architect
For the past 20 years, J Baugh has been designing and building meaningful digital experiences. A long-time advocate for the user, he has held a wide variety roles including everything from High-Tech Anthropologist® to founder/CEO. Mr. Baugh's experience in leading startups from initial concept to commercialization proves invaluable in his current role as an Experience Architect. His unique ability to fuse together user experience, technology... Read More →


Thursday May 5, 2016 10:55am - 11:40am
Conference Room E Eagle Crest Conference Center & Resort

11:40am

11:40am

Lunch
Thursday May 5, 2016 11:40am - 1:00pm
Ballroom Eagle Crest Conference Center & Resort

1:00pm

DevOps is a People Problem AND a Technical Problem
Gerry Weinberg once said of consulting “There is always a problem, and it’s always a people problem.” The world of DevOps is emerging rapidly, and just like the early days of Agile, is still working on refining exactly what DevOps means. So often, the focus is either on the technical aspects of the various tool, or on the people problem of “bringing Ops into the room”. But what is the problem that DevOps addresses, and is that problem more of a technical problem, or a people problem? We will explore this, and look at the possible intersection between the two “problems” and how a DevOps approach can help overcome them.

Speakers
avatar for Steve Ropa

Steve Ropa

Agile Consultant, VersionOne
Steve has 26+ years of experience in software development and 16 years’ experience working with agile methods. Steve is passionate about bridging the gap between the business and technology and nurturing the change in the nature of development. He has currently been focusing many of his efforts around creating a culture of Craftsmanship in the entire development shop. As an Agile Coach, Steve has supported clients across multiple industry... Read More →


Thursday May 5, 2016 1:00pm - 1:45pm
Conference Room H Eagle Crest Conference Center & Resort

1:00pm

How to Make the Transition to Tech Leadership
The most critical time for the leader of an engineering team is the beginning. Teams take cues from day one and their practices and culture can be hard to change. For engineers transitioning into a management role, that means their most important work comes when they're least experienced. This isn't a talk about how to be a great tech leader. This is a talk about going from being an implementor to a lead, or from one lead role to another. To be successful you'll need a plan. What should you be thinking about now, before the opportunity arises? How can you get off to a good start? We'll give concrete tips as well as food for thought. This talk is especially targeted to members of startups.

Speakers
avatar for Jenny Farver

Jenny Farver

Director of Engineering, Civis Analytics
Jenny leads the engineering team Civis Analytics, where her goal is to hire the best, then design, collaborate and build in ways that value each engineer’s perspective and excellence. Jenny is also an Adjunct Professor of Data Analytics at Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management. Prior to joining Civis, Jenny spent five years at Ab Initio Software in Lexington, MA as a software developer.


Thursday May 5, 2016 1:00pm - 1:45pm
Conference Room B Eagle Crest Conference Center & Resort

1:00pm

Refactoring Legacy Code Guided by Simple Design
The web has many trivial testing and refactoring examples that developers have difficulty translating to real-world code bases. As a result, many "new to agile" developers don't attempt to refactor or create tests for legacy code, reserving these techniques for the ever elusive greenfield project. To help developers with this dilemma, this session will walk through a real legacy Java code base, and go through some safe refactorings required to bring the code under test. All of this will be done under the guidance of the principles of Simple Design.

Session video available here: http://j.mp/RLCGBSD

Speakers
avatar for Nayan Hajratwala

Nayan Hajratwala

Lean / Agile Coach, Chikli Consulting
Nayan Hajratwala is the owner of Chikli Consulting. A Lean/Agile Coach with over 15 years of hands-on experience delivering software, he has significant programming experience and is a deep technologist always exploring new languages and ideas. His specialties include training software teams to increase their productivity and decrease their time-to-market while improving the quality of their product. Nayan is a speaker at many user groups and... Read More →


Thursday May 5, 2016 1:00pm - 1:45pm
Salon #5 Eagle Crest Conference Center & Resort

1:00pm

The Magic of Perception
In this interactive session, we’ll explore how each of us views the world differently and how our perception is shaped by everything we've previously experienced. Through magic and illusions, Jeff reveals the ways our perceptions influence our reality and how our individual realities are unique. Discovering your distinct personal perspective by understanding how biases impact how we make sense of the world around us, we can learn to better understand others. We can gain insights which inform our interactions with customers, colleagues, and competitors. You'll leave this session with an appreciation for working with others, and approaches to team problem solving in our complex world. No magic spells required.

Speakers
avatar for Jeff Kosciejew

Jeff Kosciejew

Agile Coach, Capital One Canada
Jeff Kosciejew is an accomplished Agile Coach & Scrum Master, having developed his skills over many years consulting & working with both large and small organizations across a diverse range of industries. His experience includes technical, non-technical, and fully cross-functional teams. Jeff is always looking for ways to disrupt & highlight inefficient processes & systems to to enable & empower people's creativity, and maximize outcomes and... Read More →


Thursday May 5, 2016 1:00pm - 1:45pm
Auditorium #1 Eagle Crest Conference Center & Resort

1:00pm

Collaborate, Or Else...
Do you have a large team that struggles to communicate effectively? Does your team has members with pockets of domain knowledge? Do conversations in your team seem dominated by a few individuals? Do your team members work in silos on their own stories instead of swarming, during the iterations? Do you routinely hear “This is not detailed enough, I need more information to proceed on this story “? “Collaborate, Or Else”, is a fast paced cooperative game, that is yours to win by working as a team, collaborating and everyone contributing to the final solution. A must play, team building game for agile teams, to understand team dynamics and how to communicate effectively amongst themselves. Play it right, and it takes only 10 minutes to solve. If not, you have an opportunity to iterate and do it again after a quick retrospective. Experience how effective communication is key to realizing the goals. Come Play with Us.

Speakers
avatar for Srinivasa Badrinarayanan

Srinivasa Badrinarayanan

Srinivasa Badrinarayanan (Bad Srini) An Agile enthusiast from the Metro Detroit region, making a difference one team at a time. Loves to play games and use game metaphor to reinforce agile concepts. (www.linkedin.com/in/badsrini)
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April Jefferson

Organizational Change Coach, April Jefferson Corp



Thursday May 5, 2016 1:00pm - 1:45pm
Auditorium #2 Eagle Crest Conference Center & Resort

1:00pm

Continuous Improv
A humorous look at agility and innovation through the lens of continuous improvement. Learn how to balance ongoing exploration, ideation and execution, seamlessly integrating discovery alongside delivery in a highly visible, transparent and lean way. Ignite a spark of passion in cases when you have an otherwise unlively team. Harmonize your team's ability to cross-function. Strengthen their collaborative versatility and ability to contribute inventive ideas. Illuminate their sense of purpose and alignment. And for flux sake, make sure you're building the right product or functionality before you code, whenever possible—I'll show you some lean ways to craft codeless prototypes and test concepts with a special set of curated users for validation. The concepts and techniques that attendees will learn can easily be put into practice on Monday. We'll also explore some traps, with tips to ensure smooth integration of these techniques, and that you can address your team's concerns effectively, so everyone can quickly get back to doing what they love most.

Speakers
avatar for Scott Showalter

Scott Showalter

Lean Experience Designer, Michigan First Credit Union
What does the future of banking and financial mobility look like? Know one really knows yet, but that's what a team at Michigan First Credit Union is working to discover. Scott embraces such wild unknowns as a lean experience designer within that team, and while they toil away at figuring it out, they're learning what true agility means: cohesive versatility.


Thursday May 5, 2016 1:00pm - 1:45pm
Conference Room F Eagle Crest Conference Center & Resort

1:00pm

Help! My Product Owner is 'Wrong Way' Peachfuzz!
Captain “Wrong Way” Peachfuzz was a character on the animated TV program Rocky and Bullwinkle. Probably the most incompetent sailor that ever lived, his crew considered mutiny, but instead installed a dummy control room, so that Peachfuzz would think he was in command, while the crew actually controlled the ship from below deck. How would you know if your Product Owner is steering you towards disaster? Even if they are, what can you do about it? In this session: • We'll have 5 volunteers from the audience to come to the front of the room and assume the roles on a Scrum Team: Product Owner, ScrumMaster, and 3 Developers. We can also add Line Manager. • Each player will be given a secret goal, a way of being that will impact their interactions. • Using a fictitious project with pre-prepared Scrum artifacts, they will run through a couple of sprints, using the Scrum ceremonies – Daily Scrum, Sprint Grooming, Sprint Planning, etc. • We’ll see if the audience can spot the warning signs, and discuss ways to correct course.

Speakers
avatar for Dave Limbaugh

Dave Limbaugh

Agile Coach, Spectrum Health
My Agile journey began in 1999 as a Java developer at Menlo Innovations in Ann Arbor, Michigan, using XP (Extreme Programming). In 2004 I moved to Grand Rapids to work at Spectrum Health, an integrated health care company with over 23,000 employees. Currently, as the Agile Coach, I design and deliver internal training on Agile/Scrum for the enterprise, and coach our software development teams. I am a Certified ScrumMaster, Certified Scrum Product... Read More →


Thursday May 5, 2016 1:00pm - 1:45pm
Conference Room A Eagle Crest Conference Center & Resort

1:00pm

Coaches are Grown, Not Born: Developing Coaching Capability Inside Your Organization
There's a pile of evidence that coaching plays an important role in helping an organization transform to Agile. External coaches can help an organization as it begins to adopt agile practices, but a sustainable Agile adoption requires an organization to stand on their own. Developing an internal coaching team is an important step in becoming self-sufficient. Join Sue Johnston and Shawn Button as they explore the process of building a team of competent internal coaches. Look at identifying coach candidates, putting together and running a coach development program, and creating opportunities for learning on-the-job. Learn about potential bumps in the road - organizational impediments to building coaches - and strategies for overcoming those barriers. Sue and Shawn share their experiences with what works, and what to avoid. Leave with a realistic plan to discover and develop coaches in your organization or those you work with.

Speakers
avatar for Shawn Button

Shawn Button

Agile Coach, Leanintuit
Shawn is an expert in Agile development practices and Agile/Lean Coach, with the proven ability to help individuals, teams, and enterprises adopt better ways of working. Shawn has found that Agile and Lean are most effective when they are based in trust and respect for the people doing the work. He believes that we are in the first stages of a revolution that will someday result in a new work norm, where people are universally valued, empowered... Read More →


Thursday May 5, 2016 1:00pm - 2:40pm
Conference Room C Eagle Crest Conference Center & Resort

1:00pm

Leading for Change
As a leader are you struggling to find a way for your team to improve and have that change stick? Here’s a thought: What if the point is NOT to have change stick? Improvement in teams will not be the result of telling the teams to do Scrum, Kanban or some other methodology. Lasting improvement requires leadership in a way supportive and encouraging of ongoing improvement. Regardless of your job title in this workshop you will learn to create a team culture making change safe, and what it means to create and lead a team in which change is just the way it is.

Speakers
avatar for Mike Edwards

Mike Edwards

Agile Coach, Leanintuit
Mike Edwards started his career more than 25 years ago as a software developer.?Mike has spent the past 15 years leading teams of all shapes and sizes. When Mike? stumbled across Lean and Agile numerous years ago it rocked his belief system and? forever changed how he views our work. Mike now helps organizations transform how they do business through the use of Lean & Agile. Mike helps organizations transform their business through a... Read More →


Thursday May 5, 2016 1:00pm - 2:40pm
Conference Room E Eagle Crest Conference Center & Resort

1:00pm

The “Last Responsible Moment” LEGO Learning Lab
Agile and Lean principles call for teams to delay decisions and activities until the “last responsible moment” so as to minimize rework and waste. While this sounds good in concept, sometimes teams fall victim to waiting until it is “too late” to make a decision or get started on a needed activity resulting in missed opportunities and/or down-to-the-wire heroic efforts to meet a deadline. At the same time, successful adoption of many agile and lean practices requires a culture of “organizational learning”. Come experience a “mash-up” of these concepts in the “Last Responsible Moment” LEGO Learning lab. In this workshop, participants will engage in a competitive LEGO simulation where teams will be asked to build a simple LEGO structure - each team’s structure will be scored based on its design, height, and how long the team waits to begin, whereby an incentive is provided to wait until the last responsible moment. The intent of the build activity is to allow teams to improve skills to make effective self-managing team decisions, as ultimately each team must decide when they wish to begin building, so experience is gained in identifying trade-offs, and using decision making protocols. After building, teams will debrief on what went well and where there were opportunities to improve seeking to increase their scores. The focus of this workshop will then pivot to focus on practices supportive of organizational learning between teams. Following the build challenge, participants will be given an “experiment canvas” and asked to define a problem, hypothesis, and indicator related to attempting to improve their score. The build challenge will then be repeated to allow participants to conduct their experiments and test their hypotheses. Participants will leave the workshop having experienced an engaging exercise they can use within self-managing teams to improve team decision making skills, and learned how to complete an “experiment canvas” they can integrate into practices such as retrospectives to improve organizational learning and sharing insights between teams.

Speakers
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Jason Tice

Vice President of Business Innovation, World Wide Technology


Thursday May 5, 2016 1:00pm - 2:40pm
Conference Room D Eagle Crest Conference Center & Resort

1:55pm

Building Blocks of a Knowledge Work Culture
Much of what we've learned about management and motivation isn't necessarily wrong, it's just inappropriate and ineffective for knowledge work. To create a truly impactful knowledge work environment, you need to use appropriate leadership styles and create an environment that allows people to achieve their highest potential. Doc takes a look at types of work, the management styles that work best for them, and the qualities necessary to create a high-performing knowledge work culture.

Speakers
avatar for Doc Norton

Doc Norton

CEO, CTO2
Doc is passionate about working with teams to improve delivery and building great organizations. Once a dedicated code slinger, Doc has turned his energy toward helping teams, departments, and companies work better together in the pursuit of better software. Working with a wide range of companies such as Groupon, Nationwide Insurance, Belly, and many others, Doc has applied tenants of agile, lean, systems thinking, and servant leadership to... Read More →


Thursday May 5, 2016 1:55pm - 2:40pm
Auditorium #1 Eagle Crest Conference Center & Resort

1:55pm

Considering The 11/12ths
11/12ths of our work isn't copy/paste, nor is it typing. 11/12th of our work is thinking, learning, making decisions, discovering rules and facts we didn't know, making mistakes and learning from them, reading code, guessing and confirming or refuting. The future lies in the hands of the people who learn how to manage people whose work is not motion, but decision-making. Come see what we have learned so far, expand your reading list, and catch a vision of what the future might look like if we tend to the art of thinking for a living.

Speakers
avatar for Tim Ottinger

Tim Ottinger

Tim is a long-time programmer (since 1979), reviewer, speaker, writer. He has been active in many of the big changes in software over the past 36 years (including Design Patterns, Object-Oriented Design, and Agile software development). In addition to his contributions in "Clean Code" and "Agile In A Flash", Tim's articles appeared in the C++ Journal, Pragmatic Bookshelf, InfoQ, CIO, and SmartBear. Tim is one of the crew of experts at... Read More →


Thursday May 5, 2016 1:55pm - 2:40pm
Auditorium #2 Eagle Crest Conference Center & Resort

1:55pm

Dynamic reteaming: how we build and rebuild teams
Who says you need stable teams in order to build a successful software company? We've thrived with dynamically changing feature teams for the past 8 years from startup to public company. During this time, we've come up with several strategies to help individuals and teams gel and get up to speed as fast as possible. In this talk we'll share the specifics, which relate to teambuilding, onboarding and continuous learning/reflection.

Speakers
avatar for Heidi Helfand

Heidi Helfand

Principal Agile Coach, Independent
Heidi Helfand is an independent consultant who has spent the last 17 years coaching and influencing cross-functional teams at pioneering web software companies. At Expertcity, Inc. (acquired by CitrixOnline) she was on the initial team that built GoToMyPC, GoToMeeting and GoToWebinar, the products which have made Citrix Online one of the largest SAAS companies in the world. She was Principal Agile Coach at AppFolio, Inc., a SAAS workflow software... Read More →


Thursday May 5, 2016 1:55pm - 2:40pm
Conference Room B Eagle Crest Conference Center & Resort

1:55pm

In a World Without Roles...
As teams continuously improve and evolve their agile maturity, productivity increases become harder and harder to find. Many teams look to increase their size to increase productivity. It is expensive, time consuming and disruptive to add people to a performing team. The question we must ask is, "Are we, as a team, as productive as possible, as we are today?" If you have roles such as developer, business analyst, scrum master, quality assurance, build engineer, etc. on your team then this session is for you. This session will use lessons learned from my past efforts to eliminate roles on teams and from the recent DevOps trend to show how you can eliminate the roles on your team, reducing waste and improving productivity. Warning: Many of these techniques are cutting edge, controversial and beyond traditional agile thinking. This session challenges the traditional "corporate mores" of job and technology specialization.

Speakers
avatar for John Sextro

John Sextro

Agileist & Podcaster, 9 Principles
John Sextro is an agilist, entrepreneur, technologist and podcaster. John has devoted the past 16 years of his life to helping teams adopt and elevate their agile development process. John frequently attends and speaks at agile conferences. John produces This Agile Life, a weekly podcast devoted to helping others use agile in the real world. Additionally, John produces iOhYes, a podcast for iOS developers, by iOS developers.



Thursday May 5, 2016 1:55pm - 2:40pm
Conference Room F Eagle Crest Conference Center & Resort

1:55pm

Take Your Software Beyond Legacy Code
Building software in sprints requires different skills from those used in Waterfall development. Practices such as continuous integration, pair programming, creating CLEAN code, writing the test first, and implementing the design last let development teams build quality software more rapidly and with fewer defects. In this session, we look at these key development practices that help keep software from becoming legacy code and why these practices are vital for sustained success with Agile.

Speakers
avatar for David Bernstein

David Bernstein

Consultant, To Be Agile
David Scott Bernstein is the author of the new book _Beyond Legacy Code: Nine Practices to Extend the Life (and Value) of Your Software._ It’s an insider’s view of the software industry drawn from his decades of hands-on experience as a software developer, trainer, and consultant to some of the biggest players in the business. With its emphasis on technical excellence, the primary audience for _Beyond Legacy Code_ is software development... Read More →


Thursday May 5, 2016 1:55pm - 2:40pm
Salon #5 Eagle Crest Conference Center & Resort

1:55pm

TransPairency - Crucial Collaboration Lessons for all Leaders
Creating a culture of true collaboration in order to achieve the promises of agility in your organization. Exploring ways that successful companies have exploited the use of "TransPairency" to bring the Board Room and the Team Room closer together. We will examine and discuss the keys to successful agile leadership, and the types of guardrails that successful companies are using today to share and grow their team agility at all levels of an organization. This presentation will share real-world experiences and examples of medium and large scale companies from the perspective of a Scrum Master, Product Owner, and Portfolio Director. We will share key collaborative areas that have directly contributed to agility success.

Speakers
avatar for Mark Des Biens

Mark Des Biens

Sr. Solutions Consultant, VersionOne
Mark Des Biens is currently working as a Sr. Solution Engineer and Implementation Consultant at VersionOne. Mark has more than 20 years of project experience and has worked with dozens of companies looking to improve their enterprise agility. He has been a ScrumMaster and agile program manager, and is one of the founding members of the Midwest Agile Community Meetup group. Mark has presented at BA World, PMI, Agile Alliance, Agile Day Chicago and... Read More →



Thursday May 5, 2016 1:55pm - 2:40pm
Conference Room A Eagle Crest Conference Center & Resort

1:55pm

Using Metrics as a Map
Have you ever had a gut feeling a project is about to go off course but no way to validate (or invalidate) that feeling? Has your team ever been burned by an inaccurate estimate or unreasonable expectation? Have you ever wished you could peer a bit into the future? Navigating the uncertainty of knowledge work is often difficult and uncomfortable. During this session, you'll learn new ways to visualize your team's reliability and variability using the data you already collect. Instead of relying entirely on your gut or laboring over estimates, you'll learn to predict outcomes and describe their likelihood. While this session won't teach you to eliminate uncertainty or allow you to see the future, it will provide you with tools to explore and chart a reasonable course through the inherent ambiguity of knowledge work.

Speakers
avatar for Catherine Swetel

Catherine Swetel

Cat has experience applying lean principles in a variety of settings: from startups to large enterprises, warehouses to web, etc. She is passionate about increasing diversity in tech. In her leisure time, Cat enjoys making jokes about Bitcoin, drinking beer, and reading feminist literature.



Thursday May 5, 2016 1:55pm - 2:40pm
Conference Room H Eagle Crest Conference Center & Resort

3:00pm

Engineered to Adapt
Are you trying to get Agile in an established organization?  Are you thinking about how you're going to make the next change?  Are you frustrated with constantly trying to make people believe it's going to work?

We spend a whole lot of time preparing a message for making change in an organization. Let's spend more time developing our people to welcome changes.

Speakers
avatar for Jess VanDerMaas

Jess VanDerMaas

Agile Coach, Quicken Loans
I'm an engineer who has been re-engineered to be an Agile Coach! Tackling agile transformation for an organization with over 1,000 team members. | | Let's break things down and see how they work!


Thursday May 5, 2016 3:00pm - 3:45pm
Conference Room A Eagle Crest Conference Center & Resort

3:00pm

Feedback and Challenging Conversations

We want to create organizations and systems where people thrive. We want an environment where we can create valuable software people love, and make money and have fun together while doing it. For a team to be healthy in this way, we need to be able to talk about difficult subjects. If only it weren't so awkward!

In this session, you'll learn how to give effective feedback, both positive and negative. You'll also learn how you can approach difficult conversations, and use them to move your team forward.


Speakers
avatar for Alex Harms

Alex Harms

Maitria
A developer, coach, and guide for mindfulness and meditation students, Alex brings warmth & compassion to technology. By teaching and coaching from a place of mindfulness and empathy, Alex helps disempower fear, strengthen communication, and build connection, so that tech teams learn together and thrive. Author of The Little Guide to Empathetic Technical Leadership, host of The Geek Joy Podcast, and coach at Maitria.


Thursday May 5, 2016 3:00pm - 3:45pm
Conference Room E Eagle Crest Conference Center & Resort

3:00pm

Shoestring Agility in a Velcro Organization
Slides

At an Agile-unfriendly Fortune 100 bank, with little budget or domain expertise -- and no testers! -- our tiny team's discipline and creativity enabled us to safely and reliably manage risk, deliver value, and earn precious trust. In a project-oriented, non-software-savvy, risk-averse yet risk-unskilled large organization, our efforts were not always understood or appreciated. But Agile practices helped us do just what the organization required: make the best of our limited resources, meet stringent constraints on speed, visibility, and control, and deliver as much value as we possibly could. When under deadlines, we shipped on time and on spec; when free to react to the changing needs of the business, we shipped dozens of high-quality monthly releases, consistently mitigating change risk and minimizing cycle time. I'll share a few of our most effective maneuvers.

Speakers
avatar for Amitai Schlair

Amitai Schlair

Software development coach, Pillar Technology
Amitai Schlair (@schmonz) is a software development coach, legacy code wrestler, non-award-winning musician, and award-winning bad poet. He publishes fixed-length micropodcasts at Agile in 3 Minutes, writes variable-length articles at schmonz.com, and contributes code and direction to notable open-source projects such as NetBSD, pkgsrc, and ikiwiki. Amitai’s ideas, prose, music, and puns have manifested at Agile Roots, Agile for Humans... Read More →


Thursday May 5, 2016 3:00pm - 3:45pm
Conference Room H Eagle Crest Conference Center & Resort

3:00pm

The 30 Best, Free Software Testing Tools in 45 Minutes
Yes, you heard that right... 30 of the best, FREE tools for software testers in 45 minutes! Get your stopwatch ready! In this session we’ll introduce top testing tools every tester should know about so they can pull them from their toolbox when the time is right! We’ll focus on really useful tools that make your testing so much better – especially those power tools! Once we’re through my list, we’ll crowd-source the rest to drive home our 30 in 45. So make sure to bring a few of your favorites with you to share with other testers!

Speakers
avatar for Jess Lancaster

Jess Lancaster

QA Practice Manager, TechSmith
Jess Lancaster is the QA Practice Manager at TechSmith, the maker of Snagit, Camtasia, and other visual communication software applications. He has over 17 years of testing and test leadership experience with government, financial, insurance, and commercial software organizations. Jess regularly speaks on software development and testing at meetups and conferences. He has served as adjunct faculty for software testing at Lansing Community... Read More →


Thursday May 5, 2016 3:00pm - 3:45pm
Salon #5 Eagle Crest Conference Center & Resort

3:00pm

The Data Greenhouse: DevOps measurement at scale
Most agile teams focus on following a delivery process and overlook finding ways to improve the process. The essence of agile is focused around the idea of continuous improvement via inspect and adapt. In this session, we will be providing insights around evolving your measurements using data in order to embrace a different mindset. A mindset that encourages more facts and less judgment. A mindset that encourages organizations to move from “performance” to decisions, behaviors, outcomes, external evaluation to “Let’s figure this out together”, proof to evidence, answers to questions, precision to speed and from objective to subjective (but with lots of facts!)

Speakers
avatar for Salah Elleithy

Salah Elleithy

Agile Coach, SparkAgility
Salah gets the most joy out of sparking curiosity in learning and experimentation. Throughout his journey, he has held roles in business analysis, project management, product management, agile coaching and management consulting. Salah is passionate about enabling organizational agility and enhancing team capabilities. His work entails helping organizations in designing a community (culture) of learning. Salah is the Founder and Learning... Read More →
avatar for Dante Vilardi

Dante Vilardi

Principal, Turning Partners LLC
"Dante Vilardi is an enterprise agility coach with 16 years' experience in IT and operations. He specializes in applying the Lean / Agile framework to data-driven technology programs. In both coaching and training contexts, Dante brings a product focus to Agile program delivery. He has a track record of successful Agile transformation in industries such as financial services, manufacturing, insurance and the public sector. Salah Elleithy is a... Read More →


Thursday May 5, 2016 3:00pm - 3:45pm
Conference Room F Eagle Crest Conference Center & Resort

3:00pm

Finding the Key to Engagement - Purpose
Is your team performing, but not succeeding? Do you feel like your team are just a bunch of hamsters running on exercise wheels working hard, but getting no where? Have you asked people to help with a new initiative, and had no volunteers? If you answered yes or even, "yeah, maybe" -- then you may have an issue with engagement. It may not be a problem of a team working hard or even working well together, but it may simply be a problem of challenge and vision -- basically a lack of purpose. In this discussion, we'll explore why purpose is important, the power of it, how it enables engagement, and we'll exercise a simple way you as a team member and leader can help clarify your purpose.

Speakers
avatar for Matt Badgley

Matt Badgley

Services Director, Agile Consultant, Version One
Matt Badgley Lean/Agile Coaching and Services Director at VersionOne CSM, CSPO, SAFe SPC With a career in Information Technology that has officially reached drinking age, Matt has wore one too many hats in roles from Systems Analyst to Programmer to IT Manager to Programmer to Director. He’s a seeker of new ideas and learning new things. Matt's passion has been working with product delivery teams to develop into their own identity and simply... Read More →



Thursday May 5, 2016 3:00pm - 3:45pm
Conference Room C Eagle Crest Conference Center & Resort

3:00pm

The Expressive Engineer: Shifting from output to impact
The stereotype of engineers and technical professionals as inarticulate, socially inept geniuses inventing problems to solve is not just unkind. It's inaccurate. (OK, maybe not the "genius" part.) Yet the Dilbert image persists. So do jokes like the one about the engineer sentenced to death on the guillotine, who watches the instrument of death malfunction, then tells the operators how to fix it. In this interactive session, we'll show a little empathy for engineers and other analytical folk whose neurological wiring makes them seem different from the rest of humanity. We'll also explore how those with the engineering mindset can consciously adopt behaviours that amplify their value to their teams and organizations - and make their lives easier by positioning themselves for understanding. The analytical mind is particularly valuable when we can turn it off and adopt the perspective of the person we're talking with. Technical professionals are excellent at finding solutions to problems. Unfortunately, searching for the perfect solution to the interesting problem we see can prevent us from seeing other problems that stand in the way of value for others. True collaboration and value creation invite us to see through the lenses of end users and sponsors and help them connect the dots. In this interactive presentation, you will discover: - how to make your ideas meaningful to others by taking their perspective - how shifting your language from "What?" to "So What?" helps people connect your dots - why giving up the need to be smart may be the smartest thing you ever do Join Declan, a professional engineer and developer, and Sue, a communication coach, in a lively discussion of what can happen when engineers and technical professionals shift their mindset from solving problems to creating impact.

Speakers
avatar for Susan Johnston

Susan Johnston

Coach and Trainer, It's Understood / Leanintuit
I help you talk so people listen, listen so people talk and change the world one conversation at a time. A professional coach and trainer, my specialty is interaction at work, particularly as it applies to workplace change. | | I enjoy helping technical people learn the skills of coaching and facilitation that will make them more effective at work. (My learning programs are accredited by ICAgile.) | | Based in Waterloo, Ontario, I'm... Read More →
avatar for Declan Whelan

Declan Whelan

Leanintuit
Helping organizations improve value steams and their organizational structure.


Thursday May 5, 2016 3:00pm - 3:45pm
Conference Room B Eagle Crest Conference Center & Resort

3:00pm

The Three Things You Need to Know to Transform Any Sized Organization into an Agile Enterprise
The deeper we go down the path of scaled agile transformation, the more we are learning that adding additional process and additional complexity can only ever get us part of the way there. At some point size and complexity is going to limit our ability to be truly agile. To be truly agile, we have to reduce size and complexity and move toward greater organizational simplicity. The challenge is that large organizations are often complex and usually anything but simple.

Most agile transformations get started by either ignoring the complexity inherent in the system or by wrapping that complexity in planning constructs that can help in the short run, but are ultimately doomed to limit your business agility over time. There has to be another way. To really achieve agility at scale, we have to stop chasing more advanced ways to manage complexity and seek out more effective patterns for moving toward greater simplicity. In short, it’s not the end state of an agile transformation that we must stay focused on; it’s the systematic process of reducing complexity that is critical to achieving your ultimate business goals.

To transform any sized organization into an agile enterprise, there are only three things you need to know to be successful:
  1. You must have complete cross functional teams. 
  2. You must have clear backlogs. 
  3. You must have the ability to produce a working, tested increment of product on regular intervals. 
Every other benefit of agile is impossible without creating these three conditions for success; everything that gets in the way of creating these three conditions is an impediment to your transformation which has to be removed; and your transformation roadmap should be solely focused on how your going to make all this possible in your organization. Until you make this happen... nothing much else is going to matter.

This talk will explore patterns for creating cross-functional teams at scale, what that looks like, what get’s in the way, and how to get there. We’ll discover why clear backlogs are so hard to create and what you'll need to do about it. Warning, this will not be easy! Finally, we’ll discuss why working tested software created on regular intervals is the secret sauce to actually getting the business benefits your organization is looking for.

Speakers
avatar for Mike Cottmeyer

Mike Cottmeyer

CEO, LeadingAgile
LeadingAgile co-founder and CEO, Mike Cottmeyer is passionate about solving the challenges associated with Agile in larger, more complex enterprises. To that end, he and his team are 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, developing content, and... Read More →



Thursday May 5, 2016 3:00pm - 4:40pm
Auditorium #1 Eagle Crest Conference Center & Resort

3:00pm

Design Thinking for Agile Teams
So often we start our projects with a problem and a solution already in mind, usually handed to us by either management or a product owner. Equally as often during the project we find ourselves discovering that the problem handed down was not the problem to solve at all, but something else entirely. We’ll start to call this phenomenon scope creep and do all we can to either stop the change or start making huge trade offs to accommodate the change. This session takes us back a step in the process and proposes a better way to help our customers explore and define the problem before we start building the solution. Using the Design Thinking approach from the Stanford School of Design (http://dschool.stanford.edu/dgift/#gear-up) we will show how this can be used to work with our customers to clearly define the problem space and generate an approach to solve the problem. The Design Thinking approach embodies many of the agile tenets such as customer involvement, collaborative approach, learning from feedback, and an incremental approach to building. Using the 5 steps of Design Thinking; Empathize, Define, Ideate, Prototype, Test, this interactive session will present the concepts and attendees will practice by applying the methods at their tables.

Speakers
avatar for Helene Gidley

Helene Gidley

Agile Coach and Mentor, HSG Consulting LLC
Helene Gidley is a PMP and CSM (Certified Scrum Master) and is the owner of HSG Consulting LLC. She has over twenty years of experience in the Information Systems industry with broad experience in leading software project teams in business, pharmaceutical, and health sciences industries. Since 2003 she has worked with Extreme Programming (XP), Scrum, and Kanban teams on Agile projects, has coached teams on effective story card practices, and... Read More →



Thursday May 5, 2016 3:00pm - 4:40pm
Auditorium #2 Eagle Crest Conference Center & Resort

3:00pm

Getting to 20/20 - Creating a Product Vision Board

Creating a product without a shared vision is like trying to read a sign without your glasses. There's a lot of squinting and guessing as to what the sign says. Where one person sees an E another might see a T. In the end, no one can agree on what the sign says and everyone has a headache.

Having a poor vision or no vision at all almost guarantees poor results for your product. The stakeholders won't get the value that they need or expect, the team won't know why they're building the product and no one knows what success even looks like.

In this workshop you'll learn how to create a product vision board - a simple, visual tool for defining the goal of the product and the path to achieve that goal. We'll look at why we need a common vision, how to create the board and how to validate the board so you know that you're on the right track. Get your glasses on and let's bring our product vision into focus.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Learn what a product vision board is and the benefits of creating one
  • Learn how to create and use a product vision board
  • Learn how to validate the product vision board to increase your chances for success

Speakers
avatar for Christina Hartikainen

Christina Hartikainen

Sr Business Analyst, EPS


Thursday May 5, 2016 3:00pm - 4:40pm
Conference Room D Eagle Crest Conference Center & Resort

3:55pm

Agile-Test Evolution: Changing Test Strategy Over Time
After years of consulting and conferring with teams from Activate to Zappos, Matt Heusser has seen more that how teams test - he has seen how test strategy changes over time to support more ambitious development approaches. That vantage point gave Matt the opportunity to put together a playbook - a guide to the recurring patterns of success, and failure, that he has for teams on the page of continuous improvement. Teams that moved from heavily documented process to light, to executable examples and exploration, and, for some, one-piece flow and continuous delivery tend to experiment with technique — some techniques seem to work, and others, not so much. Come benefit from the experience of others as we discuss a move to a fluency model for Agile-Testing, with real examples. Take home ways your team might evolve … and perhaps a few things to avoid.

Speakers
avatar for Matthew Heusser

Matthew Heusser

Principal Consultant, Excelon Development
Matt has deep experience in software testing, project management, development, writing, and systems improvement. His extensive network of contacts in these fields has enabled him to put together a diversified, high-level team of experts at Excelon. | | In 2006, Matt was lead organizer for the initial Great Lakes Software Excellence Conference, a regional event that continues today. He organized the Agile-Alliance Sponsored Workshop on the... Read More →


Thursday May 5, 2016 3:55pm - 4:40pm
Conference Room B Eagle Crest Conference Center & Resort

3:55pm

Better Ways of Developing Software. Or, Coding Like a Unicorn

The way software is developed and run in production has changed dramatically over the past ten years. These changes are just now reaching the “mainstream” who are looking to respond to the idea that “software is eating the world” and use software like all the “unicorns” we read about in the market. Getting your advice strictly from unicorn companies can feel a lot like getting dieting advice from celebrities: it sure will work if you have unlimited resources, few constraints, and, well, are already successful. What can the rest of shlubs who actually work in “the real world do” to get closer to the benefits of being “cloud native”?

This talk answers that question by looking at the current state of IT and how the role of IT has changed in recent years: if around ⅔ of businesses think IT doesn’t help them innovate, how is IT going to be effective in an era where custom written software is key to surviving and thriving in a business world where competitive advantages are now highly transient? Building on my observations in recent years about what technologies are helping organizations and, more importantly, the organizational and process (“culture,” the unicorns call it) the rest of the talk goes over how organizations can switch up their tools and approach to IT to code like a unicorn.

See a rehearsal recording of this presentation here, as well as slides for various versions of it: http://cote.io/2016/03/03/unicorn-coding/.



Speakers
avatar for Michael Coté

Michael Coté

Director of Technical Marketing, Pivotal
Michael Coté works at Pivotal in technical marketing. He’s been an industry analyst at 451 Research and RedMonk, worked in corporate strategy and M&A at Dell in software and cloud, and was a programmer for a decade before all that. He blogs and podcasts at Cote.io and is @cote in Twitter. | | See https://cote.io/speaking/ for more.


Thursday May 5, 2016 3:55pm - 4:40pm
Conference Room A Eagle Crest Conference Center & Resort

3:55pm

Nimble framework - Software architecture & design in agile era
Nimble Framework has evolved over time period while working across various industry domains and varying technology platforms in agile projects and programs. Nimble is accumulation of experiences and learnings. I intend to talk about “Nimble framework - Software architecture & design in agile era” which can give insight into how to create and manage software architecture with proper mix of intentional and emergence. Key concepts will center on: a. Handling of architecture and design in new product development, maintenance of a product, technology refresh, and major functionality revamp b. Thought process while dealing with architecture and design c. Development of team capability with respect to architecture and design

Speakers
avatar for Tushar Jain

Tushar Jain

Coach
Software architecture and design is my obsession which has taken many turns and shapes with time. | | I am pondering with Agile and Lean for more than a decade. The romance with agile and architecture has culminate in Nimble framework to create and maintain sustainable software architecture.



Thursday May 5, 2016 3:55pm - 4:40pm
Salon #5 Eagle Crest Conference Center & Resort

3:55pm

Stop doing Scrum; start being agile!
Sound familiar? "We implemented Scrum at our company, but agile didn't work for us." While agile has become a mainstream idea, there are still too many people who aren't getting the benefits they expected. If you are one of those people, this is an experience talk that will help you see agile in a new light. Unlike other agile talks, this isn't about convincing you to try a specific new methodology, technique, or practice. I provide a framework for making sense of all the options so your team and organization can adopt the right practices and adapt them to your team's context. From this talk you can learn: * How the history of agile reveals there is more to agile than changing your terms and going to Scrum meetings. * To frame both costs and benefits of different "stages" of agile to better set expectations for teams and management. * To learn from failures so you can start succeeding. At the end of this session, you’ll have ideas, tips, and tricks for enjoying and benefitting from agile more. Spoiler: Don't let the title fool you. I love Scrum. It is popular for good reason. But there's so much more I want people to love about agile.

Speakers
avatar for Ian Buchanan

Ian Buchanan

Developer Advocate, Atlassian
While Ian Buchanan has broad and deep experience with both Java and .NET, he is best known as a champion of agile methods in large enterprises. He is currently focused on the emerging DevOps culture and the tools for enabling better continuous integration, continuous delivery, and data analysis. During his career, he has successfully managed enterprise software development tools in all phases of their lifecycle, from cradle to grave. He has... Read More →


Thursday May 5, 2016 3:55pm - 4:40pm
Conference Room H Eagle Crest Conference Center & Resort

3:55pm

Team Trust Building

Teams are not a group of people who work together -- Teams Trust One Another.  

Building trust is critical for individual relationships, teams and the whole organization, but how deeply have we really examined it? It is far more complex than just the cliché of "I trust them or I don't". Authentic trust is far more actionable. There are critical distinctions to trust and understanding them is really the first step to becoming more effective and purposeful in our efforts to gain authentic trusting relationships.


Speakers
avatar for Tom Churchwell

Tom Churchwell

Consultant, Sente
I get jazzed helping teams transition toward self-organization, continuous improvement, and higher performance.  I enjoy learning, people, and the challenges associated with executing on high profile projects.



Thursday May 5, 2016 3:55pm - 4:40pm
Conference Room E Eagle Crest Conference Center & Resort

3:55pm

The 3 F's Equation : Failure - Fear = Freedom
Failure with the absence of fear leads to freedom. From this freedom comes the ability to be more creative, more innovative, more courageous and even more adventurous. Join this session to get an indepth look into how fear is a predominant factor in the perception of failure. Then by exploring the practices that can help identify fear, as well as gaining a thorough understanding of the methods that can help combat it, expect to leave with a new found freedom to fail, without having to go all "Braveheart" when you get back to work!

Here's the link to the slides - bit.ly/1Xb1WDX  

Speakers
avatar for Daniel Davis

Daniel Davis

Pillar
Daniel Davis is a Business Improvement Consultant, Agile Practitioner, Polyglot Developer, Innovator, Hacker, and Maker. He has been working in Agile and Agile Software Development for the last 10 years. Currently, he is an Executive Consultant with Pillar and has spent the last few years focused on driving solutions at an enterprise level working with companies such as Delphi, AAA Life, General Motors, Blue Cross Blue Shield, Cengage Learning... Read More →


3Fs pdf

Thursday May 5, 2016 3:55pm - 4:40pm
Conference Room F Eagle Crest Conference Center & Resort

3:55pm

The Single Most-Important Skill Every Agilist Needs
What is the single most-important skill needed by every member an Agile team? Hint: It builds a culture of trust, facilitates collaboration, and helps with conflict resolution. It is a foundation for being able to deliver the right software. And it is something everyone can learn. It is (drum roll please)… Active Listening. Yup, active listening. That’s it. Sound simple? Maybe…. Think you already know how to do it? Perhaps…. And yet, in my experience, it is one of the most underused skills in today’s workplace. It is a skill that takes a short time to learn in concept and a lifetime to master in practice. In this session we will examine active listening as a skill that can be learned, practiced and mastered. The session will cover: - What active listening is - Why it is so important - Why it is so difficult to put into practice - Specific active listening techniques Join us for a fun, interactive session and leave with new techniques and a whole new appreciation for this important skill that is foundational for team collaboration and success.

Speakers
avatar for Susan DiFabio

Susan DiFabio

Agile Coach, Susan K DiFabio Consulting LLC
I am 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 passionate... Read More →



Thursday May 5, 2016 3:55pm - 4:40pm
Conference Room C Eagle Crest Conference Center & Resort

4:45pm

Networking Social Hour presented by Beacon Hill Staffing Group
Held in the party tent overlooking Ford Lake, and will feature delicious complimentary food and drinks, so please join us!

Thanks to Beacon Hill for sponsoring this event.

Thursday May 5, 2016 4:45pm - 7:00pm
Outdoor Tent Eagle Crest Conference Center & Resort
 
Friday, May 6
 

7:45am

Lean Coffee
Moderators
avatar for Matthew Heusser

Matthew Heusser

Principal Consultant, Excelon Development
Matt has deep experience in software testing, project management, development, writing, and systems improvement. His extensive network of contacts in these fields has enabled him to put together a diversified, high-level team of experts at Excelon. | | In 2006, Matt was lead organizer for the initial Great Lakes Software Excellence Conference, a regional event that continues today. He organized the Agile-Alliance Sponsored Workshop on the... Read More →

Friday May 6, 2016 7:45am - 8:45am
Salon #5 Eagle Crest Conference Center & Resort

8:45am

Technical Excellence: You Need it

Extreme Programming with its provocative name, got people’s attention in 1999. It is based on sound technical practices. Why do so few agile teams employ engineering practices that support the tight iterative cycles of Agile and Scrum? The creators of Scrum expected the continuous improvement cycle to pull engineering practices into teams once the cycle revealed the problems of poor product quality, hard to change code, wasted time debugging, long stabilization efforts and the ever growing burden of manual test. This talk will cut through the mystery and show why we should all strive for Technical Excellence.


Speakers
avatar for James Grenning

James Grenning

Wingman Software
James Grenning trains, coaches and consults worldwide bringing modern technical and management practices to embedded systems development. He is the author of Test-Driven Development for Embedded C (http://wingman-sw.com/tddec). He invented Planning Poker, and participated in the creation of the Manifesto for Agile Software Development. His website is http://wingman-sw.com.


Friday May 6, 2016 8:45am - 9:45am
Ballroom Eagle Crest Conference Center & Resort

10:00am

Fallacies of Software Developers
Software developers get a bad rap. People think we're opinionated, because we blindly adhere to technology decisions we made last year. They think we're dogmatic because we attribute every problem with their software to a lack of pair programming. They think we have no idea what we're doing because we refuse to provide any level of estimate when presented with a problem. Unfortunately we as an industry reinforce these perceptions all too frequently. We value our opinions to the point that we can't see other's points of view. We work hard to deeply understand a technology and then can't separate ourselves from it when evaluating solutions to a problem. We delay difficult conversations until the point where we're unable to have them in a healthy manner. I've held firmly to many fallacies in my career that have kept me from truly reaching my goals and that of my clients. This talk will explore the most painful and common ones that I and others make on an all too frequent basis. Hopefully, attendees can avoid them or at least be self aware and understand the impact that they have on others.

Speakers
avatar for Todd Kaufman

Todd Kaufman

developer, Test Double



Friday May 6, 2016 10:00am - 10:45am
Salon #5 Eagle Crest Conference Center & Resort

10:00am

Take Back Agile
A few years ago, I made a posting suggesting that the current state of "agile" (so-called) has gone in unpleasant directions, and perhaps the process in many places is serving the process mavens and the desire for ceremony more than it serves the clients. I wrote "I want my agile back" What would it mean for you to have YOUR agile back? " What if you had something not so recognizably agile -- something past SCRUM or SAFe or what-have you? What if you could have something that fits your team and serves your users? I present some important questions, tell some stories, and hopefully we can find a way of working that goes past compliance, conformance, and complication.

Speakers
avatar for Tim Ottinger

Tim Ottinger

Tim is a long-time programmer (since 1979), reviewer, speaker, writer. He has been active in many of the big changes in software over the past 36 years (including Design Patterns, Object-Oriented Design, and Agile software development). In addition to his contributions in "Clean Code" and "Agile In A Flash", Tim's articles appeared in the C++ Journal, Pragmatic Bookshelf, InfoQ, CIO, and SmartBear. Tim is one of the crew of experts at... Read More →


Friday May 6, 2016 10:00am - 10:45am
Conference Room A Eagle Crest Conference Center & Resort

10:00am

Worthless Story Card Estimates
How much of your time is wasted estimating story cards? We’ll explore some alternatives to estimating story cards and review real-world comparisons of tracking work using story points vs. counting story cards. Not sure when story card estimates are needed? We’ll discuss that too. All discussions will be based on real-world examples and comparisons of alternatives for several projects. We’ll also discuss #NoEstimates and how it fits in. You’ll leave with an understanding of ways to plan/track agile projects and the tradeoffs involved with alternatives to story card estimates.

The presentation is available on SlideShare at http://www.slideshare.net/MikeKvintus/worthless-story-card-estimates-agile-and-beyond-562016 

Speakers
avatar for Mike Kvintus

Mike Kvintus

Iteration Manager, LeanDog
Mike is currently an Iteration Manager at LeanDog and has nearly 20 years of experience using agile methods to develop software in numerous fields. Mike is passionate about finding better ways to develop/deliver software and remove waste from software delivery processes by collecting/analyzing data on projects. Mike has been collecting data on agile projects and experimenting with story card estimation.



Friday May 6, 2016 10:00am - 10:45am
Conference Room H Eagle Crest Conference Center & Resort

10:00am

Critical Success Factors in Agile Delivery
Agile delivery changes how projects deliver software, and when implemented considering critical success factors, can provide outstanding results, and better predictability and earned value than traditional waterfall approaches. However, most organization have constraints that prevent them from achieving the speed to value that is possible. This presentation and discussion will arm attendees with the knowledge to understand critical success factors in Agile delivery, identify where they fall short in their organization and make initial recommendations for addressing the critical success factors as the seek to implement Agile or optimize their current Agile implementation. The attendees can also pre-read our guide that the presentation / discussion is based on, at this link on our IBM Center for the Business Government: http://www.businessofgovernment.org/report/guide-critical-success-factors-agile-delivery .

Speakers
avatar for Paul Gorans

Paul Gorans

Paul Gorans is the Agile Competency Lead for IBM Global Business Services, U.S. Federal sector. In addition to growing IBM Agile capabilities, he works with IBM teams and their clients to optimize solution delivery through the pragmatic use of integrated Agile, Lean, rapid, and traditional practices. Paul has over 22 years of experience delivering and supporting the sale of Application Development and Maintenance services. His diverse... Read More →



Friday May 6, 2016 10:00am - 11:40am
Conference Room B Eagle Crest Conference Center & Resort

10:00am

How Managers Nurture Agile Teams to Thrive

Agile transitions fail to provide adequate guidance on how a manager fits into an Agile organization. What do you do now? What is a manager to do when teams are supposed to be empowered, self-managing, and self-organizing? Is there even a place for managers in an Agile organization?

YES! There is a lot for managers to do in an Agile organization — they might be different than what you did before. Agile is a whole new way of work for most managers, as it requires a particular style of leadership. Your role and responsibilities need to evolve to support the growth and success of the team. You must learn to coach, remove obstacles and model new styles of communication. 

In this interactive session, Selena guides you on how you can thrive as an Agile Manager as you nurture and support your teams in transformational success. You leave with insights, techniques, and approaches you can readily apply when you return to work. Ready?! Come learn how to inspire, influence, and have an expansive impact in your organization while you flourish as an Agile Manager.

 Learning Outcomes:

  • The difference between traditional management and agile management.
  • The conditions that allow teams to succeed, and how to nourish them.
  • Why and how to be a coach, obstacle remover, and a cheerleader.
  • The evolution of leadership and communication to propel Agile transformations forward.
  • How to support agile teams and senior management, while demonstrating your value.

Prerequisite Knowledge:

You have had a role in managing people or teams - as a manager, project manager, ScrumMaster, or executive. 


Speakers
avatar for Selena Delesie

Selena Delesie

Leadership & Innovation Coach, Delesie Solutions Inc
Selena is an international speaker, coach and trainer who inspires people to get lit up from within, radiate positive energy and empower everyone around them to step into their greatness. As a successful corporate manager, consultant and coach, she brings years of experience across the technology, financial, Agile, software development and testing sectors. She bridges this experience with her training in several outside-the-box modalities to... Read More →



Friday May 6, 2016 10:00am - 11:40am
Auditorium #1 Eagle Crest Conference Center & Resort

10:00am

Fwd: Re: Re: Distributed Team Seeking Effective Communication
It’s time to dial in for your daily scrum and your team is distributed. You punch in the number and sit on hold until “the host has joined the conference.” Patiently, you wait another few minutes while the electronic board loads on the screen sharing tool. Once everyone else has joined in, and after a handful of miscellaneous “technical difficulties” you’re finally ready to start being agile! Does it have to be this painful?

In our zest to be agile and collaborative, many distributed teams are struggling. We know that face-to-face communication is ideal, but it’s just not possible for some teams. This presents challenges such as a lack of engagement, frequent miscommunication, delays due to scheduling needs, and bloated invite lists for conference calls.

Graham and Diane have felt your pain. And there is no silver bullet. Together let’s explore some of the causes of these pain points and discover ways that we can still achieve high quality communication. You will leave with our recommendations for tools and techniques, as well as renewed hope that remote collaboration really is possible!

Our slides can be found here: 
Fwd: Re: Re: Distributed Team Seeking Effective Communication from Diane Zajac-Woodie
(if you're having difficulty opening the link, cut & paste this url into your browser: http://www.slideshare.net/DianeZajacWoodie/fwd-re-re-distributed-team-seeking-effective-communication)

Speakers
avatar for Graham Foster

Graham Foster

Software Developer, Intelliware Development Inc.
Graham Foster is a full-stack software developer working for Intelliware Development Inc., an agile custom software company in Toronto, ON. In addition to the theory learned from teaching and assisting others, his background and appreciation for agile principles was seasoned by grass-roots, hands-on-keyboard, development experience. | | Recently, he has had the opportunity to consult with several organizations struggling with their agile... Read More →
avatar for Diane Zajac-Woodie

Diane Zajac-Woodie

Agent of Change, Green Jeans Consulting
http://www.greenjeansconsulting.com/ http://agilesquirrel.blogspot.com/


Friday May 6, 2016 10:00am - 11:40am
Conference Room C Eagle Crest Conference Center & Resort

10:00am

Mastering Responsibility
Let's have a conversation about taking ownership of life and work. Far too many good, motivated, hard-working people get stuck in jobs they don’t want, projects gone bad, work problems and careers they don’t enjoy, and companies they resent. It happens to individual contributors and it happens to leaders. It can happen to us all. Mastering self-direction and leadership starts with mastering responsibility. Mastering responsibility releases the victim mentality, turns coping into growing, and transforms talking about problems into solving problems. Those who practice responsibility identify and own what they really really want — and go for it. They change how they organize, follow and participate in their world, which in turn leads to enjoying far greater productivity, self-direction, shared leadership, and good will. When you learn about, apply, and practice The Responsibility Process (discovered, documented, and perfected over the last 30 years) you too can discover for yourself how you are far more powerful and able than you likely give yourself credit for. The Responsibility Process fosters a natural pattern in your mind; a process that you can repeat and rely on to create change and behaviors that matter.

Speakers
avatar for Christopher Avery

Christopher Avery

Author and CEO of Partnerwerks, Inc., Partnerwerks, Inc.
I help people find, embrace, and master their natural leadership ability. Author of "The Responsibility Process: Unlocking Your Natural Ability to Live and Lead with Power" and the classic "Teamwork Is An Individual Skill: Getting Your Work Done When Sharing Responsibility." CEO of Partnerwerks, Inc., distributor of The Responsibility Process® products and services. Host of The Leadership Gift™ Program, for a better, more productive way... Read More →


Friday May 6, 2016 10:00am - 11:40am
Conference Room D Eagle Crest Conference Center & Resort

10:00am

Test Driven Development for [Embedded] C

Test-Driven Development is an important design and problem solving technique that helps software developers improve product quality and the quality of their life. How? By preventing defects and by giving you warning when your design starts to deteriorate. The tests created during TDD also give you the freedom to change your mind and safely evolve your design.

This tutorial describes the problems addressed by TDD, as well as the additional challenges and benefits of applying TDD to C, C++ and embedded software. You'll also see the latest ideas, techniques and tools for creating fakes, and mocks in that help you make sure you know what your code is doing.  This won't be just show and tell.  Bring a laptop or tablet and you can get your own first hand experience at TDD.

 


Speakers
avatar for James Grenning

James Grenning

Wingman Software
James Grenning trains, coaches and consults worldwide bringing modern technical and management practices to embedded systems development. He is the author of Test-Driven Development for Embedded C (http://wingman-sw.com/tddec). He invented Planning Poker, and participated in the creation of the Manifesto for Agile Software Development. His website is http://wingman-sw.com.


Friday May 6, 2016 10:00am - 11:40am
Auditorium #2 Eagle Crest Conference Center & Resort

10:00am

Using Flow-based Road Mapping & Options
If you’d like an alternative to typical, quarter-by-quarter, schedule oriented road mapping (and all the associated waste) then this session is for you. Matt Barcomb will introduce a Cadenced Flow approach to flow-based road mapping. He will first cover how to layout and execute a road map based on models that better fit software planning as well as how to transform your existing plans. Next, using options thinking to frame work will be explored and how to use starting and stopping triggers for options, reducing the need of blind budgeting or project practices. Finally, Matt will wrap up by touching on a few key metrics that will let you monitor and evaluate your new road map.

Speakers
avatar for Matt Barcomb

Matt Barcomb

VP Org Design Services, LeanDog
Matt (@mattbarcomb) is a product development specialist with a penchant for organization design. He works with companies to turn software development into a core competency by integrating product development activities with business practices. Matt takes a pragmatic, systems approach to improvement, working with stakeholders throughout medium and large organizations. He has experience working with product management and software delivery teams as... Read More →


Friday May 6, 2016 10:00am - 11:40am
Conference Room F Eagle Crest Conference Center & Resort

10:00am

Your Design is only Mostly Dead
As an enthusiastic problem solver, analyst, and solution designer you were thrilled to be asked to {design the UI | document the solution | design the kanban board | solve the bottleneck | plan the office mini-golf course | storm the castle}. You researched the problem, weighed the options, considered the alternatives, and put your best effort into the final deliverable. Your presentation to the team was flawless - not one PowerPoint slide with more than 5 words on it! But, while everyone knew that your solution was awesome, it was ultimately trashed, warped, abused, tortured, discarded, and ignored. What happened? You fell victim to one of the classic blunders - the most famous of which is "never get involved in a land war in Asia" - but only slightly less well-known is this: "Your design sucks because it isn't mine." At this point you must be wondering - "If we only had a wheelbarrow (i.e. Design Studio), that would be something." Join me for a workshop on using the Design Studio Approach to achieve effective collaborative design. Have fun storming the studio!

Speakers
avatar for Steve Rogalsky

Steve Rogalsky

Sr. Technical Product Manager, D2L
An agilist and product manager at D2L with a passion for agile and lean principles and practices. Speaker, coach, dad, husband, founder of Winnipeg Agile User Group



Friday May 6, 2016 10:00am - 11:40am
Conference Room E Eagle Crest Conference Center & Resort

10:55am

Pair Testing: The Secret Sauce of Agile Testing
Pair Testing - What’s that? It’s like Pair Programming, only you’re testing! And it’s the secret sauce of Agile testing. My testers not only use pair testing to make better software we get to make better teams along the way. In this session we’ll explore why pairing works, and why you as a tester or agile team member need to be pairing, and how to get started. I will share my team’s pair testing mistakes and what we did to improve. Oh, and I’ll make sure you get the recipe for making this secret sauce back at work. Whether you’re a tester, agile team member, or manager, I’ll show you how pairing will supercharge your team’s testing!

Speakers
avatar for Jess Lancaster

Jess Lancaster

QA Practice Manager, TechSmith
Jess Lancaster is the QA Practice Manager at TechSmith, the maker of Snagit, Camtasia, and other visual communication software applications. He has over 17 years of testing and test leadership experience with government, financial, insurance, and commercial software organizations. Jess regularly speaks on software development and testing at meetups and conferences. He has served as adjunct faculty for software testing at Lansing Community... Read More →


Friday May 6, 2016 10:55am - 11:40am
Conference Room A Eagle Crest Conference Center & Resort

10:55am

Scaling Engagement Agility
Agile speaks of putting people first. In my experience, however, people are the poor stepchild to process and tools. It’s not about getting scrum teams “more agile” it’s about shaping the organization's culture to support agile development. To achieve this end goal, we must create the right culture. How do we engage and motivate our staff to support an agile workforce? How do we hire the right people? What is a manager's role in this new self-organized culture? How do we meaningfully connect the team with the customer? How do we maintain the magic of a startup that scales across a large organization? We ask a lot of questions, but often, we haven’t found the answers. In this highly practical session, these and other questions, will be answered, arming you with the knowledge and tools to keep people first. Learn how to build a culture to support scaling organizational agility. You’ll be given actionable ideas to keep the team passionate and purposeful. You’ll gain insights on building an environment that favors learning paths over traditional career paths. This approach will enable you to realize concrete benefits like reduced negative turnover, improved talent acquisition, and the ability to adapt to organizational change by redefining today’s talents for tomorrow’s needs. Learning Outcomes: • The importance of keeping employee engagement (people) front and center - Internal job fairs, interactive game on-boarding, and a more humane way of doing performance reviews. • Transitioning from Manager to Leader - Establishing a relationship by frequent interactions. Developing a learning path. • Learn: • How to utilize lean coffees, Communities Of Practices to promote cross team collaboration and learning, Why and when to use each method. • How to build agile cross-functional collaboration in Scrum environments • How to build a culture of learning and experimentation • How to drive innovative efforts in your startup, high-growth company or enterprise • How to leverage customers connections

Speakers
avatar for Dave Dame

Dave Dame

Director, Agile & Lean Practices, BlueCat/Dave Dame Inc.
"As an organizational designer, principal coach and trainer, Dave has an excellent reputation for facilitating the philosophical adoption and practical implementation of agility practices and training in large organizations. With over 20 years of management experience he has successfully lead complex agile transformations such as scaling specialized resources, regulatory compliance, legacy products and scaling across large enterprises... Read More →


Friday May 6, 2016 10:55am - 11:40am
Conference Room H Eagle Crest Conference Center & Resort

11:40am

11:40am

Lunch
Friday May 6, 2016 11:40am - 1:00pm
Ballroom Eagle Crest Conference Center & Resort

1:00pm

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, invest just 45 minutes in this experience report 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.
Slides are available on Susan DiFabio's Slideshare or Dan Neumann's Slideshare.

Speakers
avatar for Susan DiFabio

Susan DiFabio

Agile Coach, Susan K DiFabio Consulting LLC
I am 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 passionate... Read More →
avatar for Dan Neumann

Dan Neumann

Agile Coach, AgileThought
Dan Neumann is an experienced agile coach and enthusiast with expertise in both traditional development methodologies and Agile development using Scrum and XP practices. Dan has a record of working in environments that require experience from a range of disciplines and requires coordination of multiple concurrent work streams. Dan seeks to improve the performance of teams and organizations through an inclusive, ongoing process of inspect and... Read More →



Friday May 6, 2016 1:00pm - 1:45pm
Conference Room H Eagle Crest Conference Center & Resort

1:00pm

Building Great Agile Teams: Team-based Problem Solving and Human Networks
Agile didn't invent high performing teams - they've been around for thousands of years. Yet organizations tend to spend a great deal of time and focus on implementing the mechanics of Agile and very little time thinking about what makes groups of human beings accomplish amazing things together - yes even at scale. Come and explore team agility through the lens of algorithmic vs. heuristic work, team-based problem solving, and small world human networks. Together we'll examine the intrinsic phenomena of collective cognition and cohesion and how different structures promote or impede them. If you truly want to build "the best team you were ever on" rather than just "doing agile", this session is for you.

Speakers
avatar for Christopher Beale

Christopher Beale

CTO, LeadingAgile
I build really awesome technology organizations.
avatar for Scott Showalter

Scott Showalter

Lean Experience Designer, Michigan First Credit Union
What does the future of banking and financial mobility look like? Know one really knows yet, but that's what a team at Michigan First Credit Union is working to discover. Scott embraces such wild unknowns as a lean experience designer within that team, and while they toil away at figuring it out, they're learning what true agility means: cohesive versatility.


Friday May 6, 2016 1:00pm - 1:45pm
Conference Room F Eagle Crest Conference Center & Resort

1:00pm

Enterprise Transformation: Refactoring Organizational Debt
Since the early 90s, Pivotal Labs has taken a very immersive approach to help startups and small teams with adopting extreme programming in a disciplined and sustainable manner. Pivotal has since taken on transforming the enterprise, and Ashok will share lessons learned and transformation hacks on scaling from enabling teams to enabling the enterprise.


Speakers
avatar for Ashok Sivanand

Ashok Sivanand

Product Manager, Pivotal Labs
Pivotal and Ford Motor Company are partnering on a number of mobile, web, and microservice applications. While delivering on the applications themselves Pivotal is also working with Ford to truly transform into a software company, and I manage the portfolio of products. | Looking forward to talking about enterprise transformation, mobile apps, cloud native architecture. agile development.


Friday May 6, 2016 1:00pm - 1:45pm
Conference Room A Eagle Crest Conference Center & Resort

1:00pm

Living Every Week Like It's Hack Week
Building software is creative work, and to get the best results you have to give your team the room they need to be creative. Modern software teams try to set aside unstructured time in the form of 20% time, free Fridays, or company-wide hack weeks to encourage their employees to experiment and take risks. But most of the time, companies end up with little to show for them. In this session, I'll discuss how at Civis Analytics, we built something better: an in-house accelerator that gives us hack weeks every week. I'll take you through our structured program that gives engineers the freedom to take risks, the opportunity to stretch their skills, & the support to launch their projects from inception to production. We’ll show you how to create a similar program for your organization.

Slides: https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1bwgrlyyJbuqO1Ko6W9Lo6tuxIDqQcekY1AkMERI4P9s/pub?start=false&loop=false&delayms=3000 

Speakers
avatar for Trevor Austin

Trevor Austin

Technical Lead, Civis Analytics


Friday May 6, 2016 1:00pm - 1:45pm
Salon #5 Eagle Crest Conference Center & Resort

1:00pm

Using Agile To Delight CEO’s
Agile methodology is rightfully focused on developing software that delights users with enjoyable and productive user experiences, pleasant user interfaces and unparalleled ease of use. But how do we simultaneously delight our CEOs and other stakeholders that support and fund our projects, but may not necessarily ever use our software? After all, those who are footing the bill are ultimately much more concerned with reducing costs, increasing productivity and maximizing profitability than they are with delightful user experiences. The answer lies in extending the tenets of agile (continuous improvement, reduction of wasteful processes, etc.) to the enterprise business processes that our software supports. We all know that every application is in place to facilitate a set of core processes that help the business achieve some key objective (e.g., raw materials to finished goods, order to cash, purchase to payment, etc.). All too often though, we use our expertise to deliver systems that support established organizational processes without questioning the soundness and efficiency of those processes. In doing so, we often fail to identify and capitalize on opportunities to improve processes and workflows that would have an incredible impact on productivity and profitability. If we accept the responsibility to question the status quo of the core business processes that impact our system (via inputs, outputs, data flows, integration points, etc.), we have a much better chance of driving the kinds of efficiencies that will make our business sponsors eager to green-light projects. This session focuses on extending the agile mission from simply the delivery of delightful software to the delivery of delightful (and much more profitable) business processes. In doing so, we create a scenario where the agile practitioner becomes the Continuous Improvement/Process Engineering function that so many organizations lack, but sorely need. Even more importantly, we will drive efficiencies that maximize the value and ROI that we deliver to our organizations – and delight our CEO’s and key stakeholders in the process.

Speakers
avatar for Edward Kim

Edward Kim

Senior Business Analyst, Stout Systems
Edward Kim is the Business Analysis and Agility Practice Lead for Stout Systems. For 10 years he has helped clients not just delight customers with better software, but also delighted executives by reducing cycle times and waste in business processes.


Friday May 6, 2016 1:00pm - 1:45pm
Conference Room E Eagle Crest Conference Center & Resort

1:00pm

Modern Agile
Compare a laptop made 20 years ago to one made today and you’ll find a world of difference in weight, simplicity and power. Compare traditional agile methods with more modern approaches and you’ll find them to be simpler, safer and more efficient. Yet today, too many shops are practicing agile like it’s 1999! In this talk, I will explain what modern agile methods are, how modern agility compares with the agile manifesto and how modern agile methods differ from their traditional forms. I will show examples of modern agile methods at companies like Google, Etsy, Intuit, AirBnB and others. Finally, I’ll explain why starting with a modern approach may be less painful than beginning with older methods and how to safely modernize your current agile process.

Speakers
avatar for Josh Kerievsky

Josh Kerievsky

Joshua is the CEO of Industrial Logic.  Since the late 1990s, he has been actively practicing and improving Agile methods, from Extreme Programming to Lean Development  and Lean Startup. Joshua is an international speaker and author of the best-selling, Jolt Cola-award winning book, Refactoring to Patterns. Joshua is currently taking Agile processes to the next level with Modern Agile.


Friday May 6, 2016 1:00pm - 2:40pm
Auditorium #1 Eagle Crest Conference Center & Resort

1:00pm

Technical Excellence and Good Design, How to Get There
We all know that continuous attention to technical excellence and good design enhances agility. We also know that Craftsmanship is currently the best known approach to professionalism in development. But what skills really get us there, and how do we develop them in ourselves and others. We will explore briefly what it means to be an apprentice or journeyman, but then delve deeper into how to develop these skills in ourselves and our teams. This discussion will be based on a matrix of skills and professional practices necessary and the activities necessary to show competence in said skills(hint: its not a test!)

Speakers
avatar for Steve Ropa

Steve Ropa

Agile Consultant, VersionOne
Steve has 26+ years of experience in software development and 16 years’ experience working with agile methods. Steve is passionate about bridging the gap between the business and technology and nurturing the change in the nature of development. He has currently been focusing many of his efforts around creating a culture of Craftsmanship in the entire development shop. As an Agile Coach, Steve has supported clients across multiple industry... Read More →


Friday May 6, 2016 1:00pm - 2:40pm
Conference Room B Eagle Crest Conference Center & Resort

1:00pm

YACC (Yet Another Curious Canvas), Introducing the Product Discovery Canvas
Building successful products that customers really want and love is very hard. In fact, most product efforts fail! Has the ‘build and launch’ approach to product delivery cost your organization too much in time, money and lost opportunity? Do you want to find out if a product idea is actually what a customer will purchase, use and love? Do you now want to build ‘that’ product inexpensively and as quickly as possible? If your answers are “Yes”, “Yes” and “Yes” then this workshop is for you. I introduce you to the Product Discovery Canvas; it applies relevant elements of Collaborative Chartering, Customer Discovery, User Story Mapping, Pretotyping and Lean Startup for product discovery and product validation. The canvas starts with techniques for narrowing ‘product ideas’ to the ‘ideal product’. It ends with techniques for you to inexpensively answer the question, “If you build it, will people buy it and use it?” or “Should you build it at all?”

The presentation deck is available here: https://speakerdeck.com/billagileinnovator/agileandbeyond2016

Speakers
avatar for Bill Allen

Bill Allen

agile Coach, agile Innovation Labs, LLC
Bill is an agile Coach, Trainer and software developer with extensive experience guiding teams and executives in adopting and adapting agile practices for positive outcomes. With a pragmatic perspective, he guide teams towards a common vision, strengthen collaboration and improved product delivery. | | He is the founder and organizer of the Chicago Agile Open Space (http://www.meetup.com/Chicago-Agile-Open-Space/) – a user group providing... Read More →


Friday May 6, 2016 1:00pm - 2:40pm
Conference Room D Eagle Crest Conference Center & Resort

1:00pm

FireDice - Learning why WIP (Work-In-Progress) limits really matter
The practice of establishing & working within Work-In-Progress (WIP) limits helps agile teams make predictable progress towards their goals. Proper WIP limits promote flow & enable self-managing teams to best decide where to focus their efforts. While the concept of WIP limits is easy to understand, many newer teams can struggle to establish & work within them - new teams also may not realize the risks of not respecting WIP limits until it is too late. In this workshop, participants will experience “gamified learning” on how WIP limits can improve team activities by encourage work in progress to be completed before beginning new work - the intent of this practice to maximize the value delivered. “Fire Dice” was created as an agile learning game designed to provide new teams a safe environment to learn how to establish & work within WIP limits - “Fire Dice” come into play whereby teams can choose to exceed their WIP limit (using special Dice); however, this comes at a cost, hence players must assess the pros/cons of using Fire Dice. The workshop and game will also provide participants an opportunity to practice making effective team decisions on how to prioritize and manage their work seeking to maximize the value they deliver. In this workshop, participants will have FUN by playing “Fire Dice” to experiment with establishing proper WIP limits to improve flow within agile development activities. All attendees will receive a FireDice facilitation guide so they will be able to share / facilitate the game after attending the session.

Speakers
JT

Jason Tice

Vice President of Business Innovation, World Wide Technology


Friday May 6, 2016 1:00pm - 2:40pm
Conference Room C Eagle Crest Conference Center & Resort

1:00pm

Project Management Gone Simple: Strategies for Effective Project Communication
Menlo Innovations has put years into developing creative and impactful project management processes that encompass the values and practices of “agile” design and development. While these methods work best with a co-located team and local clients, there are many ways to adapt them for distributed teams and long-distance clients! We've found this to be true even for organizations outside of the software industry. This interactive workshop will include the opportunity to try out Menlo's tactile project management methods, explore why they have proven to be effective, and learn about other organizations who have found success implementing their own flavor of these practices.

Speakers
avatar for Clement James Goebel III

Clement James Goebel III

Partner / Chief Architect, Menlo Innovations
James Goebel is a founding partner of Menlo Innovations. Menlo uses highly collaborative project teams to design and implement innovative products for clients that place high value on user adoption. | | The team he helped build at Menlo Innovations has successfully blended an Extreme Programming development team, usability design specialists, a quality assurance practice, and formal project management. Representatives from start-up companies... Read More →
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Renee Pinter

Experience Designer, Menlo Innovations
As a subcontractor for Menlo Innovations, Renee has spent years as a High-Tech Anthropologist(R), Project Manager and currently as Experience Designer. She actively explores how Menlo's style of agile project management methodologies can be adapted in a variety of work environments, both inside and outside the software industry.


Friday May 6, 2016 1:00pm - 2:40pm
Auditorium #2 Eagle Crest Conference Center & Resort

1:55pm

Cars, Trains and Kanban: How to Move Faster
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
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Peter Kananen

Delivery Manager, 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 May 6, 2016 1:55pm - 2:40pm
Conference Room H Eagle Crest Conference Center & Resort

1:55pm

Cognitive Bias - Exploring what goes on between your ears
How could the estimates have been that far off? Why did he/she get so mad about that? Why is that person such a jerk? Sometimes we’re just left scratching our heads. The problem is often a result of our amazing, imperfect brains, and how we think. We have biases that we may or may not be aware of. Come learn why we tend to “anchor” on estimates. Explore the reason that most people feel smarter than average. Are smarter people less prone to bias than their dullard colleagues? Join this session to explore cognitive biases and what you can do about them.
Slides are available on Dan Neumann's Slideshare

Speakers
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Dan Neumann

Agile Coach, AgileThought
Dan Neumann is an experienced agile coach and enthusiast with expertise in both traditional development methodologies and Agile development using Scrum and XP practices. Dan has a record of working in environments that require experience from a range of disciplines and requires coordination of multiple concurrent work streams. Dan seeks to improve the performance of teams and organizations through an inclusive, ongoing process of inspect and... Read More →



Friday May 6, 2016 1:55pm - 2:40pm
Salon #5 Eagle Crest Conference Center & Resort

1:55pm

The Experimentation Mindset
Among the traits that distinguish a good team from a great team is their ability to innovate. Despite the rhetoric in favor of innovation, most organizations are stuck in an implementation mindset, stifling creativity, excellence, and the resultant innovation. The experimentation mindset frees us from self-imposed constraints, allowing us to continually learn and improve. In this session, we'll talk about how we learn as individuals and how we learn as organizations. We'll take a look at some examples of the experimentation mindset happening in the agile community today and we'll talk about how you can foster such a mindset in your own organization.

Speakers
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Doc Norton

CEO, CTO2
Doc is passionate about working with teams to improve delivery and building great organizations. Once a dedicated code slinger, Doc has turned his energy toward helping teams, departments, and companies work better together in the pursuit of better software. Working with a wide range of companies such as Groupon, Nationwide Insurance, Belly, and many others, Doc has applied tenants of agile, lean, systems thinking, and servant leadership to... Read More →


Friday May 6, 2016 1:55pm - 2:40pm
Conference Room A Eagle Crest Conference Center & Resort

1:55pm

Why Should I Go See Another White Man Talk About Diversity in IT?
Well-funded programs at large tech firms like Google, Amazon, and Yahoo struggle to make minor gains in diversity in the workplace. Many presentations have focused on the important work of solving the "pipeline" problem of too few women and minorities entering software development. Indeed, there exists another diversity problem: up to 50% of the women who make it to STEM careers ultimately leave them. In this presentation, Jeff will identify some of the "thousand cuts" that women and minorities experience at work that, taken together, add up to hostile and exclusionary environments. He will give examples of words and actions that are exclusionary without meaning to be, and suggest concrete changes that team members can make right away to create a more inclusive workplace.

Speakers
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Jeff Hoover

Agile Coach / Senior Software Craftsperson, Pillar Technology
Jeff is a software craftsperson and coach for Pillar Technologies. His work is focused on the interface between engineering practices and sometimes-overlooked "soft skills". His passion for helping others and developing talent has lead him to contribute to AgileSkillsProject.org, facilitate several Day in the Life of Agile classes, co-facilitate a number of CodeRetreats, and participate in several weekends of "Coding in the Clink" at Marion... Read More →



Friday May 6, 2016 1:55pm - 2:40pm
Conference Room F Eagle Crest Conference Center & Resort

1:55pm

The Dice Game Remix
The Dice Game is a simple but powerful experiential learning exercise for new teams that demonstrates flow, value and teamwork. Its major objective is to demonstrate the impact of batch size from waterfall to lean flow in scrum or kanban. For new scrum teams we will briefly introduce the basic game. Then I will introduce add-ons to the game that I have discovered to demonstrate the value of focusing on flow and the impact of quality on predicting team performance. Teams prefer this version over the penny game because of additional directed learning and the energy the game generates. This will be a high energy session that will provide insights for the novice and a new tool for experienced coaches while providing powerful insights for the practicing agile manager.

Speakers
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Al Bennett

Agile Coach, Tata Consultancy Services
Al Bennett is an Enterprise Agile Coach. He is helping organizations to adopt New Ways of Working, New Ways of Thinking and New Ways of seeing each other. He likes to find new ways of presenting agile and lean principles to groups. He is finding new ways to energize Adaptive Leaders to engage and empower their organizations. He has been involved with major transformations at PNC and General Motors.


Friday May 6, 2016 1:55pm - 2:40pm
Conference Room E Eagle Crest Conference Center & Resort

3:00pm

Beyond Agile: The Problems That Remain

If we are to go Beyond Agile we must consider the problems that remain even after teams have adopted agile methods. Are the problems caused by agile methods, or just not addressed?

Bring your thorny ‘beyond agile’ problems; you may help shape the software development practices of the future.

 


Speakers
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Ashley Johnson

Senior Coach, Industrial Logic
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Tim Ottinger

Tim is a long-time programmer (since 1979), reviewer, speaker, writer. He has been active in many of the big changes in software over the past 36 years (including Design Patterns, Object-Oriented Design, and Agile software development). In addition to his contributions in "Clean Code" and "Agile In A Flash", Tim's articles appeared in the C++ Journal, Pragmatic Bookshelf, InfoQ, CIO, and SmartBear. Tim is one of the crew of experts at... Read More →


Friday May 6, 2016 3:00pm - 3:45pm
Conference Room A Eagle Crest Conference Center & Resort

3:00pm

Agile Governance at the Executive Level
The typical business is not product based. We will discuss the successful application of Agile techniques to give executive level management the ability to manage the "backlog" of IT work that supports an entire company and how we got there.

Speakers
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David Carter

IT Business Manager, AAA Life Insurance
I have been involved with software development for over 30 years. I first became interested in process during my first job as the organization transitioned from chaos to a very disciplined process. During the last 8 years I have been part of the transition to using Agile process at AAA Life. | I am passionate about improving teamwork and collaboration throughout an organization.
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Patrice Figurski

Director Agile Project Management/QA, AAA Life
I have been involved in all areas of software development from development to strategy planning with Ford Motor Company, Blue Cross Blue Shield and AAA (both ACG and AAALife). I have had the opportunity to experience how Agile can transform the relationship between IT and the business teams as well as drive excitement and productivity on the IT side. I have led the implementation of a project management department supporting the agile... Read More →



Friday May 6, 2016 3:00pm - 3:45pm
Conference Room H Eagle Crest Conference Center & Resort

3:00pm

Blood, sweat and tears: A true life journey into holding a large scale Agile planning event
“The truth is out there”…….Have you ever wondered what the truth is about those large scale Agile planning events? Maybe they sound good in theory but come to a screeching halt in reality? Don’t know where to start? We’d love to share our blood, sweat and tears with you in this real world, true story session on what it took and takes to hold real world large scale planning events. This is not your out of the book driven session, but rather from the grunts who have actually done so.

Speakers
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Paul Pobursky

Release Train Engineer, Ford Motor Company
I am an Agile advocate and a true believer in the power Agility. Throughout my career I have used Agile and Lean practices with great success. I have helped transform companies ranging from small startups to extremely large programs to Agile and Lean practices. I have come to present and share from my real world successes and failures and will leave out all the butterflies and unicorns. I’ll leave those fairy tale stories for someone... Read More →
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Billie Schuttpelz

Agile Coach, SolutionsIQ
Billie is a ‘force of nature’ breaking up the boulders blocking transformation; building bridges between technical people and business partners. She applies the perspective gained in a 20 year career including engagements in 5 countries to provide dynamic creativity and positive energy to everything she does. Billie knows that everyone matters, and impacting one person can have ripple effects throughout the entire organization, culture... Read More →



Friday May 6, 2016 3:00pm - 3:45pm
Conference Room F Eagle Crest Conference Center & Resort

3:00pm

Rethinking Agile Transformation

Have we been looking for our keys in the wrong spot this whole time? We have 10 years of data that describes why organizations struggle with Agile. Centralizing project management didn't help us understand what's going on with our projects. Centralizing HR didn't engage our employees. Centralizing our process improvement group didn't improve anything.

So why is it we think hiring a VP of Agile, and creating a centralized Agile transformation team will be any different? In this session we'll explore a different way to approach Agile transformation by looking at how change happens, and what we can leverage from how societies evolve.

That might sound nuts, but you'll walk away with tangible practices you can start right away.


Speakers
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Jason Little

Agile and Organizational Change Coach, Leanintuit
Jason began his career as a web developer when Cold Fusion roamed the earth. Over the following years, he moved into management, Agile Coaching and consulting. The bumps and bruises collected along the way brought him to the realization that helping organizations adopt Agile practices was less about the practices, and all about change. In 2008 he attended an experiential learning conference about how people experience change and since then... Read More →


Friday May 6, 2016 3:00pm - 3:45pm
Conference Room B Eagle Crest Conference Center & Resort

3:00pm

Using a Lean Change Canvas to Plan Team Improvements
This workshop will give hands on experience of using the Lean Change Canvas in a small team. The Canvas developed by Jeff Anderson is presented with instructions for use. Each team will decide on a problem to address and use the canvas to develop possible solutions. For people who have never used a lean canvas this is an introduction to a very valuable tool. For experts it is a time to share knowledge and experiences within a small group.

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Jann Thomas

Enterprise Agile Coach, LeadingAgile
"Jann Thomas is a 20-year veteran of the software industry. She has worked as a developer, team lead and development manager leading teams to deliver great software. Jann has been practicing Agile development techniques since 1998 and implemented her first Agile Project in 2000. She has a Project Manager Professional certification from the Project Management Institute, with a master’s degree in Computer Science. | In 2010 Jann delivered a 14... Read More →


Friday May 6, 2016 3:00pm - 3:45pm
Auditorium #2 Eagle Crest Conference Center & Resort

3:00pm

Growing Communication Skills with the Empathy Toy
We all think we that we communicate clearly but many of us are routinely disappointed when misunderstanding becomes evident.

This session will let us explore how we create and resolve misunderstanding using the Empathy Toy - a simple yet remarkable experience that Time magazine says is "Shaping the future of classrooms"

Participants will leave the session with:
A clearer understanding of empathy and how it can serves us as product developers,
Insight into more effective communication practices that promote shared understanding
Awareness of patterns that get in the way of being understood

Speakers
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Andrew Annett

Lean/Agile Coach, Leaninntuit
Andrew is a coach and facilitator who is passionate about helping teams improve product delivery. He is focused on promoting shared understanding through better communication practices.He joined the agile community having survived a career of big-plan-up-front development and transformation programs in large financial institutions. Along the way he was distracted by involvement in startups and some unusual infrastructure projects and developing... Read More →
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Susan Johnston

Coach and Trainer, It's Understood / Leanintuit
I help you talk so people listen, listen so people talk and change the world one conversation at a time. A professional coach and trainer, my specialty is interaction at work, particularly as it applies to workplace change. | | I enjoy helping technical people learn the skills of coaching and facilitation that will make them more effective at work. (My learning programs are accredited by ICAgile.) | | Based in Waterloo, Ontario, I'm... Read More →


Friday May 6, 2016 3:00pm - 4:40pm
Conference Room E Eagle Crest Conference Center & Resort

3:00pm

Tested!
You've heard that quality belongs to everybody on an Agile team. You've heard that testers and developers should "collaborate" in order to drive quality higher. You've heard that automated tests help a team continuously validate the quality. It's time to stop thinking about it! It's time to stop talking about it! It's time to make it happen! Watch Ardi and Cheezy do this in front of your eyes. They will build a web application driven by acceptance and unit tests.You will see how a Product Owner, Tester and Developer will create executable User stories, develop the code to validate these stories and refactor along the way. At the end, you will get a taste of what a Continuos Delivery pipeline looks like. Prepare to collect your jaws from the floor!

Speakers
avatar for Ardita Karaj

Ardita Karaj

Ardita Karaj is a passionate Agile coach, trainer, change agent and consultant in the Toronto area. Working at EPAM Systems, she brings more than 15 years of software development experience from different commercial and public organizations. Over the past few years her focus has been on process improvement for organizations that are adopting Agile frameworks like Scrum and Kanban. Working with both management and development teams, she is well... Read More →
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Jeff "Cheezy" Morgan

CTO / Agile Coach, LeanDog
Cheezy is an international speaker and keynote presenter in different Agile conferences. He has spoken 6 times at the Agile 20XX conferences as well as other ones like Agile development East and West, Mile High Agile, Agile and Beyond, Path to Agility, etc.


Friday May 6, 2016 3:00pm - 4:40pm
Salon #5 Eagle Crest Conference Center & Resort

3:00pm

The Top Secret Ingredients in Highly Effective Teams
Have you been part of a great team and feel like it will never happen again? If you are a manager, do you wish your teams could be more effective and perform at a higher level? Many of us have been part of an outstanding team - that group of individuals that came together, worked hard while having fun, and exceeded everyone's expectations. And we've tried to recreate that magic, but it's proving elusive. Does it feel like you will never again experience being part of a great team? Does a great team emerge by happenstance or kismet? How do these great teams come to be? In this interactive session, you will be introduced to the top secret ingredients of highly effective teams, and how to mix those ingredients and cook them just right to enable a culture of high performance to emerge. We will explore that great teams do not happen by accident - there are key ingredients in every highly effective and successful team that you can add to help your team move to greatness. This session is for anyone who works on a team or is a manager of a team regardless of your role in the organization or delivery frameworks you use.

Speakers
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Joe Astolfi

Agile Transformation Coach, AEP
Joe Astolfi is the the Agile Transformation Coach at American Electric Power, where he works with others to be great leaders, increase their agility, and find joy in their work. He is also the Vice-Chair and a Board Member of the Central Ohio Agile Association, and an adjunct professor at Miami University. Joe's goal is to help people love what they do while delivering exceptional business value. He has 25 years of experience in IT and... Read More →



Friday May 6, 2016 3:00pm - 4:40pm
Auditorium #1 Eagle Crest Conference Center & Resort

3:00pm

Organizational Agility: It's Not a Sprint, It's a Marathon
Your organization has "gone Agile." Now what?

Whether you are at the beginning or in the middle of transforming your organization, sustainability should be a top priority. You may have some teams working in an agile way, but are they contributing maximum value to the organization? Are benefits translating to an organizational level? Are those benefits sustainable?

In this workshop, we will discuss:
  • What does sustainability really mean; 
  • Why sustainable teams are the key to achieving organizational agility; 
  • How to enable teams to maximize value to the organization; 
  • How to sustain Agile culture change at the organizational level; and 
  • Actions an organization can take to improve sustainability and agility. 
Participants will walk away from this workshop with actionable ideas for enabling sustainable teams and enabling agility at an organizational level.

Speakers
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Stephanie Ockerman

Professional Scrum Trainer, Agile Socks LLC
Stephanie is a Scrum.org certified Professional Scrum Trainer, Agile Coach, and Scrum Master. She has over ten years experience delivering IT solutions, and creating and delivering training to IT professionals. During the past six years, Stephanie has focused on a career grounded by Agile values and principles, creating a minimalist lifestyle, and experiencing the world. She is passionate about helping others discover a path to happier... Read More →



Friday May 6, 2016 3:00pm - 4:40pm
Conference Room C Eagle Crest Conference Center & Resort

3:00pm

The Scrum LEGO Game in 90 Minutes!
Alexey Krivitsky’s LEGO Game is a great way to experience Scrum. This variation fits into 90 minutes, yet keeps all the learning objectives. You will learn and practice: • Pre-construction estimating using "swimlane estimation". Balancing estimation time with construction time. • Scrum cadence: Planning->Sprint->Review->Retrospective for 3-4 sprints. (We do one Daily Scrum.) • Creating Scrum artifacts: epics, backlog, sprint planning board. • Scrum roles: responsibilities of the Product Owner, Business Sponsor, and ScrumMaster. • The importance of the team communicating with the PO, the PO with the BS, and teams with each other. • How to be flexible when "stuff" happens. Additionally, participants will get all the instructions to run their own LEGO game, and tips on what and how to buy LEGOs.

Speakers
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Dave Limbaugh

Agile Coach, Spectrum Health
My Agile journey began in 1999 as a Java developer at Menlo Innovations in Ann Arbor, Michigan, using XP (Extreme Programming). In 2004 I moved to Grand Rapids to work at Spectrum Health, an integrated health care company with over 23,000 employees. Currently, as the Agile Coach, I design and deliver internal training on Agile/Scrum for the enterprise, and coach our software development teams. I am a Certified ScrumMaster, Certified Scrum Product... Read More →


Friday May 6, 2016 3:00pm - 4:40pm
Conference Room D Eagle Crest Conference Center & Resort

3:55pm

A Family That Hacks Together, Interacts Together!

Everyone's heard the old saying "A family thats plays together, stays together", right? Well this session is going to kick that up a notch and talk about getting the family to "hack" together. It starts out discussing the different forms of hacking a family might embrace and at what age levels each might be best suited. Along the way it highlights what supplies & equipment you might need, as well as suggesting the overall costs that one might expect to incur. It then takes a brief focus on safety and proper use of that equipment. The session finishes off with some tips and tricks that may help with both the hacks themselves, as well as getting the family to actually interact by joining in on the fun.

Here's a link to the slides - http://bit.ly/1seSnsb. 


Speakers
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Daniel Davis

Pillar
Daniel Davis is a Business Improvement Consultant, Agile Practitioner, Polyglot Developer, Innovator, Hacker, and Maker. He has been working in Agile and Agile Software Development for the last 10 years. Currently, he is an Executive Consultant with Pillar and has spent the last few years focused on driving solutions at an enterprise level working with companies such as Delphi, AAA Life, General Motors, Blue Cross Blue Shield, Cengage Learning... Read More →



Friday May 6, 2016 3:55pm - 4:40pm
Conference Room A Eagle Crest Conference Center & Resort

3:55pm

Building an Agile Enterprise: A Transformational Journey from DOING Agile...to BEING Agile
Many organizations merely focus on adopting Agile methodologies and "DOING" Agile processes and are not able to develop Agile capabilities due to complexity involved in building an Agile organization that has a resilient culture, learning environment and an integration mindset that can help an organization thrive even when facing uncertainty and volatility. This presentation will focus on: • 5 key principles of building an Agile enterprise • How to create conditions for organizations to thrive among chaos and uncertainty • Common pitfalls and roadblocks, and how to overcome obstacles • Creative ways to foster resilient culture • Effective use of catalysts in order to jump-start transformational journey Leveraging real world case studies and practical tools, participants will gain ability to convert setbacks and failures into learning experiences, construct high-performance teams, driven by a common goal and valuable insights that will enable immediate, substantial and sustainable results for their organizations. They will realize how to Drive Change…instead of Just Navigate Change.

Speakers
avatar for Sanjeev Kapoor

Sanjeev Kapoor

Experienced positive leader with 20+ years of proven track record in global program management in emerging technologies, agile and lean product development, process Re-engineering, cross functional collaboration and building high performing teams in North America, Europe and Asia. Certified Project Management Professional (PMP), Accredited Agile Team Facilitator and Six-Sigma Black Belt. Thought leader in emerging/disruptive technologies and... Read More →


Friday May 6, 2016 3:55pm - 4:40pm
Conference Room H Eagle Crest Conference Center & Resort

3:55pm

Designing for Agility

Organizations have traditionally beendesigned from the ground up to be predictive and consequently slow at every level. Planning for agility requires us to adopt adaptive practices organizationally, in our teams and as individuals. Organizations need to change how they value the work being done, how it is vetted and how they bring work to the teams. Teams need new skills around customer feedback, prioritization and coordination, both internally and across teams.  Individuals need new skills around commitment, collaboration and quality. This session will explore the design changes needed at every level.


Speakers
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Tom Churchwell

Consultant, Sente
I get jazzed helping teams transition toward self-organization, continuous improvement, and higher performance.  I enjoy learning, people, and the challenges associated with executing on high profile projects.



Friday May 6, 2016 3:55pm - 4:40pm
Conference Room B Eagle Crest Conference Center & Resort

3:55pm

Hypothesis Driven Development
CAN WE encourage risk taking, learning, and innovation BY working with a different kind of backlog? This will be a conversation about how a backlog of hypotheses may help your team to take more risks, learn more, and innovate in ways that many struggle to achieve today. We’ll also look at the pitfalls of this approach. It may (not) work for your team’s daily work, but that doesn’t mean your team should never use it.

Speakers
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Andrew Pirkola

Agile Coach, Quicken Loans
I’ve been an agile coach, DevOps guy, software engineer, release manager, team leader & group leader. | | I believe most people don't know their real limits. As coach, leader, or teammate, I always try to create the opportunities people need in order to discover the potential they never knew they had. | | As to technology, I love how it can free people to apply their minds to new problems, rather than leaving us bound to doing the... Read More →



Friday May 6, 2016 3:55pm - 4:40pm
Conference Room F Eagle Crest Conference Center & Resort

3:55pm

The Power of Honesty in Teams
Have you ever sat in a room with your teammates and wondered what they were thinking? Maybe they were doing the same thing about you. While you were doing this, you were not fully engaged in the topic of discussion. This is just one way that harboring unspoken truth can degrade a team's performance. In this highly interactive session, we will practice some honesty together. Some may find this process uncomfortable, but all will find the outcome surprisingly liberating. Come to this session and learn how the power of honesty can propel your team's performance!

Speakers
avatar for Tom Bellinson

Tom Bellinson

Scrum Master, Ithaka
"Mr. Bellinson has been working in information technology positions for over 30 years. His diverse background has allowed him to gain intimateworking knowledge in technical, marketing, sales and executive roles. Most recently, Mr. Bellinson finds himself serving as Scrum Master at Ithaka (JSTOR) in Ann Arbor. Prior to that, he was President of a BPM related software start-up company called UnaPage that provided solutions based on Microsoft... Read More →
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April Jefferson

Organizational Change Coach, April Jefferson Corp


Friday May 6, 2016 3:55pm - 4:40pm
Auditorium #2 Eagle Crest Conference Center & Resort

4:45pm

After-party
Held in the party tent overlooking Ford Lake, and will feature delicious complimentary food and drinks, so please join us!

Friday May 6, 2016 4:45pm - 7:00pm
Outdoor Tent Eagle Crest Conference Center & Resort