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Tuesday, March 23
 

8:30am EDT

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Tuesday March 23, 2021 8:30am - 9:00am EDT
Zoom 1

9:00am EDT

Comfort in the Discomfort: Using Agile and Edge Theory to Metabolize Change in Uncertain Times
Comfort in the Discomfort:
Using Agile and Edge Theory to Metabolize Change in Uncertain Times

We Agilists have long held that we are in an age of VUCA -- volatility, uncertainty, complexity and ambiguity. Given what we have been through in 2020, and are still going through, even that feels a bit outdated. Harvard Business Review “ups the ante” on VUCA and tells us we are living in a time of 3-dimensional change. It’s perpetual -- occurring all the time, it never lets up. It’s pervasive -- unfolding in multiple areas of life at once, you can’t escape it. And it’s exponential -- accelerating at an increasingly rapid rate, and humans aren’t built for exponential. In other words, it is not likely that you will be getting off the change bus anytime soon and it’s almost impossible for you to see what is coming next. Feeling any discomfort yet?

In such conditions, how can we best survive, and possibly even thrive? This is the territory Lyssa Adkins, Agile & Leadership Coach, will help us navigate. She will lead us through a process using the Edge Theory of Change so that each of us can consider what “edge” we are on, and how we can find comfort in the middle of discomforting change. We will also explore how we can count on Agile to create stability. This will be a hands-on keynote and you will leave with insights for yourself and ways of working with others as we make the best of our ride on the change bus.

Speakers
avatar for Lyssa Adkins

Lyssa Adkins

Lyssa Adkins is a coach, facilitator, teacher and inspirer. Her current focus is improving the performance of top leadership teams through insightful facilitation and organization systems coaching. Making difficult decisions faster and with clear alignment, unknotting challenging... Read More →


Tuesday March 23, 2021 9:00am - 10:00am EDT
Zoom 1

10:15am EDT

The Retrospective Radar: Using Qualitative Feedback in a Quantitative Way
Does feedback lead to change in your organization? Can you measure the effect feedback has on changing not only the work priorities, but the work outcomes?

While it's true that the Retrospective is the most important meeting for Agile teams, the Retrospective Radar exponentially helps teams and individuals feel seen, heard, and valued.

The Retrospective Radar is a visualization tool and technique for teams to reflect together in a spirit of continuous improvement by changing how the Retrospective meeting is held and what comes from the meeting itself. The Retrospective Radar itself is a helpful overlay of Pat Kua's 'Retrospective Starfish' for prioritizing learnings and new ideas for upcoming work and places it over Stephen Covey's 'Circles of Control, Influence, and Concern'. The result is a visual way for team members to identify and prioritize their own work in the Circle of Control while elevating feedback and requested changes to their direct manager (Circle of Influence) and sharing systemic issues or system-wide new ideas directly with Senior Leadership (Circle of Concern).

What's distinct about the Retrospective Radar is how qualitative feedback is aggregated, quantified, and prioritized for action by leaders while the prioritization of work comes for the users comes directly from the insights gained during the retrospective itself. This session will include an overview of how this has positively impacted IBM's teams using the Retrospective Radar, the reporting mechanisms, and Watson Natural Language Processor, all at scale today.

This is a live interactive session using Mural (free for all session attendees to participate in simultaneously) to demonstrate the power of qualitative feedback being measured and leveraged in a quantitative way. Feedback really can lead to change.

Speakers
avatar for Anthony Coppedge

Anthony Coppedge

Agile Marketing, Discipline and Scaling Lead, IBM
I'm based out of Fort Worth, Texas. I work remotely when not traveling for IBM, where I lead the Agile Transformation for Digital Sales. Most of my brain power is spent leading and coaching Sales & Marketing teams on implementing an Agile mindset. I teach leaders, managers, and teams... Read More →


Tuesday March 23, 2021 10:15am - 11:00am EDT
Zoom 5

10:15am EDT

Agile, It’s Not Just for Software Anymore! Learn How To Get Your Marketing Department Embracing Agility
If you’re working at a company that’s practicing agile in IT, but your marketing department is still working the same way it has since 1999, it’s time to get them on board!

A company can only truly transform when everyone embraces agile ways of working. And with marketing and technology so closely intertwined these days, marketers need to be able to be even more responsive and customer-centric.

You’ll learn:

Why your company can’t wait for marketing to take months (or even years) to deliver a campaign and why it’s so critical for your company’s success to have your marketing department be flexible and responsive to customers’ needs.

How agile marketers are adapting agile to make it work for them and how you may have to make modifications from your software teams’ agile practice.

You don’t have to wait for the perfect plan to get your company started with agile marketing. Discover 5 easy ways to get your marketing department started with agile right away.

Speakers
avatar for Stacey Ackerman

Stacey Ackerman

Owner, Agile Coach & Trainer, Agilify Coaching & Training
Stacey Ackerman has passion for agile marketing! As a marketer herself, she understands the struggles marketers face and knows there’s a better way to work. She’s helped numerous companies transition to agile, both in marketing and software, as a trainer and coach. Ackerman is... Read More →


Tuesday March 23, 2021 10:15am - 11:00am EDT
Zoom 3

10:15am EDT

Applying Family Systems Theory to Agile Frameworks to Create Healthy Emotional Systems at Work
As Agile practitioners, haven’t we all seen that some portions of our work seems to be more therapy than anything else? It turns out that there may be a very specific reason for that.

Family Systems Theory / Bowen Theory, originally developed by Dr. Murray Bowen in the 1950’s, is a theory of human behavior that views the family as an emotional unit. Recognizing that the members of a family are connected emotionally, systems thinking can describe how those connections reveal themselves in our lives. In part, it states that anxiety in one individual will reverberate through their relationships and that other individuals in their emotional system will be impacted by that anxiety in some way. If not handled properly by the individuals, the anxiety in the system will continue to grow and will impact the interactions of all of the individuals in the system.

Over my career, I have certainly seen many instances of how teams are connected in this type of emotional system, which is actually predicted by the theory. Because Agile principles correlate so well with this theory, I have developed a deeper appreciation for the real world applications of Agile. Also, since both rely on systems thinking as a foundation, there are opportunities to leverage this counseling model in working with Agile teams. I find that studying this theory has given me access to a whole new area of potential interventions when working with teams and helps me to be a better Scrum Master and coach.

In this talk, I will explain the foundational concepts of Family Systems Theory, how these ideas connect to specific concepts in Agile, and how Scrum Masters and Agile coaches can be more purposeful in creating a healthy emotional system within a team and an organization.

Speakers
avatar for Bill Scanlon

Bill Scanlon

First Citizens Bank
Over the past seven years, I have used Agile with a variety of organizations and teams. With nearly 25 years of experience in IT projects, I have come to appreciate how different this mindset is from traditional ways of working. I have personally seen how these frameworks can create... Read More →


Tuesday March 23, 2021 10:15am - 11:00am EDT
Zoom 6

10:15am EDT

Lessons Learned Becoming a Product-Centric Organisation
"Product" is now a hot topic across many enterprises. Product Management, Product Development, Product Value Streams, Product Owners. Many organisations are now optimising for Products rather than Projects to seek in the Digital-Age.

But ask people within your organisation - What is the Product? and you'll likely get mixed responses. With this lack of clarity around the Product, it creates challenges in the journey to becoming a Product-Centric Organisation.

Over the past 3 years, I have led an investment bank through the journey of answering - What is the product? Helping them make significant changes to their organisation in order to align products and structure.

In this talk, I share the Patterns and Anti-Patterns experienced through this journey so you can identify the best approach for your organisation.

Speakers
avatar for Toby Sinclair

Toby Sinclair

Coach
Toby is a Business Executive based in London. He has 12+ years experience in the technology industry ranging from hands-on software development roles to senior leadership positions. The positions have been with globally recognised companies within Investment Banking, Retail and Not-for-Profit.Technology... Read More →


Tuesday March 23, 2021 10:15am - 11:00am EDT
Zoom 2

10:15am EDT

Six Years Into The Agile Transformation, WHAT ARE THESE AGILE COACHES DOING??!!!
Six years ago, a twenty-thousand-person organization took on an agile transformation of massive proportions. With all the elements necessary to succeed, including a team of over 50 coaches and consultants, the organization achieved the expected benefits: throughput increased significantly, the organization flattened, agile squads were created, feedback was pervasive, and a culture of learning and engagement was “installed”, all within span of three years. As the transformation support team scoped down, a smaller team of 18 coaches was left facing questions like “what are the coaches doing?”, “how are they providing value?”. This was time for the coaches to “walk-the-talk” and expand their aperture beyond the evangelization of values, principles and delivery centric frameworks, and scout new lands to continue to support the organizational journey of transformation. From, converting scrum masters into coaches, implementing OKRs, catalyzing engineering excellence, to enabling the emergence of a product driven and user centered organization, this session will provide coaches, scrum masters and leaders alike with a view on how the mindset of the agile coaches turned them into stewards and strategists of the culture.



Speakers
avatar for Tom Moore

Tom Moore

Agile coach, IBM
Tom is an enterprise agile coach with over 4 decades experience in IT, IT transformation, lean six sigma, process improvement and automation, mentoring and coaching. For the past 5 years he has helped drive the transformation of IBM’s CIO organization to agile ways of working emphasizing... Read More →
avatar for Eduardo (Xavier) Segovia

Eduardo (Xavier) Segovia

Enterprise Agile Coach, IBM
Xavier is an Enterprise Agile Coach with over 20 years of experience in IT transformation, leadership, large project implementation, management, mentoring and coaching. Over the past 6 years, he has focused on the cultural evolution of the CIO’s Office of IBM, developing strategy... Read More →


Tuesday March 23, 2021 10:15am - 11:00am EDT
Zoom 1

10:15am EDT

Improve your 1:1 Coaching Today!
I have observed many good team coaches struggle to coach individuals effectively. Very frequently, they will coach individuals the same as they coach teams. Often, they do not achieve the same outcome. This leads me to believe that there is a need for improving 1:1 coaching.

This workshop will focus on improving 1:1 coaching for attendees. We will use a 1:1 coaching framework to perform three (3) rounds of 15-minute individual coaching sessions in triads (coach, client, observer) with feedback in-between each coaching round.

Attendees will learn how to leverage the 1:1 coaching framework, perform each triad role, practice individual coaching and emerge from the workshop an improved 1:1 coach.

We will capture coaching improvements from the attendee group as a whole and share with the conference.

Speakers
avatar for Leon Sabarsky

Leon Sabarsky

Agile Coach, Healthy Agile
Leon Sabarsky excels at building high performing product and software development teams ‎for all types of organizations. He has 25+ years of software development experience and has been an Agile evangelist and coach for the past 10+ years, specializing in regulated industries (health... Read More →


Tuesday March 23, 2021 10:15am - 11:45am EDT
Zoom 4

10:15am EDT

Transforming from a Manager to an Agile Leader
Today’s organizations literally have managers everywhere in their hierarchies. They’re managing budgets, roles, people, projects, metrics, teams, reviews, headcount…everything. And that’s not a bad thing. However, when an organization decides to shift to a more agile / lean thinking, transforming towards Business Agility, this totally disrupts the notion of “managers managing”.

In this workshop, we’ll explore what it looks like to transform yourself from an organizational manager (team lead, manager, director, project manager, etc.) to a leader. We’ll cover topics like—establishing your why, communicating via storytelling, becoming more self-aware, your role in culture-shaping, and how to make sense of this VUCA world.

While it’s a fundamentally different shift, it’s not that hard to do if you have a map. And, it’s a shift you need to make if you want to survive and thrive in agile contexts. Come open-minded and prepared to be challenged, enlightened, and forever changed in your agile leadership journey…

Speakers
avatar for Bob Galen

Bob Galen

Principal Agile Coach, Zenergy Technologies
Bob Galen is an Agile Practitioner, Trainer & Coach based in Cary, NC. In this role he helps guide companies and teams in their pragmatic adoption and organizational shift towards agile methods of working. Bob has been doing that since the late 1990s, so he’s deeply experienced... Read More →


Tuesday March 23, 2021 10:15am - 11:45am EDT
Zoom 8

10:15am EDT

Out-Think Your Competition with Second-Level Thinking
How do you prove you have problem-solving skills? Every organization has problems they want to solve. And most knowledge workers claim to be critical thinkers. (So much so, the phrase “problem-solving skills” has become such a cliché that Monster.com says is one of the top 10 terms that “ruin a resume.”)

Whether you claim to be a problem-solver or not, the reality may be less common than you think. People report they feel they have to make quick judgments or decisions that keep them from applying the inter-related skills that make-up problem-solving. (Like analysis, evaluation, and creativity.) A sign you have fallen into the trap of cause-and-effect or first-level thinking is when you hear phrases along the lines of “This is the obvious answer.”

Second-level thinking is applying critical thought processes to go beyond the apparent cause and effect to thinking through various consequences of actions. Things to listen for from Second-Level thinkers are questions such as “And then what?”

How do you amplify your second-level thinking? Discovery techniques can help us explore second-level thinking and demonstrate our problem-solving. A few techniques are Cost of Delay, Impact Mapping, and Opportunity Tree Mapping. These techniques help us explore questions like “What is the range of likely future outcomes? Which outcome do I think will occur? What is the probability I’m right?”

Demonstrating the ability to solve complex problems is a powerful skill. Whether your competition is eating your market share, or it’s a more personal journey like competing in a saturated job market, or you have a growing desire to work on more strategic objectives, we can all learn to do better. In this interactive workshop, we will explore Theresa Torres’ method Opportunity Tree Mapping. This exercise brilliantly combines second-level thinking with elements of design thinking. Along the way, you will discover the power of breaking your own confirmation bias, making your thinking visible so that others can critique it, and how to flex your problem-solving skills.


Speakers
avatar for Julee Everett

Julee Everett

VP of Business Agility, Clearly Agile
Julee Everett is a strategic agility and product professional who currently serves at ClearlyAgile in Tampa, Florida. She is a consultant, author, and speaker passionate about making the abstract real and practical for agilists and product professionals.She is an active leader in... Read More →


Tuesday March 23, 2021 10:15am - 11:45am EDT
Zoom 7

11:15am EDT

Agile HR: The New Alliance Crafting the Future of Work
It’s time for HR to become a strategic partner in guiding organisational wide Agile transformation and building human-centric workplaces. People sit at the heart of Agile, and the HR domains of culture, talent development and organisational design are crucial components of any business transformation. Indeed, an HR team equipped with the right skills and knowledge can help accelerate the mindset change. However, the opposite is also true and when HR fail to embrace Agile and appreciate the negative impact traditional HR processes and systems have on the success of Agile practices, HR itself can quickly become a blocker.

In this session we’ll explore the growing Agile HR movement and how the approach is beginning to co-create an enriched employee experience and help craft the future of work. We’ll also look at how roles such as HR Business Partner and Agile Coach can begin to collaborate and learn from each other.

Speakers
avatar for Natal Dank

Natal Dank

Natal heads up learning, coaching, and community at PXO Culture and is seen as a pioneer in the Agile HR movement. Following over a decade working in senior Human Resources (HR), Talent and Organisational Development roles, Natal coaches clients across all industries, from innovative... Read More →


Tuesday March 23, 2021 11:15am - 12:00pm EDT
Zoom 5

11:15am EDT

Dealing with Post-Traumatic Corporate Life as a Black Woman Leader in Tech Space
Personally working in corporate american can be traumatic for us women but especially for us black women. But even more exhausting as a black female leader in tech space. We are not welcome but we don’t know that we are not and we trust our intelligence, our talents and gifts to open doors for us . It is doable but it is taxing, toxic and traumatizing to our mental health.

Speakers
avatar for Lisette Zounon

Lisette Zounon

Lisette Zounon is a passionate quality engineering leader with over 15 years of experience helping people and companies improve the quality of their applications, with solid tools, a simple process, and a smart team. She strongly believes that industry best practices including implementing... Read More →


Tuesday March 23, 2021 11:15am - 12:00pm EDT
Zoom 6

11:15am EDT

Installing an Agile Operating System to Forge Enterprise Agility
Chances are the “how-to” book for your company’s Agile transformation has not yet been written. Each environment is different, and the people and teams within those environments are at varied stages of development. To reach agility across the enterprise, we need to meet every person, team, and organization where they are. Then, we need to provide them with a pathway of “adjacently possible” steps towards success.

This session will explain how to install an Agile Operating System -- A transformation method that is continual, adaptive, and customized to your organization. We will learn about the roles, processes, and tools to create a durable sense of agility while demonstrating continual improvement. By the end of the session we will have a template for Agile transformation that can be applied regardless of an organization’s Agile fluency.

Speakers
avatar for Matt Phillips

Matt Phillips

Agile Coach
Matt Phillips is the Agile Transformation Coach at Bandwidth where he works with other leaders to build constructive mindsets, responsive workflows, and great teams. Matt has also spent years working remotely within fully-distributed technology organizations. As a facilitator he has... Read More →


Tuesday March 23, 2021 11:15am - 12:00pm EDT
Zoom 1

11:15am EDT

Optimize Your Quality Stages in CI/CD Pipelines
There are many different viewpoints when it comes to developing code. However, most companies can agree on time to market and quality code as two of the most important aspects of development. To expedite time to market, many companies build CI/CD pipelines to automate the build/integrate and deploy processes. But, what about quality code? How can companies ensure quality is included throughout their CI/CD pipeline? One way to address this challenge is to optimize the quality stages of the CI/CD pipeline. Companies can improve their static code analysis, unit testing, code coverage, and post-deployment testing stages to ensure code quality is automatically built into the process.

Speakers
avatar for David Dang

David Dang

Zenergy
David Dang, VP of Automated Solutions for Zenergy Technologies, has been a leading figure in the software automation industry for over twenty years. At Zenergy, David coaches companies in DevOps and Automation to help them develop better software faster. As a former developer, DevOps... Read More →


Tuesday March 23, 2021 11:15am - 12:00pm EDT
Zoom 2

11:15am EDT

The Deal: Quality and Developers Together
Why are developers and testers so often at odds? Like a knight and bishop on a chessboard, test and dev are different roles that are much more effective together. Join Jenny Bramble–Test Lead–and Adrian P. Dunston–Senior Developer–as they explore The Deal: a pact between one test engineer and one software engineer that can make a huge impact for the two, for the teams around them, and for their users.

They will describe The Deal (development supports test; test keeps development safe) and introduce you to the team members that you should target to make The Deal with as well as timing and how to maintain the relationship.

If you've ever been on a toxic team and wanted to change it to something more positive, Jenny and Adrian are here to help guide you in the right direction.

Speakers
avatar for Jenny Bramble

Jenny Bramble

Senior Software Test Engineer, WillowTree, Inc.
Jenny came up through support and devops, cutting her teeth on that interesting role that acts as the 'translator' between customer requests from support and the development team before diving headlong into her career as a tester. Her love of support and the human side of problems... Read More →
avatar for Adrian P Dunston

Adrian P Dunston

Director of Engineering, Backend, Papa, Inc.
Adrian P. Dunston has worked in companies of all sizes as a software developer, data architect, scrum master, manager, and briefly founder. He has presented on technical and interpersonal topics across the US, and he currently works as director of backend engineering at Papa, Inc... Read More →


Tuesday March 23, 2021 11:15am - 12:00pm EDT
Zoom 3

12:00pm EDT

Lunch
Step away from TriAgile for 45 minutes to re-energize and reinvigorate, or lean in and connect with other attendees through our social channels.

Tuesday March 23, 2021 12:00pm - 12:45pm EDT
Attendify

12:45pm EDT

Are You Asking Enough From Your Designers?
Have you ever wondered if you could be getting more impact out of the work your designers do?  The kind of impact that goes beyond simply making sure a product and service is useful and helps shape the future strategy of your company?  We’ll look at what designers are capable of doing versus what they actually end up getting used for.  We’ll study some of the myths that exist about design and address how to make sure they don’t get perpetuated in your organization. Finally, you’ll walk away from this presentation with the knowledge of what kinds of traits to look for in a designer when you’re hiring or promoting them — the kinds of traits that, if utilized correctly, will lead to greater outcomes for both your company and your customers.

Speakers
avatar for Eric Andrikaitis

Eric Andrikaitis

Senior Product Designer, TransLōc
Eric Andrikaitis is a design leader utilizing the experience and observations made during his over-a-decade-long multidisciplinary design career. He works to lead design teams to capture the kinds of data and stories that inspire companies to focus on their relationship with their... Read More →


Tuesday March 23, 2021 12:45pm - 1:30pm EDT
Zoom 5

12:45pm EDT

Shifting from Outputs to Outcomes with OKR
Agile adoption in most companies focuses on delivery, turning teams into feature factories with little regard for whether or not those features solve customer problems. Instead of adding value, the goal is to ship more stuff. This talk will show how companies can use OKR (Objectives and Key Results) to focus on outcomes instead of outputs. Felipe Castro is available at www.felipecastro.com

Speakers
avatar for Felipe Castro

Felipe Castro

Felipe Castro is a noted OKR trainer and founder of OutcomeEdge – an advisory firm dedicated to helping organizations unlearn old models so they can focus on the outcomes they want to achieve. He is the author of the upcoming book Aligned: Using Outcome Planning and OKR to drive... Read More →


Tuesday March 23, 2021 12:45pm - 1:30pm EDT
Zoom 2

12:45pm EDT

How Agile Internships Lead to Successful Teams
Over the past several years, we have built a team that exudes cohesiveness, inclusivity, and diversity of both thought and experience. Our culture is rooted in trust, collaboration, innovation, and fun. While other teams might wonder how we created such a immutable team dynamic, the real truth comes down to our hiring practices; our pre-hiring practices. We shape many of our teammates into agile practitioners early in their professional career...one to two years before a full-time offer letter is ever even drafted. As interns, our future teammates are introduced to agile practices that allow us to have a relatively hands-off role in their summer experience. We strive to give our interns an environment that gives them supported autonomy. From the beginning, we stress that we have no expectations of what they complete and their end product is entirely in their hands. This laissez-faire style, though it seems counterintuitive, empowers our interns with feelings of ownership and buy-in, both to their projects and to our organization’s methodologies. In fact, intern projects from the past four summers are used daily to support ongoing development efforts and play key roles in delivering data to our customers. In this speech we’ll walk you through four of the key factors that make our agile internship an effective tool, both for growing agile development teams and for improved transitions into full-time working culture. We’ll tell you how we grew our internship retention rate from 50% to nearly 90% in the last three years. As two intern conversions who’ve been on both side of the hiring process, we look forward to sharing our unique tactics to transforming novice interns into agile advocates.

Speakers
avatar for Will Duke

Will Duke

Will Duke is a Software Engineer, newly established Release Train Engineer, entrepreneur, and lifelong student. After earning the nickname of “full-time intern” by spending thee years in the IBM Internship program, he joined IBM full time. He enjoys building data pipelines, organizing... Read More →
avatar for Brittany Williams

Brittany Williams

While attending Duke University, Brittany Williams participated in the IBM Summer Intern Program where she developed a fascination for agile methodologies and design thinking. While she has always had a passion towards design, innovation, and problem solving, Brittany quickly grew... Read More →


Tuesday March 23, 2021 12:45pm - 1:30pm EDT
Zoom 1

12:45pm EDT

Un-Covering: the Key to Psychological Safety in the Workplace
According to longitudinal research performed by Google on what makes for high-performing teams, and confirmed by my own and my colleagues’ experiences, the common thread is a sense of psychological safety on the team – the sense that it’s okay to learn from mistakes and it’s okay to be yourself, whatever that may mean. Creating that feeling of safety on a team, and by extension, a whole enterprise, takes work and the first step is allowing our true and whole selves to shine. The benefits of doing this for our own health and wellness are innumerable, yet it’s the value we bring to our teams that ends up actually helping the business’ bottom line. We can help others to feel that they can do the same – stop “covering” up what is perceived as a flaw and embrace their whole and true selves.

Taking lessons and tips from Kenji Yoshino’s concept of covering, where people conceal part of their identity in order to fit in, this open conversation with participants demonstrates the importance of creating an environment where we feel free to bring our authentic selves to work, and will provide the opportunity for attendees to contribute their own covering stories.

Speakers
avatar for Stacey Seronick

Stacey Seronick

Watson Senior Design Manager, IBM
Obsessed with humans and how they communicate and interact with each other and their environments, Stacey has spent over 22 years in industry, creating for and strategizing with people of all sorts. Curiosity has driven her to explore patterns and anomalies she comes across in her... Read More →


Tuesday March 23, 2021 12:45pm - 1:30pm EDT
Zoom 4

12:45pm EDT

Value Stream Mapping: Adding Some Lean to Your Agile
What does “Lean” in “Lean-Agile” mean? Regardless of the application, at its core, Lean is about delivering the most value by reducing waste, establishing flow and increasing quality; in the sustainably shortest lead time. In this session, we will explore one of the most powerful Lean approaches, Value Stream Mapping, and learn how it can bring transparency, create alignment, and serve as an accelerant to any team or business seeking to accelerate the delivery of value.

Learning Objectives
- What is Value Stream Mapping and why would one use it? - Attendees will be able to describe Value Stream Mapping and articulate some of the benefits it can bring to a variety of contexts, from a single team to organizations across a large enterprise.
- A collaborative approach to Value Stream Mapping - Attendees will learn a technique for facilitating a Value Stream Mapping workshop utilizing a Miro/Mural board and be able to articulate how this can be applied to business operations as well as the design, development, and deployment of software.
- Value Steam thinking and beyond - Attendees will be able to describe how the techniques described can be leveraged as a mindset as well as a methodology through the exploration of real-world examples of Value Stream Mapping.

Speakers
avatar for Phil Gardiner

Phil Gardiner

Exec Consultant, Applied Frameworks
Phil Gardiner, an SPCT and practice lead at Applied Frameworks, is focused on enabling people to navigate complex change and achieve sustainable success through greater business agility. Having served as an enterprise coach, an executive consultant, and a “coaches’ coach”, he... Read More →


Tuesday March 23, 2021 12:45pm - 1:30pm EDT
Zoom 6

12:45pm EDT

Taming Scary Production Code That Nobody Wants to Touch
Most dev teams “own” some code that they don’t really want to work with. However it got there, the code is scary but pretty stable but now requires updates. Perhaps your team draws straws to each time to figure out who is going to have to put on the metaphorical hazmat suit and deal with the problem. Or worse yet, your team relies on one developer to always do it and he or she is getting burned out and could leave at any minute.

Mike will share some techniques that will help you modify the code with confidence using a few core refactorings and characterization tests.

Speakers
avatar for Mike Clement

Mike Clement

VP of Engineering, Emmersion
Mike Clement is a husband, father of four, and currently VP of Engineering at Emmersion. Mike believes we work best when we are working together and that there are no best practices—only better and worse ones depending on the context. Some leading practices Mike is passionate about... Read More →


Tuesday March 23, 2021 12:45pm - 1:30pm EDT
Zoom 3

12:45pm EDT

The No Estimates Game (and Others). Online!
As agile coaches and Scrum Masters, there's nothing we like better than getting the lego out and running engaging and fun workshops. How do we do this, though, in the "new normal" with people increasingly working from home or remotely, How do we create that excitement and engagement over Zoom or Teams? Well, we've spent a lot of time building online workshops to be as close to the real thing as possible, and it seems - so far - to be working! In this session, we'll play Matt Phillip's No Estimates board game to demonstrate how engaging such online workshops can be. Just like the real thing? In some aspects, even better! Playing this game will also allow us to explore variations that arise in estimation and demonstrate much better approaches to answering the perennial question "when will my stuff be delivered?".

Speakers
avatar for Steve Wells

Steve Wells

Owner, Agile Simulations
Steve Wells has been invloved in agile for many, many years as a developer, Scrum Master and Agile coach, and is passionate about all aspects of value stream delivery through agile thinking. He is a reguar conference speaker on the less mainstream - beyond the frameworks - aspects... Read More →


Tuesday March 23, 2021 12:45pm - 2:15pm EDT
Zoom 7

12:45pm EDT

Decision Sprints: Disrupt Endless Meetings and Turn Ideas Into Action in 90 Minutes (Capacity will be limited)
Accelerate your team’s progress with a Decision Sprint. Disrupt endless meetings and turn ideas into action in 90 minutes! The Decision Sprint is a battle-tested process that aligns your team around a challenge and guides them to develop and evaluate ideas, make decisions, and map next steps.

Decision Sprints are great when you need to accomplish any of the following:

- Gain team alignment
- Develop and evaluate solutions
- Make decisions and set priorities
- Avoid unstructured conversation
- Chart next steps and assign roles
- Propel your project forward

In this workshop, learn all the steps of the Sprint by doing them! Our two facilitators will guide you through a simulation of a real Decision Sprint. Afterward, you'll have access to our Decision Sprint template and Getting Started Guide to use for your own projects and challenges.

Speakers
avatar for Eric Gorman

Eric Gorman

Eric has designed and facilitated dozens of innovation workshops domestically and overseas for Fortune 500 companies (Coca-Cola, Michelin, Syngenta), federal and city government teams (USAID, City of Charlotte), and prominent institutions (Kresge, Kellogg, and Knight Foundations... Read More →
avatar for Julia Jackson

Julia Jackson

Strategist, Wily
Julia Jackson is driven to createworld-class experiences for clients. She has over 20 years of experience in marketing, customer engagement, creative strategy, and projectmanagement. Julia balances a talent for generating big ideas and communicating stories of impact with a pragmatic... Read More →


Tuesday March 23, 2021 12:45pm - 2:15pm EDT
Zoom 8

1:45pm EDT

Who's the Boss!? What is Adaptive Org Design?
The traditional org structure of the hierarchy is no longer sufficient in the modern age of fast-moving markets and changing customer demands. In addition to changing how an org operations, and how the work flows, now organizations need to consider a whole new structure. What does an organization that is *designed* to be resilient, responsive, and adaptive to the volatile modern way of work look like? In this session, we will look at the fundamentals that need to be in place, then the resulting structure of an adaptive organization.

Speakers
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Michael Kaufman

Executive and Team Coach, Kaufman Consulting, Inc.
With over 20 years in the technology industry, Michael brings a unique history of technology and emotional intelligence to his clients. He is trained in group and systems coaching, and helps all parties have their voices heard. He works with clients to co-create the desired future... Read More →


Tuesday March 23, 2021 1:45pm - 2:30pm EDT
Zoom 3

1:45pm EDT

Diversity of Women in Agile
Interested in learning more about Women in Agile? Come to this panel where we will focus on diversity and inclusion in agile, what it means to be agile not just walk through the motions, and what you can do to help move forward towards this continuous growth effort. Our panel has experience in driving and implementing successful change. We want to help you do so as well. Come and connect with us. We'll have an open, transparent dialog, and we are prepared to answer your questions.

Moderators
Speakers
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Tia DeMaria

Head of Agile Coaching and Education | Ph.D Candidate - Industrial/Organizational Psychology, Fidelity Investments
Tia DeMaria is Head of Agile Coaching and Education at Fidelity Investments, a leading provider of investment management, retirement planning, portfolio guidance, brokerage, benefits outsourcing, and other financial products and services to more than 30 million individuals, institutions... Read More →
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Joyce Juleau

Agile Coach- Director, Agile Delivery Practice
Joyce Juleau is an agile practitioner, trainer, coach, facilitator, organizational transformation consultant, and mentor with a proven background in driving agile adoption at the enterprise and team levels for Fortune 500 companies.Joyce brings extensive experience delivering critical... Read More →
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Jackie Owino

Principal Atlassian Engineer | DevOps Solutions Architect
Jackie has 20+ years of working in IT, primarily in Software Engineering and Release Management. She has extensive experience leading and coaching organizations in their adoption of Agile frameworks and supporting ALM collaboration tools. Her extensive knowledge and hands-on experience... Read More →
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Bridgette Wilson

Head of Agile Enablement, ezTagile
Bridgette is an experienced Agile Coach and Instructor with over 10+ years of Agile Experience.She is a highly adaptable agile professional with extensive development and transformation management experience-enhancing IT operations across enterprise for the past 17 years. Skilled... Read More →


Tuesday March 23, 2021 1:45pm - 2:30pm EDT
Zoom 6

1:45pm EDT

Despite Good Code, Production Failures - Why?
Enterprises experience failures in production despite modern DevOps practices. One reason is because enterprises don't embrace modern operations practices that dictate improvements in both Development and Operations. This session will discuss how Site Reliability Engineering (SRE) practices in conjunction with DevOps yield successful enterprise outcomes!

Speakers
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Kevin Green

IBM
Kevin has over 30 years developing, managing and implementing IBM Service Management offerings. That time includes architecting custom service management solutions to meet specific client needs. He has guided clients worldwide in the implementation of modern service managment.Kevin... Read More →


Tuesday March 23, 2021 1:45pm - 2:30pm EDT
Zoom 5

1:45pm EDT

People-Centricity – Integrating Agile and Change Enablement
The pace of innovation and change is moving faster than ever. And change practitioners are on the move as well, evolving how they think, work, and enable others within today’s increasingly agile environments. Join us to explore why and how people-centric change tools and practices are being mapped to and integrated with Agile practices to mature and sustain the enablement of organizational change capabilities.

Learning Outcomes: Participants will learn tips and tools for integrating the people side of change with the power of Agile

Speakers
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Donna Emerson

Enterprise Transformation Lead, Humana
Donna is currently an Agile Transformation Lead within Humana’s Enterprise Agility and Change organization. She is a Prosci® Certified Change Practitioner and a Certified SAFe® 5.0 Program Consultant.  With a diverse, people-centric background in marketing, sales, learning, HR... Read More →


Tuesday March 23, 2021 1:45pm - 2:30pm EDT
Zoom 1

1:45pm EDT

Why Agile Transformation Fails
Leading change in large organizations is more than just teaching Scrum to developers or SAFe to a broader product organization. The scale and complexity are huge. The number of stakeholders is mind-numbing. And aligning interests across the organization is almost impossible. For Agile to work, it's going to require a different approach to how we think about process and methodology, how we think about transitioning to this new way of working, and how we make sure the changes are effective now and in the future. To unpack this, we explore the differences between what we call a System of Delivery (SOD), a System of Transformation (SOT), and a System of Continuous Improvement (SOCI): When we talk about Scrum, SAFe, LeSS, and Waterfall governance models, we're talking about a SOD. Any talk about technical practices, running effective retrospectives, or better daily standups are all about the systems we're using to deliver on the organization's outcomes. How we install those methodologies is what we call a SOT. How we train ScrumMasters, remove systematic dependencies, influence corporate governance, or align with strategic objectives are all part of the SOT. This system is all about planning, executing, and measuring the efficacy of the change. As markets evolve and drive new product demand, the organization will have to systematically adapt and respond to the emerging market. This requires a level of intentionality and a SOCI to ensure the organizational structure, governance model, and key performance indicators can adapt to meet the needs of an ever-changing marketplace. This talk will explore each system's key attributes: the critical success factors, why the systems are necessary, and how they individually and collectively work together to help an organization build momentum, become a more effective delivery organization, and sustain momentum going forward.

Speakers
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Mike Cottmeyer

CEO, LeadingAgile, LLC
Mike has over 25 years of experience in the IT industry working for companies like IBM, EDS, John H. Harland, and Fiserv. Mike launched his consulting career working for VersionOne, an Atlanta-based, agile project-management software company. During his tenure at VersionOne, Mike... Read More →


Tuesday March 23, 2021 1:45pm - 2:30pm EDT
Zoom 2

2:45pm EDT

Retrospectives Gone Bad
Do you dread going to work? Are interruptions from outside making progress difficult? Is improvement almost nil? Sprint Retrospectives are the tool to help with all of these issues, but what if they elicit frustrated groans and reluctance or, worse, resentment within your team? Mark will share tips on how to change all that. Sadly, the retrospective is often the most misunderstood and abused element of Scrum even though it's the perfect opportunity to get the results you want by improving team communication, collaboration, and morale, which eventually leads to building better products that, in turn, make customers happier. Attendees will leave with a better understanding of the power (and fun!) of retrospectives, with activities and practical ideas of how to get out a boring rut and use them effectively.

Speakers
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Mark Levison

Principal Consultant, Agile Pain Relief Consulting
Mark Levison is a Certified Scrum Trainer and principal Agile Coach of Agile Pain Relief Consulting. With over 30 years of experience in the IT industry, he has been learning and teaching Agile since 2001. Introducing Scrum, Lean, and Agile methods to many organizations, from government departments and banks to healthcare and software companies, Mark has coached professionals throughout... Read More →


Tuesday March 23, 2021 2:45pm - 3:30pm EDT
Zoom 1

2:45pm EDT

The Annotated Meeting - An Exciting New Tool for Leading Dialogue and Building Consensus
Running meetings can be difficult and discouraging. The details and decisions are important. But miscommunication is rampant, and no one reads the minutes! Are you tired of referring back to a decision in a meeting only to find that everyone remembers it differently? Or no one remembers it at all?! Friend, what you need is an annotated meeting!

Annotated meetings are a simple-but-innovative technique. In an annotated meeting you take notes—in a specific format—right in front of the attendees via room-display and screen-share. By identifying and writing the key information, decisions, and action items in front of your participants, you’ll ensure that everyone is on the same page, that everyone agrees to their action items, and that the decisions made won’t get lost.

In this talk you’ll learn:

- How to annotate a meeting in real-time, in front of everyone
- How to get participants to sign off on their action items
- How to use annotation to lead effective meetings and reduce tangents
- Why Markdown rules, and what rules to use in your Markdown
- And simple tricks for guiding the dialogue and getting the results you need

All this in a fun and fast-moving Talk with stories to illustrate. Don’t let your meeting-time go to waste; learn the annotated meeting today!

Speakers
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Adrian P Dunston

Director of Engineering, Backend, Papa, Inc.
Adrian P. Dunston has worked in companies of all sizes as a software developer, data architect, scrum master, manager, and briefly founder. He has presented on technical and interpersonal topics across the US, and he currently works as director of backend engineering at Papa, Inc... Read More →


Tuesday March 23, 2021 2:45pm - 3:30pm EDT
Zoom 2

2:45pm EDT

The Perfect Product Owner!!
Want to find the perfect Product Owner? All you have to do is find one with the time to do the job, the power to manage priorities, the knowledge to make smart decisions, the interest in doing the job, and the vision to build the right product. Easy, right?

The session starts with a short and hilarious video to demonstrate the importance of Product Ownership (guaranteed to be the best and/or funniest video you’ll see all day). From there, we will learn about the 5 key attributes to look for in a Product Owner:
• Bandwidth
• Power
• Knowledge
• Interest
• Vision

Based on these items above, we will see the Product Owner Persona Template which allows one to identify how their Product Owners score in these dimensions. This allows you and your POs to see if your Product Owners have strength areas where it makes sense for them to be POs and also identify their gap areas. We will then examine how organizations often have Scrum Teams building products along with Product Teams (made up of folks such as marketing, research, sales, support) helping build out the Product plans. We will explore the concept of Product Managers and Product Owners and if these are the same or different roles and what role, if any, the business analyst has in this grouping.

From there, we will have group conversations that address common questions and misconceptions about the Product Owner role.
• Should the PO come from the business or the technical side?
• Should the PO come from the client or the vendor?
• Is the PO the same as a Project Manager?
• Can I be a PO / ScrumMaster?
• Can I be a PO and Analyst?

The session concludes with working through the persona sheet to see if you have the Perfect Product Owner!

Speakers
avatar for Richard Cheng

Richard Cheng

Richard Cheng is the Vice President of Training and Chief Product Owner at NextUp Solutions. NextUp Solutions provides transformative training programs in Agile methods such as Scrum and Kanban, as well as in concepts such as Product Management, Agile Testing and Automation, SAFe... Read More →


Tuesday March 23, 2021 2:45pm - 3:30pm EDT
Zoom 3

2:45pm EDT

Constraints: A Fresh Look at What Makes Agile Thrive
Imagine you are watching a speed skater, whizzing around a frozen track at speeds up to 37 mph, smoothly transitioning from straightaways to the outside turn. This fluid and agile sport is made possible by the rigid contract, or constraint, of the razor-sharp skate blade and the smooth, frozen track beneath. Like the speed skater in her environment, organizations are systems filled with constraints. These are things to identify, understand, and monitor as you make change and move about our complex world. We will explore constraints and other ideas from complexity science to help to take a fresh look at what makes an agile culture thrive. You will leave with practical tools and ideas to bring an agile culture to all parts of your organization.

Speakers
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Jason Schreuder

Jason is the owner of Inspired Iterations, an agile coaching company. He is also a Certified Enterprise Coach (CEC), the premier Certified Agile Coach designation within the Scrum Alliance. As a guide for Scrum, he helps build agile teams to execute any work. Jason teaches and coaches... Read More →


Tuesday March 23, 2021 2:45pm - 3:30pm EDT
Zoom 7

2:45pm EDT

How Being a Boy Scout Leader Enhanced My Coaching Career
Since the beginning of Boy Scouts the troops have been boy lead. This means that the boys plan, prepare and execute all the training and exciting adventures they participate in. The adult leaders are there to educate the youth leaders, assist where requested and make sure everyone is safe and secure. Being boy lead is very important in creating our future leaders. It is also challenging to say the least. Due to this challenge the Boy Scouts use a model to help youth leaders do their jobs. They call this model “E.D.G.E.”.

As a leader, I found this model so helpful I started to use it in my own career as an Agile Coach. This presentation will show you what the E.D.G.E model is and how it framed a coaching tool for the maturity of agile teams.

You will walk away with what some would say is a flexible playbook for agile coaching. We all have our own style and that is vitally important. It is also important to have a path that can be improved over time. The Agile Coaching Accelerator keeps us on track and allows us to evaluate progress. In the end it will provide a possible tool for your tool box.

Speakers
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Roger Hutcheson

Roger Hutcheson has been successfully connecting the dots... between IT and Business for over 30 years. As a servant leader his success comes from helping others succeed. Currently he is working at Duke Energy in Charlotte as a Sr. Agile Coach. He is always energized by learning new... Read More →


Tuesday March 23, 2021 2:45pm - 3:30pm EDT
Zoom 8

2:45pm EDT

Walking Through Chaos With an Open Mindset
2020 amplified themes such as anxiety, burnout, isolation, fear and conflict. Did we all just survive the year or did anyone thrive? For some of us, open space principles gave us a way to navigate the chaos and show us other possibilities: connection, understanding, empathy and growth. How was this possible?

Consider the law of mobility from open space: If you are neither learning or contributing, move somewhere else. By keeping this law in mind, there is an invitation for movement and for choice in the current situation.

But can we find choice in chaos and when it appears we have no options? How might you use other open space principles to help others navigate stressful situations? How might you use them to find time and space for yourself to reflect on the situation and find the best path forward?

This session will show how open space is not for events anymore. An open mindset can help you and others navigate any form of chaos.

Speakers
avatar for Mark Kilby

Mark Kilby

Agile Coach, K5Labs LLC
Mark Kilby coaches leaders, teams and organizations on how to work more effectively, whether they are distributed or collocated.  For over two decades, his easy-going style has helped his client learn to collaborate and discover their path to success and sustainability.Sometimes... Read More →


Tuesday March 23, 2021 2:45pm - 3:30pm EDT
Zoom 6

2:45pm EDT

Accidental Agile
This presentation covers the use of an agile approach in the design and fabrication of a electric powered high performance supercar. The PDCA cycle was used repeatedly to conduct a continuous series of learning experiments. The result was to find multiple ways to fail and learn on the journey to success. The car will be ready for production in late 2021. Audience interest is held due to the fact that an agile approach was successfully utilized in a non-traditional, non-software environment. A 1/8 scale models and pictures of the full sized prototype car in various stages of completion will be shown. The business model includes hiring and training at risk youth, providing a more positive path for their future. A lightening talk of this presentation was given at a local Dallas/Ft Worth Texas meetup with rave reviews and multiple requests to expand it to a full length presentation.


Speakers
avatar for Jack Wendel

Jack Wendel

Leadership Coach, WendelWerks
Jack has a development background and started his agile journey back with eXtreme Programming (XP) in the late 90s. He has held several senior level technical leadership roles, including senior technical director at a Fortune 500 company. Bringing agile and DevOps practices with him... Read More →


Tuesday March 23, 2021 2:45pm - 3:30pm EDT
Zoom 5

2:45pm EDT

Revolutionary Leadership – My Journey!
In Agile organizations and teams, we teach the importance of leadership over management and teamwork over individual accomplishment. The question is what intentional actions are we employing to achieve this vital goal?

Young and emerging managers are often selected due to their success as individual contributors. We find the people best at getting stuff done and then ask them to lead, manage and administer a group of people. The problem is great skills as an individual contributor are NOT the same skills as leading and motivating people. Often, as emerging leaders we stumble greatly. My story is THAT story!

This discussion is based on my story as a young and emerging leader and my journey from a foundation of command and control – without realizing it, to a style of trust and confidence in others to do the work better, more creatively and faster than I could have myself. This is inclusive discussion about how I moved from being confident in myself but NOT in others, confident in knowing how to do things well, but NOT in trusting others to do things as well or better. Confident in my own ability but feeling a need to micromanage every situation, but NOT understanding and ultimately knowing that other team members are not only as capable, but often MUCH MORE capable of delivering an outstanding outcome for our customers and clients.

We will explore my AHA moments! The catalysts for my discovery of how to evolve into a better leader, focused on creating opportunities for others to excel and in fact lead on their own. How tough challenges were used to create an environment is which great ideas, concepts and innovations are enabled and accelerated. Finally, we discuss how to build a framework of team first, innovation and leadership skill development through strong two-way active mentoring approaches including the use of reverse mentors

Participants in this discussion will gain insight and approaches to expand their own leadership approach and extend the skills of everyone in their teams. We will give examples of how to create an environment that helps leaders and everyone around them to become radically better and to do so in a sustainable way. We will show how this change in team communication will set the stage for significant success within each team.

Speakers
avatar for Jim Grundner

Jim Grundner

Vaco
Jim is the Agile Practice Lead for Vaco LLC and has spent his professional career focused on learning, understanding, and attempting to create great value from the definition of the customer. He has a deep belief that waste is the enemy of value and we should do all we can to eliminate... Read More →


Tuesday March 23, 2021 2:45pm - 3:30pm EDT
Zoom 4

3:45pm EDT

Enabling Success with a Team Launch
Organizations embarking on a transformation tend to consider the impact on individuals experiencing restructuring, new roles, and training, but rarely do they adequately prepare newly formed teams for success. What does it take for a new team to organize, plan, and get started on their journey? A purposeful and thoughtful Team Launch.

Speakers
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Betsy Layman

Lean Agilist, Excella
Betsy has 25 years of leadership experience with a background in systems engineering and delivering complex IT solutions.  For ten years she has been leading enterprise technology transformations at Fortune 250 finance, infrastructure, manufacturing, and mobile computing corporations... Read More →
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Paul Boos

IT Executive Coach, Excella
Paul believes in the power of 'we'. No one can make worthy products alone and so understanding how the 'we' of organizations can become more effective is key. He devotes time and energy in helping executives, managers, and team members can improve how they can work together in a joyous... Read More →


Tuesday March 23, 2021 3:45pm - 4:30pm EDT
Zoom 1

3:45pm EDT

Great Virtual Meetings
Learn 25+ pragmatic techniques to make your remote meetings engaging, collaborative, and effective. These tips apply to general team meetings and extend to the daunting task of running large, collaborative planning efforts remotely. You will “live through” a majority of the techniques as a virtual participant and each will be explicitly recapped. You are welcome to take screenshots and use them in your next meeting!

Speakers
avatar for Laura Burke Olson

Laura Burke Olson

Laura Burke Olson has worked as an Agile Coach and a consultant and for globally distributed software development teams at IHS Markit, Appia, and Rally Software. She aligned teams to accomplish large projects and improve their systems for software development. She facilitated planning... Read More →


Tuesday March 23, 2021 3:45pm - 4:30pm EDT
Zoom 7

3:45pm EDT

Thawing the Frozen Middle to Create a Self-Organizing Transformation
I bought into the Agile fantasy that managers go away, or are at least less destructive than before a transformation occurs. But here I am, in the middle of a large scale agile transformation at the fourth largest bank in the world – and there are managers EVERYWHERE. They are at best confused about how the change affects them, at worst openly resistant. They are the frozen middle. We’ve learned the agile fantasy is not true, and the frozen middle will be a much more potent force than expected. But there are more teams to stand up – so we move on to new teams in new areas of the organization.

We have responded to this challenge with more coaches. More teams, more coaches. This leads to another problem: The thought that Coaches own the transformation and are responsible for the results. Coaching becomes a constraint (and excuse) for a stalled transformation. In reality, for a transformation to succeed the organization itself has to own and be responsible for its success. The organization itself has to become a self-organizing group focused on transformational goals. The Frozen Middle must be thawed to unlock this possibility. I learned these lessons years into our transformation, and we’ve taken steps to give managers the space and structures to be empowered to create the environment needed for long-term and sustainable team success.

Speakers
avatar for Jeremy Braden

Jeremy Braden

Agile Coach, Wells Fargo


Tuesday March 23, 2021 3:45pm - 4:30pm EDT
Zoom 3

3:45pm EDT

When I do an Agile Executive Workshop
Most of the problems I observe in organizations that are trying to adopt Agile practices are not problems with the Agile teams. (Agile teams do have problems, especially at first, but those problems are relatively easy to correct with some training, guidance and coaching.)

The bigger, more intractable problems are further up the management chain. And they become painfully obvious when the Agile team members tell me, “We would >>love>do>be

Speakers
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Alan S Koch

Sr. Technical Lead Instructor, Cprime Learning
Alan KochPMP, CSM, PMI-ACP, ITIL Expert, ICP: TST/FDO/IDO, DOFDAlan S. Koch is a senior technical lead instructor at Cprime. Alan provides training, coaching and consulting services primarily in subjects related to DevOps, Agile and Software Testing. Alan began his formal education... Read More →


Tuesday March 23, 2021 3:45pm - 4:30pm EDT
Zoom 5

3:45pm EDT

Innovating Helicopter Rescue - One Step At A Time
Rescuing individuals in distress by helicopter in the Swiss Alps is a highly demanding undertaking. Rough terrain and rapidly changing weather conditions add up to the already difficult task of getting the right rescue helicopter to the mission location on time. Literally, every second counts and may decide between life and death.

Software applications play an ever-increasing role in supporting rescue personnel throughout a mission. Obviously, they need to conform to the highest standards of stability and usability. Can agile practices really play a role in such a sensitive environment?

We are certain that agility und user-centricity are key to addressing the above challenges. In this session, I will show you how at Swiss Air-Rescue Rega, we are using practices such as design thinking, usability engineering and agile development and operations to make sure that our application ecosystem supports our rescuers along every step of a mission.

This, for instance, implies that the information from our very own alarm mobile app can be conveyed to our mission control center and, in a further step, directly to the helicopter crews. The latter can already view a wide range of mission-related information across different devices, but, in our opinion, there is still a long way to go. The inclusion of ground rescue services and teams poses another interesting challenge that we are also trying to address.

Join this session to get insights into how we conduct rescue operations by helicopter, what the typical challenges are and how our software application ecosystem helps addressing them. We will further look at the agile practices that Swiss Air-Rescue Rega employs to shape this ecosystem and how we ensure that the ergonomic and procedural requirements of our stakeholders are met - one step at a time.

Speakers
avatar for Georg Hauzenberger

Georg Hauzenberger

IT Project Manager, Swiss Air-Rescue Rega
Throughout Georg’s career, he has been working in quite diverse fields, such as wireless telemetry, satellite communications, software architecture, cost steering and, ultimately, project management.Somehow, he ended up at Swiss Air-Rescue Rega, a private, non-profit air rescue... Read More →


Tuesday March 23, 2021 3:45pm - 4:30pm EDT
Zoom 2

3:45pm EDT

M!ndspace: No Money, No Space - How to Launch Grass-Root Innovation
We are constantly reminded that Agile transformation needs to incorporate innovation but that is easier said than done. Learn how Duke Energy launched a grass-root innovation initiative in 2020 with no budget and no space. Initially, we were going to set aside a conference room and turn it into a lab but then Covid hit and we all went home to work remotely.

We had to pivot then successfully launched what we call M!ndspace, as a virtual innovation center, leveraging
our Agile Community of Practice.

Some quick background: Before March 2020, Duke Energy launched a brand new innovation center at Optimist Hall, north of Uptown Charlotte. Optimist Hall combines a Duke Energy building and a food court that has become part of the foodie vibe of Charlotte. Optimist Hall is a great building to bring the latest technologies in a lab-type environment to determine best applications for Duke Energy. However, as part of our Agile transformation, we wanted to create grass-root innovation especially for teams outside Optimist Hall.
The motto is “everyone is welcome; all ideas are welcome.”

M!ndspace is where we self-organize in small groups of volunteers, lean coffee style, to work on specific ideas that are brought up and voted on by everyone in attendance.

In this session, we will go over the steps we took to launch it successfully virtually, pitfalls and lessons learned we quickly uncovered, best practices that we have established, and what the plans are for involving more people in 2021.

Speakers
avatar for Yolande Sumner

Yolande Sumner

Agile Coach, Duke Energy
Yolande Sumner is passionate about going where there is no path and leaving a trail. Since joining Duke Energy five years ago, she ran the first agile pilot, became the first Agile coach, and launched last year the first grass-root innovation program called M!ndspace. She started... Read More →


Tuesday March 23, 2021 3:45pm - 4:30pm EDT
Zoom 4

3:45pm EDT

Five Shades of Gherkin
You’ve learned about Behavior Driven Development and have been collaborating on scenarios in your Triad (Customer, Developer, Tester). However, you are wondering how the scenarios could be improved by being more readable and maintainable. The feature files are multiplying, and they seem out of control. As a long-time practitioner, trainer, and author, Ken will aid you in exploring new ways to write scenarios. There are many shades of Gherkin - ways to write scenarios - each of which has its pros and cons. Starting with examples of scenarios that have issues, you’ll collaborate with your fellow attendees in discovering how to improve them by transforming them to another shade. If there are multiple attendees from one company, you can try variations of your own scenarios. We’ll start with five shades and then explore others as time allows.

Speakers
avatar for Ken Pugh

Ken Pugh

Chief Consultant, Ken Pugh, Inc.
Ken Pugh helps companies evolve into lean-agile organizations through training and coaching. His special interests are in collaborating on requirements, delivering business value, and using lean principles to deliver high quality quickly. He has written several programming books... Read More →


Tuesday March 23, 2021 3:45pm - 4:30pm EDT
Zoom 6

4:30pm EDT

Happy Hour
Wrap up the day with casual conversation about the day with conference attendees.

Tuesday March 23, 2021 4:30pm - 5:30pm EDT
Zoom 3

4:30pm EDT

Happy Hour
Wrap up the day with casual conversation about the day with conference attendees.

Tuesday March 23, 2021 4:30pm - 5:30pm EDT
Zoom 1

4:30pm EDT

Happy Hour
Wrap up the day with casual conversation about the day with conference attendees.

Tuesday March 23, 2021 4:30pm - 5:30pm EDT
Zoom 7

4:30pm EDT

Happy Hour
Wrap up the day with casual conversation about the day with conference attendees.

Tuesday March 23, 2021 4:30pm - 5:30pm EDT
Zoom 8

4:30pm EDT

Happy Hour
Wrap up the day with casual conversation about the day with conference attendees.

Tuesday March 23, 2021 4:30pm - 5:30pm EDT
Zoom 2

4:30pm EDT

Happy Hour
Wrap up the day with casual conversation about the day with conference attendees.

Tuesday March 23, 2021 4:30pm - 5:30pm EDT
Zoom 6

4:30pm EDT

Happy Hour
Wrap up the day with casual conversation about the day with conference attendees.

Tuesday March 23, 2021 4:30pm - 5:30pm EDT
Zoom 5

4:30pm EDT

Happy Hour
Wrap up the day with casual conversation about the day with conference attendees.

Tuesday March 23, 2021 4:30pm - 5:30pm EDT
Zoom 4