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Monday, August 7
 

10:45am

Welcome to the Matrix: Creating Organizational Structures that Effectively Support Agile (Doc List)
Limited Capacity full
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Abstract:
Traditional organizations focus on roles and controls. If you're a developer, you probably report to a development manager. If you're QA, you probably report to a QA manager. This can lead to some dysfunctions and challenges when you're on an Agile team. After all, if we embrace the idea that Agile teams are self-organizing, setting their team's work priorities, and communicating openly, what happens when your manager gives you conflicting direction? Who do you give priority to?
Agile companies - or those attempting to be agile - frequently apply traditional organizational structures in ways that can be very counterproductive or ineffective. This is true whether the organization is developing software or streamlining their hiring process or doing financial accounting.
In this session, Doc List shares some real world examples of organizational structures and challenges, and then leads participants in group discussions where participants will categorize their own organization's structures, explore alternatives, and craft a plan for change. You will find yourself thoroughly engaged in individual, pair, and group activities in which you will explore and discuss your own organization's challenges in adopting the agile mindset and practices.

Learning Outcomes:
  • Articulate the ways in which your organization supports or prevents effective agile adoption
  • List some strategies for changing the structure and reporting structure of your organization

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Speakers
avatar for Doc List

Doc List

The Guy, AnotherThought Inc.
I love the interactions between people, the dynamics that impede or encourage high performance, and helping people and teams work through their challenges.


Monday August 7, 2017 10:45am - 12:00pm
I1

2:00pm

Wipeout! Make *New* Mistakes (Bernie Maloney)
Limited Capacity seats available


Abstract:
Ever feel like the market moves faster than your marketing team? Or wonder how flexible your finance (and leadership!) teams would really be if self-direction glitched and blew a million dollars? Organizations introduce Agile believing it will lead in part to greater responsiveness and resiliency. Yet, why do so many fail to achieve those outcomes?
It isn’t just that they’re structured and operated by default along hierarchical lines rather than by design for iterative work. Achieving the full benefits of Agile comes from shifting the culture and mindset of a whole organization, sometimes as radically as encouraging it to “Make New Mistakes.” This very philosophy was a driver in the fastest division in HP’s history to reach $1B, a hardware division that was focused on manufacturing operations with razor thin margins, and markets that changed 3x faster than the development lead time.
Through a series of short stories and exercises, attendees will explore 5 practices from that business which led to roaring success. We’ll probe their parallels in Lean / Agile practice. With each one, you’ll briefly self-inspect the state of your own organization, as well as create a backlog you can use to adapt in your “real world” beyond the conference.
Do you have, or want, a vision that takes you beyond high performing teams, to a high performing, resilient business? Come hear how you can help your organization shift from mechanics that “do” Agile, and walk away with a feel for what’s possible when not just development but a whole organization surfs the flow of “being” Agile.

Learning Outcomes:
  • articulate the importance of having a clear, shared purpose to guide Agility
  • describe the framework of Situational Leadership and how to apply it to your own leadership style
  • identify two ways to clarify decision authority and where that clarity can be improved in your business
  • apply a simple "big picture" model to help match the Agile mindset to traditional business / project managment

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avatar for Bernie Maloney

Bernie Maloney

Agile Coach | Accelerating Genius, Persistent Systems
Bernie’s career started with a flash and a bang. Literally. His first position was designing devices that protect telephone networks from lightning strikes. A few career pivots later, he had a flash of insight: it was possible to tap into latent potential in every person, every... Read More →



Monday August 7, 2017 2:00pm - 3:15pm
F2

3:45pm

Business Agility - Value Based Planning (Kimberly Scribner, Jeff Howell)
Limited Capacity full
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Abstract:
Agile is about helping businesses and people embrace change and complexity. An agile business implementation can also be one of the most difficult cultural changes an organization will experience. Connecting how a business can gain value from an agile implementation is important to the implementation's success. Want to be a key change agent and ready to prepare your organization to inspect and adapt quickly?
This session is focused on those looking to take agile principles beyond software development. If you are an internal agile champion looking to expand the agile footprint within your business or new to agile and just beginning your transformation you will come away with key take away items to get you moving down the right path.
We'll focus on:
  • Understanding the principles behind the manifesto
  • The cadence of a non-software specific initiative and how to make sense of it for all parts of your business
  • Knowing when agile principles can help on large initiatives as well as growing and managing strategy for a business
  • Taking a value based approach to planning
  • Inspecting and adapting quickly
We'll show techniques for taking a value based planning approach to deliver improved results for your business. This session will include a workshop to develop a value based backlog for a problem your business is currently facing.

Learning Outcomes:
  • Following this workshop attendees should be able to:
  • - Understand the key Agile Business Values and how to apply them
  • - What type of initiatives Agile concepts can be most helpful with
  • - Clearly define key values for an initiative
  • - Break down those values into critical success factors in the form of epics
  • - Build and execute on an ordered list focused on those values

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avatar for Jeff Howell

Jeff Howell

Technical Product Manager, Deluxe Corp


Monday August 7, 2017 3:45pm - 5:00pm
F3
 
Tuesday, August 8
 

9:00am

Holistic Agile: Developing the Future Agile Company (Robert Woods, Tony Shawver)
Limited Capacity full
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Abstract:
Stop treating the symptoms and treat the whole organism...or organization! Companies are undergoing an evolution and it is imperative that we understand what the evolution is, how it impacts you personally and how you adapt to the change taking place. As Agile methods find more global applicability, we are quickly finding groups outside of IT who have nothing to do with technology or software development demonstrating success with Agile methods. But the approach to the specific solutions they deliver are often catered to their own unique circumstances. The original Agile manifesto, principles and supporting frameworks we have been teaching were formed with software development in mind but, from a holistic perspective, a similar yet unique approach is needed for enterprise solutions outside of IT.
As both day to day practitioners and Agile champions, how can we translate the success seen in Agile software delivery to parts of the organization who want to see the same types of successes but don't deliver technology as its core solution? Where are we seeing trends in non-technology based solution delivery applying agility? Does a more "holistic" approach to Agile adoption change both what and how we teach? Does Holistic Agile force us to rethink the founding Agile principles we have worked so hard to adhere to and if so, what does that look like? Finally, what impact does a more holistic approach have on both defining and facilitating Enterprise Agile Transformation? Robert Woods & Tony Shawver, Directors of the National Agile Practice for MATRIX, will answer these questions and help attendees see how Holistic Agile is redefining what an Agile Company looks like and how we help them get there.

Learning Outcomes:
  • - An understanding of what Holistic Agile means
  • - Where we are seeing the biggest trends outside of software delivery
  • - How Holistic Agile changes the way we approach facilitating Agile transformation
  • - How to engage an organization in a more Holistic way.
  • - How the foundational Agile values and principles are impacted by Holistic Agile approaches.

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Speakers
avatar for Tony Shawver

Tony Shawver

National Agile Practice Lead, MATRIX
Tony Shawver serves as Director and National Agile Practice leader at MATRIX. Joining MATRIX in 2010, Tony possesses over 16 years of experience in leading technology projects including implementation, software application development, consulting and coaching. His technical experience... Read More →
avatar for Robert Woods

Robert Woods

Director National Agile Practice, MATRIX
Robert Woods serves as Director of the National Agile Practice at MATRIX. He has been in IT for over 20 years serving in such roles as Sr. Systems and Networking Engineer, Project Manager, Program Manager, and Agile Coach. Robert has spent years working with organizations on collaborative... Read More →


Tuesday August 8, 2017 9:00am - 10:15am
F3

10:45am

Transforming CA Technologies Marketing through Agile Marketing at Scale (yuval yeret)
Limited Capacity seats available


Abstract:
How can large, traditional marketing organizations - those that rely on functional departments, and annual marketing plans / budgets hope to keep up? We believe the answers lie in an Agile approach, and we are working hard to transform our marketing department from a plan / interrupt driven culture to one that can quickly sense and respond to customer needs and market changes.
This is easier said than done in a 350 person organization, but we are finding the solutions are familiar, and are rooted in a scaled agile approach. The key ingredients we have found so far include:
• A servant leadership mindset that lets go of details and actively supports team success
• Full cross-functional agile teams that eliminate the overhead of cross-departmental hand-offs and coordination
• Larger delivery groups organized around a set of solutions that deliver on a larger / holistic value proposition (aka release trains)
• Adaptive value delivery supported by experimentation, measurement, collaborative planning, and transparent execution
Our journey isn’t complete yet, but we are seeing real results. Join Steve Wolfe and Mary Bremel from CA Technologies and Yuval Yeret from AgileSparks to hear about CA’s journey to marketing agility, including key challenges faced and learnings applied along the way.

Learning Outcomes:
  • - Agile Marketing can achieve transformational results for marketing organizations that strive to become more relevant, competitive as they join the digital age.
  • - Agile Marketing is possible not just for small nimble companies but also for large organizations with hundreds of marketers and several legacy siloes.
  • - Blueprint for implementing agile marketing in a classic marketing organization - What are the key practices, how to start, what to pay attention to.
  • - Agile Marketing can apply to marketing groups supporting a certain business as well as cross-corporate initiatives.
  • - Differences between Marketing and Product Development to be aware of when extending Agile towards Marketing in your organization

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Speakers
avatar for Yuval Yeret

Yuval Yeret

Agile|Agile Marketing Lean/Agile Consultant | SPCT | CTO, AgileSparks
Agile/Agile Marketing Lean/Agile Consultant and head of AgileSparks USA - We help people spark Real business agility at scale.


Tuesday August 8, 2017 10:45am - 12:00pm
F3

3:45pm

Avoiding the Pitfalls of Capitalizing Software in an Agile World (Paul Argiry)
Limited Capacity seats available


Abstract:
With the increased speed that CIOs and CTOs are moving their teams into agile environments, their financial brethren are running to catch up. Having been grounded in the days of waterfall methodologies, the financial side of the house is dealing with great uncertainty on how to account for software development costs. Questions include: Are all development costs now expensed because of the continual planning, developing and pivoting of software projects that occurs within agile? If development costs can be capitalized, what is the appropriate way to track these costs – through hours or something new altogether like story points?
We will explore how the historic accounting guidance that was developed specifically through the lens of waterfall methodologies remains applicable within agile methodologies. We will look at the alternative ways to amortize these capitalized development costs and evaluate the pros and cons of doing so. In addition to the financial reporting aspects of this presentation, we will also explore the benefits gained by moving from project-based funding to overall product–based funding and what key requirements must be in place to have that successful.
The goal of this presentation is to increase awareness among the audience that while making the decision to become agile is a business decision, this decision cannot be done in isolation. The business will eventually need the approval by their finance colleagues and if these financially grounded colleagues are not educated on the financial and accounting implications of moving to agile methodologies they may block such a move based on their misunderstandings alone. Getting everyone on the same page is a key success factor when moving to agile.

Learning Outcomes:
  • Understand how cloud computing is impacting businesses and why agility is an important factor in that transformation.
  • Gain an appreciation that Finance colleagues must be included in decisions that involve changing from waterfall to agile environments and what requirements are needed to maintaining capitalization of software development costs, both for internal use or technology/software companies.
  • Learn the pros and cons of tracking costs using time tracking systems or story points.
  • Obtain an overview of the amortization of capitalized software costs within agile environments.
  • Understand the benefits of moving from individual funded projects to product based funding.

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Speakers
avatar for Paul Argiry

Paul Argiry

CFO, LeadingAgile
Paul Argiry is LeadingAgile’s CFO and brings 25 years of diverse financial and accounting experience to the organization. Paul assists LeadingAgile clients in understanding the financial benefits that a large-scale transformation brings to their business. Quantifying the financial... Read More →


Tuesday August 8, 2017 3:45pm - 5:00pm
Wekiwa 7&8

3:45pm

The SDLC - Changing the World of Work to Create Business Agility (Matt Anderson, Stephen Denning)
Limited Capacity filling up


Abstract:
In the VUCA world, only those businesses that can truly act with agility will be able to capitalize on new opportunities at the speeds and in the delivery models that the consumer demands. Regardless of the business vertical, agility is key. "Business Agility" itself is extremely elusive as consumers' demands regularly outpace a business' ability to deliver.
While a great Software Development Life Cycle helps enable agility, it will not get you business agility. The Steve Denning Learning Consortium on the other hand, is a community of several companies practicing agile across their organizations that have joined together to share best practices and drive learning at scale to create business agility models to share back to the agile community.
Microsoft, Spotify, Cerner, Ericsson, Barclays Bank, CH Robinson, and Riot Games have all presented their individual stories at Agile conferences globally. They have now joined forces to learn from each other under the leadership of Forbes contributor and author Steve Denning. Through a series of site visits, deep dive focus topics and free form discussions over the past 2+ years, the SDLC has uncovered several patterns that can help you on your journey to business agility and hold the promise to change the world of work.
The patterns are not unique to IT and are being successfully applied in HR, Support, Business Development and other business departments.
Key patterns include:
  • Nurturing Culture
  • Delighting Customers
  • Descaling Work
  • Enterprise-wide Agility
Join Steve Denning, Matt Anderson (Cerner), and Ahmed Sidky (Riot Games) to discuss how you can enable business agility in your organization.

Learning Outcomes:
  • Participants will learn how to adopt and scale various business agility practices that the SDLC members have identified as common practices. This includes organization-wide agility spanning beyond IT in areas like HR, Support, and Business Development.
  • Four main topics/patterns were presented at The Drucker Forum as part of the official findings, but the discussion will allow for audience questions to address their specific concerns/challenges.

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Tuesday August 8, 2017 3:45pm - 5:00pm
F1
 
Wednesday, August 9
 

10:45am

Faster Food and a Better Place to Sleep: Applying Agile Outside Software (Mike Cottmeyer)
Limited Capacity full
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Abstract:
Agile methods aren’t just for software anymore. Actually they haven’t been just for software for quite a while now. That said, the types of companies, and the types of industries, that are exploring team-based, collaborative, iterative and incremental approaches to do their work is rather breath-taking. Agile is truly going mainstream. The question at hand is can we apply team-based agile straight out of the box in a non-software context? Can we take our scaled agile approaches and apply them without modification? My experience is that most of the principles and patterns apply, sometimes the practices and frameworks need modification for a particular context.
This talk is going to explore two case studies… one with an international hotel chain going through a major rebranding initiative and another, a well-known fast food restaurant looking to optimize their kitchen production capacity. Two totally different companies, two totally different industries, both trying to use agile to solve their problems. We’ll look at the challenges each faced, what they had in common, and the patterns, tools, and techniques they are using to solve them. We’ll extract some common themes and test them for general applicability to other non-software domains. The talk will close with what might be a new way of applying agile outside of a software context.

Learning Outcomes:
  • What aspects of common agile methodologies work in non-software project domains
  • How to apply mainstream techniques in situationally specific ways
  • What patterns seem to generally work outside of software and how to apply them


Speakers
avatar for Mike Cottmeyer

Mike Cottmeyer

CEO and Founder, LeadingAgile


Wednesday August 9, 2017 10:45am - 12:00pm
I1

2:00pm

Hire Great People for Agile Teams using Interview Games (Jason Tice)
Limited Capacity full
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Abstract:
Are you interested in learning how to identify strong candidates for agile teams faster? Join us for a “fun” workshop on interview games that emulate desired agile team behaviors and collaboration within an interview setting. Participants will experience a series of simple games designed for use during interviews that:
  • Assess and discuss relevant skills for agile team roles
  • Evaluate communication skills and the ability to respond to change
  • Engage in collaborative problem solving working as a team
  • Share and receive feedback from others
Interview games allow interviewers and candidates to simulate work scenarios and then debrief on the activities that transpire. Rather than discussing prior achievements on a candidate’s resume, interview games enable a discussion of the shared experience created by the game which provides better data to assess candidate fit. In practice, interview games provide a more engaging and respectful way to assess a candidate’s ability to identify improvement opportunities and to emphasize with others.
During this highly interactive session, participants will work in small groups and conduct mock interviews to experience the sequence of interview games and gain hands-on experience in how to facilitate and debrief the games presented.

Learning Outcomes:
  • Participants will learn the background behind the development of interview games – what problems about traditional interviews do interview games address.
  • Participants will experience how to facilitate and debrief a series of interview games that support role-specific skills assessment, ability to work in a collaborative creative setting, ability to share feedback, ability to identify and communicate improvement opportunities, and ability to empathize with others.
  • Participants will gain best practices and lessons learned from the adoption of interview games within multiple organizations.

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Speakers
avatar for Jason Tice

Jason Tice

Vice President, Asyncrhony
Jason Tice has over 15 years of experience using collaborative activities and games to help organizations, their teams and their customers achieve clarity and alignment to enable high performance. More recently, Jason has led efforts to adapt collaboration frameworks familiar to agile... Read More →


Wednesday August 9, 2017 2:00pm - 3:15pm
F2
 
Thursday, August 10
 

9:00am

Don’t write that cheque! It’s time to ditch big upfront funding. (Linda Luu)
Limited Capacity full
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Abstract:
Organizations have typically adhered to an annual budgeting ceremony where funds are allocated across an organization to a variety of program and project areas. The purpose is to realize the organization’s strategy. Unfortunately, the success of this approach is mixed at best. Funding is decided upfront based on assumptions that are poorly understood. Once work is broken down there is little connection to the organizational value it’s supposed to deliver. There is little accountability for business results the further a team is away from executive leadership.
Value Driven Management (VDM) is a way of working that advocates embracing agile principles throughout the entire organization (including Finance, HR, PMO, Product, Program, Portfolio). This approach enables leaders to steer their strategic portfolio more deliberately to maximize value from investments and realize the outcomes earlier.
This talk will introduce Value Driven Management, cover case studies and practical examples, end with an interactive exercise on getting started with VDM in your organization, and leave the audience with lessons learned.

Learning Outcomes:
  • Learn how to confront waterfall business practices and their limitation on your organization’s ability to scale agility
  • Build a lean / agile organization at scale focused on changing the way investments are allocated and value is measured
  • Gain buy-in from executive stakeholders, business collaborators and delivery team members to embrace this new paradigm

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Speakers
avatar for Linda Luu

Linda Luu

Product & Portfolio, ThoughtWorks
Linda works at ThoughtWorks leading global organizations to create innovative new products and experiences using lean and agile practices. Linda is passionate about identifying systemic problems and applying a holistic approach to organizational change.



Thursday August 10, 2017 9:00am - 10:15am
Wekiwa 5

10:45am

Naughty or Nice, Santa's spreading Agile Marketing Advice (Kim Brainard)
Limited Capacity seats available


Abstract:
Santa delivers value, faster, and better than any business in the World! He’s a jolly old sole and one hell of a marketing genius. Branding Saint Nick positioned Santa Pays It Forward (SPIF), a non-profit, to cultivate a one elf shop, into a lean non-profit workshop spanning across 8 states, providing for low income seniors.
Join me in this real life fairytale,"Twas the night Santa Pays It Forward became an overnight non-profit success!" Discover how the Agile Marketing Manifesto helped brand this non-profit implementing marketing values and principles to fuel creation. Santa is possibly the world’s most beloved, but to truly market a company your mind and heart have to be in it. I will share the power of conviction and its impact to marketing. Finally, I will explain how taking a unique approach to selling proposition will set a company apart from the rest.
Now on Dasher, on Dancer, is your mindset Prancer? On Comet, On Cupid, it’s time to use Agile Marking to innovate your business.

Learning Outcomes:
  • Learn how adaptive campaigns over big bang campaigns can be most cost effective for lean startups
  • Discover ways to empower and motivate individuals to build marketing programs by giving them the environment and support needed
  • Define innovative ideas to dress your brand for any season

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Speakers
avatar for Kim Brainard

Kim Brainard

Co-CEO, Radtac U.S.
I LOVE people and enjoy creating positive change in their professional and personal lives. Coaching others to realize their potential and setting them up to achieve results is a win for everyone. Having the opportunity to train and teach others to learn is a gift and inspires me each... Read More →


Thursday August 10, 2017 10:45am - 12:00pm
H1

2:00pm

IT Risk Management Framework - The missing jigsaw piece in your Agile Transformation (Chris Matts, Tony Grout)
Limited Capacity seats available


Abstract:
In order for a system to be effective, the needs of everyone involved need to be met. There are two key needs that are not met by most Agile Transformations. The needs of an executive to demonstrate control to regulatory bodies and shareholders, and the needs of Audit and Assurance to demonstrate that investments are "Safe to Fail". Come to this interactive experience report where we will describe our journey introducing an agile IT Risk Management Framework to one of the oldest and largest banks in the world. The experience report includes two training sessions we use to explain the why and the how of the IT Risk Management Framework.
When we started our journey, everyone expected us to implement a process framework like SAFe, LESS or DAD. Instead we implemented an agile IT Risk Management Framework that allows the most appropriate process frameworks to be adopted for the right context in such large organisations.
In this session, we will explain:
1. What is an IT Risk Management Framework.
2. How it was implemented in Organisation Wide Policy in a traditional bank.
3. Our experience rolling it out across twenty thousand people.
4. The feedback so far
5. Why an IT Risk Management Framework helps with Cultural Change.
6. Your next steps to implementing an IT Risk Management Framework of your own.

Learning Outcomes:
  • You will learn why and how to implement an agile IT Risk Management Framework. We will focus on the details that are useful to practitioners but boring for people keen to sell agile. Learn how we sold the Framework to Executives. Learn how we alleviated the fears of colleagues. Learn how we developed the skills of colleagues in Assurance and Audit. Learn how to convert risk averse process frameworks into liberating risk management frameworks.

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Speakers
avatar for Tony Grout

Tony Grout

Atlassian
Hey, I would love to hear about how you're finding operating agility in large or fast growing organisations. Curious to hear what's not worked more so than what has and I'll share the same.
avatar for Chris Matts

Chris Matts

Left Back, Emergent Behaviour
Talk to me about creating a better workplace for our children.I co-created the GIVEN-WHEN-THEN format, discovered real options, staff liquidity (Skills Matrix), and Capacity Planning (Delivery Mapping).


Thursday August 10, 2017 2:00pm - 3:15pm
I2

2:00pm

Value Every 2 Weeks with Improvement Slicing and Incremental Improvement Boards (Jake Calabrese)
Limited Capacity filling up


Abstract:
Organizations and departments outside of software are being driven to adopt agile approaches to keep up with information technology and competitors. They are often get stuck trying to apply practices that aren’t a fit for them. We should be focused on the organizations work, purpose, flow of value, and incrementally improving that flow rather than on practices that are not effective. In this session, we will look at the ways organizations view and structure their work, common impediments to the flow of value, and potential improvement ideas we can inject to mitigate impediments.
We will explore an Incremental Improvement Board to make improvements transparent. The Board includes provisions where we decouple (a) Improvement Ideas, (b), refinement and research of improvement ideas, and (c) actions that can be taken to incrementally improve - which is the goal! We will work through examples and exercises to create a Board for each attendee and discuss options to slice improvements into actionable 2-week chunks. To make it fun, we will use the sample improvement: “make all meetings effective, efficient, and waste free!” Of course, this can’t be done in 2-weeks, but researching it for 6-months is absurd! Instead, as with all improvements, we want to slice it into actionable 2-week chunks that can be used to incrementally improve and learn.

Learning Outcomes:
  • Assess how your organization views and structures work.
  • Understand and practice a 5-step approach to incremental improvement for agile companies.
  • Create and leave with an incremental improvement board with actionable improvements.
  • Learn steps to slice improvement ideas into less than 2 week pieces of work.
  • Understand how to inject impediments will small improvements to improve.

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Speakers
avatar for Jake Calabrese

Jake Calabrese

Agile Systems Coach & Trainer, Agile For All
I love to help people reach those breakthrough moments by noticing and become aware of new information to tackle opportunities and challenges. I'd love chat about systems coaching, human behavior, lean, scrumban, unscaling, agile superpowers, systems intelligence, or really whatever... Read More →


Thursday August 10, 2017 2:00pm - 3:15pm
I4