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Monday, August 7

10:45am EDT

Welcome to the Matrix: Creating Organizational Structures that Effectively Support Agile (Doc List)
Limited Capacity full
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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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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 EDT

3:45pm EDT

Business Agility - Value Based Planning (Kimberly Scribner, Jeff Howell)
Limited Capacity full
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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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Jeff Howell

Technical Product Manager, Deluxe Corp

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

9:00am EDT

Holistic Agile: Developing the Future Agile Company (Robert Woods, Tony Shawver)
Limited Capacity full
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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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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 →
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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 EDT
Wednesday, August 9

2:00pm EDT

Hire Great People for Agile Teams using Interview Games (Jason Tice)
Limited Capacity full
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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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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 EDT
Thursday, August 10

2:00pm EDT

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

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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Tony Grout

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.
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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 EDT

2:00pm EDT

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

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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Jake Calabrese

Leadership & Team Coach & Trainer, Agile For All
Jake Calabrese is a coach, trainer, and coach-consultant working to help organizations meet the promise of agile by going beyond agile practices to address culture challenges and help teams and leaders reach and maintain high performance. He has unique expertise as an Organization... Read More →

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