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Monday, August 7
 

2:00pm

Creating an Environment for Successful Agile Teams (Esther Derby)
Limited Capacity full
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Abstract:
Some teams seem to have some mysterious chemistry from the beginning. Other teams wallow, bicker, and slog their way to uncertain results. What makes one team soar, and another stumble? It's not just chance.
In this session, you'll experience what it's like to work on a team that is set up for success--or one that starts with the deck stacked against them. We'll explore the essential ingredients that result in that mysterious "chemistry." For example, we’ll examine the prerequisites for cohesion, and factors that pull teams apart. We'll look at myths and realities of software teams.
You'll gain tools to assess your agile team, and insights on how to adapt the environment for growing great teams.

Learning Outcomes:
  • Identify the essential elements for great teams.
  • Strategies to adapt the environment to improve the chance of team success.
  • Identify common pitfalls for agile teams.

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Speakers
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Esther Derby

Founder, esther derby associates, inc.
I draw on four decades of experience leading, observing, and living through organizational change. In 1997, I founded esther derby associates, inc. and work with a broad array of clients from Fortune 500 companies to start ups. My approach blends attention to humans and deep knowledge... Read More →


Monday August 7, 2017 2:00pm - 3:15pm
Wekiwa 3&4

3:45pm

How to be a Great Agile Product Owner - Lowell Lindstrom (Lowell Lindstrom)
Limited Capacity full
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Abstract:
Development teams are having success delivering in smaller increments and welcoming changing requirements. A key enabler for this capability is a prioritized product backlog with clear criteria for success. Unfortunately the world does not present itself to the team in this orderly fashion. That's where you, the Product Owner come in.
As the Product Owner, your actions and decisions determine what will be achieved through the development teams efforts.
  • Will the users be delighted to experience your product everyday?
  • Will those that funded the effort look back on a great investment?
  • Do the team of people that developed the product feel an immense sense of fulfillment from having been part of the endeavor?
Achieving that is a tall order, but that is what great Product Owners do. You can be a great Product Owner by understanding the role and following a few key disciplines.
This session will introduce the participants to the Product Owner role.   We will cover:
• The evolution of the role, so that you can cut through the noise and focus on being successful in the role
• The mindset required to maximize the impact agile has on your organization
• The practices and skills that enable a success
• future trends to look for during the rest of conference and beyond
You’ll leave this session with deep understanding of the Product Owner role and how to successfully fulfill the role on your agile efforts.

Learning Outcomes:
  • * describe the role the Product Owner plays in an agile working environment
  • * understand different organizational models for Product Ownership
  • * define and work effectively with your product's community of people, from stakeholder to developers
  • * express vision and strategy for your effort
  • * reduce work to small increments using users stories and similar techniques
  • * use different techniques and metrics to validate that value is being delivered


Speakers
avatar for Lowell Lindstrom

Lowell Lindstrom

Founder, The Oobeya Group


Monday August 7, 2017 3:45pm - 5:00pm
Wekiwa 3&4
 
Tuesday, August 8
 

9:00am

Continuous Delivery Explained (Rachel Laycock)
Limited Capacity full
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Abstract:
Jez Humble defines Continuous Delivery as, “The ability to get changes of all types—including new features, configuration changes, bug fixes and experiments—into production, or into the hands of users, safely and quickly in a sustainable way.”
As the first post-agile methodology, the goal of continuous delivery is to have all deployments be so routine that you can do them at any time with no impact to your customers.
Sounds easy!
In fact, to do this, you need to automate and simplify all practices and process from requirements to deployment including, quality assurance and testing, continuous integration, configuration management, environments and deployment, data management, release management and organizational structure. In this session, we’ll introduce theses foundational practices of Continuous Delivery. We’ll delve into the details with practical suggestions on how you can get started and make progress in all foundational areas. Along the way, we’ll suggest some tools that could be used to assist your adoption. Lastly, we’ll discuss some of the challenges and roadblocks that you might encounter when you begin your Continuous Delivery journey.

Learning Outcomes:
  • After this session, you will understand all the practices and processes needed to adopt continuous delivery and have some immediate next steps you can take away to your organization to begin this journey.

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Speakers
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Rachel Laycock

Lead Consultant, ThoughtWorks


Tuesday August 8, 2017 9:00am - 10:15am
Wekiwa 3&4

10:45am

DevOps Explained (Richard Seroter)
Limited Capacity full
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Abstract:
Your company must become software-driven. Why? User experience is king, and software is a fundamental piece of the service that you offer. A big part of getting "good at software" is evolving your delivery approach. This transition is far from easy, especially if you're at a company with entrenched processes and functional silos. In this talk, we'll answer some key questions, including: Does DevOps matter to business performance? What values are non-negotiable when adopting DevOps? How can you break down organizational barriers and improve collaboration? Can you adopt DevOps without blowing up quality or security? What technology is critical when automating the path to production? How do new approaches like Site Reliability Engineering (SRE) and Platform Ops fit in? How do I overcome the inevitable objections within my company? We'll discuss this and more, and you'll walk away with a blueprint for introducing enterprise-scale DevOps into your organization.

Learning Outcomes:
  • What DevOps is all about. How leading companies practice it. What changes you should expect to see when adopting it. The technologies that accelerate success.

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Speakers
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Richard Seroter

Senior Director of Product, Pivotal
Richard Seroter is a Senior Director of Product at Pivotal, with a master’s degree in Engineering from the University of Colorado. He’s also a Microsoft MVP for cloud, Pluralsight trainer, lead InfoQ.com editor for cloud computing, frequent public speaker, and author of multiple... Read More →



Tuesday August 8, 2017 10:45am - 12:00pm
Wekiwa 3&4

3:45pm

Agile Transformations Explained (Mike Cottmeyer)
Limited Capacity full
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Abstract:
Leading a large-scale agile transformation isn’t about adopting a new set of attitudes, processes, and behaviors at the team level… it’s about helping your company deliver faster to market, and developing the ability to respond to a rapidly-changing competitive landscape. First and foremost t’s about achieving business agility. Business agility comes from people having clarity of purpose, a willingness to be held accountable, and the ability to achieve measurable outcomes. Unfortunately, almost everything in modern organizations gets in the way of teams acting with any sort of autonomy. In most companies, achieving business agility requires significant organizational change.
Agile transformation necessitates a fundamental rethinking of how your company organizes for delivery, how it delivers value to it's customers, and how it plans and measures outcomes. Agile transformation is about building enabling structures, aligning the flow of work, and measuring for outcomes based progress. It's about breaking dependencies. The reality is that this kind of change can only be led from the top. This talk will explore how executives can define an idealized end-state for the transformation, build a fiscally responsible iterative and incremental plan to realize that end-state, as well as techniques for tracking progress and managing change.

Learning Outcomes:
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Speakers
avatar for Mike Cottmeyer

Mike Cottmeyer

CEO and Founder, LeadingAgile


Tuesday August 8, 2017 3:45pm - 5:00pm
Wekiwa 3&4