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Monday, August 7

2:00pm EDT

Designing Business Outcomes #noprojects (Evan Leybourn)
Limited Capacity full
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In most agile teams, the focus on delivering projects has continued to distance them from what's important - delivering value to their customers.
All too often we’ve been measuring activity and cost, not outcomes and value. And it’s important to understand that an organisation that plans for growth outcomes (without binding a team to a specific output) can fundamentally adapt to a changing market. By creating clearly defined, non-conflicting, outcomes and common working principles senior management can delegate the “how” to their teams, while retaining ownership of the “what” and “why”.
This interactive presentation will help participants define the real outcomes and associated measures for their work and teams. Participants will come to understand that outcomes can be complex, interdependent and occasionally conflicting. Therefore we will create 3 elements;
  1. the profile of the outcome,
  2. the relationship between outcomes, and
  3. the principles that align work across all outcomes
Without binding a team to a specific output, an organisation that understands, and plans for, growth outcomes can fundamentally adapt to a changing market. Governance controls come in the form of common working principles and clearly defined, non-conflicting, outcomes. In this way, senior management can delegate the ‘how’ to their teams, while retaining ownership of the ‘why’.

Learning Outcomes:
  • Introduce #noprojects - The alignment of activities to outcomes, measured by value, constrained by guiding principles and (optionally) supported by continuous delivery technologies.
  • The importance of outcomes
  • How to create an outcome profile
  • How to create constraining principles


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Evan Leybourn

Founder, Business Agility Institute
Evan is the Founder and CEO of the Business Agility Institute; an international membership body to both champion and support the next-generation of organisations. Companies that are agile, innovative and dynamic - perfectly designed to thrive in today’s unpredictable markets. His... Read More →

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

3:45pm EDT

Leveling Up at Scale: How to find your target and aim for it! (Steve Holyer)
Limited Capacity filling up

Are you ready to scale successfully?
Your success depends on management structures, relationships, and organizational culture. It also depends on the skills, tools, and practices your teams are mastering.
What investments are required to create the environment that cultivates progress and mastery of team skills and capabilities at scale?
What are the benefits you can expect in return?
  • Do you need consistent and sustainable team focus on producing value that is fully aligned with business goals?
  • Do you need high-quality, predictable, and reliable continous delivery capabilities that come from mastering technical and engineering practices?
  • Do you need to be a disrupter? Do you need to achieve the goal of optimizing value through business agility?
Help your teams chart a path to an agreed-upon goal of mastery.
In this hands-on session you will work together with others who share your passion in order to uncover strategies that develop team proficiency and produce the outcomes your business and customers need. Plan your investment strategy in Agile Practices at the team level to help you gain new insights for working at scale.
We will be working with the team-based Agile Fluency™ Model from James Shore and Diana Larsen to understand your individual teams' development. We will explore what the model can teach us about mastery that supports scaling your Agile principles and practice while you create an environment that fits your customer and business needs best.

Learning Outcomes:
  • Explain how teams learn through deliberate practice that support success at scale no matter which scaling principles and processes are emerging in your organisation.
  • Ask the right questions to evaluate scaling frameworks in terms of the principles and practices that fit your organisation best.
  • Identify the zones of the Agile Fluency Model and show how they apply tp your teams.
  • Understand how skills and practices may change as teams become more fluent.
  • Encourage the environment your organisation needs to develop proficient fluency at the next level—and the right level for your organisation.

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Steve Holyer

Agile PO Coach and Trainer, engage-results.com
Steve Holyer is a product ownership coach, trainer, facilitator and consultant helping product organisations unleash value and deliver results. Principal consultant at Steve Holyer and Associates in Zurich Switzerland; he is an international speaker and trainer on Scrum and Agile... Read More →

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

9:00am EDT

LACE - drinking our own champagne (Deema Dajani)
Limited Capacity filling up

Don't waterfall your agile transformation effort. LACE stands for Lean Agile Center for Excellence, it's your uber group of change agents that shepard your Agile transformation. Whether the transformation is an organization decision, or a grass roots movement, you are going to hit a point where LACE is needed to sustain the change. Stickiness! LACE is one of the critical factors for the more successful enterprise transformations.
This talk is less about "why" you need a LACE, rather it is about the tactical "how". Taking you through an interactive working session, to discover how to establish or evolve your organization's LACE. Attendees will leave with a booklet that they helped co-create during the session. And more importantly, with the inspiration to take action.
What is this based on? Not theory. The speaker implemented this approach in successful large scale transformations in financial services and insurance spaces with groups in the 1000-10,000 people range.

Learning Outcomes:
  • * Back to the lean and agile basics, for the transformation initiative itself. Drinking our own champaign
  • * Leveraging essentials from org change management, and lean agility to structure the LACE team and their work
  • * Primary objective is to give the attendees inspiration and a menu of actions they could consider to evolve their LACE


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

3:45pm EDT

Scaling Such Great Heights: Salesforce's 11 Year Agile Story (Tamsen Mitchell)
Limited Capacity full
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A Catastrophic Fail?... YES!

Was it Humiliating?... Very

Did we FAIL?....Hell Yeah!!...
...But NOW, Salesforce has one of the most well-known Agile transformation stories. Customers are constantly asking for the recipe to our secret sauce. How did we scale to over 400 teams and 45 business units, across a global Technology and Products organization? "We want THAT!"
I'll speak candidly about what went wrong, what went right, and key things we consider critical to making it work. (HINT: It came with a lot of inspection and adaption.)
This workshop will provide insights into our process, the keys to creating and maintaining our Agile organization, and the culture that is the foundation of our agility.
We'll shine a light on the parts of our process that have been influenced by the flavors of SAFe, Scrum@Scale and LeSS. Then, we'll talk about what we've been doing in the past few years, around systems thinking, organizational development, spiral dynamics and integral agile theory. Lastly, I'll share our aspirations for where we want to take our scaled agile practice and how our coaching team supports our company's goals.
One size does not fit all. A best practice implies there is 1 way, and it doesn't get better. Unless you are Spotify, you can't match what Spotify has done. Each company must find their own way, but you can learn from the journeys of others.

Learning Outcomes:
  • Steal the recipe for our secret sauce
  • Explain failures and successes of frameworks based on our experience
  • Understand the current models we use in our scaled model
  • Learn the 4 main things we find critical in our scaling story


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Tamsen Mitchell

Agile Coach, Graphic Language
It all started when... Tamsen found her passion in cognitive neuroscience and humor. No, really. Graphic Language grew out of a passion for visuals, coaching and humor. It was founded by Tamsen Mitchell after years of research into what makes information compelling and memorable... Read More →

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

10:45am EDT

Future-Backwards: Lessons Learned from Scaling Agile (Laura Burke, Mary Thorn)
Limited Capacity full
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What if you went back in time and made changes to the way your organization adopted Agile? What were the key events that paved the way for success or failure? In this session, you will hear insights from of people who have scaled Agile around the world while learning the power of running a Future Backwards retrospective (Cynefin).
After the audience is lead through the exercise, the presenters will share their own journey of scaling Agile in a large, distributed organization. By the end of the session, attendees will uncover key turning points from their own experiences and safely share them with the entire group.
We recommend attending with a colleague! However, if you haven’t ever scaled Agile in an organization and are attending to learn, no worries. You can help facilitate others at your table and learn more about their journey, all while gaining experience with a new retrospective technique - one that scales and is great for distributed-team.

Learning Outcomes:
  • * Future Backward retrospective technique
  • * Scaling issues and solutions from the presenters and the attendees
  • * Distributed Agile challenges


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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 →
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Mary Thorn

Agile Practices Lead, Vaco
During her more than 20 years of experience with financial, healthcare, and SaaS-based products, Mary Thorn has held VP, Director, and Manager level positions in various software development organizations.A seasoned Leader and Coach in Agile and Testing Methodologies, Mary has direct... Read More →

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

2:00pm EDT

Stop Using Waterfall Goals: How OKR can help you focus on Value instead of features (Felipe Castro)
Limited Capacity full
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Even though companies are using Agile for delivering software, when it comes to goal setting the waterfall mindset is still the norm. Most organizations use an annual, top-down process to create a set of static goals that is in direct conflict with Agile.
Waterfall goals permeate Agile, turning teams into "feature factories" with no focus on business results. Instead of points and velocity, teams should be measuring actual value. Rather than following a fixed roadmap with long feedback cycles, they should quickly validate hypotheses.
The alternative is OKR (Objectives and Key Results), the Agile goal setting framework adopted by Google and others. But as with any other tool, OKR can be misused - tracking activities instead of results.
This talk will show how OKR can take Agile to the next level, creating autonomous teams driven by value and not by the opinions of the stakeholders. I will also share a model to help companies make the transition from "working software" to "valuable software."

Learning Outcomes:
  • Understanding that goal setting is still mostly a waterfall process.
  • The need to evolve Agile to focus on value instead of features.
  • How to create OKRs.
  • Using OKR to complement Agile and Lean.
  • A model to transition from delivering "working software" to "valuable software."


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Felipe Castro

Founder, OKR Coach, Lean Performance
Felipe Castro helps companies leverage OKR (Objectives and Key Results) to transform how they use goals by abandoning the waterfall, command&control mindset and embracing an agile approach for goal setting. He is a global thought leader in combining OKRs with Agile and Lean to... Read More →

Wednesday August 9, 2017 2:00pm - 3:15pm EDT

3:45pm EDT

Disciplined Agile Master Class: Agile for the Enterprise (Scott Ambler, Mark Lines)
Limited Capacity full
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Teams within your organization have been experimenting with agile techniques such as Scrum, continuous integration (CI), and agile testing and have shown promising results. But people within your organization still have significant reservations about this new development strategy. How does modeling and documentation fit it? How do you ensure your organization’s long-term goals are still being addressed? How does this approach scale to large teams, to distributed teams, or to regulatory environments? How do you govern these agile teams effectively?
Agile transformation is hard because cultural change is hard. It’s not one problem that needs to be solved, but a series of hundreds decisions affecting lots of people over a long period of time that affects relationships, processes, and most importantly the mindset of those working within the change. Disciplined Agile (DA) is unlike any other framework, because it’s based on empiricism, industry data and industry adoption of modern agile practices. The result is a huge wealth of structured information that allows you to map your challenges into a decision structure of proven strategies that other enterprises have found to work in practice. In effect you can apply the DA framework to identify process improvements that reflect the actual situations faced by your teams.
In this workshop you learn how to go beyond Scrum and Kanban to take a disciplined, modern agile approach to solution delivery that provides a foundation from which to scale. To help cut through some of the agile rhetoric, industry statistics will be shared throughout this workshop. This is a collaborative workshop were participants will work in small teams to describe how they would address common scenarios faced by agile teams in modern organizations.

Learning Outcomes:
  • Discover how organizations around the world are implementing agile in enterprise settings
  • Discover how agile solution delivery works from beginning to end
  • Learn about the choices you have available to you so that you can adopt a strategy that works for you
  • Gain first-hand knowledge about the DA process decision framework and its application from its co-creators


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Scott Ambler

Senior Consulting Partner, Disciplined Agile, Inc.
Scott is a Senior Consulting Partner of Scott Ambler + Associates, working with organizations around the world to help them to improve their software processes. He provides training, coaching, and mentoring in disciplined agile and lean strategies at both the project and organizational... Read More →
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Mark Lines

Managing Partner & Agile Coach, Scott Ambler + Associates
Mark is an Enterprise Agile Coach, change agent, and co-creator of the Disciplined Agile Delivery (DAD) framework. With Scott Ambler, he is co-author of Disciplined Agile Delivery: A Practitioner's Guide to Agile Software Delivery in the Enterprise. He helps organizations all over... Read More →

Wednesday August 9, 2017 3:45pm - 5:00pm EDT
Thursday, August 10

10:45am EDT

Designing your Transformation Roadmap (Skip Angel)
Limited Capacity full
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What is the best way to approach an agile transformation? How can you ensure the transformation delivers the business outcomes you are seeking? How should you measure your progress along the way?
As you begin on what is potentially a multi-year journey it is important to be able to answer these questions in order to align the organization and guide investment, and yet, big up front plans will restrict your ability to learn and adapt. What is needed is a different approach, one that leverages agile and lean techniques.
In this interactive workshop, leaders and change agents will get to experience tried and tested techniques for creating a transformational roadmap aligned to goals and measurable outcomes. They will learn practical methods for defining and prioritizing the steps on that journey and discover the importance of identifying and celebrating successes along the way.

Learning Outcomes:
  • Understand the importance of creating a roadmap to guide your transformational journey.
  • Learn techniques to develop a transformation roadmap using a supplied set of transformation planning cards (participants will get to take a set of cards with them).
  • Determine and prioritize the activities needed to align and deliver against measurable business outcomes.
  • Discover how to break the roadmap down into manageable releases, helping to realize improvements early and often.


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Skip Angel

Transformation Consultant and Mentor, CA Technologies

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

2:00pm EDT

Rising above Failure: An Interactive Case Study in Scaling Agile (Steve Martin)
Limited Capacity filling up

In my experience, no one starts an Agile based initiative wanting to fail. But, sometimes there are extenuating circumstances that challenge even the best of us. The trick is to learn and remain open from the failure, no matter how painful they may be at the time. While it can be challenging and somewhat humbling, continuous improvement and growth can happen from failure.
In this interactive workshop, we’ll start out quickly reviewing some of the latest research related to failure, along with some steps to take to address them. We’ll then spend most of the time discussing a real-world failure for a large program involving scaling Agile. There were over 150 people, more than 10 teams, budget in $10s of millions, and multiple technologies.
We’ll present this in a "case study" format, where you’ll get the background of the situation, and then asked what would you do. Next, steps taken and outcomes from the actual engagement will be shared – especially on what not to do. We’ll focus on the failure modes, which ones we addressed, which ones we did not, and what happened.
Turn from the perceived “dark side” of failure. Make failure a learning opportunity to grow stronger and to become more aware.

Learning Outcomes:
  • Be able to recognize common failure modes and learn some steps to address them
  • Apply failure mode learnings to a scaling Agile "case study"
  • Leave with lessons learned of failed Agile scaling that can be used in training sessions at the attendee's organization


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Steve Martin

Founder and Principal Consultant, Cottage Street Consulting
With 20+ years’ experience, Steve is an Enterprise Agile Consultant with a solid history of helping his clients produce tangible results by applying Agile and Lean Startup concepts throughout organizations. He is a seasoned mentor, coach, facilitator, and trainer at all levels... Read More →

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