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Monday, August 7
 

10:45am

4 Characteristics of Good Goals (Christopher Avery)
Limited Capacity filling up


Abstract:
Your goals might suck.
So many statements we call "goals" feel like burdens pushed on us, or that we push on ourselves, and less like something we are pulled toward. What if you knew how to determine whether a stated goal was a good goal or a sucky goal—before you committed to it? What if you could help peers, teams, and others assess their current goals and re-craft them into good goals (or drop them, or renegotiate them)?
The 4 characteristics of good goals—clarify intention, focus attention, remove obligation, generate energy— comes from a rigorous application of The Responsibility Proces to goal-setting. In this study, we asked Why do we take ownership of some goals and achieve them, but not others?
This will be an application workshop. Bring your goals—your annual performance goals, your S.M.A.R.T. goals, or any other kind of goals. We'll see how good they are and how they can be improved. Or discarded.

Learning Outcomes:
  • Learn the 4 characteristics of good goals
  • Rate at least one of your own goals against the 4 characteristics
  • Relate the characteristics of good goals to why you are making progress on some goals and not others
  • Refactor sucky goals that you want to be good goals, and release sucky goals that you don't want any more
  • Consider peer, team, and other leadership applications to assess and improve goals.

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Speakers
avatar for Christopher Avery

Christopher Avery

CEO, The Responsibility Company
UNLOCKING YOUR NATURAL ABILITY TO LIVE AND LEAD WITH POWER. Christopher Avery "The Responsibility Process guy" is a reformed management consultant. After a decade helping corporations help smart, ambitious professionals find ways to cope with lives they don't want and think they... Read More →



Monday August 7, 2017 10:45am - 12:00pm
I3

10:45am

The Leadership Circle: An Agile Framework for Leadership Development (Peter Green, Mike O'Connor)
Limited Capacity full
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Abstract:
If you want Agile to thrive in your organization, your top leaders have to not only support the shift, they must co-lead it. Agile is not simply a methodology that is implemented. It is a different way of thinking about running an organization to thrive in complexity. So what if leaders don't value Agile? This was my quandary for years until I discovered a leadership development model called The Leadership Circle. It is the most powerful tool that I've ever seen in helping individual leaders and teams of leaders make huge shifts in the way they see their purpose and possibility as leaders.
The Leadership Circle reveals a leader's Operating System: Internal assumptions (beliefs) that run behavior. It measures the two primary leadership domains– Creative Competencies and Reactive Tendencies–well-researched dimensions that directly impact a leader's capability to lead an Agile organization. In this session, you'll learn about these two domains, how they relate to success in creating Agile teams and organizations, and practice taking the two approaches to various challenges faced by session participants. Expect to walk away with concrete new ideas for how to help create more Agile teams and organizations!

Learning Outcomes:
  • * Understand the link between leadership development and successful Agile organizations
  • * Understand the two primary leadership stances: Reactive and Creative
  • * Gain insight into your own particular leadership tendencies
  • * New ideas about how to approach a specific challenge related to Agile adoption/transformation

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Monday August 7, 2017 10:45am - 12:00pm
I2

2:00pm

Getting Real without Getting Fired — Saying things in a way people can hear (Allison Pollard, Marcus King)
Limited Capacity full
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Abstract:
Are important words often left unsaid at your place of work? Do you feel like you're navigating a complex maze in conversations? Does your message tend to miss the mark with co-workers, who increasingly seem to be impediments to reaching your goals? Are these unspeakable truths in your workplace that you wish someone would resolve for you?
Trust and communication issues within the workplace can hollow out an organization. Invisible lines get drawn. Alternate forms of communication open up to subvert perceived rivals. Allies are recruited, reinforcing an us vs. them behavior cycle. Organizations are suffering from a lack of trust, and it's costing them speed, productivity, and collaboration. What can YOU do about it?
Regardless of your title, you can be a leader in your organization, and a leader's first job is to inspire trust. In this session, Allison and Marcus will share models to evaluate your own behaviors and facilitate activities to help you find your voice for speaking the truth in a way that builds trust. Softening the truth can feel comfortable in low trust environments--it's simpler, nicer, and can make you look like a team player. It can also lead to miscommunication, undelivered news, and blame shifting. On the other hand, saying the truth in all of its ugliness is risky and potentially career-limiting. Finding the sweet spot of communication to become a trusted leader takes self-awareness and practice. Attend this workshop and learn to recognize how your behavior is building trust--or not--and practice speaking hard truths so that others can hear it.

Learning Outcomes:
  • Recognize your current state, self, and patterns of communication that might indicate a low trust environment
  • A model to identify the communication cycles that hamper your organization from achieving its full potential
  • Pattern to practice better forms of direct communication and build trust, which can also be used to get feedback from others

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Speakers
avatar for Marcus King

Marcus King

Principal Consultant, Improving
An avid technologist, I love all things tech. I have a passion for good enterprise and application architecture, and am a proponent of technology solving business problems. Outside of technology, I love old cars and traveling.
avatar for Allison Pollard

Allison Pollard

Agile Coach, Improving
Allison Pollard helps people discover their Agile instincts and develop their coaching abilities. As an Agile coach with Improving in Dallas, Allison enjoys mentoring others to become great Scrum Masters and fostering communities that provide sustainability for Agile transformations... Read More →


Monday August 7, 2017 2:00pm - 3:15pm
I4

3:45pm

Shift your Blind Spots to Bling Spots for Agile Success! (Jake Calabrese)
Limited Capacity full
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Abstract:
As leaders, we often talk about how we wished people or teams would step-up. We dream of teams taking the initiative. We spend our time wondering “why empowered people won’t act?” Instead of wondering, we need to start by taking a hard look at ourselves – our blind spots may be the impediment to our people’s, team’s, and organization’s success! Of course, the funny thing about blind spots is, people hear about them and say, “whew, I’m sure glad I don’t have any!” Should you feel that you don’t have any blind spots, you are welcome to attend for a “friend.”
Jake will introduce a straightforward model you can utilize when you find yourself questioning someone’s motives or applying blame. While questioning and blaming are normal human reactions, we can’t afford to be stuck in that head-space. We must lead by example, improving ourselves, and then helping the people we lead improve! Attendees will have the opportunity to work through scenarios that are relevant to them, unraveling blind spots, adapting the model, questioning assumptions, and learning countermeasures to turn blind spots into Bling Spots – so everyone can shine!

Learning Outcomes:
  • Assess common leadership thoughts and statements that slow or prevent success.
  • Learn a straightforward Leadership Assumption-Decision Model to help discover blind spots.
  • Discover some of your own blind spots in leading people to success.
  • Consider the challenge of maintaining a leadership mindset and how your blind spots limit you.
  • Create action(s) to address your blind spots and turn them into Bling Spots.
  • Fun.

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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 →


Monday August 7, 2017 3:45pm - 5:00pm
H2
 
Tuesday, August 8
 

9:00am

Give Control, Create Leaders... teaching “bosses” to be leaders. (Adam Yuret)
Limited Capacity full
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Abstract:
Give Control, Create Leaders... teaching “bosses” to be leaders.
Some schools of Lean talk about “Leader Standard Work” but this term is often misunderstood to mean “Leader Standard Practices”. In order to effectively lead people we must know how to serve them. Agile has used the term “servant leader” for some time now, but if you understand real leadership you know that term is redundant.
Strategic leaders understand what the purpose of not only their own position is but the purpose of their organization. They understand what gets their employees out of bed and through the front door of the office every morning and works hard to support those people.
In this session we’re going to learn how to be an effective leader using “leader standard work” unlike any you’ve ever seen before. We’ll learn exactly what managers, directors and VPs in effective agile organizations do to help their reports, and how to adapt the work of David Marquet to software organizations.

Learning Outcomes:
  • During this session we'll learn how to effectively define standard work for leaders from managers all the way up the chain through appropriate abstraction to values.
  • Attendees will learn where to create effective boundaries to allow for emergence necessary within teams to be truly agile.

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Speakers
avatar for Adam Yuret

Adam Yuret

Founder/Consultant, Context Driven Agility
Adam Yuret is an experienced systems thinker who has consulted small non-profits and fortune 100 clients on adopting context-driven systems to solving difficult problems. Adam started Context Driven Agility in 2010 to share his passion for humanistic flow-based systems full time... Read More →


Tuesday August 8, 2017 9:00am - 10:15am
I3

10:45am

Facilitating Success Without Unicorns (Jason Kerney)
Limited Capacity full
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Abstract:
Facilitating Success Without Unicorns
The feeling of individual success is a crucial part of meaningful work and gives purpose. The feeling of purpose is crucial in retaining employee happiness. In software, purpose is fleeting. One task is finished and the next one starts. Yet a lot of what we do in Agile minimizes that feeling. Working collaboratively means focusing on the team’s successes and can bury individual contributions. Iterative cycles can lead to a constant feeling of never being done. The answer to this is to allow individuals to find meaningful goals and strive to complete them.
What if each person was given a facilitator that they trusted to guide them in finding personal goals?
It would take a particularly skilled facilitator to pull this together such that the employee felt helped and not put upon. That facilitator might as well be a unicorn because they are rare and hard to find.
I have experienced an employee-driven process of encouraged self-improvement. We got rid of the unicorn facilitator by allowing employees to choose facilitators from their peers. This allowed employees to directly control the process and find people they feel comfortable with that have no authority over them.
This talk is the story of how we discovered the employee-driven process to facilitate and help achieve individual successes. My current company enables employees to look inward to find what is meaningful to them while focusing on psychological safety, peer facilitation and real support.
Beyond explaining the process, I will examine the thoughts that helped develop it. I will explain why we do each of the things we do. My story is a practical account that gives attendees the knowledge they need to implement a system mimicking what we have, but with their own constraints. I hope attendees will leave with the framework to create a psychologically safe system that encourages individuals to set and strive toward their own, personal meaning of purpose.

Learning Outcomes:
  • What it means to have a process of enablement vs judgement.
  • Each person should leave with ideas about how to approach the people who work with them to create a process that encourages improvement.
  • Each person should have concrete examples of approaching review goals in a way that humanizes the process.
  • Each person should have an idea on how to facilitate a personal retrospective

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Speakers
avatar for Jason Kerney

Jason Kerney

Agile Technical Coach, Some Company
I am a programmer, coach, father, husband and friend. I care deeply about the industry of software development and the communities surrounding it. I love to play with programming languages, yet consider it the greatest accomplishment when we address the humanness that software ultimately... Read More →


Tuesday August 8, 2017 10:45am - 12:00pm
H1

2:00pm

How to go from Zero to Sixty in 19 years - Accelerated learning on the path to Agile (Woody Zuill)
Limited Capacity filling up


Abstract:
Sometimes stumbling in the right direction pays off. The trick is knowing the right direction. Hint: We can't "know".
During this talk I will share a number of experiences and observations. Hopefully we'll also do a few activities along the way.
This is a next step in a series of talks I've given over the last few years:
First was NoEstimates, which questions the pervasive notion that the only sort of decisions worth making require estimates, and suggests that the reality of software development doesn't support that notion. That is, sometimes there are better questions than "how much do we think this will cost?", "when do we think this be done?", and "should we do project A or project B?".
Next was Continuous Discovery which introduces the idea that the nature of software development is not well served by a "here is what we want, here is how we are going to get it" approach. In it I propose that following a process of discovery better matches the endeavour at hand. Whatever we thought we wanted when we started this "project" changes as we expose reality by actually doing something, and any plan we made before we actually did something is counter to what we now need to do.
In this episode, I'm sharing parts of my own path - the things that seem important to the "Drunkards Walk" that I've been on. To be clear: I'll share my experiences in support of the idea that opening oneself to chance and serendipity might be worthwhile, or at least not completely stupid. Is this a leadership technique? Perhaps. Clearly, the more people stumbling behind you in the same general direction the more it looks like you are a leader. But I'm not suggesting you do the things I did, as you can likely guess, and I'm certain that when we copy the things a successful "leader" has done we are are likely doing the exact opposite from what that leader did.
NOTE: This is a bit related to the ideas in the book "The Drunkard's Walk: How Randomness Rules our Lives" by Leonard Mlodinow, but not very much after all I suppose.

Learning Outcomes:
  • I can't imagine what you might learn, or take away from this presentation
  • I can't presume that anything I have to say or share will be of use to you, but I hope it will be
  • "The value of another’s experience is to give us hope, not to tell us how or whether to proceed" - Peter Block

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Speakers
avatar for Woody Zuill

Woody Zuill

Independent Agile Guide, Independent Agile Guide
I've been a software developer for 36+ years, and I'm an Agile enthusiast. I work as an Independent Agile Guide. I worked with the original "Mob Programming" team at Hunter Industries, and have been instrumental highlighting "No Estimates" concepts. I've enjoy sharing my Agile experiences... Read More →



Tuesday August 8, 2017 2:00pm - 3:15pm
H4

2:00pm

Permission, Trust, and Safety (Ashley Johnson, Tim Ottinger)
Limited Capacity full
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Abstract:
"Give them the environment and support they need, and trust them to get the job done." Easy to say, but how is it done?
Do people in your organization feel permission to bring their best?
Do they trust the organization?
How much energy do people spend protecting themselves from each other?
Who or what stops you and your team from doing your best work?
As coaches, we find that most people live well beneath opportunities available to them. They feel limited, over-managed, and afraid to ask for the things they need. They "play it safe" and "cover their butts" to avoid accusation, blame, or reprisal.
Join us and explore how leaders and managers can help establish an environment where people can accomplish great things.

Learning Outcomes:
  • This is an exploration of the topics of safety, trust, and permission: “It’s not a workshop if you know how it will end.”
  • Safety and trust as prerequisites to being agile.
  • Situations where self-organization breaks down.
  • Three levels of permission, and how to grant and acquire permission.
  • How to intentionally create trust and safety.

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Speakers
avatar for Ashley Johnson

Ashley Johnson

Anzeneer, Industrial Logic
Leadership and Self-Deception Patterns of Organizational Design for Failure Cargo Cults - Pretending Progress while Minimizing Results. Unlicensed Organizational Psychotherapy Open Source Ecology Modern Agile
avatar for Tim Ottinger

Tim Ottinger

Anzeneer, Industrial Logic
Tim is a long-time programmer (since 1979), reviewer, speaker, writer. He has been active in many of the big changes in software over the past 36 years (including Design Patterns, Object-Oriented Design, and Agile software development). In addition to his contributions in "Clean... Read More →


Tuesday August 8, 2017 2:00pm - 3:15pm
I2

3:45pm

Leading From Within an Agile Team (Selena Delesie)
Limited Capacity full
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Abstract:
The deeper roots that enable Agile organizations to flourish has been lost by many. Teams that struggle do so for many reasons… leaving people frustrated, complacent, and content to exist in mediocrity. There's a little secret, one that propels teams, and entire organizations, to be really successful. It’s a matter of leadership. Not just executives, managers, or those with leader titles get to lead - everyone does!
In this interactive workshop, we explore the value and purpose of specific agile practices. Next we investigate specific leadership behaviours that make a big impact in any team, by any team member. We then examine what these behaviours look like within the agile practices to understand how to lead from within a team. Participants leave with practical insights and actions to instantly improve their team and performance.
The truth is that full benefits of Agile emerge when every person embraces their personal leadership. By embracing our inner leader, we are able to engage our team, improve value and quality delivery, and gain the competitive edge Agile methods intended.

Learning Outcomes:
  • The new paradigm of individual and team leadership
  • How specific Agile practices are failing and why
  • Specific approaches to take practices from lacklustre to purposeful
  • What leadership behaviours look like for different Agile practices
  • How to lead from within an Agile team to improve team satisfaction, success, and gain a competitive edge

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Speakers
avatar for Selena Delesie

Selena Delesie

Leadership Coach & Speaker, Delesie Solutions Inc.
Selena Delesie is a leadership and transformation coach, speaker, and author. She is a trusted guide for leaders who seek to improve their business and their life—from the heart. Selena blends sixteen years of experience in the technology industry with a broad range of studies... Read More →


Tuesday August 8, 2017 3:45pm - 5:00pm
I3
 
Wednesday, August 9
 

10:45am

Catalytic Leadership (Paul Boos)
Limited Capacity full
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Abstract:
Losing good people during your transformation? Getting more resistance than you expected? You may be producing unwanted reactions in the way you are leading your people through change.
If you want your Agile transformation firing on all cylinders without the harmful side-effects, managers at all levels should focus on becoming Catalysts. Much like a chemical catalyst, your job is to help boost organizational performance by creating a healthy environment and providing the needed support. We’ll explore how you can do that through– –
  • Inviting people to co-create an aspirational goal – Telling stories to aid people through the transition – Using some simple guides that can help create safety during change
Along the way, we’ll touch upon organizational culture and how this affects your approach.

Learning Outcomes:
  • Understand leadership actions (catalysts) that can be taken to improve the environment, support others, and increase trust
  • Understand the concepts for leading change

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Speakers
avatar for Paul Boos

Paul Boos

IT Executive Coach, Excella Consulting
Paul is an IT Executive Coach with Excella Consulting helping managers and teams improve their game. He focuses on pragmatic ways Agile, Lean, and leadership techniques can applied to make organizations more effective. Paul has led small teams to large groups as a development manager... Read More →


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

10:45am

Positively Productive (Judith Mills)
Limited Capacity seats available


Abstract:
Did you know that creating the right positive environment could increase productivity by up to 31%? Research tells us that this is possible so come and join the discussion on positivity’s impact in the workplace.
We will investigate the factors that influence positivity, discuss the things in our workplace that reduce it and experience some effects of a positive experiment.
Let’s discuss where we begin and how to influence our environments to create a positively productive Agile workplace.

Learning Outcomes:
  • The impact of positivity/negativity
  • Unintentional negative signals we send/receive every day
  • Choosing to be positive
  • Different types of positivity
  • Taking first steps

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Speakers
avatar for Judith Mills

Judith Mills

Coach, Judith Mills Consulting
Judith Mills is interested in people. Rising through the ranks from software engineer to VP Development at a global software company, Judith is equally comfortable talking with teams about building great applications as she is working on organizational strategy in the boardroom. Her... Read More →


Wednesday August 9, 2017 10:45am - 12:00pm
H4

2:00pm

Agile Leadership Strategies: Winning the War on Complexity (Derek W. Wade)
Limited Capacity full
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Abstract:
The modern organization is at war with complexity. The code for a typical webpage is the size of a typical video game from the 1990s. "Standards are great, there's so many to choose from." Projects have multiple stakeholders and ever-changing, conflicting Priority One features. Despite gains from Agile methods, the multi-person development arena is typified by volatility, uncertainty, ambiguity, and complexity — what the U.S. military calls "the fog of war."
Derek W. Wade’s background in Cognitive Science has shown him that humans have innate skills at managing this complexity. But too often, he sees leaders waste precious human capital because they don’t understand how these skills work. Over the last 6 years, Derek has explored Team Science — which evolved from studying aviation, clinical, and military teams — for practical insights into how people work best together. If you want to help your teams cut through the “fog” and have fun doing it, Derek will use mini-games and stories to introduce you to these insights and how to apply them. Leave armed with knowledge of mental models, cognitive load, situational awareness, and boundary objects so your teams can use complexity to their advantage, solve the right problems, support each other, and finally use those whiteboards, stickies, and online tools properly.

Learning Outcomes:
  • Attendees will be better prepared to lead teams in emergent, complex domains (such as software development) by learning:
  • 1. Our ability to solve problems depends on our ability to internally model the world around us;
  • 2. Cognitive limits of this ability, and examples of work practices which respect (and ignore) those limits;
  • 3. Refactoring team communication: multi-person use of models vs. mere transmission of information;
  • 4. Leadership stances which foster effective mental models at the multi-person, multi-team level;
  • 5. Explicitly managing meta-information about the organization/team. Product goals, objectives, and tasks are only half of the work in knowledge-work.

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Speakers
avatar for Derek W. Wade

Derek W. Wade

President, Kumido Adaptive Strategies
Derek W. Wade is the founder of Kumido Adaptive Strategies, an organizational performance consultancy specializing in cognitive/learning science. His human-centered approach has improved hundreds of collaborative efforts across a broad range of industries from healthcare to finance... Read More →



Wednesday August 9, 2017 2:00pm - 3:15pm
H2

2:00pm

Asking over Telling: Using humble enquiry to build trust and do great work (Ellen Grove, Bruce Scharlau)
Limited Capacity full
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Abstract:
More asking, less telling. As an agile leader, adopt the approach of humble enquiry to build relationships, increase trust and collaboration, and deal with the challenges of organizational transformations.
"Humble enquiry is the fine art of drawing someone out, of asking questions to which you do not already know the answer, of building a relationship based on curiosity and interest in the other person." - Edgar H. Schein
Working in an agile way asks us to rethink how we relate to each other as we tackle complex problems and challenge the traditional structures of our organizations. Humble enquiry - the art of asking instead of telling - is a critical skill for agilists who seek to improve collaboration and address difficult problems head on. Inspired by Edgar H. Schein's book 'Humble Enquiry, this workshop will teach you the fundamentals of how to do more asking and less telling. Through mini-lectures and interactive exercises, we'll discuss the different types of questioning, consider the forces around and within us that inhibit our ability to ask instead of tell, and examine how this powerful technique can improve collaboration within agile teams as well as help to address some of the challenges of agile transformations.

Learning Outcomes:
  • • Improve your leadership skills by learning the basics of humble enquiry
  • • Recognize the constraints (cultural and psychological) that make it difficult to ask instead of tell
  • • Activities that you can use yourself and with their teams/organizations to practice this skill.

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Speakers
avatar for Ellen Grove

Ellen Grove

business agility coach, Agile Partnership
Ellen Grove is an Agile coach and trainer who helps teams to do better work by coaching them to cocreate the circumstances in which they can work productively and effectively. Her Agile coaching practice is founded in over 18 years’ experience leading software testing, development... Read More →
avatar for Bruce Scharlau

Bruce Scharlau

Senior Lecturer, University of Aberdeen
I'm looking for opportunities for students to collaborate on live client projects as interns. I'm always seeking to engineer collisions between real world & computing students at Uni. of Aberdeen with lean, agile & service design because experience+theory trumps theory


Wednesday August 9, 2017 2:00pm - 3:15pm
Wekiwa 7&8

3:45pm

Change Artist Super Powers: Leading Change in an Agile Manner (Esther Derby)
Limited Capacity full
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Abstract:
"They are resisting." "This shouldn't take so long." "We must hold them accountable to new behaviors." These are complaints I have heard from people working on Agile transformations.
It is true that change often happens more slowly than we'd like. Most organizations have built up processes, organizational structures, and formal and informal incentives that are designed for stability, not flexibility and change. Training and coaching won't overcome this organizational gravity. Sanctions and other forms of pushing also don't help, and certainly aren't truly leadership.
What does work is Change Artistry--skills and judgement to know when and what to nudge to lessen the tug of gravity and allow new practices to take hold. When it comes to leading organizational change, these are my Change Artist Super Powers: Curiosity, Observation, and Experimentation.
In this session, I'll explore the power of curious questions to reveal dynamics, interactions, and habits that hold the current pattern in place. I'll discuss the how and what of observation, and how to make sense of what you see. I'll share a template for experimentation--micro changes--that will help you lead the way to big changes.

Learning Outcomes:
  • Pushing inspires push back.
  • Leading change with curiosity, observation, and experimentation helps you and others to see additional options for action.
  • How to pique your own curiosity, and ask questions that will reveal the dynamics of the current pattern.
  • How and what to observe, and how to make sense of your observations
  • A simple template for organizational experiments

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Speakers
avatar for Esther Derby

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 →


Wednesday August 9, 2017 3:45pm - 5:00pm
I1
 
Thursday, August 10
 

9:00am

Agile Leadership – Understanding the “Power” of “Influence” (Kate Megaw, Anu Smalley)
Limited Capacity full
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Abstract:
What would your team say about your leadership legacy. Did you lead with a legacy of power and fear or did you influence your team to do their best and grow. This session will look at the transition in leadership style that needs to happen so we have effective Agile Leadership for Self-Managing Teams.
Will your team happily jump through hoops for you? Do you have enough influence to encourage them to succeed, without telling them what to do?
This hands-on workshop session will use different exercises to explore the differences between these two styles of leadership. The session will also have you review your current leadership style and identify any areas you would like to work on.

Learning Outcomes:
  • Review your current leadership style and identify if you are more on the power or influence side?
  • Understand the difference between Power & Influence Based Leadership
  • How do you transition from “Power Based Leadership” to “Influence Based Leadership”?
  • What are the characteristics of a self-managing, self-organizing team?
  • What are the characteristics of a great Agile Leader?


Speakers
avatar for Kate Megaw

Kate Megaw

Certified Scrum Trainer & Agile Coach | President, Braintrust Consulting Group
Kate is the President of the Braintrust Consulting Group where she specializes in working with executives and C-level professionals as well as serving as an Agile Coach and Certified Scrum Trainer®. Before co-founding The Braintrust Consulting Group, Kate worked as a Project Manager... Read More →
avatar for Anu Smalley

Anu Smalley

President | Certified Scrum Trainer & Agile Coach, Capala Consulting Group
Anu is the President and Founder of Capala Consulting Group, LLC where she specializes in Executive coaching and Agile Transformations. She is also an Enterprise Agile Coach and Certified Scrum Trainer® - providing education and coaching, consulting services to clients across the... Read More →



Thursday August 10, 2017 9:00am - 10:15am
I3

10:45am

Leading Thinking People (Tim Ottinger)
Limited Capacity full
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Abstract:
Humanity has centuries of experience leading laborers and clerks, but what do we know about leading people who think for a living?
  • How can we help people have innovative new ideas?
  • Are we keeping our people too busy to think?
  • How can we encourage a voracious appetite for learning?
  • How do we help the team stay mentally fresh and energetic all day long?
  • Can we really learn to "work smarter"?
In this session, you will learn ways to lead your thinking people by helping them to learn more actively, manage their mental energy, and find ways to consistently produce better results.
We will use simulations, facts, games, and questions to explore getting the best outcomes for our organizations and our customers, instead of getting the most work out of each individual.
We will discover changes that we can make in our work environment which will begin to pay back immediately (with compound interest).
Come and learn a few ways to "give them the environment and support they need" (agile manifesto).

Learning Outcomes:
  • We will learn to appreciate and cultivate mindset and skill for leading people whose work is primarily intellectual.
  • We will change the metaphors used to describe the work of teams.
  • You will learn how to help people around you think more clearly, longer, and more often.
  • We will consider how to change our system of work so that we can "provide the environment and support they need, and trust them to get the work done" (Agile Manifesto).

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Speakers
avatar for Tim Ottinger

Tim Ottinger

Anzeneer, Industrial Logic
Tim is a long-time programmer (since 1979), reviewer, speaker, writer. He has been active in many of the big changes in software over the past 36 years (including Design Patterns, Object-Oriented Design, and Agile software development). In addition to his contributions in "Clean... Read More →


Thursday August 10, 2017 10:45am - 12:00pm
Wekiwa 6

10:45am

Mastering self-organization (Hendrik Esser)
Limited Capacity full
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Abstract:
Self-organization is one of the fundamental aspects of agile organizations. Yet it is a challenge and there are lots of myths around it.
Some people say: "With self-organization, I lose control totally". Others are happy as they think "Wow! This means I can all do it my way". 
The truth is - of course - somewhere in the middle: self-organization is still a form of organization. That means, that all essential problems, that organizations need to cope with, need to be also coped with in organizational eco-systems that are stronger based on self-organization.

But how? And to what extent? And how to achieve a good balance between the essential organizational needs of alignment and autonomy.
In this talk we will look at self-organization from different angles. Based on my 20 years of SW development leadership experience at Ericsson, one of the world's largest SW companies with more than 20,000 Developers, I will share what we have discussed, experimented and learned in this area.

Learning Outcomes:
  • See organization and self-organization from different perspectives
  • Understand the challange of balancing alignment and autonomy
  • Hear about real-world examples of how this challenge can be mastered
  • Inspiration on things you can try in your own organization.

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Hendrik Esser

Growing up in the 1980s I was a passionate computer game developer during my school and study times. After getting my diploma in Electrical engineering I started at Ericsson in 1994 as aSW developer. From 1996 I worked in project management roles. Since 2000 I am working as a manager... Read More →



Thursday August 10, 2017 10:45am - 12:00pm
F4

2:00pm

Accelerating Good Decisions: Using Kanban for Distributed Cognition (Trent Hone)
Limited Capacity full
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Abstract:
75 years ago, the challenges of combat in the South Pacific were exceeding the U.S. Navy’s decision-making capabilities. Ship captains were overwhelmed with data from radars, radios and other sources. They could not make sense of their work fast enough. Today, many of us are faced with the same challenge: we have too much data and too little actionable information.
The U.S Navy’s revolutionary solution was the Combat Information Center (CIC). It distributed the cognitive load using visual tools, created a clear model of the work, and enabled faster decision-making. Effective Kanban systems accomplish the same goal, reducing our individual cognitive load while simultaneously enabling more effective decision-making across the system. I’ll describe this history, define how distributed cognition works, and give you specific ideas for how to accelerate effective decisions with your Kanban system.
Outline:
  • Introduction of Concepts: Kanban & Distributed Cognition
  • The U.S. Navy's Situation
    • Challenges after Pearl Harbor
    • The Need to Fight at Night
    • Limitations of Early Radar Systems
    • The Solution: the Combat Information Center (CIC)
    • Why the CIC Worked and How it Relates to Our Situation Today
  • Distributed Cognition
    • What is it?
    • What are the Essential Components of it?
    • What Benefits does it Provide?
  • Kanban
    • What is Kanban?
    • What is the Kanban Method?
  • How does Kanban Enabled Distributed Cognition
    • Example: Kanban Dinner Planning
    • Making Policies Explicit
    • Creating a Pull System
    • Visualization
    • Work In Progress Limits
    • Classes of Service
    • Capacity Allocation
  • Summary
    • How can this Help You?
    • What can You do Tomorrow?

Learning Outcomes:
  • Better understanding of how to move beyond visualizing work and towards creating a shared system of knowledge that is more than the sum of the whole.

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Trent Hone

Managing Consultant, Excella
Trent Hone is a Managing Consultant with Excella Consulting and an award-winning naval historian. He works with software and IT organizations to improve their art of practice, increase effectiveness, and accelerate learning. He has helped dozens of government and commercial teams... Read More →



Thursday August 10, 2017 2:00pm - 3:15pm
Wekiwa 1&2

2:00pm

For a fresh perspective on team leadership look to the drummer. What? (john ryskowski)
Limited Capacity seats available


Abstract:
Assume you have no authority, no control over anyone or anything, and you need to inspire members to perform as never before. Who are you? “Oh, you must be the drummer, set your kit up next to the piano dude.”
When searching for helpful techniques to improve our leadership skills, sometimes the best place to look is to a completely unrelated field. Did you know the techniques used by a big band drummer parallel those of a successful team leader?
On the surface the big band drummer is just another “side-man” without any authority or control. Once the music starts the drummer can invoke confidence and inspire individual members and the entire band to play like never before.
This session will include live demonstrations of the techniques drummers use to support the band in their goal to sound great. An actual big band chart will be played then broken down one section at a time. As the drumming techniques are revealed, so are opportunities to realize new perspectives on team leadership, that’s where you come in.

Learning Outcomes:
  • Specific leadership techniques and lessons learned from an unrelated field
  • Self-discovered insights into leadership without power
  • Inspiration and renewed energy to get back and lead
  • Identify conference attendees with whom to discuss further thoughts on leadership without power

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john ryskowski

President, JFR Consulting
Q: What makes all the hardware and software in an Apple store come to life? A: Relevant conversations The problem always boils down to the people, but within those people lies the solution. The solution cannot start without a conversation with the right people in the same room... Read More →


Thursday August 10, 2017 2:00pm - 3:15pm
H4

3:45pm

An Appreciative Agile Mindset (Shawn Boockoff, John Eisenschmidt)
Limited Capacity full
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Abstract:
An Appreciative Inquiry mindset reduces stress, enabling us to build on our strengths, which is more generative than eliminating weaknesses.
When one focuses on what is broken, they will invariably find problems. Traditional change methods focus on problem-finding, which can quickly overwhelm and cause us to focus on producing lower value solutions. 
Positive change can increase efficiency and sustain individuals and teams. Cultivating an appreciative approach within Agile teams helps members take different perspectives, ask powerful questions, and increase trust. The simple act of asking questions of a group using positive language creates the environment for trust and authentic change. Taking an appreciative mindset is generative and allows a team and organization to focus on the highest value and what it does well.
An appreciative mindset depends on assumptions, language, and questions. Our assumptions become our reality. The language we use supports our focus and reality. By being present to our language and perspective, a shift can occur in a team’s level of trust and value-focus. 
Participants will have the opportunity to practice individually and in groups to explore an appreciative mindset in community with their peers. These practices support positive, perspective taking, and trust building; standing in service to clients and team members, and building productive teams. 
Focusing on approaches to positive change, participants will learn practices that they can apply in their organizations or use with their agile teams.

Learning Outcomes:
  • Learn basic assumptions that form the foundation of an Appreciative mindset
  • Improve the ability to think differently and take away practice to support an appreciative approach to agile teams.
  • Grow the capacity to use language that enhances work
  • Increase the value a team produces

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Shawn Boockoff

Organizational and Agile Coach, Agile Kata
30 year proven track record of Leadership in transforming organizations, coaching individuals and teams, developing leaders, building effective teams,and implementing/ maintaining technology initiatives to support business objectives. Expertise in organizational leadership, professional... Read More →
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John Eisenschmidt

Agile Coach & Atlassian Tools Consultant, Agile Kata
For nearly 20 years, John has coached high performance teams through transformational projects inside of corporations, nonprofits, higher education, and the federal government. As a Agile Coach and Program Manager, John has led numerous large and multi-year initiatives with colocated... Read More →



Thursday August 10, 2017 3:45pm - 5:00pm
Wekiwa 1&2

3:45pm

Evolving Agile Leadership at Riot Games. A Story of Challenging Convention (Ahmed Sidky)
Limited Capacity full
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Abstract:
Agile Leadership is a broadly-defined buzz-word today. Does it just mean servant leadership or is there more? How does Agile leadership fit with "Agile" Management. While the industry is figuring out all this, at Riot Games, we didn't really care about terminology and definitions, but rather our focus is on building strong human-centric leaders to lead our 2500-person agile organization. Through these efforts, I think we have created our own understanding of what Leadership in an Agile organization looks like that is worth sharing.
 
In this talk, Ahmed will share his reflections on the domain of Agile Leadership in general and share the frameworks and current ways of thinking about leadership at Riot Games. He will highlight some areas where he disagrees with common agile rhetoric like "having single wringable necks" and using "commanding" stances. He will introduce a new leadership roles & responsibilities framework that provides teams a way to balance between team-level autonomy, organizational-wide alignment and strong accountability. 

Learning Outcomes:
  • Participants will be able to reflect if they have an appropriate agile leadership model for their environment
  • Participants will be able to distinguish between leadership accountability and responsibility in an agile environment
  • Participants will be exposed to a creative leadership model that was rolled out at Riot Games - showing participants - "the art of the possible".
  • Most importantly participants will leave be able really think what Agile leadership may mean for them personally - on their personal journey.

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Ahmed Sidky

Head of Business Agility, Riot Games
Ahmed Sidky, Ph.D. known as Doctor Agile, is a well-known thought-leader in the Agile community. He is currently the Director of Development Management for Riot Games and before that he was a transformation consultant for Fortune 100 companies. He is the co-author of Becoming Agile... Read More →


Thursday August 10, 2017 3:45pm - 5:00pm
I3