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Monday, August 7
 

10:45am

Who are the People in Your Agilehood? (Matt Anderson)
Limited Capacity seats available


Abstract:
Sesame Street brought together people from diverse backgrounds and famously asked "who are the people in your neighborhood?" Google has driven to create "fiberhoods" that connect communities with high-speed internet. Merging the two, the model Sesame Street started works for developing true Agile communities or "Agilehoods."
You can only learn so much from books, consultants and conferences. Some of the best learning experiences come from building learning communities where like-minded practitioners gather together to learn from each other on a regular basis.
Join Matt Anderson from Cerner Corporation as he shares best practices learned from establishing a community within the Kansas City area (Agilehood KC) as well as scaling to an international level with the Steve Denning Learning Consortium (SDLC). Matt was also a member of the Agile Leadership Network for establishing communities for 2 years leading to starting the KC community.
Learning communities serve multiple purposes and have been an offering of most of the global agile organizations with various levels of success. After 4 years of the Agilehood KC and 2 years with the SDLC, a model has been proven to help organizations truly learn from one another and focus on practices that they can apply immediately.
Your neighborhood is what you make it, but being a good neighbor builds learning opportunities not found anywhere else. Be the change you want to see in the world and join or create your own "Agilehood."

Learning Outcomes:
  • Key organizational models and practices for building a learning community at the local, regional, national or global level.
  • Patterns include:
  • 1) Define Your Purpose
  • 2) Pick Your Hat (Self Organizing Roles and Responsibilities)
  • 3) eHarmony Matching (Finding the best match for your needs)
  • 4) Lead the Commmunity
  • 5) Marketing
  • Key Decisions/Pitfalls
  • 1) Consultants - To Include or Not to Include?
  • 2) Dealing with Membership Changes
  • 3) NDAs and Conflicts of Interest
  • 4) Non-profit status

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Monday August 7, 2017 10:45am - 12:00pm
F2

2:00pm

Measure Learning with a Dojo Dashboard (Jason Tice)
Limited Capacity seats available


Abstract:
The agile manifesto call for individuals, teams, and organizations to foster a culture of continuous learning; however, how do we measure learning to know if we are making progress towards this call? Join us at Agile2017, for a hands-on workshop where you will learn a series of team and cross-team collaboration activities to identify and share learning goals, and then measure progress towards learning goal attainment.
Using a series of collaborative activities, workshop participants will experience how to create a self-organized “Dojo” for learning. A “Dojo” is a Japanese concept for a designated place where people practice to improve. Traditionally, dojos focus on martial arts practice; however, within the agile community, dojos in various forms are becoming a pattern for teams to focus on learning. Within our “Dojo”, teams will use metaphor to share challenges they are encountering, then will identify what they need to learn to improve. These learning goals provide the basis for measurement of learning and will be captured via a “Dojo Dashboard”. This dashboard provides a central viewpoint of learning needs across teams. The dashboard enables team members to share what they know, and enables teams and team members to learn from each other to achieve learning goals.
In this workshop, participants will simulate the creation a “Dojo” to capture team learning needs and create a “Dojo Dashboard” to measure learning goals as they are attained. Participants will leave having experienced collaborative activities that support a pattern to measure learning at the individual, team or organization levels.

Learning Outcomes:
  • Participants will learn what a “Dojo” is and how “Dojo” activities can support learning within agile teams and organizations.
  • Participants will see how guiding Dojo learning activities through collaboration creates data by which organizational learning can be measured.
  • Participants will experience a series of collaboration activities that can support a bottom-up / grass-roots Dojo initiative providing learning benefits with minimal additional investment.

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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 →


Monday August 7, 2017 2:00pm - 3:15pm
I1

2:00pm

Training from Outside the Room (Marian Willeke, Scott Marsee)
Limited Capacity seats available


Abstract:
Training is an important aspect of the learning process. We have Sharon Bowman's brilliant work in "Training from the Back of the Room" helping us be better … in a box. A room. A single space of time.
However, this is not sufficient to achieve your potential as either individuals or organisations. The best organisations have embraced a culture of continuous learning. It's outside the room. Learning is a mindset evident in everyday behaviours and drives the decisions people make. These companies have extended the agile concepts of continuous integration, automation, and deep customer focus beyond their software development work and into their coaching and L&D organisations' mindset.
So how do we get our companies to that point? Learning is the single largest constraint to us to achieving the agility we seek, yet learning too often remains constrained by the "day of training" mindset. This workshop introduces and helps you explore learning strategies to help you make the science of learning a part of your organisational strategy. Together, we will practice designing systemic, culturally embedded learning using topics relevant to your organisation.

Learning Outcomes:
  • Discover that long-term competitiveness requires a culture of continuous learning.
  • Develop a continuous learning mindset as a part of your organisational strategy.
  • Explore the behaviours and habits that instil learning into your culture.
  • Design learning based on Agile practices and education science to be incremental in short focused bursts that involve sharing and experimentation.

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avatar for Scott Marsee

Scott Marsee

Learning Coach, Rabbit Hole Learning
It is my belief that a culture of learning is critical for helping organizations pivot quickly to meet the needs of their stakeholders. I am passionate about helping organizations fully integrate team learning that is flexible and transformative.
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Marian Willeke

Director, Rabbit Hole Learning
It is my belief that our potential for agility is limited only by our capacity for learning, and in that, we must intentionally integrate a learning culture into the overall organisational strategy in order to be more responsive than competitors. Talk to me about why tackling... Read More →


Monday August 7, 2017 2:00pm - 3:15pm
I2

3:45pm

Sketching outside the box: Visual thinking for teams (Angie Doyle, Talia Lancaster)
Limited Capacity full
Adding this to your schedule will put you on the waitlist.


Abstract:
People are unique in their ability to communicate abstract concepts using symbols and language. After all, that is where the saying “a picture is worth a thousand words” comes from. So it shouldn’t come as a surprise that expressing yourself visually (as well as verbally) improves the likelihood that others will not only understand what you are trying to say, but also retain the message. A picture has a way of showing ideas and solutions that would have remained hidden if you hadn’t picked up a pen. But a good picture doesn’t eliminate the need for words. It just reduces the number of words we use, so that the ones left behind are the most important…
So why is thinking visually so important?
When working in complex environments and trying to influence change in the workplace, it is essential that we are equipped with the knowledge and tools to tap into different styles of learning. Recent studies show that 65% of people learn and retain information more effectively by seeing words, as well as images. In contrast, only 30% of people learn through verbal communication alone. So if you aren’t one of the 65% of visual learners, someone in your team probably is!
Incorporating visual thinking into your day to day work can reduce the length of meetings by 24% - primarily by providing a shared record of the discussion, effectively stopping "turntable" discussions. A visual record makes it possible to capture the emotions of the conversation, bringing the human element to the forefront making it more likely that the team will remember what was said. Visual Thinking is particularly powerful during facilitated sessions, creative whiteboard discussions, problem solving meetings, as well as in retrospectives to help unpack challenges and serve as a reminder of the actions agreed by the team. Using graphics you can create visual metaphors for the team and help others see the “big picture”.
Luckily, you don’t need to be an artist to think visually! Join us as we co-create a visual vocabulary you can practically apply at work or in your personal capacity (during studying and learning). We will take you through the elements essential for visual thinking, as well as some ideas for visualizing concepts. No power points slides allowed!
This session is for anyone who needs to innovate, invent, analyze, come up with solutions, ideate, solve problems, retain information and build up their confidence to pick up a pen.

Learning Outcomes:
  • Improve your facilitation skills by incorporating visual thinking elements (typography, bullets, color, sequence, faces and people, containers, shading and basic shapes)
  • Learn how to incorporate visual elements into your note taking (otherwise known as sketchnoting or infodoodling)
  • Gain the confidence to overcome your fear to pick up a pen and draw in front of others

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Angie Doyle

Agile Coach and Trainer, IQbusiness
Prior to becoming a consultant, I worked in the business process outsourcing industry where I pursued ways to make businesses more effective, more efficient and more capable of adapting to an ever-changing environment. So when I was introduced to Agile a few years later, it was a... Read More →
avatar for Talia Lancaster

Talia Lancaster

Agile Consultant, IQ Business
I have always been a “compulsive note-taker”. In meetings, training and conferences I have always used this as a way to concentrate and understand certain topics. Over the years this doodling has evolved into more of a visual note-taking technique, or sketchnoting.I love that... Read More →


Monday August 7, 2017 3:45pm - 5:00pm
Wekiwa 9&10
 
Tuesday, August 8
 

10:45am

Deliberate practice at the fluent edge: promoting goal-directed learning for Agile teams (Adam Light, Diana Larsen)
Limited Capacity seats available


Abstract:
Professionals who make time for learning perform better than those who don't. And deliberate practice plays a key role in building advanced skills. Agile retrospectives help teams reflect on past performance to identify areas for improvement. But improving at the team level also requires shared practice.
Discover new ways to enable team learning in this fun workshop featuring the co-author of Agile Retrospectives and The Five Rules of Accelerated Learning. By engaging managers and sponsors to set a long-term capability goal and then setting short short-term practice goals at the team's fluent edge you can give retrospectives new life, deliver better outcomes, and sustain continuous improvement over time.

Learning Outcomes:
  • Understand an Agile team's journey through the four capability zones of the Agile Fluency™ Model
  • Work with managers and sponsors to identify a long-term capability goal for your team
  • Identify and describe a team's fluent edge with the aid of provided diagnostic questions
  • Incorporate new ideas and techniques to design a goal-directed retrospective

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avatar for Diana Larsen

Diana Larsen

founder, Agile Fluency Project LLC
An international authority in Agile software development, team leadership, and Agile transitions, Diana Larsen co-authored the books *Agile Retrospectives: Making Good Teams Great*; *Liftoff: Start and Sustain Successful Agile Teams*; and *The Five Rules of Accelerated Learning... Read More →
avatar for Adam Light

Adam Light

Founder, Agile Fluency Project
Adam Light helps technology leaders use Lean and Agile methods to deliver results and build innovative high-performing organizations. As a consultant to enterprise clients, Adam focuses on pragmatic techniques that increase organizational capacity by improving leadership capability... Read More →


Tuesday August 8, 2017 10:45am - 12:00pm
I3

2:00pm

CANCELLED: Adaptive Learning: Leveraging Action Learning to Realize Holistic Org. Agility (Michael Hamman)
Limited Capacity seats available


Abstract:
In the late 1980s and early 90s, Peter Senge taught the world about 'organizational learning', and of the great benefits it can bring to organizations across all industries. At no time is the capacity for genuine organizational learning more critical than it is in the face of the complexity, rapid change and unpredictability businesses and other organizations currently face. But in order to truly leverage organizational learning as an adaptive capability, we must distinguish learning that merely helps human systems (individuals, teams, organizations) get better at what they are already doing, from learning that helps human systems transform the very beliefs and assumptions that fundamentally determine how they perform in the first place.
Action Learning is an oldie but goody from the world of organization development. It helps organizational players learn through action. In this session, I will teach you how I have used action learning as a key tool to help agile strategists (leaders, managers, agile coaches) create conditions that enable emergent adaptive agile capability across an organization.

Learning Outcomes:
  • Learn the difference between single-loop and double-loop learning, and why the latter is such an important organizational skill to develop, if what you are going for is deep, agile transformation
  • Learn how Integral thinking can enhance our ability to see the behaviors and effects of an organization more holistically and systemically
  • Learn the basic technique of action learning
  • Learn how you might deploy action learning in your organization as a way to emergently leverage, and grow upon, innate organizational wisdom and intelligence


Speakers
avatar for Michael Hamman

Michael Hamman

Founder, Evolvagility


Tuesday August 8, 2017 2:00pm - 3:15pm
Wekiwa 9&10

2:00pm

Kickstart Your Agile Transformation with a Videoscribe (Laurens Bonnema, Evelien Roos)
Limited Capacity seats available


Abstract:
Are you struggling to convince people in your organization to really adopt an agile approach? Trying to get managers to agree to changes in procedure that will help the teams you are working with? Tired of doing that in endless meetings, presentations, and training sessions? So were we! Until we tried something else and doodled the change. Then, we animated our doodles and published them as a videoscribe. The results were amazing! For some reason, our hand-drawn animated videos touched people deeper than we'd been able to before. And change came faster after that. We were able to accelerate the agile transformation, and scale it from one business unit to the entire organization by leveraging the power of video. Want to learn how? Come to our session, and we'll teach you how to draw, animate your drawings, and publish them with a nice voice-over so you can add visual flavor to your agile approach when you get back to work.
Can't draw? Don't worry, we can't either. We'll show you how to do it anyway, then teach you how to animate it and add a voice-over. Some knowledge of agile principles and practices is helpful, as we'll be using real-life examples from our agile coaching and training.

Learning Outcomes:
  • You'll walk out of this session with the knowledge to create your own hand-drawn visuals and animate them with voice-over.
  • We'll share our 7-step plan to successful videoscribing that you can use to add visual flavor to your agile approach, and in the process have deep conversations on the real issues the organization is facing and how best to solve them using an agile approach.
  • We'll show you alternatives to the tools we use, including a fully analogue way with kit you most likely have already so you can get started right away.
  • You'll have an extra tool in your toolkit to help you engage and communicate effectively with a large audience to kickstart (or reboot) your agile transformation.

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avatar for Laurens Bonnema

Laurens Bonnema

Agile Management Consultant, Xebia
Agile Management Consultant and Graphic Facilitator. Mentor to managers creating Agile organizations. I make boring business notes fun!


Tuesday August 8, 2017 2:00pm - 3:15pm
H2

3:45pm

Organizational Neurobiology and Fitness (Olaf Lewitz, Christine Neidhardt)
Limited Capacity seats available


Abstract:
Come and join us: we will explore new ideas with holistic learning methods to inspire organizational learning with recent findings from neurobiological research.
When humans want to improve their well-being and health, we exercise, meditate, choose a good diet … Why don’t we improve organizations in similar ways? And what would that look like?
New organizational development methods see organizations as living beings, organisms. Organizations show patterns of stress, trauma, addiction like human beings. We know from neurobiological research how integration helps the brain to heal - what would mental integration look like in organizations?
Learning requires integration too: insights and models from different domains, diverse knowledge and experience from different minds at the table. In this session you’ll experience how this integration can happen effectively, and with a lot of fun. We will facilitate deep exchange and produce inspiring results - all of us will learn in this session!

Learning Outcomes:
  • Practice Awareness Maps: a group learning method that highlights diversity, stimulates insights and is broadly applicable at work
  • Determine ways to apply Dan Siegel’s integration model to inspire learning in your organization
  • Increase your awareness around similarities between organizational approaches and the organizing principles of organisms
  • Share your inspirations of new ideas and tools you can take back into your organization

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avatar for Olaf Lewitz

Olaf Lewitz

Trust Artist, TrustTemenos Academy
Olaf Lewitz loves his life and his work. He helps all with the art to love like that; an art that requires and fosters trust. He's the trust artist. Will stay when needed and leave when wanted.


Tuesday August 8, 2017 3:45pm - 5:00pm
H4
 
Wednesday, August 9
 

10:45am

The ROI of Learning Hour (Llewellyn Falco)
Limited Capacity seats available


Abstract:
What the value in going to this conference?
You're here, you took time off work and paid real money to be here. it safe to assume you see value in learning, but have you done the math?
The math turns out to be quite surprising, because it deals with systems involving compound interest.
Compound interest allows small changes to have massive effects over time.
Example 1:
Tim has a $100,000 loan at 100% interest. He pays $8,333 a month. At this rate it will take 50 years to pay off.
Allen has the same loan, but wants to pay it off 10 times faster. How much more a month does he have to pay to achieve this?
Normal math would say 10 times is 8,333 X 10.
But the actual answer is just a mere seventy dollars more each month to bring the time down a factor of 10 times.
Surprizing? Yeah!
So come hear a combination of personal experiences and mathematical visualization explaining just how much you are getting out of doing a bit of learning everyday.
Example 2
Team A works 8 hours a day.
Team B works 7 hours a day and spends 1 hour a day learning. This learning improves the team's output by 1%. How many days will it be until Team B has produced as much as Team A?


Learning Outcomes:
  • How to justify the ROI spent on learning
  • Why 10X is possible
  • What 10X looks like
  • How cognitive bias effect learning
  • Differences between self learning and group learning

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avatar for Llewellyn Falco

Llewellyn Falco

Agile Coach, Spun Labs
Llewellyn Falco is an Agile Technical Coach specializing in Legacy Code and Test Driven Development. He is the creator of the open source testing tool ApprovalTests( www.approvaltests.com ), co-founder of TeachingKidsProgram ( www.teachingkidsprogramming.org ) and a PluralSight a... Read More →



Wednesday August 9, 2017 10:45am - 12:00pm
F4

2:00pm

Epic Rap Battle of Agility - Bring Fun Back to Learning (Joe Ziadeh, Jolene Jangles)
Limited Capacity filling up


Abstract:
How can you inspire people to think outside of the box when we resort to death by PowerPoint? To get people to think and learn differently you need to teach them differently. To foster a culture of innovation and learning we need to show people that we are innovating in our teaching as well. This requires finding new, fun, and engaging ways to teach. But this isn’t magic. There are patterns and formulas that can be taught and applied quickly.
In this session we will quickly walk through brain based learning techniques highlighting engagement methods common in music, movies, and TV. We will breakdown aspects of Training from the Back of the Room, hooks and even the formulas behind writing a good joke. We will also demo a quick game we created using these methods titled “Epic Rap Battle of Agility” to show how we use these concepts to teach agile principles and concepts. Finally, you will work as a team with other attendees to create an engaging short video to post on social media and/or bring back to your organization. 
In the end you will leave with the tools you need to bring the fun back to learning in your organizations. When you return to work and start using these skills you will demonstrate the fun, courage, and openness that your organization needs to truly become a learning organization. You will pass this on to your students, and by applying it to their work they will aid you in creating a true learning organization.

Learning Outcomes:
  • Explain the art and science behind creating engaging learning using the 6 Trumps.
  • Demonstrate the basic techniques behind comedy writing and gamification to make your learning fun.
  • State the difference between an ordinary lecture based training session and brain based training.

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Speakers
avatar for Joe Ziadeh

Joe Ziadeh

Director of Process Definition and Measurement, Express Scripts
I'm happy to talk about anything Agile. But I personally love neuroscience, Training from the Back of the Room, rap, public speaking, innovation games, change management, and team building.


Wednesday August 9, 2017 2:00pm - 3:15pm
I2

3:45pm

Experimental Agile (David Wallace)
Limited Capacity seats available


Abstract:
One of the 4 main points of the Agile Manifesto is individuals and interactions over processes and tools. But over time many organizations have begun implementing Agile “standards” and a prescriptive way of implementing Agile across their teams. And while some boundaries may be necessary, often this leads to the processes taking precedence over what is best for the team and stifles organizational learning.
This workshop will discuss how to use experimentation to break out of your Agile rut and spark a culture of curiosity and learning across your organization. Using real-life examples and opportunities for brainstorming you will see how you can apply the use of experiments to help safely solve problems while minimizing the risk of an experiment gone wrong. Yes, you can learn even from failed experiments. No beakers, test tubes or lab coats required.

Learning Outcomes:
  • Challenging people to evaluate prescriptive practices they may have in place
  • Generating ideas for how to help your teams learn what works best for them
  • Understanding how to structure experiments to be measurable and minimize risk
  • Learning from the experiences of a larger group

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avatar for David Wallace

David Wallace

Sr Scrum Master/Team Lead, Deluxe Corporation
I am an Agile Development enthusiast. I believe that developing and delivering usable product in an iterative process gives all parties (Stakeholders, Product Owners, Developers) the greatest chance of success. I love to be a part of seeing and helping people succeed. I aspire to... Read More →



Wednesday August 9, 2017 3:45pm - 5:00pm
I4

3:45pm

How to create a learning culture that fosters growth to enable craftsmanship (Maarten Kossen)
Limited Capacity seats available


Abstract:
The growth of an organization is linked to the growth of the people within that organization. But how do you create a learning culture in an organization in which people can grow? How do you keep fostering and nurturing that growth? How do you enable craftsmanship?
In order to grow, (software) companies these days need a different kind of different kind of environment for their people to excel in. During this session I’d like to share lessons that will help you enable an environment of learning and growth in order to enable craftsmanship, with a focus on software development environments. Because for years and years the world has established software development as something comparable to making hamburgers at McDonald’s, rather than the creative craft is actually is. As with any craft, it requires craftsman. But how do people become craftsmen and how can you enable an environment in which they can?
We'll explore what the current situation is in many companies, why it needs to be changed and how we can change it. We'll explore how we can create a learning culture within organizations in which people can grow and we'll have a look at how to maintain that culture. Finally, we'll go over some tools and practices that may help with that, focused on software craftsmanship within an agile context.
As someone that has experienced the transition from “code monkey” to craftsman and someone that has seen (and still sees) companies every day that face this challenge, I’ll introduce a number of actual client stories that may help the audience find the answers they need. I’ll also ask for input from the audience on their experience with growth and craftsmanship.

Learning Outcomes:
  • Understanding the importance of the growth of people within a company
  • Insights into how to create and/or enable a learning culture in which people can grow
  • Understanding creativity within an agile software development organization and its boundaries
  • Understanding the changing need from both a craftsman's as well as an organization's perspective
  • Practices that will help craftsman become better or will help "code monkeys" become craftsman
  • Your own insights shared at the end of the session and summarized in a blog post (written by the speaker)

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Wednesday August 9, 2017 3:45pm - 5:00pm
H1
 
Thursday, August 10
 

9:00am

Immersive (Dojo) and Enterprise Coaching 2.0 - Evolving Beyond Immersive Learning (Christopher Schwartz, Travis Klinker)
Limited Capacity filling up


Abstract:
As your company continues to evolve and transform, so do their needs.   Is your coaching strategy evolving to keep pace and stay relevant to meet those needs?  Is it even possible?  At Target we are continually evolving our immersive (Target Dojo) and enterprise/team coaching strategies to provide all levels of the company with the coaching needed to keep our transformation relevant in an incredibly fast changing technical landscape. 
In this presentation, we will share with you the steps Target is taking to ever evolve our coaching strategy to keep this pace.  We’ll walk you through how the Target Dojo is evolving from immersive learning on a single topic, to supporting holistic team coaching plans that ensure teams have access to specifically tailored learning needs that quickly change. We’ll talk about how we are exposing our internal coaching business as an external coaching service (to other companies!), not only because we think everyone benefits from shared learning, but also to accelerate our own internal rate of growth and development. Finally, we will talk through how we are leveraging our PLAD (Product, Lean, Agile, DevOps) model to ensure that we are delivering the RIGHT value, instead of merely accelerating the rate at which we deliver low value busywork.

Learning Outcomes:
  • • How do you evolve into an internal coaching business
  • • What are the components of a successful coaching plan
  • • How have we continuously refined coaching (Dojo and Enterprise) to stay effective in an ever changing environment
  • • How Target has evolved using PLAD (Product, Lean, Agile, DevOps) philosophy
  • • Why the PLAD is essential for a successful company transformation

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Speakers
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Travis Klinker

Director, Agile & Engineering Enablement, Target
Travis is a Director, Agile & Engineering Enablement at Target whose team of coaches is leading an organizational transformation with a focus on Product, customer-centric value, Lean-Agile adoption, and DevOps.
avatar for Christopher Schwartz

Christopher Schwartz

Lead Agile Coach, Target Corporation



Thursday August 10, 2017 9:00am - 10:15am
I4

10:45am

Growing Internal Trainers and Coaches (Karen Greaves, Kelley Cooper)
Limited Capacity full
Adding this to your schedule will put you on the waitlist.


Abstract:
If you want to transform a large organization with agile, you need to build an internal competency for training and coaching. Join us as we share our story of how a large global organization grew their ability to provide in house agile training and coaching, by working with two external agile coaches. We will also share the impact on the organisation as a whole of embarking on this learning journey, and how it has resulted in organisational structure changes.
You will hear from one of the internal agile coaches who has now trained hundreds of Product Owners across her organisation about her journey, and from one of the external coaches about the approach they used, which you could apply to growing your own coaches and trainers.

Learning Outcomes:
  • The benefits of internal coaches and trainers vs external providers
  • Understand an effective pattern for growing trainers and coaches within your organization
  • Know what things to watch out for in an internal agile coaching team
  • Learn how training can unite previously silo'ed teams
  • Understand the importance of a training and coaching focus in an agile organization

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avatar for Kelley Cooper

Kelley Cooper

Agile Evangelist, ACI Worldwide
Is herding cats on PCP a recognized job title? If so, that's me! Implementing agile in a large corporation of 2000+ product development ninjas is as challenging and rewarding as it gets. I’m eager to share our hits (and misses) as we continue our journey to agile nirvana!
avatar for Karen Greaves

Karen Greaves

Agile Coach, Growing Agile
I love meeting new people so come introduce yourself. Check out www.growingagile.co.nz to see what I look like, or just listen for the loudest person in the room :)


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

2:00pm

CANCELLED: Dark Learning: An Agile Approach to Enterprise Learning (Elizabeth Woodward)
Limited Capacity seats available


Abstract:
A culture of learning and continuous improvement is central to an agile mindset. Yet, when it comes to transferring knowledge, skills and behaviors for new solutions to employees, partners and customers, organizations often address the needs after development is complete. High-performing organizations, in contrast, are not “developing training using agile methods” after delivery. They are reconsidering what enterprise training means and recasting it in the light of “enablement.” Their focus is on more transparently enabling the acquisition and adoption of desired knowledge, skills and behaviors.
“Dark Learning” is an agile approach to enterprise learning or--more accurately--enterprise enablement. It provides a unified view of key disruptions taking place in the field of enterprise learning--micro-learning, social, mobile, personalization, contextualization, video, and analytics-driven decision-making--as a strategy for increasing enterprise agility towards a continuous delivery model.
This session introduces the current state of enterprise learning, provides an overview of the disruptions taking place in the field of enterprise learning and introduces Dark Learning as a shift in mindset that enables high-performers to get to market more quickly, reduce costs associated with traditional learning and increase the quality of overall solutions delivered by the enterprise.

Learning Outcomes:
  • Recognize ways in which traditional learning approaches are out of alignment with Agile principles and approaches, and hinder enterprise agility as a result.
  • Describe how disruptors in the field of enterprise learning are a reflection Agile, Lean, Continuous Delivery, DevOps and other shifts in software development
  • Identify the key "brain shifts" of Dark Learning and how they can help improve enterprise agility.
  • Identify practical actions that you can take to more transparently transfer knowledge, skills and behaviors to colleagues, partners and customers.

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Thursday August 10, 2017 2:00pm - 3:15pm
Wekiwa 6

2:00pm

How Software Craftsmanship Facilitates Disruptive Innovation (Rob Myers)
Limited Capacity seats available


Abstract:
Leaders of development teams want to be able to adapt their existing product to innovative ideas and shifting market conditions. This is often the reason organizations "go Agile," yet this flexible ability to deliver rich business value is often frustratingly out of reach.
Agile teams and their management are also familiar with the value of individual development practices. For example, Test-Driven Development's ability to catch defects early, and to provide the team with the ability to confidently extend the product. What Rob has found by working with a number of teams, each for six months or more, is another much greater--and more rare--source of business value resulting from diligent attention to software craftsmanship and the resulting two-way trust that forms between Development and Product.
You will hear a handful of surprising (but real) first-person tales, each detailing a time when changing market forces, dramatic pivots, disruptive technological changes, or insightful requests were managed by the delivery team within a single two-week sprint. Each of these "Black Swan User Stories" (Rob's term for powerful, risky, and unforeseen user-stories) resulted in multiplying user productivity, opening whole new markets, or delighting and retaining critical customers.
What we found in each case was that rapid completion of our Black Swan User Stories was the result of diligent, disciplined application of a few software craftsmanship practices; and that this resulted in the concrete realization of organizations' long-held expectations for Agile software development.

Learning Outcomes:
  • Hear real examples of how maintainable, high quality code is critical to the rapid completion of innovative user stories.
  • Explore the surprisingly direct path between software craftsmanship and business value.
  • Learn why leadership would want to encourage, support, and defend a team's dedication to software craftsmanship and the use of Agile engineering practices such as Test-Driven Development.
  • Learn why an early commitment to software craftsmanship practices is crucial to product longevity and innovation.

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Speakers
avatar for Rob Myers

Rob Myers

Principal Agile Instructor & Coach, Agile for All
Rob Myers has over 30 years of professional experience in software development, and has been coaching teams on TDD, Scrum, Lean, Agile, and XP practices since 1998. He has been delivering Agile-related talks and courses since 2002. His courses are always a blend of fun and practical... Read More →


Thursday August 10, 2017 2:00pm - 3:15pm
H3

3:45pm

Introduction To Kanban (Prateek Singh, Daniel Vacanti)
Limited Capacity full
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Abstract:
Maybe you’ve heard a little about Kanban and want to learn more. Maybe you’ve started using Kanban and want some pointers on what pitfalls to avoid. Maybe your current Agile methodology is failing and you’re looking for a different approach. Whatever your reasons for desiring more exposure to Kanban, this talk is for you. This session will walk attendees through the fundamentals of Kanban using real world examples as the basis for the discussion. With the help of an engaging exercise, we will explain what Kanban is and what Kanban isn’t and give you the knowledge you need to get started. As a bonus, we'll offer some insight on how Kanban can help you answer that pesky little question, "When will it be done?" If nothing else, you’ll walk away with some ideas for improving the overall efficiency and predictability of your current process using flow principles. Come and join us to learn more about Kanban—you might just be surprised by what you hear.

Learning Outcomes:
  • An understanding of flow and what it means to manage flow
  • How Kanban facilitates the management of flow (including explaining what Kanban is and isn’t)
  • An introduction on how to use the principles of flow for better process predictability
  • Some ideas on how to get started with Kanban
  • Some things to watch out for during an initial roll out
  • Ideas on where your implementation can go next

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Speakers
avatar for Prateek Singh

Prateek Singh

Principal Agile Coach, Ultimate Software
Prateek has been leading and working on agile teams for the past 10 years. Starting with XP, then Scrum and now working in a Kanban system, Prateek has gained a breadth and depth of knowledge regarding agile techniques, practices and implementation principles. Prateek is currently... Read More →
avatar for Daniel Vacanti

Daniel Vacanti

CEO, Actionable Agile
Who are you ?I’m a struggling flow practitionerWhat do you do for a living ?I do a lot of coaching and training around flow—mostly around flow metrics and predictabilityWhat do you want to speak about at FlowCon ?I want to speak about how most things people believe will make us... Read More →


Thursday August 10, 2017 3:45pm - 5:00pm
I2