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Monday, August 7

10:45am EDT

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

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



Monday August 7, 2017 10:45am - 12:00pm EDT
Tuesday, August 8

2:00pm EDT

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

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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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 EDT
Wednesday, August 9

10:45am EDT

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

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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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 EDT

3:45pm EDT

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

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)



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

9:00am EDT

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

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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Christopher Schwartz

Lead Agile Coach, Target Corporation

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

10:45am EDT

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

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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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!
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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 EDT
  Learning, Talk

2:00pm EDT

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

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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Rob Myers

Principal Instructor & Coach, Agile Institute
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 EDT