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Monday, August 7

3:45pm EDT

Cost of Delay for Dummies - What's the value of NOT doing work? (Jenny Swan, Joshua Rowell)
Limited Capacity full
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We LOVE math! But don't worry we are fun too! Learn how to quantify your assumptions on the work coming into your organization.
Come learn how to measure and find value on all work. Properly utilizing the Cost of Delay allows us to make better educated choices for what problems are the best to go solve. This also helps address the problem of having more work than we have people or resources. So understanding the cost of "NOT" doing that work becomes even more important.
When we don't do the work, what does that mean? In this workshop, you'll find the cost of delay to a problem. Then, as a group, use that to identify priorities and build an initial roadmap.

Learning Outcomes:
  • Understand why value is important, and why we should all understand value the same way
  • We will define Cost of Delay and why it can be a useful tool
  • Learn how to measure Value using Cost of Delay
  • How to apply Cost of Delay to any request
  • Calculate a scheduling value using Cost of Delay Divided by Duration (A form of Weighted Shortest Job First)
  • Using the CD3 how to visualize the priority of work and create a roadmap
  • Take home provided scenarios, example formulas, and their subcomponents


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Joshua Rowell

Product Manager, Game Master, Walmart Stores, Inc
With a love of games, I find constant joy in helping others work better together and fighting the dragons of the real world. This leads to removing waste, automating boring tasks, and uncovering complex problems that require creative teams to solve. It also means building great teams... Read More →
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Jenny Swan

Agile Coach / Orchestrator, Wal-Mart Stores, Inc
Ha! I love this question - What should people talk to you about? Um - I am an introvert and a high functioning autistic so talking to NEW people is so awkward for me and probably funny/weird for you. I am like Sheldon Cooper on the Big Bang Theory, except for being genius, I... Read More →

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

9:00am EDT

Hands-On Flow Metrics (Peter Kananen)
Limited Capacity filling up

Delivering valuable software in an Agile project requires healthy flow. However, many experienced Agile teams don't quite understand the nuances of product development flow, and are left without clear answers to the question of why delivery is slower or more irregular than desired. The truth is that all software projects are subject to the mechanics of product development flow, and like the force of gravity, ignorance or denial is always a losing strategy.
In this hands-on session, you will learn about flow metrics by running experiments in a web-based tool, built by the presenter. The system demonstrates the effects of various flow variables on the productivity of a system. You'll get a visual picture of what happens to a process when there's too much work-in-progress, batch sizes are too large, queue times are too long, or a work center has a capacity problem. The experiments run by participants will be aggregated in the session and will be discussed so that trends can be identified and shared.
You'll walk away from the session with increased clarity into the principles of flow mechanics impacting your team's productivity. You'll also learn how to take tactical steps to improve your project by watching and managing flow.

Learning Outcomes:
  • The relationships between cycle time, queue time, batch size, and throughput
  • How to take specific actions to reduce cycle time and increase throughput
  • Articulate the risk of large batch sizes
  • Learn how to optimize flow by setting a utilization strategy for team members
  • Protect their teams from over-commitment by maximizing for throughput, not individual efficiency


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Peter Kananen

VP of Project Delivery, Gaslight
Peter Kananen is a Partner and Delivery Manager at Gaslight, an agile software development company that works with everyone from growing San Francisco startups and disruptive education companies to Fortune 500 giants like P&G and Omnicare. Peter spends his days tracking the happiness... Read More →

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

10:45am EDT

Investment Optimization with Active Portfolio Management (Chris Espy, Linda Cook)
Limited Capacity seats available

What if there was another way to approach portfolio management, one that enabled you to act decisively and quickly when an opportunity arose? With the traditional governance paradigm, your organization is stuck with choices that might have made sense at the outset but didn’t work out in the marketplace. What if you made your investments based on facts rather than luck? What if you placed smaller bets against the House and could fold before you lost too much and up the ante where it was evident you would win? In short, what if you could be Agile in where and when you put your money? That’s the beauty of Active Portfolio Management: it enables you to change with a marketplace constantly in flux.
This workshop acknowledges that Agile contradicts traditional business theory, which leads to ineffectively leveraging what Agile has to offer. Focusing on simple rules for portfolio management, you will learn language about Agile that resonates with executives. To help you activate key concepts in this talk, you will run portfolio optimization activities with time for discussion.

Learning Outcomes:
  • Communicate Agile business value
  • Framework for implementing Agile Portfolio Management
  • Techniques for maximising business investments
  • Simple”rules” for Agile Portfolio Management
  • Practice adjusting plans based on changing business needs


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Linda Cook

Chief Learning Officer, Project Cooks, LLC
Linda is a recognized technology leader and Agile Transformation expert. She is committed to helping organizations achieve their strategic goals. With over 21 years of experience as an IT executive, Linda offers a unique blend of leadership, innovation, and vision which allows her... Read More →
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Chris Espy

SolutionsIQ, SolutionsIQ
Chris Espy is a Senior Agile Consultant at SolutionsIQ. He has 28 years in IT product development with 10 years in helping companies adopt better ways of working. Chris is passionate about helping organizations and teams build a continuous improvement culture to effectively and efficiently... Read More →

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

2:00pm EDT

Solving the PMO Paradox (Jesse Fewell, Kim Brainard)
Limited Capacity full
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For many organizations, the Project/Program Management Office (PMO) is a very large rock on the road to agility. On one hand, the PMO in many organizations is the primary advocate of a centralized uniform process-oriented mindset approach to work. On the other hand, the same group often wields both an interest in agile methods and the organizational influence to push it forward. Meanwhile, many agile advocates speak of humanized work and then ironically delight in the failure and frustration of PMO co-workers.
What do we do? Can our advocacy for people over process also reach the people who advocate for process? How do we move from good guys / bad guys to holistic transformation?
In this exploratory workshop, we will address these questions head-on through collaborative dialog. Come with your experiences, and suggestions for involving, transforming, or circumventing the PMO to become more Agile, and we will all leave with insights and actions we can really use.

Learning Outcomes:
  • What are the assumptions that agilists and PMO staff make of each other
  • What are successful approaches for addressing the PMO in an agile environment?
  • What are steps one can take to move forward

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Kim Brainard

Co-CEO, Radtac U.S.
I LOVE people and enjoy creating positive change in their professional and personal lives. Coaching others to realize their potential and setting them up to achieve results is a win for everyone. Having the opportunity to train and teach others to learn is a gift and inspires me each... Read More →
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Jesse Fewell

Agile Coach & Trainer, JesseFewell.com
Jesse Fewell is a writer, coach, and trainer in the world of management and innovation. From Boston to Bangalore, he's helped startups and conglomerates alike catapult to breakthrough results. His adventures are written down in "Can You Hear Me Now", his handbook for remote teams... Read More →

Tuesday August 8, 2017 2:00pm - 3:15pm EDT
Wednesday, August 9

10:45am EDT

Finding the First Slice (Richard Lawrence)
Limited Capacity filling up

Many Agile practitioners are comfortable working iteratively in small slices once there's a basic foundation, but they struggle with where to start on a new project, product, or other big idea. What if Iteration 0 didn't need to exist? What if you could work iteratively from the beginning?
Agile For All clients have been able to successfully find small first slices for all kinds of software products, for combined software and hardware systems, and even beyond software in such areas as park construction and office remodeling. In many cases, projects with apparently significant up-front infrastructure requirements were able to ship a valuable slice to customers after just one or two sprints. Participants in this session will learn how to use Richard's Feature Mining technique to find early slices of any big idea that provide value, learning, and risk-mitigation.

Learning Outcomes:
  • Use Feature Mining to find an early slice of a big idea to get quick value, learning, and/or risk mitigation
  • Understand how to bring Feature Mining back to your team
  • Explain how different roles (PO, UX, developers, testers, etc.) are critical to effective slicing and how each contributes in Feature Mining


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Richard Lawrence

Trainer & Coach, Agile For All
Co-owner of Agile For All, Richard Lawrence trains and coaches teams and organizations to become happier and more productive. From his diverse background in software development, engineering, anthropology, and political science, he helps people think more deeply about humanizing workplaces... Read More →

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

2:00pm EDT

Portfolio Visualization and Prioritization for Business Agility - Workshop (Bob Payne, George Dinwiddie)
Limited Capacity full
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Visual Management has long been a key part of agile and lean. This talk will explore real world examples of visual management systems and discuss the hidden power of visualization and transparency in an enterprise setting. Participants in this interactive workshop will work with examples of team, portfolio and enterprise management walls to understand how the visualizations create context for real decision making. Participants will tour and design/prototype an improvement for the example boards.
Many organizations talk about driving change through transparency and an empowered, informed workforce. A picture can say a thousand words, we will highlight examples of enterprises that have stopped telling and started showing. An agile team is but a piece of a larger value stream. By embedding the team’s visual management system in the context of the Portfolio and Enterprise Wall, the team has the context of what is coming, how it ties to corporate goals and the impact of the working software delivered.
Own the board and let the information do the talking.

Learning Outcomes:
  • Introduction to a variety of real-world visual management tools
  • Ways in which visual management tools inform at all levels: Executive, Management and Development
  • Achieving transparency without micromanagement using visual management
  • Collaboration via conversation and visual management
  • Steering for success through visual management
  • Identifying problems through visual management
  • The power and flexibility of tactile visual management tools


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George Dinwiddie

Grand Poobah and Jack of All Trades, iDIA Computing, LLC
George Dinwiddie helps organizations develop software more effectively. He brings decades of development experience from electronic hardware and embedded firmware to business information technology. He helps organizations, managers, and teams solve the problems they face by providing... Read More →
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Bob Payne

SVP of Agile Transformation, LitheSpeed
An early adopter of Extreme Programming, Scrum, and SAFe, Bob Payne has worked exclusively as a Lean+Agile Transformation leader since 1999.Bob hosts the Agile Toolkit podcast and has produced over 170 podcasts, recording a variety of industry leaders and Agile practitioners. His... Read More →

Wednesday August 9, 2017 2:00pm - 3:15pm EDT
Thursday, August 10

9:00am EDT

Agile BA Practices using The Guide to Business Analysis (Joy Beatty, David Bieg)
Limited Capacity seats available

As organizations and individuals transition to be more Agile, often they throw existing good business analysis practices out the door and start fresh. Its baffling to us that while one day good practices seem to be working well, the next day, the team is “Agile” and they stop doing all the things that worked before! Participants going through an Agile transformation will leave this workshop with ideas about how to avoid throwing the baby out with the bathwater in their own analysis practices. We’ll guide the workshop using lessons we’ve learned during the development of “The Guide to Business Analysis” which “Includes the Standard for Business Analysis” that will be published by PMI in 2017!
For background, we will briefly share the writing process for the business analysis guide and standard so that we can then apply the same ideas during the workshop activities. The background information will include our Agile approach to the writing, how we ensured Agile was not an afterthought, and some of the constructs we used to handle tailoring business analysis to a variety of life cycles.
The workshop activities will use a friendly, collaborative, and iterative game to identify ways to make existing business analysis practices, processes, techniques, and tools Agile-friendly. We hope you refer to the guide yourself, but if not we think the workshop will help you transition your own organizations and own practices to be more Agile….without throwing all your existing good practices out the door.

Learning Outcomes:
  • 1. A creative approach to thinking about how to transform existing processes for Agile, rather than starting from scratch
  • 2. Common challenges in transforming business analysis to Agile approaches, including vocabulary and role variances
  • 3. Examples of how common business analysis practices, processes, tools, and techniques can be transformed to work in Agile approaches
  • 4. A view into PMI’s “The Guide to Business Analysis” and how it can help your organization be successful with Agile


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David Bieg

Business Analysis Program Manager, PMI
Dave has 34 years of experience in business including owning two of his own businesses. Dave would love to discuss how he's been contributing to Business Analysis and Agile at PMI. Dave’s corporate experience includes General Electric, Lockheed Martin and Booz Allen, where he served... Read More →

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

10:45am EDT

Drive Executive Alignment on Agile Priorities at Scale (Stephanie Allen, Chris Coffman)
Limited Capacity filling up

In 2009, Don Reinertsen suggested that prioritizing product development based on profitability projections (e.g. ROI) alone is a mistake, yet so many organizations continue to do that now. Perhaps that is because driving stakeholders to agree on the prioritization of development work is difficult under the best of circumstances; add in the support of competing verticals, acquisitions, and a rapidly changing marketplace and alignment can feel almost impossible.
That is the situation that we faced at Rosetta Stone. Thankfully, there is a framework designed to help teams weigh a variety of objective inputs to make effective decisions about the relative priority of work: Weighted Shortest Job First (WSJF).
In this workshop, we will role-play the use of WSJF to gain consensus on the priority of potential development work. After a quick overview, participants will practice collecting inputs from stakeholders and using the weighted shortest job first formulas. Finally, we will present a case study for how we implemented this methodology at Rosetta Stone, with tips for overcoming potential obstacles. This session is great for product owners, managers, scrum masters, dev leads, and anyone trying to balance a complex set of priorities in a resource constrained environment.

Learning Outcomes:
  • Understand the inputs of Weighted Shortest Job First and how to solicit them from stakeholders
  • Use the Weighted Shortest Job First formula to determine the priority of epics and features
  • Identify and overcome obstacles to successful use of the Weighted Shortest Job First method


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Stephanie Allen

Vice President, Digital Product Management, Pearson
I specialize in the design and development of educational technology products, leading the creation of innovative new programs that incorporate the latest industry advances in order to exceed expectations for learner goal achievement. Talk to me about product management and educational... Read More →
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Chris Coffman

Senior Director, Product, Rosetta Stone
I lead the Product Management and Project Management teams at Rosetta Stone. Rosetta Stone’s learning solutions are used by schools, businesses, government organizations and millions of individuals around the world. I'm passionate about helping our customers improve their lives... Read More →

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

2:00pm EDT

Impact Mapping - How to Make Value-Driven Prioritization a Reality (Mathias Eifert)
Limited Capacity full
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Wouldn’t it be nice if there was a way to combine quantified business goals, direct traceability from goals to features, surfacing of value assumptions, cause-and-effect analysis, design thinking and visual facilitation in a single approach?
There is! Impact Maps support multiple stakeholders in gaining consensus on which features or actions are most useful to help us achieve an organizational goal. In the process, we agree what needs to be accomplished, create shared understanding of possible solutions, decide which user groups or personas to target first, derive epics/user stories, identify the underlying assumptions that need to be validated using testable hypotheses, and determine leading indicators to get early feedback whether we are moving in the right direction.
In this workshop, we will look at how Impact Maps can help ensure business value, how to build one with a group of stakeholders, and how to get the most out of it. Best of all, you will create your own sample map so you will walk away with hands-on experience!

Learning Outcomes:
  • - Understand how Impact Maps can help with ensuring that Agile projects actually create value.
  • - Get an overview of how to construct an Impact Map with your stakeholders in a structured brainstorming session.
  • - Interpret the map to derive epics/user stories, metrics and testable hypotheses.
  • - Reflect on the presented concepts by building a sample map together with the other attendees


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Mathias Eifert

Lean/Agile Coach and Managing Consultant, Excella
I'm an Agile pragmatists with a strong interest in first principles over specific frameworks. I believe Agile is primarily a way to manage uncertainty and the biggest uncertainty is in figuring out the "right thing" to focus our efforts on, so much of my coaching is around goal-centered... Read More →

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