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Thursday May 17, 2018 7:00am - 8:45am
Auditorium 1

7:30am

Lean Coffee
Lean Coffee is a structured, but agenda-less meeting. Participants gather, build an agenda, and begin talking. Conversations are directed and productive because the agenda for the meeting was democratically generated. There are currently dozens of Lean Coffees happening world-wide, including Seattle, San Francisco, Stockholm, Toronto, Boulder, New York City, and more.

Speakers
avatar for Matt Heusser

Matt Heusser

CEO, Excelon Development


Thursday May 17, 2018 7:30am - 8:30am
Salon 1

8:45am

Dynamic Reteaming at Fast-Growing Companies
Team change is inevitable, especially when your company is hiring like crazy and doubling in size. Your teams might grow and split - like mitosis. 20 people might arrive in one day. What feels like tectonic shifts happen as you morph structurally to refocus people and work. How can we bring a humanistic stance to this dynamic reteaming? How can the people be empowered to have ownership over their team change? How can we integrate the new people in without losing our sense of “culture?" We will explore questions like these and will discover practical strategies to master dynamic reteaming.

Speakers
avatar for Heidi Helfand

Heidi Helfand

Director, Engineering Excellence, Procore Technologies
Heidi Helfand is Director of Engineering Excellence at Procore Technologies, creators of cloud-based software for the construction industry. She is the author of the book Dynamic Reteaming: The Art and Wisdom of Changing Teams which challenges the notion that you need to keep your... Read More →



Thursday May 17, 2018 8:45am - 9:45am
Ballroom

10:00am

Ford IT's Product Driven Organization Transformation
Aaron Rajda, Ford IT Director and Transformation Office Lead, will describe how the Ford IT organization is leveraging Agile and DevOps practices to build awesome teams that deliver value at market speed. As this transformation takes place, there is a focus on fewer roles and integrated, empowered teams who are working from prioritized backlogs. Learn how core functions are more closely aligned to support emerging solutions and peek ahead at Ford’s vision of where a fully engaged, product-based IT organization is destined to go next.

Speakers
avatar for Aaron Rajda

Aaron Rajda

Director, FCSD IT and Transformation Office Lead, Ford Motor Company
Have a passion for helping software product teams be awesome!


Thursday May 17, 2018 10:00am - 10:45am
Auditorium 1

10:00am

Heroes are Expensive - Extinguishing the Firefighting Culture
Does your organization rely on heroes to complete products and projects? Fuelled by pizza and coffee, they work all hours, giving 110% to meet that critical release date. It isn't pretty. It isn't smart. And it isn't agile. How do we avoid that unsustainable and costly scenario? There's a pattern that gets in the way of team productivity, effective work and project success. It's the gap between expectations we hold or were sold (twice the work in half the time, anyone?) and what's possible under the circumstances. In this interactive session, you'll examine this challenge and explore what we might do about it.

Speakers
avatar for Sue Johnston

Sue Johnston

Idea Monger, It's Understood/Leanintuit
Sue Johnston's interests have always been communication and teamwork. After a journalism career, she held senior management roles at two Canadian banks, where she was involved in large scale change initiatives and technology implementations. That's where she discovered that the critical... Read More →


Thursday May 17, 2018 10:00am - 10:45am
Conference Room C

10:00am

Let Me Tell You A Story: The Power of Storytelling in Agile Coaching
Picture the last time you were told a great story about change…how did it make you feel? Were you inspired, motivated, or moved to action? As Agile Coaches and change agents we must influence teams to look at the world through a new lens, and storytelling is one of the most powerful tools we have available to help us to do this. During this interactive session you will learn the basic framework to construct a powerful story based on the work of great storytellers including Stephen Denning, Walt Disney, Richard Branson, and Steve Jobs. You will learn about the different types of stories you can tell and which situations are best for each type. You will also have an opportunity to craft and share a story using the storytelling framework learned during the session to help inspire change around a real problem you’re experiencing today. So gather round everyone and let me tell you a story…

Speakers
avatar for Mark Cruth

Mark Cruth

Agile Coach, Quicken Loans
Mark Cruth is an Agile Coach, Scrum Master, Product Owner, and catalyst for change in organizations. Since being introduced to Agile in 2009, Mark has made it his mission to inject the values and principles of Agile into everything he does. He has worked to bring about Agile Transformation... Read More →



Thursday May 17, 2018 10:00am - 10:45am
Conference Room D

10:00am

Maps over Backlogs: User Story Mapping to share the Big Picture
A flat backlog presents problems understanding context of individual items. Determining the value of a user story in a vacuum is difficult, if not impossible. We need the big picture! Without understanding the big picture, how do we know if we have identified all the stories? How do we communicate the context of a user story in the big picture? How do we really know what is necessary for a minimum viable product? User story mapping is a technique that can help us keep the big picture front and center. It was developed to build shared understanding and display the stories within the context of the user narrative. We will discuss the challenges with flat backlogs, how user story mapping can help with those, do an activity to build a story map and discuss how to integrate this technique into the work you’re already doing.

Speakers
avatar for Mike Clement

Mike Clement

Founding Software Craftsman, Greater Sum
A husband, father of four, and currently the Founding Software Craftsman of Greater Sum, Mike Clement believes we work best when we are working together and that there are no best practices—only better and worse ones depending on the context. Passionate about raising the bar of... Read More →


Thursday May 17, 2018 10:00am - 10:45am
Elizabeth Ann Ballroom

10:00am

Mob Programming: Advance Ability, Create Clean Code and Banish Blame
Mob programming helped us to integrate new team members quickly and produce cleaner code. Mobbing made time consuming processes such as code reviews and knowledge transfer sessions unnecessary. It made the engineers more confident in the code with the whole team owning it.

This session will include an introduction to mobbing including live demo, best practices, and lessons learned from our year transitioning into mobbing with a full-stack team in a corporate environment. It will be beneficial to anyone interested in new programming practices, whether your experience is with traditional development methodologies or extremely agile.

Speakers
avatar for Andrew Crouch

Andrew Crouch

Software Engineer, Ford Motor Co
I’m a software engineer at Ford, working on a full stack web app and writing a lot of Elm. Outside of development I’m interested in graphic design, a big fan of sci-fi, and play a ton of games (especially Magic: The Gathering).
CD

Chris Dorman

Software Engineer, Ford
Software Engineer and Agile believer


Thursday May 17, 2018 10:00am - 10:45am
Conference Room A

10:00am

Not BEYOND agile, but rather BEHIND it
Since long before the manifesto, Agile approaches have proven time and time again to be very successful at delivering business value for organizations. Along with those approaches come defined processes and practices, but is that all it takes? Often agile is referred to not as a "methodology", but rather a "mindset". Well then, what are the other things not process or practice specific that we need to be mindful of to ensure we deliver on the business value expected? In this session we'll take a deeper dive into exploring the human characteristics behind agile and learn how we may better support them both within ourselves and our organizations for improved future success.

Speakers
avatar for Dan Davis

Dan Davis

Director of Technology & Delivery, Autobooks


Thursday May 17, 2018 10:00am - 10:45am
Salon 5

10:00am

Why Your Company is the Way It Is
Have you ever wondered why your company is the way it is? Or, why is it so difficult to change your organization when the solution seems so obvious? I'd like to add another tool to your toolkit to figure this out: the Congruence Model.

The Congruence Model views organizations as being made up of different components: People, Work, Structure, and Culture. It analyzes how each component interacts with each other and believes that in order for an organization to operate effectively these components should exist in relative balance with each other. However, it also hypothesizes that different parts of an organization can fit well together and function effectively, while other parts can fit poorly together and lead to problems, dysfunctions, and poor performance.

During this session, we will discuss and practice:
  • Identifying what symptoms or problems you are seeing in your organization 
  • What things could be impacting your organization: company history, competitive environment, company strategy 
  • How to identify behaviors and outputs should your organization be producing 
  • Identifying the problems 
  • Making hypothesis about what is causing the problem
  • Developing action plans

Speakers
avatar for Aimme Keener

Aimme Keener

Lifelong Learner, Community Enthusiast
Aimme Keener has been an active member of the agile community since she attended the very first Agile Coach Camp in 2008. Everywhere she goes, Aimme tries to build communities that help make people and organizations awesome. Aimme is passionate about her work and always eager to connect... Read More →


Thursday May 17, 2018 10:00am - 10:45am
Conference Room H

10:00am

Over-Achiever, Under-Believer: How to match your confidence to your competence
When people praise your accomplishments, do you discount the compliments? Do you think you are not as smart as others think you are? Would you like to be released from doubts that hamper your success? If you answered yes to any of those questions, you may be experiencing "Impostor Syndrome", the chronic fear that, despite your accomplishments, you feel like you're faking it on the job. In this session, you will learn 4 strategies to dismiss these restrictive thoughts so you can truly enjoy your own success and step confidently into new challenges.

Speakers
avatar for Maureen Zappala

Maureen Zappala

Owner and Everything Else, High Altitude Strategies
Maureen Zappala is a former NASA engineer, and founder of High Altitude Strategies. She encourages high-performers who battle the “Impostor Syndrome,” the internal voice that says “I’m not as smart as everyone thinks I am!” At NASA, she became the youngest and first female... Read More →


Thursday May 17, 2018 10:00am - 11:40am
Conference Room F

10:00am

Power Coaching - Pushing the Boundaries to Build Better Teams
Coaching Agile Teams is all about asking questions and allowing them to self organize, right? Well, that's just part of the mission. During this session we will introduce participants to some anti-patterns that have arisen in the scrum master and agile coaching communities and discuss ways to break free! Sometimes teams need more than just questions. They need scrum masters and coaches who are courageous enough to have the hard conversations, challenge their decisions, push them to the next level. However, sometimes we push our teams a bit too hard and create negative conflict. It's times like this when we need to demonstrate how to reach out and make the first move to repair the relationship. We will introduce the concept of repair bids to help in this area. Lastly, we learn a model to put into practice to create a coaching alliance with teams so you can be in agreement on how you will work together for their best interest and improvement over a period of time.

Speakers
avatar for Cherie Silas

Cherie Silas

Enterprise Agile Coach, Tandem Coaching Academy
Certified Enterprise Coach and ICF Professional Certified Coach



Thursday May 17, 2018 10:00am - 11:40am
Conference Room B

10:00am

Blending Product Thinking with Architecture
Too much design up front and you are bumping into the design all of the time (and losing time). Not enough design and your system can crumble in reality. How do you blend architecture so you have the right decisions at the right time, and give them enough due dilligence? How do you embrace cloud and microservices and not risk getting into different failure scenarios or overly complicated maintenance and ripple effects? In this session we will walk through visualizations that help teams blend product thinking with architecture. Along the way, we will look at microservices and domain modeling as well as chaos engineering and fault tolerance - blending all of these into a context that is consumable by all and gives the right emphasis at the right time. Leave this session with simple visualizations and approaches that you can apply immediately to start blending product with architecture, especially if you are looking to run in a cloud world.

Speakers
avatar for Joel Tosi

Joel Tosi

Co-Founder, Dojo Coach, Dojo & Co
Coaching teams, helping them make learning part of their work


Thursday May 17, 2018 10:00am - 11:40am
Auditorium 2

10:00am

Chat with a Coach
Do you have a question that you'd like to ask a Lean / Agile Coach? Swing by anytime during this session to talk one-on-one or in small groups with some experienced coaches.

All topics are welcome, such as:
  • How do I get started with TDD?
  • How can I influence the culture at my company?
  • What do I do about estimates and unrealistic expectations being set by management?

Speakers
avatar for Andy Brown

Andy Brown

Mobility Services & FordLabs, Ford Motor Company
Andy Brown has been involved in the Agile community in Southeast Michigan for nearly 15 years. He's worked in a variety of industries and at all stages of a companies lifecycle from startup to established business. Andy is the former Office Director at Ford leading FordLabs, a department... Read More →
avatar for Tom Churchwell

Tom Churchwell

Enterprise Transformation Consultant, LeadingAgile
Tom Churchwell is an experienced IT transformation leader who is passionate about helping people, organizations and communities change things for the better. Tom carries a wealth of knowledge and expertise from his thirty-year career in IT and has formerly served as a Principal Consultant... Read More →
avatar for Jason Dinkelmann

Jason Dinkelmann

Software Artisan, Pillar Technology
I love helping organizations build awesome software. I have been building and coaching teams for over 20 years, working as a User Experience Designer to a backend Software Engineer. I am currently a Software Journeyman with Pillar Technologies in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Previous to working... Read More →
avatar for George Dinwiddie

George Dinwiddie

Grand Poobah and Jack of All Trades, iDIA Computing, LLC
The promoter of the “Three Amigos” name for collaborative exploration of business requirements, George has worked with others to further the practical application of Behavior Driven Development (BDD). He helps organizations refine their business requirements to produce long-term... Read More →
avatar for Nayan Hajratwala

Nayan Hajratwala

Chikli Consulting
avatar for Mike Hill

Mike Hill

Coach, GeePawHill.org
GeePaw Hill is an independent software development coach. A geek for nearly 40 years, he has been doing, teaching, and coaching software using the various techniques of agility since the late '90s. He has worked with large teams and tiny ones all over the world, creating everything... Read More →


Thursday May 17, 2018 10:00am - 11:40am
Conference Room E

10:00am

No' your way to trust
Saying ‘No’ is not easy. It feels unkind, likely to raise conflict and positively hazardous to your relationship with the person your are denying.

I’ve spent a lifetime avoiding having to say ‘No’. I had to work up my anger and resentment to get to a point where I could say ‘No’. As a result I wasn’t very good at it. Which turned it into a sort of self-fulfilling prophecy. Saying ‘no’ ineffectively would strain my relationships, which made me avoid it more, which made me worse at it, which would strain ... etc.

Yet the willingness and ability to say ‘No’ effectively is an essential ingredient of (self-)trust and being trustworthy.

And trust is a prerequisite for true agility.

When I realized that, I started to work on getting better at it.

Finding William Ury’s “The power of a positive ‘no’” was an enormous gift and created a breakthrough for me. Since I started reading it, I’ve come to characterize it as the best book for trust that isn’t about trust.
What you will be able to demonstrate after this session:
  • Being comfortable saying 'No' when it matters
  • Getting your 'No' accepted more often and more easily
  • Sticking with your 'No' when confronted with push back
For this you will learn
  • How being willing and able to say ‘No’ affects your self-trust and trustworthiness
  • The structure of a Positive ‘No’: Yes! - No - Yes?
  • What the function and necessity of each template part is.
  • How to find your ‘Yes!’.
  • How to express your ‘No’ and ride the storm of someone’s response.
  • How to continue the relationship - possibly stronger than before - with your ‘Yes?’

Speakers
avatar for Marjan Venema

Marjan Venema

Chief Idea Officer, Braving Trust
I am a techie and coach, a philosopher and a thinker, a storyteller and a bit of a nut. | | Having been on the receiving end of every management theory out there for more than 30+ years, I am now on a mission to improve the playing field for everyone through advocacy of the agile... Read More →


Thursday May 17, 2018 10:00am - 11:40am
Salon 1

10:55am

Anything You Can Do, Two Can Do Better
We all know two heads are better than one. But do we ever stop to think about why? See One, Do One, Teach One (SODOTO) is a standard method for mastering surgical procedures. Developed in 1890 by William Stewart Halsted, founder of Johns Hopkins School of Medicine and first Professor of Surgery, SODOTO was established as the training method for the first surgical residency training program in the United States. Today, it is a standard practice for mastering any craft. See One - Observation allows the beginner to synthesize information from the master and understand the task ahead. The beginner moves forward with an understanding of the challenge. Do One - The beginner learns by doing and iterative application. With a framework established in the “See One” phase, and under the guide of the master, the beginner is able to practice in a safe environment. Teach One - Through teaching, there is a new level of learning and proficiency experienced. The beginner only becomes a master when they are able to effectively coach a novice. The SODOTO methods particularly support lean and agile mindsets. Paired programming and team partnering across other disciplines in an agile environment create the perfect conditions for the SODOTO cycle to flourish. Don’t believe me? I use the SODOTO method to learn a brand new skill: java programming. Under the mentorship of three separate masters, Industrial Logic Coach Wyatt Sutherland, Agile Coach Bob Allen, and software craftsman coach Fred Estabrook, I learn to program by seeing, doing, and teaching. Using written and video journal entries, I will share my experience going through the SODOTO cycle and demonstrate that partnering, observing, practicing, reflecting, and teaching is the most effective way to learn.

Speakers
avatar for Julia Fabiszewski

Julia Fabiszewski

FordLabs IT Strategy and Operations Manager, Ford Motor Company
Julia Fabiszewski is a lean thinker and University of Michigan graduate who longs for the return of the Blackberry phone. She serves as an IT Strategy and Operations Manager at FordLabs, a division of Ford Motor Company specializing in software development using extreme programming... Read More →


Thursday May 17, 2018 10:55am - 11:40am
Conference Room D

10:55am

Being Understood while we Wait for the Babel Fish (a.k.a. Plain Talk for Geeks)
In The Hitchiker's Guide to the Galaxy, the protagonist can understand anyone, thanks to a peculiar fish stuck in his ear. Too bad it's fiction. While we wait for someone to develop such a device, for real, the best tool we have is conversation. That's not always a dev's greatest strength or highest priority. The stereotype of technical professionals as inarticulate and socially inept is unkind and inaccurate. In this interactive session, we'll do our best to squelch that image as we explore ways to consciously adopt behaviours that position tech professionals to be heard and understood.

Face-to-face communication is the most important tool we will ever use in business. (Sorry Jira.) Upgrading that tool can increase clarity, diminish anxiety and reduce misunderstanding. In this lively session, Sue will introduce you to simple techniques that can prepare you for effective conversations that promote shared understanding and improve working relationships. Small adjustments can lead to big improvements in the way teams work. And that contributes to better outcomes. Bonus - effective communication improves personal relationships, too.

You will discover: how to make your ideas meaningful to others by taking their perspective, how shifting your language from "What?" to "So What?" helps people "connect the dots," and why giving up the need to look smart may be the smartest thing you ever do  Warning: There will be interaction. But, sadly, no Babel Fish.

Speakers
avatar for Sue Johnston

Sue Johnston

Idea Monger, It's Understood/Leanintuit
Sue Johnston's interests have always been communication and teamwork. After a journalism career, she held senior management roles at two Canadian banks, where she was involved in large scale change initiatives and technology implementations. That's where she discovered that the critical... Read More →


Thursday May 17, 2018 10:55am - 11:40am
Conference Room C

10:55am

Develop your Sense of Code Smell
It has been 18 years since Martin Fowler published “Refactoring” which codified an initial catalog of code smells. But in that time, have our noses been able to sniff them out? What have we done to develop our sense of smell? We will do a series of Sparrow Decks to increase our sense of code smell by building the pattern recognition part of our brain. This way we can more easily know if there is something wrong with the code. Remember smelling you have a problem is always the first step. (Note: this technique works for non-programmers as well as programmers so even if you’re not a programmer, come and develop your sense of code smell!)

Speakers
avatar for Mike Clement

Mike Clement

Founding Software Craftsman, Greater Sum
A husband, father of four, and currently the Founding Software Craftsman of Greater Sum, Mike Clement believes we work best when we are working together and that there are no best practices—only better and worse ones depending on the context. Passionate about raising the bar of... Read More →


Thursday May 17, 2018 10:55am - 11:40am
Conference Room A

10:55am

Keep Calm and Tear Down Walls
In the Agile community, we talk a lot about team co-location, but what does that really look like? Are you sitting in offices or cubicles next to each other? Are there physical walls between team members? Even if there aren't, maybe you're 2-feet away from other teammates, but you're not really connected at all. In this session, we discuss our experience with different physical working environments for Agile teams and how we continue tearing down walls, both physical and metaphorical. Bring your sledgehammer!

Presentation: http://prezi.com/8zngkhfcwzsi/?utm_campaign=share&utm_medium=copy

Speakers
avatar for Emily Darin

Emily Darin

Sr. Agile Coach, Vertafore
Kristen Belcher and Emily Darin are Agile Coaches at Vertafore, a software solutions company for the insurance industry. They help teams and individuals work together more effectively across multiple locations at Vertafore. Until 2017, Kristen and Emily were both based in Lansing... Read More →


Thursday May 17, 2018 10:55am - 11:40am
Conference Room H

10:55am

Mapping User Needs: What Cartography Can Teach Us About Agile Roadmaps
Roadmaps can be a somewhat controversial topic in Agile software development. In this talk, we will discuss how user experience plays a vital role in the prioritization of a roadmap. We will use a data-driven approach, leveraging design thinking and user validation. Taking inspiration from the cartographers of the Age of Discovery, we will discuss the ins-and-outs of maps and walk through a technique used to help companies from startups to Fortune 50 companies identify and prioritize opportunities for innovation based on the needs of their users. By collaboratively constructing a roadmap during the talk, you will have hands-on practice with this methodology that you can take to your next project.

Speakers
avatar for Jonathon Baugh

Jonathon Baugh

Experience Architect, Pillar Technology
Jonathon has been designing and building digital experiences for over 20 years. His unique ability to understand and balance people, technology, and business has proven instrumental across companies of all shapes, sizes, and industries. He has designed experiences for everything from... Read More →


Thursday May 17, 2018 10:55am - 11:40am
Elizabeth Ann Ballroom

10:55am

Nurturing a Culture of Innovation Inside a 100 Year Old Company
Andy and Ryan will share Ford's motivation for starting FordLabs, some of the tools, techniques, and practices FordLabs uses and how we've used them to obtain positive results for Ford. We'll talk about some of the changes we're seeing emerge across larger parts of the organization as a result of FordLabs, and provide some encouragement and tips for change agents in other organizations to take with them.

Speakers
avatar for Andy Brown

Andy Brown

Mobility Services & FordLabs, Ford Motor Company
Andy Brown has been involved in the Agile community in Southeast Michigan for nearly 15 years. He's worked in a variety of industries and at all stages of a companies lifecycle from startup to established business. Andy is the former Office Director at Ford leading FordLabs, a department... Read More →
avatar for Ryan Kennel

Ryan Kennel

Manager FordLabs, Ford Motor Company
I have been actively developing software since the 90s when I connected via a 56K modem and animated GIFs were very popular. Twenty years later the connection is much faster and animated GIFs are still very popular. | | Along the way, I have been part of some awesome development... Read More →



Thursday May 17, 2018 10:55am - 11:40am
Auditorium 1

10:55am

Stop complaining and start learning! Retrospectives that drive real change.
Good retrospectives (you know, the ones that actually lead to real change?) rest on three pillars: * people, * process, and * follow-through What makes retrospectives so difficult is that if any of these three pillars starts to crack, it's next to impossible to succeed. Ultimately, getting the right people in the room, utilizing a good process to facilitate the conversation, and following-through on the learning outcomes depend on having an organizational culture that encourages learning, transparency, feedback loops, and continuous improvement. If this sounds like your company already, then great! This talk is not for you. For everyone else, join us to explore the current trends of employee engagement, how they overlap with agile retrospectives, and the true opportunity each team member has to improve the quality, speed, and outcome of their work.

Speakers
avatar for David Horowitz

David Horowitz

CEO and Co-Founder, Retrium
David Horowitz is co-founder and CEO of Retrium. Retrium is the world’s first and only enterprise-ready platform for Agile retrospectives. Prior to co-founding Retrium, David spent nearly a decade between The World Bank and International Finance Corporation as a software developer... Read More →


Thursday May 17, 2018 10:55am - 11:40am
Salon 5

11:45am

Lunch
Enjoy a delicious lunch in the Ballroom and other areas of the venue. Weather permitting, there might even be some outdoor service!

Thursday May 17, 2018 11:45am - 12:45pm
Ballroom

1:00pm

Brave New Architecture
Part of the XP mantra is to do the simplest thing that could possibly work. But how do you balance the simplest thing with what may become your future architecture? How much of your architecture should be decided up front and what can wait? In this session you’ll get an understanding of concepts such as Emergent and Intentional Design, look at how much architecture design is enough, and how to apply that knowledge to your current products.

Speakers
avatar for Sylvia Fronczak

Sylvia Fronczak

Software Engineer, Ford Motor Company
Sylvia’s software engineering history has spanned industries including automotive, insurance, environmental consulting and specialty metals. She is currently a software engineer at Ford Labs where she works with her team to deliver lean solutions in the mobility space.



Thursday May 17, 2018 1:00pm - 1:45pm
Conference Room A

1:00pm

Coachasaurus Rex
There are a growing number of agile coaches offering services today. It seems to grow with each year and each update of a methodology or offering of a new certification. Yet, the quality and value of an agile coach does not seem to be increasing. According to Payscale.com, pay for an agile coach does not change much by experience and there are many agile coaching positions, even enterprise agile coaching positions, that require 5 years or less of experience in agile, with specific frameworks as a plus. The perceived need for actual coaching at many companies is immediate, while the perceived value of specific coaches is often less than stellar. Yet, the coach is seen as higher in the agile delivery chain than a scrum master or a developer, perhaps driving the desire of anyone who has been on one program and done something agile to brand themselves as an agile coach.
So why do we continue to sell ourselves as agile coaches (in full disclosure, I am an ICAgile Expert Agile Coach)? What is the value that we provide? Is it worth it to companies or to the community?
We can use the Agile Coaching Institute's coaching wheel or we can use the ICAgile learning objectives or we can use the Scrum Alliance CTC or CEC requirements to measure what a coach should be, yet does that really answer the underlying problem facing agile coaching today?
I propose that we do something different and start illustrating what specific value we bring as individuals and provide a framework to identify the right fit for a company and coach. Are you or do you need a process mechanic, a technical guru, or a transformation guide?
Come and help me discover how we can do this together.

Speakers
avatar for Joshua Seckel

Joshua Seckel

Speaker, Speaker
Josh is speaking about agile coaching and about agile acquisitions at Agile and Beyond. But is more than happy to chat about many agile topics and has strong opinions, loosely held on most of them. | Joshua Seckel is Sevatec’s Chief Solutions Architect for Agile/DevSecOps. As an... Read More →


Thursday May 17, 2018 1:00pm - 1:45pm
Conference Room B

1:00pm

Exhaustion is not a Status Symbol
In her book, The Gifts of Imperfection: Let Go of Who You Think You're Supposed to Be and Embrace Who You Are, Brene Brown shares her 10 Guideposts of Wholehearted Living. Number 7 on that list is “Cultivating Play and Rest: Letting Go of Exhaustion as a Status Symbol and Productivity as Self-Worth”. This resonates strongly with the 8th agile principle about sustainable pace. In the world of Scrum software development, it is all too easy to get caught up in pumping out user stories and increasing velocity sprint after sprint, but what does that type of hamster wheel mentality do to us physically, mentally, and spiritually? For that matter, what impact does it have on our products? Are we building fast things, or the right things? Are we making time to dream up big, new ideas and/or to build a cohesive team around our mission? In this discussion, we will explore the dangers of exhaustion as a status symbol -- for our organizational culture, our teams, and ourselves. We will discuss the specific risks of inadvertently creating a competitive exhausted culture within an agile transformation, and the ways in which we can leverage the agile values and principles in order to mitigate those risks. Lastly, we will take a look inward to assess our own attitudes and views about work life balance.

Speakers
avatar for Melissa Boggs

Melissa Boggs

Enterprise Agile Coach, agile42
With a passion for agile culture and leadership, Melissa Boggs is an Agile Coach who uses facilitation techniques, lessons from improv, and deep listening to "lower the water line" of the culture iceberg. Together, she and clients uncover new paths, strengths, and the power of their... Read More →


Thursday May 17, 2018 1:00pm - 1:45pm
Conference Room F

1:00pm

Facilitating Technology Change through Cultural Change
When we discuss how to help teams modernize their technology stack, we often focus on a technical glide path. Not enough attention is given to the cultural aspects of building a team that is open to experimenting with new technologies and adopting them if the experiments go well. This talk will explore strategies and tactics to build such a culture through the lens of my team’s experiences at Ford Motor Company. A culture of experimentation has produced a number of pleasant side effect for our team, including allowing us to adopt new technologies such as Elm and Kotlin.

Speakers
GM

Grant Maki

Software Engineer, Tek Systems
Supplier of software, actuator of agile, and aficionado of alliteration.



Thursday May 17, 2018 1:00pm - 1:45pm
Conference Room C

1:00pm

How to Avoid “Reactive” Agile to Build a Sustainable Agile Culture
Agile transformation in the enterprise is often driven by loss – loss of customers to competitors due to lagging product capabilities, loss of confidence from investors due to delayed releases, loss of revenue due to poor quality or capabilities, and loss of employees to more attractive employers. Faced with these losses, businesses rush to jump on the Agile bandwagon, only to fail to achieve meaningful improvements because they are just going through the motions. Succeeding with Agile means making fundamental changes, and not just in software delivery, but across the entire organization – business, development, operations, and all of the other supporting functions. In this talk, Eric will describe how organizations can overcome these impediments by growing their Agile practices through empiricism, protecting Agile values, and changing the organization organically, team by team, product by product. Using real-world examples of businesses who have failed without and those who have succeeded with Agile, the audience will take away meaningful actions and a broader understanding of how to grow agility to build resilient Agile organizations.

Speakers
avatar for Eric Naiburg

Eric Naiburg

Vice President of Marketing and Operations, Scrum.org


Thursday May 17, 2018 1:00pm - 1:45pm
Conference Room D

1:00pm

Optimizing For Collaboration
The geek trade is driven by the flow of ideas, and the ultimate fount of ideas in a team is in collaboration, the direct interaction of individuals seeking similar goals. In this session, we'll start out with a short talk and morph it into a whole-group conversation. GeePaw will take us through using variation to maximize F^2D^2, the Frequent Focused Direct Dialog, rounding out our picture with an understanding of principle of the Whole Geek. Come prepared to opine, because offering your own ideas is at the heart of collaboration.

Speakers
avatar for Mike Hill

Mike Hill

Coach, GeePawHill.org
GeePaw Hill is an independent software development coach. A geek for nearly 40 years, he has been doing, teaching, and coaching software using the various techniques of agility since the late '90s. He has worked with large teams and tiny ones all over the world, creating everything... Read More →


Thursday May 17, 2018 1:00pm - 1:45pm
Salon 1

1:00pm

Thinking Agile: Don't Let Your Mental Wiring Derail Good Software
Our faulty human brains come pre-wired with a number of predictable cognitive biases that can get your Agile software development project off course. Learn about the biggest areas where these cognitive short-cuts and heuristics cause problems - from errors that creep in when estimating and planning a project, to sub-optimal choices in software design, to a failure to apply past lessons learned effectively - and how to make them less likely to creep in and derail your project. Learn about what Agile and Lean tools and techniques can help address these shortcomings!
“Even the most analytical thinkers are predictably irrational; the really smart ones acknowledge and address their irrationality.” - Dan Ariely
  • The Cogntivie Bias codex referred to in the presentation: Cognitive Bias codex link: https://cdn-images-1.medium.com/max/2000/1*71TzKnr7bzXU_l_pU6DCNA.jpeg

Speakers
avatar for Robin Murphy

Robin Murphy

Senior Project Manager, PMP, ACP, Federal Reserve Bank of St Louis
The question is: How can we apply the current science on how our brains work to make us better at delivering on software projects? Use cognitive science to drive practical ideas about how to make software better. As a Technical Project Manager trying to ensure software development... Read More →



Thursday May 17, 2018 1:00pm - 1:45pm
Conference Room H

1:00pm

The Path to Continuous Delivery
Continuous Integration and Continuous Delivery are hot topics these days. Organizations want to learn how to deliver software faster and cheaper.  Many of these organizations are trying to get DevOps in place as they see it as a magic bullet that will solve all of the problems in delivering software quickly.  This narrow focus is totally misguided. Very often this limited view is a result of not understanding what Continuous Delivery is, what it takes to get there, and what benefits an organization can expect to achieve when they do get there.

Join Cheezy as he walks you through his Continuous Delivery World. He will start by building a definition of Continuous Delivery and explain why a company would want to go through such radical changes.  Next he will walk through in detail the three fundamental areas within an organization that must change - Development, Operations, and Product Management.  Not only will he talk about the details of those changes, he will give you the tools necessary to build your own roadmap. Finally he will talk about organizational changes companies can introduce that will make it easier to achieve this goal. If you are curious about Continuous Delivery or are in the process of adopting this advanced form of Agile this is one talk you will not want to miss.

Speakers
avatar for Cheezy

Cheezy

Industrial Logic Canada
Jeff "Cheezy" Morgan has been teaching classes and coaching teams on agile and lean techniques since early 2004. Most of his work has focused on the engineering practices used by developers and testers. For the past few years he has experienced great success and recognition for his... Read More →


Thursday May 17, 2018 1:00pm - 2:40pm
Auditorium 1

1:00pm

Bullsh*t: Stop telling me it's impossible
In my work, I hear lots of stories about why change is not possible, and some of them start like this: • “That’s nice in theory, but it’s not possible to do that here because …” • “There’s no way I could …” Whatever the story, people tell me lots of great stories about how change is not possible. What if you knew the only reason it’s not possible is due to your own limiting beliefs and mindsets? In other words, what if you knew it’s your stories making change impossible. Leadership is one of the most complex and potentially rewarding things you can do in life. The growth of people and organizations starts with seeing and confronting your fears and choosing to move through them, rather than denying their existence. In this session, we will work together to face a fear almost all of us hold. What you will come to see is how it's your stories holding you back, and how you can instead choose to write your story your way. Join me and learn how you and those you lead can choose to confront your fears, have truly impactful conversations, and create the outcomes for you and your team will exceed what you thought of as possible.

Speakers
avatar for Mike Edwards

Mike Edwards

Leading for Change
Mike is working to transform our view of leadership. Mike works with leaders as they unlock the power and potential already within them. Mike harnesses the power of storytelling and vulnerability to make it safe for people to learn a fulfilling life is found in your ability to respond... Read More →


Thursday May 17, 2018 1:00pm - 2:40pm
Conference Room E

1:00pm

Make Your Partner Look Good
We have been taught to focus on our individual skills and talents in order to be the best. However, more and more, businesses are seeing the “Agile” light, and are moving their teams to a collaborative space. Just asking people to pair doesn’t work naturally. Being a good pair partner takes skill and practice. In this session, participants will learn the philosophy of “make your partner look good” by focusing less on themselves and more on others. Participants will learn ways to improve themselves as pair partners, how to provide valuable feedback to their partners, and get hands-on experience pairing. Attendees will walk away inspired with concrete techniques to be a better pair partner. Remember, there is no “me” in “pair”!

Speakers
avatar for Chris Hutchins

Chris Hutchins

Software Developer / Consultant, Menlo Innovations
Chris Hutchins is a Software Developer / Consultant at Menlo Innovations. In his 2.5 years at Menlo, Chris has worked on a diverse set of software projects including biomedical devices, civic infrastructure, rebate tracking, logistics and other enterprise and consumer software. Chris... Read More →
avatar for Kealy Williams

Kealy Williams

Senior Software Consulant, Menlo Innovations
Kealy Williams is a Senior Software Consultant at Menlo Innovations located in Ann Arbor, MI. She works in an Agile environment using the culture and process that Menlo Innovations has established. At Menlo Innovations she has been working on collaborative teams with 100% paired programming... Read More →


Thursday May 17, 2018 1:00pm - 2:40pm
Salon 5

1:00pm

The Secret to a Better Backlog - Story Mapping
Story Maps tackle the challenge of building that first backlog of user stories. Learn how to unlock the potential of this powerful and comprehensive tool. Story maps challenge our traditional methods of breaking work down by focusing on a defined user’s (persona) interaction rather than the mechanics of building software. The result is vastly improved software that is focused on usability and flow.
Participants will learn:
  • Three ways to rapidly capture any new problem in a Story Map 
  • Five significant benefits of building a Story Map 
  • The one essential trick for getting started, 
  • a Journey Map 
The items learned together will provide you with a significant understanding of how to rapidly write dozens of user stories without losing the big picture. Attendees start by building a simple journey map. This captures the narrative of activity from a defined persona point of view. Then working in groups, participants will build their own versions of Story Maps and leave with the tools necessary to implement Story Mapping with their teams.

Speakers
avatar for Helene Gidley

Helene Gidley

Agile Coach and Trainer, HSG Consulting LLC
Helene Gidley, PMP, CSM, is an agile coach and the owner of HSG Consulting LLC where she provides coaching and training to teams navigating their agile journeys. She has over thirty years of experience in the IT industry at Fortune 500, startups, and mid-sized companies bringing broad... Read More →



Thursday May 17, 2018 1:00pm - 2:40pm
Elizabeth Ann Ballroom

1:00pm

Visualising your way to better problem solving
Have you ever been in that meeting where everyone goes on and on about something, and you walk out of the meeting realising that nothing has been decided and no one knows what to do? Now we need another meeting. Problem-solving is one of the biggest parts of our jobs as creators and testers of products. Effective techniques to visualise the problems, solutions and discussions can enable us to do this better and to be more productive in meetings and in general. Join for a lively and interactive session, where we will have a look at some of the problems faced in teams and organisations and present techniques for creating visibility for more collaborative and effective problem-solving. Together, we will use these techniques to unpack some of the real problems experienced in the room.

Speakers
avatar for Joanne Perold

Joanne Perold

I am passionate about helping teams and people grow and improve, I enjoy helping teams and organizations implement and improve their agile practices. I am a graduate of Jerry Weinberg, Esther Derby and Johanna Rothman's PSL (Problem solving leadership) and I have worked for more than... Read More →
avatar for Barry Tandy

Barry Tandy

Agile Coach & Trainer, Alexander Forbes
I have worked for the better part of my career in the banking industry with many different and diverse people and teams across various disciplines and in various roles. My passion for working with people has grown over the years and when I was given the opportunity to work with various... Read More →


Thursday May 17, 2018 1:00pm - 2:40pm
Auditorium 2

1:55pm

3X - Forget Everything You Know About Software Engineering
“The guy” who wrote the book “Test Driven Development” and credited with inventing eXtreme Programming, Kent Beck, had a rude awakening shortly after starting at Facebook in 2011. The journey of discovery that he went on forced him to decide to take the advice that is the title of this talk. What he learned about how Facebook does not do it the way he would tell them to do it, but is succeeding none-the-less. “3X” is how he describes the answer to how Facebook is succeeding.”

Speakers
avatar for Bob Allen

Bob Allen

Speaker, Speaker
Teaching and learning from others is my greatest joy. Talk to me about BDD, Mob Programming, 3X and anything YOU are passionate about.


Thursday May 17, 2018 1:55pm - 2:40pm
Salon 1

1:55pm

Agile Acquisition
Experimentation in US federal procurement: 30 days or less for an agile team
Often the federal procurement cycle takes years to complete and often the requirements that were defined at the time the cycle started are outdated by the time a team is starting work. USCIS has executed several experiments in the procurement process to try to get to 30 days or less to awarding a contract. See the results of how these experiments have gone and how they are have been applied to much larger DHS wide procurements

Speakers
avatar for Joshua Seckel

Joshua Seckel

Speaker, Speaker
Josh is speaking about agile coaching and about agile acquisitions at Agile and Beyond. But is more than happy to chat about many agile topics and has strong opinions, loosely held on most of them. | Joshua Seckel is Sevatec’s Chief Solutions Architect for Agile/DevSecOps. As an... Read More →


Thursday May 17, 2018 1:55pm - 2:40pm
Conference Room B

1:55pm

An Outcome Measurement Model: Is Your Agile Adoption Moving The Needle?
The Version One Annual State of Agile survey indicates that 94% of organizations are practicing Agile in one way, shape, or form. Thanks to the revolutionary shift towards a digital society, and the need to respond and innovate, organizations are investing exponential amounts in Agile adoptions. But may I inquire what this investment has yielded besides an Agile label? Sadly, I found few organization leaders can produce concrete data to meet this ask, let alone articulate the gains. I am not talking about story points and velocity, but rather the measures that count and impact the bottom line. After years of banging my head against the wall pushing organizations to become “more” Agile, I finally got smart and turned my coaching philosophy on its head. I now begin with the desired outcomes driving the adoption and identify both leading and lagging indicators to gauge whether the change initiative is moving the needle and impacting the bottom line. I have had success with this approach because it creates alignment, accountability, and quite frankly, feels more natural. The approach has evolved into a four step model that can be easily articulated and understood. Join me for this interactive session, and learn how this outcome measurement model can help you start changing the conversation!

Speakers
avatar for Michael McCalla

Michael McCalla

President, Lean Agile Intelligence Inc.
Michael McCalla is a technology leader, transformation specialist, speaker, author, and avid agile practitioner. He has a passion for building great products and coaching organizations to create a value driven environment that fosters collaboration, empowerment, safety, and learning... Read More →


Thursday May 17, 2018 1:55pm - 2:40pm
Conference Room H

1:55pm

Capability-driven Architecture
How do we let a healthy architecture emerge in our team space? Many times we focus on what is new or what someone else says we need to do, not on what is healthiest for our product. We will explore how to ensure a healthy architecture and to make it boring so devs can focus on more interesting things like meeting business needs end to end.

Speakers
avatar for Mark Henke

Mark Henke

Product and Technical Lead, Pillar Technology
I am a Consultant at Pillar Technology specializing in Architecture and Intent-driven leadership.



Thursday May 17, 2018 1:55pm - 2:40pm
Conference Room A

1:55pm

Psychological Safety: the inside story
Google's Project Aristotle famously determined that high functioning teams are teams with psychological safety. Our movement is coming to realise that feeling free to express ideas, questions, joys and concerns without fear of rejection or judgment is vital for agile collaboration. Even though we say "without fear of judgment", we don't do a lot of talking about how to actually get there. And it's hard! Obviously. Here's the hard part: we not only need psychological safety for ourselves, but we're a source of safety for our teammates. We all get scared, and we all have the power to ease each other's fears. Wear your brave hat and come explore what it takes to cultivate psychological safety!

This session is about: 
- empathy and non-judgment, and the inside work that's needed to be able to approach a conversation in this way  
- how to lead a team towards this when it's not your (or their!) primary job 
- how to find fondness for folks who irritate you, so that you can engage with them without setting off their 'unsafe' sensors

Speakers
avatar for Alex Harms

Alex Harms

Coach, Maitria
Alex Harms wants to make the world a little gentler for developers and tech teams. By teaching and coaching from a place of mindfulness and empathy, Alex helps disempower fear, strengthen communication and build connection, so that tech teams learn together and thrive.


Thursday May 17, 2018 1:55pm - 2:40pm
Conference Room C

1:55pm

The Dojo – Implementing an Immersive Learning Environment for Teams
Has your standard classroom curriculum provided the improvements you’re seeking for your teams? Based on the philosophy of Japanese places of learning, a Dojo - which literally means "place of the way” - is a physical training facility for practitioners of martial arts. Throughout the centuries, these immersive learning environments have instilled the disciplines and skills for students to master their craft. The Target Dojo provides a similar immersive learning environment for teams to practice basic kata (actions) related to Product, Lean, Agile and DevOps practices and mindsets via Challenges, where Agile and Technical coaches work with teams to help them learn and refine their craft in a dedicated space. In this presentation, we’ll share with you why Target pursued creating a Dojo for Product, Lean, Agile and DevOps learning, how it evolved over its 3.5 years, the outcomes and success that teams take back with them, and the behavior changes this learning style has impressed on the culture of our organization. We will also talk through the mechanics, physical environment, coaching investment, process, and other tactics of implementing a Dojo in your company.

Speakers
avatar for Jeremy Moede

Jeremy Moede

Agile Coach, Target Corporation
Agile Coach at Target Corporation who has been through the full transformation thus far. Started as one of the first in a small volunteer group supporting Agile adoption as a grassroots effort that has grown into a full coaching team supporting the adoption of Product, Lean, Agile... Read More →



Thursday May 17, 2018 1:55pm - 2:40pm
Conference Room F

1:55pm

Why I hate "Agile", and why it shouldn't exist
Every single day you see society grabbing on to the next big thing. People spend millions and millions of dollars every day on material goods, half of which they don't even know if they need it, understand why they need it, or in some cases know what it actually does. "Agile", the material item, is no different. People pour millions into certifications they don't use or need, and organizations pour millions into transformations that they don't need or understand. This is what the "Agile" brand has become today. An output. An objective. The next hot item on the shelf. We are going to talk about what "Agile" is, why it serves no purpose and could actually be detrimental to your organization's health, and what you and your organizations should be striving for instead.

Speakers
avatar for Erik Krisko

Erik Krisko

Enterprise Agility Coach and Consultant
In what some would consider to be my 'Agile Journey', I have experienced many things, across many roles, across multiple industries. In what began as a simple effort to find a better way, my mission over time has grown into a passion for continuous improvement, and the growth of personal... Read More →



Thursday May 17, 2018 1:55pm - 2:40pm
Conference Room D

2:45pm

Afternoon Snack
Nom nom ... what's better than a little snack in the afternoon, provided by your favorite conference?

Thursday May 17, 2018 2:45pm - 3:00pm
Ballroom

3:00pm

BePartoftheGood - an agile response to crisis
Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria hit with equal force in 2017, and overwhelmed all regular forms of assistance. FEMA, the National Guard and Red Cross could not keep up with the demand for rescue and almost more importantly, relief supplies once the storm passed. Individuals and grassroots movements stepped up to fill the gap, like the Cajun Navy in Houston, Samaritans Purse and KeysStrong.org in the Keys, American Black Cross, Cajun Airlift and Veteran Disaster Relief in Puerto Rico. Largely unspoken people helped other people, neighbors helped neighbors, and all of it used a method known to Agilists, even if the individuals didn't understand what they were using. Listen to the story of how an agile coach became part of the response and together with others, helped bring comfort and joy back to over 125 families in the Keys. More importantly, learn how you can use shared common purposes, agile values, principles and methods to do the same for any crisis that might come your way.

Speakers
avatar for Colleen Esposito

Colleen Esposito

Agile Coach, Assurant
Colleen Esposito believes that agile is changing the world, and is proud to be in the community that's doing it. Seeing people come alive and be part of the good side of humanity keeps her moving forward to create more of it.



Thursday May 17, 2018 3:00pm - 3:45pm
Conference Room B

3:00pm

Building a well-oiled delivery machine: How to take your team from zero to awesome using collaboration
Are you tired of deadline driven development!? Are you frustrated by the silos within your organization? Stand on the backs of giants! Learn to identify key attributes of collaboration in order to inspire your team! Whether you are the newest member or the team veteran. No matter which role you play you can add tremendous value to your team by applying elements learned in this session! From mobbing to all-in-one product teams, ux/design to continuous deployments, rapid feedback to increasing visibility, you too can reap the benefits of increasing internal and external collaboration! Join Chris and Fred as they describe the experiences they have found work effectively with their teams. The practices, processes, and principles that have brought them positive results through improved interaction within the team and beyond. They will share the team prerequisites, necessary infrastructure, and appropriate mindset needed to apply these same concepts to your own teams. They will highlight the benefits: to the business, to the project, and most importantly, to the people!

Speakers
avatar for Fred Estabrook

Fred Estabrook

Software Craftsman, Pillar Technology
I like to talk about pretty much anything. Travel, house repairs / renovations, cycling, cooking, cars, cats, beer / spirits, and of course coding, coaching, craftsmanship, collaboration, and delivering value. ;~)
avatar for Chris O'Connor

Chris O'Connor

Chief Change Agent/Owner/Agile Coach, Xtrm-Nrg Consulting
After a typical overwhelming experience in game development I sought out ways to make developing better. I was lucky to join a group of folks that were associated with the Chrysler C# project and were on that path leveraging Extreme Programming and found my niche. Since then I've... Read More →


Thursday May 17, 2018 3:00pm - 3:45pm
Conference Room D

3:00pm

Change My View: Moral Foundations Theory and You
Anyone who doesn't agree with me is wrong and not just wrong, but morally repugnant and evil. What do you think? Is it really likely that everyone that disagrees with you is somehow a monster? Or perhaps it's something else... Over the last few years we've seen a lot of viewpoint polarization. But why does this happen? And what does this tell us about our approaches to Agile? In this session we'll look at Moral Foundations Theory and how what we value and hold dear can influence our views on an issue. We'll also play a game developed at the Agile Games conference based on this framework that will challenge you to take yourself out of your normal comfort zone and see the world from another perspective.

Speakers
avatar for Todd Charron

Todd Charron

Todd helps leaders become intentional about their organizational culture, so that they can revolutionize the way they work.


Thursday May 17, 2018 3:00pm - 3:45pm
Conference Room C

3:00pm

Developing for the Web with Extreme Safety
In this technical talk, you will learn how the Elm programming language goes beyond its guarantee of no runtime exceptions and offers extreme technical safety. Elm libraries leverage its strong type system and unique architecture to model their domains expressively and guarantee that invalid states are impossible. You will learn how the Elm ecosystem creatively applies simplifying assumptions to make codebases more maintainable. Like the Style Elements library which eliminates the cascading part of Cascading Style Sheets (CSS), ensuring that the only place a mysterious layout bug could be defined is on the element itself. Or the Graphqelm library which generates code that is aware of the server response's data types at compile-time. You will leave this session with a set of principles and techniques to bring the same safety to your internal API designs.

Speakers
avatar for Dillon Kearns

Dillon Kearns

Agile Coach, Dillon Kearns Agile Consulting
Dillon is an Agile/Software Craftsmanship Coach based out of Southern California. He is passionate about helping teams break down silos and reduce code complexity. In recent years, he has been exploring using functional programming languages as a tool for technical safety and evolutionary... Read More →



Thursday May 17, 2018 3:00pm - 3:45pm
Conference Room A

3:00pm

Fostering Continual Learning - Creating Your Dojo
In the DevOps Handbook, Gene Kim introduces the Third Way - The Technical Practices of Continual Learning. Enter the Dojo - an immersive environment where whole teams come together to learn and practice their skills while solving their real business problems. Joel Tosi and Dion Stewart say teams learn better in this immersive eco-system of Dojos than they do using traditional forms of training. They explain why and how Dojos help teams bond around product, foster rapid experimentation, and reframe small failures as learning - leading teams to make learning and improving a part of their daily work. In this session, we will frame the need for dojos. From there we will walk attendees through the dojo format, including things they need to think about when creating their own. We will address team learnings, product learning, and organizational learnings. We wrap up with simple calls to actions for people to take to bring learning forward. Come to this session not only to learn about what works in creating a Dojo but also how Dojos help upskill your teams and support cultural change.

Speakers
avatar for Joel Tosi

Joel Tosi

Co-Founder, Dojo Coach, Dojo & Co
Coaching teams, helping them make learning part of their work


Thursday May 17, 2018 3:00pm - 3:45pm
Conference Room F

3:00pm

Agile Transformations Explained
Leading a large-scale agile transformation isn’t about adopting a new set of attitudes, processes, and behaviors at the team level… it’s about helping your company deliver faster to market, and developing the ability to respond to a rapidly-changing competitive landscape. First and foremost, it’s about achieving business agility. Business agility comes from people having clarity of purpose, a willingness to be held accountable, and the ability to achieve measurable outcomes. Unfortunately, almost everything in modern organizations gets in the way of teams acting with any sort of autonomy. In most companies, achieving business agility requires significant organizational change. Agile transformation necessitates a fundamental rethinking of how your company organizes for delivery, how it delivers value to its customers, and how it plans and measures outcomes. Agile transformation is about building enabling structures, aligning the flow of work, and measuring for outcomes based progress. It's about breaking dependencies. The reality is that this kind of change can only be led from the top. This talk will explore how executives can define an idealized end-state for the transformation, build a fiscally responsible iterative and incremental plan to realize that end-state, as well as techniques for tracking progress and managing change.

Speakers
avatar for Mike Cottmeyer

Mike Cottmeyer

CEO and Founder, LeadingAgile
Mike Cottmeyer, LeadingAgile founder and CEO, is passionate about solving the challenges associated with Agile in larger, more complex enterprises. To that end, his company is dedicated to providing large-scale Agile transformation services to help pragmatically, incrementally, and... Read More →


Thursday May 17, 2018 3:00pm - 4:40pm
Auditorium 1

3:00pm

Outcome Metrics Lead To Valuable Practices
Whereas output metrics (such as stories completed per week) measure aspects of a team’s localized productivity, outcome metrics (such as how much these features increase customer productivity) measure the difference the teams’ work makes in the world. Focus on output metrics can lead to increased waste and unnecessary stress, and distracts the organization from achieving more valuable outcomes. In this talk, through stories and group exercises, you’ll see how you can better measure and improve your organization’s effectiveness.

Speakers
avatar for Skylar Watson

Skylar Watson

Independent Consultant
Skylar Watson is a software consultant and owner of SkyNet software solutions where he implements high value software to satisfy customers needs. Skylar works with companies both domestically and internationally providing assistance on adopting agile software practices.


Thursday May 17, 2018 3:00pm - 4:40pm
Conference Room H

3:00pm

Impact Mapping - How to Make Value-Driven Prioritization a Reality
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 to build an Impact Map with a group of stakeholders and how to get the most value out of it. Best of all, we will create a sample map together, so you will walk away with hands-on experience!

Speakers
avatar for Mathias Eifert

Mathias Eifert

Lean/Agile Coach, Excella Consulting
Mathias Eifert is a coach and advocate for agility at all levels of the organization and a Managing Consultant at Excella in the Washington DC metro area. He has more than fifteen years of experience using Lean and Agile approaches to improve clients’ processes and build better... Read More →


Thursday May 17, 2018 3:00pm - 4:40pm
Elizabeth Ann Ballroom

3:00pm

Leading From Within an Agile Team
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 highly 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 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.

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 →



Thursday May 17, 2018 3:00pm - 4:40pm
Auditorium 2

3:00pm

Making your Projects Personal: A Persona Workshop
As Jon, I want to attend a workshop that helps me understand personas. Did that sound forced?
 Yeah, we agree. Far too often our industry creates cardboard personas with little true value to the project. In this workshop, we'll learn how to quickly bring the human element to your projects, helping to prioritize efforts and enhance user delight, through personas. Following examples from over a decade of experience, we learn the ins-and-outs of personas and scenarios through a series of rapid individual and team exercises. We'll center the lessons around a fictitious project and progress through a workbook that attendees will keep. At then end of the workshop you'll have experienced how to effectively bring a human element to your project through personas and scenarios.

Speakers
avatar for Jonathon Baugh

Jonathon Baugh

Experience Architect, Pillar Technology
Jonathon has been designing and building digital experiences for over 20 years. His unique ability to understand and balance people, technology, and business has proven instrumental across companies of all shapes, sizes, and industries. He has designed experiences for everything from... Read More →


Thursday May 17, 2018 3:00pm - 4:40pm
Salon 5

3:00pm

Say It So They Hear You: Providing Meaningful Feedback
Giving constructive feedback that truly resonates and helps others take action is one of the most challenging aspects of communication for any team member. What to say, when to say it, how to deliver it? Will they listen, how will they respond? In this session, we will explore patterns and techniques for coaches, leaders and other people-minded team members that help build feedback loops with the individuals and teams they work with day to day. We will navigate models for framing, delivering, receiving and acting on feedback and have some fun along the way in this interactive workshop.

Speakers
avatar for Jennifer Dyni

Jennifer Dyni

Engineering Team Owner, Ultimate Software
Jennifer Dyni is passionate about anything and everything that helps teams and individuals foster and develop highly collaborative and creative work environments. Currently an Agile Coach and Engineering Team Owner with Ultimate Software, Jennifer's background includes over 18 years... Read More →



Thursday May 17, 2018 3:00pm - 4:40pm
Salon 1

3:00pm

Show Me the Money: Why financial departments cling to project-based costing and how to move them toward Lean-Agile costing and decision making.
Cost accounting structures are complex, deeply entrenched based on long years of hard experience, and effective in satisfying executive decision makers. Ironically, they are very costly, as well. Project-based costing continues as the management accounting approach of choice within Agile transformations, even after two decades of proven success with Lean and Agile alternatives. In addition to the costly overhead, project-based costing contributes to delivery unevenness leading to waste mostly in the form of multitasking. It contributes to a mindset of anti-patterns resulting in overburdening of the people involved. There is an easier way, and this presentation will recommend a field-tested approach based on activity-based costing techniques adapted to the Lean-Agile paradigm of fixed cost fixed time variable scope value stream delivery on a cadence. It will explore the valid reasons for resistance by financial and accounting departments to change in favor of pure activity-based costing, Beyond Budgeting, and Lean accounting. It will then present a field-tested integration approach which favors enabling Lean-Agile decision making over the mechanics of budgeting, time reporting, and variance tracking. Attendees will leave with practical ideas which they can implement immediately using only a spreadsheet, with examples based on bulk data export from such Agile Lifecycle Management tools as CA-Rally, CollabNet-VersionOne, or Jira Agile. Finally, attendees will come away with a deeper appreciation of the power of Agile portfolio hierarchies and how they align closely with kaizen.

Speakers
avatar for David Hughes

David Hughes

Enterprise Agile Coach, Popi & Dave
Talk to me about empowering Lean teams or about using numbers for honest-to-goodness decision making. You can always talk to me about jazz or classical music, too!
avatar for Popi Makris

Popi Makris

Enterprise Coach, Popi & Dave
Talk to me about leadership, connections, people, culture, training, empowerment - and, oh yeah, LEGOs!!!


Thursday May 17, 2018 3:00pm - 4:40pm
Conference Room E

3:55pm

Applying Agile Practices To Improve Infrastructure Automation and Network Segmentation
Have you ever considered how agile practices such as automated testing could provide benefit to infrastructure engineers

Speakers
avatar for Jason Tice

Jason Tice

Vice President of Business Innovation, World Wide Technology
Jason Tice serves as the Vice President of Business Innovation at World Wide Technology and in this role, leads an international team of innovation consultants that use collaborative methods and open space practices to identify and achieve strategic outcomes. As part of World Wide... Read More →


Thursday May 17, 2018 3:55pm - 4:40pm
Conference Room F

3:55pm

Breaking Bad Scrum
Dozens of books address the mechanics and theory behind Scrum. And they’re great. But they offer little guidance to those who work on Scrum teams and are neck-deep in organizational dysfunction—and have no idea what to do next. This is when a team is most vulnerable and likely to slip back into old practices—including bad Scrum. Ryan Ripley helps break this cycle by taking you through the common anti-patterns that emerge when theoretical Scrum is implemented in complex organizations. Ryan explores why these anti-patterns emerge, and what we can do to “inspect and adapt” our way back to a healthy Scrum practice. At the center of these tips, ideas, and experiments are the lesser considered Scrum values—commitment, focus, openness, respect, and courage. Repairing bad Scrum implementations starts with embracing the values that bind the roles, events, and artifacts of Scrum together. Learn how to leverage the Scrum values to take your Scrum team to the next level.

Speakers
avatar for Ryan Ripley

Ryan Ripley

Agile Coach, Uptake
A Professional Scrum Trainer with Scrum.org, Ryan Ripley has experience as a software developer, manager, director, and ScrumMaster at various Fortune 500 companies in the medical device, wholesale, and financial services industries. Ryan is committed to helping teams break the cycle... Read More →


Thursday May 17, 2018 3:55pm - 4:40pm
Conference Room D

3:55pm

How to start building an app at home
You have an idea for an app. It’s going to be amazing! Of course you want to build it right. But you have to get it out there fast. You need to use an Agile, Lean Startup approach, with all the benefits of DevOps. And it needs to grow quickly and iteratively. The big problem is that your full staff accounts to one person… you. In this entertaining session, you will learn how to make your app dreams come true. Using the python programming language, GitHub and Heroku, Bryan will demonstrate a simple way to quickly iterate on your ideas, moving code through tests and deploying to production.

Speakers
avatar for Bryan Beecham

Bryan Beecham

Sr. Agile Consultant, Iceberg Ideas Inc
Bryan Beecham is known for providing passionate and innovative software development guidance. As a consultant with companies ranging from small startups to large Fortune 500 companies, he matches his advice to their needs and capabilities. He has a particular interest in helping individuals... Read More →


Thursday May 17, 2018 3:55pm - 4:40pm
Conference Room A

3:55pm

Legacy Code Rescue: Lessons from the Front Line
Todd was on the front line with a team who successfully rescued a company's flagship product. The product was developed in great haste without tests, then was sent to a remote contracting company for maintenance. Todd will share the decision to rescue vs re-write, the approach taken, and the lessons that may apply to your code rescue situation.

Speakers
avatar for Todd Flanders

Todd Flanders

Software Artisan and Agile Coach, Pillar
Todd has been developing software for 35 years. He is a continuous learner and innovator. He is currently working at Pillar Technology as an Agile coach.


Thursday May 17, 2018 3:55pm - 4:40pm
Conference Room C

3:55pm

The Yin and Yang of Fear in an Agile Transformation

People by their nature gravitate toward pleasurable things and away from painful things. Change in general is scary and change on the scale of an Agile transformation generates a lot of fear. There are many different types of fear, some good and some bad and they all tend to have varied effects on the success or failure of a transformation.

I’ve been deeply engaged in agile transformations for almost a decade and in this presentation I will share with you some of my experiences with healthy fear--prudence--and what can happen when that fear turns unhealthy.  To understand fear, we will look at ways that fear is developed in a workplace, how diversity and nationality play a role in our reactions and ability to combat fear.  How process and bureaucracy can, over time, cause a culture of fear.

You will come away with some things to look for in yourself and ways of seeing the fears that, when healthy, can have a positive impact, and those, when unhealthy, hold us back, make us hesitate and can cause issues that can derail entire transformations.


Speakers
avatar for Jason Dinkelmann

Jason Dinkelmann

Software Artisan, Pillar Technology
I love helping organizations build awesome software. I have been building and coaching teams for over 20 years, working as a User Experience Designer to a backend Software Engineer. I am currently a Software Journeyman with Pillar Technologies in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Previous to working... Read More →


Thursday May 17, 2018 3:55pm - 4:40pm
Conference Room B

4:45pm

Conference Party
We. Like. To Party. We Like. We Like To Party.

Thursday May 17, 2018 4:45pm - 7:00pm
Ballroom
 
Friday, May 18
 

7:00am

Registration
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Friday May 18, 2018 7:00am - 8:45am
Auditorium 1

7:30am

Lean Coffee
Lean Coffee is a structured, but agenda-less meeting. Participants gather, build an agenda, and begin talking. Conversations are directed and productive because the agenda for the meeting was democratically generated. There are currently dozens of Lean Coffees happening world-wide, including Seattle, San Francisco, Stockholm, Toronto, Boulder, New York City, and more.

Speakers
avatar for Matt Heusser

Matt Heusser

CEO, Excelon Development


Friday May 18, 2018 7:30am - 8:30am
Salon 1

8:45am

Toyota Kata - It May Be Habit Forming

In this session, Mike Rother will discuss the research findings behind his books, Toyota Kata, the Toyota Kata Practice Guide, and Toyota Kata Culture.

Katas are simple practice routines that help you establish a baseline of fundamental skills, which you can then build on. Toyota Kata is about individuals, teams, and even entire organizations practicing scientific thinking skills, to enable them to achieve all sorts of challenging goals.

One of the most valuable skills you can have is the ability to adapt. Scientific thinking is exactly that. The practice routines of the Improvement Kata and Coaching Kata help make you better at improving, adapting, innovating, and achieving whatever you set out to do. Integrated into your normal daily routine, Toyota Kata turns scientific thinking into a practical skill anyone can learn.



Speakers
avatar for Mike Rother

Mike Rother

Mike Rother is an engineer, a researcher, and teacher who works to develop scientific thinking in individuals, teams, and organizations. He shares his findings widely and is in the Association for Manufacturing Excellence Hall of Fame.


Friday May 18, 2018 8:45am - 9:45am
Ballroom

10:00am

Agile in the Face of the Real World
There are a lot of potential roadblocks to Agile transformation and team success, including global distribution of teams, multiple backlogs and stakeholders, legacy applications to maintain and support, and a fluid team structure. Our team has all this and more! So how do we find Agile success in the face of these real world constraints that are far from anyone's ideal setup? Join me for a journey through our team's five-year (and still ongoing) evolution from Very Bad Scrum to Passable Scrum to Pretty Successful Kanban by building an environment of trust, communication, and team-wide accountability. This session is for anyone on an Agile team who is looking for new ideas, or is worried that the real world constraints keeping their team from "Ideal Agile" will also keep them from having Agile success.

Slides, with speaker notes: http://redhat.slides.com/smcdowel/agile-in-the-face-of-the-real-world?token=gG9GNQJA

Speakers
avatar for Shane McDowell

Shane McDowell

Agile Guide / Business Analyst, Red Hat
Shane McDowell is an Agile Guide, Sr. Business Systems Analyst, and glue guy for the most lovable team of oddballs within Red Hat's IT practice, despite working 700 miles from his closest teammates. He believes if we remember that teams are made up of people and not resources, we... Read More →



Friday May 18, 2018 10:00am - 10:45am
Conference Room B

10:00am

Continuous Delivery in Organizations Terrified of Risk
The goal of DevOps is to delivering business value to customers. No matter how quickly new features are completed, they can’t be used by customers until they are actually deployed into production. Continuous delivery builds a technology and process pipeline to get business value efficiently from story to production with maximum automation, minimal time, and high reliability. By removing the risks and costs associated with manual deployment, organizations are free to deliver small incremental changes to running systems at much higher velocity and much lower risk than traditional approaches. If you work on important applications in an organization with many change management requirements, it may seem like creating a continuous delivery pipeline is impossible. While it definitely isn’t easy, it is possible—even for government organizations. In this talk, we are going to look at concrete ways to meet the governance requirements of large risk-averse organizations while decreasing the amount of time it takes to get capabilities and features into production. There is no magic formula, but we will look at examples of how to meet governance requirements with a high deployment velocity. In addition to examining technology that can lower risk and cut cycle time, we will also explore the human aspect of selling a new approach to an organization where the cost of mistakes is high and the reward of Agile deployment may not be fully understood. We will also look at some concrete examples of the return on investment of rapid deployment that can be used to help explain the value to your organization.

Speakers
avatar for Mark Shead

Mark Shead

Xeric Corporation
Mark Shead is the president of Xeric Corporation where he helps organizations increase their return on investment in software development. He has worked extensively as a coach with the U.S. Treasury and Federal Reserve Banks implementing Agile development and deployment practices... Read More →


Friday May 18, 2018 10:00am - 10:45am
Conference Room H

10:00am

Craftsmanship in Testing
We have been discussing Craftsmanship in Programming for quite some time now. But what about in Testing? The profession of QA goes beyond the basics, and requires Craftsmanship to be done well. What does Craftsmanship mean in the world of testing, and how can it apply to our projects and careers today? We will explore this, including some concrete steps to instill a higher level of Craft in our own daily work.

Speakers
avatar for Steve Ropa

Steve Ropa

Steve has more than 24 years of experience in software development and 15 years of experience working with agile methods. Steve is passionate about bridging the gap between the business and technology and nurturing the change in the nature of development. As an Agile mentor and consultant... Read More →


Friday May 18, 2018 10:00am - 10:45am
Conference Room C

10:00am

Intro to Complexity
Have you heard your peers and colleagues buzzing about the Cynefin Framework or Wardley Maps? What’s all this about complex adaptive systems (CAS)? What is complexity theory and why is it relevant to knowledge work, organisational design and strategy? As knowledge workers, we are tasked with exploring and solving problems. Complexity theory can give us a helpful way to think about problems in context. Participants will leave with a basic understanding of complexity theory including some increasingly common frameworks for making sense of knowledge work.

Speakers
avatar for Cat Swetel

Cat Swetel

Engineering Manager, Ticketmaster
Cat specializes in lean inspired, data informed leadership and coaching. She is passionate about increasing diversity in STEAM as a means of creating the possibility of a more equitable human future based on generative institutions. In her leisure time, Cat enjoys making jokes about... Read More →


Friday May 18, 2018 10:00am - 10:45am
Conference Room A

10:00am

Splitting Epics and User Stories: Using Micro-Milestones to Boost Momentum
User stories and their big brothers, epics, are a great way to manage requirements for a software system. They act as stakes in the ground to keep track of what the system needs to do, the type of user most interested in each feature, and the reason it provides value to them. As projects reach a significant size, many stories become too large for a team to finish within a single sprint, and must be split into smaller stories that can be completed within a sprint. Many Scrum teams struggle with this process, not knowing how to properly split epics and large stories in an effective manner to keep each split story shippable. Software development expert Dave Todaro will step you through proven techniques to split epics and user stories, making them smaller and more manageable, while sticking with the Scrum rule that each user story must deliver value. During this session you’ll learn: How splitting user stories increases the team’s momentum and throughput. Why tackling 3 to 4 smaller stories in a sprint is less risky than taking on just one or two. When to split stories, and where you should focus your time in the product backlog. Techniques to make each story “shippable,” even if it’s not big enough to ship on its own. A rule of thumb for how big each user story should be.

Speakers
avatar for Dave Todaro

Dave Todaro

CEO, Ascendle
For the last 35 years, Dave has been a technology leader involved in all aspects of product vision, software engineering and entrepreneurship. Dave is CEO at Ascendle, a contract software engineering firm in North Hampton, NH that he founded in late 2012. Ascendle specializes in commercial-grade... Read More →



Friday May 18, 2018 10:00am - 10:45am
Conference Room F

10:00am

Teambuilding Secrets of Master Project Leaders
You can build any team any time. It's true. And you don't need to be super charismatic, charming, or bubbly to do so. You may say "sure, theoretically." I say it is an assumption and intention that will separate you from other leaders and add enormous value to the business and to the lives of the team members. What if you could do that routinely? Unfortunately, most people don't know that teambuilding is a proven and repeatable skillset. So they don't hold the assumption and intention for it to happen. They end up on "okay" teams (or worse) time after time, instead of being on Wow! teams. In this presentation, I'll introduce you to the 5-step Team Orientation Process that thousands of technical professionals have mastered to routinely build and lead powerful teams. You will diagnose your current teams via the process so you know what to attend to first to help the team improve collective direction and energy (the two behavioral measures I use to diagnose teams).

Speakers
avatar for Christopher Avery

Christopher Avery

CEO, Partnerwerks, Inc
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 →


Friday May 18, 2018 10:00am - 11:40am
Auditorium 1

10:00am

Beyond Agility
Getting time for craftsmanship and innovation can be daunting, but the rewards are HUGE! Organizations need to tap into the creative nature of professionals and professionals need opportunities to hone their skills and continuously develop mastery of their craft. The benefits are deep and wide for both employees and the organizations for whom they work. Is your organization looking ahead? Are you looking beyond the pragmatic challenges of establishing an agile organization? We all need clarity around the work, backlogs, teams with all that is needed to do the work and feedback mechanisms to know when done is really done, but what else is needed to go beyond agility? Join us to share ideas and experiences around: * Craftsmanship

Speakers
avatar for Tom Churchwell

Tom Churchwell

Enterprise Transformation Consultant, LeadingAgile
Tom Churchwell is an experienced IT transformation leader who is passionate about helping people, organizations and communities change things for the better. Tom carries a wealth of knowledge and expertise from his thirty-year career in IT and has formerly served as a Principal Consultant... Read More →
avatar for Jason Dinkelmann

Jason Dinkelmann

Software Artisan, Pillar Technology
I love helping organizations build awesome software. I have been building and coaching teams for over 20 years, working as a User Experience Designer to a backend Software Engineer. I am currently a Software Journeyman with Pillar Technologies in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Previous to working... Read More →



Friday May 18, 2018 10:00am - 11:40am
Salon 5

10:00am

Community-Driven Change
Many organizations flatten management structure when they transform to agile. It soon becomes obvious that important activities done by managers are still needed. A community can fill these gaps. They can provide morale, governance, learning, and mentorship, recruiting and hiring, mutual support, coordination, sharing, innovation and more! Unfortunately few companies manage to create a strong community. Even fewer empower that community to fill these gaps. This means they are missing the ultimate benefit of community: a strong, empowered community can transform the organization itself! Join Shahin and Shawn in this interactive session to explore communities in organizations. Examine the benefits of building great communities. Learn how to spark the community, and how to support it as it evolves. Hear stories of communities empowered to improve the organization. Learn how to make a community into a driver of positive change.

Speakers
avatar for Shawn Button

Shawn Button

Agile Coach, Leanintuit
An expert in agile development practices, Shawn Button is an agile/lean coach with the proven ability to help individuals, teams, and enterprises adopt better ways of working. Shawn believes that any team can do great things—with the right leadership, mentorship, and support. His... Read More →
avatar for Shahin Sheidaei

Shahin Sheidaei

Principal Coach, Elevate Change
Shahin is the founder and principal coach of Elevate Change Inc. Shahin is passionate to elevate organizations and people to their utmost potential. Offering over 13 years of experience, Shahin has strong expertise in applying Agile and Lean principles to organizational and personal... Read More →


Friday May 18, 2018 10:00am - 11:40am
Elizabeth Ann Ballroom

10:00am

Cultivating Collaboration via intense partnerships to solve problems.
It’s said that two heads are better than one, in reference to problem solving. We will use Tangram puzzles to simulate this experience, and via structured debriefs of these exercises, discover the powerful behaviors of awesome collaboration, and the negative warning signs of poor collaboration. We will jump right into simulation exercises, come prepared to have FUN and learn by doing.

Speakers
avatar for David A Koontz

David A Koontz

Agile Transition Guide, LifeWorksIQ
David is an Agile Transition Guide for organizations wishing to explore and discover their unique path to Lean/Agile software development. Previously a software engineer with 30 years developing software solutions within a variety of industries. David uses his experience in group... Read More →


Friday May 18, 2018 10:00am - 11:40am
Conference Room E

10:00am

Kata in the Classroom
Mike Rother and Mike Ricard will run a hands-on exercise that introduces the scientific-thinking pattern of the Improvement Kata. After this session, you will be able to run and use the exercise yourself. Scientific thinking is a basis for creativity and successfully pursuing seemingly unattainable goals. The Improvement Kata (IK) is a four-step scientific striving pattern that is practiced in many business organizations. It makes scientific thinking a teachable skill anyone can learn. The Kata in the Classroom exercise (KiC) has participants go through each step of the Improvement Kata pattern in a hands-on activity. Participants work in teams on a number of self-generated iterations to complete a small puzzle. Participants follow the Improvement Kata pattern to (1) face a challenge, (2) measure where they are, (3) establish a next goal and (4) experiment toward that goal in three-minute rounds. Takeaways: • Deeper understanding of the scientific Improvement Kata pattern, though applying it yourself in a hands-on way. • Ability to run the KiC exercise in your own organization. • The KiC exercise can be shared with regional educators. It is being used in many schools.
Check out https://www.katatogrow.com/instructor-materials for more information.

Speakers
avatar for Mike Ricard

Mike Ricard

ALM Consultant, Quicken Loans
Mike Ricard is an Agile coach with Quicken Loans. He is passionate about continuous improvement and has been studying the Toyota Production System for many years. Before joining Quicken, he worked with global leaders in manufacturing and healthcare, helping drive operational excellence... Read More →
avatar for Mike Rother

Mike Rother

Mike Rother is an engineer, a researcher, and teacher who works to develop scientific thinking in individuals, teams, and organizations. He shares his findings widely and is in the Association for Manufacturing Excellence Hall of Fame.



Friday May 18, 2018 10:00am - 11:40am
Auditorium 2

10:00am

Taming Legacy Code (Java)
Starting with a prepared code base that exhibits code smells commonly found in the wild, participants will refactor the code to remediate technical debt. We'll work in short increments followed by debriefs, to ensure everyone picks up on the key learnings.

Speakers
avatar for Dave Nicolette

Dave Nicolette

An IT professional since 1977, Dave has been active in the agile community since 2002.


Friday May 18, 2018 10:00am - 11:40am
Salon 1

10:00am

The Joy of Proving Yourself Wrong: A Case Study in A/B Experimentation
It’s hard to run an experiment perfectly. Let’s talk about how to recover when something goes wrong.
 
Setting up an A/B test is easy, but even the most experienced teams are occasionally surprised by unexpected complications mid-experiment. Using a case study, we’ll discuss some common surprises and how to recover from, and eventually prevent, them.

Through this interactive session, we'll go through a recent experiment my team ran and you'll have a chance to set the variables up yourself. We'll learn about how complicated these experiments can get and how to discover if you've made an error in your test setup. You'll be surprised along the way by some of the very same challenges we ran into, and be asked to decide what kind of fix to do. Finally, I'll share operational processes I've put in place on my team to reduce the likelihood of these surprises in the future.

Make sure that if your hypothesis fails, it’s due to customer behavior, not a bump in the road or an error in your team's processes.

Speakers
avatar for Jenny Wanger

Jenny Wanger

Product Manager, SpotHero
Jenny Wanger is a senior product manager for SpotHero, a top-ranking app that helps people park easier. Her years of product management experience prior to that include running the developer experience team at Arity, a startup founded by Allstate in downtown Chicago, and consulting... Read More →


Friday May 18, 2018 10:00am - 11:40am
Conference Room D

10:55am

20% Time: Searching for Innovations
The stories we tell of inventors have skewed our ideas for what is needed to find innovations. We expect epiphany moments, we look for the lone heroes, and we expect everyone to agree. Google popularized the 20% time concept and have publicized the use to create products like Gmail and Google Reader. As companies look to find their own innovations, some have implemented their own flavors of 20% time. In this presentation, we will talk about stories of innovation and the common pitfalls of 20% time. You will leave with some questions to answer for how you want to implement or change your own 20% time.

Speakers
avatar for Mark Schall

Mark Schall

Tech Lead, Detroit Labs
A polyglot developer with 10 years experience, currently working at Detroit Labs an awesome company based in Detroit. I’ve worked on native desktop applications for Windows and OS X, native mobile applications for iOS, Windows and Android, and web applications for both .NET and... Read More →


Friday May 18, 2018 10:55am - 11:40am
Conference Room H

10:55am

Integrating Design Thinking on Your Projects
Design Thinking has emerged as a major trend for how innovative teams are approaching problem-solving. Is Design Thinking another business fad? Or is it a useful tool to be used in a more agile, discovery-driven world?

This presentation explores the intersection between Design Thinking and projects and will provide participants with a high-level overview of Design Thinking methods and tools. Case studies are used to show concretely how to integrate design methods into projects with lessons learned and unique outcomes.

At the conclusion the presentation, participants should be able to describe the benefits of incorporating design methodologies on projects for increased customer alignment and business impact, and be able to illustrate multiple design-thinking tools that could benefit current or future projects.

Speakers
avatar for Bruce Gay

Bruce Gay

Sr. Program Manager, UPMC Enterprises
Bruce is a program manager currently leading a multi-million dollar program to develop and deploy the next generation of Radiology Informatics systems. Over the past 10 years, Bruce has managed creative teams that incorporated UX Design & Design Thinking methodologies into their product... Read More →



Friday May 18, 2018 10:55am - 11:40am
Conference Room A

10:55am

Is test automation enough to sustain quality in the continuous integration world?
Test automation has become a basic requirement in software product development rather than a luxury, but how does quality scale? With multiple applications, continuous development, and 250 deployments per week, delivering quality takes more. Quality professionals must become quality advocates and coaches who help equip their entire teams of developers, designers and product leads to build high-quality products from start to finish. This talk will include tips for infusing quality throughout your teams and a live demo using Cucumber and Ruby that shows how behavior driven development fits into the continuous integration world by injecting quality at every stage of software development lifecycle right from planning, coding to finally, testing! And while we’re at it, did anyone say only testers read/write test code or only developers read/write application code? Those days are (should be) history.

Speakers
avatar for Jayshree Bhakta

Jayshree Bhakta

Lead QA Engineer, Ithaka/JSTOR
Jayshree Bhakta is a quality advocate at Ithaka(JSTOR) and a firm believer of "Quality Assurance is a process, not a department". To make that a reality she keeps herself informed about and contributes in all the aspects of the product. She is currently on a dual track agile team... Read More →


Friday May 18, 2018 10:55am - 11:40am
Conference Room C

10:55am

The new strategic paradigm: Plan as Code
Today’s strategy and portfolio level planning efforts are not efficient. They struggle with waste, inefficiencies and struggle to demonstrate in any meaningful way actual progress and results. Come explore new possibilities for your organization via the new strategic paradigm: Plan as Code. This session shows how companies look at strategic planning in new and exciting ways. Fundamentally shifting existing value streams, designing agile ways to make incremental improvements and easily capturing changes that immediately help make the best decisions possible. Once you have a true picture of your end-to-end value stream mapped out and you are capturing the relevant information, you have the foundation and knowledge necessary to provide transparency and to drive productive changes. This in turn will promote growth to all levels of your organization. The results of these transforming efforts include: • Productivity – 20-50% increase in productivity • Time-to-Market – 30-75% faster time-to-market • Quality – 25-75% defect reduction • Engagement – 10-50% happier, more motivated employees

Speakers
avatar for Mark Des Biens

Mark Des Biens

Sr. Solution Consultant, Collabnet/VersionOne
Mark Des Biens is passionate about all things Agile, and has been a tireless advocate for doing just the right amount of process to deliver what the customer wants. He's a Sr. Solutions Consultant at Collabnet, helping medium to large companies to deliver value to customers with the... Read More →



Friday May 18, 2018 10:55am - 11:40am
Conference Room F

10:55am

Understanding Lean & Agile Coaching
So you are considering getting a coach to help you in your transition to Agile. Or perhaps you are an Agile practitioner considering becoming an Agile coach. What do these Agile coaches do? What makes them different? This session will enter the foyer of the house that describes what coaches do and considerations one can have when they think about coaching (including hiring one). Prepare to be challenged and to learn a bit of what it takes to be or work with a coach; it has little to do with courses or certifications, though they may help. In covering what coaches do, one can now begin to think along the lines of what the skills one may need to improve.

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 →


Friday May 18, 2018 10:55am - 11:40am
Conference Room B

11:45am

Lunch
Enjoy a delicious lunch in the Ballroom and other areas of the venue. Weather permitting, there might even be some outdoor service!

Friday May 18, 2018 11:45am - 12:45pm
Ballroom

1:00pm

Baking In Quality: A Holistic Model of Quality
In many traditional software development settings, quality assurance/control is considered a final stage in a much longer process. In this session, Matt & Eric will argue for a holistic QA model that bakes quality into the entire ecosystem of software development - from hiring and onboarding, through team culture, to product design, code production, testing, and finalization. Participants will come away with concepts that they can apply in their own teams and development process to broaden their approach to software quality by shifting responsibility to the entire team.

Speakers
avatar for Carol Treat Morton

Carol Treat Morton

Principal High-Tech Anthropologist, Menlo Innovations
Carol is passionate about humans, the work we do, the organizational environments in which we do the work and the tools that can help both us and our organizations function more humanely and effectively. As a High-Tech Anthropologist, she has worked across diverse domains helping... Read More →
avatar for Matt Scholand

Matt Scholand

Quality Advocate, Menlo Innovations
Matt Scholand is a Quality Advocate at Menlo Innovations, an Ann Arbor-based custom software design/build firm. He has 2.5 years of experience in testing and assuring quality in a large variety of languages and development frameworks, working in a paired, Agile, and collaborative... Read More →


Friday May 18, 2018 1:00pm - 1:45pm
Conference Room C

1:00pm

Billion Dollar Agile
What is it like to run an Agile coaching operation in an organization spending over one billion dollars a year on software development? Brutal. Brutal and exhilarating, once you get it going. In this presentation discover what it is like to deliver enterprise agility at scale from somebody who did it. In the process learn: * The real difference between Hero, Bureaucracy, and Agile structure * Why Agile mostly struggles and fails to fully deliver on its promise in larger companies * Seven essential tips for scaling agile to a billion dollar budget * Three mistakes everyone makes when scaling, and how to avoid them * The one secret that makes this all dramatically easier. Agile doesn't reach a stable state for most large organizations because the core agile ceremonies do not solve a large bureaucracy’s very complex coordination problems. Some process try, like SAFe, but they do so in a way that is neither good agile nor good ceremony. This is a pity, for the right ceremonies to support management and coordination is the only way to achieve agility at scale. It is one thing to build a successful agile team, another to create a world famous small agile startup, and quite another to coach thousands of software developers who are burning through a billion dollar budget each and every year. Your presenter has done all three. The lessons are hard learned. This is a presentation not to be missed.

Speakers
avatar for Tom Meloche

Tom Meloche

Founder, Meloche Consulting Inc.
A co-founder of one of the most successful little agile software development houses in the country (Menlo Innovations LLC), Thomas Meloche has been creating, teaching, and implementing agile methodologies for almost two decades. He consults on how to leverage ceremony, feedback, and... Read More →


Friday May 18, 2018 1:00pm - 1:45pm
Conference Room B

1:00pm

Experiment by Experiment: Scaling the Agile Mountain
You need to deliver more value, so you hire more teams. More teams mean more initiatives and more work in process (WIP). More WIP means less productivity and thus less value delivery. HELP! How do we get multiple teams working on less product initiatives to deliver more value faster?! In this talk, we’ll share our real-world stories for how we got multiple teams working together to focus on key product initiatives. We’ll share our problems, mistakes, and lessons learned. We hope you’ll leave with an understanding of the nuanced problems with distributing initiatives across teams, the techniques we tried to solve these problems, and whether you should try them yourself with your teams.

Speakers
avatar for William Kammersell

William Kammersell

Sr. Product Owner, CA Technologies
I'm a Sr. Product Owner at CA Technologies and love building tools that help Teams realize their full potential using agile methods. I've previously worn multiple agile hats, including Developer, Scrum Master, Product Manager, and Agile Coach. When I'm not a PI Planning hype man... Read More →
avatar for Lieschen Gargano Quilling

Lieschen Gargano Quilling

Scrum Master, CA Technologies
Lieschen Gargano Quilling is an agilest and facilitator extraordinaire. in her current role as Scrum Master for CA Agile Central in Boulder, she is focused on change management and building powerful teams. She has a masters in conflict resolution and a background in large scale change... Read More →


Friday May 18, 2018 1:00pm - 1:45pm
Conference Room A

1:00pm

Iterative and Incremental – What’s the Difference and Why Should You Care?
Agile is an incremental and iterative approach to delivering value to our customers. But too often we assume it’s really all about ways to slice work into smaller batch sizes and that both approaches are fundamentally equivalent. However, there is a crucial difference and this lack of awareness is a major contributor to projects and teams that are AINO (Agile In Name Only)! In this workshop, we will discuss how to differentiate between incremental and iterative approaches, their strengths and weaknesses, and why you really need both. We will explore the many ways in which iteration shapes the core of Agile practices, how it supports and enables the benefits of agility, and how understanding its awesome power is a key step in moving from “doing” Agile to truly being agile. In addition, we will take a close look at the practical implications of when to use each approach by discussing real world scenarios, highlighting common Agile anti-patterns and (re)examining familiar story slicing patterns. You will walk away with both a better understanding of one of the most important underlying principles of agility and immediately applicable insights for your daily work!

Speakers
avatar for Mathias Eifert

Mathias Eifert

Lean/Agile Coach, Excella Consulting
Mathias Eifert is a coach and advocate for agility at all levels of the organization and a Managing Consultant at Excella in the Washington DC metro area. He has more than fifteen years of experience using Lean and Agile approaches to improve clients’ processes and build better... Read More →


Friday May 18, 2018 1:00pm - 1:45pm
Conference Room H

1:00pm

Unleash Your Inner Scientist
Remember back to your freshman chemistry class where you learned about the scientific method? You probably thought to yourself “Argh…when will I ever use this in real life?”. Well, here’s your chance to dig through your attic, pull out that old lab coat, dawn that trusty pocket protector, recycle some information you already know and learn more about hypothesis-driven development (HDD)! In this hands-on workshop, participants will run a series of experiments to determine whether an expected outcome will be achieved. You will continue to iterate on this process until a desirable outcome is obtained or the idea is determined to be not viable. We believe that attendance at this workshop Will Result in a greater understanding of how HDD accelerates experimentation and amplifies validated learning We Will Know We Have Succeeded when at least one participant tells us they found the session to be beneficial.

Speakers
avatar for Ryan McCann

Ryan McCann

Ryan McCann is a passionate advocate for all things Agile. He has employed various agile techniques to help numerous teams deploy things in the automotive, healthcare, business process analysis, business process management and fintech space. He employs these same techniques at home... Read More →


Friday May 18, 2018 1:00pm - 1:45pm
Conference Room F

1:00pm

Avoiding the Pitfalls of Capitalizing Software in an Agile World
With the increased speed that CIOs and CTOs are moving their teams into agile environments, their financial brethren are running to catch up. Having been grounded in the days of waterfall methodologies, the financial side of the house is dealing with great uncertainty on how to account for software development costs. Questions include: Are all development costs now expensed because of the continual planning, developing and pivoting of software that occurs within agile? If development costs can be capitalized, what is the appropriate way to track these costs – through hours or something new altogether like story points? We will explore how the historic accounting guidance that was developed specifically through the lens of waterfall methodologies remains applicable within agile methodologies. We will look at the alternative ways to amortize these capitalized development costs and evaluate the pros and cons of doing so. In addition to the financial reporting aspects of this presentation, we will also explore the benefits gained by moving from project-based funding to overall product –based funding and what key requirements must be in place to have that successful. The goal of this presentation is to increase awareness among the audience that while making the decision to become agile is a business decision, this decision cannot be done in isolation. The business will eventually need the approval by their finance colleagues and if these financially grounded colleagues are not educated on the financial and accounting implications of moving to agile methodologies they may block such a move based on their misunderstandings alone. Getting everyone on the same page is a key success factor when moving to agile.

Speakers
avatar for Paul Argiry

Paul Argiry

CFO, LeadingAgile
Paul Argiry is LeadingAgile’s CFO and brings 25 years of diverse financial and accounting experience to the organization. Paul assists LeadingAgile clients in understanding the financial benefits that a large-scale transformation brings to their business. Quantifying the financial... Read More →



Friday May 18, 2018 1:00pm - 2:40pm
Auditorium 1

1:00pm

Patterns of Evolutionary Architecture
In Agile you should start with the simplest thing that will give you value, and iteratively build on top of that. But how does that work with a Legacy Enterprise Application that everyone is terrified to touch? Or what if we need to build an application that handles millions of transactions a day? How can we make sure that our architecture will meet our needs two years from now, when we don’t know what the application will look like? And how does the process of architecture work in an Agile environment? Join Chris and Shawn in this interactive session, as they explore these topics. Learn architectural patterns that allow you to evolve your architecture. Examine techniques to help you work with legacy apps and dependencies. Learn how good architecture allows us to manage technical risk. See how business and technical people can work together to build an incremental plan for your product.

Speakers
avatar for Shawn Button

Shawn Button

Agile Coach, Leanintuit
An expert in agile development practices, Shawn Button is an agile/lean coach with the proven ability to help individuals, teams, and enterprises adopt better ways of working. Shawn believes that any team can do great things—with the right leadership, mentorship, and support. His... Read More →
avatar for Chris Gow

Chris Gow

Chris has over 10 years experience as a developer, manager, and coach helping teams build desktop applications and enterprise web based products in a testable, sustainable manner. He believes that when teams are able to apply Agile development principles and practices to their work... Read More →


Friday May 18, 2018 1:00pm - 2:40pm
Salon 5

1:00pm

Crack Open Innovation with Customer Journeys
Discover insights that can be transformed into opportunities ripe for innovation with our Customer Journey Mapping workshop. When user’s often desire seamless experiences across mobile, online and offline platforms, mapping with empathy can help you understand and maximize effectiveness of every touchpoint. You will see the big picture holistically and learn how to tell the story of common pain points along the journey and harness the power of visually storytelling the customer experience. Learning Outcomes * When to use the tool, who to engage, and how to make it a living document as your product evolves * To discover what is customer visible value * To empathize with your user, understanding how they experience your product or service * To find opportunities to better engage with your customers by identifying the gap between the current and desired experience * To prioritize at high level based on the greatest value delivered

Speakers
avatar for April Jefferson

April Jefferson

Organizational Change Coach, Live with Design / April Jefferson Corp
Coach, consultant, and speaker who enjoys helping organizations, executives, management, teams, and individuals on their journey to create awesome solutions and positive organizational cultures by leveraging agile, lean, and design thinking for their portfolios and programs. Enthusiastic... Read More →
avatar for Brielle Maxwell

Brielle Maxwell

UX Designer, Live With Design/ Mercedes-Benz Financial Services
Brielle is a design entrepreneur with a mind for how design processes can align in a new breed of purpose driven businesses. She created Live With Design to focus on the intersection of design, technology and social innovation. Through an interdisciplinary approach, she hopes to expand... Read More →


Friday May 18, 2018 1:00pm - 2:40pm
Conference Room E

1:00pm

Have you ever thought of joining the Mob? Adventures in Mob Programming!
Ahh!! It's a Mob of philanthropic humanitarians. What will we do?!?! Quick pull down an open source refactorable project from GitHub and set them on it. Come join the group mind and help transform code in a mob. All roles and skill levels are welcome. We will start the session with basic mob etiquette and ground rules, then pull a project and start mobbing. The mob will determine which project, what we change, and where we go from there. The goal will be real-world practice mobbing with real-world impact. The mobbed work will be submitted back to the repo at the end of the session. This will be an extreme live coding experience. Mobbing is a great way to get high productivity from a large group of people with a mix of skill sets and experience. It also improves knowledge transfer, creativity in the solution, and helps maintain a higher level of focus. This leads to more consistent team results. You will leave with a valuable new tool to incorporate into your team.

Speakers
avatar for Fred Estabrook

Fred Estabrook

Software Craftsman, Pillar Technology
I like to talk about pretty much anything. Travel, house repairs / renovations, cycling, cooking, cars, cats, beer / spirits, and of course coding, coaching, craftsmanship, collaboration, and delivering value. ;~)
avatar for Chris O'Connor

Chris O'Connor

Chief Change Agent/Owner/Agile Coach, Xtrm-Nrg Consulting
After a typical overwhelming experience in game development I sought out ways to make developing better. I was lucky to join a group of folks that were associated with the Chrysler C# project and were on that path leveraging Extreme Programming and found my niche. Since then I've... Read More →


Friday May 18, 2018 1:00pm - 2:40pm
Salon 1

1:00pm

Kata in the Classroom
Mike Rother and Mike Ricard will run a hands-on exercise that introduces the scientific-thinking pattern of the Improvement Kata. After this session, you will be able to run and use the exercise yourself. Scientific thinking is a basis for creativity and successfully pursuing seemingly unattainable goals. The Improvement Kata (IK) is a four-step scientific striving pattern that is practiced in many business organizations. It makes scientific thinking a teachable skill anyone can learn. The Kata in the Classroom exercise (KiC) has participants go through each step of the Improvement Kata pattern in a hands-on activity. Participants work in teams on a number of self-generated iterations to complete a small puzzle. Participants follow the Improvement Kata pattern to (1) face a challenge, (2) measure where they are, (3) establish a next goal and (4) experiment toward that goal in three-minute rounds. Takeaways: • Deeper understanding of the scientific Improvement Kata pattern, though applying it yourself in a hands-on way. • Ability to run the KiC exercise in your own organization. • The KiC exercise can be shared with regional educators. It is being used in many schools.

Speakers
avatar for Mike Ricard

Mike Ricard

ALM Consultant, Quicken Loans
Mike Ricard is an Agile coach with Quicken Loans. He is passionate about continuous improvement and has been studying the Toyota Production System for many years. Before joining Quicken, he worked with global leaders in manufacturing and healthcare, helping drive operational excellence... Read More →
avatar for Mike Rother

Mike Rother

Mike Rother is an engineer, a researcher, and teacher who works to develop scientific thinking in individuals, teams, and organizations. He shares his findings widely and is in the Association for Manufacturing Excellence Hall of Fame.


Friday May 18, 2018 1:00pm - 2:40pm
Auditorium 2

1:00pm

Let’s Be Awesome – The DevOps Edition
“Let’s Be Awesome – The DevOps Edition” is a technical collaboration framework where participants work together to establish a shared vision for their DevOps transformation, determine business

Speakers
avatar for Jason Tice

Jason Tice

Vice President of Business Innovation, World Wide Technology
Jason Tice serves as the Vice President of Business Innovation at World Wide Technology and in this role, leads an international team of innovation consultants that use collaborative methods and open space practices to identify and achieve strategic outcomes. As part of World Wide... Read More →


Friday May 18, 2018 1:00pm - 2:40pm
Conference Room D

1:00pm

Taking Agile Principles and Practices to the Rest of the Organization
Seventeen years after the Agile Manifesto brought Agile principles and practices to software development, it’s become apparent that these groundbreaking principles and practices can no longer be confined to the world of software development. Taking Agile principles and practices to the rest of the organization is truly the next frontier in Agile. I’ll start by telling the story of bringing Agile to a small team that supports an essential operation at my organization. I will then delve in to strategies and techniques that can help you take Agile principles and practices to the rest of your organization; focusing on the things I’ve learned experientially throughout.

Speakers
avatar for Jeremy Willets

Jeremy Willets

Senior Agile Coach, Hyland
Jeremy Willets is a Senior Agile Coach at Hyland in Westlake, Ohio. He started as a technical writer on a Scrum team in 2008, before transitioning to a full-time Agile role in 2012. He's passionate about bringing Agile to all facets of his organization. He enjoys spending time with... Read More →



Friday May 18, 2018 1:00pm - 2:40pm
Elizabeth Ann Ballroom

1:55pm

Agile’s Forgotten Secret
Agile’s most powerful strategy for organizing people and creating real cultural change remains mostly a secret, almost entirely unknown in the business world. This key technique for unleashing agility is not even well understood within the agile community, and the vocabulary word describing it has recently been removed from one of the most popular agile frameworks. It is time we reclaim the word and fully understand its power. Agile’s forgotten secret is Ceremony. Ceremony is the best tool we’ve ever seen to increase human performance, grow productivity, strengthen relationships, and improve your bottom line. Almost all work, including computer programming, is greatly improved using ceremony. Yes, programming itself is best done as Ceremony! Ceremony is so much more than Standup meetings. Ceremony is the ultimate human hack. In this presentation rediscover ceremony, the key to agile success. For over two thousand years, ceremony has demonstrated its power to transform our world. It is an intrinsic tool in religions, militaries, schools, and governments. Executives, entrepreneurs, and front-line managers miss a huge opportunity when they cannot formally describe what ceremony is, how it works, or how it may be leveraged in their organizations. In this presentation you will learn all three. Every agilist should understand the power of ceremony.

Speakers
avatar for Tom Meloche

Tom Meloche

Founder, Meloche Consulting Inc.
A co-founder of one of the most successful little agile software development houses in the country (Menlo Innovations LLC), Thomas Meloche has been creating, teaching, and implementing agile methodologies for almost two decades. He consults on how to leverage ceremony, feedback, and... Read More →


Friday May 18, 2018 1:55pm - 2:40pm
Conference Room A

1:55pm

Conflicting Priorities: How to Visualize their Impacts on Your Workflow & Metrics
Are conflicting priorities stealing time away from you? Do important decisions get delayed in your organization because of rescheduled meetings? If people are unavailable when they are needed, competing priorities across teams may be the problem. Your team’s top priority is likely not the other team’s top priority.
Complex problems that prevent your team from delivering business value predictably can be improved by visualizing the impacts of conflicting priorities - in both your workflow and your metrics. In this talk, Dominica shows you how to improve your DevOps implementation and influence others by using the power of visualization.

Speakers
avatar for Dominica DeGrandis

Dominica DeGrandis

Director, Digital Transformation, Tasktop
Author of "Making Work Visible: Exposing Time Theft to Optimize Work & Flow", Dominica DeGrandis teaches technology and business organizations how to design systems that optimize workflow across value stream networks. As Director of Digital Transformation at Tasktop, she helps teams... Read More →


Friday May 18, 2018 1:55pm - 2:40pm
Conference Room B

1:55pm

High-performing Doesn't Happen Overnight, It Takes Practice
Have you ever been a part of a team that attended some form of Agile training for a day or so, and then expected to go forth and be Agile? Or, even worse, have you ever been asked to help a team improve, but the team found themselves too busy to improve? I unfortunately have said yes to both of these questions and for each, the result wasn’t good and as a leader of the teams impacted — I failed them. After these and many more frustrating experiences, I set out to figure out what needs to change in order to improve the outcomes and help make people awesome. In this session, I want to share what I discovered. During this session, we’ll brainstorm the areas that we struggle, explore the aspects of becoming good and high-performing, and we’ll establish a baseline understanding of agile practices. We’ll dive into the concept of deliberate practice and look at how we create an environment that enables deliberate practice to occur. Finally, we’ll wrap-up with a group discovery of practices the we’ve used in the field to overcome the areas that we struggle. Please join me for an outcome focused coaching session.

Speakers
avatar for Matt Badgley

Matt Badgley

Coach, BluHound Solutions
Matt Badgley is an enterprise agile coach, part time software creator, and constant learner. Matt is some one that really enjoys helping others make great software, have fun, and discover new ways to innovate. Matt is a former engineer, dev director, professional services director... Read More →


Friday May 18, 2018 1:55pm - 2:40pm
Conference Room H

1:55pm

I Feel The Need, The Need For Speed! Enabling Your Team Testing Efforts To Focus On Automation
Modern software delivery requires quality and agility at levels of speed which break the sound barrier. Unfortunately, not all teams come prepared with battle plans, and equipment for a fair fight. Listen to Commander Maciek "IceMan" Konkolowicz describe the journey which took his group of inexperienced manually focused team members, and converted them into "the best of the best..in test". Maciek will focus on the process and tools which enabled a mindset change toward "Automating All the Things". Starting with training, moving to driving communities, and finishing with test automation, Maciek will share the dogfights, new equipment, and even some flameouts, that helped his team members (regardless of role) participate and succeed in the struggle for a reliable, scalable testing process. As an attendee, you will be subjected to the idea that testing is everyone’s responsibility, and will take away processes that will help you push this mentality in your own organization. Don't miss this story of cross functional quality awesomeness, and cheesy 80's movie references!

Speakers
avatar for Maciek Konkolowicz

Maciek Konkolowicz

Software Quality Architect, Amrock
Maciek has been a quality champion his entire professional life. After graduating from university he found himself working in IT process auditing, which introduced him to the need for quality processes. After a brief stint in the process area, he decided to become more technically... Read More →


Friday May 18, 2018 1:55pm - 2:40pm
Conference Room C

1:55pm

That IS your job! Cross-functional teams begin with cross-functional companies!
Software development is a polarized industry - from the division between product and technology to the division of team roles between developers and testers. We end up reinforcing silos rather than fixing systemic problems, and assigning blame rather than making a better product. Agile was supposed to fix this; it hasn’t. In this session, Natalie explores how this dysfunctionality across companies trickles down to cross-functionality hindrances at the team level. She examines our personal identities as knowledge workers and shows that if we can't see the whole (problem, system, customer journey), it expands the gap between us and our users leading to all types of problems in product development and implementation. Come see how you can help your organization and team become cross-functional beyond just striving for "T-shaped".

Speakers
avatar for Natalie Warnert

Natalie Warnert

Sr Agile Consultant, Natalie Warnert LLC
Natalie Warnert is the primary founder of the Women in Agile initiative, which enables, empowers, and expands the distribution of new and diverse ideas in the agile and technology communities worldwide. She is a frequent speaker on business and agile topics including product strategy... Read More →


Friday May 18, 2018 1:55pm - 2:40pm
Conference Room F

2:45pm

Afternoon Snack
Nom nom ... what's better than a little snack in the afternoon, provided by your favorite conference?

Friday May 18, 2018 2:45pm - 3:00pm
Ballroom

3:00pm

A Poet's Guide to Test Automation
When first starting out with automated acceptance tests, people are often happy just to get them to run correctly. Soon, however, they start finding they have to rewrite their old scenarios when new features are added. Or they disable some scenarios "for now" so they can continue to make progress. Newcomers need explanations to understand the tests. So do the business analysts. It even takes you awhile to figure out some of the older tests. Then, one day, the VP stops by, asking about them... The crucial aspect of test automation is creating clear and expressive descriptions of the system being built. It’s easy to write tests that a computer can understand. But can you write tests that people, even non-technical people, can understand? Will it be obvious whether or not the test is correct? This is not a matter of dumbing things down. Highlight the concepts. Express just the right details. There is a synergy between the expressiveness of tests and the maintainability. Achieving clarity in natural language is essential for their long-term viability. Come get some hints on expressing your tests clearly and succinctly.

Speakers
avatar for George Dinwiddie

George Dinwiddie

Grand Poobah and Jack of All Trades, iDIA Computing, LLC
The promoter of the “Three Amigos” name for collaborative exploration of business requirements, George has worked with others to further the practical application of Behavior Driven Development (BDD). He helps organizations refine their business requirements to produce long-term... Read More →


Friday May 18, 2018 3:00pm - 3:45pm
Conference Room C

3:00pm

Achievement Unlocked: How Gamification Drives Organizational Culture Change
Do you track your steps each day to see if you can hit your goal? Do you count the number of “Likes” associated with a recent LinkedIn post and compare it to others? Or do you just keep track of how many tasks you moved to done on your personal Kanban Board? These are all examples of games we use in our daily lives to influence and change our behaviors (both consciously and subconsciously). If we use games to influence how we think and act as individuals, why not use games to influence how we think and act as organizations? This interactive session explores how gamification in the workplace can positively influence organizational culture change in an Agile Transformation. You will learn how to tap into a persons intrinsic motivation through games to initiate change across an organization. You will learn about different gamification techniques and how to leverage them to initiate the change you are trying to achieve. Pull up a seat and let’s play!

Speakers
avatar for Mark Cruth

Mark Cruth

Agile Coach, Quicken Loans
Mark Cruth is an Agile Coach, Scrum Master, Product Owner, and catalyst for change in organizations. Since being introduced to Agile in 2009, Mark has made it his mission to inject the values and principles of Agile into everything he does. He has worked to bring about Agile Transformation... Read More →



Friday May 18, 2018 3:00pm - 3:45pm
Conference Room F

3:00pm

Considering Skills Liquidity
Does work grind to a halt whenever your team’s star developer goes on vacation? Do some work items spend a very long time waiting for input from senior members of your team or program? Does your team struggle with highly variable flow of work? Did The Phoenix Project’s Brent problem sound a little too familiar? A skills liquidity matrix can be used to help a team self organize around work and skills matchups. Additionally, this simple tool can help leaders plot a course for maturing the performance and Agile practice of a team or value stream. This session covers how and why to create and use a skills liquidity matrix to smooth the flow of work and increase the ability to absorb variability.

Speakers
avatar for Cat Swetel

Cat Swetel

Engineering Manager, Ticketmaster
Cat specializes in lean inspired, data informed leadership and coaching. She is passionate about increasing diversity in STEAM as a means of creating the possibility of a more equitable human future based on generative institutions. In her leisure time, Cat enjoys making jokes about... Read More →


Friday May 18, 2018 3:00pm - 3:45pm
Conference Room A

3:00pm

Getting Freddie Mercury and Spice Girls together on stage
Ever been in a situation when the Product Manager comes and asks for “a couple of small changes that are high priority” and the team says “They’re kind of big. Tell us what you really want from all this! ”. “I want it all! As soon as possible.”.
There are many directions one can go from here. One can work harder or work smarter. While you probably know ways to work harder, let’s explore ways to work smarter.
This talk will bring some techniques that have proven to provide good results in these situations. The majority of these techniques comes from the Product Management point of view. How do we work with customers to understand their needs and desired outcomes? How do we prioritize when a lot of things seem urgent? How do we create small experiments to validate our ideas? You will also hear about "Learning releases" and how they help us gather data we need to make decisions along the way to "Earning releases". Of course, to do all of this, a strong technical backbone and a lot of collaboration is foundational. We will touch on these two areas as well. 
You will see a lot of examples that will help you not only learn a new technique, but also understand how to take them to your team right away.
At the end, using these techniques will bring customers, team and product manager together on the stage, singing in harmony!

Speakers
avatar for Ardita Karaj

Ardita Karaj

Agile Coach, Tango
I am an agile coach in Toronto Canada, passionate about product management. I help teams learn how to collaborate to build valuable solutions for their customers. As an agile coach, I have seen many teams in different contexts and environments becoming agile and loving it. I am a... Read More →


Friday May 18, 2018 3:00pm - 3:45pm
Auditorium 1

3:00pm

Hacking Your Company’s Culture
Igniting culture change requires creating a movement. The movement we created was a hackathon. Julia, Jonny, and Max share how they came together to plan a hackathon for Ford Motor Company, and describe how a hackathon can be used to shift an organization’s mindset. Our mission was to create a movement within our community that would break down silos, inspire innovation, and motivate our peers to think differently. But how do you launch a movement? You start by recruiting the people that are most passionate about your mission, and give them a platform to share their ideas. By harnessing their enthusiasm, you create an environment for the rest of the company to experience their way of thinking. In the planning process, we emulated the behaviors we hoped to galvanize. We came together with different backgrounds, from different teams, in different locations to join forces. We inspired others to contribute their talents to the planning process, and we motivated our peers to participate in something Ford had never been done before. Candidly, we will share our journey, examine obstacles, and discuss the impact the event had on the culture at Ford. We will also explore Hackathon 2.0, and what we hope to achieve in our next iteration.

Speakers
avatar for Julia Fabiszewski

Julia Fabiszewski

FordLabs IT Strategy and Operations Manager, Ford Motor Company
Julia Fabiszewski is a lean thinker and University of Michigan graduate who longs for the return of the Blackberry phone. She serves as an IT Strategy and Operations Manager at FordLabs, a division of Ford Motor Company specializing in software development using extreme programming... Read More →
avatar for Jonny Nabors

Jonny Nabors

Software Engineer, Ford
Jonny Nabors is an extreme programmer and facial hair enthusiast at Ford Labs in Ann Arbor. He graduated from Wayne State and grew up in rural East Texas. He's usually on his bicycle.
avatar for Max Wilkinson

Max Wilkinson

Software Engineer, Ford Motor Company
Max Wilkinson is a software engineer with a passion for technology, entrepreneurship, and design. Currently, he serves on Ford’s Connected Vehicles team where he works on creating new experiences that connect people with their vehicle.


Friday May 18, 2018 3:00pm - 3:45pm
Conference Room B

3:00pm

Try it before you buy it: Exploring the power of experiments in the workplace
How many potentially good ideas are prematurely killed off because of analysis paralysis? How often do you fail to agree on a way foward as a team because of all the “What-Ifs?” How often does fear curtail our ability to improve the way we work? This session will introduce participants to the concept of testing out ideas by running small experiments that build up to or inform larger decisions. Participants will learn about when to run experiments, what makes a good experiment, and how to measure success.

Speakers
avatar for Carol Treat Morton

Carol Treat Morton

Principal High-Tech Anthropologist, Menlo Innovations
Carol is passionate about humans, the work we do, the organizational environments in which we do the work and the tools that can help both us and our organizations function more humanely and effectively. As a High-Tech Anthropologist, she has worked across diverse domains helping... Read More →
avatar for Matt Scholand

Matt Scholand

Quality Advocate, Menlo Innovations
Matt Scholand is a Quality Advocate at Menlo Innovations, an Ann Arbor-based custom software design/build firm. He has 2.5 years of experience in testing and assuring quality in a large variety of languages and development frameworks, working in a paired, Agile, and collaborative... Read More →


Friday May 18, 2018 3:00pm - 3:45pm
Conference Room H

3:00pm

Break out of Meeting Stagnation with Liberating Structures
Don't you just hate it when you get to "that meeting" and you feel like a prisoner?  If it's a multi-day offsite it can be even worse.  In this highly interactive and immersive workshop, we will experience several of the open-sourced liberating structures that you can use right away when you get back to work. We will experience one structure after another for maximum learning.  You will also get the liberating structures tool selector so that you can map meeting outcomes to specific structures in order to yield more collaborative, inclusive and productive meetings.

Speakers
avatar for Heidi Helfand

Heidi Helfand

Director, Engineering Excellence, Procore Technologies
Heidi Helfand is Director of Engineering Excellence at Procore Technologies, creators of cloud-based software for the construction industry. She is the author of the book Dynamic Reteaming: The Art and Wisdom of Changing Teams which challenges the notion that you need to keep your... Read More →



Friday May 18, 2018 3:00pm - 4:40pm
Auditorium 2

3:00pm

Bringing Process to How You Prioritize: The End of Squeaky Wheel Syndrome
Many people decide what to build next using the "squeaky wheel" prioritization method, where the person screaming the loudest gets their way. But we’ve all been there, and know it doesn’t work.

This session will not tell you the one true way to prioritize what you do next. Instead, we will focus on the basic principles of prioritization: customer needs, business outcomes, and available resources. Through some interactive exercises, we'll look at a few of the most popular prioritization frameworks and examples of how they're used in companies around the globe. Combine your favorite elements from each of them to create a model that works for your team. Learn how to calm down the prioritization chaos and move to a repeatable, agile process for deciding what to build next.


Speakers
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Jenny Wanger

Product Manager, SpotHero
Jenny Wanger is a senior product manager for SpotHero, a top-ranking app that helps people park easier. Her years of product management experience prior to that include running the developer experience team at Arity, a startup founded by Allstate in downtown Chicago, and consulting... Read More →


Friday May 18, 2018 3:00pm - 4:40pm
Conference Room D

3:00pm

Collaboration Contracts
Not all team decisions need to be made by the entire team. There. Someone said it. In some cases, we can trust a single individual to make the decision because they have the most experience and insight. In other situations, we want a variety of interests and perspectives included to ensure a well-considered, unbiased decision. But how do we decide who and what and when? Put down the RACI chart - there’s a better way! A Collaboration Contract is a simple tool that allows team members to opt into conversations and decisions. With a Collaboration Contract, teams identify the decision makers, and through an open selection process, establish their desired level of autonomy. This is a not a decision making tool, but a tool for assembling the decision making team with clear expectations and agreements. Join Doc and Diane in this hands-on workshop where you will learn what it takes to run your own Collaboration Contract. Learn this powerful technique today and establish clearer decision making for your team tomorrow.

Speakers
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Doc Norton

CEO, OnBelay
Doc is passionate about working with teams to improve delivery and building great organizations. Once a dedicated code slinger, Doc has turned his energy toward helping teams, departments, and companies work better together in the pursuit of better software. Working with a wide range... Read More →
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Diane Zajac

Agent of Change, Green Jeans Consulting
Several years ago, Diane traded a career in corporate America for a life of coaching and she has never looked back. She now uses her 13 years of experience to help groups, from Fortune 50 companies to the U.S. Government, transform their people into high-performing teams. Drawing... Read More →


Friday May 18, 2018 3:00pm - 4:40pm
Conference Room E

3:00pm

Improving Alignment in Your Project Team
Whether you are working on a new product, a long-range high-budget project, or a quick process improvement engagement, misaligned assumptions can create expensive and time consuming mis-steps. Many initiatives would be well served to have explicit discussions regarding which key stakeholders require the greatest amount of attention, and then exploring the challenges regarding too much scope and too few resources. In this hands-on, high energy workshop, we will simulate a $72,000 project. Teams of attendees will work through stakeholder prioritization using a tool that we call Persona Mapping. These teams will then work through a scope prioritization process that we affectionately call The Planning Game. We will wrap up the workshop by exploring how one company uses these tools to help its clients design and build products that end users love. When the workshop is completed, the attendees will be able to: 1. facilitate a project and feature prioritization discussion within their organization 2. reveal and define a shared understanding and objective for a project 3. make scoping decisions for a project based on data 4. align teams around a single objective and its user 5. create representative users based on real data

Speakers
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Mollie Callahan

MENLO Innovations
Mollie Callahan is a member of the High-Tech Anthropology® design team at Menlo Innovations, a design and development firm that builds user-centered software and provides organizational change consulting. She is as passionate about translating ethnographically-grounded user insights... Read More →


Friday May 18, 2018 3:00pm - 4:40pm
Elizabeth Ann Ballroom

3:00pm

Test Driven Development Workshop
Would you like to improve the quality of your code? This workshop is for developers that would like to learn how to write code using the test driven development process. Attendees will create new code using the test driven development process (red, green, refactor) . Additionally, the audience will use mocking and dependency injection to test modifications to existing legacy code. A code Kata will be completed in Java with attendees participating in a mob programming session: audience members will rotate driving while the remaining audience members will navigate. No equipment is required to attend, however participants may follow along with their own laptops if desired: 
https://github.com/cecilgwilliams/TDDWorkshop-java

Speakers
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Cecil Williams

Senior Coach, Industrial Logic
Cecil Williams is an Senior Coach with Industrial Logic, Director of Curriculum for Tech Journey, and an Adjunct Instructor/Tutor for Purdue Global. Cecil started doing iterative development with GTE (now Verizon) over two decades ago. He was a key member of the first agile project... Read More →


Friday May 18, 2018 3:00pm - 4:40pm
Salon 1

3:00pm

Your Inner Leader
What coaching is really about? Is it a skill or is it a technique? Is it what you were born with or something you learn? Is it a framework or is it a mindset? Is everyone coachable? How can coaching help you with your leadership style? How can you embed a coaching conversation while leading people? Would you be able to lead, coach and motivate others at the same time? If those are your questions, come and join me for this session. I won’t be lecturing you about coaching, but rather we will engage in an interactive session to define what coaching is for you. In this session, you will get your hands dirty with coaching, and get familiar with it. You will even be given the tools needed to elevate your coaching skill to the next levels if you want. Coaching is not a skill or a tool, it is a mindset. It is great to have a coaching mindset, everyone agrees on that. However, It is not easy to learn or obtain. It needs dedication, right foundation, direction and practice to master. In the Your Inner Leader

Speakers
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Shahin Sheidaei

Principal Coach, Elevate Change
Shahin is the founder and principal coach of Elevate Change Inc. Shahin is passionate to elevate organizations and people to their utmost potential. Offering over 13 years of experience, Shahin has strong expertise in applying Agile and Lean principles to organizational and personal... Read More →


Friday May 18, 2018 3:00pm - 4:40pm
Salon 5

3:55pm

Death By Specification
This talk takes a step back from the toolbox to ask: What are the core benefits a tool should provide? As a project grows up, it has different needs and benefits from differing levels of "discipline". Likewise, people have differing comfort levels for process rigor. Too often we focus on the laundry list of benefits that we might get from a tool without considering the maturity of our project or the composition of the team. We want to build shared understanding without dictating a process that crushes diverse thought and collaboration. This talk proposes examples as a universal way to build shared understanding without tying a team to specific tools or implementations.

Speakers
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Steve Jackson

Double Agent, TestDouble
Steve Jackson is a double agent at Test Double. He loves creating unique solutions and solving impossible problems with software. Steve is passionate about improving the craft of delivering software and fostering environments where professionals want to continuously improve. You can... Read More →



Friday May 18, 2018 3:55pm - 4:40pm
Conference Room H

3:55pm

From Post-its to Poster: Visualizing Abstract Concepts
While creating visualizations is one of the most effective ways to communicate complicated ideas, it is also one of the most difficult things to achieve. In this lecture, you will hear about tools and techniques that you can use TODAY to create compelling visuals that communicate abstract concepts with or without a speaker present to explain them. You won’t need fancy software to begin using these techniques; anyone with access to Powerpoint or Keynote is welcome.

Speakers
avatar for Rashida Prattis

Rashida Prattis

Owner, Prattis Method & Design
Rashida Prattis brings the most difficult concepts to life through her expertise in marketing, information design and workshop development & facilitation. As a design consultant, she has worked with executives, middle management, and start-up entrepreneurs to create compelling products... Read More →


Friday May 18, 2018 3:55pm - 4:40pm
Conference Room F

3:55pm

Prioritize your resources based on your bottlenecks and riskiest assumptions
First we'll draw out a system of your business, product, or project with constraints that limit your growth or progress. Then we'll measure risk and constraints in order to prioritize your resources (time, money, employees) based on your capacity limiters. The session combines systems thinking, theory of constraints and bayesian analysis to bring a measurement and data driven approach to resource management.

Speakers
avatar for Ashok Sivanand

Ashok Sivanand

Co-founder, Integral.
Co-founder, CEO of Integral, a Detroit-based agile engineering company that focuses on automotive/ transportation and mobility applications. Prior to Integral, Ashok was on the leadership team at Pivotal Labs and started the Michigan branch of Pivotal Labs to enable Ford Motor Company's... Read More →



Friday May 18, 2018 3:55pm - 4:40pm
Auditorium 1

3:55pm

Quality != Testing
Imagine a world where software product development lifecycle doesn’t have a testing phase. That’s exactly where we’re headed. Quality is a continuous process, not a phase. If a product bug is found in the testing phase, it’s already too late. It directly shoots up the product cost and time to build the product. So, let’s get rid of the testing phase altogether. But how does a team build a product with high quality without having a testing phase while also maintaining the cost and time? The feedback loop starts right when the team starts to talk about a product idea. When quality is baked into every stage of the lifecycle, a separate testing phase is unnecessary. In this talk we’ll walk through the processes and tools that has enabled our teams at ITHAKA to build quality products by baking quality in them from the beginning.

Speakers
avatar for Jayshree Bhakta

Jayshree Bhakta

Lead QA Engineer, Ithaka/JSTOR
Jayshree Bhakta is a quality advocate at Ithaka(JSTOR) and a firm believer of "Quality Assurance is a process, not a department". To make that a reality she keeps herself informed about and contributes in all the aspects of the product. She is currently on a dual track agile team... Read More →


Friday May 18, 2018 3:55pm - 4:40pm
Conference Room C

3:55pm

Shifting roles - Clarifying the impact of agile adoption in traditional project organizations
We tend to lose sight of the workplace as a social system and fail to take advantage of Russel Ackoff's insight that "A system is a product of the interaction of its parts and never the sum of its parts. " This failure typically hurts us when we focus on defining peoples' roles as independent activities and accountabilities rather than as relationships. This session will present and discuss the use of simple visualization techniques to structure useful conversations about evolving role change for project managers and business analysts in traditional management organizations in the midst of adopting agile principles and practices.

Speakers
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Andrew Annett

Catalytic Questioner, Leanintuit
Andrew is a coach and facilitator who is passionate about helping teams improve product delivery and flow. He is focused on promoting shared understanding through better communication practices. He joined the agile community having survived a career of big-plan-up-front development... Read More →


Friday May 18, 2018 3:55pm - 4:40pm
Conference Room A

3:55pm

Software Visualization for Fun And Profit
You've probably heard that You can't improve what you can't measure and, over the years, teams have used various techniques to make the invisible visible. From value stream mapping to burndown charts, making things visible is a core component of the continuous improvement process. Brandon Carlson says that even with all this visibility, much of the data surrounding how your teams work is either not captured or not visible, and represents a great opportunity for improvement. Imagine your management team tells you that your velocity is too low. Why is it too low, and what can you do about it? Brandon shares one team’s surprising answer to that question when they made visible and analyzed data that was previously invisible. How do you know what the highest risk areas of the system are for enabling the most cost effective regression test strategy? You'll get that answer, too. It's all there, tucked away where no one can see, waiting for you to shine a light on it.

Speakers
avatar for Brandon Carlson

Brandon Carlson

IT Nerd, Lean TECHniques, Inc.
A self-proclaimed nerd, Brandon Carlson works for Lean TECHniques Inc., an IT consultancy that helps teams deliver high-value, high-quality products to market. Passionate about elevating IT performance, over the past twenty years he has helped numerous organizations from startups... Read More →


Friday May 18, 2018 3:55pm - 4:40pm
Conference Room B

4:45pm

After Party
Join us in the ballroom (or, weather permitting, in the outdoor tent) for a beverage, to chat with your new found Agile (and Beyond) friends, and to bask in the glory of Ypsilanti.

Friday May 18, 2018 4:45pm - 7:00pm
Ballroom