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Agile + DevOps West 2020 - Agile & Lean Practices

Monday, June 8

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Lean/Agile Metrics for the Rest of Us

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Monday, June 8, 2020 - 8:30am to 12:00pm

For many agile practitioners, software metrics beyond a burndown chart are little understood or, perhaps, very scary because poor metrics can be worse than no metrics. In this enlightening session, Larry Maccherone explores how you and your organization can use metrics to bring management and lean/agile teams closer rather than becoming a wedge that drives them into conflict. Larry covers the entire lifecycle of the metrics process—from metric selection to reporting data—in compelling ways. You’ll gain an understanding of a wide range of concepts including common (101-level) metrics,...

Mary Thorn
Vaco
Bob Galen
Vaco
MG

Learning How to Lead High-Performing Agile Teams

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Monday, June 8, 2020 - 8:30am to 12:00pm

Currently much of agile adoption—coaching, advice, techniques, training, and even the empathy—revolves around the agile teams. Leaders are typically ignored, marginalized at best, and in the worst cases even vilified. But Bob Galen and Mary Thorn contend that there is a central and important role for managers and leaders within agile environments. Join Bob and Mary as they explore the patterns of mature agile managers and leaders. Examine why those who understand servant leadership know how to effectively support, grow, coach, and empower their agile teams in ways that increase the team's...

Mary Thorn
Vaco
Bob Galen
Vaco
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An Agile Coaching Practicum in 360-degrees

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Monday, June 8, 2020 - 1:00pm to 4:30pm

Let’s face it, agile coaching isn’t for the timid or faint of heart. In most companies, it’s an incredibly challenging and nuanced role. And an important part of it is having the ability to coach in 360 degrees: downward—across your teams, outward – across managers and peers, and upward—towards those pesky leaders. Oh, and did we say that virtually EVERYONE is an agile coach? In this workshop, join Mary Thorn and Bob Galen as they share tools and experiences coaching in all directions. They will review three different coaching models from the X-Wing, to Powerful Questions, to 9-Stances, to...

Tuesday, June 9

Mary Thorn
Vaco
Bob Galen
Vaco
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Creating a High-Performance Agile Team

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Tuesday, June 9, 2020 - 8:30am to 12:00pm

Many teams have a relatively easy time adopting the tactical aspects of agile methodologies. Usually a few classes, some tools’ introduction, and a bit of practice lead teams toward fairly efficient execution. However, these teams are quite often simply going through the motions—neither maximizing their agile performance nor delivering as much value as they could. Borrowing from their experience and lean software development methods, Bob Galen and Mary Thorn explore high-performance team patterns, which are the thinking models of mature agile teams, including large-scale emergent...

Jeff Payne
Coveros
TG

Agile Project Failures: Root Causes and Corrective Actions

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Tuesday, June 9, 2020 - 8:30am to 12:00pm

Agile initiatives always begin with high expectations—accelerate delivery, meet customer needs, and improve software quality. The truth is that many agile projects do not deliver on some or all of these expectations. If you want help to ensure the success of your agile project or to get an agile project back on track, this tutorial is for you. Jeffery Payne discusses the most common causes of agile project failure and how you can avoid these issues or mitigate their damaging effects. Poor project management, ineffective requirements development, failed communications, software development...

Wednesday, June 10

Bob Galen
Vaco
AW1

Self-Care for Agile Leaders

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Wednesday, June 10, 2020 - 10:30am to 11:30am

Servant leadership is a wonderful aspiration—serving your team, serving your peers, serving your leaders, and serving your organization. It’s an egoless and selfless endeavor and central to the agile mindset. But what often can get lost in all of this service is service to oneself. It may seem counterintuitive, but placing service to self first helps us serve others all the better. In this collaborative session, we will deeply explore the notion of leadership self-care, delving into aspects beyond simply taking time off or exercising. We'll take a step back and look at what gets in the way...

John Krewson
Sketch Development
AW2

Live from Las Vegas, It's Saturday Night: The Agility of SNL

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Wednesday, June 10, 2020 - 10:30am to 11:30am

Saturday Night Live is one of the longest-running agile institutions in the world. For 44 years, they have developed and delivered small batches of comedy in weekly intervals. Talk about sustainable development. But how do they do it? The practices and principles they employ are quite agile. From welcoming changing requirements to maintaining technical excellence, there’s a lot we can learn from how they deliver. Join Johns Krewson for a backstage and onstage view into the process SNL has developed over decades to get from concept to cash in one week. Along the way, gain a new...

AW6

Agile Development Fireside Chat

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Wednesday, June 10, 2020 - 10:30am to 11:30am

Brendan O'Leary definitely knows about development, agile, and DevOps. And he wants to hear the questions you have for him. Whether they are questions about programming languages, source control, continuous integration, the cloud, databases, XKCD comics, or how to operate in a company with more than a thousand completely remote employees, Brendan is willing to answer them. There won't be a real fireplace, but bring your questions anyway, and join Brendan for this interactive discussion.

Zach Bonaker
Walmart Labs
AW8

Cultivating a Culture of Teams

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Wednesday, June 10, 2020 - 10:30am to 11:30am

The desire to transform an organizational culture to one that's inspired by teams is understandable. There is no shortage of evidence, both anecdotal and scientific, that suggests teams (and teamwork) are a competitive advantage. But despite the label of “team,” most organizations explicitly and implicitly manage teams like a matrix of individuals. This lack of support causes teammates to work independently, silo knowledge, and degrade the presumed results. What can managers and coaches do to encourage an environment where real teams can form? Zach Bonaker will provide managers, team...

Elizabeth Gattra
World Wide Technology
AW11

Saying Yes for All the Wrong Reasons

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Wednesday, June 10, 2020 - 11:45am to 12:45pm

Part of a product owner's job is to say no to requests when appropriate. But all too often, product owners will say yes anyway. Why is this? In this interactive session, we will discuss the three main responsibilities of a product owner, dig into the reasons product owners say yes to a request they should say no to, and discuss ways you can help your product owner overcome these challenges. You'll receive a worksheet to fill out during the session so we can discuss the consequences of product owners saying yes when they should say no. Work in groups to identify the reasons behind these...

Alan Crouch
Coveros
DJ Schleen
Sonatype
AW13

DevOps Fireside Chat

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Wednesday, June 10, 2020 - 11:45am to 12:45pm

You've got questions about DevOps, and we've got DJ Schleen to answer them for you. He won't really be sitting by the fire, but he will be on hand to talk about all things DevOps, mobile security, ethical hacking, and pen testing. He's also an expert in DevSecOps and development pipelines, breaking down silos in an organization, and digital transformations at some of the biggest companies out there. And he wants to talk to you about your DevSecOps hopes, dreams, fears, and nightmares. Alan Crouch will be moderating, so bring your questions and be ready for a lively, interactive discussion...

Jean Dahl
Deloitte
AW17

Leading Lean: The Modern Approach to Enterprise Transformation

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Wednesday, June 10, 2020 - 3:00pm to 4:00pm

Are you struggling to understand why your transformation efforts just don't seem to be producing the expected results, despite all of your planning and effort? Enterprise transformation is much more than the mechanics of teaching your Scrum teams to sprint and building a magnificent DevOps pipeline. Somehow, on our journey to agility, lean leadership aspects were left behind, to the point that lean and agile have become disconnected schools of thought. Agile was born out of lean, so how did this happen? Let's have a lively discussion about how to reconnect the dots so that today's...

Mary Thorn
Vaco
AW18

5 Ways to Prevent Scrummerfall

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Wednesday, June 10, 2020 - 3:00pm to 4:00pm

There are many names for dysfunctional Scrum, one of which is "Scrummerfall"—embedding waterfall phases inside a sprint. It’s alive and well in 2020, more than 25 years after Scrum was first introduced. Yet the Scrum Guide says that you should have a definition of done and a potentially shippable increment at the end of each sprint, not keep rolling stories from sprint to sprint to take credit for partially done work. We hear development team members complaining at retrospectives all the time that we do not have enough time to complete all the stories. And team members often work overtime...

Greg Cohen
Agile Excellence LLC
AW19

Untangling the MVP—Accelerating Product-Market Fit

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Wednesday, June 10, 2020 - 3:00pm to 4:00pm

The MVP or Minimum Viable Product, popularized by Lean Startup, plays a critical role in Lean product validation. It is the most important test to demonstrate that product-market fit has been achieved. Yet teams are often unclear what an MVP is and how to prioritize it versus other research options. In this session, Lean product management expert Greg Cohen will shed light on the history of the MVP, how it fits into Lean product validation, and how different companies approached the MVP in new product introductions with a mix of B2C and B2B situations and differing market contexts....

Thursday, June 11

Jeff Dalton
AgileCxO
AT1

Agile BS and the Leadership Impediment

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Thursday, June 11, 2020 - 10:00am to 11:00am

In 2018 the Defense Innovation Board (DIB), an advisory panel comprised of technology companies, academics, and DoD personnel, issued “How to Detect Agile BS,” a publication intended to alert Agencies that are purchasing “agile” services to the signs of “fake agile.” The problem is that this board, made up of some of the biggest names in the business, got it wrong! In this presentation Jeff Dalton, will offer a solution to solve fake agile, along with a fact-based rebuttal to one of the biggest misconceptions about agile today. Jeff demonstrates how the Defense Innovation Board missed the...

AT2

Agile Fireside Chat

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Thursday, June 11, 2020 - 10:00am to 11:00am

You've got agile and lean questions, and Mary and Tom Poppendieck want to answer them for you. They won't really be sitting by the fire, but they will be on hand to talk about all things Lean and agile. Mary has been a programmer, IT manager, and product champion, and is well known for the Lean Software Development books that she wrote with her husband, Tom. Tom has been in computing for 25 years, working with healthcare, logistics, mortgage banking, and travel services, and he holds a Ph.D. in Physics. Bring your questions and be ready for a lively, interactive discussion.

Sean Miller
Capital One
AT3

When Will it be Done?

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Thursday, June 11, 2020 - 10:00am to 11:00am

Estimation has been around in the agile world since it was first introduced as part of XP, as a means to estimate the amount of time a story will take, and shortly thereafter adopted for Scrum. The conversations that can take place are valuable, don’t get me wrong, but there are much better ways of working. Whether you practice XP, Scrum, or Kanban, there’s really no reason to estimate any longer. At the end of the day, developing software isn’t the same as building a house, you don’t know exactly how long it will take, and in many cases, you don’t know how many components you’ll need to...

Mary Bobbitt
United Shore
AT9

Stop Agile Training. Start Agile Learning.

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Thursday, June 11, 2020 - 11:30am to 12:30pm

Too often agile transformations start with “Let’s go Agile! Train everyone!” We train once and then we’re agile, right? But then you hear the comments--“this is too hard,” “this won’t work with our code base,” “what did they say again?” Agility stops when the training ends. Unfortunately many frameworks encourage this view, ironically doing Big Up Front Training while criticizing Big Up Front Design. But there’s a better way. Current literature shows adults can’t just be trained, they must learn skills and build competencies. Instead of approaching our agile transformations with waterfall...

Jamie Cooke
Both Hemispheres LLC
AT10

Delivering Agile Results on a Fixed Scope Contract

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Thursday, June 11, 2020 - 11:30am to 12:30pm

"What happens when an unstoppable force meets an immovable object?" In this case, the immovable object is a contract with extensive requirements embedded in the scope and no flexibility for leveraging agile methods. The unstoppable force is the Agile delivery team determined to find a way to make agile methods work even with this seemingly insurmountable hurdle. The solution is a combination of proven strategies to transform this rigid contract into an agile platform for delivering the highest value features that emerge as the project progresses instead of "iterative waterfall" delivery...

AT16

Agile Enterprise Transformation at T-Mobile

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Thursday, June 11, 2020 - 11:30am to 12:30pm

Join Shaaron Alvares as she describes the "why" and the "way" to agile and BizDevOps transformation at T-Mobile, and the cornerstones of their new Working Model. Take a deep dive into the transformation from project to product mindset and the strategies T-Mobile used to bring the business along. Trace the changing set of tools, techniques, and teams behaviors that is powering this transformation and more importantly, understand some of the important cultural and leadership catalysts that have made a transformation of this magnitude possible. Focus on takeaway patterns that made us...

Gautham Pallapa
Pivotal
AT17

The Lean Agile Diet: A Healthy Way to Transform your Enterprise

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Thursday, June 11, 2020 - 3:30pm to 4:30pm

Enterprise transformations are daunting as they require changing the operating model of an organization through people, process, technology, and culture changes. This necessitates having teams drive to identified business outcomes, learning new ways of working along with new technology stacks. While there is no formula for success, there are several successful patterns that we have observed in our interactions with organizations in different domains and levels of maturity on the Lean and agile spectrum. In this session, Gautham Pallapa shares his strategic framework to follow that he has...

Dan Neumann
AgileThought
AT18

Improve Your Team: Explore Cognitive Bias

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Thursday, June 11, 2020 - 3:30pm to 4:30pm

Many team challenges can be tracked back to cognitive biases: our judgement gets anchored, we think we're better than we are, and we are our own favorite reference point. And even though we're encouraged to "think outside the box," there are conditions where we have a bias against creativity. If that's not a recipe for a tough team environment, I don't know what is! Improve your game by learning about bias! In this session, you will learn about engrained flaws in the way humans process information. These flaws express themselves in unrealistic estimates and over-optimistic forecasts. You...

Jonathan Maltz
Nuna Inc
AT19

What Can UX Designers Teach us About Being Better DevOps Practictioners?

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Thursday, June 11, 2020 - 3:30pm to 4:30pm

We often think of UX designers and devops practitioners as doing solving entirely different problems. On the surface this is true. Designers spend their days generating mock-ups and wireframes while devops teams spend time thinking about code and incident response. Once we look below the surface though, we find surprising overlap between the worlds of devops and design. This talk will explore that overlap and think about what we can learn when we start to rub some UX design on our devops. We’ll start by focusing on design principles such as hierarchy and grouping, and we’ll see how we can...

Bernie Maloney
Persistent Systems
AT24

Make *New* Mistakes: Leadership Lessons from an Agile Success

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Thursday, June 11, 2020 - 3:30pm to 4:30pm

Ever feel like the market moves faster than your marketing team? Or could you imagine what’s possible if you’d be forgiven for making an honest mistake? Organizations introduce Agile believing it will lead to greater responsiveness, resiliency and resourcefulness. Yet, Agile is more than a process. Achieving Agile’s full benefits comes from shifting the culture and mindset of a *whole* organization, sometimes as radically as Leadership allowing teams to “Make New Mistakes.” This philosophy was a driver in the fastest division in HP’s history to reach $1B, a hardware division focused on...

Robert Woods
MindOverProcess
AT25

2020 Leadership Skills: Leadership as an Action, Not a Position

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Thursday, June 11, 2020 - 4:45pm to 5:45pm

For many, the concept of leadership includes many techniques and habits that would otherwise qualify as traditional management. But the world is changing rapidly. We have a generation of people coming into the market and workplace who simply do not respond to the same techniques employed even 10 to 15 years ago. If a company truly wants to display agility and either adjust or maintain it's culture, it needs to have 2020 Leadership Skills, not 1994 Leadership Skills. As part of a number of workshop style interactive exercises, attendees will experience the application of modern leadership...

Leslie Lowman
AvidXchange
AT26

Agile Teams—Not So Cross-Functional!

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Thursday, June 11, 2020 - 4:45pm to 5:45pm

In the purest type organizations that have Scrum teams or Agile teams that are fully cross-functional and can do everything within their team, it is easy for those teams to complete delivery of their quality work in their way. In other organizations, however, there are Scrum or Agile teams that need help from other teams or departments. When we talk about teams being cross-functional, we assume they are able to complete their commitments on their own. However, in a growing number of organizations, this is not the case – the Scrum or Agile teams require help from other teams like operations...

Jonathan Graham
US Government
Kaylee Wichert
US Government
AT32

From Concept to Reality: A Modern Approach to Large Scale Scrum in Government

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Thursday, June 11, 2020 - 4:45pm to 5:45pm

NSWCDD was chosen as the software development agent for a brand-new, multimillion-dollar acquisition program with an aggressive timeline. To meet this timeline, program development will utilize agile, DevOps, and user-centered design best practices. This effort requires adaptation of government business practices plus a shift in culture. To maximize the likelihood of success, a new organization was established to pilot necessary changes. This brief describes that organization's creation and how it is designed to embrace change through an Agile mindset; construction of a large-scale, Agile...