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Agile + DevOps West 2020 - Digital Transformation

Tuesday, June 9

Jeff Payne

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

Jean Dahl

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...

Greg Cohen
Agile Excellence LLC

Untangling the MVP and Accelerating Product-Market Fit

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

The MVP, or minimum viable product, 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 about what an MVP is and how to prioritize it versus other research options. 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 approach the MVP in new product introductions, with a mix of B2C and B2B situations and differing market contexts. You will learn a practical definition for an...


DevOps, Chapter 2

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

What do you do after you’ve started adopting DevOps principles? Our clients tell us they want to track value across their delivery pipeline and optimize their investment in the automation of delivery and quality. People have been adopting DevOps for several years. Adoption is widespread and now organizations are questioning how they optimize DevOps to realize the value of their investment in this change of culture. An optimized DevOps approach to software delivery is critical as businesses are moving to a new stage of innovation. They are no longer just experimenting with emerging...

Thursday, June 11

Jeff Dalton

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...

Sanjeev Sharma
Independent Consultant

My Environment, My Code, and Yes...My Data—Addressing Data Friction in DevOps Adoption

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

The DevOps movement has led to the adoption of Continuous Integration (CI) and Continuous Delivery (CD) in the application delivery pipeline. The end goal of establishing a CI/CD pipeline is to achieve a continuous 'flow' of releases as new features get built, integrated, tested and deployed to production-like non-prod environments, and eventually to Production. This flow depends upon the continuous integration and delivery of small batches of code, database and environment changes. Data Friction results due to the inability to have the right data provisioned to the right environment, as...

Mary Bobbitt
United Shore

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...

Gautham Pallapa

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...

Robert Woods

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

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...


Speed Dating in the Test Tool Pool

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

You’re starting at a new company. You’re beginning a greenfield project. Your agile transformation is calling for a tech revolution. You’re part of a Testing Center of Excellence. Or your needs just aren’t being met anymore. Whatever the reason, you’re in the market for new testing tools, you have all the freedom in the world... and you have no idea what you’re doing. Shopping for new tools is not unlike dating. You need to ask yourself the same questions: “What am I looking for?” “Do they fit in with the picture I have for my future?” “Will it get along with my friends colleagues?” On top...

Jonathan Graham
US Government
Kaylee Wichert
US Government

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...