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Agile + DevOps West 2019 - Teams & Leadership

Monday, June 3

Ryan Ripley
Independent Consultant
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Coaching Workshop: Taking Your Scrum to the Next Level

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Monday, June 3, 2019 - 8:30am to 12:00pm

Are you struggling to achieve results from your agile and Scrum teams? Are you having trouble with user story writing or with effective estimation and forecasting? Are your sprint reviews and retrospectives low focus and low energy? What about gaining traction on the organization-side of things? Do your leaders actually understand the underlying principles? Are they measuring things properly? And what about Scrum at Scale—how’s that going? If you have questions, any questions, about how to improve specific practices or generally how to improve your agile journey, then this tutorial is for...

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Lean/Agile Data-Driven Decisions Demystified

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Monday, June 3, 2019 - 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 allowing metrics to become a wedge that drives them into conflict. Larry covers the entire lifecycle of the metrics process—from metric selection to reporting data. Join Larry to gain an understanding of a wide range of concepts including common (101-level) metrics...

Ryan Ripley
Independent Consultant
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Unleash Your Organizational Superpowers With Liberating Structures

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Monday, June 3, 2019 - 1:00pm to 4:30pm

Unleash innovation with the simple rules of Liberating Structures. Using a subset of these 33 micro-structures, you'll learn how to enable groups of any size to work at the top of their intelligence. Liberating Structures offer a revolutionary solution to collaboration in groups by using a handful of simple rules to unleash and involve everyone. Learning to use Liberating Structures is like learning a new language. We will start with the basics - "1-2-4-all". Then we'll put them together into simple structures using "Appreciative Interviews". Finally, we'll move to advanced structures like...

Jennifer_Bonine
Style Baby Inc
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What's Your Leadership IQ?

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Monday, June 3, 2019 - 1:00pm to 4:30pm

Have you ever needed a way to measure your testing leadership IQ? Or been in a performance review where the majority of time was spent discussing your need to improve as a leader? If you have ever wondered what your core leadership competencies are and how to build on and improve them, Jennifer Bonine shares a toolkit to help you do just that. This toolkit includes a personal assessment of your leadership competencies and the evolution of testing and testing leadership. Join Jennifer as she explores a set of eight dimensions of successful leaders, provides suggestions on how you can...

Tuesday, June 4

Dana Pylayeva
Agile Play Consulting LLC
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Introduction to DevOps with Chocolate and LEGOs

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Tuesday, June 4, 2019 - 8:30am to 12:00pm

Organizations today can no longer afford to deliver new features to their respective markets once a year or even once a quarter. In the attempt to catch up with the competition, they jump onto DevOps journey starting with the "How" and losing the sight of "Why" and "What". Join this gamified simulation tutorial to gain a solid understanding of foundational principles of the DevOps culture. Experience the benefits of DevOps transformation even before initiating one in your enterprise! This tutorial is ideally designed for organizations that are evaluating their approach to DevOps...

Victoria Guido
Blackstone Federal
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Tools for Teams - Launch a Rocket with Atlassian Portfolio, Jira, and Confluence

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Tuesday, June 4, 2019 - 8:30am to 12:00pm

Join one of the leaders from the Washington, DC, Atlassian User Group, for a hands-on workshop of Atlassian Portfolio, Jira, and Confluence. We will create and finish our own project starting from strategic planning, through development, and ending ready for operations and maintenance using the Atlassian tool-suite while discussing best practices, common barriers, and past experiences for managing information flow on projects. Be prepared to practice your improv skills as literally every aspect of the project will be fake and made up. Will we launch a rocket? Write a novel? Create a viral...

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Bob Galen
RGalen Consulting
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Learning How to Lead High-Performing Agile Teams

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Tuesday, June 4, 2019 - 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...

Ryan Ripley
Independent Consultant
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Rethinking Your Retrospectives

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Tuesday, June 4, 2019 - 1:00pm to 4:30pm

The retrospective is the most important ceremony that an agile team performs. Continuous improvement ideas, team health concerns, organizational impediments, and shared wins are brought to light and explored during a retrospective. This is the heart of agile. Ryan Ripley says that if you aren’t doing retrospectives, you’re missing an incredible opportunity to collaborate and improve as a team. Learn how to get started with retrospectives and take away solid action items to get this important tool implemented on your team. For those already using retrospectives—but still unsure how to get...

Jeff Payne
Coveros
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Agile Project Failures: Root Causes and Corrective Actions

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Tuesday, June 4, 2019 - 1:00pm to 4:30pm

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...

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Bob Galen
RGalen Consulting
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Creating a High-Performance Agile Team

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Tuesday, June 4, 2019 - 1:00pm to 4:30pm

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...

Gene Gotimer
Coveros
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DevOps for Leadership

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Tuesday, June 4, 2019 - 1:00pm to 4:30pm

Competitive markets dictate an ever increasing need to be able to react quickly and deliver business value and quality efficiently. Organizations who cannot evolve to the newer and faster paced delivery models will not survive. DevOps is necessary to deliver robust software solutions and products quickly and reliably, without increasing risk or sacrificing quality. Today’s leaders need to understand what DevOps is all about and how to implement it across the enterprise to remain competitive and facilitate growth. This interactive workshop will explain what DevOps is and isn’t, what...

Wednesday, June 5

Bob Galen
RGalen Consulting
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The Essential Product Owner: Partnering with Your Teams

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Wednesday, June 5, 2019 - 10:30am to 11:30am

While the Scrum product owner is arguably the most crucial role within agile teams, we often hear horror stories about POs who aren’t available to their teams, change their minds incessantly on business priorities, or ignore quality requirements and technical debt. Even the best POs struggle to meet the demands of their “regular business-focused job” while providing sufficient team guidance. Bob Galen shares real-world situations where he’s observed product owners who deliver truly balanced value for their business stakeholders. Find out how story mapping and release planning set the stage...

Todd Miller
Itero Group
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Engaging the Other Half of the Room

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Wednesday, June 5, 2019 - 10:30am to 11:30am

Do you often attend meetings or events where participation is left to only half the room, while the others sit quietly, waiting for it to be over? Organizational habits across the globe have unintentionally implemented tactics that exclude people and are anticollaborative. Join Todd Miller to explore as a group the use of liberating structures as an answer to this problem. Learn different ways to facilitate events so that the outcome involves every mind in the room. Come prepared to participate in this interactive session to learn ways of getting everyone engaged.

Chris Stemen
Blackstone Federal
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Escaping the 9 Circles of Agile Hell

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Wednesday, June 5, 2019 - 10:30am to 11:30am

Does it feel like you're toiling away in agile hell? Fear not—you don't have to be confined there for all eternity. Dave Bujard and Chris Stemen will describe the nine circles of agile hell, each an example of a problem that exists in many programs. They'll discuss the underlying issues that often are the cause and how to deal with them. Bring your smartphones—during the first five minutes, Dave and Chris will ask the audience to prioritize their pain points via an interactive app. During the presentation, they will focus on the six agile hells closest to participants' experiences....

Katy Sherman
Premier Inc.
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Who Owns Quality in Agile?

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Wednesday, June 5, 2019 - 11:45am to 12:45pm

What do you mean, who owns quality? The quality assurance team, of course—the kings and queens of quality, the masters of the tests, the lords of the sign-off. People often used to look down on quality assurance as less technical, the last to get their hands on the code, and the first to be blamed when things go wrong, but of course, agile adoption has changed the industry. These days we have cross-functional teams and develop test automation. But we also do "Scrummerfall" and have hardening sprints and stressful deadlines. Despite all of that planning, testing still often comes as an...

Bill DeVoe
Artemis Agile Consulting
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Pushing Pennies: Playing with the Principles of Product Development Flow

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Wednesday, June 5, 2019 - 11:45am to 12:45pm

Most agile practitioners first learn by reading a book, taking a class, or attending local meetings. But learning concepts works best when we can put some concrete examples and practice behind the theory. Being able to talk beyond anecdote and theory and demonstrate why something works the way we think it does is a powerful lesson. Join Bill DeVoe as he leads the audience in a few exercises to illustrate key agile and lean concepts. First, learn about the fallacies of multitasking and how to properly structure our work. Then complete an exercise demonstrating how typical projects work and...

Bob Galen
RGalen Consulting
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An Agile Fireside Chat with Bob Galen

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Wednesday, June 5, 2019 - 11:45am to 12:45pm

Come get your questions answered by an agile expert! We won't have an actual fireside, but Bob Galen will be on hand to answer your questions and discuss the topics that are most important to you. Bob is an experienced agile coach with a broad range of knowledge on almost any agile topic—practices, leadership, or methodologies. And he wants to discuss whatever interests you. Bring your questions and be ready for a lively, interactive discussion.

Victoria Guido
Blackstone Federal
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Nontechnical Managers Leading Technical Teams

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Wednesday, June 5, 2019 - 1:45pm to 2:45pm

Technology is complicated and changes every day. Even leaders with a technical background and deep understanding of tools and processes have trouble keeping up, and it’s virtually impossible to be an expert on every single aspect of a product. How can you help your team if you have no idea what anyone is talking about? Engineers and developers have all experienced the frustration and difficulties of being led by someone deemed “nontechnical,” from promising a customer unrealistic deadlines or solutions to a lack of trust and a complete breakdown in communication. Victoria Guido will...

Nablia Safdar
Do it Best Corp.
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Teaming in Agility: The Art of Excellence

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Wednesday, June 5, 2019 - 3:00pm to 4:00pm

Forming around an initiative to deliver productive outcomes can challenge the strongest of teams. It is even more difficult for individuals coming together during the transition. Often the responsiveness of the needs can be lost in process and system assumptions. Individuals under such a charge are left with a sense of being pawns in a chess match, making them feel less human. Teaming falters. Both the leader and the team member have responsibilities: The leader must unravel the complexity of the process, employ a human-first mindset, and foster safety and collaboration; the team member...

Stan Guzik
S&P Global
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Case Study: An Engineering-Focused, Scaled Agile Rollout at Standard & Poor's

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Wednesday, June 5, 2019 - 3:00pm to 4:00pm

A large company moves to agile, but when the going gets tough, they abandon all their agile processes and revert to old ways—which are now a combination of Scrum and waterfall—and delivery is worse than before they started. Usually, what happens next is the CTO gets removed, and the new CTO comes in and proclaims again that we are all moving to agile to re-energize the organization, and they start their transformation once more. Have you seen this movie before? The agile transformation for Standard & Poor's played out this way twice, but finally, the third time was the charm—their last...

Joseph_Ours
Centric Consulting
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The Lord of the Rings: DevOps Edition

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Wednesday, June 5, 2019 - 3:00pm to 4:00pm

Modern software delivery involves lean principles, DevOps practices, and of course tools. Implementing those elements in harmony will necessitate a change in how teams operate—more specifically, it will require a change in how managers think about teams. If teams truly want to leverage the power of DevOps and become high-performing, how should leaders think about team construction? Using comical analogous reasoning, Joseph Ours will discuss the fellowship in The Lord of the Rings, the roles, the mission, and the skills team to extrapolate what can be learned. Joseph will take artistic...

Thursday, June 6

Cheryl Hammond
Pivotal Labs
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Diversity without Disclosure: Rethinking Our Norms

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Thursday, June 6, 2019 - 8:30am to 9:45am

Organizational diversity isn't just about the attributes we can see. Every team has members with a near-infinite spectrum of needs, some of which we know about and a lot more we probably don't (and might never). How do we create a safe, accommodating space for things we aren’t aware of? It's possible. For our teams to reflect the diversity of our worlds, HR policies are necessary but not sufficient. Our teams can and should take concrete steps, large and small, to make ourselves more welcoming. You're probably doing some of them already, so let's talk about what works and how we can scale...

Jeff Langr
Langr Software Solutions, Inc.
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Mobbing, Pairing, Soloing, and Pipe Fires: A Personal History of Collaboration

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Thursday, June 6, 2019 - 10:00am to 11:00am

Pair programming: the practice you love to hate! Twenty years after being introduced as part of Extreme Programming, the collaborative practice is still a thing. And if you thought pairing was nuts, now there's mobbing, where the entire team works together on one thing at a time. Yet we often hear teams say, "We go faster because we are mobbing." In this anecdote-heavy session, you'll hear Jeff Langr's history of working through various models for collaboration (or not) across the past several decades, including solo programming, pairing, and mobbing. He'll show you his office blueprints...

Jason_Arbon
test.ai
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Postmodern Quality

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Thursday, June 6, 2019 - 10:00am to 11:00am

If you want to speed up delivery while maintaining quality, this is the talk for you. Jason’s move from Microsoft to Google’s agile and DevOps-driven world was a shock. Today’s agile teams have ten times more builds, ten times faster releases, ten times fewer testers, ten times quicker bug fixing speed, and … similar or worse software quality. Jason shares his lessons learned from being a tester on high-quality teams such as Google Chrome and Search. Jason also has experience managing software quality in the roles of director of engineering, director of product, and now startup CEO. He...

Mathias Eifert
Excella
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Iterative versus Incremental: How Your Backlog Makes or Breaks Agility

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Thursday, June 6, 2019 - 10:00am to 11:00am

Agile is an incremental and iterative approach to delivering value to our customers. But too often, we assume that both approaches are fundamentally equivalent. However, there is a crucial difference, and getting the balance wrong frequently results in projects and teams that are AINO—agile in name only—often without even realizing it! Mathias Eifert will discuss how to differentiate between incremental and iterative approaches, their strengths and weaknesses, and why you really need both. He will explore how iterative thinking shapes the core of agile practices, helps us manage today’s...

Melissa Boggs
Scrum Alliance
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Exhaustion Is Not a Status Symbol

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Thursday, June 6, 2019 - 10:00am to 11:00am

We set out to transform the world of work with agile, yet we've heard the Scrum sprint cycle described as a “hamster wheel,” an endless conveyor belt of backlog and sprint reviews that developers cannot escape. Join Melissa Boggs in a discussion about the pitfalls of a competitive culture and how we in the Scrum community, even with the best of intentions, could be accidentally responsible for continuing to spin the hamster wheel. Hero culture has been discussed before, but have we addressed our own potential culpability in creating it? We need to make sure that the principles and...

Kimberly Andrikaitis
Elissen Group
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Distributed Scrum Teams Whack-a-Mole:
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Common Obstacles

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Thursday, June 6, 2019 - 11:30am to 12:30pm

The challenge: Taking a newly formed distributed team from mediocre to high performing despite language/cultural/time zone differences, misunderstanding of Scrum and the "us" vs. "them" mentality. Join Kimberly as she walks through her journey with challenges in relationship building, shifting the agile mindset, lack of focus, and sad ceremonies. Kimberly has experimented with various ideas to bridge these gaps and has created an extensive toolbox to share with attendees and agile peers. Attendees will leave with real-world strategies on how to cultivate team identity, educate on agile...

Dana Pylayeva
Agile Play Consulting LLC
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You Can't Have DevOps if Fear is Running Your Workplace!

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Thursday, June 6, 2019 - 11:30am to 12:30pm

A number of organizations today start their DevOps initiatives with automation. While it may help them “grab the low hanging fruit”, it can only get them so far before they run into a big impediment- Fear in the Workplace. In these organizations, fear can undermine the further progress of DevOps. Just like any other change attempted in pathological or bureaucratic cultures, DevOps can even cause more fear and face strong resistance. Join this interactive session to learn and practice recognizing typical fears and fear symptoms. Play the Fear Eradicated game. Bring back a set of practical...

Lithespeed
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People Operations in a Teal Organization - Tools and Techniques from our Journey

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Thursday, June 6, 2019 - 3:15pm to 4:15pm

When we first saw Frederic Laloux's "Reinventing Organizations" we immediately said ‘Hell yes, we are doing this - we should never work any other way!’ On our journey to Teal, we have undergone many transitions and experiments. We will share some of our challenges moving towards a deeper teal culture and our goal of developing tools for creating a system of organizational development and self-management. We will share our real-world experience using distributed decision making and organizational structure, self-management for the whole organization, People Operations, peer to peer feedback...

Courtney Wilkinson
Quicken Loans
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Scrum Masters: The Struggle Is Real

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Thursday, June 6, 2019 - 3:15pm to 4:15pm

Are you a new Scrum Master who is trying to figure out “What the heck do I do each day?” Have you been a Scrum Master for a little while now, but still find it difficult to set aside time to continue to grow your team’s or even your own knowledge of Agile best practices? Do you struggle to improve the team dynamic or the relationship with your product owner because you are too busy removing roadblocks all day? These questions are just a few that have become all too familiar. Courtney knows because she has successfully overcome many herself. As a former Scrum Master and current Agile Coach...

Alan Shalloway
Net Objectives
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Lean Leadership and Systems Thinking

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Thursday, June 6, 2019 - 3:15pm to 4:15pm

Join Al Shalloway when he discusses the critical role that managers have in Agile adoptions. While teams need to self-organize, they need to do so in an effective eco-system which enables them to collaborate, communicate, and work across teams-effectively. Creating such an eco-system is management’s responsibility. Lean-thinking tells us to focus on the systems where the people are operating. We can do this because we trust them to be motivated and do their best. Lean provides a holistic view for the work done in an organization, which is even more important when a company doesn’t already...

Ryan Kenney
Coveros
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How to Prevent Catastrophic Doom on Your Next Federal Project

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Thursday, June 6, 2019 - 3:15pm to 4:15pm

Trying to achieve real Continuous Deployments into production is hard for everyone, but it’s especially hard for highly regulated or government projects. These types of challenges range from client-specific, such as a set of manual checks and validations that "need" to be performed and culturally not understanding Agile or DevOps, to more generic problems like how to version microservices and promote potentially breaking changes. In this talk, join Ryan Kenney as he discusses ways that he and his team have overcome obstacles to reaching CD. First Ryan will give an overview of the project...

Sneha Viswalingam
Zoll Lifevest
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Building the Blocks of Trust in Automation

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Thursday, June 6, 2019 - 3:15pm to 4:15pm

Establishing trust in the automation test suite is important to unite the team as a whole. Once trust is established in the process and the tests, it becomes crucial to the overall software development lifecycle. In this talk, join Sneha as she shares her journey as an automation engineer on how her team with manual test engineers contributed to automation, the steps taken to build clean automation to win the confidence of the organization and to have them believe that the automation effort has their backs. This talk would first focus on the strategies used to make the tests reliable and...

Kim Brainard
Agile Brain Group
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Leading in an Era of Constant Change

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Thursday, June 6, 2019 - 4:30pm to 5:30pm

Change is a good thing. Leading in an era of constant change can be frustrating. Putting a company through a significant transformation is a serious process that takes a lot of people, time, and money. However, if your organization doesn't innovate and change by market-driven needs and demands it will fail - it's just that simple. So how do you do it? This workshop will introduce five key factors to successful change management. You'll not only learn about the five keys, but you'll also experience them. Take away how change can be invigorating instead of exhausting. Attendees will go...

Marissa Fong
Produx Labs
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Roadmapping and Backlog Prioritization for Complex Situations

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Thursday, June 6, 2019 - 4:30pm to 5:30pm

With the adoption of Agile processes and shorter iterations, organizations and teams can deliver value faster and with less risk. Product owners can launch features to customers in regular and shorter cycles, learn, and iterate. But what if you manage a product that has dependencies on other products or systems? Or your product serves a market that requires coordinating with customers on any new feature launches? As a Product Owner, you want to deliver features as fast as possible so that you can add value to your business and customers. Agile is no longer a novel methodology and speed is...

Steven Granese
AgileThought
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Follow the Money: How to Talk to Executives About Agile

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Thursday, June 6, 2019 - 4:30pm to 5:30pm

When agile transformations fail, many agilists blame their executives for not caring about nor understanding agile. However, few people focus on the different languages that IT and business people speak, and the different outcomes that both sides desire. Rather than blaming each other, what is needed is more empathy for the results that others care about and more understanding of the language that others speak. In this session, Steven will share his stories from working with countless executives while leading their agile transformations. He will describe how to explain agile using the...

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Are You Looking at the Forest—Not Just the Trees? Improving Quality and Flow in an Agile, Continuous Delivery World.

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Thursday, June 6, 2019 - 4:30pm to 5:30pm

There are many companies today implementing Agile and DevOps practices – usually enabled by a microservices architecture. Most of them are focused on continuously delivering value to their customers within the boundary of a time-bound sprint. If you work at one of these companies or want to move in that direction – how does the Quality delivered by your team today compare to 3, 6, or 9 months back. Has it improved, stayed the same, or is it worse? By how much? Are you actively using that data to improve Quality? Join Ashwin Desai as he reviews how Hudl implemented a Lean-based approach...