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Agile + DevOps Virtual 2021 - Agile Team Member

Tuesday, June 8

Jeff Payne
Coveros
TD

Agile Project Failures: Root Causes and Corrective Actions

Tuesday, June 8, 2021 - 10:00am to 1:30pm

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...

Wednesday, June 9

christina-ambers
Thomson Reuters
W2

Mythbusters: Kanban Edition

Wednesday, June 9, 2021 - 11:45am to 12:45pm

Do your teams think Kanban grass is greener? Did you learn about Kanban informally? Often, Scrum teams look to Kanban as the easier way to complete work, thinking the process is easier and less structured than Scrum. In this presentation, Christina will discuss the myths surrounding Kanban (myths like there are no ceremonies, is no estimation, are no deadlines, and there is more time to complete work). Christina will bust those myths by presenting the practices and principles behind Kanban, and how to integrate Kanban tools into any process to solve your team’s problems. Attendees...

Kathleen-Flax
Capital One
W3

Overcoming Agile Resistance in Operations

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Wednesday, June 9, 2021 - 11:45am to 12:45pm

What happens when you utter the word Agile to someone in your operational organization? Do you often get a negative response or maybe even rolling of the eyes? How often do you hear “we’re not developers, we don’t need to use agile”? In the Technology Operations Center at Capital One, we faced this exact issue. Associates in the center manage high severity incidents and problem management and resisted implementing Agile. Why? Because there are a lot of Agile misconceptions out there and it makes operational teams reluctant to adopt this framework despite the many benefits of using...

Chevron Corporation
W7

Even Large Enterprises Need to be Agile

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Wednesday, June 9, 2021 - 1:15pm to 2:15pm

To survive in this digital age of speed, agility, and customer-centricity, large enterprises must focus their efforts towards the delivery of the highest customer value within the shortest amount of time. Large enterprises are forced to operate like start-up companies. The only way to sustainably achieve this is through a Digital Transformation that drives Business Agility. But how can an organization embark on such a transformation? What would it take to transform the embedded practices: legacy applications, inefficient processes, traditional culture? How do we even begin? This...

Drew-Shefman
Disney Streaming Services
W8

Agile in 160 Billion Gallons: When Agile Principles Occur During A Disaster

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Wednesday, June 9, 2021 - 1:15pm to 2:15pm

While the Agile concepts may sometimes be easy, the why's and how's are a little trickier to wrap your head around. I’ve unfortunately participated in three recent rising flood water events in Houston over the last three years. Employing my agile skills has had a profound impact on the "success of the project". I will be mapping common Agile ideas to dealing with rising water encroaching on your home. I start with an interactive exercise where we talk about flooding, with the outcome being the question: “What do you do when you know that your house might flood?” The answer to this...

Jason-St-Cyr
Sitecore
W13

Stepping Up - Becoming a Leader in Your Team

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Wednesday, June 9, 2021 - 4:00pm to 5:00pm

One of the most difficult transitions to make is from being a member of the team, to owning your former teammates performance reviews. It is awkward. It is stressful. And you can do it! How do you maintain a trusted relationship with your team mates? How do you employ empathy to help yourself understand your team? How do you gain authority and decision making where previously you had none? How do you make decisions that impact the lives of your team in very significant ways? How do you balance your corporate strategic responsibilities with your desire to advocate for your own team...

jill-stott
NextUp Solutions
W14

Innovation: How to Foster It & How to Squelch It

Wednesday, June 9, 2021 - 4:00pm to 5:00pm

Everyone talks about the importance of innovation, but few understand what factors contributes to, and detracts from, true innovation.

This presentation will cover the following: Why is innovation in the workplace important? - Springboard by sharing two stories; one from a company that failed to innovate and one from a company that continually innovates - Whole group discussion on benefits of creating an innovative company culture

Innovation squelchers -What are most people doing to prevent innovative ideas and deliverables? - - What you need to STOP doing - Example/...

Michael-Faulise
BCforward
W17

The Importance of a QMO in World-Class Agile Teams

Wednesday, June 9, 2021 - 4:00pm to 5:00pm

In today’s competitive environment, being the first to market is critical. But what happens when there’s a heavy focus on building teams and role changes that you place quality aspects of your transformation on the back burner. Your move to agility may run into impediments if you haven’t engaged quality from the beginning, or worse, they rush unfinished or buggy products to market. In our one hour discussion, we’ll talk about how organizations use an Agile Mindset and approach to transition from traditional ways of thinking to include a QMO when delivering quality products and solutions...

W18

Testing a Data Science Model

Wednesday, June 9, 2021 - 4:00pm to 5:00pm

I have heard from other senior testers around the world that they know of data science teams but no testers testing the models, how do we have enough confidence what is produced is good enough? A model is a statistical black box, how to test it so we understand its behaviours to test is properly. Main aim would be to help inspire testers to explore data science models. I’d like to share how I explored the world of data science when testing a model and how we can apply that if we find ourselves in this situation. It is an emerging area for testers and exciting. I’d like to invite you to my...

Thursday, June 10

Yulia-Pieskova
SimCorp
T1

Remote Onboarding: How to Make the Most of It

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Thursday, June 10, 2021 - 11:45am to 12:45pm

A lot of companies struggle with onboarding remotely. It often happens because of the lack the face to face interactions, communication challenges and difficulties tracking the process and therefore, reveal the potential of the new employees. Moreover, it often leads to overall drop in team performance. Therefore, I'd like to share the recipe of how to iteratively set up the efficient remote on boarding and adaptation period for the agile teams. Among our key success factors we had: cross-teams patterns development, adaptation plan with all team members involvement, challenging...

Paul-Borlin
Compassion International
T2

Engage and Delight Your Stakeholders: There's ALWAYS Something to Show

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Thursday, June 10, 2021 - 11:45am to 12:45pm

Whether you are in a large or small organization, we all have to convey and demonstrate our accomplishments in our software. Many of us struggle finding what to show, especially if it’s not a UI. In this presentation, we'll walk through various aspects of presenting software: presenting basics, how to prepare, how to convey your ideas, how to keep their attention, tips and tricks, remote presentations, and finally how to convey specific software topics. The entire presentation will be a culmination to that last topic: how to convey specific software topics, like spikes, backends,...

IncrementOne
T3

What Can We Learn about our Agile Transformations from Wardley Maps?

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Thursday, June 10, 2021 - 11:45am to 12:45pm

After over a decade of agile transformations, many organizations are looking for signs that the change is complete. You are faster, more focussed, and delivering a product with higher quality, but when are you done? Models of Agile maturity have emerged that promise to measure “how agile you are”, with some mythical end point. By introducing a Wardley Maps in the context of business agility, you will be able to map out the path of your transformation, fill in any gaps that you may have, and begin to understand what direction your transformation may take you in the future. Business...

Mariya Breyter
Goldman Sachs
T4

Take your business to the next level with DevOps OKRs

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Thursday, June 10, 2021 - 11:45am to 12:45pm

Objectives and Key Results, or OKRs are a popular concept nowadays. The reason why OKRs work is because they are about motivation (teams setting objectives that they are passionate about), collaboration (people who have similar passion collaborating to achieve results), and innovation (no one tells them how to achieve these results). OKRs are aligned across the organization so that everyone has a chance to contribute. One of the primary areas where OKRs are extremely important and not yet fully discovered is DevOps. The topic OKRs with a focus on one of the most complex and...

Max Saperstone
Steampunk
T6

Stop, You’re Doing BDD Wrong

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Thursday, June 10, 2021 - 11:45am to 12:45pm

Tools like Cucumber and Fitnesse have been popularizing the ‘idea’ of using Behavior Driven Development (BDD) for test automation for over a decade. While there are many benefits to using these tools, adoption of BDD practices and principles can add a lot more value than the tooling alone. BDD isn’t about testing; it’s about design, and team collaboration. Max will review the main tenets of BDD, and dive into some ideas of implementing this process. He’ll cover the benefits of doing true BDD: how it can be used to increase product quality and reduce feature churn. He will also...

matt-van-fleet
LeadingAgile
T9

Aligning your DevOps Strategy to your Agile Transformation

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Thursday, June 10, 2021 - 1:15pm to 2:15pm

If you have a small team on a greenfield project DevOps is easy to get started; your code is not that complex and you environment need tend to be limited. To do it appropriately for a 1,000 or 10,000 person shop with legacy code is orders of magnitude more complex. You have to do it with slices of the organization. You need to move through various stages of DevOps maturity. In this session we will walk you the practices to implement and the appropriate order to implement them to ensure you get valuable outcomes along the way. We will start with how to approach teams that are just...

bharat-nagpal
Capital One
T11

Advancing Agile Software Development using Machine Learning

Thursday, June 10, 2021 - 1:15pm to 2:15pm

Machine learning is everywhere from self driving cars to smart speakers that act as our personal voice controlled assistants. If you are related to tech industry, you have likely heard about machine learning. I'm not here to tell you what machine learning is but to propose a potential use case for it, something you may or may not have thought about. That use case is Advancing Agile. I am going to leave you with a hypothesis that Machine Learning can be used to advance this software development methodology that we call Agile and can bring about efficiencies that are otherwise challenging to...

soni-lee
Capital One
T14

Process Visualization

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Thursday, June 10, 2021 - 3:15pm to 4:15pm

This session will provide you with strategies on how to enhance clarity within your organization using visualization. We will review concepts, guiding principles and methodologies for “Visualizing Flow.” Participants will visualize one process within their organization, evaluate its effectiveness, design a plan to problem solve and increase efficiency through transparency. The session is intended for anyone who wants to learn a new technique for communicating ideas using imagery within their organization. How to equip teams and leadership with shared understanding around day-to-day...

Craeg-Strong
Ariel Partners
T15

Bringing DevOps to an Entrenched Legacy Environment with the Kanban Method

Thursday, June 10, 2021 - 3:15pm to 4:15pm

Innovative Silicon Valley companies like Etsy leverage DevOps and Continuous Delivery practices to achieve new levels of automation and agility, shrinking development lead times and deploying to production many times each day. However, many companies struggle to implement these practices for the legacy systems that run their core business. To make matters worse, the agile community offers relatively little practical guidance for implementing DevOps practices in legacy environments. Fortunately, the Kanban Method provides a practical way to gradually evolve these core systems towards...

rohit-sinha
Synerzip
T21

Agile Metrics transformation to fix disconnect between Business and Delivery

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Thursday, June 10, 2021 - 4:30pm to 5:30pm

There is a widespread disconnect between Business and Delivery. These days many delivery teams follow agile principles. Their focus is on improving agile metrics such as sprint velocity,tracking product burnup/burndown etc. However, these metrics/measures do not say anything about the value a user or customer is getting. Business wants to gauge customer satisfaction,employee satisfaction, time to market, innovation, cost, revenue etc. There is a disconnect. Some of the common pitfalls – last-minute surprises, dissatisfied teams, and significant cost impact. Agile metrics...

adam-matłacz
Demant
T23

Leadership: From Monolith to Pebbles

Thursday, June 10, 2021 - 4:30pm to 5:30pm

When working with medical products, the verification process can be a real pain – especially when dealing with completely new QA team, complex hardware/software setup and collaboration of multiple scattered teams. My first release as a System Test Manager was a real struggle – stress, overtime, exceeding deadlines and a lot of uncertainty. But I’ve learned my lesson and focused on preparing and building the team with the right skill set and competencies. Now each team member is a leader in his own field, with set of responsibilities and me acting as a glue to hold them all together....

farah-chabchoub
MANGOPAY
T24

Unpredictable scenarios, guide for blind QA

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Thursday, June 10, 2021 - 4:30pm to 5:30pm

At MANGOPAY, service quality is a strategic issue and a major asset for our products. It is therefore essential to test our products before going live. However, it is still difficult to reproduce all the possible scenarios we can have in production on our test environments. Have you ever been asked to reproduce a production behaviour without having the scenario? Have you ever spent hours trying to understand what is happening in production without being able to reproduce the same thing on your test environment? In this discussion, I will share with you how we have been able to...