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Agile + DevOps West 2019 - General Management

Customize your Agile + DevOps West 2019 experience with sessions covering general project management.

Monday, June 3

Catherine Louis
CLL-Group.com
MD

If Negotiating with Stakeholders is Not Working for You - Techniques and Strategies for Effective Negotiation

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

Does the idea of just thinking about negotiating with a difficult person give you anxiety? If so this tutorial is for you! This tutorial is specifically about negotiating and leadership: how to deal with difficult people and sticky problems. Join Catherine Louis as she walks you through several negotiation techniques. Armed with these new techniques, we will then “learn by doing” covering the following sticky sample negotiating exercises:

Dealing with a difficult stakeholder The customer is about to fire you, what do you do? The QA manager is not investing in her people. The...
Ryan Ripley
Independent Consultant
ME

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
MJ

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
MK

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
TC

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...

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Tools for DevSecOps

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

DevOps is about creating alignment across the value stream for an application, service, or product. DevSecOps integrates security into this process, making the entire team responsible for delivering secure code that works and can be deployed and used securely. But how do you actually do that? What tools do you add to your DevOps pipeline to help make your software secure and provide your stakeholders with a high level of confidence that the software meets all security requirements & standards? In this tutorial Tom Stiehm will explore what security tools you can add to your DevOps...

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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
TJ

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...

Gene Gotimer
Coveros
TN

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

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.

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...

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
K2

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...

Thursday, June 6

Cheryl Hammond
Pivotal Labs
K4

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...

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...

Ryan Ripley
Independent Consultant
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Fishbowl Discussion: How Much Automation Is Enough?

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

These days, everyone knows some automation is a necessity. More usually feels better. But when are you done? Or when do you stop for now? How can you tell if adding automation is no longer helping, or is even distracting from the real issues? Because the answer is "It depends," you'll want to listen to the wisdom of others who are on the same journey. In a fishbowl discussion, the audience members sit in a circle of chairs in the middle of the room. Several brave souls will fill all but one of the chairs in the "fishbowl." When you want to join as a speaker, you enter the fishbowl and sit...

Kimberly Andrikaitis
Elissen Group
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Distributed Scrum Teams Whack-a-Mole:
 Creative Solutions to 
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...

Keith Elder
Quicken Loans
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Productivity: How to Get Things Done in This Digital Age

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

"Pick the kids up after school, pay the electric bill on Friday, reviews for team members are due tomorrow, oh and I have to remember to call a team member back about the question they asked yesterday." These are just a few of the things that run through our heads constantly. While some of us have work tasks that are tracked in kanban boards or JIRA or TFS or maybe even pencil and paper, there is so much more we have to keep track of. Ugh-- an email just came in, crap, I have to take a survey now. Ok, I’m back...what was I saying...oh yeah, staying productive... getting things done. It is...

Alan Crouch
Coveros
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Making the Jump from DevOps to DevSecOps Effectively

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

Organizations are moving to Agile and DevOps to build and deploy software more rapidly. As they break down organizational silos to bring together testing, development, and operations, they often avoid or exclude security in their transformational efforts. Highly-regulated organizational leaders are often left wondering: Where does my traditional security organization fit into this new Agile/DevOps world? How do I know that my applications are becoming more secure, while still getting the advantages of rapid incremental, deployment? Alan will talk about his experiences with financial,...

Lithespeed
AD41

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...

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...

Gene Gotimer
Coveros
AD48

Pyramid Discussion- DevOps Adoption in Large, Slow Organizations

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

Are you in a large, plodding enterprise but beginning, in the midst of, or considering a move towards DevOps? Unsure how or even if it will work, but know you have to make a move anyway? Do you want to hear from your peers on how they've managed so far? A pyramid discussion starts as a series of one-on-one conversations between the participants. After each pair hashes out their thoughts with each other, they join another couple to refine their points and hear pros and cons. After a while, those four join with four more, and so on until there is only one discussion with everyone sharing and...

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...