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Agile + DevOps West 2022 - Project Manager

Customize your Agile + DevOps West 2022 experience with sessions covering project management.

Tuesday, June 14

Mary Thorn
S&P Global Ratings
Bob Galen
Zenergy Technologies

Creating a High-Performance Agile Team

Tuesday, June 14, 2022 - 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

Agile Project Failures: Root Causes and Corrective Actions

Tuesday, June 14, 2022 - 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...

Ignite Insight + Innovation

Approaching Conflict Productively

Tuesday, June 14, 2022 - 8:30am to 12:00pm

When it comes to high-performing teams, conflict is inevitable and necessary. The very essence of gaining the best value outcomes is a result of leveraging the wisdom of various perspectives and experiences. Those variances will generate conflict. Yet, this is only a negative if we are unequipped with the knowledge and tools to embrace and approach conflict.  In this tutorial, expect to unpack the differences and the relationship between conflict and drama.  Discover tools for helping all voices be heard.  Plus, have fun practicing skills in preparing how to react to conflicts productively...

Mary Thorn
S&P Global Ratings
Bob Galen
Zenergy Technologies

The Craft of Highly-Effective Agile Leadership

Tuesday, June 14, 2022 - 1:00pm to 4:30pm

Based on the learning objectives from the iCAgile, Leading with Agility workshop, this ½ day version will explore the craft of agile leadership in guiding your journey to becoming a catalyst leader. Along the way, we'll explore the why of leading with agility, how to develop and grow your personal agility, tactics for developing and deepening your organizational relationships, and approaches for leading cultural and organizational transformation. Critical topics include your responsibility in shaping a culture that is inclusive, safe, empowered, aligned, and results/impact-focused. We also...

Wednesday, June 15

Ignite Insight + Innovation

The Traps of Accountability

Wednesday, June 15, 2022 - 10:30am to 11:30am

That dreaded "we need to figure out what happened to hold people accountable" meeting is approaching, which often means people are getting their fingers ready to point. When working with humans, blaming never leads to accountability. Blaming leads to a loss of focus and a waste of time towards the shared goal of delivering value. In this session, Tricia Broderick explores the common traps of accountability and blame within organizations. Then expect to go beyond the identification to examine and practice a few alternatives towards building responsibility.  

Arlen Bankston
Adaptagility LLC

Adept Agile Requirements – Plan Faster, Better & Easier

Wednesday, June 15, 2022 - 10:30am to 11:30am

For a philosophy built upon the idea of rapid adaptation, the rigid way in which requirements are managed in many agile projects is a poor fit.  For instance, strict requirement trees linked tightly to organizational hierarchies can be damaging to local ownership, speed, and quality of decision-making.   Potentially useful ideas like user stories and Gherkin can be misapplied to ill effect.  A narrow focus on writing out requirements can miss opportunities for more effective communication through visualization. This workshop will review a host of simple but lesser-known techniques for...


Congratulations! You're a leader! Now what?!

Wednesday, June 15, 2022 - 11:45am to 12:45pm

You’ve done it! You’ve finally gotten into that leadership position, whether it be a test lead, test manager, or even test director. Now what? You’ve gotten to this point because of your technical skills. Always one to jump in and fix things or get things done. However, now your job is people. You’ve gone from doing the testing to leading people who do the testing. What does this mean for you? In this talk Janna will talk about the transition from individual contributor to leader. What do you do when the skills that got you here aren’t the same as the skills that you need to be a good...

Capital One
Bill Roberts
Capital One

Scaling your WIP Limits Can Unlock Organizational Agility

Wednesday, June 15, 2022 - 11:45am to 12:45pm

Today, it’s not uncommon for teams in large organizations to be inundated with requests from enterprise stakeholders, leadership, and anyone other than customers. These requests take the form of mandates to ensure compliance with various standards as they relate to information security, architecture, and other areas that position teams to be “well-managed”. The requests often pile up like traffic on Los Angeles’ Harbor Freeway at rush hour, pre-covid, of course. The end result is that this work takes priority, steamrolling all the product-lead development requirements, and therefore...

Jason St-Cyr

Stepping Up - Becoming a Leader in Your Team

Wednesday, June 15, 2022 - 3:00pm to 4:00pm

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 member's...

EPAM Systems

Engineering Excellence in a VUCA World

Wednesday, June 15, 2022 - 3:00pm to 4:00pm

We are in a VUCA world.  VUCA stands for Volatility, Uncertainty, Complexity and Ambiguity and to survive, companies and teams need to have a Vision, Understanding, Clarity and Agilty in their software development processes.   Adopting Agile and DevOps has been a focus for companies over the past couple years.  While this definitely helps companies become more productive it’s not going to get them alone in this VUCA world.  Engineering Excellence is an emerging trend that combines agility and DevOps but also focuses on how the engineer’s work.  Adam will explain what it means to have...

Thursday, June 16

Cisco Systems

Effective Leadership Strategies for Managing a Team with Diverse Skill Sets

Thursday, June 16, 2022 - 10:00am to 11:00am

 I’ve managed teams before—first as a sales engineer, then as a network engineer. In those leadership roles, I knew the jobs of those I was managing because I had done them myself. Now I find myself in the position of managing a very talented and diverse team of developer advocates, but here’s the rub: I’ve never actually done their job before. Talk about imposter syndrome! How could I be an effective leader? How could I relate to their challenges when I’ve never faced those challenges before? Questions like these were keeping me up at night, but I soon found that other leaders in the...

Is Agility Even Possible in Implementing Commercial, Off-the-Shelf (COTS) Systems?

Thursday, June 16, 2022 - 10:00am to 11:00am

 Many individuals who have worked as part of an initiative to implement off-the-shelf systems have heard that agile approaches can’t work - that agile only works when building solutions from scratch or adding functionality to these systems. We believe and have seen, that agile approaches are actually preferable to a traditional waterfall in these instances, and the differences between proprietary and customization of commercially available system development have more in common than not.


Mainstreaming the Mainframe - Taking the Agile and DevOps Journey

Thursday, June 16, 2022 - 10:00am to 11:00pm

How to go from Waterfall development with annual releases to Agile Scrum with more frequent releases on the mainframe. Starting with why waterfall isn't working, and the problems that can cause for the entire organization. I give practical advice on how to break through the resistance to Agile and move at a much faster pace while improving quality. I will lay out 10 steps to mainframe agility. Examples are drawn from personal experience and working with several mainframe organizations. Attendees will leave with the knowledge that it can be done and have a roadmap for how to implement it in...

CUNA Mutual Group

Taking Great Measures – Quit Measuring and Start Influencing

Thursday, June 16, 2022 - 11:30am to 12:30pm

Using metrics in Agile has been an elusive endeavor, and how to use those metrics for good, not evil. Too often we see metrics used to compare agile teams, and question the wrong things. Too often we solution before we understand what the true need is. We took a different approach of not just using the standard agile metrics to help teams with efficiency, but working more closely with our leaders on data needed to help drive decisions around staffing, work prioritization, and value delivered. Through interviews and a focus on educating different levels of business and IT leaders, we were...

JP Morgan Chase

Agile + Automation = Transformation

Thursday, June 16, 2022 - 11:30am to 12:30pm

This session would emphasize on how important it is to adopt not just Agile but also Automated Testing. Together they can drive any transformation within the Team or the organization. It is crucial for teams to identify, communicate and define the expectations. These need to be validated in an automated way to increase speed and stability with each delivery.For smaller teams it might be an easier transformation, but there will be less resources as each member wears multiple hats. For larger organizations, it will be a slower transition as there are processes and roles that might need to be...

Imagine Technologies, Inc.

Permit to Cloud: Landing with Confidence in Azure

Thursday, June 16, 2022 - 11:30am to 12:30pm

An application is an idea that has code, data and infrastructure, and choosing whether to build a conveyor belt or to put up guard rails along the path is important in maintaining velocity to the cloud. In this session, we explore the tools available in Azure for creating and enforcing governance policy, standards and infrastructure, including Azure resource template technologies and Bicep, Azure blueprints, as well as DevOps processes including GitHub Actions that you can use to ensure your cloud journey is predictable, secure and compliant. We’ll see how the tools work and share best...


How to Create a Product Office

Thursday, June 16, 2022 - 1:30pm to 2:30pm

Whether you’re researching market opportunities, brainstorming new product ideas, developing products customers love, or managing product roll-outs – organizations face many challenges in product delivery. In this session Dave explores the Product Office and how it helps organizational alignment across teams, oversees service delivery, and provides visibility into development.


Transformation at Wiley (DevOps, and Agile, and ITSM Oh My!)

Thursday, June 16, 2022 - 1:30pm to 2:30pm

Wiley is a company that is transforming at every level. Our industries, from research to education, are going through unprecedented change. As a company, we are going through a massive transformation in Agile, DevOps, and ITSM to meet the changing demands of our markets. Learn how Wiley is managing multiple simultaneous transformations while continuing to deliver for researchers and educators around the world.

Key takeaways: - Learn how to drive transformation in Agile, DevOps, and ITSM - Gain insight from concrete examples about how Wiley is driving DevOps, Agile, and ITSM...