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Friday, October 28
 

7:30am PDT

Breakfast
Friday October 28, 2016 7:30am - 8:00am PDT
Ballroom ABCD

8:00am PDT

Welcome
Friday October 28, 2016 8:00am - 8:15am PDT
Ballroom ABCD

8:15am PDT

What Does it Mean to be an Agile Leader?

There’s a lot of talk about new management paradigms, agile leadership, servant leadership.  But what does it all mean?  What does a leader do?  What makes a person a leader?  What is to lose and gain by slipping into a different model of leadership? Esther will explore these questions and offer ideas, directions, and perhaps a few challenges.


Speakers
avatar for Esther Derby

Esther Derby

I’m an expert in organizational dynamics and a leading thinker in bringing agility to organizations, management, and teams. How your company’s values are reflected in your environment, your culture and organizational dynamics, directly determines the quality and level of your... Read More →


Friday October 28, 2016 8:15am - 9:15am PDT
Ballroom ABCD

9:30am PDT

Agile Myths that can Hurt your project.
While there is much benefit to using Agile approaches there are myths that tend role as to over-expecting and apparent under-delivering. Address these myths at inception to manage expectation.

Speakers
avatar for Steven McGee

Steven McGee

38+ years in IT industry Veteran: Retired USAF System/Software Engineer BPR, IDEF0, DODAF CMMI  expert Frequent public speaker PMP, CSP, ACP, CSM, CDA, ICP, SAFe SPC4


Friday October 28, 2016 9:30am - 10:15am PDT
Room 213 A-B

9:30am PDT

Can you hear me now? Start Listening instead
Most of us believe we are good listeners but we underestimate this skill and are hard-wired to short change it by making assumptions, providing answers and jumping in when we think we know what people are trying to say. In doing so, we rob ourselves of the chance to encourage growth, build trust & respect and promote ownership. Listening is about more than hearing the words; it is about tone, body language and so much more. But wait  - listening well can be learned, so come and join Judith to understand and practice this under-utilized skill.

We will experience how hard it is to listen then understand the effect of good listening and why it has that effect. We will look at ways to identify how you know someone is really listening? We will also practice the art of asking good questions so we can truly listen to the answers. Discover how good listening builds respect, trust and ownership.

Speakers
avatar for Judith Mills

Judith Mills

Judith Mills is interested in people. Rising through the ranks from software engineer to VP Development at a global software company, Judith is equally comfortable talking with teams about building great applications as she is working on organizational strategy in the boardroom. Her... Read More →


Friday October 28, 2016 9:30am - 10:15am PDT
Room 213 C-D

9:30am PDT

Leading Agile Change

Many change leaders approach Agile adoption with naïve expectations. They don’t understand that training and coaching teams alone won’t be enough to ensure that their Agile initiative succeeds. Agile transformation entails change that will be broadly felt throughout the organization in policies, processes, mindset and culture. The key to successfully leading change that runs this deep is organizational change management. Organizational change management helps change leaders usher in extensive operational and structural changes. Even more important, it helps leaders facilitate the human aspects of change that occur during Agile transformations. In this webinar, we discuss what an Agile transformation is, how to successfully engage stakeholders, the critical role of change management and how to lead Agile change successfully.

Learning Objectives

  1. Learn proven practices and approaches to organizational change management in the context of an Agile transformation
  2. Understand why the transition from a traditional enterprise model to business agility requires a full-scale transformation
  3. Understand the role of change management in a successful Agile transformation
  4. Understand how change leadership, executives, management and all stakeholders across the enterprise must champion the change through continuous collaboration and communication

Speakers
avatar for Dan Fuller

Dan Fuller

Solutions IQ
Dan Fuller has been an Agile coach and consultant for over 10 years and has 25 years of experience in the software development field. His current areas of focus include Business Agility, Agile Change Management, Lean Startup and Design Thinking. Prior to his Agile experiences, he... Read More →


Friday October 28, 2016 9:30am - 10:15am PDT
Room 217 C-D

9:30am PDT

Making Your User Stories “Ready” to Get to “Done”

One of the most challenging and trouble-prone aspects of agile product development is discovering the right product requirements to deliver at the right time, for the right customer. Many teams rely on user stories to discover and define agile requirements. But in reality user stories often lead to a confusing array of struggles and puzzles, such as bloated backlogs, ineffective or inconsistent planning, and erratic Sprint flow. This thrashing is not how user stories are intended to work!

Join Mary Gorman in this fast-paced introduction of a common sense, tested approach to user stories. With a laser-like focus on delivering value, you follow a story as it’s sliced across the 7 Product Dimensions. You learn how the Structured Conversation framework enables you to quickly explore, evaluate, and confirm stories. See how making your user stories “ready” is the key for incremental delivery of your “Done” product.   

Learning outcomes:

  • Practical ways to mitigate user story struggles
  • The four functional and three nonfunctional dimensions of every user story
  • The holistic approach to stories that smooths the way for successful iterative and incremental product delivery 

Speakers
avatar for Mary B Gorman

Mary B Gorman

EBG Consulting
Mary Gorman, a leader in business analysis and requirements, is Vice President of Quality & Delivery at EBG Consulting. Mary coaches product teams, facilitates discovery workshops, and trains teams to collaboratively discover and deliver high-value products. She speaks and writes... Read More →


Friday October 28, 2016 9:30am - 10:15am PDT
Room 217 A-B

10:30am PDT

Navigating Conflict on Agile Teams
A one hour session designed to facilitate an open dialog on conflict.  Not all conflict is bad, it is a reality in the business world that we must be equipped to address.  This session will provide some techniques to avoid negative conflict as well as ways to get a team through conflict.

Speakers
avatar for Roy Maines

Roy Maines

Roy Maines has over 35 years of experience in information technology, with a concentration on Agile development frameworks and techniques. Roy’s passion is in helping others on their Agile journey and continuing to push the envelope of learning and understanding. Roy is a US Navy... Read More →


Friday October 28, 2016 10:30am - 11:15am PDT
Room 213 C-D

10:30am PDT

Agile Transformation . . . Don't Waste Your Money!!

With the world around us continuing to evolve and speed up, the need to quickly respond to an ever changing set of regulations, user demands, and emerging market disruptors made agile one of the most trendy movements for corporations around the globe.  The reality is, Agile has been around for nearly two decades, so why aren’t there more success stories.  Many are failing because they don’t have the appropriate conditions in place to enable them to succeed and are forcing it without doing the necessary pre-work to establish a foundation.

This discussion uses examples from people attempting a Health & Fitness transformation as a layman’s illustration for the struggles organizations attempting an agile transformation experience.  In both cases there are people who are not ready to embark on their transformation, who disregard the obvious indicators and proceed anyway.  These transformations are highly likely to fail and the individual or organization just ends up wasting a significant amount of money only to end up in the same or worse shape than they started. 

The discussion concludes with a list of key conditions to look for and a recommendation on how to determine if your organization is ready to embark on an agile transformation.  Whether trying to prepare for an upcoming transformation or get one that’s already in-flight back on track, you will leave with an understanding of what areas to address that will greatly increase your likelihood of realizing the successful organizational transformation you envisioned.


Speakers
avatar for Mark Wanish

Mark Wanish

Senior technology executive, business leader and transformation expert with the unique ability to blend business acumen and technical expertise to break down traditional business and technology barriers, create customer driven strategies, and deliver highly complex solutions that... Read More →


Friday October 28, 2016 10:30am - 11:15am PDT
Ballroom ABCD

10:30am PDT

Probabilistic Decision Making - Simple techniques for making decisions around risk and opportunity

Simple techniques for making decisions around risk and opportunity

You know "collaboration over contract negotiation', right? However, metrics often drive a wedge between management and the team, none more so than forecasting metrics. However, when you give a probability distribution as the answer to the question, "When will we get it?" instead of a single date, an amazing transformation happens. Suddenly, the team and management start working together to manage tradeoffs and risk. 

You need two things to take advantage of this paradigm shift: 1) How do you start to think probabilistically?; and 2) How do you generate a probabilistic forecast or analysis? This talk provides mindset shifts necessary for #1 and lots of worked out practical examples for #2.


Speakers
avatar for Larry Maccherone

Larry Maccherone

Larry Maccherone is an industry-recognized thought leader on agile, metrics, and visualization. He currently helps a number of companies in the areas of metrics, agile development, and cybersecurity including Comcast, AgileCraft, Agility Health, and Pendo.io. Previously, Larry led... Read More →


Friday October 28, 2016 10:30am - 11:15am PDT
Room 217 C-D

10:30am PDT

The Practical Application of Lean-Thinking to Agile at Scale
Lean-Thinking provides a few key mantras to follow, attend to the system, the workflow and quality.  Most people have heard of "just-in-time" and "stop-the-line" and tend to think Lean is about building cars.  It isn't. 

It's a mindset that can be applied to any industry or type of service.  In software, one needs to shift the thinking from waste (which can be seen in the physical world) to one of removing delays.  There are many aspects of a development organization that contribute to delays. 

These include:
  • Having the development group work on too many things
  • Not properly aligning the work across the value stream
  • Large work items
  • Slow feedback
  • Not having cross-functional teams
  • High technical debt
  • Lack of automation

This talk shows how each of these directly causes waste, lowers productivity, raises cost and lowers quality. It also points to steps you can take to alleviate these challenges.

Speakers
avatar for Al Shalloway

Al Shalloway

Al Shalloway is the founder and CEO of Net Objectives. With over 45 years of experience, Al is an industry thought leader in Lean, Kanban, product portfolio management, SAFe, Scrum and agile design. He helps companies transition to Lean and Agile methods enterprise-wide as well teaches... Read More →


Friday October 28, 2016 10:30am - 11:15am PDT
Room 217 A-B

10:30am PDT

Zorro Circles of Inspection and Adaptation
Have you ever wondered how to progressively harness focus on your goals and influence your outcomes?

Woody Zuill once famously quoted _‹ÐIf you could adopt only one agile practice, then let it be retrospectives. Everything else will follow_‹. The constantly evolving world of business in modern times demands frequent inspection and adaptation of methods and strategies in order for the latter to stay relevant. The empirical nature of agile features such assessments that can help individuals and teams adjust to constant change and establish a sustainable pace to deliver complex products.

Behold the _‹€Zorro Circles_‹_ to create an excellence in execution in behaviors and tactics. Discover the essentials of designing retrospectives by understanding the multi layered circles of projects' and peoples' characteristics. Experience the applicability of the _‹€Zorro Circles_‹_ in a variety of locales through real world instances and walk away with a handful of effective techniques to design moments of inspection and adaptation in your organization_‹_s ecosystem.

_‹ÐAt regular intervals, the team reflects on how to become more effective, then tunes and adjusts its behavior accordingly._‹  -Agile Manifesto Principle 12

Throughout this process, we will also share real world instances that will demonstrate the applicability and success of the Zorro Circles.

Given below is the session outline.
1. Introduction (5 min)
2. The real world impact of retrospectives (10 min)
3. The Zorro Circles (15 min)
4. Three retrospective techniques (10 mins)
5. Open Forum (5 min)

Timing : Presentation 45 min

Learning objectives
1. Understand the real world impact of retrospectives on individuals and teams.
2. Walk away with a secret sauce for designing a successful retrospective.
3. Walk away with three effective techniques for retrospectives.

Vivek Angiras's speaking experience:
Agile Conferences/Events _‹_
1. Triagile Raleigh 2016
2. Agile Dev West Las Vegas 2016
3. Heart of Agile Philadelphia 2016
4. Big Apple Scrum Day 2016
5. Global Scrum Gathering Orlando 2016
6. IIBA BA Development Day 2015

Agile User Groups/Local Meet ups _‹_
1. DC Area Scaled Agilists  
2. Agile Professionals VA
3. Baltimore Agile  
4. Agile Chicago Style Podcasts

Aakash Srinivasan's speaking experience:
Agile Conferences/Events _‹_
1. Triagile Raleigh 2016
2. Agile Dev West Las Vegas 2016
3. Heart of Agile Philadelphia 2016
4. Big Apple Scrum Day 2016
5. Global Scrum Gathering Orlando 2016
6. Agile 2015  
7. AgileIndy 2015 

Agile User Groups/Local Meet ups _‹_
1. DC Scrum User Group
2. Illinois Regional Agile Users Group 
3. DC Area Scaled Agilists 
4. Agile Professionals VA 
5. Baltimore Agile  
6. Agile Chicago Style Podcasts  
7. Learning Tree Scrum User Group  
8. IIBA DC

Speakers
avatar for Vivek Angiras

Vivek Angiras

Vivek Angiras is an international business consultant, Agile trainer and coach and an expert in leading and transforming teams through the transition from traditional methodologies to agile practices. Vivek enjoys working with organizations of various sizes (Fortune 50 to Startups... Read More →
avatar for Aakash Srinivasan

Aakash Srinivasan

Agile Trainer and Coach, Independent Consultant
Aakash Srinivasan is an Agile Trainer, Coach and professional speaker who travels to consult Fortune 100 companies, working with enterprise management groups, executive teams and individual project teams on business efficiency, process improvements, organizational change and large... Read More →


Friday October 28, 2016 10:30am - 11:15am PDT
Room 213 A-B

11:30am PDT

Making The Shift: Project Manager to Scrum Master
Working within an Agile environment requires more than learning a framework or process.  This scenario driven conversation will address how we traditionally react to the organization and teams as a project manager, and the mental models and behaviors we need to adopt to successfully shift to agility.

Speakers
avatar for Betsy Kauffman

Betsy Kauffman

Leadership and Organizational Agility Coach, Agile Pi
Betsy Kauffman is a passionate organizational coach and trainer with more than 18 years' experience working with high-performing teams. She has held various roles working as a business analyst, project manager, program manager, scrum master, senior scrum master and agile coach across... Read More →
avatar for Oscar Rodriquez

Oscar Rodriquez

Co-Founder & Principal Agilist, Agile Pi
Oscar Rodriquez (CSDP, CSM, CSPO, SPC4, ICP-ATF, ICP-PRG) has a foundation in engineering with formal education from MIT and a real world education from the San Francisco startup world.  He has moved through the roles of developer, architect, consultant, and manager, while working... Read More →


Friday October 28, 2016 11:30am - 12:15pm PDT
Room 213 A-B

11:30am PDT

Everyone Communicates, Few Connect
We live in a world where everyone is overwhelmed with demands for their attention.

Every day, the people you need to communicate with receive an average of 70 text messages, 147 emails/day, and are  bombarded with as many as 5,000 marketing images and messages.

How can you stand out in a positive way and get your message heard?

In this session, we will cover two principles of communication that will make you stand out from the crowd, plus one specific tool you can add you your toolkit to use immediately.
  • Connection increases your influence in EVERY situation
  • Connection is all about others
  • Connectors do the difficult work of keeping it simple

In this session, we will cover specific, actionable steps that you can take to improve communication and make a real connection with your listener.

Speakers
avatar for Tom Cooper

Tom Cooper

Tom started his career as a computer science geek who developed software and oversaw development teams and technology projects in companies from startups to Fortune 500 companies.  He led agile teams and oversaw products for a SaaS company providing bigdata analytics to the telecom... Read More →


Friday October 28, 2016 11:30am - 12:15pm PDT
Room 213 C-D

11:30am PDT

The Value of Value Streams

More Agile organizations are realizing some exciting value in identifying and operating around value streams.   Influence in how people are organized, how funding is allocated and how priorities are determined are all common.  

Many organizations, however, are not realizing the full value that value stream mapping can bring to a lasting transformation.  In this session we will explore some opportunities for expanding the view of the real value of value streams in your transformation efforts.


Speakers
avatar for Steve Davis

Steve Davis

Steve Davis is the Customer Acqusition Steward at SolutionsIQ. An information technology professional for more than 20 years, he has hands-on experience with all aspects of the application development life-cycle utilizing a myriad of methodologies. He has worked with organizations... Read More →


Friday October 28, 2016 11:30am - 12:15pm PDT
Ballroom ABCD

11:30am PDT

Communication styles that enhance your agile experience
With organizations transforming to agile, how should they transform your communication style? (Yes, we need to change communication styles)

A Non-violent communication style is a must to excel in the new collaborative agile environments. The skill to utilize Self-empathy, Empathy, and Honest self-expression in a high performing agile team and organization separates the good from the great!

Speakers
avatar for Anand Francis

Anand Francis

CapTech Consulting
Mr. Francis is a passionate agilist who bringing IT organizations closer to their vision for innovation, speed, collaboration and business customer satisfaction. Mr. Francis has successfully transformed many struggling IT organizations by developing high performing self-managing... Read More →


Friday October 28, 2016 11:30am - 12:15pm PDT
Room 217 A-B

11:30am PDT

Effective Agility: An Introduction to GROWS
The GROWS Methodology is a new agile approach created by Andy Hunt and Jared Richardson. In this session, you'll hear an overview of the GROWS Methodology and how you can apply it in your shop.

Speakers
avatar for Jared Richardson

Jared Richardson

Jared Richardson, co-creator of the GROWS Methodology, is a coach, instructor, author, and speaker. He's a principal consultant and a member of the core team at Agile Artisans (AgileArtisans.com). He sold his first software program in 1991 and has been immersed in software ever since... Read More →


Friday October 28, 2016 11:30am - 12:15pm PDT
Room 217 C-D

12:15pm PDT

Lunch
Friday October 28, 2016 12:15pm - 1:15pm PDT
Crown Ballroom

1:15pm PDT

Coaching Where You Live: An Internal Coach's Perspective on How to Thrive

Struggling to tell the story of why your organization needs internal coaches? Are you an internal coach and feel like the value you provide is not understood? Wondering how to navigate through being a servant leader in an organization that measures your success by the results that you deliver? Interested in connecting and learning from others that share the same challenge and passion? If so, this session is for you!

I will share my own personal experience at Capital One in creating the support and space for internal coaching. This session will offer the space for the audience to dialogue with other participants sharing the same passion and for those ideas to be shared in the session.

Expect to come away from this workshop with:

  • Tips and techniques to apply within your own organization to help root your internal coaching practice.
  • Tips, techniques, and resources to stay fresh, current, and relevant as a coach in an organization that you permanently live in.
  • A greater network of internal coaches to collaborate with in the future.

Speakers
avatar for Jen Honermann

Jen Honermann

With over 15 years of experience in technology organizations, in Jen’s current role, she leads an agile coaching practice for Capital One’s Consumer Bank.  In this role, she helps Scrum Masters evolve to coaches, by developing the skills to help the organization move faster... Read More →


Friday October 28, 2016 1:15pm - 2:00pm PDT
Ballroom ABCD

1:15pm PDT

IBM's Agile Journey -- Creating an Agile Culture at Enterprise Scale

IBM is on an agile journey like no other company. This presentation will share how a multinational enterprise has moved forward on the agile journey, unleashing the innovation and team creativity of people around the world to transform how business gets done. A special focus on of this conversation will be on the experiences of the IBM team in Research Triangle Park, North Carolina to jumpstart agile methods and practices across multiple physical locations, multiple business functions, including non-technical functions, and how you can use these same techniques in your company.


Speakers
avatar for Michael Martine

Michael Martine

Michael is an experienced global business and information technology executive in the Office of the CIO who leads the mergers & acquisitions IT teams. Recently returned from his two year expatriate assignment in Budapest, Hungary, Michael leads this global team from Research Triangle... Read More →


Friday October 28, 2016 1:15pm - 2:00pm PDT
Room 217 A-B

1:15pm PDT

The Agile middle manager muddle
Agile makes middle managers very uncomfortable. Why does the team not need me anymore? Do they secretly hate me? Will I have a job in the year?

While some of this anxiety is justified, a lot of it is not. Middle managers need to accept a different role in an Agile organization, but it can be an extremely important one. Be warned, the new job is not for everyone. For managers who embrace this new role, the job can be far more fulfilling than what they were doing before.

During this talk, we will take a Lean perspective on the role of managers. The discussion will center on the tasks and responsibility in the new role, as well as the type of mindset, experiences, and personalities needed to thrive in it. We'll be honest about what challenges middle managers face. We'll talk about managers in the context of scaled Agile frameworks -- not just how to conform to these guidelines, but how managers are needed to decide when they need to be tweaked or replaced.

As an Agile trainer, coach, and researcher, I've had a lot of experience with the middle management layer. I'm currently a senior consultant at Net Objectives. Prior to that, I was practice director for Agile at Cutter Consortium, and a senior analyst at Forrester Research.

Speakers
avatar for Tom Grant

Tom Grant

Tom Grant is a senior consultant at Net Objectives. He has a long career helping clients with their Agile and Lean transformation challenges, in areas like executive and managerial leadership, measurement, technical debt, frameworks, requirements, governance and compliance, and tools... Read More →


Friday October 28, 2016 1:15pm - 2:00pm PDT
Room 217 C-D

1:15pm PDT

Football and Agile, Like Peanut Butter and Jelly
Is there symmetry between Agile and Football? You would think the answer is no. Software development methods vs. one of the more physical sports. Surely there can't be similarities. Nor can agile folks learn much from this grimy sport.

Well, just like Scrum has its naming roots in the esteemed sport of Rugby, perhaps there is something to it. Join Bob Galen and Josh Anderson as they explore American Football and look for similarities, lessons, metaphors, and tactics that align and amplify our agile team practices.

We'll explore things like: making game time adjustments, the importance of tempo, coaching, practice, importance of goals, and game films driving continuous improvement as some of our topics. Come join us and you'll never look at a football game quite the same way again.

Speakers
avatar for Josh Anderson

Josh Anderson

With four large scale agile transformations under his belt, Josh Anderson has seen it all: good agile, bad agile, and other “things” sometimes referred to as agile.  As the VP of Software Engineering at Dude Solutions, he is responsible for the company’s agile adoption and... Read More →
avatar for Bob Galen

Bob Galen

Director, Agile Practices, Zenergy Technologies
Bob Galen is an Agile Methodologist, Practitioner & Coach based in Cary, NC. In this role he helps guide companies and teams in their pragmatic adoption and organizational shift towards Scrum and other agile methodologies and practices. He is Director, Agile Practices at Zenergy Technologies... Read More →


Friday October 28, 2016 1:15pm - 2:00pm PDT
Room 213 A-B

1:15pm PDT

Balancing Order and Chaos
Your Agile team is killing it: more features, in less time, and with higher quality.  The tracked velocity shows that the once bottomless backlog only has about a sprint’s worth of work left.  If you want to keep delivering that backlog needs to be restocked, and it’s time to start working closer with the creative team.

 The problem is you don’t get what they’re doing over there.  It’s disruptive.  It’s unpredictable.  It’s a lot of throwaway work.  Isn’t this what you implemented Agile to get away from in the first place? How do you work with your creative partners to keep up the delivery you've established while allowing them time to research, test, and craft new experiences?

 This presentation is for teams looking to better partner with their creative counterparts to keep the release train running smoothly.  Find out how orderly agile and creative chaos can mutually coexist.

Speakers
avatar for Michael Patrick Benning

Michael Patrick Benning

Associate UX Director, CapTech
Michael Patrick Benning is an Associate UX Director based out of Charlotte, North Carolina. His background in research and user experience design complements his perspective as a former product owner to deliver strategic initiatives and solutions for clients. At CapTech, Michael works... Read More →


Friday October 28, 2016 1:15pm - 2:00pm PDT
Room 213 C-D

2:15pm PDT

Technical Excellence Doesn't Just Happen--Igniting a Craftsmanship Culture
The ninth principle from the Agile Manifesto states that technical excellence enhances agility, but when the codebase is ugly and the deadlines are tight, most teams don't choose to refactor mercilessly, adopt TDD, or evaluate automated testing tools - unless they have the proper support. In our experience working with multiple teams in a single codebase, developers can feel victim to a legacy codebase if only a few people are writing clean code or refactoring; guiding them on how to decrease technical debt while delivering their projects helps "unstuck" their other agile practices. We will talk about the challenges we've seen with Product Owners, Managers, and Scrum Masters interacting with teams at various stages of agile+technical excellence and how a focus on technical practices sparked a wider interest in craftsmanship. Learn how can you influence the team towards the right practices while fostering their sense of ownership. Getting serious about technical excellence requires support from technical and non-technical roles, and we'll share how we partnered as coaches to help an organization through a technical turnaround with some tips for others who need to do the same.

Speakers
avatar for Allison Pollard

Allison Pollard

Leadership and Team Coach/Trainer
Allison Pollard is a coach, consultant, and trainer who brings the power of relationship systems intelligence to go beyond tasks, roles, and frameworks to create energy for change. She engages with people and teams in a down-to-earth way to build trust and listen for signals to help... Read More →
avatar for Mike Rieser

Mike Rieser

Michael Rieser is an Technical Excellence Agile Coach. He enjoys sharing his technical understanding of software development. He authors and teaches courses, and delivers presentations on various aspects of software development at client sites, and conferences. He believes that the... Read More →


Friday October 28, 2016 2:15pm - 3:00pm PDT
Room 213 A-B

2:15pm PDT

Agile Methods and Data Warehousing: How to Deliver Faster
Most people will agree that data warehousing and business intelligence projects take too long to deliver tangible results. Often by the time a solution is in place, the business needs have changed. With all the talk about Agile development methods like SCRUM and Extreme Programming, the question arises as to how these approaches can be used to deliver data warehouse, analytics, and business intelligence projects faster. This presentation will look at the 12 principles behind the Agile Manifesto and see how they might be applied in the context of a data warehouse project. The goal is to determine a method or methods to get a more rapid (2-4 weeks) delivery of portions of an enterprise data warehouse architecture. Real world examples with metrics will be discussed.

Speakers
avatar for Kent Graziano

Kent Graziano

Senior Technical Evangelist, Snowflake Computing
Kent Graziano is a Senior Technical Evangelist for Snowflake Computing and an award winning author, speaker, and trainer, in the areas of data modeling, data architecture, and data warehousing. He is an Oracle ACE Director, a certified Data Vault Master and Data Vault 2.0 Practitioner... Read More →


Friday October 28, 2016 2:15pm - 3:00pm PDT
Ballroom ABCD

2:15pm PDT

The Next Wave: The Journey Beyond Agile

Agile is no longer the technical destination for digital companies. It’s a gateway for everything that has to happen next.

The Agile wave has already hit the beach, but it’s left in its wake a variety of new challenges to how project managers lead in a world of increasingly self-organizing teams. On top of that, the post-Agile technology innovations hitting Enterprise (DevOps, Cloud, and now MicroServices) represent even greater disruptions to not only new organizational process and delivery models, but will force a complete transformation of the role that project managers play in corporate life.  Join us for a journey -- past the wave of Agile, through its wake, and into the next waves ambitious companies will have to ride and manage in their pursuit of becoming truly digital organizations. It’s no longer enough to be Agile. You have to be nimble and humble to navigate the next waves.


Speakers
avatar for Brad Murphy

Brad Murphy

Brad Murphy is a serial entrepreneur with over 30 years pioneering new Enterprise innovations in product, service, and software development. Since 2000, Brad has helped over 50 Global 2000 companies successfully transition to modern business planning and digital execution models proven... Read More →


Friday October 28, 2016 2:15pm - 3:00pm PDT
Room 213 C-D

2:15pm PDT

The Rapid Process for Excellence in Leadership: Attention, Agility, Ascension
Improve performance and results for yourself and your organization with a Purposeful Leadership process that will help you deliver the best results every time.  Attendees will learn the Rapid Process for Excellence in Leadership, which will focus on the following topics:
  • Emotional Intelligence
  • Mindfulness
  • Overcoming Self-induced Obstacles
  • Managing Perceptions
  • Building Influence with Others
  • Inspiring High-Performance Teams 
Delivered by DeAlva Wilson, President and CEO of the D. Wilson Agency, a consulting and leadership development firm focused on helping leaders and organizations improve performance, results and profit. 

Today the D. Wilson Agency provides motivated individuals and organizations with strategies for personal transformation, professional excellence and organizational growth through Purposeful Leadership‘©, a skillfully designed and comprehensive approach to getting what you want.

A short client list includes Bank of America, Wells Fargo, TIAA-CREF, Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools, Federal Highway Administration, Wake Forest University, Target Corporation, Carolina Panthers, Atlanta Falcons, Novant Healthcare, Jack and Jill Foundation of America, and SC Vocational Rehabilitation.

DeAlva's professional career spans over 20 years with a range of executive and senior leadership roles within Fortune 500 companies.   Her experience includes an extensive background in the financial services sector where her roles focused on creating strategy, process design, operations and technology.

DeAlva is a graduate of the Harvard Management Development Program.  She has an MBA and a Bachelor's Degree in Accounting from Winthrop University.  She received her Executive Coach certification from both the University of Georgia.  In addition, she is a Six Sigma Green Belt indicating her knowledge of sustainable process design, and a Certified Bridges Out of Poverty Trainer.

Speakers
avatar for DeAlva Wilson

DeAlva Wilson

DeAlva Wilson is President and CEO of the D. Wilson Agency, a management consulting and leadership development firm. DeAlva launched the D. Wilson Agency to help address consistent leadership gaps she observed among company executives and managers. Although talented, many lacked... Read More →


Friday October 28, 2016 2:15pm - 3:00pm PDT
Room 217 C-D

2:15pm PDT

Modernizing Agile
We are not practicing the same Agile we did 15 years ago.

Agile at scale is mainstream.‘_ Thousands of companies are actively seeking information on how to scale agile effectively.‘_ There are many frameworks and techniques but they all boil down to a set of common principles.‘_ Agile done well involves teams, programs and portfolios in a way that aligns strategy and execution.‘_ It's important to apply a proper team foundation to build things right but without agile applied at the program and portfolio level all we may end up with is the wrong things built faster.‘_ In this talk Julie will discuss how to effectively apply Agile to your portfolios and programs to ensure you are also building the right things.‘_ Learn to create value, not just process.

Speakers
avatar for Julie Chickering

Julie Chickering

Agile Advisor & Strategic Solutions Consultant, Agile Coach, Certified Scrum Trainer (CST), Certified Scaled Agile Program Consultant (SAFe® SPC), PMP, PMI-ACP, Accredited Kanban Trainer (AKT) Julie believes that Agile practices are packed with potential — to enable business agility... Read More →


Friday October 28, 2016 2:15pm - 3:00pm PDT
Room 217 A-B

3:15pm PDT

Creating Positive Cultures to Drive Innovation and Success
A company is a garden and as leaders we're tasked with cultivating the most important asset any successful company has: a healthy culture. The business community is waking up to the fact that companies with positive cultures have the best talent, which innovate and create industry leading products, which impact the bottom line. But how did they do it? How can I do it?

Understanding where we want to take our company, first we must look to those who have already walked the path with great success. We will present detailed examples of companies with positive cultures, how those cultures developed and what impact it had on of the individual employee and the company image as a whole. Then we start to tackle the big question: As A Leader, what is my role in the culture of my company and how can I work towards having people engaged, enabled and energized?

During this session, open two-way dialogue is encouraged as we explore the topic of company culture and how it impacts all aspects of a company, from acquiring new talent to the bottom dollar. We'll examine several examples of positive culture from different industries and take away from them action plans that anyone can begin implementing at their own company, no matter their level of leadership. By the end of this session, participants will have a clear understanding of their role in cultivating a positive company culture, the steps to start making positive, impactful changes at your own company (no matter toxicity of the culture) and know how to communicate the value of these changes to skeptics.

Speakers
avatar for Eric Nusbaum

Eric Nusbaum

Eric Nusbaum is currently Senior Director, Application Development, at TradeKing Group Inc., the Wealth Management subsidiary of Ally Financial Inc. He started his technical career seventeen years ago in software development leading projects for professional sports franchises as well... Read More →


Friday October 28, 2016 3:15pm - 4:00pm PDT
Room 217 C-D

3:15pm PDT

Experience the feeling of AWE! Combine Agile and Waterfall to create Excellence in Technology Delivery
Do you work in an Agile environment but interact with external vendors that aren't?

Have you found it challenging to make this work?

Are you spending more time writing status reports?

Are your partner teams resistant on working with you on an Agile path?

If you have experienced any of this, this session is for you!

Here is what you can expect to take away from this session:
  • Tips for getting your vendor working in an agile way without even their realizing it
  • Tools and techniques to create integrated plan that work across Waterfall and Agile environment
  • Critical adjustments we mutually made

Speakers
avatar for Jen Honermann

Jen Honermann

With over 15 years of experience in technology organizations, in Jen’s current role, she leads an agile coaching practice for Capital One’s Consumer Bank.  In this role, she helps Scrum Masters evolve to coaches, by developing the skills to help the organization move faster... Read More →
avatar for Kumar Sathish

Kumar Sathish

Kumar is a scrum master that also functions as an internal Release Train Engineer for a group of teams at Capital One with: over 15 years of experience in Information Technology 7 years of Agile experience Kumar holds certifications in CSM, PMP and SAFe SA 3.0. Kumar’s greatest... Read More →


Friday October 28, 2016 3:15pm - 4:00pm PDT
Room 213 A-B

3:15pm PDT

Applying The Responsibility Process

In this hands-on session, we'll apply The Responsibility Process to your life and work so you can unlock your natural ability to live and lead with power. It will be fast-paced, informative, and possibly life-changing. Many people report breakthroughs in this brief session.

What is The Responsibility Process? It's a little-known pattern in your mind you use to process thoughts about taking and avoiding responsibility. It's foundational to leadership, and many believe it is the essence of agility.

Far too many good, motivated, hard-working people get stuck in jobs they don’t want, projects gone bad, work problems and careers they don’t enjoy, and companies they resent. It happens to individual contributors, leaders, and coaches too. It can happen to us all. Those who know how to practice responsibility as a daily habit identify and own what they really really want—and go for it. This changes the choices they make, which in turn leads to enjoying far greater productivity, self-direction, shared leadership, and good will. 

When you learn about, apply, and practice The Responsibility Process you too can discover how you are far more powerful and able than you likely give yourself credit for. You will learn to access a pattern in your mind that you can rely on to create change and behaviors that matter.


Speakers
avatar for Christopher Avery

Christopher Avery

Partnerwerks, Inc
Christopher's new book—published September 2016—is The Responsibility Process: Unlocking your Natural Ability to Live and Lead with Power. Christopher emphatically believes that all effective leadership starts with self. In support of that belief, he works diligently to help people... Read More →


Friday October 28, 2016 3:15pm - 4:00pm PDT
Ballroom ABCD

3:15pm PDT

Software Craftsmanship and Agile Code Games
Musicians and athletes spend most of their time practicing, not performing.  As software developers if we only practice and learn on the job, then we will continue to make mistakes on code meant for customers.  On the job, we can only deliver features as fast as the code base and our skills allow us.  We must improve the quality of our skills which will in turn improve the quality of our code base.  We must take the time to practice allowing ourselves to improve our skills and develop better "code sense".  Learn how the Software Craftsmanship Manifesto (http://manifesto.softwarecraftsmanship.org/) provides a framework for us to improve in our craft. By learning a variety of code games we can collect a full toolbelt of activities that will help us improve as individuals.  We can then take these games and give others the opportunity to improve and raise the level of the whole community.  We'll take a whirlwind tour of some different agile code games that will help us improve our craft.

Speakers
avatar for Mike Clement

Mike Clement

Mike Clement is a husband, father of four, and currently the Principal Software Craftsman, Learning Coach and Co-founder of Greater Sum. Passionate about agile technical excellence, Mike founded and organizes Software Craftsmanship Atlanta, founded Utah Software Craftsmanship and... Read More →


Friday October 28, 2016 3:15pm - 4:00pm PDT
Room 213 C-D

3:15pm PDT

Scalling agile - Actual project experience
This presentation is about an actual project where multiple scaled practices/frameworks have been used to scale agile across teams. during the presentation we will be comparing between different scaling approaches then sharing what was used on the project. lots of tips and tricks will be shared when dealing with distributed teams in international time zones.

Speakers
avatar for Inez Eldewek

Inez Eldewek

Inez has held business, project management and technology roles in her 20 year career. She has started her agile career in 2007 as a certified scrum master.  In her previous role as the enterprise  agile capability manager in the Information Services PMO, her focus was on enabling... Read More →


Friday October 28, 2016 3:15pm - 4:00pm PDT
Room 217 A-B

4:15pm PDT

Applying Improv to Your Agile Team

It is more apparent now than ever that high performing teams are more successful than those that are not. Most of your work life is being part of a team. The traits of being an effective team member are often viewed as skills that people are born with. For some it may come easier than others, but everyone can learn and hone these skills. For me, these are skills I honed while training and performing as an improvisational comedian. 

To accomplish anything, you need the help of others and others need your help. Successful teams have members that are continually improving how they interact and communicate with each other. Collaboration, creativity, and results grow out of an environment that is positive and affirming. 

In this highly interactive and fun session, Kupe, an improvisational actor, focuses on key improvisation lessons that will help you be a more attentive and flexible team member. You will walk away with lessons to help you stay in the present, temporarily suspend judgment, keep conversations moving forward and listen generously. These skills are needed to build positive, trust based, results oriented teams. With Kupe's background he will be able to help you directly apply these skills to your job.


Speakers
avatar for Kupe Kupersmith

Kupe Kupersmith

Kupe Kupersmith, President, B2T Training, possesses over 18 years of experience in software systems development. He has served as the lead Business Analyst and Project Manager on projects in the Energy, television and sports management and marketing industries. Additionally, he serves... Read More →


Friday October 28, 2016 4:15pm - 5:15pm PDT
Ballroom ABCD

5:15pm PDT

Wrap Up
Friday October 28, 2016 5:15pm - 5:30pm PDT
Ballroom ABCD
 
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