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Room 217 A-B [clear filter]
Friday, October 28

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 

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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

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.

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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

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!

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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

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.

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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

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.

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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

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.

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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
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