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Friday, October 4

9:50am CDT

Not Your Father's Retrospective!
Are you tired of Start-Stop-Continue?  Has someone on your team suggested doing away with retrospectives? Do you need to inject variety?  Can there be more to retrospectives than just improving your development process?  If you answered "Yes" to any of these questions, you should attend this workshop.

We begin with an exercise that helps us understand why we have retrospectives. Learn about two important categories of retrospectives that are routinely overlooked by teams. Review why retrospectives often fail and receive concrete advice to avoid this outcome.

Get introduced to three retrospective exercises that most teams have never used:
  • We rocked the house! (Inject old, yes old, thinking)
  •  A value-able exercise (Getting to know you, getting to know all about you.)
  •  Climb the mountain  (Chart your path to your goal).
Leave with actionable techniques for improving your team through innovative retrospectives.

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Scott Killen

Agile Coach, NetSpend
Scott Killen is an Agile Coach for Netspend. He tries to forget that, at one time or another, he's held CSM, CSP, PMP, SPC and CSQE certifications. Of more note, he's taught and mentored many, many hundreds of people fundamental and advanced Agile development skills in corporate... Read More →

Friday October 4, 2019 9:50am - 10:50am CDT
Room A & B
  Agile Teams

9:50am CDT

How to Avoid a Toxic Transformation
Agile transformations are similar to road trips: without a map to get you to your destination, you will most likely end up lost. Avoid kicking off a toxic transformation by starting your journey out on the right foot.

In this workshop, learn the important steps an organization should take to provide a strong foundation for successfully implementing Agile. Attendees leave with a transformation framework they can customize for their organization to place them on the road to becoming more Agile.

The session takes attendees from the Org Level to the System Level to the Team Level. At the Org Level, take important first steps: create clear vision, develop clear business objectives, organize leaders, construct a transformation backlog, and create a roadmap. At the System Level, align around the transformation: identify value streams, align teams to the value streams, and develop mechanisms for cross-team coordination. At the Team Level, begin to transform the team: discuss goals, vision, and mission, determine success criteria, define roles and develop team agreements like Definition of Done and Definition of Ready.

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Brian Milner

Senior Agile Trainer, Agile Velocity
Brian Milner is a Senior Agile Trainer that brings over 20 years of software development experience to his classes. Over half that time, Brian spent working exclusively with organizations as they transitioned to Agile practices.Beginning as a developer, he worked up through management... Read More →

Friday October 4, 2019 9:50am - 10:50am CDT
Room F

11:10am CDT

Agile Meets Mindfulness Workshop
Many companies are introducing Mindfulness based programs to their employees. These programs have proven highly successful. The main benefits of Mindfulness are raised emotional intelligence, greater self-awareness, and improved focus. This activity-based workshop will give you a taste of what Mindfulness is while exploring its connection to the Agile Mindset. We will dive into the science behind Mindfulness and its many benefits. You will be challenged to look at the world differently and you will learn several techniques you can use to either establish or reinforce your own Mindfulness practice. This workshop is for you if you've ever thought that some doors can only be opened from the inside.

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Wayde Stallmann

Agile Coach, World Wide Technology
Wayde is an Agile Coach at World Wide Technology. He has a passion for developing Great Team Players using the same techniques as Improv and Mindfulness teachers. Wayde has developed software for over 20 years, concentrating on Java since 1999. He is an XP practitioner and former... Read More →

Friday October 4, 2019 11:10am - 12:10pm CDT
Room C

11:10am CDT

Understand Your Stakeholders and Their Journey
Stakeholders are a key to any project, and understanding our stakeholders, their wants and their needs, is essential for any successful project. While stakeholder management and stakeholder engagement are considered key activities, how many of us really spend the time to understand our stakeholders? Too often we get wrapped up in features and functions of our products instead of understanding what our customers really need.

In this session we are going to look at some diverse ways to analyze our stakeholders. We will look at and practice creating journey maps and empathy maps to help us understand how we can build and use them as part of stakeholder analysis. We will also look at how we can use these tools to help us write better requirements and deliver better products.

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Betsy Stockdale

Business Architect, Seilevel
Betsy Stockdale is a Business Architect at Seilevel, a professional services company that works to deliver 10x value for their customers. Betsy works with companies to lead their projects or modify their approach to software requirements to be more effective so IT projects deliver... Read More →

Friday October 4, 2019 11:10am - 12:10pm CDT
Room F

11:10am CDT

Scaling Agile - Having It YOUR Way
Let’s face it, there are way too many Agile scaling frameworks today. And the list seems to be growing. Another reality is none of them really work so well “out of the box” and each has some distinct challenges.

Join Bob Galen and Mary Thorn in this interactive workshop, where they share scaling patterns from each of the leading frameworks that they've personally used and work well for them. No fluff, just working patterns for the real world.

Then, Bob and Mary will help you analyze your scaling context and select the patterns that might work best for you. For example, if you’ve got an entrenched project-focused culture, we’ll explore product organizational patterns. Or a pattern for effectively handling UX and architecture across multiple teams.

You’ll leave this session with your own list of practical scaling patterns that are customized for your organization and ideas of what “not to do” in your future scaling efforts

Learning objectives include:
  • A complete set of useful scaling patterns
  • Tools for discovering keys to your own organizational contexts with respect to scaling approaches
  • How to effectively pull the patterns together to assist effective Agile scaling

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Mary Thorn

Agile Practices Lead, Vaco
During her more than 20 years of experience with financial, healthcare, and SaaS-based products, Mary Thorn has held VP, Director, and Manager level positions in various software development organizations.A seasoned Leader and Coach in Agile and Testing Methodologies, Mary has direct... Read More →

Friday October 4, 2019 11:10am - 12:10pm CDT
Room E

1:35pm CDT

Using Improv to Improve Agile Teams
Learn improv techniques and try out some silly (and fun!) games to help your team collaborate, build trust, and become more adventurous.

Warning: If you do not like fun and games, this is not the session for you. If you're still reading, here's what we will cover:
  • We will learn about the first principle of improv -- "Yes, and." This principle is crucially important as it helps teams build trust and creativity.
  •  We will create a few improvised scenes and embrace our failures by "wiping" the scene.
  • We will see how the ideas of a group are better (and more fun!) than the ideas of a single person.

Throughout this session, we will practice loads of quick, silly, and effective games that bring fun and variety to team ceremonies.

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Erika Flora

Principal, BEYOND20
Erika Flora, CSP-SM, CSP-PO is an experienced advisor, instructor, and Agile Coach across a variety of industries and sectors. She started her career as a Microbiologist turned Project Manager and has always had a passion for improving how companies manage work, deliver great products... Read More →

Friday October 4, 2019 1:35pm - 2:35pm CDT
Room H
  Agile Teams

1:35pm CDT

Are We There Yet? How to Know You Have Achieved Agility
How do you know you are doing Agile well? How do you measure the progress of your Agile adoption? Are you assessing based on implemented practices or achievement of outcomes? What decision framework are you using to decide what to focus on next?

These are some of the questions you may be asking yourself as you get into the nitty-gritty of agility. In this workshop, we will discuss the importance of being outcome vs. practice-driven and how that will lead to sustained impact. We will work together to break down desired business outcomes into core capabilities, leaving you with action items that will help you determine where your organization should focus next.

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David Hawks

Founder, Agile Velocity
Founder and CEO of Agile Velocity, David Hawks is a Certified Enterprise Coach and Certified Scrum Trainer who is passionate about helping organizations achieve lasting organizational agility beyond the basic implementation of Agile practices. David’s primary focus is to guide leaders... Read More →

Friday October 4, 2019 1:35pm - 2:35pm CDT
Room D

4:15pm CDT

Stop Coachsplaining!
As Agile Coaches we straddle the fine line between "expert" and "coach". We work tirelessly to create the right environment and ask the best questions to unlock the goodness in those around us. Sometimes, though, we get asked a question or facilitate something, and we forget. We get excited. We get on a roll and jump into expert mode and forget to come back up for air. We start "coachsplaining".

In this workshop, we will discover how to probe continuously to ensure we are still listening and questioning when we are in a mentoring conversation.

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Reese Schmit

Sr. Agile Coach, Agile Velocity
Reese Schmit is a Sr. Agile Coach at Agile Velocity. Over the past 15 years, she's done just about every job in the software industry, from User Experience Designer to Product Manager, QA Engineer to Scrum Master. This varied experience has taught her to frame problems from different... Read More →

Friday October 4, 2019 4:15pm - 5:15pm CDT
Room F

4:15pm CDT

The Nitty-Gritty Practices of Agile Coaching
How do you coach a team from showing progress every two weeks to delivering multiple times a day? Research has shown that utilizing the right kind of metrics can promote a generative culture – creating a space where people want to continuously improve and innovate.

Allison Pollard will blend her stories with an interactive workshop where you will leave with practices that you can implement with your teams the next day. Regardless of your job title, learn how to ally with four key delivery metrics to inspire new thinking and practices from your teams.

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Allison Pollard

Agile Coach, Improving
Allison Pollard helps people discover their Agile instincts and develop their coaching abilities. As an Agile coach with Improving in Dallas, Allison enjoys mentoring others to become great Scrum Masters and fostering communities that provide sustainability for Agile transformations... Read More →

Friday October 4, 2019 4:15pm - 5:15pm CDT
Room C

4:15pm CDT

Innovation Through Customer Co-Creation
Learn how to co-create with your customers using modern collaboration techniques. Teams need a solid understanding of how to engage and collaborate to be successful at innovating for their customers. Only then can teams deliver high-impact projects and products that are important to their user base.

Embark on a journey with the latest set of techniques that help teams discover insights sooner and delight their customers faster. Take part in Shahin Sheidaei and Carlos Oliveira's latest workshop and learn everything you need to know to succeed in collaborating with customers. After all, innovation is best served when co-discovered with customers.

Their interactive and fast-paced workshop is based on Design Thinking, Lean Startup, and Lean UX principles. It is designed to help you uncover better ways of working with your customers and boosting collaboration and creativity on your team. After many iterations and essential feedback, they've developed a fun and thought-provoking workshop, where you learn by doing, engage with real people and work on challenges that enrich your learning experience.

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Shahin Sheidaei

Principal Coach, Elevate Change Inc.
Shahin Sheidaei is the founder and principal coach at Elevate Change Inc. A change agent, professional disruptor, leader, and developer at heart, Shahin is passionate about elevating organizations to reach their utmost potential. Offering 13+ years of experience, Shahin has strong... Read More →
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Carlos Oliveira

Coach Partner, Lean Enterprise & Co
Carlos Oliveira has presented at Lean Startup conferences as well as Spark the Change. He is an entrepreneur and coach partner at Lean Enterprise & Co. and is passionate about helping teams build products customers love and in supporting established organizations as they innovate... Read More →

Friday October 4, 2019 4:15pm - 5:15pm CDT
Room H

4:15pm CDT

All the Sugar and Twice the Caffeine: Applying Design Thinking Within an Agile Transformation
Design Thinking explores the problem space,  Lean UX tests the hypotheses that emerge from Design Thinking, and Agile builds the thing right.  While this is a cutting-edge concept, there are many articles, blogs, and books that discuss these topics.  During this session we will focus on how you can apply Design Thinking methods in your everyday work during a Lean UX and Agile Transformation.

Design Thinking can be used to:
  • Evaluate and prioritize (such as a Lean experiment , or an Agile backlog)
  • Gain consensus in a group (group consensus is one of the biggest challenges in a large enterprise)
  • Visualize a meeting during the meeting (minimizes waste and focus on meeting outcomes)

During this session, we will conduct an interactive, hands-on workshop to demonstrate the Design Thinking methods that we use on a day-to-day basis to cut through the problems we run into in an enterprise environment.

We will start by asking participants to jot down on Post-its questions they have about Lean UX. We will then demonstrate how to:
  • Visualize the conversation
  • Quickly prioritize the themes that emerge during the conversation
  • Generate a large number of ideas to address the themes

Finally, we will show how to communicate the outcome of the workshop instantly with minimal effort.

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Mary Grace Francisco

User Experience Design Lead, Emerson Automation Solutions
Mary Grace Francisco has 18+ years experience in the area of product development, design, UX, UI, user research, usability studies, information architecture, and interaction design. She has worked with Waterfall and Agile methodologies. She has served in multiple industries including... Read More →
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Andy Switzky

Interaction Design Lead, Emerson Automation Solutions
Andy Switzky has more than 20 years experience in UX, IX, IA, Usability, etc. Over the last five years, he has been growing as a facilitator and learning how to apply Design Thinking in workshops to:Align teams on strategyIdentify and prioritize a plan of attackGuide a group to consensus.He... Read More →

Friday October 4, 2019 4:15pm - 5:15pm CDT
Room A & B
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