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Friday, October 4

9:50am CDT

An Appreciation of Agile from the CEO's Seat!
Is Agile in your DNA? Are you being Agile or just doing Agile? How can I get my C-Suite to look at Agile as something more than a methodology for delivery? Given everyone is looking for value, how does Agile get infused into large parts of the company in a way that can transform the company from an organization to a living, growing, and evolving organism? How can you assess and assist your CEO with Agile? These questions and many others will be presented through practical, real-world examples highlighting both successes and challenges from Joyce's company.

Lastly, in a world with so much data, how does Agile help you manage that? According to a McKinsey & Company report, Agile organizations emphasize quick, efficient, and continuous decision making, preferring 70 percent probability now versus 100 percent certainty later. Learning to lean on and into Agile when you don't have all the data takes some getting use to but it's certainly doable. The view from the CEO seat is interesting and might just surprise you.

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Joyce Durst

CEO and Co-Founder, Growth Acceleration Partners
Joyce Durst leverages 30 years of software industry experience to lead double-digit growth and profitability at GAP, all the while inspiring those who work with her. One of Joyce's guiding principles is that GAP doesn't just build software to solve critical business problems, GAP... Read More →

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

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

1:35pm CDT

Behind the Agile Curtain: Why Leaders Choose Agility
How do you convince your boss and peers that Agile is the answer to your organization's issues?

As a former "unconvinced" turned "convinced" leader, the question of "How do I win over my boss?" really hits home. How was I convinced? How was I changed? When did I start to see the results I needed?

In order to convince someone else of the value you see, it's ideal to start by understanding their needs, constraints, and challenges. Once you see things through their eyes, then you begin to understand the precise ways Agile can facilitate the outcomes they're looking for. What better way to understand leaders than to ask leaders questions directly?

Join Erik Cottrell along with panelists, Nicole Tanzillo (CO-Founder & COO, Ceresa), Ron Dovich (Assistant VP of Technology, AT&T), and Amy Green-Hinojosa (VP, Project Management Office, Texas Mutual Insurance) to get an inside look into what it takes to convince leaders of Agile, the challenges and rewards of leading change, and the benefits they realized once they began to embrace agility.

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Erik Cottrell

SVP of Client Success and Marketing, Agile Velocity
Erik Cottrell is the Senior Vice President of Client Success and Marketing at Agile Velocity. After 20 years of experience in Product Management and leading strategic growth, Erik believes the path to lasting high performance goes beyond process change. He champions that a uniquely... Read More →
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Ron Dovich

Assistant Vice President of Technology, AT&T Cybersecurity
Ron Dovich is the Assistant Vice President of Technology for the Cybersecurity Business Unit at AT&T. He is an experienced software executive with 25 years of product development, product strategy, product management, and technology consulting in both large-scale SaaS and enterprise... Read More →
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Amy Green-Hinojosa

IT Senior Manager, Texas Mutual
Amy Green-Hinojosa joined Texas Mutual in 1995 in the premium audit department and has served in a variety of roles including premium Audit Processor, Software Support Specialist, Project Leader, and Quality Assurance Manager. In her most recent role as Information Technology (IT... Read More →
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Nicole Tanzillo

COO, Ceresa
Nicole Tanzillo is a co-founder and the COO of Ceresa, a platform for mentoring designed to grow women leaders through radically better mentorship. She was a key Agile transformation stakeholder at Spiceworks in 2018 as the VP of Business Strategy. Nicole is an engineer by education... Read More →

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

2:55pm CDT

Agile Development and the Era of Quality Intelligence
Five years ago, who would have expected that test automation would be the hotbed of innovation that it is today? Previously undervalued by software executives, entrepreneurs, and venture capitalists alike; many in the software industry now recognize that effective, approachable test automation is a critical enabler for Agile, DevOps, and Continuous-Delivery software development practices. In this talk, we will introduce how and why, in quality assurance (QA), we expect former manual testing practices to evolve and ultimately morph into a broader test-automation movement, via what we refer to as "Quality Intelligence". Next, we will cover the human, the business, and the technical forces that come into play. Third, we will discuss how you can lead Agile teams to harness Quality Intelligence to automate work and work more effectively. Finally, we will highlight real-world examples of Agile teams who have transformed their work via new QA tools and methods.

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Dan Belcher

Co-founder, mabl
Dan Belcher has been spending his career building products to make life easier for software teams. Dan is a co-founder at mabl, a venture-backed startup that uses artificial intelligence (AI) to make end-to-end testing easier. Prior to co-founding mabl, Dan was the lead product manager... Read More →

Friday October 4, 2019 2:55pm - 3:55pm CDT
Room C

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

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 →

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