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Friday, October 4

9:50am CDT

Introducing the Roadmap Wall: Building Alignment and Buy-In at All Levels of Your Organization
Implementing a product roadmap in an Agile way can be tough. Roadmaps are often written as a document that isn't easily accessible. This leads to a variety of issues. A good Agile roadmap should allow for Agile practices such as daily standups and planning. They should create high visibility and transparency, operate with low overhead, and provide the right information to the right people at the right time.

In this talk, Chris will share how he's implemented a Roadmap Wall. He'll show how to incorporate the roadmap components into a highly visible and actionable format. The roadmap wall has multiple benefits and will:

  • Give leadership and executives visibility into how their business objectives influence features, story backlogs, and priorities
  • Leverage delivery teams to understand technical feasibility trade-offs
  • Show the options available to satisfy competing customer needs
  • Demonstrate a clear picture of how business objectives link to customer needs
  • Provide near real-time information for decision making

To realize these benefits, we'll leverage a variety of familiar tools. Chris will show you how to use a Kanban system to manage business objectives and OKRs. You'll learn how using an opportunity solution tree clarifies the customer's need when road-mapping. He'll show you a new way to use story maps when detailing features, improving communication, and planning.

In the end, you'll walk away with a new method for visualizing your product roadmap, giving your team better decision-making information.

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Chris Shinkle

Director of Innovation, SEP
Chris is a practitioner and maker. He is a thought leader and continually initiates new ideas and continuous improvement at SEP. His experience comes from building products with many large clients in a variety of industries: aerospace, medical, healthcare, finance, etc. He introduced... Read More →

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

11:10am CDT

Driving Flow, Value, and Innovation with the Agile VMO
Historically, Project Managers (PMs) and other middle managers have hustled in a bureaucratic system to drive teams to deliver value. As organizations transition from a project to product model, where can these leaders best add value in a fast-moving, Agile and entrepreneurial world? In this new and exciting world, middle managers are enabling rapid delivery of value and successful business outcomes via the creation of the Agile Value Management Office™. Learn how an Agile VMO™ drives business agility through small batches, frequent releases, and continuous adaptation. We'll explore how to:

  • Create a collaborative management team-of-teams
  • Bring Lean discipline to product portfolio prioritization
  • Establish an End-to-End team model of resource management
  • Track in-flight product work using a Visual Management System

We'll explore the transition for PMs and other leaders into this exciting role: facilitating the delivery of flow, value, and innovation end-to-end on the Agile VMO, even as they support their Agile teams in the quest for business agility.

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Sanjiv Augustine

Founder and CEO, LitheSpeed LLC
Sanjiv Augustine is the Founder and CEO of LitheSpeed, LLC and the Agile Leadership Academy. Sanjiv is an entrepreneur, industry-leading Agile and Lean expert, author, speaker, management consultant, and trainer. As a practicing executive, he has evolved LitheSpeed over the past 12... Read More →

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

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

2:55pm CDT

Make Shift Happen: Harnessing Culture for Change
Culture is listed in many surveys as one of the biggest barriers organizations have in adopting Agile frameworks. While it is true that a culture can be a blocker for change, culture can also be used to help accelerate adoption and transformation. Being able to identify and understand how culture is used at your organization is an important first step in your Agile framework adoption.

Learn some background in various types of culture, including how culture impacts an organization's performance. As it turns out, there may even be multiple cultures existing at the same time in your organization. Additionally, culture may come in various forms at different levels in the organization, which can further challenge your implementation approach. Through a blend of discussion and interactive work with your fellow session attendees, see how you can determine which culture(s) are present at your company and what you might be able to do in order to harness it to make shift happen.

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Steven Martin

Principal Enterprise Agile Coach, Agile Velocity
Steven Martin is a Principal Enterprise Agility Consultant, Coach, and Certified Scrum@Scale Trainer who works with all levels of an organization from executives to management to delivery teams. He helps senior leadership teams become more effective by applying Agile values and principles... Read More →

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

4:15pm CDT

Help! I Am Drowning in Two-Week Sprints...Please Tell Me What NOT to Test!
Mary hears it all the time, testers complaining at retrospectives to their teams that they do not have enough time to test everything. She often sees testers work overtime the last week of a sprint to ensure the definition of done is accomplished. Why do they do this? Why do we as testers enable the bad behaviors of “Scrummerfall” or a lack of whole team ownership of quality?

Her quest in this session is to arm testers with techniques that will allow them to test smarter and not harder and to enable the testers and the team to have better conversations that make it clear on what they are testing in the sprint. Most importantly, Mary wants you to come out of the session being able to answer the question “What are you NOT going to test this sprint?”.

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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 4:15pm - 5:15pm CDT
Room D
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