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Thursday, November 30
 

7:30am EST

Registration/Welcome
Thursday November 30, 2017 7:30am - 8:00am EST
Richardson Ballroom

8:15am EST

Opening Keynote
Speakers
avatar for Rich Sheridan

Rich Sheridan

Menlo Innovations
Menlo Innovations CEO Rich Sheridan had an all consuming thought during a difficult mid-career in the chaotic technology industry ...  things can be better. Much better. He had to find a way. His search led him to books, authors and history, including recalling childhood visits... Read More →


Thursday November 30, 2017 8:15am - 9:15am EST
Richardson Ballroom

9:30am EST

Scaling Agile Metrics and Measuring What Matters
It seems like every leader is asking for the big 'M' word now but what metrics really should matter to them? Whether you're scaling Agile through SAFe, DaD or other scaling frameworks, you're probably thinking of how will you actually measure the health of the overall Agile adoption.

Through this session we'll take a deeper dive into both the Qualitative and Quantitative metrics that should be tracked at the Team, Program, Product and Portfolio levels. We'll explore how some of these can provide predictive leading indicators (so you can catch problems before they happen) and some are lagging indicators (sharing what has already happened). We'll dig deeper into AgilityHealth and explore the SAFe, Lean Product Health, Portfolio Health and the Business Agility Health radars.

We'll also explore how to roll these up into an enterprise health dashboard and make sense of them. Ultimately, leaders want to know if they are getting FASTER, BETTER, HEALTHIER and CHEAPER because of their Agile Transformation so let's start collecting the right data that helps bring this visibility at every level!

Speakers
avatar for Sally Elatta

Sally Elatta

President, Agile Transformation, Inc.
Sally Elatta is the president of Agile Transformation Inc, founder of AgilityHealth and author of AgileVideos.com. She is a thought leader in the space of Business Agility transformations who has advised many executives and leaders through their transformations. Sally is a dynamic... Read More →



Thursday November 30, 2017 9:30am - 10:15am EST
Room 217AB

9:30am EST

Lean Coffee
Lean Coffee is a structured, but agenda-less meeting. Participants gather, build an agenda, and begin talking. Conversations are directed and productive because the agenda for the meeting was democratically generated.

Got a topic you need to collaborate on? Bring it... let's talk!!

Thursday November 30, 2017 9:30am - 10:15am EST
Room 213AB

9:30am EST

Communities of Practice fading? Lets recharge them!
Communities of Practice (CoP) are known Force Multipliers in both Agile and Traditional Project Execution through sharing knowledge, tools and practices.  Yet, based on our experience, many fade away. What are some of the failure modes and how should CoP be structured for success? What are the advantages to the organization and benefits to the CoP members?  In this collaborative presentation lets pursue the answers and develop an approach to setting up, improving, and sustaining our communities of practice within your enterprise as well as among peer organizations

Speakers
avatar for Steven McGee

Steven McGee

Agile Coach, BCBSLA
Steven McGee is coauthor of the Amazon #1 bestseller Agile Almanac Book 2 and speaks nationally on Agile. He serves as Agile Practice Lead, lean-agile coach, trainer, facilitator, and Operational Data Intelligence Manager at Blue Cross Blue Shield of Louisiana. He has spent decades... Read More →



Thursday November 30, 2017 9:30am - 10:15am EST
Richardson Ballroom

9:30am EST

Full Spectrum Engineering _ The new full-stack
Software development is changing and so are the roles that developers need to play. Over the last decade or so, companies have been trying to fill their ranks with what was called full-stack engineers. These developers were versed in software development from database to GUI and everything in between. This was necessary in the age of monolithic application architectures.

The move to DevOps and microservices demands new skills. Now a developer must become fluent in software testing, deployment, telemetry and even security. It is less about multi-layer and more about multi-discipline.

In this talk, Pete Chestna, Director of Developer Engagement will share his insights into this transformation, the opportunity that it presents to developers as lifelong learners as well as practical advice to get started. Dont miss the shift. Get ahead of it!

What you will learn:
1. How software development leaders used to think about the developers they hire
2. How that is being transformed into a new breed of developer called the Full Spectrum Developer
3. How you can get their ahead of demand and be more valuable to both your current and future employers

Speakers
avatar for Pete Chestna

Pete Chestna

DevSecOps Transformation Consultant, CA Technologies
Pete Chestna has more than 25 years of experience developing software and leading development teams and has been granted three patents. Pete has been developing web applications since 1996, including one of the first applications to be delivered through a web interface. He led his... Read More →


Thursday November 30, 2017 9:30am - 10:15am EST
Room 213CD

9:30am EST

Discover Better Products and Services - Design by Discovery
Two common situations lead to bad software‹the project team isnt aligned on the problem or the customer isnt involved in the design process. Either way, you end up with a product that the business didnt ask for, the tech team struggles to deliver, and customers dont want. So, how do you increase confidence in the direction of your product and work together to build innovative solutions that bring the business, technology, and customers together? Garren DiPasquale and Matt Wallens introduce, a process to understand business goals and customer needs. It isnt about designing screens or coming up with a final solution. Rather, its an efficient way for a project team to gain a shared understanding, explore ideas, and develop a design direction. Using a combination of techniques from design thinking, service design, and agile, Design by Discovery helps teams unearth the why before the how. When you have a clear team understanding of your design objectives, goals, and principles, you can deliver products and services that customers love. Leave this session informed, energized, and prepared to apply this knowledge to your projects.

Speakers
avatar for Garren DiPasquale

Garren DiPasquale

Co-Founder, Artifact
Garren DiPasquales experience with the design process leads to identifying problems and developing creative solutions that serve a purpose. His process and creative thinking skills have allowed him to design and develop innovative applications and user experiences for clients, including Bank of America... Read More →
avatar for Matt Wallens

Matt Wallens

President, 80 Watts
For more than twenty years, Matt Wallens has researched and designed products for web, desktop, and mobile, and guided clients through project discovery, strategy, and functional design. He works with small to medium-sized businesses and digital agencies to design usable products... Read More →



Thursday November 30, 2017 9:30am - 10:15am EST
Room 217CD

10:30am EST

How to be successful with a distributed team?
Working with distributed agile teams has many challenges with team participation and using communication tools successfully. If you have a distributed agile team, struggling with effective communication, or team participation in meetings, this is the session for you. If youve worked on or with a distributed team, you are familiar with technology issues, network connectivity issues, making everyone participate in the meetings and others. We have faced similar issues with over four years of working on distributed teams and want to share our experiences and useful pointers. Retrospectives are one agile ceremony that has proven to be challenging with distributed teams. Weve identified new ways to encourage more team participation in retrospectives. For example, using an online tool like Scrumblr allows participants to write their own ideas as if they are co-located with their team participating in the ceremony with sticky pads and white boards. Distributed team members dont have regular opportunities for non-work interactions to get to know each other as co-located team members do. We have introduced a common practice of starting meetings with an icebreaker to encourage more of such interactions.

Learning Objectives:

In this session you will learn:
ˆ         How to increase team participation in meetings
ˆ         Online tools to aid in facilitation of ceremonies
ˆ         Tips to minimize digital distractions

Speakers
avatar for Emily Hunt

Emily Hunt

Capital One Bank
Padma Maddi and Emily Hunt have worked for four years with distributed agile teams in various roles at Capital One Bank. They have hands on experience with agile scrum methodology and distributed teams. Padma and Emily have learned that people interactions and communication matters... Read More →
avatar for Padma Maddi

Padma Maddi

Capital One
Padma and Emily Hunt have worked for four years with distributed agile teams in various roles at Capital One Bank. They have hands on experience with agile scrum methodology and distributed teams. Padma and Emily have learned that people interactions and communication matters most... Read More →



Thursday November 30, 2017 10:30am - 11:15am EST
Room 217CD

10:30am EST

Leading a Scrum Master Evolution
At Capital One, we took a look at what made some of our Agile Leaders (Scrum Masters, Agile Coaches, and Kanban Leads) more successful than others. Among the patterns of differentiation, one factor clearly stood out beyond the others. We found a direct correlation between the technical abilities of the Agile leader on a team and the happiness of the team. The more technical our Agile Leaders were, the happier their teams were. In large part, the same teams were able to deliver more often and with a higher code quality.

Change is hard - just ask the Tasmanian Tiger and the Passenger Pigeon. When your environment shifts even a small amount, you need to adapt to the change. When a work environment shifts to be 1000% more technically focused over 18 months, some people sink and others learn to swim.

Many of the Agilists at Capital One were as surprised as others to learn about this pattern, but it made sense. The more that our Agile Leads understand about the work being done, the more effective they are at helping teams deliver on that work. We will take a look at three case studies from our organization and how they evolved along with their teams and how this inherently made a positive impact on their teams and themselves. The three cases that we will discuss are examples where a non-technical Scrum Master evolved his/her role and influence to help the team focus on streamlining their work to be able to focus and deliver faster.

We will also take a look at ways to make sure that you are staying on top of change in your environment and how you can quickly adapt to it.

* Case1: A former Java developer wanted to join the Agile side of things and become a Scrum Master. How he made the transition and how his technical capabilities help him better the teams ability to deliver.

* Case 2: A finance guru turned Product Owner turned DevOps team Scrum Master. How he ramped up quickly on the tech the team was using and never looked back. This team had the highest survey ratings out of any team we measured.

* Case 3: A Political Science Major who listened to his teams pains and responded by trying to better understand them himself by learning a bit more about the tech stack the team is using, and eventually helping alleviate some of the pain for the team.

Overall, none of these Scrum Masters are coding, but by being more technical these three Scrum Masters were able to help the team organize their time to manage the WIP and reduce task switching. Other residual benefits followed, and overall, these are the healthiest teams that we measured. Information for Program Team: The experience will be mostly a presentation format with a little interaction from the audience. I will be including a very brief (ten second) live audience poll twice during the session.

Session Agenda (will be modified to fit time slot):

* 10 Minutes: Introduction and background on general Capital One information
* 05 Minutes: How we measured our teams
* 10 Minutes: 3 Case studies
* 05 Minutes: Outcomes of the measurement and case studies
* 05 Minutes: Changes and how we influenced change in the Scrum Master community at Capital One
* 05 Minutes: How to keep up with your team's technology (or other changing aspect of your teams)
* 05 Minutes: Audience Poll and review of poll results
* 02 Minutes: Review and recap
* 10 minutes: Q&A

Prerequisite Knowledge: A bit of Agile Knowledge would be beneficial. Some base understanding of Agile Metrics is advised.

Learning Outcomes:
* Evolving with your organization is vital to the health and well being of the team.
* Managing WIP is vital to a teams happiness
* How being more technical will give you more "street cred" with your engineers
* Being more technical does not mean that you stop Coaching and Facilitating. Being more technical will only enhance your ability to Coach and Facilitate effectively
* Your ability to probe the team for Risk Avoidance will be greatly improvedPresentation History: Scrum Master Summit 2016 (gave presentation twice). The attached pdf is from that session. This presentation will take that session and expand it with more details, background, and audience

Speakers
avatar for Robert English

Robert English

Agile Practice Leader, Capital One
Robert English is a former software engineer turned Agile Enthusiast. He has been working in the technical world for about 15 years and has seen a variety of organizations in motion. Robert is currently an Agile Practice Leader for about 20 teams at Capital One. He is passionate about... Read More →


Thursday November 30, 2017 10:30am - 11:15am EST
Richardson Ballroom

10:30am EST

The Final Frontier: Aligning the enterprise's direction and your crew's efforts
The Enterprise Visibility Room centers on a single, prioritized, enterprise backlog of strategic outcomes. It requires clear descriptions of value for each and every outcome. It visualizes all teams necessary to deliver that value and where each team is actively working. Five ceremonies embody the formal operation of the Room: prioritization, planning, scrum of scrums stand-ups, demonstrations, and retrospectives, all occurring throughout a quarterly cycle.

Speakers
avatar for Sean Barrett

Sean Barrett

Enterprise Agile Coach, Vistaprint
With twenty years of experience in technology, from startups to Financial giants, my Agile journey began in the world of Lean and Kanban. By completing the Emergn Expert Coaching Pathway, my awareness of and passion for the interconnected worlds of Agile, Lean, Business Agility and... Read More →



Thursday November 30, 2017 10:30am - 11:15am EST
Room 217AB

10:30am EST

Lean Coffee
Lean Coffee is a structured, but agenda-less meeting. Participants gather, build an agenda, and begin talking. Conversations are directed and productive because the agenda for the meeting was democratically generated.

Got a topic you need to collaborate on? Bring it... let's talk!!

Thursday November 30, 2017 10:30am - 11:15am EST
Room 213AB

10:30am EST

Taming scary production code that nobody wants to touch
Most dev teams "own" some code that they don't really want to work with. However it got there, the code is scary but pretty stable and requires updates. Perhaps your team draws straws to each time to figure out who is going to have to put on the metaphorical hazmat suit and deal with the problem. Or worse yet, your team relies on one developer to always do it and he or she is getting burned out and could leave at any minute.

Speakers
avatar for Mike Clement

Mike Clement

VP of Engineering, Emmersion
Mike Clement is a husband, father of four, and currently VP of Engineering at Emmersion. Mike believes we work best when we are working together and that there are no best practices—only better and worse ones depending on the context. Some leading practices Mike is passionate about... Read More →



Thursday November 30, 2017 10:30am - 11:15am EST
Room 213CD

11:30am EST

Amazing Workshops in 3 steps

Congratulations, you are now so good at what you do, that you've been asked to put together a workshop to train others. You respond with a resounding YES! until you sit down to prepare and realize you that you do not have the faintest idea how to fill a 2-3 hour slot effectively. Of course you could throw a PowerPoint together, but how do you know it's going to be valuable for the people attending? How do you know how to pull together content that makes sense? Agile is about small increments, adding value, the PDCA cycle....how do you use those things to design your workshop or meeting?

This session will guide you step by step through designing a workshop or a longer meeting using a small-batch method.

In this session you will learn the D3 method to:

  • Visualize the workshop flow
  • Time box your workshop to guide you, so you know where you should be on the clock
  • Design an interactive workshop that delivers on learning your objectives

After learning the D3 method you will be able to take the expertise out of your head and organize it to into a valuable workshop. 


Speakers
avatar for Billie Schuttpelz

Billie Schuttpelz

Business Agility Enablement Manager, SolutionsIQ/Accenture
Billie Schuttpelz is known for shortening feedback loops across silos and redesigning large, complex product eco-systems. Her Lean-Agile perspective gained over a 20 year career, including engagements in 5 countries, has enabled Fortune 10 enterprises to deliver to market faster... Read More →
avatar for Melody Yale

Melody Yale

Agile Coach and Trainer
Melody is an Agile Coach and Trainer with experience facilitating since 2005. She has conducted training for companies ranging from start-ups to Fortune 500 companies. Melody's background in product management for global software companies has given her the opportunity to speak at... Read More →


Thursday November 30, 2017 11:30am - 12:15pm EST
Room 217CD

11:30am EST

Scrum To The Stars, a reflection of Iterative and Incremental Innovation in Aerospace
From the beginning of manned flight, to the first step on the moon, the patterns of agility have guided both the exploration of aviation and space. As complexity continues to increase and resources become scarcer, the use of Agile and similar methodologies within the aerospace industry has become indispensable.

The history of aerospace extends over two thousand years, back to the earliest forms of aviation. From the story of Icarus to Chinese kites, mankind has been fascinated by flight. However, it has only been in the last few centuries that we have seen man take to the skies, beginning with balloons, then advancing to powered flight in 1903, followed closely by supersonic flight, spaceflight, and flight to other worlds.

Please join us as we reflect on both the successes and failures throughout the course of mans quest for the heavens. We will discover some common patterns that lead to failure in various events in aviation, as well as examine missions and flights that met with success, and apply these lessons to our Agile toolbox as we look to replicate success in future endeavors.

Describe audience take-aways from your session (500 word max)
1. Reflect on both the successes and failures throughout the course of mans quest for the heavens.
2. Discover some common patterns that lead to failure in various events in aviation.
3. Add these lessons learned to our Agile toolbox as we look to replicate success in future endeavors in Agility.

This presentation was the opening keynote for Agile Day NASA 2016 and was given at Scrum Alliance San Diego and Scrum Alliance Singapore.

Speakers
avatar for Tom Friend

Tom Friend

Agile Consultant, Duke Energy
Tom Friend is an accomplished and experienced Agile Consultant, PMI-ACP, CSP, PSM, CSM, and Project Manager with 20 + years experience leading teams and projects in various industries to include Banking, Cable, Telecommunications, and Energy. He has 10 years hands on Agile / XP / Scrum software development experience. He is also experienced in the Federal market and is a graduate of The Army Logistic... Read More →


Thursday November 30, 2017 11:30am - 12:15pm EST
Richardson Ballroom

11:30am EST

How Agile Killed Managers
Agile adoption has changed corporate landscape in many different ways. And while the change has been mostly positive for the teams, some can see Agile and Scrum ideas as a revolt against traditional management practices. If the team is self-organized, what's then the manager's role? Uncertainty leads to confusion, fear, stress and distrust.

During the session we will discuss how Agile has reshaped the manager's role. We will see examples of managers becoming a real obstacle during Agile adoption and how individuals, teams and managers can work together to become successful and achieve true agility. We will exchange ideas and learn techniques to become Agile leaders regardless of our titles and roles.

All Agile enthusiasts are welcome - engineers and other individual contributors, product owners, managers, scrum masters and agile coaches.

Speakers
avatar for Katy Sherman

Katy Sherman

Director of Software Engineering, Premiere Inc.
Katy Sherman is Director of Software Engineering at Premier Inc. She worked in several different Agile environments with several companies, first as a developer and later as a manager. She has seen Agile working and knows its benefits, but has also seen its failures, things that did... Read More →


Thursday November 30, 2017 11:30am - 12:15pm EST
Room 217AB

11:30am EST

Agile in a Compliance and Regulated Environment
Delivering through Agile means tuning into the business needs and aligning with the culture.  What happens if the business governed by regulatory or compliance demands?  Is it possible to remain “Agile” in a deadline driven, exception minded culture?  Is it possible to establish trust and engage with business partners that are overburdened and constantly managing multiple urgent priorities?   In the face of multiple business areas with competing priorities, it seemed impossible to deliver the business value so badly needed in our compliance program. 

That is before we built a program with a home-grown, “just enough scale” model to align our define our work and align with our busy compliance partners.  Our focus on simplifying our processes, innovating our operations and delivering BUSINESS value drives our team.  Our motto is to “Engage, Simplify, Automate and Transform”.  Ironically, as we focused on transforming our business, we may have transformed ourselves.

Speakers
avatar for Julie Bridges

Julie Bridges

Sr. IT Manager, Duke Energy
Julie is a Senior IT Manager at Duke Energy. She brings a passion for Agile Delivery, Business Partnership and Innovation as she leads Duke's Critical Infrastructure Compliance Tools Program. She has been with Duke for 4 years. Previously, she spent her career launching PMOs and... Read More →



Thursday November 30, 2017 11:30am - 12:15pm EST
Room 213AB

11:30am EST

Overcoming Resistance - How to Engage Developers in Agile Adoption
Participants will come away from this session with specific, actionable techniques they can use to better engage the developers they work with.
Learning Outcomes:
- Identifying common disengagement and resistance patterns
- Insight into the Ðdevelopers mindÓ
- How to get past the surface of resistance and into the root of the problem
- Techniques to get developers (and others) off the sidelines and engaged in the process

Speakers
avatar for David Frink

David Frink

Lead Agile Coach, Fidelity
David is a reformed developer and manager and is a Lead Agile Coach with Fidelity in Raleigh, NC. Through his 20+ years of experience he's solved complex technical and organizational challenges and helped teams as they embrace and wrestle with agile adoption at various scales.David... Read More →



Thursday November 30, 2017 11:30am - 12:15pm EST
Room 213CD

1:15pm EST

Kaizen Land - Gamifying Stand Up and Overcoming Anti Patterns
Learn how the gingerbread men are taking over the daily Stand Up and forever changing the mornings of teams everywhere.

Have your Daily Stand-Ups become stale? Well talk through the evolution of an idea that ended up demolishing monotony, obliterating anti-patterns and spawning smiles€ and to think, it all started when my daughter and I were playing Candy Land!

Well talk through the implementation of a game board during one teams stand up through the infectious adoption and evolution of its existence. Youll hear how teams tackled some of their greatest impediments and helped build a zone of psychological safety all while having fun.

By the end of this session, youll be prepared to bring this back to your team and create your own success stories.

Set the Stage (5 minutes)
-Introduction to your speaker
-Experience with Transformations, Organizational Debt and General Dysfunction
-Anti-Patterns and Positive Behaviors (10 minutes)

Real life parallels and why they happen
-Identifying dirty laundry
-Highlighting positive behavior
-A Game is Born (10 minutes)

Extrinsic Rewards vs. Intrinsic Motivation
-The construction of Kaizen Land
-Assigning values to actions
-The Implementation and Evolution (10 minutes)

Initial roll-out and reactions
-The infectious spread
-Distributed teammate adoption
-Lessons Learned (10 minutes)

Outcomes and observations
-How to bring Kaizen Land to your team
-Q & A

**Learning Outcome**
Embrace the importance of Daily Stand-Up and bring added value to the ceremony

Understand why Anti-Patterns develop and better assess which ones are in the team's ability to control

Promote transparency through the adoption of psychological safety

Increase gamification and the value for such

Speakers
avatar for Jess Long

Jess Long

Enterprise Agile Coach, Barclaycard US
Jess Long is an Enterprise Agile Coach at Barclaycard US based in Wilmington, DE. She is also a writer, speaker and mother with a passion for driving meaningful stories across multiple iterations in all facets of life. Transforming Corporate America and living to tell about it is... Read More →



Thursday November 30, 2017 1:15pm - 2:00pm EST
Room 217AB

1:15pm EST

Gain Organizational Efficiencies with Kanban
Kanban can be utilized at every level of the organization to manage flow efficiencies of work through visualization and prioritization based on business value and service level commitments.  This talk will focus on using core lean principles as a foundation and Kanban techniques to setup various ways to visualize and manage work to gain efficiencies.

Speakers
avatar for Yvonne Kish

Yvonne Kish

Sr. Principal Agile Consultant, CA
My passion for on-going Agile coaching and expertise in software engineering has allowed me to support companies around the world with complex implementations, rapid-response product delivery, and increased profit margins. Whether leading a team, or diving deep into the collaborative... Read More →



Thursday November 30, 2017 1:15pm - 2:00pm EST
Richardson Ballroom

1:15pm EST

The Secret Cost of Not having a CUSTOMER focus, and What to do about it
What is business value, and why do we need to deliver it to our customers early and often?  Do we even know who our customers really are?  What business value metrics are captured in your organization?  What happens when we don't deliver significant business value to our customers?  Sure we think we know the total impact, but do we really understand it?  Has leadership even thought about the impact internally?  What about low morale of the company, delivering low quality products, and high customer turnover.  Are teams self organized and empowered to innovate, or are new ideas squashed by management€.  

Speakers
avatar for Kyle Dukes

Kyle Dukes

Independent Agile Coach, AgileAble
Kyle Dukes (kyle.dukes@agileable.com) is the Managing Partner of AgileAble in Charlotte, NC, and is an Enterprise Lean Agile Coach and Trainer.  He has advised many executives and leaders in their Agile journeys.  Kyle is an energetic and engaging speaker, with a focus on enterprise... Read More →
avatar for Dennis Sharpe

Dennis Sharpe

Chief Technology Officer, IPPON
Dennis Sharpe is CTO for IPPON Technologies, and lives in the Richmond, Virginia area. Their clients include GE, Dior, Allianz, and a Fortune 500 bank. They have offices in Paris, New York, Richmond, Nantes, Bordeaux, Lyon, Washington, Melbourne, and Marrakech. He leads the technical... Read More →



Thursday November 30, 2017 1:15pm - 2:00pm EST
Room 217CD

1:15pm EST

Lean Coffee
Lean Coffee is a structured, but agenda-less meeting. Participants gather, build an agenda, and begin talking. Conversations are directed and productive because the agenda for the meeting was democratically generated.

Got a topic you need to collaborate on? Bring it... let's talk!!

Thursday November 30, 2017 1:15pm - 2:00pm EST
Room 213AB

1:15pm EST

Eating the elephant one bite at a time - Agility, big bang rearchitecture, devops
Manhattan Associates ventured into a Cloud re-architecture of some of the Omni Channel Solutions. During this journey, we learnt a few lessons on cross geo agility, how to handle a big bang rewrite of software and our devops maturity. We saw the power of agility with high performing teams, quality and passion. At the same time there were things that we could have done better and this session will talk about the power of agility, building incrementally and using devops to deliver continuously. We have a lot of scars from trying to eating the elephant as a whole and we would like others in similar situations to take away some best practices when its inevitable that a large re-architecture is in the horizon for your organizations.

Speakers
avatar for Priya Thinagar

Priya Thinagar

Senior Director, R&D, Manhattan Associates
Priya Thinagar is a Senior Director - R&D with Manhattan Associates, a leader in supply chain enterprise software. Priya has over two decades of experience leading large technology initiatives focused on enterprise architecture, application development and design. The last ten years... Read More →



Thursday November 30, 2017 1:15pm - 2:00pm EST
Room 213CD

2:15pm EST

Minimum Viable Process: Supporting a team's journey to high-functioning Agile without a restart

The Core & Enhancements team at Fidelity Charitable had already been running Agile for some time -- 2-week sprints, agile training for everyone on the team, dedicated Scrum Master -- and yet, we weren’t seeing the results we desired. Of course, there were a number of specific aspects of the team and our work that made the journey more difficult: specialized roles, multiple stakeholders, frequent interrupts; perhaps we shouldn't expect perfection? Of course not! Join us as we uncover some Agile coaching techniques -- including Lean Coffee, Scenario-Driven Development, and WIP Visualization -- that empowered the team to move towards a higher level of Agile maturity without stopping the team's progress toward our in-flight objectives or requiring broader changes within the organization.


Speakers
avatar for Nick Smith

Nick Smith

Scrum Master/Agile Coach, Fidelity Charitable
Nick Smith is an agile enthusiast with experience leading teams in multiple industries. Over the past decade, his work has taken him from startups to giant companies; from frontend UI to platform operations; and from non-agile, to sorta-agile-but-not-really, to truly-improving-continuously... Read More →



Thursday November 30, 2017 2:15pm - 3:00pm EST
Room 213CD

2:15pm EST

Did You Pack the 12 Agile Principles on Your Agile Journey?
The 12 Agile Principles from the Agile Manifesto are building blocks for a successful, sustainable Agile journey - regardless of industry and/or department. Many pitfalls that organizations experience are due to oversight and lack of adherence to the Agile Principles. In this session, I will review the 12 Agile Principles, how they apply to all industries, common issues that lead organizations astray, and proven solutions to get back on course throughout any Agile journey.

Learning Outcomes:
This session will provide the audience with an alternative perspective on the Agile Manifesto and the 12 Agile Principles - showing that both are applicable to IT and Non-IT organizations and departments. The audience will learn quick tips for identifying pitfalls that prevent their teams/organizations from adhering to the 12 Agile Principles and solutions that have been proven to help course correct.

A print-out of the Agile Manifesto and the 12 Agile Principles will be provided to all attendees along with links to the content from the session.

Speakers
avatar for Elisabeth White

Elisabeth White

Agile Transformation Lead, CapTech Consulting
Elisabeth White is native to Colorado with over 10 years of global experience supporting and guiding organizations on incredible Agile journeys. Her coaching approach is industry and department agnostic - focusing on continuous improvements within Culture, People, Frameworks, and... Read More →



Thursday November 30, 2017 2:15pm - 3:00pm EST
Room 217CD

2:15pm EST

Maps over Backlogs: User Story Mapping to share the Big Picture
A flat backlog presents problems understanding context of individual items.  Determining the value of a user story in a vacuum is difficult, if not impossible.  We need the big picture!  Without understanding the big picture, how do we know if we have identified all the stories?  How do we communicate the context of a user story in the big picture?  How do we really know what is necessary for a minimum viable product?

User story mapping is a technique that can help us keep the big picture front and center.  It was developed to build shared understanding and display the stories within the context of the user narrative.  We will discuss the challenges with flat backlogs, how user story mapping can help with those, do an activity to build a story map and discuss how to integrate this technique into the work youre already doing.

Speakers
avatar for Mike Clement

Mike Clement

VP of Engineering, Emmersion
Mike Clement is a husband, father of four, and currently VP of Engineering at Emmersion. Mike believes we work best when we are working together and that there are no best practices—only better and worse ones depending on the context. Some leading practices Mike is passionate about... Read More →


Thursday November 30, 2017 2:15pm - 3:00pm EST
Richardson Ballroom

2:15pm EST

Military Agility: How Maneuver Warfare uses Agile Principles and Practices
The U.S. Army uses an agile approach to mission planning.  Learn how the Operations Process leverages the decentralized authority of Mission Command to produce mission orders in a small, cross-functional agile teams. Discover new models and ways of sense- and decision-making and ideas from the military that can improve team performance.

Speakers
avatar for Jason Schreuder

Jason Schreuder

Agile Coach, Fidelity Investments
Jason is a Certified Team Coach (CTC), one of the Certified Agile Coach designations within the Scrum Alliance. As a guide for Scrum, he helps build agile teams to execute any work. He also teaches and coaches agile principles and values which helps leaders become more responsive... Read More →



Thursday November 30, 2017 2:15pm - 3:00pm EST
Room 217AB

2:15pm EST

Lean Coffee
Lean Coffee is a structured, but agenda-less meeting. Participants gather, build an agenda, and begin talking. Conversations are directed and productive because the agenda for the meeting was democratically generated.

Got a topic you need to collaborate on? Bring it... let's talk!!

Thursday November 30, 2017 2:15pm - 3:00pm EST
Room 213AB

3:15pm EST

Duke Energy: The story of Agile Success, setting the foundation for digital transformation across the utility industry
This case study of the Duke Energy Agile transformation in Charlotte  will demonstrate how an organization can successfully implement Agile across both IT and non-IT projects and programs to change culture over time. 

In this session attendees will be introduced to and learn how Duke Energy culture and processes are being transformed by Agile within a two-year Agile transformation period from agile pilots to scaling at program level. 

We will look at the steps taken by the organization to embark on an Agile journey and what it took to secure an enterprise-wide sponsorship to transform the organization.  Discussion focus areas include: funding, vendor contracts, staffing, prioritization, work culture, new definition of collaborative work space and others, by request.  

Presentation History: Portions of this presentation have been given internally to Duke Energy to all levels of leadership and employees/contingent workers with very favorable feedback.

We will share out lessons learned on the following topics:
1. Piloting small projects
2. Creating a Center of Excellence with templates and best practices
3. Setting up an Agile Capability Center
4. Creating a self-sustaining Community of Practice
5. Senior Executive Buy in that includes our CEO
6. Agile 2020 vision, our organizational Agile alignment goal
7. Organizational impediments to Scale at Program level
8.     Launching SAFe in a legacy operational organization 

This presentation will conclude with an open Q&A session for practical tips to attain Agile excellence. 

Please feel free to contact us with any questions Thomas.Friend@Duke-Energy.com

Speakers
avatar for Tom Friend

Tom Friend

Agile Consultant, Duke Energy
Tom Friend is an accomplished and experienced Agile Consultant, PMI-ACP, CSP, PSM, CSM, and Project Manager with 20 + years experience leading teams and projects in various industries to include Banking, Cable, Telecommunications, and Energy. He has 10 years hands on Agile / XP / Scrum software development experience. He is also experienced in the Federal market and is a graduate of The Army Logistic... Read More →
avatar for Yolande Sumner

Yolande Sumner

Agile Coach, Duke Energy
Yolande Sumner is passionate about going where there is no path and leaving a trail. Since joining Duke Energy five years ago, she ran the first agile pilot, became the first Agile coach, and launched last year the first grass-root innovation program called M!ndspace. She started... Read More →


Thursday November 30, 2017 3:15pm - 4:00pm EST
Room 217CD

3:15pm EST

Personal and Organizational Flow: Leadership Required
Flow refers to productive states at both the personal and organizational scales.  Personal flow states are receiving lots of attention these days, from professional athletes to musicians to special forces.  Flow is also a desired organizational characteristic where a steady stream of highly valued solutions are delivered to the customer.  In this talk, we will explore what are characteristics of flow at each level, and how as leaders we can create and sustain personal and organizational flow states.

Speakers
avatar for Guy Beaver

Guy Beaver

Executive Consultant, Net Objectives
Guy Beaver is a seasoned technology executive known for building Lean organizations driven by business priorities. He has served as CIO and CTO in large and small companies in several industry verticals. With 30+ years experience in Financial Services, Aerospace, Health Care and e-commerce, his technology accomplishments include managing enterprise web development and delivery for world class transaction systems (16 Million users), large data center transitions, and SaaS operational excellence... Read More →



Thursday November 30, 2017 3:15pm - 4:00pm EST
Room 217AB

3:15pm EST

Motley Crews: The Lives and Deaths of Cinematic Teams
This is a transparent excuse to show clips from some of my favorite films. What can we learn from teams as depicted in cinema?
- The Birth of a Team
- The Gentle Art of Selecting Team Members
- When is a Team Not a Team?
- Declaring Success or Failure
- The Death of a Team
- The Afterlife of a Team

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Speakers
avatar for James Collins

James Collins

Southern Fried Agile
James is the Chairperson of Southern Fried Agile, and a technical leader at Wells Fargo.



Thursday November 30, 2017 3:15pm - 4:00pm EST
Richardson Ballroom

3:15pm EST

Experiment-Driven Development (EDD)
Warning - you can still build the wrong product using Agile! In Eric Ries book The Lean Startup, he asks, "What if we found ourselves building something that nobody wanted? In that case, what did it matter if we did it on time and on budget?"

Experiment-Driven Development (EDD) is an emerging Agile approach designed to ensure we always build the right product. Join us to explore how to create a culture of experimentation within your Agile team from defining a product hypothesis, identifying built-in assumptions, running development experiments to prove or disprove our assumptions, capturing validated learnings, and all the while building a minimum viable product! Case studies and the facilitators first-hand product experience using EDD are used to augment the discussion.  Interspersed throughout the talk is a fun project simulation utilizing the EDD principles.

Whether you are new to Agile or a mature "agilista", you will leave the workshop armed with new Experiment-Driven Development techniques that can be applied immediately on your Agile projects.

Conference Committee Note: this topic can be presented in either short form (45 - 60 minutes) or long form (3 - 4 hour workshop).

Speakers
avatar for Michael Hall

Michael Hall

Senior Agile Coach/Trainer, Agile Velocity
Michael is a reformed waterfall software developer. Half of his career was spent missing customer expectations by using thick requirement documents, big design up-front, deferred integration, and pitching shoddy software over the fence to QA. The latter half of his career has been... Read More →



Thursday November 30, 2017 3:15pm - 4:00pm EST
Room 213AB

3:15pm EST

Unifying Agile & DevOps: Busting Barriers, Shattering Silos & Accelerating Value
How well integrated are your Agile and DevOps processes? The integration of Agile and DevOps people, process, and tools defines how effectively and efficiently you deliver business value to your customers. Join this talk to learn how to truly unify Agile and DevOps.

Unified Agile and DevOps is bringing about unprecedented changes in the way that organizations are solving problems and breaking down silos. These organizations are empowering their employees to automate expensive manual processes and utilize the power of cross-functional teams to the improve the entire organization's agility.

Come to this talk to learn more about what successful organizations are doing to unify agile with DevOps, drive innovation, and win in their markets.

Speakers
avatar for Logan Daigle

Logan Daigle

DevOps Coach, Collabnet VersionOne
Logan is a DevOps Coach with VersionOne from Charlotte, NC. He has been involved with providing and implementing DevOps solutions since 2011. He has development and DevOps experience in the military, government, healthcare, retail and finance industries. Logan has a passion for being... Read More →



Thursday November 30, 2017 3:15pm - 4:00pm EST
Room 213CD

4:15pm EST

Failure is key to success: leveraging the agile mindset
The agile mindset is a mindset of growth and innovation.  Innovation and growth happen most when we have the freedom and safety to fail.   When we step out of our comfort zone to explore the unknown we need to feel safe to fail in order to fully embrace the exploration of unknown without fear.  We all make mistakes, especially when exploring the unknown.  What's important is that we learn from those makes and make better mistakes tomorrow.  Leveraging the agile mindset, with the freedom to fail, increases the opportunity for teams and companies to learn from mistakes, adapt, and innovate.  Lets make better mistakes tomorrow!

Speakers
avatar for Amy Whicker

Amy Whicker

Agile Enthusiast, Amy 4 Agile
Amy Whicker started her career as a computer science professor. She taught many computer languages and the theory behind waterfall and Agile. After 9 years of teaching, Amy decided to transition into industry. Once in industry, she played different roles on Agile teams and became... Read More →



Thursday November 30, 2017 4:15pm - 5:00pm EST
Room 213CD

4:15pm EST

Lean For All
Lean software engineering emphasizes continuous delivery of high quality applications. Ken Pugh explains the principles and practices that form the basis of lean software development―concentrating on developing a continuous flow by eliminating delays and loopbacks; delivering quickly by developing in small batches; emphasizing high quality which decreases delays due to defect repair; making policies, process and progress transparent; optimizing the whole rather than individual steps; and becoming more efficient by decreasing waste. Ken describes leans emphasis on cycle time rather than resource utilization and demonstrates the value stream map which helps you visualize the development cycle flow to identify bottlenecks. He explores the differences between push and pull flow, describes how lean thinking shows up in agile processes including Scrum and Extreme Programming, and discusses how lean can be applied to the entire workflow‹not just to the development portion.

Speakers
avatar for Ken Pugh

Ken Pugh

Chief Consultant, Ken Pugh, Inc.
Ken Pugh helps companies evolve into lean-agile organizations through training and coaching. His special interests are in collaborating on requirements, delivering business value, and using lean principles to deliver high quality quickly. He has written several programming books... Read More →


Thursday November 30, 2017 4:15pm - 5:00pm EST
Richardson Ballroom

4:15pm EST

WHEN AGILE DISAPPOINTS - BRAIN EATING ZOMBIES KILLED MY AGILE IMPLEMENTATION
While there are lots of organizations that have implemented initiatives to "go agile", many of them have ended up not realizing the value they hoped to achieve. As surprising as it sounds, sometimes agile disappoints. It’s like a horde of Zombies are eating the brains of our transformation. In this session, I will examine in detail six common "value zombies" that suck the benefits of the adopting agile values and principles.  I will also examine ways to fix or to avoid these value-killers.

Speakers
avatar for Kyle Morton

Kyle Morton

Principal Consultant, Cardinal Solutions
Principle Consultant with Cardinal Solutions Group. Responsible for Cardinal's Agile Advisory Services in Charlotte as well as part of the Cardinal national Agile Advisory Services. For 17 years I have worked with software development project teams to maximize their efficiency and... Read More →



Thursday November 30, 2017 4:15pm - 5:00pm EST
Room 217CD

4:15pm EST

The Human Side of Software
Software is more than code and tests and standups and stories. It is more than infrastructure and SCRUM Masters and architecture. Software is developed by people, and people matter. Organizations that want developers to be Ðinterchangeable partsÓ that can context switch between teams are destined to fail. Heres to the human side of software.

Speakers
avatar for James Byars

James Byars

Sr. Technical Consultant, Accenture
Sr. Technical Consultant by day, hacker by night. Lover of food and drink. Fanatic of Kansas Jayhawks Basketball. I've written more code in the past 7 years than you have. I'm a workaholic, promoter, teacher, mentor, dad, learner, never-satisfied, try-to-be-the-best-i-can-be er... Read More →


Thursday November 30, 2017 4:15pm - 5:00pm EST
Room 217AB

4:15pm EST

Open Coaching Forum
Thursday November 30, 2017 4:15pm - 5:00pm EST
Room 213AB

5:00pm EST

Closing Remarks
Thursday November 30, 2017 5:00pm - 5:30pm EST
Richardson Ballroom