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Monday, August 13
 

9:00am CDT

An Agile Adoption and Transformation Survival Guide - Working with Culture: Michael Sahota
If you do not manage culture, it manages you. Much of the Agile adoption failure is a result of not understanding organizational culture. Learn how to use the Schneider culture model to assess your organization’s culture and to work effectively with it. This survival guide will provide you with the essential mental models and tools you need to navigate safely through the treacherous jungle of Agile adoption and transformation. You will apply your newly acquired knowledge to build a plan for working effectively with your own organization.
http://submit2012.agilealliance.org/files/session_pdfs/2012-08 Agile 2012 - An Agile Adoption and Transformation Survival Guide.pdf

Speakers
avatar for Michael Sahota

Michael Sahota

Culture & Leadership - Trainer & Consultant - Certified Enterprise Coach, Agilitrix (Independent Consultant)
Michael K Sahota guides and teaches leaders how to create high-performance organizations. As a Certified Enterprise Coach (CEC), Michael has created a proven system for leading organizational change through a practical playbook for high performance. His model for Consciously Approaching... Read More →



Monday August 13, 2012 9:00am - 12:30pm CDT
Texas D

9:00am CDT

LEtGO your Organization - Design a best-fit large Agile Organization: Raj Mudhar, Catherine Louis
In large geographically distributed organizations where the size of the product exceeds what a single Scrum team can build, we think through the best way to organize teams and work. Over the past year, we have been working with large projects (over 100 people), distributed in several countries and helping them develop organizational models that they can use to visualize how teams and work could be best organized to maximize agility. In this workshop, we guide the participants through the process of assessing and developing large organizational models. The models provide business stakeholders with a tool to assess the trade-offs of different organizational models visually and rapidly. Whether you are responsible for building a large scale global Agile organization, or are a team member with ideas on how to organize teams and work, this workshop provides you with tools to develop organizational "preto-types" to use for communication and troubleshooting large-scale Agile organizational design.
http://submit2012.agilealliance.org/files/session_pdfs/Lego-handout-agile2012.pdf

Speakers
CL

Catherine Louis

cll group
Looking forward to producing the most awesome stage, "Working With Customers" thanks to our great review team and Shane Hastie!
avatar for Raj Mudhar

Raj Mudhar

Agilist, Raj Mudhar & Associates Ltd.
I'm passionate about technology, and the knowledge that organizations can improve, deliver higher value to customers, while making the workplace an engine of engagement, innovation, and sustainability



Monday August 13, 2012 9:00am - 12:30pm CDT
Dallas 5

9:00am CDT

Hands On Agile Immersion: Damon Poole
Learn Agile and have fun at the same time! Everything you learn will be via real Agile activities that you do as a team. You’ll form into cross-functional teams, invent your own software product to use as an example for the activites, and become completely immersed in the principles and practices of Agile. There's no actual coding, no computer required, it's just fun activities that anybody can do that show you what being on an Agile team is really like. For anybody involved in development: management, product managers, business analysts, designers, developers, testers, DBAs, technical writers, project managers, etc. Bring an existing team or create a team with other participants during the session. Activities include: * Forming cross-functional, dedicated, co-located teams * Writing actual user stories for your team's "product" * Creating a backlog * Splitting stories * Estimating the stories using planning poker * Planning a release using two iterations of work * Running an Agile implementation simulation * Doing a retrospective on the simulation Throughout the session, you will also have the experience of seeing a demonstration of self-organization on a large scale.
http://submit2012.agilealliance.org/files/session_pdfs/HandsOnAgile2012Shared.pdf

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Monday August 13, 2012 9:00am - 12:30pm CDT
Texas C
  Agile Boot Camp

9:00am CDT

Is It Worth It? Using A Business Value Model To Guide Decisions: Kent McDonald
Product Owners are expected to consider the question "Is it worth it?" about their projects. This question is difficult to answer because the answer changes as you proceed through the project and gain more knowledge about the purpose, considerations, costs, and benefits involved in a project. Kent helps attendees explore a tool they can use to help organize the necessary information to answer the “is it worth it?” question on a regular basis. This interactive session demonstrates how teams can create a value model to make an initial decision about whether to pursue a project, and then utilize that model as knowledge grows throughout the project to revisit the question and confirm whether the project is on the right course, or if changes need to be made.
http://submit2012.agilealliance.org/files/session_pdfs/Is It Worth It_Agile2012.pdf

Speakers
avatar for Kent McDonald

Kent McDonald

Agile Practice Lead, B2T Training
Kent J. McDonald uncovers better ways of delivering value by doing it and helping others do it. His more than 15 years of experience include work in business analysis, strategic planning, project management, and product development in a variety of industries including financial services... Read More →



Monday August 13, 2012 9:00am - 12:30pm CDT
Dallas 3-4

9:00am CDT

The Product Partnership: Using Structured Conversations to Deliver Value: Ellen Gottesdiener, Mary Gorman
Are your stakeholder conversations less than optimal? Are your user stories alone insufficient for preparing & delivering the right software? Is everyone clear on business value? Learn effective, efficient, & creative ways for product stakeholders to converse as “product partners” for continual value delivery. In small teams, holistically analyze product needs & make just-in-time decisions on what to deliver next. Experience how to engage in “structured conversations” to explore, evaluate, & decide on high-value options for the next delivery cycle-at any level of agile product planning
http://submit2012.agilealliance.org/files/session_pdfs/Tutorial-PreReading-TheProductPartnership-Agile2012(Gottesdiener-Gorman).pdf

Speakers
avatar for Mary Gorman

Mary Gorman

VP Quality and Delivery, EBG Consulting
Mary coaches teams and facilitates agile product discovery workshops. She trains business, customer and technology stakeholders in collaborative practices essential for defining high value products. Mary speaks at industry conferences and writes for the Agile, business analysis and... Read More →
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Ellen Gottesdiener

Product Coach, EBG Consulting, Inc.
Ellen is a Product Coach and CEO of EBG Consulting focused on helping product and development communities produce valuable outcomes through product agility. Ellen is known in the agile community as an instigator and innovator for collaborative practices for agile product discovery... Read More →



Monday August 13, 2012 9:00am - 12:30pm CDT
Ft. Worth 5-6

9:00am CDT

Bad-Assed Double-Loop Learning: From Judgmental to Good Judgement: Derek W. Wade, Susan Eller
“We all know” Agile leaders foster self-organization, so why do many have little effect on their teams, or worse, actually harm their effectiveness? People act in ways that are rational to them, but differences in internal mental models can make people seem irrational to us. By uncovering your team’s mental models, you can help them achieve a common rationale. This leads to stronger, integrated teams. ScrumMasters, Coaches, Managers, & Team Members will participate in robust scenarios based on team simulation in aviation and healthcare. You will leave with practical experience in team interaction which you can immediately apply in your workplace.
http://submit2012.agilealliance.org/files/session_pdfs/PdfPublic_Presentation-A2012.pdf

Speakers
avatar for Derek W. Wade

Derek W. Wade

President, Kumido Adaptive Strategies
Derek W. Wade is the founder of Kumido Adaptive Strategies, an organizational performance consultancy specializing in cognitive/learning science. His human-centered approach has improved hundreds of collaborative efforts across a broad range of industries from healthcare to finance... Read More →



Monday August 13, 2012 9:00am - 12:30pm CDT
Ft. Worth 3-4

9:00am CDT

Break Down the Silos: Collaboration Techniques for Teams: Maria Matarelli, Dan Neumann
Practice collaborative techniques in a project simulation. Walk away from this workshop with tools and techniques you can introduce to your project teams immediately to encourage more collaboration and cross team communication. See the benefits of increased team interaction and pairing through this experiential workshop developed and first used at Nokia Location & Commerce.
http://submit2012.agilealliance.org/files/session_pdfs/Break Down the Silos - Collaboration Techniques for Teams.pdf

Speakers
avatar for Dan Neumann

Dan Neumann

Agile Coach, AgileThought
Dan Neumann is an experienced agile coach and enthusiast with expertise in both traditional development methodologies and Agile development using Scrum and XP practices. Dan has a record of working in environments that require experience from a range of disciplines and requires coordination... Read More →



Monday August 13, 2012 9:00am - 12:30pm CDT
San Antonio 4-6

9:00am CDT

Users Are From Mars, Developers Are From Klingon: Derek Lane
You know it's true. Trying to understand what your users want is sometimes like talking to the wall. Have you ever delivered what you were sure a group of users asked for, only to have them reject it as not even close? Have you ever asked your development team to build you something you thought was clear only to get something that didn't meet half of your needs. This session will leverage various Agile Games to explore techniques designed to help technologists identify with what their users are asking for. It will also provide some techniques product teams can use to help close the communication gap between users and developers. Note: This session is hands-on and highly interactive. This session is for any skill set or role that is involved in product development. Due to the format of this session, it will be limited to the first 60 participants who register.
http://submit2012.agilealliance.org/files/session_pdfs/Agile2012-Klingon.pdf

Speakers
avatar for Derek Lane

Derek Lane

Agile Enterprise Transformation Coach/Architect, USAA
After years of fumbling around with fire and smoke, Derek Lane has in recent years found his calling as the World’s First Self Certified BBQ Life Coach and a practitioner of all things BBQ. In a completely unrelated but parallel universe, Derek has been known to successfully ply... Read More →


Monday August 13, 2012 9:00am - 12:30pm CDT
Texas 2

9:00am CDT

Simple Design Applied: Spend More Time Creating Valuable Code: Alistair McKinnell, Declan Whelan
Experience and research shows that developers spend as much as 70% of their time reading and understanding code. In this workshop you will learn how the rules of Simple Design help to reduce this percentage so you spend more time creating valuable code. This will be a highly collaborative workshop where you share your insights and learn from others. You’ll get to the heart of Simple Design by reviewing code - both beautiful and ugly. You’ll get to practice by improving the readability and understandability of real code. You’ll leave this workshop ready to apply Simple Design to improve your own code.
http://submit2012.agilealliance.org/files/session_pdfs/Simple Design.PUBLISHED.pdf


Monday August 13, 2012 9:00am - 12:30pm CDT
San Antonio 1-3

9:00am CDT

Distributed Agile Simulated Exercise: Dhaval Panchal, Michael Tardiff
Have you faced challenges working with distributed scaled agile projects? Do you have the means to cope with the problems in this context? Are you curious to discover techniques that could work for your project? In this workshop you will experience scaled and distributed agile project delivery. This session promises to be as interesting and close to your real life experience. This is your chance to experience and experiment in a fail-safe learning environment. You will come away with a variety of tools and techniques that can help better your distributed project delivery.

Speakers
DP

Dhaval Panchal

SolutionsIQ
CSC, CST
avatar for Michael J. Tardiff

Michael J. Tardiff

senior consultant, SolutionsIQ
Seattle sailor, transplanted from the Northeast, who brings passion, perspective, and patience to helping teams and organizations work happily. At the core of my practice is profound respect for people. I appreciate theory but embrace practice, and I love learning more about what... Read More →


Monday August 13, 2012 9:00am - 12:30pm CDT
Texas 3
  Distributed Agile

9:00am CDT

Make your iPhone Agile with automated iOS Testing: Eric Smith, Eric Meyer
Automated Acceptance Tests are the ideal way to bridge the gap between what your customer wants and what your application does. Meanwhile Unit Tests are required in order to keep your application clean, functional and Agile. Until recently these practices were not common on the most popular mobile device in the world, the iPhone, and in this workshop we'll show you how to take the customer's requirements from their brain to executable documentation and take you through the development of a real application. We will do this through the use of three tools: Fitnesse, OCSlim, and OCDSpec. Fitnesse is a wiki with a test runner for Slim Tests, that gives instantaneous feedback to the customer when your stories are complete and documents what they do. OCSlim allows Fitnesse to call into Objective-C, and OCDSpec is the Unit Testing framework for Objective-C that all your friends have been talking about. In this hands-on workshop you and your pair will implement the game Mastermind from executable specifications, both writing the Unit Tests and the making the Functional Tests green. Note: If you can, bring a Mac with Xcode and the latest iOS SDK installed. If you can't we'll all be happily pairing and willing to share.


Monday August 13, 2012 9:00am - 12:30pm CDT
Ft. Worth 1-2

9:00am CDT

Pitfalls in Agile Testing and How to Avoid Them: Paul Carvalho
Good Agile Testing is hard. Transitioning to Agile is doomed if the testers, team or org. aren’t prepared to handle the changes in how testing is performed, managed and communicated. The path to great testing contains many traps and pitfalls along the way - including: only performing manual testing, automated tests that aren’t maintained, and user stories that aren’t “done” on time. In this interactive workshop, you will explore some of the major challenges and discover ways to avoid them. Everyone tests. Are you ready?
http://submit2012.agilealliance.org/files/session_pdfs/Agile 2012 - Pitfalls in Agile Testing - Paul Carvalho.pdf

Speakers
avatar for Paul Carvalho

Paul Carvalho

Agile Coach, Trainer, Quality Driven Inc.
Paul is a Testing expert, Agile coach, interactive teacher, Rubyist, comic relief, and efficiency enthusiast with over 20 years of experience in various domains. A Quality consultant by trade, Paul helps companies deliver world-class value. Beware: his eyes sparkle when he talks about... Read More →



Monday August 13, 2012 9:00am - 12:30pm CDT
Ft. Worth 7

9:00am CDT

Problem Statement to Scrum Board: Design Studio Using Systematic Creativity for Innovation: Will Evans
This workshop is an introduction to how teams can use Design Studio to generate new solutions and move quickly from brainstorming to design to stories. This variation on the popular Design Studio methodology takes a new approach: using systematic creativity templates. Systematic creativity is focused, subject to specific constraints, highly actionable, and can be carried out comprehensively by a small team. Teams gain all the benefits of a design studio, such as shared understanding, generative ideation, critique and iterative refinement – but in a more focused way so that a team can, upon completion of this activity, immediately begin story gathering and estimations.

Speakers
avatar for Will Evans

Will Evans

Mr., Mr.
Will Evans explores the convergence of practice and theory using Lean Systems, Design Thinking, and LeanUX with global corporations from NYC to Berlin to Singapore. As Chief Design Officer at PraxisFlow, he works with a select group of corporate clients undergoing Lean and Agile transformations... Read More →


Monday August 13, 2012 9:00am - 12:30pm CDT
Dallas 1-2
  User Experience

1:30pm CDT

ACT: A Planning Tool for Agile Change Agents: Jutta Eckstein, James Shore
When an organization makes a real effort to be Agile, they set in motion a series of changes that ripple throughout the entire organization. The side-effects are often surprising, and dealing with them can be challenging. In this session, Jutta Eckstein, Diana Larsen, and James Shore will present their Agile Change and Transformation (ACT) planning model. This model gives change agents a way to plan and understand their Agile change efforts. It provides a way to understand the context of a transformation, choose which changes to focus on, and decide whether to take a deterministic or adaptive approach. The ACT planning model is new and experimental. It's funded in part by the Agile Alliance's "Supporting Agile Adoption" program. In this workshop, participants will have the opportunity to try the model and help develop it further.

Speakers
avatar for Jutta Eckstein

Jutta Eckstein

Independent Coach, consultant, trainer and speaker, IT Communications
Jutta Eckstein (http://jeckstein.com) is an independent coach, consultant and trainer from Braunschweig, Germany. Her know-how in agile processes is based on over twenty-five years’ experience in project and product development. Her focus is on enabling agile development on the... Read More →
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James Shore

Consultant, Titanium I.T. LLC
James Shore teaches, writes, and consults on Agile development processes. He is a recipient of the Agile Alliance's Gordon Pask Award for Contributions to Agile Practice, co-author of /The Art of Agile Development/, and co-creator of the Agile Fluency™ Model. You can find his essays... Read More →


Monday August 13, 2012 1:30pm - 5:00pm CDT
Texas D

1:30pm CDT

Shaping Your Agile Adoption Path: Jason Little, Don Gray
Adopting Agile usually involves massive change for organizations. Making matters more complex, there are a whole bunch of paths to explore many of which generate resistance. Some people consider Agile to be a mindset. Others feel Agile is simply the adoption of processes and practices. During this experiential session you will learn how to: - understand where resistance comes from and how to deal with it - use a greater level of awareness about your people and culture to shape your path to Agility. - leverage your preferred leadership style and understand its impact on the change

Speakers
DG

Don Gray

President, n-th Order Systems, Inc
Having worked in software for 30 years I focus my energy and efforts working with executives to create the conditions where teams can flourish developing business value. I facilitate team learning and interdependent work. This includes assessments, embedded coaching, focused coaching... Read More →
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Jason Little

Agile and Organizational Change Coach, Leanintuit
Jason began his career as a web developer when Cold Fusion roamed the earth. Over the following years, he moved into management, Agile Coaching and consulting. The bumps and bruises collected along the way brought him to the realization that helping organizations adopt Agile practices... Read More →


Monday August 13, 2012 1:30pm - 5:00pm CDT
Ft. Worth 7

1:30pm CDT

Agile Inception Deck - 10 questions you'd be crazy not to ask before starting your project: Jonathan Rasmusson
Software is one of those unique activities that combine design, construction, art, and science all rolled up into one. Teams face thousands of decisions and trade-offs every day. And without the right context or big-picture understanding, it’s impossible to make the right trade-offs in an informed or balanced way. The agile inception deck is a lightweight project chartering tool that gives teams the **why** behind what they are doing. More than that it defines a common vision of success upfront, and makes sure everyone is aligned before the project begins.
http://submit2012.agilealliance.org/files/session_pdfs/99-inception-deck.pdf



Monday August 13, 2012 1:30pm - 5:00pm CDT
Ft. Worth 5-6

1:30pm CDT

Brain Science: Facilitation and Game Toolbox: Samantha Laing, Karen Greaves
Agile is about more than processes and tools; it’s about individuals and interactions. A great way to experience what this really means is by participating in facilitation exercises and agile games. This session will explain the thinking behind why we use certain facilitation techniques and play agile games. The group will then participate in several activities, and in debriefing we will discuss how these activities can be used in their environments. Participants will leave the session with a toolbox full of techniques and games they can use themselves to teach agile concepts, as well as an appreciation of the agile values and principles through their own experience in the games.
http://submit2012.agilealliance.org/files/session_pdfs/BrainScience.pdf

Speakers
avatar for Karen Greaves

Karen Greaves

Agile Coach, Growing Agile
I love meeting new people so come introduce yourself. Check out www.growingagile.co.nz to see what I look like, or just listen for the loudest person in the room :)



Monday August 13, 2012 1:30pm - 5:00pm CDT
Dallas 3-4

1:30pm CDT

Where do agile leaders come from?: Kati Vilkki
Becoming truly agile requires a significant change in the leadership practices and in behavior of the managers. One aspect of this change is the transformation from command and control to servant leadership and supporting self-organization, which is not an easy one for many managers and teams. Over the years I have worked with many organizations helping teams and managers on the road to become more self-organizing and agile. Very often I have heard from teams that "we would like to self-organize, but management will not let us”. And from managers of the same organization: "we would like the teams to self-organize, but they just don't want to take the power and responsibility". Teams and managers seem to be trapped in the same mental model of hierarchical relationships and command & control leadership without being able to get out of this. In order to get out of this trap people need to start to think differently, feel differently and behave differently. In this session I will share my experience of coaching teams, managers and leadership teams so that the needed changes happen. We will cover the key concepts we have found helpful in changing the mental models. I will also talk about the coaching and training programs we have in place and tell examples of how the process of creating new leadership culture has progressed.
http://submit2012.agilealliance.org/files/session_pdfs/where do agile leaders come from.pdf

Speakers
KV

Kati Vilkki

Nokia Siemens networks


Monday August 13, 2012 1:30pm - 5:00pm CDT
Ft. Worth 3-4

1:30pm CDT

Improving Collaboration and Communication through Improvisation : Kupe Kupersmith
To accomplish anything you need the help of others and others need your help. Successful teams have members that are continually improving how they interact and communicate with each other. Collaboration, creativity, and results grow out of an environment that is positive and affirming. In this highly interactive and fun session, Kupe, an improvisational actor, focuses on key improvisation lessons that will help you be a more attentive and flexible team member. You will walk away with lessons to help you stay in the present, temporarily suspend judgment, keep conversations moving forward and listen generously. These skills are needed to build positive, results oriented teams.
http://submit2012.agilealliance.org/files/session_pdfs/Improving Communication Through Improvisation Half Day Workshop - Student Version V1.pdf

Speakers
avatar for Kupe Kupersmith

Kupe Kupersmith

President, B2T Training
Kupe Kupersmith - As the founder of KupeTalks and the Atlanta Engagement Director, Market Rate Consulting, Kupe’s main objective is to help you connect, collaborate, and be ready for the future. For the past 20 years Kupe has been helping organizations achieve business value with... Read More →



Monday August 13, 2012 1:30pm - 5:00pm CDT
San Antonio 4-6

1:30pm CDT

Better Code, Littler Classes: Refactoring to Separate Concerns: Moss Collum, Laura Dean
You know the basics of refactoring: you rename variables for maximum clarity, extract methods to make them nice and compact, and sometimes even extract shared code into a superclass. But how do you go beyond the basics, to get simpler classes and more modular code? In this hands-on training session, we’ll demonstrate techniques for dividing large, complex classes into small, cohesive units. You’ll learn several key class-level refactorings, when to apply them, and how to find a class for every responsibility. This is a hands-on tutorial, so bring your laptop and be prepared to write some code!
http://submit2012.agilealliance.org/files/session_pdfs/Better Code, Littler Classes.pdf


Monday August 13, 2012 1:30pm - 5:00pm CDT
San Antonio 1-3

1:30pm CDT

TDD for [Embedded] C: Bas Vodde, James Grenning
Test-Driven Development is for Java programmers, not for C! Yes it is! Roll up your sleeves and test-drive C with us. We’ll start with a short intro to TDD, and quickly get you doing TDD. Bring your laptop. If you don’t have one, we’ll team you up with another programmer. You’ll see how to make TDD practical for embedded software development. See CppUTest Compilation Environment(http://cpputest.org/node/42) for needed tools. We’ll also have a bootable Linux DVD with all the tools so that you can join the experience.
http://submit2012.agilealliance.org/files/session_pdfs/TDD-EC-Agile2012.pdf

Speakers
avatar for James Grenning

James Grenning

Wingman Software
James Grenning trains, coaches and consults worldwide bringing modern technical and management practices to embedded systems development. He is the author of Test-Driven Development for Embedded C (http://wingman-sw.com/tddec). He invented Planning Poker, and participated in the... Read More →
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Bas Vodde

Odd-e
Bas Vodde is a coach, programmer, trainer, and author related to modern agile and lean product development. He is the creator of the LeSS (Large-Scale Scrum) framework for scaling agile development. He coaches organizations on three levels: organizational,  team,  individual... Read More →



Monday August 13, 2012 1:30pm - 5:00pm CDT
Ft. Worth 1-2

1:30pm CDT

'The Big Picture': Agility and Strategic Vision: Jimi Fosdick
When organizations adopt an agile approach to development there is so much focus on the iterative nature of agile development that long range vision and strategic product design, "The Big Picture", can get lost. In this workshop, Certified Scrum Trainer and Agile Process Mentor, Jimi Fosdick, PMP, CST discusses the need to include long term product vision, coherent user experience and User Centered design and architecture along with specific best practices for achieving a coherent product that delights users and walks participants through hands on, game-based, exercises to achieve that goal. Topics will include: Discussion of Product Vision and hands-on experience crafting a compelling overall vision Discussion of User-Centered/Value-Driven design and hands-on exercises to incorporate user experience (UX) and software architecture early in the development process Explanation of the pitfalls of a lack of vision and so-called "hybrid" models for incorporating UX and architecture into agile projects including the exercise "How To Tell If Your Vision is Impaired"

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Monday August 13, 2012 1:30pm - 5:00pm CDT
Texas 2
  Enterprise Agile

1:30pm CDT

Agile and the nature of decision making: Dennis Stevens
Organizations are really bad at Risk Management. And the typical approaches to risk management are flawed - resulting in bureaucratic overhead and not much improvement in the performance of software development projects. Agile efforts have rejected bureaucratic and non-value adding efforts and in the process have rejected most of what is practiced as risk management. This is unfortunate - because the nature of agile development fundamentally changes how to benefit from effective risk management. Risk management is about managing uncertainty to reduce the probability and impact of unfortunate events and the maximize the realization of opportunities. This workshop builds on concepts from SEI's MOSAIC project and Eric Reis Lean Start-up to present a practical and proven to a systemic approach to integrating threat and opportunity identification and response into the management of Agile projects. Useful for typical delivery teams, this approach is particularly valuable in the large projects and large organizations.
http://submit2012.agilealliance.org/files/session_pdfs/Agile and the Nature of Decision Making.pdf

Speakers
avatar for Dennis Stevens

Dennis Stevens

LeadingAgile



Monday August 13, 2012 1:30pm - 5:00pm CDT
Texas 3
  Enterprise Agile

1:30pm CDT

Lightweight Security in Agile Enterprise Environments: Introducing Threat Modeling Express: Rohit Sethi
You care about security, but common secure Software Development Life Cycle (SDLC) practices such as traditional threat modeling and secure requirements analysis seem to be geared towards Waterfall development. What can you do? In this session we will explain the concept of Threat Modeling Express and model one of the audience member's actual applications, live, together. Threat Modeling Express is a two hour activity you do once a quarter that helps you put the right security requirements in your backlog (or other ticket/story/requirements management repository). It's extremely lightweight: you need a developer (yourself), somebody with security knowledge (possibly another developer), and somebody who represents business priorities (a product owner?). Together in a room you hash out the most common user stories/use cases, possible malicious intents, technical means to achieve those intents, group risk rating, and adding countermeasures to your backlog. At the end of the session you have group buy-in on the security risks you care about and how important they are relative to everything else. This is as lightweight as application security gets: attend if the words "lightweight" and "security" both appeal to you. Threat Modeling Express is an alternative to more rigorous / comprehensive design-level security activities such as threat risk assessments, traditional threat modeling, and architectural risk analysis.Threat Modeling Express sacrifices rigor in favor of speed. Threat Modeling Express is a process defined by Security Compass (an application security consultancy), but is really just describes a set of techniques that companies have been practicing informally for years. It's not proprietary and you can do it on your own without any third party assistance if you have the necessary domain expertise in-house. The speaker is one of the people who coined the term and has taught and used Threat Modeling Express at several large companies primarily in the financial services and utilities industries. NOTE: Although the speaker's personal agile experience is with Scrum, the process works equally well in other agile environments. More information about Threat Modeling Express: * http://www.infoq.com/articles/threat-modeling-express * https://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?culture=en-US&EventID=1032476372&CountryCode=US%20ForceRecrawl:%200
http://submit2012.agilealliance.org/files/session_pdfs/Threat Model Express_Agile 2012.pdf

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Monday August 13, 2012 1:30pm - 5:00pm CDT
Dallas 6-7
  Enterprise Agile

1:30pm CDT

Getting to the Next Level: Practicing Leadership Agility for Effective Agile Management: Bill Joiner, Michael Hamman
Sustaining and growing agile capability in large enterprises presents significant challenges for leaders. Underlying these challenges is the challenge of leadership itself. What does it mean to lead an agile organization? What manner of leadership does agility call for? In this hands-on workshop, we explore three “levels” of leadership agility, from the award-winning book, *Leadership Agility*. Going beyond previous conceptions of agile leadership, you will learn the rarely practiced “Catalyst” level of leadership agility, and think through how to apply its principles and practices to the larger challenges posed by today’s Agile initiatives.
http://submit2012.agilealliance.org/files/session_pdfs/Agile 2012 -- Leadership Agility Workshop Slides -- FINAL.pptx.pdf


Monday August 13, 2012 1:30pm - 5:00pm CDT
Dallas 5
  Leadership

1:30pm CDT

The Fastest Learner Wins: Exploring the Innovator’s DNA: Mary Poppendieck, Tom Poppendieck
No matter how large and successful a company is today, it's long term survival is by no means guaranteed. Only a few large companies have been able to sustain growth over time by coming up with a steady stream of new disruptive businesses. How do they do it? Innovative companies create a climate in which cross functional teams conduct rapid, inexpensive experiments directly with customers. They foster the five innovation skills described in Clayton Christensen's book: The Innovator’s DNA - Observing, Questioning, Associating, Networking, and Experimenting. This Workshop is about using continuous feedback to speed up learning and radically improve the process of developing of software-intensive systems. It covers: 1. Continuous Delivery 2. Continuous Design 3. Continuous Experimentation 4. Continuous Progress Participants will explore questions such as: 1. Do our value streams bring together into a single network all of the capabilities necessary to create and deliver a compelling offer to customers? 2. Do team members understand who their customers are and why these customers will choose our product above all alternatives? 3. Does value flow from idea to delivery on a continuous basis and in a disciplined manner that delivers unassailable quality? 4. Are features validated against real customer behavior and modified based on whole system feedback? 5. Does everyone constantly challenge the status-quo and experiment with alternate ways of delivering even more compelling value to customers?
http://submit2012.agilealliance.org/files/session_pdfs/Innovation.pdf

Speakers
avatar for Mary Poppendieck

Mary Poppendieck

Lean Software
Mary Poppendieck has been in the Information Technology industry for over forty years. She has managed software development, supply chain management, manufacturing operations, and new product development. She spearheaded the implementation of a Just-in-Time system in a 3M manufacturing... Read More →


Monday August 13, 2012 1:30pm - 5:00pm CDT
Texas C
  User Experience

1:30pm CDT

The UX of User Stories: Anders Ramsay
Agile methods emerged in the highly task-oriented world of enterprise software, where it made a good deal of sense to expect that a customer would be able to tell developers what features the software should contain. "I want to first be able to do this, then that, and then I want to see a list of the other thing." And thus User Stories were formed around that premise. Within that world, they’ve become incredibly powerful and nimble tools for team communication, planning, and more. But software products have moved well beyond those shores. Today’s software is often either too complex or too experience-oriented for customers to know what features to ask for, or worse, they think they know what to ask for, but that is based on a dated understanding of rapidly evolving interface paradigms. In this hybrid lecture/workshop, we’ll show how a UX-oriented approach to story development can help teams transform often fuzzy and emotion-oriented customer needs and desires into actual estimable features that a software team can build and deliver. We’ll also show how the old delivery-focused model of story development is highly revealing of the origins of Agile UX anti-patterns (e.g. the “feeding the beast” phenomenon), and how a UX-oriented approach can mitigate or eliminate much of it. Topics covered will include: * Methods for eliciting both feature and experience-oriented stories. * Mapping experience-oriented stories vs the more common storymapping. * Integrating UI exploration into story development. * From experience-oriented stories to dev-ready stories. * The UX of story estimating. * Stories and the product road map and MVP. * Stories and sprints/iterations. * Stories and the concept of Done vs Validated.

Speakers
avatar for Anders Ramsay

Anders Ramsay

andersr@gmail.com


Monday August 13, 2012 1:30pm - 5:00pm CDT
Dallas 1-2
  User Experience
 
Tuesday, August 14
 

11:00am CDT

Cracking Your Big Rocks - Large Problems Don't Talk Back: Simon Cromarty, Johanna Hunt
Ever faced a huge or insoluble problem? Did it keep you up at night? Did it give you that feeling of mild panic (or worse)? Did you keep avoiding it and putting it off? How do your teams tackle their defect backlogs, technical debt, replacing a large legacy system or splitting epics? How do managers overcome the hurdle of having to complete 20 performance appraisals in a month (or less) and reporting on large programs of 40+ scrum teams? How do *you* approach your biggest personal challenges? This is a session for anyone who has faced or continues to face large hurdles in either their professional or personal lives - to share your successes and failures with others and to gain new strategies and insights in demolishing the rocks that will fall in your path in future. Note, there may be occasional bursts of Brit/pirate humour :)
http://submit2012.agilealliance.org/files/session_pdfs/CrackingBigRocks-Agile2012-20120812.pdf


Tuesday August 14, 2012 11:00am - 12:00pm CDT
Ft. Worth 3-4

11:00am CDT

The 0-Page Agile Test Plan: Paul Carvalho
Get rid of heavyweight Test Plan documents that no one reads, focus on process, make it difficult to respond to change and don’t help with customer collaboration. In this hands-on session, you will create a multi-dimensional Test Strategy that _radiates_ information (i.e. helps everyone know what’s important to test _right now_), highlights non-functional requirements, and easily adapts to changing requirements. Everyone on an agile team can use this method to get on the same page - this is **not** just for testers.
http://submit2012.agilealliance.org/files/session_pdfs/Agile 2012 - The 0-Page Agile Test Plan - Paul Carvalho.pdf

Speakers
avatar for Paul Carvalho

Paul Carvalho

Agile Coach, Trainer, Quality Driven Inc.
Paul is a Testing expert, Agile coach, interactive teacher, Rubyist, comic relief, and efficiency enthusiast with over 20 years of experience in various domains. A Quality consultant by trade, Paul helps companies deliver world-class value. Beware: his eyes sparkle when he talks about... Read More →



Tuesday August 14, 2012 11:00am - 12:00pm CDT
Dallas 3-4

11:00am CDT

Lessons Learned Integrating UX into Agile Teams: Brian Sobus
As Agile has evolved, it has become a challenge to get dependent teams working together in a synchronous fashion. One type of team that has always presented a challenge to me, as a development manager, has been the UX team. This talk explores my various attempts at integrating UX into Agile Teams. It tells of the sordid history, of what worked, and what truly did not. I will also work with the audience and gather their ideas, patterns, and potential solutions. After the conference, I will gather the results and publish them.
http://submit2012.agilealliance.org/files/session_pdfs/Lessons Learned Integrating UX into Agile Teams.2012.08.With Notes.pdf



Tuesday August 14, 2012 11:00am - 12:00pm CDT
Dallas 1-2
  User Experience

1:30pm CDT

Kanban Pizza Game - the Kanban experience for foodies: David Bland, Dave Sharrock
The Kanban Pizza Game is a unique experience of the benefits of one-piece flow or limiting your work-in-process. You are the proprietor of a new entrepreneurial enterprise, your very own Pizza Shop. You will experience the frenetic energy required to keep up with your customers' needs before using the three simple prescriptions of Kanban to increase your productivity and even offer your customers more choice. You'll experience some subtleties of the Kanban approach before we tie everything back to how software is delivered using Kanban. -- The Kanban Pizza game was created in the summer of 2011, and has been used at Tampere Goes Agile 2011 in Finland and the Agile Coach Camp in Columbus, OH in Sept 2011. Feedback was enthusiastic, and the game has been used numerous times with clients in the passed 6 months to very positive feedback. The benefit of this game over other Kanban experiences is the level of complexity that can be introduced through the variations of pizza slices (for example, incorporating subtle changes in flow through the system). Some feedback from the Tampere exercise can be seen on the [agile42 blog](http://www.agile42.com/en/blog/2011/09/23/kanban-pizza-game/ "Kanban Pizza Game"). Kanban is a tool that allows optimization of a process by visualizing it. Kanban has just three main prescriptions: 1 Visualize the workflow 2 Limit WIP 3 Measure and optimize the average lead time **Visualize the workflow** With the physical production of the Pizza the workflow is always visually present, and with the drawing of the workflow we can reflect the current process. **Limit WIP** Through the game some bottlenecks and queues will emerge. During the game we introduce work-in-process limits to highlight the (often counter-intuitive) benefit of focusing on single piece flow, and so that the teams don't lose points for unused materials. The participants experience that WIP limits are more than just imposed limitations - they change behaviour; people interact more on the overall production, communicate more and help each other when needed. **Measure and optimize the average lead time** In the game we measure the lead time and the cycle time. We also use a point system to approximate value delivery, and in particular the cost of inventory or waste. **Some Benefits of Kanban** - Bottlenecks become clearly visible, leading to increased collaboration - Evolutionary path to agile software development - Provides a way to be agile without iterations, starting where you are - Natural tendency to spread throughout an organization

Speakers
avatar for David J Bland

David J Bland

Principal, Neo
Organizational Coaching, Lean Startup, Business Model Generation, Customer Development, Kanban
avatar for Dave Sharrock

Dave Sharrock

Agile Coach, agile42
Dad, internet veteran, husband, entrepreneur, occasional seismologist. British and almost Canadian. Agile coach and change agent. Only Certified Enterprise Coach (CEC), Certified Scrum Trainer (CST) and Certified Agile Leader (CAL) in Canada.



Tuesday August 14, 2012 1:30pm - 3:00pm CDT
Texas 2
  Agile Boot Camp

1:30pm CDT

Building a Team from Values to Principles: A Step by Step Approach: Erin Beierwaltes
Building a high efficiency team can often be elusive and challenging. With all of the focus on jumping into an Agile framework or process, we often forget that these frameworks are built on a set of Values and Principles. By not establishing a shared understanding with the team, our overly processed focus may leave our team in a state of "norming" without reaching a truly "performing" state. This session offers a unique guide for team growth through building values, evaluating agile principles and acknowledging benefits with an iterative, interactive and visual team building activity.
http://submit2012.agilealliance.org/files/session_pdfs/AgilityTreeBV.pdf

Speakers
avatar for Erin Beierwaltes

Erin Beierwaltes

Skipstone Consulting
Erin Beierwaltes counts herself lucky to have found a passion in the agile movement.  Through a unique mix of system thoeories, agile principles and business practices, Erin partners with businesses to discover what customers need, how to efficiently build it and how to empower... Read More →



Tuesday August 14, 2012 1:30pm - 3:00pm CDT
Ft. Worth 3-4

1:30pm CDT

Team Dynamics Interactive Games : Ken Howard
This session teaches several aspects of organizational and team dynamics in a fun, interactive environment. Three different games/exercises are played. The first game, Communication Origami, teaches the importance of collaborative communication and how different organizational models affect communication effectiveness. The second exercise, the Bridge, demonstrates facets of team organization and leadership including self-organizing teams. The final session, Close Encounters with the Other Kind, teaches how to increase communication effectiveness between individuals and the team as a whole.

Speakers
avatar for Ken Howard

Ken Howard

Author of Individuals and Interactions: An Agile Guide from Addison Wesley


Tuesday August 14, 2012 1:30pm - 3:00pm CDT
San Antonio 4-6

1:30pm CDT

Leading Conflict: A Systems Intelligence Approach to Conflict Facilitation for Leaders: Michael Spayd, Lyssa Adkins
Sometimes hot and messy, other times cold and hidden, conflict surrounds us as leaders. There are two obvious choices: become the arbitrator who breaks the tie, or throw up your hands in exasperation deciding it's the team's problem. A third, more powerful approach is to become a skilled conflict facilitator. This hands-on workshop provides four interrelated systems intelligence tools and mindsets to help you prevent destructive conflict and encourage the creative kind: the positive/negative ratio, deep democracy perspective, conflict protocols and creating alignment without agreement. First laying a foundation with the team’s positive/negative behavioral ratio, this creates a positive emotional bank account to strengthen resiliency and help people "assume positive intent." We then add a behavioral structure, conflict protocols, to prepare teams for the heat of conflict, and finally introduce two core practices (deep democracy and distinguishing ‘interests’ from ‘positions’) for navigating active conflict as it occurs. The relationship systems approach, from CRRGlobal, will be taught and facilitated by two experienced agile+systems coaches.
http://submit2012.agilealliance.org/files/session_pdfs/leading conflict handout - agile 2012.pdf

Speakers
avatar for Lyssa Adkins

Lyssa Adkins

Agile Coach & Consultant, LyssaAdkins.com
I came to Agile as a project leader with over 15 years project management expertise. Even with all that experience, nothing prepared me for the power and simplicity of Agile done well.My Agile experience, along with my professional coaching and training abilities, gives me the perspective... Read More →
avatar for Michael Spayd

Michael Spayd

Dragon Rider, LLC
In a word, Michael Spayd life's work is about transformation. He is wired to help people and systems change, beginning with himself. Drawn to cutting edge 'technologies' for coaching organizations, leaders and teams, he has been an organizational change coach and consultant for more... Read More →


Tuesday August 14, 2012 1:30pm - 3:00pm CDT
Austin 4-6
  Leadership

1:30pm CDT

Teams are made of People! Personal Kanban for healthy self-organization and real-time: Jim Benson
Sample questions include: How does Personal Kanban contribute to team self-organization? Why should we focus on the people so much, isn’t it more important to fill the right roles with the right skills? People need processes and tools to do their work, what methods and tools do you recommend? What’s the difference between healthy and unhealthy self-organization, and how can I tell what’s going on on my team?

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Tuesday August 14, 2012 1:30pm - 3:00pm CDT
Dallas 6-7
  No Bull Know How

1:30pm CDT

Testing System Qualities: Rebecca Wirfs-Brock, Joseph Yoder
Agile teams incrementally deliver functionality based on user stories. In the sprint to deliver features, frequently software qualities such as security, scalability, performance, and reliability are overlooked. Often these characteristics cut across many user stories. Trying to deal with certain system qualities late in the game can be difficult, causing major refactoring and upheaval of the system’s architecture. This churn isn’t inevitable. Especially if you adopt a practice of identifying those characteristics key to your system’s success, writing quality scenarios and tests, and delivering on these capabilities at the opportune time. We will show how to write Quality Scenarios that emphasize architecture capabilities such as usability, security, performance, scalability, internationalization, availability, accessibility and the like. This will be hands-on; we present some examples and follow with an exercise that illustrates how you can look at a system, identify, and then write and test quality scenarios.
http://submit2012.agilealliance.org/files/session_pdfs/TestingSystemQualities - Agile2012.pdf

Speakers
avatar for Rebecca Wirfs-Brock

Rebecca Wirfs-Brock

Wirfs-Brock Associates
I'm best known as the "design geek" who invented Responsibility-Driven Design and the xDriven meme (think TDD, BDD, DDD..). I'm keen about team effectiveness, communicating complex requirements, software quality, agile QA, pragmatic TDD, and patterns and practices for architecting... Read More →
avatar for Joseph Yoder

Joseph Yoder

Agilist, Computer Scientist, Consultant, Object Oriented Developer, ..., The Refactory, Inc (www.refactory.com)
Joseph Yoder is a founder and principle of The Refactory, Inc., a company focused on software architecture, design, implementation, consulting and mentoring on all facets of software development. Joseph is an international speaker and pattern author, a long standing member of the... Read More →



Tuesday August 14, 2012 1:30pm - 3:00pm CDT
Dallas 3-4

3:30pm CDT

What's Done Is Done: An Exploration of What 'Done' Means At Various Levels: Daniel Gullo
The definition of done is a fairly popular (and sometimes emotional) topic in the Agileverse. It seems everyone has an opinion on the matter ranging from “It depends,” to “Let the teams decide,” to a meticulously designed set of business rules and criteria that account for every possible scenario. However, as organizations adopt Agile practices (and specifically, Scrum), they seek to leverage guidance from those of us who have already blazed the trail. Why then is this such a complex topic? This session will discuss what the "Definition of Done" means to different stakeholders across the organization at the User Story, Sprint, Release, Product, and Program Level. The session is based on a series of articles that I have published on this topic. Also, I have presented various versions of this session for my clients and will be doing a dry-run of the actual Agile 2012 format for one of our Wilmington ALN meetings this Spring.
http://submit2012.agilealliance.org/files/session_pdfs/What's Done is Done - 081412 0800.pptx.pdf

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Tuesday August 14, 2012 3:30pm - 5:00pm CDT
Texas 2
  Agile Boot Camp

3:30pm CDT

Working Effectively with User Stories: Silent Sizing and Definition of Ready: Ken Power
User stories are used to describe the functionality delivered in a product or system. Two common challenges we see recurring, even with experienced teams, are (1) they spend far too much time planning and estimating, getting trapped in the details, and (2) they have difficulty finishing user stories in a time-boxed iteration or Sprint – often realizing, despite the promise of further conversation, that they just didn’t know enough about the user story before taking it on. This hands-on session introduces participants to two techniques to deal with these problems. The first is Silent Grouping, which allows teams to collaboratively size even very large backlogs in minutes. The second is Definition of Ready, which is a set of agreements that lets everyone know when a user story is ready to begin. Combined, these techniques can save your teams literally hundreds of hours in time.
http://submit2012.agilealliance.org/files/session_pdfs/Agile 2012 Working Effectively With User Stories.pdf

Speakers
avatar for Ken Power

Ken Power

Software Engineering Leader, https://kenpower.dev/
Ken Power has held multiple positions in large technology organizations. His current responsibilities include leading global, large-scale engineering organization transformations. He has been working with agile and lean methods since 1999. He holds patents in virtualization and network... Read More →



Tuesday August 14, 2012 3:30pm - 5:00pm CDT
Texas 3
  Agile Boot Camp

3:30pm CDT

Questions not Stories: Build a business-value oriented team: Adrian Howard
User Stories are a fantastic agile tool, but they are not the only way for the product owner and team to reach a mutual understanding of what needs to be delivered. This workshop explores the use of hypotheses and experiments from the Lean Startup community. We see how using hypotheses instead of stories brings advantages to the development team, the customer, and the user. Stop telling stories about your product - start asking questions.
http://submit2012.agilealliance.org/files/session_pdfs/questions-not-stories-placeholder.pdf

Speakers
avatar for Adrian Howard

Adrian Howard

Quietstars
Adrian Howard is passionate about building effective teams and great products. He co-founded Quietstars to help organisations do that using Lean, Agile and User Experience practices. You'll find Adrian working with startup and product development teams — doing everything from... Read More →



Tuesday August 14, 2012 3:30pm - 5:00pm CDT
Ft. Worth 5-6

3:30pm CDT

The product owner role is a stupid idea: Improving how we handle customer requests: Jeff Patton
My team takes a lot of time to write user stories in a standard format, what else can we do to develop a good backlog? Aren’t user stories just slimmed down use cases? How does the team start work if you don’t do requirements gathering? What alternatives have you seen to having a product owner/customer proxy on the team? What are the characteristics of a good product manager?

Speakers
avatar for Jeff Patton

Jeff Patton

Chief Troublemaker, Jeff Patton & Associates
Jeff makes use of over 20 years of product design and development experience to help companies create great products.Jeff started in software development in the early 90s as a project leader and senior developer for a small software product company. There he learned that well written... Read More →


Tuesday August 14, 2012 3:30pm - 5:00pm CDT
Texas C

3:30pm CDT

The Power of Observation: Jukka Lindström
_“To observe without evaluating is the highest form of intelligence.” Jiddu Krishnamurti_ Ability to observe and share observations is one of the most fundamental skills for coaches. Sharing observations increases awareness and empowerment in others to make their own decisions and take responsibility of the situation, where as sharing interpretations has potential for conflict or disempowerment. How are your powers of observation? The workshop is for both new and experienced coaches. Participants will learn self-awareness and observation techniques to help themselves and others.

Speakers
avatar for Jukka Lindström

Jukka Lindström

Principal Coach and Trainer, Reaktor
I'm a Principal Coach and a Trainer at Reaktor. I am very passionate about thinking and personal growth. Not just myself's :), but of others'. I love helping people to reach whatever dreams they have through facilitating their thinking. I've been working with topics around self-organization... Read More →


Tuesday August 14, 2012 3:30pm - 5:00pm CDT
Ft. Worth 3-4

3:30pm CDT

The Silence of Agile: Steve Rogalsky
We've all sat through painful requirements, planning, and brainstorming sessions that provide little useful output and where the outcome was already decided by the loudest few before the meeting even started. Learn how silence can increase collaboration and help your agile project be more productive. Silent brainstorming allows everyone to have a voice – the loud people can’t dominate the conversation, the quiet people are provided with a way to contribute, and cognitive fixation is reduced. We’ll discuss the science of brainstorming and then practice several silent brainstorming techniques in order to generate a user story map, do agile chartering, brainstorm a list of user stories, prioritize your user stories, and generate ideas for your retrospective.
http://submit2012.agilealliance.org/files/session_pdfs/TheSilenceOfAgile.pdf

Speakers
avatar for Steve Rogalsky

Steve Rogalsky

Sr. Technical Product Manager, D2L
An agilist and product manager at D2L with a passion for agile and lean principles and practices. Speaker, coach, dad, husband, founder of Winnipeg Agile User Group



Tuesday August 14, 2012 3:30pm - 5:00pm CDT
San Antonio 4-6

3:30pm CDT

Creating a Shared Vision: Strategies and Techniques to Inspire Teams: Brad Swanson
Does your vision inspire your team to achieve greatness? Peter Senge describes the shared vision as one the core disciplines of the Learning Organization. In this interactive session, we will explore five strategies for creating a shared vision (for a product or an organization) to move people beyond mere compliance toward a true commitment to the vision. We will then use some concrete visioning techniques, from Innovation Games(R) and elsewhere, to create our own shared vision. You'll leave with a toolbox of strategies and techniques to build a shared vision that truly inspires your team.
http://submit2012.agilealliance.org/files/session_pdfs/Shared Vision.pdf

Speakers
avatar for Brad Swanson

Brad Swanson

Senior Agile Coach, agile42 LLC
Brad Swanson is a Senior Agile Coach and Vice President at agile42. He started his software career at age 10 on the Apple IIe and is now a Certified Scrum Trainer® (CST) and Coach (CSC) with 19 years of experience in management, project and program leadership, product management... Read More →



Tuesday August 14, 2012 3:30pm - 5:00pm CDT
Austin 4-6
  Leadership

3:30pm CDT

A learningful life: Staying relevant and agile in high tech: Linda Rising
What kinds of learning will keep me relevant? Learning and agile seem to go together, why is that? How do you decide where to focus learning? How does learning contribute to resilience, versatility, and adaptability? Is this like that generalizing specialist thing I hear about in agile? Why can’t I just get good at one thing and have that be enough?
http://submit2012.agilealliance.org/files/session_pdfs/Beyond the Agile Mindset - Agile 2012.pdf

Speakers

Tuesday August 14, 2012 3:30pm - 5:00pm CDT
Dallas 6-7
  No Bull Know How

3:30pm CDT

Simple Methods for Reliable User Involvement: Hugh Beyer
One of the difficult problems faced by an Agile team is that of getting reliable user input. Because Agile projects depend on minimal up-front planning and specification, user feedback is critical. But product owners are rarely users themselves and the actual end-users are often located elsewhere and may be highly diverse. This session introduces participants to Contextual Inquiry (CI), a proven field research method for understanding users and their needs. We introduce CI, show how it fits into Agile development, and give participants practice in gathering data and then writing user stories.
http://submit2012.agilealliance.org/files/session_pdfs/Simple_Methods_for_Reliable_User_Involvement.pdf

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Tuesday August 14, 2012 3:30pm - 5:00pm CDT
Dallas 1-2
  User Experience
 
Wednesday, August 15
 

9:00am CDT

Let's Stay Agile! Applying the Framework for Agile Sustainability in our Teams: Mali Senapathi, Meghann Drury
How do we sustain the use of agile methodologies both in our project teams and in our organisations? How do we know we have improved our project performance by using agile methods? How can we assimilate agile methods more deeply into our organisations? These questions are the focus of this workshop on agile sustainability. Much of our time is spent understanding how to implement agile methodologies but less is spent on understanding how we can sustain these methodologies and the ramifications if we do not sustain them. Agile methodologies have well passed the phases of adoption in many organisations. Yet the ultimate success of an agile methodology depends on the sustained use of the method both on the project team and in the organisation. Within an organisation, the greater the amount of project teams using agile methods and the deeper the use of agile practices are assimilated into that organisation, the greater the likelihood of specific improvements in agile systems development outcomes. However, what facilitates the early stages of agile assimilation in an organisation is different to what facilitates the later stages of the assimilation. Therefore, this workshop and its participants will discuss the key factors that either facilitate or prevent the sustainability of agile methods in an organization. We will discuss how to achieve significant improvements in agile systems development projects and provide an overview of mechanisms that can be used to track improvements during organizational assimilation of agile methods. Participants should have at least two years working experience in agile projects and include a wide range of roles such as manager, scrum master, business analyst, product owner, testers and developers.
http://submit2012.agilealliance.org/files/session_pdfs/2012_Senapathi_Drury_Agile Sustainability Workshop Slides.pdf


Wednesday August 15, 2012 9:00am - 10:30am CDT
Ft. Worth 1-2

9:00am CDT

Affordance-Driven Process Improvement: Designing a Process that Works for Your Team: Michael Keeling, Ariadna Font
The best processes are those that encourage teams to naturally do the right things at the right times. Amazing processes like this don’t happen by accident; they are specifically designed to encourage desirable behavior while discouraging harmful behaviour. By carefully choosing the process’s affordances -- practices or artifacts that direct our thinking toward a specific goal -- a team can tailor a process that makes success intuitive. The session will begin by presenting the core concepts behind affordence-driven process improvement before diving into a collaborative workshop. During the workshop teams will use information from the introduction to brainstorm practices that will help them promote those values, as you would in a team retrospective. Intended Audience * People new to agile who don’t know where to start * High-level executives and managers who want to take an active role in shaping their team’s future * Process improvement professionals who want to explore a new way to look at teams and organizations * All design, Process and team fanatics
http://submit2012.agilealliance.org/files/session_pdfs/process-affordances-workshop.pdf

Speakers
avatar for Ariadna Font

Ariadna Font

UX Lead & Development Manager, IBM
I'm the UX Lead at Vivisimo, an IBM Company, building enterprise search software. I have been practicing, introducing and spearheading Agile and UX methods at Vivisimo with the ultimate goal to improve communication, gain shared understanding and increase happiness. I strive to... Read More →
avatar for Michael Keeling

Michael Keeling

Staff Software Engineer, LendingHome
Michael Keeling is a software engineer at LendingHome and the author of Design It!: From Programmer to Software Architect. Prior to LendingHome, he worked at IBM on the Watson Discovery Service. Keeling has a Master of Science in Software Engineering from Carnegie Mellon University and a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science from the College of William and Mary... Read More →


Wednesday August 15, 2012 9:00am - 10:30am CDT
Texas 3

9:00am CDT

That Settles It! Techniques for Transparent & Trusted Decision-Making on Your Agile Team : Ellen Gottesdiener
How does your team make decisions? Do they reflect your agile team values & engender mutual trust? Do decisions result in true commitment from the right stakeholders? Are they defensible & sustainable? Agile teams make countless product and process decisions. Ex. include: features to deliver, platforms, tools, backlog management, metrics, delivery cadence, definition of done. Explore how participatory decision-making practices cut to the heart of your team values. Learn practical techniques for deciding how to decide. Leave with a toolkit to align decision-making with your team values.
http://submit2012.agilealliance.org/files/session_pdfs/ThatSettlesIt_Gottesdiener(Agile2012)-WebsitePartialDeck-v2.pptx.pdf

Speakers
avatar for Ellen Gottesdiener

Ellen Gottesdiener

Product Coach, EBG Consulting, Inc.
Ellen is a Product Coach and CEO of EBG Consulting focused on helping product and development communities produce valuable outcomes through product agility. Ellen is known in the agile community as an instigator and innovator for collaborative practices for agile product discovery... Read More →



Wednesday August 15, 2012 9:00am - 10:30am CDT
San Antonio 4-6

9:00am CDT

High-Gravity Distributed Agile Teams: Derek W. Wade
Distributed Agile can work, but distance often harms self-organization. Typical reaction: load down teams with tools and rigid structure. Typical result: the death of self-organization. The trick to effective distributed Agile teams is the same as for colocated Agile teams: give them focus, then get out of the way and let them form into a hive-mind. But how? Distributed Cognition is a technique from cognitive psych proven in helping teams go from “norming” to “performing.” Come explore how to create gravity that pulls your team together, rather than you pushing them.
http://submit2012.agilealliance.org/files/session_pdfs/!Sim_HighGravityDistributed.pdf

Speakers
avatar for Derek W. Wade

Derek W. Wade

President, Kumido Adaptive Strategies
Derek W. Wade is the founder of Kumido Adaptive Strategies, an organizational performance consultancy specializing in cognitive/learning science. His human-centered approach has improved hundreds of collaborative efforts across a broad range of industries from healthcare to finance... Read More →



Wednesday August 15, 2012 9:00am - 10:30am CDT
Texas 2
  Distributed Agile

9:00am CDT

Transforming a Worst Nightmare Leader to Situational Leader: Dave Neuman
Individual and team performance varies by the competence and commitment with the task at hand. Leaders must be adept at diagnosing situations and versatile in applying the matching leadership style to improve the individual's or team's performance. Leaders at all levels (functional leads, scrum masters, agile coaches, managers, etc.) will gain valuable insight into the behaviors of various leadership styles and the appropriate application of those styles in situations that improve the effectiveness and outcome. Participants will have their eyes opened to the characteristics of everyone's worst nightmare leader, learn about leadership styles and versatility, and apply the concepts to turn their worst nightmare into a role model for leadership. This workshop is based on the Situational Leadership II model developed by Ken Blanchard.
http://submit2012.agilealliance.org/files/session_pdfs/Transforming Worst Nightmare Leader - Agile2012.pdf

Speakers
avatar for Dave Neuman

Dave Neuman

Digital Engineering & Emerging Technologies Leader, Brady Corporation
Dave Neuman is a seasoned technology and business leader with almost 20 years of experience working with organizations of various sizes from Fortune 100 to small, regional consulting to advising startups in roles of software engineering, product engineering, consultant, IT, PMO, and... Read More →



Wednesday August 15, 2012 9:00am - 10:30am CDT
Austin 4-6
  Leadership

9:00am CDT

Testing As We Go: Perspectives on Testing as part of Done: Elisabeth Hendrickson
How does Testing fit into the definition of Done? Isnʼt meeting the quality standards everyoneʼs job? What is the role of Testers on an agile team? How do you keep from doing all the testing at the end of the sprint? Doesnʼt going agile mean that software development doesnʼt need Testers anymore?

Speakers
avatar for Elisabeth  Hendrickson

Elisabeth Hendrickson

Author, "Change Your Organization"
Elisabeth Hendrickson is a leader in software engineering. She most recently served as VP R&D for Pivotal Software, Inc. A lifelong learner, she has spent time in every facet of software development, from project management to design for companies ranging from small start-ups to multinational... Read More →


Wednesday August 15, 2012 9:00am - 10:30am CDT
Dallas 6-7
  No Bull Know How

9:00am CDT

Hands on keyboards! Coding with Corey Haines (Part 1): Corey Haines
Bring your laptop to this session with your favorite development environment(s) set up and ready to write some code. This session will be hands-on. Come and practice what you're learning at the Agile Conference. Each half-day workshop (morning and afternoon) consists of 3 hands-on, focused exercises around the practices and techniques involved in successful agile software development. Each session helps you level up in skills, such as test-driven development, pair-programming and emergent design. This special day of practice consists of 2 half-day workshops. By joining for both morning and afternoon, you'll get a wide range of experience that you can take back to your work.

Speakers

Wednesday August 15, 2012 9:00am - 12:30pm CDT
Dallas 5

11:00am CDT

Turning and turning in the widening gyre: Elizabeth Keogh
Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold. Test-first and outcome-oriented disciplines such as PDCA or BDD's scenarios are fantastic when someone else knows what they want and you know how to achieve it. But what do you do in high-learning and exploratory environments? What patterns still work when the team have given up on process altogether? What if some functionality is completely new, the rest is covered by third parties, you don't know what the libraries will do for you, and your business stakeholders are still learning too? In this workshop we explore what it means to be in chaotic, complex and complicated environments, and we look at patterns of delivery that can still work effectively when you know you're delivering the wrong thing, but you don't know what the right thing is.

Speakers
avatar for Liz Keogh

Liz Keogh

Lunivore Limited
Liz Keogh is a Lean and Agile consultant based in London. She is a well-known blogger and international speaker, a core member of the BDD community and a contributor to a number of open-source projects including JBehave. She has a strong technical background with almost 20 years of... Read More →


Wednesday August 15, 2012 11:00am - 12:00pm CDT
Ft. Worth 3-4

11:00am CDT

Raving Retrospectives -Innovation Games® & other techniques to facilitate creative retros: Kate Megaw, Brian Rabon
Do you find it challenging to keep your retrospectives innovative and creative so you get the maximum feedback from your scrum team? This session will review traditional retrospectives and give you 3 new innovative tools to add to your "tool kit" to help you facilitate creative, fun and engaging retrospectives. No matter what your project, project methodology or delivery model, everyone benefits from feedback on what they could do differently next time. The session will involve a mix of lecture, workshop and discussion. No death by PowerPoint here! This session will look at: 1) What is a retrospective 2) Why do we do retrospectives 3) How to plan a retrospective 4) Traditional retrospectives 5) Creative retrospectives Session attendees will be divided into teams of 6-9 (easily adjustable for audience size) and will do an exercise using one of the following creative retrospective techniques: - The Boat (Innovation Games®) - The Retrospective Starfish - Spiderweb Retrospectives The audience for this presentation is anyone looking for feedback on how their project, implementation or work is going. Whether from a more traditional environment or a more Agile environment there is something in this session for everyone; from beginners with no retrospective experience to experienced coaches wanting to expand their "tool box"! I will use PowerPoint to cover the introduction to retrospectives and why we do them. I will then demonstrate using a white board / flip chart and post it notes some of the traditional retrospective techniques. I will introduce 3 new retrospective techniques and then divide the attendees into groups of 6-9 and have each group try one of the new techniques (easily adjustable for audience size). I will ask them to come up with a topic on which to do a retrospective and I will give them some examples in case they don't have ideas at hand: Agile 2012 Conference Retrospective, iPad 2's, Facebook. After they are done trying their new techniques, we will do a 10 minute debrief with the entire group to discuss why they felt their technique was effective / wasn't effective, what they liked and what they didn't like so that all attendees get feedback on all the techniques.
http://submit2012.agilealliance.org/files/session_pdfs/Raving Retrospectives.pdf

Speakers
avatar for Kate Megaw

Kate Megaw

Certified Scrum Trainer & Agile Coach | President, Braintrust Consulting Group
Kate is the President of the Braintrust Consulting Group where she specializes in working with executives and C-level professionals as well as serving as an Agile Coach and Certified Scrum Trainer®. Before co-founding The Braintrust Consulting Group, Kate worked as a Project Manager... Read More →



Wednesday August 15, 2012 11:00am - 12:00pm CDT
Texas 3

11:00am CDT

Does Pair Programming Have to Suck?: Angela Harms
On some teams pairing is the norm; developers enjoy the collaboration & experience enhanced productivity. Others, though, work on teams where pairing is shunned, avoided, or just faked. Why do some craftsmen thrive with pairing while others want nothing to do with it? Why does coach-enforced pairing turn into something dry, distracted, imbalanced & ineffective? Effective pairing can increase creativity, energy, speed & quality. What factors make that possible? Join in an honest discussion & learn about which pairing styles drag teams down & what sort of pairing helps teams rock. Whether you've never paired before, or you're on a team that's trying, you'll have fun and come away with a clear sense of the best that pairing has to offer.

Speakers

Wednesday August 15, 2012 11:00am - 12:00pm CDT
San Antonio 1-3

1:30pm CDT

Values of the Fittest - Taking Cash and Staking Claims: Allen Hurst, Chris Weldon
Are you willing to put everything on the line to squeeze every last dollar from your customers? Will you sacrifice quality to get that killer feature out the door? Will you ride the next trend in social media or focus more on premium features to grab those elite customers? What will your competition do? Values of the Fittest is a game that will challenge you and your stakeholders to take decisive actions to build software by maximizing value, minimizing risk, and minimizing cost. Time is of the essence. You have limited funds and need to deliver a product quickly to stay afloat. Opponents are capitalizing while your team wages civil war. Can your team find a common direction to deliver a better product in less time?

Speakers
avatar for Chris Weldon

Chris Weldon

Manager, Software Development, Wolters Kluwer
Chris Weldon is a passionate software craftsman, technical manager, and coach. As a manager and coach, it is his mission to understand each team members' career aspirations and help them reach their full potential. Chris works across the organization to build strong relationships... Read More →



Wednesday August 15, 2012 1:30pm - 3:00pm CDT
Ft. Worth 5-6

1:30pm CDT

Agile Game Incubator: Don McGreal, Michael McCullough
Ever wanted to create a game but not sure how or where to start? Do you prefer learning-by-doing? Do you use games as a learning tool but haven't found the right game for a topic? Learn to create your own unique games for communicating complex topics and injecting some fun back into work. Come prepared with your own topics and ideas or join in on others'. Don and Mike will kick things off by sharing their approach, guidelines, and experience. They will then facilitate the formation of teams around problem topics and guide them through the creation of the ultimate Agile game!

Speakers
MM

Michael McCullough

Executive Technical Director, Quadrus
Michael is Executive Technical Director with Quadrus - Improving Enterprises Calgary. Michael leads the training and advisory services for Quadrus Agile Scrum and Kanban services.Michael has been working with business and product companies helping to improve product innovation and... Read More →


Wednesday August 15, 2012 1:30pm - 3:00pm CDT
Ft. Worth 3-4

1:30pm CDT

Building a Team Through Feedback: Lisamarie Babik, Johanna Rothman
In traditional team cultures, feedback has been the sole responsibility of the manager. In Agile teams it’s more important for feedback to be peer-to-peer because the manager doesn’t know the minute-by-minute details of what’s going on within the team. What if managers were not solely responsible for providing guidance for an individuals growth, but rather the team itself? Building feedback into the culture creates a team with a stronger sense of responsibility for one another. They will self-correct interpersonal issues and work-quality issues better and faster than a traditional team.
http://submit2012.agilealliance.org/files/session_pdfs/BuildingaTeamThroughFeedback.pdf

Speakers
avatar for Johanna Rothman

Johanna Rothman

President, Rothman Consulting
Johanna Rothman, known as the "Pragmatic Manager," provides frank advice for your tough problems. She helps leaders and teams see problems and resolve risks and manage their product development. Johanna was the Agile 2009 conference chair. Johanna is the author of several books... Read More →


Wednesday August 15, 2012 1:30pm - 3:00pm CDT
San Antonio 4-6

1:30pm CDT

Story Maps as Test Plans and Other Cross Cutting Guides: David Hussman
Test plans are often secondary to story tests (aka acceptance tests) for an individual story.While this helps focus on finding the value of a story, it often missing the mark in an enterprise setting where real value comes from delivering a collection of stories. Large scale (enterprise ) agility often goes beyond a single story and spans stories and teams. Story maps are an excellent tool for visualizing cross cutting needs like testing across stories and other challenges that cut across teams. Story maps are a simple and excellent tool that foster cross cutting thinking and learning. Along with connecting testers who care about testing that spans stories, story maps are also excellent tools for connecting other cross cutting perspectives: architecture, user experience, sub teams and end user documentation. This session will teach participants to use story maps to address the many challenges that face large scale (enterprise) agility. Participants will work in groups to utilize story maps as tools for situational challenges and realities faced by multi-team and distributed team agile usage.
http://submit2012.agilealliance.org/files/session_pdfs/StoryMapsTestPlansAndOtherCrossCutting.pdf

Speakers
avatar for David Hussman

David Hussman

Founder, DevJam
David teaches and coaches continuous learning thru product discovery and iterative delivery. 20+ years of coaching product learning into eco-systems of all sizes and shapes around the world has shaped David’s non-dogmatic and pragmatic style. David spends most of his time working... Read More →



Wednesday August 15, 2012 1:30pm - 3:00pm CDT
Austin 1-3
  Enterprise Agile

1:30pm CDT

Adaptive Leadership: Accelerating Enterprise Agility: Jim Highsmith
Adaptive leadership embraces: Why Agile? Being Agile. Doing Agile. It explores why responsiveness is critical to success—from business strategy to portfolio management implications. It explores activities that an agile leader or executive must “do,” starting with four key levers for change: “Do Less,” “Speed-to-Value,” “Quality,” and “Capability.” Next the focus will be on how to “Be” agile by—embracing Adapting, Riding Paradox, Exploring, and Engaging leadership. This session will explore how Adaptive leadership is critical to transforming IT organizations.

Speakers

Wednesday August 15, 2012 1:30pm - 3:00pm CDT
Austin 4-6
  Leadership

1:30pm CDT

Influencing Teams with Psychology: Charles Suscheck
Self directed agile teams often don't have hierarchical management. This session is about using psychological tools to influence team members who don't report to you. If you need to influence others, this workshop will give you the tools. Through examples, exercises, and practice targeted to selling agile concepts, you will apply Cialdini's psychological tools (reciprocity, scarcity, commitment consistency, authority, liking, and social proof) to craft persuasive positions.
http://submit2012.agilealliance.org/files/session_pdfs/Handout.pdf

Speakers
avatar for Chuck Suscheck

Chuck Suscheck

Professional Trainer, scrum.org
Dr. Charles Suscheck specializes in agile software development methodologies, and project management. He is one the few people in the world certified to teach the entire scrum.org curriculum. He has over 25 years of professional experience in information technology, beginning his... Read More →



Wednesday August 15, 2012 1:30pm - 3:00pm CDT
Ft. Worth 1-2
  Leadership

1:30pm CDT

Craftsmanship or 'The only way to go fast is to go well': Robert Martin
Isnʼt agile all about delivering faster? What does craftsmanship have to do with architecture and design? Why should I invest in strengthening my programming skills, and where do I start? Whatʼs the definition of “clean code”? No one else cares about code quality where I work, why should I?

Speakers

Wednesday August 15, 2012 1:30pm - 3:00pm CDT
Dallas 6-7
  No Bull Know How

1:30pm CDT

Hands on keyboards! Coding with Corey Haines (Part 2): Corey Haines
Bring your laptop to this session with your favorite development environment(s) set up and ready to write some code. This session will be hands-on. Come and practice what you're learning at the Agile Conference. Each half-day workshop (morning and afternoon) consists of 3 hands-on, focused exercises around the practices and techniques involved in successful agile software development. Each session helps you level up in skills, such as test-driven development, pair-programming and emergent design. This special day of practice consists of 2 half-day workshops. By joining for both morning and afternoon, you'll get a wide range of experience that you can take back to your work.

Speakers

Wednesday August 15, 2012 1:30pm - 5:00pm CDT
Dallas 5

3:30pm CDT

How to Brainstorm : Lessons from Design Thinking: Jeremy Lightsmith
Do you know how to come up with the next great idea? How about just a good idea? Turns out there is quite a lot of knowledge out there about just that. In this workshop, we'll take you from where you are today, to visit (and use!) several effective techniques for coming up with a plethora of ideas (which by the way, is how you do it). We'll finish by introducing the most important part of brainstorming, the inspiration you gather before you start.
http://submit2012.agilealliance.org/files/session_pdfs/How to Brainstorm.pdf

Speakers
JL

Jeremy Lightsmith

Agile Coach / Facilitator, Lightsmith Consulting LLC



Wednesday August 15, 2012 3:30pm - 5:00pm CDT
Ft. Worth 5-6

3:30pm CDT

Coaching is More than Telling People What to Do: David Hussman
A wise Greek coach said “We have two ears and one mouth so we listen twice as much as we speak. Sadly, many coaches fail to listen before starting to train people around “how to do agile.” This session will challenge you to pragmatically map context (people, product, technologies) to a subset of agile practices and principles. Going beyond simply teaching process we will create outcome based coaching plans that introduce tools that augment existing strengths and address contextual challenges.
http://submit2012.agilealliance.org/files/session_pdfs/CoachingIsMoreThanTelling.pdf

Speakers
avatar for David Hussman

David Hussman

Founder, DevJam
David teaches and coaches continuous learning thru product discovery and iterative delivery. 20+ years of coaching product learning into eco-systems of all sizes and shapes around the world has shaped David’s non-dogmatic and pragmatic style. David spends most of his time working... Read More →


Wednesday August 15, 2012 3:30pm - 5:00pm CDT
Texas C

3:30pm CDT

Evolve Your Agile Coaching Dashboard: David Parker
As Agile Coaches, we know the importance of helping teams make their work visible and transparent. This concept extends to our own practice as well. Over the course of a year coaching more than a dozen Scrum teams, I created several iterations of a coaching dashboard - each of them a big visible chart on the wall - to help me be systematic and in tune with the changes taking place in the organization. Come find out why the "using Scrum to teach Scrum" dashboard didn't work, and see which dashboard the CIO called "the simplest, most intuitive bit of reporting that I have in my organization.” Also hear about how the Scrum Adoption Team became a team of coaches and used a Kanban(ish) dashboard to systematize their workflow. Participants in this workshop will come away with ideas for creating and evolving their own Agile coaching dashboards.
http://submit2012.agilealliance.org/files/session_pdfs/Evolve Your Agile Coaching Dashboard ver 2.pdf

Speakers
avatar for David D. Parker

David D. Parker

Agile Coach and Trainer, Agile Learning Labs
Building a better world one agile organization at a time



Wednesday August 15, 2012 3:30pm - 5:00pm CDT
Ft. Worth 3-4

3:30pm CDT

The Contracting Two Step: Patterns for Successful Collaborations: Mary Gorman
Do your agile team members make optimum use of each other’s skills and capabilities? Do they share their personal development needs? Do they trust each other? If not, consider the “contracting two step” - a metaphor for simple yet powerful ways to identify and monitor mutual working agreements. Like a dance, contracting partners take mutual responsibility to reach shared goals. While not legally binding, the contract represents public, explicit commitments essential for successful collaborations. You will learn 3 techniques to implement the Contracting Two Step on your agile team.
http://submit2012.agilealliance.org/files/session_pdfs/agile 2012-Contracting 2 Step.pdf

Speakers
avatar for Mary Gorman

Mary Gorman

VP Quality and Delivery, EBG Consulting
Mary coaches teams and facilitates agile product discovery workshops. She trains business, customer and technology stakeholders in collaborative practices essential for defining high value products. Mary speaks at industry conferences and writes for the Agile, business analysis and... Read More →



Wednesday August 15, 2012 3:30pm - 5:00pm CDT
San Antonio 4-6

3:30pm CDT

An Agile Accounting Model to Accelerate Enterprise Agility: Walt Wyckoff, Pat Reed
Before Agile can scale as the primary mode of developing software, an Agile accounting standard needs to be developed to enable CFO’s to understand and leverage one of the most quantifiable and compelling benefits of Agile software development. In this hands-on tutorial, we will walkthrough the problem, map current accounting standards to an Agile project accounting model and walk through a practical and defensible solution that participants can customize and implement.
http://submit2012.agilealliance.org/files/session_pdfs/Agile2012_Agile Accounting Presentation(1).pdf

Speakers
WW

Walt Wyckoff

Consultant, iHoriz Inc.
Agile practitioner and educator. I like to sail, am working on additional solar PV power for my house, will be one of the first owners of a Tesla Model S. I am also a scale modeler.



Wednesday August 15, 2012 3:30pm - 5:00pm CDT
Austin 1-3
  Enterprise Agile

3:30pm CDT

Meet Scrum’s Big Brother, Dynamic Governance. Effectively Delivering Large Programs: Dan LeFebvre, John Buck
Scrum works great with small, focused teams on small projects. What happens when you need to deliver a medium to large sized program that require more people? Scrum gives no guidance on scaling. There are books and ideas out there (“Scrum of Scrums”, Integration Scrum teams) but none have delivered reliable results. These techniques often reduce the sense of collaboration and agility as the programs get larger. Decisions feel more autocratic, teams have a lower sense of control and happiness. Dynamic Governance (see http://www.governancealive.com/dynamic-governance/) may provide the answer. Called by some “Scrum’s big brother”, Dynamic Governance is an organizational method that uniquely combines best business practices with the principles of cybernetics and systems thinking to deliver a decision-making mechanism that works at scale. Developed in The Netherlands, it has been used successfully in organizations for over 40 years. This workshop will demonstrate how Scrum is a Dynamic Governance system for 1 team. It suggests some improvements, particularly for retrospective meetings. However, the workshop will focus primarily on applying Agile philosophy and the 3 principles of Dynamic Governance to design organizations at different levels of scale, including top management and organizational units that are not directly involved in the production of software. Decisions are made quickly, are biased toward action, and stick.
http://submit2012.agilealliance.org/files/session_pdfs/Meet Scrum’s Big Brother, Dynamic Governance v3.pdf

Speakers
avatar for John Buck

John Buck

President, GovernanceAlive LLC
John Buck is the coauthor of the very recently published book Company-wide Agility with Beyond Budgeting, Open Space & Sociocracy, see http://www.agilebossanova.com/ and #agilebossanova. The second edition of his earlier book was also recently released We the People: Consenting to... Read More →
DL

Dan LeFebvre

Kronos Incorporated


Wednesday August 15, 2012 3:30pm - 5:00pm CDT
Ft. Worth 1-2
  Enterprise Agile

3:30pm CDT

Servant Leadership: Greg Hutchings
This session is designed to help executive, senior and mid-level management learn how to become more effective, better appreciated and happier in their changing roles in agile organizations. It is also intended to help you as a servant leader, management coach or sponsor to help managers who you know (or may even work for) to become more agile and better to work with. The workshop setting will explore servant leader patterns and anti-patterns based on the participants' own experience, to be shared and put into place. The format will be intensive small group interaction and large group sharing using a merge/diverge/merge facilitation facilitation style.
http://submit2012.agilealliance.org/files/session_pdfs/Servant Leader Greg Hutchings Agile 2012sm.pdf

Speakers


Wednesday August 15, 2012 3:30pm - 5:00pm CDT
Texas 2
  Leadership

3:30pm CDT

The Nature of Software Development: Getting twenty pounds of fantasy into a five pound bag: Ron Jeffries, Chet Hendrickson
Are you saying we shouldn’t estimate? When do fantasy and reality most often collide on software projects? What’s this got to do with agile? Isn’t agile software development about delivering what the customer wants, no matter what? What are the secrets of good estimating?

Speakers
avatar for Chet Hendrickson

Chet Hendrickson

Supreme and Ultimate Hyper-Chairman Emeritus, HendricksonXP
RJ

Ron Jeffries

RonJeffries.com


Wednesday August 15, 2012 3:30pm - 5:00pm CDT
Dallas 6-7
  No Bull Know How

3:30pm CDT

Using Rapid Prototyping for Design Iteration: Hugh Beyer
In theory, Agile projects can iterate their design with users through the regular sprint process. In practice, few projects can afford to revisit completed stories repeatedly until they are right. It’s critical that stories define user needs correctly from the start. Paper prototyping is a key technique for iterating a design with users before development work on a story starts. In this session, we show how to build effective prototypes and how to use them in field interviews to get the most reliable feedback.
http://submit2012.agilealliance.org/files/session_pdfs/Using_Rapid_Prototying_for_Design_Iteration.pdf

Speakers

Wednesday August 15, 2012 3:30pm - 5:00pm CDT
Dallas 1-2
  User Experience
 
Thursday, August 16
 

9:00am CDT

Giving Agile Teams the Roots to Grow and Wings to Fly: Dave Sharrock
We introduce useful and proven practices that increase the sticking power of new agile teams, allowing them to stay agile long into the future. To create sustainable change, agile teams have to overcome organizational gravity that pulls them back into the old, comfortable ways of working. New agile teams are especially at risk of falling back after the coaches leave or the agile transition is declared 'over'. By helping the team set expectations early, the +15 practices provide support just when the team is most vulnerable, and increases the chance of creating lasting change. We introduce two concepts, the +15 Team and the +15 Flightplan, that support teams not just at the beginning of a transformation, when management attention and resources are focused on the effort, but much later on as the teams begin unlocking some of the more challenging engineering practices, such as continuous integration or continual refactoring which take time and repeated practice to achieve. You will learn how to work with a new team to apply these concepts, and how the team can use these to guide growth over time. Successful Agile transformations are built on successful Agile teams; achieving *sustainable* success depends on helping those teams grow and evolve over time. But in order to be self-organized and self-directed, newly formed agile teams need an example to follow; they need to have a glimpse of where a team can get to after 3, 6 or 12 months of continual retrospection, learning and improvement. Unfortunately, in many cases, there are few examples of such success around them. In a large organization, the inertia of existing cultural norms is likely to weigh down on any visions of excellent execution, diluting the vision and ultimately limiting the success of the teams and the transition. The +15 Team is a simple exercise to focus the team on developing good agile behaviors that provide the roots from which a team can grow. The +15 Flightplan is a workshop or game that delivers a long-term plan for agile maturity created by the team that allows the team to soar over time. Participants will be introduced to this technique as a way to better guide the team’s development over time as well as learn how and when to respond. Spending just minutes at every retrospective using these artifacts can make the difference between a team returning to old habits and performance levels or striding forward to become self-directed, high-performing agile teams.
http://submit2012.agilealliance.org/files/session_pdfs/Giving Teams the Roots to Grow and Wings to Fly.pdf

Speakers
avatar for Dave Sharrock

Dave Sharrock

Agile Coach, agile42
Dad, internet veteran, husband, entrepreneur, occasional seismologist. British and almost Canadian. Agile coach and change agent. Only Certified Enterprise Coach (CEC), Certified Scrum Trainer (CST) and Certified Agile Leader (CAL) in Canada.



Thursday August 16, 2012 9:00am - 10:30am CDT
Texas 2

9:00am CDT

The Dirty Dozen - 12 Practices That Can Kill Your Agile Transformation: Angela Druckman
Are you struggling to gain the value you expected from your transition to Agile practices? Did your move to Agile seem to create as many problems as it solved? If so, this is the session for you. Sometimes organizations get themselves into trouble when they try to "run before they can walk". They want to scale Agile across 20 teams but, at the same, time, can’t even hold an effective planning meeting. The discussion and exercises in this session will suggest an “order of operations” in addressing these impediments. The goal of this session is to help participants move from thinking “We have a million problems” to “We have a million problems but Problem X and Y are where we should focus first and here is how we will do that.”
http://submit2012.agilealliance.org/files/session_pdfs/The Dirty Dozen - Session Pictures Agile 2012.pdf

Speakers


Thursday August 16, 2012 9:00am - 10:30am CDT
Texas D

9:00am CDT

Product Owner Snow and the Seven Angry Dwarfs: V. Lee Henson
Has darkness fallen over the Enchanted Forest? Do you feel like you are constantly trapped, being asked to do more and more with no means for escape? Is the Queen out to get your heart for not meeting expectations or being 100% predictable? If so, this workshop is for you! One of the greatest pitfalls in the Agile world is coming to the table at sprint or iteration planning meeting without having stories prepared with the correct level of detail. Proper story preparation & release planning can help fix this situation. In addition, one of the most dreaded parts of great planning is effective estimation. This hands-on session/workshop will allow participants to learn the steps needed to prepare story cards with just enough information and the process of rapid release planning allowing them to give it a shot in a mock planning simulation. LEARN TO PLAN FOR ESTIMATE AND VALIDATE OVER 300 STORIES IN UNDER SIXTY MINUTES WITH TRIPLE VALIDATION ON THE ESTIMATES! This Session has been practiced and recorded a number of times. Come see for yourself how using Rapid Estimation Techniques Enables teams to move Much Much Faster and with Greater Accuracy.

Speakers


Thursday August 16, 2012 9:00am - 10:30am CDT
Ft. Worth 1-2

9:00am CDT

Can laughing at our problems actually help us solve them?: Paul Goddard
This session is inspired by a blog post I read explaining how laughter can simulate both sides of the brain to help improve problem-solving capacity. If the ability to laugh at ourselves, our teammates and our work is scientifically proven to increase creative-thinking, can this be a useful tool for an agile coach? Through simple improvisation exercises and role play, this session will provide some useful techniques for coaches to stimulate teams into new ways of thinking by using humour and making each other laugh.
http://submit2012.agilealliance.org/files/session_pdfs/Can laughing at our problems actually help us solve them_.pdf

Speakers
avatar for Paul Goddard

Paul Goddard

Agilify



Thursday August 16, 2012 9:00am - 10:30am CDT
Ft. Worth 3-4

9:00am CDT

Using the Competing Values Framework & Five Dysfunctions to Improve Collaboration: Clement 'James' Goebel, Lisamarie Babik
It is not enough to tell the members of your team to be more collaborative. Telling them to "try harder" is not a recipe for success. Instead, improved results come from helping your team see the world in a different light, giving them new tools to use, and the opportunity to practice and fail before expecting mastery. In our organization, and in many others that we have coached, there are two frameworks that have had the greatest impact. The first is the Competing Values Framework. The second is the framework taught by Patrick Lencioni in the "Five Dysfunctions of a Team". In this session we will experience these tools, and explore how we have used them in the past, and how you might use them in the future.

Speakers
avatar for Clement James Goebel III

Clement James Goebel III

Partner / Chief Architect, Menlo Innovations
James Goebel is a founding partner of Menlo Innovations. Menlo uses highly collaborative project teams to design and implement innovative products for clients that place high value on user adoption. The team he helped build at Menlo Innovations has successfully blended an Extreme... Read More →


Thursday August 16, 2012 9:00am - 10:30am CDT
San Antonio 4-6

9:00am CDT

Deliberate Practice - becoming a better programmer: Alex Aitken
Have you ever wondered how to improve your programming skills and learn new techniques? Work doesn’t always provide a great environment for stretching your abilities to do better work. Learn some ways to practice, and the difference between programming and deliberately practicing programming. Hear stories of applying deliberate practice to teams, and how little time you need to gain benefits from deliberate practice. Learn how developers at all skill levels can greatly benefit from practice. Experience deliberate practice hands-on in the session. Leave the session with all the tools needed to start your journey.
http://submit2012.agilealliance.org/files/session_pdfs/Deliberate_Practice_agile2012_Alex_Aitken.pdf



Thursday August 16, 2012 9:00am - 10:30am CDT
San Antonio 1-3

9:00am CDT

Cultivating Innovation for the 21st Century Workplace: Derek Neighbors
What role does innovation play in agile software development? Why does the 21st Century workplace need to be any different than the 20th century workplace? What is a collaborative workspace and why does it matter? I work in an IT department of a large organization, why should I care about innovation? What are the hallmarks of a new economy and how does it affect team members or managers?

Speakers
avatar for Derek  Neighbors

Derek Neighbors

CTO, Tanga
I hate filling out this shit.


Thursday August 16, 2012 9:00am - 10:30am CDT
Dallas 6-7
  No Bull Know How

11:00am CDT

Inside-out: Leading Change from the Middle using Lean Tools and Principles: Ed Kraay
When large organizations adopt Agile, they often are described as transforming either top down or bottom up. Left out of this picture is the key role of middle management to help reinvent the company. This interactive workshop explores the how the middle manager can apply lean thinking and tools to lead change efforts and how executives and change agents can help support them through the transition. Audience: For those who manage while reporting to someone above them; for those who lead middle managers; for those who are change agents in large scale Agile adoption. About the workshop facilitator: Ed Kraay is an Agile coach, trainer and software development consultant at Yahoo! In the last 6 years Ed has mentored software teams and leaders from several top 20 global companies, in addition to smaller Bay Area firms. Not only a coach, Ed has experience in the last 3 years leading large programs in mobile, embedded software and gaming. Ed enjoys working in and across teams to eliminate wasteful processes, deliver more value and have more fun in the process. He lives in San Francisco and is still recovering from the deathmarch project that was his son's first year. Ed is a member of the Bay Agile Leadership Network (Bay ALN), and has been a presenter at Agile Development Practices, SDWest, Agile Open Northwest and Agile Open California.
http://submit2012.agilealliance.org/files/session_pdfs/Agile 2012 Inside Out-Leading Change from the Middle.pdf

Speakers
avatar for Ed Kraay

Ed Kraay

Technical Project/Program Mgr, Yahoo!
Ed has been at Yahoo for 3 years. His first job was a coach moving 1000 people all-in to modern software methods. He then worked to spread agile methods across Yahoo as a whole. He now works as a Program Lead for a large strategic project. Prior to Yahoo Ed was an coach for ThoughtWorks... Read More →



Thursday August 16, 2012 11:00am - 12:00pm CDT
Austin 4-6

11:00am CDT

Organizational Agility: The Hidden Goal (And Missed Opportunity) of Agile Transformation: Michael Hamman
Despite over a decade of formal attempts at agile transformation, there are very few real examples of large scale transformation success, and many examples of reversion and failures to scale. The most common pattern we see is that teams transform while everything else remains the same. This leads to increased organizational incongruence, disarray, and ultimately failure. What is needed is a notion of organizational agility that does for the broader organization what software agility does for software delivery teams. In this session we help participants make the case for such a notion, describe the paradigm shift which such a notion calls for, and provide participants with initial steps to influencing organizational agility in their workplace.
http://submit2012.agilealliance.org/files/session_pdfs/agile2012 -- Organizational Agility FINAL.pptx.pdf

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Thursday August 16, 2012 11:00am - 12:00pm CDT
Texas D

11:00am CDT

Moving from cooperation to collaboration: Angela Harms
In the workplace cooperation is a given. What sets agile apart is *collaboration*. Where cooperation involves everyone doing their part, a collaborative solution is more than the sum of those parts. Where cooperation helps us choose among ideas, collaboration lets us create new ones. In this workshop, you'll learn specific ways to enhance your teams' ability to fully collaborate, discover solutions only collaboration can create, and experience real collaboration first-hand.

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Thursday August 16, 2012 11:00am - 12:00pm CDT
San Antonio 4-6

1:30pm CDT

Essential Patterns of Mature Agile Teams: Bob Galen
Too many agile teams have hit the wall in their performance. Often they think that a few classes, a tools’ purchase, and perhaps a certification or two were all they needed to achieve maturity and high performance. However, it remains elusive to them and often they regress in performance over time. It often helps to understand what "high performance" looks like. In this workshop, we'll explore patterns that capture the essence of agile maturity—those that will help you recognize, guide, and achieve your own breakthroughs and improvements in performance & maturity.
http://submit2012.agilealliance.org/files/session_pdfs/Mature Agile Teams - Essential Patterns v4 - Half day Workshop.pdf

Speakers
avatar for Bob Galen

Bob Galen

Principal Agile Coach, Vaco
Bob Galen is an Agile Practitioner, Trainer & Coach based in Cary, NC. In this role he helps guide companies and teams in their pragmatic adoption and organizational shift towards Scrum and other agile methodologies and practices. He is a Principal Agile Coach at Vaco Agile, a leading... Read More →



Thursday August 16, 2012 1:30pm - 3:00pm CDT
Ft. Worth 1-2

1:30pm CDT

Keeping the Dream Alive: Keys to Agile Sustainability: Susan DiFabio, Dan Neumann
Don't let "we are agile" become "we were agile." Starting a transition to agile is one thing. Making the transition a lasting transformation is something else entirely. Attend this session to gain useful insights into: - Three important aspects of Agile adoption: corporate culture, the managers’ role, and agile metrics - Keys to sustainability - Pitfalls to avoid - Warning signs of backsliding You will leave this session with specific actions you can take to help ensure that your dream of Agility does not become a nightmare of backsliding.
http://submit2012.agilealliance.org/files/session_pdfs/Agile Sustainability - Agile 2012 - DiFabio-Neumann.pdf

Speakers
avatar for Susan DiFabio

Susan DiFabio

Agile Coach, Susan DiFabio Consulting
I am an independent Agile coach focused on helping teams and organizations find success applying Agile principles. I spent many years on project teams performing roles ranging from developer to designer to project manager to product manager. During that time I witnessed first-hand... Read More →
avatar for Dan Neumann

Dan Neumann

Agile Coach, AgileThought
Dan Neumann is an experienced agile coach and enthusiast with expertise in both traditional development methodologies and Agile development using Scrum and XP practices. Dan has a record of working in environments that require experience from a range of disciplines and requires coordination... Read More →


Thursday August 16, 2012 1:30pm - 3:00pm CDT
Texas D

1:30pm CDT

1000 Words - Illustrating Project Challenges with Visuals: Chirag Doshi, Tarang Baxi
A project can face varied challenges through its life, foreseen and otherwise - runaway scope, high defect volumes, depressed velocity, and many more. Addressing many of these first requires recognition of the problem and then action from one or more sets of project stakeholders. Telling the story with simple visuals can be a very powerful way to articulate a challenge (the what), the potential root causes (the why) and the options available to fix it (the now-what). In this workshop, participants will use role-play to go through such a project scenarios and try to tell their stories to other project stakeholders through visuals.
http://submit2012.agilealliance.org/files/session_pdfs/1000Words.pdf

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Thursday August 16, 2012 1:30pm - 3:00pm CDT
Ft. Worth 5-6

1:30pm CDT

ScrumMaster: The Coach Approach: Alida Cheung, Derek Hawkes
After introducing and teaching agile to a team or an organization, many of us encounter the challenge of acceptance and making the practice stick. Equally important is the fostering of sustainability and continual induction of newcomers to the culture. A change in behavior / culture is essential; but it is subtle and tricky. Behavioral change comes about with the shifting of belief as well as being. As ScrumMasters, we play a central, powerful, and influential role in this transformation. We are “in the trenches” with our teams day in and day out. We are the embedded Agile coaches. Our being and doing are instrumental to building highly effective, collaborative, and self-organizing Scrum teams. How do we inspire our Scrum teams to embrace the mechanics and treasure the Agile values without pushing, driving, or enforcing? How do we support them in their process adaptation while keeping the principles, and eventually enjoy the flow and joy of collaboration? While this session is tailored for the ScrumMaster, the concepts and the techniques can be applied by anyone in the organization.
http://submit2012.agilealliance.org/files/session_pdfs/ScrumMaster-TheCoachApproach-Agile2012.pdf

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avatar for Alida Cheung

Alida Cheung

Alida is a Senior Program Manager and ScrumMaster at Salesforce.com, and was one of the first ScrumMasters and a key member of the Salesforce.com Agile Rollout Team during the R&D organizations enterprise-wide “big bang” transformation to agile. Since then she has worked with... Read More →


Thursday August 16, 2012 1:30pm - 3:00pm CDT
Ft. Worth 3-4

1:30pm CDT

Extreme Interviewing—Scale your Team, Preserve your Culture, Feel the Joy: Gregory Haskins, Benjamin Root
A quick way to wreck your organizational culture is to hire someone with a great resume and no kindergarten skills. How can teams grow without sacrificing their communication, trust, and values? Menlo Innovations uses a peer-driven hiring process called Extreme Interviewing to help our team answer the question "Does this candidate belong on our team?" In this workshop, we will show you how we interview dozens of candidates in a single evening by observing them as they work together instead of asking them questions. And you will see why candidates brought on as a result are a better fit for the culture of our team, which is a joyful thing indeed.
http://submit2012.agilealliance.org/files/session_pdfs/extreme_interviewing_slides.pdf

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avatar for Gregory Haskins

Gregory Haskins

Developer/High-Tech Anthropologist® for Menlo Innovations in Ann Arbor, MI. We do custom design and development for a wide variety of clients, leveraging Agile and Lean practices to make sure they capitalize on the Business Value of Joy. I joined the team in 2011 and have gone from... Read More →
avatar for BENJAMIN ROOT

BENJAMIN ROOT

Online Education, UNLV



Thursday August 16, 2012 1:30pm - 3:00pm CDT
San Antonio 4-6

1:30pm CDT

Three Pair Programming Games: Zachary Shaw, Moss Collum
Pair programming is one of the fundamental technical practices of Agile, but even experienced developers can find it hard to master. In this hands-on session, we’ll demonstrate three games you can use to structure and improve your pairing sessions. You’ll learn ways to develop your pairing skills, to make pairing sessions more engaging and effective, and to apply pairing in difficult situations such as reading legacy code. Come prepared to do some programming! If you can, please bring a laptop with a working development & testing environment. The choice of language is up to you. NOTE: Because it’s possible that two people will be working in a language & env that they’re not familiar with, please have either an easy to use IDE, that’s kind of point and clicky or a vanilla text editor (no vim or emacs) and an easy way to run the tests.

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avatar for Zachary Shaw

Zachary Shaw

Engineering Manager, Brightcove


Thursday August 16, 2012 1:30pm - 3:00pm CDT
San Antonio 1-3

1:30pm CDT

Velocity is Killing Agility!: Jim Highsmith, Pat Reed
We know that we can only manage what we can measure – but how do we measure productivity, predictability, quality and value delivery of our agile projects and initiative? This interactive session was inspired by the response to Jim’s blog by the same title that drew over 8,000 hits in 4 days and will explore how we should (and shouldn’t) measure the success of agile projects and initiatives. As agile practices have spread widely during the last decade we still struggle with measuring progress in the same ways we did with traditional projects. Is velocity just another productivity measure that we shouldn’t be using? How is it helpful? What else should we measure – and how do we effectively measure value or cycle time? Jim Highsmith and Pat Reed will facilitate an exploration of these questions from both conceptual and very practical perspectives.


Thursday August 16, 2012 1:30pm - 3:00pm CDT
Texas C
  Enterprise Agile

1:30pm CDT

5 Free Leadership Tools that Improve Agile Results: Pollyanna Pixton
Free? Free? What do you mean, free? What can you, as a leader, do in your organization to improve company performance without spending any money? From experience working with leaders inside organizations such as IBM, Headwaters, and Headstart as well as research into what drives organizational performance, we have uncovered five things leaders can do that will not cost them a penny and, when implemented effectively, will make a positive impact on their top and bottom lines. What are these ‘magic’ activities? Let's take a look. Start with creating a culture of trust. While we can't make people trust each other, leaders can create an environment that fosters trust building. Next, Agile is based on team ownership. However, many leaders struggle with how to help teams take ownership and often make the mistake by taking ownership back from teams.Leaders cannot change or "fix" people. People do what they are passionate about. Leaders who match passion and skills to roles on teams can see improved productivity. Finally, integrity is essential. These tools are all free.
http://submit2012.agilealliance.org/files/session_pdfs/5 Free Things 15-Aug-12.pdf

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avatar for Pollyanna Pixton

Pollyanna Pixton

President, Accelinnova
Pollyanna Pixton's career focus has been to help develop great leaders who bring collaboration, trust and ownership into their organizations to improve the work environment and increase productivity and innovation.



Thursday August 16, 2012 1:30pm - 3:00pm CDT
Austin 4-6
  Leadership

1:30pm CDT

It is the culture, stupid, but don't you dare touch it: Israel Gat
Why does organizational culture matter? Isn’t adopting agile all about changing the culture? What does culture have to do with technical debt or devops? How have your experiences as an executive made you think about culture change? When is the right time to think about culture? To elaborate a little, Peter Drucker's estimates that it takes 10 years to change a culture. In the Agile context, I never met anyone who had a 10 year charter. Hence, folks try to speed up the culture change and run into a lot of resistance (and more often than not fail). IMHO the way to do it is to induce behavioral changes through changing the environment. In a way you could think of it as behavioral psychology approach versus traditional Freudian theory mixed with a dash of complexity theory.

Speakers
IG

Israel Gat

Independent Software & IT Consultant, The Agile Executive
Dr. Israel Gat is an independent software and IT consultant specializing in large scale end-to-end engagements. He is recognized as the architect of the agile transformation at BMC Software where, under his leadership, Scrum users increased from zero to 1,000, resulting in nearly... Read More →


Thursday August 16, 2012 1:30pm - 3:00pm CDT
Dallas 6-7
  No Bull Know How

1:30pm CDT

Big Data, Little Tests: John Heintz
This session is an easy introduction to writing small automated tests for very Big Data systems. If you're considering Hadoop, Cassandra, or Riak but don't know how you would begin with good developer testing practices, then this talk is for you. I'll be showing live test execution and debugging for some very Big systems: 1. The ant/maven config to enable testing 1. How to connect to a local or in-memory testing harness 1. Demonstrate execution and debugging in an IDE The code and configuration will be published on GitHub for all to repeat what's shown. The session agenda is: 1. Brief presentation introducing Big Data technologies. 1. An hour of code/test live demonstrations. 1. Discuss the hard questions: large test datasets and test execution performance. 1. Wrap up with Q&A.
http://submit2012.agilealliance.org/files/session_pdfs/BigDataLittleTests-Heintz.pdf

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avatar for John Heintz

John Heintz

Senior Consultant, Cutter Consortium
John Heintz is the president and principal technologist of Gist Labs. He is an experienced agile manager, particularly in lean and kanban. In 2008, John founded Gist Labs to further focus on the essential criteria for innovative success. John’s accomplishments include doubling the... Read More →



Thursday August 16, 2012 1:30pm - 3:00pm CDT
Dallas 3-4

1:30pm CDT

Exploring UX techniques and practices - When should they be applied? Get some practice!: Ariadna Font
The need to incorporate UX practices and techniques into Agile is quickly becoming a no-brainer. But how do experts do it? Let's find out so that you can do it too!
In this highly collaborative workshop, we will start by reviewing unfamiliar UX practices and techniques suited for different stages of the product life cycle. Example UX techniques that we'll explore include Stakeholder maps, Personas, Story maps, UX maps, Storyboards, Contextual inquiry, Visual Project Board and Backlog, paper prototypes, Behavioral-Driven Development (BDD) and do-it-yourself (or guerrilla) Usability Testing.
Then, we'll put theory to practice and have a focused collaborative design session allowing teams to pick their technique of choice for each stage.
Come to this session to:
  • Find out the newest lean UX techniques
  • Put UX techniques to practice with a team and learn to effectively deliver an MVP fast
  • Enlighten us with your new favorite UX technique(s)
  • Experience collaborative and iterative design first hand
  • Build up the confidence to initiate collaborative creative thinking about ideas that have a business impact and that will wow your users

http://submit2012.agilealliance.org/files/session_pdfs/Exploring UX Practices 4 product development Agile2012.pdf

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avatar for Ariadna Font

Ariadna Font

UX Lead & Development Manager, IBM
I'm the UX Lead at Vivisimo, an IBM Company, building enterprise search software. I have been practicing, introducing and spearheading Agile and UX methods at Vivisimo with the ultimate goal to improve communication, gain shared understanding and increase happiness. I strive to... Read More →


Thursday August 16, 2012 1:30pm - 3:00pm CDT
Dallas 1-2

3:30pm CDT

Agile Antipatterns: The Agilist’s Guide to Traps, Tripwires, & Treachery: Adam Weisbart
Knowing the basics of being Agile is essential for any team member, but out in the trenches, a good Agilist must be ready to identify and deal with Agile Antipatterns on the fly to help his team and organization move forward.

 What's an Agile Antipattern? Something that at first blush may seem Agile and useful, but in practice is usually harmful to an agile initiative. It's important to be able to sniff these out since they can damage your organization, and are often slippery to catch. Once they're caught, what does one do with them? Don't worry, we'll come up with a plan together. Through this interactive workshop, participants will gather a wealth of Agile Antipattern knowledge that will act as a guide for remedying these troubling but common problems in the field. We’ll use data collected from The Agile Antipatterns Project (http://AgileAntipatterns.com), and the real-world Antipatterns participants bring to the table. If you're struggling with a problem in the field, there's a very good chance you'll leave with a game plan to address it.

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avatar for Adam Weisbart

Adam Weisbart

Corporate Agilist, Weisbart Consulting, Inc
Adam Weisbart’s humorously irreverent approach to the serious work of organizational change helps teams and individuals break out of old patterns and discover new ways to improve. His belief that hard work need not be a somber affair infuses everything he does. Adam started his... Read More →


Thursday August 16, 2012 3:30pm - 5:00pm CDT
Texas 2

3:30pm CDT

How to Change the World: Jurgen Appelo
“How do I make my managers more Agile?” “How can I convince developers to educate themselves?” “How can I make customers more cooperative?” “How do I start a European network of Agile and Lean practitioners?” When transforming organizations and other social systems people usually encounter obstacles. And these obstacles very often involve changing other people’s behaviors. Of course, we cannot really _make_ people behave in a different way. We also cannot really make people laugh, and we cannot really make people happy. But… we can certainly try! This session is about *Change Management 3.0*. It is a new change management “super model” which views organizations as complex adaptive systems and social networks. The Change Management 3.0 supermodel wraps various existing models (*PDCA*, *ADKAR*, *Adoption Curve* and *The 5 I's*). It lists a few dozen hard questions that can help people in their attempts to change the behaviors of other people in an organization and beyond. No matter whether you are a manager, Scrum Master, Product Owner, software developer or writer, anyone will find it useful to know how to change the world around them. For example, some of the questions that will be considered are... • What Are the Crucial Steps? • How Do You Get Feedback? • How Do You Make It Desirable? • What Makes It Sustainable? • Who Will Be the Innovators? • How Will You Deal With Skeptics? • What Is the Group Identity? • Can You Incentivize Good Behavior? • Etc...
http://submit2012.agilealliance.org/files/session_pdfs/How to Change the World v2.0 (USA).pdf

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avatar for Jurgen Appelo

Jurgen Appelo

CEO, Agility Scales
With my company Agility Scales, I am inventing the future of organizational agility. Why are we wasting our time learning how to manage companies, when very soon computers will navigate us through our work-lives and help us to lead and manage our teams?As a serial founder, successful... Read More →


Thursday August 16, 2012 3:30pm - 5:00pm CDT
Texas D

3:30pm CDT

Play the Customer Development Game: A lean approach to business model discovery : Adrian Howard
Agile teams are great at building what you want—but how do you know what your customers need? In this game-based workshop you learn how Customer Development lets you discover the right product before you build the wrong business. Customer Development, a core element of Lean Startup, provides an alternative to creating a Big Business Plan Up Front. You will learn how to incrementally build a business model—using lightweight descriptions of business hypotheses that you can test against real customers.
http://submit2012.agilealliance.org/files/session_pdfs/custdevgame-placeholder.pdf

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avatar for Adrian Howard

Adrian Howard

Quietstars
Adrian Howard is passionate about building effective teams and great products. He co-founded Quietstars to help organisations do that using Lean, Agile and User Experience practices. You'll find Adrian working with startup and product development teams — doing everything from... Read More →


Thursday August 16, 2012 3:30pm - 5:00pm CDT
Ft. Worth 5-6

3:30pm CDT

Wetware Craftsmanship: Better Coaching Through Improved Understanding of the Mind: Brian Bozzuto, Devin Hedge
Modern organizations have developed an excessive focus on human beings as logical and emotionless beings at work - seeing us as no different than the computers on our desks - to the detriment of understanding and improving the way that people actually think. It's time to commit ourselves to the craft of using our brain. Learn how developments in neuroscience have given us insights into the inner workings of the mind, some of those discoveries reinforce coaching concepts that have been around for over a century, while others have novel and exciting implications on how to best utilize your most important, and very finite resource: your mind. We’ll explore the limitations of the mind, as well as strategies to amplify its effectiveness and answer questions like why stand ups should be in the morning and why that member of the team is just so resistant to your helpful suggestions.
http://submit2012.agilealliance.org/files/session_pdfs/Wetware_Craftsmanship.pdf

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avatar for Devin B. Hedge

Devin B. Hedge

Business Agility, Product Discovery and Lean Experimentation.



Thursday August 16, 2012 3:30pm - 5:00pm CDT
Ft. Worth 3-4

3:30pm CDT

Motivated and Hyper-productive Agile Teams by Abolishing Performance Appraisals: Michael Mallete
Who among you have that uneasy feeling during each and every scheduled performance appraisal? Supervisors tend to dislike it, employees are repelled by it. And yet it is still practiced. We Agile practitioners do not lack the values and principles to drive ourselves to excellent performance. And yet get de-motivated by company policies and practices that operate under false assumptions. Performance appraisals try (and fail) to provide solutions to specific areas in the world of work. Worse, it risks driving a culture of disempowerment and direct towards individualism over collaboration. What do we do instead?
http://submit2012.agilealliance.org/files/session_pdfs/mmallete_workshop.pdf

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Michael Mallete

Mike Mallete was one-fifth of the global Agile Coaching team for Sabre Airline Solutions — having trained, mentored and coached over 100 member teams across four continents, from senior management to junior developers. Aside from overseeing the consulting business of Orange and... Read More →



Thursday August 16, 2012 3:30pm - 5:00pm CDT
Dallas 1-2

3:30pm CDT

Systems Thinking through Play: Patrick Kua
Ever wonder why people behave the way they do, and it doesn't make any sense? Systems Thinking helps explain the unusual behaviour that arises in organisations, teams and individuals. Learning to see what might be driving people's behaviour helps you improve your team and organisation's ability to collaborate more effectively. Fear not as this won't be lecture. It's hard to fully develop an appreciation of Systems Thinking (and often harder to explain it), so why not experience for yourself through a series of engaging activities. Each activity will explore a key concept of Systems Thinking and leave this workshop looking at the world from a different perspective.

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avatar for PATRICK KUA

PATRICK KUA

Chief Scientist, N26
Patrick Kua is the chief scientist of the mobile bank N26 (Berlin, Germany), where he is building the engineering group that will change modern retail banking for people like you and me. Formerly a Principal Technical Consultant at ThoughtWorks, he is the author of three books, The... Read More →


Thursday August 16, 2012 3:30pm - 5:00pm CDT
San Antonio 4-6

3:30pm CDT

What Does 'Self-Organizing Team' Really Mean?: Esther Derby
"Self-organizing team" may be the most over-used, mis-understood, vague, and mis-leading term of the decade. So what is a self-organizing team? How are self-organizing teams different from other teams? How can managers and team members get the self-organizing mojo going? What are the challenges that self-organizing teams face? In this workshop, we'll explore all these questions and get beyond the buzzword.
http://submit2012.agilealliance.org/files/session_pdfs/SOAgileTeamsDerby2012.pdf

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avatar for Esther Derby

Esther Derby

Founder, esther derby associates, inc.
I draw on four decades of experience leading, observing, and living through organizational change. In 1997, I founded esther derby associates, inc. and work with a broad array of clients from Fortune 500 companies to start ups. My approach blends attention to humans and deep knowledge... Read More →


Thursday August 16, 2012 3:30pm - 5:00pm CDT
Texas C

3:30pm CDT

'How am I doing?' - Personal Retrospectives on Developing One's Craft: Diana Larsen
Diana Larsen (co-author of "Agile Retrospectives" and "Liftoff") will lead a retrospective on the week with a focus on "How am I doing? Exploring my personal best" in a hands-on, highly interactive session in which participants develop an individualized plan for further professional development.

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Thursday August 16, 2012 3:30pm - 5:00pm CDT
San Antonio 1-3

3:30pm CDT

Adopting CMMI® into Your Scrum Methodology: Susan Strain, Lee McKinney
To some, the combination of Capability Maturity Model-Integration (CMMI®) and Scrum is akin to the mixture of oil and water. We will alleviate some of the concerns that participants may have when CMMI® is introduced into a Scrum environment. At a high level, attendees will be able to crosswalk their Agile/Scrum artifacts to satisfy evidentiary requirements for a Maturity Level 2 Standard CMMI® Appraisal Method for Process Improvement (SCAMPI A). Then they will learn how to tie up the loose ends with other standard project management artifacts. The end result will be a fully-populated Scrum/CMMI® alignment matrix.
http://submit2012.agilealliance.org/files/session_pdfs/Geocent Scrum CMMI (without animations).pdf


Thursday August 16, 2012 3:30pm - 5:00pm CDT
Texas 3
  Enterprise Agile

3:30pm CDT

Risk Management is Too Important for Project Managers: Mike Griffiths
This workshop introduces an integrated set of collaborative team games for the entire risk management process. It starts by explaining the significance of risk management on projects by reviewing research statistics on the billions of dollars wasted annually on projects that fail due to poor risk management. Having established the importance of risk management a set of 8 new team based tools for agile risk management are introduced. By deliberately moving risk management from a project management activity to a team activity we dramatically increase the collective knowledge, visibility and in-depth insights into the issues and solutions for project risks. Through collaborative games each of the 6 PMI Risk Management steps are recreated as highly visual, team based activities that then create risk avoidance and risk mitigation stories for the product backlog 1. **Plan Your Trip** – (Risk Management Planning) a. 4Cs - Consider the Context, Costs, Consequences and Choices b. Deposits and Bank Fees – understanding features and risks 2. **Find Friends and Foes** – (Risk and Opportunity Identification) a. Doomsday clock, b. Karma-day c. Other risk identification forms (risk profiles, project risk lists, retrospectives, user story analysis, Waltzing with Bears - Top 5-10 for software) 3. **Post Your Ad** – (Qualitative Risk Analysis) a. Investors and Help Wanted – classification and visualization of opps and risks b. Tug of War – project categorization 4. **Today’s Forecast** - (Quantitative Risk Analysis) a. Dragons Den – next best dollar spent b. Battle Bots - simulations 5. **Backlog Injector** – (Risk Response Planning) a. Junction Function – choose the risk response path b. Dollar Balance – Risk / Opp EVM to ROI comparison c. Report Card - Customer/Product owner engagement d. Inoculator – inject risk avoidance/mitigation and opportunity stories into backlog 6. **Risk Radar** – (Risk Monitoring and Control) a. Risk Burn Down Graphs - Tracking and monitoring b. Risk Retrospectives - Evaluating the effectiveness of the risk management plan c. Rinse and Repeat - Updating risk management artifacts, revisiting process These techniques overcome many of the correct-but-not-sufficient aspects of traditional risk management: * Poor engagement - dry, boring, academic, done by PM, does not drive enough change * Done once – typically near the start, when we know least about the project * Not revisited enough – often “parked” off to one side and not reviewed again * Not integrated into project lifecycle – poor tools for task integration * Not engaging, poor visibility – few stakeholders regularly review the project risks Why so visual? Visual representation helps engage the left and right hemi-spheres of the brain. They allow us to tap into our spatial awareness / memory to avoid forgetting about risks and are the reason today’s military use visual tokens to represented enemy forces, despite having access to sophisticated tools. The impacts of forgetting about them can be fatal. The same goes for project risks.

Speakers
MG

Mike Griffiths

Consultant, Leading Answers
Mike Griffiths is an experienced project manager and agile coach with a long history of contributions to the agile and project management community. He helped create the agile approach, DSDM, in 1994 and has been using agile approaches on his projects ever since. He served on the... Read More →


Thursday August 16, 2012 3:30pm - 5:00pm CDT
Ft. Worth 1-2
  Enterprise Agile

3:30pm CDT

It's all about teamwork - getting a team to turn into a high-performing engine: Jeff Sutherland
Why aren’t all teams hyper productive? What’s fun got to do with work performance? What first three steps should a new team take to move toward high performance? My manager wants performance metrics, what team performance measures do you use? How can you tell when a team is becoming more productive? What’s the most high performing team you ever saw and how did you know?
http://submit2012.agilealliance.org/files/session_pdfs/ScrumMetricsAgile2012.pdf

Speakers
avatar for Jeff Sutherland

Jeff Sutherland

Founder and Chairman, Scrum, Inc.
CoCreator of Scrum



Thursday August 16, 2012 3:30pm - 5:00pm CDT
Dallas 6-7
  No Bull Know How