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Monday, August 13
 

9:00am

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
Texas D

9:00am

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
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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
Dallas 5

1:30pm

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
Jutta works as an independent coach, consultant, trainer, author, and speaker. She has helped many teams and organizations worldwide to make an agile transition. She has a unique experience in applying agile processes within medium-sized to large distributed mission-critical projects... Read More →
avatar for James Shore

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
Texas D

1:30pm

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
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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 →
avatar for Jason Little

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
Ft. Worth 7
 
Tuesday, August 14
 

11:00am

Achieving Business Agility to Survive and Thrive: Mike Russell
To survive, businesses must balance new product/service development effectiveness and operations efficiency. Companies fail every day from lacking balance between opposing needs of “right now” profit and investing in innovation to thrive long-term. Sometimes they careen chaotically between the two needs. Understanding business dynamics and the prevailing bias toward “stability” will help both agile adoption and achieving appropriate levels of business agility. In fact, agile approaches hold the key to a successful balance, meaning you as an agile practitioner can help your company succeed!
http://submit2012.agilealliance.org/files/session_pdfs/Business Agility and Innofficiency - Agile 2012 final.pdf

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Tuesday August 14, 2012 11:00am - 12:00pm
Texas D

1:30pm

Agile and PMI: Barbarians at the Gate: Andrew Burns
How to react as stones fall on our Agile heads from lofty towers? Transcendence of Agile limitations in the quest for Enterprise Agility calls for a planned siege, not a mob. Make a blueprint in this session! Become masters of siege engines delivering customer value, not Barbarians at the Gate. The PMO and keepers of the corporate yearly planning cycle still cling to traditions of waste. The true need to optimize the whole is fog bound by mystic thinking. In revered enterprise Keeps, day is night. It is possible to know all the requirements at the start. Omniscient customers 'do know' what they want a year from now. Interim feedback is a waste of time and only generates scope creep. Interim milestones measure progress well enough. Demanding that work be done, delivers desired results. Complex program management software can squeeze 150% out of a person! Keepers of the enterprise ken know Agile is wrong. The status quo is correct. Affronts are hurled down on Agile teams. Self-organizing teams can never improve processes beyond the team. It is not feasible to deliver value to the customer every sprint. Agile teams can not plan beyond the current sprint. Scrum of Scrums is a failed theory to coordinate multiple teams. It just can’t scale. Agile sees no need for automated testing or up front unit testing. We need documentation!

Speakers
avatar for Andy Burns, PMP, PMI-ACP, of Siemens PLM

Andy Burns, PMP, PMI-ACP, of Siemens PLM

Siemens PLM, Chief Scrum Master
Andy Burns PMP, PMI-ACP is the Chief Scrum Master for Siemens PLM Software. Being a proud traditional project manager with agile capabilities in his skills portfolio, Andy now scales agile with several hundred software engineers around the world working in a mixed portfolio of agile... Read More →



Tuesday August 14, 2012 1:30pm - 3:00pm
Texas D

1:30pm

This One Goes to 121: James Shore, Arlo Belshee
This talk will either be a resounding success or a flop. But hey, what’s the point of mediocrity? We will explore excellence. What it is, how one achieves it, and how one exceeds it. What determines the outer limits of your team’s capability? How can you be continually more awesome? We’ve each got a decade of transitioning to (Jim), being on (Arlo), and building (both) awesome Agile teams. We aim to distill that down to an essence that you can inhale in 90 minutes, yet still apply directly as soon as you get home.

Speakers
avatar for James Shore

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 →


Tuesday August 14, 2012 1:30pm - 3:00pm
Texas C
 
Wednesday, August 15
 

9:00am

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
Ft. Worth 1-2

9:00am

The Lean Pyramid - The Equilibrium of Agile Forces: Samuel Crescêncio
The Lean Pyramid presents a model to help companies start their agile adoption strategy effectively. Reliably delivering valuable working software frequently is much more than just creating, estimating and prioritizing a backlog and developing it iteratively. In order to succeed with agile you have to understand the needed equilibrium of forces among strategy, management and engineering efforts. Through a deep explanation of the fundamental Lean principles, you will learn how they translate to agile software development in order to create a strong and successful culture in your company.


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

11:00am

Agile Transformation - What to do with managers?: Arto Eskelinen
One of the major obstacles in big change initiatives is manager resistance. Agile transformations do not make an exception. If you don't get middle managers on your side when introducing a change, your changes of success are thin. What might be the reasons for resisting agile? What can be done to get managers to support and drive new, agile ways of working and become leaders for an agile organization? How can my life become better if I am a manager? This talk will give you thoughts from a manager who went through this path.
http://submit2012.agilealliance.org/files/session_pdfs/What to do with Managers Agile2012 final.pdf

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

11:00am

The undocumented Agile Practice: take your team to the next level!: Gino Marckx
Some teams seem to benefit more than others from the agile practices they introduce. Why is this? Most of the agile practices are well described, some of them even have whole books dedicated to how they work and how they can be customized to your specific organization and context. Yet, for many teams, applying these practices seems a significant challenge that sometimes even leads to less than good results and moving away from the introduced practices altogether. The foundation of many of the agile practices is collaboration, not just working next to one another, but true collaboration around a common goal. Great collaboration comes from a healthy team dynamic, and without this, a lot of the value of agile practices goes to waste or might even result in counterproductive situations. This session will show you how a healthy team dynamic creates a solid foundation for any agile implementation and how coaching can help to set your team up for success!
http://submit2012.agilealliance.org/files/session_pdfs/Undocumented Agile Practice - Agile2012.pdf

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Wednesday August 15, 2012 11:00am - 12:00pm
Austin 4-6

1:30pm

Patterns for Agile Adoption and Transformation: Mike Cottmeyer
Introducing agile into an organization is more than just running people through a few days of training and hoping for the best. Training is part of the equation but only addresses one part of the adoption and transformation cycle. The problem with a training-only approach is that we can learn new ways of working, but if the structure and culture of the organization don't support those new ways of working, the training won't stick. The trick is to create an organizational structure and culture that is congruent with training in agile practices. We need a structure and culture where Agile practices can flourish and grow and produce the business outcomes we all hope for. This talk will start by exploring the main differences between agile adoption and agile transformation and how to distinguish between structural transformation and cultural transformation. Next we'll explore criteria for how to assess your organization and create an adoption and transformation roadmap to help you pragmatically and safely introduce agile methods to your enterprise. Finally we'll explore three primary dimensions of adoption and transformation: competency, frequency, and scale that will assist in guiding your adoption and transformation roadmap and change management strategy. After establishing the theoretical underpinning of a successful adoption and transformation strategy, we'll consider several case studies where these ideas have been applied and what has worked, and more importantly, what hasn't. The case studies will consider 3-5 companies of varying sizes where these ideas have been applied in the past 18 months.

Speakers
avatar for Mike Cottmeyer

Mike Cottmeyer

CEO and Founder, LeadingAgile



Wednesday August 15, 2012 1:30pm - 3:00pm
Texas D

3:30pm

Agile FDA Mini- Plays, Mosh Pit Style: Brian Shoemaker, Nancy Van Schooenderwoert
In the FDA-regulated world, resistance to using Agile methods is still strong. We’ve turned several of the typical objections from quality and regulatory managers in the FDA-regulated industry into role-play sessions, both to explain the reason for the objection and to describe how well-managed Agile teams can answer it. By modeling the conversations you may need to have, we help you understand not just the FDA rules, but the thinking behind those rules. Our role play won’t be a “closed shop” – you can jump in too, and get your questions addressed!
http://submit2012.agilealliance.org/files/session_pdfs/Shoemaker_VanSchooenderwoert_Agile_FDA_MiniPlays.pdf

Speakers
avatar for Nancy Van Schooenderwoert

Nancy Van Schooenderwoert

President, Lean-Agile Partners, Inc.
Nancy was among the first to apply Agile methods to embedded systems development, as an engineer, manager, and consultant. She has led Agile change initiatives beyond software development in safety-critical, highly regulated industries, and teaches modern Agile approaches like Mob... Read More →
avatar for Brian Shoemaker

Brian Shoemaker

Principal Consultant, ShoeBar Associates
Brian Shoemaker consults for healthcare products companies in computer system validation, software quality assurance, and electronic records and signatures. He has conducted validation both on product software and on internal software, developed software quality systems, audited software... Read More →


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

3:30pm

Down the Pub: How did that transition you were working on go?: Andrea Tomasini, Hendrik Esser
Imagine a reunion in the pub between you, an agile coach, and some Ericsson managers. You met some years before and the seed of an idea was planted. Over a long evening you discussed what the world would look like after completing a large-scale agile transformation. Three years later, you catch up, and learn that the transformation has been a roaring success. Through the evening you share the ups and downs, the lessons learned, and the critical success factors that made the success. Three years ago Ericsson started on a long journey to agility - over 1000 people adopting an agile mindset after over 30 years of entrenched control gate processes. Back then, there was fear and uncertainty, a will to control and preserve what made the organization successful. Today there is a completely different culture. A culture that allows the organization to sustain and keep on evolving, that allows them to achieve significant results long after you, as the coach, left. Obviously, you want to learn what worked so well? Was it your coaching ability (of course!)? Was it the uniqueness of the organization (well, they are special, but unique? No!)? What made this such a persistent and sustainably successful transformation? This is an exciting tale. In just three short years, Ericsson has made monumental changes, including: - Significantly improved predictability, in particular in relation to customers and the business department. The product pipeline is solid and reliable, and managed through business value, not release content. - Significantly improved quality, allowing Ericsson to exceed expectations even of the most demanding customers, releasing newly developed functionality ahead of schedule and skipping previously critical integration and verification gates in the process. Though many organizations achieve this while being coached, Ericsson has built up an internal capability able to continually learn and improve. Reflecting on what went well, we have identified five keys to sustainable change. The first two, People and Practices, are well-understood. The last three, Perseverance, Protection and Patience, are more cultural characteristics. You will learn how these were introduced and encouraged, and how Ericsson was able to bring about widespread adoption of such deep skills in a very short time. If you are interested in knowing how an organization with a couple of thousand employees was able to learn how to continuously improve, and make that transformation to agility a successful long lasting journey, you can't miss this fly-on-the-wall view of the pub reunion. Join us, Andrea Tomasini, the executive agile coach, and Hendrik Esser, VP Portfolio Management, share their story in a relaxed atmosphere.
http://submit2012.agilealliance.org/files/session_pdfs/Ericsson_Success_Story_agile2012.pdf

Speakers
avatar for Hendrik Esser

Hendrik Esser

Growing up in the 1980s I was a passionate computer game developer during my school and study times. After getting my diploma in Electrical engineering I started at Ericsson in 1994 as aSW developer. From 1996 I worked in project management roles. Since 2000 I am working as a manager... Read More →



Wednesday August 15, 2012 3:30pm - 5:00pm
Texas D
 
Thursday, August 16
 

9:00am

De-Mystifying Kanban: Understanding Its Many Faces: Alan Shalloway
There is a lot of confusion about what Kanban is. Some of this is due to the fact that many people who have never used Kanban have been deriding it – saying it is a mechanistic team management method that doesn’t respect people. The fact that Kanban is quickly growing and gaining a reputation for success where other Agile methods have had challenges belies that categorization. But what is Kanban? Even when listening to Kanban thought leaders one will hear different answers. 1) it’s a power agile management system based on lean-flow. 2) it’s a transition management method to assist teams to achieve continuous learning. 3) It’s a way to create visibility for executives to improve their product portfolio management. I can almost here Gilda Radner and Dan Aykroyd on Saturday Night Live describing New Shimmer! This talk discusses how Kanban actually is a multi-faceted method that assists process, transition and collaboration. Kanban is not a mere tool, or even a set of practices. It’s a mindset that attends to people, their culture, and the systems they find themselves working in. The talk presents a few of the basics of Lean-Flow and theory of constraints that it is based on as well as some of the psychological aspects of people adopting new methods. While this talk is intended for those considering adopting Kanban, those currently using Scrum will find it helpful as many of the principles and practices of Kanban fit well into the Scrum framework.
http://submit2012.agilealliance.org/files/session_pdfs/IntroToKanban_Agile2012.pdf

Speakers
avatar for Al Shalloway

Al Shalloway

CEO, Net Objectives
Founder and CEO of Net Objectives.Co-founder of Lean-Kanban University (no longer affiliated). SPC Trainer. Co-author of 4 books on Lean, Scrum, Design Patterns and Agile Design. Happy to talk to anyone who wants a free consult. Also, are looking for folks who'd like to work with... Read More →



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

9:00am

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
Texas 2

9:00am

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

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

11:00am

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
Austin 4-6

11:00am

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
Texas D

11:00am

Traversing the Canyon of Anarchy: From Agile Adoption to Agile Transformation: Tamara Sulaiman Runyon
Have you ever begun an Agile adoption, only to watch in dismay and puzzlement as the change fizzles out like a wet firecracker? Have you generated excitement for these new ideas, seen them seem to take root and grow, only to find a year later that people have fallen back into their old ways of doing things? Or, are they now cherry picking Agile practices, perhaps using Agile terms, but ignoring the Agile values? If so, you are not alone. In this talk, Tamara Sulaiman Runyon discusses some reasons why simple practice adoption is not enough; and why transformation is so difficult to make stick in many organizations. Topics include: the nature of change and complex systems models – where do we fit? The key role that vision and leadership play in instigating and supporting transformation; the potential iceberg of organizational culture as a change blocker, as well as people aspects – the levels of discomfort caused by any change; and measuring the growth of competence as Agile practices and values are assimilated.
http://submit2012.agilealliance.org/files/session_pdfs/TCA_Agile2012_Final.pdf



Thursday August 16, 2012 11:00am - 12:00pm
Austin 1-3

1:30pm

Cars.com’s Agility Transformation Journey (Case Study): Si Alhir (Sinan Si Alhir), Len Lagestee
Cars.com is the leading destination for online car shoppers, visited by more than 13 million people each month. To further fuel its success, Cars.com ventured into an enterprise transformation focused on greater organizational health and agility. The enterprise transformation involved product & project management, product engineering, user experience, enterprise architecture, operations, infrastructure, and leadership. We'll showcase the transformation journey from these perspectives and offer a roadmap with specific actionable lessons learned that you can leverage in your own transformation.
http://submit2012.agilealliance.org/files/session_pdfs/Cars Agile Transformation - Agile 2012 - FINAL.pdf


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

1:30pm

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, RGCG
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
Ft. Worth 1-2

1:30pm

Journey to Agility: Coaching a Transformation: Skip Angel
How far can you take Agile within an organization? Is it enough to just focus on Agile team practices like Scrum and XP or is something more needed? Agile is much more than a selection of an SDLC methodology for your teams. It can become a larger organizational change for more agility beyond just product development. The speaker will provide you with an approach that has worked with larger transformations with real life examples of how he has taken companies with little or no knowledge of Agile to an organization with high agility.
http://submit2012.agilealliance.org/files/session_pdfs/BigVisible - Journey to Agility Agile 2012.pdf

Speakers
avatar for Skip Angel

Skip Angel

Chief Pathfinder, CA Technologies
I have over 25 years of experience in software development in a variety of roles such as Developer, Project Manager, Consultant and Chief Technology Officer. Over the last 7 years, I have provided thought leadership, training and coaching to new and experienced teams interested in... Read More →



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

1:30pm

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
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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 →
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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
Texas D

3:30pm

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.

Speakers
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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
Texas 2

3:30pm

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

Speakers
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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
Texas D