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Monday, August 13
 

9:00am

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
San Antonio 4-6

9:00am

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
Texas 2

1:30pm

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
San Antonio 4-6
 
Tuesday, August 14
 

11:00am

Quality Assurance - A Team Sport: Jeff Morgan
Who is responsible for QA on an Agile team? The answer is “Everybody”. And yet this is rarely the case. Often the Testers write their test cases and automation in isolation and execute them after development is finished. Developers write their code without talking to the testers except to understand how to reproduce the latest discovered defect. Product Owners elaborate requirements in isolation and then hand them off to the team only to check back at the end of the sprint. Business Analysts spend their time in meetings away from the team working on documents that have questionable usefulness. Join Cheezy as he paints a different picture. This picture includes techniques and practices that foster collaboration between all team members that have the side effects of dramatically improving quality and achieving better flow resulting in a more streamlined development effort. This new picture is a picture of teamwork and quality assurance.

Speakers
avatar for Jeffrey "Cheezy" Morgan

Jeffrey "Cheezy" Morgan

Continuous Delivery Coach, Tango
Jeff been helping companies improve the way they build software since the early days of Agile. His emphasis on Continuous Delivery has fostered new technical and collaborative techniques that help teams deliver high quality software every day. He is driven by Lean values and principles... Read More →


Tuesday August 14, 2012 11:00am - 12:00pm
San Antonio 4-6

1:30pm

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
San Antonio 4-6

3:30pm

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
San Antonio 4-6
 
Wednesday, August 15
 

9:00am

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
Texas 3

9:00am

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
San Antonio 4-6

11:00am

Beyond Functional Silos with Communities of Practice: Brian Bozzuto, Dennis Stevens
Stop me if you’ve heard this one before… An organization aligns its operation around business products with cross-functional teams focused exclusively on each one. The business likes the focus, but soon people start to complain. Functional experts feel isolated and aren’t able to tap into their technical peers now isolated in other teams. Common practices become difficult. Functional managers feel left out now that their people are permanently assigned to dedicated cross-functional teams. Overall, the organization gains benefit from the re-alignment, but people can’t help but feel they are neglecting their institutional knowledge and have reduced their technical capacity to solve problems. You might think we’re talking about an Agile development team, but actually we’re talking about Chrysler in the 1990′s when they re-organized their engineering around auto lines. (Wenger et al, Cultivating Communities of Practice 1) This session will explore the concept of communities of practice and how they are a vital component for agile organizations. From providing tactical support in issue resolution, to being stewards of knowledge across vast enterprises, and even helping create support for the larger organizational change, communities of practice are a vital component in improving organizational agility. We will walk through the history of communities of practice, from their emergence in fields as disparate as auto manufacturing, consulting, and oil exploration, and show how these concepts apply to agile organizations. Participants will hear several cases about how communities have been used at our actual clients to help support the organizational change, as well as get some tactical steps they can use to implement their own communities of practice at work.
http://submit2012.agilealliance.org/files/session_pdfs/Agile2012_COP.pptx (Read-Only).pdf

Speakers

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

11:00am

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
Texas 3

1:30pm

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
San Antonio 4-6

3:30pm

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
San Antonio 4-6
 
Thursday, August 16
 

9:00am

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
San Antonio 4-6

11:00am

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.

Speakers

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

1:30pm

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

Speakers
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
San Antonio 4-6

3:30pm

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

Speakers
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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
Dallas 1-2

3:30pm

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.

Speakers
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
San Antonio 4-6

3:30pm

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

Speakers
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
Texas C