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Monday, August 13

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.


Dhaval Panchal

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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
Wednesday, August 15

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.

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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

11:00am CDT

Release Planning on a Budget -- Taking it Virtual!: Stephen Chin
There is no substitute for face-to-face collaboration, and in highly distributed organizations the one time you can get all the teams together in person is for Release Planning. But what about when budgets get tight and travel is not an option? In this presentation you will learn several practical techniques for bridging the physical divide without breaking your corporate budget. Your crash course in Virtual Release Planning facilitation will include the following:
  • Virtual Facilitation Techniques: Practical advice on adapting agile facilitation techniques to the virtual world. (For all of us who tried --and failed-- at doing a fist-of-five over the phone...)
  • DIY Video Conferencing: We will do a live demonstration of how to do video conferencing on a budget with readily available consumer hardware. (No need to buy a fancy telepresence system from Cisco or AT&T!)
  • Practical Time Zone Planning: Problem/solution scenario planning around different distribution and timezone challenges. (Curious why folks will happily attend 8AM meetings after being on a red-eye, but don't seem thrilled to stay up until 2AM on a video conference?)
Time to stop overpaying for business class international flights and palatial hotels. You can take back control of your budget and destiny without sacrificing effective communication!

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Stephen Chin

Director, Developer Marketing, Oracle

Wednesday August 15, 2012 11:00am - 12:00pm CDT
Texas 2

1:30pm CDT

Remote Pair Programming: A Guide for Distributed Teams: Joe Moore
*Remote pair programming* is surprisingly simple and inexpensive to implement, but it's not just about bleeding-edge technology -- a good attitude is just as important as good technology. Joe will walk you through how your distributed team can successfully implement remote pair programming, allowing you to realize the same benefits as in-person pairing and address some of the challenges of distributed development. Joe will discuss the important personal and interpersonal skills needed for remote pairing as well as the technology. Distributed agile teams need not forgo the valuable discipline of pair programming. Thanks to ubiquitous high speed internet service, major advances in online collaboration technologies, and the need to source talent wherever they might be, remote pair programming is becoming more common.
http://submit2012.agilealliance.org/files/session_pdfs/Remote Pair Programming - Conference 2012.pdf

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Joseph Moore

Principal Software Engineer, Manager, Pivotal
An XP purist since the year 2000, Joe has pair programmed almost 34,000 hours. Joe has been developing and advocating for distributed agile methodologies since going fully remote in 2010, such as remote pair programming, "everyone's remote" distributed team philosophies, and even... Read More →

Wednesday August 15, 2012 1:30pm - 3:00pm CDT
Texas 2
  Distributed Agile
Thursday, August 16

11:00am CDT

Distributed Agile in the Enterprise and Virtual Spaces: Melinda Stelzer, Bill Opsal
Good remote collaboration tools and practices can increase the effectiveness and productivity of distributed teams. Using “Virtual rooms”, scrum teams can make eye contact and move themselves around relative to each other and to objects in a virtual space. They can play team building games similar to a collocated scrum team. We will show you how to implement, and share videos of our teams. We also provide advice on remote collaboration gained from industry literature and experience with over 30 highly distributed scrum teams.
http://submit2012.agilealliance.org/files/session_pdfs/Distributed Agile in the Enterprise and Virtual Spaces-2012-08-16.pdf

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Bill Opsal

Scrum Coach, Ellie Mae

Thursday August 16, 2012 11:00am - 12:00pm CDT
Texas 2
  Distributed Agile