Full Session List

Scaling Up by Doubling Down

CHRIS POWERS

Successful agile teams spawn new agile teams, and eventually scaling becomes a concern. Mo’ money, mo’ problems, right?! Well, maybe not. While some product leaders race to find new frameworks and consultants to solve scaling pain points, others are winning by doubling down on the principles that made Agile work in the first place. Join us as we discuss how Agile product scaling problems can be resolved by focusing on quality, reducing work in progress, and delivering value continuously. No framework needed!

DevOps – an Agile perspective (at scale)

BRAD APPLETON

What exactly is DevOps? Just a few years after “Continuous Delivery” exploded in popularity, DevOps has become a popular buzzword in IT. Some say it is the successor to agile development, while others say they are separate. This talk will explain the “what” & “why” of DevOps (and history) from the perspective of a 20+ year practitioner of Scrum, XP, and “Configuration as Code.”

How Do You Measure Up? Collect the Right Metrics for the Right Reasons

ANGELA DUGAN

How many times have you been asked to deliver on metrics that did not make sense, that were counterproductive to the team’s effectiveness, or the organization’s effectiveness? Did those metrics seem impossible to collect? Often times, the metrics being collected are the ones that are easy, and focused on individual “productivity”. How do we collect data that drives continuous improvement and promotes an open and trust-filled environment. How does that change at scale?

When it comes to software delivery, lean and agile practices have clearly taken the lead. This session will take a look at the measures we can and should collect across teams and organizations. We’ll dig into metrics that are relevant, interesting, AND useful, and discuss some of the common traps.

Can you be safe with SAFe?

KEN FRANCE

Can organizations implement SAFe safely? There are many organizations attempting to scale agile practices to a large number of teams and teams of teams. As I’m sure you know, there are many competing frameworks that are available to help in this regard (SAFe, Disciplined Agile, Nexus, LeSS, S@S, etc.). If you read the blogs, you’ve seen lots of folks talk about concerns they have with SAFe being too big or prescriptive or . Rather than survey all frameworks, this session will focus on the Scaled Agile Framework (SAFe) and provide practical tips and tricks for how organizations have successfully implemented it minimally, incrementally, and pragmatically without experiencing the potential risks you might have read about.

The session will cover practical tips, tricks, examples, and approaches to implementing SAFe in a way that helps ensure the success of your agile transformation.

Agile Transformation in the Healthcare Sector

DAN GILIO AND GREG SOCHA

National Health Expenditures grew 4.3% to $3.3 trillion in 2016, or $10,348 per person, and accounted for 17.9% of Gross Domestic Product (GDP). In an industry with such a significant impact the health and well-being of its members; rooted in nearly a century of traditional risk-averse processes; and distributed across 5 geographically distributed states; how can and Agile Transformation be successfully conducted?

Improving Collaboration in Agile Teams

ELIZABETH HODOS

Did you know that 75% of job success is derived from soft skills, yet very little time is spent developing them? This session is all about developing collaboration skills using the tenets of Improv Comedy. (You heard that right.) The focus will be on why Improv can help agile teams collaborate more effectively, and how to apply basic techniques in your own teams.

The Achilles’ Heel of Agile at Scale … Understanding Value

DAN WALSH

Delivering valuable software is a core principle of an Agile team. But as teams create organizations and as organizations become an enterprise, it’s easy for clarity about what is valuable to become muddled or lost in translation. Development teams drift away from customers and direct contact with the gemba where the product is actually used. This session invites participants to dive deeper into the definition of value. What does it mean for software to be “valuable?” How do we know if we are generating value or if any given development activity is producing value? The session will also introduce participants to several methods and techniques for how to create, capture, and deliver value.

Agility at Scale – Getting it Right!

SWATI JAIN

With the growing focus on Agile Transformations, many organizations are joining the bandwagon at a rapid pace to keep up with latest industry trends. However, organizations must clarify their goals and understand the required commitments before they embark on this journey. Transformation is neither about newly engineered processes, nor just about modern tools and technology. It involves a shift in mindset and culture, in how people ideate, collaborate, and measure their progress. It is about creating synergies between people, process, and technology. It is about enabling teams and driving outcomes. As a major change initiative it requires the right strategic buy-in from top executives and a strong execution arm of organizational change agents. This session will cover tried and tested approaches for scaling tools and processes to optimize your transformation initiatives. You will hear about success stories of organizations that scaled effectively and learn about common considerations and best-practices that are sure to deliver results.

Scaling Product Thinking

ANNE STEINER & DAVID LARIBEE

The Scaled Agile Framework (SAFe) is the agile methodology of choice for many large enterprises because it promises predictable, frequent delivery in complex environments. As a pair of product-minded coaches who often find ourselves in SAFe shops, we’ve come to believe that an organization’s willingness to blend product-thinking, technical agility and a culture of learning is the secret sauce for getting past “process excellence” and into meaningful product impacts.

In this talk, we’ll share tested ways of introducing product thinking and engineering practices into SAFe shops, covering organizational, product, and technical ground.

– Products as value streams in an organization and how to gently reorganize ARTs over time without sacrificing product community or continuity.

– Using of product stories to engage your teams before and during PI planning in a way that invites collaboration on a healthy blend of continuous discovery and delivery.

– DevOps at scale – patterns and anti-patterns we’ve seen, specifically in shops with a quarterly release. How customer, architectural, and operational learning paves the way for scaling to teams of teams.

Agile – It’s all about RESPECT

MARIE-CHRISTINE LEGAULT

Successful agile transformations require capabilities beyond technology and IT. It requires bringing people and business together, creating value for the organization and its clients and above all building a solid culture of collaboration and respect.

This presentation will cover a real-world implementation with MC’s collaborations and partnership examples with Disney and McDonald’s. We will share lessons learned from the various development stages and describe the collaborative drivers and the smart agile business techniques used to gain business insights and achieve buy-in from practitioners and executives.

We will highlight the critical role people play in a successful transformation. People can challenge management, clients and products, they can change, grow, embrace better ways of working, introduce unconventional thinking and bring valuable intuition and insight. Encouraging ideas, respect, vulnerability and humility will go a long way when working with any client on a successful transformation.

Containerization vs Serverless

MIKE GILLESPIE

Two of the most hyped technologies square off in a battle for microservice supremacy! In one corner, you have containers with the promise of platform independence and consistency. In the other corner, you have the promise of instant scalability, low cost, and no hardware to maintain. Mike Gillespie from Amazon Web Services will discuss how customers are deploying container based and serverless applications on AWS. From there, the discussion will compare the strengths and weaknesses of each approach until a winner is crowned.

Moving from Collision towards Collaboration of Change with Climate and Culture

EBONY BROWN

In our organizations, change is constant, not going anywhere, and does not know how to stay out of people’s way. Change leaders usually focus on how the changes being brought forth will impact people in their day-to-day lives, processes, or tools and neglect how the change collides with the overall culture. In this session, we will identify your current culture and climate in relation to the change you are implementing (or a part of). We will go through techniques to understand how the change could affect the culture positively or negatively and what to do to enable collaboration between change, climate, and culture.