12:30 - 13:30
Lunch
11:00 - 11:30
Break
11:30 - 12:30
60 min Session
15:00 - 15:30
Break
13:30 - 15:00
90 min Session
15:30 - 17:00
90 min Session
18:00 - 20:00
Networking Night @ Margaritaville
9:00 - 11:00
Welcome Remarks Opening Keynote, Jeff Sutherland
8:00 - 9:00:
Breakfast
15:00 - 18:00
Registration
18:00 - 19:00
Welcome Reception
13:00 - 14:30
Keynote - Bill Joiner
14:30 - 15:00
Break
11:00 - 12:00
60 min Session
15:00 - 15:30
30 Min Session
10:30 - 11:00
Break
15:30 - 17:00
90 min Session
8:00 - 9:00:
Breakfast
12:00 - 1:00
Lunch
9:00 - 10:30
90 min Session
10:30 - 12:00
Open Space
12:00 - 1:00
Lunch
13:00 - 14:00
Open Space
14:00 - 15:00
Open Space
10:00 - 10:30
Break
15:00 - 15:30
Break
15:30 - 17:00
Closing Remarks/Closing Keynote
9:00 - 10:00
Open Space
8:00 - 9:00
Breakfast
Mesquite 1-3
Agile Metrics: Velocity is NOT the Goal
Michael Norton
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Agile Metrics: Velocity is NOT the Goal
Michael Norton
Room: Mesquite 1-3
Track: Build The Future
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Summary: Velocity is one of the most commonly misused metrics on agile projects. We often focus on improving velocity without proper consideration for root causes. Learn about The Hawthorne Effect, Goodhart’s Law, and why setting goals for velocity can actually hurt a project’s chances of success. Take a look at what can negatively impact velocity, ways to stabilize fluctuating velocity, and methods to improve velocity without the risks. Leave with a toolkit of additional metrics that, coupled with velocity, give a better view of the project’s overall health.
Learning Objects:
Paloverde A
Fixes that fail
Dhaval Panchal, Valerie Morris
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Fixes that fail
Dhaval Panchal, Valerie Morris
Room: Paloverde A
Track: Build The Future
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Summary: Does your management use velocity as a weapon? Are you concerned about your product’s quality? How have you approached these systemic problems? This session is for those who recognize that symptomatic fixes will not address their core issues. For those interested in learning how to change the conversation with their management, this session will introduce basic systems thinking tools and walk through a case study of an agile organization that is beginning to appreciate the interconnectedness of velocity, quality, morale, revenue etc., in their ecosystem.
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Acacia A
Advanced Discussion of StoryPoints for Project Management
Dan Rawsthorne
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Advanced Discussion of StoryPoints for Project Management
Dan Rawsthorne
Room: Acacia A
Track: See The Future
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Summary: We know that StoryPoints are "a relative measure of size that can be applied to Stories and Epics." Beyond this simple statement there is not much about StoryPoints that we can all agree on - teams and organizations are free to estimate and use StoryPoints as they see fit. Well, I want to use them to aid in Project (not Sprint) Management, and in this talk I present a way to define StoryPoints for this purpose. Come and hear words like "Ideal Effort", "Intrinsic Difficulty", "Function Points", and "Earned Value", and how StoryPoints become the basic currency for Release budgeting and metrics.
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Paloverde B
Helping Dispersed Teams Bridge Time, Distance, and Culture
Michael Tardiff
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Helping Dispersed Teams Bridge Time, Distance, and Culture
Michael Tardiff
Room: Paloverde B
Track: Build The Future
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Summary: "Our teams are distributed--that's just the way it is today." That's the refrain heard across widely dispersed organizations that seek to gain the benefits that Scrum offers. And sure enough, there are myriad situations where people who want to and need to work together have trouble *being* together physically. This talk is an interactive exploration of the real-world ways teams that are separated can and do work together, with an emphasis on practical ways to bring teams and individuals closer, physically or virtually. Attendees will leave with real xamples and specific recommendations.
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Acacia B
Breaking Analysts: A Real-World Tale of Converting a Traditional Business Analyst into a Lover of Scrum
Leslie J. Morse
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Breaking Analysts: A Real-World Tale of Converting a Traditional Business Analyst into a Lover of Scrum
Leslie J. Morse
Room: Acacia B
Track: Build The Future
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Summary: Pictures convey ideas more clearly and have a greater impact than a simple conversation. The ability to communicate, and perhaps sell, your ideas at a whiteboard is an essential skill for anyone on an Scrum team. In this hands-on session based on Dan Roam’s book, “The Back of the Napkin”, we will learn the six types of diagrams used in business and how to select the right picture for your problem. All you need for this session is an issue, your imagination and the ability to draw a circle, square, arrow and a stick figure. Come on - give this a try. It will be fun.
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Mesquite 4/5
Mob Programming: A Whole Team Approach
Woody Zuill
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Mob Programming: A Whole Team Approach
Woody Zuill
Room: Mesquite 4/5
Track: See The Future
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Summary: Mob Programming is a Whole Team Approach to developing and coding software: The whole team works on the same thing, at the same time, in the same space, and at the same computer. We've expanded on the idea of Pair Programming by including all team members, including QA and Product Owner, working together at the same time on all the work we do. We have developed practices that allow all team members to contribute (or receive) value througout the day. This has been very productive for us, and has resulted in higher quality and more useful software.
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Acacia D
Technical Practices: What Product Owners, ScrumMasters, and Managers Need To Know
Chet Hendrickson, Ron Jeffries
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Technical Practices: What Product Owners, ScrumMasters, and Managers Need To Know
Chet Hendrickson, Ron Jeffries
Room: Acacia D
Track: Build The Future
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Summary: Successful iterative software development requires some well-known technical practices. Scrum traditionally leaves the discovery and implementation of the practices to the Development Team. However, we continue to see projects struggle due to the lack of good technical practices. In this session, we will give ScrumMasters, Product Owners, and other project Stakeholders the tools they need to understand whether their Development Teams are using the right technical practices, and how - and why - to influence them to improve.
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Paloverde A
Coach the hand your are dealt. A True Agile Approach to Coaching
John Miller
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Coach the hand your are dealt. A True Agile Approach to Coaching
John Miller
Room: Paloverde A
Track: See The Future
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Summary: Are you taking an waterfall and linear approach to Agile adoption? Do we still think that approaches like "shock therapy" techniques truly empowers the Agile mindset? Share how to take a true Agile approach to your coaching and Agile transition? Does your coaching embody the Scrum values? Share an Agile coaching and adoption ideas that are are truly Agile. Explore ideas such as minimal viable change, pattern based coaching, coaching Sprints, and online coaching dashboards for customer transparency and collaboration. Coach the hand you by differentiating your coaching to where you teams are.
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Mesquite 1-3
Deliberate practices for Agile coaching
Yi LV
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Deliberate practices for Agile coaching
Yi LV
Room: Mesquite 1-3
Track: Build The Future
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Summary: Scrum Masters, Agile coaches and Agile managers at all times coach individuals, teams, and organizations. Sometimes, the coaching is effective, while other times it is not. It feels like largely dependent on luck or external environment, but this is too important to leave it this way. Deliberate practices come into place to increase the coaching effectiveness. In this workshop, we shall learn what deliberate practice is, discover what coaching skills need deliberate practices, and co-create deliberate practices for some of those skills.
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Paloverde A
From 'Doing Scrum' to 'Being Agile': Transforming a Culture
Brad Swanson
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From 'Doing Scrum' to 'Being Agile': Transforming a Culture
Brad Swanson
Room: Paloverde A
Track: See The Future
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Summary: For many organizations, truly being agile (not just doing Scrum) requires a cultural transformation - much more than a Scrum 'adoption' or Agile 'transition'. We will describe John Kotter's 8-step model for leading change as a framework for Agile transformation. We will also share concrete techniques and lessons learned applying the model for a highly successful agile transformation within a large enterprise.
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Acacia D
Integrating Systems Thinking into Enterprise Agile With the Lessons of Lean
Al Shalloway
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Integrating Systems Thinking into Enterprise Agile With the Lessons of Lean
Al Shalloway
Room: Acacia D
Track: Build The Future
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Summary: While Scrum and XP have become very popular in agile development shops, most companies adopting them run into challenges when they expand beyond a few teams. These challenges often fall into a common set of patterns. We believe these patterns of challenge are due to a lack of systems thinking—the process of understanding how things influence one another within a larger whole. Al Shalloway shares his ideas on how the agile community can move beyond its team-centric approach to adopt a more holistic, systems-based approach. Systems thinking creates new opportunities to create substantially larger development teams that comprise hubs of development. These teams work interdependently with a common vision and context. Hubs create the structure and motivations for the teams and individuals to collaborate as a normal part of their daily work. This can reduce the amount of collaboration that the teams need to manage on their own. Lean-thinking is also introduced since its paradigm shift to the timing of the workflow provides insights into how to use systems thinking in software development. Although not a panacea, systems thinking provides a better platform to solve enterprise-wide challenges because your organization learns to approach problem-solving holistically and avoid the trap of unintended consequences.
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Mesquite 4/5
Metrics: How will you know if you're Gambling with Scrum?
Lonnie Weaver-Johnson, Kate Megaw
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Metrics: How will you know if you're Gambling with Scrum?
Lonnie Weaver-Johnson, Kate Megaw
Room: Mesquite 4/5
Track: See The Future
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Summary: Many people wonder if their Scrum adoption is working the way they intended. After all, if we are changing our method how will we know if it is better than the previous method? How do we know if it is working? What are the measurements we can use? In this session we will look at the good ideas, the bad ideas, and new ideas. This will be an interactive session where we will explore those questions, share answers, and discover some new ideas. In addition, gain some insights into how to explain this complicated topic to metrics hungry leaders.
Learning Objects:
Acacia C
Windows on Transformation: Four Pathways to Grow a More Agile Enterprise
Michael Spayd, Lyssa Adkins
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Windows on Transformation: Four Pathways to Grow a More Agile Enterprise
Michael Spayd, Lyssa Adkins
Room: Acacia C
Track: See The Future
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Summary: It is easy to envision a more Agile enterprise, yet we have found as a community it is quite difficult to accomplish. The transformation process goes on in many dimensions, and unless we have a framework that helps us see from each of those perspectives, our efforts are much more likely to fall short. Based on Michael Spayd's upcoming book, Coaching the Agile Enterprise, this session will (literally) walk you through each of the four fundamental perspectives and the power and limitation of each. We will explore together approaches that are suitable to each perspective and how to activate them in your team, division or organization.
Learning Objects:
Acacia A
Not Your Mother's Agile Transformation
Katrina Bales, Keely Killpack
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Not Your Mother's Agile Transformation
Katrina Bales, Keely Killpack
Room: Acacia A
Track: See The Future
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Summary: Join our fun, interactive learning session & leave with a whole new perspective on bringing agility to life in your teams. Leveraging a real world partnership between an Agile Coach & a Change Practitioner, we share via hands on exercises the power of change tools such as Unlearning as well as introduce a twist to the application of a well know product development model to gain human behavior insights necessary to realize true agile transformation. You can also expect opportunities to provide your insights, feedback & experiences. Leave with new ideas & techniques to help you See The Future!
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Acacia B
The Power of Observation
Jukka Lindström
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The Power of Observation
Jukka Lindström
Room: Acacia B
Track: Build The Future
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Summary: “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.
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Paloverde A
Agile Antipatterns: The Scrum Master's Guide to Traps, Tripwires, and Treachery
Adam Weisbart
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Agile Antipatterns: The Scrum Master's Guide to Traps, Tripwires, and Treachery
Adam Weisbart
Room: Paloverde A
Track: Build The Future
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Summary: Knowing the basics of Scrum is essential for any team member, but out in the trenches, a good ScrumMaster must be ready to identify and deal with Agile Antipatterns quickly to help his team and organization move forward. What’s an Agile Antipattern? Something that at first blush may seem 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. You’ll leave this workshop with a set of powerful tools to help you defuse antipatterns in the field.
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Mesquite 4/5
Agile Kaizen - Improvement Beyond Retrospectives
Angel Medinilla
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Agile Kaizen - Improvement Beyond Retrospectives
Angel Medinilla
Room: Mesquite 4/5
Track: Build The Future
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Summary: Let's face it: many companies are stuck at Continuous Improvement. Retrospectives are probably the only sign of a Kaizen culture, and frequently they end up with the same list of impediments that we had a year ago. And then what? Maybe we try some games and creativity exercises, but when it comes to actual improvement...Well, how was that saying about an old dog and new tricks? This talk will show you new ways to look at the continuous improvement process at your company, starting with -yes- retrospectives, but going far beyond that: Change Management, Corporate Culture, Innovation...
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Acacia C
Birdie-Birdie: a thorny Scrum simulation
Alan Cyment, Veronica Sack
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Birdie-Birdie: a thorny Scrum simulation
Alan Cyment, Veronica Sack
Room: Acacia C
Track: Build The Future
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Summary: You and your team have just been hired by TopTop, the major toy manufacturer, in order to build the company's next big hit, codenamed Birdie-Birdie. But beware: you have fierce competition. Other firms have been hired and only the one who delivers the greatest business value gets the check! Using only LEGO pieces, prepare to build, integrate and test, while you struggle to appease an increasingly demanding CEO. Revel in self-organization, optimizing your process while building a complex product. A fast-paced product-building game that will take your Scrum skills to the limit!
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Paloverde B
Giving Agile Teams the Roots to Grow and Wings to Fly
Dave Sharrock
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Giving Agile Teams the Roots to Grow and Wings to Fly
Dave Sharrock
Room: Paloverde B
Track: See The Future
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Summary: A strong, self-organizing agile team does not emerge by accident. Just as with the creation of a great product, a great team takes vision and leadership, and ultimately of course, ownership of that vision from within the team. This workshop is a step in handing over ownership of the vision to the team, helping set expectations, define what a great agile team looks like, and enabling the team to steer their way forwards, while recognizing when they veer from their plan. Come and find out how a team can avoid stagnating, and continue to grow together as a team.
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Acacia D
Blueprint for the Future
Ron Jeffries
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Blueprint for the Future
Ron Jeffries
Room: Acacia D
Track: Build The Future
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Summary: Scrum is doing well but not well enough. There are important challenges to Scrum, to Alliance, to Scrum practitioners. We'll review the current status of Scrum, then discuss challenges facing Scrum, facing the Scrum Alliance, and facing Scrum practitioners. We'll look at some key challenges in detail: we'll consider technical practices, product ownership, and estimation. We'll talk about continuous flow: is it a threat or an opportunity? We'll look at how to see these issues in our work, and what needs to be done about them.
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Acacia A
Fast Conversations
Jeff Lopez-Stuit
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Fast Conversations
Jeff Lopez-Stuit
Room: Acacia A
Track: Build The Future
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Summary: When a team is figuring out how to approach a piece of work, it should obtain just enough understanding to commit to getting the work done along a path that everyone can stand behind. A fast conversation can help a team maintain enough understanding to work, and avoid wasting time and energy on details that may not be important for work to proceed. It also gives a team tools to check that everyone is on board with the approach, so that conversations don’t happen too fast for anyone.
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Acacia B
Managing Technical Debt
Fadi Stephan
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Managing Technical Debt
Fadi Stephan
Room: Acacia B
Track: Tools of the Future
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Summary: Is your team constantly missing delivery dates? Is the velocity decreasing from sprint to sprint while the development costs are rising? These are all signs that you are mired in technical debt and probably on your way to bankruptcy or a complete system rewrite. Come learn how to measure the quality of your code base and determine the amount of your debt. Learn how to engage executives and get buy-in on a technical debt repayment plan that enables you to pay down your debt, refinance it to a low interest rate, increase the quality of your code and return to high productivity.
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See The Future
Paging Dr. Scrum: Diagnosing Problems in the Agile Organization
Angela Druckman
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Paging Dr. Scrum: Diagnosing Problems in the Agile Organization
Angela Druckman
Room: See The Future
Track: Mesquite 1-3
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Summary: “Our main problem doing Scrum is…” Agile coaches know that those new to Scrum often complete this sentence by describing symptoms rather than the root causes of their issues. It's hard to solve a thorny problem when you are stuck in the middle of it. Enter the agile coach. Much like a physician, we are often called in to diagnose “disease” and create a “treatment plan”. In this session, for both internal agile coaches and those who work with external clients, we’ll learn techniques to get to the root causes of common problems with Scrum and help our clients see a way forward.
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Jimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville Las Vegas - 3555 South Las Vegas Boulevard
Networking Night @ Margaritaville!
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Networking Night @ Margaritaville!
Room: Jimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville Las Vegas - 3555 South Las Vegas Boulevard
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Summary: Celebrate a great first day at the world-famous Jimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville. Just a short walk up to Las Vegas Blvd from the Westin Las Vegas, Scrum Alliance will provide great food and a couple of drinks while you enjoy a performance by one of the finest acoustic performers ever, Cliff Erickson!

His musical instincts are clearly portrayed in his original work along with his amazing ability to capture the passion evoked by countless cover tunes. His extraordinary talent on his signature 12-string acoustic guitar captivates his listeners as he takes them along on what has been best described as an “unparalleled musical excursion.” Top entertainer stars including Ringo Starr, Kenny Rogers, The Beach Boys, Wynonna Judd, and America have selected Cliff to open their show. Check out Cliff’s website, and we’ll see you there!
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Acacia Ballroom
Opening Keynote Scrum: The Future of Work Scrum
Jeff Sutherland
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Opening Keynote Scrum: The Future of Work Scrum
Jeff Sutherland
Room: Acacia Ballroom
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Acacia Ballroom
WELCOME
Welcome Remarks Daniel Gullo & Carol McEwan
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WELCOME
Welcome Remarks Daniel Gullo & Carol McEwan
Room: Acacia Ballroom
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Breakfast
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Breakfast
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Casuarina Ballroom at the Westin Las Vegas
Welcome Reception
Vic Alejandro
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Welcome Reception
Vic Alejandro
Room: Casuarina Ballroom at the Westin Las Vegas
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Vic Alejandro is not your ordinary sscrumalliance.burnsmarketing.com/tand-up comedian. He has the unique distinction of having 24 years of experience in Information Technology and 13 of those years in Project Management. He is also a Certified Scrum Master. In short, he is one of us! His humor covers project management, Scrum mastery, corporate anomalies and everyday life.

Vic has appeared on the Ellen DeGeneres Show, HBO, CBC, Fox Sports and is published in the book The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Jokes. His likeable and relatable style (and shiny head) will keep you mesmerized. What a hilarious way to kick off the Scrum Gathering Las Vegas! Check out Vic’s website, and plan on swinging by the Casuarina Ballroom when you arrive on Sunday.

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Room: Paloverde B
Get all players involved! Behaviour-Driven Development made easy
Alan Ettlin
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Get all players involved! Behaviour-Driven Development made easy
Alan Ettlin
Room: Room: Paloverde B
Track: Track: Tools of the Future
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Summary: BDD is a technique which has the potential to significantly promote the integration of project teams across disciplines and backgrounds. Sadly, the tool-chains available today are highly development-centric and primarily usable by tech-savvy project participants. To realise the full potential of BDD a new interaction paradigm is required which truly involves business stakeholders (e.g. many typical Product Owners). In the session a prototype of a BDD IDE is presented and discussed with the audience which strives to remove the gap and has the potential to change the way we interact in projects.
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Acacia D
Designing Your Organization For Innovation
Jim Elvidge
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Designing Your Organization For Innovation
Jim Elvidge
Room: Acacia D
Track: See The Future
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Summary: If innovation is not part of your organizational DNA, you risk falling behind your competitors and demoralizing your best talent. Yet one can not create an innovative organization by declaring “Be Innovative!” Rather, it requires an environment of rich, challenging choices, free from common constraints. So how to get there? In this interactive session, Jim Elvidge outlines a path to innovation for your organization, from a deep examination of structures, culture, and leadership styles that may be barriers to free thinking, followed by an environment design approach and catalytic leadership.
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Room: Paloverde A
Don't gamble on user stories alone, specify by example!
David Bulkin, Mark Levison
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Don't gamble on user stories alone, specify by example!
David Bulkin, Mark Levison
Room: Room: Paloverde A
Track: Track: Build The Future
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Summary: Traditional requirements approaches don’t work, but user stories and acceptance criteria are not enough. So, what is the answer? Testable examples (i.e. ATDD and BDD)! Testable examples, sometimes called executable specifications, provide a lightweight, objective description of a need. They serve as a common language across roles, from business to the development team, allowing us to understand and improve our business rules. As an added benefit they can even be used to automate acceptance level testing. So, don’t gamble on your requirements, come to this session!
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Room: Mesquite 1-3
Plan to Re-Plan - Release Planning and Reforecasting
Jason Tanner
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Plan to Re-Plan - Release Planning and Reforecasting
Jason Tanner
Room: Room: Mesquite 1-3
Track: Track: See The Future
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Summary: "Are you done yet?" "When will you be done?" "What are you shipping in the next release?" Product owners and Scrum teams frequently need to answer these questions. In this hands-on workshop, attendees will learn fundamental release planning techniques to answer all of these questions and more. Through a fun, easy simulation, you will have an opportunity to determine a minimum viable product, plan a release, and reforecast the release based on the team’s results and changing business conditions.
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Acacia B
Global Attitudes towards Scrum implementation: The view from 3 Continents
Matt Sharpe
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Global Attitudes towards Scrum implementation: The view from 3 Continents
Matt Sharpe
Room: Acacia B
Track: See The Future
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Summary: Agile methods are well established and accepted in the software development industry here in the US, but this is not universally the case across the world. Using personal experience, anecdotes and learnings, I will outline some of the attitudes, perceptions and challenges of rolling out Scrum to digital development teams in organizations across 3 continents – in London, Dubai and Sydney. I will additionally discuss some of the strategies you can deploy to help bring stakeholders on board whilst being sensitive to any cultural nuances and differences.
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Acacia A
Scrum + Program Management = LIKE
Stacy Gordon
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Scrum + Program Management = LIKE
Stacy Gordon
Room: Acacia A
Track: See The Future
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Summary: Salesforce.com program management leverages a social approach and social tools to enhance Scrum elements and artifacts.

Join us to discuss:
  • A new approach to program management and how it fits into an agile, social work culture - Program management’s value add within an agile methodology
  • Social approach principles and best practices: Optimize information flow, leverage the value of crowd wisdom, provide real-time visibility, optimize decision making, connect and accelerate to get work done, create an environment with ‘just enough’ structure.
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Acacia C
Nonviolent Communication Role-play for Pacifying Scrum Retrospectives
Juan Banda
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Nonviolent Communication Role-play for Pacifying Scrum Retrospectives
Juan Banda
Room: Acacia C
Track: Build The Future
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Summary: Nonviolent Communication (NVC) is not only about not expressing physical and verbal violence but about being compassionate and feel empathy for others; this is a mindset that prepares the spirit for communicating with others respecting their feelings. Often times in retrospectives we see accusatory and aggressive behaviors that inhibit effective communication. Even more often violence is not evident but subtle, is not in what you say but in how you say it. This workshop will use a role-play for putting you in the position to experiment with NVC and learn how to run empathic retrospectives.
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Room: Mesquite 4/5
Stop Gambling, Embrace Your Agile Superpowers
Jake Calabrese, Stephen Starkey
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Stop Gambling, Embrace Your Agile Superpowers
Jake Calabrese, Stephen Starkey
Room: Room: Mesquite 4/5
Track: Track: See The Future
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Summary: The most important part of agile is people. Being agile often seems elusive, like a jackpot in Vegas or a Bigfoot. What can you do to be more agile? Agile coaching, managing, and leading require more than just agile tools and practices. What are agile superpowers? How can powers like Deep Democracy, Curiosity, and others help you and the teams you work with? How can you activate your powers? We dig into these questions in a live, interactive workshop where you can learn (verbal and non-verbal) and apply agile superpowers to agile challenges.
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Track: Build The Future
Confessions of a New ScrumMaster
Natalie Warnert
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Confessions of a New ScrumMaster
Natalie Warnert
Room: Track: Build The Future
Track: Paloverde B
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Summary: You just finished your CSM class, overflowing with your newfound Scrum knowledge and renewed faith in software development practices. You're ecstatic to share your new view of the world and to show how Scrum can benefit your organization. But, upon your first Scrum project you meet resistance, opposition, and worst of all, modified Scrum practices. What's a ScrumMaster to do? Don't lose hope! You're definitely not the first ScrumMaster to meet these barriers and you're not alone. Attend this session for some simple tips to make the transition easier on you and the Scrum team.
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Mesquite 4/5
Agile Project Management for Government: Agile adoption in the US and UK governments a comparative review
Brian Wernham
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Agile Project Management for Government: Agile adoption in the US and UK governments a comparative review
Brian Wernham
Room: Mesquite 4/5
Track: See The Future
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Summary: Governments on both sides of the Atlantic have committed to introducing agile change management for faster results with cheaper implementation at lower risk.
  • A review of the latest national and international empirical research studies on agile adoption in government 
  • Case studies of government attempts to be agile in the US and UK
  • Comparison of US and UK government rules, regulations and strategies that have affected the take-up and success of agile.
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Room: Acacia C
Business Environment Coding Dojos
Fredrik Wendt
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Business Environment Coding Dojos
Fredrik Wendt
Room: Room: Acacia C
Track: Track: Tools of the Future
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Summary: This talk is about what works in a corporate environment Coding Dojo - it's not experiences from your typical Meetup or user group where most attendees already share some of the craftsmanship passion and practice katas on their own, off work hours. Fredrik has facilitated over 50 sessions the past two years with 11 clients in different industries, and will share not only his experiences, do's and don'ts (and why) but also participants' experiences and subjective results.
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Room: Acacia B
It is all about system: How Scrum helps in the bigger picture
Sami Lilja
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It is all about system: How Scrum helps in the bigger picture
Sami Lilja
Room: Room: Acacia B
Track: Track: See The Future
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Summary: Scrum creates transparency, makes continuous improvement and delivers value to customer. These noble goals are often difficult to reach, causing frustration to teams, Scrum Masters and anyone in the organization. Most often the reason is that surrounding organization, the system, does not allow effective use of Scrum. As W. Edwards Deming said: "A bad system will defeat a good person every time". Similarly, a bad system will defeat a good process framework. This session shows how the surrounding system impacts Scrum teams an how Scrum can be used to change the entire system for better.
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Room: Acacia D
Process Increments - Towards better process improvement
Mohamed Amr, Amr Noaman
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Process Increments - Towards better process improvement
Mohamed Amr, Amr Noaman
Room: Room: Acacia D
Track: Track: See The Future
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Summary: Process Increments, is an iterative approach to manage process improvement projects. This approach builds upon Agile values and principles, and reuses well known Agile techniques. This approach partitions the scope into user-story-like increments, and manages the project using agile project management techniques. This session will introduce the concept of Process Increments and provide different contexts and factors where Process Increments can be applied successfully.
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Room: Acacia A
Looking at Agile-Scrum Metrics from a Human Perspective in a Balanced Scorecard
Sarvesh Shroff
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Looking at Agile-Scrum Metrics from a Human Perspective in a Balanced Scorecard
Sarvesh Shroff
Room: Room: Acacia A
Track: Track: Build The Future
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Summary: Tracking any one aspect of Return over Investment, may favor short term gains over long term value creation. The Scrum primer says, “Waterfall methodology has one great weakness: Humans are involved”. As Scrum embraces this human perspective, it is important to capture the “human” metrics and present them along with traditional ones in a Balanced scorecard to display their inter dependencies to give a holistic picture of the ROI. The paper also attempts to refute that existing Agile metrics are just age-old CMMI/ISO metrics in a new Agile bottle, by modifying their usage to suit Agile needs
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Mesquite 1-3
Scrum for Experimental Biologists at Bio-Rad Laboratories
Victoria Hall, Jonathan Kohn, Michael Urban, Kenneth Oh
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Scrum for Experimental Biologists at Bio-Rad Laboratories
Victoria Hall, Jonathan Kohn, Michael Urban, Kenneth Oh
Room: Mesquite 1-3
Track: Build The Future
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Summary: This talk will present a case study of a current non-software implementation of Scrum at Bio-Rad Laboratories by the Protein Technologies Applications Development Group. The work facilitated is common to almost all research and medical laboratories. This will be an examination of the importance of maintaining Scrum values while modifying its practices to facilitate and organize hypothesis driven life science experimental work and its products.
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Paloverde A
The controversy of disempowering your bosses Challenges to gain management buy-in for implementation of agile development methods and how to overcome them
Ebba Kraemer
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The controversy of disempowering your bosses Challenges to gain management buy-in for implementation of agile development methods and how to overcome them
Ebba Kraemer
Room: Paloverde A
Track: Build The Future
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Summary: A former management consultant from the Boston Consulting Group with experience from advising (and receiving push-back from) senior management within development organizations points out likely reasons for why the world wide roll-out of agile development methods is hampered by resistance from senior management in many organizations. The underlying reasons for the management’s skepticism are explored and ideas of how to address these concerns are presented.
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Room: Mesquite 1-3
Business Value Estimation
Chris Sims
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Business Value Estimation
Chris Sims
Room: Room: Mesquite 1-3
Track: Track: See The Future
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Summary: Most scrum teams create effort estimates, often using story points. As a product owner, you also want to have an estimate of the business value of each user story. Business value estimates help you create a more rational backlog and maximize the value the team delivers. This workshop explores the art and science of estimating the business value of user stories. Participants will gain an understanding of the essence of business value, and why it is more complex than just revenue or profit. Then we will then learn two surprisingly simple techniques to estimate and quantify business value.
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Mesquite 4/5
Growing ScrumMasters for the Future
Mark Summers, Helen Meek
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Growing ScrumMasters for the Future
Mark Summers, Helen Meek
Room: Mesquite 4/5
Track: Build The Future
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Summary: Do you want to understand where you are on your journey as a ScrumMaster or coach? Then come and explore. Maybe you need a way of helping ScrumMasters grow in your organisation? Then this session will provide you with a framework. We will take a number of key competencies of a ScrumMaster/coach and explore the journey from Shu to Ha to Ri. This will be an interactive session to explore yourself and share ideas to help each other develop as ScrumMasters and coaches. This is all based on work done with ScrumMasters and coaches within organisations.
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Acacia D
Beyond the Flat Backlog: Story Mapping in Scrum
Jeff Patton
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Beyond the Flat Backlog: Story Mapping in Scrum
Jeff Patton
Room: Acacia D
Track: Tools of the Future
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Summary: A product backlog is good at showing what’s most important. But, the tough part isn’t showing it, it’s figuring it out in the first place. In this short discussion and workshop Jeff will cover the often-overlooked purpose of user stories: that’s telling stories to help everyone understand the product. You’ll get hands-on experience building story that tell the whole story of your product while helping whole teams understand and make good priority decisions. You’ll leave understanding how story mapping fits into effective product discovery that compliments Scrum delivery.
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Paloverde A
Making Scrum Stick in Regulated Industries
Laszlo Szalvay
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Making Scrum Stick in Regulated Industries
Laszlo Szalvay
Room: Paloverde A
Track: See The Future
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Summary: Are you tired of hearing that Scrum won't work here and it wont work there or seeing crappy implementations of ScrumBut? In this "see the future" themed session the presenter will walk through the art of the possible as it relates to doing Scrum well within heavily regulated industries. Through lecture and hands on exercises we will learn how Scrums framework can be used to navigate the obstacles of compliance.
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Build The Future
Break Down the Silos - Collaboration Techniques for Teams
Maria Matarelli, Dan Neumann
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Break Down the Silos - Collaboration Techniques for Teams
Maria Matarelli, Dan Neumann
Room: Build The Future
Track: Acacia A
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Summary: Discover collaborative techniques for breaking down the silos in how your teams work together. 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. Apply the concepts for increasing team interaction by creating a visual collaboration tool through an experiential workshop segment.
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Room: Paloverde B
My Team's a Train Wreck! Overcoming Real-life Team Dysfunctions
Jan Beaver
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My Team's a Train Wreck! Overcoming Real-life Team Dysfunctions
Jan Beaver
Room: Room: Paloverde B
Track: Track: Build The Future
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Summary: Coaching a Scrum Team is no simple trick. As a ScrumMaster or coach, you deal with Team problems every day. You use the Scrum framework as much as you possibly can, but what do you do when you don't know what to do? Let's put our heads together to examine four very real, very difficult Team scenarios and explore different approaches to bringing about Team improvement and growth. In this session, we'll generate insights on how to deal with the Team Dictator, the Ambivalent Team, All Out War!, and the Team of Victims.
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Acacia C
Large-scale Agile Program and Portfolio Management Using Scrum
Mike Cottmeyer
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Large-scale Agile Program and Portfolio Management Using Scrum
Mike Cottmeyer
Room: Acacia C
Track: See The Future
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Summary: More than 10 years after the signing of the Agile Manifesto, agile is now officially mainstream. PMI is offering an agile certification, and you can hardly find an IT job description that doesn’t ask for some sort of Agile experience. As a community, we’ve become pretty good at setting up agile teams and delivering agile projects. The next frontier for agile methods is tackling the enterprise, and one of the toughest nuts to crack will be the traditional PMO.

In larger, more complex environments, it isn’t sufficient to pair a single product owner with a single team and expect that the work of the business is going to get done. We are dealing with larger, more diverse groups of stakeholders, individuals whose needs often compete for the attention of the team. Furthermore, the teams have to work together in more complex ways that require tighter integration across teams to deliver larger, more complex feature sets.

This talk will explore patterns for dealing with more complex organizations, managing interdependencies between teams and balancing tradeoffs to optimize the project delivery organization. The key questions to answer are "When will we be done?" and "What will we get for our time and money?" We want to give the PMO a way to answer this question without having to resort to traditional plan-driven approaches. This talk will lay out just such an approach.
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Acacia B
Optimus Prime is Cool: Organisational Transformation and Transformer
Nigel Baker
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Optimus Prime is Cool: Organisational Transformation and Transformer
Nigel Baker
Room: Acacia B
Track: See The Future
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Summary: Optimus Prime is a Transformer. Transformers are cool. In this workshop we will use Optimus Prime, the transforming toy as a metaphor for organizational change and transformation. We will humourously pull apart this metaphor and discuss whether "Transformation" is really the right word for what we put organizations through. Truly, MORE THAN MEETS THE EYE!
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Mesquite 1-3
The Challenge of the next decade... Transforming Corporate Managers... into Agile Leaders
Andrea Tomasini
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The Challenge of the next decade... Transforming Corporate Managers... into Agile Leaders
Andrea Tomasini
Room: Mesquite 1-3
Track: See The Future
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Summary: It seems that even if more than a century passed by since the invention of the Corporate structure and the hierarchical management, they are still the most adopted form of structure used today. How can this be? Are Corporate and Management outlasting any other technology and organisational evolution happened over the last 100 years? Or are we just having to deal with very resilient structures, which are hard to dismantle? Or did we ever even thought about challenging them? We think we have found some suitable answers, come and join us in experimenting with some new tools for leaders.
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Paloverde B
Practices of Great Product Owners
Bob Galen
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Practices of Great Product Owners
Bob Galen
Room: Paloverde B
Track: Build The Future
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Summary: Arguably the most important role in a Scrum team is that of Product Owner. It’s also one of the most challenging of the Scrum roles. Part of that challenge is because many Product Owners are simply thrown into a Scrum team with little guidance, insufficient skill and time. In this session, Bob Galen will explore the practices and techniques, focus points, and patterns of great Product Owners. We’ll explore the dynamics of well-balanced Product Backlogs, ways to focus towards quality & customer value, how to conduct powerful Sprint Reviews; while "leading with" vision and goal-setting.
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Acacia B
Effective Scrum and High Quality Code - It Is a Chicken and Egg Relationship
Rod Claar
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Effective Scrum and High Quality Code - It Is a Chicken and Egg Relationship
Rod Claar
Room: Acacia B
Track: Tools of the Future
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Summary: Scrum is simple, but Scrum is Hard. Scrum is so simple that it can be explained in 20 minutes, but so hard that some teams are never effective. Other teams produce 3-10 times more business value than they did before. This talk will go into one of the main differences between under performing teams and very successful teams, the impact of Code Quality on the effectiveness of a Scrum team. You will learn about the business case for high quality code, establishing the business commitment to high quality code and the process and organization should use to deliver more business value faster.
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Acacia C
Facilitation & Communication in Scrum Teams
Michele Sliger
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Facilitation & Communication in Scrum Teams
Michele Sliger
Room: Acacia C
Track: Build The Future
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Summary: While traditional projects expect most communication to take the forms of email and manager-led meetings, Scrum projects expect teams to self-organize, collaborate and participate in decision-making. But what is self-organization? How does it work? This 90-minute workshop will focus on what it means to self-organize, how it occurs and how to help it along, and the hurdles that must be cleared in the process. See how the proper use of facilitation in Scrum meetings can be a key driver in the development of high-performing self-organizing teams.
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Acacia D
The Agile CEO: Patterns, Principles and Practices
Charlie Rudd
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The Agile CEO: Patterns, Principles and Practices
Charlie Rudd
Room: Acacia D
Track: See The Future
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Summary: There are plenty of questions about executive leadership that emerge as organizations go Agile but precious few answers to help guide the executives that sponsor, lead, and are responsible for the performance of these organizations. In addition, although these days it’s pretty clear what it means to be an Agile team, what it means to be an Agile organization is still quite murky. In this session, Charlie will open up a discussion about what an Agile organization might be and describe strategies for leading one—all from a business executive perspective.
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Room: Mesquite 4/5
The ScrumMaster Maturity Model: How to Assess Your Effectiveness at Enabling Hyper-Productive Teams
Brian Rabon
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The ScrumMaster Maturity Model: How to Assess Your Effectiveness at Enabling Hyper-Productive Teams
Brian Rabon
Room: Room: Mesquite 4/5
Track: See The Future
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Summary: This workshop will allow you to assess your effectiveness at enabling hyper-productive teams. Braintrust has developed a five-level maturity model for ScrumMasters to provide an assessment on where they are and, more importantly, identify steps to move further along the path.

Come to this session and learn about this model and pick up some tips on how to enable the productivity that Agile and Scrum is designed to unleash. This session is for the following individuals:
  • ScrumMasters
  • Agile Coaches (who will be coaching ScrumMasters)
  • Leaders (who will be leading ScrumMasters)
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Paloverde B
Using Organizational Design to Go from Good to Great
Rachel Weston Rowell, Jenif Kochanowski
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Using Organizational Design to Go from Good to Great
Rachel Weston Rowell, Jenif Kochanowski
Room: Paloverde B
Track: Track: See The Future
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Summary: Scrum adoption has transitioned from just transforming teams to transforming whole organizations. But how do we go about this transformation in a focused and valuable way? Based on our experience implementing transformations in multiple organizations, we will guide you through best practices for organizational design work. Learn how to leverage Jay Galbraith’s Star Model to design a great organization, and how to pair that with classic Scrum practices including clear definition of roles, ceremonies and artifacts within Sprints to execute flawlessly and keep learning.
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Acacia A
Wetware Craftsmanship - Improved Coaching Through Understanding the Mind
Brian Bozzuto, Hedge Devin
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Wetware Craftsmanship - Improved Coaching Through Understanding the Mind
Brian Bozzuto, Hedge Devin
Room: Acacia A
Track: See The Future
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Summary: Organizations have developed an excessive focus on human beings as logical and emotionless beings - seeing us no differently 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 reinforce coaching concepts that have been around for over a century, while others have novel implications on how to best utilize your most important, and very finite, resource: your mind.
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