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
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.
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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.
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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.
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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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