10:30 - 11:00
AM Break
11:00 - 12:30
90 Minute Sessions
12:30 - 13:30
Lunch
13:30 - 15:00
90 Minute Sessions
15:00 - 15:30
PM Break
15:30 - 17:00
90 Minute Sessions
17:00 - 18:00
HP Happy Hour
8:00 - 9:00
Breakfast
9:00 - 10:30
Keynote
Room: Court Assembly
10:30 - 11:00 AM Break
Session Details
10:30 - 11:00 AM Break
Room: Room: Court Assembly
Track:
Session Type:
Summary: Enjoy a morning break in the Court Assembly.
Learning Objectives:
Room: Jasperwood
Hop Onto the Release Orientation Trolley
Brian Barr, Naeem Hussain
Session Details
Hop Onto the Release Orientation Trolley
Brian Barr, Naeem Hussain
Room: Room: Jasperwood
Track: Track: Hop On a Streetcar
Session Type:
Summary: Find out how to make the shift from project orientation to release orientation and the key elements to making that shift a reality.
Learning Objects:
Room: Rosedown
Can A Definition of Ready Make Scrum "The Big Easy"
Natalie Warnert, Leslie Morse
Session Details
Can A Definition of Ready Make Scrum "The Big Easy"
Natalie Warnert, Leslie Morse
Room: Room: Rosedown
Track: Track: Lagniappe
Session Type:
Summary: Getting to “Done” within a timebox can be a challenge. Are teams committing before they are “Ready”?
Learning Objects:
Room: Fountain
Collaborating with Comedy
Paul Goddard
Session Details
Collaborating with Comedy
Paul Goddard
Room: Room: Fountain
Track: Track: Jazzin' It Up
Session Type:
Summary: This session provides humorous improv techniques to use in scrum meetings to stimulate interaction and increase collaboration.
Learning Objects:
Room: Oak Alley
Facilitation Techniques for Effective ScrumMasters
Marcos Garrido, Rafael Sabbagh
Session Details
Facilitation Techniques for Effective ScrumMasters
Marcos Garrido, Rafael Sabbagh
Room: Room: Oak Alley
Track: Track: Rolling Down the River
Session Type:
Summary: Through this very interactive workshop, we will teach facilitation techniques necessary for effective ScrumMasters, but unknown by many.
Learning Objects:
Room: Magnolia
Culture a ‘Silent language’ – Learn it to make Scrum successful
Judith Mills, Priyanka Sharma, Debra Feltoe
Session Details
Culture a ‘Silent language’ – Learn it to make Scrum successful
Judith Mills, Priyanka Sharma, Debra Feltoe
Room: Room: Magnolia
Track: Track: Rolling Down the River
Session Type:
Summary:
Why Cultural Intelligence is important in Scrum.
Learning Objects:
Room: Elmwood
Impact Mapping: Delivering What Matters
Inger Dickson, Jeffrey Davidson
Session Details
Impact Mapping: Delivering What Matters
Inger Dickson, Jeffrey Davidson
Room: Room: Elmwood
Track: Track: "Throw Me Something Mister!"
Session Type:
Summary: Building the right software begins with a better understanding of business opportunity and goals. One successful approach is Impact Mapping.
Learning Objects:
Room: Belle Chasse
Game theory and techniques applied to an Agile Product Vision creation
Charlles Pinon, Luciana Silva
Session Details
Game theory and techniques applied to an Agile Product Vision creation
Charlles Pinon, Luciana Silva
Room: Room: Belle Chasse
Track: Track: Jazzin' It Up
Session Type:
Summary: A project at play. Learn how Scrum projects can benefit from mixing games and agility to build an effective product vision.
Learning Objects:
Room: Melrose
Net-Map: A tool to enable visibility of your complex organizational networks
Rajeswari Kailasam, Amitaksha Nag
Session Details
Net-Map: A tool to enable visibility of your complex organizational networks
Rajeswari Kailasam, Amitaksha Nag
Room: Room: Melrose
Track: Track: Lagniappe
Session Type:
Summary: Net-map, widely used in many countries to engage stakeholders fits well with large Scrum adoptions in visualization and articulation.
Learning Objects:
Room: Napoleon Ballroom
12:30 - 13:30 Lunch
Session Details
12:30 - 13:30 Lunch
Room: Room: Napoleon Ballroom
Track:
Session Type:
Summary: Sponsored by Geocent.
Enjoy a delicious lunch served in the Napoleon Ballroom.
Learning Objectives:
Room: Rosedown
Coaching Like “Columbo”: Simple Questions to Start Tough Conversations
Patrick McConnell
Session Details
Coaching Like “Columbo”: Simple Questions to Start Tough Conversations
Patrick McConnell
Room: Room: Rosedown
Track: Track: Jazzin' It Up
Session Type:
Summary: In small groups, participants will workshop 7 simple questions that can quickly identify big problems in an active Scrum effort.
Learning Objects:
Room: Melrose
Facilitation & Communication in Agile Teams
Michele Sliger
Session Details
Facilitation & Communication in Agile Teams
Michele Sliger
Room: Room: Melrose
Track: Track: Jazzin' It Up
Session Type:
Summary: A tutorial focused on facilitation techniques in agile teams.
Learning Objects:
Room: Jasperwood
Design your next Contract Coaching Gig: Know When to Hold 'Em, Know When to Fold 'Em
Steve Holyer, Nancy Van Schooenderwoert
Session Details
Design your next Contract Coaching Gig: Know When to Hold 'Em, Know When to Fold 'Em
Steve Holyer, Nancy Van Schooenderwoert
Room: Room: Jasperwood
Track: Track: Lagniappe
Session Type:
Summary: Independent coaches: Uncover better ways to design your Agile Coaching gig to create that elusive winning hand. For you and the organisation.
Learning Objects:
Room: Fountain
Improv: Learning Lessons from Master Innovators
Paul Tevis, Jake Calabrese
Session Details
Improv: Learning Lessons from Master Innovators
Paul Tevis, Jake Calabrese
Room: Room: Fountain
Track: Track: Lagniappe
Session Type:
Summary: Improv can teach your teams how to produce something innovative from nothing in a way that looks like you were following a plan all along.
Learning Objects:
Room: Oak Alley
Get an Agile mindset with NLP
Els Verkaik
Session Details
Get an Agile mindset with NLP
Els Verkaik
Room: Room: Oak Alley
Track: Track: Lagniappe
Session Type:
Summary:
NLP (Neuro Linguistic Programming) can help to become open-minded, stay open for options and adopt another way of working, like Agile.
Learning Objects:
Room: Elmwood
Lean Startup + Story Mapping = Awesome Products Faster!
David Hawks, Brad Swanson
Session Details
Lean Startup + Story Mapping = Awesome Products Faster!
David Hawks, Brad Swanson
Room: Room: Elmwood
Track: Track: "Throw Me Something Mister!"
Session Type:
Summary: Hands-on workshop: Use Lean Startup, Lean Canvas & Story Mapping to validate quickly you’re building the right product.
Learning Objects:
Room: Belle Chasse
Teaching Scrum to Management
Jason Tanner
Session Details
Teaching Scrum to Management
Jason Tanner
Room: Room: Belle Chasse
Track: Track: Hop On a Streetcar
Session Type:
Summary: Learn what worked & didn't work to teach Scrum values & principles to over 400 directors & execs. Leave with tools to use post-gathering.
Learning Objects:
Room: Magnolia
Jazzin the Duo – How to successfully introduce pair programming to your organization
Melinda Stelzer
Session Details
Jazzin the Duo – How to successfully introduce pair programming to your organization
Melinda Stelzer
Room: Room: Magnolia
Track: Track: Jazzin' It Up
Session Type:
Summary: Thinking about introducing pair programming on your team? Here’s why you should, and how to set yourself up for success.
Learning Objects:
Room: Court Assembly
15:00 - 15:30 PM Break
Session Details
15:00 - 15:30 PM Break
Room: Room: Court Assembly
Track:
Session Type:
Summary: Enjoy an afternoon break in the Court Assembly.
Learning Objectives:
Room: Rosedown
Long Term Adaptive Release Planning with Scrum**
Don Patti, David Bulkin
Session Details
Long Term Adaptive Release Planning with Scrum**
Don Patti, David Bulkin
Room: Room: Rosedown
Track: Track: "Throw Me Something Mister!"
Session Type:
Summary: Does your team look beyond the Sprint? Do you work with non-agile partners? Learn how to align with long term, adaptive, release planning.
Learning Objects:
Room: Belle Chasse
Love Agile: Life in Scope**
Shannon Mason
Session Details
Love Agile: Life in Scope**
Shannon Mason
Room: Room: Belle Chasse
Track: Track: Lagniappe
Session Type:
Summary: Many of us practice Agile methods or principles every day but stop once we leave the office. But why? Let me show you how to take it home!

Learning Objects:
Room: Magnolia
Jump-starting the Agile mindset: bringing Scrum & XP into college software projects**
Garrick West, Tina Ostrander
Session Details
Jump-starting the Agile mindset: bringing Scrum & XP into college software projects**
Garrick West, Tina Ostrander
Room: Room: Magnolia
Track: Track: Lagniappe
Session Type:
Summary: Learn how a community college instructor & a cranky XPer paired up to arm students with real world Agile skills & help us shape what's next.
Learning Objects:
Room: Jasperwood
A Roadmap for (Agile) Engineering Best Practices – What Every Non-Technical Person Needs to Know**
Richard Cheng
Session Details
A Roadmap for (Agile) Engineering Best Practices – What Every Non-Technical Person Needs to Know**
Richard Cheng
Room: Room: Jasperwood
Track: Track: Jazzin' It Up
Session Type:
Summary: Presenting a roadmap explaining engineering best practices, why it’s needed, supporting tools, with sequence and effort to implement.
Learning Objects:
Room: Oak Alley
Assembling Scrum Teams: A Nonviolent Story**
Juan Banda
Session Details
Assembling Scrum Teams: A Nonviolent Story**
Juan Banda
Room: Room: Oak Alley
Track: Track: Jazzin' It Up
Session Type:
Summary: #1 Get the right people, #2 Help them create an environment where they can collaborate without violent communication.
How I did it?
Learning Objects:
Room: Fountain
Chocolate, Lego and Scrum Jambalaya
Dana Pylayeva, Bryan Beecham
Session Details
Chocolate, Lego and Scrum Jambalaya
Dana Pylayeva, Bryan Beecham
Room: Room: Fountain
Track: Track: Rolling Down the River
Session Type:
Summary: From Scrum to DevOps and continuous flow, through automation and cross functional teams - practice it all using LEGO and chocolate.
Learning Objects:
Room: Elmwood
Product Owner and Scrum Success in a Traditional Organization
Tom Mellor
Session Details
Product Owner and Scrum Success in a Traditional Organization
Tom Mellor
Room: Room: Elmwood
Track: Track: "Throw Me Something Mister!"
Session Type:
Summary: This relates the stories of 2 Scrum Product Owners who were instrumental in creating 2 great products in an environment unfavorable to Scrum.
Learning Objects:
Room: Melrose
The Agile Dashboard**
Fadi Stephan
Session Details
The Agile Dashboard**
Fadi Stephan
Room: Room: Melrose
Track: Track: Hop On a Streetcar
Session Type:
Summary:
Most Agile teams focus on velocity and target story points which leads to executives misusing the metric and teams gaming the system.
 
Learning Objects:
Room: Napoleon Ballroom
17:00 - 18:00 HP Happy Hour
Session Details
17:00 - 18:00 HP Happy Hour
Room: Room: Napoleon Ballroom
Track:
Session Type:
Summary: Sponsored by HP.
Drop by for a drink and meet friends from your Happy Hour sponsor - HP.
Learning Objectives:
Room: Napoleon Ballroom
8:00 - 9:00 Breakfast
Session Details
8:00 - 9:00 Breakfast
Room: Room: Napoleon Ballroom
Track:
Session Type:
Summary: Enjoy breakfast with some new friends which will be served in the Napoleon Ballroom.
Learning Objectives:
Room: Versailles Ballroom
Tuesday Keynote Speaker
Speaker: Jim King with Jeff Davis and Anthony Montgomery
Title: “Revolutionary Transformation”
Session Details
Tuesday Keynote Speaker
Speaker: Jim King with Jeff Davis and Anthony Montgomery
Title: “Revolutionary Transformation”
Room: Room: Versailles Ballroom
Track:
Session Type:
Summary:

BMI’s Agile Journey

In this keynote, Broadcast Music Incorporated, a 75-year old company, provides rich reflection on our revolutionary transformation of our entire information systems group, and the reinvention of products and services in order to remain relevant to our constituents in the music industry. We further describe how an agile philosophy and the Scrum framework were crucial catalysts during the enterprise transformation, and helped advance our organizational reconstruction in technical and non-technical areas. From the CEO to various non-technical support functions, Scrum concepts are familiar ways of working together. In this panel session, presented in a retrospective format, we explore collectively the following questions:

 
  • How did agile and Scrum help BMI?
  • What did BMI do to transform? 
  •  What have we accomplished? 
  •  What would we do the same? 
  • What would we do differently?
  • How did BMI apply Scrum to domains other than technology?


Biography - Jim King

James A. King is Senior Vice President, Business Operations & Technology at Broadcast Music, Inc. In this role, he is responsible for overseeing all areas of technology innovation, operations and product development to deliver cutting-edge business processes that provide the highest possible value to BMI’s songwriters, composers, music publishers and licensees. In addition, he has developed strategic partnerships and key relationships with many firms in the music and media industries to benefit BMI’s core business.

Mr. King joined BMI in 2010, having previously worked as Senior Vice President, Audience Platforms, and Global Chief Information Officer at United Business Media, PR Newswire. Linking business leadership, operations excellence, and technology innovation is a key part of Mr. King’s background.

Mr. King has held CIO, CTO, and COO positions with leading global information services, media and publishing companies, including McGraw-Hill, Brightpoint, and Reed Elsvier PLC. He also has held leadership roles with top IT companies, including Microsoft and AT&T Bell Labs. In addition to his other significant contributions to streamlining BMI’s operational platform, Mr. King has helped to earn BMI’s placement in InformationWeek’s list of the top 500 technology innovators for two consecutive years.

Mr. King holds several advanced degrees, including a Masters in Computer Science. His university experience includes Purdue University (LARS), Ball State University, and technology and business leadership training at MIT, among other institutions. In 2012 Mr. King completed a year-long executive leadership program at Vanderbilt University’s Owen Management School.

Biography - Anthony Montgomery

Anthony Montgomery is Senior Director, Project Management Office at Broadcast Music, Inc. (BMI). In this role, Mr. Montgomery is responsible for the delivery of technical programs and projects, and assists with process improvement related to Agile and Project Management. His accomplishments at BMI include adapting various agile methodologies to non-technology departments to enhance productivity and efficiency.

Mr. Montgomery joined BMI in April, 2011, as a consultant. Prior to this appointment, he served for more than 15-years in senior management positions within the banking industry, including the roles of CFO/CIO, COO and VP-IT in for-profit and non-profit financial institutions. He also completed 20-years of military service and retired at the rank of major in 2012. His awards and decorations include numerous commendations for meritorious, exemplary and humanitarian service, among others. He is a combat veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom, and a veteran of Operation Noble Eagle and Hurricane Katrina.

As a Certified Scrum Professional (CSP) from the Scrum Alliance and PMI Project Management Professional (PMP), Mr. Montgomery is currently pursuing a Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) in Leadership from Creighton University. He is an Alumnus of University of Chicago, Graham School with Advanced Project Management studies, and has also completed business leadership studies at Aresty Institute of Executive Education, The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania. In addition, Mr. Montgomery holds an MBA and a Bachelor of Science degree in finance from Southern Illinois University Carbondale.
 
Biography - Jeff Davis

Jeff Davis is Assistant Vice President, Business Operations at Broadcast Music, Inc. (BMI). In this role, Mr. Davis is responsible for leading BMI’s Works Registration, Music Performance Identification, Audio/Visual Identifications, Foreign Research and Identification and Imaging departments to achieve objectives of all projects, programs and strategic plans. The contribution he makes within and outside of BMI influences the standards and processes for royalty distributions across the globe.
 
Mr. Davis joined BMI as a Systems Analyst and subsequently earned the titles of Project Leader, Project Manager, Project Director and Sr. Director, Enterprise Applications before becoming Assistant Vice President in 2012. Prior employment included Progressive Insurance, Technautics Corporation, MCA Inc., and Argo-Tech.
 
As a Certified Scrum Master (CSM) and Certified Scrum Product Owner (CSPO) from the Scrum Alliance, Mr. Davis has spoken on the application of agile methodologies to domains other than IT (Paris, 2013). He has also participated in conferences including Know What to Do Today: From Mobile to Middleware, and Agile Development Scaled to Multi-Tier Consumer Application Development at BMI (Orlando June 2012.) He is Board of Trustees President of Sumner Academy in Gallatin TN, and holds a BBA in Computer Science/Management Science from Kent State University.


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