11:30 - 11:45
Transition
12:30 - 13:30
Lunch
11:45 - 12:30
45 Minute Sessions
13:30 - 15:00
90 Minute Sessions
15:00 - 15:30
PM Break
15:30 - 17:00
90 Minute Sessions
18:00 - 21:00
Monday Mingle
8:00 - 17:00
Registration
10:45 - 11:30
45 Minute Sessions
9:00 - 10:30
Welcome Remarks & Opening Keynote
10:30 - 10:45
AM Break
15:00 - 18:00
Registration
18:00 - 19:00
Welcome Reception
13:15 - 14:00
45 Minute Sessions
10:30 - 11:15
PechaKucha
11:30 - 12:15
45 Minute Sessions
14:00 - 14:15
Transition
11:15 - 11:30
Transition
14:15 - 15:45
90 Minute Sessions
12:15 - 13:15
Lunch
15:45 - 16:15
PM Break
16:15 - 17:00
Lightning Talks
17:00 - 18:00
VersionOne Happy Hour
9:00 - 10:15
Keynote
10:15 - 10:30
AM Break
10:30 - 11:00
AM Break
11:00 - 11:45
Open Space
11:45 - 12:30
Open Space
12:30 - 13:30
Lunch
13:30 - 14:15
Open Space
14:15 - 15:00
Transition
15:00 - 15:30
PM Break
15:30 - 17:00
Closing Keynote
9:00 - 10:30
Open Space
Congress I
Looking Beyond Agile - Using Customer Experience Management (CEM) to Build the "Right" Product
Biase De Gregorio
Session Details
Looking Beyond Agile - Using Customer Experience Management (CEM) to Build the "Right" Product
Biase De Gregorio
Room: Congress I
Track: Touch [Advanced]
Session Type: Talk
Summary: Looking beyond Agile - Using Customer Experience Management (CEM) and Agile to build the right product with high value, fast.
Learning Objects:
  • To emphasise the common challenges with regards to deriving customer value
  • To obtain an overview of ensuring that we are building the“right product”, correctly as fast as possible to obtain early customer feedback
  • To obtain an understanding of Customer Experience Management (CEM)
  • To obtain knowledge of techniques used within CEM to assist in creating a product vision that will translate to a product backlog that meets customer needs including role of the PO
Athens/Barcelona
Information Radiators On A Portfolio Level
Joanne Perold, Niels Verdonk
Session Details
Information Radiators On A Portfolio Level
Joanne Perold, Niels Verdonk
Room: Athens/Barcelona
Track: Visual [Beginner]
Session Type: Talk
Summary: Capacity planning is efficient and not effective.This talk focuses on techniques for visibility and effectiveness, making decisions on value
Learning Objects:
  • Gain understanding of the problem of capacity planning over value planning.
  • Learn about methods for visibility and creating information radiators at a portfolio level.
  • Practices and tools to expose less valuable items in a portfolio
  • Tools to help quickly get enough information about value and how to identify high value work.
  • Practical examples of how we have seen this work
Palmovka/Rokoska
Neuro-diverse Workspaces: One Size Doesn't Fit All
Sallyann Freudenberg
Session Details
Neuro-diverse Workspaces: One Size Doesn't Fit All
Sallyann Freudenberg
Room: Palmovka/Rokoska
Track: Auditory [Advanced]
Session Type: Talk
Summary: Software development needs neuro-diversity. Understand how we can adjust our practices and workspaces for different kinds of minds.
Learning Objects: Understand basic concepts in the psychology of programming: Chunking, Beacons, Schema and the software development process. Marvel at the rich mental imagery programmers and software designers describe. Understand the basic stages in the creative process and how to help it. Look at some disorders prevalent in I.T. and understand what challenges they hold. Consider how our practices and workplaces help and hinder. Come away with some ideas of how to change your working environment.
Vienna/Madrid/Roma
Freedom from Broken Values
Dejan Pažin
Session Details
Freedom from Broken Values
Dejan Pažin
Room: Vienna/Madrid/Roma
Track: Touch [Beginner]
Session Type: Talk
Summary: Learn to spot core agile values being broken. Get a chance to test your abilities during the presentation and take active part at it.
Learning Objects: Learn to spot core agile values being broken before the damage is done. Core agile values discussed are: Commitment • Trust • Respect • Transparency • Courage
Congress III
Housebuilding with Scrum
Wolfgang Richter, Elisabeth Ritcher
Session Details
Housebuilding with Scrum
Wolfgang Richter, Elisabeth Ritcher
Room: Congress III
Track: Visual [Advanced]
Session Type: Talk
Summary: In 2013 my family and I was challenged with a jumpstart to expand our house. This is about how we used Scrum to do it.
Learning Objects: This is mainly a case-study about agility in a non-IT environment. For the audience the main aspect will most likely be, that agility and Scrum is applicable in other environments than IT, too, but there are certain adaptions necessary and certain limitations. Especially if it comes down to tools, which Scrum does not cover other than talking about artifacts, their selection requires more attention.
Berlin/Brussels
User Story Refactoring
Kasia Mrowca
Session Details
User Story Refactoring
Kasia Mrowca
Room: Berlin/Brussels
Track: Auditory [Advanced]
Session Type: Talk
Summary: Backlog filled up for 2 next years with a meaningless User Stories? There is a cure for that! Join my talk to find out more!
Learning Objects: Step one: size. What to do if backlog is too big? (And so there is too many user stories to refactor).
Step two: size^2: What to do with 'fat' user stories?
Step three: content. Delete or not delete, it's a question!
Step four: identify value <-> feature relation.
Step five: write it down!
Hercovka/Tyrolka
User Story Smells and Anti-Patterns - The Art of Storytelling
Fadi Stephan
Session Details
User Story Smells and Anti-Patterns - The Art of Storytelling
Fadi Stephan
Room: Hercovka/Tyrolka
Track: Touch [Beginner]
Session Type: Talk
Summary: A looks at common anti-patterns and mistakes that teams unknowingly employ when writing user stories.
Learning Objects:
  • Spotting user story smells and anti-patterns
  • Understanding that not everything is a user story
  • Properly sizing user stories
  • Understanding when and how to split user stories
  • Importance of Definition of Ready
  • Progressive Story elaboration
Palmovka/Rokoska
Empower teams to own their improvement culture
Niels Verdonk, Joanna Perold
Session Details
Empower teams to own their improvement culture
Niels Verdonk, Joanna Perold
Room: Palmovka/Rokoska
Track: Auditory [Advanced]
Session Type: Workshop
Summary: When teams have a structured approach to continuous improvement, they will own their process, and they can start real self-organisation.
Learning Objects: Self-organisation cannot happen when teams do not own their process.
To achieve real process improvement, teams need to learn to think as a team.
Concrete examples you can use with teams in your own organisation.
A new structure to support ScrumMasters to help teams improve on topics they have identified.
The prerequisites for starting self-assessments in teams.
What not to do with team assessments.
Congress III
Automated Testing in Agile Development
Jonas Allared, Petter Osterling
Session Details
Automated Testing in Agile Development
Jonas Allared, Petter Osterling
Room: Congress III
Track: Visual [Beginner]
Session Type: Workshop
Summary: Summary: Join our energizing, LEGO®-based workshop to get the tools and methods needed for visualizing the value of automated tests to your peers.
Learning Objects: Learning Objectives:
  • Learn the new role of the tester in a fast-paced agile environment
  • Learn why automated testing is crucial in maintaining quality
  • Learn new ways of promoting automated tests through LEGO®
Berlin/Brussels
Facilitation Dojo
Andreas Schliep, Peter Beck
Session Details
Facilitation Dojo
Andreas Schliep, Peter Beck
Room: Berlin/Brussels
Track: Auditory [Advanced]
Session Type: Workshop
Summary: We provide this Facilitation Dojo as a platform for safe learning and exchange about facilitation techniques, pitfalls und secrets.
Learning Objects:
  • Provide an engaging and inspiring environment for an event
  • Deal with disturbances and interruptions
  • Address conflicts and help the parties to navigate through them
  • Collect ideas and organize them into topics
  • Understand the origin of the word facilitate and live to it
Athens/Barcelona
Bootstrap your Business Model: Business Agility on the Back of a Napkin
Bernie Maloney
Session Details
Bootstrap your Business Model: Business Agility on the Back of a Napkin
Bernie Maloney
Room: Athens/Barcelona
Track: Visual [Advanced]
Session Type: Workshop
Summary: Want to test/iterate a business plan almost on-the-fly, ahead of code? Learn how Business Agility can begin on the Back of a Napkin.
Learning Objects:
  • How to amplify Agile’s power of Inspect & Adapt by applying it in business layers
  • How to Paper Prototype a Business or a Product Definition ahead of development
  • How to “unit test” a Product to find Minimum Viable Product
  • How to “system test” a Business Model to find Product Market Fit
  • Experience creating a Business Model for a simple product, and exploring how the same product could be used to solve multiple customer problems
Hercovka/Tyrolka
Continuous Improvement in Your DNA
Els Verkaik, Jasper Lamers
Session Details
Continuous Improvement in Your DNA
Els Verkaik, Jasper Lamers
Room: Hercovka/Tyrolka
Track: Auditory [Advanced]
Session Type: Workshop
Summary: How to deal with “Yes, but” behavior and create responsible and adaptive mindsets needed to get a continuous improvement culture?
Learning Objects:
  • Become aware what is blocking Agile transformations and our journey to get continuous improvement in our DNA.
  • Recognize different ways of resistance during the transition to Agile
  • Recognize patterns in behavior and mindset
  • Techniques you can use to help people getting insight in their behavior and mindset and what is needed for continuous improvement
Vienna/Madrid/Roma
From ScrumMaster to Agile Coach - Where is the Map?
Samantha Laing, Karen Greaves
Session Details
From ScrumMaster to Agile Coach - Where is the Map?
Samantha Laing, Karen Greaves
Room: Vienna/Madrid/Roma
Track: Touch [Advanced]
Session Type: Workshop
Summary: What do you need to know as a ScrumMaster and how do you progress to being an agile coach? Together we will create a learning map!
Learning Objects:
  • Understanding and appreciating how much is out there to learn
  • Creating a map of learning artifacts that can be used to structure your career path
  • Understanding what a ScrumMaster should know
  • Understanding what an Agile Coach needs to know
Congress I
Principles to Practices for Building Your Scrum Mastery
Rowan Bunning
Session Details
Principles to Practices for Building Your Scrum Mastery
Rowan Bunning
Room: Congress I
Track: Touch [Beginner]
Session Type: Workshop
Summary: Take a real-world problem, find Scrum, Agile or Lean principles to guide you to identify well-aligned implementation actions & interventions.
Learning Objects:
  • Increased familiarity with important Scrum, Agile and Lean principles
  • Improved fluency with using principles to guide improvement actions
  • Increased aptitude for differentiating more Scrum-aligned options from less Scrum-aligned options
  • Increased awareness of the trade-offs being made in particular implementation choices
Athens/Barcelona
Lean Products and the Validation Board
Rodrigo De Toledo, Marcos Garrido
Session Details
Lean Products and the Validation Board
Rodrigo De Toledo, Marcos Garrido
Room: Athens/Barcelona
Track: Visual [Advanced]
Session Type: Workshop
Summary: Why, even with Agile, we find products and features not useful? We invite attendees to experiment the Validation Board, a Lean Startup tool.
Learning Objects:
  • Learn how to use the Validation Board;
  • Learn how to use Lean Startup concepts in practice;
  • Learn different ways to validate business hypothesis;
  • Be aware of different ways to pivot the product;
  • Be motivated to develop Lean Products.
Palmovka/Rokoska
Beyond Managing Emotions in Teams
David Papini
Session Details
Beyond Managing Emotions in Teams
David Papini
Room: Palmovka/Rokoska
Track: Auditory [Advanced]
Session Type: Workshop
Summary: Managing emotions is an illusion: instead, you can create and transmit emotions as a way to increase freedom.
Learning Objects: This session goals are to provoke fresh thoughts about the role of emotions in team performance. We'll see how emotions are necessary to understand any team development process model and we'll apply them to well known team development models. We'll experiment with a basic set of team protocols capable of activating and processing emotional information in a team.
Congress I
Estimating Business Value
Laura M. Powers
Session Details
Estimating Business Value
Laura M. Powers
Room: Congress I
Track: Touch [Beginner]
Session Type: Workshop
Summary: Learn simple techniques to estimate the business value of each of your user stories.
Learning Objects:
  • Facilitate exercises with stakeholders to define and quantify business value
  • Articulate key components of business value beyond basic monetary terms
  • Apply two different methods for assigning numeric business value to user stories
  • Understand how product backlog ordering and sprint planning are enhanced by the assignment of numeric business value to user stories
Berlin/Brussels
Introduction to Coaching Skills for SMs and Leaders
Gary Bamberger
Session Details
Introduction to Coaching Skills for SMs and Leaders
Gary Bamberger
Room: Berlin/Brussels
Track: Auditory [Advanced]
Session Type: Workshop
Summary: Learn and experience coaching skills and techniques Scrum Masters and leaders require to effectively support high-performing agile teams
Learning Objects: The primary objective of this session is to inform Scrum Masters and organizational leaders about coaching techniques. Another important benefit is that participants will experience coaching techniques that they can then apply when they return from the Scrum Gathering. And, the exercises can be leveraged in the participants’ organization.
Hercovka/Tyrolka
Picturing a Problem
Shaun Smith, David Putman
Session Details
Picturing a Problem
Shaun Smith, David Putman
Room: Hercovka/Tyrolka
Track: Visual [Beginner]
Session Type: Workshop
Summary: Learn a powerful systems thinking technique for visualizing and solving problems. We'll also look at common patterns and tools for change.
Learning Objects:
  • Learn how to use and draw simple Causal Loop Diagrams
  • Be able to use the diagrams in a group setting to build a shared mental model
  • Understand the role of Feedback, Delays, Limiting Factors, Goal Seeking and Lock-on in Systems Thinking and Modelling.
  • Understand the role of perception and human emotion in Systems Thinking and Modelling.
  • Identify common Systems Archetypes and understand relevant and counter-productive interventions
Congress III
Make Your Visuals Rock!
Jef Cumps, Kris Philippaerts
Session Details
Make Your Visuals Rock!
Jef Cumps, Kris Philippaerts
Room: Congress III
Track: Visual [Beginner]
Session Type: Workshop
Summary: Learn some essential drawing skills and create awesome visuals to support your workshop, training or Scrum meeting!
Learning Objects:
  • Understand the power of visuals when working with teams, customers and management.
  • Learn when and how to use visuals while working with Scrum teams
  • Learn and practice the essential drawing techniques needed to create powerful visuals, flip charts and notes for trainings, workshops and (coaching) conversations.
Vienna/Madrid/Roma
Product Owner Value Game
Dajo Breddels
Session Details
Product Owner Value Game
Dajo Breddels
Room: Vienna/Madrid/Roma
Track: Touch [Advanced]
Session Type: Workshop
Summary: Looking for tools that can help Teams & PO's to be the best they can be? Play the game and experience value-driven backlog refinement.
Learning Objects:
  • Participants will play the game and learn about backlog ordering, refinement and value-driven development
  • Participants will receive the game to play it with others, and will have the knowledge to facilitate it
Location: U Fleků
Monday Mingle
Session Details
Monday Mingle
Room: Location: U Fleků
Track:
Session Type:
Summary: Celebrate a successful first day by joining us at U Fleků, founded in 1499 and known as Prague’s oldest pub. Scrum Alliance® will provide great food and drinks while you get to immerse yourself in Czech music and entertainment.
 
Meet in the Hilton Prague lobby at 5:30 sharp to join your fellow Scrum Gathering® attendees for a short bus ride through the streets of Prague over to U Fleků.
Learning Objectives:
Hercovka/Tyrolka
Agile and Automated Testing in Scrum Implementations
Helmut Steineder
Session Details
Agile and Automated Testing in Scrum Implementations
Helmut Steineder
Room: Hercovka/Tyrolka
Track: Touch [Advanced]
Session Type: Talk
Summary: This talk provides an overview about changes from traditional to agile testing and challenges and solutions for automating testing.
Learning Objects: The audience will understand the paradigm change behind agile testing and required skills for agile testers. Certain examples from implementations in our company and in client projects will be shown.For automated testing the differentiation between valuable and potentially too much automation will be shown. In addition the switch from the 2nd wave of IT in the 80ies and 90ies and the 3rd wave of IT in the last 15 years will be explained.
Berlin/Brussels
From Non-Violent Communication to Potential-Focused Communication
Ralph Miarka
Session Details
From Non-Violent Communication to Potential-Focused Communication
Ralph Miarka
Room: Berlin/Brussels
Track: Auditory [Advanced]
Session Type: Talk
Summary: You know and like the four steps of non-violent communication? Even if not, you will love and value the solution-focused twist to it.
Learning Objects:
  • Participants will know the basics about the four steps of resource-focused communication
  • Participants will experience this resource-focused technique
  • Participants should be able to use it in their environment
Congress Hall I
AdvanScrum - Spicing up your Scrum
Danny Kovatch
Session Details
AdvanScrum - Spicing up your Scrum
Danny Kovatch
Room: Congress Hall I
Track: Visual
Session Type: Talk
Summary:

Scrum gives a lot of freedom that creates sometimes frustration. In this session, I will describe tools how to do it in a better way

Learning Objects:
  • Understand the HOW behind the WHAT

  • Get to know tens of practical suggested meetings that will help you implement Scrum in a better way

  • Get to know all kind of visibility boards that are being used all over the world

  • Learn the new trends in Scrum, especially for the Scrum master

Athens/Barcelona
Proving Value with Agile Performance Improvement
Bob Winter
Session Details
Proving Value with Agile Performance Improvement
Bob Winter
Room: Athens/Barcelona
Track: Visual [Advanced]
Session Type: Talk
Summary: Learn techniques for monetizing the value of delivered stories and quantifying your team’s continuous improvement.
Learning Objects: After attending this session, participants should be able to: Accurately diagnose performance gaps using Gilbert’s Behavior Engineering Model, quantify team efficacy using the success metrics of Agile Performance Improvement, and monetize the output of the development team using the Taxonomy for Proving Value.
Palmovka/Rokoska
The Power of Feedback Loops
Luca Mezzalira
Session Details
The Power of Feedback Loops
Luca Mezzalira
Room: Palmovka/Rokoska
Track: Auditory [Beginner]
Session Type: Talk
Summary: As you know creating software is an empirical process during this session we'll understand the power of feedback loops and how to use them.
Learning Objects:
  • Recognise the feedback loops inside Scrum framework
  • Implement methodologies to retrieve metrics
  • Analyse metrics in order to improve your projects
Congress III
Agile Compensation
David Baer
Session Details
Agile Compensation
David Baer
Room: Congress III
Track: Visual [Advanced]
Session Type: Talk
Summary: Imagine a compensation scheme with calculated and transparent salaries and teams that distribute bonus within themselves.
Learning Objects:
  • Prove to the audience (by example) that different compensation models are possible.
  • Show how important salaries are to culture and how it shapes the culture of a company.
  • There is no easy way to implement this in another context. Therefore I want to help by giving other examples and embedding the topic with relevant literature to give the attendees the capability to come up with their own unique solution for a more agile compensation scheme.
Vienna, Madrid, Roma
User Stories are Fun! Capture the Magic with Story Cubes® & Innovation Games®
Carlton Nettleton
Session Details
User Stories are Fun! Capture the Magic with Story Cubes® & Innovation Games®
Carlton Nettleton
Room: Vienna, Madrid, Roma
Track: Touch [Beginner]
Session Type: Talk
Summary: Need something better than 'As a USER, I want…'? Learn how to tell engaging stories. Do something fun. Write killer stories now!
Learning Objects:
  • Identify five characteristics that make up a good user story.
  • Name four templates for writing a user story.
  • Use the Innovation Game® “Start Your Day” to find hidden requirements by varying user story context.
  • Use Story Cubes® to facilitate deeper customer understanding.
  • Have fun and do something interactive.
Congress I, II, III
Welcome Remarks & Opening Keynote - Niels Pflaeging
Niels Pflaeging
Session Details
Welcome Remarks & Opening Keynote - Niels Pflaeging
Niels Pflaeging
Room: Congress I, II, III
Track:
Session Type:
Summary:

Biography

Niels Pflaeging is a passionate advocate for a “new breed“ of leadership and profound change in organizations. He is founder and associate of the BetaCodex Network, and president of his own consulting firm based in Barcelona/Spain and Wiesbaden/Germany. 
Prior to the BetaCodex Network, Niels was for five years a director with the prestigious Beyond Budgeting Round Table. Niels´ second book, Leading with flexible Targets. Beyond Budgeting in Practice was awarded the Financial Times Germany Best Business Book award, in 2006. Both this book and his latest one, entitled Organize for Complexity: How to Get Life Back Into Work to Build the High-Performance Organization were lauded by critics and readers and became bestsellers. 
Since 2006, Niels has been strongly involved in transformational change projects for firms both in Europe and the Americas. Niels has more than 10 years of consulting experience with companies large and small, and frequently teaches at several academic institutions in Europe.
 
»When Pflaeging shakes the dogmas of management, they crumble in his hands.« Financial Times Germany

Read Niels´ hit white paper “Organize for Complexity” here!
 
Niels´ many white papers can be accessed here: betacodex.org/papers
His videos: youtube.com/user/NielsPflaegingTV 
Twitter: twitter.com/NielsPflaeging


Organize for Complexity. 

How our organizations will become agile, radically decentralized, and networked. Sooner than we think
Niels Pflaeging - influencer, author, advisor on leadership transformation, management exorcist
 
Business, markets and societies have changed, but the principles, methods and concepts of organizational leadership and haven’t, by and largeRigid and erratic performance management processes like planning, budgeting, project management, fixed-target setting, individual employee appraisal, and so-called “pay for performance”-pay, combined with autocratic decision-making, org charts and micro-management from the top – these techniques from the industrial age are still widely established standards. But are they still adequate? And if not, how can we adapt our organizational models to the ever-changing environments of the information age and do things better?
In this session, you will learn how any organization, by moving beyond command and control, and by abolishing the entire mindset of management, of functional organization, planning and bureaucratic hierarchy, can become sustainably more successful and profitable. Niels shows how the transformation towards an organization model for the complexity of the knowledge economy really works and how people, teams and organizations can be unleashed from the burdens of bureaucracy - freed from management by command and control. 
Learning Objectives:
Registration
Session Details
Registration
Room:
Track:
Session Type:
Summary: We welcome you to register Sunday and get a head start on your Gathering experience. The registration desk will be open throughout the Gathering for registration as well as answering your Gathering questions.
Learning Objectives:
Congress Hall Foyer
Welcome Reception
Session Details
Welcome Reception
Room: Congress Hall Foyer
Track:
Session Type:
Summary: Come and register Sunday evening to begin your Scrum Gathering® with a drink and a chance to network with Gathering friends. We welcome first-time and longtime attendees to share their Scrum expectations and experiences to kick off a successful Gathering.
Learning Objectives:
Athens/Barcelona
Scrum at Home
Klaus Bucka-Lassen
Session Details
Scrum at Home
Klaus Bucka-Lassen
Room: Athens/Barcelona
Track: Visual [Beginner]
Session Type: Talk
Summary: How I use certain elements of Scrum at home to motivate my kids (from age 4) to do their chores.
Learning Objects: Learn how Scrum can be used within one's own four walls. Create your own starter kit to take home after this mini-workshop.
Palmovka/Rokoska
Moving In Harmony: The Psychology Behind Change
Henrik Zätterman
Session Details
Moving In Harmony: The Psychology Behind Change
Henrik Zätterman
Room: Palmovka/Rokoska
Track: Auditory [Advanced]
Session Type: Talk
Summary: Making changes in organisations takes time and energy and still we fall back into bad behavioral patterns. Why and what can we do about it?
Learning Objects: A toolbox for Coaches/Scrum Masters/other Agile Practitioners for increasing chance of a successful organisational/process change by:
  • Understanding the process of change
  • Identifying state of change
  • Identifying change readiness
  • Finding your own role in the change: How do you effect the change?
  • Learning basics for how to coach/talk about change
Congress III
Adaptive Organizations - Balancing The Known and The Unknown
Mike Leber
Session Details
Adaptive Organizations - Balancing The Known and The Unknown
Mike Leber
Room: Congress III
Track: Visual [Advanced]
Session Type: Talk
Summary: The future is still uncertain, but it arrives faster than ever. Learn what it takes to emphasize your existing business and build innovation in.
Learning Objects: Participants learn, how they can approach current contextual boundaries, deal with modern management and change for succeeding in a growing competitive landscape. They understand what it takes to focus on both engines of the enterprise - exploration as well as exploitation. And they understand how to establish leadership towards building up the capability for customer focus, learning and innovation at every level into their organization.
Congress I
Being Scrum at Heart to Adopt Lean
Theofanis Giotis
Session Details
Being Scrum at Heart to Adopt Lean
Theofanis Giotis
Room: Congress I
Track: Touch [Advanced]
Session Type: Talk
Summary: Using Scrum as the Pumping Heart to Bring Down the Wall with Management and Effectively Adopt Lean in an Auditing Firm (Case Study).
Learning Objects:
  • Understand why upper management made the wrong decisions on changing the company culture
  • Know better why Lean was selected as and antidote to financial crisis and why Lean failed
  • Understand why partial adoption of principles leads to disasters
  • Get inside info of how external coaches helped implementing Scrum
  • Learn how to avoid similar failures
Berlin/Brussels
Managing Software Development in the Age of Agile
Karen Greaves, Samantha Laing
Session Details
Managing Software Development in the Age of Agile
Karen Greaves, Samantha Laing
Room: Berlin/Brussels
Track: Auditory [Beginner]
Session Type: Talk
Summary: How can managers create happy, productive, motivated agile teams? We will share 7 key elements from our own experience as dev managers.
Learning Objects:
  • Be able to describe the mindset an agile manager needs to adopt and how their role changes.
  • Understand 7 key elements necessary to support hyper productivity and growth as well as retaining developers in a highly competitive marketplace.
  • Learn about specific practices like hiring, performance reviews and salaries, and how these need to change to support an agile team.
Hercovka/Tyrolka
Scaling Scrum by LeSS and SAFe
Ari Tikka
Session Details
Scaling Scrum by LeSS and SAFe
Ari Tikka
Room: Hercovka/Tyrolka
Track: Touch [Advanced]
Session Type: Talk
Summary: Case Nokia shows the fundamental challenges in scaling Scrum. Know the paramount questions to check before choosing LeSS or SAFe.
Learning Objects:
  • Understand the fundamental problems of scaling Scrum in every big organisation.
  • Hear Nokia's long-term real-life experiences in using both LeSS and SAFe.
  • Understand the differences in the SAFe and LeSS approaches. What are their strengths and challenges?
  • Know the most important questions to study before choosing the scaling approach.
Vienna/Madrid/Roma
Scrum Economics 101: Contracts, Budgets, Capitalization
Pavel Dabrytski
Session Details
Scrum Economics 101: Contracts, Budgets, Capitalization
Pavel Dabrytski
Room: Vienna/Madrid/Roma
Track: Touch [Beginner]
Session Type: Talk
Summary: How much money is one story point? Is Sprint 0 an expense or an asset? Can you run Scrum with a fixed-cost contract? Find the answers!
Learning Objects:
  • Agile contracts
  • Agile project budgets
  • Agile project capitalization
Congress I, II, III
A New Visual Paradigm for Uncertainty in Agile Projects
Han Van Loon
Session Details
A New Visual Paradigm for Uncertainty in Agile Projects
Han Van Loon
Room: Congress I, II, III
Track: Visual [Advanced]
Session Type: PechaKucha
Summary: The Estimation bubble - a new visual paradigm for uncertainty, agility and estimation.
Learning Objects: Provide Scrum'mers with the ability to explain how uncertainty is handled in Agile projects spo that agility is enhanced, while estimation and progress are well managed.
Congress I, II, III
Avoid Losing Implementation Momentum
Ofer Cohen
Session Details
Avoid Losing Implementation Momentum
Ofer Cohen
Room: Congress I, II, III
Track: Touch [Advanced]
Session Type: PechaKucha
Summary: How to create agile implementation momentum and how to maintain it.
Learning Objects:
  • Main checkpoints for initiating agile implementation
  • How to maintain the momentum without loosing it
  • Importance of Management Support
Congress I, II, III
Now Hiring - Scrum Master Wanted
Simone Zecchi
Session Details
Now Hiring - Scrum Master Wanted
Simone Zecchi
Room: Congress I, II, III
Track: Touch [Beginner]
Session Type: PechaKucha
Summary: Is evaluation only on the companies side? Sure not! Make sure They are ready for You!
Learning Objects: Highlighting common mistakes and misunderstanding on the Scrum Roles and of the Scrum framework, encourage learning and evaluation of companies, encourage companies to be more bold about Scrum adoption.
Congress I, II, III
Product Owner Must BE's
Anu Smalley
Session Details
Product Owner Must BE's
Anu Smalley
Room: Congress I, II, III
Track: Auditory [Beginner]
Session Type: PechaKucha
Summary: What should a Product Owner must “BE” and not just “DO”.
Learning Objects: Learn a simple way to understand the role of a Product Owner Learn 6 things a Product Owner must BE.
Congress I, II, III
The Economics of Continuous Integration
Adrian Perreau De Pinninck
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The Economics of Continuous Integration
Adrian Perreau De Pinninck
Room: Congress I, II, III
Track: Touch [Beginner]
Session Type: PechaKucha
Summary: Agilists know how important CI is for an Agile team. We present an economic model to help you convince management.
Learning Objects: Understand the benefits of Continuous Integration. Quantify the costs of deferred integration and how Continuous Integration tackles them. Be able to use a model to describe the ROI of putting Continuous Integration in Place.
Palmovka/Rokoska
Sabotaging Agility
Fred Williams
Session Details
Sabotaging Agility
Fred Williams
Room: Palmovka/Rokoska
Track: Auditory [Beginner]
Session Type: Talk
Summary: Is your project being sabotaged? Fred Williams explains the classic patterns of sabotage, giving examples from the CIA Sabotage Manual.
Learning Objects: Identify project sabotage. Act to prevent sabotage.
Berlin/Brussels
Bottom Up Scrum Requires Top Down Will
Frank Eberhard, Stefan Waschk
Session Details
Bottom Up Scrum Requires Top Down Will
Frank Eberhard, Stefan Waschk
Room: Berlin/Brussels
Track: Auditory [Advanced]
Session Type: Talk
Summary: Introducing scrum at Volkswagen IT, from a group of innovators in 2011 to an agile center of excellence providing agile craftsmanship.
Learning Objects:
  • Learn how to organize a powerful community in order to promote agile thinking
  • Learn how small impulses over a long time can make a big change
  • Learn when and how to approach senior management
  • Learn how to secure a sustainable speed in agile rollout
Hercovka/Tyrolka
Don’t Refactor. Rebuild. Kinda.
Wouter Lagerweij
Session Details
Don’t Refactor. Rebuild. Kinda.
Wouter Lagerweij
Room: Hercovka/Tyrolka
Track: Touch [Advanced]
Session Type: Talk
Summary: Even starting teams with a legacy codebase can succeed with quality (XP) practices using architecture and process to set them up for success.
Learning Objects: Even a world class team is slowed by a big, messy code-base. For a starting team, it can be hopeless. Learning all the XP practices is hard enough without a Big Ball (of Mud) and Chain holding you back. A loosely coupled architecture around an existing system lets us replace parts while its running. Then we’re free to use all our quality practices for the new parts, and start Continuous Delivery from Day One.  So let's rebuild. The Agile way: incrementally, iteratively, and value driven.
Congress I
More with LeSS: Introduction to Large-Scale Scrum (LeSS)
Bas Vodde
Session Details
More with LeSS: Introduction to Large-Scale Scrum (LeSS)
Bas Vodde
Room: Congress I
Track: Touch [Advanced]
Session Type: Talk
Summary: Large-Scale Scrum (LeSS) is an minimalistic Agile framework for scaling Scrum to multiple teams. Bas shares how it works and was created.
Learning Objects: What is LeSS?  How do the two LeSS Frameworks work?  Why should you scale up rather than tailor down?
Congress III
Silicon Gym - Workouts for Agile Microchips
John Barry
Session Details
Silicon Gym - Workouts for Agile Microchips
John Barry
Room: Congress III
Track: Visual [Advanced]
Session Type: Talk
Summary: Maximizing the impact of Agile adoption in digital hardware designs entails more than copying and pasting software successes.
Learning Objects:
  • How to deal complex interdependencies between a large number of very specialised functions in an Agile way
  • Identifying the attributes of functional areas where Agile adoption can be pioneered, those where transitions are more complex and options for mitigating common issues
  • How to maximise efficiency by adapting the process over the course of a development cycle
  • How to deal with ambiguities in the definition of consumers and shippable product
Vienna/Madrid/Roma
Invite Your Tester to the Party
Allan Rennebo Jepsen
Session Details
Invite Your Tester to the Party
Allan Rennebo Jepsen
Room: Vienna/Madrid/Roma
Track: Touch [Beginner]
Session Type: Talk
Summary: Most developers don't interact directly with testers, and even if they do the tester is rarely made part of the daily work. Sounds familiar?
Learning Objects:
  • Get practical inspiration on how you can include the tester - starting Monday morning.
  • Be able to help eliminate the need for "Quality Control".
  • Be able to turn the battle between developers and testers into a collaborative process.
Athens/Barcelona
Slowing down to Speed up: Agile and Technical Debt
Taghi Paksima
Session Details
Slowing down to Speed up: Agile and Technical Debt
Taghi Paksima
Room: Athens/Barcelona
Track: Visual [Beginner]
Session Type: Talk
Summary: Learn how to use Agile techniques and metrics to manage and control technical debt, hence boosting team productivity.
Learning Objects: Technical debt, if not managed properly, will have technical and economic implications on software projects as well as psychological impact on teams. Learn how to use Agile techniques and metrics to detect, control, and systematically reduce technical debt, thus contributing productivity gain and focusing on delivering business value.
Athens/Barcelona
Inspect and Adapt: Measuring Kaizen
Sacha Storz
Session Details
Inspect and Adapt: Measuring Kaizen
Sacha Storz
Room: Athens/Barcelona
Track: Visual [Beginner]
Session Type: Workshop
Summary: How do we find relevant areas and appropriate measurable variables for our Kaizen initiatives? How do we constantly improve?
Learning Objects:
  • To improve your Kaizen approaches be aware of all stakeholders (build stakeholder map)
  • Find measurable variables for most relevent areas of improvement for most relevant stakeholders
  • Build assumptions on what you have to do to achieve those improvements (build impact map)
  • Derive (safe2fail) experiments
  • Measure outcome and repeat
Palmovka/Rokoska
Bring Down the Wall of Confusion with Chocolate, LEGO and Scrum Simulation Game
Dana Pylayeva
Session Details
Bring Down the Wall of Confusion with Chocolate, LEGO and Scrum Simulation Game
Dana Pylayeva
Room: Palmovka/Rokoska
Track: Auditory [Beginner]
Session Type: Workshop
Summary: Bring your systems thinking: expand boundaries of a Scrum team, collaborate with Ops and learn to optimize the flow with Chocolate and LEGO!
Learning Objects:
  • Understand and learn to address a traditional misalignment of goals of the three major groups in product development (business, development and operations).
  • Understand how effective communication and collaboration with Operations and Security teams can have a positive impact on Scrum teams ability to eliminate the constraints and improve flow of work.
  • Experiment with increasing frequency of releases, amplifying feedback loop and moving towards early and continuous delivery of value.
Hercovka/Tyrolka
Exploit Core Scrum Practices at the Program Level
Jeff Lopez-Stuit
Session Details
Exploit Core Scrum Practices at the Program Level
Jeff Lopez-Stuit
Room: Hercovka/Tyrolka
Track: Visual [Advanced]
Session Type: Workshop
Summary: Learn how core Scrum practices support visibility, remove impediments, and promote flow for programs with many teams and hundreds of people.
Learning Objects:
  • Why Scrum practices are valuable at the program level, when many teams and hundreds of people are working together.
  • The background and history of traditional approaches to program level work.
  • Introduce four core Scrum practices for program-level work: Impediment Board; Stand-up; Kanban; Retrospectives
  • Engage in some elementary experience of these practices through a simulation exercise
  • Methods for evaluating whether program-level practices are being effective.
Congress III
The Legal Side of Scrum
Jürgen Hoffmann, Torsten Culmsee
Session Details
The Legal Side of Scrum
Jürgen Hoffmann, Torsten Culmsee
Room: Congress III
Track: Visual [Beginner]
Session Type: Workshop
Summary: We - a lawyer focussed on IT law and an experienced CSC and CST - will show in this session how to avoid legal pitfalls when working agile.
Learning Objects: How to avoid pitfalls in contracting when developing producte with agile development. This is an interactive session for Product Owners and people carrying responsibilities for projects with external contractors.
Congress I
Fearless Journey
Martin Heider
Session Details
Fearless Journey
Martin Heider
Room: Congress I
Track: Touch [Advanced]
Session Type: Workshop
Summary: Renew confidence to overcome obstacles outside your control! See http:/fearlessjourney.info
Learning Objects:
  • Knowing some Fearless Change influence patterns and increased curiosity to learn more
  • Experience the Fearless Journey game for your challenges
  • Get new ideas to help unblock impediments for your challenging goals
  • Learn how to use Fearless Journey in your own environment / organization (e.g. for blocked teams, retrospectives, community of practice meetings, leadership teams, etc.)
Vienna/Madrid/Roma
Where Do You Want To Get To? A Goal-Based Approach to Adopting Scrum
Jim York
Session Details
Where Do You Want To Get To? A Goal-Based Approach to Adopting Scrum
Jim York
Room: Vienna/Madrid/Roma
Track: Touch [Advanced]
Session Type: Workshop
Summary: If you don't care where you want to get to, any path will do. But if you do care, join us to connect Scrum practice to your desired outcome.
Learning Objects: Identify and articulate goals for their Scrum Adoption. Select Agile practices to complement their Scrum adoption that are best matched to specific desired outcomes.
Congress I, II, III
Lightning Talks
Session Details
Lightning Talks
Room: Congress I, II, III
Track:
Session Type: Lightning Talk
Summary:
1. What is a Lightning Talk?

Six talks will be chosen and all talks will be 5 minutes each. Speakers will be chosen onsite. Have a great idea/topic? Submit and you could present your topic.
 
2. How do I submit a Lightning Talk?
 
All Gathering attendees will have a chance to submit once onsite at the Prague Gathering. We will have a board, where you will post about your session topic. Your posting will include your name, title of the talk and (3) words/adjectives describing your talk.
 
3. How are Lightning Talks chosen?
 
Each attendee will get a certain number of votes [stickers]. Each attendee will have a chance to vote and apply a sticker onto the talk they would like to hear presented. All votes will be tallied for Tuesday morning.
 
4. How do I find out who is presenting?
 
Lightning Talks will be announced on Tuesday morning. Chosen speakers are responsible in bringing their own supplies, if required [such as a laptop, handouts, slides].
Learning Objectives:
Congress Hall Foyer
17:00 - 18:00: VersionOne Happy Hour
Session Details
17:00 - 18:00: VersionOne Happy Hour
Room: Congress Hall Foyer
Track:
Session Type: Happy Hour
Summary: Drop by for a drink and meet friends from your Happy Hour Sponsor - VersionOne!
Learning Objectives:
Congress I, II, III
Keynote - Andrea Provaglio
Andrea Provaglio
Session Details
Keynote - Andrea Provaglio
Andrea Provaglio
Room: Congress I, II, III
Track:
Session Type:
Summary:

Biography

As an independent consultant, Andrea helps knowledge-based organizations to implement better ways of doing business; and he coaches teams and individuals who want to improve technically, relationally and culturally.
His main contribution is in assisting executives, leaders and managers who appreciate the business advantage of effective knowledge work, helping them evolve their companies into healthier organizational and cultural models (which includes, but it's not limited to, adopting Agile and Lean).
In over two decades of professional experience, Andrea had clients in three different continents and worked with a wide range of companies and organizations, both in the private and in the public sector, ranging from the United Nations’ FAO and large multinational corporations, to small and dynamic IT companies.
As part of his activities, Andrea enjoys sharing what he knows at major European and international conferences, where he’s a regular speaker.
Currently Andrea works in Europe. He also worked in the USA as an independent contractor for four years, on a O-1 visa for "extraordinary abilities in Sciences".

Web site:  http://andreaprovaglio.com
LinkedIn profile: http://linkedin.com/in/provaglio
Twitter account: @andreaprovaglio
 

Value

In Agile we like to deliver valuable software to our customers on a regular basis. However, while it’s pretty clear what “software” means, we cannot really say the same about “valuable”. The definition of Value in a project (with an uppercase “V”) is frequently fuzzy and confused.

Even within the same project, asking different stakeholders what Value means to them produces different answers; and the same stakeholder will likely provide different definitions of Value, depending on their perception and role in the project.

Most stakeholders will naturally associate Value to money, sometimes through surprisingly creative correlations; but there are other dimensions, equally valid, such as strategic positioning, company image, innovation and learning, and so forth.

Understanding the multidimensional nature of Value becomes therefore critical to drive the project to success.

In this talk we’ll address what Value means in Agile for different stakeholders; how to map and categorize the stakeholders; how to describe Value on different dimension and how to track it. We’ll also see what happens when we don’t do that.

Also, assuming different stakeholders on the same project have different and multifaceted perceptions of Value, how can we coordinate the production effort in a balanced way? Which kind of corporate culture and corporate values (plural) support that?
Learning Objectives:
Congress I, II, III
Closing Keynote: Brian Robertson
Brian Robertson
Session Details
Closing Keynote: Brian Robertson
Brian Robertson
Room: Congress I, II, III
Track:
Session Type: Closing Keynote
Summary:

Biography

Brian Robertson is a seasoned entrepreneur and organization builder, and a recovering CEO -- a job he now helps free others from with Holacracy. Generally regarded as the primary developer of the system, Brian's work allows leaders to release the reins of personal power and persuasion into a trustworthy and explicit governance process. Brian also serves as the drafter and steward of the Holacracy Constitution, which captures the system's unique "rules of the game" in concrete form. Beyond joyfully crafting legal documents, Brian's creative expression takes many forms - he co-founded HolacracyOne to support Holacracy's growth, and he fills and loves a broad variety of the company's roles. He's particularly grateful to hold no fancy titles and wield no special powers, so he can show up as just another partner doing his part to support something he cares about.
 

Holacracy: A radical New Approach to Management

Organizations are the most powerful force on the planet, and the management hierarchy has been the dominant mode of organizing them for the past century. But this "social technology" wasn't designed for the fast-paced, interconnected world we live in today, and when would-be leaders are stifled by an obsolete bureaucracy, everyone suffers.

Holacracy is an alternative - a complete, scalable system for structuring a company without a traditional management hierarchy, yet with more clarity, accountability, & agility. Holacracy's governance process allows a company to continually evolve its structure and rules, in response to an ever-changing world and the wisdom of its workforce. And Holacracy's distributed structure empowers everyone to be a leader of some part of the company, with clear autonomy yet clear responsibilities.

Hundreds of companies around the world have now adopted Holacracy; come learn why and experience a radical new way to structure an agile, purpose-driven company.
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