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Agile Coaches: Agents of Human Evolution
Lyssa Adkins
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Agile Coaches: Agents of Human Evolution
Lyssa Adkins
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Summary: What if this Agile work we are doing in corporations is just backdrop for what we’re really up to? What if Coaches are really agents of human evolution? Human development experts and social scientists tell us that the human race is evolving now, faster than ever, because our world is changing faster than ever. Agile frameworks themselves are an emergent response to an ever-changing and ever-increasingly complex world, and it’s good “technology” for doing business better given that reality. But, as we also know, to use Agile well requires that everyone change, including us. We must become good at “human technologies” – at helping people deal with ambiguity, hold multiple competing perspectives and operate effectively through their heart and gut rather than just their mind. Excellent Agile Coaches have the skills and leaderfulness needed to do exactly this; in a very real sense becoming agents of human evolution.
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I believe that Agile is an emergent response that helps us thrive in our ever-increasingly complex, changeable and interconnected world. I am a passionate contributor to the discipline and profession of Agile Coaching and have trained thousands of agilists in the knowledge, skills, and mindsets needed to coach teams and organizations to get full benefits of Agile. In 2010, I authored Coaching Agile Teams which is still a best seller years later. I share my thoughts and experience on AgileCoachingInstitute.com and CoachingAgileTeams.com, an important outlet for #WomeninAgile.
 
Pacifica Ballroom 6/7
Agile Marketing
Maria Matarelli
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Agile Marketing
Maria Matarelli
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Summary: Discover the possibilities of Agile Marketing and the power of applying Agile outside of IT. We’ll explore a case study of Agile applied to Marketing and discuss the benefits of aligning your organization’s use of Agile across departments along with the mindset shift necessary. Instead of focusing on who you can sell to, the focus is shifted to truly connecting with who needs your product or service most while leveraging rapid iterations for maximum output. Discover the value of split testing, inspecting and adapting, and applying an iterative process to your Marketing department. Agile Marketing allows you to adjust your focus and streamline your company processes aligned with Sales and Marketing to attract and service your ideal clients with exponential results.
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Maria Matarelli is a Certified Scrum Trainer (CST) who travels the world on one-way tickets consulting and training companies on reaching true agility. In addition to applications of Agile in IT, Maria and her team have been applying Agile to the Marketing realm with incredible results. After founding the Agile Marketing Academy, Maria and a team of experienced trainers are dedicated to bringing Agile outside the normal applications. Maria is one of the first Certified Agile Marketing Trainers (CAMT) and is the Founder and President of Formula Ink, an international consulting company. Maria travels to consult organizations and speak at industry conferences with locations including Chicago, New York, Hawaii, Sweden, Istanbul, Vancouver, Morocco, Shanghai and many other locations. Maria is passionate about working with people to inspire agility.
Pacifica Ballroom 6/7
Leading Organizational Change
Tirrell Payton
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Leading Organizational Change
Tirrell Payton
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Summary: Technology transformations hold the promise of time savings, revenue increases, visibility improvements, and other positive business impacts.  While on the surface, the changes in technology and process appear straightforward and common-sensical, the reality is that many implementations fail because they don’t take into account company culture and how to change it.

In this talk, you will learn
  •         The 3 most important factors to take into account when attempting to change culture and behavior.
  •         How to leverage these factors to change culture, increase adoption, and get the most from your technology investments.
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Tirrell Payton is the principal at Payton Consulting where he helps companies create lasting change.  Prior to starting his own firm, he was at McKinsey and Company, where served companies in matters of digital strategy and transformation.  Tirrell graduated from the University of Central Arkansas and is an Executive MBA candidate at Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management
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Shoot for the Moon - Agile Scaling Patterns
Dave Sharrock
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Shoot for the Moon - Agile Scaling Patterns
Dave Sharrock
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Summary: Scaling agile is a little like reaching an agile escape velocity, where the elusive goal is reaching space - and more importantly - staying there! We’ll consider three scaling patterns for agile adoptions and how the contribute to launching your business into space. 

A sub-orbital launch gets you into space - you get to see some of the sights and experience weightlessness, but it takes energy to keep you there, and without constant attention you’re quickly on your way back down to Earth. Think of this as simple, isolated or team-based agile. Reaching a stationary orbit is the next stop. More stable and resilient to organizational change, synchronous agile teams change the world around them. Like satellites, they enable a step-change in how things get done. Synchronous teams still require energy and effort to maintain their ‘orbits’ but they also run themselves well and can become a stable fixture in your organizational environment. 

The goal, though, is to achieve escape velocity. Shoot for the Moon! Networked agile teams allow you to change the paradigm. Technology-enabled networked agile teams define a new norm. When networked agile teams are perturbed they are more likely to fall back into agile ways of working than traditional ways of working. Now, the stars really are at your feet. You choose where to go, what planets to explore. 

Every pattern is valuable, and in order to reach the moon you’re going to have to get good at each step along the way. But ultimately, the journey is worth it. The views are incredible, and when you get there the opportunities are limitless.
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Dave Sharrock helps companies and organizations get things done visibly and early by applying an agile/lean mindset to product development. Dave has over 20 years experience working with product delivery organizations, from Fortune100 companies to startups, telecommunications to branded consumer goods, government to heavily regulated industries. A sought-after speaker and coach, Dave is an expert on organizational change and lean product delivery and the only Certified Enterprise Coach (CEC) and Certified Scrum Trainer (CST) in Canada. Dave moved to Vancouver in 2010 from Europe, and leads agile42 in North America.
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Taking Your ScrumMaster Skills to the Next Level
Lonnie Weaver-Johnson
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Taking Your ScrumMaster Skills to the Next Level
Lonnie Weaver-Johnson
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Summary: So you’ve been at it a while and it is going OK, but the team is not great yet and you’d like to know how can you help them “get there.” Let’s chat about some tips and tricks for taking your Scrum Master skills to the next level. A strong ScrumMaster is one who leads the team from the background without the team realizing their being lead. A strong ScrumMaster can convince leaders to act through facilitating open and difficult conversations. A strong ScrumMaster’s thought process is not “how come they don’t get it” rather she thinks, “what can I do differently to help them understand.” Perhaps you’d like to be a stronger ScrumMaster or maybe even you’d like to help influence your ScrumMaster in his role, either way – let’s talk about it.
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Lonnie Weaver-Johnson, CST, is an IT professional with 25 years of industry experience.
 
While investigating her own strengths through the book Strength Finders, Lonnie recognized skills she hadn’t been able to name before; Empathy and Developer (of others). This explains why Lonnie loves training and coaching people through their agile adoption and helping them meet their goals.  A passionate fighter for the “voiceless” little guy, she enjoys helping others understand how an agile work culture leads to happier people and better results.
 
Lonnie has educated and motivated hundreds of teams at Fortune 500 organizations and small companies, mentoring them through their journey towards agile. She also enjoys mentoring beginner coaches so her customers can be successful once she leaves.
 
When she isn’t working as a champion for employees she is a champion for shelter dogs, specifically bully breeds, by volunteering in her local animal rescue community. She recommends, Adopt don’t shop.
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