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Riverfront 1
A Journey through Agile in the U.S. Federal Government
Richard Cheng
Session Details
A Journey through Agile in the U.S. Federal Government
Richard Cheng
Room: Riverfront 1
Track: Agile Beyond IT
Session Type: Talk [Beginner]
Summary:

In this talk, we explore Agile efforts in the U.S. government. From the Office of Personnel Management to the Department of Defense, new agencies like the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and established agencies like the Census Bureau, we’ll explore these questions:

  • Why are federal agencies trying Agile?
  • What are the benefits realized?
  • What are the biggest issues and pitfalls?
  • How do federal agencies manage and govern these programs?
  • What does the future hold?

 

Learning Objects:

At the end of this session, attendees will have a sense of how Agile is changing and could change the way our governments deliver on their missions.

 

Riverfront 2
Are Recruitment and HR the Biggest Impediments to Scrum Success?
Gez Smith
Session Details
Are Recruitment and HR the Biggest Impediments to Scrum Success?
Gez Smith
Room: Riverfront 2
Track: Agile Beyond IT
Session Type: Talk [Beginner]
Summary: Building great Scrum Teams means changing recruitment and HR. Do we need to ban bonuses, abolish appraisals, and write user-story job ads?
Learning Objects: If there are recruiters or HR people in the audience, this session will start them thinking about the things they need to learn, and the ways they need to change, to help build high-performing and happy Agile teams. If there are practitioners in the audience, they will go away with a fire in their belly about the damage these problems are causing to the Agile community, and how they can bring about change by challenging these problems in their own organizations as soon as they go back to work.
Riverfront 3
Chef's Team
Zuzi Sochova
Session Details
Chef's Team
Zuzi Sochova
Room: Riverfront 3
Track: Agile Beyond IT
Session Type: Talk [Beginner]
Summary: Exceptional restaurants are built on a team spirit of collaboration, experimentation, and extreme customer focus, thus making them Agile.
Learning Objects:
  • Get inspired by how great teams work in environments different from software.
  • See that collaboration is the key to building high-performing teams.
  • Experience the true customer-centric environment.
  • Get a feeling for how different it can be if you make excellence and perfection your key values.
Waterfront 3
Delivering a High-Performance Agile Organization
Michael Sahota
Session Details
Delivering a High-Performance Agile Organization
Michael Sahota
Room: Waterfront 3
Track: Business Agility
Session Type: Talk [Advanced]
Summary:

Many of us dream of creating Agile organizations, where we have not just Agile practices but an Agile mindset, and the passion and results that come with this. But the approaches we are using are not yielding the results we hope for. Instead, we see culture challenges, resistance, leadership confusion, and low engagement.

Learn a proven path that places culture and leadership at center stage. When we use conscious leadership to approach Agile, we get deep and lasting results.

 

Learning Objects:
  • A proven path to organizational growth and high performance
  • The leadership challenges facing Agile organizations
  • The importance of a strong culture and leader behaviors to foster empowerment and collaboration
  • What traditional habits and practices are holding you back
  • A conscious approach to Agile, developing organizational coherence (e.g., quality, customer delight, agility)
  • Overcoming culture challenges and resistance
Waterfront 2
The Structure of an Agile Organization: A Business Agility Primer
Evan Leybourn
Session Details
The Structure of an Agile Organization: A Business Agility Primer
Evan Leybourn
Room: Waterfront 2
Track: Business Agility
Session Type: Talk [Beginner]
Summary:

While business has never been predictable, technological and cultural change is faster than ever. This is where business agility comes in.

 

Learning Objects:

Regardless of your role, the goals of this presentation are to:

  • Make you think about your role as a leader.
  • Learn how to structure an Agile organization around outcomes.
  • Introduce new possibilities and ways of doing business.
  • Understand how to tailor Agile to different business functions (HR, ICT, sales, finance, media, legal, production, and operations).

     
Waterfront 1
Distributed Agile in Large-Scale Teams
Hugo Messer and John Okoro
Session Details
Distributed Agile in Large-Scale Teams
Hugo Messer and John Okoro
Room: Waterfront 1
Track: Agile Beyond IT
Session Type: Talk [Advanced]
Summary: This talk will focus on how distributed Agile teams can work like colocated teams. We focus on how large-scale distributed teams can succeed.
Learning Objects:
  • Learn how to use popular Agile scaling frameworks such as SAFe, LeSS, Spotify, and Scrum-of-Scrums with distributed teams.
  • Learn how to look at the leaderrship challenges introduced by a distributed Agile team, and how critical leadership is the success of an Agile or Scrum Team.
  • Learn from our Distrubted Agile Approach and how its virtues and practices can benefit your Distributed Agile teams. 
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