90 minutes

Help me to see... corporate culture

room: Atlanta — time: Wednesday 11:00-11:45, Wednesday 11:45-12:30
Level: Practicing

Changing the way individuals and teams work is one thing. Changing organizational culture is quite another, especially when so many of us (yes, even us at this conference) have little idea that the assumptions we make, the language we use, the structures we are bound by are the direct antithesis of Agile. Our thinking is locked by the patterns of years and needs to be unleashed in order to make inroads towards cultural change. Using a simple yet effective collaboration game from the Improv tradition this session will challenge our assumptions and open up new neural pathways.

Powerful Questions: Human-centric coaching

room: Crystal A — time: Thursday 16:00-16:45, Thursday 16:45-17:30
Level: Practicing

Human relationships are at the center of the Agile manifesto. Anything we do as coaches to allow humanity expression in our teams directly affects the individuals’ ability to live the manifesto more fully. This immediately translates into better, more astonishing, creation-ability in teams, and a greater sense of accomplishment and fulfillment for the team members. In this session, experienced coaches/trainers Lyssa Adkins and Tobias Mayer will introduce ‘Powerful Questions’ and share their personal experiences of coaching teams and individuals towards a more human-centric way of working.

Set-Based Design: Anti-Agile or Agile's Future?

room: Grand Ballroom A — time: Thursday 16:00-16:45, Thursday 16:45-17:30
Level: Practicing

Set-based design (also known as set-based concurrent engineering) offers a paradoxical way to make Agile teams even more effective by actively exploring multiple options. In this back and forth conversation between the presenters, we’ll talk about the relationship between Agile, Lean ideas, and the Toyota approach to product development. We’ll describe the specific mechanics of how you can get started with set-based design, and the benefits you can see. Finally, we’ll dispel the notion that this is just another form of analysis paralysis.

Learning is key to Agile success: Building a learning culture on your Agile team

room: Atlanta — time: Thursday 16:00-16:45, Thursday 16:45-17:30
Level: Introductory

“Tell me and I’ll forget; show me and I may remember; involve me and I’ll understand.” – Chinese Proverb

Agile teams that rapidly learn and apply new-found skills become increasingly adept at embracing change and delivering value. Team members feel more fulfilled, motivated and valued. And they have way more fun!

In this session you will learn about agile learning! Learn to recognize learning moments and put in place effective learning patterns tuned to your team and context. Learn how to build and sustain an effective learning culture on your agile team.

System Metaphor Revisited

room: Grand Ballroom F — time: Tuesday 16:00-16:45, Tuesday 16:45-17:30
Level: Introductory

System Metaphor was and is an elusive practice of the original XP. It has largely been forgotten over time.

Yet in the past few years, my colleagues and I have discovered the stunning power of a genuine System Metaphor on our own shipping product. This makes us wonder why System Metaphor ever went out of vogue.

This session will explore why Metaphor matters. We’ll examine how our own Music Metaphor reshaped our flagship product, even our company, and how the right metaphor can supply the driving beat that can turn your product into a hit.

Agility Night Live - TV Sketches and Project Stories

room: Regency D — time: Thursday 14:45-15:30, Thursday 14:00-14:45
Level: Practicing

A glimpse behind the scenes of the production of a weekly show like Saturday Night Live offers an incredible example of a team of people who have agility in their DNA. Writers, actors, set designers, producers, studio execs, etc. all have a single-minded focus on delivering an exceptional quality show every single week. Slipping the schedule is not an option. Customer satisfaction (viewer ratings) are the central measure of success. The production team must collaborate and adapt to unexpected challenges every single week.

Developing Agile Leaders and Teams: A Developmental & Transformational Path

room: Columbus GH — time: Monday 11:00-11:45, Monday 11:45-12:30
Level: Practicing

According to research almost 85% of today’s leaders are constrained by narrow, analytical and habitual thinking. Typically, they are still struggling with ways of thinking that make them defensive, controlling, and self-centered which deeply affect performance and teamwork. We know that agile leaders at post-heroic stages are much more capable of working in collaboration. So, what differentiate these leaders? What transformative process can be used to develop Catalyst leaders & teams? This presentation will show you a proven and powerful path to develop post-heroic leaders and teams.

Team Start-up: one of the first Agile Adoption activities

room: Toronto — time: Monday 16:00-16:45, Monday 16:45-17:30
Level: Introductory

Starting up an Agile team is one of the first things you might be asked to do when a company wants to “go Agile.” What do you need to know before starting up a team? In the start-up, how much do teams need to know about Agile before they “go”? What do they need to know about each other…what the project is all about…who they will become as a team? These and other questions are answered as we walk through good ways to start-up Agile teams.

How to Develop Your Leadership Power Daily: An Agile Approach to Growth

Level: Practicing

Your mind offers two alternate—and generally unconscious—responses when things go wrong. One response solves problems with snap judgment, hasty advice, and evident policy. The alternate response expands the problem space for new awareness and new-found truth. You are completely equipped for both. The first is fast and solves anxiety about the problem. The second is slower, produces learning and growth, and addresses the real problem.

In this session you’ll explore a life-long practice developed from 20 years of field studies for choosing the appropriate leadership response.

Agile Infrastructure

room: Grand Ballroom A — time: Thursday 14:45-15:30, Thursday 14:00-14:45
Level: Introductory

Deploying to servers has replaced shrinkwrapping CDs for delivering software. In the internet enabled era, the application is the infrastructure.

The basis of all Agile engineering practices is reproducibly building from source code. If software is delivered on servers, and those servers can’t be reproducibly deployed from bare metal to working services, how Agile can you be?

Continuous Integration is great, but what about Continuous Delivery! What are you waiting for?

This talk will outline innovations in tools, process, planning and culture emerging at the front lines.

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