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Agile Dev West 2018 - Agile Development

Monday, June 4

Viktor Farcic
Cloud Bees
MA

The DevOps 2.1 Toolkit: Continuous Deployment with Jenkins and Docker Swarm

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Monday, June 4, 2018 - 8:30am to 4:30pm

DevOps is the answer to today's need for fast-paced, high quality software development—and continuous deployment (CD) is its culmination. The ability to deploy every commit to production is the ultimate proof that DevOps practices are implemented and that they provide real value. Join Viktor Farcic as he explores the processes and tools that lead to CD nirvana. Many of us have experimented with Docker, perhaps running one of the pre-built images from Docker Hub. The team might recognize the benefits Docker provides in building microservices and the advantages the technology brings to...

Mary_Thorn
Mary Thorn Consulting
Bob Galen
Zenergy Technologies
MG

Creating a High-Performance Agile Team

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Monday, June 4, 2018 - 1:00pm to 4:30pm

Many teams have a relatively easy time adopting the tactical aspects of agile methodologies. Usually a few classes, some tools’ introduction, and a bit of practice lead teams toward fairly efficient execution. However, these teams are quite often simply going through the motions—neither maximizing their agile performance nor delivering as much value as they could. Borrowing from their experience and lean software development methods, Bob Galen and Mary Thorn explore high-performance team patterns, which are the thinking models of mature agile teams, including large-scale emergent...

Ryan Ripley
Independent Consultant
MK

Coaching Workshop: Taking Your Scrum to the Next Level

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Monday, June 4, 2018 - 1:00pm to 4:30pm

Are you struggling to achieve results from your agile and Scrum teams? Are you having trouble with user story writing or with effective estimation and forecasting? Are your sprint reviews and retrospectives low focus and low energy? What about gaining traction on the organization-side of things? Do your leaders actually understand the underlying principles? Are they measuring things properly? And what about Scrum at Scale—how’s that going? If you have questions, any questions, about how to improve specific practices or generally how to improve your agile journey, then this tutorial is for...

Ken Pugh
Ken Pugh, Inc.
MH

Get Started with Acceptance Test-Driven/Behavior-Driven Development

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Monday, June 4, 2018 - 1:00pm to 4:30pm

Defining, understanding, and agreeing on the scope of work to be done are often areas of discomfort for product managers, developers, and quality assurance experts alike. The origin of many items, living in our defect tracking systems, can be traced to our difficulty performing these initial activities. Ken Pugh introduces acceptance test-driven development (ATDD)/behavior driven development (BDD), explains why it works, and outlines the different roles team members play in the process. ATDD/BDD improves communication among customers, developers, and testers. By decreasing re-work, ATDD/...

Tuesday, June 5

Rob Myers
Agile for All
TC

Take Your Test-Driven Development to the Next Level

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Tuesday, June 5, 2018 - 8:30am to 4:30pm

Test-driven development (TDD) is a powerful discipline that combines testing, coding, and software design to ameliorate defect rates and facilitate future enhancements. TDD has been around for some twenty years, so why isn’t it more prevalent—and more popular? For one thing, TDD is not easy to get right! And, it seems expensive. In this mostly hands-on tutorial, Rob Myers will explore these concerns by diving straight into the deep-end. Rather than starting with theory and working toward practice, Rob is going to reverse the tutorial recipe. Come prepared to spend the first half of...

Mary_Thorn
Mary Thorn Consulting
Bob Galen
Zenergy Technologies
TE

Learning How to Lead High-Performing Agile Teams

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Tuesday, June 5, 2018 - 8:30am to 12:00pm

Currently much of agile adoption—coaching, advice, techniques, training, and even the empathy—revolves around the agile teams. Leaders are typically ignored, marginalized at best, and in the worst cases even vilified. But Bob Galen and Mary Thorn contend that there is a central and important role for managers and leaders within agile environments. Join Bob and Mary as they explore the patterns of mature agile managers and leaders. Examine why those who understand servant leadership know how to effectively support, grow, coach, and empower their agile teams in ways that increase the team's...

V. Lee Henson
AgileDad
TH

Advanced Backlog Refinement and Estimation Techniques

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Tuesday, June 5, 2018 - 8:30am to 12:00pm

One of the greatest challenges organizations face when embracing Agile is how to streamline the process of analyzing, defining, and refining the product backlogs so they can be easily consumed by their teams. Join Lee Henson to take a deep dive into advanced techniques that allow you to refine the work and ultimately achieve more accurate complexity estimates—for better project and release forecasting. Explore techniques including the creation of the Agile Press Release, which defines the who, what, where, when, why, and how behind the scope of an agile project or release in a simple one-...

Jeff Payne
Coveros, Inc.
TI

Agile Project Failures: Root Causes and Corrective Actions

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Tuesday, June 5, 2018 - 1:00pm to 4:30pm

Agile initiatives always begin with high expectations—accelerate delivery, meet customer needs, and improve software quality. The truth is that many agile projects do not deliver on some or all of these expectations. If you want help to ensure the success of your agile project or to get an agile project back on track, this tutorial is for you. Jeffery Payne discusses the most common causes of agile project failure and how you can avoid these issues or mitigate their damaging effects. Poor project management, ineffective requirements development, failed communications, software development...

Wednesday, June 6

Pete Behrens
Trail Ridge Consulting
K2

Five (Oops! I Mean Six) Mistakes Leaders Make

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Wednesday, June 6, 2018 - 10:00am to 11:00am

The world of work is transforming at an unrelenting pace. Product development is increasingly more complex and uncertain while the speed of decisions and delivery is escalating at an exponential pace. Many of us are unaware of how our thoughts and actions work against our own objectives and our organizations’ goals and needs. Pete Behrens illustrates how leadership agility improves self-awareness, amplifies decision-making, improves outcomes, and grows resilience and capacity in highly complex and fast-paced environments. Sharing stories from his two decades of personal experience—...

Ryan_Lockard
Contino
AW1

Secrets from the Authors of the Agile Manifesto

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Wednesday, June 6, 2018 - 11:30am to 12:30pm

Agile coach Ryan Lockard interviewed fourteen of the seventeen authors of the Agile Manifesto for a special podcast project. Originally the idea was to capture the intent of authors and to chronicle the story of the Agile Manifesto, but what emerged became much more. This session covers the real story behind the rise and fall of agile in industry and what we can do to reclaim it. Ryan will dive into the history behind the Agile Manifesto and its signatories, what precipitated the manifesto's creation, and what the vision for it was. From that story emerges the rise of an industry, and to...

Selena Delesie
Delesie Solutions
BW1

Leadership from Within an Agile Team

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Wednesday, June 6, 2018 - 11:30am to 12:30pm

Teams struggle for many reasons, leaving people frustrated, complacent, and content to exist in mediocrity. There is a secret sauce that propels individuals, teams, and entire organizations to be really successful. And that secret is effective leadership! And not just the executives, managers, or those with leader titles get to lead – everyone does. The real benefits of agile emerge when each person embraces their personal leadership. By embracing our inner leader, we are able to engage our team, improve the value and quality of our deliverables, and gain the competitive edge the agile...

Shaun Bradshaw
Zenergy Technologies, Inc
BW2

Essential Patterns of Mature Agile Testers

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Wednesday, June 6, 2018 - 11:30am to 12:30pm

Testing in agile teams is still one of the great mysteries of the agile world. In many organizations, testers continue to be marginalized. In others, testers are active but rarely understand or reach the full potential of their role. In this session, Shaun Bradshaw, an experienced agile coach and tester, will explore the practices and mindset of fully empowered agile testers on high-performance agile teams. Throughout Shaun’s agile coaching experience, he’s seen it all—from total dysfunction to high performance and everything in between. He’ll share with you real-world tactics to help you...

John_Cutler
Independent Consultant
AW6

Beating the Feature Factory Mindset

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Wednesday, June 6, 2018 - 1:30pm to 2:30pm

On a human level, we crave outcomes and impact. But in software product development, there is something addictive about the "build more and more features" approach that often leaves people frustrated and unsatisfied. Developers understand the challenges of working in output-focused environments and the adverse effects this has on productivity, morale, and business impact. Join John Cutler as he discusses these "feature factories," why they exist, how they impact your business, and how you can shift the focus to outcomes and impact. John thoroughly makes the case that churning out features...

BW4

A Case Study in Building a Culture of Continuous Improvement

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Wednesday, June 6, 2018 - 1:30pm to 2:30pm

Continuous improvement is the goal of agile teams. But what does it look like when we create a continuous improvement strategy beyond our agile teams and bring it to the company level? Working at Spotify, Kevin Goldsmith saw the benefits of its fantastic continuous improvement culture. When he joined Avvo as its new CTO, his primary goal was to help Avvo create that culture for itself. In this session, Kevin will show what Avvo has done to build a foundation for a continuous improvement culture. He’ll explore the frameworks used to create highly engaged teams and share the organizational...

Melissa Petak
Onlife Health
AW8

Creating an Innovation-Rich Culture

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Wednesday, June 6, 2018 - 2:45pm to 3:45pm

It's important to create a culture that inspires and infuses your development team with great ideas. But ideas are not action. Ideas in and of themselves are nothing more than unrefined, random thoughts, and worse, most ideas never get implemented. Even when you do follow through on some of the best ideas, they can cause great harm without proper planning and execution. While creativity is an asset, unbridled creativity where disparate ideas abound outside a sound decision-making and execution framework will create distraction and chaos. In this session, Melissa Petak will show you how to...

Thursday, June 7

Ryan Ripley
Independent Consultant
Faye Thompson
Cardinal Solutions Group
K4

Collaborative Curiosity

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Thursday, June 7, 2018 - 8:30am to 9:45am

Let's try an experiment. Rather than trying to figure out what you need or want to hear from a keynote, we propose your taking over as the product owner and driving the discussion? Join Ryan Ripley and Faye Thompson as they take your most pressing, real-time questions and craft them into an inspiring keynote that is relevant to you and your needs. They will take on all agile topics: How does a team optimize their learning? How do you make it safe to explore, experiment and fail? What should you do when your teams aren’t “buying” self-direction and accountability. What do you do when those...

Nablia Safdar
Do it Best Corp.
AT1

Fuel Agility with Transparent Expectations

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Thursday, June 7, 2018 - 10:00am to 11:00pm

Do you know how your work is aligned to tactical and strategic goals? Success is rooted in a productive and cohesive team-centered culture. When culture and execution are misaligned, failure is almost certain. Everyone on and around the team must understand their role in defining, delivering, and growing value. It sounds easy, but the discipline can be tough, which leads to disappointments and unwelcome surprises. Nabila Safdar focuses on curating transparent expectations by the following six core practices. First, foster candor and respect. This leads to unity. Second, have fresh...

Natalie_Warnert
CA Technologies
AT3

Stop Guessing and Validate What Your Customers Want

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Thursday, June 7, 2018 - 10:00am to 11:00am

In agile, everything we do is an experiment. Product development is no different. We think we know what the customer wants, and the customer thinks they know what they want, but it turns out we're all wrong! To get to validated discoveries about our features, we must understand how to write a better hypothesis for our development experiments. This session focuses on challenging the mindset that we are validating options during our experiments. Natalie Warnert will show you how to eliminate options that don't work with data and feedback by looking at your product hypotheses as tests that...

V. Lee Henson
AgileDad
BT1

Agile 3.0: The Five Secrets Advanced Agile Companies Know

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Thursday, June 7, 2018 - 10:00am to 11:00am

Now that organizations have opted to morph agile into their own homegrown Agile Center of Excellence, many have missed out on simple advanced practices that would allow them to be even more aligned and ready to embrace a more practical agile application. Join seasoned agile coach Lee Henson as he shows you how to leverage internal and external agile service agreements to help guide your teams to a more solid agile footing. He will explore setting a clear vision and strategy by building an “agile press release” and how to embrace estimation excellence for stories, releases, and entire...

David Bernstein
To Be Agile
BT3

Overcoming Test-Driven Damage

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Thursday, June 7, 2018 - 10:00am to 11:00am

Test-driven development is supposed to help us refactor our code safely, but we often find that when we refactor our code, we also have to refactor our tests. What was supposed to add safety becomes a burden requiring time and effort. Writing good unit tests is a critical skill that developers need to master in order to get the most benefit from test-driven development. Tests must be unique, written at the right level of abstraction, and implementation-independent in order to be most valuable. In this session, David Bernstein will cover effective techniques for doing TDD that support...

Viktor Farcic
Cloud Bees
DT2

Scaling to Infinity: The Quest for Fully Automated, Scalable, Self-Healing Systems

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Thursday, June 7, 2018 - 10:00am to 11:00am

The number of servers in our systems is constantly increasing. With the move to microservices and continuous deployment practices, deployments frequency is higher than ever, yet we are expected to handle increased demand with the same workforce as before. How can we operate clusters at scale with minimum human involvement? The answer lies in adoption of new practices and tools. Join Viktor Farcic as he discussions how container schedulers are becoming a de facto standard for deploying services at scale and continuous deployment is the new norm for complete automation of software delivery....

Steve Spearman
Agile for All
AT5

Let's (Re)Learn about Agile and Scrum in One Hour!

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Thursday, June 7, 2018 - 11:30am to 12:30pm

Every software conference has a number of folks who are brand-new to agile—as well as folks who think they understand it but could use a solid refresher. This interactive presentation will focus on newbies who want to understand the key concepts of both agile and Scrum. Certified Scrum trainer Steven Spearman will give an overview of the key concepts and learning approaches needed to understand agile and Scrum in one hour. While he will cover the structural basics of roles and events, he’ll focus primarily on key concepts of complexity, why traditional methods fail us so often, taking...

Stefana Saxton
Black & Veatch
BT4

Innovation: The Art of Being Wrong

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Thursday, June 7, 2018 - 11:30am to 12:30pm

So, your company wants to be innovative. Are you comfortable with failure? The word failure is littered with negative connotations. Elon Musk financed three failed SpaceX rocket launches. Edison designed more than 2,000 light bulbs that did not work. The Wright brothers crashed dozens of planes and gliders before one took off. And the Americas were discovered through failed circumnavigation. Some failed small and learned. And some failed big but survived and thrived. The lesson is that organizations must embrace failure to accelerate innovation. Join Stefana Saxton to learn how to...

Faye Thompson
Cardinal Solutions Group
BT5

It's All In Our Heads: Using Neuroscience to Improve Performance

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Thursday, June 7, 2018 - 11:30am to 12:30pm

Understanding how our brains take shortcuts to process all the data they take in can help us recognize when its happening, take measures to correct our course, and use that information to build stronger teams. This talk sprang from my curiosity about the intersection of neuroscience and organizational behavior. It is my hope that attendees will leave with the ability to recognize when they and their teams are using processing shortcuts, as well as some techniques for mitigating their impact. Learning Objectives: - Identify several ways in which our brains short cut processing in order to...

Ken Pugh
Ken Pugh, Inc.
BT6

Using Behavior Driven Development and Acceptance Test-Driven Development to create GREAT requirements

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Thursday, June 7, 2018 - 11:30am to 12:30pm

Defining, understanding, and agreeing on the scope of work to be done is often an area of discomfort for product managers, business analysts, developers, and quality assurance experts alike. The origin of many items living in our defect tracking systems can be traced to the difficulties encountered while performing these initial requirements activities. Ken Pugh introduces behavior-driven development (BDD), also known as acceptance test-driven development (ATDD), and explains how it works in creating detailed requirements. He outlines the different roles that team members play in the...

Chris Murman
SolutionsIQ an Accenture Company
AT7

Things Are Broken: A Case Study In Moving Too Fast

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Thursday, June 7, 2018 - 1:30pm to 2:30pm

"Move fast and break things” tells quite a story of the relationship between speed and agile. Speed has been a driver in our industry before it was even an industry. Books promise that certain frameworks can deliver twice as much in half the time, yet teams still struggle delivering what's expected of them. This session describes a six-month case study of a multi-team transformation. The orders were to make the teams deliver faster, but they were consistently missing deadlines. Frustration was on the rise. Only after taking the time to understand what they meant by "faster" could the teams...

Jamie Lynn Cooke
Both Hemispheres, LLC
AT9

Building the Perfect Product Backlog

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Thursday, June 7, 2018 - 1:30pm to 2:30pm

"Efficiency is doing things right; effectiveness is doing the right things." This quote from Peter Drucker identifies why even the most productive agile teams may not always deliver the most successful business solutions. The agile team depends on the product owner to correctly identify the business requirements with the highest values, to clearly describe each feature at the right level of granularity, to provide the necessary supporting documentation, and to continuously adapt the product backlog to meet the emerging needs of the organization. Otherwise, the team could be measuring its...

Bill DeVoe
Velocity Partners
BT8

Lean-Agile Learning through Games

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Thursday, June 7, 2018 - 1:30pm to 2:30pm

Most agile practitioners first learn agile by reading a book, attending a class, or attending local meetings. But learning lean and agile concepts works best when we're able to put some concrete examples and practice behind the concepts. By adding a set of games and exercises that teach and reinforce lean and agile concepts to our toolboxes, change agents can provide some practical basis for conversations both inside and outside their organizations. In this talk join experienced agile coach Bill DeVoe, as he shares two of his “go to” games. First, up will be The Name Game, a game that...

Jeff Payne
Coveros, Inc.
DT6

The Great Debate: The Pros and Cons of Continuous Delivery

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Thursday, June 7, 2018 - 1:30pm to 2:30pm

The Great Continuous Delivery Debate There is a lot of debate about whether continuous delivery is a boon or a curse. Proponents will sing the praises of being able to deliver software into production very frequently with no manual intervention. Skeptics will highlight the challenges delivering quality, working with legacy code, and the need for intensive system-wide assurance activities prior to deploying into production. So which is it? Can most organizations benefit from continuous delivery and, if so, how? Or is continuous delivery a pipedream and only reachable by the select few....

Toiya Jones-Current
Kaiser Permanente
AT11

Waterfall to Scrum: It Only Goes Up from Here

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Thursday, June 7, 2018 - 3:00pm to 4:00pm

You’re a project manager using a waterfall methodology, but the team is not making progress on the work and deadlines are not being met. The requirements aren’t clear, scope keeps changing, deadlines won’t budge, and you can’t get more resources on the project. You were doomed from the start! A common solution to this situation is to adopt Scrum, but that can be difficult as well. Join Toiya Jones-Current as she narrates her personal journey and the baby steps she took to successfully switch from waterfall to Scrum and the transition her project team went through to deliver iteratively and...

Bob Galen
Zenergy Technologies
AT12

Essential Product Ownership: It takes a Village

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Thursday, June 7, 2018 - 3:00pm to 4:00pm

Scrum surfaced in 1993. So, the role of a Product Owner has existed for 20+ years. Surely the whole idea is well understood by now. Right? And the role is a simple one. There is a single product owner per product team or teams. Defining and accepting the work to meet the clients’ goals. Always mucking around the backlog. Again, simple and clear. Right? Well, in my coaching travels and observations it’s not that simple. I still see literally tens of organizations and hundreds of teams that struggle with the notion of product ownership. So, let’s go over it...

Allison Pollard
Improving Enterprises
Barry Forrest
Improving in Dallas
BT11

Brewing Great Agile Team Dynamics: No More "Bitter Beer Face" Communications

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Thursday, June 7, 2018 - 3:00pm to 4:00pm

Ever find yourself making a sour face after talking to a coworker? Wishing your team meetings felt more like an engaging social hour? There is hope. Those everyday conflicts where something seems “off” after a conversation are often related to differences in communication styles. When team members understand themselves and others, there’s less conflict, more collaboration, and better working relationships. The DiSC model can help you understand why your team behaves the way it does and how to build trust for a more agile team. In this interactive session, agile coaches Allison Pollard and...

Larry Maccherone
AgileCraft
BT12

The Impact of Agile Quantified

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Thursday, June 7, 2018 - 3:00pm to 4:00pm

For years, people have made recommendations for how to develop software in an agile way based almost entirely on intuition, folklore, and anecdotes. They've never been able to quantitatively show the accuracy or applicability of these recommendations. This session quantifies those recommendations in the most precise and objective terms, including a presentation of general findings in Larry Maccherone's research correlating agile practices to performance along the dimensions of productivity, predictability, quality, and time to market. These data can be used to make general decisions about...

Friday, June 8

SMT1

The Do’s and Don’ts of Building an Enterprise Product Team

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Friday, June 8, 2018 - 9:00am to 10:00am

Every product-driven development organization has a product team. But when things “go Agile”, that team is often under-considered as part of the transformation. Everyone seems to be focusing on the technical aspects. But product play an incredibly important role and needs a first-class seat at the enterprise agile transformation table.

Join Nicole Dwyer, as she shares her experiences in building high-performance, agile product teams. She’ll share on establishing & building the team, running agile without product, underestimating the need for a scrum master, the need for...

SMT2

Agile in a Regulated Environment – Advice from a “Blues Traveler”

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Friday, June 8, 2018 - 10:15am to 11:15am

Implementing Agile practices in a regulated industry has its own set of unique challenges. Learn what worked and didn't work at Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina (BCBSNC) and WellCare Health Plans as they adopted Agile practices in product and software development within their regulated organizations.

Join Leon Sabarsky as he shares his advice and lessons learned on implementing Agile at the Blues and other healthcare organizations. Some or their particular challenges included scaling up, connecting with non-agile PMO’s, reconfiguring our traditional testing processes, and...

Mary_Thorn
Mary Thorn Consulting
SMT3

Shhh...it's not "SAFe"!

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Friday, June 8, 2018 - 12:30pm to 1:30pm

Scaling agile is tough. Convincing regulated financial institutions to change their "governance" processes to a matrixed, decentralized decision-making organization is almost impossible. But that’s just the change of direction that adopting agile approaches requires.

Come listen to the journey that Mary Thorn took with two regulated financial institutions by implementing the Scaled Agile Framework (SAFe) without the business-side and people actually realizing the source of the change.

You will learn why and how the principles and values of SAFe and agile can transform any...

David McMunn
Fannie Mae
Dan Craig
Fannie Mae
SMT4

For Lasting Change, Take an Agile Approach to Your Agile Transformation!

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Friday, June 8, 2018 - 1:45pm to 2:45pm

One of the most difficult challenges faced by an organization entering a large-scale, enterprise transformation is how to achieve lasting change. Oftentimes, leadership will charter an Agile Center of Excellence (COE) in the hopes that training, coaching and publication of best practices will bring the desired change. While these actions typically generate excitement and build early momentum, by themselves they will not change the “DNA” (aka, mindset) of the enterprise. To avoid long-term atrophy of agile benefits, it is critical to charter a COE that is deeply in-tune with the enterprise...