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Wednesday, November 12
 

11:00

A Wrong Encounter: Agile in a Huge-Waterfall Company, LG Electronics
Current smart-phone business is in intense competition. All the manufacturers are under enormous pressure to deliver faster with higher performance and quality than its competitors.

Agile seems to be indispensable choice to survive in the current market and hence, many are trying to implement it in their organization. However it’s not easy in a big Electronics company, since it has been following huge-waterfall process for a long time, originally designed for hardware development with lots of regulations and for satisfying Telecom service providers’ process, which is another waterfall.

This talk is about how we made progresses in this situation. We have observed 8 obstacles in applying Agile in the huge-waterfall company and has made several trials to overcome them. Some of them worked, some did not.

Successful cases involve organizational wisdom such as having internal enemies, process guys who have the authority of approving work outputs, transitioned to support Agile teams so that we can use their power. We also see that Technical practices are a big help to attract people: “Developers like Technically Sexy things”. We tried applying the modern engineering practices in a technically sexy way so that people get interested easily. We also found out that “Fun” is important in any activities. We have made every effort to make the activities funny!

To summarize, this talk will show the below in the context of Android application development including live demo of running & testing an android application.

1. The difficulties we had in applying Agile in a big, electronics company: 8 Obstacles
2. How we approached in our company to overcome the problems: Using the power of opponents + small and step-by-step advancement + Technically sexy practices.
3. How we implement them in a way that people have fun in performing the activities!

Speakers
avatar for Wisang Eom

Wisang Eom

Team Lead, Agile Coach, LG Electronics, Korea
I'm currently working as a team lead of “Agile Development Team” in LG Electronics and an internal Agile coach for Smart-phone Department and others.



Wednesday November 12, 2014 11:00 - 12:00
Room 1

15:30

Journey to Agility for a Large Scale Telecom System - Reflections from the road
Since the birth of Agile Manifesto, many companies have started their Agile transformation journeys. Working as an Agile coach, I have had the honor to help out and to learn. In this session, I will share some key learning, challenges and experience from a large scale legacy telecom product during its Agile transformation journey.

Speakers
avatar for Evelyn Tian

Evelyn Tian

Head of Lean & Agile Program at R&D North East Asia; Lean and Agile Head Coach for Asia Pacific, Ericsson
Evelyn Tian is the Lean and Agile Head Coach of Ericsson Communications in the Asia-Pacific region. She has been passionately working with Lean and Agile transformation since 2009. She coaches organizations, management, development teams and individuals at both strategic and hands-on... Read More →



Wednesday November 12, 2014 15:30 - 16:30
Room 2

17:00

Interpreting the Unwritten Rules - or are they Guidelines?
Even in the most collaborative and communication intensive team there are lots of "rules" which people need to learn about how to work together. In distributed teams this gets magnified and intensified due to the myriad filters and layers of meaning we unwittingly apply to communication. In this talk Shane presents examples of how the most innocent of question or suggestion can send teams into a spin, and suggests a number of techniques to help create an environment where real communication can happen, irrespective is your team is co-located or distributed.

The talk examines aspects of culture, individual and team motivation, personal values and attitudes and how they become “filters” through which we view the world. These filters influence our interactions with others and become rules which become ingrained in our attitudes and behaviours. By changing rules to guides we gain the freedom to think and act based on the current context rather than reacting based on our accumulated filters.

Speakers
avatar for Shane Hastie

Shane Hastie

Chief Knowledge Engineer, Software Education
Shane Hastie is the Chief Knowledge Engineer and Agile Practice Lead for Software Education. Shane works extensively in the overlap between business analysis and agile development practices – actively working to bridge the perceived gaps between these communities. In 2011 Shane... Read More →



Wednesday November 12, 2014 17:00 - 18:00
Room 1
 
Thursday, November 13
 

11:00

Overcoming Cultural Differences by Focusing on Similarities
One of the challenges global teams are facing, is overcoming cultural differences. Yet, these differences have their origin not only in geography and language, but also in strategies, politics, values and history. A company, no less than the broader society, shapes a culture that influences its employees behavior. A distributed team needs to leverage this and jointly develop a project culture and keep the project history alive for emphasizing the common culture. This session points out techniques that have helped to create a common culture in different global projects I have been working on.

Speakers
avatar for Jutta Eckstein

Jutta Eckstein

independent coach, consultant, and trainer
Jutta Eckstein works as an independent coach, consultant, and trainer. She holds a M.A. in Business Coaching & Change Management, a Dipl.Eng. in Product-Engineering, and a B.A. in Education. She has helped many teams and organizations worldwide to make an Agile transition. She has... Read More →



Thursday November 13, 2014 11:00 - 12:00
Keynote

15:30

Open Agile Adoption - Reaching Escape Velocity
Two thirds of large-scale change programmes don’t meet their goals
There are thousands of attempts at agile adoption involving hundreds of thousands of Certified ScrumMasters

So...
why don't we have thousands or at least hundreds of case studies from successful agile transformations?
why are many organisations still depending on continuous coaching?
why have many organisations fallen back?

Even combining top-down and bottom-up approaches often still falls far short of our expectations as the status quo stubbonly endures.

So what's a more effective approach? 

Over decades and even millenia, humans have devised games, rites-of-passage and other techniques to achieve transitions from one state to the next. Open Agile Adoption combines several of these techniques into a framework you can use to achieve both rapid and sustained transformation.

Speakers
avatar for Stuart Turner

Stuart Turner

Agile Coach & Trainer
Stuart provides consulting and coaching services to individuals, teams and organisations wanting to continually learn and improve. He is dedicated to helping people be happy and has worked for startups and Global 100 companies in the UK before moving to Singapore in 2011. He has been... Read More →



Thursday November 13, 2014 15:30 - 16:30
Room 1
 
Friday, November 14
 

11:00

Building an Agile Government
As Singapore transform itself to be the world’s first Smart Nation, Singapore Government is embarking on a “whole-of-government” agile transformation to build more responsive digital services and improve citizen’s digital experience.
 
In this session, I will be sharing on the Singapore Government’s agile transformation journey and the new co-development partnership model that Government is embarking on with its IT partners. This will include sharing on how IDA is building up its agile coaching team to evangelize internally to the various government agencies as well as reviewing the contracting model to facilitate Agile collaboration. In order to enable industry partners to better collaborate with the Government and build their internal capability, I will also share on capability building initiatives (such as training and consultancy) that the Government have for the industry.

Speakers
avatar for Steven Koh

Steven Koh

Senior Agile Coach, IDA
He is an evangelist for agile development and he coaches team on software engineering practices in the public sector.He has rotated across multiple technical roles (e.g. sysadmin, dba, developer, business analyst, project manager and lead systems architect) and specializes in building... Read More →
avatar for Jonathan Lee

Jonathan Lee

Manager, iDA
Passionate about technology, Jonathan has worked in the Infocomm Development Authority to conceptualize and develop strategic initiatives to encourage more tech product companies in Singapore. He brings with him experience in strategy, public policy and business development, working... Read More →



Friday November 14, 2014 11:00 - 12:00
Room 2

13:30

Coffee, Tea or Agile
Some observers of historical trends have suggested that the Industrial Revolution could not have happened without coffee and tea. Heating water for a daily jolt of caffeine enabled workers to be more in control of their waking hours and also to have longer lives because drinking water that has been boiled means the consumer is less likely to swallow the toxic soup that early water supplies presented for consumption. Control of working and waking is what the Industrial Age was all about. Is it time for a truly agile approach to how we work and live our lives? What would that mean? No coffee/tea/Diet Coke/Red Bull? What are the real penalties we are paying for force fitting Industrial Age (plan-driven) living into agile development? Is there really a way to have it all? What's the best way to be happy and healthy and productive?


Speakers
avatar for Linda Rising

Linda Rising

Independent consultant
Linda Rising is an independent consultant based in Nashville, Tennessee. Linda Rising has a Ph.D. from Arizona State University in the field of object-based design metrics and a background that includes university teaching and industry work in telecommunications, avionics, and tactical... Read More →



Friday November 14, 2014 13:30 - 14:30
Keynote

15:00

Overcoming Resistance to Change
When you come to a conference like Agile Singapore, you are sure to pick up new ideas that you would like to try out when you get back to work. However, you may feel like you hit a brick wall when it comes persuading your anyone else to try new ideas out.

Resistance is very common in organizations large and small. As an agile coach, Rachel learned a long time ago that forcing adoption of new practice results in minimal compliance and teams often fall back to old ways of doing things. Rachel will share some stories of successful changes that she has introduced with XP product development teams at Unruly. Come along to this talk to hear some tips for getting to the heart of resistance and how to dissolve barriers to adopting new working practices.

Speakers
avatar for Rachel Davies

Rachel Davies

Agile Coach, Unruly
Rachel Davies coaches product development teams at Unruly (tech.unruly.co)  in London. She is co-author of “Agile Coaching” and an invited speaker  at industry events around the globe. Her mission is to create workplaces where  developers enjoy delivering valuable software. Rachel is a strong  advocate of XP approaches and an organiser of Extr... Read More →



Friday November 14, 2014 15:00 - 16:00
Keynote