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Wednesday, November 12
 

11:00

Introduction to LeSS
Large-Scale Scrum (LeSS) is a framework for scaling Scrum to medium to large projects while staying true to the original Scrum principles. It provides a couple of simple rules that define the LeSS framework and how teams and organizations work with it. Within the framework provided by LeSS, organizations need to evolve their own practices and continuously improve those. LeSS has been used in companies such as JP Morgan, Bank of America-Merill Lynch, Ericsson, and NSN. This talk introduces the LeSS framework and rules and provides some guides on adoption. The talk is roughly based on the upcoming Large-Scale Scrum book and the LeSS Practitioner courses.

Speakers
avatar for Bas Vodde

Bas Vodde

Agile Coach, Odd-e
Bas Vodde is an experienced coach in agile methods and is a certified Scrum master trainer. Next to Scrum, he trains and coaches teams in TDD, retrospective and agile planning. In 2005 he moved to Helsinki, Finland to introduce Agile Development and in particular Scrum, in Nokia Networks... Read More →



Wednesday November 12, 2014 11:00 - 12:00
Keynote

13:30

All written lean practices are wrong
Misconceptions occur. Even within face to face interaction. And of course, when concepts are spread with keywords. Let's discuss several lean practices in depth. And let's think what their purposes and values are. Value Stream and Flow, Visualization, Pull-System, 5 Times Whys, Kanban, Kaizen, etc.

Speakers
avatar for Kiro Harada

Kiro Harada

Senior Consultant, Attractor Inc.
An independent consultant on supply chain management, domain modeling and agile in Japan.


Wednesday November 12, 2014 13:30 - 15:00
Room 1

13:30

The Girl with the Chisel Tip Marker
One of the quickest ways to achieve greater buy-in, clearer communication and higher levels of engagement with team members, stakeholders, sponsors and business units is to get "visual agility".

Visual Agility is about three things:

Capturing - the information, thinking and ideas of the team, stakeholders and sponsors
Conveying - that information in a way that’s compelling and easy to understand
Collaborating - using innovative tools that bring people together to think, talk and do great things
Visual agility. Yes its about using cards, stories, post it notes… but it's also about using visual charts, maps, models, metaphors, and most of all, hand crafted "drawn-in-the-moment" visuals.

If you're thinking you can't draw so well (or at all !), Lynne's session will boost your capability, instantly. And if you've already got some sketching skills up your sleeve, Lynne's session will guide you so you can finesse, develop and mature your visual thinking capability for even greater public display!

In agile we often speak about making work visible, showing progress, visualising solutions, scoping out possibilities. Having 'visual agility' gives you the capability and confidence to step into any role at a moment's notice and help bring clarity to the problem, quicker. This is more than sketch noting for your own use; it's for bringing clarity to situations and communicating and collaborating through complexity.

You'll learn some of the most highly engaging ways to facilitate with visuals in an agile world and come away with 60 visual images and icons to put to work straight away.

Lynne will be live drawing to show you what to do, how to apply it and what it can look like.

Speakers
avatar for Lynne Cazaly

Lynne Cazaly

Owner, Lynne Cazaly
Lynne Cazaly helps individuals, teams and organisations transition to new ways of working. Lynne is an international keynote speaker, author and a master facilitator. She is the author of 6 books: ish: The Problem with our Pursuit for Perfection and the Life-Changing Practice of... Read More →



Wednesday November 12, 2014 13:30 - 15:00
Room 2

15:30

Applying Agile Development Practices in Distributed Teams
For a distributed team it is even more important to pay continuous attention to technical excellence and good designí as the Agile Manifesto requests. Yet, how to implement the typical agile development practices like pair programming or collective code ownership in a distributed setting? Moreover are there any differences or things to watch out for when applying "easier" practices like unit testing or refactoring? In this session I want to focus on the impact and application of agile development practices in distributed teams and how such a team can ensure its technical excellence.

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 →



Wednesday November 12, 2014 15:30 - 16:30
Room 1

17:00

User-Centered Agile Product Development in an Enterprise and a Startup
Product Development today has various challenges where startups and enterprises alike have to move quicker and plan resources carefully for consumers (users) to be able to gain market traction and stay relevant with competitors constantly evolving.

Very often, product releases are managed by product managers gathering requirements on behalf of the customer within an organisation. He begins with a high-level product requirement and speaks with various stakeholders like sales, marketing, operations, finance to map business constraints and heads over to engineering to start building. This skips over valuable insights gained by engaging users, design teams and answering the hard questions of “nice to haves” vs “must haves”.

I’ll like to share an approach that was used in two environments with success to bring products to market with a focus on users while considering business conditions and constraints.

As a product owner in an enterprise setting tasked with crafting a mobile strategy and product roadmap or a product owner in a startup tasked with overhauling a legacy system for a more efficient business platform, I’ll compare the two distinct environments and offer insights into how a team can begin to understand and shape a company’s direction towards user-centered design.

It involves thinking with users in mind, building with agile techniques and measuring to help iterate towards meaningful product releases. Often, this results in changes to an organisation that also requires coaching and charting a path for the people who are affected.

Speakers
avatar for Michael Ong

Michael Ong

COO, bellabox
I care about building Products and being Agile



Wednesday November 12, 2014 17:00 - 18:00
Room 2
 
Thursday, November 13
 

11:00

Agile for the Project Manager and PMP
As teams move from traditional project management practices to Agile methods, the roles and responsibilities of the project manager often need re-defined to better fit the dynamic team environment.

In this session, John Okoro and Ronica Roth from Rally Software will discuss the common, tough questions asked by project managers as they discover the Agile process. Hear real life, in-the-trenches examples of major enterprise customers who have transformed their traditional teams into energetic, Agile organizations.

Some of the questions, we’ll cover:
* How do I fund and initiate Agile projects?
* How do traditional roles change: PMP, BA, Architect, QA, Dev Team?
* How do I work with highly distributed, offshore teams?
* How do I ensure that governance and regulatory mandates are met?
* How do I report progress to my stakeholders?
* How can I get started with low risk and high payback?

Learning Points

In this session, you will learn:
1. How to support a fixed scope project environment with Agile.
2. The information and resources to bring to the table to help convince management of the benefits of Agile.
3. The mechanics and benefits of using Agile in a highly distributed environment.
4. How Agile can help teams with governance and regulatory mandates succeed.

Speakers
avatar for John Okoro

John Okoro

Director Professional Services – Asia, Rally Software
John Okoro is the Asia Services Leader for Rally Software, a US based company and leader in Agile application lifecycle management (ALM). John has over 18 years of project leadership and process improvement knowledge in technology related projects. John has led corporate training... Read More →



Thursday November 13, 2014 11:00 - 12:00
Room 2

13:30

High Impact Facilitation
In a meeting or workshop, you need to achieve an outcome, AND make sure people are coming along for the journey. How do you handle this ‘juggling’ or ‘balancing act’?

The High Impact Facilitator balances the imperatives of:

achieving outcomes
boosting engagement
driving productivity
encouraging contribution.
The session covers:
1 : It's all about how you start

This module covers your set-up for a high impact facilitation, getting yourself ready, setting up the environment and your opening 'scripts', style and statements.

2 : Your structures and processes

This module takes you through six different models and processes that Lynne regularly uses in high impact facilitation sessions.

3 : Designing agendas for high impact outcomes

This module shares the inside information on how to use the time available to get to high impact. It's no mistake that great outcomes are achieved in teams by a facilitator who has had a hand in crafting the agenda.

Learn how to use the chunks of time available to get where you need to get to... no matter how long your workshop, meeting or conversation.

4 : Handling tricky stuff

Once you, the environment and the process you're using is sorted, it's now over to you as the facilitator to simply... handle what happens.

There are many different responses to every situation that occurs. There's no one answer - but there is often a 'continuum of response'. This gives you the fleixibility to try something, try something else and try something else to get to the impact you're aiming for.

5 : Incorporating visuals, icons and templates to your facilitation toolkit

This module brings in the power of 'visual mojo'. It's not about what you can draw, but what you can draw out of the group.

6 : Putting it all together

This final module brings the learning together and applies it to a real life situation in your world.

Speakers
avatar for Lynne Cazaly

Lynne Cazaly

Owner, Lynne Cazaly
Lynne Cazaly helps individuals, teams and organisations transition to new ways of working. Lynne is an international keynote speaker, author and a master facilitator. She is the author of 6 books: ish: The Problem with our Pursuit for Perfection and the Life-Changing Practice of... Read More →


Thursday November 13, 2014 13:30 - 15:00
Room 1

13:30

Team-Driven Improvement with Retrospectives
Most teams following an Agile approach to software development want to find better ways of working to deliver value to their customers. Teamwork can be hard but also gives a great advantage of many ideas for doing things differently. A retrospective is a meeting where you all get together to reflect on you have learned working together and figure out how to do even better next time. Come to this workshop to learn how to plan and facilitate an effective retrospective. This will be an interactive session where you will have a chance to try out some exercises in groups that you can use when working with teams.

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 →



Thursday November 13, 2014 13:30 - 15:00
Room 2

15:30

Kanban In Action
A whirlwind introduction tour to kanban, it’s ideas and some of the practicalities. This is an introduction to kanban that aims to get you up and running from nowhere. We will stop shortly at the theory behind kanban and put the main focus on the practical matters. Based on the book (Kanban In Action http://bit.ly/theKanbanBook).

Speakers
avatar for Marcus Hammarberg

Marcus Hammarberg

Social Worker - Management, Salvation Army Indonesia
Talk to me about kanban, specification by example, mob programming and continuous delivery. I'm trying to keep my fingers in the dough still and love to talk about programming too; NancyFx and Koa is my two favorites right now. Ask me why I had a hard time remember the difference... Read More →



Thursday November 13, 2014 15:30 - 16:30
Room 2
 
Friday, November 14
 

09:00

How serious play leads to breakthrough innovation
A Serious Game is a game whose primary intent is not pure entertainment. We learn best when we play and an increasing number of organizations have realized the enormous potential of game-based activities. Serious Games can be applied to a broad spectrum of areas like training, hiring, generating new ideas, making meetings more effective, generating feedback about a product or service, improving communication, avoiding common decision-making pitfalls, feature prioritization, vision sharing, SWOT analysis, strategy building, reflect and learn sessions and change management... The list goes on.

Organizations like Google, IBM or the United Nations use Serious Games on a regular basis. Not a single month passes without a book, article, conference or training about this increasingly popular topic.

The growing success of Agile methods, which put a strong emphasis on people interactions, fun and build a creativity-friendly environment, have made Serious Games even more popular.

The workshops will be facilitated with the aim to bring fun into work and produce highly valuable outcomes fast.

Speakers
avatar for Cedric Mainguy

Cedric Mainguy

Scrum Master/Agile Coach, Palo IT
Co-founder of three start-ups in Cambodia, India and in the US, Cédric is a seasoned IT entrepreneur. Over the years, Cédric has developed a knack for structuring innovation processes, implementing best practices in a wide range of areas, empowering teams to become highly efficient... Read More →



Friday November 14, 2014 09:00 - 10:30
Keynote

09:00

Temenos - Understand yourself and others
Three pillars enable empirical process control; Inspection, Adaptation and Transparency. 

Transparency is often the most difficult pillar to erect and keep standing. Even when we think we’re being transparent we’re often surprised to discover what we’re still concealing. Most of us don't really know ourselves, let alone anyone else.

Temenos is a healing container, developed by Siraj Sirajuddin. It helps any individual, team or community share with and understand one another. With the healing powers of Temenos, healthy and trusting relationships can be built or rebuilt. Authentic behaviour is permitted and empathic connections can be forged. 

Temenos can be the event that kindles the fire within a team, a community or a relationship with a valued client. It has the power to rebalance our lives, to restore our self-awareness, to reconnect with our heart and soul; those 'other' human elements we've long overlooked.

We are beginning to re-appreciate the value of Emotional Intelligence and how this can improve our ability to use empirical process control. Temenos can create potent results, restoring health and sustainability to you and your team, and you can experience it in this workshop.

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 →
avatar for Lv Yi

Lv Yi

Agile Coach, Odd-e
Lv Yi lives in Hangzhou, China. He is the first Certified Scrum Trainer from China since2008. As a coach at Odd-e, he gives his best expertise to help more organizationstransform to Agile, and coach teams to improve their output and learning.He has worked in various positions in Telecom... Read More →



Friday November 14, 2014 09:00 - 10:30
Room 2

11:00

Agile means business, so learn to think like the CxO
Have you ever thought to yourself, “I wish the executive leadership in my organization would take the time to really understand what agile is all about”? If you have, you are certainly not alone. And for good reason: we know that it’s hard to genuinely support, much less participate in, something you don’t understand.

But it is also essential for those who are not in positions of executive leadership to understand what is important to the executive suite, and then to be able to effectively communicate about agile in terms that resonate at that level. Without the ability to relate agile to the financial and operational aspects of the business, the degree to which agile penetrates an enterprise will be limited. The admonition, “Seek first to understand, then to be understood” is particularly applicable here.

In this session, we will look at the primary concerns of different executive-level roles, and why the typical agile elevator pitch may not be enough to get their attention and garner their support. Then, we will explore practical ways to relate agile principles and practices directly to the concerns of the executives in the organisation.

Throughout the session, we’ll drill down on very important concepts and indicators that most agile practitioners don’t even think about. You will leave the session with not only a new angle on agile, but with a toolkit for more effective communication and collaboration as you help extend agile throughout your organization. Just as importantly, you’ll gain a broader perspective on agile that will positively influence the way you think about your day-to-day work.

Speakers
avatar for Lee Cunningham

Lee Cunningham

Director, Enterprise Agile Enablement
Lee is an experienced agile practitioner and coach who is energized by working with people at all organizational levels, helping them develop business agility through alignment of all parts of the enterprise. He believes that it is necessary for people to enjoy their work in order... Read More →



Friday November 14, 2014 11:00 - 12:00
Room 1

13:30

The Slight Mistake at the Heart Of Agile
It's been over ten years since the signing of the Agile Manifesto and quite a bit has happened. Agile has spread throughout the industry and, rather than being an upstart movement, it is now considered mainstream. Over the past several years, however, it's become obvious that enterprise transition to Agile is not easy. Quite often it fails, or fails to yield benefits that are easily realized in smaller organizations. In response to this, we an adapt, or try harder, and those strategies seem to be pervasive in the industry. However, we can take time to question why it is so hard and consider that there may be a reformulation or change in emphasis which sidesteps the difficulty.

In this talk, Michael Feathers will explain a bit of the early history of Agile and talk about how there are organizations outside the Agile community that are taking advantage of a key insight that we missed early on.

Speakers
avatar for Michael Feathers

Michael Feathers

Director, R7K LLC
Michael Feathers is the founder and Director of R7K Research & Conveyance, a company specializing in software and organization design. Prior to forming R7K, Michael was the Chief Scientist of Obtiva and a consultant with Object Mentor International. Over the years, Michael has spent... Read More →


Friday November 14, 2014 13:30 - 14:30
Room 2

15:00

Transformational Life of a true Agile Leader
Puzzled about how to become an Agile leader?
Interested in how a manager transforms into an Agile leader?
As a traditional manager, you can transform into a leader who helps organizations, teams and individuals embrace the change, or you can lay back and easily stay as somebody who's deemed as an impediment during the change journey.
Come join this session to get inspired by some stories around the transformation life of a true Agile leader.

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 →



Friday November 14, 2014 15:00 - 16:00
Room 2