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Wednesday, November 12

11:00 GMT+08

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.

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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 GMT+08

15:30 GMT+08

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.

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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 GMT+08
Room 1

17:00 GMT+08

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.

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Michael Ong

COO, bellabox
I care about building Products and being Agile

Wednesday November 12, 2014 17:00 - 18:00 GMT+08
Room 2
Thursday, November 13

11:00 GMT+08

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.

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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 GMT+08
Room 2

15:30 GMT+08

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).

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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 GMT+08
Room 2
Friday, November 14

11:00 GMT+08

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.

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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 GMT+08
Room 1

13:30 GMT+08

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.

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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 GMT+08
Room 2

15:00 GMT+08

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.

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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 GMT+08
Room 2