13:30 - 15:00 - 90 min Session

Not Your Mother's Agile Transformation
Katrina Bales, Keely Killpack
Acacia A
See The Future

Join our fun, interactive learning session & leave with a whole new perspective on bringing agility to life in your teams. Leveraging a real world partnership between an Agile Coach & a Change Practitioner, we share via hands on exercises the power of change tools such as Unlearning as well as introduce a twist to the application of a well know product development model to gain human behavior insights necessary to realize true agile transformation. You can also expect opportunities to provide your insights, feedback & experiences. Leave with new ideas & techniques to help you See The Future!

The Power of Observation
Jukka Lindström
Acacia B
Build The Future

“To observe without evaluating is the highest form of intelligence.” Jiddu Krishnamurti Ability to observe and share observations is one of the most fundamental skills for coaches. Sharing observations increases awareness and empowerment in others to make their own decisions and take responsibility of the situation, where as sharing interpretations has potential for conflict or disempowerment. How are your powers of observation? The workshop is for both new and experienced coaches. Participants will learn self-awareness and observation techniques to help themselves and others.

Windows on Transformation: Four Pathways to Grow a More Agile Enterprise
Michael Spayd, Lyssa Adkins
Acacia C
See The Future

It is easy to envision a more Agile enterprise, yet we have found as a community it is quite difficult to accomplish. The transformation process goes on in many dimensions, and unless we have a framework that helps us see from each of those perspectives, our efforts are much more likely to fall short. Based on Michael Spayd's upcoming book, Coaching the Agile Enterprise, this session will (literally) walk you through each of the four fundamental perspectives and the power and limitation of each. We will explore together approaches that are suitable to each perspective and how to activate them in your team, division or organization.

Integrating Systems Thinking into Enterprise Agile With the Lessons of Lean
Al Shalloway
Acacia D
Build The Future

While Scrum and XP have become very popular in agile development shops, most companies adopting them run into challenges when they expand beyond a few teams. These challenges often fall into a common set of patterns. We believe these patterns of challenge are due to a lack of systems thinking—the process of understanding how things influence one another within a larger whole. Al Shalloway shares his ideas on how the agile community can move beyond its team-centric approach to adopt a more holistic, systems-based approach. Systems thinking creates new opportunities to create substantially larger development teams that comprise hubs of development. These teams work interdependently with a common vision and context. Hubs create the structure and motivations for the teams and individuals to collaborate as a normal part of their daily work. This can reduce the amount of collaboration that the teams need to manage on their own. Lean-thinking is also introduced since its paradigm shift to the timing of the workflow provides insights into how to use systems thinking in software development. Although not a panacea, systems thinking provides a better platform to solve enterprise-wide challenges because your organization learns to approach problem-solving holistically and avoid the trap of unintended consequences.

Coach the hand your are dealt. A True Agile Approach to Coaching
John Miller
Paloverde A
See The Future

Are you taking an waterfall and linear approach to Agile adoption? Do we still think that approaches like "shock therapy" techniques truly empowers the Agile mindset? Share how to take a true Agile approach to your coaching and Agile transition? Does your coaching embody the Scrum values? Share an Agile coaching and adoption ideas that are are truly Agile. Explore ideas such as minimal viable change, pattern based coaching, coaching Sprints, and online coaching dashboards for customer transparency and collaboration. Coach the hand you by differentiating your coaching to where you teams are.

Deliberate practices for Agile coaching
Mesquite 1-3
Build The Future

Scrum Masters, Agile coaches and Agile managers at all times coach individuals, teams, and organizations. Sometimes, the coaching is effective, while other times it is not. It feels like largely dependent on luck or external environment, but this is too important to leave it this way. Deliberate practices come into place to increase the coaching effectiveness. In this workshop, we shall learn what deliberate practice is, discover what coaching skills need deliberate practices, and co-create deliberate practices for some of those skills.

From 'Doing Scrum' to 'Being Agile': Transforming a Culture
Brad Swanson
Paloverde A
See The Future

For many organizations, truly being agile (not just doing Scrum) requires a cultural transformation - much more than a Scrum 'adoption' or Agile 'transition'. We will describe John Kotter's 8-step model for leading change as a framework for Agile transformation. We will also share concrete techniques and lessons learned applying the model for a highly successful agile transformation within a large enterprise.

Metrics: How will you know if you're Gambling with Scrum?
Lonnie Weaver-Johnson, Kate Megaw
Mesquite 4/5
See The Future

Many people wonder if their Scrum adoption is working the way they intended. After all, if we are changing our method how will we know if it is better than the previous method? How do we know if it is working? What are the measurements we can use? In this session we will look at the good ideas, the bad ideas, and new ideas. This will be an interactive session where we will explore those questions, share answers, and discover some new ideas. In addition, gain some insights into how to explain this complicated topic to metrics hungry leaders.