15:30 - 17:00 - 90 min Session

Fast Conversations
Jeff Lopez-Stuit
Acacia A
Build The Future

When a team is figuring out how to approach a piece of work, it should obtain just enough understanding to commit to getting the work done along a path that everyone can stand behind. A fast conversation can help a team maintain enough understanding to work, and avoid wasting time and energy on details that may not be important for work to proceed. It also gives a team tools to check that everyone is on board with the approach, so that conversations don’t happen too fast for anyone.

Managing Technical Debt
Fadi Stephan
Acacia B
Tools of the Future

Is your team constantly missing delivery dates? Is the velocity decreasing from sprint to sprint while the development costs are rising? These are all signs that you are mired in technical debt and probably on your way to bankruptcy or a complete system rewrite. Come learn how to measure the quality of your code base and determine the amount of your debt. Learn how to engage executives and get buy-in on a technical debt repayment plan that enables you to pay down your debt, refinance it to a low interest rate, increase the quality of your code and return to high productivity.

Birdie-Birdie: a thorny Scrum simulation
Alan Cyment, Veronica Sack
Acacia C
Build The Future

You and your team have just been hired by TopTop, the major toy manufacturer, in order to build the company's next big hit, codenamed Birdie-Birdie. But beware: you have fierce competition. Other firms have been hired and only the one who delivers the greatest business value gets the check! Using only LEGO pieces, prepare to build, integrate and test, while you struggle to appease an increasingly demanding CEO. Revel in self-organization, optimizing your process while building a complex product. A fast-paced product-building game that will take your Scrum skills to the limit!

Blueprint for the Future
Ron Jeffries
Acacia D
Build The Future

Scrum is doing well but not well enough. There are important challenges to Scrum, to Alliance, to Scrum practitioners. We'll review the current status of Scrum, then discuss challenges facing Scrum, facing the Scrum Alliance, and facing Scrum practitioners. We'll look at some key challenges in detail: we'll consider technical practices, product ownership, and estimation. We'll talk about continuous flow: is it a threat or an opportunity? We'll look at how to see these issues in our work, and what needs to be done about them.

Agile Antipatterns: The Scrum Master's Guide to Traps, Tripwires, and Treachery
Adam Weisbart
Paloverde A
Build The Future

Knowing the basics of Scrum is essential for any team member, but out in the trenches, a good ScrumMaster must be ready to identify and deal with Agile Antipatterns quickly to help his team and organization move forward. What’s an Agile Antipattern? Something that at first blush may seem useful, but in practice is usually harmful to an agile initiative. It’s important to be able to sniff these out since they can damage your organization, and are often slippery to catch. You’ll leave this workshop with a set of powerful tools to help you defuse antipatterns in the field.

Giving Agile Teams the Roots to Grow and Wings to Fly
Dave Sharrock
Paloverde B
See The Future

A strong, self-organizing agile team does not emerge by accident. Just as with the creation of a great product, a great team takes vision and leadership, and ultimately of course, ownership of that vision from within the team. This workshop is a step in handing over ownership of the vision to the team, helping set expectations, define what a great agile team looks like, and enabling the team to steer their way forwards, while recognizing when they veer from their plan. Come and find out how a team can avoid stagnating, and continue to grow together as a team.

Paging Dr. Scrum: Diagnosing Problems in the Agile Organization
Angela Druckman
See The Future
Mesquite 1-3

“Our main problem doing Scrum is…” Agile coaches know that those new to Scrum often complete this sentence by describing symptoms rather than the root causes of their issues. It's hard to solve a thorny problem when you are stuck in the middle of it. Enter the agile coach. Much like a physician, we are often called in to diagnose “disease” and create a “treatment plan”. In this session, for both internal agile coaches and those who work with external clients, we’ll learn techniques to get to the root causes of common problems with Scrum and help our clients see a way forward.

Agile Kaizen - Improvement Beyond Retrospectives
Angel Medinilla
Mesquite 4/5
Build The Future

Let's face it: many companies are stuck at Continuous Improvement. Retrospectives are probably the only sign of a Kaizen culture, and frequently they end up with the same list of impediments that we had a year ago. And then what? Maybe we try some games and creativity exercises, but when it comes to actual improvement...Well, how was that saying about an old dog and new tricks? This talk will show you new ways to look at the continuous improvement process at your company, starting with -yes- retrospectives, but going far beyond that: Change Management, Corporate Culture, Innovation...