9:00 - 10:30 - 90 min Session

Effective Scrum and High Quality Code - It Is a Chicken and Egg Relationship
Rod Claar
Acacia B
Tools of the Future

Scrum is simple, but Scrum is Hard. Scrum is so simple that it can be explained in 20 minutes, but so hard that some teams are never effective. Other teams produce 3-10 times more business value than they did before. This talk will go into one of the main differences between under performing teams and very successful teams, the impact of Code Quality on the effectiveness of a Scrum team. You will learn about the business case for high quality code, establishing the business commitment to high quality code and the process and organization should use to deliver more business value faster.

Wetware Craftsmanship - Improved Coaching Through Understanding the Mind
Brian Bozzuto, Hedge Devin
Acacia A
See The Future

Organizations have developed an excessive focus on human beings as logical and emotionless beings - seeing us no differently than the computers on our desks - to the detriment of understanding and improving the way that people actually think. It’s time to commit ourselves to the craft of using our brain. Learn how developments in neuroscience have given us insights into the inner workings of the mind, some reinforce coaching concepts that have been around for over a century, while others have novel implications on how to best utilize your most important, and very finite, resource: your mind.

Facilitation & Communication in Scrum Teams
Michele Sliger
Acacia C
Build The Future

While traditional projects expect most communication to take the forms of email and manager-led meetings, Scrum projects expect teams to self-organize, collaborate and participate in decision-making. But what is self-organization? How does it work? This 90-minute workshop will focus on what it means to self-organize, how it occurs and how to help it along, and the hurdles that must be cleared in the process. See how the proper use of facilitation in Scrum meetings can be a key driver in the development of high-performing self-organizing teams.

The Agile CEO: Patterns, Principles and Practices
Charlie Rudd
Acacia D
See The Future

There are plenty of questions about executive leadership that emerge as organizations go Agile but precious few answers to help guide the executives that sponsor, lead, and are responsible for the performance of these organizations. In addition, although these days it’s pretty clear what it means to be an Agile team, what it means to be an Agile organization is still quite murky. In this session, Charlie will open up a discussion about what an Agile organization might be and describe strategies for leading one—all from a business executive perspective.

Practices of Great Product Owners
Bob Galen
Paloverde B
Build The Future

Arguably the most important role in a Scrum team is that of Product Owner. It’s also one of the most challenging of the Scrum roles. Part of that challenge is because many Product Owners are simply thrown into a Scrum team with little guidance, insufficient skill and time. In this session, Bob Galen will explore the practices and techniques, focus points, and patterns of great Product Owners. We’ll explore the dynamics of well-balanced Product Backlogs, ways to focus towards quality & customer value, how to conduct powerful Sprint Reviews; while "leading with" vision and goal-setting.

Using Organizational Design to Go from Good to Great
Rachel Weston Rowell, Jenif Kochanowski
Paloverde B
Track: See The Future

Scrum adoption has transitioned from just transforming teams to transforming whole organizations. But how do we go about this transformation in a focused and valuable way? Based on our experience implementing transformations in multiple organizations, we will guide you through best practices for organizational design work. Learn how to leverage Jay Galbraith’s Star Model to design a great organization, and how to pair that with classic Scrum practices including clear definition of roles, ceremonies and artifacts within Sprints to execute flawlessly and keep learning.

The Challenge of the next decade... Transforming Corporate Managers... into Agile Leaders
Andrea Tomasini
Mesquite 1-3
See The Future

It seems that even if more than a century passed by since the invention of the Corporate structure and the hierarchical management, they are still the most adopted form of structure used today. How can this be? Are Corporate and Management outlasting any other technology and organisational evolution happened over the last 100 years? Or are we just having to deal with very resilient structures, which are hard to dismantle? Or did we ever even thought about challenging them? We think we have found some suitable answers, come and join us in experimenting with some new tools for leaders.

The ScrumMaster Maturity Model: How to Assess Your Effectiveness at Enabling Hyper-Productive Teams
Brian Rabon
Room: Mesquite 4/5
See The Future

This workshop will allow you to assess your effectiveness at enabling hyper-productive teams. Braintrust has developed a five-level maturity model for ScrumMasters to provide an assessment on where they are and, more importantly, identify steps to move further along the path.

Come to this session and learn about this model and pick up some tips on how to enable the productivity that Agile and Scrum is designed to unleash. This session is for the following individuals:
  • ScrumMasters
  • Agile Coaches (who will be coaching ScrumMasters)
  • Leaders (who will be leading ScrumMasters)