14:45 - 15:45 - 60-Minute Sessions

A Journey towards Agile - What I had to learn to become a Scrum Master, and Agile coach
Christoph Schmied
Room: Partenkirchen
Track: Amplify Learning [Shu]

Session Type: Talk
Summary: This is a case study about my personal transition from being a system administrator to a CSP and beyond.
Learning Objectives:

The audience will hear the story of my rather unplanned, and unusual personal development from being a System Administrator, towards becoming a Scrum Master, and Agile coach and trainer. I hope my story will inspire others to become agile practitioners, coaches, or respectively CSPs.

I was lucky enough to have an experienced mentor who helped me a lot to find my way. During my talk, I want to raise the awareness that everyone of us can help our colleagues and friends, and be a mentor by ourselves.

Are recruitment and HR the biggest impediments to scrum success?
Gez Smith
Room: Barcelona
Track: Empowering People [Shu]

Session Type: Talk
Summary: Building great scrum teams means changing recruitment and HR. We need to ban bonuses, abolish appraisals and write job ads as user stories.
Learning Objectives:

If there are recruiters or HR people in the audience, this session will start them thinking about the things they need to learn, and the ways they need to change, to help build high-performing and happy agile teams. If there are practitioners in the audience, they will go away with a fire in their belly about the damage these problems are causing to the agile community, and how they can bring about change by challenging these problems in their own organisations as soon as they go back to work.

If we want to maximize freedom for smart creatives, we can’t just trust it to others, we have to create and own it ourselves, and make it happen together.

Creating the inner conditions for Agile - a Google born approach
Markus Wittwer
Room: München
Track: Dealing with Uncertainty [Ha]

Session Type: Talk
Summary: Learn how you can systematically develop your own capacity to embrace Agile ways of working and being.
Learning Objectives:
At the end of the talk you know why mindfulness and emotional intelligence are key to develop a skillful way of dealing with uncertainty to thrive in a complex world. Based on neuroscientific findings, you will know aspects of how mindfulness and emotional intelligence can be systematically developed. You experienced some elements of the Search Inside Yourself training.

TBC - TBA - WTF: Uncertainty in an Agile World
Nigel Baker
Room: Sydney
Track: Dealing with Uncertainty [Ha]

Session Type: Talk

"TBA, TBC: The scariest words in business. Let's discuss and embrace ambiguity. Vague isn't wrong.*

*Content may change."

Learning Objectives:

Key themes:

  • Uncertainty in Content 
  • Uncertainty in Method 
  • Uncertainty in problem space
  • Uncertainty in people
  • Teach attendees the soul of agility is uncertainty 
  • Show them how User Stories work via uncertainty 
  • Explore a variety of initiation approaches used in real companies, both Agile,
  • half assed and more traditional - with varying degrees of certainty 
  • Explore uncertainty with Defining Done. 
  • Explore a little bit of Cynefin and Lean Start Up form a uncertainty point of view
  • And more TBC

Teach attendees the soul of agility Show them how User Stories work Explore a variety of initiation approaches used in real companies, both Agile, half assed, and more traditional. Explore uncertainty with Defining Done. Explore a little bit of Cynefin and Lean Start Up.

The question today isn't: "Can we build this?” but, "Should we build this?"
Frederik Vannieuwenhuyse
Room: Calgary
Track: Effectiveness over Efficiency [Shu]

Session Type: Talk
Summary: There are lots of reasons why products fail, but the number one reason remains the fact that we simply build something nobody wants.
Learning Objectives:
"Are we building the right thing? Our end-users can tell if we are building the “right” thing. But sometimes they do not know either. We are dealing with “know unknowns” and “unknown unknowns”.

Get some insight how to create a process of continuous discovery and continuous learning. Key points of the session:
  • Expressing assumptions and declaring hypotheses
  • Focus on outcomes the purpose of experiment design, and how to focus on testing the right “things”
  • How to create a continuous feedback loop with your end-user
  • How to integrate lean startup principles in your agile product development
  • How to get validated learning and examples of how to reach product/market fit
  • We discuss lean tools and techniques how to value making over analysis and how to value learning over growth.
  • We present examples of techniques for experimenting.

The Systemic Scrum Master
Marc Löffler
Room: Atlanta
Track: Amplify Learning [Ri]

Session Type: Talk
Summary: I'll show you how to use methods from System Thinking to get unstuck again. At the end, you'll have some new tools in your toolbox.
Learning Objectives:
  • Basics of System and Complexity Thinking
  • Causal Loop Diagrams
  • Current Reality Tree

Value-Driven Management - Building an anti-fragile organization enabling business agility at scale
Victoria Hall and Linda Luu
Room: Garmisch
Track: Dealing with Uncertainty [Ha]

Session Type: Talk
Summary: Abandon waterfall everything! Embrace agile principles to steer your organization. Close the gap between your vision and its delivery!
Learning Objectives:

Learn how to confront waterfall business practices and their limitation on your organization’s ability to scale agility.

  • Understand our approach to building a lean / agile organization at scale.
  • Understand how agile principles are represented in Value Driven Management.
  • Attendees will see examples of artifacts to facilitate (and some real world case studies of)
  • Funding smaller increments, more frequently, with iterative feedback and learning the primary tool for reducing risk
  • Intentional investment allocation based on categories such as investment horizon, geography, market segment or risk
  • Measuring strategic progress using business outcomes at every level
  • Using business outcomes to lightly steer an organization; delegating responsibility to the lowest possible level. Teams gain autonomy and leadership doesn’t lose accountability and visibility into progress
  • Limiting work-in-progress to enabled disciplined organizational focus - stop starting and start finishing!
  • Lightweight planning and governance to transform the traditional PMO to one of lean value delivery - with just enough ceremony and artifacts to facilitate achievement of business outcomes
Learn how to gain buy in from executive stakeholders, business collaborators, and delivery team members to embrace this new paradigm

Hear real world organizational journeys and results - from a waterfall business to value driven management, how to prioritize where to start, common challenges and misconceptions and ways to keep the momentum going.

Learn where to start… some suggestions for what you/ your team /your organization could do now to start