16:15 - 17:00 - 45-Minute Sessions

An Introduction to Mob Programming
Woody Zuill
Room: Nautilus 1-2
Track: Champions of Agile

Session Type: Talk [Advanced]
Summary: With Mob Programming, the whole team works on the same thing, at the same time, in the same space, and at the same computer.
Learning Objectives:
  • How 5+ people can be effective working on just one thing
  • Heuristics for team size
  • Guidelines for successful collaboration
  • Handling competing solutions and ideas to a coding problem
  • Encouraging politeness and kindness of team members
  • Tools for team coding
  • Workspace setup
  • How to "Amplify Learning"
  • "Real-time"" and continuous retrospectives to reflect, tune, adjust

Business Agility at Scale
David Frazee
Room: Harbor Island 2
Track: Life's a Wave: CATCH IT

Session Type: Talk [Advanced]
Summary: 3M HIS. 1500 people, scores of teams, hundreds of millions at stake. Lessons and victories from an Agile journey.
Learning Objectives:
  • Challenges and strategies introducing business agility in a Fortune 100 company
  • A lightweight, fractal approach to scaling teams
  • How Scrum works in the C-suite
  • How the transparency and speed of Agile allow leadership to drive their strategic vision into actionable backlog
  • The benefits of rapid, short iterations in stimulating innovation
  • Using Scrum to drive both new product development and eliminate technical debt

Ensure Sprint Success with Stories that are Ready
Steven Granese
Room: Nautilus 3
Track: Agile Community

Session Type: Talk [Advanced]
Summary: Develop an effective mindset by cultivating stories before a sprint to clarify the problems that must be solved by the end of the sprint.
Learning Objectives:
  • Articulate the difference between having an effectiveness and an efficiency mindset and why effectiveness is the cornerstone of agility.
  • Appreciate why stories that are not ready for a sprint are the root of Scrum evil.
  • Understand the value and purpose of creating story maps to build a shared team consciousness.
  • Participate in my three-step backlog refinement process to learn how to truly cultivate stories.
  • Walk away with their own Definition of Ready.

Is Your Agile A Sinking Ship? The Path To Agility Can Be Its Lifesaver
David Hawks
Room: Grande C
Track: Life’s a Wave: CATCH IT

Session Type: Talk [Beginner]

For Agile adoptions stuck in rough waters, learn how to recognize where you are stuck and solutions to reroute your team to Agile success.

Learning Objectives:
  • Assess where on the path to agility your organization is stuck.
  • Identify key reasons why you are stuck.
  • Identify one to three actions you can take to get unstuck.

Outcomes vs Outputs ~ Using an Outcome-Focused Approach to Increase Team Effectiveness
Ben Rodilitz and Cherie Silas
Room: Nautilus 4
Track: You can’t stop the wave, but you can learn to surf

Session Type: Talk [Beginner]
Summary: It's time to "break out of the book" to increase team effectiveness and measure improvement with an outcome-focused approach!
Learning Objectives:

As a result of attending this sessions, participants will be able to:

  1. Recognize the difference between outputs (what we produce) and outcomes (the impact we want)
  2. Identify the desired outcomes and outputs of Scrum/Kanban ceremonies
  3. Develop effective and measurable outcomes with user stories

Ride the Scrum Wave to Health and Wellness (or How I used Agile Principles to Lose 40 lbs.)
Alexander Brown
Room: Harbor Island 1
Track: As the tides transform, a new journey awaits

Session Type: Talk [Advanced]

CST & healthcare consultant Alex Brown shares a brutally candid account of his experiment Scrumming his personal life to lose weight.

Learning Objectives:
  • Experience an example of the Scrum framework and Agile principles applied in a very different context (healthcare)
  • Better understand the application of Agile thinking in creative ways rather than just rote application of rules.
  • Learn a few tips for using Scrum to change behavior, as a key component of cultural change.
  • Discuss others' experiences with applying Agile thinking in their personal lives.

Scrum for Life: Accelerating Grid Modernization (and FIRST Robotics Too)
Mark Buckner
Room: Spinnaker

Session Type: Talk [Advanced]
Summary: The U.S. Dept. of Energy has embarked on an ambitious mission to modernize the electric grid in order to solve the challenges of seamlessly integrating a rapidly changing landscape of power sources and storage capability that are a mix of conventional and renewable, central and distributed. The goal is to deliver a future grid that will deliver resilient, reliable, flexible, secure, sustainable and affordable electricity to consumers where they want it, when they want it, how they want it. Technology is part of the answer, such as using Time Sensitive Networking (TSN) to phase-synchronize renewables as they come on and off the grid. But “scrum” agile project management methodologies also play an important part in accelerating innovation at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory, where Mark Buckner leads the Power & Energy Systems Group. Buckner, who is also a Certified Scrum Master, will update attendees on the important work being done at ORNL to modernize the U.S. grid, as well as how scrum methodologies are being brought to bear—not only to advance the DOE’s Grid Modernization Initiative, but engaging and equipping the generation of innovators through FIRST Robotics and the team he mentors FRC4265 the Secret City Wildbots.
Learning Objectives:
  • The U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) ambitious mission to modernize the electric grid
  • How Scrum is accelerating innovation at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory
  • The DOE’s Grid Modernization Initiative and creative solutions
  • Equipping a new generation of innovators through FIRST Robotics

The Super Agile Satchel
Andy Bacon
Room: Harbor Island 3
Track: You can’t stop the wave, but you can learn to surf

Session Type: Talk [Beginner]
Summary: ScrumMasters! Come learn about awesome facilitation supplies and creating information radiators that focus teams on what’s truly important
Learning Objectives:
  • An understanding of what I consider to be essential facilitation tools for Agile teams.
  • A new appreciation for color and size of common facilitation tools (markers, sticky notes, etc.)
  • Practical examples of how to use these common facilitation tools to create visually pleasing and effective information radiators.
  • Slight envy for the Super Agile Satchel...and a desire to visit the nearest Container Store and office supply store.

Why are you still paying me? Growing Great ScrumMasters for Sustainable Agile Adoptions
Karim Harbott
Room: Nautilus 5
Track: You can’t stop the wave, but you can learn to surf

Session Type: Talk [Advanced]

A tried-and-tested framework for helping ScrumMasters gain the knowledge and skills they need to foster high-performing teams and organizations.

Learning Objectives:
  • State the importance of growing great ScrumMasters in organizations.
  • Explain the role of a coach in terms of helping other people/organizations achieve their goals.
  • Describe the Dreyfus model of skill acquisition and explain how they could be used to grow great ScrumMasters.
  • Use powerful questions to raise awareness and accountability.
  • Apply the GROW model to aid a coaching conversation with ScrumMasters.