11:00 - 11:45 - 45-Minute Sessions

Group Hug: Implementing Agile Across Multiple Teams
Richard Cheng
Room: 101 A/J
Track: Organizational Transformation

Session Type: Talk (45 Minutes) - INTERMEDIATE
Summary: The patterns for implementing Scrum at the team level are largely know, but what about dealing with Agile and Scrum across multiple teams? The session looks at core concepts in multi-team Scrum.
Learning Objectives:
  • Prioritization across multiple teams
  • Product Ownership across multiple teams
  • Dependencies and team alignment

Going With The Flow: Adapting Scrum Practices to Marketing
Andrea Fryrear
Room: 101 B/I
Track: Non-Software Scrum

Session Type: Talk (45 Minutes) — INTERMEDIATE
Summary: Strict Scrum may cause more problems than it solves on marketing teams, but by creating their own customized hybrid methodologies these non-IT teams can enjoy their share of Agile success.
Learning Objectives:
  • Get a first-hand look at the challenges and triumphs of marketing teams who have begun to use Scrum to manage their work
  • View examples of these teams' creation of various Scrumban models to incorporate flow-based practices within a timebox-driven iterative model

Scrum by Heart: The Chiara String Quartet Scrum Experience
Jan Beaver
Room: 101 D/G
Track: Non-Software Scrum

Session Type: Talk (45 Minutes) - EXPERT
Summary: This talk explores the challenges the members of the Chiara String Quartet faced, and how they implemented Scrum to dramatically improve their preparation and performance outcomes.
Learning Objectives:
  • Experience Scrum in a non-traditional environment where collaboration and teamwork are critical to success.
  • See how The Chiara String Quartet implemented Scrum to solve the hugely complex problem of memorizing vast quantities of highly complex music for performance and recording.

Five Development Practices Essential for Scrum Teams
David Bernstein
Room: 101 E/F
Track: The Scrum Team

Session Type: Talk (45 Minutes) - INTERMEDIATE
Summary: Learn why design skills, pairing, continuous integration, test driven development, and refactoring are essential to the quality, speed, and sustainability of Scrum software development.
Learning Objectives:
  • Automate regression testing with continuous integration
  • Propagate knowledge throughout the team with pair programming
  • Learn five key code qualities that enable extensibility
  • Build cleaner code more rapidly with test-driven development
  • Reduce technical debt by refactoring

The Trials and Tribulations of Agile Conversion
Leigh Griffin
Room: 200 A/J
Track: Organizational Transformation

Session Type: Talk (45 Minutes) — INTERMEDIATE
Summary: There is a hidden side to Agile conversion, one which can not only halt an Agile adoption, but if not dealt with, that can fracture a team that is not prepared for it. This is our story at Red Hat.
Learning Objectives:
  • Staff retention and growth
  • Growing towards an Agile mindset
  • Peopleware and dealing with opposition to organizational change
  • Avoiding the pitfalls that we fell into
  • What worked for us a an Open Source, distributed team

Advanced Advancedness: Why Being Better is Great but Being Great May be Dangerous
Nigel Baker
Room: 200 B/I
Track: The Scrum Team

Session Type: Talk (45 Minutes ) — INTERMEDIATE
Summary: The move towards ADVANCED Agile has begun! This session is about an investigation into the concept of advanced agility and Scrum, and what on earth that actually means. WARNING: Contains deep thinking!
Learning Objectives:
  • To understand that advanced agility is really "back to basics"
  • To understand about "advancing" over "advanced"
  • To grasp that “advanced” does not only mean "more techniques" but deep
  • Advanced = big
  • Advancing principles = smaller process
  • Coaching = growth not merely instruction
  • Wise over clever

Simple Solutions at the Heart of Agile
Sami Lilja
Room: 200 C/H
Track: Organizational Transformation

Session Type: Talk (45 Minutes) — INTERMEDIATE
Summary: Technology is awesome! But technology and tools may turn into impediments, making our work worse. Find simple solutions, become free, and find the heart of Agile.
Learning Objectives:
  • Understanding where excessive use of processes and hi-tech tools originates
  • How to avoid slow and cumbersome "pseudo-Agile" habits
  • The focus is in thinking, but the talk also gives several examples of proper "low-tech" approaches as well as ideas to cope in situations where tools are used

Agile Corporate Governance: Evolution of Revolution
Stuart Mitchell
Room: 200 D/G
Track: Scrum in Government and Regulated Industries

Session Type: Talk (45 Minutes) — INTERMEDIATE
Summary: As fish can’t see water, we no longer see governance holding us back. Disruptors are now having a seismic impact; for regulated organizations to survive, governance must fully embrace Agile and Scrum.
Learning Objectives:
  • Be alerted to the risks posed by traditional governance
  • How to build an Agile Governance structure in any size of regulated industry
  • The importance of transparency and data
  • A hand-drawn infographic will be created live to be photographed as a takeaway

The Post Project Era: The Future of Agile
David Hawks
Room: 200 E
Track: IEEE

Session Type: Talk (45 Minutes) - INTERMEDIATE
Summary: It's time to shift from a project-driven mindset to a value-driven mindset. David Hawks explores how traditional practices slow product development and what needs to change to support this shift.
Learning Objectives:
  • Understand three ways projects hold us back from achieving max product success
  • The difference between a value-driven mindset and a project-driven mindset
  • Six practices you can implement to support a value-driven mindset

How Agile is your Legacy Financial Organization?
Suresh Konduru
Room: 200 F
Track: Scrum in Government and Regulated Industries

Session Type: Talk (45 Minutes) — INTERMEDIATE
Summary: Legacy financial organizations operate in regulatory environments. The various dysfunctions faced during a real Scrum transformation (and mitigation options) are discussed in workshop style.
Learning Objectives:
  • Challenges faced by legacy financial organizations during Agile transformations
  • What are the options to mitigate such challenges?
  • Some case studies on how Fortune 500 organizations have emerged successful
  • A leader's perspective in a legacy organizational transformation