09:30 - 09:50 - 20-Minute Sessions

Making Winning Products: A Needle in a Haystack
Punita Dave
Room: 101 A/J
Track: The Scrum Team

Session Type: A20 (20 Minutes) — INTERMEDIATE
Summary: Cloud has removed the infrastructure barrier to market entry, making the product space become ever so competitive. Delivering winning products in an easy-entry market has its own challenges. Learn to overcome them!
Learning Objectives:
  • Learn the changing trends in easy-market entry environment
  • How challenges in the Product Owner’s role have emerged
  • Learn what a Product Owner can do with market analysis, customer expectation management, and value determination to overcome these challenges

Three Aspirations of Agility: Efficiency, Resilience, and Thrivability
Stuart Turner
Room: 101 B/I
Track: Organizational Transformation

Session Type: A20 (20 Minutes) — INTERMEDIATE
Summary: Agility is a means to an end, not an end in itself. We’ll consider three different ends to which we might aspire and explore some of the unintended consequences and serendipitous opportunities of each.
Learning Objectives:
  • Understand why agility depends on connectivity within and without the organization
  • Learn how individual growth depends largely on self-awareness
  • Understand why group transformation depends largely on cohesive goals
  • Learn how organizational transformation depends largely on authority redistribution
  • Understand why the transformation is everybody’s job

Home Education with Scrum
Abid Quereshi
Room: 101 C/H
Track: Non-Software Scrum

Session Type: A20 (20 Minutes) — BEGINNER
Summary: Learn about how one 9-year-old girl took responsibility for her education using Scrum.
Learning Objectives:
  • Describe the relationship between the popular modern school system and education in the 18th century Prussian state
  • Evaluate Scrum for home education

David Gentry
Room: 101 D/G
Track: The Scrum Team

Session Type: A20 (20 Minutes) — INTERMEDIATE
Summary: When you hear the word anarchy, what do you think about? Do you think about chaos or malcontents? Agile has a history of anarchists. Come find out more and see how anarchy can be an addition to your toolbox.
Learning Objectives:
  • Define anarchy and identify notable anarchists
  • Explain “scientific management” and the contrast between that and knowledge work
  • Relate anarchy to the Agile Manifesto 

Can Your Manager Be Your ScrumMaster? The Debate
Ronica Roth and Brad Swanson
Room: 101 E/F
Track: The Scrum Team

Session Type: A20 (20 Minutes) - INTERMEDIATE
Summary: Good ScrumMasters educate, coach, and remove impediments just like good managers. But will a manager as ScrumMaster squash the team and kill cultural revolution? Brad Swanson and Ronica Roth debate the issue.
Learning Objectives:
  • Understand the potential pitfalls of managers as ScrumMasters
  • Know the personal characteristics a manager needs in order to thrive as a ScrumMaster
  • Know what organizational context allows managers to be effective as ScrumMasters

Today's Leader: Self-Actualized or Simply Focused and Humble?
Nico Wankerl and Bob Galen
Room: 200 A/J
Track: Organizational Transformation

Session Type: A20 (20 Minutes) - INTERMEDIATE

In this panel-like session Nico Wankerl and Bob Galen will explore the nuance of today’s leaders from two very different perspectives. Here’s Nico’s view:

  1. Nico: There is an elite echelon amid our modern society, and only a minute fraction of people fit the framework well enough to be counted among its ranks. Perhaps the greatest among these and the one that I most aspire to emulate is Elon Musk. I will share my perspective on leadership using Musk to model the qualities of leadership that I most admire.
  2. Bob: What is leadership in modern society and business? And what makes a leader great? Some people, like my presentation partner, want to look at elite leaders. I don’t have a single leader example. Instead, I’ll present a persona for great leadership that can be achieved by everyday people. That is, if they have the humility and service for it.

Learning Objectives:

To share different perspectives on leadership.