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

Projects Must Die
Jens Coldewey
Room: 101 A/J
Track: Organizational Transformation

Session Type: Talk (45 Minutes )— EXPERT
Summary: Most organizations today are organized around projects. This leads to many specific problems that an Agile transformation makes transparent. Learn what the root cause is and what better approaches are.
Learning Objectives:
  • Understand the problems usually implied by project organizations
  • Why the Product Owner is not called "Project Backlog Administrator"
  • How to organize based on customer value, human experience, and assets built rather than "resource allocation"

Managing Resistance: How the Kanban Method Supports Lasting Change
Julie Wyman & Sarah Park
Room: 101 B/I
Track: Organizational Transformation

Session Type: Talk (45 Minutes) — BEGINNER
Summary: Explore the change management principles built into the Kanban Method and consider how to better leverage change management techniques when helping organizations transition to Agile.
Learning Objectives:
  • Increase awareness of the amount of change an Agile adoption brings
  • Understand how Kanban’s built-in change management principles aim to limit the amount of disruption, reduce and manage resistance, and support longer-lasting change

Tailoring Scrum in Heavily Regulated Environments (Case Study)
Theofanis Giotis and Panagiotis Papaporfyriou
Room: 101 C/H
Track: Scrum in Government and Regulated Industries

Session Type: Talk (45 Minutes) - INTERMEDIATE
Summary: This case study examines changing our perspective of what the product is and how the team should be formed in heavily regulated environments. 
Learning Objectives:
  • Why we must tailor Scrum in regulated environments
  • Why and how the Definition of Done and the backlog are changed
  • How to redefine and assemble cross-functional teams
  • Understand that regulated environments are a sign that you need to adapt
  • See how to adapt Scrum or Agile practices to meet your goals 

Think Outside the Box (Marketing and Design)
Sebastian Sussmann
Room: 101 D/G
Track: Non-Software Scrum

Session Type: Talk (45 Minutes) - INTERMEDIATE
Summary: Are we perfect? We have PDCA, TPS, Lean — but people think Agile is Scrum for software. Being Agile in outside of IT shows that we have to learn from each other. Are our problems really different?
Learning Objectives:
  • Know how we can overcome problems in marketing
  • Learn how to move beyond talk about software development
  • Understand how to learn quickly from other domains and improve
  • Learn how to see “outside” and learn from others

7 Secrets of Highly Effective Retrospectives
David Horowitz
Room: 101 E/F
Track: The Scrum Team

Session Type: Talk (45 Minutes) - INTERMEDIATE
Summary: Retrospectives are the core of agility. And yet they are the Scrum ceremony that is most frequently skipped! Find out how to reenergize your retrospectives by transforming them into drivers of change.
Learning Objectives:
  • Learn how to “level up” your retrospectives with new ideas, facilitation techniques, and innovative approaches
  • Gain a deeper understanding of why retrospectives are so critical to successful agility and continuous improvement

No One Does Scrum by the Book! A Visual Technique to Assist Scrum Adoption
Zach Bonaker
Room: 200 A/J
Track: Organizational Transformation

Session Type: Talk (45 Minutes) - INTERMEDIATE
Summary: In this session, discover a visual tool built from the components of the Scrum Guide. Using visual management, learn how simple "sliders" help foster rich, open-ended dialogue and alignment for change.
Learning Objectives:
  • Learn a simple way to make progress and growth with Scrum visible
  • Learn a collaborative approach for “assessment” of Scrum in the organization
  • Learn three critical risks to be aware of when introducing Scrum
  • Learn methods to “decide what to do” after using Scrum Guide sliders

Improving Your Listening Mojo
Stevie Borne
Room: 200 B/I
Track: The Scrum Team

Session Type: Talk (45 Minutes) - INTERMEDIATE
Summary: This session will provide valuable tools you can use immediately to listen so that the other person feels you truly heard what they had to say.
Learning Objectives:
  • Know why it is important to be an effective listener
  • Learn three new tools/techniques to expand your listening capability
  • Experience the benefits when someone truly listens to you

10 Steps to a Successful Enterprise Agile Transformation: The Precipitous Path to Predictability!
Michael Hall
Room: 200 C/H
Track: Organizational Transformation

Session Type: Talk (45 Minutes) - INTERMEDIATE
Summary: Join the speaker as he navigates the precipitous path to predictability by sharing 10 tangible steps to a successful enterprise Agile transformation. Warning: not for the faint of heart!
Learning Objectives:
  • Be able to explain a typical Agile journey at a high level, including alignment, learning, predictability, acceleration, and adaptation
  • Be able to use a practical framework of 10 steps to help guide your enterprise Agile transformation from alignment to predictability

Raise Your ScrumMaster Game!
Dee Rhoda
Room: 200 D/G
Track: The Scrum Team

Session Type: Talk (45 Minutes) - INTERMEDIATE
Summary: ScrumMasters know they are the active facilitator and coach to the Scrum Team. But how do great ScrumMasters execute these responsibilities? This session provides tips and tools for raising your game!
Learning Objectives:
  • Be able to describe tips and tools for actively facilitating Scrum events
  • Know how best to coach individuals
  • Learn to be a servant-leader