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Oct 23rd 2017 Conference - List of Speakers and Topics

List of Speakers and Topics

For the AgilePhilly October 23rd 2017 All Day Conference

 

This is part of the International AgileTour 

This Year’s Theme . Be Brave . Be Smart . Keep On Keeping On . That’s How Battles Are Won .

 

Notes

 

The date was originally Oct 16th.  The date was changed to Oct 23rd.

All sessions must fit within one hour.  This includes Q&A.

 

Lunch is provided free to speakers.

$20 Lunch is the cost of the tickets and lunch.

Bulk purchase for an entire department are available

A shuttle from the SEPTA train to the event is available.

Sponsorships for the Conference are available for $100

 

Location is FrontLine Education ( previously Frontline Technologies)

Four rooms ( One big room and three conference rooms ) x 3 slots = 12-16 topics to vote on

New Schedule for this Year ( dropping the lean Coffees in the morning)

:

 9:45-10:45 am Optional Early Bird Morning Session 

11:00-12:00 noon  Morning Session,

12:00-1:00 Lunch

1:00-2:00 First Afternoon Session

2:15-3:15 Second Session is Panel of Experts and Raffle

3:30-4:30 Third and Final Afternoon Session

 

To select which Topics should be at the Conference, cast your vote here

 

The choice in topics are:

Title: “Finally! A model for evaluating agile performance: The Agile Performance Holarchy”

Jeff Dalton

 

Abstract: Agile executives and leaders in both the public and private sectors have been demanding a way to objectively evaluate and understand agile performance in their organizations, and have been yearning for a model for building agile capability across the enterprise.  Finally, there is a model to both evaluate agile performance and build agile capability; The Agile Performance Holarchy (APH), which draws from both the CMMI and a broad range of Agile frameworks, is that model. The APH provides a fresh new approach to evaluating agile performance and building Agile capability through a series of interdependent performance circles and behavior holons, which exist and thrive within a collection of self-team.

Highlights:

·       Learn new ways to evaluate agile performance

·       Learn how self-organization can bring a greater level of agile capability

·       Build agile capability with an objective model based on the CMMI, Agile Frameworks, and independent research

 

Speaker Bio:

Jeff Dalton is President of Broadsword, a different kind of performance innovation firm that helps engineering and software organizations get better at what they are already doing.  He is a Certified Lead Appraiser, CMMI Instructor, ScrumMaster and author of “agileCMMI,” Broadsword’s leading methodology for incremental and iterative process improvement.

Jeff has been the Keynote Speaker at numerous conferences including the International Conference on CMMI in Lima, Peru, the PMI Great Lakes 2013 Symposium, the 2014 QUEST Conference and Expo, the CMMI SEPG Conference 2014, the CMMI Global Congress 2015 and Capability Counts 2016, as well as the 25th Annual Service Quality Conference 2016.  He has appeared multiple times at Agile Development West, Better Software, Agile Processes and Tools, AgileDC, and at Software Process Improvement Network (SPIN) and Agile Leadership Network (ALN) meetups throughout North America.

 

Jeff served as the Chairman of the Partner Advisory Board at the Software Engineering Institute (SEI) and CMMI Institutefrom 2011-2014 during their transition period.  He has been president of Great Lakes Software Process Improvement Network, and is a recipient of the prestigious Software Engineering Institute’s SEI Member Award for Outstanding Representative for his work uniting the Agile and CMMI communities through his popular blog “Ask the CMMI Appraiser.” He holds degrees in Music and Computer Science and builds experimental airplanes in his spare time.  You can reach Jeff at appraiser@broadswordsolutions.com.

 

Jeff Dalton on YouTube : http://www.youtube.com/channel/UCYOtm0XSGzxoxy8O4ME9XMQ

Jeff will be scheduled before lunch so he can make a flight out.

 


 

 

 

Agile for Innovation Labs

Howie Ross

 

Today, innovation is essential to business. But, it’s not enough to just tell teams to innovate. Team’s need to be given space and a structured system that allows for innovation.

 

This talk will cover how you can use Agile Methodologies including Scrum and Lean to create your own Innovation Lab where you can experiment with new technology and prototype new products.

 

We’ll cover ideation and brainstorming techniques that provide constraints to breed creativity. We’ll also cover how to timebox innovation development to mitigate risk and maximize cost benefit.

 

You will come away with not only the techniques for creating your own innovation lab but also the how to leverage the benefits of an innovation lab for recruiting, marketing and PR purposes that can have an ongoing impact on your business and team’s happiness.

 

Howie Ross is a Certified Scrum Master who has been leading teams and building digital products for over a decade. He is currently the Engineering Director at Linode. He also speaks regularly including as a lecturer at Philadelphia University

 


 

 

 

Product Owners In Agile - The Really Hard Role!

Tom Cagley

Of the DCG Group, which is now merged with Premios Group

 

 

Product owners are a part of the leadership structure in Agile teams. Leadership in Agile teams include some combination of Scrum master, product owner, team leader, coach and/or team members. The product owner has a special level of power and leadership as the voice of business and often as the conduit to the sponsor's wallet. The leader's role of shaping the culture of the team (and by extension other teams) and communication falls heavily on the product owner's shoulders.

 

 

 


Service Design - A Talk on UX User Experience and Design

Laura Oxenfeld

 

 

Service Design, an emerging trend in digital agencies, involves planning and organizing the people, infrastructure, communication, digital, and material components involved in a service in such a way that improves the quality of the service, as well as the interaction between the service provider and the customer.

 

Just like User Experience research, Service Design research often occurs outside of the bounds of Agile cycles, where the findings are translated into digital strategy, designs, and requirements.

 

This talk overviews the process of Service Design research, how its findings are ultimately integrated into Agile development, and how the Service Design translation process differs from the User Experience translation process. 

 

Bio:

 

Laura Oxenfled is a Business Analyst at Delphic Digital who also works on service design and UX. She is an enthusiastic evangelist for the tech community, and is a teaching assistant for Girl Develop It, a former board member of PhillyCHI, and a UX lead for a Code for Philly project. She also gives talks in the tech community, and her full list of speaking engagements can be found on www.lauraoxenfeld.com


Laura is a well known member of AgilePhilly. She was instrumental in the joint meeting in June 2016 of the panel covering Dogma vs. Diversity  http://www.agilephilly.com/events/joint-meeting-phillyux on Agile UX in different environments.

 


 

 

DevSecOps – Security bolted-on or baked-in?

A talk on DevOps Security

 

Vana Khurana of Vanguard I

 

In order to adopt DevOps, organizations are being restructured to allow synergy between the developments and operations.  Developers are granted production access to troubleshoot.  IT-teams don’t have to wait for weeks for the servers, databases and storage.  Infrastructure is being provisioned as a code with a click of a button including firewalls.  This agility is mostly facilitated by commercial clouds.  All of this makes the information security teams very nervous and reactive and it almost feels as if they don’t want the projects to progress.  

Project teams can adopt to the DevSecOps, (with the security in the middle) where security is not bolted on the top and falls off from the speedy delivery and deployment.  It would be rather baked-in to the DevOps, fully embracing shift-left process.

This session will focus on how to leverage the security as an enabler in the DevOps environment. 

 

Speaker Bio  : Vana Khurana has spent last 21 years in IT, as developer, Tech Lead,  Project Manager, Process Advocate and currently working as Infrastructure Security Architect for a leading financial company in Malvern, PA.   Vana supports the security and architecture of public cloud such as AWS and Azure.  To gauge her learning, Vana tested out and obtained the certifications for Certified Information System Security Professional (CISSP), Certificate of Cloud Security Knowledge (CCSK), Certified Cloud Security professional (CCSP) and Certified AWS Solution Architect Associate.  Working as an Adjunct Faculty in Computers and Information Sciences at Temple University gives Vana an opportunity to share the knowledge and collaborate with the rising IT professionals.

 


 

Four Letter words to describe your teammates

Tiffany Powley

 

Abstract: 

Do you ever struggle to find just the right four letter word to describe your Agile teammates? This workshop will give you some suggestions! But the four letter words you’ll find will NOT be words censored in the media. Instead, the “words” are the four letter types of the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI).

 

Everyone will leave this session armed with professionally appropriate four letter “words” that can help you understand how individuals and groups take in information and how they make informed decisions. We'll also discuss tips and tricks you can use to improve your interpersonal interactions and more effectively facilitate Agile ceremonies.  

 

Speaker Bio:

Since being introduced to iterations in 2001, I've embraced the Agile mindset of iterative development, fail fast, and experimenting.  After becoming certified to administer the Meyers-Briggs Type Indicator in the 1990's I started using the concepts in all aspects of my life, but especially in working with collaborative teams. I've been in various roles in my career - developer, manager, ScrumMaster, coach.  Working with people, learning, and helping others are some of my deepest passions.

 

After reading the book "The Leadership Self-deception", I started working hard at staying out of the box. Most recently, I attended training and became certified to teach Crucial Conversations at my workplace, Dell Boomi (who is always hiring!).  The concepts and skills of Crucial Conversations have profoundly and positively altered my interactions with co-workers, friends, and family.

 


 

Open Space Discussion

Tiffany Powley and John Voris

 

A regular time-slot will be used to have an Open Space Topic.  Similar to a Lean Coffee, the topic of conversation will not be decided until everyone shows up.  After quickly suggesting and voting on the topic or topics, discussion on the topic or topics will occur for an hour. 

 

This is a way to try out different ideas with your peers, or to cover common problems seen at work.

 

The traditional “fishbowl” meeting format has a small circle of chairs in the middle of a larger group and an “empty” chair where a new participant slips into the discussion, while another voluntarily leaves, thus maintaining an empty chair, open to all comers with something to say.  This style keeps discussions moving forward, and no one person monopolizes the conversation. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fishbowl_(conversation)

 

The Fishbowl–style of Open Space discussion ( four chairs in the middle of the room ) could be hard to organize in a conference room with a table in the middle.  So stuffed animals will be exchanged among the speakers to show who has permission to speak, and they will be quickly passed to the next speaker, as “Virtual Chairs”.

 

Open Space is always an experiment, since no one knows what topic will resonate among those who gather. 

 

But “Hot Potato – Stuffed Animal” is a new twist on an old style of encouraging discussions.  Come try this with us.

 


 

 

5 Metrics to Create Safety and High Performing Teams

James Gifford

 

A lot of organizations use metrics in inappropriate ways to measure teams. These dysfunctional metrics and the misunderstanding of velocity lead to fear and mistrust. This talk will focus on using Flow, Quality, Happiness, Agile Fluency, and Business Value as a diagnostic tool to help teams grow.

 

Bio

James Gifford is an industry respected Agile/Lean coach that has executed multiple enterprise level transformations during his 14 year technology career and has effectively had a positive impact on over 160 teams within a variety of industries. James is a cofounder and board member of the Agile Uprising. With an intentional focus on building high performing teams geared towards cultures of trust and transparency, his coaching has optimized many teams’ flow and engagement, while also improving product quality and reducing cycle time.

 

 

 


 

 

Kaizen Land – Gamifying Stand-Up and Overcoming Anti-Patterns

Jess Long

Learn how the gingerbread men are taking over the Daily Stand-Up and forever changing the mornings of teams everywhere. We’ll talk through the implementation and evolution of a game that started with one team and spread infectiously across multiple teams, organizations and even industries. You’ll hear how teams tackled some of their greatest impediments and helped build a zone of psychological safety all while having fun.

Speaker Bio: Jess Long is an Agile Coach, writer, speaker and mother with a passion for driving meaningful stories across multiple iterations in all facets of life. Transforming Corporate America and living to tell about it is no small feat. She keeps some level of sanity by finding humor in otherwise absurd situations.

 

 


 

 

Extremism in the Agile

Tushar Jain


Whether I read history or contemporary news, recurring patterns emerges– extremism leads to bitterness and destruction. Just think of ultra-nationalism of the Third Reich which leads to world wars or current conditions in the Central Asia & North Africa. Extreme positions are destroying the fabric of human culture.
Are we moving towards similar extreme positions in Agile? I think so. Hopefully, it will not lead to the world war or overt demonstration of lesser behavior by the Agile extremists. But for benefit of the Agile movement, we as practitioners of the Agile way should be aware of extremism and discourage it.

Speaker Bio: Agile practitioner, innovative problem solver, communicator, coach and trainer with an array of business, technology, and consultative skills coupled with technical and sales support experience. Transformed successfully distributed and diverse teams using Agile (Scrum, Kanban & DevOps) way of working, in multiple areas of HiTech manufacturing, eCommerce, retail, and finance domains. I am in Software development and maintenance filed for last 20+ years, worked with culturally diversified and distributed teams. Reach me at Linkedin.

 

Tushar recently worked at JP Morgan Chase in Willmington, and never got a chance to meet with us at AgilePhilly, so we will give hima big welcome.

The Author of  The Agile Manifesto in English 

His Blog is Agile Answer

His Twitter Handle: @tjain

 

 


 

 

Transforming from Kanban to Scrum - The 5 Main Dysfunctions

Robert English and Joseph Scholz

 

When transitioning from Scrum to Kanban, or any new methodology, there can be a tendency to lose focus on what made you successful in the first place. At Capital One, teams are given the flexibility to operate as they see fit, using any Agile method necessary to improve the quality the product and the productivity of the teams. Several teams wanted to move to Kanban so they took the training, and everything seemed fine…. For a while. Across the teams, five negative patterns were identified that were affecting the teams in different ways. Luckily, with some analysis and persistence, the teams were able to overcome all of them using Inspect & Adapt principles.

 

Speaker Bios: Robert English is a former software engineer turned Agile Enthusiast. He has been working in the technical world for about 15 years and has seen a variety of organizations in motion. Robert is currently an Agile Practice Leader for about 20 teams at Capital One. He is passionate about innovation, collaboration, and most importantly - delivery. Joe Scholz has had a winding and interesting career - From a Teacher to playing basketball in Spain, from a call center to a Cafe, and from Tester to Scrum Master, he has worn many hats over the years. Patience, Creativity, and Organizational Skills are all necessary components of an effective Scrum Master, and I enjoy making efforts to cultivate those skills each and every day.

 


 

 

Scrum Master Evolution

Robert English and Joseph Scholz

 

At Capital One, we took a look at what made some of our Scrum Masters more successful than others. Among the patterns of differentiation, one factor stood out beyond the others. We found a direct correlation between the technical abilities of the Agile leader on a team and the happiness of the team.

 

Speaker Bio: Robert English is a former software engineer turned Agile Enthusiast. He has been working in the technical world for about 15 years and has seen a variety of organizations in motion. Robert is currently an Agile Practice Leader for about 20 teams at Capital One. He is passionate about innovation, collaboration, and most importantly - delivery.

 


 

Scaling the Agile Transition Wall

Kimberly Davis

 

Transitioning from traditional software development approaches to an Agile approach is difficult for any organization.  Scaling the Agile Transition Wall offers insights into getting started with Agile and implementing it at scale.  From implementation mistakes, lessons learned and the value of small victories, these lessons in transition can be applied to all teams and all organizations. 

 

Kimberly will talk on implementing scaled agile rather than what it is. She works for a the department of defense and our prime PO is Lockheed Martin. We've implemented scaled agile across both our organizations since they're primarily responsible for the systems engineering and we do the software for them. She is responsible for scaling it throughout her organization (AFMS) and she has a counterpart at Lockheed. So implementing Scaled Agile ( what not to do and what to do, leadership buy-in, etc.) are the many lessons she has learned.

 

Bio:  Kimberly Davis is the Lead Agile Architect for ASRC Federal Mission Solutions (AFMS) located in Moorestown, NJ and is primarily responsible for the transition from Waterfall to Agile for real-time, mission critical defense systems.  This is a large scaled effort that involves AFMS and their customer, Lockheed Martin Rotary Mission Systems.  Kimberly is an Agile enthusiast and practitioner with certifications in CSM, CSPO, and CAL1 from the Scrum Alliance, an SA and SP from Scaled Agile, and finally a PMI-ACP from the Project Management Institute.   

 

 

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From “Shu-Ha-Ri” to “Ba”

Kimberly Davis

 

Forming, Storming, Norming and Performing are the natural phases any team goes through.  The “Ha,” or the journey, a team takes together can make or break whether or not a team is “Ba,” or in other words, high-performing.  Organizations should desire for their teams to be “Ba,” which is why this session will discuss how to take the journey effectively with conflict management, understanding emotional intelligence and empowering teams. 

 

As for shu-ha-ri, she would focus the talk on Team Dynamics, phases, conflict management, emotional intelligence... as these are huge parts of building powerful teams.

 

Bio:  Kimberly Davis is the Lead Agile Architect for ASRC Federal Mission Solutions (AFMS) located in Moorestown, NJ and is primarily responsible for the transition from Waterfall to Agile for real-time, mission critical defense systems.  This is a large scaled effort that involves AFMS and their customer, Lockheed Martin Rotary Mission Systems.  Kimberly is an Agile enthusiast and practitioner with certifications in CSM, CSPO, and CAL1 from the Scrum Alliance, an SA and SP from Scaled Agile, and finally a PMI-ACP from the Project Management Institute.   

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Being Lean vs. Saying you are Lean

Howard Meyers of Cerner

 

An Experience Report: Using behavior influencing techniques, compare productivity results with teams that follow Kanban and those that don't.

 

Hypothesis: Can key behaviors and decisions using kanban principles result in more predictable results?

 

Background: A Commercial software development organization that implemented enterprise level kanban based Agile methods with a mix of teams that follow Kanban principles and organization goals defined for key behaviors and metrics.

 

Bio: Howard Meyers is an Agile Coach at Cerner Corp. Howard is involved in furthering Lean and agile practices in the company and industry and is an instructor at Penn State Continuing Education for project management.

Howard.Meyers@Cerner.com

 


 

Kanban for the rest of us

Bob Marini of Cerner

 

Geared toward Beginners, Intermediates, and anyone in general who want more than learning about one tool or methodology , Bob Marini presents Traditional, Scrum, Lean, Kanban - what's best for my organization and team ?

Contrary to common belief, the traditional waterfall method of running projects is alive and well. So what are the unique benefits of using Traditional, Scrum, Lean, Kanban approaches to projects ? Why is one approach better than another for a given project or organization ?

The goal is to learn about more methods for teams to choose from, and find the method that fits your needs.

Bob discusses the benefits and challenges of each technique, the situations when one technique fits better than another.

Bob Marini ( MBA, MS, PMP, CSM) has 30+ years in IT and 11 years in Agile, Scrum and Kanban.
As Developer, R&D Manager, Testing Mgr and Implementor, he is also a PartTime Faculty member at Penn State Great Valley. http://greatvalley.psu.edu/professional-development/non-credit-certificates-and-courses/agile-business-analysis

 

This is a repeat of the topic covered at the split meeting in March 2017

http://www.agilephilly.com/events/march-21st-split-meeting-on-lean


 

Predicting Delivery with Probability from a Monte Carlo Simulation Method

Charlie Villare and Joe Berner

 

A talk on a Monte Carlo Simulation Tool for Queued Work.  Also, the distinctions between Estimating and Forecasting will be emphasized.  This is for Advanced and Expert Levels and those for those already using Kanban boards with defined WIP Limits.

 

Are your projects on time?  Are your estimates accurate or at least in the ball park?  This session will review several estimating techniques commonly used over the last 30 years.  We'll contrast these techniques to the use of a simulator tool to gain more accurate forecasts.  The forecasts will enable you to be more predictable and offer you collateral when negotiating completion dates. 

 

The session will include a demo of a Monte Carlo simulation tool.  Charlie Villare and Joe Berner are demonstrating their Monte Carlo simulation tool that predicts delivery probability. This was part 3 in a series on Lean and Kanban earlier this year.  They will demonstrate the tool ScrumSim v2 from http://focusedobjective.com/kanbansim_scrumsim/downloads

 

This talk will reference concepts from our AgilePhilly friend Dan Vacanti who has covered WIP grooming concepts to us.

 

Timeline of the Session:

Begin with a review of traditional estimating techniques - 15 minutes.

Then move into an explanation of forecasting and the use of Monte Carlo simulation tools. . . What they are and how they work. - 10 minutes.

We finish with about 20 minutes of a live demo.

 

 

This is a repeat of the meeting in March 2017

http://www.agilephilly.com/events/march-21st-split-meeting-on-lean

And this may also repeat some concepts that were covered in September 2016 with

Charlie and Joe called “WIP Guidelines are Critical”  http://www.agilephilly.com/events/sept-20-meeting

 

Bios:

Charlie Villare has been in healthcare IT for over 35 years.  Throughout his career, he has held positions as a developer, R/D Manager, traditional project manager, Scrum Master and currently as an Agile Coach.  Charlie’s career has largely been in the development of the financial software for hospitals; with a few years in clinical development.  

 

Joe Berner has been in healthcare IT about 20 years.  He has spent time working as a Developer, Scrum Master, and most recently as an Agile Coach.  Joe has spent his career developing financial software for hospitals


 

 

Serverless and Kanban – A match made in the Cloud

Suresh Chellapilla

 

 

This presentation covers the near 2 year agile journey of the Transactions Hub project team (Project goal: Launch of Transactions Hub, a no-SQL instance datastore using DynamoDB that provides efficient lookup of transaction data for our customers (over 2 billion records of transactions data were migrated from FIS (SOR) to AWS Dynamo DB) at Capital One covering challenges faced with Product, technology and the various teams involved. The Agile Challenge of managing interactions between process heavy third parties (FIS) and enterprise teams, while chasing fast product delivery using Kanban.

 

 

Bio: Over 20 years in Software Development (developer, project management, agile background). Employed at Capital One since 2011. Currently in the role of Scrum Master / Delivery Lead for multiple teams / projects at Capital One, Wilmington.

 

 


 

 

Longer is Less, Tackling Delays

Michiko Quinones

 

( This is what Michiko presented at WomenInTech Summit )

 

If it takes your organization a long time to get software out to the customer, chances are that you your not getting the cash you thought you would when you started.  Whether you’re a startup or a large organization, common delays can totally slow you down when you really need to speed up.   Fortunately there are verified solutions to many common software development delays, many of which are borrowed from Lean Manufacturing.  Mary Poppendieck teaches us how to solve for these problems in her book Concept To Cash.  Borrowing a few ideas from Mary, we’ll dive into two common issues and through a fun, interactive hands-on group game, we’ll experience and gain deeper understanding of how big batches and too much work in process hold us back and more importantly, how we can solve for these issues.

 

Michiko Quinones has been helping organizations to bring IT projects and product to market successfully for over 15 years.   She’s held Program Manager, Project Manager, Scrum Master positions at Fannie Mae, Comcast, and Headquarters Department of the Army to name a few.   

For the past four years her personal passion is a free app to help high school seniors remember everything they have to do on college applications.  As the creator and lead of YadaGuru, a College Application app, she’s successfully kept focus on this life goal, encouraged a group of civically minded developers at Code For America’s Code for Philly brigade to build the application, and is now actively promoting it at high schools in and around Philadelphia.

Currently she talks to C-Level IT executives about the benefits of Enterprise Agility and helps large enterprises begin their Agile journey as a Principal consultant with CA Technologies.  She is most proud however, of raising her two fabulous young adult children, Somala and Assoumou. (Planning competing summer camp schedules – now that should be a workshop).

She holds a MS in Conflict Resolution, a PMP, a PMI-ACP, a Six Sigma Green Belt, and a SAFe Agilest certification.  She is the Scaled Agile Coordinator for AgilePhilly.

 

http://womenintechsummit.net/philly_session/the-longer-you-take-the-less-you-make-understanding-delays-in-your-software-development-lifecycle/

 


Essential Patterns of Mature Agile Leaders

Bob Galen

 

Currently so much of agile adoption—coaching, advice, techniques, training and even the empathy revolve around the agile teams. Leaders are typically either ignored or marginalized at best, and in the worst cases often vilified. But Bob Galen contends that there is a central and important role for managers and effective leadership within agile environments.

 

In this workshop, we’ll explore the patterns of mature agile managers and leaders. Those that understand Servant Leadership and how to effectively support, grow, coach, and empower their agile teams in ways that increase the teams’ performance, accountability, and engagement.

 

We’ll explore training and standards for agile adoption, and situations and guidelines for when to trust the team and when to step in and provide guidance and direction. We’ll examine the leader’s role in agile at-scale and with distributed agile teams.

 

Good leadership is a central ingredient to sustaining your agile adoption. Bad leadership can render it irrelevant or a failure. Here we’ll walk the path of the good, but also examine the bad patterns in an effort to inspire you and your teams.

 

Bob Galen is an Agile Methodologist, Practitioner & Coach based in Cary, NC. In this role he helps guide companies and teams in their pragmatic adoption and organizational shift towards Scrum and other agile methodologies and practices. He is Director, Agile Practices at Zenergy Technologies, a leading agile transformation company. He is also President and Head Coach at RGCG.

 

Bob regularly speaks at international conferences and professional groups on topics related to software development, project management, software testing and team leadership. He is a Certified Enterprise Coach (CEC), Certified Scrum Product Owner (CSPO), and an active member of the Agile & Scrum Alliances.

 

He’s published three agile focused books: The Three Pillars of Agile Quality and Testing in 2015, Scrum Product Ownership, in 2009 – 2’nd Edition in 2013, and Agile Reflections in 2012.  He’s also a prolific writer & blogger (at - www.rgalen.com ) and podcaster (at www.meta-cast.com )

 

Bob may be reached directly at: bob@rgalen.com or networking via: http://www.linkedin.com/in/bobgalen


 

Essential Product Ownership: It takes a Village

Bob Galen

 

Scrum surfaced in 1993. So, the role of a Product Owner has existed for 20+ years. Surely the whole idea is well understood by now. Right? And the role is a simple one. There is a single product owner per product team or teams. Defining and accepting the work to meet the clients’ goals. Always mucking around the backlog. Again, simple and clear. Right?

Well, in my coaching travels and observations it’s not that simple. I still see literally tens of organizations and hundreds of teams that struggle with the notion of product ownership. So, let’s go over it one more time. In this talk, join Bob Galen as he shares the patterns and stories of Essential Product Ownership. How the role should look and be properly executed. We’ll cover user stories, backlogs, refinement, ownership, vision, architecture, innovation, experimentation, measurement, and a host of other topics as we explore this seemingly simple, yet so hard to get right, role.

 

Bob Galen is an Agile Methodologist, Practitioner & Coach based in Cary, NC. In this role he helps guide companies and teams in their pragmatic adoption and organizational shift towards Scrum and other agile methodologies and practices. He is Director, Agile Practices at Zenergy Technologies, a leading agile transformation company. He is also President and Head Coach at RGCG.

 

Bob regularly speaks at international conferences and professional groups on topics related to software development, project management, software testing and team leadership. He is a Certified Enterprise Coach (CEC), Certified Scrum Product Owner (CSPO), and an active member of the Agile & Scrum Alliances.

 

He’s published three agile focused books: The Three Pillars of Agile Quality and Testing in 2015, Scrum Product Ownership, in 2009 – 2’nd Edition in 2013, and Agile Reflections in 2012.  He’s also a prolific writer & blogger (at - www.rgalen.com ) and podcaster (at www.meta-cast.com )

 

Bob may be reached directly at: bob@rgalen.com or networking via: http://www.linkedin.com/in/bobgalen


 

 

Creating Sprint Reviews that Attract, Engage, and Enlighten your ‘Customers’

Bob Galen

 

Are you suffering from organizational disinterest in what your agile teams are delivering? Are your Product Owners unavailable or distracted? Does everyone question the value and flow of what your teams are working on? Are your sprint reviews a ho-hum experience with varying and low attendance?

If you answered yes to any of the above, your agile teams are in trouble and you need to attend this session.

Join experienced agile coach Bob Galen to explore real-world patterns for how to increase the interest, energy, and value of your Sprint Reviews. First we’ll explain the importance of proper preparation, keys to dry runs, and role of a Master of Ceremonies. Then we’ll look at ways to orchestrate reviews to include the whole team and engage your audience, while always demonstrating “working software”. Next up is how to perform effective review follow-up gathering feedback towards high-impact improvements.

Finally, we’ll wrap-up the session by exploring how to make your reviews a centerpiece of your agile adoption and cross-organizational transformation.

 

Bob Galen is an Agile Methodologist, Practitioner & Coach based in Cary, NC. In this role he helps guide companies and teams in their pragmatic adoption and organizational shift towards Scrum and other agile methodologies and practices. He is Director, Agile Practices at Zenergy Technologies, a leading agile transformation company. He is also President and Head Coach at RGCG.

 

Bob regularly speaks at international conferences and professional groups on topics related to software development, project management, software testing and team leadership. He is a Certified Enterprise Coach (CEC), Certified Scrum Product Owner (CSPO), and an active member of the Agile & Scrum Alliances.

 

He’s published three agile focused books: The Three Pillars of Agile Quality and Testing in 2015, Scrum Product Ownership, in 2009 – 2’nd Edition in 2013, and Agile Reflections in 2012.  He’s also a prolific writer & blogger (at - www.rgalen.com ) and podcaster (at www.meta-cast.com )

 

Bob may be reached directly at: bob@rgalen.com or networking via: http://www.linkedin.com/in/bobgalen

 

 


Experience the feeling of AWE! Combine Agile and Waterfall to create Excellence in Technology Delivery

 

Kumar Sathish and Jennifer Honermann

 

 

 

Delivery methodology (Agile, Waterfall, Agile Fall, etc) for IT Programs or Projects changes from organization to organization around the world. Different organizations have experimented or turned towards one option or the other. This dynamic becomes even more of an interesting case study when an organization decides to partner with external vendors who may not be aligned with their internal delivery principles. In such scenarios, both parties have to find a way to collaborate and intersect towards a common goal of hitting key milestones.


This talk will present a case study where a Banking organization practicing Agile had to work with an external IT vendor practicing Waterfall to deliver a major IT Conversion Program, resulting in using Agile-based principles towards the final delivery. The case study addresses challenges one faces in combining different cultures, overcoming resistance from external vendors in aligning with Agile when they aren’t, coming up with tools for communication and delivery plan that will satisfy both parties, all occurring organically without any targeted coaching in a non-intrusive and collaborative manner.



Bios:

Kumar is a Scrum Master that also functions as an internal Release Train Engineer for a group of teams at Capital One. Kumar has over 15 years of experience in Engineering and Information Technology, with 8 years of Agile experience.

Jennifer Honermann returns again this year, this time pairing with Kumar Sathish. 
Jen leads the Agile Coaching Practice for Capital One's Consumer Bank. Jen has over 15 years of delivery and coaching experience in high tech and financial services organization.

 


 

Agile Games with Mark Dodge ( possible subject for Evening MeetingDec 2017)

 

Agile Games: Using Simple Play to Generate Lasting Insights

Mark Dodge and Vaibhav “VG” Gandhi

 

(This presentation was well received when we presented it at the Agile Delaware meetup on 6/28/2017.  Coordinator Greg Robinson and Jen Honerman from Capital One liked it. )

 

 

With a little creativity and ingenuity, learn how extending simple games can help agile teams explore challenges via a different lens to generate lasting insights and reveal new possibilities for improvement.

 

But isn’t creating agile games hard to do?  Where do I start?  We’ll share some game design theory and some tips from our experiences starting with simple games and extending them to create fun game spaces for agile teams to play, explore, and generate lasting insights.

 

We’ll also discuss how to spot team dysfunction and share some games to remediate them and then we’ll wrap up by facilitating a brief game design session demonstration with the audience to create and enhance a game “on-the-fly”.

 

 

Speaker Bios :

 

Mark Dodge

Scrum Master/Agile Coach at Capital One in Wilmington DE - CSM, PMI-ACP, ICP-ATF, ICP-ACC, SAFe PM/PO

Agile journey started in 2006 with varied experiences as Product Owner, Release Train Engineer, Dev Team Manager, and Scrum Master/Agile Coach

Likes to be ‘Flawsome’ - individuals who embrace their ‘flaws’ and know they’re awesome regardless!

 

Vaibhav “VG” Gandhi -

Scrum Master/Agile Coach at Capital One in Wilmington DE – CSP, CSM, CSPO, IC-Agile CTF, IC-Agile CAC, SAFe PM/PO

4+ years as Scrum Master and Agile Coach for technology and product teams – 1+ year as Release Train Engineer

Loves to build automated and real time reports and metrics.

 

 

 


 

Push Pull Exercise

by Joseph Scholtz of Capital One

( This could be later in the year at an evening meeting when we have for more time to cover it.)

 

This workshop is for people that have Scrum Knowledge and want to find a way to start transitioning to Kanban or understand how to use some elements of Kanban.

 

the Epic List I use for the Push Puzzle (Scrum) vs. Pull Puzzle (Kanban) simulation.  Essentially there is a Kanban Team and a Scrum/Sprint Team.  We have three iterations, each 10 minutes long.  We have Developer/QA, Scrum Master, and Product Owner roles.  The Scrum/Sprint Team starts with a one minute Planning and a Sprint Commitment whereas the Kanban Group starts immediately.  The Kanban Team maintains Work in Progress limits, and the Sprint Team can organize their work however they want.  Each Team needs to obtain Product Owner acceptance for their puzzle Stories before the iteration ends.  The Sprint Team records how many puzzle piece Story Points were delivered. The Kanban Team records how much time each Story took, which will convert to Cycle Time.

 

Essentially it is a compare and contrast exercise followed by a discussion on the key components of Kanban and how to begin incorporating them into your software development and delivery.

 

I also have an Intro to Kanban presentation (attached) that might be more time-appropriate for the 16th of October.  I delivered this at the Scrum Master Summit for Capital One last year.

 


 

 

SUMMARY

Lastly,  help us choose how to tweet this event

https://twitter.com/agiletour

or

https://twitter.com/agilePhilly

 

 

I suggest we lump all tweets into the hashtag #AgilePhilly and not have a special hashtag for different events.  Start tweeting now at #AgilePhilly and at AgilePhilly.Slack.com

 

For Facebook, send some love to

https://m.facebook.com/agiletour/

 

and spread the news about

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notes on

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MAYBE – MAYBE

 

Pulled by Deborah

 

Deborah Wyse -

Title:  You Had Me At "Why" - Introduction to Impact Mapping

 

Abstract: Learn a visual, collaborative product planning approach that aligns the business and tech visions and highlights assumptions early.  You will learn why you want to use it, who needs to be in the room, how it responds to new information gained from inspection and adaptation and what to include in the map's information hierarchy. To conclude, we will break into groups and create impact maps based upon a specific and measurable goal.

 

Bio: Deborah Wyse is an experience project manager and newly minted CSM who is passionate about mission-driven technology initiatives.  Active in Philadelphia's Women in Tech, Agile and Dining for Women communities, she also enjoys tending her urban landscape to maximize sustainability and delight.

 

www.linkedin.com/in/deborahwyse

 

 

 

 

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