Theme: People

The Power Of Permission

I'd like to talk about why I see so many agile teams struggling with failure.

It's not that they don't know what they need to do.

They just don't believe that they have permission to do what they need to do.

Do you know how to give, ask, and make permission?

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8 votes

Theme: People

Data for good, software for a cause, side projects for growth.

It was a photo of a little girl riding a bike amongst the ruins of the Japanese Tsunami that moved me the most. Caught up in the emotion of their photos and stories, I offered to build an iPhone app for a non-profit, using their data to help tell their story. In reality, despite a career in web software, I knew little about mobile apps, cloud computing, or data for good causes. But I learned, and transformed because ...more »

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7 votes

Theme: Technical

DevOps for the Cloud

To realize the potential in your Cloud you want a solution that enables you to continuously deliver new capabilities to users as fast and efficiently as possible through automated builds, continuous integration, test and deployment automation . You want to be able to create a repeatable, reliable and incrementally adjustable process for taking software from concept to customer.

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7 votes

Theme: People

The Power of "Politics" on an Agile Team

Organizational (or “office” or “workplace”) politics are no fun. And politics are everywhere - at least everywhere you find more than 3 people interacting. Worst of all politics can be a barrier to achieving business outcomes and personal fulfillment.

 

In this lightning talk I will reframe “politics” so you can harness the power of your Agile team and develop an environment of growth and achievement.

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7 votes

Theme: People

Reflections on Influencing Culture

Over the last 10 years, I've worked at 3 different organizations, at 7 different sites, in 2 different countries. I've been a Developer, a Technical Lead, a Scrum Master, and a Coach. I've done all of this working directly for each company. Through these experiences I've gathered some reflections on different subcultures between individuals, teams, sites, and organizations. In this talk I'll discuss some of the cultural ...more »

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5 votes

Theme: Technical

If statements are evil!

If statements are one of the first programming constructs we learn - so they feel very natural, in fact, they seem essential. But more often than than not, the simple 'if' statement signals a missed abstraction or a missing class. I will show how viewing 'if' statements through the lens of SOLID design principles can lead to refactored code where the 'if' statements almost magically disappear. And the resulting design ...more »

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6 votes

Theme: Technical

Continuous Delivery In A Microsoft Desktop Application Environme

In this lightning talk, Craeg Strong describes a Continuous Delivery/DevOps implementation for a mission-critical Criminal Justice system running Microsoft .NET technologies. While Continuous Delivery has made inroads for web-based applications, it is relatively new and unfamiliar for traditional Microsoft desktop applications. The talk will describe how the starting technology stack (TFS, TFSBuild, File System, SharePoint, ...more »

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4 votes

Theme: People

When they thought I had brain damage: The impact of expectations

For nearly 6 years, my family believed an oxygen deficiency at birth left me with mild to moderate brain damage. This created a environment of low expectations that took decades to overcome. Our expectations of others can have a critical impact on every aspect of life, but specifically, what does the way we manage our Agile teams say about our expectations?

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4 votes

Theme: People

The Virtue of Coercion

Someone named Timothy Turnstone submitted this intriguing talk to the Agile2015 conference. I am eager to comment on it in some detail. The proposed session and related comments follow....please note the intriguing comments from Tobias Mayer, Ron Jeffries, Harrison Owen, and many others..... The Virtue of Coercion Presenter: Tim Turnstone Track: Enterprise Agile Source Link (for reference): https://submissions.agilealliance.org/sessions/3408 ...more »

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4 votes

Theme: People

Can Holocracy emerge as the next big thing for Agile?

Holocracy has been in the news for great and not-so-great reasons recently. Some negative press has not really impacted the conversation on the intent and core principles driving the Holocracy movement. My Pecha Kucha presentation will focus on how agile teams can embed the core thinking and principles of Holocarcy benefit from it. I will use examples to demonstrate the alignment between Holocracy and agile and why ...more »

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2 votes

Theme: People

The Spine Model

OH: Implement this issue tracking tool and we will be Agile! Do Pair Programming and we will be Agile! We Did Agile at my last company and Agile Doesn't Work! In this session I will explain the essence of the Spine Model (http://spine.wiki). Applying the Spine Model gets you very quickly out of the murky depths of arguing about tools and practices by providing a simple mental model that allows the real misalignments ...more »

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4 votes

Theme: Process

Why Estimates make me frown :( OR Estimates anchor benefits

Summary It’s weakness to want predictions, to be at mercy of fortune tellers. Outline Anchor’s operate unintentionally and work even when people are forewarned. Estimates anchor and concentrate benefits near the estimate value. In this Pecha Kecha talk I present reasons why the best-benefit outcome is concentrated near the estimated value, irrespective of whether the work gets done sooner or later than estimated value. ...more »

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2 votes

Theme: Technical

A perfect match: Agile principles and the 12 Factor App

Elegantly decoupled, scalable, and easy-to-deploy applications are the hallmarks of a '12 Factor App'. The 12 Factor App approach technically empowers corporations to deliver new features or content with speed and confidence. Big corporations, are mimicking startups by transforming their business in the 'cloud'. Not just with their technology, but with their whole team approaches - technical and non technical. This ...more »

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3 votes