Theme: Process

“Is SAFe really Agile?”

Try Googling that question and you’ll find some strong opinions and clever commentaries. The blogosphere is just filled with opinions on the Scaled Agile Framework (SAFe®), and whether it’s really Agile, or whether it is taking Agile in a bad direction. When building extremely large complex systems involving life critical applications, this becomes much more than an academic argument. When evaluating approaches for ...more »

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2 votes

Theme: Process

How to Run Agile Teams Globally for All Levels of Agile Process

One of the most common myths is that Agile can be done only with co-located teams. I would like to walk you through the various engagement models we have experience with to run agile teams globally using near and off shore teams. These models are at various levels of maturity of the Agile process and can level up as the teams get more proficient. At the highest level of maturity is our Agile Nextdoor™ model, which ensures ...more »

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26 votes

Theme: Process

Implementing Continuous Delivery – the Agile Way

Continuous Delivery takes Agile to its logical conclusion – and thereby transforms the way software is delivered. CD allows organizations to be more agile and to innovate more rapidly by delivering better software, faster, and continuously. Continuous Delivery involves all dimensions of your R&D and Operations organizations – consisting of Team Collaboration, Agile and DevOps practices, Continuous Integration (CI), ...more »

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19 votes

Theme: Process

Top Tips for Taking Agile from Dev into Production

You development team is agile, your check-ins are fast and your code rocks! But what does it all matter if it then takes you forever to jump through the hoops of finally deploying it into production, and into the hands of your end users? How long does it take you to get your code out in the market? How can you make sure your Ops team and processes are aligned to support your agile development? In this session, we ...more »

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19 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: Process

Enterprise scale development using the Spotify Agile Process

The IBM PureApplication team adopted the Spotify agile process in 2014. Since our initial adoption, we have made additional changes based on feedback and best practice. This discussion will talk about the rationale and expectations behind the initial reorganization, the challenges faced through multiple product releases and a large global development team, and the value that was recognized. Finally, a review of the most ...more »

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3 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: Technical

Accelerate App Delivery with Enterprise Strength Hybrid Cloud

A Hybrid cloud should be an off-premises extension of your datacenter, allowing easy movement of workloads between them without changes to the application or architecture. You don't want to be stuck in one environment as needs and requirements change. We'll talk about best practices for developing and testing off-premises, and then migrating the workload back into your datacenter for production.

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Theme: Technical

Solving the global debt crisis - technical debt that is.

Our world is awash in technical debt. This is a tough problem and one that will at some point, if it hasn't already, result in catastrophe. As an agile coach and trainer I spend a large amount of time and effort helping people unlearn poor programming practices. And many of these poor practices were framed as 'best practices' when they learned to code. This is wasteful. I want to share my ideas on how to solve this. ...more »

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2 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: Process

Take Back Agile (to it's lightweight productive roots)

Are we getting tired of the kind of "agile" where you don't really have any particular technical practices, change (and improvement) is entirely optional, and you pretty much do waterfall with additional overhead of meetings? Are we tired of seeing "sprints" and "iterations" used as ways to pressure people into working harder and longer ("pushing velocity"), with no training or learning or even autonomy? Are n-week death ...more »

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8 votes

Theme: Process

CONNECTING Rally, Jira, & TFS into ONE Agile Portfolio Rollup!

At Equifax we had the Tooling "Holy War" of Agile software and ultimately chose to preserve the right of our Agile teams to work the way that they preferred: 1. .NET folks insisted on TFS with the Visual Studio IDE integration. 2. Jira teams had learned the Greenhopper bolt-on to the bug tracker. 3. Rally users preferred the more natural alignment with Scaled Agile and business-friendly usability. Software vendors ...more »

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18 votes

Theme: Process

How to be a Lean Startup in an Enterprise

Be a lean startup in a big organization? Sounds like an oxymoron, right? Yet to stay alive in today's transparent and interconnected world, big organizations must be lean. Let's talk about practical solutions to help your team get ideas to customers fast, learn, fail fast and pivot before you make it a production solution -- like a lean startup has to do." In this talk, Kelli Houston, an Agile Transformation Lead at IBM, ...more »

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26 votes

Theme: People

Why your Agile transformation needs an "Island of Misfit Toys"!

The Lightning Talk will discuss the difference in mindsets based on our own "lens" to the world, extending beyond the black&blue vs. white&gold dress example. The concept of Farmers vs. Hunters will be shared in relation to what Thomas Hartmann presents in his book on ADD - A Different Perception. I'll offer a fun hypothesis for "AAADD" as a multi-generational "affliction" based on technology becoming ubiquitous. But ...more »

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