Theme: People

Living an Agile Life

Change happens to us all the time. Normally, it happens so slowly that we don't particularly notice. Sometimes the change happens so quickly that we do notice. My life changed in September 2009. With sudden hearing loss and constant vertigo, my life took a sudden turn. I learned to ask for help; to accept that I can’t control everything; to see the current state so and to envision where I want to go. I adapt how I work,... more »

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13 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: 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 »

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

The love affair between Complexity and Simplicity in development

The relationship between Complexity and Simplicity in application development is a delicate balance. There is a rhythm of euphoria and heartache that emerges over the various ups and downs of iterative discovery, development, and delivery. Within a circle of trust and cooperation Complexity and Simplicity dance together in a rhythm that yields application goodness. In this harmony all those involved feel and know that... more »

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13 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 »

Theme: People

The Agile Principles Can't All Be P0! Gaining Agile Alignment.

We rank order our backlog, we rank order retrospective findings. Why don't we rank order the agile principles? Are they really all priority 0? The Agile Principles 20/20 exercise is a simple team collaboration activity that will allow a team to agree on what is important in the use of agile. When conducted across an organization the results can then be used to foster conversation that can bring the organizations to better... more »

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3 votes

Theme: People

Jet Age Dogfights, the Dawn of Scrum

Thundering down the Yalu River Valley Mig-15s and F-86 Fighters would meet head on to battle for the sky. The valley became know as MiG Alley and is considered the birthplace of jet fighter combat. Within the chaos of this arena a maverick named John Boyd emerged to forge the tactics and training that enabled survival in this new world of Jet Age combat. The simplicity of his tactics and methods are legend. They are... more »

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19 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: Process

Customizing SAFe for YOU

In scaling agile, context matters. Being able to customize an agile framework to suit your unique conditions and context is very important. Scaled Agile Framework (SAFe®️) is often harshly and incorrectly criticized as too prescriptive or too rigid, and by implications, not easy to customize. Inspired by Dr. Jeff Sutherland’s Scrum at Scale meta-framework which provides a general language for talking... more »

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15 votes