Keynote

Melissa Perri

CEO & Founder, ProdUX Labs

Escaping the Build Trap

Are you building what your customers want, or are you just building? Many large companies that have been around for decades, or even newer startups that have found some stability, fall into a dangerous place called "The Build Trap" — building feature after feature, without stopping to validate it's what customer truly want and need. In this talk, Melissa outlines how product teams can restructure their thinking to focus on finding value for the user through experimentation to achieve business goals and escape "The Build Trap."

About Melissa

Melissa Perri believes the key to creating great products is growing great product leaders. As the CEO and founder of Produx Labs, she helps companies effectively scale their product organizations. Melissa also founded the online school Product Institute and started a program to train the next generation of Chief Product Officers. In 2018, she published "Escaping the Build Trap: How Effective Product Management Creates Real Value" with O'Reilly Media.

2-day Course / Certification Coaches

Peter Green

Agile Coach and Trainer, Agile For All

Certified Agile Leadership® (CAL)

2-Day Certification Course

Taking this class will increase your leadership effectiveness and help you become a better leader, no matter what your role. CAL is a great choice for executives, managers as well as for coaches & consultants. The common thread among CAL students is the desire to enhance their workplace (and/or clients' workplace) with Agile values, practices, and metrics. Participants in CAL will receive their Certified Agile Leadership® (CAL) credentials. The CAL program is a practice-based program that develops Agile leadership competency and maturity.

Course Topics & Learning Objectives:

Merge Agile approaches into your leadership style. Whether your organization applies Agile at the team level or you're just getting your feet wet with an Agile framework, this Certified Agile Leadership® course will help you improve your ability to:

  • Describe the origins of Agile and how it helps organizations thrive in the midst of complexity
  • Apply an Agile approach to change
  • Secure your competitive advantage in a continually evolving national and global marketplace
  • Structure your organization according to principles of organizational agility, instead of silos, to better align efforts

For more information on this CAL course taught by the Agile Arizona training partner Agile for All, click here.
For the CAL certification information provided by the Scrum Alliance, click here.

Note: pre-work is required for this course.
Note: Project Management Professionals can receive 18 PDUs for this CAL course.

About Peter

Peter Green is an Executive Agile Leadership Coach, Trainer, and Speaker. He helps leaders take full advantage of their gifts to thrive in complex times. Peter combines individual leadership development with his research in next generation organizational models to help executives lead engaged, high performing Agile organizations. As the Agile Transformation Leader at Adobe Systems, he helped the company make the critical business transition from perpetual desktop products to the subscription-based Creative Cloud. Now the Principle Leadership Coach for Agile For All, Peter is a CST and co-creator of the Scrum Alliance Certified Agile Leadership program.

Richard Lawrence

Co-owner, Agile Trainer and Coach, Agile For All

Certified Scrum Product Owner® (CSPO)

2-Day Certification Course

Taking this class will provide you with the Certified Scrum Product Owner® (CSPO) credentials. People who are comfortable with the "business side" of projects, are often the right person for the Certified Scrum Product Owner® (CSPO) certification. While the Certified ScrumMaster® (CSM) helps the Scrum Team work together to learn and implement Scrum, the CSPO creates product vision, orders the product backlog, and makes sure the best possible work is delivered to delight the customer.

Course Topics & Learning Objectives:

Immerse yourself in the major skill-sets and practices you need to succeed as a Scrum Product Owner. Throughout this CSPO course, you will learn:

  • Scrum history, theory, principles and values
  • Scrum framework basics and practices
  • Planning for sprints, releases, and portfolios
  • The role of the Product Owner in the Scrum Framework
  • Advanced techniques such as:
    • Working effectively with stakeholders
    • The mindset of an effective Product Owner, especially how to think about complexity and change and the impact on projects, products, and planning
    • Key practices and tools for Product Owners not covered in Scrum, including what's required to build and maintain a good product backlog

For more information on this CSPO course taught by the Agile Arizona training partner Agile for All, click here.
For the CSPO certification information provided by the Scrum Alliance, click here.

Note: Project management professionals can receive 14 PDUs for this CSPO course.

About Richard

Co-owner of Agile For All, Richard Lawrence trains and coaches teams and organizations to become happier and more productive. From his diverse background in software development, engineering, anthropology, and political science, he helps people think more deeply about humanizing workplaces and collaborating effectively with each other on complex work.

Richard is a Scrum Alliance Certified Enterprise Coach and a Certified Scrum Trainer, as well as a certified trainer of the Training from the Back of the Room accelerated learning method. His book Behavior-Driven Development with Cucumber will be published later this year by Addison-Wesley.

Steve Spearman

Trainer and Agile Coach, Agile For All

Certified ScrumMaster® (CSM)

2-Day Certification Course

Taking this class (and passing the test) will provide you with the Certified ScrumMaster® (CSM) credentials. As a CSM, you'll be prepared to help Scrum Teams perform at their highest level. CSMs also protect the team from both internal and external distractions. Through the certification process, you will learn the Scrum framework and gain an understanding of team roles, events, artifacts and rules.

Course Learning Objectives:

By the end of the training, you will be able to:

  • Describe the Scrum framework to others
  • Explain the difference between the Scrum framework and other processes and systems
  • Be a successful Scrum Master for a Scrum team
  • Help a Scrum team plan successfully
  • Create a personal plan for the future

For more information on this CSM course as taught by the Agile Arizona training partner Agile for All, click here.
For the CSM certification information provided by the Scrum Alliance, click here.

Note: Project Management Professionals can get 14 PDUs for this CSM course.

About Steve

Steve Spearman is a Trainer and Agile coach with over 30 years of experience in corporate software development settings. In his last corporate role, he was the sponsor for his business unit's transition to Scrum. Steve is a Certified Scrum Trainer® (CST) with great passion for Scrum but who is pragmatic enough to engage with you at different levels of transformational maturity. Steve's varied experience as an engineer, architect, project manager and leader at Bell Labs, Lucent, Avaya and Cisco systems helps him relate to your real world transformational challenges. Steve's other certifications include:

  • Certified SAFe Program Consultant® (CSP)
  • Certified LeSS Practitioner
  • Certified Project Management Professional® (PMP)
  • Certified Agile Project Management® (ACP)

Charles Maddox

Principal, The I4 Group

Certified SAFe® 4 Agilist (SA) Course

During this two-day course, attendees will gain the knowledge necessary to lead a Lean-Agile enterprise by leveraging the Scaled Agile Framework® (SAFe®), and its underlying principles derived from Lean, systems thinking, Agile development, product development flow, and DevOps. They will discuss the five competencies needed to become a Lean Enterprise. They will also learn and practice the skills for supporting and executing PI Planning events, and coordinating multiple Agile Release Trains (ARTs).

Attendees will gain an understanding of the Lean-Agile mindset, why it's so effective in today's adapt-or-die marketplace, and what it means to lead a Lean-Agile transformation. They'll also learn how to build and support Agile teams and programs, empower a Lean Portfolio, build a Continuous Delivery Pipeline and DevOps culture, and coordinate large solutions. They will develop a skillset that's in demand worldwide—and empower their enterprises to succeed in a disruptive marketplace—when they become a SAFe® 4 Agilist (SA).

Attending the class prepares individuals to take the exam and become a certified SAFe® Agilist (SA).

At the end of the certification material, we will hold a mini workshop on ART launch next steps when adopting SAFe. We will run a mini Value Stream Workshop and ART Readiness assessment exercise. In this mini workshop you will get a chance to see how you can help an organization determine the right ART design and target area of the organization to focus on when launching SAFe®.

About Charles

Charles has over 25 years of experience in systems development. He has held various positions at product and service companies from hands on engineer to leadership. He is the founder of The i4 Group, in which he serves as Principal Consultant. At The i4 Group, he has worked with several organizational transformations across the globe helping them improve value delivery through scaling agile practices and DevOps. He is 1 of 60 worldwide to have reached the Scaled Agile Program Consultant Trainer (SPCT) level as a SAFe trainer. He is a mentor, trainer and ICF certified professional coach (PCC). He lives in Allen, TX. He likes to volunteer in his community as a sports coach, math tutor and youth mentor. He is a husband and father of 3.

Kalpesh Shah

Director of Agile Transformation, IntraEdge
 

Sean McKeever

VP of Product Management, Integrate

The Art and Science of Product Management: Going Beyond Certification

We have all read the stories about amazing product teams at the best software companies, but how do you work in these amazing ways while leading your product teams in new directions? This hands-on workshop will help you to take your product management skills to the next level!

You'll be learning about modern product management principles and immediately applying your learning during small group working sessions. Our hands-on activities include playing the role of product managers for popular products that we all use on a daily basis, so you will learn by doing instead of being lectured. If you've completed a scrum product ownership course or are looking to grow your product management skills to the advanced level, then this could be a great workshop for you.

A ​free two-hour product management consultation​ is also included with your registration. We will talk with you and your colleagues about the product management practice at your company and make recommendations on how to enact change.

By the end of the workshop you will be able to:

  1. Explain the basic tenets of modern product management to your organization
  2. Clearly define the skills of modern and effective product managers
  3. Lead your product teams for both existing and new product efforts
  4. Create rich and effective story maps which represent your customer needs and inform the solution to be delivered
  5. Facilitate a design studio ideation session with your product teams
  6. Discover exactly what should be in the MVP solution
  7. Identify and define key metrics that matter to positively influence your outcomes
  8. Manage stakeholders throughout the product life cycle
  9. Influence delivery teams to improve their processes to better support your products

About Kalpesh

Kalpesh is a Culture Hacker, Speaker & Enterprise Agile Coach with IntraEdge Agile Solutions with experience in creating and working with different shapes and sizes of Agile teams. He has worked with organizations ranging from Fortune 50 companies to startups, helping them make the transition to Agile way of working, implementing Agile at Scale, employ Lean Product Development approaches and instill Lean Startup mindset. As a monk on a spiritual journey, he is also on a journey of discovering, learning and implementing different agile techniques to create happier teams which in turn create better products, his version of enlightenment! His latest passion is Culture Hacking through continuous experimentation which will promote innovative thinking, extend openness, embody rationality, and bring design thinking into teams.

About Sean

Sean has worked in product management for 19 years with a variety of technology companies, primarily in the K-16 education market. He also spent two years on mobile app and mobile platform product management at Workiva, which is where he first started using dual-track agile methods. His work there involved frequent interactions with prolific Product Management consultants, Marty Cagan and Jeff Patton, which accelerated his understanding and implementation of great discovery and delivery methodologies. At his current company, Integrate, Sean is leading both the product management and software design teams. His focus is building great product teams to deliver great products resulting in a rapidly growing marketing technology company.

Workshop Speakers

Allison Pollard

Agile Coach & Principal Consultant, Improving
 

Lyn Barrett

Agile Coach / Scrum Master, Improving

Getting Real without Getting Fired - Saying things in a way people can hear

Are important words often left unsaid at your place of work? Do you feel like you're navigating a complex maze in conversations? Does your message tend to miss the mark with co-workers, who increasingly seem to be impediments to reaching your goals? Are these unspeakable truths in your workplace that you wish someone would resolve for you?

Trust and communication issues within the workplace can hollow out an organization. Invisible lines get drawn. Alternate forms of communication open up to subvert perceived rivals. Allies are recruited, reinforcing an us vs. them behavior cycle. Organizations are suffering from a lack of trust, and it's costing them speed, productivity, and collaboration. What can YOU do about it?

Regardless of your title, you can be a leader in your organization, and a leader's first job is to inspire trust. In this session, Allison and Marcus will share models to evaluate your own behaviors and facilitate activities to help you find your voice for speaking the truth in a way that builds trust. Softening the truth can feel comfortable in low trust environments--it's simpler, nicer, and can make you look like a team player. It can also lead to miscommunication, undelivered news, and blame shifting. On the other hand, saying the truth in all of its ugliness is risky and potentially career-limiting. Finding the sweet spot of communication to become a trusted leader takes self-awareness and practice. Attend this workshop and learn to recognize how your behavior is building trust--or not--and practice speaking hard truths so that others can hear it.

About Allison

Allison Pollard helps people discover their agile instincts and develop their coaching abilities. As an agile coach with Improving in Dallas, Allison enjoys enabling others to become trusted leaders for change in their organization. In her experience, applying agile methods improves delivery, strengthens relationships, and builds trust between business and IT. Allison is also a Certified Professional Co-Active Coach, a foodie, and proud glasses wearer.

About Lyn

Lyn Barrett finds joy in coaching teams from creation to delivery. She has worked in environments both large and small to build spaces where entire organizations can collaborate and grow. With her 'past life' as a software developer, Lyn loves involving individuals to feel invested in the decisions of their team and company. Lyn is a Scrum Master, Coach and Scaled Agile Practitioner for Improving. Outside of work, Lyn enjoys traveling with her family, finding treasures at estate sales and a heated game of Mah Jongg.

Damon Poole

Agile Coach; Founder, Nexxle

Introduction to Professional Coaching in an Agile Environment

This boot camp will introduce you to professional coaching in an Agile environment through a series of games followed by live coaching with fellow participants.

  • Coaching demo – the instructor will do a live demo of the full range of a coaching conversation with a volunteer.
  • Intro to Coaching Triggers – coaching triggers offer a new framework to help you stay in the coaching mode, work from the coachee's agenda, and remain neutral. Coaching triggers are pairs of circumstances and corresponding techniques that help to identify how we can best help the coachee move forward. Each trigger will include an example of how to use the trigger and the powerful questions that go along with the trigger.
  • Flash Card Coaching - in "Flash Card Coaching," you will witness the value of powerful questions, presence, and active listening by using only preset questions to do a full coaching session.
  • Categorization games - work together in small groups to learn about powerful questions, giving advice, and the differences between the 4 modes of Agile Coaching; professional coaching, mentoring, teaching, and facilitating.
  • Choose Your Own Coaching Adventure – these games are just like the old "Choose Your Own Adventure" games. Your choices lead down a path that either leads to a successful coaching outcome or an unhappy coachee. Each unhappy ending comes with an explanation and you can always back up and try again.
  • Interrupting - you may want to ask the coachee to pause, slow down, or repeat information. This can potentially sidetrack the coachee. See how to overcome this need in order to follow along with the coachee wherever their problem solving thought process may lead.
  • Orienting - coachees can get off-track from their stated session purpose. Orienting is a technique for helping the coachee stay on track without unintentionally taking away their control of the session.
  • Spectating - you may feel the need to ask the coachee to pause, slow down, or repeat information. This can sidetrack the coachee. See how to overcome this need in order to follow along with the coachee wherever their problem solving thought process may lead.
  • Intuition - when an insight comes to us that would have turned out to have value for the coachee and we don't offer it, that's a shame. Likewise, presenting our intuition as fact may lead our coachee astray. Learn how to leverage your intuition to your coachee's advantage.
  • Re-directing - learn the three parts of redirecting a direct request such as “what do you think I should do” back into a pure coaching conversation.
  • Practice – participants will pair up throughout the workshop to practice all of the techniques covered in the workshop.

About Damon

Damon has coached and trained thousands of people at companies such as EMC, Capital One, Oanda, Ford, and Fidelity. He speaks frequently at Agile Alliance, Agile New England, Kentucky Fried Agile, Atlassian Summit, Agile and Beyond, Agile Toronto, and others. As a coach of coaches at Eliassen, Damon led the Agile Delivery team which grew to hundreds of Scrum Masters and Agile Coaches in the field.

He created Eliassen's Agile Transformation approach and the training content across all aspects of Agile, and led the effort to provide opportunities for the coaches to advance in their coaching journey. This background gave Damon the opportunity to learn from hundreds of Agile Coaches in an enormous variety of client environments and from the wider international Agile community.

Dimitri Ponomareff

Enterprise Coach; Founder, Kanban Zone

Improve Efficiency & Delivery with a Portfolio Kanban

Unleash full transparency and traceability from ideation to completion. Create a Portfolio Kanban System to improve the way you deliver value to customers and keep everyone focused on the right work at the right time. Inspired by the House of Lean and the Agile Manifesto, the Portfolio Kanban System can increase efficiency while continuously improving the flow of delivery. Join me in this interactive workshop that will provide examples and the ability to design and use your own Portfolio Kanban System.

Agenda

  • Agile Manifesto & House of Lean
  • Feature Driven Development (FDD)
  • Kanban
  • Portfolio Kanban
  • Kaizen

Learning Objectives

  • How to build a Kanban board using the 5 step exercise
  • How to design an effective Portfolio Kanban System
  • How to develop a culture of continuous improvement

About Dimitri

Dimitri Ponomareff is a passionate coach, facilitator and public speaker. He has the ability to relate to people at every level within an organization. He can motivate and energize individuals, teams or entire organizations. Dimitri is consistently recognized as an effective and successful change agent who is able to mobilize people on a path of continuous improvement. Dimitri is a certified coach and "7 Habits of Highly Effective People" facilitator and uses his vast experience to build highly-focused, productive and happy teams. Dimitri has coached for such organizations as American Express, Charles Schwab, Bank of America, Morgan Stanley, Blue Cross Blue Shield, Choice Hotels, Best Western, JDA Software, LifeLock, First Solar.

Jennifer Bonine

CEO, PinkLion AI

Design Thinking for AGILE Teams: Change your Approach!

Utilizing the design thinking approach made popular by Amazon, Apple, and others learn how to modify your whole agile strategy and approach around a technique that can speed your time to success and failure. Learn how to get to POC and prototyping sooner for feedback from customers and buyers.

This workshop will explore what the design thinking approach is and walk you through a hands-on example of how to use design thinking in your teams for your development and testing strategies. Leave with a new technique to reinvent how you approach your agile teams.

About Jennifer

Jennifer is a well-known speaker, teacher and trainer at both national and international conferences. She has keynoted numerous Testing, Agile, and Development conferences. Jennifer's belief is that we should do what we are passionate about and believes in living your passion. To this end Jennifer co-founded and is the CEO of Pink Lion AI: a breakout AI company that brings AI to the world's app teams and delivers AI integration with a human engagement model while educating teams on solving challenges with an AI-first strategy.

Jennifer is the is the first female AI testing tech CEO and is currently collaborating in the entertainment, gaming, media and professional sports industries with Test.AI. As Test.AI's partner PinkLion is solving testing challenges using AI that have been unsolvable with more traditional automation testing. Jennifer has held executive level positions at leading development and quality engineering teams for Fortune 100 companies in several Industries. In a recent engagement Jennifer served as a strategy executive and in corporate marketing for the C-suite. Jennifer has spent years with the C-Suite solving tough challenges and pushing technology to the limit.

Jenny Tarwater

Agile Coach & Trainer, Agile Velocity

Power Pause for Cohesive Collaboration!

Agile Teams are often described as High Performing and Self Organizing, What if your team is not yet there, and is really just a group of people that work together? What would cohesive collaboration look like? You know a great team when you see it, but how can you help a team that may be faltering? Plan a Power Pause - and reboot the team!

In this workshop, you will learn a framework to help assess your teams potential dysfunctions based off of Patrick Lencioni's New York Time bestselling book Five Dysfunctions of a Team and The Ideal Team Player. The behaviors we want to strive for include trust, positive conflict, commitment, accountability and attention to results. You will leave with a tool box full of activities to take back to your own teams! We'll also reconcile this framework with other popular team formation models and concepts such as Tuckman's Model of Group Development and the Drexler/Sibbet Team Performance® Model.

About Jenny

Jenny Tarwater is an International Speaker, Collaboration Coach and Agile Trainer. She has 25 years of corporate experience bringing all parts of an organization together to reliably deliver large-scale software initiatives. Jenny has a passion for empowering the adoption and understanding of Agile values, principles and practices. Jenny is an active member of the agile community, organizing several conferences (Women in Agile, Lean Agile KC) and MeetUps (AgileKC, Games for Agility Learning and Engagement).

Richard Kasperowski

High-Performance Teams

Building Great Teams: Culture and Core Protocols

Your team can be ten times better. The Core Protocols are one way to make your team great.

Your team can be ten times better.

What does that mean? That means your professional team can accomplish 10x more work, do it with 10x more quality, 10x faster, or with 10x less resources. Your family can be 10x happier. Your school can be 10x more effective at helping people learn. Your community group can be 10x better at making life better for the people it serves. Even you yourself can be 10x more effective at getting what you want.

In other words, you can be great. Your team can be great.

Greatness

Can you say these things about your teams?:

  • My projects are completed effortlessly on schedule and in budget every time.
  • Every team I've ever been on has shared a vision.
  • In meetings, we only ever do what will get results.
  • No one blames "management" or anyone else, if they don't get what they want.
  • Everybody shares their best ideas right away.
  • Ideas are immediately unanimously approved, improved, or rejected by the team.
  • Action on approved ideas begins immediately.
  • Conflict is always resolved swiftly and productively.
The Core Protocols are one way to make teams that have these characteristics.

Some of the things you'll learn:

  • Results-oriented behaviors
  • How to enter a state of shared vision with a team and stay there
  • How to create trust on a team
  • How to stay rational and healthy
  • How to make team decisions effectively
  • How to move quickly and with high quality towards the team's goals

About Richard

Richard Kasperowski is an author, speaker, teacher, and coach focused on high-performance teams. Richard is the author of the new book, High-Performance Teams: The Foundations, as well as The Core Protocols: A Guide to Greatness. He leads clients in building great teams that get great results using the Core Protocols, Agile, and Open Space Technology. Richard created and teaches the course Agile Software Development at Harvard University. Learn more and subscribe to Richard's newsletter at www.kasperowski.com.

Session Speakers

Adam Weisbart

Agile Coach & Certified Scrum Trainer, Weisbart Consulting

Agile Antipatterns - The Agilist's Guide to Traps, Tripwires, and Treachery

Knowing the basics of agility is essential for any team member, but out in the trenches a good ScrumMaster must be ready to identify and deal with Agile Antipatterns quickly to help his team and organization move forward.

What's an Agile Antipattern? Something that at first blush may seem useful, but in practice is usually harmful to an agile initiative. It's important to be able to sniff these out since they can damage your organization, and are often slippery to catch.

You'll leave this workshop with a set of powerful tools to help you defuse antipatterns in the field.

About Adam

Adam Weisbart's humorous approach to the serious work of organizational change helps teams and individuals break out of old patterns and discover new ways to improve. His belief that hard work need not be a somber affair infuses everything he does.

Adam started his career as a software developer and went on to build a successful web development firm in the early days of the web. Later, as an engineering manager in Silicon Valley, he came to terms with the fact that he was a relentless control freak (and sometimes micromanager). Thankfully, he discovered agility and liberated his teams. He has focused on mentoring high performing self-organizing teams ever since.

Today, Adam uses his personal experiesn-adam-weisbartnce of making the leap from traditional management to Scrum to help organizations make the same transition. He is the creator of Build Your Own Scrum, an innovative approach to teaching scrum and improving existing implementations, which is used by hundreds of Agile coaches and trainers around the world. He's the creator and curator of the Agile Antipatterns Project, which helps teams identify and defuse common impediments to Agility. His popular video "Sh!t Bad Scrum Masters Say" has been viewed hundreds of thousands of times - showing us all what NOT to do when adopting Scrum.

Adam is a Certified Scrum Trainer who teaches both Certified ScrumMaster and Product Owner courses around the world, regularly speaks at conferences, coaches teams, and helps people he hasn't gotten a chance to meet yet through his podcast Agile Answers.

Allison Pollard

Agile Coach & Principal Consultant, Improving
 

Noreen Emanuel

Team Lead & Agile Coach, American Airlines

The Strength of Our Strengths

Does coaching feel trying at times? "Sometimes we're tested. Not to show our weakness, but to discover our strengths. When adopting new frameworks and practices that challenge old habits or beliefs, individuals often get stuck. And when individuals are stuck, it can lead to entire teams or organizations getting stuck. In this session, we'll explore what it means to amplify our strengths rather than our weaknesses in order to help people get un-stuck. Find out how we've changed hearts and minds to embrace change by tapping into our uniqueness as coaches.

If you are a change agent working with teams or leaders who are struggling to be agile, learn how to use your strengths to meet them where they are and form a stronger coaching relationship.

About Allison

Allison Pollard helps people discover their agile instincts and develop their coaching abilities. As an agile coach with Improving in Dallas, Allison enjoys enabling others to become trusted leaders for change in their organization. In her experience, applying agile methods improves delivery, strengthens relationships, and builds trust between business and IT. Allison is also a Certified Professional Co-Active Coach, a foodie, and proud glasses wearer.

About Noreen

Noreen Emanuel brings empathy to professional relationships and lights up a room with her positive energy. She has worked at American Airlines for 20 years and changed roles successfully many times; currently she is an agile coach within the Customer Technology organization. An avid learner, Noreen embraces new ideas and adapts to change; her servant leadership inspires those around her to do the same.

Austin Kirkbride

Solution Principal, Slalom

Agile Change Management: It ain’t waterfall reheated

People are at the core of everything business does, but it’s only been in the last 20 years or so that organizational change management has been recognized as a valuable part of doing business. As well, the approach to managing business and products has evolved and continues to shape our work and how we get things done in a rapidly changing world.
This session looks at the fundamentals of organizational change management and how they align with Agile. As the field of Change Management grows, it is recognized more and more as key to successful product launches and releases. But change management in an Agile environment looks different than waterfall change management and requires a different lens through which to view the activities around change and transformation.
By the end of this session you will walk away with a view of what Agile Change looks like and the differences between what that is - and isn't.

About Austin

Austin Kirkbride is a Solution Principal with Slalom Consulting and has been a Change Management professional for over 20 years. She is a founding member of the Association of Change Management Professionals and serves on several committees at ACMP. She is a transformation education zealot and on a mission to advance the continued evolution of change management as well as the mentorship of the next generation of Change Practitioners. As a Scrum Master, she has been actively coaching and teaching Agile for over 10 years and continues to advocate for true Agile project/product management.

Barbara Anderson

Agile Coach, Trainer & Software Section Head, Raytheon

Beware the Dark Side of Metrics!

Metrics should be used to stimulate conversations and provide frequent feedback. Barbara exposes the risk of "vanity" metrics and helps create a balanced look through 4 different lenses: Productivity, Value Delivery, Quality, and Sustainability to assess performance. She introduces both leading and lagging metrics that help agile leadership and scrum masters steer the organization proactively, rather than reactively. She peppers what is often a dry subject with humor and will facilitate a group activity to enable you to create a balanced approach to metrics for your context.

About Barbara

Barbara Anderson is an experienced Agile Coach and Trainer with hands-on experience as Lead Agilist on a large Defense Program for the Navy. She has consistent Agile Transformation success from traditionally managed environments, helping teams discover how to innovate, adopt an agile mindset, and accelerate the delivery of value. She has experience coaching both teams and customers to collaborate using the agile frameworks. She is gifted in coaching Scrum Masters and Product Owners in their journey as Servant/Leaders. In addition to being a certified [email protected] Trainer, she is a Certified Scrum Professional-SM and a Scaled Agile Framework (SAFe) Program Consultant (SPC) with extensive experience as an effective change agent and communicator.

Comments from students:
• “Barbara makes Agile exciting and infectious! She is a pleasure to be around and extremely knowledgeable.”
• “Clearly has a lot of experience and is able to provide examples/best practices based on personal experience.”
• “Excellent instruction. Very interactive, and answered questions well.”
• “Clear, concise, knowledgeable. Barbara was great”

Barry Stahl

Solution Architect, Carvana

Things Your Dev Team Hopes You Know

Managing a development team or project can be one of the most challenging jobs in any industry. Balancing the needs of the developers, the organization and the users to maximize value for the customers while minimizing costs can be a daunting prospect for even the most experienced executive.  How can we produce quality software in a timely and cost-effective manner when the needs of the development team are so different from the needs of the customers, the organization and its managers?

In this talk Barry leverages his more than 30 years of experience as a Developer and Solution Architect to remind us that how we leverage Agile ceremonies, how we use our tooling, and how we utilize metrics can have both positive and negative impacts on our teams.  He reviews many of the elements of our Agile processes and identifies their impacts, particularly on the developers and their managers. This talk challenges us to create environments for our development teams that enable them to exceed the expectations of both our users and our organizations.

About Barry

Barry (he/his) is a Software Engineer who has been creating business solutions for enterprise customers for more than 30 years. Barry is also an Election Integrity Activist, baseball and hockey fan, husband of one genius and father of another, and a 30+ year resident of Phoenix Arizona USA. When Barry is not traveling around the world to speak at Conferences, Code Camps and User Groups or to participate in GiveCamps, he spends his days as a Solution Architect for Carvana and his nights thinking about the next AZGiveCamp, an annual event where software developers come together to build websites and apps for some great non-profit organizations.

You can follow Barry on Twitter @bsstahl or read his blog at http://www.cognitiveinheritance.com.

Cat Swetel

Engineering Manager, Ticketmaster

193 Easy Steps to DevOpsing Your Monolith

Is it possible to enable the evolution of a monolith? After an expensive (financially and culturally) failed attempt at a complete rewrite, Ticketmaster is attempting to do just that, bounce back and evolve the monolith that is Ticketmaster’s core ticketing platform. This multi-year effort requires striking a delicate balance between showing appropriate respect for the platform’s highly profitable 40 plus year history while not allowing past success to blind us to demands of a highly dynamic market of fans, artists, venues, and more. This is not a session about best practices for devopsing your monolith; this session is the true (and at times ugly) story of one company’s journey towards a more flexible, adaptable, and easily maintainable architecture supported by a culture that prizes learning and respect above all else.

About Cat

Cat has experience applying Agile and lean principles in a variety of settings: from startups to large enterprises, warehouses to web, etc. She is passionate about increasing diversity in tech. In her leisure time, Cat enjoys making jokes about Bitcoin, hiking, and reading feminist literature.

Damon Poole

Agile Coach; Founder, Nexxle

Learn/Teach Agile by Fighting Monsters!

In this session, you will team up to play a game in parties of 2-5 adventurers to seek your fortune and battle monsters for gold! The game is fast paced, with no turns. Anyone can do anything at any time. Explore the randomly generated map, move your adventurer, or team up to battle Skeletons, Orcs, Giants, Dragons, and even the mighty Behemoth. Play is in 5 minute timeboxed rounds. In each round you attempt to do better as a team than before. To defeat a monster, you'll need to use a variety of skills including wordplay, math, drawing, and paper folding. The game illustrates most of the values and principles of the Agile Manifesto and the mechanics of Scrum. A freely downloadable version of the game is available for printing and use with your teams.

About Damon

Damon has coached at dozens of organizations and trained thousands of people across a wide variety of industries and company sizes including EMC, Capital One, Oanda, Ford, and Fidelity. He's delivered over a hundred sessions at meetups and conferences including Agile Alliance, Agile New England, Kentucky Fried Agile, Atlassian Summit, Agile and Beyond, and Agile Toronto.

As a coach of coaches at Eliassen, Damon led the Agile Delivery team which grew to hundreds of Scrum Masters and Agile Coaches in the field. He created Eliassen's Agile Transformation approach and the training content across all aspects of Agile, and led the effort to provide opportunities for the coaches to advance in their coaching journey.

This background gave Damon the opportunity to learn from hundreds of Agile Coaches in an enormous variety of client environments and from the wider international Agile community. What can you and Damon learn from each other?

Dimitri Ponomareff

Enterprise Coach; Founder, Kanban Zone

Portfolio Kanban to focus on the right work at the right time

Agile is about delighting the customer by prioritizing valuable work for customers, as well as balancing technical debt and other work that is crucial for the health of your product or service. Wouldn't it be nice if all your work was clearly aligned to a customer or goal? Well, it can with Portfolio Kanban.

Forget complex scaling frameworks. Embrace instead simplicity by designing the ideal flow of work and pulling it using Kanban. Focus on the right work at the right time with Just-In-Time backlogs. Use "brutal" prioritization and stop wasting time estimating, instead leverage Kanban metrics and techniques to generate "good enough" estimates. Finally, you will discover how to improve organizational flow with Portfolio Kanban, by tracking metrics like lead/cycle time and throughput. This is everything you need to know to set up and continuously improve the way to deliver the most valuable work to your customers, fast!

About Dimitri

Dimitri Ponomareff is a passionate coach, facilitator and public speaker. He has the ability to relate to people at every level within an organization. He can motivate and energize individuals, teams or entire organizations. Dimitri is consistently recognized as an effective and successful change agent who is able to mobilize people on a path of continuous improvement. Dimitri is a certified coach and "7 Habits of Highly Effective People" facilitator and uses his vast experience to build highly-focused, productive and happy teams. Dimitri has coached for such organizations as American Express, Charles Schwab, Bank of America, Morgan Stanley, Blue Cross Blue Shield, Choice Hotels, Best Western, JDA Software, LifeLock, First Solar.

Gervais Johnson

Sr Director National Agile Practice, MATRIX Resources
 

Jeremy Wood

Director National Agile Practice, MATRIX Resources

Agile Emotional IQ - Agile Coach Secret Weapon

Learn how emotional and political IQ is critical for a successful Agile Coach and our profession.

Using emotional IQ and Political IQ in reading teams, leaders, and company culture is critical for the success of any coach. Understanding when there is concern, risk adversity, or politics involved is something that needs to be addressed immediately. Having leaders make decisions to build their own path and gain buy in is critical. As we all know, giving an organization a perfect plan means nothing unless they believe in it and buy in to the outcome.

Understand how to read the room and individuals; how to address and elicit their concerns; and have open conversation throughout the process is the key. We'll walk through some real life examples of clients in multiple industries, talk about common concerns and how they most often show themselves so we can be aware and ready to identify and address them.

About Gervais

Gervais is a fearless and adaptive individual where delivery results and customer delight is paramount. Being one of the early Agile leaders and innovation focus pioneers; I find myself supporting mature and growth-stage companies with Agility and emergent technology adoptions.

Past IBM leader of Agile and Innovation since 1998. Led Agile, Innovation and Emergent Technology Adoptions and Transformations for 18 companies; trained, mentored, and coached in excess of 6000 people.

Sr Director of the National Agile Practice at MATRIX. Working with Agile leaders and companies within the United States to reinvent Agile for today’s demands.

Executive Director and Board Member of (TEMSCORP) TEMS INC.

Founder / CEO of Impavid Consulting Inc and the Institute of Engineering and Management. Home of Organization Change via DEMO and Impavid Agile, Agile EcoSystem and Gateway to Agile.

Chair for Lean-Agile Frontiers. Bringing Academia together with Industry expanding our future.

About Jeremy

Jeremy Wood leads the Phoenix market and serves as the Director of National Agile Practice at MATRIX. Jeremy has over 15+ years of management, consulting, and academic career spanning from small companies to Fortune 10 organizations. His expertise spans from his diverse background encompassing manufacturing, retail, higher education, non-profit, K-12 education, healthcare, waste management, non-profit, genetic research, and airline industries. His passion for creating tailored solutions for each client is largely based on his passion for the Agile mindset. With a focus on outcomes and overall business agility to adapt to ever changing market changes; he leverages best practices from popular Agile frameworks like Scrum, Kanban, and XP to scaling solutions including SAFe, LeSS, DaD, Nexus, and Scrum at Scale. He emphasizes the importance of adopting an Agile mindset across the entire organization, not just IT; where true business agility exists.

Jeremy has realized success in a wide range of capacities as a Project Manager, Project Director; Sr. ScrumMaster, and Agile Coach. He received his Bachelors of Science in Business Administration as well as his MBA from the University of Phoenix and has been actively involved in education as a faculty member, teaching Agile and traditional project management courses at Grand Canyon University, University of Phoenix, and Bellevue University since 2013. Jeremy currently holds his PMP, CSP, CSM, LSSBB, CLP, SPC4, and SA certifications; as he is a life-long learner and is constantly looking to hone his craft. Jeremy is also active in the Agile community speaking at Agile Arizona 2017, Agile Arizona 2018, IIBA Day in the Desert 2018, multiple local meetups and groups, as well as mentoring other passionate Agilists.

Jan Belt

CEO and founder, Agilesys

When Agile Stalls… Leading the Turnaround

All organizations experience moments when, despite good intentions, the Agile transformation process begins to stall. Dr. Jan Belt, CEO and founder of Agilesys, has built her career turning around organizations by leveraging latent strengths to overcome challenges. She will share insights on the following key dimensions that inspire success and ensure results:
• Leaders: Roll Up Your Sleeves
• Delivery: Dive in and Start Doing
• Tools: The Right Ones at the Right Time
• Learning: As you Go and Pivot Often
• Velocity: Real Output Still Matters
• Organization: Accept Half-in / Half-out
This interactive presentation will give participants the tools and techniques to help recover from a stalled agile transformation and develop a turnaround plan for success. Even when transformations are going well, these same tools and techniques can accelerate operational excellence.

About Jan

Dr. Jan Belt brings more than twenty years of demonstrated success across a variety of industries including financial services, information technology, health care, education & training and management consulting. Her leadership experience ranges from executive positions at technology startups to Fortune 50 companies. Jan led the team that developed www.american.express.com which grew from 40 to 800 staff delivering $500M in global projects over four years which were accessed by millions of consumers.   Jan integrated over 100 startups into the Amex digital portfolio. She has led a global infrastructure team of 1,800 with a $1B budget, and initiated teams for patents, privacy, security, and global regulatory compliance. For the last ten years, Jan has led the growth of an innovation services company focused on agile delivery, information security, cloud governance, and digital enablement. Jan holds a Doctorate from Pepperdine University and an MBA from the University of Michigan. She holds an SAFe SPC4 certification.

Jennifer Bonine

CEO, PinkLion

Shifting to an AI First Approach for Mobile and Web

How do you train an AI bot on your software? Integrating AI into your teams activities can be intimidating, but in reality, it is pretty easy it just takes a strategy and some effort. Learn how to directly apply AI to real-world development/testing problems, without having a Ph.D. in computer science. Jennifer shares a wide survey of all the different ways AI is applied to software today. Get some hands-on experience using AI open source without needing to know how to code. Whether you are just AI-Curious or want to reap the benefits of AI-based approaches on your product today, this workshop is a must to get an understanding of where testing, and your career, are headed in an AI-First world.

Jennifer will also reserve time for Q&A to discuss applying AI-based testing approaches your individual team challenges. This session will get you ready for the AI-Based future!

Key takeaways include:

  • Basics of AI/ML
  • Where AI can be applied
  • Open source AI tool to practice with (no coding required)

About Jennifer

Jennifer is a well-known speaker, teacher and trainer at both national and international conferences. She has keynoted numerous Testing, Agile, and Development conferences. Jennifer's belief is that we should do what we are passionate about and believes in living your passion. To this end Jennifer co-founded and is the CEO of Pink Lion AI: a breakout AI company that brings AI to the world's app teams and delivers AI integration with a human engagement model while educating teams on solving challenges with an AI-first strategy. Jennifer was the first female AI testing tech CEO and is currently collaborating in the entertainment, gaming, media and professional sports industries with Test.AI. As Test.AI's partner PinkLion is solving testing challenges using AI that have been unsolvable with more traditional automation testing. Jennifer has held executive level positions at leading development and quality engineering teams for Fortune 100 companies in several Industries. In a recent engagement Jennifer served as a strategy executive and in corporate marketing for the C-suite. Jennifer has spent years with the C-Suite solving tough challenges and pushing technology to the limit.

Twitter: @Jennifer_Bonine

Jenny Tarwater

Agile Coach & Trainer, Agile Velocity

Moving Motivators - Getting to know you better!

Why does the same activity energize one team member, while disheartening another? We are all powered by different internal rewards - or intrinsic motivations. In this session, you will explore your own motivations and those of your teammates by playing the Moving Motivators game. We will then explore ways to tap into this internal reward system to make your agile team more cohesive by leveraging these insights during your agile events. \r\n\r\nNote: Moving Motivators was invented by founder of Management 3.0, Jurgen Appelo, This card game includes 10 intrinsic motivators (e.g. Mastery, Curiosity, Order).
https://management30.com/practice/moving-motivators/

About Jenny

Jenny Tarwater is founder of Blueshift Innovation. She is a Project Management and Agile enthusiast who specializes in coaching and training agile teams in Scrum, Kanban and SAFe.

Her background of working with diverse groups has allowed her to hone her training for students of all levels and teams. From coding HTML and Java at a .com startup in the mid-90s, to Enterprise Project Management with Sprint and Chrysler, Jenny has firsthand experience with not only leading Agile teams, but also what it takes to transition companies of all sizes to an Agile culture. Jenny is able to go above and beyond in the training and coaching she provides thanks to her dedication and enthusiasm. Her enriched communication skills allow her to transfer her deep knowledge of project management and Agile methodologies to attendees.

Jonathan Lowsley

VP of Systems Engineering, Dealer Inspire

Strengthening Alignment and Engagement between Software and Ops Teams

In organizations with more traditional IT systems and centralized operations, the lead time for adding or changing infrastructure can hinder the ability for software products to respond quickly to customer needs. With such a focus on "DevOps as a buzzword" companies are incorrectly or incompletely adopting this new way of thinking. We need to first understand DevOps values and principles in order to align our DevOps practices with our Agile teams.

Through various approaches and different types of cultural engagement patterns, learn how to strengthen the alignment between software teams and operations. During this session we build our collective repertoire by sharing with each other success patterns and failed experiments. Participants will come away with some techniques on how to better interface with traditionally service-based infrastructure dependencies, and new ideas on the involvement of Ops in Scrum ceremonies, collaborating on infrastructure architecture, shared responsibility of the Software Delivery Life Cycle, and the role of Devs and Ops in each other's work.

About Jonathan

Jonathan is a passionate leader, guiding software and operations teams toward realizing their deep potential through collaboration and learning. He enjoys fostering and building cross-functional teams founded on autonomy, high trust, and radical transparency. In several roles, he's led DevOps transformations and shaped the way organizations view the intersection between Software and Systems. Jonathan is a systems-thinker in both a people and process sense, dedicated to improving complex human and technology ecosystems. He is a core member of several local meetup groups and a lead organizer for DevOpsDays Phoenix and loves jamming on organizational health and the software delivery life cycle.

Joshua Seckel

Agile Lead, Deloitte Digital

Agile Outsourcing

Many agile talks are about the benefits of cross-functional teams and integrating them with your business and changing their structure to better align to the value delivery. And amazing things happen when you get all of this stuff working together. There are industries and organizations that can't do this. Not because they don't want to or that they are not interested in the modern ways of working, but because they don't have the skills in-house and the cost of bringing all of those skills into the organization are inhibited by constraints of one sort or another.

The use of contractors and outsourcing of IT development was a major push for many years as businesses focused on their core capabilities. Industries like government couldn't compete with the marketplace for IT skills and so turned to contractors to fill the needs in many organizations. Now, these same organizations feel they need to bring the modern agile ways of working to their organizations. So how do they actually get the benefits of modern agile ways of working and delivering products while continuing to use contractors for most of the work?

This talk will focus on 3 areas of achieving most of the benefits of modern agile work while continuing to use contracted work. First, how to decide what to outsource. The decision of which pieces or work to use contractors for is the most important. Second, how to actually hire contractors. The procurement process can be evolved to be more agile and to encourage finding contractors that will drive toward the desired collaboration. Finally, how to manage and work with contractors. The day to day grind of working where real delivery will be accomplished.

Getting benefits from an agile framework and delivery is important and can still be achieved when some of the work is outsourced and the importance of defining and finding the right contractor are vital to achieving the desired success.

About Joshua

Joshua Seckel is currently a Specialist Leader at Deloitte focused on agile transformation leadership within the Government space. He was formerly a fed at USCIS and led their agile transformation. He has worked in IT for over 20 years and on agile delivery or transformations for over 10.

Kalpesh Shah

Director of Agile Transformation, IntraEdge

Build Better Products with Hypothesis Tracker

Many agile teams are very focused on expediting the delivery of features and “continuous delivery”, they track and measure many metrics that measure the speed and quality of delivery. Customers are not paying for your features; they are hiring your product and are paying for positive outcomes and impacts. Agile was marketed with promise of faster value delivery to customer but as it went mainstream many organizations focused only on mastering different elements of agile frameworks and progress is being measured by vanity metrics such as velocity and burndown charts leaving customer success sideways.

Organizations and teams must realize that while “speed to launch” is crucial “speed to learning” is even more important as they deliver features and products. How we respond to these learning's can drive a radical change in focus from “Velocity of Story Points” delivered to “Velocity of Learning” gained and answering the fundamental question of “Is our Customer Winning?”.

In this interactive session Kalpesh Shah will introduce a new technique called “Hypothesis Tacker” where audience will learn how to test their features and drive “Continuous Learning”.

About Kalpesh

Kalpesh is a Product Evangelist, Culture Hacker, Design Thinker and Digital Product Coach, with experience in creating and working with different shapes and sizes of organizations.
He has worked with organizations ranging from Fortune 100 companies to startups, helping them make the transition to Agile way of working, implementing Agile at Scale, employ Lean Product Development approaches and instill Lean Startup mindset.

Ken Rickard

Agile Coach, Insight - Digital Innovation

Redefining Accountability in a Flexible World

The word "Accountability" has become taboo within Agile circles because companies often use it as a weapon. But in this fast-paced, yet flexible world we live in today the lack of accountability often invites ambiguity and failure to deliver valuable outcomes.

Come listen and discuss how Agilists and leadership can change their behavior to reinvent the meaning of accountability in ways that provide the workforce purpose, autonomy, and ownership of their delivery outcomes.

About Ken

Ken draws from his 20 years of development, training, and management experience to guide clients in delivering valuable outcomes. His past 10 years have been spent learning as a Scrum Developer, Scrum Master, Product Owner, Kanban Coach, Agile Coach, and while leading from the back as a “Manager” in an Agile world. Ken travels the country leading people, teams, and organizations in their improvement journeys. He has worked in the public sector, higher education, finance, entertainment, retail, manufacturing, beverage, CPG, and healthcare industries.

Kyle Morton

Agile Coach, Insight Enterprises

The Science of Focus: Unleashing the power of focused teams

Coffee runs, manager shoulder taps, hallway conversations, pressing walk-up questions, texts, IMs, DMs, Email, Frequent Meetings - so many different voices calling for our attention. In our modern environments, we become busy as can be, but sometimes not accomplishing things that are important. In this session we look at some of the research from Industrial and Organization Psychology that offers useful input into how we are able to focus and what situations are not conducive to focus. We also spend time in groups discussing and evaluating practices to help increase the quality focus time for our agile teams.

About Kyle

Kyle Morton has over nineteen years of experience building Agile teams for software development or other technology delivery. The last three years, Kyle has leveraged this experience to enable companies to build successful Agile delivery teams through Agile coaching and Agile training with Insight Enterprises. Additionally, he has held and practiced roles including Business Analyst, Quality Assurance, User Experience Architect, Agile Manager, Project Manager, and Program Manager. Kyle has lead agile sessions at conferences including Southern Fried Agile in Charlotte, Agile Midwest in Saint Louis, TriAgile in Raleigh, Music City Tech in Nashville, and CincyDeliver in Cincinnati.

Lizette Morris

Agile Coach, GovernmentCIO

A Powerlifter's Guide to Continuous Improvement

Are you someone whose heart goes all a-flutter when you hear the phrase "Kaizen"? Do you have really open, honest retrospectives but the same themes rear their ugly heads in every single one? Do you use the phrase "Continuous Improvement" but don't really see a lot of things improving around you?

During this session, Lizette connects how training to pick up and put down heavy things inspired her to leverage Agile values and practices outside the office and helped her become a better Enterprise Agile coach. She shares six simple steps to keep you, your teams, and your organizations constantly and consistently evaluating and improving the things that matter the most to you.

Please bring an idea for something you'd like to focus on for the duration of the session, either personal or professional; it should be something you're comfortable sharing with a partner and/or the group. Attendance without collaborative participation is also encouraged.

About Lizette

Lizette Morris is an Agile Coach at GovernmentCIO. Her work in the Agile space began on a small and mighty team leading an Enterprise Agile transformation and has evolved into coaching leaders and teams that are working to deliver products and services to our Veterans. While coaching, Lizette focuses on empowerment of individuals and teams, mentoring Scrum Masters, and bringing empathy into every interaction.

Llewellyn Falco

Founder & Consultant, Spun Laboratories Inc.

Mob Programming

If you think pairing programming (2 people on 1 computer) is crazy, hold onto your hats; it's time for Mob Programming.

Mob Programming: All the brilliant people working on the same thing, at the same time, in the same place, and on the same computer.

We are going to take a look at a new way of working, what it looks like, and why it can work. More importantly, we'll have a (very) short session of actual mobbing, so you can see for yourself and come to your own conclusions.

About Llewellyn

Llewellyn Falco is an independent agile coach. He discovered strong-style pair programming. He is creator of the open source testing tool ApprovalTests ( www.approvaltests.com ). He spends most of his time programming in Java and C# specializing in improving legacy code. He is the co-founder of TeachingKidsProgramming.org & co-author of Mob Programming Guidebook

If you would like to get a sample of him, check out his Practical Refactoring talk (youtu.be/aWiwDdx_rdo).

Maddie Grejda

Agile Coach & Head of Agile COE, CBRE

How big is your WIG?

Talking about your wildly important goal (W.I.G) is easy and exciting. What's difficult is measuring toward achieving that W.I.G.

- Distinguishing traditional/classic metrics (activity and output) and agile metrics (outcomes & value)
- Building a scorecard that takes a holistic perspective, this includes product development and delivery, to customer outcomes and business impact
- Learning an approach toward identifying leading and lagging metrics for each of these categories: product development and delivery, to customer outcomes and business impact

By attending this talk, you will have a better approach for measuring your wildly important goal.

About Maddie

Maddie Grejda is passionate about Scrum and the success of the people she coaches. She works as an agile coach, helping an 80,000-person company navigate the adoption of Scrum and other agile practices. Her approach is based on deep connection with people, supporting their self-discovery and transformation. She supports her local agile community as an organizer for the Dallas Agile Leadership Network.

Maddie is a certified Scrum professional, certified agile coach, and certified agile facilitator, with over a decade of experience at companies going through agile adoptions. She earned a master's degree in information systems from DePaul University, and a bachelor's degree in finance from Marquette University.

Manuel Ramirez

Business Development Specialist / Agile Coach

Agile virtual teams: The undervalued key to organizational agility

For years agile practitioners demanded teams be co-located, and many agile practitioners continue to hold firmly to that belief. The realities of global competition, combined with advancements in collaborative technologies, caused organizational leaders to adopt virtual teams to meet the myriad demands of their industries and customers. Virtual teams provide numerous benefits such as lower overhead costs, team member mobility, company presence across time zones, continuous customer support, and increased work-life balance for employees. But not all is coming up roses. Working in virtual teams can be challenging, not only for team members, but also for the people who lead such teams. Companies need to be diligent about how they approach virtual teams to ensure their employees have the support they need to be successful. If organizations are to become truly agile, then agile practitioners must learn to be agile themselves, and learn to embrace virtual teams.

In this session we'll explore the myths surrounding virtual teams and how virtual teams increase organizational agility. We'll discuss how organizational leaders must adapt their leadership styles to motivate virtual teams and keep team members engaged. We'll look at how to structure work to maximize virtual team performance. Lastly, we'll learn how to build a team culture that transcends the virtual space.

About Manuel

I hold a doctoral degree in organizational leadership and organizational development from Grand Canyon University. I have 12+ years of experience working with agile teams and 15+ years of experience working with IT teams. I am passionate about bringing agile to non-IT teams and building great organizational cultures so companies can achieve organizational agility.

Mark French

CEO, Blueprint Education
 

Blueprint Education

Learning to be Agile; The Next Iteration

Learn how you can revolutionize your education community through Agile! Blueprint Education shares their experiences with adopting and implementing the Agile philosophy within the educational framework. Varying from a student and curriculum viewpoint to an operations and administrative perspective, Blueprint has culminated their lessons learned into an opportunity to launch an initiative that will prepare their students to design a life of value, independence, and purpose (VIP). The VIP program by design creates opportunities to garner authentic and trusting relationships with students. Using Scrum as the framework and an Agile approach, this program helps students embrace the ideas of lifelong improvement and unlimited hope. Join the movement to innovate education through an Agile lense.

About Mark

Mark French is the Chief Executive Officer of Blueprint Education, a nonprofit with the mission of inspiring students to make better choices and be champions of their own learning.

Mark is passionate about establishing self directed, cross functional teams of students and staff who are empowered to innovate through iterations. He supports the idea that the best decisions are made by those closest to the action.

About Blueprint Education

Our team has presented at a few conferences regarding the implementation of the Agile philosophy and Scrum framework in education. We bring a unique approach to "getting work done" and positively impacting students' lives. There is a growing movement in some educational spheres in adopting these methods to educate our students. Because the world is ever-changing, an educational model must be used that addresses the progress and innovation of the world in which students are preparing for. As leaders in this approach, we want to share a different way to work with students and prepare them for the future.

Mark Wavle

National Agile Lead, Insight Digital Innovation

Facilitation Fitness: Get Your Collaboration in Shape

Our organizations, technologies, and solutions are facing more change and complexity than ever before. Solving these complex problems requires creativity and teamwork, and teams need support and guidance to maximize their interactions. But if we want to stay in top form, we have to exercise these skills.

What shape do these collaborative conversations take? What approaches and techniques do we need to strengthen? Through workouts (activities) and discussion in this session, we flex our skills and practice ways to guide these discussions through the necessary stages to reach a valuable conclusion.

You'll experience the Liberating Structure 1-2-4-All as we explore a topic, we'll narrow down options using the 35 Game, and we'll discuss many other facilitation techniques you can explore.

Let's get our facilitation in shape!

About Mark

Mark Wavle is an experienced Agile practitioner, coach, and Professional Scrum Trainer (PST) for Insight Digital Innovation, who is licensed to teach the Scrum.org PSF, PSM, PSM II, and PAL-E courses. Over the past 10 years, Mark has been an Agilist, Scrum Master, Agile Coach, and trainer in a variety of industries including medical device manufacturing, P&C insurance, retail, fintech, and data science. As a sought-out speaker and trainer, he has created and delivered training and presentations at companies, industry groups, and conferences in the United States and Europe.

Matt Ettler

Technical Consultant, Slalom

Agile means no documentation

It’s a phrase that’s infected deep into the hearts of countless organizations. Following the inevitable law of nature, the only trustable source of truth is the all-knowing mythical Sage.
One day a simple question invokes an Armageddon as the entire team comes to grips with the reality that they don’t know what the system is doing, let alone what it SHOULD be doing!

Join us for a discussion on what useful documentation is, why it’s important, and how to create/maintain it in the fast-paced world of software development.
We intend to convince, reinforce, and provide a pragmatic tool-box to combat Documentation-Armageddon itself.

About Matt

Matt is a Software Engineer with a wide background including industries such as: Finance, Warehouse Management, Transportation, Health Care, Theft Prevention, and Agriculture.
His experience with so many systems and technologies has given him unique insight into what makes good documentation, and more importantly, how to prevent bad documentation.

Matt Keefer

Senior Delivery Manager, Workiva
 

Mike Robbins

Group Delivery Manager, Workiva

Objectives & Key Results (OKRs): Connecting the Output to the Outcome

Objectives & Key Results (OKRs) are a framework for defining and tracking business objectives, their outcomes, and their output. Companies like Google have used them for years and they've "helped lead [them] to 10x growth, many times over."

After almost 5 years of iterating on their own OKR process, Workiva has found a balance between using OKRs as a strict rule of law and a flexible alignment tool across 30+ development teams. Due to their success in R&D, OKRs have spread throughout the entire organization as they're used by Workiva's IT, HR, and other non-technical departments.

Walk away from this session with a holistic understanding of OKRs and how to effectively implement them into your team or organization. We will help you not make the same mistakes we did by covering several topics: the importance of fostering a culture that values OKRs, practical guidance for writing OKRs, and strategies on how to tie the long-term outcomes to your team's day-to-day output.

About Matt

Matt Keefer has worked at Workiva for almost seven years and has taken on the role of Delivery Manager over the past two years. He has grown from working directly with our customers to working with our engineers. This progression has given him the ability to have a deep understanding and insight into how our customers use the software he is now helping deliver.

About Mike

Mike Robbins has worked in the Agile community as a Scrum Master and Delivery Manager over the last 10 years in the Tempe/Scottsdale area. He is passionate about helping build strong development teams and developing strong leaders within the Delivery Management team at Workiva. He has presented on OKRs to the Agile Arizona community as well as Agile vs Waterfall Project Management at classes and software clubs at Arizona State University and Iowa State University.

Peter Green

Agile Coach and Trainer, Agile For All

The Emergence of the Agile Organization

Agile emerged in the 1990s as a new way to manage software development. In the decades since that time, we've seen Agile thinking spread to the leadership and organizational levels. In this presentation, we will look at several organizations that take an Agile approach throughout the company, in multiple verticals far from software development. We'll review several ways these organizations are fundamentally different from a traditional organization and how they benefit from this approach. The stories of these organizations are inspiring, and while their approaches are custom suited for their context, there are common principles that can be applied in nearly any organization.

About Peter

Peter Green led a grass roots Agile transformation at Adobe from 2005 to 2015, starting with his own team, Adobe Audition. His influence includes the teams behind such software flagships as Photoshop, Acrobat, Flash, Dreamweaver and Premiere Pro, as well as dozens of internal IT and platform technology teams and groups like marketing and globalization. His work was a major factor enabling Adobe product teams to make critical business transition from perpetual desktop products to the subscription-based service, Creative Cloud. His hands-on Scrum and Agile training and coaching at all levels of the organization including executives, helped lay the groundwork to shift teams from two-year product cycles to frequent delivery of high-quality software and services. He is a Certified Scrum Trainer® (CST), instructional designer, coach, facilitator, and a popular speaker at Tech, Agile, and Scrum conferences.

Peter Green

Agile Coach and Trainer, Agile For All
 

Richard Lawrence

Co-owner, Agile Trainer and Coach, Agile For All

Value Innovation & Strategy

So many teams and organizations talk about strategy and innovation in the context of technology. But technology is just one lens for strategy and not the most critical one to focus on. In this session, we'll introduce the idea of Value Innovation and how to incorporate that into a Strategy Canvas. You'll walk away with at least three tools to unlock innovation and communicate that through a clear, meaningful strategy that accommodates complexity and change.

About Peter

Peter Green led a grass roots Agile transformation at Adobe from 2005 to 2015, starting with his own team, Adobe Audition. His influence includes the teams behind such software flagships as Photoshop, Acrobat, Flash, Dreamweaver and Premiere Pro, as well as dozens of internal IT and platform technology teams and groups like marketing and globalization. His work was a major factor enabling Adobe product teams to make critical business transition from perpetual desktop products to the subscription-based service, Creative Cloud. His hands-on Scrum and Agile training and coaching at all levels of the organization including executives, helped lay the groundwork to shift teams from two-year product cycles to frequent delivery of high-quality software and services. He is a Certified Scrum Trainer® (CST), instructional designer, coach, facilitator, and a popular speaker at Tech, Agile, and Scrum conferences.

About Richard

Co-owner of Agile For All, Richard Lawrence trains and coaches teams and organizations to become happier and more productive. From his diverse background in software development, engineering, anthropology, and political science, he helps people think more deeply about humanizing workplaces and collaborating effectively with each other on complex work.

Richard is a Scrum Alliance Certified Enterprise Coach and a Certified Scrum Trainer, as well as a certified trainer of the Training from the Back of the Room accelerated learning method. His book Behavior-Driven Development with Cucumber will be published later this year by Addison-Wesley.

Ravneet Kaur

President & CEO, Agile School Inc.

How much control is needed for self-organizing teams?

It is believed that although agile teams as self-organizing teams are largely on their own, they can't be left uncontrolled.

In my career as an Agile Coach, I've seen different levels of control on different teams, depending on the organizational cultures and individual Managers. Of course, the different amount of control has a different impact on different teams but is there a hard line to define the minimum or the maximum control that is needed?

In this talk, I'll explore what should management do to have happy customers and happy and engaged employees. How much control is needed to prevent instability, ambiguity, and tension from turning into chaos? And how much will impair creativity and spontaneity?

How to deal with teams who are not ready or willing to take responsibility? What about accountability? How would servant-leadership work in these situations?

What would be the definition of subtle control as needed for self-organizing teams?

This talk will challenge the skepticism behind the beliefs about how to lead a self-organizing agile team and answer many more questions which often haunt our managers and leaders about what kind of leaders they should be.

I will bring real-life examples from my experience to answer these questions.

About Ravneet

Ravneet is an Enterprise Lean-Agile Coach and an engaging Trainer favoring hands-on and experiential learning approaches.

She has trained and certified people in Agile Way of Working including the Management Teams, Product Managers, Product Owners, and Scrum Masters, Development Managers and Development Teams.

She coaches organizations, including C-level, Management and Teams to adopt lean-agile principles, culture, and practices. She coaches organizational leaders to become servant leaders.

Her vision is to help everybody in the organization to have a better work-life balance. This vision manifests in her constant attention to the people who do the work we value, their stress levels, their ability to embrace their passions, and their ability to fully engage as adults and professionals doing meaningful and rewarding work.

She constantly works towards improving processes. As a culture and organizational change agent, she helps drive change in the organization and help the organization transform and adopt a Kaizen Mindset. She works as a servant leader with other change agents in the leadership team and other coaches to make the maximum impact and gain the greatest benefit.

She interacts with people to get the issues resolved and facilitates workshops, internal and external meetings, and sessions ranging from Planning Sessions, Risk Analysis, and Inspect & Adapt Program Retrospectives. Being an unbiased listener and logical thinker, she takes these sessions to logical conclusions, capturing the relevant data and information. She also facilitates communities of practice and leadership team discussions.

Richard Kasperowski

High-Performance Team Building

Team Building Starts with You: The Alignment & Connection Canvas

Want an easy tool to help you start building the best team of your life?

That’s exactly what the Alignment and Connection Canvas is: a practical worksheet to help you and your teammates discover the best in each other and put it into action.

For attendees, the canvas facilitates individual self-awareness of their current emotional state and their desired personal outcomes. They develop a deepened understanding of what drives their behaviors and actions. By identifying and owning these intrinsic motivations, participants align their future actions with their most inherent needs—creating their own unique pathway to professional and personal self-actualization. Finally, the canvas facilitates deep emotional and supportive connections with each other—the building blocks of a high-performance team.

The canvas can be used as a solitary contemplative exercise for self-improvement, or as a tool for bootstrapping a team toward intentional greatness.

Attendees leave with actionable next steps to improve themselves and their teams. And they’ll know how to use the canvas with their own teams, to help other individuals and teams gain deeper insight into themselves so they can pursue their greatness.

For those familiar with the Core Protocols, the canvas facilitates a super-fast individual and team boot-up.

About Richard

Richard Kasperowski is an author, teacher, speaker, and coach focused on team building and high-performance teams. Richard is the author of two books: High-Performance Teams: The Foundations and The Core Protocols: A Guide to Greatness, as well as the forthcoming book High-Performance Teams: Core Protocols for Psychological Safety and Emotional Intelligence. He leads clients in building and maintaining high-performance teams that get great results using the Core Protocols, Agile, and Open Space Technology. Richard created and teaches the course Agile Software Development at Harvard University. Learn more and subscribe to Richard's newsletter at www.kasperowski.com.

Rob Myers

Principal Instructor and Coach, Agile for All

Follow Your Nose to Incremental Software Design

How do we do just enough code design, just in time, as Agile methods such as Scrum, Kanban, and XP require of us?

Follow your nose!

Rob introduces the notion of "Code Smells" - and shows you a few examples. But really, you know when code stinks (yours, or someone else's). The trick is to know what it is you dislike, why, and how to repair it.

We then dive head-first into a programming lab (or "kata"): a small bit of really stinky code. We attempt to clean it up, merely by refactoring away the code smells. Depending on how far we get, you will witness SOLID principles drive us, and well-known Design Patterns emerge.

Tis is all possible, not only because we are refactoring away code smells, but because we are doing so with a comprehensive suite of behavioral tests!

About Rob

Rob Myers has been practicing, coaching, and teaching Agile engineering practices since 1998. Before that, he was a "traditional" programmer (1986-1998), so he knows how painful it can be. His courses blend fun, practical hands-on coding labs, "Training From the Back of the Room” advanced learning techniques, and relevant first-person stories from both successful & not-so-successful Agile implementations. Rob is also writing Essential Test-Driven Development for Addison-Wesley, estimated publication date: 2020.

Scott Showalter

Enterprise Agile Coach, Ford

Icebox Zero: Agile UX and the Lean Backlog

One of the most disregarded principles of the Agile Manifesto is perhaps one of the most important: Simplicity—the art of optimizing the amount of work that’s not necessary. Frankly, simplicity seems simple enough, but in reality it’s as complicated as the work we are so often asked to deliver on—work that we may ultimately find was not worth doing. This session explores the complexities of this sort of counterintuitive workstream optimization, with low-effort tactical approaches to preventing such waste in software and product development. The session attempts to codify the things teams need to do to truly execute on simplicity, and as a bonus, fulfill what is likely the most important principle of the Agile Manifesto: satisfying the customer. Short of applying Monte Carlo methods to our backlog, we’ll explore how to apply the concepts of thoughtful lean metrics to improve our abilities to deliver value.

About Scott

Scott Showalter is an Agile Coach at Ford. For over a decade, he's enabled teams to thrive at crafting experiences for digital and physical products in a diverse sphere of industries including automotive, security, banking, dining, public safety, transit, mobility and social spaces. Scott encourages us to forge connections with real users, understand their journey, empathize with their needs, and consider how they think and work, so we can accomplish their goals within the context of the problem space. Scott organizes several UX meetups across Ohio & Michigan, and speaks often at conferences, teaching people how to find and solve meaningful problems that people actually care about. Scott's dynamic presentation style delivers learning in many ways for many different types of learners, and he threads humor throughout his sessions to help drive every point home and make each one memorable.

Sean McKeever

VP of Product Management, Integrate

Modern Product Managers: How can you become a great product leader?

In this session, we’ll discuss and learn about the 20 skills required to be a great product leader. Note that these product skills go far beyond the topics discussed in CSPO, Certified Product Manager or Pragmatic Marketing PM Certification. If you’ve been through one of those programs, this workshop will be a great way to extend your learning in the direction of modern product management. We will also discuss the differences between delivery teams, feature teams and product squads to illustrate why these 20 skills are so crucial to being a product leader at your company.

About Sean

Sean has worked in product management for 19 years with a variety of technology companies, primarily in the K-16 education market. He also spent two years on mobile app and mobile platform product management at Workiva, which is where he first started using dual-track agile methods. His work there involved frequent interactions with prolific Product Management consultants, Marty Cagan and Jeff Patton, which accelerated his understanding and implementation of great discovery and delivery methodologies. At his current company, Integrate, Sean is leading the global product management and software design teams. His focus is building great product teams to deliver great products resulting in a rapidly growing marketing technology company.

Steve Spearman

Trainer and Agile Coach, Agile For All

ScrumMaster role - so much more than you think it is!

Problem: The Scrum Master role is key to success in Scrum - but it's widely misunderstood and is frequently watered down in traditional organizations.

Addressing the problem: In this interactive session, we'll explore the power and challenge of performing this role to its full potential - and dispel a few myths about what the Scrum Master can and can't do! If you have ever wondered "what does a Scrum Master do all day?" or "can't someone be the Scrum Master for 3 or 4 teams?", you may not really understand what it involves. If you think the scope of the Scrum Master is only their team, you misunderstand what the Scrum Guide says about their organizational impact. Come prepared to work with those around you, share stories, participate in some “shout out” quizzes and have your thinking challenged around the importance and impact of a great Scrum Master.

Takeaways or Learning: you'll leave with deeper understanding of what a Scrum Master is really supposed to do in their organization - and not do!

About Steve

Steve Spearman is a member of Agile for All, a Certified Scrum Trainer (CST) and an Agile coach. Steve has over 30 years of experience in corporate software development as a software developer, architect, project manager, scrum master and in multiple management positions. For the last 10 years, Steve has been providing Agile-focused training and coaching to companies ranging from late-stage startups to large corporations.

Steve has a BA in Psychology and a Masters in Computer Science. A few of his more interesting certifications include: Certified LeSS Practitioner (CLP), PMI-ACP, PMP and (former) SAFe SPC. Steve lives in the Denver, Colorado area with his wife Donna - but also has a casita in southern Arizona! He's an avid traveler and Scuba diver.

Sweta Mistry

Organizational & Agile Coach/Trainer, Bloomberg

Building your ScrumMaster Toolkit

So, you’ve been certified as a Scrum Master or have accepted the role.
For some time, you’ve been in the rhythm of facilitating events, ensuring artifacts are in a good state and actively supporting the team.

You’re considered a mentor, a coach, a facilitator and a servant-leader. Yet, you’re now wondering “how do I take it to the next level?”

Beyond the day-to-day Scrum activities, a Scrum Master’s toolkit will contain various facilitation tools, teaching techniques, systemic understanding and exercises. And it will continue to grow and evolve. That’s continuous improvement after all!

In this hands-on workshop, come explore various techniques, qualities and tools that a Scrum Master has in their toolkit to engage their teams in fun and interactive ways. You’ll learn three key elements of each technique to help cultivate camaraderie, provide clarity and increase the collaboration of your teams.

You’ll not only enhance your learning, but also find ways to motivate your teams to improve interactions that lead to self-organization and the enthusiasm to take themselves to the next level.

About Sweta

Sweta Mistry is an Organizational & Agile Transformation Coach and Trainer in NYC. She has 19+ years of professional experience in industries including manufacturing, retail, education, non-profit, marketing, and media. 

Her journey from a developer to a coach resulted from her focused interest in human behaviors, psychology, and humanizing processes.

V. Lee Henson

CEO & President, AgileDad

Top 5 Agile Secrets...

Learn the TOP 5 ADVANCED Agile practices that over 40 of the Fortune 100 Companies have embraced, that you have yet to learn!

Now that many organizations have selected to morph Agile into their own homegrown Agile Center of Excellence, many have missed out on simple advanced practices that would allow them to be even more aligned and ready to embrace a more practical Agile application. In this session / workshop, I intend to cover each of the following 5 topics that will help bring organizations back on the more direct Agile Path:

1) Building Internal & External Agile Service Level Agreements
2) The Art of the Agile Press Release - Say more with Less
3) The ONLY and BEST way to estimate Stories, Releases, and Projects
4) The Concept of Team John - What is it and How does it work?
5) What is the POBAFATA and how do I leverage this?

About Lee

AgileDad was founded by V. Lee Henson who serves as Founder, President, & CEO. Lee’s 15 years of working agile experience spans a broad array of roles and responsibilities. He is currently one of just over 200 Certified Scrum Trainers worldwide and has certified well over 5300 ScrumMasters and Product Owners. He is also a Project Management Professional, SAFe Scaled Agile Program Consultant, PMI Agile Certified Practitioner, and a Certified Lean Agile Professional. His personal experience includes hands on web development, quality assurance analysis, automated test engineering, senior product management, senior project management, ScrumMaster, agile coach, consultant, and ADDIE training professional. He has worked with hundreds of teams to assist them in successful implementation of thousands of projects. His client list includes over 44 of the Fortune 100 companies, Government sector projects, small and large software production facilities, and multiple successful large-scale e-commerce implementations. Agile is no longer centrally focused on software development. It has been successfully applied in many different sectors of various types of organizations.

When not coaching or training, Lee enjoys doing motivational, inspirational, and keynote speaking sessions at various conferences, churches, and universities. He has been recognized multiple times for excellence in public speaking and does all he can to help others get the most out of both work and home life. He is a graduate of the Disney Management Institute and has served as Chairperson for the Scrum Alliance Certification Advisory Board.