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Daniel Gullo

Hockessin, DE
Christian; Enterprise Agile Coach/Trainer; Organizational Leadership Consultant; Synergist@WilmingtonALN; Loving Father; Husband; Let's have some fun, people!

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Monday, August 8


Enterprise Agile Visioning and Learning – from the Organization to the Person: Jean Tabaka, Julie Chickering
Truly Agile organizations require new ways of creating and sharing knowledge. In this session, Jean shares personal experiences and exercises in visioning & learning models. Each model targets a particular part of knowledge creation. For the organizational level, we look at PDCA coupled with Pascal Dennis's True North & Mother Strategies. For team learning, we work with ORID retrospectives. Finally, Peter Senge's personal visioning helps us dig into our own work within an Agile growth-oriented context. This regular cadence of visioning and learning truly sustains Enterprise Agile.

Monday August 8, 2011 9:00am - 12:30pm
GA: Imperial Ballroom C


Agile engineering practices and tools: Lars Skaar

Extreme Programming put strong emphasis on engineering practices to support agile execution and have in practice influenced how many of those practices have evolved. Scrum assumes such engineering practices are being used, without dictating specifically which practices. In this session, we will dive into the most important agile engineering practices and the kind of tools that supports them. We will also discuss the evolution of such tools, including those from both the open source community and commercial vendors.


Monday August 8, 2011 1:30pm - 3:00pm
GA: Imperial Ballroom B


Facilitation & Communication in Agile Teams: Michele Sliger
While traditional projects expect most communication to take the forms of email and manager-led meetings, agile projects expect teams to self-organize, collaborate and participate in decision-making. But what is self-organization? How does it work? This 90-minute tutorial will focus on what it means to self-organize, how it occurs and how to help it along, and the hurdles that must be cleared in the process. See how the proper use of facilitation in agile meetings can be a key driver in the development of high-performing self-organizing teams.

Monday August 8, 2011 3:30pm - 5:00pm
GA: Imperial Ballroom B
Tuesday, August 9


Why Care about Positive Emotions?: Barbara Fredrickson
Dr. Barbara Fredrickson and her colleagues have found that positive emotions literally change the way the human brain works, widening people's perspectives, and their outlooks on life. According to Fredrickson’s broaden-and-build theory of positive emotions, this shift in mindset drives people to discover and build new traits, skills, and resources, and over time become better versions of themselves. In this presentation, Dr. Fredrickson will describe the science that backs up these claims and and describe the nonconscious upward spiral processes that enable people to thrive with agility.

Tuesday August 9, 2011 9:00am - 10:30am
GA: Imperial Ballroom


Overcoming Self-organization Blocks: Andrea Provaglio

We know that self-organization is a critical aspect of every successful Agile project and we know that it takes trust, respect, openness and responsibility; so why many teams have a hard time to achieve it? Self-organization changes the manager/team dynamics and the teammate/teammate ones. Resistance may arise and the source is frequently rooted in mental habits, such as a latent blaming culture, confusing guidance and command, fear of taking responsibility or losing status, unconscious agendas. Attend this session to learn, through demos and exercises, how to deal with these kind of issues.


Tuesday August 9, 2011 11:00am - 12:00pm
GA: Grand Ballroom A


Exploring Enterprise Agile Transformation Strategies: Mike Cottmeyer, Dennis Stevens
The goal of any enterprise agile adoption strategy is NOT to adopt agile. Companies adopt agile to achieve better business outcomes. Large organizations have no time for dogma and one-size-fits-all thinking when it comes to introducing agile practices. These companies need pragmatic guidance for safely and incrementally introducing structure, principles, and ultimately practices that will result in greater long term, sustainable business results. This talk will introduce a framework for safely, pragmatically, and incrementally introducing agile to help you achieve your business goals.

Tuesday August 9, 2011 1:30pm - 3:00pm
GA: Grand Ballroom D


'It Depends on Context': You CAN get there from here, if you know where here is: Ainsley Nies, Diana Larsen
Every Agile project must respond to organizational conditions and climate. Gaining awareness of context helps the core team and project community know how they fit into the larger organization. As a systems thinking approach, Agile Chartering and its focus on context enables better decision making, taking the whole system into account. In this session, we will share our experiences with chartering and demonstrate interactive tools and techniques for executive sponsors; portfolio, product, and project managers; and project teams to define and work with their specific project context.
http://submit2011.agilealliance.org/files/session_pdfs/Agile2011 It Depends on Context.pdf

Tuesday August 9, 2011 3:30pm - 5:00pm
GA: Imperial Ballroom B


Release your team's intelligent energy through five powerful conversations: Declan Whelan, Bryan Beecham
With successful agile teams there is a vibrant team buzz present. Struggling teams often seem dispirited and anemic. As a Scrum Master, coach or manager, you'll learn the five key drivers of engagement: I fit, I'm clear, I'm supported, I'm valued, I'm inspired. You will work with others, focusing on these drivers, to build the five key conversations that will tap & release the latent intelligent energy of the people on your teams. You will also be able to apply the techniques in this session to your family or other group situations. Prepare to be energized and challenged!

Tuesday August 9, 2011 3:30pm - 5:00pm
GA: Imperial Ballroom D
Wednesday, August 10


Scaling Software Agility: Advanced Practices for Large Enterprise: Dean Leffingwell
Dean Leffingwell describes how rapidly advancing agile methods are being successfully applied to enterprise-class software development. He describes emerging practices including: lean requirements practices that scale to the full needs of the enterprise, intentionally-emergent enterprise architectures, a kanban system for re-architecting large-scale systems, achieving strategic alignment and product development flow with the Agile Release Train, and strategies for agile portfolio management and governance. see. www.scalingsoftwareagility.com for more information.
http://submit2011.agilealliance.org/files/session_pdfs/Agile 2011 Presentation by Dean Leffingwell.pdf

Wednesday August 10, 2011 9:00am - 10:30am
GA: Imperial Ballroom B
Thursday, August 11


Handling Product Management Across the Enterprise: Alan Shalloway
The common model of a product owner works well for small to medium scale Agile adoption. However, for large scale Agile adoption one must expand the role to include a product manager that works with the business stakeholders while the product owner focuses on driving the teams. How proper product portfolio management that eases the handling of business dependencies by properly loading the backlogs of the teams involved is presented. The timeliness of this flow from business stakeholders to product managers to product owners to teams also demonstrates the need to keep backlogs to a minimum.

Thursday August 11, 2011 9:00am - 10:30am
GA: Imperial Ballroom A


Applying the Dreyfus Learning Model to Focus your Coaching Approach.: Simon Orrell, Jaron Lambert
Acquiring any skill through instruction and experience (e.g. flying a plane, practicing yoga, or developing software using agile) involves progressing through common stages of learning. Understanding those stages, the behaviours people (and teams) exhibit at each stage, and how to effectively coach toward the next stage, is crucial for anyone tasked with assisting a team's agile transition. We will present the Dreyfus Model of Skill Acquisition, its 5 common learning stages as applied to agile transition, and coaching advice for each stage based on their common observable behaviours.
http://submit2011.agilealliance.org/files/session_pdfs/Dreyfus-Agile2011-SLC For Upload 2.pdf

Thursday August 11, 2011 11:00am - 12:00pm
GA: Imperial Ballroom D


Scaling Agile to the Enterprise with Lean: Carsten Jakobsen, Mary Poppendieck
Lean is a journey, and Systematic began that journey five years ago. It started with an executive imperative, was kicked off with extremely successful Scrum pilots, spread to other teams using CMMI principles, then percolated up through middle management as success became obvious. This was certainly not easy! This is a story of a real lean journey taken by a large organization - the triumphs, the pitfalls, the honest results, the expansion as the company grew, the continuing saga of improvement. It's a story of lean theory, the struggle to implement that theory in practice, and the path ahead.

Thursday August 11, 2011 3:30pm - 5:00pm
GA: Imperial Ballroom B


Conference Party

We reserve the final evening for this year's Agile2011 conference party. We are still working on the details of this event and waiting for the last responsible moment to finalize our plans.  But trust us; it will be a party that you won’t want to miss.  It will include a scrumptious dinner, beverages and entertainment rarely found at software conferences. 

Thursday August 11, 2011 7:00pm - 10:00pm
GA: Grand Ballroom