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Sunday, August 7
 

3:00pm

Open Jam

Open from 3:00pm Sunday until 12:30pm Friday, Open Jam is a place to share questions and quandaries, talk to the experts, demonstrate software and techniques, and experiment with emerging Agile practices and ideas.  Sessions don't need to be formal, like the ones on the program (in fact it's more fun if they are not). Anyone can convene a session at the Open Jam stage based on a passion and a commitment to make the session happen.

To share ideas, you can talk, write, play, or engage in the excitement of PechaKucha: up to ten people doing 20 slides set at 20 seconds each, for a total of six minutes and forty seconds per person. We'll be having a PechaKucha each evening just after the end of the programmed sessions.  Come share your excitement and your passion for any topic that interests you!

We'll also have a Coaches Corner, where aspiring and experienced coaches can come and talk to an experienced Agile Coach. Explore topics, questions, and challenges in the area of Agile Coaching.

The Agile Manifesto Signatories will be stopping by the "Park Bench" throughout the week-long conference to make themselves available to attendees.  Visit the "Park Bench" -- a casual, comfortable setting to share ideas, ask questions, challenge perspectives, and grow new possibilities. Come, share, ask, interact, learn and create.

Bring your crucial issues and ideas, your passion and your commitment to the Open Jam. Walk away with valuable new insights into topics that are relevant to you today.


Sunday August 7, 2011 3:00pm - 11:30pm
GA: Grand Salon

5:15pm

First Time Attendee Orientation

If you find the conference schedule slightly overwhelming, make sure to attend the Agile2011 Orientation Sessions. These special sessions are designed to give first-time attendees a little "101 Guide" to Agile2011, including insight into ways to get the most out of their experience. There will also be a "Q & A" session at the end in case we miss anything. There is no pre-registration required and any registered Agile2011 attendee may attend.


Sunday August 7, 2011 5:15pm - 6:15pm
GA: Grand Salon

12:00am

Open Jam

Open from 3:00pm Sunday until 12:30pm Friday, Open Jam is a place to share questions and quandaries, talk to the experts, demonstrate software and techniques, and experiment with emerging Agile practices and ideas.  Sessions don't need to be formal, like the ones on the program (in fact it's more fun if they are not). Anyone can convene a session at the Open Jam stage based on a passion and a commitment to make the session happen.

To share ideas, you can talk, write, play, or engage in the excitement of PechaKucha: up to ten people doing 20 slides set at 20 seconds each, for a total of six minutes and forty seconds per person. We'll be having a PechaKucha each evening just after the end of the programmed sessions.  Come share your excitement and your passion for any topic that interests you!

We'll also have a Coaches Corner, where aspiring and experienced coaches can come and talk to an experienced Agile Coach. Explore topics, questions, and challenges in the area of Agile Coaching.

The Agile Manifesto Signatories will be stopping by the "Park Bench" throughout the week-long conference to make themselves available to attendees.  Visit the "Park Bench" -- a casual, comfortable setting to share ideas, ask questions, challenge perspectives, and grow new possibilities. Come, share, ask, interact, learn and create.

Bring your crucial issues and ideas, your passion and your commitment to the Open Jam. Walk away with valuable new insights into topics that are relevant to you today.

 


Monday August 8, 2011 12:00am - 11:30pm
GA: Grand Salon
 
Monday, August 8
 

8:00am

Coaches Corner Office Hours

New to Agile Coaching? Trying to get your head wrapped around how to help people without any official authority? Need to know how to convince your teams to listen? Have a tough coaching problem your not sure how to handle?

We may not be able to solve all your problems but we can help start down the right path. Come to Agile 2011 Coaches Corner in Open Jam. Unlike the Canadian hockey version it won't be loud brash former coaches telling it like it is, it will be a clinic where you can catch sometime with an experience coach. During office hours: 8-9, 12-1, 5-7 - daily - just drop by for a chat. Otherwise write a question on an index card and leave it in the "Ask a Pro Coach Box". Questions will be discussed in OpenJam and after the conference on the Agile Coach Support mailing list.

Sponsored by Scrum Alliance


Monday August 8, 2011 8:00am - 9:00am
GA: Grand Salon

9:00am

The Origins of Agile: Robert Martin
What is Agile Development, and how did it come about? How was software done before agile, and why did we change? In this talk we will trace the recent history of software processes starting with the grand misinterpretation that led to Waterfall and culminating with the revolution that led to the Agile Manifesto. We'll talk about what software development was like before Agile, and what makes Agile so different.

Speakers
avatar for Robert Martin

Robert Martin

CleanCoders
Robert Martin (Uncle Bob) (@unclebobmartin) has been a programmer since 1970. He is the Master Craftsman at 8th Light inc, co-founder of the on-line video training company: cleancoders.com , and founder of Uncle Bob Consulting LLC.  He is an acclaimed speaker at conferences worldwide, and the author of many books including: The Clean Coder, Clean Code, Agile Software Development: Principles, Patterns, and Practices, and UML for Java... Read More →


Monday August 8, 2011 9:00am - 9:30am
GA: Imperial Ballroom B

9:00am

Becoming Agile in an Imperfect World: Ahmed Sidky, Greg Smith
Taking a big bang approach to Agile is not a viable option for most organizations. Most successful adoptions of Agile are tailored to the strengths and limitations of the organization. This workshop will show you how to design a tailored roadmap to becoming Agile, despite the constraints around you. The roadmap includes 3 phases; Getting Ready, Piloting and Spreading Agile. If you’re just starting your agile transition or in a transition stage, this workshop will equip you with practical techniques and strategies to move from your existing process without starting from scratch.


Monday August 8, 2011 9:00am - 12:30pm
GA: Grand Ballroom D

9:00am

Scrum as a Thinking Toolkit: Simon Bennett
Leave aside, for the moment, the How of Scrum, those familiar roles & rituals, and come with me on a journey to discover the Why of Scrum. Together we’ll break apart Scrum practices upon the anvil of principles and values arriving at a destination I call “Scrum Thinking”; a place from where you can apply the science & purpose behind Scrum to organise your work & solve problems in disciplines & circumstances typically considered unsuitable to the application of the Scrum practices as they are applied to Software Development.

Speakers
SB

Simon Bennett

Managing Principle, LASTing Benefits
Simon is currently Managing Principal for LASTing Benefits (UK / Australia). | | LASTing Benefits is a boutique consultancy specialising in augmenting Lean and Agile adoptions with cognitive complexity and systems thinking techniques to create self sustaining organisational change. | | Simon's particular interest and expertise lie in how the systems and scenarios we find ourselves in drive our behaviour; specifically the ways in which we... Read More →


Monday August 8, 2011 9:00am - 12:30pm
LA: Grand Ballroom C

9:00am

An Introduction to Non-Violent Communication (NVC) for Agile Coaches: David Chilcott
NVC can dramatically improve our relationships by helping us focus our attention on 1) Empathic understanding of others without compromising our own values, and 2) Expressing our real feelings and needs openly and honestly, yet without blame or criticism. NVC delineates four components of communication: 1) Observations free of evaluations; 2) Feelings straight from the heart; 3) Needs, values and longings; and 4) Requests expressed clearly in positive action language. This session will show how NVC can be an important addition to your Agile coaching tool kit.
http://submit2011.agilealliance.org/files/session_pdfs/01-AgileNVC Presentation.pdf

Speakers

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

9:00am

Fear-Driven Impediments: Ralph Miarka, Marc Bless
In many cases fear is a reason for impediments of an agile team and can cause many effects: resistance to organizational change, procrastination of decisions, inability to surface the real issues in retrospectives. To successfully remove such impediments, the fears of all involved individuals must be understood. If fear is a reason to fail, it should be dealt with as fast as possible. Examples: I must not use TDD, my boss forbid it. I will be fired or removed from the team if I say ‘no’. We can’t change this specific part of the organization because team X would get unhappy. See this file for quotes from the presentation: http://submit2011.agilealliance.org/files/Agile2011-Quotes.pdf
http://submit2011.agilealliance.org/files/session_pdfs/Agile2011_-_Fear-Driven_Impediments_-_Proposal_Presentation_Handouts_0.pdf


Monday August 8, 2011 9:00am - 12:30pm
GA: Grand Ballroom A

9:00am

Agile Clojure: Micah Martin, Colin Jones
This session is a hand-on immersion into an agile development project using Clojure. If you're new to Clojure, not a problem. The nature of the project will educate you in the language as well as a toolkit for agile development. If you're new to Agile, perfect! You'll experience all the facets of an agile project possible in a half-day session. If you're experienced in Agile and/or Clojure, awesome! We'll work in micro-iterations, with customers, stories, acceptance tests, pair programming, etc... It's sure to be a fun filled adventure that'll get you waist deep in Clojure action.


Monday August 8, 2011 9:00am - 12:30pm
GA: Savoy

9:00am

Multi-sensory Kanban: Ravindar Gujral, D. André Dhondt
NOTE: There is a size limit for 2MB for presentations, so tweet either @adhondt or @ravindar to get the full slide deck. Visual Kanban helps surface process problems--and our Multi-sensory Kanban surfaces even more by helping with soft skills, peer design, and increased collaboration outside the team. See, hear, feel, taste and smell your way to better system throughput with a hybrid of XP-style kanban story boards, Pomodoro-like audible timers, group scrums, and team meals/snacks.
http://submit2011.agilealliance.org/files/session_pdfs/MultiSensoryKanban- V 6.0.pdf


Monday August 8, 2011 9:00am - 12:30pm
LA: Wyoming Room

9:00am

Refactoring in the 4th Dimension: Michael Feathers
Time is the 4th dimension. We don't pay enough attention to it. We make assumptions about how changes occur in our code based upon static analysis and tools like the Open/Closed Principle, but we can make our decisions based on actual data: we have version control histories of our code. In this workshop, we will mine several projects and look for early indicators of souring code and evidence of effective refactoring. We will explore the notion that we can learn from the history of our own code. Participants should bring a laptop with git and Ruby 1.8.7 or higher installed

Speakers

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

9:00am

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

9:00am

Fluency over Proficiency: Accelerating Agile Learning and 'Hunting Fluency': Willem Larsen
While we value proficient knowledge of Agile practices, we value more the fluent, skillful expression of these practices and principles in daily use. Experience team and individual learning in this interactive session, via a toolkit of accelerated learning and teaching techniques. Used together, these techniques comprise a coaching and peer-to-peer mentoring language that drives ever-tighter cycles of improvement. Come to this experiential workshop for immersion in accelerated learning using the Language Hunting fluency game system.

Speakers

Monday August 8, 2011 9:00am - 12:30pm
LA: Olympus

9:00am

Collaborating with Non-Collaborators: Pollyanna Pixton

We understand the vital importance of collaboration among team members. However, how can we deal with non-collaborators—people who won’t work with us? Although we may not be able to change them, we may be able to work with them. This session describes how to identify non-collaborator and examine the system within which the non-collaborators work: their success factors, motivations and measurements. Using a Trust and Ownership Model, we considers tools and techniques to cope with each trait. Deal with non-collaborators by building a strategy that empowers you to collaborate no matter what.


http://accelinnova.com/collaboration.html

Speakers
avatar for Pollyanna Pixton

Pollyanna Pixton

President, Accelinnova
Pollyanna Pixton's career focus has been to help develop great leaders who bring collaboration, trust and ownership into their organizations to improve the work environment and increase productivity and innovation.


Monday August 8, 2011 9:00am - 12:30pm
LA: Grand Ballroom A

9:00am

Research Methods Workshop: Nils Brede Moe, Torgeir Dingsøyr
To produce research results of importance it is crucial to apply the right research method. This workshop focuses on the challenges of applying research methods to study agile software development. Authors of accepted full papers in studies of agile software development are invited to give a short presentation of their research method, and there will be discussions on how to apply case studies, experiments, surveys and literature reviews. This workshop is intended for researchers.
http://submit2011.agilealliance.org/files/session_pdfs/minute_research_method_workshop_agile2011.pdf


Monday August 8, 2011 9:00am - 12:30pm
LA: Teton

9:00am

Hooray, We're Agile Testers! What's Next? Advanced Topics in Agile Testing: Lisa Crispin, Janet Gregory
Your team successfully adopted Agile, you have traction on practices such as CI, TDD, maybe ATDD. Still, you see lots of room for improvement in testing. Do you sometimes miss or misunderstand customer needs? Is it sometimes hard to complete all testing activities each iteration? In this interactive tutorial, you'll practice ways to better understand and capture customer needs; collaborate more effectively and enjoyably with developers and other team members; improve continuous integration and delivery; manage technical debt; plan and estimate in ways that ensure testing "keeps up".
http://submit2011.agilealliance.org/files/session_pdfs/HoorayWereAgileTesters_0.pdf


Monday August 8, 2011 9:00am - 12:30pm
GA: Envoy

9:00am

Building a Practice as a UX Team of One: Leah Buley
UX teams of one have unique challenges. Fewer resources. Creative isolation. Organizational ignorance. Sometimes even hostility. This workshop will explore the real life agile team situations that solo UX practitioners work in, and show what you can do about them. The goal of this workshop is to give every attendee the tools to be relevant and effective by creating a personalized plan for their UX practice. Your plan will include the methods, soft skills, and strategies that will help you build support for UX and do your best work in an agile environment.

Speakers

Monday August 8, 2011 9:00am - 12:30pm
GA: Murano

9:00am

Design by Community: Involving Everyone in UX Design using Design Studio: Jim Ungar, Todd Zaki Warfel
The Design Studio method lets the whole team get involved in sketching and critiquing product solutions. It’s emerged as one of the agile-UX best practices for rapid design ideation and building whole-team ownership. This hands-on workshop is a good fit for all project roles - veteran and novice alike! Everyone will learn by participating in a design studio - exploring ideas for a real product. You’ll learn the process mechanics along with tips and tricks from experienced practitioners - everything you’ll need to try this on your own project.


Monday August 8, 2011 9:00am - 12:30pm
LA: Arizona Room

9:00am

The Product Partnership: Using Structured Conversations to Deliver Value: Mary Gorman, Ellen Gottesdiener
A shared understanding of product needs is the basis for continual value delivery -- and requires a partnership of product stakeholders. In this tutorial attendees experience a technique that enables partners to collaboratively analyze needs and make just-in-time decisions on what to deliver next. The technique engages partners in structured conversions using seven question-sets to explore, evaluate, and decide on high-value options for the next cycle delivery. Attendees gain insights on how to use this technique to guide product need conversations at any level of agile product planning.

Speakers
avatar for Mary Gorman

Mary Gorman

VP Quality and Delivery, EBG Consulting
Mary coaches teams and facilitates agile product discovery workshops. She trains business, customer and technology stakeholders in collaborative practices essential for defining high value products. Mary speaks at industry conferences and writes for the Agile, business analysis and project management communities. Mary is co-author with Ellen Gottesdiener of the recently released book Discover to Deliver: Agile Product Planning and Analysis.
avatar for Ellen Gottesdiener

Ellen Gottesdiener

CEO/Founder, EBG Consulting
Ellen Gottesdiener is an internationally recognized leader in the convergence of agile + requirements + product management and a pioneer in the use of collaborative practices for product discovery. She offers techniques, tools, training, and leadership in how you can engage in ways that excite, invite, and produce valuable product outcomes and happy teams. | | Ellen is a world-renowned writer, speaker, and presenter. Her most recent book... Read More →


Monday August 8, 2011 9:00am - 12:30pm
LA: Grand Ballroom B

9:30am

Agile In a Nutshell: Jonathan Rasmusson

If you’ve been doing Waterfall delivery most of your career agile can be down right scary: changing requirements, adaptive planning, iterative development. These are all intimidating things for managers and organizations used to doing things in discrete phases one stage at a time. In this introductory talk, we will look at agile in simple terms explaining: - what agile is - what working on an agile project is like - some of it's myths - which agile method is right for you, and - three steps you can take to becoming more agile today.


http://agilewarrior.wordpress.com/2011/08/09/agile-2011-agile-in-a-nutshell-slides/


Monday August 8, 2011 9:30am - 10:30am
GA: Imperial Ballroom B

11:00am

Introduction to Agile Planning and Project Management: Mike Cottmeyer
Agile introduces a number of tools and techniques designed to help the team figure out how much software we can build for the time we have, and the amount of money our customer is willing to spend. This talk will introduce the fundamental concepts necessary to break down and estimate our product backlog, how to organize delivery of that backlog for early risk reduction and rapid customer feedback, and how to get stable throughput and predictability as you mature your agile practices. This talk is for those looking to understand how (and why) agile methods lead to better business outcomes.

Speakers

Monday August 8, 2011 11:00am - 12:30pm
GA: Imperial Ballroom B

12:30pm

First Time Attendee Orientation

If you find the conference schedule slightly overwhelming, make sure to attend the Agile2011 Orientation Sessions. These special sessions are designed to give first-time attendees a little "101 Guide" to Agile2011, including insight into ways to get the most out of their experience. There will also be a "Q & A" session at the end in case we miss anything. There is no pre-registration required and any registered Agile2011 attendee may attend.


Monday August 8, 2011 12:30pm - 1:30pm
GA: Grand Salon

1:30pm

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.


http://prezi.com/bjbmxb7alarb/agile2011-engineering-practices-and-tools/

Speakers

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

1:30pm

A Transformation Path to Enterprise Agility: Change Levers, Leaders & Culture: Michael Spayd
Organizational transformation is a journey, not a destination. It requires discipline, patience & courage, leaders at every level, insight on culture, a stomach for change. It requires real teams & the will to endure for years. In a fishbowl style consultation, one organization (will you volunteer?) will provide a realistic context to explore models of leadership, team dynamics, culture & change: the framework for deep, ongoing enterprise transformation. Meanwhile, participants organized into table teams will craft their own transformation plan, using a template & feedback from colleagues.

Speakers

Monday August 8, 2011 1:30pm - 5:00pm
GA: Imperial Ballroom C

1:30pm

The Budgeting Black Hole: Predicting the Unpredictable: Johanna Rothman, William Rowden
An organization cannot run well without a budget. But a budget doesn’t have to be a frustrating futile exercise in prediction. Incremental budgeting, specific management actions, along with project portfolio management provides everyone the data they need. We will explore incremental budgeting in the context of a project, where we will periodically deliver value to the organization. We will see which work actually delivers value and can help predict budgets, and which work does not deliver value that helps with budgets.
http://submit2011.agilealliance.org/files/session_pdfs/BudgetingBlackHole.r1_0.pdf

Speakers
avatar for Johanna Rothman

Johanna Rothman

President, Rothman Consulting
Johanna Rothman, known as the "Pragmatic Manager," provides frank advice for your tough problems. She helps leaders and teams see problems and resolve risks and manage their product development. | | Johanna was the Agile 2009 conference chair. She is the current agileconnection.com technical editor. Johanna is the author of several books including: Agile and Lean Program Management: Scaling Collaboration Across the Organization... Read More →


Monday August 8, 2011 1:30pm - 5:00pm
GA: Grand Ballroom D

1:30pm

How CSlim and Fitnesse Can Help You Test Your Embedded System: Doug Bradbury
Imagine pushing a button and knowing within minutes that your entire embedded system works to its specifications. With open source tools, you can build into your embedded system the means to write automated tests that will aid communication between team members, verify your code, and allow the specification of functionality before it is implemented. This tutorial takes you through everything you need to write Fitnesse and CSlim tests in your C or C++ based embedded system. We'll also cover the bigger picture of how and why these tests are valuable. Bring a laptop!
http://submit2011.agilealliance.org/files/session_pdfs/cslim_and_fitnesse.pdf

Speakers

Monday August 8, 2011 1:30pm - 5:00pm
LA: Wyoming Room

1:30pm

Coaching Success: Getting People to Take Responsibility & Demonstrate Ownership: Christopher Avery, Ashley Johnson
Examine, practice, and apply thinking tools and communication strategies adopted by coaches worldwide for teaching, coaching, and inspiring ownership behavior—the essence of personal agility. Come learn to apply and teach the Responsibility Process, to handle objections, and to know just what to do when another believes they're owning it and you believe they aren’t. Doing so inspires far greater ownership behavior. You add more value as your charges take ownership. They learn, correct, and improve more easily, directly, and quickly. It's the empirical process at the individual level.
http://submit2011.agilealliance.org/files/session_pdfs/avery.pdf


Monday August 8, 2011 1:30pm - 5:00pm
GA: Imperial Ballroom D

1:30pm

Managers vs. Agile Teams: Who Makes the Decisions?: Meghann Drury, Ken Power
Agile teams face daily decisions in a dynamic environment. Participants in this workshop will learn key strategic & tactical decisions agile teams make, including how they draw on experience to drive decisions. This is an interactive session that reviews how decision quality is assessed, how decision quality metrics are implemented and how metrics can be improved on their teams. Participants will rate their own levels of decision quality around particular agile activities. Participants should have some experience working on agile teams,e.g. as scrum master, product owner, tester, developer.
http://submit2011.agilealliance.org/files/session_pdfs/Agile 2011_Managers vs. Agile Teams-Who Makes the Decisions.pdf

Speakers
avatar for Ken Power

Ken Power

Principal Engineer, Cisco Systems, Inc.
Ken is a Principal Engineer with Cisco Systems, where he works with teams and organizations around the world. His work and research interests include software and systems architecture, agility, lean thinking, flow, complex adaptive systems, organization effectiveness, and software engineering management. He is a frequent speaker on these topics at major international agile, lean, and software engineering conferences. Ken is a Fellow of the Lean... Read More →


Monday August 8, 2011 1:30pm - 5:00pm
GA: Grand Ballroom A

1:30pm

Design, Style, and Flavors — Their Influence on Agility (BoF): Dean Wampler, Venkat Subramaniam
Join us for a group discussion on how languages and coding idioms influence agility. Bring your favorite examples that influence your code, in any language. We'll set up a projector so we can demonstrate our ideas to the group. Here are some of our favorites: 1) Filter, Map, and Fold: the power tools of modular, reusable code. 2) Alternatives to the Visitor Pattern 3) Avoiding Nulls with the Option Type 4) Concurrency Models: Actors, Software Transactional Memory, etc.


Monday August 8, 2011 1:30pm - 5:00pm
GA: Savoy

1:30pm

The Transformation Priority Premise: Robert Martin
Transformations are like refactorings in that they are simple incremental changes to code. They are unlike refactorings in that they change the behavior of code. This talk presents a set of transformations sufficient to create any application. It also suggests that when they are applied in a certain order developers can avoid many of the common problems with TDD such as painting yourself into a corner, or taking steps that are too large. It also suggests that the ordering helps developers to find better algorithms. See: http://cleancoder.posterous.com/the-transformation-priority-premise

Speakers
avatar for Robert Martin

Robert Martin

CleanCoders
Robert Martin (Uncle Bob) (@unclebobmartin) has been a programmer since 1970. He is the Master Craftsman at 8th Light inc, co-founder of the on-line video training company: cleancoders.com , and founder of Uncle Bob Consulting LLC.  He is an acclaimed speaker at conferences worldwide, and the author of many books including: The Clean Coder, Clean Code, Agile Software Development: Principles, Patterns, and Practices, and UML for Java... Read More →


Monday August 8, 2011 1:30pm - 5:00pm
GA: Imperial Ballroom A

1:30pm

Integrated Product Development: David Hussman, Tim McCoy
In this session, interaction designer Tim McCoy and agile coach and practitioner David Hussman introduce a new way of working. Integrated Product Development combines design skills with agile delivery. Drawing on their real world experience from a range of companies, David and Tim provide a cohesive and integrated process which iteratively draws out real value and context. You will learn goal driven design thinking that helps before and during iterative development. Stop in if you want to try tools that develop rich user experience during the iterative deliver better and timely products.
http://submit2011.agilealliance.org/files/session_pdfs/Integrated Product Development_0.pdf

Speakers
avatar for David Hussman

David Hussman

Founder, DevJam
I split my time between leading DevJam and coaching at client sites. My coaching ranges from small teams to large enterprises and entails working with teams, programs and leadership groups. Some days I am doing discovery work, teaching product thinking and agile design and augmenting real agility with user centered design and user experience tools. Other days I am deep in the delivery space helping teams adapt agile methods to meet their needs... Read More →


Monday August 8, 2011 1:30pm - 5:00pm
GA: Murano

1:30pm

What's NXT? Agile Software/Hardware Integration: Ted Layher, Kealy Opelt
Developers never get to play with the cool toys. Now’s your chance! This session explores architectural layering and unit testing strategies for a java application that controls a Lego® Mindstorms® NXT robot. Frequently teams that unit test utilize stub objects as substitutes for parts of the code that are not the focus of the test. Creating an architectural layer for the robot’s hardware can be utilized for better unit tests and running the application without the hardware. Come get hands on and learn about these techniques using the robot and your pair partner.


Monday August 8, 2011 1:30pm - 5:00pm
LA: Olympus

1:30pm

The Agile Leadership Kata: Discovering the Practice of Leadership: Tom Perry
In software development, we use the term “practice” loosely compared to many other disciplines. It is as if by repeating the word “practice” we might somehow actually arrive at that professionalism that so many desire. How do you practice your skills as an agile team leader? What would that practice look like? In this tutorial, we will explore the techniques you can use to practice and hone your skills as a team leader. From individual exercises through collaborative games, we will explore how we can practice and improve our leadership skills.
http://submit2011.agilealliance.org/files/session_pdfs/The Agile Leadership Kata - Discovering the Practice of Leadership.pdf

Speakers

Monday August 8, 2011 1:30pm - 5:00pm
LA: Grand Ballroom A

1:30pm

New Ideas and Emerging Results workshop: Nils Brede Moe, Torgeir Dingsøyr
The workshop will provide an excellent opportunity to present and discuss opinions, ideas and suggestions for future research. We aim to bridge the gap between research and practice through presentation of position papers, alongside partners from the agile practitioner community. Six position papers will add to the body of knowledge on agile methods and processes, agile teams and people, and the tools and practices that support them. Presentations of position papers with first authors: Mark Mahoney, Morgan C. Benton, Célio Santana, Yaser Ghanam, Renan de Melo Oliveira and Bill Curtis.
http://submit2011.agilealliance.org/files/session_pdfs/minute_new_ideas_and_emerging_results_workshop_agile2011.pdf


Monday August 8, 2011 1:30pm - 5:00pm
LA: Teton

1:30pm

Agile Requirements Exploration with Tester Collaboration: Ellen Gottesdiener, Janet Gregory
Incorporating the testing mindset improves customer exploration of product needs. At the same time, agile test planning and delivery benefits from involvement in agile requirements analysis. In this experiential tutorial, participants examine a subset of agile analysis models in tandem with specifying acceptance criteria to verify and validate requirements. Participants experience how incorporating the tester mindset during requirements exploration accelerates test planning and specification, enhances product quality, and uncovers missing, conflicting, erroneous and unnecessary requirements.
http://submit2011.agilealliance.org/files/session_pdfs/ReqtsExplorationWithTesterCollaboration-Agile2011_(Gottesdiener-Gregory).pdf

Speakers
avatar for Ellen Gottesdiener

Ellen Gottesdiener

CEO/Founder, EBG Consulting
Ellen Gottesdiener is an internationally recognized leader in the convergence of agile + requirements + product management and a pioneer in the use of collaborative practices for product discovery. She offers techniques, tools, training, and leadership in how you can engage in ways that excite, invite, and produce valuable product outcomes and happy teams. | | Ellen is a world-renowned writer, speaker, and presenter. Her most recent book... Read More →


Monday August 8, 2011 1:30pm - 5:00pm
GA: Envoy

1:30pm

Technical Debt: Assessment and Reduction: Israel Gat
Do you really govern the software development process in your IT organization or do its uncertainty and unpredictability leave you, your internal customers and your company's customers aghast? Will technical debt play havoc with deployment dates you committed to and keep your development and operations staff from responding quickly and effectively to customer requests? Do you know how much money is required to "pay back" your software's technical debt? Once you take this workshop you will know how to quantify technical debt, rein it in, and mitigate its unpleasant consequences.
http://submit2011.agilealliance.org/files/session_pdfs/Technical_Debt_Workshop_Gat.pdf

Speakers
IG

Israel Gat

Practice Director, Agile Product & Project Management, Cutter Consortium
Dr. Israel Gat is a Cutter Consortium Fellow and Director of the Agile Product & Project Management practice, a Fellow of the Lean Systems Society, and a member of the Trident Capital SaaS advisory board. He is recognized as the architect of the agile transformation at BMC Software where, under his leadership, Scrum users increased from zero to 1,000, resulting in nearly three times faster time to market than industry average and 20%-50... Read More →


Monday August 8, 2011 1:30pm - 5:00pm
LA: Grand Ballroom C

1:30pm

Introduction to Behavior Driven Development: Elizabeth Keogh, Katherine Kirk
BDD helps development teams hold conversations about the behaviour of their system with non-technical stakeholders. BDD has changed from its early roots as a replacement to TDD and now encompasses Feature Injection, extending across the whole software lifecycle. In this tutorial we look at the original reasons for BDD, returning the focus to the language and conversations at its heart. We look at how BDD’s patterns can be applied at multiple scales, from the initial project vision all the way to the code, to deliberately discover and address ignorance in every aspect of software development.

Speakers
avatar for LIZ KEOGH

LIZ KEOGH

Lunivore Limited
Liz Keogh is a Lean and Agile consultant based in London. She is a well-known blogger and international speaker, a core member of the BDD community and a contributor to a number of open-source projects including JBehave. She has a strong technical background with over 15 years’ experience in delivering value and coaching others to deliver, from small start-ups to global enterprises. Most of her work now focuses on Lean, Agile and... Read More →


Monday August 8, 2011 1:30pm - 5:00pm
LA: Grand Ballroom B

3:30pm

Dr W. Edwards Deming's famous Red Bead Experiment - For Software Teams: Karl Scotland
Participate in Dr W. Edwards Deming's famous Red Bead Experiment. This classic learning tool helps illustrate the impact that a system, and traditional management approaches, can have on individuals who work within an organisation. I will also relate this experiment to approaches to software development and the management of software development teams. The experiment introduces many of Deming's ideas about management, including his 14 Points for Management. It also introduces the Statistical Process Control Chart. After the experiment there will be a discussion of the issues addressed.

Speakers

Monday August 8, 2011 3:30pm - 4:30pm
GA: Grand Salon

3:30pm

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.

Speakers

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

5:30pm

The Agile Manifesto 10th Anniversary Reunion The Big Park Bench

Be sure to attend this historic event where we reunite nearly all of the authors of the Agile Manifesto.  Meet the authors at the celebratory reunion on opening night, including a Q&A session where questions will be fielded from the audience.  Visit the Special Reunion Event  website.


Monday August 8, 2011 5:30pm - 7:00pm
GA: Imperial Ballroom

7:00pm

Ice Breaker Reception

Join us for Agile2011's Opening night reception. The night will be filled with food, drink and fun! After chatting with new attendees and reconnecting with old friends, be sure to stop by the vendors to see what's new in the industry.


Monday August 8, 2011 7:00pm - 10:00pm
GA: Grand Ballroom

12:00am

Open Jam

Open from 3:00pm Sunday until 12:30pm Friday, Open Jam is a place to share questions and quandaries, talk to the experts, demonstrate software and techniques, and experiment with emerging Agile practices and ideas.  Sessions don't need to be formal, like the ones on the program (in fact it's more fun if they are not). Anyone can convene a session at the Open Jam stage based on a passion and a commitment to make the session happen.

To share ideas, you can talk, write, play, or engage in the excitement of PechaKucha: up to ten people doing 20 slides set at 20 seconds each, for a total of six minutes and forty seconds per person. We'll be having a PechaKucha each evening just after the end of the programmed sessions.  Come share your excitement and your passion for any topic that interests you!

We'll also have a Coaches Corner, where aspiring and experienced coaches can come and talk to an experienced Agile Coach. Explore topics, questions, and challenges in the area of Agile Coaching.

The Agile Manifesto Signatories will be stopping by the "Park Bench" throughout the week-long conference to make themselves available to attendees.  Visit the "Park Bench" -- a casual, comfortable setting to share ideas, ask questions, challenge perspectives, and grow new possibilities. Come, share, ask, interact, learn and create.

Bring your crucial issues and ideas, your passion and your commitment to the Open Jam. Walk away with valuable new insights into topics that are relevant to you today.

 


Tuesday August 9, 2011 12:00am - 11:30pm
GA: Grand Salon
 
Tuesday, August 9
 

8:00am

Coaches Corner Office Hours

New to Agile Coaching? Trying to get your head wrapped around how to help people without any official authority? Need to know how to convince your teams to listen? Have a tough coaching problem your not sure how to handle?

We may not be able to solve all your problems but we can help start down the right path. Come to Agile 2011 Coaches Corner in Open Jam. Unlike the Canadian hockey version it won't be loud brash former coaches telling it like it is, it will be a clinic where you can catch sometime with an experience coach. During office hours: 8-9, 12-1, 5-7 - daily - just drop by for a chat. Otherwise write a question on an index card and leave it in the "Ask a Pro Coach Box". Questions will be discussed in OpenJam and after the conference on the Agile Coach Support mailing list.

Sponsored by Scrum Alliance


Tuesday August 9, 2011 8:00am - 9:00am
GA: Grand Salon

9:00am

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

11:00am

Selling the Investment to Pay Down Technical Debt - The Code Christmas Tree: Michael Kaiser, Guy Royse
Sharing our experience in making code complexity and unit coverage visible in the hallway adjoining our team room and the conversations that happened around it. Not only did it help to focus the team on the high debt areas of the application, but its red (bad) and green (good) coloring combined with its high-foot-traffic location enabled executives in this Fortune 500 insurance company to invest in paying down debt as well.
http://submit2011.agilealliance.org/files/session_pdfs/CodeChristmasTreeAgile2011.pdf


Tuesday August 9, 2011 11:00am - 11:30am
LA: Teton

11:00am

Agile Adoption in a non-Western cultural context: Is it any different?: Ali Zewail
The Agile Manifesto’s values and principles need to be applied differently in different cultural contexts. Raya Software made the decision to transform its practices to those of agile software development in early 2008. As an Egyptian company, it was faced with challenges specific to Egypt’s cultural context. This session aims to share adoption insights with non-US companies that want to embark on the journey towards becoming an agile organization, describing a mental model to plan for such a transformation. It also has relevance for US-based companies working with offshore partners.
http://submit2011.agilealliance.org/files/session_pdfs/Agile Adoption in a non-Western cultural context.pdf

Speakers

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

11:00am

Agile won't work here... really?: candi rai, Marc-Elian Begin
In this session, the presenters will share their experiences implementing Agile in what many people believe to be incompatible environments. In the first half of this session, Candi Rai will discuss how they adopted Agile in their mainframe COBOL environments in order to save $500,000 in costs while simultaneously increasing customer satisfaction. In the second half of this session, Marc-Ellan Begin will discuss how the European Space Agency (ESA) is adopting Scrum with industrial contractors in a fixed-price contracts context, replacing their traditional waterfall processes.
http://submit2011.agilealliance.org/files/session_pdfs/COBOL Agile.pdf


Tuesday August 9, 2011 11:00am - 12:00pm
GA: Murano

11:00am

Agile Requirements: To User Stories and Beyond!: Chris Sims
Can extensive written requirements be dispensed with in favor of lighter weight 'stories'? It sounds easier, but can it really be as good? We'll start this session by staging a showdown between traditional and agile requirements. Participants will form teams, create requirements documents, do development (no technical skill or computers needed), and evaluate the results. Next, participants will learn by doing, as we build a 3-part model for agile requirements: User Story, Conversation, and Acceptance Criteria. Participants will leave with a solid understanding, and practical skills.

Speakers

Tuesday August 9, 2011 11:00am - 12:00pm
GA: Savoy

11:00am

Refactoring and Code Smells - An example of refactoring legacy code: Bas Vodde
Recognizing code smells and cleaning the code up by refactoring are essential skills of an agile developer. This session explains why these skills are so essential, introduces common code smells and shows refactorings that clean up the code. This will be demonstrated in the context of a piece of open-source legacy code (an accounting program in Java). I'll introduce code smells by identifying them in this piece of code, then apply refactorings to remove them. I'll keep identifying more code smells and refactor them until there is nearly nothing left of the original code.

Speakers
avatar for Bas Vodde

Bas Vodde

Odd-e
Bas Vodde is a coach, programmer, trainer, and author related to modern agile and lean product development. He is the creator of the LeSS (Large-Scale Scrum) framework for scaling agile development. He coaches organizations on three levels: organizational,  team,  individual/technical practices. He has trained thousands of people in software development, Scrum, and modern agile practices for over a decade. He is the author... Read More →


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

11:00am

Embedded Testing Techniques: John Maxwell
Contrary to widespread opinion, you *can* test on the target hardware. There are some challenges to doing so, though. This talk will focus on how I've been doing it since 2004. In many cases, no modification to the target hardware is needed; in the remaining cases, the necessary modifications are quite minimal, well within the abilities of a programmer who's not afraid of soldering irons (adding one wire, usually). The heavy-duty modifications will be to your test framework, and will be exclusively software. Example code from actual projects will be used to present them.
http://submit2011.agilealliance.org/files/session_pdfs/EmbeddedTesting.pdf

Speakers

Tuesday August 9, 2011 11:00am - 12:00pm
LA: Wyoming Room

11:00am

Agile Methods Influencing Non-IT Projects: Clement 'James' Goebel
One software development team has found that its agile team practices have been emulated by several of its clients and admirers for non-software projects. Learn how practices such as short iterations, daily standup, storycards, early releases, and pairing have been adopted in organizations for projects that might surprise you. These organizations include a law office, manufacturing plant reconfiguration, architecture, industrial lighting, and book publishing.
http://submit2011.agilealliance.org/files/session_pdfs/Agile in Non-IT Projects.pdf

Speakers
avatar for Clement James Goebel III

Clement James Goebel III

Partner / Chief Architect, Menlo Innovations
James Goebel is a founding partner of Menlo Innovations. Menlo uses highly collaborative project teams to design and implement innovative products for clients that place high value on user adoption. | | The team he helped build at Menlo Innovations has successfully blended an Extreme Programming development team, usability design specialists, a quality assurance practice, and formal project management. Representatives from start-up companies... Read More →


Tuesday August 9, 2011 11:00am - 12:00pm
LA: Grand Ballroom C

11:00am

Collaboratively Chartering Success: David Hussman
How do you create the big picture for your projects or teams? If the big picture is missing, you are not alone but you are probably struggling. Collaborative chartering is a simple but powerful tool that bonds communities around "why they are building what they are building. Known to many project managers, but unknown to many agile teams, chartering builds the large context around product, community and a delivery cadence just to name a few. If you are looking to augment or replace kick off sessions, drop in and learn concretely how to get started in a valuable direction.
http://submit2011.agilealliance.org/files/session_pdfs/collaborative chartering.pdf

Speakers
avatar for David Hussman

David Hussman

Founder, DevJam
I split my time between leading DevJam and coaching at client sites. My coaching ranges from small teams to large enterprises and entails working with teams, programs and leadership groups. Some days I am doing discovery work, teaching product thinking and agile design and augmenting real agility with user centered design and user experience tools. Other days I am deep in the delivery space helping teams adapt agile methods to meet their needs... Read More →


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

11:00am

Coaching at the Enterprise Level - Introducing the Agile Cafe: Joe Fecarotta
Agile coaches are leaders of change in an organization and we leverage things like training, direct coaching expertise on Agile, and facilitating peer-to-peer networks to help with this change. There is a gap in the current literature on how to create such networks. This talk will cover the Agile Cafe, my version of the World Cafe, in both theory & practice. The World Cafe is a technique to gather groups of people together, ask them important questions, and draw out their knowledge. Outcomes are shared knowledge, community creation, and visibility for Agile at the enterprise level.

Speakers

Tuesday August 9, 2011 11:00am - 12:00pm
GA: Imperial Ballroom D

11:00am

What We Have Learned So Far: what we got right & what we got wrong: Chet Hendrickson, Ron Jeffries
Many of the established ideas and practices of Agile had their first public exposure through Ron and Chet. They helped take Agile from an underground movement to the mainstream. In this talk, Ron and Chet will bring you up-to-date on their current thinking on how to best do software in the Agile style. They will explain why you should stop doing some of the things they recommended in the past and what to replace them with. They will take one more run at getting you to do some of the basics of success that many teams neglect.
http://submit2011.agilealliance.org/files/session_pdfs/agile 2011 proposal.pdf

Speakers
CH

Chet Hendrickson

HendricksonXP
RJ

Ron Jeffries

RonJeffries.com


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

11:00am

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.


http://www.slideshare.net/provaglio/overcoming-selforganization-blocks

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

11:00am

Powerful Questions: Carlton Nettleton
Picking the right question or reframing an issue can introduce a profound shift in the conversation. In this hands-on workshop, we will discuss how to create your own powerful questions and practice this skill. Leave with a practical tool you can use with your Teams today.
http://submit2011.agilealliance.org/files/session_pdfs/PowerfulQuestionsOutline.pdf


Tuesday August 9, 2011 11:00am - 12:00pm
LA: Olympus

11:00am

Applying the lean startup model to the Enterprise: Jez Humble

Much is wrong with the way enterprises model the delivery of software projects, starting with the fact they use the project model. What if enterprises treated the software delivery lifecycle based on the concept of products instead of projects? A useful model exists for this paradigm - Eric Ries' lean startup movement. Jez will discuss applying lean startups to the enterprise, using examples such as Amazon. He'll also demonstrate how oft-sited blockers to such a model (and to the DevOps vision) such as SOX, ITIL and COBIT, can in fact be made compatible with this model.


http://www.slideshare.net/jezhumble/applying-the-lean-startup-model-to-the-enterprise

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Tuesday August 9, 2011 11:00am - 12:00pm
GA: Envoy

11:00am

The Speed To Cool: Agile Testing And Building Quality In: Craig Smith, Adrian Smith
Ensuring that the approach to testing and quality is understood and appropriately valued in an agile world can be a struggle for many organisations, especially when resources are limited and our customers are expecting business value in a timely manner. In this session we will define what quality means and share a number of tools for measuring it, discuss approaches to improving the skills, empowerment and role of testing in the organisation and share why testing is the coolest role on the team and why it is everyones responsibility.
http://submit2011.agilealliance.org/files/session_pdfs/The Speed to Cool - Agile Testing & Building Quality In.pdf


Tuesday August 9, 2011 11:00am - 12:00pm
LA: Idaho Room

11:00am

Own Up: the Product Stewardship model for UX : Tim McCoy
Who is your project's Product Owner? What does that even mean? Are they ultimately favoring the voice of the business, its customers, your end-users, or the technologists? Where is the UX voice in your team? UX designers are uniquely positioned to solicit and evaluate input from business stakeholders, developers, and the people (potentially) buying and using our products. The Product Stewardship model allows a business stakeholder to focus on business value while empowering a Product Steward to balance human goals, business needs, and technical constraints and opportunities.
http://submit2011.agilealliance.org/files/session_pdfs/Product Stewardship.pdf

Speakers

Tuesday August 9, 2011 11:00am - 12:00pm
LA: Arizona Room

11:00am

Negotiating Agile Contracts: Angela Druckman, Jimi Fosdick
Business managers and consultants alike are finding that their standard templates for corporate contracts do not support the Agile process. Instead, these groups must work together to find a new way to define roles and responsibilities within an Agile framework. This session will focus on practical considerations from both sides of the negotiation table—those paying for the work and those providing it—in developing these agreements. Session facilitators will help participants develop an Agile approach to writing contracts from requirements definition through project closure and auditing.
http://submit2011.agilealliance.org/files/session_pdfs/Negotiating Agile Contracts 7-2011 PDF.pdf


Tuesday August 9, 2011 11:00am - 12:00pm
LA: Grand Ballroom B

11:00am

Facilitation Fun: BE the challenge you face!: Steven 'Doc' List
Facilitation skills are essential for anyone. In fact, everyone facilitates whether they know it or not! Do you work on a team, manage an organization, or otherwise work with others? The opportunity to facilitate will come up. Steven “Doc” List leads you to explore the common patterns & antipatterns that come up in facilitation, for the facilitator and the participants. We’ll have fun by taking on roles, and exploring the behaviors that work and that don’t work. The session will include some time on specific activities and techniques that can be used for effective facilitation.


Tuesday August 9, 2011 11:00am - 12:30pm
GA: Grand Salon

11:30am

Stories from my Experiences Learning Scrum: Eric Sink
Stories of using Scrum as a distributed team to build a piece of software (Veracity) which helps distributed teams use Scrum. Veracity is an open source DVCS, somewhat like Git or Mercurial, except that it can manage record-and-field oriented data in the same "decentralized" manner as directory-and-file oriented data. Its goal is to allow other kinds of team tools (such as agile planning) to be decentralized, not just version control. Veracity includes a Scrum project module. Neither we nor Veracity are great at Scrum (yet!), but both are getting better with every iteration.

Speakers

Tuesday August 9, 2011 11:30am - 12:00pm
LA: Teton

12:30pm

First Time Attendee Orientation

If you find the conference schedule slightly overwhelming, make sure to attend the Agile2011 Orientation Sessions. These special sessions are designed to give first-time attendees a little "101 Guide" to Agile2011, including insight into ways to get the most out of their experience. There will also be a "Q & A" session at the end in case we miss anything. There is no pre-registration required and any registered Agile2011 attendee may attend.


Tuesday August 9, 2011 12:30pm - 1:30pm
GA: Grand Salon

1:30pm

Planting the Power of Strengths-Based Teams: Scott Dunn
Why do you love or hate what you do? What difference does it make in productivity for your team? I'll share highlights from my experience with several groups, and Dan will share how the teams at Technicolor use it, as well as a quick how-to on ramping up teams on a strengths-based approach. We'll also cover several common strengths in IT and coaches, and how I've applied the test results to help team members find the niche on the team that plays to their strengths and brings out their best.
http://submit2011.agilealliance.org/files/session_pdfs/strengths presentation.pdf


Tuesday August 9, 2011 1:30pm - 1:40pm
LA: Arizona Room

1:30pm

Agile and Kanban In Coordination: Ryan Polk
A review of the results of running two teams side by side inside the same development organization one traditional Agile iterative development the other Kanban. Both teams are fully coordinated with each other in a simple and effective system that optimizes responsiveness without compromising quality. I will detail my experience taking a 30 person development team from a rudimentary agile implementation to a fully Agile organization running both Agile / Iterative and Lean / Kanban models of development side by side.
http://submit2011.agilealliance.org/files/session_pdfs/Agile & Kanban In Coordination.pdf

Speakers

Tuesday August 9, 2011 1:30pm - 2:00pm
LA: Teton

1:30pm

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.

Speakers

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

1:30pm

A Complete (and fun) Scrum Simulation: Don McGreal
Whether you are new to Scrum or are looking for a quick and fun way to introduce Scrum concepts to others, this session is for you! Participants learn every Scrum role and activity by actually doing them in this fast paced simulation.
 Each team starts by throwing together a very wide (and creative) backlog of features. A Product Owner reins in the backlog by prioritizing. The team commits to a micro-sprint… and away we go! 
After three 'days' (minutes really) and lots of cutting, gluing, and discussing, the sprint ends with an actual product to demo and experiences to retrospect.
http://submit2011.agilealliance.org/files/session_pdfs/Scrum Simulation-Agile2011.pdf

Speakers

Tuesday August 9, 2011 1:30pm - 3:00pm
GA: Murano

1:30pm

Critical Success Factors for Acceptance Test Driven Dev't: Jennitta Andrea
A good analyst knows what questions to ask to bring clarity to a murky subject. When they hear about Acceptance Test Driven Development (ATDD), a core practice on Agile projects, they ask: "Can examples capture functional requirements?, Where do user stories come from?, and Will my role become extinct?”. When Jennitta Andrea worked on her first Agile project in 2000, she asked all of these questions and more. As a hands-on practitioner and keen observer of teams and processes, she has discovered success comes from knowing how ATDD is part of an eco-system of roles, practices, and tools.
http://submit2011.agilealliance.org/files/session_pdfs/someAssemblyRequired_betterSoftware_jan2008.pdf

Speakers

Tuesday August 9, 2011 1:30pm - 3:00pm
GA: Savoy

1:30pm

Test-Driven Development in(bed) C: Bas Vodde, James Grenning
Test-Driven Development is for Java programmers, not for C! Yes it is! Roll up your sleeves and test-drive C with us. We'll start with a short intro to TDD, and quickly get you doing TDD. Bring your laptop. If you don't have one, we'll team you up with another programmer. You'll see how to make TDD practical for embedded software development. See CppUTest Compilation Environment(http://cpputest.org/node/42) for needed tools. We'll also have a bootable Linux DVD with all the tools so that you can join the experience.

Speakers
avatar for James Grenning

James Grenning

Wingman Software
James Grenning trains, coaches and consults worldwide bringing modern technical and management practices to embedded systems development. He is the author of Test-Driven Development for Embedded C (http://wingman-sw.com/tddec). He invented Planning Poker, and participated in the creation of the Manifesto for Agile Software Development. His website is http://wingman-sw.com.
avatar for Bas Vodde

Bas Vodde

Odd-e
Bas Vodde is a coach, programmer, trainer, and author related to modern agile and lean product development. He is the creator of the LeSS (Large-Scale Scrum) framework for scaling agile development. He coaches organizations on three levels: organizational,  team,  individual/technical practices. He has trained thousands of people in software development, Scrum, and modern agile practices for over a decade. He is the author... Read More →


Tuesday August 9, 2011 1:30pm - 3:00pm
LA: Wyoming Room

1:30pm

Strategies for Agile Portfolio Management: Kenny Rubin
Traditional portfolio management frequently uses principles that are at odds with agile thinking. For example, believing that people should be 100% utilized might lead to us to start many simultaneous projects leading to high levels of team-member multitasking. Managing a portfolio according to these principles all but guarantees a continuous stream of impediments that interfere with team-level agility and sub-optimizes delivered value. In this session I discuss strategies for aligning portfolio management with agile development to ensure a better end-to-end flow of value.
http://submit2011.agilealliance.org/files/session_pdfs/Rubin_Agile_2011_Strategies_for_Porfolio_Management.pdf

Speakers
avatar for Ken Rubin

Ken Rubin

Managing Principal, Innolution
Ken Rubin is Managing Principal at Innolution, a company that provides Scrum and agile training and coaching to help companies develop products in an effective and economically sensible way. A Certified Scrum Trainer, Ken has trained over 22,000 people on agile and Scrum, Kanban, Smalltalk development, managing object-oriented projects, and transition management. He has coached over 200 companies, ranging from start-ups to Fortune 10. Ken was... Read More →


Tuesday August 9, 2011 1:30pm - 3:00pm
LA: Grand Ballroom C

1:30pm

Agile Coaching Self-Assessment -- Where do you Stand on the Competencies?: Lyssa Adkins, Michael Spayd
As an agile coach, where do you stand? Where have you "got it down"? What more do you need to develop so that you can be the coach your teams truly need? In this interactive workshop, thought-leaders in agile coaching Lyssa Adkins and Michael Spayd lead you through a self-assessment using an Agile Coaching Competency Model that covers both the *doing* and the *being* of agile coaching. You'll leave the session with a specific plan of action for improving your agile coaching and (likely) many insights about the nature and importance of agile coaching -- for yourself and for your teams.

Speakers
avatar for Lyssa Adkins

Lyssa Adkins

Coach of Agile Coaches, Agile Coaching Institute
I came to Agile as a project leader with over 15 years project management expertise. Even with all that experience, nothing prepared me for the power and simplicity of Agile done well.My Agile experience, along with my professional coaching and training abilities, gives me the perspective needed to guide teams and Agile leaders to harness Agile as the competitive advantage weapon it was meant to be. I know the transformation path is rocky. As a... Read More →


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

1:30pm

Putting the Fun Back In Your Retrospectives: Ken Clyne, Eric Willeke
Retrospectives are a key mechanism of a continuously improving process. However it is a challenge to implement them well. Many are poorly facilitated and just downright dull. It doesn't have to be this way. Retrospectives can be a time for celebration, a time for fun and a time for team-building. In this tutorial attendees will experience some of the techniques Rally coaches use to put the fun back in the retrospective including: Goldilocks and the Three Bears, The Break-Up Letter, Draw Me a Picture, Captions, Futurespectives, 5 Whys and Holding a Movie Conversation.


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

1:30pm

Test Driving and Unit Testing Thread Safety: Venkat Subramaniam
It came as a shock to me when I tried to convince myself that the multithreaded code I was writing was not unit testable. It's too complex, non-deterministic to be driven through tests, I told myself. I was so convinced I set out to show TDD does not apply here. But in the end, I proved myself wrong. In this zero-slides presentation, we will use TDD to drive the design of a multithreaded code. Along the way we'll hit some roadblocks, use those to learn some techniques and practices that'll help break the barriers. If you've confronted test driving for thread-safety this session is for you.


Tuesday August 9, 2011 1:30pm - 3:00pm
GA: Imperial Ballroom A

1:30pm

Adaptive Leadership: Accelerating Organizational Agility: Jim Highsmith
Leading agile organizations requires Adaptive Leadership that begins with understanding business agility and how practices like continuous delivery and a mindset of sustainable agility combine to create highly responsive IT organizations. Adaptive Leadership is two dimensional: Being and Doing Agile. Adaptive leaders embrace specific principles and practices, such as "doing" four key performance levers: “Do Less,” “Speed-to-Value,” “Quality,” and “Engage”, and “Being” agile—"adaptive", "riders of paradox", "exploring", and "facilitating."

Speakers

Tuesday August 9, 2011 1:30pm - 3:00pm
GA: Imperial Ballroom B

1:30pm

Managing dependencies to create value: Sonya Lowry, Lars Skaar

The normal dogma of agile execution is to avoid dependencies as they are perceived to disrupt flow and the ability to act with agility. But, why avoid a dependency that creates business value such as reusing customer information across products? Why add yet another framework which would increase the technical debt when there is one suitable already there? This workshop will provide and refine a framework and practices to identify and manage the dependencies that truly create value while avoiding those that don't. This will ensure a more constructive way of dealing with dependencies.


http://prezi.com/9uv5sgbbu7me/managing-dependencies-to-create-value/


Tuesday August 9, 2011 1:30pm - 3:00pm
GA: Imperial Ballroom C

1:30pm

Deliberate Discovery Workshop: Pat Maddox, Elizabeth Keogh
Ignorance is a constraint on many projects. We rarely know everything about our domain, processes, technology, politics, skills, expectations - the list goes on. As we progress we discover unexpected difficulties and find ourselves struggling to overcome them. Yet the unexpected always happens in different areas, no matter how much analysis we do. How much is enough? How can we target our greatest areas of ignorance to learn faster, and how can we keep our options open to cope with unknown unknowns? In this workshop we explore techiques for discovering, and handling, the unexpected.

Speakers
avatar for LIZ KEOGH

LIZ KEOGH

Lunivore Limited
Liz Keogh is a Lean and Agile consultant based in London. She is a well-known blogger and international speaker, a core member of the BDD community and a contributor to a number of open-source projects including JBehave. She has a strong technical background with over 15 years’ experience in delivering value and coaching others to deliver, from small start-ups to global enterprises. Most of her work now focuses on Lean, Agile and... Read More →


Tuesday August 9, 2011 1:30pm - 3:00pm
LA: Olympus

1:30pm

Everything I know about Leadership I learned from Russell Crowe: Perry Reid
While the boss is the person you HAVE to follow, a leader is the person you WANT to follow. But are leaders born or do they grown through the trials and tribulations of experience? Who are the people you choose to follow and what are their leadership traits? In this fun and interactive tutorial we will examine several familiar characters from popular films and discuss their effectiveness as leaders and how they use their own unique style to influence the people they lead. We will then discuss which styles are most effective when working with self-organizing, self-directing Agile teams.
http://submit2011.agilealliance.org/files/session_pdfs/EIKALILFRC_Agile2011_20110809.pdf

Speakers

Tuesday August 9, 2011 1:30pm - 3:00pm
LA: Grand Ballroom B

1:30pm

Leading Continuous Improvement in Established Agile Organizations: Dave Nicolette
Many organizations believe they have successfully completed the transition to agile thinking. They follow a standardized "agile" process by rote, and they boast of horrifying process smells, like "We never miss a commitment!" Lost in the flurry of self-congratulation: The notion of continuous improvement. Lean thinking brings new models and analytical tools to the table. In this session we examine conventional agile practices through a lean lens to discover opportunties for improvement (mura, muda, muri) that are hiding within the canonical ceremonies of first-generation agile practice.
http://submit2011.agilealliance.org/files/session_pdfs/leading-continuous-improvement.pdf

Speakers

Tuesday August 9, 2011 1:30pm - 3:00pm
LA: Grand Ballroom A

1:30pm

One earthquake, hundreds of volunteers and six days to build a website : Agustín Villena, Philippe Camacho

On February 27, 2010 Chile was struck by one of the most devastating earthquake. A team of of hundreds multidisciplinary professionals spontaneously arose to help people of our country. Although the abundance of talent, courage and determination, the team was not able to focus due to the stress, lack of information and chaos. We were called to coach this team and could experiment the power of agility in such an exceptional context. In only 6 days the team implemented a web portal and several other tools, helped by kanban, agile programming, holacracy and retrospectives.


http://www.slideboom.com/presentations/402898/Agile-2011%3A-One-earthquake%2C-300-volunteers-and-6-days-to-build-a-portal


Tuesday August 9, 2011 1:30pm - 3:00pm
GA: Envoy

1:30pm

Business Rules Essentials for Quality Software: Mary Gorman
How and when do you elicit and specify business rules? Where do you look for business rule clues? How can you measure the value of business rules? What is the right level of business rule granularity for testing? When can you start testing business rules? Answering these questions is key to enable effective estimating, building and testing efforts. In this interactive session, you learn how a collaborative, cross-disciplinary approach to business rules provides just-enough, just-in-time detail to develop, test and deliver quality software.

Speakers
avatar for Mary Gorman

Mary Gorman

VP Quality and Delivery, EBG Consulting
Mary coaches teams and facilitates agile product discovery workshops. She trains business, customer and technology stakeholders in collaborative practices essential for defining high value products. Mary speaks at industry conferences and writes for the Agile, business analysis and project management communities. Mary is co-author with Ellen Gottesdiener of the recently released book Discover to Deliver: Agile Product Planning and Analysis.


Tuesday August 9, 2011 1:30pm - 3:00pm
LA: Idaho Room

1:30pm

Intro to Test Driven Design (TDD) & Pair Programming Dojo: Gary Bernhardt, Jeremy Lightsmith
If you’ve never been on a team that’s fully bought into Test Driven Development (TDD) and Pair Programming, then you’re missing out. These teams tend to learn much faster from each other, be more cohesive, write more modular software with fewer defects, refactor with confidence, and are generally more fun to be on. Come experience what it's like to work on a team that's using XP dev practices. Bring a laptop with wifi, and expect to have some fun!

Speakers
JL

Jeremy Lightsmith

Agile Coach / Facilitator, Lightsmith Consulting LLC


Tuesday August 9, 2011 1:30pm - 5:00pm
GA: Grand Ballroom Reception A

1:40pm

Definition of Ready: Ken Power
Definition of Ready is a set of agreements that lets everyone know when something is ready to begin, e.g., when a user story is ready to be taken into a sprint, or when all necessary conditions are right for a team to start a sprint. Definition of Ready does not attempt to turn a user story into a specification, but instead creates an interesting social agreement between the various stakeholders involved in delivering a product or system.

Speakers
avatar for Ken Power

Ken Power

Principal Engineer, Cisco Systems, Inc.
Ken is a Principal Engineer with Cisco Systems, where he works with teams and organizations around the world. His work and research interests include software and systems architecture, agility, lean thinking, flow, complex adaptive systems, organization effectiveness, and software engineering management. He is a frequent speaker on these topics at major international agile, lean, and software engineering conferences. Ken is a Fellow of the Lean... Read More →


Tuesday August 9, 2011 1:40pm - 1:50pm
LA: Arizona Room

2:00pm

10 Minutes to a Better Standup: David Bulkin, Barninder Khurana
OK, you know the standup is supposed to last 15 minutes, but yours' last 45 minutes or more. You wonder, how can we say anything useful in 15 minutes? In this 10 minute lighting session, which by the way is shorter than your standup, we will use a sample Team Board (I did say Team Board, not Task Board) to demonstrate how to hold an effective standup that will allow your team to quickly coordinate, and thus self manage their efforts. We will also learn more about the Almost Daily Sit Down, and learn how sit downs, can be the cure for your sick standups!


Tuesday August 9, 2011 2:00pm - 2:10pm
LA: Arizona Room

2:00pm

Making Metaphors that Matter: Michael Keeling, Mike Velichansky
In this paper and talk we'll present our experiences with using architecture metaphors, how they helped us, and some tips we learned for making great metaphors that improve team communication and architectural discussions. Our experience grew out of the IVET project, a collection of software tools to help shoppers of a regional grocery store chain plan menus, find recipes, create shopping lists, and clip e-coupons. The team built a set of web services in addition to a web client and iPhone app.
http://submit2011.agilealliance.org/files/session_pdfs/making-metaphors-that-matter-proposal.pdf

Speakers
avatar for Michael Keeling

Michael Keeling

Software Engineer, Watson Group, IBM


Tuesday August 9, 2011 2:00pm - 2:30pm
LA: Teton

2:10pm

Three Ways UX Gives You Better Story Sizing and Coverage: Anders Ramsay
Stories give the customer what they asked for, but not always what they really wanted. Learn three practical tips for how to integrate UI design work with story development, to both get more realistically sized stories, and the user experience that the customer wanted but didn't know how to ask for.
http://submit2011.agilealliance.org/files/session_pdfs/3-ways-anders-ramsay-2.pdf

Speakers
avatar for Anders Ramsay

Anders Ramsay

andersr@gmail.com


Tuesday August 9, 2011 2:10pm - 2:20pm
LA: Arizona Room

2:20pm

When User Stories Just Don't Fit in a Short Sprint: Brad Swanson
In a complex environment, it can be impossible to write user-valued, end-to-end user stories that fit in a short sprint. In this talk, we'll understand the potential waste of trying to make stories _too_ small. I'll explain ways for teams to keep the value and fast feedback of short sprints without sacrificing the goal of having end-to-end user stories. Hint: you may have to set aside some of your Scrum dogma.
http://submit2011.agilealliance.org/files/session_pdfs/short sprint vs valuable stories.pdf

Speakers
avatar for Brad Swanson

Brad Swanson

Senior Agile Coach, agile42 LLC
Brad Swanson is a Senior Agile Coach and Vice President at agile42. He started his software career at age 10 on the Apple IIe and is now a Certified Scrum Trainer® (CST) and Coach (CSC) with 19 years of experience in management, project and program leadership, product management, and software development in both start-ups and large companies. Brad has led agile transformations using XP, Scrum and Kanban at many organizations across the US... Read More →


Tuesday August 9, 2011 2:20pm - 2:30pm
LA: Arizona Room

2:30pm

Ten Tales of Positive Change: Aaron Sanders
These tales relate successful attempts at making improvements. They are described mostly in the order in which they occurred, from my time working in an Agile culture. The tales are about: Creating the Motivation to Pair Program Staying Focused at Stand-up Keeping Progress High and Questions Low Reassigning Points to Validate Estimation Admitting to the Real Date Dealing With an Overwhelming Amount of Work Gauging the Rate of Progress Figuring Out How to Construct Teams Finding Predictability in the Velocity Allowing for Cross-Functional Teams
http://submit2011.agilealliance.org/files/session_pdfs/TenTalesofPositiveChange.pdf

Speakers

Tuesday August 9, 2011 2:30pm - 3:00pm
LA: Teton

3:30pm

10 Minutes to Testable Specifications: David Bulkin, Bob Payne
Come to one of Agile 2011's fastest paced workshop and learn the basics of creating testable specifications that drive requirements clarity, engender collaboration, increase estimation accuracy, and cure many of the ills that plague agile projects today. We won't make you an expert, but our acceptance criteria for this session is that you will leave with an understanding of how testable specifications improve your requirements and how the approach varies from the Test Drive Development that developers do.


Tuesday August 9, 2011 3:30pm - 3:40pm
LA: Arizona Room

3:30pm

To Deliver Faster, Build it in Reverse: Michael Elbaz
Agile enables building a system in any order. To get business value faster, it may be better to deliver in the REVERSE order. Corporate waterfall starts with the foundation and the pipes, but on a large-scale Gap e-commerce program, we're flipping the approach: Starting with the fulfillment of orders, then the customer facing web site, from there to the content and data feeds and last to the tools and foundation. In the talk we'll discuss: Attributes of Agile that enable this approach Benefits / Disadvantages / Risks The architecture requirements to support this reversed delivery

Speakers

Tuesday August 9, 2011 3:30pm - 4:00pm
LA: Teton

3:30pm

Narrative Coaching: Scott Dunn
People problems - some we expect and have answers for, sometimes only ideas. Sometimes we just don’t know. The narrative approach helps you collaboratively identify and draw out the solutions people have inside themselves. Narrative is a social or personal problem solving approach that shifts power and truth to the person wanting help. It strengthens areas of success. It is not prescriptive. It does not assume the coach has all the answers and needs only to talk with the client enough to identify the problem and prescribe a solution.
http://submit2011.agilealliance.org/files/session_pdfs/Narrative Coaching Agile2011.pdf


Tuesday August 9, 2011 3:30pm - 4:30pm
GA: Envoy

3:30pm

Code Sense: Micah Martin
Does reading code make us better? Can we recognize good code when we see it? Do developers agree on on what good code looks like? In this session we'll try to answer these questions. Together we'll take a momentary glance at dozens of code snippets and secretly decide if we like them or not. Then, tempers will flare and fireworks will fly when we compare notes with each other. There are endless lessons that you will learn and your foundational beliefs about code will be challenged as we develop our code sense.

Speakers

Tuesday August 9, 2011 3:30pm - 4:30pm
GA: Grand Salon

3:30pm

Beyond Metrics: D. André Dhondt, Ravindar Gujral
NOTE: There is a size limit for 2MB for presentations, so tweet either @adhondt or @ravindar to get the full slide deck. Metrics should only be used to measure progress until a specific goal is reached, after which we no longer track it. Instead, we learn to focus on more holistic goals and intangible indicators that keep a team humming along smoothly. Team energy, communication patterns, slack and reflection are much more important to increasing productivity than any myopic set of metrics.
http://submit2011.agilealliance.org/files/session_pdfs/Beyond_Metrics.pdf


Tuesday August 9, 2011 3:30pm - 5:00pm
GA: Grand Ballroom D

3:30pm

Architecture and Design Evolution: Pradyumn Sharma
How do we evolve the architecture and design of a product iteratively and incrementally in Agile? Without a complete and robust architecture and design upfront, would the product not run significant risks? These are some of the questions that challenge a team that is new to Agile. In this talk, we shall learn the practices and principles of agile architecture and design. With examples taken from real projects, the talk will illustrate how incremental architecture and design decisions are built into a product across iterations, through stories where they are required.

Speakers

Tuesday August 9, 2011 3:30pm - 5:00pm
GA: Savoy

3:30pm

Lean Fundamentals: Understanding Flow Through Games: Michael Sahota
The Lean concept of flow is the underpinning of Agile methodologies including Scrum and Kanban. Through a series of games and simulations, you will get to experience the inefficiency of multi-tasking, measure the benefit of smaller batch size and start thinking about how bottlenecks impact your system. By the end, you will understand flow and how it relates to agile practices such as stories and iterations. Come and learn through play. (We will play the Name Game and the Penny Flow Game)
http://submit2011.agilealliance.org/files/session_pdfs/Agile2011 - Lean Fundamentals - Understanding Flow Through Games.pdf

Speakers
avatar for Michael Sahota

Michael Sahota

Guide & Certified Enterprise Coach, Agilitrix (Independent Consultant)
I believe people deliver astounding results when they have Passion and Purpose. Joy and Meaning. Creativity, Safety, Trust and Belonging. I believe we can foster work environments where people can grow and evolve to unleash their best every day. | | I help people cultivate their organizational culture. To invite a more conscious way of being and relating. To evolve organizational structures and practices that foster new ways of working... Read More →


Tuesday August 9, 2011 3:30pm - 5:00pm
GA: Murano

3:30pm

Growing Embedded Applications Organically with Ceedling and Friends: Greg Williams
Our group of scientists have formulated a suite of open-source tools that make growing robust C applications an enjoyable endeavor. These tools facilitate organic growth of robust and maintainable applications. Unity, Ceedling, CMock and CException are open-source projects whose aim is to make setting up and growing embedded C applications a trivial effort so that developers can focus on features and content. A full overview of these tools will be given, followed by a demonstration of how these tools are used collaboratively to facilitate an efficient TDD workflow in C.
http://submit2011.agilealliance.org/files/session_pdfs/Agile2011- Growing Embedded Applications Organically with Ceedling and Friends.pdf

Speakers

Tuesday August 9, 2011 3:30pm - 5:00pm
LA: Wyoming Room

3:30pm

'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

Speakers
avatar for Diana Larsen

Diana Larsen

FutureWorks Consulting LLC


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

3:30pm

From Development Agility to Business Agility: Julien Mazloum
Scrum is an effective approach for Agile Development. Opportunity Engineering (OE) is a business approach that allows to leverage uncertain business opportunities. We will present an effective framework that uses existing Development Agility and OE to enable real Business Agility. This framework uses Scrum to discover the right product to build by assessing business value under conditions of high-uncertainty (where real profits are). These concepts being already used by successful Internet companies, this presentation shows a ready-to-use framework applicable to any industry.

Speakers

Tuesday August 9, 2011 3:30pm - 5:00pm
LA: Grand Ballroom C

3:30pm

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

3:30pm

Resistance as a Resource: Dale Emery
When people resist change, change agents both new and experienced can become confused, stuck, and frustrated. Dale Emery describes how you can turn resistance into a resource. Whatever else it may be, resistance is information—information about the values and beliefs of the people you are asking to change, about the organization, about the changes you propose, and about yourself as an agent of change. In this session, you will learn and create ways to tap into that information to translate resistance into effective action to move forward with change.
http://submit2011.agilealliance.org/files/session_pdfs/Resistance as a Resource (presentation).pdf

Speakers

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

3:30pm

Refactor Your Wetware: Andrew Hunt
You are used to working with software and hardware, but what about working with wetware—your own brain? Do you know the best ways to learn, or to think about solving problems? In this one workshop we’ll journey through bits of cognitive science, neuroscience, learning and behavioral theory. You’ll see surprising aspects of how brains work and see how to beat the system, improving your own learning and thinking skills.

Speakers

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

3:30pm

Team Swarming--Why and How: George Dinwiddie
Agile teams are often asked to swarm over the work, applying as many people to each item of work as productively possible before starting the next. Sometimes this magically works, and bystanders confidently describe the team as "gelled." Other times it looks like a train wreck, with people getting in each other’s way and on each other’s nerves. In the middle we find a continuation of the status quo. What’re the advantages of swarming? How can we increase the odds of gaining those advantages? We’ll explore the answers from your experience and mine.
http://submit2011.agilealliance.org/files/session_pdfs/Team Swarming.pdf

Speakers
avatar for George Dinwiddie

George Dinwiddie

Software Development Coach, iDIA Computing
George Dinwiddie helps organizations develop software more effectively. He brings thirty-five years of development experience from electronic hardware and embedded firmware to business information technology. He helps organizations, managers, and teams solve the problems they face by providing consulting, coaching, mentoring and training at the organizational, process, team, interpersonal, and technical levels. Involved in the Agile community... Read More →


Tuesday August 9, 2011 3:30pm - 5:00pm
GA: Grand Ballroom A

3:30pm

The Emperor's New Clothes - Meaningful Interactions in Stressful Situations: Portia Tung, Jenni Jepsen
See the Emperor in all his glory! Which role will you play? We all interact with different types of characters in our daily lives which may lead to stressful situations. Together, we will learn how to communicate more effectively with others, especially at times of stress, by transforming our behavior from incongruence to congruence. We will learn to recognise incongruence by role-playing the 5 Coping Stances based on the Satir Model, then learn how to begin transforming our behavior from one of incongruence to congruence by thinking about interactions in terms of Self, Other and Context.
http://submit2011.agilealliance.org/files/session_pdfs/The-Emperor-Long-Version-97-Agile-2011.pdf


Tuesday August 9, 2011 3:30pm - 5:00pm
LA: Olympus

3:30pm

MAKING THE ENTIRE ORGANIZATION AGILE : Stephen Denning

The failure of traditional management has led to the reinvention of management: the whole organization must be focused on creating a stream of additional value to customers through continuous innovation. The reinvention reflects an application of Agile thinking to the whole organization. The session shows how applying Agile thinking to the whole firm involves five fundamental shifts in terms of the firm's goal, the role of managers, the way work is coordinated, the shift from value to values and the shift in communications shift from command to conversation: http://bit.ly/bryJHX


http://stevedenning.com/slides/SaltLakeCityAug2011.pdf

Speakers

Tuesday August 9, 2011 3:30pm - 5:00pm
LA: Grand Ballroom B

3:30pm

Teach Your Cucumber Scenarios to Speak 'Business': Richard Lawrence
Cucumber can be a powerful tool to build a common, or ubiquitous, language between product people, developers, and testers. A common language leads to common understanding and, ultimately, more valuable software. Unfortunately, too many teams write Cucumber scenarios that use technical language and miss out on this benefit. In this interactive session, you'll learn how to use Cucumber to grow a ubiquitous language and how to refactor your existing scenarios to speak "business." (While the focus is on Cucumber, users of other tools will surely see ways to apply the lessons to their own tools.)
http://submit2011.agilealliance.org/files/session_pdfs/Teach Your Cucumber Scenarios to Speak Business.pdf

Speakers

Tuesday August 9, 2011 3:30pm - 5:00pm
LA: Idaho Room

3:40pm

Acceptance Test Design Principles: Jeff Langr
Are you designing your agile acceptance tests (ATs) well? I've derived (with the help of Tim Ottinger) and used a list of seven principles to vet the quality of ATs. I've found these principles very useful in helping agile teams improve their tests. Good ATs are: * Abstract * Bona fide * Cohesive * Decoupled * Expressive * Free of duplication * Green You'll see ATs (based on real agile team examples) that show violation of the principles and subsequently improved tests that adhere to the principles. One minute per principle, and one minute to wrap up!

Speakers

Tuesday August 9, 2011 3:40pm - 3:50pm
LA: Arizona Room

3:50pm

Will Pair Programming Ruin Your Team?: Tim Ottinger
A lightning talk based on the article at : http://agileotter.blogspot.com/2011/01/pairing-competence-and-recognition.html

Speakers

Tuesday August 9, 2011 3:50pm - 4:00pm
LA: Arizona Room

4:00pm

A Day in the Life of a Menlonian: Lisa Ho, Tracy Beeson
Menlo Innovations is a fully agile shop. Our team is located in one open space - no cubes or offices. Our company’s mission is to return the joy to inventing software. Everything about the space in which we work and the people we work with fosters collaboration and creativity. This talk will seek to answer the question “If we visited your team, what would we see that would blow us away?” We will simulate a day at Menlo by taking attendees through each hour of the day, showing them through photos and brief explanations what it is that makes Menlo such a unique environment to work in.


Tuesday August 9, 2011 4:00pm - 4:10pm
LA: Arizona Room

4:10pm

The Story of the Wall: Ken Power
Do agile teams really still use index cards, PostIt notes and walls for planning and managing projects? Yes, absolutely. Even in this age of sophisticated tool support it is hard to beat the raw power and efficiency of working with physical media and using walls to display information. Using photos, videos and music, this talk describes the experiences of several teams from the perspective of the walls in the room. From architecture, requirements, planning, and sizing, to tracking project progress, see how teams use paper, markers and walls to foster collaboration, innovation and teamwork.

Speakers
avatar for Ken Power

Ken Power

Principal Engineer, Cisco Systems, Inc.
Ken is a Principal Engineer with Cisco Systems, where he works with teams and organizations around the world. His work and research interests include software and systems architecture, agility, lean thinking, flow, complex adaptive systems, organization effectiveness, and software engineering management. He is a frequent speaker on these topics at major international agile, lean, and software engineering conferences. Ken is a Fellow of the Lean... Read More →


Tuesday August 9, 2011 4:10pm - 4:20pm
LA: Arizona Room

4:20pm

Scaling and Failing - The Human Limits of Effective Software Development: Michael Feathers
In this lightning talk, Michael Feathers will make the argument that most Agile adoption problems are fundamentally scaling problems. He will then relate two case studies which point toward the sort of advantage we might gain if we thoroughly embrace the limits of scale rather than trying to finesse them away.

Speakers

Tuesday August 9, 2011 4:20pm - 4:30pm
LA: Arizona Room

4:30pm

The Three Ingredients of a GREAT Product Owner: Bill Gaiennie
One of the most important components of successfully applying an Agile approach is ensuring that the right product owner is identified. This attempt to find the right business representative has proven to be challenging in most organizations because they are uncertain about what they should be looking for. This short session will review the 3 most important ingredients you should consider when seeking to fill the role of product owner.
http://submit2011.agilealliance.org/files/session_pdfs/3 Ingredients for Product Owner Agile 2011.pdf


Tuesday August 9, 2011 4:30pm - 4:40pm
LA: Arizona Room

4:30pm

The Three Ingredients of a GREAT Product Owner: Bill Gaiennie
One of the most important components of successfully applying an Agile approach is ensuring that the right product owner is identified. This attempt to find the right business representative has proven to be challenging in most organizations because they are uncertain about what they should be looking for. This short session will review the 3 most important ingredients you should consider when seeking to fill the role of product owner.
http://submit2011.agilealliance.org/files/session_pdfs/3 Ingredients for Product Owner Agile 2011.pdf

Tuesday August 9, 2011 4:30pm - 4:40pm
LA: Arizona Room

4:30pm

Vertical Slicing: Smaller is Better: Ian Ratner, Jack Harvey
Do your teams have trouble breaking down stories so that they always have demonstrable functionality at the end of a 2 or 3 week sprint?. Enter "vertical slicing," the exercise of breaking a story down into smaller pieces that when completed individually, still offer demonstrable business value. There is much mention of the concept of vertical slicing in literature, but there few published details on how to actually do it. In this session, you will learn how we created a model for successful vertically sliced business value, and helped our teams toward hyper-productivity.
http://submit2011.agilealliance.org/files/session_pdfs/To view the presentation.pdf


Tuesday August 9, 2011 4:30pm - 5:00pm
LA: Teton

5:15pm

Open Jam: Pecha Kucha

To share ideas, you can talk, write, play, or engage in the excitement of Pecha Kucha: up to ten people doing 20 slides set at 20 seconds each, for a total of six minutes and forty seconds per person. We'll be having a PechaKucha each evening just after the end of the programmed sessions.

Come share your excitement and your passion for any topic that interests you!

 


Tuesday August 9, 2011 5:15pm - 6:30pm
GA: Grand Salon

5:30pm

Industry Analyst Panel Discussion

Agile Trends and Future Directions - Come join the leading industry analysts as they discuss the latest trends and emerging best practices around Agile software development. Learn how the most successful software organizations are utilizing Agile to drive business performance. Find out how the latest innovations in Agile practices continue to mature as development organizations deploy Agile further across the enterprise.

  • Dave West, Forrester Research
  • Michael Cote, RedMonk
  • Melinda Ballou, IDC
  • Michael Azoff, Ovum
  • Thomas Murphy, Gartner

Tuesday August 9, 2011 5:30pm - 7:00pm
GA: Imperial Ballroom A

7:30pm

Dinner with a Stranger

Socializing and networking are an integral part of Agile2011. If you'll be attending Agile2011 alone, make sure to stop by the registration desk and sign up for "Dinner with a Stranger" on Tuesday, August 9th. Just add your name to one of the sign-up sheets with the names of nearby restaurants and grab your "I'm a stranger" ribbon. Later that night, put it on and meet your fellow participants for dinner and great conversation. Seating is limited, so sign up early!


Tuesday August 9, 2011 7:30pm - 9:30pm
Registration

12:00am

Open Jam

Open from 3:00pm Sunday until 12:30pm Friday, Open Jam is a place to share questions and quandaries, talk to the experts, demonstrate software and techniques, and experiment with emerging Agile practices and ideas.  Sessions don't need to be formal, like the ones on the program (in fact it's more fun if they are not). Anyone can convene a session at the Open Jam stage based on a passion and a commitment to make the session happen.

To share ideas, you can talk, write, play, or engage in the excitement of PechaKucha: up to ten people doing 20 slides set at 20 seconds each, for a total of six minutes and forty seconds per person. We'll be having a PechaKucha each evening just after the end of the programmed sessions.  Come share your excitement and your passion for any topic that interests you!

We'll also have a Coaches Corner, where aspiring and experienced coaches can come and talk to an experienced Agile Coach. Explore topics, questions, and challenges in the area of Agile Coaching.

The Agile Manifesto Signatories will be stopping by the "Park Bench" throughout the week-long conference to make themselves available to attendees.  Visit the "Park Bench" -- a casual, comfortable setting to share ideas, ask questions, challenge perspectives, and grow new possibilities. Come, share, ask, interact, learn and create.

Bring your crucial issues and ideas, your passion and your commitment to the Open Jam. Walk away with valuable new insights into topics that are relevant to you today.

 


Wednesday August 10, 2011 12:00am - 11:30pm
GA: Grand Salon
 
Wednesday, August 10
 

8:00am

Coaches Corner Office Hours

New to Agile Coaching? Trying to get your head wrapped around how to help people without any official authority? Need to know how to convince your teams to listen? Have a tough coaching problem your not sure how to handle?

We may not be able to solve all your problems but we can help start down the right path. Come to Agile 2011 Coaches Corner in Open Jam. Unlike the Canadian hockey version it won't be loud brash former coaches telling it like it is, it will be a clinic where you can catch sometime with an experience coach. During office hours: 8-9, 12-1, 5-7 - daily - just drop by for a chat. Otherwise write a question on an index card and leave it in the "Ask a Pro Coach Box". Questions will be discussed in OpenJam and after the conference on the Agile Coach Support mailing list.

Sponsored by Scrum Alliance


Wednesday August 10, 2011 8:00am - 9:00am
GA: Grand Salon

9:00am

Breaking the Rules to Increase Customer Satisfaction: Mike Prior
This is a story of on-going improvement in both process and culture. With queue times upwards of 120 days, customers were becoming more upset and the divide between support and engineering seemed to be growing. Nearly twice as many defect reports were being created than were able to be fixed with a few dedicated pairs. In four months we have cut our lead time in half, established greater predicibility, and have continued to gain back the trust of our support organization.

Speakers

Wednesday August 10, 2011 9:00am - 9:30am
LA: Wyoming Room

9:00am

How to Get Started with Agile When You Don't Know Where to Start: Jason Little
When transitioning to Agile, people often focus on how 'agile' you are instead of focusing on the reasons why you chose to 'go agile' in the first place. In this session we'll talk about a 3-step process to help you start or tune your adoption regardless if you're a 5 person or 5,000 person company. We'll talk about understanding the objectives for 'going agile', how to get educated about what that really means and how to create an execution strategy. Attendees will create a worksheet to help them identify possible paths for transitioning based on their unique organizational parameters.

Speakers
avatar for Jason Little

Jason Little

Agile and Organizational Change Coach, Leanintuit
Jason began his career as a web developer when Cold Fusion roamed the earth. Over the following years, he moved into management, Agile Coaching and consulting. The bumps and bruises collected along the way brought him to the realization that helping organizations adopt Agile practices was less about the practices, and all about change. In 2008 he attended an experiential learning conference about how people experience change and since then... Read More →


Wednesday August 10, 2011 9:00am - 10:30am
GA: Murano

9:00am

Sustaining Agility after the Coaches Leave: Dan LeFebvre
Transitioning to agile is hard. It involves learning new techniques, thinking in a different way, and stepping out of your comfort zone. No wonder so many agile transitions revert back to previous ways over time. A change in management or a loss of the agile champion is often a catalyst for this process. This talk describes several mechanisms to help counteract these forces, and how to incorporate them into your organization. Presented through examinations of real-life examples, interactive exercises and open discussions, this talk provides guidance on how to create sustainable agility.

Speakers
DL

Dan LeFebvre

Kronos Incorporated


Wednesday August 10, 2011 9:00am - 10:30am
GA: Grand Ballroom D

9:00am

Twelve Steps to Agility: Dan Mezick
**You're trying to do Agile & it isn't really taking.** You are running into problems at various levels, from naysayers on teams all the way up to C-level execs. At your company, everything is a “top priority” & frequent interruptions are the norm. Explaining “who does what when” is complicated, & there is no clear answer on how to simplify that story. Most meetings you attend are a waste of time in your view. You know Agile is part of the solution, but the results so far are NOT good. **You ask yourself: What steps can we can take now that are quick, cheap & effective?**

Speakers

Wednesday August 10, 2011 9:00am - 10:30am
GA: Savoy

9:00am

'Super-Fresh' Code: Israel Gat
The confluence of cloud computing, smart mobile devices, social networks and agile software methods transforms the nature of the business. The cloud enables offering everything as a service. Smart mobile devices consume those services and contribute to them in an ‘always on’ mode. Social networks enable expert-sourcing on a per-task basis. When these three trends are combined in the right way with recent advances in Agile methods, the net result is ‘Super-Fresh’ code. Such code serves as the source of competitive advantage for the modern company.

Speakers
IG

Israel Gat

Practice Director, Agile Product & Project Management, Cutter Consortium
Dr. Israel Gat is a Cutter Consortium Fellow and Director of the Agile Product & Project Management practice, a Fellow of the Lean Systems Society, and a member of the Trident Capital SaaS advisory board. He is recognized as the architect of the agile transformation at BMC Software where, under his leadership, Scrum users increased from zero to 1,000, resulting in nearly three times faster time to market than industry average and 20%-50... Read More →


Wednesday August 10, 2011 9:00am - 10:30am
LA: Grand Ballroom C

9:00am

The empirical process - at the very core of Agile: Daniel Brolund
Agile is all about empirical processes, controlled by feedback loops. But what does it mean? Most agile practices and principles are rooted in control theory. Knowing these concepts will improve the skills of any coach or mentor. In this “popular science”-session, software development will be described as a (simplified) mathematical process. It will teach how feedback, sensors, noise and delays affect outcome, error, robustness and other properties of our process. Both people with 10+ years of agile experience and absolute beginners are likely to get something out of this session.
http://submit2011.agilealliance.org/files/session_pdfs/the-empirical-process_0.pdf

Speakers

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

9:00am

Creating an Environment by Making, Keeping, and Amending Agreements: Amr Elssamadisy
Software processes such as Scrum, XP, and Kanban are a set of practices that a team agrees to follow. Making, keeping, and changing agreements is crucial to the success of any agile process. A team’s agreements and their ability to make, keep, and renegotiate these agreements is fundamental to their success. However, many times, team members are not all clear on their agreements. They may not have the same understanding of the explicit agreements and are usually carrying around a set of implicit agreements that they expect their peers to execute.
http://submit2011.agilealliance.org/files/session_pdfs/poster-back_0.pdf

Speakers

Wednesday August 10, 2011 9:00am - 10:30am
GA: Grand Ballroom A

9:00am

Distributed Scrum: Why some teams make it work well and others don't: Val Scott, William Rowden
How does a geographically-distributed team collaborate across distance, culture, and even language? What can an organization do to encourage successful teamwork? What technologies and practices increase collaboration? This workshop will explore the patterns that enable companies to successfully deliver software with a distributed team. It will be co-presented by the VP Technology of a company that adopted Agile for teams in three time zones with two languages and cultures, and an Agile coach that assisted with the transition.
http://submit2011.agilealliance.org/files/session_pdfs/Agile 2011 080911v1.pdf


Wednesday August 10, 2011 9:00am - 10:30am
GA: Grand Ballroom Reception A

9:00am

Risk Management Game: Shared Accountability Through Collaborative Risk Analysis: Ken Clyne, Julie Chickering
As we scale, it is imperative that everyone remain involved. We must not fall back on old habits.   Risk management is often viewed as a vestige of plan-driven approaches but our agile flavor has proven valuable for helping teams make hard decisions collaboratively and proactively. We introduce our risk management game, a powerful, collaborative and fun exercise for better results through collaboration.  We demonstrate that release planning is more than just stuffing stories into iterations. You will take away hands-on knowledge of a technique useful up and down your agile enterprise.


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

9:00am

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

Speakers
avatar for Dean Leffingwell

Dean Leffingwell

President, Leffingwell, LLC.


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

9:00am

What Makes Agile Great and How Can We Get More Of It?: Zhon Johansen
As a successful practitioner of Agile, you are interested in the events that created our fantastic community. You have success stories to share. You are interested in future improvements. Come share your unique successes and help shape the future of agile. Imagine it is the year 2022. What happened in 2011 that created the second, golden decade of agile? What monumental successes have we had since 2011? In this workshop, inspired by the events at Snowbird in 2001 and 2011, you will create a manifesto or a call to action that will inspire our future community.

Speakers

Wednesday August 10, 2011 9:00am - 10:30am
LA: Olympus

9:00am

Seeing and Steering Systems: Three Pragmatic Tools: Esther Derby
When managers get out of the day to day work and focus on leading and improving the organization, they need a different set of tools. These tools aren’t new; but, they haven’t been widely taught in management training programs. These tools help leaders at all levels move beyond "telling & selling," and provide a way to influence patterns of behavior, understand causes and effects, and generate options for action.. In this session, I’ll cover three pragmatic tools: Eoyang CDE, Expand the Problem Horizon, and Finding Factors.

Speakers
avatar for Esther Derby

Esther Derby

Founder, esther derby associates, inc.
I’m an expert in organizational dynamics and a leading thinker in bringing agility to organizations, management, and teams. How your company’s values are reflected in your environment, your culture and organizational dynamics, directly determines the quality and level of your success. When your company environment, culture and organizational dynamics are positive, mutually receptive and reinforcing, your people and teams have the capacity to... Read More →


Wednesday August 10, 2011 9:00am - 10:30am
LA: Grand Ballroom B

9:00am

What are we supposed to do with these managers NOW?: Skip Angel

Your organization has begun the journey of adopting agile. Most of the practices learned focus on the team. However, how do those teams become self-organized? Isn’t some kind of leadership useful to help them along? Since teams represent all functional groups, where does that leave manager? Do we need them any more? In this session, we will explore areas where management can be valuable such as team organization, team space, mentorship and process optimization. If you are a manager, there is a place in an Agile organization if you are willing to look at responsibilities in a different way.


http://www.slideshare.net/skipangel/agile2011-what-do-we-supposed-to-do-with-these-managers-now

Speakers
avatar for Skip Angel

Skip Angel

Chief Pathfinder, CA Technologies
I have over 25 years of experience in software development in a variety of roles such as Developer, Project Manager, Consultant and Chief Technology Officer. Over the last 7 years, I have provided thought leadership, training and coaching to new and experienced teams interested in agile practices including Lean/Kanban, Scrum, and Extreme Programming (XP). My unique focus in helping companies achieve organizational agility and transformation... Read More →


Wednesday August 10, 2011 9:00am - 10:30am
LA: Grand Ballroom A

9:00am

Agile Isn't Enough: Jeremy Lightsmith
Agile isn't the destination, it isn't even everything you need to get there, at best it's a set of ideas that will help you find what you need along the way. At this session, we'll explore other sources for some of the things you'll need. We'll look at a sampling of techniques, tools, and ideas from outside of agile that are extremely useful to agile teams : * Current Reality Tree - from Theory of Constraints * Paper Prototyping - from IxD * A/B Testing - from Lean Startup * What's the next action? - from GTD

Speakers
JL

Jeremy Lightsmith

Agile Coach / Facilitator, Lightsmith Consulting LLC


Wednesday August 10, 2011 9:00am - 10:30am
GA: Envoy

9:00am

StrategicPlay with Lego

StrategicPlay® with Lego® SERIOUS PLAY® is a powerful experiential tool to enhance innovation and business results.


http://agilitrix.com/facilitation/strategicplay/

Wednesday August 10, 2011 9:00am - 10:30am
GA: Grand Salon

9:00am

Exploratory Testing in an Agile Context: Elisabeth Hendrickson
Exploratory Testing (ET) isn't new; the term was coined before "Agile." But ET and Agile fit together hand-in-glove. The disciplined Agile engineering practices like TDD and CI mean the code is constantly checked against expectations. But does it also do things we don't expect? Are there lurking risks and surprises? That's what ET can help us discover. And that's why stories aren't really Done until they're both checked and explored. This session explains ET in the context of Agile and gives participants an opportunity to try it out by exploring a hand held electronic game.
http://submit2011.agilealliance.org/files/session_pdfs/ETinAgile-agile2011-final.pdf

Speakers
avatar for Elisabeth  Hendrickson

Elisabeth Hendrickson

Director Quality Engineering, Cloud Foundry, Pivotal


Wednesday August 10, 2011 9:00am - 10:30am
LA: Idaho Room

9:00am

Why Can’t We All Just Get Along? Improving Designer/Developer Collaboration: Allison Corbett
The relationship between designers and developers is often portrayed as adversarial—but it doesn’t have to be that way! User experience (UX) professionals and engineers have a golden opportunity to work closely throughout the entire Agile development cycle to build better products. In this session Agile team members will identify breakdowns in their own teams’ collaboration and learn practical solutions that help designers and developers work more efficiently—and more happily. Through interactive exercises attendees will share their own experiences and learn from other practitioners.

Speakers

Wednesday August 10, 2011 9:00am - 10:30am
LA: Arizona Room

9:00am

Design Thinking: Mary Poppendieck
What does the US Military have in common with Apple? The both deal with increasing complexity by emphasizing design thinking. At Apple, design thinking starts by deciding, first of all, what NOT to do. In the military, design thinking precedes planning, and takes leaders through a series of steps that reframe their thinking about the environment they are dealing with. When you have competitors like Apple - or when your decisions are a matter of life or death - then you need to move beyond working software, beyond backlogs, even beyond agile - and focus like a laser on customers.
http://submit2011.agilealliance.org/files/session_pdfs/DesignThinking.pdf

Speakers
avatar for Mary Poppendieck

Mary Poppendieck

Lean Software
Mary Poppendieck has been in the Information Technology industry for over forty years. She has managed software development, supply chain management, manufacturing operations, and new product development. She spearheaded the implementation of a Just-in-Time system in a 3M manufacturing plant and led new product development teams, commercializing products ranging from digital controllers to 3M Light Fiber™.  Mary is a popular writer and... Read More →


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

9:30am

Evolving to Agile: A story of agile adoption at a small SaaS company: Matt Block
There are many sources of information about agile adoption in an enterprise environment. However, I have not found similar material focusing on the challenges present at smaller companies. This is the story of agile adoption at a small, organic growth, enterprise SaaS software company. We will discuss what problems we were experiencing before adopting agile, what problems we experienced during adoption, and what problems we are still experiencing. During the story we will also touch on what we did to address these problems, both successfully and unsuccessfully.
http://submit2011.agilealliance.org/files/session_pdfs/Agile2011 - Evolving to Agile.pdf

Speakers

Wednesday August 10, 2011 9:30am - 10:00am
LA: Teton

9:30am

Innovation Jams: Lessons in Agile Product Development - An Experience Report: John Haniotis
Shortening time-to-market requirements have put software developers at product companies in a crunch. Many organizations need to cut their development time in half, yet the team is already working in overdrive. This talk reflects the experience of Accept Corporation in developing products in 3-4 day sprints dubbed “innovation jams”. We’ll share how we can make a set of new product features in under a week, using online customer submissions to guide development priorities and a process flow that accelerates collaboration so we can focus on coding.

Speakers

Wednesday August 10, 2011 9:30am - 10:00am
LA: Wyoming Room

10:00am

Taming the customer support queue: Karen Greaves
In Aug 2010 we reduced the size of our development team. We needed to handle customer support issues and new development with the 3 remaining teams. We had over 600 open defects and the list was growing daily. On top of that our first clients were going live. Clearly some radical change was needed. We implemented Kanban. The result? In Dec 2010 we had no open severity 1 issues. Our queue was down to 54 issues. SLAs are met in most cases, and our resolution rate exceeds our incoming rate. I’d like to share our story, and inspire you to tame your support queue too!
http://submit2011.agilealliance.org/files/session_pdfs/TamingCustomerSupportSmall.pdf

Speakers
avatar for Karen Greaves

Karen Greaves

Director, Growing Agile
As a trainer, coach and mentor I love sharing experience, ideas, failures and experiments with agile. I love meeting new people so come introduce yourself. Check out www.growingagile.co.za to see what I look like, or just listen for the loudest person in the room :) This will be my third time at Agile, despite the very long flight from Cape Town South Africa.


Wednesday August 10, 2011 10:00am - 10:30am
LA: Wyoming Room

10:00am

The Agile Office: Cisco's Unified Communications Business Unit: Ken Power
Agile transition is a period not an event. Structures are needed that will ensure agile survives long after the initial transition period. Mike Cohn's keynote at Agile 2010 mentioned the concept of an 'Agile Office'. At the time we were over 2 years into our agile journey and 9 months into a formal organization-wide agile transition program. We knew we needed to create the support structures necessary to make sure that agile survived after the transition period, but weren’t yet sure what form that would take. In September 2010 we formally launched the Cisco UCBU Agile Office.
http://submit2011.agilealliance.org/files/session_pdfs/Agile2011-InsightsExperienceReport-AgileOffice-KenPower.pdf

Speakers
avatar for Ken Power

Ken Power

Principal Engineer, Cisco Systems, Inc.
Ken is a Principal Engineer with Cisco Systems, where he works with teams and organizations around the world. His work and research interests include software and systems architecture, agility, lean thinking, flow, complex adaptive systems, organization effectiveness, and software engineering management. He is a frequent speaker on these topics at major international agile, lean, and software engineering conferences. Ken is a Fellow of the Lean... Read More →


Wednesday August 10, 2011 10:00am - 10:30am
LA: Teton

11:00am

Complexity at Cisco Voice Technology: Kathleen Rilliet, Hubert Smits
In this article we'll tell our story of changing a waterfall culture into an iterative and incremental delivery system. We will talk about the principles of the agile software development life cycle we created, and the steps we had to take to embed this new process into the organization. We have managed portfolios and product teams, this article will tell you how we did it, and how we won't do it again. We have trained teams, project managers, product managers and saw how training an exec team can fail and cause disastrous results.
http://submit2011.agilealliance.org/files/session_pdfs/Complexity at VTG Overview.pdf


Wednesday August 10, 2011 11:00am - 11:30am
LA: Teton

11:00am

Learning From Failure Overpowers Fear: Samantha Laing
You’ve started with Agile, and you’re doing ok, some lows, some deeper insights. During an agile transition most people come face to face with something they fear. It may be a concept, thought, activity or belief that is challenged. I’m going to tell you about some fears and failures that teams, Product Owners and Scrum Masters encounter. Along the way you will hear about my agile transition journey and how embracing fear and failure has given me this overwhelming feeling of being free and full of energy!
http://submit2011.agilealliance.org/files/session_pdfs/FINAL_PDF_Smaller.pdf

Speakers

Wednesday August 10, 2011 11:00am - 12:00pm
GA: Grand Ballroom D

11:00am

Tell Me Why -- 'The Golden Circle' of Agile Transformation: Jean Tabaka
Simon Sinek’s "Golden Circle" resonates with Agile adoptions. Often, we start with “What” as the core for our plans. Or, we may try to start with “How”. “Why” can be conspicuous by its absence. I fell into this “What” trap when I was first guiding teams in Agile transformations. I hadn't first asked "Why" though I did embrace Lean principles for "How". I jumped to What the practices were: 5 steps of what to do, roadblocks to expect, and benefits to reap. In this tutorial, we'll create our own Agile "Golden Circles" of "Why How What" for successful transformations.

Speakers

Wednesday August 10, 2011 11:00am - 12:00pm
GA: Imperial Ballroom B

11:00am

Zero to Agile in 3 to 5 years - It's a Marathon, not a Sprint: George Schlitz, Sean Buck
Transforming mid-to-large-sized organizations requires much more than an introduction of agile principles and practices to teams. Any agile introduction is the start of a cultural, structural, political, and personal transformation, and to be successful requires understanding, commitment to focus on all of these dimensions...and...time. Stories abound about large companies starting agile transformations and resulting in reversion to the old ways, or some other state of "hybrid" agility. This talk is about an effort to change a large company holistically.
http://submit2011.agilealliance.org/files/session_pdfs/PDF-0-To-Agile-In-3-5Years.pdf


Wednesday August 10, 2011 11:00am - 12:00pm
GA: Murano

11:00am

Applying Agile to IC Development... We're Not That Different After All!: neil johnson
Agile software development methods have been adapted to and applied in a number of other areas. ASIC/FPGA development, however, with its big bang development and delivery model is an area where agile is strangely absent. This talk examines how agile methods in the following areas may be used to gradually displace the big bang model: * feature based, incremental development * early/sustained collaboration between design, test, modeling and embedded software experts * regular retrospectives Included are ideas for how agile may best be introduced to hardware teams.
http://submit2011.agilealliance.org/files/session_pdfs/applying agile to ic development.pdf

Speakers
avatar for neil johnson

neil johnson

Hardware Verification Engineer, XtremeEDA
Neil Johnson is a hardware test specialist and currently holds the position of Principal Consultant at XtremeEDA Corp, a design services firm specializing in all aspects of ASIC and FPGA development. He is co-moderator for AgileSoC.com, a site dedicated to the introduction of Agile development methods to the world of hardware development, as well as creative consultant to RealityReused.com, a fictional EDA company run by 3 cartoon stick figures.


Wednesday August 10, 2011 11:00am - 12:00pm
LA: Wyoming Room

11:00am

The Potential For Agile Digital Marketing Business Strategy: David Dalka
David Dalka worked at BlackRock (BLK) during the 80 to 800 person hyper growth phase redefining data structures, agile financial analysis and reducing decision making cycle times. After 9/11 events, David started studying businesses that were failing after not adopting emerging best practices using digital, search marketing and emerging media techniques. He advocates that agile BlackRock style techniques be applied to marketing processes to optimize business performance. David will discuss emerging digital marketing business strategy. Senior business leaders are encouraged to attend!

Speakers

Wednesday August 10, 2011 11:00am - 12:00pm
LA: Grand Ballroom C

11:00am

Removing Impediments with Drawings: Carlton Nettleton
Pictures convey ideas more clearly and have a greater impact than a simple conversation. The ability to communicate, and perhaps sell, your ideas at a whiteboard is an essential skill for anyone on an Agile team. In this hands-on session based on Dan Roam's book "The Back of the Napkin", we will learn the six types of diagrams used in business and how to select the right picture for your problem. All you need for this session is an issue, your imagination and the ability to draw a circle, square, arrow and a stick figure. Come on - give this a try. It will be fun.
http://submit2011.agilealliance.org/files/session_pdfs/RemovingImpedimentsOutline.pdf


Wednesday August 10, 2011 11:00am - 12:00pm
GA: Imperial Ballroom D

11:00am

Creating a Team Culture to Navigate Conflict: Lyssa Adkins
Anyone who has spent solid time with an Agile team can attest to this one thing: conflict happens. With Agile, we seek excellence and we see that conflicts arise one after the other. Harmony and disharmony are both normal. But how can teams turn conflict into something productive and maybe even inspirational? Models and tools to do just that are the core of this workshop. Participants will leave the session with new ways of thinking about conflict on their teams as well as tools they can use right away to help their teams (and themselves) navigate conflict.

Speakers
avatar for Lyssa Adkins

Lyssa Adkins

Coach of Agile Coaches, Agile Coaching Institute
I came to Agile as a project leader with over 15 years project management expertise. Even with all that experience, nothing prepared me for the power and simplicity of Agile done well.My Agile experience, along with my professional coaching and training abilities, gives me the perspective needed to guide teams and Agile leaders to harness Agile as the competitive advantage weapon it was meant to be. I know the transformation path is rocky. As a... Read More →


Wednesday August 10, 2011 11:00am - 12:00pm
GA: Grand Ballroom Reception A

11:00am

Cultural Architecture: Raj Mudhar
If our business culture was a product, how would we re-architect it? Culture influences everything. So how can we influence culture? What tools help us understand cultural influences, from the implicit, the elements we don't even think about, to the visible, the artifacts that lead to stereotypes? Adopting an Agile culture, when it is under-laid with the cultures of the world is challenging. Reconciling cultural dilemmas drives collaboration and innovation. Culture is the core of it all. Knowing this, you can create a pull for cultural change in your organization.

Speakers
avatar for Raj Mudhar

Raj Mudhar

Agilist, Raj Mudhar & Associates Ltd.
I'm passionate about technology, and the knowledge that organizations can improve, deliver higher value to customers, while making the workplace an engine of engagement, innovation, and sustainability


Wednesday August 10, 2011 11:00am - 12:00pm
GA: Grand Ballroom A

11:00am

Next Generation Model-Driven Development for Agile Projects: Steve Andrews
An overview of model-driven development and the new concept of "continuous model transformation" within the context of agile projects accompanied by real-world examples based on an open source MDD toolkit. A discussion of how using MDD and Agile together results in higher quality results though continual shortening of the development-feedback loop and template-based evolutionary architecture methods. How to use MDD to generate automated tests to jump-start test development. This talk will present a case study of two successful projects that demonstrate the MDD-Agile value proposition.
http://submit2011.agilealliance.org/files/session_pdfs/Agile MDD.pdf

Speakers

Wednesday August 10, 2011 11:00am - 12:00pm
GA: Savoy

11:00am

Fact or Fiction: ERP Projects Can Be Delivered Using Agile?: Jason Fair
Fact. ERP projects have successfully delivered quality products by leveraging lean and agile principles and techniques. Learn about the common differences and challenges that are unique to an ERP initiative and its use of Agile. Discover how there are varying models of how organizations have introduced Agile into their enterprise. Transitioning from traditional waterfall to Agile is not easy....learn how to assess whether your Enterprise is ready for Agile. Discover how other ERP customers have adopted Agile in their enterprise projects and the key lessons learned from their projects.
http://submit2011.agilealliance.org/files/session_pdfs/Wed_1100_GA_IMPC_Fair.pdf

Speakers

Wednesday August 10, 2011 11:00am - 12:00pm
GA: Imperial Ballroom C

11:00am

Flow Games: Karl Scotland, Eric Willeke
Flow is a core part of Lean and an important concept for Agile teams and organisations to understand. Flow is what helps us deliver value, from concept to cash, as soon as possible. This session will use a selection of games to emphasise the importance of flow, and generate discussion on how to achieve flow through collaboration within and across teams.


Wednesday August 10, 2011 11:00am - 12:00pm
LA: Olympus

11:00am

The surprising science behind agile leadership: Jonathan Rasmusson

Not everyone is a fan of the self directed self organizing team. It flies in the face of traditional project management, and often conflicts with the traditional organization model. The benefits of self directed teams however are too big to ignore and now we have scientific proof as to why. In this new talk on agile leadership, I explain: - how and why agile leadership works, - the science behind why so many choose to work this way, and - the impact it’s going to have on you and your organization.


http://agilewarrior.wordpress.com/2011/08/11/surprising-science-behind-agile-leadership-slides/


Wednesday August 10, 2011 11:00am - 12:00pm
LA: Grand Ballroom A

11:00am

There is No Spoon: When Agile Becomes One with the World of Work: Derek Neighbors
When we look at the Agile Manifesto we talk about people, interactions, collaboration and responding to change. However, we fail by only relating it to software and customers. It is time we started to embrace entire organizations being agile. Even then it requires entire communities, systems and society to collaborate towards a common purpose. When we move in that direction there is no agile only evolution.

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Derek Neighbors

CTO, Tanga
I hate filling out this shit.


Wednesday August 10, 2011 11:00am - 12:00pm
GA: Envoy

11:00am

Continuous Delivery: Jez Humble
This talk will focus on the engineering practices required to achieve the goal of agile development: satisfying the customer through early and continuous delivery of valuable software. I'll cover the importance of good configuration management, automated testing at all levels, and continuous integration. There will be a particular focus on why feature branching is considered harmful, and alternative techniques which allow for continuous deployment while developing functioanlity incrementally such as branch by abstraction, feature bits, and dark launching.

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Wednesday August 10, 2011 11:00am - 12:00pm
GA: Grand Salon

11:00am

Raconteur: luring programmers into testing and testers into coding: Mike Suarez, Isel Fernandez Diez
Raconteur is an acceptance test framework inspired by Fitnesse and Cucumber. Its goal is to help shorten the developer-tester gap. It lures programmers into writing ATs in the comfort of their IDE and favorite xUnit. The testers get to share the same tool, enjoying intellisense and refactorings, while keeping the test syntax that they are used to. This session will demonstrate the main capabilities of the tool from the perspective of what is innovative in the approach. Fundamentally, we will provide a glimpse at how IDE integration blurs the boundaries between testing and coding.
http://submit2011.agilealliance.org/files/session_pdfs/presentation.pdf


Wednesday August 10, 2011 11:00am - 12:00pm
LA: Idaho Room

11:00am

Integrating UX Into Agile: How To Ensure Your Sprints Result In Usable Software: Jon Innes
Learn about the UXI Matrix, a modified version of the product backlog that integrates UX-related information to help the team consider UX impact when working the backlog. It helps you track user experience work and its impact. This is not a product. It’s a simple set of techniques proven in multiple projects, that allow you to improve your ability to deliver great experiences to your customers in an Agile fashion. See the next generation in the evolution of the product backlog and find out how to overcome the weaknesses of traditional product backlogs that don’t consider UX related work.
http://submit2011.agilealliance.org/files/session_pdfs/Integrating UX Into Agile How To Ensure Your Sprints Result In Usable Softwarel.pdf

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Wednesday August 10, 2011 11:00am - 12:00pm
LA: Arizona Room

11:30am

Do you dare to ask your HR manager to practice KANBAN?: Thushara Wijewardena
This is a true exercise. We are a mid size software company in Sri Lanka. Agile adoption of our development teams made our projects more profitable and sustainable. We got out of the “software factory” concept which is common in offshore business and built a professional software company. But this didn’t solve all our problems. With the rapid growth, we started to have a highly pressured situation in HR/operations depts. This session covers how we introduced KANBAN to our HR/Op dept, the success, challenges and the difference I saw when applied them to dev teams.


Wednesday August 10, 2011 11:30am - 12:00pm
LA: Teton

12:00pm

Coaches Corner Office Hours

New to Agile Coaching? Trying to get your head wrapped around how to help people without any official authority? Need to know how to convince your teams to listen? Have a tough coaching problem your not sure how to handle?

We may not be able to solve all your problems but we can help start down the right path. Come to Agile 2011 Coaches Corner in Open Jam. Unlike the Canadian hockey version it won't be loud brash former coaches telling it like it is, it will be a clinic where you can catch sometime with an experience coach. During office hours: 8-9, 12-1, 5-7 - daily - just drop by for a chat. Otherwise write a question on an index card and leave it in the "Ask a Pro Coach Box". Questions will be discussed in OpenJam and after the conference on the Agile Coach Support mailing list.

Sponsored by Scrum Alliance


Wednesday August 10, 2011 12:00pm - 1:00pm
GA: Grand Salon

1:30pm

Leading the Agile Release Train: Drew Jemilo
The Agile Release Train (ART) is a scaling model for enterprise Agile programs. How can the key event -- the Release Train Planning Meeting -- be kept on track? Enter: The Release Train Conductor, a strong leader with the tools to run a two day meeting of 100+ people to synchronize large-scale planning!
http://submit2011.agilealliance.org/files/session_pdfs/Leading the Agile Release Train.pdf

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Wednesday August 10, 2011 1:30pm - 1:40pm
LA: Arizona Room

1:30pm

From 'Team' to 'Wow team': an agile team's journey: Gourav Tiwari, Zainab Alikhan
Our department had been practicing Agile for three years. In the first two years, we learnt how to be really good. Then we began to plateau...complacency crept in, we drifted away from the spirit of agile and began to skip the basics. In this talk we describe we overcame this. How we went from being a team on the slide to a "wow team" by seeing every problem as an opportunity, converting small thoughts into great ideas and finding innovative solutions for problems. Do you want to know the simple yet powerful basics that can make a huge impact and make your team a Wow Agile Team?


Wednesday August 10, 2011 1:30pm - 2:00pm
LA: Teton

1:30pm

The home ground of Automated Acceptance Testing: Mature use of FitNesse: Børge Haugset, Geir Kjetil Hanssen
The concept of automated acceptance testing (AAT) has had nearly a decade to mature. While it has their score of supporters, it has not been embraced as a silver bullet for software development. The problem is that knowledge of when and where to fruitfully apply such a tool and method is scarce. In this article we describe a project group where the developers by their own account successfully use FitNesse. By describing how they select the appropriate places to use FitNesse, and how they use it, other practitioners can apply this to their domain. This corresponds and adds to recent research.


Wednesday August 10, 2011 1:30pm - 2:00pm
LA: Wyoming Room

1:30pm

Agile 2.0 - Rebooting A Raccoon In An Imperfect World: Craig Smith, Greg Smith
On this 10th anniversary of agile, our community is struggling to address the issue of how to take experienced agile practitioners to the next level, while still providing training and tools to support those who are beginning their journey. With the "agile" word getting so overloaded, the challenge is to continually innovate without assigning labels. In this talk we will discuss how to use the best of traditional, lean and agile methods to suit any team and showcase numerous patterns that demonstrate the best process to use is often a mixture of traditional practices and new innovations.
http://submit2011.agilealliance.org/files/session_pdfs/Agile 2.0 - Rebooting A Raccoon In An Imperfect World.pdf


Wednesday August 10, 2011 1:30pm - 3:00pm
GA: Grand Ballroom D

1:30pm

Apply systems thinking in large-scale Scrum transformation: Yi Lv
In large-scale Scrum transformation, organizations experience gridlock after the initial success. System thinking is one important thinking tool that will help you see the dynamic view of the system and get over the challenges. Through the workshop, you will learn to recognize common system archetypes, so that you understand why you are getting certain undesirable effects; as well as common strategies to leverage in the situation, so that you direct your effort on the right place.
http://submit2011.agilealliance.org/files/session_pdfs/Apply systems thinking in large-scale Scrum transformation.pdf

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Wednesday August 10, 2011 1:30pm - 3:00pm
GA: Murano

1:30pm

Agile and the 21st Century Corporation: Jason Dean
**The new economic and social century** is pressing on organizations from every side. What conditions will make demands and how will we adapt? Will Agile provide a long term delivery capability and business solution in the face of a frantic economic reality? Will our competitive nature give us the freedom to build partnerships, even with those outside of our organizations who have heretofore been our enemies? Can we build a creative ecosystem that will last beyond fads and overcome fear of change? Join us for a dialog & workshops on preparing to meet these challenges in our own organizations.
http://submit2011.agilealliance.org/files/session_pdfs/Agile, Lean, and the 21st Century Corporation - Agile2011.pdf

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Wednesday August 10, 2011 1:30pm - 3:00pm
LA: Grand Ballroom C

1:30pm

Bad-Assed Double-Loop Learning: From Judgmental to Good Judgement: Derek W. Wade
"We all know" Agile leaders foster self-organization, so why do many have little effect on their teams, or worse, actually harm their effectiveness? People act in ways that are rational to them, but differences in mental models can make people seem irrational. By uncovering your team’s mental models, you can help them achieve a common rationale. This leads to stronger, integrated teams. ScrumMasters, Coaches, Managers, & Team Members will participate in robust scenarios based on team simulation in aviation and healthcare. You will leave experience directly applicable in your workplace.
http://submit2011.agilealliance.org/files/session_pdfs/BADLL.pdf

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Derek W. Wade

Coach, educator, medi(t)ator, aviator, experimenter. Helping people to work better together by playing together, and to BE better together by creating together.


Wednesday August 10, 2011 1:30pm - 3:00pm
GA: Imperial Ballroom D

1:30pm

Experiments: how does team structure affect behavior?: Sami Honkonen, Arto Eskelinen
When several teams work within the same codebase they share a lot responsibilities. For example, all teams are equally responsible for keeping the build green. However, teams are also committed to sprint goals that are independent from each other. So what happens when the build breaks and the sprint is nearing its end? Let's experiment how structure affects behavior and try to find structures that enhance responsibility.


Wednesday August 10, 2011 1:30pm - 3:00pm
GA: Grand Ballroom Reception A

1:30pm

Refactoring Conversation Smells: Gil Broza, Luiz Claudio Parzianello
As an Agile practitioner, you probably communicate with many different people every day. Are all your conversations effective? Or do you sometimes find yourself or the other person explaining and re-explaining, arguing a position, fighting over “semantics”, or cornered? These conversations go awry in consistent ways, which arise from people's innate methods of processing and cataloguing information. Come to this tutorial to learn these "conversation smells" and systematic ways -- a simple set of patterns and questions -- to tackle them and get your conversations unstuck.


Wednesday August 10, 2011 1:30pm - 3:00pm
GA: Grand Ballroom A

1:30pm

Routine Conflict Processing as a Cultural Norm: Jim McCarthy
Regardless of the Agile techniques you employ, one thing is for sure: lots and lots of conflict is being generated. Questions about the current best idea, authority distribution, identifying impediments, and impediment removal are just some of the sources of conflict and heat in Agile adoptions. Conflict can kill your best intentions for your teams and organizations. Protocols- "structured interactions"-- are a useful tool for processing mistakes, differences and conflict. Attend this session to learn how to develop enterprise-wide norms for routinely processing conflict.

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Wednesday August 10, 2011 1:30pm - 3:00pm
GA: Imperial Ballroom B

1:30pm

Tests as a Means of Abstraction: Brian Marick, Michael Feathers
The different nature of functional languages can lead to a different perspective on test-driven design: 1) that the soul of the program is a network of relationships among facts-about-functions, 2) that tests are a usefully more abstract way of describing that network than is the program itself, and 3) that data structures should not be designed because they are better viewed as an epiphenomenon--froth thrown off by the network as it computes. In this session, we'll show these claims in action and question them. The example will be in Clojure, but knowledge of Clojure is not required.


Wednesday August 10, 2011 1:30pm - 3:00pm
GA: Savoy

1:30pm

Cracking the Agile Big Rocks: Charles Suscheck
Agile solves many problems with software, but presents a new set of challenges for management - the big rocks. For example, personnel evaluation, agile in a waterfall business, agile and PMO, poor emergent design and more. This is a highly interactive session. Before the session, conference participants can post thier big rocks. During the session the facilitator will present expert opinions on solving those problems. Participants will form teams and pick their hot issues, develop potential solutions by medling experience and expert opinions, and present thier solutions to the group.
http://submit2011.agilealliance.org/files/session_pdfs/AgileBigRocksDisplay.pdf

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Chuck Suscheck

Professional Trainer, scrum.org
Dr. Charles Suscheck specializes in agile software development methodologies, and project management. He is one the few people in the world certified to teach the entire scrum.org curriculum. He has over 25 years of professional experience in information technology, beginning his career as a software developer. Dr. Suscheck holds a Doctorate, Masters, and Bachelors in Computer Science and is a Professional Scrum Trainer (PST), Professional... Read More →


Wednesday August 10, 2011 1:30pm - 3:00pm
GA: Imperial Ballroom C

1:30pm

Agile Game Incubator: Michael McCullough, Don McGreal
Ever wanted to create a game but not sure how or where to start? Do you prefer learning-by-doing? Do you use games as a learning tool but haven't found the right game for a topic? Learn to create your own unique games for communicating complex topics and injecting some fun back into work. Come prepared with your own topics and ideas or join in on others'. Don and Mike will kick things off by sharing their approach, valuable guidelines, and experience. They will facilitate the formation of teams around problem topics, then guide them through the creation of the ultimate Agile game!
http://submit2011.agilealliance.org/files/session_pdfs/Agile Game Incubator-agile2011.pdf

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Michael McCullough

Executive Technical Director, Quadrus
Michael is Executive Technical Director with Quadrus - Improving Enterprises Calgary. Michael leads the training and advisory services for Quadrus Agile Scrum and Kanban services.Michael has been working with business and product companies helping to improve product innovation and systems development for over 15 years. Michael is an experienced consultant and trainer with practical experience delivering projects and improvements to... Read More →


Wednesday August 10, 2011 1:30pm - 3:00pm
LA: Olympus

1:30pm

Functional Management - There IS a place for it in Agile: Brian Sobus
With the adoption of Agile, many groups wonder whether functional managers are required any more. Even with self-organizing teams, functional managers are still an integral part of Agile, and their role has transformed into more of a coach than ever. This talk explores what I have seen as a traditional software manager and my experiences in leading Agile teams as their functional manager. It delves into the nuances that I have found that are required of this new form of manager, and how this needed leadership meshes well with and elevates self-directed teams.
http://submit2011.agilealliance.org/files/session_pdfs/Functional_Management.pdf

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Wednesday August 10, 2011 1:30pm - 3:00pm
LA: Grand Ballroom A

1:30pm

Geek Leadership in Deep Legacy: Michael Hill
The overwhelming majority of development is legacy work, and much of that is deep: 4 years or more. Geek leaders in legacy need reliable techniques for helping teammates develop skills and attitudes to tame the legacy Cthulhu. Here are five proven techniques geek leaders can use to slay the beast: __Tight-Focus Refactoring__, __Lottery Learning__, __Noob Spinning__, __Pressure Bottlenecking__, and __Blind Baby Stepping__. As a technical leader in a legacy setting, you get to charm your team toward agile practice. Here are some tricks to bring with you.
http://submit2011.agilealliance.org/files/session_pdfs/Geek Leadership In Deep Legacy.pdf

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Wednesday August 10, 2011 1:30pm - 3:00pm
LA: Grand Ballroom B

1:30pm

Basic Principle of the TPS and its Practical Ideas for Agile Software Process!: Satoshi Kuroiwa, Kazumasa Ebata
TPS developed in the 1950’s is a business model and collection of tactical methods to pursue high quality, low cost and short lead-time. It emphasizes to eliminate non-value added activities (waste) and to construct continuous flow processes. The TPS tools such as Kanban, Andon are only the tip of the iceberg. TPS is people centric system. It is more critical issues how to change culture to involve people in Kaizen. Several ideas for better agile software development are presented from my experience of enhanced TPS development at Toyota.


Wednesday August 10, 2011 1:30pm - 3:00pm
GA: Imperial Ballroom A

1:30pm

The Joy of Work: Managing Performance, Innovation & Organizational Maturity: Sanjiv Augustine, arlen bankston
Do you find your work exciting and fulfilling? Is your team rewarded for finding better ways to work? While many organizations have adopted Agile approaches at a project level, few have effectively aligned their HR processes with Agile values, or made finding better ways of working a truly rewarding and exciting proposition for their teams. Join us to explore the subject of creating a truly holistic performance management system that not only adheres to Agile principles, but actively promotes individual drive, team innovation and organizational maturity.


Wednesday August 10, 2011 1:30pm - 3:00pm
GA: Envoy

1:30pm

Writing Maintainable Automated Acceptance Tests: Dale Emery
Test automation is software development. As with other software development efforts, most of the cost of test automation occurs during maintenance after the tests are first written. Automated tests can become brittle, so that a small change in a requirement or in the software renders scores of tests obsolete in the blink of an eye. How can we reduce the high cost of inevitable change? Dale Emery demonstrates key principles for writing adaptable automated tests: remove duplication, focus on the essence of the test, and name every important test idea.
http://submit2011.agilealliance.org/files/session_pdfs/Writing Maintainable Automated Acceptance Tests.pdf

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Wednesday August 10, 2011 1:30pm - 3:00pm
LA: Idaho Room

1:40pm

How to Save Your Industry $1.9B using Agile Methods: Mia Horrigan
My Industry was faced with Legislation to reduce Govt Rebates to the Health Industry by $1.9B. As the key lobby group, we embarked on a digital strategy to support the campaign. We adopted an Agile approach in order to have a skinny website and mobile app up and running as soon as possible. Weekly sprint planning allowed us to build iterative changes into the release strategy in order to respond to stakeholders and the political debate. Kanban was utilised to prioritize widgets we required on the website and ensure our campaign remained responsive to stakeholders.

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Wednesday August 10, 2011 1:40pm - 1:50pm
LA: Arizona Room

1:50pm

Agile Management: creating a culture to help your team succeed: Karen Greaves
I'm the software development manager for a product company with 3 agile teams. My job is to foster the environment or culture that helps us be the best team we can be. In this talk I'll share a little about how I've done this, where I got my ideas, and how this works compared to other environments I've worked in which are.... well let's just say different :) I recently blogged about this: http://scrumcoaching.wordpress.com/2010/12/17/a-development-managers-strategy/
http://submit2011.agilealliance.org/files/session_pdfs/AgileManagementSmall.pdf

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Karen Greaves

Director, Growing Agile
As a trainer, coach and mentor I love sharing experience, ideas, failures and experiments with agile. I love meeting new people so come introduce yourself. Check out www.growingagile.co.za to see what I look like, or just listen for the loudest person in the room :) This will be my third time at Agile, despite the very long flight from Cape Town South Africa.


Wednesday August 10, 2011 1:50pm - 2:00pm
LA: Arizona Room

2:00pm

Get to CMMI ML3 Using Agile Development Processes For Large Projects: Catherine Clark
This session will discuss how VSTI, a SAS Company, obtained their CMMI Maturity Level 3 rating while doing agile development processes for large projects (over 30 developers). This will cover automation of documentation and best practices for obtaining a rating of CMMI ML 3 with a large development project, while adopting Agile and Scrum processes. Agenda: 1) The major points where Agile and CMMI seem to conflict 2) How to get past this conflict and still be productive by: a) Using proper tools to help save time b) Automating documentation c) Daily scrums are critical!
http://submit2011.agilealliance.org/files/session_pdfs/Get to CMMI ML3 Using Agile Development Processes_1.pdf

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Wednesday August 10, 2011 2:00pm - 2:10pm
LA: Arizona Room

2:00pm

Rule-Based Exploratory Testing of Graphical User Interfaces: Theodore Hellmann, Frank Maurer
This paper introduces rule-based exploratory testing, an approach to GUI testing that combines aspects of manual exploratory testing with rule-based test automation. This approach uses short, automated rules to increase the bug-detection capability of recorded exploratory test sessions. A preliminary evaluation found that this approach can be used to detect both general and application-specific bugs, but that rules for general bugs are easier to transfer between applications. Also, despite the advantages of keyword-based testing, it interferes with the transfer of rules between applications.


Wednesday August 10, 2011 2:00pm - 2:30pm
LA: Wyoming Room

2:00pm

Understanding Post-Adoptive Agile Usage – an Exploratory Cross-Case analysis : Mali Senapathi, Ananth Srinivasan
The widespread adoption of agile methodologies raises the question of their continued and effective usage in organizations. An agile usage model consisting of innovation, sociological, technological, team, and organizational factors is used to inform an analysis of post-adoptive usage of agile practices in two major organizations. Analysis of the two case studies found that a methodology champion and top management support were the most important factors influencing continued usage. Both horizontal and vertical usage was found to have significant impact on the effectiveness of agile usage.


Wednesday August 10, 2011 2:00pm - 2:30pm
LA: Teton

2:10pm

The PO Role - Can you hear me now?: Belkis Vasquez
Transition from the PM & BA role to the PO role can be challenging but rewarding. In our organization, the PO role has tremulously evolved and we have made it a role that does not have very specific boundaries. The PO role has empowered and enabled traditional PM & BA to take ownership and be decision makers. When they speak teams and sponsors listen. However, with great power, comes great responsibility. In this session, I will highlight how the PO role has evolved in our organization and some lessons learned of the role .
http://submit2011.agilealliance.org/files/session_pdfs/PO role_can you hear me now_0.pdf

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Wednesday August 10, 2011 2:10pm - 2:20pm
LA: Arizona Room

2:20pm

Making the most of manual testing in a quality focused Agile team: Edwin Wong
Atlassian is an agile shop, with heavy emphasis on the quality of our products. With the increased focus on great UX, we have focused in the past few years on growing a QA testing function which complemented the automated testing in development. In this talk, I will share some of the challenges we faced, including: * Incorporating manual testing into two-week iterations, while achieving the goal of having shippable products at every iteration. * Ensuring clear communications between QA, developers and PMs, and providing visibility of testing in a script-free testing environment.
http://submit2011.agilealliance.org/files/session_pdfs/agile2011_making_the_most_of_manual_testing.pdf

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Wednesday August 10, 2011 2:20pm - 2:30pm
LA: Arizona Room

2:30pm

Yahoo! Sports: Sprint 100 & Beyond: Keith Nottonson
Yahoo! Sports, the Web's leading sports' destination, began one week sprints and weekly releases with Sprint 100 in October 2010. The experiences and learnings of the Yahoo! Sports team will demonstrate specific actions to take to overcome scrum fatigue and rejuvenate your teams. Our exploration will focus on three transformative events: the implementation of daily code releases during the 2010 World Cup, the innovative Hacktacular event, and the data quality improvements of the Great Bug Sweep.

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Wednesday August 10, 2011 2:30pm - 3:00pm
LA: Teton

3:30pm

Making team flow and progress business readable: Christian Hassa
The last two years we adopted BDD/ATDD, including automated acceptance criteria validation while preserving their business readability (using specification-by-example). As a side effect of this practice, progress became more transparent:instead of just seeing remaining work and stories done, we track individual ACs showing progress in a business readable form. This helps testing and early feedback. The talk shows how automated AC validation increased transparency in our project and briefly walks through our AC refinement flow, how we monitored progress and merged into living documentation.
http://submit2011.agilealliance.org/files/session_pdfs/2011-08-10-AgileConfLightningTalk-VisualizingTeamflow.pdf

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Wednesday August 10, 2011 3:30pm - 3:40pm
LA: Arizona Room

3:30pm

Process Increments: An Agile Approach to Software Process Improvement: Amr Noaman, Mohamed Amr
Process Increments, is an iterative approach to manage process improvement projects. This approach builds upon Agile values and principles, and reuses some well known Agile techniques. It partitions the scope into user-story-like increments, and manages the project using agile estimating and planning techniques. This approach has been applied to five enterprises transitioning from individual-driven/non-structured organization to a team-work/structured organization. The study shows sustained improvement velocity, good project visibility, and on-going learning experiences by project teams.
http://submit2011.agilealliance.org/files/session_pdfs/Process Increments_1.pdf


Wednesday August 10, 2011 3:30pm - 4:00pm
LA: Teton

3:30pm

Courageous Curiosity: Agile from the Inside Out: Angela Harms
Agile isn't just another methodology. 'Becoming agile' isn't about learning a set of tools. The _process_ is the easy part. Here, we'll tackle the hard part: putting love at the center of how you work. The values of the Agile Manifesto & Extreme Programming encourage us to practice courageous curiosity, changing how we move in the world. In this workshop, we'll explore technologies--technique--for working compassionately.

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Wednesday August 10, 2011 3:30pm - 4:30pm
GA: Murano

3:30pm

Scrum and Kanban Like Chocolate and Peanut Butter: Damon Poole

As you adopt Scrum across your enterprise, you will find that synchronizing the work of interdependent Scrum teams is a challenge. Kanban has a number of principles and practices that can aid this synchronization and thus smooth out your adoption. This session will introduce Kanban from a Scrum perspective, show how the Lean practice of “One Piece Flow” is the key to both, and get into the nuts and bolts of specific practices and concepts from Kanban that can be adopted by an existing multi-team Scrum program.


http://www.accurev.com/sites/default/files/document/ScrumAndKanbanAgile2011.pptx

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Wednesday August 10, 2011 3:30pm - 4:30pm
GA: Imperial Ballroom A

3:30pm

Three Months from Idea to Implementation: Jumpstarting Agile in Nuclear Power: Charles Roman, Sanjiv Augustine
We had 3 months to plan the production for 80 control systems intended for a Westinghouse nuclear power plant simulator. We were on the critical path and our delivery dates were quickly approaching. A chance introduction to agile principles offered a beam of light. Within 3 months we held our first Sprint planning meeting, and, in 3 months, we delivered our first software release on-time. It was a significant team achievement that combined Scrum with complex embedded systems development. Join us to learn what we did and what we learned from our mistakes.
http://submit2011.agilealliance.org/files/session_pdfs/Presentation - Agile Conference R7 -Print.pdf


Wednesday August 10, 2011 3:30pm - 4:30pm
GA: Grand Ballroom D

3:30pm

Agile Hardware and Co-design: Timo Punkka
Agile software development is getting attention also in embedded software development. Embedded system development on the other hand requires different engineering disciplines working together. When embedded software team starts using agile methods, it affects also other disciplines. Agile development emphasizes continuous learning through experimenting and collaboration instead of following a detailed up-front plan. Agile embedded software team expects different behavior in system co-design. This talk discusses reasons and ways to adapt agile development to co-design of system development.
http://submit2011.agilealliance.org/files/session_pdfs/agile hardware and co-design_Punkka.pdf

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Wednesday August 10, 2011 3:30pm - 4:30pm
LA: Wyoming Room

3:30pm

Beyond Software: Adopting Agile Outside of Development: Leeann Berner
The challenges and benefits of adopting agile in software development are well known. Conceptually it makes a hell of a lot of sense for departments outside of dev to embrace agile as well. However, as organizations extend agile into sales, marketing, professional services and hr they need to leverage the experience of their software teams while understanding that not every agile practice translates exactly. This session will focus on how to help build an agile sales/marketing/professional services/hr team when no one has ever been on an agile sales/marketing/professional services/hr team.
http://submit2011.agilealliance.org/files/session_pdfs/Agile2011_Presentation.pdf

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Wednesday August 10, 2011 3:30pm - 4:30pm
LA: Grand Ballroom C

3:30pm

Undoing Performance Review Damage - Coaching towards Customer Purpose: Harold Shinsato, Chris Sims
The Performance Review survives almost intact in most organizations despite the ever increasing rate of adoption of agile and lean techniques. Unfortunately attempts at motivating and engaging employees from such a mindset is more likely to cause damage. Help your coaching clients to understand the pain of the Mass Production mindset with an experiential simulation. And then see within the simulation how coaching can help adjust the process to use intrinsic motivation through more deep understanding of customer purpose.
http://submit2011.agilealliance.org/files/session_pdfs/Appraising Performance Appraisals.pdf


Wednesday August 10, 2011 3:30pm - 4:30pm
GA: Imperial Ballroom D

3:30pm

Building an Agile Culture in a Regulated Environment: Michael Meissner
Omnyx, a GE Healthcare venture, has implemented scrum ground up, intentionally shaping the organization, cadence, and office space and focusing strongly on culture, core values, and team building activities. Writing a new Quality System allowed bridging the traditional divide between agile and regulated environments. Using a continuous Alpha/Beta process, we effectively incorporated stakeholder feedback while still working on our initial product launch for 2+ years. We firmly believe that culture is the most underestimated aspect of agile and it needs to be #1 priority for any agile leader.
http://submit2011.agilealliance.org/files/session_pdfs/Building an Agile Culture in a Regulated Environment - draft rev7 with image.pdf

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Wednesday August 10, 2011 3:30pm - 4:30pm
GA: Grand Ballroom A

3:30pm

Team Traps: Esther Derby
Some teams soar; others wallow, bicker and slog their way to uncertain results. Teams that soar have a few things in common: they have a shared goal, interdependent work, complimentary skills, mutual accountability. Slogging teams have a few things in common, too. They fall into predictable traps. What are those traps and how can you help your team climb out of them? That’s what Esther is here to talk about.

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avatar for Esther Derby

Esther Derby

Founder, esther derby associates, inc.
I’m an expert in organizational dynamics and a leading thinker in bringing agility to organizations, management, and teams. How your company’s values are reflected in your environment, your culture and organizational dynamics, directly determines the quality and level of your success. When your company environment, culture and organizational dynamics are positive, mutually receptive and reinforcing, your people and teams have the capacity to... Read More →


Wednesday August 10, 2011 3:30pm - 4:30pm
GA: Imperial Ballroom B

3:30pm

Tightening the Feedback Loop: Patrick Kua
Agile methods bring individuals working together in a more intimate environment than other methods. It requires different skills to make it work. Giving and receiving effective feedback is a powerful tool to improve collaboration in teams and organisations yet our organisations teach us little about this important topic. We are surrounded by poor examples all the time.We'll explore some simple rules for giving and receiving feedback, observe how most people give ineffective feedback to others and illustrate examples of applying the rules to make it more effective.
http://submit2011.agilealliance.org/files/session_pdfs/PatKua-TighteningTheFeedbackLoop.pdf

Speakers

Wednesday August 10, 2011 3:30pm - 4:30pm
GA: Grand Ballroom Reception A

3:30pm

Continuous Integration: The minimum viable product: Julian Simpson

What does it mean to 'do' Continuous Integration? It used to be enough to execute your unit tests in CI. But the bar is steadily raising for engineering practices. In the last decade we've seen tremendous improvements in acceptance testing. JavaScript is now a platform in it's own right. Cloud computing is now vital. There's growing interest in deployment to prod. So Continuous Integration is under more pressure than ever. As the bar slowly raises for engineering practices, we’ll present 2011's minimum viable feature set for Continuous Integration.


http://www.slideshare.net/simpsonjulian/continuous-integration-the-minimum-viable-product


Wednesday August 10, 2011 3:30pm - 4:30pm
GA: Savoy

3:30pm

Creaky Platforms: tackling legacy technology challenges: Jonny LeRoy, Matt Simons
Yesterday’s state-of-the-art system is today’s legacy. The advent of SaaS, social, mobile, etc prevents the rapid rollout of new features. Large or small, aligning product or platform with ever-changing business strategy is critical. Large or small, it is critical to understand how to align product or platform with an ever-changing business strategy. We discuss how to balance the cost pressures to use legacy assets with the need to keep up with the market. We also reveal how to remediate legacy systems quickly without investing in a massive and risky 'big-bang' re-platforming.
http://submit2011.agilealliance.org/files/session_pdfs/Creaky Platforms - Jonny LeRoy - Agile 2011.pdf


Wednesday August 10, 2011 3:30pm - 4:30pm
GA: Imperial Ballroom C

3:30pm

Making Hard Choices about Technical Debt: Nanette Brown, Robert Nord
The technical debt metaphor acknowledges that teams sometimes accept compromises to meet an urgent demand. Although unmanaged debt can have disastrous results, strategically managed debt can help businesses take advantage of time-sensitive opportunities. During this session,we will play the Hard Choices game. In your quest to release a quality product, you must decide in the face of uncertainty whether to take shortcuts and incur penalties, or to traverse more of the board to potentially earn more value. At the end, we‘ll compare strategies and share practices to help make these choices.


Wednesday August 10, 2011 3:30pm - 4:30pm
LA: Olympus

3:30pm

Lean Startup: How Development Looks Different When You're Changing the World: Abby Fichtner

How does development look different when you're creating things that no one has ever created before? Lean Startup is about creating from a BIG VISION, where we want to change the world & do something really significant. It combines Agile Development with _Customer_ Development so we can be disciplined about how we create our startups. Learning (rather than working software) becomes our most important measure of progress and agile practices are pushed to the next level. Come get a glimpse of the next level of agile and discover how development looks different when you're changing the world.


http://www.slideshare.net/HackerChick/lean-startup-how-development-looks-different-when-youre-changing-the-world-agile-2011

Speakers

Wednesday August 10, 2011 3:30pm - 4:30pm
GA: Envoy

3:30pm

The Vision Thing: How Do _You_ Charter?: Bill Wake
User stories describe features - _how_ a system will work - and may even describe value or purpose ("in order to..."). But stories are not the starting point: there's a deeper reason and deeper context for projects, often framed as some sort of _charter_. Charters (by whatever name) define projects' vision and mission, measures of success, boundaries. How do you handle the chartering aspects of _your_ projects? Come to this peer-to-peer workshop, prepared to share what you do, and prepared to learn from others. We'll work in small groups, then share results with the larger group.

Speakers

Wednesday August 10, 2011 3:30pm - 4:30pm
GA: Grand Salon

3:30pm

Solving the 1-10-100 problem: Extending Continuous Delivery to QA and Ops: Ronen Rubinfeld, Mik Kersten
In many medium and large organizations, friction between Agile application development (Dev), Quality Assurance (QA), and Operation (Ops) teams kills productivity. We’ll discuss how the typical continuous delivery loop fails to take into account the need for bi-directional communication with QA. The growing role of Ops in the application lifecycle means it needs to be connected to the same continuous delivery loop and be linked directly into Agile planning processes. How does extending the collaboration loop to Ops potentially flatten the exponential 1-10-100 cost curve into a linear one?


Wednesday August 10, 2011 3:30pm - 4:30pm
LA: Idaho Room

3:30pm

Simple Methods for Reliable User Involvement: Hugh Beyer
One of the difficult problems faced by an Agile team is that of getting reliable user input. Since Agile projects depend on minimal up-front planning and specification, user feedback is critical. But product owners are rarely users themselves and the actual end-users are often located elsewhere and may be highly diverse. This session introduces participants to Contextual Inquiry (CI), a proven field research method for understanding users and their needs. We introduce CI, show how it fits into Agile development, and give participants practice in gathering data and then writing user stories.
http://submit2011.agilealliance.org/files/session_pdfs/Agile 2011 Handouts.pdf

Speakers

Wednesday August 10, 2011 3:30pm - 5:00pm
LA: Grand Ballroom B

3:40pm

An Agile approach to optimising our digital strategy: Mia Horrigan
Today, the most popular way people prefer to make contact with organizations is online as customers embrace new digital channels. We needed to modernize our digital presence to take the conversation to the channels where those conversations are taking place. Utilizing an Agile approach allowed us to increase site usability and responsiveness to consumer needs.

Speakers

Wednesday August 10, 2011 3:40pm - 3:50pm
LA: Arizona Room

3:50pm

Agile and Kanban Work Together to Deliver Maintenance Releases: Leslie Ekas, Scott Will
Agile and Kanban together to create maintenance releases separates the unpredictable job of fixing defects from the predictable work to validate them. Defect resolution times are hard to forecast because the environment may be hard to recreate and a safe fix may take analysis. Very short Agile sprints manage the constant prioritization of defects and team coordination. Defect validation time is more predictable and Kanban provides a reliable way to verify small batches of fixes for a maintenance release. Come learn how to use these processes together to improve your maintenance deliveries.
http://submit2011.agilealliance.org/files/session_pdfs/Agile and Kanban Work Together to Deliver Maintenance (Final, Leslie Ekas).pdf


Wednesday August 10, 2011 3:50pm - 4:00pm
LA: Arizona Room

4:00pm

Dipping Your Toes Into Kanban: David Bland
This lightning talk will illustrate how a real world agile team working within two week iterations began using work in progress limits to increase focus, foster collaboration and manage flow.
http://submit2011.agilealliance.org/files/session_pdfs/Dipping Your Toes Into Kanban Agile2011.pdf

Speakers

Wednesday August 10, 2011 4:00pm - 4:10pm
LA: Arizona Room

4:00pm

IEEE Best Paper - Lean as a Scrum Troubleshooter: Carsten Jakobsen, Tom Poppendieck
Systematic has relentlessly improved how it does Scrum during the past 5 years using the A3 problem solving tool from Lean. This approach is behind the learning and experience reported in the past 5 years. This talk will take a walk behind the scenes of years of successful experiences and show the management and mechanics driving this learning. The cumulative learning from major improvements are presented, including a small set of measures that for the past 3 years has proven to be very valuable in monitoring project progress while at the same time fostering a Lean mindset in the teams.
http://submit2011.agilealliance.org/files/session_pdfs/Lean_as_a_Scrum_Troubleshooter_1_9_FINAL.pdf


Wednesday August 10, 2011 4:00pm - 4:30pm
LA: Teton

4:10pm

Three Ways UX Gives You Better Story Sizing and Coverage: Anders Ramsay
Stories give the customer what they asked for, but not always what they really wanted. Learn three practical tips for how to integrate UI design work with story development, to both get more realistically sized stories, and the user experience that the customer wanted but didn't know how to ask for.
http://submit2011.agilealliance.org/files/session_pdfs/Three Ways Lightning Talk - Anders Ramsay.pdf

Wednesday August 10, 2011 4:10pm - 4:20pm
LA: Arizona Room

4:20pm

Does Agile Focus on Value Delivery: Patrick Phillips
Lean process has an exceptional focus on providing value to the customer. I’ve often seen when groups are considering an agile transformation they are focusing on faster iterations, but faster iterations of what? An agile team can certainly deliver faster iterations of what the customer doesn’t want. This lightning talk shows simple methods to ensure that Agile teams are focusing on value delivery along with speed. I will show how the user story/acceptance process can also focus on customer value. We will focus on Kanban and Kaizen as methods to utilize in the Agile value stream.

Wednesday August 10, 2011 4:20pm - 4:30pm
LA: Arizona Room

4:30pm

Anatomy and Physiology of an Agile Transition: Chris OConnor
Starting as a coach of a team with almost no agile experience and an release pending was quite daunting. Change was slow and at first it seemed like we might not succeed in converting the team and delivering the product. It took patience, support at many different levels of the organization, and hard work from many different people to put this team on the path to becoming a functional and productive agile team. Now the team is growing as a successful and productive agile team. I am proud to have been a part of going from mostly offshore waterfall development to a local agile development team.
http://submit2011.agilealliance.org/files/session_pdfs/Agile_Experience_Report.pdf

Speakers

Wednesday August 10, 2011 4:30pm - 5:00pm
LA: Teton

5:00pm

Coaches Corner Office Hours

New to Agile Coaching? Trying to get your head wrapped around how to help people without any official authority? Need to know how to convince your teams to listen? Have a tough coaching problem your not sure how to handle?

We may not be able to solve all your problems but we can help start down the right path. Come to Agile 2011 Coaches Corner in Open Jam. Unlike the Canadian hockey version it won't be loud brash former coaches telling it like it is, it will be a clinic where you can catch sometime with an experience coach. During office hours: 8-9, 12-1, 5-7 - daily - just drop by for a chat. Otherwise write a question on an index card and leave it in the "Ask a Pro Coach Box". Questions will be discussed in OpenJam and after the conference on the Agile Coach Support mailing list.

Sponsored by Scrum Alliance


Wednesday August 10, 2011 5:00pm - 7:00pm
GA: Grand Salon

5:15pm

Open Jam: Pecha Kucha

To share ideas, you can talk, write, play, or engage in the excitement of Pecha Kucha: up to ten people doing 20 slides set at 20 seconds each, for a total of six minutes and forty seconds per person. We'll be having a PechaKucha each evening just after the end of the programmed sessions.

Come share your excitement and your passion for any topic that interests you!

 


Wednesday August 10, 2011 5:15pm - 6:30pm
GA: Grand Salon

5:30pm

Agile Alliance Members Meeting

The annual Agile Alliance Member's Meeting will be held at the Agile2011 conference. Members are invited to meet, hear about, and discuss Alliance business with the Agile Alliance board of directors. Drinks and snacks will be served.


Wednesday August 10, 2011 5:30pm - 6:30pm
GA: Grand Ballroom D

6:30pm

Sponsor Reception

Get your Agile2011 passport stamped at this year's Sponsor Reception. The sponsors have played a large role in making this year's conference a great success. So come out and visit their booths, find out the latest and greatest in agile development, collect stamps, enjoy appetizers and drink, and enter for your chance to win great prizes!


Wednesday August 10, 2011 6:30pm - 9:30pm
GA: Grand Ballroom

12:00am

Open Jam

Open from 3:00pm Sunday until 12:30pm Friday, Open Jam is a place to share questions and quandaries, talk to the experts, demonstrate software and techniques, and experiment with emerging Agile practices and ideas.  Sessions don't need to be formal, like the ones on the program (in fact it's more fun if they are not). Anyone can convene a session at the Open Jam stage based on a passion and a commitment to make the session happen.

To share ideas, you can talk, write, play, or engage in the excitement of PechaKucha: up to ten people doing 20 slides set at 20 seconds each, for a total of six minutes and forty seconds per person. We'll be having a PechaKucha each evening just after the end of the programmed sessions.  Come share your excitement and your passion for any topic that interests you!

We'll also have a Coaches Corner, where aspiring and experienced coaches can come and talk to an experienced Agile Coach. Explore topics, questions, and challenges in the area of Agile Coaching.

The Agile Manifesto Signatories will be stopping by the "Park Bench" throughout the week-long conference to make themselves available to attendees.  Visit the "Park Bench" -- a casual, comfortable setting to share ideas, ask questions, challenge perspectives, and grow new possibilities. Come, share, ask, interact, learn and create.

Bring your crucial issues and ideas, your passion and your commitment to the Open Jam. Walk away with valuable new insights into topics that are relevant to you today.

 


Thursday August 11, 2011 12:00am - 11:30pm
GA: Grand Salon
 
Thursday, August 11
 

8:00am

Coaches Corner Office Hours

New to Agile Coaching? Trying to get your head wrapped around how to help people without any official authority? Need to know how to convince your teams to listen? Have a tough coaching problem your not sure how to handle?

We may not be able to solve all your problems but we can help start down the right path. Come to Agile 2011 Coaches Corner in Open Jam. Unlike the Canadian hockey version it won't be loud brash former coaches telling it like it is, it will be a clinic where you can catch sometime with an experience coach. During office hours: 8-9, 12-1, 5-7 - daily - just drop by for a chat. Otherwise write a question on an index card and leave it in the "Ask a Pro Coach Box". Questions will be discussed in OpenJam and after the conference on the Agile Coach Support mailing list.

Sponsored by Scrum Alliance


Thursday August 11, 2011 8:00am - 9:00am
GA: Grand Salon

9:00am

Democracy unleashed: bringing agility to citizen engagement: Gerry Kirk
Empowered individuals. Creative, participatory decision making. Connectedness and care for each other. These words apply equally to an Agile organization as to a healthy community. What might happen if we applied Agile values and methods to transform communities? I will share my experiences over the past year and up to Agile 2011 to nurture engaged community in my home town - tools and methods, trials and triumphs, how Agile applied to community differs from organization. This is bleeding edge stuff, an area of opportunity for Agile consultants to do work that transforms the world.

Speakers

Thursday August 11, 2011 9:00am - 9:30am
LA: Wyoming Room

9:00am

Increasing Learning in an Agile Environment: Lessons Learned in an Agile Team: Mauricio Aniche, Guilherme Silveira
Learning and agile are highly related. In the last 3 years, the knowledge of the team increased in all aspects: technically and socially. Everyone in the team, from interns to more experienced programmers, ended up as high-skilled programmers, using (and understanding) all recommended best practices. In this report we will present some techniques we used to enhance learning in our work environment, such as Book Club, Brown Bags, Dojo sessions, Pair Programming, Open Spaces, etc.
http://submit2011.agilealliance.org/files/session_pdfs/agile2011.pdf


Thursday August 11, 2011 9:00am - 9:30am
LA: Teton

9:00am

Silo Busting: Tom Perry
Organizational silos are the source of the most pernicious dysfunctions you can find within any company. These divisions serve to isolate people in the organization within hyper-specialized roles. Ostensibly, we do this in order to help people succeed. However, you can deliver a product successfully without compartmentalizing everyone and everything in an organization within an inch of its life. In this tutorial, we explore the causes of organizational silos, their impacts, and the strategies that you can employ to help mitigate their impact on your teams and within your organization.
http://submit2011.agilealliance.org/files/session_pdfs/Silo Busting.pdf

Speakers

Thursday August 11, 2011 9:00am - 10:30am
GA: Savoy

9:00am

Stages of Practice: the Agile Tech Tree: Arlo Belshee, James Shore
There are many stages of practice for each practice. These are the details that get lost in most discussions. What does it mean to practice Continuous Integration, TDD, or Pairing? If you use a CI server, are you doing CI? That depends. The Civiliation games have a "Tech Tree" that show the hundreds of technologies available. They are broken into branches (sea exploration, flight, etc), with dependencies between the branches. We will build a similar tech tree for agile practices, showing how the agile practices interleave and how they change as you develop each branch further.

Speakers
avatar for James Shore

James Shore

James Shore teaches, writes, and consults on Agile development processes. He led his first Agile team in 1999 and was an early adopter of Extreme Programming in 2000. Today, he focuses on helping people understand how all aspects of Agile, from technical, to business, to social, fit together to create successful software projects. | | James is an inaugural recipient of the Agile Alliance's Gordon Pask Award for Contributions to Agile... Read More →


Thursday August 11, 2011 9:00am - 10:30am
GA: Murano

9:00am

WIP and Kaizen: Key Tools for Enabling Continuous Improvement : Michael DePaoli
Have you established an Agile or Lean software development approach including conducting retrospectives but you just don't seem to be able experience meaningful innovation and improvement in your process? This talk will explore some of the reasons why this could be and provides a pragmatic approach to helping ensure your process can support innovation and continuous improvement
http://submit2011.agilealliance.org/files/session_pdfs/WIP and Kaizen-Key Tools for Enabling Continuous Improvement.pdf

Speakers

Thursday August 11, 2011 9:00am - 10:30am
GA: Grand Ballroom D

9:00am

Agile Decisions: Paul Dolman-Darrall
Making the right choices is crucial. Decisions have generally been viewed as the prerogative of individuals - usually senior executive. The process employed, the information used, the logic relied on, have been left up to them, in something of a black box. Information goes in, decisions come out - and who knows what happens in between. Unlike other business processes, decision making has been rarely the focus of systemic thinking and analysis. This has left a significant opportunity to improve decision making as we would any other process through visibility, feedback and value.
http://submit2011.agilealliance.org/files/session_pdfs/AgileDecisionsPublicReleaseLowRes.pdf


Thursday August 11, 2011 9:00am - 10:30am
LA: Grand Ballroom C

9:00am

My Agile Suitcase: Martin Heider, Bernd Schiffer
Imagine you are an agile consultant or coach. You are called by the inhabitants from waterfall island, who haven’t heard about agility before and want to benefit from your advice. Which practices, principles and values would you pack in your agile suitcase for providing them guidance? What would you leave at home? In this session experienced agilists will deliver insights in their agile suitcases. Their short, concise and entertaining Pecha Kuchas may give you hints for your own suitcase. Afterwards you will work on your own agile suitcases. This may help you to travel lighter next time.


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

9:00am

Building Great Teams: Don Gray
In coaching, I generally find teams assembled with some thought to colocation and skills. At best they’ve been through agile training, picked a team name, and created team norms. Then it’s time to get to work. These steps can produce high performing teams. More often they produce average performance. Rather than hope for greatness, helping teams form can ensure team members become equipped to deal with identity, trust, and task issues thereby generating agreement and commitment between the team members.

Speakers
DG

Don Gray

President, n-th Order Systems, Inc
Having worked in software for 30 years I focus my energy and efforts working with executives to create the conditions where teams can flourish developing business value. I facilitate team learning and interdependent work. This includes assessments, embedded coaching, focused coaching, public and private workshops. | | I lead sessions at Agile meetups across the southeast, from Richmond, VA to Knoxville, TN to Charleston, SC. Topics range... Read More →


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

9:00am

Creativity for Agile Teams: Roger Brown, Mark Levison
This is a refinement of our presentation at Agile2009. Creativity can manifest in several ways including creation of something new, refinement of something that exists and problem solving. How do we support, enable and enhance the creative abilities of Agile teams? There are many ways to shape the work environment for greater creativity. We will describe how creativity happens and can be enhanced by providing a safe, nurturing environment, enhancing group interactions, pacing activities that utilize different sensory modes and trusting in the power of subconscious integration.
http://submit2011.agilealliance.org/files/session_pdfs/TeamCreativity2011 - Public.pdf


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

9:00am

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.
http://submit2011.agilealliance.org/files/session_pdfs/Agile2011_HandlingProductManagementAcrossTheEnterprise.pdf

Speakers
avatar for Al  Shalloway

Al Shalloway

CEO, Net Objectives
Founder and CEO of Net Objectives.Co-founder of Lean-Kanban University (no longer affiliated). SPC Trainer. Co-author of 4 books on Lean, Scrum, Design Patterns and Agile Design. | Happy to talk to anyone who wants a free consult. | Also, are looking for folks who'd like to work with me at Net Objectives.


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

9:00am

Visual Portfolio Management - Putting the 'Big' in Big visible tracking: Bob Payne, Michael Kaiser
In this interactive workshop we will explore the use of a Portfolio Alignment Wall (PAW) to track progress, visualize dependancies and increase collaboration on large portfolios. Experience the process of populating and managing the PAW through a portfolio simulation. We combine Scrum-Of-Scrums, visual management, value streams and a simple set of rules to balance simplicity and sufficiency. Bob and Mike have used this technique to manage delivery across 17 agile and waterfall teams, 11 major feature streams with cross team dependencies.
http://submit2011.agilealliance.org/files/session_pdfs/PAW_Process_Roles_Rules_Nationwide.pdf


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

9:00am

Kaizen Lego Game: Francisco Trindade, Patrick Kua
After revolutionizing the automobile industry, Lean principles have been applied to different knowledge areas, such as software development. However, many people are using this ideas without having been introduced to the concepts that made Lean successful. In this interactive session the participants will work in a small Lego production line, trying to improve their own process using different kaizen techniques. Up to 30 participants divided in small teams will learn about Kaizen, PDCA, standardized work, 5 Whys, Genchi Gembutsu, A3 reporting value stream mapping in a hands-on experience.
http://submit2011.agilealliance.org/files/session_pdfs/KaizenLegoGame.pdf


Thursday August 11, 2011 9:00am - 10:30am
LA: Olympus

9:00am

Agile From the Top Down: Executives Practicing Agile: Jon Stahl
Organizations will have trouble sustaining a true Agile culture if the Sr. Management team does not live the same way. IT Executives must practice what they preach. If they want teams to be transparent and agile, they need to practice themselves and lead by example. This talk will share some Agile & Lean techniques, applied in a new way, to help organizations understand their constraints so they can transparently carry forward their journey to becoming Agile. You can view the slides for my talk at jonstahl.com. I would upload a PDF of the slides but the file size is too large.
http://submit2011.agilealliance.org/files/session_pdfs/Agile2011_Agile Top Down_August9.pdf

Speakers

Thursday August 11, 2011 9:00am - 10:30am
LA: Grand Ballroom A

9:00am

Continuous Integration for the world: Agile code + Agile Infrastructure: Patrick Debois, Julian Simpson

With all the interest in Continuous Integration and Delivery, we believe that organizations can greatly benefit from an 'Agile Infrastructure': this would enable frequent changes to happen both at the application level and at the infrastructural level. This session wants to explain and *demo* how the concept of 'Infrastructure as code' can help. We envision the OS and middleware build a second pipeline parallel, integrated in the traditional build process. The concepts can be visualized as shown in this graphic: http://www.jedi.be/pages/ci-for-the-world/ci-for-the-world.png


http://www.slideshare.net/jedi4ever/continuous-integration-for-the-world-infrastructure-as-code


Thursday August 11, 2011 9:00am - 10:30am
LA: Idaho Room

9:00am

Faster Usability Testing in an Agile World: Carol Smith
The sheer speed of an Agile project can be frightening to even the most experienced UX practitioner. In this session you will learn how usability testing can be conducted very quickly, without sacrificing quality. We will cover strategies and techniques that can be used for speeding up traditional usability testing, on-site, remote and Rapid Iterative Testing and Evaluation (RITE) methods. We will cover usability testing from planning through analysis, and ways to provide useful and usable recommendations to the team.

Speakers

Thursday August 11, 2011 9:00am - 10:30am
LA: Arizona Room

9:00am

CREATING CUSTOMER DELIGHT: Stephen Denning

The failure of traditional management has led to the reinvention of management: the whole organization must be focused on creating a stream of additional value to customers through continuous innovation. The reinvention reflects an application of Agile thinking to the whole organization. With the growing power of customers, it is no longer enough to *satisfy* customers with early and continuous delivery of valuable software. Now customers must be *delighted*. In effect, the bar has been raised. The workshop will show how this more strenuous objective can be attained: http://bit.ly/ihcVL2


http://www.stevedenning.com/slides/SaltLakeCityDelightingCustomerAug2011.pdf

Speakers

Thursday August 11, 2011 9:00am - 10:30am
LA: Grand Ballroom B

9:30am

Scrum in Sales: Denny de Waard, Jeff Sutherland
In the fall of 2010 the iSense sales and account management teams adopted Scrum for their sales processes. In this presentation, one of the sales managers will share his experiences by presenting the processes, lessons learned and main achievements, of using Scrum in sales. The most stringent effect of using Scrum in sales was the insight that the direct cause and effect for closing a sales deal, can be detected and as such controlled.
http://submit2011.agilealliance.org/files/session_pdfs/Scrum in Sales vs20110210.pdf

Speakers
avatar for Jeff Sutherland

Jeff Sutherland

CEO, Scrum, Inc.
CoCreator of Scrum


Thursday August 11, 2011 9:30am - 10:00am
LA: Wyoming Room

9:30am

Enacted Routines in Agile and Waterfall Processes: B Veeresh Thummadi, Omri Shiv and Kalle Lyytinen
Agile methods form an alternative to waterfall methodologies. Little is known about activity composition, the proportion of varying activities in agile processes and the extent to which the proportions of activities differ from “waterfall” processes. In the current study, we examine the variation in performative routines in one large agile and traditional lifecycle project using an event sequencing method. Our analysis shows that the enactment of waterfall and agile routines differ significantly suggesting that agile process is composed of fewer activities which are repeated iteratively.


Thursday August 11, 2011 9:30am - 10:00am
LA: Teton

10:00am

Agile in Academics: Marian Willeke
Our university bastardised Agile tools to give curriculum designers in an academic setting increased productivity and improved motivation. This allowed the designers to provide better quality and cutting edge courses in less time. The online educational team implemented and shared a personal kanban, dropped job descriptions, and saw massive improvements throughout. Scrum was then studied, dissected, and reassembled for our needs. Writers are now asking regularly to write for us, while designers have more free time for adding new dimensions to the curriculum in addition to normal expectations.
http://submit2011.agilealliance.org/files/session_pdfs/AGILE in Academics.pptx.pdf

Speakers

Thursday August 11, 2011 10:00am - 10:30am
LA: Wyoming Room

10:00am

Reconciling Perspectives: How People Manage the Process of Software Development: Steve Adolph, Philippe Kruchten
Social factors are the significant cost driver for software development and in this field study we develop a grounded theory of how people manage the process of software development. We discovered the main concern of those involved in the process of software development is getting the job done and to get the job done, people engage in a constant process of Reconciling Perspectives. What this theory reveals is the importance of individuals’ ability to reach out and engage in negotiations to the success of a software project.


Thursday August 11, 2011 10:00am - 10:30am
LA: Teton

11:00am

IEEE Best Paper - Decision Making in Agile Development: A Focus Group Study: Meghann Drury, Kieran Conboy and Ken Power
Abstract—This research defines decisions made across four periods of the sprint cycle based on input from a focus group conducted with 43 people on agile teams. Results indicate that Sprint Planning includes decisions about planning work for the subsequent sprint, Sprint Execution includes tactical implementation and development decisions, Sprint Review includes decisions about continuing future sprints based on customer product satisfaction, and Sprint Retrospective includes decisions for improving the sprint process. Six key decision making obstacles were also identified.
http://submit2011.agilealliance.org/files/session_pdfs/Agile 2011 Abstract-Drury_Conboy_Power-Obstacles to ASD DM.pdf


Thursday August 11, 2011 11:00am - 11:30am
LA: Teton

11:00am

Agile Transition in Trouble? Using the Kotter Change Model as a Diagnostic Tool: Alistair McKinnell
Agile transitions tend to imply organizational change. According to change expert John Kotter 70% of all major change efforts in organizations fail. Is it any wonder that so many agile transitions deliver only lukewarm results? Throughout the session, the speakers will use the lens of the 8 Step Kotter Change Model to share their experiences guiding four organizations through their agile transition. In this session you will learn the 8 Step Kotter Change Model and see how it can be used to guide your agile transition.
http://submit2011.agilealliance.org/files/session_pdfs/Kotter Agile 2011_2.pdf


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

11:00am

Reverting to Form – How to Make Sure That Agile “Sticks”: Howard Deiner
Whether the adoption of Agile takes place in a grass-roots “bottom-up” approach or a mandated “top-down” manner, it takes a change in culture, and a willingness to “give it a chance” that is the biggest determinate in making Agile stick in an organization. In particular, it is the acceptance of using business value as a pivot point that can make an organization realize that Agile is their friend, so long as they are willing to avoid the pratfalls that can drive an organization back to where it started.
http://submit2011.agilealliance.org/files/session_pdfs/Howard Deiner - Reverting to Form - How to Make Sure That Agile Sticks.pdf

Speakers

Thursday August 11, 2011 11:00am - 12:00pm
GA: Murano

11:00am

Embedded TDD cycle - the first 3 years: Markku Åhman, Timo Punkka
James Grenning presented the embedded test-driven development (TDD) cycle already in 2004. Whispers on the hallways of conference hotels tell that somebody is actually implementing this idea. However, there are only few documented implementation details available. Schneider Electric’s fire security team has been implementing TDD cycle as an integral part of the development process for 3 years. Come to learn from their real-life experience and mistakes in automated testing at different levels: unit testing, acceptance testing using simulation, and in real target hardware.
http://submit2011.agilealliance.org/files/session_pdfs/embedded tdd cycle.pdf


Thursday August 11, 2011 11:00am - 12:00pm
LA: Wyoming Room

11:00am

Applying Agile to the Operations of a Training Organization: Patti Mandarino
ThoughtWorks Studios Workshops group has decided to ‘eat its own dog food’ by running its training group using Agile practices. This session will discuss the challenges of a training organization and how we successfully applied Agile practices to our operations. Our training organization has two distinct tracks of work: 1) creating and managing our content and 2) managing training engagements. Each track has its challenges, but we have found a way to apply Agile practices to both tracks of work.

Speakers

Thursday August 11, 2011 11:00am - 12:00pm
LA: Grand Ballroom C

11:00am

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

11:00am

Agile Office Spaces - Enabling Collaboration and Agility: Richard Cheng
Your Agile team has the right processes, engineering practices, tools, people, and technology, but what about your office space? Sure, you have a prominently displayed Scrum board, but does your physical environment enhance your collective Agility? Drawing from experiences at Agile shops and government offices, and in collaboration with his wife (Conni Gutierrez Cheng, a professional interior designer specializing in collaborative office spaces), Richard Cheng will lead a workshop session to bring together experiences of the attendees to create a shared learned experience.
http://submit2011.agilealliance.org/files/session_pdfs/Agile Office Spaces Workshop.pdf

Speakers

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

11:00am

Experimentation: a Missing Agile Practice: Arlo Belshee
Your initial Agile transition had great results. However, now you find the process has problems of its own. It doesn't fit your company, team, or domain perfectly. There's no advice for what to change. Now what? You already know a safe, effective, and constructive way to explore an unknown domain: do explicit experiments. I will show how to identify the problem and contributing factors, develop and perform a set of experiments to see what might work better, and then follow through on any process changes that you deem fit. We will take on one or two problems from the audience as examples.

Speakers

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

11:00am

Moving development and testing out of their Proterozoic silos: Steve Ropa, Joel Tosi
For far too long development and testing have lived in silos, serving different masters. In most organizations, testing is the neglected child. 'Anyone can test' - and organizations hire accordingly. The main message behind this session is how to handle testing organizationally and realize not only the skills needed for a successful testing organization but also how the interaction between development, product, and testing needs to evolve.


Thursday August 11, 2011 11:00am - 12:00pm
GA: Grand Ballroom Reception A

11:00am

Agile Security: They're Not Mutually Exclusive!: Judy Wankerl
In the federal government, or in any industry where secure systems development is a concern, security requirements are typically considered at the end of development, right before transition into production. In this session, we will examine recent changes in security doctrine, and how these changes favor secure development and align well with agile methodologies. Based on work with the National Security Community over the last 3 years, the presenter will describe how to build security in throughout development, and how to put the emphasis on building a secure system.

Speakers
avatar for Judy Neher

Judy Neher

President/CEO, Celerity Technical Services, Inc.
Passionate about building highly collaborative, high performing teams.


Thursday August 11, 2011 11:00am - 12:00pm
GA: Savoy

11:00am

Climbing and Governing the Enterprise Agile Mountain: Alan Padula
“It’s too risky for our financial institution customers; No requirements - no way!, Regulatory auditors will eat us alive”,… 2 Years Later: these concerns & more were solved to move to Enterprise Agile. With a strong vision, a worker-derived roadmap, heavy change management lifting, and internal agile coaches, we did it. What did those look like? How were “hearts & minds” won? What teams, tools, training, & rewards, drove the change through?
http://submit2011.agilealliance.org/files/session_pdfs/Climbing the Mountain to Enterprise Agile at Intuit.pdf


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

11:00am

The Agile Scaling Model (ASM): Be as Agile as You Need to Be: Scott Ambler
The Agile Scaling Model (ASM) provides the context and advice for effectively tailoring agile strategies. It describes how to extend the agile construction life cycle into a full-fledged disciplined agile delivery life cycle from project initiation to production. It then describes how to tailor agile practices to address eight scaling factors: team size, geographical distribution, domain complexity, organizational distribution, regulatory compliance, organizational complexity, technical complexity, and enterprise disciplines (such as enterprise architecture, reuse, and governance).
http://submit2011.agilealliance.org/files/session_pdfs/Agile Scaling Model.pdf

Speakers

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

11:00am

Lean Procrastination - How to Identify the Last Responsible Moment: Marc Bless, Olaf Lewitz
Procrastination is the psychological behavior to needlessly and counter-productively defer tasks. Lean thinking recommends deferring decisions to the last responsible moment and delivering just-in-time. One is a burden, the other a management theory, yet both are concerned with deferring. Meet the Shu-Ha-Ri model of Lean Procrastination which gets you rid of management if applied to work you fully enjoy and master. Play with us the new LRM complexity game to explore how complexity effects and changes the last responsible moment and how Lean Procrastination enhances flexibility.
http://submit2011.agilealliance.org/files/session_pdfs/Agile2011 Olaf Lewitz and Marc Bless - LeanProcrastination_0.pdf


Thursday August 11, 2011 11:00am - 12:00pm
LA: Olympus

11:00am

Design Thinking - Does Your Company Need It to Survive?: Mike Russell
Companies fail every day due to a lack of balance between “right now” need for profit and the need for R&D/innovation to survive and thrive long-term. Design thinking has risen over the past decade as a loose body of thought addressing how to intentionally – by design – achieve this balance. You should be acquainted with it because 1) your company may need it to survive; 2) design thinking and agile address similar problems, and design thinking can be leveraged to improve agile success; and 3) agile is a great approach to practically implement design thinking for business success.

Speakers

Thursday August 11, 2011 11:00am - 12:00pm
GA: Envoy

11:00am

Acceptance testing in the land of the startup : Joseph Wilk

Songkick is a web based music startup which operates in a new market place full of unknowns, developing a free service. Focusing on user experience as one of the most critical features of the product. Continuously iterating and experimenting with features based on user observations and metrics. Unusually we adopted Acceptance tests and BDD while still in the early startup phase. Having spent more than 2 years growing our system and learning the pain points both technically and culturally we have lots of interesting lessons we would like to share about startups and Acceptance testing.


http://www.slideshare.net/josephwilk/acceptance-testing-in-the-land-of-the-startup-8942148

Speakers

Thursday August 11, 2011 11:00am - 12:00pm
LA: Idaho Room

11:00am

Getting beyond 'good enough' - a user goal based framework for Agile Delivery: Darius Kumana, Jeremy Sutherland
Agile delivery typically focuses on the prioritisation and development of atomic user stories. Often the focus is on developer throughput and misses the overall value proposition of the software from the perspective of the end user. This session will introduce a user goal based framework for setting up and managing Agile projects for success. It will introduce an approach to Goal Driven Development that will allow stakeholders/Product Owners to take a user centered approach to delivery from requirements capture, through planning and into development to deliver software that delights the user.
http://submit2011.agilealliance.org/files/session_pdfs/agile2011_bge_small.pdf

Speakers
avatar for Darius Kumana

Darius Kumana

Darius Kumana is a leader who has helped institutionalize design thinking in several different organizations. His current focus is providing thought-leadership for the integration of user-experience design and agile software delivery philosophies. Darius currently works for ThoughtWorks where he strives to ensure that agile approaches to software development remain focused on the goals, needs and desires of real people. Follow him on... Read More →


Thursday August 11, 2011 11:00am - 12:00pm
LA: Arizona Room

11:00am

Agile Thinking for Business Analysis – Going beyond user stories: Shane Hastie, Steve Adolph
The agile literature currently largely overlooks many of the existing tools and techniques of analysis, often with a focus on user stories as the primary tool for defining and presenting requirements in agile projects. This workshop presents a variety of analysis techniques which can be used to identify and elaborate customer needs, to compliment the use of user stories and ensure that the right customer needs are effectively presented to the team at the right time in a way that ensures the right product gets built.
http://submit2011.agilealliance.org/files/session_pdfs/Agile Thinking for Business Analysis V1.0.pdf


Thursday August 11, 2011 11:00am - 12:00pm
LA: Grand Ballroom B

11:00am

Beyond Planning Poker - The Planning Poker Party: James Grenning
People across the world keep discovering Planning Poker. It's a helpful technique, but Planning Poker is not the only game in town. By itself, it's not the right game when confronted with a large batch of un-estimated stories. In this session we'll review Planning Poker and some of the underlying principles, and some other uses of them. Then we'll scale the ideas of planning poker and affinity grouping to handle large batches of stories in The Planning Poker Party. We'll walk through the steps needed to get a large backlog sized, and an initial release plan in place.

Speakers
avatar for James Grenning

James Grenning

Wingman Software
James Grenning trains, coaches and consults worldwide bringing modern technical and management practices to embedded systems development. He is the author of Test-Driven Development for Embedded C (http://wingman-sw.com/tddec). He invented Planning Poker, and participated in the creation of the Manifesto for Agile Software Development. His website is http://wingman-sw.com.


Thursday August 11, 2011 11:00am - 12:00pm
LA: Grand Ballroom A

11:00am

Whatever the problem, community is the answer: Gerry Kirk
"What are the issues and organizations in this world too important to fail?" asked Lyssa Adkins at Agile 2010. Imagine if the Agile community banded together to tackle complex problems like a smart energy grid or reforming education. Our collective skills, knowledge and passion uniquely position us to make a difference. Whatever the problem, community is the answer. Come meet like-minded travellers. We'll use the engaging World Café conversation format to re-discover our gifts, the kind of world we seek, think beyond the usual debates, with actionable steps to make shifts on a massive scale.

Speakers

Thursday August 11, 2011 11:00am - 12:30pm
GA: Grand Salon

11:30am

Agile Team Perceptions of Productivity Factors: Claudia Melo, Daniela S. Cruzes, Fabio Kon and Reidar Conradi
In this paper, we investigate agile team perceptions of factors impacting their productivity. We here conducted two case studies in the industry and analyzed data from two projects that we followed for six months. From the perspective of agile team members, the three most perceived factors impacting on their productivity were appropriate team composition and allocation, external dependencies, and staff turnover. Pair programming and collocation were the main agile practices impacting productivity. Finally, most team members did not share the same understanding of the concept of productivity.
http://submit2011.agilealliance.org/files/session_pdfs/Agile2011_ClaudiaMelo_.pdf


Thursday August 11, 2011 11:30am - 12:00pm
LA: Teton

12:00pm

Coaches Corner Office Hours

New to Agile Coaching? Trying to get your head wrapped around how to help people without any official authority? Need to know how to convince your teams to listen? Have a tough coaching problem your not sure how to handle?

We may not be able to solve all your problems but we can help start down the right path. Come to Agile 2011 Coaches Corner in Open Jam. Unlike the Canadian hockey version it won't be loud brash former coaches telling it like it is, it will be a clinic where you can catch sometime with an experience coach. During office hours: 8-9, 12-1, 5-7 - daily - just drop by for a chat. Otherwise write a question on an index card and leave it in the "Ask a Pro Coach Box". Questions will be discussed in OpenJam and after the conference on the Agile Coach Support mailing list.

Sponsored by Scrum Alliance


Thursday August 11, 2011 12:00pm - 1:00pm
GA: Grand Salon

1:30pm

Manager as Scrum Master?: Yi Lv
Self-managing is very important aspect in Agile change, in which manager transforms from command & control to leading and coaching. The experience report will share you a 3-year journey from one large-scale organizational Agile adoption, with the focus on the evolution of Scrum Master and manager role and the way they work together. It describes how the change regarding self-managing was introduced and adapted, then how they have tried to sustain the change by creating consistency between the values and principles behind Agile organization and the management capability to practice them.
http://submit2011.agilealliance.org/files/session_pdfs/Manager as SM.pdf

Speakers

Thursday August 11, 2011 1:30pm - 2:00pm
LA: Teton

1:30pm

User-Centered Design and Agile Methods: A Systematic Review: Tiago Silva, Angela Martin
This paper presents the results of a systematic review of existing literature on the integration of agile software development with user-centered design approaches. Through systematic and rigorous research methods and data analysis, this paper shows that a common process model underlies such approaches and discusses which artifacts are used to support the collaboration between designers and developers.
http://submit2011.agilealliance.org/files/session_pdfs/User-Centered Design and Agile Methods - A Systematic Review.pdf


Thursday August 11, 2011 1:30pm - 2:00pm
LA: Wyoming Room

1:30pm

How a Traditional Project Leader Transitions to Scrum: Nafis Ahmad, Jeff Sutherland
Transitioning from a traditional project manager to Scrum is challenging. The PMI Project Manager manages the project by ensuring that intermediate deliverables are delivered at various stages of the project. Agile development emphasizes the need for producing tangible results as soon as possible and as often as possible. The resulting role of an Agile project manager is fundamentally different from a PMI Project Manager. We will map the PMI responsibilities to Scrum and show a project manager how to more easily make the transition to an agile practice.
http://submit2011.agilealliance.org/files/session_pdfs/Presentation - How a Traditional Project Manager Transforms to Scrum - FINAL.pdf

Speakers
avatar for Jeff Sutherland

Jeff Sutherland

CEO, Scrum, Inc.
CoCreator of Scrum


Thursday August 11, 2011 1:30pm - 3:00pm
GA: Imperial Ballroom A

1:30pm

SHU-HA-RI Applied to Agile Leadership—Driving Your Agile Evolution: Bob Galen
Far too many agile instances either fail or are challenged because leadership team members don’t sufficiently understand the fundamentals of agility nor how to map them towards effective execution. In this presentation, we’ll explore a basic assessment model for determining Agile Leadership Maturity as a means of assessing and improving their understanding and your overall effectiveness. Not as a means of stereotyping leadership, but simply as a tool for understanding the leadership maturity landscape within your organization. Then we'll develop context-based strategies for improvement.
http://submit2011.agilealliance.org/files/session_pdfs/Shu-Ha-Ri Applied to Agile Leadership.pdf

Speakers
avatar for Bob Galen

Bob Galen

Principle Agile Coach, Velocity Partners
Agile Evangelist & Coach – Velocity Partners - Bob Galen is an Agile Methodologist, Practitioner & Coach based in Cary, NC. In this role he helps guide companies and teams in their pragmatic adoption and organizational shift towards Scrum and other agile methodologies and practices. He is a Principal Agile Evangelist at Velocity Partners, a leading agile nearshore development partner. He is also President and Agile Trainer & Coach at... Read More →


Thursday August 11, 2011 1:30pm - 3:00pm
GA: Murano

1:30pm

Chasing the constraint beyond the development team: Adam Light
Successfully adopting agile methods creates a high likelihood that the constraint in your value chain will migrate from software development to another business process. As your agile journey proceeds, more agile won’t necessarily deliver continued improvements! Unfortunately, systemic improvement often takes considerable time and effort, and your agile effort may be seriously impaired while you work to improve a constraint that lies beyond your control. This workshop will address methods for identifying, predicting, and responding to organizational constraints beyond the development team.
http://submit2011.agilealliance.org/files/session_pdfs/Chasing the Constraint - Agile2011 - Adam Light.pdf

Speakers

Thursday August 11, 2011 1:30pm - 3:00pm
LA: Grand Ballroom C

1:30pm

Teaching Kids Programming with Agile Techniques : Lynn Langit, Llewellyn Falco
In this workshop, attendees will experience our Intentional Method of introducing children (ages 10+) to programming using recipes (lessons at www.TeachingKidsProgramming.org ). We use Agile techniques such as pair programming, randoris, short iterations, re-factoring & test-driven development in teaching. Pair instructors model Agile practices while teaching. Learn how to teach technical processes using Agile techniques. Although we’ve mostly used our method with children, we have also successfully taught adults using similar methodologies.
http://submit2011.agilealliance.org/files/session_pdfs/Teaching Kids Programming - Agile 2011.pdf

Speakers

Thursday August 11, 2011 1:30pm - 3:00pm
GA: Imperial Ballroom D

1:30pm

The Culture of Agility: Pete Behrens

Agility as a process is well understood today in feedback generating iterations or as a flow. Agility as a structure is becoming better understood through cross-functional teams working collaboratively. However, Agility as a culture has very little exposure - yet culture impacts every attempt at agility. This session provides a language for organizational culture, its impact on agility, and examples where exposing culture has aided adoption. We explore cultures within single organizations, sub-cultures across boundaries within larger organizations, and cultures bridging a corporate merger.


http://trailridgeconsulting.com/culture-of-agility.html?view=slide

Speakers

Thursday August 11, 2011 1:30pm - 3:00pm
GA: Imperial Ballroom B

1:30pm

The Kata In The Hat: Emmanuel Gaillot, Jonathan Perret
Programming is insanely hard. It’s discipline. It's learning your katas from inside out. It's overcoming fear that you might write something buggy in a piece of software that will cost its owner millions of dollars. It is also fun, however. And while we do talk about it, we seldom do code for fun, just as a celebration of how much we love our coder’s life. This session is an attempt to change this. We’re going to code for fun. With the secret hope that some of the attendees will like what they’ll see, decide it’s the coolest thing to do, and make it happen everywhere on the planet.


Thursday August 11, 2011 1:30pm - 3:00pm
GA: Savoy

1:30pm

Designing a Kanban System for the Enterprise: Karl Scotland
Enterprise software and systems development typically involves complex mixes of teams, technologies, skills, architectures and organisational structures which must interact for the business to be successful. This tutorial will introduce an approach which designs the Enterprise as a Kanban System. The model is based on the central theme of Systems Thinking, the purpose of achieving Pull, Value and Capability, and aspects of Workflow, Visualisation, Work In Process, Cadence and Learning. The model is not a complete solution, but suggests key areas to consider when designing the Agile Enterprise.
http://submit2011.agilealliance.org/files/session_pdfs/Enterprise KSD.pdf

Speakers

Thursday August 11, 2011 1:30pm - 3:00pm
GA: Imperial Ballroom C

1:30pm

Agile Education by Object Game – most HISSATSU way to understand it.: Tsuyoshi Ushio, Emerson Mills
Some people cannot understand agile technique such as TDD and refactoring because these practices need "Object-Oriented" manner. This method can change non-OO brain into Object Oriented brain for only 4 hours by very easy way! Learner can understand Why OO? OO Application Behavior, OO Applications Architecture. In Japan, Many people have gotten Object Oriented brain since 2006 by this method. and Join Agile Teams! even CEO can understand OO Application behavior. AMAZING! In this hands-on, you can understand and experience that methods to make OO Brain! See: http://slidesha.re/ogo5mJ
http://submit2011.agilealliance.org/files/session_pdfs/agile2011saltlakelast-110811184003-phpapp02.pdf


Thursday August 11, 2011 1:30pm - 3:00pm
LA: Olympus

1:30pm

Leadership Agility in a VUCA World : Nick Horney, Jim Highsmith
Participants will apply leadership agility tools throughout this presentation that combine the leadership agility research and experience of an **Organizational Psychologist, Dr. Nick Horney** with **AGILE Expert, Jim Highsmith**. Dr. Horney will share his 20+ years in the application of leadership agility with senior leaders from multiple industry sectors and global locations. Jim Highsmith will provide the commentary and perspective from the AGILE community, reflecting his recommendations about combining the learning from AGILE methods with insights from strategic leadership agility.
http://submit2011.agilealliance.org/files/session_pdfs/Leadership Agility in a VUCA World - 8-11.pdf


Thursday August 11, 2011 1:30pm - 3:00pm
LA: Grand Ballroom A

1:30pm

How Social Media in Agile Projects can drive innovation: Christian Vindinge Rasmussen, Cathrine Lippert
According to Gartner Group: Companies that are trying to restrain their workforce Internet usages will be extinct within the next 5-10 years... Children of today use Twitter, Facebook and much more as a normal part of their daily lives - It is their network and backbone! The social medias are to them, what email and phone was to us and our parents. We call these children "Digital Natives"! How do we overcome the need for exposure and social interaction - both regarding recruiting and keeping skilled people, BUT also in high regards how can we use social media in our agile projects?


Thursday August 11, 2011 1:30pm - 3:00pm
LA: Idaho Room

1:30pm

User Experience Teams Gone Agile: Carol Morton, Clement 'James' Goebel
If an open collaborative space, short iterations, story-cards, and functional testing are good for software development, then why are software the developers the only ones who have to do it? What would happen if user experience designers followed the same practices? In this energetic hands-on tutorial you will explore practices that some user experience teams have adopted/adapted from agile developers. The session will also share some success stories that demonstrate how these techniques resulted in greater project success.
http://submit2011.agilealliance.org/files/session_pdfs/UE Gone Agile.pdf

Speakers
avatar for Clement James Goebel III

Clement James Goebel III

Partner / Chief Architect, Menlo Innovations
James Goebel is a founding partner of Menlo Innovations. Menlo uses highly collaborative project teams to design and implement innovative products for clients that place high value on user adoption. | | The team he helped build at Menlo Innovations has successfully blended an Extreme Programming development team, usability design specialists, a quality assurance practice, and formal project management. Representatives from start-up companies... Read More →


Thursday August 11, 2011 1:30pm - 3:00pm
GA: Envoy

1:30pm

Tango, The Stance of Reaction, and Pair Programming: Brian Marick

Agile favors the reactive over the proactive. Being appropriately reactive is a skill. Skills can be taught. All over the world, people are learning the complementary skills of leading and following in tango, an incredibly improvisational and reactive dance. I believe the learning techniques tango instructors use can be adapted to learning other kinds of reaction---like the reactions of pair programmers to each other and to the code.  In the first part of this session, I'll teach you some simple tango moves.  In the second part of the session, we'll break out computers and write programs or tests (or collaborate on some other task of your choice).

See the full description here.

 


Speakers

Thursday August 11, 2011 1:30pm - 3:00pm
GA: Grand Salon

1:30pm

How to design stuff that matters fast: Eewei Chen
Too much time is wasted creating that big design upfront only to find that users don't like what you have built once it has been released. Today we are in danger of not only over designing, but also designing solutions to the wrong problems. See how I experiment with rapid design techniques to ensure design solutions for the **right business problems** are delivered to the **right target audiences** *rapidly* and *continuously*. Learn how to create design solutions fast as a team and work with a client to get products that really matter out into market early that will delight users.

Speakers

Thursday August 11, 2011 1:30pm - 3:00pm
LA: Arizona Room

1:30pm

Telling Better Stories with User Story Mapping: Jeff Patton

User story maps help us understand the product we're building, break in down into small pieces to build iteratively and incrementally, and effectively plan minimal viable product releases in holistic product slices. In this quick tutorial participants will learn the basics of user story mapping by building their own story map quickly and collaboratively. They'll see examples and hear stories of a wide variety companies who've used story maps to simplify backlog building, planning, and delivery.


http://www.agileproductdesign.com/downloads/patton_story_mapping.pdf

Speakers
avatar for Jeff Patton

Jeff Patton

Chief Troublemaker, Jeff Patton & Associates
Jeff makes use of over 20 years of product design and development experience to help companies create great products.Jeff started in software development in the early 90s as a project leader and senior developer for a small software product company. There he learned that well written code, and fast delivery isnt the secret to success, its just table stakes. Its actually deep understanding of your customers and users coupled with a desire to... Read More →


Thursday August 11, 2011 1:30pm - 3:00pm
LA: Grand Ballroom B

1:30pm

Scrum Alliance Thought Leadership Workshop

There will be a workshop at Agile 2011 on building ideas for improving thought leadership in the Scrum Alliance.

Workshop Logistics

Thursday 1:30 to 4:00pm in the Open Jam at Agile 2011.

We are very excited to have the managing director for the Scrum Alliance, Carol McEwan, participating in this activity.

Workshop Purpose

The purpose is to clarify acceptance tests and generate  ideas for how the Scrum Alliance can work effectively to provide thought leadership around Scrum.

We will use StrategicPlay® with Lego® to share points of view and build a shared vision of ways the Scrum Alliance can demonstrate leadership.

This vision will be shared with the wider community for feedback and action.

 


http://agilitrix.com/2011/08/scrum-alliance-thought-leadership-workshop/

Thursday August 11, 2011 1:30pm - 4:00pm
GA: Grand Salon

2:00pm

Collaborative Events and Artefacts in Agile Teams with Interaction Designers: Judith Brown, Gitte Lindgaard and Robert Biddle
We studied 4 agile teams including interaction designers, since the integration of interaction designers on agile teams is an open issue. We found some designer-developer collaborations were for planning, but most were for enacting plans. These latter collaborations took three forms: scheduled, impromptu and chats. Regardless of the form, all designer-developer collaborations were mediated by twelve categories of artefacts. These helped to determine, more precisely what to create. We discuss implications of our observations for theory and practice.
http://submit2011.agilealliance.org/files/session_pdfs/Brown Agile 2011 Presentation 4 Practitioners_0.pdf


Thursday August 11, 2011 2:00pm - 2:30pm
LA: Wyoming Room

2:00pm

The Combination of Agile and Lean in Software Development : xiaofeng wang
Recently there has been a noticeable focus shift from agile methods such as XP and Scrum to lean, indicated as “from agile to lean”. However, the reality may not be as linear as the term implies. To better understand the combined use of both, the experience reports published in the past agile conferences were examined. The study shows that the two can be combined in different manners for different purposes. Lean is often applied as guiding principles for agile development. When combined at the practice level, flow-based lean processes tend to substitute time-boxed agile processes.
http://submit2011.agilealliance.org/files/session_pdfs/agile_lean_combination_agile2011-08-11.pdf

Speakers

Thursday August 11, 2011 2:00pm - 2:30pm
LA: Teton

2:30pm

When the VP is a Scrum Master, You Hit the Ground Running: Lynn Cowan
In early 2010, the new VP of Unisys Cloud Engineering was chartered with implementing agile methods in a department of engineers with decades of waterfall successes. He was also an experienced Scrum Master. One year later, we had completed over 200 sprints for 20 products across four geographies. I’ll tell the story of how we implemented Scrum, what we learned, and what we would have done differently.
http://submit2011.agilealliance.org/files/session_pdfs/WhentheVPisaScrumMasterPresentation110805b.pdf

Speakers

Thursday August 11, 2011 2:30pm - 3:00pm
LA: Teton

3:30pm

There's Something About Lean: A Case Study: Laura Bocock, Angela Martin
An idea gaining significant interest at the moment is “how can we apply lean manufacturing principles to software development?” There is however, limited information on how Lean is being used by industry practitioners and if the principles and practices are as effective as current interest levels suggest it might be. We have used a case study to explore the practicalities of how one high-performing, open source team, has adopted Lean practices. We found that the existing meritocratic culture of the team under study appears to have greatly assisted the team’s adoption of Lean principles.
http://submit2011.agilealliance.org/files/session_pdfs/SomethingAboutLean.pdf


Thursday August 11, 2011 3:30pm - 4:00pm
LA: Teton

3:30pm

The Only Agile Tools You'll Ever Need: Jeff Langr
Do you need a high-end agile project management tool to support your growing agile adoption? Or do you need a high-end tool because your adoption has strayed from agile values? Low-tech tools such as information radiators and index cards can provide great results, but how do you use them most effectively? What's the sweet spot for high-end tools, and how do you prevent them from sapping productivity? What tools are missing from the spectrum of software-based tools? Disclaimer: This is *not* a vendor pitch, and the speaker owns no stock in companies that produce index cards. :-)
http://submit2011.agilealliance.org/files/session_pdfs/theOnlyAgileTools.pdf

Speakers

Thursday August 11, 2011 3:30pm - 4:30pm
GA: Murano

3:30pm

Embedded Storycrafting: Key to controlling Risk and Schedule: Nancy Van Schooenderwoert
In embedded development, much infrastructure must be built before the first user feature can be delivered. Customer-value stories will often be too big. But breaking them down risks losing the focus on delivering functionality. The answer? Let your evolving user stories be the catalyst that drives hardware-software co-development in the early iterations, and then draws in each related engineering discipline as naturally as an acorn develops into an oak tree. Many examples from real embedded teams will be given, and sessions will be offered in open space to practice the technique hands-on.
http://submit2011.agilealliance.org/files/session_pdfs/Embedded_Storycrafting_2perPage.pdf

Speakers
avatar for Nancy Van Schooenderwoert

Nancy Van Schooenderwoert

President, Lean-Agile Partners, Inc.
Nancy was among the first to apply Agile methods to embedded systems development, as an engineer, manager, and consultant. She has led Agile change initiatives beyond software development in safety-critical, highly regulated industries, and teaches modern Agile approaches like Mob Programming, Agile Hardware, and Lean development methods. | Nancy has worked coaching Agile teams in the USA, UK, and Germany. Her coaching extended to their work with... Read More →


Thursday August 11, 2011 3:30pm - 4:30pm
LA: Wyoming Room

3:30pm

Enter the Bubblesphere: You and Your Agile Project Portfolio: Cory James Hohs, Elena M Yatzeck
Bubble charts, seriously? Yes! Even the best agile development teams may have yet to mind meld with a professional product portfolio manager, and vice versa. This simulation gives product managers some new agile bubbles to use when charting their portfolio performance, and provides developers with new tools for collaborating with business owners. All attendees will focus on how to maximize long- and short-term ROI for IT portfolios, along with learning to evaluate per-iteration team value delivery. The simulation was be fine-tuned at Agile Games 2011 in Cambridge, MA.
http://submit2011.agilealliance.org/files/session_pdfs/Bubblesphere Agile 2011 HANDOUTS.pdf


Thursday August 11, 2011 3:30pm - 4:30pm
LA: Grand Ballroom C

3:30pm

Enterprise Coaching - Practical Lessons Learned: Jason Tanner
Coaching in the enterprise requires creative initiatives and appreciation of the long view of organizational change. This discussion reveals the story of one company's ongoing agile adoption from a coaching perspective and invites participation from attendees to add to the conversation, ask questions and challenge ideas. I intend to provide several practical concepts for other coaches and attendees from large organizations to take back with them to try in their own context.
http://submit2011.agilealliance.org/files/session_pdfs/Enterprise Coaching Lessons Learned.pdf

Speakers

Thursday August 11, 2011 3:30pm - 4:30pm
GA: Imperial Ballroom D

3:30pm

How Functional Programming Changes Developer Practices: Dean Wampler
Functional programming (FP) is going mainstream. First seen as a better approach for concurrency, we are finding that FP has pervasive benefits, often supplanting OOP for many purposes. This talk explores how FP aligns with, but also changes developer principles and practices. 1. FP emphasizes mathematical rigor and rich types, which change TDD. 2. Capturing your domain model in code has serious drawbacks. 3. *Pure* functions and immutable data structures are more modular and reusable than objects. 4. FP introduces new "design patterns". 5. *But*, FP can be hard to master.

Speakers

Thursday August 11, 2011 3:30pm - 4:30pm
GA: Savoy

3:30pm

Enterprise Scrum at Belgacom: Xavier Quesada Allue
Belgacom (Euronext: BELG), the largest telecommunications company in Belgium, is transitioning to Agile with sponsorship from senior management. In this session we will give a recount of the fronts that have been successfully tackled so far: Running pilot projects, building an Enterprise Scrum transition team, combining waterfall with Agile, distributed Agile, financial governance, fix-priced projects and RFPs (agile contracts), PMO, project governance, training, technical practices, busting silo thinking within operations, and Agile with large packages such as Siebel, PeopleSoft and SAP.


Thursday August 11, 2011 3:30pm - 4:30pm
GA: Imperial Ballroom C

3:30pm

Distributed 3d Conference Ready Rooms: William Krebs
Got Distance? Come learn about immersive tools for remote teams. See how companies and government have used 3d platforms to save money and collaborate with distributed teams of 2 to 2,000. Virtual Ready Rooms will be available throughout the conference for you to visit. They are a speakers lounge where you can mingle with others. We'll feature key platforms on rotating days. In addition, a 60 minute slot will host a panel of Agile Luminaries in these virtual rooms. Get ready at http://www.agiledimensions.com/blog/learn Do it. Learn it. Join us for Hands On Learning!
http://submit2011.agilealliance.org/files/session_pdfs/Krebs.DistanceCollabTools.Agile2011.pdf

Speakers

Thursday August 11, 2011 3:30pm - 4:30pm
LA: Idaho Room

3:30pm

Goad Testing: Guaranteeing that Tests Make Distinctions: Max Guernsey
Test Driven Development has reached maturity. Goad Testing takes you a level deeper, examining what tests really are and using the outcome of that exercise to derive new ways of keeping software - both production and test - healthy, flexible, and on-specification. Making distinctions is a critical aspect of a test: It allows a test to serve as an executable specification. Sometimes this ability is lost in the course of maintenance. Goad testing is a way to prevent that from happening without introducing significant extra work or complexity.

Speakers

Thursday August 11, 2011 3:30pm - 4:30pm
GA: Envoy

3:30pm

The Fundamental Agile Apologetic: Tim Ottinger
A talk based on the "big four" series by Jeff Langr and Tim Ottinger (from Pragmatic Bookshelf: http://agileinaflash.blogspot.com/2011/02/big-four.html ), this session tells us why the fundamental concepts of software design virtually require us to adopt agile practices. The fourth in the series shows how software volatility further motivates automated testing, pair programming, continuous testing, continuous integration and constant attention to code quality.

Speakers

Thursday August 11, 2011 3:30pm - 4:30pm
GA: Grand Salon

3:30pm

Lean UX: Getting out of the deliverables business: Jeff Gothelf

Traditionally UX Design has been a deliverables practice. Wireframes, sitemaps, etc defined the practice of UX Design (IA, IxD, UI Design etc). While this work has helped define what a UX Designer does and their value, it has also put designers in the deliverables business – measured & compensated for the quality of their deliverables (instead of the success of the experiences they design). Enter Lean UX - the practice of bringing the experience to light faster, with less emphasis on deliverables and greater focus on the actual experience being designed.


http://www.slideshare.net/jgothelf/agile-2011-lean-ux-getting-out-of-the-deliverables-business

Speakers

Thursday August 11, 2011 3:30pm - 4:30pm
LA: Arizona Room

3:30pm

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.
http://submit2011.agilealliance.org/files/session_pdfs/Scaling_Agile_to_the_Enterprise_with_Lean_v1_13mbp_forUploadToSite.pdf

Speakers
avatar for Mary Poppendieck

Mary Poppendieck

Lean Software
Mary Poppendieck has been in the Information Technology industry for over forty years. She has managed software development, supply chain management, manufacturing operations, and new product development. She spearheaded the implementation of a Just-in-Time system in a 3M manufacturing plant and led new product development teams, commercializing products ranging from digital controllers to 3M Light Fiber™.  Mary is a popular writer and... Read More →


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

3:30pm

Slackers and Debtors: Meet Commitments, Reduce Debt, and Improve Performance: James Shore
Does your team have trouble finishing its stories every iteration? Is your "done done" actually a "maybe maybe?" Are you constantly removing stories from your plan? If so, this session will help. We take a close look at the relationship between technical debt, velocity, and iteration slack. We teach you how to use slack to achieve a stable iteration velocity, increase team performance, and get your stories "done done" every time.

Speakers
avatar for James Shore

James Shore

James Shore teaches, writes, and consults on Agile development processes. He led his first Agile team in 1999 and was an early adopter of Extreme Programming in 2000. Today, he focuses on helping people understand how all aspects of Agile, from technical, to business, to social, fit together to create successful software projects. | | James is an inaugural recipient of the Agile Alliance's Gordon Pask Award for Contributions to Agile... Read More →


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

3:30pm

To Make a Long Story Short: Splitting User Stories: Bill Wake
Large stories mix different levels of functionality, risk, and value. Large stories are disproportionately hard for teams to understand, estimate, and implement. There _is_ a way out: split stories to a manageable size, while keeping them valuable to customers. We'll examine splitting and merging stories using a variety of concrete techniques. We'll see why splitting on technical lines sounds easy, but gives poor results. Finally, we'll practice applying splitting techniques. You will leave with a toolkit of 20 or more ways to split stories, directly applicable to your project.
http://submit2011.agilealliance.org/files/session_pdfs/Twenty Ways to Split.pdf

Speakers

Thursday August 11, 2011 3:30pm - 5:00pm
LA: Olympus

3:30pm

Flirting With Your Customers: Jenni Jepsen
Flirting is about connecting. Some universities require their IT engineers take a flirting class—not to attract a partner, but to learn how to interact better in the workplace. We’ve translated flirting techniques for use in a business setting. Discover how the “8 flirting steps” can help you create stronger connections and greater understanding of your customers so that you work together better to deliver business value. “Flirting With Your Customers” creates the connections that can make a significant difference in your project’s success.
http://submit2011.agilealliance.org/files/session_pdfs/Flirting with your customers -final-Agile2011 pdf.pdf

Speakers

Thursday August 11, 2011 3:30pm - 5:00pm
LA: Grand Ballroom B

4:00pm

Survey of Agile Tool Usage and Needs: Gayane Azizyan, Miganoush Magarian and Mira Kajko-Mattsson
The usage of and satisfaction with tools supporting Agile methods has been and remains an unexplored area. Most existing tool surveys have been subjectively conducted by tool vendors, clearly focusing on company structure and a specific Agile method rather than on tool usage and needs. In this paper, we report on a vendor-independent survey on tool usage covering 121 responses from 35 countries. Our results show that the most and least satisfactory tool aspects are ease of use and lack of integration with other systems, respectively. We report on desired tool features and received comments.
http://submit2011.agilealliance.org/files/session_pdfs/Agile2011_GA low q 2.pdf


Thursday August 11, 2011 4:00pm - 4:30pm
LA: Teton

4:30pm

Why Scrum works: Lene Pries-Heje, Jan Pries-Heje
Scrum seems to work extremely well as an agile project management approach. An obvious question is why. To answer that question, we carried out a longitudinal case study of a distributed project using Scrum across Denmark and India. In our analysis of case study data we used three selected theoretical frameworks. We conclude that Scrum works so well because it provides communication, social integration, control, and coordination mechanisms that are especially useful for distributed and agile project management.
http://submit2011.agilealliance.org/files/session_pdfs/Why SCRUM works.pdf


Thursday August 11, 2011 4:30pm - 5:00pm
LA: Teton

5:00pm

Coaches Corner Office Hours

New to Agile Coaching? Trying to get your head wrapped around how to help people without any official authority? Need to know how to convince your teams to listen? Have a tough coaching problem your not sure how to handle?

We may not be able to solve all your problems but we can help start down the right path. Come to Agile 2011 Coaches Corner in Open Jam. Unlike the Canadian hockey version it won't be loud brash former coaches telling it like it is, it will be a clinic where you can catch sometime with an experience coach. During office hours: 8-9, 12-1, 5-7 - daily - just drop by for a chat. Otherwise write a question on an index card and leave it in the "Ask a Pro Coach Box". Questions will be discussed in OpenJam and after the conference on the Agile Coach Support mailing list.

Sponsored by Scrum Alliance


Thursday August 11, 2011 5:00pm - 7:00pm
GA: Grand Salon

5:15pm

Open Jam: Pecha Kucha

To share ideas, you can talk, write, play, or engage in the excitement of Pecha Kucha: up to ten people doing 20 slides set at 20 seconds each, for a total of six minutes and forty seconds per person. We'll be having a PechaKucha each evening just after the end of the programmed sessions.

Come share your excitement and your passion for any topic that interests you!

 


Thursday August 11, 2011 5:15pm - 6:30pm
GA: Grand Salon

7:00pm

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

12:00am

Open Jam

Open from 3:00pm Sunday until 12:30pm Friday, Open Jam is a place to share questions and quandaries, talk to the experts, demonstrate software and techniques, and experiment with emerging Agile practices and ideas.  Sessions don't need to be formal, like the ones on the program (in fact it's more fun if they are not). Anyone can convene a session at the Open Jam stage based on a passion and a commitment to make the session happen.

To share ideas, you can talk, write, play, or engage in the excitement of PechaKucha: up to ten people doing 20 slides set at 20 seconds each, for a total of six minutes and forty seconds per person. We'll be having a PechaKucha each evening just after the end of the programmed sessions.  Come share your excitement and your passion for any topic that interests you!

We'll also have a Coaches Corner, where aspiring and experienced coaches can come and talk to an experienced Agile Coach. Explore topics, questions, and challenges in the area of Agile Coaching.

The Agile Manifesto Signatories will be stopping by the "Park Bench" throughout the week-long conference to make themselves available to attendees.  Visit the "Park Bench" -- a casual, comfortable setting to share ideas, ask questions, challenge perspectives, and grow new possibilities. Come, share, ask, interact, learn and create.

Bring your crucial issues and ideas, your passion and your commitment to the Open Jam. Walk away with valuable new insights into topics that are relevant to you today.

 


Friday August 12, 2011 12:00am - 12:00pm
GA: Grand Salon
 
Friday, August 12
 

8:00am

Coaches Corner Office Hours

New to Agile Coaching? Trying to get your head wrapped around how to help people without any official authority? Need to know how to convince your teams to listen? Have a tough coaching problem your not sure how to handle?

We may not be able to solve all your problems but we can help start down the right path. Come to Agile 2011 Coaches Corner in Open Jam. Unlike the Canadian hockey version it won't be loud brash former coaches telling it like it is, it will be a clinic where you can catch sometime with an experience coach. During office hours: 8-9, 12-1, 5-7 - daily - just drop by for a chat. Otherwise write a question on an index card and leave it in the "Ask a Pro Coach Box". Questions will be discussed in OpenJam and after the conference on the Agile Coach Support mailing list.

Sponsored by Scrum Alliance


Friday August 12, 2011 8:00am - 9:00am
GA: Grand Salon

9:00am

Code: Kevlin Henney
Code is the stuff of software. It is the definition of the software. It is the enabler of functionality, the realizer of business value, the expression of understanding. It is also an expression of misunderstanding, a resister of change, a source of sunk costs. But the word code has meanings beyond source and binary. In a broader sense, code and codes are also the stuff of software development. There are cultures of programming, principles of practice, manifestos of desire. Code refers to a set of conventions by which a group of people will govern themselves.
http://submit2011.agilealliance.org/files/session_pdfs/Code.pdf


Friday August 12, 2011 9:00am - 10:30am
GA: Imperial Ballroom

9:00am

StrategicPlay with Lego
StrategicPlay® with Lego® SERIOUS PLAY® is a powerful experiential tool to enhance innovation and business results.
http://agilitrix.com/facilitation/strategicplay/

Friday August 12, 2011 9:00am - 10:30am
GA: Grand Salon

11:00am

The Power of an Agile Mindset: Linda Rising
I've wondered for some time whether much of Agile's success was the result of the placebo effect, that is, good things happened because we believed they would. The placebo effect is a startling reminder of the power our minds have over our perceived reality. Now cognitive scientists tell us that this is only a small part of what our minds can do. Research has identified what I like to call "an agile mindset," an attitude that equates failure and problems with opportunities for learning, a belief that we can all improve over time, that our abilities are not fixed but evolve with effort.
http://submit2011.agilealliance.org/files/session_pdfs/Mindset.pdf

Speakers

Friday August 12, 2011 11:00am - 12:30pm
GA: Imperial Ballroom