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MO Agile Estimation and Planning: Scrum, Kanban, and Beyond
David Hussman, DevJam
Mon, 06/08/2015 - 1:00pm

If you are new to agile methods—or trying to improve your estimation and planning skills—this session is for you. David Hussman brings years of experience coaching teams on how to employ XP, lean, Scrum, and kanban. He advises teams to obtain the estimating skills they need from these approaches rather than following a prescribed process. From start to finish, David focuses on learning from estimates as you learn to estimate. He covers skills and techniques from story point estimating delivered within iterations to planning without estimates by delivering a continuous flow of value. Going beyond the simple mechanics of estimation and planning, David explores agile techniques to enable continuous learning and ways to prevent sprint planning sessions from becoming empty rituals. Join David and your peers to practice your agile estimation and planning techniques so they can become powerful tools within your project.

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TF A Product Ownership Practicum for Product Owners and ScrumMasters NEW
Bob Galen, Velocity Partners
Tue, 06/09/2015 - 8:30am

Congratulations! Your boss has selected you for a Product Owner role ... or you’re a newly minted ScrumMaster trying to figure out how to play with your Product Owner ... or you’re an experienced Product Owner struggling achieve balance among your stakeholders, customers and team ... or you’re newly CSPO certified but don’t know how to be a REAL Product Owner. Well fear not. Join author and Product Owner coach Bob Galen in this fast paced, crash course in how to ROCK your new role. Explore the dynamics of user stories, product backlogs, valuation and prioritization, establishing minimal marketable deliverables, and delivering high-impact sprint reviews. Then we’ll raise the bar to talk about product ownership at scale, how to build quality into your products, and how to effectively interact with your teams. Leave this workshop with the ideas, skills, and techniques to become the Product Owner you—and your boss—envisioned you to be.

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TP Principles and Practices of Lean Software Development SOLD OUT NEW
Al Shalloway, Net Objectives
Tue, 06/09/2015 - 1:00pm

Lean software development has often been described as “better, faster, cheaper” and focusing on “eliminating waste,” but those are misnomers. Going after speed improvement and waste elimination can actually reduce the benefits you might otherwise get from lean. Al Shalloway describes what lean software development really is and why you should be incorporating it into your development efforts—whether you use Scrum, kanban, or SAFe. Al explains the mindset, principles, and practices of lean. Its foundations are systems thinking, a relentless focus on time, and an understanding that complex systems require holistic solutions. Employing lean principles, you optimize the whole, eliminate delays, improve collaboration, deliver value quickly, create effective ecosystems for development, push decisions to the people doing the work, and build integrity in. Lean practices include small batches, cross-functional teams, implementing pull, and managing work in process. Al will describe how to use lean—no matter where you are in your development process.

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Concurrent Sessions

AW3 Forging a Path to Paradise: Replace Retrospectives with PRO-spectives
Jay Packlick, Improving Enterprises
Wed, 06/10/2015 - 11:30am

A cornerstone principle of the Agile Manifesto is periodic reflection on how to be more effective. So it's a bit ironic that retrospectives, widely practiced as a way to improve performance, are so ineffective. Teams often produce few, if any, significant improvements. Why is this? What can teams do instead to produce better results? Jay Packlick suggests that “Journey to Paradise Island” is a powerful exercise that introduces the practice of PRO-spectives―a forward-facing approach to continuous improvement that helps teams create and focus on achieving a compelling vision of their own creation. Unlike retrospectives which tend to be backward facing and reactive, producing  superficial responses to transient problems, PRO-spectives begin with the end in mind. They incorporate the goal-focused power of the Toyota Kata model of improvement. Join Jay to learn how your teams can create their own Paradise Island, discover just how far they are from it, and determine the best course to get there.

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AW5 Great Sprint Reviews: Patterns for Success
Bob Galen, Velocity Partners
Wed, 06/10/2015 - 1:30pm

Whether you’re new to agile or Scrum or an experienced practitioner, everyone has had a bad sprint review here and there. But do you consistently miss the mark? Have limited attendance, engagement, and feedback? Feel you might be developing the wrong products and simply going through the motions? Your demos should be lively, powerful, insightful, and valuable. In this energized session, join Bob Galen as he shares stories of common patterns he’s seen again and again that increase the value and vibrancy of sprint reviews. Bob discusses agenda setting, marketing, customer focus, why planning is crucial, and execution principles for your sprint reviews. He explores how to gather feedback, measure success, and take further action. Finally, Bob discusses how to demo non-functional and other types of work so your stakeholders “get” the value proposition. In the end, take away strategies and techniques that will change your reviews forever.

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AT9 Integrate V&V within Scrum: How Does That Work?
Kathryn Aragon, Sandia National Laboratories
Julie Bouchard, Sandia National Laboratories
Thu, 06/11/2015 - 1:30pm

Scrum is an iterative, incremental framework for delivering business value. It is not a Verification and Validation (V&V) approach. So how do we merge Scrum and V&V when a product must be subjected to formal V&V activities? How do we plan V&V work, incorporating it into a Scrum roadmap and backlog? How do we execute the V&V plan while performing development activities? Julie Bouchard and Kathy Aragon briefly describe what V&V is—and what it isn’t. They introduce V&V Navigator, a Government-developed, web-based tool to aid in identifying candidate V&V activities. Julie and Kathy demonstrate the use of Navigator to plan activities and artifacts for V&V, show how to map V&V activities into a Scrum backlog, and explore how to bake V&V into epics and stories “done” criteria. Learn ways to integrate V&V within the Scrum development process—the same as we do testing activities.

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