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Agile + DevOps East 2018 - Business User

Customize your Agile + DevOps East 2018 experience with sessions covering topics for business users.

Monday, November 5

V. Lee Henson

Getting your User Stories Right-sized and Actionable

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Monday, November 5, 2018 - 1:00pm to 4:30pm

Getting user stories the right size and actionable has been a challenge ever since agile has been in existence. Join V. Lee Henson for this highly interactive workshop in creating an innovative product or service. Participants will take it from ideation all the way to right-sized backlog items. Beyond knowing what to build, presenting the items in such a way that they do not lose context is also a challenge. Explore user story mapping techniques and acceptance criteria to help make each user story actionable.

Tuesday, November 6


Exploring OpenSpace Agility to Initiate Agility that LASTS

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Tuesday, November 6, 2018 - 8:30am to 4:30pm

How is your "Agile transformation" going? A McKinsey survey from 2013 found that 70% of transformation programs failed to achieve their intended goal for a variety of reasons ranging from culture to process to finance. More recently the news for digital focused transformations was even worse with 84% failing according to Michael Gail and the Pulsepoint Group. Agile coach...

Marcus King
Improving Enterprises
Allison Pollard
Improving Enterprises

Leaders: Getting Real without Getting Fired

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Tuesday, November 6, 2018 - 8:30am to 12:00pm

Are important words often left unsaid at your place of work? Do you feel like you're navigating a complex maze in conversations? Does your message tend to miss the mark with co-workers, who increasingly seem to be impediments to your reaching your goals? Trust and communication issues within the workplace can hollow out an organization. When organizations suffering from a lack of trust, it costs them speed, productivity, and collaboration. Join Allison Pollard and Marcus King as they share models to evaluate your own behaviors and facilitate activities to help you find your voice for...

Dana Pylayeva
Agile Play Consulting LLC

Introduction to DevOps with Chocolate and Legos

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Tuesday, November 6, 2018 - 8:30am to 12:00pm

An organizational change could cause confusion, bring havoc and face strong resistance. Learn how you can help your teams and management, experience the value of a DevOps culture by participating in this workshop! The workshop simulates the pre-DevOps life of a large enterprise whose teams (development, operations and business) have very different goals. Workshop participants will use role cards, Legos, and chocolate to experience the goals misalignment, simulate a product development flow, and make bottlenecks visible. Through debriefing and group discussions participants will...

V. Lee Henson

Advanced Backlog Refinement and Estimation Techniques

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Tuesday, November 6, 2018 - 8:30am to 12:00pm

One of the greatest challenges organizations face when embracing Agile is how to streamline the process of analyzing, defining, and refining the product backlogs so they can be easily consumed by their teams. Join Lee Henson to take a deep dive into advanced techniques that allow you to refine the work and ultimately achieve more accurate complexity estimates—for better project and release forecasting. Explore techniques including the creation of the Agile Press Release, which defines the who, what, where, when, why, and how behind the scope of an agile project or release in a simple one-...

Wednesday, November 7

Lee Eason

Enterprise DevOps Is Not an Oxymoron

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Wednesday, November 7, 2018 - 2:45pm to 3:45pm

Driving enterprise DevOps transformations is a challenging but massively rewarding job. Larger organizations often struggle to justify the costs of new tooling and training. In fact, larger organizations often fail even to understand what DevOps is and what it means for their business. Putting DevOps into practice also tends to hit serious roadblocks in areas of information security. How can you get buy-in for such a difficult and widespread organizational change? And once you've got it, how do you drive change in a way that stakeholders will stay supportive of it? Join Lee Eason as he...

Thursday, November 8


Holistic Agile: Treat the Whole Company, Not Just IT

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Thursday, November 8, 2018 - 10:00am to 11:00am

As agile methods find more global applicability, we are finding groups outside of IT that have nothing to do with technology or software development demonstrating success with agile methods. But the approach to the solutions they deliver are often catered to their own unique circumstances. The original Agile Manifesto, principles, and supporting frameworks were formed with software development in mind, but from a holistic perspective, a different approach is needed for enterprise solutions outside of IT. Robert Woods will show you how to translate the success seen in agile software...

Julee Everett
CCG Analytics

The Introvert's Survival Guide to Agile

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Thursday, November 8, 2018 - 10:00am to 11:00am

Open work areas, a focus on collaboration and conversations, and group events that seem to require verbal fluency ... It may feel like the agile ecosystem is designed with extroverts in mind. But science tells us that introverts make up almost half of the workforce, and they may struggle to be productive in an agile environments. In fact, introverts might even shy away from agile opportunities because of the radical collaboration it requires. In this interactive session, Julee Everett will teach you to recognize the traits of an extrovert and an introvert through self-identification....

Laura Burke
IHS Markit

Make Agile Work for Any Team

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Thursday, November 8, 2018 - 11:30am to 12:30pm

Are parts of your organization embracing agile while others become more resistant, disconnected, or frustrated by the idea? Or maybe your team wants to be more agile but it isn’t sure how to get started because it’s not a typical development team. Agile has been moving out of software and being embraced by nondevelopment teams for years, but it’s not always a great experience. How can we make the best parts of agility relevant to any team? This hands-on session will show you how to start teams down the path to “being agile” by taking a teamwork-centered approach. With examples from a...

Mary Thorn Consulting
Ian Larson

How Design Thinking and Agile Can Be Friends

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Thursday, November 8, 2018 - 1:30pm to 2:30pm

Agile methodologies do not traditionally allot space, time, or processes for user experience design. Some teams try to accommodate design via separate design sprints that are somewhat coupled to the team's backlog, but these are typically performed two or three sprints ahead. Increasingly, designers are demanding that teams do big, upfront design phases outside of a team's backlog, followed by agile development sprints to implement the design. As markets mature and competition increases, more and more companies must become design-focused or even design-led. Ian and Mary will show you why...


Limitless by Choice: Discover Your Team's High-Performing Potential

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Thursday, November 8, 2018 - 3:00pm to 4:00pm

Every one of us has the potential to be limitless in our careers, personal life, and everything in between! Yet most of us—yes, including you—are only achieving a fraction of what you are capable of. We all want more, but we aren’t sure how to go get it. This session will be an interactive and practical guide to breaking through all the things that limit you and will kickstart your journey to a limitless life. Jessica Soroky will introduce activities from the personal development program Limitless by Choice and address the potential all teams have to be high-performing when they start...

Katrina Thacker
Box Inc

User Stories Are like Onions: Let's Peel Away the Layers

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Thursday, November 8, 2018 - 3:00pm to 4:00pm

In the world of agile product development, user stories are like onions ... and no, that doesn’t mean they stink or they make you cry (although they have been known to do both). Writing user stories is still one of the hardest crafts in agile product development today. We all know that a good user story can be the difference between a low-performing Scrum team and a high-performing one. Katrina Thacker will introduce the "onion pattern" as a paradigm for creating great user stories, and she will lead you through a series of hands-on exercises to practice applying the pattern. In this...