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Agile + DevOps East 2019 - Product Ownership

Monday, November 4

Ryan Ripley
Independent Consultant

Coaching Workshop: Taking Your Scrum to the Next Level

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Monday, November 4, 2019 - 8:30am to 12:00pm

Are you struggling to achieve results from your agile and Scrum teams? Are you having trouble with user story writing or with effective estimation and forecasting? Are your sprint reviews and retrospectives low focus and low energy? What about gaining traction on the organization-side of things? Do your leaders actually understand the underlying principles? Are they measuring things properly? And what about Scrum at Scale—how’s that going? If you have questions, any questions, about how to improve specific practices or generally how to improve your agile journey, then this tutorial is for...

Tuesday, November 5

Mary Thorn
Bob Galen

Creating a High-Performance Agile Team

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Tuesday, November 5, 2019 - 8:30am to 12:00pm

Many teams have a relatively easy time adopting the tactical aspects of agile methodologies. Usually a few classes, some tools’ introduction, and a bit of practice lead teams toward fairly efficient execution. However, these teams are quite often simply going through the motions—neither maximizing their agile performance nor delivering as much value as they could. Borrowing from their experience and lean software development methods, Bob Galen and Mary Thorn explore high-performance team patterns, which are the thinking models of mature agile teams, including large-scale emergent...

Jeff Payne

Agile Project Failures: Root Causes and Corrective Actions

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Tuesday, November 5, 2019 - 8:30am to 12:00pm

Agile initiatives always begin with high expectations—accelerate delivery, meet customer needs, and improve software quality. The truth is that many agile projects do not deliver on some or all of these expectations. If you want help to ensure the success of your agile project or to get an agile project back on track, this tutorial is for you. Jeffery Payne discusses the most common causes of agile project failure and how you can avoid these issues or mitigate their damaging effects. Poor project management, ineffective requirements development, failed communications, software development...


Lean/Agile Metrics for the Rest of Us

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Tuesday, November 5, 2019 - 1:00pm to 4:30pm

For many agile practitioners, software metrics beyond a burndown chart are little understood or, perhaps, very scary because poor metrics can be worse than no metrics. In this enlightening session, Larry Maccherone explores how you and your organization can use metrics to bring management and lean/agile teams closer rather than becoming a wedge that drives them into conflict. Larry covers the entire lifecycle of the metrics process—from metric selection to reporting data—in compelling ways. You’ll gain an understanding of a wide range of concepts including common (101-level) metrics,...

Wednesday, November 6

Bob Galen

What “Good” Looks Like: The 4 Quadrants of Product Ownership

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Wednesday, November 6, 2019 - 10:30am to 11:30am

The product owner role was introduced in Scrum in 1993, so the role has been around for more than twenty-five years. Yet we still struggle with the nature of it. Is it simple or complex? Is it inward- or outward-facing? It is about backlogs and stories, or something more? And is ownership the whole point? Bob Galen will share his 4 Quadrants model for what "good" product ownership looks like in the real world. It will start with balance, because the role is so broad and deep in its nuance. There are product, project, analyst, and leadership parts to the product owner role, and we’ll...

Jennifer Bonine
PinkLion AI

Where Does Data Come From?

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Wednesday, November 6, 2019 - 10:30am to 11:30am

With all the tools available on the market, it can be overwhelming to figure out which ones might meet your needs and which ones will work best for you to create a high-performing team. Join Jennifer Bonine as she explains the relationship between the DevOps cycle and your environment, and how a hub-and-spoke model can link all your different data sets and tools together. She'll identify opportunities for applying test data analytics across the engineering and test landscape, ranging from high-value test cases to dynamically generated regression test suites. She will review ways to...


The MVP Mental Model

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Wednesday, November 6, 2019 - 3:00pm to 4:00pm

Here is a question we should all ask ourselves when building new software: Am I building in small chunks? Thinking and actions around the minimum viable product (MVP) are vital in creating a shift to full team and organizational agility. Agile methods work great when building, testing, and learning in small, discernible, discrete pieces is the norm. If there is not a shift to smaller increments or even an understanding of how to do that, the agile transformation is going to be in trouble. Jim Grunder will show how to move team and organizational planning approaches to fundamentally smaller...

Helen J Beal
Guy Herbert

DevOps Panel: Compliance While Moving Faster

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Wednesday, November 6, 2019 - 3:00pm to 4:00pm

Do you want to move at the speed of DevOps, but need to show compliance to your organization, a governing body, or through regulation? Are you already struggling with compliance and want to know how DevOps could help? Come listen to our panelists as they answer questions about compliance and security in DevOps without slowing down. This panel is looking to answer your questions about all things Compliance, so be ready to participate.

Thursday, November 7

Julie Wyman

KonMari Your Backlog: Tidying Up Those PBIs

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Thursday, November 7, 2019 - 10:00am to 11:00am

Have you tidied up your personal life with Marie Kondo and are now wondering how to achieve the same effect in your work life? Do you have the feeling that the most valuable product backlog items (PBIs) are getting lost under a mountain of old stories, bugs, and tasks? If so, join Julie Wyman to learn how to adapt the KonMari method to tidy up your product backlog. Julie will share a short quiz you can use to gauge the current state of your own backlog and walk through five easy steps you can take to get started in your tidying process. She'll also share real-life examples, call out...

Melissa Benua

Continuous Deployment for 'Mature' Codebases

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Thursday, November 7, 2019 - 11:30am to 12:30pm

When starting up a greenfield project, it’s easy to take advantage of the most modern development practices. But what about the rest of us, who are working on codebases greater than five minutes old? How do you take code that’s four years and hundreds of thousands of SLOC, and turn that into a lean, mean, continuous-deploying machine? In this talk, Melissa Benua will walk through what continuous integration and deployment means for teams working on mature code bases, and what the roadmap looks like to get from a release cycle that may take weeks or months to one that deploys on-demand....

Allison Pollard
Barry Forrest
Improving in Dallas

We Inflicted DevOps on Our Business—Now What?

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Thursday, November 7, 2019 - 3:30pm to 4:30pm

It seems that everyone is aflutter with DevOps, the shiny new panacea for all of our software ailments. What technical goodness can DevOps bestow upon us? What riddles does it unlock for us as technologists? How do business goals align in order to wring the true value from DevOps? Delivering value faster is a desire of many business and IT leaders, and it often looks like a win-lose proposition to achieve it. Metrics and edicts seem to have competing interests, like the car racer being told to both "go faster" and "save fuel." Barry Forrest and Allison Pollard will share their experiences...

Bala Lakshminarayan
Leading Financial Services Company

Build a Healthy Product Backlog with User Story Mapping

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Thursday, November 7, 2019 - 3:30pm to 4:30pm

Successful agile software development depends on a healthy product backlog. Too often, teams attempting to adopt an agile methodology for a project with a new product owner struggle in their transition due to a sparse product backlog. Bala Lakshminarayan will show how user story mapping can let a product owner quickly build a product backlog for the team, leveraging the subject matter experts in the organization from development, QA, UX and design, product management, sales, and marketing. Bala will thoroughly explain user story mapping and personas through a hands-on workshop...

Scott Weiner

Transforming a Team of Agile Skeptics into Agilists

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Thursday, November 7, 2019 - 3:30pm to 4:30pm

Teams can hesitate to adopt agile practices, even when there’s a clear desire for transformation at the executive level. But there are strategies for coaching agile-skeptical teams into an agile mindset. Scott Weiner will detail an approach in depth, including working with leadership to create transparency and space for the team to experiment and learn, adopting a retrospective process and using it as an engine for change, educating the team on agile’s value while focusing on a small set of goals, and building trust and shared understanding by problem-solving collaboratively. We’ll discuss...