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Bob Galen

Bob Galen
Velocity Partners

An agile methodologist, practitioner, and coach, Bob Galen ([email protected])helps guide companies in their adoption of Scrum and other agile methodologies and practices. Bob is a principal agile evangelist at Velocity Partners; president of RGCG; and frequent speaker on software development, project management, software testing, and team leadership. He is a Certified Scrum Coach, Certified Scrum Product Owner, and an active member of the Agile and Scrum Alliances. Bob published Scrum Product Ownership–Balancing Value from the Inside Out.

Speaker Presentations
Monday, November 9, 2015 - 8:30am
Half-day Tutorials
A Product Ownership Practicum for ScrumMasters and Product Owners

You’ve just been selected by your boss for the Product Owner role … or you’re a newly minted ScrumMaster trying to figure out how it all works … or you’re an experienced Product Owner who is struggling to find balance between your stakeholders, customers, and team … or you’ve just received your CSPO certification but have no experience being a REAL Product Owner. Fear not! Join Product Owner coach and author 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 how to deliver high-impact sprint reviews. Bob then raises the bar to talk about product ownership at scale, how to build quality into your products, and how to effectively communicate and negotiate within your organization. Leave this tutorial with the ideas, skills, and techniques to become the Product Owner your boss wants you to be.

Tuesday, November 10, 2015 - 8:30am
Half-day Tutorials
Telling Your Testing Stories

It used to be that your work and the results spoke for themselves. No longer is that the case. Today you need to be more collaborative and a better communicator and facilitator so that you drive results from a team perspective. One of the most effective communication paradigms is the “Story.” You can tell stories that drive specific action. You can tell stories that communicate general product requirements or customer needs. You can tell stories that inspire teams and drive results. Or you can try to write everything down and hope for the best. Join Bob Galen as we explore the power of the Story. You’ll get plenty of time to practice telling your stories. We’ll explore basic story-telling techniques, specific framing for typical software testing activities, and test leadership story-telling that energizes and guides your teams. Network with your peers and become a much better story-teller.

Tuesday, November 10, 2015 - 1:00pm
Half-day Tutorials
Essential Patterns of Mature Agile Leaders SOLD OUT

Currently much of agile adoption—coaching, advice, techniques, and training―revolves around the agile teams. Leaders are typically ignored, marginalized, or, in the worst cases, vilified. Bob Galen contends that there is a central and important role for managers and effective leadership within agile environments. In this tutorial, explore the patterns of mature agile managers and leaders—those who understand servant leadership and how to effectively support, grow, coach, and empower their agile teams in ways that increase the teams’ performance, accountability, and engagement. Investigate training and standards for agile adoption, and situations and guidelines for when to trust the team and when to step in and provide guidance and direction. Explore the leader’s role in agile at-scale and with distributed agile teams. Good leadership is central to sustaining your agile adoption; bad leadership can render it irrelevant or failed. To inspire you and your teams, join Bob to walk the path of the good and examine the patterns of the bad.