Conference Presentations

Agile DevOps West Leading in an Era of Constant Change
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Change is a good thing. Being a leader in an era of constant change can be frustrating. Putting a company through a significant transformation is a serious process that takes a lot of people, time, and money. However, if your organization doesn't innovate and change by market-driven needs and demands, it will fail—it's just that simple. So, how do you do it? This interactive workshop will introduce five key factors to successful change management. You will experience techniques to get everybody actively involved in transformation, from top-level executives and stakeholders to the team level, clients, and partners. You'll be able to go back to your organization with tools and techniques to manage change and truly lead a successful agile transformation. Come learn how change can be invigorating instead of exhausting.

Kim Brainard
Agile DevOps West People Operations in a Teal Organization: Tools and Techniques from a Real Journey
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The Lithespeed team first read Frederic Laloux's "Reinventing Organizations” in 2015. We immediately said ‘Hell yes, we are doing this - we should never work any other way!’ Fast forward 4 years, a couple conference presentations and a lot of trial and error. On our journey to Teal, we have undergone many transitions. We will share some of our challenges moving towards a deeper teal culture and our goal of developing tools for creating a system of organizational development and self-management. We will share our real-world experience using distributed decision making and organizational structure, self-management for the whole organization, People Operations, peer to peer feedback/engagement/performance reviews, financial transparency, open salaries, managing the business, and giving voice to the organization.

Amanda Geary
Agile DevOps West Hacks to Becoming a Mindful Agile Tester
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Have you ever felt like you've been working on multiple tasks all day long, but at the end of the day when you review your work, you realize you haven’t accomplished anything concrete? After years of working in the tech industry, Raj Subramanian realized he was not able to accomplish any task with complete focus and attention. So in 2017, he started a six-month journey of self-exploration and discovery. He read books; listened to podcasts on mindfulness, productivity, leadership, and self-motivation; and tried to apply various concepts learned from this journey in his daily tasks at the workplace. Raj will share the results of this experiment and describe how he was able to get more focus, improve his critical thinking skills, figure out a way to prioritize his time, and make himself more approachable to people in his personal and professional life.

Raj Subramanian
Agile DevOps West Fantastic Outcomes and How to Measure Them
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Do your metrics track what matters most to your organization, or do they merely quantify your adherence to a process? Is that process a good proxy for real results? In your environment? How do you know? Discover where to look for elusive, real outcomes. Join Cheryl Hammond to learn how to study indicators for your important metrics so you can recognize them when you encounter them in the wild. Understand how to monitor the health and relevance of your outcomes, and commit to the constant care needed to keep them vibrant. You'll take back a renewed appreciation for the beauty of a wild, untamed outcome and how it can motivate and focus your teams.

Cheryl Hammond
STAREAST How to Lead Without Authority
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Do you need to lead a project but have no level of authority? Is this the first time leading a project, but not sure where to start? Are you interested in potentially being a leader, but wondering what it takes? Leadership can come from many different roles within a company—regardless of title. Everyone wants to be the leader, but it’s not as easy as it appears. Parts of leading projects or teams can be challenging and at times requires tough conversations. Whether you are within IT or in another department, join Jolene for this session to learn tips to effectively lead a project through an organization without having direct reports or authority. Better understand how to influence, mentor, coach and direct regardless of your title and leave with new perspectives and ideas on how to be an great leader regardless of your title, position or authority level.

Jolene Trzebiatowski
STAREAST Disrupt Your Career and Discover True Quality Engineering
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One of the best things Melissa Tondi did for her career was disrupt it. She'll talk about what disruption means, how it can take form, and how it can help build out a team model that is more adaptable to change than ever while still focusing on the traits quality engineering brings to the table within project teams. Even if physically disrupting your career is not an option, in this session you will discuss how you can develop the mindset of a quality engineer and how a career disruption—whether planned or unplanned—can enhance your quality engineering career development. Melissa will take a deep dive into the traits that emphasize quality engineering and show how a highly functioning quality engineering organization operates.

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Melissa Tondi
Agile DevOps West Nontechnical Managers Leading Technical Teams
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Technology is complicated and changes every day. Even leaders with a technical background and deep understanding of tools and processes have trouble keeping up, and it’s virtually impossible to be an expert on every single aspect of a product. How can you help your team if you have no idea what anyone is talking about? Engineers and developers have all experienced the frustration and difficulties of being led by someone deemed “nontechnical,” from promising a customer unrealistic deadlines or solutions to a lack of trust and a complete breakdown in communication. Victoria Guido will explore how to avoid these pitfalls by creating a culture of learning, forming a cross-functional team, and playing to your strengths. Start by removing the boundary between “technical” and “nontechnical” and being specific about the skill sets, history, and experience all your team members are bringing to the table.

Victoria Guido
STAREAST Creative Trespassing: Sneak More Imagination into Your Work and Get More Done
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After years of smuggling creativity into the corporate sector without getting busted, Tania Katan has learned that we don’t need to be in a job that is distinctly creative in order to be distinctly creative in our job. In fact, no matter how tedious the task or how buttoned-up the office environment, we can all learn to conjure imagination anywhere, anytime, by choosing to stand out rather than fit in. Join Tania for some hilarious stories, wacky exercises for flexing your creative muscles, and engaging ideas like “Fire Hierarchy” and “Transform the Norm.” You will leave with tools and strategies for taking more creative risks, leading with more imagination, and embracing obstacles as an opportunity to accelerate growth, and you’ll gain the ability to find inspiration where others see only limitations.

Tania Katan
STARCANADA The Life of a Tester, from Once Upon a Time to Happily Ever After
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Most fairy tales start out with a scary premise and move to a happy ending. Lately, we have heard lots of scary stories about the future of testing. As machine learning and artificial intelligence continue to gain prominence, we see even more concerns about the tester’s career. With the...

Jennifer Bonine
Agile DevOps East Limitless by Choice: Discover Your Team's High-Performing Potential
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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 practicing this program as individuals first, then together as a group of powerful and limitless people. You will leave with multiple resources and repeatable techniques to continue with the material long after the session.

Jessica Soroky

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