Agile

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Better Software West 2018, Agile Dev West 2018, DevOps West 2018 Lean-Agile Learning through Games
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Most agile practitioners first learn agile by reading a book, attending a class, or attending local meetings. But learning lean and agile concepts works best when we're able to put some concrete examples and practice behind the concepts. By adding a set of games and exercises that teach and reinforce lean and agile concepts to our toolboxes, change agents can provide some practical basis for conversations both inside and outside their organizations. In this talk join experienced agile coach Bill DeVoe, as he shares two of his “go to” games. First, up will be The Name Game, a game that reinforces the downsides of multitasking and benefits of completing work. And second will be a modified version of the Scrum Penny Game – a multi-round exercise that demonstrates many lean-agile concepts, like flow, prioritizing value, and delivering small batch sizes over large ones.

Bill DeVoe
Agile Dev West 2018, Better Software West 2018, DevOps West 2018 Let's (Re)Learn about Agile and Scrum in One Hour!
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Every software conference has a number of folks who are brand-new to agile—as well as folks who think they understand it but could use a solid refresher. This interactive presentation will focus on newbies who want to understand the key concepts of both agile and Scrum. Certified Scrum trainer Steven Spearman will give an overview of the key concepts and learning approaches needed to understand agile and Scrum in one hour. While he will cover the structural basics of roles and events, he’ll focus primarily on key concepts of complexity, why traditional methods fail us so often, taking advantage of emergence, and how to fully engage everyone in the creative process. Working within the constraints of the physical meeting space, you'll use two or more interactive activities to drive home agile concepts in a more fun and concrete way.

Steven Spearman
Agile Dev West 2018, Better Software West 2018, DevOps West 2018 Impostor Syndrome: The Innovation Killer among Us
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Billie Schuttpelz
Agile Dev West 2018, Better Software West 2018, DevOps West 2018 Stop Guessing and Validate What Your Customers Want
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In agile, everything we do is an experiment. Product development is no different. We think we know what the customer wants, and the customer thinks they know what they want, but it turns out we're all wrong! To get to validated discoveries about our features, we must understand how to write a better hypothesis for our development experiments. This session focuses on challenging the mindset that we are validating options during our experiments. Natalie Warnert will show you how to eliminate options that don't work with data and feedback by looking at your product hypotheses as tests that cannot be proven. This way of testing your product design preserves options and helps to eliminate choosing the wrong thing because of your confirmation and customer biases. Natalie will present key metrics you can use to help guide your experiments and practical ways to look at your ideas as something to test, rather than validate.

Natalie Warnert
Better Software West 2018, Agile Dev West 2018, DevOps West 2018 Conducting Agile Retrospectives That Drive Real Change
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Think about your latest retrospective. Were people interested and engaged, or did they complain and accuse? Did you leave the retrospective feeling like you learned something valuable, or were you simply there to check the retrospective off your list? Retrospectives are hard work, but effective retrospectives can have a transformative effect on your team’s performance and, ultimately, your organization’s ability to achieve its goals. Join retrospective expert David Horowitz as he explores tangible steps you can take to turn your retrospectives into the catalyst of continuous improvement they were designed to be. He will show you how to create an environment of equality while doing something physical to reinforce action. He'll also share how to create and use a Retrospective Radiator and how to organize a circle of retrospective facilitators so that you invest in this valuable skill.

David Horowitz
Agile Dev West 2018, Better Software West 2018, DevOps West 2018 Agile 3.0: The Five Secrets Advanced Agile Companies Know
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Now that organizations have opted to morph agile into their own homegrown Agile Center of Excellence, many have missed out on simple advanced practices that would allow them to be even more aligned and ready to embrace a more practical agile application. Join seasoned agile coach Lee Henson as he shows you how to leverage internal and external agile service agreements to help guide your teams to a more solid agile footing. He will explore setting a clear vision and strategy by building an “agile press release” and how to embrace estimation excellence for stories, releases, and entire projects. Another secret is how to create a working product ownership group and leverage its expertise, which disrupts the fire alarm model and allows core teams to focus on building high-quality products and services.

V Lee Henson
Better Software West 2018, Agile Dev West 2018, DevOps West 2018 Testing with AI for Agile Teams
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Agile teams ship frequently and change things all the time--by design. In the middle of all this, agile teams need to make sure that their core user flows like sign-in, shopping carts and search features still work on every new build. Traditional testing is a poor fit for agile teams. AI changes all that with the ability to create automated verification for new user flows, and automatically maintain those verification steps even when the application changes. AI changes the game so that agile teams can move faster, with less risk or worry about breaking the app. Jason Arbon walks you through real world running examples of AI-based UI flow verification, and shares which machine learning approaches work the best. If your agile team struggles with testing and worries about quality, see how AI is changing the game and freeing up teams to move faster, with higher quality.

Jason Arbon
Better Software West 2018, Agile Dev West 2018, DevOps West 2018 Create Influence, on Demand
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Bernie Maloney
Better Software West 2018, Agile Dev West 2018, DevOps West 2018 A Case Study in Building a Culture of Continuous Improvement
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Continuous improvement is the goal of agile teams. But what does it look like when we create a continuous improvement strategy beyond our agile teams and bring it to the company level? Working at Spotify, Kevin Goldsmith saw the benefits of its fantastic continuous improvement culture. When he joined Avvo as its new CTO, his primary goal was to help Avvo create that culture for itself. In this session, Kevin will show what Avvo has done to build a foundation for a continuous improvement culture. He’ll explore the frameworks used to create highly engaged teams and share the organizational and process models that support and empower individuals and groups to own and drive improvements to make themselves more efficient and the company a better place to work. You'll leave with a template to help you build a continuous improvement culture in your company.

Kevin Goldsmith
Agile Dev West 2018, Better Software West 2018, DevOps West 2018 Outcome Over Output: Don't Be a Backlog Lumberjack
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As agile goes mainstream, many organizations are only focused on mastering different elements of agile frameworks. Progress is measured by vanity metrics such as velocity and burndown charts. These metrics can turn agile teams into backlog lumberjacks! Teams, ScrumMasters, and leadership must realize that while speed to launch is crucial to delivering software, speed to learning is even more important. To accomplish this mindset shift, product owners need to learn to change their focus from mastering the art of writing user stories to connecting their teams with the users of their products and the problem they are trying to solve. This involves concentrating on user personas, behavior, and needs. Taking teams to the next level of satisfying users through the continuous delivery of valuable software requires an alignment between the development team and the customer.

Kalpesh Shah

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