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Monday, April 20
 

7:30am

Registration: Tea/coffee & networking
Registration: Tea/coffee & networking

Monday April 20, 2020 7:30am - 8:55am
Hogan Suite Foyer (5th floor)

8:55am

Day 1 Opening Welcome: ALI team
Speakers
avatar for David Denham

David Denham

Agile Coach, Workday
David Denham is an Agile Coach at Workday. He believes success comes from motivated teams, who understand the greater purpose of what they’re collaborating on together.David is the Co-Chair of Agile-Lean International Conference.
avatar for Joanna Koprowicz

Joanna Koprowicz

Scrum Master, Allianz Technology
I have a Masters in Project Management and straight after college I worked in a typical waterfall environment. Although, once introduced to Agile, I immediately fell in love with it. Agile felt right from the beginning.I am passionate about helping teams grow and improve – to deliver... Read More →


Monday April 20, 2020 8:55am - 9:05am
Hogan Suite (5th floor)

9:05am

Integrating Feminine and Masculine Energies for a Better (Agile) World
Let’s explore a way to deepen our Agile-Lean practice through integrating feminine and masculine energies. You heard that right! Feminine and masculine energies.  Yes, we are “going there.” 

Almost 20 years into the Agile movement we see that that so many, perhaps most, Agile-Lean implementations stay on the surface. We’ve tried a lot of things to address that. We’ve even changed the word from implementation to transformation, but that hasn’t yet done the trick. In our community we hear one another decry, “They are sorta doing agile, but how do I get them to BE Agile?” 

We know that if Agile says on the surface as a “thing to do” we will never get to the root of the root of the aim of Agile which is to bring in ways of working with complex and confounding circumstances.

In this keynote, Lyssa Adkins will explore the capacities of feminine energy that she believes must come online for us to go deeper than the surface-level implementations we worry about so much. This isn’t about making the feminine better than the masculine — it’s not about recapitulating the one up-one down dynamic that gets us nowhere new. It is about integrating feminine and masculine energies in ourselves individually, and as a worldwide community, to move into the deeper set of skills that must come on-line if we are to — finally — realize the full promise of Agile.

Monday April 20, 2020 9:05am - 10:05am
Hogan Suite (5th floor)

10:15am

Scaling a Culture of Innovation at OVO Energy, a fast growth UK Unicorn company
OVO Energy was founded in 2009 with a mission to power human progress through clean, affordable energy for everyone. The green tech company recently celebrated it’s 10th birthday in style; receiving investment in January confirming it’s UK Unicorn status and recently announcing the acquisition of the retail arm of SSE, making the company the second largest energy provider in the UK. In it’s 10 year history OVO has transformed from energy retailer to EnTech leader, specialising in cutting edge renewable technology. 
Much of OVO’s success has been due to its relentless focus on customer outcomes and willingness to empower teams to innovate rapidly. As CHRO Kim Atherton drove the culture change required to embed the principles and mindset of agile. To embed the changes, Kim built a software platform, Just3Things, now a separate business working with clients including Fidelity, Deloitte, Go Compare and the NHS. 
During her session, Kim will give a candid account of the challenges associated with rapidly scaling a business from 50-2000 employees whilst maintaining alignment to the strategic priorities and a culture of innovation. 

Speakers
avatar for Kim Atherton

Kim Atherton

CEO & Co-Founder, just3things
Kim joined OVO Energy in 2012 when the team were 50 strong. As Chief People Officer she led the organisational design project to move from a traditional hierarchy to a network of teams, and when she could not find a piece of software to help to embed this way of working, hired a small... Read More →


Monday April 20, 2020 10:15am - 10:50am
Hogan Mezzanine 2 (4th floor)

10:15am

The mirror within: How a courageous approach to goal setting can develop your organization
Many companies these days start to experiment with Objectives and Key Results (OKR) to follow promises of higher performance, better alignment and even a new culture of collaboration. After the first enthusiastic steps (or quarters) the glamour often fades and frustration sets in: the alignment takes way too long, the focus is not clearly given, outcome-orientation is still a buzzword and the collaboration improved, if at all, only slightly.

Is OKR maybe overrated? Or what does it take to really change the way we work with goals to develop our organizations?

In this talk we will pursue the typical challenges of organisations with new ways of goal setting and show how utilizing OKR as a concept for organizational learning can develop your organization over time - if you dare to take courageous decisions along the way.

Speakers
avatar for Natalija Hellesoe

Natalija Hellesoe

Training, Facilitation & Agile Coaching
Natalija has been working within HR and People Development since 2010 before starting her own business to inspire people for what's possible. Currently, she focuses on Agile HR, Leadership and  Learning. Together with Sonja Mewes from Beautiful Future she runs dedicated OKR trainings... Read More →


Monday April 20, 2020 10:15am - 10:50am
Hogan Mezzanine 1 (4th floor)

10:15am

Dual Track Agile - The Secret to Successful Collaboration between Product, UX & Development
Let's explore the Who, What, Why, Where and When of applying Lean UX approaches for Agile environments. In this talk I bring a raw honesty of my experiences to date working with various organisations, following agile process after agile process, that each excluded specifics on how to collaborate with UX. Throughout this time I have come to learn there are 2 elements that ensure success, which do not work in isolation.

- The Process
Dual Track Agile, splitting out discovery and delivery.

- The Human Factor
Challenging our bias, stepping outside our comfort zones and embracing failure together.

Speakers
avatar for Rachel O'Donnell

Rachel O'Donnell

Senior UX Designer, Genesys


Monday April 20, 2020 10:15am - 10:50am
Davin Suite (4th floor)

10:50am

11:20am

Sympathy for the Agile Coach
Please allow me to introduce you to my co-presenter, Louis Cypher, MBA, PhD, Kanban Trainer, SAFe consultant, Six Sigma Super Black Belt, Scrum Study Certified Trainer, Certified ScrumMaster, PRINCE2 Practitioner, OFG Certified Architect, PMP. He is an Agile Consultant and Thought Leader of wealth and taste. He has been around a long, long time and you’ve probably met him in some form or another. He will take you on a journey of his personal experiences of Agile and will show you the nature of his game. He will reveal a range of fantastic opportunities and ideas to take back to your teams and take your career to new heights.

And all it will cost is your Agile Soul….

Speakers
avatar for Nigel Baker

Nigel Baker

Agile Coach & Director, Agile Bear Ltd.
Nigel is a Certified Scrum Trainer – one of only a few in the UK. He has been working with Agile techniques for over 12 years and was one of the Lead Agile Consultants for BT – Who undertook the largest Agile transformation in the world, at that time.Nigel’s background includes... Read More →


Monday April 20, 2020 11:20am - 11:55am
Hogan Suite (5th floor)

11:20am

Recruiting Agility
In case you have not heard, there is a war on for talented people. Companies that want to win need to act with courage and swift, easy grace. Sadly, these attributes are not often associated with HR recruiting. Traditional recruiting came out of World War II and is process laden and slow. No one could argue that recruiting is ripe for reinvention in the digital era we live in. But how to do it? We experimented with applying Agile principles and practices to the recruiting process and had some very interesting results. For example, by enabling recruiters to focus (aka limiting work-in-progress), we cut time-to-hire (cycle time) in half. This talk tells the story of the journey and leaves with recommendations for HR professionals who want to gain recruiting agility.

Speakers
avatar for David D. Parker

David D. Parker

Agile Coach, Workday
David just entered his tenth year practicing and coaching Agile. He thrives on helping to create environments where teams can achieve their goals. He has trained and coached with Agile Learning Labs in Silicon Valley and Berteig Consulting in Toronto. He recently joined Workday Financials... Read More →


Monday April 20, 2020 11:20am - 11:55am
Hogan Mezzanine 1 (4th floor)

11:20am

Getting ahead by democratizing product ownership - fast forward with the whole team
Best products emerge by challenging the established beliefs via relentless experimentation. This is only possible when product leaders give away product ownership and turn it into a function of the whole team. The role of product leader is to create a compelling shared vision and get their teams to rally around it.

I have spent years combining Lean, Agile, DevOps, Design Thinking, Lean UX and found that best results come when the full team leads the product development.

Expect a combination of practices that facilitates close collaboration between the product leader, the business people and product team members. We will start from how you can create a shared vision and go through the various practices that allow new product ideas to diverge, converge and take shape through series of experiments. Some of the practices included:

Building a shared vision and purpose through Impact Mapping
Analyzing user needs via user research, Empathy Maps, and Personas
Designing collaboratively using Event Storming
Designing experiments with the support of "How Might We" (HMW) and other design-thinking practices
Testing hypotheses using Rapid prototyping, User testing, Split testing (including A/B testing)
Using Data-Informed Design

I hope this can inspire you to start tomorrow and engage all your team members in what can massively accelerate your success.

Speakers
avatar for Val Yonchev

Val Yonchev

Open Innovation Labs Engagement Lead EMEA, Red Hat
Val has a passion for discovering & building better ways for leading people & organizations. He has spent most of his career helping organizations innovate and transform - from technology-driven, Lean and agile-driven transformations to building modern organizations based on open... Read More →


Monday April 20, 2020 11:20am - 11:55am
Hogan Mezzanine 2 (4th floor)

11:20am

Coaches Clinic
1:1 sessions with Agile Coaches

Monday April 20, 2020 11:20am - 12:40pm
Hogan Suite Foyer (5th floor)

11:20am

Workshop: Bikablo Visual Facilitation - an introduction
Bikablo is a visual language and set of methods that enables everyone to communicate visually - it adds rocket fuel to communication, facilitation and change. 

In this workshop you’ll get an introduction to the bikablo method and get hands on learning the fundamentals of  basic shapes, icons and simple flipchart tricks, plus explore how to use visual thinking in dialogue with Bikablo “thought sketching.”

Zero drawing skills or artistic ability are needed to attend - these will be acquired during the session!

Each participant will receive a sketchbook and pens so you can start using your new skills straight away at the rest of the conference by taking some awesome sketchnotes :)

Speakers
avatar for Andy de Vale

Andy de Vale

Principal, WorkVisible


Monday April 20, 2020 11:20am - 12:40pm
Nally Suite (4th floor)

12:05pm

Every Agile Transformation fails - what will you do about it?
What do you do when your 'Agile Transformation' begins to fall to pieces? The once inspiring vision that was set by your CEO now buzzwords painted on to walls next to other 'inspirational' quotes on team work. The promise that teams will get to work at a sustainable pace where quality & mental health is treated as a first class citizen to then find out that you've just been signed up to another death march. What will you do? Will you wait for permission to share your opinion & challenge the status quo? Will you ask the same status quo to make you feel 'safe' before you decide to take any action? Join me in a hands on talk inspired by the concept of Brave Space, where I'll be sharing trialled & tested insights of the teams who were able to make impact - from the bottom up, through finding their voice.



Speakers
avatar for Jem D'jelal

Jem D'jelal

Scrum & Agile Trainer, Adventures with Agile


Monday April 20, 2020 12:05pm - 12:40pm
Hogan Suite (5th floor)

12:05pm

Bonuses in an Agile Company: our Successful Application of Merit Money
Bonuses in an Agile Company: our Successful Application of Merit Money

Speakers
avatar for Rafael Sabbagh

Rafael Sabbagh

Agile Expert, Founder and Managing Partner, Knowledge21


Monday April 20, 2020 12:05pm - 12:40pm
Hogan Mezzanine 1 (4th floor)

12:05pm

12:40pm

Lunch & networking
Monday April 20, 2020 12:40pm - 1:40pm
Canal Cafe (5th floor)

1:40pm

The role of leaders in driving innovation
The Role of Leaders in Driving Innovation Innovation is the pulse of any thriving business – and yet many companies still have a narrow view on innovation; one that lacks vision and strategy and often underestimates the role of your leaders. Join us to explore the impact of a modern people approach on the company's creativity and innovation power. We will look at different aspects, including the influence of technology and automation on the jobs of the future, the need to reframe innovation and invest in potential-based talent scouting, as well as the effect of scaling learning over scaling efficiency. Furthermore, we will talk about humanizing work and leadership how your personal growth path fits into this whole equation. Is your organization utilizing its innovation power?

Speakers
avatar for Fabiola Eyholzer

Fabiola Eyholzer

Chief Executive Officer, JLS - Just Leading Solutions LLC
I am the CEO of Just Leading Solutions, a New York based consultancy for Lean | Agile People Operations – the 21st century HR approach. I help enterprises to accelerate their agile transformation by focusing on their crucial asset: their people.In two decades as Management Consultant... Read More →


Monday April 20, 2020 1:40pm - 2:15pm
Hogan Suite (5th floor)

2:25pm

Be the catalyst for an agile-friendly culture
According to the global Annual State of Agile Survey by VersionOne, the biggest challenge facing agile adoption is the “misalignment between organisational culture and agile values”.  In other words, agile adoption is only possible in an “agile friendly” culture. If agile values go against your organisational culture or DNA, then agile practices will be rejected in the same way a body rejects a foreign object.

Using concrete examples from his experience as an Agile Transformation Coach & Consultant,  Zak will share his learnings about the the key components of an agile friendly culture, such as psychological safety and trust. He will also present a pragramatic and effective model that leaders, managers, scrum masters and agile coaches can use to act as the catalyst for the required cultural change in their own organisations.

Speakers
avatar for Zak Meziane

Zak Meziane

Agile Transformation & Leadership Specialist
Zak is an Certified Enteprise Coach (CEC) and Certified Team Coach (CTC) with 15 years’ experience in helping organisations and their leaders thrive in a complex and changing economy by transforming the way they think and work. In the last 5 years, Zak had the privilege of supporting... Read More →


Monday April 20, 2020 2:25pm - 3:00pm
Hogan Suite (5th floor)

2:25pm

How to be an inclusive leader in your day-to-day work
A lot is being said on inclusive leadership as theory but very little translates it into day-to-day examples that illustrate how people can put it into practice  

Speakers
avatar for Vessy Tasheva

Vessy Tasheva

Author of "2019 Diversity in the Workplace Report"
Vessy Tasheva is the founder of Vessy.com and author of the 2019 and 2020 editions of the independent international Diversity in the Workplace Report. In 2019 she launched a global D&I knowledge community with members from 10 countries. As a D&I and culture transformation consultant... Read More →


Monday April 20, 2020 2:25pm - 3:00pm
Hogan Mezzanine 1 (4th floor)

2:25pm

Workshop: Product Owners - The Primary Storytellers In Scrum Teams
For product owners who want to increase engagement in their scrum teams this session is an interactive, story-telling workshop unlike writing requirements traditionally this session aims to teach storytelling techniques and structures in a fun, and engaging way to demonstrate how the "stories" can make data more human.

I believe this is an important topic to talk about as I meet many product owners who have become user story writing factories. The aim of this workshop is to encourage product owners to tell stories instead of writing them, by experiencing telling and listening to stories in this workshop.

Speakers
avatar for Paul Goddard

Paul Goddard

Certified Scrum Trainer (CST) and Certified Enterprise Coach (CEC), Agilify Ltd.
Paul Goddard is an established agile coach and trainer based in the United Kingdom. He has been assisting agile teams since 2003 and is a qualified Certified Scrum Trainer (CST) and Certified Enterprise Coach (CEC). His first book “Improv-ing Agile Teams” brings together two of... Read More →


Monday April 20, 2020 2:25pm - 3:45pm
Canal Cafe (5th floor)

3:10pm

Self-therapy of Product Engineer
We all have been hearing about cross functional teams for a while now, but have you heard about cross functional individual?

I used to be called Agile Tester, later Quality Coach, working with Agile Developers... now we are all Product Engineers. Used to work within a team where everyone had their unique role... now we're all the same. Used to have very well defined boundaries of responsibilities, now they're loose. Used to meet my goals. Now we all have one goal. The product.

This is a story of a person who one day was working as a tester to wake up next day to be told, we no longer have testers. This is a story of developer who woke up the same day, and was told he is the tester... the devops... the analyst. How it impacted all of us.

Although we were all prepared for this to happen one day. Coaching and mentoring others in our roles, and being coached and mentored by others. We weren't quite ready.

Why it was good decision.. or bad decision.. or really I don't know, and why I need you to tell me. Is Product Engineering the future of cross functional teams?

Speakers
avatar for Bart Szulc

Bart Szulc

Senior Product Engineer, Spartez/Atlassian
Product Engineer in Jira Cloud. Have strong background in Quality Assurance. Combination of product analysis, testing, coding, and operations, helps him in role of Product Engineer, where there isn't anyone that will do part of your job for you, your responsibility is the product... Read More →


Monday April 20, 2020 3:10pm - 3:45pm
Hogan Mezzanine 1 (4th floor)

3:10pm

Agile Casting: a co-created and collaborative Recruitment Process!
How an Agile Recruitment Process would look like? Feel like? How do we apply the mindset, values, and principles of Agility into something like... interviews? With a concrete use case, I'm gonna share the journey to create, prepare and participate in an internal Product Owner recruitment process that not only found the perfect candidate, but also engaged and developed the current ones.

Speakers
avatar for Rafael Ribeiro

Rafael Ribeiro

Coach Trainer, Adventures with Agile
After working as a Software Developer for 11 years, “Rafa” Ribeiro realized that despite the knowledge he had about machines and computers, he lacked skills to empower and support other people. With the challenge of creating his own company, he felt the need to start a learning... Read More →


Monday April 20, 2020 3:10pm - 3:45pm
Hogan Suite (5th floor)

3:45pm

4:15pm

Closing Keynote: Talk TBA
Closing Keynote: Daniel Vacanti

Speakers
avatar for Daniel Vacanti

Daniel Vacanti

Co-founder and CEO, ActionableAgile
Daniel Vacanti is a 20-year software industry veteran who got his start as a Java Developer/Architect and who has spent most of the last 15 years focusing on Lean and Agile practices. In 2007, he helped to develop the Kanban Method for knowledge work. He managed the world’s first... Read More →


Monday April 20, 2020 4:15pm - 5:15pm
Hogan Suite (5th floor)
 
Tuesday, April 21
 

7:30am

Registration: Tea/coffee & networking
Registration: Tea/coffee & networking

Tuesday April 21, 2020 7:30am - 8:55am
Hogan Suite Foyer (5th floor)

8:55am

Day 2 Opening Welcome: ALI team
Day 2 Opening Welcome: ALI team

Speakers
avatar for David Denham

David Denham

Agile Coach, Workday
David Denham is an Agile Coach at Workday. He believes success comes from motivated teams, who understand the greater purpose of what they’re collaborating on together.David is the Co-Chair of Agile-Lean International Conference.
avatar for Joanna Koprowicz

Joanna Koprowicz

Scrum Master, Allianz Technology
I have a Masters in Project Management and straight after college I worked in a typical waterfall environment. Although, once introduced to Agile, I immediately fell in love with it. Agile felt right from the beginning.I am passionate about helping teams grow and improve – to deliver... Read More →


Tuesday April 21, 2020 8:55am - 9:05am
Hogan Suite (5th floor)

9:05am

A systematic approach to innovation: from adaptation to exaptation
There is a substantial difference between incremental innovation (dealing with articulated issues), responsive adaptation, and ‘Eureka’ innovation in which radical new insight creates radical change. Finding ways to link existing capability with novel purposes to deal with uncertainty is one proven way, illustrated by real-life stories in this talk.

Rather than depend on accidents and luck, this presentation will look at how we set up systems that manage for serendipity and the associated issues of how we manage people, create the space for dissent and find ways to gain senior management attention for novel ‘left field’ ideas. It will also address how we measure the cognitive, cultural and behavioural diversity needed to create the preconditions for innovation and how we catalyse the potential of our employees, customers and suppliers to provide new ways of working and thinking.

Speakers
avatar for Dave Snowden

Dave Snowden

Founder, Cognitive Edge
Dave Snowden divides his time between two roles: founder, Director, and Chief Scientific Officer of Cognitive Edge and the founder and head of the Cynefin Centre. His work is international in nature and covers government and industry looking at complex issues relating to strategy... Read More →


Tuesday April 21, 2020 9:05am - 10:05am
Hogan Suite (5th floor)

10:15am

Talk TBA
Talk TBA

Speakers
avatar for Sam Kiani

Sam Kiani

Certified Professional Coach & Trainer, Adventures with Agile
Sam is a Coach & Trainer with more than 20 years’ experience of delivering change within both IT and the business, for some of the biggest Investment Banks where Sam reached Director level as well as entrepreneurial start-ups including her own. Throughout Sam’s career she has... Read More →


Tuesday April 21, 2020 10:15am - 10:50am
Hogan Mezzanine 1 (4th floor)

10:15am

Boosting High-Performing Agile Teams with EVDnC
EVDnC ("evidence", Extreme Value-driven Coaching/Craftsmanship) is an innovative Agile technique based on fast paced Scrum. EVDnC aims to boost the effectiveness of Agile teams through the intensive application of techniques related to Scrum, Kanban, Lean Startups and others, ranging from the understanding of business needs to the techniques used for software development.

EVDnC can be used as a coaching technique, adopted for a short period of time (e. g., one week) with the support of experienced Agile Coaches. EVDnC can also be used on a recurrent basis, from time to time. Finally, EVDnC can be used continuously by teams aiming to maximize their outcomes to their best.

We've helped nearly 300 teams on the use of EVDnC since about 6 years ago, when we created it. The EVDnC process is documented at http://evdnc.org (for now, still as an Agile Coaching process).

EVDnC brings significant results in as short as a single week of intensive work, where teams run "one day Sprints" and create a shippable product increment every day. Each day is full of opportunities for inspection and adaptation. Everyday, the team selects a common goal and the work done must converge to a working product that may be shipped.

EVDnC maintains a strict focus on user and business value - a focus on the problems, not on pre-defined solutions. Business people and dev teams cooperate very closely to understand, on each step taken, what is the business need to achieve and then to define the solutions. User Stories are sliced in very thin valuable slices and prioritized as needed to deliver the best value to the user as quickly as possible.

As the system is stressed, problems and dysfunctions, often deeply hidden in the organizational culture and structure, emerge quickly. Matters that would only come up after months of regular work can start to be addressed immediately.

Speakers
avatar for Rafael Sabbagh

Rafael Sabbagh

Agile Expert, Founder and Managing Partner, Knowledge21


Tuesday April 21, 2020 10:15am - 10:50am
Davin Suite (4th floor)

10:15am

The Lessons we can Learn from the Aviation Industry


As testers, we typically focus on metaphors from Engineering and Manufacturing and learn from the related disciplines, yet there is so much to gain by learning about other industries and Disciplines. The Aviation industry recently has had a lot of bad press yet it still much we can learn from in terms of Quality Culture. Aviation has a history of continually learning and improving through the use of checklists, black box recorders, blameless culture, cockpit re-design and Crew Resource Management (CRM). In this talk, the stories of the origins of these innovations will be shared based on the findings from two significant Books that have focused on the Aviation Industry, The Checklist Manifesto by Atul Gawande, and Black Box Thinking by Matthew Syed.

Takeaways: 
  • The Relationship between Culture and Quality. 
  • Willingness to learn from other Industries and Disciplines, and apply the lessons learned. 
  • Key Learnings from the Aviation Industry.

Speakers
avatar for Conor Fitzgerald

Conor Fitzgerald

Senior Software Tester, Poppulo
Conor Fitzgerald is a Software Tester with 15 years of experience. He is passionate about whole team testing and working with teams on quality improvements. Currently working with Poppulo in Cork, Ireland, where he has begun to explore the role of Test Coaching. Previous test positions... Read More →


Tuesday April 21, 2020 10:15am - 10:50am
Davin Suite (4th floor)

10:15am

Your story points are belong to us
Jose Casal (Actineo)

Speakers
avatar for Jose Casal

Jose Casal

Founder & Trainer, Actineo Consulting
Jose Casal is a business agility consultant & trainer with extensive experience. He is dedicated to helping organisations and individuals embrace modern management methodologies including Kanban, Scrum & Collaboration Frameworks. Strongly motivated towards continuous learning and... Read More →


Tuesday April 21, 2020 10:15am - 10:50am
Hogan Suite (5th floor)

10:15am

Technical Debt : The Cinderella of Software Delivery
Technical Debt is perhaps the most difficult concept to get across to business and non-technical stakeholders in an organisation. It has traditionally been the IT “thing” conversations of which are better banished to the basement. As a business, you can go fast and take some debt, but it is often forgotten that this debt needs to be paid back. Technical Debt has always been a black box for the business leading to a lack of sponsorship and funding. A symptom of this is that any work to pay down debt needs to masquerade as feature work or as part of defect fixes. This is not sustainable though as the debt load grows there is only so much debt you can pay down under the guise of features, defects and non-functional requirements and all it does is mask the problem.

To change the way business views and perceives technical debt, a radical change is needed in the way it is viewed and treated at all levels in the organisation - not just IT. It’s time to have an open conversation about Debt with the business and give it a seat at the table when it comes to planning software delivery and correlating it to business value. It is not easy, this change needs perseverance and time, but it can be done. 

In this session, Laksh Ranganathan - Snr. Flow Advisor at Tasktop, talks about how Tasktop is helping organisations to make Debt visible and bringing it to the forefront of product planning.

Speakers
avatar for Laksh Ranganathan

Laksh Ranganathan

Senior Flow Advisor, Tasktop
A career technologist, with over 18 years in IT spanning across engineering,  product management and consulting, Laksh Ranganathan, is passionate about a data driven approach to product management and leveraging data to make customer-centric products. At Tasktop, Laksh works as a... Read More →


Tuesday April 21, 2020 10:15am - 10:50am
Nally Suite (4th floor)

10:50am

Break: Tea/coffee & networking
Tuesday April 21, 2020 10:50am - 11:20am
Nally Suite (4th floor)

11:20am

What Your Mom Forgot to Tell You about Enterprise Agility and Continuous Change
Chances are your mom never told you that leaders and consultants need tools to increase
agility—not just in the IT department but across the entire company.

She probably never informed you that grown-ups have to deal with people who hold different values
and mind-sets, all of whom need to feel comfortable in the face of accelerated change.

And she definitely didn’t mention that human beings are not physiologically prepared for constant
alterations in processes, roles, and ways of working.

Unfortunately, if members of a company cannot accept new situations and realities (mental agility),
along with acceptable levels of personal stress, they will struggle to adapt to new situations
(outcomes agility).

How do you help people from all areas of the company to be flexible enough to feel comfortable
with constant change? How do you lower their resistance to new situations and enable them to be
open to new ideas, with positive and proactive attitudes toward learning?

In the first part of this groundbreaking session, acclaimed Leading Exponential Change author Erich
R. Bühler helps you experience what employees feel when exposed to situations that challenge their
values. This exercise will open you to new possibilities and rewire your brain to understand why
certain widely used Agile practices don’t get the expected results.

In the second part of the session, Bühler explores neuroscience and organizational psychology to
help you understand resistance to change and teach you how to make people comfortable when
dealing with constant change.

As Bühler shares his hard-earned experience in the realm of enterprise change, you will increase
your understanding of enterprise agility, recognize its relationship to mental agility, learn about
change plans, and discover models that will help you accelerate the adoption of new ideas in your
company.

Speakers
avatar for Erich R. Bühler

Erich R. Bühler

Author of Leading Exponential Change. Founder and consultant, Innova1st Consulting
Erich Bühler is the founder director, main mentor and trainer at Innova1st Consulting. He began his professional career in 1993 and spent several years in positions of different global enterprises in Uruguay, Spain, London, Malta and New Zealand before establishing his own company.His... Read More →


Tuesday April 21, 2020 11:20am - 11:55am
Hogan Suite (5th floor)

11:20am

Continuous Testing in a Complex World
For the last 5 years, I’ve been lucky enough to work on bleeding edge software initiatives using things like microservices, containerisation, cloud-based platforms and CICD to deliver more value more quickly to our customers. 


During this time I’ve had to determine how testers can keep pace and even flourish in these incredibly fast-paced environments while managing the risks associated with highly volatile, complex distributed systems. 


This exciting new world presents an entirely new set of risks and challenges requiring the whole team to engage in designing systems with operability, resiliency and observability from the start.  


We as testers need to unlearn our old ideas about testing and learn to accept that we can’t predict system behaviour and that failure is inevitable. The truth is our job is no longer finished when we deploy to Production it’s just beginning. 


In the face of this reality, we need to focus not just on prevention but increasingly on detection and recovery so that our teams can move quickly and safely with justifiable confidence.  


In this session, I’ll talk about my observability journey and the lessons we’ve learned. I’ll discuss how I’ve used mapping exercises, models and workshops to help development teams embrace reality and build observability into both their software systems and the way they work. This focus on allows teams to understand how our system actually behaves as opposed to how we imagine it behaves.

Speakers
avatar for Rob Meaney

Rob Meaney

Head of Testing, Glofox


Tuesday April 21, 2020 11:20am - 11:55am
Hogan Mezzanine 1 (4th floor)

11:20am

Talk TBA
Talk TBA

Speakers
avatar for Mike Leber

Mike Leber

Executive Consultant, Agile Coach, Trainer, Agile Experts
Mike Leber is an Agile Coach, Systemic Coach and Executive Consultant. He has been practicing, coaching and teaching agile methods since many years. His main focus is on shaping adaptive organizations, crafting product innovation and Agile leadership. Mike has a long-standing experience... Read More →


Tuesday April 21, 2020 11:20am - 11:55am
Hogan Mezzanine 2 (4th floor)

11:20am

Workshop: EventStorming; Continuous learning between multiple disciplines
The way agile software teams gain knowledge about what to build is either by the product owner or business analyst serving as a proxy to domain knowledge. Domain knowledge usually ends up as second-hand news in either functional design documents or as user stories in some scrum tools like Jira. Second-hand knowledge is a problem because ‘It is not the domain expert’s knowledge that goes into production; it is the developer’s assumption of that knowledge that goes into production’. Because by sharing knowledge by doing the ‘telephone game’, where each time knowledge is transferred, assumptions create lies within those requirements.

Sharing knowledge is way more effective if we actively collaborate to gain new insights about the problem at hand. There are a lot of tools available to achieve it, but they have a steep learning curve, resulting in most disciplines having their own tool to model in. To solve it, we need visual collaborative modelling to learn between multiple disciplines. EventStorming is a technique that can facilitate visual collaborative modelling between the different disciplines. It is easily learned and empowers continuous knowledge sharing without the need to know a tool.

In this session, you will experience how easy it is to learn EventStorming and at the same time gain a lot of new insights about a new domain. We will facilitate a Big Picture EventStorming session where we will create groups of 20-30+ people sharing knowledge at the same time about a domain. EventStorming gives you the power to create a shared mindset and merge on your models without needing tools. You will experience how EventStorming can reduce requirements engineering from days to hours, increasing feedback, and ending up delivering the expected features.
The way agile software teams gain knowledge about what to build is either by the product owner or business analyst serving as a proxy to domain knowledge. Domain knowledge usually ends up as second-hand news in either functional design documents or as user stories in some scrum tools like Jira. Second-hand knowledge is a significant risk when building software. Each time information is transferred just like doing the telephone game, the story is changed, and people make assumptions. Because as Alberto Brandolini said: ‘It is not the domain expert’s knowledge that goes into production; it is the developer’s assumption of that knowledge that goes into production’.

Even when these stories are shared first hand, they usually are discussed sitting around a table looking at a screen showing the user stories. Addressing complex problems without visualisation is impossible for most humans to solve. Doing so resolve in making a lot of assumptions again, which will stop us from building the right thing.

Join us in this session where I will explain how visual collaborative modelling can help you write better software. Through proper preparation and facilitation, we can co-create solutions. Co-creating solutions by visual collaborative modelling make sure we have buy-in from the entire team. You will end up knowing how to start your visual collaborative modelling journey with tools like EventStorming and Example Mapping.

Speakers
avatar for Kenny Baas-Schwegler

Kenny Baas-Schwegler

Strategic software delivery consultant, Xebia
A lot of knowledge is lost when designing and building software — lost because of hand-overs in a telephone game, confusing communication by not having a shared language, discussing complexity without visualisation and by not leveraging the full potential and wisdom of the people... Read More →
avatar for João Rosa

João Rosa

Speaker, Techorama
João is a Strategic Software Delivery Consultant at Xebia. He focuses on helping teams and organizations to make strategic decisions regarding the software; aligning teams and software to optimize the stream-based value. He believes in the power of collaboration and is a fan of visual... Read More →


Tuesday April 21, 2020 11:20am - 12:40pm
Davin Suite (4th floor)

12:05pm

Leading in an agile work environment
The role of people and team leaders is critical in helping people perform and thrive in an agile work environment, but it is not necessarily easy or straightforward. This session will share practical tips and cases of what good agile leadership looks like and why the likes of Marshall Goldsmith, the global leadership expert and author, claims that “Leadership agility is probably the most important competency for leaders to have in today’s rapidly changing world "

Speakers
avatar for Kevin Empey

Kevin Empey

People & Leadership Consultant & Coach | Future of Work | Organizational Agility & AgileHR, WorkMatters Consulting
Kevin is an expert and international speaker on organizational agility and the future of work. He is the founder of WorkMatters, an international consulting and training firm focused on supporting business leaders, HR leaders and their employees in the changing world of work.With... Read More →


Tuesday April 21, 2020 12:05pm - 12:40pm
Hogan Mezzanine 1 (4th floor)

12:05pm

BDD or: How we learnt to stop worrying and love small incremental change
Teams I have worked with were “agile” and not entirely effective, over the space of 6 months I helped improve how these teams work and collaborate. This was done through using BDD, left shifting testing and updating our physical boards while using some techniques from Kanban. This talk will teach you how you could try this too.

Speakers
avatar for Darryn Downey

Darryn Downey

Scrum Master/Agile Coach, AXA
Darryn has worked as part of many agile teams, and is passionate about delivering bug free on time software using lean and agile methodologies. He has a passion for learning and enjoys sharing his findings with others. He has gone through a testing journey starting with automation... Read More →


Tuesday April 21, 2020 12:05pm - 12:40pm
Hogan Mezzanine 2 (4th floor)

12:05pm

I Can See for Miles
Agile Teams have a secret that they are keeping well hidden. Organisations that invest in Agile Transformations scratch their heads as they fail to see the return on investment. Time to market stays the same, customers are left frustrated, yet people are working flat out. What's going on?

In this talk, JP will reveal the truth about Agile Teams and Flow Efficiency. We’ll look at Flight Levels and how we can apply them to improve our Business Agility. We’ll see that by joining our strategy to our operation and execution, we can improve the flow of work and information through our organisation to become truly agile.

Speakers
avatar for Jean-Paul Bayley

Jean-Paul Bayley

Agile Coach & Trainer, Actineo Consulting
Jean-Paul Bayley is a Partner with Actineo Consulting LLP. He is a business agility coach and trainer who is passionate about helping teams do their best work.He is a Professional Scrum Trainer (PST), Accredited Kanban Trainer (AKT), Certified Trainer for “Training from the BACK... Read More →


Tuesday April 21, 2020 12:05pm - 12:40pm
Hogan Suite (5th floor)

12:40pm

Lunch & networking
Tuesday April 21, 2020 12:40pm - 1:40pm
Canal Cafe (5th floor)

1:40pm

Creating Boundaries, Practicing Curiosity, and Making Requests
We don't always get to choose who we work with. We seldom get to choose the policies that affect us day to day. We do have the ability to request what we need, the ability to manage our own perceptions, and the ability to choose to act instead of reacting.

This session will lead you down a path towards recognizing where boundaries exist, how to manage your emotions when they're crossed, how to make space to help others when their emotions create unpleasant reactions, and teach you skills for making solid requests that get results.

Speakers
avatar for Jessica L Katz

Jessica L Katz

Agile Coach, Eventbrite


Tuesday April 21, 2020 1:40pm - 2:15pm
Hogan Suite (5th floor)

1:40pm

My Quest for Business Agility – the good bad and ugly of lean agile and DevOps transformations
Why do lean agile transformations fail more often than succeed?

Teams argue about user stories, pointing systems and tickets.
Mangers measure and compare teams based on velocity.
Scrum masters going through the motions chasing the South Star.
No one is validating customer hypothesis for fast feedback.

In the turning point of the software digital age where organizations face a Cambrian extinction - the scientific application of agile, lean, design thinking, lean start up, lean UX, OKRs and DevOps together with high performing teams is crucial to business survival.

Let’s Explore together the essentials of successful lean agile and DevOps change initiatives – we’ll find surprising truths about what makes and breaks agile changes in organizations.

Our learning objectives:

· Learn how to keep the approach simple - Digital transformation must be simple- Team agility without organizational cadence, flow and continuous focus on technical excellence is a wasted effort;
· Identify the scaling patterns for your organization - Scaling agility can be SAFe but often isn’t because we’re not solving for the right business problem – scaling is about emergence of failures; 
· Explain #Soakability for leading change - A Culture of change lead outside-in, fails to deliver results; Success hinges on soak-ability, daily improvement that’s truly continuous
 Allow me to share Anchors of Simplicity, Mainstays of Scalability, Tell-tale Signs of Soakability, a journey across continents, numerous clients and many industries on a quest for business agility.

Learn more? Check out this post: https://www.linkedin.com/posts/michaelnir_agile-coaching-three-shades-team-agile-activity-6559411299372064768-YKk-

and Video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EHUGWnbdEVQ&feature=youtu.be

Speakers
avatar for Michael Nir

Michael Nir

President, Lean Agile Inspiration Expert, Best Selling Author, Sapir Consulting US
As an Agile Leadership Expert and Executive Coach, Michael’s initiatives with one Fortune 100 company are saving over $12 million in program costs, with completion dates more than a year ahead of schedule.Michael Nir, President Sapir Consulting US, is an enterprise lean-agile expert... Read More →


Tuesday April 21, 2020 1:40pm - 2:15pm
Hogan Suite (5th floor)

1:40pm

Creating Value Focus: Using Kanban to optimise our organisation as a whole
When thinking how to scale an agile transformation organisations often focus on transformation at team level however we tried something entirely different: to apply systems thinking and look at improving our organisation as a whole rather than optimising purely at team level.

I'll talk about the many problems we were facing, why we chose this particular improvement initiative, how we had to confront hard questions like how do we actually make decisions as an organisation and how do we (or do we at all?) manage dependancies across teams in our org.I'll talk through our journey so far and show the kanban systems we built to help us see and improve our whole system of work in our organisation.

I'll also talk about how the key to any initiative like this is how you communicate and involve the people in your organisation and will share some failures particularly highlighting where we got it wrong along the way and the challenges we still face in the hope it will help others with their own improvement initiative.  

Speakers
avatar for Maria Connor

Maria Connor

Agile Coach, Workday
Maria is an Agile Coach, currently based at Workday in Dublin Ireland. Kanban enthusiast. She believes in the power of visualising work and enabling teams to make value driven decisions. Passionate about applying systems thinking to our organisations and focusing improvement initiatives... Read More →


Tuesday April 21, 2020 1:40pm - 2:15pm
Hogan Mezzanine 2 (4th floor)

1:40pm

Workshop: Optimising agile testing to your context
Many organisations today continue to struggle to achieve an effective approach to testing in their contexts. There are testing challenges with the use of Scrum, Kanban and DevOps and increasingly with hybrid combinations of these.

This workshop will develop insights into implementation challenges impacting quality and test when each of these frameworks are used individually or in combination with each other. It will develop suggested solutions to the real world issues being encountered by you and other participants.

A key focus will be how to tailor your test approach to maximise learning and innovation in your context.


Speakers
avatar for Fran O'Hara

Fran O'Hara

Principal Consultant, Inspire Quality Services
Fran has over 30 years experience in the software industry having worked in development, test, management and now quality/agile consulting. Fran specialises in pragmatic approaches to lean/agile, quality/testing, and associated practices. For the last 10 years, a key element of his... Read More →


Tuesday April 21, 2020 1:40pm - 3:00pm
Nally Suite (4th floor)

1:40pm

Workshop: Games to experience Agile & help with Mindset changes
Fun & Games
This is a set of games broken into Ice breaker
Main learning the Card Game
Wrap up with Retrospective.

The aim of this session is to give scrum masters, change agents and those working in agile a set of portable tools that can be used in a small team or large team situations to get the agile mind set and advantages of the  team self-organising team.

Speakers
avatar for Sharon  Ní Cheallaigh

Sharon Ní Cheallaigh

Scrum Master, Optum
Scrum master, working with teams to discover self-organising ways of working, worked with SAFe, Scrum and Kanban methods, carried out day courses in Agile Foundations and Agile for teams
avatar for Michael O'Donnell

Michael O'Donnell

Scrum Master, Allianz Technology
I enjoy working with organizations to build teams, coach individuals, facilitate brainstorming and emphasize continuous improvement. I'm a big believer of borrowing tools, techniques and practices from different industries to help solve the problems that my teams run into.I’ve had... Read More →


Tuesday April 21, 2020 1:40pm - 3:00pm
Nally Suite (4th floor)

2:25pm

Coach Me If You Can: Changing our Identity from Individual Coach to an Awesome Coaching Team
As agile coaches, we work to help teams on their journey towards creating an awesome identity of a high performing team, built on values of transparency, collaboration and courage. We help them discover their team values, to focus on a team vision, to pair, to swarm, to collaborate, and to experiment towards high performance. Why is it, that when we’re working as a group of coaches, we often change our identity from team champion to individual runaway coach? We forget to create our own team vision, working agreements, and ways of working as a team.

In this talk, hear how a team of 3 agile coaches had the courage to lead by example and become a high performing agile coaching team. Learn how they committed to work as a team and how creating simple things like a team charter changed our own behaviours and mindsets. Hear about how we took an experimental approach to our own ways of working, and we’ll tell you about our learnings along the way.

Speakers
avatar for Sarah Graham

Sarah Graham

Agile Coach, Workday
Sarah is an Agile Coach in Workday with over 19 years of experience in software delivery in telecoms, financials and utilities industries. Although starting life as a software engineer, with some time spent as a business analyst her main area of expertise has been quality. After a... Read More →
avatar for Ray Glynn

Ray Glynn

Agile Coach, Workday
Ray Glynn is an Agile coach and people leader in Workday Dublin. He works with Sarah Graham and David Denham delivering the WoDA program in growing high performing teams and leaders in Europe. Ray spend 12 years as a Software Engineer before becoming a Scrum Master and has spent the... Read More →


Tuesday April 21, 2020 2:25pm - 3:00pm
Hogan Suite (5th floor)

2:25pm

The Spirit of the Game: Sportsmanship and Gamesmanship in the Workplace
The roots of gamesmanship for you may be traced back to monopoly, uno, or football. You learned rules to the game, some clear and some ambiguous. Disagreements happened. Tables may have flipped or players ejected. Rivalries formed. Trash talking was born.

Competitive drive nourished by gaming followed us in the corporate world. Where gamesmanship manifests under the nature of business as though natural or preferred.

Come learn another way to play and work that inspires, brings joy and gets people cheering. One where gamesmanship and sportsmanship come together and form what I refer to as the “Spirit of the Game”.

Speakers
avatar for April Jefferson

April Jefferson

Coach & Consultant, April Jefferson Corp.
April leads with empathy and courage while partnering with others to help unlock their potential. Believes the path to authentic growth and change begins with invitation and a people centered approach. She favors a blended mindset of agile, lean, design thinking, open space and improvisation... Read More →


Tuesday April 21, 2020 2:25pm - 3:00pm
Hogan Mezzanine 1 (4th floor)

2:25pm

What is Kanban - the Flow Strategy?
Is there a  minimum guide for Kanban, the Kanban equivalent of the Scrum Guide? You might be surprised by the answer. How can Kanban be used for complex work? How can Kanban be used for stable yet ridiculously expensive constraints? Kanban the Flow Strategy is a reference model for Kanban at its simplest, Kanban for Complexity and Tameflow (Kanban meets Theory of Constraints)

Speakers
avatar for John Coleman

John Coleman

Agility Strategist, Agility Chεfs
An active Professional Scrum Trainer (PST), LeSS Friendly Scrum Trainer (LSFT) who practices most of the time. A specialist on growing agility sustainably and 21st-century-executive-leadership.


Tuesday April 21, 2020 2:25pm - 3:00pm
Hogan Mezzanine 2 (4th floor)

3:00pm

3:30pm

Products, Behaviours & Outcomes
Maybe you've heard the phrase "outcomes over output." It means that we should spend less time worrying about the stuff we make, and more time focusing on the results that our stuff delivers. It's easy to nod your head and accept the idea--but surprisingly difficult to put the idea into motion. To really be outcome-centric, teams need to change some fundamental things about the way they work, and they way they think about "products." In this talk, Josh will share some simple and practical tools to help you get started, and point to some of the bigger changes that organizations need to embrace to be truly successful.

Speakers
avatar for Josh Seiden

Josh Seiden

Designer, strategy consultant, coach, and author, Seiden Consulting
Josh is a designer, strategy consultant, coach, author and speaker who has worked with clients including Johnson & Johnson, T. Rowe Price, JP Morgan Chase, SAP, American Express, Fidelity, Hearst, PayPal, Taproot Foundation, and 3M. He helps clients launch new products and services... Read More →


Tuesday April 21, 2020 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Hogan Suite (5th floor)

4:30pm

Closing Remarks: ALI team
Speakers
avatar for David Denham

David Denham

Agile Coach, Workday
David Denham is an Agile Coach at Workday. He believes success comes from motivated teams, who understand the greater purpose of what they’re collaborating on together.David is the Co-Chair of Agile-Lean International Conference.
avatar for Joanna Koprowicz

Joanna Koprowicz

Scrum Master, Allianz Technology
I have a Masters in Project Management and straight after college I worked in a typical waterfall environment. Although, once introduced to Agile, I immediately fell in love with it. Agile felt right from the beginning.I am passionate about helping teams grow and improve – to deliver... Read More →


Tuesday April 21, 2020 4:30pm - 4:45pm
Hogan Suite (5th floor)