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Agile + DevOps East 2021 - Project Management, Planning, Metrics

Monday, November 15

Bob Galen
Vaco
MD

An Agile Coaching Practicum in 360 degrees

Monday, November 15, 2021 - 8:30am to 12:00pm

Let’s face it, agile coaching isn’t for the timid or faint of heart. In most companies, it’s an incredibly challenging and nuanced role. And an important part of it is having the ability to coach in 360 degrees: downward—across your teams, outward – across managers and peers, and upward—towards those pesky leaders. Oh, and did we say that virtually EVERYONE is an agile coach? In this workshop, join Bob Galen as he share tools and experiences coaching in all directions. He will review three different coaching models from the X-Wing, to Powerful Questions, to 9-Stances, to the Agile Coaching...

Tuesday, November 16

Jeff Payne
Coveros
TD

Agile Project Failures: Root Causes and Corrective Actions

Tuesday, November 16, 2021 - 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...

Mary Thorn
S&P Global Market Intelligence
Bob Galen
Vaco
TF

Learning How to Lead High-Performing Agile Teams

Tuesday, November 16, 2021 - 1:00pm to 4:30pm

Currently much of agile adoption—coaching, advice, techniques, training, and even the empathy—revolves around the agile teams. Leaders are typically ignored, marginalized at best, and in the worst cases even vilified. But Bob Galen and Mary Thorn contend that there is a central and important role for managers and leaders within agile environments. Join Bob and Mary as they explore the patterns of mature agile managers and leaders. Examine why those who understand servant leadership know how to effectively support, grow, coach, and empower their agile teams in ways that increase the team's...

Steven Granese
AgileThought
TH

The Transformation Mindset: A Leader's Guide to Embracing Agile

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Tuesday, November 16, 2021 - 1:00pm to 4:30pm

Many leaders want to transform their organization to become more agile, adaptive, and responsive to the market. However, most do not deeply understand how to lead their organization through such a massive change. They install prescriptive scaling frameworks and send employees to training, but discard the elements of true transformation that are difficult. When the inevitable failure ensues, they switch frameworks, fire people, and revert back to what worked for them in the past. What these leaders fail to recognize is that the mindset they used to build their organization conflicts with...

Wednesday, November 17

Alberto Silveira
LawnStarter
K1

Building and Managing High-Performance Teams

Wednesday, November 17, 2021 - 8:30am to 9:45am

The COVID-19 pandemic has possibly caused the most significant shift in work culture of our lifetime. It quickly furthered techniques such as working-from-home, digital transformation, diversity, and inclusion and made them become an immediate reality. The next few months and years contain a great deal of uncertainty about how people will work and interact in a global economy that is not yet free of the disease and its enormous impact. So how can companies, tech sector businesses, adapt to this new normal? Alberto Silveira is passionate about ready sharing his proven methodology, insights...

avantika-mathur
CloudBees
W6

Release Management in the Era of Progressive Delivery

Wednesday, November 17, 2021 - 10:30am to 11:30am

The concept of “progressive delivery” using feature flags has taken the world of software delivery by storm in recent years, but what does this mean for enterprise software development operations teams, and how they should change their technology and practices? Like many things, the application of progressive delivery in the enterprise setting is much easier said than done with disparate technology and teams around the world.

This talk will cover the state of progressive delivery, the potential benefits and use cases unlocked by adding feature flags into the release management...

sean-miller
Capital One
W9

Scaling your WIP Limits Can Unlock Organizational Agility

Wednesday, November 17, 2021 - 11:45am to 12:45pm

Today, it’s not uncommon for teams in large organizations to be inundated with requests from enterprise stakeholders, leadership, and anyone other than customers. These requests take the form of mandates to ensure compliance with various standards as they relate to information security, architecture, and other areas that position teams to be “well-managed”. The requests often pile up like traffic on Los Angeles’ Harbor Freeway at rush hour, pre-covid, of course. The end result is that this work takes priority, steamrolling all the product-lead development requirements, and therefore...

K2

Distributed DevOps

Wednesday, November 17, 2021 - 1:45pm to 2:45pm

Our industry has fundamentally changed over the last decade. Monolithic architectures have evolved into microservices. Applications are distributed on infrastructure across the globe. And an increasing number of companies are moving to a remote-first culture with engineers distributed as widely as applications. Our technical environment and tooling ecosystem have changed radically from the original conditions in which DevOps was created. So what's next? Learn about the next phase of DevOps: a distributed model that emphasizes swift development, observable systems, accountable engineers,...

LinearB
W13

Dev Team Metrics That Matter

Wednesday, November 17, 2021 - 3:00pm to 4:00pm

The truth is, no one really likes being measured, especially devs. But business leaders like looking at numbers, so they grab what’s easily available - # of code changes, agile velocity, individual developer metrics. These types of metrics are unbalanced, exclude context, and hurt engineering culture as a whole.

Measuring should start by answering the question “What is the most valuable outcome?”

Why? Because what you measure is what your team will produce. If you start measuring the number of code changes as a key performance metric, you are going to see coding time, PR size...

Akiya Mumford
Blue Cross Blue Shield Association
W15

Implementing Agile Through Human Transformation & Enhanced Human Experience

Wednesday, November 17, 2021 - 3:00pm to 4:00pm

Organizations implementing agile to drive digital transformation and technological advancement to enhance the digital experience of customers often face challenges from investing more in technology than human capital. While agile is a proven method for improved software development, its hidden power is how implementation transforms how humans think, learn and interact. Company culture is hardest to change in organizational transformations—starting with individuals. When I joined an organization struggling with employees fulfilling responsibilities of the agile roles to implement agile...

Thursday, November 18

Hope Lynch
CloudBees
T1

A Team Retrospective on Value Stream Management

Thursday, November 18, 2021 - 10:00am to 11:00am

In this session, Hope will be walking through a Value Stream Management retrospective about a team and an organization I worked with a few years ago. This team’s work had an outsize impact on the larger organization due to issues with value streams. Now, Value Streams can seem like a huge topic but they can be very straightforward. I hope today is an opportunity to reframe the concept of a value stream in a more approachable way and provide some insight on how you may be able to take action to improve yours if you find yourself in similar circumstances.

Metro.Digital
T2

Boosting Feedback Culture and Transparency

Thursday, November 18, 2021 - 10:00am to 11:00am

Understanding team performance has almost always been difficult. There may be a heap of metrics that you could look at, but which of those are the driving ones for the team improvement and product outcome? This presentation will explain which metrics can be vital for Agile teams, how an automated combined system can be created for these metrics, and how organization can use these meaningful data to boost feedback culture and transparency. Join this talk to learn how to enable the teams continuous improvement, self-organization and transparency with relevant metrics, and automated combined...

IncrementOne
T8

How to Create a Product Office

Thursday, November 18, 2021 - 11:30am to 12:30pm

Whether you’re researching market opportunities, brainstorming new product ideas, developing products customers love, or managing product roll-outs – organizations face many challenges in product delivery. In this session Michelina explores the Product Office and how it helps organizational alignment across teams, oversees service delivery, and provides visibility into development.

Stuart Clark
Cisco Systems
T12

Instant and Automatic Network Configuration: As Easy as A-B-CI/CD

Thursday, November 18, 2021 - 11:30am to 12:30pm

The network used to rely on manual configurations, siloed and separated groups, and slow provisioning processes. Thanks to technology advancements, companies can now deploy code hundreds of thousands of times per day, quickly and accurately updating their network configurations and security policies. They can even instantly provision private circuits and SD-WAN from the branch/edge to cloud - and everything in between. NetDevOps automated continuous integration and continuous deployment (CI/CD) allows the testing and validation to take place. SD-WAN is NetDevOps, agility, speed and...

Lee Eason
Edward Jones
K5

It Takes a Village: How to Be a Better Transformational Leader

Thursday, November 18, 2021 - 1:30pm to 2:30pm

Jack Welch said it well: “If the rate of change on the outside exceeds the rate of change on the inside, the end is near.” That’s a scary thought when we consider just how quickly the world of technology is innovating and changing. All of us are striving to help our organizations embrace that change and become more innovative, but it’s easier said than done. Legacy technology, leaders with limited experience and perspective, entrenched processes, overworked teams, and rapidly changing regulatory and market conditions all contribute to making transformation incredibly difficult to adopt....

Amanda-Palovcsik
CUNA Mutual Group
T19

Taking Great Measures – Quit Measuring and Start Influencing

Thursday, November 18, 2021 - 4:15pm to 5:15pm

Using metrics in Agile has been an elusive endeavor, and how to use those metrics for good, not evil. Too often we see metrics used to compare agile teams, and question the wrong things. Too often we solution before we understand what the true need is. We took a different approach of not just using the standard agile metrics to help teams with efficiency, but working more closely with our leaders on data needed to help drive decisions around staffing, work prioritization, and value delivered. Through interviews and a focus on educating different levels of business and IT leaders, we were...

Debbie-Levitt
Delta CX
T23

Improving Agility by Using Customers’ Definitions of “Quality” and “Done”

Thursday, November 18, 2021 - 4:15pm to 5:15pm

“Quality”… velocity, productivity, and efficiency? Improved performance? Few or no bugs? Meets stakeholder requirements? “Done”… we did what we planned? Fits business objectives? Coded, tested, documented, and deployable? Remember our customers? The people paying our salaries? Their satisfaction is supposed to be our *highest* priority. But we fall in love with assumptions about users. We burn weeks coding, testing, merging, and releasing product guesses. We move to the next project, interrupted later when we learn that customers aren’t finding much value or quality in that last release....