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Conference Schedule

Sunday, November 4

Continental Breakfast—7:30am–8:30am
7:30 am to 8:30 am
Registration Desk Hours—7:30am–10:00am
7:30 am to 10:00 am
Multi-day Training Classes Begin—8:30am–5:00pm
8:30 am to 5:00 pm
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Agile Tester Certification (2-Day)
Mike Sowers
8:30 am to 5:00 pm

Agile software practices are being employed within many development organizations worldwide, and as a result, many testers struggle to understand the agile development process and their place in it. In Agile Tester Certification, both novice and experienced testers learn the fundamentals of agile development, the role of the tester in the agile team, and the agile testing processes. Learn technical and team skills testers need for success in the world of agile development, as well as the techniques of Test-Driven Development (TDD), Acceptance Test-Driven Development (ATDD) and Behavior-Driven Development (BDD) during this two-day course. All participants are expected to have experience in or knowledge of agile development fundamentals.  

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Leading SAFe—SAFe Agilist (SA) Certification (2-Day)
Brian Hicks
8:30 am to 5:00 pm

Designed for organizational leaders and change agents, this two-day course introduces the Scaled Agile Framework (SAFe) and provides the tools necessary to lead an enterprise agile transformation using the lean and product flow principles of SAFe.

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Certified Scrum Product Owner (2-Day)
Arlen Bankston
8:30 am to 5:00 pm

This two-day Certified Scrum Product Owner certification course gives you the skills to assume the hardest role in Scrum, a Product Owner. Taught by leading agile practitioners, the focus on this course is providing real-world techniques that have been proven effective by product owners in hundreds of actual projects. Business customers, product managers, and line managers will benefit from this training. Upon completion, successful participants are registered as a Certified Scrum Product Owner (CSPO) with a two-year membership in the Scrum Alliance® (www.scrumalliance.org).

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Software Tester Certification—Foundation Level (3-Day)
Claire Lohr
8:30 am to 5:00 pm

Accredited training for the ISTQB® Certified Tester—Foundation Level (CTFL) certification. ISTQB is the only internationally accepted certification for software testing and has granted more than 500,000 certifications in more than 110 countries around the world. In this three-day course, learn what it takes to be a successful software tester and learn about the relationship of testing to development, test levels, black-box methods, white-box testing, exploratory testing, and more. This course is appropriate for those new to the testing profession and those seeking certification in software testing. 

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Foundations of DevOps—ICAgile Certification (2-Day)—SOLD OUT
Gene Gotimer
8:30 am to 5:00 pm

DevOps combines development, testing, and operations and includes continuous integration, automated testing, continuous delivery, and rapid deployment practices. Because DevOps practices require confidence in nearly all changes, automated testing is an essential ingredient that is integrated into the process and relied upon for enforcement of quality gates and to ensure overall delivery quality. This two-day course will teach you how to avoid the common mistakes of DevOps implementations and to leverage DevOps best practices. Test professionals, operations engineers, developers, project managers, and business owners will all benefit from this curriculum.

 

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Certified Agile Leadership (2-Day)
Sanjiv Augustine
8:30 am to 5:00 pm

Begin the journey toward agile leadership in this two-day workshop focused on the role, responsibilities and reasons for being an agile leader. 

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Certified ScrumMaster® Training (2-Day)
Bob Payne
8:30 am to 5:00 pm
This two-day Certified ScrumMaster® Training prepares you both to gain your ScrumMaster certification, and more importantly, to utilize it in complex situations and projects. Upon completion, you'll be eligible to take an exam allowing you to become a Certified ScrumMaster® (CSM), which includes a two-year membership in the Scrum Alliance®, where valuable ScrumMaster materials and information are available exclusively to CSMs.
 
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Agile Test Automation—ICAgile (2-Day)
Rob Sabourin
8:30 am to 5:00 pm

Explore the many ways automation supports agile testing in this two-day course with real-world, vendor-neutral examples of agile test automation approaches and tools. In addition, successful attendees are awarded the ICAgile Certified Professional in Agile Test Automation (ICP-ATA).

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Fundamentals of Agile Certification—ICAgile (2-Day)
Jeffery Payne
8:30 am to 5:00 pm
Learn what agile is all about, why agile works, and how to effectively plan and develop software using agile principles. Upon completion of this course, successful attendees will be certified by the International Consortium for Agile (ICAgile), awarded the ICAgile Professional designation (ICP).
Lunch 12:00pm-1:00pm
12:00 pm to 1:00 pm
Training Classes Continue—1:00pm–5:00pm
1:00 pm to 5:00 pm
Registration Desk Hours—4:00pm–6:00pm
4:00 pm to 6:00 pm

Monday, November 5

Registration Desk Hours—7:00am–4:30pm
7:00 am to 4:30 pm
Continental Breakfast—7:30am–8:30am
7:30 am to 8:30 am
Multi-day Training Classes Continue—8:30am–5:00pm
8:30 am to 5:00 pm
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Tutorial MA Introducing Docker and Kubernetes to your DevOps Toolchain Preview
Arjun Comar
8:30 am to 4:30 pm

As organizations look to improve the speed with which they deliver software, they increasingly turn to microservices and infrastructure-as-code for software architecture and delivery techniques to help leverage value from their DevOps adoptions. Docker, an industry standard containerization tool, facilitates moving processes into isolated environments that can be frozen into images, with an ecosystem that helps developers across organizations build and share these containers. Kubernetes builds on these capabilities and allows a software team to break down their application into small,...Read more

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Tutorial MB Creating Successful Distributed Agile Teams Preview NEW
Johanna Rothman, Mark Kilby
8:30 am to 12:00 pm

Are you part of an agile team that’s distributed or dispersed around the world? We’ve seen many of these teams and they have trouble “being agile.” Their off-the-shelf agile approach doesn’t fit with their time zones: the planning is impossible, the code and tests never stay quite clean enough, and someone often feels excluded from their retrospectives and other collaborations. The “standard” approaches just don’t seem to work for these teams---where the team members are and how they work. In this workshop, join experienced agile coaches, Johanna Rothman and Mark Kilby, as they explore the...Read more

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Tutorial MC Getting Started with Acceptance Test-Driven / Behavior-Driven Development Preview
Mary Thorn
8:30 am to 12:00 pm

We’ve all been there. We work incredibly hard to develop a feature and design tests based on written requirements. We build a detailed test plan that aligns the tests with the software and the documented business needs. And when we put the tests to the software, it all falls apart because the requirements were changed without informing everyone. Mary Thorn says help is at hand. Enter behavior-driven development (BDD) and Acceptance Test Driven Development(ATDD) practices that help facilitate better communication. Mary explores the nuances of BDD and ATTDD and shows you how to implement BDD...Read more

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Tutorial MD Tools for DevSecOps Preview NEW
Tom Stiehm
8:30 am to 12:00 pm

DevOps is about creating alignment across the value stream for an application, service, or product. DevSecOps integrates security into this process, making the entire team responsible for delivering secure code that works and can be deployed and used securely. But how do you actually do that? What tools do you add to your DevOps pipeline to help make your software secure and provide your stakeholders with a high level of confidence that the software meets all security requirements & standards? In this tutorial Tom Stiehm will explore what security tools you can add to your DevOps...Read more

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Tutorial ME Lean/Agile Data-Driven Decisions Demystified Preview
Larry Maccherone
8:30 am to 12:00 pm

For many agile practitioners, software metrics beyond a burndown chart are little understood or, perhaps, very scary because poor metrics can be worse than no metrics. In this enlightening session, Larry Maccherone explores how you and your organization can use metrics to bring management and lean/agile teams closer rather than allowing metrics to become a wedge that drives them into conflict. Larry covers the entire lifecycle of the metrics process—from metric selection to reporting data. Join Larry to gain an understanding of a wide range of concepts including common (101-level) metrics...Read more

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Tutorial MF Rethinking Your Retrospectives Preview
Ryan Ripley
8:30 am to 12:00 pm

The retrospective is the most important ceremony that an agile team performs. Continuous improvement ideas, team health concerns, organizational impediments, and shared wins are brought to light and explored during a retrospective. This is the heart of agile. Ryan Ripley says that if you aren’t doing retrospectives, you’re missing an incredible opportunity to collaborate and improve as a team. Learn how to get started with retrospectives and take away solid action items to get this important tool implemented on your team. For those already using retrospectives—but still unsure how to get...Read more

Lunch 12:00pm-1:00pm
12:00 pm to 1:00 pm
Full-Day Tutorials Continue (1:00pm–4:30pm)
1:00 pm to 4:30 pm
Full- and Half-Day Tutorials Continue (1:00pm–4:30pm)
1:00 pm to 4:30 pm
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Tutorial MG Creating a High-Performance Agile Team Preview
Mary Thorn, Bob Galen
1:00 pm to 4:30 pm

Many teams have a relatively easy time adopting the tactical aspects of agile methodologies. Usually a few classes, some tools’ introduction, and a bit of practice lead teams toward fairly efficient execution. However, these teams are quite often simply going through the motions—neither maximizing their agile performance nor delivering as much value as they could. Borrowing from their experience and lean software development methods, Bob Galen and Mary Thorn explore high-performance team patterns, which are the thinking models of mature agile teams, including large-scale emergent...Read more

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Tutorial MH From Mob to Symphony: A Mob Composing Workshop Preview NEW
Jeff Langr
1:00 pm to 4:30 pm

Kanban teams leverage WIP (work in progress) limits to get more done. Well, the ultimate WIP limit is one—which is exactly what Mob Programming implies. Which is exactly what Mob Programming implies. So what is Mob Programming? Everyone in a room working on the same thing at the same time? Outrageous. Yet teams are finding it a highly enjoyable way to collaboratively build and deliver high-quality software. Some teams even say "we go faster with mobbing." Don't let use of the word "mob" lead you to believe this is a chaotic and dangerous practice. Instead, every mob session is kept focused...Read more

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Tutorial MI Essential Patterns of Successful Agile Transformations Preview NEW
Shaun Bradshaw
1:00 pm to 4:30 pm

The very title of this workshop is meant to challenge you. Many don’t like to use the term transformation, instead, preferring adoption, migration, transition, business agility shift or some other phrase. However, successful implementations of agile require a transformation to occur at multiple levels (teams, leaders, managers, culture, and organization), and goes beyond mere implementation of time-boxed sprints, daily standups, and the use of a product backlog. This workshop was created because so many organizations struggle with how to move towards more agile approaches to product...Read more

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Tutorial MJ Getting your User Stories Right-sized and Actionable Preview NEW
V Lee Henson
1:00 pm to 4:30 pm

Getting user stories the right size and actionable has been a challenge ever since agile has been in existence. Join V. Lee Henson for this highly interactive workshop in creating an innovative product or service. Participants will take it from ideation all the way to right-sized backlog items. Beyond knowing what to build, presenting the items in such a way that they do not lose context is also a challenge. Explore user story mapping techniques and acceptance criteria to help make each user story actionable.Read more

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Tutorial MK Coaching Workshop: Taking Your Scrum to the Next Level Preview
Ryan Ripley
1:00 pm to 4:30 pm

Are you struggling to achieve results from your agile and Scrum teams? Are you having trouble with user story writing or with effective estimation and forecasting? Are your sprint reviews and retrospectives low focus and low energy? What about gaining traction on the organization-side of things? Do your leaders actually understand the underlying principles? Are they measuring things properly? And what about Scrum at Scale—how’s that going? If you have questions, any questions, about how to improve specific practices or generally how to improve your agile journey, then this tutorial is for...Read more

Registration Desk Hours—Closes at–4:30pm
4:30 pm

Tuesday, November 6

Registration Desk Hours—07:30am–5:00pm
7:30 am to 5:00 pm
Continental Breakfast—7:30am–8:30am
7:30 am to 8:30 am
Multi-day Training Classes Continue—8:30am–5:00pm
8:30 am to 5:00 pm
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Tutorial TA Exploring OpenSpace Agility to Initiate Agility that LASTS Preview
Dan Mezick
8:30 am to 4:30 pm

How is your "Agile transformation" going? A McKinsey survey from 2013 found that 70% of transformation programs failed to achieve their intended goal for a variety of reasons ranging from culture to process to finance. More recently the news for digital focused transformations was even worse with 84% failing according to Michael Gail and the Pulsepoint Group . Agile...Read more

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Tutorial TB Continuous Delivery in Practice: A Hands-On DevOps Workshop Preview
Danilo Sato
8:30 am to 4:30 pm

For many organizations, delivering software into production has become increasingly more complex with long testing cycles and a division between development and operations teams. DevOps is a cultural movement that is breaking down those barriers. Focusing on automation, collaboration, tools, and knowledge sharing, DevOps is showing that developers and system engineers have much to learn from each other. Through a series of hands-on exercises, Danilo Sato will use a sample web application to demonstrate how to automate its build and deployment pipeline, using infrastructure and pipeline as...Read more

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Tutorial TC Take Your Test-Driven Development to the Next Level Preview
Rob Myers
8:30 am to 4:30 pm

Test-driven development (TDD) is a powerful discipline that combines testing, coding, and software design to ameliorate defect rates and facilitate future enhancements. TDD has been around for some twenty years, so why isn’t it more prevalent—and more popular? For one thing, TDD is not easy to get right! And, it seems expensive. In this mostly hands-on tutorial, Rob Myers will explore these concerns by diving straight into the deep-end. Rather than starting with theory and working toward practice, Rob is going to reverse the tutorial recipe. Come prepared to spend the first half...Read more

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Tutorial TD What DevOps Means for Testers and Testing Preview
Jeffery Payne
8:30 am to 12:00 pm

DevOps is more than a buzzword or a passing fad. It's a radically new approach to rapidly deliver high-quality software applications. However, many organizations don’t fully grasp the magnitude of this change or what it means for everyone involved in the software development lifecycle. Jeffery Payne says that DevOps—when done right—drives higher quality and efficiency into software development, software testing, and application management activities. It empowers teams to remove impediments to quality and productivity throughout the entire software lifecycle. However, when DevOps is done...Read more

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Tutorial TE Learning How to Lead High-Performing Agile Teams Preview SOLD OUT
Mary Thorn, Bob Galen
8:30 am to 12:00 pm

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...Read more

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Tutorial TF Leaders: Getting Real without Getting Fired Preview
Marcus King, Allison Pollard
8:30 am to 12:00 pm

Are important words often left unsaid at your place of work? Do you feel like you're navigating a complex maze in conversations? Does your message tend to miss the mark with co-workers, who increasingly seem to be impediments to your reaching your goals? Trust and communication issues within the workplace can hollow out an organization. When organizations suffering from a lack of trust, it costs them speed, productivity, and collaboration. Join Allison Pollard and Marcus King as they share models to evaluate your own behaviors and facilitate activities to help you find your voice for...Read more

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Tutorial TG Introduction to DevOps with Chocolate and Legos Preview NEW
Dana Pylayeva
8:30 am to 12:00 pm

An organizational change could cause confusion, bring havoc and face strong resistance. Learn how you can help your teams and management, experience the value of a DevOps culture by participating in this workshop! The workshop simulates the pre-DevOps life of a large enterprise whose teams (development, operations and business) have very different goals. Workshop participants will use role cards, Legos, and chocolate to experience the goals misalignment, simulate a product development flow, and make bottlenecks visible. Through debriefing and group discussions participants will...Read more

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Tutorial TH Advanced Backlog Refinement and Estimation Techniques Preview
V Lee Henson
8:30 am to 12:00 pm

One of the greatest challenges organizations face when embracing Agile is how to streamline the process of analyzing, defining, and refining the product backlogs so they can be easily consumed by their teams. Join Lee Henson to take a deep dive into advanced techniques that allow you to refine the work and ultimately achieve more accurate complexity estimates—for better project and release forecasting. Explore techniques including the creation of the Agile Press Release, which defines the who, what, where, when, why, and how behind the scope of an agile project or release in a simple one-...Read more

Lunch 12:00pm-1:00pm
12:00 pm to 1:00 pm
Full- and Half-Day Tutorials Continue (1:00pm–4:30pm)
1:00 pm to 4:30 pm
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Tutorial TI Agile Project Failures: Root Causes and Corrective Actions Preview
Jeffery Payne
1:00 pm to 4:30 pm

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...Read more

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Tutorial TJ Strategic Foundations for Scaling Agile Preview NEW SOLD OUT
Francie Van Wirkus, Claudia Marquette
1:00 pm to 4:30 pm

Are you a leader tasked with leading a digital transformation, or are you part of a guiding team that is preparing your organization for big change? Scaled agile, lean, agile, DevOps... No matter what methodology your organization intends to use, taking a proactive, strategic approach up front will provide a strong foundation for the journey ahead. Join Claudia Marquette and Francie Van Wirkus to learn why and how to use a proven inquiry strategy, designed to help you and your stakeholders assess the landscape of your organization, have productive discussions about your work, its current...Read more

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Tutorial TK What's Your Leadership IQ? Preview
Jennifer Bonine
1:00 pm to 4:30 pm

Have you ever needed a way to measure your testing leadership IQ? Or been in a performance review where the majority of time was spent discussing your need to improve as a leader? If you have ever wondered what your core leadership competencies are and how to build on and improve them, Jennifer Bonine shares a toolkit to help you do just that. This toolkit includes a personal assessment of your leadership competencies and the evolution of testing and testing leadership. Join Jennifer as she explores a set of eight dimensions of successful leaders, provides suggestions on how you can...Read more

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Tutorial TL The Tester's (New) Role in Agile Development Preview
Rob Sabourin
1:00 pm to 4:30 pm

Avoiding siloed development is a tricky business. It’s so easy for agile teams to fall into the rut in which testers only do traditional testing activities, and programmers strictly do their time-worn coding activities. Rob Sabourin shares a number of examples of how testing skills can be applied to a wide variety of activities in an agile project. Testers are among the most skilled team members in story grooming, elicitation, and exploration. Risk analysis in self-organized agile teams empowers testers to drive design decisions. A tester’s affinity analysis skills help clear the way for...Read more

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Tutorial TM Innovation Garage: Supercharge your Product Engine Preview NEW
Julee Bellomo Everett
1:00 pm to 4:30 pm

Journey from “Are we doing things right” to “Are we doing the right thing?” This workshop is designed for those who are passionate about creating products that people love but are struggling to keep up with the needs of their clients while continuously trying to bring products and ideas to market. This new, global, cognitive era requires innovative thinking and proactive design of human-centric products and services that customize a customers’ experience – and provide scalable returns in an uncertain market. Join Julee Everett in this hands-on, interactive workshop to learn to apply...Read more

Welcome Reception—4:30pm–5:30pm
4:30 pm to 5:30 pm

Wednesday, November 7

Registration Desk Hours—07:00am–5:30pm
7:00 am to 5:30 pm
Continental Breakfast—7:30am–8:30am
7:30 am to 8:30 am
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Keynote K1 Beyond the Phoenix Project Preview
John Willis, SJ Technologies
8:45 am to 9:45 am

Five years after the bestselling DevOps book The Phoenix Project took the world by storm, John Willis and Gene Kim set out to research and describe the foundational ideas that DevOps and The Phoenix Project are based on. The outcome is an audio-based book titled Beyond the Phoenix Project that describes how lean, safety culture, human factors, and learning organizations converged to create DevOps and revolutionize the IT industry. In this keynote talk, John Willis discusses how concepts from Deming, Goldratt, Dekker, Cook, Argyris, and Senge influenced DevOps thinking and how the effort...Read more

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Keynote K2 Leadership Journeys Start from Within Preview
Tricia Broderick, Agile For All
10:00 am to 11:00 am

Becoming an amazing leader means achieving high-performing results. However, this journey of growth and learning has plenty of ups and downs, twists and turns, and results and surprises. After years of leadership coaching and practice, Tricia Broderick has noticed several key patterns that have prevented people from taking the next step toward growing their leadership skills. Some of the common questions are, "What if we risk failure?" "Why won't my team step up?" and “Am I still adding value?" Tricia says that to achieve high-performing teams, leaders must challenge these patterns through...Read more

Networking Break • Visit the Expo—11:00am–2:00pm
11:00 am to 2:00 pm
Concurrent Sessions—11:30am–12:30pm
11:30 am to 12:30 pm
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Concurrent Session AW1 Coaching Around Resistance by Using Humble Inquiry Preview
Becky Hartman, AgileThought, Sam Falco, Agile Thought
11:30 am to 12:30 pm

When coaches encounter resistance to agile transformations, we often treat it as a phenomenon to be overcome, confronted, or combated. But resistance is a natural reaction to change, and that reaction can't be alleviated by violent opposition. Rather than meeting resistance head-on, the clever coach will work around it by helping people recognize and resolve the negative emotions that drive it. Once those negative emotions are resolved, people are more likely to let down their guard and embrace change. In this interactive session, you will learn to use a method known as humble inquiry to...Read more

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Concurrent Session AW2 Continuous Testing Is Not Test Automation Preview
Adam Auerbach, EPAM Systems
11:30 am to 12:30 pm

The DevOps movement is front and center across enterprises. Companies with mature systems are breaking down siloed IT departments and federating them into product development teams and departments. Testing and its practices are at the heart of these changes, so companies are turning to continuous testing with the hopes that they can automate their way through the testing bottleneck by focusing on automating regression tests. But this strategy is failing. Adam Auerbach will explain why he thinks that is, what true continuous testing looks like, and how continuous testing should be...Read more

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Concurrent Session AW3 No One Cares About Your Practices: A Modern Agile Approach Preview
Bob Payne, LitheSpeed
11:30 am to 12:30 pm

Organizations often declare they are "going agile." This goal is misplaced, misguided, and just plain wrong. In fact, the agile community has become a cult of practice: Teams are too focused on the way to do things and making sure they are doing those methods correctly. We even turned agile into a proper noun so that we could more easily sell it. But what about the outcomes? This workshop will use the Modern Agile principles proposed by Joshua Kerievsky to walk some of those ideas back. The four principles—Make People Awesome, Deliver Value Continuously, Experiment & Learn Rapidly, and...Read more

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Concurrent Session AW4 Agile Program Management: Measurements to See Value and Delivery Preview
Johanna Rothman
11:30 am to 12:30 pm

Do you have measurement dysfunction on your program? Are you trying to measure teams and extrapolate each team’s status to the program? That doesn’t work. Teams have personal statuses, and you can’t add them together to understand the program state. But you can use a handful of program measurements that help everyone understand where the program is and where it’s headed. Instead of trying to “scale” measurements, take a new approach. Join Johanna Rothman to learn to use and share quantitative and qualitative program measurements that show everyone the program state. It starts with...Read more

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Concurrent Session AW5 Tear It Down to Build It Up: Using Agile in Construction Project Management Preview
Arjay Hinek, Red Hat
11:30 am to 12:30 pm

Operating on the philosophy that one must thoroughly know the rules before one can break them, a global company developed its own delivery model that is still as true to the agile mindset as is possible. Join Arjay Hinek in this lively session as he deconstructs his company's experiment in melding agile with construction project management to create a hybrid delivery model. At first, the teams were struggling with clear ownership, timely communication, and clear follow-through on work in progress. From modifying the user story mapping model in order to improve project initiation to...Read more

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Concurrent Session DW1 Applying Systems Thinking to DevOps Practices at Scale Preview
Jared Speno, Nationwide Insurance
11:30 am to 12:30 pm

As enterprises begin to adopt DevOps practices, there can be a tendency for these transformations to err in one of two ways. One model is where everything is driven locally by teams trying new concepts and tools in order to accelerate their delivery. Another model is where a very top-down program is initiated, driven by what leaders believe are the right things for teams to do. Jared Speno will show how Nationwide Insurance applied DevOps concepts at scale to accelerate delivery for the business. Learn how the organization created a structure and culture that empowers teams to own their...Read more

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Concurrent Session DW2 Frequent Releases for Enterprise Mobile: Make It a Reality Without Losing Your Sanity Preview
Stacey Yan, Capital One, Alex Cabanilla, Capital One
11:30 am to 12:30 pm

As companies continue to embrace the mobile-first strategy, many are grappling with a formidable challenge: how to release mobile updates more frequently given the painful and archaic app publishing process. Beyond brute-forcing release cadence, there need to be cultural, technical, and infrastructural changes to make frequent releases a reality. Stacey Yan and Alex Cabanilla will explore these dimensions in depth and provide practical insights on how to boost build infrastructure and reduce build time, improve code quality and merge process and guard against bad code, manage mobile...Read more

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Concurrent Session DW3 Modern Security with Microservices and the Cloud Preview
Seth Vargo, Google
11:30 am to 12:30 pm

It's great that you've moved to microservices, but how are you handling security and distributing secrets? Traditional architectures use perimeter-based security, but you can't exactly wrap the cloud in your own personal firewall. Many organizations are practicing "lift and shift" to leverage the cloud, but then find themselves at the end of failed compliance audits. Seth Vargo will highlight the new security challenges associated with using cloud technologies and microservices, then showcase techniques for solving those challenges. Using HashiCorp Vault, a free and open source secrets...Read more

Lunch in the Expo 12:30pm-1:30pm
12:30 pm to 1:30 pm
Concurrent Sessions—1:30pm–2:30pm
1:30 pm to 2:30 pm
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Concurrent Session AW6 Transformational Leadership for Business Agility Preview
Sanjiv Augustine, LitheSpeed LLC
1:30 pm to 2:30 pm

Despite thinking that organizations are slow to innovate, innovation actually abounds at many companies. Kodak, DEC, and Xerox did not fail due to lack of new, cutting-edge innovation; they failed because their organizations were tuned to their traditional markets, and a failure to change their business models and organizations led to their eventual disruption. The key to achieving business agility lies in leadership that transforms organizations. Transformational leaders succeed by changing the system, leading with purpose, and steering from the edges. They own their responsibility and...Read more

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Concurrent Session AW7 How AI Is Transforming Software Testing Preview
Raj Subramanian, Testim.io
1:30 pm to 2:30 pm

Companies like Apple, Tesla, Google, Amazon, and Facebook have been investing in AI to solve different technological problems in the areas of health care, autonomous cars, search engines, predictive modeling, and much more. Applying AI is real, it’s coming fast, and it’s going to affect every business, no matter how big or small. How are testers going to adapt to this change and embrace AI? Join Raj Subramanian to discover how AI is going to influence the way we do test design and automation. He'll cover the basics of AI, the key ways software testing can benefit from AI, and the...Read more

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Concurrent Session AW8 Be the MVP: Building Software in Small Chunks Preview
Jim Grunder, Fidelity Investment
1:30 pm to 2:30 pm

Here is a question we should all ask ourselves when building new software: Are we building in small chunks? Focusing on first building a minimum viable product, or MVP, is vital in creating a shift to full team and organizational agility. Agile methods work great when building, testing, and learning in small, discernible, discrete pieces is the norm. But when we don't use that approach, we find teams slipping back to old waterfall (or maybe "Scrummerfall") habits. If there is not a shift to building in smaller increments—or even an understanding of how to do that—the agile transformation...Read more

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Concurrent Session AW9 Financing Agile Delivery with Forecasts Preview
Robert Pieper, Responsive Advisors
1:30 pm to 2:30 pm

Your team's been trained to deliver new features in a short time frame. You're estimating your work using abstractions like story points, and the predictability and quality of delivery have clearly improved. However, you still get asked every December to estimate year-long initiatives for annual budgeting. How agile can an organization be when the finance department is still thinking about large-batch projects with fixed cost, scope, and time? Robert Pieper will talk about how to mitigate financial risk and improve return on investment by working in smaller batches. Using financial...Read more

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Concurrent Session AW10 Pushing Pennies: Playing with the Principles of Product Development Flow Preview
Bill DeVoe, Velocity Partners
1:30 pm to 2:30 pm

Lean and agile concepts can sometimes be counterintuitive, but the right game or exercise can effectively demonstrate those concepts, providing a practical basis for conversation and learning. Being able to talk beyond anecdote and theory and actually demonstrate why something works is a powerful statement. In this workshop, Bill DeVoe will execute some games you can take back to your organizations to help them understand some basic lean and agile concepts regarding optimization of flow and throughput. Through these activities, we’ll demonstrate the value of a prioritized backlog,...Read more

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Concurrent Session DW4 DevSecOps - Security at the Speed of DevOps Preview
Larry Maccherone, Comcast
1:30 pm to 2:30 pm

Security specialists, especially at large organizations, believe that better security comes from robust independent gating. On the other hand, DevOps has proven that you can safely deploy orders of magnitude faster than human gating can achieve. What's needed to add security to DevOps are tools that work well with rapid-cycle CI/CD pipelines and an approach that reinforces the DevOps culture and process changes. This requires that security specialists become self-service toolsmiths and advisors and stop thinking of themselves as gatekeepers. Larry guides you through the characteristics of...Read more

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Concurrent Session DW5 Enabling Continuous Testing with Docker and Kubernetes Preview
Arjun Comar, Coveros
1:30 pm to 2:30 pm

Quality assurance frequently lags behind the development of new features. One common cause is the difficulty of getting software into a deployable state for testing. Join Arjun Comar as he discusses how Docker containers and Kubernetes can be used to solve this challenge. Arjun will talk about his experiences on recent DevOps efforts where Docker and Kubernetes enabled rapid deployments, and you will l earn how to set up short-lived test environments that can shift testing left and permit testing to be performed even prior to developers merging code into the mainline, allowing continuous...Read more

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Concurrent Session DW6 Creating Chaos: Engineering for the Unexpected Preview
Shahzad Zafar, RxSavings
1:30 pm to 2:30 pm

Every day we deal with complexity in our systems and multiple layers of dependencies. This complexity makes it difficult to predict when one service or dependency might go rogue for a specific circumstance during a delivery workflow. That's where chaos engineering comes in. Chaos engineering creates these "random" scenarios on purpose and builds resiliency into a system while increasing the velocity at which value is delivered to consumers. Shahzad Zafar will discuss his company's journey into chaos engineering, the principles behind it, how to plan for introducing chaos, and why a culture...Read more

Concurrent Sessions—2:45pm–3:45pm
2:45 pm to 3:45 pm
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Concurrent Session AW11 You Can't Improve What You Can't See Preview
Brandon Carlson, Lean TECHniques
2:45 pm to 3:45 pm

From value stream mapping to burndown charts, making things visible is a core component of the continuous improvement process. But even with all this visibility, much of the data surrounding how your teams work is either not captured or not understandable. This data represents a great opportunity for insights and improvement. Think about it: Your management team tells you that your velocity is too low. What do you do? First, you need more information. What does “too low” mean? Why was the velocity low? Did the team deliver value? Brandon Carlson will share one team’s surprising insights...Read more

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Concurrent Session AW12 AI Is Key to Agile Testing Speed Preview
Jason Arbon, test.ai
2:45 pm to 3:45 pm

Speed is king in agile. In a world where most of the agile process is automated, testing is the slowest and most expensive part of getting your app or website deployed to the world. Very few app teams have a decent amount of test automation, and even they still have days of manual testing during each agile cycle before they release new versions of their app. Testing is difficult, especially at the UI level, which is why it is still relegated to humans. But all that is changing with the application of artificial intelligence and machine learning. Join Jason Arbon as he explains how agile...Read more

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Concurrent Session AW13 To Estimate or Not to Estimate: A Panel Discussion Preview
Ryan Ripley, Independent Consultant
2:45 pm to 3:45 pm

When will you deliver that feature? How much will this project cost? Which features can I have in four weeks? These are all reasonable questions that both management and customers need answered, and traditionally, we’ve used estimates to provide such answers. But estimates can turn into commitments, dollars get spent based on misinformation, features end up misaligned with business needs, and all parties involved end up feeling misled and frustrated. The key question is, can we still make decisions without traditional estimates? Join us as our panel of experts discuss this question and...Read more

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Concurrent Session AW14 How to Innovate Inexpensively Preview
Giancarlo Di Vece, Unosquare
2:45 pm to 3:45 pm

When many think of modernizing or altering their firm with the goal of staying competitive in the market, thoughts of expensive, cutting-edge concepts that are difficult to implement usually come to mind. But innovation doesn’t have to cost a lot of money. The fact is that pure modernism is focusing on the benefit of the customer, the team, and the business. It does not always have to be overly technical or costly. As with speed, the most economical method to determine if a company is pursuing innovation is to look internally and discover how the workforce is being utilized. Giancarlo Di...Read more

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Concurrent Session AW15 Advance Your Agile Adoption with Lean Portfolio Management Preview
Martin Olson, Silicon Prairie Solutions and Scaling Matters
2:45 pm to 3:45 pm

As organizations begin to scale their agile adoptions from independent teams to a more organized "team of teams" structure, one of the challenges that is typically harder to address is budgeting and forecasting funding. The traditional approach of project-based annual funding doesn't allow for the effective integration of new information and market changes into the funding strategies. As organizations mature in their adoption of agile, they begin to better understand the need for changing the way they do lean portfolio management (LPM). Attend this session to get a basic overview of what...Read more

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Concurrent Session DW7 Enterprise DevOps Is Not an Oxymoron Preview
Lee Eason, Ipreo
2:45 pm to 3:45 pm

Driving enterprise DevOps transformations is a challenging but massively rewarding job. Larger organizations often struggle to justify the costs of new tooling and training. In fact, larger organizations often fail even to understand what DevOps is and what it means for their business. Putting DevOps into practice also tends to hit serious roadblocks in areas of information security. How can you get buy-in for such a difficult and widespread organizational change? And once you've got it, how do you drive change in a way that stakeholders will stay supportive of it? Join Lee Eason as he...Read more

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Concurrent Session DW8 Optimize Performance Engineering with an Integrated Docker Framework Preview
Safi Mohamed, JCPenney
2:45 pm to 3:45 pm

When an e-commerce platform is going through a digital and cloud transformation, the DevOps and performance engineering team has various responsibilities: prepare the workload, execute tests, measure and analyze performance KPIs, baseline, and store performance-related data. Current tools and process often impact the speed and quality of delivery, as most of the steps require manual intervention. Join Safi Mohamed and Aftab Alam as they walk through how they built a Docker-based integrated performance engineering framework using AWS, JMeter, Docker, Jenkins, Python, and Splunk to automate...Read more

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Concurrent Session DW9 Climbing the Mountain of Continuous Deployment Preview
Michele Campbell, Lucid Software Inc
2:45 pm to 3:45 pm

Trying to reach continuous deployment (CD) can feel like scaling a gigantic mountain full of sheer faces, icy passes, and incredible dropoffs. When a company doesn’t take the proper precautions on its journey to CD, it can result in an overworked engineering organization and high-risk issues reaching the end-users. Join Michele Campbell as she discusses key insights about the journey to CD her company is on right now. In just three short months, the organization has managed to double its number of production releases, without overwhelming teams or causing the quality of the program to...Read more

Networking Break—3:45pm–4:15pm
3:45 pm to 4:15 pm
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Keynote K3 Lightning Strikes the Keynotes Preview
Bob Galen, Zenergy Technologies
4:15 pm to 5:15 pm

Lightning Talks consist of a series of five-minute talks by different speakers within one presentation period. Lightning Talks are the opportunity for speakers to deliver their single biggest bang-for-the-buck idea in a rapid-fire presentation. Some of the best-known experts will step up to the podium and give you their best shot of lightning. Get multiple keynote presentations for the price of one—and have some fun at the same time.Read more

Thursday, November 8

Continental Breakfast—7:30am–8:30am
7:30 am to 8:30 am
Registration Desk Hours—08:00am–5:30pm
8:00 am to 5:30 pm
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Keynote K4 Empathy-Driven Development Preview
Andrea Goulet, Corgibytes
8:30 am to 9:45 am

Empathy is a technical skill. Don’t worry; you read that correctly. While empathy is often cited as a critical “soft skill,” it doesn’t stop there. Empathy is also an incredibly technical topic that is more accessible to analytical engineers—and more vital to building software—than you might think. Andrea Goulet, a noted expert on communication in the software industry, will debunk several myths around empathy, including that empathy is just a feeling, that technical folks can’t access empathy, and that empathy is just a high-level, touchy-feely fad. Andrea will demonstrate how empathy is...Read more

Concurrent Sessions—10:00am–11:00am
10:00 am to 11:00 am
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Concurrent Session AT1 Self-Selection Gamified: Leave Your Fears Behind Preview
Dana Pylayeva, Agile Play Consulting LLC
10:00 am to 11:00 am

Self-selection is a facilitated process that allows people to exercise autonomy by choosing their preferred initiatives and joining new teams. As exciting as it may sound to some, the idea of self-selection may cause others to experience all sorts of fear: fear of missing out, fear of not being selected, or fear of picking a wrong team. Let Dana Pylayeva alleviate those fears by taking you through effective preparation steps and a round of self-selection simulation. Hands-on activities such as drawing, making participants cards in a Team Ingredients Assessment, and playing the...Read more

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Concurrent Session AT2 Holistic Agile: Treat the Whole Company, Not Just IT Preview
Robert Woods, MindOverProcess
10:00 am to 11:00 am

As agile methods find more global applicability, we are finding groups outside of IT that have nothing to do with technology or software development demonstrating success with agile methods. But the approach to the solutions they deliver are often catered to their own unique circumstances. The original Agile Manifesto, principles, and supporting frameworks were formed with software development in mind, but from a holistic perspective, a different approach is needed for enterprise solutions outside of IT. Robert Woods will show you how to translate the success seen in agile software...Read more

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Concurrent Session AT3 Scaling Agile in a Large Matrixed Organization Preview
Jennifer Krieger, Red Hat
10:00 am to 11:00 am

Two engineering teams with vastly different work styles—one waterfall and one Scrum—merged into one matrixed organization to work on a critical strategic effort. During this transition the teams experienced many problems, including growing from a small team into a large one overnight, with half of the organization now knowing nothing about agile. They had issues with how to handle communication, the right level of process consistency across the twenty-plus distributed agile teams, working through technical dependencies, a lack of subject matter expertise, and no single point of control of...Read more

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Concurrent Session AT4 The Introvert's Survival Guide to Agile Preview
Julee Bellomo Everett, CCG Analytics
10:00 am to 11:00 am

Open work areas, a focus on collaboration and conversations, and group events that seem to require verbal fluency ... It may feel like the agile ecosystem is designed with extroverts in mind. But science tells us that introverts make up almost half of the workforce, and they may struggle to be productive in an agile environments. In fact, introverts might even shy away from agile opportunities because of the radical collaboration it requires. In this interactive session, Julee Everett will teach you to recognize the traits of an extrovert and an introvert through self-identification....Read more

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Concurrent Session AT5 Agile Distributed Teams: Oxymoron or Viable Option? Preview
Mark Kilby, Sonatype
10:00 am to 11:00 am

Many surveys indicate that more teams work in distributed environments. But agile approaches work best when people collocate, huddle around a problem, and closely collaborate on the best solutions that will deliver value. Is collocation the only option these days? Does distributed always imply “dysfunctional”? Does technology help or hinder? Maybe the problem is how we think about the working environment. Mark Kilby will share key principles of successful distributed agile teams that help define better working environments. Understand how the principles apply to different types of...Read more

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Concurrent Session DT1 A Successful DevOps Initiative Starts with Knowing Your Numbers! Preview
Anne Hungate, Daring Systems
10:00 am to 11:00 am

IT organizations that don’t know their risk factors and exposure are likely to make investments in DevOps that don’t matter. After working with several teams that lost their DevOps funding after making automation investments in areas that were not business constraints, Anne Hungate's “Know Your Numbers” model emerged. Join Anne to learn how to prioritize your DevOps improvements and demonstrate the impact and value you are delivering. After all, DevOps gets traction and funding when teams can show the business impact of doing it, so if you want your DevOps initiative to take off, be...Read more

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Concurrent Session DT2 Embrace Our Robot Overlords: Make CI Work for You Preview
Brian Thompson, Mindgrub
10:00 am to 11:00 am

When developing software, teams can often get bogged down with mundane tasks such as code linting, manual testing, or even just deploying code to a particular environment. Everyone dreams of setting up continuous integration to automate this work, but they believe it to be too time-consuming for their current budget. Join Brian Thompson as he discusses how, after many years of manually performing repetitive tasks and occasionally making a mistake in mundane work, he learned to embrace the robot overlords. Learn about a variety of different continuous integration services such as CircleCI,...Read more

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Concurrent Session DT3 Shift Left: Continuous Performance Testing in the CI/CD Pipeline Preview
Gajan Pathmanathan, Quicken Loans
10:00 am to 11:00 am

“Fail fast and fail often” is a key tenet of DevOps. It places great emphasis on continuous testing to deliver software with confidence and ensure a positive user experience. As teams embrace the “shift left” methodology, they need to transform the traditional approach that relegates performance testing to later stages of the delivery process. By shifting the performance testing left and conducting it continuously, teams can quickly detect and gain insight into software performance degradations earlier in the lifecycle. Gajan Pathmanathan will discuss the transition a team needs to undergo...Read more

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Industry Technical Presentation ITP8 Its Safer to Walk a Tightrope Without a Net - Enabling Truly Agile Cross Functional Teams by Refusing to Build a QA Department (A case study) Preview
Nate Custer
10:00 am to 11:00 am

Creating an agile culture of quality goes deeper then implementing agile practices, doing Scrum, DevOps, etc. When I joined WHMCS, they had no formal QA processes or practices - siloed development, and a ten year old legacy codebase they were struggling to maintain and evolve. Instead of creating a QA Department, we built QA/QA/QE practices into how we worked as an engineering department. This case study will look at the practical steps we took to build a culture of quality within WHMCS Engineering and highlight concrete steps you can take in your department to shape the culture of quality...Read more

Networking Break • Visit the Expo—11:00am–3:00pm
11:00 am to 3:00 pm
Concurrent Sessions—11:30am–12:30pm
11:30 am to 12:30 pm
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Concurrent Session AT6 Make Agile Work for Any Team Preview
Laura Burke, IHS Markit
11:30 am to 12:30 pm

Are parts of your organization embracing agile while others become more resistant, disconnected, or frustrated by the idea? Or maybe your team wants to be more agile but it isn’t sure how to get started because it’s not a typical development team. Agile has been moving out of software and being embraced by nondevelopment teams for years, but it’s not always a great experience. How can we make the best parts of agility relevant to any team? This hands-on session will show you how to start teams down the path to “being agile” by taking a teamwork-centered approach. With examples from a...Read more

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Concurrent Session AT7 A Personal History of Collaboration: Soloing, Pairing, Mobbing, Cube Farms, and Pipe Fires Preview
Jeff Langr, Langr Software Solutions, Inc.
11:30 am to 12:30 pm

Pair programming is the practice you love to hate! It's been nearly twenty years since Extreme Programming promoted pair programming as a collaborative practice, and it's still here. And if you thought that was bad, now there's mobbing, where the entire team works together on one thing at a time. Does that seem nuts? Yet we often hear teams say, "We go faster because we are mobbing." In this anecdote-heavy session, you'll hear Jeff Langr's history of working through various models for collaboration (or not) across the past several decades, including pairing, solo programming, and mobbing....Read more

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Concurrent Session AT8 Future-Proofing Testers in the Age of AI, ML, and Bots Preview
Eran Kinsbruner, Perfecto
11:30 am to 12:30 pm

We're all hearing the buzzwords of AI, machine learning, chatbots, and next-generation testing. Does this mean that the days of traditional testing as we know and practice it are over? Eran Kinsbruner doesn't think so. Join him to learn about the clear transformation happening toward smarter testing techniques and tools. These approaches will drive better pipeline efficiency and release velocity with high quality, and Eran thinks this means good things for the testing practice and practitioners. You'll discover the key trends that are happening around AI, machine learning, and bots in the...Read more

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Concurrent Session AT9 I Got a Fever, and the Only Prescription Is More Feedback Preview
John Krewson, Sketch Development
11:30 am to 12:30 pm

The Second City, an improvisational comedy club that launched the careers of comedians such as Chris Farley, Tina Fey, and Steve Carell, has delivered a successful product to audiences nightly for almost sixty years. How do they do it? By recognizing the power of feedback. Brian Eno, a pioneer in the music industry who produced albums for U2 and Coldplay, relies on a feedback generation system to ensure the best performances of the bands he works with. Likewise, the lean startup movement has uncovered a similar pattern of organizations that thrive on experimentation and learning. John...Read more

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Concurrent Session AT10 Create the Self-Directed Team of Your Dreams Preview
Josh Anderson, kazi, LLC
11:30 am to 12:30 pm

You've read dozens of books on agile and hundreds of articles, but no one actually told you how to build the team of your dreams. Josh Anderson brings the real-world experience of growing a team from zero engineers to thirty while shipping five products—and he did it is less than a year. Learn how to build a team from scratch or transform your existing team into a mystical self-directed team, and understand how leadership operates in a world of self-directed teams. You'll be able to take these lessons home and hire, grow, and support self-directed teams, then start changing the world.Read more

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Concurrent Session DT4 Dominating DevOps with Distributed Teams Preview
Treasa Overton, Overton Coaching
11:30 am to 12:30 pm

Distributed teams are the norm in Fortune 100 and 500 companies, crossing many time zones and multiple cultures. These teams seldom communicate directly, instead using a point of contact to relay information. While teams don't need to be collocated to deliver significant business value, they must use their DevOps pipeline to their advantage. Through continuous integration and automated testing, stories can be swarmed by distributed teams and completed in a fraction of the time it typically takes. Treasa Overton will discuss how this distributed model allows for faster delivery of business...Read more

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Concurrent Session DT5 Integrating Infrastructure as Code into a Continuous Delivery Pipeline Preview
Adarsh Shah, Contino
11:30 am to 12:30 pm

Infrastructure as code is the approach that takes proven coding techniques used by software systems and extends them to infrastructure. It is one of the key DevOps practices that enables teams to deliver infrastructure rapidly, reliably, and at scale, and thereby also software running on that infrastructure. The primary goal of continuous delivery (CD) is to ensure that the software can be reliably released at any time, and integrating infrastructure as code as part of the CD pipeline helps in furthering that goal. Adarsh Shah has helped organizations from various domains adopt...Read more

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Concurrent Session DT6 Continuous Load Testing for DevOps Preview
Kevin Dunne, Tricentis
11:30 am to 12:30 pm

Ensuring that each new release delivers a positive user experience is now more critical than ever. But with cloud-native apps, microservices, and other compartmentalized elements, an application involves many highly distributed components, and a performance issue in any of them could have a ripple effect across the entire application. Now that new functionality is being released weekly, daily, or even hourly, each team needs instant insight into whether their incremental changes could negatively affect performance. However, legacy performance testing approaches are too late, too heavy, and...Read more

Lunch in the Expo 12:30pm-1:30pm
12:30 pm to 1:30 pm
Concurrent Sessions—1:30pm–2:30pm
1:30 pm to 2:30 pm
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Concurrent Session AT11 Agile Leadership Conversations in the Fishbowl Preview
Julie Gardiner, Independent Consultant
1:30 pm to 2:30 pm

It can be lonely at the top. Trying to find other leaders who are having the same problem and issues you have and are willing to take a few minutes and help solve problems is really hard. One solution that Julie Gardiner has found works well is the "fishbowl" conversation. The fishbowl activity is also great for keeping a focused conversation while in a large group of people. At any time, only a few people have a conversation—the fish in the fishbowl. The remaining people are listeners—the ones watching the fishbowl. The caveat is that the listeners can join the discussion at any moment....Read more

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Concurrent Session AT12 Commonalities of Agile and DevOps Transformations for Large Organizations Preview
Suzette Johnson , Northrop Grumman, Robin Yeman, Lockheed Martin
1:30 pm to 2:30 pm

As the adoption of agile and DevOps have been steadily growing over the years, many organizations have been taking a proactive approach to prepare for the changes needed for success. This means giving people the skills and resources they need to be successful, working with customers and users for improved collaboration and transparency, and providing teams with the tools and infrastructure to enable continuous flow of value. Are there commonalities across organizations that others can learn from to support their journeys? Join Robin Yeman and Suzette Johnson as they provide an interactive...Read more

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Concurrent Session AT13 What’s Really Going On with Your Team? An Observational Skills Workshop Preview
Julie Wyman, Excella Consulting, Hunter Tammaro, Excella Consulting
1:30 pm to 2:30 pm

When it comes to our day-to-day work interactions, there are many factors that pass us by simply because we’re not used to paying attention to them. The best way to become more observant is through deliberate practice, so join Julie Wyman for a brief introduction to themes and different aspects of interactions to start observing, followed by small group exercises to practice observing and to help understand what it feels like to be observed. The exercises will be followed by a debrief and full group discussion about how to observe thoughtfully and share feedback in a neutral, nonjudgmental...Read more

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Concurrent Session AT14 How Design Thinking and Agile Can Be Friends Preview
Mary Thorn, Mary Thorn Consulting, Ian Larson, Lionbridge
1:30 pm to 2:30 pm

Agile methodologies do not traditionally allot space, time, or processes for user experience design. Some teams try to accommodate design via separate design sprints that are somewhat coupled to the team's backlog, but these are typically performed two or three sprints ahead. Increasingly, designers are demanding that teams do big, upfront design phases outside of a team's backlog, followed by agile development sprints to implement the design. As markets mature and competition increases, more and more companies must become design-focused or even design-led. Ian and Mary will show you why...Read more

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Concurrent Session AT15 Scaling the Product in an Agile World Preview
Todd Olson, Pendo
1:30 pm to 2:30 pm

In agile, most companies and teams associate “product” with the product owner role. While the product owner role is very important, how does this scale? How do you coordinate priorities across product owners, groups, and product lines? The product owner responsibilities are well-defined for how they interact with their team, but what about other product-related activities? Todd Olson will explore scaling the notion of product in agile organizations. He’ll look at the role beyond the product owner with a renewed focus on the profession of product management, which is often de-emphasized or...Read more

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Concurrent Session DT7 Experiences Bringing Continuous Delivery to the DoD and DHS Preview
Gene Gotimer, Coveros, Inc.
1:30 pm to 2:30 pm

Not every continuous delivery initiative starts with someone saying, "Drop everything. Let's do DevOps." Sometimes you have to grow your practice incrementally. Sometimes, you don’t set out to grow a practice at all—you are just fixing problems with your process, trying to make things better. Join Gene Gotimer as he walks through two case studies, one from the Department of Defense and one from the Department of Homeland Security, that took different avenues to get to agile and DevOps. Learn about the journey each organization took, the tools used to build quality into the products,...Read more

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Concurrent Session DT8 DevSecOps in the Age of Containers Preview
Curtis Yanko, Sonatype
1:30 pm to 2:30 pm

As IT shops look to move their workloads into containers and the cloud, their initial concerns often center around the security implications. Containers do force us to change how we think about securing our application, but they also offer exciting new opportunities. Curtis Yanko will explore the security concerns that come along with containers and take a deep dive into container composability and how modern tooling makes it possible to automate security and compliance concerns across the entire application stack. Curtis will share a project via GitHub that has a reference Jenkins...Read more

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Concurrent Session DT9 A DevOps Team's Journey Toward Behavior-Driven Development Preview
Laurent Py, Hiptest, Vincent Prêtre, Hiptest
1:30 pm to 2:30 pm

DevOps teams struggle to ensure quality in multiple daily deployments. Traditional testing approaches have often failed in this context, but there are exciting new ways to test. Laurent Py and Vincent Prêtre will explain how, at Hiptest, DevOps teams combine behavior-driven development (BDD) techniques with business metrics analysis to continuously assert the quality of their product. BDD scenarios align teams to a common goal, and users provide feedback to ensure their needs are met. The team transforms usage scenarios into tests that enable developers to deliver the...Read more

Networking Break • Visit the Expo—Closes at 3:00pm
2:30 pm to 3:00 pm
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Concurrent Session AT16 How Agile Killed Managers Preview
Katy Sherman, Premier Inc.
3:00 pm to 4:00 pm

Agile adoption has changed the corporate landscape in many different ways. And while the change has been mostly positive for the teams, some can see agile and Scrum ideas as a revolt against traditional management practices. If the team is self-organized, then what's the manager's role? Have no fear—managers are not obsolete; their job just looks a little different. Katy Sherman will discuss how agile has reshaped the manager's role. You will see examples of what not to do, such as when managers become a real obstacle during agile adoption, as well as learn how individuals, teams, and...Read more

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Concurrent Session AT17 Service Virtualization: How to Test More by Testing Less Preview
Paul Merrill, Beaufort Fairmont Automated Testing Services
3:00 pm to 4:00 pm

Agile teams tend to struggle in getting development and testing in sync. Many teams run minified waterfalls, where testers get working code a few days before the end of the sprint—and tools usually can't help. But service virtualization is one of those rare tools that can make a huge impact and accelerate software delivery by limiting the dependencies needed for testing. Join Paul Merrill to get an introductory demonstration of service virtualization with a freely available, open source tool. Learn the five modes of service virtualization: capture, simulate, spy, synthesize, and modify....Read more

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Concurrent Session AT18 Limitless by Choice: Discover Your Team's High-Performing Potential Preview
Jessica Soroky, Pendo
3:00 pm to 4:00 pm

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...Read more

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Concurrent Session AT19 User Stories Are like Onions: Let's Peel Away the Layers Preview
Katrina Thacker, Box Inc
3:00 pm to 4:00 pm

In the world of agile product development, user stories are like onions ... and no, that doesn’t mean they stink or they make you cry (although they have been known to do both). Writing user stories is still one of the hardest crafts in agile product development today. We all know that a good user story can be the difference between a low-performing Scrum team and a high-performing one. Katrina Thacker will introduce the "onion pattern" as a paradigm for creating great user stories, and she will lead you through a series of hands-on exercises to practice applying the pattern. In this...Read more

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Concurrent Session AT20 Shu-Ha-Ri Applied to Agile Leadership Preview
Bob Galen, Zenergy Technologies
3:00 pm to 4:00 pm

Far too many agile instances either fail or underperform because the leadership team members don’t sufficiently understand agility and their role within it. They don’t understand the fundamentals or how to map them to effective execution. But the larger problem is that they (and the organization) are unaware of the gaps. In this session, we’ll explore a basic assessment model for determining agile leadership maturity as a means of gauging and improving leadership's understanding and your overall effectiveness in applying agile. You'll break into small groups and assess the leadership...Read more

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Concurrent Session DT10 Bring Your Team Home Safely: What DevOps Teams Can Learn from Aircrews Preview
Peter Varhol, Kanda Software, Gerie Owen, QualiTest Group, Inc.
3:00 pm to 4:00 pm

United Flight 232 should have crashed with all 296 lives lost. Asiana Flight 214 should not have crashed at all. However, the actual outcomes were very different. Peter Varhol and Gerie Owen explain that the critical difference between the two flights was the interactions of their respective aircrews. Cockpit crew members work together to best utilize the skills of every team member to make flights safe. Using these principles, a DevOps team can bring their project safely home. The leader of a team is the final authority, but leaders must acknowledge team members’ knowledge and experience...Read more

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Concurrent Session DT11 Serverless Security: Overcome Architectural Security Challenges Preview
Eric Sheridan, WhiteHat Security
3:00 pm to 4:00 pm

Serverless architectures take the idea of microservices to the extreme. To implement secure serverless architectures, you have to understand how to compartmentalize programs at the function level. You also need to factor in security practices: Serverless architectures are susceptible to traditional attacks such as SQL injection and command injection, along with a wide variety of privilege escalation and sensitive data disclosure attacks. Developers must consider what would happen if an attacker attempted to invoke each of their functions directly. What if one of those functions were to...Read more

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Concurrent Session DT12 Lessons Learned Implementing DevOps: A Discussion Preview
Lee Eason, Ipreo
3:00 pm to 4:00 pm

DevOps is fundamentally about collaboration, communication, and effective teamwork across the entire software supply chain. But in practice, DevOps is much more than that. Tools and technology are used to speed up delivery, but organizational change often must be facilitated for DevOps to take root. Join Lee Eason as he facilitates a peer-to-peer session to help DevOps practitioners share their lessons learned while implementing DevOps. Come to this session with your DevOps challenges and get help from peers who have dealt with similar issues, and bring solutions as well, so you can help...Read more

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Keynote K5 All We Need Is Product Love Preview
Todd Olson, Pendo
4:15 pm to 5:15 pm

Today, we have more choices than ever for software products. The competition for our time and attention is fierce, and we tend to invest in only the products that we love. But product love can be elusive. User expectations have been recalibrated by the likes of Gmail, Facebook, and Instagram, yet many of the applications we build fall well short of these lovable experiences. Join Todd Olson in this keynote as he explores what it takes to create products your users love, where the end goal is not the minimum viable product, but the minimum lovable product. Creating and delivering an amazing...Read more

Agile Leadership Summit Reception 5:30pm-6:30pm (Summit Registration Required)
5:30 pm to 6:30 pm
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Agile Leadership Summit
5:30 pm to 4:00 pm

"Business Agility = Product + Technology in Close Collaboration" Thursday, November 8 • 5:30pm–7:30pm and Friday, November 9 • 8:30am–4:00pm

The business world is changing faster than ever. Dynamic global markets are forcing organizations to adjust to meet ever changing customer demands. Advances in technology are providing both opportunities and challenges for our software product lines. And even though agile approaches have been in use for nearly 20 years, many still struggle to achieve the full promise of agility .

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Friday, November 9

Registration Desk Hours—07:30am–3:00pm
7:30 am to 3:00 pm
Continental Breakfast—8:00am–8:30am
8:00 am to 8:30 am
Agile Leadership Summit (Summit Registration Required) 8:30am–4:30pm
8:30 am to 4:00 pm
Agile Leadership Summit Registration 8:30am–9:00am
8:30 am to 9:00 am
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Leadership Summit Session SMT1 Executive Engagement with Scrum Preview
Don MacIntyre, Scrum Etc.
9:00 am to 10:00 am

A common trend that we see with organizations excelling with Agile is that they have engaged leadership teams. By engaged, we do not mean that leadership is merely supportive of the Agile efforts underway, we mean leadership is actively engaged in the process to execute and improve.

Well performing Scrum teams should be identifying impediments each Sprint. Many of these issues may be resolved at the team level, but some may be organizational or systematic constraints requiring action from higher levels of the organization. If not resolved quickly, these impediments will continue to...Read more

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Leadership Summit Session SMT2 Lead Yourself First Preview
Anne Hungate, Daring Systems
10:10 am to 11:10 am

Maya Angelou tells us if we know better, we do better. As leaders of technology professionals, it is our responsibility to know better so our teams, our customers, and our lives are better. Knowing “better” has never been more challenging – from exponential changes in technology to managing a multi-generational workforce – what constitutes “better” is a moving target. How do we keep up with the latest trends in DevOps while learning new policy requirements and still hitting our committed numbers… and attending every travel ball game our child plays?

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Leadership Summit Session Solution Group Discussion Part I Preview
Bob Galen, Zenergy Technologies
11:30 am to 12:30 pm

Problem Definition—We'll be breaking out into small, collaborative groups that will work on brainstorming. In this 1-hour session, we'll be focusing on accurately defining the problem and establishing clear acceptance criteria to laser focus the problem you're trying to solve.Read more

Agile Leadership Summit Continues 1:15pm–4:00pm
1:15 pm to 4:00 pm
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Leadership Summit Session Solution Group Discussion Part II Preview
Bob Galen, Zenergy Technologies
1:15 pm to 2:15 pm

Brainstorming & Solutioning—Within the groups, you'll brainstorm a set of potential solutions (experiments, ideas, tactics, changes, etc.) as a way of attacking the problem you identified in Part-1. The goal will be to present these solutions outward to the larger group, so clear articulation of your solution strategy is required.Read more

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Leadership Summit Session Solution Group Discussion Part III Preview
Bob Galen, Zenergy Technologies
2:15 pm to 3:15 pm

Results Sharing—Each group will share their strategies. Not only presenting results, but being open to group-based questions, feedback, and challenge. We will be looking to "strengthen" each group's ideas by adding in those from the larger group.Read more

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Leadership Summit Session Solution Group Discussion Wrap–Up Preview
Bob Galen, Zenergy Technologies
3:30 pm to 4:00 pm

Final Wrap-up—Agile leadership Summit chair Bob Galen, will explore a quick set of idea & techniques for helping you engage and accelerate some of the strategies you've discovered as you land back in your home organizations.Read more