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Agile + DevOps East 2018 - Tutorials

Full- and half-day tutorials are consistently the most popular and highly rated part of the conference. Tutorials allow you to take a deeper dive into a specific topic so that you can learn to make improvements to everyday processes in the areas that matter most to you.

Monday, November 5

Arjun_Coman
Coveros
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Introducing Docker and Kubernetes to your DevOps Toolchain

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Monday, November 5, 2018 - 8:30am to 4:30pm

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,...

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Creating Successful Distributed Agile Teams

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Monday, November 5, 2018 - 8:30am to 12:00pm

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...

Mary_Thorn
Mary Thorn Consulting
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Getting Started with Acceptance Test-Driven / Behavior-Driven Development

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Monday, November 5, 2018 - 8:30am to 12:00pm

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...

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Tools for DevSecOps

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Monday, November 5, 2018 - 8:30am to 12:00pm

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...

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Lean/Agile Data-Driven Decisions Demystified

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Monday, November 5, 2018 - 8:30am to 12:00pm

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...

Ryan Riplley
Independent Consultant
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Rethinking Your Retrospectives

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Monday, November 5, 2018 - 8:30am to 12:00pm

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...

Mary_Thorn
Mary Thorn Consulting
Bob Galen
Zenergy Technologies
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Creating a High-Performance Agile Team

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Monday, November 5, 2018 - 1:00pm to 4:30pm

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...

Jeff Langr
Langr Software Solutions, Inc.
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From Mob to Symphony: A Mob Composing Workshop

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Monday, November 5, 2018 - 1:00pm to 4:30pm

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...

Shaun Bradshaw
Zenergy Technologies, Inc
MI

Essential Patterns of Successful Agile Transformations

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Monday, November 5, 2018 - 1:00pm to 4:30pm

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...

V. Lee Henson
AgileDad
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Getting your User Stories Right-sized and Actionable

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Monday, November 5, 2018 - 1:00pm to 4:30pm

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.

Ryan Riplley
Independent Consultant
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Coaching Workshop: Taking Your Scrum to the Next Level

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Monday, November 5, 2018 - 1:00pm to 4:30pm

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...

Tuesday, November 6

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Exploring OpenSpace Agility to Initiate Agility that LASTS

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Tuesday, November 6, 2018 - 8:30am to 4:30pm

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 coach...

Danilo Sato
ThoughtWorks
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Continuous Delivery in Practice: A Hands-On DevOps Workshop

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Tuesday, November 6, 2018 - 8:30am to 4:30pm

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...

Rob Myers
Agile for All
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Take Your Test-Driven Development to the Next Level

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Tuesday, November 6, 2018 - 8:30am to 4:30pm

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 of...

Jeff Payne
Coveros
TD

What DevOps Means for Testers and Testing

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Tuesday, November 6, 2018 - 8:30am to 12:00pm

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...

Mary_Thorn
Mary Thorn Consulting
Bob Galen
Zenergy Technologies
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Learning How to Lead High-Performing Agile Teams

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Tuesday, November 6, 2018 - 8:30am to 12:00pm

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...

Marcus King
Improving Enterprises
Allison Pollard
Improving Enterprises
TF

Leaders: Getting Real without Getting Fired

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Tuesday, November 6, 2018 - 8:30am to 12:00pm

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...

Dana Pylayeva
Agile Play Consulting LLC
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Introduction to DevOps with Chocolate and Legos

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Tuesday, November 6, 2018 - 8:30am to 12:00pm

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...

V. Lee Henson
AgileDad
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Advanced Backlog Refinement and Estimation Techniques

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Tuesday, November 6, 2018 - 8:30am to 12:00pm

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-...

Jeff Payne
Coveros
TI

Agile Project Failures: Root Causes and Corrective Actions

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Tuesday, November 6, 2018 - 1:00pm to 4:30pm

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...

Francie Van Wurkus
AB2 Consulting
Claudia Marquette
AB2 Consulting
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Strategic Foundations for Scaling Agile

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Tuesday, November 6, 2018 - 1:00pm to 4:30pm

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...

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What's Your Leadership IQ?

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Tuesday, November 6, 2018 - 1:00pm to 4:30pm

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...

Rob_Sabourin
AmiBug.com
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The Tester's (New) Role in Agile Development

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Tuesday, November 6, 2018 - 1:00pm to 4:30pm

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...

Julee Everett
CCG Analytics
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Innovation Garage: Supercharge your Product Engine

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Tuesday, November 6, 2018 - 1:00pm to 4:30pm

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...