Program 2014

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9:00 AM - 9:10 AM: Welcome + Opening Remarks

9:10 AM - 10:00 AM: Give Your Conversations a Jolt with...

Give Your Conversations a Jolt with Some Agile Coffee

Agile Coffee is an extremely effective, lightweight framework for powerful, purposeful conversations at work. The array of topics is completely driven by the preferences and interests of each conversationalist. An Agile Coffee conversation may be sparked by a question, commentary and\or request for help. Within a timebox of three to five minutes, the information exchanged, focus and occasional alignment of purpose is often remarkable, but never required. Please join us for some fun, lightweight and engaging Coffee Talk – BYOC (Bring Your Own Coffee).

Presenter: Victor Bonacci

10:00 AM - 10:10 AM: Break

10:10 AM - 11:00 AM: Opening Keynote with Tobias Mayer

The Scrum Sacrifice

Scrum is a paradigm-shifting ideology. Trouble is,most leaders and managers don’t want to be shifted. They’d rather have their existing beliefs endorsed, and so they look to Scrum as a methodology to put a better face on existing ways of working. They look to Scrum consultants the same way they may look to beauticians or plastic surgeons.

The tragedy is that so many of us comply. We sacrifice the principles of Scrum in favor of “by the book” process. We compromise our values to satisfy the customer (or our manager). It’s easy to see the error when the implementation fails, harder when there is some measurable success. The latter case is the more destructive. Failure leads to rethinking. Success leads to more of the same, thus compromised Scrum becomes the norm: “it’s better than it was”.

What do we gain by this compromise, and what do we lose? This talk will explore both aspects.

Presenter: Tobias Mayer

11:00 AM - 11:10 AM: Break

11:10 AM - 12:00 PM: Continuous Discovery: The Value of ...

Continuous Discovery: The Value of Pure Agile

The strength of Agile lies in the simplicity and clarity of the Values and Principles expressed in the Agile Manifesto. Over time the ideas and concepts of this seminal document might need a bit of adjusting, but for the time being I have found the beauty and depth of the Manifesto to be more than sufficient to enable and empower the people in any software development organization to make rapid strides to the “land of better”.

As leaders or activators of change in the companies we work with, we must take responsibility to understand the philosophy of Agile, and learn to invite and draw people to share that understanding. Sometimes that seems like an impossible task, and we see “Agile adoptions” that merely accommodate the broken and failing “same old, same old”, rather than exposing and replacing it.

We need change, we want change, and we know we must influence change for the better, yet we often don’t have a clear view of what the future should look like once we get that change. Of course, change happens continuously regardless of our ability to get the meaningful change we think we want.

I’ll share with you how I apply and use pure Agile in my daily work, and encourage Continuous Discovery, Continuous Learning, and Continuous Growth in the teams and companies I work with. Let’s work together to discover the future we want to have.

Presenter: Woody Zuill

12:00 PM - 12:30 PM: Lunch Break

12:30 PM - 1:30 PM: Executive Leadership Panel

1:30 PM - 2:00 PM: Agile San Diego Award Presentation

2:00 PM - 2:50 PM: Defining and Measuring Team Effectiveness

Defining and Measuring Team Effectiveness

In this session we will be presenting a definition of team effectiveness as four distinct dimensions: team affect, team viability, performance behaviors, and performance outcomes. Participants will take a survey created as a measurement tool based on this definition of team effectiveness. We will discuss how to adapt this measure to your company’s culture. We will review alternative measures of team effectiveness that are available in the public domain and discuss their benefits and drawbacks. These concepts will be brought to light by using the presenter’s current employer, Mitchell International, as a case study. Mitchell International is in their 3rd year of an enterprise-wide Agile transformation. Their transformation has had many challenges and the company continues to struggle with creating effective teams.

Presenter: Michael Phillippi

2:50 PM - 3:00 PM: Break

3:00 PM - 3:50 PM: The Active Retrospective and Why ...

The Active Retrospective and Why Continuous Improvement Matters!

Continuous improvement is an important key to building high- performing teams and organizations, but at times it falls to the wayside in many organizations. In this session, you will learn how to conduct a Retrospective in a way that offers a meaningful forum to support continuous improvement for individual team members, your team and your organization. In addition, you will learn and practice a unique, field-tested method practiced by scores of teams at Care Fusion and West Health Institute, a joint collaboration with Vanderbilt University Medical Center and West Corporation. My results demonstrate this Retrospective technique generates a highly productive retrospective where everyone is involved, all areas are evaluated and the team and organization benefit from the dialogue. After this session you will be equipped with the skills to support continuous improvement on your own and have practiced with a concrete example.

Presenter: Alicia R. McLain

3:50 PM - 4:00 PM: Break

4:00 PM - 4:50 PM: Agile Leader Storylines

Agile Leader Storylines

If your life were summarized on a movie poster, what would it say? We ask Agile leaders and ScrumMasters to be Servant Leaders, Impediment removers, Coaches, Educators and Evangelists, and Shepherds and guardians of the process (I use acrostic SLICES) as well as organizational change agents. Those are exciting aspects that go beyond our HR titles, but it’s a tall order – how do we make that actionable, part of us? How do we weave these into a story? Our careers are not our stories. Our stories come from who we are and we are bigger than our jobs. If we are only what we do for a living, we are smaller than our potential, yet we can use this radical new role of Agile leader or ScrumMaster as a means of connecting to, and leveraging at work, an opportunity to grow.

Presenter: Scott Dunn

4:50 PM - 5:00 PM: Closing