AGILE2018

Tracks

AGILE2018 TRACKS

Sessions are distributed into tracks to help you find sessions about particular topics.

The tracks and track organizers are listed below.

Agile Companies

Co-Chairs : Lisa ShoopTim Gifford

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Agile Companies

Agile is no longer a powerful mindset and collection of frameworks used only by the software development teams. When software teams bring down the delivery time and change how companies engage with customers, the rest of the company is challenged to embrace the same values and principles throughout the organization.

Agile Companies Track is focused on real stories, techniques, and strategies that show the application of Agile principles and practices across the organization. The track has sessions with practical ideas and insights about the use of agile in areas including finance, sales, marketing and business agility, hiring and growing people, and organizational design.

The Agile Companies Track provides an opportunity to learn how companies and organizations are pushing the boundaries of agile beyond the IT landscape.

Agile Data Metrics and Forecasting

Chair: Troy Magennis

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Agile Data Metrics and Forecasting

The Agile Data, Metrics and Forecasting track offers practical techniques to measure and optimize Agile software development and delivery using data. Attendees will leave with a clear picture of what and how data can be used to support their Agile journey, and easy next steps to implement those ideas in their organization.

Top areas will include –
· Using data to observe and quantify team and organizational improvement
· Using data to coach teams and to measure the impact of process improvements
· Using data to support prioritization and critical business decisions
· Using data to make better Agile decisions in the face of uncertainty
· Using data to forecast options and define achievable commitments

Whereas much of Agile is rightly considered about the interactions between team members and process used to organize work (team and organization), this track is about how data can be used to support those goals. For Agile to show its true benefit now and in the future, teams and organizations need to be able to quantify the impact of introducing new ways of working. Growing this quantitative ability into the Agile community is critical, and the purpose of this track.

Agile Foundations

Chair: James Newkirk

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Agile Foundations

Agile Foundations meets a need for those who are new to agile development, including those who are considering, or have just begun, a transition to agile ways of working. This track provides a brief, systematic overview of agile concepts, terminology, and essential practices. The goal is to make you feel more at home discussing basic agile principles and practices. You should leave with a mental framework to help you get the most possible out of the rest of the conference.

You'll get answers to frequently asked questions, as well as answers for your specific circumstances. What is agile software development and where did it come from? What are the basic concepts, principles, and practices behind agile development and agile disciplines? What roles will we need to fill with what expectations? What does focusing on value mean for everyone?

And most importantly: As a result of participating in the immersion, what topics do I want to further explore at this conference?

Agile Midway

Co-Chairs: Brian Button & Christina Hartikainen

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Agile Midway

The Agile Midway is your one-stop destination to find a dozen or more fun and interesting activities on Friday morning. Stroll down our halls and see two different retrospectives, learn about your chances to participate in planning and putting on Agile2019, maybe do an Improv Game or two, or more! We even have one session, Agile Circuit Training, just for Agile fundamentals, like different kinds of ice breakers, retrospective activities, and a bunch more.

We guarantee everyone can find something to their tastes on the Agile Midway!

Audacious Salon

Co-Chairs: George Dinwiddie & Lyssa Adkins

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Audacious Salaon

Starting in the late 16th century and blossoming in the 17th and 18th, the salon was a major influence in the development of European culture, art, science, and politics through courageous conversations about “dangerous” topics. These indoor explorations paralleled the audacity of bold sea voyages mapping the world unknown to Europeans.

On the track, we reprise this embrace of the unknown and the different. The Audacious Salon is a place where strongly held ideas are discussed in civility, where dialog leads us places we've not yet dreamed. It’s a place to compare experiences and expand our own with the richness of others. It’s a place to offer insights and hear how they fit for others. It’s a place to hear others' insights and test our own beliefs against them.

This track is NOT a place to teach others The Truth. It is NOT a place to passively learn. It is NOT a place to assert the superiority of one experience over another.

Geared toward veteran Agilists and others with experience and understanding of the salon topic, Audacious Salon sessions are the beginning of deeply exploratory conversations, not the entirety of them. Those who attend will put their egos aside and create an environment where all feel safe to participate so that differing ideas can frolic together to produce progeny that delight and surprise.

A Salonniere, who will remain unnamed in the program, has hand-crafted an experience around a topic of passion for them. This person will be the host of the experience rather than the “expert” on the topic. There are no expert answers in the Audacious Salon, only courageous exploration.

Even among the well-experienced, this territory may be risky in its vulnerability. But if you've the fortitude, it could be the beginning of new collaborations with peers, perhaps unlikely peers, into a future of exploration in fruitful directions. Prepare to be surprised!

Coaching & Mentoring

Co-Chairs: Jake CalabreseMike Lowery

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Coaching & Mentoring

This track explores coaching and mentoring with an emphasis on developing your skills as either an Agile Coach or Mentor. It also provides you with the tools you can use to provide assistance across multiple levels within an organization, across different functional domains, and at different stages of an Agile transformation.

You know that the Agile Manifesto highlights the need for continuous improvement and this is relevant to you in your own personal journey too.
Specifically, Coaches and Mentors play a critical role helping people, teams and organizations improve themselves and their environment over time. Within your organization, coaching and mentoring helps others to identify and implement change through listening, providing feedback, facilitating, guiding and teaching.

While many typically associate coaching and mentoring with specific roles such as Managers, Scrum Masters, and Coaches, the reality is that everyone in an organization has the potential and the responsibility to be a Coach or Mentor.

Through continued learning and feedback along with inspection and adaption, we can all take steps toward our own personal growth and through our growth help others too.

Collaboration Culture & Teams

Co-Chairs: Steve Holyer & Ardita Karaj

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Collaboration Culture & Teams

Customers & Products

Co-Chairs: Karen Greaves & Chris Murman

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Customers & Products

We need an understanding of customers to build products that they love, and we need customers to buy our products for more than they cost to build to stay in business.The art of product management is balancing the needs of the customer with the ones of the business. It’s a tricky tightrope to walk, but the success of all companies depends on it.

It is usually the role of the product owner to decide what teams build. They focus on creating product backlog items, refining them, and planning releases. All necessary, but not sufficient. Often the role becomes taking orders, and passing them along to teams without any input from actual users. This limits the team's creativity and ability to solve real customer problems. To delight customers and build great products a team needs to understand and buy into a product vision that speaks to their customers.

This track will present ideas, approaches, and tools for great product teams. This will include ways to make decisions about who customers are, what the product will do, and not do. Talks will cover a variety of techniques to help put the right features in the hands of the right customers.

Questions this track will answer are:
• How to use customer feedback effectively to guide our product development?
• How to craft hypotheses and collect data to inform our decision making process?
• What tools we can use to help stimulate innovative thinking?
• What common mistakes do people make with user stories and how to improve them?
• How do we build roadmaps for agile products?
• What skills do Product Owners need to work effectively?
• What success really means for Products?
• How to deliver value rather than features?

If you are a Product Manager, Product Owner, Analyst, team member, startup founder, or anyone interested in building great products, this track will have talks and workshops sure to give you great ideas and tools you can use.

Dev Practices and Craft

Co-Chairs: Kevin Stevens & Seb Rose

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Dev Practices and Craft

DevOps

Co-Chairs: Samantha Laing & James La Spada

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DevOps

Devops is a natural extension of Agile itself, transforming the way we deliver software from a developer committing code to having that code running in production. DevOps is a cultural shift that realizes the promise of Agile itself, changing how individuals think about delivering reliable software/infrastructure faster with automation. All while making sure the products they create are highly available through resiliency and having the appropriate monitoring in place to resolve issues before they affect customers.

Sessions on DevOps track include, but are certainly not limited to:

  1. Infrastructure Automation best practices and design principles that deliver highly available scalable systems
  2. System designs that are leveraging containerization or serverless architecture
  3. How to move away from monolithic deployments towards delivering reliable software into production through continuous delivery
  4. Measuring the effect of product changes and applying data-driven insights to complete the Build / Measure / Feedback Loop
  5. Case studies of DevOps implementations
  6. How to approach organizational change while moving toward a DevOps culture
  7. Compelling demonstrations of tools within the DevOps space. (Note: this is not a place for vendor sessions)

Come and learn about the revolution in software product delivery companies around the world are moving toward!

Experience Reports

Co-Chairs: Rebecca Wirfs-Brock & Nanette Brown

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Co-Chairs

Rebecca Wirfs-Brock

Nanette Brown

Experience Reports

Experience Reports are stories about what happens when agile techniques are used in the real world. They help us understand where agile works and what can go wrong. Some stories are told by experienced agilists, recounting the most recent chapter of their agile journey. Others, from reporters who are relatively new to agile practices, help us understand what happens when first adopting agile techniques. The Experience Report Track includes stories from all parts of the globe and on a variety of topics.

There are reports about starting an Agile Coding School in Montana, modernizing the Cassini Saturn mission software development, reflections on twenty years of test automation, and bringing the thrill back to a tired project. One reporter candidly tells of mistakes they’ve made and what you might learn from them. Others report on transformation challenges in big companies and government. Still others share stories about agile journeys in life both inside and outside of work. With twenty-four reports, there’s plenty of variety for everyone.

Enterprise Agile

Co-Chairs: Nivia HenryGail Ferreira

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Enterprise Agile

The Enterprise Agile Track supports the needs of organizations that embrace an agile mindset across hundreds, or even thousands of individuals. Such entities face a set of complexities that organizations with fewer technology teams do not; such as coordination and synchronization across multiple teams, complex delivery tools, cultural shifts, and massive organizational change. Our speakers understand such challenges without losing the underlying values and principles of Agile.

The Track emphasizes the advantages of the lean agile mindset, systems thinking, and enterprise-scale Agile frameworks to consistently deliver impact and value. Topics covered can include enterprise technical excellence, synchronization of solutions and value streams, lean startup at scale, and cultural changes.

Our sessions will feature a broad range of perspectives from many industries and environments, describing the initial, evolving, and long-term challenges of Agile at scale in a technology setting. Sessions will provide insights into organizational structures, adoption patterns, policies, and practices that enable agility at scale–with a preference for the innovative.

Submissions regarding Agile in non-technology contexts, or agile adoption at local levels, should consider the Agile Companies track. Submissions regarding Agile in technology contexts can consider the Development Practices & Craftmanship, DevOps or Software, Testing and Quality or User Experience as an alternate source.

Leadership

Co-Chairs: Matt BarcombChris Edwards

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Leadership

Management is about arranging and telling. Leadership is about nurturing and enhancing. (Peters)

This track invites everyone to step into the role of agile leader, and provides a space to cultivate new leadership capabilities. We will seek to learn and grow by sharing experiences, theory, emerging trends, tried-and-tested patterns, and earnest questioning.

Agile challenges us to imagine new and inclusive leadership models. Agile disrupts traditional patterns of hierarchy and title. Agile asks leaders to lead through service, to lead by influencing, to step up when needed, and to create opportunities for others.

Agile leaders find opportunities to influence through diverse relationships and activities. Leaders attract, inspire, and enable others. Leaders are historians, decision-makers, servants, administrators, mentors, facilitators, crisis managers, counselors, cheerleaders, and doers of work no one else wants to do.

 Assume you have no power—that you aren't "in charge" of anything and that you can't sanction those who are unwilling to do your bidding. If, given this starting point, you can mobilize others and accomplish amazing things, then you're a leader. (Hamel / LaBarre)

Agile organizations design their environments to promote achievement and success. They recognize that leadership is manifested both in relationships between individuals, and in systems of complex interactions among many people.

When you attend a session in this track, we hope you will find—and create—opportunities to connect with active, current leaders and learn ideas and techniques you can use to enhance your own leadership abilities.

Learning

Co-Chairs: Dana Pylayeva & Tamsen Mitchell

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Learning

Project Program & Portfolio Management

Co-Chairs: Robert Woods & Pradeepa Narayanaswamy

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Project Program & Portfolio Management

In this track we are celebrating both the proven techniques as well as brave experiments with project, program and portfolio management in Agile organizations. We are answering such questions as:

  • What crazy and innovative techniques are helping to improve how we go from great idea to customer value delivered?
    • What techniques are organizations using to apply Agile to holistic organizational portfolio management, not just IT?
    • What techniques can help organizations move from project management to product lifecycle?
    • What helps organizations assess, plan, manage and adapt their projects and their portfolios?
    • How are successful organizations facilitating the impact Agile has on capacity planning, budgets and capitalization?
    • How are organizations making adjustments to the growing pains from increasing the size and complexity of their portfolio?
    • What guidance can we take from Agile, Lean and Lean Startup to help us manage effective, uninterrupted flow of value through organization?

We want you to hear about (and learn from) the fantastic failures as much as the celebrated successes. We believe there is no one way; no silver bullet. This track is meant to open eyes and minds to different ways of thinking. We hope that every person attending a session on this track leaves excited about a concept they can use to help move the needle towards agility in their organization.

Testing & Quality

Co-Chairs: Dan Ashby & JeanAnn Harrison

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Testing & Quality

Testers! Developers! Business analysts! Product owners! Scrum masters! Coaches! Managers! or anyone else involved in creating and delivering software! Have you heard? The world of software testing is changing! Come and hear all about it from the Quality & Testing Track at Agile2018.

Are you keeping up to date with what's happening? With companies and teams having a deeper involvement with Agile and Dev-Ops, the world of software testing is moving with it, fast becoming essential in this world where information is everything.
Testing is no longer just about "checking that software meets some requirements as expected". Software testing is fast evolving to have a huge focus on exploration with the intent to uncover information. And with the complexity of software increasing, so does the software risks and our unknowns and ignorances about the software

All at the same time, technology is advancing at an incredible rate too. Think about IoT, VR, AI, ML, etc... Come find out how how to test all these things while using modern testing approaches, with a continued focus on retaining high quality, valuable software and processes.

If this all sounds interesting to you, or if you haven't heard about what's happening in the testing space yet, come along to the Testing & Quality track to learn more in a safe, friendly and interactive environment!

The Future of Agile Software Development (IEEE Software)

Co-Chairs: Rafael Prikladnicki & Casper Lassenius

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The Future of Agile Software Development (IEEE Software)

The Future of Agile Software Development track features interesting, possibly provocative talks that are “out of the box”. The aim is to spur discussion about the limitations of current agile practices and frameworks, and to take a look towards the future of agile practices. Mainly aimed at practicing and advanced agilists, participants are welcome to share their experiences, debate and think about our shared future as agilists.

The track is supported by IEEE Software magazine (https://www.computer.org/software-magazine/), and selected presentations will be considered for inclusion in a special column in the magazine.

Stalwarts

Chair: Tricia Broderick

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Stalwarts

Beyond the foundations, there are strong pillars upon which the successes of the Agile methods are built. These pillars include both the ideas guiding interactions between people and teams, and the voices of those spreading their meaning and importance.

The Stalwarts track is our venue for bringing together thought leaders with our attendees in a setting that promotes small conversations. Each session will provide an intimate setting where you, and potentially a few dozen of your peers, will have the opportunity to have 1-1 conversations with an expert and ask them about their ideas and experiences.

Sessions will be focused on a single Stalwart, combining both an expert and topic, a 3-4 person fishbowl of ever-changing participants, and a facilitator.

There are no prepared slides or talks. All content comes from the fishbowl - We talk about what you want to hear!

Sessions on this track can get very loud, very spirited, are always fun, and always fill their rooms. Space is limited, so you probably want to show up early!

User Experience

Co-Chairs: Jonathan Berger & Billie Schuttpelz

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User Experience

The UX track this year is for anyone passionate about creating products that delight customers, deliver value, and create meaningful interactions, whether you work for a lean startup or a large agile enterprise.

Balancing well crafted software with an amazing user experience is the essence of a great product. UX is a team sport, and this track will highlight how everyone on an Agile team can be involved. You’ll learn from leading practitioners in the Agile and Lean UX community about the entire lifecycle of software development with a combination of theory-informed practice, principles to guide your teams, and hands-on tactics so that UX practices can become shared by many people – not just the UX designer. We will show you some of the ways Agile, LeanUX, Lean Startup and User Experience practices are being combined by people already doing it— driving the iterative discovery and development of new products.

Here are a few of the topics we will cover:
• How can everyone become involved in the customer research process?
• What are the fundamentals of qualitative and quantitative research that teams should learn to make good decisions?
• How do you put practical UX skills into the hands of the whole team?

Plus many more still to come!

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