Building Business Capability Conference 2016 Agile Open Jam Report

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The Building Business Capability 2016 conference was held in Las Vegas 31 October until 4 November.  The event attracted approximately 1400 people from 20+ countries.  It is the flagship conference of the International Institute of Business Analysis (IIBA), held in North America every year.

The Agile Open Jam has been a feature of the conference for the last 3 years, sponsored by the Agile Alliance and under the initiative initially raised by Kent McDonald and more recently by Ellen Gottesdiener.  The organizers of the event contacted the Agile Alliance (via Shane Hastie) and asked us to run the Agile Open Jam at the conference.

As part of the Agile Extension initiative Shane Hastie, James King and Kent McDonald were already scheduled to be at the conference so it was seen as a natural add on to that initiative for us to conduct the Open Jam.

Shane Hastie

James King

Kent McDonald

In addition to James, Kent & Shane additional volunteers included Kathy Berkidge, Michele Maritato, Stephanie Vineyard, Angela Wick and Jacqueline Sanders.

The Open Jam was located across from the registration area and next to the conference room where all the Agile sessions were held.  This was a fairly high traffic area and every attendee at the conference had a chance to see the Open Jam area.

Over the 2 ½ days that the Open Jam was available approximately 100 people came and asked questions or engaged in conversation.  Around 25 of those were deeper discussions that resulted in several pieces of wallware.

The timbre of the questions was focused on how to adopt agile practices in specific contexts rather than “should we be agile?” or “what is agile?”.  It’s clear that agile software development approaches are the norm. The BA community now seems to struggle with the role of analysis and analysts in agile and there was a strong focus on the relationship with, and responsibilities of, product ownership.  This appears to be a significant challenge for BAs in organizations and is something we will discuss in the Second Edition of the Agile Extension to the BABOK™.

The remainder of this document has photographs of the Open Jam sessions and the wallware produced.

We thank Agile Alliance for their support of this activity – it definitely helped engage the community and was beneficial to the brand of the Alliance.

Shane Hastie, James King and Kent McDonald

November 2016

About the Author

Shane Hastie joined ICAgile in 2017 as the Director of Agile Learning Programs. He has oversight in the strategic direction and expansion of ICAgile’s learning programs, including maintaining and extending ICAgile’s learning objectives, providing thought leadership and collaborating with industry experts, and supporting the larger ICAgile community, which includes more than 90 Member Organizations and approximately 50,000 ICAgile certification holders.

Over the last 30+ years Shane has been a practitioner and leader of developers, testers, trainers, project managers and business analysts, helping teams to deliver results that align with overall business objectives. He spent 15 years as a professional trainer and consultant specialising in Agile practices, business analysis, project management, requirements, testing and methodologies for SoftEd in Australia, New Zealand and around the world.

“I firmly believe that humanistic way of working and the agile mindset are desperately needed in organisations all around the globe today. Taking agile values and principles beyond software is important and making sure they are properly embedded is absolutely crucial for success – we’re in an industry that touches every aspect of people’s lives and massively influences society as a whole and I want to be a part of making sure that industry is both ethical and sustainable.”

Shane served as a Director of the Agile Alliance from 2011 until 2016 and is the Chair of Agile Alliance New Zealand

This is an Agile Alliance community blog post. Opinions represented are personal and belong solely to the author. They do not represent opinion or policy of Agile Alliance.

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