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Monday, June 8


Getting to Better Problems

Ever feel discouraged by the impediments, setbacks, and struggles that come from leading change? If you created a backlog to address each challenge, would it seem a mile long? Allison and Jason share the improvement kata model so you can lead groups in focusing on the next problem to solve and owning change for themselves.

Continuous improvement is a journey rather than a destination. Come hear examples of how an improvement kata approach has enabled change at the team and organizational levels through small actions. Learn how you can apply katas in your organization.

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Tim Haagenson

Principal Developer / Team Lead, American Airlines
Tim Haagenson has over 10 years of experience in software development and dedicated his career to agile ways of working. As a developer and technical lead, he has played a part in transforming development teams at multiple companies, resulting in their ability to deploy value daily... Read More →
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Allison Pollard

Agile Coach, Improving
Allison Pollard helps people discover their Agile instincts and develop their coaching abilities. As an Agile coach with Improving in Dallas, Allison enjoys mentoring others to become great Scrum Masters and fostering communities that provide sustainability for Agile transformations... Read More →

Monday June 8, 2020 3:30pm - 4:30pm
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Tuesday, June 9


Managing Kick-Ass Agile Teams

To make the self-organizing principle of Agile really work you need great people. You need strong leaders, skilled management, and no small measure of faith and confidence. This talk focuses on what you should be doing as a leader to help your team succeed in an Agile environment.

Whether you're a seasoned manager or just leaning into leadership there's something for you. We'll talk about things that you can do ensure you're hiring the right people, how to navigate the issues that are sure to come up when a team is brand new, and ways to help move from "pretty good" to high-performing.

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Greg Major

Director of IT Innovation, GSFSGroup
Software architect, programmer, manager, and speaker with 25 years of software development experience. Has domain experience in online retail, manufacturing, energy, tax, and insurance. Thrives in entrepreneurial environments and enjoys mentoring others.

Tuesday June 9, 2020 3:30pm - 4:30pm
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Wednesday, June 10


Extreme Situations require Extreme Agility

In this discussion, we will focus on:
  • What happens when we’re faced with extreme situations
  • What can happen when we fall back into old habits
  • The importance of sticking to our Agile values in extreme situations
  • Now, more than ever, we need to focus on value delivery

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Jimmy Strube

Agile Coach, Shell
20+ years experience in application architecture and development utilizing a variety of technologies and methodologies.  15 of those years were spent as a Scrum Master and Agile trainer/Coach. In addition to his technical experience, he also has a strong background in managing projects/products... Read More →

Wednesday June 10, 2020 3:30pm - 4:30pm
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Thursday, June 11


Product Owner - what does it mean to "maximize the value of the product resulting from the work of the development team" anyhow?

The Product Owner is a unique role on the Scrum Team requiring its own distinct mindset. Just what does it mean to "maximize the value of the product resulting from the work of the development team" anyhow? In this session, Wade will share practical insights on how to better communicate the vision of your product, tell more inspiring stories, and add more value to each sprint.

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Wade Pinder

Senior Director of Product Management, Mainline
Wade Pinder is the Senior Director of Product Management at Mainline.gg in Houston. He has over 10 years of experience as a Scrum Product Owner. Wade is an active member of the Agile Leadership Network Houston group has served as a mentor to startup founders at Station Houston and... Read More →

Thursday June 11, 2020 3:30pm - 4:30pm
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Monday, June 15


Teaching an elephant to dance – How we migrated our largest datacenter to Azure Cloud in 9 months and reduced running costs by 25%

Moving to cloud is the single most significant technology shift your company will face over the next decade. Our all-in move to the cloud has delivered huge value in both operational cost savings and in promoting business agility. Quickly achieving these objectives, however, required a highly prescriptive and practical approach to cloud. Before going all-in, let me walk you through our strategy, challenges and mistakes so you can create your own Cloud Adoption Program to get you there successfully, the first time.

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Mathew Joshua

Manager, Software Quality Engineering, Wolters Kluwer
Howdy! First and foremost, I am an Agile fanatic, passionate about digital Transformation and Quality. Ever since I was a child, I have been passionate about technology and people. Currently I work as an Engineering Manager at Wolters Kluwer ELM Solutions, well supported by my stellar... Read More →

Monday June 15, 2020 3:30pm - 4:30pm
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Tuesday, June 16


The Foundation of Business Agility: Feedback Loops

At the core to any agile approach is the ability to manage for uncertainty. This is only possible through a process of continuous learning which requires active feedback loops. Linear approaches are doomed to fail in a world of uncertainty. Feedback incorporates new knowledge which enables learning. The key is maintaining healthy feedback loops which will allow the learning to adapt to the changes necessary for success. An iterative approach with broken feedback loops is similarly doomed.

Feedback is a core general practice of the Kanban Method. The visual board, metrics, and regular cadences all provide feedback to enable continuous learning and continuous improvement. Not only are feedback loops the foundation of business agility, empiricism is the foundation of the scientific method, Shewart-Deming process improvement cycles, and the Lean Startup model.

Todd’s background is as a Chemical and Petroleum engineer, so control systems and empiricism are natural for him. Todd will share his background with control systems and explore how healthy agile approaches incorporate multivariate closed loop control systems.

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Todd Little

Chairman, Kanban University
Todd Little is Chairman of Kanban University, the leader in Kanban training for knowledge work. He is an executive with deep experience leading the development of commercial technology solutions. He is a pioneer and global thought leader in lean and agile approaches to improve business... Read More →

Tuesday June 16, 2020 3:30pm - 4:30pm
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Wednesday, June 17


Remote Scrum Mastery - How in the heck do I do this?

I used to have a team that did everything together in the same physical location. Today I have a “virtual team” environment. What does this mean for me, and how do I it?

Let's explore some ways to facilitate Scrum Teams and options for Scrum Events that a virtual workspace provides us. With this new context comes new ways of working.

The most efficient and effective method of conveying information to and within a development team is face-to-face conversation. This still holds great truth. What is the closest we can get to it?

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Ty Crockett

Director at Improving Enterprises, Improving
Ty is a trainer and consultant for Improving. He plays many roles based on what his current need is, including: Enterprise Agile Coach, Scrum Master, Director and Project Manager. Ty has spent most of his professional career in the field of Information Technology. He is also a Professional... Read More →

Wednesday June 17, 2020 3:30pm - 4:30pm
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Thursday, June 18


The Other Way to Scale Agile: How you as an individual can incorporate an Agile mindset even if your org chart nodes disagree.

Much of Agile focuses on the “team”, but Agile is a mindset and a mindset starts with a single person. Whether you are on a fully agile team, transitioning, or agile is not even an option, there are a number of personal practices that can help you become an Agile Practitioner no matter what your environment might be.

You will first understand what are some good personal and background practices that are foundational as an Agile Practitioner. Then you will gather techniques for acquiring and understanding feedback both from your users as well as your team. Finally you will learn some practices for being a catalyst for collaboration and commitment

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Drew Shefman

Software Engineer, Disney Streaming Services
• Over 19 years professional experience developing advanced software solutions with a variety of technologies, languages, and platforms.• Specialize in organized and adaptable code craftsmanship that is easy to test, maintain, understand and reuse.• A developer with strengths... Read More →

Thursday June 18, 2020 3:30pm - 4:30pm
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Monday, June 22


How agile helps drive innovation at the Enbridge Technology and Innovation Lab

While agile is primarily used to drive software development work, it can be also be leveraged in many non-software areas/domains such as HR, sales, marketing, and so on.
In the world of ideation and innovation too, agile has been found to be incredibly powerful in driving new and unexpected insights and value creation due its inspect-and-adapt mindset, focusing on solving real customer problems, with business value being the ultimate outcome.
In this session I'd like to talk about how we leverage agile (and the very latest tech, in concert) at the T+IL to drive meaningful and impactful outcomes for our customers.

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Seshadri Veeraraghavan

Agile Coach, Enbridge
Sesh is a transformative agile leader with a strong technical background. Over the past 18 years he has successfully created, coached, and led high-performing global agile teams.His teams have delivered on-time and high-quality enterprise software products (SaaS and desktop) to Fortune... Read More →

Monday June 22, 2020 3:30pm - 4:30pm
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Tuesday, June 23


Growing Software Developers of the Future

Our industry is facing a significant challenge in the coming years as our needs for new developers are going to massively out-pace the ability of higher education to produce those developers. This session will demonstrate a path forward by investing in training up new software developers ourselves.

This is not an insignificant challenge, you need to understand many things including: * Target demographics * Expected graduating skill set * Training requirements * Financial models that work, and their challenges * Plans for future growth and mentorship after training

This talk will address all of these models, and talk about how they can be accomplished in the small (personal mentorship) to the large (corporate bootcamps), drawing on significant experience running and succeeding at these initiatives.

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Tim Rayburn

Vice President of Consulting, Improving
Tim Rayburn is a Vice President of Consulting with Improving Enterprises, a software and project management consulting company in Dallas, TX. He is a passionate advocate of apprenticeship and mentorship in corporate environments. Since 2007 he has been awarded the Microsoft MVP in... Read More →

Tuesday June 23, 2020 3:30pm - 4:30pm
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Wednesday, June 24


10 agile practices for working together, remotely!

Two years into an agile journey at bp, we had launched over 400 agile teams and spoken powerfully to the benefits of co-located teams and collaboration – and invested a significant amount in post-its! And then the world changed. Join Stephanie Smith and Shannon DeMarco for a session focusing on agile practices for working together, remotely. This session has been delivered across bp to help teams apply agile practices to more effectively transition and stay productive in this new reality.

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Shannon DeMarco

Director, Agility products at bp, BP
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Stephanie Smith

Director, Agility and Digital learning at bp, BP
Experienced Transformation Director with a demonstrated history of working in the oil & energy industry. Skilled in HR Organization Development, Talent and Learning, Business Process Improvement, Learning Programme Development , and Business Agility. Strong business development professional... Read More →

Wednesday June 24, 2020 3:30pm - 4:30pm
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Thursday, June 25


Innovation to Commercialization: Seeing the potential for Innovation in all people

Motivation:  Teams that enjoy open communication and the freedom to innovate have a reason to come in early and stay late. A shared vision and accountability towards a core set of objectives drive cross-functional teams to deliver more innovative solutions than they would have individually.

Problem: How difficult is it to listen? How difficult is it to keep innovating when oil is $20 a barrel? How difficult is it to innovate when oil is $100 a barrel? The answer is that it can be difficult no matter where we find the price. Currently, the world is at a crossroads. The global economy has become increasingly complex and the landscape is flattening. We are more connected and at the same time, listening less to one another.

In my weaving career and over the last 20 years I've been able to listen to many different voices. Each of those voices belong to real people and I've found that with the freedom to do so there is a spark of innovation in all of them. There's always room for an application, system or process to improve. That can come from someone intimately familiar with a challenge or someone experiencing it for the first time.  

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Karl Allen

Solution Architect, Chevron
Karl is an Innovative Solutions Architect with over 20 years of global experience in Government, Education and Fortune 500 entities. His background is filled with interesting and unique projects which include design and build of the first telehealth network focused on supplying healthcare... Read More →

Thursday June 25, 2020 3:30pm - 4:30pm
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Monday, June 29


The Future of Work: The Impact of Agile & Scrum in the COVID-19 age

2020 will forever be known as the year of COVID-19 and how everything over a few short months changed. For many organizations, their ability to respond to this crisis will define their future. COVID-19 is a very painful reminder that organizations and people need to be agile. Agile not only in terms of how they work but also what the products and services they deliver. Scrum has some history in redefining how people work. Its success over the last 25 years has led to Scrum Master and Product Owner being job titles on recruitment websites or LinkedIn career profiles. Sprints, Daily’s, and Retrospectives are now part of the normal ‘what did you do at work today’ conversations. But most organizations and career paths are still based on an industrial, pre-agile outlook with promotion and value connected to managing people and scarcity of knowledge. Bonuses are paid to individuals and reviews are determined by ‘work’ managers. What will the future look like? Does this crisis drive a fundamental change to how people work and what they work upon?

In this talk, Dave West, CEO of Scrum.org describes the long-term impact COVID-19 in the context of agility and how work may change. The talk is based on how some companies have built organizational and career models to support agility.

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Dave West

CEO, Scrum.org
Dave West is the product owner and CEO at scrum.org. He is a frequent keynote at major industry conferences and is a widely published author of articles and research reports. He also is the co-author of two books, The Nexus Framework For Scaling Scrum and Head First Object-Oriented... Read More →

Monday June 29, 2020 3:30pm - 4:30pm
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Tuesday, June 30


Five Things Leaders Should Know About Agile

This session is designed to incite discussion around topics such as agility’s effect on culture, thinking in terms of products over projects, metrics to guide an agile adoption, effective governance, and measuring the return on an agile investment.

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Don McGreal

VP of Learning Solutions, Improving
In his role as VP of Learning Solutions at Improving, Don McGreal is a hands-on agile consultant and instructor. And...* Author of the book: 'The Professional Product Owner: Leveraging Scrum as a Competitive Advantage'.* Scrum.org Professional Scrum Trainer who has authored and taught... Read More →

Tuesday June 30, 2020 3:30pm - 4:30pm
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