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Monday, April 8
 

8:00am EDT

Breakfast & Registration
Monday April 8, 2019 8:00am - 9:00am EDT
Break Area

9:00am EDT

Conference Kickoff
Monday April 8, 2019 9:00am - 9:15am EDT
Main Room

9:15am EDT

Keynote: Using Games to Enable High Performing Teams
Agile software development or nearly any innovation work is based upon working and collaborating as a member of a high performing team. Let’s explore how we can use a simple game to review essential practices that enable high team performance and strong organizational health. Working as a team, you’ll engage in a game that will guide you to clarify and align around specific team needs and then decide on specific actions to enable high team performance. This process will create a space where you can share your own insights, recommendations and lessons learned with other members of your team – such sharing and combination of unique ideas enables a true culture of innovation and high performance.

This interactive session will demonstrate how use of a simple game enables components of interactive training, team chartering and mental model formation to be combined into a single activity. This combination is intended to enable any team to get on the fast track to achieving high team performance, while also inspiring how simple games that combine learning andteam collaboration could be applied to other activities at work.


Speakers
avatar for Jason Tice

Jason Tice

Vice President, Asyncrhony
Jason Tice has over 15 years of experience using collaborative activities and games to help organizations, their teams and their customers achieve clarity and alignment to enable high performance. More recently, Jason has led efforts to adapt collaboration frameworks familiar to agile... Read More →


Monday April 8, 2019 9:15am - 10:15am EDT
Main Room

10:15am EDT

Break
Monday April 8, 2019 10:15am - 10:30am EDT
Break Area

10:30am EDT

Build Your Facilitation Toolbox for Large Groups
Have you ever tried to expand your current facilitation exercises to 50-100+ people? It's harder than it looks. How about knowing which exercises or techniques to combine in what flow for large group facilitation? This session will talk about my go-to facilitation techniques used repeatedly for large scale facilitation. Real life facilitation examples to show examples of how to use each technique by itself or in a facilitated flow with other exercises. As a group, we will then build mind-maps for each technique that show many other ways to use that one facilitation technique. You'll be able to leave this session with 3-4 applicable techniques you can add to your toolbox. The people who attend the session will dot vote to decide which techniques to look at.

We'll look at some combination of the following techniques:

  • Tribes and Constellations
  • Rotating Flip Charts
  • Speedboat from Innovation Games
  • Collaborative agenda creation
  • ROTI: Return on Time Invested
  • Journey Lines
  • Circles and Soup (circles of influence)


Speakers
avatar for Billie Schuttpelz

Billie Schuttpelz

Business Agility Enablement Manager, SolutionsIQ/Accenture
Billie Schuttpelz is known for shortening feedback loops across silos and redesigning large, complex product eco-systems. Her Lean-Agile perspective gained over a 20 year career, including engagements in 5 countries, has enabled Fortune 10 enterprises to deliver to market faster... Read More →


Monday April 8, 2019 10:30am - 12:00pm EDT
Washington

10:30am EDT

Scaling Up and Out with Agile OKRs
"You can motivate by fear, and you can motivate by reward. But both those methods are only temporary. The only lasting thing is self-motivation." - Homer Rice

Objectives and Key Results (OKRs) have been well known for decades now, and John Doerr's book on Measuring What Matters became a hit immediately after it was published. However, while OKRs as a concept seems logical and straightforward, many companies struggle with implementing this concept in an aligned and inspirational way. As an Agile coach implementing OKRs in multiple large organizations, I experience three major anti-patterns:

Anti-pattern: Implementing OKRs top-down. OKRs are not KPIs (Key Performance Indicators) which are top-down arbitrary numbers provided by management to each employee at the beginning of a long-term period (usually a year). OKRs are set by teams, not individuals, and aligned with organizational objectives. In that, OKRs are inspirational and encourage teams to set up the objectives that motivate them and inspire self-organizing teams to make a difference.

Anti-pattern: Using OKRs to measure performance and define compensation. Unlike KPIs which are used to measure performance and influence compensation and promotions, OKRs should not be not related to performance in any way. Numbers are easy to game, and connecting OKRs to performance would negate their purpose. OKRs need to be aspirational and hard to achieve, so that teams challenge themselves to continuously grow and become high-performing. This is the reason OKRs are self-graded, not measured by managers.

Anti-pattern: Focusing OKRs on activities, not results. Frequently, OKRs are focused on activities or tasks, e.g. provide 100 training sessions, hire 300 employees, create a Playbook covering 50 topics. While sometimes there is a reason for task-based key results, in most cases, the objective is either customer-related (e.g. customer satisfaction), business objective (e.g. revenue growth), employee-related (e.g. retention data), or a related goal. In either case, it forces teams to pivot if the initial set of activities does not bring the intended result and fail forward to pursue the goal. (OKR example

During the workshop, we will be playing two OKR-setting games. The goal of these games is to experience in practice how to avoid common mistakes and set up cascading OKRs bottom-up by empowering teams, aligning divisions, and keeping the organizational objectives in focus - all of this while keeping employees motivated and inspired. Finally, we will discuss how OKRs empower teams to self-organize while achieving shared goals within a scaled agile environment.

Speakers
avatar for Mariya Breyter

Mariya Breyter

Enterprise Transformation Leader, Goldman Sachs
Mariya Breyter is an enterprise agile coach, and transformation and strategy leader with over twenty-year experience ranging from government jobs to versatile corporate experience in financial services, healthcare, media, and education. Mariya's professional passion is leading enterprise-level... Read More →


Monday April 8, 2019 10:30am - 12:00pm EDT
Monroe

10:30am EDT

Building Networks and Bridges
Almost every team has the opportunity to collaborate and work with other teams. While working collaboratively can be incredibly rewarding, it can also introduce many challenges. Agile frameworks help us to create teams that are self-sustaining; teams that can typically complete their work independent of external resources. When that's not possible, whether it's due to integrations or other factors, it is important to create healthy, working relationships with the people or teams we interact with. This is often easier said than done. This interactive workshop will explore some of the key challenges of working with other teams and attendees will learn two games that can help teams accelerate their learning curve on how they can help themselves be more successful with the teams they collaborate with. Join us to learn some fun ways how to build bridges across teams and build networks across your organization to foster positive collaboration.

Speakers
avatar for Erica Maguire

Erica Maguire

Scrum Master, IDEXX Laboratories
I am a Scrum Master from the greater Portland, Maine area. I work at IDEXX Laboratories, a leading veterinary diagnostic and technology company. I am passionate about promoting cross-functional team collaboration as well as bringing Agile practices beyond software to areas such as... Read More →



Monday April 8, 2019 10:30am - 12:00pm EDT
Adams

10:30am EDT

Visualize Your Workflow, Improve Value Delivery
Do you like pizza? Are you interested in Kanban? Do you want to focus more on delivering value quickly and effectively? If so, there's no excuse for skipping this game!¶¶In the Kanban Pizza Game, you will experience firsthand the benefits of a Kanban System by simulating the frantic pace of ordering pizza. The Kanban Pizza Game demonstrates the path from an existing process to a Kanban System and starts right where you are, unlike other Kanban games that usually focus only on the flow of an existing Kanban System. You will learn to use the five basic practices of Kanban: visualize the workflow, limit Work-In-Progress, manage flow, make process policies explicit and minimize waste, and keep up with customer demand. At the end you will understand how Kanban and its evolutionary approach to change can be applied to software development. The game is fun, the activity level stays high, and it offers a complex simulation that includes changes in flow while the difficulty progresses.¶¶Whether you are a novice seeking to learn Kanban in a memorable way or a seasoned practitioner looking for a great simulation to teach Kanban to others, this is the session for you.

Speakers
avatar for Kemmy Raji

Kemmy Raji

Agile Coach Lead, OMERS
Kemmy Raji is an Agile Coach and Trainer. She has been embracing agile principles and practices for over 10 years. She has experience working in various sectors including but not limited to financial institutions and utility companies. Her vast knowledge has been put into coaching... Read More →



Monday April 8, 2019 10:30am - 12:00pm EDT
Jefferson

12:00pm EDT

Lunch
Monday April 8, 2019 12:00pm - 1:00pm EDT
Break Area

1:00pm EDT

Concept to Backlog: Power of Design Sprints - Part 1
Too often we find ourselves at the cusp of exploring something new, something greenfield. This could be a brand-new app, a large digital product, or just a shiny new module in an existing product. But before your organization commits time and resources, wouldn't you want to be able to understand the risks, get your entire team (POs, UX, Engineer and so on) on board, evaluate if the product idea is even worth pursuing, and finally get a high-level backlog ready? That is where a Design Sprint can help!
Come and join us as we take an in-depth and hands-on look at the Design Sprint framework, and how we can go from an exciting idea to a product backlog in a week, or even better; in 180 minutes!


Speakers
avatar for Kanwaldeep 'KD' Singh Arneja

Kanwaldeep 'KD' Singh Arneja

Senior Director, User Experience, Clarivate
KD Singh Arneja has been in the industry since 2003. While working with startups and mature companies, he has designed and delivered delightful products that have been the culmination of UX, Agile practices, and Design Thinking, all while working with high-performing teams.KD is currently... Read More →
avatar for Sarah Goodman

Sarah Goodman

UX Designer, Healthedge
Sarah is a UX designer and recipient of an MS in Human Factors in Information Design (HFID) from Bentley University. She is passionate about solving complex problems in creative ways. She has a background in creative writing and art, and is well versed in communicating ideas visually... Read More →


Monday April 8, 2019 1:00pm - 2:30pm EDT
Jefferson

1:00pm EDT

Agile Fluency Game - Part 1
For an explanation of the Agile Fluency Game, see here: https://www.jamesshore.com/Blog/Agile-Fluency-Game-Now-Available.html

Speakers
avatar for Jenny Tarwater

Jenny Tarwater

Collaboration Coach, Blueshift Innovation
Jenny Tarwater is an International Speaker, Collaboration Coach and Agile Trainer. She has 25 years of corporate experience bringing all parts of an organization together to reliably deliver large-scale software initiatives. Jenny has a passion for empowering the adoption and understanding... Read More →


Monday April 8, 2019 1:00pm - 2:30pm EDT
Monroe

1:00pm EDT

LEGO Labs Mini-Residency - Part 1
Want to experience games, methods, and practices used to accelerate iterative delivery of working and tested products? Join us in this fully immersive and highly interactive session that simulates what we do at Red Hat Open Innovation Labs' 6-12 week Residencies.
This activity is great for providing more senior level executives what their teams experience when they look to adopt a new way of working that transforms their organization to be more open and more Agile.
This session uses a non-technical scenario and Lego to allow anybody to participate regardless of knowledge of software delivery process, technical coding, or history of playing with Lego.
This session is an immersive, fun and energetic activity to get hands-on experience of building products using lean, agile and continuous delivery practices simulating many of the tools and techniques we use in Red Hat Open Innovation Labs.
There are too many to list, so here are a few games/practices played:


Agile Faces
Social Contract
How Might We
Value Slicing
Fruit Salad Estimation
3 different Retrospective Types


Think full end-to-end projects from team forming games, goal setting and ideation through implementation all within this session, with a base from Lego4Scrum by Alexey Krivitsky.


Speakers
avatar for Matt Takane

Matt Takane

Agile Coach, Red Hat
An agile coach for over 6 years, Matt is passionate about adapting working environments for customers to innovate, while ensuring individuals and interactions are never sacrificed. As a part of the Red Hat Open Innovation Labs team, he leads customer delivery using open culture and... Read More →
avatar for Tim Beattie

Tim Beattie

Engagement Lead / Agile Coach, Red Hat Open Innovation Labs
Tim is a consultant and coach with a strong passion for Agile philosophy. He has worked in IT delivery for 18 years, starting his career on the PwC IT consulting graduate programme. In the early stages of his career he completed several client engagements delivering development, test... Read More →



Monday April 8, 2019 1:00pm - 2:30pm EDT
Washington

1:00pm EDT

NoEstimates Workshop: Forecasting with Less Effort and More Accuracy - Part 1
'When will it be done?' It's a question we all have to answer. How do we forecast completion dates with less effort and more accuracy? If you're keen to know how you can spend less time estimating and more time delivering working software while providing your customers with some understanding of predictability, this group boardgame-based workshop will help you understand what factors influence delivery time and to what degree. Join this session to learn how to move from upfront intuition-based estimates to create a data-based probabilistic forecast that provides a more reliable way to talk about when stuff will be done. Learn to forecast when things will be done -- with less effort and more accuracy!

Speakers
avatar for Matthew Philip

Matthew Philip

Senior Agile Consultant, Solutions IQ | Accenture
As a capability cultivator, organizational fitness coach and workplace activist, Matthew helps organizations and teams continuously become fit for their purpose. He is especially passionate about building learning organizations and creating humanizing and engaging work environments.He... Read More →


Monday April 8, 2019 1:00pm - 2:30pm EDT
Adams

2:30pm EDT

Break
Monday April 8, 2019 2:30pm - 2:45pm EDT
Break Area

2:45pm EDT

Concept to Backlog: Power of Design Sprints - Part 2
Too often we find ourselves at the cusp of exploring something new, something greenfield. This could be a brand-new app, a large digital product, or just a shiny new module in an existing product. But before your organization commits time and resources, wouldn't you want to be able to understand the risks, get your entire team (POs, UX, Engineer and so on) on board, evaluate if the product idea is even worth pursuing, and finally get a high-level backlog ready? That is where a Design Sprint can help!

Come and join us as we take an in-depth and hands-on look at the Design Sprint framework, and how we can go from an exciting idea to a product backlog in a week, or even better; in 180 minutes!

Speakers
avatar for Kanwaldeep 'KD' Singh Arneja

Kanwaldeep 'KD' Singh Arneja

Senior Director, User Experience, Clarivate
KD Singh Arneja has been in the industry since 2003. While working with startups and mature companies, he has designed and delivered delightful products that have been the culmination of UX, Agile practices, and Design Thinking, all while working with high-performing teams.KD is currently... Read More →
avatar for Sarah Goodman

Sarah Goodman

UX Designer, Healthedge
Sarah is a UX designer and recipient of an MS in Human Factors in Information Design (HFID) from Bentley University. She is passionate about solving complex problems in creative ways. She has a background in creative writing and art, and is well versed in communicating ideas visually... Read More →


Monday April 8, 2019 2:45pm - 4:15pm EDT
Jefferson

2:45pm EDT

Agile Fluency Game - Part 2
For an explanation of the Agile Fluency Game, see here: https://www.jamesshore.com/Blog/Agile-Fluency-Game-Now-Available.html

Speakers
avatar for Jenny Tarwater

Jenny Tarwater

Collaboration Coach, Blueshift Innovation
Jenny Tarwater is an International Speaker, Collaboration Coach and Agile Trainer. She has 25 years of corporate experience bringing all parts of an organization together to reliably deliver large-scale software initiatives. Jenny has a passion for empowering the adoption and understanding... Read More →


Monday April 8, 2019 2:45pm - 4:15pm EDT
Monroe

2:45pm EDT

LEGO Labs Mini-Residency - Part 2
Want to experience games, methods, and practices used to accelerate iterative delivery of working and tested products? Join us in this fully immersive and highly interactive session that simulates what we do at Red Hat Open Innovation Labs' 6-12 week Residencies.
This activity is great for providing more senior level executives what their teams experience when they look to adopt a new way of working that transforms their organization to be more open and more Agile.
This session uses a non-technical scenario and Lego to allow anybody to participate regardless of knowledge of software delivery process, technical coding, or history of playing with Lego.
This session is an immersive, fun and energetic activity to get hands-on experience of building products using lean, agile and continuous delivery practices simulating many of the tools and techniques we use in Red Hat Open Innovation Labs.
There are too many to list, so here are a few games/practices played:


Agile Faces
Social Contract
How Might We
Value Slicing
Fruit Salad Estimation
3 different Retrospective Types


Think full end-to-end projects from team forming games, goal setting and ideation through implementation all within this session, with a base from Lego4Scrum by Alexey Krivitsky.


Speakers
avatar for Tim Beattie

Tim Beattie

Engagement Lead / Agile Coach, Red Hat Open Innovation Labs
Tim is a consultant and coach with a strong passion for Agile philosophy. He has worked in IT delivery for 18 years, starting his career on the PwC IT consulting graduate programme. In the early stages of his career he completed several client engagements delivering development, test... Read More →
avatar for Matt Takane

Matt Takane

Agile Coach, Red Hat
An agile coach for over 6 years, Matt is passionate about adapting working environments for customers to innovate, while ensuring individuals and interactions are never sacrificed. As a part of the Red Hat Open Innovation Labs team, he leads customer delivery using open culture and... Read More →



Monday April 8, 2019 2:45pm - 4:15pm EDT
Washington

2:45pm EDT

NoEstimates Workshop: Forecasting with Less Effort and More Accuracy - Part 2
'When will it be done?' It's a question we all have to answer. How do we forecast completion dates with less effort and more accuracy? If you're keen to know how you can spend less time estimating and more time delivering working software while providing your customers with some understanding of predictability, this group boardgame-based workshop will help you understand what factors influence delivery time and to what degree. Join this session to learn how to move from upfront intuition-based estimates to create a data-based probabilistic forecast that provides a more reliable way to talk about when stuff will be done. Learn to forecast when things will be done -- with less effort and more accuracy!

Speakers
avatar for Matthew Philip

Matthew Philip

Senior Agile Consultant, Solutions IQ | Accenture
As a capability cultivator, organizational fitness coach and workplace activist, Matthew helps organizations and teams continuously become fit for their purpose. He is especially passionate about building learning organizations and creating humanizing and engaging work environments.He... Read More →


Monday April 8, 2019 2:45pm - 4:15pm EDT
Adams

4:15pm EDT

Break
Monday April 8, 2019 4:15pm - 4:30pm EDT
Break Area

4:30pm EDT

Make a Great Decision in 2 Minutes: The End of Long Meetings
Have you ever been in a meeting that lasted 30 minutes, an hour, or even 2 hours, and when the meeting ended, no new decisions had been made? Never again! Learn Decider Protocol and Resolution Protocol, make great decisions together in 2 minutes, and get back to the awesome work you love together!

Speakers
avatar for Richard Kasperowski

Richard Kasperowski

High-Performance Teams, With Great People
Richard Kasperowski is an author, teacher, speaker, and coach focused on high-performance teams. Richard is the author of the new book, High-Performance Teams: The Foundations, as well as The Core Protocols: A Guide to Greatness. He leads clients in building and maintaining high-performance... Read More →


Monday April 8, 2019 4:30pm - 4:50pm EDT
Washington

4:30pm EDT

Brainwriting: Ideation within collaboration
Are you starting a new team or a new project with a new team? Want to shave some time off the forming and norming? Brainwriting is an activity that can help you get there faster while making it interesting. Join this game to learn Brainwriting in a quick but the fun way.

Speakers
avatar for Kanwaldeep 'KD' Singh Arneja

Kanwaldeep 'KD' Singh Arneja

Senior Director, User Experience, Clarivate
KD Singh Arneja has been in the industry since 2003. While working with startups and mature companies, he has designed and delivered delightful products that have been the culmination of UX, Agile practices, and Design Thinking, all while working with high-performing teams.KD is currently... Read More →
avatar for Sarah Goodman

Sarah Goodman

UX Designer, Healthedge
Sarah is a UX designer and recipient of an MS in Human Factors in Information Design (HFID) from Bentley University. She is passionate about solving complex problems in creative ways. She has a background in creative writing and art, and is well versed in communicating ideas visually... Read More →


Monday April 8, 2019 4:30pm - 4:50pm EDT
Jefferson

4:30pm EDT

The Perfection Game
Giving and receiving feedback are essential skills for both Agile managers and practitioners. The Perfection Game, part of the Core Protocols, provides a painless framework for having difficult conversations. Come play the Perfection Game to practice this skill and get feedback from other players who will also use the Perfection Game.

Speakers
avatar for David Grabel

David Grabel

Enterprise Agile Coach, Fidelity Investments
David Grabel is an enterprise agile coach consulting at Fidelity Investments bringing Agile to the entire organization. He has introduced Scrum, Kanban, XP, and SAFe at both small and large organizations. His previous clients include Vistaprint, Trizetto, Bose, and PayPal where he... Read More →


Monday April 8, 2019 4:30pm - 4:50pm EDT
Monroe

4:30pm EDT

The Ups & Downs of Change
Explore your intuitive reactions to change. Discover that it is within your power to choose a positive attitude towards change.

Speakers
avatar for Kimberly Bartlett

Kimberly Bartlett

Agile Coach, Vistaprint Corporate Solutions
Kimberly lives for helping people and teams unlock their full potential! Her early career was in traditional project management. As soon as she learned about agile she became a strong-advocate. Her agile "ah-ha moment" occurred when she witnessed how limiting WIP led repeatedly to... Read More →
avatar for Kelsey Drought

Kelsey Drought

Designer, Vistaprint Corporate Solutions
To check out my work visit: www.kelseydrought.com


Monday April 8, 2019 4:30pm - 4:50pm EDT
Bretton Woods

4:30pm EDT

Open Space Session Brainstorming Room
Monday April 8, 2019 4:30pm - 4:50pm EDT
Attitash

4:30pm EDT

Open Space Session Brainstorming Room
Monday April 8, 2019 4:30pm - 4:50pm EDT
Loon

4:30pm EDT

Exploring System with Casual Loop Diagram
To get a Casual Loop Diagram up, and to get the data of the model usable, you will need some basic understanding of the concepts of System Dynamics Modelling. When doing it right, it can generate discoveries which in turn can give you some really strong insights. You might get challenged in your beliefs

We will go through a simple example showing the technique of Casual Loop Diagram and explaining how to use it. Given a set of variables in the context of a software team, we will explore how these variables affect the teams' ability to deliver.

Speakers
avatar for Rasmus Rasmussen

Rasmus Rasmussen

Agile Coach, Olifant AB
Rasmus works as a Jiggler at various offices that need help getting something to happen in their IT delivery process. He also loves programming. The art of delivering software systems as a team never stops fascinating him with its complexity and difficulties.


Monday April 8, 2019 4:30pm - 4:50pm EDT
Okemo

4:30pm EDT

Conjecture Jenga: A Catalyst for Getting Buy-In to Research Before Development
Unless you're Dyson, the best product features aren't built in a vacuum. Yet, many organizations or management still don't understand or buy-into the idea of conducting customer research and product validation before implementing ideas and functionality they merely believe will add value to a product's experience for the people who use it, with no evidence to back those beliefs up. Conjecture Jenga is a quick game that demonstrates how potentially disastrous that practice can be, and gives you a platform you can leverage to influence or persuade the powers-that-be on the value of user research and validation before, rather than after, product development. We'll play two rounds of the game, each with different steps, then we'll wrap up with a debrief on the experience, how it relates to the work we do, as well as some actionable resources for how you can help bring product experimentation and validation to your teams and your organization (or improve existing practices) so they can move in this sensible direction.

Speakers
avatar for Scott Showalter

Scott Showalter

Agile Experience Architect, Ford Motor Company
For over 10 years, Scott has been pushing teams to thrive at versatilely hand-crafting experiences for users of digital products and physical services in a diversity of industries including security, banking, media, dining, public transit and mobility. He helps people navigate the... Read More →


Monday April 8, 2019 4:30pm - 4:50pm EDT
Cannon
 
Tuesday, April 9
 

8:00am EDT

Breakfast & Registration
Tuesday April 9, 2019 8:00am - 9:00am EDT
Break Area

9:00am EDT

Keep Talking and Nobody Explodes!
Using the game "Keep Talking and Nobody Explodes" we'll explore and highlight teamwork, communication, developing shared language, creating a shared understanding, and much more. This session will be an interactive session for a small group with others observing. With multiple rounds, everyone who wants to participate will be able to! This is a very practical team activity, which easily scales beyond the team. While it works well in-person, it's even better with distributed teams as we explore the ways we interact and communicate when not co-located.

Speakers
avatar for Jeff Kosciejew

Jeff Kosciejew

Agile Magician, Manulife | John Hancock
Jeff is an Agile Coach who has worked with both large and small organizations across a diverse range of industries. His experience includes technical, non-technical, and fully cross-functional teams. He is always looking for ways to disrupt and highlight inefficient processes and... Read More →


Tuesday April 9, 2019 9:00am - 10:30am EDT
Jefferson

9:00am EDT

High-Performance Teams Are Masters of Mindfulness Meditation
High-performance teams are masters of mindfulness. The individual team members have high self-awareness. They know who they are, how they feel, and what they want. They always know the right thing to do or say at the right moment. They are aware of the impact of everything they do or say to each other. Teams in this state have high group awareness as a team they know who they are, how they feel, and what they want together. Some teams get into this state by accident, and others are intentional and get there on purpose.

To get into this state of mindfulness and high performance on purpose, Richard incorporates elements of the work of Jim and Michele McCarthy and the Core Protocols, Woody Zuill and Mob Programming, contemporary meditation teachers, and his own work with meditation and Core Protocols.

In this session, we practice ways to get into a state of group mindfulness, including Core Protocols such as emotional check-in, personal alignment, investigate, and group alignment. We also practice some short guided meditations. Attendees leave with embodied knowledge of activities to bring more mindfulness to their work teams.

Speakers
avatar for Richard Kasperowski

Richard Kasperowski

High-Performance Teams, With Great People
Richard Kasperowski is an author, teacher, speaker, and coach focused on high-performance teams. Richard is the author of the new book, High-Performance Teams: The Foundations, as well as The Core Protocols: A Guide to Greatness. He leads clients in building and maintaining high-performance... Read More →


Tuesday April 9, 2019 9:00am - 10:30am EDT
Washington

9:00am EDT

Grow Your Product One Exquisite User Story at a Time
Regardless of the number of teams working on a product, or the size of a product, working software and its value starts with and continues to grow one story at a time. Having exquisitely written, small user stories maximizes the speed of that growth and the coordination of work between teams, especially when there are many teams cooperating together. In our experience, a major impediment to writing good user stories in the real word is a lack of example stories. Learn how to write exquisite user stories across a wide variety of domain types using games! This session will introduce advanced user story writing and splitting through a combination of a short presentation and ten unique games which each provide a different insight into user story writing. Some are geared to the who/what/why of stories, others to the different aspects of INVEST, and still others to creating vertical slices and story splitting. There are more than 100 examples of 'good' and 'bad' tasks, stories, epics, products, and projects. The games are easy to learn, play, and teach so that you can experience good user stories in just a few minutes. Come play the games and then download them and share them with your friends and co-workers!

Speakers
avatar for Damon Poole

Damon Poole

Founder, Nexxle
Damon is the founder of Nexxle, an Ad-hoc Priority Management System for Everyone. He is an entrepreneur and software industry veteran who deeply understands how to create an environment of technology and market innovation that leads to business success. Prior to Nexxle, he was Chief... Read More →
avatar for Gillian Lee

Gillian Lee

Agile Coach, Nulogy
Gillian helps teams and organizations deliver better business results by coaching and mentoring them on Agile. She helps engage and grow the people around her through playful facilitation and intentional peer-to-peer learning. Gillian is an ICAgile Certified Professional in Agile... Read More →



Tuesday April 9, 2019 9:00am - 10:30am EDT
Adams

9:00am EDT

Gamin' Metrics - How to measure without getting played
Metrics and KPIs can be difficult to craft. Setting appropriate baselines, targets, and guardbands requires both deep knowledge of the thing to be measured AND an understanding of the use and potential misuse of Metrics. In this conversation we'll example some common pitfalls in crafting metrics and build at least one metric that our teams' can use to drive goals forward.

Speakers
avatar for Jonathan Odo

Jonathan Odo

Agile Practice Lead, Liberty Mutual
With more than two decades of expertise supporting cross functional teams in diverse technical and business environments, Jon has led teams, managers and executives through demanding change across technical and non-technical domains. He has demonstrated experience successfully integrating... Read More →


Tuesday April 9, 2019 9:00am - 10:30am EDT
Monroe

9:00am EDT

Fun & Games with Woody

Interactive session with Woody Zuill involving Liberating Structures.  

Speakers
avatar for Woody Zuill

Woody Zuill

Coach, Consultant, Agile Guide
Woody Zuill has been programming computers for almost 40 years. He is an originator of the Mob Programming approach to software development, and is known for introducing the Twitter #NoEstimates hashtag.


Tuesday April 9, 2019 9:00am - 10:30am EDT
Bretton Woods

10:30am EDT

Break
Tuesday April 9, 2019 10:30am - 10:45am EDT
Break Area

10:45am EDT

Psychological Safety Cause & Effect Workshop
Do you think concepts such as psychological safety, teamwork, and emotional assertiveness are luxuries? Do you believe teams can produce the same results regardless of their psychological safety? Do you suppose that these concepts are overrated and managers shouldn't worry about them because employees will have relatively same level of productivity anyway? Then you should attend this workshop.

We will play two rounds of a wireframe development game and you will see how the presence and absence of psychological safety can alter the end results and bottom lines. Depending on cultural values, how the teams are set up, and the way senior managers treat and reward people, they will feel psychologically safe, not safe, or worse, threatened. They will behave differently, express their opinions differently, and collaborate differently. The teams will function differently and the product they make will look like significantly different.

Join the workshop and experience it firsthand. This workshop will help Agilists, coaches, and managers to experience the cause and effect relationship between psychological safety and productivity of teams.

Speakers
avatar for Nima Bahrehdar

Nima Bahrehdar

Agile Coach, DTCC
Nima has years of experience coaching organizations and championing continuous improvement, with a focus on Enterprise Agility and scaling it up for complex environments. He promotes Agility through double-loop Agile: design a good enough framework, try it, get feedback, and make... Read More →


Tuesday April 9, 2019 10:45am - 12:15pm EDT
Monroe

10:45am EDT

Save the World, Save Your Team - Using Cooperative Board Gaming to Drive Mindset Shifts in Your Team
"Can you save humanity? You and your team are the only things standing in the way of deadly diseases that threaten the world. The fate of humanity is in your hands." - description of "Pandemic" from Z-Man Games

Game on! But can a game really teach me something about being Agile? How can a board game save my team?

In this interactive workshop, we'll explore how cooperative board gaming relates to the work of Agile teams. We'll dive head-first into the Agile nature of "Pandemic" through gameplay in small groups and then retrospect to identify similarities and differences between cooperative board gaming and Agile team behaviors. We'll discover how the patterns observed during gameplay can be used to help identify possible dysfunction within your team. You will leave this session with the ability to use cooperative board gaming with your own teams to inspire new ways of thinking, shift mindsets, and increase team engagement.


Speakers
avatar for Chris Diller

Chris Diller

Lead Agile Coach, Target Corp
Chris is a Certified Scrum Professional and practicing Agile Coach at Target. He's been involved in developing software since 2006 as an embedded software developer, project leader, ScrumMaster, and Agile Coach, but has found a "home" with Scrum and Agile since 2013. Chris has a passion... Read More →



Tuesday April 9, 2019 10:45am - 12:15pm EDT
Adams

10:45am EDT

The Only Constant is Change
The widely-accepted theory of change is that we all have a natural human tendency to resist it. But, as Agilists, we know that organizations must continuously change in order to thrive in an always changing market. How do we stop resisting change and, instead, learn to embrace it? How do we get those around us on-board too?

In this workshop, using techniques from training from the back of the room, we will:

Gain an appreciation for the importance of continuous change
Learn about common responses to change
Discover ways to help yourself & people around you manage change in a productive way


Speakers
avatar for Kimberly Bartlett

Kimberly Bartlett

Agile Coach, Vistaprint Corporate Solutions
Kimberly lives for helping people and teams unlock their full potential! Her early career was in traditional project management. As soon as she learned about agile she became a strong-advocate. Her agile "ah-ha moment" occurred when she witnessed how limiting WIP led repeatedly to... Read More →
avatar for Kelsey Drought

Kelsey Drought

Designer, Vistaprint Corporate Solutions
To check out my work visit: www.kelseydrought.com


Tuesday April 9, 2019 10:45am - 12:15pm EDT
Washington

10:45am EDT

War Games - Teaching Difficult Security Concepts through Card Games
Security, security, security. Everywhere we look there seems to be a new security breach, poorly developed architecture, and honest mistakes which cost companies millions of dollars. Agile teams often struggle on how and when to do security assessments, how to spend their limited security budget, and how to work with non-agile security teams. Wouldn't it be great if there was a way to teach agile teams with little to no security expertise how to understand threats and prevent costly development oversights?  In this workshop, I will introduce Microsoft's open source card game called "Elevation of Privilege." The game is played by software developers, architects, and security engineers as a fun exercise which helps expose security threats and critical design flaws in the software your teams develop. We'll play though a couple of rounds, showing how effortless teaching people core security design concepts is, all while having some fun with your co-workers.  Considering how much more security fixes cost after features have been deployed to production, it makes a lot of sense to shift-left and build security in. We'll show how this game can help engineers adopt security well before it turns into an expensive bug that'll sit in the backlog, causing risk to your users. Let's have some fun!

Speakers
avatar for Benjamin Allen

Benjamin Allen

Principal Security Engineer, IDEXX
Ben Allen is the principal security engineer for IDEXX in Westbrook Maine. His background is operations engineering, and he spends a good part of his time being a security coach and communicator with agile teams.


Tuesday April 9, 2019 10:45am - 12:15pm EDT
Jefferson

12:15pm EDT

Lunch
Tuesday April 9, 2019 12:15pm - 1:15pm EDT
Break Area

1:15pm EDT

Whose Time is it Anyway? ⚡️Lightning Fast Tricks & Games That Add Instant Value to Meetings No One Wants to Attend
Too many meetings. Let's face it, we all have them. While we can all do better to be more mindful of our scheduling habits when it comes to meetings, it is how we conduct those meetings themselves that makes the most impact. This session reveals several simple yet powerful tactics that quickly add value to nearly any meeting, whether in person or remote.

Speakers
avatar for Scott Showalter

Scott Showalter

Agile Experience Architect, Ford Motor Company
For over 10 years, Scott has been pushing teams to thrive at versatilely hand-crafting experiences for users of digital products and physical services in a diversity of industries including security, banking, media, dining, public transit and mobility. He helps people navigate the... Read More →


Tuesday April 9, 2019 1:15pm - 1:45pm EDT
Cannon

1:15pm EDT

Stranded: Problem solving with effective communication and decision making
Even if you have an awesome talented team, if the communication and cohesive problem solving dynamics are not in place, good decisions and apt solutions will be elusive. Join us in this game where team members will need to come together as one unit and drive consensus towards escaping a conundrum under time pressure.

Speakers
avatar for Kanwaldeep 'KD' Singh Arneja

Kanwaldeep 'KD' Singh Arneja

Senior Director, User Experience, Clarivate
KD Singh Arneja has been in the industry since 2003. While working with startups and mature companies, he has designed and delivered delightful products that have been the culmination of UX, Agile practices, and Design Thinking, all while working with high-performing teams.KD is currently... Read More →
avatar for Sarah Goodman

Sarah Goodman

UX Designer, Healthedge
Sarah is a UX designer and recipient of an MS in Human Factors in Information Design (HFID) from Bentley University. She is passionate about solving complex problems in creative ways. She has a background in creative writing and art, and is well versed in communicating ideas visually... Read More →


Tuesday April 9, 2019 1:15pm - 1:45pm EDT
Jefferson

1:15pm EDT

Thinking Outside the Box
This session introduces games that demonstrate thinking outside the box. The main game involves teamwork. People are grouped in pairs and a string is tied to one person’s wrists. One end goes through the loop created by the partner’s body and arms and the string between that person’s wrists. The challenge is to find a way to separate the partners from each other without untying or breaking the strings or removing them from anyone’s wrists. This game requires a creative solution, a variation on connecting the dots in a box by going outside the box.

Speakers
avatar for John Sillay

John Sillay

Scrum Master, Liberty Mutual Insurance
John has served as a Scrum Master for Liberty Mutual Insurance for the past few years, starting teams new to Agile and Scrum, as well as working with a mature XP team. Those teams have had very different missions, some being platform (billing and payment) teams, others focusing on... Read More →


Tuesday April 9, 2019 1:15pm - 1:45pm EDT
Bretton Woods

1:15pm EDT

Open Space Session Brainstorming Room
Tuesday April 9, 2019 1:15pm - 1:45pm EDT
Attitash

1:15pm EDT

Open Space Session Brainstorming Room
Tuesday April 9, 2019 1:15pm - 1:45pm EDT
Loon

1:15pm EDT

Moving Motivators - Management 3.0 Game
Get to understand the motivations of your team quickly through the Moving Motivators game! This card game includes 10 intrinsic motivators (e.g. Mastery, Curiosity, Order). Each person puts them in rank order, then briefly describe the reasons for that ranking. We will debrief the game and talk about how useful this will be with teams in your own organization.  https://management30.com/practice/moving-motivators/

Speakers
avatar for Jenny Tarwater

Jenny Tarwater

Collaboration Coach, Blueshift Innovation
Jenny Tarwater is an International Speaker, Collaboration Coach and Agile Trainer. She has 25 years of corporate experience bringing all parts of an organization together to reliably deliver large-scale software initiatives. Jenny has a passion for empowering the adoption and understanding... Read More →


Tuesday April 9, 2019 1:15pm - 1:45pm EDT
Adams

1:15pm EDT

Pass To Perfection
We'll choose a product to build, generate lots of feature ideas, then descope until we have designed the perfect MVP.

Speakers
avatar for Julie Bright

Julie Bright

Agile Coach
I'm a passionate Agile Coach with a focus on Lean/Kanban, Flow (both workflow and the mind state), and team dynamics. I'm especially interested in social psychology and how it relates to building deep, satisfying connections in the workplace.


Tuesday April 9, 2019 1:15pm - 1:45pm EDT
Attitash

1:15pm EDT

Pairing and Mobbing on Steven Tyler
Want to help your teams learn about mob and pair programming in less than 20 minutes? I do._x000D_
Do you like to Draw? Neither do I, but it is something that levels the playing field and we have all done to varying levels of success.

This game has you drawing Steven Tyler a handful of different times to show knowledge communication and team forming.

Speakers
avatar for Matt Takane

Matt Takane

Agile Coach, Red Hat
An agile coach for over 6 years, Matt is passionate about adapting working environments for customers to innovate, while ensuring individuals and interactions are never sacrificed. As a part of the Red Hat Open Innovation Labs team, he leads customer delivery using open culture and... Read More →
avatar for Tim Beattie

Tim Beattie

Engagement Lead / Agile Coach, Red Hat Open Innovation Labs
Tim is a consultant and coach with a strong passion for Agile philosophy. He has worked in IT delivery for 18 years, starting his career on the PwC IT consulting graduate programme. In the early stages of his career he completed several client engagements delivering development, test... Read More →



Tuesday April 9, 2019 1:15pm - 1:45pm EDT
Washington

1:45pm EDT

Break
Tuesday April 9, 2019 1:45pm - 2:00pm EDT
Break Area

2:00pm EDT

Harness Power of Conflict to Improve Your Organization, Your Team, and Yourself!
What's your take on conflict? Is it harmful and does it need to be prevented? Or does it have a positive aspect that should be encouraged? Can you imagine relying on conflict to improve a team's performance?

Join me to get to know Conflict and make friends with it. Are you aware of situations where you or your team members get into conflict? What should you do about it? Should all conflicts be treated the same? Are all conflicts resolvable? Should all of them be resolved? Can a team find benefits in conflicts? Can conflict at the organization level be helpful?  If you are interested in these questions or unsure of the answers, please join me for a session on conflict and how to leverage it for the benefit of your team and your organization. In this interactive session, we will go over different types of conflict. You will experience a real conflict, and how you respond to it. Are you compromising, accommodating, competing, collaborating, or avoiding? You will then identify your default conflict handling mode. This self-awareness will help you in future conflicts to choose a conflict-handling mode suited to the situation at hand.

Speakers
avatar for Shahin Sheidaei

Shahin Sheidaei

Principal Coach, Elevate Change Inc.
Shahin Sheidaei is the founder and principal coach at Elevate Change Inc. A change agent, professional disruptor, leader, and developer at heart, Shahin is passionate about elevating organizations to reach their utmost potential. Offering 13+ years of experience, Shahin has strong... Read More →



Tuesday April 9, 2019 2:00pm - 3:30pm EDT
Jefferson

2:00pm EDT

Prioritizing Business Value through the Bockman Technique (Agile Release Planning Prioritization)
Agile release planning provides a high-level summary timeline of the release schedule based on the product roadmap and the product vision for the product's evolution. It allows the product team to decide how much needs to be developed and how long it will take to have a releasable product based on business goals. Since features represent value to the customer, it is crucial that we prioritize their release in order of highest to lowest business value. Often this poses a challenge because people in various roles prioritize differently. In this session, individuals will work in teams to prioritize hypothetical user stories according to the business value of the given scenario. Individuals will leave this session with a game/technique to efficiently prioritize backlogs according to value, with input from the entire team.

Speakers
avatar for Anita Sagar

Anita Sagar

Consultant (Agile/Education), Enterprise Knowledge
Anita Sagar is an agile consultant at Enterprise Knowledge, LLC, a consulting firm focused on leveraging agile practices for delivering knowledge and information solutions. As a certified Scrum Master and Agile Coach, she works with both government and commercial organizations to... Read More →


Tuesday April 9, 2019 2:00pm - 3:30pm EDT
Monroe

2:00pm EDT

Use Fast Feedback to Reduce Bottlenecks
Software engineers get feedback from their development environment and automated test suites in real-time. Errors can be fixed and verified in minutes. However, when organizations extend Agile beyond technology, feedback from stakeholders takes days and the 'feedback frenzies' can drag on for weeks or even months. Completing a story within a sprint seems impossible. It is time for 'the business' to dramatically reduce lead time and stop getting blamed for delays.

This workshop will teach you how to run a value stream mapping activity. This immersive group activity will expose needless delays and help find ways to to shorten cycle time to minutes, reducing overall lead time by 80% or more. It will include a way to overlay feedback loops on the value stream map, which can help you find the source of significant delays.

You will also hear how creative teams are adapting mob programming techniques into their work in ways that build feedback into their processes in order to accelerate delivery from business teams.

Speakers
avatar for David Grabel

David Grabel

Enterprise Agile Coach, Fidelity Investments
David Grabel is an enterprise agile coach consulting at Fidelity Investments bringing Agile to the entire organization. He has introduced Scrum, Kanban, XP, and SAFe at both small and large organizations. His previous clients include Vistaprint, Trizetto, Bose, and PayPal where he... Read More →


Tuesday April 9, 2019 2:00pm - 3:30pm EDT
Washington

2:00pm EDT

Using Games to Enable High Performing Teams - Part 2
Agile software development or nearly any innovation work is based upon working and collaborating as a member of a high performing team. Let’s explore how we can use a simple game to review essential practices that enable high team performance and strong organizational health. Working as a team, you’ll engage in a game that will guide you to clarify and align around specific team needs and then decide on specific actions to enable high team performance. This process will create a space where you can share your own insights, recommendations and lessons learned with other members of your team – such sharing and combination of unique ideas enables a true culture of innovation and high performance.

This interactive session will demonstrate how use of a simple game enables components of interactive training, team chartering and mental model formation to be combined into a single activity. This combination is intended to enable any team to get on the fast track to achieving high team performance, while also inspiring how simple games that combine learning and team collaboration could be applied to other activities at work.


Speakers
avatar for Jason Tice

Jason Tice

Vice President, Asyncrhony
Jason Tice has over 15 years of experience using collaborative activities and games to help organizations, their teams and their customers achieve clarity and alignment to enable high performance. More recently, Jason has led efforts to adapt collaboration frameworks familiar to agile... Read More →


Tuesday April 9, 2019 2:00pm - 3:30pm EDT
Adams

3:30pm EDT

Break
Tuesday April 9, 2019 3:30pm - 3:45pm EDT
Break Area

3:45pm EDT

Keynote: Making it Pop - Reflecting Practice in Experiential Learning
Imagine this: a room full of participants thinking deeply about new concepts and insights you just introduced, connecting that learning to their own life, and creating a plan to apply it in the very near future. Sounds great right?


An effective debrief takes work to design and execute.


Many popular theories of adult learning and instructional design emphasize the importance of a debrief but do not provide trainers with a deeper toolkit of how to accomplish it. Join this train-the-trainer session to understand and experience debriefing techniques from such training luminaries as Jerry Weinberg, Sivasailam "Thiagi" Thiagarajan, and Sharon Bowman.


In this session you will experience and examine different types of experiential learning. You will learn several ways to facilitate a debrief. You will leave with a short effective debrief that can be used in almost any situation. You will also hear a few very entertaining and educational stories of debriefing failures!


Come learn more how to create debriefs training with these powerful techniques!


Speakers
avatar for Jenny Tarwater

Jenny Tarwater

Collaboration Coach, Blueshift Innovation
Jenny Tarwater is an International Speaker, Collaboration Coach and Agile Trainer. She has 25 years of corporate experience bringing all parts of an organization together to reliably deliver large-scale software initiatives. Jenny has a passion for empowering the adoption and understanding... Read More →


Tuesday April 9, 2019 3:45pm - 4:45pm EDT
Main Room

4:45pm EDT

Announcements for Open Space
Tuesday April 9, 2019 4:45pm - 5:00pm EDT
Break Area
 
Wednesday, April 10
 

8:00am EDT

Breakfast & Registration
Wednesday April 10, 2019 8:00am - 9:00am EDT
Break Area

9:00am EDT

Open Space Begins / Opening Circle
Wednesday April 10, 2019 9:00am - 10:00am EDT
TBA

10:00am EDT

Open Space Session 1
Wednesday April 10, 2019 10:00am - 11:00am EDT
TBA

11:00am EDT

Open Space Session 2
Wednesday April 10, 2019 11:00am - 12:00pm EDT
TBA

12:00pm EDT

Lunch
Wednesday April 10, 2019 12:00pm - 1:00pm EDT
Break Area

1:00pm EDT

Open Space Session 3
Wednesday April 10, 2019 1:00pm - 2:00pm EDT
TBA

2:00pm EDT

Open Space Session 4
Wednesday April 10, 2019 2:00pm - 3:00pm EDT
TBA

3:00pm EDT

Open Space Session 5
Wednesday April 10, 2019 3:00pm - 4:00pm EDT
TBA

4:00pm EDT

Closing Circle
Wednesday April 10, 2019 4:00pm - 5:00pm EDT
TBA