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Friday, March 21

9:30am CDT

Fear and Loathing in Agility: Long Live the Accounting Department
"A dead ScrumMaster is a useless ScrumMaster,” echo the votary of Ken Schwaber (Co-Founder of Scrum) folklore. In this session hosted by Pat Reed (Agile Alliance Board Member) and Laszlo Szalvay (Executive at SolutionsIQ) we will explore how and why the accounting department needs to be your biggest champion as you embark on your next agile transformation. Pat and Laszlo will walk through concrete steps and real world examples of how capitalization works with Scrum and what you need to tell the accountants so they don’t shoot you.

So don’t end up a dead ScrumMaster. Come to this session.

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Pat Reed

Consultant, iHoriz
Experienced enterprise agile coach and consultant adjunct professor at UC Berkeley Agile Management Program Director on the Agile Alliance Community Leader and co-founder of PMI's Agile Community of Practice experienced Agile Executive for more than 25 years at The Walt Disney Company... Read More →
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Laszlo Szalvay

VP, SolutionsIQ
SolutionsIQ, a global provider of Agile transformation and development services, today announced the addition of Laszlo Szalvay as vice president. Szalvay, a recognized Agile development industry thought leader and successful entrepreneur, will lead the company’s marketing, sales... Read More →

Friday March 21, 2014 9:30am - 10:45am CDT
San Marcos
  Future of Agile

11:05am CDT

Getting Your Agile Team from Good to Great!
Are you part of a good Agile team? Want to get to great? Experienced Agile coaches will share their top techniques to get a team from good to great in a set of Pecha Kucha / Lightning Talks. This format allows participants to gain exposure to a variety of strategies they can take back to their teams. In this workshop, participants are invited to bring challenges they are having with their teams and discover strategies for handling them.

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David Hawks

Founder, Agile Velocity
Founder and CEO of Agile Velocity, David Hawks is a Certified Enterprise Coach and Certified Scrum Trainer who is passionate about helping organizations achieve lasting organizational agility beyond the basic implementation of Agile practices. David’s primary focus is to guide leaders... Read More →

Friday March 21, 2014 11:05am - 12:05pm CDT
Salon A
  Agile Teams

1:00pm CDT

Modern Risk Management Using Kanban
Effective risk management is and will always be a fundamental aspect of effectively-run IT operations and software development. Among the array of Lean/Agile methods, practices and opinions, a pragmatic approach to managing IT operations and software development is one that seeks to balance demand against capability, create an improvement culture and enable sustainability for knowledge workers and leaders. To realize tangible benefits, we must develop a stable and measurable capability to solve problems (operations, development, research) and we must continually hedge against the many technical and business risks that accompany a 21st Century economy.  The talk will illustrate how we can use Kanban to directly manage risk and create a more reliable business outcome.

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Eric Green

CEO, Zenkata
Eric Green is a Lean-Agile consultant, technologist and public speaker with over 23 years of industry experience training, coaching and managing engineering teams around the world.  Eric spent over 16 years building process control and decision support systems in Advanced Micro... Read More →

Friday March 21, 2014 1:00pm - 2:00pm CDT
Salon A
  Future of Agile

1:00pm CDT

Writing Productive Code: Learn How to get Better, Faster

Despite our best efforts to maintain a clean, productive code base that is free of technical debt, actually pulling this off is not that easy.  Besides the challenge of trying to schedule technical debt work with the constant pressure of new features, deciding what to do to make things better just isn't that clear cut.  How do we even know if we've made things better?   We seldom get objective feedback.

This presentation will introduce Idea Flow Mapping, a learning tool for reflecting on our experience.   It shifts the way we look at friction in software to focusing on the flow of ideas.  When we read code and try to understand the ideas, friction is what gets in the way.  When we try to add something new to the software, friction is what makes it a challenge.

Idea Flow Mapping tracks key indicators of friction: the times we struggle, the times we throw out our code, and the time we spend stuck and just thinking.  Our craft is dependent on the process of understanding, it's what makes code productive.  With feedback on the causes of software friction, we can learn to get better, faster.

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Janelle Klein

Chief Technology Officer, New Iron
Janelle Klein is author of the book, Idea Flow Learning Framework, a toolset of improving software predictability by systematically reducing friction in developer experience. Janelle is CTO of New Iron, founder of Software Mastery Circle, and a technical development coach.

Friday March 21, 2014 1:00pm - 2:00pm CDT

2:20pm CDT

The Black Art of Valuing Stories Demystified
Product Owners and Business Analysts struggle mightily with valuing user stories. It isn't like you can put a dollar figure to each story. Or can you? This presentation explores a number of techniques for valuing stories, who performs the valuation, when valuation takes place, and how to propagate valuation during story splitting.

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Scott Killen

Enterprise Agile Coach, PayPal
Scott Killen is an Enterprise Agile Coach for PayPal. He tries to forget that at one time or another he’s held CSM, CSP, PMP, SPC and CSQE certifications. Of more note, he’s taught and mentored many, many hundreds of people fundamental and advanced agile skills in corporate... Read More →

Friday March 21, 2014 2:20pm - 3:40pm CDT