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Welcome to Keep Austin Agile 2014, an exciting conference packed with 25 sessions crafted by speakers from the Austin agile community and around the country. Whether you are a newbie or a experienced Agilist, we’ve got you covered. Join Agile Austin for our 2nd Keep Austin Agile Conference. Register Today!

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Friday, March 21
 

9:30am CDT

Agile Games
This fun, energetic, and interactive session will explore the concept of experiential learning and how it helps in conveying agile principles, which are often misunderstood or abused.
The audience will participate in games and exercises that will target each of the three major learning vectors: Physical, Emotional, and Impressional.
This session is for agile trainers, people looking to learn about agile in a different way, or anyone who has experienced the challenges in conveying agile concepts. Participants will leave with a set of games and exercises they can put to use immediately.

Speakers
avatar for Don McGreal

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 →


Friday March 21, 2014 9:30am - 10:45am CDT
Sabine
  Agile Teams

9:30am CDT

Good retrospectives help build productive, fun Teams - come grow your knowledge of the 'how' and 'why' of retrospectives
Good feedback loops alone don't ensure Agile success, but poor and/or nonexistent feedback loops guarantee failure. The Product Demo at the end of the iteration provides feedback on the product's current state and its future improvements, and the Retrospective is the primary feedback loop for the Team to learn, improve, and grow. It you agree that better Teams deliver better products, ask "Are your Retrospectives helping develop your Team(s) into all that they can be?"

Speakers
avatar for Earl Everett

Earl Everett

Director of QA and Agile Practices, Hewlett-Packard


Friday March 21, 2014 9:30am - 10:45am CDT
Trinity
  Agile Teams

11:05am CDT

Forget methodology. Focus on what matters.
It's easy to obsess about implementing a particular Agile Methodology -- especially if it's a methodology that demands you adopt all of its practices. But do your users really care about your process? In this talk, Jack Humphrey (Engineering Director, Indeed.com) will try to convince you to 1) identify what success means for your team, and 2) put together a lightweight process that lets them deliver that success. He will draw on examples from Indeed's environment to demonstrate how a lower-case agile development process can evolve over time, stay lightweight, and result in great software.

Speakers
avatar for Jack Humphrey

Jack Humphrey

VP Engineering, Indeed
Jack Humphrey is a vice president of engineering at Indeed, where he has spent the last 10 years in various leadership roles. He currently leads a large engineering group that includes Indeed's open source program and a wide range of infrastructure initiatives.Jack has previously... Read More →


Friday March 21, 2014 11:05am - 12:05pm CDT
Trinity
  Leadership

4:00pm CDT

Agile UX - You don't know what you're looking for and they don't know how to find you.
Companies are looking for good UX and great UX talent cannot find jobs. Why?
Companies who are not Agile are asking for Agile talent thinking that will help them "transition to Agile from the bottom up." As a UI/UX developer I took it upon myself to connect with others around town and speak with with a number of companies in Austin looking for "UX designers / developers" who were familiar with Agile Methodology. 
The skills being requested by companies for a User Experience designer bare no resemblance to the reality of what good UX practitioners should know, and those who really should be great UX practitioners cannot get through to the interview process. Come with me on a journey through Austin of who is out there, who is looking to work in UX, who is looking for UX talent, and how none of them are speaking them the same language.

Speakers
avatar for Thomas Tucker

Thomas Tucker

Sr. UI Developer, Rapid7
Currently, I serve as UI Architect and tech lead for an immensely talented group of eight UI developers using cutting edge technology including AngularJS, Node.js, Jasmine, Karma, CSS3 animations and styles, Adobe Cordova, and even an Oculus Rift. I have extensive experience in... Read More →


Friday March 21, 2014 4:00pm - 5:00pm CDT
Trinity
  Agile Teams

4:00pm CDT

Principles for Navigating the Future Today
"Specialization is for insects." This Robert Heinlein quote is more appropriate than ever, the pace of change continues to accelerate and the standards of today are the relics of tomorrow. How do we thrive in a world that is constantly changing? This talk will apply nine principles for navigating the 21st century as outlined by Joi Ito of the MIT Media Lab. Open Source, Agile and DevOps are fundamental to adapting to change, managing risk through resiliency, and cultivating a culture of networked improvement. We may not know what the future holds, but we can get ready for it today.

Speakers
avatar for Matt Ray

Matt Ray

Director of Partner Integration, Chef Software, Inc.
Matt Ray is an open source hacker working as the Director of Partner Integration for the systems automation platform and company Chef. He is an active open source contributor, resides in Austin, blogs at LeastResistance.net and is @mattray on Twitter, IRC and GitHub.


Friday March 21, 2014 4:00pm - 5:00pm CDT
San Marcos
  Future of Agile

4:00pm CDT

The Introvert's Agile Survival Guide
A popular 2012 book by Susan Cain presented the plight of introverts in an extrovert dominated society. In the U.S., around 1/3 of individuals are considered introverts, but in the technology field it's closer to 2/3. Many Agile practices are not only geared toward extroverts, but they can be frustrating and annoying to introverts. This session presents guidance to leaders on how to capitalize on the value that Agile practices offer without interfering with the motivators and other often conflicting needs of introverts and extroverts.

Speakers
avatar for Ken Howard

Ken Howard

Vice President, Improving Enterprises
Ken Howard is Vice President at Improving Enterprises and has been involved in most aspects of software development for over 28 years with such languages as diverse as COBOL, Smalltalk and Java. Over the years Ken has provided consulting, training and mentoring to companies in 12... Read More →


Friday March 21, 2014 4:00pm - 5:00pm CDT
Sabine
  Leadership

4:00pm CDT

Effective Test Automation
Its easy to write tests, but it's not so easy to maintain them over time. Tests should not be a drain on your productivity, they should enhance it. However, many teams struggle just to keep their tests running--sacrificing time they could be spending on valuable new features.How can we avoid these pitfalls? What practices and principles are effective? Which ones lead to productivity drain? This talk seeks to answer those questions and more by separating the effective practices and principles from the ineffective ones.

Speakers
avatar for Chris Edwards

Chris Edwards

Chief Architect, Kasasa
Chris Edwards is a continuous learner, developer, architect and mentor with over two decades of experience. He is currently the Chief Architect at Kasasa in Austin, TX. If there is one word to describe Chris, it is passionate. He enjoys mentoring, teaching, coding, and learning new... Read More →


Friday March 21, 2014 4:00pm - 5:00pm CDT
Wedgwood