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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

Beyond Removing Impediments: Scrum Master as Team Coach
The role of the Scrum Master is about more than removing impediments and facilitating meetings. Scrum Masters act as mirrors for their teams and mentor team members great Scrum Masters coach their teams to high performance every day. We will share a metaphor for teams to use on their journey to high performance and teach Scrum Masters how to be coaches for their teams. Come learn how to give meaningful feedback and ask powerful questions to grow a team.

Speakers
avatar for Allison Pollard

Allison Pollard

Agile Coach, Improving
I am an agile coach working with 20 teams in a large enterprise, and I love to create communities for those interested in developing their agile instincts; I mentor project managers to become great Scrum Masters and coach managers to grow teams that deliver amazing results and an... Read More →
avatar for Cherie Silas

Cherie Silas

Sr. Scrum Master, Agile Coach, Dealer Track
I am a professional coach and member of the International Coaching Federation (ICF) who has been coaching, leading, training, and mentoring people for most of my career. I have a strong desire to help people arrive at the place they define as success in both personal and professional... Read More →


Friday March 21, 2014 9:30am - 10:45am CDT
Wedgwood
  Leadership

9:30am CDT

Recover from Flat Backlogs with User Story Mapping
Remember when people thought the world was flat? That same type of thinking may be shaping your product backlog into a monolithic list that is difficult to understand. In this hands-on workshop you will learn a new tool, User Story Mapping, which focuses on customer discovery to help you gain insights and produce a multi-dimensional view of your product development needs. A user story map arranges user stories into a useful model to help understand what you want to deliver, identify holes and omissions in your backlog, and effectively plan holistic releases that deliver real value to users.

Speakers
avatar for Tracy Whitehill

Tracy Whitehill

Agile Coach, Agile Velocity


Friday March 21, 2014 9:30am - 10:45am CDT
Salon A

11:05am CDT

Driving Lean Innovation on Agile Teams
With agile teams in place, how can organizations now drive lean product innovation on their agile teams? How can we bootstrap product development with product roadmaps and business requirements that are truly aligned with end-user needs? Learn how to drive Lean Innovation on your agile teams by leveraging Lean Startup practices, and blending them with existing agile practices.

Speakers
avatar for Arlen Bankston

Arlen Bankston

Vice President, LitheSpeed, LLC
Arlen offers 15 years of agile experience, with a start in XP and subsequent adoption of Scrum, kanban and other methods, and 12 years of presentation and training experience. He has presented at many lean and agile conferences, starting with XP Universe 2001, and most lately at both... Read More →


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

11:05am CDT

Scaled Agile Release Strategy
Scaling agile software development without losing agility is difficult. Ensuring frequent releases when dozens of teams and multiple sub-systems are involved is one of the hardest pieces of the puzzle. An appropriate production architecture coupled with a few key technical practices will ensure the challenge of frequent releases remains tractable.

Speakers
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James Carpenter

Agile Consultant, Agile Carpentry
James L. Carpenter holds a B.S. in Physics from Texas A&M University and is an agile coach and consultant. He was an early devotee of Agile before it became a term of art, and is a staunch advocate of automated testing and pair programming. Over the years Mr. Carpenter has worked... Read More →


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

11:05am CDT

Courageous Software Development Through Craftsmanship
Many teams feel like they don't have time to improve the technical side of the product as product owners demand more and more features. We are software craftsman, but do we spend enough time ensuring our quality of code meets a high standard on every iteration? Are you paying down your technical debt every iteration? Refactoring often and with confidence? In this workshop we will share techniques to overcome the challenges keeping us from doing the right technical thing. We will accomplish this through a combination of presentation, group discussion, and LEGO exercises.

Speakers
avatar for Eric Stewart

Eric Stewart

CTO, Agile Velocity
I am a deliverer of software, the CTO of Agile Velocity, and have been a promoter of Agile since the early days of Extreme Programming. I believe that we haven't yet figured out all the best ways to deliver quality software but want to do my part by learning and helping organizations... Read More →


Friday March 21, 2014 11:05am - 12:05pm CDT
San Marcos

1:00pm CDT

Becoming an Agile Team Member

So often when we talk about agility, we focus on what needs to change for the team. Sometimes, this fails. The team adopts the practices at a high level, but fails to become meaningfully agile and to reap the benefits of that agility. That's because much of the success or failure will come down to how the individual team members behave. How they attack their work. How they coordinate with others.

In this session, we will focus on the individuals. And what they can do to take a more agile approach in their daily work lives. From Development to QA to Product Management, we'll identify what helps to make an individual work in an agile fashion. Being agile as individuals enables us to be agile as a team.

Speakers
avatar for Walter Bodwell

Walter Bodwell

CEO, Planigle
Walter Bodwell is the founder of Planigle, a company which provides consulting, training and tools to help teams get the most out of Agile development. While at Planigle, Walter has worked with companies from start ups to large enterprises to assist them in their software practices... Read More →


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

1:00pm CDT

Recipe for Baking Quality In
While more and more organizations are practicing Agile development methodologies, many are struggling to bake in quality throughout the process. Building working software and ensuring it keeps working is not easy! Are your teams focused on quality? Are all team members working together as they should to ensure quality from day one through final delivery? Join an interactive discussion about ways to increase quality in your software and confidence in your Agile development team.

Speakers
avatar for Dena Laterza

Dena Laterza

Agile Quality Coach, Agile Velocity
I am passionate about the culture shift in our industry towards a whole-team ownership of quality and automated testing. I enjoy coaching development teams on Agile processes and training on technical practices to increase quality and make developing software rewarding for team m... Read More →


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

1:00pm CDT

Continuous Integration Monkey
Netflix has an entire Symbian Army and this is our first "monkey". The CI Monkey leverages the GitHub Pull Request Builder, Jenkins Job Builder, and a shell script to automatically create CI builds.

This talk will go into detail on the two technologies used by the CI Monkey then talk about the CI Monkey itself, what it does and how to use it. Learn about using CI Monkey to:

  • Get results of tests or user feedback sooner
  • Smaller changesets equals smaller amount of code to find problem
  • Stepping stone to continuous delivery

Why use CI Monkey?

  • Saves time and effort creating builds
  • Avoids missed repos
  • Allows to change job configuration with the CI Monkey
  • GitHub Pull Request Builder
  • Almost automatic CI on a dev branch

Speakers
avatar for Will Soula

Will Soula

Sr. CM Engineer, Drillinginfo


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

2:20pm CDT

Agile Portfolio Management: Maximizing Return While Managing Risk in a Dynamic Marketplace
In this interactive session, John Rudd will introduce tools that help portfolio managers not only survive but thrive under conditions of high business uncertainty. Participants will take part in facilitated team-based exercises which will help them gain an understanding of common financial language, real options analysis, the dynamic business case, and how to use risk profiles to determine which financial controls best fit different classes of investments.

Speakers
avatar for John Rudd

John Rudd

Managing Director, SolutionsIQ
John Rudd approaches his role as CEO & President of SolutionsIQ with a deep passion for people and relationships. His high-level priorities include ensuring that we are adhering to our core values, confirming that we are taking continual steps to achieve our vision, and building a... Read More →


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

2:20pm CDT

Essential Patterns of Mature Agile Leaders
Currently so much of agile adoption, coaching, advice, techniques, training and even the empathy revolve around the agile teams. Leaders are typically either ignored or marginalized at best, and in the worst cases often vilified. But Bob Galen contends that there is a central and important role for managers and effective leadership within agile environments.
In this workshop, we will explore the patterns of mature agile managers and leaders. Those that understand Servant Leadership and how to effectively support, grow, coach, and empower their agile teams in ways that increase the teams performance, accountability, and engagement.
We will explore training and standards for agile adoption, and situations and guidelines for when to trust the team and when to step in and provide guidance and direction. We will examine the leader's role in agile at-scale and with distributed agile teams.
Good leadership is a central ingredient to sustaining your agile adoption. Bad leadership can render it irrelevant or a failure. Here we will walk the path of the good, but also examine the bad patterns in an effort to inspire you and your teams.

Speakers
avatar for Bob Galen

Bob Galen

Principal Agile Coach, Vaco
Bob Galen is an Agile Practitioner, Trainer & Coach based in Cary, NC. In this role he helps guide companies and teams in their pragmatic adoption and organizational shift towards Scrum and other agile methodologies and practices. He is a Principal Agile Coach at Vaco Agile, a leading... Read More →


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

2:20pm CDT

From 'Doing Scrum' to 'Being Agile': Lessons Learned Transforming a Culture
For many organizations, truly being agile (not just doing Scrum) requires a cultural transformation - much more than a Scrum 'adoption' or Agile 'transition'. We will describe John Kotter's 8-step model for leading change as a framework for Agile transformation. We will also share concrete techniques and lessons learned applying the model for a highly successful agile transformation within a 2000-person organization.

Speakers
avatar for Brad Swanson

Brad Swanson

Senior Agile Coach, agile42 LLC
Brad Swanson is a Senior Agile Coach and Vice President at agile42. He started his software career at age 10 on the Apple IIe and is now a Certified Scrum Trainer® (CST) and Coach (CSC) with 19 years of experience in management, project and program leadership, product management... Read More →


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

2:20pm CDT

Big Test, Meet Big Agile: Agile Testing for Large-Scale Projects
Are you embarking on a large-scale, multi-team Agile Scrum project? Have you considered or already started to encounter the various testing aspects for the project related to Build Verification, In-sprint test automation, Integration Testing, compatibility matrix coverage, non-functional testing, and beta test? This presentation provides insights into the testing challenges faced by Dell Enterprise Solutions Group for Agile projects that ranged in sizes up to 9, 15 and 17 scrum teams and examines the techniques that were considered, implemented, and operationalized.

Speakers
avatar for Geoff Meyer

Geoff Meyer

Test Architect, Dell EMC
Geoff Meyer is a Test Architect in the Dell EMC Infrastructure Solutions Group and has 35 years of industry experience as a software developer, manager, program manager, and director. He drives the Test Strategy and Architecture for 400+ SW and HW Testers across India, Taiwan, and... Read More →


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

4:00pm CDT

7 Deadly Agile Sins of a Startup Company
Sloth, lust, greed may send shivers down the spine of any good Catholic school child. But did you know that these Deadly sins also have roots buried deep in Agile Development methodologies?
Temptation to sin manifests in the most unlikely of places, the Agile development team of a cloud management startup. We've given into the temptation of making prideful assumptions about product capabilities, lusted after the latest feature, and envied competitors capabilities in growing our startup to a multi-million dollar revenue generating startup. In this presentation, we jump head first in with our temptations. Our story shows how we've learned humility and humbleness. Our experience is not unique but it's a story that resonates with all software development teams and entrepreneurs. We'll share our experiences and show how to resist the temptations of the 7 Deadly Sins of the Agile Startup.

Speakers
avatar for Lindi Horton

Lindi Horton

Principal Product Manager, ServiceMesh
My primary goal is to wake up every morning and do a little dance. I am a pioneer in software engineering exploring the frontier of software technology. I wake up each morning excited to work with people and conquer the world. I aspire to touch, inspire, and motivate the lives around... Read More →
avatar for Robert Tester

Robert Tester

Software Engineer, Blackbaud


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