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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

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.

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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

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

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.

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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