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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

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

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

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

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