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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

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.

Speakers
avatar for David Hawks

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

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

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