Agile Day Atlanta's sole purpose is to bring a diverse range of Agilists together in the spirit of community in an effort to share our knowledge and success with each other for the betterment of all.
Schedule and Content for August 14th
It Begins With An Invitation…
Who among us has not been invited into the homes and hearts of others? Who among us has not invited others into our homes and hearts? Every deep relationship begins with an invitation. Indeed, every great, beautiful, and even tragic endeavor shared by humans throughout history was begun with an invitation. An invitation to believe. An invitation to act. An invitation to achieve. An invitation to become.
We are all leaders and as a leader, this is your role – To invite others in to share in your passion and dreams. To invite others to contribute in their own unique way to that which you hope to create. To invite others to share in achieving your goals and resulting success. You become the host for the event. You craft the environment, you propose a purpose, you establish boundaries, and you invite others to participate.
With each invitation, you create a new opportunity. And with each invitation, you take a risk. As host, try as you might, you cannot control all aspects of the event. And you must choose; choose when to intervene and when to allow the unexpected to become the new course. You are both actor and observer, simultaneously in charge and subjugated. And whether it is a success or failure may still be a debate long after the event is over, but no matter how it comes to a close, it starts with an invitation.
As leaders, coaches, and change agents we often have trouble putting ourselves in others’ shoes to help understand their motivations and fears. As a result, we blame others when they don’t see a reason to change something that we think is wrong. We often attribute that to resistance when it’s really just our inability to address THEIR legitimate concerns vs. our own. This can be especially challenging for leaders who have a significant power differential and get watered down feedback from the people they’re leading.
In this workshop we’ll provide an overview of the SCARF model from the NeuroLeadership Institute combined with the System 1 and System 2 model from Daniel Kahneman. Then we’ll dive into an interactive session where we apply these models to your real-life situations. We’ll show you how to craft your messages in a way that resonates with your audience rather than triggering their fears, and we’ll show you how to translate this directly into a platform for change based on safety rather than fear.
While they may receive tacit approval, the majority of agile transformations fail to fully engage senior leadership. In this session, we’ll address this challenging problem head on. We’ll learn why most executive teams fail to see the value of implementing business agility throughout the organization. Then we’ll discuss how to stimulate their interest, assess their capabilities and move them to become fully engaged in your organization’s agile journey. Our goal is to equip participants with tools to compel executive action.
Designing Delivery: how we deliver, is the most important factor in the success of what we deliver. Too often we grab whatever off the shelf framework/process and get to work without thinking about how it works, why it works, how it applies to us, how it affects our culture, and whether it’s the right thing to do or not. We struggle through our product delivery without stopping to understand how we work, what might be broken, and let the process take over our lives. Intentional design of our way of working, and using system design thinking to achieve it, can improve an organization’s ability to deliver value effectively, while enhancing the interactive experience with those we collaborate with.
This session will discuss how critical continuous planning sustains an Agile organization and how to introduce OKRs (Objectives and Key Results) at every level of planning. Using this approach, teams are able to focus on priorities, align for cross-team collaboration and track for accountability in order to meet and exceed customer expectations. You’ll be able to accelerate results, prioritize change more effectively and enable teams to work autonomously, increasing employee engagement.
Have you ever completed a certification course, and then was told – “go forth, be an expert”? And, you had absolutely no idea what to do next? Well, you’re not alone. This session is about a missing key in our journey to awesome – practice!
Jeopardy is a much loved TV show which tests participants’ knowledge across a variety of topics. As most of us know, the primary draw of Jeopardy is not the prize money, rather it is the infectious spirit of competition and spontaneous learning that capture hearts and minds throughout the game.
In this lively Agile Day Atlanta session, participants will experience the fun of “Big Room Jeopardy”, learning first-hand how larger groups can enjoy active participation (with just a few adjusted rules). Participants will also have the opportunity to try their hand at selecting a category from the Agile Big Board (categories may include Scrum, DevOps, Kanban, XP, Agile@Scale) and then responding to a question…
In order to achieve business Agility, Agile has to be applied in a certain context. You have to be able to form the right kinds of teams, build the right kinds of backlogs, and produce working, tested increments of product. The problem is that this context doesn’t exist in larger, more complex enterprises. Most companies are falling short when they try to scale Agile because they lack the proper buy-in from leadership, they lack the ecosystem in which Agile can be successful, and they don’t know how to orchestrate the type of change that’s required of organizations that are attempting to adopt Agile. Just because you have the roles, ceremonies, and artifacts of Scrum in place. Doesn’t mean you’ll automatically begin reaping the benefits of Agile. So, what’s needed isn’t more Scrum, more XP, more SAFe. What’s needed is a plan. A plan to do more than simply teach people Agile. If you want your Transformation to be sustainable, you’re going to need to find a way to systematically overcome the structural, procedural, and cultural barriers that get in the way of Transformation. You’ll need a structured, disciplined Agile Transformation.
In this talk, we break down what a structured, and disciplined Agile Transformation actually look like. He’ll discuss why organizations want to Transform, what actually needs to be Transformed, how change will be orchestrated, and who’s responsible for the orchestration of change.
Coddiwomple (v.): To travel in a purposeful manner towards a vague destination.
When we started our journey, we knew we wanted to do Continuous Delivery. We just didn’t know exactly what it was and what we would have to do in order to get there. In this talk I’ll discuss what we learned along the way. While some of these are technical practices, many are not and are extensions of core agile principles.
Without a clear vision, it is unlikely that your solution will achieve the needed outcome. In this workshop, participants will learn how to create (or help create) a vision document that will clearly identify and communicate the business needs and desired outcomes. Participants will also learn how to discover necessary changes over time.