Session 1: Escape Velocity – Better Metrics for Agile Teams featuring Doc Norton

Synopsis

If your team uses velocity for planning but you don’t find it very useful, this session is for you.

If your manager or scrum master or other pseudo-authority figure keeps obsessing over your velocity, this session is for you.

If you want to know about better ways to forecast when a piece of work will be done or how to gather data that actually helps your team, this session is for you.

Doc Norton shares stories and science detailing why velocity isn’t a very good metric, talks about some common velocity anti-patterns, and shares what metrics you could use instead. You’ll be able to better forecast when work will be done and you’ll be better able to diagnose issues with your process and work toward correcting them.

Virtual Note Taking provided by Renatta Algalarrondo from Fall4Art


Session 2: The future of work – How thrive in a post COVID-19 work world featuring Danny Presten

Synopsis

By now chances are pretty good you’ve been introduced to working remote, and working remote quite a bit.

This talk will focus on addressing challenges unique to the situation we’re living through with COVID-19, leaving fast and avoiding common mistakes. Topics include (but are not limited to)

  • How do I balance work with family around
  • What to do about feeling stir crazy
  • How to avoid burnout
  • What to do with the general anxiety many are feeling
  • How to get the most out of this opportunity

This is a unique time in many of our experiences. Let’s take this time to make it not only something we survive, but a situation in which we can actually thrive!

Virtual Note Taking provided by Renatta Algalarrondo from Fall4Art


Session 3: Lessons from the Rapidly Remote featuring Mark Kilby

Synopsis

The “new normal” of being rapidly remote has finally settled in. Or has it? You may have been unprepared to go remote and then you were suddenly turned into a “remote only” company. So has anything “normal” come out of this? Are we any closer to making remote work and agile principles together? This talk outlines key lessons from those who have gone rapidly remote and how they survived and even thrived.

Virtual Note Taking provided by Kimberly Dornisch from Results Visualized


Session 4: Agile Transformation Explained, Creating a System for Change featuring Mike Cottmeyer

Synopsis

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.

Virtual Note Taking provided by Kimberly Dornisch from Results Visualized