Day 1

Thu, Jul 19
Timezone: Australia/Melbourne (AEDT)
08:30
09:00
10:00
10:30

    Morning Break - 30 mins

11:00
11:45
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    Andrew Hatch

    Andrew Hatch - Leadership lessons through accelerated change

    schedule  11:45 AM - 12:30 PM place EN 101 (L100) people 153 Interested star_halfRate

    As the culture of DevOps flourishes, with organisations adopting its fundamentals and rapidly demolishing traditional IT siloes to develop faster with greater efficiency, incipient challenges exist in managing and leading this change process. Keeping the business running, continually improving efficiencies in existing processes while lending support to strategic initiatives is still crucial, but so is building a much greater multi-skilled and faceted engineering culture, unencumbered by traditional processes and management hierarchies. Achieving aspirational goals of providing ephemeral innovation environments to rapidly capitalise on new competitive advantages, re-invigorate Product Delivery with faster and more efficient development and architecture practices, presents fundamental challenges to management roles as does the desire to nurture and grow stronger leadership roles to establish the sense of urgency needed to take advantage of these opportunities.

    At Seek we have been on our DevOps transformation for a number of years, a total of 6 if we go right back to the beginning. Amongst the many success stories that first began to emerge from when we changed our business from solely focusing on marketing and strategy to that of a product and technology company, has been the incredible growth. From a technology perspective we release faster than ever before (well over 1000 times a month into Production) and on the business side record profits and international expansion through acquisition have accelerated.

    However last year it became apparent that as our workforce has doubled in size and our embracement of DevOps as a Culture been so immersive, the very way in how we focus on developing and evolving our people, processes and technology has fundamentally changed. This fundamental change has in turn confronted the very nature of how we consider what are the right ways to effectively lead and manage our technology teams. Traditional techniques and processes specifically targeted at restricting and controlling what people do, and the manner in which they do it, through a culture incentivised against risk and failure no longer works. This change has forced us to look inwards, deeply, at how we lead teams of engineers, guide their work, nurture talent and creativity in order to keep people engaged and motivated as we face competitive threats greater than ever before

    This talk will present on how we have faced these challenges, the strategies we have adopted to lead the way through the chaos and ultimately what we are doing to sustain momentum and development without falling into bad habits. Like our previous talks this is a candid, real-world discussion on the difficult decisions many of us have had to face during this process, including the speaker, to understand what it truly means to be a good leader through developing a greater awareness of emotional intelligence while still being able to maintain a strategic focus on the outcomes and value our teams provide as they evolve and change with us.

  • schedule  11:45 AM - 12:30 PM place EN 102 (L100) people 18 Interested star_halfRate

    Start ups have some interesting challenges and conversely some exciting opportunities.

    • They have a limited runway of cash – this drives an intense focus on delivering value (before the money runs out)
    • They have no existing culture or processes – there is nothing to undo as they create a new culture
    • There is no existing code to build upon - there’s no legacy code to deal with, and you produce applications that match what you need to do
    • There is no set of commonly understood processes – you get to adopt whatever works well and that fits your needs.

    This case study talks about the last 12 months of our start-up where we went from “no team, and limited functionality” – to launching a successful and thriving business backed by completely custom trading platform and fulfilment engine.

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    Robert Lamb

    Robert Lamb - Introduction to Plectica - a collaborative platform to support systems thinking

    schedule  11:45 AM - 12:30 PM place EN 103 (L100) people 17 Interested star_halfRate

    This session introduces and gets you started with using Plectica, a web based tool that supports individual and collaborative thinking about natural, organisational and social systems.

    Founded on academic research, Plectica uses a simple yet powerful model of cognition to help you explore and map systems. It's generalised model of systems thinking complements specific systems thinking approaches such as concept mapping, causal loop, and "soft systems" models.

    Plectica's cognitive model offers a unified point of entry into systems thinking, and its collaborative software is compatible with most systems thinking methodologies.

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    Dipa Rao

    Dipa Rao / Alina Spektor - Level up: Unleash the power of quiet!

    schedule  11:45 AM - 12:15 PM place EN 203 (L80) people 26 Interested star_halfRate

    This talk is given by an introvert and extrovert; we have discovered that we experience our working lives very differently.

    The world we live and work in is biased towards extroverts. We work in open space offices, with Agile ceremonies where people need to assert themselves publicly, vocally, and repeatedly. How does this impact people who don’t display extroverted behaviour? Equally important, how does this impact our ability to harness everyone’s potential?

    What can we do to make our workplaces more comfortable for introverted behaviour? How can we give people the chance to contribute and be recognised equally? Explore options to take back to your workplace and level up!

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    Jon Gedge

    Jon Gedge / Jasmine Hessel - Accessing Relationship Systems Intelligence with Constellations

    schedule  11:45 AM - 12:30 PM place EN 204 (C40) people 27 Interested star_halfRate

    Each of us is a member of complex relationship systems - at work, at home and in our communities. Just as emotional intelligence is the ability to understand and manage our own emotions and social intelligence is the ability to empathise and communicate with another individual, relationship systems intelligence is the ability to view a team or group as a unified whole and to work directly with that whole system rather than with a group of individuals.

    In this session, we will use a relationship systems coaching technique called constellations to listen to the ‘voice of the system’ which is created by everyone who attends the session, so we can explore together how comfortable we are in working with conflict.

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    Jochy Reyes

    Jochy Reyes - IDEO Mashup method: Creative ideation process & the Medici Effect

    schedule  11:45 AM - 12:30 PM place EN 205 (C40) people 20 Interested star_halfRate

    The Medici Effect was a coined term by Frans Johansson to describe innovation that happens when disciplines and ideas intersect. Take for example the idea of using something very technically challenging such as blockchain, and an internet favourite such as cats and you have the CryptoCats and the Crypto Kitties! Indeed the most interesting ideas are borne out of collaboration & diverse thinking.

    This hands-on workshop will provide an introduction to the Medici effect using the Mashup ideation method by IDEO.

    The workshop aims to guide the participants on the steps detailed on the Mashup ideation method of IDEO.

    Participants will work in groups and will be guided on IDEO's 4 step Mashup process and will end with a Cereal Box design activity and sharing of the created ideas.

  • schedule  11:45 AM - 12:30 PM place EN 307 (C40) people 12 Interested star_halfRate

    If you’ve ever wanted an invisibility cloak, this talk is for you.

    Cameras peer at us from street corners, from phones, from the dashes of passing cars, and from shopping mall advertisements. Even when you’re not posing for a selfie, you might end up in the background of someone else’s picture while you’re out at dinner — and if that photograph is uploaded to a social media site, facial recognition can pick you out of the lineup.

    Machines are getting better at recognising our faces — but if you want to sneak through the streets of your city like a young wizard in the corridors after midnight, there is still hope.

    This talk provides an overview of the latest urban camouflage technology and how to deploy it in order to foil facial recognition. During this session, you’ll learn the ways machines “see” us, and how to play with them in order to become invisible. We’ll dive into the ethics of biometric identification. And, if you’re feeling adventurous, you can have fun with reflective tape and face paint to disguise yourselves from the algorithmic eye.

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    Peter Lee

    Peter Lee - Using Lean Tools to Create Product Team Balance

    schedule  11:45 AM - 12:30 PM place EN 308 (C40) people 18 Interested star_halfRate

    Product teams must balance the needs of the future with supporting today.

    In this workshop you will learn how to apply lean tools such as Pareto Analysis and the PICK matrix along site the cost of delay to help a product team ensure they are able to make targeted investments around the supportability of their product to ensure they are as effective as possible.

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    Aurelien Beraud

    Aurelien Beraud - Continuous improvement: beyond retros

    schedule  11:45 AM - 12:30 PM place  EN 313 (L100) people 90 Interested star_halfRate

    We seem to try to foster a mindset of continuously and relentlessly striving for improvement with mainly one practice: retrospectives have been our default and often only continuous improvement tool for years. I certainly used to think that retrospectives were the most important ceremony and as a coach I used to consider them as my main tool to drive improvement.

    However, retrospectives are often disjointed from each other. The insights of one retrospective might be lost right after the end of it or until they are rediscovered in a future one. In addition, if we need to wait for the end of an iteration to look at improving, then can we really talk about continuous improvement?

    In this talk, I want to look beyond retrospectives and explore which other tools (Toyota Kata, Improvement Boards, etc.) and other concepts we can inject and explore to foster a continuous improvement mindset. I will present my own journey by sharing experiments I conducted and am planning to carry out, what has worked for me but more importantly what hasn't and where I failed.

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    Simon Minness

    Simon Minness - What your agile transformation needs to get right - more than casual dress and post-its

    schedule  11:45 AM - 12:15 PM place EN 515 (L80) people 30 Interested star_halfRate

    Consumers, like never before, have real choice about where they purchase products and services. Organisations large and small need to adapt quickly, or die.

    Leading to a number of Australia's largest organisations deciding to 'go agile', in an attempt to tackle this VUCA world head on.

    But is putting a nice, customer-centric, wrapper around a whole organisation transformation what agile is actually about?

    During the 30 minute discussion Simon will discuss and provide a perspective on:

    • Some of the key design principles that need to be considered when undergoing an agile transformation

    • Balancing empowerment and control in search of alignment

    • Where change like this works; and where and why it doesn't!

12:30

    Lunch - 60 mins

13:30
14:15
15:00

    Afternoon Break - 30 mins

15:30
16:15
17:00

    Drinks at Holy Moly (by Reece Tech) - 90 mins

Day 2

Fri, Jul 20
Timezone: Australia/Melbourne (AEDT)
08:30
09:45
10:45

    Morning Break - 30 mins

11:15
12:00
12:45

    Lunch - 60 mins

13:45
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    Alex Sloley

    Alex Sloley - The Product Owner and Scrum Master Brain Transplant! Mwuhahahaha!!!

    schedule  01:45 - 02:30 PM place EN 101 (L100) people 68 Interested star_halfRate

    Imagine you are a Mad Agile Scientist and have a diabolical experiment to conduct - what would happen if you exchanged the brains of a Product Owner and Scrum Master? Mwuhahahaha!!! How would the body of a Product Owner with the brain of a Scrum Master act? And vice versa?

    Perhaps the Scrum Master would now treat the team like a backlog? This Scrum Master would be focused on value and maintaining a coaching backlog of team and person improvements. This Scrum Master is refining the team, crafting a group that delivers value.

    And perhaps the Product Owner might treat the backlog like a team? Rather than backlog refining, they coach the backlog. They would be focused on nurturing, protecting, and empowering the backlog. The backlog might transform from an irritation into a labor of love.

    Although this experiment sounds terrible, this change of perspective might be what you need to reanimate your dead team or backlog.

    Join the fun and come learn what horrifying results await!