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

    40 Mins
    Talk
    Beginner

    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!

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    Alex Sloley - The End is Nigh! Signs of Transformation Apocalypse

    40 Mins
    Talk
    Advanced

    How can an Agile Coach figure out when an Agile “Transformation” is going wrong? Are there signs that they might see, heed, and take action upon? Of course, there are!

    Hindsight is 20/20, but in the moment, these warning signs can be hard to see. Let’s explore some of the more common, and frightening, warning signs that your Agile “Transformation” might be exhibiting. We will discuss transformation provider types, frameworks, keywords, and other anti-patterns that might be signs that THE END IS NIGH.

    This session will review common themes and help familiarize you with the warning signs. Armed with this new knowledge, you will be able to plan as appropriate, to help navigate your organization through potential impending doom.

  • Liked Romain Vailleux
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    Romain Vailleux - Liberating Structures - An overview of powerful workshop formats

    90 Mins
    Workshop
    Intermediate

    Less time waste, more USEFUL meetings!

    The Liberating microstructures (K. McCandless & H. Lipmanowicz) are a repertory of workshop formats that enable collective intelligence and enhance trust among the participants.

    Inclusivity, collective intelligence, collaboration, innovation; these words resonate a lot in today's business world where companies struggle to keep up with growing complexity.
    And that's why every change agent, leader or facilitator needs to know about Liberating structures.

    This 90-minute workshop will be an interactive overview of the liberating microstructures, making every participant aware of the diversity of Liberating formats available.
    After a quick introduction to the subject, the participants will investigate the framework to finish with the key principles behind the liberating structures.

  • Liked David Alia
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    David Alia - The Dome: A powerful experiment for change when change is hard

    David Alia
    David Alia
    CEO
    OCTO Technology
    schedule 2 weeks ago
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    40 Mins
    Talk
    Intermediate
    "In ""Under the Dome"", the novel by Stephen King, the inhabitants of Chester's Mill wake up to a strange barrier, which is similar to a dome, covering the whole city, completely isolating it from the surrounding world.
    The dome is impenetrable, only a small amount of air and water can pass through.
    Following this puzzling event, the community under the dome has to change, for the best or the worst.

    Most successful transformations at scale have a lot in common with this novel, metaphorically speaking of course.
    Based on this story, we designed a brand new culture hacking experiment that proved to be successful in many environments.

    Change automatically generates resistance from the team to change AND from the ecosystem around (the ""antibodies"").
    What if, in order to change the culture of a whole ecosystem, a team was isolated from the outside world, protected by an unbreakable and transparent dome?

    This story can be used as a referential, as this is a metaphor helping communicate and relate to the challenges faced in situations of change.
    Using it as an alignment between fiction and reality, this story will open the discussion to easily relatable transformation and business agility topics."
  • Liked Tyler Gale
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    Tyler Gale - How my five year old son taught me what it means to be a good leader through mowing the lawn

    40 Mins
    Talk
    Beginner

    We hear that a successful agile transformation is highly dependant on the buy-in from management and their transition to becoming good leaders, but what exactly are the qualities of a good leader? In this story, learn how a five year old with an obsession of mowing lawns taught a weathered Agile coach the qualities needed to be a good leader, and the benefits of servant leadership.

  • Liked David Alia
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    David Alia - Employee 1st: how to surf the corporate culture so that emerges an organisation outperforming the market

    David Alia
    David Alia
    CEO
    OCTO Technology
    schedule 2 weeks ago
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    40 Mins
    Presentation
    Beginner

    The best storytelling might be the one that you experienced yourself.

    Let me tell you the story of how a 500-employee company completely changed its structure, lead by the employees' impulse.
    After 10 years and an average of 20% organic growth every year, it was time to change, for the organisation to keep growing.

    Originally, the teams were composed of senior & highly skilled consultants, divided into 3 industry-focused departments.
    But over time, consultants started feeling frustrated being stuck in one department, working in 1 industry, on the same types of missions.
    The company turnover reached a peak and in 2014 the executive team decided to address the problem.
    More than half of the employees gathered to answer the question: how should the organisation be organised, in order to fulfil both business and consultants needs?

    This talk will be about how the company organised a bottom-up conversation to invent and to collectively design their very own great place to work.

    More than the organisation model itself, the talk will emphasis on the collective design process of the organisation based on a clearly stated problem, on the core principles on which the Tribes lie on and on the benefits that have been observed after 3 years of operation.
    Greatly inspired by the book "Tribal Leadership" by David Logan, the employees ended up organising themselves as Tribes of expertise.

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    David Alia - "I'll start my transformation next Monday" - Overcoming the fear of pain to successfully transform corporates' mass

    David Alia
    David Alia
    CEO
    OCTO Technology
    schedule 2 weeks ago
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    40 Mins
    Talk
    Intermediate
    "Like for diets, if methods exist to lose weight significantly and sustainably, they require discipline and courage, which often lack in big organisations that worship silver-bullet cargo-cult frameworks and rituals.

    I will use my own experience in dieting (+20kg in 4 years, -25kg in 6 months) and IT (+20 years of experience) to describe the parallel between the two, and how it is a powerful metaphor to understand why transformations tend to drag on and on in big corporate companies.

    Participants will (re-)discover this evidence written in golden letters at gym clubs: ""no pain, no gain"", and how the diet metaphor suits particularly well for a digital/agile/culture transformation. Ramping up from individual motivation and discipline to tribal execution and ownership, find what are the key levers for managers to step up to become their company's Personal Trainers, with often the most underrated ingredient: courage"
  • Liked Mihail Sestakov
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    Mihail Sestakov / Alidad Hamidi / Desmond Seeley - Regulatory Compliance and Agile - Are they water and oil, or huge untapped potential for transformation?

    40 Mins
    Hands on Session
    Intermediate

    Financial Industry in Australia is facing its biggest challenge from a regulatory and compliance perspective. According to Boston Consulting Group, the average bank spend approximately 40% to 60% of its change budget on regulatory and compliance programs, to this point,one of the major banks in Australia announced in Feb 2019 to its institutional investors that a whopping 64% of their investment was now “put against regulatory and compliance (amounting to about $700 million).”

    Agile approaches are known for being evidence base and feedback driven vs assumption based, their relentless prioritisation enables focus on 20% of the change that delivers 80% of benefits. Agile focus on outcome vs output and fosters innovation culture.However, Traditionally, the perception for regulatory programs is that using agile approaches for such programs are risky, ineffective and will result in noncompliance.

    This might mean that 60% - 70% of delivery spend in the coming years in Australian Financial Industry will revert back to traditional project management approaches and away from Agile approaches!

    In this talk, we will bust some myths about using agile approaches to effectively deliver regulatory programs, explore two case studies from two different financial institutions and discuss how using agile principles and a tailored scaled methodology have delivered better regulatory outcomes, improved customer experience and reduced change and run costs of regulatory programs in these financial institutions.

    At the end we will equip the audience with some take-aways including principles, methods and practical advice on how to tap into this major opportunity to deliver better regulatory, customer and commercial outcomes in running regulatory programs.

    We will also share some tips for the agile practitioners to build the desire and the awareness at the senior level and the hot buttons that are effective with leaders to consider Agile as being appropriate for these types of projects.

  • Liked Romain Vailleux
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    Romain Vailleux - Hive or anthill - What can we learn from wildlife large scale organisations?

    40 Mins
    Workshop
    Intermediate

    Part 1 : Introductive talk
    Duration: 15 min max
    Bees and ants gather millions of individuals around highly optimised organisations, by nature.
    No consulting company ever advised a queen ant on how to organise its tribe. It just happens, by design.
    Nature is a great source of inspiration concerning self-organisation and cross-species cooperation.

    This talk will describe key mechanisms that rule bee and ant colonies, at both individual and collective scales. How do these communities live and grow in their competitive and randomly-changing environment? What are the differences between those two species? This talk concludes by drawing some analogies linking the wild world with corporate organisations.


    Part 2 : Extend the metaphor and find some answers (workshop)
    Duration: 30 min
    Shaped like a “world café” workshop, the second part of this session invites the participants to elaborate on some of the main obstacles faced when deploying agility across the organisation. This workshop will allow participants to comprehend the key learnings inspired from the hive and the anthill models, and to figure out how to mimic them in order to tackle the limitations to growth of an agilish corporation.

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    Romain Vailleux - Definition of Agile and the Schrödinger's dilemma - Do not open the box.

    5 Mins
    Lightning Talk
    Beginner

    As soon as...
    You define what 'Agile' is,
    You show people what 'Agile' is in your company,
    You list what you do to implement 'Agile'...
    Everyone has an opinion

    And most of the time, that opinion would be... "that's not real 'Agile'''.

    Every time you try to go specific with Agile, you lose some of the options available, based on the Values of the Agile Manifesto.
    So, what's best?
    Stay in an undecided state of 'Agile' and keep a whole and rich 'Agile' concept, or make 'Agile' specific to your context and lose some of the flawlessness of the 'Agile' concept?

  • Liked Dan Roman
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    Dan Roman - The Agile Enterprise: From Agile Teams to Agile Organisation

    40 Mins
    Presentation
    Intermediate

    Agility continues to be a highly discussed topic. The success of using Agile approaches, mainly Scrum, at the team level has organisations and managers thinking of replicating its success at the department level and even at the organisation level. In addition to popular frameworks and practices associated with Agile there are new roles (Agile Coach, Scrum Master) or traditional roles that were re-branded Agile (Agile Project Manager, Agile Business Analyst, Agile Tester, etc.) that should support the transition to a new kind of organisation, called "Agile Enterprise".

    This interactive presentation focuses on the Agility at the Enterprise level from a practitioner's perspective, explaining the difference between the new Agile Enterprise (a top down Agile approach) and Enterprise Agile (the bottom up Agile transformation) that is scaling popular Agile frameworks from team level to organisation level.

  • Liked David Martin
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    David Martin - Let me tell you a story...

    David Martin
    David Martin
    Lean/Agile Coach
    Don't Panic
    schedule 2 weeks ago
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    90 Mins
    Workshop
    Intermediate

    Stories are an amazingly powerful communication tool. They sidestep our rational brain before crash tackling our limbic system and putting our amygdala in a headlock (see what I did there? I just told a story).

    Humans have used stories for thousands of years to communicate. From the earliest creation myths to modern podcasting. Stories grab you, drag you in and implant their message deep in your brain.

    The only place we don't use stories to communicate is in business where we are told to "stick with the facts", "take emotion out" and "keep it professional".

    Let's change that. Let's put the emotion back in and give ourselves a communications edge through the amazing power of stories.

  • Liked Stephen Morgan
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    Stephen Morgan - Agilelistics – A Metric Driven Approach

    Stephen Morgan
    Stephen Morgan
    Sr. Agile Coach
    Zen Ex Machna
    schedule 3 weeks ago
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    40 Mins
    Talk
    Beginner

    What if everything we thought we knew about agile was wrong?

    The nature of agile continually changes, which means its analysis must also keep pace. Agilelistics is for practitioners, thinkers, and theorists of agile.

    The data analytics revolution and agile metrics gather around agile teams, has become agile's new language and currency.

    What is Agilelistics? Agilelistics is the practice where metrics is used to drive the entire product development cycle. The use of just-in-time metrics to drive rapid, precise and granular product iterations. In an organisation who uses metrics, where everything from performance to usage patterns is measured. Every single decision is used by the development team is based on metrics.

    Steve Morgan helps you to decipher the statistical data, and to use it to uncovering agile's hidden truths.

    • How do I know my team is improving?
    • How many story points should my team tackle per sprint?
    • How can I fix my team’s estimations which are currently not accurate?
    • Is velocity a true measure of an agile team’s performance?

    Through a blend of entertaining storytelling, agile metrics and analysis, This Agilelistics session will answer common questions about measuring agile team performance.

  • Liked Mark Winter
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    Mark Winter - You and I both caused a $50 Billion dollar waste...here's what we can do about it

    Mark Winter
    Mark Winter
    Sr. Consultant
    Escient
    schedule 1 month ago
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    40 Mins
    Workshop
    Advanced

    Globally, organisations are wasting over $50 Billion a year on leadership development. We’re simply not lifting leadership capability overall; we still rely on ‘hero’ leaders and ‘stars’ in our teams, to really get stuff done…and that’s not scalable.

    Why? We don’t focus on the behaviours that really matter in a given context and we don’t measure return on investment, through applied results.

    Make it matter with the “one change to rule them all” – updating your leadership and organisational development approaches to focus on Behavioural Insights.

    Cultivating insights from behavioural economics and cognitive neuroscience, we develop your ability to understand and mitigate the limitations of your own brain - and all the other brains around you.

    A Behavioural Insights focus will ensure you and your team learn faster. And make better decisions.

    Organisations exist in an increasingly competitive, disrupted landscape. Yet the fundamental behaviours of human beings haven’t changed a lot over hundreds of thousands of years. We help organisations leverage this understanding, to innovate and win.

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    Andrew Murphy - Leadership Antipatterns - A guide on how to alienate and dis-empower your team

    90 Mins
    Workshop
    Intermediate

    There's a huge problem in our industry, I call it "inertia-driven leadership".

    We promote our "rock star" engineers, with their excellent technical skills, into leadership positions; then we sit back and watch as they fail.

    We wonder why they fail at leadership but the answer is simple, we don't support them to improve their people skills!

    In fact, we often don't even help them realise that the role of a "senior developer" is drastically different to that of a "leader"

    What we can we do to stop inertia in our new leaders?

    How can we support them to learn the soft skills they need?

    How can we position with them that those soft skills are important to their career?

    That is what we will discuss in this session.

  • Liked Stephen Morgan
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    Stephen Morgan - Tools and Techniques for Distributed High Performance Team

    Stephen Morgan
    Stephen Morgan
    Sr. Agile Coach
    Zen Ex Machna
    schedule 3 weeks ago
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    40 Mins
    Talk
    Intermediate

    Agile can work in a distributed environment, but it’s a lot of work; more work than you’d expect if you’ve never done it before. Come and learn about High Performance Distributed Agile Teams.

    The presentation will teach you the key principles of coaching High Performance distributed teams and to use state-of-the-art tooling to help support distributed teams across geographical boundaries: to improve communication, transparency and productivity challenges.

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    Andrew Murphy - How to communicate anything to anyone and see a real impact - communicating effectively and efficiently

    90 Mins
    Workshop
    Beginner

    Everyone thinks they are a good at communication, but... how many times have you been at an event talking to someone you really didn’t want to talk to? Been sold to by someone who didn’t get that you weren’t interested?

    These are examples of bad communication and they all have a few things in common, they weren’t efficient and they weren’t effective

    .They didn’t go into the communication with the right mindset and the right preparation

    Also, sorry to say it, but your own communications probably suck too. But after this talk you’ll have a leg up on your competition: you’ll know your communication sucks... and you know how to fix it.

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