Toronto Agile Conference 2020

Fri, Nov 6
Timezone: America/New_York (EST)
09:30

    Introductions - 15 mins

09:45

    Division to Unification: My Personal Agile Journey - Scott Ambler - 60 mins

10:45

    Break - 15 mins

11:00
11:50
12:30
13:15
14:15
14:30
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    Raj Mudhar

    Raj Mudhar - Using Kata to drive continuous improvement in your personal life, team and organization

    schedule  02:30 - 03:30 PM place Lake Ontario people 9 Interested star_halfRate

    While retrospectives are amazing, imagine if you could make continuous improvement happen every single day. Imagine being able to drive meaningful improvements in your organization that not only improve performance, but also transforms your culture.

    In this workshop, you'll learn techniques for running continuous improvement micro-experiments. These are short, fast test and learn loops that give you feedback in hours or days. You can use these techniques for personal improvement, and you can use them at the team and organizational level. These techniques are universally applicable. We've been using them with executives at Fortune 100 companies, in the public sector as well as with teams and individuals at every level in those organizations. We've also been using them also with public sector organizations with the same positive impact.

    This is not your average retrospective. It's akin to compound interest. A little improvement every day that at first feels invisible, but over weeks and months, the improvements you implement begin to multiply into visible, tangible outcomes that help you propel yourself and your team into a state of high performance.

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    Erkan Kadir

    Erkan Kadir / Brock Argue - Integrated Agile: How to gracefully manage the reality of agile mixed with waterfall in today's organizations

    schedule  02:30 - 03:30 PM place Lake Erie people 14 Interested star_halfRate

    Agile mixed with Waterfall exists in every product development organization globally, yet current thinking teaches us to crusade for one approach at the expense of the other - an approach that creates unnecessary resistance and alienates people with different perspectives. The question is: How can we manage the reality of a mixed-methods environment while still receiving the intended benefits of both approaches? In this talk, Brock Argue and Erkan Kadir will introduce Integrated Agile, a groundbreaking and practical approach that leverages Polarity Thinking to manage the predictable dynamics between Agile and Waterfall while maximizing the upsides of both approaches.

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    Fernando Cuenca

    Fernando Cuenca - Agile Dependencies: When "going cross-functional" is not an option

    schedule  02:30 - 03:30 PM place Lake Huron people 7 Interested star_halfRate

    Small, cross-functional teams are the "bread & butter" of Agile environments. Amongst many advantages, they help remove delays introduced by dependencies between groups. Unfortunately, many organizations find it difficult to reorganize their teams to be cross-functional, and even when they do, it's practically impossible to remove all dependencies, leaving many teams in the need to find ways to orchestrate work across various groups that work using different processes.

    This talk will explore the problem of intra-team dependencies, its impact in Customer flow, and practical strategies team-level leaders (as well as system-level leaders) can apply to help make the whole system more responsive, fit-for-purpose, and agile. In particular, the talk will describe Dynamic Reservation Systems, an advanced dependency management technique.

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    JF (John Francis) Unson

    JF (John Francis) Unson / Thoralf J Klatt - Accelerate Your Agility With Mobius Loop Outcomes

    schedule  02:30 - 03:30 PM place Lake Michigan people 1 Interested star_halfRate

    Have you ever been on a team, continually writing code and releasing features but feel lost? Or that you and your team don't know why you are doing what you're doing? Or how your contributions impact your company strategy? 

    Have you ever experienced coming up with a beautiful feature that separates you from your competitors and implemented it, and then find out later your customers haven't been using it at all? 

    Have your senior executives and company spoken about a new vision and initiatives, only to have it languish for months in never-ending discussions?

    Most people start their Agile transformations to deliver very fast. However, a lot of transformations seem to get stuck on the outputs. Organizations typically celebrate success when their teams continually release by target dates. However, continually releasing to your customers by a date doesn't guarantee you're getting the right business outcomes for success. So how do you go from outputs to outcomes? Well, let us introduce you to Mobius Loop.

    What is Mobius Loop? It's a radically simple way to get to the outcomes that matter. It acts as a navigator, creating a continuous flow of innovation from discovery to design, to delivery, using whatever Agile process or scaling method you happen to use.

    In this interactive workshop, you'll be playing the Infinite Loop game. You will learn how to use Mobius to customize your own innovation and outcome delivery process. We will introduce to the Mobius Loop Navigator's key concepts through gameplay with one team winning a prize at the end. But more importantly, everyone will leave with a navigation tool that can enable teams and organizations to catapult themselves from peripheral outputs to successful customer outcomes and business impact.

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    Stephen Shedletzky

    Stephen Shedletzky - The Infinite Game: How to lead with an infinite mindset

    schedule  02:30 - 03:30 PM place Lake Superior people 4 Interested star_halfRate

    We can't choose the game. We can't choose the rules. We can only choose how we play.

    In finite games, like football or chess, the players are known, the rules are fixed, and the endpoint is clear. The winners and losers are easily identified.

    In infinite games, like business or politics or life itself, the players come and go, the rules are changeable, and there is no defined endpoint. There are no winners or losers in an infinite game; there is only ahead and behind.

    The more we begin to understand the difference between finite and infinite games, the more we can see that infinite games are all around us. We will realize that many of the struggles that organizations face exist simply because their leaders are playing with a finite mindset in an infinite game. These organizations tend to lag behind in innovation, discretionary effort, morale and ultimately performance.

    The leaders who embrace an infinite mindset, in stark contrast, build stronger, more innovative, more inspiring organizations. Their people trust each other and their leaders. They have the resilience to thrive in an ever-changing world, while their competitors fall by the wayside. Ultimately, they are the ones who lead the rest of us into the future.

    The ability to adopt an infinite mindset is a prerequisite for any leader who aspires to leave their organization in better shape than they found it.

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    Michael Sahota

    Michael Sahota - Hacking Organizational Design for High Performance

    schedule  02:30 - 03:30 PM place Lake Winnipeg people 8 Interested star_halfRate

    Many organizations are interested in upgrading their organizational design so that they can be more adaptable to meet emerging customer needs and thrive in the competitive business landscape. The common questions are what design or blueprint to use and how to transform the organization to the new structures? These questions and the mindset behind them are deadly blocks for high performance. 

     

    Organizations all over the world, in all kinds of industries have reached high performance. We have cracked the code on how to hack the organizational design to create high performance. The only way to create an adaptive emergent organization is to use an adaptive emergent process. We outline the key steps and shifts needed to initiate the evolution of high performance. These include a shift in the consciousness or mindset of the leadership to support the greater psychological safety needed to share decision making and run experiments. As a practical take-away, we offer the seven keys to Agile Transformation that can be applied at any stage of the journey to unlock success.

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    Martin Aziz

    Martin Aziz - I can keep my promises! Product Management with Kanban

    schedule  02:30 - 03:30 PM place Lake Louise people 4 Interested star_halfRate

    What should we work on now, later and never? When will it be ready? What is the status of our current commitments? Do our teams even have the capability and capacity to deliver on our promises to our customers? These are the challenges and risks that product managers need to manage on a daily basis. In this interactive session, we'll explore ways that Kanban can help you improve decision making, manage risk, improve transparency, and make promises you can keep.

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    Erin Randall

    Erin Randall - Better Questions, Better Connections, Better Community

    schedule  02:30 - 03:30 PM place Lake Simcoe people 5 Interested star_halfRate

    If we were to ask most any person what they desire, I’m quite certain that community and connection would be among the most-answered responses. (That and winning the lottery.) But how do we get to genuine connection? One answer? Better questions.

    As a coach, powerful questions are a foundational skill, one that I use every day, in service of every relationship. If we consider what questions are, the flippant, easy answer is that questions are how we seek information, seek knowledge. Yes, questions are those things, but in truth, they are so much more than that. A good question shows that someone is paying attention, they’re thinking about you, that they’re honoring your space in their circle. A good question shows care, interest, our dedication to maintaining that relationship. Good questions are the care and feeding of human connection.

    This interactive talk (meaning that yes, you're going to practice what we talk about in this session) will help you to understand what a good question is, how they connect us to others, and how to use them. You'll leave knowing how to be a better servant-leader in your own relationships.

    The ability to ask questions and to listen for the response is to be in service of a relationship. I created this talk to share this skill, to help you create the kind of community and connections that you desire in life.

15:30

    Break - 10 mins

15:40

    Closing Remarks - 5 mins

15:45

    High-Performance Teams in a Virtual World - Richard Kasperowski and Molood Ceccarelli - 45 mins