Agile Leadership Summit | DevOps East

Agile Leadership Summit

"Business Agility = Product + Technology in Close Collaboration"
Thursday, November 9 • 5:30pm–7:30pm and Friday, November 10 • 8:30am–4:00pm

Agile Leadership Summit

The highest performing agile organizations know the importance of and have succeeded in cross-functional alignment, integration, and partnership. And the partnership between product and technology—which is most critical to achieving agile results in the business—is a partnership that many organizations struggle to achieve.

For agile to operate in a balanced fashion and deliver the most value, technology teams and product teams must be aligned and collaborative, working as equal partners at all levels of the organizational structure—teams, management, and senior leadership.

The program chair and facilitator for the Agile Leadership Summit is Bob Galen, who will be guiding group sessions to maximize the learning and impact to your greatest challenges. With twenty-five years of in-the-trenches practical leadership experience, Bob is an enterprise and leadership agile coach for Zenergy Technologies and a Scrum Alliance trainer for the Certified Agile Leadership program.

Agile Leadership Summit participants have a valuable opportunity to learn from real-world practitioners, leaders, and coaches who are changing the way product and development teams collaborate. Discuss organizational strategies and models that work. Learn how to lead toward success. Explore Big Wall planning as a means of understanding effective and inclusive portfolio level decision making.

Examine the importance of customer alignment all the way through to the individual team member. Explore models for creating and maintaining top-down customer and product alignment.

And the learning will not be academic. Each of our presenters is actively practicing agile in the real world. They share their stories, tactics, and strategies for firming up this partnership—between product and technology—so your agile transformation truly delivers on all cylinders.

Friday, November 10

Josh Anderson
Broadvine

Building an Agile Organization at Light Speed

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Friday, November 10, 2017 - 9:00am to 10:00am

Everyone loves the idea of explosive growth. Unfortunately, explosive growth often lives up to its name. Everywhere you look, things are blowing up. Josh Anderson shows you how to corral the chaos and provide your company with the growth it desperately needs.

The two key challenges of explosive growth are diametrically opposed: protect and support your existing teams and processes, while simultaneously growing an organization around them. To make that happen, you must walk the tightrope of process evolution as you grow your team. Josh shares real-world strategies you can use to...

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Kevin Stilwell
Dude Solutions

Transform a Product Team to Agile—and Live to Tell About It

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Friday, November 10, 2017 - 10:15am to 11:15am

The idea of transformation can be both exciting and frightening. How do we shake off old ways of thinking? What will emerge when the transformation is complete? How will I know the transformation is finished? These are questions and challenges that many product teams face as they make the transformation to agile.

Kevin Stilwell shares his experience and techniques for shaking off old paradigms and practices to break the organizational “muscle memory” that exists in many companies. What emerges will be a high performing product team—and the reward will be well worth the effort.

Kevin Stilwell
Dude Solutions
Josh Anderson
Broadvine

The Yin & Yang of Agile Success at Dude Solutions

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Friday, November 10, 2017 - 11:30am to 12:00pm

In this mini-panel discussion Kevin Stilwell and Josh Anderson share their from-the-ground-up experiences building an agile organization and field participants’ questions. From their unique perspective Kevin and Josh share tactics and practices they used to build a high-performance agile organization. They are essentially sharing the “secret sauce” that made Dude Solutions a great example of “agile done well.”

Leverage Big Wall Planning for Truly Aligned Organizational Execution

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Friday, November 10, 2017 - 1:00pm to 2:00pm

Love it or hate it, the Scaled Agile Framework (SAFe) was found to be the most used framework for enterprise-level agility in Version One’s annual survey. That said, many aspects of SAFe—including effective portfolio management—are difficult for organizations to implement.

Laura Burke Olson shares Big Wall Planning, a technique that Ipreo uses to “seed” their release trains with high-priority, high-value, and balanced portfolio-level epics. Big Wall Planning engages all aspects of company leadership in deciding the product roadmaps. This is a huge challenge in organizations that...

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Ryan Ripley
Independent Consultant

Aligning Toward Business Agility–360° of Freedom

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Friday, November 10, 2017 - 2:15pm to 3:15pm

What happens when the product vision is unclear? Simply put, your teams struggle to build valuable features and your customers are not happy. This lack of alignment eats away not only at the value you’re trying to deliver but also at your customers’ good will—and it can demoralize your teams.

Ryan Ripley examines the why behind your current practices and shows you how the agile values, principles, and ceremonies of an agile organization are designed to create and maintain alignment all the way from customers to individual team members. Drawing from real-world examples, Ryan explains...

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