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Conference Schedule

Sunday, November 5

Continental Breakfast—7:30am–8:30am
7:30 am to 8:30 am
Registration Desk Hours—7:30am–10:00am
7:30 am to 10:00 am
Multi-day Training Classes Begin—8:30am–5:00pm
8:30 am to 5:00 pm
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Fundamentals of DevOps Certification—ICAgile *SOLD OUT*
Brian Hicks
8:30 am to 5:30 pm

DevOps combines development, testing, and operations and includes continuous integration, automated testing, continuous delivery, and rapid deployment practices. Because DevOps practices require confidence in nearly all changes, automated testing is an essential ingredient that is integrated into the process and relied upon for enforcement of quality gates and to ensure overall delivery quality. This two-day course will teach you how to avoid the common mistakes of DevOps implementations and to leverage DevOps best practices. Test professionals, operations engineers, developers, project managers, and business owners will all benefit from this curriculum.

 

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Software Tester Certification—Foundation Level
Dawn Haynes
8:30 am to 5:30 pm

Delivered by leading experts in the testing industry, Software Tester Certification—Foundation Level is an accredited training course to prepare you for the ISTQB® Certified Tester—Foundation Level CTFL) exam. ISTQB® is the only internationally accepted certification for software testing and has granted more than 450,000 certifications in more than 110 countries around the world. In this three-day course, you’ll learn the basic skills required of a software test professional and how testing fits into software development. This course is appropriate for those new to the testing profession and those seeking ISTQB® certification in software testing. 

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Certified Scrum Product Owner
Arlen Bankston
8:30 am to 5:30 pm

This two-day Certified Scrum Product Owner certification course gives you the skills to assume the hardest role in Scrum, a Product Owner. Taught by leading agile practitioners, the focus on this course is providing real-world techniques that have been proven effective by product owners in hundreds of actual projects. Business customers, product managers, and line managers will benefit from this training. Upon completion, successful participants are registered as a Certified Scrum Product Owner (CSPO) with a two-year membership in the Scrum Alliance® (www.scrumalliance.org).

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Agile Tester Certification
Mike Sowers
8:30 am to 5:30 pm

Agile software practices are being employed within many development organizations worldwide, and as a result, many testers struggle to understand the agile development process and their place in it. In Agile Tester Certification, both novice and experienced testers learn the fundamentals of agile development, the role of the tester in the agile team, and the agile testing processes. Learn technical and team skills testers need for success in the world of agile development, as well as the techniques of Test-Driven Development (TDD), Acceptance Test-Driven Development (ATDD) and Behavior-Driven Development (BDD) during this two-day course. All participants are expected to have experience in or knowledge of agile development fundamentals.  

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Certified ScrumMaster Training
Bob Payne
8:30 am to 5:30 pm
This two-day Certified ScrumMaster® Training prepares you both to gain your ScrumMaster certification, and more importantly, to utilize it in complex situations and projects. Upon completion, you'll be eligible to take an exam allowing you to become a Certified ScrumMaster® (CSM), which includes a two-year membership in the Scrum Alliance®, where valuable ScrumMaster materials and information are available exclusively to CSMs.
 
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Fundamentals of Agile Certification—ICAgile
Jeffery Payne
8:30 am to 5:30 pm
Learn what agile is all about, why agile works, and how to effectively plan and develop software using agile principles. Upon completion of this course, successful attendees will be certified by the International Consortium for Agile (ICAgile), awarded the ICAgile Professional designation (ICP).
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Leading SAFe–SAFe Agilist Certification Training
Roland Cuellar
8:30 am to 5:30 pm
Gain the knowledge necessary to lead an enterprise agile transformation by leveraging the Scaled Agile Framework, and its underlying principles of lean thinking, and product development flow. This two-day course meets the education prerequisite for the Leading SAFe—Scaled Agilist Certification exam.
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Agile Test Automation—ICAgile
Rob Sabourin
8:30 am to 5:00 pm

Explore the many ways automation supports agile testing in this two-day course with real-world, vendor-neutral examples of agile test automation approaches and tools. In addition, successful attendees are awarded the ICAgile Certified Professional in Agile Test Automation (ICP-ATA).

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Certified Agile Leadership
Sanjiv Augustine
8:30 am to 5:30 pm

Begin the journey toward agile leadership in this two-day workshop focused on the role, responsibilities and reasons for being an agile leader. 

Lunch 12:00pm-1:00pm
12:00 pm to 1:00 pm
Training Classes Continue—1:00pm–5:00pm
1:00 pm to 5:00 pm
Registration Desk Hours—4:00pm–6:00pm
4:00 pm to 6:00 pm

Monday, November 6

Registration Desk Hours—7:00am–4:30pm
7:00 am to 4:30 pm
Continental Breakfast—7:30am–8:30am
7:30 am to 8:30 am
Multi-day Training Classes Continue—8:30am–5:00pm
8:30 am to 5:00 pm
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Tutorial MA Git and GitHub for Developers and Testers Preview
Wilson Mar
8:30 am to 4:30 pm

Skill with Git and GitHub is now a common requirement for jobs because Git is entrenched in the majority of development and operations organizations. Git gives testers unprecedented visibility into the inner workings of software and configuration code. But Git's intricate commands can be confusing. GitHub collaboration and code review capabilities are revolutionary. New rules are needed to avoid frustration. In this hands-on tutorial, Wilson Mar presents material available nowhere else to clarify the structure of tools, repositories, and GUI programs used by the pros. The culmination of...Read more

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Tutorial MC Service Virtualization for Faster Development and Testing Preview
Wayne Ariola, Alexander Mohr
8:30 am to 12:00 pm

An agile development mantra— Test early and test continuously —is rapidly becoming the mantra for DevOps as the business demands frequent releases of compelling functionality. As testers, our efforts to “shift left” and support continuous integration with automated (and manual) tests are disrupted by a number of factors. Access to constrained system components is one of the greatest challenges. Research has found that an application under test interacts on average with more than fifty separate components—less than half of which are reliably available when testing. So, how can we ensure...Read more

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Tutorial MB Risk Management—for Adults Preview
Tim Lister
8:30 am to 12:00 pm

“We’ll deal with that … if and when it happens.” Most of us are good at risk management in our personal lives, so why can’t we handle risk management well in the office? Our work is full of risk, uncertainty, assumptions, and expectations. Decisions often have to be made with only limited information. We have to deal with all of this. And if we don’t manage our risk at work, time will. To actually practice risk management, Tim Lister introduces his Hurricane Model of Uncertainty. He explains his favorite way of performing risk analysis and risk assessment, discusses why estimation is a key...Read more

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Tutorial MD Requirements Engineering for Developers and Testers—and Everyone Preview
Erik van Veenendaal
8:30 am to 12:00 pm

Developers, testers, and other stakeholders often participate in requirement reviews, scanning documents for ambiguity and testability, and then using these requirements as the basis of their activities. In an agile environment, many contribute to the development of user stories and acceptance criteria. Erik van Veenendaal believes that unfortunately many of these participants have little knowledge or skill in real requirements engineering. What level of quality and detail is realistic to expect for requirements and user stories? What does testability really mean? How can developers and...Read more

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Tutorial ME Lean/Agile Data-Driven Decisions Demystified Preview
Larry Maccherone
8:30 am to 12:00 pm

For many agile practitioners, software metrics beyond a burndown chart are little understood or, perhaps, very scary because poor metrics can be worse than no metrics. In this enlightening session, Larry Maccherone explores how you and your organization can use metrics to bring management and lean/agile teams closer rather than allowing metrics to become a wedge that drives them into conflict. Larry covers the entire lifecycle of the metrics process—from metric selection to reporting data. Join Larry to gain an understanding of a wide range of concepts including common (101-level) metrics...Read more

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Tutorial MF Lean Software Development: Principles and Practices Preview
3.25
Ken Pugh
8:30 am to 12:00 pm

Lean software engineering emphasizes continuous delivery of high quality applications. Ken Pugh explains the principles and practices that form the basis of lean software development—concentrating on developing a continuous flow by eliminating delays and loopbacks; delivering quickly by developing in small batches; emphasizing high quality which decreases delays due to defect repair; making policies, process and progress transparent; optimizing the whole rather than individual steps; and becoming more efficient by decreasing waste. Ken describes lean’s emphasis on cycle time...Read more

Lunch 12:00pm-1:00pm
12:00 pm to 1:00 pm
Full-Day Tutorials Continue (1:00pm–4:30pm)
1:00 pm to 4:30 pm
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Tutorial MJ Docker Jumpstart: Concepts, Features, and Real-World Examples Preview
Aater Suleman
1:00 pm to 4:30 pm

Docker, a mechanism for low-overhead virtualization, is emerging as a key aspect of DevOps architecture. Interest in Docker—with its lightweight, portable, “build once, configure once, and run anywhere” containers—is growing. If you want to jumpstart your Docker skills, join Aater Suleman to gain first-hand knowledge to help your organization streamline workflows, speed up product releases, and reduce hardware investments. He discusses the basics of Docker: concepts, terminology, commands, must-know features, and real-world examples of Docker projects. Aater presents and demonstrates best...Read more

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Tutorial MG Leading Successful Organizational Change Efforts Preview
3.25
Jennifer Bonine
1:00 pm to 4:30 pm

Has this happened to you? You try to implement a change in your organization, and it doesn’t get the support you thought it would. And, to make matters worse, you can't figure out why. Or, you have a great idea but can’t get the resources required for successful implementation. Jennifer Bonine shares a toolkit of techniques to help you determine which ideas will—and will not—work within your organization. This toolkit includes five rules for organizational change management, a checklist to help you determine the type of change process needed in your organization, techniques for...Read more

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Tutorial MI Get Started with Acceptance Test-Driven Development Preview
Ken Pugh
1:00 pm to 4:30 pm

Defining, understanding, and agreeing on the scope of work to be done is often an area of discomfort for product managers, developers, and quality assurance experts alike. The origin of many items living in our defect tracking systems can be traced to our difficulty performing these initial activities. Ken Pugh introduces acceptance test-driven development (ATDD), explains why it works, and outlines the different roles team members play in the process. ATDD improves communication among customers, developers, and testers. By decreasing re-work, ATDD has proven to dramatically...Read more

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Tutorial MH Essential Patterns of Mature Agile Teams Preview
Bob Galen
1:00 pm to 4:30 pm

Many teams have a relatively easy time adopting the tactical aspects of agile methodologies. Usually a few classes, some tools introduction, and a bit of practice lead teams toward a fairly efficient and effective agile adoption. However, these teams often get “stuck” and begin to regress or simply start going through the motions—neither maximizing their agile performance nor delivering as much value as they could. Borrowing from his experience and lean software development methods, Bob Galen examines essential patterns—the thinking models of mature agile teams—so you can model...Read more

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Tutorial MK Scrum: Answering the Tough Questions Preview
3.25
Ryan Ripley
1:00 pm to 4:30 pm

You attend the two-day Scrum certification courses, pass your exam, and return to your team as a newly minted ScrumMaster—ready to take on the world. Then reality sets in. Your organization doesn’t understand the changes they are being asked to make, the developers have not bought in to agile practices, and your product owner has not been seen for days. Now what? Ryan Ripley addresses the most often asked—but seldom discussed—questions that ScrumMasters face during their projects. These questions range from What is management’s role on a scrum project? to How do we manage dependencies...Read more

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Tutorial ML Lean Usability Testing Preview
Erik van Veenendaal
1:00 pm to 4:30 pm

It is curious that, while at least 40 percent of developed software code is directly or indirectly related to the user-interface, we still only dedicate a small percentage of our test effort to usability testing. Unfortunately, those testing for usability often lack the knowledge, skill, or time for this type of testing. In the agile era, everything needs to be result-focused, low on documentation, and highly efficient, which minimizes the focus on usability testing even more. To address this problem, Erik van Veenendaal presents a hands-on tutorial that introduces you to a number...Read more

Registration Desk Hours—Closes at 4:30pm
4:30 pm

Tuesday, November 7

Registration Desk Hours—7:30am–5:00pm
7:30 am to 5:00 pm
Continental Breakfast—7:30am–8:30am
7:30 am to 8:30 am
Multi-day Training Classes Continue—8:30am–5:00pm
8:30 am to 5:00 pm
Full- and Half-Day Tutorials (8:30am–12:00pm)
8:30 am to 12:00 pm
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Tutorial TA Stop Talking about DevOps: Start Applying Continuous Delivery Practices Preview
3.25
Max Griffiths, Elise McCallum
8:30 am to 4:30 pm

DevOps. You think you need it because the market is telling you so, but the market is confused (and self-perpetuating). Agile, continuous delivery, and DevOps all promise the same dream—improved time to market through incremental delivery of quality software. So where should you focus? Max Griffiths begins by distinguishing DevOps from the other approaches and, rather than wrangling new words for old problems, helps refocus how to measure success. How long does it take you to commit and deliver code? Max shows how you can measure this through Value Stream Mapping, a crucial tool used to...Read more

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Tutorial TB The Architecture of Microservices Preview
6.50
Mark Richards
8:30 am to 4:30 pm

Microservices—one of the latest software architecture styles—promises to deliver benefits such as fast and easy deployment, ease of testing, fine-grained scalability, architectural modularity, and high overall agility. Unfortunately, these benefits are coupled with a lot of complexity. In this product-agnostic architecture tutorial, Mark Richards provides you with an understanding of the microservices architecture style and what hybrids and alternatives exist. This helps you make the right architecture and design decisions for your organization. Mark discusses the core concepts of the...Read more

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Tutorial TE What DevOps Means for Testers Preview
3.25
Jeffery Payne
8:30 am to 12:00 pm

DevOps is more than a buzzword or a passing fad. It's a radically new approach to rapidly deliver high-quality software applications. However, many organizations don’t fully grasp the magnitude of this change or what it means for everyone involved in the software development lifecycle. Jeffery Payne says that DevOps—when done right—drives higher quality and efficiency into software development, software testing, and application management activities. It empowers teams to remove impediments to quality and productivity throughout the entire software lifecycle. However, when DevOps is done...Read more

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Tutorial TC Essential Patterns of Mature Agile Leaders Preview
3.25
Bob Galen
8:30 am to 12:00 pm

Currently much of agile adoption—coaching, advice, techniques, and training—revolves around agile teams. Leaders are typically ignored, marginalized, or, in the worst cases, vilified. Bob Galen contends that there is a central and important role for managers and effective leadership within agile environments. In this tutorial, explore the patterns of mature agile managers and leaders—those who understand servant leadership and how to effectively support, grow, coach, and empower their agile teams in ways that increase the team’s performance, accountability, and engagement....Read more

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Tutorial TG What You Need to be SAFe: Implementing Enterprise Agile Preview
3.25
Francie Van Wirkus, Claudia Marquette
8:30 am to 12:00 pm

Maybe you are curious about SAFe—what it’s all about and why you might adopt it. Perhaps your organization is heading toward—or in the middle of—a SAFe transformation and you have questions. If so, join Francie Van Wirkus and Claudia Marquette as they discuss SAFe. Learn to use a proven inquiry strategy, designed to help you and your stakeholders have productive discussions about your work, its current state and its ideal state, and your customers. When you better understand the flow of your work, and you understand all of the customers who derive value from it, you can make...Read more

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Tutorial TD Thinking Inside the Box: Root Cause Analysis with the Six Boxes Preview
3.25
James Waletzky
8:30 am to 12:00 pm

Improving business and user value delivery, quality, efficiency, and productivity of your software engineering team is a noble undertaking. However, poor productivity, quality issues, failing to meet commitments, and general team inefficiencies are still commonplace. And at the root of most of these problems? James Waletzky says it is those highly imperfect creatures—humans. To go about fixing the problems, we must discover the root causes, not just the symptoms, and those are not always obvious. In this hands-on tutorial, James focuses on the methodology of Human Performance Improvement (...Read more

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Tutorial TF Advanced Test Automation in Agile Development Preview
3.25
Rob Sabourin
8:30 am to 12:00 pm

Agile teams are charged with delivering potentially shippable software at the end of each iteration. In fact, some high-performing agile teams with advanced automation can ship working software every day. They achieve regression confidence with extensive automated test suites and other advanced practices. Rob Sabourin shares automation techniques to improve story and feature testing, exploratory testing, and regression testing. Explore ways to fully integrate testing into agile delivery teams by combining test-driven development (TDD) techniques, precise test and tool selection,...Read more

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Tutorial TH Plan, Architect, and Implement Test Automation within the Lifecycle Preview
3.25
Mike Sowers
8:30 am to 12:00 pm

In test automation, we often must use several tools that have been developed or acquired over time—with little consideration of an overall plan or architecture and without considering the need for integration. As a result, productivity suffers and frustrations increase. Join Mike Sowers as he shares experiences from multiple organizations in creating an integrated test automation plan and developing a test automation architecture. Mike discusses both the good (engaging the technical architecture team) and the bad (too much isolation between test automators and test designers) on his test...Read more

Lunch 12:00pm-1:00pm
12:00 pm to 1:00 pm
Full- and Half-Day Tutorials Continue (1:00pm–4:30pm)
1:00 pm to 4:30 pm
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Tutorial TI Agile Project Failures: Root Causes and Corrective Actions Preview
3.25
Jeffery Payne
1:00 pm to 4:30 pm

Agile initiatives always begin with high expectations—accelerate delivery, meet customer needs, and improve software quality. The truth is that many agile projects do not deliver on some or all of these expectations. If you want help to ensure the success of your agile project or to get an agile project back on track, this tutorial is for you. Jeffery Payne discusses the most common causes of agile project failure and how you can avoid these issues or mitigate their damaging effects. Poor project management, ineffective requirements development, failed communications, software development...Read more

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Tutorial TJ Rethinking Your Retrospectives Preview
3.25
Ryan Ripley
1:00 pm to 4:30 pm

The retrospective is the most important ceremony that an agile team performs. Continuous improvement ideas, team health concerns, organizational impediments, and shared wins are brought to light and explored during a retrospective. This is the heart of agile. If you aren’t doing retrospectives, you’re missing an incredible opportunity to collaborate and improve as a team. Learn how to get started with retrospectives and take away solid action items to get this important tool implemented on your team. For those already using retrospectives—but still unsure how to get the most out of them—we...Read more

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Tutorial TK The Tester’s (New) Role in Agile Development Preview
3.25
Rob Sabourin
1:00 pm to 4:30 pm

Avoiding siloed development is a tricky business. It’s so easy for agile teams to fall into the rut in which testers only do traditional testing activities, and programmers strictly do their time-worn coding activities. Rob Sabourin shares a number of examples of how testing skills can be applied to a wide variety of activities in an agile project. Testers are among the most skilled team members in story grooming, elicitation, and exploration. Risk analysis in self-organized agile teams empowers testers to drive design decisions. A tester’s affinity analysis skills help clear the way for...Read more

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Tutorial TL Leading Your Agile Transformation: A Workshop Preview
3.25
Ray Arell
1:00 pm to 4:30 pm

In the past decade agile development has become mainstream in software development and now is spreading beyond software to other domains. It is important for leaders and managers to understand how to build, develop, and lead agile teams—not just for the organization but for their own careers. Ray Arell introduces a cohesive set of methods, practices, and principles to maximize business results from agile and lean development, while also cultivating a workplace where people thrive. The workshop topics are highly dynamic and customizable, and more than 80 percent of the discussion will be...Read more

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Tutorial TM Project Patterns: From Adrenaline Junkies to Template Zombies Preview
3.25
Tim Lister
1:00 pm to 4:30 pm

Tim Lister, along with five of his partners at the Atlantic Systems Guild, have compiled project patterns from their combined 150 years of consulting, and have described them in their Jolt Award winning book, Adrenalin Junkies and Template Zombies: Understanding Patterns of Project Behavior . We all talk about best practices but only a tiny minority of organizations actually practice them all. Not to worry, think of “best practices” for human health. We know all about them, but very few of us actually practice them all. Maybe if someone did arduously practice all health practices, they...Read more

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Tutorial TN The Lost Art of Live Communication Preview
Jennifer Bonine
1:00 pm to 4:30 pm

Have you ever been in the same room with co-workers and sent them a Slack or text message instead of having a live conversation? Many people are starting to prefer virtual or instant chat messaging to live conversations, but live communication can get better results at work. As technology professionals, we often focus more on technical skills and ignore the important communication skills. Join Jennifer Bonine to see how to make the most of—and get the best results from—your live conversations. Jennifer shares a toolkit to help you assess your core communication competencies and see how you...Read more

Welcome Reception—4:30pm–5:30pm
4:30 pm to 5:30 pm

Wednesday, November 8

Registration Desk Hours—7:00am–5:30pm
7:00 am to 5:30 pm
Continental Breakfast—7:30am–8:30am
7:30 am to 8:30 am
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Keynote K1 Intelligent Software Development, Courtesy of Intelligent Software Preview
Stephen Frein, Comcast
8:45 am to 9:45 am

The machine learning age is well underway. Today’s software can see novel patterns that humans are unable to see and improve task performance based on experience. Learning algorithms are widely used for varied purposes, including loan approval, intrusion detection, fraud prevention, risk analysis, and online sales optimization. Yet, like the proverbial cobbler who left his children shoeless, software practitioners have been slow to apply the benefits of machine learning to their own work. Join Stephen Frein for a tour of the current machine learning landscape and its most popular...Read more

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Keynote K2 You Might Be an Agile Leader If... Preview
1.00
Bob Galen, Zenergy Technologies
10:00 am to 11:00 am

In case you haven’t heard, the leadership landscape has been changing—and continues to change—to keep up with the accelerating pace of business. And agile development has been an incubator of new leadership approaches. It has introduced or fostered many innovative concepts: servant leadership, self-directed teams, empowerment, emotional intelligence, employee engagement, trust, self-selection, open spaces—and even Lean Coffee “meetings.” Channeling comedian Jeff Foxworthy, Bob Galen shares patterns and anti-patterns that surround the leadership shift to more agile tactics and the...Read more

Visit the Expo—10:30am–2:00pm
10:30 am to 2:00 pm
Networking Break—11:00am–11:30am
11:00 am to 11:30 am
Concurrent Sessions—11:30am–12:30pm
11:30 am to 12:30 pm
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Concurrent Session DW1 Operations in the Continuous Delivery Ecosystem Preview
0.50
Sumedha Ganjoo, National Instruments
11:30 am to 12:30 pm

As development teams move toward a more agile development process coupled with continuous delivery (CD), the role of operations has evolved from a support organization to an integral part of the product delivery ecosystem. Today, operations organizations need to be agile in their feature delivery, but as requests come from different stakeholders, operations must balance their investments in support tasks, urgent tooling requests, and strategic projects. Sumedha Ganjoo explains why it is important for an operations organization to move toward CD and identifies process, tools, and...Read more

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Concurrent Session DW2 Your DevOps Goal: A Culture Shift, Not Just a Toolset Implementation Preview
0.50
Patrick Turner, Small Footprint
11:30 am to 12:30 pm

Becoming a DevOps shop isn’t just about hiring DevOps engineers and implementing a new toolset. It’s about changing the culture of your organization. Patrick Turner believes that your focus for DevOps should be to bring a cultural shift throughout the organization—up to the business team and down to product delivery. Focusing on the culture shift of DevOps creates faster innovation. And all of this enables transparency in this process for those who have not had visibility in the past and encourages transparency for those who have worked behind the curtain of complexity that has...Read more

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Industry Technical Presentation ITP1 DataOps: It's so much more than Analytics Preview
Adam Bowen, Delphix
11:30 am to 12:30 pm
Understand the new concepts of DataOps How DataOps Methodologies and techniques close the date gap and imporve application project deliveryRead more
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Concurrent Session AW1 Creative Disruption: A Guide for the Perplexed Preview
1.00
Roland Cuellar, LitheSpeed
11:30 am to 12:30 pm

Fire the project managers … do DevOps … hire plenty of agile coaches. Agile leadership books, guidance, and carnival barkers abound. However, with much hype to sort through and little guidance, how can you separate the snake oil from the real thing? How can you develop a North Star to guide you through agile, DevOps, and organizational transformation? Roland Cuellar shares lessons based on two decades of experience consulting with leading executives worldwide. Rooted in a foundational philosophy of self-management that evolved into a cutting-edge approach, Roland shares an essential...Read more

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Concurrent Session AW2 Breaking Bad Scrum Preview
Ryan Ripley, Independent Consultant
11:30 am to 12:30 pm

Dozens of books address the mechanics and theory behind Scrum. And they’re great. But they offer little guidance to those who work on Scrum teams and are neck-deep in organizational dysfunction—and have no idea what to do next. This is when a team is most vulnerable and likely to slip back into old practices—including bad Scrum. Ryan Ripley helps break this cycle by taking you through the common anti-patterns that emerge when theoretical Scrum is implemented in complex organizations. Ryan explores why these anti-patterns emerge, and what we can do to “inspect and adapt” our way back to a...Read more

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Concurrent Session AW3 Rightsizing User Stories Preview
1.00
Dave Todaro, Ascendle
11:30 am to 12:30 pm

User stories and their big brothers, epics, are an excellent way to describe requirements for a software system. They act as stakes in the ground to keep track of what the system needs to do, the type of user most interested in each feature, and the reason the requirement provides value. As projects reach a certain size, stories often become too large for a team to complete within a single sprint. The solution? Split them into smaller stories, each of which can be completed within the duration of one sprint. Dave Todaro describes proven techniques to split epics and stories,...Read more

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Concurrent Session BW1 Keep Engagement High in Difficult Projects Preview
1.00
Larissa Rosochansky, IBM
11:30 am to 12:30 pm

Aggressive timelines, scope creep, changing requirements, development delays, and the imperative to finish on the imposed timeline … how can you keep your team motivated and engaged when everything seems to go wrong? Larissa Rosochansky describes the major factors of team dissatisfaction, shares techniques to uncover hidden issues, identifies the most common traps project managers fall into, and offers general tips to avoid them. Now that you understand what could be impacting your team’s performance, Larissa guides you on how to minimize the dissatisfaction and keep the team...Read more

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Concurrent Session BW2 Measure Anything: The Quality, Productivity, Predictability, and Engagement Model Preview
1.00
Anthony Crain, Blue Agility, LLC
11:30 am to 12:30 pm

Measuring software development is difficult. Measuring the return on investment (ROI) of complex initiatives (such as adopting agile) is even more difficult. One department at IBM struggled to reduce a list of 150 metrics down to a top twenty to use in consulting engagements. Through the years, nearly every one of Anthony Crain’s clients has asked him for help in proving that their teams were “getting better” at development. Nearly all of their measures were “adoption” measures showing how teams were doing agile. However, none of the metrics was focused on whether the development was...Read more

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Concurrent Session BW3 Machine Data Is EVERYWHERE: Use It for Testing Preview
Tom Chavez, Splunk
11:30 am to 12:30 pm

As more applications are hosted on servers, they produce immense quantities of logging data. Quality engineers should verify that apps are producing log data that is existent, correct, consumable, and complete. Otherwise, apps in production are not easily monitored, have issues that are difficult to detect, and cannot be corrected quickly. Tom Chavez presents the four steps that quality engineers should include in every test plan for apps that produce log output or other machine data. First, test that the data is being created. Second, ensure that the entries are correctly formatted and...Read more

Lunch in the Expo—Meet the Speakers 12:30pm–1:30pm
12:30 pm to 1:30 pm
Concurrent Sessions—1:30pm–2:30pm
1:30 pm to 2:30 pm
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Concurrent Session DW3 Stop Intermittent Test Failures that Slow the Continuous Delivery Pipeline Preview
0.50
Greg Law, Undo
1:30 pm

Intermittent failures ruin the whole premise of continuous delivery (CD). In fact, they undermine any software QA process, since they break the fundamental assumption that if your test suite passes, you are good to deploy. Automated testing can run orders of magnitude more tests than manual testing but may result in an ever growing backlog of tests that fail intermittently for reasons that aren’t understood. Whether this is embarrassing, annoying, or scary depends on your sensitivity to risk. No matter the level of your pipeline’s sophistication, you need to reproduce the defect before you...Read more

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Concurrent Session DW4 Make DevOps Work: Practices to Achieve High Quality Apps Preview
Amir Rozenberg, Perfecto Mobile
1:30 pm

Amir Rozenberg describes a pragmatic approach to help your team deliver apps to market faster while gaining insight into their behavior in production. He describes how a major bank, health care provider, and telco crossed the bridge from inefficient delivery processes. Now teams leverage Selenium automation tests to deliver quality applications that reduce churn, require less effort to support, and positively impact customer reviews. Amir details practices to accelerate application optimization by introducing production insight in sprint requirements, ensuring monitoring...Read more

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Industry Technical Presentation ITP2 Automated Testing Made Awesome with Sauce Labs Preview
Jay Epps, Sauce Labs
1:30 pm to 2:30 pm
Overview of how to run your automated Selenium tests in the Sauce Labs cloud Decrease the amount of time it takes your suite to run by executing tests in parallel Ensure your apps work all of the time with functional testing on real devicesRead more
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Concurrent Session AW4 A Customer Value-Driven Model for the Agile Enterprise Preview
1.00
Mario Moreira, Vistaprint
1:30 pm to 2:30 pm

Are you looking for ways to ensure your teams are always working on the highest customer value ideas? Do you want the ability to quickly adapt to microchanges in the market? Do you want end-to-end visibility of work across the enterprise from inception to delivery? If so, this session with Mario Moreira is for you. Discover how to operate in an agile manner at every level of your enterprise and gain the business benefits it can bring. Mario explores innovative concepts such as enterprise kanban, lean canvas, cost of delay, agile budgeting, discovery mindset, incremental thinking,...Read more

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Concurrent Session AW5 Why Won’t They Pair? Preview
1.00
Linda Cook, Project Cooks
1:30 pm to 2:30 pm

Do your developers and testers pair—and do it in the best ways? If you can answer yes, then you are among the fortunate ones who have a trusting environment where people have confidence in their work. Unfortunately, a large number of development shops don’t practice pairing in any form. Pair programing was documented in Kent Beck’s book eXtreme Programming Explained , published in 1999. So why is it that eighteen years later many developers and testers do not practice this simple yet effective programming technique? Linda Cook addresses many reasons that people don’t pair. Drawing on...Read more

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Concurrent Session AW6 Balance Discovery and Delivery with Dual-Track Agile Preview
1.00
Sean McKeever, Edgenuity
1:30 pm to 2:30 pm

Do your product teams frequently struggle to have groomed and well-defined stories ready for the developers? Do you find yourselves frequently in “feed the beast” mode to keep your development teams busy? Do your product teams have problems gaining shared understanding across product management, interaction designers, developers, and QA? If so, your product teams manifest the symptoms of single-track agile—and this session is for you. Sean McKeever explains the key steps in establishing dual-track agile methodologies at your organization, presents his experiences, and provides...Read more

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Concurrent Session BW4 The Five Common Unconscious Biases Affecting Your Team Preview
1.00
Catherine Louis, CLL-Group.com
1:30 pm to 2:30 pm

Are you having a difficult time finding female engineers to join your teams? Are you currently working on a project which seems to be going nowhere? Have you ever engaged in what you thought was customer-driven work only to later discover it was stakeholder-driven? When it comes to designing products or software that people use, or when trying to uncover precisely what’s wrong with our workplace, studying the decisions we make is critical. Surprise! Many of our decisions are not made consciously. Examining five common unconscious biases seen in development, Catherine Louis helps...Read more

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Concurrent Session BW5 Leverage Streaming Data in a Microservices Ecosystem Preview
Mark Richards, Independent Consultant
1:30 pm to 2:30 pm

Imagine a world where operational data is continuously flowing from applications and devices at an extremely high rate. Now imagine services intercepting this data and analyzing it real time. Sounds futuristic? It's not—it's here today. Mark Richards describes what streaming architecture is all about—what it is, when to use it, and how to implement it in a microservices ecosystem. Mark describes the overall ecosystem for streaming architecture—including a brief discussion about the differences in Apache Spark, Flink, and Hadoop—and then explains how Apache Kafka works. Using live coding...Read more

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Concurrent Session BW6 A Holistic Approach to Software Quality: Yes, You Can! Preview
Niranjalee Rajaratne, Third Bridge
1:30 pm to 2:30 pm

As software organizations grow, maintaining quality is vital. As digital transformation gains strength in the industry, both clients and IT demand increased delivery speed. Thus, traditional test methods are being challenged, and a paradigm shift is required that emphasizes testing and recognizes the need for expanded skill sets to meet this demand. However, quality is not all about testing. Niranjalee Rajaratne believes it is important to create a culture that supports a quality organization and understands the value it brings. She describes why we must choose and encourage processes that...Read more

Concurrent Sessions—2:45pm–3:45pm
2:45 pm to 3:45 pm
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Concurrent Session DW5 The Mass Extinction of Manual Processes: A DevOps Success Story Preview
Bill Roberts, Capital One, James La Spada, Capital One
2:45 pm to 3:45 pm

Large organizations can be filled with manual processes, and many people feel they are stuck with them. Bill Roberts and James La Spada tell the story of how Capital One used DevOps culture and kanban principles to significantly increase the speed of feature delivery—while lowering risk. Their team took the name Meteor, inspired by the big one that took out the dinosaurs, because they wanted to cause the mass extinction of these manual processes. Work at Capital One was previously completed manually, and many inefficiencies were evident. Bill and James helped drive the...Read more

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Concurrent Session DW6 My Dad Won’t Buy Me a DevOps Preview
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T.j. Randall, XebiaLabs
2:45 pm to 3:45 pm

Many IT managers find themselves banging their heads against a wall trying to get upper management to invest in DevOps. Managers see clear opportunities to implement it into their organizations but get a No from senior executives. Many managers are frustrated that, despite all the blustering in their companies about corporate initiatives for transformation, any attempt to implement improvements peters out quickly. T.j. Randall discusses the various stages of the software release pipeline. He offers a detailed demonstration of how to calculate the cost of each stage and suggests...Read more

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Concurrent Session AW7 The Top Five Agile Concepts That Most Companies Completely Miss Preview
1.00
V. Lee Henson, AgileDad
2:45 pm to 3:45 pm

Organizations claim to be going agile. Many agile leaders promise twice the results in half the time. Unfortunately, most organizations and leaders fail before they even start. In five basic concepts Lee Henson shares the reasons for their failures. First, focusing on the outcome instead of the output is critical for agile project success. Second, organizations that succeed are those that take time to eliminate technical debt and focus on test automation. Third, as organizations strive to be precise in their estimates, they are learning that time-based estimation was never...Read more

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Concurrent Session AW8 Fail Smart, Not Just Fast: Use Failure Mode and Effects Analysis (FMEA) Preview
1.00
Rob Keefer, POMIET
2:45 pm to 3:45 pm

You’re a professional project manager or ScrumMaster. Your software development projects never fail because you follow all the best practices. Right? We all know better. Unfortunately, many projects fail, and they fail due to issues outside the team's control. The reality is that we need to reconsider what failure looks like and plan for it when it happens. Rob Keefer introduces a tool—Failure Mode and Effects Analysis (FMEA)—that has been used in engineering disciplines for many years and successfully applied to software development project management. FMEA shines a light on the...Read more

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Concurrent Session AW9 They Said, We Said: Bridge the Communication Gap with Behavior-Driven Development Preview
1.00
Sheetal Patel, The Vanguard Group
2:45 pm to 3:45 pm

Have you heard that only 36 percent of business features built into software are actually used by end users? And why do we get functionality that fails to work as expected? One of the age-old problems between IT and our clients is that we don’t speak the same language. Sheetal Patel shares her experience of how behavior-driven development (BDD) introduces the bridge of common language that both IT and non-technical, business clients can speak to build the right product. Sheetal explains how collaborating on agile teams with BDD gains a common understanding among developers,...Read more

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Industry Technical Presentation ITP3 Use the Right Tool for the Job to Get Your Backlog into Production Preview
Steve Sherman, Coactive
2:45 pm to 3:45 pm
CIOs and those managing development efforts have more to do than ever, so they must manage work accordingly. Understand key decision points to select the right technology options to get the right productivity from the right tools. Explore decision points to choose between traditional development and RAD/No Code/Low Code options, and take a closer look at the Coactive aPaaS application development platform.Read more
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Concurrent Session BW7 A Lean Tour of Lean Software Development Preview
1.00
Ken Pugh, Ken Pugh, Inc.
2:45 pm to 3:45 pm

Lean software development has been described as “better, faster, cheaper” and focused on “eliminating waste,” but those are misnomers. Going after speed improvement and waste elimination can actually reduce the benefits you might otherwise get from lean. Ken Pugh describes what lean software development really is and why you should be incorporating it into your development efforts—whether you use Scrum, kanban, or SAFe. Ken explains the mindset, principles, and practices of lean. Its foundations are systems thinking, a relentless focus on time, and an understanding that complex systems...Read more

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Concurrent Session BW8 Hands-On Machine Learning Using the R Language Preview
Stephen Frein, Comcast
2:45 pm to 3:45 pm

After you hear Stephen Frein's keynote on intelligent software, join him for a hands-on tour of machine learning techniques. Using the free R language and the RStudio IDE, Stephen guides you through a sampling of machine learning techniques and discusses how these techniques can be used for both understanding and prediction. Follow along as he extracts data from online sources and builds machine learning models in real time to predict numeric values, assign classifications, and categorize textual sources of information. Experiment with the demonstrated methods by modifying the code and...Read more

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Concurrent Session BW9 Word Smatter: Exploring Semantics, Testers, and Problems Preview
Damian Synadinos, Ineffable Solutions
2:45 pm to 3:45 pm

“Testers [do|don’t] (help) [prevent|detect] problems.” Throughout his career, Damian Synadinos has encountered many variations of this phrase, which uses just a few small words to express many big ideas. It is important to understand what each word means individually to better understand the ideas they convey collectively. The study of the meaning in words is semantics. Damian begins with a brief and broad overview of semantics and some related ideas, which set the stage for deep analysis of each individual word and its potential meaning. We consider: Testers—What might this word mean in...Read more

Visit the Expo—3:30pm–6:30pm
3:30 pm to 6:30 pm
Networking Break—03:45pm–04:15pm
3:45 pm to 4:15 pm
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Keynote K3 Lightning Strikes the Keynotes Preview
Bob Galen, Zenergy Technologies
4:15 pm to 5:15 pm

Throughout the years, Lightning Talks have been a popular part of the STAR testing conferences. Now, they’ve come to the combined Agile Dev, Better Software, and DevOps conferences too. If you’re not familiar with the concept, Lightning Talks consist of a series of five-minute talks by different speakers within one presentation period. Lightning Talks are the opportunity for speakers to deliver their single biggest bang-for-the-buck idea in a rapid-fire presentation. Some of the best-known experts will step up to the podium and give you their best shot of lightning. Get multiple keynote...Read more

Reception in the Expo Hall 5:30pm–6:30pm
5:30 pm to 6:30 pm

Thursday, November 9

Continental Breakfast—7:30am–8:30am
7:30 am to 8:30 am
Registration Desk Hours—8:00am–5:30pm
8:00 am to 5:30 pm
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Keynote K4 Change Your Focus: From Speed and Efficiency to High Customer Value Preview
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Ray Arell, nuAgility, LLC
8:45 am to 9:45 am

For decades, product development has been focused largely on the speed and efficiency of delivery. So now we are stuck in the quagmire of talking about the methods and activities of delivery rather than focusing on the true goal—delivering high value to the customer. Ray Arell shares an evolutionary process to refocus both traditional and agile lifecycles. He describes a more dynamic way of defining value and addressing the needs of the customer, the business, and the developers. Ray provides practical examples of how to identify opportunities, expand concepts, and deliver high-value...Read more

Concurrent Sessions—10:00am–11:00am
10:00 am to 11:00 am
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Concurrent Session DT1 Fundamentals of Docker Preview
Korey Earl, ThoughtWorks
10:00 am to 11:00 am

Docker seems to be taking the IT world by storm. But why all the excitement about yet another virtual machine technology? Because Docker is much more. Korey Earl says that Docker solves many DevOps challenges including process isolation, build once-deploy anywhere, and automated scaling without the resource overhead that comes with virtual machines. Docker can improve resource utilization, infrastructure agility, and the transition from development to operations, allowing IT organizations to support the business rather than holding it back. Join Korey as he reviews the basics of the Docker...Read more

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Concurrent Session DT2 DevSecOps Manifesto and Process Model for Secure Applications Preview
Larry Maccherone, Independent Consultant
10:00 am to 11:00 am

The bad guys don't break in through the highly secure bank vault door; they attack the crumbly bricks and mortar of the vault walls. The same is true for application security. The vast majority of incidents don't target security features like encryption, authentication, and authorization. Rather, the target is vulnerabilities in the boring, non-secure parts of the code. In many organizations, the security function is still largely thrown-over-the-wall, but things are changing. Larry Maccherone believes we cannot prevent the vast majority of incidents with a bolt-on approach to security. We...Read more

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Concurrent Session AT1 We Are Doing Agile But, But, But … Preview
1.00
Gitte Ottosen, Sogeti Denmark
10:00 am to 11:00 am

“We are doing agile, but the only tests we do in a sprint are unit tests” or “We are doing agile, but we have a hardening phase at the end, which is really more of a system integration test” or “We are doing agile, but testing is done by a separate test team.” Sound familiar? Gitte Ottosen says that these agile transition failures prevent teams from getting the maximum value out of the agile context. Failing to create a mindset and environment where quality is built-in continuously and testing is an integrated part of the development lifecycle are risks not only to quality in classical...Read more

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Concurrent Session AT2 Awesome Agile and How We Did It: Halogen’s Journey Preview
1.00
Karen Holliday, Halogen Software
10:00 am to 11:00 am

Many organizations struggle to achieve predictable, high quality software delivery. However, agile software processes are not prescriptive, and we recognize that processes are continuously evolving to improve delivery, consistency, and quality. Karen Holliday describes the challenges that Halogen Software experienced in the past five years as they moved from waterfall delivery to the agile/scrum development model. Karen shares the strategies implemented at Halogen that have led to a string of five on-time quality releases—including two early releases. Learn how to plan in an agile (ALM)...Read more

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Concurrent Session AT3 Agile Testing Is All about Risk—Not Bugs and Quality Preview
1.00
Heather Fullen, Infinite Energy
10:00 am to 11:00 am

Many organizations make huge investments in software testing, and unfortunately they often don’t understand or extract full value from these activities. This can lead to testing being viewed as a mere formality or necessary evil within an organization. Fortunately, we can deliver more value with relatively minor adjustments to our approaches. The transition to agile practices provides a natural opportunity for test specialists and others to put these adjustments into practice. Plan-driven approaches can also be adjusted to increase the value delivered from testing activities....Read more

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Concurrent Session BT1 To Estimate or Not to Estimate, is that the Question? Preview
1.00
Matthew Phillip, ThoughtWorks
10:00 am to 11:00 am

Wondering what NoEstimates means in practice, or why you would want to move toward NoEstimates? Perhaps you’ve heard the buzz or read Vasco Duarte’s book. Maybe you simply want to understand how you can spend less time estimating and more time delivering working software—all while providing your customers with some understanding of predictability. If so, Matthew Phillip will help you understand through lessons learned with NoEstimates what and to what degree different factors influence delivery time. Join Matthew to learn how to move from upfront intuition-based estimates to create a data-...Read more

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Concurrent Session BT2 It's All in Your Head: Use Neuroscience to Improve Performance Preview
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Faye Thompson, CareWorks Tech
10:00 am to 11:00 am

We humans process millions of bits of information each day. In order to handle that data load, our brains have developed shortcuts to take advantage of patterns, shared knowledge, and experience. Unfortunately, sometimes those shortcuts lead us astray, causing us to draw inaccurate conclusions. Faye Thompson says these shortcuts are amplified when we bring together a team of people, all trying to work together. Understanding how and why our brains take shortcuts to process all the incoming data can help us recognize when it's happening, take measures to correct our course, and even use...Read more

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Concurrent Session BT3 Task-Oriented Unit Testing for Agile and Traditional Projects Preview
1.00
Rob Sabourin, AmiBug.com
10:00 am to 11:00 am

Developers are charged with developing software at lightning speed, often using new and unreliable technologies. Rob Sabourin shares a task-oriented method for organizing unit testing to help programmers and other team members get to consistently done working code, testing beyond the code. Rob approaches unit testing from the viewpoint of completing all the technical work required to fulfill a requirement, exercising the entire vertical technology stack and going beyond raw code. Programmers learn when and how unit test design can be implemented blending white box and black box techniques...Read more

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Industry Technical Presentation ITP4 Explore Building Your Tool Kit: Testing and Continuous Integration for Mobile Preview
Jamie Moore, Mobile Labs
10:00 am to 11:00 am
The benefits of leveraging open-source and commercials tools for test automation, such as Appium, HP-UFT, etc. Tips for choosing the best automation and continuous delivery tools for your enterprise mobility team Ways to simplify mobile development, testing, continuous delivery, and device sharing using a mobile device cloudRead more
Visit the Expo—10:30am–3:00pm
10:30 am to 3:00 pm
Networking Break—11:00am–11:30am
11:00 am to 11:30 am
Concurrent Sessions—11:30am–12:30pm
11:30 am to 12:30 pm
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Concurrent Session DT3 Microservices and Docker at Scale: The PB&J of Modern Systems Preview
Anders Wallgren, Electric Cloud
11:30 am to 12:30 pm

After predominantly being used in the build/test stage, Docker has matured and is expanding into production deployment. Similarly, microservices are expanding from greenfield web services to use throughout the enterprise as organizations explore ways to decompose their monolithic systems to support faster release cycles. Anders Wallgren says running microservices-based systems in a containerized environment makes a lot of sense—both for build and test, and from a runtime perspective in production. This makes Docker and microservices natural companions, forming the foundation for modern...Read more

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Concurrent Session DT4 Measure DevOps for Objective Continuous Improvement Practices Preview
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Logan Daigle, VersionOne
11:30 am to 12:30 pm

Logan Daigle says DevOps has brought about unprecedented changes in the way organizations solve problems and break down silos. DevOps is empowering employees to automate expensive processes and leverage the power of cross-functional teams to benefit development and operations culture. DevOps is helping bridge a culture gap and focuses on providing shorter feedback loops with more responsiveness to failure. But are we missing something here? Do we really know how much all of these process and automation improvements cost? Do we really know if we are improving our products,...Read more

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Industry Technical Presentation ITP5 Docker, .NET Core, and macOS: An Unusual, Hands-on Introduction to Docker Preview
Brian White, Small Footprint Inc.
11:30 am to 12:30 pm
Introduction to Docker and .NET Core (on a Mac) Step-by-step walk through on how to get started (hands-on, bring your laptops) How to integrate this in your development projects and teamsRead more
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Concurrent Session AT4 Sustaining Agility—After the Consultants Leave Preview
1.00
Susan Lin, Enable Agile
11:30 am to 12:30 pm

Organizations transitioning to agile often hire external consultants to help them become more agile. However, what tends to happen six months after the consultants leave is that the organization is often left with more—and different—problems than they had before. Susan Lin says this happens because the organization was not set-up to deal with the new challenges. Susan shares the Help Agility Stay framework and shows how you can help your organization grow and sustain agility by applying the three main principles of the framework—create a shared vision of agility, co-create a...Read more

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Concurrent Session AT5 Put Agile to the Test: A Case Study for Test Agility on a Large IT Project Preview
1.00
Todd Jones, Westfield Insurance
11:30 am to 12:30 pm

Agile practices, although applicable to a variety of situations, are most commonly applied to IT projects, generally for software development. Can you apply agile methods to just part of a software implementation project? Todd Jones presents this case study where agile techniques were applied to the testing phase of a multiyear, multimillion-dollar IT program that included replacing a legacy system, new software development, creation of a new enterprise data model and document management solution, and complex financial balancing. After briefly describing the challenges faced by...Read more

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Concurrent Session AT6 Discover Your Team’s Values with LEGO® Serious Play® Preview
1.00
Paul Wynia, Strategic Play USA
11:30 am to 12:30 pm

Creating a cohesive team doesn’t require knowledge of dark arts or forbidden rituals. In fact, under the right circumstances, it can even be fun! Using exercises built around the LEGO® Serious Play® (LSP) methodologies, Paul Wynia explores techniques that ensure full team engagement and collaboration resulting in more meaningful discussions. Working as teams, discover Team Values using a series of individual and collaborative LSP builds. Once the Team Values are defined, use them to guide your team’s behaviors. These are finally turned into the Team Working Agreement, a powerful tool for...Read more

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Concurrent Session BT4 Use Mind Maps to Increase Team Velocity and Communication Preview
1.00
Jennifer Bonine, tap|QA
11:30 am to 12:30 pm

Ever sit in a strategy review session and get little or no participation from others? Or feel like you left a planning session with a different understanding of what was agreed to? If you feel there must be a more effective way to communicate important information around your strategy and plans and you want a better way to document it so your stakeholders will both understand and engage in providing useful feedback, Jennifer Bonine has a solution for you. Join Jennifer as she describes mind mapping tools and techniques and explore how mind maps can help increase team velocity and...Read more

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Concurrent Session BT5 Risk Aware, Not Risk Averse Preview
1.00
Siva Katir, PlayFab, Inc.
11:30 am to 12:30 pm

Most of us dread failures. But things go wrong. We can become paralyzed by the fear of being the creator of the next outage or critical bug. After a failure, we often hold a postmortem, but this rarely addresses how we can be more proactive in preventing catastrophes. Considering our missteps, failures, and outright crash and burns, we can learn how to ask the right questions at the right time. Siva Katir has thirteen years of experience causing and surviving failures—from the mundane to the maddening. Siva shares the lessons he has learned analyzing his, his co-workers, and his...Read more

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Concurrent Session BT6 Automation Anti-Patterns: Deal with Them Preview
Dave Westerveld, Ansys, Inc.
11:30 am to 12:30 pm

Automation is vital to modern testing. But if you listen to what testers complain about, problems with test automation is a recurring theme. We complain about how hard it is to add, run, or change tests. We grumble about how difficult it is to keep up with developers who keep breaking tests and bemoan the number of bugs missed by our automation. Dave Westerveld digs into some of these frustrations and shares real-life examples of automation anti-patterns. These include test bloat and some of the reasons for it, or what happens if we don't leverage automation in the right places....Read more

Lunch in the Expo—Meet the Speakers 12:30pm–1:30pm
12:30 pm to 1:30 pm
Concurrent Sessions—1:30pm–2:30pm
1:30 pm to 2:30 pm
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Concurrent Session DT5 Databases in a Continuous Integration/Delivery Process Preview
Steve Jones, Redgate Software
1:30 pm to 2:30 pm

DevOps is transforming software development with many organizations adopting lean development practices, implementing continuous integration (CI), and performing regular continuous deployment (CD) to their production environments. However, the database is largely ignored and often seen as a bottleneck in the DevOps process. Steve Jones discusses the challenges of database development and why many developers find the database to be an impediment to the CD process. Steve shares the techniques you can use to fit a database into the DevOps process. Learn how to store database code in...Read more

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Concurrent Session DT6 A Business-First Approach to DevOps Implementation Preview
Leon Fayer, OmniTI
1:30 pm to 2:30 pm

DevOps is a cultural shift aimed at streamlining intergroup communication and improving operational efficiency for development and operations groups. Over time, inclusion of other IT groups under the DevOps umbrella has become the norm for many organizations. But even broadening the boundaries of DevOps, the conversation has been largely devoid of the business units’ place at the table. A common mistake organizations make while going through the DevOps transformation is drawing a line at the IT boundary. If that occurs, a larger, more inclusive silo within the organization is created,...Read more

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Concurrent Session AT7 Scale: The Most Hyped Term in Agile Development Today Preview
1.00
Dave West, Scrum.org
1:30 pm to 2:30 pm

Scrum is everywhere. More than 90 percent of agile teams use it. But for many organizations wanting to scale agile, one team using Scrum is not enough. Dave West says the Nexus Framework, created by Ken Schwaber, the co-creator of Scrum, provides an exoskeleton for Scrum. Nexus allows multiple teams to work together to produce an integrated increment regularly. It addresses the key challenges of scaling agile development by adding new yet minimal events, artifacts, and roles to the Scrum framework. Dave discusses Nexus, addresses its boundaries, and explains what else is needed for agile...Read more

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Concurrent Session AT8 Turn the Lights On: A Power Utility Company's Agile Transformation Preview
1.00
Glen Morris, Vectren
1:30 pm to 2:30 pm

Why would a century-old utility with no direct competitors take on the challenge of transforming its entire IT application organization to an agile methodology? In an increasingly interconnected world, the expectations of customers continue to evolve. From smart meters to smart phones, IoT is creating a crisis point for industries not accustomed to rapid change. Glen Morris explains that pizzas can be tracked by the minute and packages at every stop, and customers now expect this same customer service model should exist for all industries—including power. Glen examines how to create...Read more

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Concurrent Session AT9 Help! The Scrum Master *is* the Impediment Preview
Ryan Ripley, Independent Consultant
1:30 pm to 2:30 pm

The change in mindset necessary to become a servant leader is incredibly hard for a scrum master who comes from a command and control background. As a newly minted Professional Scrum Master (PSM I), Ryan returned to his team excited and ready to get underway with a scrum adoption, but he had not fully grasped the concept of servant leadership. Instead of being a change agent, he was an impediment. Ryan’s cautionary tale is a common one. Attendees will learn about the difficulties of becoming a scrum master, how scrum team members need to embrace the scrum values to promote healthy team...Read more

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Concurrent Session BT7 Cultural Intelligence: A Key Skill for Success Preview
1.00
Priyanka Sharma, Davita, Thena Berry, Davita
1:30 pm to 2:30 pm

Diversity is becoming the norm in everyday life. However, introducing global delivery models without a proper understanding of intercultural differences can lead to difficulty, frustration, and reduced productivity. Priyanka Sharma and Thena Barry say that in our diverse world, we need teams with people who can cross these boundaries, communicate effectively, and build the diverse networks necessary to avoid problems. We need to learn about cultural intelligence (CI) and cultural quotient (CQ). CI is the ability to relate and work effectively across cultures. CQ is the cognitive,...Read more

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Concurrent Session BT8 Design by Discovery to Stop Building Bad Software Preview
1.00
Garren DiPasquale, Artifact, Matt Wallens, Artifact
1:30 pm to 2:30 pm

Two common situations lead to bad software—the project team isn’t aligned on the problem or the customer isn’t involved in the design process. Either way, you end up with a product that the business didn’t ask for, the tech team struggles to deliver, and customers don’t want. So, how do you increase confidence in the direction of your product and work together to build innovative solutions that bring the business, technology, and customers together? Garren DiPasquale and Matt Wallens introduce, a process to understand business goals and customer needs. It isn’t about designing screens or...Read more

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Concurrent Session BT9 Mobile Testing: What—and What Not—to Automate Preview
David Dang, Zenergy Technologies
1:30 pm to 2:30 pm

Organizations are moving rapidly into mobile technology, which has significantly increased the demand for testing of mobile applications. David Dangs says testers naturally are turning to automation to help ease the workload, increase potential test coverage, and improve testing efficiency. But should you try to automate all things mobile? Unfortunately, the answer is not always clear. Mobile has its own set of complications, compounded by a wide variety of devices and OS platforms. Join David to learn what mobile testing activities are ripe for automation—and those items best...Read more

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Industry Technical Presentation ITP6 Tricentis - Industry Technical Presentation Preview
1:30 pm to 2:30 pm

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Networking Break • Visit the Expo—Closes at 3:00pm
2:30 pm to 3:00 pm
Concurrent Sessions—3:00pm–4:00pm
3:00 pm to 4:00 pm
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Concurrent Session DT7 Transform Test Organizations for the New World of DevOps Preview
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Sumit Kumar, Capgemini
3:00 pm to 4:00 pm

With the recent emergence of DevOps across the industry, testing organizations are being challenged to transform themselves significantly within a short period of time to stay meaningful within their organizations. It’s not easy to plan and approach these changes considering the way testing organizations have remained structured for ages. These challenges start from foundational organizational structures and can cut across leadership influence, competencies, tools strategy, infrastructure, and other dimensions. Sumit Kumar shares his experience assisting various organizations to overcome...Read more

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Concurrent Session DT8 Eliminate Cloud Waste with a Holistic DevOps Strategy Preview
Chris Parlette , ParkMyCLoud
3:00 pm to 4:00 pm

Chris Parlette maintains that renting infrastructure on demand is the most disruptive trend in IT in decades. In 2016, enterprises spent $23B on public cloud IaaS services. By 2020, that figure is expected to reach $65B. The public cloud is now used like a utility, and like any utility, there is waste. Who's responsible for optimizing the infrastructure and reducing wasted expenses? It’s DevOps. The excess expense, known as cloud waste, comprises several interrelated problems: services running when they don't need to be, improperly sized infrastructure, orphaned resources, and shadow IT....Read more

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Concurrent Session AT10 Agile Performance Holarchy (APH)—A Model for Scaling Agile Teams Preview
1.00
Jeff Dalton, Broadsword Solutions
3:00 pm to 4:00 pm

A hierarchy is an organizational network that has a top and a bottom, and where position is determined by rank, importance, and value. A holarchy is a network that has no top or bottom and where each person’s value derives from his ability, rather than position. As more companies seek the benefits of agile, leaders need to build and sustain delivery capability while scaling agile without introducing unnecessary process and overhead. The Agile Performance Holarchy (APH) is an empirical model for scaling and sustaining agility while continuing to deliver great products. Jeff Dalton...Read more

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Concurrent Session AT11 Pin the Tail on the Metric: A Field-Tested Agile Game Preview
1.00
Steve Martin, Pegasystems
3:00 pm to 4:00 pm

Metrics don’t have to be a necessary evil. If done right, metrics can help guide us to make better forward-looking decisions, rather than being used for simply managing or monitoring. They can help us identify trade-offs between options for what to do next versus punitive or worse, purely managerial measures. Steve Martin won’t be giving the Top Ten List of field-tested metrics you should use. Instead, in this interactive mini-workshop, he leads you through the critical thinking necessary for you to determine what is right for you to measure. First, Steve explores why you want to...Read more

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Concurrent Session AT12 Resolve the Contradiction of Specialists within Agile Teams Preview
1.00
Steve Berczuk, Fitbit
3:00 pm to 4:00 pm

As teams grow, organizations often draw a distinction between feature teams, which deliver the visible business value to the user, and component teams, which manage shared work. Steve Berczuk says that this distinction can help organizations be more productive and scale effectively, but he recognizes that not all shared work fits into this model. Some work is best handled by “specialists,” that is people with unique skills. Although teams composed entirely of T-shaped people is ideal, certain skills are hard to come by and are used irregularly across an organization. Since these...Read more

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Concurrent Session BT10 The Fourth Constraint in Project Delivery—Leadership Preview
1.00
Rob Burkett, Buckle Down & Grind
3:00 pm to 4:00 pm

All too often, the triple constraints—time, cost, and quality—are bandied about as if they are the be-all, end-all. While they are important, leadership—the fourth and larger underpinning constraint—influences the first three. Statistics on project success and failure abound, and these measurements are usually taken against the triple constraints. According to the Project Management Institute, only 53 percent of projects are completed within budget, and only 49 percent are completed on time. If so many projects overrun budget and are late, we can’t really say, “Good, fast, or...Read more

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Concurrent Session BT11 Putting the “Story” Back into the User Story Preview
Bob Galen, Zenergy Technologies
3:00 pm to 4:00 pm

If you're using user stories for your agile requirements, you're not alone. They seem to have become the ubiquitous vehicle for communicating customer requirements to agile teams. And they work incredibly well in this regard. However, many teams are experiencing problems with them. Bob Galen does not believe it’s the story’s fault. Bob says we often forget the “conversation” part of the story—and more importantly, the storytelling part. When Kent Beck first described the idea of the user story, his original intent was to initiate or inspire a story-level conversation between a stakeholder...Read more

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Concurrent Session BT12 Implement Practical and Proven Encryption Practices Preview
Gene Chorba, Ionic Security
3:00 pm to 4:00 pm

From its earliest times, software development has featured commercial and government-grade encryption libraries. Encryption libraries make it possible for organizations to protect data with the highest level of security. Gene Chorba says that despite a big push in the past few years to use encryption to combat security breaches, lack of expertise among developers and overly complex libraries have led to widespread implementation failures in business applications. Although any developers believe they know how to implement crypto, they haven't had any specific training in...Read more

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Keynote K5 Individuals, Interactions, and Improvisation Preview
1.00
Jessie Shternshus, The Improv Effect, LLC.
4:15 pm to 5:15 pm

As agile practitioners, we constantly strive to better ourselves, our team, and our delivery. A great way to achieve this is simply being open to learning new ideas from other disciplines—including improvisation. Jessie Shternshus shares her story of realizing the uncanny similarities between agile team principles and the pillars of improvisation. Effective improvisers give their teammates unconditional support, practice active listening and accept (and build on) each other’s ideas, see and use mistakes as opportunities, learn to embrace the unknown, and always consider who their audience...Read more

Agile Leadership Summit Reception 5:30pm-6:30pm (Summit Registration Required)
5:30 pm to 6:30 pm
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Agile Leadership Summit
5:30 pm to 4:00 pm

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

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,...Read more

Friday, November 10

Registration Desk Hours—7:30am–3:00pm
7:30 am to 3:00 pm
Continental Breakfast—8:00am–8:30am
8:00 am to 8:30 am
Agile Leadership Summit (Summit Registration Required) 8:30am–4:30pm
8:30 am to 4:30 pm
Agile Leadership Summit Opening 8:30am–9:00am
8:30 am to 9:00 am
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Leadership Summit Session SMT1 Building an Agile Organization at Light Speed Preview
1.00
Josh Anderson, Broadvine
9:00 am to 10:00 am
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Leadership Summit Session SMT2 Transform a Product Team to Agile—and Live to Tell About It Preview
1.00
Kevin Stilwell, Dude Solutions
10:15 am to 11:15 am
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Leadership Summit Session SMT3 The Yin & Yang of Agile Success at Dude Solutions Preview
Kevin Stilwell, Dude Solutions, Josh Anderson, Broadvine
11:30 am to 12:00 pm
Lunch 12:00pm–1:00pm
12:00 pm to 1:00 pm
Agile Leadership Summit Continues 1:00pm–4:30pm
1:00 pm to 4:30 pm
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Leadership Summit Session SMT4 Leverage Big Wall Planning for Truly Aligned Organizational Execution Preview
1.00
Laura Burke Olsen, Ipreo
1:00 pm to 2:00 pm
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Leadership Summit Session SMT5 Aligning Toward Business Agility–360° of Freedom Preview
1.00
Ryan Ripley, Independent Consultant
2:15 pm to 3:15 pm
Agile Leadership Summit Learning Review, Action Planning, Feedback, and Close 3:15pm–4:00pm
3:15 pm to 4:00 pm