Fearless Change: Patterns for Introducing New Ideas
Linda Rising – Saturday, June 22 – 09:00 – 12:00
We attend conferences or read books and articles discover new ideas we want to bring into our organizations—but we often struggle when trying to implement those changes. Unfortunately, those introducing change are not always welcomed with open arms. Linda Rising offers proven change management strategies to help you become a more successful agent of change in your organization. Learn how to plant effective seeds of change, and what forces in your organization drive or block change. In addition to using these approaches to change your organization, you can use them to become a more effective person. Come and discuss your organizational and personal change challenges. Linda shows how the lessons from her book, Fearless Change: Patterns for Introducing New Ideas, can help you succeed. Learn how to overcome adversity to change and to celebrate your improvement successes along with your organization’s new found practices.
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Agile Quality Scenarios: How to Be Nimble and Precise
Joseph W. Yoder – Saturday, June 22 – 13:30 – 16:30
Agile teams incrementally deliver functionality based on user stories. In the sprint to deliver features, frequently software qualities (non-functional requirements) such as security, scalability, performance, and reliability are overlooked. Often these characteristics cut across many user stories. Trying to deal with certain system qualities late in the game can be difficult, causing major refactoring and upheaval of the system’s architecture. This churn isn’t inevitable. Especially if you adopt a practice of identifying those characteristics key to your system’s success, writing quality scenarios and tests, and delivering on these capabilities at the opportune time.
I will show how to write Quality Scenarios in an Agile manner that emphasize architecture capabilities such as usability, security, performance, scalability, internationalization, availability, accessibility and the like. I will also address the when, where, and how on Quality Scenarios. This will include how to identify, profile, and outline the relevant quality characteristics. This workshop will be hands-on; we present some examples and follow with an exercise that illustrates how you can look at a system, identify, and then write and test quality scenarios.
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Agile Kaizen – Continuous Improvement Beyond Retrospectives
Angel Medinilla – Saturday, June 22 – 13:30 – 16:30
According to our personal experience after coaching several hundred teams over more than six years, a great number of retrospectives are seriously flawed. “Pluses and Deltas” have become a common way of cargo-cult Agile, and on very rare occasions the teams have the will and the power to go beyond their close environment and push the envelope of continuous improvement through the whole company.
One of the evident reasons is that the Organization is a complex system, and most of the impediments that the team is facing will have several influences from other parts of the system: not enough budget for new tools, not allowed to take enough time for learning, no understanding of the development process by sales people, unreasonable terms arbitrarily set by project managers…
Another reason is that Agile champions don’t fully understand the reach of continuous improvement, and many times they aim for an isolated “black box” team environment that leads to suboptimization. And yet another reason is that teams, very often suffering form a too technical approach to human aspects, don’t know how to promote improvement through the organization by effectively managing a change initiative.
This workshop will show how even the smallest impediments detected by the team have deep meanings to the intrinsic fabric of the organization, and will give several tools and frameworks to design a Kaizen plan that goes beyond retrospectives. Some of the topics that will be discussed include:
– How Kaizen goes beyond process improvement and should include dimensions as product improvement or team improvement;
– How a retrospective should not be over if a plan for improvement is not crafted (who, what, when, how);
– The need of discipline, momentum and constant pushing, or why the Scrum Master and the Agile Manager are key to Continuous Improvement;
– How Corporate Culture influences Continuous Improvement, and how to promote a Culture of ownership, care and responsibility that fosters Improvement and Innovation;
– How Change Management frameworks and tools can help teams, Scrum Masters, Agile Managers and Evangelists to unleash the power of Kaizen in their companies.
Find more about Ángel here.
** Extra ** Coaching Workshop – Porto
Lachlan Heasman – Wednesday, June 26 – 09:30 – 18:00
This course is an extra event that will occur after the Agile & Scrum Portugal 2013 event in Lisbon.
The workshop will take place in Porto – Faculdade de Engenharia.
The 21st century agile organisation is one with few job titles, little hierarchy and a lot going on. Without the career paths of the 20th century how can this type of organisation support the development of the people it is dependent on for success? Want to know how? Check the workshop details here.
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