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David J Anderson

CEO of LeanKanban, Inc.

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Ryan Martens, 2012 - Founder of Rally Software Ryan Martens

Founder & CTO of Rally Software

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Luke Hohmann

Founder & CEO of Conteneo, Inc.

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What is AgileCamp?

AgileCamp is an event bringing together the Silicon Valley Agile community for a day filled with learning in Agile and Lean practices.

Led by the Silicon Valley’s leading agile experts, this is one of the largest, most exciting Agile gatherings in the Silicon Valley.  Our objective is to bring together Agilists, from novices to experts, and advance Agile knowledge to the community.

  • Novices – educate the basics of Agile and Lean
  • Practitioners – extend their understanding, skills, and tools
  • Experts – offer an opportunity to teach others and advance coaching skills
  • Executives – enable them with tools to build an Agile strategy for their company

Who attends AgileCamps?

AgileCamp attracts professionals from various disciplines and levels who are interested in Agile techniques and gather to listen, learn, discuss and teach practices that help businesses succeed. Moreover, a large majority of our attendees will be from technology companies such as eBay, PayPal, Yahoo!, Cisco, LinkedIn, StubHub, Ericsson, HP, Comcast, Twitter, Facebook, Salesforce, Symantec, Oracle, Visa, and many more.

A team of dedicated and experienced Agile coaches and practitioners are working together and committed to providing a high quality conference for the 300+ professionals are expected to attend.

Track & Workshop Information

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Pre-Conference Workshops

May 2nd, 1-5pm

NOTE: These Workshops are not included in the ticket price. You can add them onto your ticket purchase when you register for AgileCamp 2014.

Introduction to Agile

Basic Agile Training is a perfect introduction to Agile.  This is a 4-hour high impact, interactive workshop that presents the core philosophy behind winning Agile approaches. Using real-world examples and hands-on labs, this course guides students on implementing Agile planning and delivery practices.

This course works as a primer, baseline or a refresher tailored to your level of Agile adoption.

Introduction to Kanban

Session is presented by Masa Maeda, PhD.

This 4-hour worship covers the bare-bones minimum to get started with Kanban. It covers the basics of the Kabnan system and method to put into practice at work.


  1. What Kanban is and isn’t.
  2. Kanban principles
  3. Kanban system
    1. The board and artifacts
  4. Kanban method
    1. Visualization
    2. Wok in progress
    3. Flow management
    4. Process policies and classes of service
    5. Models to improve processes
    6. Feedback loops
  5. Customizing your Kanban board
Agile Facilitator's Toolkit
Session Led by Susan Berry, MA and Randall Thomas, PhD, with Partners-Aligned for Results, LLC

Agile wisdom tells us that simple rules and tools promote flexible and effective response in complex situations. This experiential workshop will introduce simple facilitation tools that can help you achieve desired results and high productivity with groups in a range of settings, from team meetings to organizational change initiatives.


Learn about and practice facilitation tools that enable productive, focused meetings that achieve their intended results.

You will:

  • Learn how to set up your meeting for success by

a) using OARRs (Outcomes, Agenda, Roles, and meeting Rules) to guide and propel the meeting toward its desired results, and

b) designing your meeting space for collaborative interaction & team focus:

  • Consider the facilitator’s mindset and how this role differs from that of participants and leaders in the meeting, and from the role of Coach and Mentor;
  • Experience collaborative activities and discussion designed to build trust, foster innovation, and develop shared commitment;
  • Use questions, listening, and visual records to focus attention, encourage collaborative thinking, and document what the team has produced;
  • Meet a model of team development that helps in applying facilitation methods to clarify results and engage participation in a range of organizational change initiatives and contexts.

Includes handouts to reinforce understanding of and experience with workshop ideas and exercises.

AgileCamp 2014 Schedule

Choose your Learning Track!

Track 1: Enterprise Agility

From global, multinational corporations to startups, learn how enterprises are expand the use of Agile to build value.  What does it take to be great at building Enterprise Agility to your company?  What have other companies learned?  This track is designed to explore how companies successfully scale.  From scaling agile framework to large-scale experience reports, the Enterprise Agility track will reveal secrets of scaling agile transformation applied by today’s most successful companies.

Enterprise Transformation Scaling Patterns & Anti-patterns

Session Leader: Monica Yap, Agile Coach for Solutions IQ

No matter what framework you use to scale Agile in a large enterprise, what are the patterns which leads to success, and what are the anti-patterns which leads to disasters? We invite all experience Agile practitioners to explore and form a list of scaling patterns and anti-patterns. We will share our experience on how to create the successful patterns or avoid/resolve the anti-patterns. This is a highly interactive workshop with a goal in helping the scaling community. Dimensions to explore:

  • Large scale planning across 10+ teams
  • Dependencies outside of software development with operations, legal, UX, etc.
  • Roles outside of an Agile team, e.g. functional managers, program managers
  • Multi Agile culture, some teams are doing Scrum or Kanban or other favors
  • Organizational impediment management
  • Geographically distributed environment

Expected Takeaways:

  • Learn from each other and explore the scaling patterns and anti-patterns
  • Learn how others have resolve anti-patterns
  • Learn how to create the successful patterns

Accelerating Agile Enterprise Adoption with the Scaled Agile Framework (SAFe)

Session Leader: Richard Knaster, Chief Methodologist for Scaled Agile Inc.

Interested in finding out how to scale agile faster, easier and smarter using the Scaled Agile Framework® (SAFe)? If so, make sure you attend this session!

Scrum, XP, Kanban and related methods have been proven to provide step changes in productivity and quality for software teams. However, these methods do not have the native constructs necessary to scale across the enterprise. What the industry desperately needs is a solution that moves from a set of simplistic, disparate, development-centric methods, to a scalable, unified approach that addresses the complex constructs and additional stakeholders in the organization – and accelerates the realization of enterprise-class product or service initiatives via aligned and cooperative solution development.

Join Richard Knaster, Principal Consultant, Thought Leader from Scaled Agile Inc. and software industry veteran to get an in-depth overview of SAFe, a publicly accessible knowledge base of proven lean and agile practices for enterprise-class software development. Also, learn how DevOps fits into the SAFe “Big Picture” to provide the most customer value and quality in the sustainable shortest lead time.

Expected Takeaways:

  • Gain a high level understanding of the Scaled Agile Framework
  • Understand why most organizations fail to adopt agile or are only able to get pockets of agility
  • Understand why DevOps is a critical component of Enterprise agility
  • Learn how to transform traditional mindsets to become a lean|agile organization
  • Become familiar with the new leadership patterns that are required to transform your organization to agile

Scaling Agile with Disciplined Agile Delivery

Session Leader: David D. Parker, Agile Coach

Single-team Agile methods like Scrum and Extreme Programming are a great way for companies to begin their Agile transformation, but most companies need help to successfully scale Agile across the IT enterprise. Disciplined Agile Delivery provides the foundation from which to address the most challenging scaling factors: large teams, geographically distributed teams, compliance work, domain and technical complexity, etc. We’ll start with what it means to scale Agile delivery, talk about DAD’s process goal-driven approach, and discuss the experience from applying DAD at a large local company.

Expected Takeaways:

  • Explore different scaling scenarios
  • Evaluate how a typical Agile team might modify its strategies to succeed in complex scaling situations
  • Learn what it means to be a truly agile enterprise

Mixing methods in a large scale agile environment

Session Leader: Jon Leslie, Production Expert for Hansoft AB

In Large Scale Agile, for example SAFe, the idea is that all teams use the same methods in order to be able to work aligned with a single program or even an entire portfolio.

However, in practice it’s a bit harder due to the fact that different types of development would be better served by different ways of working. For example, many products are a combination of hardware and software, which require hardware and software developers to work in tight collaboration using different methods.

This presentation will be based on examples from the real world where companies have utilized mixed methodologies in a large-scale agile development environment to succeed with developing better products in a more collaborative way and hence stay ahead of competition.

Expected Takeaways:

  • How to work with mixed methods and combining Scrum, Kanban and Gantt in a single program
  • Program level collaboration: Multiple teams working in a single program backlog allowing a single product release train, avoiding siloed teams
  • What to measure and how to track progress


Track 2: Agile Leadership

Great Agile organizations are the result of visionary leaders who help embrace the spirit of agile leadership.  It’s the leader’s responsibility to enable their staff to crush through old cultures and antiquated processes so the teams can effectively self-organize, collaborate, innovate, and build value. What does it take to be this leader?  How can you lead a team through its agile journey?  The Agile Leadership track will seed your mind with fresh ideas of practical and actionable steps to be used by executives and managers leading their teams through an agile transformation.

Agile Is Hard

Session Leader: Ron Lichty, Agile Coach for Ron Lichty Consulting

Almost no one on software teams believes in waterfall any longer. That’s what we learned from the surveys we took in the course of authoring The 2013 Study of Product Team Performance. But that doesn’t make agile a magic pill.

Mike Cohn notes, “Becoming agile is hard. It is harder than most other organizational change efforts I’ve witnessed or been part of [for reasons] including the need to change from the top-down and bottom-up simultaneously, the impossibility of knowing exactly what the end state will look like, the dramatic and pervasive changes caused by Scrum, the difficulty adding more change on top of all that is already occurring, and the need to avoid turning Scrum into a list of best practices.”

Glossing over the reality that agile is hard leads us to ignore the very things we need to address to succeed. On the other hand, acknowledging that agile is hard lets us focus on the challenges that have been preventing us from becoming high performance teams.

This session combines a presentation, a panel and some shared thinking to move beyond how simple agile seems – to what in fact makes agile transformations hard – to how we can face down those challenges to achieve agile’s promise.

Expected Takeaways:

For those just starting agile transformations: a heads-up that implementing practices only goes so far

  • For those well into agile but struggling, a sense they’re not alone
  • For all of us, a window into how to get to where we want to go

5 Leadership Ideas You Can’t Afford to Miss

Session Leader: Pollyanna Pixton, Principal for Accelnnova

Free? Is anything free these days? Based on her experience working with organizational leaders and her research into what drives organizational performance, Pollyanna Pixton shares five leadership ideas to help assure the success of your agile teams. As a bonus, her suggestions won’t cost you a thing. Pollyanna’s first free idea is how to create a culture of trust—the keystone of open collaboration—within your team and organization.

The second free idea is about ownership, the necessary requirement for self-organized teams. Pollyanna discusses how to give it and not take it back by asking the right questions. Number three—you can only fix processes, not people. Invest your energy toward the correct target. Idea four is to match people’s roles to their passion. You will learn how to uncover the passions in your team members. Her final free idea is that integrity matters most. Essential for teams to build trust between themselves and with the organization.

Expected Takeaways:

  •   Create a Culture of Trust: Remove debilitating fear; Team measurements; Trust first, Be trustworthy
  • Help teams/individuals take Ownership AND Don’t Take It Back: Ask questions that help the team member discover their solution, not your solution; agree to constraints and watch when the team pushes those limits
  • Fix Processes, Not People: How to discover and streamline processes getting in the way of your teams
  • Match People with Passion: How to find out what people are passions about and match them with roles on teams
  • Integrity Matters: If a leader does not have integrity (and people know), they are unable to create trust and ownership

It’s OK to Fail – Creating a Safe Space to Learn from Failures

Session Leader: Ewan O’Leary, Agile Coach

Many firms stigmatize failure to the point where it becomes very unhealthy for individuals and teams in various ways. In agile transformations, blame is the method of hierarchical control. And yet, if you fail faster and in a healthy and supportive way, failure is a key part of a healthy innovation process.

In this session, participants will learn about a model for processing failure that allows the creation of a safe space where failure is tolerated, blame is removed and learning and innovation can take place in a healthy and effective way.

  • Failure and Blame
  • A Failure Model
  • Exercises in Tolerance
  • Rewarding Learning

Expected Takeaways:

  • Effective Failure Model (Edmondson, et al)
  • Failure exercise

Leading From the Middle: A Startup’s Transformation Journey

Session Leader: Adele Maynes, Head of PMO for Tagged

We as Lean | Agile Leaders want to make a real difference to our organizations such that it fulfills on its intentions. We know that there is no satisfaction in merely going through the motions, even if those motions make us successful or we have managed for it to be pleasant. We want to have some impact on the organization’s effectiveness and contribute to the quality of lives.

In this session, the agile Consultant and the Client will together share their direct experiences, (breakthroughs, breakdowns and lessons learned) whilst taking a 200-person organization through the journey of scaling agile enterprise wide for continual value delivery.

This session is designed to be engaging where we get to inquire from unique perspectives that support exercising leadership effectively to gain alignment between portfolio vision, program objectives and team’s day-to-day execution. We get to look at our experiences and see the constraints that get in the way of having workability thus impeding performance.

Expected Takeaways:

    1. The Intention of the Session and our promise for the participants is to leave us in a place where we discover for ourselves the structures and practices that empower and enable us to lead the enterprise agile transformation and produce breakthrough results!
    2. Intended audience: This session is designed for change agents and leaders – anyone with a commitment and stand in having organizations work for all people.


Track 3: Team Dynamics
Those who join this track will explore generative elements in creating and sustaining collaborative, high performing teams. These elements include how to:

  • Start teams with orientation to meaningful purpose,
  • Foster trust and grow relationships that lay the foundation for high productivity and innovation,
  • Align teams internally, with customers and business goals, and synergistically with other teams,
  • Establish commitment to needed action,
  • Iteratively create and work the plan to foster continuous learning and adaptation,
  • Achieve and maintain exceptional performance,
  • Renew or sunset the team.

These elements build into each other, are themselves iterative, and shape the character and productivity possible in all teams. Paying attention to each of these elements, and their dynamic interplay, can open the door to team effectiveness, individual satisfaction and growth, productivity, and bottom line gains. Organizations and networks that are applying Agile and Lean have the added advantage of flexibility and motivation in exercising these under-the-hood team performance elements.

Panel: “How To Grow and Evolve With Agile Teams: Reports and Strategies from Successful Companies”

Session Leaders: Victoria Livschitz, CEO Qubell, Raymond Moffatt, Lead North America Lean/ Agile Coach (Ericsson), Amir Gomroki VP (Ericsson)

How do top Agile companies foster the structures, leadership, culture and support that enable self-organizing teams to deliver their best? Fueled by audience and moderator questions, panelists will dig into their experience and understanding to provide practical insights, examples, and tools for fostering effective teamwork in an Agile environment.

Expected Takeaways:

  • Compelling benefits associated with Agile and Lean teams.
  • Several key drivers enabling Agile and Lean teams to reach and sustain high performance.
  • Knowledge of some practical tools, methods, or approaches for establishing Agile and Lean teams, and for enabling them to sustainably reach high performance.

Boosting Collaboration and Performance in Teams

Session Leaders: Susan Berry and Randall Thomas, Aligned for Results, LLC with Thomas Sibbet, The Grove Consultants International

The Drexler-Sibbet Team Performance Model™ (TPM) offers a systems view and framework for developing team performance in an Agile environment. As you explore its seven stages, you may quickly recognize where your team stands, what is assisting or blocking its progress, and how to facilitate next steps. Using the Team Performance On-line System (TPOS) can enable members and coaches of distributed or virtual teams to reap these benefits as well. Learn about the TPM from two facilitators who have used it with teams throughout the world, and explore the TPOS with one of its developers.

Expected Takeaways:

  • A practical model for creating and sustaining Agile teams.
  • A strategy for assessing and enhancing team performance at key stages of the team’s work (either in-person or online).
  • Tools to build trust, clarify goals, enable commitment, and support collaborative execution of team tasks.

Agile Improvisation Taster Workshop for Coaches and Teams

Session Leaders: David Chilcott, Agile Coach; Outformations and Owen Walker, Inside Outside Improvisation

Using fun and challenging exercises derived from theater improvisation this taster workshop will provide tools that will help you:

  • Listen and respond with greater acuity
  • Strengthen your ability to collaborate with others
  • Increase your comfort in working with uncertainty
  • Expand your expressive and creative range
  • Utilize the intelligence of your the whole body
  • Gain a greater sense of play in your work

Why is improvisation so relevant to Agile practices?

Successful theater improvisers make strong choices without knowing the outcome, respond to circumstances that are constantly changing and collaborate with their partners to create an outcome that is wider than their own vision – all essential Agile qualities! Improvisation isn’t about comedy, it’s about being fully present and adapting quickly to unexpected events as they arise. It’s also a fabulous way to learn!

Expected Takeaways:

This taster workshop will lead you through two parallel tracks of experiential and conceptual learning, making connections between Agile and improvisation. You will learn on your feet, working in pairs and small groups, engaging and reflecting on the skills and ideas you are practicing. This is a taster of the full day workshop developed and co-lead by David Chilcott (Outformations) and Owen Walker (InsideOut Improvisation).

Retrospectives for Team Engagement and Continuous Learning

Session Leader: Monica Yap, Agile Coach

The retrospective is one of the most important tools for an Agile team’s self-improvement. However you may have experienced a less than engaging retrospective – where the ScrumMaster (who is typing comments on-screen) asks each team member to give input on “What-went-well”, “What-didn’t”, and “What to focus on”, while team members are furtively performing others tasks on their own laptops.

This session will demonstrate several scenarios and participatory ways to make retrospectives fun, interactive, and effective. Even with distributed teams, participatory methods can turn retrospectives into true learning and growth opportunities. Participants will team up to choose and experiment with retrospective exercises useful to their work situations.

Expected Takeaways:

  • Learn about various interactive Retrospective games to apply in different organizational contexts and scenarios (distributed vs. co-located teams, different types of releases, numbers of teams)
  • Practice one of the Retrospective games, share your experience, and gain feedback from others.
Track 4: Lean Innovation

Companies dominate markets through innovation. How can we increase effectiveness in creating customer value?  How do we remove risk and increase our capabilities efficiently. This track will take you through the new ideas from Lean Startup practices to using the Business Canvas/ Lean Canvas to synthesize ideas.  It will also help bridge the gap between ideation and delivery of a product.

How to Innovate without Imploding – Lean Innovation Ecosystem Design

Session Leader: Tristan Kromer, Founder of TriKro, LLC/ Lean Startup Circle

This is not a step by step guide to implementing the latest buzz words that can lead to short term gains and long term catastrophe. Changing the fundamental practices of your company can’t be done by recipe.

Lean principles can be applied by product teams, but also within change management to design an innovation ecosystem.

Learn how lean startup techniques used by some of the most successful startup companies in Silicon Valley are be applied by large enterprises like Intuit, GE & Swisscom, and how to avoid some of the common pitfalls.

Expected Takeaways:

  • Learn the parts of an Innovation Ecosystem
  • Detail your company’s strong points, and where you need work
  • Create a “first step” project

Risk Quantification for Innovation Teams

Session Leaders: Sam McAfee, Principal for Neo Innovation

Teams working in a Lean Startup fashion are often told to test their riskiest assumptions first. But how do you quantify which assumption is riskiest? With data, of course! It turns out that Monte Carlo simulation is perfectly suited to the task. I’ll show you how to build your own Monte Carlo simulation to model your risks and how to use that model to make prioritization decisions.

Expected Takeaways:

  • Understand the importance of quantifying assumptions to make prioritization decisions
  • Learn how to use statistical modeling like Monte Carlo to build iterative models of risks
  • Debunk fallacies that typically prevent teams from employing the more rigorous scientific approaches to quantifying risks

Your Plans meet Reality with LeanCanvas

Session Leaders: Dennis Britton, Agile Coach & Collaboration Architect for Lean Dog

Walking through a fairly selected business plan from the participants using Lean Canvas. See Ash Maurya’s book Running Lean and site

Expected Takeaways:

One lucky person will walk away with a crowd tested one page business plan in the form of a lean canvas. Even better, they will have a defined process and new perspective on how to keep it real and relevant to their goals.

Agile Product Owners / Customer Advocates in a Lean Startup World

Session Leader: Dan Stiefel, Director of Product for A20 Mobile

Learn about enabling Agile development processes while adopting Lean Startup thinking in an UnConference-style in-room discussion. How can Agile Product Owners / Customer Advocates be Leaders in organizations implementing Lean Startup Principles?

  • Lean Startup 101–how much knowledge is in the room?
  • Is your organication customer centric / market driven in decision making?
  • Startup Product / Market Fit : proposing hypotheses, setting measurable goals, defining MVP milestones.


Expected Takeaways:

  • From confusion to comfortable with choices
  • Learn basics of Lean Startup principles
  • Advocating customer/market driven validation in your organization
  • Stages in building new products in the face of uncertainty


Track 5: Getting Things Done with Agile & Lean

There are many tools, practices, and processes for “getting things done” using agile and lean.  Are you using Scrum, Kanban, ScrumBan, XP, or some mix of those?  Have you mapped value streams of your kanban system at team level and enterprise level? Have you used Test Driven Development or Continuous Integration practices?  How about DevOps and agile? Are your teams applying Behavior Driven Development practices in writing their user stories?  How does your organization do Release Planning?  The “Getting Things Done” with Agile & Lean track will provide you with a range of practical agile practices.

Visual Roadmapping with Kanban

Session Leader: Mahesh Singh, CEO for Digite’/SwiftKanban

Expected Takeaways:

  • A typical roadmap planning/ pruning process
  • The challenges of managing the roadmap using traditional tools
  • Using Kanban board(s) to manage high level themes and detailed requirements/user stories
  • Some practical advice on keeping things simple

The Seven Wastes: Can You Get A Little Leaner?

Session Leaders: Andrew Webster, Agile Coach

Lean identifies seven Wastes of Activity. This session will introduce you to those wastes, help you identify them in your environment, and brainstorm ways that Agile practices can reduce those wastes. Remember, waste is the opposite of value, and we all only get paid by delivering value!

Expected Takeaways:

  • Greater insight into how Agile and Lean align
  • Greater insight into how specific Agile practices reduce waste
  • An understanding that removing waste can lead to exponential improvements in delivery of value
  • Clear ideas for how to apply their learning in their own environment
  • Another hour of useful fun at Agile Camp!

Power of Play

Session Leaders: Matt Brown, Chief Gaming Officer for Conteneo

Play is deeply biological, profoundly powerful and often misunderstood. The Power of Play discussion will start by defining play in three different dimensions. Then, we’ll talk about why play is essential to any team or organization that thrives on strategy, innovation and creativity. Lastly, Matt will share real world stories about the impact of play in business and life more broadly. Throughout, we will take questions from the audience and, hopefully, spark intriguing and energizing conversations.

Expected Takeaways:

  • An understanding of the foundations of play
  • A better understanding of how to apply these foundations to drive innovation.

Collaborating Across an Enterprise: Quarterly Planning at Twitter

Session Leader: Nicholas Muldoon, Agile Coach

Twitter is growing at a cracking pace! As we grew from 10’s to 100’s of agile teams we faced a challenge – how can we get visibility across teams, and how can we drive alignment with the company goals?

Clearly scaling Twitter effectively and efficiently is essential to our continued success and growth. In this session we’ll explore Twitter’s quarterly planning process*, and learn how we leveraged tools to enable hundreds of teams to align with company goals and provide visibility at the right level of granularity for the intended audience.

* The Twitter planning process is based upon Objectives, Key Results. Andy Grove at Intel first wrote about this approach 30+ years ago and we’ve taken it and added a distinct Twitter flavour. We have a quarterly planning cadence that all individuals, teams and groups participate in.

Expected Takeaways:

  • Demonstrate an approach growing companies can leverage to align teams across the company
  • Implement tools that ensure consistency, and provide visibility into quarterly planning
  • Provide actionable reports for Execs enabling them to understand what every team is delivering and measure progress towards customer outcomes


Track 6: Agile Coaching & Learning

The key to becoming a great agilist is to spend time refining your skills and building your agile craftsmanship.  Iron sharpens iron.  This track is designed to offer more seasoned practitioners an opportunity to extend your skills.

What would it mean to Coach an Agile Enterprise?

Session Leader: Michael Spayd, Founder/ Principal for Agile Coaching Institute

Enterprise agility is both a hugely popular aspiration and a widely misunderstood buzzword. Many of us as Agile coaches wonder how we can lead and catalyze agility at an organizational level. Our intentions are earnest, but our skills and understanding are partial. This interactive talk will explore what it would mean to coach across an enterprise, from an executive’s leadership maturity to the limits of culture, from organization structures to value creating processes.

Drawing on 12 years as an enterprise Agile coach, I developed the Integral Agile Transformation framework (upcoming book, Coaching the Agile Enterprise), which includes the four prime perspectives — psychological, behavioral, cultural and systemic. These perspectives help reveal both our limits and our strengths as enterprise agile coaches, all four of which are needed for a successful transformation. Each implies a type of competency and a mindset required to leverage the perspective. Further, we’ll explore four levels of developmental complexity (from Spiral Dynamics) to understand what is actually possible for a given organization and individuals with whom we work.

Expected Takeaways:

  • Explore the concept of enterprise agile coaching from multiple perspectives, including psychological, behavioral, cultural and systemic
  • Learn a framework to understand complexity in organizations, from leaders to teams to culture to structure
  • Review the skill sets and mindsets necessary to work as an enterprise coach

Lean-Agile Learning Organizations

Session Leader: David D. Parker, Agile Coach

Learning circles are a model of education that are increasingly being tapped for creating learning organizations. We’ll discuss this model of systematic and effective learning, and we’ll explore a real-world application of learning circles in a Lean-Agile transformation.

Expected Takeaways:

Participants will walk away with a practical approach to education that they can immediately apply in their organization.

Gorilla Talk: Are you talking with your team, or at your team?

Session Leaders: Joel Bancroft-Connors, Sr. Program Manager for EMC

Sometimes being better isn’t about the next Agile technique, or Kaizan workflow. Sometimes it’s about being a better you. Lyssa Adkins combined life coaching and agile to help us be better facilitators, coaches and mentors.

DISC teaches you how to communicate with your team in the way they understand. It makes you a better communicator, so you can better reach and help your team.

You can’t have “Individuals and Interactions” if you don’t have communication. Your “face-to-face” communication isn’t effective if you’re talking Greek and their talking Klingon.

Expected Takeaways:

Fast, practical tips that can improve your team relationships, get you a job or win over that doubting Thomas.

  • Learn how you communicate
  • Learn how to adjust your communication to communicate with your teams.

Learnings from Lightning Talks: Experience Reports

Session Leaders: Sign up to share your experiences!

This is an open session that will have a total of 4 speakers with 10 minutes each to present a topic. This will include experience reports and practices. If you have content and can put it into a 10 minute chat, then this session is for you. Or if you want to get REAL hands-on experiences from professionals that are actively involved in Transformations, this is a great spot for advice.

Expected Takeaways:

Coming soon!


Breaks are between every session.

8:00-8:45    Breakfast/Networking  

8:45-9:00    Introduction: Stacey Louie 

9:00-10:00  Keynote #1:  Ryan Martens

10:15-11:15   Session 1  

11:30-12:30  Session 2  

12:45-1:45    Keynote #2: Luke Hohmann

2:00-3:00    Session 3 

3:15-4:15      Session 4  

4:30-5:30    Keynote #3: David Anderson  

5:30-7:00    Reception/Networking  


Keynote #1

Ryan Martens, Founder and CTO of Rally Software

Ryan runs a team that manages an innovation portfolio of new products and services, including the Rally For Impact strategic CSR efforts. This team also leads Rally’s corporate steering process that brings 100+ Rallyers and customers together every quarter to retrospect and work openly on their most pressing improvements. Rally is moving beyond product teams to Agile portfolio management and helping customers achieve organization-wide business agility.

Ryan is an expert in helping companies adopt Agile and Lean methodologies, loosely defined as methods for delivering small increments in quick cycles to speed feedback and innovation. He founded Rally to help move the industry from a slow, wasteful, and burdensome product model to a fast, sustainable, high-impacting service model in the hope that this leads to the kinds of changes that Paul Hawken and the Lovins described in Natural Capitalism. The goal is to break the takemakewaste cycle and move society toward a regenerative service model – a model where work creates joy, diversity, social justice, and clean ecosystem services.

Follow Ryan on Twitter at @RallyOn

Keynote #2

Luke Hohmann, Founder and CEO of Conteneo, Inc.

Luke Hohmann is the Founder and CEO of Conteneo Inc., the leading provider of Unified Collaboration Solutions. The author of three books with long titles, Luke’s playfully diverse background of life experiences has uniquely prepared him to design and produce serious games. Luke graduated magna cum laude with a B.S.E. in computer engineering and an M.S.E. in computer science and engineering from the University of Michigan.

In addition to data structures and artificial intelligence, he studied cognitive psychology and organizational behavior under such luminaries as Elliot Soloway, Karl Weick, and Dan Dennison. He is also a former United States National Junior Pairs Figure Skating Champion. Luke’s work on using Serious Games to engage citizens has been covered in Businessweek and The Financial Times.

Follow Luke of Twitter at @lukehohmann

Keynote #3

David J Anderson

David J Anderson, Author and CEO of Lean Kanban, Inc.

David Anderson is a thought leader in managing effective teams. He leads a consulting, training and publishing and event planning business dedicated to developing, promoting and implementing sustainable evolutionary approaches for management of knowledge workers. He has 30 years experience in the high technology industry starting with computer games in the early 1980’s. He has led software teams delivering superior productivity and quality using innovative agile methods at large companies such as Sprint and Motorola. David is the pioneer of the Kanban Method an agile and evolutionary approach to change. David is the CEO of Lean Kanban, Inc, a company that operates LeanKanban University and Lean Kanban Conferences — a business dedicated to assuring quality of training in Lean and Kanban for knowledge workers throughout the world.

David is the author of three books, Kanban – Successful Evolutionary Change for your Technology Business; Lessons in Agile Management: On the Road to Kanban, and Agile Management for Software Engineering – Applying the Theory of Constraints for Business Results.

Follow David on Twitter at @djaa_dja

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