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AgileCamp New York Metro 
September 19, 2016
Prudential Financial Headquarters
655 Broad Street, Newark, NJ 07102

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Monday, September 19
 

7:30am

Registration and Networking: Breakfast sponsored by Prudential Financial
Coffee, tea, water and light breakfast available.

Sponsors
avatar for Achieving Agility

Achieving Agility

Achieving Agility helps companies differentiate their Agile Adoption. We're not interested in status quo and the cookie cutter frameworks that have littered enterprise environments over the years. We don't settle for re-branding traditional practices with agile labels. We push companies to pursue true Business Agility because that will seperate them from the competion! We specialize in Agile and Lean training... Read More →
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Bratton & Co

Bratton and Company, Inc., is a leader in Agile serving companies from the Fortune 100 to start-ups.  With its roots in the Silicon Valley, Bratton was founded in 2009.  We provide management consulting and training in agile, lean, and leadership practices through our subsidiary, Hyperdrive Agile Leadership.  | | Dedicated to strengthen networks of Agilists, Bratton created AgileCamp, the fastest growing regional Agile conference... Read More →
avatar for Hyperdrive Agile Leadership

Hyperdrive Agile Leadership

Hyperdrive Agile Leadership is a leading full-service Agile Transformation consultancy founded in the Silicon Valley. Our enterprise clients - from Fortune 500 to start-ups - rely on Hyperdrive’s experts to coach and train frameworks, which include Scrum, Kanban, and DevOps. Amplified by lean thinking, agile values, and mindfulness, we partner with your organization to truly transform into an effective Agile Enterprise. Hyperdrive is... Read More →
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International Institute for Learning

IIL's commitment to improving organizational performance with Intelligence, Integrity and Innovation has made us a trusted learning partner to thousands of global companies -- in more than 150 countries.   Our global partners, ranging from individual practitioners to technology vendors to Universities, expand our capabilities to meet our clients’ standard, customized, and multi-touch point learning needs.    Core... Read More →
avatar for Prudential

Prudential

With operations in the United States, Asia, Europe and Latin America, we provide customers with a variety of products and services, including life insurance, annuities, retirement-related services, mutual funds and investment management. We strive to create long-term value for our stakeholders through strong business fundamentals, consistent with our mission guided by our vision and directed by our company's core values.
avatar for SwiftKanban by Digite

SwiftKanban by Digite

Digité, Inc. is a pioneering Silicon Valley company helping global giants such as United Healthcare, Huawei, ATK, National Instruments and Trinity Health implement Lean and Agile initiatives at the enterprise level. | Digité provides web-based, collaborative tools for Lean/ Agile Project Management and Software Development, DevOps and scaling Lean and Agile at the enterprise. Its products include &ndash... Read More →
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Version One

VersionOne is the independent leader agile lifecycle management solutions, helping companies envision and deliver great software. Today more than 50,000 teams, including over 37 of the Fortune 100, use VersionOne to scale their agile initiatives faster, easier, and smarter. VersionOne customers get the best solutions backed by the pioneers in agile lifecycle management. VersionOne has offices in Atlanta, GA and Amsterdam, The Netherlands. Agile... Read More →


Monday September 19, 2016 7:30am - 8:30am
3rd Floor - Pru Tower

8:30am

Opening Ceremony and AgileCamp Welcome
Speakers
avatar for Stacey Louie

Stacey Louie

Founder - AgileCamp, CEO/ Enterprise Agile Coach, Bratton & Company
Agile Transformations, Agile Coaching, Kanban, Scrum, Leadership | Stacey Louie is the founder of AgileCamp and the CEO of Bratton and Co. , an Agile Transformation consultancy and training firm based in the Silicon Valley.  | | As a leader in the agile community, Stacey heads both the Silicon Valley Agile Leadership Network (SV-ALN) and Tri-Valley ALN. Stacey has been a technology executive serving as the CIO/ CTO to lead Product... Read More →
avatar for Dele Oladapo

Dele Oladapo

Vice President, CIO, Prudential
Dele Oladapo is a vice president in the Global Business & Technology Solutions Department at Prudential Financial, Inc. and chief information officer for the Law, Compliance, Business Ethics and External Affairs Department and the Corporate Human Resources Department. He is responsible for implementing technology strategy and delivering information technology services such as governance, architecture, systems automation and end-user... Read More →


Monday September 19, 2016 8:30am - 8:50am
Kiyo Sakaguchi Hall

8:50am

KEYNOTE: Managing for Happiness
The research is clear: happy workers are more productive workers. Managing for Happiness is about concrete management advice for all workers. Practical things that people can do next Monday morning in order to make the organization a happier place to work, with people who run experiments and drive innovation. In this session, you will see how to manage the system, not the people. This is not only relevant for managers, but for everyone who is concerned about the organization.

Speakers
avatar for Jurgen Appelo

Jurgen Appelo

CEO, Author of Management 3.0 and Managing for Happiness, Happy Melly
Jurgen Appelo is pioneering management to help creative organizations survive and thrive in the 21st century. He offers concrete games, tools, and practices, so you can introduce better management, with fewer managers. Jurgen calls himself a creative networker. But sometimes he’s a writer, speaker, trainer, entrepreneur, illustrator, manager, blogger, reader, dreamer, leader, freethinker, or… Dutch guy. Inc.com has called him a... Read More →


Monday September 19, 2016 8:50am - 9:40am
Kiyo Sakaguchi Hall

9:50am

Agile 101 - An Intro to Agile & Scrum

Presented as part of the Core Agile Series sponsored by Hyperdrive and Bratton.  Contact us at info@brattoninc.com

Agile 101 – What’s Agile?

This foundational workshop is designed as a “crash course” to get you started on learning the basics of Agile and Scrum.  The learning outcomes include: (1) How Scrum Works: The Roles, Ceremonies, Artifacts, (2) Underlying Values and Principles that Make Agile Effective, (3) Four Lenses of Agility. 


Speakers
avatar for Brent Hurley

Brent Hurley

Agile Coach, Gira Solutions
Brent Hurley is the Chief Problem Identifier at Gira Solutions and an Agile Coach based in New York. He has instigated and completed multiple Agile roll-outs for Gira with clients across a wide range of industries. Brent’s work covers the Team, Product and Enterprise Coaching, mentoring them through the adoption of Agile practices. He has also worked with Senior Managers and Leaders to assist them in realizing the business value... Read More →



Monday September 19, 2016 9:50am - 10:50am
Kiyo Sakaguchi Hall

9:50am

Creating an Agile Culture During Transformation
Drawing from multiple transformation stories with mixed results, this talk focuses on the importance of culture created during transformation.  With an expressed focus on core agile values, empathy, team engagement and trust - teas and products emerge with high optimization when there is a mindful approach to building of culture.  This talk also touches on the impact of Management 3.0 practices and effective coaching on agile teams.

Speakers
avatar for Ryan Lockard

Ryan Lockard

Manager of Software Engineering, Elsevier
Ryan Lockard has over 15 years experience in project and product delivery.  Ryan has worked in various industries including Intellectual Property, Advertising, Science, Publishing, Manufacturing, ERP and most recently Clinical Research and Learning.  Ryan is an agility leader and a manager of 4 agile teams that support a Health Care LMS and clinical content system.  He has facilitated multiple agile transformations and serves as... Read More →



Monday September 19, 2016 9:50am - 10:50am
Prudential Tower Room 4

9:50am

What is All This Dev-Ops BUZZ?
Have you asked yourself, 'What is this DevOps buzz and how do I help 'implement' it? or How do DevOps and Agile relate?' Maybe, it's not as complicated as we think! Come learn about DevOps and how to use Agile principles to the next level.

Speakers
avatar for Leslie Frame

Leslie Frame

Capital One
Leslie has over 15 years’ experience in process management and agile practices as an agile coach, scrum master and trainer. She enjoys forming new teams and watching them grow to high performing. She has been involved in building and implementing a DevOps process and culture for the enterprise data community in her current role. As a mother of triplets, she often interjects home experiences into the team dynamics to lighten the mood and... Read More →
avatar for Julie Moroni

Julie Moroni

Coach/Trainer, Capital One
Julie has over 15 years of experience in process management, training experience, Agile Coaching, and is Certified in Change Management for Practitioners. She has a passion for people development and enabling people to find their best “me” and thrive in their working environment. She’s spoken in a variety of settings, both large and small audiences.



Monday September 19, 2016 9:50am - 10:50am
Prudential Tower Room 1

9:50am

Values Driven Agility at Envato
Envato is the world’s leading community for creative tools, templates & talent. Our sites, like themeforest.net and audiojungle.net have become a vital part of life as online creative and we could feel more grateful.
Our organisation and teams are proudly agile, but we believe we have a unique “Envato Way” of approaching agility. From senior leader decision making, to our software delivery, HR and Legal teams, agile ways of working are natural and trusted.
In this two part talk, attendees will learn:
About Envato’s own values driven, non-prescriptive, coached agility model, used by more than 20 teams and designed to promote the tenets of autonomy, mastery and purpose.
The role of the coach in an environment where agility is far more important than “agile”. How does a coach continuously and deliberately explore improvement with their teams, sure that their efforts are having an effect?

Speakers
avatar for Adrian Fittolani

Adrian Fittolani

Program Director, Envato
Adrian Fittolani is a father, a runner, a developer, a guitarist, a handyman, a speaker, a sports coach, a dressmaker, a husband, a mechanic, a trainer and the Program Director at Envato. He considers himself to be good at only three of these things. A different three, depending on the week. For all of them though, for his 16 year career in software, and for being a member of Melbourne’s tech and agile community, he also considers himself... Read More →



Monday September 19, 2016 9:50am - 10:50am
Prudential Tower Room 2

9:50am

Leadership Evolved
The very word Agile (with a capital A) was first used in the 1994 book "Agile Competitors and Virtual Organizations." Agile, the authors argue, exacts a cost on an organization: "It requires major changes in organization, management philosophy, and operations."
In our modern moment Agile and Scrum are tossed around by leaders as the newest management fad. What leadership has to recognize is that this requires not only changes in their organizations, but changes in themselves. The world of today is undergoing a rapid transition from one phase to another, and those leaders who cannot fundamentally shift how they view the world, their companies, and the way they think about work itself simply won't make it. As one evolutionist put it in 1964, "It is not the strongest species that survives, or the most intelligent, but the one most responsive to change."

Speakers
avatar for JJ Sutherland

JJ Sutherland

Co-Author of "Scrum: The Art of Doing Twice the Work in Half the Time", Scrum. Inc
| As the Chief Product Owner of Scrum Inc. JJ is responsible for setting the vision, prioritizing the backlog, and maximizing both business opportunities and thought leadership The co-author of Scrum: The Art of Doing Twice the Work in Half the Time published by Crown,  JJ is a Certified Scrum Trainer. He focuses on inspiring, educating, and coaching Agile leadership teams and using Scrum and Agile in domains reaching far beyond... Read More →


Monday September 19, 2016 9:50am - 10:50am
Prudential Tower Room 5

9:50am

LeanDxD: Where Lean Discovery meets Lean Delivery
Ensuring that you’re building the right thing is only half of the battle. Lean also means getting high quality solutions to your customers faster and with more predictability. LeanDxD marries discovery & delivery practices together by validating upstream options, getting customer feedback quickly and using data to make decisions. This presentation will cover how to build a backlog of viable product options using scientific methods of experimentation. We will explore how to use kanban to deliver products to users incrementally and on time. And finally, we will learn how to leverage the symbiotic relationship between what you deploy and what you decide to develop next.

Speakers
avatar for Colleen Johnson

Colleen Johnson

Practice Director, Lean/Agile Transformation, ImagineX Consulting
Colleen Johnson is the Practice Director of Lean and Agile Transformation at ImagineX Consulting.  Colleen applies a systems thinking approach to aligning agile methodologies across the enterprise and works with clients to apply the right cultural and context-driven practices to create sustainable agility. She is an expert in Lean/Kanban methods of iterative software delivery and advocates for LeanStartup... Read More →



Monday September 19, 2016 9:50am - 10:50am
Prudential Tower Room 3

10:50am

Morning Break Sponsored by Prudential
Coffee, Tea, Water and light snacks available.

Sponsors
avatar for Prudential

Prudential

With operations in the United States, Asia, Europe and Latin America, we provide customers with a variety of products and services, including life insurance, annuities, retirement-related services, mutual funds and investment management. We strive to create long-term value for our stakeholders through strong business fundamentals, consistent with our mission guided by our vision and directed by our company's core values.


Monday September 19, 2016 10:50am - 11:10am
3rd Floor - Pru Tower

11:10am

Agile Metrics
Presented as part of the Core Agile Series sponsored by Hyperdrive and Bratton.  Contact us at info@brattoninc.com for more information.

New to Agile Metrics?
You’re likely asking questions like “How should we measure progress?” and “Are we doing better or worse than before”. Discover in this session the core metrics that you should be considering in your Agile practice.  You’ll learn what you need to pay attention to – and what you don’t need to pay attention to -- at the team, program, and portfolio levels of your enterprise.  More importantly, you’ll come away with an understanding of how to keep your metrics to a minimum while providing the most MEANING to your organization.

Speakers
avatar for Lee Cunningham

Lee Cunningham

Lee Cunningham is VersionOne's Senior Director of Enterprise Agile Strategy, where he focuses on helping senior organizational leadership succeed in their businesses through the application of lean-agile values, principles, and practices. He advises and collaborates with the executive sponsors and senior leaders of VersionOne's largest enterprise customers, providing insight and practical guidance in meeting the challenges of large-scale... Read More →



Monday September 19, 2016 11:10am - 12:10pm
Kiyo Sakaguchi Hall

11:10am

Beyond User Stories : Taking Your Team to Next Level of Awesome!!!

Great teams make great products, but what fuels this greatness? It's the common understanding and passion for the product but more importantly the singularity of purpose and the feedback loop and how the users are responding to the teams work. 

The new world of product development is no longer about scope management and delivering the project on time and within budget but it's now more about hypothesis validation and learning from the users and their behaviors.

The dynamics of product development is changing.  As more and more organizations are moving towards maturing their agile software development approach the traditional barriers of roles are being broken creating new opportunities and fostering a shift in the mindset. Instead of being tied down to scope management and delivering the project on time, Agile teams are focused and inspired by hypothesis validation and learning from the users and their behaviors.

In this case study we will go over how a portfolio of 12 SCRUM Teams adopted a more outcome approach and how they shifted their mindset from project delivery in Agile way to adopting the Experiment-Measure-Learn-Repeat loop which plays a crucial role in teams overall motivation, performance and moved from being SCRUM Teams to "Product Teams".


Speakers
avatar for Kalpesh Shah

Kalpesh Shah

Enterprise Agile Coach, IntraEdge Inc
Kalpesh Shah is Enterprise Agile Coach with over 7 years of experience in creating and working with different shapes and sizes of Agile teams. He works with organizations ranging from Fortune 50 companies to startups, helping them make the transition to Agile way of working, implementing Agile at Scale, employ Lean Product Development approaches and instill Lean Startup mindset. His latest passion is Culture Hacking through continuous... Read More →



Monday September 19, 2016 11:10am - 12:10pm
Prudential Tower Room 5

11:10am

Lean Startup in the Enterprise

What if I told you we are experiencing the thrills of a lean startup and the perks of large enterprise? We have proven it can be done, and not in any old environment, but the highly regulated and governed one that is the financial industry. 

Unfortunately, it took a few consecutive years of losses for a traditional asset management firm to realize they needed to change their management mindset and view of IT.  Could IT do more than keep the lights on?  Find out how we took collaboration with the business to a whole new level by adopting a Lean Startup mentality. 


Speakers
avatar for Michael McCalla

Michael McCalla

President, Achieving Agility
Michael McCalla is a technology leader, transformation specialist, and avid agile practitioner that has a passion for building great products, strong teams, and valuable business outcomes. Michael has over 15 years of product management experience in the financial services industry where he has led the delivery of high quality business solutions.  He grew up in a number of start-ups,  playing multiple roles, and seeing the software... Read More →



Monday September 19, 2016 11:10am - 12:10pm
Prudential Tower Room 4

11:10am

Applying Situational Leadership Theory to Leading\Coaching Agile Teams
Management in an agile organization is about serve the needs of the team to make them successful. Situational Leadership Theory is about coach/leaders adjusting their style to get the most out of the team.
What makes a team ready for agile and change and how the manager can adjust their style based on the teammates maturity level

Speakers
avatar for Bob Costello

Bob Costello

Enterprise Agile Coach, Eliassen Group
Bob offers over 20 years experience in the software industry in both leadership and team roles. His experience includes software product management, software engineering and development.  For the last 8 years Bob has been coaching agile teams and executives in the agile mindset. Bob excels at helping organizations achieve both their business and organizational goals of a lasting agile enablement program, by... Read More →



Monday September 19, 2016 11:10am - 12:10pm
Prudential Tower Room 3

11:10am

Don’t Assume You’re Creating Value… Prove it!

Does your organization find it hard to determine “the right thing” to build? You are not alone – studies show that even in very high performing organizations only 10-35% of initial ideas actually generate business value. Agile development should make it easier to obtain early customer feedback, but in most organizations Agile approaches are limited to software development teams with little connection to the rest of the business. In addition, Agile methods by themselves offer few guidelines on how to translate organizational goals and customer needs into the backlog’s content and relative priorities in the first place. As a result, there is a significant, but often underappreciated risk that Agile teams end up very efficiently building “the wrong thing right.”

In this session, we explore how Lean Discovery and experimentation can expand the scope of Agile’s “inspect and adapt” feedback loops to systematically identify and validate critical assumptions about our product’s value proposition. Based on the Lean Startup and Lean UX approach to product development as a series of hypotheses about customers’ behaviors and value perceptions, we discuss ways to derive testable assumptions from organizational goals to enable validated learning. Finally, we explore the implications of this approach on project planning and budgeting to support increased business agility.

 


Speakers
avatar for Mathias Eifert

Mathias Eifert

Managing Consultant/Agile Coach, Excella Consulting
Mathias Eifert is a coach and advocate for agility at all levels of the organization. He works with Excella Consulting and has more than fifteen years experience using Lean and Agile approaches to improve clients’ processes and build better systems. He is particularly focused on helping clients discover the power of shortened feedback loops to realize business value and reduce risk. As a consultant to both public and private sector... Read More →



Monday September 19, 2016 11:10am - 12:10pm
Prudential Tower Room 2

11:10am

Getting Up Close and Personal with Your Users and Stakeholders

Development teams can benefit immensely from breaking boundaries not just within the team but also outside the traditional sandbox of “design, code and test”. In this talk Lasse shares ways how a small team of engineers learned to better connect with their users and stakeholders through practices such as full transparency towards finances, taking lead on operational partnerships, wearing the the publicist’s hat, and reaching out to individual users any way they could. Join us to uncover ways in which you too can get to enjoy the constant stream of hugs, kisses and five-star reviews that follows!


Speakers
avatar for Lasse Koskela

Lasse Koskela

Principal Technologist, Reaktor Ventures
Lasse Koskela is an experienced technology and a methodology consultant. He has consulted and trained some of the largest organisations in the Nordics and worldwide in their adoption of agile software development, including Nokia, F-Secure, Nordea and HBO. Alongside his work in methodology consulting, Lasse works hands-on with mobile technologies. During just the past two years he has shipped several iOS, Android and even Windows... Read More →



Monday September 19, 2016 11:10am - 12:10pm
Prudential Tower Room 1

12:10pm

Lunch and Raffle
Monday September 19, 2016 12:10pm - 12:40pm
3rd Floor - Pru Tower

12:40pm

KEYNOTE: The Agile Value Chain — Embracing Agile Throughout the Enterprise
Do you work in an organization that expects development to be agile but doesn’t see any advantage of changing the way the rest of the organization operates? Do your colleagues in sales, marketing, finance, legal, HR, governance, etc., unintentionally make your job more difficult just by doing things they way they’ve always done them? Do you try to explain that agile requires changes across the organization, only to hear, “But agile is all about development, right?” If so, I bet you’ve heard all the same excuses I have. Sales can’t operate in an agile-like way because legal demands they write fixed-priced, fixed-scope, fixed-date contracts. Finance would love to be more agile, but budget realities require that you submit a spending plan detailing where every penny will be spent a year or more ahead of time—and yes, you will be held accountable to that. Senior management would love to help limit the number of projects, but that would mean saying no to one or more stakeholders, which just isn’t politically feasible. So for now, they’d like to have all the teams show a little progress (however small) on every project. It is a miracle that we can do any kind of reasonable agile development in this environment! The reality is that if we want to be successful with agile, I mean truly reap the benefits of what we expect to get from agility, then we need to embrace agile throughout the full value chain. In other words, the non-development parts of the organization have to embrace agile and align their efforts with those of development. This presentation presents various strategies for aligning groups like sales, marketing, legal, finance, HR, and senior management with core agile principles. The goal is to create an agile organization, instead of one that all but guarantees a continuous 

Speakers
avatar for Ken Rubin

Ken Rubin

Managing Principal, Author of Essential Scrum, Innolution
Ken Rubin is the author of Amazon’s #1 best selling book Essential Scrum: A Practical Guide to the Most Popular Agile Process. As an agile thought leader, Ken founded Innolution where he helps organizations thrive through the application of agile principles in an effective and economically sensible way. He has coached over 200 companies ranging from startups to Fortune 10, and is an angel... Read More →



Monday September 19, 2016 12:40pm - 1:30pm
Kiyo Sakaguchi Hall

1:40pm

Kanban 101 – The Kanban Method to Agile

Kanban 101 – The Kanban Method to Agile

This workshop is designed to take you through the basic concept of using Kanban as an Agile practice. You’ll learn key the Principles and Practices of Kanban as well as other related aspects of optimizing flow and managing our work-in-progress. This will be a brief and concise introduction to Kanban methods.


Speakers
avatar for Jonathan Hansen

Jonathan Hansen

Executive Vice President of Operations, Thumbtack Technology
With over a decade of experience building effective engineering teams, Jonathan Hansen channels his expertise in Agile and Lean product development to educate and lead 100+ engineers at Thumbtack Technology, where he is currently EVP of Operations. | | Before joining Thumbtack in May 2012, Jonathan led the CheetahMail development team for Experian. He co-chaired the Experian Global Agile Development Group, where he fine-tuned his Agile... Read More →



Monday September 19, 2016 1:40pm - 2:40pm
Kiyo Sakaguchi Hall

1:40pm

How You Communicate Determines What You Communicate
 We’ve all been in conversations and presentations where the other party just didn’t reach us. Many of us have also been a presenter to a single person or a group and had the feeling that our audience just wasn’t getting it. The presenter certainly has a plan for their presentation… Do you realize that your listener has a plan their listening? When these plans don’t align, guess which one rules? In this session we’ll cover the strategies, dimensions (NLP) and psychology of communicating effectively and achieving your intended result. In an hour we can’t do it all, but we will do an experiment or two to demonstrate why this matters and give you concrete techniques to make you more successful.

Speakers
avatar for Bruce Backa

Bruce Backa

CEO, NTP Software
After CTO roles at the American Stock Exchange and AIG, Bruce founded New Technology Partners which became Microsoft’s Partner of the Year, Worldwide in 1999. Today, Bruce is the CEO of NTP Software and the founder of Agile Codynamics. His focus in on the relationship between humans, systems, and technology, hence: codynamics. In addition to a math degree from Dartmouth and being a Stanford GSB Alum, Bruce is a certified trainer of NLP... Read More →


Monday September 19, 2016 1:40pm - 2:40pm
Prudential Tower Room 4

1:40pm

10 Steps to Continuous Integration, Testing and Delivery
Since Agile is based on continuous delivery, anything that breaks the continuity is a bottleneck. According to Gene Kim in "The Phoenix Project", any improvements made anywhere besides the bottleneck are an illusion". Some of the most common bottlenecks are unstable environments, unavailable test data and/or manual processes. Any manual process in the Software Delivery Lifecycle prevents the continuous build, test, deploy cycle and will either extend the Time To Market or will keep growing the Technical Debt due to insufficient testing.  This presentation explores various automation tools and techniques that can help to address process bottlenecks and achieve a true DevOps state

Speakers
avatar for Tanya Kravstov

Tanya Kravstov

Director of QA, Audible
Tanya Kravtsov has recently joined Audible as a Director of QA and is helping to build a new QA org to support innovative web product development at scale.  Previously, as the head of automation and continuous delivery at ROKITT, Tanya focused on internal Automation and DevOps practices and worked with customers to transform their development and testing processes. Tanya is passionate about process automation, which... Read More →



Monday September 19, 2016 1:40pm - 2:40pm
Prudential Tower Room 2

1:40pm

How to Solve All of Your Flow & High Performance Problems by Using Mob Programming

At Verisk Insurance Solutions, we use experimentation to find innovative solutions.  Recently we experimented with mob programming to resolve multiple impediments which had prevented both flow and high performance.  We did most of this, including the preparation, in just a few days; however, it took about two months of thinking, learning, and walking around in circles before we collectively understood and internalized that mob programming would bring us to where we needed to go.  The purpose of this session is to help you understand and internalize what mob programming can do through an interactive exercise.

Expected Learning Outcomes:  This session will show you how to set up and run a mob programming session, have a better understanding of the roles of each person in preparation and execution of the mob programming session, and why a CTO, product owner, coach, and team member would want to, AT THE VERY LEAST, experiment with mob programming.



Speakers
avatar for Jack Caine

Jack Caine

Principal Agile Consultant, UST Global
Jack Caine is an agile-lean coach & trainer and has worked with large companies such as Walmart, Motorola, Cisco, Barclays, AmerisourceBergen, and ISO Verisk Analytics at the team, program and portfolio levels.Jack is certified as a SAFe-SPC3/4, CSP, CSM, CSPO, ICP-ATF, ICP-ACC, ACI-ABC and is actively working on the CTC (applied), CEC & CST certifications.  Jack is the editor of Jack’s Agile Notebook (http://goo.gl/5IsK86), a frequent... Read More →
avatar for Nigel DeFreitas

Nigel DeFreitas

Chief Technologist, Verisk
Nigel DeFreitas is the Chief Technologist at Verisk Insurance Solutions in Jersey City, N.J. He specializes in a wide variety of Retail, Supply Chain Risk Management, P&C Claims, and Health Care fraud prevention solutions. Nigel holds the CSPO, and MSIS. LinkedIn:  https://goo.gl/JaLZN2 Twitter: @ndefreitas
avatar for Susan Pisano

Susan Pisano

Product Innovation Manager, ISO ClaimSearch Solutions
Susan Pisano is Product Innovation Manager for ISO ClaimSearch Solutions in Jersey City, NJ. As a CSPO, Susan is responsible for the reinvention of ISO ClaimSearch’s core offering, applying innovation and technology to create a highly visualized, analytic claims solution for the insurance industry.



Monday September 19, 2016 1:40pm - 2:40pm
Prudential Tower Room 3

1:40pm

Inception: Making Your Agile Dreams a Reality
For project stakeholders and agile team members who want to jumpstart the beginning of their agile project work based on a shared understanding of project goals, the Mindful Agile Transformation Inception is a workshop framework that fosters team cohesion and collaboration to build a project vision, understanding project goals, and prioritizing those goals toward reaching the defined desired outcome. Unlike standard Scrum training, the Mindful ATF Inception Workshop
allows for flexibility to pivot and accomplish the objectives, without the constraints of a typical meeting agenda.

We'll share the Prudential story of discovering the value of creating a shared Vision and business proposition; doing the planning work up-front to avoid team interruptions later; co-creation; diverging and converging; and pairing for facilitation and pivot perspective and how this is shifting the leader mindset in our organization.

Speakers
avatar for Mary Rood

Mary Rood

Agile Coach, Prudential
Mary is a 20 year veteran of technology whose whirlwind agile journey began a little over a year ago. As an agile coach supporting her organizations transformation, she has found great joy in both supporting the success of others and challenging cultural beliefs. As an veteran of the US Army, she is convinced that every transitioning service member should actively seek to find a corporate home in an agile environment.  In her spare time, she... Read More →
avatar for Michael Vitale

Michael Vitale

Scrum Master/Agile Coach, Prudential
With over 25 years in the IT Financial sector Michael worked in various segments of the development process for JP Morgan, Merrill Lynch & Deutsche Bank before coming to Prudential.    | | Wanting to expand his horizons he studied at the Institute for Professional Excellence in Coaching and in 2011 he became a Certified Professional coach.  | | Embarking on his "Agile journey" about one year ago, Michael is bringing his IT... Read More →



Monday September 19, 2016 1:40pm - 2:40pm
Prudential Tower Room 1

1:40pm

Transformation: The Long and Winding Road
Getting a couple of Agile teams stood up with Scrum, XP, or Kanban is relatively straightforward. After a few months, or when trying to add even more teams, organizations start to run into obstacles to Agile adoption that are beyond the ability of the individual teams to address. The root cause of these obstacles is that organizations have been purpose-built to support and reinforce traditional methodologies while unintentionally impeding and discouraging the use of Agile. As with many endeavors, it is important for your organization to have specific adoption goals, a way to assess progress, and an approach for identifying and addressing obstacles as they arise. This presentation will introduce scaling beyond Technology, setting and assessing goals, and the Kotter Change Model to complement the existing problem finding and solving tools found in Agility.

Speakers
avatar for Brent Hurley

Brent Hurley

Agile Coach, Gira Solutions
Brent Hurley is the Chief Problem Identifier at Gira Solutions and an Agile Coach based in New York. He has instigated and completed multiple Agile roll-outs for Gira with clients across a wide range of industries. Brent’s work covers the Team, Product and Enterprise Coaching, mentoring them through the adoption of Agile practices. He has also worked with Senior Managers and Leaders to assist them in realizing the business value... Read More →



Monday September 19, 2016 1:40pm - 2:40pm
Prudential Tower Room 5

2:40pm

Afternoon Break
Monday September 19, 2016 2:40pm - 3:00pm
3rd Floor - Pru Tower

3:00pm

Planning With Agile

Presented as part of the Core Agile Series sponsored by Hyperdrive and Bratton.

Now that I know how Agile works, how do I plan with Agile?  This session will take you through planning concepts including: (1) 5 Levels of Planning; (2) User Stories; (3) Prioritization; (4) Story Mapping, (5) Big Room Planning.  This is a lot of content so we’ll be moving fast!


Speakers
avatar for Brent Hurley

Brent Hurley

Agile Coach, Gira Solutions
Brent Hurley is the Chief Problem Identifier at Gira Solutions and an Agile Coach based in New York. He has instigated and completed multiple Agile roll-outs for Gira with clients across a wide range of industries. Brent’s work covers the Team, Product and Enterprise Coaching, mentoring them through the adoption of Agile practices. He has also worked with Senior Managers and Leaders to assist them in realizing the business value... Read More →



Monday September 19, 2016 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Kiyo Sakaguchi Hall

3:00pm

Supporting Autonomy at Spotify
Autonomy, especially aligned and effective autonomy, is an outcome, not something you start with. This talk will discuss what is necessary to support autonomy and what Spotify has in place that works and doesn't quite work.

Speakers
avatar for Jason Yip

Jason Yip

Agile Coach, Spotify
Agile Coach at Spotify since early 2015.  Was Principal Consultant at ThoughtWorks since early 2001, mostly in Australia. Previously committer on CruiseControl, first Open Source continuous integration server.  First encountered Extreme Programming in 1998.



Monday September 19, 2016 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Prudential Tower Room 1

3:00pm

The Empire Strikes Back: How to Lose/Win Against Insurmountable Odds
“The Empire Strikes Back: How to Lose/Win Against Insurmountable Odds” will walk the audience through the failures of trying to change the culture of execution and what you can do to not let it consume you.  As the saying goes, when you can’t be a good example, just be a horrible warning for others.  The second half of the session will focus on how the learnings from failing at one job, can lead to spectacular success as is the case with the story of Symphony Communications.  The talk will be one part storytelling, one part inspirational, and whole lot of self deprecating project management humor.   

Speakers
avatar for Yoon Chung

Yoon Chung

Head of Product and Engineering Operations, Symphony Communications
Yoon Chung is the one person you will want in the outbreak of a zombie invasion, in planning a 7-course meal with over 20 guests, or just figure a way to get teams organized and efficient.  In the case of the latter, Yoon’s career has spanned such companies as Sun Microsystems, PayPal, Rosetta Stone, and Visa.   Yoon’s accomplishments in the field of program and project management have helped... Read More →


Monday September 19, 2016 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Prudential Tower Room 3

3:00pm

Scaling Out DevOps Culture Change

How do we move from a legacy of entrenched silos, distrust and uneven communication to operationally self-sufficient teams that work together in an open, generative way?   That was the question we faced when we began our DevOps journey at Advance Digital.   

We had two big objectives: One, migrate all of our applications to Amazon Web Services to shut down datacenters in the required timeframe. Two, accelerate the maturation of our novice agile teams into collaborative, self-managing teams who embrace full ownership of their products, including systems and operations. 

I’ll talk about our approach to ‘scaling out’ vs ‘scaling up’ our DevOps transformation, including what worked and didn’t work for building trust, alignment and transparency across the organization.


Speakers
avatar for Rebecca Moss

Rebecca Moss

Program Manager, Agile Product Delivery, Advance Digital
Rebecca was a web developer and technical manager at Advance Digital in the early 2000s, and recently returned as a program manager charged with growing agile and lean practices and culture across the company. Advance Digital is an online media company that develops multi-platform news products across a portfolio of brands, including NJ.com, OregonLive.com, and NOLA.com | | In the interim years, Rebecca iterated and improved her approach to... Read More →



Monday September 19, 2016 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Prudential Tower Room 5

3:00pm

Doing Agile with a Big Bang Product Release
Are you tired of the debate about not being Agile because you only release once every 6-12 month?
I sure am. During the session I will share my experience on keeping the Agile Principles front and center even when the Product can’t be release incrementally. Thought out the session concepts of
Obtaining validated learning through user experience engagement
Story Mapping /Story Flow Mapping designed to keep the product team in sync with the customer feedback loop
Product Change Management
Customer focus groups

Speakers
avatar for James Gifford

James Gifford

Agile Coach
James Gifford, AKA Scrummando, is an Agile Coach with 14 years' experience and the Mid-Atlantic Director at Genesis Consulting . He leads a team of  seasoned agile practitioners that  help clients optimize the flow of value to the customer and respond to change.  He believe in a hands-on, pragmatic, and adaptable coaching approach that uses a blend Agile practices to tailor a framework that is the right fit for his clients goals... Read More →



Monday September 19, 2016 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Prudential Tower Room 2

3:00pm

Leading Agile Transformation
Lead an Agile transformation by garnering support of non-tech stakeholders, build the business case & then lead a practical Agile transition while continually monitoring and improving it.  You will walk away with key focus areas and pitfalls for each phase.

Speakers
CJ

CJ Jouhal

Senior Director of Engineering, Audible
CJ is a Senior Director of Engineering at Audible and runs the Core Engineering Services/API and Enterprise teams.  Prior to Audible, CJ was a Director of Engineering at eBay's Enterprise business unit where he led the product and professional services engineering organizations for websites such as Toys R Us, Dicks Sporting Goods, Ralph Lauren, Bath & Body Works, Petsmart and many more.  CJ led a successful large scale Agile... Read More →



Monday September 19, 2016 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Prudential Tower Room 4

4:10pm

KEYNOTE: Scaling Lean: Project, Program, Portfolio
The term Lean has become widely popular, particularly with the word “startup” attached to it. This has led many people to believe this is an approach to work relevant only to new companies or initiatives. Lean-curious companies who have tried to implement these ideals often stall at one or two teams citing organizational complexities, politics and dependencies as insurmountable obstacles to Lean Startup at scale. Can Lean Startup practices be scaled — not just as culture and philosophy but as tactical process? In this practical presentation, Jeff will share several methods for scaling Lean Startup techniques in large organizations exemplified in detailed case studies and professional experience. Jeff will cover knowledge management, intra-team dependencies, infrastructure requirements and several other elements of ensuring successful Lean Startup practices in companies of any size.

Speakers
avatar for Jeff Gothelf

Jeff Gothelf

Author, Speaker, Organizational Designer, Gothelf.co
Jeff is the author of Lean UX (soon to be out in 2nd edition) and the upcoming Sense and Respond, a speaker and organizational designer. Over his nearly 20 years in digital products and services Jeff has worked to bring a customer-centric, evidence-based approach to product strategy, design and leadership. Most recently Jeff co-founded Neo Innovation (sold to Pivotal Labs) in New York City and helped build it into one of the most... Read More →


Monday September 19, 2016 4:10pm - 5:00pm
Kiyo Sakaguchi Hall

5:15pm

Reception Sponsored by Hyperdrive Agile Leadership
Sponsors
avatar for Hyperdrive Agile Leadership

Hyperdrive Agile Leadership

Hyperdrive Agile Leadership is a leading full-service Agile Transformation consultancy founded in the Silicon Valley. Our enterprise clients - from Fortune 500 to start-ups - rely on Hyperdrive’s experts to coach and train frameworks, which include Scrum, Kanban, and DevOps. Amplified by lean thinking, agile values, and mindfulness, we partner with your organization to truly transform into an effective Agile Enterprise. Hyperdrive is... Read More →


Monday September 19, 2016 5:15pm - 6:00pm
3rd Floor - Pru Tower