Keynote & Plenary Sessions


Keynote Presentations

 
Scott Ambler
Scott Ambler
ALM Thought Leader,
DAD Framework
Scott Ambler + Associates
 
 

Disciplined Agile Delivery: The Foundation for Scaling Agile
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Organizations are applying agile strategies with large teams, geographically distributed teams, in outsourcing situations, in complex domains, in technical complex situations, and in regulatory situations. Sometimes they’re successful and sometimes they’re not. Scott Ambler has been helping organizations around the world for years to understand and apply agile strategies for years, first in his role as Chief Methodologist for IT at IBM Rational and now as an international management consultant. In this keynote you’ll discover how Disciplined Agile Delivery (DAD) provides a solid foundation from which to scale agile, learn how agile teams work at scale, and identify several common scaling anti-patterns which should be avoided.
 
 
Ken Schwaber
Ken Schwaber
Industry Legend,
Co-Creator Scrum
 
 

The State of Agile
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The state of Agile may be wholly dependent upon its ability to prove its value. Proving value requires that we look at actual business outcomes as evidence. Evidence-Based Management has been used to improve the outcomes in healthcare. Ken will describe how it can be used to prove and improve the value software organizations contribute to their parent organization, based on both direct evidence of value and circumstantial evidence of software development capability.
 
 
Steve Denning
Steve Denning
Award-Winning Author
 
 

Transforming Management Through Agile
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Why is so much of what we know about management and the economy just plain, flat, dead wrong? The root cause is that the world changed but management didn’t. We are going through a vast set of changes in society, in which everything we do is being re-invented—how we live, how we work, how we play, how we communicate, even how we think and how we feel. As a result, what used to work—the kind of management that is still prevalent is big organizations—doesn’t work anymore.

  The old economy is dying and in its place, a new economy is emerging—the Creative Economy. This is an economy of continuous innovation and transformation, where the winners are those who are able to delight customers by continuously adding new value. Success in this economy requires a number of things. For one thing, it requires agility: you have to be nimble, as change is happening much faster than ever before.

  But agility alone is not enough. it also requires a wholly different way of managing, with new goals, new ways of structuring work, new ways of coordinating work, new values and new ways of communicating. Call it a phase change, or a paradigm shift or a Copernican Revolution in management—whatever you call it, it is different.
 
 
Sam Guckenheimer
Sam Guckenheimer
Product Owner
Microsoft Visual Studio
Microsoft
 
 

Transforming Software Development in a World of Services
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The new world of services enables a much tighter “build-measure-learn” loop so that you can deliver value in small increments and adjust rapidly to feedback. In order to do this, you need to make significant changes to your customer data collection and engineering processes to avoid any debt accumulation and to streamline delivery into production. This talk will look at lessons learned from the transformation of a traditional development organization to a cloud cadence and the practices for continual delivery of customer value.
 


Plenary Presentations

 
James Whittaker
James Whittaker
Distinguished Technical Evangelist
Microsoft
 
 

A Future Worth Wanting
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There is one problem that affects all users, content providers and app developers that is bigger than any other problem they face. Discoverability. For users, the web is noisy, returning millions of “relevant” results to everyday queries. Apps offer no relief. It’s hard to find functionality because it is hidden behind all those apps in all those app stores. Users have been reduced to a hunter-gatherer lifestyle, hunting for information on the web and gathering apps from the store. For providers, users are something they can attract only through the “middle-men” of search engines and app stores. They don’t get the users who need them, only the users who find them.

This talk discusses a more modern approach to discoverability that domesticates the information supply and frees users and providers alike from their hunting and gathering activities. And, ultimately, gives us a future worth wanting.
 
 
Mike Brittain
Mike Brittain
Director of
Engineering
Etsy
 
 

Principles and Practices of Continuous Deployment
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Continuous Deployment is a development methodology relying on small change sets deployed frequently to production systems in order to build software products. Configuration flags used in code replace traditional development branches for gating complete vs. incomplete functionality. This talk with reveal how Etsy uses Continuous Deployment to enable a culture of data-informed product design through rapid experimentation.
 
 
Dave West
Dave West
Chief Product Office
Tasktop
 
 

Lean ALM: Making Software Flow from Idea to Implementation
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For many 21st century companies software provides competitive advantage. Delivering software faster and of a higher quality has a direct impact on the business bottom line. But according to the Standish Groups CHAOS report only a third of projects are successful with two thirds being late, cancelled or not delivering the functionality requested. The business process of software delivery is broken and it is time to fix it, it is time to apply Lean to the business process of software delivery. In this talk Dave West, Chief Product Officer at Tasktop and former Forrester Analyst discusses how Lean needs to be applied to ALM. He will describe what Lean ALM will look like and how by making software flow organizations can effectively increase delivery velocity, make better decisions and deploy software that will deliver increased business value. In this talk he will cover the following:-
  • The context for Lean ALM.
  • The challenge of changing your end to end ALM approach.
  • Why Lean is the answer.
  • What Lean ALM looks like?
  • What it means to you.
 
 
 
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