Thursday, February 11, 2021

The Silent ‘i’ in Agile

It is this ‘i’ that ignited the fire of change in organizations. Let’s now take it worldwide- to our every day and inspire the next wave of Change.

Are you ready to take the silent ‘i’, and make it heard by amplifying its power?

Get ready to be mesmerized and inspired, when you see Lizzy Morris on our virtual stage at our Conference kickoff!

Join us for this keynote where Lizzy Morris, our charismatic, dynamic, and amazing agile thought leader will present a beautifully crafted presentation that will get your batteries charged and energize you to take action!

Lizzy Morris
The Silent "i" in Agile

Lean in Agile - Enabling Women in Leadership

A toggle box In this session, we will start with our signature Offer/Seek technique to explore the systemic and internalized barriers each group faces. Based on this crowd-sourced wisdom, amplified by LIA’s own expertise, we will facilitate an exploratory technique to prioritize overcoming these barriers and will work to realize this commitment through the spiral framework.

LeanInAgile (LIA) is a community service organization, to increase the value and visibility of women within the Lean and Agile communities. The hallmark of Agile servant leadership is based on stereotypically feminine attributes such as empathy, collaboration, and effective listening. Yet, there is a significant gap in the number, recognition, and compensation of women at the higher levels of Agile leadership.

We have more women in workforce today than ever. There is no lack of qualified women to fill the leadership roles. Why then do we see gender inequality in leadership layers? Institutional mindsets and structural barriers are often the impediments for growth of women in leadership. There is an immediate need to explore the inherent systemic issue that is working against the much desired presence of women in leadership.

LIA works to narrow this gap by empowering women to celebrate, learn and grow together through initiatives such as Spirals, LIA100 and LIANextGen. We believe that an actively inclusive and diverse community will generate better outcomes for us all and help to realize Agile values and mindset in our workforces and in our communities. content area

Padmini Nidumolu
Lean In Agile - Enabling women in leadership

Anti-Pattern Death Match!

Agile Coach and Certified Scrum Trainer, Patrick specializes in Agile transformation in the public sector and scaling Agile frameworks. A criminologist by training, Patrick transitioned from developing geospatial applications in Agile teams to coaching and training Agile methods and frameworks. He has served as an Agile coach and trainer for over 50 US government organizations, as well as the states of Alabama, Maryland, and New York.

Patrick McConnell

Friday, February 12, 2021

Upside Only - Let's celebrate Agile's pervasive impact!

Come to hear success stories from different corners of our Agile community.

For one evening, let us CELEBRATE.

That’s it. Simply celebrate our progress and our positive impact.

Tomorrow will be soon enough to pick up the mantle of continuous improvement. Perhaps by tracing where we have come from and how far we have traveled we can find joy and meaning in the journey… and maybe some seeds for the future.

This session will be curated and facilitated by Lyssa Adkins – world-renowned coach, facilitator, teacher, and inspirer! She will also share her own story of Agile success.

Lyssa Adkins
Sally Elatta
Christopher "Cp" Richardson
Sharon Guerin
Antoinette Coetzee
Lyssa Adkins
Sally Elatta
Sharron Guerin
Antoinette Coetzee

"Impactful Product" is the new "Working Software”

In the era of Internet of Things and the overwhelming presence of data, we’re now able to understand how our product decisions shape our customer’s lives. As a result our endpoint of value has shifted from working software to impactful product. This celebratory talk will cover the strides we’ve made in focusing on what matters. From the early push towards shortening delivery cycle time to inclusion of how to care for software once in production (DevOps), Agile has improved both the speed at which software is delivered and its reliability. Jason will share current stories of how that concept of value has expanded to include correlating genuine customer success to product and feature usage.

Jason will share the story of how one product team committed to improving the financial health of it’s customers, used both business and customer measures as lagging indicators of success and how they connected even the smallest of experiments to those measures in order to understand just how much value was delivered.

Lastly we’ll discuss how current frameworks for managing programs (e.g. large bodies of work) become inadequate when using an outcome driven approach to drive product direction and why that’s a good problem to have.

Jason Hall
"Impactful Product" is the new "Working Software - Jason Hall
"Impactful Product" is the new "Working Software - Jason Hall

What kind of leader do you want to be?

We are all leaders. We create the world we live in and are shaped by the world we live in. As we look back, and celebrate, the accomplishments of the agile movement over the past 20 years we will look through the lens of leadership.

What role have “individuals and interactions” played in developing agility? What will be required of us, as leaders of collaboration, into the future?

I’ll share my story on the history of agile facilitation and coaching and encourage you to explore yours! Through sharing stories and exploring conversations you will craft your intention for leading into the future — What kind of leader do you want to be?

Marsha Acker
What kind of leader do you want to be? by Marsha Acker
What kind of leader do you want to be? by Marsha Acker

Saturday, February 13, 2021

The Agile Manifesto Genesis, Creation, Magic and more

This is the presentation you don’t want to miss. Alistair will deliver this talk on the very day the Manifesto was signed 20 years ago!

This presentation focuses on giving you an exclusive look-back into the circumstances that brought about the legendary meeting of the minds at Snowbird. It will include Alistair’s reflections on how the Manifesto has revolutionized the world of work over the last 20 years, and where he believes we are headed as we look towards the future.

Get ready for a rich learning experience! Alistair will walk down memory lane, reminisce, and share unforgettable details and anecdotes from the Manifesto’s original creation. No matter where you are in your agile journey, Alistair has a message for you. Come curious about the 20-year agile evolution and come ready to hear what his crystal ball says about the future.

Alistair Cockburn
The Agile Manifesto Genesis, Creation, Magic and more with Alistair Cockburn
The Agile Manifesto Genesis, Creation, Magic and more with Alistair Cockburn

Social Impact Agile, Agile in Unexpected Places

Washington DC is one of the most powerful cities on the planet. Just as an example, multilateral Development Banks provide billions of dollars in loans, international donations, grants and professional advice to maintain the world order and enhance social development.

I am from Costa Rica and I have worked on social development projects focused on poor populations and reduction of inequality, not only from the agile inclusion in policy writing but also from the implementation one.

Everything we do around public policy is a project aimed to make an impact to achieve a better society. But even though it is a project, Agile methods and techniques can be used to improve the process of creation and reduce the inefficiency of implementing that policy. For instance, in Tegucigalpa, Honduras, the water supply infrastructure was not enough to serve the whole city. From using Design Thinking to applying Scrum at Scale, we were able to crowdsource the power of 400 people from different areas of the government and private sector. In other instances, we helped rescue projects throughout Latin America and the Caribbean.

Given the success that we have seen, we are spreading the word of Agile through organizations such as the World Bank, IDB, Organization of American States, United Nations Development Program. Also, we are approaching other sectors such as the military, education, and humanitarian aid.

In the last few years, we have been making progress in the application of agility to international collaboration projects. I do not think of it as applying Agile out of IT. I prefer to think of it as bringing agility to non-traditional sectors to achieve social impact.

Rocío Briceño
Rocío Briceño
Social Impact Agile, Agile in Unexpected Places by Rocío Briceño
Social Impact Agile, Agile in Unexpected Places by Rocío Briceño

An increment is born

The spirit of Agile often transcends the words we use to describe it. From Christopher Alexander’s “quality without a name” to the Agile Manifesto to the 2020 update to “The Scrum Guide” we strive to capture lightning in a bottle. Sometimes what we don’t say is as important as to what we do. Less can be more.

Learn how the simpler, clearer words in the latest update to “The Scrum Guide” can up your game of creating value for your customers.

Join Jim York as he reflects on two+ decades in the DMV practicing and helping others practice Agile.

Jim York
Jim York “An increment is born” — two+ decades improving how we define and practice Scrum
Jim York “An increment is born” — two+ decades improving how we define and practice Scrum

Emergence, The past and future of Agile

If there was a fifth line in the Agile Manifesto, perhaps it could be that agilists value emergence over the assumption of predictability. Complexity theory and the Cynefin framework describe the distinctions and interactions between different problem contexts and provide both a conceptual anchor for Agile as a particular problem-solving approach and the underlying reasons for its success. But where does that leave us?

In this session, I want to retrace some of my own journey by discussing how Cynefin helped me make sense of Agile. We will review the framework, revisit some key Agile practices through its lens, and explore its implications on the interplay of Lean and Agile thinking. Finally, I will share some practical ways in which I have applied my learning about complexity, emergence, and unpredictability to evolve context-specific Agile approaches when working with clients and teams.

Mathias Eifert
Emergence, The past and future of Agile by Mathias Eifert
Emergence, The past and future of Agile by Mathias Eifert

Agile Manifesto What does it mean to you 20 years later

Please join us for a panel discussion on the impact the Agile Manifesto has had on these panelists. You will have the opportunity to answer and interact with other audience members via a virtual white board at the same time

William Strydom
Jonette Howell
Jonette Howell
Marsha Acker
Jason Hall
Padmini Nidumolu
William Strydom, Jonette Howell, Marsha Acker, Jason Hall & Padmini Nidumolu
William Strydom, Jonette Howell, Marsha Acker, Jason Hall & Padmini Nidumolu

Laughing Yoga

Laughing yoga, also known as laughter yoga, involves a series of movement and breathing exercises to promote deliberate laughter.

It’s used as a remedy for physical, psychological, and spiritual ailments, as advocates believe that intentional (simulated) laughter can provide benefits equal to those of spontaneous laughter (e.g., laughing at a joke).

This session will help lift your mood, reduce stress, strengthen your immune system, increase energy levels, improve your quality of life, and help you better manage ZOOM FATIGUE.

Melissa Daley
Melissa Daley
Serife Karagoz
Serife Karagoz
Minaxi Punjabi
Minaxi Punjabi
Laughing Yoga, Belly Laughs with Melissa Daley
Laughing Yoga, Belly Laughs with Melissa Daley

Agile Timeline

Bob Payne and George Dinwiddie will discuss their 20 year view of Agile in the DMV, and invite you to contribute your memories of the local Agile community’s timeline. They will highlight some of the pivotal initiatives they were involved in against the backdrop of the progression in global Agile thought. These initiatives include the formation of the XPWDC extreme programming user group in early 2000 and the AgileDC Conference held through the last 10 years.

XPWDC, patterned on the concept of user groups, developed the pattern of meetups that have now proliferated through the DMV. AgileDC is the largest Agile community organized event in the Washington, DC metro area. This one-day regional conference has brought together thought leaders and practitioners from government, not-for-profits, and private industry alike. The core of these events are focused around building community and spreading the word of Agile. As part of this session we will utilize networking breakouts to continue the community building.

Bob Payne Dad Jokes
Bob Payne
George Dinwiddie
Agile Timeline in the DMV with Bob Payne & George Dinwiddie
Agile Timeline in the DMV with Bob Payne & George Dinwiddie

The Power of an Agile Mindset

Research has identified what Linda likes to call “an agile mindset,” an attitude that equates failure and problems with opportunities for learning, a belief that we can all improve over time, that our abilities are not fixed but evolve with effort. What’s surprising about this research is the impact of our mindset on creativity and innovation, estimation, and collaboration in and out of the workplace.

Linda will share what we know so far about this mindset and offer some practical suggestions to help all of us become even more agile. She will help us reflect on how an Agile Mindset has helped teams accomplish more, and how embracing it deeper can help us evolve our practices even further.

Linda Rising

Let My Agile Past Tell Your Agile Future

Can my past tell your future? Possibly. I’ve encountered some interesting needs as an Agilist and have found ways to employ the appropriate ‘mindset’ in a variety of ways. I’d like to share those with you. I’ve also witnessed (and even made) many mistakes. I’d like to share those as well so you can avoid them.

I’ve got many short stories to tell; in fact too many to cover in the 45 minutes we’ll be together in seance.

We’ll start with a draw of 4 Tarot cards. These could all be possible futures for you, if you haven’t encountered them yet. Your possible fate (a short story) will be told by a Tarot card that an audience member will choose. I will then share the story of that card and how it is important to a possible future you. I’ll then hold space for you to ask questions about that story and how it may apply to you. When the questions subside, we’ll move on to draw a new card and let a different audience member select from the choices available. As an Agile druid, I foresee getting through 4-8 stories depending on the number of questions people have.

What magic will these cards reveal? Will it be a spell of what successful team launches are? Or the curse that materializes when there is a single owner of an Agile transformation vision? What does your possible future hold?

Paul Boos

The Rise of Agile Leadership

When it was launched, the 2001 agile manifesto was intended to promote an existing movement in the software profession. However, it has instead exploded into a management revolution, prompting many questions: What is agile leadership anyway? Was it even discussed when this all began? What does it mean to be a manager in today’s world? How can I help leaders grow into these new expectations?

In this high-energy session, you will learn

How agile champions influenced a set of new expectations for today’s managers and executives?
How your DMV colleagues played critical parts along the way?
How to help that momentum continue forward?

Jesse Fewell
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Agile Swami, what's your agile lineage

“What does not kill you only makes you stronger” – Friedrich Nietzsche, German philosopher

The fact is, we are all shaped by our journey– our perspectives, actions, mannerisms, values, and beliefs. Whether it was planned, reacted to, victimized by, envisioned, or carefully shaped, you are a product of the life you have lived! Rest assured, you are not just a collection of matter being bounced around by the chaos of your environment; you are always in control of who you are and the person you are yet to become.

Join me in exploring who you have yet to become through the lens of personal growth and wholehearted leadership. This session will present useful models and examples to help articulate and visualize your own journey and agile lineage. This process of self-discovery will help provide insight into not only who you are and how you got there, but also the biases, perspectives, and possible blind spots in which you see the world.

Let’s explore these questions and possible ways to answer them:

Perspective is everything, what lens are you looking through?
Where did you learn “your agile”?
How do your mentors influence your perspective?
How does your work/industry/client influence your work?
How do you influence you?

Darren Hoevel A20 DMV
Darren Hoevel Panel Discussion, Agile in the DMV - yesterday, today, and tomorrow

Arlen Bankston, Claire Atwell, Joshua Seckel, Melissa Rummel and Richard Cheng discuss the evolution of Agility in the District, Maryland and Virginia area.

Arlen Bankston
Claire Atwell
Joshua Seckel
Josh Seckel
Melissa Rummel
Richard Cheng

Agile Estimation Fish Bowl Session

Some people think that in Agile Software Development, you should throw out Estimation the same way you throw out Documentation. Sure, you can create software without these things, but you may not be meeting the needs of your organization. The key to both of these is getting maximum value for minimal investment of time and energy. The foundation of that is understanding what needs you’re trying to meet. There are also some benefits to estimation in an Agile context that don’t exist in the plan-driven world.

Join George Dinwiddie, author of Software Estimation Without Guessing — Effective Planning in an Imperfect World (PragProg), for a fishbowl discussion on the needs, strategies, and techniques of estimation. Tell us what has worked for you, so we can all share in your experience. Describe the challenges of your situation, and we’ll find ways to fit it. Relate your past stories, and we’ll explore alternative narratives.

A fishbowl is a public multi-way conversation. At any time, you can volunteer to join the conversation. In the physical world, this is accomplished by sitting in an empty chair with the panel. In our virtual world, we’ll substitute raising your virtual hand and a facilitator will add you to the panel. To keep the conversation manageable, someone else will leave the conversation when it’s full. Of course, if they have something further to say, they can always raise their hand again.

George Dinwiddie