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Over the past 10 years Ken has been assisting companies with their larger-scale agile journeys. In several of these companies he has been engaged for multiple years on large (1000+ people) agile efforts.
During this presentation he will communicate strategies and actual approaches that have been applied to the real issues he has encountered. The goal of this presentation is to communicate actual lessons learned, not theory.
Managing Principal, Innolution, LLC
Author of Essential Scrum
Creator of the Visual AGILExicon®
Ken will be Speaking about:
Addressing the Significant Issues that Impede Full End-To-End Business Agility
To achieve significant business results from adopting agile, organizations must focus on full end-to-end business agility. Such a focus involves the entire value chain of how the organization operates including budgeting, planning, legal, controls, HR, marketing, sales, etc. Most large-scale agile adoptions have historically focused on some or all of the development/IT departments within an organization. Although there are certainly benefits to be gained by embracing agility in the development areas, this approach is myopic and misses the bigger picture that development must occur within a larger system context. What is needed is end-to-end business agility where the whole system is considered and decisions and optimizations happen at the whole system level, of which development is but one piece.
When taking a full end-to-end perspective, we can expose many significant issues that impede an organization’s large-scale agile journey. For example, most organizations will not become fully end-to-end agile immediately, which means they will need to operate in a hybrid world of both agile and non-agile. Also, most organizations have historically used “projects” as their unit of focus for budgeting, planning, and team organization. Projects are a very poor unit of focus; fortunately there are specific characteristics we can leverage to make a better choice. And, dependencies among collaborating teams has made it nearly impossible for many organizations to reliably and predictably get the work done. There are multiple patterns for dealing with inter-team dependencies that need to be woven together into a holistic end-to-end solution. Finally, we need practical ways of using metrics in the context of a full end-to-end business agility environment that provide actionable information at multiple levels.
Vice President, Chief Scientist of Disciplined Agile
Scott is the Vice President, Chief Scientist of Disciplined Agile at Project Management Institute. Scott leads the evolution of the Disciplined Agile (DA) toolkit. Scott is the (co)-creator of the Disciplined Agile (DA) toolkit as well as the Agile Modeling (AM) and Agile Data (AD) methodologies. He is the (co-)author of several books, including Choose Your WoW!, An Executive’s Guide to Disciplined Agile, Refactoring Databases, Agile Modeling, Agile Database Techniques, and The Object Primer 3rd Edition. Scott blogs regularly at DisciplinedAgileDelivery.com and he can be contacted via pmi.org.
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Scott will be Speaking about:
Beyond Failing Fast:
Guided Continuous Improvement
Failing fast is certainly better than failing slowly, but it’s still failing. When someone advises you to fail fast what they’re really saying is that they don’t know if something is likely to work in the situation that you face so let’s do as little as possible to run an experiment to find out. This is perfectly fine when your team is doing something truly unique, but in most cases thousands of people have done this before you. Surely we can do better than “fail fast” to learn a known thing.
Yes, you need to run experiments to discover what works for you in practice. When you run an experiment you always run the risk of failure, something which you can hopefully learn from. But other people have learned similar things before you, so if you can somehow leverage their learnings you can make better decisions regarding what is likely to work for you. Yes, you will still sometimes fail but you will do so less often. Less failures means you improve faster, and that’s what it’s really all about.
We call this strategy Guided Continuous Improvement (GCI).
Shaul Shneider is the former Head of Private Banking Division, works in the Banking industry for the last 30 year.
Shaul created several business turn around and the last one is the change that the Private Banking of Leumi that was almost shut down became the best Private Banking in Israel.
Happy employees, satisfied customers and a profitable business.
Shaul will be Speaking in tandem with Limor Benesh about:
Improving your TTM
by EQ Development & Wellbeing
In the current world, where changes are endless and daily, competition can come from anywhere in the world, and at any time. Uncertainty is surrounding us! TTM is a main key for a successful company. At the same time we are talking of sustainable, long lasting company and solution.
We sacrifice and we pay a price for running after TTM
In order to compete we are using everything we can to reach to our goals.
In our lecture we would like to add to you toolbox an additional way to get to your goals.
What is EQ? Emotional intelligence? emotional quotient
We would argue that if we will learn to listen, we will learn to validate our self, our employees, our suppliers we would be able to get better employees, better relationship in the company and with our customers and suppliers.
Better relationship will create a sustainable product and company.
The "price" that we pay will be much lower and wellbeing much higher.
Limor Benesh works with organizations on helping them develop managers via
unique and tailor made EQ (Emotional Intelligence) development programs
Limor will present how in a reality of VUCA
Volatility, uncertainty, complexity and ambiguity, the development of
managers EQ will improve the performance and business results of the
organization they work in.
Strengthening the manager's behavior and management abilities allow both the
manager and his staff to deal with complex situations in a world with
Limor will be Speaking in tander with Shaul Shneider about:
Improve your TTM
by EQ Development & Wellbeing
Look up 1 notch (:
a Professional Scrum Trainer @Scrum.org & Agile Transformation Consultant
Magdalena will be Speaking about:
Evidence Based Measurements
Traditional or hybrid organizations, that willing to become Agile, still have needs that must not be ignored. Usually, they are focused on activity and output, not outcomes and value. If Agile evangelists want to be heard with new approaches, the organizations will need evidence to prove that this approach is working.
Agile approach to be successful is focused on delivering business value as well as on outcomes and quality. During the talk, I will be exploring a discovery of what measurements actually measure value and what measurements have a direct impact on customers.
Roy is the Author of "Art of Unit Testing" , "Elastic Leadership" and the Upcoming "Pipeline Driven" books. You can read his blog at pipelinedriven.org
Roy will be Speaking about:
Lies, Damned lies and Metrics
They say that "you get what you measure", and we've all see it happen. "We need to get the coverage up!" followed by people frantically writing tests that might not actually test anything. Coverage is up. Quality? not so much. So what metrics can we use to drive the things we believe in? In this session Roy Osherove covers recommended and un-recommended metrics and how each one could drive our team towards a bleaker, or brighter future.
Oliver is a freelance IT consultant and DevOps trainer. He started out as software developer and later moved to IT operations, so that he has seen and lived both “sides” of the Dev - Ops continuum and was able to gather an overarching view of the problems and chances therein.
Oliver has well over 15 years of experience as software developer, operations engineer, certified Professional Scrum Master (scrum.org) and team lead.
He is not only interested in modern DevOps technologies but also focuses on the cultural aspects of DevOps and agile software development.
More information about Oliver is available at
Oliver will be Speaking in tandem with Peter Götz about:
DevOps & Legacy
Unfortunately we can’t all work in startup companies. Some of use have to deal with legacy systems. These are often structured as a monolith and tightly coupled. They typically are hard to build and deploy. You might think all the new DevOps practices and toys are not suitable for your context. You are wrong!
We will discuss strategies to work with legacy and still use DevOps practices and tools. These include breaking up of monolithic structures, migrating data and monitoring systems that aren’t built to be monitored. We will show real-world examples of successful applications of these strategies.
While dealing with legacy code will still be painful, you will have some applicable ideas to relieve your pain
Peter is an IT consultant and agile coach. He has more than 15 years of experience with software development in different roles and from different perspectives. As scrum.org certified Professional Scrum Trainer he supports his clients in introducing and implementg of Scrum in software development projects.
Peter has vast experience as a software developer in agile projects mostly in Java. But he also got to know and love the work as agile coach, Scrum master and product owner in various client’s projects.
More information about Peter is available here:
Peter will be Speaking in tandem with Oliver Hankeln about:
DevOps & Legacy
oh... just go up 1 notch (:
Eli Pripaz Cohen
An Agile coach at Bank Ha'Poalim,
with vast experience in the high-tech world as a developer, Scrum Master and change agent. I'm working with multiple teams and stakeholders at IL, India and the US: Coaching, training and experimenting in increasing agility level and generating high performance teams. Father of 4, which is just as challenging...
Eli will be Speaking about:
Stable teams are considered as pre-requisite for agility. Yet, sometimes we establish ad-hoc feature-driven teams, which are constantly reformed based on need. I will describe how and on what situations it's being done.
Engineering manager and internal agile coach at Avaya
Erez will be Speaking about:
Teams engagement using gamification
What if we could make our agile adoption more engaging, more productive, and more fun?
Using gamification we can!
Gamification is about taking something that is not a game and applying game mechanics to increase team engagement, happiness and productivity. Gamification is being widely used for a decade and being studied at universities.
In the last 6 months we have conducted at Avaya a world-wide experiment, where we gamified our agile adoption with 80 teams. In this session I will share our failures and successes in this journey, and how gamification helped us bring our agile adoption to new heights.
We will learn what gamification is and how we can apply it to engage our teams and our leadership. We will experiment with practical tools and techniques that each one of you would be able to apply in the organization
Gai Ben Dor
A runner with a soul
Guy will be Speaking about:
Wanted - a Runner with Soal Food for the soul
A great inspiration story
Moran Mazza is an agile coach, who brings vast experience in QA leadership in different roles. During her years as QA manager, and as a coach, she keeps pushing team to excellent performance in all perspectives. Moran is experienced in implementing and leading Agile methodologies, as well as team mentoring for effective work processes. Passionate about people, processes, technologies, and where they meet
Moran will be Speaking about:
Creating a culture for Quality
Organizational culture is the power that makes things happen, and this is what defines how things will be done. It is a set of rules which determine how we make our decisions, what are the decisions being taken, who are the powerful people in our organization and what are the main values that lead it.
For most organizations, quality is a significant factor for success, and achieving it is a real challenge. In order to achieve this challenge, the entire organization needs to take responsibility and set follow the state of mind quality. This requires creating the right culture for quality.
During this workshop we will learn how to analyze our organization’s culture and then influence it in order to achieve our goal of quality.
We will understand-
What the relationships that need to be built are
How we should use our meeting for raising quality
What should the role of the QA lead in the scrum team be
How our daily language can increase the quality of our product
What the mission of each role in our organization to achieve high quality is
Peak Performance Specialist
Yuval Behar, agile coach, Organization consulter and Sport psychologist
Yuval Behar is, a cognitive behavioral psychotherapist and organizational consultant.
Coaching teams for high performance in organizations and sport.
Yuval will be Speaking about:
Scrum Master as a Coach
The era off managers who command and controls their teams is over !
In order to confront complexity and uncertainty, to increase engagement, focus, creativity and business value, we need to work with teams within a different approach. The agilic manager is much more of a facilitator that coaches his team. He is focused on managing the process – not the people ! .
So what is Coaching ? how do you coach a scrum team ? and what is a process manager ?
Come to the workshop and see for yourself
Chief PMO @ Gett. Dana brings over 20 years of experience in software development world with special focus in project management in Agile environment. She helps organizations transform to Agile and coach teams on how to continuously improve methodologies in order to improve their efficiency.
Dana will be Speaking about:
What GETTs measured GETTs improved
In an Agile and dynamic environment, it is crucial to define and use metrics in order to continuously improve.
In this session we will gain:
-Ways to improve TTM in Agile implementation
-Tips to improve alignment between tech and business
-Usage of KPIs to measure success of team leads and PMO
-Ways to improve your visibility using Jira dashboards
How can you do it? Please join us to hear more about this exciting topic.
An agile coach in CyberArk in the past 3 years. Before that an organizational scrum master in Sqream technologies and an R&D group manager in ClickSoftware. Since 2009 have been experimenting with agile, first as a manager and later as coach.
Omer will be Speaking about:
Waking up from the Scrumban dream
When I came, 3 years ago, to CyberArk, I was delighted to see teams working in Scrumban. It was clear the potential of Scrumban is higher than the usual implementation of Scrum, and I was eager to learn more and experiment in getting more and more value through this hybrid methodology. As time passed, I saw more and more examples of where Scrumban does not deliver as promised, at least in the way we practiced it, and we realized that when scaling and as time passes by, Scrum has some real advantages over an hybrid solution.
In this talk I will present the journey we have gone through in this regards and what we learned during that time.
דן ול״ך (44) , נשוי למרינה ואבא של הילה וטיה, משמש כיום כיועץ אסטרטגי בתחום של משאבי אנוש להנהלות של חברות הייטק ובעברי הובלתי מחלקת משאבי אנוש במספר חברות הייטק מצליחות וצומחות.
Dan will be Speaking about:
מה הדבר הראשון שעולה לכם בראש כשאתם שומעים מעגל שבטי.ואיך זה מתקשר לניהול? והאם באמת אפשר להשתמש בריקוד וצבעים כדי לפתור קונפליקטים, והאם צבעי מלחמה יורדים בכביסה??
בהרצאה זו נדבר ונחווה את הכלי של מעגל הקשבה ועוד כלים מהעולמות הללו ונראה איך אפשר לשלב אותם ביום יום של העשייה שלנו, ואיך דרכן ניתן להעצים עובדים, לפתור קונפליקטים ואפילו ללמוד משהו על הדרך.
Oana works with people willing to transform to a more thriving version of their organisations and their products . iShe likes to describe herself an an Agile Business DJ who mixes whatever practices make people proud of their outcomes and delight their customers.
likes to present herself as a Business Agile DJ mixing whatever approaches from system coaching with storytelling, neurosciences to Agility help teams and organisations to become proud of their outcomes and delight their customers.
15 years of experience in Software Development and System Management has driven Oana to embrace Agile and Lean mindset as best approaches for 21st century leading organizations. She embraced the entrepreneurship path by founding cOemerge back in 2013 , a company that helps its large or smaller clients grow Agility and entrepreneurial mindset through Lean Startup, neurosciences and storytelling.
Oana acts as an Agile Transformation facilitator , using Creative Solution Definition. She trains and coach Agile teams (from core Business to Software Development and Support Services), so they are able to adopt the set of practices Agile driven improvement techniques, proven to be adapted to each context and goal. Her key focus is building cross-organizations Vision Ownership to align missions with User Value creation.
In her former experience as CIO of Eurosport, the specific context of media combined to the world of sports, Oana had her first reflections about the benefits of XP, SCRUM and LEAN. These are helpful answers in a landscape that requires a highly adaptive Software Development approach, combined with full commitment in an event-driven constraint context.
Oana loves participate actively in Agile International Community. She strongly believes that connected knowledge is a value generator. She is a frequent speaker in different Agile French and International conferences.
Twitter : @ojuncu
Oana will be Speaking about:
"From Ego to Eco
Focus on the System (thinking/change) and not on the People"
Jan doležal is a Management 3.0 licensed facilitator. SCRUM Alliance Certified Product Owner and SCRUM Master. Certified Project Manager IPMA® Level B and PMI® Project Management Professional. Graduated from FME BUT.CEO of the consulting and training company PM CONSULTING s.r.o. He deals mainly with agile transformations, optimization of project management system in organizations and development of simulation games serving as project management training.He has been actively involved in project management and product development since 2001. Previously he worked as a freelance specialist and project manager in several companies. Among others, he managed large international projects (Europe, South America) in fare collection systems domain.He is a leading author of several books and articles on project management, such as “Project Management” or “5 Steps to Successful Project” (unfortunately, most of it in Czech language… but traying to change it).LinkedIn profile -
Jan doležalwill be Speaking about:
The world has changed. I feel it in the water… air and everything . But companies are in many cases used to apply practices of 20th century… They can do better! Since late sixties there are evidence and researches about people behavior and motivation. Most of them are converging to something that Daniel Pink called „Drive“, based on autonomy, mastery and purpose.
Jurgen Appelo collected many of these researches and in combination with his own experience, wrote a book Management 3.0. As a set of knowledge focused on building empowered teams and companies – mostly (but not exclusively) in strongly agile environment.
Let’s take a look at one of the M 3.0 cool tool – Delegation board! You will see that you can all-in-one delegate, motivate and empower with this simple tool.
Efrat Wasserman, Agile coach and Program Management Organizational consultant.
My Name Is Efrat. I am an Experienced Program and Product manager with over 12 years of experience in managing large scale, complicated projects. In My many years in the Hi tec industry, I have come across agile, and since I discovered it, I made it my personal quest to gain vast experience in Agile Methodologies and Scrum Implementations in all sorts of products.
My personal belief is that with deep business orientation and customer understanding, people and the value of Agile, once presented to them, are the most powerful key for change and improvement.
Efrat will be Speaking about:
Visual Boards that isnpire & prompt to action
In My Lecture I will show you something you may have never noticed. Surprise: You are surrounded!!! (with visual boards).
Why not just use communication and simple human written or spoken language to say what we want? Why even bother with any visual aids?
What is a visual board and what Makes a visual board good enough to convey a message? (Best practices)
When and where can we use visual boards?
How do visual boards help us in our day2day lives at home and in our workplace?
And last but not least.... WIFM? what psychological effects does this power tool have to offer us?
Come join me through some facts and examples of how and why we need to realise that we need visualise! :-)
Tal will be Speaking about:
Agile Transition in traditional IT organization
"From dev Agility to biz Agility
In the IT world"
CTO & B2B product GM in Gett
Hi Tech industry veteran. I started my career in 2000 as a backend software engineer in Comverse (telco industry) and continued it in Mercury, HP & Gett. I built different kind of products - from hard core B2B products to the cutting edge consumer systems. As a result I hold a vast experience in different kind of technologies and I passed the whole managerial path from a team lead to a current position of CTO in Gett
Boris will be Speaking about:
Structuring Technology Teams for Success, Innovation, and Competitive Advantage
I will share with you my experience and 5 lessons learned from massive scaling of RnD (70->200 ppl).
You will be surprised to find out the main challenges - and they are not what your intuition would tell you
Tony uses his background in development to bridge the gap between IT and the rest of the business. He’s an Agile coach and facilitator who’s not afraid to address dysfunction, but always brings positivity and a sense of fun to his work. He is a terrible ukulele player and fearless mountain biker.
Tony is an Agile Coach and partner at Nomad8 living in Wellington, New Zealand.
He started his professional life as a developer, who became frustrated by the waste involved in large protracted projects that ultimately frequently led to underwhelming customer outcomes. This led him to the world of Agile, despite a brief regrettable foray into traditional Project Management.
Tony now works as a consultant Agile Coach for companies like Xero, PartsTrader, Timely and LIC. The idea of wasting the efforts of smart, engaged people is what keeps him up at night.
Tony will be Speaking about:
I know better! That's not Agile!
and other signs you may be wasting your time..."
Being an Agile change agent can often feel like you’re fighting an uphill battle. Have you ever felt like you’re pushing, instead of having your knowledge and support pulled from you? Have you ever felt that the ‘Agile’ you’re championing is completely different from the ‘Agile’ your organisation is pushing for?
You're not alone, I know I certainly have and it sucks! You'll also find that the answer of many of your fellow coaches, Scrum Masters and agile leaders is also a resounding "YES" which leads to many of us feeling isolated and frustrated. Shouldn't there be a better way?
This will be an exploration of WHY we see some of these symptoms, how we've arrived where we are and what we can do to avoid them.
Project Manager, CheckPoint
Noa will be Speaking about:
Agile, project management and everything in between
Agile, project management and everything in between