Agile Showcase Amsterdam: Innovating and changing with Agile, 25 Jan 2018, Amsterdam
Since the publication in 2001, of the then controversial document The Agile Manifesto , organisations have adopted, some or many of the recommendations for better ways of meeting deadlines and satisfying customers. While a few organisations are still with the waterfall method of practice, most others have embraced the agile as “the new normal”.
Now, over a decade and half later, let us see how much of the adoptions of the core statements :
At present times, Agile communities are everywhere and the Agile philosophy is being adopted by more and more organisations. There are several frameworks that are in operation -, SAFe®, Scrum and XP, DAD, The Agile PM Framework etc.
But Agile after all is about iterative development and agile methods are written context-independent so if “pure agility” is the goal of the development team, they would want to change and not have one method to be the part of the plan. From various opinions, conversations and surveys, it has been seen that the teams who apply a mixture of methods adapting them to the project at hand and are not bound to a fixed process but willing to change are the ones who achieve a better rate of success.
Stalwart thought leaders and organisations with real experience share their views and know-how and take part in discussion sessions at this AgileExpo. The conference thus provides the perfect occasion for delegates to get involved in the conversation, ask questions, learn about best practices and stay together in the Agile initiative, where Agile has its roots in working, sharing and innovating.
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We are looking for speakers willing to share their experiences and stories about your work in the field. If you wish to submit a proposal to present at this event please fill in the speaker’s response form.
Dave Snowden, CTO, Cognitive Edge
Before you place a bet in a horse race you check out the ground conditions. Some horses run better on heavy, wet soil others on the dry. The various method and ideology wars in the whole Agile movement is inhibiting innovation, preventing progress. Agile is increasingly starting to look like a highly structured commodity to the detriment of the original values. In this presentation Snowden will look at how to frame a mixed methods approach and radically reduce risk. Getting methods and tools defined at the right level, defining transaction protocols, looking at unarticulated needs and turning the involvement of testing to a much earlier stage in the development cycle all change the dynamics of delivering value for Agile and DevOps alike.
Peter Eeles, Worldwide Lead for DevOps Adoption, IBM
IBM has conducted over 200 in-depth DevOps workshops with clients to understand their DevOps challenges and subsequent resolutions. What did these organizations do to improve, what benefits did they realize and how do you compare? This session presents an analysis of workshop results with a view to helping you fine-tune your own DevOps transformation.
Tony Grout, Transformation Futurist, Atlassian
l will describe what are the characteristics of high performing teams based on the hundreds of teams I and other Atlassians have observed and work in over the last 15 years. I’ll then describe how context impacts that performance and what the future of teams looks like in the new world we are in.
Christoph Hartmann, Lead Engineer, Chef
Quite often, compliance is perceived as a regulatory burden that makes all of our lives more difficult. Continuous measurement and reporting is becoming more and more complex in a dynamically changing infrastructure.
This talk will demonstrate how we can tackle compliance requirements in cloud environments and how those results can be used to improve your organisation in your day-to-day operations.
All speakers with questions from the floor. Moderator: Astrid Claessen
Arnab Sinha, Continuous Delivery Expert, and Hiten Khambhadia is Enterprise Architect for Banking and Financial Services Unit for Europe, Tata Consultancy Services
It’s a delicate act of balancing when Agile Delivery Model and Architecture have to go hand in hand. Join in to unravel the answers to where and which architects be placed in an Agile organization, is the architecture defined aligned to the agile delivery model and more… Talk Description Architectures is always associated with creating a full (and large) blue print of the concept, both in IT and Business. In an agile world where we target to bring the concept to cash time to minimum. There is challenge to achieve the right balance. The talk covers following aspects of agile architecture: • Architecture governance: What are different architecture roles in agile model to keep it nimble but relevant. Should architects be part of teams or outside? • Architecture artifact: What kind of architecture artifacts makes sense in scale agile delivery model ? How can concept to implementation design be traced? • Agile Architecture: Are all architecture suitable for agile delivery model? Is there an agile architecture?
Marjan Venema, Coach, Braving Trust
For a team to become truly agile and achieve a high level of performing, trust is an essential ingredient. Having worked hard to improve my self-trust, I’ve come to realize that — perhaps counter-intuitively for many — being able and willing to say ‘no’ is essential if you want to increase your self-trust and trustworthiness.
In this session you will get a good sense of how often you actually say ‘no’, sometimes without using the word, during the activities that you engage in on a day-to-day basis. I will discuss how avoiding saying ‘no’ affects trust, and how saying ‘no’ usually plays out and what that does to trust levels. I will then explain William Ury’s structure for a ‘Positive No’ and how you can apply that to any situation in which you want or need to say ‘No’ in such a way that trust levels are affected positively, and that your relationship with the person you say ‘No’ to is preserved and perhaps even strengthened.
Ben Linders, Consulting, and Berry Kersten, Improve Quality Services
The Agile Self-Assessment Game can be used by teams and organizations to self assess their agility. Playing the game enables teams to reflect on their own team interworking and agree upon the next steps for their agile journey. Agile coaches use self-assessments in agile transformations to guide teams and help them learn about agile to find their way.
Attendees can play the card game in teams in this mini-workshop. There will be several playing suggestions available to explore how teams can self-assess their agility and decide on the next steps in their agile journey.
The teams will be using cards from the basic game and from expansion packs like DevOps and Business Agility.
With this game teams can discover how agile they are and what they can do to increase their agility to deliver more value to their customers and stakeholders.
Willem Isbrucker, Product Owner, Booking.com
Scaling Agile is an area of concern for organizations looking to grow existing agile practices or transition to them. What framework should be used, what techniques need to change, and how to implement them are frequently raised questions. This talk examines how agile was and continues to be scaled at Booking.com.
Astrid Claessen, Agile Coach, Raise Our Level
I’ve learned that two elements are crucial to any successful transformation: pull and courage. We need the courage to face reality and look at our own contribution to the problems we are encountering. And we need to stop “implementing” frameworks and practices. We need to invite people to participate in the change initiative and let them decide about the “how”.
James Janisse, VP, NDS Map Compilation and Update Service Product Unit, Tom Tom
Around 1400 days ago TomTom started it’s journey from waterfall development with successful and unsuccessful pockets of Agile, to the adoption of the Scaled Agile Framework (SAFe). How did this initiative spread across all major engineering divisions. When should an organization switch from project orientation to “continuous feature flow”? When is it smart to use Agile methods and when is waterfall better suited? When should you adopt the Scaled Agile Framework, and when does it not apply? How do you “manage” multiple Agile Release trains when the work is spread across independent product units located in 10 locations around the globe? Finally what is missing in SAFe?
Leanne Page, Project Director/Continuous Improvement Lead, MSLGROUP
Failure, what does it really mean and how can we learn from it? The journey of learning of how to be Agile can be a challenge, not only in a world that is becoming digital but also a world that is dramatically changing the way it does business to be fit for the 21st Century and beyond. As people, how do we respond and synchronise with this change? And how do we best implement new ideas with confidence and courage? In her interactive talk, Leanne will share her challenges with agile and work with you to look at different ways to which failure points can be leveraged, to create new practical ways in implementing Agile in the marketing and advertising industry.
Rosemarije Noordzij, Agile Coach at Wemanity with a co-speaker from DELTA
At DELTA we started our transformation to working in an Agile way in late 2015. In the past few months we have made a lot of big changes in our organisation. Our goal is to create maximum customer value, in order to exceed customer expectations with our products.
One of the biggest challenges is our ‘not so visible’ product. We sell utilities and the only time we are visible is when our customers lose connectivity. Working in an Agile way has given us many benefits, both for our organisation and for our customers. From the moment we started transforming we measured our progress and the benefits derived from Agile.
The biggest benefit is how we changed our decision process and started working from the perspective of value for the customer. All the business choices we make now start with the question, ‘how does this benefit our customer?’
We would like to share our insights and our lessons learned with you.
Graham Marsh, Ivar Jacobson International and Dennis Geluk, DiVetro
In some cases user stories are enough, but not when the number of user stories begins to grow, or when you develop enterprise systems for banks, insurance, telecom operations, defense or other large scale or regulated industries. The answer is Use-Case 2.0 – the agile way of doing use cases. Use-Case 2.0 ‘slices-up’ use cases to provide an iterative agile approach that can provide just-enough information as needed or can be zoomed-in for more detail. This session explores how Dutch Railways kept development on track and delivered the right level at the right time by applying Use-Case 2.0 with help from Ivar Jacobson International and DiVetro.
Patricia Kong, Product Owner, Enterprise Solutions, Scrum.org and Fina Piazza, Team Lead Agile Practice, Liberty Global
Scrum is everywhere, with over 90% of agile teams using it. But for many organizations wanting to scale agile, one team using Scrum is not enough..
The Nexus Framework, created by Ken Schwaber the co-creator of Scrum, provides an exoskeleton to Scrum, allowing multiple teams to work together to produce an integrated increment regularly.
It addresses the key challenges of scaling agile development by adding new yet minimal events, artefacts and roles to the Scrum framework.
At this presentation we will introduce Nexus and address the boundaries of Nexus and what else is needed for Agile to thrive in the organization.
Throughout the session, we’ll explore our experiences on how organizations have transitioned to agile and discuss their successes and challenges in implementing Scrum, how they envision scaling with Nexus, and goals for creating a Scrum Studio.
Jasper Verdooren, Agile Coach, sprintzero
Jasper Verdooren will present his learnings from working on two large Agile transformations: ABN AMRO and Nuon. What are the similarities, what are the differences? And more importantly: which learnings can be derived for future Agile transformations?
* 'Consultants and Vendors' ticket category applies to attendees from companies that provide IT or management consulting services or which provide software, services and tools that can support Agile, DevOps and continuous delivery.