Agile: Transition and Transformations, 10 May 2017, Brussels

This event is co-located with DevOps and Microservices Summit. Delegates may attend any sessions from either conference.

At present times, Agile communities are everywhere and the Agile philosophy is being adopted by more and more organisations.  This cooperative, iterative approach to development—or any problem-solving process—that favours multiple, small, rapid releases over fewer large-scale ones is showing stakeholders and unhappy end users how to manage time and money.  The key is to embrace change and focus on customer desires and feedback. All this allows agile businesses to provide almost immediate responses to shifting customer demands.

Stalwart thought leaders and practitioners share their views and “know-how” to transition and transform with different processes and attitudes to change.  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.

Joint morning session with DevOps and Microservices Summit 

Agile, and DevOps: Are they a Separate conversation or a progression of capability?

DevOps, and Agile have shared environments that facilitate working together.  These two methods are more than simply adopting new tools and processes and the synergy involves building a development and a stable Continuous Integration (CI) infrastructure, as well as an automated pipeline that moves deliverables from development to production.  They can work together and the entire build process should be transparent, and it should enable and support development and operations.  This transformation depends on: significant changes in culture; roles and responsibilities; team structure; tools and processes.

The Round Table session is the last of the joint morning session with the other two co-located events. This session is for 45 minutes of which there will be around ten minutes for a general summing up at the end. The speaker at each table will have a set theme and delegates join any table that they are interested in. They are given all the topics with their joining instructions and again at the time of registration and so make their choice on the topics that they want to attend. This is a discussion group and so no presentation slides are necessary, but please submit a topic if you would like to chair a discussion on a topic related to,Agile and DevOps.

The conference starts at 08:45 and ends at 17:15 hrs. Drinks reception from 17:15 till 18:15 hrs.

  • Joint session with DevOps and Microservices -

  • 08:45 -

    UNICOM’s and Chairman’s introduction

  • 09:00 -
    Dave-Snowden

    Keynote: Agile in context: Understanding software systems as ecologies not manufacturing processes

    Dave Snowden, CTO Cognitive Edge

    Too many methods and techniques in software development are simple recipes derived from limited and partially understood cases. They treat the organisation as if it was a complicated machine rather than a highly complex and ever shifting, frequently fragile ecology. This presentation will introduce the award winning Cynefin framework and will introduce ideas from complexity science, biology and the cognitive sciences which allow us to manage conditions of inherent uncertainty.

    Speakers:
    Dave-Snowden

    Dave Snowden

  • 09:45 -
    Arie-van-Bennekum

    Keynote: The complexity in the simplicity of Agile

    Arie van Bennekum, Wemanity, Co-author Agile Manifesto

    Agile is in itself so simple and still people struggle… There are some things we know. Changing people is impossible. People will only change when they can see there are motivation to do so. If so, what does it take to change a complete organization. What is the approach? How do you start, how do you move on once you have started and most of all, how do you sustain that change? A story on approach, co-creation of a new organization and its internal dynamics, its metabolism…

    Speakers:
    Arie-van-Bennekum

    Arie van Bennekum

  • 10:30 -

    Introduction to sponsoring and supporting bodies & Coffee break

  • 11:00 -
    Stephen-Walters

    DevOps: Changing Culture: (Tips, tricks & transforming)

    Stephen Walters, Software Lead Solution Consultant, HPE

    Why do transformations fail and how can we prevent it? What can DevOps & Agile teach us about our approach? Analysis from Gartner tells us that the biggest blockers are People (50%) and Process (37%), otherwise known as the culture, and changing culture is a difficult thing to do. There will always be resistance to a new path and finding the absolute correct path can be one littered with hazards and problems. To remove the risks and issues requires a new way of thinking about how we transform, but that requires a new culture, and so we get stuck in a cycle. This presentation will show how using a third party can be beneficial and how the relationship should be structured, along with a framework and engagement model for transformation.

    Speakers:
    Stephen-Walters

    Stephen Walters

  • 11:30 -
    Alois-Mayr

    When monitoring becomes more than metrics and logging

    Alois Mayr, Technology Strategist, Dynatrace

    With the transformation towards Cloud Native platforms, we are seeing a paradigm shift in how self-sufficient DevOps teams develop and deploy applications.

    In this session, you will learn how monitoring can be made a platform feature to help application teams monitor and maintain application and cluster health. We will explain why automatic discovery of dependencies across cluster nodes, containers and services is critical to pinpoint the root cause of degraded application response times and failure rates.

    Speakers:
    Alois-Mayr

    Alois Mayr

  • 12:00 -

    Round Table Discussion

  • 12:45 -

    Lunch

  • Track for Agile Transition and Transformation -

  • 13:40 -

    Agile Chairman’s introduction

  • 13:45 -
    Jerome-Grandbastien

    Case Study: Agile in research projects – learnings from Big Data program @ BNP Paribas

    Jerome Grandbastien, Agile Coach, BNP Paribas Fortis

    We can all agree that agile practices can fit in many contexts - not just in software development.

    But how about research environment? Can research without software development benefit from agile? Where are the differences or analogies with a software development.

    This talk is about reviewing how agile practices provide benefits in a context of data analytics research - based on field experience at BNP Paribas Fortis in Belgium.

    Speakers:
    Jerome-Grandbastien

    Jerome Grandbastien

  • 14:20 -
    Joris-Swinnen

    Why does agile Improv accelerate the art of spontaneous & creative alignment?

    Joris Swinnen, Agility Accelerator, Egg3

    ♦ How to empower (DevOps) teams with weapons of agility & improv successfully = sustainably for the long term?
    ♦ How are Improvisation and innovation intimately linked by the response to the immediate environment and the invention of new, creative thought patterns?
    ♦ Why do both improv format and devops practice depend on internalised skills and processes to achieve a polished but mindful responsiveness to their clients’ requirements?
    ♦ How can DevOps Teams that allow themselves to explore and play find this creativity & self-organization, with ease?
    ♦ Why is Creativity naturally a self organizing system?

    Speakers:
    Joris-Swinnen

    Joris Swinnen

  • 14:55 -
    Gunther-Verheyen

    re.vers.ify (re.imagining your organisation)

    Gunther Verheyen, Scrum Caretaker, Ullizee-Inc

    Any organization can be re-imagined, re.vers.ified, to exploit its intrinsic potential to innovate and lead. Organisations re.imagine their Scrum to converge their product delivery into a Scrum Studio. Divisions dissipate into a structure of product hubs connected through purpose and distributed leadership. Gunther introduces re.vers.ify as an act of simplicity, rhythm and focus. Gunther introduces how the Scrum Studio is the current way forward to re.vers.ify.

    Speakers:
    Gunther-Verheyen

    Gunther Verheyen

  • 15:30 -

    Tea / Coffee break

  • 15:45 -
    Lars-Wagner

    From Agile to Scaled Agile to Business Agility to a Teal Organisation

    Lars Wagner, Independent Agile Coach, Royal Bank of Canada

    In the young history of Agile, we can identify three different stages of implementation. In the first stage the intention was to build better software with an agile team. In the second stage new approaches evolved to scale this to multiple teams and in the third stage, approaches like Lean Startup and Design Thinking have been added on the product development side. I will talk about this evolution, the challenges of each stage and the concept of the Teal Organisation as a potential next stage.

    Speakers:
    Lars-Wagner

    Lars Wagner

  • 16:20 -
    Alexis-BOUIS
    Valerie-LEMINEUR

    Viral home-made transformation.at BNP Paribas IP

    Valerie LEMINEUR and Alexis BOUIS, Agile Transformation Programme Lead, BNP Paribas Investment Partners

    After one year of training it teams and business, we see the transformation becoming viral and contagious in all IP. Initiated in April 2016, the program’s ambition has always been to transform the whole organisation. Easier said than done! But with the Business involved from the start, we see the passion for agility growing up. Requests for more are popping up here and there. Come and discover how change is emerging with the home-made and viral transformation approach we setup.

    Speakers:
    Alexis-BOUIS

    Alexis Bouis

    Valerie-LEMINEUR

    Valerie Lemineur

  • 17:00 -

    Chair’s summing up

  • 17:15 -

    Close of conference. Drinks reception sponsored by Wemanity till 18:15 hrs

Speakers

Arie-van-Bennekum

Arie van Bennekum

Wemanity, Co-author Agile Manifesto

Alexis-BOUIS

Alexis Bouis

BNP Paribas Investment Partners

Jerome-Grandbastien

Jerome Grandbastien

Agile Coach, BNP Paribas Fortis

Valerie-LEMINEUR

Valerie Lemineur

BNP Paribas Investment Partners

Alois-Mayr

Alois Mayr

Technology strategist, Dynatrace

Dave-Snowden

Dave Snowden

CTO Cognitive Edge

Joris-Swinnen

Joris Swinnen

Agility Accelerator, Egg3

Gunther-Verheyen

Gunther Verheyen

Scrum Caretaker, Ullizee-Inc

Lars-Wagner

Lars Wagner

Royal Bank of Canada

Stephen-Walters

Stephen Walters

Software Lead Solution Consultant, HPE

UNICOM’s Advisory Panel

Dorothy Graham

Software testing consultant, speaker and author

Dan North

Dan North Associates

Paul D. Nielsen

Director and CEO, Software Engineering Institute

Dave Snowden

CTO Cognitive Edge

Platinum Sponsor

Gold Sponsors

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DynaTrace

Bronze Sponsor

Adjugo

Media Partners

agile-women-uk
Infosecurity-Magazine

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