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See some of the best agile thought leaders throughout the country at #AgileCincy2019. We will have keynote presentations from three keynote presenters including Tim Otinger. Each of these speakers are international presenters/keynotes and some of the most influential voices in the agile movement today.
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The #AgileCincy2019 agenda includes 24 varied breakout sessions. The session formats will vary to include collaborative, presentation, and interactive styles while the topics will range across beginner to advanced topics. Some sessions will be extended to allow for more depth in specific topics. You’ll not want to miss these leaders in agile.

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    AgileCincy Staff

    Agile Cincinnati

    Registration

    Come early to avoid the crowds and enjoy our morning snacks and drinks.

    • Time: 7:00 am - 8:00 am
    • Venue: Registration Desk
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    AgileCincy Staff

    Agile Cincinnati

    Opening Ceremony

    Join the Agile Cincy Team as they get the crowd on their feet talking about the exciting event to come! You won't want to miss this opening ceremony. There will be a special tribute that you'll not want to miss.

    • Time: 8:00 am - 8:30 am
    • Venue: Northern Lights Ballroom
  • Tim Ottinger

    Tim Ottinger

    Industrial Logic

    Keynote: Agile After the Big Bang

    Abstract --- a little more tricky. I think it's about how to deal with agile now that agile has a capital A ("Agile") and is a noun and all the really big companies are trying (or seeming to try) to become agile. I think it's about how to be agile in a big place; how to deal with the forces at work in huge companies, and how to survive in the agile universe now that it's full of mass and life.

    • Time: 8:30 am - 9:20 am
    • Venue: Northern Lights Ballroom
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    Chris Daily

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    Brian Milner

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    Kim Antelo

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    Ram Santhanam

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    David Hawks

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    Sarala Pandey

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    Ashtha Singh

    Breakout 1 Sessions

    Mark Caswell / Matt Lang - Workshop: Design Thinking Crash Course

    This session will provide an overview of the Design Thinking process – five steps that focus first on understanding the challenge at hand and how it impacts those affected by it. We will focus on its core philosophies and methods, and then highlight ways to integrate Design Thinking into Agile practices.

    • Time: 9:35 am - 11:30 am
    • Venue: Room 201/202

    Chris Daily - Workshop: The Manager Role for Enterprise Agility

    Is it any surprise that “middle managers” are critical to a successful agile transformation regardless of the size of the organization. Join us as we kick start your journey by exploring Management 3.0 concepts and practices in this interactive workshop.

    • Time: 9:35 am - 11:30 am
    • Venue: Room 203/204

    Brian Milner - Breakout: Servant Leadership: Not Selfish, Self First

    In this workshop, we will examine the ten principles of Servant Leadership in the light of self-care. Additionally, we will explore how characteristics of a Servant Leader can be used to unlock the key to maintaining balance when serving others. Participants will leave with a roadmap for self-care unlike any other, caring for yourself by serving you first.

    • Time: 9:35 am - 10:25 am
    • Venue: Room 101

    Kim Antelo - Breakout: The Awesome Product Owner Team

    This session will explain the need for Product owners to work together as a collaborative team, visiting customers, learning from the market, developing new backlog and becoming more cross-functional in order to deliver really impactful solutions to our customers.

    • Time: 9:35 am - 10:25 am
    • Venue: Room 102

    Ram Santhanam - Breakout: Looking beyond frameworks for Scaling Agility across the Enterprise

    Leaders who have been on board ask compelling questions on how the new method of delivery at scale and the corresponding large investments are leading to true organizational excellence. In this session, we will share from our experience on various attributes such as readiness for scaling, organizational support, talent development, human interactions, etc. that are often overlooked in scaling agility. We will also talk about the strong need for promoting innovation, ownership, and motivation of individuals at all levels.

    • Time: 9:35 am - 10:25 am
    • Venue: Room 103

    David Hawks - Breakout: Why 76% of Organizations are Failing at Agile

    Traditional leadership paradigms, organization structures, and culture all get in the way, as too many enterprises focus on team level change and framework implementation (Scrum and SAFe). In this hands-on session, we will explore how leaders can guide their organizations past these barriers and accelerate the momentum towards true organizational agility.

    • Time: 9:35 am - 10:25 am
    • Venue: Room 104

    Sarala Pandey and Ashtha Singh - Breakout: Change the world by developing future women leaders

    This past summer, a Young Women in Tech code camp was held in Columbus for members of the Bhutanese-Nepali Refugee Community. In this session, the audience will learn how to uplift the next generation of leaders through supplemental training opportunities outside of school.

    • Time: 9:35 am - 10:25 am
    • Venue: Room 105
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    Chris Daily

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    Darren Terrell

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    Zac Darnell

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    Damon Poole

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    Andy Burns

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    Melissa Ritts

    Breakout 2 Sessions

    Mark Caswell / Matt Lang - Workshop: Design Thinking Crash Course

    This session will provide an overview of the Design Thinking process – five steps that focus first on understanding the challenge at hand and how it impacts those affected by it. We will focus on its core philosophies and methods, and then highlight ways to integrate Design Thinking into Agile practices.

    • Time: 9:35 am - 11:30 am
    • Venue: Room 201/202

    Chris Daily - Workshop: The Manager Role for Enterprise Agility

    Is it any surprise that “middle managers” are critical to a successful agile transformation regardless of the size of the organization. Join us as we kick start your journey by exploring Management 3.0 concepts and practices in this interactive workshop.

    • Time: 9:35 am - 11:30 am
    • Venue: Room 203/204

    Darren Terrell - Breakout: Inviting Vision

    Organizations need vision! Just as importantly, we need employees that can engage on achieving the vision. Born from the Open Movement, INVITING VISION is a framework designed to empower people to align around and move the organization forward. It’s as stepwise procedure for leaders to engage the whole organization in creating and advancing a clear answer to the question: “Why?”

    • Time: 10:40 am - 11:30 am
    • Venue: Room 101

    Zac Darnell - Breakout: Comaking In An Agile World – the key to delivering great products

    In this talk, Zac will share the best approach for making products as part of team. He will cover the 3 key ideas you must get right to be successful and where most teams fail. He’ll touch on things like OKRs, Opportunity Solution Trees, Story Mapping, and Dual Track Agile. You’ll leave with practical ideas you can use to improve your team.

    • Time: 10:40 am - 11:30 am
    • Venue: Room 102

    Damon Poole - Breakout: TBD

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    • Time: 10:40 am - 11:30 am
    • Venue: Room 103

    Andy Burns - Breakout: Innovations Enable Agile at Scale with SAFe

    This session will talk about the 7 years of evolution at Siemens PLM as a conceit to outline an innovation roadmap for scaled agile transformations. This 'Process Tailoring' offers a way to lead a company throughout the full agile transformation lifecycle. This transformation is well underway at Siemens PLM. As the Siemens PLM Agile transformation is discussed our room will have a dialog about innovation concepts that will help drive an agile transformation and advance the agile leader’s career!

    • Time: 10:40 am - 11:30 am
    • Venue: Room 104

    Melissa Ritts - Breakout: Living the Scrum Values Daily

    The Scrum Values are the foundation of what makes Scrum in Agile work. Making sure these values are practiced and incorporated into every daily Scrum is essential to success of scrum teams. But beyond that, it is important for the team to understand what each value means to each other and build a team understanding of each. Ambiguity and assumptions can be hurtful and cause communication break downs in the team.

    • Time: 10:40 am - 11:30 am
    • Venue: Room 105
  • Lunch / Sponsor Visit

    • Time: 11:30 am - 12:20 pm
    • Venue: Northern Lights Ballroom
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    Ellen Gottesdiener

    EBG Consulting

    Keynote: What is Your Product?

    To be product-aligned and customer-focused, everyone in your product development ecosystem needs to agree on the answer to the question, “What is Your Product?” Many organizations don’t have clarity on what their product or products are. Ambiguity and disagreement on the answer contribute to slow response to changing customer and market needs and less than satisfying product outcomes. It thwarts your efforts to scale agile product development and causes a plethora of organizational and communication woes. In this keynote, Ellen will share why this question is so vital to your product success and ways she’s helped organizations co-discover the answer to the question, “What is Your Product?”

    • Time: 12:20 pm - 1:10 pm
    • Venue: Northern Lights Ballroom
  • Breakout 3 Sessions

    Dr. Chuck Suscheck - Workshop: Liberating Structures

    This presentation will demonstrate a number of liberating structures techniques by teaching several intermediate level scrum topics. Liberating Structures is a collection of group exercises that actively engage teams of people to collaboratively identify and solve problems. Liberating structures are used by a number of European organizations to teach highly interactive classes and conduct workshops for group problem solving.

    • Time: 1:25 pm - 3:20 pm
    • Venue: Room 201/202

    Damon Poole - Workshop: Agile Coach Mini-Boot Camp

    This boot camp will introduce you to professional coaching in an Agile environment through a series of games followed by live coaching with fellow participants.

    • Time: 1:25 pm - 3:20 pm
    • Venue: Room 203/204

    John Coleman - Breakout: Executive Leadership for Agility

    What are the aha moments for executive leadership for agility? Let’s match behaviours to 5 steps. What support do executives need. Based on (will have been published by then) Scrum.org executive leadership for agility blog posts (going beyond Professional Agile Leadership - Essentials).

    • Time: 1:25 pm - 2:15 pm
    • Venue: Room 101

    Mike Miller and Michael Martin - Breakout: Top 5 Practices for Reliable Project Estimates

    Preparing reliable project estimates is difficult. Some teams reject estimates, others spend too much time on them. All organizations need to estimate to obtain project funding. Using real-world examples with pictures, we will share key project estimating best practices while keeping true to Agile principles. Mature Agile teams will learn tips to improve their project estimating. Less mature Agile teams will understand why reliable estimating is an important skill to develop as they mature.

    • Time: 1:25 pm - 3:20 pm
    • Venue: Room 102

    Aaron Kopel - Breakout: Agile Transformation – Playing a Different Game

    Transformation is difficult; people are so used to the current game! In this session, we will walk through the analogy of a professional sports team switching from baseball to playing basketball in order to highlight the challenges and pitfalls organizations face when undertaking an Agile transformation. Some things stay the same… athletes, coaches, owners, and fans, but so many aspects of the game change... rules, positions, scoring, statistics, player trades, and expectations of the fans. Join us for a light-hearted look at the challenges of an Agile transformation. Let's play ball!

    • Time: 1:25 pm - 2:15 pm
    • Venue: Room 103

    Kari Kelly - Breakout: Tech Culture - The New Normal

    Research shows that tech talent thinks different. They’re wired to spot complex patterns and relationships, focus on details, and work independently. They also possess strong logic and analytical skills. Orienting themselves to concrete facts instead of context, they analyze information from the physical senses using objective logic. Participants will walk away with an actionable toolkit that can be immediately used with their teams to improve productivity, happiness, and collaboration.

    • Time: 1:25 pm - 2:15 pm
    • Venue: Room 104

    Outi Cornette - Breakout: Trust – Cornerstone for self-organizing teams

    For Agile teams to be successful there must be trust and sense of psychological safety between the team members for best ideas and honest retrospectives to surface. But how do you create this environment when your team is multi-cultural AND multi-generational? You do not need to be the PO or SM nor have team building events to help create a safe environment for your team members to openly share their thoughts. What you need is a few basic approaches to building relationships within your team.

    • Time: 1:25 pm - 2:15 pm
    • Venue: Room 105
  • Breakout 4 Sessions

    Dr. Chuck Suscheck - Workshop: Liberating Structures

    This presentation will demonstrate a number of liberating structures techniques by teaching several intermediate level scrum topics. Liberating Structures is a collection of group exercises that actively engage teams of people to collaboratively identify and solve problems. Liberating structures are used by a number of European organizations to teach highly interactive classes and conduct workshops for group problem solving.

    • Time: 1:25 pm - 3:20 pm
    • Venue: Room 201/202

    Damon Poole - Workshop: Agile Coach Mini-Boot Camp

    This boot camp will introduce you to professional coaching in an Agile environment through a series of games followed by live coaching with fellow participants.

    • Time: 1:25 pm - 3:20 pm
    • Venue: Room 203/204

    Ken Rickard - Breakout: Accountability in a Flexible World

    Does your company lack the ability to deliver? Has Scrum become an excuse for ambiguity? When teams struggle to deliver with Scrum it's often due to the same underlying issue, lack of accountability. Come learn how everyone from leadership to developers must change their behaviors to become more accountable in this fast-paced, yet flexible world we live in today.

    • Time: 2:30 pm - 3:20 pm
    • Venue: Room 101

    Alex Basa - Breakout: Shutting Down a Feature Factory

    Learning Objective: To understand what is a feature factory. Learn what warning signs to look out for and how to transform the focus of the enterprise.

    • Time: 2:30 pm - 3:20 pm
    • Venue: Room 102

    Hunter McCluer - Breakout: Selling Agility to your Organization

    You have a lot going on in your organization. Always seems like there is more work that capacity. Many times, teams are not in sync, and work/solutions cause unforeseen impacts. In addition, there are always great new ideas, new requests coming in from customers, and business and technology teams. How can you understand it all? How can you and your teams quickly see, understand, come to an agreement on, and invest in / support work from a holistic picture? And, how can you see and plan for the unknowns, that you know are coming? Come see how a few fun, interactive games, and a very large Planning Board "Wall" can and has proven numerous times in the past to easily show and sell the value of Lean and Agile to your organization!

    • Time: 2:30 pm - 3:20 pm
    • Venue: Room 103

    Josh Atwell - Breakout: Adopting a Continual Improvement Mindset

    This session will explore techniques that modern IT organizations are adopting to become more agile, adopt new technologies like containers, new processes like DevOps, and build a culture of continual improvement.

    • Time: 2:30 pm - 3:20 pm
    • Venue: Room 104

    Kimberlee McGill - Breakout: Death by A Thousand Slides

    Agile should be about better human experiences. So, when did Agile become a multi-million dollar one-size-fits-all PowerPoint library? The power of Agile is its ability to shift culture, cultivate trust and optimize for the HUMAN experience. Let’s put the people focus back at the heart of your practice and deliver on what matters.

    • Time: 2:30 pm - 3:20 pm
    • Venue: Room 104
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    Todd Henry

    Accidental Creative

    Keynote: Herding Tigers

    Leading highly creative people, who are doing highly creative work, is a difficult challenge. However, the upside to getting it right is huge. In this talk, Todd Henry shares the core things talented, creative people need from every leader, the common places where leaders unknowingly fail to provide them, and the handful of conversations, practices, and rituals that can set you and your team up to do its best work every day.

    • Time: 3:35 pm - 4:25 pm
    • Venue: Northern Lights Ballroom
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    AgileCincy Staff

    Agile Cincinnati

    Closing and Raffle

    The AC crew will close the event with some laughs and prizes.

    • Time: 4:25 pm - 4:55 pm
    • Venue: Northern Lights Ballroom

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29 April

Sharonville Convention Center

11355 Chester Rd, Cincinnati, OH 45246, USA

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