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Forget the Justice League and Avengers, we will have our own superhero alliance of agile thought leaders at AgileCincy2018. We will have keynote presentations from Bob Galen, Robert Annis, and James Shore. 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 AgileCincy 2018 agenda includes 19 varied break out 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. See your local favorites along with international sensations.

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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
  • Bob Galen

    Bob Galen

    RGalen Consulting Group

    Keynote: You just might be an agile leader, if…

    Channeling his best Jeff Foxworthy, Bob Galen shares some pattern and anti-pattern snippets that surround the leadership shift to more agile tactics and the mindset that many leaders struggle with. Oh, and by the way, we’re ALL leaders in agile contexts!

    • Time: 8:30 am - 9:20 am
    • Venue: Northern Lights Ballroom
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    Sam O’Brien

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    Barbara O'Connor

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    Peter Kananen

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    Katie Pohlman

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    Tom Boulet

    Breakout 1 Sessions

    Brendan Wovchko - Extended: Overcoming Delay with Kanban

    Delay is the most powerful force in business and no one knows how to leverage it—so it silently takes control. This session will teach you how to identify the types of delay which invisibly steal time and erode opportunity, and offers a proven plan to take back the potential of your team.

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

    Robert Annis - Extended: The Meaning of Agile Leadership

    In this extended session I’m hoping to delve into the meaning of leadership and I don’t mean some fancy language that isn’t relevant. I mean a real discussion and exercise on how YOU lead teams and organisations. I mean to change you today. Are you game, superhero?

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

    Sam O’Brien - Breakout: Helping Your Teams Soar to New Heights

    Managers & leaders often struggle to keep their teams engaged & motivated. We’ll investigate methods of engaging even the most unenthusiastic team members. We’ll discuss team dynamics, self-organization, motivators, warning signs & team distractors. Let’s discover ways to help our teams soar!

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

    Barbara O'Connor - Breakout: The value of subtraction in Agile Transformations

    Business as usual, the way things have always been done, too busy to improve! Sound familiar? The art of critically removing the noise from transformations creates focus for high impact activity. We'll explore and share lessons from the front lines of change programs.

    • Time: 9:35 am - 10:25 am
    • Venue: Room 102/103

    Peter Kananen & Katie Pohlman - Breakout: Lost in a Maze of Maps? Here's a Map to Find Your Way Out!

    Are you lost in a maze of maps? How does your Story Map relate to your User Journey Map? What about your Product Roadmap, Outcome Map, and Empathy Map? It turns out we might just need a map to understand which map to use, and when to use it!

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

    Tom Boulet - Breakout: DevOps in the Scaled Agile Enterprise

    DevOps means different things to different people. One thing it does not mean is just another name for an ops team who deploys code. It’s seamlessly integrating development with release, from concept to delivery, is continuous delivery. We’ll look at the steps an organization at scale to move to a truly seamless, integrated pipeline.

    • Time: 9:35 am - 10:25 am
    • Venue: Room 105
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    John Coleman

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    Si Alhir

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    Kim McGill

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    Doug Janning

    Breakout 2 Sessions

    Brendan Wovchko - Extended: Overcoming Delay with Kanban

    Delay is the most powerful force in business and no one knows how to leverage it—so it silently takes control. This session will teach you how to identify the types of delay which invisibly steal time and erode opportunity, and offers a proven plan to take back the potential of your team.

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

    Robert Annis - Extended: The Meaning of Agile Leadership

    In this extended session I’m hoping to delve into the meaning of leadership and I don’t mean some fancy language that isn’t relevant. I mean a real discussion and exercise on how YOU lead teams and organisations. I mean to change you today. Are you game, superhero?

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

    John Coleman - Breakout: Leadership for agility & adaptiveness

    Leading with agility in the 21st century… Leaders look towards colleagues. Colleagues look towards leaders. Isn’t standardized copy, paste & adapt an obvious answer? Isn’t best practice an obvious answer? What can’t we do? What can we do? What must we do? How can we do it?

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

    Si Alhir - Breakout: Business Agility & Digital Transformation

    “Classical Transformation” is dead! In a Digital Economy, all Transformation is Digital Transformation. Orgs must become Ecosystems in Continuous Transformation with Change Agents catalyzing change. We’ll explore What & How!

    • Time: 10:40 am - 11:30 am
    • Venue: Room 102/103

    Kim McGill - Breakout: Dealing with Team Dysfunction w/o Going to Jail

    Turns out killing people is frowned on by most orgs. but how else do you deal with a deeply dysfunctional team? Come and find out as we use behavioral science to avoid jail time and provide a better way forward.

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

    Doug Janning - Breakout: Breakout: Agile ain’t agile without Continuous Delivery

    You’ve got your agile team humming, delivering useable code every 2 weeks. But there’s no benefit until that code is running. Sure you could deploy every 2 weeks, but why wait for the end of a sprint? Agile wants fast feedback. Get it with Continuous Delivery!

    • Time: 10:40 am - 11:30 am
    • Venue: Room 104
  • Lunch / Sponsor Visit

    • Time: 11:30 am - 12:20 pm
    • Venue: Northern Lights Ballroom
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    Robert Annis

    GWS Partners

    Keynote: Diversity in Agile: Enabling Everyone

    All the way from London, Robert Annis happily returns! Challenged by the organizers to deliver a bigger and better keynote than AgileIndy 2017 means we’re going to push the envelope further than just the human world of Agile! Be intrigued…be disappointed perhaps…but be there!

    • Time: 12:20 pm - 1:10 pm
    • Venue: Northern Lights Ballroom
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    Kim Brainard

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    Stacia Viscardi

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    Ram Santhanam

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    Si Alhir

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    Dr. Charles Suscheck

    Breakout 3 Sessions

    Bob Galen - Extended: Essential Patterns of Mature Agile Teams

    Borrowing from his experience and lean software development methods, join Bob Galen in this interactive and collaborative workshop as he examines essential patterns—the behaviors and characteristics of mature agile teams so that you can model them within your own teams.

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

    Daniel Mezick - Extended: Engage to Win - How to Engage Every Employee in Your Agile Transformation

    Successful Agile at scale displays HIGHER levels of employee engagement! Failed Agile programs don’t. An engagement model gets you there. An Engagement Model adds an engagement PLAN to your framework. In this session, you learn about how to use OpenSpace Agility to get real & LASTING success in scaling Agile across your enterprise.

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

    Kim Brainard - Breakout: Breaking Barriers to Unity

    How can we build an environment where everyone's voice is heard? Who’s really onshore and offshore, aren’t we all really on a shore? People practicing Agile want to be heard no matter if you’re gender, race, or age. This workshop will explore the topic of equality and present useful models for considering potential team conflicts.

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

    Stacia Viscardi - Extended: Nasty Impediments - Unclogging the pipe for personal, team, and business agility

    A business is only as fast and agile as its slowest feedback loop. Impediments clog feedback loops just like cholesterol clogs veins. Join Stacia as she will help you identify, plan a strategy for, and remove impediments at any level.

    • Time: 1:25 pm - 3:20 pm
    • Venue: Room 102/103

    Ram Santhanam & Si Alhir - Breakout: An Illustration of Story Mapping and MVP

    Launching large initiatives would often require understanding the entire steps for providing value to customers. Let us explore a simple mapping technique for identifying a minimum viable product and determining features and stories.

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

    Dr. Charles Suscheck - Breakout: The secret sauce of backlog refinement-BDD

    An effective method of refining product backlogs is Behavior Driven Development (BDD). BDD consists of techniques to discover story details through structured examples. See how BDD is not primarily test automation but a business collaboration technique for backlog refinement.

    • Time: 1:25 pm - 2:15 pm
    • Venue: Room 105
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    Melissa Boggs

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    Stacia Viscardi

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    Mark Wavle

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    Frank Forte

    Breakout 4 Sessions

    Bob Galen - Extended: Essential Patterns of Mature Agile Teams

    Borrowing from his experience and lean software development methods, join Bob Galen in this interactive and collaborative workshop as he examines essential patterns—the behaviors and characteristics of mature agile teams so that you can model them within your own teams.

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

    Daniel Mezick - Extended: Engage to Win - How to Engage Every Employee in Your Agile Transformation

    Successful Agile at scale displays HIGHER levels of employee engagement! Failed Agile programs don’t. An engagement model gets you there. An Engagement Model adds an engagement PLAN to your framework. In this session, you learn about how to use OpenSpace Agility to get real & LASTING success in scaling Agile across your enterprise.

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

    Melissa Boggs - Breakout: Exhaustion is Not a Status Symbol

    Together, explore the dangers of exhaustion as a status symbol -- for our organizational culture, our teams, and ourselves. Are we building fast things, or the right things? Are we making time to dream up big, new ideas and/or to build a cohesive team around our mission?

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

    Stacia Viscardi - Extended: Nasty Impediments - Unclogging the pipe for personal, team, and business agility

    A business is only as fast and agile as its slowest feedback loop. Impediments clog feedback loops just like cholesterol clogs veins. Join Stacia as she will help you identify, plan a strategy for, and remove impediments at any level.

    • Time: 1:25 pm - 3:20 pm
    • Venue: Room 102/103

    Mark Wavle - Breakout: Facilitation Fitness - Get Your Collaboration in Shape

    Solving complex problems requires creativity and teamwork. What shape do our collaborative conversations take? What approaches and techniques do we need to strengthen? Through workouts and discussion, we'll flex our skills and practice our facilitation.

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

    Frank Forte - Breakout: Leadership: A Deeper Dive

    Frank started his career serving on nuclear powered submarines. For over 30 years, He has managed software projects and programs around the world for clients such as the U.S. military and NASA. Today, Frank focuses on using agile principles to help transform organizations.

    • Time: 2:30 pm - 3:20 pm
    • Venue: Room 105
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    James Shore

    Agile Fluency Project

    Keynote: Secrets of Fluency

    What does it take to become truly fluent at agile development? Is it technical excellence? Team interactions? Servant leadership? Or something else entirely? Join James Shore in a deep dive into agile proficiencies and what takes to master them.

    • 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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7 May

Sharonville Convention Center

11355 Chester Rd, Cincinnati, OH 45246, USA

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