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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.

Our Speakers

Tim Ottinger

Keynote
Chicago, Illinois

Tim is a long-time member of the agile community as a programmer, manager, team leader, consultant, trainer and author. In addition to his contributions in Clean Code, he is the originator and co-author of Agile In A Flash, Tim's articles appeared various publications including the Pragmatic Programmers magazine, and his blogs are well-followed and widely shared. His name shows up in the acknowledgment sections of books you probably own.Tim is one of the crew of experts at Industrial Logic, a premier agile consultancy that helps companies live the Modern Agile Values.

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.

Tim Ottinger

Ellen Gottesdiener

Keynote
Boston, Massachusetts

Ellen Gottesdiener helps product and development communities produce valuable outcomes through product agility. She is a pioneer in the collaborative convergence of Agile product management, product requirements, and organizational learning.
She offers leadership, techniques, tools, and training to you for engaging your product community in ways that excite, invite, and produce valuable outcomes and happy teams.
Ellen is a coach, facilitator, trainer, speaker and writer with a keen focus on improving agile product ownership.
Ellen is CEO and founder of EBG Consulting, which helps product management and development organizations amplify discovery to accelerate delivery.

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?”

Ellen Gottesdiener

Todd Henry

Keynote
Cincinnati, Ohio

Todd Henry teaches leaders and organizations how to establish practices that lead to everyday brilliance. He is the author of three books (The Accidental Creative, Die Empty, and Louder Than Words) which have been translated into more than a dozen languages, and he speaks and consults across dozens of industries on creativity, leadership, and passion for work. His book Die Empty was named by Amazon.com as one of the best business books of 2013.
His latest book, Louder Than Words, is about how to develop an authentic voice that resonates and creates impact. Bestselling author Tom Rath called it “...one of the best guides to living a meaningful life I have ever read.”
Learn more at ToddHenry.com.

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.

Todd Henry

Darren Terrell

Breakout Session
St. Augustine, Florida

Darren is the Vice President of Enterprise Agile Coaching at Project Brilliant. As a senior transformation specialist, he has worked with executives and Agile teams for many years and has a breadth of experience in creating the conditions for agile and digital transformation in the private and public sectors. Darren is a pioneer in the practical application of Open patterns and practices to facilitate real agility in large organizations. He serves as a board member for the Agile Cincinnati and is also a co-organizer for Agile Ft. Wayne.

Breakout: Inviting Vision
With ever increasing demands for being innovative and nimble, organizations need to be able to work on the right things… and do it quickly. Otherwise, they risk being disrupted. 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?”
Here are some questions that the INVITING VISION approach can help with:

  • Are we working on the right stuff to “move the needle?”
  • Can we empower our employees to drive our vision?
  • Is the organization making progress towards the goals?
  • How can we be more responsive to change?
  • What ways can we communicate boundaries, values, and principles?

Darren Terrell

Dr. Charles Suscheck

Workshop
Hamilton, Ohio

Dr. Charles Suscheck specializes in agile software development methodologies, and project management.  He is one of 6 people in the world certified to teach the entire scrum.org curriculum. He has over 25 years of professional experience in information technology, beginning his career as a software developer.  Dr. Suscheck holds a Doctorate, Masters, and Bachelors in Computer Science. He holds multiple certifications including Professional Scrum Trainer (PST), Certified Scrum Master (CSM), Safe Program Consultant (SPC), Agile Certified Practitioner (PMI-ACP).  An educator at heart, he has over 30 published articles, has taught over 1000 students software development and is a highly respected conference speaker.

Workshop: Liberating Structures
Are you ready to have some fun after work while learning ways to facilitate engaging workshops with people you work with? 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.
If you have to work with groups and get many minds actively involved in solving issues, you should come to this session. You’ll definitely get new facilitation ideas.

Dr. Charles Suscheck

Kimberlee McGill

Breakout Session
Cincinnati, Ohio

As a long time Agile practitioner, I belief Agilist should be in the business of people, not processes. This belief has driven my affair with complex human behavioral systems and models. It gives me on-going insights around what it means to be human and how that understanding can lead to amazing teams and empowering cultures.

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.

Kimberlee McGill

John Coleman

Breakout Session
London, United Kingdom

John Coleman is one of Scrum.org’s executive content co-creators, and co-ordinates Executive Leadership Network for Adaptiveness. John is an active practitioner of Scrum, Nexus, Large Scale Scrum and Kanban in huge environments, at all levels.

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).

John Coleman

Melissa Ritts

Breakout Session
Columbus, Ohio

As a JP Morgan Chase Scrum Master, Agile Coach and Change Evangelist for the Digital organization, I’ve been known for taking on challenging responsibilities, removing organizational barriers, and wearing Pink Hats, all before finishing my coffee in the morning. My passion for Scrum, Lean, XP and Kanban has evolved over the past decade and blossomed into a way of thinking and living, more than a method for working. So, if you are as enthusiastic about Agile as I am, let’s see how we can make the world a better place to work and live.

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.
I believe Courage is the foundation of all the other Scrum Values. It takes courage to for anyone to accept change and challenge the way they think. It takes a great amount of courage to challenge the way others think!

Melissa Ritts

Kim Antelo

Breakout Session
Denver, Colorado

Kim has 20 years of experience in IT and Product Management. She started as a developer and moved to databases, business intelligence, then improving lives of customers through better operations and data. Later she became the Agile Transformation Leader at GE Aviation. Now, Kim is a Product Owner for the Training and Transformation practice at Scrum Inc and leads the Training Community of Practice with Jeff Sutherland. She is one of two trainers who can certify new trainers to teach Scrum@Scale.

Breakout: The Awesome Product Owner Team
Everything we as Product Owners we do drive the direction of the products we create and inspire the team to work on a transcendental goal. We do that by acting as an incredibly awesome team that works across functions, listening to our customers and each other. Wanna be a really 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

Kim Antelo

Aaron Kopel

Breakout Session
Indianapolis, Indiana

Aaron is the founder and CEO of Project Brilliant, and is a Scrum Alliance Certified Enterprise Coach (CEC) specializing in training and coaching for large organization Agile transformation.

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!

Aaron Kopel

David Hawks

Breakout Session
Austin, Texas

Founder and CEO of Agile Velocity, David Hawks is a Certified Enterprise Coach and Certified Scrum Trainer who is passionate about helping organizations achieve true agility beyond the basic implementation of Agile practices.
David’s primary focus is to guide leaders through their Agile transformation by helping to create successful transformation strategies and effectively manage organizational change with a focus on achieving real business results.

Breakout: Why 76% of Organizations are Failing at Agile
Learn about the top 5 areas transformations get stuck and solutions on how to move past them. 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.

David Hawks

Mark Caswell

Workshop
Indianapolis, Indiana

Mark Caswell is President of KSM Consulting, LLC. Mark’s primary responsibilities include directing KSMC’s services ensuring the highest quality and efficiency leading to optimal client results.
Mark is a proven business leader and has worked in project and program management for over 15 years, delivering successful results for a wide range of projects of varying sizes and types across multiple industries. Mark has experience in the delivery of small, local projects as well as the leadership of large, global projects. This diversity of experience, both in execution and leadership of projects, helps him maximize the value that KSMC brings to our clients.
Trained in Design Thinking methodology at Stanford University, Mark led the incorporation of the methodology into KSMC’s approach to client service and solution development. He leads training and facilitates workshops all over the country, including with KSMC’s internal team.

Workshop: Design Thinking Crash Course
Design Thinking is a deeply human process that taps into creative abilities we all have, but often overlook. It’s often referenced as the methodology that led to innovation, such as Apple’s first mouse, but its impact is much broader. The process is rooted in the belief that innovation starts with people – bringing them together and, most importantly, working to understand and meet their needs. 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.

Co-presenting with Matt Lang

Mark Caswell

Matt Lang

Workshop
Carmel, Indiana

Matt Lang is the Vice President of Client Solutions with KSM Con- sulting. In this role, Matt is tasked with ensuring our clients’ opportu- nities are translated into detail oriented solutions for our execution teams.
Matt has a wide variety of experience in multiple industries, includ- ing education, construction, property development, and healthcare. His skill set includes the design and implementation of data ware- houses, moving organizations to data centric decision making, and utilizing change management best practices to successfully facilitate these investments. Matt has helped clients develop short and inter- mediate range forecasting models through the application of tech- niques such as regression analysis, cross-tabulations, and distribu- tion analysis.
His varied technical expertise includes Tableau, PowerBI, Alteryx, R, SPSS, and STATA. In addition, Matt has successfully shifted large or- ganizations, and their end-users, to self-service analytics platforms.

Workshop: Design Thinking Crash Course
Design Thinking is a deeply human process that taps into creative abilities we all have, but often overlook. It’s often referenced as the methodology that led to innovation, such as Apple’s first mouse, but its impact is much broader. The process is rooted in the belief that innovation starts with people – bringing them together and, most importantly, working to understand and meet their needs. 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.

Co-presenting with Mark Caswell

Matt Lang

Brian Milner

Breakout Session
Allen, Texas

TBD

Breakout: Servant Leadership: Not Selfish, Self First
Servant Leadership is an outdated concept from the ’70s that has little relevance to the Agile world in 2019... or does it? Most of us understand the basics behind Servant Leadership, but we all might have missed the most important concept: Before you can serve others, you first have to serve yourself.
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.

Brian Milner

Outi Cornette

Breakout Session
Lexington, Kentucky

Outi Cornette started in IT as a programmer and advanced through all technology levels to management. She has been highly successful in integrating off-shore team members with on-site personnel. She has led both professional and volunteer teams, working purposefully to build trust and sense of belonging within her teams. Outi is passionate about Agile as she firmly believes we must change how we work. To advance Agile knowledge and education, Outi recently started Agile Lexington user group.

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.

Outi Cornette

Ram Santhanam

Breakout Session
Chicago, Illinois

Ram Santhanam is an Agile Practitioner at a large financial company in Illinois. He is passionate about Enterprise Transformation and seeks to establish sustainability through organizational efficiency. His 20+ years of experience includes application development through leading transformations, while serving many roles.

Breakout: Looking beyond frameworks for Scaling Agility across the Enterprise
Many continue to launch new Agile teams with the same prescriptive approach of training and diving into the mechanics of frameworks. One of common challenges with this approach is that new team members focus extensively in the framework's semantics and process consistency. 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.

Ram Santhanam

Zac Darnell

Breakout Session
Indianapolis, Indiana

Zac has spent the past 14 years working in technology. He started his career in telephony and has worked in a variety organizations ranging from startups to fortune 100. As an Engagement Manager at SEP; he works with a team of makers who’s focus is helping businesses build better products.

Breakout: Comaking In An Agile World – the key to delivering great products.
Building great products requires a team of individuals. Seldom does one person have all the knowledge, talent, and skills to build a complex product in a modern world. Making something together – comaking – requires different skills and tools. 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.

Zac Darnell

Chris Daily

Workshop
Indianapolis, Indiana

Chris has accumulated more than 30 years of executive level experience in software development. He’s directly influenced various levels of start-ups such as Stratice Healthcare, where he served as the Chief Technology Officer, in addition to numerous Fortune 500 companies such as Experian, Fidelity National, and Angie’s List, where he last served as a Senior Director. He's most recently dedicated his focus to guiding teams through Agile transformations and processes in a variety of industries. Since 2011, he's passionately empowered businesses and organizations to solve problems effectively and efficiently using Agile principles and frameworks.

Workshop: The Manager Role for Enterprise Agility
You have adopted some form of Scrum, Kanban, XP, or one of the Agile scaling versions. While many classes, workshops, and certifications attempt to address the needs of team members, very few if any courses address the needs of company and product leaders. It’s hard to see what role managers serve in the new world.
Lots of energy and resources are focused on getting the individual teams the resources, knowledge, and coaching they need self- organize to get the job done. Little attention and effort is invested in the managers. Yet, organizations still need to provide coaching and mentoring outside of the just Agile.
Yet, 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.

Chris Daily

Sarala Pandey and Ashtha Singh

Breakout Session
Columbus, Ohio

Sarala Pandey is presently serving as the Quality Assurance Manager for Huntington National Bank. She is responsible for managing resource, creating and maintaining QA standards and process for the entire Digital Channel team. In addition, Sarala has enhanced organizational efficiency & efficacy by piloting test automation, exploratory testing, and the continuing education program. Over the course of 20 years, she has served as a QA Analyst, Off-shore Liaison, and finally as a QA Manager. Recently, Sarala was named a Trailblazer by the Smart Women Awards by Smart Business Magazine.

Breakout: Change the world by developing future women leaders
Change begins at home. Many first-generation disadvantaged immigrants to this country do not attend college, which means their children do not have adequate guidance on pursing higher-level education. The community can come together to provide help to these children with code camps. 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.

Sarala Pandey Ashtha Singh

Damon Poole

Workshop
Boston, Massachusetts

Damon has coached and trained thousands of people at companies such as EMC, Capital One, Oanda, Ford, and Fidelity. He speaks frequently at Agile Alliance, Agile New England, Kentucky Fried Agile, Atlassian Summit, Agile and Beyond, Agile Toronto, and others. As a coach of coaches at Eliassen, Damon led the Agile Delivery team which grew to hundreds of Scrum Masters and Agile Coaches in the field. He created Eliassen's Agile Transformation approach and the training content across all aspects of Agile, and led the effort to provide opportunities for the coaches to advance in their coaching journey. This background gave Damon the opportunity to learn from hundreds of Agile Coaches in an enormous variety of client environments and from the wider international Agile community. Come find out what you and Damon can learn from each other!

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.
Part 1 – Play Games to Learn the 4 Modes of Agile Coaching Quickly learn about the coaching mode of Agile Coaching from five fun games. In "Flash Card Coaching," you will witness the power of powerful questions and the value of coaching by using only preset questions to do a full coaching session. There are three categorization games where you will work together in small groups to learn about powerful questions, giving advice, and the differences between the 4 modes of Agile Coaching.
Finally, there are two "Choose Your Own Coaching Adventure" games. These are just like the old "Choose Your Own Adventure" games. Your choices lead down a path that either leads a successful coaching outcome or an unhappy coachee. Each unhappy ending comes with an explanation and you can always back up and try again.
Part 2 - Get in Your Coaching Groove with Coaching Triggers Coaching Triggers offer a new framework to help you stay in the coaching mode, work from the coachee’s agenda, and remain neutral. Coaching triggers are pairs of circumstances and corresponding techniques that help to identify how we can best help the coachee move forward.

Damon Poole

Mike Miller

Breakout Session
Dayton, Ohio

Michael Martin, CIO, and Michael Miller, ScrumMaster, work at Smart Data, a software development firm in Cincinnati and Dayton. Together, they have decades of experience and extensive knowledge working with individuals, teams, and companies by utilizing the Agile methodology, related frameworks, and other best practices. Whether participating in business development, shaping organizational cultures, coaching self-organizing teams, or even creating arts and crafts for adults; they’ve done it all.

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.

Co-presenting with Michael Martin

Mike Miller

Michael Martin

Breakout Session
Dayton, Ohio

Michael Martin, CIO, and Michael Miller, ScrumMaster, work at Smart Data, a software development firm in Cincinnati and Dayton. Together, they have decades of experience and extensive knowledge working with individuals, teams, and companies by utilizing the Agile methodology, related frameworks, and other best practices. Whether participating in business development, shaping organizational cultures, coaching self-organizing teams, or even creating arts and crafts for adults; they’ve done it all.

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.

Co-presenting with Mike Miller

Michael Martin

Kari Kelly

Breakout Session
Cincinnati, Ohio

Kari Kelly is the Exective Director of Atypical Workplace LLC, a People & Culture firm committed to helping leaders cultivate adaptable, bold, and courageous teams. She is a Scrum Master with extensive experience in partnering with organizations as a Learning and Development trainer, consultant, and coach. Kari's experience includes culture transformation projects and change management.
Kari has worked in the nonprofit sector as well as technology and biopharma, the most notable being Apple. Before pursuing a career in adult learning and performance, she was a research physicist at Imperial College London where she fell in love with the learning process and switched careers. Kari is currently writing a book called Agile Tribes which will be published in late 2019 or early 2020.

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.
It’s all about culture. The unique processing styles and passions driving tech talent success can impact the culture.
For instance, tech cultures often place a high value on individual goals, logical consistency, universally shared standards, direct communication, and achievement. They excel in environments structured to support autonomy and focus.
Detailed brains grounded in objective logic learn different. Therefore, tech talent requires a new approach to leadership and development.
Participants will walk away with an actionable toolkit that can be immediately used with their teams to improve productivity, happiness, and collaboration.

Kari Kelly

Hunter McCluer

Breakout Session
Chantilly, Virginia

I have spent most of my 25+ years teaching organizations how to see, understand, and achieve Agility. IT Agility, Business team agility, and Organizational Agility. My professional experience has been focused on helping commercial, federal, and technical organizations transform and achieve success. A seasoned Agile Coach / Business Agility Transformation Architect, my industry experience includes: Finance, Mortgage Banking, State and Federal Government, Department of Defense, Aerospace, Telecommunications, Military and Civilian Health Care, Education, Cable Television, Internet and Mobile Advertising.
In my current role, I oversee delivery of our Business Agility, Enterprise Agility, Creative, DevOps, and Managed Services, in our Central and Mid-Atlantic regions. Focused on the support, growth, and success of our clients, I work with our Regional and National Sales, Delivery, and Recruiting teams to help design and deliver world class client services, solutions, and success.

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!

Hunter McCluer

Alex Basa

Breakout Session
St. Louis, Missouri

Alex Basa is the Lead IT Agile Coach at Centene helping them with their enterprise agile transformation. Alex has helped large companies scale using the 'spotify' model as well as with the Scaled Agile Framework. He has over 18 years experience in agile frameworks and coaching. His background is in software development and has a passion for innovation, business agility and growing people.

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.

Alex Basa

Ken Rickard

Breakout Session
Jacksonville, Florida

Ken draws from his 20 years of development, training, and management experience to guide clients in delivering valuable outcomes. His past 10 years have been spent learning as a Scrum Developer, Scrum Master, Product Owner, Kanban Coach, Agile Coach, and while leading from the back as a “Manager” in an Agile world. Ken travels the country leading people, teams, and organizations in their improvement journeys. He has worked in the public sector, higher education, finance, entertainment, retail, manufacturing, beverage, CPG, and healthcare industries.

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.

Ken Rickard

Josh Atwell

Breakout Session
Apex, North Carolina

Josh Atwell is a Senior Technology Advocate at Splunk, focused on helping IT organizations evolve to support the growing demands on them. He is the co-author of several popular books, a serial podcaster, has led numerous technology user groups, and is an awarded public speaker.

Breakout: Adopting a Continual Improvement Mindset
Few organizations feel they are reaching their true potential. Technical debt, antiquated processes, outdated measurements, and a never-ending influx of new requirements leave most feeling incapable of doing much more than keeping the lights on. Overcoming these challenges and achieving meaningful change doesn't happen overnight, but is a necessity in order to create the next generation of IT operations and create the foundation for DevOps success.
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. We will touch on how to:

  • Improve responsiveness, collaboration, and learning across teams
  • Adopting and supporting new technologies like containers, microservices, and automation
  • Gain more visibility into your environments and processes to identify constraints
  • Grow beyond firefighting and just getting the next feature out

Josh Atwell

Andy Burns

Breakout Session
Cincinnati, Ohio

Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) software platforms are more than Computer Aided Design (CAD) drawings of heavy equipment rotating on an engineer’s screen. PLM software helps us build the spacecraft that carry our dreams to the heavens or design the shoes for our children’s feet. Andy Burns helps lead PLM product development as Chief Scrum Master in the Program Office at Siemens PLM. 1200 software engineers in 130 scrums work with Andy daily to create the world’s best PLM software. With it engineers around the world realize our hopes and ambitions. Siemens PLM began an agile journey in the early 2010’s.

Breakout: Innovations Enable Agile at Scale with SAFe®
Innovations delivered by individual leaders are key to successfully scaling agile. 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!

Andy Burns

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29 April

Sharonville Convention Center

11355 Chester Rd, Cincinnati, OH 45246, USA

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