11 May Schedule

May 11, 2021

10:30-10:40 AM EST (2:30-2:40 PM UTC)

Americas/Euro Conference Opening

10:45-11:15 AM EST (2:45-3:15 PM UTC)

Room 1:  Heidi Castillo “Agility in Marketing” 
Traditional marketing faces tough times; find a NEW way to work and deliver with Agile marketing.

Room 2:  Riddhi Gupta “Agile Transformation: Understanding the Foundations of Success” 
Agile transformation can end up being a solely technology-driven initiative due to disconnects between the business and technology. To succeed, agile transformation needs a strong alignment among people responsible for the vision, design, development, and rollout. This talk is about understanding the concept of Business Agility and how transformation stems from it.

Room 3:  Colleen Johnson “Running Scaled Retrospectives
Retrospectives are a chance for a team to come together to reflect on how they are working and identify small adjustments that will improve their practices. Teams grow through honest discussions to find specific solutions tailored to the needs of their work. Processes begin to evolve to fit the team and the team takes greater ownership over how they work. Making these improvements are infinitely beneficial to an individual team but they often fail to address the needs of teams working together or of the organization as a whole. Scaled retrospectives offer teams, programs, and portfolios an opportunity to come together to identify critical organizational improvements and create a viable method for delivering meaningful change. Join us for this session and learn how to gather feedback and facilitate large-scale retros that expand the scope of improvements beyond the individual team.

11:30 AM-12-30 PM EST (3:30-4:30 PM UTC)

Room 1:  Jessica Katz, “Serving Tea with NVC (Non-Violent Communication)
Have you ever left a conversation and immediately regretted your words or behavior? Maybe you wished the outcome had been different? How about that one person who you always dread talking to? We will practice a pragmatic approach that relies on Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and the Nonviolent Communication models to fully understand and be understood, and to achieve mutually satisfying outcomes for all participants.

Room 2:  Leslie Morse & Patricia Kong “Cultivate Agile Culture with Community, Commitment & Continuous Learning
Agile has become trendy, and like many trendy things, is at risk of being reduced to a buzzword. An agile culture is not magically created. It is, however, one that can be cultivated. In this session, Patricia and Leslie will highlight what it means to work in an agile culture and how agility as a culture is formed. They’ll explore three pillars organizations absolutely need to embrace in order to cultivate an agile culture: Community, Commitment & Continuous Learning. We hope you’ll leave inspired to: – Get curious about ways you may be making agile more complicated than it has to be. – Find ways to leverage community as a vehicle for amplifying agile culture. – Embrace the power of commitment and how it is often a missing component in organizational change. – Take a new look at opportunities to for how continuous learning can be leveraged to cultivate an agile organization.

Room 3:  Gabriela Batista “Personal Kaizen using Heart of Agile
Collaborate, deliver, reflect, and improve — use these four words to reflect on your life, your work, or any other area. The Heart of Agile is a reflection tool that uses drawing, reflecting, and answering questions as individuals or teams to bring clarity and a more conscious mindset to life.

12:45-1:45 PM EST (4:40-5:40 PM UTC)

Room 1:  Luba Sakharuk “The Art of Persuasion – How Learning to Ski Made Me a Better Coach
This talk with Q&A will focus on getting a buy-in from people on all levels of the organization. I will cover importance of having buy-in, different root causes for a push back and tips how to be persuasive and influence change.

Room 2:  Gillian Lee & Kim Jose De-Risk Your Next Remote Design Sprint
The design sprint process brings together a diverse and cross-functional team to problem solve and ideate in rapid iterations. It’s a well structured process that provides guidance on how to facilitate the divergence, convergence, and emergence of ideas through different activities.
But what happens when the prescribed structure is translated into a remote experience? How might we achieve similar or better results to the in person experience?  This workshop will show you how to overcome common pitfalls you might experience when running a remote design sprint where the stakes are high, there is lots of uncertainty, and time is limited.

Room 3:  Nazee Hajebi Facilitating Remote Mob Programming as a Less Technical Coach
You can facilitate remote mob programming sessions that can bring the team together. Yes, even though you don’t code, you can do this! I know, because I did it. In this workshop you will learn how to facilitate a remote mob programming session as a less technical coach by collaborating with a Tech Lead/Developer as a technical backup to help with technical issues as they arise during the first and second mobbing. After we review the pre-mobbing checklist, we will dive in and do a live virtual mob programming session and I will facilitate the mobbing session. You can watch or participate as a mobber. You’ll walk out with the confidence you need to help your team to transform to a collaborative team by facilitating virtual mob programming.


1:50-2:30 PM EST (5:45-6:30 PM UTC) 
Lightning Talks, Open Discussion and Close the Day

Jessica KatzBuilding in Resilience
Do you wish you knew how to focus your efforts to create professional, mental, emotional, financial, and social safety nets? If a global pandemic taught us nothing else, we learned that the world is volatile, uncertain, complex, and ambiguous (VUCA). One must be ready to turn on a dime as conditions change. In technology, we build in disaster recovery which offers us technological resilience. In business, we diversify our business to build in market resiliency. As individuals, we’re also in need of our own plans and safety nets to ensure we’re well positioned when the unknown makes itself seen. This session will explore how we build in resilience so we have the ability to turn away from how we used to work to the way we need to work now. We’ll also look at how we welcome change rather than following a plan leveraging Agile ideas in our life and work.

Charlene NewtonGrok the 4th Guardrail: Continuous Business Owner Engagement
Keeping business owners engaged while implementing minimum viable products (MVPs) in a scaled agile enterprise is critical to business agility and the success of Agile Release Trains (ARTs) and Solution Trains. During my first ART launch I learned an important lesson! Business Owners need coaching to perform their critical role in evolving the enterprise toward business agility. I will share my proven model for engaging business owners before, during and after a PI Planning event.

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