2021 Program

May 8, 2021

10:30-10:35 AM SGT

APAC Conference Opening

10:35-11:05 AM SGT

Hana Siddiquee “What is Agile Teaching and Learning, and Can it help prepare the future workforce” 
In this session you will discover why Agile strategies are vital for educational institutions. You will learn about an innovative method proven to improve student engagement. You will know a few strategies towards preparing the future workforce. Presentation Recording

11:05-11:35 AM SGT

Kiran Khatri & Savitha Ramachandran “Agile parenting for less-stress families” 
Parenting can be overwhelming, especially for working couples. During this conversation, we will explore how adopting agile practices in parenting could reduce stress and at same time hone our leadership skills. No recording available.

11:35-12:05 AM SGT

Stanka Pendziviaterova “Importance of establishing a coaching alliance in sponsored coaching” Presentation Recording

12:05-12:35 PM SGT

Shakti Gupta “Unleashing yourself with personal agility” 
I will talk about my experience and how certain mindset shifts helped me reach my goals and can help you as well. Presentation Recording

12:35-1:05 PM SGT

Madeeha Khan “Conflict Management” 
Conflict: why it happens, how it happens and once it happens, how do you manage it. I will discuss different styles of conflict management, effective use of Neuro-linguistic programming (NLP), using emotional intelligence and being good listener. Presentation Recording

1:15-1:35 PM SGT

Brittney Gray “What Agile looks like in the “new normal” worldPresentation Recording

1:35-2:30 PM SGT

Open Discussion and Close Day 1


May 9, 2021

10:30-10:35 AM SGT

APAC Conference Day 2 Opening

10:35-11:05 AM SGT

Falguni Rolekar “Woman in Servant Leadership – A Game Changer” 
Servant Leadership is the key for success in today’s life. It could be personal, professional or anywhere. So who can be better servant leader than women. Women are born servant leader. In this session we will explore how the nurturing nature of women translates to success in the corporate world and celebrate some extraordinary women servant leaders. Presentation Recording

11:05-11:35 AM SGT

Priya Patra “Incorporating Non-functional Requirements in your user story with Story Cubes” 
The non-functional requirements, like security, usability, or regulatory needs are often part of the definition of done.  Non-functional requirements are not optional, yet many a times these are missed the common reason being “Everybody knows it’. What if we could use leverage games to uncover these non-functional requirements and explicitly define them? What if we could make this entire activity fun rather than a stressful exercise? Can this improve collaboration within the team and with customers? We will find out… Presentation Recording

11:35-12:05 AM SGT

Nagini Chandramouli & Vani SuriaPrakash “Visualize, Interact and be Accountable (VIA) coaching assignments” 
Visualization and powerful interaction using various frameworks and tools, empowers the coachee to take charge and be more accountable of their goals and actions arising from the coaching assignments. This helps the Coach to observe the progress made by the coachee and guide them to realign the conversation to address the gaps. This transparency in the coaching conversation helps both – the coach and the coachee to attain the coaching goal in a more healthy and productive way. Presentation Recording

12:05-12:35 PM SGT

Shipra Aggarwal “Scrum and Supply Chain” 
I will discuss how the core elements of scrum can be applied to supply chain with the business case of setting up a new warehouse by desired date. Presentation Recording

12:35-1:35 PM SGT

Alison Gitelson “Increasing our Agility Quotient” 
An Agile approach is characterized by short iterations, frequent reassessment, and adaptation. For this to be an effective way of working there is an assumption that human beings are adaptable, and at ease with change and disruption. Are we? By nature, some people are very adaptive, however many aren’t. That’s okay because we can increase our adaptive skills and fitness just as we do for sport and other activities. A bonus of getting fit in this way is also increasing our innovation skills, self-confidence, and resilience. In this workshop we’ll have fun doing a few activities that increase our agility quotient, and consider how best we can use this in our workplaces. Presentation Recording

1:35-2:05 PM SGT

Grace Johnson “Building the Global Agile Community of practice” 

The Agile 20 Reflect festival was about New Voices and the Community! People, and our collective humanity. The festival was not just marking and celebrating the 20th anniversary of the manifesto but also the role Agile plays more broadly in our lives and the roles we all play in each other’s. During this talk we will examine the level of situational awareness that was brought to these new voices, why it matters and whether we can anticipate and exploit the current conferences with these new voices. We will explore how these voices will help shape our new ways of working in the pandemic and how we can promote these new voices in our Community. Presentation Recording

2:05-2:30 PM SGT

Open Discussion and Close Day 2  


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. Presentation Recording

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. Presentation Recording

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. Presentation Recording

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! Presentation Recording

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. Presentation Recording

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. Presentation Recording

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. No recording available.


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). 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. 

May 12, 2021

10:30-11:30 AM EST (2:30-3:30 PM UTC)

Room 1:  Nadja Petranovskaja “15 facilitation ideas without technical poppycock”
We sit or stand in front of our computers, we only see a fraction of our body language, we are limited to the visual perception channel, and then all the work with the mouse comes. Click, slide, double-click … the keyboard and monitor have become our extended body parts. This influences our thinking and also our emotional situation. Many are tired and, despite all the gimmicks, somehow bored. It takes more and more effects and special features to keep the participants engaged in a session. For this reason, I would like to share 15 ideas for your facilitation with you, where you don’t need anything apart from the video conference tool itself. This session is interactive: we play, move and have fun together.

Room 2:  Jimena Londono, Yohara Salinas, Nayreth González Dunkley “Agile Communities: A Practical approach. Our journey @WIA Panama Group”
Four leaders with different roles in the WIA Panama Group and careers in the STEM will share how they used agile techniques and set of practices to start, evolve and grow the WIA Panama community. Applying agile principles in a practical manner: trust, collaboration, delivery, improvement, respect, reflection. The specific tricks and techniques from the agile world that helped to overcome obstacles and create thriving agile community. They will share their journey,  what worked, what didn’t and what was learned from it. Presentation Recording

Room 3: Moni Rosemberg (in spanish) “¿Cómo liderar el cambio y aprender del futuro emergente?”
– La U como enfoque para el aprendizaje y el cambio
– El corazón de la agilidad y el uso de la inteligencia colectiva
– El potencial del talento femenino en este nuevo paradigma
Presentaremos la Teoría U (Presencing Institute del MIT), su recorrido y su contribución a la innovación y al cambio individual, grupal, organizacional y social desde una escucha profunda permitiendo que emerja el futuro con mayor potencial. Conversaremos sobre cómo el corazón de la agilidad en combinación con el talento femenino ofrecen una oportunidad única para enfentar el actual paradigma del liderazgo y la acción acompañando el pasaje del ego-sistema al ecosistema.

11:40 AM-12:40 PM EST (3:40-4:40 PM UTC)

Room 1 – Nicole Spence-Goon “Three Factors for Agile Scaling Success
Have you ever thought to yourself, “How can we make Agile Scaling less of a goal itself and more of a method to get our organizational goals?” We know we need to scale, but where do we go from here? Come to this session to get the answers you’ve been searching for! This talk will focus on three factors that emerged as common themes throughout my experience working on government Agile Scaling projects that ultimately impacted the trajectory of each agency’s Scaling journey.

Room 2 – Ann-Marie Kong & Allison Pollard “Compassionate Accountability
Work has converged with home, school, and family in the same location. We are experiencing grief, loss, pain, suffering, anxiety and stress. “Crucial conversations” about work seem trivial in light of what’s happening around us. The pandemic is an awakening to our humanity. In the midst of grief and stress, life moves forward. There are new possibilities, opportunities and gifts emerging. Come experience compassionate accountability, and your capacity to simultaneously hold pain and compassion. No recording available.

Room 3 – Patricia Kong & Jill Graves “How to Journey Through Shame
Shame is an emotion that can be positive in helping us decipher cohesion in community and society. It is also an invisible weapon that can knowingly or unknowingly be used to oppress, allowing for continued cycles of generational shame. In this workshop, Patricia Kong and Jill Graves will share the practices and processes they have individually been through which have allowed them to reframe and rebuild as better family members, professionals, community members and women. Through a series of facilitated discussions and exercises, they will invite the audience to examine their collective understanding of shame, the behaviors that support it, the practices that let negative feelings persist, and the methods to not only reclaim dignity for ourselves, but also for those we love around us. While this will be an interactive session, facilitators will not be asking for participants to share their personal experiences, but hope that they leave with inspiration and curiosity to conquer their shame journeys. No recording available. A Mural board used by the group can be viewed here.

12:45-1:30 PM EST (4:45-5:30 UTC) Lightning Talks

Kristine Sweet “Me-WOW! Self-Care Tips I’ve Learned from My Cats
Do you feel like a rubber band that has been stretched so far that it’s about to break? Come to this session to learn how to rest and reset! Making time for self-care is so crucial these days because we’re isolated, we’re working hard, we’re worried, or we’re just plain tired. We need to rest and reset – not just for physical health, but also as a critical part of mental health. This lightning talk is a light-hearted presentation sharing what I’ve learned about taking care of myself during the pandemic, from observing my cats nap, play, explore, and stretch. I’ll also provide some of the science behind these observations and their connections to wellness and mindfulness. Whether you’re a cat-lover or not, these furry felines and I will offer up a few valuable tips and tricks to make the most of your self-care experience.

Carla Krieger – “How to Know if you Delivered Value?
In this talk, the importance of having a projected curve for product adoption and well defined OKRs will be addressed, enabling faster monitoring of the product’s consumption trend and results, together with practices of deliveries based on MBI (Minimal Business Increment), lean metrics and consumer experience being monitored through the ROX (return on experience) model. The ROX model in this presentation will be based on the approach brought by PWC in 2019 (Global Consumer Insights Survey 2019).

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