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Friday, April 12
 

7:30am

Registration
Friday April 12, 2019 7:30am - 8:30am
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8:30am

Opening Keynote
Speakers
avatar for Dave West

Dave West

CEO, Product Owner, Scrum.org
Dave West is the CEO and Product Owner at Scrum.org. He is a frequent keynote at major industry conferences and is a widely published author of articles and research reports, along with his acclaimed book: Head First Object-Oriented Analysis and Design, that helped define new software... Read More →



Friday April 12, 2019 8:30am - 9:30am
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9:30am

Break
Friday April 12, 2019 9:30am - 9:45am
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9:45am

Refactoring to Happiness
Messy codebases lead to unhappy teams and unhappy customers.  But it doesn't have to stay this way!  We'll cover
- Where and how improvements can be made and why you should make them
- Quick wins you can walk away with and implement yourself tomorrow
- How to implement good habits that make messy code less likely

Links from Talk:

Code formatter tools
https://github.com/google/google-java-format 
https://github.com/coveo/fmt-maven-plugin 
https://github.com/Cosium/maven-git-code-format

Compile Time injection frameworks
https://github.com/google/dagger 

Build Systems
http://takari.io/book/index.html 
https://gradle.org/ 
https://bazel.build/ 

Package Principles
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Package_principles 

Compile-time annotation processors
https://github.com/google/dagger
https://micronaut.io/
https://github.com/micronaut-projects/micronaut-spring

Mutation Testing
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mutation_testing

Positive Psychology
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Positive_psychology

Getting in the way of bad code
https://errorprone.info/
https://github.com/uber/NullAway
https://eng.uber.com/nullaway/
https://checkerframework.org/

Dan Ariely
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dan_Ariely

Writing Git Hooks
https://pre-commit.com/ 
https://github.com/phillipuniverse/githook-maven-plugin 
https://github.com/arthinking/git-hook-maven-plugin

Bug & Change Proneness of God classes and Modularity Violations
https://www.cs.drexel.edu/~yfcai/papers/2014/sqj2014.pdf 

Code-maat and related links
http://adamtornhill.com/code/codemaat.htm
https://github.com/adamtornhill/code-maat
https://github.com/stevenalexander/code-maat-python
https://github.com/smontanari/code-forensics
https://pragprog.com/book/atcrime/your-code-as-a-crime-scene
https://pragprog.com/book/atevol/software-design-x-rays

1-on-1 Meetings
https://www.atiim.com/blog/the-benefits-of-one-on-one-meetings/ 
https://wavelength.asana.com/workstyle-what-is-a-1-1/

The Hard thing about Hard Things
https://www.amazon.com/Hard-Thing-About-Things-Building/dp/0062273205

Volunteering as a Team
https://www.houstonfoodbank.org/ways-to-give/give-time/volunteerathfb/
https://catholiccharities.org/what-you-can-do/volunteer/ 
Volunteer@CatholicCharities.org

Happier Now
https://www.happier.com/book/ 

Deep Work
http://www.calnewport.com/books/deep-work/ 


Speakers
avatar for Jim Bethancourt

Jim Bethancourt

Vice President, Software Engineering, JP Morgan


Friday April 12, 2019 9:45am - 10:45am
Agile Engineering

9:45am

Agile in 160 Billion Gallons: When Agile Principles Occur During A Disaster
While the Agile concepts may sometimes be easy, the why's and how's are a little trickier to wrap your head around. I’ve unfortunately participated in three recent rising flood water events in Houston over the last three years. Employing my agile skills has had a profound impact on the "success of the project".  
I will be mapping common Agile ideas to dealing with rising water encroaching on your home. I start with an interactive exercise where we talk about flooding, with the outcome being the question: “What do you do when you know that your house might flood?” The answer to this question is the “backlog” in agile terms. From there we introduce the “prioritized backlog”, like do you save things ranked by emotional value, functional value, or financial value? Other concepts like “iterations”, “definition of done”, and
“retrospectives” follow suit.

Newcomers and experts alike will leave with a palpable, even visceral, connection to some frequent Agile concepts. An additional side benefit might even be for the attendees to begin to envision Agile applications outside of software development. 

Speakers
avatar for Drew Shefman

Drew Shefman

Software Engineer, Disney Streaming Services
Drew Shefman has been professionally developing interactive experiences since 1996. He is a software craftsman, agile evangelist, mentor, and scrum master. He has served as technical lead or architect on projects that have included virtual simulation training for the cell phone industry... Read More →



Friday April 12, 2019 9:45am - 10:45am
Agile Methodology

9:45am

Managing Change and Resistance
Managing change and resistance during an Agile Transformation - Do you know the value proposition for various parts of your organization?
Most organizations that wish to change their ways of working by adopting Agile often start with a plan and expect to implement that plan. This does not work and here is why…. You are essentially asking people to change how they have been thinking and doing work for a long time. Guess what is the most common response to change? Resistance. A good way to get people to willingly participate is to show them what's in it for them and mean it. It is important to note that this value proposition will be different for different people. During this session I will talk about the different areas of an organization that are impacted and how the perception of this change determines people's response to your transformation plan.

Speakers
avatar for Atul Khanapure

Atul Khanapure

Agile Coach, Improving
Atul Khanapure didn't just stumble across Scrum. After working for over 15 years on various software systems, he purposefully chose to coach Agile Teams. One of the motivating factors was the use of the Scrum framework to help development teams reduce stress, increase work satisfaction... Read More →



Friday April 12, 2019 9:45am - 10:45am
Agile Scaling

9:45am

Docker + Kubernetes Blitz
Jump in and hang on for 50 different tips for working with Docker and Kubernetes. This rapid-fire talk comes with humor, mayhem, and useful information about tooling, CI/CD, security, and more!

Speakers
avatar for Greg Major

Greg Major

Sr. Software Architect, GSFSGroup


Friday April 12, 2019 9:45am - 10:45am
DevOps

9:45am

The Nitty-Gritty Practices of Agile Coaching
How do you coach a team from showing progress every two weeks to delivering multiple times a day? Research has shown that by utilizing the right kind of metrics can promote a generative culture – creating a space where people want to continuously improve and innovate. Allison and Qarina will blend their stories with an interactive workshop where you will leave with practices that you can implement with your teams the next day. Regardless of your job title, learn how to ally with 4 key delivery metrics to inspire new thinking and practices from your teams.

Speakers
avatar for Qarina Mannaf

Qarina Mannaf

Senior Consultant, Improving
I am a Senior Consultant and Professional Scrum Master at Improving, an Agile Software Consulting Company, based in Houston, Texas. I lead cross-functional teams and help companies reach their project and product goals. I am a fantasy fanatic, and love hiking and spending time outdoors... Read More →
avatar for Allison Pollard

Allison Pollard

Agile Coach, Improving
Allison Pollard helps people discover their agile instincts and develop their coaching abilities. As an agile coach with Improving in Dallas, Allison enjoys mentoring others to become great Scrum Masters and fostering communities that provide sustainability for agile transformations... Read More →



Friday April 12, 2019 9:45am - 10:45am
Early in the Adoption

9:45am

Ten Biggest Mistakes We Made On Our Agile Journey (and why we’re glad we made them)
Here at Global Custom Commerce one of our core values is to “Experiment Without Fear of Failure”. We certainly lived that value over the last eight years as we evolved our traditional development methodologies to agile and scaled up from a single small team of four within a mid-sized e-commerce retailer to over ten agile teams driving innovation across multiple product categories both in-store and online as part of The Home Depot. Although we’ve been very successful, we made of plenty of mistakes along the way and have the scars and the stories to prove it. Join Tom Cabanski, CTO of Global Custom Commerce, and Tim Coonfield, Senior Director of Development of GCC, as they share those stories and the valuable lessons learned that helped make us a center of innovation for one of the largest interconnected retailers in the world.

Speakers
avatar for Tom Cabanski

Tom Cabanski

CTO, Global Custom Commerce (a Home Depot Company)
Tom Cabanski is a high-energy hands-on leader, agile developer, cloud expert and entrepreneur with a successful track record of using technology to enhance business success. He has made an impact across a variety of industries including e-commerce, telecommunications, oil and gas... Read More →
avatar for Tim Coonfield

Tim Coonfield

Sr. Director of Development, Global Custom Commerce (a Home Depot Company)
Tim Coonfield is a development leader with experience delivering innovative and exciting web applications as part of Global Custom Commerce (GCC), a Home Depot company. In his 12 years there, he has taken on several roles across development and leadership, including helping to lead... Read More →



Friday April 12, 2019 9:45am - 10:45am
Lessons Learned

9:45am

The Product Management Vacuum and the 3 V's
The Product Management Vacuum and the 3 V’s 

In between the larger organizational goals and the day-to-day work of Development Teams, exists a vacuum. The thing about any vacuum is that it has an innate need to be filled. If we are not careful, this 'Product Management Vacuum' will get filled with meaningless busy work and extensive task management. Being busy without clear direction.

This session introduces the 3 V's -- Vision, Value, Validation -- as a way to get out in front of this problem.

Speakers
avatar for Don McGreal

Don McGreal

VP, training, Improving
In his role as VP of Learning Solutions at Improving, Don McGreal is a hands-on agile consultant and instructor. And...* Author of the book: 'The Professional Product Owner: Leveraging Scrum as a Competitive Advantage'.* Scrum.org Professional Scrum Trainer who has authored and taught... Read More →



Friday April 12, 2019 9:45am - 10:45am
Product Owner Focus Group

10:45am

Break
Friday April 12, 2019 10:45am - 11:00am
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11:00am

Stop Building Micro-Monoliths
The concept of microservices has taken the development world by storm.  Small, independent services, focused on a singular problem.  But often overlooked in the exuberance to adopt this pattern is the loosely coupled nature of these services.  How do you develop small services which can remain loosely coupled from each other?  What lessons from our long history with services are still relevant under this new paradigm?  Come explore these questions and bring questions of your own as we explore this space together.

Speakers
avatar for Tim Rayburn

Tim Rayburn

Vice President of Consulting, Improving
Tim Rayburn is a Vice President of Consulting with Improving Enterprises, a software and project management consulting company in Dallas, TX.  He is a passionate advocate of apprenticeship and mentorship in corporate environments.  Since 2007 he has been awarded the Microsoft... Read More →



Friday April 12, 2019 11:00am - 12:00pm
Agile Engineering

11:00am

Creating Business Agility by Adopting Non-Deterministic Management
Business Agility is the ability of an organization to renew itself, adapt, change quickly, and succeed in a rapidly changing, ambiguous, turbulent environment. Agility is not incompatible with stability—quite the contrary. Agility requires stability for most companies. (Aaron De Smet)

When describing agility we describing a living organism or natural phenomena. We are referring to systems that are a collection of parts that interact one with each other to reach purpose. But instead of using non-linear and non-deterministic approaches used by science to understand, explain, learn and often even improve systems we are using linear, deterministic and analytic approaches.

Non-deterministic science and tools such as chaos theory, complex systems, and system thinking have a tremendous contribution to our life. without them, we wouldn't enjoy lasers, semiconductors, and remote controls. Non-deterministic approaches define and explain how living organisms are evolving, adapting, changing quickly, and succeed in a rapidly changing, ambiguous, turbulent environment. Understanding and implementing non-deterministic approaches into organization management and organization system is the only way to make a change that will make your organization agile.

In this session, Natty Gur will explore the different non-deterministic approaches and tools and how any company can adopt them to create an agile organization, as agile as the systems we see in nature.

Speakers
avatar for Natty Gur

Natty Gur

Founder, Galaxies
Natty Gur is the founder of Galaxies: a new non-deterministic management system, and a SaaS platform to support it. He is a thought leader and practitioner of better ways to organize and motivate people (manage organizations). Leading self-managed teams based on non-deterministic... Read More →



Friday April 12, 2019 11:00am - 12:00pm
Agile Methodology

11:00am

Transforming Without Changing
Transforming without Changing -
Using Invitation Based Change to increase business agility at Walmart

In Agile Coaching we often use change management frameworks. Yet, many transformations fail to achieve lasting agility. At Walmart, we scaled transformation from five to five thousand. We did this by leveraging Invitation Based Change techniques inspired by Daniel Meznick and Mark Sheffield’s recently published book on “Inviting Leadership.”

The result was not exactly change and yet it helped thousands become part of something more. It helped them to transform the system to increase Walmart’s business agility.

From real-world lessons and practical tips you will learn new methods for creating lasting agility. To paraphrase Nietzsche, you will help people to do “the things only they can do, to become who they are, to be the master and the sculptor of themselves.” In doing this, you transform without changing.

Speakers
avatar for Todd Kromann

Todd Kromann

Enterprise Agile Coach, Open Agile Solutions
Todd is a strategic leader and dedicated Agile Coach with over 20 years of deep and broad experience.Entrepreneurial, patient, and highly experienced, Todd is an Agile Coach with an extensive background in Software Architecture, DevOps, and Project Management within highly competitive... Read More →



Friday April 12, 2019 11:00am - 12:00pm
Agile Scaling

11:00am

DevOps and the Internet of Things
The Internet of Things requires a new paradigm of software development practices for enabling quality DevOps practices in development, deployment, testing, and release cycles. We find that development in this space often involves the management of potentially thousands of devices, mandatory field updates, and an ability to securely manage the distribution of code to those devices from a trusted authority. We will discuss these issues in detail and look at how these particular cases are solved with service offerings from Microsoft including Azure DevOps, IoT Edge, and Kubernetes Services.

Session Materials: Click Here

Speakers
avatar for Paul DeCarlo

Paul DeCarlo

Cloud Advocate, Microsoft
Paul DeCarlo is a Microsoft Cloud Advocate and Professor for the Bauer College of Business at the University of Houston. His current technology interests focus on Internet of Things, Cloud Applications, and Cross-Platform mobile app development. He keeps a steady supply of video games... Read More →


Friday April 12, 2019 11:00am - 12:00pm
DevOps

11:00am

The Introvert's Agile Survival Guide
According to best-selling author Susan Cain, introverts are often discriminated against in our extrovert-dominated society.  Although approximately two thirds of people in the United States are considered extroverts, the majority of IT professionals are introverts.  Many Agile practices, however, tend to favor the extrovert, leaving introverts with a frequent feeling of being yanked outside their comfort zone.  

Attending meetings, working in an open team room, and interacting with team members throughout the day can leave the introvert feeling exhausted and yearning for a quiet environment to think and be productive.  The introvert may feel it’s necessary to become an extrovert to survive Agile, but not only is this unrealistic – it’s unnecessary. Introverts and extroverts are all welcome at this session.  We’ll cover strategies for introverts to increase their job satisfaction by expanding their comfort zone and how extroverts can increase empathy for the plight of their introverted team members.

Session Materials found here: http://www.agileintrovert.com/

Speakers
avatar for Ken Howard

Ken Howard

Executive, Improving
Ken Howard is co-founder and executive at Improving Enterprises and has provided consulting, training and mentoring to companies in 12 countries around the world, helping with adoption of software development best practices. He is also on the computer science faculty at SMU’s Lyle... Read More →


Friday April 12, 2019 11:00am - 12:00pm
Early in the Adoption

11:00am

CaaP - Cloud as a Panacea
Many organizations pursue a move to the cloud as a panacea. They'll get better software more rapidly, they'll be able to ship all the time, customers will love the results, and all their pesky problems will be left to rot in the 'old world'. There is indeed so much potential in the cloud, but unless you're willing to face some ugly truths about your existing world, your vacation to the cloud might not turn out the way you'd hoped when some unwanted guests show up.

Speakers
avatar for Jason Hobbs

Jason Hobbs

Sr Manager, Application Development, American Airlines
Jason Hobbs is an Agile-minded leader at American Airlines whose mission, having himself survived many terrible environments as a software developer, is to create a better world for technologists and software development teams, and as a result allow the world to enjoy better software... Read More →


Friday April 12, 2019 11:00am - 12:00pm
Lessons Learned

11:00am

Agile Product Management in the Real World
How do we turn dollars into software into value into business results? What’s the most important thing we could be doing right now? How do I balance all of the competing demands of various stakeholders? How come we spend so much money and effort, but our business isn’t moving in the direction we want it to? Effective Product Management helps create answers to these questions and drive wise decisions, but there’s not a one-size-fits-all solution for any of this. Context is everything and even the best product strategy has to have momentum, buy-in, effective execution and maybe some good luck to deliver the expected results. This session will cover Product Management in the real world, how to create the right mindset, assess the current context, build the right team, avoid the traps, and learn from the market in order to achieve business results.

Speakers
avatar for Allen Hurst

Allen Hurst

Founder/President, Left Side Solutions
Allen is an agile leader, entrepreneur, developer and coach. Currently Allen is the Founder/President of Left Side Solutions, a startup working on agile tools for product teams, as well as serving as a technical advisor for a couple other startups. Previously, Allen was Head of Product... Read More →



Friday April 12, 2019 11:00am - 12:00pm
Product Owner Focus Group

12:00pm

Lunch
Friday April 12, 2019 12:00pm - 1:15pm
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1:15pm

Microservices Blitz
This talk is a rapid-fire summary of 50 different tips to help you succeed when starting with a microservices approach. Expect humor, chaos, and fun as we put the pedal to the metal in areas such as data sovereignty, service scope and size, UI, infrastructure, and more!

Speakers
avatar for Greg Major

Greg Major

Sr. Software Architect, GSFSGroup


Friday April 12, 2019 1:15pm - 2:15pm
Agile Engineering

1:15pm

Beyond the Fields We Know
Every successful Agile Transformation takes you past Known Space and requires you to boldly go where no one has gone before. Where do you go when you’ve gone too far for the simple answers and experience reports to guide you? When you find yourself in the realm of unlimited possibility, how do you choose the best path forward for your organization? Is the secret contained in a hashtag (#NoEstimates, #NoTesting, #NoProjects)? Sadly, I don’t have the answer for you. Fortunately, the answer is in your organization. What I can show you is how to tell a story that helps your organization move forward together by creating a common understanding of what matters most for your organization in that time and place. Story-telling might seem trivial, or childish, or mystical, or pointless when, in fact, telling stories is a fundamental human skill that helps us create a shared sense of understanding and purpose. Don’t leave home without it, especially when you journey beyond The Fields We Know.

Speakers
avatar for John Cavnar-Johnson

John Cavnar-Johnson

Principal Consultant, Improving
John has been coloring outside the lines in the IT industry for longer than most software developers have been alive (at least if you believe the Stack Overflow Survey about the median age of developers). Currently he works as a Principal Consultant for Improving in Houston, Texas... Read More →


Friday April 12, 2019 1:15pm - 2:15pm
Agile Methodology

1:15pm

Agile design and Designing with Agile Teams
Design plays a big role in how teams approach building products.  Solving user problems and providing value to your customers is key to an organizational success. User Centered Design and Design Thinking is important to consider when approaching any project.    

Incorporating any sort of UX activities into Agile Teams can be a challenge but well worth it. This session we will explore some user-based activities and approaches for success. When teams have a better understanding of their users’; great products are possible. Opportunities for team collaboration on finding solutions for the user with design is necessary for today's teams.

Speakers
avatar for David Belcher

David Belcher

VP of Consulting, Improving
David is a User Experience Consultant with Improving. He has worked for several clients on a wide range of projects. As a consultant, he is a capable User Researcher, Information Architect, and Designer including UI, Visual and Front End. He has been with Improving for over 8 years... Read More →



Friday April 12, 2019 1:15pm - 2:15pm
Agile Scaling

1:15pm

Enterprise Transformation (and you can too)
“That would never work here.” You’ve likely heard this sentiment (or maybe you’ve even said it yourself). Good news: change is possible. Donovan Brown explains how Microsoft's Azure DevOps formerly VSTS went from a three-year waterfall delivery cycle to three-week iterations and open sourced the Azure DevOps task library and the Git Virtual File System.

Speakers
avatar for Donovan Brown

Donovan Brown

Principal DevOps Manager, Microsoft
Meet The Man in the Black Shirt. Donovan Brown is a Principal DevOps Manager on Microsoft's Cloud Developer Advocacy team. Why is DevOps one of the hottest topics? Because it hurts the most. Luckily, Donovan's unofficial tagline is #RubDevOpsOnIt and he's here to make it all better. Before joining Microsoft, Donovan spent seven years as a Process Consultant and a Certified Scrum Master. Developer Tools are his thing. Donovan has traveled the globe helping companies in the U.S., Canada, India, Germany, and the UK develop solutions... Read More →


Friday April 12, 2019 1:15pm - 2:15pm
DevOps

1:15pm

Sabotage, Secrets, and Spyplanes
Did you know that the basic ideas behind Agile are not at all new?  The first U.S. fighter jet, completed in 1943, was designed and delivered in 143 days using many of the same principles.  Come learn what the CIA, DARPA, and the Lockheed Skunkworks can teach you about how to run, and how not to run, your software project.  This talk is zero code, and is informative to developers, QA, Scrum Masters, and all levels of management.

Session Materials: https://github.com/ericburcham/sabotage-secrets-and-spyplanes

Speakers
avatar for Eric Burcham

Eric Burcham

Lead Systems Specialist, Enterprise Products, LP


Friday April 12, 2019 1:15pm - 2:15pm
Early in the Adoption

1:15pm

Leading Agility, Modernization and Transformation at BP
Speakers
avatar for Shannon DeMarco

Shannon DeMarco

Transformation Manager and Agility Lead, BP


Friday April 12, 2019 1:15pm - 2:15pm
Lessons Learned

1:15pm

Lessons from the trenches: Leading Digital Transformation
Digital transformation is not an easy destination to find on the map. It’s a journey filled with hazard signs, potholes, and wrong directions.  If you are lucky, you will pass some amazing scenery along the way. Join Christy Nolan, Director of Digital, as she talks about Reliant’s travels in Digital Transformation.  In over three years, the program has grown to support several of NRG’s retail electricity brands, and it is consistently delivering new innovation & value to the customers, helping us lead the retail energy market. This session will focus on the do’s and don’ts of building the culture and support for an agile program. From team engagement, coaching, empowerment and culture to tools and technology, listen to Christy talk through their lessons as NRG continues to modernized and transform its digital channels.

Speakers
avatar for Christy Nolan

Christy Nolan

Director, Digital Transformation, NRG Energy
Christy Nolan is an agile leader for NRG, an integrated power company that provides both generation and retail electricity to over 3M customers. As a digital enthusiast with over 17 years of experience, Christy Nolan leads the Digital Transformation initiative for Reliant, an NRG... Read More →


Friday April 12, 2019 1:15pm - 2:15pm
Lessons Learned

2:15pm

Break
Friday April 12, 2019 2:15pm - 2:30pm
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2:30pm

Emergent Architecture
Planning and designing for “emergent architecture” is a paradox. Paradoxes Huey Curtis’ brain. Let’s not do that. Instead, Curtis would like to share his own practices honed over 25 years to foster an environment in which good design and architecture can emerge. That environment fosters long-term maintainability and extensibility. That environment allows its creators to respond quickly to change. You may hear about scripting, design patterns, language paradigms, distributed computing, infrastructure as code, API design, testing, testing, and testing in this hour that may turn out to have its own emergent talkitecture.

Speakers
avatar for Curtis Schlak

Curtis Schlak

FDD Evangelist, Super Secret Secret Startup
Curtis has traveled the world the past two years talking and educating software developers on five continents. Combining the findings from that social software experiment and his nearly 20 years of agile software development, he is taking some | time out of the process scene to work... Read More →



Friday April 12, 2019 2:30pm - 3:30pm
Agile Engineering

2:30pm

Back to the Future
Take a time machine back in history to understand how being stepped on by a dinosaur affects the creation of future products and services.

Speakers
avatar for Dr. Tess Thompson

Dr. Tess Thompson

Principal Consultant, Improving
Dr. Teresa Thompson, PST, CSP, PMP, PMI-ACP, Scrum@Scale, LeSS & SAFe is an international product professional with 30 years of experience in North America, Europe, and Asia. She has earned a B.S. in Computer Science, a M.S. in Software Engineering, and a Doctorate in Business Management.  Over... Read More →



Friday April 12, 2019 2:30pm - 3:30pm
Agile Methodology

2:30pm

Agile by the Numbers: How to Develop Useful KPI's
How long will it take?  How much will it cost?   How are we progressing?   Common questions leaders ask of their teams, regardless of the project management framework used.   There are a multitude of ways to measure projects that aren’t particularly reliable or useful.   In this session, we’ll unravel the mystery of agile metrics with a primer on what to measure, how to measure, and how to use those metrics to make informed business decisions.

Session Materials found here: http://www.agileintrovert.com/

Speakers
avatar for Allison Pollard

Allison Pollard

Agile Coach, Improving
Allison Pollard helps people discover their agile instincts and develop their coaching abilities. As an agile coach with Improving in Dallas, Allison enjoys mentoring others to become great Scrum Masters and fostering communities that provide sustainability for agile transformations... Read More →
avatar for Ken Howard

Ken Howard

Executive, Improving
Ken Howard is co-founder and executive at Improving Enterprises and has provided consulting, training and mentoring to companies in 12 countries around the world, helping with adoption of software development best practices. He is also on the computer science faculty at SMU’s Lyle... Read More →


Friday April 12, 2019 2:30pm - 3:30pm
Agile Scaling

2:30pm

Our DevOps Journey - How we launched our DevOps Team
DevOps is the new buzzword in software development firms around the globe. The question isn’t if you need a DevOps team, the challenge is how to make leadership understand the benefits to the business and customers. Join this session to learn how the DevOps team at HCSS did it and also learn about various advancements they have achieved.

Speakers
avatar for Femi Ariyo

Femi Ariyo

Director of IT, HCSS


Friday April 12, 2019 2:30pm - 3:30pm
DevOps

2:30pm

Testing in Agile: From Afterthought to an Integral Part
Testing cannot be an afterthought; it has to be an integral part of software development. Is it something that QA teams do? Or is it part of a developer’s duties? Do business analysts play any role in it? What is test automation? Unit test, Integration test, Test-Driven Development, Behavior-Driven Development… what do those mean?! This session addresses all of those questions, as we talk through the importance of tests, the collaboration among team members, the techniques, and practices around different kinds of automated testing.

Speakers
avatar for Claudio Lassala

Claudio Lassala

Principal Consultant, Improving
Twitter: claudiolassalaLinkedIn: claudiolassalaClaudio is a Principal Consultant at Improving Houston. He has been developing software for 27+ years (FoxPro, .NET, Ruby on Rails). When not building software, consulting with clients, doing presentations, delivering training, or hanging... Read More →



Friday April 12, 2019 2:30pm - 3:30pm
Early in the Adoption

2:30pm

Agile Discovery - Lessons from the Commercial Software Market
Lessons learned from the commercial software market.

Speakers


Friday April 12, 2019 2:30pm - 3:30pm
Lessons Learned

2:30pm

How to Think Like a Product Owner
The Product Owner is a unique role on the Scrum Team requiring its own distinct mindset.  Just what does it mean to "maximize the value of the product resulting from the work of the development team" anyhow?  In this session you'll gain practical insights on how to better communicate the vision of your product, tell more inspiring stories and add more value to each sprint.  

Speakers
avatar for Wade Pinder

Wade Pinder

Sr. Product Manager, Global Custom Commerce, Inc. (Blinds.com/Home Depot)
Wade Pinder is a Sr. Product Manager at Global Custom Commerce in Houston TX and serves as a Scrum Product Owner for the organization. He is an active member of the Agile Leadership Network Houston group and mentors at Station Houston. Wade's been an enthusiastic Agile practitioner... Read More →


Friday April 12, 2019 2:30pm - 3:30pm
Product Owner Focus Group

3:30pm

Break
Friday April 12, 2019 3:30pm - 3:45pm
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3:45pm

Closing Keynote
Speakers
avatar for Devlin Liles

Devlin Liles

President, Houston, Improving



Friday April 12, 2019 3:45pm - 4:45pm
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4:45pm

Giveaways
Friday April 12, 2019 4:45pm - 5:15pm
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