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Monday, August 3


Strategy Mapping: Clear path to a successful Agile strategy (Dave Neuman)
Limited Capacity seats available

Strategy is about change and your Agile strategy is no exception. Your Agile strategy needs to describe what changes will be made, what will bring about the changes, and what the resulting value will be for the organization.
A Strategy Map – a diagram used to capture and communicate an organization’s strategy invented by Robert Kaplan and David Norton – illustrates the cause-and-effect relationships of actions and outcomes that will drive change and achieve the strategic goals of an organization. Whether you are about to embark on an Agile transformation journey or you’re currently using Agile methodologies and looking for ways to drive improvement, the process of strategy mapping is an absolute prerequisite.
Strategy mapping helps create much needed clarity around the critical and interconnected concepts of goals, objectives, and activities. Each plays an important and specific role in a well executed strategy including an Agile strategy. Thus, aligning and communicating goals, objectives, and actions you will take to arrive at the future state is critical for engagement and execution of the strategy.
Participants will walk away from this session with the ability to use strategy mapping as a tool in leading transformation and continuous improvement initiatives in their organizations. Participants will be given an overview of the strategy mapping process and will co-create a strategy map with other participants through a facilitated workshop. Participants will also see how the strategy map can be used beyond strategy development and support continuous improvement and action planning at an organizational level.

Learning Outcomes:
  • Participants will understand the structure and design of a Kaplan- & Norton-style strategy map
  • Participants will co-create an Agile strategy map through a collaborative workshop
  • Participants will learn how a strategy map can be used as a continuous improvement tool at an organizational level
  • Participants will walk away with a tool and process to facilitate engagement and understanding of an Agile strategy

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Dave Neuman

Digital Engineering & Emerging Technologies Leader, Brady Corporation
Dave Neuman is a seasoned technology and business leader with almost 20 years of experience working with organizations of various sizes from Fortune 100 to small, regional consulting to advising startups in roles of software engineering, product engineering, consultant, IT, PMO, and... Read More →

Monday August 3, 2015 14:00 - 15:15
Potomac 5/6


Diagnosing and Changing Stuck Patterns in Teams (Marsha Acker)
Limited Capacity seats available

Do you want to be able to “trust the wisdom of the group” but find it difficult? Do you ever feel like you’re having the same conversation over and over again with no real progress? Do you ever feel like you are stuck in a disagreement and not sure how to move forward?
If any of these issues are standing in the way of your work with groups and teams ‐ ‘how’ you are having (or not having) the conversation is likely contributing to your challenges. Research consistently demonstrates that team effectiveness is highly dependent upon the quality of the communication between team members. Yet it’s easy to get into the flow of daily work and be really focused on the ‘what’ in our conversations without much attention to the quality of ‘how’ we’re communicating.
As an agile coach one of the most important ways you can serve your team is to help them unlock the wisdom that exists within the team itself and have the conversations they need to have. We’ll explore a framework for learning to ‘read the room’ using four elements for all face-to-face communication. We’ll do some live practice to apply the framework to a conversation and then identify some typical patterns of “stuck” communications that can lead to “breakdowns” in teams.
Learning Outcomes:
  • Learn a language for how to ‘read the room’ and describe the structure of what’s happening in conversations
  • Explore the four elements of all face-to-face communications
  • Discuss the benefits of each element and the traps of ‘stuck patterns’
  • Discuss techniques that can be used by facilitators to create more effective conversations

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Marsha Acker

CEO, TeamCatapult
Marsha Acker is a leadership and team coach whose passion and expertise is helping leaders and teams identify and break through stuck patterns that get in their way of high performance. Marsha founded TeamCatapult, a leadership development and organizational change firm, in 2005... Read More →

Monday August 3, 2015 15:45 - 17:00
Potomac 1/2/3
Tuesday, August 4


Create Influence, On Demand (Bernie Maloney)
Limited Capacity seats available

Want Jedi like leadership?
Come grasp why Agile teams communicate 5x+ more effectively and the underlying principles you can use to
Create Influence, On Demand
From addressing resistance to change to instilling self-direction in teams, Agile relies on Influence rather than Authority. Agile practices like co-location and standups actually amplify influence by leveraging behavior patterns built in to humans through biology and social conditions. This workshop teases apart those patterns, turning them into conscious tools for leadership through influence. Exercises take participants through the application and practice of techniques to lower resistance to communication, whether face to face or over a phone. This session is ideal for anyone seeking to tap the latent genius present in the people, teams and businesses with whom they work in order to accelerate the arrival of high performance.
Learning Outcomes:
  • Participants will
  • • Grasp the full power of practices like standups, co-location and task boards, and how each leverages communication programming built-in to human beings
  • • Amplify their ability to influence by quickly establishing Rapport
  • • Understand How to build Rapport with both Voice and Physiology
  • • Understand How to use Rapport to Pace and Lead Teams and Individuals
  • • Practice building Rapport, as well as breaking it (helpful when pulling discussions out of ratholes)
  • • Be able to immediately apply these techniques, even when constrained to no more than a telephone call

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Bernie Maloney

Agile Coach | Accelerating Genius, Persistent Systems
Bernie’s career started with a flash and a bang. Literally. His first position was designing devices that protect telephone networks from lightning strikes. A few career pivots later, he had a flash of insight: it was possible to tap into latent potential in every person, every... Read More →

Tuesday August 4, 2015 09:00 - 10:15
National Harbor 3


Conflict: To Know It Is To Love It (Doc List)
Limited Capacity seats available

We all talk about conflict. We all experience it. But do we really understand what causes it and how we deal with it? Do we have any idea what to do about it? Much research and study has been done, but that doesn't help when you're in the middle of conflict. You don't have time to pull out the reference book or go to a website. You need simple, clear understanding.
Learn the categories of conflict and how to recognize them, which means having an understanding of what generates them. Learn the different strategies of dealing with conflict, recognize your own preferred strategies, and understand where you may choose to change your strategy. Discover specific tools you can use in any situation to comfortably and confidently deal with conflict. Doc List introduces some ideas to enhance your learning after you leave the session, so you can continue to expand your love affair with conflict.

Learning Outcomes:
  • List two or more tools/techniques for addressing and dealing with conflict in a team
  • Demonstrate one conflict mediation technique
  • Define "conflict"

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Doc List

Agile Coach, Trainer, AnotherThought
Doc spends time on passion projects to expand his style, skills, and experience. The rest of the time he's photographing weddings, portraits, head shots - people. Doc loves people.

Tuesday August 4, 2015 10:45 - 12:00
Potomac D


Rewire Your Brain: Practices to Use Brain Plasticity to Become a Better Coach (Sarah Baca)
Limited Capacity seats available

As agile coaches, we use strategies to empower our teams. But how can we teach our teams to be brave and innovative when we ourselves have brains that are wired to be fearful and judgmental? That is the opposite of bravery and innovation!
During this workshop we will learn and practice how we can consciously rewire our brains to become the coaches our teams need. How can we alter our thoughts to keep us calm when catastrophe strikes? How can we learn to accept reality and practice empathy?
Using research from the works of Dr. Rebecca Bailey, an expert in developmental psychology, and Dr. Brené Brown, a research professor, Sarah will take attendees on a journey through basic brain structure and brain plasticity. Attendees will learn how to rewire their brains and will practice exercises that they can continue at home to truly change the way their brains think. These skills take years to master, but learning to consciously change the way we think will be a great start on this journey.
Sarah has been practicing and coaching these skills with parents, children, scrum teams, and scrum masters for over ten years. She is passionate about the improvements that we can bring into our lives, teams, and companies when we make the time to consciously wire our brains for success.

Learning Outcomes:
  • Familiarity with Dr. Bailey's Brain State Model
  • Exercises to form the neural pathways to maintain composure during times of stress
  • Exercises to help attendees move from the "fight or flight" part of the brain into the problem-solving part of the brain
  • Exercises to develop and practice empathy
  • Tools to begin transforming team culture by using intrinsic motivation

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Sarah Baca

Agile Coach and ScrumMaster, Pentaho
I'm an Agile Coach, mom of three and step mom of three. I am passionate about communication and authenticity. I strive to show how engaged workers who love their jobs make companies more profitable and help us make better products . I co-lead Agile Orlando and am speaking at Agile... Read More →

Tuesday August 4, 2015 14:00 - 15:15
Chesapeake 10/11/12


Example Driven Design: Creating Story Maps with Examples (David Hussman)
Limited Capacity seats available

Story maps are great tools for visualizing story relationships and promoting richer product design discussions. They are also great tools for fostering collaboration across skills and roles. UX people mapping with developers and testers can share skills around user centered thinking and other design concepts. If you would like to get quickly into story mapping, example driven mapping is simple, powerful and quick to learn.
You need to show up ready to work. You’ll quickly see that driving a mapping session with examples is a great way to get started but also a great tool for connecting people with different perspectives. Examples being another form of speaking in testable language draws in testers and more quickly surface deeper challenges that arise from testing that cuts across stories (regression testing). Examples also challenge us to keep a user context that spans stories which is of interest to UX people. Last, but not least, example provide a vehicle for the cross cutting thinking needed to create an architectural road map that is product focused and frame customer journeys that replace getting things done iteratively with customer experience validations.
If you are sick of backlogs that are merely to do list, or you want to cast a wider net for your product thinking, show up with one or more examples to explore. If you are not sure what I mean by example, think about someone trying to do something specific with your product (or system) and you’ll be on your way.

Learning Outcomes:
  • - Introduction to story mapping
  • - Using examples to create maps adds context and helps write fewer of the wrong stories
  • - Examples cut across stories and connect regression testing that also spans stories / iterations
  • - Example help infuse user context into story mapping
  • - Examples ask for value up front, promoting sort of a test driven product value
  • - Attendees will leave with maps they can take back to their team / company

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David Hussman

Founder, DevJam
David teaches and coaches continuous learning thru product discovery and iterative delivery. 20+ years of coaching product learning into eco-systems of all sizes and shapes around the world has shaped David’s non-dogmatic and pragmatic style. David spends most of his time working... Read More →

Tuesday August 4, 2015 15:45 - 17:00
Potomac C
Wednesday, August 5


Great Coaching Conversations Workshop (Martin Alaimo, Olaf Lewitz)
Limited Capacity seats available

As a ScrumMaster, Team Facilitator, Agile Coach or Enterprise Agile Coach you’ll be assisting people, either on the team, executive or individual level, to identify and remove the different impediments that prevent them from achieving their goals. Facilitating the impediments removal is not the same as removing the impediments by your own. The latter might be easier at first, but the former is the one that will help people improve their skills and self-organizing abilities.
In this workshop we’ll be going through a series of stages and powerful questions that can help you have great coaching conversations with the individuals or teams in order to facilitate those impediments removal and, at the same time, improve their abilities and skills.
Learning Outcomes:
  • Participants will be able to identify the 4 main areas of a coaching conversation design:
  • 1) goal setting,
  • 2) impediments identification,
  • 3) facilitators discovery and
  • 4) action plan design.
  • Each of the main areas have different sub-areas and each of them also have different powerful questions that will help a coach assist their coachee in the process of self-discovery.
  • You will learn something in this session that you can put to use next Monday: You will be able to have great coaching conversations with your coachees and the members of the teams that you facilitate.

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Martin Alaimo

Agile Coach & Trainer, Founder, Kleer
I work as Organizational Coach and professional trainer. As a Certified Scrum Coach (CSC) and Certified Scrum Trainer (CST), my main area of intervention is team work under a collaborative and relational environment within the scope of technological products development. My main concern... Read More →
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Olaf Lewitz

Trust Artist, TrustTemenos Academy
Olaf Lewitz loves his life and his work. He helps all with the art to love like that; an art that requires and fosters trust. He's the trust artist. Will stay when needed and leave when wanted.

Wednesday August 5, 2015 14:00 - 15:15
National Harbor 10/11
Thursday, August 6


Product Owner Value Game (Dajo Breddels, Paul Kuijten)
Limited Capacity seats available

Are you a Product Owner that would like to become more value-driven? Are you struggling with helping Product Owners to become more value-driven? Are you looking for tools that can help the Product Owner be the best they can be?
Come play the Product Owner game with us, and experience what value-driven backlog refinement means.
We are out on a journey, mission if you will, to provide Product Owners with resources that enable them to be the best they can be. We feel it's the next frontier, and we feel that the next decade in agile will be about what it means to be value-driven.
This journey has taken us places, from the Agile Holland meetups, to Scrum Day Europe, to XP Days, to interesting clients. We received inputs from the agile community, and had fun playing and designing games that aid in the mission.
We will share this journey with you, and play the latest and greatest incarnation of the Product Owner Game with you.
The game is a turn-based card game, with the objective of delivering as much value as possible. Scarcity and chance play an interesting role.
The team that delivers most value wins the grand prize!!!
Learning Outcomes:
  • Participants will play the game and learn about backlog ordering, refinement and value-driven development
  • Participants will receive the game to play it with others, and will have the knowledge to facilitate it

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Dajo Breddels

Coach, Dajo Breddels Coaching
Dajo Breddels, Agile Coach with a big interest in developing new playful and creative ways to give insights and help in cultural transformation.
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Paul Kuijten

Agile Matters
Paul Kuijten is an experienced agile coach, practicing agile software development since 2006. Paul has trained a lot of people on agile software development and related topics, and regularly presents to various audiences on various conferences. Having introduced agile software development... Read More →

Thursday August 6, 2015 09:00 - 10:15
Potomac 5/6


Change Your Questions Change Your World (Cherie Silas, Allison Pollard)
Limited Capacity seats available

At a critical moment in history the world pivoted because people began to look at things from a different perspective. They stopped asking themselves, “How do we make our product large enough for people to see?” and started asking themselves, “How can I make my product more visible to the public?”
When we change our questions we get entirely different outcomes. Questions are powerful tools in the hands of agile teams that can help people discover innovative solutions that have been locked inside waiting to be released into our products!
Join us for a high-energy workshop that teaches how questions can be used to help a team learn, grow, and break through thought barriers. Learn what makes certain questions provoke more thought than others and how to make your questions more impactful.
Participants in this session will discover how to change the way they currently communicate to incorporate powerful questions that will unlock new thinking patterns in their teams. They will also interactively learn how to identify if the way questions are being asked are actually impacting others in the manner intended.
Learning Outcomes:
  • How questions can be used to help a team learn, grow, and break through thought barriers.
  • Learn what makes certain questions provoke more thought than others and how to make your questions more impactful.
  • Participants in this session will discover how to change the way they currently communicate to incorporate powerful questions that will unlock new thinking patterns in their teams. (Interactive activity to learn how to convert a list of sample questions into different formats making them more powerful and to discover how the deviations in the question can provoke different responses and shifts to new understanding.)
  • They will also interactively learn how to identify if the way questions are being asked are actually impacting others in the manner intended. (An interactive activity to discover how questions feel and impact listener from different mental perspectives - curious, angry, etc..)

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Allison Pollard

Agile Coach, Improving
I am an agile coach working with 20 teams in a large enterprise, and I love to create communities for those interested in developing their agile instincts; I mentor project managers to become great Scrum Masters and coach managers to grow teams that deliver amazing results and an... Read More →
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Cherie Silas

Enterprise Agile Coach, Tandem Coaching Academy
Certified Enterprise Coach and ICF Professional Certified Coach

Thursday August 6, 2015 10:45 - 12:00
National Harbor 2


Be brave! Try an experiment! (Linda Rising)
Limited Capacity seats available

I have given several presentations about the use of powerful stories instead of science in our industry, so I thought I should try to be more helpful and give a session on how to conduct an experiment. No, this is not too rigorous! We are not going to talk about statistics! We are going to talk about cheap, easy experiments, what to do, what to be aware of, including our cognitive biases. I will share some of my experiences with teams who are really doing it. The goal is to encourage everyone to be a bit more methodical in decision-making and to replace "that won't work" with "how can we test it."
Learning Outcomes:
  • I hope that participants will walk out the door with a plan in hand for one or more experiments to run in their workplace. I hope to improve the scientific vocabulary a bit and introduce some of our cognitive biases that get in the way of decision-making.

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Linda Rising

Computer Software Consultant and Professional, Linda Rising LLC
Linda Rising is an independent consultant who lives in Nashville, Tennessee. She has written and contributed to many books and numerous articles, with her latest book published last year – More Fearless Change co-authored with Mary Lynn Manns.Linda is an internationally known presenter... Read More →

Thursday August 6, 2015 14:00 - 15:15
Potomac C