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Tuesday, August 4


Challenges for Agile in Government - “Culture eats Strategy for Breakfast” (Bob Payne, Beth Miller)
Limited Capacity seats available

Peter Drucker is attributed with saying “Culture eats Strategy for Breakfast”. Teams and organizations in the public sector are increasingly adopting Agile delivery methods, which can come with great cultural challenges. We often forget about the human aspect of transformation. Organizations need to understand that culture is just as important as process and strategy.
Public sector culture is very unique and can be challenging to understand. We have seen that Agile transformations can be supported by organizational culture but more often than not, the existing culture kills the transformation. In this workshop, we will explore this cultural shift and develop concrete strategies within the working groups. This talk is informed not just by theory, but by our Agile coaching work within a large government program with dozens of teams.
Learning Outcomes:
  • This talk/workshop will help individuals to understand cultural challenges and best navigate through them
  • Attendees will also learn to align people around and create a culture that supports Agile delivery
  • Attendees will create techniques/activities to manage the non human aspect of the transformation
  • Attendees will walk away with strategies they can apply in their transformational shifts

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Beth Miller

Managing Agile Consultant, Lithespeed
Beth Miller began her Agile journey as a Project Manager turned Scrum Master in 2006. She quickly gained interest in becoming an Agile coach and made that shift in 2011. As a coach she has worked with teams, individuals and leadership on their Agile transformations, both large and... Read More →
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Bob Payne

SVP of Agile Transformation, LitheSpeed
An early adopter of Extreme Programming, Scrum, and SAFe, Bob Payne has worked exclusively as a Lean+Agile Transformation leader since 1999.Bob hosts the Agile Toolkit podcast and has produced over 170 podcasts, recording a variety of industry leaders and Agile practitioners. His... Read More →

Tuesday August 4, 2015 09:00 - 10:15
Potomac C
Thursday, August 6


50 Shades of Agile: (Joshua Seckel)
Limited Capacity seats available

Agile is executed many different ways across projects and programs. But it is necessary to track and report progress against the enterprise goals and mission. Within government, using a metric like ROI is not as useful for comparing programs as the more basic issue is meeting mission needs for services delivered rather than making a profit.
With passage of FITARA, issuance of the digital services playbook and TechFAR, and departments updating their System Engineering Lifecycle and issuing agile guidance and policy, there is more official agile push than ever before. Additionally, OMB300's TechStats, and other mandatory reporting remain a constant within the federal government. However, programs will execute agile adoption in unique ways because of short feedback loops and inspect and adapt cycles within the execution of any program. The best department and government level guidance allows for this to provide a forum for experimentation and improvement within delivery of value. Even if one agency or department tries to standardize, the overall government is unlikely to settle on one way of actually delivering software. Of course, many agencies are not focused on one way of executing and are focused instead of delivery.
With the fifty (or more) shades of agile across the federal government, how can congress, or even just heads of departments, provide sufficient oversight and ensure that the mission needs are met?
This presentation explores the different ways that government agencies are executing agile and how those programs can still provide the information and insight to provide executives the ability to manage the large scale direction of the government entities.
Learning Outcomes:
  • Different agile execution across the federal government
  • How an agile program can meet government oversight and reporting requirements
  • Possible changes in the reporting for agile programs

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Joshua Seckel

Specialist leader, Deloitte
Come talk to me about any and all parts of agile transformation at the Deloitte booth or in my session or around the conference!

Thursday August 6, 2015 09:00 - 10:15
National Harbor 3


Surviving a Series of Unfortunate Events; Building Trust and Making Agile work in the DoD (David Bulkin, Verlisa Taylor)
Limited Capacity seats available

Our project was suffering from a series of unfortunate events; it was behind schedule, over budget, re-baselined twice and nearly cancelled. The PM and one third of the staff was gone. Needless to say we did not have a trusting relationship with our client or their other contractors. We knew for sure we could no longer conduct business as usual.
We had to convince our government partners that they did not make a mistake in trusting us. Agile had to rebuild relationships, knock down barriers, and produce quick results.
W are government contractors to the United States DoD, working with other contractors (competitors), in an environment that was heavyweight and plan driven. We used agile to drive trust and transparency, which led to collaboration and real results.
If we made agile work you can too!
This real world, exciting, workshop includes case study interspersed with frequent exercises and discussion so that you can take what we learned and apply it in your context.
Learning Outcomes:
  • Explore techniques to increase transparency and build trust
  • Recognize trust as the foundation for success in a government contractor relationship
  • Understand the importance of having the PO role filled by a government customer
  • Explore techniques to engage the PO daily to quickly make value decisions
  • Learn how to work across organization with competitors in a collaborative manner
  • Engage stakeholders and end users in the Sprint Reviews and Planning
  • Learn how to report in manner consistent with government needs while maintaining agility
  • Gradually replacing traditional, sequential, milestone phased gate reviews


David Bulkin

Managing Directior, Grow-Lean LLC
David Bulkin is the Managing Director at Grow-Lean where he delivers training and coaching to clients in North America, Australia, India, Europe and Africa. David is a part time agile editor at InfoQ, and co-founder of the Agile Leadership Network of NJ. David has 30 years experience... Read More →

Verlisa Taylor

Project Manager, ManTech Internation

Thursday August 6, 2015 14:00 - 15:15
National Harbor 3