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Monday, August 3
 

09:00

Awesome Superproblems (Luke Hohmann)
Abstract:
The agile values and practices we all hold dear give us more than the ability to tackle problems associated with software development. They give us the ability to tackle Awesome Superproblems. These are problems that are bigger than an one person and get worse through inaction. However, when we make progress on solving Awesome Superproblems we find that new patterns that can be applied to solve classes of similar problems.
In this keynote Luke will show the collaborative, social, and serious games that have their roots in the Agile Community have blossomed into multidimensional frameworks that are being used by agilists around the world to solve awesome superproblems. Without any special superpowers except a willingness to try.
Luke is the Founder and CEO of Conteneo, Inc. Conteneo 's collaborative frameworks and data analytics helps enterprises optimize decision making. They span areas of strategy, innovation, business agility and market research. Luke is also co-founder of Every Voice Engaged Foundation, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit that helps citizens and governments tackle technical and wicked social problems.
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Monday August 3, 2015 09:00 - 10:15
Potomac A/B
 
Wednesday, August 5
 

09:00

Individuals, Interactions and Improvization (Jessie Shternshus)
Abstract:
As Agile Practitioners, we strive to make ourselves, our team and our delivery better. We can do this by being open to learning new ideas from other disciplines. Jessie's keynote, "Individuals, Interactions and Improvisation" will be fun and interactive. In it, Jessie will share stories and exercises from the world of Improvisation.
There are many parallels between agile team principles and the principles of Improvisation. Effective improvisers give their teammates unconditional support. They practice active listening and accept and build on each other's ideas. Jessie will explore these ideas and more. She will help and guide you in making your agile interactions more effective.
Jessie founded The Improv Effect in 2007. Her goal was to help businesses reach their full potential through interpersonal-communication skills training. They use an array of experiential techniques to transform teams and organizations. These cover teamwork, creative problem solving, on-boarding, presentation skills, and product development ideation sessions. Jessie also recently published a book called "CTRLShift: 50 Games For 50 ****ing Days Like today".

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Wednesday August 5, 2015 09:00 - 10:15
Potomac A/B
 
Friday, August 7
 

10:45

Want Better Collaboration? Don't be so Defensive! (James Tamm)
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Jim's keynote will challenge you to look at yourself through self-critical eyes. Entitled "Want Better Collaboration? Don't be so Defensive!", Jim will discuss skills essential for effective collaboration. In particular, he will focus on achieving success even during difficult interactions. He will show how your own defensiveness is a key factor in resolving conflicts and building collaboration. He will share practical tools designed to help you manage your own defensiveness.
For most of his career, Jim was a Senior Administrative Law Judge for the State of California. He had jurisdiction over public sector disputes in the workplace. He mediated over 1,500 labor disputes, including more school district labor strikes than any other person in the United States. For several years he was a member of a collaboration special task force. They designed and taught collaboration skills to highly conflicted public sector organizations. The project was wildly successful. It helped build trust, reduce conflict and create more collaborative working environments.
Jim is President of RC Group, LLC. He maintains offices in South San Francisco, California, Cuernavaca, Mexico and Stockholm, Sweden. He specializes in building cultures of collaboration within organizations. He also trains other consultants and trainers how to teach collaborative skills.
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Friday August 7, 2015 10:45 - 12:00
Potomac A/B