Abstracts

Keynote Speakers
Daniel Mezick

Title: LEADING A GENUINE AGILE TRANSFORMATION

        Three Things You Need to Know BEFORE You Start:

Description: Most so-called “Agile transformations” usually don’t stick.

The reality is that a set of very familiar problems and patterns, all completely avoidable, await you. How will you avoid them?

The Agile transformation effort is usually quite expensive, and the results usually do not last over time. Given this reality, how exactly will you bring authentic success to the difficult business of securing success for your enterprise Agile transformation?

This session answers that difficult question.

The Agile Manifesto makes mention of “motivated individuals” and “self-organizing teams.” Both are absolutely essential. And it is here that your success or failure with Scrum is formed.

Get these aspects right, and your Agile transformation will show very pleasing results, and it will practically runs itself. Get it wrong, and you face a world of pain, very high training and coaching costs, and far less than satisfactory results.

This experiential session is delivered by an Agile coach who since 2007 has been part of over 40 enterprise Agile coaching engagements, has trained over 5000 people, and has delivered well over 11,000 hours of Scrum coaching. You’ll discover the 3 big things that you absolutely need to know and understand BEFORE you head down this Agile path.

If your Agile effort with Scrum is already well underway, and you want far better results than you are currently getting now, then this is the session for you.

What You Will Learn:

  • What “motivated individuals” and “self-organizing teams” REALLY means for your overall leadership of the Agile transformation effort
  • An enumerated list of specific leadership behavioursto absolutely avoid that will routinely cause epic “Agile transformation fails.”
  • How to bring the whole enterprise to strongly support the Agile effort, in 3 very simple steps

You exit this session with immediately actionable leadership guidance on the three core essentials for increasing levels of Agile engagement, reducing your overall Agile costs, and improving your business results with Scrum.

Pete Behrens

Title:  Five (Oops!) Six Mistakes You are Making as a Leader

Description: The world of work is transforming at an unrelenting pace – product development is increasingly complex and uncertain, the speed of decisions and delivery are escalating at an exponential pace, customers are demanding more attention and responsiveness, and the workforce is entering with new expectations of engagement. Through all of this, 80% of managers continue to believe they are operating effectively with their employees, yet only 25% of employees agree. Something is wrong! Most leaders are unaware of how their own thoughts and actions are working against their leadership objectives. Ineffective leadership fuels the top impediments limiting organizational agility and growth – the fear of losing control, the resistance to change and contrasting values.

Pete illustrates how leadership agility improves self-awareness, amplifies decision-making, improves outcomes and grows organizational resilience and capacity in highly complex and fast-paced environments. Through the art of story telling from his two decades of personal experience, as well as the experiences of other senior leaders with whom he has coached, Pete spotlights six critical mistakes you may be unaware of in your own leadership practice, how they may be working against your intent, and how to reorient your focus to improve your leadership outcomes.

Presentation Link: http://bit.ly/2DgGKqD

Michael Sahota

Title:  Wave 2 of Agile: Agile Leadership Redefined

Description: We introduce Wave 2 of Agile as a way to understand the high-performance results that come from Being Agile. We know many in our industry have fallen into the trap or “Doing Agile” – where people lose sight of the objectives and lasting results.

Wave 2 is about Living Agile. It is in how we show up. It is in how we work with people and organizations to shape the culture. It is living Mahatma Gandhi’s truth:

“Be the change that you want to see in the world”.

When we focus on our own behaviour, we model Being Agile. This is the only way to invite the Agile Mindset. This is Wave 2 Agile. We stop creating conflict and resistance. We become the effective leaders and influencers of lasting change in our organizations.

“To be or not to be? That is the question.”

Presentation Link: http://bit.ly/2lXl6Ad

Track Speakers
Stuart Young

Title: Bringing a Business Story to Life

Description: Creative Storyboarding is a powerful business tool, which can be used to aid alignment and stakeholder engagement. Why settle for complex process maps and weighty project plans, when you can express your message in a visual way, that will resonate better with your stakeholders?

During this talk I will introduce the benefits of storyboarding as a clear and captivating tool that you can present a business need and solve a customer problem in a truly powerful way.

Vernon Stinebaker

Title: Agile Engineering Environment – 2017

Description: In October 2009, I presented a well-received session entitled An Agile Engineering Environment (in 59 Minutes or Less) at an Agile conference in Chengdu, China. From 2009 – 2015 the environment presented in that session remained fundamentally unchanged as our primary internal development environment. By 2015, however, we began seeing the emergence of new tools which build upon the basic premises of that environment, but enable an even more robust environment to be established even more quickly and independently than the 59-minute environment realized in the 2009 session.

In this session, we will briefly introduce the original configuration and see how modern tooling and techniques enable the improved environment to be established in a fraction of the time, enabling even greater agility in our engineering environment.

Presentation Link: http://bit.ly/2CFVPVr

Pete Behrens

Title: Beyond Adoption: Sustaining Organizational Agility

Description: Most organizations today are on a journey to adopt an agile approach. And while that journey is difficult, it is not where the majority fall down. The true challenge lies in the years ahead – sustaining and growing agility to truly impact the business in a meaningful way. There are a myriad of troubles ahead for agile initiatives to stall out and fail.

Discover the keys to sustaining agility from companies who have not only retained their agility for over 10 years, but have deepened and expanded agility to grow their businesses and surpass their competition. Salesforce.com is outpacing the market 800 to 1 since 2006, McKinsey & Company is rapidly growing a digital transformation profit center from an agile IT cost center since 2007. GE continues to expand their agility across all businesses since 2008.

Pete illustrates the path from adopting agile practices to sustaining and growing a culture of agility to drive business success.

Jeff Lopez-Stuit

Title: Coaching Conversations for Business Agility

Description: Coaching agile teams and organizations has always been about helping people improve their ability to deliver value. Alas, with the multiplicity of frameworks, practices, and models, the fundamentals of how to have a simple, powerful conversation about business value is often lost.  Having this conversation is a prerequisite to any engagement that seeks to influence people to make smart choice about bringing agility into their way of doing business.

This session will get participants quickly into practice having conversations about business value with clients and colleagues, and how to use that conversation to set the context what business agility can do within any situation.  After leaving the session, participants should be ready to practice having these conversations with leaders, managers, and team members.

Stuart Turner

Title: “3 Aspirations of Agility: Efficiency, Resilience, Thrivability”

Description: Initially introduced by individuals and small groups building software, the pursuit of agility is now habitually initiated much higher in the company ranks, most commonly by the C-Suite.
The vast majority of initiatives pursuing an agile makeover have the objective for their organisations to start producing more, faster and cheaper. Such goals are often obfuscated by metaphors such as “make the boat go faster”. It usually boils down to one word: Efficiency. Agile frameworks help install a number of practices that foster efficiency.

Agility and Resilience are two sides of a single coin called adaptive capacity. Both are highly correlated concepts crucial for adapting to challenges and disturbances, for individuals, teams, organizations or even whole industries.

Thrivability is the intention and practice of aligning organisations with how living systems and people thrive. There is a strong relationship between the inner state of people and their sustainable performance and agility. People in a thriving state are more creative, productive, engaged and resilient.

Evan Leybourn

Title: Business Agility: 1st Steps

Description: Traditional business models are failing to keep up with the needs of the modern economy. While business has never been predictable, technological and cultural change is occurring at faster rates than ever before. In this climate, modern enterprises live or die on their ability to adapt – which is where Business Agility comes in. Business Agility provides a context for organisations to embrace change; changing how to think, changing how to work and changing how to interact.

Whether you’ve heard of Holocracy or Teal Organisations; it seems that lean and agile business models are gaining interest across different business sectors. This presentation will provide engaging and enlightening stories of Agile beyond IT; from lean startups to large enterprises. These will be reinforced with practical approaches for the design and leadership of teams, divisions and businesses across 4 key domains;

  1. The Structure of an Agile Organisation – Efficient, transparent and collaborative techniques to manage cross-functional, self-organising and potentially self-managing teams.
  2. You, the Agile Manager – What makes a good agile manager and how do their responsibilities change?
  3. Integrated Customer Engagement – Collaboration and communication techniques to build trust and deliver Customer needs efficiently, with minimal waste, and to everyone’s satisfaction.

Work, the Agile Way – Managing all types of business functions, from software, HR, finance to legal, by using Just-In-Time planning and incremental or continuous delivery processes.

Dov TSAL

Title: Agile​ ​HR​ ​From​ ​the​ ​trenches

Description: An​ ​Agile​ ​transformation​ ​often​ ​focuses​ ​on​ ​IT,​ ​and​ ​at​ ​most​ ​cases​ ​runs​ ​into​ ​the boundaries​ ​of​ ​the​ ​softer​ ​side​ ​of​ ​the​ ​organisation. What​ ​if​ ​we​ ​initiate​ ​a​ ​transformation​ ​which​ ​is​ ​HR​ ​related?​ ​which​ ​is​ ​focused​ ​on employee​ ​engagement,​ ​and​ ​which​ ​applies​ ​Agile​ ​principles​ ​and​ ​the​ ​Scrum​ ​practice​ ​in HR?  In​ ​this​ ​session​ ​I’d​ ​like​ ​to​ ​introduce​ ​you​ ​to​ ​the​ ​Agile​ ​HR​ ​manifesto,​ ​and​ ​share​ ​with​ ​you my​ ​HR​ ​agile​ ​journey,​ ​i​ ​hope​ ​to​ ​inspire​ ​you​ ​to​ ​have​ ​your​ ​own.

Presentation Link: http://bit.ly/2ESButE

Ledalla Madhavi

Title: Surfing the tides of organizational change management

Description: This session is for team members, technologists, leadership, in fact everyone since at some point or the other; they either will become part of the change initiatives or will be leading the change initiatives in their organizations.   

Change has become a norm; almost every organization seems to be aiming for some sort of change! Many organizations have a great start wr will become part of the change initiatives or will be leading the change initiatives in their organizations.  ith much rigor and enthusiasm, but are they really able to sustain is the question. I would be sharing my experiences of the change initiatives/Agile transformations that I have consolidated during my work with different organizations as an Agile coach and a Change agent!

Scope of the session:

  • The general phases of the change journey and some of the key focus areas.
  • The strategies for organizational change initiatives or transformations to sustain.
  • The role of change agents, team members, managers and leadership to ease the entire journey.
Preeth Pandalay

Title: Leadership Agility – The exigent demands of the VUCA world

Description: In a world of accelerating change and growing uncertainty, where the rates of return on assets and on invested capital has been on a continuous decline, Agile has emerged as the answer. Today the discussions and debates are around business agility, leadership agility, its relevance and its practicalities.

Presentation Link: http://bit.ly/2C8qStJ

Prakash Aryal

Title: Test Driven Development with SQL

Description: Why SQL to explain TDD: SQL is a language that is being easily understood by almost every developer in this world. Hence selected SQL to explain the benefit of using TDD.

This presentation will be about benefits of TDD and SQL code is used as examples.

Agile Design

In Agile Development, Design is supposed to be built gradually as per the need. But if your software is huge and complex, you can never have the confidence to build as per need, unless using TDD.

Code Refactor

In your complex applications, if you do not use TDD and do frequent refactoring then be ready for disastrous consequences of failed dependencies and failure of previously working components.

Test Automation

TDD is of great help for Test Automation. In summary, TDD helps continuous delivery of Quality code with high productivity.

Presentation Link: http://bit.ly/2CfxAgJ

Vivek Ganesan

Title: Workplace Happiness – Is Business Agility Taking us Towards Happy Workplaces?

Description: With the increase in population that separates ‘work’ from ‘life’, as if work is absence of life, it becomes increasingly important to study about what happiness means to people at work, so that they can be made to feel alive in their offices too. This session is aimed at introducing two interesting research studies that aimed to do just that. Also, this session helps people understand if business agility keeps us happy in the true sense.

The two studies that this session will discuss about are as follows:

  1. Richard M. Ryan et al’s Self Determination Theory – led to a book Drive by Dan Pink
  2. Mihaly’s Measurement of Flow in Everyday’s life – led to book Flow by Mihaly himself

This session does not just explain these two research works but also will find the commonalities between these and will engage the audience with discussions using leading questions, thereby bringing out personal examples that they can relate to.

Presentation Link: http://bit.ly/2AvrxiW

Saritha Chalumuri

Title: Agility in Education System for Digital India

Description: Education brings in awareness which is an important surge for any growing economy and for India to be as Developed Nation. The education system needs primary focus in Rural India. How do we empower rural schools with quality education? What forces can help bring the light in every home and touch every life? What should be the agility of the approach, architecture, design and developing strategies for Digital India?

Presentation Link: http://bit.ly/2C7IKVv

Syedur Rahman

Title: Agile Mindset Shifting: Agile For All

Description: An Agile mindset believes that diverse teams with complementary skills are best equipped to thrive in today’s business environments.

Many organizations, working with Agile methodologies, talk about changing mindsets. I know from extensive experience that Agile principles and practices by themselves will not lead to this kind of transformation. A real Agile transformation is about not just doing Agile, but being Agile.

‘Follow Agile’ mindset will only help us get into the water but ‘Being Agile’ mindset will help us swim in the current. Most Agile implementations fail and their practitioners cannot tell why. Managers jump onto the Agile bandwagon, and quickly discover that the change runs much deeper and wider than they’d been told. Worse yet, people decide for or against Agile without understanding it properly. It does not have to be this way. This will be an interactive workshop leading toward the Agility.

Presentation Link: http://bit.ly/2C2cyip

Avinash Rao

Title: Management for Agility and Outcomes

Description: There’s a lot left unsaid about achieving and maintaining “enterprise” agility for large MNCs. For geo-distributed teams that are in the “Forming”, and even, “Norming” stages, there is perceived chaos while envisioning and building v1 products. Unlike teams that are already “norming” or “performing”, and have then adopted Agile, these “v1 teams” have a steeper trek to agility. Often, Agile process gives way to tactical execution. This session deals talks about dealing with this situation and maintaining business agility.

Presentation Link: http://bit.ly/2q0Pb7b

Alistair Sloley

Title: Liberating Structures… 36 tried and true facilitation techniques to amp up your org’s collaboration

Description: You will learn how to facilitate the discussions your org needs and your org will learn how to have constructive dialogs. I am going to demonstrate how to use these techniques in the workshop. And all the attendees are going to be fully immersed and ready to wield their new knowledge the very next day at work.

Come learn how to help your team(s), org(s), and company(ies)!!!

Presentation Title: http://bit.ly/2pJ78Xy

Purnima Julka

Title: “How Robotic Process Automation (RPA) can help in Enterprise Agility and benefit the business?”

Description: This talk will be an interesting discussion on how Agility is so much helpful in environments and to teams who pick up a customised RPA project and have to work in close knit to deliver a product which has huge financial business impact. It will also focus on how Being Agile helps in Metric Calculation, Monitoring and further optimising the solution. Second half of the talk will be a case study presentation and getting ideas from the audience.

Karmath Dangol

Title: Can Agile Enthusiasm See The Organization Through?

Presentation Title: http://bit.ly/2Bbj6tw

Sherry Wasandi

Title: Transformative Agility: Moving from Flowcharts to Roadmaps

Description: In any organizational transformation or change initiative, as we attempt to strike a balance between the rewards and risks of process consistency vs. process customization, we are faced with a very familiar issue: a procedural solution (upfront step-by-step plan) for a complex, adaptive problem (organization-wide Agile transformation) leads to Fragmented Agile adoption.

This talk will feature the 3 dysfunctions of fragmented agility, help the audience identify and tackle the ensuing problems, and posit what inclusive and truly adaptive Agile transformations look like.

Sivaram Athmakuri

Title: Empower the Forbidden Power Players

Description: Projects are initiated to improve the Business process and optimize the utilization of the Organization resources. Project Managers or Scrum Masters or Product Owners have challenge in getting the right type of resources (man power, machines & material) who are key in making the Projects success. This session helps in understanding where is the real POWER, how to empower the POWER & get the needed resources. 

Topics covered in the session are  1) Organization types (Projectized/Matrix/Functional) 2) Stake holder Analysis (Power/Interest) or (Power /Involvement matrix etc) 3) Project Manager/Product Owner/Scrum Master setting the expectations by drawing (RACI Matrix for getting POWER involvement) 4) Project Manager/Product Owner/Scrum Master Selling his Release Plan to POWER & get the Resources allocated 5) Project Manager/Product Owner/Scrum Master Selling empower the POWER and turn Forbidden POWER in various Scrum Ceremonies.

Presentation Link: http://bit.ly/2EdbNV9

Suresh Konduru

Title: Agile Coaching Mindset – Do you have it in you?

Description: This session is more relevant for current and aspiring Agile coaches. The session is focussed on describing what is an Agile coaching mindset. Also explores some ways about how the Agile coach can cultivate such an Agile coaching mindset. The speaker uses a combination of techniques such as activities, video, discussions etc to facilitate this session and make it a good learning experience.

Vishal Venkatesan

Title: Opening the Mainframe world to Mobile Ecosystem in a seamless and beneficial way.

Description: Mainframe often termed old world juggernaut of software industry, but still holds large trillions of data in Banking, Insurance, Travel, Hospitality industry, has an impeccable track record of robust processing and security. But often the fast changing Digital world and Mobile eco system, manifests a challenge to Mainframe systems, in terms seamless compatibility. So that organizations can leverage competitive edge to have mobile eco system as part of their IT solution to gain the dynamic edge yet leverage Mainframe as their system of records to leverage stability.

In this talk will share a generic case study of major bank how they leveraged in making their Mainframe eco system nimble and compatible with Mobile eco system using Agile, Devops and Micro services in tandem to leverage competitive advantage and cost savings.

Presentation Link: http://bit.ly/2AtD16G

Vijay Bandaru

Title: Mastering in Scrum Master Role

Description: This session is about how Scrum Masters can perform better in their role and bring the positive change at Organizations. Based on my experience, especially in India, Scrum Master role has been considered as a coordinator role rather than a change agent role.

In order to move yourself from being treated as a coordinator or team’s personal assistant role, to a great change agent role, what you should do differently? How to get team’s confidence in you and how you can help to make your team a high performance team? These are some of the areas that will be covered in this session. Apart from that, what soft skills and servant leadership skills you have to develop are also covered in this session.

You also will experience how to get attention from the leadership for the systemic impediments and resolve them using various techniques. Couple of great retrospective models that you can use to help your teams to improve in this session.

Gaurav Rastogi

Title: Exepedia – Executive Coaching Model

Description: For Whom: Executives, Leaders, Agile Coaches, Programme Managers, Change Agents involved in Transformation.

What they will get: This Session is for Executives to know what all is required for Agile Transformation and a Model for Agile Coaches on how to do Executive Coaching.

The Model has 3 parts:

EXEC-START (Know)

EXEC-DISCOVER (Believe)

EXEC-EXEC (Achieve)

EXEC-START: This is the first module where the executives (and/or senior leaders) are taken through workshops and questionnaire sessions to understand what is their definition of Agile, and why they want to be Agile. This consists of three sub-modules: 1. CYOD – Create Your Own Definition 2. KIA – Know It All 3. BeWise

EXEC-DISCOVER: Here the executives discover on what Agile practices would give the organizations what kind of benefits. Also this provides the coach a discovery session to determine whether the executives are committed to the transformation or merely pushed into it. This consists of two sub-modules: 1. PBM – Practice-Benefit Mapping 2. CoP – Committed or Pushed

EXEC-EXEC: This is an ongoing phase where the transformation is in progress and recommends a behavior to be exhibited by the executives for the organization to be successful and in order to reap the benefits of being Agile. Also discusses how the benefits can be measured. This consists of three sub-modules: 1. UM – Unlearn Mantra 2. CM – Culture Mantra 3. RM – Realization Mantra The sub-modules will be elaborated as a subsequent article in the series.

Ashutosh Bhatawadekar

Title: Coaching Paradox – Should a coach use “Command & Control” techniques to transform agile teams into “Servant Leaders”

Description: One of the classic dilemmas faced by Agile coaches is how to transform teams who have been traditionally using and following a “Command & Control” working style into a self organizing, self lead “Servant Leadership” style.

This is an onerous task for any coach and there is a lot of excess baggage accumulated over the years, which needs to be shed. Coaches face major challenges to bring this change and may get frustrated when results are unsuccessful. This might lead to doubting the traditional coaching techniques and the coach can get easily tempted to apply “Command and Control” techniques to bring about this change. This is a classic paradox and which brings us to an important question “Shouldn’t a coach practice what is being preached”? or do we conclude that any path breaking or radical transformations can only be achieved by applying “Command and Control techniques”? This presentation will try to seek solutions to this classic dilemma.

Presentation Link: http://bit.ly/2pMgYZ3

Mizanur Rahman

Title: Enabling the DevOps culture at organization

Description: DevOps is the most heard buzzword at this moment and also the confusing one. For many people the term means automation or a new job role. The primary characteristic of DevOps culture is increased collaboration between the roles of development and operations. There are some important cultural shifts, within teams and at an organizational level that is required to support this collaboration. Even with the best tools, DevOps is just another buzzword if you don’t have the right culture. As an organization how can you adopt the culture required for DevOps? How to start with the new cultural transformation? Are you creating another silo for the team? Are you ready to embrace the change of mindset? In this talk I am going to focus on what are the changes you need to welcome DevOps culture to your organization and what sort of benefits you can extract by doing that. We will discuss the challenges and also the solutions for the problems.

The session will be suitable for everyone who want to start the DevOps journey as well as those who already started but want to validate if they are doing it right or wrong.

Presentation Link: http://bit.ly/2lbxQDA

Sourav Maitra

Title: Deciphering Agile Big Data

Description: The trend in software development has been changed a lot nowadays. People are expecting predictable features from some unpredictable data. We can now develop software products from raw data, refine raw data to produce business insights and analytic. We are using visualizations, statistics, and machine learning to develop and plan the needful. This is termed as Data Science. Data modelling is the first part of any software product development. So, “Waterfall” is the approach.

During this period, “Agile” approaches has been emerged. Software Development projects are now getting delivered on a stipulated period and budget. Data science is still trapped on waterfall method.

Problem area lies here. Galore of opportunities arrives at the juncture of these two trends of

development. Agile big data is a development methodology which can be utilized to address the same. Session will be focused to explore new approaches and team structures to follow this methodology.

Presentation Link: http://bit.ly/2DnmwQ3

Ranan Bhattacharya

Title: “Applying systems thinking to Scrum”

Description: Systems are all around us. We exist as a part of one or more systems and interact with multiple systems every day. At the same time, we also come across a lot of collections. How can we differentiate between a collection and a system, how do we identify a system and why is it imperative for us to understand the systems around us?

Systems Thinking has been said to be one of the most important management competencies of the 21st century. When it comes to transformation in the way of working, the stakes are high. This session helps you in taking the first step towards becoming ‘System-Wise’. We shall see the basics of system thinking and how its application to scrum can create a positive impact.

Presentation Link: http://bit.ly/2Duzy9R

S.R.V. Subrahmaniam

Title: Governance mechanism to further business agility

Description: Agile transformation has to be accompanied by suitable governance mechanisms such that the metrics and measures conform to newer ways of working. In waterfall methodology it is straightforward – there is a project and a plan, the metrics verify compliance with the plan on triple constraints. Change was not something seen as desirable.
How does this change for agile teams? Do we still continue with “projects”? Do we track utilization or outcomes? Last
Overall this session will delve on the lightweight governance based on #no projects theme and outcome based metrics on business value, throughput, team engagement and system capability.

Presentation Link: http://bit.ly/2F0tmYI

Arshiya Sultana

Title: Sparking change with Lean Agile Leadership

Description: This talk is intended to help the audience with tools and techniques for coaching leaders and executives. In this session, I will be sharing the Top 5 techniques I have used in my Enterprise Agile transformation initiative and the inspiration behind these techniques. we will be problem solving strategic issues and looking at the impact of these important decisions across the organization. The techniques to keep the senior leadership engaged throughout the journey will also be shared. Attendees will leave with an action plan for implementation at their own organization which will help identify the best solution for the real strategic level issues.

Rohit Arora

Title:  So what’s this “Teal” Organizations thing?

Description: This talk is inspired by work of Frederic Laloux.

We look at how Teal Organization looks like –

The Teal paradigm refers to the next stage I the evolution of human consciousness. When applied to  organization, this paradigm views the organization as an independent force with its own purpose, and not  merely as a vehicle for achieving management’s objectives.

And the journey to become Teal Organization –

There are many principles that come into play when we know what we are starting with. Knowing the colour make-up of a team helps us to see who would embody the qualities of the next stage in such a way to be the most capable change leader.

Knowing the Values we are presenting to about possible changes, helps us craft messages that are most effective for the audiences concerned.

And above all, it’s a continuous cycle of learning in which everyone is involved, a constant evolution toward maturing to teal.

Presentation Link: http://bit.ly/2EcJA0G

Naga Ravi Shankar

Title: Developing v1 services with Hyper Agile Geo distributed DevOps teams

Description: There’s a lot left unsaid about achieving and maintaining “enterprise” agility in a global workforce setting. For Geo-distributed teams operating in a DevOps culture that are in the “Forming”, and even, “Norming” stages, there is perceived chaos while envisioning and building v1 products. Unlike teams that are already “norming” or “performing”, and have then adopted Agile, these “v1 teams” have a steeper trek to agility. Opportunities and ideas get in the way of each other. Expectations and agility are familiar frenemies. 12-hour phase difference in time zones, often, change the 100m dash into 400m hurdles. If uncontrolled, agile process loses its spirit at a tradeoff with tactical execution issues. Considerable time is lost at cost to business. This session helps share ideas about how such geo-distributed v1 teams can overcome such challenges.

Srikrishna Joshi

Title:  5 Tips for Successfully Scaling Agile

Description: Expand the balloon too much and it bursts. Agile is a balloon that frequently enjoys its diminutive size. This makes scaling it a tricky proposition. Come, let’s go over 5-Tips that help Large, Enterprises with successful oftware Releases. How can Agile Leaders

shape the Roles, Mind-set, Metrics and practices to lead teams in successfully delivering High Business Value.

Pre-requisites:

Experience of Leading/Managing Enterprise Software Projects

Session Benefits:

Measurably Greater Productivity, Improved Quality, Faster Time to Market and Improved Employee Engagement!

Vijay Kumar Khaderbad

Title:  Agile Digital Architecture

Description: The Digital Technology is making the enterprises to redefine their strategies and reinvent business models. The customer and market expectations are changing dynamically forcing the organizations to adopt “Agile” processes and systems to these changing business needs. “Developing Agile Digital Architecture’” is an important element for the organizations to succeed. The speaker will address the way the digital technologies are driving the businesses to change their services and operations, and how the organizations should develop the agile digital architectures. The session also covers building business, data, and application and technology architectures in an agile way and thereby meeting the changing business requirements and eventually delivering the business goals.

Presentation Link: http://bit.ly/2CwLWGp

Haresh Amre

Title:  Software 4.0 : “How” of Building Software Driven Business

Description: Software-driven business models are shaping the business landscape in a big way. Unprecedented growth in technology has helped to create new generation ‘born-in-the-cloud’ business models. These business models have helped newly formed organizations to catch-up with, and often catapulted past, brick & mortar organizations in less than a decade.

‘Born-in-cloud’ business models are built on NextGen systems. NextGen systems are mass personalized, massively distributed, always on and self-adapting system of systems and have broken the boundary between physical and cyber world.

Software 4.0 is a framework for creating NextGen system. It enables mind-set change, develop people competencies, establishes right methodologies for innovation & speed.

Software 4.0 framework leverages nexus of following methodologies / initiatives –

  • Business Model Canvas for value promise
  • Design thinking
  • Hackathon
  • Modular Architecture
  • Agile-at-scale
  • CLM platform & Continuous Engineering
  • Machine Learning

Software 4.0 ensures NextGen systems are built in iterative, incremental, self-learning and cost-effective manner with superior quality.

Presentation Link: http://bit.ly/2m0fKEq

Priyank DK Pathak

Title: Evolutionary Change

Description: Change is hard and it’s an art to conceptualize a change in any organization. This session about Evolutionary approach for change would guide audience to think about the pros and cons of evolutionary approach over other generic approach. 

In my proposed model of Evolutionary Approach, Change starts from Sensing the situation at real time rather proposing a ‘boxed’ solution. Every enterprise is different and to an extent with-in enterprise each organization (or projects) is different. Thus requires deeper Analysis and identification of a fit-for-purpose solution ideas followed by Implementation of solution ideas followed by Measure of the results. Measuring result guides improvement to move in right direction in-place of being biased about the ideas and assuming they would always work. Measure adds value
to manage change effectively and delivers a happier, innovative and better enterprise. 

Evolutionary Change Approach’s focus is to deliver measurable business gains by implementing improvements at enterprise.

Presentation Link: http://bit.ly/2lYAQTh

Mahesh Varadharajan

Title: “How We Learnt to Stop Worrying and Live with Uncertainty” – Case Studies from Large Scale Agile Program Management

Description: Traditionally, businesses like banking and telecom focused high on standardization and national regulation. The development lead times were long. Consequently, the solution providers developed capabilities to influence standards, develop products and interact with the end-service providers. The changing business landscape challenges providers to keep pace. In the slow-moving market, providers honed the ability to run major multi—year projects. Solution Providers became predictable development machinery with extensive mechanisms to enable predictability and control at the expense of flexibility and customer closeness. This led to organizational setups focusing on the alignment with the project structures and deepening the competencies in narrow areas both in the product and in the functional dimensions. The result? Organizational silos with multiple related hand-over challenges.

My talk will cover solutions to these challenges when multiple teams come together to deliver a solution.

Presentation Link: http://bit.ly/2mNzxIj

Vedula Bhargav Ram

Title:  Everyone wants to be lean? What is the sign for its healthy.

Description: Let be any situation, the first thing that strikes when delivering a product is” Quality”. In this session we would get to see the insights of the real time strategy of implementation, where it took teams to be autonomous. How teams discovered towards delivering quality product at quicker phase optimizing the value.

What are the benefits teams identified when they are tightly aligned? and how Devops, BDT are put to its advantage and had squadification evolved in the system as a whole.

Alhad Akole

Title: Rubber Meets the Road

Description: Session will have different aspects of the Agile Portfolio Management.

Session is for Lean Agile Leaders which will help them manage portfolio Agile way. Lean Agile principles when applied to portfolio management, will help you keep pace with fast changing business by giving you a disciplined approach to implementing you strategic vision as realistic work plan.
Keeping up with the new pace of change requires light weight processes and an adaptive mindset. It will cover the following main pillars of Agile Portfolio Management:

  • Work Management
  • Capacity Management
  • Financial Management
  • Value Management
  • Continuous planning
  • Continuous Visibility

APM session will help you look at the portfolio in different way; and help you outpace changing business.

Presentation Link: http://bit.ly/2EQMo2R