agile


How Your Organization is Killing your Software

Location: Salon A
April 12th, 2016
8:45 AM - 9:45 AM

When asked "What's your architecture?" most people immediately respond with how their software is laid out and what their plans are for improving parts of it. Rarely does anybody really think through their team and organizational architecture, and even more rarely do people understand how that may fundamentally impact how the software gets written and the product that comes out at the end. How do you prevent your organization from killing your product, and how can each person contribute to make things better? Slides from Raffi's talk are now available on the Chariot Solutions site.

Raffi Krikorian

Engineering Lead, Uber Advanced Technologies Center

Agile HR

Location: Salon E
April 12th, 2016
10:15 AM - 11:15 AM

Agile HR represents a new, emerging way for HR to partner with their leaders and people. The paradigm is shifting from one of controls and standards to a new level of engagement – one that focuses on the facilitation and improvement of organizational agility. This means helping to build and drive programs that create adaptability, foster innovation, provide transparency, and inspire collaboration. Building on these principles, Comcast’s Technology + Product team is reimagining Performance Management. We are an innovative and agile organization and we are transforming our Performance Management approach to reflect our culture, provide real-time feedback, and develop our
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Leigh Ann Shaffner

Executive Director of Talent Management, Comcast

Delivering Agile Methodologies and Emerging Technologies in Hostile Environments

Location: Salon E
April 12th, 2016
11:30 AM - 12:30 PM

Agile vs. Waterfall is often presented as a difference in development methodology, but it is much more a clash of cultures. Large bureaucracies, government regulation and many other factors can create an environment that is hostile to many forms of innovation and in which waterfall is actually the most cost-effective approach. Innovating in such environments can be a challenge, but it is both personally and professionally rewarding to do so. In examining the motivations behind these hostile cultures, we can see patterns and opportunities where individuals or teams of developers can serve two masters and deploy cutting-edge technologies and techniques
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Martin Snyder

CTO, Wingspan Technology, Inc.

Factory, Workshop, Stage

Location: Salon B
April 12th, 2016
2:45 PM - 3:45 PM

Once upon a time, writing software felt a lot like working in a factory. A product went through an assembly-line-like series of stages where each team added their contribution. At the end of the line, the finished product was packaged up and physically shipped to a customer. Fast forward sixty years. Both the software itself and our process for making it are radically different from this original conception. But in the absence of a newer, more appropriate model for software development, we've unconsciously retained many industrial-era concepts -- and they're holding us back. We need a new model for software
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Sarah Mei

Co-founder, RailsBridge; Chief Consultant, DevMynd

Agility at Scale: Tactical and Strategic Approaches

Location: Salon B
April 12th, 2016
1:30 PM - 2:30 PM

An agile enterprise increases value through effective execution and delivery in a timely and reactive manner. Such organizations do this by streamlining the flow of information, ideas, decision making, and work throughout the overall business process all the while improving the quality of the process and business outcomes. This talk describes, step-by-step, how to evolve from today’s vision of agile software development to a truly disciplined agile enterprise. It briefly examines the state of mainstream agile software development and argues for the need for a more disciplined approach to agile delivery that provides a solid foundation from which to scale.
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Scott Ambler

Author, Disciplined Agile Delivery

Agile Metrics: Velocity is NOT the Goal

Location: Salon E
April 12th, 2016
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Velocity is one of the most common metrics used (and misused) on agile projects. Velocity is simply a measurement of speed in a given direction; the rate at which a team is delivering toward a product release. As with a vehicle en route to a particular destination, increasing the speed may appear to ensure a timely arrival. However, that assumption is dangerous because it ignores the risks with higher speeds. And while it’s easy to increase a vehicle’s speed, where exactly is the accelerator on a software team? Doc walks us through the Hawthorne Effect and Goodhart’s Law to explain
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Doc Norton

CEO, CTO2

Agile Hiring: It’s A Team Sport

Location: Salon B
April 11th, 2016
1:30 PM - 2:30 PM

When you think of hiring for your team, does the paperwork overwhelm you? Are you concerned about the number of interviews you seem to need to make a great decision? Do you ever have trouble making a decision, to know if this candidate is right for you --the team, the project, and the organization? You know the cost of hiring people is high, and the cost of not getting the right person is even higher. You can apply agile approaches to your hiring, iterating on everything. You can get feedback as you go, and involve the entire team, including the
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Johanna Rothman

Product Manager, Author, Speaker