TALKS AND WORSHOPS
Who is Ron Quartel?
Ron will tell you his life purpose is to "unleash the human spirit in the workplace." He loves all things software and nurturing business/development harmony in particular. His agile and Extreme Programming journey started in 2002, and over the years he has built strong technical skills and a deep understanding of agile methods. He has put this to use in several roles during his career: developer, development manager, and agile coach.
Talk: FAST Agile – The New (and Wild) Kid on the Agile Block
"Fluid Scaling Technology aka FAST Agile, is the outcome of an experiment in radical self-organization at scale. Not only did it work, but we also found it solved many of the issues that come with agile at scale that existing methods face. If you like Dave Snowden’s rewilding agile message, you are likely to see the promise in this radical new way of working built on Open Space Technology. Prepare to be surprised..."
Workshop: FAST Agile - The Why, What and How of this New and Radical Kid on the Agile Block
"The FAST Agile operating model is very different to all the agile methods/frameworks currently out there. In this workshop, after getting a grasp of the core concepts, we will facilitate an exercise in self-organization at scale with FAST to get a firsthand feel for the power of this radical new approach to agile and agile at scale."
Who is Delia McGabe?
Delia McCabe (PhD) shifted her research focus from clinical psychology to nutritional neuroscience upon discovering nutrition’s critical role in mental wellbeing. Delia’s research has been published in several peer-reviewed journals, she is a regular featured expert in the media, and her two books, translated into four languages, are available internationally. Delia uses her psychology background, combined with nutritional neuroscience and neurological perspectives to support behaviour change and stress resiliency within corporates and individuals via online courses, workshops, and tailored events internationally.
Talk: Optimise Your Neurophysiology for Agile Thinking
"Thinking occurs across a sensitive and sophisticated neural network. Our neurophysiology depends heavily on lifestyle choices, which include the nutrients we consume. Other lifestyle factors, which include sleep quality, physical activity, and work and relationships, also impact this sophisticated network, although nutrition forms the foundation of our neurophysiology. It is therefore the first principle we need to address if we aim to maximise cognitive strategies such as agile, creative, and flexible thinking."
Workshop: Harness Prefrontal Cortex Activity for Creativity
"Our prefrontal (PFC) is the most sophisticated part of our brain. It analyses data quickly, looks for patterns, and anticipates potential consequences and outcomes of actions. The PFC uses data to make sense of the past, via memories, skills, and knowledge, and to predict the future. It facilitates creativity by adjusting ideas according to circumstances and is therefore intimately involved in agile and flexible thinking. However, it is the most energy-hungry part of the brain, using 25% of the energy the brain requires, at only 10% of total volume. Without the application of specific and targeted strategies, the PFC quickly loses the capacity to concentrate and focus across the day, which undermines cognitive processing and output."
Who is Gil Broza?
Gil Broza helps tech leaders cultivate meaningful agility in product development. He also supports their non-software colleagues in creating real business agility in their teams. Gil has helped close to 100 organizations make Agile work well in their unique contexts by using his Right-Fit Agile system, which focuses on what really matters for agility: mindset, culture, and leadership. Companies also invite Gil for specialized support, such as mapping the Agile journey, facilitation of large collaborative events, and keynotes for internal conferences. Gil is the author of three acclaimed books: The Agile Mind-Set, The Human Side of Agile, and Agile for Non-Software Teams. He lives in Toronto.
Talk: Practice Does not Make Perfect (When It Comes to Agile Journeys)
"These days, almost every organization is on an Agile journey. And yet, most companies have trouble achieving real agility. Why is that? Aren’t the ingredients for effective transformations available to everyone? There is no shortage of motivation, established practices, detailed processes, ever-improving tools, literature, consultants, employees with agile experience, and certifications. Gil Broza, author of “The Agile Mindset” and “The Human Side of Agile”, thinks that one particular ingredient has been overlooked in the mad rush to adopt Agile. In this session, he leads us on an exploration of that ingredient and its crucial role in successful Agile journeys."
Workshop: Your Agile Blind Spot: What’s Limiting Your Agility?
"Does your Agile implementation produce meaningful agility? Too many implementations look fine, but they've really plateaued well short of their potential. They don't produce meaningful agility, which is: a good flow of valuable solutions to real customer problems; drama-free, affordable adaptation; and a healthy, collaborative, engaged human culture. If you’re leading teams (directly or indirectly), or are facilitating your organization’s journey, do you know how much more Agile they can become? What could be missing, partial, or misapplied? What it would take to close the gap? In this workshop with Gil Broza, we'll uncover the seven greatest (and often invisible) weaknesses of Agile implementations, and discuss workable strategies and actions for strengthening those areas."
Who is Keith Ellis?
Recognized as an experienced senior executive and visionary with more than twenty years as an executive in marketing, operations, research and business development. Proactive and Results-driven. Adept in complex process analysis and developing business requirements for technology systems in the IT services industry. A solid communicator who will institute initiatives and carry them out in order to effectuate positive change, efficiency and increased profitability. A speaker and author.
Being Nimble - Implementing Capabilities to Prepare for Change and Deliver Better Outcomes
This session is the official global launch of important survey findings on how to build an organization that outperforms competitors in key dimensions of success: operationalizing innovation, delivering superior value, operational efficiency, and speed of change. Backed by extensive research, this presentation will share findings from IIBA’s pioneering work, for the first time, initially titled “Being Nimble: The Critical Role of Business Analysis in Sensing and Responding to Change”. Successful organizations foster a positive attitude towards change by anticipating it and purposefully planning for change. 76% of organizations surveyed by IIBA said they are focused on increasing the pace of change as a deliberate priority of the company. Survival in today’s global economy requires organizations to be flexible and adapt readily to the ever-changing marketplace. Change has become the norm; it is inevitable. Organizations need to rethink their capability to change, and the role analysis plays.
• The modern context of change and the components needed to systemically change with both speed and precision
• Characteristics of a nimble organization and how they alter performance to deliver outcomes
• How maturity of Agile methodologies works together with mindset, characteristic, and business analysis for remarkable performance gains
• Implementing core concepts to becoming a nimble organization
Who is Nigel Thurlow?
Nigel Thurlow is the former Chief of Agile at Toyota, creator of the award-winning Scrum the Toyota Way training course, and the co-creator of The Flow System.
He is also a Forbes noted Author for his work as co-author of the book on The Flow System, and is a well known Keynote Speaker. As a Professional Scrum Trainer, the first one ever in Toyota and the first to have been certified by both the creators of Scrum, he has trained over 8000 people worldwide as of 2021. Nigel serves as an advisor on several boards at the University of North Texas.
His YouTube channel featuring his work can be found at WatchNigel.com.
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Who is Simon Wardley?
Simon is a former CEO, former advisory board member of startups (all now acquired), a fellow of Open Europe, inventor of Wardley Mapping, a regular conference speaker and a researcher DxC. He uses mapping in his research covering areas from Serverless to Nation State competition to Investment strategy whilst also advising/teaching DxC clients on mapping, strategy, organisation and leadership.
Talk: Crossing the river by feeling the stones
During this talk we will examine the level of situational awareness within business, why it matters and whether we can anticipate and exploit change before it hits us. We will explore how we can manage our economic environment by, as Deng Xiaoping would say, “crossing the river by feeling the stones”.
Who is Ivar Jacobson?
"Twenty years ago, I had been a creator or a co-creator of component-based development, use cases, Rational Unified Process (RUP), Unified Modeling Language (UML) and more. People saw me as a guru in the software industry. Life was a “dance on roses”! However, I also felt that having gurus in a science-based industry, social and technical sciences, was unworthy of our discipline. I felt it was nothing less than “crazy”. Over the years I have identified many other “crazy things”, such as having a methods war, and the absence of a common ground for methods. Instead of attempting to create a better method, I have together with hundreds of other experts focused on recognizing and addressing the weakness in how we work with methods."
Talk: Some of the Craziest Things working with Methods and Frameworks
"In this talk, I will give a brief history of methods and frameworks and the “crazy things” we have lived with for 50+ years and still live with. However, there is now a change in the coming. The international standard Essence and its use cases addresses this situation elegantly. How? That is the key learning objective of this talk."
Who is Dave Snowden?
Dave Snowden is CSO & Founder of Cognitive Edge and Director of the Cynefin Centre. He has pioneered a science based approach to organisations drawing on anthropology, neuroscience and complex adaptive systems theory. He is a popular and passionate keynote speaker on a range of subjects, and is well known for his pragmatic cynicism and iconoclastic style. He holds positions as extra-ordinary Professor at the Universities of Pretoria and Stellenbosch as well as visiting Professor at the University of Hull in the Centre for Systems Studies. He has previously won a special award from the Academy for originality in his work on knowledge management.
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Who is Ken Pugh?
Ken Pugh helps companies develop software effectively by applying lean-agile principles and practices. He concentrates on delivering business value quickly by removing waste and delays in value streams; building in quality with Acceptance Test-Driven Development / Behaviour Driven Development; creating a collaborative environment; and evaluating return-on-investment. He has written several software development books including the 2006 Jolt Award winner Prefactoring: Extreme Abstraction, Extreme Separation, Extreme Readability and his latest: Lean-Agile Acceptance Test-Driven Development: Better Software Through Collaboration. He is the co-creator of the SAFe® Agile Software Engineering course. Ken has helped clients and presented at conferences from London to Boston to Sydney to Beijing to Hyderabad. Clients’ industries include financial, energy, electronics, process control, manufacturing, transportation, and retail.
Workshop: A Behaviour Focused Approach to Software Development
The behavior of a software application is what a user experiences. This behavior creates value for a user – the ability to write a document, compute a sum, or draw a picture. One way to describe this valuable behavior is with scenarios that show specific examples of a user’s interaction with the software. In this session, Ken presents how to use these scenarios as both the requirements and the tests of a feature. He shows how to decompose scenarios into smaller ones which can be more quickly developed. Completion of smaller scenarios shows progress and allows for fast feedback. As many organizations have found, the collaboration between customers, developers, and testers in creating these scenarios has dramatically decreased misunderstandings that cause delays and loopbacks. This creates more effective delivery of the value that the software application provides.