9/17/15 Agile Day

Conference Chair: Belkis Vasquez-Call

 
Doug Kirkpatrick

Doug Kirkpatrick

Doug Kirkpatrick

Keynote: Self-Management: Rocket Fuel for High Performing Organizations and Team

Doug Kirkpatrick is an organizational change consultant, TEDx and keynote speaker, executive coach, writer and educator. The first season of his business career was spent in the manufacturing sector, principally with The Morning Star Company, a world leader in the food industry, as a financial controller and administrator. He now engages with the Morning Star Self-Management Institute, Great Work Cultures, Work Revolution and other vibrant organizations and leaders to co-create the future of management.

Doug is the author of Beyond Empowerment: The Age of the Self-Managed Organization. He is currently a director with the Association for Talent Development (ATD, formerly ASTD), the world’s largest talent organization, in over 120 countries around the world.

The keynote will explore the lessons learned from one company’s journey into organizational self-management. The Morning Star Company grew from zero at its inception in 1990 to become the world’s largest tomato processor, with products consumed by almost every person in North America and millions more around the globe. Morning Star provides an organizational model that links mission-critical processes to individual stewardship without the need for supervision by bosses or managers.

What you’ll take away:

  • Learn How to Create a Highly Scalable Enterprise Without Human Bosses
  • Learn How to Drive Organizational Agility, Innovation and Resilience through Self-Management
  • Learn How Organizational Self-Management Can Create Strategic Business Advantage
Jeff Patton

Jeff Patton

Jeff Patton

Talk: Little things that make a big difference

 Jeff Patton makes use of over 20 years of product design and development experience to helps companies adopt a way of working that’s focused on building great products, not just building stuff faster.

Jeff blends a mixture of Agile thinking, Lean and Lean Startup Thinking, and UX Design and Design Thinking to end up with a holistic product-centric way of working. Jeff is author of the bestselling O’Reilly book User Story Mapping which describes a simple holistic approach to using stories in Agile development without losing sight of the big picture. You can learn more about Jeff at: jpattonassociates.com.

What we do in software development is hard. Lots of companies, teams, and people pick up Agile approaches to make it easier, and then realize it’s still really hard. They learn that Agile didn’t fix things. And, then they get to work trying to fix Agile. What they, and I, often forget is that it’s doing the little things well that makes the big things easier. This talk is about the little things. The stuff hidden between the lines of the Agile books. The stuff the experts know that’s hard to explain. You’ll leave this talk with lots of small things to do that’ll make a big difference.

Lyssa Adkins

Lyssa Adkins

Lyssa Adkins

Talk: In Integral Agile Approach to Assessing and Improving Team Health.

Lyssa Adkins is the author or Coaching Agile Teams: A Companion for ScrumMasters, Agile Coaches, and Project Managers in Transition.

Since 2004, Lyssa have taught Scrum and Agile Coaching to well over a thousand students, coached many agile teams, and served as master coach to scores of apprentice coaches. In both one-on-one settings and small groups, she enjoy a front-row seat as remarkable agile coaches emerge and go on to entice the very best from the teams and organizations they coach.  She has had the pleasure of training over 2,000 people in the skills and mindsets of great agile coaching. Prior to agile, she had more than fifteen years of expertise leading project teams and groups of project.

Lyssa hold an alphabet soup of certifications: Certified Scrum Coach (CSC), ICAgile Expert in Agile Coaching (ICE-AC), SAFe Program Consultant (SPC), Project Management Professional (PMP), Six Sigma Green Belt (SSGB), Organization and Relationship Systems Certified Coach (ORSCC) and Associate Certified Coach (ACC).  I am also a trained Co-Active Coach and Leader.

We’ve had agile health checks for several years now. Just Google it and you’ll find many to choose from. If you look closer, you will see that most of them focus on agile practices and roles. While these aspects are surely important, they are only one small window into the health of an agile team. In this session you will get a more expansive view, an Integral Agile view, into assessing the health of agile teams. You will experience the four windows of Integral Agile. You’ll also see how your own biases and talents restrict the holistic view needed to maximally help agile teams move toward greater health.

Jillian Kando

Jillian Kando

Jillian Kando

Talk: Clarity in Chaos. Applying Agile Methodologies to Your Startup

CTO of Cut and Fold – has spent the last 10 years using agile methodologies to rapidly build scalable, usable products. As an early stage CTO, she prides herself in building small, extremely effective teams and has helped countless startups bring their dreams to fruition. Jillian has led development at two different TechStars startups, as well as going through MassChallenge. As Lead Engineer and more recently as CTO she was responsible for building the team, process and product to bring those companies to the next level. When Jillian is not building cutting edge technology and the teams to do so fast and accurately, she spends her spare time advising companies in the Boston startup community, running a weekly CTO roundtable as a TechStars mentor, and attending or running startup / tech events. She is currently the CTO of a development and design consulting firm, Cut and Fold and the co-creator of Boston Design and User Experience Workshops.

Starting a business is fun, challenging and a bit chaotic. When you have limited resources and things are constantly changing it can be tough to keep focus and quickly move in the right direction. Can an entire organization benefit from agile methods? How can you effectively build and deliver products with only one, two or three contributors? How can you listen to and interpret your team’s needs to make agile work for you? In this talk, Jillian will share with you how she has used agile methodologies to build small, efficient teams and why adding agile methodologies early on is critical to building an early stage company.

Joakim Sunden

Joakim Sunden

Joakim Sunden

Talk: The Spotify Experience Report

Joakim Sunden helps people improve through mentoring and coaching at individual, team, and organizational levels, often using Agile and Lean thinking and methods such as Kanban, Scrum, and XP. Since 2011 Joakim works as an Agile Coach at Spotify, making music available and accessible to the world. He is an organizer of, and active participant in, conferences, networks and user groups in the Agile and Lean communities. Joakim is also the author of “Kanban in Action” (Manning, 2014).

Scaling Agile at Spotify white paper was written in 2012 and its been few years since then.  Growth of Spotify was truly rapid and in this session, you will gain insights on what we’ve learned since then, find out about some of latest changes we’ve adapted to reduce friction to build high performing squads and organ.

Andy Park

Andy Park

Andy Park

Talk: The Spotify Experience Report

Andy Park  is a passionate Agile Coach at Spotify with 8 years of Agile and 10 years of project management experience.

By combing his Agile and Project Management experience, Andy helps to empower folks and reduce organizational friction to deliver meaningful value. Values like learning from innovation efforts that led up to new Spotify App to include podcasts and videos. Prior to joining Spotify in 2014, Andy was at AppNexus helping to build out Mobile strategy.

Scaling Agile at Spotify white paper was written in 2012 and its been few years since then.  Growth of Spotify was truly rapid and in this session, you will gain insights on what we’ve learned since then, find out about some of latest changes we’ve adapted to reduce friction to build high performing squads and organ.

Chas Mastin

Chas Mastin

Chas Mastin

Panelist

Chas Mastin is VP of Engineering for R&D at Control Group, soon to be Intersection (a company formed by Alphabet’s Sidewalk Labs to create responsive cities). A developer in a large assortment of web and multimedia technologies, Chas also helps guide team process-building within complicated physical computing projects.

Paulo Barbieri

Paulo Barbieri

Paulo Barbieri

Panelist

Paulo Barbieri is responsible for the Agility Transformation at ADP from defining the strategy to rolling it out to over 500 SCRUM teams worldwide. Paulo lead a very traditional development organization into a company that understands Agility and continuously improves its processes and practices. By inspiring and encouraging teams to innovate and challenging the status quo he was able to considerably influence speed of innovation and productivity while improving associate satisfaction.

Before this position Paulo held different leadership positions at ADP, the last one being responsible for the single sign on application that supports over 25 million users spreading across 600,000 clients. On that job in 2009 he started implementing and learning about Agile and lean processes. He was able to deliver the right value without compromising the high quality standards expected at ADP. The successful agile implementation helped the organization realize the potential behind the new way of thinking.     

Tom Bast

Tom Bast

Tom Bast

Panelist

Tom Bast has over 25 years of technical experience, with achievements in everything from begin-with-nothing tech start-ups to very large corporate environments. He is currently working at UnitedHealth Group as a Senior Director leading agile transformation and execution. Tom big focus is on the techniques, tools and training needed to adopt Acceptance Test Driven Delivery (ATDD) as well as other practices and technologies to bring big efficiencies to product delivery. Tom also worked with Cigna as an Architect and Dev Leader and helped pioneer their agile transformation. He also worked at IBM TJ Watson Research Center, Oracle Corp, GE Capital, several small tech firms, and was a managing member of a technology consulting company.”

John Parisi

John Parisi

John Parisi

Panelist

 

 

John Parisi is a new Scrum Master, piloting Agile at Johnson Inc. He has spent over 14 years working as a Software Engineer and a Project Manager in the Defense, Aerospace and Insurance industries. John has been recently introduced to the world of Agile, playing Scrum Master on an Agile project building and launching an MVP in 4 months. He is very much looking forward learning more about the methodology and how it can be applied to other projects in his organization.

Gabino Roche

Gabino Roche

Gabino Roche

Panelist

Gabino Roche has been in business technology for over 18 years at start-ups and Fortune 500 companies such as AT&T and UPS. He’s a former McKinsey & Company firm member, and served as a Managing Director at NYSE Euronext. Currently he’s a vice president at JPMorgan Chase, and CEO at his own start-up firm, Maag Studios, that builds mobile apps and provide business technology consulting services.

Gabino has led transformations within business as well as technology organizations at financial companies like NYSE and others. In particular while at NYSE’s client-facing new products and services division, NYSE Technologies, he helped define a model for managing an agile project portfolio to help the firm meet their billion dollar revenue goal. For one bank he revamped the Anti-Money Laundering (AML) KYC (Know Your Customer) remediation business process by leveraging common lean and agile practices. He did so without using common agile jargon to achieve increased throughput and adoption by business operation employees.His experience in agile/lean consultation has also spanned across such companies like Cisco, TEKsystems, Sodexo, DataColor, and a number of start-up companies within Silicon Alley like Truveris.

Jochen (Joe) Krebs

Jochen (Joe) Krebs

Joe Krebs

Open Space Facilitator

Joe Krebs pioneered Agile Portfolio Management in 2008 by releasing the first book to address the growing demand in enterprise-wide agility. Joe is an outspoken, forward-thinking practitioner who provides coaching and training services through his New York City based company called INCREMENTOR. In his talks, he is thought provoking and challenges existing project management habits with the goal to further improve organizational effectiveness. He believes that “making traditions, means breaking traditions”. By following his principle, he has successfully increased the level of agility in numerous teams and organizations around the globe. Because agile is a journey and not a destination, he is eager to continue to raise the bar. Find out more about Joe at www.jochenkrebs.comINCREMENTOR or follow him @jochenkrebs.  Joe uses frequently open space formats during his client engagements and will facilitate the open space for Agile NYC a second year in a row.

Open Space

Open Space is an approach for hosting meetings, conferences and community events. We use open space to provide the community a platform to discuss the most relevant and pressing issues related to Agile at that very moment. Every participant is invited to convene a session but you can also participate in someone else’s session or simply browse around.

The agenda of the Open Space will be defined with the creation of the marketplace when we kick it off.  Therefore we can’t reveal the topics here in this program upfront. We can tell you however, that the program will be packed with amazing topics, too difficult to choose one over the other.

Open Space has a long tradition with Agile NYC, going back to our first Agile Day in 2010. Every Open Space received raves reviews and most feedback. Last year we had Harrison Owen, creator of Open Space, speak at the Agile Day and participate in the Open Space. A truly uplifting and engaging experience and we are sure that this year’s open space will not be different. All of our speakers presenting in the morning, will join this Open Space event as well.