10 Year Anniversary Celebration with the Speakers: Aaron Irizarry and Bob Gower
5:00 pm17:00

10 Year Anniversary Celebration with the Speakers: Aaron Irizarry and Bob Gower

  • Pace University

Come to Pace University where everything started 10 years ago and celebrate with us!  Mingle, connect and retrospect our last 10 years with presentations, drinks and hors d' oeuvres. Reserve your seat to this unique event today. 10 years = 10 Dollars.

5pm - 6.00pm - hors d' oeuvres & drinks,

6pm - 6.30pm - Aaron Irizarry

6.30pm - 7pm - Bob Gower

7pm -8pm - Drinks and Mingling 

Ken Schwaber says "Happy Birthday"

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Talk: Designing Teams for Emerging Challenges

The technologies and people we are designing experiences for are constantly changing, in most cases they are changing at a rate that is difficult keep up with. When we think about how our teams are structured and the design processes we use in light of this challenge, a new design problem (or problem space) emerges, one that requires us to focus inward. 

How do we structure our teams and processes to be resilient? What would happen if we looked at our teams and design process as IA’s, Designers, Researchers? What strategies would we put in place to help them be successful? This talk will look at challenges we face leading, supporting, or simply being a part of design teams creating experiences for user groups with changing technological needs.

Aaron Irizarry

Aaron Irizarry aka “Ron”, is the Director of User Experience at Nasdaq and co-author of Discussing Design: Improving Communication and Collaboration Through Critique. You can follow his frequent ramblings about food, sports, music, and design on twitter at @aaroni.

Talk: The Agile Transformation Story

Imagining the perfect agile system is easy. Building one is hard. Scaling is even harder. And transforming from another system to an agile one can be almost impossible. Well over half the attempts to change fail. In this This I'll tell stories from the org-change trenches and tie them to theory and change patterns you can use in your organization.  We'll explore first principles and common missteps. 

Bob Gower is a member of the organization design firm The Ready. He is an authority on agile development, lean theory, and responsive organizational design, and the author of Agile Business: A Leader’s Guide to Harnessing Complexity

Bob has assisted leaders at numerous companies – including GE, Ford, Chanel, and Spotify – in creating more effective organizations. He holds an MBA in Sustainable Management, is a Certified Positive Psychology Practitioner, and speaks and publishes regularly on what it takes to build great organizations. 

Michael Mah
5:30 pm17:30

Michael Mah

  • Pace University

Beyond Velocity: Agile Teams, Self-Actualization, and the Next Stage of Social Disruption

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According to latest research by QSM Associates, data from modern methods such as Agile are bringing into focus technologies that are truly transformative. In recent studies, some teams have been able to drive quality to new heights, while simultaneously accelerating development schedules by as much as 30% to 50%. But what if productivity, quality, and velocity alone aren’t enough? 

What’s next for software teams to up their game? What’s beyond for cutting-edge thinkers? Can we change the world? Can software teams learn from those outside of the software field?

What are the dynamics of the best companies driving market share? What can software teams learn about high-performance from direct-action conservation movements, the so called "Eco-Pirates?" 

In his talk, Michael Mah will share his experience and insightful lessons learned about teams from being a member of a high-profile Sea Shepherd Conservation Society team that is engaged in a multi-year international campaign to end dolphin and whale hunts. Sea Shepherd is the star of the Animal Planet TV Series, “Whale Wars,” which tells the story of a their fleet chasing the illegal Japanese pirate whale hunting ships in the Antarctic Southern Ocean. Michael will demonstrate how we can apply certain methods of Sea Shepherd teams, plus the ideas of renowned psychologist Abraham Maslow and his “Hierarchy of Needs” to build self-actualizing teams that are making a difference within their companies, and even the world.

Learning Objectives:

  • Understanding how productivity, quality and velocity are not enough to be competitive and transformative in today’s digital world
  • Looking outside of the software industry to gain insights to the dimensions of high-performance teams
  • Learning how self-actualizing teams can achieve transformative change
Doug Kirkpatrick
5:00 am05:00

Doug Kirkpatrick

  • McKinsey&Co.

Doug Kirkpatrik, keynote speaker at the Agile Day'15 is coming back to Agile NYC for a very special user group event. His talk is limited to 18 people only.

The Future of Work The talk will explore the lessons learned from vanguard companies that are unleashing the power of organizational self-management. What you’ll take away: 

  • Learn How to Create a Highly Scalable Enterprise Without Bosses, Managers and Titles
  • Learn How to Drive Organizational Agility, Innovation and Resilience through Organizational Self-Management
  • Learn How Organizational Self-Management Can Create Strategic Business Advantage and Slash Management Costs Current 

Doug Kirkpatrick is an organizational change consultant with NuFocus Strategic Group, TEDx and keynote speaker, author, and educator. The first season of his career was spent in the manufacturing sector principally with Morning Star, a world leader in the food industry. He now engages with Great Work Cultures, Work Revolution, The Center for Innovative Cultures and other vibrant organizations and leaders to co-create the future of management. In the last four years he has spoken about the future of work with audiences in China, Brazil, Poland, Mexico, Canada, Germany, Norway, Denmark, United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand and throughout the United States. Doug is the author of Beyond Empowerment: The Age of the Self-Managed organization, and a monthly contributor to the Huffington Post. He is a director at the Association for Talent Development (ATD), the world’s largest talent development association with over 40,000 members in 120 countries, and a Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR®). 


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Dave West: Scrum Turns 21
5:30 pm17:30

Dave West: Scrum Turns 21

  • Pace Unviversity

90% of Agile teams are using Scrum. With over ½ a million people trained and certified. Scrum has become, for many the de-facto standard in Agile team organization. But what is next for Scrum? In this talk we discuss the success and future of Scrum and what needs to happen to Scrum to continue its relevance. We describe how skills, scaling and DevOps need to be weaved into Scrum to not only ensure its relevance for the next 21 years, but also help the profession of software development improve.
Dave West is the product owner at scrum.org. He is a frequent keynote speaker and is a widely published author of articles, along with his
acclaimed book: Head First Object-Oriented Analysis and Design. He led the development of the Rational Unified Process (RUP) and then worked with Ivar Jacobson running the North American business for IJI. Then managed the software delivery practice at Forrester research where he was VP and research director. Prior to joining Scrum.org he was Chief Product Officer at Tasktop where he was responsible for product management, engineering and architecture.

Richard Lawrence: Growing your Facilitation Skills
5:30 pm17:30

Richard Lawrence: Growing your Facilitation Skills

  • Pace Unviversity

Whether you're a ScrumMaster, Product Owner, leader, trainer, or coach, facilitation is a key part of your job. But few people have intentionally developed this skill. (Which is why so many backlog grooming sessions and sprint retrospectives are so painful.)

Do your meetings suffer from problems like these?

  • Low energy

  • Uneven participation (someone dominates the conversation, others check out)

  • Rabbit trails

  • No meaningful decisions or actions


  • ...going into any meeting with the confidence that it will produce a valuable outcome

  •  ...having your team members and peers respect you as someone who can help a group collaborate more effectively

  •  ...everyone in your meetings contributing in a useful way

  •  ...leading focused, productive discussions that end on time without feeling rushed

You can spend a lifetime growing your facilitation skills. But as with so many things in life, the 80/20 rule applies. The essential skills and tools you need to avoid the most common issues can be learned in a remarkably short time. In this session, you'll learn and practice these essential skills and tools so you can facilitate more confidently and more effectively.
Come with a specific meeting in mind. What problems do you have facilitating
it (or other meetings like it) today? How do you wish it looked different? Why does it matter for you, your team, your organization, and/or your customers?

Richard Lawrence is co-owner of Agile For All. He trains and coaches teams and organizations to become happier and more productive. He draws on a diverse background in software development, engineering, anthropology, and political science. Richard is a Scrum Alliance Certified Enterprise Coach and Certified Scrum Trainer, as well as a certified trainer of the accelerated learning method, Training from the Back of the Room. His book Behavior-Driven Development with Cucumber is due out from Addison-Wesley later this year.