Drawing on 20+ years of experience working with technical professionals, Diana Larsen advises leaders, consults with managers, and coaches teams on adopting Agile work systems. She helps to create workplaces where dev teams focus on frequent delivery of high value software products and services that customers want and use. A member of the Agile Alliance BoD, Diana co-authored two books; Liftoff: Launching Agile Teams & Project toward Success; and Agile Retrospectives: Making Good Teams Great.
Liftoff: Launching Agile Teams and Projects
Thursday 10.00 - 10.50 in: Ken Lee
Liftoff – it's the unexplored, often ignored, Agile software development project practice. Liftoff gives impetus to your projects in a way that starts the project team, and the business, on the trajectory to success. Project sponsors, product managers, and product owners use these critical meetings to inform, inspire, and align the people who do the work with the definition of the work to be done.
As the first act of the flight, a rocket launch requires an entire set of systems to successfully lift the vehicle into orbit – not just the vehicle itself, but all the systems needed for smoothly moving off the ground into space. Likewise, your project needs its entire set of supporting systems in place to begin a successful journey to high performance, hyper-productivity, and high value delivery.
In this talk, Diana Larsen explores ways to accomplish Liftoff, including the vital step of chartering the project. She’ll share real-life stories of how others have effectively started their projects; a variety of team activities to fuel your Liftoff; and a framework for effective, "just enough" Agile chartering.
Managing Your Teams’ Agile Competency
Wednesday 10.00 - 10.50 in: Ken Lee
Going “Agile” can confer a number of benefits to an organization, but all too often those promised benefits aren’t fully delivered. Do you have the visibility you need to understand progress and make timely market-focused decisions? Do your teams ship on a frequency your customers can, and want, to accept? Does innovation flourish in and across teams? How about reduced cycle time? A model of the predictable stages of agile team competency helps managers and leaders define the benefits they’re getting, determine the benefits they really want, and plan next steps. Join Diana Larsen in an exploration of ways leaders can use the model to analyze and monitor progress of Agile competence in teams.