Agile Day 2011

     


Manifesting Agile – Celebrating 10 Years of Agile Values


The Agile Day 2011 took place 9/27/2011 at Pace University with 250 attendees (sold-out). This page contains links to the images, audio, video, slides from the presentations and the proceedings from the open space conference.

100 Pictures of Agile Day 2011

Organizers: Jochen Krebs, Matt Ganis

Volunteers: Kevin Fong, Anupam Kundu, Marcelo De Oliveira, Henning Femmer

Video Welcome Messages: Ken Schwaber, Christopher Avery, Jochen Krebs and Jonathan Hill.

 

Relive the Keynote with Linda Rising:

Speaker Bio’s and Topics:

Zainab Alikhan

 

Zainab Alikhan works as an agile technologist at a management consulting firm, playing a variety of roles including product owner, scrum master and coach. She helped with the agile transformation of the firm’s IT group, and has coached the firm’s clients as well as internal teams. She has spoken at interest groups in New York and at Agile 2011in Salt Lake City. Zainab has a degree in instructional design of technology from Columbia University and an MIS from Carnegie Mellon University. Zainab spoke with Joe in Episode 34: Agile NYC Podcast. Pecha Kucha Topic: ”The Story of Sitting Together: Why and How”.

 

Andre Dhondt

D. Andre Dhondt is an Agile Coach and a community leader of Agile Philly and Technically Philly Groups. He leads agile adoptions, providing guidance and coaching to teams and organizations seeking genuine agile. Practicing agile since 1999, he built an XP team from scratch that reached daily deployments and essentially bug-free code. He holds an M.S. in Information Science from Drexel University. His education continues by reading anything he can on software teams and by seeking community feedack on his ideas through regular speaking engagements. Among other conferences, he has presented at XP 2010+, Agile Tour 2008+, and Agile France. He is the English-speaking liaison for Agile Tour, and has played a role in the Agile Allianceís Gordon Pask Award committee. He lives with his spouse and 3 children in Philadelphia, after 2 years of coaching in Eastern France where the whole family surmounted cultural barriers to become fluent in French. Pecha Kucha Topic: ”Failing Fast”. A few weeks after the Agile Day, Andre and Joe recorded together  Episode 49: Agile NYC Podcast.

 

Matt Ganis

Matthew Ganis is an IBM Senior Technical Staff Member and ibm.com site architect. Matt was was co-founder of the Agile@IBM Community and was an early adopter of agile within IBM. He currently teaches Disciplined Agile Development and has published numerous articles and papers on the use of agile methods within ibm.comóboth within its traditional web development and the development/support of their Second Life Island. Matt has been the co-chair and chair of the Academy of Technologyís Agile Conferences for the past two years and is a Certified Scrum- Master and Practitioner. Outside of IBM, Matt serves on the editorial board of the International Journal of Agile and Extreme Software Development and is a steering committee member of Agile NYC. He co-authored A Practical Guide to Distributed Scrum published by IBM Press in July 2010.

 

Amy Goodman

Amy Goodman is an award-winning investigative journalist and syndicated columnist, author and the host of Democracy Now! airing on more than 950 public television and radio stations worldwide. Goodman is the first journalist to receive the Right Livelihood Award, widely known as the ‘Alternative Nobel Prize’ for “developing an innovative model of truly independent grassroots political journalism that brings to millions of people the alternative voices that are often excluded by the mainstream media.” The Independent of London named Amy Goodman and Democracy Now! “an inspiration”; pulsemedia.org placed Goodman at the top of their 20 Top Global Media Figures.

 Goodman is the author of four New York Times bestsellers. Her latest book, Breaking the Sound Barrier, proves the power of independent journalism in the struggle for a better world. She co-authored the first three bestsellers, “Standing Up to the Madness”, “Static”, and “The Exception to the Rulers”, with her brother, journalist David Goodman. For more information about Amy Goodman and to find a local broadcast of Democracy Now!, please visit Democracy Now!

Matthew Groner

Matthew Groner is a Sr. Director of Global Digital Media at Viacom/MTV Networks. There he is the product owner for digital advertising delivery, ad personalization, on-line analytics, syndicated measurements, and business intelligence/ data warehousing. As product owner Matthew servers over 400 sites worldwide as well as numerous other central products and groups.

Before joining MTV Networks, Matthew spent over a decade designing and managing the development of advertising software solutions for on-line and broadcast media. He has produced applications that have become industry standards and cutting edge products integrating on-line and broadcast data. Matthew has worked under may different development methodologies and heíll stick with agile until something better comes along.

Topic: “Just Do What Works (and Throw Out the Rest!)”

A PO & Scrummaster from MTV present a glimpse into how theyíve overcome many common agile hurdles by not fearing change and narrowing their focus to only the agile principles & tools that the situation calls for. This experience report centers around a small co-located team developing & supporting business-critical products on 450+ websites. Weíll delve into examples of how this team achieved results by focusing on a hybrid of Scrum fundamentals for software dev and basic Kanban principles to support a legion of demanding clients and will also touch on some other team success philosophies.

Scrum vs. Kanban vs. Lean vs. ???: Participants will take away some meaningful reflection around their personal and practical application of Agile. Perhaps theyíve been too prescriptive in the past or too focused on a particular model? This might serve as a wake-up call: take a step back and then begin to focus in on what works for you.

The importance of Team Environment and Philosophy: What does it take to get a team to buy in? Participants will take away some insight around why it is often the little things that have the largest overall impact on an agile teamís effectiveness. Weíll briefly touch on ìDefinition of Doneî, Team Working Agreements, and a teamís physical environment and what a dramatic impact these things have on a teamís mindset.

David Hussman

David Hussman teaches and coaches agility in companies of all sizes all over the world. For more than 10 years, David has evolved the successful adoption of agile methods in medical, retail, legal, education, health care, control systems, digital audio, financial and more. Sometimes he is pairing with developers and testers, while other times he is helping product manager create product roadmaps. David believes in helping companies design processes that help them instead of simply teaching them to follow a process. Along with working side by side with design and delivery teams, David works with leader and executives to promote the use of agile methods to attack the real challenges of their specific industry. In 2009, David received the Gordon Pask Award from the Agile Alliance.

Davidís company, DevJam provides coaching, coursework, development staff and product development. DevJam has seasoned mentors and builders who pragmatically match technology, people, and processes to create better products in more competitive cycles. When he is not coaching or teaching, you can find David speaking at conferences around the world and publishing to a variety of sources. He has contributed to several books as well as helping to create agile curriculum for The University of Minnesota and Capella University.For more information about David check out the DevJam. During the Agile Day, Joe Krebs and David Hussman recorded  Episode 41: Agile NYC Podcast.

Topic: “From Preaching and Training to Teaching and Learning” (Download Presentation)

Gone are the days where a band of rebels migrated towards agile as a term to convey the value of their newer, lightweight processes. Yesterdayís rebellion is todayís solution to the rapidly changing eco-systems most software producers face. As more people choose agile practices as tools for discovering and delivering products, the voice of the those early rebels is fading in ways that are both inevitable and dangerous. Join me in the challenge of pragmatically finding tools and talk that preserve the spirit of the rebels as we grow the movement. The time is now.

Ken Judy

Ken Judy has been building software for fifteen years. He has been a developer, technicallead, product manager and manager.For seven years, he’s been learning and practicing agile software development because, at its best, agile delivers business value while fostering focused teams, passionate individuals and sustainable work/life balance. He has presented on Product Ownership, Knowledge Creation, Collaboration and Software Ethics at Agile, the Scrum Gathering and the Hawaii International Conference on Systems Sciences.
He is a Certified Scrum Practitioner and an IEEE Computer Society Certified Software Development Professional. Ken is currently VP, Engineering for Simon & Schuster Digital in New York City. Ken and Joe spoke about his past presentations at Agile NYC in Episode 33: Agile NYC Podcast. Pecha Kucha: ”The Existential Joys of Agile Practice”.

Andrew Kazarinoff

Andrew Kazarinoff is an Agile Coach and Trainer with a passion for transforming the way software development organizations work. He has successfully built Agile methods into software development projects at two banks, an insurance company, a financial publisher, a system integrator, a CRM services company, and a data storage systems supplier. He is a Certified ScrumMaster and Certified Scrum Practitioner.

Andrew is a principal at Qualytic Consulting, a New York based group that helps IT organizations achieve high project performance through coaching and training project teams and mentoring executive management.Andrew and Joe sat down and spoke about his talk and more in Episode 30: Agile NYC Podcast.

Topic: “Agile Metrics Beyond Burndown” (Download Presentation)

This session will show you a framework that measures productivity and accuracy of estimation and commitment (and, yes, generates burndown charts as it tracks work).

You will see:

  • how problems/anti-patterns show up in productivity, workload stability, and planning accuracy
  • how to create the metric that the executive sponsor cares about most
  • what factors affect estimation and commitment accuracy
  • how effort focus affects forecasting as well as resource planning
  • how you can build a rich but low-overhead and minimally-invasive metrics framework.
Jochen Krebs

Jochen (Joe) Krebs is an agile coach, trainer, consultant and practitioner. Joe started Agile NYC in 2007 with the goal to create a community of agile professionals in NYC who have a platform to learn from each other. Since then, Agile NYC steadily grew to approximately 1,250 professionals interested in agile in the tri-state area alone. Joe is also the host of the Agile NYC podcast.

Since 2005, Joe coaches and delivers trainings and workshops to organizations through his company Incrementor. He helps organizations with the successful adoption of agile processes (Scrum, XP, Lean and other iterative-incremental processes) either on a corporate enterprise-level or team-level. His programs are characterized by a unique blend of knowledge transfer with hands-on work. Joe is the author of two books, “Agile Portfolio Management” and the “RUP Reference and Certification Guide”. He also published numerous articles in magazines about agile practices and processes. When time permits, he speaks at conferences, private client events or presents at other local user group meetings. You will find more information about Joe and his services at Incrementor.

Tiffany Lentz

Tiffany Lentz, a Principal Consultant and Program Manager, is proudly employed at ThoughtWorks, a global IT services firm focused on end-to-end software delivery. She has worked extensively for large clients in the US, Canada, and China, delivering solutions for both disparate system delivery projects and agile enablement and organizational transformation efforts to incorporate and enhance efficiency and delivery processes. She is an author, mentor, coach and trainer of agile methodologies, processes, and practices. Tiffany is the author of Iteration Management Chapter in the ThoughtWorks anthology book and believes that the Iteration Manager’s job is to build a well-oil delivery machine. Tiffany also appeared in  Episode 26: Agile NYC Podcast. Pecha Kucha Topic: ”Hiring Agile Project Manager – Finding a Needle in a Haystack”.

 

Michael Mah

As managing partner at QSM Associates Inc. based in Massachusetts, Michael Mah teaches, writes, and consults to technology companies on estimating and managing software projects, whether in-house, offshore, waterfall, or agile. He is the director of the Benchmarking Practice at the Cutter Consortium, a Boston-based IT think-tank, and served as past editor of the IT Metrics Strategies publication. With over 25 years of experience, Michael and his partners at QSM have derived productivity patterns for thousands of projects collected worldwide across engineering and business applications. His current work examines time-pressure dynamics of teams, and its role in project success and failure. In addition to his background in physics and electrical engineering, he is a mediator specializing in dispute resolution for technology projects. Michael lives in the mountains of western Massachusetts with his two children. He can be reached at QSMA. Michael also appears in  Episode 38: Agile NYC Podcast.

 

Topic: “Ugly Teams: How Agile Can Solve Organizational Dysfunction”

Ugly teams are ones that break down and fail-regardless of whether they are implementing Agile or about managing offshore teams. In the rush to be faster, better, cheaper, or super-innovative, it is possible to become trapped in organizational dysfunction, even to the extent whereby good medicine wonít work. What are common sources of dysfunction today? How do you manage these difficult conversation?

In this presentation, Michael Mah will show examples of companies that have overcome barriers to success, plus a few who didnít. You will learn how systems theory plays a role in software development, why complex communication, and expert thinking are the penultimate challenges facing knowledge workers today, and how accurate and reliable metrics are the key to revealing patterns so that managers can find the right path through software development jungle.

George McMonigle

George McMonigle is Scrummaster and “Agile Umpire” at Viacom/MTVN Networks, a global media company based in New York. He’s had the fortune to be involved at the ground-level with an agile transformation of certain areas within MTVN’s digital business. George manages teams involved with digital advertising, client-side analytics, and business intelligence/ data warehousing. He’s focused on being a “servant leader” for the teams he works with and is hellbent on eliminating waste and fear. Check him out at Agile Umpire. George also appeared in  Episode 25: Agile NYC Podcast.

Topic: “Just Do What Works (and Throw Out the Rest!)”

A PO & Scrummaster from MTV present a glimpse into how theyíve overcome many common agile hurdles by not fearing change and narrowing their focus to only the agile principles & tools that the situation calls for. This experience report centers around a small co-located team developing & supporting business-critical products on 450+ websites. Weíll delve into examples of how this team achieved results by focusing on a hybrid of Scrum fundamentals for software dev and basic Kanban principles to support a legion of demanding clients and will also touch on some other team success philosophies.

Scrum vs. Kanban vs. Lean vs. ???: Participants will take away some meaningful reflection around their personal and practical application of Agile. Perhaps they have been too prescriptive in the past or too focused on a particular model? This might serve as a wake-up call: take a step back and then begin to focus in on what works for you.

The importance of Team Environment and Philosophy: What does it take to get a team to buy in? Participants will take away some insight around why it is often the little things that have the largest overall impact on an agile teamís effectiveness. We will briefly touch on ‘Definition of Done’, Team Working Agreements, and a team’s physical environment and what a dramatic impact these things have on a teamís mindset.

Nirmal Merchant

 

Nirmal currently serves as a Product Owner and Scrum Master at a management consulting firm where he works on solving business problems using technology, in financial, content and knowledge management domains. He practices and evangelizes Agile Software Development principles and has presented at the several technology meet-ups in New York. In his free time, he serves as the VP of Communications for the New York State Outdoor education association and helps non-profits reach their target audience by leveraging technology and social media. Nirmal spoke with Joe in  Episode 34: Agile NYC Podcast. Pecha Kucha Topic: ”The Story of Sitting Together: Why and How”.

 

David Newell

David Newell is an Agile Coach for Cyrus Innovation with 4 years professional experience in a wide variety of languages, including Ruby, Java and C#.After going to school at Rice University in Texas, David moved up to New York when he started at Cyrus Innovation.He is both and avid rock climber and long distance runner, having done both since high school. David spoke with Joe Krebs in  Episode 24: Agile NYC Podcast.

Topic: “Increasing Transparency with Agile” (Download Presentation)

Come hear how a newly created team with the goal of measuring performance increased communication across the organization by highlighting a long neglected problem.Through agile methodologies, the team was able to work at a high velocity and clear out problems, growing the performance of the entire system by 2 orders of magnitude.Even though the performance team was the smallest, they led a number of organization wide changes and had to grow to one of the largest teams as outside companies asked for help.

Rob Purdie

 

Rob Purdie is an agile coach, management consultant, trainer, facilitator, community organizer and international speaker with sixteen years experience working with software development teams. Rob is currently Agile Practice Lead for the Digital Strategy & Development group at IBM. Prior to IBM, Rob was Scrum Practice Leader for The Economist. Rob has facilitated Open Space Technology events in Toronto, London and New York. Rob facilitated the Open Space within in the Agile Day. Open Space Proceedings.

 

Linda Rising

Linda Rising has a Ph.D. from Arizona State University and a background that includes university teaching and industry work in a variety of domains. An internationally known presenter on patterns, retrospectives, agile development, and the change process, Linda has authored numerous articles and four books, the most recent: Fearless Change: Patterns for Introducing New Ideas, with Mary Lynn Manns. Find more information about Linda here. Linda delivered many keynotes to various conferences around the world, including the Agile Conference in Salt Lake City in August 2011. Linda appeared in  Episode 40: Agile NYC Podcast or you can also listen the audio version of her  keynote given at the Agile Day’11.

Topic: “Fearless Change: Patterns for Introducing New Ideas” (Download Presentation)

We attend conferences or read books and articles discover new ideas we want to bring into our organizations but we often struggle when trying to implement those changes. Unfortunately, those introducing change are not always welcomed with open arms. Linda Rising offers proven change management strategies to help you become a more successful agent of change in your organization. Learn how to plant effective seeds of change, and what forces in your organization drive or block change. In addition to using these approaches to change your organization, you can use them to become a more effective person. Come and discuss your organizational and personal change challenges. Linda shows how the lessons from her book, Fearless Change: Patterns for Introducing New Ideas, can help you succeed. Learn how to overcome adversity to change and to celebrate your improvement successes along with your organizationís new found practices.

Bob Viscovich

Bob Viscovich is Senior Director of Online Development at Publishers Clearing House. Bob oversees the technical direction, software development, and implementation of strategic online initiatives and various PCH properties and sites. In late 2009, Bob and his team initiated Agile/Scrum training across all areas of PCHís Online organization (not just Technology), and launched four pilot Agile Scrum projects in January 2010. Prior to PCH, Bob was Senior VP of Technology for Redcats USA, overseeing the internal development of a successful international eCommerce platform that was responsible for over one billion euros in revenue.

Topic: “A Year in the Life of Agile at PCH”

Publishers Clearing House (PCH) introduced Agile/Scrum software development to four pilot projects back in January of 2010. Since then, PCH has expanded Agile/Scrum to nearly all of its Online projects.

Bob will attempt to give an overview of ìthe good, the bad, and the ugly in those first 12 months, the organizational and philosophical changes that were necessary, and how PCH continues to mold and acclimate to an Agile/Scrum framework that works for them. Bob recorded a podcast with Joe Krebs in Bryant Park which was released as  Episode 29: Agile NYC Podcast.

Adrian Wible

Adrian Wible is a 25-year software development and IT veteran who grew up as a kernel operating system developer in a waterfall environment.In 2005, he converted to agile/lean and has not looked back. In the past 6 years he has served as a consultant in the agile project trenches as a developer, iteration manager, scrum master, project manager, coach and trainer on projects in a variety of companies, domains, and technical stacks. He is a Principal with Lab49 in New York City, a technology consulting firm that builds advanced solutions for the financial services industry. Adrian and Joe Krebs met in July’11 and talked about his pecha kucha presentation during  Episode 27: Agile NYC Podcast. Pecha Kucha Topic:  ”What’s the point? – Estimating in Agile Projects”.

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