Tuesday

8:00 AM

Mastering Solutions Architecture with Design Katas (Part 1)

Presented by: Gaines Kergosien, Eric Potter
Time: Tuesday 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM

TLDR: Architects get relatively few opportunities to practice their craft, so we will group up to formulate architectural visions for "real world" business problems. Attendees will then evaluate each group's solution to gain insight into the pros and cons of different approaches. Fred Brooks said,...

Room: NileTrack: DevOpsTags: Agile, Project Management, TeamsFormat: PreCompilerLevel: Intermediate

Building Trust and Breaking Barriers (with LEGO!)

Presented by: Thomas Haver
Time: Tuesday 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM

LEGO(R) sets are fun to build, but who has ever attempted to build a set without looking at the instructions? In this workshop, attendees will form teams and attempt to build a LEGO(R) set without instructions. Through a series of iterative exercises that provide more product details, the teams will...

Room: Salon ETrack: Teams & CollaborationTags: Leadership, Project Management, QA TestingFormat: PreCompilerLevel: Introductory and overview
1:00 PM

Mastering Solutions Architecture with Design Katas (Part 2)

Presented by: Gaines Kergosien, Eric Potter
Time: Tuesday 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM

TLDR: Architects get relatively few opportunities to practice their craft, so we will group up to formulate architectural visions for "real world" business problems. Attendees will then evaluate each group's solution to gain insight into the pros and cons of different approaches. Fred Brooks said,...

Room: NileTrack: DevOpsTags: Agile, Project Management, TeamsFormat: PreCompilerLevel: Intermediate

Wednesday

No Sessions

Thursday

11:45 AM

Long-Term Planning in an Agile World

Presented by: Jeremy Jarrell
Time: Thursday 11:45 AM - 12:45 PM

“Long-term” and “Agile” typically aren’t two words that go together. After all, agile teams prize reactivity and adaptability over firm plans set in stone. But these two concepts aren’t mutually exclusive. In fact, the best-performing agile teams keep one eye on their longer-term...

Room: Salon DTrack: Teams & CollaborationTags: Leadership, Agile, Project ManagementFormat: General SessionLevel: Introductory and overview
3:30 PM

Bad Tendencies in Leaders and How to Manage Up

Presented by: Benjamin Dobrowolski
Time: Thursday 3:30 PM - 4:30 PM

No matter where you’ve worked, we’ve all had those bosses that we’ve not gotten along with. But what if you did more than complain about it? What if you could “manage” your boss, to not only your benefit, but to your co-workers benefit as well? Take back control and learn to manage up...

Room: CypressTrack: Teams & CollaborationTags: Soft Skills, Leadership, Project ManagementFormat: General SessionLevel: Intermediate

Aerospace Engineering for Computer Scientists

Presented by: Ilyana Smith
Time: Thursday 3:30 PM - 4:30 PM

It IS rocket science! What does the International Space station have to do with basic programming principles? What considerations need to be taken into account when computers go to space? How does putting people in space make systems more complicated? In this session, you’ll get the answers to...

Room: Salon BTrack: Programming PrinciplesTags: Programming Principles, Project ManagementFormat: General SessionLevel: Introductory and overview

Friday

8:30 AM

Can We Learn to Manage Uncertainty? Probably!

Presented by: Robert Herbig
Time: Friday 8:30 AM - 9:30 AM

When we’re asked when something will be done, it’s tempting to answer the question. “It’ll be done on March 32nd” or “it’ll take 182.5 days” or “we need 15 sprints”. It doesn’t matter if that answer is the best-case, average, or worst-case scenario. The answer is fundamentally...

Room: Salon DTrack: Teams & CollaborationTags: Soft Skills, Agile, Project ManagementFormat: General SessionLevel: Introductory and overview
9:45 AM

How to answer "When will it be done?" using probabilistic forecasting.

Presented by: Chris Shinkle
Time: Friday 9:45 AM - 10:45 AM

"When will it be done?" How often have you been asked that question? That question strikes fear or frustration in most people. It often results in throwing up your hands in frustration or tossing out a wild guess. Surely there's a better way? Forget story points, t-shirt sizing, historical...

Room: CypressTrack: Teams & CollaborationTags: Agile, Project Management, VelocityFormat: General SessionLevel: Intermediate
11:00 AM

Failing Forward

Presented by: Jeremy Jarrell
Time: Friday 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

The first iteration of a product never succeeds. Nor does the second, the tenth, or even the 20th. Instead, most of the successful products we know and love today were abject failures at the start…but then evolved to get better. Chances are your own product might be heading toward failure right...

Room: Salon ETrack: Teams & CollaborationTags: Agile, Project Management, UI/UXFormat: General SessionLevel: Introductory and overview
12:15 PM

Delivery & Execution Across Multiple Teams with Azure Dev Ops

Presented by: Krista Campbell
Time: Friday 12:15 PM - 1:15 PM

Azure Dev Ops started as a tool specifically for software development teams. It’s only been a few years since it was rebranded from Team Foundation Services/Server to Azure Dev Ops. It has always been a great tool for autonomous development teams to deliver great software but fallen flat in...

Room: Salon DTrack: DevOpsTags: CI/CD, Agile, Project ManagementFormat: General SessionLevel: Introductory and overview