Tuesday

8:00 AM

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

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

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