Mastering Solutions Architecture with Design Katas (Part 1)

Presented by: Gaines Kergosien, Eric Potter

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. ...

Tags: Agile, Project Management, TeamsFormat: PreCompilerLevel: Intermediate

Building Trust and Breaking Barriers (with LEGO!)

Presented by: Thomas Haver

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...

Tags: Leadership, Project Management, QA TestingFormat: PreCompilerLevel: Introductory and overview

Mastering Solutions Architecture with Design Katas (Part 2)

Presented by: Gaines Kergosien, Eric Potter

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. ...

Tags: Agile, Project Management, TeamsFormat: PreCompilerLevel: Intermediate

Long-Term Planning in an Agile World

Presented by: Jeremy Jarrell

“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...

Tags: Leadership, Agile, Project ManagementFormat: General SessionLevel: Introductory and overview

Bad Tendencies in Leaders and How to Manage Up

Presented by: Benjamin Dobrowolski

No matter where you’ve worked, we’ve all had those bosses that we’ve not gotten along with. ...

Tags: Soft Skills, Leadership, Project ManagementFormat: General SessionLevel: Intermediate

Aerospace Engineering for Computer Scientists

Presented by: Ilyana Smith

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...

Tags: Programming Principles, Project ManagementFormat: General SessionLevel: Introductory and overview

Can We Learn to Manage Uncertainty? Probably!

Presented by: Robert Herbig

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. ...

Tags: Soft Skills, Agile, Project ManagementFormat: General SessionLevel: Introductory and overview

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

Presented by: Chris Shinkle

"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? ...

Tags: Agile, Project Management, VelocityFormat: General SessionLevel: Intermediate

Failing Forward

Presented by: Jeremy Jarrell

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. ...

Tags: Agile, Project Management, UI/UXFormat: General SessionLevel: Introductory and overview

Delivery & Execution Across Multiple Teams with Azure Dev Ops

Presented by: Krista Campbell

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...

Tags: CI/CD, Agile, Project ManagementFormat: General SessionLevel: Introductory and overview