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Using S-D Logic to Enhance Agile Practises

Perhaps it can be said that Agile development methodologies relate strongly to (and possibly originate from) the manufacturing industry. However, Agile development methodologies demonstrate potential to shift IT development from an often-restrictive focus on production/manufacturing, profit and tangible goods (output of the manufacturing process). They can potentially result in a paradigm shift to focus on actual customer ...more »

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Agile Collaborative Product Visioning

Creating a collaborative Product Vision can mean the difference between a product that meets expectations, and a product that delights your customer and turns them into loyal followers. As a product leader, you bring intimate knowledge of your market, competitors, and your customers’ needs. Learn the tools that are available to make the product development team as passionate, inspired, and motivated as you are, to turn ...more »

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Testing is waste? Why LEAN won't put testers out of business

In a perfectly scripted Agile World, where developers are the most disciplined group, the role of testers will probably diminish. We are living in an economic conundrum where budget cuts and cost savings are directly correlated with the ‘Agile way of working’. This means, testing which was once the saviour during the good old dot com boom, is now the first one shown the door! So what does it means to us? In this session, ...more »

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Kanban and Lean Startup, Making the Most of Both

Track: Accelerate Abstract: ----------- The Kanban method for evolutionary improvement of technology organizations, pioneered by David J. Anderson, is sometimes called the second-generation Agile method. The Lean Startup, described in Eric Ries’ best-selling eponymous book, is often called the future of Agile. The talk will first explore how the two relate to each other. The short answer is: Lean Startup’s build-measure-learn ...more »

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Unveiling Kanban

Track: Accelerate Description: -------------- In the last several years, Kanban has gained popularity and become the preferred path to agility for some IT and software development organizations. Yet it remains poorly understood, as evidenced by examples of using Kanban as an "iterationless process", shallow implementations (information radiator), misconceptions like "Kanban is for maintenance work", and endless Kanban-or-Scrum ...more »

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Lean Coffee or an Introduction to Personal Kanban

Track: Accelerate Abstract: ----------- (This abstract is the description for would-be attendees.) Personal Kanban applies Kanban’s core practices (visualize what you do, pull, limit work-in-progress) to personal work. You can use it to handle tasks during a sprint, to conduct a business meeting, to guide your professional development, and to deal with other types of work and life tasks. Just as its big enterprise ...more »

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Eclipse Mylyn: Connecting Agile, ALM and the IDE

In under four years, Mylyn’s task-focused interface has gone from a university whiteboard to a tool with over a million monthly downloads. Not long ago, the notion of a tool that re-aligns the IDE around Agile collaboration and hides more of the program than it shows seemed radical. But as the task-focused interface continues its adoption, the next big step in the evolution of developer tools is becoming clear. In order ...more »

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How to Make Test Automation Difficult

Abstract : This talk provides some heuristics for making it hard to automate your functional and unit tests. Knowing what makes it hard gives us a list of things to avoid if we want to make it easy. Description: Making test automation easy is difficult. Making test automation difficult is easy. So let’s take the easier route! We’ll look at a bunch of ways to make automation are test more difficult. Some of these are ...more »

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The Art of Story Factoring

This interactive tutorial provides techniques for splitting user stories into chunks that can be implemented in a few days. Description : Right-sizing User Stories is key to highly-incremental product development. Right-sized stories can be built in just a few days ensuring that a continuous flow of functionality is available to test throughout the iteration. Many agile teams have trouble slicing their functionality ...more »

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What's in a Name? 
Increase Productivity With Effective Naming

Experience and research shows that developers spend as much as 70% of their time reading and understanding code. In this workshop you will learn how the rules of Simple Design help to reduce this percentage so you spend more time creating valuable code. This will be a highly collaborative workshop where you share your insights and learn from others. You’ll get to the heart of Simple Design by reviewing code - both beautiful ...more »

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Launching a Startup: From The Trenches

Building successful businesses is tough - especially for software startups. The principles and practices from lean startup and agile/lean development can certainly help. But what do you do if these approaches are new to the team? How do you strike the balance between learning, team improvements and delivering value? This is a challenge my recent startup, Printchomp, experienced and is still experiencing. In this session ...more »

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Knock Down the Organizational Culture Barrier

You have successfully coached a team or two, but seem to have lost momentum in spreading agile beyond your local division. The organization’s culture seems to be pitted against you. What efforts can you take to overcome this barrier? Do you know how to assess your current organizational culture? How about manage the changes to it? According to State of Agile Survey, for two years running, the ability to change organizational ...more »

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