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Collocated West Logo Determining Business Value in Agile Development[presentation]
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Both agile and lean focus on delivering business value to the customers as rapidly as possible. On agile projects, story points are often used to estimate and track development effort for user stories. However, to concentrate on delivering value, we must be able to place a business value...

Ken Pugh
Collocated West Logo Facilitation Techniques for Agile Meetings and Ceremonies[presentation]
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Facilitation is the art of leading people through processes toward agreed-upon outcomes in a manner that encourages participation, ownership, and creativity from all involved. So how do you take this definition and turn it into facilitating powerful meetings? Most agile practitioners can...

Darrin London
Collocated West Logo Architecture vs. Design in Agile: What’s the Right Answer?[presentation]
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Is architecture the same as preliminary design in agile? It shouldn't be. Do we create architecture up front, then do iterative development after the architecture is done? That is edging back toward waterfall. Can you explain the purpose of the architecture in just two or three statements?

Anthony Crain
Collocated West Logo DevOps Is Only Half the Story to Delivering Winning Products[presentation]
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Before the DevOps approach gained serious traction, development and operations largely worked in isolation and sometimes in opposition. As a community, we are starting to make strides in integrating these two practices to deliver products with more efficient systems and processes. However...

Jody Bailey
Collocated West Logo Managing a Software Engineering Team[presentation]
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You’re a senior engineer who decides to switch to management for experience in leading a team. How is your work going to change? What challenges are you going to face? How are you going to keep up with new technologies? Are people reporting to you going to see you as a leader and follow you?

Sebastiano Armeli
Collocated West Logo The Lean Executive Agility Framework[presentation]
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In today’s business environment, organizations cannot afford to resist change and move slowly. They have to move quickly, adapt frequently, and turn on a dime when conditions demand it. This is not always easy to do. Organizations of all shapes and sizes can become rooted in habits and...

Jon Stahl
Collocated West Logo Testing in a Super-Agile Software Development Environment[presentation]
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Channel 4 broadcasting company in Finland provides live streams of sporting events on the Internet (Ruutu.fi). The software development is done by agile principles but even more straightforward and quicker than normal agile projects. Tomi Kaleva says they have changed the entire...

Tomi Kaleva
Collocated West Logo The Issues Agile Exposes and What To Do about Them[presentation]
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Before the short iterations in agile, projects were segmented into large blocks of work taking many weeks or months. If problems emerged, it was relatively easy to hide them. Now, with agile, many of these problems and issues can’t be hidden for long. Lee Copeland exposes these issues...

Lee Copeland
Collocated West Logo The Tester's Role in Agile Planning[presentation]
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If testers sit passively through agile planning, important testing activities will be glossed over or missed altogether. Testing late in the sprint becomes a bottleneck, quickly diminishing the advantages of agile development. However, testers can actively advocate for customers’ concerns...

Rob Sabourin
Collocated West Logo Blending Product Discovery and Product Delivery[presentation]
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More and more organizations are realizing that while they are getting more done, they are not necessarily getting more value. More code does not mean more product and more product does not mean more market share. According to David Hussman, we need to shift our focus toward a...

David Hussman
Collocated West Logo A Simple Tool for Speaking Honestly and Constructively[presentation]
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Are you on a team where people avoid conflict or shy away from saying anything that might sound critical? Reluctance to speak up can block important challenges from being identified, and deny your team and organization the opportunity to learn and improve. According to Lorraine Aguilar...

Lorraine Aguilar
Collocated West Logo Your User Stories Are Too Big: Yes, They Are![presentation]
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When a user story is too big, it is harder to understand, estimate, and implement successfully. Some teams break the “business story” into “technical stories” but this generally doesn’t help because most or all of the technical stories need to be completed before there is anything...

Chris Sims
Collocated West Logo Zorro Circles: Retrospectives for Excellence[presentation]
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Have you wondered how to progressively harness your agile team’s energy, focus on important goals, and improve outcomes? Woody Zuill said, “If you could adopt only one agile practice, then let it be retrospectives. Everything else will follow.” Retrospectives help individuals and teams...

Aakash Srinivasan and Vivek Angiras
Collocated West Logo DevOps and the Culture of High-Performing Software Organizations[presentation]
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The DevOps movement emphasizes the importance of culture in creating high-performing teams. However, often perceived to be subjective and intractable, culture is often neglected in favor of more concrete drivers such as tools and processes. And this is a major failure mode in organizations...

Jez Humble
Collocated West Logo The Soft Skills of Great Software Developers[presentation]
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Are you creating clean, high performing code? Are you following the right development practices, but still don’t feel you are getting the recognition or success you deserve? The truth is that working harder and improving your programming skills are not enough. Great developers must...

Raul Suarez

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