Agile Encore 2016



Thursday 10 November 2016


Aerial UTS Function Centre
235 Jones St, Ultimo NSW



Following the hugely successful Agile Australia 2016 Conference, which saw Agile community leaders share their knowledge on practical design, visual management, lean thinking, and shaping culture and leadership, Agile Encore features the most raved-about sessions in one compelling afternoon!

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Emma Carter Photo

Emma Carter

Design Lead, ThoughtWorks

Jo Cranford Photo

Jo Cranford

Lead Developer, Culture Amp

Ben Hogan Photo

Ben Hogan

Visual Management Mentor, AgileBen

Dipesh Pala Photo

Dipesh Pala

Agile Capability Leader - Asia Pacific, IBM

Richard Weissel Photo

Richard Weissel

Lead Developer, REA Group

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Adrian Fittolani

Program Director, Envato

Agile Encore Program

Thursday 10 November 2016


Registration & Lunch


The heart of Agile is in your local primary school

Richard Weissel

Lead Developer, REA Group

School environments are now deeply collaborative, incredibly diverse workspaces, which are attempting to prepare students for a future we can’t envisage. Kids are being taught to think critically in order to filter the torrent of information available, to collaborate and to constantly adapt to a rapidly changing world.

They are learning how to be Agile.

This talk explains the parallels between successful primary classrooms and successful agile workplaces, both of which are founded upon individuals and interactions. To a casual classroom observer, some of the fun activities covered in this talk may look like just that - fun activities. However, many of them are underpinned by a deep body of educational research. Teachers understand this deeply, yet there is little understanding of the pedagogical strategies that underpin most classroom techniques.

At the end of this talk, I want you to walk away with a kit bag of engaging activities for your teams, and an understanding of the research that sits behind them. With a deeper understanding of why we do the things we do (and how), we are less likely to drift from the path of agility.


Design tips for the non-designer

Emma Carter

Experience Design Lead, ThoughtWorks

Learn how to ensure the product you are building is ‘on brand’ and ‘user-centric’, and why this is important to ensure the success of your product. Some people have the misconception that design is just creating ‘pretty pictures’. This is not the case; there is a science to creating the right ‘pretty picture’. This session is aimed at teams who either do not have the luxury of a designer on their team, or they have a designer that works in silo to their team. Small teams of developers, BAs and QAs will benefit from understanding the finer details of design. Developers will gain empathy for design and a better understanding of how to display content. QAs will leave knowing how to quickly notice problems with a design before release.


Using visual management to introduce Lean thinking

Ben Hogan

Visual Management Mentor, AgileBen

Many teams in many companies are struggling under the pressure to do more with less people. This over burdening means teams are often too busy to learn, too busy to improve and too busy to adopt any new methods, let alone take on a Lean or Agile change initiative.

This talk uses visual management as a potential first step in moving teams from an avoidant or resistant stance towards an adapting and improving mindset. This session covers four key areas: clarity (of purpose and situation), control (of inbound demand and team capacity), collaboration (between functions and within teams) and improvement (opportunities and experiments). Learn how to use visual management to introduce Lean and Agile principles to busy teams.


Afternoon Tea


Better project forecasts without estimates – The Monte Carlo

Adrian Fittolani

Program Director, Envato

Would you like to forecast the delivery dates for your software projects accurately, every time? Well you can’t. OK, maybe you can, but I can’t.

Software projects are hard to quantify and hard to tie down. That’s the very reason that Agile delivery approaches have become so popular. The more we build, the more we learn, the more we adapt and the more we improve. Things are seldom clear-cut.

So why do we imply that we can see into the future, using subjective, comparative estimation and velocity to offer a precise answer to the question of – ‘when will it be done?’ Monte Carlo Simulation is a mathematical method that can be used to provide far more valuable information about likely project timelines. It is empirical, objective and does not rely on team estimates.

You’ll learn how to apply Monte Carlo Forecasting in your Agile projects, and you’ll leave with the knowledge tools you need to give it a try.


Data-driven culture

Jo Cranford

Lead Developer, Culture Amp

Did you know that most people who leave their job don’t leave because of a bad manager? Or that flexible working arrangements have barely any impact on people’s overall engagement in their work? In the most recent State of Agile survey, the inability to change organisational culture was the highest ranked barrier to Agile adoption – but how much do we understand about how company culture affects people in Agile teams?

This talk describes the culture typical of highly engaged teams, and compares them to those with lower engagement. Data gathered from over 100,000 responses to engagement and exit surveys at 150+ companies will be used to demonstrate what works and what doesn’t. Support for learning and development and strong leaders who inspire confidence are far more effective in building engagement than physical working environment, benefits and direct managers. The same things that help create engaged teams also support Agile practices such as continuous learning and improvement, and empower the team to be part of an overall company vision.

You will appreciate why culture is such an important factor in the success of Agile teams; gain insights into the drivers of engagement and turnover; and understand the relationship between high engagement, low turnover and Agile practices. Prepare for some surprises – the data will challenge some established beliefs!


7 things that Agile executives and leaders do differently

Dipesh Pala

Agile Capability Leader - Asia Pacific, IBM

One of the keys to a successful enterprise Agile transformation is the support of executive leadership, which is more than simply providing approval. The Agile executive enables, empowers and engages rather than controls.

According to one recent survey, more than one in three organisations claim that the lack of leadership engagement within their business is plaguing their journey towards sustainable organisational agility.

With a special focus on executives and leaders, this presentation will draw upon more than a decade of Agile transformation experiences in multiple organisations across eight countries, and will share real-life case studies and insights to illustrate the key things that Agile leaders need to do differently. Be inspired by knowing what serves to catalyse and nourish progress – and what does the opposite.


Drinks and Networking

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Agile Encore 2016

Thursday 10 November 2016

12:00pm - 5:30pm

Aerial UTS Function Centre

235 Jones St

Ultimo NSW


Wednesday 9 November 2016

UNSW CBD Campus, 1 O’Connell St, Sydney

Half-day workshop: $350 prior to 30 Sep 2016 | $450 thereafter

Full-day workshop: $600 prior to 30 Sep 2016 | $800 thereafter

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