Agile Encore 2017 Program



Sydney: Monday 13 November, 2017

Melbourne: Wednesday 15 November, 2017

Brisbane: Tuesday 21 November, 2017


Sydney: Aerial UTS Function Centre,
235 Jones Street, Level 7, Building 10, Ultimo NSW 2007

Melbourne: RACV City Club, 501 Bourke St, Melbourne VIC 3000

Brisbane: The State Library of Queensland, Stanley Pl, South Brisbane QLD 4101

Standard Rate: $275
Group Rate: $220

Melbourne: Wednesday 15 November, 2017


Registration & Lunch


Getting on the same page - alignment @ Envato

Adrian Fittolani

Program Director, Envato

Erin McManus

Delivery Coach, Envato

We believe that most approaches to organisational delivery planning reflect a need to “get on the same page”. If you’ve ever asked things like "Can we deliver? What will we deliver? When will we deliver?" you’re asking questions that you hope will get everyone on the same page about delivery.

Agile organisations know that the extent to which we all believe in those things guides the decisions we make together about what we should do next. Today, we’re calling this “Alignment”.

Envato believes that its teams are crucial in gaining true alignment. To truthfully illuminate the state of delivery, we begin by empowering teams with a direction and room to plan. We invite them to share their intentions, then support them as they make progress. The information they share throughout the journey becomes our program, our roadmap, our shared reality. Informally, we call it our “Program Alignment Framework”. At Agile Encore, we’re going to tell you how it’s working out.

You will learn:
► A system for gaining alignment including:
  ► Team level planning
  ► Regular reporting
  ► Group level sharing
  ► Company-wide alignment

► As well as:
  ► How it’s going
  ► Where it’s going



Rob Ciolli

Senior Developer, REA Group

A fast-paced case study of building a mobile app from zero to MVP in 8 weeks with a very lean team!

Take a risk – you might learn something! When some unusual circumstances occur, brave leaders will trust their staff to try something a little different. This is a fast-paced case study of building a mobile app from zero to MVP in 8 weeks with a very lean team. No delivery lead, no business analyst, and no real plan. Just a couple of developers in Melbourne, a pair in Xi’an and a product guy. What could go wrong?

The business was faced with some financial constraints so the formation of a new team was postponed. This left some resources under-utilised for a couple of months. The idea of building a mobile app had been floated for a long time, but never made it to the top of the priority list. This situation provided us with a challenge that could not be ignored. The decision was taken to form a Lean ‘Tiger’ team to take up the challenge.

Designs and a definition of an MVP were quickly cobbled together. Success was defined as creating a shippable app within the time allocated. Could we do it?

Come on a journey to see what happens. Along the way, discover the good, the bad and the ugly of throwing normal processes out the window. Also learn about the wonderful world of Fourth Stream Agility, Emoji First Development, Hoff charts, Data Experience and a whole lot more!

The lessons presented here, while born under strange circumstance, have helped improve our everyday work practices. This experience has provided us with a deeper appreciation of the role played by the missing functions in the team, as we had to do everything for ourselves! We developed a techniques (by accident and design) that we have been able to incorporate in our regular work life.

Attendees will share in key takeaways, including:
► When is it appropriate to take a risk to deliver software
► What to consider when assembling a Lean ‘Tiger’ team
► Working efficiently with offshore resources
► How to engage all functions of a team to focus on a common outcome
► Simple ways to show progress to stakeholders
► Quickly iterating UI design with UX team
► The importance of presenting what is most valuable to the end user



Sandy Mamoli

Agile Coach, Nomad8

In the world of professional sports, innovation, persistence and rapid learning are everything. In this very personal talk, as a former Olympian, I will share key learnings from my professional sports career. I will delve into topics such as meritocracy and diversity, rapid feedback, radical candour and high-performance teams.

I will contrast the perspectives and attitudes of professional sports with modern work life and will extract guidelines and tools that we can apply to our professional lives. Come along and learn practical ways for how to apply ideas from Olympic sports to your professional Agile career!

You will learn how to:
► Pick the best team for you
► Give and receive timely feedback
► Innovate within constraints to increase performance
► Challenge the myth that you need to like each other to be a world-class team
► Recognise a high-performance team and company


Afternoon Tea


The story of mentorship, and why it matters

John Contad

Development Lead, MYOB

If tech organisations are to thrive in the future, then we must build in a culture of mentorship. Not just as a means of learning, but as a way of generating human satisfaction in the work we do.

I believe in the power of stories - not just as a source of entertainment, but as a way of parsing our interactions with the world and contextualising our "purpose". When I do something, I put it into the context of what the story is - which if you think about it, is just another way of saying, "Why are we doing this? What's the purpose?" We mapped out the many different models that people use when trying to teach DevOps. We've narrowed it down to three approaches (and three stories) based on popular films that will be explained in this talk.

Attend this talk to learn:
► Three approaches to mentoring that worked in the DevOps world
► A more effective way of teaching
► That mentorship is a transformative occurrence for people
► The absolute need for more of it


The art of building a roadmap

Sherif Mansour

Principal Product Manager, Atlassian

The process of defining a roadmap is arguably one of the most difficult but important things a Product Manager has to do. Far too often roadmaps are misdirected, built without the complete picture in mind, with the right things at the wrong time, or created in silos. How can we ensure we’re doing it right? Is there really such a thing as an Agile roadmap?

This talk will draw from lessons learnt building products to provide practical tips and techniques enabling you to understand roadmap inputs, plan with different perspectives in mind, optimise for learning, communicate and set roadmap goals, and find agility when the landscape around you changes.

You will come away with:
► Ways to re-think roadmaps: from a set of features to a set of decisions
► A clear understanding of what important roadmap inputs you need to consider - including company vision, product vision, business model and customer feedback channels
► How to build three types of customer-driven roadmaps: goal-driven roadmaps; persona-driven roadmaps and vision-driven roadmaps


The contagious impact of deliberate leadership

Julia Baird

Journalist, broadcaster and author

Gain piercing insights into transforming workplaces by changing the way we think about leadership and each other. This session will upturn some major cultural assumptions and reconceptualise how leadership should be understood and practised.

Julia Baird will upend the idea that confidence equals competence, asking instead: what if humility is a good thing? This talk will also consider the powerful potential of the introverts among us, and how to move away from understanding extroversion as an ideal.

You will learn how to lead deliberately. It requires modelling of selfless behaviour, reflection on the way leaders use their position, as well as accountability and empathy.

This session will focus on how kindness and elevation - acts of virtue or moral beauty that uplift those around you - are at the core of deliberate leadership. Join this session for an illuminating exploration of the contagious impact of deliberate leadership.


Drinks and Networking

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