Talks and Workshops

March 17, 2021
13:00  -  13:45

Testing in Production? Are you crazy?

Up until the last decade or so, it was thought that the best practice for introducing new software versions into prod was to first test them in a “full replica” of the production environment. The idea was, eliminate “all” chances of failures through exhaustive testing ahead of time. But if we are honest with ourselves, …

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March 17, 2021
14:15  -  14:45

How Safe is your Team?

Psychological safety in teams matters, it crucial to enable productive communication and collaboration. It’s also essential if you aim for long-lasting teams as things will happen and relationships can get hurt; team members need to be aware of what’s happening in the team and feel safe enough to deal with them. But, how safe is …

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March 17, 2021
14:15  -  14:45

Cynefin can help your Agile Retrospective

Do you feel like your Agile Retrospective is only tackling low hanging fruit and missing out on reflection and real improvements? Have you ever wondered if in your retro you’re dealing with clear, complicated or complex issues? In this 30 minutes session I’ll share the way I’ve tackled that using concepts from Cognitive Edge’s Cynefin …

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March 17, 2021
14:15  -  14:45

Future of Software Testing: Machine Learning Assistance

Nowadays, researches are looking for adaptation of Machine Learning algorithms to testing processes to reduce the manual effort and improve quality. In this talk, we will discuss in detail Machine Learning practices with a case study. We start with a quick view of the machine learning types. Then, we list AI applications in testing these …

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March 17, 2021
14:15  -  15:30

Product Owner + Scrum Master = The Perfect Scrum Sandwich

Good by themselves, great together: the Product Owner and the Scrum Master are the peanut butter & jelly of the Scrum sandwich. POs and Scrum Masters work in different ways to get the best out of their Scrum teams. To be effective, they also need to get the best out of each other: a relationship …

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March 17, 2021
15:15  -  15:45

Lean Coffee

Lean Coffee is a facilitated, but agenda-less meeting. Our participants gather, build an agenda of conversation-starting questions — and start discussing. Conversations are directed and productive because the agenda for the meeting was democratically selected. We do five-minute topic timeboxes, and then vote thumbs up or down if we want to continue for another five …

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March 17, 2021
15:15  -  16:00

Post Agile Panel

The whole purpose of the Aginext conference has always been to answer What’s Next? We are at the 20th anniversary of the Agile Manifesto. Sooo… what’s next? Is agility moot? Or is it still necessary? How can it be adapted for the 2021? Is it now DevOps? Or SRE? What does Post-Agile even mean?

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March 17, 2021
15:15  -  15:45

Built in Quality – A multi-level challenge

Agile coaches often focus on agile mindset, cultural change, collaboration and continues improvement. Organizations have adopted Agile, Scrum, DevOps, CI/CD practices widely in order to increase the delivered value and their adaptivity. While doing so, they learn that it is impossible to speed up the IT deliverance without trusting the quality. Lean and SAFe have …

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March 17, 2021
16:30  -  17:00

Fishbowl

A Fishbowl is a structured conversation where everyone has a chance to be a panelist and an audience member. In-person this is done by four seats, with always one empty as folks discuss a certain self-organized topic or theme. Only those sat in these speaker chairs can take part in the conversation. For a virtual …

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March 17, 2021
16:30  -  17:00

Futurespecting Agile

The purpose of a futurespective is for a team or group to create a vision of where they want to get to. It is a session of blue-sky thinking where participants magine the perfect future, how they will work and what they will achieve, and design actions towards achieving it. In this session, we will …

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March 17, 2021
16:30  -  17:00

9 Management Attributes Needed for DevOps Success

DevOps success requires a modern approach to management. This talk draws on real examples of the 9 attributes grouped under 3 areas (cross-functional collaboration, climate for learning, and effective tools and monitoring) and explains why they are important for DevOps success.

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March 17, 2021
16:15  -  17:30

Liberating structures workshop

Liberating Structures are a powerful set of facilitation techniques that allow engaging and unleashing creative power in everyone involved. Liberating Structures are easy-to-learn microstructures that enhance relational coordination and trust. They quickly foster lively participation in groups of any size, making it possible to truly include and unleash everyone. Liberating Structures are a disruptive innovation …

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March 18, 2021
14:15  -  14:45

New Voices Lightning Talks

The Women in Agile – London UK Meetup has graciously offered to host this lightning talk session to give a platform to new voices in their community. A lightning talk is a five-minute presentation. This session will feature five different speakers giving five different talks. We will add the speakers and their topics here as …

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March 18, 2021
13:00  -  13:45

Playful Leadership: Knowing When to Lead and When to Follow

Leadership is probably one of the most written about topics in human history and yet it continues to elude many organisations to the detriment of society, from our lives at work to our loved ones at home. In this interactive and playful session, you are invited to explore 3 key leadership questions: What is leadership? …

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March 18, 2021
14:15  -  14:45

Boldly go where other generations have not gone before

For the first time in history, we have up to five generations in the workplace. All generations want the same thing: to be respected, recognised, and rewarded for our work. The difference between them is the form factor that motivates us. Previous generations have put the current reward and recognition systems in place. That creates …

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March 18, 2021
14:15  -  14:45

Maximise Results – The product delivery framework

Agile has huge potential, but often its success of failure lies outside the bounds of the team and the scope of the software delivery process or framework. In this talk, we will take you through our pragmatic framework for assessing an organisation, that allows you to collaboratively generate your intervention backlog wit your clients.

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March 18, 2021
14:15  -  15:30

Coaching Agile HR professionals to be the rockstars of their company

Is your company Agile but failing and, as a result, are your employees unhappy? Do you know how HR can help navigate an Agile journey? HR has been called a partner for decades but this session takes partnership to the next level. In this workshop we will discuss the true meaning of partnership with an …

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March 18, 2021
15:15  -  16:00

Agile People Panel

What is Agile HR? How do we bring the agile mindset to everyone in an organisation? How can we make sure we foster a workplace that welcomes everyone no matter where they work?

These will be just some of the topics discussed over this 45-minute panel on Day Two of Aginext 2021. Aginext’s own Jennifer Riggins …

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March 18, 2021
15:15  -  15:45

How I made friends with my imposter syndrome

Want to know how to get past your imposter syndrome and release your ‘inner you’? Me too! In which case, this isn’t the talk for you – in this talk Claire embraces her imposter syndrome and shows you how to use it as a tool to help your own learning and self-development.

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March 18, 2021
16:30  -  17:00

Lean Coffee

Lean Coffee is a facilitated, but agenda-less meeting. Our participants gather, build an agenda of conversation-starting questions — and start discussing. Conversations are directed and productive because the agenda for the meeting was democratically selected. We do five-minute topic timeboxes, and then vote thumbs up or down if we want to continue for another five …

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March 18, 2021
15:15  -  15:45

Agile in a Time of Radical Uncertainty

Kara is a PhD candidate in the field of software engineering; this session is to discuss her findings so far in respect of the impact that radical uncertainty has had on agile organisations.
In an effort to foster a psychologically safe space to share, this session will not be recorded.

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March 18, 2021
16:30  -  17:00

Who’s the expert?

What defines a digital expert or leader? What are the character we embrace or overlook. In this session we will explore how digital leadership can be inclusive, rewarding and challenging. Digital leadership isn’t about who is at the table it’s also about reflecting on who isn’t and why.

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March 18, 2021
16:15  -  17:30

ACE: Powerful Feedback that’s Psychologically Safe

Feedback is a double-edged sword: it’s the key to team performance, but done badly it can destroy relationships, collaboration and performance. In this workshop I’ll introduce the “ACE” model for making feedback easier and safer. We’ll explore how to give ACE feedback, and how to run meetings in which people give Psychologically-Safe Feedback to each …

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March 18, 2021
17:30  -  18:15

Inclusion has to be Continuous

Inclusion has to be purposeful. Too often we only do inclusion whn onboarding or when an employee starts.  But if we want a truly diverse culture, we need to do inclusion through the whole lifecycle of an employee’s journey. In my talk, I am going to share the important things that we need to do as …

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March 19, 2021
13:00  -  13:30

Five Things I Wish I’d Known Sooner About Scaling Teams & Culture

In engineering, we (rightly) talk a lot about how to scale our systems and our infrastructure. Yet some of our very hardest challenges come when scaling the people side of things. How do you survive your team doubling, tripling or perhaps even a 10x growth in a short period of time? What does it take …

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March 18, 2021
14:15  -  14:45

Lightning Talks

There are five slots and each speaker has just five minutes to deliver fantastic content to support your Agile journey. As people sign up, we will update with the titles of each talk. It’s for any attendee who’d like to have a go on the day and share their successes with a crowd.

Han will be …

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March 19, 2021
14:15  -  14:45

Should ‘transformation’ really be a dirty word?

Can you tell the difference between the organisational transformation, change and evolution? Most people actually can’t, and yet I frequently see these words to be founded upon. This talk will explore the types of organisational change, how they relate to each other and help you understand the journeys we are on. We will also dive …

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March 19, 2021
14:15  -  14:45

OKRs: is this the Holy Grail for your company success?

What are OKRs? Is this some sort of improved KPIs? Are OKRs going to solve the problems of my organization? OKRs were created last century by the company Intel, but it was Google the one who made the OKRs concept worldwide famous. The system OKRs (Objectives and Key Results) has been the key for success …

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March 19, 2021
14:15  -  15:00

What have Gmail, Sony PlayStation and Facebook’s Like Button have in common?

If experimentation creates amazing, innovative products then why are so few people doing it? Perhaps it’s the elephant in the room – our natural fear of failure. Join Pete Weare for an interactive session where you will join in with live experimentation and learn how to introduce this creative technique into your team. We’ll be …

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March 19, 2021
15:15  -  15:45

Cynefin and Aporia Facilitated Discussion

Cynefin’s Disorder domain has changed to include Aporia – a state of puzzlement and doubt. It’s a timely adjustment to the sense-making framework.
Aporia is a state of mind which allows us to, as Chris Corrigan states, “[confront] paradoxes and situations that have no resolution, no precedent and no right way forward.”
Zhen Goh (Goh Shuzhen) says, “Aporia provides a safe …

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March 19, 2021
15:15  -  16:00

Scaling DevOps Panel

Agile is now 20 years old. But only for IT. Other parts of organizations are new to business agility or are skipping right to other movements like DevOps. The key question is: How do you scale company culture? We will ask questions of this great team of speakers who have worked with scaling frameworks and scaling …

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March 19, 2021
15:15  -  15:45

Agile Data Science – An Experience Report

This session will present learnings, patterns and anti-patterns that emerged during delivery of three large-scale data platforms for different customers over the last 18 months. It will cover strategy questions (e.g. understanding how “data science” maps to your market differentiators and core competencies), architectural considerations (e.g. the critical need to map back to the business …

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March 19, 2021
15:00  -  15:45

Inspect & Adapt or Deceive and React?

Inspect & Adapt. It’s easy. Right? We simply check what is going on and build a step-by-step plan how we are going to improve for our company and our customers. Leadership would be easy if it was that simple. We fall into traps over and try to justify our ‘bad’ decisions by declaring victory and …

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March 19, 2021
16:30  -  17:00

Fishbowl

A Fishbowl is a structured conversation where everyone has a chance to be a panelist and an audience member. In-person this is done by four seats, with always one empty as folks discuss a certain self-organized topic or theme. Only those sat in these speaker chairs can take part in the conversation. For a virtual …

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March 19, 2021
16:30  -  17:00

Don’t be fast and furious. Just be predictable!

Do you feel like you waste a lot of time for work, which is then cancelled? Do you tend to overpromise delivery dates? Kanban 2-phase commit concept helps to address both: issues with work planning and identifying work which will not eventually be completed – already at its beginning. Supported by Theory of Constraints it …

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March 19, 2021
16:30  -  17:00

How to leverage the power of the Internet of Things

This technology promise to increased productivity, greater efficiencies, newly tapped data streams and immediate cost savings via IoT implementations are compelling. And while these benefits are certainly intriguing, actually accomplishing them presents a legitimate challenge for many organizations. The reason for this is an Internet of Things strategy requires not only the incorporation of new …

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March 19, 2021
16:15  -  17:30

Techniques for effectively de-risking projects and products

Coming up with fit-for-purpose solutions can be difficult. Often, the project begins with a solution in the sponsor’s mind, and teams may not know why the idea is chosen. Sponsors/stakeholders are not engaged if the teams propose alternatives. This interactive and informative workshop introduces ‘Lightning Decision Jam’ as an approach that BAs can use to …

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Facilited Chat

A facilitated chat is one around a topic or two. Attendees are welcome to participate in the conversation and to just listen in. This will not be recorded, as will take place in the virtual interaction tool SpatialChat.

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Random Coffee

You are automatically put into groups of two or three just to network and get to know each other. This will not be recorded, as will take place in the virtual interaction tool SpatialChat.

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Topic Coffee

The opposite of Random Coffees. In this, our facilitator will present different topics in different corners of the room and you self-organise what you want to talk about. This will not be recorded, as will take place in the virtual interaction tool SpatialChat. You are free to move yourself among conversations and topics as you …

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