Stream Chairs

AgileAus19 Streams

AgileAus content will be organised into the following streams:

Closer to the customer

Despite the second principle of the Agile manifesto advising us to “Welcome change… Agile processes harness change for the customer’s competitive advantage,” many Agile teams fall into the trap of becoming rigid feature factories.

Have we neglected the ‘why’ that lies behind our efforts to become more adaptive in our approaches?

In a world where technology is replacing human interactions, businesses are often overlooking the importance of connecting with their users. We must move beyond the idea of designing products based on assumptions, and instead focus on delivering experiences with deep human connections to match the people who will be using them.

As organisations reach for the Agility brush to paint their organisational change, and as other disciplines and approaches are added to the mix, we would like to hear:


  • What are the best examples of true customer centricity?
  • What has worked to bring your customers competitive advantage?
  • What tools, methods and mindsets do you employ?
  • How do you ensure that a collaborative, Agile and unified team is well equipped to solve real customer problems?

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Leading change

Change is inevitable and everyone attending Agile Australia is leading change in some way whether it is in a small and everyday sense or at a larger scale.

In this stream, we are seeking:

  • Examples of leadership at any level.
  • Sessions to provoke our thinking and inspire us to lead.
  • Interesting examples of change from all types of organisations.

In all of these cases, we are interested in the lessons learnt and outcomes achieved – especially in the areas listed below:

  • How were/are supporters and resistors managed in the examples?
  • Was alignment and shared vision important to the outcome?
  • Is the adoption ‘sticky’ is it lasting and are there metrics to demonstrate this?
The fundamentals

Whether you are new to Agile or have been using the practices for many years, the fundamentals are the foundation of Agile ways of working. Using the four values and 12 principles of the Agile Manifesto as a base, the community has evolved a large catalogue of frameworks and practices, which can be a challenge to understand and navigate.

In this stream, we are seeking immersive and thought-provoking sessions that offer:

  • Clear interpretations of  fundamental Agile concepts, practices and disciplines.
  • Explanation of the key roles and role changes required in an Agile team and throughout the organisation.
  • Stories of Agile adoption that share the successes and failures from an individual and team level through to an organisational level.
  • Helpful advice, processes and patterns for approaching common organisational issues.

Sessions in this stream should provide a mental structure that can be built upon throughout the Conference, as well as tools and techniques that can be taken back to the workplace and immediately trialled.

The learning organisation

In today’s environment, the faster learner thrives. The learning organisation – which is not quite the same as an organisation where people learn –  is skilled at modifying its behavior and form to reflect new knowledge and exploit new insights. It’s a culture that learns from its mistakes, a culture that is curious, that asks questions of what we do today to find the answers for tomorrow.   One that looks both inwardly and outwardly to continually innovate and try new things. It’s one that has learned to coach itself and rewards people who take risks rather than punishing them, one that has created safety and trust.

Talks covering the following kinds of topics would be welcome:

  • How are you building a learning organisation into your organisation’s DNA?
  • How do you create the space for people to learn in your organisation?
  • What great stories of mistakes or failures leading to learning can you share for the edification of others?
  • Do you have tips and tricks for moving individual’s learning to organisational learning?
  • Do you publish your mistakes internally or externally? How do you do it? What results or outcomes has that produced?
  • Data: it’s the new black. How do you use data to help direct your organisation’s learning ability? What do you measure, and why? How has it contributed to growth or success?

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Towards technical excellence

In the spirit of the ‘seeking the Agile mindset’ theme, this stream seeks talks that highlight the evolution of the technology and technical practices that underpin the Agile delivery of software.

Talks should focus around themes like:

  • How can teams optimise the delivery of business value using technology?
  • What technologies and/or practices can help an  organisation learn to be more Agile, and learn to be “better”?
  • How can we use technology to simplify and/or streamline the development process to get to production more rapidly and deliver value sooner?
  • How has adopting Agile impacted your approach to architecture, design, and development  practices?
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