Initially we are asking for submissions to fit into eleven content buckets listed below. These make up the wishlist the advisors and chairs have come up with of the topics we would like to see reflected in the program. When it comes to planning the program, we may group “buckets” into broader “streams”. There will most likely be only 4 concurrent streams during the two day conference.


You know the basics and have been doing Agile for a while. You are now ready for your next stage of learning. The Advanced Agility stream is dedicated to professionals seeking deeper insights, tricks of the trade and answers for wicked problems.

Chair: Renee Troughton


What does it take to build the right thing as well as building it right? How do you engage with your customers to make something they truly value and which will create value for your organisation?

We’re looking for real stories of how products are developed in the real world; what worked and what didn’t. Tell us how you decided what to build, how it was received and what you learned. What tools have you used to develop products, what changes have you made to your organisation and what have been the results.

Chair: Andy Kelk


“Culture eats strategy for breakfast” an oft repeated quote by Peter Drucker, meaning that an organisation’s culture would trump any attempt to implement a strategy that is incompatible to it’s culture. As we move toward becoming an Agile country, what are the signs and workings of a compatible organisational culture? What ideas and approaches can succeed in organisations with cultures that are opposed to concepts such as; self organising teams, safe to fail, and dealing with ambiguity? Can culture be changed and can agile adoption influence culture change?

Chair: Alexandra Stokes


Enterprise Agility is the ability for organisations to both create and respond to change in a turbulent business environment. It does this through organisational culture and structure that facilitates the change based on the context and requires a learning mindset based on lean and agile to drive innovation.

If you have been involved in, or led an organisation and moved the needle towards an agile enterprise, we would love you to share your experiences and learnings – both the good and the bad that will inspire others to transform their own organisations to benefit not only them – but our “Agile Country”.

Chairs: Chris Chan, Sandy Mamoli


According to the Lean Enterprise Institute, ‘The core idea is to maximize customer value while minimizing waste. Simply, lean means creating more value for customers with fewer resources.’

Lean is commonly misunderstood to be only applicable to manufacturing or only focussed on cost reduction. We are looking for examples, lessons and practical advice for using lean in many different facets of organisations. Your submissions will inspire people to adopt lean thinking and start trying the ideas you share with them as soon as they get back into the workplace.

Chair: Kim Ballestrin


Robert Greenleaf who developed the theory of Servant Leadership asked “Servant and leader – can these two roles be fused on one real person, in all levels of status or calling? If so can that person live and be productive in the real world or of the present?”

For many it is a major change from the traditional role of manager to that of ‘Supportive’ or ‘Servant’ leader. This change may or may not have been easy we would like you to share your insights.

Have you been or seen a leader that has helped drive a successful agile change initiative, What were the steps? What were the missteps? What did you learn? What would you do differently? What changes to the culture and systems and leadership made all the difference?

Chair: James Ross


The first value statement in the Agile manifesto is “Individuals and Interactions over Processes and Tools”. Half of the value statements and most the principles are about people. Let’s talk about people; their differences and similarities, how they work together effectively? How do you continue to motivate teams and individuals to unleash their full potential?

Explore how Agile-inspired people and organisations are creating cultures, nurturing individuals, and building teams (in Australia and across the globe) to create people-oriented organisations. This stream features innovative ideas in addition to tricks, tips, and proven methods that inspire and help people and organisations to ‘be Agile’ rather than just ‘do Agile’.

Chair: Dipesh Pala


Human centricity is critical when designing for an age where customers are increasingly demanding and informed. How do you embrace a human centred mindset when designing, that will keep your customers at the heart of your organisation? We are looking for stories that highlight the importance of mindset in design, and ways in which curiosity, courage and collaboration can apply the secret sauce to user experience design.

Chair: Ben Melbourne


The Agile Manifesto favors Working Software, but it doesn’t say where the software needs to be working. There has been a problem in recent years with software bloat, risky changes, “works on my machine” syndrome, and delayed or canceled deployments – meaning customers were not receiving the value in the working software.

The Agile Engineering Mindset seeks to solve this issue, and get working software to customers in the most efficient way possible. How did Agile allow the engineering team to get working software to the customer. Did you adopt DevOps? Changed process or tooling? Got the business units to understand and buy into continuous deployments? Tell us your story. Share your tooling, code and secret sauce to sane, fast, continuous delivery of working software.

Chair: Ted Tencza


Almost everyone interested in Agile are familiar with the 4 values espoused in the Agile Manifesto, but not many are conversant with the 12 principles that underpin them. In a break from a basic stream that teaches Agile 101 we have decided to run a stream that will have 16 talks, each tackling one of the Agile principles or value. This is a great way for people just new to Agile to understand each principle and value in isolation but also for experienced practitioners to get an insight into what makes each insight valuable.
Revisit the Agile Manifesto here.

Chair: Michael Rembach


We know that agilists favour people over tools and process, however two decades of evolution in agile adoptions have berthed a myriad of tools and tricks in our community, that help in various aspects of the agile journey. This stream will be strongly technique focussed, It may include collaborative tools – retrospectives; standups; process tools – inception workshops; innovation games; timeboxing; kanban; thinking frameworks – design thinking; lean. Whatever the flavour, we are interested in providing the freshest and best tools for the toolbox.

Chair: Nish Mahanty