6 - 7 DECEMBER 2021 • SOFITEL MELBOURNE
Update on COVID-19
6 - 7 DECEMBER 2021 • SOFITEL MELBOURNE
From surviving to thriving: how I learnt to love Agile
Alicia Aitken, Head of Investment Management and Delivery, Group Strategy, ANZ
This is my story of learning to lead through change.
Digital Transformation: Why well-planned multi-year programs still fail! And what to do instead!
Venkatesh Arunachalam, Associate Director, VMware Tanzu Labs
Anu Pandey, Staff Consultant – Product Engineer/Manager, VMware
People Over Process
Adam Boas, Head of Delivery – Platform Services, MYOB
Perhaps process improvement and development methodologies are not what has made Agile such a success in improving outcomes for delivery teams and companies. Software, and ultimately business value for software company customers, is delivered by people. Those people are the most important factor in success for a product or a project. Not ideas, not tools, and certainly not processes. If this is true, perhaps we have been focusing on the wrong things – and changing the things we value and promote will deliver that increase in productivity that Agile promised – but for many companies, has failed.
Human values are mindblowing: What they are, why this matters, and how you can better harness and use them in life and work
Greta Bradman, Psychologist, Investor, Broadcaster & Wellbeing strategist
Following over a decade of research and practice, Greta shares the evidence-based “what” of values and gives you a front row seat to her process developed across countless values sessions with commercial companies, nfps, family offices, executives and clinical clients. Gain new insights and ‘how to-s’ around values and actioning them in decision making both as an individual and within the organisation. Information relevant for people leaders interested in leveling up people and culture, and for those asking the omnipotent questions of “I’ve parted ways with my authentic self and I want to find my way back!” and “I want to let go of other people’s ‘shoulds’ and do more with my one awesome life”.
Agile coaching – then, now & next
Moderated by Sue Hogg, Program Delivery Consultant, Department of Customer Service for NSW, NSW Department of Customer Service
The Agile Manifesto emerged 20 years ago, and Lyssa Adkins’ foundational text Coaching Agile Teams: A Companion for ScrumMasters, Agile Coaches, and Project Manager in Transition was published 10 years ago. What was Agile coaching like then? Where is it at now and how can we shape the practice into the future?
Join us for a panel with Chris Chan, Jon Gedge, Katrina Kolt and Alexandra Stokes who are paving the path for this profession and the vital role it plays in helping organisations succeed.
Lessons on gaining exec buy-in from a CxO
Michael Fagan, Chief Transformation Officer, Village Roadshow
This talk won’t tell you “how to Agile”, but rather shine some light on how to make Agile relevant and sticky in the C-suite!
For some background, Michael Fagan was previously CTO for Kmart group and drove a rapid adoption to AWS cloud certification for 100% of technology alongside a transformation to a scaled Agile way of working.
The Perspective Talk
Ben Crowe, Professional Mentor & Leadership Coach at MojoCrowe
*If you play, have fun and compete… you’re an athlete!
The biggest failure of my IT career
Anna Fiofilova, Engineering Manager, Square/Cash App
The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Lean-Agile Leaders
Em Campbell-Pretty, Managing Director, Pretty Agile
So what are the habits of effective Lean-Agile leaders? Join this session to explore the habits of effective Lean-Agile leaders, their origins in Lean/TPS/Japan and their application in today’s world.
Adrian Fittolani, Head of Engineering & Delivery, Kmart
To me, this is completely reasonable and points at this moment as a critical one in the history of the movement. 20 years after Snowbird, it falls to us to show that what we have built is more than a flim-flam show.
It might be that your house is in order and performing, but you can’t find the words or evidence. It might be that you really need to shape up. One thing’s certain though, barking words like “trust the teams” and “micro-management blah blah” alone will not (and should not) cut it.
- What kind of an Agile environment do you have?
- How does it operate?
- How effective is it?
- Why is it better than other ways of managing software delivery?
If you think you might struggle with these questions in a conversation with your CEO, Founder or investors then ask yourself another question.
- How can I reasonably continue asking them to fund this system?
In this talk, I will share the 10 most useful tools and models (conceptual, statistical and visual) I have found over the last 15 years, for analysing Agile team environments and explaining them to others. Some I have borrowed, some I have built.
I don’t promise proof that Agile is a silver bullet for all industries’ problems, but I might be able to arm you with some devices and words that are helpful in explaining WTF we are all on about!
By the time we’re done, I believe you’ll have some useful new tools (and maybe even some new ideas) that you can use in your own work, to keep the Agile dream healthy and alive.
Governing with Agility
Phil Gadzinski, Global Head of CoEs, Bupa
Tony Ponton, Principal Consultant, Elabor8
As the ongoing impact of COVID-19 continues to emerge, organisations with Agile teams are among the best-positioned to succeed, given their ability to adapt to a rapidly changing business environment. With organisations focused on their ability to maintain profitability and survive, effectiveness and efficiency counts greatly. However, to sustain the effectiveness of their Agile teams, leaders must now overcome a new challenge. We need to collectively modernise how we govern our work for both the next normal and a sustained remote working context. “There ain’t no going back….”
Attend this interactive talk to learn:
- The compelling need for Agility in governance
- To traditional governance everything looks like a nail
- What is Agile governance?
- Transitioning from onsite to remote governance
- Overview of the “Guiding Hand of Governance”:
- Organisational Transparency
- Work Patterns
- Data based Decisioning
- Humanistic Leadership
- Deep Dive into Agile leadership
- The Thumb – The Digital Obeya – tying it all together
- Agile Works
- The future of remote work – why it’s here to stay!
Empowering your teams through technology product ownership
Sarah Goldring, Director, IDEAology Consulting
Stephanie Stevenson, Head of Technology Production and Services, IAG
Attend this talk to hear how to make it easier when dealing with a highly complex tech estate, aging technology, having to do more with less, and needing the customer to be at the center of everything we do.
Bringing Purpose to Life with OKRs
Ben Hogan, Consultant, Coach and Trainer, AgileBen
In this talk Ben shares his experiences from introducing OKRs across 100 teams in a 1200 person publicly listed organisation in Berlin. He will share his hard-won lessons of what not to do, and outline a low risk way to evaluate OKRs in your organisation. Join this Circle to learn about getting executives onboard, learn why cascading OKRs can be a mistake, learn how to set up an OKR champions and training program and more.
Navigating human psychology for better business agility
Andrew Hobday, Principal, Technology Enablement, IAG
Achieving real agility and beyond, involves understanding how the human mind works, and the interplay it has with agility’s critical elements. A key part of this is recognising human biases in action, and having ways to overcome them.
Through his study and experience across human psychology and business agility, Andrew connects these two worlds for the audience, bringing them to life with relatable examples and stories. Human biases are explained and linked back to a practical model for business agility. Real-life strategies are discussed for disrupting and overcoming these human biases in ourselves and others.
For anyone looking for what can be done on an individual, team or organisational basis to take agility beyond the usual limits of the human mind, this is the session.
Key takeaways include:
- Understanding the link between business agility and human psychology
- Examples of how specific human biases undermine agility transformations and uplifts
- Practical solutions to apply when overcoming the challenges of reaching agility and beyond
Trail-BLAZING Enterprise Agility at Bankwest
Sonia Knox, Executive Manager Agility and Ways of Working Bankwest
For those interested in Agile at scale transformations this session will provide an overview of the Bankwest Transformation journey itself, including pivots and adjustments along the way, the key models implemented and priority focus areas that taught over 1000 people a new way of working and the lessons learned including key Enterprise Agile model data points that guided iteration and improvement to continually evolve and simplify how we create even better experiences for our customers.
Measuring enterprise agility and leadership through organisational psychology
This talk with enterprise Agile coaches Matthew Hodgson and Mia Horrigan will give you a playbook to truly measure and predict agility based on a data modelling approach:
- The empirical evidence and data on what makes an enterprise Agile
- How you measure an Agile culture from an organisational psychology perspective
- The antecedents of Agile leadership
- How to grow and sustain an Agile culture across the enterprise
Climate Change is the biggest problem that we have to solve, what can the tech community do?
Eytan Lenko, Chairperson, Beyond Zero Emissions
When Agile is a stranger… Applying Agile to develop digital products in the construction sector
Pearl Li Ng, Digital Manager, Aurecon Creative Technology
Exploring future wellbeing
Strategy and Agile: BFF or Mortal Enemies?
Helen MacQueen, Head of Strategy & Delivery, Technology, Engineering and Data, Coles
Outgrowing the PO role @ Spotify
Brendan Marsh, Agile, Product & Organisational Coach @ Organa
My Big Fat Agile Wedding
Lucy Munanto, Business Analyst & Delivery Practice Lead, Lexicon Digital
Tech for people, not users, and the role of human rights in technology
Lizzie O’Shea, Lawyer, writer & digital rights advocate
Can we really be Agile while working remotely?
Dipesh Pala, Agile Capability Leader – Asia Pacific, IBM
Drawing upon more than a decade of working with remote teams, Dipesh explores these notions and provides clear guidelines, organised around seven key areas that will be useful for any organisation wanting to unleash the full potential of their remote teams. If you are an Executive or a Leader of Agile teams working remotely, this session will provide clear implications for where to focus your efforts to create a collaborative environment, in which every team member can thrive.
Open Universities Australia gets educated… in Agile WoW!
If you’ve worked in a Contact Centre, or know someone who does, you’d know the daily struggles they face. Staff with stiff targets, trying to get a ‘sale at any cost’, often ignoring the real needs of their customers.
Yes. Well-defined procedures, good Knowledge Management, Telephony and Customer Relationship Management systems may exist. Yet, the ‘traditional’ approaches often create ‘micromanaged’ environments of frustrated leaders and staff. Most teams yearn for a better work culture, that could make it easier for them to provide a better Customer Xperience!
In this engaging and thought-provoking presentation, Anand and David tell the story of the journey of the Student Advisory team at Open Universities Australia (OUA). They share how the team successfully transformed its culture by embedding an Agile mindset, which led to:
- Continuous learning, unlearning, and adapting v/s traditional approaches
- Simplified sub-systems across recruitment, remuneration, IT projects, etc.
- Highly empowered leadership, team engagement and collaboration
- Improved Customer Experience, Employee Experience and Financial Results, turning around a 5-year decline into 3+ years of new student growth
They had many challenges along the way (and still have a few!). But, the team has found a better WoW (Way of Working) and continues to raise the bar in their ongoing journey. As Anand shares his leadership vision and David shares his 360-degree experience of starting out as a Student Advisor, became a Team Leader and is now an amazing Agile Coach, we hope you’ll gain a few good ideas to help you in your own journey.
From legacy to legendary
Chris Rock, Acting Assistant Commissioner, EST Indirect Tax, Enterprise Tax & Super Systems, ATO
Introduction to Machine Learning
Jack Rust, Product Manager, PaperCut
No experience with Machine Learning, Software Development, or Maths is required! We’ll learn what Artificial Neural Networks are, how they work, and the importance of good data.
By the end of the session, you should feel confident enough with the inner workings of Artificial Neural Networks to recognise opportunities for their use, identify risks in implementation, and bore friends and family at your next BBQ.
Hooked! Connect, Engage and Inspire with Storytelling
Yamini Naidu CSP, Business storyteller
Business storytelling is storytelling with a purpose and for results. Whatever you are trying to do in business – leading people, managing change, or building your career – storytelling can help you do it better…that’s a guarantee.
In this power packed session you will:
- Discover business storytelling
- Explore the use of storytelling
- Identify storytelling applications in your context
Things that matter
Stephen Parnis, Consultant Emergency Physician
Agility at a new level in the post-COVID world
Bernard Salt, Columnist, speaker, business advisor and media commentator
Accelerate Test Automation with smarter solutions in today’s Agile/DevOps environment
Ramanandh Sankaralingam, Chief Technologist – DevOps & IT Operations Management at Micro Focus
- Adopt a Continuous testing approach to eradicate testing bottlenecks and thereby speeding application delivery.
- Leverage Artificial Intelligence to reduce test creation time, boost test coverage, increase resiliency of testing assets, and cut down on test maintenance efforts.
- Enhance Software quality with a Shift Left & Model based testing approach.
More coming soon!
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