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.
Agile Transformation: The best way to waste millions of dollars… and what to do instead 😉
Venkatesh Arunachalam, Associate Director, VMware Tanzu Labs Sydney
Amjad Sidqi, Director of VMware Tanzu Labs Sydney
Accelerate Test Automation with smarter solutions in today’s Agile/DevOps environment
Bharath Benoit, Solution Architect, Micro Focus; Certified SAFe® Agilist (Master Level Certification)
These capabilities will enable teams using our solution to reduce test creation time, boost test coverage, increase resiliency of testing assets, and cut down on test maintenance efforts.
In this talk, Bharath Benoit will showcase how Micro Focus’s UFT One Solution
- Uses computer vision to identify the different elements the same way a human does and not the traditional way of ‘underlying identifiers’
- Uses Neural Network that will understand the element and take decision how to interact and manipulate with Natural Language Processing capabilities, so tests can be written in a very simple way, almost like plain English!
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.
Staying mentally Agile in a rapidly changing world
Grant Blashki, Lead Clinical Advisor, Beyond Blue
Moving Beyond Agility – co-creating new realities
Alison Cameron, Co-founder, Adaptive Cultures
The problems Agile has attempted to solve are built into retrogressive ways of working and thinking given rise to by worldviews entrenched in many of our political, economic and social systems and which expand well beyond our organisations.
New ways of working, without addressing these worldviews can only take us so far. The need of the moment is to reimagine and co-create a more compassionate and sustainable future world for our families, communities, organisations and societies.
Moving beyond agility invites us to reimagine our ways of thinking, relating and constructing reality.
Join Alison as she invites us to explore what might be possible as we embrace and move beyond agility into a fuller and more sustainable realisation of human potential through regenerative design, systems awareness, considered action and deep transformation.
Agile coaching – then, now & next
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 biggest failure of my IT career
Anna Fiofilova, Engineering Manager, MYOB Australia
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 Technology, Target Australia
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!
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.
Re-imagining agility for inclusion and equity
Mark Green, Founder, diliberate
- Could take innovation to the next level?
- Discovered a new way to grow companies in an era of low growth?
- Created products and services EVERYONE loved?
- Had more people enjoying their work and workplaces?
- Achieved more positive contributions from everyone at work?
- Created more job opportunities for more people?
- Were a major driver in making the world a better place?
Does this sound awesome but unrealistic? Let’s discover how it could become a reality together through the power of inclusion and equity. You’ll learn how by applying a people-centric approach to re-examine Agile, its culture and practices with a mindset of inclusion and equity, we can unlock the next-gen of agility. Evidence and future thinking shows that this is not just a socially-progressive approach, but it is likely to become a must-do for organisations to thrive in the future. You’ll gain an understanding where we are falling short today and what you can do.
This talk will challenge you. Take you on a journey from sadness and anger to ultimately feel hope and excitement for the future, to want to get started to make a change.
Navigating human psychology for better business agility
Andrew Hobday, Digital Execution Excellence, 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
Mark Payne, Executive Manager Enterprise Ways of Working CBA
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.
Agile Practice Umbrella
Rashina Hoda, Associate Dean (Academic Development), Information Technology, Monash University
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
Challenges in Combating Loneliness Beyond COVID
Dr Michelle H Lim, Senior Lecturer in Clinical Psychology, Swinburne University
In this talk, she will speak about what could help people maintain meaningful social connection despite being physically apart.
Exploring future wellbeing
Strategy and Agile: BFF or Mortal Enemies?
Helen MacQueen, Head of Strategy & Delivery, Technology, Engineering and Data, Coles
My Big Fat Agile Wedding
Lucy Munanto, Business Analyst & Delivery Practice Lead, Lexicon Digital
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.
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
Design Thinking for non-designers
Lital Sherman, Head of Experience Design, PageUp
If Design Thinking is so powerful, why do only designers use it in so many organisations? Shouldn’t leaders in other parts of our businesses adopt this method to improve their team’s results and culture?
In my talk, I would argue that Design Thinking is NOT a designers only tool, it should not be owned by the design team, as every single one of us can benefit from using this approach. It allows non-designers to use creative tools to address a vast range of challenges in a creative and innovative way – whether it’s in our products, our teams, our business processes, or even in our personal lives. I will share my story and my experience as the Head of Design at PageUp going through the challenge of implementing a human-centric approach across the organisation; the successes, the failures and most importantly, the learnings.
Agile Learning Design
Peter Thomas, Director, HaileyburyX
Indigenous knowledge for better ways of working
Tyson Yunkaporta, Senior Lecturer, Indigenous Knowledges, Deakin University
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