Ali Walker
Ali Walker

Digital Transformation: Why well-planned multi-year programs still fail! And what to do instead!

Venkatesh Arunachalam, Associate Director, VMware Tanzu Labs ANZ

Anu Pandey, Staff Consultant – Product Engineer/Manager, VMware

Sponsored session

In this talk, we’ll describe the path to stay clear of the common pitfalls and roadblocks and show you the simple, no-nonsense, buzzword-free way to build great software that delivers value without embarking on a massive program of work.
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Digital transformation is often a multi-year and multi-million-dollar journey for large enterprises. Adopting the ‘Agile way’ is no longer a question; it’s the norm. At Tanzu Labs, we recently concluded an engagement, where we advised a large Australian organisation against following their program plan. The transformation program had a valid business objective and the support of its executives. When we partnered with the customer, the program was already three years into its journey. Projects got delivered on time with cutting edge technologies, modern programming languages, and teams with the right skills. How did the organisation still end up sinking millions of dollars without any return on investment? What went wrong in the middle? How did the right objectives yield poor results?
Benjamin Chee

Making deliberate organisational culture choices and allowing Agile to emerge

Dave Bales, Enterprise Agile Coach, AgileMe

This talk takes an industrial and academic perspective with anecdotal case studies over the past 14 years working as an Agile coach, along with current academic trends to investigate how we might make deliberate culture choices to embody Agile values and principles, and enable emergent Agile practices that are more sustainable for the long term.
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Industry and academia alike are focusing on the wrong things! We see Agile practices, frameworks and models as tangible interpretations of what Agile is, but it is the human interactions at the heart of it all. From 70 academic papers selected between 2020-21 concerning Agile transition, 45% of them cited organisational culture as being a major, if not the main, influencer of the success or failure of an Agile transition, but only 7% of them actually investigated further. So it seems that we are aware of the impact that organisational culture has, but there isn’t much literature about what organisational culture is, let alone how we can influence it with respect to Agile transition.
Benjamin Chee

Essential SAFe: The Ten Critical Success Factors

Em Campbell-Pretty, Managing Director, Pretty Agile

Interactive session
SAFe has proven to scale in many situations, however, with such an extensive framework, the question becomes: how closely does an organisation need to follow various SAFe practices to get the desired result?
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In this session, SAFe Fellow Em Campbell-Pretty will share the ten critical success factors for getting started (and sustaining success) with SAFe Agile Release Trains (ARTs). Participants will be guided through a self-diagnostic to help them determine if their organisation might benefit from forming an ART or in the case of existing ARTs, diagnose implementation problems. Participants will leave this session with a completed diagnostic and some self-generated action items.
Damien Cave

Risk, Community and a Courageous Australia

Damien Cave, Australia Bureau Chief, The New York Times

Damien Cave has covered wars and natural disasters but Australia pushed him out of his comfort zone and taught him that there are lessons for life (and the world) in what Australians do well.
Annabel Crabb

How impossible becomes possible

How can we find opportunity in a crisis – and revolutionise the way we live and work to achieve gender equality and a fairer society? Come along to this talk to find out!
Benjamin Chee

Adaptability in the fog of war: How the history of warfare reflects modern-day Agility

Benjamin Chee, Staff Editor & Designer, Dan Verssen Games

With reference to historical case studies including Pearl Harbor and Midway, and legendary commanders from Clausewitz and Napoleon to Nimitz and Patton, this talk will be presented by a former army officer and current wargame designer (as well as active Agile practitioner) to illustrate how armed forces through the ages have adapted and evolved methods of strategic planning as well as mission execution in a highly adaptable fashion, long “before Agile was Agile”.
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The armed forces often have a reputation and are guilty of being the most bureaucratic organisations. Yet centuries of history from ancient times through to the modern day have repeatedly demonstrated how the best military leaders and warfighters, by focusing on people and teamwork at every level from the squad to the strategic, have achieved mission success using Agile-like patterns and principles which disproves their organisational inertia and impediments.
Benjamin Chee

Hardwired for connection

Zoë Coyle, Founder and Director, Pilot Light

In this keynote, renowned leadership facilitator Zoë Coyle will unpack this heart centered topic, drawing from the research of Dr Brené Brown, Martin Seligman, Shawn Achor and others.
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What is it to be in connection with ourselves and to others? How do we foster self-awareness, seek out our shadow spots and why is it important to do so? As a species, we are hardwired for connection, it gives our lives meaning and purpose, yet many of us struggle to cultivate authentic, un-armored and nourishing connections.

She will discuss mirror neurons, the attributes of empathy, nurturing optimism and the benefits of choosing a mindset of generosity.

Discover the liberation, empowerment and health benefits of dropping the veil and being in true connection to yourself and others.

Benjamin Chee

Traps to avoid in Agile: lessons from Squid Game

Ben Crothers, Principal Facilitator, Bright Pilots HQ

Join long-time Agile practitioner, facilitator and trainer Ben Crothers, as we take a light-hearted look at some very serious traps when taking on the Agile mindset and methods: how to detect them, and how to avoid them.
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Red light! Green light! A fun children’s game can become an instrument of terror in the wrong hands, like on Squid Game, the hit Netflix series. And just like Squid Game, Agile in the wrong hands can wreak terror, confusion, and hard-to-remove tracksuit stains on an unsuspecting team.

Ben will share some hard-won insights that are great for those fairly new to Agile, or helping their organisation to adopt Agile practices, plus some practical diagnostic questions to use in your own team, so that your Agile hopes won’t be… eliminated.

Ali Walker
Catherine Drury

Using Agile to spearhead change in the healthcare industry

Adri de Vleeschauwer, Business Advisory Chapter Lead

Catherine Drury, Agile Coach, Roche

Healthcare is changing rapidly, even more so now in the time of a pandemic. But how does an organisation like Swiss biotech, Roche, get ahead of the game and be the change maker? They take the unprecedented and bold move to be the first in the biotech industry to go Agile.
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Join Cat and Adri from Roche Australia as they share the unique way the Australian arm of the business has transformed including a new approach to business planning, customer engagement, organisational structure and ways of working. They’ll share the journey so far, their inspiration, their learnings and the positive impact already being experienced with partners for Australian patients.
Benjamin Chee

Little changes, big impact. This is the story of a little telco, with a big heart.

Denisse Dimatatac, Head of Delivery

This is the story of the changes amaysim has made to keep human connection alive throughout the turbulent last 2 years of COVID, M&A and remote working and the surprising impact these changes continue to deliver.
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Attend this talk to learn some strategies on building connection:
Lesson 1. Focus on making communication fun and safe
Lesson 2. If the business is in flux, prioritise providing clarity and establishing certainty.
Lesson 3. Stay curious. Lean into innovation and learning.
Lesson 4: Be human and show that you care.
Benjamin Chee

What matters most is NOT maximising private profit… but it is why the corporate elite turned to Agile

Keith Dodds, Author and organiser

“Corporate Agility” is now the new black, championed by strategy firms, management consultancies, even boards and the occasional Prime Minister. This talk explores how that happened, why it often goes wrong, its impact on the Agile movement and proposes concrete, challenging alternatives.
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Most attendees at an Agile Conference would agree: your most meaningful purpose in life is NOT maximising corporate profits. Yet, over time, Agile practices gained significant management buy-in primarily on the prospect of faster and more reliable increases in profit margins. (Naturally, this rather blunt commercial goal is often disguised in purpose-washing language). In an increasingly digital world, Agile adoption and digital transformations often ran together.
Geoffrey Dunn

Making a medical product with Agile

Geoffrey Dunn, Lead Systems Test Engineer, ResMed

Every Agile journey is unique with its own mix of challenges and successes. ResMed’s Agile journey had plenty: false starts where Agile ideas just didn’t stick, shifts in team culture to embrace new and “risky” ideas, and lessons in conflict resolution to enable true open collaboration.
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Geoffrey Dunn will share how his team trail blazed Agile development for medical devices, established tools and practices to cope with the regulations and documentation demands, and made some difficult transitions to becoming a self-organised team.
Benjamin Chee

How to thrive in this new remote world – a software engineer’s perspective

Rhoda Esquivel, Founder, Woolfie

It’s possible for everyone in your team to love their work and be happy, even remotely! This is the story of my experiences — the ups and the downs — as an engineer in a remote Agile team.
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If you’re a team member working in an Agile environment, you’ll find that many of these challenges are familiar. Learn how you, too, can not only survive, but thrive, and improve your ways of working remotely.
Benjamin Chee

Dancing with a brain tumour; how an Agile growth mindset, Cynefin and sprint planning helped me dance to a new tune

Rebecca Gordon, Director, Services Australia

Life can change in a minute and knowing what steps you can take to work with change can help immensely.
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Rebecca Gordon has had 20+ years driving transformational programmes and government projects and has taken what she’s learned to guide herself through her own personal project.

Rebecca will share the story of what happened following her diagnosis and the reflective journey it forced her to take.

Benjamin Chee

Leading the self-managing team

Find out why sharing leadership is good for teams and how to make it happen. It’s probably happening anyway, so why not get more of the good stuff?
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Agile is how we work in the 21st Century. How about some 21st Century leadership? Most leadership styles have a single leader providing guidance down to their followers. This doesn’t make sense for a cross-functional team where collaboration is paramount. We now know that teams, where leadership is shared (where there is more than one person providing leadership), perform better than teams with a single leader.

This is a very new area of understanding for teams and reflects how organisations are starting to work in the 21st Century. It also helps us understand how self-organising and self-managing teams work and can work better. This will be an interesting 20 minutes where we can explore individuals interacting. It will be engaging, dad jokes galore, some opinion, well lots of opinion, and be totally worth attending.

Ali Walker
Ali Walker

Measuring enterprise agility and leadership through organisational psychology

Matthew Hodgson, CEO and Executive Agile Coach

Mia Horrigan, Enterprise Agile Coach and Partner for Digital Transformation, Program and Services Delivery, Zen Ex Machina

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.
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Numerous industry surveys have shown organisations receive a number of benefits from being Agile – improved ability to pivot, reduced costs, and improved delivery effectiveness. Unfortunately, the collection and analysis of empirical evidence is rarely conducted. Without robust empirical measures, many turn to the symbols they can see – measuring velocity, team happiness, and getting teams to “self-assess” their capability. While useful, self-assessments and surveys provide only a snapshot of what agile teams have done in the past. What, though, is needed to accurately predict the behaviours that will take Agile teams and programs to the next level?

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.
Kevin Loong

Dr Seuss Super Coach

Lightning talk

This lightning talk is aimed at everyone who wants to gain a fun and different perspective on what is important when working with Agile teams.
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In this lightning talk, we will explore some of Dr Seuss’ most loved books and find deep meaningful connections to Agile. From titles such as ‘Green Eggs and Ham’ and ‘Horton Hears a Who’, we look beyond the rhyme and riddle, and listen to the messages that echo the core Agile principles that are vital to the success of any team.
Kevin Loong

Climate change doesn’t cause bushfires – leadership does

In a world full of experts and achievers, how can we build the leadership mindset that has a real impact on the world?
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After almost 20 years of working in tech and then product, Marina realised that the organisations that succeed aren’t actually focused on the product or technology – the most successful companies are the ones that get leadership and culture right. So how do we do that?

In this talk, she’ll explore how stages of leadership development play out in Agile teams, product portfolios, and across the C-Suite, and you’ll walk away with tools to raise the level of awareness and impact of everyone you work with. As we climb the “stage ladder” we open up the capacity to solve bigger problems for our customers and our communities – and collectively, we can create a better world.

Paru Madhavan

Agile and the Art of Winemaking

Paru Madhavan, Practice Lead, ELMO Cloud HR & Payroll

Winemaking and Agile — what an odd pairing! Or is it?
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Viticulturists and winemakers have been creating products that people love, long before Agile methodologies were documented and practised. They have successfully honed in on what matters most when it comes to their craft.

Join Paru and find out what a modern Agilist can learn from a career detour into the centuries-old world of winemaking.

Paru Madhavan

The most fun way to enhance team dexterity

Mike Mallete, Agile Coach & Psychology Nerd

Interactive session
In this workshop, we will do the silliest and most fun games that you can bring to your teams. And sneakily, enhance their team dexterity in the process.
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A dexterous team performs with ease. More so during the most uncertain of situations. It achieves this by maximising everything its members have got to offer. All available knowledge, skills, and experience. Surfacing and balancing appropriate responses from its members. With no perceptible internal friction.

What if I told you can enhance your team’s dexterity through playing games?

Improv teams are among the most dexterous teams in the world. And the secret formula is Improv games. Improv games have been around since the ’40s. Producing the most dexterous (and funniest) teams in the world for decades.

Paru Madhavan

Sustainable transformation – where to from here?

Cherie Mylordis, Business transformation expert and leadership coach

Every organisation must rethink, reframe and realign to meet the evolving needs of its people.
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We’re transitioning from crisis and uncertainty through ‘the great resignation’ and into a new stage of life. At this major punctuation point, the old rules and familiar playbooks have been cast aside. Transformation and leadership coach, Cherie Mylordis, offers insights, tips and a model for sustainable change.
Paru Madhavan

Can we really be Agile while working remotely?

Dipesh Pala, Agile Capability Leader – Asia Pacific, IBM

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.
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Are the Agile values and principles from the 20-year-old Agile Manifesto still conducive to today’s remote ways of working?

We need to recognise that while new technologies bring some consolation for overcoming the challenges of remote working, the real secret to success is hidden in the cultural shift. The highest performing teams have one thing in common – psychological safety. Leaders who focus on providing psychological safety in a remote workforce culture are helping their employees be the best versions of themselves, both physically and mentally.

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.

John Westgarth

Increasing the research sector’s impact through Agile

John Westgarth, Agile Coach, Food Agility

Australia is ranked 7th in the OECD for quality of research, but 29th (out of 30) for utilisation of that research. This means that the $31.2 billion (2015) we spend annually on research and development is not being used to its full potential.
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Food Agility is a government-backed CRC with a mandate to adapt Agile methods to unlock the potential of Australia’s agrifood research sector.

This talk will focus on the successes and challenges of adapting Agile to an academic research environment. How the combination of design-thinking, lean startup and Agile can be used to inform impactful research, and talk to how they have addressed cultural barriers to change.

John Westgarth

Putting the resilience back into resilience: leading in a challenged world

Michael Cavanagh, Deputy Director of the Coaching Psychology Unit, The University of Sydney

Despite being touted as a cure for many of the problems facing organisations in an increasingly challenged business landscape, resilience programs are failing to deliver on their promises.
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Resilience is typically seen as a personal characteristic – one that is largely psychological. Yet despite significant investment in supporting psychological resilience, people are burning out at higher rates, and we are now witnessing what has been called the “great resignation”. In this interactive session, Dr Michael Cavanagh will explore why our current models of resilience are not helping us. He will offer an alternative approach and discuss how this might be incorporated in organisations as a key part of the leadership agenda.
Chris Rock

From Legacy to Legendary

Chris Rock, Acting Assistant Commissioner, EST Indirect Tax, Enterprise Tax & Super Systems, ATO

Come along to this talk hear a reflection of the ATO’s transformational journey from a 30+ year old legacy mainframe accounting solution to a contemporary enterprise platform and how this enabled the ATO to deliver the Federal Government’s Stimulus agenda.
Paru Madhavan

What matters most when a large organisation embarks on a “Customer Obsessed Transformation journey” – Doing Agile in disguise

Sheena Saigal, Portfolio Delivery Manager, eCommerce, Coles

It doesn’t matter how strong your opinions are. If you don’t use your power for positive change, you are indeed a part of the problem” – Coretta Scott King
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In this talk, Sheena Saigal will share the building of an Agile culture of learning and experimentation in the eCommerce team. She will narrate the story of her team’s journey of creating and advancing a culture of learning and experimentation from top down, providing some active examples of pitfalls, learnings, ways the team responded to failure, how the teams are empowered to take risks and what effective techniques to use when engaging people – both supporters and resistors in Agile ways of thinking and working than just coaching the theoretical principles. The essence of this talk is sharing the story with the audience of the exciting transformation journey and the importance of done rather than being perfect!

Who should attend – transformation enthusiasts, Agile coaches, Scrum Masters, Project Managers, Product Managers and anyone who is an Agile enthusiast!

Ali Walker
Ali Walker

Shifting the blame game between business & IT to a shared accountability Tribe model

Guido Swinkels, Agile Coach

Natalie Ramantanis, Tribe Lead, ING Australia

As a Digital bank at ING, they have made it simple “Shifting the blame game between business and IT to a shared accountability.”
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Technology is increasingly important and becoming the core of most business functions, yet in many cases, IT is separated from the customer. This makes it harder for their involvement in new, differentiating products and services aimed at ever more discerning and empowered customers.

While Agile has been in play for many years, changing the organisational structure with Agile paradigm may not be a straight-forward decision for the non-tech organisations. ING has been pioneering Agile Transformation for many years and in the recent transformation in 2019, we have created Tribes with shared accountability between business and IT.

The significant structural and behavioural changes were designed to ensure development kept their customer at the front of mind. This was truly tested during lockdown when the transformation was in early stages. This session is a share back of learnings from this journey

In this talk, Guido and Natalie will share ING learnings for the past 2 years in recent Agile Transformation and how it has helped with bringing technology and business teams together to put the customer first.

Paru Madhavan

Value Stream Management explained

Márcio Sete, Chief Product & Technology Officer, Flomatika

Sponsored session

This talk will help you get your head around the concept of Value Stream Management, understand key Value Stream Metrics, and most importantly, help you see your organisation through the value stream lenses.
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Gartner predicts that in just a couple of years from now, 70% of organisations will be using Value Stream Management platforms to improve flow, leading to faster delivery of customer value. “Smart leaders know they can’t improve their processes without data,” says Gartner. ©2021 Gartner, Inc., 2020

In the old project-oriented paradigm, organisations had strong governance mechanisms that somehow worked (most of the time with a high price tag). It gave organisations a sense of control and understanding of what was happening (or at least the narrative created about what was happening – A.K.A watermelon reports).

When the world started shifting from a project-to-product paradigm, that governance mechanism became lost in translation. Trying to apply the old pattern was expensive and cumbersome. Organisations started to trade governance for value delivery unnecessarily. Who would’ve thought!
Value Stream Management platforms are now enabling organisations to measure the effectiveness of their product delivery, regardless of scale or which tools they use. It provides near real-time, end-to-end visibility and deep insights into the product delivery flow, enabling data-driven governance in a more sustainable, effective, and efficient way.

You can’t miss it!

Keegan Luiters
Sarah Stokes

Feedback culture in teams starts with you

Keegan Luiters, Presenter, Facilitator and coach

Sarah Stokes, Head of Design, Domain

The ability to give and receive feedback in the context of the work we do allows us to evolve, grow, innovate and get the best out of our teams, but it can seem hard to deliver it well and for it to be received in the right spirit.
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In this session, we’ll be unpacking feedback, highlighting its role in Agile and sharing some ways to make part of your team culture, with some stories and case studies along the way.
Sherif Mansour
Renee Troughton
Renee Troughton

Panel: Reimagining work

Sherif Mansour, Distinguished product manager, Atlassian

Nicole Olver, Chief People Officer, Sendle

Renee Troughton, Enterprise Agile Lead, Judo Bank

How do we create strong company cultures in a hybrid and remote world? Join these panellists to explore better ways of working in our new normal!
Sherif Mansour

It’s okay to start with the solution

Sherif Mansour, Distinguished Product Manager at Atlassian

“Always start with the problem”, “What’s the problem you’re trying to solve?”, “Focus on the problem, not the solution”. This is what we tell Agile product teams to do all the time. But is it right? Like many things in building products, this isn’t the only way.
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In this talk, we’ll explore a counter-cultural view of this which we don’t talk about: Sometimes, it’s okay to start with the solution.

Sherif Mansour, Distinguished Product Manager at Atlassian, will share stories of where he’s observed and encouraged teams to do the opposite of what they’ve been told: start with the solution. Whether you’re conducting customer research, building products or involved in product strategy, Sherif will introduce a different approach to thinking which creates better outcomes for our teams and our customers.

Cameron Tonkinwise

Designs that help people transition to new ways of living

Cameron Tonkinwise, Professor, School of Design, UTS

This talk will look at recent examples from the Energy Transition of how to design for leading change in customer behaviours rather than just playing catch-up with their changes.
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Agile can help you develop ways of creating value servicing people’s current pain points and jobs to be done. But it is less useful when trying to help bring about change in everyday practices and expectations. Australia is in the midst of a transition to a distributed energy system, with households shifting from being consumers of energy to also being producers of energy, a transition that will hopefully contribute to mitigating climate change. Designers of the way householders will interface with their energy systems and the electricity grid can help scaffold whole new ways of being at home.
Renee Troughton

What is an Enterprise Agile Coach? The final frontier

Renee Troughton, Enterprise Agile Lead, Judo Bank

In this session, Renee invites you to discover what the role is all about, what activities an Enterprise Agile Coach does and consequently what experience they need, what key decisions they make and what success is for such a role.
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If your organisation is following Agile, it likely has Scrum Masters and maybe even Agile Coaches. But what is an ‘Enterprise Agile Coach’?
More coming soon!
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