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Conference Schedule

Sunday, November 5

Continental Breakfast—7:30am–8:30am
7:30 am to 8:30 am
Registration Desk Hours—7:30am–10:00am
7:30 am to 10:00 am
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Certified Scrum Product Owner
Arlen Bankston
8:00 am to 5:30 pm

This two-day Certified Scrum Product Owner certification course gives you the skills to assume the hardest role in Scrum, a Product Owner. Taught by leading agile practitioners, the focus on this course is providing real-world techniques that have been proven effective by product owners in hundreds of actual projects. Business customers, product managers, and line managers will benefit from this training. Upon completion, successful participants are registered as a Certified Scrum Product Owner (CSPO) with a two-year membership in the Scrum Alliance® (www.scrumalliance.org).

Multi-day Training Classes Begin—8:30am–5:00pm
8:30 am to 5:00 pm
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Agile Tester Certification
Rob Sabourin
8:30 am to 5:30 pm

Agile software practices are being employed within many development organizations worldwide, and as a result, many testers struggle to understand the agile development process and their place in it. In Agile Tester Certification, both novice and experienced testers learn the fundamentals of agile development, the role of the tester in the agile team, and the agile testing processes. Learn technical and team skills testers need for success in the world of agile development, as well as the techniques of Test-Driven Development (TDD), Acceptance Test-Driven Development (ATDD) and Behavior-Driven Development (BDD) during this two-day course. All participants are expected to have experience in or knowledge of agile development fundamentals.  

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Certified ScrumMaster Training
Bob Payne
8:30 am to 5:30 pm
This two-day Certified ScrumMaster® Training prepares you both to gain your ScrumMaster certification, and more importantly, to utilize it in complex situations and projects. Upon completion, you'll be eligible to take an exam allowing you to become a Certified ScrumMaster® (CSM), which includes a two-year membership in the Scrum Alliance®, where valuable ScrumMaster materials and information are available exclusively to CSMs.
 
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Fundamentals of Agile Certification—ICAgile
Jeff Pierce
8:30 am to 5:30 pm
Learn what agile is all about, why agile works, and how to effectively plan and develop software using agile principles. Upon completion of this course, successful attendees will be certified by the International Consortium for Agile (ICAgile), awarded the ICAgile Professional designation (ICP).
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Leading SAFe–SAFe Agilist Certification Training
Chip Loving
8:30 am to 5:30 pm
  • Lead the application of Lean thinking and Agile and product development flow principles to improve productivity, employee engagement, time to market, and quality
  • Apply the Scaled Agile Framework based on lecture, real-world examples, and insights by Scaled Agile experts
  • Understand the skills necessary for an enterprise transformation based on the information and examples presented, and additional recommended readings and resources
  • Gain the insights into the leadership skill most effective in unlocking the intrinsic motivation of software development
  • ...
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Software Tester Certification- Foundation Level
Dawn Haynes
8:30 am to 5:30 pm

Delivered by leading experts in the testing industry, Software Tester Certification—Foundation Level is an accredited training course to prepare you for the ISTQB® Certified Tester—Foundation Level CTFL) exam. ISTQB® is the only internationally accepted certification for software testing and has granted more than 450,000 certifications in more than 110 countries around the world. In this three-day course, you’ll learn the basic skills required of a software test professional and how testing fits into software development. This course is appropriate for those new to the testing profession and those seeking ISTQB® certification in software testing. 

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Fundamentals of DevOps Certification—ICAgile
8:30 am to 5:30 pm

DevOps combines development, testing, and operations and includes continuous integration, automated testing, continuous delivery, and rapid deployment practices. Because DevOps practices require confidence in nearly all changes, automated testing is an essential ingredient that is integrated into the process and relied upon for enforcement of quality gates and to ensure overall delivery quality. This two-day course will teach you how to avoid the common mistakes of DevOps implementations and to leverage DevOps best practices. Test professionals, operations engineers, developers, project managers, and business owners will all benefit from this curriculum.

 

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Agile Test Automation—ICAgile
Rob Sabourin
8:30 am to 5:00 pm

Explore the many ways automation supports agile testing in this two-day course with real-world, vendor-neutral examples of agile test automation approaches and tools. In addition, successful attendees are awarded the ICAgile Certified Professional in Agile Test Automation (ICP-ATA).

Lunch 12:00pm-1:00pm
12:00 pm to 1:00 pm
Training Classes Continue—1:00pm–5:00pm
1:00 pm to 5:00 pm
Registration Desk Hours—4:00pm–6:00pm
4:00 pm to 6:00 pm

Monday, November 6

Registration Desk Hours—7:00am–4:30pm
7:00 am to 4:30 pm
Continental Breakfast—7:30am–8:30am
7:30 am to 8:30 am
Multi-day Training Classes Continue—8:30am–5:00pm
8:30 am to 5:00 pm
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Tutorial ME Lean/Agile Data-Driven Decisions Demystified VIDEO
Larry Maccherone
8:30 am to 12:00 pm

For many agile practitioners, software metrics beyond a burndown chart are little understood or, perhaps, very scary because poor metrics can be worse than no metrics. In this enlightening session, Larry Maccherone explores how you and your organization can use metrics to bring management and lean/agile teams closer rather than allowing metrics to become a wedge that drives them into conflict. Larry covers the entire lifecycle of the metrics process—from metric selection to reporting data. Join Larry to gain an understanding of a wide range of concepts including common (101-level) metrics...Read more

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Tutorial MF Lean Software Development: Principles and Practices VIDEO
Ken Pugh
8:30 am to 12:00 pm
Lean software engineering emphasizes continuous delivery of high quality applications. Ken Pugh explains the principles and practices that form the basis of lean software development—concentrating on developing a continuous flow by eliminating delays and loopbacks; delivering quickly by developing in small batches; emphasizing high quality which decreases delays due to defect repair; making policies, process and progress transparent; optimizing the whole rather than individual steps; and becoming more efficient by decreasing waste. Ken describes lean’s emphasis on cycle time rather than...Read more
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Tutorial MA Git and GitHub for Developers and Testers VIDEO
Wilson Mar
8:30 am to 4:30 pm

Skill with Git and GitHub is now a common requirement for jobs because Git is entrenched in the majority of development and operations organizations. Git gives testers unprecedented visibility into the inner workings of software and configuration code. But Git's intricate commands can be confusing. GitHub collaboration and code review capabilities are revolutionary. New rules are needed to avoid frustration. In this hands-on tutorial, Wilson Mar presents material available nowhere else to clarify the structure of tools, repositories, and GUI programs used by the pros. The culmination of...Read more

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Tutorial MC Service Virtualization for Faster Development and Testing VIDEO
Wayne Ariola, Alexander Mohr
8:30 am to 12:00 pm

An agile development mantra—Test early and test continuously—is rapidly becoming the mantra for DevOps as the business demands frequent releases of compelling functionality. As testers, our efforts to “shift left” and support continuous integration with automated (and manual) tests are disrupted by a number of factors. Access to constrained system components is one of the greatest challenges. Research has found that an application under test interacts on average with more than fifty separate components—less than half of which are reliably available when testing. So, how can we ensure that...Read more

Lunch 12:00pm-1:00pm
12:00 pm to 1:00 pm
Full-Day Tutorials Continue (1:00pm–4:30pm)
1:00 pm to 4:30 pm
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Tutorial MH Essential Patterns of Mature Agile Teams VIDEO
Bob Galen
1:00 pm to 4:30 pm
Many teams have a relatively easy time adopting the tactical aspects of agile methodologies. Usually a few classes, some tools introduction, and a bit of practice lead teams toward a fairly efficient and effective agile adoption. However, these teams often get “stuck” and begin to regress or simply start going through the motions—neither maximizing their agile performance nor delivering as much value as they could. Borrowing from his experience and lean software development methods, Bob Galen examines essential patterns—the thinking models of mature agile teams—so you can model them within...Read more
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Tutorial MG Leading Successful Organizational Change Efforts VIDEO
Jennifer Bonine
1:00 pm to 4:30 pm
Has this happened to you? You try to implement a change in your organization, and it doesn’t get the support you thought it would. And, to make matters worse, you can't figure out why. Or, you have a great idea but can’t get the resources required for successful implementation. Jennifer Bonine shares a toolkit of techniques to help you determine which ideas will—and will not—work within your organization. This toolkit includes five rules for organizational change management, a checklist to help you determine the type of change process needed in your organization, techniques for communicating...Read more
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Tutorial MI Get Started with Acceptance Test-Driven Development VIDEO
Ken Pugh
1:00 pm to 4:30 pm
Defining, understanding, and agreeing on the scope of work to be done is often an area of discomfort for product managers, developers, and quality assurance experts alike. The origin of many items living in our defect tracking systems can be traced to our difficulty performing these initial activities. Ken Pugh introduces acceptance test-driven development (ATDD), explains why it works, and outlines the different roles team members play in the process. ATDD improves communication among customers, developers, and testers. By decreasing re-work, ATDD has proven to dramatically increase...Read more
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Tutorial MJ Docker Jumpstart: Concepts, Features, and Real-World Examples VIDEO
Aater Suleman
1:00 pm to 4:30 pm
Docker, a mechanism for low-overhead virtualization, is emerging as a key aspect of DevOps architecture. Interest in Docker—with its lightweight, portable, “build once, configure once, and run anywhere” containers—is growing. If you want to jumpstart your Docker skills, join Aater Suleman to gain first-hand knowledge to help your organization streamline workflows, speed up product releases, and reduce hardware investments. He discusses the basics of Docker: concepts, terminology, commands, must-know features, and real-world examples of Docker projects. Aater presents and demonstrates best...Read more
Registration Desk Hours—Closes at 4:30pm
4:30 pm

Tuesday, November 7

Continental Breakfast—7:30am–8:30am
7:30 am to 8:30 am
Registration Desk Hours—7:30am–5:00pm
7:30 am to 5:00 pm
Multi-day Training Classes Continue—8:30am–5:00pm
8:30 am to 5:00 pm
Full- and Half-Day Tutorials (8:30am–12:00pm)
8:30 am to 12:00 pm
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Tutorial TC Essential Patterns of Mature Agile Leaders VIDEO
Bob Galen
8:30 am to 12:00 pm

Currently much of agile adoption—coaching, advice, techniques, and training—revolves around agile teams. Leaders are typically ignored, marginalized, or, in the worst cases, vilified. Bob Galen contends that there is a central and important role for managers and effective leadership within agile environments. In this tutorial, explore the patterns of mature agile managers and leaders—those who understand servant leadership and how to effectively support, grow, coach, and empower their agile teams in ways that increase the team’s performance, accountability, and engagement. Investigate...Read more

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Tutorial TG What You Need to be SAFe: Implementing Enterprise Agile VIDEO
Francie Van Wirkus, Claudia Marquette
8:30 am to 12:00 pm

Maybe you are curious about SAFe—what it’s all about and why you might adopt it. Perhaps your organization is heading toward—or in the middle of—a SAFe transformation and you have questions. If so, join Francie Van Wirkus and Claudia Marquette as they discuss SAFe. Learn to use a proven inquiry strategy, designed to help you and your stakeholders have productive discussions about your work, its current state and its ideal state, and your customers. When you better understand the flow of your work, and you understand all of the customers who derive value from it, you can make smarter...Read more

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Tutorial TA Stop Talking about DevOps: Start Applying Continuous Delivery Practices VIDEO
Max Griffiths, Elise McCallum
8:30 am to 4:30 pm

DevOps. You think you need it because the market is telling you so, but the market is confused (and self-perpetuating). Agile, continuous delivery, and DevOps all promise the same dream—improved time to market through incremental delivery of quality software. So where should you focus? Max Griffiths begins by distinguishing DevOps from the other approaches and, rather than wrangling new words for old problems, helps refocus how to measure success. How long does it take you to commit and deliver code? Max shows how you can measure this through Value Stream Mapping, a crucial tool used to...Read more

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Tutorial TB The Architecture of Microservices VIDEO
Mark Richards
8:30 am to 4:30 pm

Microservices—one of the latest software architecture styles—promises to deliver benefits such as fast and easy deployment, ease of testing, fine-grained scalability, architectural modularity, and high overall agility. Unfortunately, these benefits are coupled with a lot of complexity. In this product-agnostic architecture tutorial, Mark Richards provides you with an understanding of the microservices architecture style and what hybrids and alternatives exist. This helps you make the right architecture and design decisions for your organization. Mark discusses the core concepts of the...Read more

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Tutorial TE What DevOps Means for Testers VIDEO
Jeffery Payne
8:30 am to 12:00 pm

DevOps is more than a buzzword or a passing fad. It's a radically new approach to rapidly deliver high-quality software applications. However, many organizations don’t fully grasp the magnitude of this change or what it means for everyone involved in the software development lifecycle. Jeffery Payne says that DevOps—when done right—drives higher quality and efficiency into software development, software testing, and application management activities. It empowers teams to remove impediments to quality and productivity throughout the entire software lifecycle. However, when DevOps is done...Read more

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Tutorial TD Thinking Inside the Box: Root Cause Analysis with the Six Boxes VIDEO
James Waletzky
8:30 am to 12:00 pm

Improving business and user value delivery, quality, efficiency, and productivity of your software engineering team is a noble undertaking. However, poor productivity, quality issues, failing to meet commitments, and general team inefficiencies are still commonplace. And at the root of most of these problems? James Waletzky says it is those highly imperfect creatures—humans. To go about fixing the problems, we must discover the root causes, not just the symptoms, and those are not always obvious. In this hands-on tutorial, James focuses on the methodology of Human Performance Improvement (...Read more

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Tutorial TF Advanced Test Automation in Agile Development VIDEO
Rob Sabourin
8:30 am to 12:00 pm

Agile teams are charged with delivering potentially shippable software at the end of each iteration. In fact, some high-performing agile teams with advanced automation can ship working software every day. They achieve regression confidence with extensive automated test suites and other advanced practices. Rob Sabourin shares automation techniques to improve story and feature testing, exploratory testing, and regression testing. Explore ways to fully integrate testing into agile delivery teams by combining test-driven development (TDD) techniques, precise test and tool selection,...Read more

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Tutorial TH Plan, Architect, and Implement Test Automation within the Lifecycle VIDEO
Mike Sowers
8:30 am to 12:00 pm

In test automation, we often must use several tools that have been developed or acquired over time—with little consideration of an overall plan or architecture and without considering the need for integration. As a result, productivity suffers and frustrations increase. Join Mike Sowers as he shares experiences from multiple organizations in creating an integrated test automation plan and developing a test automation architecture. Mike discusses both the good (engaging the technical architecture team) and the bad (too much isolation between test automators and test designers) on his test...Read more

Lunch 12:00pm-1:00pm
12:00 pm to 1:00 pm
Full- and Half-Day Tutorials Continue (1:00pm–4:30pm)
1:00 pm to 4:30 pm
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Tutorial TI Agile Project Failures: Root Causes and Corrective Actions VIDEO
Jeffery Payne
1:00 pm to 4:30 pm

Agile initiatives always begin with high expectations—accelerate delivery, meet customer needs, and improve software quality. The truth is that many agile projects do not deliver on some or all of these expectations. If you want help to ensure the success of your agile project or to get an agile project back on track, this tutorial is for you. Jeffery Payne discusses the most common causes of agile project failure and how you can avoid these issues or mitigate their damaging effects. Poor project management, ineffective requirements development, failed communications, software development...Read more

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Tutorial TK The Tester’s (New) Role in Agile Development VIDEO
Rob Sabourin
1:00 pm to 4:30 pm

Avoiding siloed development is a tricky business. It’s so easy for agile teams to fall into the rut in which testers only do traditional testing activities, and programmers strictly do their time-worn coding activities. Rob Sabourin shares a number of examples of how testing skills can be applied to a wide variety of activities in an agile project. Testers are among the most skilled team members in story grooming, elicitation, and exploration. Risk analysis in self-organized agile teams empowers testers to drive design decisions. A tester’s affinity analysis skills help clear the way for...Read more

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Tutorial TL Leading Your Agile Transformation: A Workshop VIDEO
Ray Arell
1:00 pm to 4:30 pm

In the past decade agile development has become mainstream in software development and now is spreading beyond software to other domains. It is important for leaders and managers to understand how to build, develop, and lead agile teams—not just for the organization but for their own careers. Ray Arell introduces a cohesive set of methods, practices, and principles to maximize business results from agile and lean development, while also cultivating a workplace where people thrive. The workshop topics are highly dynamic and customizable, and more than 80 percent of the discussion will be...Read more

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Tutorial TM Scrum: Answering the Tough Questions VIDEO
Ryan Ripley
1:00 pm to 4:30 pm

You attend the two-day Scrum certification courses, pass your exam, and return to your team as a newly minted ScrumMaster—ready to take on the world. Then reality sets in. Your organization doesn’t understand the changes they are being asked to make, the developers have not bought in to agile practices, and your product owner has not been seen for days. Now what? Ryan Ripley addresses the most often asked—but seldom discussed—questions that ScrumMasters face during their projects. These questions range from What is management’s role on a scrum project? to How do we manage dependencies...Read more

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Tutorial TN The Lost Art of Live Communication VIDEO
Jennifer Bonine
1:00 pm to 4:30 pm

Have you ever been in the same room with co-workers and sent them a Slack or text message instead of having a live conversation? Many people are starting to prefer virtual or instant chat messaging to live conversations, but live communication can get better results at work. As technology professionals, we often focus more on technical skills and ignore the important communication skills. Join Jennifer Bonine to see how to make the most of—and get the best results from—your live conversations. Jennifer shares a toolkit to help you assess your core communication competencies and see how you...Read more

Welcome Reception—4:30pm–5:30pm
4:30 pm to 5:30 pm

Wednesday, November 8

Registration Desk Hours—7:00am–5:30pm
7:00 am to 5:30 pm
Continental Breakfast—7:30am–8:30am
7:30 am to 8:30 am
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Keynote K1 Intelligent Software Development, Courtesy of Intelligent Software VIDEO
Stephen Frein, Comcast
8:45 am to 9:45 am

The machine learning age is well underway. Today’s software can see novel patterns that humans are unable to see and improve task performance based on experience. Learning algorithms are widely used for varied purposes, including loan approval, intrusion detection, fraud prevention, risk analysis, and online sales optimization. Yet, like the proverbial cobbler who left his children shoeless, software practitioners have been slow to apply the benefits of machine learning to their own work. Join Stephen Frein for a tour of the current machine learning landscape and its most popular tools and...Read more

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Keynote K2 You Might Be an Agile Leader If... VIDEO
Bob Galen, Zenergy Technologies
10:00 am to 11:00 am

In case you haven’t heard, the leadership landscape has been changing—and continues to change—to keep up with the accelerating pace of business. And agile development has been an incubator of new leadership approaches. It has introduced or fostered many innovative concepts: servant leadership, self-directed teams, empowerment, emotional intelligence, employee engagement, trust, self-selection, open spaces—and even Lean Coffee “meetings.” Channeling comedian Jeff Foxworthy, Bob Galen shares patterns and anti-patterns that surround the leadership shift to more agile tactics and the mindset...Read more

Networking Break • Visit the Expo—10:30am–2:00pm
10:30 am to 2:00 pm
Concurrent Sessions—11:30am–12:30pm
11:30 am to 12:30 pm
Lunch in the Expo—Meet the Speakers 12:30pm–1:30pm
12:30 pm to 1:30 pm
Concurrent Sessions—1:45pm–2:45pm
1:45 pm to 2:45 pm
Concurrent Sessions—3:00pm–4:00pm
3:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Networking Break • Visit the Expo—3:30pm–6:30pm
3:30 pm to 6:30 pm
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Keynote K3 Lightning Strikes the Keynotes VIDEO
Lee Copeland, TechWell Corp.
4:00 pm to 5:00 pm

Throughout the years, Lightning Talks have been a popular part of the STAR testing conferences. Now, they’ve come to the combined Better Software, Agile Dev, and DevOps conferences too. If you’re not familiar with the concept, Lightning Talks consists of a series of five-minute talks by different speakers within one presentation period. Lightning Talks are the opportunity for speakers to deliver their single biggest bang-for-the-buck idea in a rapid-fire presentation. Some of the best-known experts will step up to the podium and give you their best shot of lightning. Get multiple keynote...Read more

Reception in the Expo Hall 5:30pm–6:30pm
5:30 pm to 6:30 pm

Thursday, November 9

Continental Breakfast—7:30am–8:30am
7:30 am to 8:30 am
Registration Desk Hours—8:00am–5:30pm
8:00 am to 5:30 pm
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Keynote K4 Change Your Focus: From Speed and Efficiency to High Customer Value VIDEO
Ray Arell, nuAgility, LLC
8:45 am to 9:45 am

For decades, product development has been focused largely on the speed and efficiency of delivery. So now we are stuck in the quagmire of talking about the methods and activities of delivery rather than focusing on the true goal—delivering high value to the customer. Ray Arell shares an evolutionary process to refocus both traditional and agile lifecycles. He describes a more dynamic way of defining value and addressing the needs of the customer, the business, and the developers. Ray provides practical examples of how to identify opportunities, expand concepts, and deliver high-value...Read more

Concurrent Sessions—9:45am–10:45am
9:45 am to 10:45 am
Networking Break • Visit the Expo—10:30am–3:00pm
10:30 am to 3:00 pm
Concurrent Sessions—11:15am–12:15pm
11:15 am to 12:15 pm
Lunch in the Expo—Meet the Speakers 12:30pm–1:30pm
12:30 pm to 1:30 pm
Concurrent Sessions—1:30pm–2:30pm
1:30 pm to 2:30 pm
Networking Break • Visit the Expo—Closes at 3:00pm
3:00 pm
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Keynote K5 Individuals, Interactions, and Improvisation VIDEO
Jessie Shternshus, The Improv Effect, LLC.
4:15 pm to 5:15 pm

As agile practitioners, we constantly strive to better ourselves, our team, and our delivery. A great way to achieve this is simply being open to learning new ideas from other disciplines—including improvisation. Jessie Shternshus shares her story of realizing the uncanny similarities between agile team principles and the pillars of improvisation. Effective improvisers give their teammates unconditional support, practice active listening and accept (and build on) each other’s ideas, see and use mistakes as opportunities, learn to embrace the unknown, and always consider who their audience...Read more

Agile Leadership Summit Reception 5:30pm-6:30pm (Summit Registration Required)
5:30 pm to 6:30 pm

Friday, November 10

Registration Desk Hours—7:30am–3:00pm
7:30 am to 3:00 pm
Continental Breakfast—8:00am–8:30am
8:00 am to 8:30 am
Agile Leadership Summit (Summit Registration Required) 8:30am–4:30pm
8:30 am to 4:30 pm
Lunch 12:00pm–1:00pm
12:00 pm to 1:00 pm
Agile Leadership Summit Continues 1:00pm–4:30pm
1:00 pm to 4:30 pm