• Agile for Everyone series - Inside the Organisational Agile Transformation - II

    This is the second of three sessions exploring organisational transformation from those who are 'on the inside'. This series is made possible due to the support of our Event Hosts - Telstra. No longer the domain of software developers or start-ups, organisations are using agile to effect change across their business. This series aims to explore how they are facing into the challenges of taking agile out of IT and into the business. The business drivers for this are clear. Organisations are recognising the importance of business agility in helping them stay relevant, innovative and competitive. What now becomes challenging is balancing the values, 'mindset', practices and delivery. Tonight's session will explore ''Silos and breaking them down by forming “value” teams" - hosted by Peter Lam with a Sharon Robson as our Speaker and to trigger our thinking and conversation. This will be followed by a Q&A panel discussion where Sharon will be joined by Stephanie BySouth - Telstra's Ways of Working, Chapter Area Lead. Sharon (https://www.linkedin.com/in/sharonrobson/) is a speaker, executive and leader of transformation teams. She brings an executive lens to the Organisational Agility shaped through her experiences at leading them for Corporate Enterprises in Australia. Steph (https://www.linkedin.com/in/stephaniebysouth/) is one of Australia’s leading experts on engineering business growth with startup innovation, agile operations and COO leadership. She has worked with Telstra previously, and has returned to lead the the coaching movement supporting Telstra to transform by adopting agile Ways of Working.

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  • Agile for Everyone series - Inside the Organisational Agile Transformation

    This is the first of three sessions exploring organisational transformation from those who are 'on the inside'. No longer the domain of software developers or start-ups, organisations are using agile to effect change across their business. This series aims to explore how they are facing into the challenges of taking agile out of IT and into the business. The business drivers for this are clear. Organisations are recognising the importance of business agility in helping them stay relevant, innovative and competitive. What now becomes challenging is balancing the values, 'mindset', practices and delivery. Tonight's session will explore 'What came first - A different mindset or a different way of doing things?' How do organisations tackle the mindset and behavioural shift needed to drive agile at scale? There’s no one size fits all. Explore how 3 of Australia’s leading organisations are looking to change behaviours and drive an agile mindset across their business. Format Presenters to provide initial insight followed by panel based discussion

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  • A Key Skill of the Future: Creating Thinking Environments

    As we adopt agile more broadly in large companies, we need to develop new mind-sets and capabilities to help lead this transformation. One of the key skills to this is the ability to empower the creative thinking of individuals and groups. As leaders in this change, it is critical to understand that how we engage with people around us dramatically impacts the quality of their thinking. One of the approaches that introduces these key ideas is a book called 'Time to Think' by Nancy Kline. The Thinking Environment process is a set of conditions under which people can think, with rigour, imagination and courage in the face of increasing complexity. In the words of Nancy Kline, founder of the Thinking Environment: "When people not used to speaking are heard by people not used to listening then real change can be made." Join us for a session of: - Transforming 1:1 and group interactions in simple yet profound ways - Accessing your own courageous, innovative, freshest thinking - Tapping into the collective intelligence of peers - Transforming 1: 1's, meetings, and dialogue through applying the Ten Components of a Thinking Environment - Learning practices for connecting with self and others to achieve optimal results We are lucky at this event to have a facilitator that has trained with the author of the book - Candice Smith. Candice has worked for over two decades to facilitate new stories for the future of work, our communities and our planet. In 2004, driven by a need to shift the quality of human interaction from a reactive to creative mindset in post-Apartheid South Africa, transformation from the ‘inside-out’, Candice was invited to train with Nancy Kline, the founder of the Thinking Environment methodology. She is founder of The Thinking Field, a human development consultancy specialising in creating thinking environments, and a Time To Think Faculty member. Born in South Africa, Candice lives in Melbourne with her husband Peter and is sustained by time in nature, music, meditation, and a good dance. http://www.thethinkingfield.com/ https://www.linkedin.com/in/candice-smith-a76944a/

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  • Corporate vs Hippie coaching

    Waterside Hotel

    One of the key challenges today is the phrase - Agile Coach. Two small words that mean so many different things across industries and even within the same end customer. Each coach typically has a slightly different view of what it entails. In preparation for a Global Scrum Gathering in the US, Gabor introduces different ways of coaching (one being the "Corporate" coach, whose focus is on processes and tools, the other being the "Hippie coach" with a focus on mindset and values). However, there is no "silver bullet" when it comes to transforming an organisation. If we focus on mindset and values only, we end up being perceived as people who can only talk the talk. If we focus too much on "standardising Agile processes", we help to build a toxic culture that looks agile, but it's not. Gabor will share his experience on the antipatterns he observed and a common ground for all types of coaching.

  • The difference between Product vs Project management

    Tonight we will be exploring the differences and similarities between project and product management. Why this topic? On our agile journey have come to value sustaining teams over temporary ones. We know that sustaining teams out perform temporary teams for a number of reasons, including a sense of long term ownership, deep domain knowledge and experience working together. We are rejecting the notion promotes in the past of the "Project Organisation." We argue that a product approach to IT systems and digital products makes more sense than a project one. But let's not throw the baby out with the bathwater. I bet there is plenty of good stuff in the project manager's knowledge set that can be used in the context of product management. I also bet that not every situation needs a product management approach. And of course, there are still plenty of active projects out there using agile methods. Let's take a look at this together and see what we think are the opportunities. Agenda * Open with a talk, setting the scene * Generate some theme to work around * Break into small groups exploring themes * Come back together and share the insights While we are at it we might also take a look at the role of delivery managers, iterations managers, coaches, scrum masters etc.

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  • Treating the organisation as living system rather than a machine

    Organisations as a 'machine' is a concept that is outdated. We are increasingly seeing organisations as a living organism or complex system. Tonight's speaker from the US will explore this idea in more detail. ---- *The big idea* Agile is a mindset. Research shows over 70% of all strategic agile initiatives fail to meet their desired objectives. A key reason is they approach the organization as a machine to be adjusted rather than a living being to be developed. Strategic initiatives focus on changing what we do, not who we are being. Successful strategy implementations focus on why the organization exists and develops its capability and maturity to execute. In this talk we explore how the The Living Organization framework addresses the very core of this problem using the deep understanding of living systems and developmental psychology. *How the night will run* I will briefly present the Living Organization framework and all its elements. Provide some examples of Living Organizations around the world and open for interactive discussion. The key is to learn and explore how we can increase the success rate of Agile and other like methodologies. *What people will walk away with* - A broader perspective of how to position Agile at the Strategic Level of the organization - A deeper appreciation of human development, the mindset required for any strategic transformation - Learn about the latest development of cutting-edge Transformational Methodologies in USA and Europe ( Living Organizations, Reinventing Organizations, Corporate Liberation, etc)

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  • Working with overseas software teams; choosing a partner and making it work

    When choosing to work with an overseas delivery partner what do you need to know? How do you evaluate your potential partners? What do you need to look out for? Capability, process, culture match, total cost of delivery (more than day rates) and shared goals are just part of the story. Agenda 1. Social time - 5.45 to[masked]. A 10 minute presentation on the state of the labour market in India 3. A 30-40 minute panel discussion with 4 people who have been involved with international teams 4. 10-15 minutes of Q&A 5. Close, off to the pub ++++++++++++++ Our amazing panellists are; Nicola Nye, Chief of Staff at FastMail Laurie Kane, Founder and Captain of Innovation at SolarPlus Ranganathan Balashanmugam, Founder & CTO of Everest Engineering Tal Rotbart, CIO of Pageup People ++++++++++++++ Hosted at YBF, Melbourne. YBF Ventures is Melbourne’s top startup hub for tech and innovation.

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  • A history of management theory

    Ballroom on Level 1

    Tonight Craig Brown will run through the history of management theory from Henri Fayol's principles of management (written in 1895) through to the latest thinking. Followed by a short discussion on the implications of the trends and where we might think and act differently. This is a one hour lecture followed by a discussion.

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  • Tabar & YOW! Night: Scrum & DevOps- a 21st century product delivery organisation

    Tabar is delighted to work with YOW! Night to present Dave West - Building the 21st century product delivery organisation (scrum & DevOps) Thursday, 15 November 2018 from 5:30 pm to 8:30 pm (AEDT) You will need to register on eventbrite to get your name on the door with a nominal $10 door price to support refreshments - https://yn201811meldavewest.eventbrite.com/?aff=agileug ScrumOps - Building the 21st century product delivery organization By Dave West The Software delivery community is famous for creating new initiatives as the next silver bullet. OOP, CMMI, Spiral, Iterative, RUP, RAD are just some of the trends that have challenged how people approach the discipline of delivering software. Now it is agile and DevOps. Or should we say, it was Agile and now it is DevOps? The Agile movement, named February 2001 focused organizations on empowering teams and working in an empirical way. DevOps, started in 2009 and focuses on holistic system thinking and automation to remove waste and better connect development and operations. Both movements focus on delivering an improved delivery capability, but they approach it differently. Automation vs people, process vs empowerment. Are they different? Should organizations focus on one or another in trying to deliver more value to their customers? In this talk Dave West, Product Owner and CEO Scrum.org discusses how DevOps and Scrum/Agile can work effectively together to deliver improved customer value. It describes the challenges of DevOps or Scrum first, and why it is important to use the Scrum team as the foundation for DevOps maturity, and where traditional operations and IT fit. ABOUT THE PRESENTER: DAVE WEST Dave West is the Product Owner and CEO at scrum.org. In this capacity, he engages with partners, and the community to drive scrum.org’s strategy and the overall market position of Scrum. Prior to joining the Ken Schwaber and the team at Scrum.org he was Chief Product Officer at Tasktop where he was responsible for product management, engineering and architecture. As a member of the company’s executive management team was also instrumental in growing Tasktop from a services business into a VC backed product business with a team of almost 100.As one of the foremost industry experts on software development and deployment, West has helped advance many modern software development processes, including the Unified process and Agile methods. He is a frequent keynote at major industry conferences and is a widely published author of articles and research reports. He also is the co-author of two books, The Nexus Framework For Scaling Scrum and Head First Object-Oriented Analysis and Design. He led the development of the Rational Unified Process (RUP) for IBM/Rational. After IBM/Rational, West returned to consulting and managed Ivar Jacobson Consulting for North America. Then he served as vice president, research director at Forrester Research, where he worked with leading IT organizations and solutions providers to define, drive and advance Agile-based methodology and tool breakthroughs in the enterprise

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  • A business & PM view of Test Driven Development– benefiting business & teams

    We are delighted to welcome Alan Taylor to present a business & project management view on test driven development. He will provide an: - overview of some of the hurdles to adoption - ideas on how to build the business case for the investment Synopsis as follows: Test Driven Development is an engineering concept with practices that has great benefit to business. For example if your business wants to have idealised and revered products, you will have: • an ability to deliver high quality products which keep up with the latest customer wishes • products which are constantly updated with the latest cool features • ability to very quickly resolve any issues that do occur – and they do for even the best organisation I will share with you why Test Driven Development is a pivotal tool in the fight to be one of those inspiring organisations. I will only cover the practices at a very high level and will include not only how the business should benefit directly from them, but also how they provide indirect benefits for the team and the organisation. Every positive has some negatives, whether they are perceived or actual, long term or short term). I will touch on how they are like any form of exercise - they will be hard work at times, but afterwards the results will include fitter, stronger and faster teams able to delivery consistently better results. As a manager or leader you will be able to walk away with insight that will enable you to determine how TDD is worth following up in your domain. As someone within the delivery team, you will leave with deeper understanding of how you, your team and your company can effectively benefit from Test Driven Development.

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