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Thursday, November 7
 

11:30am GMT+08

Accelerate innovation

The pace of change in the business world is unprecedented. Innovation is not an option, it is imperative for organisations to survive but it is very hard to do. This talk is about how to structure yourself for innovation in a repeatable, practical and affordable way and it will address the following:

  • The 3 levels of innovation that organisations need to be concerned with. 
  • How the most successful innovative companies invest in a purposeful deliberate manner in innovation. 
  • A repeatable and sustainable digital innovation framework
  • Case studies

Speakers
avatar for Karin Verloop

Karin Verloop

Managing Director Singapore, Thoughtworks
Karin Verloop is Managing Director for ThoughtWorks in Singapore. She has more than 20 years experience in the IT industry, working with companies across industries in Europe, Australia and Singapore. She is passionate about what makes teams and organisations tick and be successful... Read More →


Thursday November 7, 2013 11:30am - 12:30pm GMT+08
Practices Space Hibiscus Main Ballroom

11:30am GMT+08

Agile Contracts

Most large projects are executed under a contract with commitments on both parties. Traditional contract standards and pricing mechanisms in agile projects is frequently a road to failure. Agile projects need an innovative approach to contracting, adapting contractual models to a world different from fixed scope and fixed price. In this lecture the presenter will walk through the essentials of “Agile Contracting” and give a broader understanding of the commercial sides of scrum projects. 


Speakers
avatar for Trond Åsheim

Trond Åsheim

Trond Åsheim has extensive ICT project experience. He is a specialist in procurement management, contract management and project management. The last 15 years he has worked full time as a project manager consultant with clients in both private and public sector. He is a certified... Read More →


Thursday November 7, 2013 11:30am - 12:30pm GMT+08
Organisational Space Hibiscus Main Ballroom

11:30am GMT+08

The Architecture of Uncertainty

Ralph Johnson defined architecture as "the decisions that you wish you could get right early in a project, but that you are not necessarily more likely to get them right than any other". Given our inability to tell the future how can we design effectively for it? Much classic project management thinking is based on the elimination of uncertainty, and advice on software architecture and guidance for future-proofing code often revolves around adding complexity to embrace uncertainty. In most cases, this is exactly the opposite path to the one that should be taken.

 

The talk looks at how uncertainty, lack of knowledge and options can be used to partition and structure the code in a system.


Speakers
avatar for Kevlin Henney

Kevlin Henney

Kevlin Henney is an independent consultant, trainer and writer based in the UK. His development interests are in patterns, programming, practice and process. He has been a columnist for many magazines and web sites and is co-author of A Pattern Language for Distributed Computing and... Read More →


Thursday November 7, 2013 11:30am - 12:30pm GMT+08
Technical Space Hibiscus Main Ballroom

2:00pm GMT+08

Advanced Agile Practices
Advanced Agile Practices: The Evo Method in practice
The Evo Agile Startup Week: The US DoD Case (10min)
The Confirmit (Norway) Case Study: The Evo method in Practice (20 min)
The Citigroup (London) Evo Project: Richard Smith (10 min)
This talk will give real case study insights into advanced successful delivery of quality and value.

Speakers
avatar for Tom Gilb

Tom Gilb

Tom is the author of nine published books, and hundreds of papers on Agile and related subjects. His latest book ‘Competitive Engineering’ (CE) is a detailed handbook on the standards for the 'Evo' (Evolutionary) Agile Method, and also for Agile Spec QC. The CE book also, uniquely... Read More →


Thursday November 7, 2013 2:00pm - 3:00pm GMT+08
Technical Space Hibiscus Main Ballroom

2:00pm GMT+08

Bridging the gap between Human resource department and agile project teams of your organization

Today, software companies adapt agile concepts for their development teams rapidly. However, the lack of understanding of such concepts by other facilitating entities of the organization including supporting departments , such as HR department, may create complexities and slow down the expected return of such agile transformation by its production staff. Further with current dynamic business climate, the entire organization is challenged to deliver more with less. This session will discuss such challenges in the context as well as the solutions to overcome them.


Speakers
avatar for Thushara Wijerwadena

Thushara Wijerwadena

Chief Project Officer, Exilesoft
Thushara has been leading geographically distributed software teams over 12 years. During that time she has employed a variety of traditional and Agile processes. As the Chief Project Officer of Exilesoft, Thushara enjoys her day-to-day work with a large pool of technical specialists... Read More →


Thursday November 7, 2013 2:00pm - 3:00pm GMT+08
Organisational Space Hibiscus Main Ballroom

2:00pm GMT+08

Strategies for Success: A Singapore Case Study and a look to the future

Feature Driven Development (FDD) is one the founding Agile methodologies and it came to international recognition from a project right here in Singapore. This project pre-dated the writing of the Agile manifesto and was at the time one of the largest Java projects in the region.

How did the people, process, and technology changes required for such a project get successfully introduced at a major Corporation that was a Mainframe Cobol environment at the time and had not even done client/server or object oriented before? 

In this session you will get to listen to the creator of one of the founding Agile methods. Hear him tell the story of this famous Singapore Agile project from the perspective of adoption lessons that can be applied today. That is, how to successfully adopt Agile and the change it requires. Then, hear about the latest thinking on the rise of Social and it's impact on organising structures including Agile projects.


Speakers
avatar for Jeff De Luca

Jeff De Luca

Nebulon (http://www.nebulon.com)
Jeff De Luca is a dynamic, results-driven Information Technology executive and strategist. He has over 30 years experience around the world in high level project management, strategy, architecture-design, and troubleshooting, with IBM and in his own successful I.T. consultancy company... Read More →


Thursday November 7, 2013 2:00pm - 3:00pm GMT+08
Practices Space Hibiscus Main Ballroom

3:30pm GMT+08

How can cloud computing and DevOps make a software team more agile?

Agility in software development is oftened defined by the shortening of feedback loops; by providing feedback to users, stakeholders and developers faster, we can act and change more quickly. Many teams are now successful in providing feedback throughout their development cycle with showcases, collaboration and prototyping. However, the "last mile" of getting a feature into production and ensuring it operates effectively once there is still a challenge for many teams.

This presentation focuses on how a combination of cloud computing (broadly defined as public clouds such as Amazon Web Services and private clouds such as OpenStack), infrastructure tools (such as Puppet and Chef) and a collaborative culture (known as DevOps) can help in getting software out faster and keep it running there with fewer outages. The presentation looks at a common deployment pipeline and how the technologies listed above can be utilised to make the pipeline more efficient, robust and effective. 

By using cloud computing and DevOps, teams can get products to market faster and shorten their feedback cycles allowing them to compete more effectively in their chosen market.


Speakers
avatar for Andy Kelk

Andy Kelk

Chief Information Officer, iProperty Group
As the Chief Information Officer of the iProperty Group, Andy is responsible for development of the company’s technology platform and the management of its IT systems. Before iProperty, Andy was a senior IT manager at the REA Group in Australia where he was responsible for developing... Read More →


Thursday November 7, 2013 3:30pm - 4:30pm GMT+08
Technical Space Hibiscus Main Ballroom

3:30pm GMT+08

Principles of Managing Software Development

Managing software is different from other management because of the nature of software development. It is the softness, the focus on learning, the complexity and the lack of physical material that causes this difference. Companies who manage software development without understanding this different nature will grossly mismanage their development effort, causing it to be ineffective at best and resulting in low quality software. In this session, Bas will explore five principles of managing software development that he has distilled out of his own development experience and the experience of coaching management of several large agile development projects. 


Speakers
avatar for Bas Vodde

Bas Vodde

Agile Coach, Odd-e
Bas Vodde is an experienced coach in agile methods and especially Scrum. He's also a certified Scrum master trainer. Next to Scrum, he trains and coaches teams in TDD, retrospective and agile planning. In 2005 he moved to Helsinki, Finland to introduce Agile Development and in particular... Read More →


Thursday November 7, 2013 3:30pm - 4:30pm GMT+08
Organisational Space Hibiscus Main Ballroom

3:30pm GMT+08

What’s so funny ‘bout peace, love and understanding?

This is a presentation about the search for understanding...in many forms. It asks the following questions:

  • What do people get from work? • How do people learn?
  • What motivates them?
  • People hate change...right?
  • How can “agile” help with (shared) understanding within companies?
  • How can “agile” help with understanding your customers?

It is intended to inspire those working in agile ways, or who are thinking of adopting agile principles. It will draw from several sources from a variety of disciplines, including organisational psychology, user experience, and change management.

The presentation is inspired by the lyrics in the Nick Lowe song, made famous by Elvis Costello.


Speakers
avatar for Ed Wong

Ed Wong

Ed is a coach and trainer who has worked in Australia and the UK, in digital publishing at FT100 listed companies, the web agency sector, the transport and logistics sector, and as a trainer and coach. Ed co-organises two Melbourne agile meetups, and the LAST Conference, for Lean... Read More →


Thursday November 7, 2013 3:30pm - 4:30pm GMT+08
Practices Space Hibiscus Main Ballroom

5:00pm GMT+08

Agile Business: A Leadership Perspective

Most discussions of Agile start with methodologies like story points, cyclical planning, sprints and stand-ups. We start talking so quickly about nuanced practices that we miss the big questions of context. It's a narrow focus that misses the larger and more relevant story leaving many confused and playing catch up.

 

Ask 10 people in your organization what Agile is or why it's important and you'll get 10 different answers. There's often little unity of thought around what we are actually trying to accomplish or the goals and vision of an Agile transformation. Worse yet leaders are often confused about how best to support an Agile adoption, or even more troubling, apprehensive about whether to spend political capital on what they perceive to be the latest flavor-of-the-month methodology.

 

But Agile is not a methodology. True there are many methodologies that fall under the large Agile umbrella, but Agile itself is an approach and a mindset. It is not a method.

 

If we are to reap the benefits of this Agile mindset we need to have a view of the landscape. In Agile Business: A Leadership Perspective I'll offer an holistic perspective on what it means to be Agile. We'll start with foundational concepts of a whole-systems approach to business, place the specific practices and concepts of Agile within this larger framework, and end with specific next steps leaders can take to improve your organization's product quality, morale, and time to market.


Speakers
avatar for Bob Gower

Bob Gower

Consultant, Rally Software
Bob Gower is passionate about creating great organizations that change the world. An author, speaker, and consultant, Bob spent more than 15 years leading complex, creative projects across myriad sectors. Bob was Director of Design at the SF Examiner and worked on early digital presences... Read More →


Thursday November 7, 2013 5:00pm - 6:00pm GMT+08
Organisational Space Hibiscus Main Ballroom

5:00pm GMT+08

Programming Exercises

Programming skills are so fundamental these days that people seem to take them for granted. However, a 10 year veteran might only have accumulated 1 year of experience as performing the same programming tasks over 10 years would not have resulted in 10 years' worth of skill development. To improve ones programming skills requires deliberate and intentional practice. This session will introduce a couple of ways to do programming exercises and will demonstrate the difference in their effectiveness. Terry will start you off on the journey to mastering the craft of programming.

 


Speakers
avatar for Terry Yin

Terry Yin

Agile Coach, Odd-e
Terry Yin is an Agile Coach of Odd-e team. He has more than 12 years experience in software industry, especially in telecom area. He has rich training and consultant experience on software engineering, e.g TDD, system engineering practices and analysis practices. He's experienced... Read More →


Thursday November 7, 2013 5:00pm - 6:00pm GMT+08
Technical Space Hibiscus Main Ballroom

5:00pm GMT+08

Scrumbut…oholics Anonymous: Therapy for recovering Scrum Buts…
As Agile Coaches in our region, we have privileged access to many organization in all shapes and forms within Intel and how they run their operations, how they eventually implement scrum or scrum but. We tend to bucket these organization into 2 categories.
  1. The Elope Style: Teams who start scrumming on their own, with or without the blessings of their organization. 
  2. The Matchmaker Style: Organizations who make Agile their process, a tops down mandate.
To make things just a little more complicated, we add functionality in the equation spans over purely software teams, IT teams, Hybrid of Software and Hardware teams. Sometimes, these people need to work together! In a team?  Based on these permutations, is there such a thing as a one size fits all implementation? we had the charter to implement Scrum.  For the most part, we do not get a blank sheet of paper to write on. Meaning, we don’t get to start from scratch.  We have to work around an existing process.  Operations and Deliverables is key.  No organization wants to “drop the ball” because of new process improvement.  Because of the way teams have been operating, it is almost impossible for teams to get it right from the start. Therefore, most teams comes in some form of Scrum…But. For example, Relative Sizing? Swarming? Working in Silo? Tops Down Direction? Our Focal System? These are the reality teams have to deal with. We will share how we transform and migrate these teams to Agile. As advocates of Agile, we cannot stress the importance of Agile to Intel. This paper would describe the starting points, the continuous coaching over more than 60 teams in 5 years in our Asian Region. We would like to share the experiences of how we overcome, tolerate or repel the “buts” within these organizations which ultimately leads us to being better teams! One team, One Change, One Sprint at a time.

Speakers
avatar for Joseph Chee

Joseph Chee

Joseph Chee is an Agile and Lean coach at Intel based in Penang, Malaysia.  After 18 years in various job functions spanning from Power Station Engineer to motherboard designer to product marketing to product engineer, he chanced upon Agile due to a family crisis.  This is the best... Read More →
avatar for KE Siew

KE Siew

Siew Kok Ewe (KE Siew) is an Agile coach in a large multinational corporation based in Penang, Malaysia.  15 years of managing complex product development made him feel that something is amiss with the traditional approach, but he did not know what it was until he stumbled upon Agile... Read More →


Thursday November 7, 2013 5:00pm - 6:00pm GMT+08
Practices Space Hibiscus Main Ballroom
 
Friday, November 8
 

11:00am GMT+08

A Question of Craftsmanship

Although a great deal of the enthusiasm for Agile development initially grew from software developers, the perception is that much of the current focus in Agile circles has moved to organisational aspects, product management and soft skills. Craftsmanship has long been a quality and a metaphor applied to software development, but more recently software craftsmanship has emerged as a more explicit movement and branding focused on reclaiming and re-emphasising the importance of the detail, of how to code and how to do it well.

There are many different perspectives on what the craftsmanship metaphor implies and what benefits and liabilities it may have. This talk lays out and explores the motivation, implications, pros and cons of a craftsmanship view of software development, as well as touching on other metaphors and their implied practices


Speakers
avatar for Kevlin Henney

Kevlin Henney

Kevlin Henney is an independent consultant, trainer and writer based in the UK. His development interests are in patterns, programming, practice and process. He has been a columnist for many magazines and web sites and is co-author of A Pattern Language for Distributed Computing and... Read More →


Friday November 8, 2013 11:00am - 12:00pm GMT+08
Technical Space Hibiscus Main Ballroom

11:00am GMT+08

Gamestorming the Retrospective

Oh nooooo, not again a retrospective. We still haven't implemented the improvements we discussed last month. Again those stupid questions... aren't we done improving by now?

Recognize this?...... Actually the retrospective is the most important of the agile ceremonies. The entire point is continuous improvement, and the retrospective helps you find areas and actions for improvement. If you are doing it right it is a very powerful meeting which will help you in successfully implementing agile.

Gamestorming is an easy-to-comprehend-and-apply guidebook to a new method of brainstorming; a world in which we use the basic foundations of games (yes, games) to think through challenging or sophisticated problems. Time to play!

Session outline:

  • Why retrospectives are important
  • How retrospectives should be run (Derby and Larsen model)
  • What Gamestorming will add to your retrospectives
  • Explanation about Gamestorming and some techniques.... and not just explanation, the audience will also participate in the game(s)
  • Short "retro" to look back at the meeting to identity "take-aways" for people

Speakers
avatar for Astrid Claessen

Astrid Claessen

Chairman of Agile Holland and connector of disciplines and people, Kuzidi
Astrid has always looked around and saw things that could be improved upon. That is why continuous improvement resonates with her so strongly. With experience in almost every role available in software development she is able to understand the challenges teams face when transitioning... Read More →


Friday November 8, 2013 11:00am - 12:00pm GMT+08
Organisational Space Hibiscus Main Ballroom

11:00am GMT+08

The Agile Musketeers – All for One and One for all. Agile COP in Intel Penang
This is the story of how a small group of dedicated Agile/Lean advocates are transforming Intel Malaysia,  the company’s largest and most diverse off-shore site with almost 10,000 employees.  This informal team has influenced organizations to embrace Agile at the grass-roots level with little to no formal budget and authority.  We will share our observations, thoughts and lessons learnt over the past 4 years, touching ~60 teams across multiple organizations.  Not only that, we have been fortunate enough to also influence other sites within Intel in our  region.  We have been responsible for training people in Singapore; China and India.  We will start with why – what our vision is, and what keeps us motivated to continue with this transformative work.  Next, we will share how we influence organizations within a big company like Intel.  Then we will share what we do, some stories about our failures and successes, and what we have learnt.  Finally, we will offer some key lessons from our experiences about what it takes to become a successful Agile company.

Speakers
avatar for Joseph Chee

Joseph Chee

Joseph Chee is an Agile and Lean coach at Intel based in Penang, Malaysia.  After 18 years in various job functions spanning from Power Station Engineer to motherboard designer to product marketing to product engineer, he chanced upon Agile due to a family crisis.  This is the best... Read More →
avatar for Sherine Leong

Sherine Leong

Sherine was born, has grown up and is currently working in Penang. She is an experience system analyst, certified scrum master and a leader in influencing Agile adoption Intel IT Malaysia. She is a scrum master had been practicing scrum for the past 3 years and had influence many... Read More →
avatar for KE Siew

KE Siew

Siew Kok Ewe (KE Siew) is an Agile coach in a large multinational corporation based in Penang, Malaysia.  15 years of managing complex product development made him feel that something is amiss with the traditional approach, but he did not know what it was until he stumbled upon Agile... Read More →


Friday November 8, 2013 11:00am - 12:00pm GMT+08
Practices Space Hibiscus Main Ballroom

1:30pm GMT+08

Ease At Work

The energy I put into creating a false image of myself, for myself or others, is energy wasted. Why are programmers so often ill at ease with themselves? What can we do to become comfortable in our own skins? What might happen as a consequence?


Speakers
avatar for Kent Beck

Kent Beck

Programmer, Facebook
Kent Beck is a programmer at Facebook, where he coaches, researches software engineering, and works on infrastructure projects. He is also the founder and director of Three Rivers Institute (TRI). His career has combined the practice of software development with reflection, innovation... Read More →


Friday November 8, 2013 1:30pm - 2:30pm GMT+08
Organisational Space Hibiscus Main Ballroom

1:30pm GMT+08

Management 3.0: Extending the agile journey to the whole organisation

Many agile teams hit a wall when it comes to improving the way we do business. Management and the broader organisational eco-system often find themselves feeling defensive about the challenges and changes that agile adoptions bring. How do we get everyone on board the agile change journey so that we can all improve together?

Management 3.0 is a modern look at management practices and offers a variety of ways to help management align and work better with agile teams.

This presentation reviews the Management 3.0 model presented in Jurgen Appelo’s book of the same name. It covers six key management practice areas and offers example of how to apply agile values and practices to the way we do management in a modern and complex world. 

In this talk we discuss the overall model, share examples of Management 3.0 practices and talk about extending agility out of the development teams.

The six management themes are;

  • Energise People: How do we increase motivation and passion? How do we keep or increase energy and engagement? How do we get management closer to the work?
  • Empower Teams: How do we improve teamwork and interactions? How do we get people to take ownership for things? How do we empower self organising teams?
  • Align Constraints: How do we align multiple teams? How do we make sure everyone is working towards the company's goal? How do we improve focus?
  • Develop Competence: How can we best develop our team’s skills and competencies? How can we increase and measure quality? How do we find the right ways to improve effectiveness?
  • Grow Structure: How can we be agile when we work with distributed teams? How can we work with multiple product owners and customers?
  • Improve Everything: How can we get management and business to be agile? How can we change the company’s culture? How can we develop a culture hungry to learn and improve?

Speakers
avatar for Craig Brown

Craig Brown

Craig Brown is an experienced leader of agile teams. He has implemented agile into organsiations and worked with established agile teams and organisations. Craig is also an experienced trainer and facilitator and is a licensed trainer of the Management 3.0 training program.Craig is... Read More →


Friday November 8, 2013 1:30pm - 2:30pm GMT+08
Practices Space Hibiscus Main Ballroom

1:30pm GMT+08

Mutation Tests
Speakers
avatar for Joseph Yao

Joseph Yao

Agile Coach, Odd-e
Joseph is an Odd-e Agile Coach and provides agile practice coaching and training for teams. He has more than 13 years’ development and project management experience in software industry, as well as, a broad knowledge in both internet (web & app) and desktop software development... Read More →


Friday November 8, 2013 1:30pm - 2:30pm GMT+08
Technical Space Hibiscus Main Ballroom

3:00pm GMT+08

Performance Appraisals - The Bane of Agile Teams

Who among you have that uneasy feeling during each and every scheduled performance appraisal? Supervisors tend to dislike it, employees are repelled by it. And yet it is still practiced. We Agile practitioners do not lack the values and principles to drive ourselves to excellent performance. And yet get de-motivated by company policies and practices that operate under false assumptions. Performance appraisals try (and fail) to provide solutions to specific areas in the world of work. Worse, it risks driving a culture of disempowerment and direct towards individualism over collaboration. What do we do instead?


Speakers
avatar for Michael Mallete

Michael Mallete

Mike Mallete is an experienced Agile coach, trainer, and speaker. He has coached teams located in Europe, Asia, North America, and Australia, from junior developers to senior management. He had trained hundreds of IT personnel of various Philippine-based and multinational companies... Read More →


Friday November 8, 2013 3:00pm - 4:00pm GMT+08
Organisational Space Hibiscus Main Ballroom

3:00pm GMT+08

The Guessing Game - Alternatives to Agile Estimation and the #NoEstimates debate

Agile promotes empiricism and change, yet many practitioners continue to scope out and estimate delivery times and costs for software products and projects.

Defenders of the art of estimation claim that we need to estimate software projects in order to answer common business and customer questions such as:

  • Shouldwegoaheadwiththisproject?(go/no-go)
  • Howmuchwillitcost?(bottomline)
  • Whenwillitbedone?(predictability)
  • ShouldwedoprojectBinsteadofA?(prioritisation)

This session challenges participants to flip these questions on their heads and seek alternatives to estimation rituals. It covers the many risks inherent with an estimation culture and demonstrates real, practical alternatives, both at the portfolio and the sprint level.

Participants will get the following learning outcomes:

  • How to reduce the uncertainty and risk inherent with popular estimation models and rituals
  • How to determine the price for your customer without estimation rituals
  • How to determine delivery dates and roadmaps without estimation rituals
  • How to determine which projects to pursue without estimation rituals
  • How to do Scrum o rXP without estimation rituals
  • When, if ever, is it appropriate to estimate software projects?

Speakers
avatar for Neil Killick

Neil Killick

Director, Iterative
Neil is a passionate Agile and Lean thinker, blogger, speaker and helper. He provides Coaching, Training, Project/Product Management and Business Analysis services to organisations who are looking to become more effective at delivering the right software in the right way. Having seen... Read More →


Friday November 8, 2013 3:00pm - 4:00pm GMT+08
Technical Space Hibiscus Main Ballroom

3:00pm GMT+08

The pursuit of happiness; A journey towards large scale scrum

Matt will discuss an exciting and large scale agile transformation happening across the globe in JP Morgan’s Core Processing Technology division.  During this talk Matt will share some of the challenges and pitfalls the group faced while trying to be agile and some of the tactics being applied in order to improve all the time.


Speakers
avatar for Matt Winn

Matt Winn

Line Coach for the Singapore and Manila Securities Feature Teams, J.P. Morgan
As Line Coach for the Singapore and Manila Securities Feature Teams Matt is responsible for 100+ staff within region who belong to 14 cross functional and multi-skilled Feature Teams. The teams are working on the Core Processing Securities platform serving many Business Units and... Read More →


Friday November 8, 2013 3:00pm - 4:00pm GMT+08
Practices Space Hibiscus Main Ballroom