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Friday, May 9


Registration and Breakfast
Pick up your registration packet and enjoy a light breakfast while networking with other attendees!

Friday May 9, 2014 7:00am - 8:00am
3 Other/Common 2544 Executive Dr, Indianapolis, IN 46241


Welcome and Introduction
Friday May 9, 2014 8:00am - 8:30am
0 Golden Ballroom 2544 Executive Dr, Indianapolis, IN 46241


Lessons In Gravity: What's Holding You Down?
How well do you launch new ideas into orbit? If you do this well, fly on and fly by fearless astronaut. If not, your “lightweight” may have gained mass in the form of prescriptive or dogmatic views that constrain lift off and bring new ideas crashing back to the planet. Many large scale efforts struggle because more process takes precedence over more product and customer learning. If you want to reduce gravity wells and increase learning velocity, this session is fueled with ideas.

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David Hussman

Founder, DevJam
I split my time between leading DevJam and coaching at client sites. My coaching ranges from small teams to large enterprises and entails working with teams, programs and leadership groups. Some days I am doing discovery work, teaching product thinking and agile design and augmenting real agility with user centered design and user experience tools. Other days I am deep in the delivery space helping teams adapt agile methods to meet their needs... Read More →

Friday May 9, 2014 8:30am - 9:30am
0 Golden Ballroom 2544 Executive Dr, Indianapolis, IN 46241


Agile Cross-Pollination: Growing Agile Adoption at Farm Credit Mid-America
What happens when the business side of your company, after seeing the success of Agile techniques used by your IT side, tries to use the same techniques and practices? This presentation will provide an overview of the Farm Credit Mid-America (FCMA) journey to Agile adoption within IT and its internal business partners. Scrum was first introduced within its application development team in 2008, then Kanban was introduced in 2011. Gradually adoption grew and now over two dozen IT and business teams have chosen to also adopt some of the same practices and techniques. Come hear FCMA’s story of cultivating an Agile work environment within and outside it’s IT department. See how the job of the developer, product owner and tester become easier with business-side Agile adoption. Learn some of the surprising benefits gained when IT and the business side of a company are utilizing similar approaches to agile work management.

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Alston Hodge

Enterprise Agile Coach, Farm Credit Mid-America
Alston Hodge is a Certified Scrum Coach and Project Management Professional with 25 years of diverse management experience in multi-million dollar program and project implementation. He has proven experience in completing programs and projects in a variety of industries including Insurance, Financial Services, Information Technology, Energy, Government, Healthcare and Hospitality. His extensive experience includes coaching, managing, mentoring... Read More →

Friday May 9, 2014 9:45am - 10:45am
1 Fortune Square D 2544 Executive Dr, Indianapolis, IN 46241


Cultivating Agile Requirements

In an Agile environment, maintaining an ever-changing backlog of requirements can be intimidating, exhausting, and overwhelming. Without a sustainable process to cultivate the backlog, the Agile team can struggle to deliver value to its customers.

Come discover how to create an adaptable process to handle constant backlog change and provide valuable information at the right time for your team and stakeholders.

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Mark Wavle

Practice Manager, Cardinal Solutions
Mark Wavle is a Scrum Master (PSM II), Business Analyst (CBAP), and trainer with Cardinal Solutions Group who is passionate about enabling the development of quality, valuable solutions. He has 10 years of experience as a Business Analyst in the manufacturing, service, and healthcare industries. | Five years ago, Mark joined an Agile project as a member of a Scrum team, later taking on Scrum Master activities. He has found the approach... Read More →

Friday May 9, 2014 9:45am - 10:45am
1 Fortune Square B 2544 Executive Dr, Indianapolis, IN 46241


Secrets of Agile Estimation: Myths, Math, and Methods
Let’s go beyond practicing Agile estimation and move to truly understanding it. Find out several common mistakes in using story points. Improve the effectiveness of your story pointing practice. Recognize the smells of a stagnating estimation practice. Use cycle time to evaluate the effectiveness of your existing estimation strategy. Learn the real pre-conditions to apply cycle time and make them work for you.

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Stephen Vance

Director of Agile, Zipcar, Inc.
Stephen Vance (@StephenRVance, vance.com) has served in most roles in the software product development process across a wide range of industries and technologies. For the last several years, he has focused on coaching teams in Lean and Agile approaches to development and testing as a practitioner, manager and consultant. He is currently an independent Lean/Agile coach. He is the author of Quality Code: Software Testing Principles, Practices... Read More →

Friday May 9, 2014 9:45am - 10:45am
1 Fortune Square C 2544 Executive Dr, Indianapolis, IN 46241


The Automated Tester

Write. Code. Automate.

In the last couple of years I’ve seen a huge spike in demand for people who can write, code, and automate their own acceptance tests. I call these folks automated testers. Not only do these people automate their own tests, they also do their own analysis and enjoy talking with customers.

In this talk I would like to explore the role of the automated tester, show how it is different than traditional Quality Assurance (QA), and share a few ideas on how to get there.

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Jonathan Rasmusson

Jonathan Rasmusson is the author of The Agile Samurai. An experienced programmer, with an aversion for titles, Jonathan has helped some of the world’s leading software companies find better ways of working and playing together. When not cycling to work in the throes of winter you can find him developing software and coaching teams at Spotify.

Friday May 9, 2014 9:45am - 10:45am
1 Fortune Square A 2544 Executive Dr, Indianapolis, IN 46241


Open Space
Is there a topic that you really want to learn about but isn't on the agenda? Did you hear something in one of the presentations that you want to discuss in more detail? If so, then the Open Space is the place for you! The Open Space is a dedicated area where you, the conference attendees, drive the agenda. You determine the topics and then other people that are interested in the same topic can join in.

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Matt Block

Agile Coach, Fusion Alliance
Matt is one of the founders of AgileIndy and is passionate about helping create great workplaces by adopting agile and related practices. He loves to talk about agile, answer questions, and help people find resources on agile. Catch up with him during the conference or ping him anytime to meet for coffee or lunch.

Friday May 9, 2014 9:45am - 4:00pm
2 Directors Row 3 2544 Executive Dr, Indianapolis, IN 46241


Antifragility: Beyond Agility

Agility involves responding to change while Antifragility involves gaining from disorder! Agility emphasizes embracing change while inspecting and adapting. Antifragility emphasizes embracing chaos while adapting and evolving.

As a value system (mindset), Agility emphasizes people, results, collaboration, and responsiveness where self-organizing cross-functional teams form the quintessential social unit of an agile organization and where various frameworks (with roles, events/activities, artifacts, and rules) and practices/techniques operationalize the values and principles of Agility.

We’ll explore volatility/disorder and stressors/shocks and distinguish between Fragile, Antiagile, Robust, Agile, and Antifragile as well as Resilience; and then we’ll explore how to operationalize Antifragility.

Friday May 9, 2014 11:00am - 12:00pm
1 Fortune Square D 2544 Executive Dr, Indianapolis, IN 46241


Case Study: We Don't Know Anything About Agile, but Let's Give it a Try!

One year ago, Fuzion Analytics decided to implement Agile Scrum for a major product development effort. Nobody on our team had any agile experience. Why did we do this? What problems were we trying to solve? How did we convince management? Where did we begin?

A year later we have expanded into multiple scrum teams. We have seen successes and we have had challenges. We have made lots of adjustments along they way. It hasn’t been easy and we still don’t have it all figured out – probably never will! But, we have seen tremendous value. Come hear about our journey.

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Patrick Bogan

CIO, Fuzion Analytics
Patrick Bogan is CIO of Fuzion Analytics in Carmel, IN. He is responsible for the continued planning and implementation of information technology and product development initiatives by providing strategy, leadership and vision to Fuzion Analytics’ product suite and clients. Patrick initiated the use of Agile techniques for a specific development project and is now leading the effort to introduce agility throughout the organization. Before... Read More →

Friday May 9, 2014 11:00am - 12:00pm
1 Fortune Square A 2544 Executive Dr, Indianapolis, IN 46241


Mid-Range Planning in Agile with SAFe (Sponsored by Eliassen Group)

Once an established practice, the mid-range planning event for various reasons has all but died off in most companies.  The Scaled Agile Framwork (SAFe) which enables scaling agility across large, complex businesses, has re-established the event as a key practice.  Even if you're organization is not yet doing agile this practice will help you be more effective and deliver more value to your customers sooner.  This event will help improve alignment, communication, cross team coordination, identify dependencies, and build stronger teams.  Implementing this event may seem like a daunting task, but the return greatly outweighs the cost.  When you learn how to organize and execute mid-range planning you will dramatically increase your programs likelihood of success.

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Dan Rice

Dan is a scrum master and agile evangelist currently working for a major grocery retailer. He has practiced various forms of iterative and agile development, extreme programming practices and agile project management thru out his 20 year IT career. Over the last 5+ years he has stood up, coached and helped to improve several project teams some of which were headed for failure before agile. Dan is passionate about the agile craft, regularly... Read More →

Friday May 9, 2014 11:00am - 12:00pm
1 Fortune Square B 2544 Executive Dr, Indianapolis, IN 46241


The Show Must Go On: Agile Leadership Lessons Learned from a Life in the Theatre
My first brush with Agile felt strangely familiar. As my Agile experience grew, I realized that the familiarity was actually a similarity to the principles found in the world of theater. I’ve spent half my life in theater (including a stint on Saturday Night Live) and half my life in Agile. Most of the Agile principles were already taught to me in the theater. Discovering this link between my personal passion and my work led to a deeper level of involvement and pride in my career. I’d like to share these lessons with you.

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John Krewson

Founder, Sketch
John Krewson (@johnkrewson) is the founder of Sketch Development Services, a software development studio that provides Agile coaching, training and transformation services. John's past roles include Agile consulting for VersionOne and MasterCard. His communication skills, patience, and Agile experience blend into a unique style that is both approachable and entertaining. Since he still hasn't found a silver bullet to eliminate all the... Read More →

Friday May 9, 2014 11:00am - 12:00pm
1 Fortune Square C 2544 Executive Dr, Indianapolis, IN 46241


Lunch and Panel Discussion
Friday May 9, 2014 12:00pm - 1:30pm
0 Golden Ballroom 2544 Executive Dr, Indianapolis, IN 46241


Cultivating Grassroots Innovation in an Agile Environment
Many companies have turned their focus toward driving innovation within their business. However, relatively few have been truly successful with innovation. What is it that makes companies innovative? In a nutshell, it requires a culture of innovation that exists within all levels of the organization. Agile teams are in a prime position to initiate innovation at a grassroots level and as a matter of routine. This presentation will explore how Agile teams can mobilize grassroots innovation during their day-to-day duties, and successfully drive innovation from the ground up.

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Rebecca Scott

Rebecca Scott has been a business analyst for over ten years. She has been recognized for innovation initiatives, having won two innovation challenges and global recognition for a new social innovation project within the Education market. She has experience working in environments with various development metodologies, but recognizes the unique advantage that Agile environments have in cultivating innovation within an organization. Rebecca earned... Read More →

Friday May 9, 2014 1:45pm - 2:45pm
1 Fortune Square D 2544 Executive Dr, Indianapolis, IN 46241


If We're Agile, Why Do We Need Managers?

A common misconception about agile is that managers are unnecessary. After all, agile is based on self-organizing teams. If the teams organize themselves, what do managers do?

Unfortunately, most scrum training plays into that. Think about it: how many trainers or coaches have you seen sketch the structure of a scrum team with a drawing that includes a manager? While there’s always a scrum master and a product owner, the core team and maybe some stakeholders, have you ever seen a manager in that drawing?

This misconception can be a problem all around: A frequently cited barrier to agile adoption is managers who don’t know what to do when their teams become self-managing. When they’re not included in training, how would they (or anyone else, for that matter) know how to characterize their role. At the same time, organizations often lay down expectations of managers, some compatible with agile, some not.

Agile has clearly shifted the old roles and responsibilities. Managers bent on command-and-control are clearly a barrier to agile adoption. But managers who take a hands-off approach or are treading water in a sea of ambiguity will almost certainly stymie adoption, as well.

Ron Lichty believes (and so do a lot of the early agile thought leaders) that managers have critical roles to play in enabling success, both of transitions to agile and of agile itself. This session is about those roles.

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Ron Lichty

Principal and Owner, Ron Lichty Consulting
Ron Lichty has been alternating between consulting with and managing software development and product organizations for over 20 years, the last 14 of those in the era of Agile.Principal and owner of Ron Lichty Consulting, Inc. (www.RonLichty.com), he has trained teams in Scrum, transitioned teams from waterfall and iterative methodologies to agile, and coached teams already using agile to make their software development “hum”.Ron’s most... Read More →

Friday May 9, 2014 1:45pm - 2:45pm
1 Fortune Square C 2544 Executive Dr, Indianapolis, IN 46241


Owning the Product by Owning the User Experience
Effective product ownership means owning the user’s experience (UX) of that product. This session provides a practical introduction to UX concepts and methods as adapted for Agile software development. Sample deliverables, activities and results will be drawn from the Avalon Media System project, a jointly developed open source system developed by Indiana University and Northwestern University. Q&A and discussion will follow, spurred by key questions.

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Mark Notess

Indiana University
Mark Notess is a product owner, development manager and user experience specialist at Indiana University Bloomington Library Technologies. His primary responsibility since joining IU in 2001 has been user experience and management of digital media software development and services, including the Variations Digital Music Library and the Avalon Media System. Both systems are open source and in use at multiple institutions. | | Before joining IU... Read More →

Friday May 9, 2014 1:45pm - 2:45pm
1 Fortune Square B 2544 Executive Dr, Indianapolis, IN 46241


Retrospective Tips, Tricks, and Traps

Good feedback loops alone don’t ensure Agile success, but poor and/or nonexistent feedback loops guarantee failure.

The Product Demo at the end of the iteration provides feedback on the product’s current state and its future improvements, and the Retrospective is the primary feedback loop for the Team to learn, improve, and grow. It you agree that better Teams deliver better products, ask “Are your Retrospectives making your Team(s) better, and helping them develop into all that they can be?”

This session will help you build better retrospectives, and perhaps more importantly, develop a deeper understanding of the ‘why’ of retrospectives.

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Earl Everett

Senior Agile Coach, Agile Velocity
Earl Everett is a Senior Agile Coach for Agile Velocity in Austin, TX. He’s been a director, manager, developer, and tester; his first professional software experience was in 1971, and his first agile experience was in 1974, when he began a 20+ year avocation playing rugby, a complex-adaptive system game played between two cross-functional teams. His first hands-on software experience with Agile was in 2002, which demonstrated many of its... Read More →

Friday May 9, 2014 1:45pm - 2:45pm
1 Fortune Square A 2544 Executive Dr, Indianapolis, IN 46241


Coaching for Success - Practical Solutions for Building a High-Performance Organization
Have you hired a coach to help improve agility? Maybe you've been asked to take on the coach role? How do you know if your coaching techniques are effective? What are the behaviors and qualities exemplified in a coach that will unleash the power and capabilities of your organization? 

In this session you will experience and practice varied approaches a coach may use to enable agility and move towards a high-performing workplace. Through the use of actual workplace challenges, you will learn those coaching behaviors and tactics that can enable or disable the team and your agile adoption efforts. These learnings can be applied immediately within your organization. 

If you are a leader, manager, current or prospective coach, this session is for you! You will come away with new ideas to add to your coaching toolkit, and validation that your coaching strategy is meeting your organization's needs.

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Joe Astolfi

Agile Transformation Coach, AEP
Joe Astolfi is the the Agile Transformation Coach at American Electric Power, where he works with others to be great leaders, increase their agility, and find joy in their work. He is also the Vice-Chair and a Board Member of the Central Ohio Agile Association, and an adjunct professor at Miami University. Joe's goal is to help people love what they do while delivering exceptional business value. He has 25 years of experience in IT and... Read More →
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Terry Wiegmann

Director, QSI
Terry was one of the founders of the Requirements SIG, COQAA’s first SIG, was the founding president of the Columbus Chapter of the IIBA, and was an Awesome Woman in Agile nominee. She is both an IIBA Certified Business Analysis Professional and an ASQ Certified Software Quality Engineer, and is also a Professional Scrum Product Owner. | | She has a solid background and hands-on experience in both quality assurance and business analysis... Read More →

Friday May 9, 2014 3:00pm - 4:00pm
1 Fortune Square B 2544 Executive Dr, Indianapolis, IN 46241


Emotional Intelligence for Agile Teams
Learn how Product Owners, Scrum Masters and Development Team members can improve their working relationships and greatly increase productivity. Emotional Intelligence is a crucial enabler of high-performing Agile and Scrum teams. You will learn the key concepts and ways to apply them for immediate results. 

This session will cover: 
• Overview of Emotional Intelligence principles 
• Exploring Agile & Scrum values that are consistent with emotional intelligence 
• Best practices and techniques for that can be employed now to ensure success 
• Scenarios where emotional intelligence works well

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Stephen Wagner

Principal Consultant, Cardinal Solutions
Stephen Wagner is currently a consultant with Cardinal Solutions Group in Cincinnati as a Scrum Master and Project Manager. He has been part of the Agile Cincinnati Leadership team since 2011. Stephen worked for 14 years with P&G's IT organization. While at P&G, he was a member of P&G Agile Community of Practice and managed numerous projects and initiatives. Stephen is an Attorney and practiced for 10 years in Boston before making a... Read More →

Friday May 9, 2014 3:00pm - 4:00pm
1 Fortune Square D 2544 Executive Dr, Indianapolis, IN 46241


Enterprise Lean Startup: How organizations are acting more like a startup

Companies building products face similar challenges:

  • Surprised by information late into development
  • Products cost too much to build or take longer than planned
  • Products have many features that don’t add value
  • Not sure which features are needed in the product

While these challenges are not new, there are new approaches being used today to address them. The level of uncertainty inherent in dealing with these challenges requires an approach that is optimized for that uncertainty. We are seeing a shift in the way enterprise’s think about product development as a direct result of the Lean Startup movement.

Come listen to Chris as he shares how SEP is using Lean Start-up concepts to help our clients innovate in new ways. Come away with some simple tools that have helped them make better decisions and take advantage of new opportunities.

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Chris Shinkle

Director of Innovation, SEP
Chris Shinkle is the Director of Innovation at Software Engineering Professionals (SEP). Since 1997, Chris has been a thought leader and initiator of new ideas and continuous improvement. | | He introduced and led SEP’s adoption of Agile software development practices in 2004 as well as the adoption of Lean and Kanban in 2007. He has used these methods to lead large, complex projects, including military aircraft engine monitoring... Read More →

Friday May 9, 2014 3:00pm - 4:00pm
1 Fortune Square C 2544 Executive Dr, Indianapolis, IN 46241


Three Books Every Developer Should Have on Their Shelf
Are you building systems that have long-term sustainability and that will be easy to maintain and adapt to changing business conditions? 

Adopting and adapting agility requires more than just process changes. This session will focus on technical practices taken from the three books Dion most often recommends when coaching teams adopting agile methods. It will cover test-driven development at both a unit and acceptance test level, working with legacy code (code written without automated tests), and stability patterns for building resilient systems. 

No previous knowledge of any of these practices is required. Attendees will leave with practical, pragmatic techniques they can apply immediately as well as knowledge of where to go to get deeper information about these practices.


Friday May 9, 2014 3:00pm - 4:00pm
1 Fortune Square A 2544 Executive Dr, Indianapolis, IN 46241


Innovate and Invigorate Your Agile Discovery Practices
Agile product discovery is essential for continuous delivery of high-quality solutions. At the same time, discovery is also one of the most challenging aspects of any project. A wide range of stakeholders must collaboratively explore and agree on inventive and valuable product requirements. To do this, many agile teams rely on user stories, and perhaps a few other techniques, such as story maps and personas. While these are a good start, they are not sufficient for the complex products most teams wrestle with today. Ellen reaches beyond discovery-as-usual to highlight creative ways to enlighten and energize your agile product discovery.

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Ellen Gottesdiener

CEO/Founder, EBG Consulting
Ellen Gottesdiener is an internationally recognized leader in the convergence of agile + requirements + product management and a pioneer in the use of collaborative practices for product discovery. She offers techniques, tools, training, and leadership in how you can engage in ways that excite, invite, and produce valuable product outcomes and happy teams. | | Ellen is a world-renowned writer, speaker, and presenter. Her most recent book... Read More →

Friday May 9, 2014 4:15pm - 5:15pm
0 Golden Ballroom 2544 Executive Dr, Indianapolis, IN 46241


Closing Comments and Raffle
Friday May 9, 2014 5:15pm - 5:30pm
0 Golden Ballroom 2544 Executive Dr, Indianapolis, IN 46241


Cocktails & Retrospective
Join us for drinks and a retrospective on the conference.  Speaker Jason Tanner will lead us through a group retrospective so we can provide an even better conference next year!

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Jason Tanner

CEO, Applied Frameworks, Inc.
Jason Tanner is the CEO of Applied Frameworks, a product management consulting firm. Jason’s passion is coaching people to develop products that customers love. He mentors, teaches, facilitates and sometimes does the work to identify and apply the optimal frameworks for a situation. Lately he’s been focused on very large scale Agile adoption and overcoming all of the obstacles thousands of people encounter when their world of work shifts... Read More →

Friday May 9, 2014 5:30pm - 8:00pm
4 Brickyard 2544 Executive Dr, Indianapolis, IN 46241