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Agile-Lean Ireland 2017 conference
Sat 6 May 2017, 09:00 – 13:00 IST
You are cordially invited to the Agile-Lean Ireland 2017 conference!
We are a community led, non-profit conference, comprised of volunteers from our local Agile meetups and user groups, dedicated to spreading learning in Agile. As a conference, our goal is to help spread knowledge for Agile/Lean Coaches, Scrum Masters, Product Owners, Leaders and Developers.
Our conference will take place in Workday in the heart of Dublin, spread over the course of morning and early afternoon on Saturday, May 6th. We will have 16 speakers in total, spread over 3 tracks, including keynotes, talks, lightning talks and Workshops.
Topics will include NoEstimates, Lean, Scrum, Self Organisation, Kanban, Agile Testing, and much more. Full details can be found on our website at http://www.agileleanireland.org
Keynote 1 - Woody Zuill
Woody Zuill is an independent Agile Guide and Coach and has been programming computers for 34+ years. He is a pioneer of the Mob Programming approach to teamwork in software development, and is considered one of the founders of the “#NoEstimates” discussion on Twitter. His passion is to work with teams to create an environment where everyone of us can excel in our work and in our lives.
Talk: Estimates or NoEstimates?
“The only sure thing about forecasts is that they are WRONG” – James P. Womack and Daniel T. Jones.Estimates have been the bane of software development projects for decision makers, managers, and programmers alike for decades. Managers/Customers want to know: When will it be done? How much will it cost? Which project should we do? Programmers are told: “A professional can do meaningful estimates”, and “We won’t hold you to the estimate”, and yet they often are. It’s my contention that estimates are often not useful for this purpose, and even worse they misinform the decisions they are meant to support.Do we really need estimates? Is simply “getting better” at estimates worthwhile? Can we live without them? Will things be better without them?I don’t have answers for you, but I’ve worked with “no estimates” for over 8 years and I’m still alive and doing well. We’ll explore the idea of estimates, what they are, why they are pervasive in the programming world, how they might be harmful, and see if we can start a dialog about finding a better way.
Keynote 2: Jon Terry
Jon Terry is co-CEO and co-founder of LeanKit. Before LeanKit, Jon held a number of senior IT positions with hospital-giant HCA and its logistics subsidiary, HealthTrust Purchasing Group. He was among those responsible for launching HCA’s adoption of Lean/Agile methods. Jon earned his Global Executive MBA from Georgetown University and ESADE Business School in Barcelona, Spain, and his Masters Certificate in Project Management from George Washington University. He is a Project Management Professional, a Certified Scrum Master, a Kanban Coaching Professional, is certified in the Lean Construction Institute’s Last Planner Method, and trained in the SAFe Lean Systems Engineering method.
Talk: Respect for People - Lean's Neglected Pillar
Respect for People is one of the pillars of Lean. If you read the Lean-Agile literature or attend conferences, you will hear plenty about culture. However, these ideas usually aren’t presented as systematically and tangibly as the process tools. Most of the Lean principles that we study are focused on the other pillar, Continuous Improvement. Cultural ideas may be mixed in there but in a way that’s hard to untangle. Or, at the risk of ruffling some feathers, they may seem overly touchy-feely or theoretical brain science-y.
That’s a real shame. A business can’t just be a nice place to work, full of nice people; it must deliver a steady stream of results for customers and financial stakeholders. But the best long-term results come from providing a sustainable, healthy work environment. So investing in a strong culture is a wise decision for executives and managers.
This talk will explore some key ideas around team structure and the responsibilities of both team members and managers in a respectful Lean-Agile company. It will present a candidate set of seven principles to spell out Respect for People to match those for Continuous Improvement. And it will share some of the source material from which these ideas are derived.