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Agile 2011 Early Bird Submissions

Mike Cottmeyer Chief Executive Officer
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Hey… I know this is a little late, but the early bird submission date for Agile 2011 is tomorrow.  If you want to get a jump start on the feedback process, and maybe even get an early nod for the conference, you better get busy submitting.  Here’s the URL in case you can’t find it for some reason:

Okay, so now for the fun stuff… I actually have three talks submitted.  I’m going to include the abstracts here, and welcome your feedback on LeadingAgile.  But what would be really cool is if you guys would head over to the submission system and give me some real live feedback where it counts.

This might be the only conference I submit for this year… so I’m really hoping to get one of these bad boys picked for the big show. Wish me luck!

Exploring Enterprise Agile Transformation Strategies


The goal of any enterprise agile adoption strategy is NOT to adopt agile. Companies adopt agile to achieve better business outcomes. Large organizations have no time for dogma and one-size-fits-all thinking when it comes to introducing agile practices. These companies need pragmatic guidance for safely and incrementally introducing structure, principles, and ultimately practices that will result in greater long term, sustainable business results. This talk will introduce a framework for safely, pragmatically, and incrementally introducing agile to help you achieve your business goals.


This talk will explore a pragmatic change management framework for introducing agile into any sized organization. It starts with top down design intent, followed by bottom up implementation and constant attention to how the entire system… your company, delivers value to its customers. By the end of the talk, participants will understand what it takes, and have the thinking tools necessary, to lead a large scale agile transformation.

This will be primarily a Powerpoint based presentation, with lots of visuals, and much time for Q&A. As a matter of fact, I prefer to take questions during the talk, and encourage participants to engage throughout the presentation. In addition to the slide materials, we will provide a link where the participants can download our agile assessment and change management framework for their personal use.




Learning Outcomes

  • How an enterprise agile transformation is different from introducing agile at the team level

  • Patterns for designing an organization that is ready to scale

  • The 3 primary dimensions of an agile transformation initiative (competency, frequency, and scale)

  • A values based approach to blending practices from agile, RUP, and even traditional methodologies

  • The importance of leadership and managing change through your agile transformation



Blending Scrum and Kanban to Create an End-to-End Agile Enterprise










Large scale agile adoption requires top down intent, with bottom up implementation. We’ll explain how we transformed a 100 person company from ad-hoc and waterfall practices to a true end-to-end agile organization… inclusive of sales, marketing, and support. We’ll cover the initial assessment and organizational design, how we introduced team-based delivery practices, and put into place program and portfolio management to align all aspects of delivery to achieve business objectives. We’ll explain in detail the final state and the fundamental operational principles that make it all work.


This is largely going to be a talking-head presentation. I plan to take the full 90 minutes to explain the principles, practices, and mechanisms we used to make this work. I use almost all pictures in my presentations and actively engage the audience in the discussion. My talks tend to be pretty interactive and people are comfortable engaging throughout to make it a lively discussion.




Learning Outcomes



  • Discuss the planning considerations involved in a complex multi-team production organization

  • Show how to incrementally introduce change and what to do with everyone else while you are in transition

  • Introduce the key practices required to manage enterprise requirements

  • Illustrate how Scrum and Kanban work together to create a focused enterprise project portfolio

  • Demonstrate how to introduce agile to non-technical teams (sales, marketing, support) and how to get senior leadership involved in the planning process





Hands-On Introduction to Agile Project Management




Agile is lots of things to lots of people… but to a Project Manager, agile is about helping the team figure out how much software we build for the money our customer is willing to spend, and the time we have to get the product delivered. This tutorial will introduce the new Agile Project Manager to three of the most fundamental planning meetings required to run an agile project: the Release Planning meeting, the Iteration Planning meeting, and the Demo & Review meeting. Participants will leave with hands on experience, working with others, to plan a real-life agile project.






The tutorial is based around 3 simulation exercises that I use in my two-day training course. The general format is 10-15 minutes of teaching followed a 45 minute hands-on exercises around the the material I just presented. We will run through three modules followed by a short debrief.

Module 1 – Release Planning * What makes a good backlog item (CCC, INVEST, As a User I…) * Relative estimation and story points * Yesterday’s weather * Release Planning simulation

Module 2 – Iteration Planning * Breaking stories down into tasks * Sizing the iteration * Building the task board * Iteration Planning simulation

Module 3 – Demo and Review * Presenting what you have built * Reviewing Metrics * Inspecting and adapting * Demo and Review simulation

The exercise is very scaleable. I would need the room configured in rounds, with 5-7 people per table to do the exercise. We could have as many tables as necessary based on interest.



Learning Outcomes


  • Understand and have experienced a simple approach to Release Planning

  • Understand and have experienced the fundamentals of Iteration Planning

  • Understand and have experienced the mechanics of a Review & Retrospective















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