Gathering 2011 – Elephant in the Room, for Managers

If you are a manager that’s new to agile or even if you’ve been working with agile teams for a long time, there is always something more you could be doing to help your team perform better or transition to agile more easily. If you are a manager like me and are looking for agile management tips and tricks or even some inspiration then the “Elephant in the Room” track, for managers is for you. Learn more about agile and various development methodologies, get exposure to some great leaders and learn how you can help create a more productive team.

Here’s a brief overview of the speakers, and their sessions, for this years Scrum for Leads track.

In Johannesburg, we introduce:

Simon Bennett

Lean vs Agile – Stop Fighting Starting Delivering: Reloaded

Simon discusses the hot topic of Scrum vs. Kanban. First presented in 2008 in Stockholm and now re-written and updated to reflect the recent rise in interest in Kanban. This presentation aims to show that Lean and Agile are not alternate canons, but are rather two sides of the same coin, and differ mainly in their approach to adoption, rather than their end states. He feels that the zealotry that exists in both the Scrum and Kanban camps does more harm than good. If you’re more interested in results than buzzwords, then this is the session for you.

 

 

Siegfried Kaltenecker

The elephant is dead. Leadership in the agile world


Sigi will address critical questions facing the agile manager today. How best can the agile potential be fostered and developed? Which team efforts and management input would support this? What does an agile management culture comprise of? He will explore each of these factors in more detail, providing concrete examples, and invite you to share your experience, with a focus on the role of leadership in agile transitions.

 

9 September 2011 – Sandton Convention Center – book your tickets online now!

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In Cape Town, we’re looking forward to the following:

Richard Bailey

Help me, the hippies have taken my team to play games

Richard will take a humorous, irreverent business view of the value that Scrum adds to a software business. For many business executives, Scrum appears to be a series of mystic rituals and games. This has historically generated a lot of tension for teams transitioning to scrum while surviving the pressures of business as usual. Richard will take the audience through his roller-coaster ride of championing and defending scrum while the business taunted that his team was just playing games. Along the way he will hope to include insights and anecdotes, along with audience discussion on taking the business on the ride to scrum from the perspective of a business executive.
Along the way he will highlight the tremendous value Scrum adds to his business role as CTO and some insights as to how Scrum practitioners can help business executive particularly understand that Scrum rituals and names are not excuses for playing games at work.

 

 

Simon Bennett

Beyond Kano: Using the Cynefin Framework for Backlog Management

Simon will explore the fascinating topic of the Cynefin framework for prioritising. Although Scrum is a great tool for managing complex product development, not every single part of your product or project is actually in itself complex. Cynefin gives us a framework, against which we can zoom in on which parts of our backlog require the most attention, as well as providing a mechanism for gaining stakeholder buy-in and team socialisation. Come learn a new tool to put in your Product Owner’s backpack.

 

Siegfried Kaltenecker

The Big 5. Leadership as a team sport in the agile world


Simon discusses the hot topic of Scrum vs. Kanban. First presented in 2008 in Stockholm and now re-written and updated to reflect the recent rise in interest in Kanban. This presentation aims to show that Lean and Agile are not alternate canons, but are rather two sides of the same coin, and differ mainly in their approach to adoption, rather than their end states. He feels that the zealotry that exists in both the Scrum and Kanban camps does more harm than good. If you’re more interested in results than buzzwords, then this is the session for you.

 

 

13 and 14 September 2011 – Erinvale Hotel, Somerset West – book your tickets online now!

We also have dedicated tracks for the Scrum Master, Scrum Team Members (developers, analysts, testers etc) and of course the Product Owner.

More information to come in the next few days,  so please – stay tuned. Click here to view the detailed program.

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