LAST Conference 2016 Melbourne

Submissions for LAST Conference Melbourne, 30 June and 1 July 2016.

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  • a preference for which day you prefer
  • if you are able to run your session on both days.
  • the format of your session e.g workshop/talk/panel
  • who is your audience?

We’ll be taking submissions until 15 May 2016…

Track hosts are:
Steve Mitchell – Bruce Lee’s “My style is no style” track
Ryan McKergow – Collaborative mindset & techniques
Rajesh Mathur – Quality
Megan Dell / Adrian Fittolani – UX & Design
Kelsey van Hasster – Large organisations and transformaton
Victoria Schiffer – Coaching
Craig Brown -Computer lab, and Miscellaneous track
TBA - Physical spaces & remote teams
TBA - Product Mgt & leadership
TBA - Software Development

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  1. You know nothing, Jon Snow.

    My night watch started on April 1st, yes on the April Fool’s Day and it wasn’t funny how much I didn’t know about why exactly Continuous Delivery at this mega large enterprise wasn’t continuous even after Devops had done a spectacular job.

    I had 4 weeks to come back with an assessment and of course every wildling piece of information turned out to be Ygritte repeating “You know nothing, Jon Snow.”

    Then I used a model.

    Of course all models are wrong, but some models are useful. A maturity model with some metrics that matter did the trick.

    It revealed…

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    • We're here, and our testers are there

      Collaboration is a key component of agile development, and one of the greatest challenges to that occurs when part of your team is located off-shore. This talk will discuss how to build trust, improve communication and boost the profile of off-shore testers, in order to nurture collaboration across the whole team.

      Format is a talk, can be run either day.
      Will be of most interest to those working with a distributed offshore team.
      Not sure if this fits best with the Quality or Physical Spaces & Remote Teams track

      PS: There is a bug in this site whereby if you…

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      • Do you know your system-thinking persona?

        Systems thinking personas; do you know yours? How can you find out what lens you use to "think in systems" when working as an agile practitioner.

        In this talk I'll will take you through how to identify your dominant persona. Using a self-assessment process involving simple tools, participants will come away from the session with a persona profile of themselves that will support them to think in systems as agile practitioners.

        Combines neuroscience and personality psychology to deepen self-knowledge.

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        • Decluttering, decommissioning and the ultimate no

          At the end of last year my entire life ended up in a storage unit. Every time I opened the door I would be overwhelmed. What was all this stuff? Why was it here? Why do I own 5 umbrellas. I was living just fine without any of it so why did I own any of it? And so I become obsessed with researching minimalism and decluttering. But don't worry this isn't the story about how I got rid of all my things.

          As my research became more intense I started to see the truth of decluttering everywhere. Less choice…

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          • Working Rhythm - achieving outcomes in less time

            This keynote focuses on how busyness and how we work is restricting us from making progress on strategic initiatives or important high impact work. By applying principles within the 3 pillars of Working Rhythm underpins achieving outcomes in less time.

            Duration: 60 minutes

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            • Philosophy, Black Birds, and Testing

              Epistemology was a topic I struggled with for some time. Specifically I had heard of the Black Swan problem and the common aphorism, "absence of evidence is not evidence of absence". I saw how these arguments were being used and commonly accepted but something just didn't sit right with my intuition of how to handle the evidence these ideas discussed.

              After much research and reading I have finally been able to come to an understanding that I would like to share with you. I will provide a quick overview of what epistemology is, how the ideas discussed relate and are…

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              • Key Strategic Levers of Business Agility

                Key Strategic Levers of Business Agility

                A simplified strategic framework for senior leaders to guide organisational improvements. Each lever discussed is distilled from experiences of innovative companies to small start-ups to macro-economic thinking execs.

                Introduction
                1. Strategy
                2. Culture
                3. Product Lifecycle
                4. Opportunity
                5. Dashboard
                6. Systems
                7. Leadership
                8. Learning

                This talk is for;
                + business people who want to create leverage for effective change
                + agilest who want insight on how to think & engage business leaders

                This talk is not for;
                + doing the work for you, it does guide you on what boundaries, what position…

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                • LeanDebate - a way to flow through arguments, learn and laugh!

                  LeanDebate is lean coffee for teams added with the spice of immediate coaching, timekeeping, audience voting and competitive debate!

                  ~ Collaboratively learning game
                  ~ Explore Problems with groups in a safe structure
                  ~ Harness product tension
                  ~ Allow diversity to educate not intimidate

                  LeanDebate is a homegrown innovation that has already been embraced by the New Zealanders, played out at Scrum Australia and now it's time to take it to the next level.

                  Game on teams!
                  For more information on how we'll play visit www.leandebate.com
                  - yes, we're starting out - join the momentum

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                    1 comment  ·  Admin →

                    Hey Steph, you’re session has been planned as discussed :) Checkout your session on Lanyrd to see the current time and details of your session. You can make changes to the session details yourself. Let us know if you have any requests.
                    Victoria

                  • Visualising Decisions - Integrating Decision Making with Kanban

                    There is often a hidden barrier to flow in all of our work systems - decisions. An organisation's ability to make informed decisions quickly may be the difference between a successful product or project or a failure.

                    In this session, I will take you through a technique often used for navigating the complex domain - decision mapping - and will demonstrate how this can be used. Building on this, you'll be taken through the process of translating the decision map into items in a kanban system.

                    Ever wanted to better understand how decisions are made in your organisation, how they…

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                    • Principles of Visual Management

                      Building on my Scrum Australia and Agile Australia talks this is an advanced workshop version for more experienced practitioners.

                      Let's explore and refine the underlying principles of visual management and review when and how best to use them.

                      Workshop style. Outputs published after the session.

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                      • Game theory for a better world

                        There are games everywhere, and we are creating them all the time without even knowing it. We have the “get the project green” game, the “highest team velocity wins” game, and the “meet the go-live date” game. But it’s about time we learnt how to design better games, having people compete to win the “create the most value” game or “increase stakeholder happiness” - much better alternatives in our world.

                        Most commonly used in war games and global economics, game theory is a branch of mathematics not just reserved for those interested in world domination. Defined as “the study of…

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                        • Change Management for Dummies - what Agile folks need to know!

                          Why don't folks simply do what you tell them to do?

                          Why do things that make sense to you as an Agile practitioner don't make sense to others?

                          How do you get the influence you need to execute change?

                          Learn a bunch of key concepts in change management that will help you be a catalyst for change in your organisation.

                          Come away with a kitbag of practical skills to help you progress your journey as an Agile change agent.

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                          Format: Talk
                          Preferred date: 31 June

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                            Hi Katrina,
                            You’re officially invited to speak at LAST Conference in the “Large Organisations and Transformations” track. I’, looking forward to your talk.
                            I’ll contact you soon via email with more details.

                            Cheers

                            Kelsey van Haaster

                          • Teams! Make War, Not (Only) Love!

                            Have you ever felt like your team’s continuous improvement is stalling, and all the best attempts of running effective retros don't get them to a higher performing state?

                            Teams that avoid conflict at all costs or even just feel uncomfortable embracing conflict have a big problem. They will sweep things under the carpet to not rock the boat. And often it doesn’t even matter if the boat is smoothly sailing or in trouble already. Hence, even game changing ideas end up under, instead of on the carpet, and can hence prevent amazing technical, product, and process improvements.

                            The reason for…

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                              Hi Bernd and Vic,

                              You’re officially invited to speak at LAST Conference in the “Collaborative mindset and techniques” track. I’m looking forward to your talk.

                              I’ll contact you soon via email with more details.

                              Cheers,

                              Ryan

                            • How is This Still a Thing? Resource Pools

                              Why and how to move from resource pools to feature teams.

                              A surprising amount of companies are still using antiquated techniques like resource pools. Not only are they costly, but also hinder productivity and effectiveness. Business people wait for weeks and months to get a 20-minute job done? Not uncommon with resource pools.

                              Feature teams, on the other hand, do have certain characteristics providing the organisation to get things done big time: supported by product owner and team facilitator, self-organised and cross-functional, stable, dedicated, and proactive.

                              This session shows a path from resource pools to feature teams via self-selection of…

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                              • ScrumMaster Needed - Desperately! Here are 42 Good Reasons Why

                                There is a lot of reluctance within organisations to put people in place as ScrumMasters, let alone to spend money to hire them. Surely this role can be done by one of the developers, right? After all, it’s only a minor role, correct?

                                Far from it. The ScrumMaster is a full-time role. Without it, who takes care of the Agile process on behalf of the busy Scrum team?

                                One way to help teams and management understand the value of the ScrumMaster’s role is to show them the amount and importance of tasks a ScrumMaster should fulfill - and the consequences…

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                                • Bring your Retrospectives back to life

                                  Retrospectives are the most important ceremony for agile teams. However running the same format every time can lead to them becoming dull and can have an impact on the outputs they generate.

                                  In this session I'll share with you some unique themes and ideas that you can try with your teams to bring some heart, soul and life back to your retrospectives.

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                                    Hi Jay,

                                    You’re officially invited to speak at LAST Conference in the “Collaborative mindset and techniques” track. I’m looking forward to your talk.

                                    I’ll contact you soon via email with more details.

                                    Cheers,

                                    Ryan

                                  • Turning stories into websites

                                    The world of agile project management is filled with "User stories". But what are they? and how do they relate to websites? This session will outline a range of different approaches to really understanding the requirements of a project, and working with a team to bring those stories to life in a browser.

                                    I'd be happy to give this talk on either day, or both if you like. It's a talk, but can be more interactive if the format allows. Audience, anyone who wants to go reclaim stories from a tired old "As a..., I want..., So that..." template.

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                                      Hi Donna,

                                      You’re officially invited to speak at LAST Conference in the “Collaborative mindset and techniques” track. I’m looking forward to your workshop.

                                      I’ll contact you soon via email with more details.

                                      Cheers,

                                      Ryan

                                    • The Sunk Cost Fallacy and the Stupid Decisions We Make

                                      Decision making is never easy. Having to explore various options, weighing up the costs vs benefits, uncertainty around timeframes and costs. It’s even harder when emotion and politics are in play.

                                      In this talk, I’ll introduce people to the sunk cost fallacy and explore how our attachment to sunk costs can lead to decisions and results that are less than optimal. I will explore the implications of this and how it often rears its ugly head in large organisations.

                                      I will then explain how many of the practices and principals we adopt in lean and agile thinking help mitigate and…

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                                      • Tales of UX design from behind the BA veil

                                        #Summary
                                        "False UX from beyond the stars meet, Agile BA!"

                                        UX is always a factor in any digital product and is fundamental to a product's existence. Whilst important, the UX journey is often under valued and misunderstood by agile teams.

                                        This talk is a casual stroll through my experiences as a business analyst dealing with the ever present, and sometimes ignored, aspect of user experience and its design.

                                        It aims to highlight the importance of an UX design mindset from the BA point of view, and what you can do to ensure that it is not ignored. The better we…

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                                        • Coaching the team for hypothesis driven product

                                          Following last years talk on 'hypothesis for real' I want to talk about building the team up to do hypothesis driven product. there are attitudes and behaviours that need to be supported, guided and encouraged. Product, marketing, sales, engineering, IT all need to adapt. Let's explore how to coach the team and the organisation to using data and driving decisions through hypothesis.

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