Below are listed the different Proposals from the Community for Agile Tour Sydney 2012.

Feel free to comment.

Submissions are closing this Wed the 7th of November.

Three Ways Lean Thinking Can Make An Immediate Impact On Your Team And Your Career

posted Nov 15, 2012, 12:50 AM by David Bales   [ updated Nov 15, 2012, 12:53 AM ]

Juan Barberis

Learn three ways Lean thinking can make an immediate impact on your team and your career:

a. Identify your strengths and use them effectively 

b. Facilitate sessions on value stream mapping 

c. Manage projects simply and effectively – the A3 way – as it is done at Google, Apple, 3M, and many other progressive Lean companies 

This session is 50% hands-on and requires some knowledge or experience with Lean, value stream mapping, and A3 project management.  It is limited to 12 participants to ensure a fun and collaborative environment.

Removing the bottlenecks one by one - a BPM approach to Continuous Delivery

posted Nov 13, 2012, 3:36 AM by Frank LetsBe   [ updated Nov 16, 2012, 1:59 AM by David Bales ]

Geoff Bullen

Our experience using BPM techniques and tools to give visibility to the health of the whole process - a combination of manual and automated activities, hand-offs between teams, approval steps, and exception paths. Setting up a process that can be improved as we remove one bottleneck at a time

Evolving Agile

posted Nov 7, 2012, 10:52 PM by Jeremie Benazra   [ updated Nov 16, 2012, 1:59 AM by David Bales ]

Rob Gibson

On the creativity spectrum, Agile is supposed to be less stodgy-risk-averse-process-heavy and more like two-guys-in-a-garage. Indeed, Agile is often introduced by large corporates wanting more innovative results. But the constant pressure to fit Agile into a predictable, production-line model smothers the innovation and ingenuity we should be getting.

How can we safeguard the creative freedom we need to be able to create real, pragmatic breakthroughs, and bigger, better returns?

By merging the structure & tools of Design Thinking with the power and speed of Agile. Not just for UIs: for the whole project. And not just for the end-user: for all stakeholders. The results are remarkable. 

The Agile Architect Manifesto

posted Nov 7, 2012, 12:51 PM by David Bales   [ updated Nov 7, 2012, 12:53 PM ]

David Hall

My session is about the new mind set architects need to exhibit or take on in order to support agile development. How to apply agile principles to their work as architects.

Coaching Software Testers

posted Nov 7, 2012, 1:43 AM by David Bales

Anne-Marie Charrett

in english, the verb ""to know"" can mean one of two things. You can know a fact or you can be in a relationship with a person or a thing. I know the agile manifesto or I know what it means to be agile. They are two different things.

Similarly, I can ""know"" software testing by rattling off and regurgitating terminology or I can ""know"" software testing by understanding how to ask useful questions, think critically and apply this knowledge to my testing.

The coaching model that myself and James Bach use teaches testers to inquire and think for themselves. The student performs testing tasks and through their observation and reflection learn to know software testing.

In this session I will be using examples from coaching sessions that demonstrate the coaching I do as well as give insights as to how this coaching helps to motivate and eventually liberate the tester.

How to not end up like Ansett

posted Nov 7, 2012, 1:35 AM by David Bales

Sam Leslie

How do we ensure that we are able to deliver to market when needed and ensure quality to compete with our competitors. Let’s dive into the most common way we receive work today, “Push” method and compare with the “Pull” through an interactive game to compete for an airlines contract. When are these approaches used and what is the optimum balance for you.

Passion and pain of innovation

posted Nov 7, 2012, 1:34 AM by David Bales

Caoilte Dunne

How many strategies does your company have for leveraging the innovation lurking within your team. Are you aware of the cost of a hack day, do you harvest from your spike day? Is linking brownbags to KPIs a good idea?

Agile in a Testing World

posted Nov 7, 2012, 1:32 AM by David Bales

Adam Hughes

- Lightning introduction to Testing

- Where Testing fits in an Agile World

- Other skills Testers can bring to an Agile Team

- Agile Testing Exercise

- Discussion: is there any value in Agile certification?

BDD in the real world: how to evolve your approach

posted Nov 7, 2012, 1:31 AM by David Bales   [ updated Nov 18, 2012, 7:40 PM by Jeremie Benazra ]

Hanna Karlsson

This session is for anyone in an agile team who wants to learn more about Behaviour-driven Development (BDD) and how it can help you.

We will look at how it directs the entire team to focus on the real business needs, and allows a common understanding of the behaviour of a system through the use of a common vocabulary and specification by example.

The session will also share some challenges that arose on real–world projects when applying BDD, why it’s so important to get the words right, and proven solutions to fully realise the communication and collaboration benefits of BDD.

Agile Portfolio Management Simulation

posted Nov 7, 2012, 1:29 AM by David Bales   [ updated Nov 7, 2012, 1:29 AM ]

James Halprin

This simulation is designed to help a cross-functional group of business, product management, PMO, and technology leaders experience what it would be like to apply lean techniques to managing the overall technology portfolio.

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