NOVEMBER 2-4, 2015
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1) Real Kanban and Lean: Collaborative Problem Spotting and Solving

Presented by Jim Benson

We all know Kanban can track our work and show people what we're doing. That's merely the most obvious way kanban provides team with structure and understanding. Kanban doesn't stop there, in this one-day workshop, Jim Benson will lead participants through a series of exercises on how to spot problems of structure (e.g. bottlenecks, work starvation), system (e.g., silos, external uninvested resources, undertraining, poor standards, politics / bureaucracy), and complexity (e.g. undefined issues, unexpected market shifts, overload, context switching).

After that background, we'll explore a simple 4 step Agile / Lean method to collaborative explore the issue, hypothesize plausible root causes, run well-designed experiments, and effect real lasting repairs.

2) Disciplined Agile Delivery in a Nutshell

Presented by Mark Lines

Disciplined Agile Delivery (DAD) is an IT process decision framework for delivering sophisticated agile solutions in the enterprise. It builds on the existing proven practices from agile methods such as Scrum, Extreme Programming (XP), Lean software development, Unified Process, and Agile Modeling to include other aspects necessary for success in the enterprise. DAD fills in the gaps left by mainstream methods by providing guidance on how to effectively plan and kickstart complex projects as well as how to apply a full lifecycle approach, with lightweight milestones, effective metrics, and agile governance.

This one day workshop is not technical and is suitable for all team members. Many group exercises reinforce the principles learned. The workshop is also valuable for management tasked with moving from traditional approaches to agile.

  • IT practitioners new to agile who want to get an effective start at agile solution delivery
  • Existing agile practitioners who want to take it to the next level
  • Senior IT Management who want to gain a deep understanding of how to take a disciplined approach to agile solution delivery
  • Agile practitioners who hope to apply for a Disciplined Agile Yellow Belt or Disciplined Agile Green Belt
  • One Complimentary Yellow Belt test attempt when written within 30 days of the course end date, a $100 US value
  • Go beyond Scrum to avoid costly agile adoption mistakes by starting with a full delivery lifecycle
  • Learn how all aspects of software delivery – architecture, design, testing, programming, leadership, quality assurance, data administration – come together in a cohesive whole
  • Discover how to tailor your agile process to reflect the actual situation you find yourself in
  1. Introduction to Disciplined Agile Delivery (DAD)
  2. Inception Phase: Initiating a DAD Project
  3. Construction Phase: Building Consumable Increments of your Solution
  4. Transition Phase: Releasing the Solution to your Stakeholders
  5. Summarizing the Workshop: A Retrospective


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