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Regarding to COVID-19 global pandemic situation, Agile Tour Vilnius is changing its conception: we are transferring the whole conference online and adjusting this year’s conference theme to New Normal, its purpose – to reflect the massive changes that happened during this year.
As we are going with online solution, you can join conference wherever you are: from home, office or even from park!
To keep focus high, we will have two sessions:
Agile Tour conference is the biggest event about Agile Project Management and information systems development in Lithuania.
Highly experienced speakers, practitioners will be sharing deep expertise and experience in project management, product management, organizational management, leadership, team management and development field.
Director of Collaboration Superpowers
Lisette Sutherland is a remote-working German-born American living in the Netherlands who is totally jazzed by the fact that it’s possible to work from anywhere. In fact, it’s not just possible; it’s completely, productively workable – if you do it right. Her company, Collaboration Superpowers, shares just how to do it right in a variety of formats:
Lisette has given presentations at a wide range of events, from conferences and Meetups all over the world to a TEDx talk on the theme Unbox the Future in Kaunas, Lithuania. Her workshop clients include Air France, ING, CrossKnowledge (Wiley), Rabobank, and Saint-Gobain. In January 2018, both the Collaboration Superpowers podcast and the 21st-Century Work Life podcast series were deemed among the Best Remote Work Podcasts by Workplaceless. Lisette is also the office manager for the 100 percent remote company Happy Melly, a global professional happiness association dedicated to helping people be happier at work.
Mary Poppendieck’s first job was programming the #2 Electronic Switching System at Bell Labs in 1967. She programmed minicomputers to control high energy physics experiments at the University of Wisconsin during the 1970’s. Moving to 3M, Mary developed digital systems to control roll-goods processes, spearheaded one of the first Just-in-Time production systems in the company, and led new product development teams which commercialized products ranging from digital controllers to lighting systems. Upon retiring from 3M in 1998, Mary was surprised to discover that the typical software development process was quite different than the engineering-inspired approach she had found effective with control systems. So she wrote the now-classic book: Lean Software Development: an Agile Toolkit, proposing an approach which focuses on consumers, respects software engineers, concentrates on learning, and leverages flow.
Mary is a popular writer and speaker. Sequels of her first book include Implementing Lean Software Development: from Concept to Cash, Leading Lean Software Development: Results are Not the Point and The Lean Mindset: Ask the Right.
Arie is a pragmatic who embeds his pragmatism in structure, discipline and common sense. He has done this from his very early days in the healthcare and the military forces up to where he is today.
This eventually led to being one of the authors of the Agile Manifesto and expert in the area of Agile Project Management, team facilitation, Agile techniques and user involvement.
Over the years Arie has become an expert in international Agile transformations. He has developed models for organizational competencies, the transformation process, coaching types and other topics which facilitate an Agile transformation, a not so easy job. He has created a team around him of highly skilled Agilists with various profiles from technical development coaches to psychologists to support the human and organizational aspects of the transformation.
Believe in his team, facilitating them to reach for their best combined with client and end user involvement has his focus when he speaks, presents, demonstrates and lectures about Agile as thought leader of Wemanity, as chair of the Agile Consortium International, lecturer at Universities and presents at conferences.
Professor Trost has since many years been regarded as one of the best-known and leading thought leaders in human resources management. He has been teaching and researching at the Business School of Furtwangen University in Germany since 2005. For many years, he has successfully advised companies of all sizes and industries on strategic human resource management issues. Dr. Armin Trost is not only known as an author of numerous articles and books, but also as an internationally sought-after speaker at renowned congresses. He recently published the game changing book “Human Resources Strategies. Balancing Stability and Agility in Times of Digitization”.
Jenni Jepsen works as a transformation advisor at Denmark-based goAgile. She helps people transform organizations to create lasting change. Jenni is recognized for her work in change leadership and Agile ways of working. She integrates neuroscience concepts into her coaching, training and sparring with leaders at every level. She's also an author of the new book: TOGETHER - how leaders involve & engage people to get great things done (out Fall 2020).
Thomas is a passionate agile practitioner from the Netherlands with years of experience in distributed teamwork. He works as a professional Scrum Master at Hiper, and as an independent workshop facilitator. A former front-end developer and occasional quiz master, Thomas divides his time between Amsterdam and Kaunas. He is the co-founder of Agile Camp NL and his weekly Scrum/facilitation newsletter is called The Backlog.
Enterprise Agile Coach
Bob is an Enterprise Agile coach with over 30 years global IT experience. Expert at guiding organisations through the Agile journey to deliver complex, high value projects, and develop high performing teams. Promotes continuous learning, creating an environment focused on transparency, mastery and innovation.
Bob Willis has held most roles in the IT industry over the past 30 years, from development, testing and training, to solution architecture and database administration. In the last 15 years he shifted his focus to Agile delivery.
Since then he has worked with DSDM, Scrum, Kanban, SAFe, Scrum@Scale, DAD and LeSS and developed Agile and Scaled Agile training. Bob is part of the IBM European Agile Centre of Competence and provides enterprise coaching at all levels within an organisation. He is part of the first cohort of 30 Scrum Trainers selected by Jeff Sutherland to teach Scrum through Scrum Inc.. Bob is a regular conference speaker, most recently presenting at the DevDays conference in Azerbaijan and at Liberty Global Agile conference in Amsterdam
Kavi Guppta has been writing and speaking about the Future of Work for the past six years. His thoughts can be found in Forbes, The Harvard Business Review, TEDx, and more. Kavi also drives Culture & Growth for Strategyzer, a fully remote organization with team members across 11 countries.
Rethinking an organization in an Agile manner is a challenge that affects every organizational aspects and is surrounded by risks that must be appropriately managed. Beyond the used methodologies and frameworks, the goal is always to develop a mindset that allows the organization to " stand on their own feet" and embrace antifragility. In this talk we will describe a concrete transformation experience in a company working on the medical sector, with the operational office in Italy, and how it has been completely revolutionized. We will talk about successful changes and the less fortunate experiments, how the company developed its Way of Working (WoW) in agile manner, even going so far as to reorganize of the internal physical spaces. We will also take a look at how the aspects of the Program were developed: from the Portfolio to the Risk Management System, up to the revision of the Quality procedures.
I had an opportunity to build the account twice and would like to share my challenges, successes and lessons learned.
First go: when I was a new and got to deal with what I found (new to Zenitech, new to client, new to the role)
Then Covid-19 stroked and our client decided to go to furlough (i.e. all projects were put on hold, teams were disbanded for unknown period)
Second go: the client came back with a short notice and I had to ramp up the account again, taking into account the challenges/lessons learned (still work in progress)
With several years of experience in different industries I engage with organisations into learning and experimenting what agility means for their context. From an idea to implementing products and services, the intention at the heart of my work is to co-create new narratives for a more hospitable future and to transform work into a learning experience.
Pascal works at agile42 and coaches individuals, teams, organisations and leaders as part of the agile42 coaches community. He has a long background as an agile project manager/scrum master/facilitator of various developments in size and type for almost two decades. His focus is on people and practical approaches in order to deliver value. Since 2014 a co-organiser of Agile Finland’s coaching circle in Helsinki and an active member of the Agile Finland community.
Dmitry Emelyanov is from Moscow, Russia and works as an Agile coach. He worked in different business areas and fond of growing independent self-learning teams. His strongest skill – working with people and facilitating group discussions. Dmitry came from classic project management and ability to view the whole process from the very beginning up to the end and bringing the most valuable enhancement. Dmitry is sure that most of common IT issues comes from misunderstanding of individuals and groups. He often acts as a speaker on local professional conferences. Dmitry fond of extreme sports – martial arts, trampoline and etc.
Professional Certified Coach
Certified Scrum Trainer (CST), Certified Enterprise Coach (CEC) & Certified Agile Leadership Educator (CALE) by the Scrum Alliance — Professional Certified Coach by the International Coach Federation.
Angel is an energetic and forward-thinking Agile coach specializing in leadership development and organizational agility. His pragmatism and experience in organizational coaching and Business Agility are the driving forces behind his methods. Throughout his 14+ years of hands-on experience as a coach, trainer, and mentor, Angel has provided expert guidance to organizations and Agile leaders in North America, South America, Western Europe, Eastern Europe, the Middle East, and Asia.
Angel’s contribution has been celebrated at ING, where he has performed as the first Agile Champion at ING Spain and chairman of the Global ING Agile Experts Group since 2010. He has also supported companies from more than 40 countries, contributing to the Agile journeys of King, Toyota, Falabella, Banco de Chile, Roche, BBVA, Sunhotels, and the PZU Group. Angel holds the Scrum Alliance’s three highest-level certifications in the field: CST (Certified Scrum Trainer), CEC (Certified Enterprise Coach), and CALE (Certified Agile Leadership Educator).
Angel is also a PCC (Certified Professional Coach) by the International Coach Federation, a Certified Professional Co-Active Coach (CPCC), certified specialist in team coaching and systemic leadership, licensed NLP Practitioner, Management 3.0 facilitator, and TTI-certified Behaviour and Motivation Analyst.
In addition, Angel teaches video game production at ESNE (University School of Design, Innovation, and Technology, Madrid) and innovation and design thinking at La Salle University, Barcelona. He has participated as a speaker at more than 60 international conferences and Agile events worldwide and has been a significant contributor to the international Agile community since 2009.
Inga is a senior manager with more than 20 years experience in Banking industry. For the last 3 years she is leading Products and Channels development organization in SEB bank in Baltics. Her previous experience includes various positions within Finance, Treasury, PMO functions as well as Management Board member position in SEB Estonia.
Inga is passionate about people and how to make things work. Together with Birutė Beniušytė, Head of IT in SEB Baltics, she is leading Agile Transformation journey within Business Development and IT Development organization located in 3 countries.
Birutė is a senior manager leading IT organization in SEB bank in the Baltics. IT is integral part of the bank were close collaboration with other units is key success factor to achieve common goals. She was always part of IT and being in different positions she gained wide experience how constantly to improve way of working and how to run organization through the change. Sometimes people are saying even her second name could be “Change”. Today she as Head of IT is leading Agile transformation journey together with Inga Ruduša, Head of Products and Channels development in SEB Baltics. Agile is not just a buzzword for them and they took a challenge to start from themselves and their management teams and drive Agile transformation in Agile way, using Scrum principles
Thierry de Pauw is an Engineer at the fintech startup PaxFamilia.
On the side, he founded ThinkingLabs where he advises organisations in the adoption of Continuous Integration and Continuous Delivery.
Thierry is a lean software engineer, junior ops engineer, CI/CD advocate and jack-of-all-trades with a passion to help teams create meaningful IT systems, having a keen eye for code quality and the IT delivery process, from customer interaction to continuous delivery. Instead of balancing quality & delivery, he believes and practices that better quality is actually a way to more and better deliveries.
Explorer at Exploration Labs
Charles-Louis loves bringing people together and see what happens when they “tune in” together. He has started his journey towards agility (or sense-making) around 2009, and worked in different contexts and companies which provided him with perspectives to make sense of the work we do. He learned Scrum by doing, as a Scrum Master together with his team. They started from the guide and discovered the beauty of Inspect and Adapt.
As a visual facilitator, Charles-Louis loves making the hidden things visible, using pictural language to uncover our understanding of things. Stories are another option for bringing sensitive topics to the surface, and he has recently started to explore this topic through his self-development practice.
Kati about herself:
I love to say that I help people to fulfill their dreams and reach goals. For that, I teach them how to bring structure to their ideas and plans by using simple pictures, frames, and keywords. I am a graphic facilitator with all my heart and soul ( and head and hand). One great mission in my life is to promote visual thinking as an approach to simplification of strategic thinking and project management, and also to help people to find the courage to doodle. I believe that creating the right conditions, asking the right questions, and using supportive tools can help people to discover creativity and the potential to make a change. I am also a researcher, focusing on education and thinking with a pen as a learning tool. I believe that a new era and new normal need bold and creative approaches. The ability to draw is equally necessary for thinking alone and in communicating with others. You can read more about me and my mission: https://creativitycatcher.com/en/
Frederik has wide knowledge and experience in several agile, lean, collaboration approaches and techniques (Scrum, Kanban, Lean UX, Design Thinking, Lean Product Development, Lean Startup, Sociocracy 3.0, Liberating Structures, …) and human interaction (facilitation, coaching, teaching, mentoring, conversation). Frederik also likes to organise events (conferences, meetups, trainings) and he’s a public speaker & workshop facilitator. Frederik has obtained certifications of several certification bodies (Scrum Alliance, Scrum.org, ICAgile). At the end of the day, our customers don’t care whether I practice Agile, Lean or anything else. They care about great products and services that solve meaningful problems in effective ways. I focus with them on satisfying customer needs, collaborating, reflecting and improving, making all people (teams, stakeholders, users) involved motivated and happy - no matter which methodology they practice.
Martin has worked across the software industry for over 20 years, in startups as well as multinationals, as a senior developer, sysadmin, sales engineer, project manager, process developer and partner. Since 2006 he's worked exclusively with agile and lean methods. Today Martin works with companies large and small, helping them organize themselves for improved collaboration and communication, so that they can develop better software faster. A PhD on agile organizations is in the making.
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This practical workshop will give participants specifical ready-to-use facilitation formats they can use for their future workshops. From information gathering to prioritisation to group management, my purpose is to answer the most important topics of the group in the session itself using facilitation skills.
Liberating Structures are easy-to-learn microstructures that enhance collaboration and trust. You can think of them as 33 simple but very powerful exercises, formats or games. Each with its own purpose, but all aimed to help groups move forward effectively. In this online workshop I will guide you through a designed sequence of Liberating Structures, you will experience and learn how these structures bring a special way of online collaboration and conversation. You'll also learn how to facilitate it. We will be mainly using Zoom in this session, and an online collaboration board.
Rethinking an organization in an Agile manner is a challenge that affects every organizational aspects and is surrounded by risks that must be appropriately managed.
Beyond the used methodologies and frameworks, the goal is always to develop a mindset that allows the organization to " stand on their own feet" and embrace antifragility.
In this talk we will describe a concrete transformation experience in a company working on the medical sector, with the operational office in Italy, and how it has been completely revolutionized. We will talk about successful changes and the less fortunate experiments, how the company developed its Way of Working (WoW) in agile manner, even going so far as to reorganize of the internal physical spaces. We will also take a look at how the aspects of the Program were developed: from the Portfolio to the Risk Management System, up to the revision of the Quality procedures.
What was the decision you struggled more with? Are you currently feeling stuck with any decision? What are the variables you take into account when taking decisions? Have you ever thought your answer might be in a lunch box? In this talk I want to share with you what Bentoism is: a (convenient and coherent) way for decision making, allowing you to think of decisions in a full spectrum of your self-interest.
What: COVID-19 forced millions of people to work from home, many for the first time. In this talk, Kavi Guppta will give best practice and examples on how leaders in organizations can trust and empower their teams when they're working remotely.
Why: The option to work remotely will continue to become popular. Trusting your team goes hand-in-hand with their productivity.
Fairy tales are useful and true, because they help us make sense of the world around us. Through this workshop, I will bring the power of storytelling together with group discussions, in order for us to uncover the wisdom hidden behind the text. Throughout the workshop, we will work with understanding and listening to one another, as well as creating a shared meaning and understanding. This can only happen when we let go of our certainty and I do believe that this is what the world currently needs the most.
"Well, that's the way we do things around here." Organizational culture can be a source of comfort and stability in uncertain times... or it can be the stone wall that prevents fresh ideas and much needed change. Having the best agile frameworks and mechanics in place will not help much if the organizational culture is fragmented and misaligned.
Unfortunately, most companies are not even aware that they have a company culture. If they are, their main tool for improving the culture tends to be motivational posters.
Considering that culture eats strategy for breakfast, we think it’s high time to take a sharp look at how people do things around there. In this workshop we will look at the importance of having a well understood and coherent culture, explore various ways of visualizing it, and finally see how the impact of improvement actions can be observed and tracked.
In this talk Matteo would like to share the journey he had in his organization and the day-to-day challenges that they faced. He'll cover (at high level) topics like the culture we established in 2019 and how it played a critical role to be successful during covid-19 times. He will cover as well best practices that we implemented during work from home times, what went well so far and the challenges we faced.
1. How did we face the need to convert all Agile coaches' activities into online
2. Scum Masters' school online - benefits without any difficulties
3. Facilitation online - tools, techniques, and results comparing to offline
4. Online trainings comparing to offline
5. The key result - no offline anymore (only for super special cases)
In many organisations the teams work effectively but overall the organisation struggles to get results out to the customers. As a result it feels the organisation is not moving forward as little value is generated and the business is stagnating.
I would like to share some experiences, where my colleagues and I have helped organisations become more agile in the end-to-end value stream of their initiatives from inception of the ideas towards delivering value to the customers. We have based this on the STATIK work by David J. Anderson and created a culture of continuous improvement on the portfolio of ongoing initiatives and continuous improvement of value delivery.
Every organisation has lot’s of ongoing work and becomes paralysed. How do you start getting an overview of it? How do you improve the coordination and prioritisation of work? How do you improve communication towards stakeholders and the teams? How can you learn and improve to become more effective and create more value?