28th of October, Wednesday
There will be 3 tracks of talks and two workshops running in parallel. Please scroll down to see full program.
Event Opening and Welcome Speach
Opening Keynote: The future of work is choice
Trust is the #1 barrier to remote work flexibility
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.
Thomas van Zuijlen
Facilitating intentional agility: the role of the facilitator in distributed agile collaboration
For people who are:
“...taking responsibility for making things happen in a team; they can be Scrum Master, coach, dev team member, PO.”
So that they:
- have better meetings with intent (on purpose)
- can more easily focus on meaningful agility
- may use and stimulate situational leadership
- ask each other ‘why’ more often
When collaborating remotely, perhaps not by choice, it becomes more important to ask each other and ourselves _why_ we’re doing a particular thing. Why we are we having this meeting or event, again? This (to some) newfound existentialist question within the context of work, is an ideal jumping off point to help teams and companies drive towards greater empiricism and agility. You can make use of the level playing field borne from greater uncertainty to re-examine and reinforce your purpose from both a business point of view, and from process perspective.
My talk will cover:
- How I made use of the explicitly stated “why”-question to help my colleagues be outspoken, and help both the company and the team take one examined step at a time. I’ll share what went terribly wrong and what was a success, so the audience can learn from both.
- I’ll use my experience starting a cross-functional, entirely distributed, multi-national product team in Corona times; specifically in the context of choices we’ve made as a team and things I’ve noticed were successful from the facilitation point of view.
- Setting up a team without seeing each other (and what happened when we actually _did_ see each other IRL).
Keynote: It’s Not About Software Anymore
Because what I have seen is dramatically rapid shifts in strategies, supply chains, and processes designed to accommodate a completely different world than existed in February. The most important one, I think, is that urgent need for technology changes drive just about everything, but the technology change has nothing to do with software and everything to do with supporting some new situation that requires a change in the underlying technology – NOW!
In this new normal there is a clear goal for everyone on a team – we must suddenly shift production from fresh salmon to frozen salmon, or from commercial packages of flour to consumer packages of flour – with specialists in all relevant fields applying their expertise to accomplish that goal. Or we have to shift all teaching to online in a week, accommodating teachers who have never taught online and students who have questionable internet access. The list goes on -but the underlying message is the same – it’s not about software, it’s about providing the technology infrastructure to accomplish something urgent and important that is much bigger than software. It never was about software, but never has that been so clear as it is now.
Day 1 Closing - informal disscussions
The Disciplined Approach to Change
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 a lunch box can teach you about decision making: a convenient guide to coherence
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.
- practicing decision making in an anti-reductionist approach;
- practicing the moral courage needed to reflect
- identifying how decisions unfold in an individual and collective perspective and in different time frames;
- getting in touch with values for a more generous future;
- learning a possible way to achieve value- coherent decisions
Remote Working - The covid-19 journey of my organization
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.
The New Normal for facilitation - online won
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)
Don’t let your organisation be static, get the flow of work going with STATIK and deliver value to your customers
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?
Charles-Louis de Maere
Dancing like a facilitator
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.
Create online engagement with Liberating Structures
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.