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Agile Eastern Europe Conference


Ramada Hotel, 7-8 April 2017, Kiev, Ukraine

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About the Conference


This year we overstepped an important point — 10 years of Agile community in Ukraine. Ten years of mental shifts, deep learning, knowledge acquisition, gaining experience, transforming the way of work, from personal to organizational level.

A lot of efforts, but much more needs to be paid. We have to admit that breakthrough is possible only if we honestly rethink who we are and where we’re now.

 

From following rules to understanding their meaning.

From glamor certifications to everyday practicing.

From mission statements to doing what you state.

From trendy frameworks to essence values.

From using tools to mastering skills.

From doing to being Agile.

 

Let’s make this shift together with fearless honesty and joyful efforts. Toward being true Agile, not only doing some Agile, we are running our Season 8 Agile Eastern Europe Conference. Welcome aboard!

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8

seasons

All the conferences were held in Kyiv (a.k.a. Kiev), Ukraine, which is nicely placed and easily reached to be a hub for Eastern European agilists

2476

international guests

Business analyst, coach, executive, developer, first-timer, IT engineer, practitioner, product owner, manager, team lead, tester

195

speakers

Speakers from all over the world, а well-known industry professionals from U.S, Canada and Western Europe

Schedule

9:50-10:00
Opening
10:00-11:00
keynote
Michael Sahota - Certified Enterprise Coach (CEC)
Inviting Organizational Growth

I show how we may engage with people and the organization as a whole; to invite a new way of working. When we think of growth as an organic, natural process we may foster deep and lasting success. To truly invite Agile into an organization, we need to have a people-oriented approach to growth that honours the Agile Mindset. Amazing results emerge when we listen and honour what is there. This includes valuing all people — workers, managers and execs. But it’s not easy — standing in the truth is a difficult, courageous and rewarding practice.

Our beliefs and unconscious behaviours are what is actually preventing our success with Agile. I invite participants to recognize and let go of patterns and habits that are blocking their success: the pushing, driving, evangelizing and selling that creates resistance. Through this illustration of leadership-in-practice we can see more clearly where we need to grow. To be the change we want to see in the world.

 

11:00-11:10
none
Introduction speakers of a day
11:10 - 11:20
transition between stages 10 min
11:20-12:05
talk
Philipp Engstler - Agile Coach and Trainer
Replace Plexiglass cubes — by hidden pictures: We live our culture!
Location #1

Have you ever found a Plaxiglass cube or similar symbolic dust catcher on your desk a random morning coming to work? Giving it a closer look, you find the ‘companies values’ or the ‘how we are and behave principles’ or similar. This felt very cheesy to me and I decided to do it differently with my teams.

We seat together an started to discuss about our current culture at engineering department…  The outcome was an hidden picture, as you may know it from Mordillo or from reading to your kids.

What happend when we hang up the picture to our office wall and how it influenced the companies culture for good, will be content of my talk. Happy to see you there and can’t wait for discussion and questions after the talk.

12:05-12:30
Coffee
12:30-13:15
talk
Yury Lytvynenko - Agile Coach
(Don’t) Use The Force, Luke

Manifest talks about self-organization, while Scrum values mention both respect and commitment. So… how does a renovated manager of an Agile organization look like? What is his power? And how shall she use her privilege and authority?

We can cancel titles, but it’s not possible to cancel a social rank. The strongest link of a chain often defines organization’s ability to change. If you love it, let it go? What if the team isn’t ready yet? What if company reputation is at stake? What if I become unnecessary in the organization I’ve built? How one can use her power wisely, avoiding authoritative decisions and micromanagement? How one can stay with a light side even when environment pushes to fight fires habitually? How one can unlock herself of being the main impediment to self-organization of the team?

This talk is about why we aspire to power and how to use it for good.

13:15 - 14:15
Lunch
14:15 - 15:00
talk
Gil Zilberfeld - Everyday Unit Testing
An agile introduction to DevOps

It’s one of the current buzzwords in the agile world. But what does “DevOps” really mean? Is it a role? A specialization of work? A mindset?

In this session we’ll talk about the evolution that led to DevOps’ big role in our lives. What people mean when they talk about it (and it’s not always the same thing); what it means in terms of technological and organizational terms. We’ll even discuss tools and practices (because we value those too) that have been developed since its inception, like continuous delivery and what it entails.

“We are uncovering better ways of developing software” says the agile manifesto. Is DevOps one of those better ways? Come see for yourself.

 

15:00 - 15:30
Coffee
15:30 - 16:15
talk
Andrea Provaglio - Agile Transformation Coach
Rethinking Agile Leadership

The Agile world seems to have recently discovered the importance of «leadership». This can be very good news and it can also very bad news.

It’s bad news if the so-called «Agile Leadership» is a way to rebrand traditional management models, along with their underlying mindset, so that they could survive in a rather different cultural ecosystem — namely, Agile.

On the other hand, this interest can be very good news if Agile Leadership is seen as something almost entirely new. Something tightly connected to Agile and, therefore, deeply rooted in complexity and empiricism. Something that carries a deep understanding of human dynamics in highly cooperative, intellectually intense social environments. Something that — last but not least — is equipped with a good deal of self-awareness, system-awareness and self-transcendence.

Modern and truly Agile organizations want and need to, among other things: explore and validate multiple options, not sticking to predefined plans; learn constantly, re-plan as needed; leverage the collective intelligence of their teams, for better exploration of options and smarter learning; have built-in resiliency when facing sudden change; getting results out of people’s participation, not out of people’s compliance.

In this sense the whole concept of true Agile Leadership is quite important indeed, because it’s fundamental to nurture and support those organizations that really embody an Agile culture, and that are so far away from the «organization as a machine» approach that’s so typical of traditional leadership and management disciplines.

Agile Leadership or, rather, the act of «leading» in Agile is so much different from those disciplines because it’s inherently organic, meaning that it has influence and is influenced on a number of different levels in the individual and in the organization: on the personal level; on the collective level; on current behaviors; on future behaviors; on the social relationship level (trust); on the personal responsibility level (participation); on the formal responsibility level (accountability); on the motivational level and many more.

This richness and multidimensionality of the act of leading in Agile is such that simplistic mental models (such as the leader being the «guy at the top») simply won’t suffice and therefore a more mature understanding and practice of leading is called for, in the entire organization.

In this talk we will discuss the case for Agile leadership, why we need it, what are the benefits to the organization and why it’s different from other leadership approaches. We’ll talk about the individual skills and «mental stances» that allow leaders to support an organizational Agile mindset. We’ll talk about accountability, personal responsibility and the what it means to influence. Finally, we will challenge a few common assumptions on leadership and suggest alternatives.

The intent is to have the attendees leave the room with a fresh perspective on Agile leadership and with practical advice on how to enable this kind on leadership in their organizations.

The speaker has been working on Agile cultural shift for organizations for years, helping them to redesign their structures to be consistent with the Agile values, and has been working on Agile leadership well before it became a popular topic.

The presentation style will be mostly frontal, but the speaker will engage the audience with questions and discussions, making the session more interactive.

16:15 - 16:25
transition between stages 10 min
16:25 - 17:10
talk
Surprise Talk

TBA

17:10 - 17:30
Coffee
17:30 - 18:30
keynote
Olaf Lewitz - Certified Enterprise Coach
Surprisability

In the past we’ve built businesses and organisations to last. We were afraid. We needed predictability to feel safe.

Now we have the confidence to grow businesses that offer less safety yet more creativity, serendipity and fun.

  • We foster the surprisability of organisations: Our ability to grow from surprises, to rise strong from falling. This allows us to be daring and brave. Which in turn fosters: Our ability to surprise markets, our customers, our partners, our competitors.
  • We’ve learned to surf the waves of complexity, to steer our ship safely through the storms. Now we are the storm, we’re causing the waves.

Olaf will take you through the organisational capabilities that increase surprisability:

  • A clear sense of identity (we know who we are).
  • A clear sense of purpose (we know what we want).
  • Freedom. We are powerful beings, able to make good decisions.
  • Agility. challenging how we do things by focusing on why we do them.
  • Presence. letting go of anger and guilt from the past and anxiety of the future.
  • Courage in the face of uncertainty and ambiguity.
19:00 - 22:00
Banquet
9:50-10:00
Opening
11:10 - 11:20
transition between stages 10 min
11:20 - 12:05
talk
Vadim Izdebskiy - Corporate R&D Director Andriy Bahlay - Senior Corporate Development Manager
Agile Borsch: multi-cultural ingredients of enterprise transformation

These days everyone talks about company’s culture as a most important thing to consider for any transformation, especially Agile one.

But what if your company has multiple locations spread geographically? That means you have different cultures in-house by definition. Add here frequent acquisitions and rapid growth, and you will get a mix that sometimes is contradicting by its nature.

What is so different, how to deal with it, could Agile have a chance to survive and become the common denominator, what are the key points to consider – this is what this talk is about

12:05-12:30
Coffee
12:30-13:15
talk
Artem Bykovets - Agile Coach
Values: «On words» vs «In hearts». Or how to f*ck up with building processes without culture.

Not so long ago, the new version of Scrum Guide were announced and Agile community had discussed a lot of variants of what should be added or changed in current version, trying to predict the changes… but many where surprised after release of the document.. e.g.: «What? And that is all?», «Values? Really? Is Scrum a religion or framework», …, etc

But as for me — it is very important update which adds sentence that should be placed on the 1st page of Guide: «Successful use of Scrum depends on people becoming more proficient in living these five values.» These is the key to puzzle which many managers, CEO’s, consultants and other trying to solve during introduction of Scrum/Agile to their companies/teams.

I’ve seen so many failed attempts during my carreer and now want to share the key points based on my learnings and experience

13:15 - 14:15
Lunch
14:15 - 15:00
talk
Artem Serdyuk - Lecturer
Seven habits you should unlearn in Holacracy

We all are looking for habits that save us mind fuel in everyday life. The trick is that what works well in old well-known environment will work not so well in new environment. To make new system work we often have to unlearn things that served us well before.

That’s true for Holacracy. To make it work you need to unlearn a lot of things from both classic and Agile project management. In my talk I’m going to discuss what are those habits and how to unlearn them best.

15:00 - 15:30
Coffee
14:15 - 15:00
talk
Yuriy Koziy - Agile Coach
The harsh truth about Agile transformations

During last 2 years I have been taking part in organizational transformations — both from the inside (as an employee), and as an outside expert.

I’m going to share the real-life cases that I faced (specifically — failures) in the process. Beginners will certainly find that useful, experienced coaches will drop a tear or two. Tears of fun and inevitability of being :)

  • Why (they think) they need agility? Should I trust their feeling?
  • Agile coach — a Rider on the Storm or a Pawn in the Game?
  • How to notice the change is happening?
  • How to make sure you’re doing it right?

See you there!

16:15 - 16:25
transition between stages 10 min
16:25 - 17:10
talk
Pavlo Ryzhiy - Innovations Manager at PHILIP MORRIS
First steps to self-managed teams — practical experience from big multinational FMCG in Ukraine
17:10 - 17:30
Coffee
19:00 - 22:00
Banquet
9:50-10:00
Opening
11:10 - 11:20
transition between stages 10 min
11:20-13:15
workshop
Maiia Syta - Agile Coach
Seeing System Dynamics: Causal Loop Diagrams

A development organization is a complex system of people and policies with subtle feedback loops and unintended consequences. Causal loop diagrams help to see system dynamics of what is going on in a large-scale development. It’s one of the systems thinking tools.

In this workshop we’ll sketch causal loop diagrams during lively discussion of common software development problem statements. As system thinkers, we’ll model how things are connected to each other within some notion of the whole entity.

Examples of problem statements:

«We don’t have time to write automate tests because we have to fix bugs»

«We need to add more developers to deliver on time»

14:15 - 16:15
workshop
Alexey Krivitsky - Certified ScrumTrainer
Large-Scale Scrum simulation with LEGO!

Since invented in 2009 lego4scrum has become a very popular simulation to teach Scrum. Nowadays how to get several teams to scrum, seems, is no longer a secret.

Though knowing how to make agile work in a large-scale multi-team environment is. So In 2016 I was able to scale lego4scrum to over 155 people (22 development teams) all building an overall product. This approach is described in a newly released book called (what a suprise!): «lego4scrum».

This practical session we will simulated a large-scale environment with 10+ teams (we need your help — please come to this session!).

What will we be doing:

  • working closely with the market representatives to know their needs
  • achieving shared understanding of a product with 10+ teams working together
  • setting up a suitable (flat) organizational structure capable of delivering
  • putting a lightweight process on top that is barely enough but enables self-management
  • building a working product that satisfies the market needs

Great helpers here are understanding complexity and system thinking, knowing how Scrum really works on the team-level, and few core ideas from LeSS framework, such as: an overall product backlog, a single Product Owner, joint team meetings.

9:50-10:00
Opening
11:10 - 11:20
transition between stages 10 min
11:20-13:15
workshop
Stanislava Potupchik - Scrum master
Culture beyond behaviors

The purpose of the workshop is to share the hands-on experience with agile transformation at Quby (a fast growing company based in Amsterdam, Netherlands) and to work together with attendees to find out how culture is reflected in behaviors. What do we mean by behavior? What behaviors we consider «appropriate» and what is the meaning of «appropriate»? What role does our assumptions play in the process? What do we mean by culture? How can we know what is the culture of the company? How do we facilitate and/or coach the change in culture and behavios on the organisational level? These questions will be addressed in a series of facilitated exercised helping people to put their thoughts in tangible actions and practice some of them to see how it can work on real people around.

09:30-10:00
Welcome coffee
10:00 - 11:00
keynote
Dave Snowden - Founder and Chief Scientific Officer of Cognitive Edge
Scaling is on aggregation — how to reach the ‘C’ level
In the presentation the creator of the Cynefin Framework will out line an approach to understanding the unarticulated needs of users and executives.  Scaling in Agile is not about simply copying something you thought worked the last time, or adopting a simplistic set of recipes, not is about treating software development as a manufacturing process.  Instead it requires us to create an eco-system in which operational and strategic needs interact with emerging technological capability to create sustainable systems based on partnership rather than a purchaser-supplier relationship.  Technology can do oh so much more for people than they are asking for and it is time to demonstrate strategic significance with supporting resilient capability.
11:00 - 11:15
none
Introduction speakers of a day
11:15 - 12:00
talk
Antti Kirjavainen - Coach | Change Agent
3 beliefs you need to let go to start your Agile Journey

The biggest reasons so many agile transformations fail have reported to be lack of management support and general resistance to change. In my talk I will describe the 3 underlining beliefs that cause resistance to change and lack of management support for agile transformations. These paradigms are fundamentally incompatible with the agile way of working. Trying to transform or change an organization where these beliefs are prevalent will fail. How to change these beliefs? Answering that question is the second part of my talk. I will describe my experiments to help people unlearn these beliefs and share what I have found to work to support this kind of change in mindset and culture. My talk will help people in any knowledge work organisation who want to change their organisation into more agile mindset and ways of working.

12:00 - 12:10
transition between stages 10 min
12:10 - 12:55
talk
Monica Georgieff - Head of Marketing @ Kanbanize
Lean & Agile Marketing with Kanban

You might be asking yourself — what do software development practices and marketing have in common?

In truth, there is a lot more common ground than you might think between the processes that occur in a software product development team and a marketing team. Consequently, the two can be structured similarly using the Principles of Lean, which have typically proven to lend themselves to the software development cycle.

Applying lean in marketing is an experiment in creating a more streamlined workflow than the creative team might have been used to before.

As the head of a marketing team, supporting the shipping of a SaaS product, I have become accustomed to trying out methods I see our developers use on my own team. After almost two years running my marketing team on Kanban, I can attest to the fact that a flow-based method that enforces work in progress limits, allows for visualization of the process and aims to deliver maximum value to the customer has the potential to transform the field of digital marketing as we know it.

12:55 - 13:05
transition between stages 10min
13:05 - 13:35
talk
Roland Flemm - Agilу Coach
Remote team facilitation and Scaled Scrum: How to make it work

Near-shoring introduces complexity in scrum teams. When we scale scrum, this complexity is amplified and drastically reduces meeting efficiency. Is there a silver bullet to make remote teams high-performant in a (scaled) scrum environment?

When facilitating agile workshops, you probably experienced the difficulties of keeping the remote participants involved. And maybe you also know how hard it is to facilitate a highly interactive session with more than 50 people? Or how much harder it gets when 10 of them are connected remotely? I learned time after time participants feel left out, not listened to or find it impossible to follow discussions. Your sessions, intended to boost productivity, demotivate your remote teams.

Join this talk if you are a facilitator working with one or more near-shore teams. I will share my day-to-day experiences and insights that will help you to involve your remote teams.

13:35 - 14:35
Lunch
14:35 - 15:20
talk
Olli Pietikäinen - Lean-Agile Consultant
SAFe — Trojan horse for Enterprise Agility

Scaling Agility is a hot topic in many large organizations today and Scaled Agile Framework, SAFe, is one of frameworks promising to deliver this. Is SAFe really a panacea for all organizational ills? Or is it just RUP in disguise?
In this talk I’ll give you an overall understanding about what SAFe is and how just looking at it from the distance it might deceive you.
With words like «management», «program» and «enterprise» sprinkled all over the so called «big picture» at http://www.scaledagileframework.com/ , you might quite reasonably assume, that it’s just whitewashing the status quo in organizations.
If you dig deeper, you’ll notice, that it’s not really the case. Buried in to the framework there are multiple huge mindset shifts, especially for management and leadership.
But beware. If you are not aware about these things in SAFe, it might be that your little Trojan Agile Soldiers stay locked inside the wooden Top Down Management Horse forever.

15:20 -15:30
transition between stages 10 min
15:30 - 16:15
talk
Matteo Cavucci - Tech Consultant and Design Thinking Practitioner
Redesign design

In the digital realm, the understand how to delight customers is extremely difficult. It requires rapid feedback loops and adaptation. Still, many digital design tools and practices are influenced by old waterfall approaches. In many cases, the design phase is a big block to the left of when developers start writing code.

Documentation and handoffs are still common, when more participation and more experimentation is needed. In this talk we’re going to explore how design is changing under the pressure of new challenges of post-industrial society. How can be possible not merely deliver specifications, but rather enable continuous and adaptive value co-creation.

16:15 - 16:25
transition between stages 10 min
16:25 - 17:10
talk
Sergey Prokhorenko - Agile Coach
ORGANIZATIONAL CHANGES AT A CORPORATE SCALE

One of the Craig Larman’s Laws of Organizational Behavior says: “Culture follows structure”. This is important to keep in mind when driving organizational changes in a small company, but in a large corporation ignorance of corporate culture, often defined by endless management layers and compliance policies, impacts success of transformation to a highest measure.

I will tell a story of large scale transformation piloted at one of the top 10 investment banks and our key takeaways on pitfalls and good practices of organizational change in a corporate world. Defining “what good looks like”, building change roadmap from strategic workshops facilitation to team responsibility coaching – real-world examples will be presented and discussed.

17:10 - 17:30
Coffee
17:30 - 18:30
keynote
Tobias Mayer - Listener, Untangler, Integrator
Take Back the Space
The Agile movement was instigated thirty years ago by passionate coders, testers and producers—the people who actually do the work, the makers. It was given life first in the form of Extreme Programming and developer-led Scrum, and then as a simple, technology-led manifesto. Today it is wholly owned (and managed!) by executives, PMOs, managers, leaders, coaches and consultants—all the people, in fact, who are not makers, and rarely willing or able to create space for the making.
Furthermore, Agile has become a shadow of its potential self, a facade to be painted on the face of an organisation, whilst deep in its guts it continues to rot away, poisoned by the existing status quo.
And now the good news. The power to change this is in your hands—you, the makers, and you, the true ScrumMasters. You own the future—both your own future, and the future of the knowledge world. You are not the bottom of the hierarchy, you are the lifeblood of our industry.
This talk will look at self-empowerment, self-organisation, and self-realisation. Expect to be involved, to contribute as well as to listen.
Recommended pre-reading:
18:30 - 19:00
Closing
09:30-10:00
Welcome coffee
11:15 - 12:00
talk
Christoforos Nikitas - Technical Architect and Agile Coach Rickard Jones - Agile Coach/Trainer
Aggressive Agile: The Truth You Don’t Want to Hear

The Agile Community is all nicey, nicey isn’t it? We are all supposed to be Politically Correct and show the Scrum Value of Respect. Everyone is partially right, right?

However at some point, we have use the other Scrum Value of Courage and say how it really is. By taking a comical look at “my truth” join us for this talk on the Aggressive Agile approach of telling you the way it is.

 

12:00 - 12:10
transition between stages 10 min
12:10 - 12:55
talk
Naama Gafni Lifshitz - Lean and Agile mentor
Hacking Cloud Culture

Moving to the cloud requires us to change the way we approach things. At the early days of Agile the concept of delivering a potentially shippable product every 2-4 weeks was hard to comprehend. In could reality, we need to be able to deliver all the time, multiple times a day. This cannot happen without a supporting culture, so profoundly that some say «culture eats strategy for breakfast» In this talk I would like to share with you my organization’s journey towards cloud culture

12:55 - 13:05
transition between stages 10min
13:05 - 13:35
talk
Marco Troisi - Senior Sofware Engineer
Microservices won’t improve your code quality

Microservices are great. But small (or micro) doesn’t automatically mean better. Find out why the notion that you can «hack up» and quickly send to production a new microservice is a myth and will, in the long run, lead to the exact same problems of a monolith developed without discipline and an overall view of the big picture.

13:35 - 14:35
Lunch
14:35 - 15:20
talk
Kamila Mrozek - Quality Engineer
Magic of chaos: how to remain sane in agile testing

During testers meeting, one of my friends asked me «How are you able to talk about testing like it is swimming in a bottomless swamp and STILL SMILE?». That made me think about working as a tester in Agile methodology. It stroke me, that the most challenges and barriers in our work are caused by dynamically changing environment, which is unavoidable in this way of work.

It is not easy to work in this world of everlasting change and still stay sane. I managed to survive last 3 years in chaos and now I wish to share my experience in this field. In my lecture, I wish to show what techniques I use to handle chaos. All this with real life examples from my projects.

15:20 -15:30
transition between stages 10 min
15:30 - 16:15
talk
Antonio Cobo - Agile Delivery Consultant
Delivery mindsets: from Stone Age to DevOps

The DevOps movement is gradually changing IT organisations. Project managers are often forgotten, but they also need to change. In order to do that, we need to understand the required changes on the delivery mindsets. I will cover in this talk the evolution on those mindsets from traditional plan-driven approach, passing through Agile and now with DevOps. This change in mindset will make the delivery to evolve, changing the role and functions of the classical project manager becoming a delivery enabler.

16:15 - 16:25
transition between stages 10 min
16:25 - 17:10
talk
Berglind Osk Bergsdottir - Software Developer
Feeling like a fake — the Impostor Syndrome

Have you ever felt like a fraud and the whole world is going to find out that you’re really not as competent as other people think? Do you feel like your success is because of luck or timing but not your own skills? Then you are not alone! This concept is well known and is called the Impostor Syndrome.
This talk covers how the Impostor Syndrome affects competent people and Berglind shares her experience of suffering from it when she still felt like a fake after launching an app which 18 million people used worldwide, what she has done to overcome it and how agile methods can help.

17:10 - 17:30
Coffee
18:30 - 19:00
Closing
09:30-10:00
Welcome coffee
11:15 - 13:35
workshop
Natalia Trenina - Agile Coach
Words create worlds: The art and since of non-violent transformation (in russian)

Words have the power to heal or to destroy, to inspire or to discourage. Team members, being experts in technical systems often experience a lack of understanding how human system works. For triggering desirable change, we often use an awful language like lay blame, sarcasm, contempt. Such toxins provoke stonewalling and defensiveness but no real change. Without the use of system information, negative conversations become team culture soon. They weaken us mentally and physically. To renew its strength team requires:

  • Become aware of toxins — their useful mission but ugly realization;
  • Understand needs and feelings behind dysfunctional communication;
  • Find the way how to express those needs without violence to others;
  • Shift from deficit–based talks to possibility-based conversations.

During this workshop we will explore communication antipatterns and build team alliance using:

  1. Team toxin antidotes,
  2. Non-violent communication,
  3. Appreciative Inquiry.

It’s practice time! As an outcome of this session, you will have a team workshop design. Please feel free to use it and make your team’s culture better.

14:35 - 17:10
workshop
Ángel Díaz-Maroto Álvarez - Certified Enterprise Coach
Learning to Learn: Leadership For Business Agility
Business agility is creating a learning organization that is every time faster and better at learning about themselves and their customers. This talk is about understanding the key factors and leadership style required to nurture learning organizations in order to boost business agility.
What comes to mind when you hear the word agile? Probably Agile software development methodologies like Scrum will come to mind. For everyone else in large organizations, however, the word suggests business agility. Leading for business agility It’s about understanding and nurturing the mindset needed to get an holistic understanding of agility.
As a result, the Scrum Alliance is expanding its mission. “Agile is now much more than a revolutionary approach to work for the software development industry, It’s transforming a wide variety of industries and specialties from marketing and human resources to financial services.” Manny Gonzalez, CEO of the Scrum Alliance.
I believe business agility is creating a learning organization that is every time faster and better at learning about themselves and their customers. We are creating a new generation of organizatios that gets its value from their learning capabilities. Therefore Leading to learn is critical to succeed in business agility.
The Manifesto’s focus on better software was what the industry needed at the time. “The Agile Manifesto was an awesome kickstarter from 2001, because we had this customization challenge, but now, we’re pushing to get the rest of the organization aligned. It’s not just about better software, it’s about better business.
We’re in a “customization revolution” where software drives business agility by helping companies focus on individual customer preferences. Customers don’t care about your product. They care about their needs, the product is a means of customer communication and delight, not the goal itself. An organization won’t be in touch with such preferences unless it is a learning organization.
As a Certified Agile Leadership Educator by the Scrum Alliance, I’ll share my thoughts about the key factors and leadership style required to nurture learning organizations in order to boost business agility.
This Leadership development framework called «leader’s dance-floor» is the model that I use as center of my Scrum Alliance Certified Agile Leader training to support Agile leadership development at all levels.
18:30 - 19:00
Closing
09:30-10:00
Welcome coffee
11:15 - 13:35
workshop
Natalie Yadrentseva - Business Solutions Architect @ TargetProcess
BUILDING A LEARNING ORGANISATION

What are the core ingredients of an environment where people learn to deal with new situations and problems responding to change, complexity and uncertainty and thus become more skilled and experienced? The first step to build such an environment is that we become learners ourselves.

How many questions a day do you ask on average? Most adults would say as many as 6 to 10 questions. How is this different from children? Hugely! Children are way more curious asking hundreds of questions. Some studies finds an incredible 390 questions per day — averaging a question every 2 minutes. As we go to school, the number of questions declines. We tend to focus on knowing answers missing an opportunity to learn from everything what is around us.

Just like children, people in teams should be able to engage in dialogues and discussions with the possibility to express thoughts, feelings, observations without shrinking away from judgements. Ability to give feedback, listen and act without getting stuck in the stream of reasoning. Skills that help people in teams to learn and move forward. Skills that begin with the ability to hear and understand yourself.

The topics that we will cover during the workshop:

  • How often do you happen to fall under the influence of other people? Immersed in hot discussions, team members advise each other easily forgetting to listen to advice of others. One correctly asked question can replace dozens of tips, stimulating independence in the conclusions and our best answers. But what are the right questions and how to ask them yourself and others?
  • You come to a person to deal with a conflict wanting to be heard. However, your vision of a situation goes to bits because of powerful arguments of another person. And it seems like everything is logical, but the conflict is not resolved. How to be free to express your ideas and not be afraid to give feedback? We will consider the ability to delineate your boundaries, understand your point of view and practice your skills to express it openly, without affecting the feelings of others, but not dissolving into them.
  • We are all a little bit of judgers. We meet a judgmental behavior in teams either being judgmental about ourselves or about attacking other people. However, if one of the parties is in the zone of judgement, of himself or others, this is a knowingly lost dialogue. We will practice moving away from this zone to awaken inner motivation, revealing something important and unique that everyone can bring to his team and the success of the common cause.

 The practices:

  • The theory of Question Thinking and how it can influence communication in teams
  • What is a feedforward and how to hear others
  • Q-Storming in decision making, problem solving or strategic planning
14:35 - 17:10
workshop
Alexey Svetlychny - Certified TOP® Facilitator
Management sessions facilitation: organizational transformation, and other useful case studies from life of management consultant (in russian)

Мастер-класс посвящен теме управленческих сессий – групповых форм работы по выработке и реализации значимых управленческих решений стратегического уровня.

Видов таких сессий и технологий их проведения великое множество. Об этом многообразии и поговорим, одновременно отвечая на вопрос — а зачем это все?

  • Групповые решения хороши, но хороши в меру. Где эта мера проходит?
  • Как правильно подобрать состав сотрудников для управленческой сессии, чтобы результат стоил потраченного на него времени, а решение имело шанс быть реализованным?
  • Мы также поговорим о других подводных камнях управленческих сессий, а также о роли фасилитатора и особенностях его выбора для такого рода мероприятий.
  • И, безусловно, получим опыт живого участия — в симуляциях и экспериментах. Ибо обучаемся через действие.

В ходе мастер-класса вы познакомитесь с инструментами метода ToP (Technology of Participation), хорошо зарекомендовавшие себя в проектах по управлению изменениями и организационной трансформации, начиная от простых инструментов типа Консенсус-модели и заканчивая Организационным Путешествием. А также проделаем краткий экскурс в тему Иррационального поведения в процессе группового принятия решений.

Keynote speakers


tobias

Tobias Mayer

Listener, Untangler, Integrator
United Kingdom
Dave Snowden

Dave Snowden

Founder and Chief Scientific Officer of Cognitive Edge
olaf

Olaf Lewitz

Certified Enterprise Coach
michael-sahota

Michael Sahota

Certified Enterprise Coach (CEC)

Speakers


195 speakers from all over the world, а well-known industry professionals from U.S, Canada and Western Europe

  • Pavlo Ryzhiy

    Pavlo Ryzhiy

    Innovations Manager at PHILIP MORRIS
    Ukraine
    philipp_fd

    Philipp Engstler

    Agile Coach and Trainer
    Switzerland
    prokhorenko

    Sergey Prokhorenko

    Agile Coach
    Ukraine
    Matteo Cavucci

    Matteo Cavucci

    Tech Consultant and Design Thinking Practitioner
    Germany
    lytvynenko

    Yury Lytvynenko

    Agile Coach
    Ukraine
    anttii

    Antti Kirjavainen

    Coach | Change Agent
    Finland
    mayya

    Maiia Syta

    Agile Coach
    Netherlands
    Kamila Mrozek

    Kamila Mrozek

    Quality Engineer
    Poland
  • antonio-cobo-cuenca-2

    Antonio Cobo

    Agile Delivery Consultant
    United Kingdom
    Olli

    Olli Pietikäinen

    Lean-Agile Consultant
    Finland
    stanislava

    Stanislava Potupchik

    Scrum master
    Netherlands
    Vladimir Gorshunov_Fotor

    Vladimir Gorshunov

    General Manager
    Belarus
    krivitsky

    Alexey Krivitsky

    Certified ScrumTrainer
    Germany
    _MG_5946-2

    Alexey Svetlychny

    Certified TOP® Facilitator
    Ukraine
    marco_medium

    Marco Troisi

    Senior Sofware Engineer
    Ireland
    roland_flemm (1)

    Roland Flemm

    Agilу Coach
    Netherlands
  • Vadim Izdebskiy

    Vadim Izdebskiy

    Corporate R&D Director
    Ukraine
    Naama Gafni-Lifshitz

    Naama Gafni Lifshitz

    Lean and Agile mentor
    Israel
    bykovets

    Artem Bykovets

    Agile Coach
    Ukraine
    chris

    Christoforos Nikitas

    Technical Architect and Agile Coach
    United Kingdom
    Andriy Bahlay

    Andriy Bahlay

    Senior Corporate Development Manager
    Ukraine
    rickardjones

    Rickard Jones

    Agile Coach/Trainer
    United Kingdom
    monica_georgieff

    Monica Georgieff

    Head of Marketing @ Kanbanize
    Bulgaria
    Berlind_Fotor

    Berglind Osk Bergsdottir

    Software Developer
    Iceland
  • yadrentseva

    Natalie Yadrentseva

    Business Solutions Architect @ TargetProcess
    Belarus
    andrea

    Andrea Provaglio

    Agile Transformation Coach
    Italy
    Artem Serdyuk

    Artem Serdyuk

    Lecturer
    Kyiv-Mohyla Business School
    angel

    Ángel Díaz-Maroto Álvarez

    Certified Enterprise Coach
    Spain
    Gil_Zilberfeld_Portrait_Small

    Gil Zilberfeld

    Everyday Unit Testing
    Israel
    koziy_cut

    Yuriy Koziy

    Agile Coach
    Ukraine
    trenina

    Natalia Trenina

    Agile Coach
    Ukraine

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Location


Conference will take place at great halls of Ramada Hotel, 103,  Stolichnoe Shosse, Kiev, Ukraine . We will organize transfer for all participants, all deatils will be in e-mails with conference ticket.

It is one of the best conference venues in the city
We will be staying in the lovely Congress hall
The parallel sections will be held in the Conference rooms

Accommodation


Ramada Encore Hotel

We have huge discounts for conference attendees 😉

You can get discount reservation at the conference venue – the Ramada Encore Hotel. To book it online, please:

— fill in the FORM

— follow the instructions inside form

ALFAVITO Hotel

ALFAVITO is one of the Best Art Hotels in Kiev according to the HOSPITALITY AWARDS and is included to the list of «Top 20 hotels in Ukraine» by Traveler’s Choice Award 2013 and 2014.

ALFAVITO is located next to the Palats Ukraina Underground Station. It is within 15 minutes’ walk from the central main street, Khreschatyk and Maidan Nezalezhnosti.

 

Transfer

To order transfer from/to the airport, please use the following form.