Day 1

Speakers

Keynote speaker - Joanne Molesky

Joanne Molesky

Joanne Molesky

Joanne Molesky will be with us in Melbourne, all the way from British Columbia. She is a Principal Associate at ThoughtWorks, a global software delivery and consulting company. She is currently a key member of their internal TechOps Management team, with responsibilities for IT Governance, Risk and Compliance. She has lead both the global Continuous Delivery and InfoSec teams at ThoughtWorks and is co-author (with Jez Humble and Barry O'Reilly) of the book Lean Enterprise, published by O'Reilly Books. 

Her passion is for finding ways to reduce risks related to software delivery and its use without compromising creativity, experimentation and learning. Over the course of her many years of work experience in both IT and Healthcare, there is one important thing she has learned: "Things change, get over it and to learn to adapt."

The two links below will take you to content we developed to help you learn more about Joanne, her views on the challenges and opportunities the workforce faces and the ways she thinks you can prepare for the conference.

"Part One - Why Organisations Need to Change"

"Part Two - 4 Things to know about the Australia Workforce and How to Prepare for the Change"

Below - Joanne previews her visit in a short video - or check out the full versions in the links above.

 
 

Dmitri Colebatch - Driving Agile in the home of Agile: Toyota

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The Toyota Way and TPS are both at the heart of Agile, so it will come as a surprise to learn that Toyota Australia has not always used Agile for IT. In this talk you will hear the story of how a small group of proponents grew, and over time succeeded in re-introducing Toyota to Toyota. I have been at Toyota for 14 years, and have certainly changed the organisation in that time - but I've made mistakes along the way; I think many of these are worth sharing.

Dmitri is a self-taught developer turned evil-manager type. In his younger days he was introduced to XP and then Scrum, and in his time at Toyota has maintained a love of Agile, whilst learning the right and wrong was to implement change throughout an organisation. Currently he is Corporate Manager - Solutions, at Toyota Australia.

Sharon Robson

Sharon is the Head of Agility at Tatts Group in Brisbane. She works with Leadership Teams to transform organisations, building High Performing Teams. Following the principles of agility and Lean, as well as using Higher Order Thinking Skills, Performance Optimisation Techniques, Engagement Models, Leadership Application Skills, Communication Techniques, Planning Approaches. 

Over the course of her career, Sharon has been a Consultant, Senior Tester, Test Manager and Practise lead, specialising in Software Testing and Agile practices. She has worked with training organisations, large consulting companies, amongst others.

Sharon was a founding board member of ANZTB (Australia and New Zealand Testing Board as part of the International Software Testing Qualifications Board - ISTQB). Sharon was also the chairperson of the Marketing Working group for the ISTQB. In addition, Sharon is a member of the Agile Alliance and the Association for Software Testers. She also researches and writes papers on Agile test approaches in various business domains.

Day 1 Workshop Facilitators

Dan Prager and Jemma Ritchie - Facilitating with Finesse

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dan prager

Jemma Ritchie

Jemma Ritchie

Every Agile coach and her dog claims to be a skilled facilitator. So does your boss. But are they really? What does great facilitation look like? Join us for a facilitated workshop about facilitating workshops.

Workshop Outline:

  • Introduction: Why Facilitation?
  • The Facilitative stance: facilitators vs managers vs coaches
  • Planning a workshop
  • Setting the scene by building a safe container
  • Divergent thinking
  • What is "the groan zone?"
  • Dealing with disruption
  • Converging to a conclusion
  • Next steps - building finesse?

Workshop Outcomes:

  • The value of skilled, dynamic, unbiased facilitation
  • Dos and don'ts for workshop planning
  • Dos and don'ts for facilitating
  • The importance of personal development for improving as a facilitator
  • Some options for developing your facilitation skills

Dan works with forward-thinking organisations to introduce and tailor Agile practices to fit their context. He works with leadership and teams to co-create positive change at all organisational levels. A former mathematical physicist, Dan moved into software design and development late last century and was an early adopter of Agile approaches. Besides science and software, Dan’s approach to coaching has been strongly influenced by his experiences in learning and teaching martial arts, and his training in improvisational theatre. Dan is a co-founder of youpatch.com (a craft/tech startup) and skillfire.co (a virtual Agile/Digital consultancy and community).

Jemma is collaborating with teams at NAB to ignite change and evolve systems of work. A background in dispute resolution led Jemma to develop a keen interest in human behaviour and the importance of effective communication. This informed her calm and considered coaching and facilitation style. Jemma's approach is human-centred and is strongly influenced by her yoga and meditation practices.

Ed O'Shaughnessy - Go Forth and Self-Organise! Strategies & Tactics for Building Great Teams

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Ed O'Shaughnessy

Workshop Outline

This workshop will explore what it means to self-organise through an understanding of the fundamentals, the relaying of experiences helping teams in the field develop their self-organising capabilities, and some fun role playing exercises to illustrate and convey techniques that anyone can easily adopt to help improve the effectiveness of their teams.

Workshop Outcomes

The theory behind collaborative work in teams, the conditions that enable self-organisation, and plenty of simple techniques to help with teaching and coaching their colleagues.

An understanding and appreciation of what it means to be a self-organising team, how to bring this about and sustain it for the long term, some easy tools and techniques to help, and simple ideas to experiment with at their place of work.

My driving purpose is to help people work together more effectively. I achieve this through experiential coaching and teaching so that everyone can realise their greatest potential in a safe and humane environment. I draw on my wide-ranging background in the defence, life sciences, automation, and financial industries to bring clarity to complex, evolving situations, helping people make sense of the challenges, learn how to be successful, and chart their path forward.

Neil Killick - From business case to backlog using Lean Canvas and Story Mapping

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neil killick

Workshop Outline

When using Agile approaches, there is a desire to get our product ideas into the customer's hands as soon as possible. With this comes the risk that we rush in and build something which will not deliver genuine value to the business, or at least enough value to justify the investment. In this workshop you will take a real world idea from concept to cash. First, you and your team will use the simple and effective power of Lean Canvas to build a solid business case, and convince your executive (me) that your idea is a good use of company funds. Then your team will build a Story Map to quickly understand the capabilities you need to deliver first so your company can get beat its powerful competitors to market.

Workshop Outcomes

  • How to use Lean Canvas to quickly build a convincing business case to solve a valuable customer problem
  • How to use Story Mapping to quickly and collaboratively prioritise key capabilities to deliver value to customers and the business in a short amount of time
  • The power of collaboration and co-creation
  • How much can be achieved in a very short time

Neil is an internationally recognised expert in software product development, specialising in Agile and Lean methods. He has been delivering working software (and helping others do it) for over 22 years, including some of the first online mapping, live traffic and travel planning applications. He is also one of the 3 original pioneers of the #NoEstimates movement.

    Paul Szymkowiak and Jared Quinert - Using a Federated Framework to surface Stakeholder Value

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    paul szymkowiak

    jared quinert

    jared quinert

    Workshop Outline

    Value is something that each of us have deep personal experience with, and an intuitive sense for: much like Quality, we know it when we see it. It's a word that is used freely in discussion, and springs to use for each of us readily. But if we look deeper - do we really know what Quality and Value really are? Put us to the task of defining it in terms that can be discussed with others, and we often face challenges. This workshop will give you experience with a fun, flexible and easy-to-use framework for understanding and aligning on what Quality means to you and other stakeholders within your context. You'll be able to leverage the framework in any aspect of your work or personal life to help you understand what really matters.

    Workshop Outcomes

    A new technique for reasoning both individually and collectively about Quality and Value.

    Paul's work enables leaders to build strategic-thinking agile teams through mentored skill development. He has spent 30 years helping others to grow and improve their collaborative capabilities. He works as an independent consultant, delivering mentoring, coaching and Education. In addition to developing the Federated Quality Framework, he is a founding member of the Context-Driven Testing community, and he authored the testing approach within RUP: the first widely-used method framework that supported scaled-agile development. He and has been mastering his business and product development skills for over 30 years in a wide variety contexts, mentoring teams and organisations across multiple continents. An experienced product-development coach, he is currently focused on bringing context-driven practices to business strategy and lean service improvement, and in developing a STEAM education extension curriculum for primary and secondary students.

    Jared is a testing consultant located in Melbourne, Australia. With over fifteen years of experience, he specialises in agile testing, context-driven testing and intelligent toolsmithing with a focus on business outcomes over process. As one of the most experienced agile testers in Australia, he has been diving in hands-on since 2003 to discover how to build successful whole-team approaches to software development.

    Penelope Barr - Lean Startup Overview

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    Lean start-up is a business-creation methodology based on validated learning, experimentation & frequent releases – and what you measure & learn along this path. It is increasingly being seen as an organisational superpower; a systematic way to plan experiments to grow solutions from problems & build a business.  

    With her pragmatic approach and a combination of wit and wisdom, Penelope is passionate about helping participants walk away with that superpower toolkit, enabling them to start delivering substantive value on a daily basis.

    Penelope is a globally-recognised, award winning innovator, intrapreneur, & technologist.  Her work has been recognised with Innovation & Technology awards in 5 countries.  Penelope has an exciting track record in helping organisations solve complex problems to meet 21st century challenges.   20+ years in global digital & technology roles, building products, leading teams and managing large transformational change programs means Penelope brings a wealth of experience to the conversation. 

    Penelope coaches individuals, teams & organisations in lean start-up across the breadth of start-ups, not-for-profits & corporates. She’s known for strong facilitation & training skills & engages with energy & enthusias
     

    Phil Gadzinski and Liam Brobst- ONE Small Step In A New Direction

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    Phil gadzinski

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    Workshop Outline

    Helping you take the first step to address the problem of being able to shorten the distance between building the right thing and building the thing right, using a combination of design thinking, agile and lean in a practical sense. We intend to use a little theory and lot of practice, teaching attendees how to collaborate better so they can deliver more value.

    Workshop Outcomes

    • How to take the first small steps towards adopting these principles and a sense of confidence and curiosity to take further steps.
    • The desire to learn and understand more about the path forward.

    Phil is a tech Co-Founder and Enterprise Transformation Lead. "I am motivated by working with awesome people and agile teams at all scales, building great software products and amazing services that make people's lives better. Now leading a Strategic Agility Consulting which helps organisations to intentionally think about and design how they deliver customer value continuously. And get better at it. Knowledge Work Gemba Engineering is our forte!"

    His motto is “be contrarian by making the complex simple”. If you want to think about things differently he would like to help you do that.

    Liam's theme of work is quite simple; helping organisations design better customer experiences that deliver value for all participants in the system through iterative product and service strategy. Mostly in Digital, but not exclusively. While he pulls from Agile, TPS Lean and Design Thinking principles, he is open to whichever practices work best for the team and the situation. He is about curious action, speed to value and being less wrong today than yesterday through experimentation. His approach to leadership is based on trust, respect, proficiency and being a decent human being. When he'snot workinghe is a husband, friend, dog adopter, two-acre woodsman, volunteer CFA firefighter and student at the Improv Conspiracy Theatre.

      Leigh Gibson - Leaders and team members, are you ready to throw away your Gantt charts?

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      leigh gibson

      Workshop Outline

      Some of the organisations moving to agile ways of working now are running enormous programs of work. How many people have seen large agile programs, running multiple streams deliver outcomes reliably without high drama? This workshop is about how delivery works for some of the seriously huge teams. The ones where a single stream could have 100 epics and 500+ user stories (and the program of work has 4 streams of work, all due in six months time). Yes, it's insane and not ideal to work that way, but some organisations roll BIG. So I've worked out how to minimise surprises along the way.

      Come hear about some of the tools I've developed with teams delivering large programs across Digital and how they work together to provide a data driven approach to initiative delivery and management of senior stakeholder expectations. Lots of people understand how agile works and the detailed mechanics. I'm not going to talk about that. It is different when scaled and there are new data points which become more important. Come learn about the macro view. We'll talk about what successful teams do and I'll share some learnings too.

      Workshop Outcome

      A new perspective of how teams can measure and manage progress for themselves to ensure that the delivery of their initiative is on track. Will share the templates my teams use so people can easily get started on their own initiatives.

      Leigh is the Manager of 17 Technical PMs across the Digital space for ANZ. Agile enthusiast, strongly motivated to get stuff 'done'. 20+ years working in IT and still enjoy learning something new every day. I have significant experience delivering complex and high profile technical projects while building and maintaining happy and motivated teams. My team consistently deliver full stack scaled agile outcomes at an enterprise scale. We use metrics to monitor progress + support decisions. I enjoy creating tools to help my teams quantify unknowns and create data sets to drive decision-making. Alumna of ANZ, London Olympics, Telstra, Suncorp, Melbourne Commonwealth Games and more. Random fact - I managed a large agile project for Suncorp using XP back in 2003. It was very challenging but one of the outcomes I am most proud of. Ask me about it :)

      Alex Sloley - Build your own Canvas

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      Workshop Outline

      The Business Model Canvas and the A3 Report are classic examples of using visualization tools to help you/a team/an org analyze and plan. However, you might find that available canvases don't really suit your needs. Would you really use the traditional Business Model Canvas for a legacy product in a large enterprise? Come learn about classic examples of canvases and what they are trying to achieve. Learn about a simple framework that enables you to build a custom canvas that is suited to your needs. And walk away with a custom canvas, because you are going to build your own canvas in this workshop!

      Workshop Outcome

      The participants learn how to physically assemble their own custom canvas which they can take back to work with them. The bulk of the workshop involves the attendees actually building their canvas.

      The key things you will learn by attending this workshop:

      • Overview classic canvases
      • Discover what a canvas is trying to achieve
      • Discover a custom canvas generation framework

      Alex is Alistair Sloley is an Agile consultant, specializing in Agile training, Agile coaching, and software development best practices. Alistair is a fifteen-year veteran of Microsoft where he acted as a Program Manager, Software Test Engineer, and Software Design Engineer in Test. At Microsoft, he shipped in over ten products, worked with Microsoft Research on multiple high-profile projects, and helped lead his organization into enterprise-level implementation of Scrum. As an Agile consultant for Steve McConnell at Construx Software, he led Agile transformation efforts at a variety of clients, spanning industries and incorporating a diverse range of Agile practices.

       

      James Holmes - One A3 sheet is all you need to improve

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      Workshop Outline

      The Lean A3 is a powerful way of using the Plan-Do-Check-Act cycle to improve across the whole organisation. This workshop will introduce the A3 report, demonstrate how to do 5-whys analysis and remind people about the "check" part of PDCA.

      Workshop Outcome

      This is designed for anyone who wants to learn about a simple way to make improvements in their work. You will be learning that A3 is a Kaizen/Yokoten based process applicable to your whole org. You will learn How A3 reports work and how to do 5 whys well and how to effectively use PDCA improvement.

      James is a developer into Agile, Lean and other ways of doing what matters and leaving out what doesn’t.

      Endnote Speaker - Keith Dodds

      Keith Dodds - The Biggest Thing that Gets in Your Way… (and 2 things that are about to get much worse…)

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      keith dodds

      Synopsis

      There is also a growing body of knowledge to draw from in confronting the challenges around working with more agility. We will continue to learn, to develop new techniques, to innovate our approaches and, no doubt, to share these insights.

      However, there is an intractable problem at the very centre of modern society that blocks our progress. It’s so ingrained that we often take it for granted. But unless we consciously think about and grapple with this deeply-rooted quandary, really meaningful change will continue to be elusive. Also, as what is being popularly called “The Fourth Industrial Revolution” rapidly explodes, there are 2 major developments that could make life for many much worse.

      We tend to think of technological progress as inherently progressive. To steal a line from Gershwin’s “Porgy and Bess” – “it ain’t necessarily so…”

      In his talk, Keith will explain what these problems are and what you can do to tackle them.

      Keith has more than 25 years’ experience in helping clients improve their offerings and performance through the use of modern technology. He has worked in the US, Europe, Asia, Africa and resides in Sydney, Australia.

      In recent years, Keith has focused on digital innovation and the creation of new business models, new management practices, and service/product design. He will be sharing insights gained from advising clients across a variety of industries, including financial services, retail, telecommunications, media, travel and government.


      Day 2

      Keynote speaker - Michelle Campbell

      Michelle Campbell - Building Adaptive Leadership

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      michelle campbell

      Synopsis

      Building high performing teams and organisations, requires a trust culture and a feeling of psychological safety. Using stories from her time working for NATO in Afghanistan, Michelle will help the audience understand how working towards mission success collaboratively can be used to guide teams – but allow them to use their ingenuity and skills to adapt their approach and work to deliver the collective goals when adverse circumstance arise in war-like operations. There are lessons and stories for leaders on all levels on how they need to provide direction and safety to individuals, whilst managing the unpredictable environment to help the team deliver the promised outcomes. This story shows how ordinary teams and individuals can use adaptive leadership skills to deliver the best outcomes for their teams regardless of the disruption, adversity or the rate of change

      Michelle is a Senior Transformational Program Manager with 25 years of project, program and portfolio management experience spanning the Defence, Logistics, Health services, Financial services and IT industries. Michelle has significant Defence experience in program management, procurement, and logistics in many capacities: as an Army Officer, a public servant, and as a consultant on several long-term Defence engagements.

      Using stories from her time working for NATO in Afghanistan, Michelle will help us understand how working towards mission success collaboratively can be used to guide teams – but allow them to use their ingenuity and skills to adapt their approach and work to deliver the collective goals.

      We will be featuring Michelle in some videos in January.

      Day 2 Workshop Facilitators

      Mike Mallete - Harnessing Team Intelligence

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      mike mallete

      Workshop Outline

      The complex world we live in can no longer depend on heroics by one or a few individuals (aka the Leaders) alone. To stay ahead, it is crucial we stimulate and harness all information and intelligence available to us. A team collectively have an intelligence beyond its individual members. This workshop is an exploration of this concept and tools we can use.

      Workshop Outcomes

      • Understanding of Relationship Systems Intelligence, Concept of Deep Democracy, and coaching tools
      • A greater awareness of how to work with and in a relationship (e.g., a team)

      Mike is a Scrum Alliance Certified Enterprise Coach, one of only a handful in the Asia Pacific Region. He had been instrumental in the adoption of Agile methods and practices of companies in four continents, from 10-person startups to 200-member teams. He was previously a platform architect, software engineer, and people manager prior to being a full-time Agile Coach and trainer. He had spoken in major international conferences in the US, Singapore, Manila, and Hong Kong.

        Andrew Hobday - The business agility diagnostic

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        Andrew Hobday

        Workshop Outline

        Organisations are seeking greater agility. This is being sought through scaled delivery frameworks, but also through cultural transformation and shifting peoples’ mindsets. Unfortunately, good people are getting left behind because they don’t know how business agility relates to them personally, or what they can be doing to help themselves and their organisations. This session introduces the key concepts of business agility, tackling the tough issues of why becoming more agile is challenging. It explores the building blocks upon which business agility is achieved – six critical elements. These elements form part of a business agility diagnostic. In the session, the presenter will help participants complete the diagnostic and introduce simple, yet powerful ways in which to uplift each element. What is learnt can be applied to teams, departments, or even applied by an individual to shift their mindset and behaviours.

        Workshop Outcomes

        • A business agility diagnostic for individuals or groups including ideas for element uplift
        • Understanding of what ‘business agility’ is and why it’s important
        • Awareness of the challenges in creating such an environment and how to overcome them
        • The six critical elements that fuel business agility
        • Ideas for uplifting each element

        Andrew's career has seen him work in and across leadership, project delivery, and consultancy roles. Currently, he’s a Guild Principal for Australia’s largest general insurer, cultivating an agile, innovative environment for staff to connect, create, and uplift their capabilities. Andrew's an avid researcher, experimental practitioner, and presenter. He’s spoken locally and internationally on topics including business agility, business analysis, innovation, and organisational culture. His areas of expertise include business agility, design thinking, analysis, and innovation. His recent focus has been on formulating models and methods for encouraging business agility and innovation at scale in large organisations. He holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology and philosophy, and master’s degrees in community & international development and in commercial law.

          Gabor Devenyi - Break the walls down

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          Gabor Devenyi

          Workshop Outline

          Are you sick of having walls between your teams? Is "the business" working separately from "IT"? Are the "managers" and the "workers" in silos? You can try four games/facilitation I am running at this workshop that will help you to build better relations between the silos.

          Workshop Outcomes

          • Techniques and games that you can try back at your work place to build better relationships between your teams

          Gabor is passionate about adding business value through agile development practices. He is an enthusiastic person with extensive experience across different business areas and industries. Gabor has participated in several transformation programs, which have exposed him to the complexities within business processes and the IT environments in which they operate. Gabor loves the agile principles and value statements - but more importantly he loves working with people and getting the best out of them.

          Nathalie Heynderickx and Declan Brady - Speed up by slowing down

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          Nathalie Heynderickx

          Declan Brady

          Declan Brady

          Workshop Outline

          Globally, we are facing similar challenges in today’s workplace, regardless of industry, geography or organization size. We are all experiencing short deadlines, high pressure, information overload, distracting open floor office environment and the expectation to be constantly connected. In the last couple of years mindfulness has become a hot topic, nearly mainstream. Large companies, from management consulting to banks and law firms, have invested heavily in educating their staff and leaders in this ancient practice. Find out in this highly interactive talk what all the fuss about mindfulness is. Why have SAP assigned a Global Mindfulness Director? Why have GE hired the former CFO of Ferrari (Debbie Jeremiah) to manage their Mindful Leader Program? What has lead a Google software engineer to develop the mindfulness program Search Inside Yourself? More importantly discover how this ancient practice can help you and your team to overcome some of your key challenges that keeps you awake at night plus: - Obtain greater focus and clarity - Improve communication and boost collaboration - Increase productivity while working less hours - Enhance innovation and creativity - Prevent team burnout

          Workshop Outcomes

          • How to create space internally, de-clutter and sharpen the mind for better decision making, greater focus and resilience
          • Understanding of benefits of mindfulness for Agile Teams in terms of performance and wellbeing
          • Key findings from scientific research and basics of neuro science behind mindfulness practice
          • Overview and key results obtained by three Australian organizations
          • Experience a short mindfulness practice

          Nathalie has worked with large global consulting firms such as IBM and Accenture for 15 years implementing business transformation initiatives and gained experienced across several industries, roles, geographies and cultures. She has an academic background in Computer Sciences and Project Management.

          A deep mindfulness practice has been part of Nathalie's corporate and personal life for over 10 years and she considers it to be an important enabler of her high performance and wellbeing. Nathalie qualified as a mindfulness trainer and joined the Potential Project team in 2014. Notable clients include AGL Energy, Bendigo Bank, ASIC and Mars. She is passionate about sharing her knowledge and experience on Mindfulness with forward thinking organisations and leaders.

          Declan is a highly skilled organisational transformation consultant utilising a depth of knowledge that spans Org. Development, Leadership Development, Systems Thinking, Complexity, Lean & Agile, Psychology, Theories of change, Team/Group dynamics, Mindfulness and Neuroscience. Declan's particular area of interest is in assisting executives and senior leaders develop individual and collective capabilities by developing cultures of mutual respect, trust, collaboration, responsibility and support that are value focused. Declan also loves to work on long term engagements where he can develop personal and trusting relationships with those who he assists. Declan works either 1-to-1 in a coaching/mentoring capacity, or with teams/groups wanting to increase their level of personal and team functioning. Declan is pragmatic and down to earth in his approach and draws on his 25 years of corporate work experience.

          Jacinta Streat - Learn how to play the Game

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          Jacinta Streat

          Workshop Outline

          A workshop inspired by the game Monikers http://www.monikersgame.com/ where you will form cross functional teams and be able to move from a feeling of “we’ll never get this done” to “Hi fives all round!” by demonstrating and understanding the value of establishing a common language, leveraging each others strengths, iterating, reflecting and most importantly taking what you have learnt and apply it to your life. You’ll also laugh a lot and have a heap of fun in the process.

          Workshop Outcomes

          • A true understanding of the value of cross functional teams, building common language and shared understanding as well as iterative knowledge growth in order to deliver.
          • An approach coaches or leaders can use to build high performing teams
          • For everyone else how Iterations and the courage to reflect are key to delivering better outcomes and being a high performing team.

          Jacinta has experience in the areas of coaching, consulting, strategic problem solving, audit, business analysis, leadership, release management and benefits realisation. Jacinta has relocated from Melbourne to Brisbane to take up the role of Agility Coach at Tatts Group. In this role she works alongside a team of coaches transforming Tatts Group to be agile, not just do agile. Jacinta continually looks for ways to help teams become truly high performing teams. She believes agility is about having the courage to be transparent, truly collaborate and tackle the problems that surface relentlessly

          Michi Tyson - Get Better at Getting Better - Experience-based Learning for Process Improvement

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          michi tyson

          Workshop Outline

          Retrospectives are a great way to introduce experience-based learning to a team and are adopted by most agile teams. But quantity and quality are not synonymous, and in many team retrospectives have become a sacred ceremony rather than a critical and analytical look at process improvement. In this interactive workshop, I will introduce you to concepts from systems thinking and data-driven decision making, and show you how to use agile retrospectives to introduce iterative and incremental process improvement across the organisation. Through discussion, exercises and examples, we will explore common issues with more traditional “project-based” improvement initiatives, and discover new approaches to identify, define, implement and refine incremental process improvements collaboratively. At the end of the workshop, you will understand the power of iterative and incremental process improvement in complex environments and how to apply Systems thinking and the scientific method to create processes that work for you!

          Workshop Outcomes

          Following the workshop, participants will understand:

          • How to overcome common process improvement issues with iterative and incremental improvements
          • How to identify and define areas of improvement - and specific improvement deliverables - collaborativel
          • The power of a structured technique such as the Iceberg model, to analyse process issues  
          • How to apply the scientific method to process improvement initiatives
          • The best process is the one that you can actually follow - iterative and incremental process improvement is key to uncovering what will work for YOU

          Michi is a business agility coach, learning and change facilitator with a background in project, program and portfolio management. With over a decade of business transformation experience in Europe and Australia, Michi is passionate about taking Agile beyond IT and combining it with lean management, systems thinking and human centred process design to help leaders and their teams in becoming leaner, meaner and more competitive while creating a culture open to learning and ongoing improvement

          Rod Sherwin - Solution Shortcuts for Teams: 3 Simple Practices for Solving Complex Problems

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          rod sherwin

          Workshop Outline

          What if there was an approach to finding solutions that didn't require a detailed understanding of the problem? The solutions-focused approach to change has evolved from highly effective one-on-one psychotherapy to a coaching, team and organisational change approach that helps you get unstuck quickly and find a way to move towards what you want. In this workshop, you'll learn three practices for applying the solutions-focused approach to complex team issues, identifying and building on clues of success. Even in environments of low psychological safety, these practices will create respectful and lasting change. You will leave the workshop having practiced three solutions-focused team techniques and come away with real-world insights and actions to apply to your work place issues. Having these tools in you kit will make you an even more effective manager, team leader, coach and facilitator.

          Workshop Outcomes

          • What's the difference between problem focused and solutions-focused approaches
          • How they will notice that these techniques are useful once they return to their work place
          • A practice for bypassing a problem and identifying what's wanted instead
          • A practice for helping team members collaborate to find new insights
          • A retrospective format that creates optimism and motivation when teams are struggling

          Rod is a solutioneer, coach, team catalyst, facilitator and speaker who uses solutions-focused approaches as a direct route to creating respectful and lasting change for individuals, teams and organisations. Combining over 25 years experience in IT with professional coaching practice using energy psychology techniques, Rod has applied his unique experience to create positive change in industries such as telecommunications, government, civil engineering, digital, banking and consulting. Having seen how agile approaches have helped improved the way we work at team level, Rod is now facilitating business agility to allow companies to respond and adapt to the rapid pace of change and competitor innovation

          Marie-Claire Ross - Enhance Organisational Agility: 3 Critical Steps for Leaders to Build Trust More Efficiently

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          Marie-Claire Ross

          Program Outline

          The heart of agile is all about collaboration. But to get people to share, reflect and deliver on ideas, you first need trust. If people don’t trust their leader, or their team, they won’t open up and have difficult or even controversial conversations. This wastes time and causes unnecessary stress and frustration. Trust might be a small word, but it’s a huge, complicated topic. Everyone thinks they know about trust – after all, we make the decision to trust someone almost daily. But it’s our biases and filters that stops us from really learning more about trust and doing a better job at it.

          Program Outcomes

          • Why humans are wired to seek trust from leaders and their work environment
          • How to identify low trust indicators that are sabotaging your organisation and agile team
          • 5 misconceptions about organisational trust that impacts adopting new ways of working
          • 3 techniques to build trust more efficiently and create a thriving workplace

          Marie-Claire Ross is the Chief Corporate Catalyst at Trustologie. Marie-Claire helps leaders put the right processes in place to accelerate trust during growth. She undertakes workshops, leadership coaching and consulting to transform existing organisational trust levels into an asset that increases efficiencies across teams, improves productivity and enhances people performance. Her approach is based on working with leaders and seven years of research including 142 interviews with CEOs and executives. Marie-Claire writes a monthly corporate culture column in FM magazine and has been interviewed by BRW and Sky Business News. She is also the author of the highly acclaimed book Transform your Safety Communication.

          Endnote speaker - Craig Lauchlan

          Craig Lauchlan - Leading in the New World

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          In 2016, Craig was a successful leader in one of Australia’s largest financial institutions and he had just scored the coveted gig to lead the transformation of one of Australia’s oldest companies to become a customer-centric retailer.It almost came to a sudden halt in November 2016. A medical event become pivotal to how he now frames work and his personal life.

          This is a deeply personal story of reflection and has materially changed how Craig works, thinks, and empowers others to succeed. Craig has developed insights about leadership in the world of new ways of working and what he now sees as being critical to be success.

          Craig is an organisational transformation leader connecting people and systems to activate change, create enterprise value and draw out strategic insights. He is a catalyst for cultural and operational change that optimises customer and employee experiences for competitive advantage.

          His specialities include: organisational transformation, organisational change (strategy and delivery), enterprise program and portfolio optimisation, project management and execution, banking and financial services, energy (utilities), and agile ways of working.


          Previous Lineups

          Since 2015, we have had more than 60, high quality presenters and facilitators at 1st Conference. High Profile names such as Jurgen Appelo, Alistair Cockburn and Ben Linders, have travelled to Australia for the event. We also draw from an amazing list of talented people from closer to home.