Agile Conference 2021

Thursday, January 14: AGILE FOR GOOD / SOCIAL JUSTICE or

LEADERSHIP / RESEARCH

(all times EST)

 

10:00 - 10:15 am

OPENING REMARKS
James Hannon and Michelle Legere

All

10:15 - 11:15 am

KEYNOTE: HOW TO EMPOWER INDUSTRIES WITH AGILE METHODOLOGY
Neil Lee Chia-Hsien

Leadership / Research

Learn how the LeadBest Consulting Group helps industries innovate interior with an agile mindset and exterior with agile methodology. From interviewing with clients and developing strategies to executing plans, agile methods are the keys to a win-win outcome.

10:15 - 11:15 am

KEYNOTE: HOW TO UN-TEACH RACISM BY USING AN AGILE MINDSET
Yigal Kahana

Agile for Good / Social Justice

Explore the roots of society and the role racism plays in destroying it. Discuss the myth of racism and explore how an Agile Mindset can be used to un-teach racism.

Based off of the Israeli Police's work on un-teaching racism to affect social change.

11:15 am - 12:00 pm

UNCONVENTIONAL PEOPLE PRACTICES THAT SUPPORT AGILE CULTURE
Joanna Zhan

Leadership / Research

Learn how Titansoft's three unconventional people practices related to decision-making in hiring, self-promotion, and salary transparency in Scrum Teams support an Agile culture.

11:15 am - 12:00 pm

THE CHANGING LENS OF DIVERSITY AND INCLUSION IN AN AGILE BUSINESS WORKFORCE
Linda Jones

Agile for Good / Social Justice

This session will review how 2020 presented an opportunity for organizations to openly demonstrate their sincere support for racial equality through messaging, changing employee practices, and numerous impactful initiatives that contribute to the fight against systematic racism after years of stagnant progress. After the George Floyd killing, Protests for social change amid a global pandemic also generated an incentive for the workforce to quickly pivot and make diversity and inclusion policies and procedures their priority strategy. However, is enough being done? As individuals and work teams, what else can we do to further enhance diversity and inclusion practices and create a harmonious and productive working environment?

12:00 - 12:30 pm

LUNCH / NETWORKING

All

12:30 - 1:15 pm

HOW TO CREATE A CULTURE OF TRUST AND PSYCHOLOGICAL SAFETY TO ACCELERATE INNOVATION
Pepe Lopez

Agile for Good / Social Justice

Do you want to create a culture of collaboration and innovation through an Agile Transformation? There is plenty of evidence supporting that teams with high EQ innovate at faster rates. Organizations that provide Psychological Safety as an enabled condition for innovation will hold a competitive advantage in the marketplace.

12:30 - 1:15 pm

THE LEADERSHIP LYNCH PIN: THE BINDING OR DESTRUCTIVE FORCE ON TRANSFORMATIONS
Jasmine Kernaleguen and Dave Silberman, Ph.D.

Leadership / Research

Leadership is the lynchpin that establishes the degree of strength transformation occurring in the face of VUCA. This highly engaging session will inspect and introduce participants to the dichotomy of leadership forces often present during transformations. Participants will leave with an understanding of what types of leadership force binds or is destructive to transformations, including what that looks like in the practicing field.

1:15 - 2:00 pm

PERVASIVE LEAN
Michael Grove

Leadership / Research

1:15 - 2:00 pm

EDUCATION IN A VUCA WORLD
Tim Logan

Agile for Good / Social Justice

VUCA has become a familiar phrase over the last decades, but never has it been more felt than in the previous 12 months! Developing our agility is vital for our children, teams, organizations, and leaders' long-term growth and well-being. So how can we intentionally develop this widespread 'learning agility' in the education system?

2:00 - 2:10 pm

BREAK

All

2:10 - 2:55 pm

IMPORTANCE OF AGILE PROJECT MANAGEMENT IN DEFENSE ACQUISITION
William Parker

Agile for Good / Social Justice

To keep pace with global competitors, the US Department of Defense must modernize at the speed of relevance. Agile project management is helping us speed systems development. From adopting Agile practices to setting up software factories, our Defense Department and defense industry partners are increasing project management velocity.

2:10 - 2:55 pm

FULL CIRCLE LEADERSHIP: PRACTICING AGILE AND DESIGN THINKING FOR COLLECTIVE ENTREPRENEURSHIP
Mary Gribbin

Leadership / Research

Mary shares the lessons learned as a woman entrepreneur, designer, facilitator, and coach while practicing Agile and Design Thinking for collective entrepreneurship. She'll provide practical tips for your team's practice as well as her favorite, go-to Design Thinking frameworks and tools for adopting full circle leadership on your team.

2:55 - 3:25 pm

LEADING TRANSFORMATIONS IN A DISRUPTIVE ENVIRONMENT
Raj Heda

Leadership / Research

All of us are living through very disruptive, difficult and trying times. As leaders, we need to have agility to pivot our paths, ensure we have built psychological safety and economic security for our employees, and enhance holistic organizational performance. In our discussion, we will learn 5 ways to keep our employees motivated and prepare the organization to thrive under unprecedented challenges.

2:55 - 3:25 pm

ROUNDTABLE: AGILE SOCIAL INITIATIVES
Simon Holzapfel and Garry Miller

Agile for Good / Social Justice

3:25 - 3:35 pm

BREAK

All

3:35 - 4:20 pm

AGILE 2.0 - IT'S ABOUT PEOPLE AND CONNECTIONS!
Todd Kamens

Leadership / Research

How do we move beyond training on a methodology and focus on behavior and people? Learn what Bloat, the Pufferfish played by Brad Garret in the movie Finding Nemo, has to do with Agile in this dynamic presentation about Agile 2.0.

3:35 - 4:20 pm

A CANDID CONVERSATION AROUND USING AN AGILE APPROACH TO AN ANTI-RACIST AND INCLUSIVE WORKPLACE
Jacqueline Antalik

Agile for Good / Social Justice

The killing of George Floyd last May—along with the subsequent protests against racial and social injustice around the world—deeply challenged OXD as an organization. Diversity and inclusion have long been a part of OXD’s practice, but these recent events brought to light areas of opportunity where they could do more. Jacqueline shares OXD’s emerging and evolving Agile approaches to their diversity and inclusion work in this session. She will provide examples of how an Agile mindset and practices pulled from Scrum, Kanban, and Lean helped propel the work forward and share reflections and ideas around the gaps and how to address them.

4:20 - 5:00 pm

REAL ENGAGEMENT FOR REAL RESULTS
Ram Srinivasan

Leadership / Research

Business Agility demands teamwork and organizational learning. Teamwork, and organization learning, hinges upon collaboration. However, in many organizations, collaboration does not happen naturally. Learn the critical factors that prevent collaboration and partnership and how to overcome the challenges.

4:20 - 5:00 pm

BUILDING A NEW EDUCATIONAL PROGRAM IN THE BERKSHIRES
Ben Sosne

Agile for Good / Social Justice

As we help prepare the Berkshires for the work of the future, the Berkshire Innovation Center is excited to partner with BU Agile Innovation Lab to incorporate agile methodologies into our educational curriculum.

5:00 - 5:15 pm

CLOSING REMARKS
James Hannon and Michelle Legere

All

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