UPCOMING TALKS

PREVIOUS TALKS

10/7/2019 - Team Self Selection Its a Thing - Agile Online Summit

10/5/2019 - The Agile Wire Podcast - Live - Fall Experiment MKE

10/4/2019 - Building Resilient Teams - Fall Experiment MKE (Cream City Code)

10/4/2019 - What's My Product? How to Rationalize Demand and Delivery - Fall Experiment MKE

10/3/2019 - Agile Where to Start and Why - Central Wisconsin Agility (CWA)

9/12/2019 - Super Powers of Product Ownership - Central Wisconsin Agility

9/9/2019 - Building Resilient Teams - Mad City Agility

5/21/2019 - Building Resilient Teams - MKE Product Brew

5/15/2019 - Building Resilient Teams - Agile Camp 

5/15/2019 - Agile Pannel - Agile Camp 

5/10/2019 - Agile Loops - IBADD (Iowa Business Analyst Development Days)

5/10/2019 - Building Resilient Teams - IBADD (Iowa Business Analyst Development Days)

5/10/2019 - Super Powers of Product Ownership - IBADD (Iowa Business Analyst Development Days)

5/10/2019 - Ask Me Anything Agile - IBADD (Iowa Business Analyst Development Days)

5/9/2019 - Agile Loops - PDD Madison

5/9/2019 - Super Powers of Product Ownership - PDD Madison

5/9/2019 - Ask me anything about Agile - PDD Madison

3/5/2019 - Super Powers of Product Ownership - Milwaukee Agile Meetup

3/4/2019 - Agile Loops - Mad City Agility

2/27/2019 - Super Powers of Product Ownership - OUR Conference

2/20/2019 - How CUNA Mutual is Adapting Agility Across the Enterprise - University of Wisconsin E Business Consortium

2/20/2019 - Agile Panel - University of Wisconsin E Business Consortium

1/22/2019 - Super Powers of Product Ownership - Tampa Bay Agile

12/12/2018 -Tips for Scaling Scrum - Scrum.org Tapas

11/9/2018 - Super Powers of Product Ownership - Product Owner Camp

11/6/2018 - Using facilitation to teach facilitation - University of Wisconsin E-Business Consortium

11/6/2018 - Agile Panel  - University of Wisconsin E-Business Consortium

11/5/2018 - Super Powers of Product Ownership - Mad City Agile Meetup

9/25/2018 - Cultivating Organizational Agility - IIBA Milwaukee Chapter Meeting 

9/13/2018 - Agile Metrics: Why We Need Them - IIBA Madison Chapter Meeting

9/6/2018 - Why is everyone using the Spodify model when Spodify does not use it?  - Agile Online Summit

8/8/2018 - Organizational Structure: The Rock that Agility is Built On - Agile 2018

7/10/2018 - Power of Pairing - private client event

7/2/2018 - Professional Scrum - Mad City Agile Meetup

6/19/2018 - Power of Pairing - QA Camp

6/1/2018 - Organizational Structure: The Rock that Agility is Built On - Music City Agile

5/10/2018 - Agile Metrics: Why We Need Them - IBADD (Iowa Business Analyst Development Days)

5/10/2018 - Power of Pairing - IBADD (Iowa Business Analyst Development Days)

5/10/2018 - Organizational Structure: The Rock that Agility is Built On - BADD (Iowa Business Analyst Development Days)

5/9/2018 - Power of Pairing -WIBADD (WI Business Analyst Development Days)

5/9/2018 - Organizational Structure: The Rock that Agility is Built On - WIBADD (WI Business Analyst Development Days)

5/3/2018 - Agile Metrics: Why We Need Them - Agile Professional Learning Conference 2018

5/3/2018 - Organizational Structure: The Rock that Agility is Built On -Agile Professional Learning Conference 2018

5/3/2018 - "V" is for Value: A Value-Stream Identification Technique for Enterprise Agility - Agile Professional Learning Conference 2018

4/26/2018 - Power of Pairing - Milwaukee SPIN (Software Process Improvement Network)

4/25/2018 - No Estimates Panel Discussion - University of Wisconsin E-Business Consortium

4/16/2018 - Agile Metrics: Why We Need Them - Madison PMI Lunch and Learn 

3/6/2018 - Power of Pairing - Milwaukee Agile Meetup

2/26/2018 - Interview - Scrum Master Toolbox Podcast Interview

2/15/2018 - Organizational Structure: The Rock that Agility is Built On - PMI Chapter Meeting

2/5/2018 - Agile Metrics: Why We Need Them - Mad City Agile Meetup

12/12/2017 - Agile Metrics: Why We Need Them - University of Wisconsin E-Business Consortium

11/29/2017 - Agile Metrics: Why We Need Them - Central Wisconsin Agile Meetup (CWA)

11/28/2017 - Power of Pairing - private client event

11/28/2017 - Power of Pairing - private client event

11/14/2017 - Agile Where to Start and Why - private client event

11/6/2017 - Power of Pairing - Mad City Agile Meetup

11/1/2017 - We are agile...what’s next? - Central Wisconsin Agile Meetup (CWA)

10/30/2017 - Organizational Structure: The Rock That Agility Is Built On - Agile Online Summit

10/30/2017 - Agile Where to Start and Why - private client event

10/4/2017 - Agile Where to Start and Why - Central Wisconsin Agile Meetup (CWA)

8/7/2017 - Advanced Agile Panel - Mad City Agile Meetup

6/5/2017 - Whose Scrum is it Anyways? - Mad City Agile Meetup

5/18/2017 - Being Agile: While Supporting an Agile Team - Northeast WI Agile Meetup

11/14/2019 - Measuring Business Value - Product Camp 

11/15/2019 - What's My Product? How to Rationalize Demand and Delivery - Cedar Rapids BADD

12/3/2019 - Scaling Scrum with Nexus - MKE Agility Meetup

FAVORITE TALKS

Super Powers of Product Ownership 

Would you gamble your yearly salary on a coin flip?  Often times we bet larger sums of our companies’ money without even knowing we have such slim odds.  

Let science save the day!  See how empiricism helps us with a practical example of advanced forecasting tools provide better visibility into not just when but also how certain we can be about when we’ll be done.

We are not done when an increment is delivered to the market.  We need to know how much value was delivered and if it met our expectations. In other words we need a feedback loop after delivery occurs.  Without this confirmation it is like driving with your eyes closed. You are going to get somewhere, but probably not the place you want to be.

 

Organizational Structure: The Rock On Which Agility Is Built

Does it seem like you are fighting an uphill battle or have plateaued in your agile journey to become more responsive and adaptive to change? Do you have the right organizational structure in place to support the behaviors you want?

Agile is not an “IT thing” - it has much more to do with how your organization is structured into teams. Organizations generally focus on behaviors, policies, and tools to help them gain agility but don’t change their environment to support agility.

As organizations grow and look for ways to scale they need to focus on creating an organizational structure that will nurture agility and enable continuous improvement. This talk focuses on organizational structure that will cultivate and sustain agility.

Building Resilient Teams 

The word compete comes from Latin. Quite literally, it means strive together. Nobody wants to show you the hours and hours of becoming. They’d rather show the highlights of what they’ve become. We tend to overemphasize the natural, the individual born with talent, whom everything seems to come effortlessly and easily. Potential is one thing, what we do with it is quite another.

Research suggests that reaching true mastery of a field requires 10,000 hours of deliberate practice.  We will discuss how to grow passion and perseverance to endure such an effort. Growing a “learning organization” is a common goal for many companies, but how do you foster an environment and culture to grow a “learning organization”?  Join us as we explore the pillars of a Growth Mindset and Grit to understand how these two concepts helps us level up as individuals, as teams, and organizations.

The Power of Pairing

Often, we see so much success with frameworks like Scrum or Kanban that we stop looking for other innovations in our process. We continue to think that parallel work streams are the key to efficiency. Two people working on the same thing doesn’t sound very efficient, does it? Unfortunately, these efficiencies tend to build knowledge silos within teams making it difficult to scale. This robs us of innovation and creativity, limits our scope from emergent practices to conforming practices, and limits our ability to respond to change.

This talk will focus on the practice of pairing. After this talk, you will be able to better determine when to pair, understand the benefits and drawbacks, address concerns of pairing from teammates as well as explore the common resistance to making this type of change. Join us for a conversation on implementing pairing throughout your organization.

Agile Metrics: Why We Need Them

The benefits from identifying key agile metrics, like many things, exist on a spectrum. Depending on what we choose to measure the results may provide very little benefit; or worse, contribute to negative impacts on culture and healthy team behaviors.

On the other hand, utilizing metrics in a healthy way can be the catalyst for change that many teams and organizations are after as they look to continuously improve their organizational agility.

This talk explains how to avoid metrics that lead to negative behaviors and how to use metrics in an effective way to answer business critical questions. (e.g. “when will we be done?”)

Agile Loops

Learning is the bottleneck for many organizations. Optimizing anything else is a local optimization that will not move the needle.  Becoming a learning organization requires recognizing feedback loops and knowing how to use them to our advantage.

The agile realm is full of feedback loops. Each process, practice, or framework under the agile umbrella shares this in common.​​

  • What should you do next? You need a customer feedback loop. 

  • How quickly can you do it? You need a production feedback loop. 

  • How do you know it’s the right thing? You need a delivery feedback loop.

  • How do you continuously improve and adapt? You need a feedback loop for organizational change. 

We often think of things having a linear progression and don’t see the loops that are occurring right in front of us. By recognizing these loops, we can ensure we are not missing a piece in the puzzle. Join us for a holistic discussion of how understanding, identifying, and improving your agile loops throughout your organization can help you improve your organizational agility.

What's My Product? How to Rationalize Demand and Delivery

 

How many backlogs should your department or organization have? What's the ideal number? Is one Product Backlog in Scrum really possible?

 

Defining your "product" so you can define your Product Backlog isn't covered in the Scrum Guide. 

 

Join Chad Beier and Jeff Bubolz for an interactive session on how to rationalize your demand (where the work comes from) and your delivery (the people doing the work) to inform your decisions on how to organize your teams and backlogs. We will uncover a decision framework for when to scale and if you do need to scale multiple teams how to scale the delivery of your product.