Agile India 2017: Meet our Keynote Speakers | Pre/Post Conference Workshops Announced

Agile India 2017 is Asia’s Largest and Premier Conference on Agile, Lean, Scrum, eXtreme Programming, Lean-Startup, Kanban, Continuous Delivery, Lean UX, Product Discovery, DevOps, Enterprise Agile, Patterns and more…

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OUR KEYNOTE SPEAKERS

Isabel Evans – Independent Quality and Testing consultant

Isabel has more than thirty years of IT experience in the financial, communications, and software sectors. Her work focuses on quality management, software testing and user experience (UX), She encourages IT teams and customers to work together, via flexible processes designed and tailored by the teams that use them. Isabel authored Achieving Software Quality Through Teamwork and chapters in Agile Testing: How to Succeed in an eXtreme Testing Environment; The Testing Practitioner; and Foundations of Software Testing. A popular speaker and story-teller at software conferences worldwide, Isabel is a Chartered IT Professional and Fellow of the British Computer Society, Programme Secretary of the BCS SIGiST, and has been a member of software industry improvement working groups for over 20 years.

Joshua Kerievsky – CEO @ Industrial Logic Inc.

Joshua is a globally recognized thought leader in Agile and Lean software development. He is an entrepreneur, author and programmer passionate about excellent software and discovering better, faster and safer ways to produce it. As the founder and visionary leader of Industrial Logic, Joshua is currently defining what it means to practice modern agility. Modern agile practitioners work to Make People Awesome, Make Safety A Prerequisite, Experiment & Learn Rapidly and Deliver Value Continuously. Joshua is a sought-after international speaker, author of the best-selling, Jolt Cola-award winning book, Refactoring to Patterns, and a guru-level practitioner of Lean/Agile methods. His pioneering work in Agile processes has helped popularize Agile Readiness Assessments, Chartering, Storytest-Driven Development and Iterative Usability, many of which are now standard in Agile/Lean processes. He is an active blogger on forward-thinking, modern software topics with an edge.

Dave Thomas – Founding Director of Agile Alliance, Founder of YOW! Conferences @ Kx Systems

Dave Thomas, Chief Scientist/CSO, Kx Systems, Co-Founder and past Chairman of Bedarra Research Labs (BRL), creators of the Ivy visual analytics workbench and ACM Distinguished Engineer. Founder and past CEO of Object Technology International (OTI), becoming CEO of IBM OTI Labs after its sale to IBM. With a unique ability to see the future and translate research into competitive products, he is known for his contributions to Object Technology including IBM VisualAge and Eclipse IDEs, Smalltalk and Java virtual machines. Dave is a popular, humorous, albeit opinionated keynote speaker with an impressive breadth of business experience and technical depth. He is a thought leader in large-scale software engineering and a founding director of the Agile Alliance. With close links the R&D community Dave is an adjunct research professor at Carleton University in Canada and held past positions at UQ and QUT in Australia. He has been a business and technical advisor to many technology

companies including Kx Systems. Dave is founder and chairman of the YOW! Australia and Lambda Jam conferences, and is a GOTO Conference Fellow.

Rajesh Rudraradhya – Vice President and Head of Engineering @ Hike Messenger

Rajesh spent more than 15 years in the Silicon Valley, working for companies like Digital Equipment Corporation, HP, Google and Motorola. He joins Hike from Motorola where he was most recently the Director and Head of Wearables and Internet-of-Things software. Rajesh’s expertise lies in creating scalable, consumer-facing software products in the mobile space, overseeing end-to-end engineering & product development life cycle, and building cross-functional teams. Offering in-depth business and technical acumen, complemented by strong expertise in shaping product strategies into tangible products, strengthening stakeholder alliances, integrating Agile best practices, and streamlining processes that increase revenue, lower costs, and create business value.

Nate Clinton – Managing Director @ Cooper

Nate is the Managing Director at the San Francisco office. In his role, he blends the decisiveness and collaborative skills of a product manager with the acumen of an economist to build bridges with people and organizations. Equal parts teacher and student, Nate leads initiatives in content creation, business development, and creative leadership.

At Cooper, he helped United Airlines find new ways to reward loyal customers, led an effort at GE Healthcare to create a strategy for the international expansion of a key product line, and designed solutions for workplace collaboration, delivering technology to schools, and the future of the connected kitchen. Before Cooper, Nate led design and product management at BuildZoom, and was a Director of Product Management at Thomson Reuters.

Mitchell Hashimoto – Founder and CTO @ HashiCorp

Mitchell Hashimoto is best known as the creator of Vagrant, Packer, Terraform and Consul. Mitchell is the founder of HashiCorp, a company that builds powerful and elegant DevOps tools. He is also an O’Reilly author. He is one of the top GitHub users by followers, activity, and contributions. “Automation obsessed,” Mitchell solves problems with as much computer automation as possible.

Jez Humble – Owner @ Jez Humble & Associates LLC

Jez Humble is co-author of the Jolt Award winning Continuous Delivery, published in Martin Fowler’s Signature Series (Addison Wesley, 2010), and Lean Enterprise, in Eric Ries’ Lean series (O’Reilly, 2015). He has consulted for many Global 500 companies to help them achieve technical excellence and deploy a culture of experimentation and learning. His focus is on helping organizations discover and deliver valuable, high-quality products. He is co-founder of consulting company Humble, O’Reilly & Associates, and teaches at UC Berkeley.

PRE/POST CONFERENCE WORKSHOPS

Workshops have very limited seats. BOOK EARLY to ensure you don’t miss these great opportunities!

Modern Agile Workshop: Joshua Kerievsky

Much has changed since the publishing of the Agile Manifesto in 2001. Pioneers and practitioners of lean and agile methods have examined weaknesses and friction points, experimented with simpler approaches, and produced agile processes that are safer, simpler and far more capital efficient. The result is modern agile. It’s values-driven, non-prescriptive and an easier starting point than antiquated agile processes. Modern agile amplifies the values and practices of organizations that have discovered better ways to get awesome results. Are you still cramming low-quality work in the end of each sprint, struggling with growing technical debt, arguing about “definition of done” or frustrated that “management/product never gives us time to do it right?”

Quality in Use: The Beating Heart of the User Experience: Isabel Evans

In today’s business environment, the user experience and the commercial imperatives have become overwhelmingly important. As testers, it is vital that we understand quality in use and the user experience, in order that we focus our tests correctly.

“Quality in Use” measures human, business, and societal impacts of products (usability, accessibility, flexibility, commercial, safety). This builds to a User Experience (UX) and are underpinned by technical and engineering qualities. For the people selling, supporting, or using the products, this is the beating heart of the customer experience. Without these “big picture” attributes, delivered software will not be acceptable, may result in reduced profits, and may not be legal. In the tutorial, Isabel will use examples from real projects to discuss how to design tests derived from the user personas, contexts of use, and acceptance criteria.

Agile Leadership: Accelerating Business Agility by Todd Little, Kent McDonald, Niel Nickolaisen

Leaders today face constant, accelerating change driven by technology and incredibly high expectations from both internal and external. As IT leaders, we need to transform our roles and our departments. In this workshop, we focus on, teach and practice the tools of transformational leadership. After each part of the training, participants are ready to use the tools to re-define their roles and deliver what their organizations need – brilliant leadership.

Disciplined Agile in a Nutshell by Scott Ambler

Disciplined Agile (DA) is an IT process decision framework for delivering sophisticated agile solutions in the enterprise. It builds on the existing proven practices from agile methods such as Scrum, Extreme Programming (XP), Lean software development, Unified Process, and Agile Modeling to include other aspects necessary for success in the enterprise. The one-day workshop is not technical and is suitable for all team members. The workshop is also valuable for management tasked with moving from traditional approaches to agile.

Leading Creative Ideation by Andrew Kaufteil, Nate Clinton

Crack your head open and release a surge of creative ideas with engaging activities that promote clarity, inspiration, and buzz within your organization. We’ll cover methods and facilitation tools to ensure you run fruitful brainstorming sessions, leading your team to more and better ideas. You’ll learn to frame the problem you’re solving, come up with an exploration strategy, and facilitate the session, giving you and your team new ways to get inspired and energized when looking for solutions.

Analytics Driven Testing for Mobile Apps by Julian Harty

Testing of mobile apps is easy to do poorly, however, we don’t need to be constrained by mediocrity. Instead let’s learn about the foundations of how mobile platforms and development technologies are used to create apps and how these are then interpreted by the devices the apps are installed on so that we know the sorts of bugs and problems that affect many mobile apps i.e. testing techniques that may be generally applicable to most apps.

The Art of Refactoring by Joshua Kerievsky

Code that is difficult to understand, hard to modify and challenging to extend is hazardous to developers, users and organizations. Refactoring, or improving the design of existing code, is one of our greatest defenses against such code. Yet many programmers lack formal training in refactoring. Furthermore, management tends to lack knowledge about the value of refactoring. This one-day workshop is designed to address these needs.

NoEstimates? by Woody Zuill, Todd Little

Let’s explore the purpose and use of estimates in the management of software development efforts, and consider possible alternatives. Why do we estimate and are we making estimates that are actually useful? In this session we’ll participate in some interactive information gathering exercises to see if we can gain a shared idea of our current understanding of the purpose and use of estimates. We will examine the nature of software development projects and explore some real data to shed light on the art and science of software estimation. Our exploration goal is to see if we can work together to come up with some ideas about improving on the traditional approaches to using estimates.

Continuous Delivery by Jez Humble

Getting software released to users is often a painful, risky, and time-consuming process. The practice of continuous delivery sets out the principles and technical practices that enable rapid, low-risk delivery of high quality, valuable new functionality to users. In this workshop, Jez Humble presents an in-depth guide to the principles and practices behind continuous delivery and the DevOps movement, along with case studies from real companies and ideas to help you adopt continuous delivery and DevOps within your organization.

The Fast Foundation Workshop by Jeremy Kriegl

Once upon a time, we had ‘Discovery’, ‘Define’, and ‘Design’. These phases let us explore the problem and the audience, while conceiving a holistic solution. Now we have sprints, complete with a backlog that seems like it appears overnight and a development team that is going to build with or without design to guide it. How do we continue to create great products? This 1-day workshop enables you to engage your clients and stakeholders to quickly define the key elements of your product or project, aligns the team, and identifies critical risks. When it is complete, everyone has a good idea of what is going to be built as well as what it will take to get there.

Enabling Company-wide Agility in a Dynamic World by Jutta Eckstein, John Buck

Today companies are expected to be flexible and both rapidly responsive and resilient to change, which basically asks them to be Agile. Yet, doing Agile (the mechanics) is different from being Agile (the mindset). The mindset lets you apply flexible Agile patterns not only for software development teams but for whole company. In this workshop, we will examine what being Agile really means and how it can be implemented by combining principles from the Agile Manifesto, Sociocracy, Beyond Budgeting, and Open Space. We’ll draw on everyone’s experiences to show the path to transforming our companies into agile enterprises – from Board to janitor, offering concrete tools and methods that participants can apply right away.

Container-driven Continuous Deployment with Docker, Git, and Jenkins by David Laribee

In the early 2000s, eXtreme Programming (XP) introduced agility to software engineers. Contemporary cultural and technical innovations – container technology, distributed version control systems, the proliferation of free and open source software, and the DevOps movement – have significantly expanded our possibilities.

In this one day, hands-on workshop, we’ll build a modern continuous deployment pipeline based on Git, Jenkins, and Docker.

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Agile India 2016 Conference – Final Attendees Profile

Agile India 2016 Conference was happy to host 1542 Attendees from 18 different countries. The attendees belong to 289 different companies and play 384 different roles.

Attendees Role – 384

Role
Act. Director Advisor AEM
Agile Change Agent Agile Coach Agile coach / Scrum Master
Agile Coach and Certified Scrum Trainer Agile Coach and Product Manager Agile Coach and Trainer
Agile Consultant Agile Consultant and Coach Agile Lead
Agile Lead – Asia Pacific Agile Lead and Delivery Head Agile Process and Technical Practices Coach
agile Tech coach Agile Tech/Devops Coach Agile Trainer & Coach
Agile Transformation Lead AMTS analyst
application manager Architect/Designer Architect
Assistant Project manager Assoc Assoc Developer BI
ASSOCIATE Associate Consultant Associate Director
Associate Director – Engineering Associate Director – PMO Associate Director – Projects
Associate Director – Testing Associate Director- Culture and Competence Associate Director, L&D
Associate Director, Projects, Digital Engagement Practice Associate Engineer Associate Java Developer
Associate Manager Associate Manager, Delivery Associate Manager Development
Associate Project Manager Associate Vice President Author
Automation QA AVP BA
Being Lean Agile BU Head – OpenSource Bus & Technology Delivery Manager
Bus & Technology Delivery Senior Manager Business Analyst Business Development Manager
Business Support Specialist CEO CEO & Founder
CEO & Managing Consultant Chief Architect Chief Knowledge Engineer and Agile Practice Lead
Chief Manager Chief of R&D Chief Product Owner
Chief Technologist Chief Technology Officer Coach, Consultant, Trainer
Code Doctor Co-Founder Co-Founder and CEO
Configuration Engineer Consultant Consultant & Corporate Instructor
Consultant- Product Owner Content Writer CRM Business Associate
CRM-Business Associate CSM/Software Engineer CTO
Delivery Manager Delivery Manager, Banking Delivery Partner
Department head Deputy General Manager Developer
Developer BI&A developer/coach Development Manager
Development Team Manager DevOps Consultant DevOps Practice Head
Director Director – Corporate PMO Director – Enterprise Agility Advisory & Sales
Director, Agile Software Engineering Director Business Operations Director, Enterprise Agility Consulting & Sales
Director, Organizational Performance & Analytics DIRECTOR QUALITY Director-Operations
Director-Quality, Huawei Technologies India ED Editor
Engineer – Design and Development Engineering Manager Engineer-Product Management
Enterprise Agile Coach Enterprise Agile Transformation Coach Enterprise Architect
Executive Coach/Consultant Executive Director Executive Director (Risk)
Expert Business Analyst Expert Quality Engineer Expert Software Engineer
Founder Founder / Agile Coach Founder and CEO
Full Stack Dev at confengine / Co-founder poolmyride Functional consultent Game Designer, Entrepreneur, Startup Coach
General Manager General Manager & Consulting Practice Head Global Head – Enterprise Integration
Graduate Trainee Engineer Group Lead Group Manager
Head head – itec coo Head – Product Management
Head – User Experience Head Of Head of Products
Head of Engineering How to use lean principles to enhance your agile teams Infrastructure Engineer
Integration Management Integration Manager Integration Responsible
IT Architect IT Management Consultant Java Developer
Key Accounts Director LEAD Lead – Database Administration
Lead – QA Engineer Lead – Software Engineering Lead – Systems Engineering
lead Agile Lead, Agile CoE Lead Analyst
Lead BI Engg LEAD BUSINESS ANALYST Lead Consultant
Lead Developer Lead Developer BI Lead Engineer
Lead Operations Consultant Lead Product Owner Lead QE
Lead Recruiter Lead Scrum Master Lean & Agile Coach
Managaer, BI & A Manager Manager – Database Administration
Manager – QA Manager – Software Manager – Software Automation
Manager – Software Engineering Manager – Talent Acquisition Manager BI & Analytics
Manager Development Manager, Engineering Manager QA
Manager SCM Managing Director MD
Methodologist Mobility Solution Architect Module Manager
MTS N/A Oncologist Head Neck Surgeon
Operational Readiness Test Coordinator Owner Partner & Sales Development Manager
Partner and Excellence Coach Partner, PM Power Consulting Portfolio & Del Mgmt Manager
Portfolio & Del Mgmt Senior Manager Portfolio Lead PPM Consultant
PPSM Manager PPSM Senior Manager Practice Manager
Prasad President Principal – Experience Design
Principal Agile Coach Principal Configuration Engineer Principal Consultant
Principal Engineer Principal Engineering Manager Principal Program Manager
Principal Quality Engineer Principal Scrum Master Principal Software Engineer
Principal Technologist Product Guy Product Manager
Product Owner Professional Scrum Trainer Professional Troublemaker
Program Director Program Director – Agile god Program Director, Eclipse Platform Development
Program Lead Program Management Senior Advisor Program Manager
Project Lead Project Lead – Engineering Project Lead – Testing
Project Management Consultant Project Manager Project Manager/Scrum Master
QA QA Engineer QA Lead
QA Manager QA/BA QE
Quality Assurance Analyst Quality Assurance Manager Quality Director
Quality Function Head Quality Management Quality Professional
Recruiter – People person Reputation and Conversation Strategist Research Scholar
RTE SAFe Fellow, Principal Consultant SAP Consultant
Scrum Master Scrum of Scrum Master Scrum.org Trainer and Coach
SDE Senior Agile Coach Senior Agile Consultant
Senior Associate Senior Associate – Business Consulting Senior Business Analyst
Senior Configuration Management Engineer Senior Consultant Senior Database Administrator
Senior Developer Senior Director Senior Director – Engineering
Senior Director, Delivery Management Senior Director of Engineering Senior Documentum Consultant
Senior Engineer Senior Lead – Quality SENIOR LEAD ANALYST
Senior Line of Business Lead – Engineering Senior LOB Lead Senior Manager
Senior Manager – Network Engineering Senior Manager – Software Senior Manager – Software Engineering
Senior Manager BI Senior Manager Engineering Senior Manager Technology
Senior Mgr, Program Management Senior Professional Project Management Senior Program Management
Senior Program Manager Senior Programmer Senior Project Manager
Senior QA Engineer Senior R&D Mgr Senior Soft Engineer
Senior Software Consultant Senior Software Design Engineer Senior Software Developer
SENIOR SOFTWARE DEVELOPMENT Senior Software Engineer Senior Software Systems Eng.
Senior Solution Designer Senior SW Quality Engineer SENIOR SYSTEMS ANALYST
Senior Technical Architect Senior Technical Lead Senior Test Manager
Senior Testing & Measurement Developer Senior Testing Manager Senior Vice President
Service Area Lead – Customer Platforms SERVICE MANAGER SM
Social Scientist Software Architect Software Consultant
Software Designer Software developer Software Developer Team Lead
Software Development Engineer 2 Software Development Manager Software Engg
Software Engineer Software Engineering Associate Manager Software Engineering Manager
Software Engineering Team Lead Software Quality Evangelist Solution Architect
Solution Designer Sr Analyst Sr Documentum Consultant
SR. Engineering manager Sr Group manager Sr Lead, Engineering
sr manager Sr Manager Development Sr Principal Program Manager
Sr Product Manager Sr Project Manager Sr Quality Analyst
Sr Quality Engineer Sr SAP Consultant Sr Software Developer
Sr Software Quality Engineer Sr Tech Lead sr. technical lead
Sr VP- Human Resources Staff Staff Advanced Software Engineer
Staff Applications Developer Staff Software Engineer Sub Segment Head
System Analyst System Engineer Teaching Cum Research Fellow
Team Lead Team Lead – Engineering Team Lead – SAP
Team Lead QA Engineering Team Manager Team Member
Tech Arch Senior Manager Tech Lead Technical Architect
Technical Consultant Technical Lead Technical Lead and Scrum Master
Technical Manager Technical Specialist Technical Team Lead
Technology Consultant Technology Sr Director Test Architect
Test Lead Test Manager TEST MANAGER / SCRUM MASTER
Test Staff Engineer Testing and Measurements Developer TestLead
TL Topic Lead Methods & Standards Trainer/Consultant
UI/UX Evangelist unit head V. P. Dev. & Delivery
Vice President VP VP, Enterprise Sales/Partner Development
VP of Community VP, Technology

Attendees Organization – 289

Organization
Ace Seller AEY GDS 8Forwards
Accenture Aconex Australia Aconex India
Agilar Agile++ Engineering Agile Inc.
Agile For Growth Agile Partnership AgileFAQs Tech
AgileVirgin Allegro Group Sp. z o.o. Allscripts India.
ALTISOURCE BUSINESS SOLUTIONS Altisource Labs Amadeus Labs, USA
Amadeus Software Labs India Amdocs ARICENT
Ars Agilis Bank Of America – BACI Barclays
Blinklane Consulting, NL BMC Software Inc Bookmytrainings
BRILL Inc Brillio Technology buyMAXO Online.
CatalystOne Info. Solutions. CeeZone centurylink
Cerner Cerner HealthCare Solutions Channel Bridge Software Labs
chaturvedi.me Chef Cisco Video
CISCO Systems Coco Inc Cocoon Projects
Codonomics Cognizant Technology Solutions Cognizant Technology Solutions Overseas Corporation
Colt COMVIVA Technologies ConfEngine
Consulting Craftsvilla Crest, A Springer Nature Group company
CSC CSC Covansys corporation CSG International
CTS Delight Learning Services and Consultancy Dell International
Dell R&D DevJam Dietomat Sp. z o.o.
Digite Infotech Direction Software Solution DreamOrbit Softech.
Edge Verve Elabor8 EMC Corporation
EMC India Epale Inc. EPAM Systems
Exelplus Exilesoft (pvt) Expedia
Fidelity Business Services India. Fidelity IBS Flipkart Internet
Ford R & D Ford Motor Company Freelancer
Gainsight GE Energy GE Healthcare
GeekTrust Geeks.in GembaTech
GlobalLogic GrowthEnabler Grupa Allegro
HasGeek HCL Vententures HCL Technologies
HealthCare Global Helion Ventures Hewlett Packard Enterprise
Hexagon Capability Center India. Hike Messenger HolleyHolland
Honeywell Technologies Solutions Huawei Technologies IBM SOLUTIONS DELIVERY INC.
IG Infotech IHS Inc. IIM Bangalore
IIT Bombay Independent Independent Researcher
Infosys Innoeye Technologies Innroad
Intel India Intel (McAfee) Security Intellect Design Arena
IntraEdge Inc. Intuit iValei Solutions Ltm
iZenBridge Consultancy Jez Humble & Associates LLC JP Morgan Chase
JPMC Services India Just Leading Solutions KG Information Systems
Khanyisa Real Systems KRS LitheSpeed
Magicbricks Manhattan Associates Mastek
Maveric Systems MEDICI SOFTWARE LTD Menlo Innovations
Microsoft Mindteck Mindtree
MindTech India Misys Mphasis
MSI Multunus Software Munich RE
N/A Nagarro Nagravision India
National Instruments India NDS Infotech Ness Technologies
Ness Technologies India NIIT Technologies not-employed
NSIT Delhi University NTT DATA Global Delivery Services OpenTable
Oracle Orbitz Owler
Oye Paisa Palo IT Persistent Systems
Philips Philips Innovation Campus Pivotal
PM Power Consulting Practice Agile Pragmatic Software
Principal Financial Group Prowareness Publicis.Sapient
PwC PwC SDC PWC SDC INDIA
QAI India. QAZone Infosystems Renatus Consultants
rgopinath Rolling Rocks Downhill Royal Dutch Shell
Sabre Holdings Sabre Travel Technologies Safal Niveshak
Salesforce SAP Labs India. Sapient
Sapient Consulting SAS R&D, India Sasken Communications Technologies.
Scaled Agile Inc. Scientific Publishing Services Scott Ambler + Associates
Scrum Alliance Scrum.org Self-Employed
Senex Rex LLC ServiceNow SG
Shell India SHPL ShuffleBrain
Siemens Siemens Health Care Siemens Technology & Services
societe generale global solution centerLtd Societe Generale Global Solutions CenterLtd Soft Ed.
Software Education Solutions Consultants SolutionsIQ India
Somnoware Healthcare Systems Spotify Springer Nature
Sridama Business Solutions Steve Holyer and Associates Sunquest Information Systems
SYSCOM CORP Tally Solutions Tarento Technologies
Target Corporation Tata Consultancy Services Temenos+Agility
Tesco UK Tesco Bengaluru Tesco Hindustan Service Center
Think Agile Thomson Reuters Thought Leadship
ThoughtWorks Timothy Fitz Titanium I.T. LLC
Tomtom TripLingo Unisys
Unisys India USTGlobal Veritas India
Veritas Technologies LLC Vidyayug VOLVO iNDIA
WalmartLabs WhiteHedge Technologies Winshuttle
Wipro WomenTesters Xebia IT Architect
Xerox Business Services

Country wise Attendees

Country Count
Australia 11
Canada 17
Germany 12
Hong Kong 1
India 1471
Italy 10
New Zealand 4
Philippines 1
Poland 10
Singapore 8
South Africa 11
Spain 5
Sri Lanka 9
Sweden 5
Switzerland 5
United Arab Emirates 5
United Kingdom 18
United States 129

Also check Agile India 2015 Conference – Final Attendees Profile.

Agile India 2017 Conference – Call For Program Committee and Session Proposals

Agile India 2017 Conference

6 – 12 March 2017 @ ITC Gardenia, Bengaluru

Call for Program Committee & Session Proposals

Agile India volunteers have started working on Agile India 2017 Conference. The conference will be hosted at Hotel ITC Gardenia, a Luxury 5 Star Hotel, located in the heart of the Bengaluru city from 6th – 12th Mar 2017 (7 Days.)

We are delighted to announce Todd Little as the Program Chair for the conference.

We are now open for proposals and program committee nomination for the following conference themes:

  • Pre-Conference Workshop – March 6th
  • Agile Mindset – March 7th
  • Agility at Scale – March 8th
  • Lean Product Discovery – March 9th
  • Continuous Delivery & DevOps – March 10th
  • Post-Conference Workshop – March 11th & 12th

The conference will host 3 parallel tracks. More details: http://2017.agileindia.org/#program/theme

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Agile India 2016 – 5 Conferences + 16 Pre/Post Conf Workshops (March, Bangalore)

Agile India 2016 Conference

Over the last 9 months, our program team of 26 volunteers from 8 different countries have worked together to put together a fantastic program for you.

We got a total of 333 proposals and have selected 108 proposals spread over 10 days.

Proposed vs. Accepted Proposals for Agile India 2016 Conference

Conference Speakers

We are happy to confirm that we’ve 86 Speakers from 18 countries presenting at this very conference.

Agile India 2016 Speakers

Conference Program

The team has worked very hard to make sure we’ve a nice balance of topics selected for you at the conference.

Agile India 2016 Proposal Type

Online Registration

Choose from 5 Conferences:

And 16 Pre/Post Conference Workshops:

Register here: https://confengine.com/agile-india-2016/register

Agile India 2016 Sponsors

Big thanks to our sponsors for supporting the conference.

We’ve a couple of more sponsorship opportunities available.

Check: http://2016.agileindia.org/#sponsor/become-sponsor

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Interview with Lyssa Adkins and Michael Spayd – Coaching Agile Teams

The need for an Agile coach and a right channel for coaching has become imperative for many Agile organisations. This forces us to nurture a community of coaches who understand the role requirements and goes beyond the usual to tackle the implementation challenges. Lyssa Adkins and Michael Spayd are pioneers in coaching the Agile coaches to handle large enterprise problems. Their experience in life coaching and expertise in the industry gives them an edge. They have more than 15 years of experience in leading projects and organisations.

Lyssa is also trained as a Co-active coach and leader. She authored ‘Coaching Agile Teams: A Companion for ScrumMasters, Agile Coaches, and Project Managers in Transition’ in 2010.

Lyssa Adkins

Lyssa Adkins Book

Michael is trained as a Team and Organizational coach, in co-active leadership and in executive coaching.Currently he is writing a book called Coaching in the Agile Enterprise.

Michael Spayd

Lyssa and Michael are running a workshop at Agile India 2014 for Agilists who wants to increase their overall Agile coaching skills, including in the areas of Teaching, Mentoring, Facilitation, and Professional Coaching.

We had a short chat with them to understand their views about Agile Coaching

1. What is the role of an Agile Coach in the Agile transformation journey?

Lyssa Adkins: You know Agile coach is a word that we just use generically because almost every corporation has their own version of these words. They’ll say “XP coach” or “Scrum Master” or “Agile Project Manager” or something like that. And we’re not really religious about which form or the word we use. What we care is about how the coaches help teams move beyond just getting the practices up and running and, into helping teams on their joyful and deliberate pursuit of high performance. It’s really going beyond what we would consider as a basic Scrum Master or XP coach for example.

Michael Spayd: It is, as Lyssa is saying, a pretty broad range of definitions. The word “coach” is interesting too because it’s such an overloaded term. You know, it means sports coach to some people, it means professional coach – like a life coach or an executive coach to some people, and it means kind of you having coaching by your manager which really means telling you what you need to do or you are going to get fired.And that’s created some confusion around what Agile coaches do and a really wide range of activities they do.

We’ve done some writing about that and talked about all the competencies that Agile coaches need to have. But basically they stand in a position or work in a position that’s kind of like a team leader in a certain way and kind of outside the team, helping the team, serving the team, and helping the team become a better team. Not like doing things for the team, not getting and making all the decisions for the team – anything like that, but really trying to help the team become a better team.

2. What does it take to be an effective Agile Coach?

Michael Spayd: Well this is where the term Agile coach is both overloaded and really big actually, there’s a lot of things to do as an Agile coach. So we look to impart facilitation, like professional facilitation and having skill at being a neutral facilitator of meetings and events (you know games whatever it is in the Agile environment). And help leading teams through that without getting involved in the content without voting on “Oh you should do this way” but actually helping the team get better themselves.

The thing that most people think about when they think about an Agile coach is what we call an Agile-Lean practitioner, so knowing about the Agile processes, knowing how the values relate to the principles, relate to and generate the practices, how you innovate, how you modify them in a consistent way – that sort of thing – so all the world of knowing all about Agile and Lean. That’s one big, big piece but it’s definitely not the whole shooting match.

Lyssa Adkins: The predominant role we’re playing now is to help coaches create awareness in themselves of which of those disciplines (we didn’t even go through all of them but we’ve gone through a good number of them) they have solidly and which they don’t. And how at any given moment they will choose which one serves the purposes of the transformation best.

Michael Spayd: So making for an Agile coach in terms of transforming or working with a team they have to draw on this pallet, if you think about this, because coaching, facilitation, teaching, mentoring, Agile Lean practitioner. It’s like a pallet of colors that you are painting with so to speak, and the art of it, in a lot of ways, is which one do you choose at which time to help an organization make this transition.

Lyssa Adkins: We recognize that transformation is about “transformation”. Which means you can’t consult your way into it, you can’t cajole someone into it, you can’t make them do it. It’s a lot about each individual person and how that radiates out to a whole organization. So, in the center of all of those disciplines is this thing we call the coaching stance. Which is very much just like a home base that an Agile coach comes back to as a way to help activate in other people their next positive steps towards the transformation they see needs to take place. And that’s how the results stick. That’s how an organization continues to transform once the Agile consultants have left the building. And that’s an important thing for us. I guess the higher calling of why we’re together is that Agile is this incredible positive transformation virus. It is unleashing a wave of positive change everywhere that it goes. And we believe that Agile coaches when they are well equipped are powerful transformation agents to help that virus spread in a positive and useful way. Not only for people but also for products.

 3. What are the key take-aways from your workshop?

Lyssa Adkins: Well instead of us telling you about the take-aways from our workshops, you can find the testimonials from our participants on ‘Our Impact’ page in our website.

This workshop has limited seats. Book early to avoid disappointments: http://booking.agilefaqs.com/agile-india-2014#workshops

Agile Art! @ Agile India 2014

Goals: Learn and practice Agile by doing Agile. Build community. Make art!

The concept: During three evenings, we’ll create a visual art piece together. We’ll create new connections among attendees and build and reinforce the community of Agilists in India and around the world. On the fourth day, we’ll display our art. Finally, we’ll give pieces of our art as gifts to each other to take home with us as reminders of our potential to create greatness together.

The art piece will be a large two-dimensional wall hanging. The center of the piece will be the Agile India logo. We’ll create both the central theme and smaller scale contributions that represent each of us as individual people. We’ll get help from a small team of artists and designers from McAfee in Bangalore.

We’ll use Scrum to execute the piece during the first 3 evenings of the conference. We’ll work in 1-hour sprints to create the piece in three-hour-long sessions. Richard Kasperowski will play Product Owner, Nagendra Kumar will play Scrum Master, and the attendees will be the Development Team. Every hour, we’ll plan our sprint, do the work, hold a review, and retrospect to improve our creativity and velocity toward our goal-to complete the piece and hang it on the wall by the end of the third day.

Here is a small video, which demonstrates a similar art event:

On the morning of the fourth day, we’ll unveil the piece, and it will be available for attendees to enjoy. During the afternoon of the fourth day, we’ll dismantle the project by offering pieces of it as gifts to each other to take home. Thus the piece will be both ephemeral and permanent. The unified piece will exist for only a short time, the fourth day of the conference, before we dismantle it. Small individual pieces of art will live on permanently in the homes and offices of the people who take them home with them, as reminders of the community, and as symbols of the power of art and Agile to create greatness together.

Interested to join us? Apply Here!

World’s First Agile Job Fair at Agile India 2014 Conference

Come, join the very FIRST Agile Job Fair in the World!

A platform dedicated for the Agile practitioners to meet their potential Agile employers.

Agile India Job Fair is being organised by Agile Software Community of India, a registered non-profit society. We have been running conference and other events in India since 2004. This job fair is on the very next day, after our international conference – Agile India 2014, which attracts about 1000 international participants.

Why a job fair?

Agile methods have become mainstream and they are here to stay. In India, many companies are having a hard time finding needles in the haystack .i.e. finding really good Agile practitioners from a whole lot of posers.

The few, really good practitioners out there, have a similar problem. Every company wants to hire Agile people, but are they ready? Do they really believe in Agile culture and even have an agile mindset?

Many practitioners want to talk to real people from the company to really understand the culture of the organisation and the nature of the work.

Browsing the classifieds or surfing the Internet or talking to headhunters (recruiting companies) can only get you so far.

To solve this problem, we are creating a first-of-its-kind, unique opportunity where job-seekers can meet several top Agile employers face-to-face under one roof, clarify their doubts, interview with potential companies and also socialise with other candidates.

Walk-In to explore a gamut of Agile career opportunities with the best Agile employers in India.

What kind of candidates would this event attract?

We have a database of 56,512 software professionals from top companies in India. We will market this event to all these folks. However, who will attend will largely depend on the kind of companies that will be participating to hire candidates. We would filter the companies, to make sure only top companies are part of this event and hence ensure that we would be able to attract really good practitioners.

What can a participating Company (Employer) do to attract participants?

Seeing is believing! So we would strongly suggest you give participants a glimpse of your work culture. May be, you can setup a pair-programming station and project the programming session on a large screen. May be, you can setup a story card wall. You can showcase the nature of hard problems your company is solving. Run a slideshow of pictures from your office. Just get creative!

What is the cost to participate?

This is a non-profit event. There are 2 major costs, the hall rental and the cost of setting up stalls. We would pass the actual cost to the companies. Our estimate is 35,000-50,000 INR per company. And we are planning to keep it free for Job Seekers (Agile Practitioners) to attend.

Exclusive Event: Get FREE agile career counseling and coaching from Naresh Jain, the founder of the Agile movement in India.

Sounds interesting? Fill the form to participate…Agile Job Fair