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Agile Leadership Summit

"Leading Thru Agile’s Larger-scale & Regulated Challenges"
Thursday, June 7 • 5:30 pm–7:30 pm and Friday, June 8  • 8:30 am–4:00 pm

Agile Leadership Summit

One of the challenging, real world landscapes for agile transformation is in more regulated environments. For example, the medical and financial domains. While agile is possible in these contexts and can even thrive, it often requires a different sort of leadership skill to guide the introduction and evolution.
And even if you’re not solely focused on agile from a methods perspective, the principles and practices can vastly improve the performance of virtually any regulated organization. 
This summit is then largely focused towards these larger and more regulated contexts. Contexts that include:
Heavier weight requirements and traceability
Earlier portfolio level valuation and planning
Longer roadmap forecasts and firmer commitments
Mostly larger-scale environments with the inherent complexity
We have financial, medical, and large-scale organizations represented with the speakers. And these are folks from the trenches. Who have led and/or coached many successful agile adoption efforts.
Come to this summit to share your experience and hear from seasoned practitioners. It promises to be a dynamic, experience filled, and collaborative experience. It will also be rooted in agile at-scale and real-world agility in very challenging environments.

Friday, June 8

The Do’s and Don’ts of Building an Enterprise Product Team

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Friday, June 8, 2018 - 9:00am to 10:00am

Every product-driven development organization has a product team. But when things “go Agile”, that team is often under-considered as part of the transformation. Everyone seems to be focusing on the technical aspects. But product play an incredibly important role and needs a first-class seat at the enterprise agile transformation table.

Join Nicole Dwyer, as she shares her experiences in building high-performance, agile product teams. She’ll share on establishing & building the team, running agile without product, underestimating the need for a scrum master, the need for...

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Agile in a Regulated Environment – Advice from a “Blues Traveler”

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Friday, June 8, 2018 - 10:15am to 11:15am

Implementing Agile practices in a regulated industry has its own set of unique challenges. Learn what worked and didn't work at Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina (BCBSNC) and WellCare Health Plans as they adopted Agile practices in product and software development within their regulated organizations.

Join Leon Sabarsky as he shares his advice and lessons learned on implementing Agile at the Blues and other healthcare organizations. Some or their particular challenges included scaling up, connecting with non-agile PMO’s, reconfiguring our traditional testing processes, and...

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Bob Galen
Zenergy Technologies

Lightning Q&A with Speaker Panel

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Friday, June 8, 2018 - 11:30am to 12:00pm

Shhh...it's not "SAFe"!

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Friday, June 8, 2018 - 12:30pm to 1:30pm

Scaling agile is tough. Convincing regulated financial institutions to change their "governance" processes to a matrixed, decentralized decision-making organization is almost impossible. But that’s just the change of direction that adopting agile approaches requires.

Come listen to the journey that Mary Thorn took with two regulated financial institutions by implementing the Scaled Agile Framework (SAFe) without the business-side and people actually realizing the source of the change.

You will learn why and how the principles and values of SAFe and agile can transform any...

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Ralph Kasuba, VP, eGlobal Commerce Engineering

Agile Leadership – A Matter of Providing Cover

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Friday, June 8, 2018 - 1:45pm to 2:45pm

In the early days of agile adoption, the role that leaders played was marginalized or fuzzy at best. Was it just a vision and budgetary focus or something more? A “day in the life” of the agile leader wasn’t very clear. Well, fast forward to today, and the role is clearer, but still confusing. But the good news is that Ralph Kasuba will be your guide to more effective agile leadership.

Ralph’s experience is that today’s agile leaders need to provide cover for their teams. Cover to do their best work. Cover so that they stay focused. Cover to effectively collaborate. Cover to ensure...

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Bob Galen
Zenergy Technologies

Lightening Q&A with Speaker Panel

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Friday, June 8, 2018 - 3:00pm to 3:45pm