Essential Patterns of Mature Agile Teams

Apr 3, 2012 · Morrisville, United States of America

6:00 - 6:30pm - Story Mapping
6:30 - 6:50pm - Open networking
6:50 - 7:00pm - Announcements
7:00 - 8:00pm - Essential Patterns of Mature Agile Teams
8:00 - 8:15pm - Q&A, Open networking (hard stop at 8:15pm)
Story Mapping
If a User Story is a reminder to have a conversation, according to Alistair Cockburn, then User Story mapping can be thought of as an approach to organizing and prioritizing User Stories. In this exercise, we will cover the various forms of story maps and their uses, and then dive into a real world example to reveal the workflow and value chain of a business process, show the relationships between functions, features and user stories by defining each in a specific way for breaking down a product, and find a useful way to prioritize them into a backlog of releases and iterations.
Devin Hedge brings almost two decades of experience working in the IT Industry in his role as an Agile Adoption specialist. He has been Managing Software Development, Enterprise Engineering and Program Performance Management projects of various sizes for the last 10+ years and has been practicing some form of the Agile/Scrum principles and practices for the past 14 years. Most recently Devin has worked bringing Agile practices and principles to the Fidelity Investments, Aetna, the US Postal Service, Securities and Exchange Commission, along with countless telecom and dot-com startups. Devin is an active member of the Project Management community through the Project Management Institute's (tm) Agile Community of Practice, mentoring professionals from the server room to the board room. He can be found hanging out at various Agile Community functions talking about Organizational Agility, Lean Startups, and other Agile practices. More information about Devin can be found at
Essential Patterns of Mature Agile Teams
Many teams have a relatively easy time adopting the tactical aspects of the agile methodologies. Usually a few classes, some tools’ introduction, and a bit of practice lead teams toward a fairly efficient and effective adoption. However, often these teams get “stuck” and begin to regress or simply start going through the motions—neither maximizing their agile performance nor delivering as much value as they could.   Borrowing from his experience and lean software development methods, join Bob Galen in this interactive and collaborative workshop as he examines essential patterns—the ”thinking models” of mature agile teams—exploring how mature agile operate so that you can model them within your own teams.   Along the way, you’ll examine patterns for large-scale emergent architecture, relentless refactoring, quality on all fronts, pervasive product owners, lean work queues, stretching above and beyond, providing total transparency, saying “No”, and many more. Bob also explores the leadership dilemma of self-directed teams and why there is still the need for active and vocal leadership in defending, motivating, and holding agile teams accountable.
Bob Galen is an agile coach at Deutsche Bank Global Technology and director, agile solutions at Zenergy Technologies, a North Carolina-based firm specializing in agile testing and leading agile adoption initiatives. Bob regularly speaks at international conferences and professional groups on topics related to software development, project management, software testing, and team leadership. He is a Certified Scrum Master Practicing (CSP), Certified Scrum Product Owner (CSPO), and an active member of the Agile Alliance and Scrum Alliance. In 2009, Bob published Scrum Product Ownership–Balancing Value from the Inside Out, which addresses the gap in guidance toward effective agile product management. You can reach Bob at [masked] or [masked]

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