Scan Agile March 10-11 2015 Helsinki, Finland

The Snowball Effect: How To Grow The Agile Ecosystem Continuously And Increase Agile Adoption Momentum.

Schedule

Scan Agile 2015 stretches over two days. Tuesday March 10 is full of interesting workshops, and Wednesday March 11 is the conference day proper.

On the conference day we will be running four parallel “pistes”, or tracks. The Blue piste is intended for people who are just getting started with agile and beginning to gain momentum. The Red piste is here to help teams and organizations to deepen their understanding of agile and increase the velocity of their agile adoption. The Black piste is aimed squarely experienced agilists, opening up for new ideas and giving examples of high-performing teams. The Off-piste track is aimed at applying agile ideas in other domains than software or product development.

During the conference day you should also meet all our great partners and sponsors. We are proud to feature Nitor, VersionOne and Magneetto as our Gold Sponsors, Codento as Silver Sponsor, and the non-profits FiSTB and Scrum Alliance as Bronze Sponsors! Not to forget Nordic Shiatsu Centre — if you’re feeling a bit tense after zigzagging in the agile slopes, they have highly effective ways of getting you to relax.

And one more thing… we are super-excited to present the first Coaching Corner in Finland, with the gracious support of Scrum Alliance! Finnish CSC:s and CST:s will be available throughout the day to listen to your questions and problems, and offer ideas, options and advice, for free. The Coaching Corners typically get very positive feedback, so make sure to reserve a time slot. No problem is to small, no issue too big!

Schedule overview

Before we separate into different pistes as well as when we get together again at the end of the day, there will be our hyper-interesting keynotes by Gojko Adzic (opening) and Andrea Tomasini (closing), as well as a few words from our sponsors.

Also remember that after the conference there will be a crazy Aprés Ski party that you do not want to miss! In fact, you might want to cross out the following morning too in your calendar.

08:30 Registration and breakfast
09:00 Opening keynote

Blue piste

Red piste

Black piste

Off-piste

16:00 Ending keynote
17:00 Closing words
Aprés ski at restaurant Navy Jerry (Hietaniemenkatu 2, Helsinki)

Track 1

Blue piste

08:30Registration and coffee!
Register to the conference and enjoy breakfast and coffee!
Gojko Adzic09:15-10:15Transforming the software development industryGojko Adzic
Gojko Adzic will keynote ScanAgile 2015. He has been making waves with his work to help Product Owners and organizations improve the way they manage products and portfolios.

This is a talk you must not miss!

Gojko has authored several books, including Impact Mapping, a great book that helps you navigate the complexity of product design.
Other books by Gojko include:

impact_mapping_gojko_adizcImpact Mapping: Making a big impact with software products and projects

50_quick_ideas_to_improve_your_user_stories_gojko_adzic 50 Quick ideas to improve your user stories
specification_by_example_gojko_adzic Specification by example
Llewellyn Falco10:45-11:30Intro to AgileLlewellyn Falco
We hear so much about Agile these days. Which practices are here to stay, which will help you to improve, and which are only temporary fads? This session will help to show some of the core principles of Agile which can help you in understand which practices and which parts are right for you. Using real world examples we will show where development can go wrong and how specific agile practices can address these problems. Both situation and code examples will be used.
Mikko Kuitunen11:45-12:30The best companies are led by dreams. In the future at least.Mikko Kuitunen
All the companies utilize stories when painting pictures of the future. Traditionally dominant type of stories (aka the truths) are used. The steering group has spent a blurry week in Lapland and created the new and outstanding company strategy. It is communicated to the stuff in auditorium and afterwards asked if someone has something to add. Nobody ever have, so mission is accomplished. The flavor of the cake is main thing people remember from the session.

Another option is to use narrative stories instead. None of these fairytales isn’t the official truth, however together they form the dream for a team or the whole company. That dream can be used as a lighthouse that guides individuals and teams to the right direction. During the session I will present some of the methods how to create such a stories.

12:30Lunch
Lunch is served.
Maaret Pyhäjärvi13:30-14:15Breaking Illusions: Testing is your most valuable asset!Maaret Pyhäjärvi
Testers don’t break your code, they break your illusions about the code. Illusions may be about the code doing what it’s supposed to; about the product doing what it would need to; about your process being able to deliver with change in mind; and about the business growing with uninformed risks on the product and the business model around it.

This talk goes through examples of illusions that need to be broken and skills that you need to build to break them. Testing in agile is not just the technical checks but more relevantly it’s about discovering information about threats to value you’re trying to create.

We will address:
– Types of illusions testers break with examples from speaker’s 20 years in testing
– Skills agile teams need to build to learn to evaluate the product by learning about it through exploration and experimentation
– Creating culture of feedback and experiments with diversity of personalities and skills in the teams

Image Coming Soon14:45-15:05From Team to MobMystes Team One
We tell the story of four people, growing from an agile team to a mob. This talk is about how we adopted Mob Programming as the new default way of working. We’ll share our lessons learned from half a year of working as a mob team.

Mob Programming is a practice where “all the brilliant people work at the same time, in the same space, at the same computer, on the same thing” (http://mobprogramming.org/). It is a way of working that is truly collaborative and lets the whole team focus on creating quality solutions very effectively. Best of all, learning new things and sharing knowledge happens almost automatically in a mob.

Toivo Vaje15:10-15:30NAPA Agile Story: From Zero to Hero in Two YearsToivo Vaje
NAPA began the Agile odyssey from traditional project organization. Business people had ideas and technology people made software. Coming up with new projects was way more fun than finishing the existing. Then we made a radical change.

From earlier humongous and often delayed releases we have moved into cadence based flow of potentially releasable sw increments. This with about ten products.

Potential audience: developers, product owners, agile managers. Anyone interested in Agile organizational change at scale.

Andrea Tomasini16:00-17:00Stop scaling… Start growing an agile organization!Andrea Tomasini
Strategic advantage lies in being yourself and doing the right things the right way. Those who copy what their competitors are doing, place themselves behind the pack — a sure way of losing. This is why “scaling” agility is misleading at best, and disastrous at worst. When you take an existing model and fit your organization to that, you lose much of what makes you unique and different.

Companies small and large must instead learn to grow their own agility for their own advantage. This sounds simple — and it is, when you know what to look for.

In this keynote, Andrea Tomasini presents guidelines and heuristics for growing an agile organization along with concrete examples from Siemens and Ericsson. You will understand why the first step in any transition must be learning how to change. Small inexpensive experiments and empirical metrics will lead you towards your strategical goal, iteratively and incrementally.

The agile transition never ends — but you know it’s working when transitioning becomes a way of life. This not only lets you adapt to new market conditions: it also allows you to create change in the market, on your own terms.

17:00-17:15Closing words
Uh, what a conference it was! Wrap-up and short re-cap of the day!

Track 2

Red piste

08:30Registration and coffee!
Register to the conference and enjoy breakfast and coffee!
Gojko Adzic09:15-10:15Transforming the software development industryGojko Adzic
Gojko Adzic will keynote ScanAgile 2015. He has been making waves with his work to help Product Owners and organizations improve the way they manage products and portfolios.

This is a talk you must not miss!

Gojko has authored several books, including Impact Mapping, a great book that helps you navigate the complexity of product design.
Other books by Gojko include:

impact_mapping_gojko_adizcImpact Mapping: Making a big impact with software products and projects

50_quick_ideas_to_improve_your_user_stories_gojko_adzic 50 Quick ideas to improve your user stories
specification_by_example_gojko_adzic Specification by example
Janne Sinivirta10:45-11:30One Team to Lean Them AllJanne Sinivirta
So, you got a great team? And an interesting project? But nothing still goes forward quite as you’d want it to? You blame the organisation and would like to see it adopt agile in scale, lean and beyond budgeting. But you are not the boss, you can’t change those things. What can a single team do? How can you actively promote and advance change in your organisation? How to gradually involve the whole value chain and maybe infect the whole organisation? We’ll go through what Lean Enterprise means and discuss what a team can do, starting from it’s own practises, collaboration with business and enterprise architecture all the way to people skills.
Eveliina Vuolli11:45-12:30Clarity before speed: Plan-Do-Check-Act (PDCA) applied in practiceEveliina Vuolli
How are you planning your improvement actions? How are they recorded? Are you following their progress? Do you know whether they are giving you the expected results? Are the improvement initiatives taking you to the right direction? In overall, how is your team taking care of the continuous improvement?
Continuous improvement is one of the corner stones of the Lean and agile methodologies. Even though the basic idea is quite clear, it is often forgotten that it requires real effort to implement this as part of the everyday work. It is also essential to see the relation between the continuous improvement and the bigger picture.
This presentation discusses how the Deming cycle – Plan-Do-Check-Act – has been applied concretely in an R&D organization to ensure that the operational development is done in a systematic way. The practices have been evolving during couple of years and the talk will also share the lessons learned from this journey.
The talk is targeted to people who are interested to enhance their continuous improvement practices or are interested to hear concrete experiences from a large scale organization. The presentation format gives the possibility also for the audience to reflect their current practices related to the PDCA concept.
12:30Lunch
Lunch is served.
Ville Reijonen and Veli-Pekka Eloranta13:30-14:15Agile Does Not Work?!1Ville Reijonen and Veli-Pekka Eloranta
You sometimes hear people whine that Agile doesn’t work, Scrum doesn’t work, Kanban doesn’t work. XP? So, now we do Lean, DevOps, #NoEstimates, etc. There is always the next silver bullet solving problems, which people who just stick with it do not have. Running after the next thing is very human. In all of it the wisdom disappears when one tries, abandons or even modifies practices without understanding the rationale behind them. In the end it tends to resemble story of Cargo Cult.

In organizations where “X doesn’t work” you hear people foaming, for example, that they are not able ship regularly, they are doing the next release before previous is over, they cannot have the release tested before delivery, everything is planned well beforehand, team retrospectives do not have any discussions, etc.

This talk is for people who have some experience with agile. We will explore the common pitfalls that teams fall into and show how to get out of and how to create the structures in your work environment to avoid those traps altogether. The talk is based on Scrum patterns which give reader rationale behind a practice; why it is done and what is the essence of the practice. Once you know the rationale, you can adapt the practice to your own needs without losing the key idea behind it.

Antti Vähä-Sipilä14:45-15:30As a Product Owner, I don’t want my product being 0wnedAntti Vähä-Sipilä
We will discuss how to make security and privacy visible in software development. We will concentrate, first, on product management, and second, on tooling in the continuous delivery chain. Security work that looks like a “level boss” of an old shoot’em up is not compatible with continuous delivery and a DevOps culture. Even if you don’t have strong security expertise in-house, you’ll want to start buying external help in a different way than usual. Security cuts across the whole software stack, deployment, maintenance, and (sub)contracting. Properly making security visible doesn’t just make your product or service more secure and help to meet compliance, but it will also help you to see where you still need to improve in the uptake of adoption of agile and continuous delivery practices. The session is intended for Product Owners; for folks working with continuous delivery and specifically test automation; and for security people (including security consultants) that work with agile shops.
Andrea Tomasini16:00-17:00Stop scaling… Start growing an agile organization!Andrea Tomasini
Strategic advantage lies in being yourself and doing the right things the right way. Those who copy what their competitors are doing, place themselves behind the pack — a sure way of losing. This is why “scaling” agility is misleading at best, and disastrous at worst. When you take an existing model and fit your organization to that, you lose much of what makes you unique and different.

Companies small and large must instead learn to grow their own agility for their own advantage. This sounds simple — and it is, when you know what to look for.

In this keynote, Andrea Tomasini presents guidelines and heuristics for growing an agile organization along with concrete examples from Siemens and Ericsson. You will understand why the first step in any transition must be learning how to change. Small inexpensive experiments and empirical metrics will lead you towards your strategical goal, iteratively and incrementally.

The agile transition never ends — but you know it’s working when transitioning becomes a way of life. This not only lets you adapt to new market conditions: it also allows you to create change in the market, on your own terms.

17:00-17:15Closing words
Uh, what a conference it was! Wrap-up and short re-cap of the day!

Track 3

Black piste

08:30Registration and coffee!
Register to the conference and enjoy breakfast and coffee!
Gojko Adzic09:15-10:15Transforming the software development industryGojko Adzic
Gojko Adzic will keynote ScanAgile 2015. He has been making waves with his work to help Product Owners and organizations improve the way they manage products and portfolios.

This is a talk you must not miss!

Gojko has authored several books, including Impact Mapping, a great book that helps you navigate the complexity of product design.
Other books by Gojko include:

impact_mapping_gojko_adizcImpact Mapping: Making a big impact with software products and projects

50_quick_ideas_to_improve_your_user_stories_gojko_adzic 50 Quick ideas to improve your user stories
specification_by_example_gojko_adzic Specification by example
Almudena Rodriguez Pardo and Norma Acevedo10:45-11:30Titanic does not need to sink! Large-scaled Scrum development works!Almudena Rodriguez Pardo and Norma Acevedo
Large-scaled Scrum development in Ericsson, leading telecommunication company, within a distributed environment, 8 Scrum teams over 2 countries, 8 Product Owners, … and it works!

The Titanic does not sink when you have a healthy refactoring culture, an awareness for the end-to-end flow and proper risk management in place.
But large-scaled Scrum development still faces lots of challenges due to the amount of people involved: long ceremonies, too many meetings and difficulties in decision making are some of the problems we have to deal with in our daily work.

We have learned our lessons out of large-scaled Agile, and we will present them to you!

Olli-Pekka Mäkirintala11:45-12:30Simulate your sprint, brainstorm your challenge – Experiences from the virtual worldOlli-Pekka Mäkirintala
Imagine that you could practice different roles and upcoming real life situations without real life consequences. For example, to learn the best way to build trust with a new customer or how to convince the client about the benefits of agile ways of working.

Imagine there were no sticky-notes workshops but a new inspiring and engaging way of brainstorming together.

All world-class agile teams and organizations are constantly seeking new ways to improve their efficiency and innovativeness.

The key question for agile top performance is not only how to learn to work in an agile mode but even more, how to internalize the new and innovative mindset it requires.

Olli-Pekka will present how modern 3D virtual multiplayer gaming environment can support agile learning and development. He will highlight experiences and new opportunities such environment provides through anonymity, flat hierarchy, creativity, fast implementation and efficiency. Using gaming increases ROI even in high performing teams and Olli-Pekka will explain how this can be achieved. It makes learning faster as you can simulate your sprint or brainstorm your challenge before you have to test them in real life.

3D virtual environment can be used for every practical detail – for example, sharing and developing a common vision or taking the initiative to transfer often boring and not very productive retrospective meetings into a solution-oriented collaboration event where learning and innovation takes place.

12:30Lunch
Lunch is served.
Teemu Toivonen13:30-14:15Next gen problem solving for Agile teams — the continuous innovation modelTeemu Toivonen
Companies are facing increasingly tough competition in the global economy. Previously sustainable competitive advantage strategies are insufficient in the changed market conditions. The only sustainable advantage is continuous innovation at a faster pace than rival organizations. This requires a systematic approach to innovation and engaging staff on all levels to effectively take part in the innovation efforts.
Toyota Kata is proven and highly successful method for continuous improvement at the whole organization level. Toyota Kata was discovered by Mike Rother while he researched Toyota’s quality improvement methods. It is a holistic system method for improvement efforts which contains processes and behavioral patterns for strategically aligned goal setting, problem solving, coaching, management and training. It is a simple and teachable approach which also covers the management of improvement efforts. The downside of the approach is its focus on incremental improvement instead of breakthrough innovation.

The approach can be improved by adding TRIZ techniques like contradiction analyses, FAA, inventive principles and trends of evolution to various parts of the method. This approach will allow to keep the benefits of the Toyota Kata approach while changing the focus from incremental improvement to true innovation. The combined approach is also better suited for the more complex problems of today’s knowledge workers. Toyota Kata can also be used as method for introducing and training TRIZ to the organization in an effective and incremental way.

The combined method for continuous innovation can be further improved with the Lean Startup methods to validate the solutions. The Lean Startup experimentation approach is geared to design quick and inexpensive approaches for the market validations of service, management and software innovations.

Joseph Pelrine14:45-15:30Psychological Aspects of EstimatingJoseph Pelrine
Stumped by story points? Paralyzed by planning poker? How about trying something new? Estimation is a necessary but often unenjoyable part of software development. Although much has been written about methods and heuristics for estimating, there is very little information available about what happens psychologically when we estimate.

This session examines the cognitive and social psychological and aspects of estimation, and discusses some theories (such as Baumeister’s Ego Depletion Theory), which explain why, despite the best of intentions, our estimates are often not correct, and what we can do about it. We will also look at a number of new approaches, based on modern research in cognitive psychology and chronobiology, and tested with world-class agile teams, aimed at addressing the age-old problems of estimating and prioritizing work. From quatro stagioni to speed poker, you’re sure to find new ideas to take back to your team.

Topics covered

  • Who estimates inaccurately and why?
  • The planning fallacy
  • Ego depletion theory, decision fatigue, and some other psychology stuff
  • Abstract and concrete units for estimating
  • Attention, awareness, and ultradian rhythms
  • Do early birds and night owls work differently?
  • Estimation and prioritisation
  • Practical tips, tricks, and techniques

Learning objectives
Attendees will learn the reasons behind why their attempts at estimation are not always as successful as they would like them to be, and will learn techniques they can immediately start using with their teams to improve their accuracy.

Andrea Tomasini16:00-17:00Stop scaling… Start growing an agile organization!Andrea Tomasini
Strategic advantage lies in being yourself and doing the right things the right way. Those who copy what their competitors are doing, place themselves behind the pack — a sure way of losing. This is why “scaling” agility is misleading at best, and disastrous at worst. When you take an existing model and fit your organization to that, you lose much of what makes you unique and different.

Companies small and large must instead learn to grow their own agility for their own advantage. This sounds simple — and it is, when you know what to look for.

In this keynote, Andrea Tomasini presents guidelines and heuristics for growing an agile organization along with concrete examples from Siemens and Ericsson. You will understand why the first step in any transition must be learning how to change. Small inexpensive experiments and empirical metrics will lead you towards your strategical goal, iteratively and incrementally.

The agile transition never ends — but you know it’s working when transitioning becomes a way of life. This not only lets you adapt to new market conditions: it also allows you to create change in the market, on your own terms.

17:00-17:15Closing words
Uh, what a conference it was! Wrap-up and short re-cap of the day!

Track 4

Off-piste

08:30Registration and coffee!
Register to the conference and enjoy breakfast and coffee!
Gojko Adzic09:15-10:15Transforming the software development industryGojko Adzic
Gojko Adzic will keynote ScanAgile 2015. He has been making waves with his work to help Product Owners and organizations improve the way they manage products and portfolios.

This is a talk you must not miss!

Gojko has authored several books, including Impact Mapping, a great book that helps you navigate the complexity of product design.
Other books by Gojko include:

impact_mapping_gojko_adizcImpact Mapping: Making a big impact with software products and projects

50_quick_ideas_to_improve_your_user_stories_gojko_adzic 50 Quick ideas to improve your user stories
specification_by_example_gojko_adzic Specification by example
Joakim Sundén11:45 – 12:30Leadership @ Spotify: how management and leadership work at SpotifyJoakim Sundén
Spotify have been growing quickly as a company, and we are continuously experimenting with ways of making the company work as effective as possible. Creating strong team autonomy and making sure we are all aligned requires effective and strong servant leadership.

We have gotten a lot of attention for our way of organizing into squads, chapters, tribes and guilds. One question we often get is how management and leadership in this organization works, which is what this session will be all about.

12:30Lunch
Lunch is served.
Antti Kirjavainen13:30-14:153 beliefs you need to let go to start your agile journeyAntti Kirjavainen
For the past 10 – 15 years, many organisations have gone through agile transformations, mainly in the software industry. The success rate has not been stellar to say the least. The State of Agile surveys point out that management support and general resistance to change are among biggest barriers to agile adoption.

In my experience, the root causes for resistance of change and lack of management support are: belief of the importance of maximising resource utilisation, batch thinking and process roll-out positivism, the belief that new processes can be rolled out in the organisation and communicating new prescriptive processes can impact the ways of working for everyone.

These paradigms are fundamentally incompatible with the agile way of working. If an organisation tries to transform its ways of working to agile without helping its members to unlearn these paradigms, the transformation will probably fail.

In my presentation I will provide examples of how these paradigms form barriers to agile transformation. I will also describe my own attempts to help people unlearn these paradigms in order to be ready to adopt new ones. I will conclude my presentation by describing the approaches that I have found working to help people unlearn these paradigms.

My talk will help people in any knowledge work organisation who want to change their organisation into more agile mindset and ways of working.

Anthony W. Montgomery & Jodi R. Makela14:45-15:30Reduce Risk and Increase Buy-In with Non-Technology Scrum AdoptionsAnthony W. Montgomery & Jodi R. Makela
How can you reduce risk during an enterprise agile adoption? One key is parallel implementations in business areas. Teams beyond software development can significantly benefit from the Scrum framework in their operational efforts, and this serves to create shared understanding, buy-in, and 
collaboration during enterprise agile adoption. Scrum yields a familiar way for business teams to function and interface with technology. Moreover, these non-IT teams experienced productivity gains and became strong believers in Scrum.

We examine the effects of non-technology agile adoptions in
 regards to a critical issue for most contemporary organizations: managing change
 risk. We examine the question of what happens when Scrum is applied to non-IT work teams during an enterprise reform from an existing traditional software development methodology to Scrum.

We investigate this topic utilizing a multi-case non-IT Scrum adoption study conducted in parallel with the technology implementation. We discovered that customer resistance to this aforementioned enterprise change was reduced in the business areas that had exposure
 to Scrum as compared to areas that did not have the exposure. This latter phenomenon is of extreme importance because the overall risk of the enterprise agile adoption was reduced.

As part of the study, we further conclude that the Scrum framework improves team performance, and offer both qualitative and quantitative proof from REAL teams. For example, one team increased productivity 28.5% while simultaneously reducing their outstanding
 workload by 23.1%.

Jointly, non-IT Scrum adoptions achieve greater customer buy-in to enterprise change initiatives, create organizational momentum, and also improve team productivity.

Andrea Tomasini16:00-17:00Stop scaling… Start growing an agile organization!Andrea Tomasini
Strategic advantage lies in being yourself and doing the right things the right way. Those who copy what their competitors are doing, place themselves behind the pack — a sure way of losing. This is why “scaling” agility is misleading at best, and disastrous at worst. When you take an existing model and fit your organization to that, you lose much of what makes you unique and different.

Companies small and large must instead learn to grow their own agility for their own advantage. This sounds simple — and it is, when you know what to look for.

In this keynote, Andrea Tomasini presents guidelines and heuristics for growing an agile organization along with concrete examples from Siemens and Ericsson. You will understand why the first step in any transition must be learning how to change. Small inexpensive experiments and empirical metrics will lead you towards your strategical goal, iteratively and incrementally.

The agile transition never ends — but you know it’s working when transitioning becomes a way of life. This not only lets you adapt to new market conditions: it also allows you to create change in the market, on your own terms.

17:00-17:15Closing words
Uh, what a conference it was! Wrap-up and short re-cap of the day!

Speakers

Almudena Rodriguez Pardo and Norma Acevedo

Almudena Rodriguez Pardo and Norma Acevedo

Almudena Rodriguez Pardo studied Computer Science at RWTH Aachen (Germany), started working for Ericsson 1995. Several years as developer and Quality Coordinator in different development departments within Ericsson Eurolab (Germany). Since 2013 works as Scrum developer within the Diameter Signalling Controller development team, and involved in the Agile deployment at Ericsson Software Development Center, Aachen.

Norma Acevedo was born in Santillo (Mexico), started 1990 in Ericsson as SW developer, continued as SW development trainer. Since 1995 process manager for SW development processes, also active in Design Maintenance area. For the last 3 years worked as Scrum Master, intensively involved in the Agile transformation process at Ericsson Software Development Center Aachen.
Andrea Tomasini

Andrea Tomasini

Andrea Tomasini is a highly regarded thought leader in the agile domain and a popular recurring keynote speaker in agile conferences across Europe. He has more than 20 years experience in product and software development, process improvement and change management, holds a Ph.D. in computer science, and is one of the few persons with both a Certified Scrum Coach (CSC) and Trainer (CST) certificate. Multinational enterprises like Ericsson and Siemens trust his strategic advice on how to adopt agile methods in very large and complex scenarios.
For a quick look at Andrea's previous and upcoming conference keynotes and speeches, see http://lanyrd.com/profile/tumma72/.
Anthony W. Montgomery & Jodi R. Makela

Anthony W. Montgomery & Jodi R. Makela

Anthony is a Project Management Professional (PMP), Certified Agile Practitioner (ACP), Certified Scrum Professional (CSP), Certified Scrum Product Owner (CSPO), Certified Scrum Master (CSM), and has served for more than 15-years in senior management positions. He is pursuing a Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) in Leadership from Creighton University and is an Alumnus of University of Chicago, Graham School with Advanced Project Management studies. Anthony has successfully applied Scrum in accounting, finance, operations and sales related teams to surge productivity, improve service levels, build high performing teams and transform culture.

Jodi_Makela Jodi is a Certified Scrum Master (CSM), Certified Professional Counselor (CPC), and has more than 6+ years of experience coaching and counseling people for empowerment and accountability. Jodi holds a Master of Arts (M.A.) degree from Central Michigan University.
Antti Kirjavainen

Antti Kirjavainen

Antti is an entrepreneur at Flowa. He helps organisations achieve effectiveness and excellence in software development and knowledge work through agile, lean thinking and Management 3.0. Antti is also passionate about games.
Antti Vähä-Sipilä

Antti Vähä-Sipilä

Antti is an information security and privacy specialist concentrating on software security, and specifically security activities in modern software development. His work history is with consumer and mass-market software, of which more than 10 years concentrating on the aspects of product security. In 2014, he lectured a course on software security at the University of Helsinki, and a re-run is planned at Aalto University in 2015.
Eveliina Vuolli

Eveliina Vuolli

Eveliina Vuolli acts currently as Operational Development Manager in Nokia (Networks business). She has been working with the network management system R&D development over 15 years, acting in different kind of roles in the global, multinational organization: Integration & verification process owner, project manager and trainer in various areas, and also as a coach. Facilitation, continuous improvement and leadership topics are also within her interests.
Gojko Adzic

Gojko Adzic

He has been making waves with his work to help Product Owners and organizations improve the way they manage products and portfolios.

This is a talk you must not miss!

Gojko has authored several books, including Impact Mapping, a great book that helps you navigate the complexity of product design.

Other books by Gojko include:

impact_mapping_gojko_adizcImpact Mapping: Making a big impact with software products and projects

50_quick_ideas_to_improve_your_user_stories_gojko_adzic 50 Quick ideas to improve your user stories

specification_by_example_gojko_adzic Specification by example

Janne Sinivirta

Janne Sinivirta

Janne Sinivirta is a senior consultant for Nitor Creations. Software architect, programming language nerd, fitness enthusiast and a proud father of two. With 17 years of professional programming, he has been responsible for architectural design and software development in business management, healthcare, telecomm, media, interactive television, mobile entertainment and other IT industries. For the past few years, he has spent much of his free time developing games for mobile devices in various languages.
Joakim Sundén

Joakim Sundén

Joakim is an Agile Coach at Spotify, making music available and accessible to the world. He helps people improve through mentoring and coaching at individual, team and organizational levels, often using Agile and Lean thinking and methods such as Kanban, Scrum and XP. He is an organizer of, and active participant in, conferences, networks and user groups in the Agile and Lean communities. Joakim is also the author of “Kanban in Action” (Manning, 2014). Twitter: @joakimsunden Webpage: http://joakimsunden.com
Joseph Pelrine

Joseph Pelrine

As Kent Beck’s assistant, Joseph Pelrine was one of the first in the world who worked with eXtreme Programming. As Europe's first certified ScrumMaster and Trainer, he was largely responsible for introducing Scrum to the german-speaking part of Europe. For almost 20 years, Joseph Pelrine has been helping some of the world’s most important companies improve their software development process and successfully transition to Agile. A noted international speaker, he conducts research in the field of social complexity theory and its application to Agile processes, and is currently pursuing a PhD in psychology and linguistics.
Llewellyn Falco

Llewellyn Falco

Llewellyn Falco is an independent agile coach. He is a PluralSight author, international speaker and the creator of the open source testing tool ApprovalTests (www.approvaltests.com). He spends most of his time programming in Java and C# specializing in improving legacy code. He also volunteers creating courseware and teaching kids to program (www.teachingkidsprogramming.org).
Luis Gonçalves

Luis Gonçalves

My name is Luis Gonçalves and I am an Agile Coach, Co-Author, Speaker and a Blogger I have been working in the software industry since 2003, being an Agile practitioner since 2007. I have a lot of experience in integrating sequential projects phases into an Agile Framework and pioneering Agile adoption at different companies and different contexts. I am a co-author of a book called: ""Getting Value Out of Agile Retrospectives"". I have a technical background yet my passion lies at the Management side where I am a Management 3.0 passionate.
Maaret Pyhäjärvi

Maaret Pyhäjärvi

Software specialist with soft spots for hands-on testing, helping teams grow and building successful products and businesses. Agile, Lean, Lean startup are mindsets I work with. I work towards happiness and wellbeing of people who create software - not just programmers. Been in software testing since 1995 in various roles and delivered talks to various conferences in Finland as well as internationally.
Michael Tarnowski

Michael Tarnowski

Michael Tarnowski is IT-consultant(software process improvement), agile coach/change agent, CSM, and founder of Plays-in-Business.com consulting. He advocates in business / lean start up contexts "Playing Games Seriously".
Mikko Kuitunen

Mikko Kuitunen

Mikko is a 34 years old entrepreneur changing the way companies are led. He is a founder of Vincit Oy and works there as a Passionate Managing Director. Vincit is a successful software development company that is awarded e.g. as the Best Place to Work in Finland 2014 (8th best in the Europe). Vincit is well-known by exceptional leading methods that are based in dreams that are co-created and visualized.
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Mystes Team One

Mystes Team One is a team of four developers, who have been working together for 1.5 years. The team develops tools and business-critical integrations for multiple customers. The team started as a normal agile team working on a single project using kanban and other de-facto practices. The team switched to MobProgramming after a wonderful workshop led by Woody Zuill in October 2014 and has since worked on multiple customer projects simultaneously.
Olli-Pekka Mäkirintala

Olli-Pekka Mäkirintala

Olli-Pekka Mäkirintala, (Lic. Tech. in software engineering, MSc in Economics). Olli-Pekka has a long business and software background including Nokia. He is also professional coach. He applied lean methods in different industries already 20 years ago being front runner in Finland. Now he is continuing his research in agile and lean methods in Tampere University of Technology after long business background and is another key developer of a completely new and unique virtual innovation and agile game.
Pini Reznik

Pini Reznik

Pini has 15+ years of experience in delivering software in Israel and Netherlands. Starting as a developer and moving through technical, managerial and consulting positions in Configuration Management and Operations areas, Pini acquired deep understanding of the software delivery processes and currently helping organisations around Europe with improving software delivery pipeline by introducing Docker and other cutting edge technologies. Co-organiser of DockerCon 2014 Europe in Amsterdam.
Rami Sirkiä & Erik Fallenius

Rami Sirkiä & Erik Fallenius

Rami was caught between the rock and a hard place. Coming from the management accounting background and faced with the business critical agility in SW development, he created new principles for financial management that promote agility. His career spans from KPMG Consulting, Nokia Sourcing, Nokia R&D to Microsoft strategy. Now working as independent consultant helping companies to make their management functions more lean and agile. Certified SAFe Agilist.​

Erik Fallenius

Erik is a Lean & Agile Consultant at Nitor Delta. He has 9 years of software industry experience in various roles (software engineer, project manager, Scrum Master, group manager and consultant). He is passionate about continuously learning and mastering new things, including lean and agile methods, systems thinking, leadership, parenting and endurance sports.

Sami Paju & Marianne Tenhula

Sami Paju & Marianne Tenhula

Sami Paju

Sami is an entrepreneur and expert in rapid non-predictive innovation processes and experimentation-driven development. He is focused on designing organisations as living systems, streamlining work, making innovation an everyday business for everybody, and enabling people to realise their innate potential. Also a photographer, human performance geek, and co-author of Experimentation Manual. Sami Paju on twitter

Marianne Tenhula

Marianne dreams of improving the way people work, learn and make decisions through challenging the status quo and driving in the culture of experimentation. She has a broad experience of facilitating experimentation-driven development, co-creation and creative problem solving. Currently Marianne works at Palmu Inc. as a service designer, focusing on customer understanding and co-design. Marianne Tenhula on LinkedIn
Teemu Toivonen

Teemu Toivonen

Teemu has almost 15 years of experience in the IT industry in various roles (technical roles, concept design, team leader, line manager, and consultant). Utilizing Lean and agile principles and practices has been a source of inspiration and success for most of that time. His specialty is utilizing Lean (Toyota Kata) and TRIZ (theory of inventive problem solving) techniques to come up with innovative solutions to difficult problems. Currently Teemu is helping different organizations put this knowledge into practices as a Senior Lean Consultant at Nitor Delta.
Timo Lappi

Timo Lappi

As a legal counsel at Fondia, I advise our customers; growth companies, business angels and private equity investors alike, with legal matters relating to funding rounds, transactions, corporate law, IPR as well as daily legal affairs. In addition to working at Fondia, I also serve as the Chairman or Member at the Boards of Directors at a handful of other growth companies. I get inspired of the feeling in companies that are challenging the established business models.
Toivo Vaje

Toivo Vaje

Legacy software developer with tech. background. Infected with Agile. Process oriented Jack of all trades at NAPA.
Ville Reijonen and Veli-Pekka Eloranta

Ville Reijonen and Veli-Pekka Eloranta

Ville Reijonen has seen agility in its different states of dysfunction in various organizations both large and small, some rightly dead, and some still breathing. As a balancing act he implements various post-it walls at home, does occasional consultation gigs, and spends what used to be called “free time” with his kids. As a day job he works currently as ScrumMaster/whatisneeded at Alma Media, in a digital unit which does not have any products printed on paper in a corporation which is still responsible for many many ink smudges on dead tree surfaces.

Veli-Pekka Eloranta is currently a passionate software developer at Vincit. On his “free time” Veli-Pekka is writing Ph.D thesis on software architecture and agile software development. Eloranta has seen both small and large agile organizations as a researcher and as a software developer. Veli-Pekka is a member in ScrumPLoP pattern community which mission is to capture the rationale for Scrum practices as patterns. Veli-Pekka has co-authored a pattern book for distributed control systems with Ville and two fellow authors.

Workshops

Scan Agile kicks off with a workshop day on March 10th.
We have one full day track with a hands-on workshop, and 2 half-day tracks with 4 different workshops.

The workshops are now SOLD-OUT. For specific inquires contact us at Organizers@scan-agile.org.

Location

The workshops will take place on March 10th in Espoo / Otaniemi, and will start at 9am. Please be there around 8.30am to register, get familiar with the venue and have some coffee (or tea :) with us.
The address of the venue is: Metallimiehenkuja 10, 02150 Espoo, Finland

Find out more about the venue in their webpages.

You can reach it via public transportation from Helsinki city centre by following these instructions
The easiest way from Helsinki Kamppi is to take bus number 102 or 103 and get off at Otakallio Bus stop.

Should you have any question, don’t hesitate to ask! :)

Schedule

Track 1

08:30Registration and coffee!
Register to the conference and enjoy breakfast and coffee!
Pini Reznik9:00 – 17:00Docker, master the basics – how to speed up your delivery workflowPini Reznik
Since it’s inception in 2013, Docker have changed our perception of the OS-level Virtualization also called Containers.
Many major software vendors including Red Hat, Canonical, VMware, Google and even Microsoft embraced it as a default choice for a super fast virtualisation platform.

At this workshop we will introduce the concept of Linux containers in general and Docker specifically. We will guide the participants through a practical exercise that will include use of various Docker commands and a setting up a functional multi-container system.

At the end of the workshop you will know how to automate and speedup your delivery workflow.

17:00-17:15Closing words
Uh, what a conference it was! Wrap-up and short re-cap of the day!

Track 2

08:30Registration and coffee!
Register to the conference and enjoy breakfast and coffee!
Michael Tarnowski9:00 – 12:30SOLD_OUT: Challenge your Product Owner — Communicate your Vision rightMichael Tarnowski
The “Product Owner Challenge” is a new agile game with Lego bricks. It supports organisations in transitioning from Waterfall to Agile and illustrates the agile mindset to a waterfall-driven product development culture: stop micro-management and communicate face-to-face clear objectives, requirements, and product vision.

The product description is in one part of the room, DevTeam in the other. PO is not allowed to show it to DevTeam, but can inspect the plan if needed. – PO has to “walk & talk”.
Play two flavors of the game and run a competetion: Agile-ist vs. Waterfall-ish!

12:30Lunch
Lunch is served.
Sami Paju & Marianne Tenhula13:30 – 17:00Developing novelties through rapid hands-on experimentationSami Paju & Marianne Tenhula
Novelties cannot be developed by planning. The traditional ways of planning, managing and executing projects seem to only work well in relatively simple cases where there is no uncertainty about the project outcome, and how that outcome should be reached. When it comes to developing innovative products, services, business processes, or even ways of organising work, it is practically impossible to rely on traditional planning because the project outcome cannot be precisely defined, nor is it possible to identify a clear-cut path that will take us from where we are now to realising the project goal.

In this session you will become familiar with Experimentation-Driven Innovation, which is an approach that can be used where traditional planning methods fail. In the face of uncertainty, the missing knowledge needs to be created by rapid iterative experimentation, and through this first-hand learning process the project outcome and execution steps start to become more evident.

We will introduce the method, where and why it should be used, and do a practical hands-on case where you identify an area related to your own work, and apply Experimentation-Driven Innovation to improve it.

For more information about the topic, you can leaf through the first few pages of our upcoming book

17:00-17:15Closing words
Uh, what a conference it was! Wrap-up and short re-cap of the day!

Track 3

08:30Registration and coffee!
Register to the conference and enjoy breakfast and coffee!
Rami Sirkiä & Erik Fallenius9:00 – 12:30Lean and Agile Financial planning: going beyond budgetsRami Sirkiä & Erik Fallenius
Agile SW development and traditional cost accounting don’t match. When you scale your agile practices to portfolio level, you will need to tackle corporate wide processes on target setting, resource allocation, project approvals and finance & control. These might be counter-agile by nature: expecting annual high confidence objectives for your unit/project; or pose rigid approval processes delaying work redirecting.

Role of the management accounting is to ensure that resources are allocated correctly and that resources are spent efficiently. Role of the bonus systems is to ensure that corporate goals are met. Role of the balanced scorecard is focus employer effort also to leading indicators. Role of the cost center budgeting is to allocate predetermined amount of resources to specific team, and control that budget is not exceeded.

Above mentioned systems might remain as second control system. Second, as your primary system – Agile management – is just implemented and is defining what each team should do at any given time. Any of these systems might reduce the agility that you try to achieve with your team and portfolio level Agile implementation.

In this workshop we discuss if any secondary control system impede you to get most benefit
from your agile implementation. Share your thoughts and learn from others on possible solutions to create corporate management functions that support your agile software development.

12:30Lunch
Lunch is served.
Luis Gonçalves13:30 – 17:00Agile Retrospectives: going beyond the basics and helping teams shineLuis Gonçalves
Organizations need to improve to stay in business and keep delivering value. Classical organizational improvement using(large) program takes too long and is often inefficient and ineffective.

We need to uncover better ways to improve, and retrospectives can provide the solution.

What this workshop will teach you

The Agile Retrospectives Workshop is a one day workshop made by leaders, for teams, project managers, scrum masters and anyone who is involved in running a retrospective.

The Agile Retrospective Workshop helps you and your teams to conduct retrospectives effectively and efficiently to reflect upon your ways of working, and continuously improve them!

The 5 most important things that you will learn in this workshop

  • What is the business value of Agile Retrospectives
  • What are the pre-requirements for a successful Agile Retrospective
  • What are the different phases of an Agile Retrospective and what kind of exercises should be applied in each different phase
  • What kind of different exercises you should apply for various situations and team maturity
  • Agile Retrospectives smells, how to identify them and what to do about them and many other things…
17:00-17:15Closing words
Uh, what a conference it was! Wrap-up and short re-cap of the day!

Tickets

Click the “Register Now” button below and you will be redirected to our ticket webshop on Holvi.com.

Register Now

Conference tickets

After closing the standard 250 € ticket sales on March 5, we are now selling latecomer tickets at 280 €. These will be sold until the start of the conference. They are a bit more expensive than the standard tickets, but include a customized and lovingly hand-written badge.

All conference tickets include: admission to the conference and the afterparty; morning sandwich and afternoon cake; lunch; coffee and tea throughout the day.

Workshop tickets

In the web-shop you will find two types of tickets. If you want to attend one or more workshops, you will need to purchase a workshop ticket.

Workshops are sold separately and take place before the day of the conference on March 10th.
Note that the workshop ticket does not include lunch. The location of the workshop will offer lunch, but that will be charged separately. This helps you select the workshop you want to attend and have a very affordable price at the same time.

If you want to bring your whole team, contact us for a group discount! Heck! Bring your whole department and get a bigger discount! We have reduced prices for groups 5+ and 10+! Also, we offer a very special price for public and 3rd sector organisations!

What?

Scandinavian Agile is a conference for everyone involved in the magical act of creating software. This year we want to see what is outside the narrow boxes defined by Scrum and Agile. We want to push the boundaries further and even break them in order to become better in what we do.

Where?

10.3.2015 Scan Agile Workshop. Espoo / Otaniemi
Metallimiehenkuja 10,
02150 Espoo, Finland

Find out more about the venue in their webpages.

11.3.2015 Scan Agile Conference
Scandic Park Helsinki -hotel
Mannerheimintie 46
00260 Helsinki

Aprés Ski!
Restaurant Navy Jerry
Hietaniemenkatu 2
00100 Helsinki

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When?

March 10-11th 2015.

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Partners

Gold

Nitor Creations
VersionOne
Magneetto

Silver

Codento

Bronze

Finnish Software Testing Board
Scrum Alliance

Other

Nordic Shiatsu Centre

Your logo here? Please contact organizers at organizers@scan-agile.org