ScanAgile2020

Speakers

Piret Brett

Management 30 Workshop Facilitator

Piret Brett Consulting OU

Piret has more than 10 years of experience as a manager within IT organisation. Being one of the leaders of the agile transformation within organisation she clearly realized that it is not only teams that must change and adopt new practices, but management must learn new ways as well. As a matter of fact, Piret is convinced that agile transformation is great to start from the management.

As a manager Piret received great help from Management 30. It helped not only to understand management role within agile organisation but as well adopt several new management practices. Throughout years she has been trying out and experimenting with different agile management practices, have learned a lot and is now ready to share.

In addition to the managerial positions Piret has been holding positions within marketing and sales, has enjoyed working as business analyst within IT team. She is certified Scrum Product Owner. She believes that diverse work experience gives her ability to look at the (management)challenges from different perspectives.

Bitter management with fewer managers!? - Workshop Tuesday 31st of March 08:00 - 17:00

Do we need MANAGERS to get MANAGEMENT done? In case organisation has few managers (or no managers at all 🧨??) then who will decide regarding who earns how much or how to split bonuses💰? And how about deciding who to recruit into team… Can all those and many other decisions be put into hands of the teams? But wait- if there is lots of decentralization then how to make sure it will not lead to total anarchy?
Those and many other questions get debated on Management 3.0 Workshop. Original 2 day workshop has been customized to accommodate selection of the coolest and most interesting Management 30 practices and tools. Practical tools used during workshop you can start experimenting with right away in own organisation/team. All participants will receive free set of Moving Motivators cards!

Note: due to it is shortened workshop it will not grant you certificate of attendance.

Jordann Gross

SAFe® Fellow, Consultant

Retired, consultant

Jordann has an open and energetic personality. Combining this with his experience in transformation and leadership coaching, he designs organizations of the future. He believes in creating environments where people can become the best version of themselves.His motto is ‘putting the fun in functional,’ which he brings to life by using serious games. Both to let people experiment in psychological safety and to get them excited for change.

Game Your Way to high performance - Workshop Tuesday 31st of March 13:00 - 16:00

Are you wondering how to get more attention for continuous improvement? Did your retrospectives turn into a wheeping party? Would you like your team to be more energetic? You think work could be more fun? Done struggling with how to teach the next cool practice?

Get your ticket to ride this rollercoaster of a workshop. It’s your turn to use serious games to make quality a team value and improving a team effort! In this workshop you will explore and experiment with serious games, gamified activities and energizers. By the end of the day you know what defines a serious game and how to facilitate and debrief them. You go home with actual serious games that you can put into practice the next day. You’ll be able to mix and match your own recipe to help your team become more high-performing.

    Eddy Bruin

    Agile Coach and Serious Game Facilitator

    The Serious Gamers & Loop Forward

    For many years Eddy has have been using serious games and learning metaphors to help teams and organizations forward. He is an Agile and Test Coach with the mission to help teams deliver software people actually want to use while having as much fun as possible. He helps teams in enabling feedback loops continuously and likes to discuss all agile and test topics over a special beer. He loved to go to (un)conferences on serious games and Agile.

    Game Your Way to high performance - Workshop Tuesday 31st of March 13:00 - 16:00

    Are you wondering how to get more attention for continuous improvement? Did your retrospectives turn into a wheeping party? Would you like your team to be more energetic? You think work could be more fun? Done struggling with how to teach the next cool practice?

    Get your ticket to ride this rollercoaster of a workshop. It’s your turn to use serious games to make quality a team value and improving a team effort! In this workshop you will explore and experiment with serious games, gamified activities and energizers. By the end of the day you know what defines a serious game and how to facilitate and debrief them. You go home with actual serious games that you can put into practice the next day. You’ll be able to mix and match your own recipe to help your team become more high-performing.

    Lauri Paloheimo

    Head Coach & Co-founder

    Panda Training Oy

    What makes learning & change programs really work - Workshop Tuesday 31st of March 15:00 - 17:00

    Learning and change are often interconnected, and we will try to tap into both of these topics. The workshop is built around 12 factors for learning effectiveness based on the research of the Austrian corporate learning researcher Dr. Ina Weinbauer-Heidel. Ina identified 12 factors that are most likely to influence the effectiveness of corporate learning activities (especially, training). 3 of them are individual-focused, 4 training design-focused and 5 organization-focused. We will help participants to understand this framework, map out the current learning processes in the company, evaluate them and design the action steps to improve the situation. The workshop is designed for HRD and change management professionals but of course, works for anyone interested in the topic.

    Dima Syrotkin

    CEO

    Panda Training Oy

    Dima is the CEO of a startup called Panda Training. Panda’s vision is the world where managers see a 10X return from investing in their people. They provide a personal coach for every employee, in their pockets, to complement learning and change management programs. His background is from NGO, training, consulting and startup worlds. He has experience in founding organizations from scratch and leading them. He knows a few things about business strategy, project management, marketing, sales, corporate training.Dima loves epic, grandiose, ambition. His goal is to work on projects big both in impact and scale. He is interested in human progress, education, political & economic systems, longevity, climate change, AI, personal development, leadership, morality, consciousness, life sciences, brain-computer interfaces, and space exploration.

    What makes learning & change programs really work - Workshop Tuesday 31st of March 15:00 - 17:00

    Learning and change are often interconnected, and we will try to tap into both of these topics. The workshop is built around 12 factors for learning effectiveness based on the research of the Austrian corporate learning researcher Dr. Ina Weinbauer-Heidel. Ina identified 12 factors that are most likely to influence the effectiveness of corporate learning activities (especially, training). 3 of them are individual-focused, 4 training design-focused and 5 organization-focused. We will help participants to understand this framework, map out the current learning processes in the company, evaluate them and design the action steps to improve the situation. The workshop is designed for HRD and change management professionals but of course, works for anyone interested in the topic.

    Aki Salmi

    Senior SW Architect

    Ambientia

    Aki does not believe in magic, he makes it happen. In all his professions, which are many; Hiking Guide, Communication Trainer, Software Crafter.He started as a developer in test and later has worked as Scrum Master and software crafter. While doing the techy side of work, Aki is test-driving the code – already since 2006. While being with people, Aki is well known for his listening skills giving the greatest gift he can give – the feeling of being listened to.Professionally, he travels all around Europe to speak, to share and to learn with crafters on what the community has learned. Also, Aki organizes conference(s) himself, like CodeFreeze.

    Empathy at work - Workshop Tuesday 31st of March 13:00 - 17:00

    Trust is a key component for high performing teams, And while trust is built in the smallest of moments, in this workshop, Aki will guide you through how empathy can have an ever-lasting effect on trust.

    How arguments and conflicts, that have mostly destructive power, can be transformed into curiosity-driven conflicts. Curiosity is one key ingredient of empathy – really trying to understand other people’s viewpoints and their needs behind.

    5 Key Learnings:
    * Key elements of high performing team, from the study by Google (Project Aristotle)
    * How trust can be built, in the smallest of moments.
    * Understanding differences of a different kind of listening
    * Nonviolent Communication
    * How NVC can help in building trust

    Matti Kiviluoto

    Team Lead

    Siili Solutions

    Father, husband, human being.

    Team Lead of the award-winning Siili Solutions Sitefinity Team for the 10th year and counting – we build global websites. Having hands-on experience on how to build hyper-productive, geographically distributed, diverse, long term, psychologically safe, self-organized, agile teams – all learned from real-life experience and tested in action. Born agile and with a start-up mindset (and background), always looking out for new ways of doing things.

    Believes that work is not about earning a paycheck, but more about making an impact. A diversity and inclusion activist, one of the founding members of the #ITclusive movement, a MyData activist and a Global Goals activist. Guided by life-long learning, empathy and failing fast, huge fan of #CompassionateCoding.

    I see a huge need for a more compassionate and inclusive working culture in IT, if you agree, come to our workshop.

    Build you own Diversity and Inclusion Agent Game-Plan - Workshop Tuesday 31st of March 13:00 - 15:00

    Everyone is finally talking about diversity and inclusion in IT, but what can I personally do to make our industry more inclusive? We’ll be covering diversity and inclusion in organizational culture, recruitment and teamwork + we’re going to introduce you to a couple of excellent NGOs working in the field. We’ll digest this together in teams and you’ll walk away with your personal “Diversity and Inclusion Agent Game-Plan”.

    Alena Gurshchenkova

    Tech lead

    Siili Solutions

    Build you own Diversity and Inclusion Agent Game-Plan - Workshop Tuesday 31st of March 13:00 - 15:00

    Everyone is finally talking about diversity and inclusion in IT, but what can I personally do to make our industry more inclusive? We’ll be covering diversity and inclusion in organizational culture, recruitment and teamwork + we’re going to introduce you to a couple of excellent NGOs working in the field. We’ll digest this together in teams and you’ll walk away with your personal “Diversity and Inclusion Agent Game-Plan”.

    Iina Paronen

    Principal Consultant

    Reaktor

    Iina is a highly people-focused experienced IT-project and process professional. Her background is in technology mixed with pedagogical studies which provide a mindset for continuous improvement of systems, processes and on ways of working. Passionate about finding and enabling appropriate and functional solutions – for all perspectives: for people, customers and in IT.

    Build you own Diversity and Inclusion Agent Game-Plan - Workshop Tuesday 31st of March 13:00 - 15:00

    Everyone is finally talking about diversity and inclusion in IT, but what can I personally do to make our industry more inclusive? We’ll be covering diversity and inclusion in organizational culture, recruitment and teamwork + we’re going to introduce you to a couple of excellent NGOs working in the field. We’ll digest this together in teams and you’ll walk away with your personal “Diversity and Inclusion Agent Game-Plan”.

    Sara Salmani

    Chief Diversity & Inclusion Officer

    Inklusiiv

    Build you own Diversity and Inclusion Agent Game-Plan - Workshop Tuesday 31st of March 13:00 - 15:00

    Everyone is finally talking about diversity and inclusion in IT, but what can I personally do to make our industry more inclusive? We’ll be covering diversity and inclusion in organizational culture, recruitment and teamwork + we’re going to introduce you to a couple of excellent NGOs working in the field. We’ll digest this together in teams and you’ll walk away with your personal “Diversity and Inclusion Agent Game-Plan”.

    Jussi Galla

    Entrepreneur

    Topaasia oy

    Jussi is an entrepreneur and co-founder of Topaasia ltd based in Helsinki, Finland. He is inspired to find ways for dialogue, the art of thinking together to form within teams. Since 2014 the pathway for this has been by developing and focusing on building a kick-ass dialogue tool (Topaasia®).

    1 hour retros with dislocated teams - Workshop Tuesday 31st of March 2020 10:00 - 12:00

    During this workshop, you will learn how to facilitate a retrospective for a remote team in an hour with Topaasia – serious gameHox. Bring your laptop with you!The workshop will include a game session in small groups on the topic of “Success as a Change Agent” and develop plans for experimenting with the tool in your daily life.In the workshop, we use the digital version of the Lean Change Management – Topaasia deck produced with Jason Little.(You can read our interview with Jason about the game and LCM – method here: https://topaasia.com/en/how-to-do-change-in-organizations-interview-with-jason-little-author-of-lean-change-management/)At the end of the workshop, all those who wish will receive a 30-day trial for digital Topaasia.

    Eveliina Vuolli

    SW Development Process and Quality Champion

    Kalmar

    Eveliina Vuolli has a long experience acting as an operational development manager. She has been working with software development over 20 years in different kinds of roles in the global, multinational organizations: process owner (verification), project manager and trainer (various areas) and coach. Facilitation, continuous improvement and leadership topics are also within her interests.

    Eveliina has a strong background in the agile way of working: e.g. she has acted as an agile coach and developed agile testing practices. In her current role as an organizational coach, she is open-minded to combine both traditional and new methods to drive the continuous improvement culture.

    She has been a speaker e.g. in the Agile2010, Agile Testing Days 2010, ScanAgile2015, XP2015 and Lean Agile Scotland 2016 conferences.

    Proactive continuous improvement - Workshop Tuesday 31st of March 2020 10:00 - 12:00

    Continuous improvement is not only about reflection and retrospectives. In this workshop, we will discuss the differences between proactive and reactive approaches. We will explore and answer e.g. the following questions

    * What is (typical) proactive and reactive practices?
    * How to make use of different practices in your own context?
    * What kind of approach do you need more of right now?

    Stanislava Potupchik

    Agile Coach

    Knab

    If there is a difference between working as a counselor in a kids camp and as a coach in the IT team, it’s not that big as you might think. It’s all about values and beliefs, building trust and playing together. Yes, I strongly believe that playfulness is an inalienable part of our existence.

    I started with role-play games in 2001 and since then played with teenagers and adults of different nations, professions, and backgrounds. When people understand how their mind works and learn to transfer their game based behavioral patterns into their own real life, I feel proud and grateful.

    With almost 20 years of experience in personal and team coaching, I was happy to join the agile crowd in 2015 and since then I love sharing my knowledge at meetups and international conferences.

    Changification - Workshop Tuesday 31st of March 2020 08:00 - 10:00

    Changification is all about gamifying organizational change. For people to get energy from change, it’s important that it comes from inside. We can help that by transferring our co-workers into a parallel reality, where consequences don’t matter and mistakes are gifts. And then – bringing them back with all the things they learned. In the end, there is something why you are willing to attend at workshop at 8 o’clock in the morning! Let’s use that kind of motivation for our organizational change

    Kati Ilvonen

     

     

    I’m fascinated about potential of human being and find growth and learning key things in business and in my own life. Technical problems can be always solved, but human related issues are challenging ones. Change is interesting and continuous challenge. I think typically lack of process is not reason for failure but rather lack of buy-in from people. Leadership, in addition to vision and goal setting, is a lot about leading feelings and attitudes.

    • Several years of experience in different kinds of leadership roles including coaching, of which last 3 years as a head coach in Ericsson R&D Finland. Currently responsible of organizational level coaching and culture development. I have great experience about intensive coaching sessions for groups with excellent feedback.
    • 10 years of experience working in various project and line management roles. Proven track record of successful work across multidisciplinary teams in a global organization.
    • Leader with ability to combine very strong result orientation with amazing people skills in a unique way.
    • Several years of experience as a leadership team member.
    • Several years experience as a line manager.
    • 2 years as managing partner at the Entire Oy, company providing holistic wellbeing services. As an entrepreneur and I have gained hands-on experience from all main business management areas including business leadership of an organization, financial planning and controlling, contract management, sales and marketing management including planning and execution of marketing activities as well as entire HR management of company employees and contractors.

    Why Emotional Intelligence beats IQ and AI? - Workshop Tuesday 31st of March 2020 08:00 - 10:00

    Markus Päivinen

     

     

    Why Emotional Intelligence beats IQ and AI? - Workshop Tuesday 31st of March 2020 08:00 - 10:00

      Hanna-Mari Loisa

       

       

      • Background mainly in people leadership area in ICT/telecom industry, in Ericsson R&D Finland
      • Several years of experience in coaching, facilitation, organizational culture development and agile transformation. Lot of experience in developing and running 48 h intensive coaching sessions, and team building sessions for different kind of teams (mainly cross-functional development teams and leadership teams). Planning and running events and trainings (workshops, retrospectives, Hackatons, Learnathons, Agile, Scrum, Lean, Kanban, feedback, Non-Violent Communication).
      • Published articles (together with Marko Seikola & Andras Jagos): SEAA ’11 Proceedings of the 2011 37th EUROMICRO Conference on Software Engineering and Advanced Applications: Kanban Implementation in a Telecom Product Maintenance (http://ieeexplore.ieee.org/stamp/stamp.jsp?arnumber=6068363)
      • More than two years experience in Team Leading
      • Two years experience in as a Development Manger and a department leadership team member
      • Some experience in SW Development, Systems testing and Project Management
      Why Emotional Intelligence beats IQ and AI? - Workshop Tuesday 31st of March 2020 08:00 - 10:00

      Pauliina Hallama

      Trainer, Coach & Growth Agent

      Growthroom

       

      Pauliina is a social psychologist specialized in using engaging and impactful methods in training groups and as part of human interaction. She is a coaching and training enthusiast who in addition to coaching individuals and teams loves to teach others – especially leaders and professionals in different fields – to do the same: to develop high-quality interactions and support growth in others. Pauliina’s mission is to design opportunities for people to grow, a mission that she has been fulfilling around the world so far with thousands of people in different fields and positions.

      Get ready to Coach! - Workshop Tuesday 31st of March 2020 08:00 - 12:00

      Where lies the Coaching in Agile Coaching?By definition, coaching is a process that aims at developing, challenging, supporting and empowering people to reach their full potential, both professionally and personally, with questions and other techniques. In this workshop, we will forget the Agile for a while and learn how to support others to grow through “pure” coaching. Get ready to add some tools in your toolbox!In this event you will get familiar with the practice and philosophy of coaching, the core competencies of a good coach, learn a simple yet powerful four-step model that will allow you to start coaching right away, and get some ideas on how to create powerful connections with the people around you.

      Program:
      • Introduction to coaching
      • The 4Rs of coaching
      • The coaching tool: ROSA 1.0
      • Rapport: creating empowering relationships in minutesCoaching skills are a useful addition to any expert’s toolbox, not only to be able to lead ourselves and organize our own workload but most importantly to co-create and lead others towards valuable results. To be a skillful leader or a professional in your field you do not need to be an excellent coach – that can take years of practice – but we believe, and research supports, that a coaching mindset and approach will bring you far. The workshop is an excellent kick-start for anyone who is interested in coaching and wants to know more.

      Minna Janhonen

      Lean – Agile Coach

      Nitor

       

      Minna is a professional in organizational development, with a passion for building practices and culture that enhance agility, resiliency, and fluency at work.

      She has a firm background as a researcher and a strong experience in coaching people. She did her Ph.D. about knowledge sharing at teamwork (2010), and ever since, she has focused her energy on making teams and processes better.In her work, she is used to train and coach people in varying roles, leaders as well as teams, to improve their work. The regular topics in her work are servant leadership, self-organization, competence sharing, complexity, adaptivity, and resilience.

      Minna finds her mission in helping organizations take the next steps and expand from technical agile practices towards organizational agility and resilience.

      Minna is known for her common sense and research popularization skills. She is eager to write blog posts and loves transforming science into practice. She works at Nitor as a Lean & Agile Coach.

      If agility is not in the culture, it doesn’t exist - Thursday 2nd of April 14:30

      If agility is not adopted to an organization’s culture and visible as a shared way of thinking and acting, it actually doesn’t exist.Lean and agile way of working is drawing more and more attention as an organizing model that enhances better customer orientation, fluency of work, faster value delivery and better competitiveness.

      However, it’s very common that agility is only partially adopted in the organization – it touches only some parts of the organization, while rest follow different mindset. The organization uses many different organizing models at the same time. The agile teams’ release on demand and fast delivery capabilities are impaired by a hierarchical structure, slow decision making and rigid culture that don’t allow realizing the benefits of agility. Best value is gained when leaders and support functions, including human resource management, understand and adopt agility. Utilizing agility is a paradigm change that affects organizational structures, processes, people practices, strategy, and values as well as leadership and decision-making practices. So, what organization can do to adopt agility as a part of a culture? In this presentation, core organizational practices and values that support agility are presented. True agile culture is visible as no silos-mentality, autonomous teamwork, continuous learning, seeing employees as persons and not as resources, and agile strategy and values.

      Cara Bermingham

      Head of Agile Delivery

      Co-op Digital

       

      In past lives, Cara worked as an Agile Business analyst, Digital Producer, and a Programme Manager, but once she discovered the role of a team coach while working at the product design studio, she moved to coaching and didn’t look back. She’s been working for over a decade with digital products of all shapes and sizes, helping teams to form, perform and supporting them through the messy bits.

      The most interesting and fulfilling bits in her life are always the most painful, awkward and downright hard work. Being able to make a positive impact on others through the products and services we make or just how we work together as humans make it worth it.Cara now leads the Agile Delivery community at Co-op Digital, where she’s applying her experience to the digital transformation of the Co-op, supporting the teams with delivery and helping to grow the Agile capabilities and communities across the Co-op group.

      Human centred transformation - Thursday 2nd of April 13:30

      The Co-op is the largest consumer co-operative in the UK and nearly 200 years old. It is currently in the midst of a total digital transformation from top to bottom. As you can imagine, no two days are quite the same.This talk is about the many challenges we have faced along the way. From finding a shared language between agile and waterfall to setting up sustainable partnerships and communities of practice, it always seems to come back to people and not methodologies.You will learn how a people-first approach to transformation works in practice and why leaving preconceptions at the door and treating colleagues as humans first and a job role second gets people across the business excited about working together.There will be some things to take away and try, and if you are going through your own transformation, this will help you feel less alone.

      Josh Dahlberg

      Scrum master 

      ITHAKA

       

      Helping teams build products that solve problems is where Josh finds the most enjoyment. His background in music publishing and software development influence his approach to work in a way that supports both creativity and delivery. Outside the office, he enjoys experimenting with synthesizers, record shopping, and riding his bike around Detroit.

      The Agility of Motown Records - Thursday 2nd of April 11:45

      What can Motown Records teach us about agility? Can it be that Berry Gordy adopted business agility decades before the Agile Manifesto was authored? What lessons can we learn from how Motown empowered a creative class to build the highest quality products in their market space? In this talk, we’ll explore the principles of agile in the context of Motown Records, and dig into the parallels between Berry Gordy’s approach to releasing music and software development. Attendees will learn more about what made Motown unique for its time and how the practices of the label can improve the software and products we build for our customers today.

      Padmini Nidumolu

      Co-Founder

      Lean In Agile, Diversity Matters

       

      Padmini Nidumolu is the Co-founder of Lean In Agile for women in Lean and Agile spaces to amplify the voices of women and celebrate the journeys of thought leaders. She is an Enterprise Agile Coach and a meetup/Spiral organizer in the Washington DC metro area. She is a TEDx speaker and a frequent speaker at various Agile and business transformation conferences. She is a certified Business Agility Strategist and a certified trainer in several Agile and Scaled Agile courses She is a STEM coach for several school teams and is a huge proponent of women in STEM.

      Breaking internal barriers to accelerate - Thursday 2nd of April 10:45

      Women in Agile and Lean Leadership
      {When women support each other, incredible things happen}

      1. Lean In Agile (LIA) is a movement for women, by women and of women designed to amplify the voices, talents, and experiences of women within the Lean and Agile communities across the globe. As an international alliance, LIA connects women worldwide so that their experiences and expertise as Lean and Agile practitioners can be leveraged for these women to make a difference in the world for themselves and each other.
      2. Spirals are enabling groups of women who come together to offer to the group and seek from the group. Lean In Agile vision is to enable local communities to form and sustain these powerful groups across the globe. Natural leaders emerge from these groups supported by Spirals
      3. LIA100 is an initiative of Lean In Agile, to celebrate and share the journeys of phenomenal women in Lean and Agile spaces across the globe. Women often do not tell their own stories. This initiative identifies and brings the best stories to the community to amplify the voices of women

      Jaana Majakangas

      Technical project manager

      Gofore Oyj

       

      Jaana is IT professional that has been involved in all areas of software industry. She currently works as a technical project manager in Gofore. She has twenty+ years of experience in a variety of roles within the IT industry.

      Jaana has an agile mindset and her first touch to agility was in the beginning of the century while working for Nokia. Agility has been part of the daily work over a decade now. Jaana has completed several agile certificates from Scrum Alliance and Scale Agile to different roles in agile development.

      Last 8 years Jaana has been working on variety of public sector projects at Gofore. She has been solving agility issues hand in hand with the customer. These projects have been from various business areas and all closely tight to digitalisation and digital services, so making a big impact on society.

      Lessons learnt from public sector agile projects - Wednesday 1st of April 11:45

      Is agile transformation possible and can agile projects be successful in public sector? Yes, they can, but there are several pitfalls to avoid. In this talk we will share some of the things we have learnt from the public sector projects. Regardless of the domain, projects face similar challenges. We’ll also have some solutions or advice to these challenges.

      Virpi Einola-Pekkinen

      Head of Development

      Ministry of Finance

       

      Experienced Head of Development with a demonstrated history of working in the government administration. Skilled in Organisational Development, HRD, Strategy, and Networks. Strong activities and culture development professional with a Master of Education, Social Policy and Communication from Helsinki University.

      Towards agile, cross-sectoral, open minded and future orientented Government - Wednesday 1st of April 13:30

      Many societal problems, such as climate change and increasing social inequality, are complex and interdependent phenomena that should be examined more comprehensively than is presently done. The current siloed administration and the level of detail and microscale nature of legislation and budgeting, however, make it significantly harder to apply a cross-administrative, comprehensive approach. So-called ‘Phenomen -based’ orientation and a drive for agile, explorative ways of preparation are strongly needed. One concrete step towards a new ecosystem-platform is Work2.0Lab.

      Sasha Scott

      Project Lead, Digital Transformation Initiative

      European Broadcasting Union

       

      Sasha is a specialist in #DigitalTransformation, #Media&Society, # DigitalConsultancy, #MediaStrategy and #DigitalCulture. Proudly working to support Public Service Media with the European Broadcasting Union (EBU), the world’s leading alliance of Public Service Media (PSM) with 117 member organizations in 56 countries. As project Lead of the Digital Transformation Initiative, he provides consultancy, advise and training to EBU Members. Before joining the EBU, Sasha was an interdisciplinary academic researcher at Queen Mary University of London, and holds a Ph.D. in Media and Arts Technology.

      Agile in Public Service Media - Wednesday 1st of April 14:30

      Public Service Media (PSM) are in the eye of the storm: content and platform proliferation, competition from global tech giants, a crisis of trust, funding cuts, and political polarization. These issues all threaten the role PSM plays in a healthy society. As a result, PSM needs to be closer to their audiences than ever before: listening, learning, and adapting and improving its content and services. Whilst PSM tend to suffer extremes of legacy structures and processes, the public value mindset carries a huge potential for innovation, creativity, and an openness to change.At the EBU we have a unique macro European view, so I’ll be talking about how PSM is using agile methods and approaches as enablers for digital transformation.

      Olli-Pekka Heinonen

      Director General

      Finnish National Agency for Education

       

      Mr. Heinonen is Director General at the Finnish National Agency for Education. He has been Minister of Transport and Communications and Minister of Education and a Member of the Parliament of Finland. He has also worked as a Director in the Finnish Broadcasting Company.

      Unlearn or die! - Wednesday 1st of April 10:45

      Public service is full of assumptions that hinder us to concentrate on adding value to citizens. Most used procedures to increase operational efficiency in fact decrease it. Public service needs to reinvent itself to answer the crowing expectations of citizens and solve the wicked problems of our times.

      Katarzyna Wdaniec

      Enterprise Coach

      Equinor ASA

       

      Katarzyna is an Enterprise Coach in Equinor ASA, based in Stavanger, Norway.In her role, she coaches teams and leaders, creating a workplace that inspires, where people are enlivened, enthusiastic, and can’t wait to get there in the morning. She conducts experimental training and workshops through discovery-based learning. Her true passion is facilitation and sharing knowledge on how to enhance a team’s effectiveness with great facilitation. She believes that one of the most important factors in building a high-performing team is Facilitator abilities and skills.

      Organizing for agility in Equinor - international energy company - Wednesday 1st of April 14:30

      ​You know what an Agile organization is and why Business Agility is important. In reality, however, figuring out how to achieve Business Agility is a difficult process. Consequently, turning the largest Nordic company into an Agile organization is an immense challenge. Equinor (formerly Statoil) is present in more than 30 countries around the world, with 20.245 employees worldwide. This energy company with a proud history took its first step into Agile transformation in 2013. Five years later they learned transformation is not an event. It is a journey designed to achieve high impact at two levels – individual and organizational.Katarzyna will talk you through the S-Curve of product growth and how Design Thinking, Agile and Lean fit together in Equinor. You will also find out how to enable Business Agility, based on Equinor’s Agile@Scale model.This talk is addressed to Leaders and Executives, Coaches and anyone interested in Agile transformation efforts, failures and successes of the largest Nordic company.

      Markus Vartiovaara

      Director, Business Transformation

      OP Corporate Bank

       

      Markus Vartiovaara has a career in the management of large corporations, such as OP Financial Group, Telia, Nasdaq and Euroclear Finland. His past responsibilities include business management, account management, IT and product development, program management and ICT strategy. He is currently accountable for the agile transformation in OP Corporate Bank.

      Markus has 20 years of experience in both theory and practice. He spent a year in Saudi Arabia managing the delivery of a stock exchange system. In Telia he was responsible for the group’s project management methodology and building project culture in Nordics. He has managed various service and product portfolios with vendors and partners. In OP Corporate Bank he initiated and implemented the first SAFe trains.

      Based on his experience, agility is vital for all successful businesses, but large corporations often struggle with siloed, bureaucratic and hierarchical organization. While agility is the norm in product development, business lines for sales, customer service and business operations have typically separate processes and way of working.

      “In the end, business agility is about putting employees and customers to the spotlight.”, Markus summarizes. “I look forward to sharing our experiences that I hope encourage and inspire other companies on their agile journeys.”

      Agile business transformation end-to-end Wednesday 1st of April 13:30

      OP Financial Group is undergoing a significant change in terms of mindset and operating culture. Our transformation aims to improve employee experience, customer experience, and productivity.

      What I believe makes the OP Corporate Bank’s transformation unique is the scope of the change. Our business areas, or tribes as we call them, are responsible for their customer journeys which cover not only product development but also sales and customer operations. The tribes are further organized into agile teams in all areas.

      Based on my experience, agility can be implemented up to some point using common good practices but beyond that you must build your own culture and operating model. Our employees are part of the leadership creating a totally different corporate culture. My ambition is to encourage and inspire the audience by sharing our experiences related to e.g. business agility, culture, and leadership.

      Sakke Mustonen

      Head of UX and Digital Service Design

      Talent Base

      Sakke Mustonen is a hands-on agile coach and UX/Service Design lead with 20 years of experience. Sakke works at Talent Base, an independent house of expertise accelerating top digital transformation journeys in the Nordic. Sakke works in the epicenter of Venn diagram of business, data, development, operations and end-user needs, driving for change and deploying an effective way of working to get digital businesses right.

      Design thinking as agile accelerator - Wednesday 1st of April 11:45

      By now, Design Thinking has earned its place in the vocabulary of digital transformation. Lately it has been elevated as a visible part of many large scale agile delivery frameworks. However, Design Thinking is still often considered as a responsibility of a few dedicated roles, and not all frameworks are providing concrete, pragmatic guidelines on how to apply and scale Design Thinking through the daily end-to-end toolset of a lean organisation as a whole.If you are interested in hearing about field-tested methods and tools beyond frameworks, join this inspiring presentation to learn and discuss how Design Thinking can help your organisation to reach true user centric agility. You will learn how to apply Design Thinking in keeping your end-users in the centre, inducing more motivated teams, tackling complexity, managing risks, and prioritising more accurately. Design Thinking should not be a privilege of your dedicated UX- or Service Design team only – come and learn how to elevate Design Thinking to become a valuable part of the whole journey from portfolio management to team-level problem solving.

      Priya Patra

      Program Manager

      Capgemini Technology Services India Ltd.

      Priya is a mother of two, Author, Blogger, Women Empower believer, Dreamer, Creator, and a Futurist An Agile Evangelist and a Program Manager spearheading Digital transformation, digital quality assurance, and quality engineering program for a large conglomerate in Lifesciences domain.

      She Leads Agile Community Of Practice with Capgemini 546 members, across 40 countries evangelizing Agile practices across all levels in the organization. She is a speaker for national and international conferences on IoT, Agile and Project Management. When she is not working, she dreams about the future of work, and its impact on projects. Her views are expressed through blogs on

      projectmanagement.com

      #AgileW2W #futureofPMWork #SpeakerPriya

      A Chronicle of digital transformation with strategic storytelling - Wednesday 1st of April 10:45

      Digital disruption is changing the world in which we live and work. New technologies have created new markets that, in turn, create new customers and new competitors. And those customers and competitors are driving new expectations.

      Digital transformation is a natural progression from traditional business transformation, one more suited to the modern world.

      For a digital transformation to be successful, we need a high level of employee and customer buy-in. Resistance to change can derail even the most carefully planned digital strategy and leave investments in flames. We need absolute clarity about digital’s demands, galvanized leadership, unparalleled agility, and the resolve to bet boldly.

      Storytelling has always been central to human experience – it’s how we explain and make sense of the world. It takes intuitiveness and empathy on the part of the storyteller to connect with the audience.

      Effective storytelling can catch our attention and help us to apprehend the world while touching us, makes it a powerful tool and a valuable instrument for leaders.

      Can leaders leverage this craft element of strategic storytelling to be the key to achieving employee and customer buy-in for digital transformation?

      Can we motivate our workforce through strategic storytelling and make them believe in the desired outcome, and see what’s in it for them?

      Can business narratives enhance collaboration and innovation which is required for the success of digital transformation?

      In this session, I will discuss how we have leveraged strategic storytelling to

      1. Communicate vision

      2. Transmit Knowledge and Understanding

      3. Improve collaboration and Innovation

      Amir Elkabir

      Program Manager, Team Lead

      AT&T

      Amir Elkabir is an experienced Program Manager, working in a global multi-cultural environment, with nearly 20 years of experience in management, customer facing roles, and system implementation.

      Currently, as head of Program Management in the Entertainment business line at AT&T Israel, Amir leads a major multisite software delivery operation overseeing various projects practicing Agile at Scale across multiple geographical locations.

      Previously, working at companies in the Fintech industry, Amir led the project responsibilities and business development for strategic accounts. He managed software implementations and business partnerships with top-tier banks worldwide. Prior to this, Amir assumed several managerial roles in the semiconductors industry, involving complex multidisciplinary systems with a global install base and was positioned in the US and Korea.

      Amir is a member of the Agile at Scale Israeli forum, a guest panel adviser of the MBA program at the Israel Institute of Technology, and founder of the Project Management guild at AT&T.

      Our SAFe journey to follow the sun - Thursday 2nd of April 14:30

      This is an incredible study about a major Program transformation and the way it evolved into a massive global delivery machine. Over the last 3 years, we have been studying and applying the key practices for managing global teams effectively, turning a disadvantage into an advantage.

      With teams practicing Agile at scale distributed across 5 global locations, delivering fast and frequent software, and hundreds of employees, this study reveals our model for structuring and executing change from the ground up.

      Emmi Sallinen

      Scrum master

      Finnair

      Emmi is passionate scrum master with excellent people skills. She believes in the power of teams and does not shy to challenge teams in order to help them to grow together while pushing herself to learn more all the time. Emmi’s colleagues describe her as trustworthy, disciplined and easy to approach scrum master who creates positive energy around her. She gets excited about experimenting new things, learning more about people and airline industry itself. Currently Emmi works as a scrum master in Finnair.com development. Before Finnair Emmi has been consultant working as UI tester and product owner.

      Focus on essential - Agile at Finnair - Thursday 2nd of April 13:30

      We will tell the story of Finnair’s agile journey in digital service creation: what has happened when you implement agile development in a 96 years old company, how we have brought focus to our development, what kind of mistakes and learnings we have made and how this reflects to our stakeholders and development teams everyday work and feelings.Finnair has been lucky to have key people with a strong belief in agile development. Key-value in our presentation is to tell how we have given the space to our organization’s agile growth and building the trust between different business areas and development teams. The presentation will include stories about pain, frustration, happiness, good laughs and more.

      Suvi Ihaksi

      Agile Program Manager

      Finnair

      Suvi Ihaksi is a practitioner and experimenter of agile methods. As the Agile Program Manager at Finnair, Suvi has established agile ways of working and portfolio management practices in digital solutions development, resulting in faster development cycles and the ability to react rapidly to constantly changing customer expectations. In addition, Suvi leads the scrum master and service design teams and is a go-to person in agile practices for other Finnair colleagues. Before Finnair Suvi has been leading development programs and worked in product management in Nokia.

      Focus on essential - Agile at Finnair - Thursday 2nd of April 13:30

      We will tell the story of Finnair’s agile journey in digital service creation: what has happened when you implement agile development in a 96 years old company, how we have brought focus to our development, what kind of mistakes and learnings we have made and how this reflects to our stakeholders and development teams everyday work and feelings.Finnair has been lucky to have key people with a strong belief in agile development. Key-value in our presentation is to tell how we have given the space to our organization’s agile growth and building the trust between different business areas and development teams. The presentation will include stories about pain, frustration, happiness, good laughs and more.

      Katja Kuusikumpu

      Principal Quality Engineer

      F-Secure

      During her twenty years in the software industry, Katja has consulted, built, managed, and tested everything from cargo transportation systems and firmware to cloud-native services and mobile apps. Having built so much software and then spent even more time making that software fail spectacularly, she moved on to transforming organizations to lean, mean cloud machines. Currently, Katja oversees R&D quality assurance for consumer products at F-Secure Corporation, encouraging engineers to be as inventive and as destructive as they can with their software. In her free time, Katja enjoys nuclear accidents, opera, and stabbing people with swords.g to make the work more efficient.

      5+1 Awful Truths About Culture Change - Thursday 2nd of April 11:45

      So let’s say you have transformed your team to full-on Agile. It’s working, you are energized and your team is producing fantastic results at an accelerated pace. The management says, “More! Let’s scale up!” And you say go.

      But scaling agile is not just a matter of educating people and buying more Post-It notes. It’s a cultural change that can fail in new and exciting ways. In this talk, I go through very concrete examples from an 18-month, three-team change. With the examples, I work my way through the five (plus one bonus) culture potholes I fell into so that you can be more prepared for them than I ever was.

      Sari Hildén

      Head of Transformation and Development

      Posti

      Sari has over 20 years of experience in the development of processes and practices in a software business. For the last years, she has been working in big companies to develop them into lean-agile enterprises by using agile practices, simple processes and introducing the tools that support the best practices. She is studying the opportunities the artificial intelligence and robotics are providing to make the work more efficient.

      Posti Transformation to Lean-Agile Enterprise - Thursday 2nd of April 10:45

      Within this presentation, you’ll learn what it requires to change a large enterprise operating in a traditional business to address the challenges of the changing world to be competitive, efficient, profitable and attractive for the employees. You’ll get practical information, what are the steps done in Posti, challenges met and how they have been resolved during the journey.

      Aleksandra Pyta

      Senior Project Manager / Team Leader

      NetGuru

      Aleksandra Pyta is a Senior Project Manager and Team Leader at Netguru. She manages a portfolio of over 20 projects which involve around 100 people.Her main passion is growing: herself and people around her. And when it comes to growing herself – she’s addicted to reading and is a certified PSPO I, PSM I, PSM II.She loves collecting new experiences and traveling the world – and what she loves the most is combining these two. She spent some time in Denmark, where she polished her communication skills in a Marketing Management course. Then she calculated the perfect pressure in steam boilers and transmission line losses during her studies at Poznań & Warsaw University of Technology. She also spent a few months in Pittsburgh Pennsylvania, preparing documentation for a III+ generation AP1000 reactor and enjoying hot-dogs at Pittsburgh Pirates baseball games.

      User Story Mapping: Secret Weapon in the Daily Struggle against Scope Creep - Wednesday 1st of April 14:30

      How to control the constantly growing scope of the project? What to do when the Product Owner is inexperienced, does not have a coherent product vision and gives the team conflicting information? One can (a) panic, (b) get lost in a constant flow of chaotic request and requirements, (c) push team do more when they seem to know less with every single day. I know this well, I did all of those. But then I tried something else that saved us from a certain catastrophe.On the example of one of the projects from my portfolio I will show you how introducing story mapping in the middle of the project:
      – allowed to specify the shape and scope of the product
      – provided a common language for the PO and the Team,
      – saved the project from being killed by the scope creep,
      – inspired the Product Owner to dig deeper into product developmentI will show you that this tool can be used not only to create a vision of a product at the beginning of the PO x Dev Team cooperation but if you missed that ship you can still get onboard also later on to reap some benefits.

      Thierry de Pauw

      Continuous Delivery advocate

      PaxFamilia

      Thierry is Engineering Lead at the fintech startup PaxFamilia.On the side, he founded ThinkingLabs where he advises organisations in the adoption of Continuous Integration and Continuous Delivery.Thierry is a lean software engineer, CI/CD advocate and jack-of-all-trades with a passion to help teams create meaningful software, having a keen eye for code quality and the software delivery process, from customer interaction to continuous delivery. Instead of balancing quality & delivery, he believes and practices that better quality is actually a way to more and better deliveries.In 2019 Thierry organised the CITCON – Continuous Integration and Testing unconference in Ghent, Belgium.

      15 teams, 1 monolith and 4 months to achieve Continuous Delivery - Wednesday 1st of April 13:30

      15 teams, 1 shared monolith, 1 release every 6 months, and product demand for 1 release every 2 weeks. How do you know where to start with Continuous Delivery, when you’re surrounded by technology and organisational challenges?

      This is the journey of 15 teams and their 1 shared monolith, at a federal Belgian agency. They increased their throughput from bi-annual releases to fortnightly releases in under 4 months, achieving a state of Continuous Delivery.

      I’ll cover how we used the Improvement Kata, Value Stream Mapping, and the Theory Of Constraints to choose which changes to apply first, and kickstart the organisational changes we needed to improve quality and drive down lead times.

      If you thought Continuous Delivery was just for the happy few having trendy microservices, think again!

      Oleg Fedorov

      Principal Architect

      F-Secure

      I’ve started my career as a Game Developer. There were two of us, then we grew to 5 and then to 50. I was leading development there and while we grew as a company, we learned together, we tried different methodologies and ways of working but most importantly – we were delivering new games all the time.
      After 10 years in game industry, I’ve moved to a different domain and work currently at F-Secure, doing security software development. I’m an Architect by title but Software Engineer in my heart.
      I love to develop, deliver and support software and do everything in my power to do it fast and right.

      Working without a product owner, a developers perspective - Wednesday 1st of April 11:45

      I am a Developer, not a coder.

      I don’t want to execute orders. I want to make an impact with my work.

      I don’t care and don’t think about methodologies much as long as they let me do my work well.Joshua Kerievsky once said in his article “Customer obsessed teams don’t have product owners”: The choice of what to build or fix is hard. It requires the insights of many to do it well. If you want to do it poorly, delegate all of this work to a single Product Owner (PO).

      Installing a PO turns a team of intelligent people into “orderneers” — engineers who take orders.Mary Poppendieck, author of many outstanding books on Lean Software Development, said, “Delegating decisions about what to build to a single Product Owner is outsourcing the most important work of the development team to a person who is unlikely to have the skills or knowledge to make really good decisions.”But still most of the teams do have a product owner. They do outsource most important work to “people who know better” and don’t trust themselves to make right decisions.In this talk, I want to tell a story about one team which decided to try a short 3 month experiment in which product owner role was removed.

      I want to tell what we learned in 3 months, in 1 year and what we are learning constantly from this ongoing experiment. A bit of context: this team does not work alone but is a part of a big project at F-Secure. The project is creating an Antivirus for multiple platforms. It has several different backends, portals and tens of teams contributing from across the globe (at least 3 major sites).

      Marit van Dijk

      Software Engineer

      bol.com

      Marit van Dijk has almost 20 years of experience in software development in different roles and companies. She loves building awesome software with amazing people, and is an open source core contributor to Cucumber. She enjoys learning new things, as well as sharing knowledge on test automation, Cucumber/BDD and software engineering and blogs at https://medium.com/@mlvandijk. Marit is currently employed at bol.com.

      What to do when your automated tests start to slow you down - Wednesday 1st of April 10:45

      Contract testing is an increasingly popular approach to make sure different services work well together and don’t break agreed upon contracts between services. The team I joined last year was using Spring Cloud Contract Testing as a tool for this.But with 206 contracts for only 15 other services, the contracts weren’t used for their intended goal of making sure the mocks we test against are valid responses of other services; they were used to test different scenarios inside our own service. To make things worse, the other services were not even using the contacts to make sure they didn’t break their API; we had no guarantee these contracts were valid! The time waiting for these tests to run became a pain point. The “contracts” were just expensive mocks; time consuming to initialize, run and maintain.In this talk, I will tell you how we replaced unreliable and time-consuming tests with faster tests and faster mocks, while increasing test coverage and decreasing our build time. You will learn how to look at your testing needs and your architecture, designing automated tests as feedback mechanisms that provide the right information at the right time, by using the right place for each test rather than adding tests into default boxes. This might help you think about your test strategy, and what to test where and how.

      Briana Romero

      Service Designer

      Intergalactico / Nordcloud

      Briana Romero is originally from Northern California and has been living in Helsinki, Finland nine years. She works as a service designer in the technology industry and has a educational background in sustainability. She has an MA is creative sustainability from Aalto University and a BFA in art from San Jose State University, CA. She is also cloud practitioner certified. She enjoys dancing, traveling, and learning new things. She is also a fine artist and enjoys nature.

      Why care about sustainability? We do digital stuff. - Thursday 2nd of April 14:30

      What is the purpose of sustainability if technology is sustainable… Wait is it? How come we are developing services without thinking of the longevity of them, or the effect on the people who matter the most; our users. Service designers often create persona’s in their work to drive their design.What is the persona of the earth now, and in 50 years if we were to think of them as our end user? Most likely sustainability is left out of the development phase due to money, or neither client or company demands. Let’s break down sustainability into parts : economical, environmental and social. Let’s think of systems thinking, circular economy and digital preservation. Let’s build products while attempting to preserve our communities and the environment.

      If we are agile how can we slow down to think of sustainability as an essential design strategy for the future? How can we think quick and agile while smart about the environment and our users? Is it possible to be agile as well as sustainable? Are we the heroes of our tech future or the destroyers?

      Kristiina Härkönen

      Chief Sustainability Officer

      Gofore Plc

      Kristiina works in Gofore as Chief Sustainability Officer and finds herself in her dream job. She has always been passionate about how to build a better future for people and the planet.

      Technology and digitalization can be important factors in solving some of our time’s biggest challenges. In some respects, they are also their causes. Technology itself is neutral, us, the people must decide how to use it and what are the goals for which we use our limited brain capital. It is also imperative that companies understand their responsibility in creating a more sustainable future.

      Kristiina has worked in Gofore since 2003 and during that time has seen the company grow from five people to six hundred. She has worked as a software developer, project manager, architecture and project management consultant, in sales and as a business director. She is happiest when walking in the forest with her dog.

      The meaning of sustainability in IT company - Thursday 2nd of April 13:30

      When talking about sustainability, technology is a double-edged sword. In the history of mankind it has caused many problems but often given us new solutions and hope. Now in era of environmental crisis it is time to decide what we are going to do with our technology, what problems we are going to solve and how.

      Digitalization has great potential to help with our time’s biggest threats like the climate crisis. The major and most hope provoking megatrends like the circular economy are not possible without the help of technology. We, the people working in IT companies, could have a much bigger handprint in working towards sustainable development goals. Therefore, when talking about sustainability, if we are just focusing on things related to our environmental or societal footprint, for example our own office energy consumption and recycling or our responsibilities as an employer, we are missing the bigger picture. Of course, being responsible for our footprint is important, but one might argue it is just a drop in the ocean compared to our potential handprint through the software and services that we provide.

      Speaking out loud about the opportunities and threats is our responsibility as IT specialists. Being innovative and really making a difference are great motivators to every human being. As sustainable employers we need to provide our people the opportunity to work in projects they find meaningful. It is also our societal responsibility. Our success depends on an educated workforce that society provides. Building things that are good for society and the environment is way of giving back.

      Adopting a sustainability mindset is both a strength and an opportunity for a company. Our employees, customers and investors are expecting it from us. Success in the future comes to those that have solutions to the biggest challenges of our time.

      Ari-Pekka Skarp

      Organizational Psychologist

      OP

      Ari-Pekka is Organizational Psychologist, Master of Engineering and Author of books about Philosophy of mind, Complexity in organizations and Contemplative practices. He has been working with organizations for more than 20 years. Currently he works as senior Agile Coach at OP.

      Laboratory of Mind at Work - Thursday 2nd of April 11:45

      Socially complex knowledge work requires superior abilities for Focus, Creativity and Co-operation. Otherwise we might get caught in dysfunctional habitual patterns of mind. In this Laboratory of Mind we will explore the skills of mind that we need to develop in order to promote wellbeing and efficiency in our work-life. Drawing form psychology and contemplative traditions, we will find practical tools for enhancing our capacity to find Concentration, Clarity and Compassion in our demanding work and social relations.

      Jussi Hölttä

      Social Engineer

      Interbeing

      Jussi is an entrepreneur, coach (ICF ACC), facilitator, engineer and mindfulness teacher. Sometimes all at the same time.

      His first career was as a software engineer in contexts with wildly varying degrees of agility. Today he focuses on enabling and improving continuous learning in individuals and organizations. His personal side quest is learning Everything.

      He is the author of the Learn 24/7 Workbook and the Social Rules -Ideapakka. He is also known in Agile Finland as one of the organizers of the Coaching Circle in Helsinki and the Agile Coaching Camp in Finland.

      Working without Stress and Fear - Thursday 2nd of April 10:45

      Chronic hurrying, interruptions and hassle make work miserable. In theory, agile principles and practices tackle these issues. In practice, we need more Practice.

      We’ve created this culture of hurry ourselves, and we can let it go.

      For the past 7 years I’ve immersed myself in the science and practice of being human and the science is clear. Collaboration, learning and creativity are all dependent on people being present, well rested and in a slightly positive mood.

      Hurrying is not only harmful for our health, it also destroys our working efficiency and especially effectiveness. And in the long term kills both people and companies.

      Retrospectives help us reflect on the past, planning look into the future, but the only time we have to do the work is now. To continuously improve we need to create the space for learning not only in our processes, but also in ourselves.

      Jennifer Fawcett

      Retired, consultant

      Jennifer is an empathetic lean and agile leader, practitioner, coach, speaker, and consultant. Her passion and focus has been in delivering value in the workplace and by creating communities and culture through effective product management, product ownership, executive portfolio coaching and leadership. She has provided dedicated service in these areas to technology companies for over 35 years.Jennifer was a contributor and developer of content and courseware for the Scaled Agile Framework® (SAFe), and is a SAFe Fellow. Jennifer spent several years in product management and product ownership at Tendril (now Uplight) and Rational Software (now IBM-Rational). She has also spent a significant portion of her career as a consultant, providing senior-level lean and agile product management, product marketing, corporate visioning, architecture, process expertise, and hands-on development to many of the Global 2000. She lives in Boulder Colorado, where she works and plays near the majestic and inspiring Rocky Mountains.

      The Science of Empathy: Practical ways to Foster Innovation - Keynote Wednesday 1st of April 14:45

      This keynote will explore the science behind empathy and why it is important to business. Jennifer Fawcett, student and practitioner of empathy, will describe its role in her personal and professional life. The audience will discover how it fuels the most successful companies and creates diverse working environments that people love. We’ll also explore a set of practices that you can use to create empathetic organizations that stimulates design thinking, enables innovation, and ultimately, social responsibility. The audience will leave inspired with techniques to apply empathy to their own business.

      Key topics explored include:

      • Why empathy rules relationships, through awareness and safety
      • How empathy creates synergies for design thinking and innovation
      • Values, and how different empathy levels are strengthened
      • Practical tips for evolving empathy

      Nina Laaksonen

      Director, Agile Transformation

      Nokia Software

      Nina is seasoned leader with background in software development, project management, product management and various leadership roles in R&D and Services. For the past year Nina has been leading the Agile Transformation in Nokia Software, with around 45 launched ART’s as of today.

      Agile Transformation at Scale. Case: Nokia Software - Keynote Thursday 2nd of April 9:00

      Agile Transformation is not only a software developer thingy. A successful agile transformation requires the full organizational support. In this presentation you will learn about the Nokia Software Agile Transformation journey. The journey started in 2018 with multiple Agile development teams practicing diverse flavors of agile methods. Today we have 40+ Agile Release Trains and enhancing towards Enterprise level agility by following the SAFe guidance.

      Henrik Kniberg

      Agile & Lean coach

      Henrik is an Agile & Lean coach based in Stockholm. He enjoys helping companies succeed with both the technical and human sides of sofware development. During the past two decades Henrik has been CTO of three Swedish IT companies and helped dozens more get started with Agile and Lean software development. Henrik currently divides his time between hands-on coaching and training. He works regularly with Jeff Sutherland, Mary Poppendieck, Alistair Cockburn, and other internationally recognized thought leaders. Henrik’s books have over 500,000 readers, have been translated to 12 languages, and are used as the primary guide to Agile and Lean software development by hundreds of companies worldwide.
      Henrik is regularly engaged as keynote speaker at international conferences on Agile & Lean software development.

      Confessions of a change agent - Keynot Thursday 2nd of April 15:45

      Agile is all about change and continuous improvement, so we are all change agents. But how does organizational change actually happen? It’s rarely as pretty and simple as in the books. In this talk I’ll share some stories and tricks of the trade, as well as common misconceptions and pitfalls. I offer no silver bullets – just some hard-earned experiences that may help you improve as a change agent.

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