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AgileDC 2014 will be held on October 21, 2014 at the Kellogg Conference Center at Gallaudet University. 

We are very excited to announce our Keynote Speaker, Max Keeler, Head of Global Operations at The Motley Fool, and his Keynote Speech “A Fool’s Errand: Agile implementation and evolution the The Motley Fool”!

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Thoughts from Speakers

Q. How has Agile changed?
A. The thinking and methods of how to incorporate Agile into complex, multi-systems, multi-value chain technology implementations of large organizations has greatly evolved.

Kimberley Parsons, Leadership & Team Coach, Created For Greatness, LLC

Thoughts from Speakers

Q. How has your view of Agile changed over time?
A. My initial focus was on how to execute the practices properly. Now I focus on the values and the “why,” to better achieve the intended benefit.

John Hughes, Strategist & Agile Coach, Blackstone Technologies

Thoughts from Speakers

Q. What do most people get "Wrong" about Agile?
A. Most people consider agile to be a set of practices which they blindly follow, such as daily standups, retrospectives, and Burndown charts. These are only the chosen implementations of the path to being agile. Without a focus on the principles and values teams will not likely ever “be” agile.

John Hughes, Strategist & Agile Coach, Blackstone Technologies

Thoughts from Speakers

Q. What do most people get "Wrong" about Agile?
A. Most people consider agile to be a set of practices which they blindly follow, such as daily standups, retrospectives, and Burndown charts. These are only the chosen implementations of the path to being agile. Without a focus on the principles and values teams will not likely ever “be” agile.

John Hughes, Strategist & Agile Coach, Blackstone Technologies

Thoughts from Speakers

Q. What is the next big thing in Agile?
A. Scaling agile and lean practices to the enterprise in order to "continuously steer", to make our efforts to continuously develop, test, and deliver not only possible but more effective.

Amy Siberbaur, Solution Architect, Enterprise Scaled Agile (SAFe), Strategic DevOps, IBM

Thoughts from Speakers

Q. What do most people get "Wrong" about Agile?
A. Two critical things: (1) Agile and Planning don't mix; (2) Agile and Traditional don't mix!

Amy Siberbaur, Solution Architect, Enterprise Scaled Agile (SAFe), Strategic DevOps, IBM

Thoughts from Speakers

Q. What do most people get "Wrong" about Agile?
A. Navigating the change curve and retooling of leaders to be effective with the new face of leadership in an agile environment.

Kimberley Parsons, Leadership & Team Coach, Created For Greatness, LLC

Thoughts from Speakers

Q. What do most people get "Wrong" about Agile?
A. Many people fall into the trap of implementing agile as a "cookie cutter" set of practices and processes. Agility is all about responding to change and we can't expect that a "1 size fits all" approach will lead you to success. An "off the shelf" approach, such as Scrum, is a great place to start, but you need to follow that up quickly with improvements and refinements based on feedback from people on the team.

John Sextro, Agile Expert & Coach, 9 Principles

Thoughts from Speakers

Q. What is the next big thing in Agile?
A. I wish I knew, but I'm not sure. What I am sure of, is that the next big thing in agile will come from members of communities, such as AgileDC, while they are working in the trenches, finding new ways to improve and innovate on this ground breaking approach to software development. "Necessity is the mother of invention" ~Plato

John Sextro, Agile Expert & Coach, 9 Principles

Thoughts from Speakers

Q. What do most people get "wrong" about Agile?
A. Getting a few Agile ceremonies in place, and then considering Agile to be "done."

David Kane, Agile Coach, Santeon

Thoughts from Speakers

Q. How has your view of Agile changed over time?
A. It has broadened, both in terms of what it means to be Agile, and where it is valuable to be Agile.

David Kane, Agile Coach, Santeon

Thoughts from Speakers

Q. What do most people get "wrong" about Agile?
A. A lot of people are still trying to "do" Agile instead of becoming Agile. It's not about getting trained or buying a fancy new board—it's about changing the way you think.

Carlos Lopes, Software Dude, Thoughtworks

Thoughts from Speakers

Q. How has your view of Agile changed over time?
A. Agile is harder to get right than I originally thought. The concepts are simple, but organizational change is hard.

Sara Handel, Principal Consultant, Business Intelligence Lead, Excella Consulting

Thoughts from Speakers

Q. What do most people get "wrong" about Agile?
A. Most people think that Agile = faster. Results from an Agile project may or may not be faster, but they will be smarter due to the focus on business value.

Sara Handel, Principal Consultant, Business Intelligence Lead, Excella Consulting

Thoughts from Speakers

Q. What is the next big thing in Agile?
A. The potential for Agile techniques to reach everyday, mainstream adoption beyond the world of software is very exciting. Agile mindsets and frameworks are transferrable to other aspects of human activity so it will be really interesting to see how Agile can lend new perspectives to existing systems. People can use Kanban for household chores. Parents can have retrospectives with their children to gain lessons learned. Governments can reduce waste by taking lean or experimental approaches to policy and spending decisions. The possibilities are endless and I feel like we're only scratching the surface.

Matt Phillips, Director of Project Management, Appia, Inc.

AgileDC: Of the people, by the people, for the people
But what does that really mean? AgileDC is the largest Agile community organized event in the Washington DC metro area. So, not only does a group of Agile folks come together to organize the event (everything from vetting white papers to planning & logistics to marketing), but Speakers share their time, expertise, and invaluable experiences so that others can benefit from their successes (they even pay for their own travel expenses!), and a generous group of Sponsors donate the greenbacks to help make it all happen. All proceeds are then donated to charities chosen by the volunteers. How cool is that!
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