AgileDC 2014

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. What do most people get "Wrong" about Agile?
A. Making it about amount of work or dedication level rather than producing a valuable product that satisfies the customer.

Leslie Lowman, Senior Consultant, CC Pace

Thoughts from Speakers

Q. What is the next big thing in Agile?
A. How to manage expectations of supporting teams that are more defined in nature and adhere very heavily to those characteristics and will not change, even with SAFe.

Leslie Lowman, Senior Consultant, CC Pace

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?
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?
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

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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