Agile 2019

Washington, DC
August 5, 2019
August 9, 2019
Our annual North American conference is dedicated to furthering Agile principles and providing a venue for people and ideas to flourish. This is where the Agile tribes meet!
May I Help You Find Something - A Journey of Enterprise Business Agility

August 5, 2019  |  3:45pm - 5:00pm
Are you ready for your Enterprise Agility journey? Let’s take a look! Becoming Agile and getting to Enterprise Agility is a journey of incremental progress where, as with other journeys, you’ll explore, discover, experiment, and learn - at your own pace and in a way that's right for your Enterprise.

In this presentation, we’ll travel together through journeys taken by Target Marketing business teams that are becoming Agile. We’ll join them as they progress from Team and Product Agility into Strategic Agility and enter into Enterprise Agility as we envision it. We’ll see teams operating in various frameworks including Scrum, Kanban, Scrumban (hybrid), and experimental groups forming practice squads and guilds to deliver what’s new and next for Target Guests.

Anchoring to the Agile Values and Principles, these teams are developing empathetic, trusting, and collaborative relationships within their teams and across organizational pyramids. We'll see how delivering valuable outcomes early, often, and beyond expectations helps drive engagement with Executive Leadership. And we'll share some of the signals that indicate that your Enterprise is advancing toward Business Agility such as our Coach-in-Training experiment that enables teams to continue along their learning journey once they've skilled up in our internal immersive learning environment.

Being a leader in an industry means having trend-setting strategies, leadership and products that adapt to change, and making guest-centric decisions. Today’s industry leaders must be agile – ultimately across their Enterprise. Tom Diedrich and Chris Diller, Lead Agile Coaches at Target, will share stories of Marketing teams’ journeys and outline an ongoing approach in pursuit of Enterprise Business Agility at a large corporation.

Tom Diedrich Lead Agile Coach

Began coaching in 2017 following 2+ years as Scrum Master. 30+ years developing IT solutions. Passionate about cultivating ideas, moving them into experiments, and leveraging those learnings with my teams. Developed the Agile Principles Learning Tool posters to help teams understand the foundations of working in Agile and an Active Listening Workshop as a method of communicating with empathy for and among each other.

Save the World, Save Your Team - Shifting Mindsets through Cooperative Board Gaming

August 6, 2019  |  2:00pm - 3:15pm

'Can you save humanity? You and your team are the only things standing in the way of deadly diseases that threaten the world. The fate of humanity is in your hands.'- description of 'Pandemic' from Z-Man Games

Game on! But can a game really teach me something about being Agile? How can a board game save my team?

In this interactive workshop, we'll explore how cooperative board gaming relates to the work of Agile teams. We'll dive head-first into the Agile nature of 'Pandemic' through gameplay in small groups and then retrospect to identify similarities and differences between cooperative board gaming and Agile team behaviors. We'll discover how the patterns observed during gameplay can be used to help identify possible dysfunction within your team. You will leave this session with the ability to use cooperative board gaming with your own teams to inspire new ways of thinking, shift mindsets, and increase team engagement.

Chris Diller Senior Agile Coach

Chris is a Certified Scrum Professional and practicing Agile Coach at Target. He's been involved in developing software since 2006 as an embedded software developer, project leader, ScrumMaster, and Agile Coach, but has found a 'home' with Scrum and Agile since 2013. Chris has a passion for delivering working software early and often, while coaching his development teams to adopt practices such as XP and CI/CD to delight customers. He enjoys working with Product Owners to help them focus on customer outcomes instead of team output and to truly embrace owning a product. He seeks out opportunities to be a champion of Scrum and Agile values within his organization and mentor other Scrum Masters. Chris currently holds the CSP-SM, CSP-PO, A-CSM, CSM, and CSPO certifications. He works continuously to improve his skills by attending local user groups, reading books and blogs from industry experts, listening to podcasts, and attending webinars. He has been a member of the Scrum Alliance's North American Gathering Team since 2017, responsible for planning the program for the Global Scrum Gatherings, including upcoming Gatherings in Austin (May 2019) and New York (2020). Chris enjoys sailing, golfing, bowling, cheering for the Packers and, most of all, spending time with his wife and two young daughters. He is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin and lives in the Twin Cities.