San Diego, California
August 6, 2018
August 10, 2018
The annual North American conference is dedicated to furthering Agile principles and providing a venue for people and ideas to flourish.
Experiment Gone Right! (TDD Mobbing Workshop)

August 7, 2018  |  3:45pm

Imagine the ideal solution - sleek, intuitive, maintainable. Imagine the model team - cross-functional, customer focused, value driven. Now add a dose of reality. Deadlines are looming, shared understanding is deprioritized, distractions are rampant, corners are cut, maximize output (not outcomes) is emphasized. How are you suppose to continuously improve towards either of those visions, let alone both? In short, it's a journey, and you need to figure out a way to take that first step.

The Target Dojo (immersive learning environment) has harnessed the power of test-driven development (TDD) and mob programming (mobbing) into a journey jump-starting workshop. The workshop promotes the mindset behind the practices, prioritizes practical application using a team's work vs. static examples/exercises, and reinforces frequent, quality deliverables and stable, high-performing teams as the backbone to a healthy product.

This session will cover the following:

  • How we engage and obtain buy-in from the entire team (developers, product owners, scrum masters, and leaders) to try TDD and mobbing
  • An overview of the experimentation we did with the workshop and its format (over a year of inspecting, iterating, and improving)
  • Details and approach of the workshop (consultation meeting, prep activities, metrics, agenda, facilitation techniques, etc.)
  • The ongoing grassroots (e.g. Product Management Community of Practice) and leader (e.g. Leader Chats) mechanisms to generate continued interest and support

Learning Outcomes:

  • Learn the mindset behind and tactics of Test Driven Development (TDD) and Mob Programming (mobbing)
  • Understand why TDD and mobbing work so well together (especially when first getting started)
  • Experience ways to engage the whole team in TDD and mobbing
  • Hear about the benefits of TDD and mobbing
  • See the format, approach, and outcomes of the Dojo workshop

Travis Klinker Director, Agile & Engineering Enablement

Travis leads a team of coaches is leading an organizational transformation with a focus on Product, customer-centric value, Lean-Agile adoption, and DevOps.

Ross Libby Lead Agile Coach

Accomplished business analyst, consultant, coach, and agile team leader passionate about building and being part of teams that experiment and learn rapidly to deliver value continuously – 10 years of corporate retail experience driving business and project results, managing cross-functional teams and timings & actions, and collaborating with partners and clients; proficient at micro and macro comprehension to steer strategy through execution and understand the people, process, data, and technology dynamic.

The Dojo - where IT and Business teams unite. Target's journey to Business Agility

August 9, 2018  |  10:45am

The Dojo; it's not just for IT teams anymore. What can your business teams gain from spending time in the Dojo? Immersive learning experiences helping them to adopt Agile and Product values, principles and practices while strengthening their working relationships with IT and technology development teams. The Dojo is helping teams bridge the gap between business and IT while accelerating Target's journey towards Business Agility.

Like so many organizations, Target is in the midst of a volatile industry. Transformation is necessary and agility is essential. Being several years into this journey, iteration, experimentation and a culture of continuous improvement and learning are taking hold. Where we started and where we are now does not look the same, and it is product thinking and business involvement that have emerged as the next step in our evolution towards Business Agility.

During this session, we will share our journey of how we leveraged the Dojo to bring agility to our business teams. Join us in this session to hear stories from the trenches as we highlight experiences from a variety of business teams (Global Supply Chain & Logistics, Marketing, Learning & Development, Store Operations, and Property Development).

Travis Klinker Director, Agile & Engineering Enablement

Travis leads a team of coaches is leading an organizational transformation with a focus on Product, customer-centric value, Lean-Agile adoption, and DevOps.

Amy Walters Lead Agile Coach

An accomplished leader and Enterprise Agile Coach with over 15 years of experience in leading teams and coaching enterprise transformations across retail, uniting business and IT teams. Currently leading agile transformation within Target’s Supply Chain business and technology teams. I’m passionate about helping teams and leaders realize their full potential, by shifting their mindset and the way they work together to build better products faster. A Lean and Agile Practitioner, that promotes Product discovery and delivery, unified teams, and the adoption of DevOps.