VP, Enterprise Solutions, Scrum.org, USA
Kurt Bittner has had a long and varied career during which he has been a developer, an application architect, and database application performance tuning expert, a product manager, a product owner, a software product line owner, a catalyst for improving application development capability, a coach and mentor, and an industry analyst focused on how organizations are using Agile and DevOps practices to improve their their speed and quality of delivery while reducing cost and improving business performance. At Scrum.org he is focused on scaling Scrum to the enterprise level.
FREEZE THE POND VERSUS TAKE THE HILL: TWO METAPHORS FOR ENTERPRISE AGILE ADOPTION
Many organizations plan their Agile adoption efforts like a military campaign, with milestones for how many teams will adopt Agile by a certain date, or how many people they will train in a certain time period. These approaches don’t produce very good results because they ignore the reasons why teams might want to adopt an Agile approach in the first place. A better, more natural approach is to understand which products and teams need Agile practices and then support them through that change, much as one would “encourage” water to freeze by remove heat and friction. A related blog can be found here.
MiniWorkshop (AMC track)
USING OUTCOME-ORIENTED PORTFOLIO MANAGEMENT TO FUND AGILE DELIVERY
Traditional Project Portfolio Management, based on bottom-up cost estimates and detailed feature plans, is not able to deliver innovative solutions to meet the needs of changing markets and demanding customers. Using design thinking approaches like persona modeling provides organizations with a different way to articulate business needs and to fund solutions that meet those needs using an Agile approach. This workshop will help attendees understand how to identify persons and the outcomes they desire, and how to use this information to fund Agile initiatives.