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Thursday, April 30, 2020
9 a.m. – 5 p.m
Meals included

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$100

NewBo District
The Olympic South Side Theatre and other locations throughout the district

ICR Agile is a one day event to bring together members of the agile community and those interested in embracing the agile mindset to learn and network with peers. This conference is a collaboration between NewBocCo and members of Eastern Iowa Agile.

Interested in expanding your Agile training? Agile for All is offering Advanced Certified ScrumMaster® Training [A-CSM] prior to the conference. Tricia Broderick will leading the training Tuesday, April 28 - Wednesday, April 29. For more details and to register now, click here

ICR Agile Speakers

Tim Gifford
Lean TECHniques

Tim Gifford serves as the Chief Innovation Officer and Software Delivery Consultant for Lean Techniques, Inc.

As the CIO he works to create a culture of creativity, curiosity and humility for the 70+ team members. As a Software Delivery Consultant, he works with companies ranging in size from startups to Fortune 100 businesses to transform their digital services from a cost center to a competitive advantage. Tim remains active in the Iowa technology community. He co-founded Agile Iowa in 2004 and has served as an organizer for the dsmAgile conference since 2014. In 2018, he co-founded DevOpsDays Des Moines and is honored to be serving as its President.
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Scott Grimes
Northrup Grumman Corporation

Scott Grimes is a Software Engineer with over 20 years of experience on DoD Projects.

Working in the Omaha area as a Software Engineer and Product Owner, he is an experienced Agile software developer. Scott is a Co-Organizer of the Agile for Defense group in Bellevue, NE, and an advocate for Agile practices. Scott works as the Chief Product Owner for the Global Adaptive Planning project at USSTRATCOM, and is a ScrumAlliance Certified Scrum Professional (CSP-SM and CSP-PO), as well as a PMI-Agile Certified Professional. Scott has a MS in Computer Science from University of Nebraska, Omaha, and a BS in Computer Science from Iowa State University.
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Allison Pollard
Improving

Allison Pollard helps people discover their agile instincts.

As an agile coach with Improving in Dallas, Allison enjoys enabling others to become trusted leaders for change in their organization. In her experience, applying agile methods improves delivery, strengthens relationships, and builds trust between business and IT. Allison is also a Certified Professional Co-Active Coach, a foodie, and proud glasses wearer.
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Christine Seeman
Flywheel

Christine works as a full stack Ruby on Rails engineer at Flywheel,Delightful Wordpress Hosting for Creatives.

Located in Omaha, Nebraska, she has 12 years experience as a Java engineer with a focus on APIs, testing, and micro-services (before they were cool). Then to change it up, she took the plunge into Ruby in 2018. In her spare time she is an avid reader, huge Rush fan, and is attempting to work through the primary Ashtanga yoga series.
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Zuzi Sochova
Czech Agile Association

Zuzana “Zuzi” Šochová is an independent Agile coach and trainer and a Certified Scrum Trainer (CST)

She has more than fifteen years of experience in the IT industry. Zuzi started with agile and Scrum back in 2005, when she was implementing agile methods in the USA. From that time, she has been credited with agile transformation and implementation for many companies and teams around the world. By creating and sustaining agile leadership, Zuzi believes the worlds of work and life can be made happier and more successful. Zuzi is a founder of the Czech Agile Association and the world famous AgilePrague conference. Zuzi was elected to the Scrum Alliance Board of Directors in 2017. She is an author of The Great Scrum Master: #ScrumMasterWay book.
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Melissa Boggs
Scrum Alliance

Melissa Boggs is the Chief ScrumMaster for the Scrum Alliance.

Together with the Chief Product Owner and the exceptional staff, Melissa seeks to fulfill the Scrum Alliance's vision of transforming the world of work. Since 2001, Melissa has embraced experiences in leadership, business, and product development. Her experience with applying, consulting, coaching, and training agile values and principles spans executive teams, software teams, marketers, and educators in domains such as healthcare, public education, e-learning, security software, government agencies, and communication technology. As a consultant and as an executive, she has consistently embodied the Scrum values, and additionally holds dear her personal values of Courage, Empathy, and Creativity. Melissa is a Certified Enterprise Coach (CEC), Certified Team Coach (CTC), Certified Agile Leader 1 (CAL1), Certified LeSS Practitioner (CLP), Kanban Management Professional (KMP I), and a Project Management Professional (PMP). She holds an MBA in IT Management and a B.S. in Information Technology from Western Governors University. In addition to her experience and education, Melissa possesses a deep understanding of agile values and principles, organizational change, leadership agility, and proven expertise in enabling organizations to reach their full potential. She is a regular on the speaking circuit, sharing stories and experiences about culture, sustainable pace, and supporting organizational change. She is a member of the Agile Denver Board of Directors. Melissa lives in Denver, CO, with her husband Wendell; two children, Avery and JP; and five energetic pets. They embrace agile values and principles as a family, seeking continuous improvement of their household and relationships using Scrum.
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Richard Lawrence
Agile For All

Richard is co-owner of Agile For All.

He trains and coaches people to collaborate more effectively with other people to solve complex, meaningful problems. He draws on a diverse background in software development, engineering, anthropology, and political science. Richard is a Scrum Alliance Certified Enterprise Coach and Certified Scrum Trainer, as well as a certified trainer of the accelerated learning method, Training from the Back of the Room. He authored the book, Behavior-Driven Development with Cucumber.
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Tricia Broderick
Agile For All

Tricia has more than 20 years of experience in software development.

She is passionately focused on facilitating high-performance software development environments. Her leadership at all levels of an organization helped lay the groundwork to shift teams from one-year product cycles to feasible, daily delivery of quality software and services. Tricia openly shares stories from her firsthand experience to inspire people to reach new heights through continuous reflection and growth. As a principle in the Agile For All team, she is dedicated to making a difference in the workplace. She is an exceptional leader, coach, mentor, facilitator, trainer, and popular speaker at national conferences.
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John Miller
Agile EDU

John inspires those creating a culture of vibrant agility in their organizations.

As a foster kid, John was motivated to learn how some empowered themselves to become victors over their circumstances while others became victims of them. As the Chief Empowerment Officer of Agile Classrooms, he is pioneering Agile in schools to empower teachers and students to thrive in 21st-century learning, life, and work. His work is not only reinvigorating education, but also in the world of business, inspiring transformation through positive change. He has helped a spectrum of organizations, from Fortune 500 companies to at-risk schools, in pivoting their culture to achieve in a fast-changing, competitive world and realize their Authentic Agility. John volunteers as a life coach for students, co-leads a Nonviolent Communication Group, a Board Member for a school system, and makes insanely delicious drinking chocolates.
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Jeff Bubolz
Scrum.org

Jeff is a Professional Scrum Trainer (PST) with Scrum.org, Agile coach and speaker.

He has been a Product Owner, Scrum Master and Development Team member and has worked with companies ranging from enterprise to small start-ups. While working with many teams across many companies Jeff has found that most problems are not technology problems, but are organizational structure, process, and people problems. Jeff brings storytelling, a broad array of experience, along with a collaborative approach to teaching and speaking.
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Trace Pickering
Iowa BIG

Dr. Trace Pickering was on the design team that created Iowa BIG.

 He is the administrator of record for the school, advises students, and acquires resources to ensure student project success.Trace has a passion for transforming education and building human-centered systems that help every learner realize their full potential. Trace founded Iowa BIG with his colleague and friend, Shawn Cornally, and two courageous and forward-thinking Board of Education members. He is the administrator of record for the school, ensures BIG staff have the room necessary to exercise their professional expertise and drive the shared Iowa BIG vision forward, and enjoys engaging and interacting with the amazing kids who honor us by choosing to be a part of the learning at BIG. Trace and his wife, Kim, live on a 5 acre “ranch” with their German Shepherd, Stella, where they aspire to become “zero carbon” and grow most of their own food. They have two grown daughters, Samie, a recruiting and office coordinator with New York Life in Hiawatha and Shelby, a senior electrical engineering major at Iowa State.
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Chad Beier
WhiteboardConsulting.org

Chad works with all levels of the organization to optimize your business to respond to change.

He is passionate about moving organizations and people closer to agility. His first experience with "agile", Scrum specifically, was in 2005 on a global transformation team responsible for software customizations driven by a global consolidation of accounting software. He ran into typical implementation challenges and organizational impediments. Around 2012, his passion for lean, agile, and continuous improvement grew. He left his traditional business analyst and project manager roles behind and evolved into an internal change agent kickstarting an agile transformation. Now in an advising role as an external change agent across many organizations, he promotes organizational agility and positive pressure for change.
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Nicole Forsythe
Best Buy

Nicole Forsythe is the Director of Agile Coaching for Best Buy.

She and her team help imagine what’s possible when development teams discover and build alongside customers and employees. She has built her career by serving teams and individuals seeking to improve on the value they deliver and how they deliver it. Prior to Best Buy, Nicole coached Target’s highest-performing digital product teams while managing a crew of coaches in their Dojo. Before tackling large corporate agility, she supported software development and product discovery in small to midsize software companies, including startups. Nicole’s favorite coaching stance is that of the facilitator, and she maintains an independent practice serving clients such as large school districts, AFWERX (the innovation wing of the Air Force), the Pella Corporation, and ACT, among others. She is a practicing permaculturist and makes her home in Minneapolis, MN.
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Will Dible
Spencer High School

As Spencer School’s Director of School Improvement, Will is obsessed with innovation in education.

He received his B.A. and M.A. from the University of Iowa. Starting his career as a teacher in a rural Iowa school, he realized the need for change and began initiating unique practices. As a lifelong learner, Will has spread his innovation at conferences, workshops, and the National AP Conference. His passion for education reform guided him to administration where he now aims for systemic reform. Presently, Will develops personalized structures and programs through collaboration for the betterment of the student experience. In the No Boundaries program, an innovative learning experience for high schoolers, AGILE is an integral part of the learning process and is the mindset utilized and taught to each and every learner in the program.
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Ayn Thoreson
Spencer High School

Ayn Thoreson has been teaching in a traditional high school setting for 9 years.

This year she is co-facilitating a new student-centered, passion- and project-based venture called No Boundaries based on Iowa BIG in Cedar Rapids. This progressive model is in collaboration with two other northwest Iowa school districts and students manage projects using Modern Agile strategies. Prior to entering the classroom, Ayn worked for 9 years in the business fields of manufacturing and corporate training.
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Dion Stewart
Dojo and Co

Dion Stewart is a coach, mentor, developer, author, and international speaker.

He helps organizations improve their product delivery, addressing practices from product discovery through DevOps. For the last few years he has helped multiple organizations create dojos and has lead project-to-product organizational model transformations, often combining the two. A long-time proponent of agile methods, he was first exposed to the values, principles, and practices that were eventually codified into the Extreme Programming methodology as a Smalltalk developer in the late 1990s. He’s been learning better ways of building digital products and helping organizations improve their product delivery ever since. He recently co-authored the book"Creating Your Dojo: Upskill Your Organization for Digital Evolution". The book guides organizations in how to become learning organizations through the use of immersive learning centers called dojos. He enjoys working in situations where he is able to combine his interests in learning models, organizational change, and product development. Outside of work, Dion enjoys playing and recording music, meditation, and tai chi. For more information, visit dojoandco.com.
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ICR Agile Sessions

Tim Gifford
Future-Proof
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Scott Grimes
Team Professional Development Challenges

There is more to creating a culture of professional development than making resources available or hiring the right people.

If Engineers cannot learn in their current positions, the results are either engineers who leave the project/company, or worse yet engineers who learn nothing new and stay on the project. The speakers current project encourages continuous professional development by intrinsically motivating team members to participate in Team Professional Development Challenges. There is value in fostering a culture where the motivation for professional development is through a desire for mastery and not external motivating factors i.e. material rewards. This internal drive provides a stronger motivation, and allows for a sustained improvement effort among team members. The team members compete and celebrate each other’s successes in areas such as education, community outreach, training of peers, and sharpening-the-saw activities like weekly workouts and triathlons. This presentation will detail how the program was set up, how it has evolved over past years, and the results within the teams. The discussion will cover how this type of intrinsic motivation works and how the results can be achieved with relatively few financial resources. The presentation will also cover what can be done to encourage high participation and what pitfalls must be avoided that can discourage the behaviors you are trying to promote.
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Allison Pollard
Talking and Not Talking - Finding Balance as a Coach

Ever find yourself struggling to know when to say something and when to stay quiet with your teams?

Self-organizing teams might not learn to solve their own problems if we continually step in as a coaches. Conversely, what value are we adding if we primarily observe? This session will explore both ends of the talking spectrum so Scrum Masters and Agile Coaches can feel more confident in their actions.
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Christine Seeman
Hack your brain - Ways to improve your thought processes

Your job isn't 100% code/managing/scrum, so improving skills like how you learn, how to focus, and coping mechanisms need to be worked on just like learning a new framework.

Everyone has struggles, whether it is accepting criticism, managing stress, or finding time for passion projects. But those don't have to hold us back! We'll learn 4 techniques to help with these exact issues. Even if you never go to "soft skills" talks, these techniques can help you grow, improve and maybe stick with a new habit for once.
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Zuzi Sochova
Agile Leadership

Organizations are constantly evolving, they change their structures, processes, and rules. Last decade they’ve been changing into Agile, and surprisingly despite all the effort and money they put into transformation, they’ve been often failing.

The same way as culture follows an organization, the culture follows leaders. Companies were trying to break that rule for years and change the culture without changing leadership style. Nowadays this rule seems to win and organizations are moving towards different leadership styles and surprisingly becoming successful. In order to change organization, leaders have to change first. Be one of them and turn your organization into a successful Agile organization.
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Melissa Boggs
The Stories We Tell Ourselves: The Power of Storytelling in Cultural Change

Organizations everywhere are seeking real, sustainable cultural change. But culture is built one story--one experience--at a time.

From ancient tribes to modern businesses, storytelling creates and curates cultural DNA. Learn 4 types of stories that influence the spirit of your organization--who you are and who you need to be.
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Richard Lawrence
Why Choose THIS Pain?

Business strategy inevitably involves tradeoffs. Choosing to optimize for one thing means choosing to sub optimize for something else.

Things go better when you know what tradeoffs you’re making. Agile brings all kinds of great benefits for organizations, teams, and individuals. But what tradeoffs do you make by choosing an agile approach to your work, why are those tradeoffs worth it, and how do you make the most of them?
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Tricia Broderick
Learning Through Experience

Have you ever been skeptical about something until you tried it? That is a pretty common reaction, yet, we seem to forget this when we are leading others.

Tricia Broderick says that most people attempt to lecture others or simply state things like “you’re now empowered”; yet, rarely get the intended results. Join Tricia to engage first-hand in the power of using exercises to experience a key value/message. Dissect and explore interactive exercises to gain insights into self-organization, empowerment, communication, wisdom of the crowd, vulnerability, and responding to change. Leave with higher expectations and tools for helping people directly experience the learning desired.
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John Miller
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Jeff Bubolz
From Zombie Scrum to Professional Scrum: How to Maximize Agility

The Scrum framework can help a team or organization transform how they deliver value.

However, adding or removing things from the core of the framework can have major impacts on the effectiveness of value delivery and agility. Join us for a deep dive discussion of the critical parts of the Scrum framework that you may want to avoid overlooking and why and how they may prevent you from maximizing the agility you can get from using Scrum.
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Trace Pickering
Leveraging the Agile Mindset to Drive Deeper Learning

As the pace of technological advancement increased at an unprecedented rate over the last several decades, the complexity of the accompanying problems began to outstrip the capability of many organizations’ processes and the mindsets supporting them.

In response, groups of grass roots thought workers began experiments with unconventional new ways of thinking about how to solve these problems, and the Agile mindset was born. Flash forward to the present, where the Agile mindset has allowed companies to stay competitive in a world where change is the only constant, demand for continuous evolution of products and services is the de facto expectation, and high-functioning, collaborative teams are must-haves. Agile solves problems and creates opportunity by encouraging small, safe iterations of work with robust feedback. One primary focus?  Learning as quickly as possible. Why should this mindset, one that is enabling humans to solve incredibly complex problems faster than ever before, be in the domain of education? Because Agile is a mindset of learning; and the job of school is learning. This session will provide an introduction to the Agile mindset. You’ll quickly see how the simple tenets of Agile empower and engage students ways that traditional learning simply can’t. The ideas presented aren’t theoretical. Agile is driving dramatic improvement in schools focused on producing deeper learning and strong agency through authentic projects. One such school, Iowa BIG, has implemented Agile and has dramatically improved an already strong approach to learning. Hear directly from Iowa BIG about how Agile is fundamentally changing outcomes for students and teachers.
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Chad Beier
From Zombie Scrum to Professional Scrum: How to Maximize Agility

The Scrum framework can help a team or organization transform how they deliver value.

However, adding or removing things from the core of the framework can have major impacts on the effectiveness of value delivery and agility. Join us for a deep dive discussion of the critical parts of the Scrum framework that you may want to avoid overlooking and why and how they may prevent you from maximizing the agility you can get from using Scrum.
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Nicole Forsythe
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Will Dible
Agile Education Panel
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Ayn Thoreson
Agile Education Panel
 
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Dion Stewart
Blending Product Thinking with Architecture

Too much design up front and you are bumping into the design all of the time (and losing time). Not enough design and your system can crumble in reality.

How do you blend architecture so you have the right decisions at the right time, and give them enough due dilligence? How do you embrace cloud and microservices and not risk getting into different failure scenarios or overly complicated maintenance and ripple effects? In this session we will walk through visualizations that help teams blend product thinking with architecture. Along the way, we will look at microservices and domain modeling as well as chaos engineering and fault tolerance - blending all of these into a context that is consumable by all and gives the right emphasis at the right time. Leave this session with simple visualizations and approaches that you can apply immediately to start blending product with architecture, especially if you are looking to run in a cloud world.
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ICR Agile Schedule

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