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Agile Day Riga
  • Video streams
  • July 19-20, 2018
  • Radisson Blu Daugava
  • 250+ Participants
  • 20+ Speakers
  • 2 Awesome Days
Agile Day Riga 2018 preparation

Welcome to Agile Day Riga 2018

We are organising Agile Day Riga conference, so that we together learn more of:

  • Asking 'Why?' over blindly copying what others are doing.
  • Focusing on mindset and culture over practices.
  • Building safety and trust over processes and tools.
  • Working together over roles.
Join us and let’s enjoy what we are doing together!

Agile Latvia Team working on ADR

What is Agile Day Riga?

Our goal is to enable and nurture Agile and Lean community of people in Latvia for collaboration, information sharing, discussions, and, as an agile community, to enable self-organization. ADR is:

  • Completely non-profit.
  • Organised for over six years without any need of formal structures or management
  • Is all about practitioners which actully work Agile and Lean.
  • Since 2011, volunteers from Agile Latvia network have organized annual (un-)conferences to meet old and new friends, to exchange opinions and learn or share.

Agile Day Riga
Open Space

What is Open Space?

It is an agenda-less event where people come together, create agenda under specific theme, and then learn from each other in small groups. Items in agenda can be anything: problems, situations, experiences, approaches, lectures, etc. related to the specific theme. Be prepared to be surprised on July 20!

You can find more details about Open Space format here.

What is Scrum Alliance User Group?

Training and certification is the initial step on your journey, but joining a user group is just as important. User groups help you stay current on best practices, share experiences and knowledge. You also earn 16 SEUs this year too, just don't forget to register those toward your certification through events organized by User Groups.

Official Scrum Alliance User Group
Agile Latvia

What is Agile Latvia?

Agile Latvia is a community with a goal to spread information about Agile practices amongst Latvian software development professionals and industry newcomers. Scrum Alliance User Groups number in the hundreds and are located around the world. Agile Latvia is the one near you and we are happy to help you!

Coaching Clinic

Bring your questions, problems and pains and figure out together with expirienced professionals how to address those. Coaches’ Clinic will be available during whole conference.

Coaches’ Clinics are a unique way to help you withs challenges you’ve encountered on your way to a more Agile way of working. Organized by Agiletransformer.com training and coaching community.

Coaching Clinic

Gold Sponsors

Evolution Gaming

Evolution Gaming is the leading provider of video-streamed award-winning live games, working with more top-tier brand than any other provider in this market and with a global presence across 13 countries. We are seeking for new colleagues to join our growing team of 300+ bright and talented engineers working in Riga, Tallinn and Amsterdam. We strongly believe in functional programming on the Scala platform and agile development, using technologies such as Akka (including Persistence, Streams & HTTP), Slick and Scala.js. We also enjoy using React, Redux and TypeScript and value pragmatic developers who undertake constructive code-reviews. If you are interested in talking to us about this, visit our booth!

4finance

Europe’s largest online and mobile consumer lending group. We get money to people when they need it – quickly, conveniently and responsibly. We use cutting edge technology and data to offer convenient loans to customers across 17 countries. Since we were established in 2008, we have provided more than 11,500,000 Single Payment, Line of Credit and Instalment Loans totalling over EUR 4.0 billion. 4finance is a responsible lender. We do not believe in burdening people, in hard selling, or in hidden charges and penalties. We are upfront and transparent about the loans we offer. We are a consumer finance group for today’s fast-moving world, a proven alternative to conventional bank lending. And we are growing fast.

Silver Sponsors

Scrum Alliance

Become part of something bigger than you alone. Founded in 2001, Scrum Alliance® is the largest, most established and influential professional membership and certification organization in the Agile community. Scrum Alliance® is a nonprofit association, having certified more than 450,000 individuals worldwide. Its vision is to 'Transform the World of Work' with a mission to guide and inspire individuals, leaders, and organizations with practices, principles, and values that create workplaces that are joyful, prosperous, and sustainable. Come sprint with us at www.ScrumAlliance.org.

Cognizant

Cognizant is an American multinational company providing information technology, consulting, and business process outsourcing services. It dedicates itself to help the world's leading companies build stronger businesses. Cognizant combines passion for client satisfaction, technology innovation, deep industry and business process expertise. With over 100 development and delivery centers worldwide Cognizant is a member of the NASDAQ-100, the S&P 500, the Forbes Global 2000, and the Fortune 500 and is ranked among the top performing and fastest growing companies in the world. To augment our European Delivery, we are looking for future colleagues like you. Visit our career site to find out more: www.Cognizant.lv.

Tieto

In a rapidly changing world, every bit of information can be used to provide new value. Tieto aims to capture the significant opportunities of the data-driven world and turn them into lifelong value for people, business and society. Our culture aims to empower employees to positively influence their own work, to create a transparent working environment and enhance collaboration and innovation both internally as well as with our customers and ecosystems. To find out more, visit www.tieto.lv

Citadele Group

Citadele Group is a full-service financial group for both private individuals and companies offering a complete portfolio of banking, financial and private capital management services in our home market Latvia and through our international presence. To find out more, visit https://www.cblgroup.com/

Info Sponsors

Schedule

Day 1

9:00 - 9:30; Next to Daugava 1+2 - Registration + coffee


9:30 - 10:00; Daugava 1+2 - Opening


10:00 - 10:45; Daugava 1+2 - Agility in the Face of Perplexity

Gunther Verheyen

10:45 - 11:15; Next to Daugava 1+2 - Coffee break


11:15 - 12:00; Daugava 2
Handle With Care. Scaling Your Agile.

Dmitry Lebedev
11:15 - 12:00; Casino
Beyond Methodology

Steve Angelo-Eadie

12:00 - 12:45; Daugava 1
Learnings from nature

Linda Liepina
12:00 - 12:45; Daugava 2
3 reasons why your company is deadly far from agility

Andrey Tolmachev

12:45 - 13:45; Hotel's restaurant - Lunch


13:45 - 14:30; Daugava 1
Tribalism in software development teams

Vasilij Savin
13:45 - 14:30; Daugava 2
How to lead a DevOps team of 125 at a Fortune100 company

Uldis Karlovs-Karlovskis
13:45 - 14:30; Casino
Top-7 Scrum Anti-Patterns and 5 Ways to Fix them

Mark Kachanov

14:30 - 15:15; Daugava 1
Fragile Agile: Coaching a Tired Team

Anna Obukhova
14:30 - 15:15; Daugava 2
Agile Reformation at Evolution Gaming

Cornelis Roele
14:30 - 15:15; Casino
Native Agile Psychology of Teams and Individuals

Valerie Andrianova

15:15 - 16:15; Daugava 1
Key factors and tips for building high-performing teams

Silvana Wasitova
15:15 - 16:15; Daugava 2
How does a technical guy become an Agile Leader?

Olaf Lewitz

16:15 - 16:45; Next to Daugava 1+2 - Coffee break


16:45 - 17:30; Daugava 1+2 - Avoid Agile transformations

Angel Diaz-Maroto

17:30 - 17:45; Daugava 1+2 - Day one wrap-up


Day 2

9:00 - 9:30; Abava / Amata - 2nd floor - Morning coffee


09:30 - 10:15; Abava / Amata - 2nd floor - Attentioneering: Guiding Richer Conversations.

Judy Rees

10:45 - 12:15; Abava / Amata - 2nd floor - Open Space sessions

Speakers and Participants

12:15 - 13:15; Abava / Amata - 2nd floor - Stand-up Lunch


13:15 - 14:00; Abava / Amata - 2nd floor - Open Space sessions - continue

Speakers and Participants

14:45 - 15:15; Abava / Amata - 2nd floor - Coffee break


15:15 - 16:45; Abava / Amata - 2nd floor - Open Space sessions - continue

Speakers and Participants

16:45 - 17:30; Abava / Amata - 2nd floor - Have We Lost the Real Meaning of Agile?

Sergey Dmitriev

17:30 - 18:00; Abava / Amata - 2nd floor - Conference closing


Detailed schedule

Day 1


Registration + coffee (9:00 - 9:30; Next to Daugava 1+2)


Opening (9:30 - 10:00; Daugava 1+2)


Agility in the Face of Perplexity (10:00 - 10:45; Daugava 1+2)

Scrum was officially presented in 1995. In 2001, 17 software development leaders published the "Manifesto for Agile Software Development". Agile gradually started replacing the industrial way of thinking, with Scrum being the most adopted technique to achieve a higher state of agility. Today, 2018, the Agile paradigm is more needed than ever, to avoid complexity turning into perplexity. Gunther aspires disentangling the clew that ’Scrum’ and ‘Agile’ turned into and show the value and their originality. Gunther has considered what Agile means to him, what it is that makes Agile work, what it is that makes Scrum work, and will share his views on the future state of Scrum and Agile.

Gunther Verheyen

Gunther Verheyen

Gunther Verheyen (Belgium) is a longtime Scrum practitioner (2003). After a standing career as a consultant, he became partner to Ken Schwaber and Director of the Professional Scrum series at Scrum.org (2013-2016). Gunther nowadays engages with people and organizations as an independent Scrum Caretaker. In 2013 Gunther published the acclaimed book "Scrum - A Pocket Guide".


Coffee break (10:45 - 11:15; Next to Daugava 1+2)


Scrum master. The Dark Side of the Moon, or What Scrum Guide does not write about it. (11:15 - 12:00; Daugava 1)

The topic is about role of Scrum Masters and things which are not written in Scrum Guide but belongs to this role.

Dmitriy Emelyanov

Dmitriy Emelyanov

Dmitriy Emelyanov (Moscow, Russia) is the only one Russian Advanced Certified Scrum Master. More than 5 years in IT, hardware project management and software product development. Scrum practitioner, Agile coach at tutu.ru and facilitator from regular Scrum events to meetings at top management level. He is helping organisations to transform and be agile, creates awesome teams and helps Scrum Masters to perfect their skills with teaching, coaching and mentoring.


Handle With Care. Scaling Your Agile. (11:15 - 12:00; Daugava 2)

I’m going to share my experience in scaling work across different teams and even across countries. Insights on how to organise work of a distributed team, how to share codebase between different teams, how to onboard new developers efficiently, what are preconditions for scaling, what could make a scaling attempt to fail and etc. Can you have two agile teams instead of one in a short period of time? Can some company with two offices work as smoothly as a company, where all employees are sitting in the same building? Can you have the same values in different teams? My answer is "yes", but everything comes with a price. This session tells about what price you have to pay in order to scale your software development business. Also it is going to explore which aspects of corporate culture can prevent or can support scaling process, what kind scaling aspects require more attention than others, how to setup a distributed teams in distributed company. case study. real-life story. + will compare different approaches including SAFe + team/company onboarding to new process + lessons learned

Dmitry Lebedev

Dmitry Lebedev

Dmitry started his job as a software engineer 20 years ago, has delivered many software projects, failed a few, learned a lot of things from other people and now he is willing to share his stories of success and failures with broader audience. The ultimate goal of his activities is that software could be developed pragmatically, based on an engineering approach and mutual respect between all involved parts.


Beyond Methodology (11:15 - 12:00; Casino)

Have you ever faced these questions, "Which methodology should I choose?", "I am doing the methodology right?", "Why isn't the rest of the organization doing agile?", maybe even "Why isn't agile sticking?" If so then this workshop is for you, and we'll discuss creating a common language and approach to work that successfully helps leaders, managers, and developers unlock their potential and the potential of an entire organization.

Steve Angelo-Eadie

Steve Angelo-Eadie

Steven has led many Agile education programs in complex organizations across the world. He's developed courses and content alongside Emergn's clients and has built a number of coaching communities in the transformations he’s worked on.


Learnings from nature (12:00 - 12:45; Daugava 1)

The delegates will be taken on a journey into animal kingdom to illustrate the power and effectiveness of teamwork. We can all learn from the ability of animals to thrive in effective teams and achieve high performance, often in challenging and demanding environments. Did you know that gees work as an effective team during migration when they come together in V-formation? Scientists estimate they reach their destination up to 70% faster when they work in formation rather than flying alone. Gees also honk encouragement to each other on their journey. In the same way we are motivated by regular, engaging communication. Creative tools – slideshow, film clips, facilitated discussions, etc.

Linda Liepina

Linda Liepina

How often do you meet people who simply love their job? Well, I’m the lucky one. I’ve got the privilege to learn process Improvement skills through SixSigma Black Belt training followed by exiting many years of experience. In addition in DHL we have implemented the best in class and award winning internal culture and training system what we call “Certified International Specialists”. This is the basics of latest success and I’m so happy I had a chance to champion it in Baltics and in Latvia. And the most favorite part of it is facilitation, the chance to live grows mindset and continues improvement through development of colleagues.


3 reasons why your company is deadly far from agility (12:00 - 12:45; Daugava 2)

For the last 14 years I was observing enterprises from small to big striving to improve their business processes and improve results of the business. Once, consulting a 3-months old company of my friend, I got it clear. Although those problems of big and small enterprises are very different, the roots of that problems are quite the same. The same patterns keeps from org to org, and these patterns constitute the most hard impediments on the way to agility. In my speech I’m going to share the insights on the nature of this patterns, show how they work, and give ideas on what could be done to move away from the dead point.

Andrey Tolmachev

Andrey Tolmachev

Andrey Tolmachev is a Business Trainer, Agile Coach, Scrum Trainer (PST certification is in progress) and certified Coach ICTA


Reframe your existing Agile change plans to be implemented everywhere in the company (12:00 - 12:45; Casino)

The Agile manifesto helps uncover better ways to develop software. How can you expand a change plan from the small I.T. teams to the rest of the company? Many of the new practices or techniques used inside I.T. teams don’t work well or need to be adapted when they are implemented somewhere else in the organization—outside the I.T. world. A real change plan transforms the whole company and not just the software teams. Otherwise, it would be improving the local groups but downgrading the rest of the organization. Which consistent patterns can you use to create powerful plans that can be implemented everywhere? The answer requires to use different strategies that go beyond Agile and Scrum. This session provides an insight into how to adapt any change initiative to be easily implemented in the rest of the organization. It also shows the ways to make sure that a business transformation doesn’t lose traction. Join this session from the author of the best-seller book "e;Leading Exponential Change"e;.

Erich Bühler

Erich Bühler

Erich Bühler is the founder director, main mentor and trainer at Innova1st Consulting. He began his professional career in 1993 and spent several years in positions of different global enterprises. He has helped companies in England, New Zealand, Spain, Malta, Chile, and Uruguay. He has also helped several governmental initiatives, he is a Certified Scrum Master, Certified Scrum Professional, outstanding youth person 2002 in Uruguay, and has published 2 books. He is the author of the best-selling book Leading Exponential Change ( https://www.amazon.de/Leading-Exponential-Change-business-transformations/dp/152722208X/) and speaker in international events and webinars.


Lunch (12:45 - 13:45; Hotel's restaurant)


Tribalism in software development teams (13:45 - 14:30; Daugava 1)

We are social animals. We have evolved to depend on our tribes, literally, for our safety and survival. We identify ourselves as members of all sorts of tribes; our families, political parties, race, gender, social organizations. We even identify tribally just based on where we live. From my speech you will learn the traits of strong tribes and the journey any group has to make to become a real tribe. We will be looking at the tribes you belong to and how can you help them become stronger and healthier.

Vasilij Savin

Vasilij Savin

Vasilij Savin has been an Agile practitioner since 2008. After a career as an IT and Agile consultant in Sweden, he returned to Vilnius to assume an Agile Coach mantle in 4Finance. His main interests include modern management and leadership practices, tribal dynamics in teams, and how to work effectively. Even though Vasilij holds PSM and PSPO certificates, he considers himself beyond-Agile, using the practices and techniques that are most appropriate to given organisation and team maturity during the engagement.


How to lead a DevOps team of 125 at a Fortune100 company (13:45 - 14:30; Daugava 2)

Rules how to do business in 400k people company are very different from what people are used to in small and mid-size companies. It's similar to running your own company but few things are very different. I'll tell more about environment I live in, what targets we have as team and why we are being so successful. Last year at world class conference "All Day DevOps" I told about my journey how we grew from 0 to 100. Guess what - it didn't solve all our issues. This year I'm happy to continue my story with new things we implemented to build foundation for further growth. This can be treated as "management talk" but DevOps is never just about tools. This talk covers cultural and business side which are very important to be the best in DevOps and IT world in general.

Uldis Karlovs-Karlovskis

Uldis Karlovs-Karlovskis

I believe there is no single me. While being technician and problem solver in my heart, during last 6-7 years I have been very much interested in group psychology and therapy. Some 5 years I spent doing a lot of acting and directing in theatre. In March of 2018 I started building my own theatre troupe. Luckily my role in company gives me the opportunity to try out different methods and experiment with culture and hierarchies. I hate reading books but currently that’s the only way how to open my mind for new ideas.


Top-7 Scrum Anti-Patterns and 5 Ways to Fix them (13:45 - 14:30; Casino)

Scrum is the most spread Agile-framework on the planet yet many times companies do not unlock its full potential and in the worst cases suffer and fail miserably. If your Scrum adoption does not work, if you’re stuck and can’t find a way out, if you feel that something is wrong with your Scrum, then this talk is for you! Mark will share the collective experience of his clients from the past 7 years and boil down the Top-7 Scrum Anti-Patterns he has been seeing in the wide range of companies - from small startups to huge international banks, telecom and insurance companies. Mark will also present 5 Ways to address these Anti-Patterns which will help prevent your Scrum adoption from failing.

Mark Kachanov

Mark Kachanov

Mark Kachanov (Russia) is an Agile Coach and certified Professional Scrum Trainer via Scrum.org. Having more than 7 years of experience in Scrum he kicked-off more than 25 teams and taught more than 500 people from all over the world. His primary areas of interest are business agility and underlying scaled scrum adoptions involving structural changes of organizations. Mark has been consulting a wide variety of companies from small startups to huge international banks, telecom and insurance companies.


Fragile Agile: Coaching a Tired Team (14:30 - 15:15; Daugava 1)

As an Agile Coach or Scrum Master do you want to add energy to your team that looks not enthusiastic or resists change? Is is possible to cause harm to your team even with proper Agile coaching? Yes, if you are working with tired, exhausted or even burned-out teams, they do need special treatment, usually counterintuitive to the coaches. Would you like to learn special set of actions, taken from the medical practice, tailored to work with exhausted people? Would you like to experience an upward spiral from tiredness to the true intristic motivation and creativity? Join me in the self test and practical steps discussion what needs to be modified in the coaching and facilitation techniques and in the Agile process that you as a coach or a scrum master can help your worn out team to transition into a better process and produce steady results.

Anna Obukhova

Anna Obukhova

Anna Obukhova is an Agile Coach working with Agile approach since 2004 as a Scrum Master, Agile Coach, Project/Program Manager and recently as Agile Portfolio Delivery Manager for a large investment bank in London. Anna is mainly interested in distributed and dispersed projects and effectiveness of team communication in such conditions. Her passion is to collect and share best industry and company practices in Agile management. Additionally, Anna Obukhova is using neuroscience and biology to explain Agile productivity and enhance Agile coaching techniques. This perspective of Neuroscience and Agile was agreed to be novel and worth sharing by many conferences, to name a few: ALE Bucharest, Agile Days Moscow, Global Scrum Gathering Paris, Agile Cambridge, Agile Tour London, Agile on the Beach (UK), Agile 2017 (Orlando, USA)... She uses her educations in Biology, Psychology and Coaching to connect working tips and recommendations with the natural processes that happen in our bodies (especially in the brain).


Agile Reformation at Evolution Gaming (14:30 - 15:15; Daugava 2)

Evolution Gaming had a vision on how to scale Scrum, but failed to realise it due to practical obstacles and limited support. This talk is about how a reduced group of Scrum Masters faced the situation and reinvented itself and its role in the organisation. Stepwise, by acknowledging the urgency of the situation, by reconstituting its Scrum Master Community of Practice, by focusing on basic principles, by systematically pursuing feedback, by setting itself time-bound goals, and by re-engaging the organisation.

Cornelis Roele

Cornelis Roele

Twenty years of work in various roles in IT have left me with a practical outlook. And yet, I'm a philosopher at heart and revel at the theoretical analysis of decision-making. My current work as Scrum Master Lead at Evolution Gaming lets me couple the practical with the theoretical in the collaborative search for innovative arrangements.


Native Agile Psychology of Teams and Individuals (14:30 - 15:15; Casino)

Have you ever wondered how teams and individuals form an agile mindset? Are there specific practices to follow or processes to impose that nurture a truly agile team? Do agile values and principles come naturally to people who possess a certain mindset? Does company culture affect the personal qualities and values ​​of its employees? I believe that it is possible to acquire an agile philosophy without following a standard set of rules. Based on our experience, I will try to prove that it’s not the practices and processes that make the team truly agile, but the mindset of people who work there. I will also describe the special qualities that our people, teams, and the company as a whole exemplify, and how these talents can be cultivated and nurtured.

Valerie	Andrianova

Valerie Andrianova

I’ve been involved in Product Marketing at JetBrains for eight years. At JetBrains, we build IDEs for professional developers (IntelliJ IDEA, ReSharper), create new programming languages (Kotlin) and deliver tools for teams (TeamCity, YouTrack). I specialize in team tools, project management methodologies, and team collaboration. I’m a member of the YouTrack team (an issue tracker and agile project management tool), supporting an application that is used by everyone at JetBrains, from developers to accountants. Apart from product marketing, my role is to help various team at JetBrains establish the most productive processes in order reach their goals and improve collaboration. I strongly believe that soft skills are just as important as technical (hard) skills for long term success at work.


Key factors and tips for building high-performing teams (15:15 - 16:15; Daugava 1)

Agile is all about teamwork and collaboration. What are the secrets for how to work better together? This session will explore the key factors and practice exercises that help increase collaboration among team members, resulting in high performance.

Silvana Wasitova

Silvana Wasitova

Agilist since 2005, passionate about helping teams and organizations achieve better results.


How does a technical guy become an Agile Leader? (15:15 - 16:15; Daugava 2)

Olaf Lewitz is going to share with you some insights about the journey from an introvert engineer to an Agile Leader! According to him, everyone who is involved in software development can become an Agile Leader. Olaf thinks that all engineers like structure, processes, predictability, and simple design. Most of today’s managers in software organisations have an engineering background. They have taken responsibility in organisations that were designed for stability and success in stable markets. Now, the conditions change. Organisations change. Business agility and leadership agility are called for. How do we make that change? In his speech he will share his personal learnings and insights, his successes and failures. He will share patterns and strategies that worked for him, and tools that may help all of us deliver leadership as an Agile service.

Olaf Lewitz

Olaf Lewitz

Olaf Lewitz, Trust Artist, TrustTemenos Leadership Academy. As Trust Artist and CEC, Olaf is a leader in the international agile community. He has helped hundreds of individuals and organisations to transform. His specialty: making sense of leadership. His strategy: increasing trust and responsibility through invitation and clarity. Olaf and Christine Neidhardt founded TrustTemenos Leadership Academy. They work with leaders increasing their clarity of identity and intent, and help growing organisations where people want to show up and grow. In 2016 they published a workbook for leaders: 'Showing Up'. Let’s trust ourselves and others. Olaf believes you deserve to love what you do.


What I learned about Kanban on a 400km hike on the Santiago de Camino (15:15 - 16:15; Casino)

Every journey begins with a single step. Walking the Camino de Santiago for two weeks took me 586444. In this very personal talk I will share what I've learned about the practices of Kanban after applying them to learn about myself and make changes along the way. Learning Outcomes: Learn about Kanban's core practices in a gripping story about suffering and achievement. Get ideas about how you can apply these practices to your personal endeavors, too.

Markus Wissekal

Markus Wissekal

Markus is accredited Kanban trainer, Agile Coach and LegoSeriousPlay Facilitator. In the past he was a programmer writing code that makes things work and do cool stuff. Now he concentrates his talents on helping teams to work better together and make even cooler stuff. Markus is really passionate about what he does and loves hearing about, and trying out new ideas within Agile. This is what led him from Scrum to become Switzerlands first Accredited Kanban Trainer and this is what will continue to lead him into a more agile, lean and positive future.


Coffee break (16:15 - 16:45; Next to Daugava 1+2)


Avoid Agile transformations (16:45 - 17:30; Daugava 1+2)

Agile is no longer a set of software development methods used by a bunch of innovators. Nowadays Agile is arguably the most popular and successful product development strategy. Therefore many organisations decided to start their "Agile transformation" to become a different organisation that is able to operate in a new business paradigm….. Or not? Is it possible to transform an organisation? Is it viable to influence the culture, structure and processes in an organization to successfully operate as an entirely different entity? Is a transformation needed to succed in business? I will use Complexity thinking and Cynefin in practice to answer this questions from a experimental perspective. By making sense of the different business contexts, and understanding what are the more suitable practices for each context you will be able to understand when Agility makes sense and how to make business Agility happen. In this talk I’ll share my thoughts about Agile transformations: why this is becoming important in this moment of history, why Agile emerges in the software industry, how is agile connected to the 21st century customer, how Agile addresses the need of continuous innovation and why the concept of "Agile Transformation" can be an stopper for organisations to achieve a real growth. Learning Outcomes: Understand Business Agility, Describe why Agile is not always the answer, Understand why "Agile transformations" are often failing, Explain why the concept "Agile transformation" should be substituted by "Incorporating experimentation capabilities", Define an Strategy for business Agility based on complexity thinking, Understanding of the core of agile, contextualize Agile in the current world of business. Powerful and proven arguments to encourage business people to get involved in Agile initiatives.

Angel Diaz-Maroto

Angel Diaz-Maroto

Angel is a very energetic Agile coach who truly enjoys challenges. Putting in place Lean and Agile concepts and practices in very complex environments is his specialty and passion. As an Agile coach, trainer, and mentor, he’s supported several multinational organizations in their Agile journeys during the last 10 years. Throughout his over 18 years of experience in IT Angel has worked in various roles: agile coach, R&D manager, software developer, software architect, ScrumMaster, and trainer. Angel is recognized worldwide as an expert in Agile and Scrum and he holds the three highest level certifications in the field: CST (Certified Scrum Trainer), CEC (Certified Enterprise Coach) and CAL Educator (Certified Agile Leadership Educator) by the Scrum Alliance. This is a very unique set of credentials as there are only 24 CAL Educators, 94 CEC’s and 232 CST’s worldwide, as for today. Angel is also a co-active coach, specialized in team coaching and systemic leadership, and Management 3.0 licensed trainer. Additionally, he teaches video game production at ESNE (University of Design, Innovation and technology) and Design Thinking at LaSalle University. Angel is as well a frequent speaker having participated in more than 40 international conferences and Agile events in Europe, Asia and the Americas.


Day one wrap-up (17:30 - 17:45; Daugava 1+2)

Day 2


Morning coffee (9:00 - 9:30; Abava / Amata - 2nd floor)


Attentioneering: Guiding Richer Conversations. (09:30 - 10:15; Abava / Amata - 2nd floor)

In this highly-interactive session, participants will: Learn about "the nearest thing FBI negotiators have to a Jedi mind trick" for building trust quickly and easily Find out how to use this approach to develop psychological safety in working relationships, especially those which cross organisational and cultural boundaries Hear how it has been used to reduce conflict and misunderstandings while maintaining the creative tension that’s essential to innovation Experiment with the technique in a series of lightning - and enlightening - conversations Plan to apply all of this straight away, so that they get even better value from the rest of the conference.

Judy Rees

Judy Rees

Judy Rees (UK) works with senior leaders, operational managers, teams, coaches, and all kinds of "change professionals" to develop advanced communication skills. Her specialism is supporting highly intelligent and highly diverse teams to connect effectively, even when members rarely (or never) meet in person. As a former news journalist and media executive, she’s been working with geographically distributed teams since long before it became mainstream. Her approaches have been designed to be effective both in person and remotely, and many of her training workshops happen via video conference calls. She’s the co-author of the specialist bestseller Clean Language: Revealing Metaphors and Opening Minds as well as a number of ebooks and online courses, including Virtual Leadership Secrets. She is based in London.


Open Space sessions (10:45 - 12:15; Abava / Amata - 2nd floor)

It is an agenda-less event where people come together, create agenda under specific theme, and then learn from each other in small groups. Items in agenda can be anything: problems, situations, experiences, approaches, lectures, etc. related to the specific theme. Please take a read and watch video below to get you into the mood and ‘be prepared to be surprised’ on July 20!

Speakers and Participants

Speakers and Participants

Most of the speakers from day one and anyone else who is interested to bring up a topic can start an Open space session.


Stand-up Lunch (12:15 - 13:15; Abava / Amata - 2nd floor)


Open Space sessions - continue (13:15 - 14:00; Abava / Amata - 2nd floor)

It is an agenda-less event where people come together, create agenda under specific theme, and then learn from each other in small groups. Items in agenda can be anything: problems, situations, experiences, approaches, lectures, etc. related to the specific theme. Please take a read and watch video below to get you into the mood and ‘be prepared to be surprised’ on July 20!

Speakers and Participants

Speakers and Participants

Most of the speakers from day one and anyone else who is interested to bring up a topic can start an Open space session.


Coffee break (14:45 - 15:15; Abava / Amata - 2nd floor)


Open Space sessions - continue (15:15 - 16:45; Abava / Amata - 2nd floor)

It is an agenda-less event where people come together, create agenda under specific theme, and then learn from each other in small groups. Items in agenda can be anything: problems, situations, experiences, approaches, lectures, etc. related to the specific theme. Please take a read and watch video below to get you into the mood and ‘be prepared to be surprised’ on July 20!

Speakers and Participants

Speakers and Participants

Most of the speakers from day one and anyone else who is interested to bring up a topic can start an Open space session.


Have We Lost the Real Meaning of Agile? (16:45 - 17:30; Abava / Amata - 2nd floor)

In this talk I will try to shed some light on the history of Agile. I was talking to Manifesto signatories reconstructing the talks they had about the deeper meaning of Agile and looking around 17 years later, I can say that we have lost the real meaning of this word. I want to share with you my findings about the What and about the How of Agile. We will be discussing three goals of Agility and talking about the reasons why different companies are starting on this path. I will tell you about a few wrong reasons and a couple of good ones. I will also answer the question many people are asking now: is Agile dead?, should we switch to building Real organisations instead?

Sergey Dmitriev

Sergey Dmitriev

Sergey Dmitriev (Russia) is an agile and scrum evangelist focused on improvement of business processes, modern approaches to management and strategy consulting. I can help your organization transform to agile or to improve your existing agile practices. I do executive and team coaching and workshop facilitation. My mission is to convince the World that traditional approach to managing knowledge workers is broken. My hobby is diving. Interested in deep and wreck diving or a combination of both :) I am a father of 4 and a happy man.


Conference closing (17:30 - 18:00; Abava / Amata - 2nd floor)

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