On October 21, we joined more than 500 attendees, volunteers, and speakers at the 5th annual AgileDC conference. Taking place at the Kellogg Conference Center at Gallaudet University, the conference was an opportunity for Agile experts to share ways to improve delivery and quality of IT products by taking an iterative, incremental approach.
Read on to find out what we learned and shared with the Agile community!
Conference attendees were exposed to cutting-edge ideas on everything from innovative Agile techniques to the leadership of an Agile team. “I learned a new way of using Kanban boards to manage and, more importantly, visualize the flow of work at the initiative, feature, and story level. It’s an interesting approach and something I’d like to try on my current project,” said Excella Managing Consultant Andy Bacon. Excella Senior Consultant Hunter Tammaro learned about different approaches to building trust on an Agile team. “Trust is multidimensional,” he said. “Leaders stressing sincerity or commitment to Agile won’t help build trust with their teams if their problem is with capability or ownership.”
Our Business Intelligence Lead Sara Handel was a first-time speaker at AgileDC and noted, “the welcoming environment with an emphasis on community learning made AgileDC a great place for my first official conference presentation. I was excited to have had the pleasure of presenting to an engaged audience who provided great feedback.
Not able to attend AgileDC this year? You can still benefit. Here are the slides from Excella’s speakers:
Topic 1: Agile in the Federal Government
Agile at the Office of Personnel Management: The USAJOBS Product Owner’s Perspective by Training Lead and CST Richard Cheng
Topic 2: Agile Business Intelligence
Why Ask Why? Try Agile BI!, by BI Lead Sara Handel
Topic 3: Automated Acceptance Testing
A Thin Automation Framework for Manageable Automated Acceptance Testing by .NET Expert Wyn Van Devanter
Topic 4: Agile Change Management
Agile Pushback: Change is Hard. Changing to Agile is Harder, by Senior Consultant Katy Saulpaugh
Topic 5: Agile for Distributed Teams
Techniques for Keeping Distributed Retrospectives Effective and Fun by Software Development Lead and CST Fadi Stephan