Antifr-Agile Day

Drawing on Nassim Taleb’s idea of Antifragile, 2016’s theme was Antifr-Agile. Sessions offered experience and ideas that went beyond “doing agile” and into continuously and successfully addressing dynamic opportunities, essential challenges and complex issues.

Speakers and Presentations

Casey Rosenthal

Complex Systems: Chaos and Intuition

Two new disciplines—Chaos Engineering and Intuition Engineering—provide avenues to address trust in complex systems. Chaos Engineering is a methodology for test engineers to validate a system’s behavior and establish empirical trust metrics. Intuition Engineering provides new interfaces to navigate complexity, filling in gaps in understanding that classical methods cannot address. No longer limited to companies operating at Netflix’s scale, Chaos and Intuition Engineering can play critical roles for many organizations to improve development velocity while meeting commitments to users.

John Willis

Turning Human Capital into High Performance Organizations

In this presentation we are going to look at how human capital, in the form of culture and behavior patterns, can drive high performance organizations. We will break down three areas to better understand an organization’s culture. We will look at over 10 years of research, case studies and Devops survey data to better understand the break down of what is called the grey area of organizational capital.

Nora Jones

 The Socialization of Chaos Engineering

Chaos Engineering isn’t always the most popular practice among your developers. This talk will go into the specifics of designing a Chaos Engineering solution, how to increment your solution technically&culturally, the socialization and evangelism pieces that tend to get overlooked in the process, and how to get developers excited about purposefully injected failure. 
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David Hussman

Product Agility 0.1.0

DevJam is cutting over to a new way of thinking and working that is rooted in the success of the past but focused on the future. Product Agility is a collection of ideas and ideals meant to help one or more team embrace continuous learning through a blend of discovery and delivery practices. This talk will explain the organization of Product Agility and help audience members contemplate what it might mean to pragmatically apply Product Agility ideas when they return to their gig.

Anne Steiner

Building Adaptable Teams the Marine Corps Way

Anne uses the Marine Corps’ leadership philosophy and her experience as a non-commissioned officer as a framework for understanding how Marines plan to adapt, decentralize decision making, and build leaders. Through stories and examples, Anne draws parallels between the Marine Corps and how we work in the software industry. Attendees learn to apply concepts like commander’s intent to enhance our idea of product ownership and small unit leadership in lieu of centralized management.
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Dion Stewart & Joel Tosi

Lessons from the Dojo

Even when an organization understands the value of adopting product thinking and responsive engineering practices it can be difficult to increase those skills on their teams in a way that sticks over time. Joel Tosi and Dion Stewart say teams learn better in the immersive eco-system of Dojos than they do using traditional forms of training. They ex-plain why and how Dojos help teams bond around product, foster rapid experimentation, and reframe small failures as learning. Hear how Joel and Dion have been coaching teams in a Dojo. You’ll learn what a Dojo is, how a Dojo can benefit you, and steps to setting up a Dojo.

  • Esra Kucukciftci

    You Simply Can’t Agile Your Way into Monetization: from MVPs to MVBs

    While agile can get you to minimally viable product and beyond very effectively, you simply can’t iterate your way into profitability and monetization. In this session we dive deeper into why, and suggest a new and analytical approach to “profitable” product development.
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  • Amy Jo Kim

    Build a better, faster product with Game Thinking

    Do you want to harness the deeper power of games – the power to drive long-term engagement? Are you ready to look beyond the silver bullets & Skinner boxes – and learn to think like a game designer? In this talk, you’ll learn the foundations of Game Thinking – brought to life with front-line stories from eBay, Ultima Online, The Sims, Rock Band, Covet Fashion, Happify, Lumosity and Slack. You’ll come away with a smarter approach to innovative product design – and practical, actionable design tips you can use right away to turbo-charge your path towards product/market fit.
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  • Mary Poppendieck

    What Could Possibly Go Wrong?

    Sometimes you follow all the rules, adopt the latest processes, use the greatest technologies – and yet… This talk is about how cognitive biases interfere with team dynamics, how Conway’s Law distracts organizations from tackling their most critical problems, and how easy it is to outsource the wrong thing. If you are ready to question conventional ‘agile’ wisdom, join Mary Poppendieck for a look at how it might possibly lead you astray.
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  • Michael Jordan

    A Leaner Approach to Corporate Innovation

    There’s nothing magic about turning ideas into value, it’s hard work to innovate and the best you can do is manage resources well. Unfortunately large companies often ignore the constraints that make innovation fruitful. We invest heavily in people and programs, we double and triple our efforts, but we can’t move the ROI needle. There has to be a better way.  At Veritas we built an innovation framework that connects innovators to VPs (that act like VCs). We use the Lean canvas to validate assumptions and prove market appetite all while imposing severe limitations on time and head count. The results have been promising. By eliminating waste we have been able to get better returns faster.

  • Leah Cunningham

    Zen and the Art of Agility

    Leah is a Lead Agile Coach at SPS Commerce. She approaches her work in a non-doctrinaire style while focusing on delivering meaningful results. In this session, we will go beyond the “how” of agile and take a real-life story telling journey into why agile works.
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