Toronto Agile Community Conference

November 5 | Beanfield Centre at Exhibition Place. | Toronto, ON
About Toronto Agile Community Conference

This year, our 11th Annual Toronto Agile Community Conference is expected to be our largest to date! 

The conference will be held November 5th, 2019 at the Beanfield Centre at Exhibition Place.

The conference program is available on ConfEngine: https://confengine.com/toronto-agile-conference-2019/schedule

Conference Location

Beanfield Centre at Exhibition Place, 100 Princes’ Blvd., Toronto, ON, M6K 3C3 Canada

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Here's what we are talking about!
NoEstimates at Scale in the US Federal Government
By Adam Parker
Your Agile Leadership Journey: Leading People, Managing Paradoxes
By Paul Boos
NoEstimates at Scale in the US Federal Government
By Adam Parker
Presentation time
November 5th
10:30a.m.
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Come learn how our 3 teams, operating in a LeSS-style scaled model, experimented with a NoEstimates approach to development work and then adopted that as our way of working for a year in the US Federal government. Included in our story is a switch to Kanban, returning to Scrum, and eventually returning to pointing work. It has been a remarkable journey that I'm excited to share!

Your Agile Leadership Journey: Leading People, Managing Paradoxes
By Paul Boos
Presentation time
November 5th
2:15p.m.
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When the people of an organization embark on their quest for increased agility, they are essentially begin working on the opposite side of a paradox that has been ignored. Often times, though as they take their journey, they begin experiencing the downside of now ignoring the the traditional, control-based approach and there is an outcry to revert. A dilemma is created.

What are these paradoxes? Well, the first four you encounter are described in the Agile Manifesto’s values. If one could have both sides of the “over” statements easily, we’d take them. Successfully maximizing the appropriate upsides of each side of these values while minimizing the downsides becomes a swinging pendulum to manage. This becomes key to leading others in your organization. If you are a manager, team leader, or executive trying help your organization get traction, then this session will provide some new insights into how to balance change with stability.

These four values are just the start of the paradoxes that will emerge as you take your journey. This workshop will help you use a technique called Polarity Management to help manage the upsides and downsides of this balancing act so that you can lead people effectively. Once out in the open, dilemmas created with a swing one way or another become easier to handle and perhaps can even be avoided.

NoEstimates at Scale in the US Federal Government
By Adam Parker

Come learn how our 3 teams, operating in a LeSS-style scaled model, experimented with a NoEstimates approach to development work and then adopted that as our way of working for a year in the US Federal government. Included in our story is a switch to Kanban, returning to Scrum, and eventually returning to pointing work. It has been a remarkable journey that I'm excited to share!

Your Agile Leadership Journey: Leading People, Managing Paradoxes
By Paul Boos

When the people of an organization embark on their quest for increased agility, they are essentially begin working on the opposite side of a paradox that has been ignored. Often times, though as they take their journey, they begin experiencing the downside of now ignoring the the traditional, control-based approach and there is an outcry to revert. A dilemma is created.

What are these paradoxes? Well, the first four you encounter are described in the Agile Manifesto’s values. If one could have both sides of the “over” statements easily, we’d take them. Successfully maximizing the appropriate upsides of each side of these values while minimizing the downsides becomes a swinging pendulum to manage. This becomes key to leading others in your organization. If you are a manager, team leader, or executive trying help your organization get traction, then this session will provide some new insights into how to balance change with stability.

These four values are just the start of the paradoxes that will emerge as you take your journey. This workshop will help you use a technique called Polarity Management to help manage the upsides and downsides of this balancing act so that you can lead people effectively. Once out in the open, dilemmas created with a swing one way or another become easier to handle and perhaps can even be avoided.