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Thursday, November 10


Get Ready to Lead your Virtual Team
Using the VIRTUAL framework, Pilar will help you to identify those aspects of leading your distributed team you need to be focusing on. You can use this session to ask questions, make a plan, share your experiences and also to get ready for the conference ahead. (This is not a talk, but an interactive workshop, get ready to participate!)

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Pilar Orti

Director, VirtualNotDistant
Pilar Orti is the director of Virtual not Distant, a company offering training, consulting and coaching for leaders and managers of virtual teams.

Thursday November 10, 2016 8:00am - 9:45am
Sococo: Distributed Agile
Friday, November 11


Welcome - The road before, the road ahead
Welcome to our Distributed Agile Worlds 2016 conference - our fourth one featuring advanced tools for distributed teams.  This session will welcome you to the event by explaining mechanics, where we've been, and where we are headed.

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AgileBill Krebs

Agile Coach, Agile Dimensions
\"AgileBill\" Krebs is a Practice Architect / Agile Coach with over 20 years of programming, performance, project management, and training experience. His work has spanned large enterprise transformations in Banking, Telecom, Healthcare, and Technology. He has used agile since 2001, and taught it to over 2,000 people worldwide. He is a frequent conference speaker and holds a dozen certifications such as SPC and ICE-AC, and is quickly closing... Read More →

Friday November 11, 2016 8:00am - 8:15am
Sococo: Distributed Agile


Strengthening Your Team's Connections With Clean Language
Agile is about people - individuals and interactions over processes and tools. And yet we constantly get drawn into frameworks and structures, as well as miracles of communication technology. Clean Language is a systematic way of getting "back to basics": helping team members to understand themselves and each other at a deeper level, so that they forge stronger relationships and communicate more effectively. In this session, you'll get a taste of the difference that can make. It'll be interactive - expect to participate rather than just listen.

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Judy Rees

Coach and trainer, author and blogger. Specialist in teaching things that "can't be taught online", online - including Clean Language, an Agile-friendly way to find out what people are *really* thinking and feeling, so that teams communicate more effectively and get more good stuff done. Author of "Your Clean Language Questions Answered" and co-author of "Clean Language: Revealing Metaphors And Opening Minds".

Friday November 11, 2016 8:15am - 9:00am
Sococo: Distributed Agile


Metaliteracy in Metamodern Culture
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Dr. Valerie Hill

Information Literacy Consultant, ALA VCL Member Interest Group
As a librarian and instructor of library and information science with a background in school librarianship, Dr. Hill researches new media in digital culture. Strong interest in information literacy, human-computer interaction, and emerging technology trends for the metamodern, particularly for youth. Background as a National Writing Trainer, specializing in connecting literature to writing. Research area is immersive learning in libraries and... Read More →

Friday November 11, 2016 9:00am - 9:45am
Sococo: Distributed Agile


Sales Agility
Limited Capacity seats available

Could Sales be a perfect industry for Agility?  It's not software development like we are used to with our Agile projects.  Yet it fits like a glove, but it’s a different glove than what software teams might wear.

This talk will highlight three main points for the Sales team as a baseline for our new Agile operating agreement:

  1. Accounts need continuous  prioritization and re-prioritization with a primary focus  on activities that return the highest value.
  2. Shift the mindset to team performance from individual performances – measure success as a team rather than individual account managers.
  3. Metrics and data are critical as they provide powerful insights that impact priority and approach to accounts.
Join us as we discuss how you can put Agility into your Sales process.

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Mandy Ross

Director of Marketing & Agile Practices, Sococo
After many years leading Agile teams as an Engineering Program Manager, I've jumped into a new role in Marketing, heading up content, social, partner affiliation programs, customer outreach, blogging, art direction, and editorial direction. As head Agilist, I continue to develop and monitor our Agile practices as a company, and lend this perspective to our customers' experience.

Friday November 11, 2016 10:00am - 10:45am
Sococo: Distributed Agile


Distributed Retrospectives
Every two weeks agile teams reflect on how to improve their process.  They often use sticky notes, dot voting, white boards, and other activities to create rich face to face interactions.  But what if they are not face to face?

Come hear how some teams have observed and addressed these challenges in general, and also specifically by leveraging the 'Retrium' tool.

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David Horowitz

CEO and Co-Founder, Retrium
A software developer turned agilist turned entrepreneur, David Horowitz has over a decade of experience building software in companies large and small. In 2015, he co-founded Retrium, a SaaS product that helps you run effective and engaging agile retrospectives. In addition to his Master's Degree in Technology Management from The University of Pennsylvania and The Wharton School of Business, and his Computer Science and Economics degrees from The... Read More →

Friday November 11, 2016 11:00am - 11:45am
Sococo: Distributed Agile


Audacious experiments in Distributed Teams
Mark shares his experiences with distirbuted teams and his Audacious experiement at the Agile 2016 conference.

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Mark Kilby

Agile Coach, Sonatype
Since 1990, Mark Kilby has guided individuals, teams and organizations to develop unique software and system solutions for government, industry and academia. His roles have included software developer, technical lead, rocket scientist, principal investigator, technical architect, web development manager, methodologist, scrum master, product owner and agile coach (since 2003). His experience spans complete software development life cycles for a... Read More →

Friday November 11, 2016 12:00pm - 12:45pm
Sococo: Distributed Agile


Daikibo(sm) - a framework for distributed Agile
Daikibo℠ is a combination of Scrum, Kanban, and XP frameworks, and supports both the Agile and Lean principles. Daikibo proposes techniques to go beyond the classical approach of typical agile – scrum approach so that efficiency and productivity of the development life cycle are maximised. In  orthodox Agile-Scrum approach, there exist one self-organizing, cross-functional team writing stories, designing solution models, developing codes, testing, and producing functionality in each sprint. Daikibo makes this process work for distributed teams geographical dispersed around the globe. The “Hybrid” Daikibo℠ Agile approach separates the cross-functional teams and bifurcated responsibilities (a producer-consumer model) operating in an incremental-iterative pipeline approach, following the defined Agile principles.

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John Leonard

Agile Program Manager, North America Agile Center of Excellence, Cognizant Technology Solutions
- Agile IT Program and Sr Project Manager; PhD, PMP, PMI-ACP, Scrum Master (SMC), ITILv3, Distinguished Toastmaster (DTM), certified BC/DR contingency planner with 18 years of successful project implementation leadership in agile IT software development, network hardware infrastructure team management, and BC/DR/ risk plan deployment.  | - Proven execution of IT product development and service management implementaton in multiple settings... Read More →

Friday November 11, 2016 1:00pm - 1:45pm
Sococo: Distributed Agile


Prelude to Chartering
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Howard B. Esbin

CEO & Founder, playprelude.com
Prelude is a compact, facilitated online experience for distributed teams that helps accelerate trust and improve collaboration in three steps. Team members first tune in and tune up emotionally and cognitively. They then draw together, literally and metaphorically. In step three, teams harness lessons learned and skills identified in developing a more vital Team Charter. We’re seeking early adopter coaches and facilitators. Training and... Read More →

Friday November 11, 2016 2:00pm - 2:45pm
Sococo: Distributed Agile