Conference Program

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On this page you will only see the English-language presentations of the conference. You can find all conference sessions, including the German speaking ones, here.

The times given in the conference program of OOP 2024 correspond to Central European Time (CET).

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Thema: Agility

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, (Montag, 29.Januar 2024)
10:00 - 13:00
Mo 6
Agile Mastery Workshop: Unlocking the Potential of XP Practices with Wardley Mapping
Agile Mastery Workshop: Unlocking the Potential of XP Practices with Wardley Mapping

Are you ready to take your agile development practices to the next level? Join us for a hands-on and interactive workshop where we will explore the interdependencies of eXtreme Programming (XP) practices and how they can help you achieve success in your agile journey. Using the powerful technique of Wardley Mapping, we will uncover the gaps in your agile adoption and gain a new understanding of your actual agile capabilities.

Laptop (with browser access) is required.

Target Audience: Architects, Developers, Leaders, Coaches, Facilitators
Prerequisites: Basic understanding of eXtreme Programming
Level: Advanced

Extended Abstract:
Wardley Mapping is a visual mapping technique used to understand the evolution of a particular market or product and the relative value that each component provides. In the context of agile development, Wardley Mapping can help you identify the components of your agile process that are providing the most value and where to focus your efforts next. During the workshop, we will guide you through the process of creating your own Wardley Map, analyzing your current agile development practices, and identifying areas for improvement. You will have the opportunity to work with a small group of peers and receive personalized feedback and guidance from our experienced facilitators.
Whether you are using XP practices, Ben Linders' agile coaching cards, or simply following the agile values and principles, this workshop is designed to provide you with the tools and insights you need to achieve agile mastery. Don't miss this opportunity to take your agile development journey to the next level. Sign up for our workshop and discover the power of Wardley Mapping and XP practices. Please note: Participants should bring a laptop* and be familiar with the basics of agile development practices.
* We are going to use Miro for the mapping.

Andreas Schliep is a renowned Scrum Coach and Trainer and a founding member of DasScrumTeam. With a rich experience spanning over two decades in the software industry, Andreas has worked as a software developer, project manager, team leader, and unit manager, before discovering his passion for Scrum in 2003-2004 through his colleagues at WEB.DE.
Since then, Andreas has become a leading figure in the Scrum community, and his expertise in the field is widely recognized. He has served as a Scrum Master, Product Owner, team member, Coach, and Trainer, gaining invaluable insights into the nuances of Scrum implementation. Andreas has been a self-employed Coach and Trainer since 2008, with his main focus being on agile leadership and the sustainable transformation of organizations.
As a certified Scrum Alliance Trainer, Andreas has been instrumental in introducing Scrum to numerous organizations across the globe. His deep understanding of Scrum and his passion for leadership has made him a sought-after speaker at conferences and seminars worldwide. Andreas' special interests lie in responsibility and leadership, and he firmly believes that agile principles are key to unlocking an organization's true potential.
Andreas is a graduate of the University of Applied Sciences in Bremerhaven, where he honed his skills in software engineering. He has received numerous accolades for his work, and his contributions to the Scrum community have been widely acknowledged. Andreas is committed to sharing his knowledge and experience with others and helping organizations achieve their full potential through agile principles.

Peter Beck's mission is to create companies delivering value to their customers and their employees. That was his motivation to found DasScrumTeam, and that is still his motivation today to lead the company in the role as Product Owner. As a German graduate engineer, he believed that everything could be solved with a smart, technical solution. That changed in 2004, when his passion for Scrum began. Since then, he knows: There are no technical problems, only human ones. Since 2009, he has been helping people solve these problems by teaching them Scrum and other agile practices as a Certified Scrum Trainer.

Andreas Schliep, Peter Beck
Raum 11
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17:30 - 19:00
Nmo 1
Agile Leadership: Discover, Assess, and Transform
Agile Leadership: Discover, Assess, and Transform

Explore Agile Leadership in this interactive workshop. Delve into the adaptability of Agile Leadership, understand its context-dependency, and utilize our Leadership Assessment to gain insights into your leadership style. Strategize how to adjust your leadership behaviors for greater effectiveness within your team and organization.

Target Audience: Managers, Technical Leads, Scrum Masters, Agile Coaches, Software-Architects, Product Owners
Prerequisites: Basic Understanding of Agile, Team Experience, Interest in Leadership, Self-Reflection
Level: Advanced

Extended Abstract:
Purpose: To dive deep into the essence of Agile Leadership, assess individual leadership styles, and enable participants to make informed changes for better team outcomes and organizational goals.
Learning Outcomes:
By the end of this workshop, participants should:

  • Understand the concept and adaptability of Agile Leadership.
  • Discover their own leadership styles through the Leadership Assessment.
  • Recognize the context-dependency of effective leadership behaviors.
  • Develop strategies to implement Agile Leadership principles in their roles.

Gregory Keegan is an experienced Agile Coach & Trainer with a proven track record of driving successful Agile transformations. Skilled in working with diverse teams and organizations, providing guidance and training to enable the effective adoption of agile methodologies.

Gregory Keegan
Raum 02
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Raum 02
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, (Dienstag, 30.Januar 2024)
14:00 - 14:45
Di 1.2
These are not the architectures you’re looking for… What agile development needs from architecture
These are not the architectures you’re looking for… What agile development needs from architecture

This is not about what an "Agile Architecture" could be. It is about the view from the opposite direction:
How can architecture work look like in order to act as an enabler to work in the spirit of the Manifesto for Agile Software Development?
There are answers to questions like.
•    Why is architecture documentation so rarely read?
•    How much technology focus is helpful and why?
•    What knowledge needs to be built by yourself in the first place?
•    What does programming have to do with architecture?
And above all: what does it mean in practice?

Target Audience: (Senior) Software Developers, Architects, Knowledge-Managers
Prerequisites: Curiosity for why architecture work is still so difficult.
Level: Advanced

Extended Abstract:
This is not about the question "How does a good architecture emerge in an 'Agile environment'". Nor is it about whether hexagonal, clean or onion architectures are good for ‘agile projects’.
Rather, it is about the view from the opposite direction:
What should architecture work look like in practice to act as an enabler for working in the way of the Manifesto for Agile Software Development?
Covering (at least) these points:

  • Being read is more important than writing or: The worm must taste good to the fish, not to the angler.
  • Concepts are more important than technologies or: Kafka is not a business interface
  • Parnas and Dijksta are more important than reddit/r/docker or: "Have we reinvented the wheel yet this year?"
  • Software crafting is an architecture issue or: Riding a bike is only easy if you've learned how to do it

We look at what is actually meant by this in detail, and how we can arrive at "good practices" for the daily work.

English below

Heutzutage verbringt Michael die meiste Zeit in der Organisationsentwicklung und unterstützt Kunden bei ihrer Suche nach effektiveren Arbeitsmethoden. Oft durch die Anwendung von Lean- und Agile-Konzepten. Michael macht seit den 1990ern Zeugs, das heute Agil heißt (wie z.B. FDD und XP), hatte um 2005 eine intensivere Scrum Phase und ist seit 2008 mit der Kanban-Methode involviert. Unter anderem war er 2011 Co-Gründer der  Kölner "Limited WIP Society" (Kanban User Group) und ist regelmäßiger Sprecher auf diversen Konferenzen zum Thema. Obwohl –oder eigentlich gerade weil– er derzeit vor allem größere Organisationen übergreifend im Wandel begleitet, ist ihm der hilfreiche Einsatz von Methoden gerade auf persönlicher Ebene und auf Teamebene eine Herzensangelegenheit. Michaels Mantra: Accept Reality.
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These days, Michael Mahlberg spends most of his time in organizational development, helping clients find more effective ways of working. Often by applying concepts from Lean and Kanban. His strong commitment to software architecture makes him change hats every now and then and the collaboration with software architects from the last 20 years is the basis for this talk.

Michael Mahlberg
Raum 13a
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17:45 - 18:45
Di 4.4
Slicing Work – The Key to Unlocking Business Agility
Slicing Work – The Key to Unlocking Business Agility

This session will provide you with insights into the core skill of slicing work and how it is crucial to business agility. Using real-life scenarios, we'll explore the different dimensions of how slicing affects work, including ease of delegation, adapting scope, quality control, measuring and assessing progress, and improving using feedback.
This session will give you inspiration and practical tips for how to slice your projects differently.

Target Audience: Decision Makers, Managers, Project Leaders, Product Owners
Prerequisites: None
Level: Basic

Extended Abstract:
If you love to see and hear lots of real life examples that help you understand and communicate what agility in business is about, this session is for you.
Using real-life scenarios, we'll explore the different dimensions of slicing work, including delegation, scope, quality control, and feedback, and provide practical tips for how to do it effectively. We'll also examine how unpredictability can affect measuring progress and provide strategies to help you adapt. By the end of the session, you'll have a clear understanding of the art of slicing work and be able to apply it to your work for improved business agility.

Your Key Take-Aways:

  • Understanding how slicing work affects adaptability, delegation, quality control, responsibility, effectiveness, and tracking of progress
  • Learning several strategies to slice work that you can apply at your workplace
  • Inspiration from several real-life examples

Anton Skornyakov is an experienced Agile Coach and CST® with Scrum Alliance® based in Berlin. He has a rich history of entrepreneurship as a founder of multiple startups and has been a consultant for Lean Startup methodologies. Anton has been instrumental in assisting organizations of varying sizes and industries, such as those involved in building software, offering government grant programs and quality departments, in adopting and implementing Agile principles to solve complex challenges.

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Raum 11
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Raum 11
Vortrag: Di 4.4
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, (Mittwoch, 31.Januar 2024)
09:00 - 10:30
Mi 5.1
Designing Agile Ecosystems with Org Topologies™
Designing Agile Ecosystems with Org Topologies™

In this session, two co-creators of Org Topologies™, Alexey Krivitsky and Roland Flemm, will share a method to design, assess and improve your organizational ecosystem.
They will do that by familiarizing you with a set of organizational archetypes that are easy to spot. Hopefully, you will have much better clarity on which organization ecosystem you want to build and which behaviors you expect it to exhibit.
You shall be able to take this tool home and use it as a map in your ongoing, never-ending transformation journey toward agility.

Target Audience: Decision Makers, Transformation Team Members, Coaches, Leadership
Prerequisites: Challenges with scaling agility
Level: Advanced

Extended Abstract:
The legacy of the original lightweight barely sufficient Agile ideas (namely XP and Scrum) has been impeded by the difficulties of applying them beyond a single team without losing the key principles and the promised gains.
Over the last decade, that challenge has led to a rose in heavy-weight methods, especially SAFe™, which has become a go-to place for "everything agile". It provides the user with a profound variety of specific tools and techniques for "scaling agile". Many enterprises are on the path of "rolling out" these ideas by the book with the help of trained coaches. But will we eventually get the promised gains of agility once we fulfill the requirements of the framework in our enterprise? Is such a prescriptive approach agile itself? And more importantly: will we own the change and know how to keep improving beyond the rule book?
In recent years, we have seen the emergence of other methods: framework-agnostic org design DIY toolboxes. In this family of modern ideas, Team Topologies™ and unFix™ stand out from the crowd. Their approach is to offer us a "lunch buffet" to pick structures and processes that suit our situation. It is a flexible approach with a lot of freedom of choice. It offers a fresh path for some of us trying to avoid the burden of frameworks. But the freedom of freely picking org elements implies that we possess a clear bigger picture and won't get lost in the night-gritty details of the puzzle pieces. As leaders, managers, and coaches, how fluent are we in org design, queuing theory, and systems thinking? How can we be confident that we won't lose the plot by trying to put together those puzzle pieces? And more importantly: will we get long-term gains, or will we inflict more unforeseen problems by focusing too much on the small building blocks rather than the whole system?
Difficult questions. Org Topologies™ doesn't have all of them answered for us. But being a framework-agnostic approach for designing agile ecosystems where business and technology would work as one, it can provide us with a solid basis on which all other decisions can be grounded. Essentially, Org Topologies™ moves us from the dualism of frameworks vs. DIY methods into the realm of ecosystems - a unity of interdependent organizational parts that together exhibit well-recognized behaviors.
In this session, two co-creators of Org Topologies™, Alexey Krivitsky and Roland Flemm, will share a method to design, assess and improve your organizational ecosystem. They will do that by familiarizing you with a set of organizational archetypes that are easy to spot in any organization. Hopefully, by the end of the talk, you will have much better clarity on which organization ecosystem you want to build and which behaviors you expect it to exhibit. Eventually, you shall be able to take this tool home and use it with your leadership group as a map in your ongoing, never-ending transformation journey toward agility.

Roland Flemm (PST) became a Scrum Master in 2009 closing his 20-year career as a developer and infrastructure specialist. Roland grew into international agile consulting with a focus on large scaled Scrum adoptions since 2015. He has been actively appearing in the Agile community as a conference speaker.
He started in 1984 as a Cobol and Ideal/Datacom developer. In 2001 he moved to the support and maintenance field and worked with mostly IBM Application Server products.
In 2009 he switched to a new career in Scrum and Agile. He is now a proud member of the 350 globally certified Professional Scrum Trainers for scrum.org. His main focus is Agile organization design coaching and he supports agile adoptions in various industries. The core of his approach is to put people first, learn by doing and innovate with common sense.

Alexey Krivitsky has been a developer, scrum master, conference producer, and speaker. He has written several books and is the inventor of lego4scrum. He is a Certified Scrum Trainer (CST) and works as an organization agility coach.
Alexey is known in the industry because of the success of lego4scrum that he invented.
He has been using Scrum since 2005, he is probably the first Scrum master of Ukraine. In 2007, together with a group of 'interested', he acted as the inspirer of the Agile Ukraine community. So in Ukraine they began to talk about flexible development. It all started with a Google group. Then a dozen half-day free conferences throughout Ukraine. The wave went rolling.
Since 2008, he has been actively appearing in the arena of the Agile community as a conference producer and speaker. Since the same year - an independent agile consultant, perhaps also the first in Ukraine.

Roland Flemm, Alexey Krivitsky
Raum 04b
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17:00 - 18:00
Mi 4.4
Agile Leadership in Action
Agile Leadership in Action

After years of contributions, there is still a disconnection at the boundary between the leadership development world and agility. On one side, there are proposals on the role of the leader. On the other side, “frameworks for scaling”.
Especially at scale, agile leadership is the art of integrating modern collaborative leadership concepts and sound emergent strategies for organisational development.
In this interactive session, we will discuss the overarching structure of agile leadership and how to apply it to your organisation effectively.

Target Audience: Leaders, Scrum Masters, Coaches
Prerequisites: Generic understanding of agility and leadership. Ideally experience in a leadership position
Level: Advanced

Extended Abstract:
Agility and Leadership development: two parallel worlds that address one part of the problem each, but neither provides a holistic approach.
As part of our work on ScaleAgility, a framework-free set of principles for agile at scale, the authors have also developed a way to integrate the two disciplines: what does leadership do in practice? How can they combine the ideas proposed by leadership model X [add your preferred model here] and the need for an organisation to evolve healthy agile and collaborative structures?
In this interactive presentation, we will propose our concept for agile leadership at scale, indicating a concrete implementation path agnostic to a specific leadership development model or scaling framework. Yet, it gives pragmatic structural elements that will allow you to effectively implement a sound agile leadership concept or use it to “plug in” your preferred models.

Pierluigi Pugliese is active as Agile Coach, Systemic Consultant and Trainer. He has 30+ years of cross-sector experience in product development and streamlining complex international and multi-site projects, from consulting and coaching for top management to working with teams.
He regularly speaks at international conferences, especially focusing on large-scale and people aspects of agility.
Pierluigi is based in Munich, Germany and operates through his company Connexxo.

Blog: http://www.connexxo.com/blog

Simon John Roberts is an agile and leadership coach and Certified Scrum Trainer. He has used lightweight/agile methods since the late 1990s and works with organisations large and small to help them achieve better results by leveraging the power of self-organising teams. He has consulted for and led several large-scale agile transitions at DAX companies in Germany, is the author of several articles and speaks regularly at conferences on the subject of agile leadership. Simon holds an MBA specialising in Creativity, Innovation and Change from the Open University Business School.

Since 2005 Colin Bird is assisting organisations in many sectors to wrestle with the challenges of retaining agility as the scale of the challenge moves beyond a single team.

Pierluigi Pugliese, Simon John Roberts, Colin Bird
Raum 04b
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, (Donnerstag, 01.Februar 2024)
18:30 - 20:00
Ndo 3
Pragmatic Scaling: Agile Leadership for Sustainable Business Agility
Pragmatic Scaling: Agile Leadership for Sustainable Business Agility

Sustainable success for agile in the large needs leaders to shift their focus from managing people to managing the system so that people can thrive.
This session builds on our successful OOP 2023 session ("Pragmatic Scaling to Business Agility: Crafting Organisations for Innovation where People can Thrive") by:

  1. Focussing on how leadership should be different in an agile organisation.
  2. Sharing experiences of applying the model with real clients.

Participants will assess their own leadership and identify "nudges" for developing further.

Target Audience: Leaders, Agile Coaches, Product Owners, Scrum Masters, Managers
Prerequisites: Practical experience with one or more agile frameworks
Level: Advanced

Extended Abstract:
This interactive workshop presents a pragmatic approach for scaling agile. The approach is based on five shifts needed in typical organisations to get agile to work well at scale. It guides how to find the right balance for each shift, using the current context of the organisation. In this way it not only presents the end state, but also the possible steps to implement each shift.
At OOP 2023, we facilitated a successful interactive 90-minute session entitled "Pragmatic Scaling to Business Agility: Crafting Organisations for Innovation where People can Thrive".
This introduced 5-shifts that organisations can make to help agile to thrive. Participants assessed their organisations against the shifts and identified "nudges" to develop their agile approach.
This proposal builds on that session by:

  1. Zooming in on how leadership should be different in an agile organisation.
  2. Sharing experiences and stories of applying the model with real clients.

The workshop will provide participants with insights into the future of leadership and leadership in a scaled agile environment.
They will also apply the model to their own context or a context they are familiar with and identify options for their future growth as agile leaders.

Carsten Ruseng Jakobsen is a Registered Scrum Trainer and has led agile evolution in organizations. He has written several articles with Jeff Sutherland and speaks at Agile conferences. He is one of the early Agile and Scrum pioneers in Denmark. His career started with Sun Microsystems in Silicon Valley, and later he returned to Denmark where he joined Systematic in 1998. Since 2006 Carsten has led change management and transformations in organizations to adopt Scrum and Agile values. He has written several articles with Jeff Sutherland and is a speaker at international Agile conferences. Since 2017, Carsten has worked primarily with larger organizations to drive agile transformations. In most organizations he has done this with Scrum training, Agile workshops, onsite consultancy, and close collaboration with leaders in the organization.

Simon John Roberts is an agile and leadership coach and Certified Scrum Trainer. He has used lightweight/agile methods since the late 1990s and works with organisations large and small to help them achieve better results by leveraging the power of self-organising teams. He has consulted for and led several large-scale agile transitions at DAX companies in Germany, is the author of several articles and speaks regularly at conferences on the subject of agile leadership. Simon holds an MBA specialising in Creativity, Innovation and Change from the Open University Business School.

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Raum 04a
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, (Freitag, 02.Februar 2024)
09:00 - 16:00
Fr 6
Limitiert Exploratory Testing – Agile Testing on Steroids
Exploratory Testing – Agile Testing on Steroids

In this interactive training session, we will dive into the fascinating world of exploratory testing. Exploratory testing is a mindset and approach that empowers testers to uncover hidden defects, explore the boundaries of software systems, and provide valuable feedback to improve overall quality.
Through a combination of theory, practical examples, and hands-on exercises, participants will gain a solid understanding of exploratory testing principles and techniques, and learn how to apply them effectively in their testing efforts.

Max. number of participants: 12

Target Audience: Developers, Testers, Business Analysts, Scrum Masters, Project Manager
Prerequisites: None
Level: Basic

Extended Abstract:
In this interactive and engaging 3-hour training session, we will dive into the fascinating world of exploratory testing. Exploratory testing is a mindset and approach that empowers testers to uncover hidden defects, explore the boundaries of software systems, and provide valuable feedback to improve overall quality.
Through a combination of theory, practical examples, and hands-on exercises (with a E-Commerce Platform), participants will gain a solid understanding of exploratory testing principles and techniques, and learn how to apply them effectively in their testing efforts.
Whether you are a beginner or an experienced tester, this training will equip you with the skills and knowledge to become a more effective and efficient explorer of software.
Learning Outcomes:

  1. Understand the fundamentals of exploratory testing and its importance in software development.
  2. Learn various techniques and strategies for conducting exploratory testing.
  3. Develop the ability to identify high-risk areas and prioritize testing efforts during exploration.
  4. Acquire practical tips for documenting and communicating exploratory testing findings.
  5. Gain hands-on experience through interactive exercises to apply exploratory testing techniques.
  6. Enhance critical thinking and problem-solving skills to uncover hidden defects.
  7. Improve overall testing efficiency and effectiveness by incorporating exploratory testing into your testing process.
  8. Learn how to collaborate effectively with developers, product owners, and other stakeholders during exploratory testing.
  9. Gain insights into tools and technologies that can support and enhance exploratory testing activities.
  10. Leave with a comprehensive understanding of exploratory testing and the confidence to apply it in real-world scenarios.

Join us for this immersive training session, and unlock the potential of exploratory testing to uncover valuable insights and improve the quality of your software products.

Matthias Zax ist ein engagierter Agile Engineering Coach bei der Raiffeisen Bank International AG (RBI), wo er erfolgreiche digitale Transformationen durch agile Methoden vorantreibt. Mit einer tief verwurzelten Leidenschaft für Softwareentwicklung ist Matthias ein #developerByHeart, der seine Fähigkeiten im Bereich Softwaretest und Testautomatisierung im DevOps-Umfeld seit 2018 verfeinert hat. 
Matthias ist eine treibende Kraft hinter der RBI Test Automation Community of Practice, sowie auch für kontinuierliches Lernen und Innovation.

Matthias Zax is an accomplished Agile Engineering Coach at Raiffeisen Bank International AG (RBI), where he drives successful digital transformations through agile methodologies. With a deep-rooted passion for software development, Matthias is a #developerByHeart who has honed his skills in software testing and test automation in the DevOps environment since 2018.
Matthias is a key driving force behind the RBI Test Automation Community of Practice, where he leads by example. He is a firm believer in the importance of continuous learning and innovation, which he actively promotes through his coaching and mentorship.
 

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Raum: Sissi
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