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Music City Agile

Cardinal is proud to be a Silver Sponsor for Nashville's local, full day conference dedicated to the principles and practices of Agile, Lean, Kanban, and more! We are also excited to share that Cardinal will be delivering six presentations at this year's event! Be sure to connect with Cardinal to learn about our Agile community including career opportunities and what we offer our clients.

Design Thinking for Everyone: A Guide for Product Development Teams

by Tammy Lawlor

Have you ever started working with an amazing development team, but later realize they have spent over a year building a product barely anyone uses? Or maybe during a requirements gathering session you’ve encountered a stakeholder who jumps to the solution before actually knowing the problem they are trying to solve, basing solution ideas off of their own preferences? 

If you’ve been in software product development long enough, you have probably experienced scenarios like the one’s listed above. Also, you’ve most likely experienced your fair share of project or product fails, as well as questioned the value of what you or your team are developing.  

A methodology proven to be successful for product teams traversing multiple industries is a concept called Design Thinking. In this session you will:  

  • Learn the definition and steps involved in Design Thinking 
  • Discuss and use examples of Design Thinking tools 
  • Be able to go back to work tomorrow with ideas & tools you can apply and use right away!

Bad Agile Metrics and How to Find Them

by Chuck Husemann and Faye Thompson

One of the key features of agile is transparency which is usually done via large visible charts of team metrics in and around the team space. As agile is adopted by large organizations there is usually an effort to standardize metrics and develop organization specific metrics.

However these new metrics can drive the wrong behavior or measure the wrong thing. This session identifies common agile metrics and demonstrates how they should and shouldn’t be used. It will also cover how to “coach-up” to ensure that metrics are consumed correctly by upper management. Finally we will also discuss how to identify bad metrics with a few common sense questions.

From Self Obsession to Self Selection: A Scaled Org's Journey to Value Reorganization

by Tammy Gretz and Wendy Jacobs

Self-organizing teams? 

If you've spent any time at all working with agile teams, you've heard that the teams should be self-organizing around the work. In theory, it sounds grand! "Ask the team...let the team decide", but in practice what does it mean? Does it mean they just get to pick the story cards for the sprint, or maybe the project they get to work on for the next ten sprints? 

Or could it mean they can decide what to work on and who to work with all while delivering the most valuable items that the business actually wants? 

Does your organization suffer from too many "Number One Priorities" from different parts of the organization? Everyone believes their thing is the most important and it should be the #1 item. Shoulder taps "Can you just do this one thing real quick or can you slide it into your next sprint?". Which department takes priority? Who's work is more important? What is the true business value of the work the team is tasked with delivering? 

What would it look like to let the teams actually decide? What are the unspoken rules of engagement for a self-selection activity? Come with us to see how one scaled organization, from a large enterprise, went on an 8-month journey of continuous improvement to move from teams organized by systems and processes to a group of teams self-selected and self-organized based on business value.

I Kanban, Kan You?

by Vicki Riehl and Sydney Johnson

Are you new to Kanban and interested in learning more about this agile framework?  Are you currently working in Kanban and interested in optimizing your workflow?  Are you leading a team practicing Kanban, and unsure of the best way to add value? The more you know about Kanban, the greater the value you can glean from its principles. After leaving this half day workshop you will be able to…

  • Evaluate when it makes sense to apply Kanban principles to your Agile practices
  • Utilize Kanban to experiment with your own board
  • Recognize common pitfalls and discover techniques to address them
  • Learn how Kanban can help you stop starting, and start finishing

This highly interactive workshop welcomes all participants, from those new to Kanban to active practitioners. We will work through real life, hands-on activities, while also engaging in group discussions on the finer points of Kanban and make Kanban work for you.

Business Value Eating Zombies Killed My Agile Transformation

by Kyle Morton

Companies adopt agile approaches in hopes of realizing business value like a faster speed to market, a more valuable product, or a more engaged workforce. But far too often they do not realize the desired business value. Why does this happen with some regularity? One reason is that companies make choices that limit the business value realized.

In this session we will review 6 common value eating decisions and discuss not only the impact of those decisions, but suggest some ways to improve or avoid negative impacts. We will then break into small groups to share with each other decisions we have seen in our experience, the business value that was lost, and strategies for getting better outcomes.

Get it Right the First Time - The First 90 Days With a New Team

by Mark Bradley and Michael Wallace

You've just become the Scrum Master or Coach for a new team. You're not sure yet of the challenges ahead or how you will meet them. You most likely will have three months to show some progress with your new team - or fail.

This session will provide you with a road map for making the right moves quickly and effectively during this critical phase of your relationship with a new team. Based on the STARS model developed by Michael Watkins in his book "The First 90 Days" for executives in transition, we'll show you how this model can be used to help Scrum Masters and Coaches working with new teams to quickly diagnose the situation to understand its challenges and opportunities, secure early wins to establish credibility and create momentum, and create a productive working relationship with your team.


Vanderbilt University
Nashville, TN


May 31 - June 2, 2018
8 a.m. - 5 p.m.





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