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Agile 2018

Cardinal is excited to be a part of the largest Agile conference of the year! Agile Alliance's annual event is dedicated to furthering Agile principles and providing a venue for people and ideas to flourish. Be sure to add the following topics to your schedule!

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

Presented by Wendy Jacobs, and Tammy Gretz

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? 

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? What would it look like to let the teams actually decide? What are the unspoken rules of engagement for a self-selection activity? 

Join Wendy and Tammy 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.

Yes, You CAN Let Your Teams Self-Organize!

Presented by Faye Thompson and Rob Reed

'Build projects around motivated individuals. Give them the environment and support they need, and trust them to get the job done.' This principle from the Agile Manifesto - that teams are 'self-organizing' - may sound simple; however, supporting self-organizing teams can be one of the more significant cultural changes that a company in transformation faces. This is especially true in a large enterprise. You may see hierarchical structures and processes in place that prevent teams from aligning themselves around work to be done. You may even go so far as to think 'there's no way that would work here.' But we're here to say that it can work, and it can yield happy, productive teams who are more energized than ever before to deliver value for your customers. 

Faye and Rob are scrum masters at American Electric Power, one of the largest electric utilities in the U.S., serving nearly 5.4 million customers in 11 states. The teams they are a part of have explored dynamic reteaming, self-selection, interviewing and hiring new team members, pairing and co-training in order to build the strongest teams possible for the work at hand. All of this was done with the support of management, and through incremental change. While their path wasn't always easy, they did learn a lot along the way. They want to share their story so that you might start to envision a future reality in which your teams can be trusted with organizing themselves.

Cultivating Space for Learning

Presented by Faye Thompson

Our understanding of how humans learn and create new memories has grown tremendously in the last 20 years. Providing an environment in which people have room to think, and the safety to experiment and adapt is key. This topic will review fundamental concepts of neuroscience and how they intersect with organizational behavior. You will also review how the agile mindset takes advantage of these concepts. From there, you can begin to envision the conditions that will provide the greatest opportunity for learning and continuous improvement. Together, we will share ideas on how we can start to transform our environments into safe spaces where teams can grow and thrive.


Marriot Marquis San Diego
San Diego, CA


August 6-9, 2018
8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

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