Tools4 AgileTeams Conference 2020 – What will change?
This year the T4AT conference will be very special. Not only because we decided early on to shake things up a little bit, but because we have to be prepared for whatever might happen with COVID-19. We would be Agile if we did use change as a catalyst for trying new things – we want to use this change to make the best of things and hold a successful event.
The Tools4AgileTeams 2020 will therefore be held as a hybrid event – one part physical in the Rhein Main Congress Center Wiesbaden, one part remote. In concrete terms this means that in addition to the physical parts in Wiesbaden, there will also be remote sessions. This will give you the opportunity to get the same conference quality via remote Conference App. We want to make networking and idea-exchanges as valuable for everyone, even in a hybrid setting.
And what about the main theme?
Separately from COVID-19, we decided that after many years that this year, we would not give you a main theme. T4AT has always been successful due to its thematic diversity. We want to emphasize that even more by offering seven different tracks with different content. There will be some classing T4AT themes, but also exciting new things. For example:
From method frameworks like Scrum and Kanban, to moderation techniques in retrospectives, everything is possible when talking about how to help agile teams in everyday life. We’re especially interested in the insight our speakers will give on practical, everyday use.
As the saying goes, a ship and its crew is only as good as its captain. But who is the captain in an agile structure anyway? What skills and abilities do these so-called captains need to have in order to ensure that everyone works well together. We’ll discuss how to develop soft skills in order to be better leaders.
Dry workshops with never ending slides, where the speaker talks at you – you can’t learn from that and you shouldn’t have to subject yourself to it. Marc Bless and Dennis Wagner, the authors of the book Agile Spiele – Kurz & Gut (Agile Games – Short & Good), present you with this track under the motto: “Long-lasting learning through fun”. The sessions on this track range from trying out different agile games, to basic moderation techniques for agile games, to professional debriefing of intensive agile simulations. The participants will learn a lot of concrete things, as well as tips and tricks with which they can add to their agile arsenal in their everyday life.
There are already many active Agile teams. However, it’s often problematic when you are in a large corporate context or looking for broad support from within the organization. Scaled Agile Frameworks want to address this issue and offer approaches to how teams collaborate internally and with other teams. These frameworks are also often criticized – mainly because many people see them as a blueprint and try to carbon copy them without any thought. Felix Rüssel of KEGON as mediator helps us to take a look at both sides of the Agile equation. That is, he gives us both an objective view of what Agile is (or isn’t), as well as imparting knowledge and how to use it in daily business.
How can organizations be empowered with the right set of working tools to meet the challenges within their markets? We look at solutions and case studies from the world of the Google Cloud and show how IT can be made fast and modern.
The digital workplace can make an important contribution to strengthening transparency and making sure that all teams are on the same page. We look at approaches and case studies from the world of Atlassian and Atlassian-based tools. We focus on Atlassian Jira and Confluence and the use cases of business teams, but also let the techies have their say. This track is not only particularly suitable for corporate communications staff, but also for all agile and IT teams within organizations.
In the Culture Lounge we talk with people who work in innovative, Agile organizations about the various aspects of corporate culture. Their problem-solving methods are often unconventional and unique. They report on their experiences by giving us insight into the positive aspects as well as any challenges in relation to such new forms of organization and approaches. They also discuss the effects this can have on people and the way they work together in the company. In our interview format we provide an exciting and uncensored insight into their world of thought, accompanied by questions from the audience.
In each track there will be really cool keynotes, from top speakers as well as further lectures, workshops and sessions. We’re also curious about how all of this is going to go, but we hope that this way we will be able to meet the needs of all our participants.
We will put together the exact agenda in August and publish it as soon as possible.
Topic 2019: Tools and leadership
Leadership requires in-person conversations, and tools are for digital communication. If we categorize these two terms, they don’t seem to have much in common. But are they really so separated? In scaled agile practice, further questions quickly arise: Do tools and leadership always into conflict in theory or in practice, or perhaps both? Should they really be considered separately? Are there any synergies we can take advantage of? Can tool actually support leadership? Can leadership in turn have a meaningful effect on tools?
We want to discuss this and more at Tools4AgileTeams 2019!
Keynote 2019: Jurgen Appelo – How to Fix Your Failed Agile Transformation
We are delighted to have Jurgen Appelo, one of the most renowned and influential minds in the global agile and start-up scene, as our keynote speaker for Tools4AgileTeams 2019. Jurgen is a sought-after speaker, successful entrepreneur and bestselling author. He will open the conference with his presentation “How to Fix Your Failed Agile Transformation”.
Two more keynotes are planned.