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Southern Fried Agile 2017

It's Gravy For
Your Brain

November 30, 2017 / Charlotte / North Carolina

About

Join the SFA family on November 30th for our 8th annual Southern Fried Agile Conference.  We look forward to seeing our committed SFA'ers and new comers at the Charlotte Convention Center!

Conference Hall

Our SFA family of Analyst, Developers, Executives, Scrum Masters, Coaches, and Teams are excited about the learning and collaborative opportunities afforded at SFA 2017 not to mention our traditional southern fried chicken lunch.... including other options as well. Join us and your agile colleagues for Southern Fried Agile 2017, November 30th at the Charlotte Convention Center! 

Team Chicken

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Southern Fried Agile is planned, organized and run entirely by a group of dedicated volunteers.  These team members put in countless hours to make SFA an event that engages, informs, and encourages those in and out of the agile community!  THANK YOU ALL!!!!

Speakers

Keynote Speaker

Rich Sheridan

Rich Sheridan

Menlo Innovations CEO Rich Sheridan had an all-consuming thought during a difficult mid-career in the chaotic technology industry ... Things can be better. Much better. He had to find a way. His search led him to books, authors and history, including recalling childhood visits to Greenfield Village every summer. The excitement of the Edison Menlo Park New Jersey Lab served as his siren call to create a workplace filled with camaraderie, human energy, creativity and productivity. 

Ultimately, Rich and his co-founder James Goebel invented their own company in 2001 to "end human suffering in the world as it relate to technology" by returning joy to one of the most unique endeavors mankind has ever undertaken: the invention of software. 

Their unique approach to custom software design, they named it High-tech Anthropology® has produced custom software that delights users rather than frustrating them. The programming team creates the software that works every day without the emergencies that are all too common in the tech industry. The process itself is so interesting that almost 4,000 people a year travel from around the world just to see how they do it. Many spend a week or more studying "The Menlo Way" being taught by the Menlonians who love to share their experience and knowledge.

In 2013, Rich and his publisher Penguin Random House took a chance that a business book with the words joy and love on the cover might have impact. They had no idea how the world yearned for such a message. His best selling book, Joy, Inc. - How We Built a Workplace People Love now has Rich traveling the world speaking about joy, creativity and human energy in the workplace


Featured Sessions

Don McGreal - Improving Enterprises Games for Doing This fun, energetic, and interactive session will explore how games and other exercises can help teams better collaborate to get things done. Games are not just child's play, we will discuss how games are a serious technique for facilitating and accelerating creative work. The audience will participate in a series of games that can be applied in their day-to-day work to make collaboration more engaging and meaningful.

Don McGreal - Improving Enterprises

Games for Doing

This fun, energetic, and interactive session will explore how games and other exercises can help teams better collaborate to get things done. Games are not just child's play, we will discuss how games are a serious technique for facilitating and accelerating creative work. The audience will participate in a series of games that can be applied in their day-to-day work to make collaboration more engaging and meaningful.

Elisabeth White - CapTech Ventures, Inc Did You Pack the 12 Agile Principles on Your Agile Journey? The 12 Agile Principles from the Agile Manifesto are building blocks for a successful, sustainable Agile journey - regardless of industry and/or department. Many pitfalls that organizations experience are due to oversight and lack of adherence to the Agile Principles. In this session, I will review the 12 Agile Principles, how they apply to all industries, common issues that lead organizations astray, and proven solutions to get back on course throughout any Agile journey.

Elisabeth White - CapTech Ventures, Inc

Did You Pack the 12 Agile Principles on Your Agile Journey?

The 12 Agile Principles from the Agile Manifesto are building blocks for a successful, sustainable Agile journey - regardless of industry and/or department. Many pitfalls that organizations experience are due to oversight and lack of adherence to the Agile Principles. In this session, I will review the 12 Agile Principles, how they apply to all industries, common issues that lead organizations astray, and proven solutions to get back on course throughout any Agile journey.

Katy Sherman - Premier Inc How Agile Killed Managers Agile adoption has changed corporate landscape in many different ways. And while the change has been mostly positive for the teams, some can see Agile and Scrum ideas as a revolt against traditional management practices. If the team is self-organized, what's then the manager's role? Uncertainty leads to confusion, fear, stress and distrust.

Katy Sherman - Premier Inc

How Agile Killed Managers

Agile adoption has changed corporate landscape in many different ways. And while the change has been mostly positive for the teams, some can see Agile and Scrum ideas as a revolt against traditional management practices. If the team is self-organized, what's then the manager's role? Uncertainty leads to confusion, fear, stress and distrust.

 
Kellyn Pot'Vin-Gorman - Delphix Light Speed with Test Data Management As companies strive to build efficient and agile test data management, itÍs important to know, not just how to build environments quickly, but how to ensure that test data is complete, able to ńbranchî and how to easily share test cases when issues arise.

Kellyn Pot'Vin-Gorman - Delphix

Light Speed with Test Data Management

As companies strive to build efficient and agile test data management, itÍs important to know, not just how to build environments quickly, but how to ensure that test data is complete, able to ńbranchî and how to easily share test cases when issues arise.

Ken Pugh - Ken Pugh, Inc. Lean For All Lean software engineering emphasizes continuous delivery of high quality applications. Ken Pugh explains the principles and practices that form the basis of lean software

Ken Pugh - Ken Pugh, Inc.

Lean For All

Lean software engineering emphasizes continuous delivery of high quality applications. Ken Pugh explains the principles and practices that form the basis of lean software

Logan Daigle - Version One Unifying Agile & DevOps: Busting Barriers, Shattering Silos & Accelerating Value How well integrated are your Agile and DevOps processes? The integration of Agile and DevOps people, process, and tools defines how effectively and efficiently you deliver business value to your customers. Join this talk to learn how to truly unify Agile and DevOps.

Logan Daigle - Version One

Unifying Agile & DevOps: Busting Barriers, Shattering Silos & Accelerating Value

How well integrated are your Agile and DevOps processes? The integration of Agile and DevOps people, process, and tools defines how effectively and efficiently you deliver business value to your customers. Join this talk to learn how to truly unify Agile and DevOps.

Melody Yale and Billie Schuttpelz The 3 hour Tour: Designing Workshops That Avoid a Stay on GilliganÍs Island What do you do when your customer says "The other Agile workshops we've had were like the Gilligan's Island, all of them ended in a shipwreck of no value." Would you like instead, to hear your customer say "You're the real deal, can you please facilitate 3 more workshops"? This facilitation design workshop will show you how to streamline your content and use a repeatable method that intensifies the value so much that they will keep asking for more coaching from you.

Melody Yale and Billie Schuttpelz

The 3 hour Tour: Designing Workshops That Avoid a Stay on GilliganÍs Island

What do you do when your customer says "The other Agile workshops we've had were like the Gilligan's Island, all of them ended in a shipwreck of no value." Would you like instead, to hear your customer say "You're the real deal, can you please facilitate 3 more workshops"? This facilitation design workshop will show you how to streamline your content and use a repeatable method that intensifies the value so much that they will keep asking for more coaching from you.

Robert English - Capital One Leading a Scrum Master Evolution At Capital One, we took a look at what made some of our Agile Leaders (Scrum Masters, Agile Coaches, and Kanban Leads) more successful than others. Among the patterns of differentiation, one factor clearly stood out beyond the others. We found a direct correlation between the technical abilities of the Agile leader on a team and the happiness of the team. The more technical our Agile Leaders were, the happier their teams were. In large part, the same teams were able to deliver more often and with a higher code quality.

Robert English - Capital One

Leading a Scrum Master Evolution

At Capital One, we took a look at what made some of our Agile Leaders (Scrum Masters, Agile Coaches, and Kanban Leads) more successful than others. Among the patterns of differentiation, one factor clearly stood out beyond the others. We found a direct correlation between the technical abilities of the Agile leader on a team and the happiness of the team. The more technical our Agile Leaders were, the happier their teams were. In large part, the same teams were able to deliver more often and with a higher code quality.

Tom Friend - Afterburner.com Scrum To The Stars, a reflection of Iterative and Incremental Innovation in Aerospace From the beginning of manned flight, to the first step on the moon, the patterns of agility have guided both the exploration of aviation and space. As complexity continues to increase and resources become scarcer, the use of Agile and similar methodologies within the aerospace industry has become indispensable.

Tom Friend - Afterburner.com

Scrum To The Stars, a reflection of Iterative and Incremental Innovation in Aerospace

From the beginning of manned flight, to the first step on the moon, the patterns of agility have guided both the exploration of aviation and space. As complexity continues to increase and resources become scarcer, the use of Agile and similar methodologies within the aerospace industry has become indispensable.

Registration

SFA is held annually in beautiful Charlotte North Carolina. Nicknamed the Queen City, Charlotte has become a major U.S. financial center. As one of the fastest growing metro areas in the country, Charlotteans take advantage of the mild weather, diverse economy, and low cost of living. If, while attending the conference you have some extra time or, are just looking for a place to eat, check out the Charlotte tourism site for suggestions. 

Deets

November 30th, 2017
Registration & Breakfast start at 7:30am

Location

Charlotte Convention Center
501 S College St, Charlotte, NC 28202

Hotel Reservations

Westin Charlotte - details coming soon

 
 

Sponsors

A Big thank you to our wonderful sponsors. Without them, SFA wouldn't be possible. Please stop by their booths at the conference and say hi!

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