Agile Tour Brussels is one of the biggest conferences about agility in Belgium.
We are a part of the Agile Tour, a series of non-profit events over several cities throughout October and December.
Over the years we welcomed speakers and participants from different continents.
The goal: to spread the agile values, principles and practices, to share experiences and to strengthen the community.
The talks and workshops should cover - but not only:
This year, we are super exited to welcome you to an in-person Agile Tour Brussels! Join us this year to share your ideas and experiences with a vibrant community of Agile practitioners!
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The world we live in has never been so volatile, uncertain, complex, and ambiguous: doesn't that remind you of something?
Isn't agility this continuous capacity of adaptation, constantly renewed, both in its mindset and its practices?
And yet...the best impact is sometimes the one that we don't create (and that we measure). Especially when it comes to the environment.
In a world where inequalities are increasing and where global warming reminds us of our responsibility every day, it is the responsibility of each and every one of us to "embody the change we want to see in the world".
In fact, these concerns have an impact on companies: 88% of them, in France, declare that they are aware of the need to act and to transform themselves.
The sole criterion of economic performance is no longer enough: companies must be economically viable, have a positive impact on society, and do so while respecting the environment.
What about you? Do you think that companies take into account these performance criteria in their agile transformation? How will you participate in the co-creation of sustainable agile?
Running Uphill is an interactive experience report by PO Linda de Roo and Scrum Master Thomas van Zuijlen.
Over the course of seven months, Linda and Thomas worked together in a unique team set up as part of a SAFe Agile Release Train within the Netherlands’ largest insurance corporation.
Their session is aimed at POs and Scrum Masters, who get to actively reflect on collaboration challenges using real-life wicked problems from Linda’s and Thomas’s team.
Running Uphill uses those examples as the jumping-off point for stories from two perspectives, sharing doubts, losses, and wins from both sides of the Product Owner/Scrum Master sandwich.
Take-aways are presented as three concrete learnings to apply, around escalations, trust, and taking small steps toward empiricism in the unlikeliest of circumstances.
Employers are searching for innovative ways to attract quality talent, bridge the skills gap, and retain their best employees. The solution is simple: a development plan…but let’s face it some generic training courses will just not cut it as these statistics tend to demonstrate:
That’s why organisations and HR managers are looking for effective solutions to offer personalised training and development opportunities at a large scale that would benefit both the individuals and the organisation.
This is where GROW enters the game.
Not only GROW offers people a self assessment tool, it allows them to build personalised learning programs based on current skills and growth objectives, to get personal knowledge maps and to track progress across 200 learning objectives grouped around 7 topics divided in 3 skill levels.
This session looks at the lessons learned in the last decade since Agile has become mainstream, gives an overview of the current challenges and pitfalls, and discusses with the audience suggestions on how to get to the good Agile.
According to Gall’s Law, all complex systems that work evolved from a more straightforward system that also worked. I'll show you practical examples of how to start small and let complexity grow as needed—sharing how we identified the hints for improvement and the techniques and tools that supported it.
I joined a company on March 2021 and at the time there were 6 software engineers and about 60 employees company wide. One year later we have 250 software engineers and more than 800 people in the company!
We messed up a few things, learned a lot, and were successful in scaling (which is harder than it sounds).
I'm happy to share a few lessons learned during that time
Vicious circle, harmful feedback loop, nasty self-reinforcing cycle... Call it what you want. They are present in pretty much every organization, causing all types of damage. The only way to stop them is to identify them first and then tackle them.
What if there was a way for teams to gain clarity, to gain a better understanding at what success looks like for each of them? How would this change your team dynamics?
Today, 8 out of 10 employees are not engaged with the organization they work for. Yet most organizations are looking to grow and better serve their customers in an ever-changing environment. They tend to forget a critical part of the equation: their people.
What is important is that organizations offer their employees new ways of working, promoting a new mindset, putting employees at the heart of the organization, as well as their customers.
For marketing and sales teams, Agile is the best way to innovate and achieve growth. We will see, with a concrete case, how an organization managed to adopt Agile in its marketing department and what benefits it was able to obtain.
It doesn't matter whether the organization as a whole or a single department is agile according to the standards or not..... What matters is that the agile mindset spreads gradually.
An organization with motivated and committed people will always perform better than an organization that works with unmotivated people.
With 20 years of experience in the corporate world, Christophe will share his vision of the applicability of AGILE in the corporate world.
This is the story of a couple that everything separated:
Scrum manages the production of complex products over a long period of time with one or more teams working on the same backlog.
Low code allows development to be so fast that several solutions can be delivered in parallel by a single team.
Scrum allows you to start development quickly while refining the backlog as you go.
Low code delivers so fast that one must be clear and precise on the expression of the requirements before starting a development.
Add to that the witnesses of the wedding without any knowledge of Scrum and we have all the ingredients for a chronicle of a divorce announced.
The use of Transparency, Inspection and Adaptation works wonders.
An empirical approach makes the Scrum Team more autonomous without knocking out its ability to deliver.
The roles in the Scrum Team do not change even if the cast changes significantly.
And above all
The 4 Agile values remain more than ever true indicators, provided that we remember that they advocate "MORE THAN" and not "IN THE PLACE OF".
In the mode of an interview, we will be two to share with you our return on an experience that started in the middle of a confinement and that will continue, who knows, until death do us part.
Many agile masters stop their agile career because they see no progression in their career. Great agile masters try to become Product Owners as they see that career as more profitable and respected. It does not need to be like that!! You can have a career and i can show you the possibilities :)
A simple practice like Test-Driven Development provides us with a lot techniques and patterns. How can we find a good balance in all these approaches?
Slicing user stories... Even though there are very good resources with patterns to help you slice user stories, applying these patterns properly does not seem to be that simple...
What if we could turn it upside down and start from the slices, see how they relate to a larger user story and then find out what slicing pattern is used? And what if this would also help you better understand story mapping? Curious how this works? Come see for yourself!
For all agilists, who want to improve their retrospectives, the retrospective's anti-patterns' retrospective, is an interactive workshop, that will give you insights, and learning, unlike books or talks, our session, leads you the way to real retrospectives, not superficial ones.
The current best answer to hybrid workshops is "don't do them". In this session we want to find a better solution to that question.
Have you seen your peers doze off after one too many? Powerpoint slides that is!
Have you gotten in another endless discussion where people keep thinking that more words will clear out the problem?
It turns out that the phrase "a picture says more than a thousand words" also holds true in meetings, in collaboration sessions, or anywhere else on the workfloor.
Let's explore the possibilities you can have with just a few lines and basic forms and see how it can spice up (or clear out) your meeting!
Agile Tour Brussels takes its quarters at Sparks this year.