FREE Event

THE THEME for Tampere Goes Agile 2017 is: Alternatives to Established Agile Approaches.

Sometimes organisations and teams adopt tools or frameworks without thinking why those tools emerged and were adopted in the first place. A method or a process can get so popular that people forget to ask themselves what problem this method was built to address, do we have this same problem and if so, how should we apply this method - or should we address this problem in a totally different way.

This year we are returning to the essence of agile: inspect and adapt. We will share you talks and workshops on unique approaches emerged from learning in practice. We will share stories how organisations found their own solutions and not going with the obvious choice - or how the obvious choice turned out be something else.

Our enrollment is now open! Note that this year there's only one phase in the enrollment.

We are looking for sponsors in order to keep this event free of charge, please see our sponsorship portfolio. If your company would like to work more closely with the organizers or you have other collaboration ideas please let us know. Please contact organizers@tamperegoesagile.fi.

Tampere Goes Agile is a free, fun and friendly agile conference in Tampere, organized by Agile Finland ry. In 2017, it takes place on Saturday 28.10. at Tampere Hall.

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Duetto 1 Duetto 2 Riffi
09:30 - 10:00 Morning coffee
10:00 - 10:10 Opening the conference
10:10 - 10:55 Mika Turunen
10:55 - 11:10 Break
11:10 - 11:40 Kimmo Brunfeldt
Case example on how a multivendor team works at its best
Artur Margonari
SpotiSAFeLeSS? Is it even a model?
Kati Ilvonen, Hanna-Mari Loisa, Markus Päivinen, Outi Väättänen
E3: Enabling, Empowering and Emotional

Kimmo Brunfeldt: Case example on how a multivendor team works at its best

Case Example: an on-going multivendor cross-functional agile team. Established at customer premises, sitting next to PO and other business stakeholders. Adopted and tailored agile process, based on Scrum, Kanban and Futurice's Lean Service Creation. Great team spirit and cooperation with the customer has resulted into continuous delivery of successful results despite demanding, complex integrations.

Artur Margonari: SpotiSAFeLeSS? Is it even a model?

There are many known models out there to scale Agile: SAFe, LeSS, Spotify, Nexus...

Have you ever thought about mixing them all, picking up the best of each?

I'll share my experience in participating in the Agile transformation, together with other 65 Agile coaches, of one of the biggest bank in Europe and its success and failures.

11:40 - 11:55 Break
11:55 - 12:25 Sami Lilja
Simple solutions at the heart of Agile
Miia Onkalo
Challenges of agile methods in the system development and unexpectedly finding answers from the V-model

Sami Lilja: Simple solutions at the heart of Agile

Technology is awesome! We can interact even we are separated by thousands of miles. Computers make us free from routines and do complicated calculations on behalf of us. But technology has also a dark side. It may become an impediment, make our work worse. Sometimes old trick is better than bag full of new apps.

Agile is built around collaboration, responsiveness and creating superb outcomes. Tools and practises are "on the right side of the Agile Manifesto", they are necessary but not sufficient. Still many organisations try to improve by using new tools, new gadgets - new anything. And sometimes this prevents teams doing a good job.

We often solve problems by introducing a tool or process. This talk shows an alternative: what if we can become Agile by having *less* tools and processes?

This talk takes us back to the roots. It shows why low-tech is sometimes better and helps to understand when tools & technology only hide problems rather than solving them. It also explores lo-fi alternatives that have helped individuals interact and explains how hi-tech can support teams when hi-tech is required."

Miia Onkalo: Challenges of agile methods in the system development and unexpectedly finding answers from the V-model

While developing complex system for area where daily work of end user is difficult to understand and capture we found out that common agile and waterfall methods failed to produce good results. This is our story of problem domain, alternatives we tried and finding of solution.

Kati Ilvonen, Hanna-Mari Loisa, Markus Päivinen, Outi Väättänen: E3: Enabling, Empowering and Emotional

E3 (Enabling, Empowering, Emotional) is Ericsson internal 48 hour intensive coaching session to create the cultural movement through the individual growth and learning. Challenging ourselves in order to unleash our full potential is beneficial both for the company as well as for the individual. In E3 topics vary from challenging our limiting beliefs and thoughts to embracing the change and learning non-violent communication and empathy. Aim of the E3 session is to enable people to stop and reflect their behavior and actions, to empower them to take the full responsibility of their own life and to connect emotionally to themselves and others.

Cultural movement is created inside out and every individual has crucial role in order to create winning culture and to challenge and support each other to reach their full potential. This experimental session is a short sampler of the actual E3 session. The plan is first to introduce E3 concept and then have a discussion around some of the E3 themes: for example collaboration, empathy, safety and trust. What these are and why they are important for everyone. Then we will interactively work with chosen topics in smaller groups. What is each topic influence to the culture, atmosphere, trust level and results in the organization? How to empathetically challenge your peers, how to create an environment where everyone can grow and flourish?

For Ericsson R&D in Finland E3 intensive coaching session has been an alternative to established agile approaches, tool to create curious mindset and unleash the potential of individuals and teams in the organization. This method has been utilized also outside Finland R&D organization and has been taken in use in several other locations within global Ericsson to create companywide movement.

12:25 - 13:25 Lunch
13:25 - 13:55 TBA Martin von Weissenberg
Don't be random! Tools for structured team development
Mika Turunen


Martin von Weissenberg: Don't be random! Tools for structured team development

The Coaching Card is a simple but powerful template for ScrumMasters, line managers and Agile Coaches who are interested in coaching their teams to become more mature. (If you're not interested in that, you're probably in the wrong job.)

The Coaching Card is both a thinking model and a template. It gives some backbone to the coaching work, helps people choose the right interventions and gives a degree of measurability to the work. It also lets several people collaborate around one team and helps junior coaches get mentoring and advice from more experienced coaches. It's one of those simple things that people don't know they are missing, but look so obvious in hindsight.

Coaching Cards are based on the OODA loop (inspect and adapt) and on Karl Tomm's coaching model. It very specifically uses observations, hypotheses, goals, metrics and interventions. The Coaching Card concept has been developed over the last 5-6 years by agile42, by doing it and helping others do it. It's our own solution to a common practical problem, and it is unique because there are literally no other solutions to this problem out there. This presentation thereby fits nicely into the theme of TGA'17. It's obviously a coaching/people topic, not a technical topic.

13:55 - 14:10 Break
14:10 - 14:40 Teemu Toivonen
Agile fixed price projects
Ville Törmälä
Practice of maximizing the work not done

Teemu Toivonen: Agile fixed price projects

The de facto contract model for Agile is time & materials. Fixed price projects come with a lot of package and most people have a gut reaction of "that's not Agile" when someone mentions fixed price models. This presentation challenges the myth and offers a practical approach for fixed prices that is arguably better than time & material in many situations. The key building blocks are alternative ways for providing psychological security, managing risk and understanding the intangible aspects of customer value.

Ville Törmälä: Practice of maximizing the work not done

Continuous delivery, welcoming changing requirements, face-to-face conversation, sustainable pace etc. are all well covered topics in Agile Manifesto. They are quite clear and easy to understand, too. But there one line that is not that obvious and also less discussed: "Simplicity--the art of maximizing the amount of work not done--is essential."

By looking at the industry as a whole, it seems that this advice has not been understood or followed widely. Problems are often solved by adding more code and features. Decorating ways of working are called improvements. Big and "complete" agile frameworks seem to have endless demand.

But world being complex is not a good excuse anymore. Doing more, adding more and making things more complex is easy. Anyone can do it. It takes much more to move into opposite direction.

Simplicity, minimalism and elegance have always been valued in science and arts. Some aims towards the same ideal are seen time to time in SW development, but too rarely. It's time to experiment more with less.

We need to understand the art of maximizing the work not done but also know what is the concrete practice. But not just for fun. It offers great potential for freedom, speed, reliability, predictability and focus. The very same things we have been trying to achieve but often without much success.

14:40 - 14:55 Coffee break
14:55 - 15:25 TBA Lare Lekman
A Better Mousetrap is not the Point
Antti Virtanen
Learn the DevSec dance, build security in!


Lare Lekman: A Better Mousetrap is not the Point

Agile needs to improve and evolve. However, instead of waiting for the next "Silver Bullet" framework or software tool to solve our development problems, we should first take a good look at ourselves. How do we cooperate, communicate, lead, envision, empathize, and lift each other? While process innovation is great, the Agile mousetrap is usually good enough. Our people practices need to evolve, too.

Antti Virtanen: Learn the DevSec dance, build security in!

Agile process models do not target software security issues specifically, which has led to various complementary approaches such as Microsoft SDL for Agile. We believe that this is a bit misguided and the ideal way is to treat security as we treat other non-functional requirements like performance or usability. We build it in during the normal development work.
We'll present issues and our solutions and some roadmap for the future on this talk. What sort of new tools and skills are required? What can you automate and how? How to discuss security issues with the customer to integrate them to the workflow? How to teach the DevSec dance to your developers? Who else should take the dance lessons?

15:25 - 15:35 Break
15:35 - 16:20 Sebastien Lambla
We're doing it wrong

Sebastien Lambla: We're doing it wrong

16:20 - 16:30 Closing the conference
16:30 - Afterparty @ Ruby and Fellas Irish Bar

Ruby and Fellas Irish Bar: Afterparty!


Mika Turunen

Mika Turunen

Mika is a generalist, techonologist and an architect. Has been around the tubes since the early days of modems, BBSes, flashing backgrounds and midi music. Early adopter of new technology and ways of working in attempt to learn something new every day. Works around open source and actively takes part in breaking things, sometimes for the good and sometimes for the bad. Loves good coffee.

He can be found from twitter as @mikaturunen.

Kimmo Brunfeldt

Artur Margonari

Artur Margonari

Artur Margonari is passionate about Agile. He currently works as Agile Coach consultant at Wemanity Belgium, currently in a mission at BNP Paribas Fortis, from the beginning of its global Agile transformation. He has more than 4 years experience in practicing and helping companies to be more Agile, to form amazing teams and to deliver great products.

Some of the certifications he holds: CSM, CSPO, CSP, LeSS Practitioner, SAFe Agilist, Lean-Kanban Practitioner, SMC, Management3.0, Agile Facilitator and Coaching Agile Teams 3.0.

Hobbies & passions: guitar, ukulele & harmonica, archery, beer tasting, martial arts and traveling.

Kati Ilvonen, Hanna-Mari Loisa, Markus Päivinen, Outi Väättänen

Kati Ilvonen is change driver and head coach at Ericsson R&D. During recent years she has been working in Ericsson R&D product development in different line management roles and has been driving agile and lean change within organization. She has also worked as entrepreneur in holistic wellbeing company for couple of years. She is actively coaching people to grow as individuals and supporting them to adhere a learning lifestyle. She is also regularly driving 48 hour long E3 intensive coaching sessions within the organization.

Hanna-Mari Loisa is an experienced Agile Coach working in Ericsson R&D. During recent years she has been working mainly in product development and maintenance in supporting the teams and the organizations in a journey towards lean and agile, in personal growth and wellbeing. She was one of the organizers of the first ever Ericsson wide Lean and Agile conference and has been organizing also other big and small events. She is also actively supporting people to adhere a learning lifestyle. Hanna-Mari is one of the authors of a case study of Kanban Implementation in Telecom Product Maintenance. The paper was published and presented in SEAA2011 Conference.

Markus Päivinen is an experienced change management professional working currently in Ericsson R&D as Agile Coach. During recent years he has been working in product development and release verification coaching the teams and the organizations in lean and agile transformation and supporting people in their personal growth. He has also been organizing events like Ericsson wide Agile and Lean conference. In past Markus had an active role in the deployment of the agile change within Symbian System Software at Nokia.

Outi Väättänen is an experienced lean and agile coach working in Ericsson R&D product development. During recent years she has been working in several different large scale programs in a journey towards lean and agile. She is an active member of Ericsson wide coaching networks. She was one of the main organizers of the first ever Ericsson wide Lean and Agile conference and has been organizing many other big and small events ever since. She was the main organizer of the first ever cross company Open Learnathon. She is actively supporting people to adhere and live a learning lifestyle. Outi is one of the authors of Post-Conference Proceeding: Supporting a Large-Scale Lean and Agile Transformation by Defining Common Values, 15th International Conference on Agile Software Development Rome, Italy, 2014. Outi was one of the organizers for a workshop around the same topic in the 16th International Conference on Agile Software Development in Helsinki, Finland, 2015. In the same conference she together with her colleagues gave a session also on a topic: The Fellowship of the Learning Lifestyle.

Sami Lilja

Sami Lilja

Sami Lilja has over 20 years of experience in software development and people & team leadership. At Reaktor Sami works as Agile coach and he participates in Agile transformations on a practical level. Besides coaching work Sami also delivers Scrum and Kanban trainings for software and non-software people.

Sami has deep experience in complex Agile transformations involving various locations and simultaneous projects. More recently Sami has been studying Systems Thinking and applied it when mentoring leaders and senior executives.

Outside work Sami applies "fail fast" ideology on golf courses and often finds himself in challenging coaching situations with his kids aged 5 and 8.

Miia Onkalo

Miia Onkalo

Miia is a software development professional having almost 20 years of experience from large software projects and complex work environments. She has been working with Agile methods since 2007, and is always looking for ways to develop ways of working, herself and her team. She has passion for software quality and leadership and loves to solve fuzzy problems.

Martin von Weissenberg

Martin has worked across the software industry for over 20 years, in startups as well as multinationals, as a senior developer, sysadmin, sales engineer, project manager, process developer and partner. Since 2006 he's worked exclusively with agile and lean methods.

Since 2012 Martin works at agile42, helping companies organize themselves for improved collaboration and communication so that they can develop better software faster. This includes coaching internal coaches and training internal trainers. Over the last few years, he has performed substantial work with ABB Drives, Swedbank, Helsinki University IT center and Siemens MC, plus countless shorter training and coaching engagements with companies in the banking, media, educational and telecom sectors.

Martin has a M.Sc. (Tech) in Software Engineering. He is one of the few Scrum Alliance Certified Enterprise Coaches (CEC) and the only Certified Agile Leadership Educator in Finland. He's is working on a PhD on how to organize and lead for agility. He's also one of the authors behind the book The Hitchhiker's Guide to Agile Coaching (agile42, 2017)."

Teemu Toivonen

Ville Törmälä

Ville is an author and agile coach. Ville has been involved hands-on in many organizational agile initiatives and transformation efforts. Through this practical grass-root level experience he has witnessed successes, failures and learned the hard way what works and what doesn't.

Ville is one of the authors of a book New thinking, new leadership (Suomen liikekirjat, 2015, in Finnish) that covers topics like new paradigms of knowledge work and organizational change. In addition to Agile SW development, Ville's topics of interest include Lean, Systems Thinking, Complexity Theory and teamwork.

Lare Lekman

Lare Lekman

Lare has presented in various IT/Agile seminars over the years, but not very recently. Perhaps he is best known as one of the oldest Finnish Scrum Trainers, and as the translator of the Finnish Scrum Guide and Finnish Agile vocabulary.

He can be found from his company's website and linkedin.

Antti Virtanen

Antti Virtanen

Antti has worked on various IT roles for about 20 years. Antti currently works as a software architect which means he weekly tinkers with Clojure, project management, security, Python, AWS and many other wonderful things. During the years he has given some talks about agile development and software security in events like Tampere Goes Agile, ClojuTre and Scan Agile among others.

Sebastien Lambla

Sebastien Lambla

Sebastien has been clogging the internet tubes since 1994, when he started on a long journey of discussing technical matters and unicorns. He is known for having been a keen open-source advocate, sometimes even contributor, a distributed systems aficionado, a ReST proponent, a speaker, a trainer, an architect, a diversity advocate, and anything that he’s managed to put his hands on. His passion has lead him to creating bugs in most languages.

He can be found from twitter as @serialseb and blog.