Nebraska.Code() Sessions tagged agile

Open Discussion: Driving Team Performance, Virtually

Miss the days of walking past someone’s desk to have those “drive-by” conversations? With this year of change, as leaders, we have had to evolve in how we operate in teams.

How do you know when a team member might be struggling? How do you keep connected with people at the level you used to when you had chance meetings in the hallway? Many companies have had a remote workforce, but this year has been different. How do you keep your team motivated amidst all the distractions of home? How do you keep aligned with your people?

This session will facilitate discussions on how agile virtual leadership can be leveraged to drive performance. We want attendees to come away from this session feeling empowered with numerous ideas and strategies to better support or lead their teams in a virtual working environment.

Speakers

Cheryl Nelson

Cheryl Nelson

Design Studio Program Lead, UNL - Raikes School
Jeremy Suing

Jeremy Suing

Design Studio Program Lead, UNL - Raikes School

Conducting Large-scale Retrospectives

Retrospectives are a very important aspect of agile development and continuous improvement. Doing retrospectives at different levels is imperative to successful projects and even entire programs. Sometimes, you need to have a retrospective with a larger audience participation to improve across multiple projects or at a program level. In Design Studio and Senior Design here at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, we manage 40 plus projects with more than 250 student team members combined. We want to continually improve our processes to make these programs the best they can be. Therefore, we regularly conduct retrospectives with 100+ participants. These large-scale retrospectives can be challenging to manage, but we have determined easy ways to keep everyone engaged and participating and most importantly, getting guidance and suggestions on realistic improvements to be made to the programs. We will show our various methods for conducting these large-scale retrospectives and give insights on successful and unsuccessful procedures.

Speakers

Cheryl Nelson

Cheryl Nelson

Design Studio Program Lead, UNL - Raikes School
Jeremy Suing

Jeremy Suing

Design Studio Program Lead, UNL - Raikes School

Bridging Companies and Learners: Insights From Coaching UNL Students

Over the last three years, I have had the privilege of coaching generations of students at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in the Raikes School Design and Senior Design Studio program. In this session, we focus on the perspectives gained by serving as an unbiased advocate supporting educational outcomes for students by providing mentorship on topics including Agile methodologies, project management, technology, team member and stakeholder collaboration, communication, and team culture.

Agenda: The Next Generation is awesome! Cross-functionality and t-shaped by default Empowerment commands results. Product champions are game-changers for the end-product. Key factors to success Managing expectations Managing scope

Speaker

Nick Hershberger

Nick Hershberger

IT Manager, Ameritas