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Monday, June 8 • 6:10pm - 7:00pm
@ Ultimate Software: Moving to a Data Driven Approach

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10 years ago Ultimate Software began its transition from a traditional Waterfall development process to the Agile model we use today. As we moved from Scrum to Kanban (and in some cases, back to Scrum again) we uncovered a consistent thread in our decision making – most decisions were based not on data, but on gut feel. Over time we recognized that instinct simply wasn’t good enough. So we decided that a data-driven approach was not only necessary, but essential to creating a culture of success.

Today the teams at Ultimate have boiled down data representations and charts into simple, tile-based scorecards. These cards can be used by both internals and externals to quickly assess the health of the team and the products they are developing at a glance. The end result of this approach has been a 35% improvement in throughput for Q1 this year, as well as a far greater sense of ownership at the team level.

This talk will walk attendees through the common challenges faced by an enterprise-sized adoption of Agile and how Ultimate has used data to confront these challenges head-on. We will also demonstrate how Ultimate’s teams have used standard cumulative flow diagrams and scatterplots to take regular “temperature checks,” at both the story and the portfolio level.  Additionally, we will cover how our major ceremonies have been adapted to bring data into our decision making process. Finally, we will share our next generation of team scoreboards, which not only show team wins or loses but also what we need to do to ensure Ultimate stays in the green.

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Michael Longin

Manager of Software Engineering, Ultimate Software
Mike Longin is a certified scrum master, agile coach, and manager of software engineering at Ultimate Software. Mike joined Ultimate more than 10 years ago and has helped pioneer agile implementations of Scrum, Kanban, and Scrumban for companys enterprise needs. As part of these efforts... Read More →
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Prateek Singh

Manager of Software Engineering, Ultimate Software

Monday June 8, 2015 6:10pm - 7:00pm EDT
Ocean Ball II B Ocean Tower upper level

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