Agile Israel 2019

All Together Now!

 

Come and learn how bringing Agile at scale, DevOps and Lean Startup approaches all together accelerates the ability of the organization to deliver at greater speed, while meeting quality and security demands. This allows the organization to respond fast in a rapidly changing, ambiguous and turbulent environment, in order to win in the market.

Agile Israel 2019 is the central Agile event in Israel running for the 12th consecutive year, bringing world class agile experts and inspiring case studies to help you learn tips and tricks that can be applied in your organization.

Meet & Connect

Join Speed meets and Open space to personally meet and get inspired from the people that are shaping and inventing how leading and winning organizations are innovating and
delivering value at scale.

Watch & Learn

Choose sessions to learn on real case studies and world’s leading companies on practical ways their organizations learned to deliver
value and innovate.

Experience & Practice

Join hands-on workshops to experience and experiment with the latest practices and tools.

600

attendees

4

Tracks

25

Sessions

6

Workshops

HIGHLIGHTS FROM AGILE ISRAEL 2018

2018 HIGHLIGHTS

OUR SPEAKERS

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Mike Kersten

Founder & CEO

Tasktop

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Kevin Goldsmith

CTO

Onfido (former VPE @ Spotify)

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Randy Shoup

VP Engineering

WeWork (former EBay, Google, Stitch Fix)

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Erez Tatcher

CEO

AgileSparks

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Lior Frenkel

CPO & Partner

Jolt.us

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Eldad Assis

DevOps Architect

JFrog

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Kurt Bittner

Enterprise Solutions

Scrum.org

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Ronen Ezra

CHD Platform Engineering & Customer Support Manager

Intel

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Amir Zipory

Senior Solution Architect

Red Hat

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Jonathan Bertfield

Co founder & Partner

Spinnaker Co

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Jesper Boeg

Pragmatic Agile/Lean coach

Freelancer Consultant

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Yaki Koren

Agile coach

AgileSparks

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Baat Enosh

Director of Strategy & Innovation

Intuit

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Adina Waldmann

R&D Program Manager

OptimalPlus

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Yaron Amir

OpsSchool Manager

Outbrain

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Oded Tamir

Lead Coach, Professional Scrum Trainer

AgileSparks

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Assaf Mizrachi

Head of Software

Augury

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Perry Yaqubovitz

Head of R&D (LivePerson B2C)

LivePerson

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Moti Sofer

Head of DevOps

AgileSparks

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Meny Duek

VP R&D Cloud

Click

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Roni Tamari

Agile Lead coach

AgileSparks

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Shirly Paster-Benor

Process Engineering Lead

Amdocs Technology

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Noam Kreitamn

Risk Solutions Lead

Intuit Israel

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Yael Goldberg-Katz

Head of Professionalism Excellence

ATT Israel

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Sagi Smolarski

Agile lead coach

AgileSparks

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Yaniv Kalo

CTO

Pango Pay & Go

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Elad Ben-Noam

Agile Tools Expert

AgileSparks

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Yon Bergman

VP Engineering

WeWork

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Philippe Charrière

Technical Account Manager

GitLab

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Shai Peretz

Senior Consultant & Mentor

Consonet Ltd.

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Adi Gostynski

Senior Data Analyst

Intuit Israel

ORGANIZERS

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2019 SPONSORS

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OUR CONFERENCES

Agile Israel is organized by AgileSparks and People & Computers - Agile Israel is the first and main Agile conference in Israel. with the aim of sharing and inspiring the community with field experience, new techniques and approaches that help organizations become more responsive and make Agile part of their DNA. We are bringing world class speakers and experts, case studies and leaders from inspiring organizations to spark Agility.

PROGRAM

30mins
Erez Tatcher | CEO, AgileSparks
15mins
Kevin Goldsmith | CTO, Onfido (former VPE @ Spotify)

Many consider agile a process to implement within an existing organization. A set of rules to follow that will produce some useful outcomes. This approach can provide improvements in many different structures of organizations. As agile maturity improves, however, the benefits can become limited by the structure and culture of the organization itself. Agile is more than a framework for organizing tasks for a team. Agile is a culture, a mindset and a structure for improving the velocity of innovation and providing real business value to customers. To gain the most benefit from Agile it must be considered as part of a more extensive system that incorporates organizational structure, software architecture, and company culture. This talk considers the interactions between how the work, the software, and the people are organized in high performing agile organizations. Using my own experiences at companies large and small, I will share what I have learned and some best practices I use. These lessons will help you as you improve and scale your Agile teams. I will discuss: How to structure your organization to remove the bottlenecks in coordination and decision-making that can slow velocity to a crawl How to take advantage of modern systems architectures to allow teams to move faster Using data to provide accountability for autonomous teams without creating more process By the end, you will have concrete examples and ideas that you can bring back to your team to help you improve and scale agile within your organization.

45 mins
Lior Frenkel | CPO & Partner Jolt.us

“Should we be Agile ourselves?
In his talk, Frenkel will be speaking about the future that is here; the fourth industrial revolution and what it implies to our jobs; and about Homo-Adaptus – the employee that is ready for this fast-changing world.”

30 mins
15 mins
Jonathan Bertfield | Co founder & Partner, Spinnaker Co

Leaving innovation to be driven by isolated outposts of innovation teams is no longer viable. There is too much disruption and too much pace in changing expectations of customers and markets. Innovation has to be everyone’s job and integrated into core systems and structures. This session will draw on case studies at corporates, governments, and startups where disciplined Innovation frameworks that draw on Agile and Lean principles connect strategy to execution and drive a systematic pipeline of innovation are now central to enterprise management.

30 mins
Randy Shoup | VP Engineering WeWork (former EBay, Google, Stitch Fix)

Three war stories from Google, Stitch Fix, and WeWork The cultural and process changes we made in response to the incidents, and in particular, how incidents can be a catalyst for agile change in the organization.

30 min
Ronen Ezra | CHD Platform Engineering & Customer Support Manager

Ronen Ezra will share their journey transforming an organization of 500 engineers building a complex embedded solution to Agile way of working with SAFe (Scaled Agile Framework) the challenges and the benefits

30 mins
Jesper Boeg | Pragmatic Agile/Lean coach, Freelancer Consultant

Have your improvements plateaued? Are Scrum Masters acting more like facilitators than active improvement drivers? Are your improvement efforts grounded in reactive problem solving and good intentions but failing to deliver true and measurable results? These questions indicate that there is a “missing link” between the improvement culture that so many Agilists want but rarely find they can execute. This presentation captures the last six years of experience working with Toyota Kata in an Agile setting, helping teams, departments, business units and organizations learn how to set ambitious and measurable improvement goals and work iteratively toward them.

30 mins
Lunch

Enjoy your lunch in the conference exhibition and networking area

45 mins
Yael Goldberg-Katz | Head of Professionalism Excellence, ATT Israel & Sagi Smolarski | Agile lead coach, AgileSparks

“Shifting left” is all about baking-in quality instead of sprinkling it on top after the feature is built. It’s about investing more in defects prevention and less in detection. But it raises many questions: Does “Shift-left” mean “No QA”? If you have full coverage of Automated End-to-End System Tests, do you still need Automated Unit Tests? Can a developer really test his own code? Should DevOps still be a role on the team? Do we need to raise the bar on the level of details of User Stories the Product Owner hands over to the team? In this talk we will discuss these and other questions that come up as teams are shifting left. Those questions came up as AT&T Israel transitioned to a shift-left approach, and they uncover some misconceptions on what this shift really means, and how to implement it in practice. Those misconceptions get in the way and can derail such a transition if not addressed in time. Here we will spell out those misconceptions and propose alternatives. The alternatives are not necessarily easy as they often represent a major shift in our assumptions, and require hard work to turn them into a reality, so you are left with a choice between the hard and the deadly.

30 mins
Baat Enosh, Intuit

The move to the cloud is changing how we innovate, and today’s “B2B” is tomorrow’s “B2C”. Intuit, a 35 year old company, is well known globally for cracking the code on internal innovation. As a company which manages to keep reinventing itself, it uses innovation methodologies resembling “Lean Startup” and Design-Driven Innovation. In this session, Baat Enosh, Director of Strategy & Innovation, will share some of Intuit’s methodologies and culture, with particular focus on the importance of deep customer empathy, and a method called “Follow Me Home”. This session is particularly important for back-end, devOps, and those in B2B, who until today didn’t interact much with their customers.

30 mins
Shai Peretz | Senior Consultant & mentor, Consonet Ltd.

How great visibility and transparency support better communication and enable a culture of ownership, responsibility, and cooperation between different departments in your organization.

30 mins
Coffee & Refreshments
15 mins
Mike Kersten | Founder & CEO, Tasktop

Based on his work with Fortune 100 enterprises, Dr. Mik Kersten presents a new concept, the Flow Framework, which unravels the enigma of enterprise software delivery, providing an approach that helps organizations better understand the human and system dynamic that underpins their IT infrastructure

30 mins
Eldad Assis | DevOps Architect , JFrog

You might think taking your application to Kubernetes is easy. Just pack them in a Docker container, deploy and you’re done!
In reality, the challenges of taking your existing application to the cloud native environment of Kubernetes are huge! They require changes in the way your applications behave and the way you administer them.

Do you really know how to get up and running with your existing applications in Kubernetes?

In this talk I will share my (hard) lessons learned taking JFrog’s existing applications to Kubernetes.

30 mins
Assaf Mizrachi | Head of Software, Augury

This talk is about Augury’s SW group journey towards continuous delivery, About learning we had, challenges & questions we’ve faced along the way.. How can we reduce developers context switching & shorten feedback loops in the delivery life-cycle? Can developers own the quality of their code? Do we really need to track our bugs? How data driven approach can boost up the transition?

30 mins
Meny Duek | Click VP R&D Cloud
30 mins
Yaki Koren | Agile coach, AgileSparks

Yaki Koren will share from his experience boosting teams’ energy and productivity by building real team work, covering techniques such as pairing, mobbing and more.

30 mins
Lunch

Enjoy your lunch in the conference exhibition and networking area

45 mins
Randy Shoup | VP Engineering WeWork (former EBay, Google, Stitch Fix)

Machine learning has become an important tool in the modern software toolbox, and high-performing organizations are increasingly coming to rely on data science and machine learning as a core part of their business. eBay introduced machine learning to its commerce search ranking and drove double-digit increases in revenue. Stitch Fix built a multibillion dollar clothing retail business in the US by combining the best of machines with the best of humans. And WeWork is bringing machine-learned approaches to the physical office environment all around the world. In all cases, algorithmic techniques started simple and slowly became more sophisticated over time. This keynote will use these examples to derive an agile approach to machine learning, and will explore that approach across several different dimensions. We will set the stage by outlining the kinds of problems that are most amenable to machine-learned approaches as well as describing some important prerequisites, including investments in data quality, a robust data pipeline, and experimental discipline. Next, we will choose the right (algorithmic) tool for the right job, and suggest how to incrementally evolve the algorithmic approaches we bring to bear. Most fancy cutting-edge recommender systems in the real world, for example, started out with simple rules-based techniques or basic regression. Finally, we will integrate machine learning into the broader product development process, and see how it can help us to accelerate business results.

30 mins
Yaniv Kalo | CTO, Pango Pay & Go

Pango made huge changes transforming to an agile organisation that is working in the cloud. Implementing agile scrum with essential SAFe we grew up rapidly from few slow, big and separated teams to several small scrum teams, each responsible for several domains and has all the tools and abilities to move fast and efficient providing high quality deliverables in a T2M manner for the organisation. While becoming an agile organisation, Pango transferred it’s systems to the cloud leveraging it’s agility, efficiency and scalability to accelerate Pango’s evolution from a monolith architecture into a Microservices architecture and changing the way it develops, deploys and maintains it’s system.

30 mins
Jonathan Bertfield | Co founder & Partner, Spinnaker Co

How do we ensure that by the time we are ready to deploy agile resources at scale we have effectively reduced the risk associated with the development effort? How do we do that repeatedly and at scale? In this talk, we will unpack this problematic MVP acronym using examples from a range of large corporates, governments and startups to bring a deep understanding of how experimentation fits into all stages of the product lifecycle.

30 mins
Coffee & Refreshments
15 mins
Adina Waldmann | R&D Program Manager, OptimalPlus

THE BEST WAY TO ENCOURAGE INNOVATION! Companies are struggling for innovation and creativity to be part of their DNA. If you wish to encourage inspiration, come and hear this talk about creating innovative spirit. I did it in my company, why don’t you too?

15 mins
Shirly Paster-Benor | Process Engineering Lead, Amdocs Technology

Ideas and practices we adopted to allow teams run faster and smoother, together with PdO and architects, throughout the E2E lifecycle.

15 mins
Perry Yaqubovitz | Head of R&D (LivePerson B2C), LivePerson

We all have impossible deadlines to reach. More budget and additional resources are not necessarily the only answer. In a recent development project, we have learned how to increase velocity and quality while keeping the constraints of our given resources. I will share some insights behind our transition from full stack developers to full stack teams, how it enabled us to be much more effective and achieve the goal of launching a new product in an impossible timeframe.

15 mins
Yon Bergman | VP Engineering, WeWork

As your company grows an evolves you deploy agile methodologies to improve the development and product processes, why not hiring too? In this talk I’ll cover some of the challenges and processes and tools we deployed to overcome that as we grew the WeWork Technology Tel Aviv site from 3 to 200.

15 mins
Yaron Amir | Manager, OpsSchool

Few weeks ago I met an old friend who changed his name to Ilan, needless to say he didn’t get any taller. Same goes to the name of your team. So what does it really take to embrace a devops culture.

30 mins
Elad Ben-Noam | Agile tools expert, AgileSparks

Jira is undoubtedly a tool that fits like a glove for agile team’s needs. But what about the management levels? How can we, project / product managers see the big picture? What is needed to easily track multiple projects and teams in one place? The new version of Atlassian’s Portfolio got the answers. Join me for a practical session – Turning into a Portfolio expert in 15 minutes.

15 mins
Adi Gostynski | Senior Data Analyst, Intuit Israel

Many companies use innovation methodologies which are driven by Product Managers or Marketing people. As a result, Dev-Ops and Software Engineers receive only requirements & specs and are expected to simply execute. At Intuit we practice CDI – Customer Driven Innovation, where the drivers of innovation are our customers. This translates to an organization that enables all roles especially engineers to understand customers problems and generate new ideas and innovation. Due to the fact that we innovate hand in hand with our customers, our engineers truly own and shape their work. In this talk I will explain how we create a customer obsessed work culture and what we do with the insights we collect from our customers.

15 mins
Lunch

Enjoy your lunch in the conference exhibition and networking area

45 mins
Oded Tamir | AgileSparks
30 mins
Kevin Goldsmith | VPE, AstrumU (former VPE @ Spotify)

What makes distributed teams especially challenging? How can we address these challenges to make our distributed organizations more effective? In this talk, Kevin Goldsmith discusses four main challenges: Conway’s Law, Amdahl’s Law (as applied to organizations), Empathy, and Communication. He gives examples of these problems and solutions from his experience leading distributed teams over the last 25 years.

30 mins
Kurt Bittner | Enterprise Solutions, Scrum.org

Scrum is over 20 years old, and by now the roles and responsibilities of the people on a Scrum Team are well-known (if not always practiced in the best way). But what about leaders and managers in agile organizations? What do they do, and why is their support of Scrum essential? This presentation will explore the essential role of agile leadership in supporting, nurturing, and growing agility in their organizations. While cross-functional, self-organizing, self-managing teams are ideal, most teams must progress through a series of stages of maturity before they are fully self-managing. How do agile leaders help them to get there? And what’s left for the leader if or when they do?

30 mins
Coffee & Refreshments
15 mins
Moti Sofer | Head of DevOps, AgileSparks

As the complexity of microservices applications grows, it becomes extremely difficult to track and manage interactions between services. Wouldn’t it be better if developers could focus on writing the code for the services business logic , instead of spending their time wiring application logic to support the service mesh? Istio to the rescue !!! When implementing micro service architecture there are multiple issues that needs to be addressed to support managing service interactions and service mesh in general, for example: Service discovery,Load balancing,High Availability,Endpoint monitoring,Dynamic routing,Security, and more… In this session we will learn how istio help us managing the service mesh in a uniform way and reducing the developers overhead of the non functional requirements of maintaining the microservices. We will start with a short introduction to istio and then experience hands on session.

2 Hours
Kurt Bittner | Enterprise Solutions, Scrum.org
2 Hours
Philippe Charrière | Technical Account Manager, GitLab
2 Hours
Amir Zipory | Senior Solution Architect, Red Hat

10:45-15:00

This DevOps Workshop provides full-stack and DevOps engineers an introduction to Red Hat Openshift container platform and how it can be used for implementing CICD for building fully automated end-to-end deployment pipelines using advanced deployments techniques like rolling deployments and blue-green deployment. The agenda will include: DevOps Introduction OpenShift Introduction Deployment Environments Creating a Simple CI/CD Pipeline Pipeline Definition as Code Application Promotion Between Environments Running the CI/CD Pipeline on Every Change Zero-Downtime Deployment to Production Automated Zero-Downtime Deployment with CI/CD Pipelines The Workshop will be managed by Amir Zipory, Senior Solution Architect, Red Hat.

4 Hours
Lunch

Enjoy your lunch in the conference exhibition and networking area

45 mins
Yaron Amir | OpsSchool Manager, Outbrain

Introduction to Monitoring with Prometheus & Grafana This hands on workshop will provide an introduction to Prometheus and Grafana and cover the basic concepts and moving parts in a complete, modern monitoring system. This will include basic configuration and an introduction into some of the common monitoring patterns and concepts

90 mins

This DevOps Workshop provides full-stack and DevOps engineers an introduction to Red Hat Openshift container platform and how it can be used for implementing CICD for building fully automated end-to-end deployment pipelines using advanced deployments techniques like rolling deployments and blue-green deployment. The agenda will include: DevOps Introduction OpenShift Introduction Deployment Environments Creating a Simple CI/CD Pipeline Pipeline Definition as Code Application Promotion Between Environments Running the CI/CD Pipeline on Every Change Zero-Downtime Deployment to Production Automated Zero-Downtime Deployment with CI/CD Pipelines The Workshop will be managed by Amir Zipory, Senior Solution Architect, Red Hat.

90 mins
Coffee & Refreshments
15 mins

VENUE: LAGO

Lago is Israel's newest event complex offering modern design, flexibility, free parking and easy access.

Lago

WORKSHOPS

In the day after the conference, May 22nd , the following full day workshops will be held:

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Agile Israel 2019 will be held at Lago, Israel on May 21.