Sponsor Profile – Pyxis Technologies


Can you tell us a little about your company?

Pyxis Technologies is specialized in software development. Driven by Agility for over 15 years now, Pyxis services its clients with a complete customized offer:

We carefully nurture the development of individuals to their full potential. We practice our craft and share our expertise with discipline, passion, and pleasure. We create simply brilliant software and organizational solutions that improve the lives of users and teams. We work so that our industry is exemplary and inspiring.

Our team consists of passionate and extraordinary people who contribute every day to make Pyxis a great family where everyone finds the space to flourish and create.

How is adopting an Agile approach beneficial?

Learn how to deliver increased value sooner with an incremental approach. Our Agile consultants help you achieve the real Agile benefits:

  • Increase delivery flow and velocity
  • Manage risks and changes during delivery
  • Eliminate cumbersome documentation and control
  • Stimulate team focus, discipline, and energy
  • Improve implementation capacity and quality in regards to client requirements
  • Improve considerably the delivery of priority value, which generates results more quickly

Financial benefits

  • Quick creation of value
  • Better ROI management
  • Possibility to start with a limited budget

Organizational benefits

  • Greater autonomy for developers
  • Better collaboration between teams
  • More inspirational leadership

Strategic benefits

  • Better overall risk management
  • Improved responsiveness to adjust the product to market realities
  • Emergence of an Agile corporate culture

Like all project management approaches, Agility has its share of difficulties. Agile approaches cause inevitable changes within an organization. Although adequate support facilitates change, some challenges will inevitably arise.

Our role is to help organizations face these challenges and succed in their Agile transformation.

What metrics are generally used to assess a Scrum Master’s performance?

It’s important to define a way to measure success and follow the Scrum Master’s development but it is more qualitative process than a quantitative one. Here are some examples of questions that can help define and mesure success:

  • Does the Scrum team have a shared vision?
  • Does the Scrum team have clear goals for its sprints?
  • Is the Scrum team happy to work on the project?
  • Did the Scrum team deliver the increment at the end of the sprint?
  • Is everybody satisfied and proud of what has been accomplished?
  • Did the Scrum team improve the way it works (delivered more value than previously)?
  • Is there a dashboard to communicate the status of the product?
  • Are the user stories of high quality?
  • Would the Scrum team want to work with the Scrum Master again?

How important is mapping out my value stream?

Let’s advance the simple hypothesis that what’s important when managing a project is the value concretely delivered. In a context of complexity and uncertainty, we try to continuously optimize the design of the solution (the plan) in accordance with this value.

But the plan can change. We validate the tangible benefits delivered along the way, even if we need to modify the solution according to the learnings. If changing the budget is a problem, keep it fixed and optimize the value. If the ratio value over budget declines, stop the project; but the idea is mainly to optimize the solution. It’s actually a state of mind. You have to put the teams in learning and innovation mode so they work toward solutions that generate the Maximum Instantaneous Discharge of value (MID), all along the execution.

The MID is an acronym used in hydrometry to represent the maximum instantaneous discharge of a river. If your organization, your operations, or your projects are value streams, what’s their maximum flow? What is the MID of your project, of your department? You know your budgets, the allocated person-days, but are you aiming at a MID? In fact, do you have a measurable target of the final value to be delivered? Would it be beneficial to measure the value flow by month or iteration and discuss it with your clients and between yourselves?

Adaptive valued-based management allows us to ask ourselves WHY we do things, what is the business purpose, the concrete value. A MID indicator, through an Agile Sunset graph, releases us from a determinist traditional management that assumes too strongly the hypothesis that a plan well thought of necessarily delivers its promises. This postulate is only applicable on simple and familiar grounds. When the situation is turbulent and complex, you need to react, reinterpret the constraints and opportunities, make adjustments and stick to the possible MID.

If a team is running well with no obstacles, does the Scrum Master run out of things to do?

When a team takes ownership of the Scrum process, you might think that the task of the Scrum Master is completed, but it never really is. He can then turn to organizational barriers. After all, his role is both to contribute to the team’s success and that of the company as a whole.



Sponsor Profile – Agile Pain Relief

Can you tell us a little about yourself?

mark-levison-headshot-2Agile Pain Relief was founded by Mark Levison in 2009. Mark is a Certified Scrum Trainer who started using Agile in 2001, later introducing Cognos and IBM to Agile methods before starting Agile Pain Relief. Through Agile Pain Relief, Mark has introduced Agile methods to hundreds of companies and thousands of individuals through his courses, coaching, and consulting throughout Canada and the US. Mark actively blogs about Agile, the neuroscience of leadership, and other topics on Notes From a Tool User.

Agile Pain Relief is an Ottawa-based Agile training and consulting company providing certified Agile training, Agile business consulting, and team and leadership training.

What made you start your company?

Mark has over 20 years experience in software development industry. After first discovering Agile in 2001, Mark started using Agile methods to conquer the traditional waterfall projects so common within organizations. Eventually Mark became an internal Agile evangelist with his employer before founding Agile Pain Relief to bring the benefits of Agile methods to a wider audience.

What is the most fun aspect about your business? What is the hardest part…

Most fun: seeing the spark when people *get* Agile and how it can help them.

Worst: Getting on planes and being away from family.

What products/services does your company offer


Agile Pain Relief offers

Agile Pain Relief is pleased to be the GOAT 2016 Title Sponsor again this year & help support Ottawa’s Agile community.

Describe a typical day in your business

There is no typical day! Offering Agile training and consulting across Canada means a lot of travel. When not in the air Mark is conducting hands-on workshops to small groups (under 20 attendees) in private and public courses or dedicated consulting to help organizations bring Agile into their business processes.

When not travelling and conducting training, Mark is constantly working on improving courses based on feedback, writing about Agile and leadership topics on his blog and upcoming book, and developing new courses and material.

Role of management in Agile Transitions?

Lots—possible most—of the problems teams face are not at the team level: Management needs to help remove organization and structural impediments that are halting the teams’ ability to delivery value.

How do I scale Scrum to the enterprise?

You don’t scale Scrum to the enterprise: you de-scale the enterprise with Scrum. Divide the enterprise into smaller teams to be more effective. Scrum at the enterprise level needs to devolve responsibility from the centre to the edges of the systems and organization.

Monthly Meetup – Managing for Happiness with Jurgen Appelo

Jurgen Appelo a TED speaker, author and a past software menager will be in Ottawa for his book tour. We are very lucky to have him at our monthly meetup.

If you manage a team then this is for you.

Managing for Happiness with Jurgen Appelo







When – Thursday, October 20, 2016
Time – 6:00 PM
Where – Pythian Canada Office, 319 McRae Ave, Suite 700, Ottawa, ON


Sponsor update – October 2016

GOAT2016 sponsor update oct. 2016

We are growing our conference from 300 to 500 attendees! Thanks to these organizations for helping make this a reality.

We have 7 open spots open. They are

  • 2 Platinum
  • 1 Gold
  • 4 Silver

GOAT sponsor update Oct. 2016

If you are interested in being a sponsor take a look at our sponsorship package to see what best fits your needs and connect with us.

Sponsorship update

We are very excited to say that we have some sponsors! They are


Having said that we still have some sponsorship opportunities. We are looking to fill the following sponsorhip spots

  • 1 Title
  • 1 Premier
  • 2 Platinum
  • 1 Gold
  • 5 Silver

A sponsors for the Gatineau Ottawa Agile Tour (#GOAT2016), will have access to a specialized and influential audience to

● Increase your brand awareness

● Create product marketing opportunities

● Demonstrate your innovative management practices

● Create business opportunities

● Attract high quality talent

For further information, please contact the Gatineau / Ottawa Agile Tour 2016 Organizing

Committee at: sponsor at goagiletour dot ca

GOAT 2016 Keynote Selection Survey !

We have a great list of possible keynote speakers for GOAT 2016. They are all amazing in their own way and are available to attend. As you know we value your input and are making the conference bigger and better. With this in mind we are looking on your feedback as to who you would like to be this years keynote speaker.

GOAT 2016 possible keynote speakers

You get to choose between the following

  • David Dame
  • Dave West
  • David Hussman
  • Doc List
  • Laura Powers
  • Ellen Gottesdiener
  • Doc Norton
  • Ronica Roth

We have put together a list of these speakers with a link to a video of some of their talks. Watch these videos and let us know your pick.

The deadline is Thu. Sept. 15th.

Click here to cast your vote.



Behaviour Driven Development led by the QA team

It’s time for our monthly Agile meetup. The topic is about Behaviour Driven Development (BDD) led by the QA team.

Agile development is now the de facto standard for software, However, most Agile processes do not include QA or see it as a secondary process done after development. BDD, also called Specification by Example, has been around almost as long as Agile Development but has not seen much adoption in North America.

Robert McCabe has introduced BDD to several companies with a twist, having the QA team write the scenarios before the dev team starts. This process results in a more comprehensive test framework for the developers to work with, faster development and more robust code.

He will talk about the tools used, the processes that need to change and the roadblocks to making this change.

RSVP here.