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Tuesday, May 1 • 15:20 - 16:50
Unblocking Blockchain Adoption – Unchain Your Company’s Brain! (Jason Bowers, Rahul Gulati)

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Abstract:
ALERT! You have just been sued and you have 40 minutes to prove your innocence! We will lead you through 2 interactive activities that will allow you and your organizations to utilize the power of blockchain and agile to avoid costly and sometimes fatal mistakes that could be solved by using blockchain solutions.
So why are people not adopting blockchain technology? The Four Pillars of the Agile Manifesto enable adoption of blockchain technology more efficiently and removes barriers to implementation by assisting organizations to share data securely (individuals and interactions over processes and tools), start small (working software over comprehensive documentation), building trust through consensus (customer collaboration over contract negotiation), and creating solutions through iterative and incremental change (responding to change over following a plan).
The first activity (Building an Agile Blockchain) will simulate the creation of a blockchain to solve a riddle that will identify shortcomings of current technologies. The second activity (Bringing Blockchain Home) will walk through the approach to identifying areas where blockchain is a viable technology and have participants identify a business problem in their company that can be solved using blockchain.
Why are we talking about blockchain? Over $500 billion dollars has been invested in blockchain-based startups and platforms since the advent of the technology, outweighing the market capitalization of long-standing stock exchanges like the Dow Jones. The appetite for blockchain solutions in both private and public sector is growing at an increasingly fast rate. However, adoption is stymied by fear of the unknown; clients are often afraid of implementing blockchain and exposing themselves to undue risk.
Why Agile? Well, since this is the premiere Agile conference, I am assuming you already know – but don’t worry, we will have 2 minutes on what “Agile” means in the context of this session to dispel rumors, innuendoes, and assumptions.

Learning Outcomes:
  • Be able to understand what blockchain is and its applicability to potential business problems
  • How to leverage the Agile Manifesto’s 4 Pillars to increase efficiency in implementing blockchain and reduce the fear of failure or breach of data which leads to limited adoption
  • How to drive adoption of blockchain solutions and identify low-risk starting points to build upon (both technically and business-focused user-stories)
  • How to scope blockchain solutions to both prepare for the future and mitigate risk of changing requirements
  • What potential business issues you can solve at your company using blockchain technology using Agile principles



Tuesday May 1, 2018 15:20 - 16:50
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