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About Belinda Waldock

Belinda is part of the organising committee for Agile on the Beach

Winning your clients’ trust with Agile project management Laura Delnevo – Agile Teams 2016

Winning your clients’ trust with Agile project management Laura Delnevo Cameron & Wilding

Having worked with a variety of clients and projects in the publishing sector (TMG, Sage Publications, The Economist), winning client’s trust is the underlining common denominator of success for me, as a project manager. For my agency this translate to: happy, satisfied and (hopefully) returning customers. Agile is at the core of all of this!

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Mia Filisch & Hanif Jameel : Empowering Teams To Change: From Components To Features – Agile Teams 2016

Mia Filisch & Hanif Jameel : Empowering Teams To Change: From Components To Features

The organisation of work around siloed component based teams can lead to difficulties in maximising the value delivered by a development process, and introduce coordination overheads which are difficult to resolve. At the same time, managing changes to the structure of teams is often a challenging process, especially if they are directly imposed. In this session we will explore the key lessons and insights gleaned from a developer and product led iterative transition to feature based teams.

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Keeping distributed agile teams ‘face to face’ – David Longman, Headforwards – Agile Teams 2016

Keeping distributed agile teams ‘face to face’ – David Longman, Headforwards

Probably most of us would agree that in a perfect world, Agile teams would sit together, but what happens when this is not possible? What can you do to help the team function well together. In this session I’ll describe some low and high-tech solutions I have used to address this.

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Team Motivation – Putting Autonomy, Mastery and Purpose into Practice – Kwasi Owusu-Asomaning (Autonomy), Andy Bowskill (Mastery), Chris Camacho (Purpose), CDK Global 2016

Team Motivation – Putting Autonomy, Mastery and Purpose into Practice – Kwasi Owusu-Asomaning (Autonomy), Andy Bowskill (Mastery), Chris Camacho (Purpose), CDK Global

How do you define Autonomy, Mastery and Purpose? In this session 3 speakers will share their thoughts on these concepts along with an open and honest view of the Agile journey they have had so far and the lessons they have learned along the way.

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J. B. (Joe) Rainsberger Keynote Software 2014

JBRainsbergerWe are delighted to confirm that J. B. (Joe) Rainsberger, Canadian software development consultant and technology writer will be joining us at Agile on the Beach 2014 to deliver our Software Craftmanship Keynote and a bonus Legacy Code Retreat

JB Rainsberger – Legacy Code Retreat (Rescuing Legacy Code Without Fear)

Keynote Slides  //  Keynote Video http://echo.falmouth.ac.uk:8080/ess/echo/presentation/cbb8e745-bb4d-4fb3-890f-ae895f1f3551

Legacy Code Retreat Video clips and discussions footage from the workshop http://youtu.be/WMsc9tt5jco
Session Notes : www.evernote.com/shard/s84/sh/7da87ba9-8026-42de-b7c8-840d8cfc2bca/db1c551d789c9650517f70d32d8aeeb0

Software Keynote

J. B. (Joe) Rainsberger, Canadian software development consultant and technology writer will be joining us at Agile on the Beach 2014 to deliver our software keynote

Keynote Slides  //  Video http://echo.falmouth.ac.uk:8080/ess/echo/presentation/cbb8e745-bb4d-4fb3-890f-ae895f1f3551

Consultant, coach, mentor and author, J. B. (Joe) Rainsberger helps both teams and individual programmers learn high-productivity techniques for delivering software. Teaching teams how to avoid unnecessary work, remain focused on what absolutely needs to be done, then do it quickly and effectively.

Joe helps software companies better satisfy their customers and the businesses they support. Over the years, he has learned to write valuable software, overcome many of his social deficiencies, and built a life that he loves. He has traveled the world sharing what he’s learned, hoping to help other people get what they want out of work and out of their lives.

He provides personalised consulting through AgileTutor.com, where he helps even more people start getting the advice they need with minimal investment. He lives in Atlantic Canada with his wife, Sarah, and two cats.

Specialties:Personal finance planning, strategic planning for businesses, project portfolio management, Extreme programming, Agile software development, Programmer testing, Developer testing, JUnit, Java, J2EE, Ruby/Rails, Project management, Project planning, Conflict resolution, Team building, developing coaches

http://www.agiletutor.com :: http://www.jbrains.ca :: http://blog.thecodewhisperer.com
Free Your Mind to Do Great Work :: http://www.freeyourmind-dogreatwork.com

PLUS Bonus Double Session

Joe Rainsberger – Legacy Code Retreat (Rescuing Legacy Code Without Fear)

Few forces limit your ability to deliver the way that legacy code does. At Code Retreat (http://www.coderetreat.com), you focus on the craft of software development by working on a very simple exercise with a wide variety of people and in a wide variety of ways. Legacy Code Retreat (http://www.legacycoderetreat.org) runs a little differently. We give you a code base to start from (in over 20 programming languages so far) and we guide you with the techniques that have helped us most in our work.

Join us for a Mini-Retreat, where you’ll dive into unfamiliar code head-first–code that’s just bad enough to annoy, but not so bad as to send you back to bed. You’ll try two key rescue techniques, we’ll discuss our experiences, and at least one of you will want to know to run your own Legacy Code Retreat. I’ll tell you how.

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Hub : Bonus Agile Media Content

Bonus Agile on the Beach Media Content

 

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Measuring Agile success – David Leach, Leanintoagile.co.uk 2016

Measuring Agile success – David Leach, Leanintoagile.co.uk

How do we measure success in Agile? some would say it’s easy, just measure customer satisfaction, others (whilst perhaps misinformed) might look to try and compare development team velocity.
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Mindful Agile: The Foundation of How We Grow – Kamila Piorowska 2016

Mindful Agile: The Foundation of How We Grow  – Kamila Piorowska

In this highly interactive workshop, we will share with you the concept and practice of Mindful Agile and how it can help you overcome the seemingly insurmountable challenges you face so that instead of having a mind that is constantly full, you can live a more effective life through mindfulness.

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Case Study: Seven Years of Agile – Paul Massey, Bluefruit 2016

Case Study: Seven Years of Agile – Paul Massey, Bluefruit

Bluefruit Software adopted Agile seven years ago. Come and hear about the journey and some of the key lessons learnt along the way, including why Agile was adopted, how the transition occurred, top practices that made the biggest difference, how Agile affected our customer relationships and what the benefits have been.

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Are projects agile? – Andy Longshaw, LexisNexis 2016

Are projects agile? – Andy Longshaw, LexisNexis

Workshop

Most good software has a long life and evolves continuously, keeping pace with the needs of its users whereas, a project is a temporary structure. Some agile software projects have succeeded, and some have failed. What is it that differentiated those that succeeded from those that failed? Do projects even make sense in a truly agile software development context?

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Agile on the Beach 2017 sold out for fourth year running!

Sold Out for 4th year running!

We are delighted to confirm Agile on the Beach 2017 has sold out reaching its target of 360 attending.  We are implementing a small expansion with extra studio space, some additional accommodation and a bigger boat allowing us to expand the conference to 400, please book soon to be sure of your place!

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Global tech conference Agile on the Beach sold out for 4th year

 

Hundreds from the global agile tech community will be landing in Cornwall this July as the annual Agile on the Beach conference held in Falmouth sells out for its fourth consecutive year.

Organisers of the seventh Agile on the Beach have confirmed keynote speakers Diana Larsen from Oregon speaking on agile teams and James Grenning from Chicago on agile software delivery.

James Lewis, principal consultant at Thoughtworks, internationally renowned creative technology company will also be delivering the closing keynote at the conference.  As an exclusive extra session, Dan North, originator of Behaviour Driven Development will be joining James Lewis to present an exclusive double act.

Keynote speakers will join 45 speakers selected from over 350 submissions received to present at the award-winning conference this year.  Representing local to global, and micro to enterprise level organisations they will share their knowledge and experience with 360 delegates at the two-day event, taking place July 5-7 in Falmouth.

Agile on the Beach committee member Belinda Waldock said: “It’s absolutely fantastic to have sold out again this year so early.  With additional demand, we will now expand to a capacity of 400 with additional studio space and rooms on campus.  Over 75% of our speakers, and over half of our delegates join us from out of county so having accommodation available on campus again this year is ideal.”

Agile on the Beach will be welcoming experts from all over the world including Russia, Israel, USA, Germany, Netherlands and Romania, as well as many from UK cities including Cardiff, Manchester, Bristol, Leeds & London.

Belinda adds “Agile on the Beach is not just about software development, we look at ways businesses are using agile approaches to develop their teams, products and businesses too. We’re delighted to welcome speakers from banking, media and legal sectors this year to share their experiences.”

Agile is a project management methodology that grew from a community of software developers looking to work more efficiently, effectively and profitably through team working and collaborating with customers. It has since been adopted by many different organisations and sectors.

One of this year’s keynotes, James Grenning, was one of the 17 independent software practitioners who created the Agile Manifesto in 2001, a guiding set of values and principles still used across the agile community today.

This year’s programme will focus on four agile themes: Software Delivery, Agile Teams & Practices, Product Design & Management and Business Agility across 5 tracks.

Agile on the Beach was named as “Agile Event of the Year” at the Global Agile Awards 2016 for its quality of programme and popularity amongst speakers and delegates.  The conference was cited as the clear winner of many dedicated Agile events happening around the world, with the judges commenting that Agile on the beach provided an event which has real vigor and represents the true and less commercial spirit of Agile.”

Toby Parkins, Agile on the Beach committee member and director of Cornwall based sponsors Headforwards, said: “We’re hugely proud that over the past seven years we’ve built a globally recognised and sustainable annual conference in Agile on the Beach.  People look forward to it all year round, we have a superb programme with excellent keynotes, who promise to be entertaining as well as inspiring.”

The conference attracts attendees from all over, from local tech companies Bluefruit, Crowdfunder and H Tempest, to international teams and the public sector including the BBC, Money Advice Service and the Land Registry.  International businesses include Agile Business Consortium who will host this year’s business track and further global sponsors include Jet Brains, Equal Experts, Nagra Media and Deeson.

Local sponsors include Launchpad, the ERDF funded games start up incubator at Falmouth University and, Cornwall College Business who have recently launched their iamdigital software development apprenticeship, both courses include agile in their syllabuses.  Other local sponsors include Plymouth University, Crypto Fintech, roweit, Software Cornwall, Being Agile, Pixxcell, Agile PR, Mackerel Sky, Matt Hollands Design, LumiraDX and Headforwards.

As well as 2 full days of over 40 sessions spanning its 5 tracks, the conference hosts 3 evenings of social events starting with a welcoming preconference quiz and pasty night.  On the Thursday evening the conference hosts its beach party on Gyllyngvase beach with a stretch marquee, local food and drink, a flash mob of local shanty singers raising money for the RNLI and evening entertainment.  Finally, on the Friday evening the team have chartered a Classic Cornish boat from Fal River on which to host their Retrospective supper with a trip along the coast for delegates staying on after the conference.

In its seventh year Agile on the Beach is again set to showcase the fantastic tech community in Cornwall and raise visibility of this fast growing cluster to the world.

For the full programme and to book tickets, go to www.agileonthebeach.co.uk

 

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Agile on the Beach is a not for profit organisation set up to help bring agile talent and skills to Cornwall and raise the visibility of the growing Cornish Tech community.

2017 Sponsors : Agile Business Consortium, Nagra Media Ltd, Headforwards, Cornwall College Business – iamdigital, Equal Experts, Deeson, Launchpad, Jet Brains, Crypto Fintech, Plymouth University, roweit, Software Cornwall, Being Agile, Mackerel Sky, Software Strategy, Lumira DX, Matt Hollands Design, Pixxcell, Agile PR, Business Cornwall, InfoQ, Scrum Expert, Methods & Tools.

PIC CAPTION: Delegates at the 2016 Agile on the Beach pre-conference beach party at Gyllyngvase.

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2017 Programme and Speakers Announced

We are delighted to announce our 2017 Programme.

We are also excited to confirm Dan North, originator of BDD and James Lewis, Principal Consultant at Thoughtworks will be delivering an exclusive double act keynote at Agile on the Beach this year especially for us!

Dan and James will be joining Diana Larsen and James Grenning as keynote speakers for 2017, and we are pleased to confirm 48 speakers.  Speakers will be joining us from across the world including the USA, Russia, Israel, Netherlands, Germany, Turkey, Poland and Romania, as well as local Cornish speakers and agile enthusiasts from across the UK.

Speakers will come from an array of businesses from local, national and global organisations including local agile developers Headforwards and Bluefruit, as well as locally born Steve Smith globally known for his development of Continous Delivery practices.   National organisations including the Agile Business Consortium are sponsoring our Busness track, along with speakers and sponsors from agile Equal Experts and JetBrains.  We are also delighted to welcome speakers from global mulitnational organisations including Thoughtworks, Unruly, Barclays and the Guardian.

Our programme will focus on 4 agile themes Software Delivery, Teams, Product and Business, with our bonus track offering extra hands on double workshops and extra seminars.

Early bird tickets are on sale and selling fast as teams and individuals secure their places for July.  A 10% discount is available on group bookings of 5 or more, accommodation is available to book on campus, and there are a small number of tickets to the Retrospective Boat Party on Friday evening remaining.

We are also delighted to confirm a pre-conference Day of Deliberate Practice will be held on the 5th July hosted by the brilliant Kevlin Henney and Jon Jagger, limited spaces are available for this extra workshop so do book soon to secure your place for just £225 per person. 

View our programme and speakers online

Programme https://www.agileonthebeach.co.uk/agenda

Speakers https://www.agileonthebeach.co.uk/page/1291899/speakers-2017

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HUB – Videos, Slides, Blogs and Media from Agile on the Beach

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you can search and refine hub content using our search box and tags, or by track on the home page

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Can you be agile and compliant? – Stuart Ward, IDBS , Agile Business 2016

Can you be agile and compliant? – Stuart Ward, IDBS

What happens when you take an organisation, which has been using waterfall for 25 years, to the new world of agile? In 2015, IDBS transformed how it creates software, which is used by a number of business verticals including regulated pharmaceutical environments, to facilitate R&D. This session will show how the move to agile was implemented along with the benefits and challenges seen.

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The Agile Business – DSDM – Ed Holt – Agile Business 2016

The Agile Business – DSDM – Ed Holt
Agile on the Beach 2016
With the advent of the inter-connected ‘Digital Age’ there is growing pressure on the wider business (beyond IT) to act in a nimble, responsive, agile way – and this represents an essential opportunity to become ‘The Agile Business’.
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Value – Andrea Provaglio – Agile Business 2016

Value  –  Andrea Provaglio, Agile Transformation Coach

A voyage into the multidimensional, systemic and subjective nature of Value in software development, with the intent of providing ways to create a shared understanding of what’s “valuable” for all stakeholders.
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Moving on Up – Sarah Glanville & Paul Lemon – Sky – Software Delivery 2016

Moving on Up – Sarah Glanville & Paul Lemon – Sky – Software Delivery 2016

Building a brand new agile team of over 100 people in 4 months is an exciting, challenging and rewarding task and Sarah and Paul will talk through the highs and lows and share their learnings from doing this. Sky are creating a brand new digital centre in Leeds, the heart of the Northern Powerhouse and this talk will share the experience of the first team to land in Leeds. How do you seed the culture, recruit the right people, set up the correct working practises and continue to deliver a committed roadmap?

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2016 Speaker Selection Panel

We are currently reviewing submissions for our 2017 conference, we have received 353 submissions, which will be reviewed by our panel and selected for our line up which we will announce in full by April.

We are pleased to welcome 3 Guest Revewers to assist the committee in selecting our line up this year.

Sarah Fairbairn – Sarah is Product Discovery Manager at Lumira DX (formally SCSLhealth).  Sarah has 16 years experience in software as a developer, analyst, team lead and architect.  However, in the past couple of years has moved into product design and management in the exciting field of health and medical software.  Sarah leads a product discovery team tasked with creating products that enable people with long term health conditions to live longer healthier lives.

Jim Barritt – Jim works for Thoughtworks and lives in Cornwall.  He has been a part of Agile of the Beach since its inception in 2011 and has been a regular speaker and attendee.  Jim has a great breadth and depth of knowledge of Agile Software Delivery.

Steve Smith -Steve Smith is a Continuous Delivery consultant at Always Agile Consulting Ltd. Steve has been helping organisations adopt Continuous Delivery since 2007.  He is the author of “Measuring Continuous Delivery” and co-author of “Build Quality In”.  Steve is Cornish and has attended as many AOTBs since its inception. He is a big believer in growing the IT industry in Cornwall.  Tracks: Agile Practices, Software Delivery

Byran Wills-Heath – Byran is lead developer at Bluefrit Software in Redruth.  He has regularly attended Agile on the Beach and spoken on a number of occasions too.

Sarah, Jim and Steve and Byran join Allan Kelly, Belinda Waldock, Toby Parkins, Mark Smith and Claire Eason-Bassett this year to help broaden the selection panel.

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Agile accountants and other rare specimen – Corinna Baldauf – Business 2016

Agile accountants and other rare specimen – Corinna Baldauf, sipgate

Tired of IT being an agile island? At sipgate, the agile mindset spread to all parts of the company: from HR over Accounting to kitchen staff. Let’s explore 10 examples of how agile thinking manifests throughout everyday company life. Look forward to strategy retreats for all, pairing everywhere, peer feedback and many more!
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Agile Marketing: The Incomplete Guide – Gez Smith – Agile Business 2016

Agile Marketing: The Incomplete Guide  –  Gez Smith, Bunny Picnic Ltd

A great session from Gez Smith on Agile Marketing

For years, marketers have used up-front planning and specification to launch campaigns in a single big bang. This worked in predictable and well-understood environments, like TV and press advertising, but the Internet has now made marketing far more complex, fast-paced and uncertain. As a result, the old approaches often don’t work, and the answer may lie in agile.

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James Grenning to keynote Agile on the Beach 2017

We are delighted to confirm James Grenning will be joining us from Chicago to keynote Agile on the Beach 2017.

James Grenning trains, coaches and consults worldwide. James’ mission is to bring modern technical and management practices to product development teams, especially embedded systems development teams.

He is the author of Test-Driven Development for Embedded C (http://wingman-sw.com/tddec). He is a co-author of CppUTest, a popular unit test harness for embedded C and C++.

James invented Planning Poker, an estimating technique used around the world, and participated in the creation of the Manifesto for Agile Software Development.

Read more about James

James will join Diana Larsen, and two further keynote speakers to be announced next month, along with our full line up of speakers in March.

Super Early Bird tickets are on sale for the conference along with accommodation on campus.

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Continuously delivering software to big brands – Paul Boocock – Software Delivery Video 2016

Continuously delivering software to big brands – Paul Boocock

Software Delivery 2016 – Continuously delivering software

The ability to react and deliver working software quickly is a vital component to the way we work. Our clients run some of the biggest brands in the world, so how do we continuously deliver software whilst ensuring we keep our clients happy and our quality high?

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Testing in a Continuous Delivery World – Wouter Lagerweij – Software Delivery 2016

Testing in a Continuous Delivery World – Wouter Lagerweij 

Software Delivery 2016

Hey, do you remember when everyone was asking what the role of the tester would be in an agile team? It’s happening again! A team that releases every commit needs to take testing seriously. That changes the role of the tester once again. And of developers, too. It puts the customer center stage again.
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10% time the pros and cons? -Elizabeth Pope – Software Delivery 2016

10% time the pros and cons? -Elizabeth Pope

Software Delivery 2016

I’m lucky enough to work for a company who offer 10% time, and believe it’s had many benefits for our team including engagement and performance improvements and as a tool for both retainment and attraction. However sometimes it can be hard to keep the business bought in to the idea of a very expensive team doing ‘nothing’ one day a fortnight. I’ll also share tips and tricks to get your team to make the most of their Learning and Development time without telling them what to do!
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Hub : Software Delivery

Software Delivery Hub

 

 

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Hub : Agile Keynotes

At Agile on the Beach over the years we have welcomed an array of amazing keynotes from across the world.  Past keynote speakers have included: Linda Rising, Rebecca Parsons, Dan North, Michael Feathers, Kevlin Henney, Mary Poppendieck, Eben Upton, Jenni Jepson, JB Rainsberger and Bjarte Bogsnes.

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Season’s greetings! Diana Larsen confirmed to speak at Agile on the Beach 2017

Season’s Greetings!
To celebrate we are delighted to announce our first, exceptional keynote speaker for agile teams and business in 2017, Ms Diana Larsen.

We will be announcing our second and equally brilliant technical keynote from Chicago in the New Year, as well as an exciting final keynote to close our conference, and a unique and amazing double act formed especially for Agile on the Beach.

Submissions are strong for our remaining line up which will be selected in February and confirmed in March.  2017 looks to be another strong year for agile working in Software, Business, Products and Teams, and we look forward to seeing you on the beach in July!

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Belinda, Claire, Allan, Toby, Mark, Mike, Holly & Laura

Agile on the Beach

 

We are delighted to confirm Diana Larsen will be joining us from Portland, Oregon, USA to keynote at Agile on the Beach 2017.

Internationally known for her brilliant work in agile software development, team leadership and agile transitions we are excited to hear Diana share her insights in July.

Diana has a fantastic breadth and depth of experience working with business leaders and their teams to create work environments where people flourish and push businesses to succeed.

Diana is author of Agile Retrospectives: Making Good Teams Great; Liftoff: Start and Sustain Successful Agile Teams; Five Rules for Accelerated Learning; and co-originator of the Agile Fluency™ model. As a founding partner of FutureWorks Consulting, she leads the practice area for Agile software development, team leadership, and Agile transitions.

For more than 20 years she’s worked with leaders to design work systems, improve project performance, and support leader and enterprise agility. An active speaker and contributor to her professional community, Ms Larsen has contributed as a leader with Agile Alliance, Organization Design Forum, and the Agile Open Initiative.

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Agile on the Beach wins ‘Agile Event of the Year 2016’ in Global Agile Awards

Agile on the Beach named as The Global Agile Event of the Year in the 2016 Agile Awards.

We are delighted and humbled to have won Agile Event of the Year in the #agileawards.

It is great to see our agile community recognised and we thank everyone who is involved in making our conference happen each year. From our speakers and sponsors, to our suppliers and events team, and most importantly, our attendees who come back year on year for a great agile learning and networking experience in Cornwall. Thank you!

Team Agile on the Beach (Belinda, Claire, Toby, Allan, Holly, Mark & Mike)

2016 WINNER! Agile on the Beach

In its seventh year the Agile Awards are “a global online celebration of Agile achievement”

Awarded to the organisational team of any event held in the UK or globally in 2016 which is specifically designed to recognise and promote Agile and its use

Criteria:

Quality of the process used to select speakers
Feedback on organisation of the event from speakers
Feedback on organisation of the event from attendees
Evidence of popularity

“Grab your shades because the #AgileAwards for Agile Event of the Year winner goes to @Agileonthebeach…”

“Agile on the Beach was the clear winner as the judges felt they provide an event which has real vigour and represents the true and less commercial spirit of Agile.

The judges spent a lot of time considering all the entrants and agreed it is great to see so many dedicated Agile events happening around the world.”

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New event website launched for Agile on the Beach 2017

For our 2017 event we are delighted to launch our new website at www.agileonthebeach.co.uk

With our new event focused site we aim to provide a better experience for our delegates attending.  The new site features easier online booking facilities, an online community to connect with other attending, as well as a full app enabling delegates to review conference sessions and schedule their own personal schedule.  On the day the app offers online check in and direct comms with our team as well as additional information to make your experience as enjoyable as possible.

The new site and app also offers greater engagement for our sponsors and speakers and give us feedback and statistics that will enable us to continuously deliver and improve our conference for you.

Our existing site here under our .com address will remain active becoming an archive of resources from previous events including videos, slides, articles and other media as part of our commitment to support the growing global agile community.

 

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Photos 2016

We are delighted to share our official photos from Agile on the Beach 2016

Thanks to www.tobyweller.co.uk for capturing our event so brilliantly!

you can also find the photos on www.facebook.com/agileonthebeach

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Students challenge perspectives of Cornish tech sector at Agile on the Beach

Agile on the Beach were delighted to display Falmouth Students work at this years conference who have been working on a project to challenge the perspectives of the tech sector here in Cornwall.

The work is the outcome of a collaboration project between Software Cornwall and Level 2 Falmouth University BA(Hons) Graphic Design students to brand and promote Cornwall as the UK’s Silicon Valley

The short video provides an array of the work produced by students as part of their degree course as a collection of initial ideas for branding and advertising, challenging perceptions of the sector and identifying innovative and distruptive ways to help raise the awareness and image of the growing and diverse tech community in Cornwall.

Branding Digital Cornwall

Software Cornwall hope to secure funds and work collaboratively to take the project further.  If you would like to collaborate or get involved with the next stages of the project please contact belinda@softwarecornwall.org

Thanks from our community go to Lecturer Darren Whittington for his lead on this innovative project and to the students for their brilliant and inspiring work.

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Media Content, Blogs and Photos 2016

Thank you to everyone who has shared their media, notes and reflections of Agile on the Beach 2016

We will collate as much of this content as possible here for you to view and to help make it accessible to the broader community

if you have content you wish to share please email belinda@beingagile.co.uk and we will post as much as possible.

Videos

Further videos will be released in batches over the coming months.

Agile on the Beach you tube Channel :

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC38H6iMkjUAzm5tG4Jagxyg

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Keynote – Linda Rising

Video : Linda Rising 2016 Keynote https://youtu.be/R8NWhf9iiKk

Linda Rising Keynote Slides

 

Rebecca Parsons

Keynote Rebecca Parson, CTO Thoughtworks

Video Rebecca Parsons Keynote https://youtu.be/vn8vbnePOec

 

View more slides and videos from Agile on the Beach here

Software Delivery Track Videos posted 6/12/17

Reports

Tweetreach 2016 Report PDF TweetReach_agileotb2016

Over 1500 tweets again this year over 3 days, with a reach of 632k and 2.5mil impressions, an amazing level of interaction, sharing and collaboration, thank you all!

Photos

You can find the official photos for the conference

Photos 2016

or on our Facebook page www.facebook.com/agileonthebeach please do feel free to use these professional photos, please do give a credit/link to www.agileonthebeach.com , it is much appreciated.

Thanks to Toby Weller our photographer for capturing Agile on the Beach again this year http://tobyweller.co.uk/

Thanks to all who have shared their photos this year, we will collate and share some of these, or you can find these under the #agileotb hashtag via www.twitter.com/agileonthebeach please feel free to send dropbox/gdrive links to Belinda if you wish to add to the collection!

Blogs and articles

Thanks to all who have taken the time to write up their notes, thoughts and learning from agile on the beach, we will list these below, please do send to Belinda if you have content you wish to be added

Thanks to Dan Bryant from InfoQ for covering the event

https://www.infoq.com/news/2016/09/agileotb-2016-day-one

Kainos Blog – High Tide Reflections of Agile on the Beach 2016 – https://www.kainos.com/high-tide-reflections-agile-beach-2016/

Blog by Becky Shaw, Project Manager http://www.evoluted.net/thinktank/web-development/postcard-from-the-seaside

Gez Smith Video Blog Day 1 – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r_0S-8pXvDA

Gez Smith – Video Blog Day 2 – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K7sMVBsZ_JU

Manifesto (@ManifestoLondon)
A packed first day at @Agileonthebeach! Here are 6 things we learnt manifesto.co.uk/agile-on-the-b… #agileotb

Manifesto Blog Day 2 https://manifesto.co.uk/agile-on-the-beach-2016-day-2/

Agile on the Beach Press Release http://agileonthebeach.com/tidal-wave-tech-visitors-set-hit-cornwall/

Software Cornwall – Disrupting Tech in Cornwall Video https://www.softwarecornwall.org/branding-digital-cornwall/

Presentations

Presentations will be added where received from our speakers to the 2016 line up page

2016 Slides & Video – Archive

speakers please send your links/slides to belinda@beingagile.co.uk

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Things to do in Cornwall during your visit

Cornwall 365 have kindly put together a guid of activities for events and places to visit while you visit Agile on the Beach

Cornwall is buzzing with events and activities – and just because the summer is nearing its end, it doesn’t mean the fun is over!

Read on for a selection of some of the lovely stuff happening in the Truro and Falmouth area, from top-notch theatre to beautiful sub-tropical gardens, music, castles and film.

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Tidal wave of tech visitors set to hit Cornwall

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Tidal wave of tech visitors set to hit Cornwall

Cornwall gets ready to welcome delegates to global tech conference Agile on the Beach

Cornwall is getting ready to host one of the world’s most popular conferences in a specialist field of business and project management – Agile.

Agile on the Beach 2016 is now fully booked with 350 delegates arriving in Penryn for the two day event on 1 and 2 September.

The conference, now in its sixth year, features 55 expert speakers, presenting 50 sessions during the two day conference plus three evenings of socials and entertainment including a beach party and a chartered boat trip around the Fal estuary.

The event will host many from the local tech community including speakers from Cornish companies Bluefruit, fffunction and Headforwards, however, more than half will be visitors to the county.

Agile on the Beach co-founder and organiser Toby Parkins and director of local business Headforwards said: “The growth of Agile on the Beach has been phenomenal. It has become a highlight of the year for many in the local community and attracts many of the UK’s leading software development teams to visit year on year.”

This year’s keynote speakers are two women leading international research and practice in Agile, with Dr Rebecca Parsons and Dr Linda Rising both flying in from the USA.   This year the event has again attracted international private sector sponsors including Sky and CDK Global, and welcomes a host of speakers and sponsors from across Europe.

Attracting a broad audience with business owners, marketing professionals and team leaders speaking and attending.  With five tracks it reaches beyond the use of agility within the technology sector and explores its broader adoption across sectors and organisations.

Belinda Waldock, marketing and communications lead for Agile on the Beach and author of Being Agile in Business, said: “We’re very proud of our conference, it has put Cornwall’s tech sector at the heart of the global agile community.  We are delighted to host this unique event that showcases the strength and diversity of the international community and its work here in the county”

Details for 2017 are set to be announced at the conference with a move to the earlier calendar date of 6-7th July. Click to book

For a full programme of speakers and events please click here

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Press release distributed on behalf of Agile on the Beach by Agile PR. For more information, please contact Rachel Picken, rachel@mpad.co.uk, 07989 695522.

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Social Gatherings 2016

FOR DETAILS OF OUR 2017 EVENT PLEASE VISIT WWW.AGILEONTHEBEACH.CO.UK

 

For Agile on the Beach 2016 we will have 3 evening social gatherings alongside the 2 days of conference sessions.

2015-09-07 17.46.2331 August – Wednesday Evening – Pre Conference Pasty and a Pint Night.

If you are arriving on the Wednesday please join us at our pre conference meet up.  A great chance to meet the team, speakers and other delegates and enjoy a proper cornish pasty supper and drink.

This years pre conference gathering will be held at The Poly, 24 Church St, Falmouth, TR11 3EG

Entry is included to the pre conference gathering for all speakers, sponsors and delegates attending the Agile on the Beach conference

 

AgileBeachParty14_621 September – Thursday Evening – Beach Party on Gyllyngvase Beach

The Agile on the Beach Party is held on Gyllyngvase Beach, Cliff Road, Falmouth TR11 4PA.  The party will be hosted in a fabulous stretch marquee pitched on the beach with music, food and a cash bar.

Entry is included to the Beach party for all speakers, sponsors and delegates attending the Agile on the Beach conference

smf-st-mawes-castle2 September – Friday Evening – Retrospective Supper and Boat Trip (Leaving at 7.30pm) – TICKETS ON SALE – LIMITED NUMBERS AVAILABLE

This year we will be hosting our Retrospective while sailing on The Duchess of Cornwall.  With a complimentary drink and buffet you can join the Agile on the Beach team and speakers on a cruise around Falmouth Bay.  A cash bar will also be available.

Tickets for this trip are limited and can be purchased for £28 each.  To book your tickets to the Retrospective Sailing Buffet please click here

Price includes boat trip, buffet and a welcome drink, a cash bar will also be available.  Departs 7.30pm at Prince of Wales Pier just off High Street TR11 3DF

duchessThe Duchess of Cornwall is the Flagship of the FalRiver fleet Launched In 2008, the brand new wooden ferry was built by Cockwell’s Modern and Classic Boatbuilding of Penryn.  This 59 ft ferry was constructed out of wood using traditional methods and materials and has capacity for 100 guests.

Please feel free to contact us info@agileonthebeach.com

SOCIAL SPONSOR If you would like to join us as hosts of one of our social gathering sponsorship opportuities are available.  Please email Claire at info@agileonthebeach.com

FOR DETAILS OF OUR 2017 EVENT PLEASE VISIT WWW.AGILEONTHEBEACH.CO.UK

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2016 Slides & Video – Archive

FOR DETAILS OF OUR 2017 CONFERENCE PLEASE VISIT WWW.AGILEONTHEBEACH.CO.UK

Submit to speak at Agile on the Beach 2017 – click here for more information

2016 Line up – Slides and Videos (work in progress) – bold have slides/video links

2016 Schedule and Brochure PDF Download

5 Tracks – Software Delivery, Teams & Practices, Product Design & Management, and Business, as well as a bonus track of 4 double workshop sessions.

2016 Keynote : Dr. Rebecca Parsons, ThoughtWorks’ Chief Technology Officer and Director of Agile Alliance.  Video Rebecca Parsons Keynote https://youtu.be/vn8vbnePOec

2016 Keynote: Dr Linda Rising, internationally known for her work in patterns, retrospectives, influence strategies, agile development, and the change process. Video : Linda Rising 2016 Keynote https://youtu.be/R8NWhf9iiKk    Linda Rising Keynote Slides

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All videos for this track are now uploaded and slides where received from our speakers.

Mega Early Bird Ticket Discount for 2017 ends 31 December 16
2017 Call for Speakers closes 4th Jan 17

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2016 Line up  ::  Software Delivery Track   ::   Agile Business Track   ::   Agile Teams and Practices Track   ::   Product Design and Management Track    ::   Bonus Doubles Track

Bonus Double Sessions

There will be 4 bonus interactive workshops this year at Agile on the Beach, all double sessions

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RobertChatRobert Chatley
Develogical Ltd / Imperial College London
Education for Engineers

Interactive workshop (no computer)
Double session
Level : Intermediate
How can we best design education programmes that prepare students to be effective software engineers in the modern world? What do they need to learn? How can we teach these things? Can we use the same principles to develop effective training and development programmes for professionals?

We will present how we applied principles and tools from agile methods to a university software engineering course – what worked and what didn’t.

We will draw on the expertise and experience in the room to discuss the most important things for people to learn to work effectively in software development, and then try to design new possible course structures to address these.

Many university degree programmes provide students with a solid grounding in the theoretical basis of computing, but it is difficult in a university environment to provide training in the types of software engineering techniques and practices, such as agile methods, that are commonly used in industrial development projects. There is typically a large gap between theoretical knowledge and practical experience.

In this session we will present how we have developed a programme that aims to bridge this gap, providing students with practical experience of relevant skills for industrial software engineering careers. We will give examples from courses at both Imperial College and Oxford. We are aiming to create courses that are practical and industrially relevant, but built on the fundamentals of computer science and rigorous engineering.

The first part of this session will be a talk giving some reflections on trying to improve the quality of a university course. Taking inspiration from modern ideas on lean and continuous delivery, we tried to adapt the course to provide higher quality learning, and give more value to the time the students spent studying. Universities are traditional organisations with long histories of doing things a certain way, and so whilst we had a lot of freedom over the content of the course, changing the format and the delivery methods was a lot harder.

We applied principles and tools from agile methods, aiming to increase the value of the time the students spent studying by providing feedback and learning in smaller batches, aided by automation. On a practical level, we will discuss the use of version control, automated testing, automated build and continuous integration for student exercises, and the effects that this has had. We will also discuss our attempts to teach the value of continuous delivery in larger student projects, the problems we have had with this, and ideas for future improvements.

We will introduce the technique of Reverse Instructional Design, and change to a workshop phase. We will also discuss applying agile techniques and systems thinking to the design of the educational experience.

We will draw on the expertise and experience in the room to discuss (in small groups) the most important things for people to learn to work effectively in software development, and then try to design new possible course structures to address these using the techniques described. To finish we will compile the outputs from the groups.

Robert is a visiting lecturer in Software Engineering at Imperial College London, and at the University of Oxford. Commercially Robert works as a consultant, coach and trainer with a focus on agile development.

Robert’s previous experience includes working at Google, where he was an engineer on the team responsible for their Tv Ads product. He also acted as an agile coach and conducted training in agile development in Google’s offices throughout the EMEA region. Before joining Google, Robert worked as a technical lead at Kizoom, one of the earliest companies in the UK employing XP at scale. He has chaired the XPDay conference, and acted as programme chair for the SPA conference. Robert holds an MEng degree in Information Systems Engineering and PhD in Software Engineering from Imperial College London.

 

 

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mikerawlingMichael Rawling
Unruly.co
How to bring your personas to life without needing an exorcist…

Interactive workshop (no computer)
Double session
Intermediate

Are User Personas haunting you? Does your team have trouble using personas because as they seem too intangible? In practice unbelievably unrealistic: insubstantial, unhelpful and eventually ignored? Your project maybe haunted by ghost personas! Lost, walled up behind a stack of documentation, technically now just a whisper in your conscience, a glimpse of users in a corner of your eye…irrelevant…crying for usability where no one can hear them?

User Personas really help ground product teams in genuine data, freeing them to have productive user-centric conversations with stakeholders that shift away from debating personal opinions into decision-making, based on proven user research – but personas can be quite hard to assemble realistically: almost seeming like a Dark Art. In todays Lean and pressured environments they often get created too quickly on a shallow basis from vague data or stakeholder opinion, leading your product in entirely the wrong direction.

Continuing an ongoing theme, Mike Rawling, a ux veteran of many apocalyptic projects, will share the latest user research techniques being used today, combined with tried and tested experience of how you can work with personas in a pragmatic way that fits into the world of digital development – without compromising either UX or your XP, Agile or Lean principles.

Attendees will come away from this session with an understanding of qualitative user research and be able to revive their User Personas in your Agile/Lean/XP process so they continue to serve as a useful reference for you, your team and stakeholders throughout the life of your product. The session will end with awards including most life-like persona of the day!

Cleanse your product of ghost personas!

Michael Rawling is the Lead Product UX at Unruly Media, a social media video company.

Mike’s professional experience in UX and UI development dates back to 1998 and since then has explored new ways of more effectively realising the massive potential that technology offers and that each product starts with. He has consulted on, designed, engineered and led such teams and initiatives for Konami, Wiley Publishing, UK’s National Lottery, Tesco.com,, LoveFilm and Granada/ITV-UK and Toyota.

Mike is @hedshot on Twitter and takes a lot of photos.

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keithbKeith Braithwaite
Zuhlke Engineering Ltd
TDD as if You Meant It

Interactive workshop (bring a laptop)
Double session
Advanced

TDD is a core Agile technical practice but too often done poorly. It is rare to see practitioners really let the Tests Drive Development, but that’s the key: designs evolved through TDD seem to be measurably different from designs created in other ways. In this session attendees will experience first-hand how a solution can evolve through TDD. They can take this experience back to their day jobs to inform more effective deployment of TDD in iterative, incremental, evolutionary development.

TDD is a core Agile technical practice but too often done poorly. A common failure mode is for developers to do some design thinking, write a bunch of tests which assert that the imagined design should exist and then make them pass. This often produces disappointing results, and even in the hands of a very good designer of software it misses the benefit of TDD.

It is sadly rare to see practitioners really let the Tests Drive Development, but that’s the key: designs evolved through TDD seem to be measurably different from designs created in other ways. In this session attendees will experience first-hand how a solution can evolve through TDD, and will reflect on how the solutions found by the group are different from the solutions one might imagine creating in the more usual way.

Working in pairs they will address a small but non-trivial programming problem using a modified TDD cycle which forces them to allow the design to evolve through refactoring in response to the accumulation of tests, one at a time. Pairs will be encouraged to check in to a public repository very frequently so that the incremental development of their design can be examined.

Attendees can take this experience back to their day jobs to inform more effective deployment of TDD in iterative, incremental, evolutionary development.

This session is marked as “advanced” not because the problem addressed is a hard one it isn’t. And not because the tools used are advanced, they aren’t. And not because the technique used is tricky to understand it isn’t. But because it turns out that this exercise often requires a surprisingly difficult change in thinking about programming, design and TDD. A change that is perhaps most difficult for developers who think of themselves as already expert in programming, design and TDD.

Keith Braithwaite is a Principal Consultant and Director of Customer Solutions at Zuhlke Engineering Ltd. He manages their Manchester office. He was one of the early adopters of eXtreme Programming in the UK and a well known promoter of Agile development. He blogs at http://cumulative-hypotheses.org/

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andylongshawAre projects agile? – Andy Longshaw, LexisNexis

Intermediate
Interactive workshop (no computer)
Double session

Most good software has a long life and evolves continuously, keeping pace with the needs of its users whereas, a project is a temporary structure. Some agile software projects have succeeded, and some have failed. What is it that differentiated those that succeeded from those that failed? Do projects even make sense in a truly agile software development context?

Good software provides value and benefit to its users. Most good software has a long life; and most good software evolves continuously, keeping pace with the needs of its users.

By contrast, a project is, by definition, a temporary structure created to manage and deliver a specific goal. Some projects that were run using agile software development techniques have succeeded, and some have failed. What is it about the context, team structure and governance of those that succeeded (and what was their definition of success) compared to those that failed? Do projects even make sense in a truly agile software development context?

This workshop will ask participants to explore whether projects are a good fit for software development. Participants will work in small groups to exchange thoughts and ideas, build them into a coherent viewpoint and present them back to the other groups.

Andy is a pragmatic software developer who unfortunately has tended recently to end up in roles like development manager. He has worked for many companies from a large multi-national through to a 4-person startup but is getting to the age where he is beginning to forget half of them.

He has been very fortunate that some thoughtful and intelligent people have spent their time helping him to learn some really useful and interesting stuff so he tries to give some of that back when he can.

 

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Karel_BoekhoutAccelerated learning with Mob Programming   – Karel Boekhout

Introductory

What to do if you have a team that needs to explore a lot of new territories in software development and you don’t have a senior to guide them?  You let them discover it themselves, as group. 

You will learn how we used Mob Programming as a learning mechanism, ending up with a surprisingly strict process for our mobbing sessions.

The Mob Programming technique has proven to be effective with a team of seniors and in this session you’ll discover that it is just as effective with a group of less experienced developers. It can also be used to explore topics outside of just software development.

Impressed by the Mob Programming session at XP2015 in Helsinki, I conducted an experiment with the teams I was coaching.

In this session I will show you how in a few months, with a set of weekly Mob Programming sessions, the teams as a whole and all its individuals have grown much faster than they could have done otherwise. They improved their coding skills, tool mastery, involvement in Scrum ceremonies, estimation skills, process modeling (!) and learned to be much more self-sufficient.

This didn’t happen without plenty of experimentation, and some dead ends. You will learn about the different approaches we tried, how we ended up with a surprisingly strict process for our mobbing sessions, and how acceptance was easier with a team that had fewer ingrained habits of work.

Karel Boekhout is an Agile Coach operating out of the Netherlands with a background in Change Management and Process Management
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davelongmanKeeping distributed agile teams ‘face to face’  –  David Longman, Headforwards

Introductory

Probably most of us would agree that in a perfect world, Agile teams would sit together, but what happens when this is not possible? What can you do to help the team function well together. In this session I’ll describe some low and high-tech solutions I have used to address this.  

You have an agile delivery team but they are scattered around the office, the city, the country or even the world. This is a challenge that many teams, especially in larger organisations have – are they doomed to a sub-optimal agile experience? How can you help them work effectively together when they cannot see each other? Is the latest flashy tele-presence solution the answer?

In this session we’ll look at different types of distributed teams and how their challenges and needs differ. I will propose that you can build high performing distributed teams without spending a fortune and I’ll explain some of the successful low and high-tech solutions we have used to achieve this. To add some balance to the session and to show that it’s not all roses and gold, I’ll discuss a few of the pitfalls I have fallen into and suggest ways you can avoid them.

Dave Longman is a Product Owner and Scrum Master with 6 years experience building distributed agile teams. He currently works for Headforwards leading an agile team split between Cornwall and Kent. Previously he worked for IDBS in Surrey building agile teams split between UK locations and the US.
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Judith_11Ship fast!  –  Judith Andresen, BERATUNG JUDITH ANDRESEN

Advanced

Lead-time measures the time between the generation of ideas and the deployment of the final product to the customer.

The speaker Judith Andresen explains different approaches to shorten the lead time.

To survive in a new market or to grow fast you need a short lead time in your company.  Lead-time measures the time between the generation of ideas and the deployment of the final product to the customer.

To minimize the lead time it is very useful to use agile methods and to focus on small user stories. Having done that, for most teams the lead time is still too long.

Teams still suffer from technical difficulties, merge problems and missing and / or misleading communication between stakerholders, product owner, and the team.

Judith Andresen explains different approaches to shorten the lead time. She puts her focus on team development and the “”vertical view”” of a product.

The team of the BERATUNG JUDITH ANDRESEN wants to make true collaboration possible.

Judith Andresen mainly accompanies as an agile coach companies in their agile transition. She regularly writes in blogs and journals and gives lectures on the insights and experiences of her work.
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adampolPerformance Management: the new team responsibility –   Adam Polczyk, APSS (UK) Ltd

Introductory

Traditional performance reviews are ineffective and especially unsuitable for Agile teams. In this session Adam will share the learning from over a year of experiments with an alternative approach that is aligned with the Agile values of respect and fast feedback. He will argue that it is now possible and desirable for Performance Management to become a team responsibility.          

There is growing recognition that traditional performance reviews don’t improve performance and are an impediment to collaboration and team self-organisation.

What if Performance Management was the responsibility of the whole team? How would that look, would it work and could it be more effective? Agile makes this possible.

In this talk Adam will present an alternative team oriented approach that is aligned with Agile values. One that treats people with respect and enables the frequent exchange of meaningful feedback between all team members. It supports conversations that develop people and help teams stay productive.

He will share data from over a year of trials and propose that with the right approach and support, it is indeed possible and desirable for Performance Management to become a team responsibility.

Adam is an Agile practitioner with 30 years experience of commercial software development. He started programming when he was 11 years old and hasn’t stopped since. For the last 15 years however, his focus has been helping teams and organisations apply Agile values to be more effective and to create a better working experience for their people. He is an accomplished and energetic Scrum Master and Agile Coach who loves sharing great ideas. When he isn’t walking about, he still likes making things and is the creator of team-sense.co.uk.
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ebenhalfordStringTheory: Hidden Connections in Teams    Eben Halford        Orgology

Introductory

This session will look at what makes teams different from groups, the structures that enable teams, team motivation, organisational context, appropriate team coaching and intervention models and finally the role of social capital in facilitating teams and enriching business.

With a ball of string and a folder we will explore team dynamics and how the relationships between members can be thought of as a distinct entity that holds the key to success.”   What makes a team, a team? An exercise to explore teams.

This is a quick briefing on what teams are followed by a group exercise to explore the hidden dimension of teams. The objective is to get participants to think about what it means to be a team and to experience how connections and team structure affect the ability of people to perform as a team: a whole, greater than the sum of its individual parts.

This is a facilitated exercise and every time I run it, each group discovers new things about themselves and their part in the greater whole. I don’t know exactly what we will learn from it, it will be a step into the unknown. What I have seen is that the more you share the more you will gain from the experience, each participant building on the experience of their team mates.

Don’t worry – no one will feel exposed or subjected to ridicule – except perhaps me.

Eben is an Executive and Organisational Change Coach with over 20 years experience in the IT Industry. Working with companies from startup to FTSE100 global corporations in a diverse range of industries from finance to advertising and much more in between. During this period, Eben has held a variety of positions from developer to CTO.

Eben now coaches change at the portfolio, program and team level with a focus on systems leadership and effective teamwork. Eben is an accredited coach and a certified LKU Kanban and SAFe trainer.
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miaFile_000 (1)Mia Filisch & Hanif Jameel : Empowering Teams To Change: From Components To Features

Introductory

The organisation of work around siloed component based teams can lead to difficulties in maximising the value delivered by a development process, and introduce coordination overheads which are difficult to resolve. At the same time, managing changes to the structure of teams is often a challenging process, especially if they are directly imposed. In this session we will explore the key lessons and insights gleaned from a developer and product led iterative transition to feature based teams.

This experience report will cover the reorganisation of our development department from teams structured around architectural components to cross-functional, project-based, and much more fluidly structured feature teams which pull work from a single backlog. This transition was developed iteratively and from the ground up, rather than being imposed by management, and adjusted as the team saw fit based on frequent reflection and implementation of any resulting tweaks that were seen as necessary for productivity and team health. This empowerment was arguably a key element for the success of this transition. We will outline the premises and issues prompting this transformation, the initial setup and process which the team started out with, as well as any challenges we had to overcome during the regrouping. In doing so we aim to provide a reflective perspective on the nature of cross-functional feature teams which are aligned with user stories rather than with platform components, and on what the team at 7digital have learned from trying to adopt this structure.

Mia started out at 7digital in the world of customer and client operations, where she enjoyed working with technologists and learning new things so much than in 2014, she finally decided to make a change and become a software developer.

Hanif is a senior software developer at 7digital, responsible for advancing our core platform technology. He has a passionate interest in process improvement and helping teams become as effective as they can be.

Both of them also coordinate 7digital’s internal knowledge sharing events, where different people hold talks, demos or workshops once every week, and have broadened its scope from being a tech team initiative to including sessions for all members of staff.

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LauraDelnevoWinning your clients’ trust with Agile project management    Laura Delnevo        Cameron & Wilding

Intermediate

Having worked with a variety of clients and projects in the publishing sector (TMG, Sage Publications, The Economist), winning client’s trust is the underlining common denominator of success for me, as a project manager. For my agency this translate to: happy, satisfied and (hopefully) returning customers. Agile is at the core of all of this!    

Having worked with a wide variety of clients and projects, the underlining common denominator of success for me, as a project manager is happy satisfied and (hopefully) returning customers.

Winning clients’ trust for me has become even smoother with Agile practises as, since I’ve embraced this methodology of working at Cameron and Wilding, I have noticed a few patterns of success across our projects with our clients such as the Telegraph Media Group, Sage Publications, The Economist that I’d like to share with you in today’s session.

Laura has worked with a wide range of clients and platforms throughout her career. She started supporting campaigns within the home entertainment field (Universal, Sony, Disney).

In order to align her professional career to her personal interests and passions, Laura took a step further becoming an account manager for third-section clients and NGOs. It’s at this stage that she became to know and grow a steady interest in open source platforms, and Drupal in particular. Amongst other duties Laura has lead client relationship and website builds of national well known organisations such as The National Trust and Channel 4 (Paralympics website).

At Cameron & Wilding, Laura has been managing the builds of high-profile clients in the publishing sectors such as The Telegraph Media Group, Sage Publications, Oxford University Press and the Royal Society.
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ian_hawkinsIncredible Agile Teams – Ian Hawkins, Siemens Healthcare

Intermediate

Is your team incredible? If we had a world agile team league table, where would you come? How would you improve? This session explores what it takes to be a top performing agile team.    

So you run retrospectives every sprint. You make improvements. Working software gets delivered. You’re doing good. But here’s the question, how much could you improve further? If you took the best agile team in the world and had them do your next project, how would they do in comparison? What would they do differently? Can your team be that team? This session explores what it takes to be a top performing agile team.

Ian Hawkins is an experienced scrum master at Siemens Healthcare, working with more than 30 other scrum teams across the world on 3D medical imaging software.  He runs the Agile Oxfordshire user group, bringing together agile enthusiasts from a wide variety of industries and experiences.

In recent years he and his team have explored: Test driven development, Pair programming, Shortened sprints, Simplified estimation, Reference stories, Estimation risk checklists, Team learning sessions, Inter team secondments, Mob testing, Work in progress limits and Communities of practice.  Ian has also run workshops and presented at Agile Cambridge in 2014 on the subject Epic Estimation

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robertaAgile values and principles – for non software development teams – Roberta Stafford, Capital One

Introductory

Think agility is just for software development teams? It isn’tThis session will will help identify and explore practical tricks and tips to help teams embed agile principles and values into their world where their goal isn’t iterative software development.   

Focusing on high level agile principles such as visualising work, delivering early and often, learning with feedback, measuring and managing your flow and starting with the all important “why” we will uncover practical suggestions to aid teams improve how their work together to deliver awesome business results

Roberta Stafford : I have been working as a scrum master and agile coach at Capital One for the last 3 years and am part of the transformation team that is helping  Capital One to change the way it works to become a more nimble, responsive and dynamic organisation.

 

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Team Motivation – Putting Autonomy, Mastery and Purpose into Practice – Kwasi Owusu-Asomaning (Autonomy), Andy Bowskill (Mastery), Chris Camacho (Purpose), CDK Global

How do you define Autonomy, Mastery and Purpose? In this session 3 speakers will share their thoughts on these concepts along with an open and honest view of the Agile journey they have had so far and the lessons they have learned along the way.

We all know agile development is a team sport, we need to build a shared understanding, respect and drive to deliver the very best for our customers and make sure we develop and grow doing it. This concept is often summarised as Autonomy, Mastery and Purpose and forms the bedrock for any Agile culture.

cdkTeam - AotBIn this session 3 speakers who represent product management (Chris Camacho), development (Andy Bowskill) and scrum mastery (Kwasi Owusu-Asomaning) will give their thoughts on these topics. The aim of this is to build a picture from different perspectives on this core concept, what it means to different parties and how in Agile the sum is clearly greater than the parts.

3 speakers from CDK who represent, product management (Chris Camacho), development (Andy Bowskill) and scrum mastery (Kwasi Owusu-Asomaning) all with a mixture of experience and time at CDK.

All three work across multiple international teams and are responsible for designing, building and delivering a quality dealer management software and making sure they have fun doing it!
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Design a Degree 2.0 – Toby Parkins & Lyssa Fee-Crump, Headforwards & Software Cornwall

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A few years ago at AOTB we ran a Design a Degree session because we were constantly hearing from employers in the industry that the education system was failing to produce enough high quality IT graduates. This year we are taking it to the next level.

We want our universities to be producing graduates with the right skills to walk into a workplace. That is why we want to speak to employers, to industry professionals, to graduates and to students to find out what they think should be being covered on a computer science degree.

We are all working hard to bridge the IT skills gap and one of the ways we are doing this is by encouraging the next generation of developers to go to university. But what happens if those universities are failing them?

What happens if they graduate with out-dated skills that won’t be of help in the modern workplace?

As working professionals in the tech industry you have insider knowledge on what is needed to succeed.  You know what you would skills and attributes you would want an employee to have.
We want to know what you wish you had been taught at university, what you wish you weren’t taught and how you think we could better help today’s student.

This is just the first step in a larger plan we have in place to help computer science graduates get the most out of their degrees, but we need input from experts like you.

Toby is a director at outsource software development company Headforwards as well as at the technical web agency UKNetWeb. He is also the president of the Cornwall Chamber of Commerce and a Hall for Cornwall Trustee. He has over 21 years experience working in the tech industry. @tobyparkins

Lyssa is Marketing Manager at Headforwards, a Committee Member at Software Cornwall as well as being a STEM Ambassador.  She has been an agile evangelist in the marketing world for a number of years and is passionate about finding new ways for tech to improve our customer relationships. @LyssaCrump

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adrianhIterative Persona – Adrian Howard  , Quietstars

Intermediate

How can you help everybody in your team understand the customer, especially if you’re not sure yourself? Persona help, but traditional persona development sometimes doesn’t work well in agile contexts.

We’ll show you how to iteratively build models of your customer with the whole team. Demonstrating practical techniques for integrating ongoing research with agile approaches to product vision and strategy. 

How can you get everyone in the team to understand your customers, especially if you’re not 100% certain yourself?

Persona research-based examples of the people who use your product can help. Unfortunately in agile contexts traditional persona development often doesn’t work well.

How do we use persona when our understanding of the product and market are still evolving? What happens when we lack the resources for extended up-front research? How do teams manage changes to existing persona? How should we communicate persona to agile teams? How do we keep the value of long-term research in an environment of rapid iteration or continuous delivery?

We’ll show you how to incrementally build models of your customer with the whole team. Demonstrating practical techniques for documenting persona, communicating ongoing research, and integrating it with agile approaches to product vision and strategy.

Learning outcomes:

* When and how often to revisit persona descriptions.
* Different ways of communicating persona to agile and lean teams.
* How to revisit and modify persona without eroding trust in their validity.
* Understand the value of persona in defining and driving your product vision.
* Understand how you can refine your product persona during product development.
* How to ease the adoption of persona by involving the whole team in their creation.
* Find out how to use persona to realign your product vision as you discover product-market fit.
* Learn how to avoid a long up-front persona creation process while keeping the value of research based persona.

Adrian Howard is passionate about building effective teams and great products.You’ll find him working with startup and product development teams, combining coaching & teaching with hands on UX & development work.

With more than fifteen years experience working with startups, established businesses and agencies Adrian is an active member of the Agile, Balanced Team & Lean UX communities. He regularly teaches and speaks on integrating Lean, UX and Agile methods.

You’ll often find him ranting in a corner of the bar about how agile, business and user experience folk need to play nice together. Be kind and buy him whisky.
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katmatfieldHow to do effective research in an irrational world    Kat Matfield    The Round/Silicon Milkround

Intermediate

Agile research and discovery phases rely on observing and speaking to real users about their real behaviour. Just one problem, we can’t always trust what they say or what they do. This talk outlines the ways in which your users (and the rest of us) behave irrationally, and how to conduct research that gets you to the truth, regardless.    

Regular contact with users is now common for even the smallest of agile teams. But some of the fundamental techniques used for user research and discovery can lead you astray. Why is that? Put simply: your users don’t always know what they want or even what they do. Because of cognitive biases (‘bugs’ in our thought processes) none of us are as rational as we’d like to believe, or as good at predicting what we’ll want or do in the future. You can’t fix this kind of bug, but by using insights from behavioural psychology you can tailor your research and discovery phases to avoid them. That way, you can build products that users will love (even if they didn’t realise they would).

Kat Matfield is a digital product and service designer. She’s worked with start-ups and large corporates to help make innovative new digital services or improve existing ones. She’s fascinated by all the areas of life in which people believe strange things and behave irrationally, and how to design services that embrace this, instead of fight against it.
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catswetelFile_000UX and A3 Thinking: User First Problem Exploration – Cat Swetel, Tidal River & Mike Caponero

Intermediate

Has your team or organization ever delivered a fun, shiny solution, only to realize later it was a solution to a problem that doesn’t exist? A3 Thinking (pioneered by Toyota) is a method for problem exploration and validation that can mitigate the risk of delivering unneeded products and features by helping to identify, explore, and validate problems and solutions.   

Has your team or organization ever delivered a fun, shiny solution, only to realize later it was a solution to a problem that doesn’t exist? Has your team ever felt the features you developed were treating symptoms without ever really identifying users’ underlying problem?

A3 Thinking (pioneered by Toyota) is a method for problem exploration and validation. It can mitigate the risk of delivering unneeded products and features by helping to identify, explore, and validate problems and solutions in a disciplined manner. During this workshop, attendees will learn how to use an empathy map, a common UX tool, to inform the A3 process, write great hypotheses, and design effective experiments. This workshop is ideal for those in a UX role or anyone working on an Agile team currently using personas or empathy maps.

Cat is an experienced lean and agile practitioner and coach. When not working, she enjoys hiking, reading feminist literature, and making jokes about Bitcoin.

Mike uses his instructional design skills to continuously improve and adapt trainings to effectively meet current clients’ needs and contexts by engaging participants in the active construction of knowledge of lean/agile principles in socially interactive and cooperative settings. He is a former science teacher and current college debt slave, holding a BS in Environmental and Organismal Biology and MAT in Science Education. Mike embraces the research-backed theories of education in which learners take an active role in the construction of knowledge through inquiry and experimentation; approaches which correspond to the core principles of the improvement and coaching kata of TPS and PDSA/A3 problem solving approach.
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dan-goodwinUser testing on a shoestring – Dan Goodwin, fffunction

Introductory
Interactive workshop (no computer)
Double session

Testing whatever you’re working on with real users is one of the best ways to uncover design issues and it doesn’t have to be expensive. Anyone involved in the design and development process for a product or service can run effective user tests if they follow some simple guidelines. This workshop will show you how.   

Testing with real users is a fantastic way to inform the design process for products and services. You can test just about anything at pretty much any point in the lifecycle of a product and learn loads doing it.

User testing can also be a great ‘gateway’ tool for bringing users into the design process. Get folks on your product team to watch a user trying to complete basic tasks with your thing and they’ll not only be stunned and enthused into fixing things, hopefully they’ll also be encouraged to get users at the centre of the design process (where they should be).

And what’s more amazing is that anyone on the team for your thing can run user tests. They don’t need to be expensive, time-consuming and difficult, they can be quick, cheap and easy. There are a few simple guidelines for user tests which apply to cheap, guerrilla tests as much as they do to expensive tests in lab.

This workshop will explain the benefits of user testing and move quickly into showing you how to plan, organise, and conduct a user test and how to share what you learn with your team. You’ll learn how and where user testing can be used, how you can incorporate it into your project methodology, and how it fits alongside other techniques for bringing users into the design process. Low budget tools for capturing, analysing, and sharing user tests (including those on mobile and touch devices) will be discussed. As it’s an interactive workshop, there will be some exercises to get you planning and conducting a user test. There will also be some discussion of what you might get if you take user testing into higher budget territory with participant recruitment, user testing labs and eye-tracking (and why you probably don’t need to).

Dan is the user experience director at fffunction, a user-centred design agency in the South West of the UK. With a background of fifteen years experience in agency and in-house software and web development, he is an all-rounder with strong technical and people skills in addition to user experience. He loves user research and bringing users and empathy for them into every step of a project.

Dan loves the sea and gets in it or near it whenever he gets the chance. He likes good coffee, good beer, and good and bad flapjacks.”
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darcidRunning Killer Workshops without killing yourself – Darci D Dutcher, LexisNexis

Intermediate

Good workshops are invaluable to companies and teams while bad workshops can be demoralizing and a waste of time. The session will cover tips and tricks that can be used to make sure workshops are a good use of the attendee’s time.   

People in software teams are increasingly expected to run workshops with customers, end users, team members, stakeholders and executives. This is not always a skill that comes easily, nor are many people given much support or training before being thrown into what can be a high pressure situation. This tutorial will cover tips and tricks I’ve learned in 15 years of facilitating workshops in a variety of countries, industries and situations. The exact content of the workshop will be selected by the participants, in “”choose your own adventure”” style.

Topics include
-how to spend the 10 minutes before the workshop begins
-how to get everyone to participate and how to get some people to stop talking!
-room set up for different outcomes
-choosing the right workshop format
-post-it note party tricks!

Darci is a user experience designer and agile consultant with a background in cognitive psychology and technology. Her first job was designing airplane cockpits and she has also done UX work in industries including healthcare, travel, finance, publishing, not-for-profit, compliance and technology. In addition to focusing on solutions that are delightful and easy to use, encouraging collaboration is one of the goals that Darci has wherever she goes.
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lukaszszyrmerUsing Landing Pages to Prove Business Value    Luke Szyrmer    Launch Tomorrow

Introductory

There is nothing so useless as doing efficiently, that which should not be done at all””. –Peter Drucker

If you are going to build a product or a feature, make sure your prospects want to buy it with a landing page test–first.

By simulating a buying environment, you create the conditions to test whether your intended prospect want what you have to sell. This approach:

* prevents you from wasting time and money on a product or feature idea that costs a lot to build but has little value to your customers.
* reduces market risk as a powerful type of real option “”put””, before your developers start cutting a line of code.
* narrows the gap between what customers say they want, and what they actually buy.

Using an experiment-driven approach, landing pages can be used to test hypotheses with significant business implications.

Luke Szyrmer is the author of the #1 bestselling book “Launch Tomorrow” in the Amazon category of “Start a Business”. He is a Lean Startup community activist in London, and runs regular meetups to help founders apply Lean Startup principles such as testing to their business. He also co-organises Lean Startup Machine in London. In addition to mentoring at Lean Startup Machine, Luke mentors startup founders. He’s spoken at Google Campus, Launch22, and LeanCamp. Professionally, he is a product manager in financial technology. He enjoys the challenge of distilling complex technical and organizational ideas down to their essence, so others can benefit from his research.
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darwinalastairFaster feature discovery with Google Design Sprints  –  Darwin Peltan & Alastair Lee, Product Pilot

Intermediate

Stop debating new product ideas and start putting them to the test using Google Ventures’ Design Sprints. This technique allows teams to generate new ideas and test them with users in just five days. In this workshop you’ll learn how to plan and run a successful product Design Sprint.    

How can teams quickly discover and validate new product ideas? How do they develop a shared understanding of what’s to be built? How do they include stakeholders in the process to avoid having to sell in ideas later?

The answer lies in Google Ventures’ Design Sprints. This technique allows a team to generate new ideas and test them with users in just five days.

In this workshop we’ll share our experiences of planning and running successful product Design Sprints. We’ll cover

– How to prepare for a sprint so you get the most from it
– The 6 key stages of a discovery sprint and the key techniques to use in each stage
– The main roles within the sprint

Darwin is passionate about building products and services that customers love. He has more than 10 years of experience and has worked with startups, charities and large commercial organisations. Darwin is an active member of the agile community and is a co-organiser of the Product Tank South West community.

Alastair is co-founder of Product Pilot, a digital product development consultancy based in Bristol. He has a background in Product Management and strategic UX and has lead digital teams at the BBC, Time Out, and Bristol City Council.
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BrettAnsleyAccounting for Agile software  –  Brett Ansley

Introductory

Reporting the cost of our projects is a necessary evil and it’s often seen a bureaucratic overhead.

Learn how to achieve a level of reporting that your financial team will love with the minimal impact on your software teams.

Software teams want to be Agile and minimise the amount of bureaucracy that they have to deal with. This is often in stark contrast with financial teams who need evidence of work done to satisfy demanding auditors.

There is a way to keep everyone happy! You will learn how to gather the right information to make financial reporting viable and to work with your financial teams to make it it as easy as possible with a minimal overhead for your software teams.

Brett Ansley –  I’m an efficiency and optimisation freak and passionate advocate of the customer experience. I hate waste and love making the customer’s journey as easy as possible. I have been working in Agile teams for nearly 10 years. I was introduced to Agile by a team of Thoughtworks coaches, I later joined Thoughtworks where I spent time as an Agile coach, Business Analyst, Delivery Principal and Change Programme Director. After 5 years with Thoughtworks I spent a year working at the Government Digital Services (GDS) of the Cabinet Office on the Government as a Platform programme. I left GDS to take up the role of Chief Product Officer for VictoriaPlum.com an online retailer of bathroom and bedroom furniture.

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miketrebilcockCC with Group underneath (3)Growing Skills : I AM DIGITAL – Mike Trebilcock – Cornwall College

There’s something exciting happening with Digital Skills education in Cornwall, find out more about the new Digital Academy Cornwall, how Software Cornwall and The Cornwall College Group are disrupting traditional education to help Cornwall’s Digital economy grow. Expect Robots, gadgets and shameless appeals for help.

Mike is head geek at I am Digital, an exciting new Digital Academy being created in Cornwall with Cornwall College and local industry.  Mike is also Business Systems project lead for The Cornwall College Group, one of the largest further education colleges in the UK.  Mike is an active committee member for Software Cornwall, where he leads educational engagement and outreach, linking with schools, industry and Code Club UK inspiring and growing the next generation of digital engineers. Mike has recently completed a Masters Degree in Agile Software Projects.

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davidespleyLexisNexis logoUser Stories and other agile failures – David Espley, Lexis Nexis

 

Should agile practitioners avoid large corporate clients. Are they just too hard to take on a progressive journey. Helping companies that think they are already agile to actually adopt agile is an interesting challenge, for a start, nobody likes to be told that they are doing it wrong. In this talk David shares his experience of helping larger corporate clients to act more like Lean startups, discusses how you wean people off their agile washed legacy processes and let go of some of the big company baggage.

Should agile practitioners avoid large corporate clients. Are they just too hard to take on a progressive journey. Helping companies that think they are already agile to actually adopt agile is an interesting challenge, for a start, nobody likes to be told that they are doing it wrong. In this talk David shares his experience of helping larger corporate clients to act more like Lean startups, discusses how you wean people off their agile washed legacy processes and let go of some of the big company baggage.

Over the past 20 years David has worked with number of larger clients and helped some of them to achieve their agile ambitions. By working with a ‘top down’ approach and understanding that getting the board bought into the new world is just as important than any other activity he has started to see some repeatable patterns both in success and behaviours.

This talk will argue, that as a community, we need to invest time into educating a wide range of people into the changes they need to embrace; in the same way we try to deliver value to the market, in increments, adapting quickly and failing fast.

David Espley is the CTO at LexisNexis and has spent the last 20 years working in the software industry. Having embraced agile 15ish years ago, he has decided that he now knows less about utopia than when he started but certainly knows more about the destinations along the way. David is currently helping LexisNexis to embrace the ethos of agile and not just the occasional practice.
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daveleachMeasuring Agile success  – David Leach,  Leanintoagile.co.uk

Intermediate

How do we measure success in Agile? some would say it’s easy, just measure customer satisfaction, others (whilst perhaps misinformed) might look to try and compare development team velocity.

So what does a good metric look like? In this talk I will describe the metrics that can be used at the individual, team, department and organisation level and the impact on behaviour and performance of choosing a good metric and also the negative impact when choosing a poor metric.

The weight we lose when dieting is driven by the food we eat and the exercise we take i.e the actions and activities required to reach the “lagging” metric of weight loss or BMI reduction. Otherwise its just luck if we lose weight, how much to we rely on luck in business?”  

How do we measure success in Agile? some would say it’s easy just measure customer satisfaction, others whilst perhaps misinformed might look to try and compare development team velocity or lines of code of features created. A bad measure may negatively affect behaviours so we need to educate ourselves on what good measures look like and be prepared to inspect and adapt our measures and metrics.

So what does a good metric look like? In this talk I will describe the metrics that can be used at the individual, team, department and organisation level and the impact on behaviour and performance of choosing a good metric and also when choosing a poor metric.

The weight we lose when dieting is driven by the food we eat and the exercise we take i.e the actions and activities required to reach the “lagging” metric of weight loss or BMI reduction. Otherwise its just luck if we lose weight, how much to we rely on luck in business?

We utilise the balanced scorecard, lean finance and lean startup to help drive our knowledge and learning regarding good measures of success that drive continuous improvement, good behaviour, increased purpose and engagement.

Teams focusing on customers and continuous improvement, departments focusing on learning and innovation and the organization also focused on customers but carefully balanced with sustainability, cashflow and market share.

The use of vanity metrics boosts confidence short term but leads to longer term issues with an inability to spot changes in customer behaviour or market trends that could lead to disruption ending the organization’s ability to compete.

David Leach – Having spent 14 years in Digital teams in a number of different roles both on the business and IT “sides”, I am now Head of Agile Practice, leading the Lean and Agile coaching team.

I run the meetup Agile in Covent Garden. Co-host the London Lean coffee and I have a new blog agileleachy.uk
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andreapValue  –  Andrea Provaglio, Agile Transformation Coach

Intermediate

A voyage into the multidimensional, systemic and subjective nature of Value in software development, with the intent of providing ways to create a shared understanding of what’s “valuable” for all stakeholders.

In Agile we like to deliver valuable software to our customers on a regular basis. However, while it’s pretty clear what ‘software’ means, we cannot really say the same about ‘valuable’. The definition of Value in a project (with an uppercase “V”) is frequently fuzzy and confused.

Even within the same project, asking different stakeholders what Value means to them produces different answers; and the same stakeholder will likely provide different definitions of Value, depending on their perception and role in the project.

Most stakeholders will naturally associate Value to money, sometimes through surprisingly creative correlations; but there are other dimensions, equally valid, such as strategic positioning, company image, innovation and learning, and so forth.

Understanding the multidimensional nature of Value becomes therefore critical to drive the project to success.

However, the traditional approach to defining value stems either from a financial mindset or from and engineering mindset, and both may turn out to be incomplete or inadequate to address the complexity of the Agile projects we face and of the ecosystem in which they exist.
In this talk we’ll address what Value means in Agile for different stakeholders; how to map and categorize the stakeholders; how to describe Value on different dimension and how to track it; how to bring system awareness to your project’s definition of value. We’ll also see what happens when we don’t do that.

Andrea Provaglio : I help IT organizations to implement better ways of doing business; and I coach executives, managers and teams who want to improve technically and relationally.

My main focus is on helping companies to transition to organizational and cultural models that are better suited to the kind of knowledge work that’s so typical of software development — which includes, but it’s not limited to, Agile and Lean.

In over 20 years of professional experience, I had clients in three different continents and I worked with organizations ranging from the United Nations to small and dynamic IT companies.

Currently I work in Europe. I’ve also worked in the USA on a O-1 visa for “extraordinary abilities in Sciences”

As part of my regular activities, I enjoy sharing what I know by speaking at major international conferences. http://andreaprovaglio.com/about
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kamilaMindful Agile: The Foundation of How We Grow  – Kamila Piorowska

Intermediate

In this highly interactive workshop, we will share with you the concept and practice of Mindful Agile and how it can help you overcome the seemingly insurmountable challenges you face so that instead of having a mind that is constantly full, you can live a more effective life through mindfulness.

Are you overwhelmed by fear of uncertainty when it comes to delivering on your promises? Are you kept awake at night by endless streams of troubling thoughts? Do you doubt yourself and those around you?

In this highly interactive workshop, we will share with you the concept and practice of Mindful Agile and how it can help you overcome the seemingly insurmountable challenges you face so that instead of having a mind that is constantly full, you can live a more effective life through mindfulness.

Join us to learn about what mindfulness is, its benefits and practice techniques such as breathing and observational exercises as well as visualisation in order to become more effective in managing stressful situations during your Agile transformation and everyday life.

Kamila Piorowska – Kamila is a mindfulness teacher and Agile coach with experience in delivering Agile projects in a number of financial institutions. Kamila loves running Agile training sessions, coaching Scrum Masters and senior leaders. She currently works as an Agile coach in the central Agile Adoption Team of one of the world’s largest Agile transformation in the finance sector. Kamila is passionate about addressing resistance to change when scaling Agile in organisations which have historically been managed using command and control.

 

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paulmasseyCase Study: Seven Years of Agile – Paul Massey, Bluefruit

Introductory

Bluefruit Software adopted Agile seven years ago. Come and hear about the journey and some of the key lessons learnt along the way, including why Agile was adopted, how the transition occurred, top practices that made the biggest difference, how Agile affected our customer relationships and what the benefits have been.               

Paul Massey is the Founder and Managing Director of the UK’s leading embedded software specialists, Bluefruit Software. In 2009, Paul started Bluefruit on an Agile journey. Since then, the business has grown five-fold in size, successfully navigating many common growth challenges along the way. The transformation not only helped the business growth, but vastly improved the quality of the software produced, which in turn led to Bluefruit delivering much more value to their clients, resulting in better clients and stronger relationships.

In his talk, Paul will take you through their Agile journey starting with initial triggers for change, exploring the big changes made in the first years followed by the longer term cultural changes. Paul will also describe how Agile affected the layers within the business from the guiding principles in the business strategy, through the project management practices, right down to the technical practices. Along the way Paul will highlight the big wins such as TDD and BDD; and touch on some more complex subjects such as estimating and contracts.

Adopting Agile doesn’t just affect the business’ internal processes, but also has an impact on customers and suppliers. Paul will describe how these relationships evolved and what the impacts of these changes were to everyone involved.

Paul has been programming commercially since his teenage years, and is the leader at the top of the Bluefruit tree. He held various roles within the software industry before starting his own business in 2000, Absolute Software Ltd.

This small embedded software development company enjoyed 50% growth year on year, thanks to Paul’s “Quality First” vision and innovative use of Agile methodologies. In 2014, the company underwent a complete rebrand, changing its trading name to Bluefruit Software, and celebrated its £1mil turnover milestone!

Because of his experience in business, and his passion for growing the local economy, Paul is also chair of the Cornwall Employment Skills board, and a board member of The Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Local Enterprise Partnership.

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jonterryDoes this FizzGood? Learn how to improve velocity, predictability & agility – Jon Terry, LeanKit

Intermediate

Come learn how (and why) to apply the FSGD (Frequent Small Good Decoupled) technique to effectively break down work. This LeanKit way of working provides teams with a simple yardstick for making effective decisions to allow rapid, continuous delivery without a lot of cross team scheduling and coordination. It simplifies abstract Lean-Agile concepts into something everyone can easily understand and cheerfully apply on a daily basis.    

LeanKit’s founding team had a strong Lean-Agile background from previous careers. So, in the early days of the company, we just instinctively did things in a Lean way with as few formal processes as any startup. But, like any growing company, we eventually did have to start clearly defining how we do things. And like anyone, we were tempted to become more bureaucratic – with lots of scheduling, coordination, meetings and estimates.

Instead, we developed our FSGD (Frequent Small Good Decoupled) approach. This LeanKit way of working has provided our teams with a simple yardstick for making effective decisions without a lot of cross team scheduling and coordination. It has simplified abstract Lean-Agile concepts into something everyone easily understands and cheerfully applies on a daily basis.

FSGD isn’t a replacement for Kanban, Scrum, XP, etc. We strongly believe in and spend lots of time teaching our teams about the Kanban Method as well as standard Lean and Agile principles, tools, and techniques.

But FSGD distills what we think are the key decision making elements of those methods into something everyone can remember. It’s been a crucial part of allowing us to be a continuous delivery organization, as important as containers and automation.

We have seen significant improvements in our delivery speed across multiple teams, including both software and business teams, since rolling out the FSGD approach. We’ll share those results with the audience so they can get started learning to do the right thing by doing what Fizz-Good.

Jon Terry is Chief Operating Officer of LeanKit. Before LeanKit, Jon held a number of senior IT positions with hospital-giant HCA and its logistics subsidiary, HealthTrust Purchasing Group. He was among those responsible for launching HCA’s adoption of Lean/Agile methods. Jon earned his Global Executive MBA from Georgetown University and ESADE Business School in Barcelona, Spain, and his Masters Certificate in Project Management from George Washington University. He is a Project Management Professional, a Certified Scrum Master, a Kanban Coaching Professional, is certified in the Lean Construction Institute’s Last Planner Method, and trained in the SAFe Lean Systems Engineering method.i
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stuartwardCan you be agile and compliant? – Stuart Ward, IDBS

Introductory

What happens when you take an organisation, which has been using waterfall for 25 years, to the new world of agile? In 2015, IDBS transformed how it creates software, which is used by a number of business verticals including regulated pharmaceutical environments, to facilitate R&D. This session will show how the move to agile was implemented along with the benefits and challenges seen.    

IDBS produces software for a number of business verticals, which includes regulated environments (GxP and 21 CFR Part 11) in the pharmaceutical industry, to facilitate R&D.

At the beginning of 2015 IDBS’ 100 strong Product Delivery team (Developers, Testers & Business Analysts) moved exclusively to an agile engineering culture. This was a massive change to the organisation which had used a waterfall approach up to that point.

There were big questions around whether the move to agile would impact software quality, speed to market and the overall effectiveness of IDBS’ Product Delivery organisation. Would the Product Managers get the products that they needed and on time? What would be the impact on IDBS’ customers and the rest of the organisation? Did IDBS have the skills and capacity to run agile development teams and how would people need to adapt?

On top of all of this, IDBS had a robust quality management process, would the change to agile affect the outcome of customer audits? Would the software still meet regulatory needs? The expectations were high and everyone was watching!

The move to agile has had a positive and significant impact on IDBS and the way it does business. There have been challenges along the way: some obvious and some surprising. More than 12 months on from the initial change, agile is still impacting how IDBS creates and sells software: from the adoption of new product delivery tools/processes to drive efficiency, to how the customer facing parts of the organisation present and use the software. This session will present how IDBS approached the move to agile and what has happened in the new world.

Stuart is Head of Business Analysis, responsible for ensuring that IDBS products meet the needs of customers. He has grown the Business Analysis team so that it can provide the necessary domain experience required by the agile development teams to create software which can facilitate R&D.

Before starting this role in January 2014, he was Product Manager for E-WorkBook for four years and worked in IDBS Global Professional Services for five years, responsible for deploying IDBS’ products both from a technical and project management perspective.

Prior to working at IDBS, Stuart completed a Post-Doctoral fellowship at the NIH and then worked for Ionix Pharmaceuticals. Stuart obtained his PhD in Pharmacology from the MRC National Institute for Medical Research (University of London).
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gezsmithAgile Marketing: The Incomplete Guide  –  Gez Smith, Bunny Picnic Ltd

Introductory

For years, marketers have used up-front planning and specification to launch campaigns in a single big bang. This worked in predictable and well-understood environments, like TV and press advertising, but the Internet has now made marketing far more complex, fast-paced and uncertain. As a result, the old approaches often don’t work, and the answer may lie in agile.

Based on Gez’s research at Bristol University and 10 years experience of using agile in marketing and comms environments, this talk looks at how agile can be used in marketing, and the potential blockers to making it a reality.

The history of modern marketing and communications can be traced back to the end of World War II, the same time as big waterfall style approaches to delivering projects were being developed in the military, construction and space industries. It seems no coincidence that marketing has been a linear, waterfall-based industry ever since, full of hierarchy, personal opinion, subjective awards and big bang launches. There’s even a whole army of people in marketing departments called ‘planners’.

This was fine when marketing was happening in a stable and predictable environment, with few new channels emerging, and customers consuming your marketing in places you could predict. In the last 10 years though, the rise of digital and the Internet has caused dozens of new channels to emerge, and caused customers to become your media suppliers through sharing your content on social media, all at a much faster pace of change than ever before. On top of this, the rise of mobile means your customers could be consuming your marketing anywhere at any time, and the rise of big data means you can finally target and understand customers to huge degrees of detail and complexity.

Faced with this new complex, fast-paced and uncertain marketing environment, I believe marketers need to adopt the agile mindset software developers have been using to deal with these issues for years. But how does agile work in marketing? If all the agile frameworks are for software development, which one should marketers choose? Do marketers need to invent a whole new framework? Besides, how do you get an industry that always puts the best spin on things to begin to celebrate failure when failing fast?

It seems clear that marketers and communicators moving into digital need to adopt agile. It’s not yet at all clear how they should do so.

Gez is a Certified Scrum Master and Certified Scrum Professional who has been working with agile and scrum for over 10 years, for clients including 10 Downing Street, the BBC Trust, Lloyds Banking Group and Glastonbury Festival. After two years postgraduate research into agile at Bristol University, from the perspectives of strategy, organizational change, leadership and marketing, in early 2016 he published his second book, titled “Agile Marketing: The Incomplete Guide”. You can download for free from www.bunnypicnic.co.uk/book.

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corinnaAgile accountants and other rare specimen – Corinna Baldauf, sipgate

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Tired of IT being an agile island? At sipgate, the agile mindset spread to all parts of the company: from HR over Accounting to kitchen staff. Let’s explore 10 examples of how agile thinking manifests throughout everyday company life. Look forward to strategy retreats for all, pairing everywhere, peer feedback and many more!    

Tired of IT being an agile island? At sipgate, the agile mindset spread to all parts of the company: from HR over Accounting to kitchen staff. Let’s explore 10 examples of how agile thinking manifests throughout everyday company life. Look forward to strategy retreats for all, pairing everywhere, peer feedback and many more!

Corinna Baldauf [http://finding-marbles.com/] has tried on every Scrum role for size and is happiest as a developer. She strives to make things useful, simple and beautiful for sipgate.de [http://sipgate.de] and as well as her private projects.

Her most popular creation is Retromat [http://plans-for-retrospectives.com/]. She hopes that Wall-Skills.com [http://wall-skills.com/] will be equally well known some day.

If you want to make Corinna laugh, tell her a pun. Any pun will do, even bad ones. Okay, especially bad ones. Try it. Just look out for her vibrantly colored hair.

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draganjRising to the Agility Challenge –   Dragan Jojic

Intermediate

Organisational agility could be the difference between succeeding and failing. It relies on everybody in the organisation knowing what they are doing and why, and deciding by themselves how to best do it. This talk will look at how a company can rise to ‘the agility challenge’ by evolving the themes covered in my InfoQ article with the same name.

Organisational agility could be the difference between succeeding and failing in today’s business environment. Agility relies on everybody in an organisation knowing what they are trying to achieve, understanding why, being able to decide by themselves how to best do it and, most importantly, genuinely caring that it gets done. This is what I call ‘the agility challenge’.

What does a company need to do to rise to that challenge? What structural and cultural barriers does it have to overcome on the way? And what interventions could help navigate this journey?

During the talk, we will look for answers to these questions. We will also suggest how to encourage leadership at all levels in the organisation and facilitate the emergence of ‘everyday leaders’. The talk is based on ‘The Agility Challenge’ article that I wrote for InfoQ, taking some of the themes, such as visualising an organisation’s culture and value-based change, and evolving them further.

Dragan has over 30 years of technology and business coaching, consulting and project management experience gained with a variety of products and services organisations. Over the past ten years, his primary focus was on Agile and business change consulting with banking, insurance and online gaming clients. His specialist area of interest is organisational agility and the culture needed to support it.

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The Agile Business – DSDM – Ed Holt

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With the advent of the inter-connected ‘Digital Age’ there is growing pressure on the wider business (beyond IT) to act in a nimble, responsive, agile way – and this represents an essential opportunity to become ‘The Agile Business’. Ed was the Founding Chairman of the DSDM Consortium and was closely involved in its early work as an IT-focussed method. He has recently been undertaking market research on the spread and scope of ‘agile’ into the wider enterprise. This session summarises the findings and points the way for organisations to collaborate to create ‘The Agile Business’.   

The Agile Business
The DSDM Consortium is rooted in the promotion of a framework and agile techniques for the delivery of IT projects, and has a successful 20 year track record of thought leadership and practical deliverables. With the advent of the inter-connected ‘Digital Age’ there is growing pressure on the wider business (beyond IT) to act in a nimble, responsive, agile way – and this represents an opportunity to support ‘The Agile Business’.
Ed was the Founding Chairman of the DSDM Consortium and was closely involved in its early work as an IT-focussed method. He has recently been undertaking market research on the spread and scope of ‘agile’ into the wider enterprise.
He will start with a presentation of the market research, leading to a workshop session, with discussion on range of topics including:
*        The DSDM Consortium – Timeline
*        The Context: Drivers for C-Level Executives
*        Definition of the ‘Agile Organisation’
*        Findings from Academic Research
*        The Business Benefits of Organisational Agility
*        Critical Factors in Agile
*        Supply Side: Agile Service Providers
*        Potential Agile Market Offers
*        Open Discussion

Ed is a ‘seasoned’ (ie old!) executive with a 30 year track record in the software industry covering both large scale applications (at IBM leader MSA) and software development (4GL / OO / Component / CASE – you name it!). He was instrumental in the founding of the DSDM Consortium over 20 years ago, when it led the drive for responsive software development – this was the very early days of ‘agile’ even though it wasn’t called that in those days!
Since 1994 the not-for-profit Consortium has been evolving an industry standard for building IT systems in an iterative (agile) way. The Consortium was set up by a small group of suppliers and customers at a time when Agile methodology was a niche approach to running projects, but DSDM wanted to prove to a wider audience that an Agile approach can deliver the business value from projects that bosses demand. And in the last 20 years there have been hundreds of organisations of all sizes running thousands of projects using DSDM to great effect, delivering what the users wanted in a responsive manner.
As first chairman of the consortium, Ed now sees a trend to take Agile into the wider business, beyond ‘just’ IT projects

 

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Positive Disruption & Agile Trouble Making – Nigel Barker – MPAD

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From an early age we are taught to avoid causing trouble. Don’t rock the boat, people don’t like fuss. We are conditioned NOT to question but to follow. The question “Why?” is being replaced by “OK.” “What happens if?” is giving way to “We have to do it that way.” But without trouble makers the human race wouldn’t have evolved.  We should thank the trouble makers, not shun them.

Positive disruption is the process of deliberately rocking the boat, challenging perception, questioning ideas and practices to improve the outcomes.

From an early age we are taught to avoid causing trouble. People don’t like fuss. We are conditioned NOT to question but to follow. The question “Why?” is being replaced by “OK.” “What happens if?” is giving way to “We have to do it that way.” Yet the only thing that is inevitable in life is change. The world needs trouble makers to progress.

Every single new idea, innovation or invention has been created by a trouble maker.  Not all trouble makers work for the betterment of things but positive disruptors are constantly looking to the future, horizon scanning and trying to predict future patterns, technologies and trends. Positive disruptors want to create a better tomorrow, they react to change by nature, set in stone processes are the established paradigm and therefore redundant. Positive disruptors ARE Agile by definition.  This session will be fun, interactive and with any luck will create some good old fashioned disruption.

Nigel has worn many hats in his career, from systems architect to journalist to radio presenter.

He now resides in the world of story telling using whatever tools are available and appropriate to the audience.  As The Positive Disruptor Nigel draws from Neitzsche: “All great things must first wear terrifying and monstrous masks in order to inscribe themselves on the hearts of humanity.”

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2016 Line up  ::  Software Delivery Track   ::   Agile Business Track   ::   Agile Teams and Practices Track   ::   Product Design and Management Track    ::   Bonus Doubles Track

 

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2016 Line up  ::  Software Delivery Track   ::   Agile Business Track   ::   Agile Teams and Practices Track   ::   Product Design and Management Track    ::   Bonus Doubles Track

We are delighted to confirm our Software Delivery line up which will run on the both days at Agile on the Beach

The Software Delivery track will be headlined by a keynote from Rebecca Parsons CTO at Thoughtworks

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jocranfordJo Cranford    Build In Quality

Short synopsis: After months of hacking things together, small changes often break a dozen other features. Even with every refactoring technique in the book, it’s going to be incredibly hard to improve unless you can make increasing quality part of your team’s development process. This talk discusses what constitutes “good code”, with practical to bring code quality and craftsmanship into your development lifecycle.

Bio: Jo is a lead developer at Culture Amp, the world’s leading culture analytics platform. Before her current role, Jo worked at the likes of Lonely Planet, Atlasssian, ThoughtWorks and Expedia, in roles such as Product Planner, Senior Business Analyst, Development Manager and Chief Technical Officer. She was also a CTO of an Australian startup accepted into Telstra’s Muru-D program. Jo is an experienced Ruby developer, a strong advocate of clean code and good tests, and has been working in agile teams for over ten years. She is passionate about increased diversity in the tech industry. When she’s not at her computer she can be found running around the Tan, or biking along the beach.

Long synopsis: With the exception of students, I have never met a developer who hasn’t had to work on a codebase that has areas of poorly written, untested code, at least once in their life. Making changes becomes incredibly painful and error prone, when changing code in one place has effects in seemingly unrelated areas. There are a lot of amazing resources on refactoring techniques, but without the support of a team who makes quality a priority, any improvement in quality is soon overtaken by careless hacks. With a development process that supports ongoing management and tracking of quality, refactoring can be spread out over time, the team can be confident that their efforts are being spent in the right places, and they waste less time justifying ‘refactoring’ cards or stories that don’t appear to have business value. Not only is work far more enjoyable and rewarding when we write “good” code, but over time, making changes becomes faster and easier. This talk discusses what constitutes “good code”, with practical to bring code quality and craftsmanship into your development lifecycle.

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JonJaggerJon Jagger    The design and implementation of cyber-dojo

Short synopsis: http://cyber-dojo.org is an open-source browser-based environment where teams can practise programming. Under the hood it uses docker – but in an unusual way.

Bio: I’m a self employed software consultant specialising in practice, process, TDD, and complex-adaptive systems-thinking. I’ve worked with Accenture, Aviva, Cisco, Ericsson, Friends Provident, HP, Microsoft, Operator, Ordnance Survey, RBS, Reuters, Renault F1, Schlumberger, Tandberg and many many more. I’m 31 years old (hex) and I’ve loved software since I was 10 (decimal). I live in Somerset in England. I’m married to the beautiful Natalie and dad to Ellie, Penny and Patrick. I love coarse fishing and salmon fishing. I’m the ex ACCU conference chairman. I’ve had some C# books published. I’m the co-author with Olve Maudal of the Deep C/C++ slide deck (over 600,000 views). On twitter I’m @JonJagger. I built cyber-dojo.org to promote deliberate practice for software developers.

Long synopsis: http://cyber-dojo.org is an open-source browser-based environment where teams can practise programming. The server is hosted inside a docker container, and it also uses docker (for isolation) but in an unusual way. In this presentation I’ll recount the story of cyber-dojo, starting from its origin, in the Scotsman pub in Oslo in 2009!  I’ll do a brief demo, and show several key aspects of its design, its testing, its deployment, and the core principles on which it is based. I’ll discuss how it has evolved, who has helped, some of the difficulties it’s faced, and where it might be heading.

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byranWHByran Wills-Heath    How we implemented TDD in Embedded C/C++

Short synopsis: We’ve been developing embedded software using TDD since 2009. This talk presents some of the patterns and practices that help us deal with the extra complications incurred when practising TDD in an embedded environment.

Bio: Byran began developing software at school as a teenager on BBC Micros; 22 years later he’s still passionate about software development. He’s worked in the embedded software industry for the past 16 years, working in a range of industries using technologies from 8051s to ARM microcontrollers. He currently lives in Cornwall, England working at Bluefruit Software. His recent focus has been on software testing of bare metal systems.

Long synopsis: With the ever increasing complexity of software the need to use development practices like Test Driven Development (TDD) is becoming more and more important. Embedded software development presents an extra set of challenges when practising TDD. Hardware is often still in development, expensive or has limited availability. Deploying to the target device takes a long time. The target device has limited program space and RAM. For these reasons testing of embedded software is often performed manually (if at all). We’ve been developing embedded software using TDD (and a variety of other Agile techniques) since 2009. This talk presents some of the patterns and practices that help us deal with the extra complications incurred when practising TDD in an embedded environment. It covers how we keep the feedback from our tests fast while still running tests on the target hardware. How we replace dependencies and discusses the advantages and disadvantages to the techniques shown.
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elizabethpopeElizabeth Pope    10% time the pros and cons?

Short synopsis: I’m lucky enough to work for a company who offer 10% time, and believe it’s had many benefits for our team including engagement and performance improvements and as a tool for both retainment and attraction. However sometimes it can be hard to keep the business bought in to the idea of a very expensive team doing ‘nothing’ one day a fortnight. I’ll also share tips and tricks to get your team to make the most of their Learning and Development time without telling them what to do!

Bio: Liz started out as a QA Engineer at Holiday Extras in 2010. She’s come a long way since then, after revamping their testing team she had a spell as a Scrum Master before finding herself managing a team of developers. Liz has 3+ years experience in Management, focusing mostly on developing high performance and supporting the changing needs of a growing team. She currently Leads a Web team of 70+ people, and is passionate about having a motivated and empowered team.

Long synopsis: I’ll be talking about how Holiday Extras came to implement our version of 10% time, and why it has been successful (and when it hasn’t!). I will first focus on the positives I have seen as a result of 10% time. I’ll give examples of feedback the team have given on what they’ve personally got out of the time and how I’ve seen this have a knock on effect on our employee engagement. I’ll also give examples of where individual performance has improved thanks to the dedicated learning time, and examples of systems and functionality that were built because someone had an idea and began to implement it during this time and how this has contributed to our business. I’ll also speak honestly about the challenges 10% time can present for a business and what happens if someone is asked to skip it to deliver a project. I’ll give examples of when I believe this to be ok (business critical situations), and when a Product Owner is simply trying their luck! Finally I’ll give tips and ideas on how to coach a team to get them to make the most of the Learning and Development time. For example – guide someone to make better choices about what they are working on – encourage someone to spend their time working more collaboratively help come up with ideas – help someone who tries to do to much to focus on one thing at a time – encouraging someone who doesn’t want to take part to see how they can benefit
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wouterlageWouter Lagerweij    Testing in a Continuous Delivery World

Short synopsis: Hey, do you remember when everyone was asking what the role of the tester would be in an agile team? It’s happening again! A team that releases every commit needs to take testing seriously. That changes the role of the tester once again. And of developers, too. It puts the customer center stage again.

Bio: Wouter Lagerweij is an independent Agile Coach operating out of The Netherlands. He loves spending time with teams and organisations to figure out how to improve the way they make software, and make it more fun. To make that happen Wouter uses the knowledge and skills gathered in over eighteen years of experience applying Agile processes and practices from XP, Scrum, Kanban, Lean and Systems Thinking. To turn those improvements into real business opportunities, Wouter has added Lean Startup/Lean Enterprise approaches. He’s even known to, occasionally, use common sense.

Long synopsis: Hey, do you remember when everyone was asking what the role of the tester would be in an agile team? It’s happening again! And things are changing again. A team that takes on the challenge to release their every commit certainly will take testing seriously. It will need to evolve new ways of testing. It will have new dynamics of testers working with developers. It will find new ways of of interacting with customers, stakeholders and product owners. In this talk we’ll look at how continuous deployment changes the dynamics of an agile team. How quality moves even more to the center of the stage. How that changes the role of the tester once again. How it changes the role of developers, too. How this practice allows you to put the customer center stage again. And how that, too, has testing competencies at its core. And we’ll not forget DevOps, and how monitoring can be a continuous testing strategy.
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paulboocockPaul Boocock    Continuously delivering software to big brands

Short synopsis: The ability to react and deliver working software quickly is a vital component to the way we work. Our clients run some of the biggest brands in the world, so how do we continuously deliver software whilst ensuring we keep our clients happy and our quality high?

Bio: Paul Boocock is the Academy Leader at Codeweavers, a leading finance technology specialist in the automotive industry. Paul focuses on staff development and learning across the entire business but with a particular focus on the development. Prior to Codeweavers Paul was a University Lecturer at Staffordshire University teach Software Engineer and Computer Games Programming. He has always been a developer at heart and relishes the opportunity to teach others as well as still getting his hands dirty.

Long synopsis: This talk will take you on a journey from a developers mind to our customer’s hands from writing the first test to deploying your changes to a live environment using a variety of techniques and tools. We will investigate our various processes and how they have adapted as our needs change as well as looking at the off the shelf and custom tooling we use. It’s not all about the process though, empowering our teams to continuously deliver is vital to everything working smoothly.
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lyndsayPrewerLyndsay Prewer    Smoothing the continuous delivery path – a tale of two architectures

Short synopsis: What makes Continuous Delivery easy and what makes it hard? Should it be all Scala, Docker and microservices, or is .Net, Windows and monoliths a safer bet? This session shares best practices and anti-patterns encountered by two teams, with very different architectures, both on their journey to successful continuous delivery.

Bio: Lyndsay is an Agile Delivery Consultant. He’s spent the last twenty years helping developers, teams and organisations improve their software delivery. He’s currently consulting for Equal Experts, at HMRC, on the delivery of HMRC’s new Gov.UK digital tax services. He speaks regularly at European conferences (Agile Cambridge, Agile Testing Days, Agile Lean Europe) and London Meetups. For more information, check out lyndsayp.com.

Long synopsis: Continuous Delivery is gaining recognition as a best practice. It’s in use by many leading organisations, including NetFlix, Amazon and Etsy. It’s a proven way of reducing risk, reducing time to market and increasing a team’s agility. Despite these benefits, adopting and improving it is challenging. This is the story of how two very different teams successfully practice and improve Continuous Delivery. Both teams were sizeable (more than five features teams) and mature in their use of agile and lean practices. One team chose Scala, mongodb, Docker and microservices, on a greenfield project. The other faced the constraints of legacy code, .Net, MySQL, Windows, and a monolithic architecture. This session shares the best practices and anti-patterns encountered by the two teams, looking at those common to both, and those that were specific to each team’s own context.
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DavidBrownhillCraigSADavid Brownhill & Craig Scott-Angell  – Penetration Testing in the Release Pipeline

Short synopsis: Agile development teams that have security verification requirements for their user story acceptance criteria will have these defined using a BDD-style scenario. The talk will explain how the security tests can be defined and implemented using a framework combining tools from the popular KALI Linux tool-set.

Long synopsis: Teams should take security seriously with today’s online threats and follow secure coding practices. They should utilise web and native application scanning tools both statically and dynamically where-ever possible and required. These tools can be time consuming in a release pipeline which is where you want to target your testing to real security requirements for fast feedback. Utilising a framework like BDD-Security you can utilise a collection of provided scenarios or write your own specific security tests. Potential vulnerabilities within a build candidate may be functional and driven using Selenium WebDriver in the form of a traditional penetration test or API based. SSL vulnerabilities can be checked and verified using SSLyze and scans utilising the OWASP Zed Attack Proxy can be run. Example scenarios will be presented along with an example implementation of a release pipeline running against AWS, built from Team City using Ansible and executing vulnerability tests against both pre-production and production environments.

David is a Non Functional Test Consultant currently working with implementing non-functional requirements as part of  a continuously deploying pipeline. In addition to security this includes performance and operational acceptance scenarios.

Graduating from Stirling University David started his career as a developer at British Telecom in Martlesham Heath progressing via performance testing to a more all encompassing role including a full range of non-functional responsibilities.

Craig is a Software Test Engineer with extensive experience in quality assurance through a career in defence, Finance and internet economy businesses.

Originally graduating as an Electro-Mechanical Engineer Craig started his career as a System engineer in defence at General Dynamics before moving to a career as a software Test Engineer for Ingenico UK and Skyscanner. Craig now works as a Senior Automation Engineer.
Working closely with Agile teams, Craig believes that Security testing should be a key component of the software development lifecycle to ensure secure, quality software in a continuous integration environment.
Craig is passionate about building quality from the start and thrives on the challenge of cultivating a security conscious culture to ensure continued success in the current climate of online threats.

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JimBarrittJim Barritt    Finding the merkle tree in the block chain forest

Short synopsis: You may have heard that “block chain” technology is going to change the world (http://www.weforum.org/agenda/2015/12/how-blockchain-technology-could-change-the-world) . This talk will take you behind the scenes to explore what exactly is block chain anyway, from a technical perspective.

Bio: Jim Barritt has been writing code for many years. He is currently a Principal Consultant for ThoughtWorks. His passion is the code and systems architectures, helping teams deliver reliably and rapidly. https://about.me/jimbarritt

Long synopsis: Bitcoin has created a federated, digital currency in which there is no single authority to guarantee transactions – there is no bank. Instead a distributed collection of nodes process transactions and come to a consensus about the truth. The underlying algorithms and patterns that enable bitcoin to be successful have potentially widespread application in the areas of distributed contracts, verification of integrity of data and distributed financial transactions amongst others. This “block chain” technology is fast becoming the latest buzzword in the IT industry, even receiving attention from the the UK governments chief scientific officer on Radio 4 Today Programme (http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p03fyd3z). The BBC have also published a series focusing on the social and economic impacts of this technology (http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b066wfp4). But what is “block chain”, technically? What does it mean to a developer or a person building software? And what are these “Merkle Trees” that seem to play a big part in the story. In this talk, Jim will give an overview of blockchain from a technical perspective, starting with the original paper that was the foundation for bitcoin and discussing some of the component elements, such as Merkle Trees and how they might be applied in different scenarios. Along the way we will also visit related initiatives like google certificate transparency (https://www.certificate-transparency.org/)

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IMG_4680Agile at Sky : As Gold sponsors we look forward to welcoming the Sky team to Agile on the Beach including a lunchtime session on Agile at Sky with Head of Technology Paul Lemon and Scrum Master, Sarah Glanville.

Moving on Up

Building a brand new agile team of over 100 people in 4 months is an exciting, challenging and rewarding task and Sarah and Paul will talk through the highs and lows and share their learnings from doing this. Sky are creating a brand new digital centre in Leeds, the heart of the Northern Powerhouse and this talk will share the experience of the first team to land in Leeds. How do you seed the culture, recruit the right people, set up the correct working practises and continue to deliver a committed roadmap?

profile picSarah Glanville – Sky – Scrum Master

Sarah Glanville is an enthusiastic and motivating speaker who has held several positions in Agile organisations and is passionate about inspiring women into a role in STEM careers. She has worked in many male dominated environments and is a strong believer in diversity being the key to a successful team.  Sarah is currently a Scrum Master at Sky, where she ensures the wellbeing of her team and empowers them to continuously improve their practices whilst still meeting the high expectations of their customers. @girlstest2

paullemonPaul Lemon – Sky – Head of Technology

Paul Lemon is a technical leader with over 16 years industry experience.  He has a passion for the creation and development of digital products and content. He is an expert at agile technical delivery both leading and/or collaborating with stakeholders, project management and creative experts.

He is the Head of Technology for Sky’s 70+ online service team, heading up the team of Scrum Masters, Business Analysts, Engineers and Testers which he helped to build in Sky’s new tech hub in Leeds @anthonylime

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Being Agile: business survival essentials – Marc Heasman, Kainos

The world of business is changing faster than ever. Digital start-ups are re-shaping long established industries with innovative business models and services that better meet customers’ needs. Companies that fail to respond to the challenge are falling by the wayside, with many high street names amongst the list of casualties.

This talk will discuss the drivers for digital transformation, including the use Agile to achieve the business flexibility required in the digital age. Highlighting the increasing use of mobile, it will outline the changing expectations of customers in how services are delivered and illustrate the impact on those businesses that have failed to respond. Identifying some of the dramatic shifts in market competition seen across many industries, we will discuss the imperative for digital transformation. Then, drawing from the practices of some of the world’s most successful digital businesses, we will describe the key features now increasingly essential to business survival, covering:

–         Customer focus
–         Service agility
–         Data exploitation
–         Technology maximization
–         Systematic innovation
–         Digital skills
–         Experimental culture

At the end of the session, participants will have the opportunity to reflect on their own businesses and how they are using Agile to achieve broader digital transformation.

Digital technologies are not only radically changing how services are delivered, but they are fueling changes to customer demands and opening markets to new competition. Adopting an Agile approach to software development is one way in which organizations can increase their flexibility and respond to these changes, but on its own this isn’t enough. This talk will explore the drivers and features of digital transformation needed to survive in today’s ever-changing business landscape.

Marc is a leader in digital transformation and has a strong background in public service strategy and delivery. Having led Agile development on one of the Government’s 25 exemplar digital programmes, he combines practical experience with academic study from the Academy of Digital Business Leaders. He joined Kainos in September 2015 and is currently supporting DVSA’s digital transformation of its MOT Testing Service.

Kainos is a high growth, UK-based provider of IT services, consulting and software solutions. The Group specialises in the development of digital technology solutions; software design and agile software development; automated testing services; technology support services; and related ancillary services such as project management, all provided across multiple sectors.

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Cornwall Ranked 2nd highest growth cluster in UK Tech Nation Report

Cornwall’s growing tech community has been featured in the 2016 Tech Nation report produced by the Government funded programme Tech City and Nesta.

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Cornwalls Capital and surrounding areas gained the attention of the Tech Nation Team following the high response to its survey run in late 2015.

Featured as an emerging cluster it ranks 2nd for growth in the UK with 153% Growth in Digital Turnover, exceeding Londons 101% (2010-2014)

AIMG_4288dditional statistics reported include a +127% GVA (2010-2014), £31 million Digital GVA and a digital density of 17%.

“A rural location has traditionally been seen as a weakness. Cornwall is dissolving that urban myth, driven by superfast connectivity, a pipeline for delivering tech skills and a strong collaborative community.” Belinda Waldock

The report features Agile on the Beach and local businesses Headforwards, Crowdfunder, Sullivan Cuff and Bluefruit as well as Truro Penwith and Cornwall Colleges.

It paints an attractive picture for the area highlighting Cornwalls Superfast connectivity and strong community, as well as our strong heritage of being leaders of engineering revolutions!

One of Software Cornwalls key objectives as a network is to help improve the visibility and awareness of our cluster nationally so we are delighted to have been able to co-ordinate and organise the Tech Nation feature with the help of the community.

Thank you all for your contributions and support of Software Cornwall in making this possible!  We will be sharing the report to help highlight and raise awareness of our sector both here in Cornwall and more widely.

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350 gather for biggest ever Agile on the Beach

350 gather for biggest ever Agile on the Beach

Last week Agile on the Beach, a global leading conference ran for its fifth year in Falmouth Cornwall. The biggest year yet, 350 agile professionals gathered to attend the 2 day conference and beach party. This successful Cornish Software and Business conference focuses on the development and adoption of the agile methodology for business growth and improvement and has grown year on year.

Originally funded through the European Union, the conference now independent attracts sponsors and delegates from across the UK and Europe as well as local organisations, engineers and business professionals. This year headline sponsors Plymouth University Computing sponsor the software craftsmanship track, alongside a broad range of local and international sponsors supporting the event.

As well as expanding its capacity the conference continues to push the boundaries of agile both within software development and more broadly to the wider business community with new tracks Agile Product Development and Continuous Development and Delivery, as well as its 3 core tracks Agile Software Craftmanship, Agile Business and Agile Teams.

Over 50 speakers shared their knowledge and experience this year with experts gathering in Cornwall from locations including New York, London and Berlin, as well as a strong line up of local sessions from local business experts from Bluefruit, Headforwards, Being agile in Business, Worlds Apart and Shelterbox.

Further information on the conference can be found at www.agileonthebeach.com or via twitter at www.twitter.com/agileonthebeach

Agile on the Beach Ltd

3-4 September 2015,

Venue : Performance Centre, Tremough Campus, Penryn

Media Photography : http://agileonthebeach.com/home/media/

Media Contact Belinda Waldock info@agileonthebeach.com

07776094925

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2015 Links, Blogs and Media content

Agile on the Beach 2015

Please do let us know if you have any links, blogs or media content you would like us to share

info@agileonthebeach.com – Belinda

 

Photos

http://agileonthebeach.com/photos-2015/

Slides & Videos .. work in progress

http://agileonthebeach.com/tickets/speakers-2015/

Tweetreach report

https://t.co/IxGqtPf1Wb

Eventifier

@Agileonthebeach #agileotb is being captured in real time, have a look: buff.ly/1VzjtmZ

Blogs

[blog] Stand-Up on the Beach

My @InfoQ key takeaways from the ‘@agileonthebeach‘ Conference: Day One http://buff.ly/1JMiASH 

Daniel Bryant (@danielbryantuk)
My latest @InfoQ news “Key Takeaways from the @Agileonthebeach Conference: Day Two” buff.ly/1LHxVqk
Steve Parks (@steveparks)
16/09/2015 14:38

Leading With Agile Practices – blogging some things I learned at @Agileonthebeach
medium.com/wunder-consult…
#agileotb #agile #leadership

Anthony Williams (@a_williams)
15/09/2015 16:34

I’ve finally got round to posting my visit report from Agile on the Beach 2015: justsoftwaresolutions.co.uk/news/agile-on-… #agileotb

 

CodeweaversLtd (@CodeweaversTeam)
15/09/2015 11:49

Agile on the Beach 2015 – Our Best Bits – codeweavers.net/developer-blog… #codeweaversdevs #agile #agileotb pic.twitter.com/ffbl3MkPtG

 

Headforwards (@Headforwards)
15/09/2015 15:34

Our latest blog is about @WoodyZuill & his talk at @Agileonthebeach #MobProgramming ow.ly/SeZ0L pic.twitter.com/W5NqpWcs7X

 

Bluefruit Software (@BluefruitSW)
Still buzzing from @Agileonthebeach last week! Here’s our write up: bluefruit.co.uk/events/agile-o… #agileotb

 

Gram (@GramMcCram)
Team @Ubxd headed to last week’s @Agileonthebeach conference. Here’s what we got up to: bit.ly/1VPLIxN #AgileOTB 🎉🏄⛵️🚣⚓️

 

Manifesto (@manifestovstech)
5 things we learned from Day 1 of #agileotb manifesto.co.uk/5-things-we-le… feat @AgileSteveSmith @davefarley77 @bigpinots @allankellynet #NoProjects

 

Alex Wilson (@pr0bablyfine)
Blogged: How #mobprogramming enables Continuous Delivery probablyfine.co.uk/2015/09/05/mob…

 

Sean Evans (@Seeva1)
#agileotb #agileotb Lightening Talks As promised link to Fed-Ex video. People working in a pure scrum environment.
youtu.be/kJ7Hq_H6kd4

 

Benjamin Weber (@benjiweber)
More content relevant to our #agileotb talks on Testing in Production and #MobProgramming

benjiweber.com/xp
probablyfine.co.uk

 

In my talk I mentioned Feature Leads from Feature Driven Development. Read here for more thekua.com/atwork/2012/07… #agileotb #agile #fdd

 

Shirley Atkinson – Teaching Agile – Live Blog

Danny Whear – My Kanban Diary – Live Blog

Chris Clarke – Building a winning agile football team – Live blog

Jenni Jepsen – Agile Leadership and Teams – Live Blog

Benji Weber and Alex Wilson – Product Development at the Unruly Mob – Live Blog

Letita Fearon – This is Agile? – Live Blog

James Lewis – Building systems that are #neverdone – Live Blog

Craig Girvan and Toby Parkins – The Open Agile Profiling System – Live Blog

Belinda Waldock – Being Agile in Business – Live Blog

Jim Barritt – Bring the power of Clojure to your browser app – Live Blog

Dave Farley – Continuous Development (Keynote) – Live Blog

Random Stats

#349 booked to attend

#53 speakers

#150 pasties consumed at the pre-conference gathering

 

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Photos 2015

A huge thank you to our photographer Toby Weller for his fantastic photography of Agile on the Beach 2015 – please do feel free to share these photos and do give Agile on the Beach a mention if you use them.  Thank you!

http://tobyweller.co.uk/

You can find more photos on our facebook page and the twitter thread #agileotb

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Friday Night Retrospective Dinner

Friday Night Retrospective Dinner

We would like to invite you to join us at the Agile on the Beach Retrospective dinner on Friday evening

Friday Night Retrospective Dinner – details and tickets for the Friday night dinner

Friday, 4 September 2015 from 19:00 to 22:30 (BST)

http://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/friday-night-gala-dinner-agile-on-the-beach-2015-tickets-17422937475

Friday evening we are inviting speakers, delegates and sponsors of Agile on the Beach 2015 to join the committee behind the event for a delicious three course dinner at St Michaels Hotel. We will be in touch for pre orders via email. We look forward to seeing you there! 

Dress Smart/Casual, taxis will be organised from campus to the venue

Please note all places are by ticket this year and places are limited so please let us know as soon as possible if you would like to join us!  If you are unable to book via eventbrite please do drop us an email or ask one of the team when you arrive info@agileonthebeach.com

If you are arriving Wednesday, we will be having pasties and drinks in the Performance Centre from 7pm

We look forward to meeting you soon!

Best wishes

Toby, Mike, Allan, Belinda, Claire & Mark

The Agile on the Beach Team

info@agileonthebeach.com

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350 gather for biggest ever Agile on the Beach

Press Release 1st September 2015

This week Agile on the Beach kicks off for its fifth year and is set to see its biggest year yet with 350 agile professionals booked to attend the 2 day conference and beach party. This successful Cornish Software and Business conference focuses on the development and adoption of the agile methodology for business growth and improvement and has grown year on year.

Originally funded through the European Regional Development Fund, the conference, now independent attracts sponsors and delegates from across the UK and Europe as well as local organisations, engineers and business professionals. This year headline sponsors Plymouth University Computing sponsor the software craftsmanship track, alongside a broad range of local and international sponsors supporting the event.

As well as expanding its capacity the conference continues to push the boundaries of agile both within software development and more broadly to the wider business community with new tracks Agile Product Development and Continuous Development and Delivery, as well as its 3 core tracks Agile Software Craftmanship, Agile Business and Agile Teams.

Over 50 speakers will be sharing their knowledge and experience this year with experts gathering in Cornwall from locations including New York, London and Berlin, as well as a strong line up of local sessions from local business experts from Bluefruit, Headforwards, Being agile in Business, Worlds Apart and Shelterbox.

Further information on the conference can be found at www.agileonthebeach.com or via twitter at www.twitter.com/agileonthebeach

 

Agile on the Beach Ltd

3-4 September 2015,

Venue : Performance Centre, Tremough Campus, Penryn

Media Photography : http://agileonthebeach.com/home/media/

 

Media Contact

Belinda Waldock

info@agileonthebeach.com

07776094925

 

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The Valiantys Pasty Night

ValiantysLogoThe Valiantys Pasty Night

We are delighted to confirm Valiantys as Sponsors of the Agile on the Beach Pre Conference Gathering and speakers at this years conference.

2014-09-03 12.42.47-2Founded in 2006, Valiantys are specialists in the supply and implementation of Atlassian tools. An extensive portfolio of consulting and training services complements our core competencies in software development & distribution.
From offices in London, Paris, Toulouse, Montreal and Lausanne, we assist our clients every step of the way: from the definition of their requirements, to the implementation of solutions for their enterprise. Clients benefit from the unrivalled experience and focus we bring to both Atlassian and our portfolio of high value-added solutions.

http://www.valiantys.com

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Early Bird Ending, 90% Capacity, Schedule Additions

Early Bird Email News – July 2015

Agile on the Beach

3rd & 4th September 2015

Schedule Additions

Our latest schedule is available on the website

Bluefruit – Agile Quality – Paul Massey joins the speaker line up to discuss Agile Quality
Plymouth University – Teaching Agile – Shirley Atkinson on delivering agile graduates
Cornwall College – Next Generation – Mike Trebilcock – Children, Robots and Teleportation

Live Mob Programing with Bluefruit – watch and experience mob programming at the Bluefruit space at Agile on the Beach

Agile mentoring – link up with Pymouth University to become an agile mentor more..

Degree Launch – Find out more about Cornwall Colleges new BSc Degree offering starting in September created last year at the Design a Degree session more..

TechBritannia to kick of national TechBritannia tour at Agile on the Beach with crowdfunded project promoting UK software businesses.  Find out more about how you can pledge and join the cornwall software campaign  more…

Delegate Updates

New venue This year we are moving to a bigger venue! The Performance Centre is still based on Tremough Campus at the Penryn.  This venue allows us to comfortably host all 350 attending.  Photos from our recent visit are available on our facebook page

Arrivals – We will be having the pre-conference pasty and a drink gathering at the Performance Centre and will confirm details to delegates closer to the date – we have a twitter lists for attending, sponsoring and speakers to help you find others travelling to and attending the conference – @agileonthebeach – please tweet us to be added

Accommodation – if you wish to stay on campus in the halls and have not yet booked please confirm as soon as possible to ensure – please book through eventbrite

Early Bird Ticket Discount Ending 31st July

Discount ends 31st July – Early Bird Tickets are on sale for the conference and can be secured via eventbrite, capacity is currently at 90% 
http://agileonthebeach.com/tickets/tickets-2015/

Group bookings please feel free to contact us directly to book at info@agileonthebeach.com

We look forward to seeing you in September!

Sponsor Agile on the Beach 2015

Sponsor a speaker at Agile on the Beach, the beach party and more .. find out more about sponsor packages available

http://agileonthebeach.com/sponsorship/

We are now at 90% capacity.  Tickets are on sale for the conference with Early bird prices until 31st July 2015 or until sold out! http://agileonthebeach.com/tickets/tickets-2015/
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Crowdfunding to launch TechBritannia Tour at Agile on the Beach

techbritanniaMedia sponsors TechBritannia is currently running a crowdfunder campaign to launch a tour of the UKs leading tech hubs and could start their tour at agile on the beach.

To visit an area they have set a target of £1000 collaboratively raised.  With Cornish businesses already pledging £295 the target is well on the way with over 2 weeks still to run.

If you are attending Agile on the Beach and would like to join the tour you can pledge at http://www.crowdfunder.co.uk/techbritanniathe-tech-torch-tour/ and do let us know so that we can count it towards the Agile on the Beach target!

If the target is reached Tech Britannia will be in Cornwall and at Agile on the Beach interviewing pledgers and promoting them throughout their media channels on the tour.  The key aim of the tour is to raise the profile of tech businesses and clusters across the UK.

Businesses not attending the conference are recommended to speak to Tech Britannia about individual engagements.   Businesses from other areas attending the conference are also very welcome to pledge and join the tour at Agile on the Beach.  Both can count towards the collaborative target for the promotion of the Cornwall tech community as a whole at Agile on the Beach.

For more information visit http://www.crowdfunder.co.uk/techbritanniathe-tech-torch-tour/

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Creating the Next Generation of Software Developers – Code Club session at Agile on the Beach

Mike Trebilcock of Cornwall College will be speaking on Friday lunchtime and introducing the next generation of software developers

CC with Group underneath (3)Creating the next generation of Software Developers – Mike Trebilcock Cornwall College

Find out about the exciting developments in Cornwall to improve the talent pool of skilled developers in the county.  We should have live demos, children, maybe robots and a bit of teleportation – what could possibly go wrong? It’ll be worth watching just to see if we can pull it off!

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Cornwall College launch new Computing degree following Design a Degree at Agile on the Beach

We are extremely pleased to welcome the launch of a new computing degree being offered at Cornwall College Camborne!

 

CC with Group underneath (3)The BSc Honours in Computing Technologies will be awarded by Plymouth University, and has been designed with help from Software Cornwall as part of our many initiatives to fill the skills gap in this industry.

Programme Manager for the new degree, Caroline Cripps, said: “It has been fantastic to work with local employers to create the top up degree which we know fits exactly what the market is looking for. We are excited to offer this opportunity to those looking to further their qualifications in the digital technologies sector.”

The BSc (Hons) Computing Technologies Degree is a third year top-up to the existing two year Foundation Degree in Computing, Networking and Software Development already offered by The Cornwall College Group, allowing students to complete a full honours degree in Cornwall rather than needing to travel to Plymouth or beyond.

The syllabus has been designed together with Software Cornwall to provide the most up-to-date skills required by employers; modules include Agile Methods, E-Business, Digital Forensics, Cloud Computing and Security, and with an option for either Advanced Networking or Advanced Object Orientated Programming. Critically the programme also provides a pathway to employment through a major project component which will be delivered in conjunction with Software Cornwall members.

CEO of Packet Ship and HE Lead for Software Cornwall, Paul Clark, said: “Our group of local software companies has been delighted to be involved in the design of the new honours degree top-up programme and we look forward to engaging with the staff and students with a view to nurturing and recruiting home-grown Cornish talent.”

Director of Business and Professional at The Cornwall College Group, Dr Tanya Ovenden-Hope said: “Working in partnership with digital technology employers across Cornwall has enabled us to design an ambitious and sector relevant honours degree in computing which is validated by Plymouth University. The BSc (Hons) in Computing Technologies, will start in September 2015 and provide huge opportunities for those seeking a career in computing.”

View the full press release

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New Sponsors – Bluefruit

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We are delighted to welcome local software development company Bluefruit to the conference as Silver sponsors this year.

Bluefruit Software are the UK’s leading embedded software specialists, working on projects with large clients such as Cosworth and Schneider Electric. Based in Cornwall, their ever-expanding team of highly skilled software engineers receive award-winning training opportunities, and focus on putting ‘Quality First’ throughout every level of their work.

www.bluefruit.co.uk

This year Bluefruit are speaking at the conference in our Software Craftmanship track and Business track as well as attending the conference as a team.

 

paul-masseyAbout Paul Massey (Director & Founder of Bluefruit Software)

Paul has been programming commercially since his teenage years, and is the leader at the top of the Bluefruit tree. He held various roles within the software industry before starting his own business in 2000 – Absolute Software Ltd.

This small embedded software development company enjoyed 50% growth year on year, thanks to Paul’s ‘Quality First’ vision and innovative use of Agile methodologies. In 2014, the company underwent a complete rebrand, changing its trading name to Bluefruit Software, and celebrated its £1mil turnover milestone!

Because of his experience in business, and his passion for growing the local economy, Paul is also chair of the Cornwall Employment Skills board, and a board member of The Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Local Enterprise Partnership.

What is Quality, and How Do We Get There?

What’s the difference between an Apple phone and a Nokia phone? Is it how they’re built and what functions they provide? Is it how they’re sold and marketed? Or is it how they feel to use?

Many people associate the quality of a device with having ‘zero-bugs’ and working as it should, but Nokia phones are some of the most reliable devices around. So what’s the secret to that $700 billion difference?

Building upon the theories of Perceived and Conceptual Integrity outlined in Mary Poppendeick’s infamous book, ‘Lean Software Development: An Agile Tooklit’, Paul Massey explains how we should be defining ‘Quality’ in software development, and how we can take steps to achieve it.

 

 

matthew bluefruitArchipelagos in Git

Matthew Dodkins        Bluefruit Software  @bluefruit

Interactive workshop (no computer)

Anyone who has attempted to cope with the creation and distribution of large quantities of code knows how complex a problem it can become.
 
 Git helps, but doesn’t solve all the issues and the  blessed repository in the sky  approach starts to break down with many developers all working together on the same codebase.
 
 Archipelagos are a concept invented by Matthew @Bluefruit to help teams not go completely insane as they try to maintain the quality and habitability of their code.

Anyone who has attempted to cope with the creation and distribution of large quantities of code knows how complex a problem it can become.

Git helps, but doesn’t solve all the issues for you and the  blessed repository  approach starts to break down with many developers all working together on very similar, inter-dependent products across multiple teams. Of course, people willing to review and merge code almost full-time helps, but no-one really wants to do that, and it isn’t right anyway; you need to practise coding to be good at coding, and reviewing code well requires a high level of programming skill.

Git archipelagos  are the way we have solved this problem at Bluefruit. It is a concept I created which helps everyone understand what’s going on and share code which leads to a release, even when huge rafts of code changes are flying around.

The goal of this session will be to provide a concept and set of guidelines for the organisation of semi-disparate groups of individuals who :-
* Need to share
* Desire protection from the uninhabitable and non-functional
* Value creative/productive energy over an abundance of rules and regulations, which only impede you

Hmm, that sounds like a familiar problem, doesn’t it?

I believe there are parallels between this and the problem of co-operation between communities in general. Large/multiple teams of programmers who need to learn to share nicely have an opportunity to explore some of the potential solutions without invoking the wrath of those who hold us in thrall 😉

You will be taken on a short journey of the history of humanity, given an overview of the problems we face and how they relate to software engineering, and together we will discuss some ideas about how we might overcome them.

Matthew is a very experienced programmer (coding since he was 6) having a lot of fun leading an Agile team of embedded software engineers in Cornwall, England.

He uses C, C++, C# and Assembly, and works on lots of different projects, including wireless systems, an electric bike, safe/banking systems, a medical grade water purifier, time code encryption system and many others.

Matthew is currently programming low-power ARM Cortex MCUs and solving complex technical and social problems all day long.

 

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APMG International confirmed as Agile on the Beach 2015 sponsor

APMG International LogoAPMG International confirmed as Agile on the Beach 2015 sponsor

We are delighted to announce that APMG International is the latest addition to an exciting line-up of sponsors for Agile on the Beach 2015.

APMG International is an award-winning, global accreditation and examination institute. APMG accredit professional training and consulting organizations and manage certification schemes for knowledge-based professionals.

In the world of agile, APMG has a long-standing partnership with DSDM Consortium (www.dsdm.org) – a not-for-profit organization whose aim is to develop and promote best practice and learning for successful agile projects and product development.

At Agile on the Beach APMG will be showcasing their family of agile project and programme management training and certification schemes, developed in partnership with DSDM Consortium:-

Each of these schemes is supported by best practice handbooks published by DSDM and APMG will be offering a special discount on the handbooks for Agile on the Beach attendees.

Meet the APMG team at Agile on the Beach 2015

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Cornwall College confirm sponsorship for 2015

We are delighted to confirm Cornwall College as sponsors for 2015.

Speaker session to be confirmed

CC with Group underneath (3)Cornwall College is one of the largest further and higher education colleges in the UK.We are committed to enriching the lives and creating new opportunities for our community.

Our mission is: “To provide learners with a high quality experience, celebrated through vocational and academic achievement, personal development and employability.”

Enterprise and employability are at the centre of all of our programmes and we pride ourselves on giving our learners access to the best advice and help. We want you to gain experience as well as knowledge.  http://www.cornwall.ac.uk/

 

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Line up Announced

Agile on the Beach Schedule

3 & 4th September 2015.
We are delighted to confirm the running order for this year, click to access the PDF

http://agileonthebeach.com/tickets/speakers-2015/

Direct PDF linkSpeakers 2015 

Ticket Discount Ending Soon

Discount ends next week – 31st May – Super Early Bird Tickets are on sale for the conference and can be secured via eventbrite until the end of May http://agileonthebeach.com/tickets/tickets-2015/

Group bookings please feel free to contact us directly to book at info@agileonthebeach.com

We look forward to seeing you in September!

Tickets are on sale for the conference with Super Early bird prices until 31st May 2015 or until sold out! http://agileonthebeach.com/tickets/tickets-2015/

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Plymouth University confirm sponsorship for Agile on the Beach

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We are pleased to confirm Plymouth University will be again sponsoring and speaking at Agile on the Beach

Plymouth University’s mission is to advance knowledge and transform lives through education, research and innovation, working in partnership to drive social inclusion, economic prosperity and sustainability. This partnership approach firmly connects us with our communities, maximises impact and delivers outstanding mutually beneficial outcomes.

 

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2015 Keynotes Announced!

Agile on the Beach 2015 Keynotes

We are delighted to confirm our keynote speakers for 2015 as Dave Farley on Continuous Delivery and Jenni Jepsen on Agile Leadership & Teams.   Both will join a variety of speakers discussing agile software, products, teams and business at the conferences new venue, the Performance Centre on the Tremough Campus near Falmouth on 3 & 4th September 2015.

davefarleyDave Farley – Continuous Delivery

Dave Farley is co-author of the Jolt award winning book ‘Continuous Delivery’ and one of the authors of the ‘Reactive Manifesto’. He has been having fun with computers for over 30 years. Over that period he has worked on most types of software, from firmware, through tinkering with operating systems and device drivers, to writing games, and commercial applications of all shapes and sizes.

He started working in large scale distributed systems about 25 years ago, doing research into the development of loose-coupled, message-based systems – a forerunner of MicroService architectures. He has a wide range of experience leading the development of complex software in teams, both large and small, in the UK and USA. Dave was an early adopter of agile development techniques, employing iterative development, continuous integration and significant levels of automated testing on commercial projects from the early 1990s.

blog: http://www.davefarley.net
twitter: @davefarley77

Jenni Jepsen - goAgileJenni Jepsen – Agile Leadership & Teams

Jenni Jepsen is a partner at goAgile, a Denmark-based Agile consulting firm, where her focus is on helping people deliver the right product faster and at the same time create lasting change. While she is crazy about Agile methodologies, she is most interested in delivering value – no matter what the process.

By getting to the core of why Agile works and helping people thrive in the workplace, organizations become Agile – increasing motivation, effectiveness and transparency.  Jenni has written and spoken worldwide on how neuroscience can support successful transformations to Agile, and runs courses on Intent-based Leadership – which she sees as a perfect complement to Agile ways of working.

Follow Jenni on Twitter @jenniindk
www.goagile.dk

In its fifth year Agile on the Beach 2015 will again include plenty of opportunity for socialising with the pre-conference pasty evening and the Thursday evening Beach party on Gyllyngvase beach, as well as the extended space in its new home at the Performance Centre at Tremough.

Recently ranked 3rd of over 100 global agile conferences in 2014, the conference continues to highlight the growing software and digital cluster in Cornwall.

Mike Barritt, Founding director of the not for profit event comments “The team are committed to ensuring that in 2015 the conference continues to discuss the latest emerging agile thinking and practices in software development, as well as explore how agile is gaining traction in areas such as leadership and management, and product design and development.”

Allan Kelly, Speaker organiser comments, “It’s fantastic to welcome Dave Farley and Jenni Jepsen to headline the conference this year.  Continuous delivery and agile leadership are key topics for many in the industry and I am personally looking forward to hearing them both in September”

Tickets are on sale for the conference with Mega Early bird prices until 31st March 2015 and can be secured via eventbrite http://agileonthebeach.com/tickets/tickets-2015/

Call for Speakers Closing soon

If you would like to join Dave and Jenni and present at this years conference our Call for Speakers is currently open for submissions and closes on the 28th February.

This year we have 4 agile themes to the conference and we welcome submissions on how you have developed, adopted and experienced agile practices :

Agile Software
Agile Teams
Agile Products (including Lean UX)
Agile Business

We welcome all submissions to speak at Agile on the Beach 2015, please see the website for full details and a link to our submission form.  http://agileonthebeach.com/call-for-papers-2015/

Submission deadline: 28 February 2015

Submit via our online form http://agileonthebeach.com/call-for-papers-2015-2/

Speaker package includes entry to the conference and beach party, a travel allowance and on campus accommodation during the conference, please see the website for further information, full details will be confirmed with those speakers selected.

follow @AgileOnTheBeach on Twitter – https://twitter.com/Agileonthebeach.

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New Bigger Venue for Agile on the Beach 2015

We are pleased to confirm that Agile on the Beach 2015 will be moving to The Performance Centre at Falmouth University.  The Centre is part of Tremough Campus at Penryn where the conference has previously been held in the Du Maurier building.

This move provides extra space and facilities that will enable us to comfortably host 300 in a space that is built for high performance.the_performance_centre_exterior_002

The conference will again host 4 key tracks with software, teams, product and business rooms and have ample social space.

Bed and breakfast Accommodation is available to book in the campus halls which is still only a short walk away.

We looking forward to seeing you all in September.

Wishing you a happy 2015

The Agile on the Beach Team

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Agile on the Beach 2014 placed 3rd in Agile Conference Top 50

Top 50 Agile Conferences 2014 awardWe are delighted to have been awarded 3rd place out of 105 agile conferences in Software Development Todays – Top 50 Agile Conferences.

It is wonderful to be a part of the wealth of agile events working to grow and share agile practices and experiences across the globe.

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http://softwaredevelopmenttoday.com/2015/01/the-top-50-agile-conferences-including-lean-kanba-scrum

 

 

 

 

 

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Agile on the Beach 2014 : Sharing Agile : Twitter Reach

We thought those of you who joined us in conversation last year on twitter for Agile on the Beach might like to know just how far your tweets reached on the 5th September!

Thanks to all contributors to Agile on the Beach 2014, we hope to see you again in 2015

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tweetreach report – please note results are limited by #tag, limit of 1500 tweets and date through this report tool and so this is not a complete report of the total tweets over the entire duration of the conference :o) 

 

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Agile on the Beach 2014 Favorites

A few of our favorite quotes and statistics from Agile on the Beach 2014

315 people attended Agile on the Beach 2014

Beach Party 2014

Beach Party 2014

95% of survey respondents said YES – being agile makes you happy!

“Agile on the Beach really brought the subject to life and prepared me for the second year of university.” Tony Edwards Plymouth University (blog)

“And so it came to be that Agile on the Beach conference was born; a place where people learn how fashion systems that solve problems relevant to their own lives in a way that makes everybody feel good about themselves. They do this over pasties, cider, beach and a party!”  Clare Kemp, Unboxed Consulting (blog)

“If somebody calls you a resource, start calling them overhead” — @Geek_Manager #agileotb via Adrian Howard @adrianh (tweet)

“A very friendly, well run conference, you can be rightly proud of yourselves, I look forward to next year already” Sophie Freiermuth    Director    Baguette UX (survey)

“More than anything else, in spite of niggling problems, the event team tirelessly scrambled to make things right. Keep doing that. I never once felt as though I was left to my own devices to deal with even the slightest annoyance. I really appreciated that.” JB Rainsberger, 2014 keynote (survey)

Speakers on the Beach 2014

Speakers on the Beach 2014

“As a first-timer, thrown in the deep-end, I found the event to be excellent; informative, well-organised and valuable.” Simon Clements-Hawes (survey)

twitteron 5th September #agileotb estimated reach 480,643 accounts with 1,971,026 impressions and 542 contributors

 

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Blogs and Links from 2014

Blogs & Links 2014

Below are a number of links to blogs and other content from this years conference
If you have any content you would like to share please email us info@agileonthebeach.com

BLOG : Liveblogging from Agile on the Beach by  on  in Observations  I’m continuously deploying my updates to live whilst attending sessions at Agile on the Beach… http://workingwithdevs.com/liveblogging-agile-on-the-beach/

BLOG : Wunderroot – Steve Parks on Beyond Budgeting keynote  http://www.wunderroot.co.uk/blog/beyond-budgeting-new-ways-run-organisation-autonomy-and-transparency

BLOG : Belinda Waldock – Agile on the Beach Session : Agile Innovation : Embedding Agile in a diverse mix of Cornish High Growth Businesses  

VIDEO : Agile HR – First Follower: Leadership Lessons from Dancing G…: http://t.co/EevivEqzj3  #agileotb

VIDEO : JB Rainsberger Keynote Video Reference #agileotb #STOPIT for whoever was asking for the Bob Newhart video https://t.co/hDYcC0CvnL

VIDEO : Simon Brown : For those at my #AgileOTB talk yesterday; here’s Gus Honeybun and Oscar Puffin -> https://t.co/vfF4UV2SHr (with @KevinPamplin too!)

BLOG : Phil Parker : Architecture 101 + Domain Alignment
http://parker0phil.com/2014/09/04/architecture-101+domain-alignment/

BLOG : Unboxed Consulting – People Matter Most! Posted by Claire Kemp
http://www.unboxedconsulting.com/blog/people-matter-most

STREAM: Eventifier have tweets, blogs and videos posted from the conference (short term) http://eventifier.com/event/agileotb14/

PHOTOS : Adrian Howard https://www.flickr.com/photos/adrianhoward/sets/72157646994806409

BLOG : Bluefruit at Agile on the Beach http://www.bluefruit.co.uk/events/agile-beach-2014/

BLOG : Plymouth Uni http://blogs.plymouth.ac.uk/website/2014/09/12/agile-on-the-beach/

BLOG : Andy Carmichael : Care about business strategy? – Tune to this channel… http://xprocess.blogspot.co.uk/2014/09/care-about-business-strategy-tune-in-to.html

Blog :  @Dedward5 Internet architect, mainly for UK government projects, focus on Open Source, Security, Open Data, GCLOUD, SME Agile and getting things done.  My thoughts from Agile on the Beach 2014 dedward5.tumblr.com/post/97815925276/my-thoughts-from-agile-on-the-beach-2014

Blog : Mackerel Sky Events : Limber up and get Agile!  http://mackskyevents.wordpress.com/2014/09/22/limber-up-and-get-agile/

Blog : Chris Pitts Just Stop It! (A Note on Wrapping Waterfall Plans in Iterations) blog.thirstybear.co.uk/2014/08/just-stop-it-note-on-wrapping-waterfall.html?m=1

Blog : Andrew Hall : My 3 Take Aways http://www.andrewroberthall.co.uk/tech/agile-on-the-beach-2014-my-3-take-aways

Blog : Tony Edwards – Plymouth University Student  http://purelywebdesign.co.uk/conferences/3-things-i-learned-at-agile-on-the-beach/  “Agile on the Beach really brought the subject to life and prepared me for the second year of university”

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Cornish Agile Business Models in The Times

We are delighted to see Cornish adoption of agile featured in the Raconteur The Agile Business Supplement in The Times.  http://raconteur.net/the-agile-business-2014

Agile on the Beach and Headforwards Case study
Working together towards shared aims http://raconteur.net/business/altogether-now-towards-shared-aims includes quotes from the conference and insights into Business Agility from Headforwards a Cornish based high growth business.

The Business Agility model developed in Cornwall through the Agile Innovation project has been featured as part of their infographic : http://raconteur.net/infographics/landscape-of-an-agile-business

Find out  more about http://www.agileonthebeach.com // http://www.agile.oxin.co.uk // http://www.headforwards.co.uk

Agile on the Beach – Agile Innovation – Business Agility Model – Video http://youtu.be/qNVO6a_2E48

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2014 Sessions now online

Videos of 2014 Sessions are now online  http://agileonthebeach.com/2014-2/
All slides received are now also available for download/link from the website

Please do feel free to send any other conference content you would like me to share on the website as we also have a blogs and links page info@agileonthebeach.com

Photos : http://agileonthebeach.com/2014-2/photos-2014/
Blogs and Links : http://agileonthebeach.com/2014-2/shared-content-2014/

Many thanks from us all at Agile on the Beach, we hope to see you all again in 2015, you can register for your 2015 ticket at www.aotb15.eventbrite.co.uk.

very best wishes
The Agile on the Beach Team

Agile on the Beach
September 3-4th 2015
www.agileonthebeach.com
Twitter @agileonthebeach

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Post Conference Content Update

Thank you so much to everyone who joined and supported us this year and hello to all who have been following us online.  We hope you have enjoyed Agile on the Beach 2014!  Please find an update on progress for post conference content below.

Firstly, 2014 attendees : Please do complete our 2014 survey by Friday for your chance to win a ticket to 2015.  We really appreciate your time to let us know what you enjoyed most, what we can improve and your opinions on agile too!
http://agileonthebeach.com/2014/09/2014survey/

The photos, 300 of them, are now online http://agileonthebeach.com/2014-2/photos-2014/ – I have tagged a lot of them but not all!  If you would like to be tagged (or not) please let me know the name/number of the image(s) and I should be able to amend in the next few days.

Videos : I have now published the keynotes, the main lecture room software track sessions and the business track sessions.  I will be processing the Bonus Room and Teams sessions over the next couple of weeks as my time allows, please bear with me!  http://agileonthebeach.com/2014-2/  I will message again when complete.

We are adding slides to the website too and most should be online by the end of the week.  Please do feel free to send any other conference content you would like me to share on the website as we also have a blogs and links page info@agileonthebeach.com

Many thanks from us all at Agile on the Beach, we hope to see you all again in 2015, and I personally would like to thank every one of you that joined us for making Agile on the Beach so very enjoyable and fantastic again this year!

very best wishes
Belinda :o)

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The Agile on the Beach Team

Agile on the Beach
September 2-3rd 2015
www.agileonthebeach.com
Twitter @agileonthebeach

Please do complete our 2014 survey for your chance to win a ticket to 2015
http://agileonthebeach.com/2014/09/2014survey/

Agile on the Beach Ltd. is a company limited by guarantee and is operated as a Not-for-Profit organisation.

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CORNWALL’S RECORD BREAKING “AGILE ON THE BEACH” KICKS OFF: LAUNCHES WORLD FIRST DESIGN A DEGREE PROGRAMME

As British pupils and teachers are heading back to class with headlines amidst calls for coding to be taught to children as young as 5 years old, the timing is perfect for Agile on the Beach to be launching the world’s first design a degree course led by computer industry practitioners.

More information on this below in the official announcement. The Agile on the Beach team made up of agile, digital tech and innovation thought leaders from both Cornwall and across the UK would be delighted to share their thoughts on the role of agile in education. If you would like to speak with someone, please let us know. Or follow the social buzz at @agileonthebeach #AgileOTB

CORNWALL’S RECORD BREAKING “AGILE ON THE BEACH” KICKS OFF : LAUNCHES WORLD FIRST DESIGN A DEGREE PROGRAMME

CORNWALL’S GROUND BREAKING AGILE CONFERENCE BRINGS RECORD ATTENDANCE; MORE SESSIONS AND A NEW TRACK ON PRODUCT DESIGN

Falmouth, Cornwall, UK – 4-5th September 2014 –One of the UK’s leading agile conferences, Agile On the Beach kicks off today in Falmouth,Cornwall. The event has already beaten last year’s record for attendees at the Cornish technology event by 36% across the 2 day conference. The practitioner and real world experience driven industry gathering is focused on agile development and increasingly on the role of agile in the wider business context such as agile teams and agile product design.

Agile: Born in development; blossoming in business
Aside from the business keynote from Bjarte Bogsnes, VP at StatOil: Beyond Budgeting – an agile management model for new business and people realities. The role of Agile beyond the traditional software development arena is an increasingly core ground-braking theme within the rapidly growing sold-out event.

Putting the agile into Computing education: World’s first agile inspired degree
One exciting development within the event format is the world’s first practioner led “Design A Degree Programme” Session. According to Agileonthebeach founder, Toby Parkins this is a response to a specific industry plea, ”We hear from employers and industry all the time that the education system is failing to produce enough high quality IT graduates. So we thought let’s change that! So we introduce the session “What should a future computing related degree look like?” Which topics, skills or knowledge areas should be included? How can courses be even better designed/delivered to prepare students with the skills needed by industry?”

Why do we need the agile development of a Computing Degree course?  
The IT industry is developing very quickly. Unlike many most other subjects, a lot of new techniques and knowledge are created and developed within industry including by several businesses and people who are part of Agile on the Beach 2014. Examples include the Agile Manifesto itself, Test Driven Development, Behavior Driven Development, Selenium as well as, of course, many, many open source projects which play a part in developing how the industry works.
For the first year Agile on the Beach will be seeking ideas from delegates and bringing them together to produce a paper outlining this conference’s view of the future for computing degrees or further education. There will be a whiteboard in the main “coffee” room where post-it notes can be added to the board. There will also be a number of representatives from various educational institutions – Falmouth and Plymouth Universities, Cornwall and Truro & Penwith Colleges – around during the conference to discuss any views. Collectively we aim to pull together a diverse and varied range of views and ideas from specific knowledge areas to more practical application approaches that we feel should be part of the future. This will be published for Universities and colleges to use to help inform their course design as well as a vital resource document for Government specifically the Department for Education. The plan is then to review the content each year at the conference to continue the truly agile approach.

The Agile Audit: Crowd-sourced agile opinions will capture today’s agile landscape
This year, AOTB will also launch its first Agile Audit to provide a litmus test of agile opinions across the industry. Results of the Audit, will take place over the 2 days of the conference and online for those who could not make the sold-out agile event, will be announced next week.
The survey is online at: http://agileonthebeach.com/2014/09/2014survey/ and all respondees are entered into a prize draw to win a ticket to next year’s conference.

So is there actually a beach?
Agile on the Beach takes place on Falmouth University Campus on 4th and 5th September with a party on Gyllyngvase beach, Falmouth on the evening of Thursday 4th September sponsored by IBM. Well it couldn’t be Agile on the Beach without a beach party, could it?

AGILE ON THE BEACH 2015
AOTB 14 was a sold-out event so mark calendars for next year’s dates: 3rd and 4th September.
Interviews with the AOTB team, photography and the results of the Agile Audit are available upon request.

Media contacts:
Rose Ross
Rose@omarketing.com
07976 154 597
Belinda Waldock
b.waldock@oxin.co.uk
07776 094 925
www.agileonthebeach.com

Agile on the Beach 2014 – Thurs 4th & Fri 5th September
2 Days, Cornwall UK, 40+ Speakers, 40+ Sessions, 4 Tracks, 2 keynotes, the IBM Agile on the Beach Party, Pasties for Wednesday night arrivals, Discussion Groups, Lightening talks and Expert Panels
Agile on the Beach is a two day business and technology conference in September.  Hosting 40+ UK and International speakers on the Cornish coast, with a fantastic beach party on the Thursday evening.
The conference explores 4 strands of agile adoption – Business strategy, Teams and Software Craftmanship. This year we welcome speakers on UX and Product Design in a fourth strand.
Perfect to evoke creative and technical thinking, enjoy time with the UKs leading thinkers in agile adoption and evolution.  Explore the latest agile and lean thinking in software craftmanship, teams and business.
Ample networking opportunities such as the IBM beach party and pre/post conference gatherings.
This conference brings together 300 software and business professionals to explore and discover what it means to be truly agile in business, from its culture to product development practices.
J. B. (Joe) Rainsberger, Canadian software development consultant and technology writer will be joining us at Agile on the Beach 2014 to deliver our Software Craftmanship Keynote and a bonus legacy code retreat
This year we are pleased to confirm that we will be running a 4th space at the conference with Product Design being the key theme on one day in this space.  We are delighted to welcome Melissa Perri of ProdUX Labs, Product Manager and UX Designer from New York City to headline our Product Design theme joined by Adrian Howard and Sophie Freiermuth who will be discussing UX (user experience).

Bjarte Bogsnes, Vice President of Performance Development at Statoil – Scandinavia’s largest company and author of “Implementing Beyond Budgeting: Unlocking the Performance Potential” will deliver a keynote speech at the Agile on the Beach conference. “Beyond Budgeting is about creating the agile enterprise. This is scaling agile in practice, using a language that executives understand and addressing their key concerns.”

Teams An absolutely fabulous line up in Agile Teams this year, we hope you agree with topics covered including; communications, leadership, people management, recruitment, performance management, pairing and estimation games.

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Networkr – connect at Agile on the Beach – TEST

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TEST PAGE – PLEASE NOTE NETWORKR IS NOT YET RELEASED!

Networking at events is broken, you know there are plenty of interesting people in the room, but how do you find them? Instead of doing this on a trial and error basis, start using Networkr at Agile On The Beach and find the professionals you have a mutual interest with. Click the link to download Networkr for iOS, it will take you less than a minute to setup and you will benefit the entire event.

We are delighted to be supporting testing of the new networking app Networkr at this years conference.  Download the app to your iphone and connect with others at Agile on the Beach via the app and LinkedIn

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Tech Trailblazers Awards Announce “Firestarter” Bursary for Non-VC Funded Early Stage Startups

TB - Full Logo - RGB - Large - cropped borderTech Trailblazers Awards Announce “Firestarter” Bursary for Non-VC Funded Early Stage Startups

 New deadline of September 19th to reflect new categories of IoT and FinTech

The highly successful Tech Trailblazers Awards has announced a new bursary for early stage non VC backed startups, the Firestarter program. This has being created to ensure that entry fees are not a barrier for the new lean startups who are still securing major funding from VCs. This new program will attract more earlier stage startups within the accelerator and incubator communities as well as those self-funding or with angel, seed and crowdfunding as their primary source of investment.

The recent Tech Trailblazers Tech Startup Index surveyed the funding environment for nearly 200 enterprise tech startups. 35% of those surveyed indicated that raising funds took considerably longer than anticipated and 31% said that it was considerably harder than expected. The bursary aims to ease that pressure in the early stages for a startup. It ensures that these tech firestarters get a shot at recognition with all eligible entrants 2 years or younger who are pre-VC funding can receive a bursary for the $295 entry fee to their chosen Tech Trailblazers category as well as a chance to also win the new cross category early stage “Firestarter” award.

The other startup awards include the following categories: big data, cloud, emerging markets, FinTech, IoT, mobile technology, networking, IT security, storage, sustainable IT and virtualization. All startups up to and including “series C” VC backed funding who are younger than 6 years old have until September 19th as the final extended deadline to complete their entries.

Rose Ross, Chief Trailblazer and founder of the awards, explained “We had some amazing winners over the last two years, who have gone on to very successful exits, major funding rounds and commercial success and we are delighted that we have been part of their exciting journey. But a comment from one of last year’s contestants has echoed in my ears. “How can an early stage startup compete with someone with major VC backing?” Yes they can and we have seen early stage startups like SaaSID, Ventisys and Iceotope crowned as Tech Trailblazers in their field. However, it feels that the time is right to give more of the newest kids on the tech startup block more help and greater opportunity for hard earned reward and recognition. That’s what the Firestarter bursary program is all about.”

All entrants will also be automatically entered free of charge for Regional Trailblazers Cups – a further chance to win an award, and be crowned Trailblazer for their geographical region as well as the new Firestarter Award if eligible.

The Tech Trailblazers Awards will be determined by a combination of public voting and an extensive expert panel of judges from around the world. Industry analysts, editors, entrepreneurs, startup specialists and CTO’s from all backgrounds in enterprise technology make up this year’s panel, and are eager to review a new wave of startup talent and crown this year’s Tech Trailblazers.

 

–          Today, the awards Introduction of the Firestarter bursary to give early stage startups (< 2 years and pre-VC funding) free access to the awards

–          Introduction of a new award the Firestarter awards just for those early stage entrants gives them an extra chance to win

–          Deadline extension until Sept 19th to reflect introduction of bursary and two recent category additions: FinTech and IoT

–          The recent Tech Trailblazers Tech Startup Index surveyed the funding environment for nearly 200 enterprise tech startups. 35% of those surveyed indicated that raising funds took considerably longer than anticipated and 31% said that it was considerably harder than expected

Rose Ross, Chief Trailblazer and founder of the awards: “We had some amazing winners over the last two years, who have gone on to very successful exits, major funding rounds and commercial success and we are delighted that we have been part of their exciting journey. But a comment from one of last year’s contestants has echoed in my ears. “How can an early stage startup compete with someone with major VC backing?” Yes they can and we have seen early stage startups like SaaSID, Ventisys and Iceotope crowned as Tech Trailblazers in their field. However, it feels that the time is right to give more of the newest kids on the tech startup block more help and greater opportunity for hard earned reward and recognition. That’s what the Firestarter bursary program is all about.”

Recent winners include: GreenBytes (Acquired by Oracle) Nutanix (who have just secured series E funding of $140million), Smart Storage (Acquired by SANDisk), Iceotope (who raised a £10million Series A earlier this year) to name but a few of the Tech Trailblazing winners. In total Tech Trailblazers have secured > $680million in additional funding and over $500million through successful exits including acquisitions. So the Tech Trailblazing winning alumni are now part of a Billion Dollar club.

www.techtrailblazers.com

About the Tech Trailblazers Awards

www.techtrailblazers.com @techtrailblaze

Tech Trailblazers is a new concept in awards, designed explicitly for smaller businesses and startups that are five years old or less and at C-series funding or below. The awards have low barriers to entry and prizes that not only recognize startup innovation, but also proactively help startups grow their business with access to exclusive coaching, mentoring and development and prizes. The awards include the following categories:

  • Big Data Trailblazers
  • Cloud Trailblazers
  • Emerging Markets Trailblazers
  • FinTech Trailblazers
  • IoT Trailblazers
  • Mobile Trailblazers
  • Networking Trailblazers
  • Security Trailblazers
  • Storage Trailblazers
  • Sustainable IT Trailblazers
  • Virtualization Trailblazers

 

In addition to the above categories, all entrants are automatically entered into the Regional Trailblazers Cup competition free of charge. The Regional Cups will be announced at the end of November and the individual Cups are:

  • African and Middle East Trailblazers Cup
  • Asian-Pacific Trailblazers Cup
  • European Trailblazers Cup
  • Latin American Trailblazers Cup
  • North American Trailblazers Cup

 

Early stage startups (2 years and younger without VC funding) will be able to apply for a chosen tech category free of charge via the new bursary and will also be automatically for the new Firestarter award as well as their Regional Cup.

The Tech Trailblazers Awards prize fund, projected to be worth in excess of $1m, is supported by sponsors and industry partners including AfriLabs, Amoo Venture Capital Advisory, beSUCCESS, bnetTV, BigDataStartups, China AXLR8R, the Cloud Security Alliance, Computing, The Data Chain, ExecEvent, GFT, Gigaom, GoMoNews, The Green Grid, GSMA, The Icehouse, Innovation Warehouse, Internet of Things Events, IP EXPO Europe, Launchpad Europe, L’Informaticien, Lissted, MIT/Stanford Venture Lab, Mynewsdesk, The Next Silicon Valley, Outsource, Prezi, RealWire, Seed Forum, Silicon Cape Initiative, Skolkovo, StarTau, Startup America, Storage Networking Industry Association (SNIA), Tech in Asia, TechNode, TiE Silicon Valley, Wazoku, Ventureburn and VMware.

 

 

 

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