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About Belinda Waldock

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

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Delegate Information

We are really looking forward to seeing you at Agile on the beach in Cornwall next week!

Following on from the email we sent you earlier this month, please take the time to read through the information below that may prove useful to you and if you have not done so already please reply with any information requested.

Keeping you fuelled…
Lunch and refreshments will be provided on both days of the conference, if you have any dietary requirements please email them to jenny@mackerelskyevents.co.uk so we can cater for your needs.

Comfort is key…
We want you to enjoy the event and feel comfortable, so please do let us know if you have any mobility or access issues or any other specific requests.  Please email jenny@mackerelskyevents.co.uk

Stay connected!

Wifi – The wifi code throughout the event will be:
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We welcome you to join us on twitter to discuss the event and keep in touch.  Our twitter handle is @Agileonthebeach and #agileotb
We also have a number of lists on twitter of our speakers, sponsors and delegates this year
https://twitter.com/Agileonthebeach/lists

More Info…

Further details and information can be found on our Delegate page on the Agile on the Beach Website

Full details of the schedule, topics and speakers can also be found on the website

Social events…

Pre Conference Pasty & Pint Night- Grab a taste of Cornwall and meet fellow delegates and speakers in a relaxed environment at the Pasty & Pint night on Wednesday evening at the Upper Stannary Bar from 7pm.

The IBM Agile on the Beach Party – Enjoy the beautiful Gyllyngvase Beach on Thursday night where we will be throwing a party for all delegates, speakers and sponsors to enjoy. Entertainment and food provided. The party starts at 7pm with shuttle buses running from campus from 6.30 – 11.30pm.

If you have received this email on behalf of any delegates attending from your company, please forward this onto them.

We wish you a safe journey to the event and as always if you have any questions please do not hesitate to get in touch.

Many thanks

The Agile on the Beach team

Agile on the Beach
September 4-5th  2014
www.agileonthebeach.com
Twitter @agileonthebeach

Agile on the Beach 2014
Tremough Campus
Treliever Road
Penryn
Cornwall
TR10 9EZ
United Kingdom

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The IBM Agile on the Beach Party 2014

ibmpos_blackWe are delighted to confirm that this year IBM are sponsoring our beach party which will be held on the evening of Thursday 4th September 2014.  Beach Party tickets are included with your main conference ticket.

This year Skybar will be providing an amazing stretch tent on Gyllyngvase beach in Falmouth. blueskyevents

The menu this year is BBQ pulled pork (veggie burger option), baker tom brioche bun, homemade coleslaw, fries and salad and drinks will be on a voucher system so the first drink is free

Buses will be shuttling party goers from campus to the beach and returning again at the end of the evening

We have also organised some surprise entertainment this year as well as having some beach games and table and chairs

The fair weather request has also been submitted, please do dress warmly, we suggest flat shoes and warm jumpers and the sea breeze can feel a little nippy of an evening!

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TechBritannia – welcoming new media sponsors

We are delighted to have TechBritannia on board as ‘in kind media sponsors’ for the 2014 conference. Rose, founder of TechBritannia will be helping to spread the word about Agile on the Beach by supporting our Public Relations activities during the conference.

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Autumn 2014 sees the blossoming of TechBritannia, a platform for the British Tech community. Starting with biotech, cleantech and information technology, it will look at the past, present and future of Britain’s colossal role in the world of technology.

The bedrock of TechBritannia will be a hard-hitting and lively news site looking at all aspects of technology from academia (from five year olds to PhD researchers) and startups, to government and large enterprise – and will even highlight our tech-expats and the growing number of overseas students and startups that see Britain as the go-to place to find mentorship, investment and inspiration.tbSample page

Backed by leading industry associations, such as techUK, and in active partnership discussions with the government and regional stakeholders, TechBritannia will look beyond London’s TechCity to the four corners of the British Isles to uncover the latest and greatest developments in British technology.

Founded by a team of veteran technology journalists and serial entrepreneurs, it looks at all aspects of the Great British technology journey from the early beginnings of Charles Babbage, Ada Lovelace and Rosalind Franklin, we have been the first but often then the forgotten, force in driving technology. TechBritannia is committed to uncovering the greatness and rebalancing the tech history books and ensuring that there is credit where credit for British technology is due. It is important not just to make the great leaps in research and development but to be seen to be the source of disruptive inventiveness.

The Founding Team

The founders share a passion for technology and a desire to champion great British tech talent regardless of its location or origin. The founding team, although at present based in London, began their journeys further afield.

Co-founder and launch editor Eric Doyle was born in Middlesbrough, yet studied in his adopted home Yorkshire.

Rose Ross, co-founder and Eric’s co-conspirator, was born in Farnham, Surrey, but raised in Redruth in Cornwall before leaving to study and live in Birmingham for over a decade.

In the way that the Olympic flame toured the British Isles to connect Britons to the London based event, in early 2015 TechBritannia will embark on a first of its kind tour to hold the digital flame to the great technology and technologists across Great Britain.

techtorchThe Tech Torch Tour will be crowdfunded to rally the tech community and engage with all the exciting developments around the UK.

TechBritannia is a new platform for British technology businesses and technologists. Focused initially on being a news-site it will create a powerful technology-focused community with events, awards and other platforms to support British tech.

Find out more at www.techbritannia.co.uk or email the TechBritannia team on: hello@techbritannia.co.uk

See what a little birdie tells you. Follow us on Twitter: @TechBritannia #LoveBritishTech

Or get nice and friendly with us on Facebook: www.facebook.com/TechBritannia

TechBritannia press pack overview

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Merchants Manor Hotel offer for Agile on the Beach Delegates

Merchants Manor Hotel

Corporate Accommodation Rates for AOTB 4th & 5th September

Rates and Room Descriptions

All our rooms come with top of the range memory foam beds, complimentary tea and coffee making facilities with mugs from a local Cornish potter, mini safe, ironing facilities and TV. Complimentary Wi-Fi is available throughout the hotel, as well as on-site car parking.

Also included is access to our Leisure Club including 12 metre indoor heated pool, Jacuzzi, Outdoor Scandinavian Barrel sauna and 1000 square foot TechnoGym Fitness Suite.

Cosy                       £74 Agile on the beach : £69 per room per night

These are what they say they are, our smaller single rooms; some have great views over Falmouth Bay.

Comfy                        £89 Agile on the beach :   £80 per room per night

Our Comfy standard deluxe rooms are almost all in the new house at Merchants Manor, they offer more space, and all the amenities you would expect. Many of these are on the ground floor and offer either bath or walk in shower.

New House Masters      £124 Agile on the beach :  £119 per room per night

All our New ‘House’ Master rooms come with a large king size bed, a separate seating area, room for an extra bed and a private balcony. These rooms are perfect for families or those who just want to spread out and come with luxury bathrobes and complimentary bottled water as standard.

Old House Masters         £104 Agile on the beach :£99 per room per night

These rooms are located in the old house at Merchants Manor and provide great views over Falmouth bay, some have private balconies, and these open plan rooms all come with either spa or roll top bath, upgraded Gilchrest & Soames environmentally friendly amenities, luxury bathrobes and complimentary bottled water.

Terms of the Rates

  • Double for sole occupancy
  • Inclusive of Breakfast and VAT
  • Partner Rates from £25.00 per night
  • Non commissionable
  • Complimentary use of the Leisure Club
  • Complimentary onsite car park
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Payment terms – £50 deposit upon booking and final balance due on check out.
  • Cancellation – 7 days prior to arrival date

To book please contact

Tiffany Bailey
Merchants Manor, Falmouth, Western Terrace, TR11 4QJ
Tel:   01326 312734  Mob:   07854 091366
to view further information about the hotel please click on www.merchantsmanor.com

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New sponsors confirmed and good news for those on the waiting list

We are delighted to confirm that our Beach Party this year is sponsored by IBM.  The IBM Agile on the Beach party will be held on Thursday evening for everyone attending this years conference at Gyllyngvase Beach, near to the conference venue.  IBM will also be presenting a lunchtime session on Thursday at the conference

Seasalt Cornwall, an amazing Cornish fashion brand, and the leading publisher O’Reilly will also be supporting Agile on the Beach delegates this year.

We have also tested our expansion plans and the keynote 2 way video feeds around the conference work brilliantly.  Our thanks to Falmouth University for helping us to innovate in order to expand our capacity this year.

Following additional demand for tickets the conference we are able to confirm that we have expanded capacity to 300.  This enables those who have registered on the waiting list prior to 24th July to secure tickets and join us this year.

We will continue to maintain a waiting list for tickets should any tickets become available in the lead up to the conference but we are unable to expand any further this year.

See you in 6 weeks!

Belinda & the Agile on the Beach team

 

 

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PRESS RELEASE : Agile on the Beach confirms Full house for Second Year

PRESS RELEASE : Agile on the Beach confirms Full house for Second Year

Agile on the Beach have announced for the second year running that tickets for the conference this September have sold out.  Despite expanding the conference capacity this year to 270, tickets have still sold out with 8 weeks remaining until the event.  The conference is now operating a waiting list should any places become available.

The conference has grown in all directions this year including a fourth stream and additional speakers and sessions.  The conference welcomes 43 speakers, delivering 42 sessions, over 2 days covering 4 key themes of Software Craftmanship, Business Agility, Agile Teams and Product Design.

The latest company to join the conference sponsors is IBM who will be the 2014 sponsor of the Agile on the Beach Party on Gyllyngvase beach in Falmouth.  The conference this year also facilitates a collaboration between the regions educational providers with Falmouth University, Plymouth University and Cornwall College working together to gain industry input to the design of related degrees.

Agile on the Beach

September 4-5th  2014

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Twitter @agileonthebeach

Media Contact – Belinda Waldock b.waldock@oxin.co.uk

 

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Could the next big coding sensation come from Cornwall? Young programmers urged to sign up to ‘Festival of Code’ this summer

Could the next big coding sensation come from Cornwall? Young programmers urged to sign up to ‘Festival of Code’ this summer

Young children from Cornwall with a keen eye for coding are being urged to sign up to a major coding competition which is taking place across the UK this summer between 28th July and 3rd August.

The Academy for Innovation and Research in Cornwall is this year a host centre for the Festival of Code, which will see under 19s from the area be presented with real world problems which they will be challenged to address through their self-taught hacking skills.

They will be supported by Young Rewired State’s team of experts to help them create websites, prototypes and inventive applications, alongside peers with the same passion for coding.

The Festival of Code will take place in 58 cities across the UK and will cumulate in a grand finale weekend, whereby each of the centres will descend on the i-DAT at Plymouth University for a supervised weekend of celebrations from Friday 1st August to Sunday 3rd August.

The annual Festival of Code is organised by Young Rewired State, a not-for-profit organisation, whose aim it is to find and foster every young person with a love of coding and a determination to teach themselves the technological skill. Since its establishment, Young Rewired State has rapidly grown to be a huge independent global network of children and this year will be its 6th anniversary.

The initiative is being supported by The Met Office, The University of Plymouth amongst others.

During the weekend, the Cornwall youngsters will have the chance to present their designs back to a panel of judges, meet fellow peers and celebrate a week of achievements. Judges will be a mix of influencers and industry names who are spearheading coding across the country.

As per tradition, Young Rewired State has also put together an impressive line-up of guest speakers, who will be present on the Friday to share their own experiences from within the technology sector. Confirmed speakers include leader of the Hour of Code in the UK Avid Larizadeh, musician and CEO of Interlude Yoni Bloch and George Mpanga – also known as George the Poet

For the majority, technology has become a necessity in everyday life and this has resulted in a need for a workforce with the ability to code. Coding is needed to create software that provides us with our iPhones, computers, apps, games and much more. Young Rewired State believes that if children with a natural desire to code are encouraged to delve into their passion, they will be well-equipped with a set of hugely desirable skills for their future.

The Festival of Code will provide an opportunity for young people nationwide to become engaged with design and coding challenges, to improve their skills whilst working with programming professional.

Last year’s Festival of Code saw designs such as ProjectHermes, a platform for outing internet trolls, Mortune, a music app which played new artists according to your preferences and Establish.Me, a website which unites town councils, residents and businesses and take advantage of empty shop spaces scoop top prizes. The week proved that with the support of Young Rewired State and by working alongside like-minded peers, the youngsters could confront everyday problems and create viable solutions.

Emma Mulqueeny, CEO Young Rewired State, said:
“Young Rewired State’s ambition is to find and foster every child driven to teach themselves to code. Connect them to each other, and a community of mentors, to solve real world problems through open data.

The Festival of Code is our annual week-long celebration. It provides these young people with an environment that emboldens their passion for coding and programming. It gives them a chance to work in partnership with their coding peers, learn from the experts and create new digital solutions to problems we all face! The week will be very hands on with plenty of data to get stuck into, as well as the chance to hear from some top speakers from across the industry.

We can’t wait to visit Cornwall this year and celebrate the nation’s young coding talent once again – we are urging youngsters all across the area to sign up and join us this for what will be a week of fun, hacks and challenges.”

Becca Gill, host centre co-ordinator in Cornwall said:
“We’re delighted to be opening the doors of the Academy for Innovation and Research this summer and host the Festival of Code this year. This really is a fantastic event, and an invaluable one in giving the next generation a voice and helping to harness their skills for the future.

I look forward to seeing what designs come out of Cornwall this year and helping these youngsters in this exciting digital journey they’re on.”

All information on the Festival of Code, including Frequently Asked Questions for parents and information on how to sign up can be found at http://festivalofco.de/.

Notes to editors:-

  • The Festival of Code runs from Monday 28th July to Thursday 31st July in 58 host centres across the UK. It culminates in a long weekend at the i-Dat at Plymouth University from Friday 1st August to Sunday 3rd August
  • The Festival of Code is open to any young person aged 19 or under with a basic understanding of coding. Young people with no programming experience are advised to visit www.youngrewiredstate.org to familiarise themselves with the necessary software
  • For more information, contact Laura Sprinks: laura.sprinks@workingword.co.uk or Kaitlin Dunning: kait@rewiredstate.org
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Heads up: Agile on the Beach is almost sold out

We are delighted that demand is so high for tickets to the conference again this year.  Having already expanded this years capacity by 40 tickets and after crunching our numbers we can confirm we have less than 20 tickets remaining for general sale.

We will maintain a waiting list if needed should you miss these remaining tickets please do email us to be added to this list info@agileonthebeach.com

To accommodate the expansion we have added a fourth space to the conference where on day one we will focus on User eXperience and Lean Product Management, with day 2 offering two hands on software craftsmanship sessions with Seb Rose on Behaviour Driven Development and Joe Rainsberger hosting a Legacy Code retreat.  Please be aware that seats in this space are limited so arrive early to secure your seat.

With the added footfall this year our first keynote sessions on each day will almost certainly be standing room only early. Please arrive early if you would like to ensure a seat in the main theatre space.

This year, for the first time we are excited to confirm we are live streaming our keynote sessions (videos and slides) to a facilitated interactive space at the conference. This will be an area where we are planning provide a unique alternative keynote experience, we will announce more details in the next few weeks.

The conference this year welcomes 40 speakers, delivering 40 sessions, over 2 days covering 4 key themes; Software Craftmanship, Business Agility, Agile Teams and Product Design.  The beach party will be held on the Thursday evening, with a pre-conference gathering on the Wednesday evening for those arriving the night before. Bed and Breakfast Campus accommodation is available on site and can be booked online

4-5 September, Falmouth, Cornwall

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Welcoming 3 New Sponsors to Agile on the Beach

We are pleased to confirm 3 new sponsors of Agile on the Beach 2014


logo-ccCornwall 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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DBS Code – Agile Training , Computer Science Qualifications and code for schools project in Cornwall

McKennaConsultLogo2013_McKenna Consultants are a bespoke software development company based in Harrogate, North Yorkshire near Leeds, Bradford and York. We specialise in a broad range of technologies for windows, web-based and mobile applications, including apps for the iPhone, iPad, Android, Blackberry and Windows Mobile.

http://www.mckennaconsultants.com


clearvisionClearvision help software teams and IT Programs implement tools and processes that bring high quality software to market faster, while driving down associated costs.
Clearvision have offices in the UK and USA with a global customer base that includes the leaders in banking, insurance, petroleum, pharmaceuticals, manufacturing, government, defence and telecoms.
http://www.clearvision-cm.com

 

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Unique Cornish Conference expands in its Fourth Year

agile001Following 3 years of success, Agile on the Beach 2014 has extended their conference again this year announcing that forty leading experts and practitioners in Agile will be gathering in Cornwall to speak at the conference in September.

The scope of the conference this year has grown from 3 to 4 tracks.  The conference is maintaining their core Agile Software Craftmanship theme, as well as Business and Team themes, sewing Agile practices into business strategies, creating high performing teams, recruitment, finance and marketing.  A new fourth theme emphasises the growing Agile links with Product Design and User eXperience.

IMG_3368This leading Agile conference, now in its fourth year, has become a vital space in the development of Agile thinking both locally and internationally.  This year saw 150 impressive papers submitted by 100 leading Agile experts and practitioners which has led the conference to expand to accommodate more of the high quality submissions.  Speakers will be welcomed from Canada, New York, Germany, Sweden, UK and more.  Last year the conference sold out in July, attracting a balance of local and international software and business professionals, and already has 210 confirmed to attend this year.

The full programme for the 2agile056014 Conference in September is now published and includes sessions from global enterprises such as Statoil, Cap Gemini, Compare the Market and Thoughtworks, as well as case studies from practicing local adopters including MPAD, Grow Cornwall and Plymouth University.

Canadian software development thought leader J.B. (Joe) Rainsberger will deliver the opening keynote at the conference with International Beyond Budgeting expert, Bjarte Bogsnes of Statoil opening day 2

Mike Barritt, director of Agile on the Beach, said “Its brilliant that we have been able to accommodate more speakers and sessions this year, we simply had to make room, the quality of submission was so high.  We have really pushed the boundaries again this year to encompass the growing adoption of Agile as well as sustain our core software theme.  We are delighted to be close to sell out again this year so early and look forward to seeing everyone in September”

agileparty71Agile on the Beach returns to Falmouth, Cornwall on the 4th and 5th of September 2014. As well as the 2 day conference, the event also hosts a number of social events including a Beach Party on the Thursday evening and a pre-conference pasty supper for those arriving on the Wednesday evening.  Over 100 are  booked to stay on Tremough Campus, the conference venue, adding to an environment that brings people together and gives them an ideal creative thinking space to explore the latest Agile developments on the inspirational Cornish coast.

Early Bird tickets are currently available at £315 until the end of July from

on campus accommodation

campus accommodation

www.agileonthebeach.com as well as details on travel, accommodation and social events.

Agile on the Beach is sponsored by: Unlocking Potential, Oxford Innovation, Falmouth University, Plymouth University, Francis Clarke, Riverblade, Target Process, Adaptagility, Learning Connexions, UKNetWeb, MPAD, Business Cornwall, Mitchen & Grimshaw, Methods & Tools, Prima Bakeries, Software Strategy, INRStar & headforwards and we thank them for their contributions to the 2014 conference.

www.agileonthebeach.com

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Conference Update – June

Design a Degree – attendees invited to help design the perfect degree in computer science – lunchtime session at

Friday nights Retrospective Dinner will be at by the beach with a great menu – booking details coming soon!

Chris Pomfret Chairman of confirmed to attend and welcome everyone to our Cornish conference this year

Local Cornish Pasties from confirmed for our Wednesday night pre conference gathering agileonthebeach.com

Full Schedule to be announced very soon!

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WORLD LEADERS IN AGILE TO SPEAK AT BEACHSIDE CONFERENCE

A Cornish seaside town will welcome over thirty five of the world’s leading methodologists and practitioners in Agile business management in September.

British conference. ‘Agile on the Beach’. has become a vital space in the development of Agile thinking, and this year saw impressive papers submitted by leading Agile experts from the core software sector, as well as business strategy, HR, finance, marketing, and far beyond.

The full programme for the 2014 Conference in September is now published and comprises speeches from leading methodologists as well as key practitioners from global business-to-business superbrands.

Keynotes will be delivered by two international experts. Renowned methodologist Bjarte Bogsnes will open the conference, reflective of the now wide adoption of Agile in big business, and J.B. (Joe) Rainsberger, Canadian software development consultant and technology writer opens day two focusing on the Agile’s home in software operations.

The conference will continue to explore its three strands of agile adoption – Software Craftsmanship, Business Strategy and Teams – and, for the first time, the 2014 conference will introduce a fourth space of ‘Product Design’, within which the selected speakers offer studies that push the boundaries of Agile adoption and insight into in global business application.

A detailed list of the speakers and their session outlines is available at agileonthebeach.com/2014/04/full-speaker-list/

Mike Barritt, director of Agile on the Beach, said “This year’s speaker line up is very special. The world’s leading lights in Agile are coming to Cornwall to share their experiences, and their papers explore ever deeper into Agile methodologies and practices drawn from a wealth of business experiences.”

Agile on the Beach returns to Falmouth, Cornwall on the 4th and 5th of September 2014 for its fourth year, open to just over 250 delegates.

Early Bird tickets are currently available at £315 until the end of July

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Full Speaker List

Full speaker list for Agile on the Beach 2014

  • Business Keynote : Bjarte Bogsnes : Beyond Budgeting – an agile management model for new business and people realities
  • Sander Hoogendoorn (Capgemini)    Agile anti-patterns! Yes your agile project can and will fail too!
  • Frances Bonnington Doing Even Better Next Time: a retrospective on implementing Scrum in a non-engineering team
  • Lynda Girvan (AssistKD)    Putting the BA into BAcklog : Agile in the business context
  • Kevlin Henney (Curbralan)    Worse Is Better, for Better or for Worse
  • Kris Lander (Energized Work)Contracted to deliver outcomes not features
  • Allan Kelly (Software Strategy)    Agile – beyond software?
  • Flavius Stef (Mozaic Works)    Stop Throwing Money Out the Window
  • Bazil Arden (RippleRock)    How Agile helped RDT rediscover its Innovation Mojo
  • Tom Sedge (Timeless Change)    TFDD For Business Strategy: Developing Agile Business Strategies using Test-First
  • Rachel Picken (MPAD)    Agile for Girls – a Frazzled Businesswoman’s Adventures with Agile and Lean
  • Belinda Waldock (Oxford Innovation)    Agile Innovation
  • Melissa Perri (ProdUX Labs – New York)    Lean Product Management
  • Melissa Perri   Beyond “Pretty”: Creating Better Products with Measurable Design
  • Adrian Howard (Quietstars)    Fundamentals of Lean UX
  • Sophie Freiermuth (Baguette UX)    Integrating smoothly the UX designer in your team
  • 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
  • Simon Brown – Agility and the essence of software architecture
  • James Lewis (ThoughtWorks) – Lessons from a Polyglot Portfolio
  • Chris Parsons – Separating allocation from code: a blob implementation in C++
  • Jon Jagger – Lessons from test code
  • Steve Freeman – TDD: That’s not what we meant
  • Jim Barritt (ThoughtWorks) – Hands on with Datomic: Time based facts in a database
  • Chris Oldwood – Test-Driven SQL
  • Steve Smith – Release Testing == Risk Management Theatre
  • Peter Pilgrim – Agile Testing Practices with Java Platform Applications
  • Joe Rainsberger – Legacy Code Retreat (Rescuing Legacy Code Without Fear)
  • Seb Rose – Behavior Driven Development
  • Anna-Jayne Metcalfe (Riverblade)
  • Mike Westwood  &  Joe Grant    (Plymouth University)  Standing out from the Agile crowd: the Plymouth University difference
  • Judith Andresen (BERATUNG JUDITH ANDRESEN)    Open communication wins!
  • Meri Williams (ChromeRose)   Awesome People Management with Agile
  • Pia-Maria Thoren GreenBullet    Agile HR and Agile leadership in a nutshell
  • Georgiana Mannion & Kev McCabe    (Process In Colour)    Pairing isn’t just for developers
  • Marcin Floryan (comparethemarket.com)   #NoLearning
  • Darci Dutcher (PhotoBox)    Design Collaboration
  • Lyndsay Prewer (NewVoiceMedia) Hiring well – how to grow and maintain effective agile teams
  • Mike Pearce (MOO.COM)    How big is it? A guide to agile estimation practices
  • Sean Moir (Facilligent)    The String Game
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Speaker Update : 30+ Speakers including Bonus Software & Product Design Tracks

We can confirm we have 30+ speakers for Agile on the Beach 2014, and that it has been an incredibly high quality of submissions this year.

We would like to thank all those who submitted.  We have had to make difficult decisions this year, we had enough submissions to run a week long conference, if only we could!

This year we maintain our 3 core tracks

Agile Software Craftmanship
Agile Teams
Agile Business

We simply had to make more room to include some submissions and so we have created two bonus extended Software sessions which will run on one day of the conference, and four sessions forming a Product Design track on the other day.

We will be announcing speakers in batches during April as we confirm with them please bear with us while we do, we will publish information as soon as possible.

We have speakers coming from a number of locations, JB Rainsberger our software keynote will be flying in from Canada, we have an amazing Product Design speaker joining us from New York City and 6 more speakers from Europe including Bjarte Bogsnes our Business keynote from Norway

We will probably have closer to 35 speakers in total selected from over 140 submissions received.  We can confirm a third of our speakers are women this year and we have experts from a wide range of disciplines and businesses in the line up.

We would like to thank those who helped to spread the word this year about our conference to encourage so many fantastic submissions.

Beach party plans are underway and a proper Cornish pasty is looking like it will make the menu at one of the conference social events too following a number of requests in the feedback from last year!

If you are speaking at or joining us at the conference please do let us know via twitter and subscribe to our email news if you’re not already to get the latest news as we confirm our schedule and content for 2014

We look forward to seeing you in September whether in person or online as you follow our conference.  For ticket information click here

best wishes,

The Agile on the Beach Team

Agile on the Beach
Sept 4-5 2014, Cornwall UK
@agileonthebeach #agileotb

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Software Keynote Confirmed – JB Rainsberger

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 Legacy Code Retreat

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.

book your tickets now

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Targetprocess confirmed to sponsor and attend 2014

TargetprocessWe are delighted to confirm that Targetprocess will be sponsoring and attending Agile on the Beach 2014

Targetprocess is the Agile Visual Management software that focuses on visualisation and freedom – supporting Scrum, Kanban, XP and any mix of processes and work practices.

The company was founded by Michael Dubakov in 2006 and has grown from day 1 into a successful young enterprise with incredible craftsmanship spirit, best working conditions and a passion for creating a solution for easy work visualisation and management in environments of any complexity.

targetprocess1Over 6000 teams in 50+ countries use Targetprocess every day, including companies such as Sony, Intel and Microsoft, and thousands of successful startups.

http://www.targetprocess.com/

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Learning Connexions sponsoring Agile on the Beach 2014

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We are delighted to confirm that Learning Connexions are sponsoring Agile on the Beach 2014

Learning Connexions is a dedicated training and learning & development consultancy. We specialise in high–end training for developers, leaders and all types of software professionals. We deliver both public and private courses covering everything from Agile methodologies to technical courses in a variety of programming languages. We want all of our delegates to have a learning experience; our philosophy is to provide “practical, applicable knowledge” delivered by the best instructors in the world with excellent customer service.

http://www.learningconnexions.com/

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Help shape the future of coding careers in Cornwall!

Help shape the future of coding careers in Cornwall!

Are you interested in or do you know someone who is interested in a career focussed on coding?

Are you a software developer? Have you coded before or are you interested in helping to support others into this skills area?

In Cornwall we have more coding vacancies than skilled people to fill them.  There is a fantastic new project coming soon which will give coding students and graduates the opportunity to attend coding challenges and masterclasses over the summer which will result in meeting employers offering fantastic local careers within growing businesses in Cornwall!

We need help to shape what is covered in these summer workshops – what is needed by businesses?  What could be done?

24th March 10.30am until 1pm (lunch included)

DBS Music Camborne

Contact miriam.venner@cornwall.ac.uk today to book your place

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Minchin Grimshaw Social Media Sponsors


arenlogoMinchin Grimshaw – Social Media

We are delighted to confirm Aren Grimshaw will be supporting Agile on the Beach 2014, he will be joining the marketing team and supporting our social media presence leading up to and during the conference.

Minchin & Grimshaw are a consultancy focusing on clients who wish to stay ahead of the competition and take a commanding position in the marketplace.

Our partnership anchors social media and digital marketing to a 30-year long experience in brand building, strategic planning and creative execution.

http://www.minchingrimshaw.com/

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BEACHSIDE CONFERENCE ATTRACTS GLOBAL PIONEER IN BUSINESS METHODOLOGY

Business leaders who strive for an adaptive management model will be heading to the Cornish coast this September, to witness this rare UK presentation from a global innovator.

bilde_bjarteBjarte Bogsnes, Vice President of Performance Development at Statoil – Scandinavia’s largest company with operations in 36 countries and a turnover of 130 bn USD – and author of “Implementing Beyond Budgeting: Unlocking the Performance Potential” will deliver a keynote speech at the Agile on the Beach conference.

Agile on the Beach is an intimate two-day conference that attracts innovators from international business and technology. This unconventional conference returns to Falmouth, Cornwall on the 4th and 5th of September 2014 for it’s fourth year, when just 200 delegates will explore what it means to be truly agile in business; from its culture to product development practices.

businessThe engagement of Bogsnes as keynote speaker at the UK’s leading Agile conference is reflective of the recent evolution of the concept into mainstream businesses and teams. No longer a niche practice, the 2014 event will explore this extended adoption and as well as nurturing its core technical theme in software craftsmanship.

Bogsnes’s said: “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.

“It is also about rethinking how we manage organisations in a post-industrial world where innovative management models represent the only sustainable competitive advantage, and releasing people from the burdens of stifling bureaucracy and suffocating control systems, trusting them with information and giving them time to think, reflect, share, learn and improve.

“Above all it is about learning from the many leaders who have built and managed ‘beyond budgeting’ organisations and this is why I’m delighted to be coming together with like-minded pacesetters at Agile on the Beach.”

Mike Barritt , director of Agile on the Beach said “It is a real coup to attract such an internationally renowned professional as Bjarte Bogsnes.

“Underpinned by his impressive accomplishments in business, this keynote will resonate with all three categories of the conference’s focus; craftsmanship, strategy and teams.

“Agile on the Beach has grown to be recognised as one of the world’s leading events in this field, all from a beautiful seaside town in Cornwall.”Copy of Oxin Logo 4colour Oct 2008

This keynote address on day two of the conference is sponsored by Oxford Innovation.

Agile on the Beach Super Early Bird tickets are currently available at £255 until the end of April

Organisers urge delegates to book soon, as tickets are strictly limited and last year’s conference sold-out early.

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Sponsors 2014

We are delighted to confirm early sponsors of Agile on the Beach 2014, if you are interested in sponsoring Agile on the Beach 2014 we have a range of flexible sponsorship opportunities available, please do contact us.

Riverblade

riverbladelogoThank you to Riverblade for their continued sponsorship of the conference this year

Riverblade is a UK based Independent Software Vendor (ISV) and Microsoft Partner specialising in developer tools and bespoke software solutions within the defence, engineering, broadcast and marine sectors.

www.riverblade.co.uk

 


Grow Cornwall – Oxford Innovation Services Ltd

Copy of Oxin Logo 4colour Oct 2008Thank you to Oxford Innovation for their continued support of the conference.

Oxford Innovation provides a range of services for the knowledge based economy and to organisations interested in business growth, technology commercialisation and economic development.

http://www.growcornwall.co.uk


Software-Strategy_300Software Strategy : Allan Kelly

http://www.allankelly.net/

Specialising in helping companies that produce software to sell or to provide a business service. Typically my clients are companies in the ISV or SaaS space but I also work with corporate IT departments on occasion.


 Head Forwards

Headforwards

Headforwards is a software development company whose primary aim is to create and deliver custom software with our clients focusing on the business value it brings.


INR Star

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INRstar is the UK market leader for Clinical Decision Support Software (CDSS) for anticoagulation management and currently underpins over 2,000 anticoagulation clinics in both primary and secondary care.

Methods & Tools – media sponsor

Methods & Tools - Media sponsor

Methods & Tools is a free software development magazine on Software Testing, Project Management, Agile, Scrum, UML, Requirements, Programming (Java,.NET, Ruby, Ajax), Databases, CMMI, Open source Tools, Software Development Jobs


MPad – media sponsor

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MPAD is an established and vibrant communication agency that takes pride in producing effective, beautiful and tailored communication solutions.


UKNETWEB

uknetweb

At UKNetWeb we are a strategically led, technically focused, web design and development company based in the heart of Cornwall.  We are pleased to provide Agile on the Beach with a website solution.

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European Regional Development Fund

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The fund is focused on reducing economic disparities within and between member states by supporting economic regeneration and safeguarding jobs.


Sponsor AOTB 2014

If you are interested in sponsoring AOTB 2014 please contact us.

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Photo Blog : Anna-Jayne Metcalfe from Riverblade Overview of Agile on the Beach 2013

agile026The third Agile on the Beach conference was held on Tremough Campus, Penryn (near Falmouth in Cornwall) on 5th and 6th September 2013. As last year, the event attracted not only tech businesses, but also non-tech organisations (e.g. a legal practice and a university department) who are applying the principles of agile software development to run processes and workflows within their own organisations. Done well, agile thinking and principles can be applied to just about any workflow – it doesn’t have to be about software.

This years conference was a great success by any metric. It sold out several times (with the organisers somehow managing to squeeze in more places each time as more people kept trying to register…) and that was certainly reflected in the energy visible at the event. I think in the end there were something like 170 delegates, which is a big increase on last year and compares very favourably with the 350-400 or so you can expect at the (far more established) ACCU Conference which we also take part in.

As others are writing far more eloquently than I about the detail of some of the sessions presented at the conference, I’m going to present more of a visual overview of the event – call it a photoblog post, if you like.

read more …

http://www.riverblade.co.uk/blog.php?archive=2013_09_01_archive.xml#2013091901

agile024See Anna Jaye and her session at Agile on the Beach 2013 : Code Analysis in an Agile world 

Anna Jayne Metcalfe- Riverblade – Code Analysis in an Agile World   Video : http://youtu.be/xzgeCUO5KtI

“Conventional code analysis techniques are not particularly well suited to agile projects. In this short session, Anna-Jayne Metcalfe explores why not, and how we might be able to do things differently.”

Video : http://youtu.be/xzgeCUO5KtI

PDF Slides Code Analysis in an Agile World
http://www.riverblade.co.uk/downloads/slides/code_analysis_in_an_agile_world_slides.pdf

Thanks to Riverblade for attending this years conference and their sponsorship and great company.  Check out their Code Analysis tools at www.riverblade.co.uk

Thank you Anna-Jayne & Beth

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Agile Innovation launches on the beach – Oxford Innovation Media Release

Agile Innovation launches on the beach

Oxford Innovation - Agile Innovation in Cornwall

Oxford Innovation – Agile Innovation in Cornwall

Oxford Innovation has launched Agile Innovation, an extension of their highly successful Coaching for High Growth programme supported by the ERDF (European Regional Development Fund) Convergence programme.

Agile is a globally recognised methodology which has its roots in software  but the Agile Innovation programme has been developed by the OI team as an adaptation that now has relevance to all sectors. It will be delivered through a series of workshops, materials, tools and practices.

Coaching GrowthAgile Innovation will see Oxford Innovation coaches working with high growth businesses in the county to adopt innovative practices as part of their business processes. These include methods for managing projects, product development and creating organisational agility in a fast-changing business environment.

Belinda Waldock, Business Coach at Oxford Innovation, is leading the delivery. She said: “Following our introduction of Agile to the Cornish software sector we have developed ‘Agile Innovation’, a natural extension of the original Agile programme which will help businesses to adopt and leverage it as a springboard for their further growth.

“Agile practices are already having positive effects on strategies, marketing and product development in an array of different businesses. We are excited about the initial indications that Agile Innovation can deliver further jobs and growth across the region. I would encourage any growth minded business to look at the Grow Cornwall website for more information.”

Lecture Theatre spaceAfter attending a recent ‘Introduction to Agile’ event at St Austell Business Park and the Agile on the Beach conference, Cornish business owners are already seeing the benefits of these new practises;

Steven Richford, Managing Director and owner of Richfords Fire and Flood in Truro said: “Our customers’ needs are changing rapidly and we have to be increasingly flexible.  We have already introduced the concept of gathering feedback very early, following the Agile introduction workshop, it has enabled us to respond to these changing needs quickly.  The business is evolving and we feel that Agile Innovation will allow the business to grow further, alongside our people.”

Errol Chevannes, Director at Malooba in Penryn said: “As a start-up business, it is critical to know what market you’re getting into, who your customers are, and to form a good network with likeminded businesses.  Using Agile concepts we are gaining insight into our customers and markets, it’s also helping me to manage my team and build products.  The coaching available has helped me personally to work out what to do at this early stage of forming my business.  I am delighted to have been invited to join the Agile Director Peer Group which has given me a link into the heart of my sector in the county.”

Oxford InnovationAngelo Spencer-Smith, Director at Wolf Rock marketing in Truro said: “I believe that Agile Innovation will help us unlock the talent in our people as well as respond to the market quickly so that our end product is as good a fit as possible for the end consumer.”

For further information on Agile Innovation visit www.growcornwall.co.uk or email info@growcornwall.co.uk

Further information

Belinda Waldock is a member of the Agile on the Beach committee and works as a coach for Oxford Innovation a sponsor of Agile on the Beach since its inception in 2011

Oxin LogoAbout Coaching For High Growth

Oxford Innovation supports and develops high growth businesses in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly. The team, based at offices in Greenbottom, Truro, is focused on delivering the Coaching for High Growth programme. This is financed by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) Convergence Programme which aims to build a stronger economy in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly.

Coaching for High Growth offers intensive coaching and assistance for up to 30 days to high growth potential SMEs and individuals looking to start a business. The team of experienced coaches has a range of board level business and sector experience gained from facing similar challenges to those now faced by participants on the coaching programme. The team brings a new perspective to a business and helps with specific issues such as growing businesses through a step change, refining business models, identifying new markets, sourcing new technologies, extending geographical reach and building teams. The coaching team can also support a range of issues from developing a business plan and securing funding to identifying new markets, building a team and developing new products and services. For more information: www.growcornwall.co.uk

About Oxford Innovation

Oxford Innovation provides services to growing companies, and to government bodies that promote enterprise.  It has over 15 years’ experience of delivering business support and mentoring to thousands of companies of all sizes from start-ups and spin-outs to SMEs and large corporations.

Oxford Innovation also manages three highly successful Angel Investment Networks that link investors with entrepreneurs seeking funding from £20,000 to £2 million.  During the last five years, the investment networks have helped over 90 companies raise £19.5m.  For more information: www.oxin.co.uk

Oxford Innovation is part of SQW Group. Other divisions include SQW, which provides research and advisory services in sustainable economic development and energy management to the public and private sectors. For more information: www.sqwgroup.com

About ERDF Convergence

The Coaching for High Growth programme is financed by the Cornwall & Isles of Scilly Convergence European Regional Development Fund Programme 2007 to 2013. The Department for Communities and Local Government is the managing authority for the European Regional Development Fund Programme, which is one of the funds established by the European Commission to help local areas stimulate their economic development by investing in projects which will support local businesses and create jobs.

For more information:

www.gov.uk/browse/business/funding-debt/european-regional-development-funding

www.erdfconvergence.org.uk

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Comedy : Chet Rong videos from @atlassian : The (w)Rong way to do agile

Another chance to see Chet Rong comedy videos again played on the @atlassian stand at Agile on the Beach .. if you havent met Chet yet, its a must watch!

The (w)Rong way to do agile stand ups


The (w)Rong way to do team structure

The (w)Rong way to do Requirements

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HsB0UZR7XvE&list=PLaD4FvsFdarQytrGAmCo2qW_rAWcfBKeV or via https://www.atlassian.com/agile

Thanks again to Atlassian for sponsoring this years beach party!

 

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Blog – Chris O’Dell : Agile on the Beach 2013

Catch her review of the conference at

www.chrisodell.me.uk/2013/09/agile-on-beach-2013-day-1.html?spref=tw

Watch Chris giving her experience report on continuous delivery at 7Digital this year at Agile on the Beach
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Continuous Delivery at 7digital – an Experience Report

Video : http://youtu.be/kW4nGMZpMkc
Presentation – http://prezi.com/eyuraa1red-9/agile-on-the-beach-continuous-delivery-at-7digital/

http://www.chrisodell.me.uk/2012/11/questions-from-my-continuous-delivery.html

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Keynote Blog from Gabriel Steinhardt on Agile on the Beach 2013

agileparty37Gabriel Steinhardt – Product Management and his thoughts on agile

Gabriel has compiled a blog post reviewing his experience and thoughts of Agile on the Beach

Gabriel shares his views on Agile and Product Management – Concepts, Identity, Roles, Encroachment, Scalability, MVP and User Experience

Read it here at

http://www.blackblot.com/kb/blog/agile-on-the-beach-2013/

Read it here at

http://www.blackblot.com/kb/blog/agile-on-the-beach-2013/

 

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Videos of Sessions at Agile on the Beach 2013 now online

All available videos and presentations from the sessions at Agile on the Beach 2013 are now online

http://agileonthebeach.com/2013-programme/2013-videos-and-presentations/
Keynote 2013 : Dan North

Ewan Milne    Agile Contracts: Building Trust
Rachel Davies    The Art of Slicing and Dicing User Stories
Mark Craddock    G-Cloud and the new CloudStore
Mark Craddock, Steve Parks and Ewan Milne    Becoming a G-Cloud & Government supplier
David Lowe    Kanban Style at NET-A-PORTER
Allan Kelly    Do it Right, then do the Right thing
Steve Parks – Introducing Sceptical Managers to Agile
André Tanguy    Selling Agile to Enterprise Customers
Toby Parkins & John Thornton   Tales from the Whiteboard
Belinda Waldock    Agile Innovation, Oxford Innovation
Xavier Izaguirre    Agile in the Marketing Communications Industry
Judith Andresen   Company Culture under Pressure / Growing Business Changes Behaviour
Michael Rawling    eXtreme User eXperience (XUX)
Wouter Lagerweij & Ciarán O’Neill   The “Just Do It” approach to Change Management
Andrea Provaglio    Overcoming Self-organization Blocks
Martin Rowe    Scrum: Easy to understand but difficult to do
Sarah Fairbairn, INR Star    Playing Games
Seb Rose, Claysnow    Bad test, good test
Marcin Floryan, Compare the Market    The Art of Feedback
Steve Freeman, Higher Order Logic    Fractal TDD
Chris O’Dell, 7 Digital    Continuous Delivery at 7digital – an Experience Report
Jim Barritt, Thoughtworks   Why you need to learn Clojure, right now
Phil Nash    Agile and Mobile – do they work together as well as they sound?
James Lewis, Thoughtworks    Micro-services – Adaptive Architectures and Organisations
Jon Jagger A double session with practical hands on coding craftmanship – Cyber Dojo
Anna Jayne Metcalfe – Riverblade – Code Analysis in an Agile World
Tanya Krzywinska – Digital Gaming at Falmouth University
Matt Schenck, Atlassian Agile Structions

Photos of the conference and the Atlassian Beach Party are now available on the website

http://agileonthebeach.com/2013-programme/2013-photos/

We would love to see your photos and write ups on the conference, do please send links/content to us for inclusion on the website

http://agileonthebeach.com/news-2/

Please share our content with your friends and colleagues and invite them to subscribe for Agile on the Beach 2014

best wishes,

The Agile on the Beach Team

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Blog : Wouter Lagerweij : Agile On The Beach Talk 2013

Agile On The Beach Talk

Ciarán and I had a wonderful time at the Agile on the Beach conference this last week. We did the first full version of our talk: “The ‘Just Do It’ approach to change management”… read more at http://www.lagerweij.com/2013/09/07/agile-on-the-beach-talk/

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You can see Wouter & Ciarán presenting their session
The “Just Do It” approach to Change Management at Agile on the Beach on the Video : http://youtu.be/OYdalj0kvss

Plus Slides of Presentation here

 

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Blog : Software Mastery & Conference reviews by Steve Parks MD at Wunderroot 2013

Steve Parks UK Managing Director at Wunderroot and speaker at Agile on the Beach 2013 has written two fantastic posts already on the conference and there are more to come .. http://www.wunderroot.co.uk/agile-beach-conference-2013

Dan North on Software Mastery
http://www.wunderroot.co.uk/blog/dan-north-software-mastery

The Art of Agile Feedback
http://www.wunderroot.co.uk/blog/art-agile-feedback

Catch Steve on video speaking at Agile on the Beach this year below

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Healthy Web Projects – How to explain Agile Concepts to Management and Clients So They Really Get it
Video – http://echo.falmouth.ac.uk:8080/ess/echo/presentation/c6f4f306-17a3-4b3e-ad43-4c6dd18a5109

MARK CRADDOCK, STEVE PARKS & EWAN MILNE
Becoming a G-Cloud Government Suppler

Video – http://echo.falmouth.ac.uk:8080/ess/echo/presentation/9bb3f622-c5c4-4908-acc3-f95cbbc224a6

thank you Steve!

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Blog : Agile on the Beach? Dr Steve Cayzer – Senior Teaching Fellow at Bath University 2013

Blog : Agile on the Beach? Dr Steve Cayzer – Senior Teaching Fellow at  Bath University

Agile Business Sessions

Agile Business Sessions

Agile on the Beach. Is this a real conference? I was sceptical, until I checked the 2012 lineup and discovered that this conference – probably more than other agile conferences – tackled business as well as technical challenges. It’s also pretty good value. So I packed my bags and went to Falmouth… read more at http://stevecayzer.wordpress.com/

 

Does Agile work? http://stevecayzer.wordpress.com/2013/09/12/does-agile-work/

 

Dr Steve Cayzer | Senior Teaching Fellow
Department of Mechanical Engineering
University of Bath

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Blog Post : Steve Parks Reviews the Art of Agile Feedback 2013

Many Thanks to Steve Parks for his post reviewing Agile on the Beach session :

The Art Of Agile Feedback

Marcin Floryan, a developer at Compare The Market, spoke at the Agile On The Beach conference about effective feedback in agile…

http://wunderroot.co.uk/blog/art-agile-feedback

If you have photos, blogs or content you would like to share please send to b.waldock(at)oxin.co.uk

 

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Blog Post – James Laird Developer News 2013

Many Thanks to James Laird for a great blog post on the conference

“There are people who wrote Nokia apps kicking themselves”: BDD inventor Dan North keynotes Agile on the Beach

Read more: http://www.itproportal.com/2013/09/05/there-are-people-who-wrote-nokia-apps-kicking-themselves-bdd-inventor-dan-north-keynotes-agile-on-the-beach/#ixzz2ePQoilUJ

If you have photos, blogs or content you would like to share please send to b.waldock(at)oxin.co.uk

 

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Post Conference Photos and Videos 2013

Photos and Videos of the event are available on the site and will be added over the coming weeks as edited and received!

Further photos are available on Flickr via @arengrimshaw http://www.flickr.com/photos/arengrimshaw/9676941373/

or on our facebook page https://www.facebook.com/agileonthebeach

If you have photos, blogs or content you would like to share please send to b.waldock(at)oxin.co.uk

 

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Agile on the Beach conference sets off for its third year – Press Release

On Thursday and Friday the Agile on the Beach conference takes place in Falmouth.

Attendees are set to enjoy two-days of 30 speaker workshops at the cutting edge of Agile business and software.  On top of this, the conference hosts three evenings of social events; a pre-conference campus gathering for pizza and introductions, a fantastic beach party at Gyllyngvase with live music and beach games and a retrospective dinner at Falmouth’s Wheelhouse shellfish restaurant, all adding to the conference experience.

This year’s conference sold out with 5 weeks to spare and is set to be a stand-out event with over 220 delegates, speakers and sponsors gathering from across the Globe.

Mike Barritt, director and co-founder adds “We are thrilled to be sold out and we are set to deliver another fantastic event this year.  This year brings together local, national and international talents to explore and evolve the ever changing world of agile business”.

The conference is sponsored by South West based Unlocking Potential as well as a wealth of other sponsors and supporters from Cornwall and farther afield.  New sponsors Atlassian, who have offices in Amsterdam and San Francisco, are flying in to sponsor the event and beach party.

Speakers will be joining the conference from Israel, Germany and the Netherlands, with delegates from all over the UK and Europe set to make the trip to Cornwall.

Belinda Waldock, marketing lead for the conference and business coach with sponsor Oxford Innovation, comments  “The growth of Agile and the software sector in Cornwall is an absolute joy to be a part of, the strength and passion for growth we have in our business community is remarkable.

Cornwall is well known historically for its talents in mining, marine, railway and telecoms engineering.   Agile on the Beach shines a light on the software engineering talent Cornwall has in today’s age of technological revolution”.

 

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Welcome to Agile on the Beach 2013 from the team

Welcome to our third annual conference!

We hope you enjoy Agile on the Beach 2013 and we invite you to join us at our pre-conference gathering tonight (Wednesday 4th) from 6.30pm for drinks & pizza in the Student Union Bar on Tremough Campus, and on Thursday evening The Atlassian Beach Party on Gyllyngvase Beach, Falmouth

Follow us on twitter via @agileonthebeach and #agileotb

The Agile on the Beach team

Toby Parkins of UKNetWeb and Headforwards –
Founder & Director of Agile on the Beach
@tobyparkins

Mike Barritt of Sullivan Cuff
Founder & Director of Agile on the Beach


Allan Kelly of Software Strategy
Committee Team – Speakers and Topics
@allankellynet
 

Belinda Waldock of Oxford Innovation
Committee Team – Marketing & Promotions
@belindawaldock

Anna Penrose of Unlocking Potential
Committee Team

@UP_Cornwall
Amy Weeks of Event Cornwall
Committee Team – Event Project Manager
@eventcornwall
By now you should have received all the information you need, please do not hesitate to contact us via info@agileonthebeach.com

The  Beach Party
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Tickets are £16 and available through eventbrite – click here to purchase
For further details of the conference, and to book your beach party tickets, visit www.agileonthebeach.com
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The Atlassian Beach Party at Agile on the Beach

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Agile on the Beach are delighted to welcome Atlassian as sponsors of this year’s conference and beach party.

Join us and experience a taste of Cornwall at our beach party set on the stunning Gyllyngvase beach in Falmouth including live music, food and drink.
A great chance to unwind, reflect upon your first day at the conference and socialise with speakers, sponsors and delegates attending the conference.

Enjoy a free drink on arrival courtesy of party sponsors Atlassian
Choose from a pint of Cornish Tribute Ale, a glass of wine, or a soft drink
The bar will serve a range of bottled beers, barrels of Tribute, soft drinks and wine.

Food – Hog Roast (also an option for vegetarians) is included and available from 19.30

Shuttle buses will be provided between Tremough and Gyllyngvase from 18.30 – 20.00 and between Gyllyngvase and Tremough from 21:00 – 23:30

Live Music will be from local musicians Kola. A folk pop band – watch them here on youtube

Tickets are £16 and available through eventbrite – click here to purchase


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Our software helps your team track, collaborate, code, and ship products – smarter and faster.

plan it, build it, launch it.

For further details of the conference, and to book your beach party tickets, visit www.agileonthebeach.com

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New Speaker : Steve Parks – Introducing Sceptical Managers to Agile

We are pleased to confirm that Steve Parks will be speaking at this years conference giving an insight on how to introduce Agile to sceptical managers as part of our business stream at the conference.

We look forward to seeing you later this week!

The Agile on the Beach Team

Healthy Web Projects — How to explain agile concepts to management and clients so they really get it

Synopsis:

Waterfall planning is so entrenched as ‘common sense’ that it’s hard for management to really see the benefits of Agile working.

As a result they’ll often only sign off on parts of the framework being used, or will require traditional practices on top, defeating the very benefits of Agile.

In this talk we’ll look at the concepts that senior management find hard to understand or believe, and then use parallels with human health and fitness to demonstrate ways of explaining Agile so it really does seem like common sense.

This will be an interactive session, so if possible please bring examples of the agile concepts you’ve found hardest to sell.

Bio:

steve_02Steve Parks is a co-founder of WunderRoot, Europe’s largest Drupal agency with 140 staff in nine countries. Day to day he runs the UK office and leads the company’s consulting work — and in particular he helps clients adopt and develop agile practices.

Before he was a geek, he was a journalist for the BBC — reporting from the north of England for network radio. He’s also written a series of books about entrepreneurship for Pearson.

http://www.wunderroot.co.uk

steve.parks@wunderroot.com

@wunderroot  @steveparks

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Just in Time Tickets – waiting list closing today (30/8/13)

With Just a week to spare we have found ways to slightly increase our capacity to provide tickets to those on the waiting list for conference tickets.  Following a rush this morning we can confirm there are now only 5 remaining tickets available and sales will close at 5pm today (30/8/13)

Please email info@agileonthebeach.com to request your ticket – please note tickets are subject to availability and require confirmation of payment to secure these final places.

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The Atlassian Beach Party at Agile on the Beach

Agile on the Beach are delighted to welcome Atlassian as sponsors of this years conference and beach party.

This years party set on the stunning Gyllyngvase beach in Falmouth includes local live entertainment, food and drink giving everybody a taste of Cornish life and a chance to unwind and socialise with speakers, sponsors and delegates attending the conference.

Transport will be provided to and from the beach from the conference (Tremough Campus – Gyllyngvase Beach)

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For further details of the conference, and to book beach party tickets, visit http://www.eventbrite.co.uk/event/5135380060 or contact Amy on 01872 888089 or email amy@eventcornwall.co.uk

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Session News : Allan Kelly : Do it right, then do the right thing

Do it right, then do the right thing

Several generations of managers have been taught to “Do the right thing, then do it right.”  Right.  It has a logic all of its own doesn’t it?  What’s the use of being highly effective is you are highly effective at the wrong thing?

But what if the obsession with doing the right thing is itself harmful?
What if you don’t know the right thing to do until you have do something?
Isn’t the essence of Agile “inspect and adapt” so shouldn’t we make it up as we go along?

In other words, what if you need to do something in order to know what is right and what is wrong.

In this session Allan Kelly will present an alternative, possibly more Agile, view of the world and argue that doing things right is essential if you are to do the right thing.

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August News : Waiting List Now Available for Hopeful Attendees

AGILE ON THE BEACH CONFERENCE IS A SELL-OUT SUCCESS

WAITING LIST NOW AVAILABLE FOR HOPEFUL ATTENDEES.

Cornish technology and business conference Agile on the Beach has recently announced that for the first year the event is sold out.

2013 has seen a surge in ticket sales, with the total tickets sold for the third annual conference tripling. The conference has also attracted national high profile attendees from organisations such as the Met Office and BBC.

210 delegates, including 30 national and international speakers are now set to enjoy 2 days in Cornwall. They will learn the latest in Agile thinking at the seminal conference, which aims to explore Agile methodologies in terms of their technical and business application.

The conference has also attracted 70 locals delegates to explore what Agile can mean for their businesses. Agile practices are used in some big organisations internationally, but the high level of local attendees shows that Cornwall businesses are adopting these innovative techniques as well.

Toby Parkins, director of the conference commented “We are absolutely delighted to have sold out the conference.  The Agile on the Beach team are currently reviewing capacity for the two days and will be operating a waiting list for those who wish to attend but have been unable to secure a ticket”

Anna Penrose from Unlocking Potential says they’re looking forward to the record-breaking conference; “It’s fantastic news that Cornwall is attracting more than 200 businesses to this innovative two-day conference. Not only does the level of interest demonstrate the quality of speakers we’ve got lined up to talk about Agile but also the strength of collaboration in Cornwall which is at the heart of Agile on the Beach”

The conference runs from 5th to 6th September at Falmouth University Tremough campus with a beach party on Thursday night. It features a range of engaging and innovative Agile thinkers and practitioners including keynotes from Gabriel Steinhardt and Dan North.

This year Unlocking Potential are the headline sponsors of the conference. Agile on the Beach is supported by a mix of public and private sponsors and supporters including Oxford Innovation, Falmouth University, Headforwards, Francis Clark, Riverblade, Atlassian, UKNetWeb, RGF Superfast Business Cornwall Fund, Mpad, Methods and Tools, and Skills Matter.

If you would like to be added to the waiting list for tickets please email info@agileonthebeach.com. Beach party and accommodation is still available to book via Eventbrite for ticket holders.

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For further details of the conference visit www.agileonthebeach.com or contact Amy on 01872 888089 or email amy@eventcornwall.co.uk. Visit us on Twitter – @Agileonthebeach / #agileotb.

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Session News : Becoming a G-Cloud & Government supplier

This session will look at what small companies need to do to join
G-Cloud and become a supplier to HM Government.  After walking through
the application procedure we will hear some first hand experience of
joining and being on G-Cloud.  The final part of the session will
adopt a panel format to allow the audience to ask questions and
discuss how they can benefit.

Moderated by Allan Kelly with Mark Craddock, Steve Parks and Ewan Milne.

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SOLD OUT – Agile on the Beach fully booked

We are delighted to announce that Agile on the Beach is now fully booked.   210 delegates, including 30 speakers and a variety of public and private sector sponsors are now set to enjoy 2 days in Cornwall exploring the latest in agile thinking.

We are currently reviewing our capacity and will be operating a waiting list for those who wish to attend but have been unable to secure a ticket.  If you would like to be added to the waiting list for tickets please email info@agileonthebeach.com.

The conference runs from 5th to 6th September at Falmouth University Tremough campus with a beach party on Thursday night. It features a range of engaging and innovative Agile thinkers and practitioners including keynotes from Gabriel Steinhardt and Dan North.

Agile on the Beach is supported by a mix of public and private sponsors.  This year Unlocking Potential are the headline sponsors, alongside Oxford Innovation, Falmouth University, Headforwards, Francis Clark, Riverblade, Atlassian, UKNetWeb, RGF Superfast Business Cornwall Fund, Mpad, Methods and Tools, and Skills Matter.

Beach party tickets and accommodation available to book via eventbrite for conference attendees www.agileonthebeach.eventbrite.com

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High Growth Insights at Agile on the Beach

High Growth Insights at Agile on the Beach

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Belinda Waldock, member of the Agile on the Beach committee and Business Coach with sponsor Oxford Innovation shares an overview of what’s on offer at Agile on the Beach for non-technical Businesses this year.

Agile is an invaluable tool for businesses looking to improve project management and can be applied to many aspects of an organisations practices.  Agile on the Beach is a great opportunity to gain an insight into practices that leading technical high growth companies use.   Business leaders and developers from all sectors are using agile methods for developing their own growth strategies and innovative new methods for their successful delivery.

Sessions of value to any growing business include:

The Art of Feedback
Company Culture under Pressure – Growing Business Changes Behaviour
G-Cloud and the new CloudStore
Kanban Style at NET-A-PORTER
Raspberry Delight
Agile Contracts: Building Trust
Selling Agile to Enterprise Customers
Tales from the Whiteboard
Agile in the Marketing Communications Industry
Arnold Clark Automobiles    Bringing Agile to a £2bn company
The “Just Do It” approach to Change Management
Overcoming Self-organization Blocks
Scrum: Easy to understand but difficult to do
Playing Games

Summaries of these sessions are below, for full details and to book tickets visit http://agileonthebeach.com/

Copy of Oxin Logo 4colour Oct 2008This year Oxford Innovation are sponsoring  the Agile on the Beach conference as part of their extended Agile programme in Cornwall, focused on supporting high growth businesses to adopt agile practices to realise their growth aspirations.

The Art of Feedback

“Feedback is frequently cited as the cornerstone of agile methods yet many teams are only playing lip service to it. In this talk we’ll look at the function, importance, meaning and limitations of systemic feedback in software development.

We’ll looks at “”three things we wish were true””:
1.) The customer knows what they want
2.) The developer knows how to build it
3.) Nothing changes along the way
and how feedback helps us deal with the reality, in which they are not.

Company Culture under Pressure – Growing Business Changes Behaviour

In the beginning everything is very simple: flat (because non-existent) hierarchy, open doors, and teamwork. The larger the company is, the more employees demand for “”professionalization””. Roles and hierarchies are defined, meanwhile the company solidifies.
Instead of  having fun, employees suffer in neverending meetings.
Is that necessary?
How do you remain mobility, lightness and fun while growing business?

G-Cloud and the new CloudStore

How we created the new CloudStore using Open Source and Agile methodology.
The G-Cloud Programme and how suppliers / buyers can get involved.

Kanban Style at NET-A-PORTER

Since launching in 2000, NET-A-PORTER has successfully established itself as a luxury brand around the world: each month the NET-A-PORTER Group is visited by over 4 million people, gains 14,000 new customers and ships products from 350 of the world’s leading designers to 170 countries – all from a 100% online presence. Their founder and Executive Chairman, Natalie Massenet, attributes much of the company’s growth and success to their focus on technology – “We are a technology company that sells fashion”

For the last 3 years, NET-A-PORTER has been using Scrum to manage the huge demands placed on their tech teams for innovation and enhancements. This presentation will look at how some teams at NET-A-PORTER are now incorporating Kanban to make further improvements to their processes. And they are not just doing this within their tech teams.  A basic understanding of Scrum will benefit attendees.

Raspberry Delight

We’ll continue the (true) story of Quick2Wire, a start-up that sells add-on products for the Raspberry Pi computer.

Things have moved on since last year’s episode. We’re selling product, we’re profitable, and we’ve learned a lot.

We will share some of the things we’ve learned about bootstrapping,  selling hardware, social marketing and running a distributed, part-time team.

Agile Contracts: Building Trust

With Agile software delivery now firmly established in the mainstream, why is this approach so often matched to an ill-fitting contractual agreement? When it comes to procurement, suppliers and customers still struggle to move beyond transactional contracts to establish more relational models of engagement which would better align with a flexible and collaborative way of working.

Selling Agile to Enterprise Customers

Enterprise adoption of cloud-based services is growing. Learn how we sell our niche Agile software product to Enterprise and Government customers while retaining ownership and control of the product lifecycle.

Responding to RFPs without meeting every requirement can be difficult, so we looked at alternative approaches including  understanding business use cases / buying decisions, creating an Agile roadmap for business success and supplying exceptional on-going support as an on-going sales tool

Tales from the Whiteboard

Following on from last year’s collection of tales this year will focus on management and business level issues.

Educating management level peers, or equally clients, can be tricky. The first few tales will include some NLP inspired analogies that can be used to help people understand the relevance of various aspects of Agile.

Agile in the Marketing Communications Industry

A case study on agile practices to manage a global team of 20 people in an advertising technology company. Setting the context, the practices introduced (stand-ups, kanban boards, retrospectives etc) , the results and the testimonials from team members and other heads of department.

How agile practices are becoming commonplace in advertising planning and creation as a result of the evolved media landscape. New model of collaboration with our existing digital clients.

Arnold Clark Automobiles    Bringing Agile to a £2bn company

Rich Quick introduced Agile and Ruby to Arnold Clark, a £2.2bn company in a very traditional sector, the car industry.  What’s more, he did it from the very bottom as an ordinary employee.

This talk will cover how he did it, what the obstacles have been, what the results were, and how you can introduce change in your own workplace even if you’re the most junior employee there is.

The “Just Do It” approach to Change Management

Forget about seeing. Doing is believing. The As-If principle, coined by psychologist William James, tells us that changing behavior will change thinking, not just the other way around. Is that why ‘shock therapy’ Scrum works? Does this Stockholm syndrome approach to change management actually work in practice? And if so, how does that relate to current thinking about complexity and management?

Andrea Provaglio    Overcoming Self-organization Blocks

Attend this session to learn how to deal with organizational issues such as:

* Creating team’s cohesion; counteracting division
* Positioning yourself at your proper guidance level
* Identifying a latent blaming culture and its causes
* Understanding the manager’s and team’s roadblocks to self-organization
* Making your team collaborate more smoothly

Scrum: Easy to understand but difficult to do

This Case Study contains lessons learnt when introducing and using Scrum outside of the software domain

As Scrum is ‘easy to understand but difficult to do’ we will look at the benefits and issues encountered when introducing and using the framework. These include the emergence of creative self organising teams, the importance of the underpinning values, cultural change, the importance of the inspect and adapt cycle, the difficulties of getting tasks ‘done’, and the goal of a hyper-productivity. These benefits and issues apply to the management of an academic course and a team of Lecturers in an educational setting. I suspect they apply to the management of projects and teams in any sector – the benefits are liberating.

Playing Games

Come and try out a mini series of bite size innovation games.  Learn how games can be used within your company to help prioritise work and also used externally to understand what your customers want.

Do any of the following sound familiar:
•    Limited time and resource means prioritising correctly is hugely important
•    Small market research budget
•    You need to develop something new – you can’t ask your customers what they want – they don’t know themselves yet
•    It’s difficult to come to decisions quickly in meetings – meetings go on for too long!!!

During the workshop we will run a mini series of games to give attendees an idea of how to run and use them themselves.

For more details and to book tickets visit http://agileonthebeach.com/

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Allan Kelly confirmed to talk Agile and Business at Agile on the Beach

allankelly2012hrWe are delighted to confirm that Allan Kelly of www.allankelly.net , Software Business Consultant based in London boasting clients such as Virgin. His focus is on the business side of the software development and will be speaking at this years conference in our Business stream.   Allan is going to share his insights and experiences of how a business needs to embrace agile beyond software development.

Allans past clients have included: Virgin Atlantic Airways, Merrill Lynch, lastminute.com (part of Sabre Tavelocity), BBC, Fugro, Thompson-Reuters and many others.

We look forward to seeing you at the conference this year, if you dont have your ticket yet, act now to secure the last of the early bird tickets before they end on the 31st July click here

Agile on the Beach is a technology and business conference set over 2 days in Falmouth, Cornwall, UK on 5th & 6th September 2013 which explores the agile methodology in 3 key areas of business development : software craftmanship, agile teams and agile business

 

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Big Businesses Booking to attend Agile on the Beach

Joining many Cornish business owners and software professionals this year, Agile on the Beach is also set to welcome attendees from The Met Office, Compare the Market, Screwfix, Thoughtworks, IBM and others. Agile on the Beach has grown to explore three key levels of becoming an ‘agile organisation’; the Business, the Team and the Product, which means it now attracts a diverse array of businesses sectors and sizes while still maintaining its core technical roots.While it’s adoption by technical organisations and professionals is well known, Agile is also an invaluable tool for businesses looking at improving project management and managing company growth.Early Bird tickets cost £265 for both days until the end of July, offering a £50 discount on tickets booked before then. Accommodation is available on site and there will be a beach party on the Thursday eveningFor further details of the conference, and to book tickets, visit www.agileonthebeach.com or contact Amy on 01872 888089 or email amy@eventcornwall.co.uk. Visit us on Twitter – @Agileonthebeach / #agileotb

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Incredible Team speakers at Agile on the Beach

Agile on the Beach returns to Falmouth this year to host 30 UK and International Agile speakers in a one of a kind conference on the Cornish coast. Taking place on the 5th and 6th of September, Agile on the Beach is a two day business and technology conference with a difference.

The conference brings together 200 people to explore, evolve and find out what it means to be truly agile in business; from its culture to product development practices.
Agile on the Beach offers the chance to engage with the UK’s leading thinkers in agile adoption and evolution and explore the latest agile and lean thinking. The conference also offers ample networking opportunities, such as the fantastic beach party on Falmouth’s famous Gyllyngvase Beach.

The conference explores three strands of agile adoption – Software Craftsmanship, Business Strategy and Teams. This year we welcome speakers on the adoption of Agile in mainstream businesses, and Agile in a marketing team, as well as sustaining our core technical theme.

Agile on the Beach are now pleased to be able to reveal the fantastic line up of speakers at this years event.

Heading up Teams is a broad range of innovative speakers including Rich Quick, Head Web Developer at Arnold Clark in Glasgow and Sarah Fairbairn, an engineer turned software developer, who has worked for larger companies such as Vodafone and Air New Zealand.

Speakers for Teams at the conference will also include Xavier Izaguirre, who will be looking at Agile in the Marketing Communications Industry, Michael Rawling, who is the Senior UX Engineer at Unruly Media and Ed Sykes, a software manager who has been been using agile principles and practices for the past 10 years.

Also speaking in the teams segment is Wouter Lagerweij, a developer and Agile coach and Andrea Provaglio, an independent professional in the field of Agile/Lean software development, with 20+ years of experience in three different continents. Joining them will be Martin Rowe, lecturer at Plymouth University who will be looking at SCRUM and Karan Nangru & Nidhi Arora.

 

To see the full list of speakers and their sessions, please visit www.agileonthebeach.com for details.

Agile on the Beach is proudly supported by a variety of sponsors, such as Unlocking Potential, Oxford Innovation, Falmouth University, Head Forwards, Francis Clark, Skills Matter, Methods & Tools, Mpad and more.

Early bird tickets are available until the 31st of July at £265. Accommodation is also available to book on site at an additional cost.

To book tickets to Agile on the Beach visit http://www.eventbrite.co.uk/event/5135380060. For more information call 01872 888089 or email Amy on amy@eventcornwall.co.uk. Visit us on Twitter @Agileonthebeach / #agileotb.

 

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Incredible Software speakers revealed at Agile on the Beach

Agile on the Beach returns to Falmouth this year to host 30 UK and International Agile speakers in a one of a kind conference on the Cornish coast. Taking place on the 5th and 6th of September, Agile on the Beach is a two day business and technology conference with a difference.

The conference brings together 200 people to explore, evolve and find out what it means to be truly agile in business; from its culture to product development practices.
Agile on the Beach offers the chance to engage with the UK’s leading thinkers in agile adoption and evolution and explore the latest agile and lean thinking. The conference also offers ample networking opportunities, such as the fantastic beach party on Falmouth’s famous Gyllyngvase Beach.

The conference explores three strands of agile adoption – Software Craftsmanship, Business Strategy and Teams. This year we welcome speakers on the adoption of Agile in mainstream businesses, and Agile in a marketing team, as well as sustaining our core technical theme.

Agile on the Beach are now pleased to be able to reveal the fantastic line up of speakers at this years event.

The Software Craftsmanship strand of the conference will see incredible speakers such as Dan North, hailed as the originator of Behaviour-Driven Development, Seb Rose, who has worked for many well-known companies, such as Amazon and IBM and Steve Freeman, a pioneer of Agile software development in the UK.

Also looking at Software Craftsmanship is Chris O’Dell, lead developer with the company 7digital and Phil Nash, consultant trainer and coach. Agile on the Beach will also see the return of Jon Jagger to explore Cyber Dojo.

They will be joined by Marcin Floryan from Compare the Market and Jim Barritt and James Lewis of ThoughtWorks, all offering innovative and engaging workshops for those in the technical sectors.

The line up for this year’s conference offers something for everyone wishing to explore Agile methodologies and practices, from a wealth of experienced Agile experts.

To see the full list of speakers and their sessions, please visit www.agileonthebeach.com for details.

Agile on the Beach is proudly supported by a variety of sponsors, such as Unlocking Potential, Oxford Innovation, Falmouth University, Head Forwards, Francis Clark, Skills Matter, Methods & Tools, Mpad and more.

Early bird tickets are available until the 31st of July at £265. Accommodation is also available to book on site at an additional cost.

To book tickets to Agile on the Beach visit http://www.eventbrite.co.uk/event/5135380060. For more information call 01872 888089 or email Amy on amy@eventcornwall.co.uk. Visit us on Twitter @Agileonthebeach / #agileotb.

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Incredible Business speakers revealed at Agile on the Beach

Agile on the Beach returns to Falmouth this year to host 30 UK and International Agile speakers in a one of a kind conference on the Cornish coast. Taking place on the 5th and 6th of September, Agile on the Beach is a two day business and technology conference with a difference.

The conference brings together 200 people to explore, evolve and find out what it means to be truly agile in business; from its culture to product development practices.
Agile on the Beach offers the chance to engage with the UK’s leading thinkers in agile adoption and evolution and explore the latest agile and lean thinking. The conference also offers ample networking opportunities, such as the fantastic beach party on Falmouth’s famous Gyllyngvase Beach.

The conference explores three strands of agile adoption – Software Craftsmanship, Business Strategy and Teams. This year we welcome speakers on the adoption of Agile in mainstream businesses, and Agile in a marketing team, as well as sustaining our core technical theme.

Agile on the Beach are now pleased to be able to reveal the fantastic line up of speakers at this years event.

In the Business segment of the conference we are thrilled to announce keynote Gabriel Steinhardt, an Internationally recognised technology product management expert. Joining Gabriel to look at Agile in business is Judith Andresen, an experienced project coach with the infallible intuition to know what is blocking an IT project, David Lowe, ScrumMaster and Agile Coach at online high-end fashion site NET-A-PORTER and Belinda Waldock of Oxford Innovation, who will be sharing insights into the broader adoption of agile through the Grow Cornwall programme.

Also exploring the business benefits of Agile will be Daniel Burm, a business and marketing expert with an agile mindset, Mark Craddock, who looks after the UK Government’s G-Cloud and will be exploring G-Cloud and the new CloudStore and Agile veteran Romilly Cocking, who  runs hardware vendor Quick2Wire and was coaxed out of retirment to work on the Rasberry Pi .

If that wasn’t enough for those looking at ways to apply Agile in business, the conference will also benefit from Ewan Milne, who has over 20 years experience in the software development industry, currently working for IPL in Bath. Rachel Davies, “Co-author of “”Agile Coaching” who works at Unruly Media in London, will also be offering her insights as well as André Tanguy, one of the co-founders of web consultancy and online software provider Oceans HQ, who will explore Selling Agile to Enterprise Customers. Finishing off a fantastic line-up will be Toby Parkins & John Thornton, both from UKNetWeb.

To see the full list of speakers and their sessions, please visit www.agileonthebeach.com for details.

Agile on the Beach is proudly supported by a variety of sponsors, such as Unlocking Potential, Oxford Innovation, Falmouth University, Head Forwards, Francis Clark, Skills Matter, Methods & Tools, Mpad and more.

Early bird tickets are available until the 31st of July at £265. Accommodation is also available to book on site at an additional cost.

To book tickets to Agile on the Beach visit http://www.eventbrite.co.uk/event/5135380060. For more information call 01872 888089 or email Amy on amy@eventcornwall.co.uk. Visit us on Twitter @Agileonthebeach / #agileotb.

 

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Super Early Bird Discount Ends Tomorrow

Full Details of Topics and Speakers now online

2 Day Conference Pass
£215
offer ends Tomorrow (30th April)

(Eary Bird £265 1st May – 31st July, Full conference Ticket £315)

Speaker Details               Session Details

Dan North    Keynote
Gabriel Steinhardt    Keynote

Jim Barritt    Why you need to learn Clojure, right now
Seb Rose    Bad test, good test
Steve Freeman    Fractal TDD
James Lewis    Micro-services – Adaptive Architectures and Organisations
Jon Jagger    Cyber-Dojo (Double)
Chris O’Dell    Continuous Delivery at 7digital – an Experience Report
Marcin Floryan    The Art of Feedback
Phil Nash    Agile and Mobile – do they work together as well as they sound?
Belinda Waldock    Agile in Business
Daniel Burm    Claim it, Flip it, Win it!
Judith Andresen    Growing Business Changes Behaviour
Mark Craddock    G-Cloud and the new CloudStore
David Lowe    Kanban Style at NET-A-PORTER
Romilly Cocking    Raspberry Delight
Ewan Milne    Agile Contracts: Building Trust
Rachel Davies    The Art of Slicing and Dicing User Stories
André Tanguy    Selling Agile to Enterprise Customers
Toby Parkins & John Thornton    Tales from the Whiteboard
Xavier Izaguirre    Agile in the Marketing Communications Industry
Michael Rawling    eXtreme User eXperience (XUX)
Ed Sykes    Enriching conversations and decision making with data
Rich Quick    Bringing Agile to a £2bn company
Wouter Lagerweij & Ciarán O’Neill    The “Just Do It” approach to Change Management
Andrea Provaglio    Overcoming Self-organization Blocks
Martin Rowe    Scrum: Easy to understand but difficult to do
Karan Nangru & Nidhi Arora    Should you chuck out the Product Owner!?!
Sarah Fairbairn    Playing Games

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2013 Speakers and Topics

Dan North    Keynote
Gabriel Steinhardt    Keynote

Jim Barritt    Why you need to learn Clojure, right now
Seb Rose    Bad test, good test
Steve Freeman    Fractal TDD
James Lewis    Micro-services – Adaptive Architectures and Organisations
Jon Jagger    Cyber-Dojo (Double)
Chris O’Dell    Continuous Delivery at 7digital – an Experience Report
Marcin Floryan    The Art of Feedback
Phil Nash    Agile and Mobile – do they work together as well as they sound?
Belinda Waldock    Agile in Business
Daniel Burm    Claim it, Flip it, Win it!
Judith Andresen    Company Culture under Pressure – Growing Business Changes Behaviour
Mark Craddock    G-Cloud and the new CloudStore
David Lowe    Kanban Style at NET-A-PORTER
Romilly Cocking    Raspberry Delight
Ewan Milne    Agile Contracts: Building Trust
Rachel Davies    The Art of Slicing and Dicing User Stories
André Tanguy    Selling Agile to Enterprise Customers
Toby Parkins & John Thornton    Tales from the Whiteboard
Xavier Izaguirre    Agile in the Marketing Communications Industry
Michael Rawling    eXtreme User eXperience (XUX)
Ed Sykes    Enriching conversations and decision making with data
Rich Quick    Bringing Agile to a £2bn company
Wouter Lagerweij & Ciarán O’Neill    The “Just Do It” approach to Change Management
Andrea Provaglio    Overcoming Self-organization Blocks
Martin Rowe    Scrum: Easy to understand but difficult to do
Karan Nangru & Nidhi Arora    Should you chuck out the Product Owner!?!
Sarah Fairbairn    Playing Games

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Software Craftmanship Speakers and Topics

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Keynote 2013 : Dan North on Software Craftsmanship

Seb Rose, Claysnow    Bad test, good test
Marcin Floryan, Compare the Market    The Art of Feedback
Steve Freeman, Higher Order Logic    Fractal TDD
Chris O’Dell, 7 Digital    Continuous Delivery at 7digital – an Experience Report
Jim Barritt, Thoughtworks   Why you need to learn Clojure, right now
Phil Nash    Agile and Mobile – do they work together as well as they sound?
James Lewis, Thoughtworks    Micro-services – Adaptive Architectures and Organisations
Jon Jagger will be running a double session with practical hands on coding craftmanship with his popular Cyber Dojo

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Software Craftmanship Stream Announced

This week we will be announcing the 8 speakers who will be joining Dan North keeping software craftmanship central to Agile on the Beach.
We are delighted to confirm:

Jon Jagger will be running a double session with practical hands on coding craftmanship with his popular Cyber Dojo.

Jon Jagger : “I’m 2E years old (hex). I’ve loved software since I was 10 (dec). I’m a self employed software consultant-trainer-etc specializing in agility, test driven development, and complex-adaptive systems-thinking.  I’m the ex ECMA TG2 C# convenor. I’m the current ACCU conference chairman. I’ve had some C# books published. I’m married to the beautiful Natalie, and proud father of Ellie, Penny and Patrick. I love freshwater river fishing. I live in Somerset, England. ”

Steve Freeman will be joining us to discuss Fractal TDD

“Steve was a pioneer of Agile software development in the UK, and co-author with Nat Pryce of “”Growing Object Oriented Software””.

Previously, he worked in research labs, software houses, earned a PhD, and wrote shrink-wrap software for IBM. Steve also teaches in the Computer Science department at University College London. He is a presenter and organizer at international industry conferences, and was conference chair for the first London XpDay.”

“My colleagues and I have been applying Test-Driven Development (TDD) at all levels of the development process. TDD at the class level is now well understood (if not always well practiced). We find that the benefits we get from writing tests first and using them to drive design apply at the system level too. That’s why we try to address integration and system testing as early as possible. The sooner the system is in a deployable state, the better equipped we are to react to changing business needs by delivering new features. Our experience is that putting testing at the front of our development process, and paying attention to what we learn from them, flushes out architectural issues such as concurrency and distribution. The result is systems that are easier both to maintain and to support. We can also avoid some of common testing pitfalls, such as unreliability, slow execution, and brittleness.”

More speaker announcements soon!

 

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Sceduling Underway

We have received a fantastic array of submissions for the 2013 conference and would like to thank all those who have submitted.

We are now in the process of planning the full line up and we look forward to making announcements as soon as possible.

In the meantime dont forget to book your mega early bird ticket at £195 before the end of March.

B&B accommodation available on campus and of course the beach party on Thursday night too

We would also like to congratulate our very own Mike Barritt on reaching the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro raising £1000 for Anticoagulation Europe (ACE)

Happy Easter from all at Agile on the Beach

 

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Agile on the Beach founder to climb Kilimanjaro

mikeMichael Barritt, Managing Director of Sullivan Cuff Software Ltd, and co-founder of the Agile on the Beach conference will be attempting to climb Mount Kilimanjaro in aid of Anticoagulation Europe (ACE) on March 9th 2013. Michael, who heads up the Camborne-based company which produces INRstar anticoagulation clinical decision support software, will be making this challenging expedition accompanied by his son, Jim, who is an experienced climber. It will take Michael approximately one week to complete the trek to the top of Kilimanjaro, which, at 5,895 metres, is Africa’s highest mountain.

Michael has chosen to raise funds for ACE due to the company’s work in this area and hopes to raise a significant amount for the charity.  ACE provides support for people on anticoagulation therapy in the form of Information, advice, a quarterly magazine, web site and a telephone help line.

Michael says: “I am really excited about this challenge and really hope that I will make it to the summit. I have been training hard, but of course have no experience of how the altitude will affect me.“ Donations can be made via Michael’s Just Giving page: http://www.justgiving.com/Michael-Barritt

Sullivan Cuff Software provides anticoagulation clinical decision support software and is based in Tolvaddon Energy Park in Camborne.

About. INRstar:  INRstar is the UK’s leading anticoagulation decision support software, specifically developed to help health professionals safely manage anticoagulation patients.

For further information on this story, please contact Mel Munialo, Marketing Manager, on: 01209 710999 or Suzie Creighton of Castlegate Communications on 0772 999 3721.

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http://www.inrstar.co.uk/

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Media Sponsorship for 2013

We are delighted to confirm that Skillsmatter, Methods and Tools and MPad will be media sponsors for this years conference.

Skills Matter – media sponsor

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Skills Matter supports a community of 35,000 Software Professionals with the learning and sharing of skills to write better software. Find hundreds of meetups, talks, conferences, skillscasts and workshops.


Methods & Tools – media sponsor

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Methods & Tools is a free software development magazine on Software Testing, Project Management, Agile, Scrum, UML, Requirements, Programming (Java,.NET, Ruby, Ajax), Databases, CMMI, Open source Tools, Software Development Jobs


MPad – media sponsor

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MPAD is an established and vibrant communication agency that takes pride in producing effective, beautiful and tailored communication solutions.

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Call for Papers 2013

Thursday, 07 February 2013 20:27

Call for Papers: Agile on the Beach 2013

Conference: 5 & 6 September 2013
Submission deadline: 22 March 2013
Where: UCF, Falmouth, UK

Call for Papers & Speakers

The Agile on the Beach conference will run again in 2013 a the third year.  The venue will again be University College Falmouth (UCF) on 5 & 6 September.  The organizers would like to invite proposals for sessions.

Two keynote speakers have already been confirmed for the event:

  • Dan North, inventor of Behaviour Driven Decelopment
  • Gabriel Steinhardt of BlackBlot Product Management Expertise

Submissions should be made by 22 March 2013 and speakers will be notified by 1 May 2013.
Please send submissions to using the online form at http://tinyurl.com/aypb6uo.

For the latest information on the 2013 conference and details of revious conference please see www.agileonthebeach.com.

Conference Themes

The organizers would like to focus on three themes for the 2013 conference:

  • Software Craftsmanship
  • Teams
  • Business – including products and product management

The intention is to organize one track for each theme.

While the conference is, and will continue to be, focused on technology and software development the organizers are keen to include examples of Agile practices and techniques being used outside the software domain.  For example, in 2012 one speaker spoke about the use of Agile in the legal department of an international publisher.

Suggested topics

Agile on the Beach welcomes submissions on any subject that falls within the three themes of the conference: Software Craftsmanship, Business and Teams.  In particular we are keen to encourage working practitioners to submit proposals.

Based on previous feedback and requests the following topics are of particular interest:

  • Agile basics: Scrum, Kanban, estimation, planning poker
  • Case studies: Agile adoption and success and Agile outside of Software Development are especially welcome.  Local Cornish companies are particularly encouraged to submit their experiences.
  • Product Management: What makes an effective Product Manager, Using Innovation games, Product roadmapping

 

  • Technical: How and why of Continuous Delivery, Using the Cloud to improve Agility, Behaviour Driven Development & Specification by Example, Testing in an Agile environment and the latest thinking on TDD and design.

 

  • Retrospectives – for development teams and others
  • Agile team structures and culture
  • Applying Test Driven Development as a business methodology
  • Agile in the Public sector – national and local Government
  • Agile Marketing: definition, how, results
  • Agile Contracts with clients
  • Lean Startup & Innovation metrics for start ups

This list should be regarded as suggestions only and in no way should be seen as limited proposals.

Type of sessions

As with previous years the organizers would like to see a mix of sessions formats.  For example: presentation with slides, interactive workshop and hands on keyboard workshop,

The majority of session will be 45 minutes in length, a few double sessions will be available if needed.

The conference schedule is also likely to include time for lightning talks.  Speakers are welcome to lightning talks.  As usual with lightning talks submission and selection will occur at the conference itself.

Audience

Last years’ conference was attended by approximately 160 people.  While the majority of attendees come from the local area, Cornwall and Devon many attendees come from further afield.  Most attendees are in someway involved with software development either at a technical or business level.  However a significant minority are managers or come from outside the software arena.  One of the aims of the conference is to showcase Agile outside of software.

Within the technical audience the technology base is wide.  From web-developers using PHP on LAMP to embedded C developers programming on the metal via medical systems developers on Windows C# systems.

Submission

All submissions should be made using the online form: http://tinyurl.com/aypb6uo
Submissions should clearly include the following elements:

  • Title
  • Type
  • Most appropriate theme track
  • Duration
  • Speaker name(s)
  • Speaker biography
  • Speaker contact details
  • Description

Webinars

The organizers plan to run a series of webinars during June and July to promote the conference.  Each webinar will feature 3 or 4 speakers giving a short (10 minute) preview of their session and taking questions.

Speakers who’s submission is accepted for the conference will be invited to participate in one of the webinars closer to the time.

Speakers package

As previously the organizers are pleased to offer speakers the following:

  • Free entry to both days of the conference
  • Free entry to beach party for speaker plus one guest
  • Bed and breakfast in UCF accommodation for up to 3 nights
  • Return travel costs to Falmouth (standard class) within the UK.  Travel from within the EU (or beyond) to the UK may be made by special arrangement, please contact the organizers in advance
  • Meal allowance on evenings with no conference meal

Some speakers – and attendees – choose to combine their attendance at Agile on the Beach with a short holiday or long weekend in Cornwall.  The organizers are happy to provide advice and suggestions should you wish to do so.

Schedule

 

  • 10 February: Call for Paper issued, submissions welcomed
  • 22 March: Call for Papers closed
  • 1 May: Acceptance of submissions
  • 1 June: Conference schedule published
  • June & July: Webinars
  • 5 & 6 September: Conference

Submissions should be made by 22 March 2013 and speakers will be notified by 1 May 2013.
Please send submissions to using the online form at http://tinyurl.com/aypb6uo.

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Software Development Careers in Cornwall – Summer Boot Camp Opportunity

Thursday, 31 January 2013 09:56

This July, Software Cornwall are planning to run a 2 week residential Software Boot Camp in Cornwall.  If you are looking for a career in Software Development register your interest now

http://www.softwarecornwall.org/foundationfortnight/


What is it – this is a Software Boot Camp with a win-win outcome for you. Over a two week period in Cornwall, you get to learn software planning, design and methodology from software master coaches, you get to produce a finished tangible project for your CV, you get to have interviews with employers and may even go home with a job offer in your pocket

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Showcase project for your CV – by getting together with a team of like-minded software engineers you will be part of a team that pulls together in a disciplined method and outputs a working software project. Both the project and the methodology will make excellent references on your CV. You will be designing and writing software in front of real employers, your chance to shine and earn yourself an interview and even a job.

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Professional Training from professional coaches with years of diverse real world experience in the software industry. These highly skilled and gifted coaches have successfully mastered a number of platforms and methodologies and are now experts in passing on their knowledge in clear and friendly advice. The benefits of learning from these masters over the two week period are immense.

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Make the transition from academia to real world software – by coming to grips with the processes used in real world software engineering, to produce high quality and high value code that the big clients are seeking.   You will also be meeting and interacting with time served software engineers who have written code for a wide range of end uses, including commercial and corporate websites, medical, aeronautical, and laboratory applications, and even the software for Chitty Chitty Bang Bang.

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Limited sponsored places – so register your interest now. For a limited number of applicants the whole Foundation Fortnight will be sponsored (this includes accommodation, weekday meals, course fees and raspberry pi kit). For other applicants, there will be a level of fees to be paid. Go to the website now to record your interest and await further details from us

www.softwarecornwall.org/foundationfortnight

 

Interested in sponsoring or recruiting at the boot camp?

Foundation Fortnight is a programme run by Software Cornwall to assist software companies recruiting the best developers.  If you are looking to recruit software development positions and would like to find out more please complete the following online survey : http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/9FYNRZQ

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Gabriel Steinhardt confirmed as keynote speaker at Agile on the Beach 2013

Wednesday, 30 January 2013 16:27

Second Keynote Speaker announced for Agile on the Beach 2013

We are delighted to announce Gabriel Steinhardt is to keynote at Agile on the Beach 2013, a recognized international high-tech product management expert, author, lecturer and developer of practical tools and methodologies that increase product managers’ productivity.

Gabriel joins Dan North leading thinker in software craftmanship and originator of behaviour driven development on our keynote line up at Agile on the Beach 2013.

Managing Director of Blackblot’s, Gabriel Steinhardt is a recognized international technology product management expert, author, lecturer and developer of practical tools and methodologies that increase product managers’ productivity.

A marketing and information systems MBA with extensive experience in the computer software and hardware industry, Gabriel has assumed diverse leadership roles with major corporations and start-ups in marketing, product management and technical undertakings.

Gabriel created the highly successful Blackblot Product Manager’s Toolkit® (PMTK), designed Blackblot’s Strategic Product Management™ training program, wrote the Blackblot Product Management Professional™ (BPMP) certification program, and authored The Product Manager’s Toolkit: Methodologies, Processes and Tasks in High-Tech Product Management book.

 

Mega Early Bird £195 click here for booking

or Register your Interest here

 

 

 

 

 

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Get the Inside Track… Agile on the Beach conference tickets on sale now

Monday, 14 January 2013 15:26

Get the Inside Track… Agile on the Beach conference tickets on sale now

After a successful 2012, Agile on the Beach is back in Cornwall for its third year to help businesses learn how to improve their productivity through employing Agile practices, with early bird offers available to those who book their tickets soon.

Tickets are now on sale for Agile on the Beach – a two day conference taking place on the 5th and 6th of September – which explores the Agile methodology which can revolutionise the way businesses work. The focus of Agile is developing efficient and effective systems that reduce the risks of projects running over budget and schedule.

A ‘mega early bird deal’ is on offer until the end of March with tickets available at last year’s price of £195. The conference also offers campus accommodation and a beach party, giving attendees further opportunity to speak directly to speakers and socialise with other businesses in the evening.

The conference considers all aspects of Agile in the work place; ‘Agile Business’ and ‘Teams’ looks at how your organisation and teams operate, suitable for general as well as technical businesses. It also looks in depth at ‘Software Craftsmanship’.

Businesses that operate as an Agile enterprise have flexible business models, hightly motivated teams and enjoy continuous development and delivery of their products or services. They are highly adaptable as they recognise and adapt to change quickly and deftly, enabling them to thrive in an ever changing business environment.

Dan North, the originator of Behaviour-Driven Development, has been confirmed as the first Key Note speaker, and the conference is soon to release a call for papers with an exciting array of topics including Agile product development and Agile marketing.

Agile is a remarkable business tool which is responsive to customer needs, emerging markets and changing technical, social, political and economic landscapes. Businesses enjoy high growth and success using the Agile philosophy, methods and tools.

 

To find out more visit www.agileonthebeach.com or follow us on Twitter @Agileonthebeach. For details of all tickets available and to book your place visit http://www.eventbrite.co.uk/event/5135380060

 

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Beachside Conference puts Cornwall at the Heart of Global Business Methodology

Beachside Conference puts Cornwall at the Heart of Global Business Methodology

This year Agility and Innovation were at the heart of the 2012 Agile on the Beach conference, as international speakers from Germany, Australia & USA met with over 150 speakers and delegates who gathered from across the UK to discuss Agile and Lean practices.

Allan Kelly, speaker organiser and leading expert on agile processes commented  “2012 showed AOTB is growing up to be a quality event. A potent cocktail of experts and in-the-trenches practioners!  Success breads success and I already have people knocking on my door to speak at 2013”

Sebastian Bergmann, returning to Cornwall to speak at the conference as well as spend time with local business UKNetWeb noted “Agile on the Beach was an inspiring and thought-provoking conference that we enjoyed very much to be involved in. We would like to congratulate the organizers on a job well done and thank them for inviting us”

Dave Longman is a Senior Programme Manager at IDBS fed back  “My key takeaway was the realisation that agility is about the journey and not just the destination, you should never stop ‘becoming agile’. I’m looking forward to next year already.  Do your projects a favour in 2013, get out of the hubbub of the city and take a trip to Cornwall for the conference. Don’t be put off by the location, the conference is big enough to attract a great line-up of world class speakers while being small enough to still be able to speak with the presenters, it’s well worth the trip.”

Mike Barritt, director of Agile on the Beach said “running the conference this year was an absolute pleasure, it is wonderful to bring such a wealth of knowledge and talent together, and see the benefits agile has bought to Cornwall.  Agile on the Beach 2013 will be held on 5-6 Sepember”

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More Video/Audio of 2012 Agile on the Beach conference

Jeff Brantley

Video : Speaker Panel Key Conference – Key Take Away Question

At the 2012 Agile on the Beach conference Mike Feathers, Jeff Brantley, Mark Wightman and Stefan Priebsch share their key take aways on agile at this years conferenceClick below to view the video

Agile On The Beach 2012 – Speaker Panel Discussion – Question : Key Take Away from Conference from Agil

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Post Conference Links

Wednesday, 12 September 2012 16:54

Click here to enjoy Jeff Brantleys Keynote on Agile Roadmapping for fun and profit (and Mike Bs intro :o)

To see presentation slides from our 2012 speakers please use the 2012 event menu link

View photos of the conference at http://www.flickr.com/photos/agileonthebeach/

Video : Speaker Panel Discussion – Question : Key Take Away from Conference


Sebastian Bergmann ‘Agile on the Beach’ http://thephp.cc/positions/blog/2012/09/agile-on-the-beach

“Talked to a few people at #AgileOTB about @Jimdo‘s Kanban Board. Here’s the link: http://jimflow.jimdo.com


Thanks to Mark Craddock ?@mcraddock

@Agileonthebeach All tweets from conf available here. http://searchhash.com/index.php?q=%23agileotb&start=&end= #AgileOTB


Rob Bowley ?@robbowley

Here’s the link to my ‘Agile adoption is fool’s gold’ talk notes http://j.mp/aotbrobnotes #agileotb

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Innovative development programme helps create 50 new jobs for Cornwall

oxford-innovationA two-year product development training programme for Cornish businesses has supported the creation of 50 new jobs in the county.

The Agile in Cornwall programme, delivered by Oxford Innovation, worked with 15 high growth software businesses to implement the innovative Agile process, which coaches businesses in more efficient and dynamic methods of new product development.

Following the completion of the project, independent research carried out by PFA Research found that Agile had contributed to the creation of 50 jobs across the businesses that took part.

More than 50 per cent of the new jobs created have been identified as highly-skilled roles with positions including web developers, delivery managers, technical service co-ordinators, software managers and a general manager.

In addition to the new jobs, participating companies reported increases in revenue and turnover and significant increases in profitability, new customers and opportunities.

Software technology company Packet Ship, based at the Tremough Innovation Centre near Falmouth, was one of the businesses to take part in the Agile in Cornwall programme.

paul-clarksmPaul Clark, CEO of Packet Ship said: “The main thing that has come out of the programme for us has been the implementation of test-driven development and continuous testing, which is now more structured and reduces risk with new products. The Agile programme has also helped us to raise our ambition and be surer of ourselves in what we do, and it’s definitely a long-term gain which we will continue to benefit from.

“Another benefit for us was meeting the other businesses on the programme – there is now an Agile peer group for the leading software developers in Cornwall which meets quarterly, and is a great opportunity for learning from other businesses that are further along in the process than we are.”

The Agile in Cornwall programme was delivered by Oxford Innovation, a leader in business support and mentoring programmes for start-up and growing companies, which has worked with 370 Cornish businesses over the last three years.

The company has recently been awarded a further three-year contract with a £7m investment from the ERDF (European Regional Development Fund) Convergence Programme to support high growth businesses and start-ups in Cornwall. It has now relocated its entire Enterprise Coaching division to Cornwall, and is based at Greenbottom near Truro.

Andrew Farmer, who heads Oxford Innovation’s Enterprise Coaching division, said: “Agile was a specific Programme we delivered to help Cornish software companies raise their game and the results have been outstanding. It has contributed to significant job creation and brought competitive advantages to the businesses that have taken part, and it is these innovative approaches to business coaching that we want to bring to more businesses across Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly over the next three years.”

Because Oxford Innovation is fully funded by ERDF Convergence, it can offer the equivalent of £25,000 of business coaching at no cost to participating businesses.

Oxford Innovation is also sponsoring this year’s Agile on the Beach conference taking place on 6th & 7th September, having sponsored the inaugural event last year. If you would like to attend the conference you can find out further information by visiting www.agileonthebeach.co.uk.

For more information about Oxford Innovation’s Enterprise Coaching programmes in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly visit www.growcornwall.co.uk.

Oxford Innovation Agile Cornwall Survey Summary

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Inaugural event huge success!!

Speakers, delegates and organisers of the largest software conference to take place outside of the South East of England have been praising its fantastic success.The inaugural Agile on the Beach event was staged last week (September 15 & 16) in Falmouth, Cornwall, attracting an international audience.

Feedback from attendees has been fantastic. Rob Thompson said: “I want to say that Agile on the Beach was amazing, I cannot believe that something like this has been put on in Cornwall. There was an incredible collection of speakers, fantastic networking and even the beach party was superb.

“I enjoyed speaking immensely and feel quite honoured to have shared the stage with such luminaries.”

As the conference drew ever closer it was clear it was going to be popular. Michael Barritt, of Oxford Innovation organised the event and said: “The whole conference and Agile programme is about bringing the world to Cornwall and taking Cornwall to the world and it is working.

“We’re attracting talented individuals back into Cornwall and in turn we are building the critical mass of the county’s software industry to drive the knowledge economy.”

Agile is a different approach to developing and writing software. It focuses on being more efficient and effective, which reduces the risk of projects running over budget and schedule.

Using Agile, tasks are delivered faster, at a higher quality, with less problems meaning the success of a project is vastly improved compared with traditional techniques.

Known as the ‘godparents of Agile’ Tom and Mary Poppendieck flew over from America to speak at the conference.

Mary explained how agile is relevant to South West businesses: “We have to figure out how to think about agile in a bigger context; how do we use agile to drive new business, especially in a place like Cornwall where you would like to have new businesses to go out to world and make a splash.”

Agile on the Beach co-organiser, Toby Parkins of UKNETWEB, said: “My business has grown four times its original size in the last 18 months; we’re recruiting people from across the world and constantly getting better results.

“It will not be long before any software company not using agile won’t be able to compete with those who are – such companies will be at risk of failing in the future.”

Claire Eason-Bassett, from Event Cornwall, organised the logistical side of the conference and added: “Initial plans are already been considered for Agile on the Beach 2012, which now looks to be a regular addition to the conference calendar.”

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Inaugural Agile on the Beach webinar attracts international audience

The first in a series of webinars designed to give an insight into the inaugural
Agile on the Beach conference attracted an international audience with
participants logging on across Europe.Author and Agile coaching expert, Rachel Davies, is a key speaker at the event taking
place in Cornwall this September.

She gave an exclusive insight into her speech on common problems caused by Agile
when she chaired the first webinar on Friday (July 22).

The online seminar was followed by a question and answer session, which attracted
an audience from across the UK and Europe.

Rachel said: “It was great to have so many questions as it really gave me something to
think about prior to the conference. Judging by the number of people who
attended this first pre-conference webinar, I think the ones that follow will
be very popular.”

Participants logged on from as far away as Norway and throughout the UK including Cornwall,
Warwick, Guilford and London.

Agile is a different approach to developing and writing software. It focuses on being more efficient and effective, which reduces the risk of projects running over budget and schedule.

Using Agile, tasks are delivered faster, at a higher quality, with less problems
meaning the success of a project is vastly improved compared with traditional
techniques.

Toby Parkins, of UK Netweb, is one of the organisers of Agile on the Beach and said:
“Rachel was a fantastic chair for our first webinar as she attracted a strong
audience who were keen to put questions directly to her.

“We have launched the webinars to give people a taster of the types of discussions
that are likely to crop up at the conference. The online community has a
massive interest and influence in Agile, so it made sense to stage events that
would appeal to users.”

The next webinar is due to take place on Wednesday, August 3 with Kevlin Henney, an
independent Agile consultant and trainer.

On Monday, August 8 Lorna Mitchell will chair a webinar at 1pm. Lorna is a PHP
consultant specialising in technical areas including web services and data
migration.

For anyone who is new to the concept of Agile methodologies and its relevance to
Cornish businesses, Allan Kelly will be giving a webinar asking the question
What is Agile?

His pre-conference webinar on Wednesday, August 10, will be held at 1pm. Allan
specialises in helping software companies adopt and deepen Agile and Lean
practices through training, consulting and coaching.

On Saturday, August 16 at 12pm, Chris Parsons will hold a webinar. Chris has been
crafting software professionally for 12 years, and working primarily with Ruby
for the last five.

Benjamin Mitchell will discuss applying the Lean Start-up Approach and how to use
continuous innovation to create radically successful businesses. His webinar
will take place on Monday, August 22 at 12pm.

For additional details on these webinars and the others due to be announced visit: www.agileonthebeach.com, find details of the conference on twitter: @agileonthebeach or on facebook.

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