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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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