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New event website launched for Agile on the Beach 2017

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

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

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

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

 

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Photos 2016

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Branding Digital Cornwall

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

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

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Media Content, Blogs and Photos 2016

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

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

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

Videos

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

Agile on the Beach you tube Channel :

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

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Keynote – Linda Rising

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

Linda Rising Keynote Slides

 

Rebecca Parsons

Keynote Rebecca Parson, CTO Thoughtworks

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

 

View more slides and videos from Agile on the Beach here

Software Delivery Track Videos posted 6/12/17

Reports

Tweetreach 2016 Report PDF TweetReach_agileotb2016

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

Photos

You can find the official photos for the conference

Photos 2016

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

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

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

Blogs and articles

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

Thanks to Dan Bryant from InfoQ for covering the event

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Presentations

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

2016 Slides & Video – Archive

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

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Tidal wave of tech visitors set to hit Cornwall

News Release

Tidal wave of tech visitors set to hit Cornwall

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

For a full programme of speakers and events please click here

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

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350 gather for biggest ever Agile on the Beach

350 gather for biggest ever Agile on the Beach

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

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

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

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

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

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3-4 September 2015,

Venue : Performance Centre, Tremough Campus, Penryn

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

Media Contact Belinda Waldock info@agileonthebeach.com

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2015 Keynotes Announced!

Agile on the Beach 2015 Keynotes

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

davefarleyDave Farley – Continuous Delivery

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

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

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

Jenni Jepsen - goAgileJenni Jepsen – Agile Leadership & Teams

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

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

Follow Jenni on Twitter @jenniindk
www.goagile.dk

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

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

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

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

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

Call for Speakers Closing soon

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

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

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

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

Submission deadline: 28 February 2015

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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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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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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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

 

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

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

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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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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 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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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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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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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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