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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

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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

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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

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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

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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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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/

http://www.growcornwall.co.uk/agile-on-the-beach-programme/

 

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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

click here for details of Software Craftmanship Speakers

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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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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

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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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