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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