Tide Driven Development – Cornwall’s growing tech community
Have you ever wondered what it’s like to work and live Agile on the Beach every day, and how you could be a part of it?
Cornwall’s Tech sector is causing waves with its thriving and connected tech community! Ranked the 3rd fastest growing cluster in the UK for jobs growth this year (TechNation 2017) the county continues its surge of growth and development.
Want to know what we are doing to cause this growth? Then don’t miss this session. Join Belinda and the Software Cornwall team to find out what’s been happening in the Cornish tech community this year.
Retrospective Sailing – an agile reflection game A hands on workshop facilitating a practical retrospective game. Retrospective Sailing is a game you can play as an individual in any role, as part of a development team, or, with clients and customers to help understand how your journey is fairing. This game will give you a new and fun way to run a retrospective to help to gain your bearings, identify what’s putting the wind in your sails, the anchors holding you back, and discover hidden treasure. Then you’ll plot your course and map a way forward that raises those anchors and catches the tide and a fair wind. Attendees will be introduced to the game and try it out themselves. They’ll be case examples and tips for facilitating the game too. Join us for some constructive fun, practical outcomes, and a useful tool to take back to the office.
What is good like? Anna Miedzianowska, Ocado – Agile Product Management 2017
This is a case study based on my work at Ocado Technology. These are true stories about – including dev teams in user research, – keeping user personas alive, – working on a team dynamic, – portfolio management, – learning from experience
Running Killer Workshops without killing yourself – Darci D Dutcher, LexisNexis
Good workshops are invaluable to companies and teams while bad workshops can be demoralizing and a waste of time. The session will cover tips and tricks that can be used to make sure workshops are a good use of the attendee’s time.
UX and A3 Thinking: User First Problem Exploration – Cat Swetel, Tidal River & Mike Caponero
Has your team or organization ever delivered a fun, shiny solution, only to realize later it was a solution to a problem that doesn’t exist? A3 Thinking (pioneered by Toyota) is a method for problem exploration and validation that can mitigate the risk of delivering unneeded products and features by helping to identify, explore, and validate problems and solutions. Continue reading →
How to do effective research in an irrational world Kat Matfield The Round/Silicon Milkround
Agile research and discovery phases rely on observing and speaking to real users about their real behaviour. Just one problem, we can’t always trust what they say or what they do. This talk outlines the ways in which your users (and the rest of us) behave irrationally, and how to conduct research that gets you to the truth, regardless. Continue reading →
Winning your clients’ trust with Agile project management Laura Delnevo Cameron & Wilding
Having worked with a variety of clients and projects in the publishing sector (TMG, Sage Publications, The Economist), winning client’s trust is the underlining common denominator of success for me, as a project manager. For my agency this translate to: happy, satisfied and (hopefully) returning customers. Agile is at the core of all of this!
Mia Filisch & Hanif Jameel : Empowering Teams To Change: From Components To Features
The organisation of work around siloed component based teams can lead to difficulties in maximising the value delivered by a development process, and introduce coordination overheads which are difficult to resolve. At the same time, managing changes to the structure of teams is often a challenging process, especially if they are directly imposed. In this session we will explore the key lessons and insights gleaned from a developer and product led iterative transition to feature based teams.
Mindful Agile: The Foundation of How We Grow – Kamila Piorowska
In this highly interactive workshop, we will share with you the concept and practice of Mindful Agile and how it can help you overcome the seemingly insurmountable challenges you face so that instead of having a mind that is constantly full, you can live a more effective life through mindfulness.
Moving on Up – Sarah Glanville & Paul Lemon – Sky – Software Delivery 2016
Building a brand new agile team of over 100 people in 4 months is an exciting, challenging and rewarding task and Sarah and Paul will talk through the highs and lows and share their learnings from doing this. Sky are creating a brand new digital centre in Leeds, the heart of the Northern Powerhouse and this talk will share the experience of the first team to land in Leeds. How do you seed the culture, recruit the right people, set up the correct working practises and continue to deliver a committed roadmap?
I’m lucky enough to work for a company who offer 10% time, and believe it’s had many benefits for our team including engagement and performance improvements and as a tool for both retainment and attraction. However sometimes it can be hard to keep the business bought in to the idea of a very expensive team doing ‘nothing’ one day a fortnight. I’ll also share tips and tricks to get your team to make the most of their Learning and Development time without telling them what to do! Continue reading →
Jenni Jepsen is a partner at goAgile, a Denmark-based Agile consulting firm, where she helps people to deliver the right product faster. While she is crazy about Agile methodologies, she is most interested in delivering value – no matter what the process. You can catch up with Jenni on Twitter.Continue reading →
Letitia Fearon is a Agile Business Analyst, currently with Lloyds of London, with over ten years experience. Letitia helps individuals, teams and organisations work effectively with Agile techniques, using Scrum, Lean or Kanban. You can catch up with Letita on Twitter.Continue reading →
Belinda Waldock is an Agile coach and business mentor based in Cornwall. Belinda has worked with a broad range of high growth businesses to adopt agile practices to leverage their growth aspirations You can catch up with Belinda at her website and on Twitter.
The third Agile on the Beach conference was held on Tremough Campus, Penryn (near Falmouth in Cornwall) on 5th and 6th September 2013. As last year, the event attracted not only tech businesses, but also non-tech organisations (e.g. a legal practice and a university department) who are applying the principles of agile software development to run processes and workflows within their own organisations. Done well, agile thinking and principles can be applied to just about any workflow – it doesn’t have to be about software.
This years conference was a great success by any metric. It sold out several times (with the organisers somehow managing to squeeze in more places each time as more people kept trying to register…) and that was certainly reflected in the energy visible at the event. I think in the end there were something like 170 delegates, which is a big increase on last year and compares very favourably with the 350-400 or so you can expect at the (far more established) ACCU Conference which we also take part in.
As others are writing far more eloquently than I about the detail of some of the sessions presented at the conference, I’m going to present more of a visual overview of the event – call it a photoblog post, if you like.
See Anna Jaye and her session at Agile on the Beach 2013 : Code Analysis in an Agile world
Anna Jayne Metcalfe- Riverblade – Code Analysis in an Agile WorldVideo : http://youtu.be/xzgeCUO5KtI “Conventional code analysis techniques are not particularly well suited to agile projects. In this short session, Anna-Jayne Metcalfe explores why not, and how we might be able to do things differently.”