How to bring your personas to life without needing an exorcist…
Interactive workshop (no computer)
Are User Personas haunting you? Does your team have trouble using personas because as they seem too intangible? In practice unbelievably unrealistic: insubstantial, unhelpful and eventually ignored? Your project maybe haunted by ghost personas! Lost, walled up behind a stack of documentation, technically now just a whisper in your conscience, a glimpse of users in a corner of your eye…irrelevant…crying for usability where no one can hear them? Continue reading →
Zuhlke Engineering Ltd
TDD as if You Meant It
Interactive workshop (bring a laptop)
TDD is a core Agile technical practice but too often done poorly. It is rare to see practitioners really let the Tests Drive Development, but that’s the key: designs evolved through TDD seem to be measurably different from designs created in other ways. In this session attendees will experience first-hand how a solution can evolve through TDD. They can take this experience back to their day jobs to inform more effective deployment of TDD in iterative, incremental, evolutionary development.
Faster feature discovery with Google Design Sprints – Darwin Peltan & Alastair Lee, Product Pilot
Stop debating new product ideas and start putting them to the test using Google Ventures’ Design Sprints. This technique allows teams to generate new ideas and test them with users in just five days. In this workshop you’ll learn how to plan and run a successful product Design Sprint.
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.
User Stories and other agile failures – David Espley, Lexis Nexis
Should agile practitioners avoid large corporate clients. Are they just too hard to take on a progressive journey. Helping companies that think they are already agile to actually adopt agile is an interesting challenge, for a start, nobody likes to be told that they are doing it wrong. In this talk David shares his experience of helping larger corporate clients to act more like Lean startups, discusses how you wean people off their agile washed legacy processes and let go of some of the big company baggage. Continue reading →
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 →
Growing Skills : I AM DIGITAL – Mike Trebilcock – Cornwall College
There’s something exciting happening with Digital Skills education in Cornwall, find out more about the new Digital Academy Cornwall, how Software Cornwall and The Cornwall College Group are disrupting traditional education to help Cornwall’s Digital economy grow. Expect Robots, gadgets and shameless appeals for help.
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 →
How can you help everybody in your team understand the customer, especially if you’re not sure yourself? Persona help, but traditional persona development sometimes doesn’t work well in agile contexts.
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.
Keeping distributed agile teams ‘face to face’ – David Longman, Headforwards
Probably most of us would agree that in a perfect world, Agile teams would sit together, but what happens when this is not possible? What can you do to help the team function well together. In this session I’ll describe some low and high-tech solutions I have used to address this.
Team Motivation – Putting Autonomy, Mastery and Purpose into Practice – Kwasi Owusu-Asomaning (Autonomy), Andy Bowskill (Mastery), Chris Camacho (Purpose), CDK Global
How do you define Autonomy, Mastery and Purpose? In this session 3 speakers will share their thoughts on these concepts along with an open and honest view of the Agile journey they have had so far and the lessons they have learned along the way.
We 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 bonus Legacy Code Retreat
Measuring Agile success – David Leach, Leanintoagile.co.uk
How do we measure success in Agile? some would say it’s easy, just measure customer satisfaction, others (whilst perhaps misinformed) might look to try and compare development team velocity. Continue reading →
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.
Case Study: Seven Years of Agile – Paul Massey, Bluefruit
Bluefruit Software adopted Agile seven years ago. Come and hear about the journey and some of the key lessons learnt along the way, including why Agile was adopted, how the transition occurred, top practices that made the biggest difference, how Agile affected our customer relationships and what the benefits have been.
Most good software has a long life and evolves continuously, keeping pace with the needs of its users whereas, a project is a temporary structure. Some agile software projects have succeeded, and some have failed. What is it that differentiated those that succeeded from those that failed? Do projects even make sense in a truly agile software development context?
Can you be agile and compliant? – Stuart Ward, IDBS
What happens when you take an organisation, which has been using waterfall for 25 years, to the new world of agile? In 2015, IDBS transformed how it creates software, which is used by a number of business verticals including regulated pharmaceutical environments, to facilitate R&D. This session will show how the move to agile was implemented along with the benefits and challenges seen.
The Agile Business – DSDM – Ed Holt
Agile on the Beach 2016
With the advent of the inter-connected ‘Digital Age’ there is growing pressure on the wider business (beyond IT) to act in a nimble, responsive, agile way – and this represents an essential opportunity to become ‘The Agile Business’. Continue reading →
Value – Andrea Provaglio, Agile Transformation Coach
A voyage into the multidimensional, systemic and subjective nature of Value in software development, with the intent of providing ways to create a shared understanding of what’s “valuable” for all stakeholders. Continue reading →
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?
Agile accountants and other rare specimen – Corinna Baldauf, sipgate
Tired of IT being an agile island? At sipgate, the agile mindset spread to all parts of the company: from HR over Accounting to kitchen staff. Let’s explore 10 examples of how agile thinking manifests throughout everyday company life. Look forward to strategy retreats for all, pairing everywhere, peer feedback and many more! Continue reading →
The ability to react and deliver working software quickly is a vital component to the way we work. Our clients run some of the biggest brands in the world, so how do we continuously deliver software whilst ensuring we keep our clients happy and our quality high?
Testing in a Continuous Delivery World – Wouter Lagerweij
Software Delivery 2016
Hey, do you remember when everyone was asking what the role of the tester would be in an agile team? It’s happening again! A team that releases every commit needs to take testing seriously. That changes the role of the tester once again. And of developers, too. It puts the customer center stage again. Continue reading →
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 →