User Stories and other agile failures – David Espley – Practices 2016

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.

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.

Over the past 20 years David has worked with number of larger clients and helped some of them to achieve their agile ambitions. By working with a ‘top down’ approach and understanding that getting the board bought into the new world is just as important than any other activity he has started to see some repeatable patterns both in success and behaviours.

This talk will argue, that as a community, we need to invest time into educating a wide range of people into the changes they need to embrace; in the same way we try to deliver value to the market, in increments, adapting quickly and failing fast.

David Espley is the CTO at LexisNexis and has spent the last 20 years working in the software industry. Having embraced agile 15ish years ago, he has decided that he now knows less about utopia than when he started but certainly knows more about the destinations along the way. David is currently helping LexisNexis to embrace the ethos of agile and not just the occasional practice.