As British pupils and teachers are heading back to class with headlines amidst calls for coding to be taught to children as young as 5 years old, the timing is perfect for Agile on the Beach to be launching the world’s first design a degree course led by computer industry practitioners.

More information on this below in the official announcement. The Agile on the Beach team made up of agile, digital tech and innovation thought leaders from both Cornwall and across the UK would be delighted to share their thoughts on the role of agile in education. If you would like to speak with someone, please let us know. Or follow the social buzz at @agileonthebeach #AgileOTB



Falmouth, Cornwall, UK – 4-5th September 2014 –One of the UK’s leading agile conferences, Agile On the Beach kicks off today in Falmouth,Cornwall. The event has already beaten last year’s record for attendees at the Cornish technology event by 36% across the 2 day conference. The practitioner and real world experience driven industry gathering is focused on agile development and increasingly on the role of agile in the wider business context such as agile teams and agile product design.

Agile: Born in development; blossoming in business
Aside from the business keynote from Bjarte Bogsnes, VP at StatOil: Beyond Budgeting – an agile management model for new business and people realities. The role of Agile beyond the traditional software development arena is an increasingly core ground-braking theme within the rapidly growing sold-out event.

Putting the agile into Computing education: World’s first agile inspired degree
One exciting development within the event format is the world’s first practioner led “Design A Degree Programme” Session. According to Agileonthebeach founder, Toby Parkins this is a response to a specific industry plea, ”We hear from employers and industry all the time that the education system is failing to produce enough high quality IT graduates. So we thought let’s change that! So we introduce the session “What should a future computing related degree look like?” Which topics, skills or knowledge areas should be included? How can courses be even better designed/delivered to prepare students with the skills needed by industry?”

Why do we need the agile development of a Computing Degree course?  
The IT industry is developing very quickly. Unlike many most other subjects, a lot of new techniques and knowledge are created and developed within industry including by several businesses and people who are part of Agile on the Beach 2014. Examples include the Agile Manifesto itself, Test Driven Development, Behavior Driven Development, Selenium as well as, of course, many, many open source projects which play a part in developing how the industry works.
For the first year Agile on the Beach will be seeking ideas from delegates and bringing them together to produce a paper outlining this conference’s view of the future for computing degrees or further education. There will be a whiteboard in the main “coffee” room where post-it notes can be added to the board. There will also be a number of representatives from various educational institutions – Falmouth and Plymouth Universities, Cornwall and Truro & Penwith Colleges – around during the conference to discuss any views. Collectively we aim to pull together a diverse and varied range of views and ideas from specific knowledge areas to more practical application approaches that we feel should be part of the future. This will be published for Universities and colleges to use to help inform their course design as well as a vital resource document for Government specifically the Department for Education. The plan is then to review the content each year at the conference to continue the truly agile approach.

The Agile Audit: Crowd-sourced agile opinions will capture today’s agile landscape
This year, AOTB will also launch its first Agile Audit to provide a litmus test of agile opinions across the industry. Results of the Audit, will take place over the 2 days of the conference and online for those who could not make the sold-out agile event, will be announced next week.

So is there actually a beach?
Agile on the Beach takes place on Falmouth University Campus on 4th and 5th September with a party on Gyllyngvase beach, Falmouth on the evening of Thursday 4th September sponsored by IBM. Well it couldn’t be Agile on the Beach without a beach party, could it?

AOTB 14 was a sold-out event so mark calendars for next year’s dates: 3rd and 4th September.
Interviews with the AOTB team, photography and the results of the Agile Audit are available upon request.

Agile on the Beach 2014 – Thurs 4th & Fri 5th September
2 Days, Cornwall UK, 40+ Speakers, 40+ Sessions, 4 Tracks, 2 keynotes, the IBM Agile on the Beach Party, Pasties for Wednesday night arrivals, Discussion Groups, Lightening talks and Expert Panels
Agile on the Beach is a two day business and technology conference in September.  Hosting 40+ UK and International speakers on the Cornish coast, with a fantastic beach party on the Thursday evening.
The conference explores 4 strands of agile adoption – Business strategy, Teams and Software Craftmanship. This year we welcome speakers on UX and Product Design in a fourth strand.
Perfect to evoke creative and technical thinking, enjoy time with the UKs leading thinkers in agile adoption and evolution.  Explore the latest agile and lean thinking in software craftmanship, teams and business.
Ample networking opportunities such as the IBM beach party and pre/post conference gatherings.
This conference brings together 300 software and business professionals to explore and discover what it means to be truly agile in business, from its culture to product development practices.
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
This year we are pleased to confirm that we will be running a 4th space at the conference with Product Design being the key theme on one day in this space.  We are delighted to welcome Melissa Perri of ProdUX Labs, Product Manager and UX Designer from New York City to headline our Product Design theme joined by Adrian Howard and Sophie Freiermuth who will be discussing UX (user experience).

Bjarte Bogsnes, Vice President of Performance Development at Statoil – Scandinavia’s largest company and author of “Implementing Beyond Budgeting: Unlocking the Performance Potential” will deliver a keynote speech at the Agile on the Beach conference. “Beyond Budgeting is about creating the agile enterprise. This is scaling agile in practice, using a language that executives understand and addressing their key concerns.”

Teams An absolutely fabulous line up in Agile Teams this year, we hope you agree with topics covered including; communications, leadership, people management, recruitment, performance management, pairing and estimation games.

September 4, 2014