Track: Evolving agile


Day of week:

Reflecting on and learning from successes and failures in applying agile approaches since the creation of the Agile Manifesto and exploring more effective ways of applying agile principles and practices to increase business value.

Track Host:
Ben Linders
Senior Consultant in Quality, Agile, Lean, and Process Improvement
Ben Linders is a Independent Consultant in Agile, Lean, Quality and Continuous Improvement, based in The Netherlands. Author of Getting Value out of Agile Retrospectives, Waardevolle Agile Retrospectives & What Drives Quality. As an adviser, coach and trainer he helps organizations by deploying effective software development and management practices. He focuses on continuous improvement, collaboration and communication, and professional development, to deliver business value to customers. Ben is an active member of several networks on Agile, Lean and Quality, and a frequent speaker and writer. He shares his experience in a bilingual blog (Dutch and English) and as an editor for Agile at InfoQ. You can find him on twitter: @BenLinders.
10:20am - 11:10am

by Rachel Davies
Agile Coach at Unruly

Back in the day, I was in that first flurry of developers who got excited about eXtreme Programming (XP). The idea of writing automated tests and pair programming seemed radical at the time. After years of being stuck in waterfall hell, we got to speak to real users and deliver code - it was a wonderful time to be a developer!


Fifteen years later, “Agile” somehow stopped being about software development and agile meetups are full of project managers and business analysts...

11:30am - 12:20pm

by Ben Linders
Senior Consultant in Quality, Agile, Lean, and Process Improvement

The agile manifesto proposes that a “team reflects on how to become more effective”. Agile retrospectives can be used to inspect and adapt the way of working. They help teams to become agile by deploying agile practices in an effective way and continuously learning and improve themselves.

This talk explains the “what” and “why” of retrospectives and the business value and benefits that they can bring. Examples will be given of exercises that you can use to facilitate retrospectives,...

1:20pm - 2:10pm

by Richard Kasperowski
QCon Open Space Facilitator

Open Space

Join Ben Linders, our speakers, and other attendees for the Agile Open Space

What is Open Space?

Every day at QCon London, we’ll open space five times, once for each track. Open Space is a kind of unconference, a simple way to run productive meetings for 5 to 2000 or more people, and a powerful way to lead any kind of organization in everyday practice and extraordinary change.



2:30pm - 3:20pm

by Larry Maccherone
Data Scientist at Tasktop Technologies

The evening before the space shuttle Challenger explosion, scientists at NASA caught what they thought was a potentially catastrophic risk with the o-rings considering the unusually cold temperature expected for the morning’s launch. They brought the issue to management attention but failed to influence the final decision enough to stop the launch. Your failure to influence may not cost lives but it could be “catastrophic” for your business.


This talk presents my top 10...

3:40pm - 4:30pm

by Matt Wynne
Founder at Cucumber Ltd

As lead developer of Cucumber and author of The Cucumber Book, Matt gets asked to consult with organisations who want to introduce Behaviour-Driven Development (BDD). Time after time, he meets teams who are trapped doing half-arsed agile. They do the easy, obvious, visible agile practices, and none of the powerful, hard-to-master, hard-to-see ones.


When these teams ask for help learning BDD, we get a chance to remind them how important conversations and collaboration are...

4:50pm - 5:40pm

by Tim Ottinger
Senior Consultant at Industrial Logic

by Ruud Wijnands
Director Systems Engineering at Philips Innovation Services

Your modern “agile” transition has been a bit of a nightmare. On top of all the work you normally do, you have extra meetings, extra practices, extra responsibilities, more pressure, less accomplishment, and no time to think whatsoever. Not feeling “empowered?” Is this what the first Scrum and XP teams did? And yet, there are people in the world who seem to be legitimately enjoying their experience. They are doing the same things you are doing: they have morning meetings, sprints, story-...


Covering innovative topics

Wednesday, 4 March

  • Architecture Improvements

    Next gen architecture, Arch over the full lifecycle, Bleeding edge tech in legacy, Cognitive biases in architecture, Evolving Architecture.

  • Big Data Frameworks, Architectures, and Data Science

    As big data tools and architectures continue to evolve, how do you architect and select technologies that work now but are also future-proof?

  • DevOps and Continuous Delivery: Code Beyond the Dev Team

    As infrastructure becomes as malleable as code, a unified approach from reqs to ops is needed to deliver promised breakthroughs.

  • Engineering Culture

    The best teams and companies talk about how to create amazing engineering cultures.

  • Java - Not Dead Yet

    Java is evolving to meet developer and business needs, from lambdas in Java 8 to built-in support for money types rumoured for Java 9.

  • Mind Matters at Work

    How theories from neuroscience and psychology can help us better understand IT professionals and discover what really motivates them.

Thursday, 5 March

  • Docker, containers and application portability

    People building stuff for and with containers showing why application portability is important, and what can be done with expanding ecosystems.

  • Evolving agile

    Reflecting on and learning from successes and failures in applying agile approaches since the creation of the Agile Manifesto and exploring ways of applying agile practices to increase business value.

  • HTML and JS Today

    The state of the art in web technologies. What is important to know and why?

  • Internet of Things

    What software devs need to know to design and build for instrumented environments and reactive things, what new issues and questions it raises.

  • Modern CS in the Real World

    How modern CS helps you tackle today's problems.

  • Reactive Architecture

    How to create reactive systems is more than simply learning a framework. Thinking in a reactive way helps you to design responsive architectures.

  • The Go Language

    The Go Language - Concurrency, Performance, Systems Programming.

Friday, 6 March

  • Architectures You've Always Wondered About

    Get a rare look behind the scenes and get to see the architectures of the most well-known sites with the least known architectures.

  • Low latency trading

    The 'race to zero' continues. Join us to learn about the latest tecniques being deployed to optimise order routing and execution.

  • Open source in finance

    Financial services have changed from OS as cost-saving to a competitive weapon. See open source projects that are disrupting the finance industry.

  • Product Mastery

    Come have fun with fellow PMs and BAs as you learn about Value Management. We'll even tell you dark tales of Snarks, Hippos and other obstacles.

  • Taming Microservices

    Tackling the challenges of microservices in practice.

  • Taming Mobile

    Mobile is no longer the Next Big Thing but a requirement for your business. Hear from those who have implemented successful mobile systems.