Track: Modern Agile Development


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Revisiting Agile today and tackling challenges we are seeing in the wild

Fifteen years after the creation of the Agile Manifesto, Agile continues to inspire, confound and contradict. More often than not, Agile practitioners vehemently disagree among themselves on everything related to "agile", ranging from the Agile values, principles and practices to the contexts in which Agile can be applied, the necessary conditions for success and the ultimate goal of Agile.

Join us to take a refreshing and heart-felt look through the kaleidoscope of Agile as applied in real life today by seasoned practitioners and together figure out ways we can make Agile more worthwhile going forward.

Track Host:
Portia Tung
Author of "The Dream Team Nightmare"
I’m a consultant-coach, storyteller, and games maker who combines business strategies with play to bring about positive organisational change. I’m an international speaker, and the creator of concepts such as Playmaking and Enterprise Gardening. I specialise in Agile adoption and organisational change. I’ve had a number of roles over the years, ranging from Java developer, to development manager, Agile consultant-coach and facilitator. I’m passionate about realising and increasing human potential through Systems Thinking, Real Options and team collaboration. I strive to build effective and meaningful teams by pragmatically applying Lean and Agile Values, Principles and Practices. I’m also the author of The Dream Team Nightmare, the first ever Agile novel where your decisions determine the outcome of the story. If you’ve enjoyed my sessions or my coaching style, you’ll love this first novel in the Agile Adventures series.
10:35am - 11:25am

by Richard Kasperowski
Author of The Core Protocols: A Guide to Greatness

Open Space
11:50am - 12:40pm

by Alex Wilson
Lead Research Developer @Unruly

by Vikki Read
Full-stack Developer @Unruly

Beyond Agile myths and legends, in a land far far away, a few valiant developers still practice XP - melding an old world Agile approach with cutting edge lean product techniques. Our teams have been using XP for the last decade and we continue to evolve our practice. Come to this talk to hear tales of our XP journey and how we have evolved from basic XP into a high functioning lean product development environment.

You will learn about modern approaches that you can apply in your own...

1:40pm - 2:30pm

by Jeffrey Fredrick
CTO @TimGroup

It is an implicit reality of the Agile Manifesto that we need to accept being wrong, yet people hate to be wrong. I’ve asked lots of rooms of lots of people to describe what it feels like to be wrong, and the response fall into a narrow range: Embarrassing. Depressing. Humiliating. All sort of variations on Bad.

This is an existential challenge to Agile. If there's anything people can agree on about the agile manifesto is that it is about people, and about the inability to perfectly...

2:55pm - 3:45pm

by Tony Grout
Head of Digital and Non-Digital Agile Transformation @LloydsBankingGroup

by Chris Matts
Agile Practitioner and Programme manager

So those expensive consultants helped you roll out an agile method like Scrum or DSDM across a number of teams, and if we’re honest the results have been mixed at best. Some people “get it”, some are just doing what they always did but dressing it up in the new terms, others are actively disengaged. The business stakeholders are getting fed up hearing teams tell them “We’re agile so we don’t do dates” or “You’ll get it when it’s ready”, and your senior management are on your back about...

4:10pm - 5:00pm

by Ian Dugmore
Product Owner for the Central Adoption Team @Barclays

by Jonathan Smart
Agility Lead @Barclays

Agile at scale means different things to different people depending on their context.

We want to share our personal experiences of very large scale Agile transformation, what we have done and how we’ve done it, not only in IT but beyond IT. Very large in our context is over 130,000 employees in 50 countries with four main businesses in Financial Services and a history of more than 300 years.

We will look at the challenge of using Agile to bring about culture change from...

5:25pm - 6:15pm

by Steve McDonald
Leads E-commerce Development @SagePay

by Mark Landeryou
Java developer @Sagepay

Agile means different things to different people. Some people say they’re agile, but that’s usually very different to another group of people who also claim they’re agile.

In this talk, we’ll share with you how we recommend getting your Agile transformation to a great start and sustain it in the long term. You’ll learn about the dangers of taking shortcuts when the going gets tough and the level of discipline required to get the most out of adopting Agile. We’ll cover the good, the...


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