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Software product design and engineering is an area rich in opinions and historic working practice. Also the modern agile methods prescribe many practices which may work for you if followed carefully but can just as easily lead to "cargo cult" activities that deliver no real business benefit. Going back to first principles and understanding some of the economics of software product development and understanding HOW Scrum, Kanban or <insert favourite method here> can deliver more value for the same cost is liberating. It unlocks a new ability to adapt popular practices to any circumstance and ensure the business benefits in the way expected. Adam Mitchell brings his knowledge and experience to this months meetup to explain some of the mysteries of product development economics. Chris Warren will also share his experience of shifting focus to the "left of the board" when building a top performing test strategy.

Eventbrite - August 2018 Agile Yorkshire Meetup

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  • Discovering How High Performing Teams Know More About Trust with Laurence Wood A lack of trust within working groups and organisational teams can have disastrous consequences for many aspects of work that ultimately conspire to produce worse outcomes. Trust is a fluid ...
    Posted 16 Jul 2018, 03:37 by Royd Brayshay
  • Andy Butcher on Knowing When to Stop and The Shit Nightclub Anti-pattern Everyone involved with software product development can tell you about a project they worked on that they knew was going no where. They could feel the stakeholders' ambivalence or sense ...
    Posted 16 Jul 2018, 02:52 by Royd Brayshay
  • Attempting to Create a Dynamic, lean and Innovative NHS with Andrew Meyer and Gary Green The NHS is a behemoth organisation by anyone's measure. Not only does it move medical mountains but requires IT solutions that support a scale comparable with any Silicon V ...
    Posted 12 Apr 2018, 10:37 by Royd Brayshay
  • Kev McCabe Talks Core Protocols for Shared Vision If you think of top performing teams as groups people who deliver high quality solutions over and over again in a time frame and budget that makes sense within their ...
    Posted 12 Apr 2018, 10:37 by Royd Brayshay
  • Agents of Change from Jon Fulton Change is a big part of the lean / agile culture either in the form of continuous improvement or continually adapting to customer needs or changing market conditions. Because of this ...
    Posted 14 Mar 2018, 06:07 by Royd Brayshay
  • Diversity, Chocolate and Safe Cracking with John Le Drew Diversity has been talked about a lot over the last few years and is prominent in the news at the moment, we also know the IT sector and particularly software ...
    Posted 14 Mar 2018, 04:21 by Royd Brayshay
  • The 2017 Agile Yorkshire Annual Lightning Talks Competition The Agile Yorkshire Xmas Lightning Talks Competition has become something of an annual highlight and a worthy celebration of community participation, regional technology talent and festive cheer. New faces always ...
    Posted 13 Mar 2018, 09:38 by Royd Brayshay
  • Ian Thomas Asks Does Anyone Remember YAGNI? The art of identifying what not to do or “the art of maximising the amount of work not done” as the agile manifesto describes it, is one the key secrets ...
    Posted 22 Feb 2018, 09:07 by Royd Brayshay
  • Leading Lasting Learning: Becoming a Lean Enterprise with Strategy Deployment with Karl Scotland Agile transformation is a stated goal for many larger organisations, whatever that actually means. But the world continues to turn and the business and technology landscape will always keep changing ...
    Posted 22 Feb 2018, 04:59 by Royd Brayshay
  • The Trials and Tribulations of Greenfield vs Legacy Projects with Joe Stead Developers generally love the freedom of building greenfield projects. Unencumbered by past decisions and conventions engineers are free to try new things and take blank sheet approach to overall design ...
    Posted 22 Feb 2018, 04:19 by Royd Brayshay
  • Matt Barnaby - Changing the Change: Agile in Public Services Changing the inner workings of the public sector has proven pretty difficult within the IT sector demonstrated by the succession of speakers we have hosted here at Agile Yorkshire. Matt ...
    Posted 11 Jun 2018, 06:01 by Royd Brayshay
  • Conflict Doesn't Have to Mean Confrontation - Adrian Frost and Ian Franklin No one wants conflict in a team or organisation but it regularly arises especially during times of change and transformation. Understandably different people are invested in different ways within any ...
    Posted 14 Mar 2018, 03:33 by Royd Brayshay
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