Wednesday April 12th: John Le Drew with Swearing, Nudity and Other Vulnerable Positions plus Chris Cheadle & Sean Craig on Firebreak Tall Tales - A Break From Routine

posted 23 Mar 2017, 19:34 by Royd Brayshay   [ updated 3 Apr 2017, 02:00 ]

This month John Le Drew, host of the Agile Path podcast is previewing his talk about safety and it looks great. Also AY regulars Sean Craig and Chris Cheadle will be presenting an experience report on an innovation experiment they ran within the NHS. They'll be sharing their insight warts and all.

Eventbrite - April 2017 Agile Yorkshire Meetup

John Le Drew at Agile YorkshireJohn Le Drew: Swearing, Nudity and Other Vulnerable Positions

Over 3 months John recorded over 60 hours of interviews and spoke to some of the most respected people in the industry to produce an audio documentary that attempts to answer the question “What is safety? And why is it important anyway?”
This highly interactive talk will present the findings and guide and challenge you through a journey to understanding safety. 
This talk has grown as John created the new podcast The Agile Path. The first season on this podcast (which will launch in Jan 17) is about safety in teams. John has interviewed world renowned specialists in the field; Christopher Avery, David Marquet, Jerry Weinberg, Esther Derby, Johanna Rothman, Woody Zuill and many more in over 60 hours of audio. This has been a fascinating deep dive learning experience for John and he hopes to explore these insights with the audience.

Bio: John has over 17 years of experience working in software engineering as a system administrator, software engineer, technical lead, technical director, development manager and agile coach. He currently runs the consultancy firm Wise Noodles here he helps organisations solve tough technical problems by untangling their people problems. He is also host of The Agile Path Podcast which creates in-depth audio documentaries on the topics that most affect organisations transitioning to agile ways of working.
Twitter: @antz29 Website:

Chris Cheadle at Agile Yorkshire
Sean Craig at Agile Yorkshire

Chris Cheadle & Sean Craig: Firebreak Tall Tales - A Break From Routine

Towards the end of last year, we decided to remove as many constraints as possible and let our let team at NHS.UK work on what they wanted for 2 weeks. We borrowed the idea, and the name, from GOV.UK but of course they weren't the first and won't be the last. This is our story. What worked, what didn't, what we will do differently next time and why we think you might want to consider one where you work.

Bio: Apart from two years as an International Account Manager for software sales, Chris has been leading project delivery in both the public and private sector since 1996. During the early 2000s Chris developed a passion for improving how organisations work and has strived to combine delivery with effectiveness and efficiency improvements since. Accredited in 2004 for leading the capability maturity improvement in both delivery marques at level 3 by the APMGroup; a world first. In October 2009, he joined the team delivering the website and since January 2011 he has been leading the project and programme teams at NHS Choices.
Sean is an experienced leader of software development teams with over 20 years’ experience in technical roles with organisations such as Kellogg’s, IBM, Yorkshire Water, Asda, Department of Health and currently dev manager for NHS.UK at NHS Digital.
An agile and lean advocate and implementer and he’s transformed teams from waterfall to agile in multiple organisations. 

Tuesday March 14th: Amy Thompson and Velocity: The Golden Snitch of Scrum plus Jon Fulton with Agile Telemetry: Using Data Like a Formula 1 Team

posted 10 Mar 2017, 02:34 by Royd Brayshay   [ updated 10 Mar 2017, 06:14 ]

Last month's two engineering based presentations received great feedback but we like to mix things up and this month it's all metrics, data and quantitative decision making. This should be the foundation and focus of any lean / agile leadership team, however this is sometimes not the case. When an organisation uses data well it knows what it's capable of and can match resources to demand, deliver predictably and react in real time to production problems before they escalate. Unfortunately the lagging indicator reports of old are still alive and in common use, accompanied by the familiar lurching from one crisis to the next. 
Come along this month, learn from others and don't let that happen.

Eventbrite - March 2017 Agile Yorkshire Meetup

Amy Thompson at Agile Yorkshire

Amy Thompson and Velocity: The Golden Snitch of Scrum

No-one seems to talk about velocity anymore. I want to talk about velocity. And Harry Potter a bit. I mean I like Harry Potter, but I like stable velocity a fair bit more. I'm going to talk about why velocity is so important to me, why it should be so important to you, and how its possible achieve predictable delivery when you catch the Golden Snitch of Scrum. 

Bio: Amy Thompson is an award winning Scrum Master and Agile Coach who is passionate about Agile practices. Specialising in Scrum and Kanban, her belief in discipline and structure has transformed many teams to high performing success. Having worked in an array of organisations from large enterprises to FinTech startups, there's not much she hasn't seen. Amy firmly believes the key to high performance is a collective mantra of 'setting each other up for success', and educates both teams and senior management on how to do this well.
twitter: @Scrum_Mistress + blog and website

Jon Fulton at Agile Yorkshire
Jon Fulton with Agile Telemetry: Using Data Like a Formula 1 Team

Formula 1 teams use data to fuel continuous improvement. Can agile teams do the same with Metrics? If they can, what effect can this have on people? Jon will share thoughts and experiences from using Metrics with agile teams.

Bio: Jon spent 12 years as a software developer before swapping code for people in 2012. Since then he has worked with teams to use Agile and Lean techniques to deliver great results, ranging from software for ticketing and turnstiles at the London Olympic park, to Online Sports Betting. Last year Jon joined Sky’s brand new technology centre at Leeds Dock, where he is now involved in the continuous development of Sky’s Kids App, streaming children’s TV to mobile devices.
twitter: @JonFultonUK

Tues February 21st - Dr Oliver Shaw: Test Driven Development, the most misused term in software development? and Keith Williams: Dependencies, Injection and Abstraction for Fun and Profit

posted 9 Feb 2017, 08:26 by Royd Brayshay   [ updated 15 Feb 2017, 07:36 ]

It's a while since Agile Yorkshire had an entire evening of content that was firmly planted in agile engineering but for February we're back to our roots. We're still building our calendar for 2017 so watch out for new announcements and get in touch if you know someone with a story to tell.

Eventbrite - February 2017 Agile Yorkshire Meetup

Dr Oliver Shaw: Test Driven Development, the most misused term in software development?

In this talk Oliver describes what "Doing TDD" is and, importantly, what it isn't. He will make the ethos of TDD very clear and show you how to do TDD via a live coding demo. He touches on mocking, the testing pyramid and finishes by doing a fanaticism check with the audience.

Bio: Oliver is an associate with Equal Experts. Currently assisting the public sector. Oliver has an interest in creating pragmatic, quality software and getting that into live as soon as possible using DevOps techniques. Specific tech interests include Scala, Docker, CI/CD. Co-Organiser of DevOps North East. 
twitter: @olly_shaw

Keith Williams at Agile Yorkshire
Keith Williams: Dependencies, Injection and Abstraction for Fun and Profit

What is abstraction, and when should you use it? How much is too little, and how much is too much? Why are we even bothering anyway? If you get it right, you might just make your life much easier; get it wrong and you might end up wishing that you never bothered.
In this talk, we’ll examine what abstraction (and, more specifically, dependency injection) is, what it does, and how it can make your code more testable and reliable, as well as being a key factor in enabling continuous delivery.

Bio: Keith began his career by setting up websites for local bands; since then he has progressed from web developer to senior developer and technical architect, moving from PHP to .NET, and has changed his mind about all aspects of development more times than he can count. He’s currently leading the development team at Sun Branding Solutions, with the stated mission of keeping the company on the bleeding edge without losing too much blood in the process.
twitter: @zogface

January 10th - Adam Mitchell: Hello... I'm Your Project Manager! plus Kev McCabe: The Agile Fluency Model

posted 4 Jan 2017, 14:47 by Neil McLaughlin   [ updated 5 Jan 2017, 08:15 ]

Eventbrite - January 2017 Agile Yorkshire Meetup

Adam Mitchell: Hello... I'm Your Project Manager!

The dichotomy between agile teams and traditional management has plagued my world for the past few years. I look at scenarios you might come up against and how I've tried to deal with them to allow companies to transform into an agile way of delivery.

Bio: Agile coach and triathlete. Spent the last 14yrs working in IT around Leeds/Manchester. Left development behind and moved into helping companies with agile transformation programs. 

Kev McCabe at Agile Yorkshire
Kev McCabe: The Agile Fluency Model

Agile is about teams and people, and the success of any project will depend on it team(s). Team fluency is more than the capabilities of the team members. There is also the management structures, relationships, and company culture, as well as the tools, practices and technologies that the team use. Many agile teams have plateaued, while we all know that continuous improvement is a foundation of agile, many teams has stopped making these improvements. They lose the benefits that can be had for themselves and the company. The Agile Fluency Model will help guide a pathway through many of these issues and work with the wider business to incorporate them into the agile process.

Bio: Kev has worked with large corporations in the Finance, Media, E-commerce and Logistics spaces. He’s currently a freelance code smith, coach & trainer; With a passion to improve developers from the ground up in all areas of development. He also has a huge Interest in all things Agile since 2002, mainly XP, but of late Scrum & Kanban having become a Certified Scrum Master in 2012 and Accredited Kanban Practitioner in 2013 and SAFe agilist in 2015. 

Eventbrite - January 2017 Agile Yorkshire Meetup

December 13th - Annual Lightning Talks

posted 6 Dec 2016, 10:45 by Neil McLaughlin   [ updated 10 Dec 2016, 08:19 ]

Agile Yorkshire Lightning Talks Competition
Every year around Christmas we host the annual Agile Yorkshire Lightning Talk Competition. It's an Xmas tradition to make the December 13th meeting a celebration of community speaking, with prizes to boot. If you haven't been before then you've definitely missed out on a quite a bit of fun and an opportunity to be inspired. 

The topics are now confirmed!

David Oakes"Do You Trust Your Dog ?" - All about building and developing trusting relationships
Andy BurginHello, this is Windows support desk...

This is the humerous tale of when the support scammers picked on the wrong guy. I'll explain how on two occasions I spent over an hour winding up a fake support company. I'll explain many of the petty and annoying techniques I used to cause the poor "support" team to despair at my self imposed inept abilities and why they resorted to calling me a "monkey". But there is a serious side to this and hopefully you'll take the "funnies" from this and share it with those who might be at risk.
Tom CraneDifferent types of failure
Adam Mitchell Why Triathlon is better than football
Steve TrappsThe problem with Agile is...
Mr Ethar AlaliMonsterLith Inc: A Tale of two Ditties
Dave LiveseyGeospatial for dummies - why mapping matters
Daniel DrozdzewskiWhy does your browser think #chucknorris is a color ?
Naeem Sarfraz"You built what I asked for, it's not what I needed"

Eventbrite - December 2016 Agile Yorkshire Meetup

8th November, James Hull - We Become What We Behold: Sociology, software and Conway's Law + Stephen Mounsey, Listening: An essential skill for software testers

posted 1 Nov 2016, 16:50 by Neil McLaughlin   [ updated 5 Nov 2016, 04:47 ]

Eventbrite - November 2016 Agile Yorkshire Meetup

James Hull Headshot
James Hull - We Become What We Behold: Sociology, software and Conway's Law

Conway's Law states that 'organizations which design systems ... are constrained to produce designs which are copies of the communication structures of these organizations' - e.g. highly distributed development teams will produce a distributed application architecture.

""First we shape our tools, then our tools shape us"". In the context of software development, do we reflect enough on the way our environment, tools, languages etc determine how we view the world and attempt to problem solve?

What can awareness of these sociological aspects of software do to help our work, and what are the implications for business, politics and the economy?

Bio: Freelance Agile and Systems Thinking consultant and developer @jamesahull

Stephen Mounsey Image
Stephen Mounsey, Listening: An essential skill for software testers

“When you talk you are repeating what you already know. But if you listen, you may learn something new” Dalai Lama

Are you really listening? Listening is an important skill for any human being but for a tester an essential skill. If part of testing is about information gathering and interpretation then Listening is a key component.

A detailed look at the art of listening with parallels being drawn between listening theories and how we test. Listening when done effectively has the potential to change your relationships as well as your testing.

Bio: Stephen is a scrum master and agile coach who values visualisation, games, play and fun at work. He's an enthusiastic agilist with a passion for emergent thinking and self organising teams. When Stephen gets time away from his 2 dogs and 2 young children, he likes to attend and speak at agile and test meet ups.

Eventbrite - November 2016 Agile Yorkshire Meetup

11th October, Geoff Watts: What really is agile coaching? + TBC

posted 3 Oct 2016, 15:17 by Neil McLaughlin   [ updated 19 Oct 2016, 08:01 by Royd Brayshay ]

Geoff Watts at Agile Yorkshire

Geoff Watts: What really is agile coaching?

An agile coach is not the same as a professional coach...or are they? Geoff will explain why his book The Coach's Casebook - a book that doesn't mention agile once - is relevant to those looking to be successful in being agile and why agile coaching as the term is currently understood possibly needs redefining. 

BioGeoff was the first Certified Scrum Trainer in the UK and also the first Certified Scrum Coach in the UK. He combines his agile coaching and training with professional leadership coaching and is on a mission to bring the discipline of professional coaching more into the day to world of agile coaching.  Geoff is also the author of the best selling agile book Scrum Mastery and the International Book Award winning coaching book The Coach's Casebook @geoffcwatts

Details for the short speaking slot are still to be confirmed.

Eventbrite - October 2016 Agile Yorkshire Meetup

13th September: Victoria Cassells, What's the advantage of Servant Leadership for you and your organisation? plus Colin Jones, Connecting Agile Processes to Business Strategy

posted 6 Sep 2016, 16:07 by Neil McLaughlin   [ updated 7 Sep 2016, 01:55 ]

Victoria Cassells: What's the advantage of Servant Leadership for you and your organisation?

You are the leaders of the future. As you look round the world today business and society you can see lots of examples of poor leadership and some rare but wonderful examples of leaders who develop and inspire their people. In the processes you use with your clients it is essential that you are feeling confident and are growing as you deliver your work. Servant Leadership is a philosophy and approach which is at the heart of creating and sustaining successful individuals, businesses and relationships.

Bio: Victoria started her career as a Business Systems Analyst and became an Executive in a major Blue Chip organisation responsible for applications development...she then realised her real interest was in developing people to be the best they can! For the last twenty years she has specialised in Leadership Development through group work and one to one Executive Coaching. She has worked extensively cross culturally and in over 30 countries. She knows the difference that ethical leadership can make to people at work and in the world.

Colin Jones, Connecting Agile Processes to Business Strategy

Agile delivery micro-ecosystems are well understood, structured, effective and evolutionary. How they link to corporate macro-ecosystems is far less clear.  Depending upon the corporate cultures of teams interfacing with Agile squads, working practices can range from aligned and clearly valuable to disconnected and frustrating.

Effectively interfacing Agile teams with business processes transcends backlogs, burn-downs and release trains.  The challenge comprises of seamlessly coupling Agile processes to the overarching business strategy.

Bio: Colin is an experienced technical architect who has founded a company which explores solutions that elevate visibility of Agile processes to business managers. @neatcol

Eventbrite - September 2016 Agile Yorkshire Meetup

9th August: Jon Terry, Scrumagilean (A Pragmatic Intro to Lean Principles) + Josh Lynas, Amigos (An Alternative Approach to Agile Analysis)

posted 3 Aug 2016, 14:50 by Neil McLaughlin   [ updated 3 Aug 2016, 14:59 ]

Eventbrite - August 2016 Agile Yorkshire Meetup

Jon Terry
Jon Terry: Scrumagilean - a pragmatic intro to Lean principles

We all know that Agile is sweeping the project management world. Or is it Lean? Lean Agile? Scrum? Kanban? Scrumagilean, maybe? Jon Terry of LeanKit will discuss how these ideas relate to each other. How Lean principles provide the organizational framework to allow Agile to succeed beyond the team level. What the Kanban method really is. Hint: It's not just an alternative to Scrum for maintenance teams. And how you can use the data that Kanban provides for dramatically better forecasting and continuous improvement. 

Bio: Jon Terry is CEO of LeanKit. Before LeanKit, Jon held a number of senior IT positions with hospital-giant HCA and its logistics subsidiary, HealthTrust Purchasing Group. He was among those responsible for launching HCA’s adoption of Lean/Agile methods. Jon earned his Global Executive MBA from Georgetown University and ESADE Business School in Barcelona, Spain, and his Masters Certificate in Project Management from George Washington University. He is a Project Management Professional, a Certified Scrum Master, a Kanban Coaching Professional, is certified in the Lean Construction Institute’s Last Planner Method, and trained in the SAFe Lean Systems Engineering method. @Leankitjon

Joshua Lynas
Josh Lynas: Amigos: An Alternative Approach to Agile Analysis

What is the Business Analyst role in an Agile team? A look at useful techniques to help teams engage with Agile.

BioA Business Analyst with a passion for Agile. Josh joined Sky straight from the University of Leeds, and in the past 4 years has worked with a variety of teams and experienced the very different approaches and definitions of Agile that each team develops. 

Eventbrite - August 2016 Agile Yorkshire Meetup

12th July: Ian Ellison, What matters to people about workspace? plus Nick McKenna, SAFe Experiences

posted 3 Jul 2016, 09:04 by Neil McLaughlin   [ updated 4 Jul 2016, 03:08 ]

Eventbrite - July 2016 Agile Yorkshire Meetup

Picture Ian Ellison
Ian Ellison, What matters to people about workspace?

Ian will share insights from his doctoral research, which utilised a novel research technique to qualitatively explore two contemporary 'knowledge work space' case-settings - one 'traditional' workspace and one 'co-working' workspace. He will encourage attendees to consider the difference between 'workspace' and 'workplace', and indeed what matters to them personally, and for their own organisations. The session will conclude with a collaborative exploration of 'agile' - a term with different connotations in the workplace and software development arenas - is there some sort of overlap, and what might the implications be?

BioIan has 18 years’ experience spanning facilities and workplace management, education, research and consultancy, and is currently a Senior Lecturer at Sheffield Hallam University. He has developed a reputation as an engaging and entertaining thought leader and is regularly invited to speak on the industry conference circuit where he shares research findings alongside insights from practice and academia. Ian is particularly interested in change leadership and workplace challenges within organisations and has been involved in a range of commissions to help facilitate organisational performance improvement. Ian has published journal articles, papers and book chapters exploring the human and cultural elements of organisational and workspace change, including organisational ecologies, social constructionism and FM, and the paucity of critical, sociological awareness in the industry. He is currently completing his doctorate which has involved five years of research using innovative qualitative methods to explore 'what matters' to both providers and users of organisational space in both traditional and co-working workspace environments. He has shared insights from his research for Workplace Trends, IFMA Foundation, Euro FM, BIFM and at a range of other industry ‘thought leader’ events. @ianellison

Pic Nick McKenna
Nick McKenna: SAFe Experiences

The Scaled Agile Framework (SAFe) is the most popular of the Agile scaling methods. McKenna Consultants have been implementing SAFe with several clients over the last 18 months. This short presentation is the "war story" of implementing SAFe for a high-profile new Android product development. We will tell you all about the triumphs and perils of implementing Agile at scale!

BioBack in March 2004, Nick had a vision to create a software company who built high quality, professional, value delivering systems. He was inspired by everything that he was learning from the (back then) revolutionary Agile approaches to software development and felt that these principles would make for the foundations of a great company. So, on 22nd March 2004, McKenna Consultants was born in Harrogate, UK. Fast forward 12 years and McKenna Consultants is a leading provider of Agile Coaching, Mentoring and Training to other software development teams and companies. more @nickmckenna

Eventbrite - July 2016 Agile Yorkshire Meetup

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