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
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.
John 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.
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 www.nhs.uk 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
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
January 10th - Adam Mitchell: Hello... I'm Your Project Manager! plus Kev McCabe: The Agile Fluency Model
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!
8th November, James Hull - We Become What We Behold: Sociology, software and Conway's Law + Stephen Mounsey, Listening: An essential skill for software testers
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?
“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.
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.
Bio: Geoff 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 www.inspectandadapt.com/blog
Details for the short speaking slot are still to be confirmed.
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
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. http://incitealliance.co.uk/victoria-cassells.html
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
9th August: Jon Terry, Scrumagilean (A Pragmatic Intro to Lean Principles) + Josh Lynas, Amigos (An Alternative Approach to Agile Analysis)
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 LeanKit.com/blog
What is the Business Analyst role in an Agile team? A look at useful techniques to help teams engage with Agile.
Bio: A 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.
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?
Bio: Ian 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 https://workspatiallychallenged.wordpress.com
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!
Bio: Back 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 http://www.mckennaagiletraining.com
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