Wed 13th December: The Annual Xmas Lightning Talks Competition

posted 24 Nov 2017, 04:13 by Royd Brayshay   [ updated 5 Dec 2017, 04:49 ]

Xmas Lighting Talks Competiton
Wed 13th December

Eventbrite - December 2017 Agile Yorkshire Meetup

Christmas is just around the corner and to celebrate over the last few years we've hosted a Lightning Talks CompetitionIt's a fun pack festive celebration of community tech. public speaking. If you haven't been before you've definitely missed out on an opportunity to be inspired. We've an amazing line up a speakers and topics, some significant prizes plus plenty of food and fun.

Topics and Speakers

Sally Bridgewater - Agile ADHD: How Scrum saved my relationship
Gary McAdam - How the MVP is misunderstood, misused and abused, and how to do MVP properly!
James Scanlan - Enterprise Architecture versus Agile Delivery: Let them fight
Eva Barabas - User Needs Lead Leadership
Andy Butcher - Agile Architecture at SkyBet
Bernard Jauregui - Agile Smells
Tom Hudson - Big Numbers and the 1Hz CPU
Geoff Bowden - The Future
Brian Teeman - The web would be better if we all spoke english

Wed 8th November: Karl Scotland - Leading Lasting Learning: Becoming a Lean Enterprise with Strategy Deployment plus Ian Thomas - Does anyone remember YAGNI?

posted 21 Oct 2017, 13:37 by Royd Brayshay   [ updated 21 Oct 2017, 15:34 ]

Over the years Agile Yorkshire has been for fortunate in hosting some of the industries most experienced practitioners and this month is a prime example. Karl Scotland has been sharing his insights and experience through his blog and speaking at conferences for many years. He played a fundamental role in contributing and popularising the Kanban body of knowledge in it's early days and continues to do so. Ian Thomas brings his experience as an architect at one of our regions largest technology businesses to reflect on some of Extreme Programming's fundamental principles through real world examples.
Eventbrite - November 2017 Agile Yorkshire Meetup

Karl Scotland at Agile Yorkshire
Karl Scotland - Leading Lasting Learning: Becoming a Lean Enterprise with Strategy Deployment

Learning is a key part of both Lean and Agile. Learning about customer needs and how to most effectively meet those needs. But as well as learning how to solve today's problems, we need to be able to solve tomorrow's problems, and next weeks, and next years. We need to learn how to learn. And we want all that learning to be aligned towards the addressing the same critical challenges or opportunities. That requires leadership to create an environment where experimentation is encouraged.
This talk will explore how Strategy Deployment can be used lead lasting learning and introduce some tools and techniques which can help achieve that goal.
Bio: Karl Scotland helps businesses become Learning Organisations. Over the last 15 years he has been an advocate of Lean and Agile approaches to achieve this, working with companies including the BBC, Yahoo!, EMC Consulting and Rally Software. During this time, he has been a pioneer of using Kanban Systems and Strategy Deployment for product development, a founding member of both the Lean Systems Society and Limited WIP Society, as well as being active in the community and a regular conference speaker. As a result he was awarded the honorary Brickell Key Community Contribution Award at the 2013 Lean Kanban North America conference.
Twitter: @kjscotland Website:

Ian Thomas at Agile Yorkshire
Ian Thomas - Does anyone remember YAGNI?

Extreme programming kickstarted a lot of what we consider the modern agile movement, but many of its practices often fall by the wayside due to the high discipline required to implement them. This talk looks at the "you aren't gonna need it" principle and how engineering teams often find themselves walking the fine line between gold plating and unstructured bloat in their delivery of software. Using real-world examples from recent work, we will look at how YAGNI can help (and hinder) our efforts to deliver the best software for our customers.
Bio: Ian Thomas is a Software Architect working to develop the next generation of sports betting experiences at Sky Betting & Gaming. Leading teams tasked with building API-driven, component-based applications which, when combined, form a cohesive, resilient and performant customer experience which cope with both the scale of the customer base and engineering team.
Twitter: @anatomic Website:

Wed 11th October: Matt Barnaby - Changing the Change: Agile in Public Services plus Joe Stead - The Trials and Tribulations of Greenfield vs Legacy Projects

posted 5 Oct 2017, 06:28 by Royd Brayshay   [ updated 5 Oct 2017, 07:58 ]

The cost of public services are in constant scrutiny and anyone who's worked on a public sector software project knows there is plenty of room for doing things differently if there is a motivation to do so, saving enormous amounts of money in the process. Some of you will remember Martin Sumner speaking at Agile Yorkshire back in January 2015 comparing the NHS Spine 1 project with the Spine 2 project. The former a traditionally procured and run waterfall affair requiring hundreds of outsourced consultants and lots of expensive proprietary hardware and the second a pilot for an agile approach employing a tenth of the resources and taking significant advantage of low cost, open source infrastructure. In a non IT context Malcolm Gladwell's much discussed 2006 article in the New Yorker Million-Dollar Murray challenges the accepted approach to dealing with the homeless with a system thinking eye that should be familiar to us in the agile community. This month Matt Barnaby will share his thoughts on doing this differently in the public sector in our main speaking slot followed by Agile Yorkshire regular Joe Stead's reflections on working with new and existing product code bases. 

Eventbrite - October 2017 Agile Yorkshire Meetup 2

Matt Barnaby - Changing the Change: Agile in Public Services

Matt Barnaby speaking at Agile Yorkshire
Times are hard in public services. An increasing demand for providing services to the most vulnerable members of society is being undermined by crippling bureaucracy, continuous budget cuts, increased stress and 'more for less' as a mantra. 
In fact, times are really hard! How on earth do services cope with change? For years Basis (a RedQuadrant Company) has been helping public services to 'change the change', to do 'it' differently. You guessed - we use agile to do it differently. How do we do it? Come and find out. Our session is going to walk through a number of cases where we have 'changed the change'. We have delivered savings of millions, dramatically improved social care practice whilst making savings, and engaged staff in re-developing their own mental health services to halve the customer journey time whilst boosting quality.
We intend to demonstrate how progressive prototypes are so much more beneficial to delivering the right thing sooner (which might not have been what they thought they wanted, right?) and how self-organising cultures maximise the use of agile.
We also like to play games so come prepared, you might need to get creative (or lose some clothing!)

Bio: Matt is agile coach specialising in change, improvement, project mobilisation and the delivery of transformation to create organisational efficiency, process and service redesign within public services. Matt has delivered effective agile models with the sole purpose of making things better for people delivering - or indeed receiving - services. His work has brought sustainable change to public services. He started his career as a youth worker, before working with many different public sector clients as an agile coach. These range from 20 local authorities (in the UK and Australia) to the NHS. His work has also seen him delivering projects in other sectors such as transport, finance and central government. 
Twitter: matthewbarnaby Website:

Joe Stead - The Trials and Tribulations of Greenfield vs Legacy Projects

Joe Stead speaking at Agile Yorkshire
I've spent a large chunk of my career working on greenfield projects, the promised land. All of the projects faced different issues, and we worked towards coming up with different solutions. The promised land wasn't all it's cracked up to be. 
Recently, I've spent a lot of time working on legacy projects, bringing them into the modern world. Again, these projects aren't perfect and presented a whole variety of different issues. Let's explore the types of projects, and decide which is better: Greenfield, or Legacy.

Bio: The majority of my career has been dominated by the .NET world, although recently my focus has been on exploring the greater development community. I'm a firm believer of continually learning and trying new things, you never know what else is out there. Recently, I've focused on setting up a user group and developer community in Hull, HullDevs
Twitter: @Joe_Stead Website:

Mon 18th September: Adrian Frost and Ian Franklin - Conflict Doesn't Have to Mean Confrontation, a co-created event plus Gwen Diagram - How Becoming T-Shaped Can Cause a Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde

posted 11 Sep 2017, 09:11 by Royd Brayshay   [ updated 11 Sep 2017, 10:17 ]

Most software products emerge from teams of people collaborating together, but the quality and style of that collaboration can have a considerable influence on any outcome. Any group of people working together needs time to form but is there a way for individuals or organisations to get better at that? Any improvements would surly make a difference to product development outcomes and therefor be commercially worth while? This month we'll be exploring team interaction with three speakers: Adrian Frost and Ian Franklin from IdeaSmiths and Gwen Diagram, long standing Agile Yorkshire participant and current testing superstar at Sky.

Eventbrite - September 2017 Agile Yorkshire Meetup

Adrian Frost speaker at Agile YorkshireIan Franklin speaker at Agile Yorkshire

Adrian Frost and Ian Franklin - Conflict Doesn't Have to Mean Confrontation - a co-created event

Conflict is an inevitable part of day to life yet many people find it challenging to deal with– it can make us feel uncomfortable, it can affect the performance of our team and it can cause organisations to lose talent. By drawing on the conflicts you face (or fear to face!) Adrian will facilitate a shared learning experience, exploring the challenges, opportunities and creative solutions that conflict can bring. Ian will also add his own deep understanding of people and psychology to help us understand why we do what we do, and how we can change. During the highly interactive session we will learn from each other, we will learn about ourselves and we will learn some new approaches to help us be better equipped to face whatever conflicts we might encounter.

Bio: Adrian Frost is Managing Partner at IdeaSmiths LLP. Adrian’s specialist expertise is in organisational change and coaching. He has nearly 20 years of experience as a Management Consultant, soft skills development practitioner and coach. Adrian was the innovation and creativity Champion for Anglo Dutch steel company Corus and lead Change Agent for a £1.4Bn virtual Shared Services organisation. Since becoming an independent consultant Adrian has been involved in organisational change with a variety of Public Sector, Private Sector and third sector clients – including global law firms, banks, Universities, the NHS, Nigerian CAA etc.  Adrian teaches in Sheffield Business School and has spoken at a number of national conferences. He has published work on values based leadership and building a values based culture.
Ian Franklin is a Partner at IdeaSmiths LLP. Ian’s specialist expertise as a Chartered Psychologist is helping organisations engage with employees/users, teams to work better together and leaders to develop. He has over 20 years’ experience in employee engagement, inter-organisational teams (mainly with IT suppliers), and organisational change projects.  He worked as an internal consultant in the Public Sector at a senior level on major change and IT projects, he is currently Principle User Researcher with NHS Digital. 

Gwen Diagram speaks at Agile Yorkshire

Gwen Diagram - How Becoming T-Shaped Can Cause a Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde

In small teams, it’s common for people to share roles such as Scrum Master / Tester / Dev but in a lot of cases there are conflicting interests. How can a Tester adequately test when as a Scrum Master the highest priority is assisting the team to deliver? This is an experience report from when Gwen was working at a start up with a shared role of Tester, Scrum Master and DevOps and how the role affected her thinking when context switching to different roles. For example, how on more than one occasion, the scepticism of the Tester had to pull the optimism of the Scrum Master back to reality and then how the results of the testing were overshadowed by the need for the team to deliver. The T-shaped person is often looked upon as an incredibly valued member of the team but on becoming T-shaped has the person become a watered down version of their primary role? 

Bio: Gwen Diagram is a Tester/DevOps kid and a Scrum Master from Leeds, UK.  She's experienced the Ops side of when releases go wrong and the Testing side of when issues make their way up to live. She's also dabbled in the dark arts of Scrum Master and gotten far too involved with databases in the past. She’s currently working at Sky as a Tester and enjoys spending most her day trying to make releases a non event. She's a bit of a conference junkie and can usually be found at Testing, DevOps or Agile conferences or occasionally be found dragging her Developer all over the world building crazy systems in very little time using CI and CD.
Twitter: @gwendiagram

Wed. 9th Aug: Ian Carroll on How long will it take? How much will it cost? + John Le Drew and The product owner is an agile anti-pattern + Ian Lister with Cynefin A Gentle Introduction

posted 26 Jul 2017, 01:44 by Royd Brayshay   [ updated 26 Jul 2017, 02:57 ]

One of the nice things to have witnessed over the last few years is the growing number of people regularly speaking on lean / agile topics across and based in the north of England. With a slight change to our normal format this months gathering is a showcase of talent with three speakers all from our region. Ian Carroll runs Lean Agile Manchester and we've been trying to coax him along for some time, John Le Drew ran an excellent session at Agile Yorkshire on safety a few months and hosts the Agile Path podcast and Ian Lister is making his debut appearance. Hope everyone is having a great summer and see you in a couple of weeks.

Eventbrite - August 2017 Agile Yorkshire Meetup

Ian Carroll at Agile Yorkshire
Ian Carroll - How long will it take? How much will it cost?

The two questions that have haunted development teams since the beginning of 01/01/1970. In this session we explore the fear associated with deadlines, milestones, and commitments and how to turn this fear into positive focus to embrace the constraint.  We introduce a new estimation technique to help you to manage expectations more effectively.

Bio: Ian Carroll is a consultant, coach, and speaker on all topics related to Lean, Kanban and Agile software development. Using his 25 years of hands-on experience he helps clients transform their organisations using Agile & Lean techniques to lower costs while increasing their ability to respond to changing market demands and outperform competitors. Ian has trained and coached hundreds of software development teams in Agile, Lean and Kanban techniques.

John Le Drew at Agile Yorkshire
John Le Drew - The product owner is an agile anti-pattern

While business knowledge and domain expertise is useful and essential, is this only achievable with a 'single wringable neck'? What would happen if the whole team could be encouraged to take ownership of product direction?
This session looks at how we have often created dysfunctional relationships with our product owners through both the way we collaborate (or don't) with them and the language we use to talk about the role itself.

We will discuss questions like:
 - What is actually the role of the product owner?
 - Why do we discourage 'hero' developers but encourage 'hero' product owners?
 - How do we know what the right thing to do is?
 - Can the whole team engage in product ownership?

Bio: John has spent most of the last 2 decades working in the software industry, with a focus on web technologies. After 10 years as a software engineer John moved into consultancy where he quickly learned the value of team dynamics and how most technical challenges are projecting underlying issues with collaboration. So his focus shifted, while still being very involved technically, his first focus is on facilitating a safe, creative, collaborative environment. John also produces The Agile Path podcast

Ian Lister - Cynefin  A Gentle Introduction "Ever wondered why the world works the way that it does?

This is gentle wander through the foothills of Cynefin the complexity framework, which has recently gathered a lot of momentum in the Agile and lean communities.
Remember Context is King!

Bio: Ian has been in IT since last centenary, its indoor work without heavy lifting so coming from a family of Durham miners he counts himself very lucky.
He has worked in a variety of roles in that time, from Support Analyst to Oracle DBA, from Developer to Development Manager, before settling on being an Agile Coach and Scrum Master as a way of being able to do what he loves doing outside work, as an FA and ECB coach as his day job.
Ian has worked for a variety of organisations such as, HBOS, Bankwest, Close Brothers, NHS Digital and Vodafone to mention a but few.
He spent 7 happy years working for Bankwest in Perth, Western Australia, which is where he started his Agile Journey and learnt to surf before his wife made him come home, he’s over it now though.
Twitter: @idlister Website:

Tue. 11th July: Marcus Robinson and How We Use Value Stream Mapping to Identify Where to Focus to Achieve Maximum Impact and What it Takes to be an Agile Developer with Steve Trapps

posted 21 Jun 2017, 01:35 by Royd Brayshay   [ updated 3 Jul 2017, 03:01 ]

We're welcoming Microsoft Evangelist Marcus Robinson talking about value stream mapping for July. Organisations exploring what is actually happening during their product development life cycle isn't easy to spot. If they are the focus is more than likely at the development team level. But, there are often huge lead time gains to be made by looking up and downstream and value stream mapping is an excellent way to do this. Marcus is sharing his experiences doing this with clients. Steve Trapps is also back for July to explore the agile developer skill set and traits. Steve is a past winner of our lightening talks competition and always a popular contributor.

Eventbrite - July 2017 Agile Yorkshire Meetup

Marcus Robinson at Agile Yorkshire
Marcus Robinson - How We Use Value Stream Mapping to Identify Where to Focus to Achieve Maximum Impact

Creating a software development Value Stream Map is an exercise to identify delays caused by people, processes and tools. Over the past 12 months I have been running DevOps focused "hackfests" with customers. Prior to each event we meet to create a Value Stream Map of the software development processes. 
In addition to improving understanding of the existing state the exercise enables opportunities for improvement to be identified.   Given the fact engagements only last for a few days they have been vital in pinpointing which DevOps practices we should focus our effort.
The Value Stream Mapping process has not just been useful for the hackfest but has proved to be an extremely valuable process for all involved.
The value stream mapping exercise wasn't just useful in terms of laying out the technologies and processes.  It was also a bit of a trust and familiarisation exercise for the teams and individuals. We found it extremely valuable.
Isolating and realising how much ‘waste’ there was really interesting to me. I knew there was quite a lot but identifying exactly where and how much there was essentially gave us a green light to carry our further work to improve our build system.
During the session I will describe Value Stream Mapping and the process we carry out. I will then present a number of real world case studies and discuss some of the more interesting areas of waste that we have been able to identify.

Bio: An expert in Microsoft cloud technologies who enjoys designing solutions that take full advantage of the latest innovation and follow industry best practice. Currently focused on working with customers and communities who wish to enhance their use of DevOps and OSS technologies on Microsoft Azure.
Twitter: @techdiction Website

Steve Trapps at Agile Yorkshire
Steve Trapps - What it takes to be an Agile Developer

After being a Developer and having worked with some great Developers, Steve will highlight some of the characteristics that he believes a Developer should have when working in an Agile team.

Bio: Steve has over 20 years of IT experience in various roles; ranging from being a Head of Technology, to a Scrum Master for various development teams, Technical Architect on high profile projects to a Developer who is just happy to be coding away. 
During this time Steve has worked for sector leading companies, BSkyB, Nestle UK, Procter & Gamble whilst also working for small to medium enterprises help them to grow their business by supporting their development processes and the teams within.
Twitter: @stevetrapps Website

Wed. 14th June: Managing change in the 21st century: what we know and where we must do better with Mike Burrows. Plus Ivor Tymchak on Tell stories, not data.

posted 30 May 2017, 16:20 by Royd Brayshay   [ updated 6 Jun 2017, 04:24 ]

Author, regular conference speaker and founder of the Agendashift network Mike Burrows is back this month to talk about the perennial topic of managing change. As many of us know through experience, any kind of change is a hard won victory. This is especially so in larger organisations with numerous conflicting agendas. Mike insight is always fresh and  worth listening to. This months support slot is filled by Ivor Tymchak fresh from his TechOff victory at the Leeds International Festival. Ivor has been running speaker workshops with Agile Yorkshire for a couple of years now and is back to tell us how he won, pass on some tips and explain the new round of workshops we're organising to help budding presenters take their stories to the next level at conferences and beyond.

Eventbrite - June 2017 Agile Yorkshire Meetup

Mike Burrows at Agile Yorkshire
Managing change in the 21st century: what we know and where we must do better with Mike Burrows

Which is better: “top down”, with the challenge of overcoming resistance to change, or “bottom up”, perhaps never gathering momentum? Perhaps this is false choice? Could there be a third way, an approach to organisational transformation that is simultaneously respectful, ambitious, and sustainable?

Bio: Mike Burrows is author of Kanban from the Inside and founder of Agendashift, the home of an integrated set of online, workshop-based and coaching tools for a growing community of Lean-Agile transformation practitioners. Prior to these roles, he has been a CTO for a late-stage startup and Executive Director and global development manager for a top tier investment bank. Part I of his new book Agendashift: clean conversations, coherent collaboration, continuous transformation was published May 11th, 2017.
Twitter: @asplake Website:

Ivor Tymchak winner of the Leeds Techoff at Agile Yorkshire
Ivor Tymchak on Tell stories, not data.

Often, data is found that is so significant that the discoverers forget in their excitement to add a simple story to it before they try to explain it to the world. How the data is received by the public depends upon the story accompanying it.
In this talk, I'll tell you a story about a hugely important discovery, how data confirmed its efficacy but because it was lacking a good story it wasn't taken seriously for years resulting in the loss of countless lives. I'll also explain how I applied this story principle to the Tech-Off contest and came out the champion.

Ivor Tymchak at Agile Yorkshire
Bio: I'm an outsider. I ask a lot of questions about systems, ideas and beliefs and I analyse any answers given. Often, the answers don't make sense so I ask more questions. Because my background is one of a creative practitioner - film-maker, artist, musician, business owner, Bettakultcha organiser, presentation skills trainer - I've been allowed to ask these questions without arousing too much suspicion. I've learned a lot by doing this and I've got a lot to tell you - some of the stories you won't believe! I won't lie to you, though.
Twitter: @ivortymchak Website:

Tues. May 9th Tony Heap:Story Splitting for Beginners and Experts Alike and Stew Abel: Using AWS PaaS for an MVP

posted 7 May 2017, 23:33 by Royd Brayshay   [ updated 7 May 2017, 23:35 ]

Fresh from the hugely successful one day Crazy Agile Thing conference over Leeds Digital festival week we've two excellent speakers pluck from our own community this month. Tony Heap has always been very popular with his past session being amongst our most watch videos and Stew Able, long time supporter of AY is debuting as a speaker.

Eventbrite - May 2017 Agile Yorkshire Meetup

Tony Heap at Agile Yorkshire
Tony Heap:Story Splitting for Beginners and Experts Alike

User story splitting is an established practice on agile delivery teams. But in my experience, it’s really difficult to do well.
In this presentation I’ve pulled together everything I’ve learned about story splitting. I'll talk about why, when and how to split stories. I'll present different story splitting techniques and, most importantly, I'll show you what order to use them in. I'll also explain why I think it's dangerous to play with spikes!
If you're new to story splitting, this presentation is for you. If you think you already know how to split user stories, think again!

Bio: Tony Heap is a freelance agile coach / trainer / scrum master / business analyst designer based in Yorkshire. He has worked for all sorts of clients including HMRC, YBS Group, ASDA, Morrisons, NHS, DoH, RWE nPower, Arcadia, BT, BarclayCard and Egg, in some cases partnering with consultancies such as Equal Experts, BJSS and Answer Consulting. In his spare time he likes to share his experiences and ideas on his blog He is particularly interested in agile approaches and how they apply to business analysis. He is a requirements denier.

Stew Able at Agile Yorkshire
Stew Abel: Using AWS PaaS for an MVP

Need to start a new project? Do you need to keep your hosting costs low and development time short? Does throwing everything at AWS PaaS products help? Stewart decided to try just this to find out . Here he discusses his experience, and lessons learned.
Bio: Stew is a software development consultant, helping unlock potential in teams, and ensuring the right thing is built in a sustainable way.

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

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