Wed 9th May: Simon Cookson - Stakeholder Engagement, Sales Thinking and Should We All Be Product Owners? plus Simeon Smith - Business Analyst, Product Owner or Product Manager?

posted 30 Apr 2018, 07:24 by Royd Brayshay

Building the right thing and having a good outcome from a software project requires all sides to be wilfully collaborating in a creative and enthusiastic fashion. That may seem obvious and easy but the IT industry has a legacy culture to deal with. It's not uncommon for both sides to be evaluated on meeting deadlines and budget constraints but not always on costs saved or revenue generated by the outcome of a software project. Of course measuring outcomes isn't always easy and bringing people together to collaborate meaningfully when they may also have other day to day tasks to get done is a similar challenge. However in the world of software product development it's people working together that often transforms the outcome and this month our two speakers Simon Cookson and Simeon Smith are both drilling into upstream end of the product development pipeline.

Eventbrite - May 2018 Agile Yorkshire Meetup

Simon Cookson at Agile Yorkshire
Simon Cookson - Stakeholder Engagement, Sales Thinking and  Should We All Be Product Owners?

Simon will explore what agile teams could learn from sales thinking and practice about engaging stakeholders. Talk about how stakeholder engagement can build team resilience and explore whether we should all become mini-product owners.

Bio: Since gaining an MA in Creative Sector Management from The University of Sheffield’s Business School, Simon has worked in digital and creative businesses for over 20 years and his experience centres around sales, marketing and client services. Simon has been involved in founding successful digital start ups, helping build the UK’s first digital bank,and winning and managing multi-million pound digital transformation projects.

Simeon Smith at Agile Yorkshire
Simeon Smith - Business Analyst, Product Owner or Product Manager?

Having been through a few job titles over the past few years (Business Analyst, Product Manager, Product Owner), I’ll be talking through what I think the similarities and differences between the roles are.  I’ll also explain one approach to setting-up teams including these roles which avoids people stepping on each other’s toes. 

Bio: Product Management Consultant with software delivery experience across Healthcare, Sports Betting and Personal Finance. Currently working with Hippo Digital on a front-line NHS delivery.

Wed 11th April: Ian Franklin and Ashley Wheat - Making UX work within Agile and Joe Williams - How Our PO Learned to Stop Worrying and Love MVP

posted 23 Mar 2018, 10:42 by Royd Brayshay   [ updated 4 Apr 2018, 06:35 ]

Software technology keeps marching forward with new ideas and fascinating engineering innovations that can, if allowed to, distract from the job at hand - to provide value through software features that normal humans can actually use. That means delivering value as soon as possible and regularly checking that people can reliably accomplish what they need to quickly and without fuss or lots of training. This month we focus on just this with insight into agile testing of the UX kind with Ian Franklin and Ashley Wheat plus a dip into the world of MVPs and what they can bring to any delivery team with Joe Williams.

Eventbrite - April 2018 Agile Yorkshire Meetup

Ian Franklin and Ashley Wheat - Making UX work within Agile: half-baked? hopeless? Make it stick!

Too often the big blue sky horizon of Agile falls short of its promise when technical delivery takes over and UX design and user needs start to look like a bolt on, a nice to have, and “it's a lovely idea but not now as …. [technical issue fix]”. It's even worse when those above lose sight of the user and start suggesting or imposing user stories and use needs that seem to come from the whims of a stakeholder or outer space.
In the talk Ashley and Ian will cover how to keep UX, user centred design design and user needs alive and kicking throughout Agile process. This will include tricks to keep stakeholders onboard,  how to package UX and user centred design so that it maintains importance, and how to manage upwards when the senior project team are new to Agile roles. 

Ian Franklin at Agile Yorkshire
 Ian is a professionally qualified and accredited business psychologist with nearly 20 years experience working as a consultant in the public and private sectors. His strengths are in culture change, team working (including virtual teams) and design of customer services and the user experience. He is committed to ensuring that design is something which is done with people and not to them. Currently he is developing the user research capability of NHS Digital’s Digital Delivery Centre.

Bio: Ashley is an experienced user researcher with experience working in both academia and industry. He has experience carrying out work on varied projects including military analysis, online gaming and medical applications. He has worked with organisations such as Sky Betting and Gaming and NHS Digital, and is committed to making the voice of users heard in fast paced, Agile environments where they can often go unheard, and making user research something everyone is involved with. Ashley has made a number of publications, presented work at events such as Naturalistic Decision Making and spoken at the World Bank.

Joe Williams - How Our PO Learned to Stop Worrying and Love MVP

When pressed with hard deadlines like the start of the Premier League season and a rapidly changing market, we really had to think about the way we would deliver software. Our product owner wanted frills and bows, but we didn't really have the time to give him either. Instead, we taught him to stop worrying, and love the minimal viable product.
In this talk I'll go over how we optimised our process, learnt to be strict with our product owner, and ultimately delivered the new Sky Sports iOS Enhanced Live player for Premier League fixtures. I'll also talk about the impact of this going forward, and how we extended the player to include EFL fixtures in just 3 points. I'll also talk about how, in my own independent development, I faced the same issues my product owner did, and the issues that arose from that. Hopefully at the end, there'll be something you can take away, whether it be about embracing MVP, or learning that MVP isn't what you think.

Joe Williams at Agile Yorkshire
 I'm developer working at Sky, on some of their biggest apps. I've contributed to Football Score Center, Sky Sports UK, Italia, Germany, and our legacy stuff with a bunch of different, but excellent teams. I've also worked at small start up agencies, in teams of 2 or 3, that are just in the process of embracing Agile. Through these, I've learnt how to refine my own way of working, and also work in teams to find our best way of working. 

Wed 14th March: Laurence Wood on how High Performing Teams Know More About Trust and Andy Butcher on The Shit Nightclub Antipattern

posted 1 Mar 2018, 04:03 by Royd Brayshay   [ updated 2 Mar 2018, 04:50 ]

One of Agile Yorkshire biggest strengths is hearing real life stories and insights from experienced local practitioners. When these stories are shared they a substantially more valuable because they are told along with the circumstances and context within which they relate. Our speakers this month are two excellent example of this. Laurence Wood explores trust between delivery teams and their customers who may often have been used to working with teams delivering in in a traditional project manor with large batches of work and limited or no iteration. Believing in iterative product development often needs to be seen before it is believed. Andy Butcher digs into the emotional attachment that can grip teams and trick them into delivering the wrong thing with frustrating outcomes.

Eventbrite - March 2018 Agile Yorkshire Meetup

Laurence Wood at Agile Yorkshire
Laurence Wood on how High Performing Teams Know More About Trust

Customers can distrust people who limit scope in order to achieve early deliverables. Previous disappointments (they never got the functionality they wanted) mean they assume the first release will actually be the only one. So they include everything in a gold plated wish-list due to a lack of trust. But in a trusted relationship a team will be able to negotiate on scope finding the contingency they require to meet their commitments despite inevitable curve balls. Every Digital Delivery team needs to show they can be trusted. I find it helpful to ask what factors they expect to impact trust in them as a team. This hands-on session shares how IndigoBlue help digital teams to explore reputation and trust.

Bio: Laurence inspires teams and leaders to deliver more value, more often using Agile and Lean in India and the UK. He discovered Lean as a Jaguar Cars apprentice in 1988 supervising V12 and XJS assembly whilst studying Manufacturing Engineering at The University of Birmingham. Ford’s takeover prompted his decision to move fully into IT with RAD (Rapid Application Development) pioneers Marks and Spencer. Freelance development lead roles followed in South Africa, Austria and the UK including Coca Cola, and South African Airways. He later became Development Manager then Divisional Head of IT at Williams Lea in the demanding City of London investment banking arena. His Lean and Agile experience spans 25 years. Now Yorkshire based he likes to help software teams and digital leaders to deliver more value more often with leading consultancy IndigoBlue.

Andy Butcher at Agile Yorkshire
Andy Butcher on The Shit Nightclub Antipattern

Why people and organisations are reluctant to abandon a project or an idea, even when it's clearly rational to do so.

Bio: Solutions Architect at Sky Betting & Gaming. I feel strongly that software development is about people. I'm fascinated by how we can build teams and systems that we feel proud to be involved with.

Tues 13th Feb: Andrew Meyer and Gary Green - Attempting to Create a Dynamic, lean and Innovative Organisation plus Kev McCabe - Core Protocols for Shared Vision

posted 31 Jan 2018, 08:20 by Royd Brayshay   [ updated 13 Feb 2018, 03:21 ]

The software industry has transformed it's self over the past two decades by finding new ways to work that properly recognised the unpredictable, problem solving nature of much of it's work and at the same time reduce risk and significantly increased the rate of value production. The mantra has been to question the cost of every activity in light of the risks it mitigates or the value it realises. This has led to much innovation within the typical product development pipeline and many smaller businesses have capitalised on this as a significant commercial advantage.
Achieving these changes within a small team can transform performance with little disruption however as the size of an organisation increases so does the resistance to change. There are a lot of hearts and minds to realign, right from the coal face to senior leadership teams and resistance normally exists in one form or another at every level. For any large organisation to truly transform it's self and realise the commercial benefits is a long slow process requiring a lot of leadership and good dose of personal risk taking. This month we're going to hear a couple of experience reports that are definitely worth listening too. 

Eventbrite - February 2018 Agile Yorkshire Meetup

Andrew Meyer at Agile Yorkshire Andrew Meyer and Gary Green - Attempting to Create a Dynamic, lean and Innovative Organisation - NHS Digital’s Journey into Agile and DevOps Delivery and What Went Not Quite to Plan 

NHS Digital is the national information and technology partner to the health and social care system, using digital technology to transform the NHS and social care. It’s vision is to harness the power of information and technology to improve health and care. Their systems and information Gary Green at Agile Yorkshirehelps doctors, nurses and the health care professionals improve and make care safer.
Over the passed 3+ years the NHS Digital Delivery Centre has been on a journey to transform itself. It was previously heavily reliant on large managed national services that were expensive and difficult to change. It has quietly and diligently been transforming itself into a Lean, Agile, DevOps capability reducing the cost of national health care solutions by 10’s of millions of pounds.
This talk, is to explore how it started, the transformation journey, where it’s going next and, most importantly, what did we learn.

Bio: Andrew Meyer - Director of the Digital Delivery Centre at NHS Digital
Andrew has a strong background in delivery, with a passion for delivering value and for developing a culture to support high performing teams. Andrew headed up the replacement of a number of key NHS National Services used by 10,000’s of users across the UK, successfully re-developing the service and transitioning it in-house.
He has built the Digital Delivery Centre from a small team of around 25 people to one of around 400; using Lean and Agile tools and techniques to ensure value and quick delivery. Andrew established DevOps teams to build and evolve the national services.

Bio: Gary Green - Principal Consultant, Infinity Works
Gary is a Principal Consultant at Infinity Works and has been working with the NHS Digital Delivery Centre, leading a tribe of over 70 to deliver national services for the NHS. Gary has also been leading the software delivery of a £50m programme providing new products to revolutionise NHS data capabilities and services as well as assisting with Agile organisation design as NHS Digital evolves and grows.

Kev McCabe - Core Protocols for Shared Vision

Kev McCabe at Agile Yorkshire
In this session Kev will give a very brief overview of the Core Protocols and Commitments.
These can be used to create highly performing teams by creating psychologically safe zones.
The Core Protocols are a set of practices that enable people and teams to:
* learn results-oriented behaviours,
* enter a state of shared vision and stay there,
* trust each other,
* stay rational and healthy,
* make decisions effectively, and
* keep moving toward the team's goals.
In this state, teams can be very effective. Teams with these practices innovate, create, and get things done. 

Bio: Kev has worked with large corporations in the Finance, Media, E-commerce and Logistics spaces. 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, SAFe agilist in 2015 a Disciplined Agilist (CDA) in 2016 and ICAgile Certified Professional-Agility in the Enterprise (ICP-ENT) in 2017.
Twitter: @bigmadkev

Tues 16th Jan: John Le Drew - Diversity, Chocolate and Safe Cracking plus Jon Fulton - Agents of Change

posted 9 Jan 2018, 02:55 by Royd Brayshay   [ updated 15 Jan 2018, 05:28 ]

A new year is upon us with new challenges plus hopefully new goals and new target conditions. We've got some fantastic speakers lined up for the coming months but we're kicking the year off with a couple of people many of you will know. Diversity is regularly in the news these days and John Le Drew is here to prompt us in to thinking why and how this matters to product developments teams. Jon Fulton is back to challenge our own assumptions about us as agile practitioners. As agents of change are we actually helping? 

Eventbrite - January 2018 Agile Yorkshire Meetup

John LeDrew at Agile Yorkshire

John Le Drew - Diversity, Chocolate and Safe Cracking.

Diversity. It's the topic of the hour. Organisations are all putting 'diversity' and 'equal opportunities' on every job ad. But, for some organisations it still seems to be a struggle. What's the goal? Do we want diverse teams because it's the "right thing to do" or is it "good for our teams and organisations"? Are we hiring minorities to keep up with quotas or our competition? This talk will engage the audience in a frank discussion on what diversity is, why we need it and how we might achieve it.

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.
Twitter: @antz29 Website:
Jon Fulton at Agile Yorkshire

Jon Fulton - Agents of Change

These days social media is awash with stories of ‘fake agile’ and ‘dark scrum’. Has Agile failed? What if it was us, as Agile practitioners, who failed our organisations? What is required of us now, as agents of change?

Bio: Jon spent 12 years as a software developer before finally focusing on Agile Delivery in 2012. Since then he has worked with teams to use Agile and Lean techniques in industries such as Fin-tech, Leisure, Online Gambling, Kids TV, Tourism and Government.

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:

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