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Wed 24th April - Royd Brayshay: Product Development Leverage - Using Technical Experience and Judgement to Commercial Effect plus Jason Simpson: Agile Puts Customers First, Why Don’t You?

posted 10 Apr 2019, 07:43 by Royd Brayshay


Royd Brayshay: Product Development Leverage - Using Technical Experience and Judgement to Commercial Effect

Royd Brayshay at Agile Yorkshire
A dive into some product development economics and tactical risk management that delivery teams might employ to improve their commercial effectiveness. Resources are never infinite and any marketplace is continually changing. Every delivery team works within a commercial context whether they are aware of it or not and can influence better delivery outcomes by thinking about their skill and experience as an asset and the business context as a design constraint. We'll be talking about real world examples throughout.

Bio: Royd is a co-founder of NewRedo, a software product development company focused on customer-centric solutions and iterative delivery. He has organised the Agile Yorkshire community group for many years (rarely speaking himself!) and runs workshops for teams on lean / agile ways of working.
Twitter: @RoydBrayshay
Website: newredo.com


Jason Simpson: Agile Puts Customers First, Why Don’t You?

Jason Simpson at Agile Yorkshire
Engineering teams are often the furthest removed from the customer, especially as companies grow. Without the customer as the North Star, it is  easy for us to get carried away building over complicated solutions that are challenging to deploy, uses technology we cannot support and when finally delivered, does not have the desired customer impact. These are the fundamental reasons that over 50% of software built is never used. We’ve been there, we’ve lived the tale and can tell the story about coming out the other end. This talk intends to do just that.

Bio: Jason is an engineering leader & agile coach  and has been a material part of the large scale transformation at anaplan. He is passionate about successful agile implementations and building out scalable and resilient software architectures that solve real problems for customers in line with LEAN principles.  Jasons experience spans many industries including betting and gaming, advertising and SaaS, working at and supporting companies as small as 5 people to 1000+.

Wed 20th March - Andy Butcher: Autonomy and choreography - using Conway's Law to tackle the company scaling problem plus Matt Skelton: Beyond the Spotify Model: using team topologies for fast flow and organisation evolution

posted 10 Mar 2019, 05:34 by Royd Brayshay   [ updated 20 Mar 2019, 07:57 ]


Eventbrite - March 2019 Agile Yorkshire Meetup

Andy Butcher: Autonomy and choreography - using Conway's Law to tackle the company scaling problem

Andy Butcher at Agile Yorkshire
Small companies can move fast and stay aligned because communication is easy with a small team. But as companies grow, communication becomes exponentially harder. A command and control, top-down hierarchy inevitably emerges. And to protect the culture, companies often adopt an ""internal marketing"" narrative which software teams can find disingenuous.
This talk is based on the challenges we've faced at Sky Betting & Gaming, which has tripled in engineering headcount over the last 3 years as we've become the number one sports betting company in the UK by customer volume. I'll explain why the concepts of choreography and orchestration apply to horizontally scaling an IT driven organisation, and how splitting into autonomous teams (with the right alignment and accountability) can create a workplace where you can get things done, and people feel excited and passionate about what they do.

Bio: Andy is an architect at Sky Betting & Gaming, working on the SkyBet website and app, which handle the equivalent of Black Friday every Saturday afternoon. He's a passionate advocate of agile practices, and believes that software engineering is about people.
Twitter: @MrAndyButcher

Matt Skelton: Beyond the Spotify Model: using team topologies for fast flow and organisation evolution

Matt Skelton at Agile Yorkshire
For effective, modern, cloud-connected software systems we need to organize our teams in 
certain ways. Taking account of Conway's Law, we look to match the team structures to the required software architecture, enabling or restricting communication and collaboration for the best outcomes.
This talk will cover the basics of organization design using Team Topologies, exploring a selection of key team types and how and when to use them in order to make the development and operation of your software systems as effective as possible. The talk is based on the forthcoming 2019 book Team Topologies and first-hand experience helping companies around the world with the design of their technology teams.

Key takeaways:
1. Why using the “Spotify Model” of team design is not enough
2. The four fundamental team topologies needed for modern software delivery
3. The three team interaction modes that enable fast flow and rapid learning
4. How to address Conway’s Law, cognitive load, and team evolution with Team Topologies

Bio: Matt is the Founder and Head of Consulting at Conflux. He has been building, deploying, and operating commercial software systems since 1998. As Head of Consulting at Conflux, he specialises in Continuous Delivery, operability and organisation dynamics for software in manufacturing, ecommerce, and online services, including cloud, IoT, and embedded software.

Recognised by TechBeacon in 2018 as one of the top 100 people to follow in DevOps, Matthew curates the well-known DevOps team topologies patterns at devopstopologies.com and is co-author of the books Continuous Delivery with Windows and .NET (O’Reilly, 2016), Team Guide to Software Operability (Skelton Thatcher Publications, 2016), and Team Topologies (IT Revolution Press, 2019). 
Matthew founded Conflux in 2017 to offer training and consulting to organisations building and running software systems. 

Twitter: @matthewpskelton 
LinkedIn: matthewskelton
Slideshare: matthewskelton

Wed 13th Feb: Mark Kirschstein - Collaborative, Logic Based Retrospectives plus Steve Trapps - Dear Mr Scrum Master, I think you're...

posted 3 Feb 2019, 11:52 by Royd Brayshay   [ updated 3 Feb 2019, 12:01 ]

Much of the value of our meetups not to learn about the theory of lean / agile product development but to hear from practitioners talk about their experiences putting theory into practice. Much of the value of experienced agile coaches come from their knowledge of what can work when and help an organisation see when something is likely to fail, saving time, disruption and ultimately money. Both our speakers this month fall squarely under the banner of experienced practitioners and both will be passing on their real world experience. As Peter Drucker said - Management is doing things right; leadership is doing the right things.

Eventbrite - February 2019 Agile Yorkshire Meetup

Mark Kirschstein - Collaborative, Logic Based Retrospectives

Mark Kirschstein at Agile YorkshireFar too often team retrospectives suffer from classic anti patterns, including but not limited to:

1. Unproductive/circular debate
2. Following the ideas of persuasive but incorrect team member
3. Implementing solutions that address symptoms not causes

This talk aims to improve your retrospective effectiveness by introducing thinking tools to combat these anti patterns.

Bio: Mark Kirschstein is an independent developer, trainer and software coach living and working in Manchester.

Steve Trapps -  Dear Mr Scrum Master, I think you're...
Steve Trapps at Agile YorkshireWorking as a coach, Steve has worked in Finance, Leisure, Entertainment and Health sectors; helping numerous companies, from start ups, small / medium to multi nationals to experience the value that Scrum can deliver.
Whilst working as a consultant scrum master, I received an email that questioned my worth to the organisation and, more worryingly, the value a scrum master brings to the scrum team in that role. How should I respond - be outraged, ignore them or something else? How would you respond? In the session I'll take you through their comments, my reaction and my response to the email. 


We will consider:
- Why does this person view the scrum master role as not important?
- What can I do to change their mind?
- Why is it that you can go from one company to another and have different experiences of what a scrum master is responsible for?

I'll look at the different scrum master types I've experienced whilst working in different organisations and then compare the scrum master role to the Scrum Guide and what it says the role should do. The session will also cover my personal journey through the process of becoming a professional scrum trainer for scrum.org and how that experience helped me in responding to the email.

Bio: Steve is an experienced Scrum Master and Professional Scrum Trainer with Scrum.org. Steve started his career as a developer, working for Nestle before moving on to work for Sky build applications & websites for many of the English Premier League football teams. Progressing, Steve moved into senior positions all the time being exposed to Scrum, starting his journey into becoming a Professional Scrum Trainer.  

Wed 12th Dec: The 2018 Xmas Lightning Talks Competition

posted 4 Dec 2018, 04:27 by Royd Brayshay   [ updated 10 Dec 2018, 14:16 ]




Xmas Lightning Talks Competition


Eventbrite - December 2018 Agile Yorkshire Meetup

There's a frost in the air, the Leeds Christkindelmarkt has covered Millennium Square and Amazon is quaking under the consumer onslaught. It's time once again for the Xmas Lightning Talks Competition - with real significant prizes. It's a quick fire evening of oratory with a fantastic line up of speakers plucked from the AY crowd and there'll be mince pies to set the mood, culminating in prizes for everyone and an overall winner voted for by the audience.

Speaker Lineup

  1. Krystan Honour - People are lazy - Try to contain yourselves.
  2. Iain Thackrah - What actually is gamification?
  3. James Scanlan - Will James get coal for Christmas? Can AI tell us?
  4. Adam Mitchell - Why everyone should work in aviation ....just once though!
  5. Brian Teeman - <html> The Missing Tag
  6. Crispin Read - Mentoring - what's in it for me?
  7. Andy Burgin - Creating an Inclusive Tech Conference

Wed 14th Nov: David Harper - It's Alright for You....You've Had Cancer! plus Sharon Dale - How might we involve and unleash everyone?

posted 29 Oct 2018, 13:12 by Royd Brayshay   [ updated 14 Nov 2018, 09:13 ]

We're back after two months off with two great speakers and two great topics. David Harper reflects on his former role as CIO to give a sneak peek into boardroom IT decision making and Sharon Dale will throw some light onto the Liberation Structures body of knowledge. Plus the venue is back at the Platform office above Leeds train station.
Also its that time of year where we start thinking about our annual Lightning Talks Competition that we have held as our December meetup for a good number of years now. We'll be announcing the CALL FOR SPEAKERS in the next few days, so get your thinking caps on!
Eventbrite - November 2018 Agile Yorkshire Meetup

David Harper at Agile Yorkshire

David Harper - It's Alright for You....You've Had Cancer!

An engaging, witty and at times irreverent look at why ‘the Grown-Ups’ in Board Meetings and Steering Groups make the decisions they do. And how they all love Agile – until it requires a big decision! By taking us on his own unique journey from IT Coder to CIO, David shares his own techniques on how to survive in the Boardroom as the ‘IT Guy’ representing Agile projects, and how his own adversity has unlocked a fear he has held since childhood.
For anyone frustrated by the apparent lack of understanding of Agile in the Boardroom or mystified by the Waterfall or Fragile decisions that often come back – this is the session for you!

Bio: David has over 20 years experience of delivering major projects and programmes of change in Financial Services and 30 years IT experience. Most recently he was CIO for a £4bn business,  collaborating closely with a number outsourcing partners and suppliers to deliver game changing outcomes. He is a strong advocate of Systems Thinking and has employed ST techniques to significantly reduce the cost of change programmes. David’s exposure to Agile has been through his leadership and mentoring of a number of Agile teams delivering both short term outcomes and multi million pound whole system replacements. Consistently David has been the bridge between the Scrum Teams and the Board Room, making sense of the illogical and managing the unreasonable. His mentees describe him as an “outstanding mentor” with an “engaging and inspiring” style. “He has a calm air but an acute sense of timing when things need to be shaken up or difficult questions asked” was a recent quote from a Programme Sponsor of a major Agile undertaking.
In 2017 David formed HARPER360, a consultancy dedicated to coaching individuals and teams in Project and Change Management, particularly in the IT Domain. HARPER360 can already count a number of bluechip brands within its client base.
Twitter: @harper_360 or website: www.harper360.com

Sharon Dale at Agile Yorkshire

Sharon Dale - How might we involve and unleash everyone?

A treasure trove of simple, practical methods to stimulate critical conversations and liberate the full potential of any group, from the frontline to the C- suite.""Cheryl M Scott – Global Programs Senior Advisor, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation
What would be made possible if you could unleash the intelligence and creativity of everyone? Liberating Structures are a collection of easy-to-learn facilitation patterns that make this possible. They're field tested, rooted in complexity science and freely shared under a creative commons licence.
In this short session, participants will gain practical hands-on experience of at leas one Structure, and an appreciation of some of the possibilities offered.

Bio: Sharon is an independent consultant based in Leeds, UK. She is most interested in creating the conditions for participation and unleashing talent in your teams. She runs the Liberating Structures practice group in Leeds and is part of the team who run the worldwide virtual user group.



Wed 8th Aug: Adam Mitchell - We Lost How Much Money? plus Chris Warren - To the Left to the Left, Everything I Test in a Box to the Left...

posted 30 Jul 2018, 12:28 by Royd Brayshay   [ updated 31 Jul 2018, 08:49 ]

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

Eventbrite - August 2018 Agile Yorkshire Meetup

*** Attention (see below) - The Venue for this Month Has Changed ***


Adam Mitchell at Agile Yorkshire
Adam Mitchell - We Lost How Much Money?

Cost of delay should be the biggest factor when deciding what order to queue work - yet it is very rarely used and not properly understood by most business's. This interactive session will go through what we mean by value, how we perceive it and how to best use it in prioritising work. I was lucky enough to spend a couple of days with Don Reinertsen, probably the leading authority on product flow alive today. This session talks through some of his learnings and puts them into a practical context that you can use tomorrow with your teams.

Bio: I stumbled across agile and lean working about 15 years when I was a developer - it was love at first sight. The transparency, the focus on value and the autonomy all seemed to make so much sense ...so why weren't companies adopting it! 
I've spent the last 5 years as an enterprise agile coach helping clients throughout Europe, UAE and Asia with their digital transformation programs. I do a mix of agile coaching, consultancy and training. I'm badged with Scrum Alliance, a trainer for Scaled Agile and a proper kanban geek - agile is a broad church that welcomes all. My most important areas of focus are; empathetic change that will last, growing lean leaders and creating highly motivated autonomous teams of teams. Any spare time that the family and Bauer the dog don't consume is focused on triathlon.

Chris Warren at Agile Yorkshire
Chris Warren - To the Left to the Left, Everything I Test in a Box to the Left...

I would like to tell my story about how I started focusing my attention on the right side of the board but slowly started to shift to the left. The journey starts with me picking up work in the ‘Test’ column without much involvement earlier in the process and continues today with me spending most of my time testing the requirements in an Analysis stage and working with the team to ensure testing is baked in throughout the process.

Bio: I’ve been a software test consultant for nearly 8 years working in a variety of sectors across numerous roles mainly in performance and automation. My current engagement is for a consumer finance company who want to give their major platform a facelift. I’m part of an alleged scrum team tasked with breaking down the businesses epics and turning them into working software.
Twitter: @bantam_chris

Venue for August

We've lost our space at Platform so we're trying our a new venue. Agile Yorkshire will take place on the 1st Floor of what was the White Cloth Gallery behind Leeds train station. The address is given below and there is a picture of the building and front door also.

White Cloth Gallery and entrance to offices
Address
1st floor, Aireside House
24-26 Aire Street
Leeds
West Yorkshire
LS1 4HT



Travelling by Train

The venue is 1 minutes walk when exiting the station at the door next to Wetherspoons

Travelling by Car

There is parking very close by in the station or cheaper parking further down Whitehall Road.

Mon 16th July - Tony Heap on Options Engineering and James Sheasby Thomas with QA and Testing - a Retrospective

posted 10 Jul 2018, 03:20 by Royd Brayshay   [ updated 16 Jul 2018, 04:17 ]

In a fight (for attention) between Agile Yorkshire and the England World Cup semi final match we expected Agile Yorkshire to come of worst. Obviously the Agile Yorkshire community is full of dedicated and passionate lean / agile practitioners but we figured we should move aside for this "once in a generation" moment and reschedule our meetup from the normal second Wednesday. Hopefully that's OK with most.
 

Eventbrite - July 2018 Agile Yorkshire Meetup

*** Attention (read carefully) - The Venue for this Month Has Changed ***

White Cloth Gallery and office entrance door
We're changing venue for this month because our home on Floor 10 of the Platform building above the station has been rented out and there isn't an alternate space that's appropriate. Therefore we're on the move and for this month it's going to be on the first floor of what was The White Cloth Gallery on Aire Street behind the station. Full details of the venue address are show at the bottom of this event page.

Tony Heap: Options Engineering

There are always options. But when making business and IT change, we often forget to consider them, to the detriment of the overall outcome. The reason for this is the way the human mind processes ideas, and dates back to the cognitive revolution around 70,000 years ago.
In this session you will learn:
- How humans have ideas and make decisions
- Why considering options is so powerful, and yet so hard
- How to overcome these difficulties - a structured, yet lightweight, approach that I like so much I decided to give it a name

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 www.its-all-design.com. He is particularly interested in agile approaches and how they apply to business analysis. He is a requirements denier.
Twitter: @tonyheapuk Website: www.its-all-design.com

James Sheasby Thomas: QA and Testing - a Retrospective

The term 'Quality Assurance' has a controversial reputation within the testing community - quality is subjective, so it cannot be assured, although it can be assessed, analysed, advocated for, questioned or improved. However it's also arguable that 'Testing' does not fully describe what modern testers do and the impact they can have on project success. Could there be a better label for the role that QA/Testing professionals perform in an agile context?
In this talk, James will discuss the limitations of both 'QA' and 'Testing' as labels, as well as previous attempts to define them. He will also explore the many ways that QAs/Testers in agile teams use their time and skills to help ensure project success and meaningful quality, and situations where our role overlaps with others. Attendees will be invited to contribute to the discussion and suggest possible alternative labels to 'QA' and 'Testing'.

Bio: James Sheasby Thomas is currently a Test Analyst for Inviqa, an established technical partner company based in the UK and Germany. His most popular talk is `Accessibility Testing Crash Course', which he presented at TestBash Manchester 2017, Leeds Test Atelier, Leeds Tester Gathering and Liverpool Tester Gathering. 
Twitter: @RightSaidJames

Venue for July

We've lost our space at Platform so we're trying our a new venue. For July Agile Yorkshire will take place on the 1st Floor of what was the White Cloth Gallery behind Leeds train station. The address is given below and there is a picture of the building and front door also.

White Cloth Gallery and entrance to offices
Address
1st floor, Aireside House
24-26 Aire Street
Leeds
West Yorkshire
LS1 4HT



Travelling by Train

The venue is 1 minutes walk when exiting the station at the door next to Wetherspoons

Travelling by Car

There is parking very close by in the station or cheaper parking further down Whitehall Road.

Wed 13th June: Prototyping Public Services - Dennis Vergne plus Blending Agile Delivery - Glenn Crossley & Austen Bell

posted 5 Jun 2018, 09:12 by Royd Brayshay   [ updated 5 Jun 2018, 09:22 ]

The variety and depth of topics covered by speakers is ever expanding. We all know the value and savings made though gaining feedback from users of a system early and often and this month Dennis Vergne shares an approach to system building in the public sector that he's dubbed "whole system prototyping" as a model for doing just that. Plus Austen Bell and Glen Crossley are here to talk about the open source Blended Agile Delivery (BAD) toolkit that has recently emerged from work right here in Leeds.

Eventbrite - June 2018 Agile Yorkshire Meetup

Dennia Vergne at Agile Yorkshire
Prototyping Public Services - Dennis Vergne

We had a theory that Agile is just as well suited to Public Service organisations as it is to Private, software development industries. We proved that theory right. Through 'whole system prototyping' we incorporated Agile, Design and Adaptive Leadership to bring about positive, sustainable change in to UK Public Services. We used these approaches to not only enable better services and achieve savings but also brought about a true sustainable adaptive culture, able to face the future with confidence. I'm looking forward to sharing the what, why and how with you... Maybe even throw in an activity to help explain.

Bio: I have a passion for enabling transformational change that sticks; turning ideas into effective practice and behaviours. Although originally from Holland, most of my work has been within the British public sector, ranging from over thirty local authorities, the NHS, probation services and central government. After gaining an MSc in this field (Oxford - Distinction), I set-up RedQuadrant, a successful full service public sector firm, with Benjamin Taylor in 2007, before becoming Managing Director of Basis.
Twitter: @basisagile Website: www.basis.co.uk

Austen Bell at Agile Yorkshire
Blending Agile Delivery - Glenn Crossley & Austen Bell

An introduction to a blended approach to Agile delivery. There are many tools, techniques and frameworks available, one rarely solves all your challenges. BAD is an open source knowledge base that attempts to share experiences of blending multiple approaches together to experiment, learn and adapt.



Glen Crossley at Agile Yorkshire
Bio:
The Blended Agile Delivery (BAD) Toolkit is an open source set of tools and techniques that help Portfolios, Programmes, Projects and Teams efficiently plan and deliver managed change within Lean and Agile principles. The toolkit offers a practical approach to the prioritisation, planning and execution of delivery and transformation initiatives. It is the culmination of decades of experience as well as leveraging the experience and knowledge of thought leaders across the globe. Glenn Crossley and Austen Bell are both co-founders of The BAD Toolkit.

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
Bio:
 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
Bio:
 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. 

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