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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.