TDD is a difficult topic to explain to none engineers but can be a lot more effective if other do appreciate it value. Kev McCabe uses Lego to help explain TDD in this workshop that can be adapted to involve almost anyone.
Making promises you can keep is the nirvana that many IT mangers are looking for. Clarke Ching is a popular conference speaker and author of a couple of books on the subject. He talks here about this topic and explains what may help.
Communicating to broader stakeholders what an engineering team is doing and needs to do is tricky. The subject matter is often abstract and is far from gripping. Tim Chisholm brings his NHS team day performance to Agile Yorkshire to demonstrate their work on the evolving deployment pipeline of one of the biggest websites in the UK.
Resistance to change is part of the human condition and overcoming this resistance is part of changing the way delivery teams work together. A large part of the prevailing certified methods are about tackling this problem in a variety of ways. How successful these methods are depends on many things and not least the starting conditions and senior leadership support. Without this kind of safety net creativity is called for and Tony Heap talks here about his experiences with a less head on approach to influencing things.
So much wisdom and learning can emerge from listen to the experience of others. Chris Roberts, the organiser of Agile Sheffield, delivers an experience report based on his work with Home Office Digital and their transition towards a more agile delivery process.
Standing up and sharing though public speaking is the life blood of Agile Yorkshire's monthly meetup and many of it's speakers travel to Leeds from all around the country. However a few years ago we decided to try to find more speakers from within our community and celebrate their experience, knowledge and diversity with an annual Lightning Talks Competition. This started with a modest four speakers but has now grown to fill the available two hours with nine speaking slots. For 2015 entries were again oversubscribed and while this is unfortunate it's a recognition of it's popularity and success. We open up the event space to get as many people in as possible, we buy mince pies and find a "significant prize" to award to the favourite on the night. This year Steve Trapps was voted by the attendees a worthy winner. Watch them all to judge for yourself.
Adapting and scaling agile process to larger organisations has been a fashionable topic in the industry recently and the SAFe approach has grown in popularity as part of this. Aaron McKenna came to Agile Yorkshire to run SAFe planning process simulation workshop and lift the lid on how this works.
During Jessica Drakett's PhD research she worked with several members of the Agile Yorkshire community, for Agile Yorkshire 2015 contribution to Ada Lovelace Day she came back to talk about her work and share some of her thoughts and findings.
The technology sector currently has a diversity problem. Ada Lovelace Day happens every year to celebrate the achievements of STEM women everywhere and draw attention to this fact. It always falls on Agile Yorkshire's second Tuesday of the month meetup day and we've taken to contributing in some way. Amy Lynch made the trip across the Pennines from the Thoughtworks office to share her thoughts on the subject and share some of what Thoughtworks are doing to create a balanced organisation.
Many would say product managers aren't as common within the IT industry as they should be and perhaps as a result the role is less well understood. Martin Woodford talks about what a product manager typically does and why they can make a difference.
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