Chris Cheadle and Sean Craig with Firebreak Tall Tales - A Break From Routine

posted 26 Jul 2017, 10:15 by Royd Brayshay

Many companies talk about innovation, some think they are innovative, a few may win innovation awards, but how can a public sector organisation with hundreds of thousands of employees and hundreds of thousands of conflicting priorities maintain an innovative culture over time? It may seem an unattainable holly grail but as John F Kennedy said "Victory has a hundred fathers and defeat is an orphan". You've got to keep trying.
Chris Cheadle and Sean Craig are pioneering an approach to IT innovation with the the NHS that would put many smaller, nimbler, private sector organisations to shame. Listen to their story and learn from it.

Sean Craig and Chris Cheadle at Agile Yorkshire

John Le Drew on Swearing, Nudity and Other Vulnerable Positions

posted 26 Jul 2017, 10:02 by Royd Brayshay

Software product development has a historic culture of heroic bouts of hyper productivity. Sometimes it's possible to do amazing things in short periods of time when everything goes right, distractions are absent and concentration seems effortless. However, despite the rhetoric, good design is a team sport and great products have good design running through them at every level. For a team to work together in a super functional way, collaborating and exploring every aspect of the design to produce great solutions there has to be unquestioned safety. John Le Drew explores what that means, how it may be supported and how to spot when it's missing. 

John Le Drew at Agile Yorkshire

Amy Thompson and Velocity, The Golden Snitch of Scrum

posted 12 Jun 2017, 05:36 by Royd Brayshay

Dressing up to present at Agile Yorkshire must propel anyone to new levels of respect and appreciation! Amy Thomson dons her hat and cape to talk about Scrum and velocity; it's ever popular means of flow measurement. Don't miss her theatrical inspiration and solid advice for any Scrum team.  

Amy Thompson at Agile Yorkshire

Jon Fulton talks about Agile Telemetry and Using Data Like a Formula 1 Team

posted 12 Jun 2017, 05:29 by Royd Brayshay   [ updated 12 Jun 2017, 05:30 ]

What Formula One got to do with software development? Well, more than you might think. If you believe that building software products is all about design and problem solving and less about the the constraints of manufacturing production then top performing software product development teams have a lot in common with the design race that going on in any F1 factory. Jon Fulton here touches on that insight and how data driven decision making lies at the hart of reducing risks and out accelerating the competition.

Jon Fulton at Agile Yorkshire

Keith Williams talks Dependencies, Injection and Abstraction for Fun and Profit

posted 12 Jun 2017, 05:22 by Royd Brayshay

There is never a single answer to the "how to do..." question in software development. So much depends on the context and most appropriate solution often depends on the judgement and experience of the engineering team. Abstraction and inversion of control are typical in this respect and here Keith Williams walks through some popular patterns and talks about where dependency injection fits into the jigsaw.

Keith Williams at Agile Yorkshire

Test Driven Development, The Most Misused Term in Software with Oliver Shaw

posted 12 Jun 2017, 02:33 by Royd Brayshay

Whether TDD is the most misused term in software or not it surly does get a lot of people paying lip service to it. Oliver Shaw gives his take on the subject and delves into some of it's techniques and details together with his wealth of experience. If your an expert champion of this approach or a new explorer there is something here for everyone from Oliver.

Oliver Shaw at Agile Yorkshire

Kev McCabe Examines The Agile Fluency Model

posted 10 Apr 2017, 03:07 by Royd Brayshay   [ updated 10 Apr 2017, 03:09 ]

The Agile Fluency Model has been around since 2012 and attempts to chart an organisations transition towards a more adaptive and lean way or working. Kev McCabe examines the model, it's origins and how it may be harnessed to help navigate this difficult process.

Kev McCabe at Agile Yorkshire

Adam Mitchell: Hello... I'm Your Project Manager

posted 10 Apr 2017, 02:59 by Royd Brayshay   [ updated 10 Apr 2017, 03:01 ]

Agile project management introduces new ideas into the economic model of software product development and for many organisations this takes some time to absorb. Adam Mitchell talks about his experiences of working with organisations during this difficult period.

Adam Mitchell at Agile Yorkshire

The 2016 Agile Yorkshire Annual Lightning Talks Competition

posted 10 Apr 2017, 02:56 by Royd Brayshay   [ updated 10 Apr 2017, 02:57 ]

Every year  our lighting talks competition gets better and better. The speakers are slick, the topics varied and funny, the crowd bigger and bigger. Here for your viewing pleasure are the entrants for 2016 and the final worthy winner Andy Bergin.

Andy Bergin winner of Agile Yorkshire's 2016 Lightning Talks Competition

James Hull Presents - We Become What We Behold: Sociology, Software and Conway's Law

posted 14 Mar 2017, 05:02 by Royd Brayshay

If you don't know about Conway's Law then James Hull's presentation here is a great introduction. If you're familiar with it already then this is still worth watching to explore the topic more deeply and realise it may be unavoidable. With a fuller understanding it could even be harnessed for a positive effect. Whatever your conclusion a rounded appreciation of the topic is essential for any product development organisation.

James Hull at Agile Yorkshire

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