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Call for Speakers - It's the 2018 Lightning Talk Competition

posted 13 Nov 2018, 07:20 by Royd Brayshay   [ updated 13 Nov 2018, 07:22 ]

Lightning talks 2017 - call for speakers

Call for Speakers closes on Sunday 25th NOVEMBER
(slide decks to be submitted by Sunday 2nd Dec and talks delivered on Wed 12th Dec)

We try our very best to make Agile Yorkshire relevant and useful to everyone who comes and as well as inviting popular industry speakers from around the country we want to balance that with content from members of our own community. However speaking takes practice, confidence must be built and time is required just to pull a talk together. So, for several years now we've run the Xmas Lightning talks Competition on our December date.
The idea is to provide an easy entry platform for new speakers or a fun opportunity for those with more experience. There are prizes for all the speakers and a special prize for the winner voted by all the attendees. Don't worry, everyone is very supportive no matter how your talk unfolds.

If you don't know what a lightning talk is there are lots of resources around and don't worry it's very simple...

A ten minute Lightning Talk for Agile Yorkshire's annual competition should:
  • Probably have a maximum of six slides (maybe none).
  • Be on a topic you already know quite well and can be anything you think our audience will enjoy.
  • Be interesting to our audience but could be about pretty much anything - It doesn't have to be agile related.
  • Be possible to completely script (if that’s your style).
  • Not be a second more than ten minutes.
  • Win you a SIGNIFICANT prize on the night if you put your mind to it.
Here's some of the topics from past events:
  • Hello, this is Windows Support Desk - Not!
  • The One Bad Thing about BDD
  • Finding a School - Code vs MumsNet
  • Why Does Your Browser Think #chucknorris is a Color
  • How cars work
  • Why Triathlon is Better than Football
  • How To Write Bad Code
  • How to Bridge the Dev-DBA chasm?
  • Resistance when Transitioning From Waterfall to Agile Scrum
  • ScrumBan vs Sprint

And don't forget there will be significant speaker prizes on the night.


Announcing William Hill as a Sponsor for Agile Yorkshire

posted 1 Nov 2018, 07:23 by Royd Brayshay

It's fantastic news that William Hill will be supporting Agile Yorkshire as it is one of Leeds' top IT employers and well know amongst our community for the work it does. Agile Yorkshire's mission has always been to "help our region become a fantastic place to build software" and one way we try to do that is by supporting local experts and the passionate, talented people, who come along to our monthly meet ups. Working with William Hill helps achieve our mission as well as amplify some of the values we promote and underlines William Hill's commitment to using agile development ideas to further its business goals. Below is a quote from William Hill about their new association with Agile Yorkshire.

William Hill Agile Yorkshire sponsor


"At William Hill, we go one better in everything we do – and our agile@scale programme is no different. Business agility will help us deliver customer value. Making us a truly customer centric organisation which fosters creativity and innovation. Put simply one of the benefits of working in an agile way is that we can get our products and services to our customer faster. Not only that but it speeds up getting their feedback too so that we can modify it and can quickly make changes to improve our customer experience. But agile transformation doesn’t happen overnight and implementing agile practices isn’t easy. It requires a complete mind-set change. Agile working practices encourage everyone in the team to behave as an entrepreneur. Teams are self-organised with no hierarchies. Culturally it is hard to change but when you get there it delivers value quickly and creates a more exciting environment. However at William Hill we’re one step ahead. Agile fits in perfectly with Go one better which is about constantly making the small improvements that add up to big returns. Enabling us to set the standard and be the brand in everyone’s hand."

Discovering How High Performing Teams Know More About Trust with Laurence Wood

posted 16 Jul 2018, 03:37 by Royd Brayshay

A lack of trust within working groups and organisational teams can have disastrous consequences for many aspects of work that ultimately conspire to produce worse outcomes. Trust is a fluid ever changing thing that is much harder to get than loose. Laurence Wood ran an excellent, collaborative session to help discover how trust is formed, how it changes over time and what events or behaviours might reduce trust across teams and organisations.

Laurence Wood at Agile Yorkshire

Andy Butcher on Knowing When to Stop and The Shit Nightclub Anti-pattern

posted 16 Jul 2018, 02:52 by Royd Brayshay

Everyone involved with software product development can tell you about a project they worked on that they knew was going no where. They could feel the stakeholders' ambivalence or sense the lack of engagement from potential customers. As the team start to feel their work may be wasted, unease starts to build into a sense of foreboding as everyone waits for the inevitable crash.  So how does that happen? and how can it be avoided? Andy Butcher's pitch for "The Shit Nightclub Anti-Pattern" is both funny and insightful as well as providing a cringing memorable metaphor to watch out for.. 

Andy Butcher at Agile Yorkshire

Attempting to Create a Dynamic, lean and Innovative NHS with Andrew Meyer and Gary Green

posted 22 Mar 2018, 08:59 by Royd Brayshay   [ updated 12 Apr 2018, 10:37 ]

The NHS is a behemoth organisation by anyone's measure. Not only does it move medical mountains but requires IT solutions that support a scale comparable with any Silicon Valley unicorn. Historically many of these solutions have been procured through traditional contracts and relationships with the large outsourcing organisations we hear about in the media together with the vast sums of tax payers money that have been paid. These outsourced solutions we often mediocre in performance and in meeting business needs. This public sector culture of outsourcing often creates many problems through inflexible contracts, prescriptive ways of working and difficult to navigate hierarchies of responsibility. To move away from this means shouldering far more leadership responsibility than many contemporary public organisations have been used to. It takes management bravery or what some might call good old traditional leadership. Andrew Meyer and Gary Green talk about the change in operational style that has revolutionised recent NHS Digital IT delivery and in doing so begin to forge a new standard.

Andrew Meyer and Gary Green at Agile Yorkshire

Kev McCabe Talks Core Protocols for Shared Vision

posted 22 Mar 2018, 08:35 by Royd Brayshay   [ updated 12 Apr 2018, 10:37 ]

If you think of top performing teams as groups people who deliver high quality solutions over and over again in a time frame and budget that makes sense within their business context without disputes or drama while still enjoying their work and having a fun time you may also wonder if this can every be practically achieved in real life. Kev McCabe here talks about some core protocols that can contribute to high functioning behaviour with a delivery team and help keep delivery rate high while still maintaining respect and humane relationships within any team or organisation.

Kev McCabe speaking at Agile Yorkshire

Agents of Change from Jon Fulton

posted 14 Mar 2018, 06:07 by Royd Brayshay

Change is a big part of the lean / agile culture either in the form of continuous improvement or continually adapting to customer needs or changing market conditions. Because of this we're all agent of change at some level. However anyone who has tried to influence the actions of people around them, from a leadership role or not, will appreciate that resistance to change is alive and well in us all. It may be attractive to regard this as a failing of others, but people do things for a reason and those reasons are often deeply seated and long standing; probably built on past experiences and painful lessons. The lessons of our past are not likely to be swept aside easily. Jon Fulton asks us to consider this and question if we, as agents of change can do better and be less frustrated by the reluctance of other to follow our guidance. How can we become more effective as a result.

Jon Fulton at Agile Yorkshire

Diversity, Chocolate and Safe Cracking with John Le Drew

posted 14 Mar 2018, 04:21 by Royd Brayshay

Diversity has been talked about a lot over the last few years and is prominent in the news at the moment, we also know the IT sector and particularly software product development organisations are especially guilty of having a lack of diversity and the resultant influence this brings to product development and general team makeup. The topic is wide reaching, obfuscated by cultural norms and not quick to fix. John Le Drew explores some of the issues, points out some personal gotchas and runs an experiment with magicians safe and some confectionery.

John Le Drew at Agile Yorkshire

The 2017 Agile Yorkshire Annual Lightning Talks Competition

posted 13 Mar 2018, 09:38 by Royd Brayshay

The Agile Yorkshire Xmas Lightning Talks Competition has become something of an annual highlight and a worthy celebration of community participation, regional technology talent and festive cheer. New faces always present themselves and are encouraged, regulars come back for more and jockeying for one of the nine speaking slots has intensified as the years have rolled by. Here we present, in no particular order, the videos of our 2017 speakers and amongst them Sally Bridgewater, the very worthy winner with her touching and amazing tales of love, romance and agile praxis. Sally we salute you!

Sally Bridgewater at Agile Yorkshire

Ian Thomas Asks Does Anyone Remember YAGNI?

posted 22 Feb 2018, 09:07 by Royd Brayshay   [ updated 22 Feb 2018, 09:07 ]

The art of identifying what not to do or “the art of maximising the amount of work not done” as the agile manifesto describes it, is one the key secrets agile teams use to get things out of the door regularly. Trying to see the future and engineer things that you think may be useful in the future is one of the key risks that creep into projects. Everyone is guilty of this in some way and it requires honesty and discipline to fight against it. Ian Thomas lifts the lid on what goes on and what to avoid.

Ian Thomas at Agile Yorkshire

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