Its that time again already. The annual Agile Yorkshire Lightning Talk Competition is fast approaching. It's an Xmas tradition to make the December 13th meeting a celebration of community speaking, with prizes to boot. If you don't know what a lightning talk is there are lots of resources around and don't worry it's very simple...
CLOSING Wednesday 30th NOVEMBER
(event on Tuesday Dec 13th)
A ten minute Lightning Talk for Agile Yorkshire's December 13th 2016 meetup should:
Here's some of the topics from past events:
And don't forget there will be significant speaker prizes on the night.
As the CEO of LeanKit Jon Terry has spent a lot of time thinking about the lean / agile development landscape as it exists with modern software product development. Here, he runs through an odyssey of the concepts and how they relate to each other in a refreshing and certification brand agnostic fashion. As a grounding in the lean and agile body of knowledge this is a great presentation helped by Jon's deep understanding of the science behind the practices.
Josh Lynas talks about his work as a business analyst, how it's changed and how he's changed what he does, what's worked and what's not. An excellent dive into what happens on the ground in an effective team with brisk throughput.
A good number people reading this who've tried to make some changes in their workplace to accommodate popular agile practices like visual management, or sitting together will have come into contact with the company facilities department. These folk, often referred to as the furniture police, have the thankless job of maintaining a safe, productive and pleasant working environment. However they don't always have a reputation for being keen to listen to the needs of individual teams even if the promise of better outcomes is on the table. Ian Ellison talks about his background in corporate facilities and his more recent academic career and doctoral research into working environments and considers workspace versus workplace. He covers the different approaches taken by businesses, what people often sight as being important and how they may or may not align.
Diversity and Codes of Conduct are both topics that are regularly discussed within the conference organising blogosphere and to a lesser extent within community groups. We've tried a few things to encourage more diversity both within our meetup attendees and the speakers but we're definitely not claiming any victories yet. It's a work in progress. At different times of the year and with all the organising done in spare time, it's not always easy to find any speakers for our gatherings. Trying to be selective enough to create any kind of diversity balance is currently only an ambition.
It's an ambition we will keep pursuing but the least we could do to demonstrate our desire for change is to sign up to the recently published Diversity Charter. You can read all the details and sign up yourself on the Diversity Charter website and hopefully lots of people will and should.
Reading the Diversity Charter also prompted the admission that Agile Yorkshire still had no code of conduct and for that fix was in order. An evening of internet research turns of lots of useful resources for conference organisers though a fewer aimed specifically at community groups.
Here's a small collection of excellent resources on the subject:
In the end the Agile Yorkshire Code of Conduct for now is based on the Geek Feminism Wiki: Conference Anti-harassment Policy and ConfCodeOfConduct.com.
Comments or feedback welcome?
The concepts of creating business value and the speed at which that happens within an organisation is what the agile movement has been focused on since its inception. This idea still isn't universally understood though and Allan Kelly brings his slant on the subject here.
Servant leadership is a topic that is often mentioned within the agile community but explored in depth less often. It is possibly not as well understood for this reason. Mike Burrows drills into the topic, points out some background resources and applies some analysis.
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.
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