Story Splitting for Beginners and Experts Alike with Tony Heap

posted 10 Oct 2017, 10:19 by Royd Brayshay

Reducing the quantity of work an organisation undertakes before releasing to live and starting something new is a foundation stone of agile effectiveness. It's the discipline that keeps work in progress low and risk well managed yet it's one of the things that most organisations struggle with. Culturally management teams may like big headline numbers and engineering teams squirm at the thought of reworking features only recently released. Never the less "right sized" work items keep the drama low. However breaking a complex product road map down into tiny increments of releasable value requires practice, creativity and willing collaborators. It can often be the single skill that marks out a predictable delivery team. Tony Heaps insights into splitting users stories here could literally move mountains - a tiny piece at a time.

Tony Heap at Agile Yorkshire

Stewart Abel on Using AWS PaaS for an MVP

posted 10 Oct 2017, 09:58 by Royd Brayshay

Commercial effectiveness with software product development is all about learning fast through user feedback and avoiding building the wrong thing. Anything that helps get something in the hands of a user or customer early can help reduce risk, save money and drastically improve project outcomes. Stew Able talks through his early experiences with the Amazon Platform as a Service technology stack and it's potential as an enabling set of tools.

Stew Able at Agile Yorkshire

Mike Burrows talks about Managing Change in the 21st Century: What We Know and Where We Must Do Better

posted 10 Oct 2017, 09:44 by Royd Brayshay

Transformational change is right up there as one of the most popular topics discussed at Agile Yorkshire, it always has been and it probably will be for many years to come. Mike Burrows has been a regular speaker at Agile Yorkshire and as a published author on the subject and the founder of Agenda Shift he is someone who definitely worth listening to on this topic. Whether understanding top down and bottom up tactics, looking at things from the prospective of a transformer or the transforming his sideways look at things will make you stop and think.

Mike Burrows at Agile Yorkshire

Tell Stories, Not Data With Ivor Tymchak

posted 10 Oct 2017, 07:21 by Royd Brayshay   [ updated 10 Oct 2017, 07:21 ]

Technology speakers have a mixed reputation when it comes to style and impact. For many IT professionals communicating abstract concepts is a vital part of their job and being effective as a speaker deserves as much attention as anything else. Developing these skills requires practice but some simple pointers can transform both the preparation and delivery of any technical presentation. Tells Stories Not Data is exactly what Ivor Tymchak does in this presentation to emphasise just how important a story is to any topic no matter how technical.

Ivor Tymchak at Agile Yorkshire

Call for Speakers - The 2017 Lightning Talk Competition is Back

posted 9 Oct 2017, 02:42 by Royd Brayshay   [ updated 22 Nov 2017, 02:22 ]

Lightning talks 2017 - call for speakers
Submit Proposal

Call for Speakers closes on Friday 17th NOVEMBER
(slide decks to be submitted by Friday 1st December)

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.

Submit Proposal

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

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