10th February: A #BeyondProjects evening with Allan Kelly and Paul McCormick

Post date: Feb 02, 2015 1:52:12 AM

The agile movement does seem to have crossed some kind of chasm over the past couple of years. With agile development jobs plastered everywhere, the government creating its own agile bright spot and even the financial sector filled with reported agile success stories one could superficially think that the transitional job was done. However the truth is always more nuanced, the Gantt chart is alive and kicking and many agile delivery teams still operate inside a budgeted project envelope.

Allan Kelly, custodian of the #BeyondProjects hash tag, author of several books and popular conference speaker will be visiting at Agile Yorkshire's February meet-up to present on the subject of IT projects, how much happier we could be without them and what should happen instead.

Allan Kelly: Beyond Projects - why projects are wrong and what to do instead

Good projects make for bad software. At best the concept of a "Project" is erroneously used in IT - specifically development work. At worst the Project metaphor leads to dysfunctional teams, dead software, higher costs and missed business opportunities. It is time to reach beyond projects and create a new model. This talk will examine the project model and show how it fails to match software development. Next it will outline an alternative to the project model and what companies need to do to achieve it.

Bio: During his career Allan Kelly has held just about every job in the software world, from system admin to development manager by way of programmer and product manager. Today he works for Software Strategy where he helps teams adopt and deepen Agile practices, advises companies on development in general and writes far too much. He specialises in working with software product companies and aligning products and processes with company strategy.

He is the author of three books: Xanpan - team centric Agile Software Development, Business Patterns for Software Developers and Changing Software Development: Learning to be Agile; the originator of Retrospective Dialogue Sheets, a regular conference speaker and frequent contributor to journals. He can be found on Twitter as @allankellynet.

Paul McCormick: From Projects to Investment Themes

How SkyBet is moving away from looking at work as projects to themes of investment across their delivery teams. SkyBet has found that delivering against deadline projects overtime comes at a cost, even when using agile or lean methodologies.Bio: During his 15 years in technology Paul McCormick has seen companies move from 4 releases a year to 90+ per week. Projects drive the wrong type of behaviour in teams, Paul will share how SkyBet drives delivery flow for Sports Betting and Trading.