9th December, Lightning Talks

Post date: Dec 02, 2014 4:21:35 PM

Every year Agile Yorkshire holds its Lightning Talk Competition. It's meant to be a fun evening where those who have come forward can wow the rest of us with ten minutes of insight, wisdom and dazzling presentation style. We keep on trying to improve things and this year we have a fantastic line up with more speakers than ever before and some amazing (and significant) prizes to give away.

The Lightning Talk format is simple. Stand up for ten minutes and talk about pretty much anything that's likely to be of geeky or agile interest to the rest of us. We're going to hand out score cards to everyone and tot up the numbers at the end for a grand prize giving before dashing to the Midnight Bell to unwind.

This year we've had an amazing response to our call for speakers, resulting in the top class final line up below. To get through the evening efficiently strict time keeping will be enforced. The ten minute limit will be marked with some kind of loud, hopefully gong based, noise. Also audience participation in the form of a countdown, wolf whistling or raucous shouts of "git orf" will doubtless be encouraged!

Speakers For The Evening

Grant Crofton: Grant is a Principal Software Developer at Callcredit who likes writing code, talking about code, teaching people to code, and leading teams of coders. Runs Leeds Code Dojo. Occasionally finds time for wife & son.

Solving Life's Problems with Programming: A story about a real-life problem I had, and how I solved it with programming.

@relentlessdev, www.relentlessdevelopment.net

Ioanna-Kyriaki Toufexi: Developer and former technology tester at Science Warehouse

How cars work: The core functionality of a car - from the engine to the gear box through the clutch and to the wheels through the differential. I started driving lessons recently and was very curious to understand WHY I did what I needed to do, so I searched and read about it! I find it exciting to manage to share this knowledge in 10 minutes.


Paul Henshaw: Paul is a Director at immedia - a startup organisation offering coaching and consultancy in Organisational setup and efficiency, and Project and Programme Delivery. Previously Head of Technology at Sky Bet, Paul has held a number of roles in technology delivery - starting out as a software engineer and development manager at BT. immedia consult and support the implementation of technology-focused software and service delivery to organisations that are keen to understand and improve their existing capabilities, with an emphasis on the introduction and maturity of Agile Project Delivery.

Scrum -> Scrumban: Stop starting and start finishing! A (very!) brief case study on how bringing kanban techniques into your Scrum delivery team can address some of Scrum's weaknesses - and why it may help you with your own challenges.


Jonathan Fulton: I have worked in various .Net development roles across Yorkshire since 2002, progressing from junior to lead. In recent years I have played a lead role in Agile transitions, having become a Scrum Master in 2012. In 2013 I joined legend, where we are successfully delivering leisure software projects, such as the system used within the London Olympic park.

Help Your Teams Run Like Clockwork: I have worked within organisations that believed traditional management techniques would allow projects to run like clockwork. I will argue that to run like clockwork is a better analogy for an Agile project that you might think, and explain how at Legend we have used, customised and tweaked Scrum to enable to us to be Agile, and run like clockwork.


Matt Russell: Matt is a software developer working for The Test People in Leeds, building tools to help testers test. Something of an enthusiast/fan-boy for functional programming and Scala.

Handling Flaky Tests: It's a common problem for automated end-to-end tests to suffer from intermittent failures. There are a number of approaches for eliminating (or at least mitigating) flaky tests. This lightning talk will outline an additional strategy for differentiating occasional failures from genuine regressions. This has been implemented as part of a new open source test reporting tool.

@MattRussellUK, https://github.com/thetestpeople/trt/wiki

Joe Simmonds: Joe has been working in Software Development since the late middle ages, or so it sometimes feels. In turns fascinated and frightened by the practices applied in the industry today he clings to the belief that there must be a better way.

How to write bad code: It's well known that when the pressure is on code quality will suffer. Developers still have some control over what impact this will have on the released software and future development. Hopefully I will be able to give you in these ten minutes some guidance that will help you make these choices for your project.


Mathew McLoughlin: Mathew is a developer with a love of all things .NET. He has a passion for all new technologies in particular Nancy. He believes in using the right tool for the right job and not everything needs to come from the Microsoft stack.

C# without Visual Studio: As great as Visual Studio is, it does have its problems. It can be cumbersome and a bit too heavyweigh. It's not cross platform and it may not be your editor of choice. Omnisharp is a project that intends to solve this problems by bringing you a collection of editor extensions that will allow you to write C# outside the confines of Visual studio. In this lighting talk I'll attempt to tell you a little about the project and demonstrate some of the extensions to show you that Visual Studio isn't the only option

@mat_mcloughlin, mat-mcloughlin.net

Tim Brown: Senior developer at Medisoft working on ophthalmology software. Previously worked for a number of healthcare IT providers, a digital agency, e-learning company and a long time ago as a secondary school teacher. When not working can be found in Leeds museum looking at the stuffed animals with his 4 year old daughter.

Write it once with Iron Python: Rumours of Iron Python’s death have been greatly exaggerated. With the release of Iron Python tools for Visual Studio it doesn't even have a minor head cold. A quick talk on how we have been using it to help with validation and make sure we only have one version of the validation truth in our product.


@ivortymchak, www.tymchak.com

Ivor Tymchak: Freethinker, professional artist and maverick. Throughout my life I've been suspicious of the easy answers and so I've learned to ask more difficult questions, usually hidden inside the Trojan horse of comedy. The co-founding and compering of Bettakultcha changed my life: I discovered that I'm happiest when performing and that presentation skills are a necessary requirement for effectively communicating ideas. I am now communicating this message via a presentation skills workshop that I run in universities and colleges. I'd like to be a teacher when I grow up.

Success in business is short-sighted: Why is 'success in business' seen as one of the most important goals you can aim for? This talk explores some of the assumptions behind the idea and de-constructs the myths underpinning it.

Did we mention there will be significant speaker prizes on the night.