October 21, 2016

Death by User Stories

10:15  -  11:00

In order to deliver business value as early as possible. As an overwhelmed cross-functional team member. I need 6589 disembodied user stories sitting in a backlog in Jira. Like I need a hole in the head. Are user stories actually helpful? Or are they doing us harm? Have we wandered away from their intended use? […]

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Fragile Agile: coaching a tired team

10:15  -  11:00

Talk 45 min Virtually all Agile coaching techniques assume that people and teams are in normal physical and mental conditions. And even in such cases introducing the change is difficult and people tend to be resistant to change innovations. And what happens if the team you plan to coach or manage is tired, exhausted or even burned­out? Yes, this might […]

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Your Company Will Never Be Agile

10:15  -  11:00

Talk 45 min Your company wants to become agile. Most companies want that. So they hire some consultants, do a couple of re-orgs, call their line managers Scrum Masters, and so on. And then they declare success: Development is a little bit cheaper now. But many of those companies with “successful” agile transitions did not […]

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Kanban Metrics in practice

10:15  -  11:00

Talk 45 min Why should I bother collecting metrics? How can they help me? My CFD is pretty and colourful, but what is it actually trying to tell me? CFD, control chart, lead time distribution, percentiles…Metrics can be daunting to start with but if you know how to interpret them they can help you drive […]

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(CANCELED) Lies, damned lies and estimates

11:15  -  12:00

Talk 45 min (CANCELED) They drive decisions, translates into deadlines and cause headaches… and yet, despite decades of experience in the industry and a bunch of techniques in our toolbelts, estimating work remains one of the most painful process. In this talk I’ll explore the facts and fallacies of agile estimation, from “How to estimate” […]

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Agile application development for cloud-native apps

11:15  -  12:00

With the advent of containers and serverless offerings the move from on-prem to the public cloud has been accelerating in the past two years. In this talk we will discuss best practices, real-world case studies as well as challenges around the development, deployment and operation of cloud-native applications. Slides

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Time to Clean up the Product!

11:15  -  12:00

Talk 45 min This is a story of a product team who dared to challenge the habits of an organisation in order to optimise the long-term value of a product portfolio for their customers. The story begins when a product leader confronts with the reality of a slightly oversized portfolio of applications. While many of […]

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Listen With Your Eyes – Non-Verbal Communication for Agile Teams

11:15  -  12:00

Talk 45 min As agile practitioners – whether you are a developer, tester, scrum master or product owner, we know that it is ALL about communication, right? But how much of what we say and what we hear is words? If, as much as 93% of our communication is non-verbal how can be sure we […]

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Teal organisations: The next paradigm shift in recognising and handling complexity

13:15  -  14:00

Talk 45 min Frustration and disillusionment are prevalent states in many organisations. These challenges are founded in organisations adopting cultures, hierarchies and ways of working that are inappropriate to the complexities inherent to their environment. We are on the cusp of the next paradigm shift, where some organisations are finding fundamentally different ways emancipating their […]

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Growth Hacking for Product Managers

13:15  -  14:00

Talk 45 min Growth Hacking is a hot topic now in digital companies – many companies like Skyscanner, Linkedin, Booking.com, Buffer hiring VP or Growth roles and setting up their Growth teams. In this talk we will bring a summary of these trends and explain what it means for agile product managers and their teams. […]

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Scrum vs ScrumAnd vs ScrumBut: which one are you doing?

13:15  -  14:00

Talk 45 min The 2015 State of Scrum Report tells us that Scrum is currently the most adopted Agile practice. In-spite of the massive popularity of this framework we see that organizations rarely use vanilla Scrum… using instead ScrumAnd or even ScrumBut. I intend to explore these two concepts and help the audience understand which […]

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Toyota Kata puzzle experience

13:15  -  15:00

Talk 90 min “We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.” – Aristotle You have been doing agile for a few years now. With a regular cadence you have retrospectives and a lot of problems and great improvement opportunities are raised but you don’t seem to really improve. […]

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Punishment Driven Development

14:15  -  15:00

Talk 45 min What is the first thing we do when a major issue occurs in a live  system? Sort it out of course. Then we start the hunt for the person to blame so that they can suffer the appropriate punishment. What do we do if a person is being awkward in the team […]

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Remote working in an agile world

14:15  -  15:00

Talk 45 min  My experience of being a remote tester in an agile team Main statement: What does it mean to you/your colleagues/your company if you are a remote worker? How is it different to being an ‘office worker’? Let’s find out! Abstract Picture this! – I landed a job with a company and team […]

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The Agile organisation

15:30  -  16:15

Talk 45 min Organisational agility is really tough to achieve but its benefits are immense. At Reed Online we are going through a period of rapid growth. We want an office that people love to work in, a place where they could be creative, have greater autonomy and a sense of purpose. Through high engagement, […]

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Never Develop Alone : always with a partner

15:30  -  16:15

Talk 45 min In February 2016, I celebrated my 4th anniversary developing using full-time pair-programming. By full-time I mean that when I arrive in the morning at work I do not have my own computer. I share a computer all the day with another developer of my team. At first sight, it might look easy, […]

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The most important things I have learnt this year

15:30  -  16:15

Talk 45 min Being in the unique position as founder of Adventures with Agile, I have attended some of the best training classes in the world as a learner, facilitator, and helper. Plus as head of consultancy I have the privilege of being able to visit lots of clients and be engaged at different levels […]

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Putting the ‘V’ back in MVP

16:30  -  17:15

Talk 45 min  Lean Startup principles advocate a approach of building the simplest version of the product or service that you can and get in front of your target market group as fast as possible. Watch them use it. Listen to their feedback. Then improve or change. Most organisations when confronted with this approach understand […]

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Why too much choice is killing your company

16:30  -  17:15

Talk 45 min It’s one thing to have a great idea, but quite another to do something with it. Organisations, teams and individuals often struggle to do something good with the idea they have had, but why? Is it bad organisational leadership, poor product owners, underperforming engineering teams or something else? Turning ideas in to reality requires emotional […]

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