AgileExpo: The Agile Enterprise, 12 October 2016, Emirates Stadium, London
The Agile Manifesto dramatically re-engineered software development. At present times, Agile communities are everywhere and the Agile philosophy is being adopted by more and more organisations. This cooperative, iterative approach to development—or any problem-solving process—that favours multiple, small, rapid releases over fewer large-scale ones is showing stakeholders and unhappy end users how to manage time and money. The key is to embrace change and focus on customer desires and feedback. All this allows agile businesses to provide almost immediate responses to shifting customer demands.
There are several frameworks that are in operation (e.g. DSDM, The Agile PM Framework, SAFe®, Scrum, DAD, PAD).
Stalwart thought leaders and organisations with real experience share their views and know-how and take part in discussion sessions at this AgileExpo. The conference thus provides the perfect occasion for delegates to get involved in the conversation, ask questions, learn about best practices and stay together in the Agile initiative, where Agile has its roots in working, sharing and innovating.
Registration is at 08:30 hrs. The conference starts at 09:00 hrs and ends with a drinks reception at 17:00 hrs.
Mark Lines, Enterprise Agile Coach, Disciplined Agile Consortium
An agile enterprise increases value through effective execution and delivery in a timely and reactive manner. Such organizations do this by streamlining the flow of information, ideas, decision making, and work throughout the overall business process all the while improving the quality of the process and business outcomes. This talk describes, step-by-step, how to evolve from today’s vision of agile software development to a truly disciplined agile enterprise. It briefly examines the state of mainstream agile software development and argues for the need for a more disciplined approach to agile delivery that provides a solid foundation from which to scale. It then explores what it means to scale disciplined agile strategies tactically at the project/product level and strategically across your IT organization as a whole. Your disciplined agile IT strategy, along with a lean business strategy, are key enablers of a full-fledged disciplined agile enterprise.
Along the way Mark will describe his experience with organizations around the world that have successfully adopted agile and lean for their teams while at the same time transforming their culture across the organization to streamline these agile initiatives.
Dave Snowden, CTO Cognitive Edge
Arie van Bennekum, Wemanity, Co-author Agile Manifesto
Changing people is impossible. People will only change when they can see there are motivations to do so. If so, what does it take to change a complete organisation?- What is the approach?
A story on approach, co-creation of a new organisation and its internal dynamics, its metabolism…
Jonathan Smart, Head of Development Services & Agile Capability Lead, Barclays Group, Barclays
In this talk, Jon will share the story of how Barclays, a 325 year old organisation in a heavily regulated industry, with breadth, diversity and complexity, adopted Agile and DevOps at scale (130,000 employees in 50 countries) and at pace. As far as we know it is the fastest and largest agile adoption in history. Jon will share lessons from the organisational-wide transformation so far.
∙How to go from oil tankers to speedboats at scale
∙How to have agility, innovation and compliance to controls
∙What are Agility Levels and how do they help?
∙Why a holistic approach is important
Louise Elliott, Head of Software Delivery, Leeds Building Society
This talk looks at the first 2 years of an agile adoption programme within a UK financial organisation. It looks at how the adoption was approached and the biggest challenges which it faced. It considers the impact which corporate culture has on agile adoption as well as the level of support needed to make it successful. It also illustrates some of the unexpected opportunities which were identified during the adoption. Most importantly it looks at what lessons we can learn and what we would do differently if we had our time over again.
Elaine Sullivan, Director, Skybrook Consultants
The presentation outlines the Agile techniques and behaviours deployed and adaptions we made, paving the way to the successful delivery of an high value digital service into ‘Public Beta’ at DWP. We’ll review how ‘just enough’ Agility helped us blend numerous work streams of delivery to achieve a singular result.
Gary Dawson, Assistant Director Solutions Delivery at NHS Blood and Transplant (NHSBT)
NHS Blood and Transplant (NHSBT) is a joint England and Wales Special Health Authority. It’s responsible for the provision of a reliable, efficient supply of blood to the NHS and for matching and allocating donated organs. The organisation of 6000 people is going through a significant transformational change as core systems are replaced and IT programmes have been identified that will roll-out over the next few years. Gary Dawson, Assistant Director Solutions Delivery at NHS Blood and Transplant will share with audience members how the NHSBT decided to move and is in the process of moving from a waterfall environment to an agile one using the Scaled Agile Framework with coaching support from Ivar Jacobson International. NHSBT is a risk-averse organisation due to the highly regulated and public focussed environment that it works within. Gary will discuss how the team overcame organisational concerns, introduced agile and is now moving toward its third agile release train. Specifically, Gary will discuss:• Improving the speed of change whilst not sacrificing quality or control
John Clapham, Principal, Cotelic
Agile methods encourage creativity through collaboration - but those ideas, and our responses to others, are filtered through our own perceptions. Most worrisome are the kind of perceptions that we've built up and curated over many years, until we are barely aware of them.
Working in groups can improve things, and we've learnt to value the wisdom of crowds. But groupthink creeps in with alarming ease, depriving the team of diversity and breadth of experience.
In this session we’ll look at some of the most harmful biases, and introduce a technique that’s delivered effective decision making to many organisations: The Six Thinking Hats.
Graham Perry, Performance Testing Veteran, Neotys
Most people accept that application performance is important. So why isn't there a common approach to performance testing in agile delivery, and how do some agile teams manage to avoid it altogether? Graham Perry discusses his introduction to testing in the mid 1970's (before testing tools & methodologies were invented) and asks when did performance testing become optional?
Agile transformation is hard because cultural change is hard. It’s not one problem that needs to be solved, but a series of hundreds decisions affecting lots of people over a long period of time that affects relationships, processes, and even the state of mind of those working within the change.
Disciplined Agile (DA) is unlike any other framework, because it’s based on empiricism, industry data and adoption of proven practices. The result is a huge wealth of structured information that allows you to map your challenges into a tree structure of proven strategies that other people have found to work in practice. In effect you can apply the DA framework to identify process improvements that reflect the actual situations faced by your teams.
This workshop focuses on how to apply the DA framework to deliver sophisticated agile solutions in the enterprise. The DA framework builds on the existing proven practices from agile methods such as Scrum, Extreme Programming (XP), Lean software development, Unified Process, and Agile Modeling to include other aspects necessary for success in enterprise-class settings. Filling in the gaps left by mainstream methods, DA provides guidance on how to effectively plan and kickstart complex projects as well as how to apply a full lifecycle approach, with lightweight milestones, effective metrics, and agile governance.
This one-day workshop is not technical and is suitable for all team members. Group exercises reinforce the principles learned. The workshop is valuable for anyone who wants to understand how agile solution delivery works from end-to-end or anyone tasked with moving from traditional approaches to agile, particularly in enterprise settings.