AgileExpo: Innovating and changing with Agile, 31 October, London
Since the publication in 2001, of the then controversial document The Agile Manifesto , organisations have adopted, some or many of the recommendations for better ways of meeting deadlines and satisfying customers. While a few organisations are still with the waterfall method of practice, most others have embraced the agile as “the new normal”.
Now, over a decade and half later, let us see how much of the adoptions of the core statements :
At present times, Agile communities are everywhere and the Agile philosophy is being adopted by more and more organisations. There are several frameworks that are in operation -, SAFe®, Scrum and XP, DAD, The Agile PM Framework etc.
But Agile after all is about iterative development and agile methods are written context-independent so if “pure agility” is the goal of the development team, they would want to change and not have one method to be the part of the plan. From various opinions, conversations and surveys, it has been seen that the teams who apply a mixture of methods adapting them to the project at hand and are not bound to a fixed process but willing to change are the ones who achieve a better rate of success.
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.
Angie Main, Programme Manager, Barclays Bank plc
Command and control leadership is failing to deliver, the cost of employee disengagement is vast; conversely the opportunity for those that can adopt progressive ways of working is huge. Up to 70% of the gap in employee engagement can be attributed to leadership. Every piece of insight tells us it’s time for a leadership overhaul. In this session Angie will bring alive the practical and proven principles of Servant Leadership, help you understand what Servant Leadership is and explore why it’s a great fit for many organisations.
Tom Gilb, Consultant, Methods Inventor, Textbook Writer, Keynote Speaker and Teacher to many …… Senior Partner at GILB.com
The intent of Agile has always been value delivery. But the unfortunate reality is that the practice of agile today is focused on solving all problems by generating code. We totally fail to quantitatively define the multiple values we want. We fail to systematically pursue them. The agile failure (to deliver value) rate is 19% to 40%. We should be closer to Zero Failure. This talk will present specific practical methods for managing agile value delivery.
Mark Buenen, VP Global LeaderDigital Assurance & Testing Practice, Sogeti Group
Technology continues to evolve at pace, and customers and employers alike are driving ever greater demands for excellence: innovation, faster delivery, an outstanding user experience. This keynote presentation will look at the key trends that are affecting the software testing industry, and the future that awaits us, with a particular focus on:
♦ How digital transformation is affecting QA and Testing
♦ How we can transform from automated test execution to intelligence driven testing
♦ What is the future for testers in a DevOps world
Mark Lines, Enterprise Agile Coach, Disciplined Agile Consortium
“DevOps” is the most popular, and most misunderstood, buzzword in the IT industry today. In this talk Mark Lines will explore what DevOps is in practice. He will address what DevOps means for established enterprises that are dealing with decades of legacy solutions and legacy cultures to overcome. He will also explore why Disciplined DevOps entails much more than just Development + Operations to be truly effective.
Ian Smith, Head of Innovation, ROQ
Renato Quedas, Director Product Management, Micro Focus
Automation is critical to achieving a more efficient software delivery environment. One of the largest areas of improvement across any DevOps toolchain is with software testing automation. While open source projects are critical across all functional areas of a toolchain, Selenium is probably the most widely used. The challenge with Selenium is to gain the most efficiencies while not spending too much time on the 'Selenium learning curve,’ which tends to hold most organisations back.
Please join us as we highlight the pros and cons of using Selenium and learn about some best practices in recording, managing and executing Selenium tests. In addition to this, we will highlight:
♦ Embrace DevOps practices using the power of open source
♦ Easily record, run, export and manage Selenium scripts for “industrial/enterprise” use cases
♦ Deliver true cross browser/device testing automation solutions for your environment
Tony Foggett, CEO, Code Computerlove
Tony will discuss his vision for a new agency model, focused around lean methodology. His talk will focus on how this model has unlocked new clients and made the traditional agency, with the large amount of waste this set-up generates, redundant. Whilst also sharing lessons learnt from implementing this change within the agency culture and the challenges of driving lean methods with clients to create a successful model for reinventing the client/agency relationship.
Susan Scott, Lean Portfolio Management, Transformation Director, Barclaycard
As companies change their IT delivery methodologies to Agile, the impacts to many non-IT processes have to be addressed or the organisation will become dysfunctional as traditional processes weigh down and suffocate agile ways of working. The role of the Portfolio and Project Management processes need to change to enable ‘Business Agility’. Business Agility is the ability for a company to manage their portfolio effectively to ensure they are delivering the highest value items first, are measuring the value through each and every material release, and use those insights to make portfolio level decisions.
Brian Hendrick, Scrum Master / Delivery Lead, HMRC
UK Government’s Digital Transformation initiative has been praised (Ranked No.1 in UN’s E-Government Development Index) but there are many challenges adapting agile within the public sector. This presentation will discuss the various challenges to adapting agile ways of working and the accomplishments of government’s digital transformation initiative based on the first-hand experiences working in: Digital Policy, Service Design, and Agile Delivery.
Ben Maynard, Agile Coach, Trainer and Mentor, RBS Plc
For a long time, large banks had no need to worry about their size or complexity and go through an uncontrolled co-evolution of structure and delivery approach.
This interactive talk focusses on structure and culture, going into detail on thinking tools that create new perspectives and enable the building up of new structures, cultures and delivery approaches rather than the tailoring down of what we already have by trying to find the ‘right’ scaling approach for our size.
Charles Weir, Researcher Security Lancaster Group, Lancaster University
Cyber security is a big and increasing problem. Almost every week we hear of a new exploit or security breach, and increasingly it affects every aspect of our lives. For developers it now impacts almost every development project they work on. But what can you do, as a developer or working with developers, to tackle the problem without becoming overwhelmed by costs and complexity?
This talk, based on GCHQ-sponsored research at a leading software security institution, answers that question. It explores why conventional approaches have been so unhelpful, and based on current practice in over a dozen representative institutions it tells you five inexpensive and widely-used techniques that will significantly help your programmers achieve software security. Can you afford to miss it?
Aaron Booth, Product Owner, Central Government
The Agile Manifesto may look simple but actually working in an 'agile way' can be challenging. I've worked with co-located agile teams, outsourced development companies and remote developers located outside of the UK.
I'd like to share my experiences with you to help you address the practical real world challenges of Agile Delivery.
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?