Background

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 :

  • “Individuals and interactions over process and tools
  • Working software over comprehensive documentation
  • Customer collaboration over contract negotiation
  • Responding to change over following a plan”…… have been achieved and helped establishing a faster and practical way of getting things done.

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.

Programme

  • Joint session with Test Expo and DevOps Expo

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    Keynote: Value Driven Agile: Focussing on real business results, not code written

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    Keynote: Becoming a Unicorn

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    Keynote: Disciplined DevOps: Pragmatic Strategies for the Enterprise

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    Prepare to Serve, an introduction to Servant Leadership

  • Track on Agile Expo

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    Reinventing our digital agency into a lean client partner

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    Driving Business Agility through Portfolio Management Practices

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    Digital Transformation and Agile in Government: Stories about the first-hand experience of a Digital and Technology Fast Streamer

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    Multi-Team Facilitation and Alignment for Agile Teams @ Scale

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    Too Big To Scale

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    CASE STUDY: Five cost-effective ways to improve team software security

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    Adapting Agile/Product Management Techniques for Real World Challenges OR Agile isn't just for IT Development

Speakers

Aaron Booth

Product Owner, Central Government

Mark Buenen

VP Global LeaderDigital Assurance & Testing Practice, Sogeti Group

Tony Foggett

CEO, Code Computerloven

Tom Gilb

Senior Partner at GILB.com

 

Brian Hendrick

Scrum Master / Delivery Lead, HMRC

Rickard Jones

Agile Coach and Trainer, Barclays & HSBC

Mark Lines

Disciplined Agile Consortium

Angie Main

Programme Manager, Barclays Bank plc

 

Ben Maynard

Agile Coach, Trainer and Mentor, RBS Plc

Christoforos Nikitas

Agile Coach and Trainer, Barclays & HSBC

Susan Scott

Lean Portfolio Management, Transformation Director, Barclaycard

Charles Weir

Researcher Security Lancaster Group, Lancaster University

Headline Sponsor

Platinum Sponsors

DACLOGO
micro-focus

Gold Sponsors

Mobile-Labs
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ranorex
Tricentis

Silver Sponsor

Valiantys

Media Partner

Infosecurity-Magazine

UNICOM’s Advisory Panel

Dorothy Graham

Software testing consultant, speaker and author

Dan North

Dan North Associates

Paul D. Nielsen

Director and CEO, Software Engineering Institute

Dave Snowden

CTO Cognitive Edge

Last Year’s Programme

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    Louise-Elliott

    Chairperson for the day: Louise Elliott, Head of Software Delivery, Leeds Building Society

    Speakers:
    Louise-Elliott

    Louise Elliott

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    Keynote: Disciplined Agile: Pragmatic Agile for the Enterprise

    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.

    Speakers:
    mark-line

    Mark Lines

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    Dave-Snowden

    Keynote: Agile in context: Understanding software systems as ecologies not manufacturing processes

    Dave Snowden, CTO Cognitive Edge

    Speakers:
    Dave-Snowden

    Dave Snowden

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    Arie-van-Bennekum

    Keynote: Agile transformations, overcoming paradigms

    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?
    - How do you start
    - how do you move on once you have started and most of all
    - how do you sustain that change?

    A story on approach, co-creation of a new organisation and its internal dynamics, its metabolism…

    Speakers:
    Arie-van-Bennekum

    Arie van Bennekum

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    Jonathan-Smart

    Keynote: From oil tankers to speedboats

    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

    Speakers:
    Jonathan-Smart

    Jonathan Smart

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    Louise-Elliott

    Agile Adoption – A Case Study

    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.

    Speakers:
    Louise-Elliott

    Louise Elliott

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    Elaine-Sullivan

    Agile vs Agility, making Agile work for you (notes from the trenches)

    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.

    Speakers:
    Elaine-Sullivan

    Elaine Sullivan

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    Gary-Dawson

    An Agile transformation journey in a heavily regulated environment

    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
    • Building agile confidence across the organisation and ensuring senior stakeholders support to help drive cultural change
    • Delivering more value to the business faster and ensuring the organisation can cope with the rate of change
    • Ensuring an agile approach addresses the needs of regulators and regulations
    • Fostering the skills and mind-set for change

    Speakers:
    Gary-Dawson

    Gary Dawson

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    Anchoring biases, group think and other nuisances

    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.

    Speakers:
    John-Clapham-new

    John Clapham

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    Graham-Perry1

    Agile delivery and application performance

    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?

    Speakers:
    Graham-Perry1

    Graham Perry

Last Year’s Speakers

Arie-van-Bennekum

Arie van Bennekum

Wemanity, Co-author Agile Manifesto

John-Clapham-new

John Clapham

Cotelic

Gary-Dawson

Gary Dawson

NHS Blood and Transplant (NHSBT)

Louise-Elliott

Louise Elliott

Head of Software Delivery, Leeds Building Society

mark-line

Mark Lines

Disciplined Agile Consortium

Graham-Perry1

Graham Perry

Neotys

Jonathan-Smart

Jonathan Smart

Barclays

Elaine-Sullivan

Elaine Sullivan

Director, Skybrook Consultants

Dave-Snowden

Dave Snowden

CTO Cognitive Edge

Last Year’s Sponsors

DACLOGO
IJI
Neotys
sogetilogo
value-glide
iSQI

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