Agile Methods 2017

Agile Methods: Programme and Project Management | Public Sector | Finance Sector27 April 2017, London

This event is co-located with DevOps and Microservices Summit

This conference builds on the success of our event series dedicated to Agile Programme and Project Management, Agile in the Finance Sector and Agile in the Public Sector.

The event originates from the idea that learning about Agile methods is important; BUT understanding HOW they apply to your specific context is critical.

Similarly to last year, the 2017 edition features presentations covering different aspects of Agile in Programme and Project Management (for all business sectors), Public Sector and Finance. However, in order to maximise networking opportunities and cross-learning the event features all three topic areas in one track.

The programme favours case studies over theory-focused presentations and aims to connect subject experts with the audience via round table discussions, Q&A sessios and networking.

In contrast to other Agile events, this conference looks at issues specifically relevant to finance, public sector and project management. At the same time the mix of agile stories and subject experts from different backgrounds promotes open-mindedness and sharing.

There is also an exhibition alongside featuring leading service providers, consultants and vendors.

Benefits of attending:

  • Meet executives and professionals from your same industry area
  • Learn from subject experts addressing issues specific to Agile Methods in Finance, Public Sector and Programme and Project Management
  • Take away insights and lessons from presentations not specifically focused on your main interest area
  • Discussion and networking are encouraged via Q&A sessions after the presentations and during the breaks
  • Round table discussions help delegates further share their views in connection with specific key topics in Agile in Finance, Public Sector and Programme and Project Management

Programme

  • Joint Session with DevOps & Microservices -

  • Chairman for the Joint Session: Keith Watson, Director of DevOps iHCM, ADP UK -

  • 08:30 - 08:50

    Registration and Coffee Break

  • 08:50 - 09:00

    UNICOM’s and Chairman’s introduction

  • 09:00 - 09:30
    Kai-Wahner

    Keynote: Cloud Native Microservices and Containers in the Middleware World

    Kai Wähner, Technology Evangelist, TIBCO

    ♦ Development of Cloud Native Middleware Microservices
    ♦ 10 Lessons Learned: Moving from a Monolith to Cloud-Native Middleware Microservices
    ♦ How to Build Resilient, Scalable Middleware Microservices leveraging DevOps and Cloud-Native Design Patterns

    Speakers:
    Kai-Wahner

    Kai Wähner

  • 09:30 - 10:00
    Stephen-Walters

    Keynote: Busting Silos

    Stephen Walters, Lead Solutions Consultant, Hewlett Packard Enterprise

    In creating true agile teams we remove the legacy silos of Business, Development and Testing, amongst others. But is there a danger of trading in one form of silo for another? Conway’s Law states “organizations which design systems ... are constrained to produce designs which are copies of the communication structures of these organizations”. DevOps is more than an attempt to bring Operations and Development to work at the same cadence in an agile framework, it is about an integrated enterprise delivering an integrated portfolio of value.

    This talk will look at how the use of Value Streams in The Open Group’s IT4IT standard, and even using Conway’s Law, actually shows us the way to bust those silo walls.

    Speakers:
    Stephen-Walters

    Stephen Walters

  • 10:00 - 10:30

    Introduction to Sponsoring and Supporting Bodies & Coffee Break

  • 10:30 - 11:15

    Round Table discussions

  • Track for Agile methods -

  • Chairman’s introduction: Peter Kappus, Portfolio Delivery Manager, Government Digital Service -

  • 11:30 - 12:00
    Tomasz-Kropiewnicki

    Four Cars - a practical set of metrics for your Agile system

    Tomasz Kropiewnicki, Agile Coach, starglider.consulting

    Would you like to hear an interesting story about measuring Agile systems with practical applications and a catchy metaphor?

    When coaching for excellence both qualitative and quantitative aspects of our Agile systems should be considered, we cannot just rely on one. Through my Agile journey, I struggled to get the right balance when collecting metrics until finally discovering a method and metaphor that made sense: The Four Cars.

    Speakers:
    Tomasz-Kropiewnicki

    Tomasz Kropiewnicki

  • 12:00 - 12:30
    Susan-Scott

    Survival of the Most Adaptable

    Susan Scott, Director, Agile Portfolio Management Transformation, Barclays Bank PLC

    ♦ Agile isn't just about engineering anymore. If you really want to harness the benefits of Agile long term you need to engage all departments across your enterprise to be on the journey with you, particularly your Finance department.
    ♦ Introducing ‘adaptive’ planning into your Financial practices is key to being able to support ‘business agility’.
    ♦ This session will talk about portfolio planning, investment governance and financial practices that are impacted in this new way of working.

    Speakers:
    Susan-Scott

    Susan Scott

  • 12:30 - 13:00
    Peter-Kappus

    Practical Approaches to Organisational Agility

    Peter Kappus, Portfolio Delivery Manager, Government Digital Service

    As agile ways of working become standard and organisations increasingly use them outside delivery teams, traditional portfolio governance, resourcing, and financial controls are struggling to keep up.

    This session explores how GDS is challenging and rethinking these areas within government. We’ll look at pragmatic, simple techniques you can use for devolved risk management, continuous, light-weight planning, flexible funding and resourcing, rolling benefits realisation, and how to build a passionate community of agile champions to drive change within your organisation.

    Bring your questions and ideas and get hands-on with live demos.

    Speakers:
    Peter-Kappus

    Peter Kappus

  • 13:00 - 14:00

    Lunch Break

  • 14:00 - 14:30
    Chris-Davies

    Principles of Effective Agile Project Governance

    Chris Davies, Founder and Principal Consultant, Aterny Agile Services Ltd

    In some agile circles, ‘governance’ is almost a dirty word. To many, it means bureaucracy, documentation, heavyweight process and a lot of wasted time and effort. And in a lot of cases, that’s how it is. But equally, a lot of companies today operate in a complex and highly regulated environment and they are delivering their change portfolio through projects that require some form of control to ensure their success. Traditional approaches to governance through documentation and RAG status are not compatible with agile. And blaming any and all failures on the project manager – or the Scrum Master - is naïve and irresponsible.

    So how do companies run their portfolio of agile projects in a way that ensures adequate oversight without stifling the agility?

    This talk presents a framework of 8 principles, two roles and one key practice that will not only achieve that, but can also be a catalyst for agile improvement across the portfolio.

    Speakers:
    Chris-Davies

    Chris Davies

  • 14:30 - 15:00
    Joey-Flint
    Marija-Ball

    Agile methods at the BBC: How we do it and why it works

    Joey Flint, Senior Agile Delivery Manager, BBC Design & Engineering; and Marija Ball, Project Manager, BBC Design & Engineering

    BBC Media services is responsible for all the delivery of online video and audio content and distribution of rights management. We would like to give you a practical overview of how we, and other BBC teams use various permutations of agile to manage our delivery. What the last 10 years of using agile has taught us and what we believe works and doesn’t work.

    Speakers:
    Joey-Flint

    Joey Flint

    Marija-Ball

    Marija Ball

  • 15:00 - 15:15

    Tea Break

  • 15:15 - 15:45
    Brian-Hendrick

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

    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.

    Speakers:
    Brian-Hendrick

    Brian Hendrick

  • 15:45 - 16:15
    Carl-Davies

    Blending Agile and Traditional Project/PMO Methods to Achieve Digital Breakthrough @ DWP

    Carl Davies, Agile Coach & Consultant, Perfect Agile – Working for DWP

    This presentation outlines how a digital delivery team at DWP were able to successfully blend Agile and traditional project delivery methods. It covers the mindset and range of techniques that enabled a major new digital service to break new ground. We explain how we achieved delivery in the context of a traditional programme/PMO and governance structure. The importance of establishing the optimal direct and wider service team culture is also discussed, along with organizational barriers to achieving a rapid delivery and leadership approaches to ensure these were (mostly!) overcome.

    Speakers:
    Carl-Davies

    Carl Davies

  • 16:15 - 16:45
    James-Betteley

    Blending Agile and DevOps - Getting The Best of Both Worlds

    James Betteley, Skelton Thatcher Consulting Ltd

    There’s no point building a super-cool, super-functional product that looks and feels exactly how the customer wants it, if you can’t deploy it, maintain it, manage it and support it once it’s gone live.

    In the Agile world, great efforts have been made in making sure we deliver what the customer expects, within reasonable budget, and on-time. But where are all the clever tricks and techniques designed to ensure we deliver deployable, scalable, performant products that can be updated in real-time, monitored from the very second they’re built, and managed from day-to-day without needing a team of support engineers?

    DevOps provides solutions for all of these things, but bolting them on to the end of your Agile development process simply won't work - by then it's too late, and you're lumbered with a system that wasn't designed with operability in mind.

    Building DevOps in to your Agile processes isn't easy, but it is necessary. You'll need to break some rules if you're following Scrum by-the-book and you'll need to think (and work) differently.

    Speakers:
    James-Betteley

    James Betteley

  • 16:45 - 17:00

    Chairman’s Summing Up

  • 17:00 - 18:00

    Drinks Reception co-hosted by TIBCO and HPE

Speakers

Marija-Ball

Marija Ball

BBC Design & Engineering

James-Betteley

James Betteley

Skelton Thatcher Consulting Ltd

Chris-Davies

Chris Davies

Aterny Agile Services Ltd

Carl-Davies

Carl Davies

Perfect Agile – Working for DWP

Joey-Flint

Joey Flint

BBC Design & Engineering

Brian-Hendrick

Brian Hendrick

Scrum Master / Delivery Lead, HMRC

Peter-Kappus

Peter Kappus

Government Digital Service

Tomasz-Kropiewnicki

Tomasz Kropiewnicki

Agile Coach, starglider.consulting

Susan-Scott

Susan Scott

Barclays Bank PLC

Kai-Wahner

Kai Wähner

Technology Evangelist, TIBCO

Stephen-Walters

Stephen Walters

Software - Lead Solution Consultant, HPE

Call for Participation

We are looking for speakers willing to share their experiences and stories about Agile Methods in Programme and Project Management, Finance and Public Sector. If you wish to submit a proposal to present at this event please fill in the speaker response form. In particular we are looking for:

  • Case studies
  • Presentations highlighting the specific challenges and opportunities faced when implementing AND scaling agile in Programme and Project Management, Finance and Public Sector
  • Presentations highlighting how the three areas could learn from each other
  • Short tutorials (max 60 mins)

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