Agile Showcase Dublin:  Transition and Transformations, 24 May 2017, Dublin

This event is co-located with DevOps Showcase and Testing Showcase 

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.

Stalwart thought leaders and practitioners share their views and “know-how” to transition and transform with different processes and attitudes to change.  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.

Joint morning session – Agile, Testing and DevOps: Are they a Separate conversation or a progression of capability?

DevOps, Testing and Agile have shared environments that facilitate working together.  These three methods are more than simply adopting new tools and processes and the synergy involves building a development and a stable Continuous Integration (CI) infrastructure, as well as an automated pipeline that moves deliverables from development to production.  They can work together and the entire build process should be transparent, and it should enable and support development and operations.  This transformation depends on: significant changes in culture; roles and responsibilities; team structure; tools and processes.

Benefits of attending:

  • Share ideas and brainstorm new approaches
  • Meet with Agile experts
  • Develop and benchmark your Agile Strategies
  • Learn from others’ best practices, ideas and expertise
  • Discover latest technical skills, tools, tips and tricks in the industry

Call for participation

We are looking for speakers willing to share their experiences and stories about Agile transitions and transformations. If you wish to submit a proposal to present at this event please fill in the speaker response form.

Here is a list of topics we would like to cover at this event:

  • Lean Principles and Kanban Methods
  • SAFe
  • Pragmatic Agile
  • Leadership
  • The cultural journey
  • Scrum/ Agile experience
  • Scaling Agile
  • Agile from the trenches – Case Studies
  • Actionable Metrics

The morning session will discuss the following related topics, please use the speaker form above to apply to speak in the morning session: 

  • Agile frameworks provide guidance for efficient operational software
  • Adopt a “build-and-run” teams concept
  • Improve DevOps with SAFe
  • Automation and SAFe
  • Automating for improved flow
  • The agile release train and continuous integration
  • Agile and DevOps – moving with flow based awareness
  • Mapping practices with scaled agile frameworks—SAFe, DAD, LeSS, and Nexus
  • Testing: “Measure twice, cut once”
  • Continuous Testing – running tests at each stage of s/w delivery pipeline.


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

    Dave Snowden, CTO Cognitive Edge

    Too many methods and techniques in software development are simple recipes derived from limited and partially understood cases. They treat the organisation as if it was a complicated machine rather than a highly complex and ever shifting, frequently fragile ecology. This presentation will introduce the award winning Cynefin framework and will introduce ideas from complexity science, biology and the cognitive sciences which allow us to manage conditions of inherent uncertainty.


    Dave Snowden

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    ‘Using simulation games to fast-track your Team and Project Leadership Skills’

    Ken Thompson, Managing Director, Dashboard Simulations Ltd

    This session is aimed at those who lead or hope to lead technology teams and want to find a way to get the right mix of technical and social skills to succeed

    • How people really learn new skills – experiential and social learning
    • The benefits of simulation-based learning in teams
    • The extra challenges and opportunities of technology teams
    • Experiencing a live team simulation game
    • How effective teamwork can evolve
    • The top mistakes team leaders make under pressure
    • Q&A and Discussion


    Ken Thompson

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    Agile Development – Living Life on the Edge

    Cliff diving is not an agile practice; it’s a highly dangerous, energy fueled sport only for thrill seekers. Why do we like to deliver software in this fashion. I have worked on and supported scrum teams where, at release end we were faced with last minute changes that had serious knock on effects. Code would continue to be delivered late so stories would end up closing very late in the sprint cycle.

    We needed to STOP: Inspect, adapt and find improvements. The following activities were implemented to drive a more free-flowing delivery of work and to ensure no last minute changes or delivery of code.

        • Fearless Journey, Team Reboot, Retrospective Channels, PowerPlay, Collaborative tools over email, Roles and Responsibilities, Team Elaboration/Estimation/Planning, CI/CD, Automation, Code freeze dates.

    This presentation will discuss how the above activities were implemented and the ways they benefited the team.



Dave Snowden

CTO Cognitive Edge


Ken Thompson

Managing Director, Dashboard Simulations Ltd

Last Year’s Speakers

Andrea Baker

AIB, Channels Development

Linda Beckett

AIB, Channels Development

Kevin Burke

Fidelity Investments

Nick Clare

Principal Agile Consultant, CA Technologies


Maria Connor

Principal Engineer, PaddyPower Betfair

Augusto Evangelisti

Lean Coach, PaddyPower Betfair

Ahmad Fahmy

Zone 2 Consulting Limited


Ireland Development Centre


Stephen Nelson Smith


Shane Callaghan

Principal Consultant & Founder of Project 16

Frederic Oehl

Scrum Master,Storyful

Barbara OConnor

Agile Coach, Unum

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