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

This event is co-located with DevOps Showcase and Testing Showcase. Delegates may attend any sessions from across the three conferences.

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 with Testing Showcase and DevOps & Microservices Showcase

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.

The Round Table session is the last of the joint morning session with the other two co-located events. This session is for 45 minutes of which there will be around ten minutes for a general summing up at the end. The speaker at each table will have a set theme and delegates join any table that they are interested in. They are given all the topics with their joining instructions and again at the time of registration and so make their choice on the topics that they want to attend. This is a discussion group and so no presentation slides are necessary, but please submit a topic if you would like to chair a discussion on a topic related to Testing, Agile and DevOps

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.
  • Host a Round Table on a topic related to Testing, Agile or DevOps.


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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 Game-Based Learning (GBL) to Enhance your technology/team leadership skills

    Ken Thompson, Managing Director, Dashboard Simulations Ltd

    1. To review where GBL can provide the best returns in terms of developing your technology leadership and your team leadership skills.
    2. To identify the key foundations and pitfalls to avoid for the successful adoption of GBL.
    3. To illustrate GBL with real project examples and live game participation with the audience

    * The pros and cons of GBL
    * The key foundations for successful GBL
    * The Different types of Game
    * Top leadership skill areas for GBL illustrated with real projects and Live audience interaction:
    — Project/Team Managemen
    — Commercial Acumen and Business Awareness
    — Collaboration & Competition
    — Conversational Skills
    * Q&A and Discussion


    Ken Thompson

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    Why everyone should care about Test-Driven Development

    Steve Freeman, Distinguished Consultant, Zuhlke Engineering Limited

    Test-Driven Development (TDD) has been so successful that it's now unfashionable. We seem to have lost the excitement and empowerment we felt when we first stumbled onto TDD a dozen years ago. Now it's just a chore that only bothers developers. Were we fooling ourselves, or did the message get confused along the way?

    In this talk, I will revisit the basics, the essence of what makes TDD work. I will look at some of the common difficulties that I see with teams that are struggling. I will show how TDD is as much an approach to development as a programming technique and how, like BDD, it's not about testing.


    Steve Freeman

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    Agile Development – Living Life on the Edge

    Senan Coffey, IT Project Manager/QA Lead, Fidelity Investments

    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.


    Senan Coffey

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    Actionable Agile Metrics

    Paulo Dias, Agile Transformation Lead, Barclays Investment Bank

    Have you ever asked yourself which metrics you should use to drive the correct behaviour in your teams? With so many different metrics available, people often believe that all metrics have the same equal value. We will look into a selection of good actionable metrics that you can use in your dashboards to improve performance of your teams.


    Paulo Dias



Senan Coffey

Fidelity Investments


Paulo Dias

Barclays Investment Bank


Steve Freeman

Zuhlke Engineering Limited


Dave Snowden

CTO Cognitive Edge


Ken Thompson

Managing Director, Dashboard Simulations Ltd

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

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