Agile Showcase North: Transition and Transformations, 21 February 2017, Manchester
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.
Rise to the agility challenges with:
Programme starts at 08:45 hrs and ends at 17:00 hrs. Drinks reception follows.
Dorothy Graham, Software testing consultant, speaker and author
Testing has been around for a long time, but has changed a lot over the years. Agile and DevOps are “the new kids on the block” but are fast becoming mainstream. What are the roots of the changes and popularity of new approaches and how have they evolved over the years? What prophets were around years ago who foresaw current trends? In this presentation, Dorothy Graham leads you through some of her early experiences in testing and early encounters with precursors to Agile and DevOps. We look at why Agile has “taken off” and why DevOps is a hot topic today, and what the role of testing has been, is now and perhaps should be in the future.
- a personal history of testing
- the “grandfather” of agile and DevOps
- what problems do Agile and DevOps solve?
- what’s next?
Matthew Skelton, Co-founder and Principal Consultant, Skelton Thatcher Consulting Ltd
Moving from a monolith to microservices can be daunting. How do we choose the right bounded contexts? How small should services be? Which teams should get which services? And how do we keep things from falling apart?
By starting with the needs of the team, we can infer some useful heuristics for evolving from a monolithic architecture to a set of more loosely coupled services.
Steve Freeman, Zuhlke Engineering Limited
What does it take to get to a system where I can create a new service in just a few lines of code, and live with the result? In the transition to microservices, it’s critical to consider, and provide support for, the whole lifecycle of a service. Except that now it’s a fleet of services where there are just too many to manage by hand. In this talk, Steve will discuss some of the technical and organisational infrastructure that makes microservices work in practice.
Amany Elbanna, Senior Lecturer in Information Systems, Royal Holloway University of London
In this talk, I will explore what adopting agile has meant to the IS community and argue that our focus on the ‘doing’ of it has blinded us from the bigger picture. I will move beyond the practice to the being agile or agility and show that how this change in the mindset could change how we practice IT. For any organisation, the key is not what methodology IT adopts but what it means for the business. It is indeed time to think agility and how the IT function as a whole can tightly connect with each other and its decisions are tightly connected to customers. Agile practices could play a part but the challenge is to achieve IT agility for the benefit of customers. In this talk, I will give concrete examples, reflect on different organisations’ experience and present a successful case of agility.
Carl Davies, Agile Coach & Consultant, Perfect Agile – Working for DWP
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.
Stephen Mounsey, Agile Coach, Infinity Works Consulting
In complex situations we look for good processes to emerge rather than be prescribed. Can gamification be used for maturity models to enable emergent behaviour, continuous improvement and self-organisation?
An organisational change experience report. In any change there are three or more elements: the structure, the people and the culture. How can gamification be used to change the culture and in turn, people's behaviours?
In this session you, the audience, will explore what is most important in agile software development. Sometimes it can feel as if the origins and meaning of agile software development have been lost in the detail of our day-to-day practices. In this interactive talk we will return to Agile's beginnings, looking again at the founding principles to remind ourselves of what they mean, and reviewing them with fresh eyes.
Jonathan Fulton, Chapter Lead Agile Coach and Scrum Master, Sky
Formula 1 teams use data to fuel continuous improvement. Jon Fulton will walk through how teams and environments are transforming to do the same at Sky’s technology hub in Leeds. This talk will look at theory but be grounded in real-world examples from the teams Jon works with.
Charles Weir, Researcher, Security Lancaster, Lancaster University
Need to improve your software’s security and privacy? Put off by malignant ‘security professionals’ and tedious lists of possible errors? This talk explains how to introduce security to an agile project gradually, using ‘individual interactions’ rather than ‘secure development processes’ to create a positive experience. Can you afford to miss it?