Talks and Workshops

19 March, 2020
09:15  -  10:15

An introduction to Progressive Delivery

Slides An introduction to Progressive Delivery: a basket of skills and technologies for modern software development, testing and deployment: including canarying, Feature Flags, Blue Green deployments and A/B testing at scale. We’re seeing advances in approaches to application and service delivery, where deploying a service no longer means releasing it. How …

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19 March, 2020
10:45  -  11:30

User Stories: From good intentions to bad outcomes

Slides User stories are one of the most visible artefacts of most agile methods and have generated large quantities of expert advice. In my experience, much of that advice is often misinterpreted.
In this session, we’ll explore several classic pieces of advice, to see how misunderstandings can lead to bad outcomes, despite the …

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20 March, 2020
10:45  -  11:30

Hyper Agile – Exploring Lean and Agile in the Lab

This session will highlight a summer of agile exploration with Washington State University’s Hydrogen Properties for Energy Research (HYPER) Lab. I had the pleasure of working with Dr. Leachman and the students in his laboratory program at a large state University in the USA. One of his goals is to create and engineering educations system …

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19 March, 2020
10:45  -  11:30

Let’s create happy, productive workplaces

Be challenged, explore different ways of working and leave with actions you can put in place straight away

How a focus on happy employees can drive results – the framework that makes this happen
Discover when people work at their best, and simple steps to enable that
How to increase trust and ownership, within clear guidelines
Become more of …

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19 March, 2020
11:45  -  12:30

The Selfish Meme: How Organisational Memes Define Culture

Slides In The Selfish Gene, Richard Dawkins changed the conversation around evolution by focusing on the gene as the unit of reproduction. He created a new word, MEME, an idea that replicates itself. Deutsch, in The Beginning of Infinity, extended this idea to be a unit of knowledge that self replicates. Cultures …

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19 March, 2020
11.45  -  12:30

Product Owners: Are you ready to ride the AI wave?

Today, everyone’s talking about Artificial Intelligence (AI) and how it’s going to change the way we conduct business, and live our lives, forever. In fact, it’s shaping up to be the single biggest technology revolution the world has ever seen.  It’s a completely new factor of production, capable of driving business growth by augmenting natural …

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19 March, 2020
11:45  -  12:30

Curiosity killed the Cat! But that’s what all great teams need!

In this interactive session, we’ll be exposing you to some coaching tools that you can use to build great teams.
You’ll leave with some tips to really get underneath the obvious when coaching large groups and the confidence to catalyse and build sustainable change in your organisation.
You are in an organisation, you have a team, maybe …

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20 March, 2020
12:40  -  13:00

Principles for Agile Estimation

Slides You’ve been asked by senior management to provide concrete estimates to get something shipped. What now? How do you balance the inherent uncertainty in software development with the precision and confidence demanded of you? Join Ciarán Hanway for a short talk on some useful principles to help you navigate this thorny …

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19 March, 2020
12:40  -  13:00

The Shu Ha Ri Path of Mastery to Being Agile

Slides The session will relate the concept of shu-ha-ri with agile , how the martial art technique could be related and is efficient when working      in an agile environment, this will include the examples for audience to understand the relation and apply it in real agile working environment. It will include the …

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19 March, 2020
13:45  -  14:30

The Future of MLOps: and how we got here

Most AI/ML projects start shipping models into production, where they can deliver business value, using the no-process process. That is, people just do their best by creating an ad-hoc process with familiar tools. This works for tiny teams at first, but as the team grows you’ll discover significant chaos and pain trying to operationalize AI.
We’ve …

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19 March, 2020
13:45  -  14:30

Agile With Deadlines – Can They Work Together?

Slides When we think of ‘agile’ delivery the focus is on variable scope and an iterative delivery model. What happens when the decision is made to apply an arbitrary timeline on top of this? Through the lense of the John Lewis Partnership’s Loyalty and Payments programs, we will explore ‘agile’ as a …

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19 March, 2020
13:45  -  14:30

The fundamentals of writing and publishing your non-fiction book

Slides Writing a book is a great way to share your philosophy and methodology with peers, potential clients and raving fans. Anyone can release a book on Amazon but how can you make sure that the book is compelling? How do you create work that matters and that answers your readers’ burning …

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19 March, 2020
14:45  -  15:30

Agile metrics for predicting the future

Slides Most teams need to answer questions like “When will it be done? What can I get by date X?”. However, common estimation approaches often fail to give us the predictability we want, and tend to introduce bad behaviours like hard deadlines and hiding uncertainty. In this talk I’ll show you how, …

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19 March, 2020
14:45  -  15:30

Your beautiful strategy is undeliverable

Slides Too many initiatives, too much jargon, but great aspirations? Too many plans and too little progress but all the right intent?
Applying Agile techniques to exec and other non-technical teams to help them streamline and make real progress against their aspirations.

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19 March, 2020
14:45  -  15:30

Heart of Agile: A Compass for Collaboration

Today, we face challenges beyond agility, down to teamwork core values, affecting effectiveness and results. Teamwork core values as communication, motivation, and trust to mention some.
Let’s discover simple techniques to identify & solve these challenges using Heart of Agile compass. Through the 4 words and 3 enablers with people at the center, we will walk …

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19 March, 2020
14:45  -  15:30

Creating engagement in Agile Transformations: how to overcome resistance and succeed

Have you ever experienced resistance in an Agile Transformation? What does the role of an Agile Coach mean in a scenario of organizational and cultural change?

How do you create engagement, build momentum and overcome resistance?

By the end of this session you will learn more about what your role as a Coach should be during a …

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19 March, 2020
16:00  -  16:45

Introducing Chaos Engineering to a mature organisation

Slides Like most technology innovation, Chaos Engineering has both a technical and a organisational aspect to its success. Unlike some technology innovations, it is often scoffed at on first mention due to the word “chaos”. Chaos Engineering may simulate chaos, but it is far from disorder or confusion. In this talk, …

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19 March, 2020
16:00  -  16:45

Climate is team level culture

Video
Slides Climate is team level culture. It is easy to measure and improve. SALVe is a proven change process. It ascends and descends over the corporate levels of: individual, team, operations and strategy. The techniques and tools in the SALVe process help develop the World Economic Forum in …

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19 March, 2020
16:00  -  16:45

Agile Coach, Scrum Master, Change Agent…Fantastic beasts and where to find them!

Slides Agile coach? Or rather Agile enterprise coach? Maybe better Agile agent? What about Agile Evangelist? Or could we take Kanban Coach? Should we hire somebody with the Scrum Manager certification?
Those questions regularly popup in my LinkedIn feed when companies are trying to decide which role to hire. Unfortunately, for most of …

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19 March, 2020
17:00  -  17:45

Ship fast and pay attention: 5 lessons in applying observability

Video
Slides Often we focus on our test environments, we grow skills and technology to inspect before shipping.
In a new role, I was challenged to move faster; to focus on shipping and getting feedback.
I’ll share how I learnt to ship more often with fewer tests, and how that built …

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19 March, 2020
17:00  -  17:45

Culture Driven HR, looking for performance in your culture not your KPIs

Video
Slides Learn how you might avoid KPIs, OKRs and drive the culture you want through culture driven HR practices for recruitment and performance management. KPIs are the most common way of measuring the outputs of an organisation and a fairly poor way of measuring individual performance. Now the …

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19 March, 2020
18:00  -  20:00

Modulearn Social Games

Join us throughout the conference in the Modulearn social games channels and pit your wits against your fellow players. A great interactive way to socialise while you are waiting for the next keynote! Head on over to the Slack gaming channel and join in the fun. You never know who you are going to meet.

Modulearn takes …

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20 March, 2020
09:15  -  10:15

Playful Leadership: The Art And Science of Emotions

Slides Video Riddle me this:  What am I? The more you have of me, the less you can see. It’s darkness of course. One of the biggest taboos we face as individuals and in groups are emotions. When it comes to feelings, we are encouraged to “go dark” …

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20 March, 2020
10:45  -  11:30

Managing for Serendipity

We know that in our landscape of people and technology, aiming for a particular outcome doesn’t always lead to us getting what we want. Sometimes the best results come from approaching a problem obliquely. But in Agile our highest priority is to satisfy the customer through the early and continuous delivery of valuable software. We …

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20 March, 2019
10:45  -  11:30

Post-Agile Dialogue

Liberating Structures are less-conventional ways to structure both meetings and presentations and the more free-form open discussions and brainstorms in a way that better engages teammates. There are 33 Liberating Structures to redesign how people interact. In this Round Table activity, we will leverage a few Liberating Structures to open up dialogue and engage around …

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20 March, 2020
10:45  -  12:30

From Story to Roadmap – Tying it all together

Video
Slides Teams are working in stories – business are talking milestones in roadmaps – this workshop will help you tie it all together and create alignment between Tech and Business!

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20 March, 2020
11:45  -  12:30

The Lonely Servant Leader

Slides This is my story as a Servant Leader at Holiday Extras, and how I’ve avoided becoming “The Lonely Servant Leader”. Ever wondered what’s really meant by Servant Leader? How it actually feels to be a Servant Leader? Those in Servant Leadership roles, do you wonder how productive you’ve actually been? – …

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20 March, 2020
11:45  -  12:30

Software Engineering in 100 Years Time

Slides Following on from sharing my top 9 challenges that we as agile champions face in the workplace (from scaling to agile brands and bureaucratic leadership challenges) and what we should try to do to overcome them, the next part of this series of talks, shares the outcomes of the surveys run …

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20 March, 2020
12:40  -  13:00

Ukulele Jam! The Ultimate Personal Agility Challenge

Sadly, all too often, Agile is all talk. The true meaning of Agile gets lost amidst such rhetoric and handwaving from Agile careerists and practitioners alike.
To truly understand what being Agile means and all the benefits that it brings, we need to experience it for ourselves. To live it, breathe it and really feel it.
As …

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19 March, 2020
13:10  -  13:30

Inclusion is an agile state of mind

When it comes to fostering inclusive workplaces, inclusion is often the after thought or bolt on. And even sometimes when people have the best intentions, they still manage to have the opposite effect of what inclusion should be.
Inclusion should be an everyday state of mind. Working in an agile way can either hinder or create …

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20 March, 2020
13:10  -  13:30

From heaven to hell

How can a project that at first sight seems to be a perfect fit in all regards, end up as the most exhausting, conflict-ridden project that I have been a part of. I would like to share my experiences and thoughts in the aftermath of this crisis. These are the main points I will be …

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20 March, 2020
13:45  -  14:30

The making of your Digital Strategy

Slides 1 Slides 2 For some time, Agile has been the sudo name for Digital ambitions: “We are Agile, therefore we shall be Digital geniuses”. But how much thought really happens before work gets into the backlog? Is your business merely addressing minor pain/gain points or genuinely …

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20 March, 2020
14:45  -  15:30

Simulating Agile Strategies

Slides In this talk I will introduce a method of simulation in economics and biology called the Lazy Stopping Model (or ‘LSM’) which I am developing as part of research with King’s and Imperial Colleges, London. I will explain how the model works, the ideas behind it and what it can be …

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20 March, 2020
14:45  -  15:45

Fishbowl discussion: What’s in the future for Agile? What comes after Agile?

Join our fishbowl discussion on the questions ”What’s in the future for Agile? What comes after Agile?”. In this session, you will have the opportunity to join the discussion in the inner circle and as a participant in the outer circle to ask questions. Come and join the discussion/debate.

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20 March, 2020
16:00  -  16:45

Agile People Coach – the role of Managers and HR in the Future of Work

The role of HR and Managers is changing into a more guiding and coaching role for the people in the organization to be able to perform and be happy. At the same time, the world is getting more complex and there are few competitive advantages still remaining for companies who wants to survive and flourish. …

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20 March, 2020
13:45  -  14:05

Do Business Analysts have a place in a post-Agile world?

Slides What happened to the role of the BA in Scrum? What about in Agile in general? Is a company non Agile just because it still has people with the title of a BA or is that actually a sign that just because it is not “evangelised” the role can still have …

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20 March, 2020
14:10  -  14:30

The rhythm of Agile Leadership

Slides This talk is designed to give you a framework that you can use when it comes leading better, faster and happier teams. In this talk, we will explore and deep dive into the subject of leadership in an agile environment.
By the end of the talk you will walk away with a …

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20 March, 2020
16:00  -  16:45

Lightning Talks

New for 2020 is a session dedicated to Lightning Talks by the Attendees of the the conference! We trialled this at the 2019 Agile Tour London and had some fantastic feedback about the variety of topics and different speaker styles during the session.

People can sign up ahead. We will start organizing around this with conference …

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20 March, 2020
17:00  -  17:45

Forum: All-hands Conference “Sprint Review”

Similar to a sprint review, in this open forum, let’s regroup to review and discuss the past two days of the conference.
What have you learnt? What conversations have you had? What can you share?
Also, suppose we have a team backlog. What changes should be made to the backlog so we can deliver value to the …

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19 March, 2020
13:10  -  13:30

Remote Desk Yoga

Jimena Tascon, of Woomly yoga, has also kindly offered to run two desk yoga sessions, one each conference day. It’s a very supportive environment. All you need is a chair to join! We won’t be recording this session, so feel free to bring anyone at home with you to join in.

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7 August, 2020

Using Safe and Brave Spaces to Stimulate Change

Video What is the difference between a safe space & a brave space? How does distinguishing between these two different paradigms offer a useful lens to stimulate change? Join me in this interactive remote conversation where will use activities to explore the pros & cons of a safe & brave space, …

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20 March, 2020
11:45  -  12:30

Implementing Governance

Slides Implement means to execute. Governance means to rule and control. This suggests implementing governance is a top-down deterministic approach to management. Such approaches are no longer fit-for-purpose.
Leaders and delivery teams should co-create approaches to ensure alignment and synchronisation. This talk is about collaborative approaches which support teams to deliver value.
Here’s more details on the Implementing Governance …

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20 March, 2020
10:45  -  11:30

Scrum Alliance

As a Scrum Alliance certified Scrum Master and Agile Coach since 2017, we’ve asked Raquel to explain a bit more about our sponsors the Scrum Alliance. Please join if you want to learn more and if you have any questions about the Scrum Alliance, the only member-driven nonprofit certifying body in the agile space. Or …

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