Talks and Workshops

19 March, 2020
09:15  -  10:15

An introduction to Progressive Delivery

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 can we safely debug in …

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19 March, 2020
10:45  -  11:30

User Stories: From good intentions to bad outcomes

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 best intentions. The advice …

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19 March, 2020
10:45  -  11:30

Agile at scale generative principles, an alternative to scaled frameworks

The Manifesto for Agile software development does not have an opinion about agile at scale involving multiple teams, multiple products  and the whole organisation. Scaled agile frameworks fall short of achieving sustainable agility: some are a band-aid solution, others are deleterious. None of them can be a substitute for knowledge, understanding, and experience. Most companies …

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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

Where did you come from, where did you go?

I wanted to talk about the ‘future of testing’, specifically in an agile context. Testing means different things to different people in different organisations. When I started asking my peers about the future, I received responses along the lines of; ‘Nothing is new … It’s still the same mess and will be for a long time.’ And while …

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19 March, 2020
11:45  -  12:30

The Selfish Meme: How Organisational Memes Define Culture

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 can be thus defined …

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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

Embodied Agility

This is not a talk. While some level of information is required to start (or improve on) one’s own Agile journey, Agility is best served by action and experience. This session is designed for participants to explore what it means to be Agile by experiencing it in their own bodies.* Focusing on the values as …

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19 March, 2020
12:40  -  13:00

Principles for Agile Estimation

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 problem

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19 March, 2020
13:10  -  13:30

The Shu Ha Ri Path of Mastery to Being Agile

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 co-relation of learning path …

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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?

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 broad framework to allow …

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19 March, 2020
13:45  -  14:30

The fundamentals of writing and publishing your non-fiction book

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 questions? In this 45 …

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19 March, 2020
13:45  -  14:30

The Richer Retrospectives Team Game

The true power of teamwork comes from the group’s cohesion and combined energies focused on a common goal. Laurence Wood has captured the importance of this in his Richer Retrospectives game which uses consensus and collaboration to identify the key challenges facing a team and work out what to focus on to improve the performance …

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19 March, 2020
14:45  -  15:30

Agile metrics for predicting the future

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, step by step and …

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19 March, 2020
14:45  -  15:30

Your beautiful strategy is undeliverable

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

Being an Agile Coach in an Agile-hostile organisation

Have you ever worked with an organisation that wants to do agile but doesn’t want to be agile? They define goals and make decisions that are not aligned to agility or perhaps they have no desire to change the culture or the organisational design to align thinking, values and principles.
What does the role of an …

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19 March, 2019
16:00  -  16:45

Introducing Chaos Engineering to a mature organisation

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, Abby will share how Chaos …

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19 March, 2020
16:00  -  16:45

Climate is team level culture

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 demand skills (2019)

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19 March, 2020
16:00  -  16:45

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

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 the requests, I don’t …

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19 March, 2020
16:00  -  17:45

Flow, flow, flow your boat

Do your teams know what is slowing down their lead times? Do people in your organization understand why sometimes it is better not to work than to work? In this hands-on workshop, you will learn how to deliver a highly interactive 1 hour learning session for 6 to 18 people yourself. The participants will learn …

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19 March, 2020
17:00  -  17:45

Ship fast and pay attention: 5 lessons in applying observability

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 a better system for our users.
I’ll tell some …

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19 March, 2020
17:00  -  17:45

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

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 agile movement is moving to measuring outcomes and value delivered …

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20 March, 2020
09:15  -  10:15

Playful Leadership: The Art And Science of Emotions

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” or in the words of Elsa, the Snow Queen, “Never …

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20 March, 2020
10:45  -  11:30

Who do you bring to work

Authentic leaders are self-tuned individuals who are aware of their strengths, their limitations, and their emotions. They also show their real selves to their followers. They do not act one way in private and another in public; they don’t hide their mistakes or weaknesses out of fear of looking weak. The session will look at.. …

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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

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

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? – and that the day …

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20 March, 2020
11:45  -  12:30

Software Engineering in 100 Years Time

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 since Agile Tour London …

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20 March, 2020
11:45  -  12:30

Introduction to Wardley Mapping: Understanding value delivery and ensuring competitiveness

A Wardley Map is a tool which develops understanding of how value is delivered to your customers, and helps determine where to focus your team’s attention to ensure your organisation’s competitiveness.
In this workshop we’ll create a Wardley Map for a fictitious organisation and discuss what the map reveals about the company’s operations and customer value …

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20 March, 2020
12:40  -  13:00

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

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 challenging self in the Digital economy. Where do you even start with …

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20 March, 2020
13:45  -  14:30

ING’s answer to deliver customer value faster

After several years of Agile travelling, ING is facing new realities that require new responses. One of the biggest challenges ING is facing right now is how to speed up delivery of customer value despite the size and complexity of its organization. In this talk you will learn about these challenges, the way ING approached …

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20 March, 2020
13:45  -  14:30

Back to the Future – A Futurespective on Software Development in 2040

I just came back from 2040 to find out that we are still making software. But it’s not as we know it, Jim! Software development is done completely different compared to the agile wave that we had at the start of the century. How different? Well, let’s futuresplore it together
In this session, we will do …

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20 March, 2020
13:45  -  15:30

Design Thinking with Lego Serious Play

The LEGO® SERIOUS PLAY® method is an innovative process designed to enhance innovation and business performance. In this workshop we will give you a taster in using the The LEGO® SERIOUS PLAY® method to extract, teach, learn and apply human-centered techniques to solve problems in a creative and innovative way. The facilitator of this workshop …

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20 March, 2020
14:45  -  15:30

Rise up: the road less travelled to leadership, failure and overcoming imposter syndrome

There are three things about agile ways of working that are hard:
–       Collaborating – as this requires a good degree of human-self mastery;
–       The Art of Maximising Work Not Done – simplicity, minimalism, beautiful but very hard
–       Fail/Learn fast – as we have a visceral reaction and fall into shame, being wrong and judged.
In this highly engaging, interactive …

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20 March, 2020
14:45  -  15:30

Simulating Agile Strategies

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 used for. One of …

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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
16:00  -  13:00

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

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 value?
How does a Head …

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20 March, 2020
16:25  -  16:45

The rhythm of Agile Leadership

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 better sense of what …

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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
16:00  -  16:45

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
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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