Skills Matter is pleased to support Agile Cambridge 2012, - The Agile Software Development Conference for the East of England, taking place in Cambridge on 27th - 28th September.
The 4-track conference programme has just been published and includes a variety of sessions to choose from including Tutorials, Experience Reports, Workshops, Case Studies and Hands On sessions – highlights include:
Thursday 27th September
Friday 28th September
- Workshop: Retrospective Dialogue Sheets- Allan Kelly (Software Strategy)
- Experience Report: Continuous Delivery in the Cloud- Robert Chatley (Develogical)
- Tutorial: UX and Agile: How to do both and not lose your mind - Darci Ducher (IG Group)
- Experience Report: Agile and the real world: A company 4 years into scrum. - Daniel Rothig (Red Gate Software)
- Experience Report: Achieving Maintenance Stabilisation with Agile, Kanban and Lean Thinking - Zsolt Fabok
- Workshop:Questions not Stories: Build a business-value oriented team - Adrian Howard (Quietstars)
- Tutorial:Monitoring & Metrics - Building an Immune System For Your Application -
- Workshop: Improve Your Coaching Skills - Rachel Davies (Unruly Media) & John McFadyen (JIME)
- Experience Report: Testing the way to faster releases - Amy Phillips (Songkick.com)
- Case Study:Atlassian's growing pains when transitioning to continuous deployment - John Stevenson (Heroku & Salesforce)
- Workshop: Cracking Your Big Rocks - Large Problems Don't Talk Back - Simon Cromarty (Red Gate Software) & Johanna Hunt (Amido)
- Case Study: BBC iPlayer for Xbox 360 - A Project Management War Story - Alex Johnston (BBC)
- Workshop: Yes, retrospectives can be exciting, fun and successful! - Bhuwan Lodha (McKinsey & Co) & Kanchan Khera (McKinsey & Co)
To view the full programme please visit agilecambridge.net/ac2012/programme.php
IN-DEPTH 1 & 2 DAY PRE-CONFERENCE WORKSHOPS
Take a deep-dive into essential topics in our pre-conference workshops with recognised Agile practitioners.
CONFERENCE KEYNOTE SPEAKERS
- 25th September - Agile Coaching Skills - with Geoff Watts - the UK’s first Certified Scrum Coach, has a Diploma in Performance Coaching (Business) and is currently undertaking a Masters degree in Coaching. He is also the co-producer of the Coaching & Mentoring stage at Agile 2012.
- 25th-26th September - Specification by example - with David Evans - experienced agile consultant, coach and trainer with over 24 years of IT experience. A thought-leader in the field of agile testing.
- 26th September - Agile Software Development Primer - with Allan Kelly - get started with Agile with consultant and author Allan Kelly.
- 26th September - BDD, Feature Injection and Deliberate Discovery - with Liz Keogh - a core member of the BDD community and Gordon Pask award winner in 2010 for deepening existing ideas in the Agile space.
- 26th September - Mastering the Product Backlog - with Roman Pichler - the UK's leading expert on product ownership in an Agile setting.
The keynote speakers at Agile Cambridge are as follows:
Dave Snowden (@snowded)
is the founder and chief scientific officer of Cognitive Edge. His work is international in nature and covers government and industry looking at complex issues relating to strategy, organisational decision making and decision making. He has pioneered a science based approach to organisations drawing on anthropology, neuroscience and complex adaptive systems theory. He is a popular and passionate keynote speaker on a range of subjects, and is well known for his pragmatic cynicism and iconoclastic style. He holds visiting Chairs at the Universities of Pretoria and Hong Kong Polytechnic University as well as a visiting fellowship at the University of Warwick. He is a senior fellow at the Institute of Defense and Strategic Studies at Nanyang University and the Civil Service College in Singapore. His paper with Boone on Leadership was the cover article for the Harvard Business Review in November 2007 and also won the Academy of Management award for the best practitioner paper in the same year. He has previously won a special award from the Academy for originality in his work on knowledge managment.
Keynote: Embracing Uncertainty
Agile software development was born over a decade ago, with a gathering of industry luminaries in Snowbird, Utah. They were frustrated that so much ceremony and effort was going into so little success, in failed project after failed project, across the software industry.
They had each enjoyed amazing successes in their own right, and realised their approaches were more similar than different, so they met to agree on a common set of principles. Which we promptly abandoned. The problem is that Agile calls for us to embrace uncertainty, and we are desperately uncomfortable with uncertainty. So much so that we will replace it with anything, even things we know don’t work. We really do prefer the Devil we know.
Over the last couple of years Dan has been studying and talking about patterns of effective software delivery. In this talk he explains why Embracing Uncertainty is the most fundamental effectiveness pattern of all, and offers advice to help make uncertainty less scary. He is pretty sure he won’t succeed.
Dan writes software and coaches teams and organisations in Agile and Lean methods. He believes in putting people first and writing simple, pragmatic software. He believes most software problems come back to communication and feedback, which is why he puts so much emphasis on "getting the words right", and why he is so fascinated by systems thinking, communication and how people learn. He has been working in the IT industry for over 20 years, and he occasionally blogs at dannorth.net.
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BOOK NOW FOR BEST PRICES
for the event is now open. Prices are as follows:
Early Bird 2-day ticket – book by July 28................£325+VAT
Early Bird 1-day ticket – book by July 28................£175+VAT
Tickets will be released in batches and ticket prices increase as the event approaches.
SKILLS MATTER COMMUNITY DISCOUNT
Skills Matter community members receive a 10% discount off tickets for Agile Cambridge. Use promotion code SMAC12
when booking online
to take advantage.
CONTACT THE ORGANISERS
Agile Cambridge is organised by Software Acumen,
based in Cambridge, England. We specialize in practical events for the software community.
to contact us directly. We welcome your questions and comments.
JOIN THE COMMUNITY
Join the East of England software community at The Software East Network.