2 DAY CONFERENCE

Agile, Lean & Kanban eXchange 2010

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Thursday, 2nd - Friday, 3rd December at The Skills Matter eXchange, London

17 experts. will be speaking. Starts at 9:00 AM.

Following last year's successful Agile, Lean & Kanban eXchange, we have decided to organise another event for our community and are planning on making it even more interesting and exciting this year. We are still working on the programme, but have some speakers confirmed already. We'll keep this page updated with news on the programme and speakers, and will also tweet updates on this event using tag #agilex

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Using Agile Methods to Become Competent - Part I

This workshop is for developers beginning with agile methods or coaches and consultants looking for new ways to introduce agility to their customers. We'll break up into teams of 5-6 people and play a modified version of "The XP Game." I'll share coaching tactics and practice tips between short game iterations. We'll end with a Q&A and guided group discussion.

David Laribee

David Laribee has trucked in software for over 15 years. He favors collaboration, design thinking, simple, domain-driven design paired with low ceremony process, tools and platforms.

Objective Agility: What does it take to be an Agile company

Everyone wants to be Agile, or so it seems. But what does that mean? What does the Agile company do that others don't? There is more to being an Agile company than doing Scrum. In this talk Allan Kelly will consider what it means to be Agile and what you need to do to be an Agile company, rather than a company which just follows an Agile method. In doing so he will discuss customers, project design, strategy and portfolio management and how these need to work together to achieve Agility.

Allan Kelly

Allan is a founding consultant with Software Strategy, working with companies to implement and deepen Agile methods, and specialises in aligning company strategy to products and processes.

Beyond delivery: delight.

Using agile principles IT organisations can be more responsive to their business needs, focussing upon delivering working software at quickly as possible. This presentation will introduce how applying Agile Experience Design throughout the product development lifecycle ensures that we rapidly deliver a superior product - targeted at the right customers and with a compelling customer experience.

Marc B. McNeill

Marc is a passionate advocate of placing the customer at the heart of business. He has more than 15 years of experience in IT, user-centred design and customer experience with a focus on web strategy, program definition and successful project deliver

Successful agile teams

Jan's "successful agile teams" talk looks at the team dynamics in agile, applied particularly to projects that involve creating software. You will learn about the stages of team formation and the impact on the team's velocity and the quality of the code the team produces in each stage. Jan's talk will explore what happens when the team members work well together as well as what happens when they don't and--most importantly--how you can keep improving the collaboration between your team members as well as their skills. Ultimately, Jan's talk will show you how to go about getting some work out of teamwork and give you the guide to "herding cats".

Jan Machacek

Jan Macháček is the technical director at Cake Solutions, highly experienced Java enterprise architect, consultant and developer with very strong technical and team management skills.

Agile Business Analysis with Feature Injection

Business Analysts sometimes wonder where they fit in a cross-functional agile team. How do you get from a vague and amorphous business problem to a collection of user stories that the team can incrementally implement?

Andy Palmer

high-availability systems for the mobile telecommunications industry and as a coach with a prestigious Agile consultancy. As a passionate programmer he is continuously developing his craft, writing code in Java, Perl, Ruby as well as some more obscur

Antony Marcano

Antony Marcano has spent the better part of 20 years in technology and innovation. His experience includes delivering mobile apps, streaming media, telecommunications, e-commerce, web apps and more. With nearly 15 years experience of Agile methodologies (before they were called “Agile”), Antony now spends much of his time advising, coaching, consulting and guiding organisations in innovation, agility, lean values and culture, agile product development and agile software-development practices.

Experience Talk

Benjamin will give an experience talk - more information soon! (Karl Scotland could not make it as he is snowed in)

Benjamin Mitchell

Benjamin Mitchell is currently working as a Project Manager at a European Investment Bank delivering a web-based trading platform using a Lean and Kanban. He is passionate about working with software development teams to frequently deliv

Enterprise architecture in a lean enterprise

In this session Erik introduces the concept of evolutionary architecture and then discusses questions such as: How can an architecture strategy be executed in a lean context? What about conformance? And: where do the architects sit in a lean enterprise?

Erik Doernenburg

Erik Dörnenburg is a Principal Consultant at ThoughtWorks. An expert in in J2EE, .NET and other environments, Erik is continually exploring enterprise software patterns and is a strong advocate of agile development and Open Source technology

Open Space Unconference Sessions

Open Space Unconference Sessions led by Rachel Davies. There is no pre-set agenda for the Open Space part of the conference, attendees go through a facilitated process to create the agenda live at the event. We encourage those with applied knowledge to prepare sessions so they can share some of what they know. Those new to Agile as well as more experienced practitioners can pose questions about what they want to learn about.

Rachel Davies

Rachel Davies is author of the first “Agile Coaching” book and an invited speaker to software conferences worldwide. Rachel started out working as a software developer and became fascinated with debugging software organizations. Her mission is to create workplaces where developers enjoy delivering valuable software. She's been working in the field of Agile software development since 2000 and pioneered techniques that are now used by teams all around the globe. Rachel currently works at Unruly, the leading global platform for social video marketing and is the organiser of Extreme Programmers London meetup.

Cucumber from the horse's mouth

In only 2 years, Cucumber has grown to become one of the world's most popular open source tools for BDD, and executable documentation. It has over 300.000 downloads and contributions from over 250 people around the world. What is it that makes this tool so popular? Could you benefit from it in your project? Aslak Hellesøy, the creator of Cucumber will give you a gentle introduction to Cucumber and answer any questions you might have about the tool and its usage. IT even has a WIP feature!

Aslak Hellesøy

Aslak Hellesøy is the creator of Cucumber and a co-founder of Cucumber Ltd.

Jon Jagger's Cyber Dojo Part I

A CyberDojo is a great practice environment for learning about coding, test driven development, team dynamics, and collaboration. In a CyberDojo: the players work in small groups each group works at a single computer each group writes their code and their test-code totally inside a web browser each group submits their code and test-code to the CyberDojo server as often as they wish the CyberDojo server saves the submission, runs the tests, and returns the test-outcome to the browser The aim of a CyberDojo is to collaborate collectively towards working solutions on all laptops.

Jon Jagger

Jon Jagger is a well-known software coach-consultant-mentor-trainer-programmer specializing in agile software development (people and process), test driven development, deliberate practice, design, analysis, OO, UML, curly bracket languages (C#, C, C

Learning from Experience with Retrospectives - Part I

Lean and Kanban makes problems that impede an organisation visible. To improve, we need to do more that see a problem, we need to reflect about root causes and consider what's really slowing us down and what we can do to avoid this happening. Lean has the concept of "Kaizen" building a continuous improvement culture. So how do we implement that? Many teams using Kanban hold Retrospectives. This is an interactive session about how can we make retrospectives effective.

Liz Sedley

Liz has almost 20 years’ experience of writing and delivering software. She has been championing agile principles since she first discovered them in 2003. Together with Rachel Davies she wrote ‘Agile Coaching’, which was the first book about how to

Rachel Davies

Rachel Davies is author of the first “Agile Coaching” book and an invited speaker to software conferences worldwide. Rachel started out working as a software developer and became fascinated with debugging software organizations. Her mission is to create workplaces where developers enjoy delivering valuable software. She's been working in the field of Agile software development since 2000 and pioneered techniques that are now used by teams all around the globe. Rachel currently works at Unruly, the leading global platform for social video marketing and is the organiser of Extreme Programmers London meetup.

Learning from Experience Part II

Lean and Kanban makes problems that impede an organisation visible. To improve, we need to do more that see a problem, we need to reflect about root causes and consider what's really slowing us down and what we can do to avoid this happening. Lean has the concept of "Kaizen" building a continuous improvement culture. So how do we implement that? Many teams using Kanban hold Retrospectives. This is an interactive session about how can we make retrospectives effective.

Liz Sedley

Liz has almost 20 years’ experience of writing and delivering software. She has been championing agile principles since she first discovered them in 2003. Together with Rachel Davies she wrote ‘Agile Coaching’, which was the first book about how to

Rachel Davies

Rachel Davies is author of the first “Agile Coaching” book and an invited speaker to software conferences worldwide. Rachel started out working as a software developer and became fascinated with debugging software organizations. Her mission is to create workplaces where developers enjoy delivering valuable software. She's been working in the field of Agile software development since 2000 and pioneered techniques that are now used by teams all around the globe. Rachel currently works at Unruly, the leading global platform for social video marketing and is the organiser of Extreme Programmers London meetup.

The Evolution of Agile at Man - A tale of 2 projects.

Comparison of 2 projects both adopting Agile practices using SCRUM. Nik was involved with the introduction of Scrum to Man 5 years ago and will walk through the journey the company has gone through in that time, with reference to his specific project team. Tom was brought into Man to help introduce agile testing practices to a programme of work involving several scrum teams, some blood, some sweat and some tears...

Nik Patel

ScrumMaster / Test manager / release manager in the Finance sector over the past 16 years (5 years Agile the rest old school testing/development). At Man, part of the original team who helped the company move to an Agile DLC using SCRUM. I currently

Tom Roden

Tom Roden is a software delivery coach, consultant and quality enthusiast, helping teams and people make the changes needed to thrive and adapt to the changing demands of their environment.

Jon Jagger's Cyber Dojo Part II

A CyberDojo is a great practice environment for learning about coding, test driven development, team dynamics, and collaboration. In a CyberDojo: the players work in small groups each group works at a single computer each group writes their code and their test-code totally inside a web browser each group submits their code and test-code to the CyberDojo server as often as they wish the CyberDojo server saves the submission, runs the tests, and returns the test-outcome to the browser The aim of a CyberDojo is to collaborate collectively towards working solutions on all laptops.

Jon Jagger

Jon Jagger is a well-known software coach-consultant-mentor-trainer-programmer specializing in agile software development (people and process), test driven development, deliberate practice, design, analysis, OO, UML, curly bracket languages (C#, C, C

Software quality – you know it when you see it

Software quality has an obvious external aspect, the software should be of value to its users, but there is also a more elusive internal aspect to quality, to do with the clarity of the design, the ease with which we as technologists can understand, extend, and maintain the software. But how can we see quality? This session explains how visualisation concepts can be applied at the right level to present meaningful information about quality.

Erik Doernenburg

Erik Dörnenburg is a Principal Consultant at ThoughtWorks. An expert in in J2EE, .NET and other environments, Erik is continually exploring enterprise software patterns and is a strong advocate of agile development and Open Source technology

Making 'Management' work with Agile

Agile methods often talk about self-empowered, self-starting teams controlling their own environment. This often implies a contradiction in responsibility and authority for the typical manager role. During this talk, we'll look at some of the implications of agile methods and what impact it has on the typical manager role within an organisation. We'll also explore why management is still needed and what it looks like in an agile environment.

Patrick Kua

Patrick works as an agile practitioner, coach and technical leader for ThoughtWorks UK. His interests focus on blending excellence in technical and team aspects, drawing upon agile practices to help align business and IT capabilities. He is particula

4 Years of living Continuous Delivery - TDD of a business plan

Martin Thompson and Dave Clack, CTO and Head of Technology Delivery at LMAX, will discuss their approach to continuous delivery and their experiences of delivering a complex high performance system. The talk covers using many of the techniques described in Dave Farley's recent book on this topic ("Continuous Delivery" published by Addison Wesley). Dave Farley is Head of Software Development at LMAX. They will provide an overview of the process and describe some of the tools and techniques that they have developed to help their team achieve frequent, reliable, regular releases into a complex distributed production environment.

Dave Clack

Dave is Head of Technology Delivery at LMAX: transforming retail trading with the world's first multi-asset, retail MTF. Dave's background is consulting, focused on technology governance, project and service delivery. He is passionate about building

Martin Thompson

Martin is a high-performance and low-latency specialist, with over two decades working with large scale transactional and big-data systems, in the automotive, gaming, financial, mobile, and content management domains.

The Skills Matter eXchange

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Fully equipped, with well working WIFI and projection facilities, and with AV, power points and white boards available in most of our space, the Skills Matter eXchange provides:

  • one auditorium, seating up to 125 people (theatre style)

  • two spacious event-, or training rooms, each seating up to 70 people theatre style or 25 people class room style

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  • two funky break-out areas serving complementary coffee & tea throughout your event.

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