Agile Tour London 2018

Agile Tour London is back for its 6th edition on Friday 19th October 2018 at Radisson Blu Portman Hotel near Marble Arch tube station.

Agile Tour London is a conference about Agile in general, where agilists of any background can meet and exchange ideas. Join us for Agile Tour London 2018, dive into hands-on workshops and engaging talks, exchange ideas with fellow agilists and meet some amazing speakers. Whether you are an agile newbie or been in the industry for years, this is the definitive agile conference you can't afford to miss.

With 30 sessions by 35 speakers, the Agile Tour London 2018 is set to cover almost all aspects of Agile. The call for papers is open and the full program will be released the 1st of July.

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The Call for papers is open up to the 22nd June, but the speakers below are already in for Agile Tour London 2018. We are very happy to have Liz Keogh as keynote speaker.

Increase agile's credibility and influence by creating better outcomes with Finance

Dean Latchana

Help propel agility further into your organisation. Help Agile and Finance work together to ensure your firm is making the right decisions.

With the support of case studies, in this talk you will learn how to:

  • Start conversations that’ll create stronger links between agility and finance, and how to keep their shared journey on track.
  • Help create shorter funding cycles that’ll enable teams to strike the right balance between knowledge value and customer value
  • Ensure every discussion, choice and activity increases confidence that team goals will benefit the bottom-line and increase customer satisfaction
  • Help move your organisation from cost-based accounting to value-based outcome-driven accounting
  • Reduce centralised budgeting to allow greater freedom that enables the discovery of new value propositions
  • Help create a financial governance structure that support teams in adapting to change over following a plan

Come to this talk if you want to up your game by supporting your organisation in making better investment choices that supports your teams, stakeholders and customers.


The Failure of Focus

Liz Keogh

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 like to start with the outcome, meet the needs of our users, delivering high-quality working software with happy teams and true agility... but how might that focus be holding us back, and what are the alternatives?
In this talk we look at some different strategies for approaching complex ecosystems, starting from where we are right now, and allowing innovation to emerge through obliquity, naivety, and serendipity.


Multiple Selves?! Growing Leaders Applied

Cosima Laube

Mindfulness is well-known for reducing stress but how does it fit with agile and lean thinking and the business world?

It does very well as it supports developing authentic human beings who know when to lead and when to follow. It helps to grow responsible, resilient and courageous individuals who contribute to a ‘whole’ by delivering value in a sustainable manner. And it all starts with your self/selves. Be curious!

In this session, we will first focus on language, identity and awareness and how these rather basic ‘human things’ are relevant for modern leaders. I will guide you with the help of a validated psychological model how to identify and strengthen your personal leadership abilities. Together we will make connections to where you are right now and which techniques you can take right away to integrate mindfulness directly in your (business) life to actually take the next step towards your best possible self/selves.


Scaling Interaction

Wim Heemskerk

How do you scale individuals & interactions (over processes and tools)? How do you effectively explore a topic, create a way forward, make a decision, or reach a conclusion, with a group well beyond a single Scrum team, up to as many as 100 people? How will you benefit from all the different information, knowledge, and experience in the group? I could tell you..

However, as attendees to this workshop, you are such a sizeable group, with different backgrounds, expertise, and experience, interested in exploring this topic. So join me in exploring it together in our workshop and experience first-hand how individuals and interactions can scale. Let's create tremendous value together!


BDD and the new model for testing

Paul Gerrard

This talk proposes a model of the thought processes that every tester uses. In a sentence, what we do is this: "we explore sources of knowledge to build test models that inform our testing". The model identifies two modes of thinking – exploration and testing – and we use judgement to decide when to flip from one to the other.

The model maps directly to the BDD way. On the left hand side, we use the models (stories, of course) to capture requirements and on the right hand side, we challenge our sources of knowledge, and reuse the stories to inform (or generate) the tests of features.

Separating out these ten activities clarifies what testers and developers do. It identifies the capabilities and skills that all tester need to acquire, to practice and excel in. the New Model was partly inspired by the BBD approach and can help practitioners understand the BDD collaboration and test process


Testing In Agile

Dan Ashby

Software Testing is one of the most misunderstood things within the software industry. Too many people have misconceptions about the craft, probably because it's hard to define and describe, and it's often seen as a second class activity compared to programming.

Various models have been used in the past to describe parts of testing, but many of these models have been misused and have added to the problem (take the automation pyramid as an example).

The time has come for us to get serious about this craft. Software is becoming so relied on by the entire world. Its used everywhere, and even small apps play a big part for people. But  the quality of our software is holding us back...
It's almost a daily ocvurance - turning on the news to hear about another glaring software bug, preying that it's not your banking software that has a huge problem, or that it's not your flight that it having checkout problems, or that it's not your letter that failed to get dispatched from a health service provider.

For too long, we have been pushing quality to the back of the queue, replacing it with our thirst for tech and speed. Now it's time for us to shift the focus back to quality for our customers and users sakes.

But what does quality mean? How does software testing help us? What is software testing? And where does it fit in our fast paced Agile world?
And further to that, what does "good" testing look like? And how can we fit this "good" testing within a continuous integration and continuous delivery or deployment environment?

This talk will shed lots of light on these questions and will provide lots of answers - first looking deeply into the world of software, and at it's core, it's relationship with information and ignorance. I will also share many personal stories about my career as a tester and how testing is part of my personal character.

Attendees will gain the following from this talk:

• Some new and some established models to help explain the two sides of testing - the assertive side, and the investigative side.
• A deep level of knowledge on Lateral & Critical  Thinking, through some interactive exercises
• An understanding of software's relationship with information and the psychology of "ignorance", and how it affects our projects, our software and our testing
• A lesson on why we should all be thinking about product risks in everything we do.
• A greater appreciation for the craft of testing


Why our work isn't used!

Melanie Franklin

Agile development creates a pipeline of new features and functions which to be fully exploited require our business customers to adopt new ways of working. In this entertaining and informative presentation Melanie will use examples from neuroscience to explain resistance to change, giving real life examples of resistance that we will all instantly recognise as we will have our own stories of similar incidents. She will give you insight into why new ideas are ignored and the techniques you can use to engage Sponsors and Users in adopting change.


Finding simple solutions to complex problems

Richard Atherton

Business Coach Richard Atherton will lead an interactive using the Lego Serious Play techniques. The session will invite to you explore a complex design problem using Lego.

 This format is ideal for:

  • Software Architecture issues
  • Issues of team dynamics
  • Any other complex problem your facing

No prior Lego experience required!


Agile Org : the SAP case

Pierre Neis

Agile has several meanings and humans have the great ability to make simple things complicated. Agile Org is getting rid of current scaling approaches by addressing the challenge in a complex system behavior angle.
The SAP case will highlight all the phases my teams and I passed through the last 3 years until we find patterns engaging all stakeholders of this huge global organization.
From this patterns, a new organizational approach called Agile Org has emerged to increase the responsiveness of organizations in the 21st-century world.

This talk will address most of the pain points that we have nowadays like global alignment, the meaning of agile, diversity, business agility, continuous organization. This talk will address all the topics you deserve and bind them together to shift agile to the next step.


Winning hearts and minds together: Transforming careers and culture at Ocado Technology

Emily Page

Are you fed up of tick-box based career management?

Where the only way to progress is through management, giving up doing the job you love? Are you tired of backdoor promotions based on favouritism?

Do you even know what is valued by your company or what options for growth there are?

At Ocado Tech we are collaboratively transforming our company culture through a new values and behaviour centred professional and personal development model, led by a diverse group of volunteers from many different roles and locations in our organisation. In this talk we’ll share our successes, challenges and failures, and the huge impact it’s having on our collective mindset so far.


The power of the Agile Games, energizers and icebreakers.

Artur Margonari

Agile Games, icebreakers and energizers. What is it about? How effective can it be? When should it be used? Anyone can facilitate or participate? Want to learn (and experience) some interesting ones during this talk? Believe me, they can be very powerful to support you on the Agile work you do.


Compassionate Communication or User Guide to NVC

Natasha Hill

From young age we have been educated to compete, judge, criticise and demand, often communicating in unhelpful ways that create misunderstanding, distrust and frustration, which can lead to emotional or physical violence.

Nonviolent Communication is a powerful communication tool that can help you to transform your relationships with other people, and even with yourself. It enables you to shift from a world of blame, judgment and conflict, to a world of empathy, honesty, clarity and empowerment.

In this workshop we will explore the basic concepts, attitudes, practices and skills of NVC and we will practice using NVC to:

- make requests that are more likely to be accepted

- be honest without hurting or insulting

- transform patterns of thinking that lead to anger, guilt or shame


Enabling Teams to Embrace Change

Gitte Klitgaard

Change isn't simple. This talk is my story about the tools that I was part of providing for 6 teams and how we enabled them to build the foundations for safe continuous learning themselves. Most people in agile and lean are involved in change somehow. Whether it is a big transition or an evolvement of an exiting organisation, it is still a matter of change. We explain the change, sometimes we even explain the vision and the why behind the change. And then it is supposed to happen. But change is not simple. If the goal is to get teams to perform and to work better together, we need to provide the teams with the tools to do so. We have people who are educated in engineering, programming, computer science, etc. – how are they supposed to have the tools to build good relations and to collaborate if we do not provide them?


Paper Power

Yann Chevalier

Add some "Peace and Love" in your project with paper prototyping.

Although Paper Prototyping is an old gamer in the creative and design area, it's not used very often when building Apps or WebApps today. However, this technique is incredibly efficient when creating software UI, especially in a collaborative way.

In his Workshop, Yann will share some of the basics to go from an idea to an App including clear workflows, basic UI patterns and native components.


The Power of Coaching

Portia Tung

In the Agile community, the term "coaching" gets bandied around almost as much as "Agile". What do we mean by "coaching", what are the core skills of an effective coach, what does good look like and how does it feel to coach and be coached?

Join us in this workshop to experience what being a coach means and discover where you are on your personal journey of continuous improvement.


Communities of Practice - the not-so-hidden force behind Ericsson ICT Development Center's Agile Success

Almudena Rodriguez Pardo

If your company is heading for Agile at Scale, it definitely requires Self Organization at Scale! Organizations seeking to grow their Agile network are in dire need of empowering their workforce, and there is where Communities of Practice (CoP) take over.

During the past few years, we have seen at Ericsson ICT Development Center Aachen Eurolab (Germany) several CoPs emerge and take over the responsibility for the evolution of Kaizen, T-Shape, DevOps, employees’ motivation… even operational aspects such as 5G research or security are moving forward with the support of CoPs. CoPs provided the energy and drive we needed to uncover opportunities at every level in every kind of organizational unit and so pull the company forward. We will present to you our practical experiences, how CoPs are born, the secret of their success, and how they managed to revolutionize the way a multinational giant of the telecommunications world growths within the new Ways of Working!


Agile practitioners as change agents for the organisation

Cerys Hearsey

Organisations are starting to wake up to the possibilities of being agile in non-product areas of the business. How can you, as an agile practitioner, with skills, scars and experience help them to understand what it means to ‘become agile’? Where are the pain points that make the difference between success and failure? What are the new challenges likely to emerge in creating an Agile Organisation?


US Marines, Agile and heuristics

Peter Pito

Services and software development are inherently complex in nature. For such complex problems there are no recipes for success that can be followed.

US Marines rely on heuristics when the original battle plan breaks down - “capture the high ground, stay in touch and keep moving”. Can we use a similar set of heuristics in our Agile deliveries?

A heuristic is anything that provides a plausible aid or direction in the solution of a problem. They can produce accurate decisions by exploiting the structures of information in the environments they are applied.

Join me to explore how underpinned by Agile principles and practices we can create a set of heuristics that can be used to create a delivery foundation.



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Radisson Blu Portman Hotel, 22 Portman Square, London W1H 7BG, UK   |   +44 020 3930 2674

The Call for Papers is open until the  22nd June 2018.

Agile Tour London 2018 will be composed of 28 talks and Workshops + some short-talks. A standard session is 45 min long including QA, Workshop could be up to 105 min long, a short-talk is 20min long.  If you have any questions, contact us.

Why Talk at Agile Tour London? Here are a few reasons: To share your knowledge, to promote your best ideas about Agile, to have a chance to be recorded by InfoQ, to have some nice shots done by a professional photographer, to be retweeted on twitter, to have your courses promoted for free, to have fun and mingle.

Please use this Submission Form to submit your talk or workshop.


Glenn Bowering

Program Committee

Natasha Hill

Program Committee

Dean Latchana

Program Committee

Portia Tung

Program Commitee

Hina Paracha

Community Manager

Oliver Szymanski

Speaker Manager / Founder

Cyril Lapinte

Web Manager

Randeep Singh

Partnership Manager

Letizia Cenni

Conference Organiser

Lindsay Morgan

General Coordinator

David Gimelle

Leader / Founder


What time should I arrive at the venue?

  • 8:15am

When will the keynote begin?

  • 9am

Which is the nearest train/tube station?

  • Marble Arch or Bond Street

Where I can find a map of the venue?

  • You can download floorplan on this link : Floorplans

Can I earn Scrum Alliance Unit by attending?

  • Yes

Do you have a code of conduct?

Can I get a discount on my ticket?

  • Yes we offer discounts to groups, students and charities. Contact us for any discount request.

Can I transfer my ticket to someone else?

  • Yes

Can I cancel my ticket and get a refund?

  • Yes if you cancel before the 4th October 2018.

What if I cannot pay by Eventbrite?

  • It’s possible to use the Invoice + Bank Transfer payment route. The administrative fee is 6 percent by ticket.

Can I win Scrum Alliance Unit by attending?

  • Yes

How can I give a talk at the Agile Tour London?

  • As a speaker, please use the Call for Papers which is usually open from 15th April to 15th of June.
  • As an attendee you can have a chance to give a lighting talk during Lunch break, please Contact if you want to submit a lighting talk.

How do we choose the speakers and talks?

  • 60 percent of the speakers have been invited and 40 percent has been selected by the call for papers process (usually open from 15th April to 15th June).

As a speakers when I will know if my submission has been accepted of not?

  • If you submission has been accepted you will contacted by email between the 15th June and 15th July. If you submission has not been accepted you will be definitly informed by the end of July.

Why be a media partner or a sponsor?

  • To reach a vast community of professionals to promote your company and products.

As a sponsor, can I give a talk?

  • Yes, but it will be announced as a sponsored talk in the program.

As a sponsor, can I make a demo, give away flyers or have a stand?

  • Yes, yes and yes.  Contact us to know the details of our sponsorship package.

As a meetup, could I have a discount code for my members?

What is Agile Tour London about?

  • Agile in general, from software development to Agile outside of IT.

Who is Agile Tour London Conference for?

  • Everyone in Agile or anyone who is interested in it. It doesn’t matter if you are a beginner or an expert.

What to expect from the conference?

  • Learn from experts, exchange experiences with other agilists, discover agile if you are new to it or strengthen your knowledge, if you are already familiar with Agile.

What are the main themes this year?

  • Practically all the themes of agile will be there. This year, we will have a focus on Devops and Agile UX.

How can you benefit from Agile Tour London?

  • Attend the workshops and talks of your choice, meet fellow Agilists and speakers. Learn from speakers who are leaders in their sector.

Why Agile Tour London?

  • Agile Tour London is a conference where agilists of any experience level and sector can meet and exchange. It’s part of the Agile Tour Conferences network that has been created in 2008 with the idea to promote Agile across the world.

Agile Tour London is for you if:

Agile Tour London in a nutshell:

  • Agile Tour London is a conference about Agile in general, where agilists of any background can meet and exchange. All the themes of agile will be there with some focus on Devops and Agile UX. Join us for Agile Tour London 2018, dive into hands-on workshops and engaging talks, exchange with fellow agilists and meet some amazing speakers. Check the full program on


Agile Tour London Code of conduct

All attendees, speakers, sponsors and volunteers at our conference are required to agree with the following code of conduct. Organisers will enforce this code throughout the event. We are expecting cooperation from all participants to help ensuring a safe environment for everybody.

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– Participants asked to stop any harassing behavior are expected to comply immediately.
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If a participant engages in harassing behavior, the conference organisers may take any action they deem appropriate, including warning the offender or expulsion from the conference with no refund.

If you are being harassed, notice that someone else is being harassed, or have any other concerns, please contact a member of conference staff immediately. Conference staff can be identified as they’ll be wearing branded t-shirts.

Conference staff will be happy to help participants contact hotel/venue security or local law enforcement, provide escorts, or otherwise assist those experiencing harassment to feel safe for the duration of the conference. We value your attendance.

We expect participants to follow these rules at conference and workshop venues and conference-related social events.

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