The Failure of Focus

Liz Keogh

09:00 - 10:00

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.

#Complexity #Cynefin #Innovation



Politics & Hierarchy: How We Create It & How to Stop

Katherine Kirk

10:15 - 11:00

Ever had that heavy disappointment when you join an ‘empowered team’ and realise that politics and hierarchy are still driving behaviour.. and it won’t stop? Ever been frustrated that no matter what you do the political games just endlessly confuse and muddy any earnest attempt at doing work? Even in LeanAgile teams? What the hell is going on? Is it hopeless?

In this talk, drawing from her deep practical experience as a transformation specialist, Katherine challenges traditional thinking by using Eastern Philosophical models as lenses to explore new ways of thinking of how politics and hierarchy arise even in the most LeanAgile environments – and has a few suggestions on what we might do about it.

#Team #Politics #LeanAgile



Agile Around The World

David Spinks Glaudia Califano

10:15 - 11:00

We are conditioned culturally from an early age, each of us developing a set of values and behaviours that differ from those in other parts of the world. When adopting Agile, do cultural behaviours and values prevail, or is there a universal ‘Agile culture’? How have different cultures adopted Agile to suit them? Are some cultures naturally more suited to adopting Agile than others? We have been travelling around the world since January 2018, visiting local companies, observing and interacting with teams and interviewing Agile practitioners to study these questions.

In this talk, we share case studies and our observations of Agile adoption from our experiences in South America (Argentina, Uruguay, Chile, Colombia), Asia Pacific (Australia, Indonesia, Singapore, Philippines, Japan, United Arab Emirates) and Europe (UK, Netherlands, Germany, Sweden, Romania, Switzerland). We discuss how different cultures could learn from each other and highlight the value of having a truly global community that share experiences.

#Agile #Scrum #Culture



Continuous Testing in Agile

Dan Ashby

10:15 - 11:00

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 occurance - 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?

#Testing #AgileTesting #Devops



Go Gecko! Breathing Life into Agile Through Improv

AJ King

10:15 - 11:00

Are you annoyed with people doing, not being, Agile?

Want to get better at dealing with uncertainty and embracing not fighting the ordered chaos of Agile?

Join us for an exploration of what being Agile feels like through Improvisation. Gain a bunch of icebreakers and team building ideas to wow your teams. We’ll monkey about with ridiculously over-the-top scenarios, that will feel all too real to us who work in (W)Agile environments and learn how to best harness Agile’s ordered chaos.

#Chaos #Improvisation #Team


Agile Tour Lean Coffee

David Leach Tom Szuszai

10:15 - 11:00

An interactive and collaborative session in which we hope to maximise the learning experience through story telling and sharing experiences.  The session will follow a lean coffee style, open discussions will take place with the audience based on priority order of popularity.  The audience will be asked prior to vote on those topics that they want to discuss the most.

Discussions are then timeboxed to 8 minutes. We would hope to cover 5-6 topics collaboratively encouraging questions and audience participation as we go.

Topics for discussion include experiences and stories relating to:
10% time, Hackathons, Internal startups
New Product development, Strategy setting
Being on the bench - bubbles and squads
Skills mapping and training
Agile HR, Agile finance
What is MVP?, Competency frameworks
Beyond budgeting, Innovation - kaizen or kaikaku?
What is an improvement? (process, business)

#Discussion #StoryTelling #Lean


Scaling Interaction

Wim Heemskerk

11:15 - 12:15

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!

#Scaling #Complexity #Special


The Power of Energizers, Check-ins and Icebreakers

Artur Margonari

11:15 - 12:00

Energizers, check-ins, icebreakers… What is it about? How effective can it be? When could it be used? Anyone can facilitate or participate? Want to learn (and practice) some interesting ones during this talk? Believe me, they can be very powerful to improve your meetings, workshops, sessions and support you on the Agile work you do!

#Agile #Facilitation #Energizers #Icebreakers #Checkins #Fun



BDD and the New Model for Testing

Paul Gerrard

11:15 - 12:00

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

#BDD #Testing #Stories



Finding simple solutions to complex problems

Richard Atherton

11:15 - 12:15

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!

#Complexity #AgilePlay #Lego


The Power of Coaching

Portia Tung

11:15 - 12:15

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.

#Coaching #Improvement #BeCoached


Becoming Jurgen - Applying Jurgen Klopp’s Principles to Agile Leadership

Andy Hudson

12:10 - 12:30

Becoming Jurgen is about Jurgen Klopp’s approach to football leadership and management and how the principles he follows can be applied to agile software development leadership and management.  There are 5 keys areas which can be applied:

- Philosophy
- Learning from mistakes
- Perspective
- Decision Making
- Empathy.

My talk looks at how those 5 areas are important to Klopp’s approach to football management and how they can be applied in software development management to make us more effective managers and leaders.

#Management30 #Learning #Leadership


Bringing Gamification techniques to Agility and the rise of Progression-Driven Development

Amr Gawish

12:10 - 12:30

An introduction to Progression-Driven development agile approach and how adding game elements to agile make it more fun and rewarding. This is a result of a dissertation on the same subject. The presentation is going to represent both the scrum master/project manager and the software engineer point of view.

#Gamification #BDD #PDD


Agile Practitioners as Change Agents for the Organisation

Cerys Hearsey

12:40 - 13:00

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?

#BusinessImpact #ChangeAgent #ChangeManagement


Aginext Conference Preview

12:40 - 13:10

An insight into Conference; The Only Conference for Experienced Agilists. Some former & future speakers/organisers will share their feedback and expectations about Come along to learn more about this young conference and get a chance to win a free ticket. will take place on 21/22 March 2019 in London. All details are on


Enabling Teams to Embrace Change

Gitte Klitgaard

13:15 - 14:00

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?

#AgileTransformation #ChangeAgent #AgileTeam



NUDGE – Role of Economics in Architecture and Design

Raghavendra Mithare

13:15 - 14:00

Steve is very shy and withdrawn, invariably helpful but with little interest in people or in the world of reality. A meek and tidy soul, he has a need for order and structure, and a passion for detail.
Is Steve more likely to be a librarian or a farmer?
Majority of the people tend to think Steve as a librarian, which is not accurate. The topic is based on the work of two distinguished Nobel laureates in the field of Behavioural Economics - Richard Thaler and Daniel Kahneman.

In this talk, I will explore role behavioral economics on individual choice and it impacts on the Architecture and Design of systems.
The session will also cover the effect of cognitive bias in decision making and helps in creating a solution around proven patterns through well-designed choice architecture.

- Ability to identify cognitive bias
- Decision-making technique

Since Agile Software development focuses on conversations, having a good understanding of biases helps in better design. I have used these concepts in Jaguar i-PACE programs to develop safety-critical systems.

#Nudge #Design #Behaviour



Microservice Agility

Nikola Bogdanov

13:15 - 14:00

The Microservice architecture looks like the next or current step in the Software architecture evolution. As per Conway’s law the organizational structure and the software structure are tightly connected.

In this session we will discuss the evolution in the interaction and adaptation of communication and the organizational agility in companies developing microservices.

#AgileArchitecture #Microservices #AgileTeam



Paper Power

Yann Chevalier

13:15 - 15:00

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. And you will create your first (paper) mobile App, viewable on your phone! Yann will also provide a Paper Starter Kit for your further projects.

#Prototyping #CollaborativeDesign #DesignThinking


Compassionate Communication or User Guide to NVC

Natasha Hill

13:15 - 15:00

From young age we have been educated to compete, judge, criticise and demand, often communicating in very unhelpful ways that may create anger, misunderstanding, distrust and frustration.

Nonviolent Communication is a powerful 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, practices and skills of NVC and we will practice using Compassionate Communication to:

- connect to ourselves and other people in a more authentic way;
- make requests that are more likely to be accepted;
- transform patterns of thinking that lead to guilt, shame or anger.

#NonviolentCommunication #NVC #Communication


Why Our Work isn't Used!

Melanie Franklin

14:15 - 15:00

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.

#Neuroscience #AgileTransformation #AgileTeam



Multiple Selves?! Growing Leaders Applied

Cosima Laube

14:15 - 15:00

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.

#Mindfulness #Communication #Leadership



US Marines, Agile and heuristics

Peter Pito

14:15 - 15:00

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.

#Cynefin #Kanban #Heuristics



DevOps and People: Where Automation Begins!

Almudena Rodriguez Pardo

15:30 - 16:15

Automate everything! is the message continuous delivery drivers broadcast… and this is great!

Introducing test automation enormously steps up the quality of any product, and continuous integration is playing an essential and decisive role in the world of software development.

What we should not overlook is, the key role people play as automation enablers. When it comes to complex DevOps scenarios, as it is the case in the telecommunication world, the recipe for success is the intensive collaboration of all parties involved.

In this talk I will take a closer look at some scenarios where developers and operators go for broke in order to achieve an outstanding DevOps success story.

#Devops #Automation #Collaboration



How to run an agile transformation (in 10 easy steps)

Ryan Behrman

15:30 - 16:15

As a consultant and coach, Ryan has been involved in a number of agile transformations over the years, including various shades and blends of false starts, outright failures, and transformational successes.

He can now save you from the pain by presenting you with the recipe for success in 10 easy steps, in the hope that you will be more successful than him.

#AgileTransformation #AgileRecipe #AgileFailure



Increase Agile's Credibility and Influence by Creating Better Outcomes with Finance

Dean Latchana

15:30 - 16:15

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:

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.



Solutions Focused Coaching for Psychological Safety

Roy Marriott

15:30 - 17:15

According to Google research, Psychological Safety is the fundamental factor in high team performance.

Solutions Focus is an Agile approach to coaching, facilitation, training and transformation. It includes 7 tools and 6 principles, each of which contributes to Psychological Safety.

This 105 minute workshop includes
- Psychological Safety - the key to the high performing team (Google research)
- Experience the difference between Solutions Focus and a more conventional approach, on a live topic for you.
- Overview of the Solutions Focused paradigm, and how it contributes to Psychological Safety
- 7 Solutions Focused Tools
- Live demonstration of Solutions Focus in action
- One SF technique which you can take away and use immediately

#PsychologicalSafety #Coaching #SolutionsFocus


Cost of Delay in Action

Leonardo Bittencourt

15:30 - 17:15

Your people are a very scarce commodity, you need to make sure they are working on the most important thing at every given moment.

Help them with this by making your investment decisions with open eyes. If prioritisation is still a guessing game for your business, or when it comes down to it the highest paid persons opinion carrying more influence than it should then I have the workshop for you.

This workshop will:
- Explain the Cost of Delay concept and
- Put Cost of Delay into action with a workshop based on a building project.

#Prioritisation #SAfe #AgileTeam


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

Emily Hallard

16:30 - 17:15

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.

#AgileTransformation #AgileHR #AgileMindset



Agile Org : the SAP case

Pierre Neis

16:30 - 17:15

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.

#AgileOrg #Scaling #AgilePattern



Dashboards and Culture - how openness changes your behavior

Steve Poole

16:30 - 17:15

Much of the adoption of Agile and DevOps tools and processes focus on the benefits to delivering high quality code on an industrial scale. Although we all recognise that good visual representations of progress and status are critical, it may not be obvious that the act of visualisation can have a profound effect on the attitudes and culture of the teams involved. The right sort of data and appropriate dash-boarding can improve the morale and effectiveness of all the teams involved. The wrong sort of can have the opposite effect.

This talk examines how what you share will define you. Through real examples and a live demo, the speaker will show you how to design status and trend displays that will make your teams more effective without overloading them. The talk will also include case studies with various types of teams to highlight how you can apply this thinking to help make any group more effective.

#AgileTeam #Devops #Culture