Dan North, TweetAgile troublemaker, developer, originator of BDD
Biography: Dan NorthDan writes software and coaches teams in agile and lean methods. He believes in putting people first and writing simple, pragmatic software. He believes that most problems that teams face are about communication, and all the others are too. This is why he puts so much emphasis on "getting the words right", and why he is so passionate about behaviour-driven development, communication and how people learn. He has been working in the IT industry since he graduated in 1991, and he occasionally blogs at dannorth.net.
Presentation: Tweet"Agile Operations - optimising the business one shell script at a time"
Building software used to be the bottleneck. The delays and hand-offs between groups meant you could go literally years without any delivery. Then came Agile with its co-located teams, automation, feedback and collaboration, which meant we could deliver quickly and respond to changes in business direction.
For a lot of firms freeing this bottleneck exposes the next constraint: getting things done across the organisation. They are structured according to a hierarchy which directly opposes the flow of value through the organisation, meaning more hand-offs and more delays.
Agile Operations combines Lean thinking and Agile development practices to addressing this constraint. In this talk, Dan introduces Agile Operations using real examples of refactoring business processes to achieve dramatic improvements, and describes techniques you can apply to your own situation. There will be shell scripts.
Presentation: Tweet"Patterns of Effective Delivery"
Some teams are orders of magnitude more effective than others. Kent Beck famously described himself as "not a great programmer, but a good programmer with great habits." Over the last year or so I've been working with, and observing, some very good teams with quite exceptional - and rather surprising - habits.
Are katas the best way to learn a new language? Is manual testing a waste of time? Is copy-and-paste always evil? Is the customer always right? In this talk Dan introduces the idea of delivery patterns - patterns of effective behaviour in delivery teams - and describes some of the more unusual but effective patterns he's been collecting. These are not patterns for beginners, but then again, Dan argues, patterns aren't for beginners anyway.
Presentation: Tweet"Where is the Quality in Agility?"
Quality is one of those hot button words. When you talk about quality being variable it can make people very uncomfortable. ("You can flex scope, time or budget but quality is not negotiable!")
In this talk, Dan proposes that quality applies on several levels: not only how well-written the software itself is, but the completeness of a solution and also its fitness for purpose. Using these three levers, Dan argues that quality not only can be flexible, but should be, and demonstrates how being agile can give you control of those levers.
Presentation: Tweet"UserGroupMeeting: ScrumForum Kbh. Kickoff"
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Training: Tweet"Secrets of Agile Architecture"