Talks

The Journey to Continuous Delivery

Dan North

09:00 - 10:00

What is the point of Continuous Delivery? Where should you start? How do you know you are making progress?
In this talk, Dan argues that the purpose of Continuous Delivery is to support Business Agility, and that you shouldn't try to boil the ocean, but instead choose one thing to go after.

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Kent Beck’s 3X – The Unified Theory of Software Development?

Antony Marcano

10:15 - 11:00

3X – Explore, Expand, Extract: is the brainchild of Kent Beck, father of eXtreme Programming (XP), and could be the unified theory of everything from the hackathon to Waterfall; from lean startups to incumbents.3

 When is hacking on an idea and pushing it to production the right thing to do? When do the disciplines of XP kick in? When do methodologies like SAFe or even Waterfall begin to make sense? Not only can 3X unshackle us from applying the wrong practices and methodologies at the wrong times, it can help us find answers to challenges of organisational culture and provide a common language for everyone from the CEO to the apprentice developer.

In this talk, Antony Marcano introduces 3X and explains how it can inform our approach to everything from product development & software craftsmanship to change & company culture.

More information on: antonymarcano.com

Tags: 3XThinking, Product Development, Software Development

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Data-based coaching brings humanness to Agile teams

Bazil Arden

10:15 - 11:00

Empiricism is at the heart of Agile, and yet many of us only utilise a fraction of what we could do to help ‘inspect and adapt’ and see the wider system trends.

This talk will show how a ‘data-based’ approach can help to improve team effectiveness through enhancing the psychological safety experienced by the members of the team.

Google’s quest to understand what made teams effective lead them to study 180 of their teams, and  the conclusion that “Psychological safety was far and away the most important of the five dynamics we found -- it’s the underpinning of the other four”

The talk will also show how ‘data-based coaching’ helps to surface and tackle cognitive biases, focus on the wider system and counter political forces. Visual representations of the process and quality data can stimulate insight and curiosity within the team, leading to improvements.  Whilst often subtle changes to trends are key aspect to learning from experimentation.

It’s time to reclaim ‘metrics’ from their often toxic association with governance and provide teams with the tools they need.

How data-based coaching enhances psychological safety    http://bit.ly/Data-Based

Tags: Psychological safety, teams, empiricism , coaching

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A Servant Leader Approach To Facilitating Enterprise-scale Lean-Agile Value Delivery

Carl Starendal

13:15 - 14:00

Sometimes described as a ‘chief Scrum Master’ for large agile programs using SAFe. The Release Train Engineer (RTE) helps ensure that the overall goals and objectives of the business are met by facilitating value delivery through an Agile Release Train (ART).

In this talk, you will learn about the critical RTE servant leadership skills, how the RTE facilitates program-level processes and execution, addresses impediments, manages risk, coaches the ART, and drives relentless improvement.

Tags: Servant Leadership, Devops, Release Train Engineer, Lean, Relentless Improvement, Flow

 

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Introduction to Sociocracy 3.0 - Effective collaboration at any scale

Frederik Vannieuwenhuyse

10:15 - 11:00

Sociocracy 3.0 (by Bernhard Bockelbrink and James Priest) has its roots in classic sociocracy and agile/lean thinking. Sociocracy 3.0 offers a collection of principle-based patterns for various areas of organisational development.

We will explain the basic concepts and look at some patterns regarding co-creation and evolution, meeting practices, and organisational structures. Sociocracy 3.0 is not a new “version” of agile, nor an organisational operation system to be installed… it’s an open and adaptive framework… You’re invited to change things in your organisation by applying patterns when there is value in doing so.

Tags: sociocracy, agile organisation, collaboration at scale

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"Bet On The Horse Or The Jockey ?" A practical approach to founder and idea validation

Alex Bolas Pawel Kaminski

10:15 - 11:00

Everything we do, we believe in our startup founders and their new vision of the world. The way we show this belief is by joining them on the journey of challenging every assumption we know, making a difference for one individual person and always being focused on the user, no matter the cost.

At ucreate we build startups from the idea on the back of a napkin and AHA moment under the shower to a world domination concepts worth millions. We have huge belief in our founders and their ability to deliver on their dreams. We also "believe in what they believe” unconditionally which means one day we might have to create a Facebook for dogs 🙂

In this workshop, we want to share with You how we “validate" the founders and their ideas before we start working together and how we build a common understanding of the problem and challenges ahead. We run practical games, experiments, workshops, build lego towers and ask a set of questions to learn more about our future partner. We challenge and question everyone and everything.

We share and educate how we work and what we believe in. No matter how valuable the opportunity we only work with people who share our WHY and have the right motivation. We explain why we don’t have a large backlog, why we don’t estimate and why we don’t know what we are going to build in 6 months and why our developers are not "code monkeys”. We share our passion for user needs and not being attached to opinions, especially our own! We build trust and help both sides to feel comfortable, safe and in control. We will share practical examples of our process and teach attendees how to delight their future customers and users while learning, building rapport and increasing understanding.

Hopefully, this workshop will help you to work better with your team and stakeholders to validate future requirements and ideas in a fun, playful and insightful way.

Tags: startups, validation, commitment, options, user centric, lego, user story mapping

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The PO Skillset

Geoff Watts

11:15 - 12:00

Most people would agree that the role of Product Owner on an agile team is crucial to success yet many organisations struggle with this role. The practical and logistical aspects of being a Product Owner are fairly well documented but the personal characteristics are not so well understood.

What makes the difference between the good Product Owners and the great?

In this talk Geoff Watts will share his experience of the great Product Owners he has come across in his 15 years as coach and trainer in business.

Tags: Productowner, Scrum, Leadership

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Swearing, Nudity and Other Vulnerable Positions

John Le Drew

11:15 - 12:00

Over 3 months John recorded over 75 hours of interviews and spoke to some of the most respected people in the industry to produce an audio documentary that attempts to answer the question “What is safety? And why is it important anyway?”

This highly interactive talk will present the findings and guide and challenge you through a journey to understanding safety. Including short interactive sessions and role play exercises to cover the following topics:

- What is safety?
- What are the elements that make a team effective?
- Is psychological safety the foundation to team performance?
- What can we all do to help foster psychological safety in our teams?
- What is the relationship between safety, stress and engagement?
- What is the profound impact of a lack of safety and engagement on society?

This talk has grown as John created the new podcast The Agile Path. The first season on this podcast is about safety in teams. John has interviewed world renowned specialists in the field; Christopher Avery, David Marquet, Jerry Weinberg, Esther Derby, Johanna Rothman, Diana Larsen and many more in over 75 hours of audio. This has been a fascinating deep dive learning experience for John and he hopes to explore these insights with the audience.

Tags: safety, collaboration, effective teams

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NeXtP - a revolution in software development

Nigel Runnels-Moss

11:15 - 12:00

Many of you will practice Scrum, or some variant of Scrum like LeSS, SAFe, or MoAR. Some of you will practice XP or Software Craftsmanship. Modern software development environments are getting faster and more demanding as the needs of digital business and big data get faster and more demanding, the pace of change is accelerating and software (as Marc Andreessen put it) is eating the world.

But Scrum was revealed to the world in 1995, and XP in 1999. Both had been in development for years previously, at a time when many software developers now hadn't even been born. As the second decade of the 21st Century draws towards its close, we have to ask ourselves what progress has been made in the last 20+ years, and what the next cycle of software development methodologies will bring? @sleepyfox is here to answer that question with his new development methodology: 'NeXtP'.

Tags: NeXtP, Scrum, Software Development, Software Craftsmanship

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Coaching Product Ownership for Unleashing Innovation

Christoforos Nikitas John Barratt Rickard Jones

11:15 - 12:15

Ever struggled to create a long term Vision for a Product?

During this workshop, we will move away from the analytical, logical side of our brain often used in our industry to the Right Brain Artistic and innovative side.  We will do this by working with the three levels of Reality.
•       Current state of the product - Consensus Reality
•       Re-ignite the Original fire that created the Product - Sentient Essence
•       Future Vision, Goals and Objectives - High/Low Dreaming

Using some real examples from the participants we will break into smaller groups and start with some visualisation exercises before moving into the dreaming state looking at what the worst and best case for the future of the product could be and what supports these dreams. After this, we will start drilling down working into the MVP for the high vision before creating the high level epics to support the dream

By the end of this workshop you will have learnt:
•       A number of coaching tools you can experiment with in your own Organisation
•       The power of dreaming and visualisation when thinking about the future vision of a product
•        How to break down a future vision into a tangible MVP and the Epics to support it

The tools we shall present are proven approaches based upon Organization and Relationship Systems Coaching (ORSC). ORSC is an integrated and robust coaching model based on Relationship Systems Intelligence.

ORSC is the only ICF accredited coaching approach that specialises in coaching groups, teams, systems and the relationships between these.

Tags: Coaching, Product Management, MVP, Agile UX, Lean UX

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The Power of Emotional Agility - Embracing Change and Thriving in Work and Life

Debbie Wren Helen Lisowski Portia Tung

11:15 - 12:15

Join us on an epic personal adventure where you get to relive the highlights and lowlights of your Agile journey among fellow Agilists through the lens of Emotional Agility as defined by author Susan David.

In this interactive workshop, you’ll learn a new way of living and relating to yourself by first becoming mindful of your current thought patterns and processes and then begin practising to re-wire the way you think.

We’ll experiment with making peace with our inner self which will enable us to achieve our most valued goals, make real change and live life to the fullest.

Tags: Agile Mindset, Self-awareness, Personal development, Self-management, Personal effectiveness, Adventure, Fun

 

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The Science of Happiness

Mattia Battiston

12:10 - 12:30

"I'll be happy once <I get this done/I get a promotion/I change job/I buy a new car/etc>". How many times have you said something like this? We think happiness comes from success, but science has proven that it's the other way around: being happy makes us successful.

Happiness has huge benefits on most aspects of our lives, including the professional one.

So how can we be happy? Well, turns out we can quite easily "trick" our brain into being happy(er). Let me tell you how, and using some practical exercises I’ll show you how I apply these concepts in my day to day work to create a successful team.

Tags: Culture, Team, Happiness, Leadership, Science, Exercises

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The Journey to Agile

Shabbir Naqvi

12:40 - 13:00

It’s very common for established companies to perform some sort of Agile transformation. Quite often this involves hiring a consultant, giving a crash course on Agile and typically Scrum, and then suddenly mandating teams to work in that way. Development teams are restructured and processes are put into place. Does this really work though? Having worked in a variety of environments, ranging from start-up to corporate, I offer my thoughts on the topic and use a case study from my own experience to describe how I feel it's best to get development teams aboard working in an Agile manner. I also touch on what it means to encourage bottom-up behaviour from development teams rather than top-down from management and how you can use a bottom-up culture to facilitate change in your teams.

You will walk away from the session with some takeaway points to help facilitate change in your development team, especially if you have recently decided to take the plunge into the world of Agile.

Tags: Agile Transformation, Agile Mindset

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#MAGA - Make Architecture Great Again

Reda Hmeid

13:00 - 13:20

We're capable of delivering features at break neck speeds these days. Agile, Continuous Integration, TDD amongst other things have allowed us to deliver high quality, high value digital services very fast.

But can those great practices really make a difference without a great architecture to build on top of?

In this short talk, I'll introduce the reasons why we need to focus on a great architecture and what are the principles that make an architecture great.

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Product Discovery in the cyber security

Monika Turska

13:15 - 14:00

What is the purpose of product discovery phase? How to engage the team, customers or prospects and stakeholders in the process? Where to start the experimentation and how not to fall into the product development too early?

This will be a series of lessons learned from working with various products and applicable to any product or business model with the main story shared by the product manager and data scientist from going through the product discovery in the cyber security space.

Tags: Product Developement, Product Manager, Product Owner

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Leadership Evolution, Revolution and Devolution

Louise Elliott

13:15 - 14:00

What does human evolution teach us about how we should lead teams in the 21st century? This talk takes a journey covering the last 2.5 million years in order to understand the influences which still affect us today. It asks questions such as “Why are 30% of Fortune 500 CEOs so tall?” and “Can you tell a person’s job just by looking at their face?”. It also delves into the different strategies which chimpanzees use to become the alpha male and considers whether any of them are used in the human world.

After this talk attendees will understand:
· the leadership styles of chimpanzee alpha males
· the unexpected influences which human evolution has on our choice of leaders
· the impact of the industrial revolution on leadership in the modern world
· the devolution of leadership and the importance of followers rather than leaders

Tags: Leadership, Agile Leadership, Leadership Styles, Followship, Chimpanzee

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Manual Testing is Dead. Long Live Manual Testing

Tony Bruce

10:15 - 11:00

'Manual testing' as a term used to describe testing is extremely confusing. What exactly are they attempting to describe? What do people believe is happening?
I believe 'Manual testing' displays a lack of consideration of the work, thinking and effort that goes into testing. However this depends who is using the term and why.

If testing consists of point and click, then 'Manual testing' may be apt.

If testing consists of test ideas, prep and experimentation, I don't believe the term 'Manual testing' suits.

We need to address this and clarify there is no automation testing or manual testing. There is testing.

This talk will be about testing and the need to be able to discuss it more clearly.

Tags: Agile Testing, Manual Testing, Automated Testing

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Cultural insights to enable success with Agile

Ash Sheikh

13:15 - 14:00

In this talk, I will take you through a connected web of cultural issues which are common in today’s organisations and need to be addressed in order to benefit from your investment in agile ways of working.

We will first look at some of the positive qualities of a well-functioning organisation, such as being aligned to a common purpose.

We will then dive deeper into each of these qualities to look at some of the cultural norms within organisations which severely limit the benefits that organisations should be getting from their investment in agile.

As well as highlighting these cultural barriers to success, there will be tips and guidance for some culture-fixes you can consider in order to get more success with your agile investment

Tags: Agile Transformation, Agile OutsiteIT, Agile Mindset, Corporate Hunger Games, Noble Purpose, Psychologial Safety

 

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Effective Teaching

Carlo Beschi Helen Meek

13:15 - 15:00

Teaching is an effective way of helping others grow their knowledge and skills.

If you are a Scrum Master, a Technical Leader, or a Team Manager, being a good teacher can really make a difference - for you, and for the people you are working for.

Think about when you were a young child: you did not know how to read, or to write. Someone taught you. You learnt it.

Nowadays, work requires us to be lifelong learners - to keep improving the way we use our technologies, build our products, work with other people. Having great teachers is a critical asset for any organisation. Be one of them!

In Effective Teaching, Helen and Carlo will share a number of teaching tools, techniques and tips. You will have the chance to see them at play, inspect their usage and practice.

It's gonna be interactive, and fun. Don't miss it!

Tags: reaching, coaching, trainingFromTheBackOfTheRoom, learning, facilitation, agile

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Upgrading Agility - what's the next step

Brindusa Axon

14:15 - 15:00

It's an accepted universal truth that Agile and Lean methodologies help create environments where teams are setup for success, in turn enabling their companies to thrive.

At LeanConvert, we're striving to build a highly productive and engaged team while all of us work remotely, from different countries and time zones. It has its rewards, but also big challenges. While we spend our days optimising digital customers experiences, I got curious about our agility. Or better said, where does our in-agility originate.

Let's take the classic Yes, but ... as an example. It's a conversational killer, we've all felt: its originator is caught in defensive chains, it leaves the recipient confused and eventually annoyed. Understanding the dynamics created by this tick and taking the initiative to create awareness and provide tools to replace it has a mega result on collaboration and creativity.

We started experiments in growth hacking with Pareto's law,  co-active coaching, psychological models and training from the back of the room, to name a few.  What we discovered is simple: we can engage, collaborate and create SO MUCH MORE! Join me on this discovery journey and let's upgrade agility together!

Tags: Agile, coaching, development, team

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Culture May Eat Agile for Breakfast

Stefan Wolpers

14:15 - 15:00

Can an Organisation Double in Size Annually and Stay or Become Agile at the Same Time?

Key Takeaways:

1. No organisation exists in a cultural void. If you do not actively shape your culture, something will emerge.

2. Resist the urge to hire merely for skills.

3. Your existing agile culture can easily be overwhelmed by the influx of new culture fragments.

4. Don’t incentivize HR to fill open positions as soon as possible.

5. Ruthlessly educate all new hires and remove misfits with a non-agile mindset early in the process.

Tags: Scaling, Agile. Startups

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Effective Software Testing for Modern Software Development

Alan Richardson

14:15 - 15:00

Modern Software Development requires a highly customised and tailored process, built around the needs of the team which creates it and the organisation it supports. Despite the uniqueness or our process, we give it standard names like "Agile" or "DevOps"; and we adopt general concepts like "Automation Pyramid", "ATDD", "BDD", "TDD", "Continuous Integration", "Continuous Delivery".  We have to interpret all those generic concepts for the specific project we work on.

In this session, we will look at the modern software development process, and how Testing fits into that, to support us: customise the process, adopt new tools, increase the amount of automated execution, mitigate risk and deliver software quickly which works.

Areas to cover:
- Using Risk to customise development approaches
- How testing fits into modern software development
- How to mitigate risk with tooling and testing
- Using Abstractions Effectively to mitigate risk and increase flexibility
- How to Architect systems to effectively support software development
Tags: Agile Testing, Devops, Software Developement, Risk Management

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Being Agile : Beyond Code

Belinda Waldock

14:15 - 15:00

Agile has reached far beyond its origins as a method for writing great code and delivering systems, it has gone viral, it has changed the dynamics of how organisations operate at every level – test driven product development, continuous delivery and improvement, talent and knowledge driven operations, diverse, organic and dynamic team and business structures and more.

In this session hear stories about how agile adventures beyond the code are changing traditional business practices and delivering a business management model fit for the 21st century.

Tags: Agile outside IT, business, being agile, cornwall, teams, people

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NeuroAgileCoaching for Agile Leaders

Anna Obukhova

15:30 - 16:15

Do you know how to lead or coach the team, I suppose you do. Which actions are effective and which are just myths, how to understand this without too many errors? Where this knowledge comes from? Last year gave us an amazing opportunity to use hard science to transform leadership effectiveness. Neuroscience and data about how our brain works allow us to rethink what we are doing as leaders and coaches and how to improve teamwork and change the process, so our brain is used as effectively as possible.

We work in a constantly changing environment and the neuroscience of change is one of the most challenging topics and it should be done well to avoid setbacks and frustration.

We will explore the main brain science facts that are important to Agile and Scrum, and how to apply them in everyday work to increase your leading and coaching effectiveness so team enjoys productivity and engagement.

Tags: Scrum, Agile Coaching, Scrum Master, Neuroscience

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Changing the world or a passing fad – What is agile?

Simon Powers

15:30 - 16:15

It’s been nearly 2 decades since the Agile Software Manifesto. Business agility has been tried by small start ups and mega-corporations alike, from government to charities, from banks to recruitment agencies. Agile has been tried and tested.

The question, of course, is does it work? And if not, why not, and what’s coming next?

Simon explores Agile as a reflection of how we think about ourselves and the world around us. Agility is the future and hope of many organisations, but what does this say about us as human beings. What world are we creating? What does this mean for us, our businesses, and our societies?

Tags: Agile Transformation, Agile Mindset

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Redesign Design

Matteo Cavucci

15:30 - 16:15

Over the next few years, how we design, prototype, and test services and products will change dramatically. We are transitioning from a traditional, industrial mindset of design as a rigid planning process towards the experience of design as a continuous and evolving conversation between makers and users.

This talk, based on real-life experiences, explores how design is changing in the digital age, beyond the initial delivery of specifications and blueprints, to an adaptive co-creation process that evolves iteratively over time.

This emergent idea of designOps is dissolving the boundaries between planning, discovery, building, and operating phases, leading to results that are more in tune with the true needs of users.

Tags: Agile UX, Product Design, DesignOps

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Agile’s emerging success outside of IT

Dean Latchana

15:30 - 16:15

There’s nothing inherent in agile’s approach of build-measure-learn which means it cannot be successful for non-IT business endeavours.

This talk is a true story which proves it.

It’s a story about how, in the highly competitive grocery market, a group of non-IT people came from zero agile experience to a place of common intent and shared determination to make improvements for their colleagues and customers.

It’s about how a UK supermarket chain has found success in using agile ways of working to introduce innovation within their stores.

In this talk, you will learn how they’ve used a hypothesis-driven approach to run experiments, and used agile practices to reduce cost, increase sales and improve customer satisfaction.

This is a story about agile’s emerging success outside of IT.

Tags: AgileoutsideIT, Innovation

 

 

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The Art of Unlocking The Mind – Inspire people through active listening and powerful questions

Natasha Hill

15:30 - 17:15

Powerful questions help people to open up to new ideas, uncover alternative solutions and explore different possibilities that lead to discovery, action or commitment. Asking powerful questions is a fundamental skill for any coach, leader or anyone who interacts with people.

In this workshop, we'll practise asking powerful questions and developing your listening skills to expand thinking, remove blocks, encourage innovation and unlock minds.

We'll be:

Tags: Coaching, powerful questions, active listening, communication, listening, development

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Neuroscience; the secret to becoming a better agile coach

Philiy Lander

16:30 - 17:15

Ever wondered why you don’t seem to be getting anywhere with a team? Frustrated by people switching off during your meetings or training? That person you thought had made a breakthrough the next week reverts back to old behaviours?

Attend this talk and learn about the basic parts of the brain, what they do, how the brain changes (neuroplasticity), how stress affects the brain, how to keep the brain engaged and how to use this information to be a better Agile Coach.

Tags: Scrum, Agile Coach, Neuroscience

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Why Agile Transformations Fail (and what you can do to prevent it…)

Gez Smith

16:30 - 17:15

The collated wisdom from the www.whyagiletransformationsfail.com podcast. What have 40+ agile folk, from developers to Scrum Masters to Product Owners to HR people, said you should do to help your agile transformation succeed?

Tags: Agile Transformation, Agile  Mindset, Agile Culture

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Make your user stories RIVETing

Seb Rose

16:30 - 17:15

When you invest in the stock market you’ll often be warned to “remember that the value of investments can go down as well as up”. For over a decade User Stories have been the rock steady investment of agile adoption - and they’ve come a long way since XP called them “a placeholder for a conversation”. It’s time to re-evaluate what user stories are trying to achieve, what they’re good for, and why so many of them suck.

In this session we’ll explore what a good user story should look like and discover why so many of them fail to live up to our expectations. We'll look under the covers of the INVEST acronym, created by Mike Cohn to help people write better user stories and look at why, in many cases, it doesn’t seem to have helped.

It's time to stop investing in the boring, formulaic user stories that litter your boards, choke your JIRA and stifle your meetings. Today we're going to see how to make user stories RIVETing again.

Tags: User Stories, Invest, NoEstimates

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Disruption – How The World Works

Mark Allen

16:30 - 17:15

In this presentation, we will look at what Disruption actually is and why it isn’t innovation.  We will see why it’s not only desirable but essential to the success of all our businesses, why it’s inevitable, how you can spot it and what happens when you fail to prepare for it.  We’ll look at some classic examples of disruption at product line and business sector level to deepen our understanding of the power of disruption.

Then, we will take a 200 year journey back in time to see what disruption looks like on a global scale and take a look ahead to see what future global disruption could look like.  We will see that global disruption is predictable and take lessons from our examples to understand how to survive and thrive when disruption happens, and see why Disruption truly dictates how the world works.

Tags: Disruption, Product

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