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Thursday, October 17

9:15am BST

Doctrine, domesticity and delinquency; returning Agile to the Wild
Like many movements over history, Agile started with a great idea whose ideas continue to inspire many people, but the modern equivalent of religious wars, minor splits over doctrine and crass commercialization have compromised those ideas. Is all lost or can we get back the original inspiration of the Agile Manifesto?

If Agile is going to move outside of the fields of software development and support to the wider organization what will need to change? In the wild, there are only a few variations in canines, but domestication had produced multiple variations, but within those variations aggressive breeding to reinforce differences. The net result is a set of increasingly harmful genetic changes; is the same happening to Agile? How do we avoid this?

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Dave Snowden

Founder and chief scientific officer of Cognitive Edge.  His work is international in nature and covers government and industry looking at complex issues relating to strategy, organisational decision making and decision making.  He has pioneered a science based approach to organisations... Read More →

Thursday October 17, 2019 9:15am - 10:15am BST
Arundel 2

4:00pm BST

Crossing the river by feeling the stones.
Deng Xiaoping once described managing the economy as crossing the river by feeling the stones—in other words have a direction but be adaptive. But in a world of constant change, how do you determine the right thing to do? In the talk, we will discuss the importance of situational awareness, why maps matter and how agile is not always the answer.


Thursday October 17, 2019 4:00pm - 5:00pm BST
Arundel 2
Friday, October 18

9:15am BST

Variety: The Spice of Life and Secret to Scale
When we talk about “scale,” the conversation tends to be restricted to talk about scaling the size of the organization. What if negative consequences of scale eg silos, frustrating bureaucracy, etc are actually a consequence of attempting to scale the size of an organization without also scaling the amount of tolerable variety? Further, what if we should be doing more than just tolerating variety? What if increased space for (and decrease cost of) variety is a reason to scale, not just a curious byproduct? 
If you seek to scale variety, you must understand and overcome the natural human aversion to ambiguity. This session provides an approach for incurring variety where it makes sense within the coherence of a longer-term vision.

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Cat Swetel

Cat is an engineering manager with experience applying Agile and Lean principles in a variety of settings: from startups to large enterprises, warehouses to web, etc. She is passionate about increasing diversity in STEAM as a means of creating possibilities for a more equitable human... Read More →

Friday October 18, 2019 9:15am - 10:15am BST
Arundel 2

4:00pm BST

Continuing the story: Taking inspiration from the life of one of the central characters in our Lean Agile community.
When Martin Burns passed earlier this year our community grieved. It mourned the memory of man who dedicated his life to love, family, community and learning. We cried, supported each other shared memories and drank whisky (not whiskey of course). In this talk we want to share some of those memories with you. Not so that you can grieve with us but so that you can be inspired by him like we are. He listened and made time for others, he argued and fought hard for the things he believed in… he changed lives. He gave so much to us, we want to pass some of that on to you.

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Lucy Burns

Lucy became an events organiser of all things agile by accident. For five years now she has helped to organise conferences, leadership retreats, meet-ups and more recently funerals and house moves using Kanban.Lucy found this bold new world of agile infectious and is curious to learn... Read More →
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Chris McDermott

Chris is an independent Lean Agile Coach, founder of Lean Agile Scotland and Lean Agile Glasgow and knows enough about most things under the Lean Agile banner to be both effective and dangerous all in one session.He caught the Agile bug in 2003 when, as a developer, he borrowed his... Read More →

Friday October 18, 2019 4:00pm - 5:00pm BST
Arundel 2

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