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Keynote on The Need for Continuous Improvement in Agile at 1stConf
February 15, 2016
I will give a keynote about The Need for Continuous Improvement in Agile at 1stConf on February 15 in Melbourne, Australia:
For decades people have looked for the best way to develop software. Multiple methods and frameworks have been explored to guide organizations on how to develop software. Although we have, as a whole improved, organizations can still struggle. Delivering working software still seems to be hard.
Many organizations that have had success with agile, but there are also agile transformations that have not produced the expected results. Better software development is not about implementing the the best framework or method throughout the organization.
Agile takes a different approach by stating “We are uncovering better ways of developing software by doing it and helping others do it”. What matters is that people, teams and organizations adopt an agile mindset and learn how to deploy suitable practices effectively so that they can adapt to the situation at hand.
Agile isn’t a silver bullet, and it’s not a one size fits all approach. Continuous improvement is what makes it work, it’s at the heart of agile. Ben will show why continuous improvement matters in agile and what you can do to help your teams and organization to be more agile.
This is a one day conference, aimed at people starting out with agile. The event is being run by practitioners from the Melbourne community. 2016 is the second year that this event will be held.
Job titles of people who should come may include but is not limited to: CIOs, CTOs, Directors, Developers, Product Managers, Business Analysts, Designers, UX Designers, Sales, Human Resources, Marketing, Legal, Testers, Project Managers.
The conference features two keynote speakers:
We will be hearing from the world renowned agile thinker, Dr Alistair Cockburn. He has recently developed a philosophy that he calls The Heart of Agile.
We are also fortunate to have Ben Linders visit Australia for the first time. He is an expert in retrospectives and an author of a book on the same topic.
I’m also running a mini-workshop at 1stConf, the Agile & Lean Impediment Game. This game is from my workshop Getting More out of Agile and Lean that will be run in Melbourne during my visit. Actually I’m giving three workshops in Melbourne in February:
- Workshop Getting more out of Agile and Lean on February 16
- Workshop Valuable Agile Retrospectives (beginners) on February 18
- Workshop Valuable Agile Retrospectives (advanced) on February 19