11 - 13 May 2016

thestudio, Manchester, UK

Workshop

Software, faster: From months to minutes

10th May 2016 – 08:30 to 17:00

Full day workshop with Dan North.

About

Great software professionals build better software faster. Agile methods, continuous delivery and software craftsmanship helped speed up delivery from years to months or even weeks, but then what?

Some teams are able to deliver software at a speed of change like you have never seen before, delivering quality software in days or even hours, again and again. So what is keeping the rest of us from doing so?

Now is the time to go from months to minutes, to rethink the way we organize and improve our software development and delivery process.

Who

Software, Faster is for people who believe it can be done, people who feel themselves limited by current Agile dogma, people who want to go back to basics and uncover new, simpler ways to deliver great software.

Are you a seasoned software developer who is frustrated at how slow your “hyper-performing” process feels? Are you suffering with an unwieldy feature backlog, the pantomime of estimation, the card wall where cards go to die, the efforts to automate where it obviously isn’t adding anything? Are you fed up with the artificial commitment of sprints and the unwelcome surprises that still seem to derail your projects?

What

Software, Faster brings software delivery principles into the 21st century. You will learn new techniques that both enhance and replace existing agile practices, some of which are counter-intuitive and many which are completely counter to current “best practise”.

Using a mixture of discussion, instruction and exploration you will start to think differently about design, architecture, development and testing, operations, automation and team dynamics, as well as working with legacy systems and integrating with third parties.

Specific takeaways

  • How to challenge the received wisdom of established Agile methods
  • How to design and architect for rapid and sustainable delivery
  • Why understanding risk and embracing uncertainty are at the heart of faster delivery
  • How to manage build, release and operations
  • How systems thinking can help you plan effectively and estimate accurately
  • How to identify and reduce gaps in your testing strategy
  • How to engage with legacy systems and integrating with third parties
  • How to manage different levels of skill and experience within a team

About Dan

Dan North uses his deep technical and organisational knowledge to help CIOs, business and software teams to deliver quickly and successfully.

He puts people first and finds simple, pragmatic solutions to business and technical problems, often using lean and agile techniques.

With over twenty years of experience in IT, Dan is a frequent speaker at technology conferences worldwide.

The originator of Behaviour-Driven Development (BDD) and Deliberate Discovery, Dan has published feature articles in numerous software and business publications, and contributed to The RSpec Book: Behaviour Driven Development with RSpec, Cucumber, and Friends and 97 Things Every Programmer Should Know: Collective Wisdom from the Experts.

He occasionally blogs at dannorth.net/blog

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Tickets

Tickets are available now, for a limited time.

Why not add a full conference ticket with a 10% discount using the code WORKSHOPPARTICIPANT.

Dan North

Attend Dan's Workshop:
Software, Faster: From Months to Minutes.

Dan's keynote session is at 9:15 on Wednesday 11th May

Dan North uses his deep technical and organisational knowledge to help CIOs, business and software teams to deliver quickly and successfully.

He puts people first and finds simple, pragmatic solutions to business and technical problems, often using lean and agile techniques.

With over twenty years of experience in IT, Dan is a frequent speaker at technology conferences worldwide.

The originator of Behaviour-Driven Development (BDD) and Deliberate Discovery, Dan has published feature articles in numerous software and business publications, and contributed to The RSpec Book: Behaviour Driven Development with RSpec, Cucumber, and Friends and 97 Things Every Programmer Should Know: Collective Wisdom from the Experts.

He occasionally blogs at dannorth.net/blog

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Trisha Gee

Trisha's keynote session is at 9:15 on Thursday 12th May

Trisha has developed Java applications for a range of industries, including finance, manufacturing, software and non-profit, for companies of all sizes.

She has expertise in Java high performance systems, is passionate about enabling developer productivity, and dabbles with Open Source development.

Trisha blogs regularly on subjects that she thinks developers and other humans should care about, she’s a leader of the Sevilla Java User Group, a key member of the London Java Community, a MongoDB Master and a Java Champion.

She believes we shouldn't all have to make the same mistakes again and again, and as a Developer Advocate for JetBrains she can share all the cool stuff she's discovered so far.

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Woody Zuill

Attend Woody's Workshop:
Mob Programming.

Woody's keynote session is at 9:00 on Friday 13th May

Woody Zuill has been programming computers for 30+ years, and is an independent Agile Coach and Trainer.

His team at Hunter Industries is the originator of the Mob Programming approach to teamwork in software development, and Woody is considered one of the founders of the "#NoEstimates" discussion on Twitter.

Over the last 15+ years he has worked as an Agile Coach, Application Development Manager, Trainer, and Extreme Programmer.

He believes that code must be simple, clean, and maintainable so that we can realize the Agile promise of Responding to Change, and that we must constantly "Inspect and Adapt".

He has a passion tackling code that is hard to maintain and cleaning, refactoring, and bringing it back into a manageable state.

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Session Types

Need help planning which sessions to attend? We've provided a breakdown of our various session types below.


Case Study/Experience Report

A presentation and discussion of real-life (not theoretical) experiences of the application (or mis-application) of Agile and Lean practices. Case studies and experience reports include some discussion of lessons learned and an indication of how novel the work is.

Hands-On

Participants learn a new approach, tool or technology through using it to solve one or more practical exercises. Any software/hardware requirements are disclosed in the session description.

Tutorial

A session focused around some specific tool, technique or issue. Primarily led by the speaker, tutorials usually include some elements of interactivity or individual / group exercise.

Workshop

An in-depth working session on a specific topic. May include paper presentations.

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