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7 - 8 May 2015

Museum of Science and Industry, Manchester, UK

Ask The Experts - Hosted by Mark Dalgarno

Nathan Coe Auto Trader
Kevin Rutherford XP Surgery
Mathilde Hoeg Boisen
Liz Keogh 

Session type: Panel
Session duration: 60 minutes

About this Panel

As the conference draws to a close, Nathan Coe will open the closing panel session with a 15 minute talk, outlining some of the key challenges and wins Auto Trader has had in terms of transforming into a truly digital business.

A number of speakers from the conference will then be on hand for a 45 minute panel discussion, chaired by Software Acumen's Mark Dalgarno, to help answer your burning questions.

This final session of the program will give all participants the opportunity to ask "OK, so now what…" or "Great talks, but how can I make this happen?"

We expect this to be a lively debate and an energetic end to Agile Manchester 2015!

About the Speakers

Nathan Coe

Nathan is the director of product and technology at Auto Trader. He is a strong believer that the most effective organisations of the future will apply agile, lean and design thinking to the whole organisation, as opposed to limiting it to only certain functions. Something he and the team at Auto Trader have been rolling out at pace over the past few years.

Nathan has a commercial background having worked in a range of industries including digital, technology, media and communications.


Kevin Rutherford

Dr Kevin Rutherford is a software development coach, trainer and extreme programmer. He is the creator of the vastly under-rated Reek code smell detector and the vastly over-rated book ‘Refactoring in Ruby’.

If you have ever used Unix System V or transferred money between bank accounts, you’ve unwittingly used his code. He was using vi before you were born.


Mathilde Hoeg Boisen

Mathilde works as a freelance User Experience designer and is thusly subjected to different ways of doing agile quite often. She believes in working with people rather than products. Her work includes sketching, mock-ups, models and long-winded storytelling that somehow translates into designs for products that make people happy.

She believes the developers are the most important users to any software product.

She writes about all things User Experience related on the Danish website and gives talks about people, technology and design processes and tools.


Liz Keogh

Liz Keogh is a Lean and Agile consultant based in London. She is a well-known blogger and international speaker, a core member of the BDD community and a contributor to a number of open-source projects including JBehave. She specialises in helping people use examples and stories to communicate, build, test and deliver value, particularly when faced with high risk and uncertainty.

Liz's work covers topics as diverse as story-writing, haiku poetry, Cynefin and complexity thinking, effective personal feedback and OO development, and she has a particular love of people, language, and choices. She has a strong technical background with over 15 years experience in delivering value and coaching others to deliver, from small start-ups to global enterprises. Most of her work now focuses on Lean, Agile and organisational transformations and the use of transparency, positive language, well-formed outcomes and safe-to-fail experiments in making change innovative, easy and fun.


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.


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.


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.


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