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7 - 8 May 2015

Museum of Science and Industry, Manchester, UK

Agile: It's not just about the development team

Andy Longshaw Advanced Legal
Kevin Rutherford XP Surgery

Session type: Workshop
Session duration: 60 minutes

About this Workshop

Many businesses perceive software development as a blocker. If only the development team could work faster and deliver software at the rate imagined by the wider business. However, what if their dreams came true? Imagine you had a development team that could deliver working software into production every hour. What would that mean for your business? Would your business be able to cope with it and what’s more, would it be able to capitalise on it?

This workshop will explore the challenges that can occur when the perceived development bottleneck is removed. Kanban tells us when you remove one bottleneck this exposes others, so which ones would become apparent in your business? Will the new bottleneck be product management, sales, support or another part of the wider business? What problems would be exposed in those areas and how could these be addressed? Are these issues actually impacting your business currently? When all these things are considered, you may question whether development is actually your most pressing bottleneck.

Participants will work in small groups to exchange thoughts and ideas, build them into a coherent viewpoint and present them back to the other groups.

About the Speakers

Andy Longshaw

Andy is a pragmatic software developer who unfortunately has tended recently to end up in roles like development manager. He has worked for many companies from a large multi-national through to a 4-person startup but is getting to the age where he is beginning to forget half of them.

He has been very fortunate that some thoughtful and intelligent people have spent their time helping him to learn some really useful and interesting stuff so he tries to give some of that back when he can.


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.


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.