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7 - 8 May 2015

Museum of Science and Industry, Manchester, UK

The Magellan Project

Ricardo Mestre Nokia

Session type: Experience Report
Session duration: 45 minutes

About this Experience Report

This experience report will focus on the transition of a 40 people team (responsible for the development of the map) inside Nokia from a mature traditional Agile implementation (Scrum and Kanban), into a bottom-up driven product innovation process, where teams are highly self-organised.

This was only possible due to the maturity of the engineering practices within this group, namely: unit tests, acceptance tests and continuous deployment.

After version 1.0 was released, our Management decided to try a different approach to our ways of working, which leant towards an emphasis on self-organisation and team empowerment.

In order for such a high level of self-organisation to generate a Product that fulfills the Product Vision, it needs to be guided by some boundaries defined by Management. This principle is embedded in several principles that defined our ways of working. During this session, we will walk through those principles:

  • Team ownership
  • Measurable and time-boxed projects
  • Self-organised teams
  • Work how you want but know where you are
  • Review, don’t specify
  • Done means done
  • End to end

Included is also the format of the regular reviews with Management, as well as the Lessons Learned and actions taken to improve our performance using these new ways of working.

About the Speaker

Ricardo Mestre is an Agile Coach in HERE, a Nokia company. He has 16 years experience in Software in Portugal, Netherlands and Germany.

He has been an Agile Practitioner since 2007 – starting with Scrum, later adding Kanban to his toolset and is now on a daily journey to becoming a better Agile Coach everyday.

Ricardo has worked in several different contexts – from a 10-people startup, to Microsoft.

Session Types

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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.