It was the time of Da Vinci and Michelangelo. It was also the time of Machiavelli and the Medici. Artists working on timeless masterpieces crossed paths with mercenary captains, contracted to do a very specific job.
In this keynote talk, John Smart will address important questions with deep implications for any IT team, or any organisation trying to make a difference, or simply to get the most value out of their IT projects.
Who is your real customer? Is there a cost to quality? Are you building an artwork that will last, or simply fulfilling a contract?
An inspiring and entertaining talk that will take attendees on journey from the Italian Renaissance to Silicon Valley and the City of London, and see what lessons can be learned about cultures, attitudes and work ethics today.
Behaviour Driven Development is a powerful collaboration technique that can empower teams to deliver higher value features to the business faster and more effectively. But although Behaviour Driven Development is based on a number of simple principles, it can go dramatically wrong in a myriad of different ways.
This talk will present the core concepts of Exponential Business Agility, or XBA. XBA is a set of patterns for organising value streams around self-organising, autonomous teams, and is part of the XSCALE approach to scaling agile. XBA combines the Spotify model with practice patterns drawn from the Iroquois Confederacy, the most successful and longest-lived holarchy in history.
Learn how Throughput Accounting optimises the contribution of each business function to top line throughput rather than blindly attempting to minimise operating expense.
And discover how Self-Propagating Transformation avoids pushing change into pre-existing teams, programs or silos, but generates agile capability by grafting the kernel of a new culture onto the trunk of the old.
Be a pod of dolphins, not a dancing elephant. Don’t try to scale agile. De-scale your organisation instead.
Good Gherkin is easy to read but hard to write. And while there are many tips and tricks for writing good Gherkin, often teams still struggle to keep their scenarios clean, informative and readable.
In this talk, we will take a practical look at some real-world Gherkin scenarios, and see why they stink. More importantly, we present a set of simple refactoring patterns which can help you improve your own scenarios.
John Ferguson Smart (@wakaleo) and Tom Roden (@TommRoden)