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#InsightThursday: Agile Events Roundup

22-Oct-2015 12:00:00 Scrum Banking Public Sector Lean
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We’re in the middle of the Agile events season. Whether past or future, there are plenty of insightful get-togethers for the Agile community. We’ve put some of them together into a list to share them with you. It would be great to get your view on events you’ve attended and ones you plan to visit in the near future. Add your preferred events in the comments box at the bottom of the article.

Upcoming events

Agile Tour London (October 23, 2015)

Happening almost as we ‘speak’, the Agile Tour London will feature 6 workshops and 15 talks given by 26 speakers. Sessions like “Leadership in Scaling Agile and Organisational Change” by Simon Powers, “Spicing up Agile retrospectives” by Ben Linders, or “How to train your HIPPO (Highest Paid Person’s Opinion)” by Ozlem Yuce make a good promise for a content-rich event.

 RallyON Europe (November 10-11, 2015)

Darren Wilmshurst asks “Does Agile Scale at Portfolio Level?” in his session on November 11th at 11 AM. Darren will be talking about how there is a fundamental lack of appreciation of limiting work in progress at the portfolio level or indeed having a balanced portfolio - and how it is time to re-humanise our organisational work and explore some real life examples of business Agility at the portfolio level.

Global Scrum Gathering - Prague (November 16-18, 2015)

Three days of sessions and talks around Scrum and Agile, set in the beautiful surrounding of Prague. “Housebuilding with Scrum”, “From ScrumMaster to Agile Coach”, “Now Hiring - ScrumMaster wanted”, “Scaling Scrum by LeSS and SAFe” are a few session titles you can expect to see.

Agile in Banking and Agile in the City (November 20th)

The event gives an opportunity to hear thought leaders like Michael Harte, Chief Operations and Technology Officer at Barclays, discuss Agile and its impact in the City.

Radtac is Platinum Sponsor for the first Agile in Banking and Agile in the City conference being held next to the Museum for London. This event provides practical guidance on how to adopt an Agile mindset and use Agile approaches to increase business agility.

As a note, tickets are limited so book today!

Past Events

Project Challenge (October 6-7, 2015)

Peter Measey, Radtac CEO, and Darren Wilmshurst, Head of Consulting, gave the Masterclass at Project Challenge “Will Agile Kill Project Management?”. Pete and Darren were showing how you can use a range of different methods such as PRINCE2 which doesn’t negate Agile. On the contrary, latest versions of PRINCE2 embed Agile principles for better project results.

Agile Business Conference (October 6-7, 2015)

This year’s Agile Business Conference addressed the topic of “Sustaining Agile in the Organisation”. Dragan Jojic, Head of Culture at Radtac, hosted two roundtable sessions asking participants “Is your culture killing your Agile transformation?”. Here’s a few takeaways from his sessions:

  • What can you do with the organisation's 'frozen middle'? The answer from the culture roundtable: Squash it!
  • The way people are measured is reinforcing status quo.
  • Metrics need to change to put customer at the heart - e.g. what have you done to make things easier for customers?

Lean Agile Scotland (October 7-9, 2015)

Stuart Young, our talented visualisation artist, has been picturing the conference for the full three days, creating over 30 feet of illustrations. He’s also brought back some insight from the event:

Leading Agilists such as Will Evans and Jabe Bloom returned to the stage to present insightful cutting edge theories that continue to challenge your thinking, whilst Chris Matts and Clarke Ching had the entire audience hooked with sidesplitting stories and analogies which resulted in outbursts of laughter from beginning to end. These talks were delicately blended alongside sessions that were more aligned to those new to Lean and Agile ways of working.

SME Town Hall (October 15, 2015)

TechUK hosted an #SMETownHall session which focused on what the centre e.g. Crown Commercial Service (CCS) / Government Digital Services (GDS) / Cabinet Office should be doing to meet the new target of 33% spend with SMEs by 2020.

Simon Seymour-Perry, Head of Public Sector at Radtac, sustained the idea for Government to provide ‘seed funding’ for industry to help stimulate innovation and develop a vibrant ecosystem of tech companies.

 

Have you attended any events you particularly enjoyed? Or do you recommend any coming events? Share your thoughts in the comments box below.

Author

Sabina Stoiciu

Sabina Stoiciu

A PR and marketing professional, Sabina enjoys working in a vibrant business environment. She sees Agile as a mindset that enables everyone to think and work differently, achieving better outcomes. Sabina has a bachelor's degree in Communication and PR, and a master's degree in Marketing and Advertising. She previously worked as a Marketing professional for a technical product - a form building platform - where Agile had started to improve the company's performance. Read more