ACE (@AgileEx) Scaling Agile with Colin Bird

  • February 19, 2014 · 6:30 PM
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Colin is an experienced technical and commercial leader with over 20 years in the IT industry, including the development of many high profile multichannel ecommerce systems. He is passionate about improving software delivery right across the lifecycle, from business idea through to production quality code. This passion has driven him to be an active member of the Agile movement since 2004, helping teams of all sizes adopt Agile techniques to dramatically improve their performance. As Conchango's CTO and later Global Head of Agile for EMC's consulting division, he was responsible for Agile consulting services and tools, including Conchango's Scrum for Team System.

 

As an active member of the Agile community Colin has built close associations with other thought leaders and contributed new thinking in areas such as scaling Agile techniques to support large programmes.

"When the Agile movement was starting, Colin was there. He understood what it meant. He understood how to help others with it. Then he did something few others did. He put in the hard work to make it within the reach of everyone. We all owe Colin a debt of gratitude." (Ken Schwaber, co-founder of Scrum.)

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  • Anthony G.

    March 26, 2014

  • Anthony G.

    There was (at least) one interesting approach not included in the talk, and that's the organisational transformation undertaken within Semco during the late '80s. Semco's transformation of it's manufacturing approach is considered by some to be the most successful account of scaling agile in history http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Maverick_(book)

    March 19, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    There was nothing surprising or new, but it was a good view of the key patterns for scaling agile, that was well delivered.

    February 20, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      Thanks Anthony, that sounds like an interesting night. I look forward to attending.

      February 21, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      Don't get me wrong, Dhaval I enjoyed myself and will be back.

      February 21, 2014

  • Helen M.

    Slides are now available on slide share.
    http://www.slideshare.net/helenmeek/scaling-scrum-itvshare

    1 · February 21, 2014

  • Bazil A.

    Hi all.. Colin mentioned Henrik's Scrum Gathering talk a last night and his experience at Spotify.
    I'm watching them and finding them very interesting...
    The two videos are:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LyHJedsqBSI#t=1805
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EgnCrSE2Li4
    and the slides here:
    http://blog.crisp.se/wp-content/uploads/2013/09/culture-over-process.pdf

    1 · February 20, 2014

  • Ben M.

    Hi Colin/Helen, will the deck from last night be made available. Found it very informative and useful.

    3 · February 20, 2014

  • Ricardo T.

    It was my first ACE meetup and I really enjoyed it. Thanks to everyone that helped to organise this event. I will be in the next ones for sure :).

    February 20, 2014

  • Rex L.

    With the increasing use of agile scaling has become a hot topic. Some interesting insights from Colin and confirmed that a light weight or no-weight approach is preferable to frameworks like Safe or DAD which keep the camp followers occupied while the teams deliver some value :)

    February 20, 2014

  • Anthony G.

    In summary then:
    * Don't
    * Build high functioning teams instead; they'll scale by inclination Certainly an entertaining talk, and Colin is smart enough not to try and solve that particular Gordian Knot in an evening, but not much that one won't have already picked up from the recent scaling agile exchanges on blogs/Twitter.

    1 · February 20, 2014

  • Hossein T.

    In general, it was useful.

    February 19, 2014

  • Jodi W.

    Colin's a really great concise speaker with a lot of experience for which we only dipped our toes into tonight :)

    February 19, 2014

  • Helen M.

    Just rock up and leave name at desk x

    February 19, 2014

  • Vikram

    I am delayed at work due to some support issues so can't make it to this one. shame since I was looking forward to it

    February 19, 2014

  • Francesco

    Apologies, down with fever

    February 19, 2014

  • Martina S.

    Sorry due to work have to pull out :-(

    February 19, 2014

  • Lynn (Myrick) R.

    So sorry, last minute work stuff came up. Hope all goes well!!

    February 19, 2014

  • Bobby S.

    Due to work, I have to pull out, I look forward to the next meetup.

    February 19, 2014

  • Tim C.

    Sorry to drop out so late - childcare issues

    February 19, 2014

  • Steff L.

    Apologies for having to cancel last minute.

    February 19, 2014

  • Caspar B.

    sorry, won't be able to make it now. maybe someone on the waiting list can have my ticket!

    February 19, 2014

  • Sean

    Me too, is it possible to still come along? Even though RSVPs are closed now?

    February 19, 2014

    • Helen M.

      Yes, Ben will put your name down

      February 19, 2014

  • Mark W.

    Getting to town today is unlikely so I won't be able to come :-(

    February 19, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi would love to come but can make it, will there be another session like this. Hope it goes well and would be great to see the slides at a post- follow up session for those who cant make it.

    February 19, 2014

  • Zahir C.

    I know RSVP has been closed but just wondering if I can still show-up and could listen to what Colin is sharing with us all?

    February 18, 2014

  • Ben M.

    Hi Ben, I would like to bring a couple of guests to tomorrow nights session. Is that ok? (If I pass on their names). Thanks

    February 18, 2014

    • Helen M.

      Hi Yes - Please email across the names ASAP so we can add to the list.

      February 18, 2014

  • Muhit

    Hi, will there be slides/video for people who cannot make the event tomorrow made available on line?

    February 18, 2014

    • Helen M.

      Apologies no video. I will look to post the slides if Colin gives permission.

      February 18, 2014

  • @sleepyfox

    Sadly unable to attend as I'm running a Haskell dojo, would have enjoyed meeting Colin.

    February 17, 2014

  • Benjamin C.

    Hi All, Looking forward to Wednesday's event. In order to ensure the event runs smoothly it's super important everyone updates their RSVP status to reflect whether they will come or not. This has been requested by our host for this event, ITV. Thanks for your help with this!

    Ben

    February 17, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Alas, work commitments have forced me to pull out. I look forward to the next event

    February 17, 2014

  • Bobby S.

    See you all there

    February 14, 2014

  • Bobby S.

    See you all there

    February 14, 2014

  • Helen M.

    All, Please note that Colin's talk will now be held at the ITV offices. This is the first time we have hosted an ACE here and I know you won't be disappointed with the venue :)

    December 3, 2013

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