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Agile Evangelist No.20

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Presenters: Carl Pearse from Wonga & John Coleman - an independent contractor/Agile Transformation expert

The presentations

Carl will be presenting 'Scaling an Agile Organisation - A Journey to Maturity'

- Discussing and exploring how Wonga has scaled their software development
processes, from their start-up roots through to today.
- Looking at organisation, design and optimisation and how this supports agile
delivery and rapid scaling.

John will be presenting 'Agile (Scrum) - are we ready?'

- Is a mindset change required for Agile (Scrum)?
- How fake are you? Does it matter?
- What good is Scrum without technical excellence?
- Are we using hammers for screws? Alternatives?
- Are you scaling Scrum too aggressively? All models are wrong, but some are useful. Let John give you some food for thought on the various models.

A bit about Carl Pearse from Wonga

Carl has over 15 years’ experience in technology. As a developer he was an early adopter of Extreme Programming. Moving to project and programme management in the late Nineties, Carl has managed small and large-scale agile implementations. He has worked with Wonga for around three years now, helping the business scale their agile and lean development, while growing from around 30 to well over 500 staff globally. Previously Carl worked for both large blue chip companies and small startups. The most recent successful start-up was acquired by R L Polk in 2008

A bit about John Coleman - an independent contractor/Agile Transformation expert

John Coleman has somehow managed to become an authority on Agile for his clients whilst remaining pretty much hidden from everyone else. Starting as a programmer in 1989, his forte is programme rescue through delivery and preventing the need for rescues done through change leadership, mentoring, coaching & training. John’s been a CSP since 2006, and his Agile opportunities just get bigger and bigger. John learnt in the trenches of large implementations, some bad & mostly good, since he dedicated himself to Agile & Lean in 2006. Now he helps very large & very small companies to deal with the opportunities & challenges of becoming Agile or Lean.

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