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[x2 Speakers] Continuous Delivery Culture Lastminute.com & Agile Journey At Sky

Speaker 1 (30 mins): Helen Hosein From Lastminute.com

Helen is an Agile PM / Iteration Manager at lastminute.com where they use continuous deployment to maximise user feedback and to deliver value as soon as it's available to their customers. Helen will talk us through the trials and tribulations of getting Continuous Delivery into the company culture, what problems have been encountered and what benefits have resulted in doing so. This should be an interesting journey shared using world experiences. Q&A available after the talk.

Speaker 2 (30 Mins): Andy Martin From Sky
Andy’s a Product Owner at Sky and he’s going to share his experience of how agile software development and culture landed at the company six years ago. He’s going to embellish with buckets of specific examples in the belief that they will be helpful to others.

Finally, Andy’s going to take his best shot at convincing you that it’s never been a better time to learn how do do things differently, and that you should always question how you work to make yourself better at what you do.

Please include your real names as I'll need to inform security

Also there are limited spaces so please update your RSVP if you can't attend.

Group Tag : #AgileLon

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  • Craig S.

    Hi All,

    Sorry for the delay getting these up, but here are the links to the 2 talks from this evening :

    Helen (Lastminute.com) : http://youtu.be/gYzqSt0ey8c

    Andrew (Sky) : http://youtu.be/2fbxlylhUZE

    August 26, 2013

  • Sean M.

    Thanks to Helen and Andy for their presentations, and to the organisers and hosts. Lovely view!

    Helen: I'm a firm believer in Continuous Integration and Delivery, and not branching code unless there's a *very* good reason - good labelling in source code control systems should give all required flexibility. I was pleased to hear that LastMinute.com use feature flags as this is something which I introduced in a previous role and had the wisdom of this questioned. A benefit which we found was that it encouraged loose coupling and liberal use of interface classes.

    Andy: It sounds like the team took some courageous decisions which paid off. Bringing in such a significant proportion of experienced Agile developers clearly had benefits - many teams and businesses do not have this luxury. I suspect that the Coach could have achieved the same outcome but not within the same timescale - but I'm slightly biased in this opinion ;)

    Great session, location and success stories. Thank you all

    1 · August 16, 2013

  • Anthony G.

    Kanban was mentioned I'm often confused about how the term is employed.

    I found this article helpful:

    http://agilelion.com/agile-kanban-cafe/what-is-kanban

    The word Kanban word may be considered to have 4 distinct meanings

    1. A Japanese Word for sign

    2. A technique from TPS and Lean Manufacturing.

    3. An Agile and Lean Method for Software Development, IT and Business. 4. The Kanban Method. Focuses on management methods and 'evolutionary improvement.'

    1 · August 16, 2013

  • Michael C.

    great session!

    August 16, 2013

  • Chris

    Sorry I just got out of work and wasn't able to cancel my RSVP in time. I was intending on going :( hopefully can make the next one :)

    August 15, 2013

  • Emily W.

    I have to drop out of this one, but will be at the next one.

    August 15, 2013

  • Craig S.

    No problem, thanks for the updates as well. We will be recording the and will be sharing it here.

    August 15, 2013

  • James H.

    Apologies I've been on the waiting list but I'm not able to come at such short notice. Hopefully someone else can take my spot.

    August 15, 2013

  • Amy W.

    Gah sorry, I can't come at such last minute notice. See you at the next one though!

    August 15, 2013

  • Nick H.

    Work interfered with my attendance too :-)

    August 15, 2013

  • Robert C.

    Sorry, so little time, so much to do.

    August 15, 2013

  • @sleepyfox

    Sadly work intervenes and neither myself nor Lynn are going to make it this evening, I've cancelled my RSVP. My apologies and I hope that two more people can make it in our places.

    August 15, 2013

  • John

    Sorry for late notice - got to work late.

    August 15, 2013

  • Craig S.

    Just a note on finding the venue. The entrance is set back from the Strand in between Phones4U and ITSU (80 Strand, London WC2R 0RL, UK). Please use the Strand entrance and not the Embankment entrance as there will be someone signing people in at reception. See you all tomorrow.

    August 14, 2013

  • Letitia F.

    Would love to go but can't make it anymore

    August 14, 2013

  • Ryan B.

    Sorry I can't make it anymore. Hopefully someone can take up my place.

    August 14, 2013

  • Sam W.

    Something came up that I have to do, sorry

    August 14, 2013

  • ray

    Sorry, I can no longer make it. Hopefully someone can take up my place. Will there be a video of the event?
    Have a great time

    August 14, 2013

  • Melody K.

    Sorry to pull out pretty much last minute, I'd still absolutely love to have come but am feeling awful today and would like someone else to have a chance in case I'm unable to make it. Perhaps you could post a video of the talks?
    Many thanks, Melody

    August 14, 2013

    • Craig S.

      No problem, thanks for updating the group. Hope you get better soon. We'll be recording the session and putting it on here anyway.

      1 · August 14, 2013

  • Craig S.

    Hi all, only a week away for this event. If you can no longer attend, can you please update your rsvp so it will free spaces for others on the waiting list.

    Anyone who hasn't used their full name in their profile, please email me or message me as I need to provide a guest list for security. They will arrange for your pass to be collected by the main entrance on the way into the event.

    Looking forward to it.

    August 8, 2013

    • Craig S.

      Please also include names of guests.

      Thanks

      August 8, 2013

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