• Flow based delivery

    BlackCat Solutions Office

    • What we'll do Evening outline: • Registration, food, networking • Main event - Flow based delivery • Lightning talk: Andy Wootton, what does ‘value’ mean? • Lightning talk: Slot available (get in touch) • Lightning talk: Slot available (get in touch) • Networking • Tear down - please help us to clear up at the end Session Overview In this workshop you'll learn about the power of flow based delivery. Flow based delivery is at the heart of Lean and Agile delivery. In this thought provoking session you'll learn how to improve your predictability by seeking out, and dealing with, common causes of delay on software projects. During the session we hit the hot topic of estimation and arm you with new strategies for dealing with variation. This free evening session follows hot on the tail of the popular one day Lean Agile Boot Camp which is running in Birmingham on the same day - 7th March. To book the full day please visit: https://www.solutioneers.co.uk/agile-training-courses/kanban-agile-boot-camp/ and don't forget to use the early bird discount code: LABC5 to get a huge 25% discount. About the Speaker Brickell Key Award winner Ian Carroll is a consultant, coach, and speaker on all topics related to Lean, Kanban and Agile software development. Using his 25 years of hands-on experience he helps clients transform their organisations using Kanban and other Lean and Agile techniques to lower costs while increasing their ability to respond to changing market demands and outperform competitors. Ian has trained and coached hundreds of software development teams in Agile, Lean, and Kanban techniques, and has broken new ground by scaling lean principles to the portfolio level and beyond. Doors open at 6.30pm with the talks starting at 7pm. Refreshments are kindly provided by our awesome sponsors: • Ian Carroll - Lean & Agile blog (https://www.iancarroll.com/) • Solutioneers - Agile Training & Coaching (https://www.solutioneers.co.uk/) • Delta Financial Systems - Pensions & retirement admin tech for the financial services industry. (http://www.deltafs.co.uk) • BlackCat Solutions Ltd - Solving your problems with technology (https://blackcatsolutions.co.uk/) We'd like to extend a warm welcome to our new sponsors - BlackCat Solutions who will be kindly host us in their office.

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  • The Agile Leader - creating the environment for culture change.

    Delta Financial Systems

    "The Agile Leader - creating the environment for culture change." You think you want greater agility. You say you want greater agility. You tell people they are allowed and expected to be more agile. But do your actions match your words? Are your behaviours confirming or contradicting the message? Leaders of an organisation (from any level) have a huge part to play in helping others take that leap and the biggest thing we can do it to create the conditions in which people feel confident to do so. In this talk, Geoff will explore some simple, yet difficult things you can do to increase your leadership in an agile transition. He will identify some easy, yet dangerous traps you might like to try and avoid. Geoff has been a thought leader in agile development for many years. His books, training and coaching have helped thousands of teams across the world in their implementation of agile. He is at the cutting edge of developments in the agile world and is a regular speaker at international conferences. Geoff’s books, ‘The Coach’s Casebook’ (https://inspectandadapt.com/book/scrum-mastery2/) and ‘Scrum Mastery’ (https://inspectandadapt.com/book/scrum-mastery/), have won multiple awards and become must-have texts on agile and scrum working, (bring them along if you want to get them signed). This MeetUp will be an excellent opportunity for agile workers to network and discuss techniques with one of the industry’s most respected figures. Beer and pizza will be available provided by Xpertise Recruitment (http://www.xpertise-recruitment.com/), venue by Delta Financial Systems (http://www.deltafs.co.uk/) and Flowcore (http://flowcore.co.uk/). For more information on Geoff please visit www.inspectandadapt.com (http://www.inspectandadapt.com/)

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  • The product owner is an agile anti-pattern

    Delta Financial Systems

    Evening outline: • Registration, food, networking • John Le Drew, The product owner is an agile anti-pattern • Lightning Talks - (slots available) • Networking • Tear down - please help us to clear up at the end NOTE: RSVP opens 7 days before the event. Session Overview While business knowledge and domain expertise is useful and essential, is this only achievable with a 'single wringable neck'? What would happen if the whole team could be encouraged to take ownership of product direction? This session looks at how we have often created dysfunctional relationships with our product owners through both the way we collaborate (or don't) with them and the language we use to talk about the role itself. We will discuss questions like: • is having a product owner an anti-pattern? • why do we discourage 'hero' developers but encourage 'hero' product owners? • do product owners make it hard to have a sustainable pace? • can the whole team engage in product ownership? • what can you do to support your PO? Learning Outcomes • about the role of the product owner in an agile team • about the dangers of language like 'one wringable neck' • how teams can support their product owner and share the role • how to make the role of product owner collaborative About the speaker John has spent most of the last 2 decades working in the software industry, with a focus on web technologies. After 10 years as a software engineer John moved into consultancy where he quickly learned the value of team dynamics and how most technical challenges are projecting underlying issues with collaboration. So his focus shifted, while still being very involved technically, his first focus is on facilitating a safe, creative, collaborative environment. Doors open at 6.30pm with the talk starting promptly at 7pm. Please check out our awesome sponsors: • Delta Financial Systems - Pensions & retirement admin tech for the financial services industry. (http://www.deltafs.co.uk/) • Ian Carroll - Lean & Agile blog (http://www.iancarroll.com/) • Solutioneers - Agile Training & Coaching (http://www.solutioneers.co.uk/) • Xpertise Recruitment - Experts in recruiting digital and IT talent (http://www.xpertise-recruitment.com/)

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  • Apart Yet Together: The Tales of Delivering Value Remotely

    Delta Financial Systems

    Doors open at 6.30pm with the talks starting at 7pm. With Muhammad Meghji, ScrumMaster/Agile Coach & Rob Redpath, Product Owner We've heard it a thousand times: Agile works best when you're all in the same proximity. But sometimes that's not possible - or even desirable. When talented developers can be had for a fraction of the cost on the other side of the world, how can you take advantage of that, and yet maintain team cohesion and agility? When the best talent can be drawn from across the world, with individuals who do their best work from the beach, the ranch, or the family home, how can they stay productive and focused as part of an agile team? What might be some of the gotchas to look out for? Muhammad Meghji Twitter: @mameghji Muhammad is a people centred Certified ScrumMaster and Agile Coach who is passionate and self-motivated with over 9 years of experience working with teams delivering high value software using Agile principles. With in-depth knowledge of various flavours of Agile, including Scrum, Kanban, Lean and XP, he promotes and encourages relevant best practices from each methodology leading teams towards small and incremental improvements whilst building high performance teams. With solid real world experience of both local and geographically distributed teams, he is delivery focused, working closely with teams, product owners and stakeholders to ensure delivery of sprint goals and commitments whilst taking the department on a value driven Agile transformation journey. Rob Redpath Twitter: @robredpath Rob took a remote job 3 years ago and hasn't looked back! Across being a developer, product owner and coach to his teams, Rob's spend the last few years enjoying the challenges of delivering value remotely and taking advantage of the opportunities that it presents. Refreshments are kindly provided by our awesome sponsors: • Xpertise Recruitment - Experts in recruiting digital and IT talent (http://www.xpertise-recruitment.com/)

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  • April Meetup – Scrum Lego Simulation

    Delta Financial Systems

    Evening outline: Doors open at 6.30pm with the talks starting at 7pm. • Registration, food, networking • Main Session • Networking • Tear down - please help us to clear up at the end Session Overview Delta Financial and Xpertise Recruitment will be running the a Lego city scrum simulation on 12th April 2017, at Delta Financial Offices (45 Church St, Birmingham B3 2RT). It’s a really fun, collaborative way to learn about some of the core principles of scrum, whilst building a city to the exacting requirements of the picky product owner! For those more experienced with scrum, this is a really great concept to take back to your team. Free pizza and a beer or two will also be provided by Xpertise Recruitment. If you’re not currently a member of the group, join today and we’ll be sending more information on the event and speakers next week. We will be opening the invitation to the group on Wednesday 29th March. About the Speaker Leigh White is a co-founder of Agile Nottingham and has run the Agile LEGO simulation a number of times at the Agile Nottingham meet up as well as with his teams. Leigh is a Certified Scrum Professional and has worked for a number of great organisations such as Capital One and Experian. Refreshments are kindly provided by our awesome sponsors: • Xpertise Recruitment - Experts in recruiting digital and IT talent (http://www.xpertise-recruitment.com/)

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  • How to write better user stories (Instructor led workshop)

    Delta Financial Systems

    Evening outline: • Registration, food, networking • Main event - User Story Writing Workshop. • Lightning talk: Slot available (get in touch) • Lightning talk: Slot available (get in touch) • Lightning talk: Slot available (get in touch) • Networking • Tear down - please help us to clear up at the end Session Overview In this hands-on user story writing workshop all participants will learn how to write better user stories with development teams. We will demystify the whole subject area and provide you with some extremely powerful techniques to simplify requirements management. This is not just a session for Business Analysts. Everyone involved in software development should learn these simple techniques. During the session you will be lead through: • Rapid prototyping - we'll prototype a system and test it out on each other • Wireframing techniques for gaining a shared understanding of requirements • Story breakdown / decomposition • What should we include in a story? • What is the right level of detail to include? • At what point do you capture the detail? • Story mapping • Writing better acceptance criteria • Sizing and estimation of stories • Minimal Viable Product • This session is packed full of tricks and tips discovered from years of experience writing stories with teams. • All materials for the session will be provided, including whiteboards, post-it notes, and sharpies! To make this session as effective as possible we will form cross functional teams consisting of UX, Dev's, BA's, Testers, Product Owner, etc. so if you fit into any other these roles or can drag your colleagues along who do then please do so. About the Speaker - www.iancarroll.com (http://www.iancarroll.com/) Brickell Key Award winner Ian Carroll is a consultant, coach, and speaker on all topics related to Lean, Kanban and Agile software development. Using his 25 years of hands-on experience he helps clients transform their organisations using Kanban and other Lean and Agile techniques to lower costs while increasing their ability to respond to changing market demands and outperform competitors. Ian has trained and coached hundreds of software development teams in Agile, Lean, and Kanban techniques, and has broken new ground by scaling lean principles to the portfolio level and beyond. Doors open at 6.30pm with the talks starting at 7pm. Refreshments are kindly provided by our awesome sponsors: • flowcore Engage - The Agile Transformation Tool (http://flowcore.co.uk/) • Ian Carroll - Lean & Agile blog (http://www.iancarroll.com/) • Solutioneers - Agile Training & Coaching (http://www.solutioneers.co.uk/) • Delta Financial Systems - Pensions & retirement admin tech for the financial services industry. (http://www.deltafs.co.uk) • Xpertise Recruitment - Experts in recruiting digital and IT talent (http://www.xpertise-recruitment.com)

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  • Swearing, nudity, and other vulnerable positions.

    Delta Financial Systems

    Evening outline: • Registration, food, networking • Main event - Swearing, nudity, and other vulnerable positions. • Lightning talk: Ian Carroll, How to write better user stories • Lightning talk: Krishna Thakur, How to build high performing team • Lightning talk: Slot available (get in touch) • Networking • Tear down - please help us to clear up at the end Session Overview Over 3 months I recorded over 30 hours of interviews and spoke to some of the most respected people in the industry to produce an audio documentary that attempts to answer the question “What is safety? And why is it important anyway?”This highly interactive talk will present the findings and guide and challenge you through a journey to understanding safety. Including snippets of interview audio, short interactive sessions and role play exercises we will cover the following topics (without getting arrested): • Safety, Trust, Courage and Vulnerability • How leaders can help and hinder safety • Do we need to trust one another? • How to swear at work and get away with it • How to get naked in front of people About the Speaker: John Le Drew has over 17 years of experience working in software engineering as a system administrator, software engineer, technical lead, technical director, development manager and agile coach. He currently runs the consultancy firm Wise Noodles here he helps organisations solve tough technical problems by untangling their people problems. He is also host of The Agile Path Podcast which creates in-depth audio documentaries on the topics that most affect organisations transitioning to agile ways of working. Doors open at 6.15pm with the talks starting at 7pm. Food and refreshments will be served at 6.30pm courtesy of our awesome sponsors! Sponsors Solutioneers (http://www.deltafs.co.uk/) - Boutique Agile Training & Coaching Delta Financial Systems (http://www.deltafs.co.uk/) - Pensions & retirement admin tech for the financial services industry. Evolution Recruitment (http://www.evolutionjobs.co.uk/) - Specialists in Perm, Contract and Interim IT and Engineering recruitment flowcore Engage (http://www.flowcore.co.uk/) - The Agile Transformation Tool Xpertise Recruitment (http://www.xpertise-recruitment.com/) - Experts in recruiting digital and IT talent Ian Carroll (http://www.iancarroll.com) - Lean & Agile blog

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  • Agile estimation, planning and tracking

    Delta Financial Systems

    Evening outline: • Registration, food, networking • Lightning talks 3 x 5 mins each (We're looking for presenters!) • Main event - Agile estimation, planning and tracking • Lean Agile Surgery - come prepared with your questions • Networking • Tear down - please help us to clear up at the end How long will it take? How much will it cost? The 2 questions that constantly haunt development teams. This session is in 2 parts. Part 1 is how to estimate before the project has even started - normally in the context of when you're building the business case to secure funding for the project to proceed. Part 2 then covers the detail of how to size, estimate, plan and track progress once funding has been secured and the project has started. This is an instructor led workshop covering: • goodbye Gantt charts, hello adaptive planning • burn-up & burn-down charts • multi-goal planning and tracking • dependency management • estimation and sizing • scheduling • predictive delivery • agile resource management Logistics Doors open at 6.30pm with the main talk starting at 7pm for 1hr. There will be plenty of time for networking from 8pm until 8.30pm. Food and refreshments will be served at 6.30pm courtesy of our awesome sponsors! About the Speaker Brickell Key Award winner Ian Carroll is a consultant, coach and speaker on all topics related to lean, kanban and agile software development. Using over 25 years of hands-on experience, he helps clients transform their organisations using kanban and other lean and agile techniques to lower costs while increasing their ability to respond to changing market demands and outperform competitors. Ian has trained and coached hundreds of software development teams in agile, lean and kanban techniques, and has broken new ground by scaling lean principles to the portfolio level and beyond. Sponsors Delta Financial Systems (http://www.deltafs.co.uk/) Pensions & retirement admin tech for the financial services industry. Evolution Recruitement (http://www.evolutionjobs.co.uk/) Specialists in Perm, Contract and Interim IT and Engineering recruitment flowcore (http://www.flowcore.co.uk/) Lean Agile - training, coaching, and transformation Xpertise Recruitment (http://www.xpertise-recruitment.com/) Experts in recruiting digital and IT talent

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  • (NEW) Accelerate your delivery: Kanban Essentials

    Delta Financial Systems

    Each month we gather in Birmingham to discuss all things Lean, Agile, and Kanban. The #hashtag for this group is #LABrum Session Overview Kanban is a transparent, work limiting, value pulling system that eases the transition to Agile ways of working. This introduction to Kanban is a foundational workshop that enables teams to get going with Kanban quickly. The workshop teaches the basics of creating a Kanban system, including end-to-end flow, queuing theory, pull vs push, removing context switching, visual work management techniques, removing bottlenecks and blockers, swarming, data driven retrospectives, defect handling in Kanban, and ‘Kanban style’ daily stand-ups. The workshop incorporates a fun Agile learning game ensuring full attendee participation. About the Speaker - http://www.flowcore.co.uk Brickell Key Award winner Ian Carroll is a consultant, coach, and speaker on all topics related to Lean, Kanban and Agile software development. Using his 25 years of hands-on experience he helps clients transform their organisations using Kanban and other Lean and Agile techniques to lower costs while increasing their ability to respond to changing market demands and outperform competitors. Ian has trained and coached hundreds of software development teams in Agile, Lean, and Kanban techniques, and has broken new ground by scaling lean principles to the portfolio level and beyond. Ian founded Lean Agile Manchester, Lean Agile Warrington (sister groups of Lean Agile Birmingham) – meetup groups with nearly 2000 members and is a regular speaker at Agile, Lean and Kanban related conferences. Doors open at 6.30pm with the talk starting at 7.00pm. Following the talk there will be plenty of time for networking. Location: Delta Financial Systems, 45 Church St, Birmingham, B3 2RT. (About 100 yards from Snow Hill NCP car park on the corner).

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