March Meetup-Agile Outsourcing & Swearing, Nudity and other Vulnerable Positions

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First up we have Louise Paling (@short_louise ( with a talk on a topic that has come up several times - Outsourcing and Agile: a how-to guide. This will be followed by a talk by John Le Drew (@antz29 ( on the fascinating topic of safety - Swearing, Nudity and Other Vulnerable Positions

Outsourcing and Agile: a how-to guide

I have worked in an environment relying heavily on the use of additional resource via supply chain, external suppliers or outsourced teams for several years (the naming convention changes, but the purpose remains the same – gaining the ability to quickly expand and flex our development capacity). I've experienced several different types of supplier: some on-site sat with our teams, some off-site but in-country, some in Europe just an hour’s flight away, and some far-shore.

I'll use this experience in this session to provide a rule book for how to work with outsourced teams: some basic dos and don’ts of how to be successful. We'll also look at what happens when the rules are broken, and finally, some real world examples of where I did (and didn’t) follow my own rules.

The following questions will be explored:

How many meetings is too many?are fixed price contracts necessary and can they work?how can you build trust in a supplier/customer relationship?how much travel does there need to be?

Louise has worked in software delivery for 20 years, from her roots as a software engineer to management of delivery teams. She is experienced in introducing new ways of working to teams and in merging the seemingly disparate worlds of agile and traditional project management.

Louise has been involved in transforming software development capability from a waterfall-focused process to an agile development method and most recently towards a DevOps model.

Swearing, Nudity and Other Vulnerable Positions

Over 3 months John recorded over 60 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 short interactive sessions and role play exercises to cover the following topics:

What is safety and what does it look and feel like?Is trust essential to high performing teams?Is vulnerability at the core of a creative team?How can leaders can help foster (or hinder) safety?

This talk has grown as John created the new podcast The Agile Path. The first season on this podcast (launching early 2017) is about safety in teams. John has interviewed world renowned specialists in the field; Christopher Avery, David Marquet, Jerry Weinberg, Esther Derby, Johanna Rothman, Woody Zuill and many more in over 60 hours of audio. This has been a fascinating deep dive learning experience for John and he hopes to explore these insights with the audience.

John 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.

Free pizza and a beer or two will also be available.

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