Real World Agile Double Bill with Phil Parker & James Harvey


About Phil

Phil Parker is a partner with Equal Experts, a role which affords him a huge amount of variety in his day-to-day work. He enjoys advising on organisational leadership, product/process assessment and reviews, running new project inceptions and getting directly involved with product delivery (even coding - if his team allows it!).

About Phil's Talk

In the last year alone, we have shared over 350,000 delivery hours with our clients. Over the last few months, I've been using our company Slack to ask my amazing colleagues about their experiences in agile; the good, the bad and the ugly. Their responses have been pure gold and I've done my best to collate and distil them into this session.

15 years after the manifesto was signed, the state-of-the-art is still varied.

Do you ask 3 questions at stand-up? Do you 'storypoint', 'poker' and 'burndown'? As an agile team, I want to write user stories, So that I'm agile!! How do you slice the work to be iterative? Do you limit WIP? Do your 'agile tools' help or hinder? Are you really self organising, sustainable and working together daily with the business? Does any of this matter?

An uber-experience report that contains a combination of giggles, facepalms, and hopefully a few 'aha' moments. Whether you are an agile newbie or a full-time, experienced agile coach there is something here for you.

About James

Now a seasoned agile veteran, James has at some point over the past decade taken on almost every role within an agile project team. Managing director and certified agile trainer for Agile Snap, he is passionate about making people aware that agile does not just start and end with scrum.

About James's Talk

Deciding to adopt an agile way of working is great! Being precious about the agile framework you decide to use is not. For one reason or another, since adopting agile, we’ve become a community of obsessive practitioners who seem unable to take a pragmatic approach to making project or process decisions.

Never has such a sense of entitlement been seen in project teams than in those who have recently converted to agile. 'Agile experts' have constantly told teams that to get any value, you take an all or nothing approach towards implementation. Belittling all previous process ideas, agile culture can sometimes be toxic and can turn the development team against the business if not properly facilitated.

In this session, we’ll explore how an agile transition is never an overnight job and that to succeed in any type of project delivery, pragmatism is still a vital ingredient.