What we're about

Agile is becoming the preferred way of managing products and projects which are of a complex and or emergent nature. As an illustration, the public sectors in the UK and USA have realised the benefits of methods which support Agility and are now demanding that IT Projects are run using Agile practices.

This is a free group which gives the opportunity to learn more about Agile approaches and what they can do for you, your teams, businesses, and products please come along and join us.

Whether you're just curious to find out more or you have many years of experience, this group is for you. The group welcomes anyone who is interested in running projects where reduced risk, early delivery, early return on investment, high quality and great customer satisfaction are frequently a feature.

This is a regular opportunity for you and your colleagues to come to a friendly environment and collaborate with peers in the Agile community. We offer featured sessions with industry recognised experts, as well as welcoming contributions from less experienced professionals.

If you would like to speak or present at a future MeetUp, please contact the organisers giving an outline of what you propose to present and we can take it from there.

Similar groups to this exist in London and Bath/Bristol. Excellent as they are, they can be a challenge to get to for those living and working in and around Swine-Town-On-The-Hill, Swindon.

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Upcoming events (2)

Prof. Dave Snowden presents Mindset: miasma or mirage?

Nationwide - Wakefield House

There is a lot of talk about creating an Agile ‘mindset’ but most of it is little more than a collection of desired qualities that verge on the platitudinous. Any ‘mindset’ can only be an emergent properly of multiple interactions over time. It can’t be engineered, created or (god help us) set as a target. With the increasing commodification of Agile we have to ask the question - how do we ensure that the essence of agility is not lost. Ironically we see parallel commodification of Design Thinking which now shares many of the characteristics of what has been termed industrialised Agile. What does all of this mean and how can we move forward? Dave Snowden divides his time between 2 roles: founder and Chief Scientific Officer of Cognitive Edge and the founder and Director of the Centre for Applied Complexity at the University of Wales. His work is international in nature and covers government and industry, looking at complex issues relating to strategy and organisational decision making. He has pioneered a science-based approach to organisations, drawing on anthropology, neuroscience and complex adaptive systems theory. He is a popular and passionate keynote speaker on a range of subjects, and is well known for his pragmatic cynicism and iconoclastic style. He's also an extra-ordinary professor at the Universities of Pretoria and Stellenbosch as well as visiting Professor at Bangor University in Wales. He has held similar positions at Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Canberra University, the University of Warwick and The University of Surrey. He held the position of senior fellow at the Institute of Defence and Strategic Studies at Nanyang University and the Civil Service College in Singapore during a sabbatical period in Nanyang. Dave is also is an editorial board member of several academic and practitioner journals in the field of knowledge management and is an editor-in-chief of E:CO. In 2006 he was Director of the EPSRC (UK) research programme on emergence and in 2007 was appointed to an NSF (US) review panel on complexity science research. He previously worked for IBM, where he was a director of the Institution for Knowledge Management and founded the Cynefin Centre for Organisational Complexity.

The Empathy Games - Paul Goddard

Nationwide - Wakefield House

Empathy is defined at the ability to understand and share the feelings of others. Paul has tailored some games and drills from the world of improvisational theatre based around “emotions” that he uses when coaching teams and individuals. In this session he will share some simple techniques and protocols you can use to assess you own strength in recognising your own emotions and feelings, as well as in others. Paul is a coach, trainer and conference speaker. He is well known for his book Improv-ing Agile Teams and the Agile Pub-cast.

Past events (50)

Jac Hughes Presents: What can warships teach us about flow

Nationwide - Wakefield House

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