What we're about

We bring our members great talks from the best speakers in the UK and where possible from around the world. Predominately we look at the Microsoft development stack, but we do have platform neutral and methodology based talks too.

We guarantee one meeting a month, normally on the 3rd Thursday of the month. Everyone is welcome! Be you a student or grizzled professional, come along for a night of great content, people and pizza :)

We offer your first 2 events for free, then after that we'd like you to take out a membership to continue attending. Speak to either John or Rich to find out more about how the membership works :)

If you're wondering why you can't see the full 5 years of back sessions we've had, it's because we've recently migrated from our old home at NxtGenUG Southampton (http://www.nxtgenug.net/Southampton). By all means go and see what we've covered in the previous 5 years :D

Upcoming events (3)

Toby Sinclair with 'Changing Organisational Habits @ Scale'

This session will explore the tiny shifts in behaviour that can transform organisational performance at an individual, team and company-wide level. It will focus on small habits to change behaviour.

We often think big changes require big actions. Everything “at scale” is the buzz within many organisations adopting agile across the enterprise. Unfortunately, these big changes at scale often result in failure.

The surprising truth is big changes often come through small, atomic habits, improved consistently over time. In fact, many agile frameworks like Scrum are a collection of small habits adopted together. The Daily Stand up is a great example of an agile daily habit.

However small is not always simple. For a long time when coaching teams I would be frustrated when teams found it difficult to adopt seemingly simple habits.

Through failure and success in my personal life, I’ve now learned that tiny habits, not big changes create breakthrough results. In my work with organisations, I realised that the habit changes I desired were too big. The key was to make new habits as tiny as possible. For example, a 2 minute stand up rather than 15 minutes.

These approaches will be illustrated through several real case studies at organisations, demonstrating how tiny changes can help you change the culture in your organisation.

Toby is a Business Executive based in London. He has 12+ years experience in the technology industry ranging from hands-on software development roles to senior leadership positions. The positions have been with globally recognised companies including JP Morgan Chase (Current), The Very Group, National Trust, Nationwide Building Society.

Toby has a unique blend of skills both in technology and psychology disciplines. This enables him to work with people at all levels organisations with credibility and empathy.

Technology skills have been developed as a hands-on developer building and testing customer solutions in many languages, following agile software development practices.

Psychology skills come through professional coaching accreditation with the International Coaching Federation, applied in a personal and business context. This enables Toby to work with senior leaders and teams both personally and professionally to succeed in challenging environments.

A deep knowledge and passion in understanding human behaviour, Toby applies this to organisational design, leadership development, group facilitation. Toby also has a Post Graduate Degree in Personal and Business Coaching.

This bend of skills across technology and psychology means Toby flourishes in agile, adaptive working environments, succeeding in situations with high complexity and uncertainty.

Toby has an in-depth knowledge of agile working practices ranging from single team scrum, large scale scrum and flow-based approaches such as Kanban. He has coached 100's of leaders and teams in adopting these practices.

Notable achievements include:
- Transitioning JP Morgan Chase Global Technology to a Product aligned operating model. A change that impacted 8,000+ employees
- Establishing a global change agent network, Catalyst, that grew to over 500+ global members
- Transforming a traditional call centre help desk to adopt agile ways of working to better serve their customers
- Transforming a Software Development Division of a major investment bank to adopt Large Scale Scrum organisational design
- Created an internal Agile Coaching practice, hiring 15 coaches globally

A sampler of the conferences Toby has been invited to speak at:
- SEACON 2020 - Lessons learned becoming a Product-Centric organization
- Agile Scotland 2020 - Changing Habits @ Scale
- Agile 2019 (Washington DC) - Reflective Writing for your Self-Care toolkit
- Agile 2018 (San Diego) – Agile Coaching v Professional Coaching

Event Modelling with Adam Dymitruk

Online event

Event Modelling is a technique to describe any information system without resorting to multiple or complex methodologies or diagrams. It is heavily based on Specification by Example and describes an entire system within its boundaries as defined in Systems Thinking.

Adam is the author of Event Modelling. He has dedicated his career to building event-driven systems. He is one of the original contributors to the body of work around CQRS and Event Sourcing in the area of consensus for the source of truth in automated information systems. He has also focused on decentralization concepts along with open source and open standards efforts.

Richard Campbell: When Open Source Came to Microsoft continued

Following on from his talk to us in Dec, Richard continues his exploration of open source at Microsoft:

Today Microsoft seems to have open source running through its veins - but it wasn't always that way! So what changed? Join Richard Campbell as he takes you on a ride through the various moments in Microsoft history that led to its current focus on open source. The path to open source was not a straight line, but the twists and turns are what makes the story great!

Richard Campbell wrote his first line of code in 1977. His career has spanned the computing industry both on the hardware and software sides, development and operations. He was a co-founder of Strangeloop Networks, acquired by Radware in 2013 and was on the board of directors of Telerik that was acquired by Progress Software in 2014. Today he is a consultant and advisor to several successful technology firms and is the founder and chairman of Humanitarian Toolbox (www.htbox.org), a public charity that builds open-source software for disaster relief. Richard is also the host of two podcasts: .NET Rocks! (www.dotnetrocks.com) the Internet Audio Talkshow for .NET developers and RunAs Radio (www.runasradio.com), a weekly show for IT Professionals. He also produces the DevIntersection (www.devintersection.com) series of conferences.

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'Applying Team Topologies at PureGym' with Rich Allen

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