Past Meetup

SQUID November 2018 Meetup (Antony Marcano and Matthew Skelton)

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We have two excellent talks this meetup.

6.00 pm Doors open / Pizza and Beer (other drinks too)
6.20 pm Kick off - 10 mins of an intro to SQUID
6.30 pm Matthew Skelton
7.10 pm Break
7.20 pm Antony Marcano
8.00 pm Wrap up
8.10 pm Networking in the pub .... The Greenwood

Antony Marcano

So, you're using User Stories, you've tried different ways of writing them from Feature Injection style templates to Job Stories but they're still not delivering the agility they promise. There are dependencies from one story to the next, sometimes between different teams. You have epics with numerous sub-epics, stories and sub-stories. No one story is releasable on its own, only once multiple stories under a single epic or sub-epic are complete can you release. It never feels like stories are independently valuable to the business without something else being complete. Surely, this isn't how things should be?!

You're right, it isn't and in this talk Antony walks you through several anti-patterns evident in many teams that have worked for years with, what they were lead to understand, as User Stories. Learn how to distinguish between a user story and a demand for a feature or some functionality and see how you can begin to work more effectively in the art of user stories.

Antony Marcano is co-founder of RiverGlide, a coaching, consultancy and training firm helping teams and organisations innovate with agility. He has been in software development for nearly 25 years, almost 20 of which have been either working in teams or guiding them and the organisations around them, as they aspire to greater agility. Antony is as much a practitioner as he is coach, consultant and trainer in topics from writing communicative, maintainable code to User Stories & BDD to effective team models, approaching change and Kent Beck's emerging 3X framework.

His thought leadership is recognised through the references and acknowledgements found in numerous books – including Agile Coaching, Bridging The Communication Gap, Software Craftsmanship Apprenticeship Patterns and Agile Testing. Antony is also published in journals, such as Better Software Magazine, earning him his past tenure there as Technical Editor, successor to people such as Brian Marick and Mike Cohn. Antony is known for his inspiring and thought provoking talks at international conferences, events and within organisations and has regularly lectured as a guest speaker at Oxford University.

For more on Antony, visit, Antony also tweets at @AntonyMarcano.

Matthew Skelton

In this talk, we explore five practical, tried-and-tested, real world techniques for improving operability with many kinds of software systems, including cloud, Serverless, on-premise, and IoT.
Logging as a live diagnostics vector with sparse Event IDs
Operational checklists and ‘Run Book dialogue sheets’ as a discovery mechanism for teams
Deployment Verification Tests as a way to assess runtime dependencies and readiness for service
Correlation IDs beyond simple HTTP calls
Lightweight ‘User Personas’ as drivers for operational dashboards
Based on work in many industry sectors, we will learn how to improve the operability of software systems using these team-friendly techniques.

Matthew Skelton is Head of Consulting at Conflux ( where he specialises in Continuous Delivery, operability and organisation design for software in manufacturing, ecommerce, and online services, including cloud, IoT, and embedded software.