Lightning Talks

Being an agile manager

Level: Practicing

I am the manager of a group consisting of two scrum teams. This last year we have improved ourselves. We have managed to turn a chaotic workday with a lot of stupid errors, into a quiet workday where the tasks are solved in a good manner. This has resulted in better ROI, and more pleased customers and employees. So what are the next steps? It seems that the quiet workday is too quiet. There is too little inspiration, pressure and motivation to do an excellent job. Is this due to the nature of the tasks, the process or my leadership? This next six months I will experiment to find out.

Guerrilla Scrum: How to force organizational change

Level: Introductory

Every organization is able to achieve major improvements. Overcome fear-driven management by proving results of guerrilla scrum. Do some marketing and present your real improvements and results. Persuade as many people as you can, so that being agile becomes common sense.

The most important agile principle of “Inspect and Adapt” will help your organization to embrace change.

Change requires Drive-Driven Personality

Level: Practicing

Change requires people with the ability to drive that change. Many people have to play Scrum Master, Product Owner, and other agile roles. They do their very best and yet keep standing. They inspect but do not adapt. These people do not have the required driving skill as they miss one major inner force: drive-driven personality.

Drive-Driven Personality is needed to push changing the world!

Monkey Business (Loss aversion)

Level: Introductory

In this lightning talk I will discuss loss aversion. Loss aversion refers to the tendency for people to strongly prefer avoiding losses rather than acquiring gains. I will give some examples from studies done with moneys, before I share a few ideas on how this knowledge can be used for your benefit in Agile projects.

Agile and the IIBA

Level: Introductory

The International Institute for Business Analysis ( IIBA ) has drawn up a Business Analysis Book of Knowledge.

What does the IIBA have to do with Agile?

What does Agile have to do with Business Analysis?

What next?

The answers to these exciting questions will possibly be answered in this exciting lightning talk.

The Safety Net of Functional Web Testing

Level: Practicing

Code maintainability is an important enabler for agile software development. Working with legacy code is challenging because its maintainability suffers from high coupling and lack of unit tests.

By introducing automated functional testing, we can create a safety net that will detect any breaking changes to existing functionality. This allows developers to be more confident. We will demonstrate a test framework that allows us to specify application behaviour by programmatically interacting with the user interface of a web application.

Developers should read code

Level: Introductory

All good developers love writing code, but quite few of us take any pleasure in reading it. However, reading code has a lot of positive effects not many people are aware of. In this talk, I will tell you why and how you should use code reading to improve your coding skills.

Geographically distributed team - a success story

Level: Introductory

Learn from the experience of a team that has been working geographically distributed for over a year. Learn the importance of solving communication challenges using good practices and an including work atmosphere. Discover freely available web tools that will help you solve most of the daily scrum tasks.

Planning in scrumproject

Level: Practicing

I will do a presentation in how we do scrum planning with a common product backlog. I will talk about impediments that we meet in planning for example the difficulty to do long term planning in a product when working in scrumprojects.

Usability testing in Agile Land

Level: Introductory

Agile methodology, test driven develop and beautiful code is not enough. The UX police demands mandatory usability testing in agile project to ensure better user experience.

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