30 September - 2 October 2015

Churchill College, Cambridge, UK

Workshops

Agile Cambridge 2015 also features two workshop sessions held the day before the conference, each hosted by one of our Keynote Speakers.

Harness Your Leadership
29 September 2015

Johanna Rothman

About the workshop

As we become more collaborative, we need leadership everywhere in the organisation. Do you think of yourself as a leader? If you solve problems with people, you are a leader. It’s time to harness your leadership and learn to be more effective.

Great leaders lead from their personal mission. They adapt to their context. They can solve problems, not alone, but with others. They develop other people so they can create an organisation that has more capacity than it did before.

We’ll explore what it means to be a technical leader—regardless of your title.

Join Johanna Rothman to learn how you might discover your personal mission. Learn how can you increase your adaptability, a hallmark of a great leader. Consider how you might solve problems across the organisation, helping other people develop their skills for their and the organisation’s benefit.

What you will learn

  • What drives you and how to use that for influence
  • Ways to think about adaptability and resilience
  • Influence and how to use it
  • How you can start with a change

Workshop Outline

  1. What’s your personal mission?
    • Why you come to work.
    • Why the company pays you.
    • What’s the difference? Activity and debrief.
  2. Adaptability and how to be more adaptable
    • What do you always do?
    • Ways to think about options.
    • Activity and debrief.
  3. Solving problems across the organisation.
    • Developing rapport and relationships.
    • Influence.
    • Activity and debrief.
  4. Thinking about the system and change.
    • How to see what you might want to change.
    • Activity and debrief.
  5. Summary and wrap-up.

Effective User Stories
29 September 2015

David Evans

About the workshop

The deceptively simple style of User Stories make them initially appealing, but potentially dangerous if not handled well. Many teams easily fall into bad habits and story dysfunctions, from having oversized epics that live for multiple iterations, to swarms of sticky post-its that leave external stakeholders baffled as to what is actually going to be delivered and when.

This practical tutorial addresses a number of challenges that agile teams face when working with Stories. We will explore a range of useful tips and techniques that will help you regain control of your backlog and allow you to create stories that are expressive, meaningful, concise and valuable.

This tutorial is primarily aimed at Product Owners, analysts, Scrum Masters and testers but will be beneficial for anyone responsible for creating, accepting and collaborating on the development of stories.

Topics Covered Include:

  • Stories as Better Requirements
  • Naming, Structure and Writing Style
  • Acceptance Criteria, Examples & Testing
  • Backlog Management: Cards and Systems
  • Splitting and Slicing Large Stories
  • Communicating Priorities and Milestones: Story Maps
  • Collaboration, Conversation & Documentation

The tutorial contains a number of practical exercises to support the content.

Workshop Timetables

Both Johanna and David's workshops will be arranged into the following timetable.

08:45 - 09:15

Registration. Tea/Coffee

09:15 - 10:00

Session 1

10:00 - 10:30

Morning Tea/Coffee

10:30 - 12:30

Session 2

12:30 - 13:30

Lunch

13:30 - 15:00

Session 3

15:00 - 15:30

Afternoon Tea/Coffee

15:30 - 17:00

Session 4

17:00

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Tickets for these workshop are now available, and for a limited time they can be purchased along with weekend conference tickets at a discounted rate.

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Session Types

Need help planning which sessions to attend? We've provided a breakdown of our various session types below.


Case Study/Experience Report

A presentation and discussion of real-life (not theoretical) experiences of the application (or mis-application) of service design techniques. Case studies and experience reports include some discussion of lessons learned and an indication of how novel the work is.

Hands-On

Participants learn a new approach, tool or technology through using it to solve one or more practical exercises. Any software/hardware requirements are disclosed in the session description.

Tutorial

A session focused around some specific tool, technique or issue. Primarily led by the speaker, tutorials usually include some elements of interactivity or individual / group exercise.

Workshop

An in-depth working session on a specific topic. May include paper presentations.

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