Agile Cambridge 2012

The Agile Software Development Conference for the East of England.

Agile Cambridge 2012 has now finished. Agile Cambridge 2013 will run from September 25 - 27 2013 at Churchill College, Cambridge. Save the dates!


Our conference programme had 30 sessions from leading agile practitioners.


Agile Cambridge is organised by Software Acumen, based in Cambridge, England. We specialize in practical events for the software community.

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You can also call us on +44 (0)1223 900107.


We're very pleased to announce Dave Snowden (@snowded) and Dan North (@tastapod) as our keynote speakers for this year's conference.

Dave Snowden is the founder and chief scientific officer of Cognitive Edge. His work is international in nature and covers government and industry looking at complex issues relating to strategy, organisational decision making and 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 holds visiting Chairs at the Universities of Pretoria and Hong Kong Polytechnic University as well as a visiting fellowship at the University of Warwick. He is a senior fellow at the Institute of Defense and Strategic Studies at Nanyang University and the Civil Service College in Singapore. His paper with Boone on Leadership was the cover article for the Harvard Business Review in November 2007 and also won the Academy of Management award for the best practitioner paper in the same year. He has previously won a special award from the Academy for originality in his work on knowledge managment.

Dave Snowden

Dan North

Keynote: Embracing Uncertainty

Agile software development was born over a decade ago, with a gathering of industry luminaries in Snowbird, Utah. They were frustrated that so much ceremony and effort was going into so little success, in failed project after failed project, across the software industry.

They had each enjoyed amazing successes in their own right, and realised their approaches were more similar than different, so they met to agree on a common set of principles. Which we promptly abandoned. The problem is that Agile calls for us to embrace uncertainty, and we are desperately uncomfortable with uncertainty. So much so that we will replace it with anything, even things we know donít work. We really do prefer the Devil we know.

Over the last couple of years Dan has been studying and talking about patterns of effective software delivery. In this talk he explains why Embracing Uncertainty is the most fundamental effectiveness pattern of all, and offers advice to help make uncertainty less scary. He is pretty sure he wonít succeed.

Dan writes software and coaches teams and organisations in Agile and Lean methods. He believes in putting people first and writing simple, pragmatic software. He believes most software problems come back to communication and feedback, which is why he puts so much emphasis on "getting the words right", and why he is so fascinated by systems thinking, communication and how people learn. He has been working in the IT industry for over 20 years, and he occasionally blogs at

Dan North


Some of our speakers were kind enough to make their slides freely available after the event.


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Agile Cambridge 2012 took place at Churchill College in Cambridge.