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Track: Agile

This year the agile track has a wide range of topics. From processes to practices, technical to practical, we have sessions that will give you hands-on tips that you can go back and use immediately. Mix it all up with inspirational talks that gives you something to think about. Hear about Scrum and Kanban to find what works best for you. Learn how to improve your task board, or let our speakers inspire you to write better code. We dare say there is something for everyone.


10:15 - 11:05

Agile is dead, long live Agile

Companies are incredibly disfunctional. Most managers have no idea how development works or how to make it better. No matter what process they try to use, many of them fall back into chaos. Jeff will, in this talk, highlight the most common failures in Agile projects and how to avoid them in your project and organization.

Jeff Sutherland

Jeff Sutherland invented Scrum at Easel Corporation in 1993 and worked with Scrum Co-Creator Ken Schwaber, to formalize the Scrum development process at OOPSLA’95. In 2001, Jeff and Ken were signatories of the Agile Manifesto. You will hear directly from one of the founders of Agile software development on how to implement best practices in your organization.

11:20 - 12:10

Design For Testability – Isolating the ugly stuff

Do you want to get started with testing but find that you have trouble isolating the logic you want to test? Are you finding your tests hard to read and maintain? 
In this session you will learn how to use Dependency Injection. Write tests that are easy to read and understand by following the Separation Of Concerns principle. To get a consistent testable design you will learn how to use the Gateway Pattern. You will get a system with rapid feedback and higher quality code with fewer bugs.

Magnus Härlin

With a burning interest for agile practices and team dynamics Magnus Härlin from Iptor works with agile development. He focuses on automated testing that’s one of many vital parts to develop high quality software. He’s introduced testing into organizations and integrating it into the development process. As member of communities DotNetForum, SweNug and Alt.Net he’s held several presentations about testing, NHibernate and Silverlight. At SDC 2010 he had a session about testing.

13:10 - 14:00

Clarity Means Completion: The Psychology of Kanban

It’s just a white board! How can it possibly work? Kanban’s simplicity belies its power. In this session, Jim Benson will demonstrate how kanban’s visual and narrative structure:

  * Creates an observable narrative of work;
  * Enables clarity of purpose, action, intent, outcome, process, responsibility;
  * Promotes shared understanding among people with different learning styles (visual, auditory), cognitive styles (ADHD / Asperger’s), cultural styles;
  * Recognizes individual input;

Jim Benson

Jim Benson incorporates his background in cognitive psychology, government, and management to build community through policy, technology, and collaboration. His management consultancy Modus Cooperandi helps organizations change and develop sustainable teams through the application of lean principles, agile methodologies, and social media.

His book Mapping Work | Navigating Your Life: Using Personal Kanban for Life Effectiveness applies lean thinking to daily living.

14:15 - 15:05

The possible future of Agile

Mike Beedle will present where Agile comes from, what Agile is, how Agile evolved since its inception, and what the possible futures of Agile might be.

Mike Beedle

Mike Beedle is an entrepreneur that has applied Scrum and Agile to operate several startups successfully. He has been using Scrum, patterns and org patterns since 1995.  He is a co-author of the Agile Manifesto, the first Scrum book and the first published paper on Scrum. Mike’s current interest is to work with his friends at ScrumPlop to continue exploring the union of Scrum and Org Patterns, which he believes is the best way to complement and evolve Scrum and Agile.

15:35 - 16:25

Agile Release Planning from Top to Bottom

Stories, epics, minimum marketable features, kanban, iterations, story points, burn-up charts... the cacophony of Agile planning terms is enough to drive anyone crazy! In this session, James Shore silences the noise with a straightforward description of the breadth of Agile release planning. From discovering value to making commitments, this session covers everything you need to know to plan beyond the next iteration

James Shore

James Shore is a thought leader in the Agile software development community. He consults with development teams worldwide to help them achieve high throughput, market focus, productivity, and quality. James is the co-author of The Art Of Agile Development (O'Reilly, 2007). You can find more of his writing on his "Art of Agile" blog at

16:40 - 17:30

The Burning Man, The Empty Pool and Sit Down Failures in Framework and Collaboration

Using real world examples of failed projects, this 50 minute talk will explore what caused the failure of proven methodologies and collaboration models on specific projects. In working through each scenario, the attendees will be engaged to evaluate potential problems and solutions for these points of failure. The lessons learned from each scenario will then be presented as takeaway lessons which can be applied to working with teams in either an Agile or a traditional model.

Dave Prior

Dave Prior, PMP, CST, MBA is President of the U.S. arm of ProjectWizards, maker of the award winning project management app Merlin. Over the last 15 years he has coached and led IT & Telecom projects, taught traditional project management, Agile project management, Certified Scrum Master and PMP Certification. He is the former Chair of PMI’s IT&T SIG and also served on the steering committee for the creation of PMI’s Agile Community of Practice.

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