Scan AgileNovember 11th 2013 Helsinki, Finland

Scrum is a box. Agile is a box. We need to step outside the box to see it!

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Place and Date: Helsinki, Mar 10th and 11th, 2015

Hello from Agile Finland to all Agilists and improvement junkies out there.

We are kicking off the preparation for the ScanAgile 2015 edition and want to receive your submissions for talks, workshops and interactive sessions.

Deadline for submissions: December 8th, 11:59pm/23:59

ScanAgile 2015 Theme

The conference will take place in Helsinki in March 2015 and will follow the theme Snowballing Agile: how to grow the agile Ecosystem continuously and increase agile adoption momentum.

The conference will feel like a refreshing ski holiday with loads of intense, and sometimes risky ideas that you want to learn about and experiment on your own. And after a heavy day in the slopes, the après-ski will be waiting!

ScanAgile 2015 Tracks

We will have four categories of sessions this year:

  1. Blue slopes: Sessions about getting started with agility and supporting the adoption momentum. These sessions are more about transferring knowledge and answering recurring questions.

  2. Red slopes: “Advanced” sessions that help teams and organizations increase the velocity of agile adoption and break through the fears and obstacles that prevent them from having concrete business benefits from their agile journey.

  3. Black slopes: “Expert” sessions for people who’ve started their agile journey a long time ago and are focusing on increasing their knowledge in the path less travelled, or breaking new paths. Not suitable for all, but the pistes that experienced agilists will want to attend.

  4. Off-piste: Software development is not the only industry that is learning and applying agile. If you work in another industry or in other departments within a software company, please come and share with us how you have applied agile ideas and what you have learned from them. Bring your own moguls!

ScanAgile 2015 topics to get you started

We have selected some topics to get you started defining your session. These are topics we think will fit ScanAgile and the theme for this year:

    1. Software business: We want to hear from you what are the latest and greatest ideas on how to succeed with software businesses. Consider this a mashup of agile and entrepreneurship. We want to explore agile business stories and real life experiences from the trenches; Lean Startup, go-to-market strategies; new and interesting business models for software products and services; product market testing and business idea testing; practices for setting up and running agile businesses; different ways to organize businesses in the knowledge work space.

    2. Agile organizations: We all know that “doing Scrum” in R&D does not make the whole company agile. We want to hear about new and alternative ways of organizing and managing agile companies. This includes incorporating agility into your strategy; stories of companies that are “doing it differently” including Agile HR and Beyond Budgeting; change management for agile adoption; leadership in an agile context; coping with and benefiting from distributed teams, etc.

    3. State of the art in programming practices: This is about software development practices on all levels — the more hands-on and technical, the better! Techniques, processes, technologies that help us improve the way we develop, deliver and maintain software products and services; product design, product management and other important skills for product developers; advanced technical ideas; exploratory testing, experiments on the software to learn about it (testing that can’t or shouldn’t be automated); continuous delivery, pair programming, code reviews, refactoring; you name it!

    4. Coaching: Servant leadership skills useful for CEOs and ScrumMasters alike. We see that this could include mindfulness; neuroscience and related coaching techniques; techniques and resources for facilitation and visual problem solving; coaching techniques; and many more interesting things.

Do you have questions? Get in touch.

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Schedule

You can select from four simultaneous tracks. Blue box, Green box, Red box and Yellow box.

Track 1

Blue Box

08:30Registration and coffee!
Register to the conference and enjoy breakfast and coffee!
Dean Leffingwell09:45Be Agile. Scale Up. Stay Lean: Have More FunDean Leffingwell

Scrum, XP, Kanban and related methods have been proven to provide step changes in productivity and quality for software teams. However, these methods do not have the native constructs necessary to scale to the enterprise. What the industry needs is a solution that moves from a set of simplistic, disparate, development-centric methods, to a scalable, unified approach that addresses the complex constructs and additional stakeholders in the organization—and enables realization of enterprise-class product or service initiatives via aligned and cooperative solution development.

In this tutorial, Dean Leffingwell describes how to Be Agile-Scale Up-Stay Lean and Have more Fun with the Scaled Agile Framework (SAFe), a publicly–accessible knowledge base of proven Lean and Agile practices for enterprise-class software development. He approaches the problem from the perspectives of Lean thinking and principles of product development flow, illustrating how these core principles help deliver business results at scale, while keeping the development system—and the enterprise—lean and able to responsive rapidly to changing market needs. In addition, enterprises applying the framework have been getting better results, and since winning is more fun, Leffingwell will also describe some of the positive changes to corporate culture that occur when an enterprise is experiencing success with scaled Lean and Agile methods.

Arto Miekkavaara10:45The neuroscience of succeeding togetherArto Miekkavaara
People thrive at work (and get results as a byproduct) when a bunch of people who respect each other get to do stuff they feel is meaningful, and have a sense of making progress while doing it. These elements are the foundation of true motivation and successful collaboration.

Unfortunately, it is not always easy to make these prerequisites a reality. Many things come in the way. One major source of friction is our default mode of operating when dealing with other people.

  • How our notion of “Us” and “Them” influences our perceptions, thinking and ability to collaborate?
  • Our default question “why” usually does not work.
  • Why telling people what you think they should do usually does not work?
  • What does work, then?

Recent findings in neuroscience shed light to many interesting and useful aspects of our social lives. Please come to hear some possibly thought provoking findings of the rather intriguing quirks of the human brain and share your own experiences and insights.

Torbjörn Gyllebring11:45Introducing Rightshifting – a conversation on work, effectiveness and joyTorbjörn Gyllebring
Sustained change and ongoing improvement and the ability to adapt to circumstance hinges on having a useful model for action & understanding. Here I’ll introduce one such model, The Marshal Model of Organizational Evolution. With a foundation and basic understanding of how organizational mindset evolves and effect organizational effectiveness we’ll dig into the broader concept of Rightshifting, together these will provide a way to think & communicate more clearly about the struggles of organizational life and the path of improvement we all traverse.

Further we’ll explore how effectiveness, the ability to reach our stated goals as individuals and organizations is intertwined with joy. Let’s together bring a more humane world of work into being, come to share & learn.

12:30Lunch
Lunch is served.
Ryan Greenhall13:45Freedom from Command and Control at uSwitchRyan Greenhall
Several years ago uSwitch (www.uswitch.com) was firmly gripped by enterprise shackles with hierarchy and departmentalisation the order of the day. Product development was constrained by the business/IT divide. Like many organisations we had optimised for control and uniformity rather than organisational effectiveness.

Today, following an organisational transformation where people have been encouraged to escape their silos, uSwitch consists of several independent product teams, covering: product, commercial, marketing, design and technical delivery capabilities allowing effective collaboration. Product delivery has been reduced from months to weeks to days (and in some cases hours!)

We will describe in detail how we have combined agile, lean and theories of motivation (such as Dan Pink’s Drive) to create an environment where teams can achieve what was previously impossible and do meaningful work that can be directly linked to revenue generation.

We will describe how these radical changes have required us to re-think almost every aspect of the business including: how we attract, onboard, and develop people.

Janne Sinivirta14:45All Hands on Deck – Introduction to Lean ArchitectureJanne Sinivirta
What is the role of architecture in a modern software project? Have we forgotten the value of proper planning in our effort to be flexible and agile while stripping away all excess fat? Or are we really better off without the architects in their ivory towers and fine without the big architecture bibles gathering dust on the developers’ tables? This talk will introduce you to lean architecture, a place where architects and agilists can share the same camp fire and still leave with their neckbeards intact. We will see the value and the role of both the architect and the architectural documentation in an agile project.
Harri Kiljander15:45“Work like a start-up!”Harri Kiljander
A startup is a sign of the times. We all would want to build and sell a startup for one billion to someone in California or Japan, or at least we would like to hang around the ones who do.

I¹m a software guy who went into computer graphics and user interface design. Gradually I moved on from a designer to a design lead, responsible for design teams working on a complete new smartphone software platform or teams working on a portfolio of products, ranging from cloud services to mobile apps. In these roles I was sometimes frustrated due to designers being treated as disconnected oddballs among developers and marketeers. Earlier this year, I was asked to build and lead an internal startup in a 1000-person company. I had led the early product concept design effort and now the company leaders wanted to turn the concept into a product, in a fast-forward manner. Yee-ha, now I could make this really work! But how does one work when the guidance is ³Work like a startup!²? Does it mean cutting your salary into one third or deciding with the team that this summer there will be no summer holidays? Do you select technologies and tools like a cowboy? Suddenly you are the CEO, CTO, CFO, CMO, COO, Product Guy and Chief Designer of the new thing, until you are told by the big company HR that actually none of these titles should be used in the startup team.

This session will walk us through some of the learnings ‹ what I¹ve seen to work and what has failed ‹ when it comes to the early phase of concept exploration, collecting rapid user feedback across the planet with a small budget, releasing fast to iTunes, Google Play and Windows Phone Store, bridging user experience design with agile software development, pivoting, ramping up the marketing efforts, and responding to user feedback after you¹ve gone live. Extra perspective into ³working like a startup² is provided via my out-of-office role as a design advisor to a Œreal¹ startup.

16:45Closing words
Uh, what a conference it was! Wrap-up and short re-cap of the day!

Track 2

Green Box

08:30Registration and coffee!
Register to the conference and enjoy breakfast and coffee!
Dean Leffingwell09:45Be Agile. Scale Up. Stay Lean: Have More FunDean Leffingwell

Scrum, XP, Kanban and related methods have been proven to provide step changes in productivity and quality for software teams. However, these methods do not have the native constructs necessary to scale to the enterprise. What the industry needs is a solution that moves from a set of simplistic, disparate, development-centric methods, to a scalable, unified approach that addresses the complex constructs and additional stakeholders in the organization—and enables realization of enterprise-class product or service initiatives via aligned and cooperative solution development.

In this tutorial, Dean Leffingwell describes how to Be Agile-Scale Up-Stay Lean and Have more Fun with the Scaled Agile Framework (SAFe), a publicly–accessible knowledge base of proven Lean and Agile practices for enterprise-class software development. He approaches the problem from the perspectives of Lean thinking and principles of product development flow, illustrating how these core principles help deliver business results at scale, while keeping the development system—and the enterprise—lean and able to responsive rapidly to changing market needs. In addition, enterprises applying the framework have been getting better results, and since winning is more fun, Leffingwell will also describe some of the positive changes to corporate culture that occur when an enterprise is experiencing success with scaled Lean and Agile methods.

Steve Freeman10:45Test-Driven Development: That’s not what we meantSteve Freeman
Test-Driven Development (TDD) has been so successful that it’s now unfashionable. But many developers complain that being required to write tests just gets in the way of shipping features. That wasn’t our experience when we first stumbled onto TDD a dozen years ago, so what went wrong? Were we fooling ourselves, or did the message get confused along the way?

In this talk, I will revisit the basics, the essence of what makes TDD work. I will look at some of the common difficulties that I see with teams that are struggling. I will show how understanding the principles means that we can use tests to help us deliver more effectively.

Neil Killick11:45The Guessing Game: Alternatives to Agile EstimationNeil Killick
Agile promotes empiricism and change, yet many practitioners continue to scope out and estimate delivery times and costs for software products and projects.Many claim that we need to estimate software projects in order to answer common business and customer questions such as:

  • Should we go ahead with this project? (go/no-go)
  • How much will it cost? (bottom line)
  • When will it be done (predictability)
  • Should we do project B instead of A? (prioritisation)

This session challenges participants to flip these questions on their heads and seek alternatives to estimation rituals. It covers the risks inherent with an estimation culture and demonstrates real, practical alternatives, both at the portfolio and the sprint level.Let’s explore:

  • How we might reduce the uncertainty and risk inherent with popular estimation models and rituals
  • How we might determine the price for our customer without estimation rituals
  • How we might determine delivery dates and roadmaps without estimation rituals
  • How we might determine which projects to pursue without estimation rituals
  • How might we do Scrum or XP without estimation rituals
12:30Lunch
Lunch is served.
Andrea Tomasini13:45The Anatomy of an Agile OrganizationAndrea Tomasini
Agile is mainstream. More and more companies are adopting it on the wave of enthusiasm, either of some internal successful experiments, or just because their competitors are doing it. Unfortunately though, the cultural change that follows the adoption of Agile within an organization can’t be constrained to the IT department – Here things become tricky…

There is a growing number of “frameworks” to scale agile but they seem to contradict many of the Agile Principles that make Agile successful. Out of many years of experience agile42 has identified and created many elements and methodical tools which support a long lasting and sustainable organizational transition to Agile on all levels: Leadership, Portfolio Management, Strategy, Asset Management, People and Career Management…

 

Knud Poulsen / Switch-Gears14:45Jenkins assisted Code ReviewsKnud Poulsen / Switch-Gears
Make Jenkins your new best friend when it comes to streamlining peer code reviews; from review readiness evaluation, reviewer selection and load balancing, to predictive review time estimation, and beyond. Peer code reviews will never be the same again. Inspired by my summer reading of the excellent book “Race Against the Machine” I started thinking about how we could view Jenkins as more of a Colleague or Peer when it comes to Peer Code Review. Through custom Jenkins jobs, scripts, tips and tricks, the presentation will demonstrate how it is possible to make Jenkins feel (a bit) more like a peer than an automation when it comes to helping with peer code reviews.
Antti Virtanen15:45Pieces of the Big Agile Puzzle – problems and solutionsAntti Virtanen
Decouple, decentralize and enable parallel development and even a big elephant may look agile.

Agile is about “people and interactions over tools and processes” but what to do when you have fifty people instead of five? It’s about “working software over comprehensive documentation” but how can you manage huge code base without comprehensive documentation?

Instead of offering a new amazing Lean-Agile-Process or Kanban-Framework or Brand-New-Management-Tool we offer clear solutions to some of these challenges. We came up with these solutions in real world projects when the traditional “best practice” no longer worked. There is no silver bullet, but we hope you don’t have to endure so much pain if you listen to our advice.

Fundamentally the problems and challenges we face are related to human beings and our limited brains and abilities. Some of our solutions are technical, but some are not. We will cover the following topics:

  • The obvious way of dividing the work is a bad idea. There are better ways to slice the elephant.
  • Backlog prioritization when the elephant does not fit inside a room.
  • Monoliths are bad. Composition is good.
  • Normal form as a database design principle considered harmful.
  • Build tools and processes should help you. Maven is popular but it is not your friend.
  • Team organization and leadership.
16:45Closing words
Uh, what a conference it was! Wrap-up and short re-cap of the day!

Track 3

Red Box

08:30Registration and coffee!
Register to the conference and enjoy breakfast and coffee!
Dean Leffingwell09:45Be Agile. Scale Up. Stay Lean: Have More FunDean Leffingwell

Scrum, XP, Kanban and related methods have been proven to provide step changes in productivity and quality for software teams. However, these methods do not have the native constructs necessary to scale to the enterprise. What the industry needs is a solution that moves from a set of simplistic, disparate, development-centric methods, to a scalable, unified approach that addresses the complex constructs and additional stakeholders in the organization—and enables realization of enterprise-class product or service initiatives via aligned and cooperative solution development.

In this tutorial, Dean Leffingwell describes how to Be Agile-Scale Up-Stay Lean and Have more Fun with the Scaled Agile Framework (SAFe), a publicly–accessible knowledge base of proven Lean and Agile practices for enterprise-class software development. He approaches the problem from the perspectives of Lean thinking and principles of product development flow, illustrating how these core principles help deliver business results at scale, while keeping the development system—and the enterprise—lean and able to responsive rapidly to changing market needs. In addition, enterprises applying the framework have been getting better results, and since winning is more fun, Leffingwell will also describe some of the positive changes to corporate culture that occur when an enterprise is experiencing success with scaled Lean and Agile methods.

Natalie Yadrentseva10:45Data Visualisation – see things differentlyNatalie Yadrentseva
Working on a product from envisioning to going it live a Product Owner with a team have dealings with the big amount of data. Let’s walk through visualization – a key lean technique which allows information tells us exciting stories.
A practical session in a format of talk which would be interesting for Product Owners, Scrum Masters or any persons who want to discover hidden problems faster. Timelines, scatterplots, sparklines – these and other instruments can be used in daily work when you brainstorm and fill up a backlog, collaborate on product ideas and track the progress.
I will finish off by sharing some of unexpected use of boards, timelines and data organisation so that you end up having fewer reports, but each of them would open the eyes on very concrete problems.
Nima Montazeri and Kate Logan11:45Business Value Measurement in Agile ProjectsNima Montazeri and Kate Logan
Software development is complex, expensive and time-consuming. Every business wants to get the highest return on projects, yet success remains typically grounded in achieving schedule, scope and budget. We argue that different metrics, focused on the business outcome of the delivered software, are more realistic measures of success.
Continuous measurement of business outcomes combined with hypothesis driven development generates a fast feedback cycle, a foundation to fail fast and aligns software delivery to business strategy and objectives.

In this talk we will share projects where we experimented and succeeded embedding methods of continuously measuring business outcomes into the software development process. We regularly defined and used different metrics at a story level to get fast feedback against hypothesis and at project governance level to ensure we were on track to meet the project targets.

Arvi Väänänen / HappyOrNot12:30Case: HappyOrNot, Miten ohjelmistokehitys tukee nykymaailman globaalia Start Up:iaArvi Väänänen / HappyOrNot
-          Miten mitata asiakastyytyväisyyttä?

-          Miten toteuttaa Suomessa palvelu, joka laajenee globaaliksi?

-          Case: Miten ohjelmoijien rooli korostuu HappyOrNot:n kaltaisissa nopeissa kasvuyrityksissä?

Puhe on suomeksi. Note, this presentation is exceptionally in Finnish.

various13:45Lightning talksvarious
  • Sami Lilja – A Case Against Scaling
  • Towo Toivola – Choosing metrics for a software development business
  • Vill Ruuskanen – Product Owners – Unicorns of Agile
  • Kirsi Korhonen and Evaliina Vuolli – Agile – what to scale and what not ?
  • To be select by attendees
RainFellows14:45Workshop: A3 problem solvingRainFellows
What is it good for

Many Agile books and studies tell us how to do things smarter, better, easier. It looks so simple

when reading. Then you put down the book and look on your project or team and you wonder:

“How the heck can I ever get better in the given environment? How to find any free time in the

project which is already having serious delays, struggling inside internal silos, and

communication issues. How to convince my customer or business side of the organization

(totally separated!) how quality User stories are important.”

As RainFellows Coaches we have been learning for more than 10 years how to get simple ideas

in action. We have developed and evolved tools based on Lean philosophy and adopted it for

Software / IT industry that enable us to see the whole system, it’s bottleneck and most

importantly how

to engage people in Continuous improvement. On this workshop we are going

to share the tools and our lessons in a practical way.

16:45Closing words
Uh, what a conference it was! Wrap-up and short re-cap of the day!

Track 4

Yellow Box

08:30Registration and coffee!
Register to the conference and enjoy breakfast and coffee!
Dean Leffingwell09:45Be Agile. Scale Up. Stay Lean: Have More FunDean Leffingwell

Scrum, XP, Kanban and related methods have been proven to provide step changes in productivity and quality for software teams. However, these methods do not have the native constructs necessary to scale to the enterprise. What the industry needs is a solution that moves from a set of simplistic, disparate, development-centric methods, to a scalable, unified approach that addresses the complex constructs and additional stakeholders in the organization—and enables realization of enterprise-class product or service initiatives via aligned and cooperative solution development.

In this tutorial, Dean Leffingwell describes how to Be Agile-Scale Up-Stay Lean and Have more Fun with the Scaled Agile Framework (SAFe), a publicly–accessible knowledge base of proven Lean and Agile practices for enterprise-class software development. He approaches the problem from the perspectives of Lean thinking and principles of product development flow, illustrating how these core principles help deliver business results at scale, while keeping the development system—and the enterprise—lean and able to responsive rapidly to changing market needs. In addition, enterprises applying the framework have been getting better results, and since winning is more fun, Leffingwell will also describe some of the positive changes to corporate culture that occur when an enterprise is experiencing success with scaled Lean and Agile methods.

Nat Pryce & Keith Braithwaite10:45Workshop: Property-Based Test-Driven Development (As If You Meant It)Nat Pryce & Keith Braithwaite
Note! See the description and pre-requirements for the session!

When TDD was introduced in the late 1990s, it was described in terms of example-based testing tools, such as the xUnit family of frameworks. Since then, property-based testing tools have become widely available. Originating with the QuickCheck library for Haskell, property-based testing tools have now been ported to all major languages (and many minor languages).

The TDD community has not embraced property-based testing. TDD practitioners “triangulate” a property of the system by testing it against multiple examples, selected manually. Because such tests do not explicitly define the property being tested, there is little scope for automatically selecting test data. It is easy for the programmer to write tests that do not have good condition/decision coverage. A reader of the test must infer the property implied by the test from the example data the programmer selected and the name of the test.

Conversely, property-based testing literature has focused on testing for quality assurance. The literature does not describe property-based testing tools being used to drive development – focus attention, measure progress, and obtain design feedback. (Saff’s article on JUnit theories is a notable exception).

How does a property-based testing tool affect the TDD process & the designs that the process drives? Let’s find out!

Questions we’d like to explore include:

* How do we get from examples to properties? Do we always need to start with examples and generalise to properties, or can we start with properties in some cases? And if so, when, and when not?

* How do we change properties as the system grows? Can we start with simple properties and generalise or specialise them? How does that compare to adding additional examples one at a time?

* Can property-based testing drive design, and if so how? If we focus on properties, do we get different designs than if we focus on examples? Are some design styles easier than others to describe in terms of properties?

* Top-down/outside-in vs. bottom-up/inside-out: does property based testing work better

Note! See the description and pre-requirements for the session!

Aki Salmi14:45Workshop: Listening++: Welcome to speak. Today you will be listened to.Aki Salmi
Ever been to a situation where a customer or end-user comes yelling you: \”This piece of software is utterly cr*p. I’ve just spent this-and-that many hours trying to…\” Or have you been to a situation where some colleague is blaming you on your design decisions in the past?
Anything similar happening home – spouse blaming you never taking out the trash.

I’ve experience them all. And there was a time I did not handle the situation in that a constructive way. It was time when I started to defend myself – and quite possibly saying words I later regretted. It was time of emotional roller-coaster.

In this workshop, we discuss. We practice such situations using role play. And we go through different levels of listening.
We start from the phase I started from – no listening.

Then we continue to more constructive listening – good listening.

As the last step, we learn what ‘active listening’ means and how it has a smoothing effect.

As the base of communication, listening skills have a huge effect on how we handle any given situation. Nowadays, we hardly have any fights at home. And I nearly never get to defend myself at work. Rather, I seek to understand the unmet needs the other part is experiencing. With the purest of my heart, I say it’s totally worth it.

16:45Closing words
Uh, what a conference it was! Wrap-up and short re-cap of the day!

Speakers

Dean Leffingwell

Dean Leffingwell

Dean Leffingwell, software industry veteran and Lean Systems Society Fellow, has spent his career helping software teams achieve their goals.

A renowned methodologist, author, coach, entrepreneur and executive, he founded Requisite, Inc., which was acquired by Rational Software, where he then served four years a Vive President. As Chief Methodologist at Rally Software, he helped large enterprises achieve the business benefits of agility by helping to define and implement the tooling and practices they needed to support large-scale agile development. Mr. Leffingwell is the author of Agile Software Requirements,Scaling Software Agility, and Managing Software Requirements, all from Addison-Wesley.

His most recent project is the Scaled Agile Framework® (scaledagileframework.com), a public-facing website which describes a comprehensive system for scaling Lean and Agile practices to the largest software enterprises.
Ryan Greenhall

Ryan Greenhall

Ryan Greenhall is software developer at uSwitch where he is fortunate to work with a variety of different languages and technologies to build software that makes a difference.He is passionate about building collaborative teams focused on delivering positive business outcomes. Prior to working at uSwitch Ryan worked at Thoughtworks where he helped deliver projects in a variety of domains, languages and technologies. Ryan enjoys sharing his experiences and has been spoken at several conferences over the past few years including: NodeJS Conferance ItalyClojure Exchange 2012SpeakerConf 2013LeanAgileScotland 2013EuroClojure 2013
Natalie Yadrentseva

Natalie Yadrentseva

Natalie is a product specialist with Targetprocess and a passionate researcher in information visualisation. Previously she was involved in projects of various domains and was lucky to have an inner view being a developer, a business analyst and a project manager. Then she joined Targetprocess - an active software innovator in visual project management, and now consulting more than 150 companies around the world on the questions of work with the system, process optimization and agile transformation through the project life cycle. While having a strong technical background, nowadays she enjoys working at the complex people side and focuses on using data visualization techniques to speed up understanding and further actions dealing with the large amount of information.
Nima Montazeri and Kate Logan

Nima Montazeri and Kate Logan

We are consultants from ThoughtWorks. We work with medium and large companies, to help them transform their software delivery function using agile methodologies, test driven development and XP practices to increase their ability to respond to changing market demands and deliver high quality software. We are both passionate about using agile and lean techniques to measure the success of projects and have been experimenting with different techniques across several projects in the UK.
Harri Kiljander

Harri Kiljander

Harri Kiljander, an information architect and product guy, has spent the last 20+ years developing appealing and usable products.
Harri is currently the leader of F-Secure Lokki, the personal location sharing and messaging app for families and other inner circles. Harri led the Lokki concept creation in 2012 and then built and now leads the internal startup team at F-Secure, designing and developing Lokki and bringing it to the markets. Before F-Secure, Harri worked for 15 years in different units of Nokia, practicing and leading UX design for mobile devices and Internet services, his last job being the leader of the MeeGo UX design team in 2008-2010.
Harri studied computer science at Helsinki University of Technology, did a deep dive into computer graphics and information visualization, and then started to focus on design of interactive products and services.
Harri is the co-editor of the book Mobile Usability (McGraw-Hill, 2003) and wrote about Agile UX design in the open-source book UX Storytellers (2010). He holds a Dr. Tech. degree in Interactive Digital Media from Helsinki University of Technology and has a number of patents in the field of human-computer interaction. In his spare time he is the UX and design advisor to Morelex, a B2B mobile startup in the retail business.
Janne Sinivirta

Janne Sinivirta

Janne Sinivirta is a senior consultant for Nitor Creations. A Java architect, a Scala nerd, a fitness enthusiast and a proud father of two. He has been responsible for architectural design and software development in business management, healthcare, telecomm, interactive television, mobile entertainment and other IT industries. For the past few years, he has spent much of his free time developing games for mobile devices in various languages.
Antti Virtanen

Antti Virtanen

I'm a result of spending twenty-five years programming, of which fifteen as a professional software developer. I did a curious stint as an academic researcher and have worn various hats in software projects.

Now I work as a "software architect" at Solita which translates to cool work assignments as a jack of all trades. I still get to write code but I'm also responsible for finding out what the customer actually needs. And increasingly I find myself trying to figure out what is better than the current state-of-the-art.
Steve Freeman

Steve Freeman

I'm an independent consultant, specialising in Agile development. My skills include coaching teams and individuals, development, design, requirements, and whatever else works to make people write better software.

With Nat Pryce, I wrote a book "Growing Object-Oriented Software, Guided by Tests". It's in the Kent Beck series with Addison-Wesley.

I've worked in all sorts of environments, from research, to shrink-wrap, to bespoke, to in-house.

I also work on open source software, speak at conferences, and teach at University College London.
Aki Salmi

Aki Salmi

Aki Salmi is a hiking guide of Suomen Latu and soon-to-become hiking guide trainer. Within a year, he also has yet another profession, that of supervisor (in Finnish: työnohjaaja).

Aki does not believe in magic - he makes it happen. And the magic often embodies practices on how to inspire the teams he works with to do their best. Together, as a team. And in that one crucial aspect is the feeling of being listened to.

No wonder his listening skills are well known by his friends and colleagues.

As when Aki is doing things he loves while earning some money out of it, he works as programmer at Ambientia. While in the future, you might see Aki working as supervisor in organization far and away from the IT industry. Helping teams to find meaning and joy to their work.

For Aki, work is about learning, learning is collaboration.
Arvi Väänänen

Arvi Väänänen

Arvi Väänänen, Maajohtaja, Suomi (Country Director, Finland). Väänänen vastaa HappyOrNot:n Suomen myynnistä, uusasiakashankinnasta, partneruuksista ja liiketoiminnan kehittämisestä. Väänänen on toiminnut aiemmin muun muassa ohjelmistoyritys DiCode Oy:n toimitusjohtajana

Happy Or Not

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Knud Poulsen

Knud Poulsen

Partner and co-founder at Switch-Gears. 10+ years experience in software and hardware development in academia and industry. Mainly focused on stability, robustness, biomedical engineering and telecommunications.

Specialties:Mission critical/ highly available software and hardware.

Switch Gears is a software development tools and software process automation company, helping teams large and small actually “do” Agile software development. We leverage the latest open source configuration management, code review, automated build, automated test and metrics reporting tools, to help you succeed faster.

http://www.switch-gears.dk
Nat Pryce & Keith Braithwaite

Nat Pryce & Keith Braithwaite

Nat Pryce is a co-author of Growing Object­-Oriented Software Guided by Tests. An early adopter of XP, he has written or contributed to several open source libraries and tools that support TDD and was one of the founding organizers of the London XP Day conference. He has worked as a programmer, architect, trainer, and consultant in a variety of industries, including sports reportage, marketing communications, retail, media, telecoms and finance. He has delivered systems ranging from embedded devices to large compute farms supporting global business.

Keith Braithwaite has been a Principal Consultant at Zuhlke Engineering since 2006. He is the originator of the popular 'TDD as if You Meant It' exercise and has written and presented widely on Agile development and project management. Keith writes a blog at http://peripateticaxiom.blogspot.com
RainFellows

RainFellows

  Who’s RainFellows Team of Coaches / Mentors experienced with Agile and Lean for more than a decade. Involved in many large and critical projects with their unique approach focusing on people rather than processes. Through people any change is possible. The workshop is held by Roman Šmiřák and Jan Krchnak.  
Arto Miekkavaara

Arto Miekkavaara

Arto is specialised in organisational development, leadership development and personal resilience with 15 years of experience in the field. He is a professional coach and coach trainer. In addition to his M.Sc. in organisational development, he has deepened his competence in solutions focused coaching, neuroscience of leadership and mindfulness.
Andrea Tomasini

Andrea Tomasini

Andrea Tomasini is the founder of agile42 and one of the few Certified Scrum Coaches (CSC) and Trainers (CST) worldwide. He has more than 20 years experience in product and software development, process improvement and change management.

Andrea created the Agile Transition Framework and trained and coached many management teams in agile leadership and lean methods. International companies like Ericsson, Siemens and many more trust his strategic advice to implement the Agile Change in their organization.

For a quick look at Andrea's previous and upcoming conference keynotes and speeches, see http://lanyrd.com/profile/tumma72/.
Torbjörn Gyllebring

Torbjörn Gyllebring

Torbjörn is a developer that grew frustrated with solving the wrong problems and the resulting waste of human potential. He decided to do something about it, thus starting a journey of exploration, discovery and distinctivly non techie things. Having introduced XP & Scrum with varied success he started digging deeper into value & the human side of things, this led him to Lean, System thinking and a constantly growing list of ideas that he's busy collecting & synthesising in an attempt to understand & improve the way work works.
Neil Killick

Neil Killick

Neil Killick is an independent coach and consultant with over 17 years of experience delivering software in various capacities.

He provides software delivery coaching, project management and BA services in the Agile/Lean space, and is passionate about effective software delivery and humanising the workplace. Neil is a Certified Scrum Master (CSM), Certified Scrum Product Owner (CSPO) and Certified Scrum Professional/Practitioner (CSP).

Aside from Agile Scandinavia he is also a regular speaker at organisations, meetups and industry events such as Agile Australia, Swinburne University of Technology, REA Group, Lonely Planet, Melbourne Agile BA & Scrum groups, Limited WIP Society & LAST (Lean Agile Systems Thinking) Conferences.
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A short introduction of the pre-selected lightning speakers!

Sami Lilja has more than 15 years of experience in software development, people and team leadership and Agile & Lean coaching and mentoring. At Reaktor Sami works as Agile, Lean and Kanban coach and participates in Agile transformations on a practical level.

Towo Toivola has worked at F-Secure Corporation for 15 years, in positions ranging from a junior Quality Engineer to Director in charge of the methods of the global R&D function. He has lived at the forefront of the Agile transformation of F-Secure and has a passion for leadership, Agile, Lean, and working smart in general. He was instrumental in designing the company-wide metrics for F-Secure in 2012.

Ville Ruuskanen has seen both future and legacy, agility and futility during his seven-year adventure in the software development land. Ville is currently working with financial software in a small Agile team.

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What?

Scandinavian Agile is a conference for everyone involved in the magical act of creating software. This year we want to see what is outside the narrow boxes defined by Scrum and Agile. We want to push the boundaries further and even break them in order to become better in what we do.

Where?

Event Center Telakka
Henry Fordin katu 6
00150 Helsinki, Finland
Floorplan

When?

November 11th 2013, Registration starts at 08:30 and doors will close at 18:00. After party will be held at <insert secret location here>.

Submissions are closed!

Thank you for the huge amount of quality submissions!

Lightning talk by you?

We have reserved a slot for 5 lightning talks! Submit your lightning talk topic to organizers! Will we pre-select at least 3 talks and those selected will get a free ticket to the conference! The two remaining lightning talks will be selected by the conference attendees so show up and submit your lightning talk at the conference!

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