Agile on the Beach

The Excellence Paradox

Jul 17, 2022 • 2 min


Great products come from great passion, not technical excellence. The products with the best market fit, beloved of users, will often be held together with love and damp string. In their murky codebases you’ll find every example of bad practice. These products of passion grow quickly, but often fail when the technical limits of their poor implementation start biting. Exceptionally high running costs, high costs of change, and increasing fragility can damage the customer relationship.

Keynote - One for all and all for one - What does culture really mean?

Jul 17, 2022 • 6 min


The world has turned itself upside down the past two years - there’s no doubt about that. With it, our relationship with work has shifted, team dynamics have changed and how and where we work is up for constant debate. With that in mind, Vimla will be taking the stage to speak about conscious culture and intentional team design - how can we help our people be their best selves so that they design and deliver products and services that are fit for everyone. Sounds easy right? It’s an ambition that most companies strive for, but very few achieve so join Vimla’s talk to see what role you can play in changing the world.

Closing Keynote - How to get out of (technical) debt!

Jul 17, 2022 • 6 min


We’ll discuss what debt looks like, and how easy it is to get into debt in the first place. Then we’ll put a plan into action,

Diversity as a non-negotiable of Business Agility

Jul 17, 2022 • 2 min


This talk explains that D&I is the main asset organisations have, to thrive in a complex world. It explains how D&I is a real catalyst to achieving Agility, and that to solve complexity, Diversity and Agility must go hand in hand

Architecting for Testability

Jul 17, 2022 • 3 min


If you are a developer you are probably working on a large and complicated codebase. Unfortunately a lot of existing code lacks automated tests and adding them can be challenging, particularly if the code is old or poorly structured. Testability has always been an aspect of architecture that people have said is important but all too often I see this aspect ignored. Approval testing is a technique that helps you to get a difficult codebase under test and begin to control your technical debt. Approval testing works best on larger pieces of code where you want to test for multiple things. Because of this, the architecture of the system is really important for success with this testing technique.

An Agile Data Warehouse

Jul 17, 2022 • 3 min


Data Warehouses are normally seen as big, expensive, lengthy, waterfall projects, using complex and costly tools. They don’t need to be. As someone who has helped several teams to build successful data warehouses, I know that an Agile approach is much better, and in this talk I will explain how we do this. We can deliver incremental, useful reports and applications within weeks of starting the project and can continue to consolidate an organisation’s data, improving its quality and the meaningful insights it can deliver. At the same time we develop wider understanding of the data, often leading to improved business processes.

You Build It You Run It sounds great… but it won’t work here!

Jul 16, 2022 • 4 min


Since You Build It You Run It was outlined in 2006, on-call product teams as an operating model has gone from being a controversial idea… to being a controversial idea. Enterprise organisations don’t do it, but they do talk about why they don’t do it.

OKRs - the good, the bad and the ugly

Jul 16, 2022 • 3 min


A quote from a recent client: “We don’t do the important stuff…because we won’t do anything that is NOT our OKRs”. Also: “OKRs give me performance anxiety :-(”

How to create the conditions for an awesome DevEx

Jul 16, 2022 • 3 min


This session will explore the conditions needed to facilitate developer autonomy and create an awesome DevEx. What makes a good developer experience? What are the common stumbling blocks? How to architect to manage risk, governance and autonomy? How to build modern team topologies that don’t hinder progress and ensure long term sustainability? How to build a culture that is transparent and breaks down silos?