Mary and Tom Poppendieck tell us we should “push responsibility down” to empower the team. How do we do this? What does it look like as a team member when you’re accepting responsibility? How can a team leader recognise and foster team responsibility?
Drawing on over twenty years of research by Christopher Avery and Bill McCarley, Ian will provide insights into how people naturally think and react and how this affects taking responsibility. This leads to models which can help to break the cycle and get to productive responsible thinking sooner. On the way, he will show agile practices which naturally encourage and support these processes.
Ian is one of the founder members of the Agile Scotland group, and has been working in software development for over 20 years as an individual contributor, manager and team leader, using both traditional and agile approaches. He currently leads a multi-site team of developers at a Scottish company with world-wide clout.
Encounters between UX and lean/agile delivery methods are not always love at first sight. Both sides have long lists of complaints about how the other side doesn't listen, doesn't respond fast enough, etc.
Through many years and many projects, I have seen the good, the bad, and the ugly of being a UX practitioner in lean/agile teams. I will review what has worked and what hasn't worked in a variety of projects in industries such as healthcare, publishing, hospitality and technology.
In this talk I'll present how a distributed team of 12 managed to spin up a Electronic Medical Record system for an ambitious University Hospital in rural Haiti in a very short amount of time.
I'll describe briefly the situation in Haiti, the circumstances of the hospital and our collaboration with the OpenMRS community. Then I'll go into practical specifics about the techniques we used to create a system to support the daily running of the hospital in less than three months.
I'll cover something about tech stack, estimation, prioritisation, flow of work, User experience design and testing, test automation and the value of a good Continuous Deployment pipeline. I'll also talk about some of the interesting pitfalls we came across that can apply to almost all projects - including some practical tips for working in a distributed team.
Finally, I'll make a short pitch for OpenMRS - a rich open source community that is doing great things in the medical field across the developing world.
The story of how I developed the ideas that led to the creation of Constraints Cards - the card deck for web designers. I think constraints get a bad rep. In this talk I hope to persuade you that not only should you identify the inherent constraints in your project - you should consider adding voluntary constraints to help achieve a more creative solution, to help improve your teams learning speed, and to keep life fun. I'll also discuss ways in which using Constraints as an individual, in any role, can level up your design thinking more quickly.
This isn't a Theory of Constraints talk. This is an investigation into how creativity in the broadest sense benefits from the application of even the most arbitrary of constraints.
Trader Media Group (TMG) is a business that is held out across the world as THE case study of success in how to move from publishing to digital, a business with one of the best known and respected brands in the UK and a business where the fundamentals are so strong. In this session John and Andy will give an experience report of TMG's journey from waterfall/PRINCE II based approach through to continuous delivery. We will look at the partnership between TMG and a leading Agile consultancy. How TMG embraced the transition to Agile, the challenges it faced with dual located teams and how Kanban helped drive further evolution into the processes and practises of software delivery in a fast changing environment. Finally as TMG looks to its future as an 'online only' brand we will learn of the next steps they hope to take on the journey as the UK's leading automotive website.