1. How can quality visualisation of information open the eyes of the team and management?

    Colour coding, mind maps, networks, timelines - these and many other instruments can be used in daily work, to let information 'speak'. So that you end up having fewer reports, but each of them would open the eyes on very concrete problems. A short and practical session with some industry examples, for all those who care about information visualisation.

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  2. Since the early days of eXtreme Programming, tests have been touted as "executable documentation".

    In practice, however, many tests fail to live up to that ideal and worse become a time sink when trying to decipher test failures.

    Using examples and focusing specifically on unit or developer tests, this talk will examine the characteristics of readability in tests and offer advice on making your tests more readable.

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  3. In the original Extreme Programming Explained Book, Kent Beck asks a question of Boehm's Cost of Change Curve: what if all that had been learnt over the previous 10 years -- simple design, object oriented programming, programmer tests -- could flatten the curve and move us away from big upfront specification and design? In the same book, he points out the crucial importance of collocating your teams.

    What if in the 14 years since the publication of XP Explained, the advances in technology and all we have learnt about running Agile projects means that collocating is no longer the only way to run an XP project? Sure, having all the team members in one room is still optimal but is it micro-optimisation? What if the advantages of distribution (increased flexibility, better quality of life, increased talent-pool) can be made to outweigh the advantages of collocation?

    Distributed Agile is not the easy choice, though; there are many pitfalls. In this talk we present some common Distributed Agile anti-patterns, the forces behind them, and the refactored solutions. We will include some great tools and techniques, including superb tips on remote pair-programming.

    Distributed Agile: its time has come.

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  4. Over time the original reason for the way you are working now will have changed. The initial problem you had might be solved, or the context might have changed sufficiently for current policies or solutions to become less effective.

    This presentation will go into closing the feedback loop on your initial design decisions and policies and get the focus back on why Kanban was adopted in the first place. It revisits the first Kanban principle "Start with what you do now".

    In this talk will be the some experiences from the field on how to keep the focus on why certain policies where implemented in the first place and validate if they are still an effective way of solving problems. Both from my own experience as well as from other people.

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