Experiences of Implementing Agile & Branch AGM

30/09/2013 - 19:00
30/09/2013 - 21:00

Speakers: Darren Wilmshurst, Peter Morgan and Tim Cardinal

Venue: University of Bristol , Room 1.06, Merchant Venturers Building

Please register for this event here. This event is free to members and non-members. This will be preceded by the Branch AGM.

6:30AGM, 7:00pm Refreshments, 7:30pm Main Talk

The speakers provide insight into their experienced of using Agile in real world projects.

Testing is challenging in any environment – but especially so in an Agile development environment. Peter Morgan descries some of the testing learning points from his time at a multinational utility company in the electricity generation and supply industry in the vicinity of Gloucester – not many prizes for guessing the company. Agile methodologies present opportunities that not only benefit the Agile community, but also can be applied to more ‘traditional’ [some would say ‘clumsy’] life-cycle models. This presentation, therefore, could be of benefit to anyone in software and project management disciplines.

Adopting the best parts of Agile for non-IT projects

Over the past six months, Tim Cardinal has been leading a team to develop the new BCS Agile Certification Programme. In this talk, Tim will outline how he used different elements of Agile throughout the project, outlining the benefits but also the challenges of adopting a new approach for BCS.

Agile is Easy, Transformation ain’t (a personal journey)

Darren Wilmshurst will draw on his 28-year experience (no – he doesn’t look that old!) in the corporate world having worked with some world-class organisations. His first Agile Transformation was 8 years ago when he was Head of IT with a major ferry company. Now as a Director of Radtac and Head of Consultancy, he reflects on that (and other) Agile transformation; what went well and what didn’t and more importantly what he would have done differently.

Darren Wilmshurst of RADTAC Limited has worked in the Banking sector for 16 years and for the last 12 years in various IT Head of Department roles in the Transport and Retail private sector where he has managed the implementation of many diverse transformations including Agile adoption and numerous Outsourcing arrangements both onshore and offshore. He has also specialised in programme and project governance.
He is a Chartered Professional in 2 industries; an Associate of the Chartered Institute of Bankers and Chartered IT Professional. In addition he is a Certified Prince2 Practitioner, a Certified ScrumMaster, Kanban Practitioner and DSDM Atern Agile PM Practitioner

Peter Morgan is a testing professional who has been involved in the ICT industry for more than 30 years, and worked in the freelance marketplace for much of that time. His time has sometimes moved from testing to ‘development’, but he would add “always using the mindset of a tester”. He is passionate about testing and a firm advocate of testing qualifications. An enthusiastic speaker and author, Peter tries to base his output on hands-on experience, attempting to relate fine sounding ideas back to how it will affect Joe or Jane Tester in their everyday working lives in the war of attrition that we call software testing.

Tim Cardinal is the Director of Marketing for Learning & Development within BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT. Having graduated from the University of Bath, Tim has spent the past 12 years developing his career in Product Management and Marketing within the IT and financial services industries. Over the past six years Tim has focused his time in roles within the education and skills development areas, initially within a software house targeted at the 14-19 year old education market and for the past three years for BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT.

Since being at BCS Tim has supported the BCS professionalism agenda through his strategic management of the Professional Development Services portfolio and more recently as the Director of Marketing. Tim is also the BCS representative on the SFIA Foundation Board and has been an active member of the ITIL Qualifications Board and the CESG Certification Scheme Committee.

Slides and More

All the speakers from this meeting have shared their slides. Firstly Darren Wilmshurst and Tim Cardinal slides. Peter Morgan has shared his slides and a extensive paper covering the subject of his talk.

AGM Reports

The Charimans Report and the Treasurer's Report are available and will be presented at the Branch AGM before the main talk. Please come along and support the committee in their work.