How Software Craftsmanship Facilitates Disruptive Innovation
Leaders often want to "go agile" to be able to adapt to shifting market conditions, or to spur innovation. Yet the desired flexibility to deliver rich business value often remains frustratingly beyond reach.
Agile teams are often familiar with the value of individual practices such as test-driven development. What Rob has found by working with a number of teams, each for six months or more, is another much greater, and more rare, source of business value resulting from diligent attention to software craftsmanship and the resulting two-way trust that forms between the development group and product group.
You will hear a number of surprising (but real) first-person tales, each detailing a time when changing market forces, dramatic pivots, disruptive technological changes, or insightful requests were managed by the delivery team within a single two-week sprint. Each of these "Black Swan User Stories" (Rob's term for powerful, risky, and unforeseen user-stories) resulted in multiplying user productivity, opening whole new markets, or delighting and retaining critical customers.
In each case, it was a combination of technical practices that had enabled the team to respond in such an agile manner. The ability to complete Black Swan User Stories is the concrete realization of organizations' long-held expectations for agile software development. Come learn about these practices and how, together, they enabled success.
6:30 - 7:00 PM: Dinner is on us! Beverages provided by AOL.
7:00 - 8:00 PM: How Software Craftsmanship Facilitates Disruptive Innovation - Rob Myers
8:00 - 9:00 PM Open discussion and networking
About Our Presenter:
Rob Myers has over 30 years of professional experience in software development, and has been coaching teams on Test Driven Development (TDD), scrum, and Extreme Programming (XP) practices since 1998. He has been delivering agile-related courses since 2002. His courses are always a blend of fun and practical hands-on labs, Training From the Back of the Room learning techniques, and relevant first-person stories from both successful and not-so-successful agile implementations.