USING BUSINESS STORIES TO BUILD BETTER SOFTWARE

Belfast: Thursday, February 14, 2013 from 12:00 PM – 2:00 PM
The Location In Belfast Has Not Yet Been Decided

For more information about this event or anything else to do with testing pleasecontact me on david.odowd@ie.sogeti.com (ie.linkedin.com/in/davidodowd/)

A big thank you to our sponsors Sogeti, ISA Skillnet, SQS and InterTradeIreland.

Using Business Stories to Build Better Software

As an industry, one thing we’ve consistently failed to do is meet the software requirements of business in an efficient, timely and cost effective way. Agile approaches are one way to solve this problem and for certain organisations and systems it’s an excellent solution. But the ‘pure’ agile approach is not for everyone and many organisations find it difficult to scale their agile success or merge agile teams into a larger programme of more structured work.

This talk introduces Business Story Method which shows how using structured Business Stories at the heart of software development can help to meet these challenges, independent of your development approach.

Specific topics covered include:

– Applying agile thinking to business analysis and testing
– Overcoming communications issues in organisational silos
– Applying an Acceptance Driven Development approach
– Adopting a lean approach and agile disciplines at a team level
– Delivering value to stakeholders rather than just working software

Business Story Method is a very powerful, effective and natural way to work. It includes techniques suchas specification and example, project profiling, ubiquitous language, ‘trusted’ requirements and test driven development. In summary, it provides a stable framework for development and quality assurance.

Attend this session and learn more about how this method can be used within your own project team. You’ll also receive a free Business Story Pocketbook to help you implement some of these techniques.

Speaker Bio: Susan Windsor
Susan is a specialist in Assurance, often involved in turning around troubled projects. She has been responsible for the delivery of software solutions for many years, as a service provider and as IT Manager for a Global Oil Company.

From small niche solutions through to large multi-geography/supplier programmes she has delivered testing services and consultancy as a Director of a specialist Test Consultancy and as manager of IBM’s UK Testing Services business.

Susan has spoken at many industry conferences throughout Europe, including EuroSTAR, Belgium Testing Days, Testing in Finance, Soft Test, BCS SIGIST, Next Generation Testing and ExpoQA. She is a Principal of Gerrard Consulting and is the programme chair for the Test Management Forum and Test Analysis Forum. She is also co-author of the Business Story Pocketbook.

Using Business Stories to Build Better Software

Dublin: Wednesday, February 13, 2013 from 5:45 PM7:30 PM. 

IBEC Confederation House,

Lower Baggot Street
Dublin, County Dublin Dublin 2

For more information about this event or anything else to do with testing please contact me on david.odowd@ie.sogeti.com (ie.linkedin.com/in/davidodowd/)

A big thank you to our sponsors Sogeti, ISA Skillnet, SQS and InterTradeIreland.

Using Business Stories to Build Better Software

As an industry, one thing we’ve consistently failed to do is meet the software requirements of business in an efficient, timely and cost effective way. Agile approaches are one way to solve this problem and for certain organisations and systems it’s an excellent solution. But the ‘pure’ agile approach is not for everyone and many organisations find it difficult to scale their agile success or merge agile teams into a larger programme of more structured work.

This talk introduces Business Story Method which shows how using structured Business Stories at the heart of software development can help to meet these challenges, independent of your development approach.

Specific topics covered include:

– Applying agile thinking to business analysis and testing
– Overcoming communications issues in organisational silos
– Applying an Acceptance Driven Development approach
– Adopting a lean approach and agile disciplines at a team level
– Delivering value to stakeholders rather than just working software

Business Story Method is a very powerful, effective and natural way to work. It includes techniques suchas specification and example, project profiling, ubiquitous language, ‘trusted’ requirements and test driven development. In summary, it provides a stable framework for development and quality assurance.

Attend this session and learn more about how this method can be used within your own project team. You’ll also receive a free Business Story Pocketbook to help you implement some of these techniques.

Speaker Bio: Susan Windsor
Susan is a specialist in Assurance, often involved in turning around troubled projects. She has been responsible for the delivery of software solutions for many years, as a service provider and as IT Manager for a Global Oil Company.

From small niche solutions through to large multi-geography/supplier programmes she has delivered testing services and consultancy as a Director of a specialist Test Consultancy and as manager of IBM’s UK Testing Services business.

Susan has spoken at many industry conferences throughout Europe, including EuroSTAR, Belgium Testing Days, Testing in Finance, Soft Test, BCS SIGIST, Next Generation Testing and ExpoQA. She is a Principal of Gerrard Consulting and is the programme chair for the Test Management Forum and Test Analysis Forum. She is also co-author of the Business Story Pocketbook.

Lean Techniques for Creating and Driving Strategy and Architecture

Thursday 18:00 – 20:00 28th February

Lean Techniques for Creating and Driving Strategy and Architecture

We have two lean experts Claudio Perrone and Peter Jon Middleton share their experiences. Using case studies they will both describe how organizations have successfully delivered their business strategies and supporting IT projects using lean.

Some of the key benefits of attending this event are;

  • Applying lean software development techniques (BBC case study)
  • Gain insights into what lean tools could be used to check and improve IT strategy
  • Identify the factors in reducing business risk in IT projects
  • Find out the benefits of using lean rather than waterfall and agile
  • Understand what actions you need to start on the path to success using lean

Presenters: Claudio Perrone and Peter Middleton

Free to ICS & IASA Members

Registration & Refreshment: – 17.30pm

Event start: 6.00 – 8.00pm

Free Webinar – 4th February: Lean/Agile/Kanban – the Economics of Speed:

Following might be of interest to AgileIrelanders – contact lynette@leankit.co.uk to register

Webinar  – 4th February at 10.00, 11.30 and 14.00 UK/Ireland Time, 45 Minutes.

Lean/Agile/Kanban – the Economics of Speed: Agile, Lean and Kanban are underpinned by compelling economics which are now being realized in diverse organization types and industries. Here we look at how Kanban can lead to significant and on-going reductions in costs and improvements in ROI for both Operations work and development projects. We explore the ‘Economics of Speed’: the myriad ways shorter cycle time can eliminate costs, reduce investment risk and maximize profits or cost savings. All while improving business agility and customer outcomes.

Presenters: Colm O’hEocha (www.agileinnovation.eu) and Fran O’Hara (www.inspireqs.ie) have between them decades of experience in managing work and people in IT environments. First starting to apply Agile some 12 years ago and then in the last 5 or so years incorporating concepts from Lean, Visual Management and Kanban.

ISA TechBrew – 17 January 2013 – Agile product Management

Two of my client companies are speaking at this informal, fun evening event!

Thursday, 17 January 2013 at 19:00 (GMT)

Dublin, Ireland

Run by the Irish Software Association (ISA), ISA TechBrew is an informal gathering of software company management and technology leaders, getting together to chat over a bite and a beer.

Theme of the evening: Agile Product Management

 Hear from experienced agile and product management professionals in Irish software companies debate the challenges and opportunities of Agile Product Management with Rich Mironov, Silicon Valley veteran, Product Camp founder, and “product guy” at six tech start-ups.

Speakers this month:

Rich Mironov, a Silicon Valley product management veteranwill open thesession with some insights from his agile product management experience: Is there such a thing, and where have the early agilists wandered away from the realities of the software marketplace?

Rich is a visiting faculty member of the DIT Product Management programme sponsored by ISA Skillnet.

Rich will be joined ‘on the tables’ by agile and product management professionals from leading Irish technology companies.

Rich Mironov is a serial entrepreneur and agile “product guy” including stints as founder/CEO, VP Product Management/Marketing and go-to-market strategist.  He is a veteran of six tech start-ups and dozens of consulting engagements to large and small tech companies worldwide.  He founded the first Product Camp and writes the Product Bytes blog on software, start-ups, and the inner life of product managers. Rich is author of the popular book ‘The Art of Product Management’.

 

Siobhan Maughan, Vice President, Product Management at Openet

 Siobhan Maughan has over 20 years experience in the software industry, most recently as Vice President of Product Management at Openet. Having joined Openet 5 years ago as a Product Manager for the Openet Policy Manager product she is now responsible for a portfolio of products that enable the world’s largest and most complex service providers to monetize their services and to operate more efficiently. Prior to her time in Openet she held a number of roles across engineering and marketing for telecommunications companies including Silicon and Software Systems and Eicon Technologies.

 

John McQuillan – OpenJaw President, Head of Product Development

John is one of the co-founders, along with Seán Mac Roibeáird and John Lambe, of OpenJaw Technologies. As President, John has guided the Company through continual growth to being a leading online technology partner of the world’s biggest travel brands.

For over 25 years, John has been a senior executive at the forefront of travel technology working for companies such as Datalex and Westinghouse Canada. During his career, he has worked with many of the world’s leading travel companies, including Airlines, Online Travel Agencies, Hotel Groups and Loyalty Programmes, gaining considerable insight into their specific industry requirements and providing expert insight on successful eCommerce strategies.

Details: http://isatechbrew2013.eventbrite.ie

Kanban Webinar Wed 5th December

in association with LeanKit, AgileInnovation will be presenting a series of Webinars on Kanban. The first of these will be held Wed 5th December at 10am, 11:30am and 2:00pm (45 mins each). Here’s an overview and contact details to register:

The ABC of Kanban: Although Kanban identifies 6 key practices for implementation, three of these are critical first steps you’ll want to know about. In this webinar we introduce Visualisation of Work, Limiting Work In Process (WIP) and Managing Flow. The first allows us to see what is going on, where the problems are, where both value-adding and wasteful activities are occurring in our process. Secondly, Limiting WIP can require a major shift in management culture as it links the work we do to our capability, rather than to business demand. And finally, Managing Flow involves proactively measuring and optimizing the ‘flow’ of valuable work through our process.

 Contact: Lynette Jane, LeanKitlynette@leankit.co.uk