Announcement: AgileTour Dublin 2013 October 10th!

Following the successes of recent tour events with increasing numbers and quality of presentations, this years AgileTour event has been extended to a full day. The provisional program has been published and is already packed with expert speakers, experience reports from companies that have gone the agile route, executive briefings and tools vendors showing off their wares! There will also be much more time for networking and sharing war-stories over coffee and lunch breaks.

Registration is now open (€10 fee) – for further details or to register just click here and join the AgileIreland LinkedIn group to keep in touch with all things agile/lean in Ireland.

Testing in Agile Environments – a double header free event in Dublin from Softtest 26th June & Belfast 27th June

1) The Bee Colony – creating a hive of activity for Agile teams
By Stevan Zivanovic

2) Test Automation – Tools and Methodologies at Spotify
By Kristian Karl

The Bee Colony – creating a hive of activity for Agile teams

The use of metaphors to better understand our everyday activities is well understood. To help question what we do and how we behave, particularly in Agile teams, the speaker will use his experience of working in Agile teams and compare this with his other passion, that of bee keeping.

Using videos of the speakers own bee colony and extrapolating the social model of a beehive, the speaker will relate these to the structure and behaviour of an Agile team.

The result is that you, as a professional tester, will have a better understanding of the dynamics of an Agile team, what behaviours you need to demonstrate and the expected outcomes and how not to get you or your team stung. In addition you will also gain a better understanding of bees!

Stevan loves to support people to achieve their best. His long career in the IT industry has taken him from a practitioner in the discipline of software testing to a management consultant; advising, supporting and enabling individuals and teams to change. He has used Agile practices to successfully deliver projects and translated these experiences to facilitate others to achieve. Other interests include Systems Thinking, Decision Theory and use of modelling techniques. Stevan now provides facilitation, training and consultancy services to a wide range of organisations enabling them to make real, sustainable and beneficial change. Stevan’s other great passion, other then his wife of course, is in beekeeping – a self-organising system that provides huge sustainable benefits to others around it. You can contact Stevan via LinkedIn.

Test Automation – Tools and Methodologies at Spotify

Test automation is a great challenge. The return of investment is often null. It can be expensive. It’s sure to hard to handle. But why do we try to do it, despite all troubles? Because, it can prove itself to be a real time saver. If done correctly.
Kristian will share his and Spotify’s experiences in the field of test tooling and methodologies. It will be all about open source tools, and Model-based testing as key success factors.


Kristian Karl has 18 years of experience in the testing business, and has during that time been given the chance to work in Telecom, Finance, Government and Startups. Even though Kristian has done White Box Testing, Functional Testing, System and Integration Testing, Acceptance Testing, his heart beats strongest for Test Automation using Model-based Testing and Performance Testing. Founder of and Test manager at Spotify since 2010.

Launching the Kanban Bootstrap® Program

Over the last few years, we have helped many organizations use Lean Thinking and the Kanban approach to drive continuous improvement, agility, and waste reduction in software development and IT Operations. Now AgileInnovation has developed the Kanban Bootstrap® service to guide organisations in their Lean Journey, providing a framework including executive and team training and coaching. Further details…

Agile and Commercial Contracts – A Whitepaper

I’m getting an increasing number of queries on how agile can work with ‘traditional’ fixed price fixed scope contracts for software development services – I’ve summarised some introductory concepts in a whitepaper – you can also download a template agile contract developed in Norway called PS2000S – but at a cost of about €500! Anyone got any experiences in building agile concepts of iterative delivery, customer feedback, etc into real commercial engagements – comments welcome.