Software Architecture as Code – Simon Brown – 3, 12 Aug

SUMMARY

Over the past few years, I’ve been distilling software architecture down to its essence, helping organisations adopt a lightweight style of software architecture that complements agile approaches. This includes doing “just enough” up front design to understand the significant structural elements of the software, some lightweight sketches to communicate that vision to the team, identifying the highest priority risks and mitigating them with concrete experiments. Software architecture is inherently about technical leadership, stacking the odds of success in your favour and ensuring that everybody is heading in the same direction.

But it’s 2015 and, with so much technology at our disposal, we’re still manually drawing software architecture diagrams in tools like Microsoft Visio. Furthermore, these diagrams often don’t reflect the implementation in code, and vice versa. This session will look at why this happens and how to resolve the conflict between software architecture and code through the use of architecturally-evident coding styles and the representation of software architecture models as code.

 

ABOUT THE PRESENTER: Simon Brown

Simon Brown lives in Jersey (the largest of the Channel Islands) and works as an independent consultant, helping teams to build better software. His client list spans over 20 countries and includes organisations ranging from small technology startups through to global household names. Simon is an award-winning speaker and the author of Software Architecture for Developers – a developer-friendly guide to software architecture, technical leadership and the balance with agility. He still codes too.

 

PROGRAM

5:30pm   Welcome networking with refreshments

6:00pm   Presentation followed by Q&A

 

THANK YOU TO OUR YOW! NIGHT SPONSORS:

YOW! Community Sponsor

 

Michael Spayd & Michael Hamman – 13 Aug

What Would it Take to Have an Agile Enterprise?

SUMMARY

Enterprise agility as an aspiration is coming into increasingly common currency. But what would it take to have an Agile enterprise? In this session, we teach you to see from four fundamental perspectives what an agile enterprise would actually look like. Having established this vision, we then take a tour through the four types of organization that actually exist in the world, including yours. Finally, we outline an action plan for your organization, helping guide you, and your enterprise, toward the agility that is right (and realistic) for it.


ABOUT THE PRESENTER: Michael Spayd and Michael Hamman

Michael Spayd, author of soon-to-be-released book Coaching Agile Enterprises, has been working as a professional organisational coach focusing on transformation for over 20 years. He specialises in cutting edge technologies for coaching and developing organisation, leaders and teams.

 

Michael Hamman is Director of Agile Leadership Training & Development for ACI. Expert in systems thinking, facilitation, organization development, and leadership development, Michael has coached dozens of Fortune 500 companies and helped hundreds of people develop their own capacity for agile leadership and practice. Currently, his principle focus is in the areas of adaptive leadership and organization agility.

 

PROGRAM

5:45pm   Welcome networking with refreshments

6:15pm   Presentation followed by Q&A

 

THANK YOU TO OUR YOW! NIGHT SPONSORS:

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Making integral agility real on your team – Lyssa Adkins & Michael Spayd – Aug 26

SUMMARY

While we may wish for enterprise agility, most of us don’t have direct influence on that level. But we do have direct influence on teams. In this session, Lyssa and Michael take you through practical ways to improve the health and agility of your team — in an Integral Agile way. Touching into the four fundamental perspectives, we outline the focus of the agile coach or ScrumMaster in each.

Some examples: using professional coaching skills, team members can be helped to handle, with grace, the ambiguity and complexity, the pushes and pulls, of the modern work world. With teaching and mentoring, they can be given the knowledge and demonstrable skill needed to help them move fully into their agile roles and enact the practices completely. With facilitation and other skills, teams can be helped to leverage the conflict inherent in a collaborative environment in a way that values relationship AND results. Finally, using analysis tools, teams can more successfully influence an external environment that does not always provide agility in the way we would like.

 

ABOUT THE SPEAKERS

Michael Spayd, author of soon-to-be-released book Coaching Agile Enterprises, has been working as a professional organisational coach focusing on transformation for over 20 years. He specialises in cutting edge technologies for coaching and developing organisation, leaders and teams.

Lyssa AdkinsLyssa Adkins, author of Coaching Agile Teams, has taught many thousands of students, coached many agile teams, and served as master coach to scores of apprentice coaches. She is passionate about deepening the roles in agile – specifically agile coach and agile manager – to help agile move into its fullest expression.

 

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YOW! Night Sponsors

AconexThoughtworks

Thank you to Aconex for shouting the drinks, our community sponsor ThoughtWorks and our supporting user group theMelbourne Agile & Scrum User Group.