Us, Them, and the Problem with Common Agile Practice – Jeff Patton – 6, 8, 12 March


Today’s common agile practice unintentionally reinforced the gap between us, and them. Just like software processes that came before, ‘us’, the people who make softwrae rely on ‘them’ to give us requirements.

We rely on them to understand and tell us what’s of value. It hasn’t worked for the last 30 years, and still doesn’t now. In this talk Jeff explore where value really comes from and gives you a vocabulary for describing it.

You’ll learn why each small piece of software we deliver is valuable, but not always for the reasons you think. You’ll learn about the concepts and practices that bring us and them together as co-makers who together take resposibility for creating real value.


About the Presenter: Jeff Patton

Jeff has designed and developed software for the past 12 years on a wide variety of projects from on-line aircraft parts ordering to electronic medical records. Jeff has focused on Agile approaches since working on an early Extreme Programming team in 2000. In particular Jeff has specialised in the application of user centered design techniques to imporve Agile requirements, planning and products.

Some of his recent writing on the subject can be found at and Alistair Cockburn’s Crystal Clear. His forthcoming book to be released is Addison-Wesley’s Agile Development Series gives tactical advise to thos seeing to delivery useful, useable, and valualbe software.



5.30pm – Welcome

5.45pm – Presentation

7.15pm – Networking drinks following TBD