Thursday, February 15, 2007

March 8th, Glasgow, An Afternoon of Agility with ScotlandIS

Hi Everyone,

Last January we co-hosted a very successful "Introduction to Agile" day with ScotlandIS, the trade body for the Scottish information and communications technologies industry.  During the last few months I've been working with Polly and Rosemary at ScotlandIS to put together a follow-up event in about 3 weeks in Glasgow .  This year we're focusing on not just how agile works, but how to make agile work in the real world. 
Lean & Mean - Getting Real Value From Agile Development Methods

How to deliver real value through "agile" - a great opportunity to hear from expert practitioners. Aimed at software developers and team leaders, the programme includes presentations from experienced agile developers, and a panel session to discuss your questions and issues.

• A day in the life of an Agile team

Andy Birkett, Senior Engineer at, tells what it's really like to work on a high performance agile team.  He discusses how agile helps working in world-scale reliable distributed systems and how they have adopted and adapted standard extreme programming (XP) practices to suit their environment

• How not to do Agile badly

Agile is conceptually simple, it does work, but its also hard work.  Clarke Ching, Chair of Agile Scotland and an independant Agile consultant will explore  the most common mistakes agile teams make and how to avoid them.

• Transitioning to Agile

Gerry Lowe, Senior Consultant at Real Time Engineering, will share anecdotes and lessons-learned from his experiences of transitioning teams from using traditional development methods to using Agile techniques.

• Panel discussion

Q&A and discussion with Andy Birkett, Gerry Lowe and Clarke Ching.

Date: 8th March
Venue: St Mungo Museum, 2, Castle St, Glasgow
Time: 13.30pm - 17.30pm (Refreshments included)
Cost: ScotlandIS Members £35 (incl vat) Non-members £50 (incl vat)        

For more details or to book please contact Rosemary Brown on 01506 472200 or email
You can find a full list of ScotlandIS events here: including a link to BarCampScotland.
I look forward to seeing you there ...