Thursday, April 27, 2006

[AgileScotland] DSDM evening course in Edinburgh (with the BCS)

Hi Everyone,

Last year DSDM consultant Alan Airth ran a very enjoyable and educational AgileScotland evening where he covered the basics of DSDM and explored the common points and differences between DSDM and eXtreme Programming. 

This year, I'm pleased to announce that he will be running 3 evening sessions here in Edinburgh as a "Professional Awareness Course" for the Edinburgh BCS.  The sessions run from 6pm until 8pm on Tuesday evenings in the Conference Suite, Merchiston Campus, Napier University, Edinburgh:

16 th May – DSDM Introduction. This session covers the following topics: Drivers for DSDM; What is DSDM? The DSDM Principles & Lifecycle

23 rd May – Lifecycle & Teams This session covers the following topics: DSDM Lifecycle Process & Products, When to use DSDM, DSDM Teams

30 th May – Tools & Techniques This session covers the following topics: DSDM Techniques, Misconceptions, Moving towards DSDM.

For more details:

Clarke Ching

Monday, April 24, 2006

Agile at the BCS, Glasgow: The Software Development Paradox

Hi everyone,
I'm going to be speaking at the Glasgow British Computer Society on Monday the 8th of May.

Talk: Understanding the Software Development Paradox: Introducing Agile Software Development

The software development industry is a paradox: on the one hand software is becoming increasingly pervasive and adds huge value to society, but on the other hand, our industry remains plagued by failure. Clarke will describe how a simple misunderstanding of quality principles during the 1970's resulted in the widespread adoption of development methods - the waterfall model and it's modern equivalent the "V" model - which are simply unsuitable for product and software development work. He will describe how Agile development is based on a more appropriate quality model, how Agile works, why Agile works, and - most importantly - why Agile is hard work.

Bio: Clarke Ching
Clarke Ching is a New Zealander who now calls Scotland home. He is a passionate advocate of agile software development and is chairman of AgileScotland special interest group. He is a frequent speaker and part-time lecturer on agile methods. Clarke has an MBA specialising in Technology management and is a senior consultant with VISION Consulting. He is currently writing a "business novel" which shows how Lean, Quality and Constraints Management thinking SHOULD be applied to software and product development organisations.

It will be held in the Lord Todd Conference Room, Strathclyde University. The Lord Todd is entered from Collins Street (on which parking is readily available).
Clarke Ching

Thursday, April 13, 2006

AgileScotland introduces Agile to Dundee!

I'm delighted to announce that this April's AgileScotland meeting will be in Dundee on the 20th of April.
Tony Thorne and Peter Gordon, of INPS Enterprise Solutions Ltd, are kindly hosting us. Here's Peter's announcement.

Are you interested in learning more about XP and Agile Methodologies? Have you ever thought about why we use Agile? Why Agile is good for the company not just the developers? Then I'm pleased to be able to the first, and possibly last, Agile Dundee event.

I'm pleased to be able to announce that our guest speaker for the evening will be by Clarke Ching from VISION Consulting. As well as being a senior consultant for Vision Consulting, Clarke is also the president of Agile Scotland and has kindly agreed to come and speak to us about everything Agile. I was lucky enough to attend one of Clarke's presentations in Edinburgh and I can't recommend them enough.

It will be on Thursday 20th 7:00 – 8:30ish at Argyle House Room 2. Please email me if you would like to come along so I can get an idea of numbers.

Thursday 20th 7:00 - 9:00
Argyle House Room 2, Dundee


Pete Gordon,
InPS Enterprise Solutions Limited
email: pgordon at
If you're interested in learning WHYyou should do Agile or even how to sell agile to your colleagues or bosses, then come along.
[If you're in Glasgow then I will be doing a similiar presentation to the Glasgow BCS in early May. More details on that later.]
Clarke Ching