Agile Portugal 2016

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Agile Portugal 2016 | Talk Slides

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The talk slides from Agile Portugal 2016 are now available, next to each talk description!


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Agile Portugal 2016 photos

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Interview to Geoff Watts and Paul Goddard

Geoff Watts and Paul Goddard were interviewed by Agile Portugal, and they tell us about themselves and their sessions in this year’s edition of the conference:
• Keynote: Selling The ‘fluffy’ side of agile
• Workshop: Exploring the ‘fluffy’ side of agile

This post is brought to you by the Agile Portugal 2016 reporters, Nuno Rafael Gomes and Bruno Teixeira.

Who are you?

geoff watts  and paul goddard

(Geoff) I am someone who is very difficult to put into a category or box. No week is the same for me and I have a very varied work life, ranging from writing to training, from speaking to coaching. I’m inspired by the people I coach; people who are constantly looking to learn about and improve themselves so they can help other people and their companies improve.

(Paul) I try and make every day of my life as fun and as enjoyable as it can be. I like to think I have a good sense of perspective as many of the situations I find myself in as a trainer and coach can be daunting and complex. Helping people to remain positive and optimistic is the best way to overcome any type of hurdle, and sometimes my role is simply to enable that spirit within people.

Tell us the story of your Agile journey.

Geoff and Paul - Scrum Early Stages

Geoff and Paul were both some of the first ScrumMasters in the UK and worked together at British Telecom (BT) to help facilitate the largest agile transformation in the world at the time. We both went on to hold Certified Scrum Trainer (CST) and Certified Scrum Coach (CEC) – Geoff being the first in the UK to hold both certifications.

There was nothing planned about our agile journey, it was merely a case of being in the right place at the right time, noticing the opportunity and a match with our personal values and attitudes.

With there being no blueprint or case study that we could learn from at BT, as you can imagine there were infinite lessons that we could learn and one of the biggest lessons that hit home were that an agile transformation operates on the same principle as any agile project or product development effort.

Accept it’s a big, scary, unknown. Work out why it’s worth the effort of even starting then break the effort down into smaller chunks that can both deliver value and help guide your journey going forward. Learn to let go of your desire for perfection and certainty, give it a go and look to learn through your own reflections and the feedback of others.

Then dust yourself off, celebrate where you have got so far, and go again.

Why the Agile Portugal Conference?

Geoff and Paul - Team Effort

We believe that the success and growth of agile will come not from consultants and theories, but from the ideas and practical knowledge of the agile community. Anything we can do to inspire that community has to be worthwhile.

Being asked to speak at events like this is a constant reminder to us that the Agile community is still growing strongly. It also challenges us to stretch ourselves as trainers and coaches to continue to help inspire the community to carry on growing.

We have spoken in Portugal once before (Scrum Gathering 2011) many years ago when the community was much smaller but the people were fantastic. Very welcoming, very kind and hungry to learn. We are interested to see how the growth of agile has moved on in Portugal since we were here last.

Why should an Agile practitioner attend your keynote/workshop?

Geoff and Paul - Workshop

Our keynote is a reaction to one of the most common questions we get asked. Many people struggle to get the necessary support to drive real change within their organizations. It seems much easier to focus on the hard aspects of agile but then it becomes quite mechanical.

Organisations that really “get agile” are able to understand the softer side (or what we call the “fluffy” side) of the values and principles but this is difficult for people to express in a way that management can understand and support. We hope this talk will give you all some insight into how you might go about this differently to achieve more success.

And you might just be surprised by one of the biggest reasons why it is so hard to sell the fluffy side of agile. Come along to find out…

Interview to Claudio Perrone

Claudio Perrone has grant us an interview where he tells us about himself and his sessions at Agile Portugal:
• Keynote: PopcornFlow — Continuous evolution through ultra-rapid experimentation
• Workshop: Continuous Innovation & Change with PopcornFlow

This post is brought to you by the Agile Portugal 2016 reporters, Nuno Rafael Gomes and Bruno Teixeira.

Who are you?

Claudio Perrone

I’m someone like you, who is driven by the opportunity to grow and learn.

I love to experience the world first-hand and I made a lifetime commitment to design and invent systems to help teams and individuals develop insanely-good habits of thinking.

Tell us the story of your Agile journey.

For many years, I had worked as a software developer and solutions architect using traditional waterfall approaches in large companies.

I was quite proud of my work.

Despite my best efforts, however, bringing software to success always required heroic efforts.

I thought it was simply the messy reality of our industry.

Claudio Perrone - Agile Journey 1

My world, however, turned upside down in 2001, when I met an Agile pioneer at a software architecture summit in Seattle.

He opened my eyes to a world I had never imagined before.

WHAT??? At first I thought that agile methodologies such as XP were yet another fad.

But evidently I was wrong.

Claudio Perrone - Agile Journey 2

So I questioned my beliefs and embraced change.

Over the following years I got involved in a few startups. I used XP, Scrum, the Kanban Method, Lean/A3 Thinking, and so on. One of these companies even won awards and recognition, only to fail a few years later… in a very Lean & Agile way.

A CIO once asked me: “If you were so smart, why did you fail?”

That question puzzled me for 3 dark, long years.

Until, one day, Eric Ries published his book on Lean Startup and showed me the true nature of the challenges I had faced.

We live in a turbulent world of extreme uncertainty. Operational excellence is not enough.

Fast forward to today:

I invented a new continuous innovation & change method called PopcornFlow and I live by its guiding principle: “If change is hard, make it continuous”.

In doing so, I developed a habit of committing to about 5 personal change experiments every single week.

I work with teams who are able to sustain 5-10 change experiments each week.

I believe — no, I know — we are at the verge of a new revolution.

Why the Agile Portugal Conference?

I’ll give you 3 reasons:

1. I have an idea worth spreading and fighting for. I want to thank the organizers for inviting me and for giving me the opportunity to share what I’ve learned so far.

2. A few months ago, I had a business conversation with a couple of entrepreneurs from Silicon Valley who have the means and ideas to innovate within the fashion/retail industry. They were exploring the startup scene here in Ireland to eventually build a R&D team. They expressed some valid concerns about what they had discovered so far.

I must confess I was a little surprised when they said they had identified Portugal as another candidate to establish their business as they’d have lots of government incentives. That got me curious. My mission is to infiltrate your network and learn more about your world, ah ah.

3. The Agile Portugal conference has an impressive list of talks and workshops. If you want to know more about business agility and live in Portugal (or nearby), you’d be a fool if you missed this event. On my part, I’ll do my best to help make it truly memorable.

Why should an Agile practitioner attend your keynote/workshop?

Claudio Perrone - Workshop outcome

Imagine if you could learn to evolve really fast — almost as fast as some of the most adaptive micro-organisms on earth…

How far would you go?

This is what PopcornFlow is all about: a philosophy, principles, actionable techniques and tools to introduce rapid change in organizations and innovate like some of the best and most aggressive Lean startups around.

Claudio Perrone - PopcornFlow steps

Look, I’m not coming to Portugal to tell you what you know already.

Your time and my time are too valuable to simply waste it by telling each other how cool Agile is.


I’ll freaking hurl you into a world of ultra-rapid experimentation!

The workshop is going to be epic. You’ll co-design experiments to address your own problems and experience how continuous innovation & change can help you win your own war against personal and organizational inertia — starting on Monday morning.

And, by the way, if change so damn hard in your organization, do all you can to bring your team and/or boss too!

I’ll win half of the battles for you; you’ll all thank me later 😉

Interview to Emily Bache

Emily Bache was kind enough to grant us an interview where she talks us about herself and her sessions at Agile Portugal:
• Keynote: As a professional programmer, how do you learn new skills?
• Workshop: Coding dojo challenge: SOLID design principles

This post is brought to you by the Agile Portugal 2016 reporters, Nuno Rafael Gomes and Bruno Teixeira.

Who are you?

Emily Bache herself. From Emily's private collection.
Emily Bache herself. From Emily’s private collection.

Mostly I’m a very ordinary person, with husband and family, and a good job working as a programmer. I really enjoy coding on a daily basis, and being part of a team.

Having said that, over the years I have grabbed a number of opportunities that most people don’t see in their careers. For example when I moved to Sweden at the height of the dot com boom in 2000. Only two years out of university in the UK, a junior programmer, no Swedish, and yet I landed a good job in Göteborg with very little difficulty. It’s happened to me several times, this combination of good luck with the timing, an adventurous attitude, willing to try something new, leading to happy times of growth and learning.

Tell us the story of your Agile journey.

Emily Bache at Agile 2008 pairing on stage with Michael Feathers on Programming with the Stars. Photo taken by Tom Poppendieck.
Emily Bache at Agile 2008 pairing on stage with Michael Feathers on Programming with the Stars. Photo taken by Tom Poppendieck.

In 2000 I landed in a team who was curious about eXtreme Programming, and we decided to try it. We weren’t any good at it, but Test Driven Development and Pair Programming seemed to make some things much easier. XP was definitely more fun than the way I’d been developing software before. The project failed in the end, but shortly afterwards I happened to hear about the XP2002 conference. The dot com bubble had burst, I was unemployed, yet I paid my own way to the conference. There I met Kent Beck, Martin Fowler, Laurent Bossavit, Michael Feathers and many people who influenced my career profoundly.

At XP2005 I met up with Laurent Bossavit again, and together with Emmanuel Gaillot he facilitated a Coding Dojo for the conference participants. This was a concept that they had been developing in Paris. Bob Martin was there, and blogged about it, so the idea quickly seemed to spread. I was intrigued, I could see this might be a good way to get a team to learn TDD, something I’d struggled with. I didn’t have the confidence to try it out with my colleagues, so I suggested it as an activity for the local Ruby user group. Happily they agreed, and we did quite a few dojo sessions until I felt pretty confident with organizing them, and could start doing Coding Dojos at conferences and yes, even with my team at work!

Emily Bache at XP2002 after presenting a poster with Geoff Bache: final photo of the 2 with Kent Beck. From Emily's private collection.
Emily Bache at XP2002 after presenting a poster with Geoff Bache: final photo of the 2 with Kent Beck. From Emily’s private collection.

In 2010 I found myself unemployed again, so I started my own consulting business. This gave me the time to really develop my ideas around teaching TDD, and to write my book on the Coding Dojo. I found I missed being part of a development team though, so three years later I joined Pagero, and now I only consult part-time.

Why the Agile Portugal Conference?

I have never been to Portugal before, and I welcome the chance to broaden my horizons again, and to meet professionals with a different outlook and experience from my own. I love going to conferences, you meet such interesting people. The conference sessions are a chance to really hear and understand people’s latest thinking and experiences. For me, it’s the opening of a potential conversation I can have with that person. If they say something that intrigues or inspires me, I can talk to them in more depth afterwards, and find a way to bring their experiences to bear on my own situation. So I really encourage you to come and talk to me after my sessions at the conference, if what I present seems interesting to you.

Why should an Agile practitioner attend your keynote/workshop?

Emily Bache at XP2010 giving the Test Driven Development: Performing Art workshop. Photo taken by Tom Poppendieck.
Emily Bache at XP2010 giving the Test Driven Development: Performing Art workshop. Photo taken by Tom Poppendieck.

I think professional development is a really important topic, how you can keep enjoying your career and learning new things. The people around you at your workplace are a hugely important source of ideas and inspiration, but after a while you can lose sight of the big picture of what is going on in our industry. A conference is a chance to step out of the familiar and be challenged. It’s not always comfortable to grow and learn, either, but in my workshop session I’m aiming to provide a relatively safe environment for you to try out the Coding Dojo, and hopefully improve your programming skills. I hope it will be something concrete you can take back to your colleagues and give you all the opportunity to develop your skills and have more fun at work.