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Lean and Lego @ AgilePeterborough

I’ve been asked to present at the Agile Peterborough meetup this Wednesday, 20th March.

I’m really pleased that the organisers have asked me and that we have had so many folks register for the event. There is a growing software development and craftsmanship community centered on companies based in and around Peterborough and I’m delighted to support the group.

The talk is one of my favourites, Lean and Lego – Building the Millenium Falcon. I’ve given this previously for both clients and at Agile on the Beach and it’s always a fun topic.

Update: Lean and Lego – Building the Millenium Falcon

Update: The talk went really well I’m pleased to say. I guess Lego and Star Wars really appeals to most geeks…
Video and slides can be found here

I’d like to say a big thank you to the organisers – a first event and an unquestionable success.

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Upcoming talk: Lean and Lego – Building the Millenium Falcon
Location: Agile on the Beach – Cornwall
Dates: 15th – 16th September

I’m really pleased to be giving a talk on lean practices at the 2011 Agile on the beach conference. The talk is a slightly irreverent one, using our experiences at ThoughtWorks London of building the largest Lego set ever produced to introduce the ideas of self organisation, continuous improvement and lean practices. I’ll cover a bunch of more involved ideas from Lean too – cycle time and the like. I’m dead chuffed, as the speaker list is good and the location promises to be beautiful.

If you are interested in Agile Development or Software Engineering and live in the South West, or even want a break on the beach whilst seeing world class keynote speakers (not me) then come along – it should be fun.

BCS – SPA talk on Agile Adoption Anti-patterns – March 3rd

I’ve been invited to give my talk on “the stuff I see all the time and wish I didn’t” at the London BCS-SPA meet-up in early March. Description of the talk and details of the venue below.

Venue:

Title: SPA-237 – Agile Adoption Anti-Patterns
Presenter: James Lewis, ThoughtWorks
Date: Wednesday 3rd March 2010
Time: 18:30
Venue: BCS Davidson Building, 5 Southampton Street, London WC2E 7HA
Complimentary sandwiches and refreshments are served from 6pm

Attendance is free but you need to register for the event here

Agile Adoption Anti-patterns

This session focuses on the things that you shouldn’t do when trying to introduce Agile practices to an organisation. Maybe you drank the Agile cool-aid and are struggling to introduce Agile on your own or you are an Agile Coach trying to make some sense of the madness that is your current client. There are many more ways for agile adoption to fail than for it to succeed. Drawing on his experience introducing Agile principles and practices in large blue-chip organisations, the speaker will showcase a number of anti-patterns, technological to methodological, that could put your agile rollout at risk.

This talk is an exploration of some of the things that can go wrong when introducing agile to organisations, presented as a series of anti-patterns and smells.