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Monday, April 30 • 16:15 - 17:00
True Tales of Antifragile Code (Rob Myers)

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Abstract:
Have you ever abandoned an innovative user story because it was deemed too costly to implement?
Leaders of software development teams want to be able to adapt their existing product to innovative ideas and shifting market conditions. This is often the reason organizations "go Agile," yet this ability to flexibly deliver rich business value is often frustratingly out of reach.
Agile teams and their leadership are also familiar with the value of individual development practices. For example, they know that Test-Driven Development can "catch defects early." What Rob has found by working with a number of teams, each for six months or more, is another much greater--and more rare--source of business value resulting from diligent attention to software craftsmanship, and the resulting two-way trust that forms between Development and Product.
You will hear a few of surprising (but true) first-person tales, each detailing a time when changing market forces, dramatic pivots, disruptive technological changes, or insightful requests were delivered by the team within a single week. Each of these "Black Swan User Stories" (Rob's term for powerful, risky, and unforeseen user-stories) resulted in multiplying user productivity, opening whole new markets, or delighting and retaining critical customers.
Rob will then share the retrospective findings regarding those successes; and the great news that these are obtainable by any team willing to diligently apply a few core incremental and iterative technical practices. Your Agile team can realize the long-held expectations for the delivery of greater business value.

Learning Outcomes:
  • Hear real examples of how maintainable, high quality code is critical to the rapid completion of innovative user stories.
  • Explore the surprisingly direct path between Agile software development practices and business value.
  • Learn why leadership would want to encourage, support, and defend a team's dedication to the use of Agile technical practices such as Test-Driven Development.
  • Learn why an early commitment to diligent technical practices is crucial to product longevity and innovation.

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Rob Myers

Principal Agile Instructor & Coach, Agile for All
Rob Myers has over 30 years of professional experience in software development, and has been coaching teams on TDD, Scrum, Lean, Agile, and XP practices since 1998. He has been delivering Agile-related talks and courses since 2002. His courses are always a blend of fun and practical... Read More →


Monday April 30, 2018 16:15 - 17:00
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