ELITE NW England: Strategic Agility - Staying one step ahead

BCS ELITE event.

Thursday 11 July 2013

1.30pm - 5.00pm

Macdonald Manchester Hotel & Spa, London Road, Manchester, M1 2PG

Free but only open to ELITE members or potential members.


This ELITE event is free but is only open to ELITE members or potential members. You must register to attend by emailing sam.devonshire@4itrecruitment.co.uk or call 0113 205 4033. BCS Manchester Branch and ELITE are grateful to 4itrecruitment for their support with this event.

The next horizon for the Agile movement is the extension of agility from basic software delivery to continuous delivery of complete solutions - early and often - into the business itself. CEOs' focus on thriving in a world of growing complexity and ever faster moving competition is driving this development.

Global IT consultancy, Thoughtworks will look at the challenges of trying to 'do digital' in a traditional business. Using examples of companies like amazon, where being agile and lean helps them to go from business idea to live software in days, if not hours.

  • Can your existing IT systems and team cope?
  • Are traditional off the shelf 'enterprise IT' vendors the right solution?
  • Does the business understand that it is not just a technology problem?

We will look at approaches and solutions with a focus on classifying capabilities and systems based on the required business agility and pace of change. We will also explore the technology and business trends causing this unstoppable 'digital revolution'. Practitioner Sue Clarke will then share her experience of using Scrum and Extreme Programming (XP) methodologies, explaining what works and what doesn't, with reflections on how cultural differences can affect the success of Agile.

The final presentation from LateRooms will be an overview of what they have learnt using agile to resolve the classic business concern - 'IT always takes too long to deliver'. Shortening release cycles, prioritising at the feature level and breaking down traditional IT/Business boundaries all sound great but how do techies overcome hurdles that are as cultural as they are technical?...

This event starts at 1.30pm for refreshments & networking.

Further details can be found on this flyer

Continuing Professional Development (CPD)

This event could be part of your CPD, including as part of the CPD process for Chartered status. Further details can be found at www.bcs.org/cpd