Agile on the Beach 2014 for the Business Professional

2014-04-24 10.25.54The conference is 3 weeks away, we have sold out and it is set to be a great event!

Full details of the sessions and biographies of the speakers are available on the website.

Following last years request I have listed below the sessions in Business, Teams and Product Design below, of which those in Bold are the sessions that I feel are most relevant and applicable for any business interested in becoming a more agile organisation or individual.

While the sessions are often in a software context there are many elements that are relevant to any business and transferable for adoption in a wide array of situations in all of the below sessions.


• Business Keynote : Bjarte Bogsnes : Beyond Budgeting – an agile management model for new business and people realities
• J. B. (Joe) Rainsberger, Canadian software development consultant and technology writer will be joining us at Agile on the Beach 2014 to deliver our Software Craftmanship Keynote


• Adventures with Agile and Lean – Rachel Picken (MPAD)
• Agile – beyond software? – Allan Kelly
• Agile Innovation – Belinda Waldock
• Doing Even Better Next Time: a retrospective on implementing Scrum in a non-engineering team – Frances Bonnington
• TFDD For Business Strategy: Developing Agile Business Strategies using Test-First – Tom Sedge
• Contracted to deliver outcomes not features – Kris Lander
• Stop Throwing Money Out the Window – Flavius Stef
How Agile helped RDT rediscover its Innovation Mojo – Bazil Arden
Sander Hoogendoorn (Capgemini)    Agile anti-patterns! Yes your agile project can and will fail too
• Putting the BA into BAcklog : Agile in the business context – Lynda Girvan



• Open communication wins! – Judith Andresen
• Awesome People Management with Agile – Meri Williams
• Agile HR and Agile leadership in a nutshell – Pia-Maria Thoren
• Pairing isn’t just for developers – Georgiana Mannion & Kev McCabe
• #NoLearning – Marcin Floryan (
• Design Collaboration – Darci Dutcher
• Hiring well – how to grow and maintain effective agile teams – Lyndsay Prewer
• How big is it? A guide to agile estimation practices – Mike Pearce
• The String Game – Sean Moir
• Introduction to Visual Management – Egor Sviridenko
• Agile on the Beach invites you to: Design a Degree
• There Is No Agile – Nick McKenna
• An Agile Journey – Making The Elephant Dance – Jon Tilt (IBM)

Product Design (day 1 only)

• Lean Product Management – Melissa Perri (ProdUX Labs – New York)
• Fundamentals of Lean UX (User eXperience) – Adrian Howard
• Beyond Pretty : Creating Better Products with Measurable Design – Melissa Perri
• Integrating smoothly the UX designer in your team – Sophie Freiermuth

Key sharing channels for the conference are via twitter and on the website


Agile on the Beach 2014

Last year the conference was a sell-out success with over 220 attendees.  The conference has secured its position as a leading agile UK conference with some of the best opportunities to meet and learn from world class experts on Agile methodologies.

Tickets are now on sale for the conference and should be booked early to secure a lower price ticket and attendance following last years early sell out – book here.

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Agile Innovation in Cornwall – Business – Agile on the Beach 2014 – Belinda Waldock

Cornish businesses continue to adopt the agile methodology and philosophy , not only in the software sector but now more widely through the Agile Innovation project led by Belinda Waldock.

This year Belinda reports on a spectrum of business and their success in adopting agile for project management, improving the strategic agility of their business models to evoke growth. The session will share case studies and new tools and materials adapted from agile.

About Agile on the Beach

Agile on the Beach is a two-day annual business and technology conference to be held in Falmouth on 4th and 5th September 2014. The conference hosts around thirty UK and International expert speakers over the two days alongside evenings of networking and social events.

The conference explores three main strands of Agile adoption – Business strategy, Teams and Software Craftmanship as well as a Product Design Bonus track this year.  Cornwall will welcome 39 speakers on adoption of Agile in non-technical businesses as well as its core technical theme.

It’s the perfect opportunity to inspire creative and technical thinking, to enjoy time with the UK’s leading thinkers in Agile adoption and evolution and to explore the latest Agile and lean thinking in software craftmanship, teams and business.

Networking opportunities include the beach party, which at the 2013 conference brought together attendees and speakers to explore what it means to be truly Agile in business, from culture to product development practices.

Agile on the Beach 2014 will be on 4-5 September – register your interest via to receive more information on the conference.



BELINDA WALDOCK Agile Innovation

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Presentation – Agile Innovation Belinda Waldock Oxford Innovation