25 MAY 2018 09:00
SIGNAL - ICT Graduate School
Agile Alliance New Zealand


Clarke Ching


Anthony and Leon
The Conference will be held in Dunedin 2018.
It is part of the Agile Alliance New Zealand initiative to expose IT centers outside Auckland and Wellington to Agile.

The first was held in Tauranga on 29 September 2017
Then Hamilton.
Then Christchurch on 23 Feb 2018

Our Approach
The format was speakers in the morning and open session in the afternoon.

Why Us?
We have people with multiple years of International experience.

We are a not for profit organization that simply wants to promote Agile Software in the New Zealand community because we believe in it.

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Conference Details

Where is it?
25 May 2018
SIGNAL ICT Grad School
Level 2
123 Vogel St
  • 08:30 Doors Open
  • 09:15 Shane Hastie – Being Agile in a Remote Team
  • 10:00 Ant Boobier – The Art of Dual Track delivery
  • 11:00 Clarke Ching - Where's your bottleneck, Wally? Accelerate Agile by thinking harder, and working less
  • 11:45 Samantha Laing - Quick tricks for creating a collaborative self-organising team that rocks!
  • 12:30-13:00 Lunch
  • 13:15-16:00 Openspace Event
  • 16:00 Close
20 student ones at reduced price of $20 + bf etc
80 general admission at $35 + bf etc.


Shane Hastie
Ant Boobier
Being Agile in a Remote Team
Talk: The Art of Dual Track delivery
In this interactive session Shane discuss his experience working in a distributed, virtual organization which is founded on an Agile Mindset. The challenges of maintaining agility when remote, the ways the ICAgile team have consciously designed their team and organization culture and provide actionable advice based on real experience on how to maintain collaboration, teamwork and live the agile values in a remote only organization.

ICAgile is a global, virtual organisation working with partners across over 100 countries spanning almost every timezone. There is no single corporate office and the ICAgile team is spread across seven locations in three countries. We have managed to build a strong collaborative culture and a truly safe working environment focused on outcomes rather than activities, holding each other to account and being really effective and productive while having a joyful workplace.

About Shane

Director of Agile Learning Programs, ICAgile

Shane Hastie joined ICAgile in 2017 as the Director of Agile Learning Programs. He has oversight in the strategic direction and expansion of ICAgile’s learning programs, including maintaining and extending ICAgile’s learning objectives, providing thought leadership and collaborating with industry experts, and supporting the larger ICAgile community, which includes more than 100 Member Organizations and over 70,000 ICAgile certification holders.

Over the last 30+ years Shane has been a practitioner and leader of developers, testers, trainers, project managers and business analysts, helping teams to deliver results that align with overall business objectives. He spent 15 years as a professional trainer and consultant specialising in Agile practices, business analysis, project management, requirements, testing and methodologies for SoftEd in Australia, New Zealand and around the world.

“I firmly believe that humanistic way of working and the agile mindset are desperately needed in organisations all around the globe today. Taking agile values and principles beyond software is important and making sure they are properly embedded is absolutely crucial for success – we’re in an industry that touches every aspect of people’s lives and massively influences society as a whole and I want to be a part of making sure that industry is both ethical and sustainable.”

We all know the importance of product designers and developers working more closely together. One approach to achieving this is ‘dual-track delivery’. But we shouldn’t think of dual-track delivery as separate tracks, because they’re not.

They happen in tandem. They happen on one overall track with one purposeful team. A team with UX and development skills working together to test assumptions, learn what a customer really needs and deliver an outcome that is truly valued.

This talk will show how you can use categories of work to achieve ‘dual-track development’ and bring multiple disciplines together as one team – how you can balance the ‘Speed of Learning’ with the delivery of ‘Value to the Customer’.

About Ant

Practices Lead, BNZ

Ant Boobier leads a team of coaches at BNZ and is part of Nopmad8.

He has been doing agile for more years than he cares to remember; RAD in the 90s, XP in the 2000s and a magic mix of Lean UX and agile today.

He is a people geek who loves a good experiment.
Clarke Ching
Samantha Laing
Where's your bottleneck, Wally?
Accelerate Agile by thinking harder,
and working less
Quick tricks for creating a collaborative self-organising team that rocks!
On May 29th, Clarke will launch his latest book, The Bottleneck Rules.
Clarke has ruthlessly cherry-picked the 3 most useful ideas from his favourite book, the Theory of Constraints bible, Eli Goldratt's The Goal.

He’s simplified them, and modernised them so they can be used by everyday folk, like us, not just factory managers.

These 3 ideas are incredibly power, surprisingly easy to apply, and -now - accessible to people in all walks of life.

In this session, Clarke will teach you the 3 ideas using the FOCCCUS formula - Find, Optimise, Coordinate, Collaborate, Curate, Upgrade, and Start Again, Strategically.
You will learn more than theory - you will learn how to apply these tools to your work the following day.

About Clarke

Author of Rolling Rocks Downhill, the Agile Business Novel that never mentions agile.

He has been doing Agile for over 15 years and has been powered by ToC and Lean for over 20 years. He ran the Agile Scotland meetup for many years and now lives in his home town Nelson, New Zealand. He wears odd socks and his new book
Quick tricks for creating a collaborative self-organising team that rocks!

Agile teams need to collaborate, take shared ownership, self-organize, and be hyper productive. Okay, that’s seems easy enough…. NOT!

A hack refers to any trick, shortcut, skill, or method that increases productivity and efficiency.

In this talk I will share with you my top 10 hacks for an agile team that can help them get a bit closer to that definition about. Each hack is something I’ve personally tried with several teams and seen significant improvements as a result.

Shortcut your way to success with these team hacks. Some of my favourites are: The magic column to increase cross skilling and shared accountability. The fourth standup question to identify impediments and drive predictability. The single retrospective action that will definitely get done.

About Sam Laing

Agile Consultant at Datacom

Sam is passionate about agile, trail running and dogs ... ok, all animals... Friendly, usually wagging her tail, sometimes giving a warning growl. She has co-authored a few books: https://leanpub.com/p/GrowingAgile and has recently moved to Aotearoa!


Agile Alliance
SIGNAL ICT Grad School
SIGNAL ICT Grad School

Openspace event

Open Space
How to run an open space event
This guide was taken from Transition Network.
How can this help us?
Open Space is a powerful tool for engaging large and small groups of people in discussions to explore particular questions or issues.

It can be used with groups from anything between 10 and 1,000 people.

In Transition it is particularly important because it enables people with ideas and energy to connect creating the opportunity to turn ideas into action.

It is the foremost tool used by Transition groups to move from ‘we have no idea’ to action.
The guide:
Open Space has Four Rules and One Law (the Law of Two Feet), and two insects, and a coffee/tea area.
The Four Rules state:
1. Whoever come are the right people
2. Whatever happens is the only thing that could have
3. Whenever it starts is the right time
4. When it’s over, it’s over
The Law of Two Feet states that:
“If, during the course of the gathering, any person finds themselves in a situation where they are neither learning nor contributing, they can go to some more productive place.”
The insects are:
  • Butterflies.
    • These people hang out, maybe drinking tea, and don’t appear to do much
    • However they may just be involved with the most important discussions of the day
  • Bees.
    • They flit from conversation to conversation bring new ideas, and fresh eyes to the table
    • They can also encourage mingling for those for whom the Law of Two Feet feels a bit rude
You will need the following materials:
  • Lots of marker pens
  • Lots of pieces of paper to write questions on
  • Big pieces of flipchart paper to record discussions
  • Blutack
The question is very important
Key to a successful Open Space event is the question.
The question you ask and how you frame it will determine who comes so be mindful of this.
It can be tempting to just want people who agree with you to turn up, but this will limit the diversity of your group and the success of Transition!
Usually this is in the title of the event as it helps set the ground for what is to be under discussion at the session.
Some examples from Transition Town Totnes have included:
  • How Will Totnes Feed Itself Beyond the Age of Cheap Oil?
  • Powering Totnes Beyond Cheap Oil . . .
  • The Economic Revival of Totnes – how can we build a sustainable, equitable and healthy economy in Totnes?
You may choose to invite specific people, or just leave it open to whoever turns up.

It is important that the question is stated clearly on the invitations and all publicity.
You need a suitable venue
Your venue needs to be:
  • Large enough to take those who attend sitting in a large circle
  • Has walls on which you can stick things
  • Has enough space for several discussions to happen
Running the open space
Setup a circle of chairs so when people arrive they take a seat in the circle (maybe after a cup of tea).
  • In the centre of the circle is a pile of sheets of A4 paper and pens, and on the wall or floor have an empty timetable with the timings of the different sessions on left and the various discussion areas on the top like on the Left
  • Explain to people the four rule, the Law of Two Feet, the insects and how to record discussions.
    You also might include a bit about how to facilitate at the tables.
    For instance making sure one or two voices don’t always dominate discussions, or the art of making people feel safe and welcome so they have the confidence to take part.
  • Then offer people the opportunity to propose a question, if they do this then they must:
    • Host that discussion
    • Record the conversation themselves or arrange someone else to do it for the benefit of anyone unable to participate
    • Write their name on the sheet
  • Then they post the question on the timetable.
  • Then say “Go!”.
    This is the nerve-racking bit.
    You may worry that no one will come forward, but then one person does and often loads more then follow.
    Then the following needs to happen:
    • Ten minutes of people proposing questions and sticking them up on the timetable
    • You may well end up with more questions than you have slots available, in which case put those on similar topics together
    • Once your timetable is full, allow people a few minutes to look at it and work out what they want to go to, and then ring a bell, or something similar, to announce the start of the first session
    • People then go to the space where there question is being hosted and the discussions begin
    • In theory, the rest of the day will organise itself as long as you do the following:
    • Ensure each break-out space has plenty of flip-chart paper and pens
    • Tell people when each session starts, and remind them about the Law of Two Feet
    • At the end of each session, ring a bell to let people know it is finished
    • Go round and collect up the note filled sheets
    • Put them up on the wall in the area you have pre-designated as the ‘Market Place’
    • You may also choose to have someone typing up the sheets, if you are posting the proceedings live on the web or if you want it typed up to send out quickly
    • Leave 30-40 minutes or so at the end to allow one person to feedback from each discussion and for everyone to feedback on the process
    • The notes generated can be typed up and circulated to everyone who attended
Harvesting and Completion
You may decide that this day is about harvesting ideas, and no specific decisions are reached.
Future activities might well emerge from the session, but you might want actions to be agreed and taken forward.
This will determine what shape the closing session takes.

It could be a brief thank you and hope you had a good time, to a more specific planning,setting up working groups or anything else that needs to happen. In which case more time is needed to come to agreements.

Open Space is surprisingly easy to run, and an amazingly powerful way of exploring issues.

What it does is draw out all those who are really passionate about a subject.
For your first one you might find it useful to have someone with prior experience of running Open Space to facilitate it, but once you have a successful Open Space under your belt, you’ll marvel at how simple it is!