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----------------------------- London Conference - 22/23 March 2018

The second Aginext London Conference will take place at CCT Venue South Quay Canary Wharf, on Thursday 22nd & Friday 23rd March 2018.

  • We are delighted to welcome Dave Snowden and Antony Marcano as our keynote speakers!
  • Dave is a researcher in knowledge management and complexity theory, known for the development of the Cynefin framework.
  • Antony is a Trainer and Agile Coach, he has has worked closely with Kent Beck to establish the London 3X community.
  • is an excellent conference for experienced Agilists which explores the most recent Agile trends. Join us at to broaden your network, sharpen your Agile skills and listen to some controversial talks.
  • It’s your chance to explore and develop how the Agile mindset, and Lean ways of working, can help individuals & organisations to respond to changes.
  • Our programme this year consists of 30 engaging talks and workshops. Check out the full program.

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Mr. Pilkington Makes a Toast

Dave Snowden

March 22, 2018: 09:00 - 10:00


Agile evolved from a set of principles to create a collection of methods but is increasingly starting to look like the structured and linear approaches it sought to replace. Lean has become a go-faster strip that can be attached to more or less anything regardless of its relevance.

Using George Orwell’s Animal Farm as an underlying metaphor for the way liberating ideas are corrupted, Dave will look at how we ensure a resilient approach that allows us to scale the original intent of both linked movements without compromise.

Tags: Agile, Lean, Resilience




Agile is Dead

Pedro Torres

March 22, 2018: 10:30 - 11:15


Scrum is today the most adopted Agile practice in the world. Since it was introduced to the world in 1995 in the Oopsla conference at Austin, Texas, in the USA, by Jeff Sutherland and Ken Schwaber, Scrum changed the way the majority of the organizations develop software. Organisations, courses, trainers, certifications, and adoption success case studies emerged since then... but what's missing?

Are all companies successfully adopting Agile & Scrum? Are the certifications enough to create certified / professionals in Scrum? How about Agile transitions? How peaceful are they? Do all developers love Scrum? Is Agile working for the software development?

You will be exposed to the naked truth about the current status of Agile & Scrum, their ecosystems and last but not least to philosophical reflections about human nature. For the brave ones, see you on the other side!

Tags: Agile, Scrum, Origins, Reality, Status, Purpose



The Business Impact of Technical Excellence & Software Craftsmanship

Luca Minudel Paolo Polce

March 22, 2018: 10:30 - 11:15


After many years in professional software development, we experienced the impact of Business’ decisions on IT, the importance of IT quality for the Business, and the role of design principles and technical practices to achieve technical excellence.

In an unexpected turn of events, we learned our assumptions were flawed: the business impact on IT was bigger than expected and the ultimate test for IT quality and technical excellence was much more than software craftsmanship.

After overcoming the embarrassment for our initial blunter,  we can now share with you 4 failures and 4 success stories about the impact of IT quality and technical excellence on the Business, the ultimate test for an IT quality that matters, and the learning from our experiences in Connextra, Scuderia Ferrari F1 racing team, and in ThoughtWorks.

Tags: Business Agility, IT, Agile Quality




Iterative Design Time! No More Big Bang Redesign

Brindusa Axon Stuart Nelson

March 22, 2018: 10:30 - 12:15


Product strategy is often approached by a lot of smart people with great intentions making decisions based on gut feeling to design something that they might not use, or at the very least,  not use in the way they intended, resulting in a "fingers-crossed & hope for the best" strategy.
Couple that with the world we currently live in - one where customers are far more empowered and can quickly move on to the next best product experience at a tap of a finger, a click of a mouse or a simple voice command.
Join us for an interactive workshop to find out how:
•    You can create value straight away through Iterative Design Implementation.
•    Respond to users demands IMMEDIATELY and engage with them NOW.
•    Make product investment decisions based on customer responses in the real world, in real time.

We’ll show you how to use impact mapping, Kano model and story mapping with a hands on example to create a real experience of how you can start small and iterate to make a difference NOW.

Tags: Iterative Design, Agile Strategy, Product Strategy, Agile Product



Introducing the Healing Organisation

Richard Atherton

March 22, 2018: 11:30 - 12:15


What if learning capacity were not the key differentiator between adaptive organisations, but rather the ability to heal?

This presentation explores the question: what if we made healing the core value of an organisation?

Richard will present some key principles of the healing organisation. He’ll explore how individuals, teams and organisations can set themselves up to process the inevitable losses and gains of complex working and how to expand in the process.

Tags: Healing, Adaptive, Grief, Agile Mindset




Embracing Change: The Challenges of Changing ‘Traditional’ Mindsets

Christina Ohanian

March 22, 2018: 11:30 - 12:15


Many organisations are beginning to feel the need to be leaner and more nimble in order to better adapt to today’s ever-changing and uncertain world. This is especially true for the digital space – a sector where technology is creating new behaviours and competitors at an unprecedented rate. What many companies are discovering is that adapting to these changes means altering how they think, work and – most importantly – collaborate. This is no easy challenge.

In the course of my work, I’m often asked how companies can drive and embed a greater understanding, awareness and practice of agile ways of working within their teams and organisations, especially for those who are used to following traditional methodologies. In truth, there’s no single or simple answer, but here is my take on it.

Change is scary – especially when we are used to a particular way of working. The reality, however, is that change is inevitable and learning to embrace change and being open to possibilities is both healthy and an urgent necessity, which all comes down to mindset and learning how to adapt to the environment around you. Change, however can be seen as a big ask in terms of culture, time & resource – not to mention risk, which can produce a lot of resistance to adopting new approaches and ways of working. So how can we set about convincing more traditional mindsets to move towards agile practices? For me, success comes down to four key factors: Value: Be the change you want to see, Trust: Collaborate & build relationships, Time: Habit forming isn't easy, Flexibility: There really is no one way.

In this talk, I want to dive into real life examples of how teams and organisations can overcome resistance to change and focus on the very nature of the problem, which is, that change is not just about engineering and tech - it’s about the organisation as a whole.

Tags: Growth, Change, Agile Mindset






What can Putting a Man on the Moon Teach us About Agile?

Philippe GUENET

March 22, 2018: 12:25 - 12:45


Though launching a rocket into space feels like the most waterfall project one will ever do, the journey to the moon is an extraordinary journey of exploration, experimentation and in fact agility. This talk will be relaxed, will include much space geekiness & anecdotes, and will draw many parallels between the most ambitious programme mankind ever undertook and our day to day application of agile.

Tags: Agile, Geek





Three Key Challenges of Leadership in Pursuit of Business Agility

Georg Fasching

March 22, 2018: 12:55 - 13:15


Deceivingly simple, yet hard to achieve. - These challenges relate to leadership teams, the organisation of work, and how people are treated. We will identify the challenges, their impact, and some pointers for experiments to address them.

Tags: Agile, Leadership




Scrum is From Mars, Kanban is From Venus

Dan Brown

March 22, 2018: 13:30 - 14:15


There is a lot of noise and miss-understanding about Scrum and Kanban working together. This session is a simple and intuitive explanation of how to create collaboration between teams and methods to generate value flow for customers. It includes an explanation of Kanban at the Service Level, and how it differs from but complements teams using the Scrum framework.

Tags: Scrum, Kanban, Agile Mindset, Service Delivery




The Productivity Puzzle

Louise Elliott

March 22, 2018: 13:30 - 14:15


The UK economy has suffered from low productivity for a long time now, named the productivity puzzle by the Office for Budget Responsibility.  It's hard to resist a good puzzle so we'll take a look at how productivity is measured, why it isn't about how hard people are working and what the solution of the puzzle might be.  We'll also take a look at productivity measures within Agile.  How are they measured?  What are they used for?  What affects the measures?  Do we have our own productivity puzzle within the agile community?

Tags: Productivity, Metrics, Puzzles, Agile Business




The Leader's Dancefloor: Leadership Skills for Business Agility

Angel Diaz-Maroto

March 22, 2018: 13:30 - 15:15


The Leader's dancefloor is a leadership development framework for Agile leaders to nurture Business Agility and boost learning capabilities of organizations. In this framework, I deconstruct leadership in 4 dimensions: Complexity thinking, Personal Dimension (Be a leader, act as a leader and interact with leaders), collective dimension (culture, structure and processes) and Organizational change (leading system evolution).

Business agility is creating a learning organization that fosters faster and better learning. This talk is about understanding the key factors and leadership skills required to nurture learning organizations in order to boost business agility.

What comes to mind when you hear the word agile? Probably Agile software development methodologies like Scrum will come to mind. For everyone else in large organizations, however, the word suggests business agility. Leading for business agility It’s about understanding and nurturing the mindset needed to get a holistic understanding of agility.  We are creating a new generation of organizations that gets its value from their learning capabilities. Therefore, Leading to learn is critical to succeed in business agility.

Tags: Dance Floor, Agile Leadership, Agile Mindset



Panel Debate - Why Agile Transformations Fail

Dean Latchana

March 22, 2018: 14:30 - 15:15

Based around the topic 'Why Do Agile Transformations Fail', this session would be a panel debate between 3-4 speakers, in front of a live audience.

Tags: Forum, Agile Transformation


Agility Requires Excellence

David Tanzer

March 22, 2018: 14:30 - 15:15


You want to become agile. So you re-name some roles in your teams, do the meetings and rituals you found in the Scrum guide, run two week sprints. But this is not enough. In order to be really agile - to deliver real value to real users faster, more reliably and with less risk - you need to be excellent in everything you do.

In this talk, I will explain why technical excellence and operational excellence is required for being agile, and how to get there.

Tags: Technical Excellence, Agile Anti-Patterns, Agile Mindset



Agility Needs HR, and HR Need Agility

Rob Lambert

March 22, 2018: 15:45 - 16:30


Agile is not just about ceremonies, deployment tactics, technology and tooling – it’s about solid foundations in recruitment, management, career development, communications and an overall alignment to the company’s purpose and values. At the heart of some of these are everybody’s favourite function – HR. To succeed in releasing agility in your organisation your HR teams need to adapt and iterate and move away from business control to people empowerment.

At the same time, the world of HR is being turned upside down as companies look to HR for strategic guidance and insights that can give them a competitive and people advantage. Engagement is a big topic, access to relevant training is table stakes for employees and annual old-school performance reviews are, thankfully, being questioned as to how effective they are. This change is turmoil for some but an opportunity for others. At the heart of those who see this change as an opportunity lies a need to be agile – to release agility – no different to their colleagues in the technical teams.

In this talk, I will discuss how agility requires strong cultural foundations and how Agile and HR go hand-in-hand no matter which department you are in.

After building an incredibly agile team, described by a seasoned agile coach as “frighteningly agile”, and an agile HR team described as “the least evil HR team in the world” (which I believe is a compliment) I have seen agility from both sides and learned many lessons along the way.

In this fun talk, I will describe how to “release agility” in any team by focusing on strong foundations and good communication and how HR plays a huge part in this. I’ll use stories, examples and insights to give you the tools you need to build strong foundations, talk to HR about agility or even bring Agile to your own HR team!

Tags: HR, Agility, Culture, Agile HR



Agile and Organisational Resilience: Creating Opportunities Through Crisis and Change

Dean Latchana

July 30, 2021: 15:45 - 16:30


The agile and lean mindset enables enterprises to continuously reorientate itself to respond to changing market forces. It enables teams to create new customer propositions to replace retiring cash cows. This application is becoming increasingly recognised across business functions and industries.

In what other business concerns will the agile and lean mindset next cast its lens?

In this talk, I propose the mindset can enable enterprises to strengthen its resilience to unforeseen circumstances. I will explain how agile and lean can enable organisations to survive, thrive and create opportunities through crisis and change.

The talk will cover:
* Why organisational resilience is critically relevant to your team and organisation
* How agile and lean can enable your organisation to prepare and adapt to a crisis
* How we, as practitioners, can develop and apply this thinking to our teams and organisations

Tags: Enterprise, Business Agility, Agile Mindset


Understanding how to get Your Demons to Work for you

Helen Lisowski

March 22, 2018: 15:45 - 16:30


Early Stage Agile Transformations are about introducing staff to new process and practices. It would be great if that were all it took to ‘become agile’ - in fact it would be great if we ALL could learn something new by being told it once. How wonderful would it be if we could see the logic and wisdom of what we were told, and from then on, we would just do things the new way?

This is not how humans work, sadly.

What actually happens is this:

  • we took a decision in our dim and distant past to do something one way.
  • The world didn’t end, and it sort of got us the result we were after, so every time we want that result again, we repeat our learned behaviour.

It takes a surprisingly short amount of time to learn a new behaviour. It takes an even more surprisingly short amount of time to stop thinking about why we continue to act that way.

Suddenly, a decade or 2 has passed and we are still acting the same way - not because it serves us anymore, but because its what we’ve always done.

And this is where the agile transformation coach comes in, and tries to help teach new agile practices, and turn them into agile habits.

In this workshop we will examine some of our own bad habits, and look to see how we can switch them out for some better ones. These techniques and activities can be taken away and used with your own teams to help improve the adoption of agile practices - or in fact any new habits.

Tags: Habits, Practices, Improvement, Agile Mindset




It's not Done Until it's Gone!

Tomasz Kropiewnicki

March 22, 2018: 16:45 - 17:30


Time and time again I see the team or portfolio boards with a magical "Done" column that everyone strives to put their cards in.

Have you considered that when you put the stories, products and services in that column, they are far from "done" in fact, they have just started their proper lifecycle!

The fallacy of being "done" seems to be a latent consequence of the lingering Project mindset that we have been exposed for years.
It's time to take the next step and start considering the full lifecycle profits of our hard work.

I would like to share my experience in helping organisations adopt optimal portfolio managing techniques, where the delivery is just a part of a broader product/service lifecycle.

In essence, we are not done when our work hits real users on production but I would like to state the case that it finishes when it's gone from any active use.

Tags: Portfolio, Lifecycle, Product, Service, Agile Product




Quality Assurance Coach

Alexandre Cuva

March 22, 2018: 16:45 - 17:30


In an Agile environment, the QA position must transform himself, because the testing paradigm has changed. Ensuring the process and test case coverage are respected are not anymore the priority. The QA need now to ensure quality is reviewed at the earliest time and the full team is part of this and not only the tester.

Tags: QA, Agile, Coaching, Agile Quality




3X & The Theory of Everything – Explore, Expand, Extract

Antony Marcano

March 23, 2018: 09:00 - 10:00


3X is a new way of thinking that provides a common language for CEO's, CIO's, CTOS, CFOs, Marketing, Product Managers, Development teams & Operations. It builds a bridge between the innovative, risk-taking, experimental elements of an organisation, and the risk-averse & change-resistant.

It helps us understand how modern digital businesses succeed, and opens our eyes to the reasoning and rationale behind the perceived conflicts between Agile & Waterfall approaches.

3X was devised by Kent Beck, creator of many of the agile practices we take for granted today. Some of the most forward-thinking digital businesses are already evolving and exploiting these ideas – from video advertising to the largest social media brands.

Antony has built upon this thinking and found that it connects many more concepts than would at first be apparent. In this talk, experience Antony’s extensions of 3X. Discover how it can guide the freshest of start-ups; and how it can resolve many of the perceived contradictions of rapid innovation in even the largest, risk-averse organisations.

Tags: 3X, Explore, Expand, Extract Agile, "Kent Beck"



Getting Them to Get it: Communicating Beyond the Agile Bubble

Judy Rees

March 23, 2018: 10:30 - 11:15


Ever had problems with people beyond Agile understanding what you're up to? It's a constant challenge. Whether we're communicating with executives, with customers or with other people, we need to be heard in order to deliver great work. But too often, they just don't seem to get it, despite it being so... obvious!!!

What if there was a different way of seeing the problem? Experience from fields as diverse as education, mediation and sales suggest that the key may be to say less, listen more, and to build a better model of the person's world.
In this session, you'll discover a conversational inquiry framework to do that: Clean Language. It has been shown to be particularly useful in improving communication between diverse individuals in complex contexts. It strengthens relationships, increases transparency and encourages clarity.

Created during the 1990s by the late David Grove, Clean Language is being used increasingly by Agile practitioners as a power-up for the ceremonies we know and love. It supports effective communication within teams and can also be used as a stand-alone pattern by Agile coaches. But in this session, you'll be learning how you can apply it in the wider business context.

The session will include a number of exercises which both demonstrate the impact of the approach and provide specific patterns for listening, questioning and model-building which delegates can put into action immediately - during the conference if they choose! You can expect a lively session with a buzz which continues into the corridors and beyond.

 Tags: Communication, Team, Innovation, Agile Mindset


The Agile Army

John Barratt Rickard Jones

March 23, 2018: 10:30 - 11:15


What could the Agile/Scrum Community learn from the Army?

Is the mindset a chain of Command and Control of resources (following and obeying orders)?

During this interactive session, we will answer these questions and more. Exploring the speakers personal experiences of Agile in the Army and how he and his colleagues faced this on a continuous basis.
We will do this in an interactive role play format and see what we can learn from some of the best self-organising teams in the world.

Using the Agile Mindset as our base of operations we will explore the following topics:

•       A Team Out on Patrol
•       How equipment is maintained
•       Setting up a new Base
•       Relationship Building exercises
•       Goal Setting

We shall also relate this to how the outside world perceives the Army mindset to operate and why the current expectations of Veterans are miss managing expectations within the corporate world. And how this can even transgress into Agile Adoptions in large Enterprises.

By the end of this session, you will have a new perspective on how the Army is perceived and learnt some valuable lessons on how the world’s elite people work.

Tags: Agile Outside of IT




Transforming the A in ASOS to Agile

Asos Team Carlo Beschi

March 23, 2018: 10:30 - 11:15


We are Agile Coaches and Delivery Managers at ASOS. We run and support a few of our 65 engineering teams. We want to share a part of our story - exciting and not free of challenges.

ASOS Web & Apps evolution and scaling: the journey so far, some of the things that we are experimenting with (all hands demos, feature teams, release champions, ...)

Our take on Communities of Practice: how 35 Agile Delivery Managers constantly share their knowledge, learn from each other, grow as a team and have fun along the way.

Different initiatives, different approaches: from traditional waterfall programmes, to fast and cheap validation via experiments, how we are currently working, for real.

A retrospective, as we just delivered a "big bang change”: what we definitely did well, what we are not particularly proud of, what we want to make sure we will do differently next time.

Tags: Agile, Scaling, e-com, Delivery, Community of Practice, Lessons Learned, for Real



The Kanban Guide: Self-Coaching Options for Teams

Jean-Paul Bayley Jose Casal

March 23, 2018: 11:30 - 12:15


Most teams exploring Kanban never go beyond Proto-Kanban. Although this provides significant improvements, we ask ourselves, “How can a full Kanban System evolve?”

When working at, JP and Jose had that same question. The company had a wide education programme to introduce all its staff to Kanban. The next step was to encourage teams to drive their own improvements and support teams in their discovery of new ways of working.

At the beginning of this process, teams struggled to decide what parts of Kanban would help them to improve. They were like a writer facing a blank page: blocked and anxious.

We wanted teams to run more autonomously, select options that fit their context and develop their ability to experiment and discover things. To that end, the coaching team (JP, Jose and Andy de Vale) created the Kanban (Rough) Guide. This was set as an experiment where the Guide provided an extensive (but intentionally incomplete) list of practices related to Kanban. The Guide focuses on generating options for teams to explore as they look at ways to improve.

With the Guide, teams pull coaching support based on their ongoing needs, rather than coaches pushing what to do next. This completely flips the coaching relationship.

Having seen the results at Ding, we believe that this approach leads to healthier and deeper improvements to work environments, Kanban or otherwise. We want to validate this in other organisations.

In this session, Jean-Paul and Jose will introduce their case study and show how they used the tool at Ding.

Tags: Kanban



Professional Coaching - Making it Playful and Solutions Focused

Portia Tung Roy Marriott

March 23, 2018: 11:30 - 12:45


When there's a lot of change and pressure, it's natural for people to get stressed and overwhelmed - so their brains don't function so well, and they can't think so clearly. Playful and Solutions Focused Coaching is a great way to quickly and easily help people handle rapidly changing, high-pressure situations - by helping them get into a more positive and productive state, clarify their aims, gather their resources and take immediate and effective action.

In this workshop, we'll be exploring various techniques for making coaching more playful and Solutions Focused.

Learning Outcomes:

  • practise professional coaching in a playful way
  • learn the difference between a problem focus and a solutions focus - and which is best to use when
  • practice using questions to guide attention in a positive way
  • learn quick and easy ways to build motivation, clarity and confidence
  • receive coaching - so find ways forward with your most pressing problems. Make sure you bring a few because people often run out of problems in these workshops!

Tags: Play, Coaching



The Journey to be a Certified Scrum Professional® (CSP)

Raquel Silva

March 23, 2018: 12:25 - 12:45

Raquel will provide an introduction to what it means to be a CSP.

She will share insights on her experiences when she decided to embrace a new challenge and what drove her there?

Tags: Scrum




Christina Ohanian

March 23, 2018: 12:55 - 13:15

‘Learning’ has become a tricky word. It means different things to different people and more often than not, it has a tendency to always take a back foot when we become ‘too busy’. There is a wonderful saying by Mahatma Gandhi: “Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever.” Whether we consciously realise it or not, we never stop learning. Learning can be implemented in many different shapes and forms. We learn when we read the newspaper or watch the news, we learn when we have a friendly conversation or a tough debate and my personal favourite, we learn when we fail and make mistakes. For us, however, at #play14, we’re all about the experiential and kinaesthetic learning.
#play14 is a movement, which is designed to bring together like-minded people who share the common idea that playing is one of the best ways to learn especially in the workplace. Founded in Luxembourg, #play14 has grown and scaled across 12 countries within Europe including London, Germany, Italy and Spain. We believe in the power of playfulness, whether it’s through games, metaphors or experiments.
As Benjamin Franklin once said, 'Tell me and I forget, teach me and I may remember, involve me and I learn.’

So, if you want to learn more about our what happens at our events such as schedules, learnings and outcomes, then come along, have a listen and ask any question you like.

Tags: Play



Be a pod of Dolphins, not a Dancing Elephant

John Ferguson Smart

March 23, 2018: 13:30 - 14:15


This talk will present the core concepts of Exponential Business Agility, or XBA. XBA is a set of patterns for organising value streams around self-organising, autonomous teams, and is part of the XSCALE approach to scaling agile. XBA combines the Spotify model with practice patterns drawn from the Iroquois Confederacy, the most successful and longest-lived holarchy in history.

Learn how Throughput Accounting optimises the contribution of each business function to top line throughput rather than blindly attempting to minimise operating expense.

And discover how Self-Propagating Transformation avoids pushing change into pre-existing teams, programs or silos, but generates agile capability by grafting the kernel of a new culture onto the trunk of the old.

Be a pod of dolphins, not a dancing elephant. Don't try to scale agile. De-scale your organisation instead.

Tags: Scaled Agile, XSCALE, Business Agility



Transforming a Profession: Barclay’s Internal Audit’s Journey With Agility

Andrew Spence

March 23, 2018: 13:30 - 14:15


We’re going to look at a case study about Barclays Internal Audit’s Journey with agility. BIA has grown a culture of learning with a focus on early value delivery and adaptability. Their work has led them to the creation of an industry-wide forum where the profession has embraced these new ways of working. We’ll examine how this is changing Internal Audit’s approach to work. We’ll also explore tips and tricks for how you could get started in a Non-IT agile transformation.

Tags: Agile, Audit, Non-IT, Business Agility, Agile Outside IT



Embedding Agile in any Meeting

Antony Quinn Roy Marriott

March 23, 2018: 13:30 - 15:15


We all want to make our teams, departments and organisations more Agile – so they can be more flexible, creative and responsive to their customers and environments, deliver better results more quickly, and ultimately add more to the bottom line.

But an Agile Transition can be long and painful – there are lots of training courses to attend, lots of processes to change, lots of tools to adopt and lots of resistance to overcome.

But wherever you’re at in your Agile Transition, it’s always possible to become more Agile just by adopting a more Agile mindset. It’s possible to embed the Agile mindset into any meeting (or indeed any conversation).

How? In this workshop we’ll use techniques from both “improv” and “Solutions Focus,” that quickly and easily embody the Agile mindset.

Improvisation, or “improv”, is all about letting go of preconceptions, listening to what’s actually being said, and building progress on the contributions that everyone wants to make. When anyone in a meeting starts to use improv principles and practices, the meeting becomes more Agile. As peoples’ ideas get included, so everyone feels more involved and enthusiastic about making progress.

Solutions Focus is a conversational toolkit that makes meetings more positive, more flexible, more constructive, and more productive of concrete, practical ways forward that everyone can agree to and do.

Both of these approaches help develop Psychological Safety – which, according to Google research, is “far and away the most important” factor for high team performance.

Tags: Agile Mindset, Agile Transformation



Leaning Towards the Future

Torbjörn Gyllebring

March 23, 2018: 14:30 - 15:15


The world of work is rapidly changing with new ways of working, new technologies and new demands. In this torrent of change and under mounting pressures to create more with less it's easy to forget to forget to tend to human needs.

Let's look towards a future of work where these challenges are met by refocusing our efforts towards not only by respect for people, but by actively embracing our humanness and redesigning the way work works towards the meeting of human needs.

This is an exploration of how Lean can guide us towards tomorrow by looking at yesterday and being fully present today. It's an exploration of what happens when we take our current practices and recast them in light of our humanness.

Tags: Lean, Change, Needs



AgileHR and Scrum

Christoforos Nikitas Rickard Jones

March 23, 2018: 14:30 - 15:15


Learn how AgileHR can use Scrum to help  people to be empowered.

The take-away from this is how AgileHR helps your organisation progress & tangibly improve it’s Business Agility by being Agile!

- How HR use Scrum to help Teams evolve
- Why AgileHR are the leaders for Agile Culture
- Enabling Diversity & Inclusion for Talent Recruitment of Scrum Teams
- Personal Nurturing through Inspect and Adapt
- Relentless Learning and Development
- How to move HR to PeopleOps=AgileHR

Tags: AgileHR, Scrum, PeopleOps



From Agile Mentor to Agile Coach: Growing a Deeper Understanding of Coaching

Toby Sinclair

March 23, 2018: 15:45 - 16:30


It turns out Agile Coaching is something very different to what many people think it is. 18 Months ago, Toby started working as an Agile Coach which led him to a disorientating dilemma. Toby was confident he knew lots about Agile, but he always wondered what coaching was all about. He was soon to learn that he had a shallow understanding of Coaching and he was not alone. He’d come to realise that many coaches, including himself, were really acting as Agile Mentors rather than Agile Coaches. Advice and instruction were more common than active listening or powerful questions. In fact, Toby hadn’t even realised Agile Mentoring and Agile Coaching was not that same thing!

In this talk, Toby will share the vital lessons that have led him to a deeper understanding of what Coaching is and what it means for his Agile Coaching practice. He will share his early experiences of coaching and some embarrassing stories from these early attempts. He’ll share how he managed to find the gold nuggets amongst a plethora of internet psychobabble. Finally, he’ll share his experience of undertaking a Professional Coaching course and accreditation with the ICF (International Coaching Federation).

Toby started out on his journey keen to understand how coaching could equip him with the best ways to help others. However, what Toby didn’t realise is that this would be more of a journey inwards, to a greater awareness of himself. He found that only first growing himself could he best serve others and being coached was an important part of enabling that growth.

Toby will inspire you by sharing his real-life experience. You will leave with practical insight into how to become a coach or grow further in your coaching practice.

Tags: Coaching, Mentoring, Agile, Personal Development, Mindfulness, Career Development



Challenging Limiting Beliefs – Unlocking Your Organisation's Peopl­e Potential

Zia Malik

March 23, 2018: 15:45 - 16:30


Do you or people in your organisation hold beliefs that limit potential? Is your Agile transformation not gaining the traction you expected?

As change agents and leaders we are often focused on change at the organisation level, while important, there is a tendency to forget people are a vital part of this complex system.

In this session, we will discuss useful behaviours and patterns I have experienced when coaching people during Agile transformations, with a particular focus on coaching around the 4 levels of containment and limiting beliefs.

This will be an interactive discussion-based workshop where we will learn some ideas and concepts, how to apply them, while also allowing you to share your own experiences. We will also work together to generate some great ideas to apply within your Agile transformations and start making a difference to your organisation.

Tags: People, Agile, Transformation, Coaching, Agile Transformation



Agile Coaches Competency Compass

Jon Sleeper

March 23, 2018: 15:45 - 16:30


This is a developmental exercise for people working with agile as a Coach, Scrum Master, Scrum team member or any other role.  The exercise is designed to connect people to their work, team and themselves by spending some time reflecting on the different skills and competencies in the agile working space.

Tags: Coaching, Mentoring, Agile


All-hands conference "Sprint Review"

Dean Latchana

March 23, 2018: 16:45 - 17:30


Similar to a sprint review, let’s regroup to review and discuss the past two days of the conference.

What have you learnt? What conversations have you had? What can you share?

Also, suppose we have a team backlog. What changes should be made to the backlog so we can deliver value to the organisations and individuals we support.

Tags: Forum


22nd March 2018

22nd MarchSpice 1Spice 2Spice 3
08:15Registration and Breakfast
09:00Keynote -
Mr Pilkington Makes a Toast by Dave Snowden
10:30Agile is Dead by Pedro TorresThe Business Impact of Technical Excellence & Software Craftsmanship by Luca Minudel and Paolo Polce
Iterative design time! No more Big Bang Redesign by Brindusa Axon and Stuart Nelson
11:30Introducing the Healing Organisation by Richard
The Challenges of Changing ‘Traditional’ Mindsets by Christina Ohanian
12:15Lunch BreakShort Talks
12:25 What can Putting a Man on the Moon Teach us about Agile? by Philippe Guenet
12:55 3 Keys Challenges of Leadership in Pursuit of Business Agility by Georg

13:30Scrum is from Mars, Kanban is from Venus by Dan BrownThe Productivity Puzzle by Louise ElliottThe Leader's Dancefloor: Leadership skills for Business Agility by Angel Diaz Maroto
14:30Panel Debate - Why Agile Transformations Fail by Dean LatchanaAgility requires Excellence by David Tanzer
15:15Afternoon Break
15:45Agility needs HR, and HR need agility by Rob LambertAgile and Organisational Resilience: Creating opportunities through crisis and change by Dean LatchanaUnderstanding How to get your Demons to Work for you by Helen Lisowski
16:45It's Not Done Until It's Gone! by Tomasz KropiewnickiQuality Assurance Coach by Alexandre Cuva

23nd March 2018

23rd MarchSpice 1Spice 2Spice 3
08:15Registration and Breakfast
09:00Keynote -
3X & The Theory of Everything – Explore, Expand, Extract by Antony
10:30Getting Them To Get It: Communicating Beyond The Agile Bubble by Judy ReesThe Agile Army by John Barratt and Rickard JonesTransforming the A in ASOS to Agile by Carlo Beschi and Asos Team
11:30The Kanban Guide: Self-Coaching Options for Teams by Jose Casal and Jean-Paul BayleyTBCProfessional Coaching - making it Playful and Solutions Focused by Roy Marriott and Portia Tung
Lunch BreakShort Talks
12:25 The Journey to be a Certified Scrum Professional® (CSP) by Raquel Silva
12:55 Play 14 by Christina Ohanian
13:30Be a pod of dolphins, not a dancing elephant
by John Fergson Smart
Transforming a profession: Barclay’s Internal Audit’s journey with agility by Andrew Spence
Embedding Agile in any Meeting by Roy Marriott and Antony Quinn
14:30Leaning towards the future by Torbjörn GyllebringAgileHR and Scrum by Rickard Jones and Christoforos Nikitas
15:15Afternoon Break
15:45From Agile Mentor to Agile Coach: Growing a deeper understanding of coaching by Toby Sinclair Challenging Limiting Beliefs – Unlocking Your Organisations Peopl­e Potential by Zia MalikAgile Coaches Competency Compass by Jon Sleeper
16:45All-hands conference "Sprint Review" by Dean Latchana
17:45Farewell drinks


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Courses, Training sessions and Events

Are you interested in learning more from Aginext 2018 speakers? Take a look below for some courses and training sessions they are offering:

  • Philippe Guenet
    • Lean IT Meet-up London #4 – Theme details to be confirmed – focus on Sensing – 1 day – London- 1st May 2018  #Lean IT  #Agile  #Complexity  #System Thinking  #Cynefin
  • Dean Latchana
    • Agile 101 Training – 1 day – contact Dean for training dates and locations on #agile #lean #introduction #beginners #refresher #teamwork

Call for Papers

The Call for Papers is open until the 30th November 2017. The full program will be published in December.

What next in Agility? Since the Agile Manifesto has been releasted in 2001, Agility has evolved a lot, and more changes are coming.  As a Speaker, come to to share your views about the Agility Today and Tomorrow.

Please use this Submission Form to submit your talk or workshop.


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Dean Latchana

Program Committee

Glenn Bowering

Program Committee

Helen Lisowski

Program Committee

John Barratt

Program Committee

Rickard Jones

Program Committee

Louise Elliott

Program Committee

Oliver Szymanski

Speaker Manager / Founder

Letzia Cenni

Conference Organiser

Linda Timpere

Event Assistant

Hina Paracha

Community Manager

Lindsay Morgan

General Coordinator

Cyril Lapinte

Web Manager

David Gimelle

Leader / Founder

Randeep Singh

Partnership Manager

Kerry Smith

Marketing Manager


What time should I arrive at the venue?

  • 8:15am

When will the keynote begin?

  • 9am

Which are the nearest train/tube stations?

  • Canary Wharf Tube Station / South Quay DLR Station

Can I get a discount on my ticket?

Can I transfer my ticket to someone else?

  • Yes

Can I cancel my ticket and get a refund?

  • Yes if you cancel before the 12th March

What if I cannot pay by Eventbrite?

  • It’s possible to use the Invoice + Bank Transfer payment route. The administrative fee is 6% by ticket.

Can I win Scrum Alliance Unit by attending?

  • Yes

Where can I find a map of the venue?

Do you have a code of conduct?

How can I give a talk at

  • As a spakers, Please use the Call for Papers which is usually open from 1st October to 1st December.
  • As an attendee you can have a change to give a lighting talks during Lunch break, please Contact if you want to submit a lighting talk.

How do we choose the speakers and talks?

  • 70% of the speakers have been invited and 30% has been selected by the call for papers process (usually open from 1st October to 1st December).

As a speakers when I will know if my submission has been accepted of not?

  • If you submission has been accepted you will contacted by email between the 1st of December and 15th Decmber. If you submission has not been accepted you will be definitly informed by the end of January.

What is about?

  • is a gathering of pioneers and thought-leaders to explore Agile’s and Lean’s emergence into new fields and business domains.

Who is 2018 for?

  • Agile Practitioners interested in the most advanced agile practices as well as the emerging ones.

What to expect from the conference?

  • Advanced Agile talks and workshops. An insight into the future of Agile. Networking with Agile Professionals.

How can you benefit from

  • Dive into Agile talks and workshops, mingle with coaches and speakers.


  • Since the Agile Manifesto in 2001, Agile has evolved a lot, reached full maturity and spread across all industries. Nowadays Thousands of professionals have years of experience in Agile but it is still re-inventing itself. Therefore, for the 15th Birthday of the Agile Manifesto in 2016, we came up with the idea of a Conference for Agile Practitioners which will explore the most advanced agile practices and the emerging ones. is for you if:

  • You are not new to Agile
  • You like to sharpen your knowledge
  • You are ready to attend a talk about why Agile is probably already dead
  • You like this joke about a pig, a chicken and a restaurant in a nutshell:

  • 2018 is a conference for Agile Practitioners interested in the most advanced Agile practices and the emerging ones. Come along and dive into Agile talks and workshops, mingle with coaches and speakers, and network with Agile Practitioners.



All attendees, speakers, sponsors and volunteers at our conference are required to agree with the following code of conduct. Organisers will enforce this code throughout the event. We are expecting cooperation from all participants to help ensuring a safe environment for everybody.

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– The Quick Version
Our conference is dedicated to providing a harassment-free conference experience for everyone, regardless of gender, gender identity and expression, age, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, ethnicity, religion (or lack thereof), or technology choices. We do not tolerate harassment of conference participants in any form. Sexual language and imagery is not appropriate for any conference venue, including talks, workshops, parties, Twitter and other online media. Conference participants violating these rules may be sanctioned or expelled from the conference without a refund at the discretion of the conference organisers.

– The Less Quick Version
Harassment includes offensive verbal comments related to gender, gender identity and expression, age, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, ethnicity, religion, technology choices, sexual images in public spaces, deliberate intimidation, stalking, following, harassing photography or recording, sustained disruption of talks or other events, inappropriate physical contact, and unwelcome sexual attention.

– Participants asked to stop any harassing behavior are expected to comply immediately.
Sponsors are also subject to the anti-harassment policy. In particular, sponsors should not use sexualised images, activities, or other material. Booth staff (including volunteers) should not use sexualised clothing/uniforms/costumes, or otherwise create a sexualised environment.

If a participant engages in harassing behavior, the conference organisers may take any action they deem appropriate, including warning the offender or expulsion from the conference with no refund.

If you are being harassed, notice that someone else is being harassed, or have any other concerns, please contact a member of conference staff immediately. Conference staff can be identified as they’ll be wearing branded t-shirts.

Conference staff will be happy to help participants contact hotel/venue security or local law enforcement, provide escorts, or otherwise assist those experiencing harassment to feel safe for the duration of the conference. We value your attendance.

We expect participants to follow these rules at conference and workshop venues and conference-related social events.

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