In anticipation of our ‘Why Devs hate Agile and what to do about it’ talk this November, we caught up with speaker Allan Kelly to gain some insight into the session.
First though, for anyone who isn’t familiar with Allan, he helps companies large and small enhance their agility and boost their digital offering. Clients include: Virgin Atlantic, Qualcomm, The Bank of England, Reed Elsevier and many more. He’s the author of “Dear Customer, the truth about IT” and books including “Project Myopia”, “Continuous Digital”, “Xanpan” and “Business Patterns for Software Developers”.
Who do you think should come along and why?
This is a talk for developers who are fed up with Agile and perhaps those who manage developers and want to understand why developers are fed up with Agile.
What do you think are the three most interesting questions that this event will answer?
– If not Agile then what?
– How can we fix Agile?
– How do I make my manager understand this?
– Where do I get the time to do all these things?
Why do you think this presentation is important for people?
When Agile is used for evil nobody’s happy – developers feel it’s another rod to beat them, managers
don’t get the results they desire, analysts keep on writing documents nobody reads and testers spend all their time reporting bugs. If companies are to see the real benefits of Agile, then developers need to believe in Agile and help ensure it’s used for good.
Any advice for junior programmers entering the industry?
It’s a cliché to say “keep learning” so let me say learn by doing. It’s great to read books, go to meetups and especially conferences. It’s also great to do things, keep trying new ideas, then explain them to others – write your own blog or online articles, do a meetup or conference presentation. When you explain things to other people you’re the person who learns the most.
If you’d like to get involved the event is happening on Wednesday 14th November, 18:30 @ Skills Matter, EC2M 7EB. You can find the full details and RSVP here.