During the live day on Friday 15 May, participants took part in realtime.

Until Friday 12 June, you can get a "Video Access" ticket to view our virtual venue, all recorded content, sponsor booths, extra content (inc. Yoga!) and access to our event slack community.

Times are challenging for all of us. With that in mind, the team agreed we should let you decide how much to pay for the live event - including providing a free ticket. It’s what we’d hope to see others doing for the benefit of the community right now and it’s the least we could do for you.

We have now released our "Video Access" ticket priced at £35+ VAT.

With 17 sessions across three tracks covering a range of themes and topics, the content being shared at our virtual Agile Manchester conference will enthuse and inspire you. See below for details.

Aras Bilgen: Great design, despite agile: how to get the best out of your design team in agile projects

About the session

On paper, design and agile development sound wonderful together. Design practices help us discover user needs and agile practices help us deliver valuable solutions in a sustainable cadence. But agile development, especially Scrum, creates impediments for important design activities especially for user research. We will discuss how designers and agile developers can create better experiences together without having to sacrifice the core tenets of their disciplines and going mad at each other.

About the speaker

Aras Bilgen

Aras helps designers, business analysts, agile teams and managers to use human-centric approaches in product development. He led the experience design and front-end development teams at Garanti BBVA, managed digital product teams at Lolaflora and monitise, and worked as a UX planner at Intel. The products he worked on are used by more than 160 million people worldwide. Aras holds a master's degree from Georgia Institute of Technology and a bachelor's degree from Bilkent University. He carried out academic research projects in Lancaster University and Microsoft Research Cambridge, and is currently teaching research methods in Kadir Has University, Istanbul. He is an avid cook and drives his colleagues nuts by winning all food-related trivia games.

Chris Smith: Crucial conversations in agile teams: how making it safe to talk about almost anything unlocks continuous improvement

About the session

Crucial conversations happen where the stakes are high, opinions vary and emotions run strong. These situations arise all the time in agile development teams. If handled poorly or ignored, crucial conversations can lead to misunderstandings, inaction or strained relationships. For an agile team, this can mean a missed opportunity to learn and adapt. In this talk, Chris will explore tools and techniques to help navigate these situations, engage in open discussion, speak persuasively - not abrasively - and help each other improve.

 Conference themes: Communication, Teams, Psychological safety


About the speaker

Chris Smith

Chris is Head of Product Delivery at Redgate. His job is to lead the software development teams that work on Redgate's ingeniously simple database software, building teams with clarity of purpose, freedom to act and a drive to learn.


Dan Abel & Amélie Cornelis: Being secure by default

About the session

Security initiatives rarely start with trust. Most endeavours push delivery teams out of ownership or expect them to work it out for themselves. This becomes a barrier to safe delivery rather than empowering and assisting. There is a gap between ‘ad hoc' and ‘gatekeeper' security that joins together autonomy and safety. We want to tell you how we have changed our culture and built confidence in security practices with a culture of collaboration across our organisation.

Conference themes: Developer, Security

About the speakers

Dan Abel

Dan has spent 25 years as a software engineer and technical leader, learning better ways to ship and get the feedback the team needs to be building the right thing. He uses his experience in kayak coaching to lead and guide teams, strengthen technical excellence and to grow technical leadership. He works as a principal engineer for Tes Global.


Amélie Cornelis

Amélie has written software in different industries (NHS, police forces, research, education) and enjoys being part of teams tackling the whole cycle: from noticing an opportunity for improvement to delivering it. Her favourite phrase: “let’s have a look!”

Amélie believes in the importance of continuously practising to improve skills and organises / participates in software crafters gatherings (from a few hours to a few days). She also enjoys hiking and is currently based in Scotland, exploring the west coast in particular.



Gary Fleming: Fight code and team rot using continuous improvement

About the session

What happens when you leave a codebase alone for a year? Would you expect it to still work? What about 5 years? 10 years?

If you've experienced you know the answer: it's a whole bunch of work to replatform the code to something more modern, more supported.

It doesn't have to be like this.

What if we used continuous integration and deployment techniques to ensure an easier future for ourselves and our future teams? Let's discuss a world in which we can write systems that, to a large degree, can look after themselves when we're not looking.

In this session, we'll explore code rot, continuous deployment, and the tools (automated and otherwise) you can use to keep your code alive for a bit longer.


About the speaker

Gary Fleming

As an agile coach focusing on technical practices and software crafting, Gary tries to help teams fill the gaps they have when it comes time to do the work. Sometimes this means helping development teams improve their testing practices, increasing their communication, or learning how to do reliable, well-structured, well-tested, continuous delivery many times per day.


Ian Forrester: The future and importance of storytelling

About the session

Stories makes us human, they are central to being human. We make stories out of inanimate objects and use them to make meaning of the world around us.

The importance of stories can not be underestimated however it in recent times the stories we tell then and now have dramatically changed but never made the leap to the internet age in a powerful way.

In this talk Ian will reflect on the synergy of technology & storytelling; where it could go next for us all.


About the speaker

Ian Forrester

Ian is a well-known character on the digital scene in the UK and Europe. Living in Manchester, UK, he works for the BBC's R&D Future Experiences team.

He specialises in open innovation and new disruptive opportunities, by creating tangible value with open engagement and collaborations with start-ups, universities and early adopters.

His current research is into the area of future narrative and storytelling, with a technology he calls Perceptive Media. It's a new approach to broadcasting, which pairs the best of broadcast with the best of internet technology, creating experiences like sitting around a camp fire telling stories.

Ian is proud to have a non-traditional background in interaction design, which he crossed over with development using XML and semantic web technologies.

His diverse background makes him adaptive and flexible in any situation, with a relaxed and creative leadership style. He takes sustainability, data ethics and human potential seriously in his leadership and collaborations. Taking pride in his background, he champions inclusion and diversity where ever he goes. His achievements were recently noticed by Inclusive Boards, landing him in the top 100 diverse tech leaders in the UK.

Previously a founder of the dataportability.org group in 2004, running the quantified self group in Manchester in 2015, his track record leads him in good stead for a data rich future.


Julia Bellis & Chirag Agarwal: The joy of a deadline: how we transformed online passport applications against the clock

About the session

Are deadlines always bad? How do you set up your teams to deliver products/services your users love with deadlines looming large? We are part of an agile team that's delivered the UK's first truly digital passport application service, much loved by UK nationals and the envy of other countries. In this session, we discuss the challenges we faced along the way - how we faced them, and how we might avoid them if we could do it again.

About the speakers

Julia Bellis

I’ve been working in software development since 2000. I’ve done every role going, from writing complex data migration scripts to coordinating large scale public product launches.

My favourite part of software delivery is product management, because it combines storytelling and a bit of psychology with teamwork and technical skills.

I’ve worked exclusively on agile teams since 2005 and I love how agile lets you focus on the interesting, human side of software.

I was the service manager at Her Majesty's Passport Office for about 15 months in 2018/19 and I enjoyed the challenge of laser-sharp focus on our goals to allow our teams to deliver at pace.

Chirag Agarwal

I’ve been working in software development since 2004. Having done a number of roles, I gravitated towards product as I enjoy collaborating on a shared vision and getting stuck in to bring that to life.

I’m passionate about agile delivery and using that to build products and services that users want to use rather than have to use. I’ve used this approach with a diverse set of private and public sector clients, learning some useful lessons along the way.

More recently, in the last 2 years I’ve been working with HM Passport Office as Kainos’s Head of Product on the digital passport service. In this role, I’ve really enjoyed building empowered, autonomous agile teams that work well together to solve any complex problems they are faced with.

Karl Scotland: Imposing agile with coherence, constraints and curiosity

About the session

As agile becomes more mainstream, leaders and managers are increasingly deciding to establish agile transformations to deliver organisational improvement. However, the imposition of agile methods and practices as ready-made solutions is like putting a new patch on an old garment - a superficial fix that will ultimately make things worse. This interactive session explores what it means to 'impose' agile and what good or bad approaches to this might be.

Conference theme: Enterprise Agile

About the speaker

Karl Scotland

Karl leads the TEKsystems Agile Transformation Services Practice in EMEA. Over the last 15 years, he has been a vocal advocate of lean and agile approaches to achieve this, working with companies including the BBC, Yahoo!, EMC Consulting, Rally Software, Cisco, SDL and Legal & General.

Karl has been a pioneer of using kanban systems and strategy deployment for product development, a founding member of both the Lean Systems Society and Limited WIP Society, as well as being active in the community and a regular conference speaker. He was awarded the honorary Brickell Key Community Contribution Award at the 2013 Lean Kanban North America conference.




Mark Cruth: Anarchy over agility: the rehabilitation of leadership

About the session

The word 'anarchy' is often associated with lawlessness, but it also represents freedom. Once a beacon of autonomy, agile has fallen victim to the influence of management. Developers desire to reclaim their agile with the introduction of the Developer Anarchy movement, which enables complete freedom by eliminating management. During this session, we will learn about Developer Anarchy and why removing management can unlock true agility. If agile doesn’t feel like it’s working, maybe it’s time to incite a little anarchy!

Conference themes: Leader, Anarchy

About the speaker

Mark Cruth

Mark Cruth is an Enterprise Solutions Architect with Atlassian, working with organizations around the world to improve the connection between the work being done and the goals being pursued with the help of Jira Align. An Agile advocate since 2009, Mark has made it his mission to inject the values and principles of Agile into everything he does.

His deep knowledge in Agile product development and team dynamics stem from his diverse experience supporting transformation and value delivery as an Agile Coach, Scrum Master, and Product Owner across several different industries, including Manufacturing, eCommerce, Big Data, and FinTech. When not heads down in the latest book on self-management or deep in conversation with a leadership team, Mark can be found reading one of his favorite sci-fi novels (specifically anything by Brandon Sanderson) or playing with Legos with his kids.


Mattia Battiston: Agile metrics for predicting the future

About the session

Most teams need to answer questions like “When will it be done? What can I get by date X?”. However, common estimation approaches often fail to give us the predictability we want, and tend to introduce bad behaviours like hard deadlines and hiding uncertainty. In this session, I’ll show you how, step by step and with real life examples, teams can use their historical data and metrics to forecast the future and answer these questions with confidence.

About the speaker

Mattia Battiston

I’m a software developer and team leader with a great passion for learning and continuous improvement. I’ve been interested in everything to do with agile and helping teams improve since the beginning of my career over 10 years ago. I love conferences and meetups for sharing experiences and learning from others. I use kanban, lean and agile to help teams strive to get better. I am also co-author of the book Team Guide to Metrics for Business Decisions.


Neha Datt: Product management isn’t *just* about product management anymore!

About the session

Building products is hard! This is a call to arms, to upgrade the modern product manager’s (PM's) toolkit. As leader, coach and colleague, a modern PM’s role increasingly needs to focus less on building products and more on their team, environment and outcomes. We’ll explore case studies and actionable tips to add to our toolkit. Specifically: how to facilitate 'safe' failure, improve sustainability by paying product/business 'debts' - and redefine leadership for flatter, autonomous teams.

Conference themes: Management, Product Development

About the speaker

Neha Datt

Neha’s role as a product manager, trainer and coach is focused on bringing a people-centred approach to designing business strategy, delivering products and shaping organisational culture.

Her focus on people - while working within highly technical areas - is the result of over 15 years’ experience in designing and delivering intentional user experiences across a wide range of industries.

A strong advocate of lean, modern agile and service design, Neha helps organisations of all sizes - from start-ups to enterprises - to build products and teams that make a real difference to people.

Neha is a director of Mercurial Phoenix, a new venture studio and consultancy based in London, and a member of the Equal Experts network. She also finds it strange to write about herself in the 3rd person.

Contact Neha on Twitter via her website: www.mercp.com.

Rebecca Kemp & Simon Kaplan: How Citizens Advice is using agile to respond to COVID-19

About the session

This case study explains how Citizens Advice customer journey team is using agile to respond to coronavirus. Use of our digital advice has doubled since the crisis began, and we are providing advice to meet rapidly changing user needs. This talk explains how we are bringing agile and innovation into an organisation that was founded during WWII. I'll talk openly about how we're working, what we're learning, and how we're improving. I'll also explain how we are using our data to provide a window into the problems people are facing, and how government and companies might help solve them.


About the speakers

Rebecca Kemp

I’m Director of Customer Journey at Citizens Advice. I lead a brilliant team of product, delivery, UX, service design, content and data people. Together, we deliver digital advice to 29m users a year, and create a seamless customer experience across all our services.

I’m also a non-executive director of Democracy Club and a trustee of National Ugly Mugs.

I occasionally do training and mentoring on service transformation and leadership, for clients like Doteveryone and the Government Digital Service.

Simon Kaplan

I have the privilege of leading the content design function within the Customer Journey team at Citizens Advice. Basing our work on data, evidence and research we develop content to help people solve problems they have and to support our 23,000 advisers when they give advice. We work with user researchers, product designers, developers and data scientists as well as our legal experts to make sure what we design is factually correct and easy to use. Coronavirus is our biggest challenge yet and this session will show how we've adapted our design processes so that people get the advice they so need.

Sabine Khan: Improve your agile coaching skills with a Training from the BACK of the Room (TBR) mindset

About the session

Coaching and leadership can be very challenging. Everyone you work with learns and is motivated differently. Sharon Bowman's books, Training from the BACK of the Room and Brain Science, have provided a research-based approach to teaching people in a more engaged and long-lasting way. This mindset can also improve your agile coaching methods. Come learn in this interactive workshop session how building some critical skills through TBR will help you master true facilitation, coaching, training and mentoring.

About the speaker

Sabine Khan

Sabine Khan is an agile coach, creative trainer, facilitator, speaker and thinking partner who can join you on the journey to high performance. As someone who has over 16 years of experience in software development and has been in the agile space since 2007, Sabine helps people discover their agile instincts and develop their coaching abilities. She has coached and trained teams in the United States, Malaysia, India and the UAE. She is based out of Houston, Texas, and has coached individuals, teams and executives.

Patrick Kua: Leading an agile organisation through hypergrowth

About the session

What would it look like if you put someone with almost 20 years' experience of working in agile in charge of a product and technology organisation during hyper-growth? How do you make an organisation scale, taking on rapid change and delivering change rapidly? Come to this session to find out more.

About the speaker

Patrick Kua

Patrick Kua is a seasoned technology leader with almost 20 years of experience. His personal passion is accelerating the growth and success of tech organisations and technical leaders. He has had many years of hands-on experience, leading, managing and improving complex organisations and software systems as the CTO and Chief Scientist of N26, and as a Technical Principal Consultant at ThoughtWorks.

He is a frequent keynote and conference speaker, author of 3 books including The Retrospective Handbook, Talking with Tech Leads and Building Evolutionary Architectures and runs the Level Up newsletter for leaders in tech. You can find him on Twitter or running his very popular ""Tech Lead Skills for Developers"" workshop around the world.

Phil Thompson: Initiating an agile transformation

About the session

You’re struggling, delivery is slow and late, teams are opaque and blame is endemic. You’ve worked in agile delivery before and know it can help, but how are you going to convince the leaders that this is the way to go? In this session, we’ll talk through the drivers for change, how to frame it and how to bring your audience with you. We will share how to propose that your company initiates and supports a journey to business agility.

Conference themes: Management, Agile Transformation

About the speaker

Phil Thompson

Phil is an experienced coach, practitioner, speaker and trainer in enterprise business agility adoption. He has spent much of the past 15 years supporting large organisations in their journey towards true business agility, covering agile frameworks, lean UX and DevOps. For Phil, business agility is about adapting the values, behaviours and ways of working to account for systems thinking, complexity theory and the fundamentals of how we, as people, respond to our work.

Phil is an agile coach at BCG Platinion and is an active member of the agile community in London, contributing towards discussion groups, meetups and forums.


Jon Vines: Let’s talk about DevOps

About the session

DevOps has been around for 10 years and has made huge strides from its original premise of bringing development and operations closer together. DevOps is so much more now, and builds on lean, agile and safety culture and more. Adoption of DevOps principles and practices can have a profound effect on organisational culture. How can we talk about DevOps and make it accessible to those not in development and operations? Let’s talk about DevOps.

About the speaker

Jon Vines

Jon is a software engineer and team lead at AO.com. He has been building, deploying and operating systems for over 10 years and is interested in serverless, event-driven architectures and the application of DevOps principles and practices. Jon loves reading; bring recommendations.

John Young: Working with bullying

About the session

This workshop will combine facilitated discussion, small group discussion and presentation of theory. In this session, we will explore our own emotional and behavioural responses to being on the receiving end of bullying or witnessing bullying.

We will examine behaviours such as intimidation, condescension, public ridicule, blame and being dishonest about other people’s work. I will present some research, as well as my own thinking on the aims of people who use these behaviours.

I hope you will walk away from this session feeling better positioned to not get stuck in the grip of workplace bullying or feel better equipped to help others not get stuck in its grips.

About the speaker

John Young

John Young is a team and executive coach. Through his consulting practice, RedElephant, he helps leaders and organisations transition into the effective use of Agile and Lean Startup principles and practices. He also works with early stage entrepreneurs.

John leads workshops on leadership, coaching and facilitating organisational change. He has presented at Agile Cambridge, Lean Agile Scotland, Agile in the City and Agile Manchester. He has had several articles on leadership, strategy and agile delivery published in INSEAD Knowledge.

John is a graduate of an organisational psychology programme taught at the business school INSEAD.

Vimla Appadoo: Culture + Code ≠ Delivery

About the session

Almost 20 years since the agile manifesto took the world by storm. So, what’s changed? A s**t-tonne. We’re in the midst of some of the biggest cultural shifts society has ever seen. Social media is more important than news outlets. Technology corporations know more about us than our loved ones. And that’s just the beginning. What role are we playing in shifting societies? When did we start doing agile rather than being agile? And, most importantly, what do we do about it? I’m going to show you the missing link between culture and code that’s stopping our teams and organisations from delivering the best possible software, services and products.

About the speaker

Vimla Appadoo

At 21, Vimla co-founded Experience Matters consultancy, winning a Manchester NHS CCG as her first client. Since, Vim has also founded the Northern Collective: Women in Public Spaces, co-founded SheSaysMCR, managed DrinkaboutMCR and Manchester Social Entrepreneurs. She has been an advisor to the Youth Charter and is currently on the advisory board to the Youth Group and is a Regional Ambassador for the Holocaust Educational Trust.

Vim is passionate about giving under represented groups a voice and spends her free time organising grass roots community groups to empower people to up skill and take on new challenges. Vim understands the pressure that under represented groups can often face and spends her time giving others the opportunities that she has received. Vim frequently goes into local schools and high schools to help address the challenges young people face getting into the workplace and she goes above and beyond her duty to bring equality into the tech sector.

Vim has been an advisor on international government tech missions, representing Northern Female Founders to the USA and to Pakistan with the British Council. Vimla is, and has been, a mentor for various startup programmes as well as an internationally recognised keynote speaker. Vim speaks about diversity, inclusion and workplace culture and is currently writing her first book on workplace culture; detailing a new framework and methodology to better understand corporate culture design.

In 2016, Vim was voted on to the Northern Power Future List, in 2018 won the Young Digital Leader of the Year award at Digital Leaders and in 2019 won the We Are The City Rising Star in the public sector and was voted as one of the Top 100 Asian Stars in UK Tech. Vim was also invited to the Huxley Summit's New Voices programme, bringing together 300 of the world's leading change makers to discuss global challenges and was an advisor to the British Academy's recently published paper on the Future Of The Corporation. Throughout her career, Vim has remained conscious of her decisions and focus to bringing passion into her work, to make continuous a difference which has seen her taking the stage at the BBC, Sky News and featured in national press.