Dan North

Principal at Dan North & Associates

Talk

Decisions Decisions
YET TO BE SCHEDULED
Topics:
Architecture
Deployment
Development
Patterns
Level:
Intermediate

Architecture and design aren't just the static "shape" of your software. They are the set of decisions that define it, enabling—or inhibiting—change, evolution and improvement over time.

Then there are the decisions about how you verify, deploy, version, manage and monitor an application. Each of these decisions is a trade-off: there are no Best Practises. Some decisions can have a huge forward impact, and it isn't always obvious which ones. In this talk Dan offers several strategies to help you improve your architecture decision-making. He won't tell you whether to prefer stability or uncertainty, DRYness or coupling, latency or throughput, manual or automated testing.

That's up to you. But he might help you go into those decisions with your eyes open.

Workshop

Software, Faster
Wednesday 9:00 - 17:00
Topics:
Patterns
Techniques
Delivery
Advanced
Effective
Level:
Advanced

Formerly Accelerated Agile

Great software professionals build better software faster. Agile methods, continuous delivery and software craftsmanship helped speed up delivery from years to months or even weeks, but then what?

Some teams are able to deliver software at a speed of change like you have never seen before, delivering quality software in days or even hours, again and again. So what is keeping the rest of us from doing so? Now is the time to go from months to minutes, to rethink the way we organize and improve our software development and delivery process.

Software, Faster is for people who believe it can be done. People who feel themselves limited by current Agile, CD and Craftsmanship thinking. People who want to go back to basics and uncover new, simpler ways to deliver great software.

Are you a seasoned agile developer who is frustrated at how slow your “hyper-performing” process feels? Are you suffering with an unwieldy feature backlog, the pantomime of estimation, the card wall where cards go to die, the efforts to automate where it obviously isn’t adding anything? Are you fed up with the artificial commitment of sprints and the unwelcome surprises that still seem to derail your projects?

Software, Faster brings agile principles into the 21st century. You will learn new techniques that both enhance and replace existing agile practices, some of which are counter-intuitive and many which are completely counter to current “agile” doctrine. Using a mixture of discussion, instruction and exploration you will start to think differently about design, architecture, development and testing, operations, automation and team dynamics, as well as working with legacy systems and integrating with third parties.

What you will learn:

  • How to challenge the received wisdom of established Agile methods
  • How to design and architect for rapid and sustainable delivery
  • Why understanding risk and embracing uncertainty are at the heart of faster delivery
  • How to manage build, release and operations
  • How systems thinking can help you plan effectively and estimate accurately
  • How to identify and reduce gaps in your testing strategy
  • How to engage with legacy systems and integrating with third parties
  • How to manage different levels of skill and experience within a team

Workshop

Testing, Faster
Tuesday 9:00 - 17:00
Topics:
Testing
Patterns
Techniques
Agile
Level:
General

After completing the class, participants will be better able to:

  • Identify and apply a number of testing techniques and methods.
  • Make design choices that promote testability.
  • Understand and implement non-functional testing strategies for e.g. performance and resilience testing.
  • Make suitable cost benefit trade-offs for testing throughout the application lifecycle.
  • Recognise the diminishing return of different testing techniques and avoiding over-testing.
  • Apply consistent testing techniques within and across applications.
  • Understand and develop the role of test analysts.
  • Introduce instrumentation, analytics and telemetry into their development approach.
  • Classify testing techniques by various characteristics and describe their respective merits and trade-offs.
  • Apply a risk-based approach to recognising missing or inadequate testing.
  • Apply feature management techniques like semantic versioning and feature hiding.

Topics:
  • Test Strategy
  • Test Design
  • BDD
  • Designing for Testability

About

Programmer and organizational change specialist Dan North applies principles from lean operations and agile software development to help organizations align their technology capabilities with their business objectives. With over twenty years of experience in IT, Dan is a frequent speaker at technology conferences worldwide, has published feature articles in numerous software and business publications, and contributed to The RSpec Book: Behaviour Driven Development with RSpec, Cucumber, and Friends and 97 Things Every Programmer Should Know: Collective Wisdom from the Experts. The originator of Behaviour-Driven Development (BDD) and Deliberate Discovery, Dan is currently working on his book, Accelerated Agile – from months to minutes, and helping organizations radically improve their delivery. He blogs at http://dannorth.net/blog.

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