1st Conference: Heart of Agile Champion Interview - Phil Gadzinski

1st Conference: Heart of Agile Champion Interview - Phil Gadzinski

This year for 1st Conference we are basing the learnings around the Heart of Agile's four quadrants "Collaborate, Deliver, Reflect and Improve". I thought it would be valuable for you to hear from someone who has been applying the principles in their everyday work.

Phil Gadzinski has spent the last 11 years working with Agile delivery teams in a variety of industries. His passion from early in his career has been (in his words), working with people to help create cross functional self organising high performing teams.

In this work, he spent a few years leading an Offshore Tech Companies Australian Agile practice. Right now, he is the Executive Agile Coach for IQ Consulting, on an engagement with a major Australian Bank as their Acting Head of Agility. His goal is creating the framework and services to create a consistent approach to agile adoption for the organisation, helping the organisation to improve how it responds to change in our complex world.

Phil presents a fantastic opportunity to hear from someone invested in the Heart of Agile framework,  he has a vast experience and wants to share some insight about how he has gone about implementing it in his work.

Take the opportunity to understand the applicability of Heart of Agile in what you do.

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1st Conference: Keynote Interview - Ange Ferguson

1st Conference: Keynote Interview - Ange Ferguson

Ange is the Group Managing Director, Asia Pacific for ThoughtWorks. She works with customers to obtain a sustained competitive position through the innovative application of technology. 

The thing she loves most about her work is that she works with curious, passionate people who love what they do, have actively chosen to do it and love taking that passion and curiosity to every situation they find themselves in.

We're lucky to have such an established guest contributing to 1st Conf, so we decided that we'd ask her a few questions and gather some insights to share with you.

1st Conference is being held on 2-3 March. Registration is available now.

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Jurgen Appelo video interview

Jurgen Appelo video interview

Our host of 1st Conference interviewed Jurgen Appelo, one of the main speakers at the conference about what we can expect from him, when he travels out here.

We find out insights on:

  • What he'll be talking about at 1st
  • The role of managers in agile
  • How experiments helps team to learn
  • What his best advice is for people starting on their agile journey
  • What "Business Agility" means to him

Plus, you'll find out how to access the secret Late Early Bird registration.

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1st Conference: Speaker Interview - Andrea Blundell

1st Conference: Speaker Interview - Andrea Blundell

Andrea is an Agile Coach who is passionate about ways of working that support self organising teams and enabling organisational agility.

She is focused on coaching others to explore diverse perspectives, and make effective decisions informed by these, and is interested in how to facilitate ongoing and sustainable change within organisations. She is currently working with Sportsbet.

Andrea is teaming up with Pru Gell to speak about psychological safety in teams using the Lewis method of Deep Democracy.

I took the opportunity to interview Andrea and ask her some questions about her upcoming talk at 1st Conference, and general advice on embarking on an Agile journey.

1st Conference is being held on 2-3 March. Registration is available now.

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1st Conference: Speaker Interview - Eduardo Nofuentes

1st Conference: Speaker Interview - Eduardo Nofuentes

Eduardo Nofuentes has strongly solidified his position in the Melbourne Agile community through a passion for what he does and a willingness to share his experience.

People have been captured by his story of how he has applied Agile principles to business issues beyond software development, and he has spoken previously at 1st, LAST, Agile NZ as well as receives requests for his consulting services around the world.

Eduardo has recently set up The Agile 11, offering his expertise as a service to help entire organisations and non-software teams discover better ways of working; and he continues to be actively involved in the community.

I took the opportunity to interview Eduardo, ask him about his talk, ideas and how people best prepare themselves for 1st and any upcoming Agile journey in their own businesses.

1st Conference is being held on 2-3 March. Registration is available now.

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1st Conference: Speaker Interview - Gabor Devenyi

1st Conference: Speaker Interview - Gabor Devenyi

Gabor loves the agile principles and value statements - but more importantly he loves working with people and helping to get the best out of them. He is an enthusiastic person with 20 years of work experience across different business areas and industries. He's a helpful and kind character who is an active participant in the Agile Community in Melbourne.

I asked Gabor what his talk was about and for some insights into what starting your Agile journey can really mean, read the insights below!

1st Conference is being held on 2-3 March. Registration is available now.

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1st Conference: Organiser Interview - Kelsey van Haaster

1st Conference: Organiser Interview - Kelsey van Haaster

Kelsey van Haaster has been a staple member of the Agile community for a number of years in Melbourne, and she has been a supporter of Tabar events from the very beginning.

It gave us great pleasure to have Kelsey assist in the curation of 1st for this year. She has taken charge of the design of the second day of workshops and she also took a lead in driving diversity across the speakers to ensure a balanced conference.

Take a read of our short interview with Kelsey, getting a feel for what 1st is really trying to achieve this year.

1st Conference is being held on 2-3 March. Registration is available now.

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1st Conference: Speaker Interview - Dan Prager

1st Conference: Speaker Interview - Dan Prager

Dan Prager is active in the Melbourne Agile community, presenting at meetups, delivering training with Tabar, and is also a co-founder of www.skillfire.co, an Agile and Innovation consultancy. He works with forward-thinkers to bring the best of Agile and Lean approaches to Business and IT in a sensitive and effective manner.

Dan switched from scientific research to software development immediately after completing his PhD in mathematical physics, and was an early local adopter of Agile approaches. Given his broad experience Dan seemed like a great person to interview for some insights into 1st Conference, and he certainly didn't disappoint.

Read on to find out about Dan's upcoming talk and workshop, and a little bit of his story and relationship with Agile.

1st Conference is being held on 2-3 March. Registration is available now.

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1st Conference: Keynote Interview - Alistair Cockburn

1st Conference: Keynote Interview - Alistair Cockburn

Dr Alistair Cockburn is one of the initiators of the agile movement in software development, helping write the Manifesto for Agile Software Development in 2001, the agile PM Declaration of Interdependence in 2005, and co-founding the International Consortium for Agile in 2009.

He is also known for describing Software development as a Cooperative Game, creating the oath of non-allegiance, finally defining Use Cases, and for developing the Crystal family of agile methodologies. When not doing all that, he likes to travel, dance, dive, or sit underwater.

I took an opportunity to ask Alistair a few questions in the lead up to 1st Conference, have a read.

1st Conference is being held on 2-3 March. Registration is available now.

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