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Technical Agility Track

Technical Agility track of the World Agility Forum - Reimagining Agile - day 3! 

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This is your chance to uncover how some of the minds of the Agile Manifesto think, work and develop software and learn about different cutting-edge practices and techniques that will help you and your organization stay aligned with your Customer's needs and deliver pieces of free-bug software! Get ready to Reimagine a better way of working, get your hands dirty and delight your Customer like you never had before!

Our Guests for the Technical Agility track

Chet Hendrickson

Co-Creator of Extreme Programming (XP). First signatory of the Agile Manifesto.

Jon Kern

Agile Wrangler Consultant at Adaptavist. Co-Author of the Agile Manifesto.

James Shore

Agile Consultant and Coach; author of The Art of Agile Development; co-creator of Agile Fluency® Model.

GeePaw Hill

Master Software Development Coach and Extreme Programming (XP) expert.

Bryan Beecham

Agile Technical Coach, Consultant & International Speaker.

What topics are going to be covered?

Testing without Mocks

With James Shore

Programmers need automated tests to avoid wasting huge amounts of time manually checking and fixing code. But automated tests also tend to waste a huge amount of time:

  • Flaky tests fail randomly.
  • End-to-end tests run slowly.
  • Mock-heavy tests can be hard to understand, lock in implementation, or only test themselves.

People use design techniques such as Hexagonal Architecture to reduce these problems, but they require expensive architectural changes and often leave infrastructure untested. (Infrastructure is the code that talks to external systems or state.)

In this hands-on coding course, James Shore will show you another way. You'll learn how to write tests that are fast, reliable, fully test infrastructure, and don't require architectural changes. Better yet, they're 100% compatible with your existing code and tests. You can start using them immediately, even in a legacy codebase.

Learn about:

  • Terminology: narrow vs. broad tests; interaction-based vs. state-based tests; sociable vs. solitary tests.
  • Understanding Nullables, configurable responses, behavior simulation, and output tracking.
  • Comparing and contrasting broad tests, interaction-based tests, and sociable tests.
  • Designing tests for clarity.
  • Writing high-level infrastructure wrappers (also known as "Adapters" or "Gateways")
  • Using Nullable low-level infrastructure to test high-level infrastructure
  • Implementing output tracking
  • Designing infrastructure wrappers; encapsulation; composition/decomposition

All this and how to build and test a web page controller that calls an external service, and an infrastructure wrapper for an external service.

Bring your doubts, your code that is in need of a deep review, and take the first steps in a code free journey

Connecting the Dots - How to align departments of the Organization

With Jon Kern & Business Agility Track 

As organizations become more digital and departmentalized, connecting everyone around the same Vision and around Customer Needs is more critical than ever. More than just delivering the right thing to users, much work also calls for consideration when aligning every part (developer teams, management teams, marketing, operations ...) to achieve the common goal: delighting the Customer.

More than just that, as the Human person is the most complex being in the world, organizations that are made of those have twice (or an infinite times!) these complexity factors. The way people communicate and the level of detail they need to fulfil different tasks varies, so getting everyone to speak the same language is a challenge. However, how can these different teams communicate better and more clearly?

Jon Kern has something to say about that! The Agile Manifesto co-author will discuss the foundations that he considers to be necessary for producing a digital product, aligned with both the Customer needs and the Vision of managers, as everything starts with the approach software development teams have when getting their "hands dirty".

Join this group of experts and practitioners, and boost your software development skills

FAST (Fluid Scaling Technology) Workshop

With James Shore

How can multiple teams work together on a single product? The common wisdom is to carefully align teams and responsibilities to create autonomous teams. But, invariably, this approach eventually runs into cross-team bottlenecks, challenges aligning responsibilities to teams, and difficulties creating cross-functional teams.

Fluid Scaling Technology, or FAST, is an innovative new approach that solves these problems. It uses frequent team self-selection to prevent bottlenecks, share knowledge amongst teams, and ensure the right people are working on the right things. It’s simple and lightweight.

Join James Shore as he shares his experiences with scaling Agile—first with traditional approaches, and more recently with FAST. Learn what works, what doesn’t, and how you can try FAST in your organization.

Do you still have doubts? Check out technical agility talks from previous years!


You can't spell DevOps without Dev | Chet Hendrickson | 32:11


The Hands-On Extravaganza | Chet Hendrickson, Bryan Beecham & Wouter Lagerweij | 23:42


Accelerate Business Value Delivery with BDD/ATDD | Ken Pugh | 16:20