The first Agile in the Ether Conference was on Friday 17th May 2019
In 2019, in the days before our lives moved to online video calls, we ran a remote conference. The intention was to extend the focus on connection from the meet-ups into a day long event. You can read more about how it went in this blog post.
“So many ideas and felt more intimate & connected than some physical conferences”Agile in the Ether remote conference attendee
Below are more details about the day.
An agile conference that you can attend from home, that creates connections with people in different parts of the world. With a mix of presented talks, a chance to discuss topics you are interested in with fellow participants and plenty of breaks, discussion groups, breakouts and energisers to keep you going.
Aino Vonge Corry
Aino is a teacher, a technical conference editor and retrospectives facilitator. She holds a masters degree and a ph.d. in computer science. She has 12 years of experience with design patterns in software development, 10+ years of experience facilitating retrospectives, and 20 years of experience in teaching in academia and industry.
She also teaches how to teach Computer Science to teachers, and thus lives up to the name of her company; Metadeveloper. In her spare time, she sings and tries to learn something new every day.
As an expert, you will be asked to facilitate the learning of others, not to mention your personal eternal learning in your field. Join an interactive session about how our brains accept new knowledge and store it for later use. Your takeaway will be three-fold; how to chunk information you give to others, how to improve your own learning AND something to entertain with at dull parties.
Abisọla is an independent agile coach who loves to work with large organisations starting their journeys towards adopting an agile mindset. The user-centred approach to service delivery is one that he especially promotes.
Apart from the coaching he does in the UK, Abisọla also takes a keen interest in the tech scene in his country of origin, Nigeria, where he co-founded an oil and gas analytics business and also has invested in a number of early-stage startups.
He invests a lot of time with digital leaders, helping them to build and foster high-performing teams, and is convinced that diverse teams make the best products.
Transformation — It’s about the peoples
We often talk about agile transformations in organisations in the same breath as about people. “It’s about the people”, we say. Very often the forgotten minority in organisations don’t have a voice in what transformation means for them and they become – at best – spectators in the process.
This talk will give some hints and tips to anyone working with organisations on their agile/digital transformation journeys on how to ensure that the silent minority are included. Hopefully with a degree of authenticity from someone who falls in this category.
Tess is a People Consultant who empowers diverse teams to create an inclusive environment where everyone can thrive.
Tess previously spent many years working in product development teams at the Guardian, Comic Relief, and FutureLearn, where they eventually became Director of People and Culture due to their passion for building great teams and supporting them to be the best they can be!
They also run Collaborative Future, a venture that combines their people and product experience with the aim of bringing diverse groups together to collaborate on ideas and solutions for creating a more equitable society.
An agile approach to diversity and inclusion
How adopting some of the agile approaches that we often use to develop great products can be used to develop a diverse and inclusive organisation that empowers everyone to thrive.
Through this talk you can expect to learn:
- how to run a ‘design sprint for inclusion’ that will enable your team to create and own a roadmap for a more inclusive workplace
- why it is so important to embed the practice of giving and receiving feedback within your team in order to tackle challenging issues effectively
- how to transform company culture through the power of example setting
Organiser and host, Emily Webber
Emily is a London-based independent Agile and digital delivery consultant, coach, trainer and speaker. Her focus is on connecting people, effective teams, skills and capability and creating the right environment for awesome delivery.
She is a regular keynote speaker, blogger (at emilywebber.co.uk) and event organiser. Emily set up Agile in Leeds, Agile on the Bench and Agile in the Ether, among others. Her experiences on the event circuit prompted her to create the Diversity Charter.
The Friendly facilitators, Stephen Walker and Ian Ames
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