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Attend these workshops with leading Agile practitioners to understand what an Agile approach entails. Agile Australia 2010 does assume you know the basics of an Agile approach, so if you are considering attending the Conference but know little about Agile, these workshops are designed for you!

Workshop leaders include:

Craig Smith | Delivery Coach, Suncorp

Craig Smith photo Craig Smith has been a software developer for almost 15 years, specialising in a large number of technologies in that time. He has been an Agile practitioner for the last seven years, is a Certified Scrum Master and a member of both the Scrum Alliance and Agile Alliance. He is currently working within Suncorp's Business Technology division as a Systems Engineer and Agile Coach, fulfilling technical lead, iteration manager and Agile coaching roles on large Java technology projects. He has presented at many international conferences including Agile 2008, Agile 2009 and the Australian Software Engineering Conference. He was also the lead reviewer and technical proofreader on the recently released book from Manning Publications called "Becoming Agile".

Marina Chiovetti | Principal consultant, ThoughtWorks

Marina Chiovetti photo Marina Chiovetti is an Experience Architect and Agile Coach concerned with helping organisations transform their software projects by focusing on the human aspects of technology. Her work reflects a particular interest in project-team enablement through iterative development techniques while putting a spotlight on users and their interactions. With over 10 years of industry practice concentrating on Information Architecture and Project Management, Marina spends her days finding new ways to happily marry Agile Development processes and User-Centered Design methods.

She has spent the last two years working as an Agile Coach on a large-scale rollout for a major financial services corporation in Australia. With over 2000 staff embarking on an enterprise Agile journey, Marina actively shares learnings and experience from working in a distributed corporate Change Program.

With leading Agile trainers and coaches presenting, these workshops are sure to stand you in good stead to begin or continue your Agile journey.

Philip Abernathy | Agile Professional Development Lead, Suncorp (Australia)

Philip Abernathy photo In his current role, as Agile Professional Development Lead and Agile Coach in Suncorp, Philip Abernathy has been instrumental in setting up the 'Agile Academy', thus leading the spread of Agile across the industry as a whole. He now coaches, trains and consults at senior management level to help companies transform to an Agile way of working.

In his own words, "having grown grey on the Waterfall method" in large corporate organisations in the Financial Services, Energy and Telecom sectors, Philip understands the structure and discipline needed by large organisations. Marrying this need with Agile's dynamism is the alchemy he brings to the table. Philip has guided numerous organisations in the use of Agile and Lean based software development methodologies to help them deliver business value faster.

Philip has 27 years of hands-on, information technology experience and over 18 years of consulting and management experience with blue chip companies in the IT international arena. He has been practising and preaching Agile for the last 10 years. He was CIO of Shell Markets Middle East and later founded his own IT services delivery company. Philip has extensive experience in the difficult areas of Agile and Offshoring, Agile and Legacy and Agile Governance and Leadership.


9.00am - 12.30pm | First steps with Agile (with morning tea and lunch)
This workshop will help you become familiar with the core values and principles of Agile. You will gain an understanding of what is meant by the term 'Agile' and what are the key practices and processes of an Agile approach.

Attendees will discover:
» The core values of Agile methodology
» The principles that drive the Agile approach
» Key strategies of Agile project delivery
» The processes and practices of an Agile team

2.00pm - 5.30pm | Agile in Practice (with lunch and afternoon tea)
How do you apply Agile? This hands-on workshop will show you what it means to be part of an Agile team. Discover how Agile influences project elements such as transparency, governance, reporting, and delivery. Understand what delivery in an Agile world means. Attendees will run through the life-cycle of a project - from kick-off, through operational phase to deployment.

Attendees will discover:
» How to run a project the Agile way
» The lifecycle of an Agile project
» Agile project delivery methods and techniques


when Tuesday 14 September, 2010
where Crown Conference Centre, Crown Promenade Hotel
8 Whiteman Street, Southbank, Melbourne
Agile Australia delegates $400 for one workshop or $600 for two workshops
non-delegates $600 for one workshop or $1,000 for two workshops
** All prices are inclusive of GST and include morning / afternoon tea, lunch at 12.30pm, and all workshop materials.


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