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Oxford Innovation - case study

  1. 1. Agile in CornwallMichael Barritt & Allan Kelly Sept 2011
  2. 2. It does help if you know someone atThoughtworks! How did we get here? !   Oxford Innovation – Grow Cornwall !  EU Convergence Funded Programmes !  Supporting High Growth Knowledge Economy !   Michael Barritt – OI Coach since 2009 !  Working with software businesses – spotted opportunity !  Started programme in 2010
  3. 3. Why did we do it?!   Bring the World to Cornwall!   Take Cornwall to the World!   Improve Efficiency & Profitability!   Transform the Knowledge Economy!   Maximise use of Superfast Broadband
  4. 4. What we have done so far:!   Initial Workshop!   On going “in-house” sessions!   Programme NOT one off course!   9+ Companies employing 150+ people!   3 way funding !  Client !  European Social Fund !  European Regional Development Fund via OI
  5. 5. Some of the companies:
  6. 6. 3 Tier Coaching Model: Company: Build the Right Strategy Thing Product: Code: Process Technical Build the Thing Right
  7. 7. Maybe theywould benefitfrom Agile…. Company: Strategy What is he talking about?. Where do you want to get to? How are you going to get there? What is stopping you? Lots of questions… Lots of answers… OI Coach Client Would you like some Agile? Explain it a bit… Explain it a bit more… OK - If it can help my business then let’s do it!
  8. 8. Foundations Workshop So come to the workshop we are running next month… OI Coach OK – cool… Client
  9. 9. Foundations Workshop Agile Coach •  Time boxed working (Sprints/ Iterations) •  Important of quality •  Fitting work to the time •  Stand-up meetings •  Estimation •  Retrospectives •  Measuring velocity in points •  Burn-down charts / Cumulative •  Tracking progress with a visual Flow board •  User Stories •  Product backlog •  Testing •  Prioritization •  Roles •  Agile principles •  … and more….
  10. 10. Light-touch Coaching Agile Coach •  Monthly visit •  Review board •  Look at Stats (Metrics) •  “Top-up” training •  Meet with Dev Team and/or Dev Managers •  Questions? Answers! •  Talk about problems •  And later… •  Marketing •  Senior Managers
  11. 11. Product: Process – in house Agile Coach Agile Coach •  Review the board •  What’s working well? •  Talk to team, talk to managers •  What’s causing problems? •  Answer questions •  What needs changing?
  12. 12. Code: Technical – in house Agile Coach •  Focus on Test Driven Development •  Clients using: C, C#, C++ •  2-day C# TDD course in March •  Ongoing coaching a few days a month •  Pair programming One Team found a bug in legacy code using TDD the day after the course
  13. 13. 3 Tier Coaching Model: Company: Build the Right Strategy Thing Product: Code: Process Technical Build the Thing Right
  14. 14. Not only software companies..But also any one else interested… !   ICT Acquisition Programme !   Superfast Broadband Programme !   Skills Programme !   Lean Startup Programme !   All aspects of business !   A different way of thinking and doing
  15. 15. “The Agile philosophy is central to Absolute’s business strategy.The training and support provided by OI has been instrumental in disseminating this strategy throughout my business.” Paul Massey MD.“This is exactly the sort of programme thatconvergence should be funding……” Toby Parkins. MD. “Allan has proved to be an excellent tutor, guiding us through adopting Agile techniques. His contribution has increased our efficiency over a very short period of time” David Barrett. MD.
  16. 16. Agile in Cornwall!   More business for Cornish Companies!   New Skills for Cornish Employees!   Attract & Keep Skills in Cornwall!   More better paid jobs!   Enhancing Intellectual Property!   Supporting Innovation!   Will have a lasting impact after Convergence
  17. 17. Agile in CornwallOver to Rob Thompson from ResearchInstruments…&Mike Nichols from Sullivan CuffSoftware…
  18. 18. Questions?!   Michael Barritt Oxford Innovation m.barritt@growcornwall.co.uk www.growcornwall.co.uk !  Allan Kelly Software Strategy Ltd. allan@allankelly.net www.softwarestrategy.co.uk
  19. 19. Thanks to…!   Allan, Jon, Benjamin and Roger!   Nancy V!   Jane at the Learning Partnership – ESF funding!   Convergence/ERDF/RDA Funding Team!   Mike & Rob and all our clients… and Jim !   and all at OI for their support…

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