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THE THEME for Tampere Goes Agile 2016 is: Experimentation.

Experimentation can be understood in many ways. For some, it might be about tools or methodologies, like DevOps, helping you to find new ways for solving a technical issue. For some others, it could be about the Growth mindset and how to build a culture of experimentation in your organization. For sure, it resonates with words like 'innovation', 'start-up', 'microservice' or 'hackathon'.

This year's program includes a change of location to O'Connel's Irish Bar at the end of the talks. Please try to schedule so that you could be there to enjoy the atmosphere. We will also have the rock cover band Icetribe entertaining us at the after party.

Tampere Goes Agile is a free, fun and friendly agile conference in Tampere, organized by Agile Finland ry. In 2016, it takes place on Saturday 5.11. at Tampere Hall.

We are looking for sponsors in order to keep this event free of charge, please see our sponsorship portfolio. If you need more information on how to contribute, please contact organizers@tamperegoesagile.fi.

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Duetto 1 Duetto 2 Riffi
09:30 - 10:00 Morning coffee
10:00 - 10:05 Opening the conference
10:05 - 10:50 Jason Little
Experimenting Your Way Through Transformation

Jason Little: Experimenting Your Way Through Transformation

Some believe Agile is a mindset. Some believe you can't 'do Agile', you can only 'be Agile'. Some believe Agile is a bunch of tools and processes. We run into trouble during Agile Transformations when these beliefs collide with each other. Despite the difference in our beliefs, I think we can all agree that we need to try some things out before knowing how Agile will affect our entire organization. In this talk, I'll share techniques and stories about how to experiment your way through change. I'll show you how to create experiments without losing sight of the big picture, and why you should use fuzzy measurements early on when learning is the objective. Most importantly, instead of embracing uncertainty, I'll show you how we can work towards reducing it.

10:50 - 11:05 Break
11:05 - 11:35 Heimo Laukkanen & Ville Yli-Knuutila
Corporate experiments - can donkeys learn to dance?
Toni Strandell
Experimentation in a national public sector project
Marko Taipale & Ari Tanninen
Experimentation workshop

Laukkanen & Yli-Knuutila: Corporate experiments - can donkeys learn to dance?

Agility and experiments in corporate setting are a common theme in business literature, seminars and presentations - but real life application and adoption is more cumbersome than naive recipes from success stories.

At Affecto we are going through multiple experiments. Our aim is to enable more autonomous and agile development cultures to thrive and coexist side by side more traditional working cultures.

We discuss and share our first hand experiences about those experiments. What was the hypothesis for experiment, what was the result and where are we now.

Toni Strandell: Experimentation in a national public sector project

Finnish high schools experienced the biggest change in decades in fall 2016. The first digital matriculation exams (sähköinen ylioppilaskoe) were held after more than a century long history of traditional paper exams. This presentation reveals how experiments, highly agile goal based design and development, and choosing one's battles lead to a high stakes public sector, seemingly overnight deployment in more than 400 high schools.

11:35 - 11:50 Break
11:50 - 12:20 Sami Paju
Obstacles and pitfalls to experimentation in organisations
Llewellyn Falco
Extreme Fake It till you make it

Sami Paju: Obstacles and pitfalls to experimentation in organisations

Experimentation is not just limited to organisational units specifically tasked to develop new products, services or internal processes. In a truly learning organisation, experimentation is an everyday practice, linked to both continuous improvement and organisational renewal.

This presentation will walk you through the common obstacles and pitfalls that prevent experimentation in organisations, while providing suggestions on what to do about them. The presentation is built on top of research done in Aalto University in Finland, with Finnish organisations as case examples, and the authors personal experience in training experimentation-driven development in a number of Finnish organisations.

Llewellyn Falco: Extreme Fake It till you make it

We all know that refactoring is suppose to be the step that let's us tease apart the logic of our code. 'Fake it till you make it' allows for us to evolve an emergent solution to complex problems. Yet this is usually glossed over when showing Test Driven Development.

But not in this session. Here we are going to focus completely on Fake it till you make it. Taking complex katas and reducing them to: 1 Red - 1 Green - 40 Refactors.

This talk is the result of taking a very small practice from agile and experimenting with turning the dial up to 11.

Marko Taipale & Ari Tanninen: Experimentation workshop

In this workshop we will practice a systematic method of experimentation. It consists of:

  • Clarifying problem/direction
  • Identifying assumptions
  • Prioritizing and designing experiments
  • Execution
  • Evaluation & learning
12:20 - 13:20 Lunch
13:20 - 13:50 Pentti Virtanen
Experimenting with Agile 1975 - 2016
Ari-Pekka Lappi
How to have better technical fights?
Antti Kirjavainen
Marshmallow Challenge – How To Explore Problem-Solving Together

Pentti Virtanen: Experimenting with Agile 1975 - 2016

IT industry is not regulated. Software development projects use common sense to dodge the pitfalls of our practices. I will tell my story - also as an undercover rebel.

Fred Brooks told in 1975 in his book Mythical Man-Month that there is no silver bullet because thinking is inherently difficult. We are designers who try to innovate. This is risky, not predictable. I used agile practices like daily Scrums, cross-functional teams, team rooms and on-site customers in the 1980s. Barry Boehm introduced his risk oriented Spiral model in 1986. I tried user centric development and rapid application development, RAD in the 1980s and 1990s. Outsourcing and COTS-products emerged since the industry was struggling with the lack staff, especially programmers. Kent Beck brought the missing piece with his obsession to testing. With XP practices we could finally deliver high-quality software fast. Monthly deliveries and acceptance test driven development in 1990s got happy customers. Scrum won the methodology war by minting certified masters in two-day classes. We have now a wider perspective of lean, agile, leadership and DevOps.

Ari-Pekka Lappi: How to have better technical fights?

One of the hardest thing in software development is how to disagree in technical decision in effective and constructive way. Often the debates are pointless and energy consuming, or they are too conservative and, thus, leads no innovations and breakthroughs.

In this talk, I will discuss four efficient ways to build constructive technical debates. The intent of the talk is to provide tools and practices for more effective, mindful and constructive debate on crucial technical decisions. The talk is targeted to senior software developers, architects, and other persons who do technical coaching and mentoring (e.g. ScrumMasters having technical background).

13:50 - 14:20 Coffee break
14:20 - 14:50 Olli-Pekka Saksa
Impactful experimentation is a leadership challenge
Ilona Karlsson
How Agile changed our teamwork

Olli-Pekka Saksa: Impactful experimentation is a leadership challenge

In this talk the following topics will be touched upon:

  • The need for experiments and a culture of experimentation
  • Experimentation-as-a-service and where do we & our clients succeed and fall short
  • Our own culture of experimentation
  • Thoughts on enabling a culture of experimentation

Ilona Karlsson: How Agile changed our teamwork

Small projects and long term development, tight deadlines, demanding customers. As in software development, these are everyday life in marketing. In Zeeland Family we have started experimenting different ways of being Agile in marketing agency context. We are in the middle of experimentations both in customer project and in organizing teamwork. I'll share our findings and lessons learnt in this presentation.

Antti Kirjavainen: Marshmallow Challenge – How To Explore Problem-Solving Together

Most of us have all been indoctrinated with the tenets of culture of planning some time or another. Some part of us believes that thorough planning and analysis allows us to mitigate risks and seize opportunities.

Yet complexity theory states that planning and best practices do not work in the complex domain: solving hard technical problems with integrating multiple technologies, providing the right UX for the customer or fostering effective teams.

I'm going to run a Marshmallow Challenge workshop that demonstrates this in practice and gives insight what we need to do in order to be effective in the complex domain. And how there is inherent complexity and uncertainty even in tasks that seem pretty straightforward at first.

The purpose of this workshop session is to share a workshop format that will help people talk about the differences of culture of planning and the culture of experimentation in concrete terms with their teams and in their organization, whether it is about solving technical problems or fostering a company culture.

14:50 - 15:05 Break
15:05 - 15:50 Dylan Beattie
Doing I.T. for SCIENCE! - Sprints, Startups and the Scientific Method

Dylan Beattie: Doing I.T. for SCIENCE! - Sprints, Startups and the Scientific Method

As developers, we're used to working with systems that we control. We write code, we write tests, we build servers and infrastructure, and everything works beautifully - and then we ship, and suddenly we're not in control any more. Our code is out there in the real world - real people, real problems, maybe even real money - and suddenly we're seeing all sorts of ​i​nteresting data and behaviour that was never part of our plan.

Agile teams aren't scared by this emergent behaviour - instead, we embrace it. We know that we don't really understand how our systems work until we're getting real feedback from real users. We know that with rapid iterations and frequent releases, we can react quickly to this feedback - but only once we understand what it really means. So... what's the best way to investigate something that we don't yet understand?

Since the 17th century, scientists have been investigating the world around us using a technique known as the scientific method - and, just like Tampere Goes Agile 2016, the scientific method is all about experimentation. So, in this talk, we're going to talk about experiments. We'll discuss how to design a good experiment. We'll look at some of history's most famous experiments, and how even 'failed' experiments have often led to important advances in knowledge and understanding. We'll look at how successful software teams use experimentation as part of their development process, and at how you can share the results of your own experiments so that we can all benefit from each other's research. And we'll even conduct a few experiments of our own. You know... for SCIENCE!

15:50 - 16:00 Closing the conference
16:00- Afterparty @ O'Connel's Irish Bar

O'Connel's Irish Bar: Afterparty


Jason Little

Jason Little

Jason began his career as a web developer when Cold Fusion roamed the earth. Over the following years, he moved into management, Agile Coaching and consulting. The bumps and bruises collected along the way brought him to the realization that helping organizations adopt Agile practices was less about the practices, and all about change.

In 2008 he attended an experiential learning conference about how people experience change and since then, he's been writing, and speaking, all over the world about helping organizations discover more effective practices for managing organizational change. He is the author of Lean Change Management and an international speaker who has spoken all over the world from Canada, the US, Finland, Germany, Australia, Belgium and more.

He can be found from twitter as @jasonlittle and blog.

Heimo Laukkanen Ville Yli-Knuutila

Heimo Laukkanen & Ville Yli-Knuutila

Heimo is just another technology professional with a passion for learning and problem solving. He works in the intersection of code, business and people – and likes to sing in the shower. Secret superpower: 20/20 hindsight.

Ville has 7+ years of experience on the field of digital design, spanning from advertising to webshops and service design. Ville understands code but understanding developers is sometimes tricky.

Toni Strandell

Toni Strandell

Toni works as a Lead Designer at Reaktor, a creative technology company. Toni is a long term IT professional who focuses on building the essential. On his freetime he enjoys moving sideways on almost any kind of a board.

Marko Taipale Ari Tanninen

Marko Taipale & Ari Tanninen

Marko is an intrapreneur, a serial entrepreneur, a long-time agilist, and currently a FastWorks (aka. Lean Startup @GE) coach at GE Healthcare.

Ari is a software engineer, a user-centered design MBA, a long-time agilist, and currently a consultant at Codento.

Sami Paju

Sami Paju

Sami is a Finland-based organisation design specialist, writer, amateur photographer, and human performance geek. His expertise is in rapid, non-predictive, hands-on innovation, managing uncertainty, and designing organisations as living systems. He is also one of the authors of 'Kehitä Kokeillen' – a hands-on guidebook to Experimentation-Driven Innovation. He works mainly for the city of Helsinki, with Academy of Philosophy (Filosofian Akatemia), and as an independent consultant, trainer and facilitator.

He can be found from twitter as @samipaju.

Llewellyn Falco

Llewellyn Falco

Llewellyn Falco is an independent agile coach. He discovered strong-style pair programming. He is creator of the open source testing tool ApprovalTests. He spends most of his time programming in Java and C# specializing in improving legacy code. He is also co-founder of TeachingKidsProgramming.org.

Pentti Virtanen

Pentti Virtanen

Pentti has two decades of experience as a team leader in software projects using agile and traditional practices. He is an early adopter of lean and agile practices such as self-organizing teams (a decade in team rooms), iterative development with monthly deliveries, backlogs, daily meetings, test driven development, continuous integration. Pentti has developed software engineering processes in may small and large organizations.

More on his homepage and blog.

Antti Kirjavainen

Antti Kirjavainen

Antti Kirjavainen, a co-founder of Flowa, is a coach and entrepreneur helping digital businesses reach their potential through new methods of creative and knowledge work.

Ari-Pekka Lappi

Ari-Pekka Lappi

Ari-Pekka Lappi is a hybrid philosopher-engineer. Currently, Ari-Pekka works as Scrum Master, technical coach and developer. He loves programming, promotes elegantly designed programming languages and demotes the ugly ones, and enjoys helping teams to fulfill its creative potential.

Olli-Pekka Saksa

Olli-Pekka Saksa

Olli-Pekka Saksa works as a senior consultant and business director at Futurice Tampere. Creating impactful digital services and helping build a positive culture of action and improvement are professionally close to his heart.

Ilona Karlsson

Ilona Karlsson

Ilona's background is in digital media and marketing but she has also worked for 6 years in a software startup. Currently she is leading designer studio and running agile experimentations in Zeeland Family, the most diverse marketing services agency in Finland.

Dylan Beattie

Dylan Beattie

Dylan wrote his first web page in 1992 and never looked back. He's the systems architect at Spotlight, the UK's leading casting service for professional actors. Dylan works on distributed systems, ReST APIs and microservices, and the challenges involved in introducing scalable architecture in a company where legacy systems generate most of the revenue.

Dylan a frequent speaker at conferences and user groups, where he's spoken about topics including continuous delivery, Conway's Law, front-end development, OAuth2, federated authentication and ReST. Dylan lives and works in London, and when he's not wrangling software he's into guitars, skiing, diving, beer, Lego, Africa, cats and hats.

He can be found from twitter as @dylanbeattie and blogs.