I had hinted on Twitter and Facebook that it was time for the next chapter in my career. After almost 18 years with Suncorp and a myriad of roles in that time from software development, technical leadership and Agile coaching, it was time for a change.
Dave Thomas has always been a leader in the software development arena that I have always respected. We met in 2008 through a presentation and he gave at QUT and Suncorp and then through the international Agile conferences and the Brisbane JAOO / YOW! conferences.
When the opportunity came to work with Dave on YOW! Australia, it was an opportunity too good to pass up. So now I have put my contractor shoes on and will be working with YOW! Australia as their Director of Conferences and Workshops.
As for Agile Coaching, it is still very much my passion to help teams deliver great products, so I will be continuing to work in the Agile community as well.
Here is the post from the YOW! blog on my appointment.
We are very pleased to announce Craig Smith has joined the YOW! Team as its Director of Conferences and Workshops. Craig’s experience as a speaker, instructor, developer, workshop and conference organizer makes him the ideal person to work with the YOW! community, user groups and the technical community. Craig will be working closely with Dave, the YOW! Planning Committee and the global speaker network to ensure YOW! brings the right speakers to Australia. Craig will be at our final YOW! Night of 2012 with Greg Young, so please say hello. See you at YOW! 2012!
(This post was designed to come out in mid-November, but the workload in pulling off a conference like YOW! delayed it a little!)
My presentation from STANZ 2011 that I delivered with Adrian Smith and Dallas Thorneycroft called “The Future Tester At Suncorp: A Journey of Building Quality In Through Agile” is available on Slideshare.
When Suncorp started down the path of rolling out its agile program over four years ago, it was viewed by many internally and the industry with much scepticism and angst, yet now it is approaching mainstream adoption in the industry.
One of the key challenges of becoming agile was improving our approach to testing and quality.
In this talk we will talk about why we had to change, why we had to improve the “speed to cool” in relation to testing, our challenges and approach and our blueprint for the “future tester” at Suncorp.
Like our agile journey, our vision for testing has been regarded as ambitious, so join us to hear why we believe raising the profile, empowerment and skillset of testing is critical to our (and your) future success.
My presentation with Paul King from Agile 2008 called “Agile Project Experiences: The Story of Three Little Pigs” is available on Slideshare.
Over the last few years, we have aggressively applied agile practices on a number of projects with success. These successes, however, have not been achieved without challenges and lessons learnt along the way. This experience report specifically highlights examples from three different projects of varying sizes in this period in the same organisation (three little pigs) where in all cases the pigs were well and truly committed.
Some of the key successes from the example projects will also be discussed.
The corresponding paper is available via the IEEE and is also available in full via the Agile Academy.