agile tauranga 2017

Friday 29 September | ASB Arena


Being agile is all about being able to quickly adapt to, anticipate and lead change.

You have to have been living under a rock for the last few years to not have heard about 'Agile'. But do you really know what this means, how to 'be' agile and how to apply this to areas other than just your work life. Agile Tauranga 2017 brings speakers from Agile Alliance New Zealand to explore what it means to be agile in a business context, how agility can be applied through sports and personal achievements, and removes some of the confusion around the current Agile buzzwords. 


This is an awesome local opportunity to connect with those excited about the power of Agile and listen and talk to three leading Agile experts from Agile Alliance New Zealand who have spoken around the world. Agile Alliance NZ, as a body, was formed to create and sustain a nationwide community who actively advocate for the values and principles of the Agile Manifesto. 


This event will be split into two parts with morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea provided. The morning will consist of presentations from Agile practitioners and the afternoon will be an open space session where the audience sets the agenda together based on what people are passionate about or challenges being faced. So bring your ideas, questions, thoughts and enthusiasm and we look forward to seeing you there!





Shane Hastie

The Foundation of Business Agility

In the 21st century, organisations need to:

  • Put the customer in the centre of our focus
  • Shed outdated ways of thinking
  • Embrace an agile mindset
  • Incorporate new ways of working
  • Leverage the pace of change for competitive advantage

This talk explores what it means to be agile in a business context.  It looks at the key elements needed, how they are interwoven and what is needed for organisations to transform their thinking and behaviour into new ways of working.

Business Agility is about putting the customer at the centre of the organization’s focus, changing from measuring activities to outcomes and creating an ecosystem which unleashes the productivity and innovation already present in the people in the organisation. 



Sandy Mamoli

How the Olympics can make you a Better Person

In the world of professional sports, innovation, persistence and rapid learning are everything!

In this very personal talk former Olympian Sandy Mamoli will share key learnings from her professional sports career. She will delve into topics such as learning through innovation, rapid feedback, radical candour and high-performance teams. 

Sandy will contrast the perspectives and attitudes of professional sports with modern work life and will extract guidelines and tools that we can apply to our professional lives. 



Ant Boobier

Lean UX and the language of change

Lean UX, agile, lean, design thinking, these are philosophies that can cause deep passion and at the same time mass confusion. How do you stop them being just buzzwords? How do you ensure that the frameworks, practices and people who extol them align, rather than compete against one another?

This talk will show how the language you use has a profound effect on your change; how that language should focus on why you do things and your relationship to your customers, rather than what you do and the frameworks and practices you use. Learn what language would work for you, and how to use it to create powerful questions that will empower and motivate.



Leon Maritz

What would it take for us to move from “technical debt” to “technical health”

This talk is part of the greater “Technical Debt” initiative.

“Technical Debt” initiative:

Ward Cunningham, one of the authors of the Agile Manifesto, once said that some problems with code are like financial debt. It's OK to borrow against the future, as long as you pay it off.

Since Cunningham first used this metaphor, which he called technical debt, it has gained momentum. However, there is a lack of guidance and good practices available to leverage the metaphor in concrete ways to help developers, teams and organizations.

The purpose of the initiative is to provide recommendations and answers to questions like:

  • What precisely is Technical Debt?
  • How do I measure it in my code base?
  • How do I make informed decisions on when and how to address it?






0830     Doors Open  :  ASB Arena

0900     Welcome  :  Clare Swallow - Cucumber

0910     The Foundations of Business Agility  :  Shane Hastie

1000     How the Olympics Can Make You a Better Person  :  Sandy Mamoli

1100     Lean UX and the Language of Change  :  Ant Boobier

1145     “Technical Debt” to “Technical Health” : Leon Maritz

1230-1300     Lunch

1300-1600     Openspace Event

1600     Close