This event is co-located with Adopting New Technologies for Digital Transformation.

The event originates from the idea that learning about Agile methods is important; BUT understanding HOW they apply to your specific context is critical.

The programme favours case studies over theory-focused presentations and aims to connect subject experts with the audience via round table discussions, Q&A sessions and networking.

This conference looks at issues specifically relevant to Agile and the entrepreneurship. There will be mix of agile stories and subject experts from different backgrounds will promote the values and principles for software development and disciplined processes for project management. This coupled with networking has the scope for open-mindedness and sharing throughout the day.

There is also an exhibition alongside featuring leading service providers, consultants and vendors.

Benefits of attending:

  • Meet the Agile experts from your same industry area
  • Learn from subject experts addressing issues specific to Agile Methods in Finance, Public Sector and Programme and Project Management
  • Develop and benchmark your Agile Strategies
  • Learn from others’ best practices, ideas and expertise
  • Take away insights and lessons from presentations not specifically focused on your main interest area
  • Discussion and networking are encouraged via Q&A sessions after the presentations and during the breaks
  • Round table discussions help delegates further share their views in connection with specific key topics in Agile in Finance, Public Sector and Programme and Project Management

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Call for Participation

We are inviting speakers – thought leaders, subject experts and start up entrepreneurs – to share their knowledge and enthusiasm about their work and their vision in the field of Agile.

We understand that successful projects are written up as “White Papers”. Please share these with us. But projects that did not achieve their targets – “Black Papers” – are of interest to us too. They can be a very important topics of discussion / panels that you can present. Talk to us about both, we welcome your input.

Please complete the speaker’s response form and submit a proposal to present at this event.

Code of Conduct & Diversity

UNICOM’s Code of Conduct & Views on Diversity

We at UNICOM strive to be a leading provider of knowledge to the business community and to engage the global business community as a specialised provider of knowledge. We strive to do this maintaining a culture of co-operation, commitment and trust. We want every UNICOM conference and training day to be a safe and productive environment for everyone – a place to share research and innovation and to build professional networks. To that end, we will enforce a code of conduct throughout all our events. We expect cooperation from all participants to help ensure a safe environment for everybody.

Our approach is that our events are dedicated to providing a harassment-free experience for everyone, regardless of gender, gender identity and expression, age, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, ethnicity or religion. We do not tolerate intimidation, stalking, harassing photography or recording, sustained disruption of sessions or events, and unwelcome physical contact or sexual attention. We do not tolerate harassment of conference participants in any form. Sexual language and imagery is not appropriate for any conference venue, including talks, workshops, Twitter and other online media. Event participants violating these rules may be sanctioned or expelled from the event without a refund at the discretion of the conference organisers. Please bring your concerns to the immediate attention of the event staff.

Diversity: In our endeavour to be the provider of knowledge to the business community, we understand that this depends on hearing from and listening to a variety of perspectives that come from people of all races, ethnicities, genders, ages, abilities, religions, sexual orientation, and military service. We welcome diverse speakers for all our events, we do not always fully achieve this goal, but it is an ongoing process.


  • Joint morning session with Adopting New Technologies for Digital Transformation -

  • 09:00 -

    Registration and coffee

  • 09:30 -

    UNICOM’s welcome

  • 09:35 -

    Chair’s scene setting

  • 09:45 -

    Keynote: The growing pains of Digital Leadership

    Margarete McGrath, Chief Digital Officer for Dell EmC Enterprises

    Digital leadership requires a bold approach to leadership. Many leading organisations have struggled to really transform how to become leading digital businesses. Many are still struggling with digital front ends but antiquated analog middle and back office structures and decaying work practices. Some enlightened businesses who are not disruptors but have a legacy infrastructure and aging workforce are trying new and novel ways to transform their culture to embrace the digital age.

    This session will touch on some of the highlights and low lights experienced by leading businesses and how they have responded to become leaders in a digital age.


    Margarete McGrath

  • 10:30 -

    Digital Business means Agile Business

    Allan Kelly, Software Strategy Ltd

    ♦ Today's growth businesses are Digital. And in Digital things chance fast, technology, competitors, markets and even capabilities.
    ♦ How are businesses to respond? And how can digital business structure itself for efficient operations?
    ♦ Fortunately there is a template from which to learn: Agile.


    Allan Kelly

  • 11:00 -

    Introduction to sponsors and coffee break

  • 11:30 -

    Round Table session

    Round Table sessions are discussion groups held jointly with the two co-located events. The speaker at each table will have a set theme and delegates join any table that they are interested in. Please submit a topic if you would like to chair a discussion on a topic related to digital transformation and the business evolution with Agile.

    Does Agile produce more value than waterfall (and how do you measure it)? 
    Steve Kitching, UK Managing Director, PREMIOS

    Agile Clinic: Your chance to ask about any problems you have with adopting Agile
    Allan Kelly, Software Strategy Ltd

    Robotic Process Automation. 
    Jonathon Wright, CTO & Co-Founder, Digital Assured

    Maturing DevOps Pipeline for Enterprises 
    Hiten Khambhadia, Head of Technology for Banking and Insurance in Europe, TCS, Amsterdam

    Digital Transformation: Turning rhetoric to reality with Automation, Performance and DevOps 
    Ian Molyneaux, Infuse

  • 12:15 -

    Change to track for Agile Methods: The Business Evolution

  • Chair for the Agile Track: Allan Kelly, Software Strategy Ltd -

  • 12:20 -

    Chairs scene setting

  • 12:30 -

    Agile: The changing face of business

    Daryl Searle, Director, Ovate

    No longer can organisations rely upon IT to deliver projects and products that gain market share. In a marketplace where speed rules, an organisation needs to work as one. We will look at how applying agile principles across an organisation increases the “sum of all parts”


    Daryl Searle

  • 13:00 -


  • 14:00 -

    Transforming Struggling Agile Teams: Practical success from real world examples

    Colin Deady, Head of Product and Innovation, Capita Application Services

    You’re Agile. You’re delivering. You’re also seeing the Singularity of Failure approaching: technical debt, challenged velocity, and a definition of done that is more a guideline than a fact. You’re struggling. Let’s change that, and reverse this downward spiral using real-world practical examples including BDD, Real Options and Zero-Known Defects.


    Colin Deady

  • 14:30 -

    Key traits must lead to a successful agile & DevOps transformation

    Soumyadip Mitra, IT Consultant Agile & DevOps, Infosys Ltd. Dublin

    Driving and leading Agile & DevOps Transformation within an IT organisation might be quite challenging due to complexity involved in managing change across the enterprise. Magnitude of challenge is increases further, if you are dealing with organisations where need for change is still not realized at all levels in organisational hierarchy equally, having multi-vendor & multi location team, departmental silos, failed running initiatives and many more.

    So the purpose of my talk is to highlight the key traits a transformation leader should possess in driving, sustaining and scaling change across the organisation.


    Soumyadip Mitra

  • 15:00 -

    Leadership on the edge of Agile - Managing with the Amber Compass

    Bernhard Sterchi, Managing Partner, Palladio Trusted Advisers, Switzerland

    Usually, Agile methods are part of the operating system of an organisation: roles, processes, routines that everybody follows. But what about the areas outside the operating system – individual cases, exceptions, non-core tasks? The Amber Compass serves as a type case from which to build your agile-compatible leadership competence.


    Bernhard Sterchi

  • 15:30 -

    Tea & Coffee break

  • 15:45 -

    An Approach to Fixed Price Agile

    Steve Kitching, UK Managing Director, PREMIOS

    This presentation will describe an approach to measuring Agile development that allows for an approximation to fixed price contracts.

    Why is this important?

    The industry has justifiably bought into the benefits of Agile development for, primarily, improving customer satisfaction and, secondarily, for improving value delivery and shorter time to market. However, there is a group of people who find Agile development hugely frustrating collectively, the "investors." This group have gone from being frustrated that estimates of cost and duration for waterfall projects were invariably wrong or, at least, very fragile in the face of change to being frustrated that Agile teams will not even provide estimates of cost and duration to allow them to incorporate change.

    The presentation describes an approach for cost and duration predictability developed by the author and his colleagues in numerous workshops with a major financial services client as an alternative to paying for all Agile development from outsourced software development vendors on a T&M basis. The approach has subsequently been refined through work with other clients and experts in the field.

    Key lessons or concepts that will be conveyed:

    •   A better way to measure Agile development to help manage investor expectations
    •   Transition from paying for Agile development as T&M to fixed price
    •   Implementation issues that might arise and how to manage them


    Steve Kitching

  • 16:15 -

    Implementing Governance

    Dean Latchana, Sainsbury’s Agile Transformation Coach

    Implement means to execute. Governance means to rule and control. This suggests implementing governance is a top-down deterministic approach to management. Such approaches are no longer fit-for-purpose.

    Teams need to seek their own approach to gain business alignment. This talk is about collaborative approaches which support teams to deliver value.


    Dean Latchana

  • 16:45 -

    Chair’s summing up and close of day


Colin Deady

Capita Application Services

Allan Kelly

Software Strategy Ltd

Steve Kitching


Dean Latchana

Latchana Consulting Ltd

Margarete McGrath

Dell EMC Enterprise

Soumyadip Mitra

Infosys Ltd. Dublin

Daryl Searle


Bernhard Sterchi

Palladio Trusted Advisers

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Previous Programme

  • Track for Agile methods -

  • Chairman’s introduction: Peter Kappus, Portfolio Delivery Manager, Government Digital Service -

  • 11:30 - 12:00

    Four Cars - a practical set of metrics for your Agile system

  • 12:00 - 12:30

    Survival of the Most Adaptable

  • 12:30 - 13:00

    Practical Approaches to Organisational Agility

  • 13:00 - 14:00

    Lunch Break

  • 14:00 - 14:30

    Principles of Effective Agile Project Governance

  • 14:30 - 15:00

    Agile methods at the BBC: How we do it and why it works

  • 15:00 - 15:15

    Tea Break

  • 15:15 - 15:45

    Digital Transformation and Agile in Government: Stories about the first-hand experience of a Digital and Technology Fast Streamer

  • 15:45 - 16:15

    Blending Agile and Traditional Project/PMO Methods to Achieve Digital Breakthrough @ DWP

  • 16:15 - 16:45

    Blending Agile and DevOps - Getting The Best of Both Worlds

  • 16:45 - 17:00

    Chairman’s Summing Up

  • 17:00 - 18:00

    Drinks Reception co-hosted by TIBCO and HPE

Previous Speakers

Marija Ball

BBC Design & Engineering

James Betteley

Skelton Thatcher Consulting Ltd

Chris Davies

Aterny Agile Services Ltd

Carl Davies

Perfect Agile – Working for DWP


Joey Flint

BBC Design & Engineering

Brian Hendrick

Scrum Master / Delivery Lead, HMRC

Peter Kappus

Government Digital Service

Tomasz Kropiewnicki

Agile Coach,


Susan Scott

Barclays Bank PLC

Kai Wähner

Technology Evangelist, TIBCO

Stephen Walters

Software – Lead Solution Consultant, HPE

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