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Breaking Out of the Pickle Factory

26th March 2015 in London at Skills Matter

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When people attempt to adopt a new approach like BDD, they hope for an easy route to improved results. But BDD isn't as simple installing new software tools and training people in how to use them. Skills in BDD cannot be bottled and bought off the shelf, they take a while to develop in an organisation.

The essence of BDD is a change in how we think about what we’re going to build and deliver in thin slices. The increase in communication around that and increase in collaboration across an organisation can be hard work and expose conflict. Along with a little strife, adopting BDD helps us drive iterative delivery, which fosters more humanity and enjoyment in our work. To achieve results we should expect each BDD installation to be freshly prepared and constantly renewed through team reflection.

At Unruly, we work in the fast-moving market of social media advertising. Like BDD practitioners, we always want to be working on the most valuable changes to our systems, in the smallest slices possible. We practice a radical approach to this which is not based around tools or testing. Instead we've made a shift around who drives story discovery and planning. Our approach is radically different from BDD but we hope it might inspire you to break out the "pickle factory" of canned solutions.

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Breaking Out of the Pickle Factory

Aimy Ko

Aimy is US Product Manager at Unruly, the leading global platform for social video marketing. Building on her expertise in the online advertising industry, Aimy has three years experience working with Unruly’s business stakeholders around the globe and XP developers based in London.

Rachel Davies

Rachel Davies is author of the first “Agile Coaching” book and an invited speaker to software conferences worldwide. Rachel started out working as a software developer and became fascinated with debugging software organizations. Her mission is to create workplaces where developers enjoy delivering valuable software. She's been working in the field of Agile software development since 2000 and pioneered techniques that are now used by teams all around the globe. Rachel currently works at Unruly, the leading global platform for social video marketing and is the organiser of Extreme Programmers London meetup.

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When people attempt to adopt a new approach like BDD, they hope for an easy route to improved results. But BDD isn't as simple installing new software tools and training people in how to use them. Skills in BDD cannot be bottled and bought off the shelf, they take a while to develop in an organisation.

The essence of BDD is a change in how we think about what we’re going to build and deliver in thin slices. The increase in communication around that and increase in collaboration across an organisation can be hard work and expose conflict. Along with a little strife, adopting BDD helps us drive iterative delivery, which fosters more humanity and enjoyment in our work. To achieve results we should expect each BDD installation to be freshly prepared and constantly renewed through team reflection.

At Unruly, we work in the fast-moving market of social media advertising. Like BDD practitioners, we always want to be working on the most valuable changes to our systems, in the smallest slices possible. We practice a radical approach to this which is not based around tools or testing. Instead we've made a shift around who drives story discovery and planning. Our approach is radically different from BDD but we hope it might inspire you to break out the "pickle factory" of canned solutions.

YOU MAY ALSO LIKE:

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About the Speakers

Breaking Out of the Pickle Factory

Aimy Ko

Aimy is US Product Manager at Unruly, the leading global platform for social video marketing. Building on her expertise in the online advertising industry, Aimy has three years experience working with Unruly’s business stakeholders around the globe and XP developers based in London.

Rachel Davies

Rachel Davies is author of the first “Agile Coaching” book and an invited speaker to software conferences worldwide. Rachel started out working as a software developer and became fascinated with debugging software organizations. Her mission is to create workplaces where developers enjoy delivering valuable software. She's been working in the field of Agile software development since 2000 and pioneered techniques that are now used by teams all around the globe. Rachel currently works at Unruly, the leading global platform for social video marketing and is the organiser of Extreme Programmers London meetup.

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