PLEASE NOTE CHANGE OF SPEAKER AND TALK DETAILS
Sadly Jamie Tanna is unable to speak at Tech Nottingham this month but we have a fantastic talk from local community member Chris Winfield on innovation and culture, and we’ll be doing our first retrospective of the year. Plus we've got free food and drinks provided at the event thanks to our sponsors.
Everyone is welcome and there are no tickets required. Just turn up - it's free!
Building Innovative Teams, Products and Company Culture
In tech we're tasked with creating new and innovative solutions, but it can be hard to be creative on demand when faced with the pressures of handling feature requests, maintaining legacy solutions and fixing bugs. How can we be proactive rather than reactive, and turn ideas into products that will provide years of growth?
In this talk we'll look at how giving teams a real sense of ownership, avoiding hard deadlines and focusing on a rapid release cycle can foster a no-nonsense innovation culture in companies of all sizes, from startups to large PLCs.
Chris is the founder of Swiftcomplete, a Nottingham-based tech startup that provides natural language, autocomplete and keyword search technology. Previously, Chris spent 8 years at tech company PCA Predict, working as Head of Development and taking an initial concept to a market-leading SaaS solution, which was purchased for £60m in 2017. When not working on the startup, Chris enjoys blogging about startups and lean product management, following Nottingham Forest and renovating his house in Worcester.
An Agile Retrospective
The retrospective is one of the most important elements of any Agile development process, it is a mechanism for celebrating successes, acknowledging failures and then improving and optimising.
We will demonstrate the power of the retrospective by running a retro session on Tech Nottingham as an event.
As an outcome we'll all get to experience and participate in the retrospective session and we'll all get to work together to make Tech Nottingham a better event.
Win Stuff at Tech Nottingham!
This month at Tech Nottingham we have a whole host of exciting things to give away! Courtesy of Jamie and the generous folk at GitLab, we have four pairs of GitLab socks, and a selection of stickers and patches. Attend and tweet on the #TechNott hashtag to be in with a chance of winning one of these awesome prizes!
We'll also be giving away two 1 year subscriptions to a JetBrains product of your choice, including Resharper, IntelliJ and PHPStorm. You know the drill: attend and tweet on the #TechNott hashtag to be in with a chance!
Join in with the Nottingham Tech Community online
The Tech Nottingham Slack group is a bustling chat community of Nottingham tech folk sharing ideas, jokes, stories and helping one another. We'd love for you to join in and be a part of it!