How to run a crew of ninja engineers

15–16th June 2017
at etc.venues St Paul's

A 45 minute Case Study by:

Paul Taylor


Nigel Steane


About this Case Study

So you have a team and you're told to "solve this problem quickly". The clock is ticking, the problem is difficult. You look around and see that the engineering capability in front of you is a highly skilled, agile experienced hit squad.

How do you kick this off? How do you do just enough to organise this crew? What should you not waste time on? What is the right process? What would this journey look like? This session, a combination of show and tell and some workshop activities, will take you on a journey to show you one way you can do this.

We'll keep it simple, looking at an example team journey and discussing what it might look like looking at things like working environments, setting clear goals, team manifestos, team identities and more.

About the Speakers

Paul Taylor

Paul is the Principal Agile Delivery Manager at online fashion retailer ASOS, where he uses his passion for agile delivery to improve the ways teams work together to deliver quality software.

He brings a wealth of experience working at both small and large organisations across a variety of industry sectors, from insurance and banking to the fast-paced world of Formula 1 racing.

While working as a Technical Team Lead at McLaren Electronic Systems, developing real-time data collection and analysis software for Formula 1 cars, Paul found a passion for data that nearly rivals his passion for cars.

Paul believes that data and empirical evidence are the cornerstones of agile delivery, allowing practitioners to constantly review and improve how systems and teams perform.


Nigel Steane

Nigel is Agile Delivery Manager at online fashion retailer ASOS, where he works directly with teams delivering solutions in the burgeoning Fintech area of software development.

Nigel has worked as a scrum master with scrum teams in the automotive, legal and fashion sectors for over 8 years. He has enjoyed working with teams in diverse business environments ranging from a local start-up, to being responsible for teams working at enterprise level, including onshore/offshore teams. Nigel is the co-founder of the Heart Of England Scrum User Group. He is a Certified Scrum Master, Certified Product Owner and Certified Scrum Professional.


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