Conference Papers and Presentations

Evan SpeakingThis is a collection of CC-BY-SA licensed papers and presentations that I have delivered at conferences in Australia and South East Asia over the past few years. These presentations cover a variety of topics including ICT management, Agile Methods, Business Intelligence and several purely technical courses. If you would like me to speak at a conference on one of the topics below (or any other topic), please contact me.

Business and ICT Leadership

These papers cover a variety of Business and ICT leadership topics from agile business management to open source licensing.

  • The structure of an agile organisation - a business agility primer - Traditional business models are failing to keep up with the needs of the modern economy. While business has never been predictable, technological and cultural change is occurring at faster rates than ever before. In this climate, modern enterprises live or die on their ability to adapt – which is where Business Agility comes in.
  • If you need to start a project, you’ve already failed - I want to be controversial for a moment and propose an end to IT projects, project management & project managers. I propose that the entire project process is flawed from the start for one simple reason. If you need to run a project, you’ve already failed.
  • Designing Business Outcomes #noprojects - In most agile teams, the focus on delivering projects has continued to distance them from what's important - delivering value to their customers.
  • Business Hackathon (no coding necessary) - Is your business agile? I don’t just mean IT - I mean Finance, HR, Marketing - your very organisational DNA. If not, let’s hack your organisation to embed business agility.
  • Leading when you're not the boss? - How can you be a leader if you don't manage anyone?
  • The Soft Skills in Software - The difference between a good programmer and a great one isn't the ability to write a kernel module in LISP, but the ability to communicate with your colleagues and
  • From Lean Startup to the Agile Enterprise - Regardless of whether you come from IT, HR, Finance or Sales, this presentation will provide engaging and enlightening case studies of Agile beyond IT; from lean startups to large enterprises.
  • Selling Agile across the Enterprise - You’ve started on Agile project. You've probably got IT management on board. You've read the manifesto. You've got a wall covered in post-its. You’re probably not using pair programming but you’re following most other Scrum and XP practices. But now you have a problem.
  • Breaking Down the Barriers: Communities of Practice and Cross-Silo Communication - Skills sharing, collaboration and cross-silo communication, necessary for Agile projects, can be difficult in matrix organisations where common business practices may be shared across multiple business units.
  • The Agile Business Leader - The modern economy is changing rapidly; technologies that did not exist 10 years ago are becoming the foundation of succesful businesses. In order to leverage this new economy, business leaders need to become, in a word, Agile.
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Sample Feedback From Attendees


  • (Agile Brazil) The specific feedback from your session "If you need to start a project, you’ve already failed #noprojects" was as follows: Green - 93%, Yellow - 7%, Red - 1% (compared to the average of Green - 69%, Yellow - 27%, Red - 4%)
  • "The most valuable presentation from day 1. Perfect interaction with the audience. Performance ++. Very practical and comprehensive." - Anonymous feedback from AgileEE
  • "Controversial topic, delivered gently and charismatically. Though raises more questions (which is good)" - Anonymous feedback from AgileEE
  • “Awesome speaker, very interactive” - Game Services Group
  • “Good and valuable advice from [Evan]. Clarity and style of presentation was great” – Dell
  • "Simplified way of presenting concepts & we could relate to our work environment” - ST Ericsson
  • “[Evan] has extensive experience & was able to give practical insights & applications” - Misys

Historical Courses (for reference only)

  • HISTORICAL: Agile Business Management - This presentation will demonstrate a variety of agile methods and processes that can be applied in the day-to-day management of organisations to improve overall quality, adaptability, and risk management.
  • HISTORICAL: Business Growth and Customer Acquisition the Agile Way - Whether you are a software vendor, consultancy or just an independent agile coach, you will be focused on your business, and specifically, your business growth. This presentation will look at how to build your business, the agile way.
  • HISTORICAL: Free as in Kittens - Takes a look at the various costs of ownership, and proposes methods of increasing open source uptake within corporations.
  • HISTORICAL: Implementing Agile Within the Australian Public Service - Reviews the agile management, development and q/a methods that we have used to build successful agile projects and governance within the Australian public service.
  • HISTORICAL: Agile for Open Source - This presentation takes a look at how agile methodologies can be applied to community open source projects
  • HISTORICAL: Agile Business Intelligence - Based on common agile management methods, this presentation discusses the processes and workflows required to manage a Business Intelligence team or project in a flexible, iterative and agile manner.
  • HISTORICAL: Estimating Duration or how long will this take - Scrum provides a mechanism for estimating work, but converting that into a specific duration can be very difficult. This presentation will cover an estimation mechanism developed, based on story points, to cater for these situations.
  • Management Analytics and Visualisation - Utilising the best and worst examples of information visualisation, we will look at new ways for senior executive to understand and visualise the different types of information produced in their organisation.
  • HISTORICAL: Agile Business Intelligence - Based on common agile management methods, this presentation discusses the processes and workflows required to manage a Business Intelligence team or project in a flexible, iterative and agile manner.
  • HISTORICAL: Open Source Toolchain - This presentation looks at the applications available to help project planning, resource distribution, staff communication, source control, database development, unit testing, issue tracking, compiling, and distribution.
  • HISTORICAL: Commercial Open Source Software - Obsolete presentation from 2006. How do you make a profitable business writing software that you have to give away?
  • HISTORICAL: Data Warehousing with Open Source Technologies (or why not to use Data Marts in 2010) - This session will discuss the open source technologies that can be brought together to provide data warehouse capabilities at a fraction of the setup costs for a traditional environment.
  • HISTORICAL: Data Warehousing HOWTO - This paper will cover the design methodologies used in designing a data warehouse and the open source software available to bring it all together.
  • HISTORICAL: PostgreSQL Tips and Tricks for Developers - The roles between the developer and the DBA is often blurred. This paper covers many tips and tricks a developer can use to improve and optimise an application by understanding and writing better SQL.
  • HISTORICAL: Writing an SQL parser with PyParsing - Obsolete presentation from OSDC 2008. I no longer present this paper.
  • HISTORICAL: Using Dojo Dijits and the Dojox Grid (Javascript framework) - Obsolete presentation from OSDC 2008. I no longer present this paper.