OX:Agile Conference 2018

Single-Track Agile Conference
Friday, 12th October 2018
Elsevier, Oxfordspires Business Park, Kidlington

About the OX:Agile Conference 2018

We are delighted to announce the return of the OX:AGILE Conference ( OX:Agile Meetup Page), which will once again focus on the strengths and benefits of using Agile methodologies.



Oxford Spires Business Park,
Kidlington OX5 1GB, UK


Ample free parking space is available at the Elsevier Kidlington office.

Public Transport

The location can be comfortably reached via bus:

  • 2C/2D, bus stop London Oxford Airport / Kidlington Airport, 2 minutes walk
  • 7, 500, bus stop Oxford Motor Park, 5 minutes walk


Breakfast, Lunch, and after refreshment will be provided. If you have any dietary requirement then please drop me a message.



The details of the schedule will be announced here soon.

  • 08:30 Refreshments and breakfast arrives
  • 09:00 Registration
  • 09:55 Welcome to OX:Agile 2018 by Saqib Hussain
  • 10:00 Welcome to Elsevier by Alex Craig
  • 10:30 How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Legacy Code by Mike Harris
  • 11:10 Morning Break
  • 11:30 How becoming T-Shaped can cause a Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde by Gwenn Diagram
  • 12:20 Innovate and Accelerate by Kunal Ahluwalia
  • 13:00 Lunch and Lightning Talks
  • 14:10 Is Quantum Computing Really a Thing? by James Birnie
  • 15:00 Quality Engineering in an Agile Organization by Natalie Wood
  • 15:40 Afternoon Tea Break
  • 16:00 Agile Transformation in a Large Organization
  • 16:50 Extreme Programming — Agile Beyond Scrum by Christian Hujer
  • 17:30 Thank you and Good Bye by Saqib Hussain and Mike Harris


Rhos Chappell

Rhos Chappell, Agile Coach, and Product Development Professional

Previously a Developer, Product and Delivery Manager, Senior Development Manager, Agile Coach, Consultant and Head of Product. Leading teams of 1 to 100, he has delivered complex programmes for the World’s most recognisable brands. An expert in Agile product delivery, he has successfully led scaled Agile transformations for multinational organisations.

Gwen Diagram

Gwen Diagram, Software Tester, DevOps Engineer, Scrum Master, and International Speaker


In her spare time she attends, speaks at and organises Testing, Agile, Coding and DevOps events — she has spoken at TestBash Manchester and Brighton, Agile on the Beach, Nordic Testing Days, Agile Yorkshire, Leeds DevOps, Sheffield DevOps, JAX DevOps, TechUG, Yorkshire Women in Testing, and Founders Friday. In 2016, she was a passenger on the StartUpBus UK; a 72 hour hackathon across Europe where our app, TippleLDN made it to the finals.

James Birnie

James Birnie, Software Delivery Expert @ThoughtWorks


He started working in software delivery in the late 1990s when TDD was something you studied but never did and a pipeline was something for carrying oil. In 2005 he joined a startup and started to feel he could really make a difference. After nearly 10 years, several total rewrites and an Agile transformation he moved on to a career in consultancy with ThoughtWorks.

Kunal Ahluwalia

Kunal Ahluwalia, Product Owner


He has 13 years of experience as a Business Analyst and 4 years experience as a Product Owner. He is an excellent communicator at all levels, and has worked as part of numerous teams of varying sizes, including leadership, management and mentoring roles.

Natalie Wood

Natalie Wood, Technology Professional

She is a technology professional with vast experience predominantly in quality assurance and engineering but also business analysis and project management. She has been leading and managing test / QE teams for many years and has proven experience setting up teams, strategies and processes from scratch and growing the team to become a successful group of quality engineers embedded in Agile cross-functional delivery teams.

Christian Hujer

Christian Hujer, Software Craftsperson


Blogger, Coach, Speaker, Trainer on Agile, DevOps, Software Craft; Process Shaper, Change Agent, Extreme Programmer, Humanist, CEO at Nelkinda Software Craft. Says he will code in exchange for Lego or Razer Hardware.

He founded Nelkinda in 2014/2015 to shape the software development process to advance further, exploring the bleeding edge of Software Craft and pushing boundaries forward. He is polyglot in languages (Prolog to Java), frameworks and development environments (smart card to cloud).

One of his passions is to share technology experiences, and host lighting talks, sessions on varied topics related to technology – from clean code to best practices in Java, from theoretical Agile to how to best adopt Agile in the workplace. And he likes to tell people, especially management, how they're getting Agile wrong and not doing it properly — of course, only if they listen.

Mike Harris

Mike Harris, Software Engineering Lead at Elsevier

He is a Software Engineering Lead for Elsevier in Oxford working on the SSRN Open Science Publishing Platform. Since graduating in 1993, he has worked principally as a software engineer but also has experience of general IT management. He has been an avid fan of using Agile, XP and Lean methodologies for software engineering for many years. He has also worked with free software since the early nineties and is a strong advocate of the free software movement (although his MacBook is his current weakness [go get a Razer Blade instead; Christian]).


The OX:Agile Conference is organized by a community of passionate international software craftspeople on a volunteer-basis.
We can't put a great show without some great sponsors.

Gold Sponsors

If you're interested in sponsorship, please contact Saqib Hussain.


The event is fully financed by the sponsors. You can register for free at our OX:Agile Meetup Page.