Agile at 21: coming of age or over the hill?

Hosted by Leeds Building Society

The Agile Manifesto was created in 2001 by a group of thought leaders to find a common ground against the heavily document-driven software development processes.

Who would have thought that 21 years on, the Agile Manifesto would remain largely unchanged?

Join our live panel of industry experts from Leeds Building Society, QA Training and Cigniti Technologies in an interactive debate to discuss the relevance of Agile today.

You will also have the opportunity to chat with Leeds Building Society’s Chief Operating Officer in a live Q&A during the event.


Meet our panel and speakers…

Rob Howse – Chief Operating Officer at Leeds Building Society

Rob leads the Financial Services Transformation and Technology at Leeds Building Society. Rob has spent the last 12 years overhauling business and technology operating models to enable delivery of rapidly changing digital, agile and customer agendas. Rob has been an engineer, submariner, consultant & leader before joining Leeds Building Society, where he is helping them put home ownership within reach of more people.

Ben Davenport – Digital Product Lead at Leeds Building Society

Ben recently joined Leeds Building Society to lead on all things Digital. Ben brings with him over 15 years in Delivery and Product Management gained from working in various roles across the Health, Retail, Insurance, Government and Financial Service sectors.

Pardeep (aka Paddy) Dhanda – Director of Agile Practices, QA Ltd

Paddy is the Director of Agile Practices at QA, the largest technology training organisation in the UK. His most recent role was Head of Agile Learning at a global bank where he was responsible for defining and rolling out the global Agile learning strategy for over 100,000 people. He has 20 years of experience in various project delivery roles including, Engineering, Business Analysis, Programme Management, as well as Agile Coaching. Paddy has worked across multiple industries including, Financial Services, Consulting, Telecommunications, Automotive, and many more.
Paddy is the host of the Superpowers School podcast which is themed around human skills for the future. He is also the co-host of The Visual Jam Meetup, one of the largest creativity Meetup communities in the world.

Shiva Prasad – Vice President at Cigniti Technologies

Shiva is a Vice President at Cigniti Technologies, a global leader in digital assurance and digital engineering. Shiva has over 18 years in delivering digital transformations, cloud-based solutions, transforming complex IT initiatives, and driving innovative enterprise automated testing practices. He brings together a unique blend of technology, business, and delivery skills with a vast experience across the entire delivery lifecycle, including significant expertise in large scale Onshore, Near-shore and Offshore development. He is an ardent cricket lover.

Ben Maunder (MBA) – Independent IT Consultant

Ben has over 20 years experience working around the globe motivating & leading teams to deliver great technology-based products and services. Ben knows the only constant is ‘change’ itself and that teams need to adapt to be able to deliver high quality change at an ever-faster pace. He also knows that each firm has its own unique culture. As an MBA qualified professional, he can blend best practice and experience to create high performing teams that are able to deliver real business value.

Coding & Software Development, Fintech
Agile at 21: coming of age or over the hill?
27th Sep 2022
4:00pm - 5:00pm
Hosted by Leeds Building Society

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