Jim York, Software FoxHedge, Ltd.

For more than 25 years, Jim York has led, trained, and coached individuals, teams, and organizations in the implementation of Lean and agile ideas. His coaching and workshops blend his practical experience in Scrum, Lean software development, Extreme Programming, product management, and traditional project management. Jim shares his passion for teaching as a frequent presenter at conferences, users groups, public and onsite workshops, and as a business process coach. In 2007, he cofounded FoxHedge Ltd with his wife, Melissa York. Together, they help organizations build leaders who will take their teams from good to great.

QUEST 2013 Conference and EXPO Sessions:

One-Day Class: Attaining Agile Proficiency

Monday, April 15, 2013: 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM | Room:


Agile is big. Not only is agile the “in” thing, there’s an abundance of methods, techniques, and practices, all claiming to be agile. As a tester, if you want to attain proficiency in agile, what should you do next? The journey to agile expertise can take many paths. How do you decide which path is the right one? Well, it depends on where you want to end up. For each stage of the journey, knowing where you want to arrive next is key to success. Your organization, project, or manager’s goals can serve as a compass to guide your steps. This class takes participants through 4 stages of agile proficiency, how these stages align with specific goals, and how these goals provide direction for skill development.

Course Objectives

This class is for testers who are assigned to or are working with an agile team. How does what you do fit within the context of the agile team? How do your testing skills, experience, and knowledge apply to an agile workflow? Within the various agile techniques and practices, how should you adapt your work so that you can help the organization achieve its goals?

Attendees will learn:

  • 4 stages of agile proficiency
  • How agile proficiency aligns with strategic goals
  • How goals inform the use of agile practices
  • How to apply agile testing skills to help the organization achieve its goals by attaining proficiency in agile

Course Outline

  • What is agile anyway?
    A quick introduction or review of agile, its origins, and why it’s the “in” thing.
  • What is proficiency?
    An examination of the meaning of proficiency and why it matters in being successful with agile.
  • 4 stages of proficiency
    Exploring the implications of agile on strategy and outcome at different stages of proficiency.
  • Aligning agile practice with Strategy
    How to match tactics and execution with strategic goals.
  • Applying what we’ve learned
    Team-based activity to build a plan for action for attendees to take back to their organization.

Workshop: Little ‘a’ Versus Big ‘A’ Agile

Wednesday, April 17, 2013: 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM | Room:

There is quite a bit of “not quite there” or even “not getting anywhere” agile going on. Sometimes organizations start out on the right foot, but quickly get mired in the process of integrating new practices with their existing processes. Stuck in Agilefall, ScrumBut, or FrAgile, they are not getting the results they expected from their agile adoptions. Agile is not about implementing new practices. Rather, it is a new way of thinking and a new way of being. The point is not to “do” agile, but rather to “be” agile. This workshop examines the potential and perils of agile practices, looking beyond the rule or the technique to the changes in thinking and behavior the practice promotes. Focusing on the intent behind the practice, this session establishes a foundation for aligning practice with purpose.

  • Learn the essential success criteria for agile adoption
  • Explore the potentials and pitfalls of agile practices
  • Understand the technique for aligning practice with purpose