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Sponsors

The Toronto Agile and Software 2015 Conference is only possible because of our sponsors, please take a moment to read through the descriptions of our sponsoring organizations.

Gold Sponsors


 

Intelliware Development Inc. is proud to sponsor Conference 2015.  We look forward to this year’s conference which promises to be an excellent event, with a strong line-up of topics and engaging speakers.  Intelliware is a custom software, product development and mobile solutions firm headquartered in Toronto, Canada. We are a leading practitioner of Agile software development practices which ensure the delivery of timely, high quality solutions for clients. Intelliware is engaged as a technical partner by a wide range of national and global organizations in sectors that span Financial Services, e-Health, ICT, Retail, Manufacturing and Government. Learn more at http://www.intelliware.com

 

With offices in Toronto and Montreal, CapitalOne has offered Canadian consumers a range of competitive MasterCard credit cards since 1996, including a suite of rewards cards which are regularly cited by leading rewards experts for the great value they offer consumers. We challenge ourselves to see the world through the eyes of our customers, so we can deliver the innovative credit products and exceptional service they’re looking for.  Learn more at www.capitalone.ca.

 

 

From its humble beginnings as a one-man shop back in 2004, BERTEIG (formerly Berteig Consulting) has always aspired to become an organization that contributes to a community committed to advancing Agile values and principles towards a better working life for people. We are proud to support all the practitioners—our friends—who strive daily to uncover better ways of doing work and translating into reality the values and principles that they believe in and aspire to live by. 

For more than 10 years, the BERTEIG team has helped large and small companies with Agile training, coaching and consulting. We work shoulder to shoulder with teams and leaders to help them reach high-performance and exceed the objectives of their organizations. The Real Agility Program is how we have come to describe a systematic approach to transformation at the enterprise level. It is a program that is the culmination of hard work by leaders, managers and staff alongside BERTEIG coaches to attain Real Agility and dramatically speed up time-to-market, cut quality problems completely, and increase innovation. www.berteig.com

 

 

Fibernetics is a full service voice and data provider for Canadians looking for a superior service at the fairest price. Dedicated to changing the face of telecom in this country, focusing on client care first ensuring our customers are enjoying the best experience both at work or at home. Our dedicated team of telecommunications and customer service professionals are empowered through our inclusive “I’m in!” culture and core values of innovation, trust, accountability, teamwork and happiness.

Worldline, our residential division, provides Home Phone, Internet and Long Distance Packages supported by our team of Telco Superheroes.

NEWT, our business division, supports thousands of Canadian organizations with their communications needs with its secure, stable, scalable and evolutionary business phone and data services.

Fibernetics Ventures (FVI) provides employees, start-up and early stagecompanies the opportunity to take their businesses to market quickly andefficiently. Leveraging the Fibernetics network, FVI is bringing innovative products and services to the Canadian marketplace and beyond. http://www.fibernetics.ca/

 

Rally delivers software and services that drive agility. Organizations worldwide use Rally's solutions to navigate evolving market demands, improve performance, and accelerate the pace of innovation to deliver value faster. Rally’s enterprise-class SaaS platform transforms the way organizations manage the software development lifecycle by aligning software development with strategic business objectives, facilitating collaboration, and increasing transparency. By applying Agile and Lean approaches, Rally’s consulting and training services help companies innovate, lead, adapt, and deliver. Learn more at www.rallydev.com.

 

 

Scott Ambler + Associates is the thought leader behind the Disciplined Agile framework and its application. We are an IT management consulting firm that advises organizations to be more effective applying disciplined agile and lean processes within the context of your business. Learn more at www.scottambler.com.

 

 

           


RBC is Canada’s largest bank and one of the largest in the world based on market capitalization. With offices in more than 40 countries, we serve roughly 16 million clients. We strive to have a positive economic, environmental and social impact and to provide responsible leadership wherever we operate.
 



Toronto-based, Blended Perspectives is your local Atlassian Expert. As Authorized Partners since 2007, Blended Perspectives provides you with expertise, advice and resources you can rely on. We help you plan and manage your Atlassian Toolchain, saving you hassle in strategy, planning and operations across your Software Delivery Lifecycle (Collaboration, Agile, DevOps and Service Desk), leaving you focused on being productive.

From JIRA, JIRA Agile JIRA Portfolio and Atlassian Service Desk, Confluence and Confluence Questions, plus emerging products and Marketplace plugins, we have the experience and relationships with Atlassian and Add On vendors to get you results. Buying your software via us costs you no more than buying direct but will earn you discounted service hours.

Blended Perspectives offers custom training and coaching, advice and local community. Our local team is dedicated to helping you make the most of your purchases so that they have business impact.

From our JIRA templates for Managing What Matters in JIRA, encompassing areas such as IT Service Management and ITIL-like processes, Confluence Intranet Designs for General Purpose and Software Development Lifecycle Management through to Service Desk implementations for company-wide performance, we deliver.




Scotiabank is Canada’s international bank and a leading financial services provider in North America, Latin America, the Caribbean and Central America, and parts of Asia. We are dedicated to helping our 21 million customers become better off through a broad range of advice, products and services, including personal and commercial banking, wealth management and private banking, corporate and investment banking, and capital markets.

Join Scotiabank and belong to a high-performing team with a passion for success.

Scotiabank is recognized as a Best Workplace®, in Canada, Mexico, El Salvador, Costa Rica, Puerto Rico, Dominican Republic, Panama, Peru and Chile by the Great Place to Work® Institute.

Hundreds of inspiring, heartwarming and even heroic career stories take place at Scotiabank every day.  

You can experience these now, by visiting www.scotiabank.com/careers

         

 

 

 

Rangle.io is a modern Lean UX firm delivering high value software and business solutions with industry-leading Agile continuous delivery processes. Our ultimate vision is to create a significant positive social impact by radically improving how software is defined, delivered and used.

Our clients include startups; existing software companies migrating to mobile friendly technology; enterprises looking to transform their technology and development practices; and companies look to scale-up and get to market faster.

Our elite teams create innovative web and mobile applications while coaching our partners in Agile and Test Driven Development, Continuous Integration, HTML5, AngularJS, React.js, Ionic, PhoneGap, responsive design, mobile-first CSS, Meteor, Node.js, MongoDB, and more.

Explore Our Services: http://rangle.io/services/javascript-continuous-delivery/

Join Us: http://rangle.io/careers/

Receive News: http://go.rangle.io/enews

 

IBM is proud to be a sponsor of the 2015 Toronto Agile Conference. Join us to learn how applying lean and agile principles across the software delivery lifecycle with DevOps helps organizations achieve seamless continuous delivery, plus improved application portability, operational visibility and developer productivity.At this event IBM is featuring agile and DevOps solutions for collaborative development and continuous release & deployment - everything the developer needs to run standups, plan sprints, track work and receive rapid feedback for continuous improvement.  Regardless of complexity, IBM can help you achieve greater speed and frequency for the delivery of mobile, hybrid cloud, web-based and traditional applications.


Silver Sponsors


The journey to Agile software delivery has been an interesting one for Microsoft.  Microsoft’s popular tooling solutions for DevOps and Application Lifecycle Management, under the Visual Studio product brand, are fully Agile-ready and are in use in a large majority of companies as well as within Microsoft for delivering our own software and service products, including Azure, Office, Windows, XBOX and Visual Studio to name a few. When Microsoft started building our Visual Studio 2012 tooling (we’re now on Visual Studio 2015!), we transitioned our team from a Waterfall methodology to Agile.  This journey had high and low points, and we have documented it in a story we have published called Scaling Agile Across the Enterprise.  We are happy to sponsor the Toronto Agile Community and look forward to many conversations on how we can help you and your teams scale Agile within your organizations as well.

 

 

 

Become part of something bigger than you alone. With over 375,000 members worldwide, Scrum Alliance brings you together with like-minded people who are passionate about Scrum and who are changing the world of work every day.

We are a non-profit membership organization that encourages and supports the widespread adoption and effective practice of Scrum. We provide advocacy, community, and education to support this movement, equip our members, and help them succeed with Scrum in software development and beyond. Learn more at www.ScrumAlliance.org and come sprint with us!

 

 

 

Leanintuit has over a century’s worth of experience working in, and coaching organizations and our passion for improving the world of knowledge work has taken us around the globe from Canada and the US to Australia, Germany, Finland and Brazil.

Our coaches hold numerous certifications, not only in the Agile world: (CSM, CSPO, CSP) but also in the traditional project management and professional coaching communities: (PMP, PgMP, PMI-ACP, IAC-MCC and others).  Having a professional engineer and two MBAs gives us perspectives that span organizational concerns. We also have representation on the Agile Alliance board of directors.

 

 

BlueCat delivers software-based DNS, DHCP and IP Address Management (DDI) solutions enabling our customers to build and manage their most complex network infrastructure to meet the rapid change of pace of their business. With offices around the globe, leading enterprises trust BlueCat. Visit us at www.bluecatnetworks.com

Media Sponsor

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We are pleased to announce that registration has now opened for the master class put on by keynote speaker, Gojko Adzic.  It is a 2 day event that will be held immediately after the conference, October 30th to 31st at the Toronto Board of Trade (First Canadian Place 77 Adelaide Street West Toronto, Ontario, Canada M5X 1C1).

This will be an amazing learning experience, and an opportunity to discover new ways to communicate and work with teams, as well as and the business.  You can register now.

More About the Class

Specification by Example is the corner-stone of any successful testing and requirements strategy with Agile and Lean processes, such as Scrum, Extreme Programming and Kanban. This two day workshop teaches you how to apply ‘Specification by Example’ to bridge the communication gap between stakeholders and implementation teams, while building quality into software from the start, and designing, developing, and delivering systems fit for purpose.

Since 2007, approximately 4000 people have benefited from this workshop. Below is a selection of feedback from past participants:

  • “Very efficient and practical course. No dogmatism or philosophy. Built up on real life examples with useful real life exercises.” - Sergei Sergejev, Skype

  • “The best course I’ve attended in my career. I loved that the instructor challenged us to think for ourselves and did not give us the answers straight away.” - Trond Svensen, SITS

  • “Informative, to the point and loads of potential business value for my employer and clients.” -  Thomas Bakken, Consultant at Logica Norge AS

  • “I initially wanted to attend Gojko's course on Agile Acceptance Testing because I wanted to learn about test automation and how to do it well. As a product owner, I came to realise that I was going to have to change a lot of what I did. I needed to learn how to make requirements definite, unambiguous, atomic - not only so that they might be an input into an automation process but also because I want to create something the whole company can understand, something that is concise to read and something I can easily keep up to date.” - Patrick O'Malley, Product Manager, Yahoo Inc.

  • “Definitely worthwhile, particularly if product owners/internal clients are also involved.” - Will Thomas, Scrum Developer at UBS

  • “As a teacher, Gojko is one of the few that understand the power of teaching. It is all to seldom that someone with great familiarity of the solutions they teach also understand and listens to any other and novel problems someone share. It is hard to to put yourself in someone else’s shoes. But Gojko does this remarkably well.” -Gunnar Ahlberg, Avega Group

  • “Inspiring, changed my perspective, essential knowledge.” - John I. Hervik, Logica Norge AS

You Will Learn

The workshop is aimed at product owners, business analysts, developers and testers working primarily in an Agile or Lean environment. It is based on Gojko Adzic’s books Specification by Example and Bridging theCommunication Gap. Through facilitated exercises and discussion, you will learn:

  • How to extend specifications with examples to create a single source of truth for testing and development.

  • How to avoid functional gaps and inconsistencies in specifications and tests.

  • How to run specification workshops to facilitate collaboration.

  • Good practices for designing specifications with examples and acceptance tests for Agile teams.

  • How to create a living documentation system to facilitate change and improve your process long-term.

  • How other teams, from small web startups to large distributed teams in investment banks, apply specification by example in their contexts.

About the trainer/author

Gojko Adzic is a strategic software delivery consultant who works with ambitious teams to improve the quality of their software products and processes. He specialises in Agile and Lean quality improvement, in particular Agile testing, specification by example and behaviour driven development. Gojko’s book Specification by Example was awarded the #2 spot on the top 100 Agile books for 2012 and won the Jolt Award for the best book of 2012. In 2011, he was voted by peers as the most influential Agile testing professional, and his blog won the UK Agile award for the best online publication in 2010.

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