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Chris Gilbert

Chris Gilbert

Consulting Director

Chris is a software consultant with over 13 years of commercial experience. During that time, he has worked in internal product teams and consultancies across a wide range of industries. He is passionate about using agile software development and the business processes that surround it. He has presented at software conferences across Australia on a range of technical and agile development topics.


What the failed Burke & Wills expedition can teach us about software projects (45 mins)

This talk has been given at DDD Conference, Adelaide.

The year is 1860. 19 men set out to find a way across Australia from Melbourne to the Gulf of Carpentaria. 7 men died. 1 made the whole journey.  

Although 160 years in the past, the key points of this failed expedition are directly relatable to software projects. Let’s dive into some history and learn from it.

Living with Azure DevOps (45 mins)

For better or for worse, Microsoft is steamrolling Azure DevOps through the development world.

Being a "one stop shop" for task management, code, builds, deployments, tests, and artefacts, with the marketing might of Microsoft behind it, it's being adopted by development teams across the world, regardless of whether they want it or not.

I'll show you how to make the most out of what you've been given. I'm not here to defend it. I'll be honest about why it does some of the things it does, what's nice, and won't pull any punches about what sucks. I'll show you how to make the most out of what you've been given, and how to work around Microsoft's opinions about how your project should be run.

Who knows, by the end you might even be content.

An Agile Retrospective (45 mins)

This talk has been given at DDD Conference, Perth and Brisbane. 

One of the core principles behind Agile software development is being retrospective and fostering a culture of continuous improvement. In this session we will do that on a macro scale. As a consultant I've seen more than my fair share of agile done right and agile done poorly as well as everything in between.

This session will cover a bunch of stuff that I’ve noticed across multiple companies that doesn't hold true against the values and principles of the agile manifesto. I’ll inject some enthusiasm and experience by describing the techniques I use to stay true to the original values and principles of agile and helps me consistently deliver great software outcomes.

Agile: Use it or lose It. Don't abuse it! (45 mins)

Agile is great, except when it's not. Then it's terrible. And oh boy, have I seen some things...

In this talk I'll share the best, the worst, and the should-never-have-been parts of agile projects that I've seen over the years. There'll be practical tips for you to take away to start improving your own projects too.

Are we still talking about agile in 2024? Yes, because we have to.

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