Snowbird Club – 07/05/2014

Snowbird Club – 07/05/2014

  • Location:Central London
  • Venue:Haymarket Hotel
  • Length:06:30 pm – 09:00 pm

On February 11, 2001, seventeen IT innovators arrived at the Snowbird Resort in Utah hoping to discover the future of software processes. After two days of debate a consensus was reached that would redefine development methodology, these thoughts were published in the form of the Manifesto for Agile Software Development.

In a unified rejection of the heavy weight processes that dominated software development these IT pioneers looked towards new techniques; an approach that dramatically improved turnaround times, offered unrivalled flexibility and greatly improved scalability within the development cycle.

Thirteen years later and many IT departments have yet to embrace the future, despite remaining under increasing pressure to improve methods of development. This problem is particularly prominent in the highly competitive Financial Sector where the regular release of high-quality, valuable applications is paramount in ensuring the business is first to market.

To discover how your business can see value in and better react to agile adoption join us on the 7th May for our quarterly three course dinner-discussion. We will once again be meeting at the exclusive Haymarket Hotel; dubbed ‘a whole new definition of glamour’ by Vanity Fair this spectacular venue in the heart of London provides the perfect setting for the Snowbird Club’s forward thinkers to come together to continue agile exploration.

Of course agile is not without its risks and challenges – such a dramatic methodical and cultural change cannot be made overnight and its improper management has been known to further complicate and delay projects. Considerable effort must therefore be made before, during and after adoption to ensure the benefits of agile are appreciated throughout the business.

Debate will centre around three main topics:

Benefits – Business leaders are demanding new services that are faster and more flexible whilst simultaneously requesting fail safe solutions. Is agile the silver bullet for responding to these requests?

Risks – Confusion between development and operational teams is common and scaling the technique can be complex, additionally failure can be catastrophic, not just for those making the decisions, but also for the reputation of the business. What are the biggest risks associated with agile?  And how do you mitigate risks as you scale?

Implementation – What can be done to improve the chances of success? Should businesses invest in agile training to facilitate internal implementation, or are off-the-shelf solutions a more effective alternative?

Who will be attending?

Confirmed guests include:

CIO – Barclaycard
CIO – Arthur J. Gallagher & Co
CIO – Hyperion Insurance Group
CIO – Icon Asset Management AG
CTO – Wonga
CTO – Partnership Assurance
VP – XL Group plc
VP,IT – BNY Mellon
VP – State Street Global Advisors
IT Director – Markel International
IT Director – Barclays Investment Bank
Head of IT – GAM
Head of IT – Premium Credit Limited
Head of IT – Covea Insurance
Head of IT – Hiscox
Head of FX IT – Credit Agricole CIB
Head of Credit Risk & IT Support – BNP Paribas
Head of IT Ecommerce Strategy – IFDS
Head of Trade Capture IT – Barclays Investment Bank
Head of Distribution IT – Schroders
Head of CTB Projects Market Risk IT – Standard Bank
Head of Front Office Technology – Legal & General Investment Management
Head of Development & Architecture – Ignis Asset Management
Group Solutions Development & Support Manager – Catlin Insurance
Transformation & Change Director – Aldermore Bank plc

To accept the invitation, please register using the eventbrite portal below. Alternatively please respond directly to me; oliver.fitz-gibbon@seraphsphere.com

I look forward to hearing back from you,

Best Regards,