The Jo’burg Centre for Software Engineering (JCSE) at Wits University is gearing up for its third annual Agile Africa conference on 24 to 26 August 2015. With headline speakers including renowned Agile expert, Kent Beck, ThoughtWorks CTO, Dr Rebecca Parsons, and software gurus Aslam Khan, Paul E McMahon and Doug Bradbury.

JCSE director, Professor Barry Dwolatzky says the 2015 line-up features the best of agile and will provide immense value to all those attending: “We have 25 talks and poster sessions ranging from adopting agile in corporate environments to dealing with conflict in agile teams, agile on steroids, real agile quality, agile analyst mind sets and more. Agile Africa 2015 is going to be the best yet and anyone who has an interest in agile needs to attend.”

Dwolatzky says that there are also five workshops to choose from covering topics such as user-centred design, how to cope with agile and change, also an opportunity to discover the new Essence: A Thinking Framework To Power Software Development Team Performance by Paul E McMahon.

A fun session for all coders is the Code Sparring Tournament where coders get to practice their skills by competing head-to-head with fellow coders in an ultimate test of programming and problem solving skills. “We are very lucky to have Doug Bradbury, Director of Software Services for 8th Light in Chicago host this tournament. Doug helped 8th Light develop and refine its modern apprenticeship program, and has mentored several apprentices into successful software careers,” says Dwolatzky.

Agile Africa 2015 is a major highlight on the JCSE calendar. It aims to cover as many aspects of agile, while providing excellent networking sessions with some leading agile experts.

Agile Africa also marks the beginning of the Fak’ugesi Festival, a 3-week programme of everything digital that takes place in and around Braamfontein.

There is a 25% saving for Super Group Tickets, which is for organisations with more than 10 attendees.