Martin Hinshelwood

Information & Communications Technology

DevOps & Automation Agile Leadership Agile Transformation Scrum

Martin Hinshelwood

Enabling a continuous flow of value with a union of processes, practices, and tools. We have deep expertise in Visual Studio, Azure DevOps, DevOps, Scrum, & Kanban

Martin Hinshelwood is a Professional Scrum Trainer, Microsoft MVP: Development Technologies & DevOps, and has been Consulting, Coaching, and Training in DevOps & Agility with Visual Studio, Azure, Azure DevOps, and Scrum since 2010 and has been delivering software since 2000.
Martin is available for private consulting and training worldwide and has many public classes across the globe.

Martin speaks at conferences around the world from Africa to Norway, and the USA to Azerbaijan.

Current sessions

Agile Evolution: An Enterprise transformation that shows that you can too

“That would never work here.” You’ve likely heard this sentiment (or maybe you’ve even said it yourself). Good news: change is possible. Martin Hinshelwood explains how Microsoft's Azure DevOps Services formerly VSTS went from a three-year waterfall delivery cycle to three-week iterations and open sourced the Azure DevOps task library and the Git Virtual File System.

There is a lot we can learn both from Microsoft's success and failures in moving towards Scrum, Agile, & Continuous Delivery.

Focus: DevOps Story / Journey of Microsoft to CD

Agile is Dead, and the Rise of Zombie Scrum

Agile is dead! Long live DevOps! Um.. ALM… um…

There has been a plethora of "agile is dead" of late posts yet the long list of failed agile that has caused it smell very little like agile. What was missing? Come and find out how to make a success of your agile project, and what will immediately spell disaster…

Paying lip service to a lexicon is no longer enough…

Focus: Zombie Scrum, one team

Agile Evolution: Live Site Culture & Site Reliability at Azure DevOps

With the shift-left movement pushing more responsibility to the engineering teams what practices will help them cope with running a production site. These are the experiance of the Azure DevOps Services team and their journey from on premises to a fully fledged SAAS solution and wjay they need to do to run it and build trust with their customers.

We will cover the importance of transparency, telemitery, on-call, and how to protect your feature teams from disruptions without them loosing touch with production.

Focus: many teams, big public services, build-test-run

The Tyranny of Taylorism and how to spot agile lies

Even those that developed and industrialised waterfall no longer believe it has value, and they still struggle with the tyranny of Taylorism.

While 81% of all development shops say that they are adopting agile, the reality is far from it; only 22% do short iterations, 16% have ordered backlogs, & 13% do retrospectives! They still lack feedback loops.

This talk will take a walk through history from 1890 through to the present and follow the rise and eventual fall of Waterfall in the very organisation that developed it; the US Military-Industrial Complex. From communities through the industrial revolution, mechanisation of the workforce, the first MBA's, the pursuit of hierarchical plan-driven solutions, and bureaucracy to the realisation of reality and the struggle to change.

1880 - Social, Family, Community, Problem Solving
1890 - Industrial Revolution and mechanisation of the workforce
1906 - First MBA and enshrinement of the carrot and the stick
1920 - First ideas that people are different ridiculed
1950 - Sequential work adopted by US Military
1970 - Waterfall defigned and adopted
1993 - First Scrum Project
2001 - Agile Manifesto
2010 - Consultation on new DOD procurement rules
2013 - New Procurement rules mandating iterative delivery go live
2018 - Detecting Agile BS
2019 - USAF Memo
Future - Social, Family, Community, Problem Solving

Best at 90 minutes, also works at 60 & 45 but with less detail

Slaying the dragons and how to successfully descale at scale

Many organisations don't really want to change how they do business and believe that they can continue on how they always have while still getting better at delivering software. They are wrong!

While there are organisations that are successfully scaling out there, they are few and far between. What are the commonalities between these organisations and how have they managed to get past the illusion of scaled agile to the values and principals that are allowing them to leave their competitors in the dust?

To go big, you have to go small!

Focus: many teams, pushing responsibility down

first public delivery, focus on many teams

Story Points and Velocity are a sign of an immature team.

So many teams start with and stick to using Story Points and Velocity as a measure of progress and capacity. This created a false sense of security and the belief in predictability and is a sign of an immature team. Once we accept that this we can move forward to understand what metrics a professional development team should have and how they should use them.

Come and learn the metrics of a professional development team.

Exploring "Done" and what it really means

In this workshop, we will explore the importance of Done and what that means to our software.

- Discuss why Done is important.
- Explore what Done means to a professional team
- Understand how and where we detect issues
- Decide what Done means to us

Who goes to prison when quality suffers?

A short exploration of who in the decision tree is the one that ends up in prison as a result of poor software quality.

Past and future events

Scottish Summit

29 Feb 2020
Glasgow, Scotland, United Kingdom

DevDay Baku 2019

30 Nov 2019
Baku, Baki, Azerbaijan

DevOps Pro Moscow 2019

Keynote on agile evolution
19 Nov - 22 Nov 2019
Moscow, Russia

NDC Oslo 2019

Live Site Culture & Site Reliability at Azure DevOps
19 Jun - 21 Jun 2019
Oslo, Norway

Techorama Belgium 2019

19 May - 21 May 2019
Antwerpen, Flanders, Belgium

Scrum Day London 2019

10 May 2019
London, England, United Kingdom

Deliver Agile 2019

Live Site Culture & Site Reliability at Azure DevOps.
29 Apr - 1 May 2019
Nashville, Tennessee, United States

Build Stuff 2018

14 Nov - 16 Nov 2018
Vilnius, Lithuania

Agile In Africa 2018

24 Oct - 26 Oct 2018
Accra, Greater Accra, Ghana

ScotSoft 2018

27 Sep 2018
Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom

Scrum Day London 2018

11 May 2018
London, England, United Kingdom

Agile Methods (UNICOM) 2018

2 May 2018
London, England, United Kingdom

Build Stuff 2017

4 Nov - 19 Nov 2017
Vilnius, Lithuania

Agile In Africa 2017

25 Oct - 27 Oct 2017
Accra, Greater Accra, Ghana

ScotSoft 2017

28 Sep 2017
Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom

Scrum Day London 2017

12 May 2017
London, England, United Kingdom

DevOps Vilnius 2017

6 Apr - 7 Apr 2017
Vilnius, Lithuania

Agile In Africa 2016

26 Oct - 28 Oct 2016
Accra, Greater Accra, Ghana

Scrum Day London 2016

13 May 2016
London, England, United Kingdom

Agile In Africa 2015

25 Nov - 27 Nov 2015
Accra, Greater Accra, Ghana