Martin Hinshelwood nkdAgility.com

Martin Hinshelwood nkdAgility.com

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

Glasgow, United Kingdom

Martin Hinshelwood is a passionate agile leader with a track record of inspiring, encouraging, and igniting momentum. Featured speaker, author, and industry thought leader, Martin has a strong track record of helping organizations build a vision and execute evolutionary and revolutionary change. His deep technical knowledge, business insight, and experience drive impactful change for organizations.

Technologist turned agilist; Martin successfully helped organisations decentralise, democratise, and evolve their way of work to build extraordinary processes and drive organizational change through culture, technology, and teamwork. Martin is a Professional Scrum Trainer. Professional Kanban Trainer and Microsoft MVP: Development Technologies.

Specialists: DevOps, Lean and Agile Methodology, Organizational Transformation


Area of Expertise

  • Information & Communications Technology


  • DevOps & Automation
  • Agile Leadership
  • Agile Transformation
  • Scrum

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

How Agile needs to fight back

Agility and self-organisation were beaten to a stalemate by hierarchy and command & control. We must fight back but can't do that while continuing to frame complex red practices in a complicated blue context.

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

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

Techorama 2021 Spring Edition

May 2021 Antwerpen, Belgium

Global Azure Norway

April 2021

NDC London 2021

January 2021 London, United Kingdom

NDC Oslo 2020

June 2020 Oslo, Norway

Techorama 2020 BE

May 2020 Antwerpen, Belgium

Scottish Summit

February 2020 Glasgow, United Kingdom

DevDay Baku 2019

November 2019 Baku, Azerbaijan

DevOps Pro Moscow 2019

Keynote on agile evolution

November 2019 Moscow, Russia

NDC Sydney 2019

October 2019 Sydney, Australia

Techorama Netherlands 2019

October 2019 Ede, Netherlands

NDC Oslo 2019

Live Site Culture & Site Reliability at Azure DevOps

June 2019 Oslo, Norway

Techorama Belgium 2019

May 2019 Antwerpen, Belgium

Scrum Day London 2019

May 2019 London, United Kingdom

Deliver Agile 2019

Live Site Culture & Site Reliability at Azure DevOps.

April 2019 Nashville, Tennessee, United States

Build Stuff 2018

November 2018 Vilnius, Lithuania

Agile In Africa 2018

October 2018 Accra, Ghana

ScotSoft 2018

September 2018 Edinburgh, United Kingdom

Scrum Day London 2018

May 2018 London, United Kingdom

Agile Methods (UNICOM) 2018

May 2018 London, United Kingdom

Build Stuff 2017

November 2017 Vilnius, Lithuania

Agile In Africa 2017

October 2017 Accra, Ghana

ScotSoft 2017

September 2017 Edinburgh, United Kingdom

Scrum Day London 2017

May 2017 London, United Kingdom

DevOps Vilnius 2017

April 2017 Vilnius, Lithuania

Agile In Africa 2016

October 2016 Accra, Ghana

Scrum Day London 2016

May 2016 London, United Kingdom

Agile In Africa 2015

November 2015 Accra, Ghana

Martin Hinshelwood nkdAgility.com

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

Glasgow, United Kingdom