Agile and Emerging Technologies - Things ain't what they used to be

location_city Melbourne schedule Jul 30th 11:30 AM - 12:15 PM place EN413 L80 people 46 Interested

‘Industrial Revolution 4.0’ and ‘exponential change’ are two concepts that are creating a lot of buzz lately, and for good reason. Emerging technologies such as artificial intelligence and Internet of Things are being adopted at a staggering pace. Platforms companies such AWS have lowered the barrier to entry, and are enthusiastically supporting organisations to experiment and propel forwards into a new way of doing business.

At DiUS we are fortunate to have a front row seat as this wave of change arrives. With our in-house specialists in areas such as AI and IoT, we have formed broad cross functional teams - including engineers, experience designers and agile delivery leads - to help our customers solve their business problems using emerging technologies.

Through this talk I will provide insights based on case studies of DiUS's recent project experiences. We'll contrast the dynamics with the digital software world that many of us are accustomed to working within, and highlight the constraints introduced by factors such as hardware manufacturing, acquiring training sets for machine learning, and navigating the complex systemic challenges associated with entering immature markets. Finally, we will discuss what we as a community need consider as to how we apply the agile practices and mindset in this new context going forward.


Outline/Structure of the Case Study

  • What are the ‘Industrial Revolution 4.0’, ‘post-digital’ and other such concepts all about, and which technologies will be involved? (5 mins)
  • How will agile practices and mindsets likely fit into this new paradigm? (5 mins)
  • Case study - Internet of Things (8 mins)
  • Case study - Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning (8 mins)
  • Case study - Smart Energy (8 mins)
  • Pointers and considerations for agile practitioners to prepare for working within this new paradigm (5 mins)
  • Questions and discussion (6 mins)

Learning Outcome

Participants will:

  • Gain insights beyond the hype and buzzwords as to what it actually involved in working with teams focussed on emerging technologies, and the new markets which they apply to.
  • Be challenged to consider what professional development pathways related to emerging technologies can be pursued so as to prepare for a post-digital world.

Target Audience

Agile practitioners, software engineers, delivery managers, product owners

Prerequisites for Attendees

No prerequisites other than an open mind as to how the coming years may look different for people working in the technology space.

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