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Delivering the Impossible

5 June @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Speaker: Mark Stringer

Refreshments and networking from 6:00 pm.

This event is free of charge and open to all, though registration is required.


What do you get if you mix a degree in philosophy, 20 years in Agile project management, 10 years on the comedy stand-up circuit and a healthy dose of psychology? Mark Stringer’s new book “Delivering the Impossible”.

Mark will talk about about some of the concepts in his fascinating and funny book, including
“Why is it so incredibly hard to get anyone to prioritise a list of features?”

Perhaps the writings of the Chilean psychoanalyst and psychiatrist Ignacia Matte Blanco can help us understand.

According to Matte Blanco, there are two ways of looking at the word. “All, same and forever,” and “some, different and for a while.” Our unconscious mind favours “all, same and forever.” Understanding this can explain a lot of the strange, difficult behaviour that we experience in software development projects – such as the refusal to prioritise features. And connects directly with the four values of the Agile manifesto and its attempt to distance itself from contracts, documentation and plans.


5 June
6:00 pm - 7:00 pm


BCS Edinburgh


Computershare Ltd
4 N St Andrew Street
Edinburgh, Scotland EH2 1HJ United Kingdom
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