11 - 13 May 2016

thestudio, Manchester, UK


Sponsors help us to add delight and enjoy the chance to engage directly with our participants. Keep reading to find out about the benefits of sponsorship or about partnering with Agile Manchester.

Our Sponsors


Auto Trader

Auto Trader is the UK's number one motoring digital marketplace with over 11 million monthly unique users, carrying out over 140 million searches on more than 400,000 new and used vehicles.

Over 3.5 million people access Auto Trader via their mobile devices every month, through the mobile-optimised site and apps developed for iPhone, iPad, Android and Windows Phone 8.




ThoughtWorks is a global software company and community of passionate, purpose-led individuals. We think disruptively to deliver technology to address our clients’ toughest challenges, all while seeking to revolutionize the IT industry and create positive social change.

Our services fall into software delivery, products and consulting but we prefer to talk about ideas, opportunities and how we can help. Our clients include well-known household names, large government organisations, forward thinking retailers and anything in-between.

Our people are what really make us different. We’re talented, curious individuals, working best when we’re really challenged. With over 20 years of thought leadership, we have been integral in the agile movement, more recently championing practices like continuous delivery and lean enterprise. We promote a collaborative, non-hierarchical and diverse working environment to encourage innovation, creativity and productivity.

We want to better humanity through software. We run our business around a three pillar model – striking a balance between running a sustainable business, providing software excellence and advocating for social and economic justice. Whether we’re defending the free internet, teaching children how to code or helping to tackle global epidemics head on, we strive to have a positive impact on the world.



Equal Experts

Equal Experts' agile practitioners combine technical excellence and business pragmatism to deliver simple bespoke software solutions to big business problems.

We offset delivery risk by trusting only talented, highly experienced people to employ relentless quality processes and a “zero tolerance” attitude to defects. We make heavy use of open source technology wherever possible, which dramatically lowers total cost of ownership for clients.

By leading by example and grounding everything we do in concrete software deliveries, we are able to bring our experience to bear, helping large organizations through their digital transformation.

Customers include Camelot and Telefonica and our software solutions underpin major initiatives such as O2’s Priority Moments customer loyalty campaign as well as myO2 self-serve capability. We are using our private sector experience to help UK government departments like HMRC and the Home Office to roll out their digital strategy.

For the last three years in a row, Equal Experts has been singled out as one of UK’s fastest growing companies in the tech sector, with sales reaching £24 million in 2014.

The company attributes its strong growth to a disruptive business model in technology, only employing senior consultants.

Equal Experts


Sky Betting & Gaming

We will strive to make Sky Betting & Gaming the UK’s best digital business.

A place with no boundaries, where you can grow, be challenged, well rewarded and work with amazing colleagues in innovative ways to bring to life game-changing ideas. All within a fun and good working environment.

We work in an agile fashion, we work super-fast and we make things happen. We are also growing quickly, faster than the market because we have a clear vision to make betting and gaming better.




AO started small. An infamous £1 pub bet led to our launch in 2000. Fifteen years later, we have over two million customers, 1.7 million Facebook fans, with one in every four appliances, bought online, purchased through us. Our mission is to be the Best Electrical Retailer in Europe!

We are a fast-paced, rapidly growing company, with endless career progression stories to tell. At AO, people are our biggest asset and our vibrant and engaging culture is our biggest differentiator. We ensure that we create a happy, stimulating and challenging environment for all our employees to thrive in and be the best they can be.

We empower each and every one of our AO-ers, treat them like individuals and offer fair pay with a few tasty extras thrown in to sweeten the deal with our fantastic benefits. We believe that when we care about our employees, they will apply the same level of care to our customers. With great office facilities and all you will need in one location, it’s no great surprise we were named “Retail Week Award’s Employer of the Year 2015.”




The BBC is the world's leading public service broadcaster. Its mission is to enrich people's lives with programmes that inform, educate and entertain.

Established by a Royal Charter, the BBC is a public service broadcaster funded by the licence fee paid by UK households.

We use the income from the licence fee to provide services including 9 national TV channels - in addition BBC Three, the first TV channel in the world to switch online in 2016 - plus regional programming, 10 national radio stations, 40 local radio stations and an extensive website.

BBC World Service broadcasts to the world on radio, on TV and online, providing news and information in 27 languages and world service English language.

We also have a commercial arm, BBC Worldwide as well as a number of other commercial ventures. Profits from these activities are returned to the BBC for investment in new programming and services.


Digital DWP

Digital DWP is part of the Business Transformation Group in the Department of Work and Pensions (DWP).

We are creating an inclusive, modern and efficient DWP. Our ambition is to lead a step change in the way that the whole of DWP operates, delivering the service that citizens expect from government in an efficient way, testing and learning as we go.

We have a vision for DWP in 2020 and we’re delivering the change we need to achieve this.




Valtech is a digital agency unlike most others, where experiences are engineered. The original champions of Agile and experts in software delivery since 1993, we have evolved into a creative agency that understands the technological complexities faced by organisations in all industries.

We have a proven track record of creating seamless user experiences which, when expertly integrated with existing legacy systems, allow businesses to fully understand their users.

The data our clients collect can be analysed by our data scientists, giving all stakeholders the proof of success which has historically been so hard to define. We Orchestrate, Integrate and Evolve our clients’ digital real estate to outstrip and outsell the competition.

Valtech UK



AstraZeneca is a global, science-led biopharmaceutical business employing 61,500 employees worldwide. Our innovative medicines are used by millions of patients around the globe. AZ activities span the entire life-cycle of a medicine from Research and Development to Manufacturing and supply to the Global Sales and Marketing of primary care and speciality care medicines that transform lives.

Our teams are pushing the boundaries of science to make a difference through our medicines for patients, their families, our stakeholders, and society in general. We believe that scientific research and applying leading technology is key to achieving cutting-edge innovation and is at the heart of what we do.

AstraZeneca UK


Zuhlke Engineering

Zuhlke Engineering provides bespoke agile software development services, locally. Clients tell us that they use Zuhlke when they are faced with tough technical problems, when time to market is critical, or when a project simply cannot be allowed to fail.

As part of the Zuhlke Technology Group, Zuhlke Engineering can draw on the experience gathered from the more than 8,000 projects delivered by Group companies since 1968. Today the Group companies have teams serving local customers in UK, Austria, Germany, and Switzerland.

Zuhlke Engineering


Zen Internet

Over the last 20 years, Zen Internet has grown from a pioneering ISP into an award-winning company that provides a full range of data, voice and hosting services to business and residential customers across the UK, providing the capabilities to communicate, collaborate and thrive in a highly connected world.

One of the UK’s most respected and trusted technology organisations, Zen’s independent ownership and large Agile delivery team are uniquely positioned to respond quickly to changes within the fast-paced technology sector and capitalise on new opportunities.

This unique approach to both software and systems development, coupled with a business-wide appetite for innovation, have been pivotal to Zen’s success and remain central to enabling future growth following a record-breaking year.

Zen Internet



Sendachi is a technology and services company specializing in DevOps, continuous delivery, and transformational programs.

The company’s Rapid Prototyping and DevOps Acceleration services help organizations speed time-to market for high quality new and re-tooled applications. From strategy and operations to culture and technology, Sendachi helps business and technology leaders identify and address opportunities for growth and profitability.

Sendachi provides training, development, deployment and optimization services for the full stack of DevOps and Agile technologies including application lifecycle management (ALM), modern development and continuous delivery tools, micro-services architecture, containerization, security, analytics, testing and cloud infrastructure platforms.




We are Quality Without A Name, an initiative of pragmatic practitioners. We train and mentor teams, coach individuals and carry out bespoke development projects. We specialise in agile and lean software development.

Our mission is to bring success to our customers by improving their system development practice. We advise, coach and train management, product owners, project leaders and developers. And we develop software ourselves - above all, we are software developers.



NewRedo are a northern software house and leaders within the agile community. They build custom software and web applications with regular delivery, low risk engagement and no lock-in solutions.

NewRedo have also worked with some of the largest brands to transformed their development process with guidance in lean principles and agile practice.



MPD Group

MPD Group are the software pioneers who create logistics technology for the booming ecommerce industry. Our brands include Electio, an exciting new delivery management platform; and My Parcel Delivery, a multi-award winning parcel delivery comparison website.

Electio is a rockstar product. And we need lots of rockstar devs to help it fly. Our market is dominated by one complacent incumbent and our technology is already attracting the attention of some of the UK’s best known high street brands, who are ready for an alternative. Our high performing dev team love the challenge of working with complex carrier integrations and our beautiful UI. We work with a current tech stack, up to date deployment and integration practices and use genuine Agile methodologies. We’re not afraid to innovate and Electio is only the start of our wider Group ambition.

MPD Group has so far raised £3.5m in order to fund the launch of Electio and invest in the people and infrastructure required to help reach our growth targets. Our future plans include launching overseas, developing a new SME proposition and creating lots more ground-breaking functionality for our products.

electiodelivers myparcel



Sky is Europe's leading entertainment company and serves 21 million customers across five countries: Italy, Germany, Austria, the UK and Ireland. We believe in better and that means offering a better choice of high-quality entertainment for the whole family and using technology to put them in control, whenever and wherever they want.

Together we work hard to give our customers a better experience and are always looking for ways to improve in everything we do. That’s why our people are critical to our success. Our unique environment helps everyone to do their best work, fulfil their potential and achieve great things together.

Community Groups

Our Partners


Together with our sponsors, we aim to create great experiences and delight our participants.

We seek to create bespoke sponsorship packages for interested parties, but we also offer a number of "off the shelf" sponsorship options.

Sponsorship at the 2016 event is Sold Out. If you're interested in becoming an Agile Manchester sponsor or supporter in future, please contact Cara Hanman to discuss things further.

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Community Groups

A 10% discount is available to user groups and meetups that help promote Agile Manchester 2016 to their members.

If you organise, or are a member of, a user group and would like more information on supporting Agile Manchester and securing this discount for your members, please contact us using the button below.

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Session Types

Need help planning which sessions to attend? We've provided a breakdown of our various session types below.

Case Study/Experience Report

A presentation and discussion of real-life (not theoretical) experiences of the application (or mis-application) of Agile and Lean practices. Case studies and experience reports include some discussion of lessons learned and an indication of how novel the work is.


Participants learn a new approach, tool or technology through using it to solve one or more practical exercises. Any software/hardware requirements are disclosed in the session description.


A session focused around some specific tool, technique or issue. Primarily led by the speaker, tutorials usually include some elements of interactivity or individual / group exercise.


An in-depth working session on a specific topic. May include paper presentations.