Allan Kelly

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Allan is the founder of Software Strategy and specialises in the business side of software development – namely management and requirements.

With over 25 years experience working with software Allan has held just about every job in the software world: system admin, tester, developer, architect, product manager and development manager.

Allan is London based and works for Software Strategy providing training and consulting in Agile practices. He specialises in working with software product companies, aligning company strategy with products and processes.

In addition to numerous journal articles and conference presentations he is the author of of “Changing Software Development: Learning to Become Agile” (2008) and recently published his new book: “Business Patterns for Software Developers” (2012). In addition he is a contributor to “97 Things Every Programmer Should Know” and “Pattern Languages of Program Design (5)”, has written numerous journal articles and is a popular speaker at software conferences.

lku-kanban-coaching-professional-badge-72dpi_lAllan holds BSc and MBA degrees and is a recognised Kanban Coaching Professional (KCP). More about Allan on his own website,, Slideshare, his blog: and on Twitter as @allankellynet.

Recent articles include:

Recent presentations include:

BCS Agile Special Interest Group: Lean Kanban Day, March 2013, London Xanpan (Slideshare) – Kanban + XP

DevWeek, March 2013, London UK 10 Tips to make Agile Adoption more successful (Slideshare)

Software East, February 2013, Cambridge UK Lesson from the Cornish Software Mines (Slideshare)

Sync Conference, February 2013, Norwich, UK Agile in 90 minutes – What, Why, How it work, How to Change (PDF) and Agile in 90 minutes on SlideShare

Oredev Conference, November 2012, Malmo Sweden Retrospective Dialogue Sheets – PDF download, SlideShare presentation – Oredev, Malmo 2012 Business Patterns for Software Developers – PDF download, SlideShare presentation, Video recording

Agile Cambridge, September 2012 Retrospective Dialogue Sheets (PDF download or Slide Share presentation)

Agile on the Beach, Falmouth, September 2012 Business Patterns for Software Developers (Slideshare link) (buy the book)

BCS Edinburgh, June 2012 Business Patterns for Software Developers (PDF download) (buy the book)

ACCU Conference, Oxford, April 2012 Business Patterns for Software Developers

BCS SIGIST Conference, March 2012 (Testing specialist interest group conference) Objective Agility (on SlideShare)

BCS Central London, March 2012 The What and Why of Agile (Slideshare), March 2012

A full list of publications is at and a full list of presentations can be found at

Books by Allan


Xanpan - a hybrid of Kanban and XP
available from LeanPub

Business Patterns for Software Developers

Business Patterns for Software Developers.
Published by John Wiley & Sons, early 2012

Changing Software Development

Changing Software Development
Published by John Wiley & Sons, 2008

Software Strategy Selected Writings

Agile Reader (3rd ed), selected writings of Allan Kelly
Published by Software Strategy Ltd.

Buy eBook at LeanPub


Buy printed book at Lulu