May
30

Ignore the cost accountants at your peril, because they won’t ignore you

Why should I learn about cost accounting?

It may not be immediately obvious, but the way your company manages its finances, costs and budgets has a profound effect on the way projects or products are started, run and terminated. You may have been in situations where you sat back in amazement at some incomprehensible management decision and thought “what were they thinking?”

They were probably thinking about budgets and costs. You will be surprised again next time unless you learn to understand and dialogue with your CFO and cost accountants.

Fun with cost accounting

Pierre Hervouet and I have created a session that explains the basics of cost accounting (based on making and pricing cocktails) and presents three alternative views you may find useful:

  • Throughput Accounting
  • Lean Accounting
  • Beyond Budgeting

The session doesn’t certify you as an accounting master, but it provides food for thought and pointers to plenty of material you can dig into if you want to know more. The materials (currently only in French) are published on the agilecoach site.

Join the conversation

Why don’t you go see your CFO or cost accountants today? Ask them what’s keeping them up at night. You may discover that you face much the same issues and that the solutions are similar. Yes, yes, accounting and budgeting are getting more agile, more lean!

The Agile Alliance has a new “Agile Accounting Standards” program to “Engage with FASB’s Emerging Issues Task Force to promote and develop an Agile Accounting Standard that will better define and standardize internal IT development costs for organizations that use an iterative or agile software development methodology” because  “The phased gate language [of the current standard] results in significant confusion and challenges of interpreting how to map the iterative work that happens throughout an Agile project lifecycle and is becoming an increasing urgent issue.

May
29

Call for Sessions Agile Tour Brussels 2013

The Agile Belgium Community is calling for speakers for the Agile Conference: Agile Tour Brussels 2013. This event will take place on the 27th of September in Brussels Belgium.

Deadline for submission:  20th of June 2013

What’s Agile Tour Brussels?

It’s the 2nd edition of the conference Agile Tour Brussels. Last year we gathered attendees and speakers from Belgium, France, the Netherlands and Switzerland to share our passion for Agile. The purpose of this conference is to gather in one place Agile practitioners and people wanting to know more about Agile.

At Agile Tour Brussels you will speak to a mix of attendees who are either completely new to Agile, experienced or experts.

We are looking for any kind of sessions (Lecture, interactive talk, workshop, technical,…) on any topics like Scrum, XP, KanBan, Lean, Devops, Leadership, Lean Startup, Coaching, System thinking, Product Aspect, Agile Games,…

We are looking for different levels of sessions, sessions for beginner, advanced and expert. We are also looking for new and experienced speakers.

How to submit a session?

To submit a session, fill in the form located here: http://at2013.agiletour.org/fr/callForSpeaker.html

If you never registered to the website agiletour.org, you will be asked to create an account.

Tips for a successful submission:

  • Don’t forget to specify that you are applying for Agile Tour Belgium – Brussels
  • Specify the size of the audience you’d like to have for your session (e.g < 100 persons)
  • Sessions must be in English
  • We would prefer to have session of 1 hour maximum

All information about the event and previous edition can be found on www.atbru.be

If you have any questions, feel free to drop an email at bruno@atbru.be

Thanks in advance for your support!

The Agile Tour Brussels Organization Team.