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Transforming How We Deliver Value: Agility at Scale[presentation]

Continuous delivery in software development allows us to deliver incrementally, get quick feedback, and react. A key enabler is the adoption of agile techniques and methods; key inhibitors in the enterprise are size, scale, and complexity. The Rational ALM organization is a typical...

Amy Silberbauer, IBM
Requirements Are Requirements—or Maybe Not[presentation]

Many people talk about requirements. They use identical terms and think they have a common understanding. Yet, one says user stories are requirements; another claims user stories must be combined with requirements; and yet another has a different approach. These “experts” seem unaware of...

Robin Goldsmith, Go Pro Management, Inc.
A Very Large Enterprise Agile Transformation: Lessons Learned at Salesforce[presentation]

When the agile consultants leave, how do you ensure that the enterprise agile transformation sticks, evolves, and grows throughout the organization? What challenges will you face? What support must be in place to address the challenges? Like software products, the real cost of an agile...

Mike Register,
Executives’ Influence on Agile: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly[presentation]

The evidence is in—and it's compelling. Well-executed agile practices can shorten software project schedules by 30 percent while cutting defects by 75 percent. However, many organizations struggle with agile adoption. And some of these struggles can be attributed to the...

Steve Davi, Synacor
Strategies for Mobile Web Application Testing[presentation]

Mobile web testing is still a widely unexplored territory—with no standardized tools or testing processes—where testers often struggle due to lack of guidance and resources. With mobile devices, tools, operating systems, and web technologies rapidly evolving, testers must adapt their...

Raj Subramanian, Progressive Insurance
Non-Functional Requirements: Forgotten, Neglected, and Misunderstood[presentation]

Implementing non-functional requirements is essential to build the right product. Yet teams often struggle with when and how to discover, specify, and test these requirements. Many teams neglect non-functional requirements up front, considering them less important or unrelated to user...

Paul Reed, EBG Consulting
Is Agile the Prescription for the Public Sector’s IT Woes?[presentation]

Information technology (IT) projects are notorious for exceeding budget and schedule estimates, and high visibility failures are common. IT projects in the public sector are particularly challenging. State, provincial, and federal governments worldwide have sponsored noteworthy disasters...

Payson Hall, Catalysis Group, Inc.
Applying Courtship Principles: Hiring for the Long Term[presentation]

As managers, we tend to focus on improving our processes. But have you considered that good people—not processes—are really the foundation of high-quality software? Competent and skilled people—combined with good process—can consistently produce higher-quality software...

Philip Lew, XBOSoft
The Future of Agile: Dilution, Calcification, or Evolution?[presentation]

The agile revolution began more than a dozen years ago. It was started by a small band of rebels who had radical ideas, shared a common vision, and wanted to change the world by challenging the status quo. Where is that agile revolution today? Has it continued the vision of its founders?

Jeff "Cheezy" Morgan
Continuous Delivery: Never Send a Human to Do a Machine’s Job[presentation]

Until your code is in production, making money for your business, or otherwise doing what it was built to do, you are merely building toy castles in a technological sandbox. Continuous delivery gets more business value into production as soon as possible, validates business decisions, and...

Steve Povilaitis, LeadingAgile, LLC
Incorporating 360 Degree App Quality in Mobile Development[presentation]

The exploding apps economy has increased the businesses’ need to have a strong mobile app presence. This has spurred a dramatic upward shift in mobile app development. Traditionally, testing has been done in the lab, replicating user environments and usage scenarios. However, that...

Roy Solomon, Applause
The Agile PMO: Right Work, Right Time, Right People[presentation]

One of the core functions of a PMO is to help an organization standardize efficient processes to select and execute strategic projects. Unfortunately, many PMOs are finding themselves struggling to justify their own existence. In a recent survey, more than half of the respondents reported...

Heather Fleming, Gilt Groupe, and Justin Riservato, Gilt Groupe
Breakthrough Portfolio Performance: Managing a Mix of Agile and Non-Agile Projects[presentation]

Agile has delivered impressive performance improvements at the project level, and some attempts to scale agile’s success to the IT project portfolio have also demonstrated good results. However, agile is not for all IT projects nor all project teams. Sometimes other approaches may be more...

Michael Hannan, Fortezza Consulting
Managing Technological Diversity: Avoid Boiling the Ocean[presentation]

Drop everything! We need to regression test the newest browser version. Apple just released a new device and iOS. We need to test our site on IE11 with Windows 8.1. Sound familiar? The number of technologies our software products must be compatible with has grown exponentially, and the...

Katy Douglass, Nationwide Financial
The Coming Mobile Wearable World[presentation]

For better or for worse, like it or not, mobile wearables are already changing our lives. Combined with social media, mobile wearable devices form a new generation of personalized technology that knows us better than our closest friends. How many of your friends know how far you...

Philip Lew, XBOSoft


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