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Conference Presentations

A Holistic View of Complex Systems and Organizational Change
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One of the most misunderstood concepts in the agile community, complexity is often used to explain why we can’t predict anything or why there are no rules we can follow. Ironically, it is exactly this attitude that allows complexity to work against us. Al Shalloway discusses the true...

Al Shalloway, Net Objectives
Executives’ Influence on Agile: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly
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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
Is Agile the Prescription for the Public Sector’s IT Woes?
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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.
Breakthrough Portfolio Performance: Managing a Mix of Agile and Non-Agile Projects
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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
Seven Principles of Cross-Continent, Distributed Development
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Many teams practice agile development as an integral part of their organization with the benefits of collocation and local decision making. However, it is increasingly more common to develop code across continents, either in distributed organizations or with the help of offshore...

Igor Gejdos, Roche Diagnostics
Why Agile Fails in Large Enterprises—and What to Do about It
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Agile works. We get it. You don’t have to sell people on the underlying principles anymore. Even so, many large-scale agile transformations are struggling. Some have failed. Others can’t figure out why things aren't working after multiple attempts. It’s easy to blame the people, the...

Mike Cottmeyer, LeadingAgile, LLC
Test Automation in Agile: A Successful Implementation
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Many teams feel that they are forced to make an either/or decision when it comes to investing time to automate tests versus executing them manually. Sometimes a “silver bullet” tool is purchased, and testers are forced to use it when there may be a better option; other times unskilled team...

Melissa Tondi, Denver Automation and Quality Engineering
Software Managers: Their Place in Agile
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No more managers! No more hierarchy! A truly self organizing, self-running team! These phrases strike fear into managers almost as much as: We are moving to agile. As successful companies like Zappos, GitHub, and Treehouse discard managers from their teams, other software...

Brian Sobus, Teradata
Agility at Scale: WebSphere’s Agile Transformation
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In today's rapidly changing environment, organizations—both large and small—must quickly respond to shifting market requirements to remain competitive. To be successful, many are adopting agile development and continuous delivery methodologies to deliver software quickly, while keeping...

Susan Hanson, IBM Software Group
Seven Key Metrics to Improve Agile Performance
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It’s been said: If you can’t measure it, you can’t improve it. For most agile teams burndown charts and some type of velocity measurement are all they are doing. However, with just a few more metrics, you can gain substantial insight into how teams are performing and identify improvement...

Andrew Graves, InterContinental Hotels Group

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