Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Announcing the Next EL SIG Meeting, March 15 [Robert Lasater]

The next meeting of the Engineering Leadership SIG will be held on March 15 in SAP Building 2 (3412 Hillview Avenue, Palo Alto, CA), in the SAP - Baltic/Caribbean rooms in Building 2, starting at 7:00 PM. Doors open at 6:30 PM. The main presentation will be a talk by Jeff McKenna on Agile, including XP, Scrum and Kanban


Jeff McKenna - State of Agile: XP, Scrum and now Kanban - What is up?

Talk Details:

Over the last 20 years we have seen the increased adoption of non-waterfall software
development methods. In 2001 many of these new methods emerged under the term
‘agile’ with the publication of the Agile Manifesto (www.agilemanifesto.org).
For many the start of Agile in software development was in 2000 with the publication of
Kent Beck’s extreme Programming explained followed in 2002 by Ken Schwaber and
Mike Beedle’s Agile Software Development with Scrum. At this time the word agile has
become common with many organizations with supporting reading, training and
coaching available from many sources.

We are now seeing the promotion of Lean techniques in software development with an
focus on Kanban. In this talk Jeff will discuss what lean thinking adds to the agile
mindset, how Kanban embodies lean concepts, what are the basics of Kanban and how
Kanban supplements existing agile methods. Jeff will also discuss when Kanban might
be appropriate and will provide further references.


Jeff McKenna has been active in software development for nearly 50 years taking on at
one time or another developer, tester, manager, business owner, trainer, coach.
consultant, blogger and mentor. He has an special interested in testing. domain
modeling and the larger question of how successful software lives in time. He was a
coach on the very first Scrum project in 1993 and has been practicing agile in various forms since 1987. Currently he is coaching and training on Scrum and moving into Lean.

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Attendance Verification Available :

Please ask an SDForum registration personnel at the event if you need an attendance verification form for professional development and certification purpose.


6:15 - 6:30 Early arrival recommended!
6:30 - 7:00 Registration / Checkin
6:30 - 7:00 Enjoy cheese, fruit, snacks, pizza, soda and networking
6:31 - 6:59 Engineering Leadership Peer-2-Peer Roundtable
7:00 - 7:10 Introduction and opening announcements
7:10 - 8:20 Keynote and Q&A
8:20 - 8:30 Closing announcements
8:30 - 8:45 Informal networking and followup Q&A
8:45 - 8:50 Clean up
8:50 - 9:00 Clear the room & have a safe trip home!

Cost: $20 at the door for non-SDForum members, No charge for SDForum members

BOOK SWAP - Every month! Bring books to share.

JOB SWAP - Check out our Yahoo! Group here: http://tech.groups.yahoo.com/group/SDForum_EL_SIG_JobSwap/

PEER-to-PEER Roundtable - Every month! Join us to share insights and advice with peers each month prior to the 7 PM event.

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