DFW Scrum: July Featuring Kent Beck | Software G Forces

We have secured Kent Beck to speak at our July DFW Scrum. Kent is the creator of Extreme Programming (XP) and Test Driven Development as well as being an industry leader in Agile Software Development Practices. While Kent will not be available in person, we will be using state of the art video conferencing to hear his presentation and facilitate a Q&A session in which you can gain insight to any issues you are having within your Scrum implementation. Kent will be speaking about "Software G Forces: What Happens as the Deployment Cycle Approaches the Speed of Light". Increasing the frequency of deployments is one of the long-term, seemingly inexorable trends in software development. What constitutes responsible development at one deployment cycle, though, differs radically from what constitutes responsible development when the software is being deployed 100 times as often. This talk will outline the various times scales of deployment and discuss the transitions between different scales. In addition, we will be giving away books by Mike Cohn and giving away 1 free spot in each of his upcoming classes in Dallas (Certified Scrum Master and Succeeding with Agile). A $1,200 value for each class. Please remember that we provide food for our event and have limited space, only RSVP Yes if you are able to come so that others have an opportunity.

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  • Stephen B.

    The speaker was very knowledgable and was able to convey his knowledge to those in attendance.

    August 24, 2010

  • A former member
    A former member

    I though Kent Beck was informative and entertaining. Maybe, one day, I'll see daily production releases too. Thanks Lance and Gary for providing meaningful content at every DFW Scrum meeting! Keep it up!

    August 7, 2010

  • saravanan

    Great to know about how software deployment has evolved over the years, right from once a year deploymnent to almost once a month and more... Good info.

    July 24, 2010

  • Aryanto P.

    Great place and food!
    A good place for networking meeting.

    July 23, 2010

  • Christopher W.

    I understood ahead of the meeting that Kent Beck was going to be via video conference and was okay with this fact. Nevertheless, my expectations were that of something like a webinar / web conference - not just a Skype call. After about 30 minutes of staring at nothing but Kent Beck's face and not having other interaction, I got bored very easily. Furthermore, his presentation seemed unprepared and he had a tendency to ramble. Not one of his best presentations, but not the worst presentation I've ever seen. As to the topic of conversation, I felt it was a wise choice. Given the long loop taken to drive the important points home, I feel that it is excellent advise for any organization looking to accelerate their deployment schedules. However, I don't think we'll quite be doing hourly deployments yet. ;-)

    July 23, 2010

  • James

    Fantastic discussion provided by Kent. Lots of good interaction with audience and speaker. Food provided by Lance was excellent.

    July 22, 2010

  • A former member
    A former member

    Kent's a leading light; it's obvious why. The video format was fine--worked very well.

    July 22, 2010

  • A former member
    A former member

    I really enjoyed the meeting. I thought that Kent did a super job keeping us engaged. The video conferencing was not an issue.

    July 22, 2010

  • A former member
    A former member

    Although Kent Beck was interesting many of the participants seemed more curious and serious. I guess Texans will do anything for free food.

    July 21, 2010

  • A former member
    A former member

    Really enjoyed hearing Kent Beck's perspective.

    July 21, 2010

  • Dennis P.

    Great talk. Was cool to hear Kent talk about the code he's currently wrestling with. I'm inspired to help my organization learn how to deploy more frequently.

    July 21, 2010

  • Mary C.

    I thought this was great! I was shaking my head at the thought of Continuous Deployment, but thinking about shortening deployment cycles is an effective way to tighten processes. This topic really underscores the need for automated testing at all layers of the process.

    July 21, 2010

  • Phil P.

    Kent Beck is one entertaining speaker. :-) I really enjoyed the depth and accuracy of his G-force discussion on release frequency/acceleration.

    July 21, 2010

  • Bill O.

    Deployment Automation using TDD is a key practice to make continuous deployments successful.

    July 21, 2010

  • Robert H.

    This was another great session. What a privilege it is to get to interact with the authors of the Agile Manifesto. This time it was Kent Beck. In the last year, we've had the privilege of interacting with Martin Fowler, Ron Jeffries, and Dave Thomas as well as other big names like Mike Cohn.

    July 21, 2010

  • A former member
    A former member

    Kent beck, as always, was engaging, but in -person would have been much better.

    July 21, 2010

  • Lance D.

    Kent was as great speaker and really helped drive home the ideals of what needs to get accomplished if your release cycle starts gravitating towards a shorter release (1 week vs. quarterly)

    July 21, 2010

  • Blake B.

    The web conferencing worked much better than I thought it might. Nice work and preparation!

    July 21, 2010

  • Rick R.

    Kent was awesome...

    Lance, thanks for getting him to commit!!

    July 21, 2010

  • A former member
    A former member

    Excellent insight into shortening develop/deploy cycles. Kent's talk was full of great practical application. When can we hear more from him?

    July 21, 2010

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