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Fremont Agile Meetup - Al Shalloway Guest Speaker

  • Oct 29, 2013 · 5:00 PM
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(Networking at 5:00, discussion at 5:30.)

We are pleased to host Al Shalloway as guest speaker at the October 29th meetup.

About our speaker:

Al Shalloway is the founder and CEO of Net Objectives. With over 40 years of experience, Al is an industry thought leader in Lean, Kanban, product portfolio management, Scrum and agile design. He helps companies transition to Lean and Agile methods enterprise-wide as well teaches courses in these areas. Al is a SAFe Program Consultant as well as a co-founder of the Lean Software & Systems Consortium. Al has developed training and coaching methods for Lean-Agile that have helped Net Objectives' clients achieve long-term, sustainable productivity gains. He is a popular speaker at prestigious conferences worldwide. He is the primary author of Design Patterns Explained: A New Perspective on Object-Oriented Design, Lean-Agile Pocket Guide for Scrum Teams, Lean-Agile Software Development: Achieving Enterprise Agility and Essential Skills for the Agile Developer. Al has worked in literally dozens of industries over his career. He is a co-founder and board member for the Lean Software and Systems Consortium. He has a Masters in Computer Science from M.I.T. as well as a Masters in Mathematics from Emory University.

This month's topic:

The Lean-Agile Project is committed to creating an effective approach for organizations to deliver value with a software development component in it - for both IT organizations and software development organizations. 

We believe an holistic approach, based on axiomatic principles can be developed that virtually all organizations can use. It requires providing both a reasonably defined starting point as well as a method of enhancing one's capabilities over time. 

The essence of the project is to build an approach to developing software based on the principles underlying Lean, Scrum, Kanban and eXtreme Programming. Instead of being attached to any of them, we will build a method based on principles underlying them. Furthermore, an approach to helping teams learn to learn how to improve their methods, based on the Dreyfus model of learning, will also be created. 

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  • 平鍋 健.

    Say hello to Alan!

    October 29, 2013

  • Joe L.

    I think this blog entry that Al posted in June is excellent, and I have already shared it with a number of people.

    In it, Al lists a set of practices that he has found pay off regardless of organization size. In my opinion, if one could take any single practice from the list and inject it into a software dev organization that was not yet following it, advantages would be gained (assuming the organization sticks with it).

    I should add that I think having cross-functional teams in place beforehand would increase the value of any of the other practices.

    I am looking forward to the discussion.

    (BTW, don't be surprised if Al has developed some new thoughts on the topic since he wrote the article.)

    October 28, 2013

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