This *IS* Agile Development

In the world of agile, there is theory and then there is practice. We like to talk about self-organizing teams, asynchronous execution, BDD, TDD, and emergent architecture. We also talk about cross-functional teams: how analysts, testers, architects, technical writers, and UX designers belong on the same team, right next to programmers. It all sounds nice in theory, but how does this work in reality? What do these people actually do? How do they interact? What does it look like? Is there really a pragmatic way to make this work?

In this simulation, a cross-functional team will actually build a piece of software. Every specialist will have a hand in the process. Every specialist will also act as a generalist. Everyone will add value. And as a team, we’ll get something DONE.

This is your opportunity to see agile development in practice, and to bridge the gap between what agilists say and what teams do. And it’s not as new or as difficult as you think – affinity between testers, BA’s, coders, and other team members has really been at the root of effective development practices all along. Let’s just finally acknowledge that it works, demonstrate its capabilities, and encourage it going forward.

This IS agile development.

Learning Outcomes:

- Understanding of agile development concepts
- Understanding that product development is a holistic action – not just programming
- Seeing an effective cross-functional team in action
- Perceiving that team throughput is more valuable than individual capacity

About the Speakers

Gary Pedretti is an application architect, software developer, Scrum practitioner, and Solutions Manager at Centare.  With over fifteen years’ experience in technology, he helps companies achieve their goals of delivering business value through software.  He sees Agile frameworks and methodologies as a natural outgrowth of the lessons learned in the software industry, including the lessons he has personally learned.  Gary is a strong believer in the “see one, do one, teach one” road to craft and mastery, which led him to the role of Professional Scrum Trainer for  You can read more about him at

Dan Piessens is a senior consultant for Centare where he passionately advocates agile principles and the use of patterns & practices assets to clients and internal groups. Having 12 years of experience in the software industry, he has architected world class enterprise applications in the transportation, insurance, and healthcare industries. He has also been involved with Microsoft Patterns & Practices since 2005 on projects including Unity, Enterprise Library, Prism, Acceptance Testing, and CQRS. His latest endeavors involve guidance for development teams on continuous deployment and promoting best practices for the latest Microsoft web and Azure technologies.

Rich Visotcky is a Senior Consultant with Centare’s Agile Practice.  Over the past 8 years Rich has honed his experience with Agile development and Microsoft technologies to help his clients deliver value to their customers faster.  He believes that open and frequent communication between clients and developers is just as important as the technical work performed.  Striving to increase this cycle of discussion and development led Rich to become a Professional Scrum Trainer for  You can connect with Rich and learn more about him at

Pradeepa Narayanaswamy is an Agile Passionista. She has over 12 years of experience in the IT industry, with more recent years specializing in Agile Testing. She helps organizations and teams deliver better quality software using Scrum. She values continuous learning and continuous improvement and considers them key for any success. You can find more information at

Erik Weber is a Professional Scrum Trainer, Product Owner practitioner, and Senior Agile Consultant with Centare’s Agile Practice. Over the past 10 years Erik has been a developer, tester, project manager, in both waterfall and agile environments of varying success. As a Professional Scrum Trainer for, Erik enjoys helping organizations become agile. You can find out more and contact Erik Weber at

Milwaukee Agile is geared toward both experienced and brand new practitioners. The pizza is sponsored by Redpoint Technologies. Soft drinks, water, and the space are sponsored by Robert W. Baird.

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  • Gary P.

    Thanks to Milwaukee Agile for the opportunity to speak, and thanks to all for the great conversations!

    July 30, 2013

  • Mike L.

    Very helpful. A good overview of Agile methods. I would love to see more and touch some areas that weren't covered (i.e. Sprint planning & review, training\working with a P.O., P.O. Acceptance testing)

    1 · July 10, 2013

  • Sharon G.

    Great meeting! and practical demo! thanks Gary and crew!!

    2 · July 10, 2013

  • Thomas G.

    Great discussion!

    1 · July 10, 2013

  • Russ S.

    It's the conversations that matter.

    2 · July 10, 2013

  • Alex S.

    Great presentation and discussion afterwards.

    2 · July 9, 2013

  • Dan M.

    Any chance there will be a video of this meet up?

    July 9, 2013

  • James B.

    Stuck in traffic on i94, and won't be making it tonight..

    July 9, 2013

  • Bruce W.

    Sorry last minute obligation can't make it. Sorry to miss

    July 9, 2013

  • Carl S.

    IMPORTANT: Do your best to arrive before 5:45pm. The US Bank Building becomes significantly more locked down at 6pm. Details Below.

    The only two entrances to the US Bank Building that are open after 6pm are 1) Cass Street (accessed through the Michigan St. Level) and 2) through the US Bank parking structure (unlocked until 7pm). The elevators will lock at 6pm and will need an employee badge to get to the Galleria floor (where the Vandenberg Room is located).

    Exact location for everyone's convenience:

    Robert W. Baird
    Vandenberg Room – Galleria Level
    777 East Wisconsin Avenue
    Milwaukee, WI 53202

    July 9, 2013

  • Jake P.

    Just happens that I need this information now!

    July 8, 2013

  • Bruce W.

    Looking forward to it...

    June 24, 2013

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