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RE: [agile-24] Forward from Allison Weiss @ Oppenheimer: Monday Speaker

From: Bob H.
Sent on: Friday, February 26, 2010 3:19 PM

This presentation was given last month at the Agile Denver meeting and is quite interesting.  Definitely attend if you have a chance!


- Bob -


From: [address removed] [mailto:[address removed]] On Behalf Of John Leach
Sent: Friday, February 26,[masked]:53 AM
To: [address removed]
Subject: [agile-24] Forward from Allison Weiss @ Oppenheimer: Monday Speaker


For those of you who were at Wednesday's meeting, here is the information from Allison regarding the speaker they are having on Monday:


Monday Mar 1, 11-12:30, but I'm asking you all to show up by 10:30 so I
can get you in the building.  Address is 6803 S. Tucson Way, Centennial,
CO  (roughly Arapahoe and Potomac----best bet is google maps).  My info

Allison Weiss
[address removed]
[address removed] (if you need to reach me this weekend).

Richard Hensley originally agreed to come to speak to a couple of teams
here and I haven't yet told him that I have fifty acceptances.  This
does mean there will be limited time for questions.  Richard is speaking
at the Lean Software and Systems conference in Atlanta, April 21-23 and
this is a practice session for that.

Here is the abstract/bio from the Agile Denver meeting:
Richard Hensley: "The Leaning of Scrum - A McKesson ADM business
development story"

By now, many have heard about applying XP and Scrum in software
development, right? But what have you heard specifically about lean
principles and kaban concepts applied to software development? Are you
interested in learning more about how others are applying these concepts
in their software development processes? If so, please join us when
Richard Hensley, from McKesson, as our featured guest shares his
insights and experience in the presentation: "The Leaning of Scrum - A
McKesson ADM business development story."


We proposed to create a software as a service endeavor as an experiment
in exploring new ways to build a McKesson software business. We
theorized that the principles behind current software methodologies,
specifically Scrum could be instilled into the whole business so that
value could be delivered faster and with quality as compared to our
corporate peers. We predicted the delivery of revenue producing
customers less than one year from funding. We tested by executing our
funded business plan. To our great relief, the theory is working.
However, along the way we discovered waste and a cultural discontinuity
in the Scrum framework that we were able to address by breaking the
prescription of Scrum to reduce cycle time and increase productivity
flow. The presentation will cover the steps and missteps along the way,
and detail the results of our ongoing experiment, including our kanban


Richard Hensley is a 25 year veteran of the healthcare information
technology industry. Richard has built systems to support the healthcare
industry including retail and hospital pharmacies, prescription
insurance claims, hospital based and ambulatory clinical laboratories,
insurance utilization and authorization management, hospital patient
accounting, and hospital clinical documentation. Richard's role in these
products has progressed along the software engineering career path. For
the last 15 years, Richard has been in technical leadership roles on
various products. Richard's latest endeavor is to guide McKesson along
the path of being a better software product development organization.
Richard is the engineering director for the ADM business. Richard is
also involved with the McKesson office of the CTO. In that role, he is
involved McKesson-wide activities including technical due diligence for
merges and acquisitions, technology convergence initiatives, technology
adoption initiatives, technology acquisition initiatives, and process
adoption initiatives.

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