The Promise and Peril of Agile and Lean Practices

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Mike Toppa has been a web developer and IT staff manager for over 20 years, since the days of HTML 1.0. Highlights of his career include:

● Director of a team of 16 web developers, designers, and project managers at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine

● Senior Engineer at ElectNext, a 7 person start-up

● Lead Engineer of the R&D team for the Ask Jeeves Shopping Advisor

● Lead Developer for the New England Journal of Medicine website at Stanford University's HighWire Press

● Passionate advocate for Agile and Lean practices

He's given over a dozen conference and meetup presentations in recent years, including Philadelphia's Emerging Technologies for the Enterprise Conference, the Wharton Web Conference, Villanova University's Computer Science Colloquia series, and WordCamps in Philadelphia, New York, and Nashville.

This talk will explain some core Agile and Lean concepts, and how to go about trying them out in a way that can maximize their benefits while minimizing risk and disruption to your work.

Agile practices such as Scrum, and Lean practices such as Kanban, have become some of the biggest buzzwords in tech, and are top keyword in job descriptions. But they’re also frequently misunderstood, and constantly argued about online, which can make them seem intimidating and confusing.

They can affect everything from how you write code, to how you organize your work, and how you relate to your customers.

WordPress RI Meetups are held consistently on the 2nd Tuesday of every month. Keep up with the latest on Twitter - @WordPressRI (

We look forward to seeing you!