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Functional Management: There IS a place for it in Agile

  • Jan 18, 2011 · 6:30 PM
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6:00 - 6:30pm - Walk 'n Code - Non-exercise Activity Thermogenesis by Doug Bradbury 6:30 - 6:50pm - Open Q&A and Networking 6:50 - 7:00pm - Announcements 7:00 - 8:00pm - Functional Management: There IS a place for it in Agile by Brian Sobus 8:00 - 8:15pm - Q&A, Open networking (hard stop at 8:15pm) Life as a programmer is primarily sedentary. Most of the day, a programmer sits in front of a computer moving little more than fingers. Dr. James Levine of the Mayo Clinic has been doing some fascinating research on the health benefits of non-exercise activity. He has pioneered the concept of active workstations to promote an overall healthier life for people with typically sedentary jobs. Doug took Dr. Levine's advice to heart and built a walking treadmill desk that he use everyday as he writes code. In this talk, Doug will present some of Dr. Levine's research and report on his personal experiences on the treadmill desk. --- Doug Bradbury began his software career 'close to the metal.' He began by writing DSP and embedded code for a professional audio company. Since joining the Software Craftsmen at 8th Light, he has worked on a number of exciting projects ranging from Web apps to embedded systems. Doug was the driving force behind the Manifesto for Software Craftsmanship and has continues to help word of Software Craftsmanship spread. He is also the creator of the web app
Gift of Admin and co-authored CSlim, the C implementation of Slim for Fitnesse. His home-built treadmill desk keeps him walking while he codes and championing active and inspiring working environments. With the adoption of Agile, many groups wonder whether functional managers are required any more. Even with self-organizing teams, functional managers are still an integral part of Agile, and their role has transformed into more of a coach than ever. This talk explores what software management was and what it has become under Agile. It delves into why this is an essential piece for Agile and what it truly means to be an Agile Functional Manager. It shows how this needed leadership meshes well with and elevates self-directed teams. ---- Brian Sobus – Raleigh, NC, Manager, Software Engineering: Brian is currently one of the functional Development Managers at iContact in Morrisville, North Carolina. Brian has held director, manager and contributor level positions in mainly software development focused organizations. He has over 15 years of experience working in the following areas: Public Safety, Healthcare and HIPAA-compliant systems, Digital Signatures, Computer Security, Telecommunications, SaaS-based products. He has a broad background that spans embedded to web-based systems architecture and development in a wide variety of languages and technologies. Brian is an active member of IEEE and the Agile Alliance. He has a heavy interest in the Agile Methodologies and direct experience leading Agile teams in the SCRUM Software Development Lifecycle (SDLC). Current Employer: iContact, Morrisville, NC

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  • A former member
    A former member

    Interesting coverage on functional mgmt's role. The problem with some organizations is that FMs instantly become project managers when the role is deemed "replaced" with Scrummasters and self-directed teams. I know in my org, which is more waterfall, FMs are incredibly important, but yet they would like to go to Scrum even though their role would change. Upper management does not feel the same, IMHO.

    January 21, 2011

  • Gary R.

    Brian Sobus did a great job stepping through a discussion of a position I've held for many years and you just don't see that much in today's environment. Well done Brian!

    January 20, 2011

  • A former member
    A former member

    It was different from what I was expecting, but it was good to hear from someone who has experience playing both SCRUM Master and Dev Mgr roles.

    January 19, 2011

  • Colleen

    Enjoyed both presentations. Does the iContact building have any fitness facilities? A basketball hoop could be put in a back parking lot. Just having a place for people to shower would encourage running and walking. Thanks for hosting! Colleen

    January 19, 2011

  • William D.

    I actually liked the Walk and Code talk much better.

    January 19, 2011

  • Craig M.

    Brian Sobus delivered a very good meetining and discussion highlighting the barrier where function management stops and team leadership begins.

    January 19, 2011

  • Peter S.

    Very good presentation about real life experience. Different from what I expected - but certainly worth the time providing a lot of food for thought.

    January 19, 2011

  • Jayaraj S.

    This was my first meetup and I really liked it. Next time I hope I would get more time to talk to more experience.

    January 18, 2011

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