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Wednesday, November 13, 2013 - 2:15pm - 3:30pm
Agile Implementation

Six Impossible Things before Breakfast

Recently we’ve been seeing a lot of things that just don’t happen in real life. A managing director at Bank of America abandons decades of organizational “best practices” and recreates his organization by letting people organize their own teams. And, if that weren’t unusual enough, the teams even choose their own coach. Impossible. A group of former managers reinvent their role as servants rather than masters. Also impossible. Then other managers who have been working at the bank for more than twenty years abandon their lofty titles and move out of their corner offices to join software delivery teams. Clearly impossible. The final straw is seeing a Java developer happily learning COBOL from a mainframe programmer. If not impossible, rather improbable. So what’s going on? Join Dan North and Kyle Thomson as they discuss these impossible things and what else has been happening before breakfast. It's all mad as a hatter.

Dan North, Dan North & Associates, Ltd.

Programmer and organizational change specialist Dan North applies principles from lean operations and agile software development to help organizations align their technology capabilities with their business objectives.

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Kyle Thomson, Bank of America Merrill Lynch

Kyle Thomson, a vice president at Bank of America Merrill Lynch, is an experienced agile software developer. Kyle has worked in Australia, Canada, England, and most recently in the United States, helping to transform a 300-member technology department into a lean software development shop. Having learned, practiced, and taught agile development techniques such as test-driven development, continuous integration, and specification by example, Kyle can’t imagine going back to the “old ways” and is passionate about making sure his organization doesn’t go back either.

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