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Wednesday, June 10, 2015 - 1:30pm - 2:30pm
Improving the Team

Extreme Agile: Managing Fully-Distributed Teams Prior Year Content

It is challenging—if not impossible—to find local experts in low-level Linux or specific open-source software projects. However, this isn’t a challenge with a fully-distributed organization which has this talent worldwide. So the challenge becomes how to effectively manage, motivate, and retain this talent. At Linaro, Alan Bennett is responsible for producing many of their open source products. Having successfully worked with Kanban and Scrum in the past, Alan was surprised how difficult implementing agile practices was when the workdays of most team members overlapped only an hour or less. Realizing that their sprint planning and retrospectives were not going to be sustainable, the team knew they would have to make some changes. Alan shows you how his teams effectively manage their workload, combine agile with open source software processes, and create a system that survives and thrives even with the extreme communication latencies of a fully-distributed team.

1.00 PMI® PDU
Alan Bennett
Alan Bennett, Linaro

Starting his career building workstations at Hewlett-Packard, Alan Bennett has been developing and managing software for fifteen years. Finding a passion for embedded system development with Linux, Alan has been building Linux products for most of his career and hasn't looked back. At Linaro, Alan has moved from building embedded systems to building products that are used to build embedded systems better. Previously, Alan used waterfall and phase-gate processes, and recently managed an agile team building android products for commercial aviation. Contact Alan at [email protected]. He’s always open to discussions on how we can improve.

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