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Wednesday, November 12, 2014 - 8:30am - 9:45am

From Chaos to Order—Leading Software Teams Today

To successfully lead “the nerd herd,” you’re expected to motivate your team to perform, encourage innovation, and produce software solutions that delight the customer. Prioritizing your time for what’s most important can be quite challenging—especially when you’re swamped with a steady stream of incoming requests, meeting overload, and the ever-present personnel issues. The expectation of even faster product deployment, the evolution of software development to agility, and the establishment of self-directed teams often require even more time devoted to planning. So, how can you balance all of these important activities? There aren’t enough hours in the day! Ken Whitaker presents efficient, time-saving techniques for setting a culture of collaboration and communication, keeping your team focused, improving staff retention, handling awards versus incentives, improving how status is reported, making decisions for the good of the customer, and setting up successful geographically-distributed virtual development teams. Learn to focus your attention on turning chaos into order.

Ken Whitaker, Leading Software Maniacs

Ken Whitaker of Leading Software Maniacs® has more than twenty-five years of software development executive leadership and training experience in a various roles and industries. He has led commercial software teams at Software Publishing (remember Harvard Graphics?), Data General, embedded systems software companies, and enterprise software suppliers. Ken is an active PMI® registered education provider, Project Management Professional (PMP)® certified, and a Certified ScrumMaster (CSM).

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