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Project Management


MB Continuous Delivery: Rapid and Reliable Releases with DevOps
Bob Aiello, CM Best Practices Consulting
Mon, 06/02/2014 - 8:30am

DevOps is an emerging set of principles, methods, and practices that enables the rapid deployment of software systems. DevOps focuses on lowering barriers between development, testing, security, and operations in support of rapid iterative development and deployment. Many organizations struggle when implementing DevOps because of its inherent technical, process, and cultural challenges. Bob Aiello shares DevOps best practices starting with its role early in the application lifecycle and bridging the gap with testing, security, and operations.

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ME Acceptance Test-Driven Development: Mastering Agile Testing SOLD OUT
Nate Oster, CodeSquads, LLC
Mon, 06/02/2014 - 8:30am

On agile teams, testers can struggle to keep pace with development if they continue employing a waterfall-based verification process—finding bugs after development. Nate Oster challenges you to question waterfall assumptions and replace this legacy verification testing with acceptance test-driven development (ATDD). With ATDD, you “test first” by writing executable specifications for a new feature before development begins.

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MF What Do Agile Managers Do? NEW
Johanna Rothman, Rothman Consulting Group, Inc.
Mon, 06/02/2014 - 8:30am

The Agile Manifesto makes no mention of management. So does that mean that we don’t need managers? No. We need managers, but what they do changes in an agile organization.

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MK Risk Management: Project Management for Grown-Ups NEW
Tim Lister, Atlantic Systems Guild, Inc.
Mon, 06/02/2014 - 1:00pm

Many organizations are childlike. They blithely plan the project as if nothing will go wrong. And then, when something does go wrong, they are shocked and dismayed. Risk management is not just worrying about your project, and it is not about running away from risk. Risk management for software projects is all about when you make decisions and when you take action. How do you deal with uncertainty? When do you decide to deal with a risk while it is still just a risk, and when do you decide to wait to see if the risk does turn into a problem and manage it then?

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ML Twelve Risks to Enterprise Software Projects—And What to Do about Them NEW
Payson Hall, Catalysis Group, Inc.
Mon, 06/02/2014 - 1:00pm

Every large software project is unique—each with its own complex array of challenges. When projects get into trouble, however, they often exhibit similar patterns and succumb to risks that could have been anticipated and prevented—or detected sooner and managed better. Common responses to the problems—blaming, deferring action, or outright denial—only make things worse.

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TG Agile Boot Camp for Project Managers NEW
Ken Whitaker, Leading Software Maniacs
Tue, 06/03/2014 - 8:30am

In today’s world, multiple project management approaches abound― traditional waterfall, agile using Scrum, and the methodology of the PMBOK® Guide, to name a few.

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TP The Essential Product Owner: Championing Successful Products
Ellen Gottesdiener, EBG Consulting
Tue, 06/03/2014 - 1:00pm

Engaged and passionate product owners balance strategic and tactical activities to ensure that the right product is built—and built right. Yet how do these product owners guide planning toward longer-term goals while also ensuring that requirements are sufficiently understood for development and delivery? Join Ellen Gottesdiener as she shares techniques for setting context and collaboratively establishing a shared understanding of requirements. Discover methods to envision the product and identify the stakeholders and their value considerations.

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K2 For Maximum Awesome
Joe Justice, Scrum, Inc
Wed, 06/04/2014 - 10:15am

An agile hardware and engineering company of 500 collaborators in twenty countries, Team WIKISPEED uses test-first development practices, is run by Scrum teams, and produces road legal cars, micro-houses, and social-good projects. Joe Justice shares how their 100-MPG road car was created in just three months through object-oriented design, iterative development, and agile project management.

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K4 Producing Product Developers
David Hussman, DevJam
Thu, 06/05/2014 - 3:45pm

Many teams and organizations have found agile methods help them produce more. Where critical thinking is alive, a more important question arises: Are we producing the right thing? Even though agile tools and processes have helped produce more, they often fail to help us produce the right product, change our focus to product over process, or improve product learning.

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Concurrent Sessions

BW1 Seven Deadly Habits of Highly Ineffective Software Managers
Ken Whitaker, Leading Software Maniacs
Wed, 06/04/2014 - 12:45pm

As if releasing a quality software project on time were not difficult enough, poor management of planning, people, and process issues can be deadly to a project. Presenting a series of anti-pattern case studies, Ken Whitaker describes the most common deadly habits—along with ways to avoid them.

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BT10 Technical Debt: You Can’t Afford It
David Croley, Agile Velocity
Thu, 06/05/2014 - 2:15pm

Technical debt happens, either via strategic decisions or inadvertantly as a project progresses. Debt can slow down a project and represents a risk that is not always apparent to those outside the project. Teams must find ways to work technical debt resolution activities into sprints and get agreement from external management to reduce it. David Croley explores the sources and types of technical debt and discusses the costs associated with ignoring it. David discusses techniques for making technical debt visible and quantifiable, and shows how to reduce it in an agile fashion.

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