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MC Creating Android Apps in Java NEW
Mark Meretzky, New York University
Mon, 06/02/2014 - 8:30am

Join Mark Meretzky to learn how to create Android apps using the Eclipse IDE on Mac, PC, or Linux. The apps Mark demonstrates are composed of objects written in Java, plus a screen layout in XML. Find out how the Java code manipulates the XML to present a user interface including buttons, sliders, and other widgets. Draw text and graphics, respond to a touch or keystroke, and recognize a swipe or pinch. Three important design patterns involve views, which are visible areas on the screen. (1) A listener is an object whose methods are called in response to a stimulus.

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MO Essential Test-Driven Development
Rob Myers, Agile Institute
Mon, 06/02/2014 - 1:00pm

Test-driven development (TDD) is a powerful technique for combining software design, unit testing, and coding in a continuous process to increase reliability and produce better code design. Using the TDD approach, developers write programs in very short development cycles. The developer first writes a failing automated test case that defines a new function or improvement, then produces code to pass that test, and finally refactors the new code to acceptable standards. The developer repeats this process many times until the behavior is complete and fully tested.

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TA Requirements Engineering: A Hands-On Practicum
Erik van Veenendaal, Improve Quality IT Services BV
Tue, 06/03/2014 - 8:30am

Identifying, documenting, and communicating requirements are key to all successful IT projects. Common problems in requirements engineering are How do we discover the real requirements?, How do we document requirements?, and How do user stories, use cases, and epics fit into requirements? Erik van Veenendaal answers these questions and more while helping you improve your skills in requirements engineering for both traditional and agile projects. With practical case studies and hands-on exercises, Erik illustrates requirements issues and solutions.

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TC Leadership and Career Success—On Purpose NEW
James Whittaker, Microsoft
Tue, 06/03/2014 - 8:30am

Line up all the successful people in the world. Take away the pedigreed and the prodigies—you know the people who are going to succeed no matter what. Remove the brown-nosers and right-time-right-place lottery winners. And who do you have left? People who succeeded on purpose. Study these folks carefully, and you’ll find theirs paths to the top have common themes. James Whittaker exposes the career strategies of the ultra-successful and analyzes them in detail.

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TF Software Design for Testability
Keith Stobie,
Tue, 06/03/2014 - 8:30am

Testability is the degree to which a system can be effectively and efficiently tested. This key software attribute indicates whether testing (and subsequent maintenance) will be easy and cheap—or difficult and expensive. In the worst case, a lack of testability means that some components of the system cannot be tested at all.

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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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K3 An Agile Throwdown: Munich Takes on the Columbus Agile Benchmark Study
Michael Mah, QSM Associates, Inc.
Thu, 06/05/2014 - 8:30am

Agile has not only gone mainstream, it’s gone global. Data on agile team performance, time-to-market, and quality have emerged in the past decade. In 2012, a group of Columbus, Ohio, companies—business, IT, and financial services firms—participated in the first ever “Columbus Agile vs. the World” study. They collected velocity, schedule, effort, staffing, and quality data which were compared against QSM’s Software Lifecycle Management (SLIM) database. Analysis revealed delivery was 31 percent faster with 75 percent fewer defects than industry norms. Enter Munich, Germany.

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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

BW3 This Is Not Your Father's Career: Advice for the Modern Information Worker
James Whittaker, Microsoft
Wed, 06/04/2014 - 12:45pm

In an era where college drop-outs run successful companies and creative entrepreneurs out-earn corporate vice presidents, working smart is clearly the new working hard. James Whittaker turns on their head the career rules that guided past generations and provides a new career manual for working smarter that speaks to the need for creativity, innovation, and insight. James teaches a set of skills designed for the modern era of working for companies, big or small. Learn how to avoid a one-sided relationship with your employer and ensure your passion is working for—and not against—you.

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BW5 You’re Not as Smart as You Think: Improve Your Decision-Making Skills
Brandon Carlson, Lean TECHniques, Inc.
Wed, 06/04/2014 - 2:15pm

We all think of ourselves as pretty smart. After all, we sent a man to the moon and can instantly send a message across the world. Unfortunately, we suffer from a nasty little thing known as the Overconfidence Effect, a bias that applies to almost everything we do, including judging our own intelligence. Overconfidence is one of the dozens of documented biases and shortcomings in human judgment and decision making.

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BW7 Collaboration and Communication through Improvisation
Kupe Kupersmith, B2T Training
Wed, 06/04/2014 - 2:15pm

To accomplish anything, you need the help of others. Successful teams are composed of members who are continually improving how they interact and communicate. Collaboration, creativity, and results grow out of an environment that is honest, positive, and affirming. Improvisation is about creating a positive environment where actors take an idea and then collaborate to co-create another great idea. In today’s world, a superstar does not sit in his office and emerge with a great idea. Great ideas evolve through group interaction.

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BW11 Speed-Reading Your Colleagues and Bosses for Understanding
Jennifer Bonine, tap|QA, Inc.
Wed, 06/04/2014 - 3:45pm

Effective communication is one of the most critical factors for success in the workplace. For software professionals, it is critical to understand how best to present information to your target audience in a way that they will understand and then take the action you want. Jennifer Bonine presents ideas on mastering politics, reading your colleagues and bosses perspective on how they want to receive information, and techniques to use if you’re not getting the action you want from your interactions.

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BT3 Accelerate Software Delivery with the Cloud
Rohit Jainendra, Electric Cloud
Thu, 06/05/2014 - 10:15am

The rate of technology innovation continues to accelerate, creating a demand for businesses to quickly deliver software that keeps pace with customer expectations. From development teams working across multiple locations to numerous tools within IT, releasing software in any enterprise has always been a painful, risky, and time-consuming process. While methodologies like agile and DevOps have reduced the release cycle time, organizations can now combine these methodologies with the cloud to deliver software even faster.

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BT9 Helping Others Take Ownership of Conflict Resolution
Tricia Broderick, Pearson
Thu, 06/05/2014 - 2:15pm

Healthy conflict helps build stronger teams. This should not come as a big surprise. Yet, leaders are all too familiar with the struggle to get members of teams to appropriately resolve their own conflicts. Tricia Broderick faced this challenge until she stopped taking ownership of the conflict and its resolution. Although conflict situations can be dramatically different, underneath most conflicts is a misalignment between perceptions and intentions.

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BT11 Demystifying Big Data and NoSQL
Jon Mills, PaigeTechnologies
Thu, 06/05/2014 - 2:15pm

Big Data is here to stay and with it comes a deluge of new buzzwords and acronyms. Phrases like NoSQL; Document Database; Velocity, Volume, and Variety; Hadoop; and Map Reduce are now commonplace. To complicate matters further, different people define these phrases slightly differently. Jon Mills explains what Big Data really means and pulls back the curtain on the buzzwords surrounding it. Jon explains the origins of NoSQL, what the various NoSQL databases are, and when each is used.

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