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Monday, June 5, 2017 - 1:00pm to 4:30pm

Agile Risk Management

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Software componentization has made software more unpredictable because unforeseen conditions can cause components to interact in ways we hadn’t imagined. Greater complexity, increased user expectations, and our desire to use agile with ever increasing velocity require that we actively manage uncertainties and risks. Classic risk management identifies risks and prioritizes them to determine impact to the project, but how does that differ in an agile project? Agile is designed to handle uncertainty in requirements as new features are requested and priorities shift. What about the uncertainties outside of requirements changes? Understanding those risks even before the project gets started—and those that can possibly derail the project after delivery—is critical. Phil Lew and Moss Drake provide insight into the uncertainties and risks involved in agile software projects and supplements classic risk management approaches with how and when to apply within an agile process. Through a hands-on approach, Phil and Moss outline risk management practices at each stage of the agile process. Take home pragmatic knowledge to identify and mitigate risks with the goal of focusing teams on the right things at the right time and producing higher quality software.

Philip Lew

After working in various management and technical positions in software development and product management, Philip Lew leads XBOSoft’s direction and strategy as CEO. A speaker at numerous trade and academic conferences, Phil has worked with hundreds of organizations to assess the quality of their software, examine software quality processes, and set forth measurement plans to improve software quality using systematic methods. His Ph.D. research in software quality and usability resulted in several IEEE and ACM journal publications and in various trade journals as well. Find out more about Philip at

Moss Drake
Dentist Management Corporation

Moss Drake is a senior software engineer and ScrumMaster with more than twenty-five years of experience designing and building mission-critical software. He currently develops solutions in healthcare and insurance for Dentist Management Corporation in Portland, Oregon. Devoted to improving the software development process, Moss has written about both high- and low-tech methods for increasing collaboration and reducing project risks. You can reach Moss on Twitter @mxmoss.