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Is Agile Development for You? A Panel Discussion
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When: April 21, 2011
Registration opens and networking begins at 6:15 pm.
Where: Autodesk, Inc.
1560 Trapelo Rd
Waltham, Massachusetts  02451
United States

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Is Agile Development for You? A Panel Discussion

Panelists: Nancy Van Schooenderwoert, Johanna Rothman, Michael Stiefel, Chuck Cobb

Description: If you're not sure whether Agile is for you, this panel is a must see. Agile methodology is not for everyone--and neither is waterfall. Various types of development approaches have their places in our repertoires. In this panel, we'll discuss what makes each methodology work, what the prerequisites are for each, and how we've seen each of them work and how we've seen each of them fail.

Key Learnings include:

Learn first-hand how real teams use Agile methods for their projects, and get tips for troubleshooting Agile process problems. Find out the relationship between Lean, Agile, Scrum, XP, and all these terms people toss around. Learn why going Agile doesn't always work out. You should leave with a more realistic understanding of Agile, the pros and cons.

You should be able to see if Agile really makes sense for your environment and what you'll need to do to be successful and not become another failed implementation.

Timeline for the evening:

6:15 pm: Registration opens
6:30 - 7:15 pm: Informal & structured networking (light refreshments are served)
7:20 - 7:30 pm: Announcements
7:30 - 8:30 pm: Speaker presentation
8:30 - 8:40 pm: Q&A
8:40 - 9:00 pm: Wrap up, networking follow up and depart


Premium Members: Free if you pre-register online at least one day prior to event or $10 at the door
Guests and Free Members: $25 if you pre-register and pay online at least one day prior to event or $35 at the door

Panelist Bios:

Nancy Van Schooenderwoert is an Agile Enterprise coach and founder of Lean-Agile Partners, Inc. She has over a decade of experience applying Agile practices as an engineer, manager, and consultant. She has led Agile change initiatives in safety-critical, highly regulated industries, and coached clients in the art of Agile technical and management leadership. Nancy's experience spans embedded software and hardware development for applications in aerospace, factory automation, medical devices, defense systems, as well as financial services. She is President of Agile New England.

Johanna Rothman works with companies to improve how they manage their product development--to maximize management and technical staff productivity and to improve product quality. Johanna is the author of several books:
- Manage Your Project Portfolio: Increase Your Capacity and Finish More Projects
- The 2008 Jolt Productivity award winning Manage It! Your Guide to Modern, Pragmatic Project Management
- Behind Closed Doors: Secrets of Great Management
- Hiring the Best Knowledge Workers, Techies & Nerds: The Secrets and Science of Hiring Technical People
She writes columns for, and on "extreme project management” for, and writes two blogs on her web site, and has just started She is a host of the Amplifying Your Effectiveness conference.

Michael Stiefel, a principal at Reliable Software, Inc. is a consultant on software architecture and development, and the alignment of information technology with business goals.His current work involves Distributed application development and implementation such as Software as a Service; Software best practices in Microsoft .NET; Technologies such as Microsoft Azure, Windows Communication Foundation, and SQL Server; Advising on IT strategy and planning, including budgeting, hiring, and growth management, including the appropriate use of Agile development; Requirements analysis and project planning.

Chuck Cobb, owner of Breakthrough Solutions, Inc., specializes in applying information technology to help companies achieve business excellence. He is an expert-level Project/Program Manager with a very broad and deep background in many areas of operational management; business systems analysis; business process improvement and reengineering; and design and development of software applications.

He has a unique capability to see agile in a broader perspective of how it can be used in the context of an overall project/product portfolio management approach with a goal of achieving business excellence. He has many certifications including PMP, Scrum and technical Microsoft credentials. He has published three books.

"Making Sense of Agile Project Management" was just published in March of 2011. It is designed to help project managers blend agile practices and principles with a traditional project management approach designed to develop a balance of control and agility.

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