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And You Thought You Knew Agile!

Ken Schwaber, AgileAlliance

A joint meeting with the Agile Scotland Group

Wednesday 8th October 2003, 6:30 pm

Lecture Theatre 1, Appleton Tower, Crichton Street (George Square), Edinburgh (street map)

Agile processes are making the transition from early adopter to mainstream as companies like Microsoft, Software AG, Primavera, Xerox, and the Federal Reserve Bank of the United States adopt them. This talk will present the three aspects of all agile processes - the framework, the heart, and the increment. The talk will then address the new role of project management in an agile project. A short case study will demonstrate scaling agile to large critical development. Then we'll have some time left over for discussion.

About the speaker

Ken Schwaber photoKen Schwaber is an experienced software developer, product manager, and industry consultant. He is one of the leaders of the agile process revolution, as a signatory of the Agile Manifesto, founder and director of the AgileAlliance (www.agilealliance.com), and one of the developers of the Scrum agile process. He has been in the industry for over 30 years, starting as a programmer and, by 1984, managing IT for one of Wang’s divisions. In 1985 he founded Advanced Development Methods (ADM), a company dedicated to improving the software development practice. He initiated the process management product revolution of the early 1990s, when methodologies were automated and put to practical use on ADM’s Mate process manager. He worked with Jeff Sutherland to formulate the initial versions of the Scrum development process and, since then, has helped numerous product and IT organizations implement, run projects, and build products using Scrum and agile processes. He has been a visible proponent of adaptive, lightweight, empirical process for software development.

Ken can be reached at ken.schwaber@verizon.net or +1 781 861 7848. He maintains a web site about Scrum and agile processes at www.controlchaos.com.