Jim Highsmith to Keynote at SATURN 2010

Jim Highsmith

We’re excited to announce that acclaimed author and leader of the Agile movement Jim Highsmith will be a keynote speaker for the SEI Architecture Technology User Network Conference (SATURN 2010), May 17 – 21, 2010 in Minneapolis, Minn.

Jim Highsmith is coauthor of the Agile Manifesto, a founding member of the Agile Alliance, coauthor of the Declaration of Interdependence for project leaders, and co-founder and first president of the Agile Project Leadership Network. In his 1999 groundbreaking book Adaptive Software Development, which received the Jolt Award in 2000, Highsmith stated that “rules can be barriers to hide behind or guidelines for the wise to consider and break when the circumstances justify it.”

We at the SEI are hosting SATURN 2010 in collaboration with IEEE Software magazine, which will publish selected papers from the conference. The call for participation submission deadline is Monday, November 9, 2009. For more information, see this SEI press release.

The intersection between Agile and architecture-centric engineering has been the subject of several posts here at the SATURN blog. Agility and the ability to respond to change have become key architectural drivers across the software industry, and the agile software-development community has increasingly been addressing how to scale agile development techniques for large-scale, multi-year projects. This year, SEI staff members have begun a research project about the benefits of architecting within agile-development projects. We will be reporting here about the progress and results of this research project in a new feature that we will call “From the Trenches.” We hope you will stop by, and we’ll welcome your participation through our comments threads.

– Bill Pollak, SEI

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