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Link Roundup, July 23, 2014: Agile-Related

Agile-Related Links

There’s No Room for Deadlines: Allen Holub at Dr. Dobbs explains why a “culture of deadlines” can defeat an Agile team how the Agile Manifesto principle of working at a constant pace can produce better results.

Slow Down to Speed Up – It’s All About Delivery: In this video, Matt Anderson of the Cerner Corporation recommends using Lean concepts so that Agile teams can deliver more with less effort.

The Hacker Way Meets Agile Architecture: Jason Bloomberg at DevXtra’s Agile Architecture Revolution contrasts “the Hacker Way” with The Enterprise and discusses how Agile architecture can bring them together.

What Every Company Should Know About Agile Software Development: Eric Wittman MIT Technology Review’s View from the Marketplace urges organizations that want to maintain a competitive edge to adopt agile software development practices.


Joe Justice, Founder of Team WIKISPEED, to keynote at SATURN 2014

Joe Justice, of Scrum Inc., and Team Wikispeed, which built a 100+ mpg car in less than three months for the X-Prize using Agile, Lean, and Scrum, will discuss this project in a keynote address at SATURN 2014 on Wednesday, May 7.

Joe JusticeJoe is a consultant at Scrum, Inc., TEDx speaker, and coach for agile hardware and manufacturing teams around the world. He is the founder of Team WIKISPEED, an all Scrum, volunteer-based, green automotive-prototyping company, with a goal to change the world for the better. Justice consults and coaches teams and companies on implementing Scrum at all levels of their organization, in software and physical manufacturing.

UPDATE: Joe provided us with the title and abstract for his talk.

Title: For Maximum Awesome

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SATURN 2012 Keynote: Andy Hunt, Agility and Your Wetware: How to Get Uncomfortable with Agile and Jumpstart Your Creativity

Agility and Your Wetware: How to Get Uncomfortable with Agile and Jumpstart Your Creativity
Andy Hunt, Toolshed Technologies

Looking back at Agile Manifesto.

Really hard problems have nothing to do with hard science. Real hard problems is that it’s us writing, or managing the people who write, code. The problem is that it is us. If we’re problem, what can we do to fix it?

from Andy Hunt, Toolshed Technologies

by Andy Hunt, Toolshed Technologies

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Press Release: Three Internationally Celebrated Leaders to Keynote SATURN 2012 Conference

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Dana Hanzlik
Phone: 412-268-4793
E-mail: public-relations@sei.cmu.edu

Pittsburgh, Pa., March 19, 2012—The Carnegie Mellon Software Engineering Institute (SEI) has announced the keynote speakers for the upcoming SEI Architecture Technology User Network (SATURN) 2012 Conference to be held May 7-11, 2012, at the St. Petersburg Bayfront Hilton Hotel in St. Petersburg, Florida. Three software engineering and software architecture thought leaders will keynote the SATURN 2012 Conference: Andy Hunt, co-founder of The Pragmatic Programmers, LLC, an Agile publishing and training company; Michael Stal, principal engineer at Siemens Corporate Research and Technologies; and Douglas C. Schmidt, professor of computer science at Vanderbilt University.

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Stal and Hunt to Keynote the SATURN 2012 Conference

Michael Stal and Andy Hunt, two leading thinkers in the fields of software architecture and software engineering, will deliver keynote presentations at the SATURN 2012 conference. SATURN is the Software Engineering Institute’s annual conference devoted to software and systems architecture. SATURN 2012 will be held May 7-11, 2012 at the Hilton St. Petersburg Bayfront hotel in St. Petersburg, Florida.

Michael Stal is principal engineer at Siemens Corporate Research and Technologies. His main research topics address software architecture for distributed and/or embedded systems. He coaches projects within the various business units at Siemens and is in charge of educating the Siemens senior software architects. Stal earned a PhD from the University of Groningen where he has been appointed professor for software engineering. In addition, Stal co-authored the Pattern-Oriented Software Architecture (POSA) book series.

Andy Hunt is a programmer turned consultant, author, and publisher. Hunt was one of the 17 founders of the Agile Alliance and also one of the authors of the Agile Manifesto. He co-founded the Pragmatic Bookshelf, publishing award-winning and critically-acclaimed books for software developers. He also has authored award-winning and best-selling books, including The Pragmatic Programmer, co-written by Dave Thomas, and six other books, including the his latest, Pragmatic Thinking and Learning.

In line with the SATURN 2012 conference theme “Architecture: Catalyst for Collaboration,” both keynote speakers will explore how practitioners can collaborate effectively across geographical, cultural, and technical boundaries to solve system problems.

See the SATURN 2012 website in January 2012 for more details about the keynote addresses as well as the preliminary conference program.

Software Architecture and “The Principle of Small Decisions”

I am a huge fan of Donald Reinertsen’s book The Principles of Product Development Flow. Reinertsen draws on a diverse set of disciplines including Lean manufacturing, economics, statistics, queuing theory, control engineering, and maneuver warfare to create a set of principles to guide the product-development process and improve product-development flow.

One principle in Reinertsen’s book is Principle E8, “The Principle of Small Decisions: Influence the Many Small Decisions.” Reinertsen describes this principle as follows:

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SATURN 2010 Attendees Discuss Jim Highsmith Keynote

We took a few minutes to chat with a few SATURN 2010 attendees about their personal reactions to what they heard during Jim Highsmith’s Keynote talk, “Architects: Anchors or Accelerators to Organizational Agility”.

SATURN 2010 TECHdotMN Session Notes, Wednesday, May 19

SATURN 2010 / TECHdotMN field notes
by Jeff Pesek 5/19/10

Architecturally Focused Techniques for Managing System Evolution by William Koscho

Based on the premise that business strategy, process and units will inevitably change – the architect’s objectives are to: (a) understand/accept potential changes in the environment, (b) manage relationships between the environment and the architecture and (c) minimize the risk of the implementing change.

“Is this strategic change we want to invest in or is it arbitrary and therefore cost-sensitive?” Mr. Koscho asks in describing the internal thought process.


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SATURN 2010: Notes from Jim Highsmith’s Keynote

These are my notes from Jim Highsmith’s keynote at SATURN 2010. I hope that others who are here will add their notes in the comments below.

Jim Highsmith, Architects: Anchors or Accelerators to Organizational Agility

Philippe Kruchten introduces Highsmith as “the bridge-builder from Flagstaff, Arizona.”

Talk covers what architects can do to make their organizations more agile. It’s the business need that matters: what are the principles, based on the business needs for the system?

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SEI Webinar April 22: Nanette Brown, Agile Development and Software Architecture: Crossing the Great Divide

Thursday, April 22, 2010
Time: 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM EDT
Cost: Free


Agile development and software architecture are frequently seen as two divergent schools of thought or “camps.” Agile developers often refer to architecture as Big Design Upfront (BDUF) and may regard the architect’s major output as merely shelfware.  Proponents of architecture-centric software development may see Agilists as undisciplined or short-sighted, engaged in endless rounds of refactoring that architectural foresight could have forestalled.

In reality, Agile development and software architecture practices are complementary. Focused attention on architectural concerns becomes critical as Agile development scales up to handle larger and more complex systems. Agile development’s focus on customer value, rapid feedback, and response to change can provide practices that help architects deal with ever more volatile environments and increasingly compressed delivery cycles.

In this webinar, we will take a journey to each camp to dispel misconceptions and discuss how Agilists and architects can learn from and benefit each other.


About the Speaker

nanette_updatedNanette Brown is a visiting scientist with the Software Engineering Institute’s Research, Technology and System Solutions Program and is a principal consultant with NoteWell Consulting. She is currently engaged in an SEI research project on “Communicating the Value of Architecting within Agile Development” as well as other activities focusing on architecture within an Agile context.

Previously, Nanette worked at Pitney Bowes Inc., most recently as director of architecture and quality management, where she was responsible for design and implementation of a customized SDLC that blended RUP and Agile practices. Nanette has presented at multiple industry conferences including SD Best Practices and Project World and the World Conference of Business Analysts on topics including facilitated iteration planning and using the SEI scenario-based approach to specify quality attributes.