During 2007 and 2008 a group of us brought in expert guest speakers to talk about Agile software development. You can find out more about these events below:

Communitech Agile Series: Jeff Patton
September 9, 2008
Embrace Uncertainty: Strategies for an on-time delivery in an uncertain world

In this talk Jeff explored the common misconceptions about incremental and iterative development that lead Agile practitioners to focus more on building required scope on time and less on the value they're delivering. Waterloo TechTV capture a video.
Communitech Agile Series: Mishkin Berteig
May 21, 2008

Delivering Successful Agile Projects – a Team Approach

Mishkin provided a great introduction to Agile development; particularly Scrum. He then went into some deeper issues when he tackled some of the “softer” side of software development – namely truthfulness. You can download his presentation.

Communitech Agile Series: Scott Ambler
December 17, 2007

Scott's presentation, Agile Software Development – The Full Story, was wonderful as he traced an irreverent path through his experiences with agile development. His message is all the more compelling given his involvement with RUP and more traditional development processes. Modevation media captured a video of the event.

Communitech Agile Series: Seminar for Technology Leaders

November 8, 2007

Declan Whelan delivered a presentation on aligning business goals and operational excellence through agile practices. The presentation was targeted at CEOs, CTOs and other technology leaders in SMEs. The presentation focused on the bottom-line impact that agile practices, and frequent delivery of software in particular, can have.

The 7-Minute Soapbox on User Experience Design
June 14, 2007

Declan Whelan presented a lightning talk on the intersection of user experience design and agile software development. Declan attempted to burn through 55 slides in the allotted 7 minutes but didn't quite make it. You can see a video of the presentation. Declan suggests that the two communities have much to learn from each other and he provides some advice based on experience working with a UX designer on an agile team. For more on agile UX you may want to check out Jeff Patton.

Based on the success of these events we have now started a peer-to-peer group that meets monthly. You can register to attend this group via Communitech.


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