Past Events


Little’s Flaw: Can you Predict Software Schedules?

June 7, 2012, 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm,  Constant Contact , Waltham, MA: REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED

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Dan Vacanti

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No, this is not a talk about how Little’s Law—which most lean practitioners define as a relationship among work in progress, cycle time, and throughput—is incorrect. Quite the opposite, in fact. The problem with Little’s Law is not that it is inexact (it is very exact); the problem is in its misapplication by those who do not understand the assumptions behind the law (and blindly use it as a justification for all things lean). This talk will be an investigation into those assumptions. We will start off with a brief history of Little’s Law and then quickly jump into the conditions that must be in place in order for the law to hold. What will follow is a brief look at how—assuming all conditions are met—Little’s Law can be used as a good predictor for software schedules.

About the speakers:

Daniel Vacanti is a 17-year software industry veteran who got his start as a Java Developer/Architect and who has spent most of the last 12 years focusing on Lean and Agile practices. In 2007, he helped to create the Kanban Method for software development with David Anderson. He managed the world’s first project implementation of Kanban that year, and has been conducting Kanban training, coaching, and consulting ever since. In 2011 he founded Corporate Kanban, Inc., which provides world-class Lean training and consulting to clients all over the globe—including several Fortune 100 companies. Daniel holds a Masters in Business Administration and regularly teaches a class on lean principles for software management at the University of California Berkeley.

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Agile Development for FDA Regulated Software: Mike Attili

May 3, 2012, 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm,  Constant Contact , Waltham, MA: REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED

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Mike Attili

Mike Attili

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Conventional wisdom holds that the FDA prefers to see medical device manufacturers use a sequential, waterfall lifecycle for product and software development. The result has led many companies to bend and twist the process they actually use so that it looks like a linear process to their regulators. No one is fooled and these efforts mainly add overhead and waste. More importantly, they do little to improve the safety and effectiveness of their products.

A growing number of medical device companies are adopting, and adapting, agile principles and practices for the development of regulated software; not just to improve efficiency, but also safety and effectiveness. This session will explore how to apply agile principles in a way that is consistent with FDA regulations and guidance; how agile and XP practices can be used to reduce risk and improve safety; which practices need modification to support the demands of safety critical software; and how these have been applied on real projects to achieve compliance.

About the speaker:

Mike Attili - President of Amaxo, Inc.
Mike’s background features over 25 years of experience in software engineering for medical, pharmaceutical, and laboratory instrumentation companies such as Applied Biosystems, Delmar-Reynolds, Parker Life Sciences, and Helicos BioSciences. Mike most recently led the software development effort for a new, large volume infusion pump as the VP of Software Development for Fluidnet. Mike is a member of the Association for the Advancement of Medical Instrumentation (AAMI) Software Standards Committee that is currently finalizing guidance on the use of agile practices in the development of medical device software.

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Agile 101 Courses on April 5, 2012

Our popular “Agile 101” course series continues with two more sessions at the April meeting. All our courses are free of charge, and they’re taught by experts who have first-hand experience in their topic areas. Registration is at the door, first come first served! Doors open at 5:30. Please avoid arriving earlier than that, as our host is using the space.

We have two Agile 101 courses in April

 

Course #1: Agile Execution with Steve Berczuk

  • How can software and other project elements be designed and delivered incrementally? What set of management and technical practices would enable this?
  • How do you know whether your Agile project will complete on schedule?

About the speaker: Steve Berczuk is an engineer and ScrumMaster at Humedica where he's helping to build next-generation SaaS-based clinical informatics applications. The author of Software Configuration Management Patterns: Effective Teamwork, Practical Integration, he is a recognized expert in software configuration management and agile software development. Steve is passionate about helping teams work effectively to produce quality software. He has an M.S. in operations research from Stanford University and an S.B. in Electrical Engineering from MIT, and is a certified, practicing ScrumMaster. Contact Steve at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or visit berczuk.com and follow his blog at steveberczuk.blogspot.com.

 

Course #2: Wetware Craftsmanship: Dealing with Threats to Ego with Brian Bozzuto

The brain responds to theats to ego and identity with the same regions that responds to threats to food and physical safety. While Maslow identified self-actualization as a higher order goal, more and more research is showing that we treat it on the same level as basic physical safety. This has major implications to how people respond when being coached if they feel their identify or ego is being threatened. We’ll talk about how these impact you as a coach who may be creating threats for those you are working with, as well as how to address them when you are the one feeling threatened. We will explore some of these concepts with exercises and discussion.

 
The Economics of Agile: Damon Poole

April 5, 2011, 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm,  Constant Contact , Waltham, MA: REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED

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Damon Poole

Damon Poole

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Topic: The Economics of Agile

Traditionally, many organizations have measured their software development efforts solely in terms of process efficiency and cost. When teams introduce Agile methods, they are suddenly able to measure their efforts from a broader business perspective - such as impact to the top and bottom line. This session discusses how to measure and optimize the economics of your software development, make economics-based decisions, measure and reduce the cost of delay, gauge the full cost of development within an Agile environment, and discover and validate the value of your user stories.

About the speakers:

Damon Poole is Founder of Valtivity, an Agile coaching and training company specializing in helping companies discover and implement their ideal way of working. Damon is also a Senior Coach in Eliassen’s Agile practice. His twenty years of experience spans the gamut from small collocated teams all the way up 80 team shops doing global development. Damon was President of Agile New England from 2008–2010. He writes frequently on the topic of Agile development, is the author of the web book “Do It Yourself Agile,” and a pioneer in the area of Multistage Continuous Integration and mixing Scrum and Kanban. Damon has spoken at numerous conferences including Agile and Beyond 2010&2011, Agile Business Conference, Q-Con, Agile 2008–2011, and Agile Development Practices. He is also a co-founder and past CEO and CTO of AccuRev. His blog is at http://damonpoole.blogspot.com

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Agile 101 Courses on March 1, 2012

Our popular “Agile 101” course series continues with two more sessions at the March meeting. All our courses are free of charge, and they’re taught by experts who have first-hand experience in their topic areas. Registration is at the door, first come first served! Doors open at 5:30. Please avoid arriving earlier than that, as our host is using the space.

We have two Agile 101 courses in March

Course #1: Agile Execution with Steve Berczuk

  • How can software and other project elements be designed and delivered incrementally? What set of management and technical practices would enable this?
  • How do you know whether your Agile project will complete on schedule?

About the speaker: Steve Berczuk is an engineer and ScrumMaster at Humedica where he's helping to build next-generation SaaS-based clinical informatics applications. The author of Software Configuration Management Patterns: Effective Teamwork, Practical Integration, he is a recognized expert in software configuration management and agile software development. Steve is passionate about helping teams work effectively to produce quality software. He has an M.S. in operations research from Stanford University and an S.B. in Electrical Engineering from MIT, and is a certified, practicing ScrumMaster. Contact Steve at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or visit berczuk.com and follow his blog at steveberczuk.blogspot.com.

 

Course #2: Wetware Craftsmanship I: Your Brain and Agile with Brian Bozzuto

This session will talk about managing the most constrained resource we have, our minds. Providing a quick tour of several critical ideas emerging in the fields of psychology, neuroscience and coaching in order to illustrate how a keener understanding of the way our minds can help us be more effective as both agile practitioners and coaches. We will introduce several key components about how the mind works, what the implications are for us at work and how good agile coaches and use these characteristics to their advantage.

 
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