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Other Thanks

In addition to our regular sponsors, we would like to thank the following organizations:

 

Scrum.org

Scrum.org is the home of Scrum, and is leading the evolution and maturity of Scrum to improve the profession of software development.  They let us use their space for our Board meetings and special events.

 

LeanKit

LeanKit provided us with a complimentary multi-user license for LeanKit Kanban Advanced. We are using it for both Agile New England needs and additionally for planning and tracking events such as Agile Games. It helps us out tremendously by keeping stories, tasks, and deadlines organized and trackable.

 

Boston Product Management Association (BPMA)

The mission of the Boston Product Management Association is to enhance the professional development of product management and product marketing professionals in the Greater Boston area by offering skills training, job resources, mentoring, educational seminars, and networking opportunities.

 

Pearson Professional

Pearson Professional provides us with books for our monthly meeting raffle, as well as discounts on their products to our members.

Agile Software Development

Agile software development is a programming and project management approach that provides:

  • Rapid delivery of production quality code through a higher quality of communication and focus.

 

  • A development process based on continuous improvement, in which practitioners use feedback to evolve practices to work in their situation.

 

  • Fully tested and documented, production-quality code delivered incrementally like clockwork.

 

  • Delivery cycles typically of only 2 to 4 weeks.

 

Key Concepts

 

  • Agile is an umbrella term for the ideas, principles and practices of cheap Lexapro an evolving collection of people. Their shared goal is to improve the software development process which is widely understood to be dysfunctional. Agile commonly includes Lean, Scrum, XP and other popular categories. For more information see The Agile Alliance; The Agile Manifesto

 

  • Lean is a term referring to the Toyota Production System (TPS) which has evolved over many decades. Lean software development was not derived from Lean but it could have been. That is, all of the Agile practices are consistent with Lean principles. Lean focuses on value, flow, elimination of waste, optimizing the whole, continuous improvement and more. For it's application to software development, see the works of Mary and Tom Poppendieck.  Their latest book is "Leading Lean Software Development". 

 

  • Scrum, a term from the game of Rugby, is a framework for communication and focus among members of a cross-functional, self-organizing and self-managing creative team; and between that team and those paying for their creativity - the other stakeholders. Those stake holders include business management and customers.

 

  • Extreme Programming (XP) was developed by Kent Beck and others. XP is the first Agile methodology to have a book devoted to it: “Extreme Programming Explained” by Kent Beck. It describes the core engineering practices essential to any Agile software development work. This includes continuous, integration, testing, code review, refactoring, and much more. A good resource for getting started with XP is: Extreme Programming: A gentle introduction.

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About Us

Agile New England is the leading community of Agile and Lean enthusiasts, practitioners and learners in New England. Based in Boston, we are committed to fostering a greater knowledge of the Agile and Lean values, principles and practices. Our goals are to broaden the understanding and professionalism of our members, and to increase the effectiveness and competitiveness of software development organizations in New England.

Agile New England is affiliated with the ACM and with the Agile Alliance.

History

Agile New England (originally Agile Bazaar) was founded in June of 2002 when Ken Schwaber called a meeting at a hotel in Burlington. He was acting on behalf of the Agile Alliance board in their mission to seed webmd local chapters of Agile Alliance. The founding members present for that first meeting were Mike Dwyer, Stephen McDonald, Ron Morsicato, Ken Schwaber, Tom Stambaugh, Jeff Sutherland, and Nancy Van Schooenderwoert. The organization was renamed €œAgile New England€ in January 2011.

Activities

We hold meetings the first Thursday of every month from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm. These meetings explore a wide variety of Agile practices and methodologies, for both beginners and advanced practitioners. The monthly meetings are free of charge, and include a light dinner, courtesy of our sponsors.

We also organize special events during the year, including an annual Deep Agile conference. You can register for next month's meeting here, and browse information on past events on the past events page.

Membership

Membership is open to everyone and is free of charge. You can register as a member here.

Sponsorship

We would like to acknowledge our sponsors: VersionOne, SolutionsIQ, Constant Contact, Eliassen Group, Emergn, FreeStanding Agility, and Rally Software.

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Board of Directors

The board members for the 2014-2015 year are:

President: Tom Woundy
Vice President: Richard Kasperowski
Secretary: John Vins
Treasurer: David Grabel
Past President: David Grabel
IT Team Chair: David Kramer
Program Chair: Ron Morsicato
Membership Chair: Nancy Van Schooenderwoert
Marketing & Sponsorships:  Jon Friedman
Volunteers Chair: Gloria Shepardson


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