Pacific Northwest Software Symposium
September 18 - 20, 2009 - Seattle, WA
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Principal Consultant & Program Manager with Thoughtworks
Tiffany Lentz, a Principal Consultant and Program Manager, is proudly employed at ThoughtWorks, a global IT services firm focused on end-to-end software delivery. She has worked extensively for large clients in the US, Canada, and China, delivering solutions for both disparate system delivery projects and agile enablement and organizational transformation efforts to incorporate and enhance efficiency and delivery processes. She is an author, mentor, coach and trainer of agile methodologies, processes, and practices. Tiffany is the author of Iteration Management Chapter in the ThoughtWorks anthology book and believes that the Iteration Manager's job is to build a well-oil delivery machine.
Is your Agile team running smoothly? How do you know? This answer is found in your iteration and your toolkit for constant team improvement! Comparing Iteration Management skills and tools to those of the Agile Project Manager, Scrum Master and Technical Leader roles, you will see that Iteration Management encompasses end to end activities of the iteration, which are crucial to unblocking your software production line and making your team a success.
This session will enable participants to employ critical and industry proven techniques that will improve a teamâs processes immediately upon application. An Iteration Manager encompasses not just project management activities, but ALL activities of iterations, including: story writing, development, testing, facilitation, visibility, communication and metrics. The session will provide hands on, proven and critical techniques to successfully managing the inner workings of iterations.
This interactive session allows the audience to drive the discussion by putting forward current team struggles for the group and the facilitator to address using Agile metrics. Good metrics properly applied are the key to visibility and highly functioning team, complete with problem ownership and business-driven solutions.
This session gives participants a chance to 1)present their real-life issues that need more visibility and a way to measure success OR 2)discuss their current metrics to be sure they send the correct message and are having maximum effect.
This session focuses on visibility of team progress and correcting team "bad smells" using Agile metrics. Since we use metrics to self-correct and sharpen the team, they are an integral part of each iteration and flow into release planning. We will discuss some of the How's and Why's of team metrics and review the risks that are inevitable when it comes to gathering metrics.
Examples that we will talk through are: Burnup, Velocity, Lean "Finger Charts", Efficiency/Availability, Utilization and Estimation Accuracy.
Agile techniques are often pigeon-holed as just applying to software projects and IT organizations. Agile techniques are a mindset more than a list of rules to follow and can bring efficiency and improvements to all areas of an organization.
This presentation will cover a case study of ThoughtWorks experience with a major bank and credit card company in the US and their application of Agile techniques. We will cover the process, outcomes and challenges of the Agile implementation.