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Getting Agile in the Windy City

August 14, 2009

With Point2’s plunge into Agile and Scrum eighteen months ago, things have really started to take shape here. Teams are self-organizing, modifying process and practices, collaborating, delivering what the business actually wants….and the list goes on. And with Point2’s culture being that of learning, things will just continue to progress – we’re always concentrating on getting better at what we do – writing software.

This year Agile 2009 is being held in Chicago, Illinois (August 24th – August 28) and we’re sending four representatives to soak up all of the information they can, while also spreading the word about Point2. For those of you unfamiliar with this conference, here’s a quick blurb from their site.

Agile 2009 will be an exciting international conference about techniques and technologies, attitudes and policies, research and first-hand experience, from both the management and technical sides of agile software development. The agile approach focuses on delivering business value early in the project lifetime and being able to incorporate emergent requirements. It accentuates the use of rich, informal communication channels and frequent delivery of running, tested systems, while attending to the human component of software development.

It looks like the conference has a large focus on leadership, coaching, and business analysis techniques so we tried to fashion the Point2 contingent appropriately.

Ryan Shuya is a Consultant on our heavy equipment team and is always trying to find better ways to manage our long distance relationship with Caterpillar. Lucky for us Agile 2009 is offering a number of sessions on distributed agile.

Tefon Obchansky is a Business Analyst on one of our development teams, and is always looking for better ways to write stories, breakdown work, and make sure the business is being represented accurately. Tefon will be hitting up as many BA centric sessions as possible with the intention of passing on his experience to the entire BA team at Point2.

Dustin Bartlett and yours truly are both Team Leads on a couple of our development teams. We are always trying to muster up ways to get our teams to run more efficiently, while still holding true to the Agile principles. Dustin and I will be spreading ourselves across a lot of the leadership and coaching sessions with hopes of bringing back new ideas to Point2.

So while you’re in Chicago watch out for four guys wearing Point2 t-shirts. We’d love for you to come say “hi”. We’re a pretty talkative bunch so maybe we can exchange our experiences in the world of Agile and Scrum. Like I mentioned earlier, we are a culture of learning – and what better way than to learn from the experience of others.

By Hemant J. Naidu

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