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"Steps to an Agile Frame of Mind - the First Three Hours"




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Steps to an Agile Frame of Mind - the First Three Hours

Pacific Salon 2
Sunday, 13:30, half day



Alistair Cockburn, Humans and Technology

Tutorial number: 9

Agile is an *attitude* giving priority to communication efficiency, feedback and reflective improvement. This attitude produces process efficiency and maneuverability with respect to changing requirements, technology and team. Having the agile attitude does not yet make for a successful project.

This workshop, based on the award-winning book, Agile Software Development, is a three-hour mixture of lecture, exercises, and discussion. The purpose of these three hours is to give attendees a sense for how it feels to be doing agile versus non-agile development and some words around key issues. Needless to say, in three hours the attendee will only see the first steps of the journey, but should come away with some of the crucial sensations and central ideas.

Beginner: Anyone curious about agile development, for software or even not. The workshop is non-technical in the sense that it is non-programming; it is technical in that it contains material that is core to the modern life of professional developers, project managers, and business managers. Because the issues cover all aspects and stakeholders in the development process, this workshop is recommended for business executives, project managers, business analysts and developers alike.

Alistair Cockburn, Humans and Technology:  Alistair Cockburn, founder of Humans and Technology, was special advisor to the Central Bank of Norway for object technology and software project management, the OO methodology designer for the IBM Consulting Group in the 1990s. In 2001 he co-authored the Agile Software Development Manifesto, and in 2005 co-authored the related project management Declaration of Inter-Dependence. Several of his books "Surviving OO Projects", Writing Effective Use Cases, Agile Software Development, and Crystal Clear: A Human-Powered Methodology for Small Teams. Articles, talks and supporting materials can be found at http://alistair.cockburn.us.