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XP San Diego meets the first Thursday of each month to informally discuss and exchange ideas. We feel we learn best from our peers, the merely curious, active practitioners, as well as experienced consultants, when they share their skills, knowledge, concerns and experiences. We encourage everyone to participate in our monthly forums and learn something new.
We meet on the SAIC Corporate Campus from 6 PM to 8 PM; 10260 Campus Point Drive, a.k.a. Building C, in the fifth floor conference room. Please find parking on the street and check in with security in Building C before heading upstairs. See our mailing list (http://groups.yahoo.com/group/xpsandiego/) for more information.
July 31, 2008 ~Special Night & Location~
Cardinal Health San Diego HQ - 3750 Torrey View Court San Diego, CA (see note below)
ADAPTing? to Agile: A Guide to Transitioning
Transitioning to an agile development process is unlike most transitions an organization may make. Many transitions begin when a strong, visionary leader plants a stake in the ground and says, Lets take our organization there. Other transitions start with a lone team thinking, Who cares what management thinks, lets do this. The problem in transitioning to agile is that neither of these approaches alone is likely to lead to the long-term sustainable change required. In this session we will look at the primary reasons why agile transitions fail and how to overcome them. We will explore what is necessary for self-organizing teams to emerge and thrive within the transitioning organization. We will also the role self-organization must play during the transition itself. This session will include a description of the eight primary ways of getting startedincluding going All In, Start Small, and Impending Doomand the advantages of each. You will leave knowing what approach will work best for you as well as what you must and must not do to succeed with agile.
Mike Cohn is the founder of Mountain Goat Software, a process and project management consultancy and training firm. He is the author of "Agile Estimating and Planning", "User Stories Applied for Agile Software Development", and several books on Java, C , and database programming. Mike has more than 20 years of experience in a variety of environments, including financial services, federally regulated (ISO 9001) projects, websites, shrinkwrap software, internal development, military contracting, and video game development. Mike has served as a technology executive in companies of various sizes, from startup to Fortune 40.
Mike ran his first Scrum project in 1995 and has been a vocal proponent of Scrum ever since. He has helped with the adoption of agile processes at companies such as Bioware, Capital One, the Federal Reserve Bank of the United States, Google, High Moon Studios, JDA Software, Lexis Nexis, Lockheed Martin, Microsoft, Nielsen Media Research, Pearson, Philips Electronics, Sabre, Siemens, Sun Microsystems, Texas Instruments, Turner Broadcasting, Ultimate Software, and Yahoo. A frequent magazine contributor and conference speaker, Mike is a founding member and former chairperson of the Agile Alliance and the Scrum Alliance. He can be reached at [email protected]
WE WILL NOT BE MEETING AT SAIC FOR THIS MEETING. INSTEAD WE WILL BE MEETING AT THE CARDINAL HEALTH SAN DIEGO HEADQUARTERS LOCATED AT 3750 Torrey View Court San Diego, CA 92130 IN BUILDING B (THE BUILDING TO THE RIGHT WHEN YOU ARE WALKING TO THE ENTRANCE). THIS LOCATION IS TWO EXITS NORTH OF THE SAIC EXIT ON THE 5. IT IS ABOUT A 10 MINUTE DRIVE FROM SAIC.
August 7, 2008
The Dark Side of Agile - JanePrusakova with XPSDPanel?
Why is it that Agile is so hard? What do we (as in the industry) do wrong? We will discuss different situations where agile adoption was not successful, how to detect the problem, and what could be done differently.
Bring your XP/Scrum woes to our expert panel and they will offer advice on preventative measures, how to point the finger of blame at someone else, and some tips on finding a happier XP environment. Only kidding!
A Roundup of XP Planning Tools (VersionOne, Mingle, extremeplanner, XPlanner) - Speakers email [email protected]
Unit Testing with Groovy - RyanBrunton?
Scrum in the Real World - MikeVizdos?
Integration Testing - Speakers needed (email [email protected])
Outsourcing Panel - RomanDiaz?, RobertPryor
(see JobPostings for more info)