Archive for January 20th, 2011

Right Sizing Agile Development


Keys to Success in Using Agile Practices
Presented by Construx Software (REP 1424)
Duration: 1 Hour Credits: 1 PDU Free

Agile development has now been in use for almost a decade. Why use Agile methods? What are the strengths of Agile? What are some common failure modes? What other lessons has the software industry learned about Agile development? In this talk, Steve McConnell–author of Code Complete, Rapid Development, and other software industry classics and CEO of Construx Software–draws on Construx’s extensive consulting work to dissect Agile development. McConnell names the Agile practices that have worked well for Construx’s clients, describes the failure modes of Agile practices that have failed to live up to the hype, and explains how to right size Agile development for your organization.

I have followed Steve McConnell since the first edition of Code Complete in 1994. Code Complete is required reading for every developer on my team.

This is an excellent opportunity to learn about agile practices based on Construx software and Steve McConnell’s experience with companies implementing agile practices. – EdmontonPM

In this course Steve covers

  1. Why Agile? – Basic Motivations
  2. What is Agile?
  3. Lifecycle Models and Agile – Lifecycle Modeling
  4. The Most Useful Agile Practices: Active Management – Integration/Testing
  5. Determining Your Agile Profile: Personnel – Impact – Requirements – Culture – Team Size- Team Dispersion

Professional Biography

Steve McConnell is CEO and Chief Software Engineer at Construx Software where he writes books and articles, teaches classes, and oversees Construx’s software engineering practices.

Steve is the author of Code Complete (1993, 2004) and Rapid Development (1996), both winners of Software Development magazine’s Jolt award for outstanding software development books of their respective years. In 1998, he published Software Project Survival Guide, in 2004 he published Professional Software Development (2004), and in 2006 he published Software Estimation: Demystifying the Black Art. Steve blogs on professional topics at 10x Software Development and also has a personal blog.

Steve has worked in the desktop software industry since 1984 and has expertise in rapid development methodologies, project estimation, software construction practices, performance tuning, system integration, and third-party contract management.

Steve also served as Editor in Chief of IEEE Software from 1998-2002 and is a member of IEEE Computer Society and ACM.

Steve earned a master’s degree in software engineering from Seattle University and a bachelor’s degree from Whitman College in Walla Walla, Washington.

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Online Live Webinar January 26, 2011 – 11:00 am to 12:00 pm EST
Presented by the Corporate Education Group (REP 1011)
Duration: 1 Hour Credits: 1 PDU Free Course Id: MDW1254

A project is a temporary endeavor, with a distinct beginning and end that is undertaken to create a unique product or service. Projects are everywhere, regardless of your industry or profession, and an effective project management process can benefit anyone. If you are looking for non-technical tools and techniques to successfully manage your projects and project teams, this webinar is for you!

What you will achieve:

  • Greater confidence in defining, planning and managing projects
  • Reduced stress and greater sense of control of your multiple projects and daily work load
  • Increased effectiveness and efficiencies by using simple, step-by step processes for project management and communications

Who should attend:
Managers, supervisors, and individual contributors who struggle with balancing the complex demands of project work while maintaining their daily workloads.

About the presenter: Eileen Twichell, instructor and consultant for Corporate Education Group, has over twenty years of project management training and design experience. An accomplished and dynamic presenter, Eileen is highly regarded in the project management community for her expertise and knowledge of the field. Leveraging her breadth of expertise, Eileen develops and facilitates classes in project management, time management, presentation skills, coaching, and communications for her clients.

This is now available as a recorded opportunity – register to view..