[CAMUG] Reminder: CAMUG November Meeting is TOMORROW, Nov. 6th
kris.read at gmail.com
Mon Nov 5 11:38:38 MST 2007
Just a reminder, TOMORROW is the November CAMUG meeting at the University of
Calgary. Tuesday, November 6th at 6pm! Come enjoy a short interesting
talk, some free snacks, and network with other agile-oriented
professionals! There is no membership or pre-registration required for this
Once again, there has been a room change from last year; we're located right
next-door in ICT 122. There is a map available on our new home page at:
This month, Michael Vax brings us "Benefits and Challenges of Agile in a
With a wider adaptation of Agile processes, teams practicing Agile
Development are getting larger and more distributed. The Agile process was
not necessary created as a solution for distributed development, but the
risks of distributed and offshore development can be effectively mitigated
using Agile practices. By use of these techniques, multi-site development
teams, especially those working on dynamic and complex development projects
in multiple time zones, overcome frequent challenges encountered in
distributed environments, and greatly increase efficiencies. Specific
examples will be used to illustrate:
1. The typical challenges associated with distributed development
2. How Agile practices minimize risks in a distributed environment
3. Which Agile practices need to be modified for distributed teams
4. How to avoid typical mistakes in a multi-site environment
5. Why the distributed Agile approach works better than the distributed
waterfall approach for dynamic, complex projects
This presentation is based on a personal experience in using Agile process
with teams distributed between multiple locations and time zones.
Michael Vax has spent more than 20 years in software development. During his
career, he has worked as a developer, an architect, a development manager, a
VP of Development, and a CTO.
Currently the CEO of Luxoft Canada, Michael is managing Luxoft's development
center in Vancouver. Luxoft is a global software development company
headquartered in Russia, with offices in the US, Canada, UK, and Ukraine.
Its clients include world leaders in the IT, manufacturing, energy,
financial services, and aerospace industries as well as smaller independent
software vendors and product houses.
Prior joining Luxoft, Michael was the Vice President of Product Development
at WebCT - one of the world's leading providers of e-learning systems, which
are used by thousands of colleges and universities in more than 70 countries
worldwide. At WebCT Michael was managing a 100+ person product development
department, with offices in Vancouver and Boston.
Michael is a member of Agile Alliance and certified SCRUM Master. As one of
organizers of Agile Vancouver, he is actively promoting Agile software
development in Canada. A frequent speaker at industry related conferences,
Michael speaks and writes on distributed Agile and functional test-driven
development. He was recently a key note speaker at International Conference
on Global Software Engineering in Munich.
*Location:* ICT 122, ICT Building, University of Calgary
*Time:* 18:00-18:30 (warmup: juice & snacks), 18:30 - 19:30
Hope to see you all there!
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