Agile Workshop:

Case Studies on Value and Cost in Agile Release Planning 

Monday, November 12 
The Conference Center at Penn State Great Valley

5:30 - 6:00 p.m.: Check in/networking - light refreshments served
6:00 - 6:15 p.m.: Introductions
6:15 - 7:00 p.m.: Dr. Raghu Sangwan,
 Architectural Decision Making Amid Competing Interests in Value and Cost
7:00 - 7:15 p.m.: Break
7:15 - 8:00 p.m.: Kiran Thakkar, PMP, CST (Certified Scrum Trainer)
 Agile Release Planning  
8:00 - 8:30 p.m.: Open Q & A

Registration is free, however register early as seating is limited.
PMI members earn 2-PDUs

Click here to register.

Event Overview:
As with any new way of doing business, Agile methods have generated quite a bit of controversy within the software community. Yet since their emergence, in project after project, they have continued to deliver higher quality software systems in less time than traditional processes. Our two keynote speakers will each present a case study that will quantify the value of a measured approach to a measured release plan in an Agile environment.

Who should attend:
If you are a software team member, including project manager, team lead, development manager, product manager, architect, developer or tester this program is a must for you, in addition to CIOs and CTOs of organizations who have, or will be migrating to an Agile environment.

Keynote Speakers:

Dr. Raghvinder (Raghu) Sangwan is an associate professor, software engineering in the engineering division of Penn State Great Valley. His expertise is in requirements engineering, architecture, and design of large software systems.

Presentation snapshot:

Within any incremental development paradigm, there exists a tension between the desire to deliver value to the customer early and the desire to reduce cost by avoiding architectural refactoring in subsequent releases. What is lacking, however, is quantifiable guidance that highlights the potential benefits and risks of choosing one or the other of these alternatives or a blend of both strategies. This keynote will present an approach to quantifying architecture quality that can provide engineering guidance for iterative release planning. A case study will be used to demonstrate that release plans which give as much emphasis to architecturally significant tasks as to feature-based, high-priority functionality can achieve better outcomes by avoiding conditions that lead to wasted time and effort. 

Kiran Thakkar, MBA, PMP, CST - Certified Scrum Trainer, is adjunct Faculty, Penn State Great Valley, Continuing Professional Education Department. Kiran is a global Agile coach and trainer.

Presentation snapshot:

Release Planning in Agile is about planning multiple Sprints, in order to predict when a release (or releases) might be delivered. Yes, Agile does not mean you don’t plan. You still need to estimate and plan your releases. So, how do we do release planning in Agile? Who would do release planning? How long will it take? This short presentation, based on real-life experiences, will demonstrate that it is possible to create meaningful project plans and projecting forward from 3-9 months or beyond.

This workshop is co-sponsored by: NTT DATA Americas and Penn State Great Valley, Continuing Professional Education Department.