ThoughtWorks, Inc. (www.thoughtworks.com) is a transnational IT professional services firm providing application
development and systems integration services to Global 1000 companies. The company's leadership in the practical
application of Agile methods on enterprise class projects allows its people to deliver higher quality solutions
more quickly and cost effectively, while giving client business leaders greater program and project control.
ThoughtWorks operates offices in the United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Australia, and India.
Rally Software Development Corporation is the first provider of on-demand software development management solutions
designed to speed delivery of customer value using Agile development processes. By integrating the specification and
tracking of requirements, tests, defects and tasks into a collaborative Web-service, Rally synchronizes distributed
teams and gives unprecedented visibility into software project status, roadblocks and risks. In contrast to brittle
integrations of heavyweight point products, Rally is a hosted solution that is affordable, starts fast and scales
easily. For more information, visit: www.rallydevelopment.com.
The Object Mentor mission is to provide the technical and business leadership that helps our customers get their projects done. We provide the mentoring, skill development, and sheer on-going leadership to guide your teams to successful project completion. Our goal is not simply to train you, but to give you the advantage of our skilled mentors to transfer our know-how to your team so you can get your project done - this time, next time, every time!
Our programmer toolkit overflows with best practices including: Object Oriented Design, Design Patterns, Java, C++, C#, VB, Refactoring, Test Driven Development. Our management practices include: Agile Development, Extreme Programming, Iterative Development, Project Retrospectives, Organizational and Cultural Change. The Object Mentor mission is to provide the technical and business leadership that helps our customers get their projects done. We provide the mentoring, skill development, and sheer on-going leadership to guide your teams to successful project completion. Our goal is not simply to train you, but to give you the advantage of our skilled mentors to transfer our know-how to your team so you can get your project done - this time, next time, every time!
Founded in 1975, Microsoft (Nasdaq "MSFT") is the worldwide leader in software, services and Internet technologies
for personal and business computing. The company offers a wide range of products and services designed to empower people
through great software -- any time, any place and on any device.
Valtech was established in 1993 as an IT consulting and educational services company. Since then, we have grown to more than 1,200 people and $100 million worldwide. With more than 14 offices across the globe, we provide the geographic coverage of some of our largest competitors; while our unique organizational and operational structure allows us to provide the customer service and quality of the world’s highest-end IT boutiques. Each year we train thousands of our clients’ employees, customers, and partners. In addition, we have worked on more than 1,000 advanced technology projects. Over the years, this experience has allowed us to accumulate significant technology and domain knowledge in industries such as finance, travel, insurance, retail and healthcare.
In order to effectively meet our clients’ needs, Valtech has organized its services into three high level categories: enterprise consulting, project development, and skills transfer. With services that range from classroom training to complete outsourcing, Valtech leverages industry proven processes to maximize our clients’ return on their investments. Valtech’s most popular services are Catalyst and Shore2Shore™.
Catalyst – a unique combination of formal training and on-the-job mentoring designed to help an enterprise become self-sufficient in new process/technology.
•Shore2Shore – an innovative alternative to traditional offshore methodologies. By combining Agile Offshore™ practices with a Build-Operate-Transfer option, Valtech is capable of handling an additional 60% more projects than most offshore service providers.
Mountain Goat Software is a Colorado, USA-based process and project
management consultancy and training firm. Through its Certified ScrumMaster,
user story, agile planning, and other courses Mountain Goat Software founder
Mike Cohn helps companies adopt and improve their use of agile processes and
techniques in order to build extremely high performance development
Agitar Software redefines quality and economics for Java application
development. Agitar makes Enterprise Developer Testing effective and
economically compelling by automating test creation, enforcing coding
standards compliance and providing management visibility and control.
Agitator and the Agitar Management Dashboard let software teams build
quality in, instead of "testing bugs out", and enjoy the profound
of improved quality, faster development cycles and lower software
costs. For more information, please visit www.agitar.com.
In Cooperation Sponsors
The DSDM Consortium is a not for profit organisation which owns and administers DSDM one of the Agile Methods. DSDM is focused on the timely delivery of high quality solutions that meet the businesses needs there and then. It addresses the needs of all project participants from management to developers to users. DSDM has evolved since 1994 through capturing the experiences of a large consortium of organisations, large and small making DSDM relevant across a variety of industries.
Digital Focus provides IT consulting, software development, agile
to Fortune 1000 and medium-sized businesses. We specialize in solving
complex business problems with unmatched speed and precision. Digital
has embraced the philosophy and practices of Agile software development;
our expert strategists, coaches, and programmers bring years of
experience with these techniques. Through true iterative, incremental
development, our team ensures that solutions are delivered on target, on
time, and within budget.
Better Software brings you the hands-on, knowledge-building information you need to run smarter projects and deliver better products that win in the marketplace and positively affect the bottom line. Regardless of your role in the software development lifecycle, Better Software provides insight and techniques to increase overall product value. Bringing you in-depth articles on topics such as agile methods, people and teams, CMM and requirements-driven processes, software process improvement, business value and ROI, as well as coverage on emerging technologies, Better Software is the only magazine for software professionals who care about quality. www.BetterSoftware.com
IEEE Software 's mission is to build the community of leading and future software practitioners. The magazine delivers reliable, useful, leading-edge software development information to keep engineers and managers abreast of rapid technology change. The authority on translating software theory into practice, the magazine positions itself between pure research and pure practice, transferring ideas, methods, and experiences among researchers and engineers. Peer-reviewed articles, topical interviews, and columns by seasoned practitioners illuminate all aspects of the industry, including process improvement, project management, development tools, software maintenance, Web applications and opportunities, testing, usability, and much more.
Software Development is the leading magazine for software development managers. It is the definitive source to empower those who implement and manage teams, technologies, practices and tools integral to successful development projects. Development leaders turn to Software Development for its established editorial integrity, and for its mission-critical guidance in helping to manage success factors throughout the entire development process - Design, Develop, Test, Deploy. Free subscriptions are available at
The Association for Computing Machinery was Founded in 1947. ACM is a major force in advancing the skills of information technology professionals and students worldwide. Today, our 80,000 members and the public turn to ACM for the industry's leading Portal to Computing Literature, authoritative publications and pioneering conferences, providing leadership for the 21st century.
Cutter Consortium is committed to delivering top-level, critical, and
objective advice to help you maximize your use of agile approaches to
software development, project management, and product development.
Cutter emphasizes enterprise agility -- extending the reach of agile
principles and practices to project governance, portfolio, and program
Directed by Jim Highsmith, Cutter's Agile Practice offers research and
content, inquiry access, on-site training, and consulting designed to
help you view agile approaches as strategic business initiatives that
will positively impact your organization's product development and
business objectives. For more information visit our
Agile 2006 is being scheduled for July 23-28,
2006, at the Hyatt downtown Minneapolis. Mark your calendars!