|Agile practices continue to gain acceptance from senior
management as organizations look to improve software quality and
Be sure to attend this unique full-day event on Wednesday, July 27
to learn firsthand how Agile implementations are making an impact from
an organizational perspective. By attending The Executive Summit, you
will gain insight into senior management's views and experiences with
Agile. The Summit offers three main sessions:
1) Case studies - four stories told by the executives who lived
them (with interactive Q&A from the audience),
2) Luncheon Keynote by creative collaboration expert Lee Devin
(author of Artful Making) and,
3) Large and small group discussions about what works and what
doesn't in Agile implementations.
Attendees will include "C" level executives, executive project
sponsors, Agile opinion leaders, and senior managers exploring the
business value of agility. Topics will focus on what it means to be an
Agile organization and the challenges and barriers to realizing the
various benefits of becoming Agile. Discussion topics will examine
real-world executive experiences, successes and practical tips for
building a successful Agile organization.
|Wednesday July 27, 2005
|Introduction from Summit Chair
Michael Spayd - COGILITY, LLC
|Key Participant Stories & Discussion :
The session begins with four executives sharing their experiences -
the good and the bad - on implementing Agile programs. A facilitated
"fish bowl" discussion will follow to draw out the concerns and
observations of the presenters and those in the audience. Everyone
will be encouraged to offer topics, situations, questions and possible
solutions for discussion.
|Keynote Lunch with Lee Devin
|During lunch, Lee Devin will present
aspects of his research on creative collaboration, utilizing his past
book, Artful Making with Rob Austin, and their upcoming book on artful
leadership that explores issues pertinent to the creative aspects of
software development and in keeping with the spirit of the day.
|Improvisation with Lee Devin:
After lunch and a short break, Lee will
demonstrate parallels between "artful making" and business leadership,
inviting participants to engage in developing new and valuable skills.
|Participant Stories & Discussion :
Participants will meet in small groups to identify their favorite
case studies and/or issues they would like discussed further. Agile
opinion leaders and executive experts will be involved in each of these
small groups to assist in formulating the issues and concerns. After
prioritizing lists, each small group will offer their most important
case or issue for the large group to consider and discuss.
|Appreciative Wrap Up & Evaluation:
We will wrap up the day (Session ends at 5:00 p.m.) by getting feedback from
the participants, presenting some parting gifts and thanking all.
|Bios of KeyNote & Key Participants
has an AB degree from San Jose State College and a PhD from Indiana
University. Teaching: University of Virginia, Vassar College,
Swarthmore College. In 1970, he founded The Theatre at Swarthmore, a
liberal arts theatre program with acting at the center, designed to
prepare students for careers outside the showbiz. In 1975 he joined the
artistic staff of the People's Light and Theatre, acting, teaching
acting, and doing dramaturgy.
Along the way, he wrote articles, plays, opera librettos,
translations; worked as technical director, electrician, stage manager,
and dramaturg; acted in the academy, regional theatre, and for movies
and TV. Artful Making: What Managers Need to Know about How Artists
Work, written with Rob Austin, was published in 2003 by Financial Times
Currently: Consulting Dramaturg at the People's Light and Theatre,
and a Senior Research Scholar at Swarthmore College. At work on several
projects which interfere with, and cause him to neglect, his fishing.
is a senior-level executive with more than 30 years experience in
information technology and financial services. He has a proven track
record of applying emerging technology to strategic business
problems. Rich was formerly the CIO of Schwab Capital Markets, a
managing director of syndicated lending technology at Bankers Trust
and a first vice president of retail technology at Security Pacific.
Prior to these positions he started several successful software
development firms; specializing in distributed and mission-critical
banking applications. He holds Bachelor of Science and Masters of
Science degrees in electrical engineering and computer science from
M.I.T. Rich is currently on the advisory boards of Northstar,
Certagon, Xtiva and Mainsoft; and on the board of directors of
IO-Informatics, APCaP and Gold Medal Foundation.
executive career has spanned some of the world's top technology
companies, including IBM, Digital, Microsoft, EMC and others. Digital's
NetView, EMC's Cellera and Microsoft's MOM 2000 are some of the
products he brought to market during his tenure with these companies.
In addition to his experience with industry giants, Israel is also well
versed in growing smaller companies and he has held advisory and
venture capital positions for companies in new, high-growth markets.
Currently, Israel is VP of Infrastructure Management for BMC.
|Eric Olafson: President and Chief Executive Officer
Eric is focused on the ongoing development of the business and direction of
the retail-in-realtime vision. Eric has an extensive background in systems
development, marketing and sales organizations, the past fifteen years of
which have focused on the retail market. He is a leading proponent of the
thin-client revolution in retail and has been extensively quoted in
industry and trade journals. In 2001 Eric was named the Ernst & Young
Entrepreneur of the Year.
is the CEO and co-founder of Ternary Software, Inc., a leading
provider of software development services to early-stage and emerging
growth technology companies. Ternary's unique model provides clients
with everything from a technology executive to an "agile" programming
team - all tightly integrated with the client's business and executive
team. Ternary has earned significant praise from both clients and the
broader business community, and is currently the 30th fastest growing
privately-held company in the Philadelphia region. Behind the scenes,
Ternary's unique organizational design, governance structure, and
related business practices have helped advance the leading edge of
organizational science. Brian frequently speaks at local and
international conferences about these and other topics. In addition
to his work at Ternary, Brian is heavily involved in the local
entrepreneurial community, including serving on a key advisory
committee for the state-run Ben Franklin Technology Partners
|Agile 2006 is being scheduled for July 23-28,
2006, at the Hyatt downtown Minneapolis. |
Mark your calendars!
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