[FRPythoneers] Mary Poppendieck asks "Is Agile a Fad?" (Oct 27)
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Agile Denver will meet in Boulder this month, October 27th. Our guest
speaker is Mary Poppendieck who will present "Agile Software
Development: Breakthrough or Passing Fad?"
Over the years there have been many fads in software development
processes, and even more fads in improvement processes in general. In
fact, improvement programs seem to go in cycles, with each new cycle
lasting for about seven years before the next fad takes over. If you
think about it, fads seem to last about the length of a management
We are now heading into the early part of agile software development’s
seven years as the favored process approach. Will it last, or will there
be something new a few years from now?
There is no question that agile is on to something. If you look back to
the way software used to be developed many years ago, agile practices
are not so new after all, they revive all sorts of good things from the
past. But agile development is bound to trip over the same stumbling
blocks that have been around for decades: as time goes on, successful
systems scale up, complexity compounds, and the systems become fragile.
Unless and until agile approaches face this reality, they will fade just
like other fads.
But this is not inevitable. In this talk, Mary Poppendieck will propose
what the agile software development must include order for it to be
As always, our monthly meetings are free to attend and open to local
software professionals, students and faculty. Feel free to pass this
announcement along to your colleagues.
5:30 - 6:30 PM Refreshments, networking and announcements
6:30 - 8:00 PM Mary Poppendieck Presentation
Mary Poppendieck started her career as a process control programmer,
moved on to manage the IT department of a manufacturing plant, and then
ended up in product development, where she was both product manager and
department manager. After Mary left the corporate world in 1998, she
found herself managing a government software project where she first
encountered the word “waterfall.” When Mary compared her experience in
successful software and product development to the prevailing opinions
about how to manage software projects, she decided the time had come for
a new paradigm.
She wrote the award-winning book “Lean Software Development” to explain
how the lean principles from manufacturing offer a better approach to
software development. Over the past six years, Mary has found
retirement elusive as she lectures and teaches classes with her husband
Tom. Based on their on-going learning, they wrote a second book,
“Implementing Lean Software Development.” A popular writer and speaker,
Mary continues to bring fresh perspectives to the world of software
The October 2008 sponsors are Rally Software and Silicon Flatirons.
Rally Software (http://rallydev.com) helps organizations perfect the art
of software development through Agile and Lean practices. Agile
development practices are quickly becoming a mainstream approach to
software development because they shorten development cycles, minimize
risk and help better prioritize features and customer requests. In fact,
in a recent third-party study, Rally customer BMC Software was proven to
have development cycles that were nearly three times faster than the
industry average and one quarter the expected number of defects with
double the team size.
Silicon Flatirons (http://www.silicon-flatirons.org) is a Center for
Law, Technology, and Entrepreneurship at the University of Colorado.
Silicon Flatirons pursues three basic goals: to elevate the debate
around technology policy issues; to facilitate networking, the
development of "human capital" and the promotion of entrepreneurship in
the Colorado technology community; and to inspire student interest in
technology law and entrepreneurship. If you or your organization are
interested in participating in this evolving venture, please contact the
Program's Executive Director, Phil Weiser at phil.weiser at colorado.edu
The October meeting will be held in the Wolf Law Building in room 204
which seats 97. This building is located on the University of Colorado
If you would like to map directions online, the building street address
is: Kittredge Loop Dr, Boulder, CO 80309. There is free parking to the
East and West of the Wolf Law Building. Also see:
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