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Making Agile Work for You

  • July 2011
  • By Timothy A. Chick3267
  • Timothy A. Chick gives an understanding on the agile fundamentals, starting with a glance at the most commonly used agile methods before going into a more structured approach.
  • Process Improvement TSP
  • Publisher: Software Engineering Institute
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  • Abstract

    Agile isn't a single method; it is a collection of methods that share a common philosophy. The reality of agile implementations is that they are often partially, poorly, or inconsistently implemented and fail to deliver the promised benefits.

    This presentation focuses on understanding the agile fundamentals. It starts with a quick look at the most commonly used agile methods and then provides a structured approach for selecting the most effective agile methods for your organization and their projects. Key considerations include:

    • Will your methods scale up to the requirements of your current and future projects?
    • With the many agile methods, how do you empower the developers in making appropriate agile process selections while maintaining a consistent and manageable organizational standard?

    This presentation will summarize the latest research associated with successful agile adoption. It will discuss an optimal agile solution combining organizational consistency and project scalability.

    About the Speaker

    Timothy A. Chick is a senior member of the technical staff at the Software Engineering Institute (SEI) where he works on the Team Software Process (TSP) Initiative.

    In this role, Chick is responsible for defining, developing, and transitioning into practice high-performance software and systems engineering practices based on the principles and concepts in TSP and Capability Maturity Model Integration (CMMI). His work includes applied research, product and training development, education/training delivery, and consulting in the domains of software engineering and systems engineering process improvement.

    Chick is currently an SEI-Certified CMMI Instructor and TSP Mentor Coach, and he also holds a Lean Six Sigma Black Belt certification. He has published numerous technical reports and bylined technical articles in top industry publications on TSP and CMMI.

    Prior to joining the SEI, he worked as a project manager for Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR), leading software development projects and software process improvement efforts for the E-2C Hawkeye Program. Chick has a bachelor of science degree in computer engineering from Clemson University and a master of science degree in computer science from Johns Hopkins University.

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