Making Agile Relevant for Organizations Seeking Good Product
(Invited talk, 45 min)
Jeff Patton (independent consultant)
Rachel Davies (Agile Experience Ltd)
Wednesday, 2 June 2010: Main Conference
Over the last 10 years, in organizations mired in heavy process and paralyzing analysis and design phases, we’ve seen agile approaches get delivery of working software moving again. But, it turns out that successful delivery doesn’t result in successful products. And, for most organizations building software, it was the successful product they’d wanted all along.
In this short talk Jeff Patton explores process where the primary goal is a successful product. He’ll discuss the values and principles common in healthy product organizations that aren’t the primary focus of agile development. You’ll hear examples of innovative practice emerging from companies that subscribe to agile approaches while remaining true to their organization’s values and driving towards the primary goal of delivering products people want.
Bio: Jeff Patton has designed and built software for the past 15 years on a wide variety of products from on-line aircraft parts ordering to electronic medical records. Jeff has focused on Agile approaches since working on an early Extreme Programming team in 2000. In particular Jeff has specialized in the application of user experience design practice to improve Agile requirements, planning, and ultimately the products delivered.
Jeff currently works as an independent consultant, agile process coach, product design process coach, and instructor. Current articles, essays, and presentations on variety of topics in Agile product development can be found at www.AgileProductDesign.com and in Alistair Cockburn’s Crystal Clear. Jeff is founder and list moderator of the agile-usability Yahoo discussion group, a columnist with StickyMinds.com and IEEE Software, a Certified Scrum Trainer, and winner of the Agile Alliance’s 2007 Gordon Pask Award for contributions to Agile Development.
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