I have to admit that I have not programmed a computer for many years and I have no idea how to write Visual Basic or Java or dot net. (Yes, I have done raw html and could still manage in SAS if I had to!)
And I can also admit that the proliferation of models and methods from Agile, Scrum, Kanban, Lean, Six Sigma, Xtreme Programming, CMMI(R) (Capability Maturity Model), to manifesto driven systems development, has me daunted.
Which ones are interchangeable, which are compatible, which are contradictory, and (OMG) where should one start to learn how to avoid the pitfalls?
It’s all a matter of diving in to each and learning the ins-and-outs and best practices — except I know that there are as many opinions about best practices as there are models.
Okay, I can already hear you saying: “Carol, as a software measurement/Function Point Analysis and PMP (Project Management Professional), you probably don’t need to know much about any of these” — except that I do!
My clients will ask me about these and other emerging topics – and expect that I know the best course of action they should take with Lean/ Kanban/ Agile methods for their company. And I simply do not have spare time to read all the books, experiment, fail, try again, and then decipher what is hype and what is real in this space!
So what is a sane, intelligent, forward thinking IT professional like me to do when faced with an overwhelming mountain of information like this so I can properly advise my clients?
The answer is: ATTEND the Lean Software & Systems Conference 2011 (#LSSC11)!
There is no other conference in the same timeframe that offers more than this growing conference!
Being held 3-6 May, 2011 at the Hyatt Long Beach in Southern California, this annual conference boasts over 90 speakers over a 3 day period on topics ranging from:
- Lean, Kanban, and Agile,
- Capability Maturity Model Integration (featuring the CEO and senior specialist experts from the Software Engineering Institute at Carnegie Mellon University),
- Advancements in Estimation Approaches (featuring Barry Boehm of COCOMO 2 and University of Southern California fame!)
- Risk (featuring risk expert Robert Charette),
- Tools (Kanban, Agile, Lean, Gaming, and more!),
- Top 4 Systems Approaches today,
- Lean management,
- and more!
See the full program at http://lssc11.leanssc.org
All given by practitioners and experts for practitioners! And the majority of presenters have real world, hands-on experience in the trenches with Kanban, Lean, Agile and Scrum and lived to tell about it!
Why not catch up to technology racing at the speed of sound by accelerating your learning Light Speed with LSSC?
There is no similar conference offering the breadth or depth of topics, experience sharing, or real case study results in the Kanban and Lean software development space.
And the May 5, 2011 Brickell Key awards for excellence in the advancement of Lean in software development will recognize some outstanding nominees working in the area – some of which are professionals just like you!
I know that I will catch up on these major topics and more – in record time – by attending LSSC11. If you are an IT professional, don’t you owe it to yourself to check it out?
Read about the Program and the Speakers at LSSC11 and register today!
Wishing you an eventful and productive week and I hope to see you in Long Beach on May 3, 2011!