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January Meeting: Agile from the developer's perspective

I have worked as a developer in a Scrum agile environment for a little over 4 years at MedPlus.   During that time, we have experimented quite a bit with the process.  We'll discuss what has worked well and what has not and why.  My perspective is as a developer, but the cross-functional teamwork required for a successful agile team makes this topic difficult to discuss in isolation from the roles of other team members. We've made a lot of progress, but still have a long way to go.  As we embark on a journey towards continuous delivery, we can discuss the next steps in our agile processes to make that successful.

Joe Schweickart joined AT&T after graduating from University of Dayton with a degree in computer science.  He had many roles, including developer, database administrator, architect and tech lead.  During his tenure with AT&T, Joe picked up a Masters in Telecommunication Engineering from the University of Colorado, Boulder.  In 2005, he joined Systems Evolution, Inc., as a consultant.  He has served several clients in development and tech lead roles.  The past 4 years, he has enjoyed being reunited with many of his former AT&T colleagues at MedPlus.  MedPlus moved to a Scrum agile approach about 6 months after his arrival and has grown from a single initial team to about 8 teams, averaging about 4 developers per team, plus many developers in shared resource roles.

When: January 10, 2013  (Second Thursday).
Networking: 5:30-6pm.
Program: 6-7:30pm.
Where: Max Training. 4900 Parkway Drive Suite 160 , Mason (Cincinnati), OH 45040

PMP's: This event counts for 1 (one) PDU

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Joe Schweickart started 2013 out with large group that was interested in a developer's perspective on Agile. Joe shared with us the successes, challenges and learnings that he and his team at MedPlus had experienced. The question and answer period gave everyone to an opportunity to delve a little deeper on some topics. 



The common thread in the room seemed to be relief as everyone had experienced many of Joe's examples. Thanks Joe!! 


January Book Winner: Mark Wavle


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