September DJUG meeting at Lowry

September 14th — Agile Estimation 2.0 and Hadoop with Agile

Location: Lowry
Building 758 Rm. 138-140
1059 Alton Way
Denver, CO 80230

5:30-6:00: Food, Soda and Networking
We are grateful to Tek-Systems for their continued sponsorship of the
Food and Soda!

BASIC CONCEPTS: Agile Estimation 2.0

Most agile teams are familiar with Planning Poker, but it’s nice to have a few more estimating/sizing techniques in our toolbox. In this interactive session, you will practice some fast and effective techniques for relative sizing of features in a hands-on simulation. We’ll estimate items using story points in one case, and T-shirt sizes in another. We’ll also discuss why & how to use the estimates, and how to effectively facilitate a session with a team. No particular technical expertise is required to participate.

Bio: Brad Swanson

Brad started programming at age ten on the Apple IIe, and is now a Certified Scrum Coach (CSC), Certified Scrum Practitioner (CSP), and Certified Scrum Master (CSM) with 17 years of experience in project and program leadership, product management, and software development in both start-ups and large companies. Brad has led the adoption and implementation of agile and Scrum methodology at many organizations, leading successful agile projects with teams in the US, Europe, and Asia. He has deep experience with agile software development, starting with eXtreme Programming (XP) in 1999, and also Scrum, Lean and Kanban methods. He is active in the Agile and Scrum communities as a Director of the Agile Denver user group, and as a speaker at Agile user groups and international conferences. As a programmer, he has developed complex enterprise and web applications on the Java platform.

In addition to his deep experience with agile software methods, Brad has a long history with software process improvement initiatives, leading ISO 9001 and CMM initiatives for a 2000-person engineering organization. Brad previously held the positions of Director of Integration at IP Commerce, Engineering Manager at StorePerform Technologies, Senior Consultant at BoldTech Systems, and Software Engineer at Raytheon Systems.


Three of the hottest topics these days are agile software development, software architecture, and big data analytics.  This talk will be about all three:  how our group used agile development and software architecture to build a big data analytics system with cluster of machines running Pig and Hadoop.  Expect to hear war stories, how standard advice on agile is challenged by big data, and how thinking architecturally helps ensure success.

Bio: George Fairbanks

George Fairbanks has been teaching software architecture and object-oriented design for over a decade for companies including Kinetium, Valtech, and Platinum Technology.  He is currently president of Rhino Research, a software architecture consulting and training company.  His book, Just Enough Software Architecture, has earned excellent reviews from architects, developers, and readers on Amazon.

He holds a Ph.D. in Software Engineering from Carnegie Mellon University, where his dissertation introduced design fragments, a new way to specify and assure the correct use of frameworks through static analysis. He has publications on frameworks and software architecture in selective academic conferences, including OOPSLA and ICSE.  George has been a program committee member for the Working International Conference on Software Architecture (WICSA), the International Conference on Software Maintenance (ICSM), and the European Conference on Software Architecture (ECSA). He has been a referee for IEEE Transactions on Software Engineering (TSE) and IEEE Software.


*** AGENDA ***

5:30 – 6:00 p.m. Food, and Networking.
6:00 – 7:00 p.m. Basic Concepts/First Session
7:15 – 7:30 pm Announcements – companies hiring, job seekers
7:30 – 8:45 p.m. Main/Featured Presentation
8:45 p.m. Door prizes

Here’s some additional directional help:

Campus Map:

Driving Directions:

Look for the building with the UNC signage on it as Bldg 758 might be difficult to see.

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