Monday, April 24, 2006

Agile at the BCS, Glasgow: The Software Development Paradox

Hi everyone,
I'm going to be speaking at the Glasgow British Computer Society on Monday the 8th of May.

Talk: Understanding the Software Development Paradox: Introducing Agile Software Development

The software development industry is a paradox: on the one hand software is becoming increasingly pervasive and adds huge value to society, but on the other hand, our industry remains plagued by failure. Clarke will describe how a simple misunderstanding of quality principles during the 1970's resulted in the widespread adoption of development methods - the waterfall model and it's modern equivalent the "V" model - which are simply unsuitable for product and software development work. He will describe how Agile development is based on a more appropriate quality model, how Agile works, why Agile works, and - most importantly - why Agile is hard work.

Bio: Clarke Ching
Clarke Ching is a New Zealander who now calls Scotland home. He is a passionate advocate of agile software development and is chairman of AgileScotland special interest group. He is a frequent speaker and part-time lecturer on agile methods. Clarke has an MBA specialising in Technology management and is a senior consultant with VISION Consulting. He is currently writing a "business novel" which shows how Lean, Quality and Constraints Management thinking SHOULD be applied to software and product development organisations.

It will be held in the Lord Todd Conference Room, Strathclyde University. The Lord Todd is entered from Collins Street (on which parking is readily available).
Clarke Ching