Friday, July 16, 2004

Lean Software Development course in Scotland

Mary Poppendieck will be visiting Scotland on October 11 and 12 to run her Lean Software Development training course. This promises to be an exiting event, where you not only will learn from her experience, but also have the chance to meet and greet with likeminded people.

The days mentioned are confirmed, tickets are booked. The venue is still under consideration, could be either Edinburgh (Heriot Watt university) or Glasgow (Glasgow Caledonian university). Costs for the training are £300, including course materials, lunches and refreshments. Dinner, hotel etc. are for your own account.

If you would like more information then look at Mary's website, or drop me an email.


Next Meeting - Feature Driven Development

Subject: Feature Driven Development (FDD).

Speaker: David Anderson author of Agile Management for Software Engineering Applying the Theory of Constraints for Business Results
***** Please note the different meeting date and time *****
Time: 19th of July, 19:00.
Currie & Brown, Ground Floor, 1 Osborne Terrace Edinburgh,
EH12 5HG

Route description: 2 minutes "out of town" from Haymarket Station, turn left, the office is app. 200 yards down the road just before Donaldson's School/College.

David has 22 years experience in the software development business. Until April 2004, he held the position of Director of Emerging Technology at 4thpass Inc - a Motorola subsidiary in Seattle, WA. David was a member of the team which created the agile software development method known as Feature Driven Development in Singapore between 1997 and 1999. David introduced FDD at, the Internet business unit of Sprint PCS in Kansas City, MO, where he reported to John Yuzdepski, VP & GM. He was one of a core team of 8 senior managers and junior execs who created the technical product offer for the launch of PCS Vision. He also launched the Sprint Application Developer program for wireless data applications in October 2001. David had brief spells working as a consultant for Nokia USA in Irving TX, and Eircell in Dublin Ireland.

Earlier in his career he held managerial positions in two startups in
the UK - Rombo, a video imaging company - and MDi Systems, a document imaging company. Prior to starting college, David was a leading computer games developer with Ocean Software in the UK with over 20 titles published including the game of the Sylvester Stallone movie "Rambo".

David holds a degree in Electronics and Computer Science from the University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, UK. His first book, "Agile Management for Software Engineering" was published in September 2003 by Prentice Hall Professional Technical Reference, Upper Saddle River, New York.