Tasktop Executives Offer a Transformational Software Delivery Strategy and Ground Breaking Research on Agile Performance Metrics at Southern Fried Agile

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Dave West takes on the Wicked Witch of software delivery and offers hands-on advice for building a smarter, more robust software delivery organization in his October 23rd Keynote, while Larry Maccherone delivers business-changing insight into Agile practices.

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Any effective enterprise change requires a champion, a person who drives change. But many champions worry that they may be exposed as “humbugs” when their approach does not drive the systemic improvements promised.

Tasktop executives offer insight and actionable information in two talks at Southern Fried Agile 2014.

1) Keynote: Dealing with the Wizard of Oz – Building a strategy that marries Scaled Agile, DevOps and Lean Analytics into a transformational approach that will kill any Wicked Witch. Presented by: Dave West, Chief Product Officer, Tasktop

Any effective enterprise change requires a champion, a person who drives change. But many champions worry that they may be exposed as “humbugs” when their approach does not drive the systemic improvements promised. Scaled Agile, DevOps and Lean Analytics are three fashionable and transformational approaches, but taken out of context and without the right foundations they leave their champions looking less like heroes and more like humbugs. In this talk, Dave West offers insight on how smart organizations weave together Scaled Agile, DevOps and Lean Analytics to build the foundation for a smarter, more robust software delivery organization capable of achieving continuous process improvement.

As an aside, Tasktop has asked the conference organizers to donate Dave West’s speaker’s honorarium to Techgirlz, an organization dedicated reducing the gender gap in technology occupations.

2) Educational session: The Impact of Agile Quantified
Presented by: Larry Maccherone, Data Scientist, Tasktop

Learn how the elusive Agile impact is finally quantified, through data derived from 10,000 Agile teams across industries. Did you know that dedicating team members doubles productivity and triples quality results? Do you know what levers will cut time-to-market in half? Did you know that teams that aggressively control simultaneous work in process (WiP) are up to twice as responsive as teams that do not? Larry Macherone will share the latest findings from research that identifies a measurement framework to accurately gauge performance along the dimensions of Productivity, Predictability, Quality and Responsiveness.

Where: Sheraton Charlotte Hotel
Charlotte, NC

When: Thursday, October 23, 2014
9:00 am Eastern (Dave West)
10:00 Eastern (Larry Maccherone)

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About Dave West
Dave West is the Chief Product Officer at Tasktop. A frequent keynote at major industry conferences and widely published author of articles and research reports, his acclaimed book: Head First Object-Oriented Analysis and Design, helped define new software modeling and application development processes. West led the development of the Rational Unified Process (RUP) for IBM/Rational. After IBM/Rational, West returned to consulting and managed Ivar Jacobson Consulting for North America. Prior to joining Tasktop he served as vice president, research director at Forrester Research, where he ran the software development and delivery practice.

About Larry Maccherone
Larry Maccherone is Data Scientist at Tasktop. Prior to joining the Tasktop team, he was Director of Analytics for Rally Software, initially as an Agile coach and then as a Product Owner of the analytics team. Maccherone also served as a software process coach focusing on Scrum and the SEI's Team Software Process (TSP). He obtained qualifications and certifications in a number of software process and quality practices including the SEI’s Personal Software Process (PSP) instructor, TSP launch coach, CMMI Assessor, ISO-9000, Rational Unified Process, and Certified Scrum Master (CSM). Prior to Rally, he served as Chief Engineer and CEO of Comprehensive Computer Solutions and was founder of QualTrax, software for measurement and management for ISO-9000 and other standards compliance. Maccherone is currently finishing work on his Ph. D. in Software Engineering at Carnegie Mellon. His research focuses on agile measurement, analysis, and visualization for software and systems engineering.

About Tasktop
Over one million users employ Tasktop’s ALM and DevOps integration technology to transform the productivity of software delivery, by connecting the development, testing, Agile planning, PMO and operations functions into a unified software development and delivery team. Tasktop customers are the global leaders in financial services, insurance, government and manufacturing, and include five of the top 25 banks in the world and three of the top seven US insurance companies. Partners, including CA, HP, IBM and Serena, rely on our independent, vendor-neutral role to connect their customers’ software delivery disciplines via OEM distributions of our products. Tasktop has defined the Software Lifecycle Integration (SLI) category to fulfill our mission to “connect the world of software delivery.” For more information about Tasktop and SLI, please visit: http://tasktop.com

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