Jurgen is a writer, trainer, entrepreneur, developer, manager, blogger, and … Dutch guy. He writes a popular blog at www.noop.nl, which deals with development management, software engineering, business improvement, personal development, and complexity theory. Jurgen is the author of the book Management 3.0: Leading Agile Developers, Developing Agile Leaders, which describes the role of the manager in agile organizations. He has experience in leading a horde of 100 software developers, development managers, project managers, business consultants, quality managers, service managers, and kangaroos, some of which he hired accidentally. Jurgen gained master degree in Software Engineering at the Delft University of Technology.
Management is often ignored in the adoption of Agile software development. The usual messages are, "Self-organizing teams don't need managers," and "Management is an impediment," and "Managers are chickens." Unfortunately, these messages don't sell very well among managers. But the managers will have to pay the bills for Agile trainers and coaches. There are at least a hundred books for agile developers and project managers, but very few for agile managers and leaders. However, when organizations adopt agile software development, not only developers and project managers need to learn new practices. Development managers and team leaders must also learn a different approach to leading and managing organizations.
Several studies indicate that management is the biggest obstacle in transitions to agile software development. Managers need to learn what their new role is in software development organizations in the 21st century, and how to get the best out of Agile.
Maciej has experience as software developer and technical leader in IT and Telecom business. He was involved in Agile transformation of Nokia Siemens Networks LTE R&D from 2009. Currently he is working as Supporting Product Owner responsible for one of projects which is developed using agile approach. Maciej holds a master degree in Computer Science gained at Wroclaw University of Technology (Computer Networks and Systems) and diploma of Wroclaw School of Banking in Project Management. Maciej is also Certified Scrum Master.
Krystian has experience as software engineer, line manager and project manager in IT & Telecom business. He is employed by Nokia Siemens Networks (previously Siemens Communications) from 2003. From 2009 involved in Agile transformation of NSN LTE R&D, currently works as Requirement Area Manager (Product Owner). Krystian gained master degree in Computer Science at Wroclaw University of Technology, MBA at Wielkopolska Business School/Nottingham Trent University and Scrum Master Certification.
Maciej a Krystian will focus in their speech on some aspects of agile transformation of the Nokia Siemens Networks. They will follow issues that arise with agile transformation in large corporation and will shoe examples on case of NWS LTE R&D department. It includes:
Mette has been employed by the Norwegian public service pension fund (SPK) since 1993. The first 7 years as a systems developer and the last 10 years as a project manager. She has been one of the main resources in implementing agile development in SPK the last 3.5 years and is project manager for the 100 persons sitting in scrum teams in PERFORM. She has her education from Bergen Technical College and the University of Oslo both places with focus on systems development.
How to act as Product Owner and prioritize with 12 scrum teams? How to get 12 teams to work towards the same goal without messing things up for each other? How to manage quality and how to define Done? In the speech you can learn about all this and relevant technical issues – continuous integration, environment for testing, refactoring and technical debt.
The Norwegian public service pension funds project to implement a new system for calculating pensions and payment of pensions for 15 bilion NKR every year ($2.5 billion). The project has lasted 3 years and is to be finished in December 2011. There is 160 persons working fulltime in the project – 100 of them in scrum teams. By now we have systems for 500 000 project hours already in production. The budget for the project is 1 bilion NKR. ($170 million).
Jani has worked at the National Land Survey of Finland (NLS) for 2 years and has 6 years of project management experience. The Finnish Geoportal project led by Jani is the first software development project at NLS to utilize SCRUM together with outsourced resources. Jani holds a master's degree on Geography with focus on Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and is an IPMA-C level certified project manager.
The National Land Survey of Finland (NLS) is responsible for the majority of mapping and real estate related activities in Finland and has a strong in-house development unit employing 120 people.
Jani will give an overview of the challenges faced in traditional methods of software development and how Agile methods were called for the rescue.
It was not, however, trivial to deal with complexities of tendering legislation as well as the prevailing project culture at the NLS. Following the requirements of the INSPIRE directive and national legislation, the NLS is developing the Finnish National Geoportal called Paikkatietoikkuna.fi (translated as "spatial data window"). The pilot project started in 2009 and the first published version was developed by a multi-national software contractor using the traditional waterfall model.
As the project proceeded, it became apparent that especially in web development, using the latest open source technologies and tools that may change and develop very quickly, it is hard, or even unnecessary, to plan and design all the functionality ahead. Further, the requirements from INSPIRE legislation were repeatedly changed during the development process. Also, the traditional waterfall approach may become very expensive, as the software contractors often charge money when the requirements are changed, or even slightly altered.
In Finland and probably in many other European countries, the public procurement law is widely misunderstood in software contracting making agile approach practically impossible. However, as it turned out, the public procurement law can be fulfilled.
Paikkatietoikkuna.fi portal has been acknowledged as a significant success also outside of NLS. The portal won the Quality Innovation of the Year award 2010 in the category for public sector and non-profit corporations in a competition organized by Excellence Finland.
Jan Valdman graduated at University of West Bohemia in computer science, and later he achieved there also its doctorate. He works in the field of software development for about 15 years. During that period he experienced several roles – administrator, programmer, analyst, consultant, architect, project manager and also a few technical and sales functions at the side of suppliers, implementing teams and customers. In recent years he focuses on methodological part of the development issues. Jan understands agile methods as a trend, which step by step enters into daily operations of the companies. He works currently at DNS, where he is in charge of IBM products.
An epoch, when IBM was famous as a supplier of robust or heavy rigorous RUP methodology, became history long time ago. On the contrary, in recent years IBM intensively supports deployment of agile methodologies into corporate environment with its Jazz team platform. In short story we will have a look at methodical and philosophical attitude of IBM toward Agile and also at the third release of popular Rational Team Concert tool, which can be operated also in SCRUM mode.
Jarkko comes from R&D background, beginning as SW developer, then evolving to project manager, to scrum master, to product owner, and to agile coach. Jarkko has been involved with Agile methods for over three and a half years, during which time his organization on Nokia Siemens Networks has been going through its Agile transformation. Jarkko has acted as a agile coach for both individual teams and the whole organization, and helped them to improve their ways of working by applying correct agile methods for correct situations. Jarkko has a M.Sc degree in software engineering from Tampere University of Technology.
Jarkko from Nokia Siemens Networks will tell us what were the goals for the agile transformation of their department three years ago and when the agile transformation started. Further he will say which methods were chosen to achieve these goals. We will also discuss how the chosen approaches worked and what would we do differently now.
This presentation is for managers and other process oriented people who have decided to improve their software development methods who have become interested in Agile, but don't know where and how to start the change. Nowadays there is a number of different methods that are called agile, and these methods should be used based on what is wanted to be achieved.
Michal is one of first SCRUM Masters in Czech Republic and the only Certified Scrum Professional, founder of agile community and organizer of agile training system. He gained his experience in various managerial positions in Czech Republic and abroad. Recently he was managing director in Actum, where he focused his works on application of agile approaches in managing of company culture. Michal gained master degree in Electrical Engineering at University of Zilina, and MBA at Open University Business School in Milton Keynes.
Cultural difference, legal environment and education have significant influence to adoption of agile methodologies and training of leaders. Michal will show us what are principles of agile management and why there is difficult to implement them in Czech Republic. He will show cases, where implementation succeeded.
Christoph is a Certified Scrum Professional. He studied computer science at the University of Stuttgart putting the emphasis on Software Engineering. After this he worked for several companies in the financial area, practicing Software Engineering in different roles. Thus he can offer a broad knowledge in theory and practice. Since end of 2002 he is working for Allianz and since 2007 he is an agile trainer and coach at the Scrum Center of Allianz Germany.
Simon is Scrum coach and Certified Scrum Trainer based in Berlin. He's a partner and co-founder of ScrumCenter GmbH, a Munich based agile consulting company.
Dieter and Simon will summarize, what was achieved, what went wrong and where future is heading to in development department of Allianz insurance company in Germany. Visitors will learn how SCRUM implementation started and what problems had to be overcome by development and management teams when implementing SCRUM into large organization.