Engineering Leadership SIG: Kill Agile




    Topic: Kill Agile

    Speaker: John Levy, Principal, John Levy Consulting

    WIIFM:  Agile is poised to take over the world of software development.  Or is it?  As Agile initiatives are launched in large corporations, the entrenched bureaucracies and old leaders fight back actively and passively.  Learn what weapons they have for killing your Agile initiatives and how you can outmaneuver them so that Agile rules.


    Program Description–Begins promptly @ 7 PM

    John will discuss how to succeed with Agile in an enterprise:

    ·         Launch Agile: Leveraging from a highly visible failure, and with executive support, start an Agile project in one corner of the enterprise.

    ·         Deliver value   Build on the team’s growing velocity to wow the customers with software that works, willingness to change, and “no surprises.”

    ·         Be prepared for the reaction   Expect resistance and active opposition from all corners.  Recruit allies and keep selling the results.

    ·         Rebuild executive support and move Agile into new areas of IT.  Keep teaching the lessons of agility.


    About the Speaker:  John Levy, Principal, John Levy Consulting

    John Levy is a management consultant who helps organizations manage product development to get consistent, predictable andinnovative results. John has held engineering management positions with Quantum Corp., Apple Computer, Tandem Computers, and Digital Equipment Corporation.  He earned a Ph.D. in Computer Science from Stanford, and holds engineering degrees from Cornell and CalTech.  John is currently writing a book on management for technology executives titled “Get Out of the Way.”  For two years, he co-produced a weekly radio show on technology and computers, West Marin Tech, broadcast on KWMR in Point Reyes Station. He acts as an expert witness in patent litigation related to computer, software and Internet technologies, and has been a technical advisor to two U.S. District Court judges.  His website is and he can be reached at 415 663-1818 or [email protected]



    SPECIAL:  7:10 – 7:20   Introduce delegates from a NASSCOM Indian delegation of about 12-15 people


    7:10 – 8:20      Keynote & Q&A.

    8:20 – 8:30      Announcements, including next month’s topic and speaker.

                            Remind people about next month’s topic.

    8:30 – 8:45      Close and release people to informal networking.

    8:45 – 10:00    Optional dinner with a smaller group and the speaker if they can join us.

    Cost:  $15 at the door for non-SD Forum members. No charge for SD Forum members



    Building D
    Southern Cross Room
    3410 Hillview Avenue
    Palo Alto, CA 94304



    6:30pm - 7:00pm - Registration
    7:00pm - 8:30pm - Presentation



    $15 at the door for non-SDForum members
    No charge for SDForum members

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