Adopting Software Process Models: Risks, Rewards and a Reality Check!



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    Adopting Software Process Models: Risks, Rewards and a Reality Check!

    There is increasing industry buzz in software development concerning the cost/benefits associated with adoption of formal software engineering process methods. The web offers a seemingly endless brew of process methods, styles, tools, industry consortiums, and an alphabet soup of commercial approaches (RUP, EssUP, XP, Agile, OpenUP, Scrum, Waterfall, etc.) as solutions to the most vexing software engineering problems. Where’s the truth in this, and what are some of the key lessons learned thus far?

    Our July meeting will explore the practical issues around software engineering process methods with a panel of distinguished industry thought leaders and practitioners representing the popular process methods in broad use today.

    We are very excited to hear from experts on the pragmatics, risks and cost /benefits that every business should be aware of in moving toward adoption of formal methods and software engineering best practices. We’ll be exploring basic questions such as:

    • Why should I care about formal software development process? Our ad hoc methods work just fine.
    • What are the key criteria for considering appropriate models?
    • What are the key characteristics and differences of the most popular process models?
    • How do I gauge the return on investment?
    • What are the common risks and pitfalls in process adoption, and how do I avoid them?
    • Is there a low-cost, low-risk method of testing viability of process in my organization?
    • How can I determine the readiness of my organization and plan accordingly?

    If you are involved in moving toward formal process implementation in your organization, or simply interested to learn about current “best practices” in software engineering, this event is not to be missed! 


    Alan Shalloway is the founder and CEO of Net Objectives. With 35+ years of experience, Alan is an industry thought leader, trainer and coach in the areas of Lean Software Development, The Lean-Agile Connection and using Design Patterns in agile environments. Alan has developed training and coaching methods for Lean-Agile that have helped his clients achieve long-term, sustainable productivity gains using the methods. He is a popular speaker at prestigious conferences worldwide as well as a trainer/coach. He is the primary author of Design Patterns Explained: A New Perspective on Object-Oriented Design and is currently co-authoring three books in the software development area. He is a certified ScrumMaster and has a Masters in Computer Science from M.I.T.

    Alex Rush is an independent software engineering professional with over 20 years industry experience. Prior to founding ExperShare, LLC in 1999, Alex held executive positions with KPMG Peat Marwick, Computer Sciences Corporation and Agilent Technologies. Alex’s current work with ExperShare is focused largely on software engineering process improvement including pragmatics of formal and lightweight process methods. Alex has developed a portfolio of successful projects over the years in a variety of industry segments including financial services, telecommunications, biotechnology, manufacturing, and semiconductor testing.


    6:30 p.m. - 7:15 p.m. Registration and Networking

    7:15 p.m. - 8:15 p.m. Presentation

    8:15 p.m. -8:45 p.m. Audience Q&A


    San Rafael Corporate Center

    Tamalpais Room

    750 Lindaro

    San Rafael, CA 94901


    Price*- SofTECH & SDForum members are free but please register
    $15 Non-members $20 at the door for non-members who did not register in advance