Agile is so old hat, all the cool kids are doing lean now!

Wednesday 30 June 2010, 18:30, refreshments available from 17:45

Richard Fennell, Engineering Director, Black Marble


There is a great deal in the IT press about Agile methodologies. The discussions are often painted as a black and white choice between Agile and more traditonal development methods. In this session I will discuss this whole area:

  • What are the main agile processes in use today
  • What are the key components that make up Agile methodologies
  • How do these relate to Lean processes
  • How these tools and techniques can be used to improve the quality of your software development process

About the speaker:

Richard is the Engineering Director of Black Marble Ltd a Microsoft Gold Partner based in the North of England. Black Marble specialises in BizTalk & SharePoint based business automation.

As Engineering Director Richard is responsible for the delivery of systems and tools to allow the company, and clients, to deliver solutions efficiently. All Black Mable’s development activity is underpinned by Microsoft Visual Studio Team System using an agile process model. Richard is a Microsoft MVP for Visual Studio ALM (nee Team System), a Typemock MVP and a Certified Scrum Master

He is a regular presenter at community events in the UK and Ireland (and the rest of the world given a chance) where his most common subject is software testing and the development process.

If you want to get in touch please use the contact form on his blog or follow his Twitter feed @RichardFennell

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