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Mind the Gaps, Agile's Vapid Advice

Agile Leadership Network Houston

Thursday, July 19, 2012 from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM (CDT)

Mind the Gaps, Agile's Vapid Advice

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Please note the change of speaker and topic for July due to a last minute cancellation.

Please also note by popular demand Agile Leadership Network Houston meetings have been extended by 30 minutes to bring you even more great content!

Meetings are now 6:00pm to 8:00pm (Networking 6:00pm - 6:30pm)


Too much of what we learn from Agile are nice sounding goals... that convey no advice. Take for example "prioritize your backlog". This advice is indeed excellent, but how do we do this and how do we know we've done a good job? Other examples are "collaborate with the customer", "retrospect!", and "have a business case", and "iterate/explore as you go". All of these are great... but Agile alone doesn't tell you how to actually do these things well.  The goal of this presentation is highlight these shallow areas in common Agile knowledge, and encourage by example people to look for more depth both inside the Agile world and further outside. The agenda starts with 1) introducing a few example of vapid advice, 2) describe a tool to judge how useful or vapid any goal is, 3) proceed to cases of vapid advice, with examples of how to fill in the gaps, 4) and finally wrap up with a call for more examples from the audience. 



John Heintz is a Technical Consultant with Cutter Consortium's Agile Project & Product Management practice. He is an experienced agile manager, particularly in lean and kanban. In 2008, Mr. Heintz founded Gist Labs to further focus on the essential criteria for innovative success. On a recent project, he coached a 100-person agile/lean game studio, helping the organization increase its throughput of game features per month while coordinating cross-team communication paths, resulting in a doubling of features in one year.  He is a regular speaker at industry events, including No Fluff Just Stuff (NFJS), Architecture and Design World, and Dallas JavaMUG, and is the Program Chair for Agile Austin. Mr. Heintz holds a BS in electrical engineering from the University of Michigan. He can be reached at consulting@cutter.com. 

Meeting Location

Sysco Corporation

1390 Enclave Parkway - Houston, Texas -                281-584-1390        

Please park in front of either Sysco building (1370 & 1390 Enclave Parkway).

If front lots are full, park on the street along Forkland Drive and walk around to the front entrance of 1390.

Also, due to construction, we suggest you avoid Eldride between I-10 and Memorial.


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When & Where

Sysco Corporation
1390 Enclave Parkway
Houston, 77077

Thursday, July 19, 2012 from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM (CDT)

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