Agile Maine October Meetup - Technical Debt is a Business Problem

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Unum

2211 Congress St

Portland, ME 04103

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Technical Debt is a Business Problem

Technical debt, one of the key drivers of slow delivery, is rarely understood by non-technical business people. Even rarer are companies who have a strategy for investing in its reduction, which has been jointly agreed to by both business and technology groups. Debt is viewed as a problem for technology to address, not a systemic issue. Unfortunately, this leads to longer cycle times, higher costs, and lengthy time-to-market. The DevOps focus on continuous improvement is displaced by behavior that leads to continuous worsening. For companies to improve, the reduction of technical debt must be understood and addressed as a systemic issue.

If you are a Product Owner or in Product Management, this session will help you learn more about technical debt and its consequences. If you are in a technical role, and well aware of technical debt, this presentation will give you material that you can use to help educate your business partners. You’ll be provided with a copy of the presentation which you are free to adapt for use in your organization.
  • What is Technical Debt
  • What causes continuous worsening?
  • Building a technical-debt-savvy culture

Location: Unum - 2211 Congress St, Portland, Maine

Date: Wednesday, October 9, 2019

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  • 5:00 to 5:30 pm - Networking and Food
  • 5:30 to 7:00 pm - Presentation and Q&A
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Bob Fischer works with organizations that have found agility to be essential to their ability to not only survive but to thrive in a time of rapid change, technology upheaval and intense competition. His systemic approach enables companies to look across their whole organization to envision, design, build and deliver high value products to existing customer and new markets.

Prior to becoming an organizational agility consultant, Bob was a Vice President at Fidelity Investments, which included responsibility for the deployment of Agile to over 400 people, including both coaching at the team and program level as well as working with functional groups not directly involved in Agile such as Finance, HR, and Process Ownership. The cultural change included getting agreement between the Business Unit President, CIO, CFO, and the head of Product Development on a common strategy for deploying Agile. Bob was also an organization-wide catalyst at Fidelity, helping to broaden the deployment of Agile across the larger organization.

Mr. Fischer has over 30 years in IT, with a wide range of roles and responsibilities and is credentialed as a SAFe Program Consultant (SPC).

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