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Software SIG Meeting: Agile Methods  

Patrick Henry Library, Vienna; FDA Silver Spring; MITRE Bedford MA; MITRE Eatontow; MITRE Aberdeen,
Patrick Henry Library, 101 Maple Ave E, Vienna, VA 22180
FDA, Bld 66, room G512, 10903 New Hampshire Avenue, Silver Spring, MD
Various, Maryland

Oct 27, 2009    6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

  Agile Methods

by: Camille Bell

Tuesday October 27, 2009

Camille Bell is an agile coach and technologist.  Over the years Camille has seen tremendous change in software process from the Chaos of hack and debug to the Entropy and 'death by process' that Waterfall became. Ten years ago, Camille discovered Agile development practices, which collected the best development practices into a light weight practical solution to modern IT challenges.


More recently, Camille has been an Agile coach to multiple teams as part of a government agency agile transformation program across its enterprise. Camille brings this and other experiences to share with you in Real World Agility in the Trenches.


Title: What you must know about Agility now; and why


For our October meeting Camille Bell, a leading Washington area Agile practitioner and coach, will speak on "What you must know about know about Agility now and why you must know it". Camille will bring her real world experience as a change agent and Agile mentor in government and industry. During her presentation, Camille will cover such topics as:


       Why industry and government is switching to Agile software development.

       General characteristics of Agile processes.

       An overview of leading agile processes: Lean, Scrum, eXtreme Programming.

       Target audience to whom each process sold.

       Why that Agile process appeals most to that audience.

       Some key principles and benefits of each Agile process. 

       Some limitations of each Agile process.

       General challenges in adopting Agility.

       Business consequences of failing to adopt Agility.

       What you can do.

Camille has four decades of wide ranging experience: from ARPANET to social networking, from FORTRAN to Ruby on Rails, from solo development to teams of hundreds, from small startups to Fortune 5 corporations and US Government defense work. Camille has served in nearly every IT role from developer, tester and architect to manager, trainer and fiscal oversight and more. Camille has a BS in Computer Science from University of Maryland and an MS from Johns Hopkins.


6:30 PM Networking and Pizza(*)
7:00 - 8:00 PM Program
(*) There is no cost to attend at McLean and Silver Spring.


The presentation will originate at the FDA facility with video tele-conferencing (VTC):

Note the new building and room at the FDA.


MITRE, room 1N100

7515 Colshire Drive

McLean, VA 22102

host: Scott Ankrum

cell: 240-731-7581

FDA, Bld 66, room G512

10903 New Hampshire Ave

Silver Spring, MD 20993
host: James Simpson

cell: 240-429-3912



MITRE, room 1002

260 Industrial Way West

Eatontown, NJ 07724

host: Richard Eng

cell: 703-201-9112

MITRE, room 1M306

202 Burlington Rd (Rt. 62)

Bedford, MA 01730

host: Tim Rice

cell: 978-758-2704


If you can host another location via VTC, please contact Scott Ankrum (below)
Note:  Beginning with the October meeting, there will no longer be a free (800) dial-in number for remote users.  We will experiment with Skype.  More to come.
For details & driving directions, see the
October 2009 Software SIG Announcement


Registration Website: http://www.asq509.org/ht/d/DoSurvey/i/26913
You must register by noon on Monday, October 26.
If you cannot attend at any location, select telephone dial-in when you register.
To RSVP for FDA (Silver Spring), please indicate citizenship.  If not a US citizen, please provide your title, employer, and address.  Allow two business days for registration before the meeting. 

For registration problems or further information contact Scott Ankrum at: ankrums@mitre.org or 703-983-6127