ALM Summit in Redmond – Nov 16 – 18

Brian Harry

This fall we will be holding an ALM Summit from November 16 to 18 on the Microsoft Campus in Redmond, Washington. The summit will bring industry leaders in application lifecycle management together with leading companies focused on using ALM to improve how their engineering and R&D resources deliver value and competitive advantage.  It’s a great opportunity to network with peers, share best practices and learn from experts. You’ll hear about Agile methodologies, software development in the Cloud, the future of Application Lifecycle Management and much more.  I be there and will keynote day 2 and discuss the roadmap that will extend to cover the needs of the organization beyond the development and test team, encompassing stakeholders and operations, in a distributed world of mixed on- and off-premises computing.  I’m really looking forward the opportunity to spend some time face to face with people who are passionate about advancing the state of the art of software development. The event will feature a host of interesting speakers who will share their passions with you, including Tony Scott, Microsoft’s CIO, Cameron Skinner, General Manager on the Visual Studio team, Ken Schwaber, a founding father of the Agile movement and the president of, Dave West, Senior Analyst at Forrester Research, Sam Guckenheimer, Partner Program Manager on the Visual Studio team, and the list goes on.  In addition to Microsoft and industry experts, you will also hear from companies.  Nordstrom and (a large UK-based price comparison website) will respectively discuss Agile adoption and best practices with automated development tools. I am expecting this to be the most exciting event on application lifecycle management we’ve ever seen! I would love to meet you there.  Go check out the agenda’s details on the summit’s website: Below is a summary of the agenda:

Day 1: Agile Acceleration Day

  • Scrum: The Third Decade – Ken Schwaber
  • ALM Adoption and Futures – Dave West
  • Heterogeneous ALM Environments – Jamie Cool
  • IT for the Future – Moving into the Cloud – Tony Scott
  • Achieving true ‘ALM’ through analytics – Stuart McGill
  • Using Failure to Pave the Path for Success – John Szurek
  • Scenario-Focused Engineering – Austina De Bonte
  • Agile transformation during acquisition – Chris Kinsman
  • Agile transformation of a Microsoft product team – Cameron Skinner

Day 2: Collaborative Development

  • From Individual to Team to Organization – Brian Harry
  • Making Continuous Delivery a Reality from Product Backlog to Virtual Lab – Amit Chopra
  • Successful software project management styles – Stephanie Cuthbertson
  • Increasing Revenue Opportunities with Automated Development Tools – Karel Deman
  • Extending the ALM Platform – Mario Cardinal
  • Connecting ALM to Developer Workflow: the Task-Focused Interface – David Green (Tasktop)
  • Synchronizing and migrating ALM enviroments – Grant Holliday
  • The Future of Collaborative Development – Mary Czerwinski

Day 3: Engaging the Whole Team

  • The Agile Consensus – Sam Guckenheimer
  • Introducing Agility into the Enterprise at Nordstrom – JB Brown
  • Testing Tools in an Agile World – Vinod Malhotra
  • Transcending Dogma: How are they different, really? – Eric Willeke
  • Shared Values – The Why of ALM – Jim Newkirk
  • Exploratory Testing – Jon Bach
  • Professional Scrum Developer Practices – Richard Hundehausen
  • Quality is the Soul of Agile – Peter Provost



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