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At AgilityFeat we are more than just designers and coders. We are also thought leaders. Our team has spoken at numerous conferences around the US, Europe, and Latin America. We are leading the way when it comes to applying agile methodologies to nearshore software development in Latin America. Our blog is where we share those lessons with you, as well as news about what our team is up to.

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AgilityFeat team wins Telestax Award at TADHack...

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Our WebRTC.ventures team participated at TADHack Chicago and won the Telestax award for our hack entry of an Apple Watch app that monitors your heart rate and notifies loved ones if you are having a heart attack. You can read the full post about o...

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AgilityFeat team wins Telestax Award at TADHack Chicago

Our WebRTC.ventures team participated at TADHack Chicago and won the Telestax award for our hack entry of an Apple Watch app that monitors your heart rate and notifies loved ones if you are having a heart attack. You can read the full post about our hack on our WebRTC.ventures site. To see a demo video […]

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Video: Raspberry Pi’s and Node.js

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Javascript is not just for the web! With Node.js you can run it on Raspberry Pi’s too. Allan Naranjo, who is a developer at AgilityFeat, has built kiosk applications using Node.js running on a Raspberry Pi. This month Allan gave a talk about...

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Video: Raspberry Pi’s and Node.js

Javascript is not just for the web! With Node.js you can run it on Raspberry Pi’s too. Allan Naranjo, who is a developer at AgilityFeat, has built kiosk applications using Node.js running on a Raspberry Pi. This month Allan gave a talk about what he’s learned at the HTML5 Developers Conference and the Internet of […]

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Announcing: Pi’s, Node, and Real-Time things

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                We are excited to announce that our resident node.JS guru, Allan Naranjo has been selected to speak at not one but two upcoming conferences in San Francisco. In October, Allan will be present...

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Announcing: Pi’s, Node, and Real-Time things

                We are excited to announce that our resident node.JS guru, Allan Naranjo has been selected to speak at not one but two upcoming conferences in San Francisco. In October, Allan will be presenting at the HTML5 Developers Conference as well as the Internet of Things Conference. Both […]

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Web RTC and Designing Realtime Experiences

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We are excited to announce that three members of the AgilityFeat Team were recently guests on The Web Platform Podcast. Mariana Lopez, Allan Naranjo and Arin Sime spent some time with the Web Platform Podcast crew discussing a broad range of topic...

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Web RTC and Designing Realtime Experiences

We are excited to announce that three members of the AgilityFeat Team were recently guests on The Web Platform Podcast. Mariana Lopez, Allan Naranjo and Arin Sime spent some time with the Web Platform Podcast crew discussing a broad range of topics related to Real Time Communications and Web RTC. The discussion begins with an […]

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HTML5DevConf Video: 6 Months with WebRTC

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Last May I had the pleasure of presenting at the HTML5DevConf in San Francisco. With me was David Alfaro, AgilityFeat co-founder, and Mariana Lopez, our UX lead. Also joining us remotely was Allan Naranjo, a software engineer at AgilityFeat and th...

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HTML5DevConf Video: 6 Months with WebRTC

Last May I had the pleasure of presenting at the HTML5DevConf in San Francisco. With me was David Alfaro, AgilityFeat co-founder, and Mariana Lopez, our UX lead. Also joining us remotely was Allan Naranjo, a software engineer at AgilityFeat and the development brains behind the application we presented. Our presentation focused on what we had […]

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Video: Mariana Lopez on Real-Time Interaction D...

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Last week our UX lead Mariana Lopez presented at the ModevUX conference in Washington DC on how to do interaction design for Real-Time applications. Below is the video from her talk – check it out to learn some best practices for your next r...

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Video: Mariana Lopez on Real-Time Interaction Design

Last week our UX lead Mariana Lopez presented at the ModevUX conference in Washington DC on how to do interaction design for Real-Time applications. Below is the video from her talk – check it out to learn some best practices for your next real-time or WebRTC application. Interaction Design for Real Time Applications – Mariana […]

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Real-Time Apps: Designing for the 4th Dimension

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Today Mariana Lopez gave a talk at the ModevUX conference in Washington DC to a packed room on UX and design considerations when building real-time web applications. The slides are available below, and we have also posted the key takeaways below. ...

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Real-Time Apps: Designing for the 4th Dimension

Today Mariana Lopez gave a talk at the ModevUX conference in Washington DC to a packed room on UX and design considerations when building real-time web applications. The slides are available below, and we have also posted the key takeaways below. Design for the 4th dimension: Real-time apps from Arin Sime Here are Mariana’s key […]

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NYC WebRTC presentation

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Back in April I had a lot of fun presenting on WebRTC at the New York City Node.js meetup. We met at the offices of Shutterstock in the Empire State Building, and I was the second of two presenters that evening. Despite the late hour, the group th...

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NYC WebRTC presentation

Back in April I had a lot of fun presenting on WebRTC at the New York City Node.js meetup. We met at the offices of Shutterstock in the Empire State Building, and I was the second of two presenters that evening. Despite the late hour, the group there asked a lot of great questions. Hakka […]

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MoDevUX Preview with Mariana Lopez

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We’re only a few short weeks away from MoDevUX and our UX Guru, Mariana Lopez sat down with the Jamie from MoDev to preview her session Design in the 4th Dimension: Interaction Design for Real Time Applications. This session is for designers...

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MoDevUX Preview with Mariana Lopez

We’re only a few short weeks away from MoDevUX and our UX Guru, Mariana Lopez sat down with the Jamie from MoDev to preview her session Design in the 4th Dimension: Interaction Design for Real Time Applications. This session is for designers, developers and project managers. Anyone who is designing or building real time applications […]

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AgilityFeat’s Mariana Lopez to Speak at MoDevUX...

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We’re very excited to announce that AgilityFeat’s resident UX rockstar, Mariana Lopez has been selected to speak at the upcoming MoDevUX 2014 Conference. The conference will be held on May 19th and 20th in McLean, Virginia. As you migh...

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AgilityFeat’s Mariana Lopez to Speak at MoDevUX 2014

We’re very excited to announce that AgilityFeat’s resident UX rockstar, Mariana Lopez has been selected to speak at the upcoming MoDevUX 2014 Conference. The conference will be held on May 19th and 20th in McLean, Virginia. As you might guess from the conference name, the conference will focus on user experience design for mobile applications. […]

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AgilityFeat to release book on Building Real-Ti...

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I’m very pleased to announce that our team is well into writing a book on how to build real-time web applications using WebRTC and publish/subscribe real-time messaging networks. I’ve been presenting this topic to user groups for a while now using...

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AgilityFeat to release book on Building Real-Time Web Applications

I’m very pleased to announce that our team is well into writing a book on how to build real-time web applications using WebRTC and publish/subscribe real-time messaging networks. I’ve been presenting this topic to user groups for a while now using a tool that we built in NodeJS and which showcases real-time messaging and WebRTC […]

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3 Things I hope you ask me at the Lean Startup ...

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I’m very excited next week to return to the Lean Startup Conference in San Francisco. Last year I was an Ignite speaker at the conference, and as I have said to many others since then, it was the best conference I’ve been to as both an...

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3 Things I hope you ask me at the Lean Startup Conference

I’m very excited next week to return to the Lean Startup Conference in San Francisco. Last year I was an Ignite speaker at the conference, and as I have said to many others since then, it was the best conference I’ve been to as both an attendee and a speaker. This year I have the […]

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Real time app preview at MoDevEast

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The future of web and mobile development is happening in real time. As real time data and communications become easier to integrate into applications, you will need to change the architecture and even business models of your applications to suppor...

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Real time app preview at MoDevEast

The future of web and mobile development is happening in real time. As real time data and communications become easier to integrate into applications, you will need to change the architecture and even business models of your applications to support it. Our team has built a variety of enterprise applications using real time messaging frameworks […]

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AgilityFeat at Lean Startup Conference

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We’re excited to announce that our resident rockstar, Arin will be make a repeat appearance at the Lean Startup Conference. He’s been asked to return to the conference, this time as mentor following his electrifying “Just Deploy ...

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AgilityFeat at Lean Startup Conference

We’re excited to announce that our resident rockstar, Arin will be make a repeat appearance at the Lean Startup Conference. He’s been asked to return to the conference, this time as mentor following his electrifying “Just Deploy It!” speech at the 2012 Lean Startup Conference. Tickets for the event are still available here.    

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5 reasons you’ll love to hate agile development

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If agile development were easy, everyone would be doing it. Or at least doing it better. On October 18th AgilityFeat CEO/Founder Arin Sime (that’s me) is presenting at InnovateVirginia on “5 reasons you’ll love to hate agile deve...

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5 reasons you’ll love to hate agile development

If agile development were easy, everyone would be doing it. Or at least doing it better. On October 18th AgilityFeat CEO/Founder Arin Sime (that’s me) is presenting at InnovateVirginia on “5 reasons you’ll love to hate agile development.” In this talk I go beyond the hype about faster and more efficient software development teams and […]

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AgilityFeat speaks on Real Time Messaging at Mo...

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I’m excited to announce that AgilityFeat’s own David Alfaro and Arin Sime will be speaking at MoDevEast in December in McLean, Virginia. MoDevEast is the premier East Coast mobile event spanning consumer and enterprise markets across a...

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AgilityFeat speaks on Real Time Messaging at Mo-Dev East

I’m excited to announce that AgilityFeat’s own David Alfaro and Arin Sime will be speaking at MoDevEast in December in McLean, Virginia. MoDevEast is the premier East Coast mobile event spanning consumer and enterprise markets across all platforms and disciplines. David and Arin will present “Pushing Real Time Info to Your Users” on Friday, December […]

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Video of “Just Deploy It!” from #LeanStartup Co...

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The Ignite talks at the Lean Startup Conference in San Francisco in December were a lot of fun, both as an attendee and as a speaker.  Below is the video of my talk on “Just Deploy It!”. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SEsk8Nfwfck In my talk, I foc...

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Video of “Just Deploy It!” from #LeanStartup Conference

The Ignite talks at the Lean Startup Conference in San Francisco in December were a lot of fun, both as an attendee and as a speaker.  Below is the video of my talk on “Just Deploy It!”. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SEsk8Nfwfck In my talk, I focused on 5 anti-patterns that I see regularly in companies who are not [...]

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Slides for “Just Deploy It!” from Lean Startup ...

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Here are the slides that I used last night at the Lean Startup Conference‘s Ignite talks.  I am indebted to Eric Ries and Sarah Milstein of The Lean Startup Conference for giving me the opportunity to present.  I have spoken at a good number of co...

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Slides for “Just Deploy It!” from Lean Startup Conference

Here are the slides that I used last night at the Lean Startup Conference‘s Ignite talks.  I am indebted to Eric Ries and Sarah Milstein of The Lean Startup Conference for giving me the opportunity to present.  I have spoken at a good number of conferences before and given a lot of talks, most of [...]

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@PV webinar video on Customer Development

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Yesterday the AgilityFeat team hosted a webinar with Patrick Vlaskovits, co-author of The Entrepreneurs Guide to Customer Development and the upcoming “The Lean Entrepreneur”. Patrick will be leading a workshop on customer development at AgilityFe...

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@PV webinar video on Customer Development

Yesterday the AgilityFeat team hosted a webinar with Patrick Vlaskovits, co-author of The Entrepreneurs Guide to Customer Development and the upcoming “The Lean Entrepreneur”. Patrick will be leading a workshop on customer development at AgilityFeat’s upcoming DareToBeLean workshop in Costa Rica (come join us!). After we gave an introduction to DareToBeLean, Patrick shared some insights [...]

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DareToBeLean Webinar with Patrick Vlaskovits on...

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Want to get a sneak peak at what to expect at the DareToBeLean conference? Well, here’s your chance! On November 15th at 12:30 EST, AgilityFeat will present a “fireside chat”, interwebs-style with Patrick Vlaskovits. You already know Patrick from ...

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DareToBeLean Webinar with Patrick Vlaskovits on Nov 15th!

Want to get a sneak peak at what to expect at the DareToBeLean conference? Well, here’s your chance! On November 15th at 12:30 EST, AgilityFeat will present a “fireside chat”, interwebs-style with Patrick Vlaskovits. You already know Patrick from his book, The Entrepreneur’s Guide to Customer Development. He’s written a new book called The Lean [...]

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Oct 26: News from the Startup Front

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In this week’s “news from the startup front”, here’s what our team of code commandos is reading, writing and watching: DareToBeLean Super Early Bird pricing ends October 31st! Join Patrick Vlaskovits for a free Customer Development webinar Nov 15t...

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Oct 26: News from the Startup Front

In this week’s “news from the startup front”, here’s what our team of code commandos is reading, writing and watching: DareToBeLean Super Early Bird pricing ends October 31st! Join Patrick Vlaskovits for a free Customer Development webinar Nov 15th Lederhosen and Lean Startups AgilityFeat presenting “Just Deploy It” at Ignite Lean Startup Conf in San [...]

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Lederhosen and #LeanStartups

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How are lederhosen, lean startups, and customer discovery related?  Let me tell you about my weekend in Boston, and I promise there is a connection. Startup Weekends and Lean Startup Machines Recently I was scheduled to be a Lean Startup Machine (...

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Lederhosen and #LeanStartups

How are lederhosen, lean startups, and customer discovery related?  Let me tell you about my weekend in Boston, and I promise there is a connection. Startup Weekends and Lean Startup Machines Recently I was scheduled to be a Lean Startup Machine (LSM) in Cambridge Massachusetts (Oct 12-14 2012).  It was my second failed attempt to [...]

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AgilityFeat Presenting “Just Deploy It” at Igni...

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I’m very pleased to say that I will be presenting an Ignite talk at the Lean Startup Conference in San Francisco in December.  I will talk about some anti-patterns that I see in software development for startups.  In short, my advice is to “Just D...

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AgilityFeat Presenting “Just Deploy It” at Ignite Lean Startup Conference

I’m very pleased to say that I will be presenting an Ignite talk at the Lean Startup Conference in San Francisco in December.  I will talk about some anti-patterns that I see in software development for startups.  In short, my advice is to “Just Deploy It!” and stop holding back so much.  Whether it’s a [...]

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Patrick Vlaskovits, “The Lean Entrepreneur” to ...

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Patrick Vlaskovits to lead Customer Development workshop at D2BL2013 3-day workshop to be held on the beach in Costa Rica Software development firm AgilityFeat is pleased to announce that Patrick Vlaskovits will be leading a full day workshop on c...

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Patrick Vlaskovits, “The Lean Entrepreneur” to kick-off DareToBeLean

Patrick Vlaskovits to lead Customer Development workshop at D2BL2013 3-day workshop to be held on the beach in Costa Rica Software development firm AgilityFeat is pleased to announce that Patrick Vlaskovits will be leading a full day workshop on customer development as part of DareToBeLean. Patrick is co-author of “The Entrepreneur’s Guide to Customer Development”, […]

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Announcing Dare To Be Lean!

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I hinted at it previously, but now the fancy landing page is ready and I am proud to invite you to join us in Costa Rica in early 2013 for an awesome 3 day hands on workshop for entrepreneurs! The workshop is called Dare To Be Lean, and you can le...

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Announcing Dare To Be Lean!

I hinted at it previously, but now the fancy landing page is ready and I am proud to invite you to join us in Costa Rica in early 2013 for an awesome 3 day hands on workshop for entrepreneurs! The workshop is called Dare To Be Lean, and you can learn more here: DareToBeLean.AgilityFeat.com We [...]

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AgilityCast: Introduction to Cucumber

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Today we held the first of many future “AgilityCasts”, where we record a short presentation by one of our team members on a topic related to agile software development, nearshore agile development in Costa Rica, or anything that suits our fancy. T...

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AgilityCast: Introduction to Cucumber

Today we held the first of many future “AgilityCasts”, where we record a short presentation by one of our team members on a topic related to agile software development, nearshore agile development in Costa Rica, or anything that suits our fancy. These sessions are meant to be pretty informal, and while we are using powerpoint, [...]

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Great agile event coming up on Feb 3rd at VGT i...

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I’m excited to be part of a great upcoming agile event in the Charlottesville area! VGT (Video Gaming Technologies) in Ruckersville is hosting an evening of agile in a few weeks in coordination with AgileCville and Impact Makers.  There going to b...

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Great agile event coming up on Feb 3rd at VGT in Ruckersville

I’m excited to be part of a great upcoming agile event in the Charlottesville area! VGT (Video Gaming Technologies) in Ruckersville is hosting an evening of agile in a few weeks in coordination with AgileCville and Impact Makers.  There going to be multiple speakers, free food, and this event is being promoted in Richmond as [...]

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Failure Pattern Poker at @AgileIowa

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Would competition in a game help create engagement and conversation, or stifle the conversation in favor of “one-ups man ship”? That was one of the questions that came up when I led a session of Agile Failure Pattern Poker last month at the Agile ...

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Failure Pattern Poker at @AgileIowa

Would competition in a game help create engagement and conversation, or stifle the conversation in favor of “one-ups man ship”? That was one of the questions that came up when I led a session of Agile Failure Pattern Poker last month at the Agile Iowa meeting. I’ve played this game in a few settings now, [...]

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Speaking on Agile Estimation at #AgileDC

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Are you looking for an inexpensive way to learn agile methods?  Improve your agile engineering practices?  Or learn about how agile methods are being employed in government?  AgileDC is the place for you! I’m very pleased to be speaking on Agile E...

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Speaking on Agile Estimation at #AgileDC

Are you looking for an inexpensive way to learn agile methods?  Improve your agile engineering practices?  Or learn about how agile methods are being employed in government?  AgileDC is the place for you! I’m very pleased to be speaking on Agile Estimation techniques at AgileDC on Wednesday Oct 26 at the Kellogg Conference Hotel in [...]

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Speaking at #InnovateVA2011 Sept 16th

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The Innovate Virginia conference will be held in Richmond, Virginia, on Friday September 16th, and I am proud to be one of the speakers there.  It will be an excellent one-day conference bringing together many excellent speakers in a cost effectiv...

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Speaking at #InnovateVA2011 Sept 16th

The Innovate Virginia conference will be held in Richmond, Virginia, on Friday September 16th, and I am proud to be one of the speakers there.  It will be an excellent one-day conference bringing together many excellent speakers in a cost effective and local setting perfect for the many teams around Virginia who are learning about [...]

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#AgileCville recap: Agile for Newbies

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This past Tuesday at AgileCville we had a series of lightning talks on “Agile for Newbies.”  The meeting went very well, and I’ll provide a brief recap of it here. Thanks go to RallySoftware, who sponsored the meeting this month and provided pizza...

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#AgileCville recap: Agile for Newbies

This past Tuesday at AgileCville we had a series of lightning talks on “Agile for Newbies.”  The meeting went very well, and I’ll provide a brief recap of it here. Thanks go to RallySoftware, who sponsored the meeting this month and provided pizza, and also provided their Iteration Planning guides as handouts.  Their guides were [...]

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Speaking at Verify/ATI conference on Agile Testing

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On Wednesday September 28th, I’ll be speaking at the Verify/ATI Conference 2011 in Arlington Virginia at the Crowne Plaza Hotel. According to the recently published schedule at the VerifyATI website, I’m in the 2:15-3:15 time slot. I&#...

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Speaking at Verify/ATI conference on Agile Testing

On Wednesday September 28th, I’ll be speaking at the Verify/ATI Conference 2011 in Arlington Virginia at the Crowne Plaza Hotel. According to the recently published schedule at the VerifyATI website, I’m in the 2:15-3:15 time slot. I’ll be leading a session in the Automated Tools & Implementations section on “Continuous Automated Browser Testing With Selenium […]

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Agile 101 for business students

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Yesterday I had the great pleasure of speaking to two undergrad business classes at the University of Virginia’s McIntire School of Commerce.  The students are primarily accounting and finance majors, with a few engineering majors thrown in ...

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Agile 101 for business students

Yesterday I had the great pleasure of speaking to two undergrad business classes at the University of Virginia’s McIntire School of Commerce.  The students are primarily accounting and finance majors, with a few engineering majors thrown in for good measure.  I provided an overview of Agile methods to the class, and we did an exercise […]

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