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Our regular meeting night is the first Tuesday of the month, except in January. Our next regular meeting is August 5. After that September 2.

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Welcome to the SeaSPIN Homepage! Our group is comprised of local practitioners, students, academics, and leaders in IT and Software Development. We meet monthly and invite you to join us!

This site includes meeting announcements and other resources for SeaSpin members. View our forums section for past presentations, event announcements, and other useful information.

Monthly SeaSPIN Meeting

Tuesday, August 5

Free and Open to the Software Engineering & IT Community

Rally Development, 135 Lake St South, Suite 100, Kirkland, WA 98033
Food & networking from 5:45 to 6:15 (munchies, soda)
Announcements from 6:15 to 6:30
Presentation from 6:30 to 7:45
Q & A from 7:45 to 8:15
Doors close at 8:30

Next speaker: Peter Moon

Presentation: Collaborative Design as a Practice:
   Five Principles for Fueling Innovation

When Apple's iPod turned the mobile music player market upside down, businesses, non-profits and governments started asking themselves whether Design, which proved so remarkably effective for products, could be applied to other domains, like process, strategy, business automation or organizations. Design thinking and design practices continue to hold great appeal, but the benefits have proved elusive. Many proven design practices, such as brainstorming, prototyping and user testing are incompatible with the sensibilities and conventions of traditional business processes, such as a bias for predictability, governance and analytical thinking.

Building and managing a design capability turns out to be anything but obvious. In this talk, Peter shares a pragmatic model for design and shows how it can flourish in conventional organizations to improve collaboration, agility and creativity.

Last meeting: Tuesday, July 1

Why your plane is late - Agile Risk Management:

Understanding the impact of risks and how to find the biggest bang for the buck
Troy Magennis

Many teams spend considerable time designing and estimating the effort involved in developing features but relatively little understanding what can delay or invalidate their plans. This session outlines a way to model and visualize the impact of delays and risks in a way that leads to good mitigation decisions. Understanding what risks and events are causing the most impact is the first step for identifying what mitigation efforts give the biggest bang for the buck. Its not until we put a dollar value on a risk or dependency delay that action is taken with vigor. 

Topics explored include

- How to estimate the impact of organizational design and dependency management

- How to get teams to identify and estimate impact of risks and delays

- How to identify risk and delays in historical data to determine impact and priority to resolve 

- How risks and delays compound and impact delivery forecasts, and what this means to forecasting staff and delivery dates


Speaker Bio

Troy Magennis has more than 20 years of experience in IT, software engineering, risk management, and quantitative analysis/modeling. He coaches and consults with organizations that want to transition to Agile to improve quality, time-to-market, and value via metric-driven programs, and assists them with risk mitigation and portfolio planning. He has worked with clients such as Walmart, the U.S. Department of the Treasury, and Siemens. Troy held a wide range of technical and executive management positions for global brands such as, Travelocity, Sabre, Corbis, Skype and Microsoft.

Troy received the Brickell Key Award for his work in forecasting and modeling Agile projects. He has held track chair positions for Agile and Lean conferences (Agile 2013 and Modern Management Methods 2014). Troy's most recent book, Forecasting and Simulating Software Development Projects, outlines many of the quantitative techniques he uses.

Rally Development, 135 Lake St South, Suite 100, Kirkland, WA 98033

For those Coming from Seattle, there is an easy transit solution: Bus 255

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