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Colloquium - Nies and Weston

ECCR 265

Best Ways To Solve Hard Problems: Applying Agile Principles
Zachary T. Nies
Rally Software Development Corp.
Rachel Weston
Rally Software Development Corp.

We believe Agile is the best way to solve hard problems in a team -- and that we need teams to solve hard problems.

Computer science researchers and developers are all working on hard problems. The concepts in this talk will give insights into how to make work more effective. We will present how others have made 4x improvements in visibility, productivity, quality, or time to market for their solutions to hard problems.

We will consider several models underlying Agile practices including:

  • Conditions in which hard problems exist (Cynefin, Lean Startup)

  • How humans respond effectively in these situations (Systems thinking, Tuckman team model)

  • Tools humans can use to make sense of the problems and situations (Lean models, divergent-convergent thinking model, consensus checks, change models)

The speakers provided a copy of their slides after the conclusion of the talk.

The Department holds colloquia throughout the Fall and Spring semesters. These colloquia, open to the public, are typically held on Thursday afternoons, but sometimes occur at other times as well. If you would like to receive email notification of upcoming colloquia, subscribe to our Colloquia Mailing List. If you would like to schedule a colloquium, see Colloquium Scheduling.

Sign language interpreters are available upon request. Please contact Stephanie Morris at least five days prior to the colloquium.

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