Episode 154: Agile Rocket Science with Dr. Anita Sengupta

The Agile Revolution Podcast

Craig is at YOW! West in Perth and sits down with Dr. Anita Sengupta, a rocket scientist and aerospace engineer at NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory (and since this interview was recorded now a Senior Vice President at Hyperloop One). They geek out talking about space exploration as well as the important topic of diversity:

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Agile Alliance Announces deliver:Agile 2019 Program

Today Agile Alliance is pleased to announce the program for its annual technical conference, deliver:Agile 2019. Formerly known as the Agile Alliance Technical Conference, the event is tailored to software developers who want to learn more about emerging Agile technical practices. It will be held April 29 – May 1 at the Sheraton Music City Hotel in Nashville, Tennessee.

Source: Agile Alliance Announces deliver:Agile 2019 Program

Andrea Goulet and Jeff Sussna to Keynote deliver:Agile 2018 Conference

The deliver:Agile 2018 conference program committee is pleased to announce Andrea Goulet and Jeff Sussna as the keynote speakers for this year’s conference in Austin.

Source: Andrea Goulet and Jeff Sussna to Keynote deliver:Agile 2018 Conference

Agile 2017 Keynote: Creating Leadership and Engagement at Every Level

At the recent Agile 2017 conference in Orlando, David Marquet, retired Navy captain and author of best selling book “Turn The Ship Around!” gave an entertaining keynote on intent-based leadership.

Source: Agile 2017 Keynote: Creating Leadership and Engagement at Every Level

Dr. Anita Sengupta to Keynote AATC2017

The AATC2017 program committee is pleased to welcome Dr. Anita Sengupta as the closing keynote speaker for this years conference in Boston. Her keynote ‘Engineering the Red Planet’ will discuss the challenges and out of the box thinking required to explore Mars, a topic she knows a little something about as an engineer on the team that designed the 70-foot parachute that slowed the descent of the Curiosity rover so it could land safely on Mars in 2012!

Source: Dr. Anita Sengupta to Keynote AATC2017

Ron Jeffries, Chet Hendrickson, Anita Sengupta to Keynote Agile Alliance Technical Conference 2017

aatc2017Press release for the AATC2017 conference that I am a co-chair for with Brian Button. I am (apparently) quoted in the release as well!

Second annual event in Boston, Massachusetts tailored to Agile software developers will explore current and emerging technical practices

PORTLAND, Ore., Jan. 25, 2017 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — Agile Alliance today announced the program for the Agile Alliance Technical Conference (#AATC2017). The event, to be held April 19 – 21 in Boston, Massachusetts, will focus on new advances, new challenges and new directions in Agile Software Development as applied to today’s technical work.

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This highly-anticipated event will feature keynotes by Ron Jeffries, (RonJeffries.com), Chet Hendrickson, (HendricksonXP) and Dr. Anita Sengupta (NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory).

Other speakers include Bridget Kromhout (Pivotal), Robert “Uncle Bob” Martin (CleanCoder.com), Ron Quartel (Premera Blue Cross), Declan Whelan (Leanintuit), Craig Buchek (BoochTek), Doc Norton (CTO2), Fred George (Fred George Consulting), James Grenning (Wingman Software), Kent Graziano (Snowflake Computing), Jeff Langr (Langr Software Solutions), Jeff Morgan (LeanDog), Stephen Vance (EBG Consulting), Zachary Shaw (Brightcove), Llewellyn Falco (Spun Laboratories), (Kief Morris (ThoughtWorks), Arlo Belshee (Industrial Logic), Pete Cheslock (Threat Stack), Rebecca Skinner (Asteris, LLC), David Grabel (Emergn/Vistaprint), Brian Haggard (Emerson Electric), Sam Livingston-Gray (Real Geeks, LLC), Rebecca Wirfs-Brock (Wirfs-Brock Associates), Andrea Goulet (Corgibytes), Woody Zuill (Independent), Laura Bell (SafeStack), Alex Freire (Industrial Logic), Alan Shalloway (Net Objectives), Daniel Bryant (Spectoabs/OpenCredo), Terran Melconian (Independent), Josh Long (Pivotal), Dave Farley (Independent), Michael Feathers (R7 Research and Conveyance), Brian Felton (Emerson Climate Technologies), Giorgio Natili (GN Studio) and Alan Shreve (ngrok.com).

The three-day conference is built around three themes: Core Technical Practices, Team Technical Practices, and Technical Practices at the Organizational Level. It will explore topics such as new and updated core development practices; integration of user experience (UX) principles; advances in testing practices and automation; the evolution of tools and techniques that bridge development, deployment and operations; and the growing importance of Big Data across the entire spectrum of activities.

“Agile is now a multi-disciplinary field that includes Developers and QA, of course, and also UX Designers, Infrastructure Engineers, Data Scientists, Cloud Specialists and more,” said Brian Button, Co-Chair, Agile Alliance Technical Conference 2017. “This conference will explore the wealth of new Agile tools and techniques, new patterns and practices.”

“Practitioners from all involved disciplines will gather at AATC2017 to address new advances, new challenges and new directions, to learn from world-class experts, and to practice our craft together,” said Craig Smith, Co-Chair, Agile Alliance Technical Conference 2017. “It will be an immersive and deeply engaging experience which unites engineering and architectural ideas under the umbrella of Agile thinking.”

Group discounts are available.

For more information and to register for the event, please visit the Agile Alliance website.

About Agile Alliance

Agile Alliance is a nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting the concepts of Agile software development as outlined in the Agile Manifesto. With nearly 35,000 members and subscribers around the globe, Agile Alliance is driven by the principles of Agile methodologies and the value delivered to developers, organizations and end users. Agile Alliance organizes and supports events to bring the Agile community together on a global scale.

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Pam Hughes
Marketing Chief, Agile Alliance
+1 971.204-8989

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The Themes Behind AATC2017

agile-logo-4c-allianceLearn about the Agile Alliance Technical Conference 2017 themes we used to organize our speaker search for the event in Boston, April 19-21, 2017: Core Technical Practices, Team Technical Practices, and Technical Practices at the Organizational Level.

Source: The Themes Behind AATC2017

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Agile 2016 Keynote: Modern Agile

InfoQAt the recent Agile 2016 conference in Atlanta, Joshua Kerievsky, CEO of Industrial Logic and author of ‘Refactoring to Patterns’ gave a thought provoking keynote around the idea of Modern Agile.

Modern Agile WheelSource: Agile 2016 Keynote: Modern Agile

Agile Alliance Elects 2017 Board of Directors (and I am one of them!)

Agile AllianceI was honoured to be elected to the Agile Alliance Board of Directors at the recent Agile 2016 conference in Atlanta. My term commences in January 2017. I have always been a supporter of the many initiatives that are run by the Agile Alliance and I am looking forward to continuing the great work of building the Agile community.

This is the press release from the Agile Alliance:

Slate overwhelmingly approved at annual member meeting during Agile2016 conference

Portland, Ore, August 4, 2016 — Agile Alliance, a global nonprofit organization committed to advancing Agile development principles and practices, today announced that it has overwhelmingly approved the slate of candidates put forth for the 2017 Board of Directors. The board — comprised of Agile thought leaders from a variety of backgrounds — shares its passion to deliver software better every day with Agile professionals around the world.

Results for the 2017 election were reported to the Agile Alliance membership by Board Secretary Shane Hastie at the annual membership meeting held July 27 at Agile2016, the organization’s annual North American conference at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Atlanta, Georgia.

The Agile Alliance membership elected three members to two-year terms on the Board of Directors – Juan Banda (Bolivia) was re-elected, and Ellen Grove (Canada) and Craig Smith (Australia) were newly-elected. All three will assume their board seats on January 1, 2017.

  • Juan Banda founded Percella, an Agile consulting and training company headquartered in Cochabamba, Bolivia. He is passionate about serving his team, clients and community by building beautifully crafted software. Banda has served on the board since 2013.
  • Ellen Grove hails from Canada. She is an Agile coach and trainer at Agile Partnership in Montreal where she helps teams to do better work by coaching them to create the circumstance in which they can work most productively and effectively.
  • Craig Smith is an Agile coach and director at Unbound DNA, a consulting company in Brisbane, Australia. An Agile practitioner for more than ten years, he is one of his country’s heaviest contributors to the local Agile community. Craig was on the program team for last year’s Agile Alliance Technical Conference.

 

Other 2017 board members include Rebecca Parsons (Chair, USA), Linda Cook (Treasurer, USA), Declan Whelan (Canada), Stephanie Davis (USA), Victor Hugo Germano (Brazil), Paul Hammond (England), and Phil Brock (Managing Director, USA). The board wishes to thank outgoing members Ola Ellnestam (Sweden) and Shane Hastie (Secretary, New Zealand) for their years of service in furthering Agile Alliance’s goals.

About Agile Alliance

Agile Alliance is a nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting the concepts of Agile software development as outlined in the Agile Manifesto. With nearly 33,000 members and subscribers around the globe, Agile Alliance is driven by the principles of Agile methodologies and the value delivered to developers, organizations and end users. Agile Alliance organizes the annual North American Agile20xx Conference, the industry’s premier event that attracts practitioners, academia, business and vendor-partner community members worldwide.

Media Contact

Pam Dyer
Marketing Chief, Agile Alliance

This was my candidate statement for the slate:

Craig Smith (Australia)

I have been active in the IT industry for over 20 years covering many roles within software development and testing lifecycle. I have been an Agile practitioner for over 10 years as an Agile Coach and accredited trainer. I am an organiser of the Agile Brisbane Meetup Group, a long-term advisor to the Agile Australia conference, director of the YOW! development conference in Australia, co-host of the Agile Revolution podcast and an Agile Editor for InfoQ, I have contributed to a large number international conferences as both a speaker as well as behind the scenes in numerous program committee roles. I have spent many years contributing to the growth of the Agile community in Australia with a primary aim of helping teams deliver quality outcomes.

The role of the Agile Alliance is to support those who explore and apply Agile principles and practices to make the software industry productive, humane, and sustainable. I believe that we need to continue to encourage new and innovative ways to help the worldwide Agile community grow whilst helping spread the values, principles and practices to other disciplines that wish to learn and adapt approaches to agility in their respective domains.

Agile has continuous improvement at its heart and a core challenge for the Agile Alliance is to bring the combination of process and technical practices closer together whilst looking further left and right to the upstream business and downstream users. As a board member, I hope to represent the thoughts and direction of the worldwide Agile community in all of its forms and continue to ensure that the original values and principals are upheld.