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.
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.
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I could not take pictures in the facility, but the following official video gives an good overview of Valpak and the manufacturing centre.
Some of the key items:
- The factory is built 18 feet above sea level and built to withstand category 4 hurricanes
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- Failover is built into the system – such as two print heads per press so that they can change the plates without stopping the printing
- Loose paper is sucked off the factory floor by vaccuums
- The coupons are wound onto rolls and then stored temporarily until needed for collation – these are also buffers for the process
- Automated robots move the rolls around, they are smart enough to recharge themselves as well
- The collation process is ordered to ensure they get the lowest postal prices, right down to the order the pallets are loaded onto the truck
- The process used to take 4 days and now is about 4 hours
- There are very few humans on the factory floor – just highly skilled workers for operations and machine repair
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