Mary Poppendieck to Discuss Advanced Agile

LOS ALAMITOS, Calif., 22 January, 2010 – Mary Poppendieck, author of the award-winning book “Lean Software Development,” and Colin Doyle, a customer requirements manager at MKS, will be discussing advanced agile development in a free IEEE Computer Society webinar scheduled for 3 February.

The hour-long webinar will begin at 11 a.m. PST/2 p.m. EST/19:00 GMT. To register for “Advanced Agile: Beyond the Low-Hanging Fruit,” visit

Poppendieck started her career as a process control programmer, moved on to manage the IT department of a manufacturing plant, and then ended up in product development, where she managed products and the entire department. She was prompted to come up with a new paradigm for software development after leaving the corporate world for a government software project and encountering the term “waterfall.”

“Lean Software Development” argues that the lean principles from manufacturing offer a better approach to software development. Poppendieck and her husband Tom co-wrote a second book on the subject, “Implementing Lean Software Development.” A popular writer and speaker, Poppendieck continues to bring fresh perspectives to the world of software development.

Doyle has more than 25 years experience in systems engineering and software development, in fields as diverse as avionics, satellite communications, medical devices, precision laser systems, and enterprise content management. He has worked on both plan-driven and agile projects, ranging from classic waterfall method, following the DOD-STD-2167A and DO-178B standards, to scrum and extreme programming.

As customer requirements manager, he oversees the MKS Integrity platform for application lifecycle management, focusing on processes and practices. As part of that role, he is actively involved with agile user groups in both Kitchener-Waterloo and Toronto. Colin has a bachelor of applied science degree from the University of Toronto and a MBA from Wilfrid Laurier University.

The webinar will examine:
• Failure demand – what it is, what causes it, and why you have to get rid of it
• Workflow – how it’s different than scheduling and why it’s more important than deadlines
• Waste – how policies can actually cause waste
• Relentless improvement – taking retrospectives to the next level.

About the Computer Society

With nearly 85,000 members, the IEEE Computer Society is the world’s leading organization of computing professionals. Founded in 1946, and the largest of the 39 societies of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), the Computer Society is dedicated to advancing the theory and application of computer and information-processing technology, and is known globally for its computing standards activities.

The Computer Society serves the information and career-development needs of today’s computing researchers and practitioners with technical journals, magazines, conferences, books, conference publications, and online courses. Its Certified Software Development Professional (CSDP) program for mid-career professionals and Certified Software Development Associate (CSDA) credential for recent college graduates confirm the skill and knowledge of those working in the field. The CS Digital Library (CSDL) is an excellent research tool, containing more than 250,000 articles from 1,600 conference proceedings and 26 CS periodicals going back to 1988.

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