UPA MN March 2010 Meeting: Products over Process: Advancing Agility with Design Thinking

  • 11 Mar 2010
  • 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
  • CoCo (a coworking space) - St Paul, MN


Speaker: David Hussman, DevJam

RSVP: By 5:00 p.m. on Monday March 8, 2010


CoCo (a coworking space)
213 4th St E.
4th Floor
St Paul, MN 55101

Directions and Parking

Program Agenda:

  • 6:00 pm: Registration and networking
  • 6:30 pm: Presentation and discussion

Refreshments: Hors D'oeuvres and Beverages Provided.

Program Details:

10 years into the agile movement, the mechanics of agile methods are known and have shown to advance delivery of software. In some cases, the process has overtaking its value(s), and the "working software" delivery has features but lacks a meaningful user experience.

This session will present the state of agile methods today and how they are interacting with and evolving from design thinking and design practices. We will discuss a series of conferences where agilists and designers have met and discussed better ways of producing meaningful products in a timely manner, or as someone once said, "building the right thing, the right way".

Speaker Bio:

David Hussman teaches and coaches the adoption and improvement of agility as a delivery tool. His work includes helping companies of all sizes all over the world. Sometimes he is pairing with developers and testers, while other times he is helping to invent, evolve and plan the delivery of all types of products and projects. David also spends a great deal of time helping leaders at all levels find ways to pragmatically use agility to foster innovation.

Prior to working as a full time coach, David spent years building software in a variety of domains: digital audio, digital biometrics, medical, financial, retail, and education to name a few. David now leads DevJam, a company composed of agile collaborators. As mentors and practitioners, DevJam focuses on agility as a tool to help people and companies improve their software production skills. DevJam provides seasoned leaders that strive to pragmatically match technology, people, and processes to create better and cooler products in competitive cycles.

Along with teaching and coaching, David participates in conferences around the world. He is the recipient of the Agile Alliance, 2009 Gordon Pask Award. David continuously contributes to books and various publications.

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