Upcoming Conference: AgileDotNet and the ALM Workshop

I've been spending some of my evenings and part of my weekends preparing for the AgileDotNet conference in Dallas on March 1st, I'm excited by the content being shared this year.  If you're looking for great agile training with industry experts, hunting answers to help your everyday work, or feel like you're climbing the agile mountain and stuck, AgileDotNet is for you!

AgileDotNet unites the worlds of .NET development and Agile methods, delivered by agilists passionate about providing superior content in unique settings.  Honestly, most of the sessions are equally applicable in any environment, regardless of the primary programming language being used, and the sessions in the Tools track will show how Microsoft tools can help support agility--it's not about tools for the sake of having tools.

This will be the fourth year of AgileDotNet, and the content will rock you! AgileDotNet brings developers, QA, scrum masters, project managers, and business leaders with all levels of experience to empowering and unique sessions across four tracks. You’ll return to work with the tools, motivation, and support to be more agile – as an individual and as part of a team.

#ADN13 is different from those past. Despite maintaining a high bar for great workshops and discussions, we realized there was a common theme among many of the most steadfast agile coaches and leaders trying to bring change within their enterprise.  The organizations are difficult to change.  Budgets, risks, unfamiliar territory, and planning are all excuses that point to one thing: the enterprise has trust issues.

At #ADN13, we will break the trust barrier down with a wrecking ball. You will learn from passionate field-tested agilists how to establish trust amongst the team, with management, and throughout the organization as a whole, regardless of the role you play.  I'll be co-presenting an advanced track session titled Eliminating Barriers: No More Us vs. Them that will talk about how to get your development teams collaborating with customers to build the right products and increase the agility of your organization.  Register now.

And as if the conference is not cool enough already with agile experts, Microsoft experts, and food trucks, Improving decided to up the game another notch. After the conference on Friday, there is a Saturday, March 2nd workshop at the Improving office--an Agile ALM with Microsoft Team Foundation Server Workshop. In this hands-on, mentored workshop, we will dive into how Visual Studio supports the Development process, the Quality Assurance process, and the Project Management process. We will have a full TFS environment, interactive labs, and instructors on hand for questions.

We will be breaking the day into the three segments.  Each section will include a free form section to bring your problems to the ALM Team at Improving and get some much needed answers.

  • Development Lifecycle Management is all about getting a streamlined routine that doesn’t hinder velocity and contributes to quality code. We will guide through developing, developer-testing, and deploying an application.
  • Agile Project Management can be quite challenging, and managing multiple projects even more so. We will dive into how to set and measure effective KPIs, automate reporting, and manage work items in an effective, logical, and visible way.
  • Quality Assurance Management is encapsulated in an agile environment able to effectively and quickly report on the status of the product. We will walk through defining test cases, writing test steps, recording automation, and enabling regression testing.

Join us on March 2nd and discover best practices around Agile ALM using Microsoft® Visual Studio and TFS. Bring your real-world problems for our on-site mentors.

Register Now!

Allison Pollard

I help people discover their agile instincts and develop their coaching abilities. As an agile coach with Improving in Dallas, I enjoy mentoring others to become great Scrum Masters, coaching managers to grow teams that deliver amazing results, and fostering communities that provide sustainability for agile transformations. In my experience, applying agile methods improves delivery, strengthens relationships, and builds trust between business and IT. A big believer in the power of community-based learning, I grew the DFW Scrum user group significantly over the five years I served as an organizer. I am also a Certified Professional Co-Active Coach, a foodie, and proud glasses wearer.