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[North Meeting] February 4th – Complexity Theory and Why Waterfall Development Works (Sometimes)

Where:  Axosoft    (Google Map)

13835 N. Northsight Boulevard #205
Scottsdale, AZ 85260

Agenda:
6:00 -  Registration – Food and Drink (Infusionsoft Sponsoring)
6:25 -  Announcements
6:30 -  Begin the Meeting
8:00 -  Closing Messages and Announcements

PLEASE REGISTER - If you are already a member of the Phoenix Scrum User’s Group, you have already received an email about this event, just select the “Registration Link” in that email.  If you’ve not received that email, please sign-up (on the right), and we’ll get it out to you!!

Topic Overview:  Complexity Theory and Why Waterfall Development Works (Sometimes)

A huge debate rages on in IT these days. There are two rival camps – traditionalists who subscribe to the “waterfall” methodologies and agilists. Most recent evidence suggests that agile methodologies have an edge in project success rates but the traditional methods are still widely practiced and do result in some project successes. There are reasons for the successes of agile and traditional projects that can be explained by complexity theory. This presentation will examine some interesting information about waterfall and agile methodologies and show why complexity theory can help us to predict the relative success (and failure) of applying these methodologies to software development projects.

Speaker Bio: Larry Apke

Larry Apke has over 6 year’s real-world experience as a scrum master, agile coach, consultant and software development manager and over 15 years of total IT experience with his own and other companies. His passion is to help people create high-quality software on a regular basis. He is a regular speaker on Agile topics, an active member of Agile user groups, founder of the San Antonio Agile Coffee. He currently works as an Agile Coach and Principal Consultant for Mindtree.

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