Tasktop's Mik Kersten and Dave West to Share Insights on Open Source Best Practices and Agile ALM at Agile 2013

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Kersten and West to present best practices for advancing the value of Agile methodologies

Who: Mik Kersten
CEO and Co-Founder
Tasktop Technologies

Kersten is the CEO of Tasktop and lead of the Eclipse Mylyn open source project. His goal is to create the collaborative infrastructure needed to connect knowledge workers in the new world of software delivery. At Tasktop, he drives the strategic direction of the company, developing key partnerships and fostering a culture of customer-focused innovation

Dave West
Chief Product Officer
Tasktop Technologies

West is instrumental in building Tasktop into a transformative business that is driving major improvements in the software industry. He leads the strategic direction of the company’s product line and helps to define Tasktop’s market position. He is a former industry analyst at Forrester Research.

What: As Distributed As It Gets: 10 Agile Best Practices from Open Source
Speaker: Mik Kirsten
Monday, Aug. 5, 3:45 p.m. Central

Open source development combines distributed teams, resource constraints and an overload of end user input. Despite these challenges, the velocity of popular open source projects is measurably higher than that of their enterprise counterparts. The time has come to bridge the lessons learned from open source development with enterprise Agile. The session will begin with an examination of several successful open source projects and how Agile delivery facilitated the initiatives. In this talk, Kersten, creator of the Eclipse Mylyn project which now sees two million downloads/month, will review the overlap of open source approaches and Agile methods and highlight 10 best practices that Agile practitioners can apply to improve the collaboration and productivity of their teams. Each of the 10 best practices will be grounded in empirical data collected from Mylyn and other public open source projects hosted on Apache and GitHub.

Agile ALM – A Horror/Feel-Good/Fantasy Story
Speaker: Dave West
Thursday, Aug. 8, 10:45 a.m. Central

Application Lifecycle Management (ALM) is described as the application of business management to the practice of software delivery unifying the practices of management, requirements, development, test and release into an integrated lifecycle. ALM is traditionally connected to tools and thus for many Agile advocates is in direct contradiction to the principles of Agility. But, as Agile becomes mainstream and scales to teams of teams the application of traditional business management and tools to the practice of Agility is crucial. Agility must move out of the Agile ghetto to embrace rather than shun ALM. It is time to consider flow and transparency, the key tenants of ALM in the context of Agile. In this talk West will describe what Agile ALM looks like and how organizations need to concentrate on the manufacturing process of software delivery and maintenance. Introducing an end to end, tool and practice based approach that supports rapid feedback, improved flow and management discipline.

Where: Agile2013 Conference
Gaylord Opryland Convention Center
2800 Opryland Drive
Nashville, Tennessee 37214


Media Contact:

Joyce Bartlett

+1 781-771-3112