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Agility - Not Enough? Too Much? Trying to Find Just Right

Tim Lister

February 23, 2017


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Many of us realized quickly that an agile I.T. project would have limited success if the rest of the organization were unwilling, or unable, to run along side as true partners. On the other hand, what does it mean for an entire organization to be agile? Clearly it can only have meaning for a specific organization; there can be no “standard definition.”

In this talk, Tim Lister will offer several ways for us to think about which parts of the organization might benefit the most from an agile strategy, and which parts of the organization would have little benefit and increased risk with an agile approach.

About Tim

Tim ListerTim Lister is a software consultant at the Atlantic Systems Guild, Inc., based in the New York office. He divides his time between consulting, teaching, and writing. Tim is a co-author with his Guild partners of Adrenalin Junkies and Template Zombies: Understanding Patterns of Project Behavior, (Dorset House, 2008), He, is also co-author with Tom DeMarco of Waltzing With Bears: Managing Risk on Software Projects (Dorset House, 2003.) Both books won Software Development magazine’s Jolt Award as General Computing Book of the Year, for 2003-2004, and 2008-2009. Tim and Tom are also co-authors of the classic Peopleware: Productive Projects and Teams, 3rd Edition (Addison Wesley, 2013) available in paperback and Kindle editions.

Tim is currently a member of the Cutter IT Trends Council, and is a Cutter Fellow. He is a member of the A.C.M and a Lifetime member of the I.E.E.E. He is a panelist for the American Arbitration Association, arbitrating disputes involving software and software services, and occasionally serves as an expert witness.

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