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Agile Gymnastics and Timebox Tumbling


I've done it all - cowboy, waterfall, extreme, and agile scrum.

Learn why...

  • Waterfall doesn't always work
  • Agile has a place, but isn't the holy grail
  • Cowboy can kill the relationships you have with your stakeholders
  • How "Fixed Scope" is a lie
  • That a combination of approaches is the answer

Saunders has carefully honed, updated, improved, and iterated Project Management processes for over seventeen years. He continues to evolve this for different companies, projects, and clients, improving it and making development more consistent and predictable.

Project management requires a blend of techniques and tools to effectively shepherd projects from ideation to release. We'll explore and discuss different tools and methodologies that can help make your project successful.

Saunders first presented on this Topic at Drupalcamp Austin as one of the Keynotes. The presentation was updated for Drupalcon Denver. It iterated for Drupalcon Munich. Saunders is updating and improving it for BADcamp.

Questions answered by this session:

  • How do I effectively manage my team? They are distributed.
  • What are the strengths and weaknesses of different Project Management methodologies?
  • How a company can reorganize it's methods to be Agile, effective, and awesome?
  • What tools can I use to help me!?
  • Is Agile Scrum a good way for me to plan/run my projects?

Saunders has worked in project management at a variety of shops ranging from the Western States Arts Federation as Senior Director of Technology, pingVision as Senior Web Producer, one of several Principals in Vintage Digital, Senior Director of Technology at Examiner.com, and most recently as CTO for Trellon LLC.

He writes at Dogstar.org regularly - mostly on the business of open source and Drupal.