Feb. 14th - Going Offshore with Agile: A First Hand Account with Bryan Dyck

Abstract and Agenda: Off-shoring software development has become increasingly popular over the last 15 years, but many organizations that try it have had mixed results and many are starting to bring their development back onshore. With 9 years of experience working with offshore and onshore teams, Bryan will describe his history in transitioning a remote team from a waterfall methodology to Agile as well as some of the pros and cons in using offshore teams in a distributed Agile environment. We will try to finish the session by discussing what tools and techniques can be incorporated into the development process to help make distributed Agile work and what to watch out for.

About Bryan Dyck:
Bryan is Founding partner, Development manager and CTO of Palantir Economic Solutions Ltd. headquartered in London, England. He has been developing software applications and solutions for the Upstream Oil and Gas industry for 14 years. Most of his development experience has been focused on evaluations, portfolio management, portfolio optimisation, risk, reserves and data management. Over this time, Bryan has taken a small start-up development team of 2 people using heavy waterfall processes to a large Agile development team of almost 30 people distributed across 5 offices in 4 time zones.

Location:
ICT 516 - University of Calgary

Time:
6:00 - 6:30 Snacks
6:30 - 7:30 Presentation

Additional Details:
This is the sixth session in the Fall/Winter CAMUG season, and our second of 2013. Note that to accommodate Bryan's frantic travel schedule, we are going the second Thursday of February (we usually go the first Thursday of the month). Come at 6.00 and enjoy complementary refreshments. The session itself runs from 6.30 to 7.30. If you have not attended previous sessions this year, be aware that we have new venue: ICT 516, and that our regular night is now Thursday.

Sponsors:
Special thanks to our Gold Sponsor Pason Systems Ltd., the Calgary-based, leading global provider of specialized data management systems for land-based and offshore rigs worldwide. Thanks also to the University of Calgary for contributing the use of facilities and Intellog Inc. for providing refreshments and sponsorship of the group.