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Agile Well Represented at Better Software Conference 2006

| by Deborah Hartmann Preuss Follow 0 Followers on May 19, 2006. Estimated reading time: 1 minute |
The 2006 Better Software Conference and Expo is fast approaching: it starts Monday, June 26th and runs until the 29th, in Las Vegas, Nevada.

The annual event aims to improve the quality of software development by providing the latest information on "current trends and technologies regarding all aspects of the software development lifecycle", which it addresses this year under 6 different headings:
  • MANAGING PROJECTS & TEAMS
  • PLAN-DRIVEN DEVELOPMENT
  • AGILE DEVELOPMENT
  • TESTING & QA
  • SECURITY & SPECIAL TOPICS
  • PROCESS IMPROVEMENT & MEASUREMENT
Interestingly, their homepage lists the #2 reason to attend as: "Learn Innovative Ways to Find the Right Balance of Plan-Driven and Agile Approaches", and their target audience is listed as "Software professionals seeking the latest practices in software development today—from the highly structured plan-driven approaches to the highly creative, customer-intimate Agile ones."  Well, that about covers everyone! This looks like a good opportunity for mainstream developers and managers to inquire about using Agile methods for persistent problems in their development shops.

The Agile approach is well represented at the conference, almost one third of the sessions are on Agile-related topics. In addition, the conference generally cover such topics as: CMM & Requirements Driven Processes, Software Process Improvement, Business Value/Return on Investment (ROI), Web Services and Web Security Challenges, People & Teams, and Emerging Technologies.

The conference is run by Software Quality Engineering, creators of StickyMinds and publisher of Better Software Magazine, who also run the annual StarEast and StarWest testing conferences, all of which prominently feature well-known Agile experts.

TestDriven.com has compiled a list of the conference's 13 Agile sessions, led by well-respected speakers, including keynotes by authors Norm Kerth, Linda Rising, and an Introduction to Agile Methods by Robert Martin. The first day features no less than 5 Agile tutorials, including Jean Tabaka's Scrum: Project Management for Agile Software Development, and that's just the morning session.

Note that the end of early-bird registration for the Better Software Conference and Expo is fast approaching: registration fees go up after May 26th.

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