CoolTech Club with Alan Shalloway : The Business Case For Agility - The Lean - Agile Connection


July 12,2006


Agile methods center on building systems a piece at a time. The reasons for doing this are typically centered around the challenges of running a project through a predictive process. Lean provides another compelling reason to deliver software in stages -- to give the most value to the customer as soon as possible. By delivering value in stages you not only give the customer value quickly, but you can use the process to not build things that aren't needed and to eliminate waste in the requirements/analysis phases of the project.

This seminar discusses these issues by presenting the main principles of Lean Software Development while illustrating why and how to deliver value quickly. It then briefly mentions what development teams must learn in order to do this in a sustained manner.


 Alan Shalloway , CEO, Net Objectives


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Ron Conway, Founder and Managing Partner of the Angel Investors LP funds, early stage investor in Google and PayPal

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Esther Dyson, Founder, EDventure Holdings

"This conference is clearly a labor of love for a group of dedicated professionals who care deeply about the Eastern European entrepreneurs. From the value-packed educational panels, to the star-studded key note speakers' line up, to an amazing quantity of venture capitalists – this is a not to be missed event for any high tech entrepreneur,"

Richard Guha, President of the Marketing Executives Network and Managing Partner at MaxBrandEquity

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Maxim Faldin and Kamil Kurmakayev,
co-CEOs, Wikimart