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Agile past, present and future

  • 22 Sep 2011
  • 6:30 PM - 9:30 PM
  • Microsoft Corp, 201 Jones Road, 6th Floor MPR-A, Waltham, MA


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Agile past, present and future


Marina Shalmon - Vice President - Agile New England Chapter of ACM

Andy Singleton - President of Assembla

The presentation will give a bird's eye view of the Agile history, starting with its early days and the Agile Manifesto, discussing what is Agile and what it is not, presenting the various flavors of Agile practices (Scrum, XP, Lean, Kanban), presenting some success stories and some failures, and exploring the special cases of embedded software, off-shore or distributed teams, and relevance to large projects, i.e. scalability. Then will talk about the future or Next Gen of Agile, how it will scale to very large projects, and how it will deal with the ever increasing geographic distribution of Agile teams.


Marina Shalmon is an Agile leader with technical and management expertise in Software Development, both in embedded and applications software and a taste for the new and the untried. Her background is in Physics. She holds a Ph.D. in Solid State Physics from McGill University. She has worked in large companies as Nortel Networks and Avaya, medium size companies like Wind River and American Science and Engineering or startups like Accurev. She has become interested in Agile seven years ago and has been evangelizing it and helping introduce it in various companies since. She has been on the Board of Directors of the Agile New England chapter of the Association of Computing Machinery (previously known as Agile Bazaar) since its inception in 2007, first as Secretary, and currently as Vice President. She has been the Secretary of the Greater Boston Chapter of ACM for 2008-2010, and is on the Board of the Boston SPIN (Software Process Improvement Network) since 2010.

Andy Singleton is President of Assembla, where he builds software and helps launch Web companies. He brings experience as an engineer and entrepreneur to the task of building new products quickly. He is currently interested in organizing people with “inspired by open source” methods. He previously founded PowerSteering Software, an enterprise software company and ASP that provides project portfolio management and collaboration tools for managing billions of dollars worth of projects at companies like Raytheon, EMC, Tyco, and Textron.

Before that, he founded Cambridge Interactive and bootstrapped it into a significant Web consulting firm, launching e-businesses for Giga (now Forrester), CERA, Forum, and other leading research and advisory firms. He started his career as a hedge fund analyst, and helped start SNL Securities, where he designed a complete product line to deliver research on banks and thrifts. He also designed and built securities research product lines for Nelson Publications (acquired by Thomson), and Reuters

.He have launched more than 20 new product lines, designed hardware, software, and information services, worked as a Wall Street analyst, and done research into genetic programming, the automated evolution of computer programs. He graduated from Harvard in 1985, with a degree in applied mathematics. He lives in Needham, Massachusetts with my wife and four kids.


No charge for Consultants Network members or non-members. The meeting is free and open to the public. Casual dress.

The Consultants Network meeting starts at 6:30 PM. The meeting location is at Microsoft Corp, 201 Jones Road, 6th Floor MPR-A, Waltham, MA. From Route 128 take Exit 26 (Route 20 East or Weston Street). Turn left onto Stow Street and then left again onto Route 117 or Main Street. Drive back over route 128, and Jones Road is the second left.,+Waltham,+MA&hl=en&geocode=&mra=ls&sll=42.37596,-71.26972&sspn=0.012206,0.027895&ie=UTF8&z=16

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