UW-Whitewater hosts Agile Development Symposium April 11

WHITEWATER ­ For any corporation, a change in software can be a hassle, but
then again, sometimes change is for the better.  From 9-11 a.m., Wednesday,
April 11, the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater MCS Business Partnership
Consortium will demonstrate just that at the Agile Development Symposium in
the McGraw Auditorium.

Agile software development refers to the process of developing software is a
short amount of time.  It emphasizes real-time communication through
face-to-face communication, while using working software as the primary
measure of progress.  The agile development method anticipates the need for
flexibility into the delivery of the finished product.  Agile software
development focuses on testing often and building upon project progresses.

From 9-10 a.m., Kirk Knoernschild, chief technology strategist at QWANtify,
Inc., will discuss the impact agile development has on software quality,
tightening the business and IT feedback loop and producing functional
software growth.  Following Knoernschild will be a panel discussion, from
10-11 a.m., that will discuss agile products, what agile products have
worked and what have not, best practices and lessons learned.  Panelists
include George Coller of TeamSoft, Lee Tan of Quad/Graphics and Robert
Merrill of uFunctional.

Other topics to be discussed include: the driving forces behind the agile
software development movement, examination of the fundamental principles of
various agile processes and the exploration of key practices that increase
agility.

This event is being held free of charge to say ³thank you² to the more than
35 corporate business partners for their 27 years of support of the MCS
program and to say ³welcome² to those who are attending an MCS event for the
first time.  All students, faculty and staff are encouraged to attend.

For more information, contact Bob Horton at (262) 472-1467 or
[email protected].