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Allison Grappone is Presenting in Boston at the PM in Practice Conference

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On June 8, 2018, Agile expert Allison Grappone will be speaking on the topic, "Agile Estimating and Planning" at the Project Management in Practice conference, being held at Photonics Center, 2nd Floor, St. Mary’s Street, Boston University in Boston, MA.

You’ll learn how to deal with changes in scope and priority while always being able to tell management, “This is when we’ll be done.”

Learning Objectives
  • Understand how user stories, story points, planning poker, and velocity work together to provide predictable schedule estimates.
  • Learn techniques you can immediately apply to your projects to estimate how fast your team will go, both before they start and as they're getting ramped up.
  • Learn about the cone of uncertainty and how to apply its concepts to present a larger range of estimated completion timeframes early in the project, and narrow that range as the project continues.
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Agile Development Presentations in April - Three is the Magic Number!

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Ascendle has a NEW website!

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Allison Grappone is Presenting at PMI Hampton Roads 2018 Professional Development Conference 

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On March 1, 2018, Agile expert Allison Grappone will be speaking on the topic, "Driving Business Results with Scrum" at the 2018 PMI Hampton Roads Professional Development Conference, being held at the Founders Inn and Spa, in Virginia Beach, VA.

By attending this event you'll learn:

  • The basic concepts of Scrum and how they enable high-throughput teamwork
  • Why the development team should not be in charge of the feature list
  • How Scrum teams deliver quickly and predictably, and respond to changing business conditions
  • How to troubleshoot Scrum if it’s not delivering the results you want
  • Steps you can take to implement Scrum at your company

Implement Scrum and start delivering on what your business needs: new features your customers and the sales team want, on a predictable schedule, with the ability to quickly respond to changing business conditions.

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Unlock the 3 Secrets for Delivering a Commercial Mobile App in 4 Months

Posted by Angelo Firenze

I can't tell you how many times I've heard CEOs and business product line leaders complain about automatically adding six to nine months to any delivery schedule of their mobile apps. Or worse — I see them roll their eyes whenever their tech team says enthusiastically, "Yeah, we can get that app done in X months easily." Then I watch as they grow frustrated, bitter, and ultimately resigned to what they see as the inevitable vagaries of software development.

It doesn't have to be this way. In fact, if it's taking longer than 4 months to get your app out the door - you've got big problems.

At the same time, creating software is HARD. As David Bowie once sang, "It ain't easy to get to heaven when you're going down."

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Don’t Pick the One-Trick Pony – Cross-Platform is the Horse to Ride

Posted by Angelo Firenze

Some mobile app developers will do their best to steer you to one platform or another. They’ll saddle up iOS or Android for you. They’ll tell you their choice is the best, easiest horse in the stable. Why it’s the smoothest ride. Why you can’t go wrong.

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“I Suspect My CTO’s the Problem …Now What?” – Musings from a Technology Leader

Posted by Dave Todaro

Every once in a while, a CEO will come up to me and say, “Our commercial software development is failing. I suspect my CTO is the problem.”

Those are some pretty strong words.

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4 Things Great Software Companies do to Fuel Their Growth

Posted by Angelo Firenze

There is an old cliche in business: You're either growing or you are dying, there ain’t no in between. Given the mind-bending pace of innovation in the technology sector it can be said that this old adage is at least as true if not truer for software companies as it is for any business out there.

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We Need Software Engineers Not Programmers

Posted by Dave Todaro

Last week on TheAtlantic.com, Ian Bogost published an article titled Programmers: Stop Calling Yourselves Engineers.

In his article Mr. Bogost argues that those who are writing software applications shouldn’t claim to be “engineers” because they haven’t passed a state-mandated certification exam.

He says that the title "engineer" is "cheapened by the tech industry."

Although I wholeheartedly disagree with this premise, reading the article made one thing abundantly clear to me: those of us who create software for a living have a credibility problem.

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